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WRONG? ■ The Republican quest to regain the White House BY GREGG REESE OW CONTRIBUTOR

Autopsy: an examination of a body after death to determine the cause of death or the character and extent of changes produced by disease. In the aftermath of their November election defeat, the Republican Party set out to analyze the reasons for their second straight loss in the pursuit of the Oval Office. Toward that end, the party faithful commissioned a $10-million research paper outlining the Grand Old Party’s liabilities and its overall failure to keep pace with the shift in the nation’s attitudes and opinions on lifestyle and morality. Dubbed in many circles as a postmortem or “autopsy,” it is officially titled a “Growth and Opportunity Project” report, and weighs in at 100 pages. Among its observations are: “Young voters are increasingly rolling their eyes at what the party represents, and many minorities wrongly think that Republicans do not like them or want them in the country. When someone rolls their eyes at us, they are not likely to open their ears to us.” In addition, it declared that: “America is changing demographically, and unless Republicans are able to grow our appeal the way GOP governors have done, the changes tilt the playing field even more in the Democratic direction.” Amid all these negative tidings, however, the report did offer up a few kernels of hope linking the past with the future: “The African American community has a lot in common with the Republican Party, and it is important to share this rich history.” Contemporary followers of the political process, however, might take issue with this last sentiment. Reaching out “It just does not seem—like not only are we not welcome—not only are we not welcome, but they don’t even care what we think.” —Comedian and political commentator D.L. Hughley on the GOP’s perception of Black people. On a recent weekday evening, the University of Southern California branch of the College Republicans held an on-campus screening of the documentary, “Fear of a Black Republican.” This film is notable for an attempt by its filmmaker, a New Jersey Irish Catholic, to address the scarcity of people of color in a party that actually freed them from the bonds of slavery. Afterward, he took pains to point out that he and his family were not members of the elite classes commonly associated with the Republican constituency. “I believe that anything is realistically achievable if we do not let others put barriers or boxes around us,” said director Kevin Williams, mentioning one of the major obstacles facing his party’s attempts at expanding its voter base. “People of color could have a more positive impact on improving their communities as they would at least force the Democratic Party to work better/harder for their interests,” he said, in a reference to a commonly voiced sentiment that the Democratic Party, because it habitually takes the Black vote for granted, has no motivation to make an effort toward the pursuit of that group’s welfare. In this, Williams echoes a statement made more then a hundred years ago by the author, educator, and orator Booker T. Washington, who alluded to the leadership of his era as “race-problem solvers” committed to not finding a solution since doing so would eliminate their positions in management.

Filmmaker Kevin Williams’ “Fear of a Black Republican” examines the scarcity of African Americans within the GOP.

Decades later, Williams agreed with this view. “White Liberals have much power, prestige and position to lose if Black voters begin to split their ticket or look for other options.” Also in attendance at this screening and the following discussion was Marc T. Little. The East Coast transplant and USC law grad described his own pilgrimage towards conservatism during the 1990s as a break from the inherited allegiance towards the Democratic Party that was part and parcel of his African American heritage. “Too many voters vote party because they inherited the vote from their parents or grandparents. Voters must think about their vote and align that vote with their values.” “I did my research, not on a political party, but on my own beliefs and how they line up with the Word of God,” he remembers. “That research led me to be firmly pro-life, a supporter of traditional marriage, a supporter of legal immigration, and a supporter of limited government, among other things.” One particularly vexing issue he had with the Democrats was their promotion of anti-poverty and other social programs, resulting in a recruitment of food stamp and relief recipients. In short, he claims this amounts to a government that trains people to “work the system.” A Clinton supporter in the 1992 election, Little began a political metamorphosis through a period of self-examination and contemplation. “For me, that diligence led me to the Republican Party, and then to vote for George W. Bush in 2000.” Rebranding versus core values “Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton on the left or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right.” —Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain. Political parties, and the candidates they select, may be likened to merchandise being prepared for presentation before the general consumer base.

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The Republican 1980s stranglehold on the Oval Office (two terms for Ronald Reagan, one for George H.W. Bush) was broken by the Democratic embrace of a charismatic Bill Clinton, whose centrist policies were attractive enough to draw a voter base outside the liberal mindset of his core constituency. This successful formula involved a blending of fiscal conservatism and liberal social programs. In brief, it involved adopting enough of the opposition’s principles to seize control of a majority voter base, by presenting itself as a pragmatic, more sensible option on Election Day. This methodology proved so successful that it transcended American politics by cultivating adherents in Brazil, Germany, and most especially the United Kingdom, whose former Prime Minister Tony Blair has been among the most articulate advocates of what is now called “the Third Way,” embracing what he called “ … progressive politics distinguishing itself from conservatism of left or right.” The success of such a transition is, of course, hinged upon a willingness of the party faithful to adapt to a platform attractive enough to appeal to a wide cross section of the voting public. Toward that end, a campaign also requires a candidate who can present the party message in a desirable fashion, and is willing to distance himself or herself from the more extreme factions of their political party. Bill Clinton felt obliged to repudiate Hip Hop artist/social activist Sister Souljah’s more caustic remarks (and, indirectly, her advocate, the Rev. Jesse Jackson), especially in the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles uprising and the Rodney King beat-down. On the other side of the political divide, George W. Bush cleared a major hurdle on his march to the White House by dissociating himself from legal scholar Robert Bork, whose extremist views derailed his Supreme Court nomination during the Ronald Reagan administration. This, in turn, was no small achievement, because Bush’s public persona was built on his image as a born-again evangelist. The most recent example of this is Barack Obama’s rebuff of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, when Wright’s inflammatory remarks threatened the then-senator’s initial quest for the Oval Office. This in itself was no mean feat, considering that this was the person who officiated at Obama’s wedding, baptized his children, and played a pivotal role in his spiritual growth. In the latest election, Mitt Romney made a sincere attempt to reach out to a broader voter base when he responded negatively to conservative talk show host/political commentator Rush Limbaugh’s reference to a Black college coed as a “prostitute” and “slut” in response to her promotion of female contraception as part of insurance coverage. No stranger to the provocative sound bite, Limbaugh is noted for his controversial statements about minorities. Toeing the Party line This brings up the question of how willing the faithful are to compromise the party guidelines. Marc Little for one is enamored of his party’s policy, and would be displeased if it endured major tampering merely to attract additional votes. “I do believe the Republican Party’s conservative message of limited government and personal responsibility is what America should embrace,” he says. He continues, “The message is strong and clear, and I would not say there is an issue with the GOP presentation of its core principles.” He then offers up the opinion that the past two GOP candidates, Romney and John McCain, had a common failing in that they were too moderate, declaring that “it will take charisma and relatability to penetrate the bias that currently exists against the GOP, as well as an unbiased media to give all voters the information they need.” In this, he points to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as an individual of unquestioned brilliance who nonetheless might have problems relating to the man on the street. Intent behind the rhetoric “These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this; we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”

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A short history of how—and why—Blacks became Democrats ■ FDR was the catalyst BY GREGG REESE OW CONTRIBUTOR

The Black vote was not always the exclusive domain of the Democrats. Initially, proponents of the Republican “party of Lincoln,” emancipated slaves shunning a Democratic Party that installed many of the anti-Reconstruction “Jim Crow” laws and were responsible for the creation of the Ku Klux Klan. The GOP traces its origins back to 1856 when northern abolitionists banned together to oppose the spread of slavery into the newly formed territories of Kansas and Nebraska. This arrangement resulted in the 1860 election of the “Great Emancipator,” Abraham Lincoln, and a continuation of its anti-slavery precepts until the 1876 election. In this contest, the Republican contender, Rutherford P. Hayes, was allegedly handed the executive office with the understanding that he would withdraw Union troops (in the Compromise of 1877) from the former Confederacy. Regardless of the truth behind what became known as “The Great Betrayal,” the withdrawal of troops paved the way for an erosion of the gains secured by freedmen during Reconstruction, such as inclusion into the electoral process, and a return to power by Southerners who fostered resentment of the policies forced upon them in the wake of the Civil War. From this emerged the phenomenon of the “Solid South,” whose electoral support shored up the Democratic Party well into the 20th century. During this time, the Democratic Party served as a refuge for dispossessed veterans of the Confederacy, and provided a revisionist foundation upon which they founded a paramilitary wing in 1865 to express their

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resentment at the havoc the Republicans inflicted on their way of life—the Ku Klux Klan. By 1868 and the Democratic National Convention, the party faithful officially honored the Klan, along with its guiding light, Nathan Bedford Forrest (allegedly its first Grand Wizard), the legendary cavalry general and principal innovator of guerrilla tactics, also known as asymmetrical or irregular warfare. Over the rest of the century and into the next, the Klan, in various incarnations built upon Forrest’s tactics where they conducted “night rides” in which the techniques of cross-burning, lynching, rape, and tarand-feathering were perfected to intimidate anyone deemed a threat to their theological and political ideology. Along the way, the group insinuated itself into the community fabric on both sides of the Mason/Dixon Line, and boasted a roster of presidents in both parties who were at least cordial associates if not bona fide members, including Democrats Woodrow Wilson and Harry S. Truman, and Republicans Calvin Coolidge, Warren G. Harding and William McKinley. Black empowerment angered the White South, which in turn helped the Democratic Party bring an end to Reconstruction. The Democratic Party did little to endear itself to people of color until the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his realignment of the American political process after the Depression. His implementation of the New Deal and employment of an informal “Black Cabinet” of African American advisers, along with Republican antipathy to Black demands, led to a mass exodus of voters to the opposition, endeared the 32nd president to a legion of people of color, resulting in generations of Black children bearing the name “Roosevelt.”

the Democratic Party is the result of a generation’s long shift (see the accompanying side bar). Perhaps the pivotal figure in this was Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ), in his tenure as congressman, senator and president. The pinnacle of this protracted strategy came with the Voting Rights Act. In Ronald Kessler’s 1995 tome (he later broke the story of Secret Service malfeasance during Barack Obama’s trip to Cartagena, Colombia), “Inside the

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After Emancipation, the Freedmen’s bureau was depicted as an agency that kept former slaves in idleness while the White man provided for them.

This political shift occurred in spite of FDR’s foot-dragging on the passage of anti-lynching laws. Politics is a precarious balancing act, and the nod to Black interests (a factor in the 1948 election of Truman, who repudiated his racist past to win 70 percent of the Black vote) led to the brief formation of the “Dixiecrats” dedicated to segregation, the southern way of life, and further erosion of the Solid South. But it was not a clean break. When Democratic Gov. Orval Faubus deployed the Arkansas National Guard in an attempt to stop the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in 1957, Republican President Dwight Eisenhower countered by mobilizing the 82nd Airborne Division to escort the nine African American teenagers into the school. The next year evangelist Billy Graham (who later posted bail for Martin Luther King after his incarceration in Birmingham, Ala.), by then a national celebrity, applied to use the grounds of the South Carolina capitol to hold a mixed-race revival and was immediately rebuked by Democratic Gov. George

Timmerman, who referred to the Baptist preacher as a “well-known integrationist.” Graham was forced to hold the rally at a nearby Army post. The 1960 arrest of Rev. King in Georgia, and the subsequent political maneuvering of the Kennedy brothers in securing his release, accelerated the Black voter shift, and secured the election of John F. Kennedy as the 35th chief executive. Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 passage of the Voting Rights Act and the opposition to it by Barry Goldwater, his opponent in that year’s presidential election, sealed the question of party allegiance. Black embrace of Democratic doctrine in turn prompted “Negrophobe Whites” to defect to the Republicans. This, in turn, was abetted by Richard Nixon’s (previously a civil rights advocate) calculated appeal to moderates appalled by the counter-cultural rejection of traditional American values, and especially his “Southern Strategy” which attracted voters of that region by appealing to, among other things, their fear of crime.

White House,” he quotes LBJ in an Air Force One conversation with two like-minded, unnamed governors during this period. “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years,” he declared. The motivation behind courting this voting bloc had more to do with expediency than sincere concern for humanity. In this, one might detect a basic precept of politics. The core strength of the two-party

system is that it should offer viable alternatives, giving credence to the notion that the constituency must remain vigilant lest they be taken for granted by whichever side they cast their loyalty. Whether the Republicans can produce a viable candidate within the next three years, their observations about selfempowerment, encouragement of handouts, and government dependence resound with some voters.

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Living on the streets: God and me ■ The second in a series on homelessness BY GAIL CHOICE OW CONTRIBUTOR

Last week, Our Weekly readers were introduced to my experience as a “working homeless” person. I’m part of an ever-growing population of people blessed to have work, but the job or jobs don’t pay enough to sustain a proper living situation. The article ended with me understanding that living on the street was going to be pure hell, but something I had not experienced for a while kicked in … courage. After that first night on the street, I knew I couldn’t inadvertently fall asleep again and risk waking up to see some strange man staring at me. I had to come up with a plan. I was on my second day, and had not showered, or even brushed my teeth. I’m not a fast food person, but that was the only food I could afford on that particular day and yet gas clearly came before food. I didn’t want to contact my friends or associates because I didn’t think they’d understand. And frankly I was hurting too much to take the chance. My vulnerability level was at an all-time high, and one disappointing comment or attitude by a friend would have surely sent me over the top. Then something hit me like a brick … and I asked myself, “Where’s my Faith?” Things had unraveled so fast for me that I forgot to pray. I wasn’t mad at God, I was just confused. It was too painful for me to go to church because that’s

Yes, Virginia, there is an app for Black businesses ■ Allows phone users to locate them anywhere in the country WASHINGTON, D.C.—Supporters of African American businesses across the country can now access real-time information to locate providers of goods and services, no matter where they are in America. Through a groundbreaking partnership between the U.S. Black Chambers Inc. (USBC) and Around The Way—developers of the smartphone application—consumers will be able to locate Black-owned businesses utilizing the GPS feature built into their phones. “Among the initiatives we are working on is the compilation of a database of all the Black-owned businesses in the nation,” said USBC President Ron Busby

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where I’d expect to see my dear friend who had just passed, and the hurt would have been too much. But I realized I couldn’t hide from God and eventually I’d have to return to my church, Arise Christian Center. You’re probably wondering how I got in this situation in the first place. My life started going downhill after my mother’s unexpected death in October 2003. Not three months after her death my job was terminated due to budget cuts and, to add insult to injury, the IRS audited me. By January of 2004 I was a nervous wreck, and in constant pain, mentally, physically and spiritually. People did help me get work during that time, but I was a zombie. There were times when my brain was simply too scrambled to make any sense out of life. For the next four years I made terrible career decisions based on fear, and trying to please people. My life was one hot mess, my professional reputation was in the toilet and I couldn’t pay my bills. So, what did I do? I went to church. I joined Arise Christian Center under the leadership of Pastor Ron Taylor in the midst of all that drama, and over the next four years I reintroduced myself to God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. In March of 2008, I made a commitment to God and joined a business prayer group at Arise and began to rebuild my life. Little did I know that over the next four years my faith would be tested and how blessed I would be in 2013. Why? Because with each trial I had gained strength. But I won’t lie to you; it’s been a crazy journey. I liken it to a thorough cleansing. Believe it or not, my “Hallelujah Moment” came after being chased down by a man in a big red truck who decided he wanted to terrorize me by following me, putting his bright lights on me. I started asking myself why am I giving in to my circumstance? I realize this was not God’s will. The first time he succeeded in chasing me away from a secure sleeping spot in the parking lot surrounded by a number of small businesses. After that incident my thinking became clearer. And the second time he tried to intimidate me by truck I was prepared for a showdown. I’ll explain this in the next article, where I will go into more details about life on the street, and staying with friends and family members. Surprisingly, the homeless people I talked to preferred the street over friends and family.

