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CALTRANS Central BasinREROUTED Dir. VasquezTRAFFIC ViolatedWITHOUT Code, INFORMING CERRITOS, ILLEGAL MOVE WILL COST THE CITY OVER $5 MILLION BY BRIAN HEWS The City is claiming that the during the construction period. ta or Artesia is a city designated flows onto arterial streets.” Refuses to Say if She Stolererouting Confidential Files The City then cited the nuhas caused over $5 “Caltrans has failed to coor- truck route, commercial vehicles

Hews Media Group-Los CerThe Director is seen onhas obritos Community News tained a letter,the dated September video inside agency's 6, 2019, addressed to Caltrans confidential filing room, from the city aof Cerritos later handing package to that blasts the state agency for reroutDir. Camacho-Rodriguez. ing tractor-trailer traffic through the City due to I-5 construction projects. By Brian Hews Shockingly, the rerouting was done without notifying the City. Hews Media Group-Com-

munity News has obtained a disturbing video showing embattled Central Basin Director Leticia Vasquez and her crony friend Joey Martinez trespassing at Central Basin offices in violation of the agency’s Administrative Code, and acknowledging on the video, they were looking

million the Central streets, to “startina damage ruckus” to with increased pollution in the area, Basin employees. increased traffic and inMartinez feltnoise, so emboldcreased risk of with resiened bythe hissafety relationship dents. Vasquez, he shot the video on Further the states that his personal cellletter phone. Caltrans is in violation the The video will likely beofused project’s final Environmental as evidence against Vasquez and Impact Report obligates Martinez in anywhich employee hathe agency to coordinate citrassment lawsuits filed with against ies to minimize adverse impacts Central Basin that will cost the agency thousands in legal fees. A check on the L.A. Superior Court’s website shows former employees Tammy Hierlihy and Sandy Plimpton filing wrongful termination complaints, court case numbers 21STCV27334 and 21STCV06132 respect-

dinate thus far, and any further lack of communication or consultation with the City and its residents is unacceptable.” The City blasted Caltrans for establishing a detour route on southbound Carmenita between the I-5 and Artesia Blvd., and eastbound Artesia Blvd. between Carmenita and the I-5. “Neither stretch of Carmeni-

over 6,000 pounds are strictly prohibited on the streets, per City Municipal Code.” The Caltrans rerouting of trucks has caused severe damage and increased traffic at peak hours, the extensive damage alone is estimated “to cost $5.2 million to repair,” and the “average daily traffic on said streets has significantly increased and

merous safety hazards caused by the rerouting of traffic, concerns that have been voiced by Cerritos residents in calls and emails to both HMG-LCCN and the City. The rerouting on Carmenita takes large trucks by two schools, Stowers Elementary and Carmenita Middle school in addition

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ARTESIA HIGH STAFF-MEMBER RECEIVES AWARD OF VALOR FROM LAKEWOOD

BY THOM MARTIN action, jumping out of her car CHALKED UP: Best in Show winner Jennifer Ripassa (center) from Eastvale, California with Miss grabbing the boy and helping the Teen Belmont Shore and organizer Justin Rudd The City of Lakewood held woman. See VASQUEZ page 14 its annual Award of Valor lunShe took them to Artesia High HMG-CN INVESTIGATION RESULTS cheon on Nov. 6 to thank the men School, where they received medand women of the Los Angeles ical assistance and were ultimateCounty Sheriff’s Department and ly hospital.shore By Tammye McDuff thetransported sidewalkstoofthe Belmont Fire Department, as well as the as the Because canvas.of her selfless accommunity volunteers the City of Lakewood reAttracting seasonedwho andprode- tions, Rudd’s contest drew a crowd By Brian Hews tect and serve Lakewood. cently awarded Bridget with the veloping visual artists, with par- on Saturday, November 6, 2021, Bridget Perrizo, staffschools mem- Mayor’s anBy Brian Hews construction company, Diaticipants from local ahigh along 2ndAward Streetatinthe thecity’s Belmont The California Contract Cities ber at Artesia High was honored nual Awards of Valor ceremony. and universities, Justin Rudd Shore neighborhood of Long mond Construction and Design, Association (CCCA), at its annual when she helped two people that "I always wondered what I In July 2017, a Hews Media donated the money to RBLM. presented his the annual Belmont Beach. Drawing in more than Fall Educational Summit on Sep- was being attacked by a dog. would do when faced with a situGroup-Community News inChalk Art Contest. Hosted 60 seasoned and emergent viDiamond listed its company tember 18, presented Pico Rivera Shore Bridget, was headed back to ation like this one," said Perrizo. vestigation found Residents for by Rudd’s nonprofit Community sual artists, the contest was held address as 921 N Harbor Blvd. with the John Todd Award. work from lunch when she spot- "By the grace of God, I had the a Better La Mirada, an obscure Action Team (C.A.T.), artists along the trendy Second Street This award recognizes the city ted #622 in La Habra. HMG-CN a dog attacking a woman and courage to take action. I'm so campaign committee that afshowcased diverse of art glad business corridor, mainly bewent out to the La Habra address for its successful partnership with young boy. The dog works had knocked that both the mom and son fected the 2017 La Mirada City with to chalk as the medium and the California Choice Energy Au- them and found it to be a PO Box in a the ground and they were are okay, and I'm honored to Seeso CHALK page 12 Council election, was funded by thority (CalChoice) in launching screaming for help. UPS Store. receive this award.” Stelian Onufrie. Pico Rivera Innovative MuniciBridget immediately took Investigating further, HMGTRASH piles upwas at aa friend condominium complex in Hawaiian Gardens. The City chose Waste Resources Onufrie, who See HERO page 15 pal Energy (PRIME). CN was able to locate the mailIncorporated their new pick up. Photo Brian Hews. of current La as Mirada City hauler, who said they would immediately begin trash "We're honored to have been ing address for Diamond. An Councilman Andrew Sarega, selected for Contract Cities' John internet search showed that the poured $6,500 into RBLM, a Todd Award," said Pico Rivera address is a 2,089 square foot lot of money for a City Council Mayor Raul Elias. "As a contract single-family dwelling located in city, Pico Rivera understands the campaign. Buena Park. Just weeks later, the RBLM importance of great partnerships, BY BRIAN HEWS “Poorisleadership, no foresight included several default letters, documents showed the money That when the investigaand we're proud of our collaboraon the situation, typical of this which, under California’s Public was used to slam District 1 cantion found Onufrie hiding behind tion with CalChoice to successWhile accumuCity Council,” former Hawaiian Resource Code Section 49000, didate Johnrotting Lewistrash and is District 2 his fully bring PRIME to our comcompany and an obscure lating in many parts of Hawaiian Gardens Mayor Rey Rodriguez starts the clock on termination. candidate and incumbent Pauline committee to give money to get munity." Gardens, Mayor Myra Maravilla told HMG-LCCN. City staff even went the extra Deal using extremely unfaltterThe Association grants the elected. and the City Council finally con- his friend The staff report included in step and attempted to work with ing direct mailed pieces. annually to cities that have $6,500 award ducted a hearing, waiting an en- last Diamond week’s donated meeting the presented CWS to cure the breaches and Lewis won his election, beat- to RBLM, which was the only implemented a project or program tire week, and allowing the trash clear evidence that CWS was in defaults starting in March of this that exemplifies the benefits of ing Tony Aielo, who is another the documents. to accumulate even more, to once donation violation listed of its incontract with the year, each of which gave CWS the contracting model. To be sefriend of Sarega’s, but Deal lost again discuss terminating CWS’ Then City, but Maravilla and the steps to resolve the defaults. the Mayor three mailers were sent. lected for the award, the city subto Sarega. contract. In addition to the default noCouncil were apparently afraid to Coincidently, the mailers mitted an application explaining RBLM’s address on camUnder the Ralph M. Brown were pull the termination trigger, leav- tices, the City also attempted to FIRE ERUPTED at a Bellflower storage facility Tuesday night, the mailed from Fort Worth, PRIME's goals and effectiveness, paign documents was 12800 Act, Maravilla and the City Coun- Texas; ing residents driving by stinky arrange meetings with CWS but three alarm fire brought out over 65 firefighters. Some people said the Sarega and candidate implementation and outcome, and Oakwood Lane in La Mirada, cil could have sent out a notice Tony piles Aiello of trashused for the the same foreseeable CWS did not attend most meetcompartnership and participation. The fire was started in a storage unit by homeless people but HMG-CN and its treasurer was Ionel Imand held a meeting within two future. ings. ARTESIA HIGH staff-member Bridget Perrizo received the Award of pany for their mailers. city launched PRIME to increase could not confirm that. The apartment building next to the storage bre. calls met daysHMG-CN to addressphone the situation. The voluminous staff report Valor from Lakewood savingdamage two in atodog facility suffered majorfor smoke all attack. units consequently, 26 The committee was fined with "I have no comment." See TRASH page 15 tenants had to be housed by the Red Cross. $500 for its actions. HMG-CN then found that a See PICO RIVERA page 12

Committee That Helped Sarega’s 2017 La Mirada Council Campaign Fined by FPPC

Pico Rivera Selected for Contract Cities Award

Artists Show Their Skills at Belmont Contest

Fire Guts Bellflower Apartments

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Area Cities Honor Veterans

ARTESIA'S EVENT was November 10 at the Artesia Park Veterans Memorial. At the dais is State Sen. Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Rivera)

By Tammye McDuff Throughout S.E. Los Angeles County, residents remembered the service of our veterans and renewed the national promise to fulfill our obligations to our veterans and their families. St. Paul of the Cross school began the week with an honorary breakfast for La Mirada veterans on Monday November 8, 2021. Held in Gannon’s Hall, approxi-

THE PICO RIVERA COUNCIL welcomed Sen. Archuleta, to his right is Mayor Raul Elias. Others are (l-r) Councilmembers Erik Lutz and Andrew C. Lara; Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Monica Sánchez and Councilmember Gustavo V. Camacho.

mately 80 residents, families and veterans to enjoy a musical tribute to our heroes. The school band played several patriotic pieces accompanied by their flag team. The finale was performed by kindergarten and first-grade students wearing their handmade ‘Uncle Sam’ hats and singing ‘It’s a Grand Ole Flag’. Students were encouraged to join visitors at their tables. VFW Post Commander Angelo Maldonado, Vice Commander Dr. CERRITOS: Veterans honored at the City Hall Memorial. Seen here are Councilmembers Yokoyama and Solanki, Mayor Hu, MPT Chuong Vo and Councilman Barrows.

