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L.A. County needs a new Sheriff and Youth Hall of Fame honors Lakewood’s got the “good guy” for the job new batch of athletes John Paul “J.P.” Crawford received top honors as Athlete of the Year at the Lakewood Youth Hall of Fame awards event February 24 at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza. Along with Crawford, a total of 65 athletes and teams were honored at the 33rd annual banquet, a tradition recognizing the accomplishments of Lakewood’s student athletes.

Lakewood is a tight knit community. We make it a point to get to know our neighbors and city officials. If you’re new to the area, and are not already familiar with Todd Rogers, let me take a moment to introduce you. Todd Rogers has been a Lakewood resident since 1986. Along with his wife Sally, they have raised two sons here and he considers Lakewood home. It was none other than Rogers, in the 1990s, which led the effort for an independent Lakewood Unified School District. He

organized Lakewood residents to improve their community’s schools by demanding more local control. The effort was met with a tremendous amount of political push back, which led to the State Board turning down the initiative in 2001. Rogers has continued his efforts in educational reform and in 2008 founded the Lakewood Education Foundation, the nonprofit organization provides direct support to students and teachers. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $274,000 in

grants to Lakewood classrooms. The process however, gave way for an opportunity that Rogers couldn’t pass up - an open city council seat. In March 2001, Todd Rogers proved overwhelmingly to be the perfect candidate. He was re-elected in March 2005, March 2009 and March 2013, running unopposed, he returned to office for an additional fouryear terms. He also served terms as Lakewood mayor in 20042005 and 2009-2010. He was reelected in 2013 and his current (Cont’d. on pg. 10)

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ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - J.P. Crawford, Lakewood High School – Baseball PERFORMERS OF THE YEAR Badminton - Michelle Seang, Lakewood High School Baseball - Kyle Carpenter, Mayfair High School Basketball - Jarrod Sheffield, Mayfair High School Cross Country - Ellis Newton, Mayfair High School Football - Fou Fonoti, Michigan State University (Mayfair HS) - Jarid Joseph, Lakewood High School - Keith Walker, Mayfair High School Golf - Jacqueline Wang, Saint Joseph High School Gymnastics - Marissa Martinez, Saint Joseph High School Sand Volleyball - Tyler Jackson, Long Beach State Univ. (Lakewood HS) Soccer - Carolina Ornelas, Cerritos College (Artesia HS) - Jenna Pillon, Saint Joseph High School Softball - Janel Hayes, Lakewood High School Swimming

John Paul “J.P.” Crawford - Daniel McArthur, Lakewood High School Track and Field - Jacob Orozco, Lakewood High School - Michael Perez-Rogers, Long Beach State Univ. Volleyball - Megan Kruidhof, Lakewood High School Water Polo - Ryan Dorris, Lakewood High School Wrestling - Chris Bartholomew, Mayfair High School DISTINGUISHED NOMINEES Baseball - Javier Alvarez, Lakewood High School Basketball - Lauren Hong, Saint Joseph High School - Michele Pennala, Saint Joseph High School Cross Country - Sarah Hernandez, Lakewood High School - Kala Kopecek, Saint Joseph High School Football - Tytus Simmons, Artesia High School (Cont’d. on pg. 4)

Special additions to Lakewood’s 60th Anniversary event Keynote speaker Dr. Robert A. Kleinhenz is Chief Economist at the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation.

Keynote speaker Donna Davis is the Regional Adminstrator, Region IX, for the Small Business Administration.

Sonia Southwell, Community Development Director for City of Lakewood.

The Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lakewood will host the 2014 Economic Forecast Luncheon on Wednesday, March 26, from 11:30am to 1:30pm, at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza in Lakewood. The event is designed to provide essential tools to help you survive

and prosper in the ever-changing global economy. Keynote speakers will address city, regional, state and national economic issues. This year’s keynote speakers are, Dr. Robert A. Kleinhenz, the Chief Economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, and Donna Davis, SBA Regional

Administrator Region IX. In addition, Lakewood’s Community Development Director, Sonia Southwell, will present the city’s future development opportunities. The event’s Master of Ceremonies will be John Kelsall, President/CEO for the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are available through the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. The luncheon price is $35 for chamber members and $45 for non-members. Sponsorship and marketing opportunities are available to promote your business. Registration and networking will begin at 11:30am, and the program will start promptly at noon. For more information, please call the chamber at 562-531-9733.