Sr. “This partnership with Around The Way is an important first step. Through the app, supporters of Black business can quickly access the location of businesses, no matter where they are in the country. We believe Around The Way provides an important tool in our quest to strengthen Black business.” According to Janine Hausif, CEO of Around The Way, African Americans—already demonstrated early-adopters of technology—are not only prolific consumers, but are value-conscious, brand loyal and extremely aware of their economic clout. “We believe that Around The Way is the perfect blend of technology and convenience,” said Hausif. “The app capitalizes on the above-the-index embrace of smartphone technology by African Americans with well over 50 percent of Black Americans using the devices to bridge the Digital Divide. Around The

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made “daring to dream” a theme for his final state of the city address, which he also used to challenge the candidates running to succeed him to focus more on education. The outgoing mayor, whose successor will be sworn in July 1, burnished the achievements of his nearly eight years in office, while also urging the candidates looking to replace him to make education policy a “bigger” and “bolder” part of their campaigns. Villaraigosa summed up Angelenos as people who “think big” and “swing for the fences,” saying he began his tenure as mayor in dramatic fashion, by shooting for the seemingly impossible. “Eight years ago, we dared to dream,” he said of his goals then to improve public safety, environmental sustainability, the city’s transportation system and students’ academic performance. And in all those areas, he said, “we promised to deliver, and we did.” Villaraigosa, in a break from his prepared remarks, acknowledged there were “failures” during his time in office, but he said it was the result of taking risks. “You fail sometimes when you dare to dream,” Villaraigosa said at UCLA’s Royce Hall. “You fail sometimes when you fight, even when you’re fighting alone.” Villaraigosa admonished what he perceives as timidity on the part of Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel, the two mayoral candidates in the May 21 election. Villaraigosa recounted his own struggles with school, having dropped out of high school twice before becoming inspired by a teacher to believe in himself. Education policy is “personal for me,” Villaraigosa said, and not a “footnote on a campaign mailer or fodder for an attack ad.” “It has been disheartening to see our mayoral candidates devote so little time to a serious discussion of

Black graduation, dropout rates improve ■ But African Americans still lag behind all groups BY CYNTHIA E. GRIFFIN OW MANAGING EDITOR

According to data just released by the California Department of Education, the number of African Americans who graduated with their class after four years of high school has increased 2.9 percent. An estimated 65.7 percents of Black students, who started high school in 2008-09 graduated with their class in 2012.

how to deliver a quality education to all our children,” Villaraigosa said, expressing impatience at what he perceives as a lack of “comprehensive visions,” the candidates seemingly pursuing “one or two planks in a plan about an audit of this or a piecemeal change in that.” “We want the whole plan . . . we want to elect a leader,” Villaraigosa said. “We want to choose someone who won’t nibble cautiously around the edges.” Villaraigosa urged the mayoral candidates to take the same kind of leadership that comes with the powers afforded to the mayors in New York and Chicago, who are formally tasked with running the school districts in their cities. Although the mayor of Los Angeles has no formal role in education, Villaraigosa has made education one of his priorities since taking office in 2005. Villaraigosa operates the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, an independent educational nonprofit group that partners with the Los Angeles Unified School District and oversees 22 schools in predominantly low-income neighborhoods in an effort to boost student performance. Villaraigosa said test scores have risen at the partnership schools, while academic achievement has also improved in the rest of the LAUSD, with dropout rates also reduced. Garcetti spokesman Jeff Millman said the councilman’s campaign will challenge Greuel to an education-focused debate, scheduled for May. “We agree that education has to be seriously debated in this campaign, and that’s why today we are calling on Controller Wendy Greuel to join us in a debate focused on education issues and the role of education in the mayor’s office,” Millman said, adding the two candidates debated education policy with other candidates during the primary election. During a celebration of the 25th anniversary of LA’s BEST, a program created by Mayor Tom Bradley to provide after-school activities and study help to LAUSD students, Greuel—who said she helped establish the program—said she “wholeheartedly agrees” with Villaraigosa’s suggestion to tackle education policy as part of her campaign.

At the same time, the dropout rate for African American students in the class of 2008-2009 decreased 4.5 percent over three years to 22.2 percent in 2012. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson attributed the improvements to a number of initiatives he put in place when he took office two years ago. These include the Blueprint for Great Schools, Career Readiness Campaign, Core Reforms Engaging Arts to Educate (CREATE), and the STEM Task Force. This is a volunteer group appointed by Torlakson to explore the status of STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics) education in curriculum, instructional practices, professional learning, student testing, existing resources, and community and business partnerships. While the numbers are improving, African American students still lag behind their contemporaries. For example, the 22.2 percent Black dropout rate is higher than all other race groups—18.5 percent for American Indian or Alaska Native, Not Hispanic; 16.2 percent for Hispanic or Latino of Any Race; 15.8 percent of Pacific Islanders, Not Hispanic;

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Greuel said the education issue was a personal one for her, noting that she is the “parent of a kid in LAUSD in the fourth grade” and a graduate of an LAUSD school. Education is “something I talk about every day,” Greuel said, especially because “10 percent of the schools are responsible for 50 percent of the dropouts.” Villaraigosa also spoke on the improvements he made in increasing funding for public transit projects, reducing carbon emissions, attracting businesses, and the various challenges he has faced since 2005, among them a “billion-dollar structural shortfall” in the city budget. The city consolidated departments, cut 5,000 jobs and negotiated, city employees to increase their contribution to their retirement and healthcare. “For the sake of prosperity in the long-term, we shared sacrifice in the short term,” Villaraigosa said. And after raising the retirement age for new employees from 55 to 65, who will receive 75 percent rather than 100 percent of their salary as pensions, Villaraigosa said the city “must do more.” With the city still facing a more than $150 million

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budget deficit, Villaraigosa early in his speech previewed his upcoming budget proposal—due out on April 19—saying that it will be balanced and contain a healthy reserve. Public safety was one area Villaraigosa did not budge on, saying that his budget will fund the more than 10,000 officers in the police department. As with education, he urged his successor to not only preserve the progress he’d made, expanding the police ranks from 9,284 in 2005 to more than 10,000, but also to “raise it again.” Villaraigosa said because he led a comprehensive plan to tackle gangs, violent crime has dropped 49 percent since he took office, while property crime fell by 30 percent, and with the most dramatic dip happening in gang-related crimes, which fell 55 percent. “We pledged to focus resources on those communities most plagued by violence,” Villaraigosa said. “We promised to develop programs that addressed the root causes of why young people join gangs in the first place.” In response to the speech, Councilman Paul Krekorian said he was “proud of the work” that the City Council and Villaraigosa have “done together to create jobs and establish a leaner and more sustainable city budget,” including taking “significant and difficult steps to reduce a projected billion-dollar deficit by more than 80 percent.” Outside Royce Hall, city employees used Villaraigosa’s speech to demand the city put more funding into city services and hiring workers, but did not offer any specifics about where the money would come from. “Los Angeles has weathered a tough recession, but now it is time for the city to begin to look forward,” said Cheryl Parisi, chair of the Coalition of L.A. City Unions. “We need to begin restoring good jobs and vital services, and broaden the economic base of our city. It’s time to revitalize and rebuild our great city and reinvest in our communities and public services.” They urged the city government not to continue the trend of contracting out for services. “Now is not the time to sell off our city’s core assets through privatization or cut more services. Now is the time to turn the corner and start fixing our city,” said David Sanders, regional director of SEIU Local 721, which represents 10,000 city workers.

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Crowd of about 200 persons hold candlelight vigil against violence while overlooking the city.

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“Hold your candle high against domestic violence, against elder abuse, against child abuse, against gun violence,” Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ridley-Thomas implored the crowd of about 200 gathered at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. “We hold our candles high against all forms of violence. “I echo Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words when he stated that nonviolence requires courage, intelligence and perseverance,” the supervisor said, adding that Gandhi taught that “nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the

ingenuity of man.” Thus Supervisor Ridley-Thomas kicked off his candlelight vigil on April 4, the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Joined with the supervisor in the twilight tribute were Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and civil rights leader Rev. James Lawson, a longtime friend of King’s. The ceremony marked the end of the “Season for Nonviolence” and also served as a statement of hope and against all forms of violence. The Season for Nonviolence was established by the grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi, Arun Gandhi, and is a yearly event celebrating the philosophies of the two best-known practitioners of nonviolence—Gandhi and King. The “Season” begins with the anniversary of Gandhi’s assassination on Jan. 30, and ends April 4, on

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the anniversary of King’s assassination. Only in its 15th year, the Season has grown as a meaningful observance of the teachings of these men. It is anchored by a mission statement of principles and a commitment by participants to live their lives in a nonviolent way. Tanisha Denard of the Youth Justice Coalition, an advocacy group for incarcerated youth and their families, spoke movingly of the need for all young people to be given a chance at a good education, a job and self-dignity. She noted that California ranks high in spending for prisons but near the bottom in educational spending. The violence perpetrated by young people is symptomatic of their hopelessness, she said. “We want to see youth centers and jobs,” she said. In recent months, particularly after the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., people across the nation have become increasingly aware of the havoc wreaked on our society by violence—especially gun violence.

According to statistics, Americans are seven times more likely to die of homicides and 20 times more likely to die from shootings than their peers in comparable countries. On average, 32 people are murdered every day in the United States. About 100,000 Americans are shot or killed with a gun every year and 20,000 of those Americans are children and teens. The Rev. James Lawson, who studied the works of Gandhi, marched beside Martin Luther King and was there on the fateful day in Memphis when he was killed, urged listeners to engage in a continuing “march” against violence. “Gandhi left us a tremendous heritage when he told us to show our love in action and practice,” said Lawson. “You and I have the continuing task of helping this culture. We must continue to fight to dismantle this love of the gun and this mistrust of people. There cannot be a nation of peace until we are a nation of justice.

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St. Andrews got game About 250 youths, adults and officials gathered at St. Andrews Recreation Center on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the third Clippers FIT Campus Playground. The center, at 8701 St. Andrews Place in Los Angeles, was refurbished in conjunction with the Clippers NBA Basketball team, the California Endowment and Kia Motors, the Seoul, Korea-based automotive company. Three Clippers players—Eric Bledsoe, Willie Green and Ronny Turiaf—plus four members of the Clippers Spirit Dance team attended the ceremony. St. Andrews Place is one of three Southland basketball courts that were selected for refurbishment. The other two are in Boyle Heights and Long Beach./OW photo by Brandon Norwood.


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Is the church divided over the homosexual issue? ■ Same-sex marriage is still a hard-sell for most Christians BY MAYA RHODAN NNPA WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rev. Amos Brown, pastor of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, and Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative in Washington, D.C., are brothers of the cloth. Though they share a love for Christ and the Bible, they do not share the same views on same-sex marriage, an issue now before the U.S. Supreme Court. “I’m not going to ever believe that gay marriage is right,” says Rev. Evans. “It contradicts our tradition within the Black church. We take the Bible very literally when it comes to marriage.” Rev. Brown, on the other hand, says: “You can’t use the Bible to support your position on this—Jesus didn’t say one word about gays. The Bible also says if your child disobeys you, you should kill them, and that women who are menstruating should not be allowed in church. These are low-case words and actions of men. They have nothing to do with the high-case word of God and Jesus in terms of love and beauty.” Like Rev. Brown and Rev. Evans, the Black community is sharply divided on same-sex marriage. Religious beliefs are often at the forefront of opposition to same-sex marriage. Among African Americans in particular, it’s the common denominator among those who are more firmly against the issue. Among Blacks who attend church on a regular basis, 60 percent are opposed to same-sex marriage. For those who attend less than weekly, only about 43 percent are against, and 42 percent have taken a prostance. Kevin Reid, a 55-year-old Chicagoan and regular churchgoer, considers himself among those opposed. “I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman,” he says. Brittany Galloway, a Washington, D.C., resident, is a 25-year-old nondenominational Christian who attends church on a semi-regular basis. She says the issue of same-sex marriage pits her religious beliefs against societal trends. “My interpretation of the Bible says being homosexual is wrong, but it’s constantly shown as a societal norm,” Galloway explains. “The Bible also says fornication is wrong. The fact that I live with my boyfriend right now is wrong.” Galloway attributes her stance on same-sex mar-

riage to her early-school life; she attended Christian school in Maryland from first to 12th grade. “I don’t want to side with same-sex marriage just because the world is for it even though my Bible says it’s wrong,” adds Galloway. “I don’t think I should have to compromise on that.” The most quoted Bible verse on the issue is Leviticus 18:22: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”

“Among Blacks who attend church on a regular basis, 60 percent are opposed to same-sex marriage.” Supporters of same-sex marriage argue that the majority of the Bible’s mentions of homosexuality are in the Old Testament—the period during which things like not standing in front of elders, cutting your hair, and not mixing fabrics were also prohibited. The issue of same-sex marriage extends beyond the pulpits to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to rule on the issue in late June or early July. The court will rule in two cases, one involving federal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the other involving California’s Proposition 8, the state constitutional amendment enacted by voters in 2008 limiting marriage to one man and one woman. DOMA, passed in 1996 under President Bill Clinton, restricts same-sex couples from interstate recognition and federal benefits such as tax returns and Social Security survivors’ benefits. The constitutionality of DOMA was argued in front of the Supreme Court on March 27. If the Supreme Court declares a ban on same-sex marriage in California unconstitutional, that decision could have an effect on all states, something Evans says he’s not worried about. “The Supreme Court can say they have a right to marry, but that doesn’t mean we have to respect that,” Evans says. “It doesn’t mean we have to marry them either.” Rev. Brown of San Francisco does not perform same-sex marriages, but that hasn’t dampened his support for them. “This nation is not a theocracy, it’s a democracy,” says Brown. “I think that Black people must also

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remember that we got our rights based on that 14th Amendment. I think that it’s wrong for any Black preacher to do to others what has been done to them. We ought to just let people be different and be who they are. If we get to that point, the better this nation will be, the better the family will be, and the better this church will be.” Unlike the majority of Americans, Blacks do not favor same-sex marriage, Still, African Americans are becoming more open to the idea, with about 40 percent now for same-sex marriage, with about 48 percent remaining opposed to the idea, according to a Pew poll. That’s a dramatic shift from just 10 years ago when only 26 percent of Blacks supported same-sex marriage. What has changed? Gavin Delisser, 22, says being exposed to more gay people while living in Atlanta led to his taking a more open-minded stance. “I grew up in a household with my pops, who is from Jamaica, and Jamaicans are raised to think of being gay as an abomination,” Delisser says. “But living in Atlanta you can’t avoid [gay people] and you’d be ignorant to them.” “I mind my business,” Delisser adds. “If they want to get married, that’s on them.” Galloway says although she doesn’t believe samesex marriage is right, she doesn’t want to be seen as a social pariah, or discriminatory towards gays, because of her religious beliefs. “I still love [gay people], I love everyone,” Galloway says. “I don’t think it should be seen as a

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reason to discriminate. I just think that the Bible is pretty clear on what it says as it relates to what’s right and what’s wrong.” Renae Brooks, 62, a retired first grade teacher in Naperville, Ill., says the reaction of church leaders has led her to look favorably upon the idea of same-sex marriage. “Being an African American and being constantly up against discrimination, I can’t feel for a group of people that’s being treated with injustice,” says Brooks. “Everybody has a right to live the way they live,” Brooks says. “I feel like they’re being discriminated against. I don’t even know that I would be so in favor if I didn’t think they were being discriminated against.” Brooks, recalls being in Catholic mass one Sunday and listening to a priest rant about how gay couples can’t properly care for children. She says his statements upset her and contributed to her feelings of acceptance toward the gay community. “Religious people will tell you that [being gay] is not the way it’s supposed to be—but it’s also meant to not be so hateful,” Brooks says. “That’s equally as wrong.” Evans says the clergy can’t avoid taking unpopular stands. “Part of being a clergy is interpreting the Christian tradition through revelation; culture does not force Biblical interpretation. Biblical tradition forces culture,” Evans says. “There is a solid ethical tradition about marriage and human morality.” Rev. Bernard Richardson, dean of the Howard University Rankin Chapel, argues that the issue of same-sex marriage shouldn’t be seen as a religious one. “We have couched it in a religious as opposed to a civil rights issue,” Richardson says. “I believe that the issue of same-sex marriage and gay rights is a spiritual issue in terms of our care and concern for God’s people.”

local maps with the USBC logo. The app uses the GPS technology imbedded in the phone to find the user, then lists all the Black-owned businesses within a 5-mile radius. “We can’t imagine a more natural evolution, a better way to improve both the awareness of the number of Black-owned businesses and increase their bottom lines,” said Busby. “Janine Hausif and her team at Around The Way have created an excellent app for the Black community. America’s Black businesses and the consuming public will benefit tremendously—all by clicking an app on their phone!” Business owners can find more information on the USBC website at www.usblackchamber.org and can download the app at www.aroundthewayapp.com. USBC members can sign up for premium listings at www.usbc.aroundthewayapp.com.