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LA MIRADA with Sen. Bob Archuleta honored Veterans at Gannon’s Hall. From (l-r) MPT Anthony Otero, Councilman Steve De Ruse Mayor Ed Eng, and Councilmen Andrew Sarega and John Lewis.

NORWALK honored Veterans at the City's Memorial at City Hall. BELOW: letters written by Lakewood volunteers that will be mailed to armed forces overseas.

Robert Cancio, Councilman John Lewis and HMG were joined by four little patriots. The La Mirada ceremonies continued into the evening with their annual Salute to Veterans event at the La Mirada Theater. Artesia celebrated Veterans Day Wednesday, November 10 at the Artesia Park Veterans Memorial; the city honored those who have served in all branches of the armed forces. “Mayor Trevino and our city recognized our local veterans and service men and women. Thank you to the California National Guard, VFW and Southeast ROP for their participation and presence. Thank you Senator Bob Archu-

leta for speaking,” stated Mayor pro tem Melissa Ramoso, “First time ever for Veterans Day that the United States Space Force was recognized as a military branch via a flag and our city proclamation.” Refreshments followed in the Albert O. Little community room. A ceremony and resource fair was held at the Bellflower Veterans Memorial Wednesday afternoon in Bellflower. A well-deserved celebration honoring those residents with Mayor Dan Koops commending all the veterans from all Military Branches and Bellflower High School Choir sang the National Anthem.


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Bellflower Comedy Club Officially Opens

State Officials Deliver $3 Million to Norwalk

THE BELLFLOWER CITY COUNCIL, Downey Mayor pro tem Blanca Pacheco, Bellflower Chamber of Commerce members and local fans and residents attended the ribbon cutting, above.

MONEY FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Sen. Archuleta with a $3 million check for housing and homeless outreach. To Archuleta's right is Assemblywoman Lisa Calderon, to his left is Norwalk Mayor Jennifer Perez, far left is Councilwoman Ana Valencia.

By Tammye McDuff After almost two years of planning, construction and CoVID restrictions The StandUp Comedy Club in Bellflower held their official ribbon cutting November 10. The event was attended by Bellflower City Council, Downey Mayor pro tem Blanca Pacheco, Bellflower Chamber of Commerce members and local fans and residents. The day also marked the official dedication of the Phyllis Diller VIP booth with the attendance of her son Perry Diller. Mayor Dan Koops remarked “Whatever the City can do for you to have a resounding opening year we will do it. I know it has been a challenge to get open but we are here to help you and we want you to succeed.” Pacheco presented a Certificate of Recognition to owners John and Scarlett Giries “For your grand opening! The Giries are Downey residents and we want them to be successful here in our neighbor city.” “We have done everything to set a solid foundation to be successful. We have the best booking agent in the business, our talent, we have our

service and we have an amazing staff. Bellflower is about to change. This isn’t about another new business. When we first opened, comedians were like ‘Bellflower? Where is that?’ Now they are asking to perform at the Club in Bellflower. We are working our way to bigger things,” said John Giries, “This is not just a comedy club; we have invested state of the art technology to make this place a highlight of this city.” As part of their opening weekend Saturday’s show is stacked with more comics than ever and headlining is the very talented Paul Reiser. Get your tickets at www.thestandupclub.com

PERRY DILLER (left) , son of Phyllis Diller and Steven Dollinger, President of Arts Aloud , at the dedication of her VIP booth.

Sprouts Farmers Market to Open in Norwalk Staff Report The Norwalk Planning Commission unanimously approved the new development of a 22,440 square foot building that will be the future home of a Sprouts Farmers Market, scheduled to start operation in the fall of 2022. The property is located at the southwest corner of Alondra Boulevard and Maidstone Avenue and is directly east of the Wienerschnitzel and the former Norwalk Indoor Swap Meet site. To make room for the new building, the existing 33,911 square foot multitenant commercial building will need to be demolished, which is expected to begin in early December of this year. On the northeast corner of the property there will also be a 4,900 square foot commercial building with a drive-through constructed, along with related site and landscaping improvements. The 4,900 square foot commercial building will have space for three tenants, which are currently not identified. “Residents have been requesting a grocery store that offers a wide selection of natural and organic foods and the

City of Norwalk will finally be getting its very own Sprouts Farmers Market,” stated Mayor Jennifer Perez, “There is a misconception that cities have the authority to dictate which businesses operate in their cities, but that is all up to property owners and developers. However, the City of Norwalk is committed to planning for the economic prosperity of our community and continues to look for ways to improve our City that will ensure a thriving future for those who live, work and play here.” Sprouts is headquartered in Phoenix and is one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country. The grocer employs approximately 35,000 workers and operates over 360 stores in 23 states nationwide. The groundbreaking for this new development in Norwalk will take place on Friday, November 19, 2021. The development is expected to be completed by early fall of 2022.


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Cerritos and La Mirada Crime Summaries

Local Swim Team Recognized for Olympic Trial Feats

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THE LA MIRADA CITY COUNCIL recognized La Mirada Armada head coach Rick Shipherd and Armada swim club member Kayla Han for their 2020 Olympic Trials achievements. Seen here is (l-r) La Mirada Mayor Ed Eng, Han, and Shipherd.

Under the direction of head coach Shipherd, numerous Armada athletes competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials held in Omaha, Nebraska this past June. The Armada had three athletes compete and place in the top 25 of the events; one swimmer place 12th in the 400-meter Individual Medley and another swimmer placed 24th in the 400meter and 800-meter Freestyle. At 12 years old, Kayla Han was the youngest Olympic Trial qualifiers in the meet and set two national records with a time of 4:50.70 in the 400-meter Indi-

vidual Medley and a time of 4:17.65 in the 400-meter Freestyle ages11/12. The Achievement Recognition program recognizes individuals who live, work, or attended school in La Mirada, and have achieved state, regional or national acclaim for outstanding accomplishments. For additional information regarding the Achievement Recognition program, contact the La Mirada Community Services Department at (562) 943-7277.

Students Recognized for Filipino American History Month Service

CERRITOS COUNCILMAN FRANK YOKOYAMA presented Certificates of Recognition to the Cerritos High School Club Magkaisa Officers and Advisor Mrs. Mizraim Oliva for their leadership and service in honor of Filipino American History Month.

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ARSON 10/30 18900 Blk. San Gabriel Ave., unknown suspect(s) threw large firework in victim’s backyard damage to aluminum, patio cover, ceiling. ROBBERY 10/31 11800 Blk. Del Amo, attempted robbery, victim pulled over believing he had a flat tire. suspect approached victim and tried to grab victim’s keys. suspect and victim began fighting, suspect fled. RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 10/27 12500 Blk. Pine Creek Rd., 2nd level balcony, sliding glass door, firearms, cash, cell phones stolen. BURGLARY OTHER 10/31 20100 Blk. State Rd., business, rear garage, stereo, keys, bag, backpack stolen. GRAND THEFT-CATALYTIC CONV. 10/31 17900 Blk. Studebaker Rd., 10/28 18300 Blk. Jeffrey Ave., 10/26 16100 Blk. Carmenita Rd., 10/30 10900 Blk. Alondra Bl. GRAND THEFT AUTO 10/28 1500 Del Amo Bl., 2016 not recovered 10/31 16800 Blk. Sierra Vista Way not recovered 10/29 Los Cerritos Center parking lot, not recovered 10/25 15900 Blk. Piuma Ave. 2006 recovered 10/28 17000 Blk. Edwards Rd. 2012 recovered 10/31 18300 Blk. Vickie Ave., 2002 not recovered 10/31 20100 Blk. State Rd., 2021 not recovered 10/25 10900 Blk. Alondra Bl., store recovered VEHICLE BURGLARY 10/25 17900 Blk. Studebaker Rd., 2011 Ford, front passenger, window/smashed, lunchboxtaken

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AGGRAVATED ASSAULT A suspect assaulted a security guard with a handgun on the 15000 block of Imperial Hwy. Minor injuries were reported during the incident. The victim refused medical treatment. A victim sustained a gunshot wound during a late-night drive-by incident near the intersection of Foster Rd. and El Moro Ave. The victim was treated for her injuries. RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY A late-night door pry burglary was reported on the 12000 block of Kibbee Ave. A radio was reported stolen during an overnight door pry burglary on the 15400 block of Lemon Dr. VEHICLE BURGLARY A late-night burglary was reported on the 11900 block of La Mirada Blvd. A purse and wallet were reported stolen during a late-night window smash burglary on the 14300 block of Firestone. An early morning burglary was reported on the 16100 block of Rosecrans An overnight burglary was reported on the 14400 block of Plantana Dr. A window smash burglary was reported on the 13200 block of La Salina GRAND THEFT Over $1,000 was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle on the 12200 block of Santa Gertrudes Ave. A catalytic converter was reported stolen during an overnight theft on the 15500 block of Valley View Ave. Theft of a catalytic converter on the 12100 block of Goldendale Dr. A tailgate was reported stolen on the 14200 block of Firestone Blvd. GRAND THEFT AUTO A truck was reported stolen on the 14100 block of Salada Rd. A SUV was reported stolen on the 13400 block of Marlette Dr. A SUV was reported stolen on the 13800 block of Biola Ave.