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An author’s book signing of the new Lakewood commemorative photo book and the sale of two special Lakewood collector’s pins have been added to the list of attractions at the city’s 60th birthday Open House on Friday, March 21 at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza at 5000 Clark Avenue. The recently-released 127-page nostalgic collection of Lakewood photographs, with detailed captions, will be available for signing by its well-known author, longtime Lakewood resident D.J. Waldie. The book will be available for $15. Past Lakewood historical books will also be available for sale, including The Lakewood Story and the first edition of the awardwinning Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir. On sale for $1 will be a 60th anniversary collector’s lapel pin, and for $2 there will be a special “Lakewood Incorporator” pin (a replica of the metallic pin distributed to original Lakewood

residents in 1954 after the city’s successful incorporation election). More collector’s pins will be made available at future city events throughout 2014. “The commemorative photo book should be a nice addition to the coffee table or bookshelf of any Lakewood home,” said Mayor Steve Croft. “It has some classic and (Cont’d. on pg. 7)


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Reflections on a year as C i t y Spotlight Lakewood’s mayor By Mayor Steve Croft

It’s been my honor to serve you as mayor for the past year. As is the tradition in Lakewood and most cities our size, mayoral duties will now rotate to someone else on our city council for a year of service, and I will continue to be a member of the council. This year as mayor was busy and also one of the most rewarding of my career. Lakewood continued to be wellrun, have a good reputation, and have the quality of life we all moved here—or stayed here—to enjoy. And Lakewood

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continued to creatively meet the challenges that inevitably face all cities. We kept our fiscal matters on a good footing, with a balanced budget. We maintained our parks well, and we were able to make improvements to several in a fiscally-sound way. Our recreation and community service programs for Lakewood residents of all ages continued to be top-notch. And even as we reached the 100% completion mark on repaving residential streets, we stuck to our commitment to continue with repaving and repairs of major roadways that need more regular attention. Public safety has faced some challenges over the past year, as Lakewood and all of California were impacted by the state’s new prison realignment program. Studies have shown a rise in property crimes from the early release of so-called “low-level” prisoners under that program, and Lakewood saw an increase in burglaries over the past year, too. But the city and our residents are stepping up to

the challenge. Residents in growing numbers are following the principles of “See Something, Say Something” by calling in unusual or suspicious behavior in their neighborhoods. Ten residents were honored at our annual Award of Valor luncheon in November for quick calls that led to the arrest of burglars. The city’s investment in the Advanced Surveillance and Protection (ASAP) license plate reading system on the streets around Lakewood Center led to 42 wanted vehicles being found, along with 26 arrests. The city is also deploying special burglary suppression deputies to provide extra eyes and ears on the streets. As the Sheriff’s Department recently reported, crime overall is still low in Lakewood compared to levels 10 and 15 years ago. That’s reassuring on one level, but on the city council we want to do everything possible to beat back what we hope is a temporary up-tick in property crimes. I have a special honor as mayor over the next few weeks, which is to help kick-off our city’s 60th anniversary year. Thank you to every resident who submitted historic photographs from their personal collections to be shown at our Open House Celebration on March 21. I’m especially pleased that the displays that night will include photos of Lakewood military veterans from across the generations of our city. Many of Lakewood’s original residents 60 years ago were veterans just starting a family after returning home from World War II and Korea. We owe so much to them and to every veteran that preceded and followed them in Lakewood, both for their service to our nation and to the special role that they have played in our city’s history. It was a pleasure to serve as mayor this past year, and I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow residents and city council colleagues to keep Lakewood a great place to live.