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Don’t be offended by ‘Accidental Racist’ Counting the Cost BY LZ GRANDERSON CNN NEWS WIRE

In 2009, Brad Paisley released the song “Welcome to the Future” from his album “American Saturday Night.” In it, he sings about all the cultural changes he’s witnessed in his life, including the evolving demographics of the country. He includes glowing references to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. The election of Barack Obama inspired him to write it. It’s important to keep all of that in mind because for some, Paisley’s latest song, “Accidental Racist,” is making him look like an intentional one. I am reminded of an adage (but with a twist): No good ditty goes unpunished. “Accidental” attempts to address a subject matter so few artists in country music are willing to do, which makes Paisley a brave man in so many ways. Country music fans are notorious for excommunicating those whom they perceive as undesirable (see Wright, Chely). Despite Paisley’s immense popularity, if he makes one misstep, everything could be snatched away. And attempting to bring a blue state conversation to red state radio could be one of those missteps. “I’m not proud that people’s ancestors were beaten and held in bondage,” Paisley told USA Today. “But I am sure as heck proud of the farm I live on and the Confederate soldier buried there.” Infusing such a dichotomy into a song can be powerful. Unfortunately, “Accidental” sucks as a song. The chorus reeks like a ‘90s boy band ballad. But its greatest sin is that in Paisley’s effort to push for racial harmony, it miscasts the country’s racial tension — with emphasis on the Confederate flag and Abraham Lincoln — as a distant thing of the past. A relic. Meanwhile, those of us in the real world are reading stories about an elected official referring to Mexicans as “w-----.” No, it’s not the 1960s. But if racial tension was really that far back in our rearview, why are students at Wilcox County High

Beyond the Rhetoric ■ Street gangs—Detroit style BY HARRY C. ALFORD OW CONTRIBUTOR

This is the beginning of a series of articles about street gangs in our nation. Gone are the days back in the 1960s and before when gangs were social organizations and were geographically linked. Beginning in the 1970s, these street gangs evolved into criminal organizations. They are the generators of murder, drugs, robbery, etc. No longer are they cool or cute. They are pure savages craving fast money and a fast lifestyle. This week let’s take a look at Detroit. One of the earliest gangs was the Errol Flynns. They took the name from the Caucasian movie star.

School in Georgia fighting to desegregate its prom? Or why was the notoriously liberal Harry Reid impressed with then-Sen. Barack Obama’s lack of a “Negro dialect"? There is a way to talk about race without being consumed with the past or denial of our present. But obviously “Accidental” did not find that route. As a result, Paisley is getting hammered for pouring faux apologies on top of a stack of syrupy denials. The most scathing review came from Gawker, which said, “Brad, I don’t think you’re the one paying for the ‘mistake’ of buying and selling human beings.” The song is bad. But the intention is not. His heart is not bad. The questions that “Accidental” raised are worth asking. Paisley just did it so awkwardly. Part of the problem with addressing racism is that white people are so afraid of saying -- or in Paisley’s case -- singing the wrong thing. But if we’re going to usher in the next wave of tolerance, allowing for these “mistakes” is important. Besides, minorities don’t have all of the answers on the topic either. Case in point. LL Cool J, who is featured in the song, sings: “Now my chains are gold but I’m still misunderstood. ...” Damn LL — really dude? Anyway, I hope “Accidental” doesn’t scare Paisley away from continuing to push himself or his audience. He could’ve gone the vacuous love song route, but he aspired for something more. Looking at the results of the 2012 election, the resources being allocated by the Republican National Committee to reach minorities, and the push by both parties for immigration reform, I’d say a song about racial harmony performed by two men from opposite sides of the track was worth pursuing. Yes, the mockery and “Saturday Night Live” skit will come. But let’s hope the usual knee-jerky “he’s a racist” label is left behind because Paisley is not a racist. In fact, he’s one of the most kindhearted people you could meet. And over the years he’s recorded

■ Who bears the burden of unemployment? BY JULIANNE MALVEAUX TRICE EDNEY COLUMNIST

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Unemployment rates were “little changed” in March 2013; they were either holding steady or dropping by a tenth of a percentage point or so. The unemployment rate dropped from 7.7 to 7.6 percent representing a steady, if painstakingly slow, decrease. This declining unemployment rate was reported with some circumspection because even as the rate dropped, nearly half a million people left the labor market, presumably because they could not find work. Further, the March economy generated a scant 88,000 jobs, fewer than in any of the prior nine months. An economy that many enjoy describing as “recovering,” has not yet recovered enough to generate enough jobs to keep up with population increases. Of course, there are variations in the unemployment rate, which is 6.7 percent for Whites, but 13.3 percent for African Americans. Hidden unemployment pushes the White rate up to 13.8 percent and the Black rate to 24.2 percent. More than 4.6 million Americans have been out of work for more than 27 weeks. I parse these numbers on the first Friday of each month and note the vacillations, up and down, in these rates. In the past four years, we have seen a downward drift in rates, but it has neither been as rapid or as inclusive as we might like. We know that, in spite of talk of economic recovery, job creation is stagnant, not keeping up with increases in the population. In no month have we created the 300,000 we need to “catch up” and push unemployment rates down. We should pay attention to unemployment vacillations, but we might also consider the human cost of unemployment. Those who are unemployed experience malaise, displacement, and perhaps even depression. This malaise, or worse, affects dynamics in families, workplaces, and communities. Some workers exhale when they dodge the bullet of a layoff. Next, they inhale when they realize that, thanks to layoffs, their workload will increase.

Funny, Errol Flynn was a Nazi sympathizer and a complete bigot. The Flynns developed a good structure on the eastside of the Motor City. Like most gangs, the members had creative nicknames and hand gestures that would provide quick identity. Their specialty was heroin. They became quite wealthy and had 400 members at their height of activity. A lot of smaller gangs began to pop up, especially on the west side. “Dexter Boys,” “Schoolcraft Boys,” “7 Mile Boys,” “8 Mile Sconys,” and just about every major thoroughfare soon had a representative gang. The new gangs eventually started cutting into the Errol Flynns’ marketshare. When crack cocaine hit the city and became a much cheaper alternative to heroin, the Flynns started to flounder and eventually faded away. Soon the emergence of Young Boys Inc. (Y.B.I.), came about. This gang was more sophisticat-

ed and showed organizational prowess. They eventually controlled more than 80 percent of the Detroit heroin business from 1978 through 1982. That didn’t satisfy their greed as they started opening franchises in other cities. Young Boys Inc. invented the scheme of having under-age youth to move their crack cocaine throughout the city. If caught by the police, they would not snitch and were too young to prosecute. They were making $250,000 per day in Detroit. One of their more successful franchises was Boston where they were netting over $50,000 per day. Eventually, their top officers started arguing and the organization fell apart. Plus that, the Detroit Police Department started catching up to them and long prison sentences were given to key members. Their legacy was their organizational structure and new gangs began to copy it. While all of the gang activity was growing in the

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In families and communities, the unemployment of just one person has a series of unintended costs for those close to them. Speaking to the National Association of Black Social Workers conference last week, I am reminded that social workers are among those who bear the burden of unemployment. These committed public servants work with the threat of layoffs in their worksites, given sequestration and state budget cuts. Yet they are also challenged to advise those who have experienced the fate they may have to grapple with themselves. As employment is cut among social workers, others are forced to take on larger caseloads. Unless some of these social workers are superhuman, there will be clients who will slip between the cracks. Heretofore, we have mostly looked at unemployment data as a reflection of the number of jobs our economy generates. We’ve also looked at those who hold them, those who lose them, and what this means in terms of poverty, education, and community health. We could expand our understanding of the employment situation if we looked at those who bear its burden. Some of these are the individuals who are unemployed, but many others are those who live in communities of unemployment. There are politicians who rail that people are unemployed because they are lazy. The fact is people are unemployed because the economy is not generating enough jobs. The French philosopher, Albert Camus, mused, “Without work all life is rotten.” Everybody wants to be useful; and until “use” is defined as something other than paid employment, many will feel marginalized because of their vocation situation. When unemployed people hear about our “recovering” economy, they wonder what is wrong with them. We all need to wonder what is wrong with an economy that generates such unemployment. We need to wonder about an economy that has soaring stock prices and robust corporate profits, while so many individuals are struggling financially. We need to do more to include those at the margins into the vitality of our “recovering” economy. And we need to understand that if one in four African Americans and one is six of the overall population experiences unemployment, this is not a personal problem, but a societal one. Will our society fix it, or let it roll. And who pays? Julianne Malveaux is an economist and author. 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.

Black community, there was something out of the ordinary. A growing population of Arabs was taking shape in Detroit. These Catholics were mainly from Iraq and are known as Chaldeans (pronounced: kaldee-uhns). They are widely known for owning small supermarkets throughout Black neighborhoods in Detroit. They eventually grew into real estate, dry cleaners, gas stations, etc. They filled the void of lack of entrepreneurship among the Black population. They also began to enter the dark side of business. Some from this community started a drug cartel. Unlike the Black gangs, the Chaldeans jumped into the drug business in a very serious way. They took the name “Chaldean Mafia.” Somehow, they linked up with Medellin Cartel from Colombia, the Sicilian Mafia, and the Tijuana and Sinaloa cartels from Mexico. The drugs would come through Phoenix or San Diego and then journey to Detroit. They were making millions. Soon, their leaders became ruthless and were not exempt from murder, kidnapping, arson, etc. Just like the Italian Mafia, the leaders of the group began having differences and

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Ministers’ priorities being questioned BY ROSIE MILLIGAN OW CONTRIBUTOR

Listen up! Black ministers/pastors need to focus their attentions on the economic divide between Blacks and other races. This issue is causing more harm to Blacks than who Blacks are sleeping with and who they are marrying. We need to fight our own battles versus always joining in with somebody else’s struggle. (What is the number of Black men who are fighting to get married?) Forget about gays getting married and instead try to figure out how Black ministers can keep their own marriages together—many of them are divorced, and for many who are not divorced, their wives are suffering from abuse and neglect. Probably many of them are afraid to get out because they are not in a

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financial position to do so. Black ministers need to take their attention away from gays getting married and focus on trying to get more Black men and women in their congregation “out of the financial ditch,” and then to get married. Ministers need to focus on being a good role model for marriage that would motivate others to say “I Do.” My final words are: Blacks are not an economic underclass because of who they are sleeping with or who they are marrying, but because of their economic conditions. Blacks drop out of college for lack of finances. Some cannot keep up because they cannot purchase their books early enough, and then fall behind in their grades. Drug use and drug selling is motivated by poverty. Black women are straying from their moral values and biblical teachings and are shacking up with a man who refuses to marry them, and this is motivated by poverty. Black men fear marriage because they fear the financial responsibilities associated with it. A man does not feel as bad getting evicted being a boyfriend as he would being a husband. The list is endless. I have much more to say, however, I will save it for later. Somebody better hear me up in here! Rosie Milligan, minister, author, talk-show host, estate planner, author of “Black America Faces Economic Crisis,” and owner of Professional Business Management/Consulting Services, 1425 W. Manchester Ave., Ste. B, Los Angeles, CA. 90047, (323) 7503592, e-mail www.Drrosie@aol.com, www.Drrosie.com.

Paisley performed “Welcome to the Future” in the White House for the president. And the song hit No. 2 on Billboard’s country music chart. Given that, I’d say the impetus behind “Accidental” was worth chasing — even if he and LL tripped and fell along the way.

Accidental racist from OPED page 10 some incredibly powerful songs such as “When I Get Where I’m Going” and “Letter to Me.”

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operation. The novel “Warpath” by Jeffry Scott Hansen writes about “The Six-Mile Syndicate,” which is based on the Chambers Brothers also. Probably the most notorious drug-trafficking gang in Detroit was the Black Mafia Family (BMF). The Flenory brothers, Demetrius (nickname Big Meech) and Terry, grew an elaborate criminal empire. They grew so large that they decided to spread out all over the nation. Their source was the Mexican cartels, and they made a partnership with the Crips street gang network to distribute the heroin. These guys made more than $270 million. The Atlanta authorities broke them down and the brothers, along with 150 members received long prison terms. Big Meech and Terry are doing 30 years in prison today.

from OPED page 10 murder contracts on each other started becoming routine. Finally, the Drug Enforcement Agency, FBI, local police and others went after the group and made 111 convictions. The gang have toned down but they still exist. A major bust by the authorities happened as recently as 2011. Another popular gang was The Chambers Brothers. They caught the epidemic of crack cocaine at the right time (from a criminal’s point of view). The brothers operated a “factory” out of a vacant apartment complex. They also had the nickname “Cash Money Brothers.” Does this sound familiar? Yes, the movie “New Jack City” was based on the Chambers Brothers. The filmmakers used New York City as the venue, but they channeled this Detroit

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Dunlap, Stevens forced into runoff ■ Inglewood elections set for June 11 BY CYNTHIA E. GRIFFIN OW MANAGING EDITOR

Inglewood residents’ desire for change has forced incumbents in the two City Council races into runoffs on June 11. First-term Councilman Mike Stevens, who won 31.3 percent of ballots cast in the April 2 election, will face challenger George Dotson who captured 44.8 percent of votes. In District 2, Councilwoman Judy Dunlap (32.9 percent of votes) will face Alex Padilla (48.5 percent of votes). Dunlap is facing a runoff for the first time since she defeated former Councilman Anthony Scardenzan in 1993. Padilla credits residents’ frustration with the status quo and lack of districtwide representation as two of the reasons why he was able to out-do the incumbent. “I think some of the Hispanics felt disenfranchised. The current councilperson is not reaching out to them. She wasn’t visible and engaged with them, and they are very much ready for change. And the same is true throughout the district,” said Padilla, a 30-year resident of Inglewood, who is president of the city’s Citizen Police Oversight Commission.