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EAGLES: (from l-r) are Sai Akhil Samatham, Rishikanth Mannava, Sandeep Gullapalli and Siddharth Duraisamy with the Cerritos Council.

From Cerritos The Cerritos City Council recognized four Cerritos residents of Boy Scout Troop 394 for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Only 6 percent of the organization’s membership holds the distinction, which is the highest award in the Boy Scouts of America. Sai Akhil Samatham planned and organized the construction of 12 bluebird boxes and a signboard at Madrona Marsh Nature Center in Torrance. The project took 172 hours with the assistance of 10 volunteers. Sandeep Gullapalli planned and organized the construction of a drip-irrigation system with a timer at St. Linus

Submit Your Entry for La Mirada’s Traffic Control Box Art Contest Staff Report Local artists are encouraged to submit their proposals for the City of La Mirada’s Traffic Control Box Art Contest. The contest gives local artists an opportunity to showcase their talents while enhancing the beauty of our community. Artists may submit an entry for

consideration to have their original art applied to one of several traffic control boxes at major intersections in La Mirada. The theme is “La Mirada’s Rich History”, and all artists must incorporate this theme into their art proposals. Applicants must be artists living, working, or attending a school in La Mirada. Five winners will be selected and will receive $250 each. Entries are due December 3.

Church in Artesia. With the help of 21 volunteers, the project took about 181 hours to plan and execute. Rishikanth Mannava orchestrated the construction of an outdoor planter garden in front of the Metropolitan Hospital State Museum in Norwalk. The project involved 10 volunteers and took approximately 141 hours to complete. Siddharth Duraisamy organized and planned the construction of a wooden gate to protect the compound area of Concordia Lutheran Church. It took three months, with the help of 15 volunteers, to implement.

NLMUSD Middle Schools to Host Vaccine Clinics

L. A. County of Public Heath, Albertsons, and the NLMUSD will team up for another joint venture to host voluntary vaccine clinics at District middle schools in mid-November and December. Free and voluntary to ages five and up in the NLM footprint it is another opportunity to receive a vaccine. Benton and Waite Middle Schools will hold the first clinic on November 11, with Corvallis, Hutchinson, and Los Alisos to follow on November 20. Each site will also hold a follow-up clinic 21 days following each date for second doses. Benton and Waite will hold the second clinic on December 4, with Corvallis, Hutchinson, and Los Alisos scheduled for December 11. “I would like to thank the Los Angeles Department of Public Health and Albertsons for their continued partnership,” said Superintendent John Lopez. “These voluntary clinics offer an opportunity for our community members to be vaccinated within our school district. I would also like to recognize our NLM staff members for their time and efforts in the planning of these clinics.” Registration is open for all sites and can be completed online prior to arrival at a site. Participants will have to bring a copy of the completed consent form, but all forms will also be available at each site. While it is preferred to set an appointment time for the clinics, walk-ins are welcome at each site ensuring no one will be turned away who wishes to be vaccinated. COVID-19 booster shots will also be available for eligible participants. Additional information about the clinics, including all forms and notices, can be found in at bitly.NLMUSDCOVID1.com

Local Girls Advance in High School Golf

Please visit the La Mirada Resource Center or visit the City’s website for entry forms and full contest rules.

ADVANCING: Jasmine Koo (left) receiving her Championship plaque for winning the CIF Southern Section title; Sarah Yoo (right) with her medals after she won the 605 League title. Koo attends Cerritos High School, Yoo attends Whitney.

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Jasmine Koo of Cerritos High School and Sarah Yoo of Whitney High School advanced to this week’s State Regional Finals in Girls High School golf last week based on their exceptional play at the CIF Southern Section Finals held at River Ridge Golf Course in Oxnard. Jasmine shot a four under par 68 to win the Southern Section Finals while Sarah shot a one over 73 to finish in a tie for 21st. The top 28 golfers from the Southern Section advanced to the State Regional Finals which will be held this Thursday at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena with the opportunity to reach the Cali-

fornia State Finals. Both girls started this journey by representing the 605 League at the CIF regional preliminary finals by their qualifying results in league finals. Sarah won the two-day 36-hole 605 League finals held at Lakewood Country Club and Los Amigos Golf course by shooting a cumulative score of 6 under par while Jasmine finished in second with a cumulative score of even par. Both girls then played in the CIF regional preliminary finals held at Western Hill Country club and both advanced to the Southern Section Finals by virtue of their low scores relative to the field.


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Downey Mayor’s Corner It is a privilege and an honor to serve Downey. My term will sadly end in December. As we continued to navigate extraordinary challenges and shifting regulations we remain focused on prioritizing and balancing the needs of residents and businesses while remaining vigilant and responsive to public safety, economic growth, and fiscal reDowney Mayor sponsibility. Claudia Frometa We continue to support mobile vaccination clinics at various city events. The latest figures, as of November 4, released by the LACDPH indicate the vaccination rate for Downey residents 12 years of age and older is now 80.3%. For adults 65 years of age and older, it is now 94.9%. Our goal in Downey was to surpass 75% by the beginning of fall and before the start of flu season. To manage pension costs, the city issued pension obligation bonds to refinance a portion of CalPERS. This refinance is estimated to save $65 million. Through this pandemic and the recovery efforts, a total of 356 new businesses opened in Downey this year, including the new and expanded Foot Locker Community store along Firestone Boulevard. The Marriott Hotel, also on Firestone Boulevard is slated to open the first quarter of 2022. A Honda dealer two-story showroom, over 81,000 square feet, will open in the northeast part of our city where the former Cadillac dealership used to be. This project is scheduled for completion Spring of 2022. Local businesses were assisted throughout the pandemic. Funding is still available to qualifying small businesses. A new automated permit tracking system has been in the works. This system will facilitate the receipt of building plans/checks electronically by the following departments: Building, Planning, Public Works, and Fire Department. Staff has worked on an environmentally conscious reduction of Downey’s carbon footprint for over a year. The city will be installing solar panels in all city buildings with an estimated $10 million in savings over the next 25 years. We will be saving $150,000 the first year alone in energy costs. This project will provide 1.61 megawatts of clean, renewable energy; a reduction in greenhouse gases which is equivalent to five million vehicles traveled annually and the reduction of carbon emissions equivalent to the carbon captured by 2,246 acres of

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trees in one year. Potential plans to restore the Former NASA Vultee Building are in the planning stages. The building will retain its historical character and create a community conference center/uses within the historic building. Building upon the city’s legacy of engineering and technology, Downey will pursue establishing an innovation incubator to leverage Downey’s leadership in STEM education and our medical overlay. Within that space, we will provide room to house the Downey Conservancy and the Downey Museum of Art. Downey has an excellent Aerospace history and its rebirth as a medical hub must be preserved and showcased. Public safety has been and will continue to be a major priority. The Downey Police Department has increased speed enforcement and has focused on street racing activities, including those who participate in ‘doing donuts’ on various parking lots around the city. If you would like bulky items removed, please call CalMet at 562-2591239 or download the Downey App on your mobile device. Through this app, you will be able to immediately report illegally dumped items, street repairs, trash, graffiti removal, and neighborhood light repairs. There is still Community Development Block Grant funding available. Rental Assistance funding in the amount of $950,000 was allocated for Downey renters since 2020, of which $608,971 has been awarded to families in need. Join City Council on Wednesday November 17, beginning at 10:00 am at the Civic Center as we celebrate 65 years since Downey became an incorporated city. Trees of Kindness and Hope For Our Youth will host a Keep Downey Beautiful clean up Saturday November 20 at 10:45 am. We will be planting a tree outside of the Civic Center in partnership with students and staff form Doty Middle School. I want to acknowledge the more than 2,488 Downey Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices. Downey United Lodge #220 celebrated their 150th Anniversary Celebration, a hearty congratulations to community residents and Freemasons. Thank you to Grand Standard Bearer David Olmedo for the invitation. Last but certainly not least, a sincere thank you to my council colleagues for their hard work and support of our overarching goals and priorities for 2021. Thank you for supporting many of my goals this year.

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Chiropractor Opens Office in Artesia

OPENING: Dr. Urteaga (holding scissors) is a SoCal native who grew up in nearby Montebello and works with several local high schools. By Tammye McDuff Urteaga Chiropractic opened their second office in Artesia with a ribbon cutting last Thursday, November 4, 2021; the other office is in Whittier. Dr. Urteaga is the only doctor in the United States that has been accredited by the American College of Sports Medicine, holding the highest distinction as a registered clinical exercise physiologist. Because of this distinction the clinic can serve patients with debilitating diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Urteaga works with local sports

teams from Montebello High School, Cal High and Whittier High School. Dr. Urteaga is a SoCal native who grew up in nearby Montebello. He is currently Vice-President of the Whittier Community Foundation and served on the board for Activate Whittier for several years Dr. Urteaga also provides services in strength training, conditioning, exercise, nutrition and physical rehabilitation using expertise in kinesiology, bio-mechanics, exercise prescription and sports medicine. For more information or to schedule a chat with the doctor, visit www.urteagachiropractic.com.

