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Black Facts Oct. 21, 1994 Charles Edward Anderson, the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in Meteorology, dies. In 1960, Charles Edward Anderson earns a Ph.D. in Meteorology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. Oct. 22, 1906 Three-thousand Blacks demonstrate and riot in Philadelphia to protest a theatrical presentation of Thomas Dixon’s The Clansman. Sixty-two Blacks are reported lynched. Oct. 24, 1935 Italy invades Ethiopia. American Blacks held mass meetings of protest and raised funds for the Ethiopian defenders. Oct. 24, 1923 The Department of Labor says some 500,000 Blacks had left the South in the preceding 12 months. Source: blackfacts.com

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L.A. Gets $546M Loan For Crenshaw Light-Rail Line Sen. Barbara Boxer (DCalif.) talks to reporters after voting in her campaign for re-election, at the RegistrarRecorder’s office in Riverside, Calif., Oct. 12.

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talks to reporters at the White House following a meeting with President Obama about repairing the nation’s transportation infrastructure, Oct. 11, in Washington. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood listens at right, with former Secretary of Transportation Samuel Skinner at far left. Listening second from right is Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — The federal government will loan Los Angeles County $546 million to help build an 8 1/2-mile light rail line that would run from the city’s Crenshaw district to a station near the airport, officials announced Friday. Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, who’s been helping the county and the Department of Transportation reach the deal, said the loan will help create about 5,000 jobs and improve the

Black Facts Oct. 24, 1948 Rep. Kweisi Mfume is born Frizzell Gray in Baltimore. In 1996, Mfume became president of the NAACP. Oct. 23, 1911 Three organizations — the Committee for Improving the Industrial Conditions of Negroes in New York; the Committee on Urban Conditions; and the National League for the Protection of Colored Women — merge, under the leadership of Dr. George E. Hayne and Eugene Kinckle Jones, to form the National Urban League. Jones is named executive secretary. Sixty Blacks are reported lynched in 1911. Oct. 23, 1947 NAACP petition on racism, “An Appeal to the World,” is presented to the United Nations at Lake Success. Oct. 23, 1775 Continental Congress approves resolution barring Blacks from the army. Source: blackfacts.com

regional transit system. The loan is the first federal commitment to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s effort to construct a dozen transit projects in 10 rather than 30 years. Los Angeles County voters agreed two years ago to pay a half-cent sales tax over the next three decades to extend train and rapid bus lines. Villaraigosa has been seeking federal loans to accelerate those projects, then repay the government later with proceeds from the sales tax. As part of the deal, the gov-

ernment is shelling out $20 million in credit assistance to defray the cost of the loan. Villaraigosa said the loan will cover a third of the costs of the estimated $1.4-billion Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor, which will serve as a critical link to two light-rail lines. The money will allow construction to begin late next year with completion expected in 2018. Originally, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority had planned for completion in 2029.

Health Care Law – How Does It Help People Without Insurance, Jobs, Papers? Below are some of the frequently asked questions NAM has heard since President Obama signed the health care reform law in March.

Q: I am a 32-year-old male who has just been released from prison. I have chronic hypertension and diabetes. It has been difficult to find a job and even more difficult to access health insurance. What can I do now and how will that change in 2014 when the health care law is fully implemented? A: Currently, in California individual counties are responsible to provide basic health care services to persons who can’t afford them and are not eligible for other public programs. There may also be a non-profit clinic available where you live that takes patients on a sliding fee scale depending on your income. However, after January 1, 2014, when the affordable care act is fully implemented, you will be eligible for Medi-Cal.

Q: My husband and I are both working but do not get health insurance from our jobs and cannot afford to buy private insurance. Although we are currently without legal status, our two children are U.S. citizens and are enrolled in California's child health insurance program, Healthy Families. Is there anything in the new health care law that could help our family get affordable health care? A: Your children and other family members who have legal status will remain eligible for Healthy Families, Medi-Cal, Medicare, and will also be able to buy affordable health insurance in the new insurance marketplace. Californians without legal status will still be able to enroll in Emergency Medi-Cal to cover emergency treatment (if they meet other eligibility rules) and can continue to obtain affordable health services at their local community health centers and pay based on their income. In addition, due to the existing Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) requirements, hospitals will continue to be required to treat and stabilize uninsured individuals who need emergency treatment under the new health care reform law.

Q: I am a 45-year-old female who just got laid off. I don’t qualify for COBRA – the temporary continuation of health coverage former employees or their spouses get at group rates – and I can’t afford private insurance. Can I get help from the new law? A: Today under the existing system, if you have children at home, you may be eligible for Medi-Cal coverage or if you do not have children at home, you may be eligible for county health care. You are also eligible to receive health care through community clinics. Several of California clinics have already begun to receive new funding that is provided by the Affordable Care Act. In total, the Act will provide $11 billion in new funding to Federally-Qualified Health Centers over the next five years. If you have any questions about the health care law, call: (800)-871-9012 712389#, or e-mail your question to asktheexpert@newamericamedia.org or send by regular mail to P.O. Box 410447, San Francisco, CA 94141-0447. You can find more resources at www.calendow.org/healthlaw.


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NEWS IN AFRICA ‘Years of Heartache’ Recounted in New Mandela Book SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORK A new collection from the private papers of former president Nelson Mandela reveals years of heartache due to missing his family while in prison and his discomfort at becoming a national icon. “Conversations with Myself”

draws on Mandela’s personal archive to offer unique access to the inspiring world leader. The records include journals kept on the run during the anti-apartheid struggle of the early 1960s; diaries and draft letters written while on Robben Island and in other South African prisons during his 27 years of incarceration; notebooks from the post-apartheid transition; private recorded conversations; speeches and correspondence written during his presidency. The book illuminates a heroic life forged on the front lines of the struggle for freedom and justice and reveals his thoughts on everything from the danger of corruption in power to his grief at his son’s death.

Hollywood Descends on Sudan as Date for Referendum Nears SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORK Visitors, including veteran actor George Clooney, are flocking to Sudan, which in less than 100 days will give south Sudanese the choice whether to stay united with the North or

become an independent country. Clooney, a designated “U.N. Messenger for Peace” was among several U.N. officials, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, hoping to head off a resumption of fighting, if the scheduled plebiscite is delayed. So far, preparations for the voting are seriously behind schedule — voter registration has not started and is unlikely to be ready on time for a Jan.9, 2011 vote, say local sources. There is not even a North-South border. The referendum is a key provision of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended a decades-long north-south civil war. At a recent meeting with parliament, Sudanese President Omar alBashir gave assurances that the referendum was on track and predicted unity of the north and south would prevail. But U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed a widely heard view that southerners will break away, and called independence “inevitable.”

British Banks in Cohoots with Corrupt Nigerian Politicians SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORKS A new report by the watchdog group Global Witness charges British banks with accepting millions of dollars from Nigerian politicians accused of corruption. One former governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, brought some $6

million into Britain and deposited it with the Royal Bank of Scotland. “This account received $4 million,” said a Global Witness spokesman. “Of that, $2 million was a corrupt bribe paid by a contractor to secure a contract.” The report, called “International Thief,” covers 1999 to 2005. It is based on court documents from cases brought by the Nigerian government to win back funds it said had been stolen by former governors. By taking money from corrupt governors between 1999 and 2005, said the report, Barclays, NatWest, RBS, HSBC, and UBS helped to fuel corruption and entrench poverty in Nigeria. The banks have all denied the charges. A full copy of the report may be found online at www.globalwitness.org.

Nigeria: More Troops May Come To Violent Region MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian military spokesman says more soldiers could be stationed in the nation’s troubled northeast, a region where a feared Muslim sect has committed a series of targeted killings. Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, the Nigerian Army’s Chief of Staff, told journalists Monday that the security forces had identified a series of “black spots” where more soldiers could hunt for members of the Boko

Haram sect. However, any additional deployment depends on the Borno state governor approving it. Followers of Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sacrilege” in Hausa, went into hiding after a July 2009 riot, which they began, and a subsequent security crackdown that left 700 people dead. They attacked a federal prison last month and freed 750 inmates.

Protesters In E. Congo Demand Soldiers Leave KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Witnesses and an official say civilians are protesting after three residents were killed when soldiers looted homes in Congo’s South Kivu province. Katana county resident Emmanuel Mburungu says soldiers forced themselves into homes Sunday, demanding money and mobile phones. Mburungu says all 11,000 residents in the county have taken to the streets to demand the troops’ removal. Local official Dezire Balezi says the civilians died while resisting the looters, and one soldier was shot over a money dispute. Army spokesman Col. Vianey Kazarama denies soldiers are involved and blames local gangs. Congo’s first lady led thousands of women Sunday in a march to demand end to mass rapes, some allegedly by soldiers, in volatile eastern Congo.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

BRIEFS NAACP’s Jealous Recognized by Time Magazine SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE AFRO-AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous received two honors recently as he was named among

Under 40’ and The NonProfit Times’ ‘Power and Influence Top 50’ lists,” NAACP Board of Directors Chairman Roslyn Brock said in a statement. “In a little over two years, President Jealous has led the Association in tackling some of the hardest issues facing the American

Benjamin Jealous Time magazine’s “40 Under 40 public, including healthcare reform, Rising Stars of U.S. Politics” and the financial crisis and predatory one of the “Top 50 people of Power lending. His hard work and commitand Influence” by The NonProfit ment to justice allows the AssoTimes. ciation to continue in the struggle “The NAACP congratulates for better jobs, education and equalPresident Benjamin Todd Jealous on ity for all Americans.” making the Time magazine ‘40 Jealous, who is a former execu-

tive director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, was included in the first group of rising political stars ever singled out by Time in a feature to be published in the issue dated Oct. 23. In August, he was named, along with AARP CEO Barry Rand, among the 50 most powerful and influential leaders in the non-profit arena.

Judge Williams’ ‘White boys’ Comment Spurs Action, DA to Look into Judicial Bias BY CHRISTIAN MORROW SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala said he would investigate concerns of racial bias raised after Common Pleas Judge Joseph K. Williams Jr. refused a plea agreement recently. Williams made national headlines when he declined a plea deal for a first time offender because he said prosecutors only make those deals for White boys. Williams, who recused himself from the case, declined to talk to the New Pittsburgh Courier regarding his statement. “I don’t see a racial component here, but if a judge raises the issue, it’s incumbent upon me to look into it,” Zappala said. “Judge Williams is in a responsible position, so we take this seriously.”

Williams made his comments Oct. 5 when presented with a plea deal for Jeffery McGowan, 24, of Franklin Park, who had initially been charged with aggravated assault for putting his hands on a police officer after a traffic stop. The plea was to reduce the charge to disorderly conduct. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, when presented with the plea agreement, Williams said prosecutor Brian Catanzarite “comes up with, I think, ridiculous pleas whenever it’s a young White guy.” “I’m just telling you what my observation is,” said Williams. “If this had been a Black kid who did the same thing, we wouldn’t be talking about three months probation.”