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Padilla believes that staying engaged with the community, knocking on doors, doing phone calls and meeting face to face with residents will help him keep the edge he currently has over Dunlap. Dunlap didn’t respond to attempts to contact her. In District 1, incumbent Stevens attributes his being in the runoff to the fact that many people felt he had the election locked up and consequently did not go out to the polls. “Now I’m getting so many calls of support,” said Stevens, adding that he represents the changes residents want to see in the city. Acknowledging that his opponent, Dotson, has raised more money, Stevens calls himself the “elected” candidate rather than the “anointed” one pushed by the big power brokers and corporations in Inglewood. “That’s the difference between myself and Dotson, who is another one the powerbrokers want to anoint,” said Stevens, who knows that he has to use his “bullets” more carefully because of Dotson’s additional financial resources. Although he didn’t want to reveal his exact campaign focus for fear it would be co-opted by his opponent, Stevens said residents want to see differences in their lives in Inglewood and they want someone who will fight for their interests and move the city forward while business owners want to participate in a big way in any economic development happening in the city. Challenger Dotson believes that getting out the vote will be one of the keys to defeating the incumbent. “We have to take a very focused approach to get our supporters to mail back their ballots and cast their votes.”

Food fight ■ Proposed community plan would ease fast food limitations BY OW STAFF

A new community plan for the West Adams, Baldwin Hills, Leimert Park and Hyde Park communities is proposing to roll back current limits on the number of stand-alone fast food restaurants in Council District 10 for up to 20 years. In 2008, the City Council passed an ordinance restricting new fast food restaurants from being constructed within 0.5 miles of an existing fast food restaurant. The restrictions do not ban fast food restaurants, but they do help prevent over-concentration. Since

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Dotson pegs the key issues in the district as residential sound insulation; public safety and hiring more police officers to facilitate this; developing a senior center in the district; street repairs and constructive youth activities. Residents who did not vote in the general election do have an opportunity to participate in the runoff election. The last day to register is May 27. In other election results, incumbent Arnold Butler ran unopposed for the Inglewood Board of Education. He collected 4,504 of votes cast. In Seat 2, Carliss Richardson-McGhee defeated Mariana Prado 77 to 22.9 percent to avoid a runoff. She will take a seat previously held by Alena C. Giardina who did not run for re-election. LaDeirdre J. Wilson eased past Margaret RichardsBowers 57 to 42.9 percent to win Board of Education Seat 3 outright. She will step into the spot previously held by Trina Williams who resigned in February. The Inglewood Unified School Districts was taken over by the state in September 2012 and is currently run by State Administrator La Tanya Kirk-Carter. The elected board functions strictly in an advisory capacity.

The Urban Issues Breakfast Forum will host scholaractivist-author Angela Y. Davis April 19 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. (the program starts promptly at 8 a.m.) at the California African American Museum, 600 State Park Drive, Exposition Park in Los Angeles. Priority admission and seating will be given to those who purchase Dr. Davis’ latest book, “The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues.” The book must be purchased at Eso Won Bookstore, at which time purchaser’s will be given a priority admission coupon. Davis will discuss a new populist movement on rethinking wealth and imprisonment, wealth disparities and mass incarceration. She wil also address the question: What does a 21st century activism look like and how do we engage it? Reservations are mandatory to attend this event. Contact the Urban Issues Breakfast Forum at urbanissuesforum@aol.com or by calling (323) 789-6224.

the restrictions were put into place, seven new grocery stores have opened in South L.A. According to the Community Health Councils (CHC), the proposed exemption threatens to crowd out local businesses and limit choices for the community. According to recently released public health data, between 2007 and 2009, South L.A. experienced a 2.2 percent reduction in the number of adults who consumed fast food four to five times a week. In addition, between 2007 and 2011, obesity rates in South L.A. decreased by nearly 3 percent (from 35.4 to 32.7 percent), the largest decrease in obesity rates in L.A. County. With this reduction, South L.A. no longer has the highest obesity rate in the county. Similarly, diabetes rates in South L.A. decreased by more than 2 percent (from 13.9-11.7 percent) between 2007 and 2011. South L.A. transitioned from being the community with the highest rate of diabetes in the county to having the third highest rates of diabetes. Although a reduction in fast food restaurants is certainly not the

only factor contributing to this decrease in negative nutrition-related health behaviors and health outcomes, evidence suggests the changes in the food retail environment facilitated by South L.A.’s fast food regulations and other policy initiatives may have played a role. Community stakeholders have an opportunity to voice their opinion on the new community plan. They are asked to attend and provide testimony at the City Planning Commission hearing on April 11, 8:30 a.m. at City Hall, 200 N. Spring, Room 340. They may also let Council President Herb Wesson know their views on the fast food limitations throughout CD 10 by writing him or calling (213) 485-9829. CHC is a nonprofit, community-based health education and policy organization established in 1992 to promote social justice and achieve equity in community and environmental resources for underserved populations.


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CALIFORNIA Many star athletes who got their start in the Los Angeles Unified School District are coming home to be inducted in the CIF City Section Sports Hall of Fame. Confirmed honorees include: football greats Warren Moon, Hamilton High School Class of 1974; Mike Haynes, Marshall High School Class of 1971, and James Lofton, Washington High School Class of 1974. Major League Baseball All Star Los Angeles Angels Garrett Anderson, Kennedy High School Class of 1990, is scheduled to attend. Olympic track star Florence Griffith Joyner, Jordan High School Class of 1978, is to be honored posthumously. Other Olympians who plan to attend include Sheri Howard, Kennedy High School Class of 1980; Quincy Watts, Taft High School Class of 1988, and Olympic swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg, Fairfax High School Class of 1993. Legendary volleyball coach Al Scates, Westchester High School Class of 1957, and Pat Harvey, founder of girls’ sports programs in LAUSD, also plan to be there along with other noteworthy athletes from the classes of 1926 through 1996. *** The National Bar Association presented its Gertrude E. Rush award during its annual Gertrude E. Rush Awards Dinner recently at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point. Named for the only woman co-founder of the association, the Gertrude E. Rush Award recognizes recipients for their pioneering spirits, community and professional leadership, concern for human and civil rights, and for being a model of excellence in legal education. Past recipients include: Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran, U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and former Attorney General Janet Reno. *** State Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the appointment of Venus D. Johnson to a three-year term on the State Bar’s California Commission on Access to Justice. “Venus is a dedicated public servant who is committed to the fair and equal administration of justice,” said Harris. “She will be a great asset to the commission and to the cause of improving access to justice throughout California.” Johnson, 33, is a deputy district attorney in the Alameda County district attor-

Tour de Carson bicycle event set for Saturday ■ Festivities will include prizes, food truck, Childrens Health Fair

The city of Carson will hold its Tour de Carson community bicycle event on Saturday, April 13. The bike tour is part of the city’s Master Plan of Bikeways project. According to The Carson Report, a quarterly magazine sent to residents, a draft proposal of bicycle infrastructure improvements was reviewed by the public at a community workshop held in January. At that meeting, participants were asked to vote on which proposed segments of the plan should be prioritized within the Draft Comprehensive Master Plan of Bikeways, which were to be made available for public review and comments in March or April. Ray Aldridge, vice chair of the Carson Economic Development Commission, expressed satisfaction with the plan for putting bike paths in the city. “I’m a proud resident of Carson,” he told the

ACROSS BLACK AMERICA ney’s office. She is a member of the Strike Team, which handles Oakland’s most violent and repeat offenders. In 2012, she was named by The Recorder as one of the 50 lawyers on the “Fast Track” for California. In 2010, Johnson was recognized by the National Bar Association as one of the “Nation’s Best Advocates, 40 Under 40.” *** Dr. Beverly “Bam” Crawford and The Company International return to Long Beach for a one-day Women’s Empowerment Seminar: “Loving Me First to Renew, Replenish and Restore” on Saturday, April 27, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Long Beach, 200 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach. Proceeds from this event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Children’s Cancer Network. Registration details and a special video presentation can be found at www.thecompanyinternational.org.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA During last week’s spring break, 30 African American and Latino teens from Philadelphia, traveled to Washington, D.C., for a meeting with White House national security advisers and special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) to discuss how their growing expertise in programming will help keep the nation safe. The students, ages 13-18, have been studying computer science, programming and mobile apps development at Temple University’s Math, Engineering & Science Achievement (MESA) program. After four months, their efforts have paid off in a big way. This is the second trip for the team, which includes students from 12 high schools and three middle schools Philadelphia. Last December, through a grant from urban retailer Villa, members of the team traveled to Silicon Valley for meetings with software engineers from Google and a special programming session at Stanford University. The award-winning program has produced four national engineering scholarship winners and contracts to develop Navy apps in less than one year.

FLORIDA Trayvon Martin’s parents have settled a wrongful-death claim for an amount thought to be more than $1 million against the homeowners association of the Sanford subdivision where their teenage son was killed. Their attorney, Benjamin Crump, filed that paperwork at the Seminole County Courthouse, a portion of which was made public Friday. In the five pages of the settlement that were available for public review, the settlement

Report. “I really wish we can do something to put in bike lanes soon. I know it will cost a lot of money and imagination. I’d like to be able to get from point A to point B riding my bike. I hate the idea that if I want to ride my bike, I have to load it on to my car and take it to Long Beach or a surrounding beach city just to have a safe ride.” Carlos Velez, chief of police at California State University, Dominguez Hills, who oversees the transportation services for the campus, gave input regarding prioritization of the proposed bike lanes. “We are interested in making our campus community greener,” said Velez. “We are looking at different ways to get people out of their vehicles. We want to see what we can do to encourage and provide our input so we can be a part of the map as a destination,” added Velez. Individuals are encouraged to join the Tour de Carson event on Saturday to give their thoughts on the draft master plan. In addition to the bicycle tour, the event will also offer fun educational sessions on bicycle safety, bike anatomy, maintenance and more by the Sheriff’s station, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and other community organizations. There will be a food trucks, free prizes to promote bicycling, and the tour to evaluate the proposed bicycle improvements within the Master Plan of Bikeways. Younger riders will have a “little tikes” corner to learn bicycle safety on a designated safety course.

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amount had been marked out. Lower in the agreement, the parties specified that they would keep that amount confidential. When asked during an earlier interview whether the amount was more than $1 million, Crump said: “I have no comment on that subject … I know you did not get that from me.” Martin was shot to death by Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman at the Retreat at Twin Lakes townhomes in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman served as head of the Neighborhood Watch and called police that evening, describing Trayvon as suspicious. He has said the teen attacked him and he fired in self-defense.

LOUISIANA U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin will deliver the commencement address at Xavier University of Louisiana’s 86th annual graduation ceremony in May in the Convocation Center. It will be the university’s first commencement on campus since 1983. Benjamin, a 1979 Xavier graduate, is expected to address more than 550 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional students and their families at the commencement ceremony. She will receive an honorary degree.

NEVADA A group of celebrities, politicians, and boxing greats, including Laila Ali and Lennox Lewis, rapper Saigon, and senators Harry Reid and John McCain, have lent their support to a petition on Change.org started by retired boxing champion Mike Tyson. The campaign, launched on Wednesday, calls on President

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Obama to posthumously pardon Jack Johnson, America’s first Black heavyweight boxing champion. Johnson’s life and career were derailed after he was prosecuted under the Mann Act— a Jim Crow-era law then used to criminalize interracial dating—and imprisoned for a year after crossing state lines with his White girlfriend in 1913. Senators Reid and McCain were quick to offer support with tweets boosting Tyson’s efforts soon after the petition was launched.

OHIO Star of the Original King of Comedy, Cedric the Entertainer, will perform at the Palace Theatre in Columbus on May 11. Comedians Malik S. and JJ will also perform. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at the CAPA Ticket Center. Cedric The Entertainer is perhaps most widely known for his work on the record-breaking “Kings of Comedy” tour with Steve Harvey, the late Bernie Mac, and D.L. Hughley. The highly successful tour led to the hit film “The Original Kings of Comedy,” which was directed by Spike Lee. Cedric can be seen in the TV sitcom “The Soul Man,” starring as Rev. Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine, a spinoff character that originated from a guest appearance on “Hot In Cleveland.” He was also recently named the new host of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” which airs this fall.

TEXAS On May 11, Plano residents will decide the fate of mayoral candidates Fred Moses and Harry LaRosiliere. The two candidates are vying for the mayoral seat because Mayor Phil Dyer is not seeking a second term. Their candidacy is historic for the city of Plano because the victor will become the first African American mayor for the city. Plano has a population of just a little more than 250,000. Information provided by the Plano City Planning office, showed minorities living in Plano make up approximately 39.4 percent. African Americans are 6.9 percent of that total, equaling an estimated 18,688 people, according to the data from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey.

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Study finds death rates from all breast cancers higher for Black women ■ Four subtypes studied BY CYNTHIA E. GRIFFIN OW MANAGING EDITOR

Black breast cancer patients are more likely to die than White patients, regardless of the type of cancer, according to a new study called Life After Cancer Epidemiology and Pathways. These results suggest that the lower survival rate among Black patients is not solely because they are more often diagnosed with less treatable types of breast cancer, the researchers said. For more than six years, the researchers followed nearly 1,700 breast cancer patients who had been

be explained entirely by variable breast cancer subtype diagnosis.” Kroneke says there is very little research on risk factors and the less common subtypes, so consequently “we don’t really know” why African American women are frequently diagnosed with less treatable breast cancer subtypes. “In one study, Marilyn Kwan found that obesity was positively related to Triple Negative breast cancer. Obesity is more common in African American women and might have explanatory power,” continued the researcher. Additionally, although Black women tend to be diagnosed at a later stage, Kroneke says while this challenge does account for some of the disparity, it does not to cover all of it. Kroneke says there are many reasons why African

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Triple negative/basal-like tumors are often aggressive and have a poorer prognosis (at least within the first five years after diagnosis) compared to the estrogen receptor-positive subtypes (luminal A and luminal B tumors). HER2 type tumors are named for their HER2/neu-positive status. About 10 to 15 percent of breast cancers have this molecular profile and about 75 percent of HER2 type tumors contain p53 mutations. HER2 type tumors have a fairly poor prognosis and are prone to early and frequent recurrence and metastases. Women with HER2 type tumors appear to be diagnosed at a younger age than those with luminal A and luminal B tumors. HER2/neu-positive tumors can be treated with the drug trastuzumab (Herceptin). Given all these factors Kroneke recommends, based on limited literature, that maintaining a healthy weight and diet could be important. She notes that the best science also supports obtaining mammogram screens after age 50 and repeating the test every two years. On the other hand, the American Cancer Society and other organizations recommend that screenings begin at 40 and continue annually. The Mayo Clinic supports screening beginning at

age 40 and annually after that, because screening mammograms can detect breast abnormalities early in women in their 40s. Findings from a large study in Sweden of women in their 40s who underwent screening mammograms showed a decrease in breast cancer deaths by 29 percent. But mammogram screening isn’t perfect, notes the Mayo Clinic website. Another study concluded that despite more women being diagnosed with early breast cancer due to mammogram screening, the number of women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer hasn’t decreased. The study suggested that some women with early breast cancer were diagnosed with cancer that may never have affected their health. Unfortunately, doctors can’t distinguish dangerous breast cancers from those that are non-life-threatening, so annual mammograms remain the best option for detecting cancer early and reducing the risk of death from breast cancer, Mayo Clinic says. The Life After Cancer study results were presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, which took place April 6 to 10 in Washington, D.C. Data and conclusions presented at meetings typically are considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. Robert Preidt contributed to this story.