La Mirada Arts Colony Presents 'Mirrors of Your Mind' Art Show The public is invited, the art exhibit will begin Monday, November 15 through Friday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the La Mirada Activity Center. An award reception will conclude the art show on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The La Mirada Activity Center is lo-

cated at 13810 La Mirada Boulevard. Artists do not need to be a member of the Arts Colony to submit their art. Artists interested in joining the Arts Colony of La Mirada are encouraged to visit acolm.org or call (562) 941-4116 for additional information.


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San Diego's Point Loma and Lomaland The Theosophical community of Lomaland, which flourished on Point Loma, San Diego from 1898 until 1942, was an experiment to make Theosophy “intensely practical,” according to its founder and spiritual leader, Katherine Tingley. BY LYDIA RINGWALD

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ometimes all it takes is a day; a day away from the routine, a day that makes a difference in our perception and places us on a higher plateau of consciousness, refreshed and at peace, ready to start again or to continue on with renewed courage. In prior Day Destination articles, I have highlighted several places to visit in San Diego, including the San Diego Museum of Art and the Balboa Park museum and theater complex. But these spectacular destinations are only the beginning of suggested

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adventures in this charming and very thriving city by the sea. This time, we start our visit to Point Loma to enjoy the Sunset Cliff National Park walking trails that parallel the ocean on the San Diego Point Loma peninsula. Park your car and step out to stretch while you take a deep breath of the ocean air and enjoy the breathtaking views from the cliff trails and lookout points. Adjacent to Sunset Cliff park and trails is Nazarene University, formerly the location of Lomaland, a settlement of adventuresome advocates of Theosophy, a spiritual movement founded by Helene Blavatsky in the late 19th century with headquarters in New York City and locations throughout the world, the most prominent in Adyar, India. Lomaland founder, humanist and social advocate Katherine Tingley purchased the land on the peninsula in 1897 and founded the Lomaland community as a model for a philosophy that would blend new world confidence, Victorian morality and Indian spirituality

LOMALAND CAMPUS, is now the home to Nazarene University.

with a love for antiquity, ancient civilizations, world cultures. By 1900, the Southern California Theosophical Society followed Tingley and moved from Pasadena to Lomaland to set up headquarters for the Universal Brotherhood and Theosophical Society and build their spiritual haven. The Lomaland colony would develop to include residential, administrative and educational facilities, an outdoor amphitheater and art studios and invite visitors to share in higher spiritual Theosophical learning and enlightenment. The Raja Yoga Academy opened in 1900 a boarding school with over 300 students who all lived in the 'Lotus House' shaped dormitories on the property. In addition to studies into the beliefs of Raja Yoga and ancient history students performed in Ancient Greek and Shakespearean plays and learned to play at least one classic instrument to perform in the orchestra's weekly concerts. The spectacular Greek amphitheater overlooking the Pacific Ocean was built in 1901, with geometric designed pavement and stoa added in 1909 as a site for theater and concert events. A college was established on the property in 1919, along with other buildings, including a hotel, a textile factory, a joinery, a bakery and a publishing

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NOVEMBER 12, 2021 THE REBUILT Point Loma lighthouse is worth the hike to see the beauty of the house and the great views.

house. Despite the beauty of the Point Loma location, there were also challenges to survival. To overcome the lack of water on the peninsula, the Theosophical community had to import water and install irrigation to plant gardens and nurture enough plant life to sustain the self-sufficient colony and cultural community. To create their Lomaland paradise, the Theosophical community introduced avocados, oranges and other fruit to the arid terrain. The Lomaland model Theosophical humanitarian and cultural colony flourished from 1900 when it was established until 1942. When WWII broke out, much of San Diego and especially the harbor lookout at Point Loma was devoted to

naval and military operations. Support waned for spiritual communities like Loma Land, that practiced peace, love of antiquity, Indian spirituality and world brotherhood. Unable to sustain operations, the Lomaland property was sold in 1942, and fell into the hands of a succession of owners until the Christian Nazarene University came into possession of the stunning ocean view property and its original buildings. Although over the years, new buildings were added to the site, the prominent historical buildings of the original Lomaland still remain. On a walking tour of the campus, visitors may view the original Raja School and the adjacent Academy Building and Temple of Peace, notable for its grand,

massive hand-carved doors and an illuminated amethyst dome that served as a beacon of light in the night. The Lomaland campus also included several private homes. Most spectacular was the home of sporting goods tycoon Albert Spalding, built-in 1901 with flattened arches and modified Victorian Corinthian columns with wood carved designs in the shape of papyrus leaves. At its height, the Lomaland Theosophical Spiritual community attracted artists Grace Betts, Maurice Braun, Leonard Lester and Marian Plummer Lester, Marguerite Lemke Barton and Edith White, who worked in many studios and workshops on the Lomaland property. Lomaland artist,

Reginald Machell, renowned for his wood carving masterworks and spiritual paintings, directed the art studios and workshops. Machell who first met Helena Blavatsky in London, became a devotee of Theosophy, and moved to the Lomaland community with Tingley after the passing of Blavatsky. Machell's paintings are devoted to the expression of Theosophical spirituality. His most famous painting, 'The Path' reveals the path of the human soul through a spiritual evolution into higher consciousness. The printing shop on the campus was the headquarters for Theosophical Society spiritual publications, often illustrated with Machell's paintings and drawings. Machell's masterpieces, 'The Bard' and 'The Path' along with his stunningly beautiful wood carved chairs and screens are preserved in the collection of the San Diego Historical

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Society in Balboa Park. On a self-guided tour of the campus, visitors may enjoy the charm and quaint references to antiquity in the historical Theosophical Lomaland buildings, as well as the stunning ocean views of the property on a cliff, in some areas directly over the Sunset Cliff trails. The ocean view from the Greek Theater ensconced with elegant Greek columns and surrounding stoa is especially enchanting, reminiscent of ancient Greek theaters in Europe and abroad. For those who have time, there is still plenty more to experience on the Point Loma peninsula, so continue driving down the point to the tip to enjoy the stunning views from the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Point Loma was discovered by Europeans on September 28, 1542, when Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo who departed from Mexico and led an expedition for the Spanish crown to explore the west coast of what is now the United States. Cabrillo described San Diego Bay as "a very good enclosed

THE GREEK AMPHITHEATER on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University was the first of its type built in the United States, dating from 1901.

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port", when he most likely docked his flagship on Point Loma's east shore. Because of its strategic location guarding the San Diego harbor, the point was also a military outpost as early as 1852 with later development by the Navy in the 1920s. Charles Lindbergh first tested his airplane 'The Spirit of St. Louis', built in San Diego by Ryan Aeronautical Company, on the 'Dutch Flat's' dirt airstrip on Point Loma. Photos of Lindbergh and tests for his famous flight may be viewed at the U.S. Post Office at the Cabrillo Point site, By now you may have an appetite and would enjoy fresh fish, accompanied by a glass of wine or a beer. Perfect time to enjoy a stroll on nearby Shelter Island to paruse some of the charming restaurants and cafes in the marina next to all of the boat docks. Or head directly to The Fish Market at 750 N. Harbor Dr. to enjoy a fabulous array of fresh fish dishes on the outdoor patio, including delectable Canadian Cod Fish and Chips, Crab sandwiches and hot fish tacos, yes, also lobster. Well, what a day! Are you ready for a pleasant drive back to Cerritos now? On your cruise on Freeway 5, you may savor the special experiences, refreshed and rejuvenated for the week ahead.


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NORWALK HIGH junior running back Michael Mueller gains eight yards on his first carry of the game in last Friday’s contest. Mueller would rush for 47 yards on 10 carries as the Lancers fell to Woodbridge 24-21.

By Loren Kopff @LorenKopff on Twitter First it was Artesia High in 2018, the inaugural year of the 605 League. Then it was John Glenn High in 2019 and although Cerritos High won the league in an abbreviated 2021 spring season, the Dons now have a league crown in a full 10-game fall regular season. Backed by a strong running performance from senior running back Connor Defrain and a relentless defense that stopped the Pioneers at the most opportune times, the Dons posted a 26-13 victory last Friday night to wrap up the regular season at 5-5 overall and 3-0 in league. Since there was no football in the fall of 2020, Cerritos advances to the CIF-Southern Section playoffs for the first time since 2001. In that season, the Dons smashed Loara High 42-7 at home before falling to Newport Harbor High 36-25 the following week. Tonight, Cerritos is home to Arlington High in Division 13 action. “Last year’s [league title] was sweet too, but definitely, we had a lot of adversity this year,” said Cerritos head coach Brad Carter. “I know for sure with our losses; the margin, they were bad losses. Obviously with coach [Webster] Peters [and] injuries, this one I would say was tougher for sure. “It was definitely different, being still a new head coach [at Cerritos],” he continued. “I’ve learned a ton the last nine months. But I’m still proud of the kids for all the adversity they’ve handled, and it’s been a lot.” “It feels pretty good to be going back to back as league champions,” Defrain said. “It’s never happened at Cerritos before. So, it’s definitely something that will be in the books and that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. “I would say, honestly, it’s just as important,” Defrain later said of winning the league championship in a full season. “We played the same [league] teams; had the same [league] competition. So, I would say we did our job both last season and this season.” Defense stole the show in the first quarter as the Dons ran nine plays in two possessions while Artesia’s lone drive of 13 plays, 62 yards and 8:46 ended in a fumble at the Cerritos 30-yard line, recovered by senior linebacker Diego Rodriguez. The defensive theme continued in the second quarter as Cerritos, still on its second possession, ran 10 more plays before senior quarterback David Sagun was stopped six yards short of the goal line. However, Artesia could not capitalize despite chewing up 7:01 and moving 94 yards in 13 plays. That drive would be stopped at the Cerritos 20-yard line following an incomplete pass on fourth and 17. The Pioneers (2-7, 2-1) would also be hampered with two crucial holding calls. “I didn’t really know how [the game]

