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Bound up in the school-to-prison pipeline ■ California budget in a state of lockdown BY MERDIES HAYES OW CONTRIBUTOR

California’s balance sheet is mired in an unusual dilemma: while the criminal justice portion of the state budget has shot up, the higher education portion has shot down. During recessions, higher education budgets typically experience significant state funding cuts (money for proposed construction projects, campus refurbishment, scholarships/grants) but the corrections budget remains about the same. Californians have witnessed since 1980 the corrections portion of the general fund grow steadily from 2.9 percent to 9.7 percent, while the higher education portion has dropped from 15.7 percent to 10.3 percent. This has resulted in more funding for new prisons, guards and the requisite bureaucracy, thereby leading to an ever-growing criminal justice payroll. Nationwide, crime rates have been falling for more than a decade (due partly to better interdepartmental communication between the various auspices of law enforcement), but there has been a 33 percent increase in the number of inmates. There are about 2 million people incarcerated in the United States—the highest in the industrialized world—and approximately 10.4 percent of African American males between the ages of 25 and 29 years are behind bars. This compares with 2.4 percent of Latino males and 1.2 percent of White males. Parolees and those on probation often use the term “system” in reference to a frustrating, debilitative cycle of contact with the justice system. A criminal record can result in a first-time offender being ordered to pay mandatory fees when they are referred to drug court or to a halfway house. The cost of utilities/services (lights, gas, water) are charged to the offender, all which result in months or even of years of monetary restitution. Prior to the passage of Prop. 98 last year, backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, California’s budget for higher education was regularly reduced to make way for a perceived increase in inmates because of the on-going Three Strikes policy, illegal immigration, and the economic downturn; the latter, some criminologists suggest, can lead to more petty theft, more property crimes and increased juvenile delinquency because of cutbacks in after-school programs. Once receiving five times more funding than corrections, higher education and corrections in California are now about even—$1.3 billion for prisons, $1.4 billion for colleges. Corrections personnel in California often earn much more than a college professor or a secondary school teacher. In 1980, an average California prison guard earned $25,858 a year, while a California State University faculty member earned $29,015. In 2006, the average prison guard salary had jumped to $94,518 while the typical professor made $70,615. Recent pension-reform efforts nationwide have reviewed such disparities of state prison worker salaries against other state workers, with many such pension plans being reduced for new prison guards. “Over the past 30 years, the state has dropped the ball when it comes to funding higher education,” said Mike Polyakov, a research director with California Common Sense which in September 2012 released a comparative analysis of, essentially, jail versus education. “In light of its diminished support for higher education, we cannot ignore the state prison system’s rapid expansion during the same period, because the two systems compete for state money from the general fund.” The criminal justice system monitors about 7.3 million people. All told, the U.S. spends about $74 billion annually on criminal justice, employing more than 800,000 people. Of the 2 million inmates, 900,000 are Black (or one in 11). This compares with one in 27 Latinos and one in 45 Whites. Blacks make up 39.4 percent of the U.S. prison population, yet comprise only 13.6 percent of the U.S. citizenry. Some sociologists suggest that the nation’s varied ethnic makeup itself is a reason why this is so, as well as to why so many private citizens possess one or more firearms. These scholars theorize that if the United States had a more homogeneous population (i.e. Japan, China, Scandinavia) prison statistics would be different because there would be less racial anxiety. “More African American men are in prison or jail, on probation or

“In Los Angeles, any time a kid is stopped in a so-called ‘drug area’ they are carded…”

parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began,” said Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” Her book speculates that the masses of ordinary African Americans are being relegated to the status of a “racial caste” because of the connection between high dropout rates in the inner city and the steadily rising number of Black inmates. This year the Department of Justice investigated school officials in Meridian, Miss., for operating a school-to-prison pipeline, which reportedly incarcerated mostly Black and disabled youth for disciplinary infractions as minor as dress-code violations. Though the investigation did not outline specific allegations of wrongdoing by the school district, federal officials discovered that police there routinely arrested students without probable cause when the school in question wanted to press charges for a campus violation. Once arrested, youth court places the child on probation. If another campus rule is broken, the student has violated probation and can be jailed. “You don’t have to go to Mississippi to find the school-to-prison pipeline. It’s happening everyday right here,” said Clyde Oden, Ph.D., pastor of Bryant Temple AME in Los Angeles. The church has served the past eight years as a “welcoming place” to reintroduce paroled persons back into society. “In Los Angeles, any time a kid is stopped in a so-called ‘drug area’ they are carded,” Oden explained. “This is called a sub-arrest or a system of tracking. New York City calls it ‘stop-and-frisk’; the LAPD and sheriff’s department refer to it as ‘stop-and-record.’ If the kid has (a subsequent stop or detainment) then they have a ‘jacket’ and this serves as a portal to the pipeline. This is part of the ‘gang abatement’ policy, which is implemented specifically in minority and impoverished areas.” The 2009 Gang Abatement and Prevention Act, sponsored by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), was introduced to allocate $411 million in funding for gang prevention/intervention by schools and civic groups. If it had passed, SB 132 would have increased funding for Justice Department prosecutors, FBI agents and others to increase investiga-

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tions and prosecutions of gangs. Also, the bill would have replaced current federal sentencing guidelines for gang-related conduct (a provision rarely used) with new federal anti-gang laws that directly criminalize and substantially increase penalties for violent street gangs. Such attire as Oakland Raiders jackets or caps, sagging trousers, or Khaki pants with a white T-shirt could be construed as gang-related conduct. Some of the provisions of the bill are already in use by law enforcement, particularly the “stop-and-frisk” component in the inner city as are various public dress-code violations among Black and Latino youth (i.e. the aforementioned “gang attire”). They have been part of municipal codes for years. A 2010 UCLA study examined the “pipeline” among California school districts and found, in many cases, such disciplinary failures are not attributable to the children, but rather to deficiencies of institutions charged with caring for them. The study suggests that the increase in early arrests has resulted from failure of public institutions to meet the educational and social development needs of children of color. Among the reasons are overcrowded classrooms, a racially isolated learning environment, insufficient funding for counselors/career guidance and obsolete textbooks—all factors which often lead to a second-rate education. The UCLA study also found some California schools may unwittingly encourage dropouts in response to pressures from “test-driven” accountability standards—an unintended consequence of the Bush administration’s “No Child Left Behind” policy. This method of teaching reportedly creates an incentive to push out low-achieving students in order to boost overall test scores. Students who suffer most from this policy, research demonstrates, are low-income, minority, English-language learners, homeless youth, foster children and disabled children. Author Alexander said the increase in minority prisoners is largely due to the war on drugs which, for three decades, has been waged almost exclusively in poor communities of color. Much like receiving a military dishonorable discharge, she asserts, Blacks who live under the jurisdiction of the criminal justice system are disenfranchised socially— no job opportunities, housing discrimination, loss of voting rights, exclusion from jury service, denial of school loans and military exclusion. With millions of Californians in the state criminal history file, state Attorney General Kamala Harris has vowed to “close the revolving door” on crime by enacting programs to reduce the high rate of Black recidivism. In trying to reduce the overcrowded prison population, Harris has focused so far on “high-risk” parolees among released prisoners—the “… highest in the nation. The system is failing us and crying out for reform,” she said in a 2010 interview with San Francisco’s KQED News. “It is an extreme burden to us in terms of public safety and our budget.” The poor job market has made Harris’ objective more difficult. A 2010 report from the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice indicated having a job is a key factor in helping paroled inmates stay out of prison. Reportedly, 40 percent of California employers either “probably” or “definitely” would not be willing to hire applicants with a criminal record. Up to 80 percent of former inmates from county lock-ups to state prison remain unemployed one year after release. Harris believes inmates’ skills should be assessed while they are incarcerated “ . . . to determine the most appropriate educational programs, vocational training and job placement.” She said the plan will require engaging employers as strategic partners in shaping programs and providing on-going training. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca wants to repurpose a portion of the existing Twin Towers jail facility downtown into an educational component as part of his “Education Based Incarceration” policy. Baca said in March that “jails should not simply warehouse people,” but, instead provide rehabilitation and remedial educational services to reduce recidivism. He also suggested college coursework be made available to qualified inmates. Alexander notes that, since the 1950s, “The rhetoric of ‘law and order’ has gradually replaced the rhetoric of segregation among the rightwing activists, especially politicians, who demanded tough punitive legislation and police action.” The term “law and order” was also the 1968 slogan of the Nixon presidential campaign, which saw rising tides of dissent among young African Americans as a sign of national social upheaval. By 1980, the fervency of the new “war on drugs” had begun to ensnare tens of thousands of African Americans into the web of the criminal justice system. “The war on drugs has had a devastating impact on African