Many infants, children, pregnant teens eligible for WIC checks ■ Changes in food program a result of AB 1494 BY REBECCA RONA-TUTTLE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR OF SOUTH LOS ANGELES HEALTH PROJECTS

treated for Luminal A, Luminal B, basal-like or HER2-enriched breast cancer subtypes. During that period, about 500 of the patients died, nearly 300 of them from breast cancer. Blacks were nearly twice as likely as Whites to die. The researchers also found that Black patients were less likely than Whites to be diagnosed with either the Luminal A or Luminal B breast cancer subtypes. “African Americans were more likely to have the hard-to-treat triple-negative breast cancer subtype and had a lower likelihood of having the Luminal A subtype, which tends to be the most treatable subtype of breast cancer and has the best prognosis,” said study author Candyce Kroenke, M.P.H., Sc.D., research scientist at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif. Kroenke and her colleagues found, however, that lower survival among Black patients was consistent across breast cancer subtypes. Black patients were 2.3 times more likely to die from the Luminal A breast cancer subtype compared with White patients; 2.6 times more likely to die from the Luminal B subtype; 1.3 times more likely to die from the basal-like subtype; and 2.4 times more likely to die from the HER2-enriched subtype. “African Americans with breast cancer appeared to have a poorer prognosis regardless of subtype,” Kroenke said. “It seems from our data that the Black/White breast cancer survival difference cannot

American women have worse breast cancer mortality rates some known and others not: differences in comorbity; aggressiveness of tumors, breast cancer subtype differences, potential treatment differences, etc.” According to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website, most breast cancers are Luminal A tumors. These cells look the most like the cells of breast cancers that start in the inner (luminal) cells lining the mammary duct. Luminal B tumors have cells that look like those of breast cancers that start in the inner (luminal) cells lining the mammary ducts. Women with Luminal B tumors are often diagnosed at a younger age than those with Luminal A tumors. And, compared to Luminal A tumors, they tend to have factors that lead to a poorer prognosis. In some studies, women with Luminal B tumors have fairly high survival rates, although not as high as those with luminal A tumors. Basal-like tumors have cells with features similar to those of the outer (basal) cells lining the mammary ducts. Most triple negative tumors are basal-like and most basal-like tumors are triple negative. However, not all triple negative tumors are basal-like and not all basal-like tumors are triple negative. About 15 to 20 percent of breast cancers are triple negative or basal-like. These tumors tend to occur more often in younger women and African Americans.

Thousands of African American infants, children, pregnant teens and teenage moms residing in Los Angeles County from families with modest incomes are becoming eligible for millions of dollars worth of food checks from WIC. The same is true for infants throughout the state. These infants and youth were never before eligible for food checks and other WIC benefits because their parents’ incomes were too high. The checks will enable parents to purchase a wide variety of nutritious foods at area markets. South Los Angeles Health Projects, which manages 11 WIC centers, is appealing to the entire community to share this information with family and friends, and encouraging parents to apply for WIC just in case their children are eligible. Who are the eligible children? They are infants and youth who have been subscribers of Healthy Families, a California program of low-cost medical, dental and vision insurance. Parents this spring are receiving letters announcing that their Healthy Families’ children, who range from infants to 19-year-olds, are being transitioned to Medi-Cal. This is the result of AB 1494, a bill signed last year by Gov. Jerry Brown. But parents might not realize that as a consequence, many of these former Healthy Families children—though not all—will qualify for WIC. The children eligible for WIC are infants, children up to age 5, and pregnant teens and new moms up to age 19. WIC is the name commonly used for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women,

Infants, and Children, a federal program that has been providing participants monthly checks for nutritious foods and a wide array of health education benefits since the mid-’70s. The selection of foods is based upon the children’s needs, as determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and parents’ preferences. Heidi Kent, executive director of South Los Angeles Health Projects, said she expects that many Healthy Families participants newly transitioned to Medi-Cal will soon be enrolled in WIC. “We encourage all parents who think they or their children might be eligible for WIC to find out more. “We are so pleased that more residents will be able to use WIC food checks to buy themselves and their children delicious, healthy foods that they might not otherwise be able to afford,” Kent said. Pregnant women and parents of WIC participants are also offered no-cost nutrition counseling; breastfeeding education and support; group education in parenting skills, health and well-being, and referrals to community services. “Any infants, children up to age 5, and many pregnant teens and new teenage moms—as long as they have been enrolled in Healthy Families and are now transitioning to Medi-Cal—will automatically be eligible for WIC,” Kent said. “It’s easy to apply for WIC over the phone or by walking into a local WIC center. This is true both in South Los Angeles and in the rest of L.A. County.” South L.A. Health Projects’ WIC centers are located in Bell Gardens, Compton, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Paramount, South Gate and four communities within the city of Los Angeles. WIC participants can visit any WIC center that is convenient, regardless of where they live. The public can phone (310) 661-3080 to learn more about WIC eligibility and the locations of all WIC centers in Los Angeles County and beyond.


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FUNdraising Good Times ■ Making the ask - Part 1 BY MEL AND PEARL SHAW OW CONTRIBUTORS

How do you ask someone to make a gift to a nonprofit that you believe in? What do you say? When do you ask? What if the person says “yes?” What if she says “no?” When it comes to soliciting a gift for a nonprofit,

U.S. Bank from NEWS page 7 housing. The recent refurbishment of the Dunbar Hotel on Central Avenue in South Los Angeles is among the investments U.S. Bank has made in urban communities. Through the U.S. Bank Foundation, cash contributions are provided to nonprofit organizations in the priority areas of education, economic opportunity, and in artistic and cultural enrichment. At the beginning of 2012, U.S. Bank Foundation distributed about $21.8 million in charitable contributions. U.S. Bank supports the United Way yearly with an employee campaign which, last year, amounted to almost $11.2 million in contributions. Its supplier diversity mission endeavors to identify, develop and build strong relationships with certified minority and woman-owned businesses (MWBE) which are qualified to supply the firm with quality products and services. Supplier diversity identifies MWBEs to participate in the competitive bid process on an equal basis with all other bidders and to promote business development of MWBEs. U.S. Bank’s Corporate Procurement Management

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here’s what you need to know. First off, if you are new to fundraising, it is natural—and healthy—to feel a bit nervous. One way to reduce nervousness is to prepare and rehearse. Think about what might encourage a potential donor to give, and what his or her objections might be. Be prepared to overcome potential objections with information. And don’t worry—the most important thing is to ask. You can’t predict the response, but you can prepare your presentation. And, once you start getting a few “yeses” you may get addicted to fundraising: it is fun to secure resources for organizations and institutions you believe in. Here are a few suggestions for getting started. First don’t work alone. If you are asked to solicit a gift for a nonprofit, college, or hospital ask who on the staff will work with you to get you prepared. When you meet

with the staff person, be sure to discuss who you should solicit. You may have several people in mind, the organization may also have a few people they would like for you to ask. In general, you should solicit people you know or have a relationship with. You will want to learn about the relationship between the organization and the people you will be soliciting. For example, will you be soliciting current donors or volunteers, or people who don’t yet have a relationship with the nonprofit? You will want to know how much money the organization is seeking to raise in total, how much has already been raised, as well as what size gift you should ask your prospective donor to give. Make sure that you have access to printed and online information about the organization, its mission, vision, impact, programs and lead-

ership. Ask for a brochure to take with you. Be sure you can communicate how the funds raised will be used. Ask as many questions as you feel the donor may have. It is most important that you are both knowledgeable about the organization and comfortable answering questions that may arise. If you are new to fundraising, or feel uncomfortable making the ask, request that the staff person spend some time role-playing with you. You may also want to accompany a staff person or more experienced volunteer or board member as they solicit a gift. This can help decrease any nervousness or discomfort you may feel. Most importantly, make your own gift before you ask someone else to give! Next week: details on what to say when soliciting a gift.

program works cross-functionally throughout the firm to identify business opportunities for diverse suppliers; this program offers a supplier diversity manager as a liaison for all parties interested in pursuing business opportunities with the bank. From the Ohio Valley to the Twin Cities to the Rocky Mountains and on to the Pacific Ocean, U.S. Bank recognizes MWBEs as an increasingly diverse group of suppliers of small commodity lines to providers of a wide variety of manufactured products and corporate services. Minority groups eligible for participation in the MWBE program are African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian Pacific Americans. Interested parties should complete a supplier profile registration to indicate that you are a certified minority or woman-owned business. U.S. Bank operates four branches locally: 2600 S. Vermont Ave., 1460 Westwood Blvd., 10866 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles, and at 1153 Fair Oaks Ave. in South Pasadena. The U.S. Bank Tower, the former Library and First Interstate tower, is located at 633 W. 5th St. in Downtown Los Angeles. For more information regarding the supplier diversity program, contact U.S. Bank at: supplier.diversity@u.s.bank.com.

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Tour de Carson will also include a Children’s Health Fair, where kids and adults will be able to obtain information from the bicycling community and health industry on healthy and active living. Tour de Carson is a free event funded by the Caltrans Transportation and Planning grant. Those interested in participating may RSVP at http://ci.carson.ca.us/bikeways. Those who RSVP will receive a special gift bag, and the first 10 RSVPs will receive a free bicycle helmet at the event. Everyone is strongly encouraged to bring both their bicycle and helmet if they plan to participate in the bike tour. Registration and check in begins at 9 a.m., and non-mandatory education sessions, lasting 15-20 minutes, start at 9:30 a.m. However, bicycle safety sessions will be mandatory for all bike tour participants. Riders must have their own bicycle and helmet. The tour is set for 10:45 a.m., and lunch is at noon. The event begins at the City Hall parking lot, at 701 E. Carson St.

8.4 percent for Whites, Not Hispanic; and 5.6 percent for Asian, Not Hispanic. The African American graduation rate of 65.7 percent trails Asian, Not Hispanic, 91 percent; White, Not Hispanic, 86.4 percent; 76.8 percent Pacific Islander, Not Hispanic; 73.2 Hispanic or Latino of Any Race; and 72.4 percent American Indian or Alaska Native, Not Hispanic.

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LOVE AND LIVE AGAIN MINISTRIES for Worship and The Word SUNDAYS AT 10:00 A.M.

at Tom Bradley Elementary School Auditorium 3875 Dublin Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90008 (On the corner of 38th Street and Dublin Avenue) A PLACE TO SOW, A PLACE TO GROW.........YOUR PREFERENCE OF DRESS? NO NEED TO IMPRESS!

Pastor Lafayette Dorsey, Sr.

For more information please contact Pastor Lafayette Dorsey, Sr. (888) 538-4441 ext 777 or pastordorsey@lalaministries.org

Friday Bible Study..........................................................................7 P.M. Saturday Prayer Meeting...............................................................10 A.M. Rev. Lucious Pope

1561 West Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90062 Phone: (323) 294-5461


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“Oblivion” is an original and groundbreaking cinematic film from the director of “TRON: Legacy.” On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man's confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. “Oblivion” stars Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, and Olga Kurylenko. Is in theaters April 19.

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APRIL 11 CONCERT. To kick off National Jazz Appreciation Month, Phil Ranelin presents “Up Jumped Spring!, a celebration of the 75th birthday of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard by the Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, 4305 Degnan Blvd., L.A. during 7:30 and 9:30pm sets. Cost: $20. For more information visit: www.bmpac.org.

APRIL 13 DERBY. Santa Anita Park is the location of the third annual spring fundraiser, the “Angel City Derby: Day at the Races.” The race track is located at 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia. All guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, snacks, picnic baskets. Reserved lawn tables available, seats 8. Cost $35. For info: info@climbinc.org. SATURDAY SCHOOL. Urban Scholar Athletes Saturday Enrichment Academy [spring term] begins at Darby Park Recreational Center, 3400 Arbor Vitae, Inglewood. The academy is for students currently in 1st-6th grades. Teachers will help students in science, reading, and math as well as prepare youth for the upcoming California standardized tests. Registration is $40 which includes the first session, t-shirt, and Scholastic Weekly Reader magazine subscription. Weekly classes are $20. For info (310) 528-3845. FILM SCREENING. In honor of National Poetry Month, AC Bilbrew Library screens, “Life Is A Saxophone: 28th Anniversary Edition,” a film by S. Pearl Sharp, featuring legendary poet, Kamau Daaood. The event is located at 150 E. El Segundo Blvd., L.A. beginning at 2:30pm. For info (310) 538-3350.

PLAY. World premiere of a new play “Shades” at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Theater 4, 514 S. Spring St. L.A., Cost G.A. $30. LATC Members: $15. Students, seniors, veterans, and groups of 10 or more. $20. Group discounts are available. For info: (866) 811-4111.

Hale” performing selections of the late American Jazz singer, Billie Holiday starring Holiday’s pianist Corky Hale, with special guest singer Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge at 6725 W. Sunset Blvd. at 8:30pm. Cost $20 cover, plus dinner or a two-drink minimum. For info: (323) 466-2210.

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EXHIBIT. The Museum of African American Art (MAAA) located in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, hosts a reception celebrating the launch of “My Choice of Weapons Through the Lens— History and Moments Captured,” an exhibit featuring the historic images of Los Angeles photojournalist, Haywood Galbreath. The even will be held on the third floor of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 4005 Crenshaw Blvd., L.A. from 2-4 pm. The reception is free and open to the public. For more information, call (323) 294-7071 or visit http://www.maaala.org/haywoodgalbreath.html.

PLAY. Chromolume Theatre has announced a new production of “Do Lord Remember Me.” The memories of ex-slaves, recorded during interviews in the 1930s, constitute the raw material of Do Lord Remember Me. Chromolume Theatre at the Attic is located at 5429 W. Washington Blvd., L.A. with showings at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $25, with discounts for students and seniors ($22) and children ($20), and may be purchased online at www.crtheatre.com.

APRIL 17 JAZZ. Catalina Bar & Grill presents “An Evening With Corky

APRIL 20 TOWNHALL. Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer will participate in a townhall meeting hosted by the Community Coalition, 8101 S. Vermont Ave., L.A., beginning at 1pm. Jones-Sawyer will share his vision and legislative priorities and hear from the community about their concerns. For more info: (323) 750-9087.

APRIL 25 MEETING. The Metro Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project Community Leadership Council (CLC) quarterly meeting will be held at the People’s Independent Church of Christ, 5850 West Blvd., L.A. from 6-8pm. BUSINESS WORKSHOP. Business 101: Introduction to Business will be taught from 10am-12pm at ITT Technical Institute, 6101 W Centinela Ave. Suite #180, Culver City. Introduction to Business 101 will give you the necessary steps, resources and tools to get your business started. Free. For info: (661) 621-4080.