Obama Courts Black Votes BY ZENITHA PRINCE SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE AFRO-AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS The ethics trials for U.S. Reps. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., and Maxine Waters, D-Calif., have been set for after the elections on Nov. 15 and Nov. 29, respectively. The announcement, made recently, prompted the ire of at least one Republican, who said it was motivated by politics. “This is obviously being pushed back to avoid negative publicity before the Nov. 2 elections,” said Illinois Republican Timothy Johnson in a statement. “If the accused were Republicans, I have no doubt

the timing would be different.” But political analysts and observers said holding the hearings any earlier would have little to no impact on the incumbents’ success at the polls because their majority-Black constituencies would vote for them. “Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters would have to get in an Eddie Long scandal for voters not to vote for them; they’re set,” said Jason Johnson, professor of political science at Hiram College in Ohio. And other members of the Congressional Black Caucus are also set, Johnson added. “Ultimately, it’s a very small bubble they’re operating in. Black people in these districts think, ‘These folks (lawmakers) may be old and (maybe) corrupt, but that’s all we have.” The centrality of Black voters to Democratic hopes was confirmed last week by President Barack Obama’s personal appeal at a rally at Bowie State University, located in one of Maryland’s majority-Black counties. “Right now you have pundits saying the other party’s supporters are more excited,” Obama said. “They’re saying they’ll turn out [to vote] in higher numbers. They’re saying that all of us who worked so hard in 2008 might not be as pumped up, might not be as energized or might not care as much. Maryland, I think the pundits are wrong, but it’s up to you to prove them wrong. Don’t make me look bad now.” See BRIEFS, page 23


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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Named Champion for Children Lee Held a Hearing on the Growing Nationwide and Local Epidemic of Bullying and called for Passage of a Federal AntiBullying Statute along with a Local Response Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is one of the most ardent supporters of NNPA and she was recently named a “Champion for Children.” She has championed the cause for NNPA and the disenfranchised for many, many years. It is very important to make her look good because she supported the NNPA and made the institution look good. The First Focus Campaign for Children, a national, bipartisan child advocacy group, released the names of Members of Congress identified as the most valuable leaders on issues important to children. The announcement today launches the group’s inaugural campaign to recognize the top 100 Members of Congress who make improving the well-being of children a national pri-

ority. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was among those named, and in fact she recently held a hearing in the district about the well-being of children and proposed legislation to curb a growing problem among the youth. Below is a report of that hearing: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee held a Local-Federal factfinding hearing to address the growing nationwide and local epidemic of bullying to call for passage of a Federal anti-bullying statute. She was joined by other local, state and federal elected officials including Congressman Al Green, Texas State Senator John Whitmire, Texas Representative Alma Allen, and Houston City Council Members Wanda Adams, Al Hoang, and C.O. “Brad”

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee among those who she championed: children. Bradford. Also joining Rep. Jackson Lee was Harris County District Attorney Judge Patricia Lykos and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia. The hearing also included testimony from parents of bullying victims and representatives of HISD; HPD; community, civic, civil rights and faith organizations; and experts on children, education, mental health and social services. “As a member of the House Judiciary committee, I have been overwhelmed by one episode after another of children losing their lives and

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the lack of a coordinated response to incidents of bullying,” Jackson Lee said. “At this hearing, we will seek the best practices from the many good initiatives offered from our own community. Also, we will hear firsthand some of the troubling personal stories of bullying victims. This is our wake up call to this national crisis. Our children have to be our first priority,” she continued. According to statistics, bullying is now increasingly viewed as a contributor to youth violence, including both homicide and suicide. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, teenagers say that revenge is the strongest motivation for school shootings — 87 percent said shootings are motivated by a desire to “get back those who have hurt them.” Furthermore, 46 percent of males and 26 percent of females reported that they had been in physical fights. Those in lower grades reported being in twice as many fights as those in higher grades — a sign that bullying is impacting our youth at younger and younger ages. Statistics like these show that there is a direct correlation between bullying and school safety and heighten the need for bullying to be addressed quickly and effectively. Furthermore, there are reports

that state many of the deadly cases of bullying arise when children are teased and tormented simply for being different. There has been a recent upswing of suicides amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) teens as a result of bullying. Almost 85 percent of LGBT teenagers are harassed in high school because of their sexual orientation, with 61 percent of gay youth reporting that they felt unsafe in school and 30% staying home to avoid bullying. “By law, we require our children to go to school. Therefore, we have a duty to maintain a safe and healthy environment for children, one in which they should not be afraid. It is important that our children know that bullying will not be taken lightly, and that there will be consequences for such actions. “The problem of bullying has been a persistent issue for years, but it is now becoming a national crisis,” the Congresswoman went on to say. “Newspaper headlines and news broadcasts across our Nation have been flooded with chilling stories about victims of bullying. This hearing will be an opportunity to hear from Houstonians in order to help establish National solutions,” she concluded.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Strong Black Voter Turnout Could Determine Outcomes of Key House, Senate, and Gubernatorial Races Joint Center Releases Midterm Election Analysis SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE JOINT CENTER OF POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC STUDIES Less than three weeks before

Election Day, a new analysis shows that African American voters are strategically located in states and districts where, if they turn out in sub-

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Merlyn Robinson, left, and Tequria A. Brown show off their early voting receipts after casting their ballots in the 2008 Illinois primary on Martin Luther King day during the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners grace period, Jan. 21, 2008, in Chicago.

stantial numbers, they could make a difference in who controls the House, the Senate, and up to 14 governorships. The report, In Anticipation of Nov. 2: Black Voters and Candidates and the 2010 Midterm Elections, was released by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a leading authority on the black electorate that has consistently surveyed and reported on the opinions of African Americans since 1970. The analysis was conducted by David A. Bositis, Ph.D., Senior Political Analyst at the Joint Center, and discussed with a standing room only roundtable of journalists and other political organizations in Washington, D.C. Dr. Bositis said this election could echo mid-term elections in 1986, when significant Black turnout helped Democrats gain House seats and take control of the Senate, and again in 1998, when Democrats picked up governorships in Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia. “There are 20 House seats

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In this Oct. 7, 2010, file photo, President Barack Obama greets people after speaking at a campaign rally for Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md. Despite polls indicating many minority voters are discouraged and won't turn out Nov. 2 like they did for Obama two years ago, a solid showing among blacks could still swing several House, Senate and gubernatorial races, according to some analysts. and 14 Senate seats in addition to 14 gubernatorial races where the Black vote has the potential to determine the outcome of this year’s elections,� Dr. Bositis said. Widespread predictions that Democrats will endure sweeping losses may be premature, if party leaders are abel to play a strong

ground game that includes persuading African Americans to go to the polls in greater numbers than they have in some other mid-term elections, added Dr. Bositis. “The extent of the Democrats' losses will depend on their ability to turn out their most loyal voters, and no voting bloc will See BLACK VOTE, page 21

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HBCU Graduate Sworn In as Indiana’s First Black Federal Judge (NNPA) — Tanya Walton Pratt, 51, a graduate of a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), has been sworn-in as Indiana’s first Black federal judge. Judge Pratt, who earned her undergraduate degree from Spellman College, in Atlanta, and her law degree from the Howard University School of Law, in Washington, D.C., said, “I did not attend college or law school at Ivy League institutions. I am a proud product of His-

torically Black Colleges and Universities,” The Associated Press reported. Pratt who took her seat on the court last week was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, 95-0, in mid-June. Pratt was sworn in to the U.S. District Court seat formerly filled by Judge S. Hugh Dillin, who ordered thousands of Black students from Indianapolis Public Schools to attend township schools in the early

1980s, reported The Indianapolis Star. “Judge Dillin would be so pleased having you as his successor,” Judge Sarah Evans Barker told Judge Pratt during the searing-in ceremony. “Surely his spirit is in this place.” Judge Pratt’s parents, both the grandchildren of slaves, were activists in the Indianapolis community. Her father, Charles Walton, was an attorney and state legislator. Her mother, Joan Blackshear Walton, taught in the Indianapolis Public Schools for 40 years. AP reported Judge Pratt’s great-grandfather, who was born into slavery in the mid1850s in Georgia, was a brick mason and purchased his own property. His work ethic is what has inspired members of our family, said Judge Pratt. On the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee website, Judge Pratt was recommended by her peers to judicial office by nearly 90 percent. Pratt stated: “The past 13 years as a judicial officer

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

No Update On NFL Players: What’s Injured Rutgers Happening to The Game? Player’s Condition After 3 Days BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

with Hackensack University Medical Center, where LeGrand had surgery and is being treated, he was unable to comment on the case because of federal privacy laws. The family has authorized Rutgers to release information about the LeGrand, a 20-year-old from Avenel who grew up roughly 15 minutes from Rutgers Stadium. Vingan said there are basically two types of spinal-cord injuries, complete or incomplete, and that a complete injury is irreversible. He also said that roughly 85 percent of the people with incomplete injuries show some kind of functional improvement. Linebacker Antonio Lowery looked down at the believe sticker on his helmet after practice yesterday and said it was a “perfect� way to sum up the feelings of LeGrand’s teammates. “When I see that, it explains everything,� Lowery said. “It’s just believe every aspect from school, social life, football. It hits home.�

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The 72hour window of hope has passed for Eric LeGrand of Rutgers without word on whether he has had any feeling or movement below his neck. Coach Greg Schiano had no medical update on LeGrand’s condition after practice. LeGrand, a junior defensive tackle, was paralyzed from the neck down while making a tackle on a kickoff return Saturday against Army. Some doctors believe if a person who suffered a spinal-cord injury does not have some feeling or movement within 72 hours, there is little chance of recovery. Schiano is adamant in his belief that LeGrand will walk again. To honor their teammate, Rutgers players have put a sticker on the fronts of their helmets with the word “believe.� “When they look at it, they will see it,� Schiano said of the sticker. Dr. Roy Vingan, a neurosurgeon with the North Jersey Brain and Spine Group, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that there is set time to determine the extent of a spinal-cord injury. From his personal experience, however, Vingan said that spinal-cord patients who show no evidence of neurological function below the area of injury within 24 to 72 hours do not make significant recoveries. He said there have been one or two exceptions in the time he has practiced but that the number is very low. “Seventy-two hours is a reasonable amount of time I think, and many would agree, to access the patient; that if there is no function within 72 AP Photo/Rutgers University hours, it is unlikely This undated photo provided by Rutgers University there will be a shows football player Eric LeGrand. LeGrand is in a recovery,� Vingan bed at the Hackensack University Medical Center in said. Hackensack, N.J., unable to move from the neck A l t h o u g h down after being injured making a tackle in a game Vingan is associated against Army on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2010.

inherent violence that makes it America’s most popular sport, with soaring television ratings and strong attendance. “There is still going to be great collisions ‌ it’s still going to be a physical game,â€? said Eagles coach Andy Reid, who witnessed firsthand the brutal collision between Robinson and Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson on Sunday that left both players with concussions. “We just have to eliminate that helmet as a weapon; that son of a gun is pretty hard material right there. If we could just get that out of the picture there on some of the shots, I think that’s all the league is asking for.â€? Some players think the NFL is asking for something much more difficult: a complete change in playing style. Not surprisingly, defensive players are most critical. “What they’re trying to say — ‘We’re protecting the integrity’ — no, you’re not,â€? Bears cornerback Charles Tillman said. “It’s ruining the integrity. It’s not even football anymore. We should just go out there and play two-hand touch Sunday if we can’t make contact.â€?