FUN-Tastic Family Night ‘Animal Tracks’ Lakewood’s FUN-Tastic Family Night series picks up on Friday, March 7 with Animal Tracks, featuring an opportunity to meet and learn about many animals including a tarantula, scorpion, python, kookaburra, opossum, ferret, kangaroo, capuchin monkey and a baboon. Held at Lakewood’s beautiful The Centre at Sycamore Plaza, this family-friendly event includes dinner and is perfect for all ages. Doors open at 5:45pm with the show starting at 6:30pm. Register at www. lakewoodcity.org/eCatalog using class #34540. Last day to register is March 4 (or until filled). Register soon. Bean and cheese burritos, Spanish rice, lemonade and a dessert will be served prior to the show. Food and Flick Night Lakewood teens looking for a fun and safe activity are invited to come to the Lakewood Youth Center for Food and Flick Night. Starting with dinner at Fuddruckers and ending with an age-appropriate movie at Lakewood Center’s Pacific Theater, this is a great way to enjoy a nice night out with friends—or to make new friends. The event takes place on Friday, March 7 at 6pm. Register

at www.lakewoodcity.org/ eCatalog using class #34640. Cost is $20 and includes price of a burger combo at Fuddruckers and a movie ticket to Pacific Theater. Call 562-866-9774, extension 2408 for additional information. Volunteer Day is coming Applications are still available for Lakewood Volunteer Day. Volunteers will complete landscape renovation projects and basic outdoor home repairs at sites throughout Lakewood on Saturday, April 26. Whale Watching Continuing Lakewood’s tradition of fun, affordable, family-friendly travel programs, the city’s next trip provides residents a chance to get up close to one of California’s biggest annual visitors: the Gray Whale. Enjoy a day out on the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, March 22 looking for these majestic creatures. The trip is perfect for the entire family. The cost is $36*. Register at www. lakewoodcity.org/eCatalog using class #34534. For further information, please visit www.lakewoodcity.org/ travelprograms or contact the city’s Recreation and Community Services Department at 562-8669771, extension 2408. Make sure to register early as this program may fill. *Cost includes transportation to the event location from Burns Community Center.

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Do you know an active, accomplished high school senior from the City of Lakewood? Is this a person of high character who has been an exceptional student, athlete or community volunteer? Please encourage that young man or woman to apply to be a Lakewood Pan American Festival Association Ambassador. The annual Pan Am Association scholarship program presents awards ranging from $500 to $1,500 for college or trade schools. Those chosen as scholarship recipients

March 2014 will serve as Pan Am Ambassadors, representing the city during the week-long Pan American Festival celebration in early May. Deserving students are encouraged to submit an application before the March 20, 2014 deadline. The program is open to any student that lives in Lakewood, regardless of where they attend school. Students who have overcome adversity, made significant contributions to their schools and/or community, and excelled academically are encouraged to apply. Applications are available at local high schools, the Iacoboni and Nye Libraries, any city park

office, and from the Recreation and Community Services Department inside Lakewood City Hall, 5050 Clark Avenue in Lakewood. Interested students can also access the application at the Pan American website, Lakewoodpanam.org. For assistance or information, call Valarie Frost at 866-9771, ext. 2417, or Joe Arambel at 421-0676.

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Golf - Danielle Nhem, Lakewood High School - Tiffany Whittaker, Mayfair High School Soccer - Joel Atilano, Artesia High School - Jasmine Cornejo, Cerritos College (Artesia HS) Softball - Nyah Rodman, Mayfair High School - Jessica Scroggins, Lakewood High School Swimming - Clarissa Huizar, Artesia High School - Amanda Loya, Saint Joseph High School - Kirsten Miller, Mayfair High School Track and Field - Kala Kopecek, Saint Joseph High School - Ellis Newton, Mayfair High School Volleyball - Megann Delgado, Lakewood High School - Storm Fa’Agata, Lakewood High School - Sarah Miller, Lakewood High School Wrestling - Matthew Tsunawaki, Lakewood High School SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS Scholar Athlete of the Year - Kirsten Miller, Mayfair High School - Michele Pennala, Saint Joseph High School - Kyle Oscarson, Lakewood High School - James Rodriguez, Artesia High School Most Outstanding High School Career - Joel Atilano, Artesia High School All-Round Performer - Kala Kopecek, Saint Joseph High School McDonald’s Press-On Award - Elizabeth Chelling, Saint Joseph High School Special Olympics Outstanding Athlete - Zina Egbert, Lakewood Special Olympics Outstanding Youth Team - Dirtbags – Softball, Lakewood Special Olympics Special Olympics Coach of the Year - Erica Pueblos LYS Volunteer Coach Mayor’s Award - Jay Gooden High School Varsity League Champions - Artesia High School Boys Soccer - Lakewood High School Baseball - Lakewood High School Softball - Lakewood High School Girls Volleyball - Mayfair High School Baseball - Mayfair High School Boys Basketball - Mayfair High School Girls Basketball - Mayfair High School Softball - Mayfair High School Wrestling - Saint Joseph High School Girls Golf - Saint Joseph High School Girls Soccer - Saint Joseph High School Girls Swimming - Saint Joseph High School Girls Track & Field