APRIL 26 FIGHTING COPD. BREATHE LA convenes Better Breathers Club for individuals who have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), their family members, and their caregivers to offer education on self-care management, training to promote healthier lifestyles, and sharing of management strategies and innovations in medication. The event will be held from 10am-12pm. at QueensCare Family Clinic, 4618 Fountain Ave., Hollywood. Free. For info: (323) 935-8050 ext. 238.

APRIL 27 WRITING CONFERENCE. Black Writers On Tour 2013 writing conference will be held at the Carson Community Center, 801 E. Carson Ave., Carson, from 9 to 6pm. The tour will include writing classes for children, a Poetry Jam Competition, Let the Elders Speak Forum, and 100 Authors on Exhibit. Free. For info (323)750-3592 or visit www.blackwritersontour.com.

UNIVERSAL PICTURES PRESENTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH RELATIEXECUTIVE VITY MEDIA A CHERNIN ENTERTAINMENT/MONOLITH PICPRODUCED TURES/RADICAL STUDIOS PRODUCTION A JOSEPH KOSINSKI FILM TOM CRUISE “OBLIVION” OLGA KURYLENKO ANDREA RISEBOROUGH THE GRAPHIC NOVEL PETER CHERNIN DYLAN CLARK BARRY LEVINE DUNCAN HENDERSON BASED ON ORIGINAL NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU AND MELISSA LEO MUSICBY M83 PRODUCERS DAVE MORRISON JESSE BERGERSCREENPLAY JUSTIN SPRINGER BY JOSEPH KOSINSKIDIRECTED STORY BY JOSEPH KOSINSKI A UNIVERSAL PICTURE BY KARL GAJDUSEK AND MICHAEL DEBRUYN BY JOSEPH KOSINSKI FEATURING THE ORIGINAL SONG “OBLIVION” BY M83 (FEAT. SUSANNE SUNDFØR) SOUNDTRACK ON BACK LOT MUSIC

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Dr. Beverly “Bam” Crawford and The Company International returns to Long Beach for a one-day Women’s Empowerment Seminar: Loving Me First to Renew, Replenish and Restore at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Long Beach, 200 S. Pine Ave, Long Beach, from 9am-4pm.

When & Where | Book Reviews | Food proceeds go to St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, helping to feed homebound seniors. All charity riders will receive a Junk Food tee, a Cart for a Cause Cook Book, a St. Vincent Meals on Wheels angel pin and more. Cost $50. For info: http://www.stvincentmow.org/2013/01/18th-annual-beachwalkbike-a-thon/ DIALOGUE. A hate crime victim and a former hate crime perpetrator will hold a special dialogue, “From Hate to Hope,” at the Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. beginning at 3pm. Free with paid admission to the museum. For info: (310) 553-9036.

MAY 16 COMMUNITY BREAKFAST. The Holman United Methodist Church’s for South Los Angeles Homeless Transitional Age Youth program and foster care providers collaborate for the “First Interfaith Transitional Age Youth Matter Community Event Breakfast” at the chuch located at 3320 W. Adams Blvd., from 8:30-11:30am. Free. RSVP required, for more info: (310) 4007677.

JUNE 1 WALK-A-THON. Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California hosts the Inspiring Dreams Walk-a-thon at Los Angeles Southwest College, 1600 W. Imperial Highway, L.A., beginning at 9:30am. Proceeds from the walk-a-thon will provide a camp experience for children with sickle cell disease. Register by May 1 to guarantee receipt of a official walk bracelet and souvenir walker BIB. $25 per walker (13+); $20 per team walker; $10 per child (3-12); Under 2 yrs. free. For more info: (310) 693-0247.

ON GOING EVENTS MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS NEIGHBORHOOD WALK. Los Angeles Urban League Neighborhood Works presents “Walk With Me,” a walking club from 6-7pm at Van Ness Recreation Center, 5720 2nd Ave., L.A., in front of the baseball diamond. Free. For information, (323) 299-9660 ext. 201.

MONDAY-SUNDAY WATTS ART 24/7. Artwork of the most influential Black artists working in California at Watts Labor Community Action Committee Cecil Fergerson Gallery, 10950 S. Central Ave., L.A. 10am-5pm. Info: (323) 563-5639.

TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS HIKING. Put on your hiking shoes and join the Sierra Club on these unique, instructive two-hour hikes through Griffith Park. Free. Meet at 6:45pm; hike at 7pm. Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., L.A.

THURSDAYS, SATURDAYS, & SUNDAYS Shades of Afrika will host an “Our Story” study group Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30pm, an open mic poetry called “The Griot Cafe” at 6pm ($5 cover charge), and Sunday morning meditation and yoga from 11am-1pm. All events will be held at 1001 E. 4th St., Long Beach. Info: (562) 436-2210.

FRIDAYS BLACK NEWS FORUM. A weekly community roundtable discussion and comprehensive analysis of local, national and international Black news will be held every Friday at 7:30pm at the African American Cultural Center, 3018 W. 48th St., L.A. Free. Info: (323) 299-6124.

EVERY THIRD SATURDAY WORKSHOP. Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles offers a series of free workshops, for African American young men ages 12-19 at Hype Park Miriam Matthews Library, 2205 W. Florence Ave., L.A. from 1-3pm. Info: (323) 571-0401.

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS FARMER’S MARKET. Offering fresh fruits, hearty vegetables, hot cuisine and natural foods all at unbeatable prices. Free entertainment and children activities while you shop. FAME Assistance Corporation, 1968 W. Adams Blvd., L.A., 9am-4pm. Info: (323) 730-7745. African Spirituality. Join the KRST Unity Center for a host of African-centered activities and programs including Black Gnostic studies, 7825 S. Western Ave., L.A. at 10:30am. Info: (323) 759-7567.

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APRIL 28 CHARITY RIDE. Cycle for a cause at SoulCycle West Hollywood to raise awareness for St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. Tickets for the SoulCycle event are available through Eventbrite.com. All

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Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson.

Nicole Beharie and Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick Boseman./All photos courtesy of Warner Bros.

Hollywood by Choice ■ ‘42’: The number of a legend BY GAIL CHOICE OW WEEKLY CONTRIBUTOR

Even if you’re not a baseball fan, you won’t want to miss “42,” the true story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson. “42” focuses on the pivotal years of 1945 through 1947 of Robinson’s life. He got married, signed with the Dodgers’ minor league affiliate, the Montreal Royals, and then made his major league debut. The film makes it perfectly clear that Robinson was a man of integrity, confidence, and dare I say it … superhuman will and strength. He was so much more than a major league baseball star; he broke down barriers and exemplified the saying “grace under fire.” On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson emerged from the tunnel at Ebbets Field in a Brooklyn Dodgers’ uniform bearing the number “42.” His appearance marked a new era for not only American sports but America, period. Chadwick Boseman (“The Express”) stars as Robinson. A native of South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and attended the prestigious British American Drama Academy at Oxford. He then began his career in the theater as a playwright, director and actor. “42” director/writer Brian Helgeland says when Boseman auditioned for the role he selected the toughest scene in the movie. That impressed him, and it showed that Boseman truly wanted the role. Boseman said he was told not to tell anyone, not even his mother that he had won the part. He said he kept quiet, but he couldn’t stop from smiling. We’re used to Harrison Ford bringing his “Agame” to whatever role he’s playing. As Brooklyn Dodgers president and general manager, Branch Rickey, Ford is phenomenal, and it’s amazing how

much he looks like Rickey. Ford says, “It’s an incredible story about a critical step that was taken in confronting the issue of inequality. It was a moment when, ultimately we shined; a moment when we responded to the ideals of America, and finally matched the nobility of our words and ambitions with our actions.” Rickey wanted a player who was strong enough not to fight back, who could thrive under tremendous pressure, and was a gentleman to boot, and Robinson fit the bill. “42” is a perfect movie for today’s young people to see. It is to me the ultimate anti-bully film of the decade. What could be more menacing than racism, especially when it was the law of the land? This film unabashedly shows the hatefulness of America in the 1940s, and it also shows not everyone bought into that hate. And “42” is a love story. Nicole Beharie (“American Violet”) stars as Rachel Robinson, and she is flawless. There is something about Beharie on screen that is pure magic, and her rich voice and royal demeanor add certain perfection to all her performances. In “42,” I believe the love that she poured on her hubby. Rachel Robinson should be proud of Beharie’s performance. Born in Los Angeles, Rachel Annetta Isum attended UCLA. There, she met Robinson in 1941, and they married in 1946. A son, Jackie Robinson Jr., was born in November 1946. The Robinsons would later have a daughter, Sharon, and another son, David. In 1973 after the death of Robinson, Rachel founded the Jackie Robinson Foundation, a nonprofit organization that gives scholarships to minority youths for higher education. Nothing took place on the screen in “42” without her approval. “42” is one of those movies that everyone should go see, and buy when it comes out on DVD. Then when life starts kicking your butt, pop some popcorn, put your feet up, watch “42” and learn from Robinson’s life how one man faced incredible odds and changed the heart of a nation. To learn more about “42,” go to http://42movie.warnerbros.com/. And if you’d like to see Jackie Robinson starring as himself in the “Jackie Robinson Story” with Ruby Dee and Louise Beavers, go to http://www.amazon.com/ and check it out. “42” is in theaters Friday, It’s so “Choice.” Gail can be reached at gail@hollywoodbychoice.com.

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BULK SALES NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE (Secs. 6104, 6105 U.C.C.) Escrow No. 008296-JK Notice is hereby given to creditors of the within named seller that a bulk sale is about to be made of the assets described below. The name(s) and business address(es) of the seller are: EUI SOON CHO, 1540 S. Santa Fe Ave., Compton, CA 90221 The location in California of the chief executive office of the seller is: SAME AS ABOVE 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” The name(s) and business address of the buyer are: JANE HYEBONG OH, 1540 S. Santa Fe Ave., Compton, CA 90221 The assets to be sold are described in general as: Furniture, fixtures, equipment, goodwill, tradename, leasehold, improvement and interest, and covenant not to compete and is located at: 1540 S. Santa Fe Ave., Compton, CA 90221. The business name used by the seller(s) at the location is: EXPRESS SMOG STATION. The anticipated date of the bulk sale is April 29, 2013 at the office of United Escrow Co., 3600 Wilshire Blvd. #913, Los Angeles, CA 90010. This bulk sale is subject to California Uniform Commercial Code Section 6106.2. If so subject, the name and address of the person with whom claims may be filed is United Escrow Co., 3600 Wilshire Blvd. #913, Los Angeles, CA 90010, and the last date for filing claims shall be April 26, 2013, which is the business day before the sale date specified above. Dated: April 3, 2013 S/ JANE HYEBONG OH 4/11/13 CNS-2469385# OUR WEEKLY

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAMES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013060440 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. Authenticity Movement, 2. N o rma Hollis Companies, 630 W. Queen St. #10, I n g l e w o o d , C A 9 0 3 0 1, County of Los Angeles Registered owner(s): Norma Thompson Hollis, Inc., CA., 630 W. Queen St. #10, Inglewood, CA 90301 This business is conducted by a Corporation The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/1/13 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/ Norma T. Hollis, CEO This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 28, 2013 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 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2/13 CNS-2469631# OUR WEEKLY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013063006 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: T h a p ro b a n , 9 9 5 0 P a l m Canyon Drive, Corona, CA 92883, County of Riverside. Registered owner(s): Chamara D. Kolamba, 9950 Palm Canyon Drive, Corona, CA 92883. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 03/29/2013. 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/ Chamara D. Kolamba Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 29, 2013. 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 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25/13 CNS-2467481# OUR WEEKLY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 055911 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: B roadway Audio Customs, 5918 S. Broadway St., Los Angeles, CA 90003, County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s): Gessey Gonzalez, 5918 S. Broadway St., Los Angeles, CA 90003. 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/ Gessey Gonzalez, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 20, 2013. 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 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25/13 CNS-2466851# OUR WEEKLY STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 2013055848 Current File No.: 2013033617 Date Filed: February 19, 2013. 59th Customs, 5918 S. B ro a d w a y S t re e t , L o s Angeles, CA 90003. Registered Owner(s): Gessey S. Gonzalez, 5918 S. Broadway Street, Los Angeles, CA 90003. Business was conducted by: an individual. 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/ Gessey S. Gonzalez This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on March 20, 2013. 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25/13 CNS-2466848# OUR WEEKLY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 041136 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: AJ’s Party Rentals, 638 W. 99th St., Los Angeles CA 90044 Registered owner(s): Christian Saavedra, 638 W. 99th St., Los Angeles CA 90044 Noe A. Ordonez, 638 W. 99th St., Los Angeles CA 90044 This business is conducted by a Married Couple 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/ Christian Saavedra This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 1, 2013 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 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18/13 CNS-2464072# OUR WEEKLY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013050327 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: D C & J U n i q u e P re s s u re Wa s h e r i n g a n d C l e a n i n g , 15609 Dart m o o re Av e . , Norwalk, CA 90650, County of Los Angeles Registered owner(s): Bobby R. Gardner Jr., 15609 Dartmoore Ave., Norwalk, CA 90650 Dante R. Gardner, 15609 Dartmoore Ave., Norwalk, CA 90650 Jacorrey J. Peters, 15609 Dartmoore Ave., Norwalk, CA 90650 This business is conducted by general partnership 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/ Bobby R. Gardner Jr., Partner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 13, 2013. 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 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11/13 CNS-2461322# OUR WEEKLY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013051240 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: California Intenzity Cheer and Dance, 142 W. 122nd S t re e t , L o s A n g e l e s , C A 90061, County of Los Angeles Registered owner(s): Nyeshia Welch, 142 W. 122nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90061 Andrea Poma, 142 W. 122nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90061 This business is conducted by general partnership 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/ Nyeshia Welch, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 14, 2013. 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 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11/13 CNS-2461320# OUR WEEKLY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 040003 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: LAAG Housing, 4531 P ro s p e c t Ave., #1, Los Angeles, CA 90027, County of Los Angeles Registered owner(s): Jason C. Sting, 4531 Prospect Ave., #1, Los Angeles, CA 90027 Andre Bautista, 3136 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604 This business is conducted by a General Partnership The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on February 15, 2013 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/ Jason Sting, Owner / Partner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on February 28, 2013 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 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11/13 CNS-2461179# OUR WEEKLY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

File No. 2013053196 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Divine Kloset, 1958 We s t 78th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90047, County of LA Registered owner(s): Nicole Flores, 1958 West 78th Street, LA, 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/ Nicole Flores, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 18, 2013 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 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11/13 CNS-2461171# OUR WEEKLY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 041343 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. Social Animals, 2. SocialAnimals.com, 2316 S. Shenandoah St., Los Angeles, CA 90034, County of Los Angeles Registered owner(s): Kevin Benjamin, 2316 S. Shenandoah St., Los Angeles, CA 90034 Marilyn Galosy, 1437 N. Rose St., Burbank, CA 91505 This business is conducted by a General Partnership The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/7/2013 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/ Marilyn Galosy, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 1, 2013 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 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11/13 CNS-2460267# OUR WEEKLY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013051995 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: First Choice Construction Co., 14626 Lemoli Ave. Unit #5, Hawthorne, CA 90250, County of Los Angeles Registered owner(s): Eddie H. Miles, CA., 14626 Lemoli Ave., Unit #5, Hawthorne, CA 90250 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/ Eddie H. Miles, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 15, 2013 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 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11/13 CNS-2460256# OUR WEEKLY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013049372 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Listen Up Research Group, 8612 11th Ave. Apt. 5, I n g l e w o o d , C A 9 0 3 0 5, County of Los Angeles Registered owner(s): Kantreal Daniels, 8612 11th Ave. Apt. 5, Inglewood, CA 90305 This business is conducted by an individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 03/12/2013 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/ Kantreal Daniels, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 12, 2013 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 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11/13 CNS-2459899# OUR WEEKLY