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Homelessness, God and me ■ An angel watching over me BY GAIL CHOICE OW CONTRIBUTOR

How many times have you heard, “Ask and it shall be given …?” For far too many of us they are just words from the Bible we recite mindlessly or that we don’t take seriously. But for the very wise, the phrase is freedom. I’ve read the Bible off and on all of my life, but I never really thought about putting the words into action, putting real, directed faith in the Word of God. I just wasn’t consistent in my beliefs; anything could derail me. The night I was chased away from the parking lot where I was surrounded by other homeless people by

the guy in the big red truck, I was forced to put my life into proper perspective. I could have lost my life that night; I could have been yet another anonymous Black woman found dead somewhere under the night sky. I realized that just because I was in a bad situation didn’t mean that I had to stay there. God invites us to ask him for what we need or even want. That night, I wanted to be off the street. I broke my own rule of “having to be invited in” and called a friend of mine and asked if I could spend the remainder of the night at her home. Without hesitating she said yes. That one night turned into three nights and four days, which means a lot when you don’t have a home. Being homeless helped me regain a sense of who I am as a child of God. I felt myself growing stronger and stronger in the face of adversity, because I knew God had my back. I started getting a feeling that I was going “through the valley of the shadow of

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death” for a reason. I had a vision of an angel standing by my car on the driver’s side while I slept inside at my storage parking lot just after daybreak. He was tall and slim, but I couldn’t tell his nationality because he was dressed in heavy armor. I remember his headdress because it was so unique. It had thin flowing red feathers that came down his back. He stood straight and silent, I remember the stillness that surrounded him, and I had the feeling that nothing would get past him. I was still on the street, but I was getting a firsthand lesson on the power of prayer and how it changes things. I started asking for more work, and I got it. Certain bills had to be paid on time. I prayed and I was able to pay my bills. Mind you, part of my problem was the inconsistent manner in which all of my freelance or contract accounts paid. Sometimes I have to wait weeks for a payment to come through, but through prayer the money would come right on time. The man in the red truck came after me again about two weeks later. I was fed up with being bullied by an unknown man in a big red truck. He spotted me at my storage facility and proceed-

School to prison from COVER STORY page 3 American communities on a scale entirely out of proportion with the actual dimensions of criminal activity taking place within these communities.” Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) is the nation’s largest private-prison conglomerate, controlling more than 47 percent of “for-profit” prisons and jail beds. The return on its original investment has been handsome: about 13 to 15 percent profit a year. For about three decades CCA has operated 67 prisons in 20 states and the District of Columbia (roughly 92,000 jail cots) with CCA owning 47 prisons outright. In 1999, two publicly traded companies—CCA Prison Realty and Corrections Corporation of America—merged to form New Prison Realty, which summarily bought up land and built new facilities. During this time, the U.S. prison population increased dramatically from 300,000 to the present number. Private prisons offer a significant cost advantage over government-run facilities. In 2007, the Pew Charitable Trusts found it cost the government about $24,000 per inmate annually, while the CCA could beat that price by $8,000 per inmate. In June of 2012, the CCA issued a 20 percent quarterly dividend, which indicated a yield of 2.6 percent. CCA has averaged a 9.5 percent net profit yearly since 2007. Because very little of this large profit margin is returned to state coffers (along with reports of inmate abuse, financial irregularities and lack of oversight)