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605 LEAGUE FOOTBALL CIF-SS DIV. 12 FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

Norwalk Penalties Propel Woodbridge to Upset Win With Late Field Goal was going to go because I really felt like going into it that we have made a lot of mistakes offensively and defensively, and I felt like [Cerritos] hasn’t,” said Artesia head coach Don Olmstead. “When you look at our league games, I feel like us versus Glenn, us versus Pioneer…we just didn’t make as many mistakes as them when we won those games.” The scoreless tilt ended with 33.9 seconds remaining in the first half when Sagun launched a 20-yard pass to senior wide receiver Grant Fueston with the extra point being blocked by senior linebacker Andrew Foreman. However, it didn’t take long for the hosts to get back in the game because five plays into the second half, senior quarterback K’Len Williams scored on a nifty 61-yard run. That extra point was also unsuccessful, but those in attendance at Artesia could sense that the offense was about to pick up a little. “I thought we dominated the first half,” Olmstead said. “In the end, I didn’t feel like they beat us. I feel like we lost it ." After a missed field goal on their next possession, the Dons took the lead for good when Defrain scored from seven yards out and he was just warming up. After gaining 18 yards on six carries in the first half, Defrain rushed for 36 yards in the third quarter alone. “We started running the ball a lot more in the second half,” Defrain said. “At halftime, our coach gave us a speech and talked about coach Peters, and we needed to do it for him. With coach Peters in the back of

my mind before every single snap, it just gives me the second wind. It gives me the second boost to play even better.” “We just said we had to get our best player the ball, and we did,” Carter said. “We were confident he was going to pop [it] open. We felt like we could get him [more carries] in the second half, and that’s kind of what happened. Credit to him, though, he stuck it out there. He wasn’t 100 percent, still, but he found a way to score.” It was still 12-6 heading into the fourth quarter, but the pivotal part of the contest came on Cerritos’ first possession of the stanza. The Dons were staring at fourth and six from their own 44-yard line when Carter called a timeout at the 10:37 mark. Moments later, Sagun connected with senior wide receiver Jonathan Martinez for 22 yards. Defrain took over from there, rushing four straight times for 34 yards including a 13-yard run with 9:19 left in the game to increase the score to 19-6. That motivation continued with the Cerritos defense as Rodriguez picked off Williams at the Cerritos 36-yard line with 4:54 left to play. The Pioneers had driven from their own eight-yard line and ran 11 plays before the interception with a combination of rushes from Williams and senior running back Erin Moses along with a seven-yard pass to junior wide receiver Raymel Muldrew. “We came out with our heavy package and scored a touchdown,” Carter said. “It was fourth and six and we were backed up on our own 45 and [Sagun] threw…a pass

to Jonathan Martinez. To me, that was the game-winning play. We had the momentum again we drove and [four] players we scored a touchdown.” “I think our corner got caught in a bad technique and that’s what you get with sophomores,” Olmstead said. “It’s mistakes like that you can’t have in a playofftype game.” Cerritos capitalized on the turnover and iced the game with 2:42 remaining as Defrain scored from four yards out. He ended the night with 122 yards on 20 carries while the rest of the team picked up 60 yards on 16 rushes. And who knows what the ground game would have been like if seniors Manoj Cowgill and Mateo Martinez and junior running back Quincy Monreal had not been injured. Monreal gained 100 yards the previous week against Glenn and scored one touchdown. “Whether it’s me, Manoj, Quincy or Mateo, I think we can all get the job done at running back,” Defrain said. “And I’m glad that we have such a good running back depth to where if one or two people go down, the third or fourth guy can step up and just still keep on making the play. I think that helped us a lot; our depth helped us a lot this season.” “When you speak of the adversity, his name comes up,” Carter said of Defrain. “I mean, injuries, coming in for a quarter, coming out for a couple of weeks. And today, he said he wasn’t coming out, and he pulled us through. He just is the rock." Sagun completed 10 of 22 passes for 123 yards and on defense, senior linebacker Erick Louie III had eight and a half tackles Rodriguez added five and a half tackles. Artesia was led by Williams (161 yards on 23 carries, 62 yards passing) and Moses (98 yards on 18 carries). Defensively, Williams and sophomore defensive back Pablo Cruz each had three tackles. The Pioneers, in the playoffs for a third straight season, will travel to Rialto High for a Division 14 first round game “Give them credit, they have tough kids and they wanted to win, too,” Carter said. “I was happy in the second half that we kind of opened it up a little bit. But this is a championship game and it felt like one. The whole game was tough. “I have to say, [Williams] is as tough as they come,” he later said. “That kid is a tough player; he deserves all the credit for this season. He’s had a tough year too in terms of the contact, but that kid is a warrior. And he was tough to bring down again. He’s a big, strong player. He absolutely deserves all the accolades he gets.”

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La Mirada football remains lone area team alive in postseason By Loren Kopff Five area football teams qualified for the CIF-Southern Section divisional playoffs and after the first round, only La Mirada High remains alive for a potential championship. The Matadores, who have won four in a row, three on the field, will host Pasadena High Friday night at Excelsior Stadium. La Mirada which trailed 8-0 after the first quarter, 15-13 at the half and 22-13 early in the third quarter, rallied for a 3529 victory against Golden Valley High last Friday, improved to 7-4 on the season. The winning score came late in the third quarter when sophomore Gregory Leon scored from a yard out to put the Matadores in front 26-22. Junior quarterback Nehuel Garcia completed 16 passes for 142 yards and a score while senior running back Edward Lafferre gained 157 yards on 23 carries and scored twice for the second place team out of the Suburban League. Lafferre leads the Matadores with 710 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in nine games played. Senior running backs Amel White (49 carries, 308 yards, two touchdowns) and Jacob Black (22 carries, 114 yards, three touchdowns) are also top threats on the ground. Garcia, who has thrown for over 1,400 yards this season and 13 touchdowns, has top targets in junior wide receiver Xavier Hicks (49 receptions, 653 yards, five touchdowns) and senior wide receiver Aiden Nasser (27 receptions, 327 yards, one touchdown). Hicks caught 12 passes for 128 yards and a score against Golden Valley. Pasadena is the top-ranked team in the division and brings an 8-2 record into the contest. The Bulldogs knocked off Thousand Oaks High 50-13 last Friday and have reached the 50-point plateau four times and have scored over 40 points two other times. The co-champions of the Pacific League are led by quarterback Kaden Taylor, who has passed for 1,812 yards and 28 touchdowns. His main targets are Melci Fox (31 receptions, 797 yards, nine touchdowns), Jason Sanford (20 receptions, 468 yards, 11 touchdowns), Idrique Carmichael (18 receptions, 351 yards, three touchdowns) and Cameron Mitchell (15 receptions, 257 yards, three touchdowns). Pasadena is also balanced in running department as it has rushed for 2,114 yards and scored 23 times on the ground. Leading the charge are Taylor (80 carries, 639 yards, eight touchdowns), Ahmed Jolly (93 carries,580 yards, three touchdowns) and Daylon Beasley (44 carries, 445 yards, six touchdowns). On defense, Mikel Wallace has seven quarterback sacks while Jamir Mitchell another four and a half sacks. As a team, the Bulldogs have sacked opposing signal callers 19 and a half times. The Bulldogs have won six in a row and have not allowed more than 17 points in the last three games. If La Mirada can pull off the upset, it will travel to either Aquinas High or Leuzinger High on Nov. 19 for a semifinal contest. In other area football action from the first round, Artesia High lost to Rialto High 40-28 on the road in Division 13 action. The Pioneers, who won their only two games in 605 League play to finish in second place, conclude the season at 2-9. In Division 14, Cerritos High, the