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Two chances to be a hero Residents have two chances to give back to their community by donating blood this spring. The American Red Cross, in cooperation with the Lakewood Sheriff’s Community Safety Center, has a pair of blood drives coming to the center at Lakewood Center mall: Tuesday, March 11 and Thursday, April 17--both are from 12noon to 6:15pm. All participants will receive a voucher for discounted tickets for select Los Angeles Kings hockey games. Donations take about an hour. Participants are encouraged to drink plenty of water and eat a nutritious meal ahead of time and bring a photo ID. The Lakewood Sheriff’s Community Safety Center is located near Target at 15 Lakewood Center Mall. Walk-in donors are welcome, but RSVPs are appreciated. Appointments can be easily scheduled online at www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code LWSheriff, or call 714-4272605.

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Lakewood Beautiful Home Awards is kicking off its 2014 season this month by asking for nominations of Lakewood homes that reflect a special “pride of ownership” in property upkeep, landscaping and other general appearance. Now in its 33rd year, the program has a legacy of recognizing homeowners’ effort to keep Lakewood looking good. Studies show that home upkeep and beautification efforts by caring, committed residents keep crime rates low and property values healthy, thereby benefitting everyone in a city. Residents can view a slide show of past Distinguished Recognition honorees at www.lakewoodcity.org/ BeautifulHome to see examples of award-winning homes and gardens. Between March and July, use the online form to identify potential nominees in your neighborhood for the Lakewood Beautiful and Water-Wise Awards. Nominations of Lakewood’s best-looking homes can be made online at www.lakewoodcity.org/ HomeNomination, or by calling city hall at 562-866-9771, extension 2160.

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The Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is proud to be bringing an 80% replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to their 17th Annual Summer Stampede Car Show to be held at Mayfair Park on August 17, 2014. Community businesses and residents have a unique opportunity to be a part of this amazing event by sponsoring the memorial wall. There are many sponsorship opportunities available… together we can make this a memorable time for everyone! For more information, please call John Kelsall at (562) 531-9733.

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made some significant changes to both the appearance of the facility and the operations of the business. But what most of our customers may not know is we made an equally large commitment to how we manage both our water and power”. For starters we invested in state-of-the-art water reclaim equipment and underground storage tanks and now recycle about 80-85% of the water used to wash a car. We also use a water filtration system and capture the reject water. We wash vehicles under low flow-high pressure water with special nozzles which keeps the total amount of total fresh water usage below 25 gallons a car. Folks washing at home can use as much as 100-140 gallons when using a garden hose. Moreover, when cars are washed at home the untreated water, soap, grim and tars all flow into the storm drain which pollutes both rivers and the ocean. At Lakewood Car Wash the waste water ends up in the municipal sewer system where it is treated, says Shakouri. Lakewood Car Wash & Detail Center located at 5730 Lakewood Blvd in Lakewood.

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some rarely-seen historic photos of our city that are really fun to view. I look forward to showing friends and relatives when they visit my home. I’m also thrilled with the Lakewood lapel pins that will be available at the event and throughout the year. If you’re a collector—or just a fan of our city—you’ll get kick out of them and enjoy wearing them for years to come.” Residents can come to the Open House celebration on March 21 any time between 5pm and 9pm. From 7pm to 8pm. in the upstairs ballroom, there will be a program with live entertainment, remarks by the city council and the presentation of Lakewood’s 60th birthday cake. The event also includes food, drinks, galleries of historic photos from Lakewood residents and city archives, a historic video theater, and entertainment from dancers, musicians, puppeteers and other performers. Photo galleries will include images of “what Lakewood means to me” from the personal collections of city residents, including those in military service over the decades, and portraits of original 1954 homeowners still living in Lakewood. Advance ticket purchase is required for this special event. Celebrating the city’s incorporation date of 1954, tickets are two for $19.54 and children under 12 are $5.40. Single ticket price is $10. Tickets are on sale at www. lakewoodcity.org/60th or visitors may call Lakewood city staff at 562-866-9771, extension 3123. The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, March 10. The event may sell out, so please purchase tickets early.