“More African American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began…” California will end its association with private prisons by 2016. Among the private prisons in California are Adelanto Community Correctional Facility in Adelanto, Baker Community Correctional Facility in San Bernardino, California City Corrections Center in California City, Canteen Corrections in Fresno, Chester Pointe Center in San Diego, El Monte Center in El Monte and Mesa Verde Community Correctional Facility in Bakersfield. Prison (inmates) workers produce everything from designer sport shoes and sunglasses to computer keyboards and office furniture. Private-sector manufacturers Victoria’s Secret, CMT Blues, Steelcase and Target Corp. use prison labor. Insurance, financial and manufacturing leaders such as All State,

Merrill Lynch, American Express and General Electric have purchased stock in private prisons. Aeronautics/defense giants McDonnell DouglasBoeing, Lockheed-Martin, General Dynamics and Bell-Textron also utilize prison workers who receive no union protection, no overtime pay, no vacation days, no pension benefits and no health and safety protection. The 1930s saw a federal ban placed on the interstate transport and sale of prison-made goods being sold on the open market. In 1979, however, the Prison Industries Enhancement Act exempted state prisons from this regulation, but stipulated that inmates receive a prevailing minimum wage. Also, jobs held by civilian workers could not be moved behind bars. Inmates nationwide do not receive the

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ed to follow me. This time I didn’t run. I pulled my car over in the parking lot, turned off my car lights and waited for him to get out of his truck. As always he parked right behind me so I couldn’t back up. So, I grabbed a little knifelike cooking utensil I had in my car for protection. If he had the nerve to approach my car, my plan was to kick my car door open and start slicing and dicing without saying a word. I was ready to kick some butt, but something apparently spooked him. After about 10 minutes, he pulled off. Breathing a sigh of relief, I knew this man would never bother me again. I thanked God for my protection. Frankly, I didn’t know how I was going to stop living in my car. I wasn’t afraid any more, but I wasn’t foolish either. I felt as though I was in a kind of cocoon, and nothing could hurt me. I wanted desperately to get off the street but illogically I couldn’t articulate that to God. I’d pray to Jesus that He would ask God for me because my prayers seemed so weak and feeble. Then things started changing in a way I couldn’t imagine. I’ll share those changes with you in my next article … But mind you, change didn’t come overnight.

federal minimum wage and, instead, get an average of less than $1 per hour pay. In what was once termed “peonage” during Reconstruction, thousands of African Americans in the South were placed in a form of involuntary servitude based on alleged debt or indebtedness. As late as 1915, at least six former slave-holding states had statutes which made it possible to place men in shackles and compel them to labor for others (lumber companies, agricultural firms, mining, road crews, etc.) against their will. This was because the lush lumber, iron ore, turpentine and cotton belts of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama were economically fertile regions where White entrepreneurs still subjugated Blacks to near-slave conditions. Like the arbitrary nature of the “war on drugs,” these African American men were often arrested on petty charges (vagrancy, malicious mischief or generally not showing deference to a White person) and usually could not pay the fine. The prisoners could then be hired out to private firms to provide free work, thereby allowing the company to save on employee fees and quickly pay the original fine, typically small, but still out of reach for impoverished Blacks. Alexander believes the “war on drugs,” through its “ … persistent racial inequality,” has created a racial caste system with mass incarceration being it most salient point. “The criminal justice system,” she states, “together with the larger web of laws, rules, policies and customs, racial stigmatization and permanent marginalization serves as a gateway. The members of the new ‘undercaste,’ once released from prison, face a hidden world of legalized discrimination and permanent social exclusion.”

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Angela Davis still taking her message to the masses ■ She draws big crowd to Urban Issues Forum BY GREGG REESE OW CONTRIBUTOR