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champions of the 605 League, hosted Arlington High at Artesia and was edged 22-20 despite touchdown runs of six, one and three by senior running back Connor Defrain. The Dons finished at 5-6 and had the program’s highest win total since 2003 when that team went 6-4. Valley Christian High, the champions of the Olympic League who were riding a seven-game winning streak, was blown out by Ramona High 42-13 in a Division 8 road encounter. The Defenders wrapped up their campaign at 7-3 and had entered the playoffs scoring at least 34 points in their last six games. GIRLS GOLF For the first time in school history, Artesia qualified for the divisional championships, which were held on Nov. 1 at the Soule Park golf course in Ojai. While the team did not advance to Southern California Golf Association qualifier, Craig Munsell, Artesia’s head coach of 10 years, was all smiles when his team was one of the 20 qualifiers in Division 3. “Being an alumni of the class of 1988 and now a teacher/coach at Artesia High School, I am super excited to be part of making school history by qualifying for the CIF championship,” Munsell said. “Honestly, I never thought that we would make it to CIF as a team. We have always had one or two golfers that were competitive, but I have never been able to put together s full team until this year.” The Lady Pioneers went 5-3 in the regular season thanks in part to sophomore Hyacinth Hernandez and freshman Arwen Hernandez wo came to Artesia with solid golf fundamentals and parental support, according to Munsell. The rest of the team are juniors Elise Chung, Madison Kim and Neha Neelankavil and freshman Ashly Chung. Out of Division 1, Cerritos also qualified and competed at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino Hills and while the Lady Dons may not have advanced as a team, Jasmine Koo stole the spotlight. The sophomore shot a 68 to finish in first place at the individual finals at the River Ridge Golf Course-Vineyard Course in Oxnard, which is a par 72 of 5,943 yards. Koo finished one stroke ahead of three other golfers and has advanced to the state regionals, which were held at the Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena on Nov. 11. Also advancing to the state regionals is Sarah Yoo of Whitney High, who shot a 73 to finish in a tie for 21st. The top 28 advance to the state regionals with the state finals to be held at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach on Tuesday. CROSS COUNTRY The area will be represented nicely with runners on Friday and Saturday as six schools have teams advancing to the preliminaries, held at Mt. San Antonio College. In Division 2, the Cerritos boys will run at 10:06 a.m. while the girls run at 11:26. In Division 3, the Gahr High boys will run at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday with senior Natalyn Membreno representing the Gahr girls team at 9:05 a.m. At 7:57, the La Mirada and Norwalk High boys’ teams will get going with the Norwalk girls and the La Mirada girls running at 8:52 a.m. and 9:05 a.m. respectively. In Division 4, Whitney will run on Friday at 8:54 a.m. (boys) and 9:24 a.m. (girls) while the V.C. boys go at 12:15 p.m. and the V.C. girls at 2:10 p.m. The finals will take place on Nov. 20, also at Mt. San Antonio College.

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CERRITOS HIGH senior Abigail Yoo posted 6-0 scores in two of her three sets against Magnolia High last Friday in a CIF-SS Division 4 second round playoff match. Yoo, the No. 2 singles player, helped guide the Lady Dons to a 12-6 victory over Magnolia and was one of five senior starters against the Sentinels.

Cerritos in a familiar position with second round win against Magnolia By Loren Kopff There was a time when the Cerritos High girls tennis program was carving through the Suburban League, going 12-0 in league matches from 2002-2013 and 2015-2017 and advancing at least to the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs 11 times during that span. Those days have been missing recently as the Lady Dons haven’t been out of the second round since 2014 despite winning league titles through 2019. But following an impressive 12-6 win against Magnolia High last Friday afternoon in Division 4 action, the Lady Dons assured themselves of the program’s 12th visit to the quarterfinals since 2002. And Cerritos didn’t even win league this past season. The team went 11-4 in the regular season, was swept by Whitney High and split with Oxford Academy. Because of the second place finish in the 605 League, the Lady Dons drew a rare wild card match followed by a rare first round road match ahead of the home match with Magnolia. “It’s been a rough season in general,” said Cerritos head coach Henry Ayesiga. “We started off slow and the team has been slowly improving. We’ve had a couple of good games and we finished second in the league. We were hoping to finish at the top, but we ended up tying with Oxford. We’ve had a few upsets here and there, but it makes us feel really great as a team right now. Last season, Cerritos knocked off Crean Lutheran High in a Division 3 wild card match before falling to Trabuco Hills High 17-1 in the first round. On Nov. 2, the Lady Dons blanked Duarte High 18-0 in the wild card round, then had no problems with Rim of the World High on the road 15-3 Nov. 3. Since 2016, Cerritos had been bounced out in the first round three times. The Lady Dons barely broke a sweat through the first round against the Sentinels as they won three sets by 6-0 scores and led 5-1. Senior Archisa Verma, the number three singles player began the match with a 6-0 win against Jennifer Ortiz. That was followed by senior Abigail Yoo, the number two singles player, breezing past Joanna Martinez 6-0 before junior Riley Flick, the number one singles player, fell to Diana Vo 6-3. All three doubles teams picked up wins in the first round with relative ease. No. 1 senior Sina Mengistu and junior Lana Kijbumrungsilp got past Esmeralda Avalos and Ashley Ramales 6-2, No. 2 senior Anushka Panjwani and junior Tasha Kilbumrungsilp doubled up on Liana Sanjines

and Sirijam Munira 6-3 and No. 3 juniors Aubrey Tran and Kaelyn D’Oyen blanked Karen Romero and Carla Guido 6-0. Before the second round was over, the Lady Dons all but assured themselves they would keep their season going as they picked up four straight wins to lead 9-1. Flick bounced back to knock off Ortiz 6-0, Verma defeated Martinez 6-3, Mengistu/ Lana Kijbumrungsilp whitewashed Sanjines/Munira 6-0 and Panjwani/Tasha Kijbumrungsilp posted a 6-2 win over Avalos/Ramales 6-2. “We’re getting a lot of tough teams and they are pushing us,” Ayesiga said. “I actually like the competition we’re getting from the new league. It’s pushing our girls to push themselves a little more. They know that whenever they go on the tennis court, they’re going to have to push 120 percent. It’s not a given anymore; now they have to earn every win. So, it makes every victory even more meaningful at this point.” Cerritos, the fifth ranked team in the division, had to wait until the third round to clinch the victory as Yoo fell to Vo 6-2 and Tran/D’Oyen lost to Sanjines/Munira by that same score to complete the second round. At this point, Cerritos simply needed to win five games throughout the six sets in the third round, and when Yoo blanked Ortiz 6-0 to begin the third round, that sealed the win for Cerritos and sent them into this past Monday’s quarterfinals against San Dimas High. Mengistu/Lana Kijbumrungsilp would complete a clean sweep of their sets by defeating Sanjines/Munira 6-0 to make it 11-3. After Vo knocked off Verma 6-0, the final win for Cerritos came from Tran/D’Oyen in a 6-0 win against Avalos/ Ramales. Sophomore Hannah Young would replace Flick in the third round and lost to Martinez 6-4 while seniors Sanjana Gupta and Elise Chung, replacements for Panjwani/Tasha Kijbumrungsilp, would fall to Romero/Guido 7-6 to wrap up the match. “Abigail has actually been struggling with feet injuries throughout the season and she’s just starting to recover right now,” Ayesiga said. “She’s been having a very rough season. She finished fourth in the league compared to previous seasons where she was at least in the top three or the top two. So, this season has been a little hard on her. But in the playoffs, she’s been coming up strong and overall, she’s having better results compared to the [regular] season.” Cerritos would tie San Dimas 9-9 this past Monday afternoon but lose in games 70-69 to end its season at 14-5.


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HOMICIDES by LA Supervisorial District, the period from January 1 to June 30 was already the deadliest six months; The LAPD began making its data public in 2010. The 48 deaths in July was a 21% jump from the previous month. By Tammye McDuff According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department report dated October 12, homicides by district are on the rise. “As the ‘woke’ LA County Board of Supervisors continue to defund the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, homicide rates are skyrocketing,” tweeted LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, “ A ‘let them eat cake’ attitude is easy for those who live behind gated walls with security, but defunding has serious consequences!” In May of 2020, the rift between the Board of Supervisors and Villanueva widened. With COVID effecting the county budget, the Board demanded a $400 million cut to the Sheriff’s Department. Villanueva discussed the proposed cuts saying that all 34 Los Angeles County government departments had budget reductions, however, it was the LASD that took the largest cut. The LASD had 18,000 employees at the time. Villanueva pointed out the unbalanced distribution of cuts was imposed on the agency. “Of the 600 proposed county layoffs, more than half of them were from the Sheriff’s Department, and of the 3,200 vacant positions to be eliminated county-wide, 1,525 were from the Sheriff’s Department.” He further stated that the Board has the ability to fund all of the county government operations, and

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they need to prioritize public safety. According to Villanueva, Los Angeles County reported a 95% increase in homicides compared to the same time period in 2020. In addition, the county is also seeing a 40% increase in grand theft auto and a 7.8% increase in rape. And the trend appears to be continuing. The LAPD reports that in the first 24 weeks of 2021, reports of shots fired were up 49 percent. The number of people wounded by gun violence was up 50 percent. And homicides were up 26 percent. Los Angeles is on track to record 437 murders this year, the most since 2006. The city of Los Angeles in July recorded 48 homicides, the highest monthly count in more than ten years. This figure doubled since April. According to public data from the Los Angeles Police Department indicates this alarming trend is not slowing down. The period from January 1 to June 30 was already the deadliest six months; The LAPD began making its data public in 2010. The 48 deaths in July was a 21% jump from the previous month. Los Angeles is not alone, as the murder rate has been rising in cities across the country; New York City, Chicago and Washington, D.C. are among the major metropolitan areas where killings in 2021 are far higher than they were in the same time frame in 2019.