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residents effectively wind up paying only $10 apiece after receiving their rebate. Full retail price on these sorts of barrels normally runs as high as $169. These rain barrels along with the reservation for your spot at the class MUST be made in advance at www.rainbarrelsintl.com/ events.asp. More information can be obtained online or by calling Rain Barrels Intl. at 919-6026316. The Rainwater Harvesting class will be at Lakewood’s Burns Community Center, 5510 Clark Avenue, on Saturday, March 8 from 9am to 10am. The distribution of the rain barrels will be made after the class from 10am to 11am. Attendance at the seminar to purchase your rain barrel at the discounted price is not required, nor are you required to buy a barrel to attend the free class.

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Every 15 minutes someone dies as a result of an alcohol-related collision

According to the California DMV, the traffic accident rates for 16- to 19-year old drivers are higher than those for any other age group. Additionally, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a common cause of serious crashes, especially fatal ones, involving teenage drivers.

School-based alcohol prevention programs are essential in helping reduce and eliminate alcohol use among adolescents. Evaluative mechanisms to assess these programs are also vital to developing effective educational strategies that address the circumstances that place adolescents at risk for

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underage drinking and driving under the influence. The Every 15 Minute program is a firstgeneration model of schoolbased alcohol prevention that incorporates simulated alcoholrelated consequences with various community elements. It will take us all to reverse the negative statistical trend related to drinking and driving, especially amongst our young population. This two-day educational program focuses on high school juniors and seniors, challenging them to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions. Along with demonstrating the potential outcomes of alcohol-related incidents, the program focuses on the impacts that alcoholrelated decisions will have on the family, friends and greater community of those involved in alcohol-related incidents. Unlike any other community project, this program opens emotional doors, and addresses the serious issue of underage drinking and the consequences of irresponsible use of alcohol. The Rotary Club of Lakewood, along with Bellflower Unified School District and Mayfair High School is organizing an Every 15 Minutes Program at Mayfair High School. The program will run on Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21, 2014. Campus juniors and seniors will view a simulated crash scene involving alcohol on Thursday, March 20. A professional-produced video depicting the events prior to and after the crash scene will be shown at an assembly on Friday, March 21. The assembly will also feature guest speakers who are survivors of vehicle accidents where alcohol was the cause of the accident. The stories shared by these survivors, along with the educational video, will certainly evoke a greater awareness of the results of drinking and driving.

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Some Pet Stories from our readers... Recently we discovered our dog, Pickles, has a ‘thing’ about snap bracelets. She is convinced we are being attacked by them. I would snap them onto my wrist and she would start barking, jumping around the bed and then reaching out, trying to paw the bracelet off. She’ll even bite the bracelet and carefully pull it off my wrist. When it is unsnapped and I hold it out, she will simply stare at it with her mouth open. After a moment she will start making these extremely cute sounds as if trying to warn me of the pure evil I hold in my hands.

“Pickles” We adopted Abby from the Downey SEAACA 7 years ago and she was 1 at the time. I didn’t want a dog, but if we were getting one I wanted a “medium” size dog, but my wife and son brought home this 60 lb sweetheart. It didn’t take me long to become totally attached. Now I don’t know how I would do without her, as she is my best companion on our monthly peak climbs. She has been to the top of 40 peaks in the local mountains, deserts and Southern Sierras. She’s a trooper and loves chasing lizards and squirrels. She has brought tons of joy to our family and I would highly recommend everyone adopt a pet from a shelter. They will love you unconditionally and soothe your soul. Mark Rice ~ Lakewood