Of all the provocative images that emerged from the counterculture era of the 1960s and 1970s, none was as compelling as that of a striking young philosophy professor, her hair fashioned in a perfectly coiffed Afro, with clenched fist held high in perhaps the ultimate symbol of Black militancy. Aside from her forceful physical presence, Angela Yvonne Davis’ radical politics and association with the Black Panthers and Communist Party drew the ire of none other than then-California Governor Ronald Reagan, who moved to have her unseated from her newly acquired professorship at UCLA in 1969. Subsequent links to radical factions, and her purchase of firearms used in a botched attempt to free best-selling author, convicted armed robber, and “Soledad Brother” George L. Jackson from a Marin County courthouse led to a warrant being issued for her arrest, her flight from authorities, and the consequential placement on the FBI’s most wanted list. In the saga that followed, she became a cause célèbre for the fashionable left prior to and following her acquittal, after which she continued her career as an author, activist, and distinguished academic at scores of prestigious institutions of higher learning. (See Leo Branton Jr. on page 6) In the years since, Davis has expressed regret about the commercialization of her likeness, equivalent to being “reduced to a hairstyle.” This legacy notwithstanding, she continues to be a persuasive advocate for critical thought and social consciousness, with a particular focus on the ongoing global incarceration explosion. This was one of the subjects she touched on in her recent address to a packed house as the latest speaker of the Urban Issues Breakfast Forum at the California African American Museum. Her appearance drew scores of Black folks who regard themselves as her contemporaries in that volatile era. One anonymous gentleman recalled that his own activism as a student at Howard University resulted in government scrutiny, which inhibited his pursuit of a law degree and legal career. The appearance of Davis is thus, an emo-

tional touchstone and a form of generational transference for baby boomers of color. As might be expected, such a crowd was more than receptive as she warmed to the contemporary topics of 21st-century abolition, economic subjugation, and mass incarceration. Using last year’s motion picture, “Lincoln,” as a topical benchmark, she noted that the 16th president’s decision to end slavery was a choice rooted in political practicality rather than morality. This notion of convenience and pragmatism continues today as Davis, an avowed communist, laid the blame for society’s ills at the feet of American capitalism and a mindset of profit above all. In short, Black people have become additional fodder for the nation’s “disposable populations.” Davis says that a grim byproduct of this “lock-em up” mentality is often a massive layoff of a gainfully employed work force. Chronic joblessness means legions of the idle unemployed may be extra susceptible to the lure of illicit activity. Referencing her own history, she suggested that Reagan, her old nemesis, perfected his repressive policies in California before applying them on a national scale during his presidency Davis said building upon the idea of practicality, some believe the solution to an influx of criminal offenders is to “make their punishment profitable,” via the trend of prison privatization. Expanding this concept from state to federal level, the next logical progression is international in scope. The average American is unaware of how pervasive this issue is, she says, partially because of an overall shortsightedness as it relates to the world’s problems. To illustrate this, Davis referenced the global security conglomerate G4S, the largest employer in South Africa (its crown jewel being the Mangaung Correctional Centre, the second largest private prison in the world), with operations in more than 100 other countries. Much of its recent growth is concentrated in unstable (or, for the euphemistically inclined, “developing”) countries; the prison “culture” is being exported to South America, with construction under way on a massive correctional facility in Colombia. Davis touched upon a recent trip to Israel and Palestine, a place where G4S figures prominently. She said that apart from the chance to reconnect with several comrades in solidarity from her days as a

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Revolutionary icon Angela Davis addressed a standing-room only crowd at the California African American Museum, top, last Friday during the Urban Issues Breakfast Forum of Greater Los Angeles produced each month by Anthony Asadullah Samad, Ph.D., bottom.

fugitive and prisoner, she was confronted by the plight of the on-going tension between Israeli and native Palestinians. For Davis this was a revelation, because she discovered segregation in some ways more rigid than the pre-civil rights era of her youth. Aside from the more well-publicized occupied areas, she discovered Palestinian motorists were required to have special license plates.

Davis acknowledges the significant milestones achieved in America’s recent history, but cautioned against complacency. To drive home the prohibition against smug self-satisfaction, she paraphrased a quote from one of her correspondents, a man still stifled by the yoke of incarceration: “There may be a Black man in the White House, but there are a million Black men in the Big House.”

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Minister Leslie Watson Malachi, center, surrounded by ministers who took part in a session on gun violence that was opened to the media at the African American Leadership Council’s Spring Clergy Training Institute on Tuesday.