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: ISABEL MARIA ROCHA AKA ISABEL M. ROCHA AKA ISABEL ROCHA CASE NO. 21STPB10414 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of ISABEL MARIA ROCHA AKA ISABEL M. ROCHA AKA ISABEL ROCHA. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by ELENA MARY ALECRIM in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that ELENA MARY ALECRIM be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 12/03/21 at 8:30AM in Dept. 2D located at 111 N. HILL ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90012 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner PAULO I. MENEZES - SBN 248864 THE LAW OFFICES OF DUARTE & MENEZES, LLP 17215 STUDEBAKER ROAD, SUITE 240 CERRITOS CA 90703 11/12, 11/19, 11/26/21 CNS-3527634# LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWS

VASQUEZ from page 1 fully. The video starts out showing Vasquez and Martinez going up to the second floor and walking around looking for employees. Normally the floor is bustling with employees, but as Vasquez and Martinez walked around, no one was in sight. Martinez was trespassing; under CB policy, the second floor is closed to the public. “We are here on the second floor which is supposedly off-limits for whatever made-up reason,” Martinez stated at 2:30 of the video. Martinez’ violent intentions were clear when he said, “because there is not a lot of people here, they don’t feel as emboldened to start a ruckus, but we are here, we’re here to start a ruckus.” Martinez then walks into the confidential file room where Vasquez can be seen digging through sensitive files. At 4:43, Vasquez tells Martinez that she is looking for payroll information “because we have many employees that are overpaid, but they (the cabinets) are locked so we can’t see them.” Searching for files without permission is a violation of the Agency’s Administrative Code. CB’s Administrative Code states, “internal procedures that will be followed for requests by Directors for staff assistance on obtaining documentation. Directors may submit requests for documentation and/or general inquiries to the General Manager for review, approval and transmittal to the appropriate senior manager for response. Personnel records are confidential and access to personnel records is granted only to the General Manager, to

the employee’s Senior Manager, legal counsel and Human Resources. Upon 24-hours written notice, any employee may review his or her personnel file in the presence of a Human Resources representative.” Martinez added to his trespassing violations with California Civil Code violations when he cell-phone videoed himself trying to open the filing cabinets. Vasquez’ actions also fall under the purview of the Information Practices Act, the California Civil Code that addresses sensitive files. "The right to privacy (of personal files) is protected by Section 1 of Article I of the Constitution of California and by the United States Constitution and that all individuals have a right of privacy in information pertaining to them. Under the law, all disclosures of personal information are restricted and an accounting of such disclosures must be made.” According to Central Basin officials, Vasquez took insurance and payroll records and has not returned the files. At 9:50, Vasquez can be seen carrying a package that presumably had the files she took. She walked into another room where another Vasquez crony, Martha Camacho, could be seen sitting with former GM Carlos Panilla. As a final act, Vasquez handed the green file to Dir. Camacho. The taking of the files forced CB GM Alex Rojas to pay for identity theft accounts for the affected employees. Several emails to Vasquez and Martinez, including asking Vasquez if she has the payroll files, went unanswered.

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NOVEMBER 12, 2021 CITY OF LA MIRADA PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on November 23, 2021, at 7 p.m., the City of La Mirada will conduct a public hearing to receive input from the community regarding the redrawing of election district boundaries. The hearing will be held at La Mirada City Hall’s City Council Chambers, 13700 La Mirada Boulevard, La Mirada, California 90638. Every ten years, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each City Councilmember represents about the same number of constituents. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, and the process must be completed by December 15, 2021. To the extent practicable, district lines will be adopted using the following criteria: (1) geographically contiguous districts (each city council district should share a common border with the next), (2) the geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or communities shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (3) geographic integrity of a city shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (4) easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.), and (5) lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness. In addition, districts shall respect communities of interest as much as possible. A community of interest is a population that shares common social or economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effectiveness and fair representation. Communities of interest do not include relationships with political parties, incumbents or political candidates. During the public hearing, the City Council will seek input in selecting the next district map for City Council. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community. All interested persons will be given an opportunity to comment on this item at the public hearing. In addition, written comments may be submitted to the City prior to the hearing, mailed to 13700 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, California 90638, Attention: City Clerk. Please reference hearing title and date of hearing in any correspondence. You can contact the City Clerk at (562) 943-0131 to find out more about how the process works. Additional information is on the City’s website at www.cityoflamirada.org. Anne Haraksin, City Clerk Published at La Mirada Lamplighter Newspaper 11/12/21 CITY OF LA MIRADA Please take notice that on November 9, 2021, the City Council of the City of La Mirada adopted the following Ordinance: ORDINANCE NO. 720 ADDING ARTICLE IX (MANDATORY ORGANIC WASTE DISPOSAL REDUCTION) TO CHAPTER 6.08 (SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLABLES COLLECTION SERVICES) OF TITLE 6 (HEALTH AND SANITATION) TO THE LA MIRADA MUNICIPAL CODE, AND MAKING A DETERMINATION OF EXEMPTION UNDER CEQA Summary of Ordinance No. 720 Ordinance No. 720 added Article IX to Chapter 6.08 of the La Mirada Municipal Code and provides a means for the City to implement an Organics Recycling Program. Beginning January 1, 2022, EDCO will begin accepting organics in the existing residential green waste containers. Multi-family dwellings and commercial properties will have several service options available based on their individual needs. Commercial customers designated as Tier 1 and Tier 2 commercial edible food generators will be required to recover edible food that is still viable for human consumption. This also applies to any large venues or events where food is sold or provided. Commercial edible food generators identified under the law as Tier 1 are supermarkets, grocery stores with a total facility size greater than 10,000 square feet, food service providers and distributors, and wholesale food vendors. Tier 2 commercial edible food generators include restaurants with 250 or more seats or a facility size greater than 5,000 square feet, hotels with 200 or more rooms and have an on-site food facility, health facilities with 100 or more beds and have an on-site food facility, and a local education agency facility with an on-site food facility. Pursuant to the ordinance, the commercial edible food generators outlined above will be required to subscribe to an edible food donation service or self-haul edible food to a food recovery organization. In addition to implementing a food recovery program, Tier 1 and Tier 2 edible food generators and operators or large venues and events will be required to keep detailed records of the types, frequency, quantities, and organizations where the edible food was donated or transported. These generators will also be required to provide City staff with copies of food recovery agreements and allow staff access to the premises to review records. The names of those Councilmembers voting for or against Ordinance No. 720 are as follows: AYES: NOES: ABSTAIN: ABSENT:

Councilmembers De Ruse, Lewis, Sarega, Mayor Pro Tem Otero, Mayor Eng None None None

A certified copy of the entirety of the text of Ordinance No. 720 is available in the office of the City Clerk, City of La Mirada, 13700 La Mirada Boulevard, La Mirada, California, and is available for public inspection at that location. Anne Haraksin, La Mirada City Clerk Published at La Mirada Lamplighter Newspaper 11/12/21 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: CHARLES FREDERICK LAMBERT CASE NO. 21STPB09986 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of CHARLES FREDERICK LAMBERT. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by LAURIE LOUISE ATKINS in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that LAURIE LOUISE ATKINS be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act with limited authority. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 01/07/22 at 8:30AM in Dept. 29 located at 111 N. HILL ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90012 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner ROBERT L. COHEN, ESQ. - SBN 150913 LAW OFFICES OF ROBERT L. COHEN, INC. 8081 ORANGETHORPE AVENUE BUENA PARK CA 90621 10/29, 11/5, 11/12/21 CNS-3522618# LA MIRADA LAMPLIGHTER

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NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF JOSEPHINE PUGLIESE Case No. 21STPB09274 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of JOSEPHINE PUGLIESE A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Robert Pugliese in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Robert Pugliese be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent's will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on Nov. 18, 2021 at 8:30 AM in Dept. No. 11 located at 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Petitioner: Robert Pugliese ROBERT PUGLIESE 13124 CAROLYN ST CERRITOS CA 90703 CN981731 PUGLIESE Oct 29, Nov 5,12, 2021 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: BERNICE MARY LAMBERT AKA BERNICE M. LAMBERT AKA BERNICE LAMBERT CASE NO. 21STPB09979 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of BERNICE MARY LAMBERT AKA BERNICE M. LAMBERT AKA BERNICE LAMBERT. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by LAURIE LOUISE ATKINS in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that LAURIE LOUISE ATKINS be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 01/07/22 at 8:30AM in Dept. 29 located at 111 N. HILL ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90012 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner ROBERT L. COHEN, ESQ. - SBN 150913 LAW OFFICES OF ROBERT L. COHEN, INC. 8081 ORANGETHORPE AVENUE BUENA PARK CA 90621 10/29, 11/5, 11/12/21 CNS-3522614# LA MIRADA LAMPLIGHTER APN: 8015-027-011 TS No: CA07000438-19-1 TO No: 190773243-CA-VOI NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE (The above statement is made pursuant to CA Civil Code Section 2923.3(d)(1). The Summary will be provided to Trustor(s) and/or vested owner(s) only, pursuant to CA Civil Code Section 2923.3(d)(2).) YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED April 29, 2015. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On December 30, 2021 at 09:00 AM, Vineyard Ballroom, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, MTC Financial Inc. dba Trustee Corps, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust recorded on May 6, 2015 as Instrument No. 20150524185, and a Judgment was recorded September 16, 2021 as Instrument Number 20211419460, and that said Deed of Trust was modified by Modification Agreement and recorded February 27, 2018 as Instrument Number 20180192453, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by VICTOR D GANDARA FRANCO, A SINGLE MAN, as Trustor(s), in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., as Beneficiary, as nominee for PLATINUM HOME MORTGAGE CORPORATION as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 11404 GWYNNE AVENUE, NORWALK, CA 90650 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee’s Sale is estimated to be $342,424.08 (Estimated). However, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary’s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the Trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee’s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. Notice to Potential Bidders If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a Trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a Trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same Lender may hold more than one mortgage or Deed of Trust on the property. Notice to Property Owner The sale date shown on this Notice of Sale may be postponed one or more times by the Mortgagee, Beneficiary, Trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about Trustee Sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call Auction.com at 800.280.2832 for information regarding the Trustee's Sale or visit the Internet Website address www.Auction.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA07000438-19-1. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Website. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Notice to Tenant NOTICE TO TENANT FOR FORECLOSURES AFTER JANUARY 1, 2021 You may have a right to purchase this property after the trustee auction pursuant to Section 2924m of the California Civil Code. If you are an “eligible tenant buyer,” you can purchase the property if you match the last and highest bid placed at the trustee auction. If you are an “eligible bidder,” you may be able to purchase the property if you exceed the last and highest bid placed at the trustee auction. There are three steps to exercising this right of purchase. First, 48 hours after the date of the trustee sale, you can call www.Auction.com, or visit this internet website https://tracker. auction.com/sb1079/, using the file number assigned to this case CA07000438-19-1 to find the date on which the trustee’s sale was held, the amount of the last and highest bid, and the address of the trustee. Second, you must send a written notice of intent to place a bid so that the trustee receives it no more than 15 days after the trustee’s sale. Third, you must submit a bid so that the trustee receives it no more than 45 days after the trustee’s sale. If you think you may qualify as an “eligible tenant buyer” or “eligible bidder,” you should consider contacting an attorney or appropriate real estate professional immediately for advice regarding this potential right to purchase. Date: November 2, 2021 MTC Financial Inc. dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA07000438-19-1 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 Phone:949-252-8300 TDD: 866-660-4288 Amy Lemus, Authorized Signatory SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ONLINE AT www.Auction.com FOR AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: Auction. com at 800.280.2832 Trustee Corps may be acting as a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained may be used for that purpose. Order Number 78388, Pub Dates: 11/12/2021, 11/19/2021, 11/26/2021, LA MIRADA LAMPLIGHTER FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File Number 2021237280 THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSINESS AS: THE CLASSIC STITCH, 20909 BLOOMFIELD 15, LAKEWOOD, CA., 90715. Registered Owner: EMMANUEL VILLA-MARIN 20909 BLOOMFIELD 15, LAKEWOOD, CA., 90715 THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED AS AN INDIVIDUAL. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: N/A. I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000). /S/ EMMANUEL VILLA-MARIN. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on 10/29/21. In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the of notice of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. Effective January 1, 2014, the Fictitious Business Name Statement must be accompanied by the affidavit of identity form. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). LCCN 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26/21