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In this photo taken Oct. 17, New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather (31) hits helmet-to-helmet with Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap (86) in the second quarter of an NFL football game, in Foxborough, Mass. Meriweather was fined $50,000 by the NFL on Oct. 19, for his helmet-to-helmet hit. BY BARRY WILNER AP PRO FOOTBALL WRITER NEW YORK (AP) — NFL players are wondering what’s happening to their game. One day after the league said it will begin suspending players for illegal hits, many players were asking if this still is pro football. “We’re going to be playing flag football in about five years,� Cowboys linebacker Bradie James said Wednesday. Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis echoed those thoughts. “My opinion is play the game like that game is supposed to be played, and whatever happens, happens,� said Lewis, among the most physical linebackers the game has known. “If you go into the game thinking about any of that stuff, I’m telling you, the game will be diluted very quickly.� The NFL imposed huge fines on three players — Pittsburgh’s James Harrison, Atlanta’s Dunta Robinson and New England’s Brandon Meriweather — on Tuesday for dangerous and flagrant hits last weekend and warned that, starting with this week’s games, violent conduct will be cause for suspension. “You look at the James Harrision hit, all these hits, whatev-

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While the Long Beach resident shook his “money maka” with a cane in his right hand, people several feet away relaxed in chairs on the grass. And as attendees chilled on a cool, overcast Saturday, a mass of others sauntered along part of Crenshaw Boulevard, with some checking out vendors’ products. Those were just some of the many things that occurred at the Taste of Soul Black Family Festival on Oct. 16, a day filled with music, food, culture and more for tens of thousands of people. “I came out because of the fact that I like to support the black community,” said Rogers, 55, who attended the Los Angeles Sentinel’s festival for the first time. “It’s good to see people to be able to get together in South Central Los Angeles and have a good time without all of the riff raff.” For festival co-chair and L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks Sr., the event sends a message: “You can have a great time on Crenshaw Boulevard” and not have any incidents. “You also can come to something for free …,” he added. “You can also see some of our local talents and local entrepreneurs.” One of those local talents included Roshon Fegan, aka Ya Boy Ro, who grew up a couple of blocks from where the festival took place. Fegan, who attended the festival when he was younger, was on stage this year, performing his songs “Us Against the World” and “Oh, Oh, Oh.” Moniquea also performed on stage earlier that day, singing “Can’t Let You Go” and “Out of Your Way” — tracks from her self-titled album that may be released in early 2011. Performer Alana brought an old-school feel to the festival when she sang “Hotel California” and “Proud Mary.” She mixed in contemporary music with Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind,” which she performed with her keyboardist, Theo, who rapped on stage. “The people are so appreciative,” Alana said when asked by a reporter why she came out to the festival. “They’re just so wanting to have a good time, and the one thing that I love about them is that they still love old See TASTE OF SOUL, page 11

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100 Thousand converge on Crenshaw for Taste of Soul Continued from page 10 school R&B.” Other artists who performed included the Supa Lowery Bros, Eloise Laws, Jovonnie, Wild Thingz and many others. Percy Miller, known to many as Master P, also gave a surprise speech at the festival. Besides entertainment, a slew of speakers, including Sentinel Publisher and CEO Danny Bakewell Sr. and Congresswoman Maxine Waters, encouraged people to vote on Nov. 2. “Are we gonna vote?” Waters asked the crowd. “Yeah!” several seemingly energized people yelled back. “Are we gonna let them take anything from us?” “No!”

“Are we gonna vote like we’ve never voted before?” she said. “Yeah!” they replied. Other speakers included San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and festival co-chair and city Councilman Herb Wesson, as well as several others. This is the fifth year the Sentinel held A Taste of Soul, which Bakewell started. Next year’s festival is scheduled for Oct. 15. Rogers, the Long Beach resident, said he plans to come back next year. “Lord willing and da creek don’t rise,” he said, “I’ll be here.”

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Catholic Church UNTOUCHABLE ? BY YUSSUF J. SIMMONDS CO-MANAGING EDITOR In the dictionary, one of the meanings of Catholic is “universal.” The predatory sex scandal within the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) certainly bears out that definition too. There are reports from all over the world stating that Catholic priests have engaged in predatory sexual misconduct against young boys and girls. And in some cases, the church hierarchy, rather than report the behavior to the proper authorities, has shuttled the priests around to different parishes — thereby seemingly condoning the reckless, criminal behavior. It has also prompted some church watchers to say eventually climb the ladder and become cardinals, archbishops — and maybe even popes. According to a recent CNN report, “What the Pope Knew?”, the program outlined, in graphic detail, some of the predatory misconduct on three continents, and that just seems to be the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The reason that the church hierarchy cannot move aggressively against the priests is because the higher-ups, too, appear to have predatory skeletons in their closets. In the United States, there is a distinct separation of church and state; it is indicated in the U.S. Constitution. That provision of the law is often used to explain to immigrants and other countries how tolerant the United States is when it comes to religious freedom. Furthermore, religious freedom is widely used as the magnet that draws people from all over the world to America’s shores — it is one of the main ingredients in the U.S. melting pot. An abundance of sexual misconduct (alleged and proven) by Catholic priests has shaken the foundation of the RCC, and it has now reached the Pope’s doorway, at the Vatican. Research has begun to show that this predatory behavior has been with the church for decades — and possibly centuries. (In the latter part of the 19th century, a young nun in Australia, Mary MacKillop, along with a group of nuns from her order, were temporarily expelled from the RCC. The reason: In a clash with the clergy, her order had exposed a pedophile

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priest. Pope Benedict XVI canonized her Oct. 17). In order to fully explain the predatory conduct, it is important to outline some of the predatory acts that have been proven and some that are in the process of being proven. They range from North America; South America and the Caribbean; Europe; Asia; Africa; and Australia. NORTH AMERICA Years ago, when news of deviant priests surfaced in the U.S. media, it seemed like an aberration — just a few rotten apples were to blame. Then reports of the rot enveloped the entire barrel, then the tree, and now it has spread throughout the orchard. The following are brief sketch of some of the documented cases. CALIFORNIA Reinforcing the observation that the predatory misconduct in the RCC is decades, and may indeed be centuries old, the archdiocese has on its website: The sexual abuse scandal in the Los Angeles archdiocese covered a period beginning in the 1930s and was mostly resolved in 2007 when a settlement was reached in which the archdiocese agreed to a pay victims $660 million. Troubling aspects of that matter created a further schism between the victims and the church because Cardinal Roger Mahoney (the current face of the church in the Southern California region) stonewalled the subpoena process relative to church documents, and the civil matter went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2006, the church lost the case and was required to produce the previously subpoenaed documents about former priests to the L.A. County District Attorney. (This, and all the other legal rulings throughout the country, were very important because it illustrated the state’s overriding reach into church when church and secular matters cross paths — civilly or criminally). There have been 508 reported cases against the L.A. Archdiocese, according to court records. The settlement avoided the Cardinal from having to testify about church practices spanning a 50year span. Some of the cases went even further back into the 1930s, and this was only one settlement in a national and indeed a global tragedy. After the $660 million settlement, the Los An-

geles Sentinel interviewed one of the abuse victims — now an adult — and stated, in graphic terms, her experience as she described it “… that dollars is not the figure that will seep into the depths of Jackie Dennis’ mind to erase the sickening memory of the white hand with blonde hairs reaching up her brown legs and under her panties to touch the part of her then nine-year-old body that is most private. Nor will it erase the irritating memory of the same hand rubbing her developing breasts in continuous circular motions until they hurt…” This vivid description was being related 37 years after the incident and “… Jackie can still recall those graphic details of being sexually abused for three years by Father Neville Rucker while she attended St. Agatha in Los Angeles’ West Adams District.” She further stated that those images will probably always be with her, just as she will probably always suffer from the anxiety disorders she has experienced since the fourth grade because of the abuse, and that she will probably always be a bit uncomfortable during intimate moments. “But there is hope after any form of abuse,” she said. The female reporter who interviewed Dennis even experienced some of the discomfort of her interviewee as she then described “…chills went rushing through my entire body as I sat listening to Jackie, but I was surprisingly comforted by her softspoken manner and the peaceful tranquility she has managed to maintain within the walls of her Inglewood home.” The L.A. Watts Times reached out to an expert in human behavior to gain some understanding as to the “priestly” tragedies: Dr. Mark Perrault, a renowned psychiatrist who often deals with abuse victims in all aspects. “Basically what happened is, the (Roman Catholic) church (has) adopted a model and have imprisoned themselves in their own ideology, and it goes against the natural inclination of man,” Perrault said. “And additionally, there’s more going on between human beings when they are having sex than just sex; there is a closeness and an intimacy that is being nurtured and exchanged that speaks beyond that (sex). And in some sense, without that, the human being is being starved.” ST. MICHAEL, ALASKA


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For seven years (1968 to 1975), one RCC deacon was accused of molesting boys in this small city. And though it happened about 35 years ago, as stated in a lawsuit against the Catholic church, the church building was a constant painful reminder of what occurred there. Experts say that sexual abuse against children has lasting effects that live with them throughout their entire lives. ILLINOIS The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has kept an eye on and has been reporting sex crimes against children within the RCC. SNAP reported that in 1997 a civil child sex abuse lawsuit was filed in Cook County alleging Frank Paduch abused a boy at St. Rita High School in Chicago in 1980-81. Two years later, that lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount by the Chicago Archdiocese and the Augustinians, a religious order to which Paduch belonged. In another instance, SNAP also reported that another child sex crime lawsuit was filed in North Dakota against a current Chicago resident, brother Raimond Rose (and his church supervisors) who, at that time, happened to live down the block from DeLaSalle High School on Chicago’s Southside. MASSACHUSETTS In 2002, the Rev. John J. Geoghan was convicted following an incidident in which he was accused of squeezing a young boy’s buttocks in Middlesex, Mass. That wasn’t the first time sexual misconduct was associated with “Father Jack” — three young boys years earlier accused Geoghan of inappropriately touching them. THE CHURCH AND THE STATE Though the church is separate from the state, whenever the public well-being is threatened or endangered, and the religious or spiritual col-

lides with the temporal, then the secular (the state: legislative, executive and judicial) has to intervene in the public’s interest. There is a fine line between when the state can intervene in church matters, but in the case of criminal behavior and/or when the public’s well-being is threatened, there is no line. The state has the power. Over the years, Congress has been very aggressive in holding hearings whenever the public wellbeing is threatened. Some recent examples that Congress has looked into on behalf of the public include: • Steroid use among athletes. • Toyota’s car recalls. • Government response during and after Hurricane Katrina. • The largest U.S. beef recall. •The recent salmonella outbreak linked to an Iowa farm. And there are much, m u c h more

instances where Congress has the right, in the interest of the public, to look into matters that negatively affect a large part of the population, especially the most vulnerable — the children. As a matter of fact, there was a recent congressional hearing looking into cases of bullying among the youth. There has been a not-too-distant instance where the U.S. Senate was concerned about the activities of some churches relative to financial lavishness. What about the sexual abuse of so many children, not only throughout America, but also all over the world? The abundance of clerical scandals at churches is tantamount to sexual terrorism and they are hiding in plain sight. The church/religion is thought to set society moral standards and be the moral compass for the people in their charge. The RCC hierarchy has not done enough — just talk and condemn verbally, but not enough action.


