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With some students already in school and many thousands returning next week, now is an appropriate to consider some of the highlights and the lowlights of education in the Southland and nationally.

Frederick Price High stands alone academically, athletically „ Part of Crenshaw Christian Center, it may be one of the best-kept secrets BY STANLEY O. WILLIFORD OW EDITOR

A young man wanted to transfer to Frederick K.C. Price III School (FKCP) from a high school in Long Beach. An 11th-grader, he had been warned by his former school that he probably would not graduate because of his low academic scores. Having languished in remedial and basic classes throughout his high school career, he was also told to give up the hope of getting into a four-year institution. Further, as an aspiring athlete, he was advised that he did not have the talent to play football at either the junior varsity or varsity level. The young potential transfer was crushed. He had come from a home where his biological father had pretty much disowned him and his stepfather had all but ignored him. He was broken spiritually, mentally, emotionally and socially. “I interviewed him,” said Madeline Butler, who

heads academic and counseling services at Crenshaw Christian Center’s Price High, “and looking at the courses he had taken I knew it would be a difficult task to get him into a four-year school, but I went ahead and accepted him as a student.” Why? “Because when we interview students we are not just looking at the black and white,” she said. “If you have a 3.4 or 3.5 gpa you’re going to make it pretty much anywhere. But we believe in looking at the spiritual side. “I was led to give this young man an opportunity to help him make a change in his life. I had to begin to set his courses in order to get him into college. He had to make up courses, repeat courses, begin taking college prep courses and maintain a competitive gpa. “Because Price is on the quarter system it was possible,” Butler said. “On the quarter system students are able to take more courses or repeat courses they have not been successful in. This allowed me to set up an education plan for him to make sure he graduated and transitioned into a four-year institution. “He began the educational plan, and joined the football team,” she said. “He was passionate about football. He began to get mentored by his teachers;

Public School Choice: one way to tackle a complicated problem „ LAUSD efforts to reform low-performing schools frustrates and puzzles some BY CYNTHIA E. GRIFFIN OW MANAGING EDITOR

While officials at most public schools in South Los Angeles are busy preparing for the new academic year to begin next week, there are a handful of campuses that are doing that, as well as worrying about and working to preserve their schools. Called “low-performing” by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), West Athens, Manhattan, LaSalle and Woodcrest elementary schools, along with Dorsey and Washington Prep high schools, face an uncertain future. They are among 22 existing (or so-called focus schools) deemed eligible for Public School Choice 3.0 (PSC). The Public School Choice motion, approved by the LAUSD school board in 2009, is one of the district’s answers to the dilemma of continuously low-performing schools. It was designed to tap into the potential wealth of innovative ideas and educational models that will help the district advance its commitment to provide a quality education for students. This is one of the options being used to ensure that all schools provide students with a high-quality education. Educational organizations, including parents, teachers and administrators are all allowed to submit

proposals to operate the campuses. The focus schools included in the PSC process met the following criteria: • Identification as a program-improvement school for at least three years under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. This means school test scores did not hit targets. • An Academic Performance Index (API) score of less than 650; the state goal is 800. • Gained less than 100 net points in API score across the last five years. • 30 percent or fewer students scoring proficient or advanced on the California Standards Tests in English Language Arts (ELA) or math. • Less than 10 percentage point increase in students reaching proficient in ELA or math. • Less than 10 percentage points moving out of Far Below Basic or Below Basic in ELA or math. • Less than 10 percent of any subgroup, i.e. African American, English Language Learners, moved to proficiency on the standards tests. • Did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress criteria in 2010; and • Greater than 10 percent dropout four-

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they saw the effort. The male staff learned about the situation with his father and stepfather, and they began to take him under their wings. “He didn’t truly know God, but for the next two years this young man grew spiritually, developing a relationship with the Lord. He was successful at making up courses and taking rigorous college prep courses. He made the honor roll, which is something he had never done before. He began to perform well athletically, and at the end of his 12th-grade year, he not only graduated but was accepted into several four-year institutions. Among them were some California State schools and some private schools.” “FKCP is a true college preparatory school,” said Butler. “We’re here to educate the whole student. We have true college prep courses and a step-by-step hands-on curriculum. College preparation means you’re getting prepared to be accepted at a four-year institution, not just AP courses and honors courses.” “If you come here we will help you get into a Division 1 school,"she said. Some Price students had little choice but to attend the school. They were practically born into it, having attended the church, Crenshaw Christian Center, along with their parents. Such was the case with

Engineering a change „ African American students are avoiding engineering careers and the lucrative pay. Some groups are trying to steer them into the field. BY ISMAIL MUHAMMAD OW CONTRIBUTOR

Itanza Lawrence, a rising senior at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and a Los Angeles native, is a successful student by any measure. After transferring from UC Irvine in her sophomore year, she began studying both mechanical engineering and premed courses, and excelled in her studies. She is also active in student life: she sat on the executive board of the National Society of Black Engineers, Columbia chapter, and served as program chair in her junior year. This summer, she interned at the Clorox Co. in Pleasanton, Calif. She is poised to graduate in the coming school year and move on to a successful career. Unfortunately, a recent study at Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce reveals that she is among a minority of African American college students taking advan-

Kristian Cloyd (class of 2006), who went from the nursery through high school and graduated in 2010 from UC Irvine. “It was definitely a family-type experience, starting in 1993 and being ‘born’ in the church,” said Cloyd, who now works at Price as a development coordinator. Lynessa Williams, 23, currently working on a master’s in media studies at Syracuse University in New York agrees. She had been at Price so long “it felt like family.” She started in the nursery and, like Cloyd, remained through high school. She graduated in 2006 and received her bachelor’s from Chico State in Northern California. High school tuition runs $6,402 a year and the school offers an assistance program. Last year’s high school enrollment was about 75 students. From elementary through high school enrollment hovers around 150. The outstanding part is that 98 percent of Price graduates go on to four-year schools. Over its 26-year life, FKCP has had numerous scholarship recipients: Breana Weaver (2011) to UCLA, Lauren Mathews (2005) to Stanford, Serena Nelson (2008) to Dartmouth, Jermaine Jamison (2001) to Fresno State on a combined academic-athletic scholarship in football. Jamison would eventually play briefly in the NFL. The school has racked up more than $900,000 in academic and athletic scholarships.

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tage of the opportunity to study engineering. Titled “What’s It Worth?” the Georgetown study looks at the income a college graduate can expect based on what they studied in school. It confirmed what has been clear to college students for some time now: students who are STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors see the strongest financial returns for their efforts. Petroleum engineering majors have median earnings of $120,000 a year and mechanical engineering students like Lawrence can expect median earnings of $80,000. Indeed, eight of the top 10 highest earning majors are engineering fields. However, African American students are not entering those lucrative fields at the same pace as their non-Black peers. Instead, they tend to cluster in more service-oriented fields. The study determined that African American students gravitate toward majors like community organization, counseling psychology and public health. The top 10 majors among African American students do not include a single engineering major. While service-oriented studies are admirable, they do not translate into the same earnings as an engineering degree. Meanwhile, the statistics suggest that students of other minority groups have gotten the memo. Hispanic students comprise 22 percent of biological engineering majors and 14 percent of industrial engineering students. Asians are 33 percent of computer engineering majors and 22 percent of electrical engineering students. In comparison, African American students comprise only 4 percent of computer engineering, 6 percent of electrical engineering, 3 percent of biological engineering, and 5 percent of industrial engineering majors.

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Engineering from COVER STORY page 3 What might account for the gaps between African American students and other minority groups when it comes to engineering? Jeff Strohl, Ph.D., director of research at the Center on Education and the Workforce and one of the study’s authors, says that although the “What’s It Worth” report did not look into causes, there is evidence to suggest that certain dynamics are at work. “It’s a mishmash of possible reasons,” Strohl said. He identified several interrelated factors that might contribute to the paucity of African American engineering students. They include a lack of minority engineering role models, weak support mechanisms compared to those of other students, and the fact that many African American students come from lowincome backgrounds. “The evidence does show that among the African American population, many are first-generation college students and don’t have the same set of role models and support mechanisms to get through school and set goals in parallel with their abilities,” said Strohl. The problem is complicated by the fact that it is still difficult to find minority faculty in engineering departments across the country. “There are not a lot of African Americans in those departments, so the students coming in don’t find the support structures that other students might,” said Strohl. “If you go to college and none of them look like you or have the same experiences as you, it’s hard to stick with it because you stick out like a sore thumb.” The dearth of African American role models is indicative of a larger problem: the high ratio of high school counselors to students in low-income areas creates situations where counselors are unable to give proper advice on lucrative majors. The relative absence of such supports when compared to other races results in poor preparation, which in turn makes students averse to challenging STEM majors. Strohl identifies this phenomenon as “undershooting,” and it is an effect which touches African American students regardless of economic status. “The undershooting phenomenon is highly correlated by race,” he said. “That ends up impacting education outcomes. If we look at the equally prepared Black and White students of the same social class, I’m going to guess that there are more mechanisms that are going to encourage the White students to go into STEM majors than there are for African American students.” Lawrence echoed that sentiment. She says that while other students have support mechanisms to provide them with encouragement and resources to prepare them for success when they reach college, those systems are not completely in place for Black students. “People who do it have that positive encouragement, and people who don’t think they can never accomplish it,” she said. “It’s part of a mental stigma, and the fact that there aren’t that many of us doing it reinforces that.” “We have less of a support system for stuff like that,” she added. “I never had that. We never had money to pay for stuff like that. It’s the lack of preparation and resources to gain that preparation.” That lack of preparation, which is often tied to economic status, discourages students who might otherwise study engineering. As Strohl points out, African American students who do demonstrate an aptitude for mathematics don’t go into STEM majors.

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“They come in with good mathematics skills and end up moving into other fields,” he said. He acknowledges that some of that movement may be due to interests in fields such as law and medicine, but posits that the lack of preparation associated with low-income students definitely results in the underestimation of one’s academic abilities. Thus, when given a choice between a selective university and less rigorous study, “[black students] tend toward a two-year degree. If given an array of majors, they choose the ones that they’ve been told they will succeed at rather than ones that they might succeed at,” said Strohl. Education advocates on the front lines of promoting college education among disadvantaged students identify other problems. Randy Winston is president of Student Services for South Central Scholars, a Los Angeles-based organization that provides scholarships, internships, and mentoring services to underprivileged college and college-bound students. Though he agrees that a lack of role models and support systems plays a role, he also lays the blame at the feet of an underresourced public education system. “Systemically, it has to fall on the low preparation that they’re receiving at local schools,” he said. “Children are not challenged to pursue those studies and think that they can’t make it in those fields because it’s too challenging.” “Inner city schools are resource poor, so how can they compete? It’s like asking someone to perform brain surgery with no training.” Winston believes that the Los Angeles Unified School District’s failure to provide Black students with the skills to succeed in STEM majors is indicative of a more general failure. Put simply, the school district is not preparing our children to compete in the new economy. “It’s not getting better, it’s getting worse,” Winston said of graduation rates for young African American students. “We’re regressing. Those numbers were higher when I was in college. It behooves us to identify those individuals with the aptitude and to push them to the very edge of their abilities.” This failure handicaps African American students and prevents them from being competitive in STEM majors when compared to other ethnicities, notes Patricia Rillera, the executive director of Young Black Scholars, a Los Angeles-based college preparatory organization. African American students are at a disadvantage in college because they do not have the opportunity to take challenging math classes such as calculus during high school. “Our students tend not to be as competitive as some of our other students in the math and sciences,” said Rillera. “They don’t tend to take the higher level courses. When an admissions person brings you into a campus, and as you progress, it makes a difference. Because of that, they may not as competitive. It’s about where they’re starting from.” Of course, African American students tend to start from disadvantaged positions due to their economic status. This can have a detrimental impact on not only their college studies, but their careers. Their academic histories follow them even if they graduate with degrees in engineering and go into professional work. After all, the study also shows that median earnings for African American engineers is below the medians of Asian and White engineers. Rillera believes that has something to do with math skills. “If you get our kids to major in those fields, their math levels are below others and they aren’t as prepared as others,” she said. “So when they graduate, they may have a bit of a learning curve, and academically they may not be as competitive as some of the other students corporations are pulling from.”

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“It’s not getting better, it’s getting worse,” Winston said of graduation rates for young African American students. “We’re regressing. Those numbers were higher when I was in college.” Obviously, there is a dense patchwork of causes contributing to African American students’ failure to study STEM majors. However, that academic pattern could be shifting. If we look beyond the data toward efforts to encourage Black students to study STEM fields and support those who choose engineering majors, there is reason to think that the future will be different. It is important to note that the study looks at data over entire life cycles, meaning that it aggregates data on both older African Americans who have been out of school for decades and younger people who have graduated recently. Therefore, it obscures potential patterns that may be taking hold among younger graduates and current students. “We might be seeing some age effects,” Strohl said of the data. “The concentration [in service-oriented majors] could be an older generation more concerned with public service, but we might be seeing a switchover. If you look past the groundbreakers, I would guess that a lot of the younger generation might be switching over into engineering and higher degrees.” Depending upon the prism through which one views the situation, Strohl’s assessment will be either wishful thinking or an acknowledgment of the strides African American college students are making. The statistical data only partly bears out, and, in some cases, even contradicts his conclusion. Looking at graduates of ages 25-35 separately from graduates of ages 35-45, engineering majors are not in the top 10 majors for either cohort. That seemingly disproves the notion that the lack of African American engineering majors is due to “age effects.” Engineering majors aren’t in the top 10 majors for Black females of either cohort. Electrical engineering is popular among African Americans. However, there is a higher ratio of African American electrical engineers among the 35-45 cohort (0.7 percent of all electrical engineering majors) than among the 25-35 cohort (0.6 percent). Furthermore, the general engineering major is in the top 10 popular majors for Black male graduates age 35-45, but not age 25-35. It would seem that younger graduates don’t tend toward engineering any more than older graduates do. However, it is in talking with current engineering students and those on the front lines of education advocacy that different patterns begin to reveal themselves. Calvin Phelps is a graduate student studying mechanical engineering at Cornell University. He is also the executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), a national, student-governed college engineering organization whose stated goal is to “increase the number of culturally responsibleAfrican American engineers who excel.” He says that the lack of African American engineers in school is unfortunately common. His organization is taking momentous steps to combat that reality, though. “The organization was founded and is run by col-

lege students,” he said. “They looked around at their universities and said, we need to figure out a way to band together and make sure we make it through.” This determination to support African American engineering students and help them “make it through” informs NSBE’s various initiatives. These efforts range from college initiatives to give students communities in which they can communicate, commiserate, and challenge themselves to ever higher levels of success, on down to programs at the elementary-school level that get children interested in mathematics. Take the college retention program, for instance. Phelps says that the program’s purpose is not just to help African American students pass their classes, but shine in them. It consists of things like weekly tutoring and study groups where members collaborate twice a week. “The idea is to create collaborative learning environments,” he said. “You will never work by yourself as an engineer. That’s just how it’s done. Once you encourage students and create an environment in which they can prepare together, you see tremendously higher retention rates.” Itanza Lawrence credits the retention program with giving her a support network that enables her to succeed as an engineering student. “There are people who look like you and support you,” she said. “It’s a great experience. I can relate to other members and where they come from. Before I got to Columbia, there weren’t people who I could study with, but with that, it encourages you to stick together and push each other.” NSBE also attempts to expand the ranks of African American engineering students through early intervention. The SEEK program, which Phelps characterizes as NSBE’s flagship initiative, is an effort to intervene in the lives of African American elementary school students and prevent the development of the mathematics achievement gap that appears between African American children and other students. “Black students perform at parity with their peers up until about third grade,” said Phelps. “Then you begin to see an achievement gap in math and science. After that, students say they no longer like math, and if you don’t like math, you probably won’t be successful as an engineering student or a practicing engineer.” SEEK’s purpose is to head off the achievement gap by showing children that math and science can be interesting and exciting. “NSBE is inserting itself into that process where in the third grade you see the achievement gap,” Phelps said of the program.. “We’re saying to students, you know what, math and science are actually really cool, and here are some of the hands-on things you can do with it “Once kids get excited about it, they are willing to put in the work and get involved in the engineering field. Getting involved in the early age is so critical, and that’s why this is our flagship program. We say, it’s hard, but you’re intelligent and you can do it. It’s also a lot of fun.” Through initiatives like the retention program and SEEK, NSBE is evidence that Strohl’s conclusion may be correct. A younger generation of African American students is building efforts that could alter the seemingly insurmountable challenge outlined in “What’s It Worth.” With time, the future could look very different. Randy Winston agrees. “Right now, our students aren’t ready for primetime,” he said. “But over time, they will be, and those who are ready are doing well. It’s a matter of how determined you are to succeed.”