GOVERNMENT CITY OF CARSON 701 EAST CARSON STREET CARSON, CALIFORNIA 90745 NOTICE INVITING BIDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN T H AT THE Purchasing Manager of the City of Carson will receive sealed bids for: DUMP TRUCK, AS DESCRIBED BY CITY OF CARSON BID SPECIFICATION NO. B13-04 EACH BID MUST BE SUBMITTED IN TRIPLICATE, ON THE FORMS AVAILABLE ON THE CITY OF CARSON’S WEBSITE UNDER BIDDING OPPORTUNITIES, PURCHASING D E PA RTMENT BIDS, AND ENCLOSED IN A SEALED ENVELOPE IDENTIFIED AS BID NO. B13-04 ON THE ENVELOPE, AND ADDRESSED TO THE CITY CLERK AS STATED BELOW. FA I L U R E T O P R O P E R LY IDENTIFY THE BID ON THE S E A L E D E N V E L O P E M AY R E S U LT IN DISQUALIFICATION OF THE BID. Each bid must be submitted in triplicate to the office of the City Clerk at 701 E. Carson Street, Carson, California, 90745 before 2:30 p.m. on the 29TH day of April, 2013, and will be opened at that time in the office of the City Clerk, City of Carson and, thereafter, will be submitted to the Purchasing Manager/City Council for award of a contract or rejection of the bid as the Purchasing Manager/City Council may deem wise in her/its discretion. B I D S R E C E I V E D AT 2:30 P.M. OR AFTER 2:30 P.M. WILL BE CONSIDERED LATE. It is the policy of the City of Carson to reject any bids that are received late. Such bids may be returned unopened. If you have any questions regarding this bid, please contact Martha Ceja, Buyer, at (310) 952-1758, ext. 1231. DATED: THIS 9 TH DAY OF APRIL 2013. CITY OF CARSON RUTH RODRIGUEZ PURCHASING MANAGER MC: 4/11/13 CNS-2470653#


REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS OPPORTUNITY WITH LACCD

NOTICE TO PROPOSERS (Bond Program) Location: Los Angeles Community College District Proposal Package: Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) FTA- Funded Architect and Engineering S e rv i c e s , Southwest College R F P N o . R F Q FTA-002 (Southwest) Project No.: 40J.J55.05 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Los Angeles Community College District (“District”) requests proposals for the following: The District is seeking one qualified firm to serve as Architect of Record in charge of all design and construction document preparation and construction administration and will assist in securing all approvals for design and construction of two transit centers, main gateways and pedestrian entrances to Southwest College.

Proposals shall be prepared in conformance with the Request for Qualifications (“RPQ”). All responses to the RFQ shall be hand delivered or mailed to Build-LACCD, 915 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 810, Los Angeles, CA 90017, no later than 2PM PST on May 30, 2013, Attention Garry Jess, Contracts Manager, Professional Services Group. The proposer assumes full and sole responsibility for timely receipt of its response and any other documents required to be submitted with the proposal, to the District at the location designated for receipt. RFQs will be posted online on April 8, 2013 at the BuildLACCD website (http://www.build-laccd.org/), under the “Contracting & Bidding Site,” under the “Current Opportunities Professional Services” tab. Search for RFQ No. FTA-002 (Southwest), Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) FTAFunded Architect and Engineering Services, Southwest College and any addendums thereto. The Mandatory Pre-Proposal Conference will take place on April 19, 2013 at 10AM PST, at Southwest College, 1600 West Imperial Highway, CPM Trailer, Los Angeles, California 90047.

Form 1: Proposed Subcontractors & Suppliers Form 2: DALP Affidavit 2. LACCD requires all DBEs listed by Bidders for participation to be certified as eligible DBEs at the time of bid submission. Only participation by DBEs certified in accordance with 49 CFR Part 26 may be credited towards the Contractor’s race-neutral DBE attainment. It is the responsibility of the Bidder to verify the DBE certification status of all listed DBEs. LACCD will accept DBE certification from the certifying member agencies under the California Unified Certification Program (CUCP), which certify the eligibility of DBEs in accordance with 49 CFR Part 26. Listings of certifying member agencies, as well as a listing of DBEs certified by the CUCP, are available on the Caltrans “Civil Rights” web site, which can be accessed at http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/bep. LACCD ASSURANCE: LACCD shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or sex in the award and performance of any federal-assisted contract or in the administration of its DBE program or the requirements of 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 26 as amended. IF DALP PARTICIPATION IS LISTED If the awarding Contractor utilizes DBE firms to achieve DALP participation on the contract, the Contractor will be requested to cooperate with administrative requirements during the performance of the contract. The administrative requirements include the following: 1. C o m p l e t e a n d s u b m i t DBE form s: If the successful Contractor will utilize DBE firms in the performance of the contract, the Contractor will be required to submit completed DBE Forms prior to contact award. 2. DBE Payment Reporting: The Contractor and all subcontractors will be required to ensure that all DBE subcontractors (including DBE primes) perform a commercially useful function in managing, performing and supervising its work. 3. Te rm i n a t i o n and S u b s t i t u t i o n o f D B E: The Contractor and all subcontractors will be required to notify Metro in writing prior to terminating or substituting a DBE firm listed to perform on this contract. The Contractor will be required to comply with the Public Contract Code, Section 4107 when requesting substitution of a DBE firm. When substituting a DBE firm, the Contractor or subcontractor will be encouraged to replace the DBE firms with another DBE firm. 4/11/13 CNS-2469196# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Questions shall be directed to Garry Jess, via email only at Garry.Jess@build-laccd.org. All questions are due April 30, 2013 by 2PM PST.

2014-2021 Housing Element Update Workshop, Carson Planning Commission

NOTICE TO BIDDERS SUPPLEMENT (FEDERAL FUNDING)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a PUBLIC WORKSHOP will be conducted by the Planning Commission of the city of Carson, California.

Proposers/Bidders are hereby notified that: LACCD has established a “Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Anticipated Level of Participation (DALP) for this project in the percentage of: (8%) of Total Contract Price

DATE: April 23, 2013, Tuesday TIME: 6:30 P.M. PLACE: Council Chambers, City Hall 701 East Carson Street Carson, California 90745 All interested persons wishing to be heard on the matter may be present and be heard. Any written communications should be addressed to Carson City Hall, Planning Division, Attn:

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ADDRESS ANY COMMUNICATIONS TO: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT /PLANNING DIVISION 701 EAST CARSON STREET CARSON, CALIFORNIA 90745 The Planning Commission of the City of Carson, California, will conduct a Public Hearing, at which time you may be present and be heard to consider approval of Ordinance Amendment No. 12-1484 to facilitate emergency shelters, transitional, supportive and single room occupancy (SRO’s) housing in the industrial zones. T h e p ro p o s e d o rd i n a n c e implementation would be city-wide. If you challenge the approval or denial of this appeal 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 Zak Gonzalez II, Associate Planner, at (310) 952-1700 extension 1301. TIME: 6:30 P.M., Tuesday, April 23, 2013 PLACE: Council Chambers, City Hall 701 East Carson Street Carson, California 90745 APPLICANT: City of Carson, Planning Division 701 E. Carson Street Carson, California 90745 DATED: This 3rd day of April, 2013 City Clerk, Donesia L. Gause, CMC City of Carson, California 4/11/13 CNS-2468782# OUR WEEKLY

PUBLIC AUCTION/SALES Notice of Public Sale Pursuant to the California Self Service Storage Facility Act (B&P Code 21700 ET seq.) the undersigned will sell at public auction on Thursday April 25, 2013 Personal property including but not limited to furniture, clothing, tools and/or other household items located at: 710 Del Amo Self Storage & RV 20321 Susanna Road Rancho Dominguez, CA 90221 2:40 pm Holden, Keyaira B. Ortega, Rebecca M. Jeter, Dedrick Dupree, Trent S. Dairy-Peete, Glenda L. Dominguez, David Brooks, Williannetta Elkins, Deanna E. Miller, Erma J. Miller, Erma J. Dugan, Sean Lopez, Adrian J. Bidinger, Keith W. Mendoza Espinal, Amoldo All sales are subject to prior cancellation. All terms, rules and regulations are available at time of sale. Dated this, 11th of April and 18th of April 2013 by 710 Del Amo Self Storage, 20321 Susanna Road Rancho Dominguez, CA 90221 (310) 763-8800 4/11, 4/18/13 CNS-2469382# OUR WEEKLY

TRUSTEE SALES Trustee Sale No. : 20100033500460 Title Order No.: 100326556 FHA/VA/PMI No.: NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 01/23/2007. 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. NDEx West, L.L.C., as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 02/05/2007 as Instrument No. 20070249170 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: IRINEO N LAZARTE AND MARIA ALINA LAZARTE, 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: 05/01/2013 TIME OF SALE: 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: BEHIND THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED IN CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA CA. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 633 E REALTY ST, CARSON, CALIFORNIA 90745 APN#: 7404-015-065 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 $477,562.09. 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. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder ‘s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made

available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 916939-0772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site www.nationwideposting.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20100033500460. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: NATIONWIDE POSTING & PUBLICATION A DIVISION OF FIRST AMERICAN TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY 5005 WINDPLAY DRIVE, SUITE 1 EL DORADO HILLS, CA 957629334 916-939-0772 www.nationwideposting.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: 04/10/2013 NPP0215582 OUR WEEKLY 04/11/2013, 04/18/2013, 04/25/2013 4/11, 4/18, 4/25/13 CNS-2471015# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee’s Sale No. 05-FWA114164 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 7/31/2006. 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. On May 2, 2013, at 11:00 AM, BY THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED AT, 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, in the City of POMONA, 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 GRACE A. NOUSSIAS, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, as Trustors, recorded on 8/7/2006, as Instrument No. 06-1736958, 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. 7332-025-024 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 22118 GARSTON AVENUE, 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 $333,488.56. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are

or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800542-2550 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site www.rtrustee.com. using the file number assigned to this case. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. 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 e-mail; 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: 4/4/2013 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 A4377403 04/11/2013, 04/18/2013, 04/25/2013 4/11, 4/18, 4/25/13 CNS-2470362# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 12-0077927 Doc ID #00010067293022005N Title Order No. 12-0139202 Investor/Insurer No. 6559687055 APN No. 7333016-014 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 07/17/2006. 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 GERARDO H.GUIA, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY AND GUILLERMO, H. GUIA, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY AS JOINT TENANTS., dated 07/17/2006 and recorded 7/25/2006, as Instrument No. 06 1640651, in Book N/A, Page N/A, of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 05/09/2013 at 11:00AM, By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA

91766 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: 407 EAST 228 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 $521,520.30. 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. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 12-0077927. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. DATED: 12/21/2012 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. A4377007 04/11/2013, 04/18/2013, 04/25/2013 4/11, 4/18, 4/25/13 CNS-2470044# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 12-0060767 Title Order No. 12-0107875 APN No. 7320-022-025 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 10/01/2005. 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 LOURDES GUTIERREZ, A MARRIED WOMAN, AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, dated 10/01/2005 and recorded 10/12/2005, as Instrument No. 05 2454721, in Book N/A, Page N/A of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California, will sell on 05/23/2013 at 09:00 AM, Doubletree Hotel Los AngelesNorwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650,Vineyard 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: 1523 EAST HELMICK 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 $431,479.34. 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. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for

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Trustee Sale No. : 20100169810830 Title Order No.: 100506379 FHA/VA/PMI No.: NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 11/02/2005. 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. NDEx West, L.L.C., as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 11/15/2005 as Instrument No. 05 2749943 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. 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). DATE OF SALE: 04/24/2013 TIME OF SALE: 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: BEHIND THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED IN CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA CA. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 306 MONTEREY DRIVE, CARSON, CALIFORNIA 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 $538,052.73. 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. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder ‘s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 916939-0772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site www.nationwideposting.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20100169810830. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: NATIONWIDE POSTING & PUBLICATION A DIVISION OF FIRST AMERICAN TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY 5005 WINDPLAY DRIVE, SUITE 1 EL DORADO HILLS, CA 957629334 916-939-0772 www.nationwideposting.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: 03/27/2013 NPP0215198 OUR WEEKLY 04/04/2013, 04/11/2013, 04/18/2013 4/4, 4/11, 4/18/13 CNS-2466123# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE APN: 7338-027-034 TS No: CA09003882-12-1 TO No: 5910158 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED January 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On May 2, 2013 at 09:00 AM, Vineyard Ballroom at Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, MTC FINANCIAL INC. dba TRUSTEE CORPS, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on February 1, 2007 as Instrument No. 20070218674 and that said Deed of Trust was modified by Modification Agreement recorded on August 24, 2011 as Instrument Number 20111143086 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by ESTHER D. WELLS-TAYLOR, A MARRIED WOMAN AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor(s), in favor of DOVE

CAPITAL CORPORATION as Lender and MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. as nominee for Lender, its successors and/or assigns, 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: LOT 25 OF TRACT NO. 25408, IN THE CITY OF CARSON, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 704 PAGES 51 TO 57, INCLUSIVE OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY. EXCEPTING FROM SAID LAND ALL UNDERLYING WATER, MINERALS, OIL AND OTHER HYDROCARBON SUBSTANCES WITHOUT, HOWEVER, THE RIGHT OF ENTRY ON THE SURFACE OF THE LAND FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF BUT WITH THE RIGHT TO PRODUCE ANY OF THE SAME FROM ANY PORTION OF THE PROPERTY WHICH IS 100 FEET OR MORE BELOW THE GROUND SURFACE AND ALSO WITH THE RIGHT TO DRILL UNDER OR THROUGH THE PROPERTY AT ANY POINT OR POINTS 100 FEET OR MORE BELOW THE GROUND SURFACE FOR THE PRODUCTION OR TRANSPORTATION OF THE SAME, AS RESERVED IN THE DEED FROM DOMINGUEZ ESTATE COMPANY, RECORDED JUNE 12, 1953 AS INSTRUMENT NO. 5863, IN BOOK D- 2064 PAGE 668 OFFICIAL RECORDS. 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: 18425 MILMORE 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. 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 $497,936.34 (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. Notice to Potential Bidders If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a Trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a Trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being

auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same Lender may hold more than one mortgage or Deed of Trust on the property. Notice to Property Owner The sale date shown on this Notice of Sale may be postponed one or more times by the Mortgagee, Beneficiary, Trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about Trustee Sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call Auction.com at 800.280.2832 for information regarding the Trustee’s Sale or visit the Internet Web site address www.Auction.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA09003882-12-1. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: March 27, 2013 TRUSTEE CORPS TS No. CA09003882-12-1 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 949-252-8300 Lupe Tabita, Authorized Signatory SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ONLINE AT www.Auction.com FOR AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL AUCTION.COM at 800.280.2832 TRUSTEE CORPS MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. To the extent your original obligation was discharged, or is subject to an automatic stay of bankruptcy under Title 11 of the United States Code, this notice is for compliance and/or informational purposes only and does not constitute an attempt to collect a debt or to impose personal liability for such obligation. However, a secured party retains rights under its security instrument, including the right to foreclose its lien. A-4374369 04/04/2013, 04/11/2013, 04/18/2013 4/4, 4/11, 4/18/13 CNS-2465737# OUR WEEKLY APN: 7319-038-075 TS No: CA08002823-11-1 TO No: 6379587 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED May 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On April 18, 2013 at 09:00 AM, behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA 91766, MTC FINANCIAL INC. dba TRUSTEE CORPS, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on June 7, 2006 as Instrument No. 06 1249760 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by ROLANDO M SANCHEZ, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor(s), in favor of PINNACLE FINANCIAL CORPORATION as Lender and MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. as nominee for Lender, its successors and/or assigns, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST