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BY REV. NAJUMA SMITHPOLLARD ST. JAMES A.M.E. CHURCH Scripture: Psalm 46:1 Recently, I experienced a personal challenge and felt very uncertain about how things would turn out. I’m saved. I believe in Jesus. I know God. But if I can be honest with you, I felt a great sense of uncertainty, and at times, even some anxiety. I just didn’t see clearly how things could possibly turn around fast enough. I needed help quickly. Because the need was urgent, I will admit, I was tempted to look to people for help. I was prepared to make calls, blast e-mails, send a few text messages, and maybe even put up a post on Facebook. My rationale was ‘desperate times called for desperate measures.’ Have you ever felt desperate for help? At one time or another, we all have felt that desperate need for help, that “Fierce Urgency of NOW,” according to President Obama. And when life

has you backed into a corner in this way ... the mind can become dangerously creative! If unchecked, we may make a bad decision, call on the wrong people, or maybe even attempt to manipulate a way out! Fortunately, before I could leap too far into my own strategy, God sent this reminder and word of encouragement: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) In my temporary state of desperation, I was prepared to figure things on my own. But, God quickly reminded me through His word that I didn’t need to look to people for help since He already is the help I need. His word reminded me that I didn’t have to “figure it out” on my own because He is ever-present help. I only needed to look to Him, since God is HELP. That word, arriving when it did, was Grace! When I got my emotions and my thinking together; then, I was able to rest in the other promise found in the same Psalm 46:10,

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Immediately, I shifted in my mind to a lower gear, slowed down, and then stopped to be still. It was crucial I make the stop because it was then, and only then, I could hear HELP (GOD) speak. To make a long story short, yes He did provide the help I needed. By listening to His helpful instruction, I ended up at the right place, at the right time, with the right people, to get the Help I needed. Hallelujah! To everyone reading this, I want to encourage you this week, in lieu of what you are facing, slow down, and then stop. Stop to hear God’s voice. Stop to breath in the breath of life and exhale. Stop and pray. Stop in order to discern what God is showing you. Stop long enough to allow wisdom and Godly instruction to direct your path. Stop before you make a wrong decision. Stop before you call on the wrong person. Stop looking for help, but trust in Him Who is your HELP!

SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE ST. LOUIS AMERICAN A Black general dentist from Flint, Michigan is the 2010-2011 president of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Raymond Gist’s induction took place recently during the ADA’s 151st Annual Session in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Gist is the first African-American president of the 157,000 dentist member organization, the nation’s oldest and largest dental association in the United States. “Becoming the first African-American president of the ADA is very rewarding for me, because it has allowed me to demonstrate that the opportunity is here for every dentist that aspires to make a significant contribution to this fine profession,” Dr. Gist said. “It also highlights the accomplishments of the African-American dentists that preceded me and created this pathway for me to follow. While too many of my fellow professionals endured the hardships of being denied membership for far too many years, I represent the welcoming change in both attitude and spirit.” During his one-year term, Dr. Gist plans to focus on membership outreach and advocacy efforts that will have special appeal to young dentists. “Programs oriented to students and new graduates are a priority for me,” Dr. Gist said. “That's why I am so passionate about addressing debt issues, among other concerns, such as licensure, for students and new graduates — and I would like to see our new graduates become passionate about organized dentistry. I want them all to have a full understanding of how much organized dentistry has to offer, and I'd like to get them to a point where they feel that membership in organized dentistry is just as necessary as having a license to practice dentistry.” Dr. Gist received his dental degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry and was a captain in the U.S. Air Force before entering private dental practice. He and his wife, Jill, reside in Grand Blanc, Michigan, and have one daughter, Holly, and two grandchildren. Gist previously completed a four-year term on the ADA Board of Trustees representing Wisconsin and Michigan. He has also served as a delegate and on the Reference Committee on Dental Benefits, Practice and Health as well as chair of the Diversity Committee. In addition to being past president of the Michigan Dental Association (MDA) and the Genesee District Dental Society, he also is a past president of the Mid-State Dental Study Group, of which he is a founder. He served on the MDA Board of Trustees and as MDA secretary from 1994-1997. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and enjoys memberships in the Academy of General Dentistry and the National Dental Association. Gist is a delegate to the FDI World Dental congress and served as trustee liaison to the American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC) Board of Directors. Gist’s numerous awards and honors include a State of Michigan Legislative Tribute, the Michigan Dental Association Public Relations Award, and a United Negro College Fund Outstanding Participation Award.


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The American ethos holds that working people should have the same basic options for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as those of wealthy people. Regrettably, those who make minimum wage and those who make maximum wage are worlds apart. In 1965, CEO’s in major companies earned 24 times more than an average worker. In 1978, the ratio of CEO to worker compensation increased to 35 times more for the CEOs. By 1989, CEOs made 71 times more than their average employee. If you are already upset, it gets worse. In 2000, the ratio in favor of CEOs went to 300 to 1. In 2005, CEOs “only” made 262 times the average worker. The concept of a minimum wage began in Australia and New Zealand in the 1890’s. By 1912, the State of Massachusetts enacted a minimum wage for women and children. The first federal minimum wage in the United States of America was the Fair Labor Standards Act, enacted in 1938, with a .25 cent per hour wage and a maximum 44-hour worker week for laborers. Since then, the issue of minimum wage (and now livable wage) has been hotly debated. The idea that anyone would argue against the minimum wage baffles me. Rather, the issue for most American workers is whether the wage they earn can pay the bills. Unfortunately, for most, the answer is no. Consequently, the “living wage movement” was launched in 1994 by ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). While the national minimum wage was $4.25 per hour, the City of Baltimore increased pay for city workers to $6.10 per hour. Following the example of Baltimore, many cities across the nation saw the development of living wage coalitions. In fact, more than 140 American cities have adopted living wage laws. Simply put, if the prevailing minimum wage does not afford a worker to pay minimum wages then wages should be increased to pay living costs in each city. It does not take an economist to figure out a fix to the issue. Violations to minimum wage rates are most common in the appar-

“The first federal minimum wage in the United States of America was the Fair Labor Standards Act, enacted in 1938, with a 25 cent per hour wage and a maximum 44-hour worker week for laborers.”


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Party Politics: The Black Vote, Stop the Bleaching of Black and Latino The Black Press and You Voting Districts BY DR. JOHN E. WARREN PUBLISHER, SAN DIEGO VOICE & VIEWPOINT AND FLORIDA TRIBUNE NEWSPAPERS

In spite of what we hear about the death of newspapers, the fact remains that talk show hosts and news commentators still look to newspapers daily, and many important news items one hears during morning drive-time on the radio come from newspapers. Newspaper editorial pages are the moral compass of a community and the influencers of public policy. Yet many politicians fail to respect the power of the African-American vote by ignoring to advertise in the Black Press. In California alone, Republican candidate for governor, Meg Whitman has spent over $200 million on her campaign, much of that for media time. Yet she has not placed one ad in any California AfricanAmerican newspaper. Likewise, State Attorney Jerry Brown, a former governor of California running against Whitman and a politician using all of his AfricanAmerican political contacts, supposedly to get the Black vote, has not placed one campaign ad in any African-American newspaper in the state of California. U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer running against Carly Fiorina, another wealthy republican corporate female, has sent out press kits for her campaign. Yet neither of these candidates has placed an ad in any African-American publication in the state.

In contrast, Kamala Harris, an African-American female District Attorney running for California State Attorney General, won her primary election with the help of the Black Press in which she placed her political ads. In San Diego County, the State Senate Primary race was won by a candidate not currently holding public office. The race was won against a sitting State Assemblywoman who was favored to win. The Assemblywoman did not place ads in the local African-American newspaper. She lost by 22 votes. Her opponent did place ads in the African American newspaper and won. Jerry Brown running for Governor feels that African Americans will vote for him because we tend to vote democratic and have no choice but to vote for him. We say, Mr. Brown, wake up. If African Americans survived slavery and continue to survive racism, we can survive a Meg Whitman and a Carly Fiorina if they were to win. We can survive them or any other republican or democrat. Wigman and Fiorina appear to have written off the Black and Latino vote. The non democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor in California has shown more interest in the African-American vote than his opponent. Consider the fact that the Republican Party is running some African-American candidates as in the State of Florida where a Black woman is running as Lieutenant Governor, and a strong Black candi-

date is running for Congress. Where possible, these races will result in “split tickets” or efforts to vote for candidates from different parties. Simply stated, politicians should be reminded that those holding or seeking political office should not be allowed to think that the past politics of their political parties are a guarantee of access to the African American community. The Black Press, which has been the voice of consciousness for almost 180 years, continues to influence more people in our communities than CNN. CNN might reach more, but the Black Press “touches” all those it reaches. The Black Vote is important. Whether a political race is determined by one vote or twenty two votes, each vote still counts. Those candidates, who don’t think enough to spend dollars with our newspapers to bring their stories to the black community, do not deserve our votes. No longer should candidates be allowed to show up at African American churches, smile at a few people and think they have the vote. No longer can a handful of Black political “yes” men and women give false assurances that they can deliver “our” votes, no matter what state we live in. Finally, if people disrespect your Black Press, they disrespect you. Your local African American community newspaper reflects you and what people think of you, whether or not you think of yourself being included with the rest of us. Something to think about.

Celebrating the Children’s Sabbath BY MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN NNPA COLUMNIST Across the country, thousands of people of faith are coming together right now to advocate for children in need through National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths celebrations. This annual celebration, held every third weekend in October, provides a time for faith communities to strengthen their existing efforts for children, discover new opportunities, and respond to the divine mandate to nurture, protect, and advocate for all children. The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) sponsors the Children’s Sabbath with the assistance of a multi-faith advisory committee and the endorsement of hundreds of denominations and religious organizations. Every year, CDF compiles a multi-faith resource manual that guides the Children’s Sabbaths celebrations and the communities’ year-round child and family advocacy work.