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Frederick Price High from COVER STORY page 3 Last year, the makeup at Price was 80 percent African American, 9 percent Asian Pacific Islander, but with enrollment still open Cloyd believes it should have a strong Latino enrollment. Price High is a Division 5 school, but because its basketball team is so good it is ranked as a Division 3AA program. Overall, Price has a remarkable number of athletes who have received four-year scholarships. For example, over the last 16 years the basketball team has produced 20 scholarship players, six currently enrolled at such schools as UC Berkeley (Allen Crabbe and Richard Solomon), University of Washington (Tyreese Brasher), Montana State (Casey Trujeque), St. John’s University (Norvel Pelle) and (University of Colorado) Askia Booker. “We have in our senior class no less than three more that will be getting scholarships this year,” said boy’s basketbal coach Michael Lynch. Cal Berkeley students Solomon and Crabbe are projected to be the first Price athletes to crack the ranks of the NBA. FKCP also has teams in girls basketball, volleyball, football, track and softball, said Michael Jackson, athletic director. In 2009, its eight-man football team made the playoffs and four members of that team were awarded athletic scholarships. However, Jackson admitted that the football team was not as dominant as the basketball team Although FKCP would seem to have a lot to crow about as a learning institution, it rarely does. In fact,

Price is considered by many to be one of the bestkept academic secrets around. With a total enrollment of around 150 in K through 12, Butler said the school could easily grow to 250 students “and still be comfortable.” In spite of excellence of some Christian schools, the economy and the spread of free charter schools, has severely cut into their enrollment. Christian schools in the Antelope Valley have also fallen on hard times. Diana Andre, director of admissions at Desert Christian School in Lancaster, said enrollment had been dropping there for the past five years, and some former students are now attending public schools, charter schools or being home-schooled. “Some parents aren’t that happy with it, but they are doing it anyway because of the economy,” said Andre. Last year the school instituted an “across-theboard pay cut,” with staff taking the biggest hit. Charles Miller, pastor and administrator at Westside Christian School in Palmdale, said the economy affected Westside this year in slow registration. “It really slowed down the registration this year. Last year it was a pretty easy decision whether or not they could afford it.” Miller said he had to move some staff around and “I had some retire. That made it easy for me not to have to cut too much—just don’t replace who retired.” In Los Angeles, FKCP may be the only nonCatholic Christian school of any size still standing. Among the churches that have closed their schools are West Angeles, First Church of God and South Bay Lutheran among others. A few of their students

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Public School Choice from COVER STORY page 3 year rate or less than 80 percent graduation rate across four years (for high schools). Those who submitted letters of intent to submit a plan to operate the school are required to turn in their proposal by Oct. 14. The plans are then vetted by district officials and recommendations are made to and by the superintendent. The school board is slated to vote on a selection in January. While the process sounds simple, it is not. Parents, teachers, students and other stakeholders are to somehow be allowed to participate in developing proposals, but sometimes that does not happen. One of the first breakdowns is to make sure that everyone is aware of exactly what is happening. That was a sore point for Sandra Davis, parent of a fourthgrader at Manhattan Elementary. “I volunteer at the school at least two times a week all day . . . but no one notified me that the LAUSD would be there at the school to talk about Public School Choice,” said Davis, who added that only four parents showed up—one Black and three Hispanics. Davis was among a group of parents, teachers and other stakeholders who on Tuesday took buses from South L.A. to the school board downtown to voice their concern about being left out of the school choice process. In addition to parents being left out of the discussion at their respective schools, some teachers have been left out of the loop as well. Peggy Coulehan, a first-grade teacher at

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Woodcrest Elementary for the past 10 years also took the bus into downtown, and she too, was only marginally aware of how the PSC process works. “I believe they are able to replace the whole school site without parent or teacher input,” said Coulehan. The lack of effort to totally elicit parental or teacher input, and in some cases ignoring what those in the trenches at the schools had to say, is what prompted many people to board the buses to downtown. Eva F. Holmes, a veteran South L.A. education activist and advocate and community liaison for the Southwest Los Angeles area, was one of those involved in an effort to craft a reform plan for Clay Middle School under PSC 2.0 in 2010, and was frustrated by the school board’s action of awarding the operation of the campus to charter school operator Green Dot, despite the fact that the former LAUSD superintendent recommended the school groups’ plan as at least a partial remedy. “We need to save traditional public schools so that when Green Dot and other charter organizations do not want to teach our children, they have some place to go,” said Holmes bluntly from her perspective of more than 40 years advocating for public education in South Los Angeles. “They’re not going to take all our children, so we must hold on to some public schools,” said Holmes with conviction. Talking to those at low-performing schools, some common themes emerge, and one is something new superintendent John Deasy alluded to during his beginning-of-school address on Aug. 24. He pledged to ensure that school officials had the resources and support needed to succeed. Holmes has been connected to Clay Middle

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laughter and applause. Calling the CBC the conscience of the Congress, the members each introduced themselves, and talked about some aspect of what it is going to take to create jobs in America, and how important it is to get President Barack Obama to join with them to support a package of 42 pieces of legislation they intend to introduce. If he does so, he will get re-elected said the representatives. “We are moving away from the complaint counter to the constructive action counter,” said Chair Cleaver. “The CBC wants to help vulnerable communities, and we’re not hung up on what they look like.” Barbara Lee of Northern California talked about her role on the House Appropriations Committee. “I fight against the harmful budget cut, and I find every

dime I can to invest in funding jobs for the community.” Metro Detroit Representative Hanson Clark pointed out that in addition to providing jobs, the CBC has discovered through its jobs tour the need to re-instill hope. “Some people have been turned down (for a job) so many times, like the brother who was formerly incarcerated, that folks have given up,” said Clark, who sent the audience into laughter, when he brought up his ancestry. “OK, let me just get it out of the way. My father was from India, but I’m still just a Black guy from Detroit.” He also shared his own personal story of unemployment, and being saved by a government job program called CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act).

“The skills I bring to Congress, I had the same skills when I was unemployed. But what matters is attitude. Many of our people have given up . . .. We’ve got to get rid of the victim mentality and realize our power.” Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee addressed the public sector contracts issue and touted a plan that would require every business awarded a government contract for things like cleaning up the East Coast in the wake of Hurricane Irene to produce a plan that will demonstrate how they will hire local people to do the job. Putting this in place could be done by executive order, she added. The Rev. Jackson pointed to the HumphreyHawkins full employment Act as something that needs to be a centerpiece of current re-employment efforts. Among the other issues that were talked about was the introduction of a Recidivism Reduction Act that would help recently released inmates obtain government benefits faster than six months; entrepreneurship as one antidote to unemployment; introduction of legislation, H.R. 489, calling for the extension of unemployment benefits for those who have exhausted theirs until Congress can figure out how to get the country working again; and finally a realization that the government must also create jobs and not rely on the private sector to do so, because as one representative put it, the abiding interest for corporate America is to make money for itself. The Tuesday forum was followed by a daylong job fair that also included workshops on expungement and small business development. Congresswoman Waters said more than 170 employers would be on hand to interview and offer real jobs. Now that the jobs initiative tour has concluded, Conyers said the next step for the CBC is to hold a giant jobs rally Sept. 20 outside the White House during the Congressional Black Caucus week in Washington, D.C.

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Davis said her school lacks simple yet vital resources such as a librarian to staff the library and teaching assistants to provide special education teachers the time to give students one-on-one instruction. At Dorsey High, newly installed principal Reginald Sample finds himself grappling with challenges that are beyond his control. And then there are those district-controlled challenges and administrative changes for example. Since 1997, Manhattan Place has had four principals, but according to one teacher who left the school partially in frustration two years ago, the administrative leadership was inconsistent and allowed teachers who did a poor job of educating students to continue teaching. Coulehan said she is working under the third principal in 10 years. There are also environmental challenges such as the violence around Woodcrest that once forced the school to remain on lockdown for hours and meant Coulehan did not get home until midnight. There are also emotional challenges as well, such as parents (particularly African Americans) whose children could use the extra help given special-education children refusing to allow their child to be identified as something they fear will stigmatize them for the rest of their academic lives. Like Clay and so many schools in South L.A., Sample said Dorsey’s student population has a high percentage of youth in foster care. “To be perfectly honest and not to make excuses . . . many of the kids who come to us are already behind

grade level,” explained Sample, who has been at the once academically thriving campus only a year. In addition to lagging educationally, Sample said there are psychological and emotional needs that have to be met for children who are trying to cope with the stigma and challenge of being in a family torn apart. “We do intervention,” said Sample, also noting that this is an example of the additional challenges schools like Dorsey have faced for years. Other more recent ones include the need to teach limited English-speaking high school students academics at the same time they’re learning English; and lack of resources, particularly in the last few years. “In the past year, I lost two administrators and 15 teachers . . . the budget doesn’t support certain classes, and we don’t have the fiscal and financial resources,” Sample said. “If you look at it from a holistic standpoint, anybody can pull data and look at the scores and say they’re bad, until they come and spend a week on campus to see for themselves some of the challenges inner-city schools face.” Yet despite all the obstacles, Sample says math test scores jumped 13 percent last year and the graduation rate has risen to 33 percent.” But the future for his school and the others on the PSC list depend entirely on how well they craft a plan that will convince a skeptical board of education that despite the years of opportunity the staffs in place have had to better educate students, they can do a good job now.

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Nearly 1,000 people turned out Tuesday night and an estimated 10,000 showed up Wednesday at Crenshaw Christian Center in pursuit of jobs. On Tuesday, an appreciative audience of elected officials, workers, and community people attended the final stop of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) “For the People” Jobs Initiative tour. Hosted by the three Los Angeles-based congressional representatives—Maxine Waters, Laura Richardson and Karen Bass—10 members of the CBC, including Chair Emanuel Cleaver II and the dean of Black politics, John Conyers, were joined by the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and drew standing ovations, shouts of laughter and words of agreement and encouragement from the audience. One audience member even very verbally encouraged Karen Bass to run for governor, drawing more

Price High from COVER STORY page 5 have transferred to Price. “We have taken their students and continued to give them a Christian education,” said Butler “I wish more people would take advantage of it,” said Angela Evans, co-founder of the school along with her parents Apostle Fred and Dr. Betty Price. “I am extraordinarily proud of what we have accomplished. It had a great deal of trials and tribulations, but we’re at a really good place, where we’ve kinda leveled off. I have a great principal in place, a great staff and we’re constantly adding new things to enhance the program. “We’ve just added an engineering program and we have advanced placement English. We have an awesomely well-rounded program, well-rounded sports program, and clubs. We’re training these young people to be awesome contributing members of society.” Stephen Barrios (1999), who graduated from USC in 2004 with a degree in computer science, wrote this in a note to the school: “It is difficult to put into a limited number of words what going to FKCP III and the Ed McMahon scholarship meant in my life. My mom always worked hard to provide me a solid private Christian education. The time directly after eighth grade was difficult for my family and my mom’s dream of sending me to a private high school appeared bleak at the time. Getting into Price and better yet on scholarship was an immense blessing from God and has paid dividend after dividend. The environment was safe, wholesome, and provided diverse opportunities for me to grow, learn, and thrive. I am forever grateful to Fred and Betty Price, the McMahons, Mrs. White, Coach Lynch, Mr. Taylor, Dr. Chyi, and so many more who played a part in those oh so critical years of my development.”

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from COVER STORY page 6 School for decades, and actually moved her family into the area in the 1960s, when the school was predominantly Asian, and Black parents had to obtain a permit to enroll their children. “I went to a meeting at the school at the time, because I wanted to get to know the teachers before my kids enrolled, and they were discussing the changing demographics. They said the children coming in are not going to be able to meet our standards, so we’re going to have to lower the standards.” Holmes said that attitude prompted her and some of the other African American parents living in the area surrounding Clay not to send their children to the school. Woodcrest teacher Coulehan says her school has been a low-performing campus for nearly 30 years and attributes the cause to a complicated combination of reasons—an administrative staff that blames teachers, teachers who say more parent involvement is needed, a previous lack of standardization in how to teach subjects, unequal distribution of resources within the school that created internal jealousies and too much to teach in a too-short school day. At Manhattan Place Elementary, volunteer parent


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Youth learn to be tomorrow’s leaders at summit „ Event targeted South L.A. students BY JACOB HAY AND NAYRA PACHECO OW CONTRIBUTORS

More than 230 students from South Los Angeles neighborhoods gathered for a two-day youth leadership summit last weekend at UCLA. The event, put on by Good Jobs LA and the Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) at UCLA, sought to educate and mobilize today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders. “This is a space for South L.A. students to learn about the issues impacting their communities and to better understand themselves and their roles in bringing change,” said Nayra Pacheco, one of 10 Good Jobs LA interns who organized the summit. “Our communities need leadership, and the best place to start is with young people.” Workshops, based on conversations with local students over the past months, were geared towards providing young people with the tools they need to become leaders. Topics included job readiness, college preparation, community activism and organizing, political action, artistic expression, environmental justice, understanding identity issues and the role of cor-

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porate America in creating economic inequality. Just stepping onto a college campus opened some students’ eyes to new possibilities. “I learned about programs that can help me go to college even if my family doesn’t have a lot of money,” said Amber McKenzie, a South Los Angeles pupil at the Accelerated School. “After talking about the issues hurting our neighborhoods and learning how young people have the tools to fight for change, I’m preparing myself to become a leader and role model in my community.” Summit organizers provided transportation and healthy meals on both days of the event, despite a student turnout that far exceeded expectations. Each day’s session was more than eight hours long and involved multiple workshops, group activities and break-out sessions. On Sunday, before arriving at UCLA, participants

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Amber McKenzie, left, and Cynthia Hernandez were among more than 230 local high school students who began learning the basics of community leadership during a weekend summit at UCLA./OW photo courtesy of Good Jobs L.A.

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instruction by Henry Washington, a Perry Middle School campus aide who volunteers his time working with youth at the school’s CARE Garden. “When you teach a child to garden, they learn to take care of themselves and the community.” CARE (Character, Attitude, Respect, Education) is a take-off on the school’s motto which says character, plus attitude, plus respect plus education equals success. After the youth summit, Good Jobs LA will continue to informally engage young people on being leaders in their communities through its regular activities. Good Jobs LA is a coalition of community members and organizations committed to holding wealthy corporations accountable for contributing their fair share to our economic recovery and calling for investments in struggling communities to create good jobs.

Nurses at medical center in Lynwood plan three-day strike „ Staffing shortages, pension plan at issue Registered nurses at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood notified the hospital Wednesday of their intention to strike for 48 hours next month, their union announced. A majority of the medical center’s 700 registered nurses voted Tuesday to strike from 6:45 a.m. Sept. 12 to 6:45 a.m. Sept. 14, following months of negotiations that haven’t yielded a new contract, according to the United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals.

A hospital representative was not immediately available for comment. At issue is a request by nurses for additional staffing in light of a marked increase in patients, according to the union. The fate of the nurses’ pension plan, which the union maintains is severely underfunded, is another sticking point. The medical center has one of the only emergency rooms in South Los Angeles and has noted a significant increase in patients since closure of the troubled emergency room at Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital, according to the union.

“Last Saturday night alone we were short-staffed to handle multiple gunshot and stabbing wound victims that came into the ER,” said critical care nurse Scott Byington. The union disseminated a statement of support from Assemblyman Isadore Hall III, D-Compton, saying he receives health care at St. Francis “so I know just how important the nurses are to the community.” The nurses don’t want to strike, “but they have to do what they must to protect the residents of our district and their own families,” Hall says in the statement. “I stand completely with them in their struggle.”

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Between the Lines „ ‘The Help’: a case of America missing its mammy BY ANTHONY ASADULLAH SAMAD OW CONTRIBUTOR

The film, “The Help,” is the No. 1 movie in America. It’s a good movie, but it’s not that good. What is curious to me is the timing of the movie. The book just came out in 2009—the summer of 2009—after being turned down by 60 editors and taking five years to be written. The book was optioned after it hit the New York Times best-seller list, in December of 2009, given a release date in December 2010 for late summer 2011. Now think about that. What has happened during that period that would cause, not just any good book—dozens of which make the Times best-seller list—but, this book to be fast-tracked like this. Now, I know what you’re saying … and yeah, I have been known to call out a conspiracy or two, but really y’all. You don’t see anything suspicious about the making of this movie in such a bold and expedited manner? Knowing how difficult it is to get a movie greenlighted in Hollywood, this doesn’t pass the smell test for me. I know everything ain’t about President Obama, even though it is “all about Obama” and not allowing him to be re-elected for the Republicans and Tea Party, but this is. The movie is commonly promoted as the “feel good” hit of the summer. Exactly who is this movie making feel good? It damn sure ain’t Black people. I’m sure Black women aren’t romanticizing about

the time period either. No, maybe they all ran to their closets and pulled out their maid outfits. NOT. Time-period movies aren’t plentiful, but when made, wouldn’t you think it would be about something memorable? Maybe Black women just needed the acting work. The only Black woman in the movies you see these days is Tyler Perry. But I’m sure Black actresses didn’t line up for the parts in this movie. Or maybe they did, if they wanted work. The point here is that we really have to stretch to think of a reason to make this movie, beyond it’s a comfort to its audience—the majority of which are White people. Long gone are the days where Black people go see movies just because there are Black people in them. And certainly, we try to support any movie that highlights the Black experience. But, really … maids! I don’t know anybody celebrating that. I think Hollywood green-lighted the movie to pick at Black self-esteem. But I also think they made the movie to pick up their own self-esteem. With Barack Obama as president, I think White people need an esteem boost. I can’t think of another reason to make it. The sentimentality here, is that every time America needs to boost its self-esteem, it makes a time-period movie that takes us back to the antebellum or segregation era to remind us of the “good ol’ days,” when Blacks knew their place. Now, you can call it coincidence if you want to; but after Jesse Jackson ran for president in 1984, it inspired the Black community in a way that it hadn’t been inspired since the civil rights days. In 1985, “The Color Purple,” came out, was nationally lauded, received Academy Award nominations. When Jesse ran and came close to winning the nomination and certainly was cheated from being on the Democratic ticket in 1988, Black people were inspired and saw the end to Reaganism was close. In 1989, Spike Lee released the empowering “Do The Right Thing,” which is now a classic. Hollywood, in turn, released “Driving Miss Daisy,” and gave it the Academy Award for best picture. Everybody said,

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Practical Politics „ Surviving and thriving in August BY DAVID L. HORNE OW CONTRIBUTOR

Wednesday of this week marked the end of a very memorable August 2011. August is usually a tall Southern drink of sultry chilled water, the natural bridge to fall and back to school. But this year, the month was far more than that. There were record deaths of United States troops in Afghanistan, earthquakes in New York and Washington, D.C., as well as a hurricane turned tropical storm that flooded out some states and postponed the festivities to honor America’s newest redeemed peacemaker hero—Dr. Martin Luther King. For another perspective on Black August and many of the other regular occurrences during the month, go back to the Our Weekly archives for this column at the beginning of the month. As we watch August ooze into Labor Day, let us also remember that August 31, as proclaimed by Marcus Garvey and 20,000 other participants in 1920, is African (Negro) Peoples Independence Day. At the best attended and longest International Convention of the UNIA-ACL (Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League) in 1920 in NYC, the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Negro (African) Peoples was approved. Among its 54 provisions—rights 53 and 54 were these: “We proclaim the 31st day of August of each year to be an international holiday to be observed by all Negroes (Africans); “We want all men/women to know we shall maintain and contend for the freedom and equality of every man, woman and child of our race, with our lives, our fortunes and sacred honor.”