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“Charlie” I am a dog. My breed is Siberian Husky. I may be Siberian, but I live nowhere near Siberia. I live in Lakewood, California where all the pretty people live, where the sun shines, and it never rains. My real name is Kobuk. My stage name is “Hollywood Husky.” “Hollywood” is a place for the rich and famous. I may not be rich, and I may not be famous, but I act like I’m rich and famous, even though I don’t live in Hollywood. I’m close, though. Kids see me and start carrying on about a “Snow Dog.” I’m not a “Snow Dog.” I love the sun and my pool, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The word “mush” is not in my vocabulary. I wouldn’t be caught dead spending my nights on top of a wood box out in the bitter cold. I have quite a few personality disorders, but being near Hollywood I blend right in. Well, most of the time. Ann Condon ~ Lakewood

The Cuddly Corner

Hermes

Hi I’m Hermes! I’m a 2 year-old mini pinscher. I am full grown and weigh 10 lbs. I enjoy lady dogs and I would do well in a home with older children. I’m housebroken but will need some basic training and lots of exercise and play time!

Duke Plea se adop t me!!

Hi I’m Duke and I’m an 8 month-old brown tabby. I’m a bit shy but very friendly with other cats. Most of my time is spent lounging in the cat tree or watching all the activity around me. Because of my timidness, I would probably not do well in a home with children.

If you’re interested in adopting HERMES or DUKE, please contact Phillip Robb, Store Manager of Adopt & Shop at (562) 531-2871.

Charlie, my grandma’s cat, is very energetic and curious. When you look into his eyes, you can feel him looking into your soul. He always wants to cuddle. In the middle of the night when I am in bed, if he saw me make any type of movement, he would run straight to me just so he could cuddle with me. He always wants to be loved. Charlie sleeps all day, and at night he is wideawake and a ball of energy. He runs around the house at least 10 times a day. He is always eager to go outside and explore the world. Sometimes he would knock down the blinds because he sticks his head through the windows just to spy on the birds. A few times, he would run outside and wouldn’t come back for a few hours. However, he would always find his way back to the house. Stephanie ~ Lakewood

“Kobuk” Send us your stories! Email them to news@lakewoodchamber. com, or mail them to PO Box 160, Lakewood, CA 90712.

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Theft metal on the rise The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reports that “metal theft” is on the rise throughout the region. These thefts often involve thieves pulling wire from electrical boxes and light poles. Lakewood Station deputies believe these thieves may pose as workers doing legitimate business in the city. The thefts occur during

day and evening hours. The metal is then sold to salvage companies for pennies on the dollar. However, replacing the metal is very costly. The City of Lakewood’s service provider for lighting is City Light and Power. They have clearly marked vehicles, and their employees wear shirts and vests with the City Light and Power logo.

www.lakewoodnews.org If you see unusual activity in your neighborhood, call the Sheriff’s Station. Their business line, which is perfect for reporting unusual activity, is staffed 24 hours a day at 562623-3500. And, if it’s a crime in progress, always call 9-1-1. Lakewood Sheriff’s Captain Merrill Ladenheim urges residents to give the Sheriff’s Department a call and they’ll send a deputy to see what’s happening. If you see something, say something. Keep Lakewood and your neighborhood safe! Or if you wish to remain

March 2014 anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Todd Rogers for Sheriff (Cont’d. from Pg. 1)

term runs through 2017. Concurrently, Rogers holds the rank of Assistant Sheriff in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. He joined the department in 1985 and over the years he excelled as a patrol deputy, was the founding director of the Regional Community Policing Institute- California, and served as the commanding officer of the Carson Sheriff’s Station for six years. Rogers is nevertheless a hometown guy, he hasn’t forgotten his roots. He still routinely works a patrol unit by himself and regularly makes arrests. However, he understands that the LASD cannot arrest its way out of crime and disorder. Law enforcement must focus on prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation. While a station commander, he created the Gang Diversion Team as a case management approach to utilizing existing community resources to steer youth away from a life of crime. This program continues to change lives to this day. Los Angeles County Sherriff Lee Baca recently made the decision to announce his resignation. Over the last few years, the department has been plagued by ongoing scrutiny and investigations into the action of a few, which has called into question the courageous work of thousands of employees who risk their lives everyday to protect our communities. Rogers was promoted to Assistant Sheriff in March 2013 to lead the department’s reform efforts in many areas. His additional responsibilities include overseeing the departments $2.8 billion budget, in addition to hiring and training divisions. Rogers has thrown his hat into the ring for the open position of L.A. County Sheriff, and is set to run an aggressive campaign. He’s fully committed to winning the June 3rd Primary so he can move on to defeat his opponent in November. Rogers says, “I’m prepared for this job, and I know exactly where to start to fix the problems.” These aren’t merely words or campaign promises, Rogers has, over the last nine months, actually implemented key reforms… such as the creation of “Critical Incident Review” a process to analyze and respond to major incidents, such as deputy involved shootings, within days instead of waiting months for a formal investigation. Rogers says, “If I win, I won’t let you down.” The community should make it a priority to support Rogers. Visit his website at www.rogers4sheriff.com to learn more.