Marian Wright Edelman

The theme of the 2010 Children’s Sabbath is “Blessed to Be a Blessing.” Through worship, prayer and

actions, faith communities are affirming children as the primary blessing God has given us and committing together to working to end child poverty. In Genesis, God says to Abram (later renamed Abraham), “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” The central fulfillment of God’s promised blessing was children, grandchildren, and countless generations to follow. Just as God did with Abram, He invites us to consider how we will be a blessing. It’s a central idea in many faith traditions that all with which we have been blessed — families, resources, skills, talent, energy, vision, commitment — is not intended for our self-gratification or hoarding, but is meant to be used to bless others. As our nation reels from the financial downturn driven by the greed of the few heedless of the needs of the many, the tendency for many people is to hold tight to what See EDELMAN, page 22

BY DR. BENJAMIN F. CHAVIS JR. NNPA COLUMNIST Black Americans once again stand at a critical junction in helping to determine the future of the United States of America, and thereby also the future of the world. Fifty million African Americans with a spending power of $1 trillion — and millions of potential votes in the upcoming Nov. 2 midterm elections — are well strategically situated to play a major role in determining the outcome of these important elections. There are some who say that every Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. election should get The proposed “whitening” of our attention. But, it would be major oversight for us not to see voting districts has a lot of Black that 2010 will be seen as an evalua- people confused, and we when we tive referendum on what happened are confused, it can cause a low back in 2008 and a foretaste of what voter turnout. In Florida, more than $4 milmight happen in the predicted 2012 re-election of President Barack H. lion has already been spent to promote the “bleaching” of Black and Obama. Will the Tea Party be success- Latino voting districts. Some of my colleagues in the ful this year in its backlash tactics Civil Rights Movement have been against the Obama administration? Will the jubilance of the elec- unfortunately sucked into supporttion of the first African-American ing these latest tactics of voter supPresident of the United States two pression and disempowerment of years ago give way this year to the Black political interests and proforces of bigotry and reactionary gress. I stand firmly with Congress politics? Will the majority of all members Corrine Brown, Barbara Americans be too quick to forget Lee, James Clyburn, and many the shameful and disastrous eco- other members of the Congressnomic condition that President ional Black Caucus, who have George W. Bush left the country in publicly spoken out against these when he departed the White House regressive and backward ballot initiatives that are designed to underin January 2009? These questions and many mine and replace the Voting Rights more will be answered by the civic Act with State’s Rights Constiaction or inaction of African Ameri- tutional Amendments. We need a large Black voter cans and others who care about the future of America, as we prepare to turnout throughout the nation. hopefully have an unprecedented Let’s not sit back and watch others turn out of our votes on or before dismantle our progress. Our communities deserve better. Nov. 2. Let us not be confused or apaMillions of dollars are now being spent to confuse African- thetic. Let’s tell our young voters American voters. One such decep- and our senior voters that the tive ploy is going on once again in future is in our hands: Vote early Florida with the so-called “Fair and vote strong. Don’t lose hope. Districts” Constitutional Amend- Don’t be confused. Stop the ments 5 and 6 that will re-determine bleaching! Vote for freedom, justice and how voting districts are to be drawn equality for all. across that state. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. is This is unfair and will lead to the “bleaching” of voting districts in senior adviser to the Black Allithose states and later in all states. Of ance for Educational Options course, this will be an undermining (BAEO) and president of Education Online Services Corp. disaster to the Voting Rights Act.


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Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Budget Vetoes Hurt the Needy and Reward the Greedy BY SEN. CURREN D. PRICE, JR. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger went too far last Friday when he used his line-item veto power to cut nearly $1 billion in social services and health programs from the $87.5 billion budget the Legislature had passed earlier that day. These vetoes will be devastating to thousands of families, revealing once again his apathy for the needy and a soft spot for the greedy. Of the governor’s $1 billion in line-item vetoes, nearly half target working parents and children by eliminating essential funding for abused and neglected children, mental health services for 20,000 students, and child care for single-parent working families. These were not unavoidable cuts and the governor’s vetoes will jeopardize the safety and well being of thousands of children by forcing many working parents to choose between jobs and child care. It also eliminates $18 million for alcohol and drug programs, halves state spending for AIDS local assistance programs and cuts $80 million in programs for abused and neglected children. The governor’s unilateral cuts come during an economic recession when people already struggling are most in need of help. But like other wealthy California Republicans, Schwarzenegger believes in balancing the budget on the back of the poor, while continuing to give millions in tax breaks to rich corporations. Rest assured that one of the first actions that the Speaker and the Democractic Caucus will take with the new governor is to restore those cuts taken by Gov. Schwarzenegger’s vetoes. Throughout the budget negotiations we Democrats urged the governor to suspend previously authorized corporate tax breaks that have yet to be implemented. However, the governor and Republican legislators insisted on $200 million in new corporate tax breaks as a condition to reaching a budget agreement. If the governor and the Republican Caucus had accepted any of our moderate tax reform proposals or held off on the new corporate tax breaks, he would not have had to make any of the line item vetoes to create the budget reserve. Unfortunately, the governor’s abuse of his veto power will devastate thousands of California families and send many of them into finan-

Sen. Curren Price Jr. cial crises. The Democratic leadership negotiated for 100 days to preserve the safety net for California’s neediest citizens, however, the 2/3rd vote requirement makes it nearly impossible to pass a budget that protects them as long as a minority in the legislature can hold up the process. While I am absolutely outraged by Gov. Schwarzenegger’s line item vetoes, I am pleased to say that the final budget does not include several of the severe cuts proposed in Schwarzenegger’s May budge revision, such as the elimination of CalWORKS, major cuts to the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program and reductions in Medi-Cal reimbursements for adult day health care services. The budget also will provide more K-12 education funding than the governor had proposed in May and increases the funding of the University of California and California State University systems by at least $250 million each. Budget Overview The budget aims to close California’s $19 billion deficit partially by leveraging accounting strategies that would delay some payments until the next fiscal year. The plan also assumes that the state will receive about $5.3 billion in federal funds that have yet to be promised. The assumed federal funds include $1.3 billion in higher payments for Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program. The budget plan also cuts $937 million from health and human services programs. The spending

reductions include: • $300 million from the In-Home Supportive Services program by imposing a 3.6 percent reduction in caregiver hours, leveraging federal funds and assuming lower caseloads; • $187 million by enrolling elderly and disabled residents into managed care programs; and • $84 million by freezing hospital MediCal rates. • The proposal also reduces prison health care spending by $820 million. Line-Item Vetoes The governor’s vetoes cut spending from 23 line items. The move aimed to increase state reserves from $364 million to more than $1.3 billion by eliminating: • Child Welfare Services — $80 million. At least 700 social workers across the state will be laid off or not backfilled due to this cut. As a consequence, 143,000 reports of child abuse or neglect will not be investigated and thousands of foster children will not be reunified with their families. The governor’s veto also means California will lose federal matching funds, bringing the total funding cut to this program is $133.5 million. • AB 3632 Mental Health Services for Students — $132 million. Thousands of children with disabilities and mental health needs will be denied help, including children with autism spectrum disorders, children with other developmental disabilities, and mental health needs. • Stage 3 Child Care — $256 million. Eliminates child care for 60,000 families statewide, including 81,000 children. It will make it even more difficult for Californians to keep their jobs, become financially stable, and provide children with a safe environment while their parents work. In Sacramento alone, 1426 Stage 3 families (90 percent are working) would lose childcare. 2829 children would be affected and would no longer have quality, educational child care services. 407 child care providers would be impacted, losing $19 million in child care reimbursement annually. An additional 60 families per month will lose their services as they end their 2 years after cash aid on CalWORKs Stage 2 and be placed on an eligibility list. The eligibility list for child care in Sacramento county already has over 3000 income eligible children who are not being served and waiting.

A View on Prop. 23 BY AUBREY L. STONE, PRESIDENT/CEO CALIFORNIA BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Proposition 23, the ballot measure that would suspend California’s progress toward a clean-energy economy, would be very bad news for California’s low income and minority communities. It would stifle job growth, an effect especially harsh in minority communities where unemployment is among the state’s highest. And it would stymie efforts to clean up some of the state’s most toxic facilities, areas where a disproportionate number of California’s minorities live. If passed, Prop. 23 would require the state to abandon for now its comprehensive clean air and clean energy standards that include increased renewable energy and cleaner fuel requirements, and mandatory emission reporting and fee requirements for major polluters. It would allow these programs to resume only after the state’s unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent for a full year — something that’s happened just three times in 40 years. California’s economy is recovering, but it will likely be more than a dozen years before unemployment drops that low, stifling development of clean energy technologies and setting back California’s efforts to compete with China and other states in winning our share of the new economy — years we may not have. California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office recently refuted the claims by Prop. 23’s backers that the clean energy law is bad for the economy. It found the economic calculations used in those claims to be “essentially useless,” and it found that suspension of the clean energy law could “dampen additional investments in clean energy technologies or in so-called ‘green jobs’ by private firms, thereby resulting in less economic activity.” Many of the affected minority communities are located just a stone’s throw from some of the state’s most toxic energy facilities. In all, some 63 percent of the population residing within two and a half miles of these facilities is African American, Latino or Asian/Pacific Islander. And statewide on average, 70 percent of people of color are exposed to dangerous particulate matter linked exposure to such pollution; this disparity is particularly sharp for African Americans. Partly as a result of such exposure, California’s low-income communities are facing epidemics of asthma and lung disease due to air pollution, which contributes to thousands of premature deaths, hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks, and thousands of trips to the hospital. Many of these toxic facilities are operated by some of the same

Aubrey L. Stone out-of-state oil companies — including Valero, Tesoro and Koch Industries — that are spending millions of dollars in an attempt to pass Prop. 23. In fact, 98 percent of campaign cash for Prop. 23 is from the oil industry; 89 percent of it is from out-of-state. Such communities — like Wilmington in the L.A. area where many of the toxic plants are located and the poverty rate is 25 percent — would benefit greatly from the solid, good-paying “green color” jobs a clean energy economy would bring. As San Francisco State Urban Studies Professor Raquel Pinderhughes recently noted, the vast majority of green collar jobs do not require high levels of education. In fact, clean energy businesses are one of the few bright spots in our recovering economy. These businesses are creating many jobs that can provide pathways out of poverty for struggling families. Many of these jobs — in solar companies, energy efficiency firms, and green manufacturing — are “middle-skill” jobs. They pay well and require training and skill, but they are available to people without four-year university degrees. Since 2005, California green jobs have grown 10 times faster than the statewide average. If we kill our state’s clean energy and clean air standards, California would lose hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investments. California would change instantly from clean energy “leader” to “laggard.” Other states would win the countless jobs and investments that California now attracts. We know why the out of state oil companies like Prop. 23. With it in place, the Texas fox would be guarding California’s henhouse, wiping out years of progress toward a clean energy economy, good jobs and a healthier quality of life.


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EVENT 10-21-10 TRIBUTE (L.A. Jazz Institute) — The Los Angeles Jazz Institute will host “Come Swing With Me,” a fourday event celebrating the many facets of Frank Sinatra’s career. The tribute will take place from Oct. 21 to 24 at the Airport Marriott, 5855 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles. “Come Swing with Me” features more than 200 musicians, vocalists, composers, lyricists and musical associates who were integral parts of the Sinatra legacy, including the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Johnny Mandel Orchestra, The Pied Pipers, Ray Anthony Big Band and more. There will also be film showings, panel discussions and special presentations. Tickets range from $10 to $50 and are available by phone. Information: (562) 200-5477, www.lajazzinstitute.org. COMMUNITY MEETING — A community meeting regarding Inglewood’s budget will be held Oct. 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Morningside High School Lecture Hall, 10500 South Yukon Ave., Inglewood. Inglewood City Councilman Ralph L. Franklin will be the host. Mayor Danny Tabor and City Administrator Mark Weinberg are listed as special guests. More information and RSVP: (310) 412-5320. “NIGHTMARE” IN 4-D (Davidson & Choy Publicity) — Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” will make an annual return to Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre for a special engagement from Oct. 21 to 31, and for the first time in 4-D. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” composer and songwriter Danny Elfman, who is also the singing voice of Jack Skellington, is expected to make a rare appearance on Oct. 21, 7 p.m., to premiere some special “Nightmare” bonus material from the soon-to-bereleased “Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box.” This library of 16 CDs contains more than 19 hours of music from all 13 Burton/Elfman films,

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including seven hours of previously unreleased music rarities, including “Nightmare” score extensions, additional masters, cut songs and more. The opening night festivities will be hosted by Disney producer Don Hahn (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King.”) The film screens daily at 10 a.m. and 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Special late-night Halloween weekend shows will take place at 11:15 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays only. Tickets can be purchased at the El Capitan box office (6838 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles), online at www.elcapitantickets.com, or by calling (800) DISNEY6 (800-347-6396). Special group rate tickets for parties of 20 or more are available by calling (818) 845-3110.