Education’s hall of shame, but who’s to blame? „ Suspensions of African American youth soar as the school system—and parenting—fails them. BY SIKIVU HUTCHINSON OW CONTRIBUTOR

Sitting in the sparsely filled auditorium of Gardena High School in Los Angeles at the beginning of an annual senior awards ceremony, I looked around, and wondered; where the hell are the Black parents? I was attending the ceremony to see students from my Women’s Leadership Project program—the majority of whom are African American and en route to four-year colleges—receive much-deserved awards for service and academic achievement. Although Black students comprise around 32 percent of the school’s student body, the vast majority of the award recipients were Asian (5 percent of the population) and Latino (60 percent of the population). The underrepresentation of African American student awardees is the flip side of a national crisis that has

received exhaustive, hand-wringing coverage but elicited little activist groundswell or targeted outrage. The apartheid culture of African American suspensions, which pervades urban school districts like Los Angeles Unified, has become a ho-hum-business-asusual human-rights violation. Data on disproportionate African American suspension rates is an acknowledged part of national discourse on education “reform.” The subject made the news again recently with the release of yet another study by the Council of State Governments on suspensions in Texas schools. Attorney General Eric Holder even deigned to weigh in, calling the study’s findings a “wake-up call.” The report seemingly revived mainstream attention to the long-standing debate about racial disproportionality and school discipline. But to those who are critically conscious of the role disproportionate discipline plays in the school-toprison pipeline, this latest report was no revelation. It concluded that Black and Latino students were disciplined far more harshly than White students who’d committed similar offenses. Black students were more likely to get off-site suspensions and transfers to alter-

native schools. White students were more likely to receive counseling and on-site suspension or detention. As a result, students of color were more likely to drop out of school. The report suggested that disparate discipline was symptomatic of deeply entrenched negative teacher perceptions about Black and Brown students. As progressive African American educators have long maintained, the picture in the LAUSD is even more egregious. After a careful study of the data of middle schools and high schools across the district, African American students were disproportionately suspended and OT-ed (“opportunity” transferred to other schools) regardless of the racial background of the faculty and administration or racial demographics and socioeconomic background of a given school. In some schools, the ratio is astounding, an open secret that reflects profoundly on the degree to which African American students in “post-racial” America are stigmatized by intractable stereotypes about Black criminality, pathology and dysfunction. From South L.A. to the Westside to the Valley, the implication is the same: African American students

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In 2005, then-President General of the UNIAACL, Redman Battle, ordered the 91-year-old organization to renew observance of that holiday, and since then more cities with substantial Black American and Caribbean populations have remembered to do that, with parades, picnics, prayers, group meditations, speeches, etc. Included in this effort are Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York City, Detroit, Atlanta, and even Montreal, Canada. There are two functioning chapters of the UNIA-ACL in Los Angeles currently, but neither seems to have yet gotten into the swing of the revived holiday. Black folk clearly need some more positive mojos working in their favor right now, so a word to the wise might spark more activity in Los Angeles, if not this year, then surely by 2012. Speaking of the Honorable Mr. Garvey, whose name and legacy never seem to fade away, there has been a recent rumble over an attempt to get Mr. Garvey pardoned for his 1923 conviction and deportation for mail fraud. This was J. Edgar Hoover’s first major case as head of the F.B.I. dealing with a Black hero, and some of the same tactics experimented with then (constant harassment, infiltration, planting evidence, etc.) were seen later in dealing with the Black Panthers and other Black activist groups in the 1960s through 1980s. Garvey was repeatedly arrested in 1920, 1921 and 1922, and eventually prosecuted, convicted of a single count of mail fraud by federal authorities in 1923 and sent to prison, after appeals failed, in 1925. In 1926, nine members of the jury that convicted Garvey signed an affidavit recommending the commutation of his sentence. In 1927, President Calvin Coolidge did commute Garvey’s sentence, and after serving two years of a five-year sentence, he was deported and not allowed to return to the United States of America. Actually, this recent iteration of activity to get Mr. Garvey pardoned involves several separate attempts. One is an on-going internet petition that is still making the rounds after more than three months of

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are natural hellions who need to be controlled, neutralized and heavily policed to maintain the institutional “sanity” of chaotic urban schools. In a recent discussion about adult perceptions, one of my students noted that some teachers appear to be “scared” of their students. Being scared of students means that teachers have low expectations, are more inclined to be reactive in their response to disruption, assign busywork and execute hierarchical classroom management. Consequently, some teachers will let them sit in racially segregated cliques, talk, disrupt and generally do what they want; then refer only those who they feel are most threatening out of class. National research, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center’s 2010 middle school study and Indiana University’s 2000 “The Color of Discipline” report, has consistently shown that African American students do not, in fact, “offend” at higher rates than their White and Latino counterparts. Moreover, socioeconomic disparities, as it is often claimed, don’t explain racial disproportionalities, because middleclass African Americans in higher income schools are also disproportionately suspended. This implies that Black students are perceived by adults as more viscerally threatening. Indeed, “The Color of Discipline” report found that African

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Hutchinson from OPED page 8 American students were more likely to be referred out of class for excessive noise, disrespect, loitering and “threat.” According to the Southern Poverty Law Center report, approximately 20 percent of the teachers were responsible for 80 percent of the suspensions. Ultimately “race and gender disparities in suspension were due not to differences in administrative disposition but to differences in the rate of initial referral of Black and White students.” In the LAUSD, the numbers for the 2009-2010 school year speak for themselves. * At Washington Prep High School in South Los Angeles (with a predominantly African American faculty), Black and Latino students are almost equal in number yet Black students account for 62 percent of those suspended. * At Venice High School on the Westside, African American students represent 9.5 percent of the population and 25 percent of those suspended. * At Hamilton High they represented more than half of the opportunity transfers despite being only 28.5 percent of the population. In 2008-09, they were 57 percent of those suspended at Hamilton; in 200910 they were 51 percent of those suspended. * At Fairfax High School, African American students were 18.3 percent of the population yet represented 43.5 percent of suspensions. With the exception of Washington Prep, all of these schools had majority Latino populations. Things are even more heinous at the middleschool level, which has been characterized by some researchers as the gateway for student success. A 2003 Johns Hopkins University study by Robert Balfanz found that poor performance and low attendance in middle school were some of the most reliable predictors of incarceration rates and drop-out at

Practical Politics from OPED page 8 attention this year. The aim is to collect up to 10,000 signatures and send it to President Obama. The numbers goal hasn’t been reached, but the petition has been sent anyway. Another attempt is by Jamaicanborn attorney Donavan Parker, out of Washington, D.C. A third attempt is by a coalition of groups, led by another Jamaican—Geoffrey Philps. All aim at sending letters to President Obama. One of them last week trumpeted a response from the Obama administration which denied the request for a pardon. Since then, the denial—supposedly written by a member of the current Justice Department—has gone viral as another failure on Mr. Obama’s part to support Black causes and issues. For the record, the official position of the parent body of the UNIA-ACL, currently led by President General Senghor Baye, is that Mr. Garvey deserves complete exoneration, not a mere pardon. Requesting a pardon, the UNIA says, is tantamount to admitting that Mr. Garvey was guilty of a crime in the first place. Starting in 1986, Congressman Charlie Rangel introduced several bills which first asked for a pardon, then, corrected, asked for complete exoneration for Marcus Garvey. There were several congressional

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the high school level. * At Audubon Middle School, which has one of the last majority African American populations in the district, the stats are off the charts. Black students are 64.9 percent of the population yet represent a whopping 85 percent of those suspended (total suspensions were 481). * Latino students are at 33 percent yet constitute only 15 percent of suspensions. It should also be noted that Audubon has an African American principal. * At Drew Middle School (16 percent Black) and Foshay (18 percent Black), African Americans represent nearly half of those suspended while Latino students, who represent 83 percent and 80 percent of each respective school’s population, are grossly underrepresented in suspensions. * At Mann Middle School, African Americans and Latinos are equal in the population yet Blacks represent 71 percent of those suspended and the majority of those OT-ed. * At John Muir Middle School, African Americans are 23 percent of the population and 49 percent of the suspensions. * At Peary Middle School in Gardena, they are 28 percent of the population and 59 percent of those suspended. Acknowledging the role suspensions played in the district’s skyrocketing dropout rates, the LAUSD adopted its so-called School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS) plan in 2007. The policy was designed to develop alternative “inclusionary” approaches to discipline by addressing the “environmental factors that trigger misbehavior.” After the implementation of the policy, some LAUSD schools did reduce suspension numbers from the 2008-2009 to the 2009-2010 school year. However, according to a 2010 report by CADRE (Community Asset Redevelopment Re-defining Education), a community-based organization comprised of parents, students and legal advocates, implementation of the new policy was sporadic. Schools that actually increased suspensions after the

hearings on the matter, with UCLA’s Robert Hill (editor of the massive Garvey Papers project), Marcus Garvey Jr., Dr. Julius Garvey, M.D. (the two surviving sons of Marcus Garvey), author Tony Martin, historian John Henrik Clarke, then-president general of the UNIA, Charles L. James, Queen Mother Moore, and other luminaries testifying in favor of passing the legislation. Even though eventually there were enough Democratic votes in the House to get the bill passed, it never happened. These new attempts should be seen within that context. As in any protracted struggle for social-political justice, getting and maintaining clarity on the objectives of the engagement is crucial, if any winning is to be achieved. Hopefully, Mr. Garvey’s ‘One God, One Aim, One Destiny’ for African people will finally prevail (including his call for a United States of Africa), the August 31 holiday will again become a tradition, and his name will be cleared. That’s a lot of August hope for this day. “Up You Mighty Race. We Can Accomplish What We Will!” Professor David L. Horne is founder and executive director of PAPPEI, the Pan African Public Policy and Ethical Institute, which is a new 501(c)(3) pending community-based organization or Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). It is the step-parent organization for the California Black Think Tank which still operates and which meets every fourth Friday. DISCLAIMER: The beliefs and viewpoints expressed in opinion pieces, letters to the editor, by columnists and/or contributing writers are not necessarily those of OurWeekly.

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“African American students are targeted, penalized and pushed out in dizzyingly obscene numbers…” implementation of the plan included Gompers Middle School (with a whopping 960 suspensions and a 1,467 student population) in Watts, Gardena High School (531) and Jordan High School (423). Grassroots activist organizations like the Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) are intimately acquainted with the implications of these disparities. The organization runs Free L.A. high school, a partnership with John Muir Charter School that is specifically designed for formerly incarcerated 16-24-year-old youth. YJC executive director Kim McGill notes that many of its students have been pushed out of several schools before they enroll at Free L.A. Despite the district’s public relations emphasis on SWPBS, the CADRE report (which focused on Local District 7 in South L.A.) concluded that parents had not been meaningfully informed about the plan. The majority of parents surveyed expressed ignorance of it and had not received input from the district. Only a small minority of the schools surveyed actually bothered to include parents on their SWPBS implementation committees. CADRE found that the majority of the schools in the local district surveyed were somewhere between zero implementation and partial implementation.

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Yet the other significant aspect of this data is that it starkly disrupts the oft-cited premise of African American and Latino congruence when it comes to discipline. Currently, the LAUSD is more than 70 percent Latino and 11 percent African American. Due to such factors as Black outmigration and Black enrollment in charter and private schools, the number of African American students in the district declines every year. African American students are targeted, penalized and pushed out in dizzyingly obscene numbers that predict and mirror their disproportionate numbers in L.A. County juvenile detention centers and adult prisons. In Los Angeles, there also appears to be a correlation between declining numbers of African American students and grossly disproportionate Black suspension rates. At South Los Angeles middle school campuses with smaller numbers of Black students (such as Bethune, Carver, Drew and Foshay), African American student suspensions were two or three times greater than the number of African American students in the general school population. Recently appointed LAUSD superintendent John Deasy declined to be interviewed for this article. In a district where African American students are already presumed guilty until proven innocent, Gardena High School’s racially lopsided awards ceremony was not only criminal, it was yet another indication of how African American students are still being systematically discarded, held hostage not only by blatant push-out strategies. Sikivu Hutchinson is an educator, founder of the Women’s Leadership Project, and author of “Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars (2011).” *Data compiled by author from www.lausd.net. DISCLAIMER: The beliefs and viewpoints expressed in opinion pieces, letters to the editor, by columnists and/or contributing writers are not necessarily those of OurWeekly.

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Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.

CALIFORNIA Attorney Raye Mitchell left her private law firm to dedicate herself to inspire and empower young girls (8-18) to live lives of purpose, passion and power as future global leaders through The Making a New Reality Foundation, a nonprofit social entrepreneur organization. “We need to change the conversation about how we define and engage girls as leaders. Their story is not all negative statistics,” said Mitchell who strives to break down barriers to success by raising the bar of excellence for girls and particularly girls of color. On Sept. 10 the program will host its second annual San Francisco Bay Area Summit. Program topics will include financial literacy, nutrition and healthy living, along with a career and education forum. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the summit will also host a special workshop on volunteerism and service.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently launched an inter-agency task force that will begin reviewing 300,000 pending immigration cases to stop deportations of non-criminals and focus instead on high priority cases involving immigrants convicted of serious crimes. “For the three million Afro-immigrants in the United States trying to create a better future for themselves and their families, the Obama Administration’s decision to change immigration deportation rules is an important step forward. The DHS immigration policy revisions—if carried out as proposed—will help communities of color by focusing on immigrants convicted of serious crimes or those who pose a real threat to our national security. Afro-immigrants, who face the same harsh policies as other immigrants, can continue their pursuit of the ‘American Dream’ and their path to fully contribute to our communities,” said Mary Kay Henry, SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer in a statement. The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) have launched The Civil Rights History Project at www.loc.gov/folklife/civilrights/. The project presents the results of a nationwide inventory of oral-history interviews with participants in the Civil Rights Movement. The research identified several hundred collections held in libraries, museums, archives, universities, historical societies, and other institutions across the nation. The database will enable researchers to efficiently query the survey results and locate collections in repositories around the country, and marks the successful completion of the first phase of the Civil Rights History Project. The second phase of the project, directed by the NMAAHC, consists of new interviews with participants, focusing on their experiences that have not previously been recorded. In addition, project researchers will collect objects such as original photographs, home movies, event flyers, diaries, training-session notes, minutes from planning meetings, and even shoes and clothing worn during historic marches, mass rallies and freedom rides. Once processed and catalogued, the new materials will be made accessible to researchers at the library, NMAAHC and online through the project website.

ILLINOIS The Niagara Falls City School District, Boys & Girls Club of Gary,

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Family and Children’s Services of Niagara, Focus on Families, the Health Association of Niagara County Inc. and a plethora of other businesses in Niagara Falls have come together with members of the community to participate in the Million Father March. The event, traditionally held on the first day of school, encourages fathers and men of significance in the lives of children to take that special child to school. The march will be held Sept. 9, the first Friday of the new school year.

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KENTUCKY Muhammad Ali and his unsurpassed achievements in boxing and humanity are being recognized on a limited edition collectible bat from Louisville Slugger. “Two great sluggers from Louisville are united with the Muhammad Ali Louisville Slugger bat,” said John Obie of www.BigTimeBats.com which “Ali fans worldwide will want this unique collector’s item.” The bat is a regular size 34-inch natural finish Louisville Slugger bat engraved with an array of highlights from the three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali’s life and career including his famous “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” quotation.

MARYLAND The Baltimore City Branch of The NAACP has named the Rev. Medgar L. Reid chairman of The Voter Education, Registration and Civic Engagement Committee 2012. In his new role, Reid will coordinate with other organizations and oversee helping people to use the power of their voice, by voting. With an aim to increase the young electorate turnout (18-29). The NAACP in conjunction with other organizations will continue to make voter education, registration, civic engagement and voter turnout a priority. Baltimore City NAACP Branch President Tessa Hill-Aston, comments, “Medgar’s servant-leadership style regarding voting rights in Baltimore City will ensure that Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream stays alive for everybody. He comes to this position having been co-chair with the Late Congressman Parren J. Mitchell of “The Seven Words to Save our Cities—Jobs with Peace Program” in the early 90s which helped pave the way for the $100 million Empowerment Zone Grant during Mayor Kurt Schmoke’s administration.” As a professional chaplain, disabled Marine Corps veteran and

Between the Lines from OPED page 8 Hmmmm … Spike is still mad 20 years later, and he should be. “Driving Miss Daisy” was nothing more than a feel good for a White society that thought things had moved too fast and was simply missing its mammy. Butler and maid movies were the most frequent roles of subordination and subjugation for Black people in American society. Serving White people required a smile and put them at ease in times when rights were theirs, and only to be desired by us.