March 9th!


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Around Town in March Lakewood

866-4664.

• The MOMS Club of Lakewood will host its annual Preschool Information and Family Fair on Saturday, March 8, from 10am to 1pm at the Youth Center at Del Valle park (4658 Woodruff Ave.) Free and open to the public, the fair is a community event that offers parents a forum to receive information about local preschools and arts, education, and sports programs for kids. To obtain more information please contact Celina Chen at 310-408-6159.

Long Beach

Bellflower • The Bellflower Civic Chorus is looking for additional singers in all voicing. Men and women 18 years or older are needed to compliment their 40 voice mixed chorus for their Broadway concert in May. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm at Simms Park. For more information call (562)

• The public is invited to shop for great finds at a large Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, from 8am to 4pm. This event will be located in the parking lot of Covenant Presbyterian Church, 607 E. 3rd St. Individuals wanting to purchase their own space can register by calling (562) 437-0958 by Thursday, March 6. Donations are welcome and will be excepted through Wednesday, March 5. • Long Beach Day Nursery is pleased to announce that its 10th annual golf tournament will be held at Palos Verdes Golf Club on Monday, March 17. Shotgun start is at 12pm with registration opening at 10am. The driving range and putting green will be available from 10am to 12noon. The cost per player is $250. For more information about the programs and services of the Nursery, contact Traci

Town

with Robin Vanderwerff

www.lakewoodnews.org

March 2014

Glassock, Director of Development and Communications, at 562-5910509, ext. 112 or tglassock@lbdn. org.

Let’s play Sudoku! Three chances to win...

Congratulations to Robert Baughman, Pat Alcorn and Jodi Gastelum! They are the lucky winners of the February Sudoku contest. To be eligible, print your name, address and phone number on a letter size (8½ x 11) piece of paper, cut the finished puzzle from the newspaper and tape onto the paper. Mail entries to: Lakewood Community News P.O. Box 160, Lakewood, CA 90714. Or drop it by the Chamber office at #24 Lakewood Center Mall (right next to See’s Candies). The winners are drawn by random. One entry per household; the answers must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 21st 2014. The winners will be drawn on Monday, March 24th and the call to the winners will be made the same day. If a message is left, the prize must be claimed by return phone call within 48 hours (two business days) or a new winner will be chosen. The name of the winners will be published in the April issue, along with a new Sudoku Puzzle.

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Lakewood Rotary Club The Lakewood Rotary Club will be sponsoring

“Every 15 Minutes”

a program for high school Juniors and Seniors in March 2014 challenging them to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, and responsibility. Every 15 mintues someone dies in an alcohol related traffic collision.

Principal Sponsors:

Bellflower Unified School District California Highway Patrol California Office of Traffic Safety Rotary Club of Lakewood State Farm Insurance

Sponsors:

Care Ambulance City of Lakewood Creative Simulation Farmers & Merchants Bank Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce HUB International Kenny’s Auto Body and Service Lakewood Lions Club Lakewood Regional Medical Center Los Angeles County Fire Department LA County Sheriff Department-Lakewood Station Los Angeles County Supervisor, Don Knabe Luyben Family Dilday-Mottell Mortuary Mayfair High School Peerless Land & Water Co. Inc. Rotary Club of Bellflower Sepia Productions Southern California Barricades Western State College of Law

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