10-23-10 BIRTHDAY PARTY — Norwood Young, dubbed “the King of Hancock Park,” will hold his “Better Late Than Never” Birthday Ball Oct. 23, 7:56 p.m. There will be entertainment, including Norwood songs Young from Young. Singer Alyson Williams will be the special guest. Attendees can dress in 1940s attire “with a modern-day twist” (zoot suits, top hats and tails, etc.). At the event, special advanced copies of Young’s book, “Getting Back to My Me,” will be available. The party will take place at The Norwood Building, 5209 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Admission, which will also get attendees a copy of Young’s book, is $37 per person (pay at the door). Information: RSVP: (323) 549-0876, gettingback2myme@aol.com. WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN (SCRA) — The Seeds Community Resource Agency (SCRA) will host a woman-to-woman workshop titled “How to Have a Healthy & Balanced Relationship in the New Millennium,” with keynote speaker Dr. Rosie Milligan. The event will take place Oct. 23, 10 a.m., at 6059 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Milligan is an author, counselor and motivational speaker and lecturer. This workshop is open to women only and is free. People who want to attend are asked to preregister at www.scrai.org or call Photo: © Disney (323) 861-6702.

FUN & WALK — The first annual “Stepping Towards the Cure” 5k Fun Run & Walk will take place Oct. 23, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the Kenneth State Recreation Area. Registration for the event, aimed at helping women with triple negative breast cancer, starts at 8 a.m. Information: www.triplestepforthecure.org/contact_us.php.

10-24-10 TALENT SHOW (Mike Davis’ Office) — California Assemblyman Mike Davis will host the 48th District’s Annual Talent Showcase on Oct. 24, 4 to 6:30 p.m. The show will take place at Southwest Community College Theater, 1600 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles. In the preliminary auditions, 50 youth battled for 20 positions. The 20 winners will soon compete before a panel of celebrity judges and have a chance to win cash prizes. Participants will be judged by their material selection, stage presence, originality, technique and control of performance. For more information and to RSVP, call (213) 744-2111.

Through 10-24-10 RV SHOW — The California RV Show?began Oct. 15 and will conclude Oct. 24 at the Fairplex in Pomona. The 58th annual event will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The Fairplex is at 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. For ticket and more information, visit www.carvshow.com.

10-30-10 HALLOWEEN (BWR PR) — Jamie Lee Curtis will be joined by other celebrities as The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation hosts its 17th annual Dream Halloween, a fundraising initiative for an organization to help the youngest victims of this disease. There will be a “Trick-or-Treat Lane,” ghosts and goblins, musical entertainment and more. The event will take place Oct. 30, 4:30 to 8 p.m., at Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Tickets cost $300 for adults and $250 for children 13 years and under. Tickets: (310) 2015033. FILM FEST — The Movies by Kids, for Kids Film Festival will take place Oct. 30, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. A VIP reception will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. The festival’s hosts will be Sherri Shepherd and Harry J. Lennix. People ages 10 and older can attend the event. VIP tickets cost $50. General admission cost $30. More information: (818) 441-1513, (310) 500-0435, www.kitsinc.org. HALLOWEEN BALL — The Fourth Annual Halloween Masquerade Ball will take place Oct. 30, 8 p.m. to midnight, at the Solair Wilshire, 3785 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Homeless children will benefit from the proceeds. Admission: $55. Checks can be written to: W4W, P.O. Box 1248,


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Thursday, October 21, 2010 Los Angeles, CA 90016. More information: RSVP: Gladys, (310) 672-7281; Patricia (323) 293-7502. More information: kingandassociate@yahoo.com.

10-31-10 HALLOWEEN CONCERT (City of Cerritos) — A Halloween Family Concert will take place Oct. 31, 3 p.m., in Cerritos.

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This event promotes music appreciation and exploration. The concert will include movie music, including selections from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter.” Children are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite costumes for the celebration at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA). The show will last about an hour. Tickets, which cost $30, are available at the CCPA Ticket Office, www.cerritoscenter.com, or by calling (562) 467-8818. Tickets are $18 each if you purchase four or more tickets. More information: (562) 467-8818, www.cerritoscenter.com.

11-06-10 GOSPEL CONCERT — The “Giving Living Blue Jean Gospel Jazz Concert” will take place Nov. 6, 1 to 3 p.m., and 4 to 6, at Bethel AME Church - AA Morgan Fellowship Hall, 7900 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles. There will be praise dancing at the concert, as well as comedy, jazz music and more. People who want to attend must bring a new warm winter item and pay $10 for admission. The event is designed to help fund Bethel AME’s missionary work on Skid Row. More information: (323) 750-3240, Lorinda Holmes, (805) 405-0618.

by-step voyage of how surfing evolved into skateboarding, the kinship with roller-skating, and how “The Roll” created a cultural revolution that has influenced many parts of popular culture over the past four decades. This exhibition is free to the public, and began its six-month run on July 28 at CAAM, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles. The exhibit will

Ninos” exhibits at the Museum of JOHN SCOTT EXHIBIT (CAAM) — Tolerance (MOT) will run through “Our Love of John T. Scott,” currently Dec. 13. These exhibits highlight in on exhibit at the California African separate but related installations the American Museum, will run through contributions of both Latinos and Oct. 31. The late New Orleans African African-Americans to the Civil Rights American artist was known for his variMovement. “Courage” is the story of ety of artwork, including his paintings the Rev. Joseph Delaine and some citiand sculptures. Attendees will have the zens of Clarendon County, S.C., who, opportunity to see much of his work at in 1950, brought a lawsuit to chalCAAM. The museum is at 600 State lenge racial segregation in schools that Drive, Los Angeles. More information: led to the landmark Supreme Court (213) 744-7432. decision in Brown v. Board of Education. This interactive, multimeART SHOWCASE (JEFF dia presentation depicts what life was CLEMENTS) — Dr. Jeffery A. like for African Americans living in Clements’ artwork is being displayed as the South during this time and features part of his latest “Nostalgic Pastimes” a diorama of a fire-bombed church, and re-creations of the separate and unequal classrooms that existed at the time. Also, while most people know about desegregation in the South, a separate exhibit at the museum, “Para Todos Los Ninos: Fighting Segregation in California,” focuses on a lesser-known case: the story of the landmark case in Southern California that took place almost 10 years “Dice Money” before Brown v. Board of conclude Jan. 2, 2011. When entering the Education. This new bilingual museum, viewers can see artwork in an exhibition shows the history of seg11,000-square-foot enclosed modern courtregation in California “Majestic Pride” yard. The 5,100 cubic feet of wall space through the personal story allows the skateboarders (who are also the of the Mendez family and artists, photographers, musicians and much their struggle to end school more) to create large-scale installations. segregation. Their sacriCentral to the exhibition is a Skater’s Gallery fices resulted in the closing featuring action pictures, personal stories, of not only Mexicanskater bios, magazine covers, decks/boards American schools but also and artwork from many legendary skateabolishing segregated boarders. Other sections of the exhibition schools for Asian-American expound upon the influence of musical gen- and Native-American chilres such as punk rock, hip-hop, jazz and reg- dren as well. The museum gae on the industry and culture, and the is at 9786 W. Pico Blvd. (at importance of the skate shop as the core or the southeast corner of Pico hub of the culture. More information: Boulevard and Roxbury www.caamuseum.org. Drive), Los Angeles. More showcase through Dec. 11. His work is information: (310) 553-8403. being showcased at the FrameStore CIVIL RIGHTS EXHIBITIONS (MOT) gallery, 8692 Washington Blvd., Culver — “The Courage” and “Para Todos Los City. Clements was on the scene four years ago with fine arts drawings of dilapidated houses. His artwork will be on display from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend. Information: (310) 837-4531.

The deadline for receipt of calendar listings is Friday, noon, at least two weeks prior to activity. Fax to: (323) 299-3896, e-mail us at lawattsnus@aol.com or mail to: L.A. Watts Times, 3800 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008.

Ongoing HOW WE ROLL (CAAM) — The California African American Museum (CAAM) is presenting “How We Roll,” an exhibition featuring African Americans in skateboarding and surfing. “How We Roll” takes the viewer through an historical step-

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Trustee Sale No. CA09001112-10-1 . Loan No. 1010378170 Title Order No. 100388243-CA-LPI APN 4303-011-013 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED August 14, 2007. 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 November 5, 2010, at 01:00 PM, At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building,350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA, 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 August 22, 2007, as Instrument No. 20071965106 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA , executed by: CHAYA CALMUS A SINGLE WOMAN, as Trustor, in favor of INDYMAC BANK, F.S.B., A FEDERALLY CHARTERED SAVINGS BANK 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 on 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: 1450-1452 S SHENANDOAH STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90035 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 theron, 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 $473,862.99 (Estimated), provided, 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. DATE: October 7, 2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA09001112-10-1 . 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 949-252-8300 Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.NoticeSolutions.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-786-5351 Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the "mortgage loan servicer" as defined in Civil Code s 2923.53(k)(3) declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded or the time frame for giving a notice of sale specified in Civil Code Section 2923.52 subdivision (a) does not apply to this notice of sale pursuant to Civil Code Sections 2923.52. Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature TRUSTEE CORPS IS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Ad #6128 2010-10-07 2010-10-14 2010-10-21 Trustee Sale No. CA09000583-10-1 . Loan No. 0143212876 Title Order No. 55013897 APN 2502-023-053 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED June 8, 2005. 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 November 5, 2010, at 01:00 PM, At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building,350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA, 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 June 24, 2005, as Instrument No. 05 1493011 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA , executed by: JOSE L TORRES AND MARIA HERLY TORRES HUSBAND AND WIFE, as Trustor, in favor of SUNTRUST MORTGAGE INC. 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 on 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: 14456 FOOTHILL BLVD #36, LOS ANGELES, CA 91342 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 theron, 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 $302,751.38 (Estimated), provided, 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. DATE: October 7, 2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA09000583-10-1 . 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 949-252-8300 Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.NoticeSolutions.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-786-5351 Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the "mortgage loan servicer" as defined in Civil Code s 2923.53(k)(3) declares that it has