PUBLIC AUCTION Extra Space Storage will hold a public auction to sell personal property described below belonging to those individuals listed below at location indicated: 10753 Artesia Blvd. Cerritos, Ca 90703 on December 01, 2021 at 11:00 am.

Michelle Fitzpatrick- clothes and other personal belongings, Tanya Jones - Household items ,Ryan Bradley - Boxes, washer and dryer, Glenn Eldridge -Household items , Gidget Rogriguez -boxes and misc items , Brown Donald, Donald Brown -Boxes and household items , Hannah Salazar Lopez -Household items

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The auction will be listed and advertised on www.storagetreasures.com. Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property. Published at LCCN 11/12 and 11/19/21


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elping adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities reach their full potential to thrive in the community is My Day Counts, a nonprofit based in Anaheim. “Adults with disabilities face many more obstacles than their non-disabled peers,” said President and CEO Mike Galliano, who has been with My Day Counts in various roles since 2008. “Oftentimes this population needs assistance so they may be included socially, find employment, live independently, and access the community.” In 2013, Galliano took on his present role, successfully helping My Day Counts transition from a sheltered Work Activity Program model to a licensed day activity program due to legislative changes at the state and federal levels, which impacted their funding. He went further to develop innovative programs to best serve their clients. The nonprofit also faced changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We transitioned our service delivery model from in-person services to remote programming and services in March of 2020,” he added. “We continued to exclusively offer remote programming until we reopened in August.” During the pandemic, a group of 12 clients worked remotely and graduated from the Food Handler’s Certificate Program, a nationally recognized best practice approach in the food handling industry. Several had perfect attendance, some even juggled employment and health issues while pursuing their certification. All demonstrated great dedication and commitment to improving themselves. “The mission of My Day Counts is to train people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for success in life and work,” Galliano explained. “We accomplish this by offering a variety of programs designed to enrich the lives of the individuals we serve and enable them to achieve their full potential.” “The culture of My Day Counts has evolved into one that is entrepreneurial in spirit due, in part, to the collective passion and accountability of the leadership team,” he added. “This promotes innovative and progressive approaches to removing historical barriers that prevent individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (ID/DD) from reaching their full potential.” Since 1951, My Day Counts has had a rich history empowering and having a profound impact upon their clients. They support all-ability levels with employment, classroom and community-based instruction, recreational activities, motor skills and sensory awareness development, housing, case management, advocacy support, in-home education for families, independent living support, and transportation. “For years, our organization has identified common barriers to independence for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Galliano. “By utiliz-

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NOVEMBER 12, 2021 EACH DAY COUNTS for proud program participants at My Day Counts as they display certificates of achievement. The nonprofit serves more than 450 intellectually and developmentally disabled adults in Orange County through empowerment, education, employment and independent living skills.

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ing our program model, we have been able to help participants navigate beyond these shared challenges. Our belief is that there is a path for all participants to reach new levels of independence and self-esteem through personal experiences and achievements.” “For some, this might be taking their first steps with the use of an assisted walker,” he explained. “For others, this means stepping outside their comfort zone and attempting to learn new skills, completing a college class, or getting their first job in the community.” My Day Counts services more than 450 adults with disabilities, both onsite at a 60,000 square foot facility in Anaheim as well as throughout the greater Orange County community. One hundred percent of their participants are low income, and primary reside in North Orange County, California. Their disabilities range from mild to profound intellectual disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and others, according to Galliano. About 69 percent are 50 years of age or younger, 28 percent are older adults, and 4 percent are senior citizens. Most referrals come from the Regional Center Orange County, Department of Rehabilitation California, and 28 local school districts and other community partners. Participants have also found My Day Counts through family members researching the Internet and social media. “Young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are initially referred to our organization when they graduate from their high school transition

program between the ages of 18-22 years,” Galliano explained. “[They are referred] by the Regional Center Orange County, Department of Rehabilitation California and 28 local school districts and other community partners.” “Although these young adults may be in their late teens or early 20s, emotionally and socially, they are much younger,” he said. “We [have ]invested in creating a unique curriculum that meets the needs of today’s youth transitioning into adulthood who are seeking an integrated role in the community,” Galliano explained. “By investing and educating participants, this foundation allows us to facilitate and direct participants towards achieving greater personal and meaningful goals using learned skills.” Through a “person-centered” approach, new participants identify aspects of the program that best suit their needs and make their own decisions as to how to spend their day. The first phase of the My Day Counts model begins with focusing on education and self-development. This provides them with the knowledge and skills that promote confidence, self-esteem, and a successful integration into the community, according to Galliano. Their ‘LIFE’ curriculum provides meaningful and purposeful lessons in life skills, independence, friendships, and employment/education. “This ultimately serves as the foundation to develop life skills by providing intentional steps and measurable milestones to foster independence among participants,” he added. “Today, we are doing this by increasing the number of participants who achieve their high school diplomas, increasing the participation in those taking college courses, and building the foundation for our first participant to enroll in a four-year university.” “By defining more educational avenues for success, we are creating a paradigm shift for youth with disabilities,” Galliano explained. A successful example is Leslie, a participant who likes being a college student

MY DAY COUNTS President and CEO Mike Galliano (right) with program participants. Since 1951, the nonprofit has been helping adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities reach their full potential.

simply because she loves to learn. She has been with My Day Counts for the last 12 years, defining herself as hardworking, sweet, and kind. “I feel honored and blessed to be here and having support that counts,” she said. “I am a social butterfly!” After education, employment is the next natural step as youth transition into adulthood, said Galliano. He explained their ‘progressive employment training’ serves two purposes. The first is providing participants with job exploration and awareness, fundamental employment skills, paid training, and job placement that meet their individual interests and abilities. The second is having My Day Counts trainings focusing on meeting employer’s expectations which results in participants being prepared and able to sustain longterm employment. Their Workforce Development Initiative accomplishes this overall goal through education, employment, and service/volunteerism. “My Day Counts has identified common barriers to employment for program participants,” Galliano added. “For nearly 70 years, [we] have provided vocational and basic life skills trainings, case management, job coaching, personalized employment plans, and employment accommodations.” “Through our Workforce Development Initiative, we help combat the unacceptable 78 percent unemployment rate this population experiences,” he said. “Today, participants who have successfully transitioned out of our Community Employment Services program and into a job have a 95 percent success rate for maintaining integrated and competitive employment for twelve months or longer.” According to Galliano, the next natural progressive step into adulthood includes participants seeking independent living options that provide the community with a grateful and valuable contributing citizen. “During this phase of the model, we support participants so they may explore the various living options available to them, determine which is most appropriate and then seek the highest level of independence to achieve their person-centered choices,” he explained. “The positive outcomes experienced at My Day Counts prove that our solution is successfully transforming the lives of youth with disabilities so they may lead more independent lives.” My Day Count offers a wide variety of ways the public can support them and their programs. Opportunities include helping to fund their Workforce Development Initiative, the senior citizens program, equipment needs for adults who are profoundly disabled (most of whom are nonverbal), and support for their Access to Higher Education initiative. “With the support from our partners, foundations, individuals, and corporations together we provide each of our participants with the guidance and resources to move along their path to individual achievement,” Galliano said. Though My Day Counts has faced many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, they remain resolute in their commitment to offer life enhancing programs and services to adults with disabilities. Many times, this population is among the most disadvantaged in California, at high-risk for isolation with little understanding as to why. To learn more about this nonprofit and help them make each day count during the upcoming holiday season by making a tax-deductible donation, please visit online at www.mydaycounts.org.