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Trustee Sale No. : 20120187409651 Title Order No.: 120390703 FHA/VA/PMI No.: NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 11/24/2010. 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. BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER & WEISS, LLP, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 12/09/2010 as Instrument No. 20101818749 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: DAVID M ARDILLA, 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: 04/24/2013 TIME OF SALE: 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: BEHIND THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED IN CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA CA. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 21817 FIGUEROA ST UNIT 6, CARSON, CALIFORNIA 90745 APN#: 7343-020-083 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 $195,088.91. 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. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder ‘s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale

postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 916939-0772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site www.nationwideposting.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20120187409651. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: NATIONWIDE POSTING & PUBLICATION A DIVISION OF FIRST AMERICAN TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY 5005 WINDPLAY DRIVE, SUITE 1 EL DORADO HILLS, CA 957629334 916-939-0772 www.nationwideposting.com BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER & WEISS, LLP IS ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER & WEISS, LLP as Trustee Dated: 03/25/2013 NPP0215005 OUR WEEKLY 04/04/2013, 04/11/2013, 04/18/2013 4/4, 4/11, 4/18/13 CNS-2466124# OUR WEEKLY

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TSG No.: 7535174 TS No.: CA1200249492 FHA/VA/PMI No.: APN: 7341-001-048 Property Address: 22123 FIGUEROA STREET #114 CARSON, CA 90745 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 04/05/2007. 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 04/24/2013 at 10:00 A.M., First American Title Insurance Company, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 04/13/2007, as Instrument No. 20070888911, in book , page , , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. Executed by: IMELDA DE LA CRUZ, A MARRIED WOMAN AS HER SOLD AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, 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) Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA 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: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEED OF

TRUST APN# 7341-001-048 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 22123 FIGUEROA STREET #114, 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, 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 $379,394.37. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust has deposited all documents evidencing the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust and has declared all sums secured thereby immediately due and payable, and has caused a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be executed. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (916)939-0772 or visit this Internet Web http://search.nationwidepostin g.com/propertySearchTerms.as px, using the file number assigned to this case CA1200249492 Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. 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. First American Title Insurance Company First American Title Insurance Company 3 FIRST AMERICAN WAY SANTA ANA, CA 92707 Date: FOR TRUSTEE’S SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (916)939-0772 First American Title Insurance Company MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Loan Number: 0713914235 Trustee Sale Number: CA1200056353 APN: 7363004-012 Title Order No. 120193096-CA-MSI YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/27/2005. 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 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by the duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. TRUSTOR: ARCHIEVAL H GIRON, A SINGLE MAN Recorded 01/06/2006 as Instrument No. 06 0032904 in Book XX , page XX Loan Modification 05/21/2010 as Instrument No. 20100700814, in Book XX , Page XX of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California Date of Sale: 05/06/2013 at 11:00 A.M. Place of Sale: By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 Property Address is purported to be: 424 WEST 231ST STREET CARSON, CA 90745 APN #: 7363-004-012 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 $438,085.21. 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, plus interest. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the beneficiary, the Trustor or the trustee. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a

trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 714730-2727 or visit this www.lpsasap.com Internet Web site address for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case file number. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: 04/04/2013 Executive Trustee Services, LLC dba ETS Services, LLC 2255 North Ontario Street, Suite 400 Burbank, CA 91504-3120 Sale Line: 714-730-2727 Reinstatement and Payoff Requests: 800.665.3932 Ileanna Petersen, Authorized Signatory Sale Info Website: www.lpsasap.com Automated Sales Line: 714-730-2727 Reinstatement and Payoff Requests: (800)-665-3932 THIS OFFICE IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. A4376544 04/11/2013, 04/18/2013, 04/25/2013 4/11, 4/18, 4/25/13 CNS-2469227# OUR WEEKLY

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this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case 12-0060767. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone/Sale Information: (800) 281-8219 By: RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A-4376603 04/11/2013, 04/18/2013, 04/25/2013 4/11, 4/18, 4/25/13 CNS-2469445# OUR WEEKLY


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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: 17861 ALDERWOOD COURT, CARSON, CA 90746 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 $425,422.79 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the Trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. Notice to Potential Bidders If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a Trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a Trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are

or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same Lender may hold more than one mortgage or Deed of Trust on the property. Notice to Property Owner The sale date shown on this Notice of Sale may be postponed one or more times by the Mortgagee, Beneficiary, Trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about Trustee Sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call Priority Posting and Publishing at 714-573-1965 for information regarding the Trustee’s Sale or visit the Internet Web site address www.priorityposting.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA08002823-11-1. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: March 22, 2013 TRUSTEE CORPS TS No. CA08002823-11-1 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 949-252-8300 Karen Talafus, Authorized Signatory SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.priorityposting.com FOR AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: Priority Posting and Publishing at 714-5731965 TRUSTEE CORPS MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. P1029487 3/28, 4/4, 04/11/2013 3/28, 4/4, 4/11/13 CNS-2464032# OUR WEEKLY Trustee Sale No. 248743CA Loan No. 0023516107 Title Order No. 756366 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 06-23-2006. 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 04-25-2013 at 9:00 AM,

CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 06-29-2006, Book N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 06 1434090, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: BYRON MEJIA AND LEE ANNE MEJIA, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, as Trustor, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., (MERS), SOLELY AS NOMINEE FOR LENDER, RESMAE MORTGAGE CORPORATION, IT’S 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: BEHIND THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED IN CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA, CA Legal Description: LOT 184 OF TRACT NO 11468, IN THE CITY OF CARSON, IN THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 254, PAGES 1 TO 4 INCLUSIVE OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $461,471.37 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 412 EAST 237TH STREET CARSON, CA 90745 APN Number: 7329-040-019 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 e-mail; by face to face meeting. DATE: 03-28-2013 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee REGINA CANTRELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800-892-6902 For Sales Information: www.lpsasap.com or 1-714-7302727 www.priorityposting.com or 1-714-5731965 www.auction.com or 1-800-280-2832 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, this information can be obtained from one of the following three companies: LPS Agency Sales & Posting at (714) 730-2727, or visit the Internet Web site www.lpsasap.com (Registration required to search for sale information) or Priority Posting & Publishing at (714) 573-1965 or visit the Internet Web site www.priorityposting.com (Click on the link for “Advanced Search” to search for sale information), or auction.com at

1-800-280-2832 or visit the Internet Web site www.auction.com, using the Trustee Sale No. shown above. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. P1028310 4/4, 4/11, 04/18/2013 4/4, 4/11, 4/18/13 CNS-2463900# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 12-0024017 Doc ID #0001447511072005N Title Order No. 12-0040536 Investor/Insurer No. 144751107 APN No. 7322-013-007 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 10/02/2006. 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 SANDRA L NEELY, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, dated 10/02/2006 and recorded 10/12/2006, as Instrument No. 06-2269275, in Book N/A, Page N/A, of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 04/25/2013 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los AngelesNorwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard 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: 19113 NESTOR 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 $532,054.85. 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. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 12-0024017. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. DATED: 06/23/2012 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. A4371858 03/28/2013, 04/04/2013, 04/11/2013 3/28, 4/4, 4/11/13 CNS-2463613# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE APN: 7406-032-038 TS No: CA09003991-12-1 TO No: 95302292 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED April 30, 2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On April 25, 2013 at 09:00 AM, Vineyard Ballroom at Doubletree Hotel Los AngelesNorwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, MTC FINANCIAL INC. dba TRUSTEE CORPS, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on May 8, 2007 as Instrument No. 20071109435 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by JORGE C HERRERA AND ANGELICA P

HERRERA HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, as Trustor(s), in favor of INDYMAC BANK, F.S.B., A FEDERALLY CHARTERED SAVINGS BANK as Lender and MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. as nominee for Lender, its successors and/or assigns, 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: 460 E 248TH 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. 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 $394,759.92 (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. Notice to Potential Bidders If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a Trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a Trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same Lender may hold more than one mortgage or Deed of Trust on the property. Notice to Property Owner The sale date shown on this Notice of Sale may be postponed one or more times by the Mortgagee, Beneficiary, Trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about Trustee Sale postponements be made available to you and to the

public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call Auction.com at 800.280.2832 for information regarding the Trustee’s Sale or visit the Internet Web site address www.Auction.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA09003991-12-1. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: March 18, 2013 TRUSTEE CORPS TS No. CA09003991-12-1 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 949-252-8300 Lupe Tabita, Authorized Signatory SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ONLINE AT www.Auction.com FOR AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL AUCTION.COM at 800.280.2832 TRUSTEE CORPS MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. To the extent your original obligation was discharged, or is subject to an automatic stay of bankruptcy under Title 11 of the United States Code, this notice is for compliance and/or informational purposes only and does not constitute an attempt to collect a debt or to impose personal liability for such obligation. However, a secured party retains rights under its security instrument, including the right to foreclose its lien. A-4371324 03/28/2013, 04/04/2013, 04/11/2013 3/28, 4/4, 4/11/13 CNS-2463601# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S No. 1373374-27 APN: 6126-021-017 TRA: 01050 LOAN NO: Xxxxxx4338 REF: Willis, Willie Pearl IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED July 18, 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. On April 24, 2013, at 9:00am, Cal-Western Reconveyance Corporation, as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded July 25, 2006, as Inst. No. 06 1639580 in book XX, page XX of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, executed by Willie Pearl Willis, An Unmarried Woman, 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 specified in section 5102 of the financial code and authorized to do business in this state: Behind the fountain located in civic center plaza, 400 civic Center Plaza Pomona, 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: 17224 Ambler 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. 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


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. A4372448 03/28/2013, 04/04/2013, 04/11/2013 3/28, 4/4, 4/11/13 CNS-2463208# OUR WEEKLY

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-12-508119-AL Order No.: 1162356 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED

OF TRUST DATED 11/25/2005. 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): DOROTHY M DREW, A WIDOW Recorded: 12/1/2005 as Instrument No. 05 2932069 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California; Date of Sale: 4/25/2013 at 9:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Doubletree Hotel Los AngelesNorwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, in the Vineyard Ballroom Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $324,878.02 The purported property address is: 828 E TANNERBERG CT, CARSON, CA 90746 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 7319025-002 NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800280-2832 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site http://www.qualityloan.com , using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-12-508119-AL . Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. 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 Corporation 2141 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619-6457711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 800-280-2832 Or Login to: http://www.qualityloan.com Reinstatement Line: (866) 6457711 Ext 5318 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. TS No.: CA-12508119-AL IDSPub #0047975 3/28/2013 4/4/2013 4/11/2013 3/28, 4/4, 4/11/13 CNS-2461752# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S No. 1370263-27 APN: 7380-014-027 TRA: 01050 LOAN NO: Xxxxxx6850 REF: Brown, Lurlean IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED November 22, 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. On April 17, 2013, at 9:00am, Cal-Western Reconveyance Corporation, as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded November 30, 2006, as Inst. No. 20062652834 in book XX, page XX of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, executed by Lurlean Brown, A Married Woman As Her Sole and Separate Property, 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 specified in section 5102 of the financial code and authorized to do business in this state: Behind the fountain located in civic center plaza, 400 civic Center Plaza Pomona, 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: 20209 Hillford 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. 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: $424,515.00. 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. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (619)590-1221 or visit the internet website www.rppsales.com, using the file number assigned to this case 1370263-27. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web Site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. For sales information:(619)590-1221. Cal-Western Reconveyance Corporation, 525 East Main Street, P.O. Box 22004, El Cajon, CA 92022-9004 Dated: March 18, 2013. (R-427756 03/28/13, 04/04/13, 04/11/13) 3/28, 4/4, 4/11/13 CNS-2461575# OUR WEEKLY

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 11-0113427 Doc ID #0001377108672005N Title Order No. 11-0095513 Investor/Insurer No. 137710867 APN No. 7308-008-021 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 04/21/2006. 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. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by SAMUEL A. MEISENHOLDER AND DONNA A. MEISENHOLDER, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, dated 04/21/2006 and recorded 5/3/2006, as Instrument No. 06 0969047, in Book N/A, Page N/A, of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 04/25/2013 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los AngelesNorwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard 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: 2610 EAST HARRISON STREET,

CARSON, CA, 90810. 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 $460,278.92. 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. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 11-0113427. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. DATED: 01/07/2012 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. A4371297 03/28/2013, 04/04/2013, 04/11/2013 3/28, 4/4, 4/11/13 CNS-2461772# OUR WEEKLY

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-11-459708-AB Order No.: 5700655 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 2/23/2007. 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. 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): CHRIS ORAGUZIE AND REGINA ORAGUZIE HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS Recorded: 3/1/2007 as Instrument No. 20070445170 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California; Date of Sale: 4/25/2013 at 11:00 AM Place of Sale: By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $917,766.47 The purported property address is: 20030 RADLETT AVENUE, CARSON, CA 90746 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 7380014-011 NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 714730-2727 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site

http://www.qualityloan.com , using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-11-459708-AB . Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. 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 Corporation 2141 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619-6457711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 714-730-2727 Or Login to: http://www.qualityloan.com Reinstatement Line: (866) 6457711 Ext 5318 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. TS No.: CA-11459708-AB IDSPub #0048112 4/4/2013 4/11/2013 4/18/2013 4/4, 4/11, 4/18/13 CNS-2463137# OUR WEEKLY

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 12-0016444 Doc ID #0001595259532005N Title Order No. 12-0026739 Investor/Insurer No. 159525953 APN No. 7323-005-039 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 03/15/2007. 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 JEANNE MCCLELLAN AND ROBERT S MCCLELLAN,, dated 03/15/2007 and recorded 5/18/2007, as Instrument No. 20071217615, in Book N/A, Page N/A, of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 04/25/2013 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-

Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard 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: 1744 EAST DIMONDALE DRIVE, 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 $576,722.49. 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. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 12-0016444. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. DATED: 06/02/2012 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063

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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: $247,548.58. 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. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (619)590-1221 or visit the internet website www.rppsales.com, using the file number assigned to this case 1373374-27. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web Site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. For sales information:(619)590-1221. Cal-Western Reconveyance Corporation, 525 East Main Street, P.O. Box 22004, El Cajon, CA 92022-9004 Dated: March 22, 2013. (R-427977 04/04/13, 04/11/13, 04/18/13) 4/4, 4/11, 4/18/13 CNS-2463273# OUR WEEKLY


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