Thursday, October 21, 2010 not obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded. The time frame for giving a notice of sale specified in Civil Code Section 2923.52 subdivision (a) does apply to this notice of sale. Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature TRUSTEE CORPS IS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Ad #6152 2010-10-07 2010-10-14 2010-10-21 Trustee Sale # CA0936542-2 Loan# 1010468286 Order # 090166945 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 09/10/2007. 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 10/28/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 09/18/2007 as Document No. 20072140089 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, ALVARO RAMIREZ AND MARIA MENDOZA HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, as Trustor, INDYMAC BANK, F.S.B., A FEDERALLY CHARTERED SAVINGS BANK, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by 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 Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 6008-030-027 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1363-1363 HALF-1365-1367 E 62ND STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90001 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, but without covenant or warranty, expressed 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 obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $548,538.78 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. 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. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 10/07/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC. DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER *TRUSTEE CORPS* 30 Corporate Park, Suite 400, IRVINE, CA 92606 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (714) 786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 Ad #6408 2010-10-07 2010-10-14 2010-10-21 Trustee Sale No. CA09001160-10-1 . Loan No. 0008023210 Title Order No. 100421572-CA-LPI APN 5226-030-020 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED May 13, 1992. 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 November 15, 2010, at 01:00 PM, At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building,350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA, 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 22, 1992, as Instrument No. 92 929959 and re-recorded on March 3, 2005, as Instrument No. 05 0485162 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA , executed by: YOLANDA ABUNDES, A SINGLE WOMAN, as Trustor, in favor of SONOMA CONVEYANCING, A CALIFORNIA 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 ON 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: 1152 NORTH MILLER AVENUE, LOS ANGELES AREA, CA 90063 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 theron, 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 $81,903.24 (Estimated), provided, 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. DATE: October 21, 2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA09001160-10-1 . 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 949-252-8300 Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.NoticeSolutions.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-786-5351 Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the "mortgage loan servicer" as defined in Civil Code s 2923.53(k)(3) declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded or the time frame for giving a notice of sale specified in Civil Code Section 2923.52 subdivision (a) does not apply to this notice of sale pursuant to Civil Code Sections 2923.52. Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature TRUSTEE CORPS IS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Ad #6434 2010-10-21 2010-10-28 2010-11-04 Trustee Sale # CA0933254-1 Loan# 1008962035 Order # 090094573 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/12/2006. 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 11/04/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 12/19/06 as Document No. 06 2817489 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, MARIA L. ROSAS A MARRIED WOMAN AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor, INDYMAC BANK, F.S.B., as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by 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 Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 2126-009-003 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 7014 BAIRD AVE, LOS ANGELES, CA 91335 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, but without covenant or warranty, expressed 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 obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $625,886.38 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. 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. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 __ Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 10/14/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC. DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee BY: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER *TRUSTEE CORPS* 30 Corporate Park, Suite 400, IRVINE, CA 92606 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (714) 786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 Ad #6481 2010-10-14 2010-10-21 2010-10-28 Trustee Sale # CA0936481-2 Loan# 1009913920 Order # 090166391 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 05/11/2007. 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 11/04/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 05/21/2007 as Document No. 20071225074 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, ANA DIAZ A MARRIED WOMAN AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor, INDYMAC BANK, F.S.B., A FEDERALLY CHARTERED SAVINGS BANK, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by 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 Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 5105-019-002 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 5707 MORGAN AVENUE, LOS ANGELES, CA 90011 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, but without covenant or warranty, expressed 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 obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $373,087.52 (estimated amount). Accrued

interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. 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. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 __ Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 10/14/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC. DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER *TRUSTEE CORPS* 30 Corporate Park, Suite 400, IRVINE, CA 92606 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (714) 786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 Ad #6482 2010-10-14 2010-10-21 2010-10-28 Trustee Sale No. CA09000466-10-1 . Loan No. 1010289732 Title Order No. 100143530-CA-GTI APN 5110-016-019 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED July 26, 2007. 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 15, 2010, at 01:00 PM, At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building,350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA, 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 August 3, 2007, as Instrument No. 20071836567 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA , executed by: ADELA GONZALEZ A SINGLE WOMAN AND ARTURO SAMANO A SINGLE MAN AS JOINT TENANTS, as Trustor, in favor of INDYMAC BANK, F.S.B., A FEDERALLY CHARTERED SAVINGS BANK 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 ON 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: 331 W 49TH ST, LOS ANGELES, CA 90037 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 theron, 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 $502,375.79 (Estimated), provided, 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. DATE: October 21, 2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA09000466-10-1 . 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 949-252-8300 Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.NoticeSolutions.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-786-5351 Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the "mortgage loan servicer" as defined in Civil Code s 2923.53(k)(3) declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded or the time frame for giving a notice of sale specified in Civil Code Section 2923.52 subdivision (a) does not apply to this notice of sale pursuant to Civil Code Sections 2923.52 Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature TRUSTEE CORPS IS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Ad #6599 2010-10-21 2010-10-28 2010-11-04 Trustee Sale # CA0931592-3 Loan# 2000559002 Order # 3982419 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 05/11/2007. 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 11/12/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 05/21/2007 as Document No. 20071226963 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, ANDRIA GRABLE, A MARRIED WOMAN AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor, TAYLOR, BEAN & WHITAKER MORTGAGE CORP., as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by 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 Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 4265-004-052 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 11650 MAYFIELD AVENUE #4, LOS ANGELES, CA 90049 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, but without covenant or warranty, expressed 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 obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $478,030.43 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. 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. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 __ Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 10/21/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #6603 2010-10-21 2010-10-28 2010-11-04

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Thursday, October 21, 2010 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAMES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20101412749 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. Aunty Disney’s Group Gateways, 2. Virtuous Travel Enterprises, 3. Virtuous Designs, 3870 Crenshaw Blvd #773, Los Angeles, CA 90008, County of Los Angeles Registered owner(s): E. Denise Peal, 3870 Crenshaw Blvd #773, Los Angeles, CA 90008 This business is conducted by an individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 3/3/2005 I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/ E. Denise Peal, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on October 04, 2010. NOTICE-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 office 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. 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). Original 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28/10 CNS-1961788# WATTS TIMES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20101222051 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: KGE Ent, 1412 W 102nd St, Los Angeles CA 90047, County of LA Registered owner(s): Keenan Ephriam, 1412 W 102nd St, Los Angeles CA 90047 This business is conducted by an Individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/ Keenan Eprhiam, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on August 31, 2010 NOTICE-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 office 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. 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). Original 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21/10 CNS-1957274# WATTS TIMES

GOVERNMENT INVITATION FOR BIDS (IFB) NO. 1701 JANITORIAL SERVICES AT FIVE HOUSING AUTHORITY SITES The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) invites vendors to submit bids for Janitorial Services at five (5) Housing Authority sites in California: x 2600 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles x 515 Columbia Los Angeles x 19600 Hamilton Ave. Torrance x 19610 Hamilton Ave. Torrance x 6946 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys Copies of the IFB may be downloaded from the internet at www.hacla.org/cgs Bids will be accepted at 2600 Wilshire Blvd, 3rd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90057, until 2:00 p.m. (local time), October 29, 2010. 10/14, 10/21/10 CNS-1964437# WATTS TIMES

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be more important to them than African Americans. If they can mobilize a strong Black turnout, the Democrats can significantly reduce their potential losses,� Dr. Bositis said. “It is clear from this analysis that we have not reached the final chapter of the election story in many key states and Congressional districts, and that African American voters could end up being the authors of events, if they match their turnout rates from other recent midterm elections,� said Joint Center President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph B. Everett who moderated the roundtable discussion.

Dr. Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow with The Century Foundation and the Center for American Progress, a renowned political demographer who participated on the panel commented, “This election isn't over yet. While the socalled likely voter poll results look exceptionally bad for the Democrats, it should be remembered that likely voters at this point in the campaign are just a guess as to who will show up on Election Day.� The report is available on the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ website at www.jointcenter.org.


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Continued from page 16 they have, circle the wagons, and take care of their “own,” with the narrowest definition of who one’s “own” includes. But, we are called to do just the opposite. Last year saw the largest increase in child poverty in five decades — a larger increase than for any other age group. More than 15.5 million children, more than one in five, are now poor. We desperately need to answer that call. As part of the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths celebrations, faith communities are taking action. A top priority is connecting needy children with health coverage. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid provide low-cost or free health coverage for uninsured children and comprehensive benefits. This includes doctor visits, vision, dental and mental health services, X-rays and more. One in every 10 children — 8.1 million — in the United States is uninsured and two-thirds of these children are eligible for CHIP and Medicaid, but not enrolled because of state barriers to coverage. Some faith communities will use the Children’s Sabbath weekend and the weeks that follow for outreach and enrollment events to link children to CHIP, Medicaid, or local health clinics. Congregations are taking actions in dozens of other ways too. Some are sponsoring letterwriting tables so participants can urge their Congress members to extend the extra help poor children and families are currently receiving until they get back on their feet again. They will encourage lawmakers to prioritize the needs of millions of children and their families that fell backward during the recession, rather than helping the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans, who have seen their fortunes grow enormously. Others are fighting childhood hunger by coordinating food drives, especially ones serving families in “food deserts” — urban and rural areas with few quality grocery stores that sell a good variety of food, including fresh produce and other healthy food options, at reasonable prices. Some places of worship are serving as host sites for CDF’s Freedom Schools programs to provide summer and after-school enrichment for children in their communities. Others are participating in service projects together, like painting a classroom at a Head Start center or low-income school, or sprucing up a common room at a homeless shelter or juvenile detention center. The possible ways to help are as varied as the needs. Congregations choose what’s right for them — they just need the will and the commitment. Each religious tradition recog-

FOR COAST CITRUS BUILDING DEMOLITION AT PIER F, BERTH F208 LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA AS DESCRIBED IN SPECIFICATION NO. HD-S2400 AND DRAWINGS LISTED ON DRAWING NO. HD 10-02088-00-G-TT-MS-S001 AND REFERENCE DRAWINGS LISTED ON DRAWING NO. HD 10-02088-00-G-TT-MS-S-001 All bids must be submitted before 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 23, 2010. Any Bids received at or after 10:00 a.m., November 23, 2010, will be deemed non-responsive and will not be opened. Bids will be publicly opened in the 6th Floor Board Room of the Harbor Department Administration Building, 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, California, 90802 at 10:00 a.m. on November 23, 2010. Bids shall be sealed in an envelope and the outside of the envelope should clearly state the specification number, title of the project and the bid opening date. Bids received before November 23, 2010 shall be sent to the 4th Floor, Plans and Specifications office, where the bid envelope will be date stamped. If bids are hand-carried or received the day of bid opening, prior to 10:00 a.m., the bids will be clocked in at the Lobby desk of the Harbor Department Administration Building and taken to the 6th Floor Board Room by the Port Contract Administrator. It is anticipated that the Board of Harbor Commissioners will consider a conditional award on Monday, December 20, 2010, with Staff given the authority to execute a Contract provided the lowest responsive bidder submits the required completed insurance forms, bonds and signed Contract within thirty (30) days after conditional award by the Board. Copies of said specifications and drawings in CD format may be obtained, at no cost, in the Plans and Specifications office, 4th floor, Harbor Department Administration Building beginning, October 21, 2010, during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To arrange to receive a CD by courier at the expense of the Bidder call the office at (562) 590-4146. The printing of hard copies from the CD will be the responsibility of the Bidder. For information on this project and other upcoming Port projects, you may view the Port website at http://www.polb.com/economics/contractors/out_for_bid.asp. Copies of all Port insurance forms are available at: http://www.polb.com/economics/contractors/forms_permits/insurance.asp. The Engineering Staff of the Harbor Department will conduct a mandatory pre-bid meeting at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, in the Board Room, 6th floor, of the Harbor Department Administration Building. Attendance at both the pre-bid meeting and site visit is mandatory. BIDS RECEIVED FROM BIDDERS WHO HAVE NOT ATTENDED THE PRE-BID MEETING AND THE SITE VISIT WILL BE DEEMED NONRESPONSIVE AND REJECTED. This project is subject to the Port of Long Beach (POLB) Small Business Enterprises (SBE) and Very Small Business Enterprises (VSBE) Program. POLB expects all Bidders to achieve the combined SBE/VSBE participation goal for this project which is thirty-five percent (35%) SBE/VSBE, of which a minimum of five percent (5%) must be allocated to VSBEs. Award of the Contract will be conditioned on the Bidder providing documentation that it has obtained enough SBE/VSBE participation to meet the goal or that it made adequate good faith efforts to meet the goal even though it did not obtain enough

nizes the sacred charge to defend children and those in poverty. Now is the time to put our faith into action. Every day, poverty deprives millions of children of the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential. We don’t have a moment to wait or a child to waste. On the Children’s Sabbath, faith communities clarify their own vision for a better tomorrow and work to make that hopeful future a reality today. Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund, whose Leave No Child Behind mission is to ensure every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start and a moral start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information, go to www.childrensdefense.org.