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Clifton Brown was born in Toronto, Canada, on Aug. 29, 1976. His fight career officially began in 1997 and ended in 2010. In more than 13 years of professional Muay Thai fights, light-heavyweight Brown compiled a career record of 43-12 (32 KOs) on his way to five World MuayThai Championship titles. He was last named WMC Super Light Heavyweight World Champion in June 2009, and retired from the sport less than six months later. Shortly after his retirement, Brown announced the launch of the MuayThai Premier League (MPL) of which he is president and CEO. The league will host its inaugural fight on Friday at the Walter Pyramid, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., in Long Beach. Tickets may be purchased at www.TheMPL.tv.

consultant, he has served on many boards, committees, commissions and held leadership positions in local, state and federal government and in the international, private and non-prof-

Now, 20 years later, here it is again. In the same month America decides to finally honor Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall, Hollywood releases another mammy movie …. You gotta be kidding me! In the year Obama is sworn in as president, a manuscript that had circulated for nearly five years is picked up, published, optioned for film, screenwritten and released in less than two years. At a time we’re trying to have a serious debate about the first Black president—and a segment of society that probably enjoyed this movie is trying to get him out of office— another feel-good movie is released, and they’re touting it as an Oscar frontrunner. That’s not suspicious to you? Well, I’m touting it as something else. I just think America is missing its mammy again

Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D. was recently named one of the “Top 21 Black Doctors in America” by the Atlanta Post. This prestigious award not only highlights Crutchfield’s work ethic, but also his commitment to his practice, patients, and profession. Selections for this award were based upon accomplishments of physicians in their medical practices and respective fields, and focused on those who were actively breaking ground and carrying on the legacy of dedication and determination exhibited by James McCune Smith, M.D. “I am exceedingly proud and humbled to have my name included in the list of Black physicians who are following in the footsteps of James McCune Smith, the first Black doctor to earn a medical degree and practice medicine in the United States,” said Dr. Crutchfield who co-wrote “A Clinical Atlas of 101 Common Skin Diseases.” He graduated from the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education at Mayo Clinic with both a masters degree in molecular biology and doctoral degree in medicine.

NATIONAL African American Expressions (www.black-gifts.com), the largest Black-owned greeting card company in America, released its new holiday fundraising catalog this week. The company is known for its large selection of quality gifts at affordable prices, all designed for the African American consumer, such as Christmas and Kwanzaa cards, calendars. The company’s fundraising program is very similar to candy drives or Avon sales: fundraisers use the fundraising catalog to take orders in their community, selling products at the retail price. Once they gather more than $200 in sales, African American Expressions ships the products at a 40 percent discounted price to fundraisers, who keep the profits to help fund their causes. Company owner, Gregory Perkins, designed the fundraising program two decades ago to help the African American community and worthwhile organizations make money. In these tough economic times, African American Expressions’ fundraising program is particularly influential in helping many individuals and groups stay afloat.

and is giving its self-esteem a boost by putting Black people back in their place … at least on the big screen. They want “yesterday” back, bad. Quiet as kept, some Black people want it back, too. And would go back to yesterday, if they could. We just can’t let ‘em. These movies are dangerous to our psyche. Let America miss its mammy, and we keep our attention on the future, not the past …. In particular, this past. Anthony Asadullah Samad, Ph.D., is a national columnist, managing director of the Urban Issues Forum and author of the upcoming book, “Real Eyez: Race, Reality and Politics in 21st Century Popular Culture.” He can be reached at www.AnthonySamad.com or on Twitter at @dranthonysamad. DISCLAIMER: The beliefs and viewpoints expressed in opinion pieces, letters to the editor, by columnists and/or contributing writers are not necessarily those of OurWeekly.


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A song of freedom: back to school with purpose „ Codes and codas of a renewed mind BY JAMES B. GOLDEN OW CONTRIBUTOR

Going back to school can be the same old tedious ritual—shopping for school clothes, binders, protractors and the freshest kicks on the block. We spend endless hours in Wal-Mart and Staples making sure that our kids have every material needed to navigate the first day of school. Education has historically represented a rite of passage for many American children. For young Black kids, however, it’s a matter of survival. Our ongoing fight for education has always had an underlying purpose of releasing us from mental enslavement and an inherited social position, which dates back to our earliest days on Southern plantations. More than 150 years ago, it was against the law for Black children to learn to read and write—a mission that was at the center of the slave codes. In fact, Alabama had three separate laws that prohibited anyone from teaching a non-White person to read. They

weren’t even allowed to own books, including the Bible. The obstruction of education was a systematic strategy that allowed those in power to maintain control over the minds of their slaves. Bob Marley wrote in his masterpiece “Redemption Song,” “emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds.” His philosophy was rooted in the tradition of freedom, making a clear association between education and emancipation. The potential for Black children to excel and recognize their possibilities is close enough to grasp. Nina Simone recognized it in 1970, when she wrote a song dedicated to her dear friend, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, “in this whole world, you know, there are millions of boys and girls who are young, gifted and Black—and that’s a fact.” Simone’s goal was to offer Black children a message contrary to what they had been accustomed to hearing for years. Society generally labeled Black men and women lazy, uneducated and inferior. Combating that message allowed Black kids to gain the confidence necessary to carry out their purpose. By the time Whitney Houston’s epic 1985 performance of “The Greatest Love of All” saturated the

Black community, we internalized the message, “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way.” While those words are a bit clichéd for some 26 years later, they ring truer than ever for us. These words encourage young kids to go back to school with the intent of challenging their capacity to create, think and inspire others. Black children have a history of innovating and creating some of the most innovative movements in the world, and we have yet to see their full potential materialize. This year as thousands of young Black boys and girls tread back onto the blacktop, they must stay rooted in their purpose. We’ve learned over the years that the drop-out rate for Black kids is much higher than any other race and that the percentage of Black men and women in the prison system is enormously disproportionate. Maintaining an attitude of purpose will allow both of those numbers to decrease significantly in years to come. James Brown boldly stated in his 1966 political piece, “Don’t Be a Dropout,” “without an education, you might as well be dead.” Brown’s sentiments paralleled the ideas of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Black Panther

Party for Self-Defense. Both groups actively encouraged Black kids to advance their education with purposeful intent. The reality, however, is that it is ultimately our responsibility to raise our children with all of these ideals in mind. We will either socialize them to do the bare minimum just to get by, or to value education and congruently their freedom. That’s the same freedom Nas imparted to us in 1996 as Lauryn Hill sang “If I ruled the world, I’d free all my sons.” Now that the slave codes have been lifted for more than a century, we must enact our own codes of purpose. On our quest to teach our children well and let them lead the way, we should provide a sense of hope that there is indeed a precise purpose for our children expanding their academic capacity—survival. James B. Golden is a Los Angeles-based music journalist. He has previously edited the Hip Hop Think Tank academic journal and Kapu-Sens Literary Magazine. He is the author of a Hip Hop poetry collection entitled “Sweet Potato Pie Underneath The Sun’s Broiler.” He may be reached at www.JamesBGolden.com

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Trade school vs. university „ Which choice is really right for you? BY JULIANA NORWOOD OW STAFF WRITER/OV EDITOR

I’ve noticed in the past couple years, sometimes trade schools get a bad rap. Not that there is anything wrong with them in particular, but an individual graduating from the University of Southern California tends to get a bit more respect than a graduate of Devry. Why is that? True, to get into USC you likely had to jump through a lot more hoops and pay a lot more money, but after mulling it over I’m not so convinced that is the smarter route. Reports show that employers have been increasingly showing a preference for students from technical schools. Since they already possess the skills and technical know-how required for the job, some bosses feel they will save considerably on training costs by hiring trade school grads. According to acinet.org, skilled trades are among the fastest growing as well as the most well paying

occupations. In 2004, the United States Department of Labor conducted a survey that proved the growing importance of technical and vocational school graduates. It reported that more than one-third of the fastest growing occupations required an associate’s degree or a postsecondary vocational certificate. Another great reason you may want to consider attending a trade school is the huge cost and time savings involved. Since courses are of shorter duration than at universities, you spend less money and time studying. It would also allow you to start earning much faster—almost two to three years earlier than if you had attended a university. Your total savings could amount to almost 60-70 percent of what you’d spend at university.

I attended a four-year university, so I have to admit that they are not all bad. You do receive a more well-rounded education and the experience overall is a great one, but, if you know upon graduating high school that you want to be a chef, or a mechanic, does it really make logical sense to pay thousands of dollars for four years, of English and history classes? Starting as early as elementary school we are conditioned to believe that it goes elementary, middle, high school, then college. College is never a secondary “only if you want to” option. Instead you are taught that if you want to be anything worthwhile, if you want to get a good job, and live a good life, then you must go to college, even though it may not be the “one-size-fits-all” it is portrayed to be. But if conditioning you isn’t enough, it is becoming that much more difficult to navigate through life without a degree. In fact, some people believe soon you’ll need a degree to work at McDonald’s. Nevertheless, it’s unfair the way today’s youth are forced to buy into the hype of four-year universities, especially when an astonishing number of graduates have difficulty finding employment, and are left with a pile of loans they will be paying back for 10-plus years. Trade and vocational schools with their focused curriculum, lower costs, and assisted job placement are a far better choice for many students, unfortunately, not enough people see it that way and end up being persuaded into taking the long way around.

We all make connections As a child, we play tag In hopes of not to be tagged But still touch another There’s the smack you ‘tag’ … Gently caress you ‘tag’… And the hope that you ever … When will you ever… Can you NEVER notice me ‘tag’ … I have been playing this game for damn near two decades And a sista still can’t manage to get with it But do I have to? Like Eve, I didn’t ask to be Evolve and dissolve into a woman My presence wasn’t asked Or prayed upon As my tags have I have tagged myself within each inch Of manhood offered Hoping that the next stroke Would reach my soul But I can’t place or be placed in a circle Whose already been created Tagged within each other In humanity So why lose sanity Over the desire to be touched When souls are already connected Pre-destined and manifested Connected as one … so tag … your turn.

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‘Next Great Drummer’ beating a path for talent „ Finals set for Knotts Berry Farm BY CYNTHIA E. GRIFFIN OW MANAGING EDITOR

The event started simply as a way for Chrystal Allen-Ojon and her partner Eric Seats to combine their love of children with their expertise in music, but after three years in existence the Next Great Drummer competition has grown into so much more. That is particularly the case for drummers like Ebony Peterkin, known as “Lady Sticks,” who won the Las Vegas drum-off in 2009 then went on to the finals at Knotts Berry Farm that year. “I was expecting to come and be able to say I went,” said Peterkin of her decision to travel from Los Angeles to Nevada by Greyhound bus for the competition. In the process, she arrived in the pouring rain, got lost via cab, arrived at the competition late and begged to perform. “Perseverance is important to me, so I went and it was cool . . . I tried to do the best I could, and I won.” Winning over her competitors, who were all male—Allen-Ojon said the majority of drummers

nationwide that compete are male—sent her to Knotts, where she competed against 20 to 30 other drummers, and finished first in the advanced division in 2009. But that was not even the high point for the North Carolina native, who moved to Los Angeles in 1999 to finish her final two years of school at Hollywood High. “Teddy Campbell is one of my biggest inspirations, and he was one of my judges … I used to follow him at the NAMM festival so I thought ‘oh my God, this is my chance.’ He gave me a five . . . and I could have passed out on the stage. I just wanted his approval,” said Peterkin. (A five is the highest one judge can score a drummer.) Peterkin went on to return the favor this year as a judge at the Hollywood competition and offered her thoughts from that perspective. “It was great be able to support and offer encouragement to people who are beginners, intermediate and advanced drummers,” said Peterkin, who reflects that the competition gave her a “big brother” in the industry, which was something she truly desired. “… I desired so much to have someone in the industry support me; like a mentor, and emotional-

Crenshaw to LAX Light Rail Line moves toward construction phase „ Leimert Park stop unclear BY RICHIE DUCHON CITY NEWS SERVICE

The Federal Transit Administration gave the approval for construction to begin on Metro’s $1.76

billion light rail line along Crenshaw Boulevard that will run from the Green Line near Los Angeles International Airport to the Expo Line. The FTA approved the final environmental impact report for the 8.5-mile line. The report still needs approval by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which is expected to vote on the report at its Sept. 22 board

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ly, like a brother and sister, and that’s what I got with Eric and Chrystal,” explained Peterkin, who in high school stayed in L.A. with an aunt and uncle initially (they have since returned south), and now lives in the City of Angels without family. And then there was the case of a young suburban drummer, an average band member, who Allen-Ojon said drove with his mom to an inner city competition two consecutive years without winning. “Then he finally won the third competition, and his mother was telling me his self-esteem was built up. He changed into an entirely different kid. He used to walk with slumped shoulders, but then he walked in and began talking with the other drummers, and talking about drumming, his back straightened up, his head lifted and his self-esteem has gone through the roof. I’ve heard that several times from moms.” Providing that tutoring and mentoring to young drummers like Peterkin was one of the goals of the competition, Allen-Ojon noted. “. . . the judges are drummers and major recording artists, and they (competitors) benefit by being mentored by people like Trevor Lawrence Jr., producer for Eminem and Dr. Dre. Allen-Ojon and Seats initially took the contest idea to the Sam Ash music store, and the owner was so excited that he wanted to take the competition nationwide. The 2011 Next Great Drummer search tour has already hit five cities, including Hollywood in June and Arizona this past weekend. There are two more stops—New York on Oct. 29 and Florida Nov. 26—before the grand finale Dec. 3 at Knotts,

meeting. If the board approves the report, a request for proposals from construction companies will be issued. It is still unclear whether the line will include an underground stop at Leimert Park, an economic and cultural hub of the Black community in South Los Angeles. At a highly contentious meeting in May, the board declined to require the station, citing a lack of funding. However, the board voted to favor contractors who offer to include the station at the approved total project price tag of $1.76 billion. Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa hailed the approval, saying it will put thousands of people to work. “For more than 50 years, Los Angeles has waited for a rail line connecting the Crenshaw Corridor to LAX,” Villaraigosa said. “That sound you hear is the train finally moving out of the station.” However, the line will not connect to the airport. It will connect with the Expo Line on the north end and the Green Line, which drops travelers about oneeighth of a mile from the airport, on the south end. The line will serve passengers near Leimert Park, in Inglewood, Hawthorne and El Segundo. Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro board member Mark Ridley-Thomas called the approval a big step forward and represents one of the largest public works projects in South Los Angeles. The project “will bring much needed jobs, economic development, congestion relief and improve air quality along the corridor,” Ridley-Thomas said. The Crenshaw/LAX line is being funded by Measure R, a half-cent sales tax increase Los Angeles County voters approved in 2008. A community open house is scheduled for Sept. 13.

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and like Peterkin did, drummers can travel to the locations to compete, if they desire. At the drum-off in December, the top winners from the state competitions—15-20 people will compete one at a time, before judges, including Patti LaBelle. The winner will walk away with merchandise prizes, including a full drum set. Allen-Ojon calls the contest a labor of love that she and Seats basically fund from their own pockets and with the help of in-kind services donated by sponsors and supporters. They also recruit a corps of volunteers from around the nation to help with each of the state competitions. In addition to the mentoring and prizes, winning drummers become part of the Next Great Drummer All-Star band and perform at different events like the Long Beach Jazz Festival. And if Allen-Ojon and Seats have their way, competitors soon may see themselves on national television. “Our objective initially was just to get the show out there and introduce it to the kids. Now we want to take it to the networks to follow as a live show.” For more information on the final shows on the tour, visit http://nextgreatdrummer.com/home.html.

Carson city manager At a special meeting held last Thursday, the Carson City Council appointed David C. Biggs to serve as city manager. He will start Sept. 26. Biggs, who signed a three-year contract with the city, will be formally introduced at the Council’s Tuesday meeting. Biggs’ appointment came after a six-monthlong search. He replaces Jerome Groomes, who resigned in January after 12 years for another job. Raised in Orange County, Biggs currently lives in Redondo Beach and is serving as the interim assistant city administrator of Montebello. Prior to that, he was city manager in Tustin and Morgan Hill; assistant city manager in Redondo Beach; and economic development director for Huntington Beach.


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An Ultimate Transformation Moment „ Building expectations BY ERICH C. NALL (COACH E) OW CONTRIBUTOR

As the summer months wind down, the transition into the academic school year begins. This week’s Ultimate Transformation Moment is about building expectations. It’s time to build academic expectations for our children, have them set some goals and then give them support as they decide how they’re going to achieve them. It’s also time to set parental expectations. For example, make a commitment to your child that twice a week, you will sit down with them and review their homework. Look at their assignments well before they are due or review completed homework so that you can begin to get a feel for what your child is doing. Understand that your participation represents an increased expectation from your child’s effort. It should also represent your continued participation throughout the school year. Be sure to attend parent-teacher meetings at your child’s school. In public schools, African American parents are some of the least likely to show up to these meetings. The less we show up, the more our

children fall through the cracks and do not receive the support they should in school. Are you willing to commit to making every parent meeting; one-on-ones with your child’s teacher or school events? Set the same high standard for yourself that you would set for your child. I ask the athletes and youth in our programs a simple question, and I would like you to ask yourself and your child(ren) the same: are you average? Most people reply, “no.” No one believes that they are average. Then, why do we accept even less than average effort? We accept C’s and D’s from our children, and we accept our lack of participation in the school functions that can make our children’s academic experience much better. If your answer is that you are not average, then, do the work that takes you above and beyond. Build your expectations above the basic standards. Put in the extra time for your child and by your example, show them how to put in the extra time, and do extra work on their own. As they begin to reach, they will reap the benefits of an excellent academic school year. That’s our Ultimate Transformation Moment. Peace and be more. Erich Nall is the owner and founder of Ultimate Transformations Training in Los Angeles, Calif. He is the author of “21 Days to Ultimate Health and Wellness.” He is also a regular guest and commentator on KJLH 102.3 FM’s the “Front Page” with Dominique DiPrima. Contact him at: www.ultimatetransformations.com.