Black Facts Oct. 25, 1940 The Committee on the Participation of Negroes in the National Defense Program meet with President Franklin Roosevelt. Oct. 25, 1990 Evander Holyfield knocks out James “Buster” Douglas in the third round to become the undisputed world heavyweight champion. Oct. 26, 1977 Dr. Clifford R. Wharton Jr. is named chancellor of the State University of New York. Source: blackfacts.com

SBE/VSBE participation to do so as specified in the Special Provision 36 (S.P. 36). The Port’s SBE Program Staff is available to provide information on the program requirements, including SBE certification assistance. Please contact the staff at (562) 499-3472. You may also view the Port’s SBE program requirements at: http://www.polb.com/sbe/contractors/sbe_program/default.asp This project consists of furnishing all labor, materials, power, equipment, tools, transportation and supervision necessary to demolish and dispose of one warehouse building in its entirety; remove and dispose of hazardous materials, asphalt concrete pavement, utilities, and perform other site construction work including: grading and repaving, storm drain, water lines, electrical, installation of perimeter fence and other utilities in accordance with the contract documents prepared by the City. Bidders shall, at the time of submitting their bids, in compliance with Section 7028.15 of the California Business and Professions Code, be licensed by the State Contractor’s License Board as a General Engineering Contractor with a "Class A" license. Whenever any material, product, thing, or service identified in the specifications is described by one or more brand or trade names and is followed by the words “or equal”, the apparent low bidder shall submit data substantiating a request for the substitution of equivalent item(s) within forty-eight (48) hours following bid opening. All bids and bonds shall be submitted upon forms provided by the City accompanied by a satisfactory "Bidder’s Bond" or other acceptable security deposit in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of such bid as a guarantee that the Bidder will, if conditionally awarded a Contract by the Board, within thirty (30) days thereafter, execute and deliver such Contract to the office of the Chief Harbor Engineer along with all required insurance forms and a “Payment Bond” for not less than one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract price, and a “Performance Bond” for not less than one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract price. The “Bidder’s Bond” shall be submitted on forms provided by the City, signed by the Bidder and the surety and both signatures shall be notarized. The work shall be completed within one hundred fifty (150) calendar days from a date specified in a written "Notice to Proceed" issued by the City. Failure of the Contractor to complete the work within the specified time frame will result in liquidated damages in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000) per calendar day of delay in completed work. The Board of Harbor Commissioners, acting through the Executive Director, reserves the right at any time prior to the execution of the Contract by the City, to reject all bids and to return all deposits accompanying said bids. If the lowest responsive bidder fails to submit the required insurance forms, bonds and signed Contract within thirty (30) days after conditional award, the Board reserves the right to rescind the conditional award and conditionally award the Contract to the next lowest responsive bidder. All bids and bid bonds shall be guaranteed for a period of ninety (90) days following the bid opening or until the Executive Director executes a Contract, whichever occurs first. The Board also reserves the right at any time to terminate the Contract for its convenience. Dated at Long Beach, California, this 18th day of October, 2010 Richard D. Steinke Executive Director of the Harbor Department, City of Long Beach, California

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Continued from page 5 While Obama has a whopping approval rating of 87 percent among African-American voters, some political observers question whether the president can draw them to the polls as he did in 2008. Given the disproportionate toll the recession has wielded on Blacks — a community devastated by foreclosures and by a punishing 16.1 percent unemployment rate — many may feel like Velma Hart, who told President Obama in a town-hall meeting last month that she was “exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now.” Johnson said, “People are confusing and have confused a political campaign with a political movement—campaigns end. What people seemed to believe is that kind of excitement and fervor would continue forever, but it can’t. So, what you have is disaffected African Americans; White liberals who are angry because ‘he didn’t give us “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the public option [in health care]; ‘Black political elites, who are saying, ‘He lost us on that Shirley Sherrod thing’…. People’s expectations were way too high.”

Charlotte Soft Drink Bottler Settles Racial Bias Claim SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE CHARLOTTE POST Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated of Charlotte has agreed to pay $495,000 in back wages and interest to 95 AfricanAmerican and Hispanic job seekers for racial discrimination. The applicants applied in 2002 for sales support positions at the company’s Black Satchel Road distribution facility in Charlotte. The settlement follows an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. In addition to back pay, the Coca-Cola bottler agreed to make offers of employment to the applicants until at least 23 are hired. Those hired will receive retroactive seniority benefits they would have accrued from July 1, 2002, if not for the discriminatory actions of the company. “The Labor Department is firmly committed to ensuring that those who do business with our government do not discriminate in their employment practices,” said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. “Being a federal contractor is a privilege that comes with an obligation to ensure equal opportunity in employment.”

Black Facts Oct. 30, 1989 Frank Mingo, one of the pioneering advertising executives who specialized in targeting African-American consumers, dies. Source: blackfacts.com

NOTICE INVITING BIDS FOR REPLACEMENT, INSPECTION & REPAIR OF SPALLING NETS AT GERALD DESMOND BRIDGE LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA AS DESCRIBED IN SPECIFICATION NO. HD-S2396 AND DRAWINGS LISTED ON DRAWING NO. HD 10-02085-00-G-TT-MS-S-001 AND REFERENCE DRAWINGS LISTED ON DRAWING NO. HD 10-02085-00-G-TT-MS-S-001 All bids must be submitted before 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 7, 2010. Any Bids received at or after 10:00 a.m., Tuesday December 7th will be deemed non-responsive and will not be opened. Bids will be publicly opened in the 6th Floor Board Room of the Harbor Department Administration Building, 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, California, 90802 at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 7, 2010. Bids shall be sealed in an envelope and the outside of the envelope should clearly state the specification number, title of the project and the bid opening date. Bids received before Tuesday, December 7, 2010 shall be sent to the 4th Floor, Plans and Specifications office, where the bid envelope will be date stamped. If bids are hand-carried or received the day of bid opening, prior to 10:00 a.m., the bids will be clocked in at the Lobby desk of the Harbor Department Administration Building and taken to the 6th Floor Board Room by the Port Contract Administrator. It is anticipated that the Board of Harbor Commissioners will consider a conditional award on December 20, 2010 with Port Staff given the authority to execute a Contract provided the lowest responsive bidder submits the required completed insurance forms, bonds and signed Contract within thirty (30) days after conditional award by the Board. Copies of said specifications and drawings in CD format may be obtained, at no cost, in the Plans and Specifications office, 4th floor, Harbor Department Administration Building beginning October 21, 2010 during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To arrange to receive a CD by courier at the expense of the Bidder call the office at (562) 590-4146. The printing of hard copies from the CD will be the responsibility of the Bidder. For information on this project and other upcoming Port projects, you may view the Port website at http://www.polb.com/economics/contractors/out_for_bid.asp. Copies of all Port insurance forms are available at: http://www.polb.com/economics/contractors/forms_permits/insurance.asp. The Engineering Staff of the Harbor Department will conduct a pre-bid meeting at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, in the Training Room, 5th floor, of the Harbor Department Administration Building. Attendance is not mandatory, but highly recommended. The Port has established a Small Business Enterprises (SBE)/Very Small Business Enterprises (VSBE) Program to encourage small business participation on construction contracts. Although an SBE/VSBE participation goal was not assigned to this contract, the Port strongly encourages all bidders to include such participation wherever possible, by utilizing small and very small business subcontractors, vendors, and suppliers. The Port also strongly encourages SBE/VSBE firms to respond to this solicitation as prime contractors. The Port’s SBE Program Staff is available to provide

information on the program. Please contact the staff at (562) 499-3472. You may also view the Port’s SBE program requirements at: http://www.polb.com/sbe/contractors/sbe_program/default.asp This project consists of furnishing all labor, materials, power, equipment, tools, transportation and supervision necessary to inspect and repair the existing spalling nets beneath several spans of the Gerald Desmond Bridge deck and other related netting maintenance work as required. Contractor shall not perform any work for this project unless authorized in writing by a Contract Task Order (CTO), which is a form issued by the Engineer describing the work to be done. Bidders shall, at the time of submitting their bids, in compliance with Section 7028.15 of the California Business and Professions Code, be licensed by the State Contractor’s License Board as a General Engineering Contractor with a "Class A" license. Whenever any material, product, thing, or service identified in the specifications is described by one or more brand or trade names and is followed by the words “or equal”, the apparent low bidder shall submit data substantiating a request for the substitution of equivalent item(s) within forty-eight (48) hours following bid opening. All bids and bonds shall be submitted upon forms provided by the City accompanied by a satisfactory "Bidder’s Bond" or other acceptable security deposit in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of such bid as a guarantee that the Bidder will, if conditionally awarded a Contract by the Board, within thirty (30) days thereafter, execute and deliver such Contract to the office of the Chief Harbor Engineer along with all required insurance forms and a “Payment Bond” for not less than one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract price, and a “Performance Bond” for not less than one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract price. The “Bidder’s Bond” shall be submitted on forms provided by the City, signed by the bidder and the surety and both signatures shall be notarized. Work shall be completed within the time frame specified in one or more written Contract Task Orders (CTOs) issued by the City. Failure of the Contractor to commence, continue, or complete the work within the time frame specified in each CTO issued by the City will result in liquidated damages (LDs) in the amount of Five Hundred Dollars ($500) per calendar day of delay in commencing, continuing, or completing the work that is in excess of the time specified in the CTO, plus any authorized time extensions. Concurrent LDs may be assessed for each CTO work that is being performed at the same time. The Board of Harbor Commissioners, acting through the Executive Director, reserves the right at any time prior to the execution of the Contract by the City, to reject all bids and to return all deposits accompanying said bids. If the lowest responsive bidder fails to submit the required insurance forms, bonds and signed Contract within thirty (30) days after conditional award, the Board reserves the right to rescind the conditional award and conditionally award the Contract to the next lowest responsive bidder. All bids and bid bonds shall be guaranteed for a period of ninety (90) days following the bid opening or until the Executive Director executes a Contract, whichever occurs first. The Board also reserves the right at any time to terminate the Contract for its convenience. Dated at Long Beach, California, this 4th day of October, 2010 Richard D. Steinke Executive Director of the Harbor Department, City of Long Beach, California

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