Phillip Aubrey wins $100 award at youth business camp „ Budding entrepreneur at 16 BY SHERION JOHNSON UMF DIRECTOR

Phillip Aubrey, 16, was all smiles recently, after winning the Urban Media Foundation’s (UMF) Junior Business Camp $100 drawing at the West Coast Expo on Aug. 14. Aubrey used laser-like focus to learn as much as possible about becoming an entrepreneur and real estate investor while attending the two-day camp. He plans to start a one-stop advertising company for small businesses with his business partner Bernard Green, 17, whom he met at King Drew Medical Magnet High School. Aubrey has long maintained a 4.0 gpa, is on the Leadership Council and Principal’s List, and is a member of Junior State of America. He plans to start a business while in high school and attend Columbia University. “The Junior Business Camp opened my eyes to a lot of possibilities for me to make money, own property and to be successful,” said Aubrey. He is looking for mentors and investors to help him get started on the road to business ownership. If you would like to help, contact Phillip Aubrey at UMF at (323) 9051325.

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Beyond Shelter takes a different approach to homelessness „ Housing First program changes the game BY JULIANA NORWOOD OW STAFF WRITER

According to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, we are now experiencing a period when worst-case housing needs are at an all-time high. While some communities are beginning to see reductions in chronic homelessness, in many others family homelessness is exploding and families with children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Many experts attribute the increase in the number of homeless families to a combination of welfare reform, high rates of domestic violence, joblessness, and a decrease in availability of affordable family housing. Beyond Shelter is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 in response to increasing numbers of homeless families in Los Angeles and the need for a more comprehensive approach to serving them. Today, the mission of the agency is to develop systemic approaches to combat poverty and homelessness among families with children, and to enhance family economic security and well-being. At its inception, Beyond Shelter introduced an innovation in the field at the time—“Housing First” for homeless families (also known as rapid rehousing). This practice has since helped transform both public policy and practice on a national scale. Through this new approach, rather than leave families in shelters and transitional housing for months and sometimes years at a time, homeless families are assisted in moving back into permanent housing as quickly as possible, and then provided six months to one full year of individualized case management support to help them rebuild their lives (including jobs, childcare, and assistance in attaining improved social and economic well-being. “L.A. is known as the homeless capital of the world,” said Tanya Tull, founder of Beyond Shelter, who said she didn’t realize that level of poverty existed until she moved here. Tull believes that the government’s approach of trying to get homeless individuals jobs and counseling before permanent housing is backwards. “That’s what the system has been doing for years. We kept building emergency shelters and transitional housing where families would stay for 30 days to two years. At the end of that time, families were often still homeless. First, they need a permanent place to live.” The methodology is based largely on the belief that vulnerable and at-risk homeless families are

more responsive to interventions and social services support after they are in their own housing rather than still living in emergency shelters or transitional housing. It is also premised on the belief that housing is a basic human right. Over the past 20 years, more than 4,300 homeless families have participated successfully in the Beyond Shelter in Los Angeles. Over the years, Beyond Shelter has expanded its programs and services to include comprehensive social services, child development and welfare-to-work programs. There are a number of different ways that individuals can help maintain the vital services that Beyond Shelter provides. Aside from cash donations which are tax-deductible and can be made online at www.beyondshelter.org, individuals can also give by “adopting-a-family” for the holiday season. Through this program people receive a family profile and a wish list and are able to help a family get through the holidays feeling cared for. Beyond Shelter also has the K-Mart gift registry program to help these newly placed families furnish their homes, which in most cases have no beds, dishes and other household essentials. For more information on the organization visit the website at www.beyondshelter.org.

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Cosmetics company owner loves the skin Blacks are in „ His Clear Essence line had its beginning in Africa BY BRITTNEY M. WALKER OW STAFF WRITER

Women of color know their skin is a little different and many mainstream products don’t seem to address the issues they typically have. For 20 years, one man has been catering to the skin needs of women, men and even babies. Iheatu Obioha started Bluefield, a skin-care manufacturing company, in 1989. But his business was primarily in Africa. After winning a large customer base on the continent, he decided to expand his line of products in the States, establishing the Clear Essence skin care and cosmetics line. Cheri Pettiford, director of marketing, has seen the company grow. She says Obioha had diversity in mind when he created his line of skin care and cosmetic products, because he understood the unique

needs of different complexions. “The goal is to get the products in the hands of as many people of color as possible,” she said. “We are in different continents and countries, including Asia because we are addressing the needs of Iheatu Obioha many people of color.” Obioha thought about almost everything, from soaps and washes to oils and creams. Clear Essence products help relieve acne, stretch marks, skin discoloration and saggy skin. From the start, Obioha has practiced selfreliance, especially when banks didn’t believe in him or his product. Loans weren’t always available to keep his business going, but he was patient and trudged through the tough times. “Banks do not lend money without a collateral and there are three types of collateral readily acceptable to banks: guarantee from a rich uncle, equity in real estate, bonds and stocks, all of the value of the required loan amount, “Obioha said. “Since Black folk are not major players in all these three areas, Black business will find it difficult to borrow funds from banks.” And that was Obioha’s problem, too, despite his strong following and promising product. Now his company operates its own manufacturing facility in Ontario, Calif., and distributes to stores worldwide. But with his success over the years, he’s had bouts of temptation to sell the company. According to his righthand woman, Obioha has been approached by other businesses that have expressed an interest in buying him out, but nothing ever came to fruition. In the meantime, while business continues to flourish, the company is currently implementing an African American youth international internship program. In the summer of 2012, Clear Essence will send a group of students from historically Black colleges to Africa to participate in monthlong internships in various fields, including banking, business and manufacturing. Obioha is practicing the principles the late Marcus Garvey practiced, teaching self-sufficiency and helping Black people get back to Africa. In this pursuit, the company will also launch a sweepstakes in January 2012 to send someone to the Motherland. The winner will indulge at the Clear Essence California Spa and Wellness Resort in Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria. The spa features 18 luxury suites and is considered one of the finest hotels in the region. The drawing will take place in February. For more information, visit clearessence.com or call 1800423-0306.

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Briana Scurry On Sept. 7, 1971, Olympic gold medalist in soccer Briana Colette Scurry was born, the youngest of nine children in Minneapolis, Minn., to Ernest and Robbie Scurry. The first few years of her life were spent in innercity Dayton, Minn. But when the family’s home began to sink into the unstable earth beneath it, they moved to Anoka, a suburban area where soccer was a common pastime. The Scurry family was the only African American family in a four-town radius, but Scurry never felt singled out. In her early years, she played almost every sport before trying out for soccer in the fourth grade. When she finally got on a team, she was offered the position of goalie on an all-boys team. The coach thought it was a safer position for a girl, but Scurry flourished there. She embraced the position and eventually went on to become an All-American goalkeeper in high school. Scurry also kept up her athleticism in basketball, becoming an All-State player and Minnesota’s High School Female Athlete of the Year. Basketball

was her first love, but Briana she was better at soccer. Scurry Seventy universities sought her. She chose the University of Massachusetts where she was twice named Collegiate Goalkeeper of the Year, along with several other titles. In her international debut in 1994, she stunned the crowd by securing a shutout in the first game. In 1995, she completed her degree in political science with plans to go to law school, but was persuaded to join the U.S. women’s soccer team. She went on to become the team’s top goalie, and the first African American starter. She was also the first goalkeeper Black, White, male or female to play in 100 international games. Along her journey, she helped the women’s U.S. team win the 1999 World Cup. She told Sports Illustrated, “My role is to introduce choices to African American girls.” She takes the role seriously, embarking on tours of inner-city playgrounds, giving soccer clinics, and encouraging the U.S. Soccer Federation to invest in developing the sport in underprivileged neighborhoods. “Soccer [in the U.S.] is pretty much a suburban elitist sport,” she told Ebony, “Girls in the inner-city aren’t exposed to soccer ... I want to give them options.” For more Black history facts, visit www.Black365.us.

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LAUSD kicks off year with healthier food The Los Angeles Unified School District Monday unveiled a new healthier school menu with the kickoff of its “I’m In” campaign at Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School in Long Beach. And although officials say the more than 60 items included on the new menu were kid-tested and -driven, reaction to the food was mixed by some of the students invited to the tasting. LAUSD serves more than 650,000 meals a day, and according to food service officials, the new menu changes have been in the works for the last four years. Gone are less healthy selections like hot dogs, replaced by more access to fresh fruits and vegetables and items like salads. The district will evaluate the popularity of the new menu items over a 24-week period. Those that pass muster will be kept; while the others may be eliminated. OW photo by Nash Baker. See related video at www.ourweekly.com.


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The Merge Summit 2011, Integrating Faith and Entertainment, held its third annual event this month in downtown Los Angeles at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Surrounded by large pictures of Hollywood moguls from days gone by, hundreds of African Americans walked the historic hallways, greeting one another, and many smiling from ear to ear. They were literally filled with the spirit because the Merge Summit forums and events were filled with testimonies, and hard truths, and stories about how prayer and faith can pull an individual through. The Merge Summit is the brainchild of Holly Carter, president & CEO, Releve’ Entertainment and founder and chair of the Merge Summit. Carter writes in the Merge brochure that five years ago the Lord gave her the vision for this event as a way to

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provide opportunity and access to Christian talent who had a heart for impacting the Kingdom of God through the media. Carter joined forces with another powerful African American woman in the television and film industry, Robi Reed, vice president for talent and casting, original programming, BET. For the last three years the two of them have brought together some of the most powerful African Americans, as well as Whites to share their testimonies, and information that would positively shape the futures of all in attendance. Over a three-day period participants were privileged to not only worship as a group but attend classes that covered every important facet of Hollywood in front of and behind the camera and the music world

as well. In each of the classes industry leaders shared information on how Hollywood works, how to be prepared, what to know, and sometimes what you can expect and most importantly how to overcome. What makes the Merge Summit stand out is the honesty and heartfelt emotions the speakers shared with the audiences. They didn’t gloss over their hard times, wondering was God still there, or some of their darkest moments. Most in the audience could relate, so when it came time to discuss how their lives were turned around, through faith and the Word of God, people were all ears, and walked out inspired, filled with hope. And the access to the speakers was phenomenal, business cards were flying. Television and film industry executives represent-

Music Festival in historic Leimert Park Village 43rd St. and Degnan Blvd., L.A. from 10am-6pm. Call (323) 295-2502.

talent and renowned performances from iconic entertainers. Free. 600 State Dr., Exposition Park. Free. For information, call (213) 744-2024.

SEPTEMBER 4 CARIBBEAN FETE. California African American Museum (CAAM) Target Sunday presents “Ready, Get Set, It’s a Caribbean Fete” beginning at 1pm. Caribbean food, music, dancing, and much more. 600 State Dr., Exposition Park. Free. For information, call (213) 744-2024.

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SEPTEMBER 1 EXPLORING MENTAL ILLNESS. Join the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for Drug and Alcohol awareness month seminar from 7-9pm at 4305 Degnan Blvd., #104, L.A. Lisa Bolden will speak on “Co-occuring disorders: Mental Illness or Moral issue.” Bolden holds a master’s of theology with an emphasis in Christian counseling. Call (323) 294-7814.

SEPTEMBER 2 MUSICAL PERFORMANCE. Greg Rose performs live at the American Legion-Jackie Robinson Post #252, 3828 W. Slauson Ave., L,A. starting at 9pm. Crowd must be 25 and older, $10 donation and free parking. Call (323) 298-0308.

SEPTEMBER 3 COMMUNITY FESTIVAL. The Fresh Start Festival comes to Ted Watkins Memorial Park, from noon-5pm at 1335 E. 103rd St., L.A. It will include free backpack give-aways, school supplies, haircuts, musical performances, health screenings, voter registration, civic and elected leaders and more. The Fresh Start Festival aims to provide a fresh start for the school year, the community and for good jobs. THE QUIET STORM JAZZ QUARTET. Nola’s downtown will give L.A. a taste of New Orleans at 8pm from The Quiet Storm Jazz Quartet at 734 E. 3rd St. L.A. . Features Jazz artists Sweet Baby J’ai, Karen Hammack, Chris Colangelo and Peter Buck with a smoking hot band for guaranteed fun. Free. For information and reservations, call (323) 680-3007.

SEPTEMBER 3 - 5 ART AND MUSIC FESTIVAL. The Leimert Park Group presents Family Values, the annual Leimert Park Village African Art and

CROCHET WORKSHOP. Learn the basics of crochet and how to read patterns during workshops at the California African American Museum from noon to 5pm. Class is $10 per hour and beginners get a free start-up kit. Reservations required: (323) 449-8107. Located: 600 State Dr., Exposition Park.

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4 EXHIBIT. The California African American Museum (CAAM) presents the exhibit “The Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment.” The Apollo Theater is celebrating 75 years of producing new found

SEPTEMBER 5 BLACK WOMEN AND SONG. Celebrating its 31st year, For Members Only TV will air the program “Legendary African American Women of Music and Song” on KSCI Channel 18 L.A./Channel 48 San Diego from 11am-noon. It will feature artists such as Lena Horne, Effie Smith and Ruth Brown through interviews, archival clips, music and song. Hosted by Tom Reed.

SEPTEMBER 7 HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR. The College of InfoMedical Technology hosts its first health fair providing screenings, workshops, seminars, and emergency preparedness information to the community. The event is free and open to the public and will be held from 9am-1:30pm at the Wilshire Vermont Courtyard, 3183 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Contact Celine Park at (213) 471-9722.

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ing major studios and production companies shared valuable information from personal presentations to the do’s and don’ts of working in Hollywood. Believe it or not African American Christian beliefs have always had a place in Hollywood, be it on the big or small screen, or at awards ceremonies. The righteous ones always thank God first, as well they should. The first Hollywood film by a major studio starring an all-African American cast was King Vidor’s 1929 film “Hallelujah!” The musical starred Daniel L. Haynes as a sharecropper-turned-preacher after he’s cheated out of his money. Sixteen-year-old Nina Mae McKinney starred as the very seductive Chick, who despite her wayward ways falls for the sharecropper in this ill-fated love story. In 2008, “Hallelujah!” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Hollywood is a tough town to work in, especially for those “of color.” If there was any place on earth where folk would willingly sell their soul to the devil for fame and fortune, this is the place. But fortunately there are those individuals who maintain their faith and belief in God and have not only survived but thrived. And that’s what the Merge Summit is all about. To check out the Merge Summit and see those celebrities and industry leaders who participated, go to www.themergesummit.com. Hopefully, I will see you at the fourth annual Merge Summit, Integrating Faith & Entertainment. Gail can be reached at hollywoodbychoice_gail@yahoo.com

SEPTEMBER 7 - OCTOBER 18 UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY. “Wrapped in Pride” Exhibition of African Kente Cloth opens at the California State University Dominguez Hills Art Gallery, at 100 E. Victoria St., Carson from 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Opening celebration with African dance and music, featuring the Kente Cloth ceremony at 6pm. Contact Kathy Zimmerer (310) 243-3334.

SEPTEMBER 8 ZO‘CALO EVENT. Randall Kennedy, Harvard professor law and author of “The Persistence of the Color line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency,” addresses the question, “Is Obama erasing the color line?” at a 7pm free forum at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., LA. To make reservations, visit zocalopublicsquare.org. See our complete calendar listings at ourweekly.com/thisweek-in-la and ourweekly.com/when-and-where-in-la To submit your calendar listing e-mail owcalendar@ourweekly.com two weeks prior to event.


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The Pan African community is rich with a history of freedom-fighting and change-making, from Nat Turner’s insurrection to Marcus Garvey’s international Back to Africa Movement to the Civil Rights Movement. What many of these moments have in common is that they all encompassed a religious aspect that allowed their participants to connect spiritually to the struggle afoot. Although Black liberation theology as a structured class of preaching wasn’t officially established until the 1960s, the philosophy has been used to fuel some of the most transformational moments in African American times. It was the glue that held the community together, the mantra that kept the spirit of hope alive. Author of “Survival & Liberation,” Carroll Watkins Ali, explains that Black liberation theology is tremendous in its influence such that it empowers the African American church through racial and cultural relativity. “In light of the realities of Black existence in a White racist system, Black liberation theology’s intent is to empower Black people,” she writes. “The God language of Black liberation theology encourages Black people to image God as Black like them… It is also liberating because it frees us from the oppressive image of the White God of Western Christianity who sanctioned slavery, and whose response to slaves in essence was ‘the best way to be a good Christian is to be a good slave.’ The Black God of Black liberation theology’s message to the oppressive circumstances of Black life in America today is ‘God is a God of the oppressed.’” James A. Cone is often credited for establishing the religious movement in the midst of extreme change in the ’60s. Theologian and minister, the Rev. Michael Mancha of Palmdale, Calif., says after graduating college, Cone recognized he was not prepared to preach to the Black matters at hand, which included Freedom rides, riots, and protests. He explained that, “worst of all, he felt that the theological training he had just finished had left him completely unprepared to address his own community.” So then Cone, who connected Black power with Black liberation theology, found that it was through spiritual teaching that the movement would generate true freedom for Black people. But Mancha stressed that Cone’s perspective of Black power was not violent, but it was about affirming the humanity of Blacks and that only Black people knew the extent of White oppression. Mancha stated: “I believe that Black liberation theology is a theology that unapologetically focuses on the specific faith and cultural needs of the Black American community, incorporating methods that

are not considered as ‘mainstream’ Christian ideology (a hyper-focused attention on emotionless rationale, rejection of any and all occurrences of people of color in the Bible; etc.) usage of ‘cultural storytelling’ methods that are more inclusive of people of color and less fixated on Eurocentric perspectives; and an uncompromising recognition of the reality that is in the United States.” Further, as society has transformed, Mancha and others agree that the method in which the philosophy and spirituality are taught has changed. Given that circumstances have metamorphosed at face value, African Americans ruminate on the underlying issues which are in need of redress. However, the consciousness of the conditions is minimal. Therefore, many view Black liberation theology as controversial and dangerous. Mancha points to Miguel De La Torre, professor of social ethics at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colo., who subscribes to the notion. Professor De La Torre writes in “Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins” that due to the mental enslavement generated by the common establishment (societal norms, media, White supremacy, etc.), victims are sheltered from the realities of their conditions and therefore seek not to liberate themselves. As a result, however, it is the responsibility of those in positions of influence to educate those who continue to wallow in ignorance, thus Black liberation theology is a need. “Few members of the dominant culture question the construction of their conscience. Accordingly, those who approach ethics from positions of power and privilege must remain vigilant during their moral deliberations lest they confuse what is ethical with what is their habitus. Their only hope is to move beyond their social location by forming relationships of solidarity with the marginalized,” De La Torre writes. Mancha adds that due to the potency of the theology, the concept may be difficult for average “media-merchandized post-post modern” congregants. He said, however, that it is possible that Black liberation theology can render tremendous change in the Black community as has been evident with movements in the past and current establishments like the African Methodist Episcopal Church. “Black liberation theology invigorates congregants, and consequently communities, to refocus on their respective areas of influence, and get busy making a positive difference now, not in the great bye-and-bye. And it can continue,” Mancha said. “As a Christian, I denounce armed political rebellion and recognize Christ’s dominion and pragmatic, relentless, omnipotence within my life and upon this world, including all of its systems. For me, Black liberation theology continues to be a profoundly effective tool that exists for clergymen/women to pragmatically work toward strengthening and mobilizing our communities. Through which means? ‘By any means necessary’ of course.”


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011 083256 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Extra Space Storage #8319, 12024 Center Str eet, South G a t e , C A 9 2 0 8 0 , County of Los Angeles, 2795 E. Cottonwood Parkway, #400, Salt Lake City, UT 84121 Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number: AI #ON: C1532122 Registered owner(s): Extra Space Management, Inc., Utah, 2795 E. Cottonwood Parkway, #400, Salt Lake City, UT 84121 This business is conducted by a Corporation The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 6/27/2011 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.) Extra Space Management, Inc. S/ Charles L. Allen, Vice President This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on August 17, 2011. 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

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011088737 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Evon Coulson Enterprises, 1511 Regents St., Lancaster, C A 9 3 5 3 4 - 4 1 8 4 , County of Los Angeles Registered owner(s): Yvonne Coulson, 1511 Regents Street, Lancaster, CA 93534-5184 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/ Yvonne Coulson, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on August 25, 2011 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 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22/11 CNS-2165774# OUR WEEKLY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011078016 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: FOC Ministries, 38733 9th Str eet East, Suite J, Palmdale, CA 93550, County of Los Angeles. Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number: AI #ON: 2923860 Registered owner(s): FOC Prayer Resource Center, CA, 3409 Genoa Pl., Palmdale, CA 93551. This business is conducted by a Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 3/26/2011. 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.) FOC Prayer Resource Center S/ Patricia Anderson, President This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on August 8, 2011. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011082790 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Ande Nalon Enterprises, Crenshaw Blvd. 3818 PBX472, Los Angeles, CA 90008, County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Gwen Lang Jones, 5132 Southridge Ave., L.A., CA 90043 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/ Gwen Lang Jones, Consultant This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on August 16, 2011 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

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011074318 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Insite Design Gr oup, 10736 Jef ferson Blvd., #675, C u l v e r C i t y, C A 9 0 2 3 0 , County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Chinyere Obasi, 13107 Purche Ave., Gardena, CA 90249. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 04/2006. 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/ Chinyere Obasi, Principal This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on August 2, 2011. 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 8/18, 8/25, 9/1, 9/8/11 CNS-2158700# OUR WEEKLY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011063506 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Compass PR Gr oup, 5654

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011065526 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: ( 1 ) T h e We l l n e s s G r oup, (2) Salon 21, 8306 W ilshire Blvd., #730, Beverly Hills, CA 90211-2382, County of LA Registered owner(s): Michelle Moore Bell, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., #730, Beverly Hills, CA 90211-2382. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1987. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011070168 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. Pamela Cotton, 2. Mr. & M r s . C ’s , 7 5 2 7 H a l l d a l e Av e n u e , L o s A n g e l e s , C A 90047. Registered owner(s): Pamela Cotton, 7527 Halldale Avenue, 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/ Pamela Cotton, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 26, 2011. 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

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011074574 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Sophie Emporium Inc. 3 7 1 7 S . L a B r ea A v e . # 7 6 8 , Los Angeles, CA 90016, County of Los Angeles and (2) Lotus Flower Bloom Inc. 3 7 1 7 S . L a B r ea A v e . # 7 6 8 , Los Angeles, CA 90016, County of Los Angeles Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number: AI #ON: (1) C3394010, (2) C3394011 Registered owner(s): Sophie Emporium Inc., 3717 S. La Brea Ave. #768, Los Angeles, CA 90016 This business is conducted by a Corporation 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

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE (Division 6 of the Commercial Code) Escrow No. 112689-MC (1) Notice is hereby given to creditors of the within named Seller(s) that a bulk sale is about to be made on personal property hereinafter described. (2) The name and business addresses of the seller are: Athanasios Zogas, 305 E. Carson Street, Carson, CA 90745 (3) The location in California of the chief executive office of the Seller is: SAME AS ABOVE (4) The names and business address of the Buyer(s) are: Peter Makres and Nick Belibassakis, 25531 Charro Drive, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. (5) The location and general description of the assets to be sold are stock in trade, furniture, fixtures, equipment and goodwill of that certain business located at: 305 E. Carson Street, Carson, CA 90745 (6) The business name used by the seller(s) at said location is: Omega Burgers (7) The anticipated date of the bulk sale is Sept. 20, 2011 at the office of R Escrow, 1205 East Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92866, Escrow No. 112689-MC, Escrow Officer: Mille Cork. (8) Claims may be filed with Same as “7” above. (9) The last date for filing claims is Sept. 19, 2011. (10) This Bulk Sale is subject to Section 6106.2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. (11) As listed by the Seller, all other business names and addresses used by the Seller within three years before the date such list was sent or delivered to the Buyer are: NONE Dated: August 29, 2011 TRANSFEREES: S/ Peter Makres /s/ Nick Belibassakis 9/1/11 CNS-2167061# OUR WEEKLY

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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 8/11, 8/18, 8/25, 9/1/11 CNS-2154322# OUR WEEKLY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011075378 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Cleaning Antelope Ser vices, 43218 33rd Street West, Lancaster, CA 93536, County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s): Manuel Martinez, 43218 33rd Street West, Lancaster, CA 93536. Isabel Martinez, 43218 33rd Street West, Lancaster, CA 93536. This business is conducted by husband and wife. 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/ Manuel Martinez, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on August 3, 2011. 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 8/11, 8/18, 8/25, 9/1/11 CNS-2154316# OUR WEEKLY

GOVERNMENT BIDDING OPPORTUNITY WITH LACCD Los Angeles The Community Colleges have embarked on an extensive building program funded by A/AA to Pr o p o s i t i o n much-needed addr ess campus impr ovements for educational and suppor t facilities for its nine community colleges. For future bidding oppor tunities please visit the website www.build-laccd.or g under “Contracting and Bidding then click Site” “Constr uction LookAhead”:

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College: District Wide Project Name: Master Agreement for Purchase of Computer Equipment Project Number: 40J.J55.05 Bid Number: 108

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Los Angeles Community College District

(“District”) invites sealed bids for the following:

This is a competitive bid for the purchase by the Los Angeles Community College District of the following Computer Equipment, for its colleges throughout the Los Angeles area. The items to be procured are broken down for the purposes of bidding into one (1) Bid Category and Desktop consist of Laptop Computers, Ta b l e t Computers, Computer Computers, Software Peripherals, Pr o g r a m s a n d A d d i t i o n a l Ser vices. Bids shall be prepared in conformance with the Instructions to Bidders using the forms included in the Bidding Documents. All Bids must be received at B u i l d L A C C D , 9 1 5 W ilshir e B l v d . , Ste 810, Los Angeles, C a l i f o r n i a 9 0 0 1 7 , by either hand delivery or mail, no later than September 12, 2011 @ 1:00 PM to be thereafter on said date and at said location publicly opened and read aloud. The Bidder assumes full and sole responsibility for timely receipt of its Bid, the Bid Security and any other documents required to be submitted with the Bid.

Bidding Documents including Instruction to Bidders and other documents, if any, will be available to Bidders on and after 8 / 2 9 / 2 0 1 1 , at the following locations:

For document pick up: Universal Reprographics Incorporated, Los Angeles Branch, 2706 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, California 90057 Tel: 213-365-7750 , West Los Angeles Branch, 2043 Ponitius Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90025 Tel: 310-477-2900, Robertson Branch, 1444-B S. Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, 310-2055242.

To order or view online: http://build-laccd.org/, Contracting and Bidding Site, Universal Reprographics Online Plan Room Link.

To view in person: Build LACCD, 915 W ilshir e Blvd., Ste. 810, Los Angeles, Califor nia 90017 , 213- 5938641

The District will provide one (1) complete set of Bidding Documents to each Bidder, free of charge, for pick-up upon at least eight (8) hours notice to Universal Reprographics at any of the above-stated Universal Reprographics locations. Bidder may arrange, at Bidder’s own expense, for document delivery and additional sets by contacting Universal Reprographics at one of the above-stated Universal Reprographics locations. There will not be a mandatory Phone Pre-Bid Conference

campus needed for impr ovements educational and suppor t facilities for its nine community colleges. For future bidding oppor tunities please visit the website www.build-laccd.or g under “Contracting and Bidding then click Site” Look“Constr uction Ahead”: NOTICE TO BIDDERS

College: West Los Angeles College Project Name: Campus Improvement - Student Services Entry Green (Landscape) Project Number: 39W.5979.03.07 Project Estimate: $440,000 $470,000

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Los Angeles Community College District (“District”) invites sealed bids for the following public works project (“Work”): Project consists of complete landscape and irrigation installation; tree removal, tree planting, hydro seeding, limited concrete work (for flagpole), furnish and installation of a 50 foot flagpole with reinforced footing, site furnishings installation and project maintenance at the West L.A. College General Classroom and Student Services Buildings.

Bids shall be prepared in conformance with the Instructions to Bidders and other Bidding Documents. Bids must be received, by either hand delivery or mail, at BuildLACCD, 915 W ilshir e Blvd., Suite 810, Los Angeles, CA 90017, no later than the Bid Closing Deadline of 10:00 a.m. on September 27, 2011, to be thereafter on said date and at said location publicly opened and read aloud. The Bidder assumes full and sole responsibility for timely receipt of its Bid.

Bidding Documents will be available to Bidders on and after September 07, 2011, at the following locations:

For document pick up: Universal Reprographics (District’s reprographics service) at any of the following Three (3) locations:

1) Universal Reprographics Incorporated, Los Angeles Branch, 2706 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, California 90057 Tel: 213-365-7750 2) West Los Angeles Branch, 2043 Pontius Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90025 Tel: 310477-2900 3) Robertson Branch, 1444-B S. Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, 310-205-5242

To order or view online: http://www.build-laccd.org/, Contracting and Bidding Site, Universal Reprographics Online Plan Room Link.

Questions shall be directed to:

Paul Spear Sustainable Building Program Managers paul.spear@build-laccd.org

[Contractors interested in obtaining information on upcoming LACCD projects; see build-laccd.org (Contracting and Bidding Site)] 9/1/11 CNS-2165579# OUR WEEKLY $470,000. BIDDING OPPORTUNITY WITH LACCD Los Angeles The Community Colleges have embarked on an extensive Sustainable Building Program to address much-

To view in person: Turner Construction Co., 9000 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230, Telephone: (310) 202-2575.

The District will provide one (1) complete set of Bidding Documents to each Bidder, free of charge, for pick-up upon at least eight (8) hours notice to Universal Reprographics at any of the above-stated Universal Reprographics locations. Bidder may arrange, at Bidder’s own expense, for document delivery and additional sets by contacting Universal Reprographics at one of the above-stated locations. A Mandator y Pr e-Bid will be Conference

conducted on September 07, 2011 commencing pr o m p t l y a t 1 0 : 0 0 a . m . a t Constr uction Tu r n e r Company, 10100 Jef ferson Boulevar d, Culver City, CA 90232. Attendance at the PreBid Conference is required as a condition of bidding, unless the Bidder is a “Local, Small or Emerging Business”, as defined in the District’s Policy on Local, Small and Emerging Businesses, Board Rule 7103.17 (a copy of which is available for review on the District’s Website), and Bidder submits an affidavit as required by said Board Rule. Sign language services are available for the Pre-Bid Conference upon written request received by BuildLACCD, 915 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 810, Los Angeles, CA 90017 or by Fax at 213-9962534 at least three (3) business days prior to the day of the Pre-Bid Conference. The Bidder to whom a contract for the Work is awarded by the District shall be required to furnish Performance and Payment Bonds as provided in the Instructions to Bidders.

The Bidder to whom a contract for the Work is awarded by the District is required to hold at the time of submitting its Bid and Award a contracting license of the following classification(s): “C - 27 Landscape Contractor”

In addition, Bidder is required to hold, or designate in its Designation of Subcontractors a Subcontractor that holds, the certification(s) required by Applicable Laws to perform the following work: N/A

Pursuant to Labor Code Section 1771.7, this Project w i l l n o t be subject to the District’s approved Labor Compliance Program, initially approved July 19, 2004. For questions or assistance concerning the Labor Compliance Program, Veronica Martinez, (213) 9962581, 915 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 810, Los Angeles, CA 90017. The District hasentered into a Project Labor Agreement that is applicable to this Project. For questions or assistance concerning the Project Labor Agreement (if applicable), contact Veronica Martinez, (213) 996-2581, 915 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 810, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

The Bidder to whom a contract for the Work is awarded by the District shall comply with the provisions of the California Labor Code, as well as the District’s Project Labor Agreement (if applicable) and the District’s Labor Compliance Program (if applicable, including, without limitation, the obligation to pay the general prevailing rates of wages in the locality in which the Work is to be performed in accordance with, without limitation, Sections 1773.1, 1774, 1775 and 1776 of the California Labor Code and the obligation to comply with Section 1777.5 of the California Labor Code governing employment of apprentices. Copies of the prevailing rates of per diem wages are on file at the District’s principal office at 915 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 810, Los Angeles, CA 90017, and are available to any interested party on request.

Substitution of securities for any moneys withheld by District to ensure performance under any contract awarded by the District for the Work shall be permitted as required by Section 22300 of the California Public Contract Code.

Bidders are notified of the District’s Surety Bond Program. For further

information regarding enrollment eligibility and program services contact Paulette Williams, Merriweather & Williams, at 213-258-3000. Capitalized terms used herein shall have the meanings assigned to them as set forth in Article 1 of the Instructions to Bidders.

Questions shall be directed to:

Denise Briggs Build-LACCD Sustainable Building Program Managers E-mail: denise.briggs@buildlaccd.org or via Phone: (213) 996-2247 or Fax: (213) 9962534

must be received by the City’s Economic Development Work Group at the address listed above no later than 6:00 p. m. on Thursday, September 22, 2011. The City’s final CAPER, including all public comments received, will be submitted to HUD no later than Wednesday, September 28, 2011. Dated: This 25 th day of August, 2011.

Helen S. CMC/MMC City Clerk 9/1/11 CNS-2164565# OUR WEEKLY

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Contractors interested in obtaining information on upcoming LACCD projects; see www.build-laccd.org (Contracting and Bidding Site) 9/1/11 CNS-2164687# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Draft Consolidated Annual Per for mance and Evaluation Repor t (CAPER) for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

The City of Carson announces the availability of the Draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). The CAPER explains the City’s use of Federal grant funds under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program administered by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CAPER covers the period from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.

The CAPER outlines progress made in achieving goals established in the 2010-2015 Five-Year Consolidated Plan and Program Year 2010 Annual Action Plan. The draft CAPER will include: 1) information regarding amounts of funds expended on projects and activities; 2) descriptions of households assisted through expenditure of these funds; 3) actions taken to affirmatively further fair housing; and 4) other information relevant to the status of grant-funded projects administered by the City of Carson affecting local housing and community development needs.

The Citywide Advisory Commission will conduct a public hearing at which time you may be present and be heard concerning the CAPER. This public hearing will take place as follows:

TIME: 7:00 P. M., Thursday, September 8, 2011 PLACE: Executive Conference Room, 2nd Floor Carson City Hall 701 East Carson Street Carson, California 90745

A draft of the CAPER will be made available to the public for a minimum of 15 days, beginning Thursday, September 1, 2011 through Thursday, September 22, 2011 through the City of Carson’s Economic Development Work Group. Citizens may view copies of this draft report at the Economic Development Work Group, located at 1 Civic Plaza Drive, Suite 500, Carson, California 90745, and at the City Clerk’s Office, Carson City Hall, located at 701 East Carson Street, Carson, California 90745.

The public is invited to submit written comments on this draft report regarding the City’s performance under this grant program. All written comments

ADDRESS ANY COMMUNICATIONS TO: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP - PLANNING DIVISION 701 EAST CARSON STREET CARSON, CALIFORNIA 90745 AMENDMENT TO THE CARSON ZONING ORDINANCE The Planning Commission of the City of Carson, California, will conduct a Public Hearing, at which time you may be present and be heard, concerning an ordinance amendment to Part 1 (Introduction), Part 2 (Residential Zones), and Part 3 (Commercial Zones) of the Zoning Ordinance of the Carson Municipal Code. The ordinance amendment will consolidate or reorganize duplicate language, eliminate typographical errors, and clarify requirements; amend requirements for a home occupation, caretaker's residence, bathroom within an accessory structure, and outdoor display and storage; and address certain uses in the MU-CS (Mixed Use Carson Street) and MU-SB (Mixed Use - Sepulveda Boulevard) zoning districts. Pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines, the proposal to amend existing standards and guidelines of the municipal code will generate no significant effect on the environment and is exempt. If you challenge the approval or denial of this application in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. If you are no longer the owner of the property, please forward this notice of hearing to the current owner. Documents are on file and additional information may be obtained through the Planning Division, City Hall, or call John F. Signo, AICP, Senior Planner, at (310) 952-1700 extension 1327, or via e-mail at jsigno@ci.carson.ca. TIME: 6:30 P.M., Tuesday, September 13, 2011 PLACE: Council Chambers, City Hall 701 East Carson Street Carson, California 90745 APPLICANT: City of Carson DATED: This 30th day of August, 2011. Helen S. Kawagoe, City Clerk City of Carson, California 9/1/11 CNS-2167617# OUR WEEKLY

PROBATE NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF:

CALVIN LEONARD STARKS CASE NO. VP013901 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of CALVIN LEONARD STARKS. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by MILDRED LEONARD BUTLER in the Superior Court of Califor nia, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that MILDRED LEONARD BUTLER be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act with limited authority. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 09/20/11 at 8:30AM in Dept. B located at 12720 NORWALK BLVD., NORWALK, CA 90650 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner RICHARD T. SMITH, ESQ. - SBN 89158 234 E. COLORADO BLVD. STE 620 PASADENA CA 91101 8/25, 9/1, 9/8/11 CNS-2159758# OUR WEEKLY

TRUSTEE SALES T.S. No.: 1103817CA Loan No.: 405173 A.P.N.: 7338-025048 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 8/10/1983. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The 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), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Trustor: HENRY T YAMADA LINDA M YAMADA Duly Appointed Trustee: Seaside Trustee, Inc. Recorded 8/19/1983 as Instrument No. 83-962944 in book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California. Date of Sale: 9/22/2011 at 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 W. Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $30,749.42 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 18208 Cairo Ave. Carson, CA 90746 A.P.N.: 7338-025-048 As required by California Civil Code Section 2923.54, the current beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent has declared one of the following: 1. The timeframe for giving this notice of sale as specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.52 or 2923.55 2. The mortgage loan servicer has obtained a final or temporary order of exemption from the commissioner pursuant to Section 2923.53 and it is current and valid as of the date this Notice of Sale is filed. 3. The requirements of California Civil Code Section 2923.52 have been met. As required by California Civil Code Section 2923.5, the current beneficiary has declared to Seaside Trustee Inc, the original trustee, the duly appointed substituted trustee, or acting as agent for the trustee, that the requirements of said section have been met by one or more of the following: 1. Borrower was contacted to assess their financial situation and to explore the options for the borrower to avoid foreclosure 2. The borrower has surrendered the property to the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary or authorized agent 3. Due diligence to contact the borrower was made as required by said Section 2923.5 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. Date:


Trustee Sale No.: 20090159904699 Title Order No.: 090192544 FHA/VA/PMI No.: NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 02/21/2006. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDEX WEST, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 03/01/2006 as Instrument No. 06 0445185 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: ROSALIA GARCIA, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR

CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 09/16/2011 TIME OF SALE: 10:30 AM PLACE OF SALE: AT THE FRONT ENTRANCE TO THE POMONA SUPERIOR COURTS BUILDING, 350 W. MISSION BLVD., POMONA, CA. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 21500 MARTIN STREET, CARSON, CALIFORNIA 90745 APN#: 7326-012-018 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, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, 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 Sale is $521,619.51. 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. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: PRIORITY POSTING & PUBLISHING, INC. 2 17501 IRVINE BLVD., SUITE ONE TUSTIN, CA 92780 714-5731965 www.priorityposting.com NDEx West, L.L.C. as Trustee Dated: 8/22/2011 NDEx West, L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. P871151 8/25, 9/1, 09/08/2011 8/25, 9/1, 9/8/11 CNS-2161388# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 11-0041103 Title Order No. 11-0032711 APN No. 7329-047-066 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 10/04/2005. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by LEONARD JOE GRAHAM, III AND FAITH MARSHETTE GRAHAM, HUSBAND AND WIFE, dated 10/04/2005 and recorded 10/12/05, as Instrument No. 05 2455407, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 09/08/2011 at 1:00PM, At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, Los Angeles, CA at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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 and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 23230 COLONY PARK DRIVE, CARSON, CA, 90745. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street

address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $332,096.17. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks 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 Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an “AS IS” condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trustee’s Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder’s Office. DATED: 08/18/2011 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone/Sale Information: (800) 281 8219 By: Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. FEI # 1006.141731 8/18, 8/25, 9/01/2011 8/18, 8/25, 9/1/11 CNS-2159105# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. : 20110015002897 Title Order No.: 110249117 FHA/VA/PMI No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 02/23/2006. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDEX WEST, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 03/06/2006 as Instrument No. 06 0478203 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: JOHN COLLINS, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 09/14/2011 TIME OF SALE: 10:30 AM PLACE OF SALE: AT THE WEST SIDE OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURTHOUSE, DIRECTLY FACING NORWALK BLVD., 12720 NORWALK BLVD., NORWALK, CA. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 21917 NEWKIRK AVE, CARSON, CALIFORNIA 90745-3331 APN#: 7332-002-035 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, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, 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 Sale is $353,364.71. 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. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: AGENCY SALES & POSTING 3210 EL CAMINO REAL, SUITE 200 IRVINE, CA 92602 714-730-2727 www.lpsasap.com NDEx West, L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L.L.C. as Trustee Dated: 08/17/2011 NDEx West, L.L.C. 15000 Surveyor Boulevard, Suite 500 Addison, Texas 75001-9013 Telephone: (866) 795-1852 Telecopier: (972) 661-7800 ASAP# 4070875 08/25/2011, 09/01/2011, 09/08/2011 8/25, 9/1, 9/8/11 CNS-2158746# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 11-0042532 Title Order No. 11-0034006 Investor/Insurer No. 057308917 APN No. 7321015-002 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 03/12/2004. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.” Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by PHALLA ORK, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, dated 03/12/2004 and recorded 03/26/04, as Instrument No. 04 0721598, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 09/22/2011 at 10:30AM, At the West side of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, directly facing Norwalk Blvd., 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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 and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 19012 GALWAY AVENUE, CARSON, CA, 90746. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $440,861.68. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks 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 Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’AS IS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or

encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. DATED: 08/26/2011 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. ASAP# 4065956 09/01/2011, 09/08/2011, 09/15/2011 9/1, 9/8, 9/15/11 CNS-2158632# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 11-0043114 Title Order No. 11-0034329 Investor/Insurer No. 0148583872 APN No. 7406046-090 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 01/12/2007. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.” Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by DAVID G. LUM AND THERESA LUM, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, dated 01/12/2007 and recorded 01/19/07, as Instrument No. 20070106021, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 09/22/2011 at 10:30AM, At the West side of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, directly facing Norwalk Blvd., 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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 and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 305 MONTEREY DRIVE, CARSON (AREA), CA, 90745. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $527,864.99. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks 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 Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’AS IS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. DATED: 08/26/2011 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale

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T.S. No.: 2011-00694 Loan No.: 902610512 APN: 7341001-059 TRA No.: 11615 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 9/25/2007. 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. A public auction sale 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 will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below. The 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 the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Trustor: Nicholas P. Jacks and Sue M. Wekerle, Husband and Wife as Joint Tenants. Beneficiary Name: ING Bank, FSB Duly Appointed Trustee: Integrated Lender Services, a Delaware Corporation and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 10/3/2007 as Instrument No. 20072266389 in book —-, page —- of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, Date of Sale: 9/15/2011 at 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $395,713.99 The property heretofore is being sold “as is.” The street Address or other common designation of real property is purported to be: 22123 FIGUEROA STREET, UNIT 123, CARSON, CA 90745. As more fully described on said deed of trust A.P.N.: 7341001-059 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. 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. THIS FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Date: 8/22/2011 Integrated Lender Services, a Delaware Corporation, as Trustee 2411 West La Palma Avenue, Suite 350 – Bldg. 1 (800) 232-8787 For Sale Information please call: (714) 573-1965 Sem Martinez, Trustee Sale Officer P871438 8/25, 9/1, 09/08/2011 8/25, 9/1, 9/8/11 CNS-2162138# OUR WEEKLY

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T.S. No.: 0901355CA Loan No.: 322466 A.P.N.: 7321-030048 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 3/3/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED

Trustee Sale No. : 20100015006167 Title Order No.: 100376372 FHA/VA/PMI No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 11/20/2006. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDEX WEST, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 11/29/2006 as Instrument No. 20062636953 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: ALYCIA L CHASE, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 09/21/2011 TIME OF SALE: 10:30 AM PLACE OF SALE: AT THE WEST SIDE OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURTHOUSE, DIRECTLY FACING NORWALK BLVD., 12720 NORWALK BLVD., NORWALK, CA. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 17515 SANDLAKE AVE, CARSON, CALIFORNIA 90746 APN#: 7319-031-020 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, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, 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 Sale is $345,816.73. 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. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: AGENCY SALES & POSTING 3210 EL CAMINO REAL, SUITE 200 IRVINE, CA 92602 714-730-2727 www.lpsasap.com NDEx West, L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L.L.C. as Trustee Dated: 08/24/2011 NDEx West, L.L.C. 15000 Surveyor Boulevard, Suite 500 Addison, Texas 75001-9013 Telephone: (866) 795-1852 Telecopier: (972) 661-7800 ASAP# 4075467 09/01/2011, 09/08/2011, 09/15/2011 9/1, 9/8, 9/15/11 CNS-2162980# OUR WEEKLY

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S S A L E Trustee Sale No.: 20100169810830 Title Order No.: 100506379 FHA/VA/PMI No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULTUNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 11/02/05. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDEx West, LLC , as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on11/15/05, as Instrument No. 05 2749943 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of Califor nia. EXECUTED BY: JOBEL J. BERNARDO AND YOLANDA C. BERNARDO, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) D A T E O F SALE: September 21, 2011 TIME OF SALE: 11:30 AM PLACE OF SALE: At the fr o n t e n t r a n c e t o t h e P o m o n a S u p e r i o r C o u r ts B u i l d i n g , 3 5 0 W. M i s s i o n Blvd. Pomona, CA. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 3 0 6 DRIVE, MONTEREY CARSON, CA 90745. APN# 7406-046-091 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, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, 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 Sale is $493,963.92. 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. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: NATIONWIDE POSTING & PUBLICATION, INC. 5005 WINDPLAY DRIVE, SUITE 1, EL DORADO HILLS, CA 95762-9334 916-9390772, www.nationwideposting.com NDEx West L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY I N F O R M AT I O N O B TA I N E D WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L . L . C . a s Tr u s t e e , BY: Ric Juarez Dated: 08/25/11 NPP0188300 09/01/11, 09/08/11, 09/15/11 9/1, 9/8, 9/15/11 CNS-2165443# OUR WEEKLY

AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The 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), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Trustor: PLAZE SEXTON AND LEONA SEXTON HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS Duly Appointed Trustee: Seaside Trustee, Inc. Recorded 3/17/2006 as Instrument No. 06-0575349 in book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, Date of Sale: 9/22/2011 at 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 W. Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $483,934.68 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 19618 CAMPAIGN DRIVE CARSON, CA 90746 A.P.N.: 7321-030-048 As required by California Civil Code Section 2923.54, the current beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent has declared one of the following: 1. The timeframe for giving this notice of sale as specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.52 or 2923.55 2. The mortgage loan servicer has obtained a final or temporary order of exemption from the commissioner pursuant to Section 2923.53 and it is current and valid as of the date this Notice of Sale is filed. 3. The requirements of California Civil Code Section 2923.52 have been met. As required by California Civil Code Section 2923.5, the current beneficiary has declared to Seaside Trustee Inc, the original trustee, the duly appointed substituted trustee, or acting as agent for the trustee, that the requirements of said section have been met by one or more of the following: 1. Borrower was contacted to assess their financial situation and to explore the options for the borrower to avoid foreclosure 2. The borrower has surrendered the property to the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary or authorized agent 3. Due diligence to contact the borrower was made as required by said Section 2923.5 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. Date: 8/25/2011 Seaside Trustee, Inc. Trustee Sales Information: 800-50-SALES www.priorityposting.com Seaside Trustee Inc. P.O. Box 2676 Ventura, Ca. 93014 Jessica M. Weber, Vice President P872977 9/1, 9/8, 09/15/2011 9/1, 9/8, 9/15/11 CNS-2165335# OUR WEEKLY

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Information (626) 927-4399 By Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. ASAP# 4065935 09/01/2011, 09/08/2011, 09/15/2011 9/1, 9/8, 9/15/11 CNS-2158579# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. 749099CA Loan No. 0632465969 Title Order No. 110247663-CA-MAI YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 06-28-2004. 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 0915-2011 at 10:30 AM, CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 07-07-2004, Book N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 04 1723663, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: GLENDORA S PACKWOOD, A WIDOW, as Trustor, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., (MERS) SOLELY AS NOMINEE FOR LENDER, LOANCITY.COM , A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s 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. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The 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 the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: AT THE WEST SIDE OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURTHOUSE, DIRECTLY FACING NORWALK BOULEVARD, 12720 NORWALK BLVD., NORWALK, CA Legal Description: THE EAST 40 FEET OF THE WEST 480 FEET OF THE NORTH 138 FEET OF LOT 89 OF TRACT NO. 3612, IN THE CITY OF CARSON, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 50 PAGE 5 OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY. Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $246,313.65 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 319 WEST 226TH STREET CARSON, CA 90745 APN Number: 7341-024-005 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by

telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by email; by face to face meeting. DATE: 08-16-2011 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee CASEY KEALOHA, ASSISTANT SECRETARY CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800892-6902 For Sales Information: (714) 730-2727 or www.lpsasap.com (714) 5731965 or www.priorityposting.com ASAP# 4071218 08/25/2011, 09/01/2011, 09/08/2011 8/25, 9/1, 9/8/11 CNS-2158416# OUR WEEKLY T.S. No.: 2010-2159 Loan No.: 126-000830-19 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 3/16/2007. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The 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 the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Trustor: Miguel B Castelan, An Unmarried Man Duly Appointed Trustee: American Default Management Recorded 03/28/2010 as Instrument No. 2007-720105 in book //, page // of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, Date of Sale: 9/7/2011 at 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 W. Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $510,373.47 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 323 W. 218th Street , Carson, CA 90745 A.P.N.: 7343-017-005 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. Date: 8/12/2011 American Default Management 433 N. Camden Ave., 4th Floor Beverly Hills CA 90210 Terrie Ceniceros, Trustee Sale Officer P869107 8/18, 8/25, 09/01/2011 8/18, 8/25, 9/1/11 CNS-2158033# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 10-0049464 Title Order No. 10-8-192961 Investor/Insurer No.

178173574 APN No. 7329015-025 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 08/06/2007. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.” Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by MICHELLE C SISON, A MARRIED WOMAN AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, dated 08/06/2007 and recorded 08/15/07, as Instrument No. 20071911248, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 09/08/2011 at 10:30AM, At the West side of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, directly facing Norwalk Blvd., 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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 and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 212 EAST 236TH STREET, CARSON, CA, 907455302. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $518,878.14. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks 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 Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’AS IS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. DATED: 07/17/2010 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: - Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. ASAP# 4069975 08/18/2011, 08/25/2011, 09/01/2011 8/18, 8/25, 9/1/11 CNS-2157910# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S S A L E Trustee Sale No.: 20090159901707 Title Order No.: 090066994 FHA/VA/PMI No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULTUNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 10/05/06. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDEx West, LLC , as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on10/20/06, as Instrument No. 06 2333453 of official records in the office

of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of Califor nia. EXECUTED BY: T E R E S I TA H . E S PA N O L A AND HENRY H. ESPANOLA, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) D A T E O F SALE: September 7, 2011 TIME OF SALE: 11:30 AM PLACE OF SALE: At the fr o n t e n t r a n c e t o t h e P o m o n a S u p e r i o r C o u r ts B u i l d i n g , 3 5 0 W. M i s s i o n Blvd. Pomona, CA. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 3 3 7 E A S T 2 3 2 N D S T R E E T, C A R S O N , CA 90745. APN# 7329-036009 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, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, 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 Sale is $603,311.77. 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. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: NATIONWIDE POSTING & PUBLICATION, INC. 5005 WINDPLAY DRIVE, SUITE 1, EL DORADO HILLS, CA 95762-9334 916-9390772, www.nationwideposting.com NDEx West L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY I N F O R M AT I O N O B TA I N E D WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L . L . C . a s Tr u s t e e , BY: Ric Juarez Dated: 08/11/11 NPP0187353 08/18/11, 08/25/11, 09/01/11 8/18, 8/25, 9/1/11 CNS-2157107# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 11-0042624 Title Order No. 11-0034075 Investor/Insurer No. 125629835 APN No. 7406037-030 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 10/24/2005. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.” Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by ADOLFO VALDES, A SINGLE MAN, dated 10/24/2005 and recorded 11/01/05, as Instrument No. 05 2629647, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 09/15/2011 at 10:30AM, At the West side of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, directly facing Norwalk Blvd., 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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 and as more fully described in the above

referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 24752 RAVENNA AVENUE, CARSON, CA, 90745. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $528,845.09. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks 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 Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’AS IS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. DATED: 08/24/2011 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By:— Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. ASAP# 4066732 08/25/2011, 09/01/2011, 09/08/2011 8/25, 9/1, 9/8/11 CNS-2156676# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 11-0041774 Title Order No. 11-0033098 Investor/Insurer No. 117373664 APN No. 6126023-026 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 01/26/2006. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.” Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by RHONDA CHILES, A MARRIED WOMAN AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, dated 01/26/2006 and recorded 02/01/06, as Instrument No. 06 0236520, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 09/15/2011 at 10:30AM, At the West side of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, directly facing Norwalk Blvd., 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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 and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 540 EAST CASSIDY STREET, CARSON, CA, 90746. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable

estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $479,050.03. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks 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 Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’AS IS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. DATED: 08/20/2011 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By:— Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. ASAP# 4059704 08/25/2011, 09/01/2011, 09/08/2011 8/25, 9/1, 9/8/11 CNS-2156674# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 10-0145345 Title Order No. 10-8-521222 Investor/Insurer No. 1706600207 APN No. 6126013-009 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 03/21/2008. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.” Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by FELIPE RODRIGUEZ, AND MARIA DEL SOCORRO RODRIGUEZ, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, dated 03/21/2008 and recorded 03/27/08, as Instrument No. 20080527804, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 09/16/2011 at 9:00AM, Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel 711 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017 California Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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 and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 450 E. 169TH ST., CARSON, CA, 90746. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $374,645.81. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks 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 Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’AS IS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. DATED: 02/09/2011 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By:— Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. ASAP# FNMA4066946 08/25/2011, 09/01/2011, 09/08/2011 8/25, 9/1, 9/8/11 CNS-2156672# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. CA09001303-10-2 APN 7332028-022 Title Order No. 53000782 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED September 6, 1990. 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 September 12, 2011, at 10:30 AM, at the west side of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, directly facing Norwalk Blvd., 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, 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 September 18, 1990, as Instrument No. 90 1598739, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by JOSE ROJAS AND DORIS ROJAS, HUSBAND AND WIFE, as Trustor(s), in favor of FIRST FEDERAL BANK OF CALIFORNIA, 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 IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 22123 HANSOM AVENUE, CARSON, CA 90745 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $104,917.38 (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: August 11, 2011 TRUSTEE CORPS TS No. CA09001303-10-2 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 949-252-8300 Paul Gutierrez, Authorized Signatory SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.lpsasap.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-259-7850 TRUSTEE CORPS IS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. ASAP# 4069274 08/18/2011, 08/25/2011, 09/01/2011 8/18, 8/25, 9/1/11 CNS-2156437# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 09-0146468 Title Order No. 09-8-440762 Investor/Insurer No. 162417927 APN No. 7335004-031 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 06/12/2007. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.” Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by TERESITA D. VIDAL, A MARRIED WOMAN AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, dated 06/12/2007 and recorded 06/22/07, as Instrument No. 20071506251, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 09/08/2011 at 10:30AM, At the West side of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, directly facing Norwalk Blvd., 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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 and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 21821 DOLORES STREET, CARSON, CA, 90745. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $638,086.58. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks 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 Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’AS IS’’ condition, but without covenant or


NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S No. 1326703-02 APN: 7380-002-021 TRA: 001050 LOAN NO: Xxxxxx2538 REF: Jacobs, Willard IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED June 19, 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On September 21, 2011, at 10:00am, CalWestern Reconveyance Corporation, as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded June 27, 2007, as Inst. No. 20071540014 in book XX, page XX of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, executed by Willard Jacobs, A Married Man, will sell at public auction to highest bidder for cash, 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 At the west side of the los angeles county courthouse, Southeast District, 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, California, 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 described as: Completely described in said deed of trust The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1103

E Helmick St Carson CA 90746-3162 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 held, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, condition or encumbrances, including fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to pay the remaining principal sums of the note(s) secured 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 Sale is: $431,444.76. 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. For sales information: Mon-Fri 9:00am to 4:00pm (619) 590-1221. Cal-Western Reconveyance Corporation, 525 East Main Street, P.O. Box 22004, El Cajon, CA 92022-9004 Dated: August 29, 2011. (R-388940 09/01/11, 09/08/11, 09/15/11) 9/1, 9/8, 9/15/11 CNS-2154319# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 09-0144422 Title Order No. 09-8-435272 Investor/Insurer No. 140000537 APN No. 7334024-032 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 06/26/2006. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.” Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by GIL VILLENA AND ESTRELLITA VILLENA, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, dated 06/26/2006 and recorded 07/06/06, as Instrument No. 06 1488280, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 09/08/2011 at 10:30AM, At the West side of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, directly facing Norwalk Blvd., 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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 and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 129 EAST 216TH SREET, CARSON, CA, 90745. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $549,546.29. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks 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 Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’AS IS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. DATED: 12/29/2009 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. ASAP# 4065591 08/18/2011, 08/25/2011, 09/01/2011 8/18, 8/25, 9/1/11 CNS-2153642# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee’s Sale No. 05-FMG105180 APN# 7404-016-042 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 1/23/2007. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On September 8, 2011, at 10:30 AM, AT WEST SIDE TO THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURTHOUSE DIRECTLY FACING NORWALK BLVD., 12720 NORWALK BOULEVARD, in the City of NORWALK, County of LOS ANGELES, State of CALIFORNIA, REGIONAL SERVICE CORPORATION, a California corporation, as duly appointed Trustee under that certain Deed of Trust executed by MARGARET SEDILLO AND MIGUEL SEDILLO, WIFE AND HUSBAND AS JOINT TENANTS, as Trustors, recorded on 2/7/2007, as Instrument No. 20070265133, of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA, under the power of sale therein contained, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, for cash, or cashier’s check (payable at the time of sale in lawful money of the United States) without warranty express or implied as to title, use, possession or encumbrances, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it as such Trustee, in and to the following described property situated in the aforesaid County and State, to-wit: TAX PARCEL NO. 7404-016-042 From information which the Trustee deems reliable, but for which Trustee makes no representation or warranty, the street address or other common designation of the above described property is purported to be 645 EAST BONDS STREET, CARSON, CA 90745. Said property is being sold for the purpose of paying the obligations secured by said Deed of Trust, including fees and expenses of sale. The total amount of the unpaid principal balance, interest thereon, together with reasonably estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee’s Sale is $661,063.13. In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c), the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one or more of the following methods: by telephone, by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery;

by personal delivery; by email; by face to face meeting or the borrower has surrendered the property to the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent and that the compliance with Civil Code Section 2923.5 was made at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of this Notice of Sale. Dated: 8/4/2011 REGIONAL SERVICE CORPORATION, Trustee By: MARILEE HAKKINEN, AUTHORIZED AGENT Agent for Trustee: AGENCY SALES AND POSTING 3210 EL CAMINO REAL, SUITE 200 IRVINE, CA 92602 Telephone Number: (800) 542-2550 Sale Information: (714) 730-2727 or http://www.rtrustee.com ASAP# 4065660 08/18/2011, 08/25/2011, 09/01/2011 8/18, 8/25, 9/1/11 CNS-2153319# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. : 20090134000328 Title Order No.: 400016095 FHA/VA/PMI No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 02/23/2006. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDEX WEST, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 03/01/2006 as Instrument No. 06 0444173 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: JESUS ERNESTO ORNELAS, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 09/07/2011 TIME OF SALE: 10:30 AM PLACE OF SALE: AT THE WEST SIDE OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURTHOUSE, DIRECTLY FACING NORWALK BLVD., 12720 NORWALK BLVD., NORWALK, CA. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 21316 WATER STREET, CARSON, CALIFORNIA 90745 APN#: 7326-008-011 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, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, 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 Sale is $548,588.93. 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. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: AGENCY SALES & POSTING 3210 EL CAMINO REAL, SUITE 200 IRVINE, CA 92602 714-730-2727 www.lpsasap.com NDEx West, L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION

OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L.L.C. as Trustee Dated: 08/05/2011 ASAP# 4063748 08/18/2011, 08/25/2011, 09/01/2011 8/18, 8/25, 9/1/11 CNS-2152679# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS #: CA-11-444624-AL Order #: 826502 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 6/30/2009. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The 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 the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): LAKIESHA MILNER A MARRIED WOMAN AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY Recorded: 7/7/2009 as Instrument No. 20091015280 in book XXX , page XXX of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California; Date of Sale: 9/22/2011 at 10:30:00 AM Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona CA Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $268,028.39 The purported property address is: 346 E SHERMAN DRIVE CARSON, CA 90746 Assessor’s Parcel No. 6126016-009 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, please refer to the referenced legal description for property location. In the event no common address or common designation of the property is provided herein directions to the location of the property may be obtained within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale by sending a written request to Americas Servicing Company 1 Home Campus X2504-017 Customer Service Des Moines IA 50328. Pursuant to California Civil Code §2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: [1] The mortgage loan servicer has not obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; [2] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or 2923.55 . 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

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TS #: CA-11-416741-CT Order #: 110006442-CA-GTI NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 6/1/2005. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The 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 the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): VICENTE A. ROBLES, JR AND GENUINA C. ROBLES, HUSBAND AND WIFE, AS JOINT TENANTS Recorded: 06/16/2005 as Instrument No. 05 1411142 in book xxx, page xxx of Official Records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California; Date of Sale: 9/13/2011 at 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $528,540.59 The purported property address is: 21323 RONAN AVE CARSON, CA 90745 Assessors Parcel No. 7334-026-066 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, please refer to the referenced legal description for property location. In the event no common address or common designation of the property is provided herein directions to the location of the property may be obtained within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice

of Sale by sending a written request to Americas Servicing Company 1 Home Campus X2504-017 Customer Service Des Moines IA 50328 Pursuant to California Civil Code §2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: [ 1 ] The mortgage loan 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 the notice of sale is filed; [ 2 ] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 . 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. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the Mortgagee’s Attorney. Date: Quality Loan Service Corp. 2141 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 714-573-1965 or Login to: www.priorityposting.com Reinstatement Line: 619-6457711 Quality Loan Service, Corp. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holder’s rights against the real property only. THIS NOTICE IS SENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING A DEBT. THIS FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDER AND OWNER OF THE NOTE. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED BY OR PROVIDED TO THIS FIRM OR THE CREDITOR WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. As required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. P860951 8/18, 8/25, 09/01/2011 8/18, 8/25, 9/1/11 CNS-2154364# OUR WEEKLY

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS # CA-11-441654-AB Order #: 1069366 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/29/2005. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The 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 the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): PAMELA L THOMAS Recorded: 1/11/2006 as Instrument No. 06 0066832 in book XXX, page XXX of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California; Date of Sale: 9/12/2011 at 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the West side of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, directly facing Norwalk Blvd., 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $362,928.36 The purported property address is: 812 EAST RADBARD STREET CARSON, CA 90746-1516 Assessor’s Parcel No. 7319-026-015 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of 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. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse

against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the Mortgagee’s Attorney. Date: Quality Loan Service Corp. 2141 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 714-730-2727 or Login to: www.fidelityasap.com Reinstatement Line: 619-6457711 Ext. 3704 Quality Loan Service, Corp. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. THIS NOTICE IS SENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING A DEBT. THIS FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDER AND OWNER OF THE NOTE. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED BY OR PROVIDED TO THIS FIRM OR THE CREDITOR WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. As required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. ASAP# 4067356 08/18/2011, 08/25/2011, 09/01/2011 8/18, 8/25, 9/1/11 CNS-2154481# OUR WEEKLY

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No. T11-73015-CA / APN: 7322-004-023 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12-20-2006. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The 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 the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer, or authorized agent, declares as follows: [ X ] The mortgage loan 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 the notice of sale is filed and [ X ] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Trustor: MANUEL TOVAR, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY Duly Appointed Trustee: CR Title Services, Inc. P.O. BOX 16128, TUCSON, AZ 85732-6128 866-702-9658 Recorded 1227-2006 as Instrument No. 20062867632 in book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, Date of Sale:09-12-2011 at 10:30 AM Place of Sale: AT THE WEST SIDE OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURTHOUSE,DIRECTLY FACING NORWALK BLVD., 12720 NORWALK BLVD., NORWALK, CA. Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $551,754.51 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 19421 ANNALEE AVENUE CARSON, CA 90746-2618 A.P.N.: 7322-004-023 Legal Description: Lot 297 of Tract No. 25661, in the City of Carson, County Los Angeles, State of California, as per Map recorded in Book 663, Pages 5

to 9 inclusive of Maps, in the Office of the County Recorder of said County. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. The Trustee shall incur no liability for any good faith error in stating the proper amount of unpaid balances and charges. For Sales Information please contact AGENCY SALES AND POSTING at WWW.FIDELITYASAP.COM or 714-730-2727. REINSTATEMENT LINE: 866702-9658 Date: 08-18-2011 CR Title Services, Inc. P.O. BOX 16128 TUCSON, AZ 85732-6128 STEPHANIE ABCEDE, TRUSTEE SPECIALIST ASAP# 4068469 08/18/2011, 08/25/2011, 09/01/2011 8/18, 8/25, 9/1/11 CNS-2155434# OUR WEEKLY

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NOTICE INVITING BIDS FOR FURNISHING DIVING SERVICES AND OTHER RELATED SERVICES AT LONG BEACH HARBOR LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA AS DESCRIBED IN SPECIFICATION NO. HD-S2442 All bids must be submitted before 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 4, 2011. Any Bids received at or after 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 4, 2011 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, October 4, 2011. 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, October 4, 2011 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 October 31, 2011 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) calendar days after conditional award by the Board. Copies of said specifications may be obtained, at no cost, in the Plans and Specifications office, 4th floor, Harbor Department Administration Building beginning September 1, 2011 during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To receive a specification by courier, at the expense of the Bidder, call the office at (562) 590-4146. 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.

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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) calendar 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 1st day of August, 2011. Richard D. Steinke Executive Director of the Harbor Department, City of Long Beach, California

successful bidder shall have no further recourse. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the Mortgagee’s Attorney. Date: Quality Loan Service Corp. 2141 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 714-573-1965 or Login to: www.priorityposting.com Reinstatement Line: 619-6457711 Quality Loan Service, Corp. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders rights’ against the real property only. THIS NOTICE IS SENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING A DEBT. THIS FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDER AND OWNER OF THE NOTE. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED BY OR PROVIDED TO THIS FIRM OR THE CREDITOR WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. As required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. IDSPub #0009689 9/1/2011 9/8/2011 9/15/2011 9/1, 9/8, 9/15/11 CNS-2151081# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS #: CA-11-445663-AL Order #: 829696 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 1/13/2010. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF

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address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, please refer to the referenced legal description for property location. In the event no common address or common designation of the property is provided herein directions to the location of the property may be obtained within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale by sending a written request to Americas Servicing Company 1 Home Campus X2504-017 Customer Service Des Moines IA 50328. Pursuant to California Civil Code §2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: [1] The mortgage loan servicer has not obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; [2] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or 2923.55 . 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. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the Mortgagee’s Attorney. Date: Quality Loan Service Corp. 2141 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619-6457711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 714-573-1965 or Login to: www.priorityposting.com Reinstatement Line: 619-6457711 Quality Loan Service, Corp. If you have previously been discharged through

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$50,000 REWARD NOTICE The City of Los Angeles offers a reward payable at the discretion of the City Council to one or more persons in the sum or sums up to an aggregate maximum total sum of $50,000 for information leading to the identification and apprehension of the person or persons responsible for the act of murder against, JASON PERVIS RANDLE, in the City of Los Angeles. On Saturday, August 7, 2010, at approximately 10:30 p.m., 21-year old Jason Pervis Randle was confronted by unknown suspects as he entered the parking lot of his apartment complex at 7000-7014 South Hoover Street, in Los Angeles. One of the suspects produced a firearm, fatally shot Randle, and then fled the scene. LAPD is still searching for the suspect(s) and encourages witnesses to come forward, even anonymously, to assist them in their investigation. The person or persons responsible for this crime represent an ongoing threat to the safety of the people of Los Angeles. Unless withdrawn or paid by City Council action, this offer of reward shall terminate on, and have no effect after, FEBRUARY 27, 2012. The provisions of payment and all other considerations shall be governed by Chapter 12 of Division 19 of the LAAC Code, as amended by Ordinance Nos. 158157 and 166666. This offer shall be given upon the condition that all claimants provide continued cooperation within the criminal justice system relative to this case and is not available to public officers or employees of the City, their families, persons in law enforcement or persons whose misconduct prompted this reward. If you have any information regarding this case, please call the Los Angeles Police Department at 1-877-LAWFULL, 24 hours. C. F. No. 11-0010-s38

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