Clergy leaders target issue of gun violence in the community ■ They shoot down Washington’s dialogue to put forth their own views BY STANLEY O. WILLIFORD OW EDITOR

A group of African American clergy from around the nation, sensing the need to redefine the dialogues concerning gun control, issued a call to commitment to the Black church and the community. Opening its doors briefly to the media, the African American Leadership Council at its Spring Clergy Training Institute at the Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel, held a session on Tuesday on the problem of gun violence. The conference concludes today. Minister Leslie Watson Malachi, director of African American Religious Affairs for People for the American Way, told the group that there was a need for ministers to become more visible and more vocal than they had been in the past. “We need to be a part of the U.S. Senate conversation,” Malachi said. “This is not just about what’s happening in Washington, not just about Congress ….” “About 75 percent of the deaths that occur in our community are not from assault weapons,” the Rev. Timothy McDonald III, senior pastor of First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., told the gathering. “They are from handguns. And the pro-

posals that have gone out, particularly in Washington—for political reasons—have been around assault weapons and magazines. That’s important, but it is secondary to what is really happening in our communities. “We have to make sure that as we talk about gun violence that we keep before the elected officials and the powers that be that we’re not excluding handguns, because gun violence in our community is primarily perpetuated by those that use handguns,” he said. “It’s not an accident that gun violence is occurring in our communities 10 times more than other communities; and it’s not an accident that our young Black boys are being locked up in jail at disproportionate levels.” He said the community needs to redefine and recapture the argument. Violence, he added, is a moral question. The Rev. John E. Cager, president of the AME Ministerial Alliance of Southern California, told the group: “It does not make sense, that in many of our states it is harder to get a library card than a gun. Then we wonder why our children aren’t reading, but they’re shooting up the streets.” Cager noted: “Everybody wants to wrap themselves up in the second admendment. ‘These are my second amendment rights.’ It sounds a lot like these are our states’ rights,” he said. “There are some coded terminologies that are going on.”

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■ A legal lion who stood for social justice A celebration of life for noted civil rights and entertainment attorney Leo Branton Jr. still pending as of late Wednesday. Branton passed away on Friday, April 19, at Kaiser Cadillac Hospital in Los Angeles at age 91. Born in Pine Bluff, Ark., on Feb. 17, 1922, to Leo and Pauline (Wiley) Branton Sr., he was the eldest of five siblings. He attended schools in Pine Bluff and then earned his B.A. with honors from Tennessee State University in 1942. As the only African American in his class at Northwestern University Law School in Chicago, he obtained his J.D. in 1948 after military service in the U.S. Army. He married Geraldine (Pate) Branton of Jackson, Tenn., in 1955. She preceded him in death in 2006. Branton had many firsts. Among them, the first to successfully challenge the unconstitutional practice of denying jury duty to African Americans in Riverside, Calif.; first Black attorney to become a member of the State Bar Review Board, which ruled on all disciplinary proceedings against California attorneys, and one of the first Black attorneys to represent such prominent entertainers as Nat King Cole, Dorothy Dandridge, Inger Stevens, Richard Pryor, Miles Davis, and Jimi Hendrix to name a few. Branton was recently featured as the lead attorney in the movie, “Free Angela Davis and all Political Prisoners.” In fact, as the lead attorney in the famous 1971 trial in Santa Clara County, where Davis was charged with the murder of a judge and the permanent paralysis of a district attorney, Branton brought about an acquittal before an all-White jury. In 1972, he defended members of the Black Panther Party

charged with various felonies after a shootout with the LAPD. Through his pro bono work, all 13 defendants were eventually acquitted of all major charges. As an ardent foe of the death penalty, Branton battled through the courts and within the public arena. He considered his efforts, and those of attorney Charles Garry, to amend the death sentence of Wesley Robert Wells to life without parole after more than 10 years on death row, to be his proudest achievement as an attorney. In 1972, after the Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional, Branton procured Wells’ complete release from prison on a petition for writ of habeas corpus. His courage and leadership have been recognized by the ACLU, NAACP, Langston Bar Association, among many others. He received the ACLU Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. Branton and his wife Geraldine often hosted Rosa Parks, John F. Kennedy Jr., and James Foreman, national director of SNCC, as guests in their home. As an astute and successful businessman, Branton often helped others in their businesses with legal advice. After almost 62 years of practice, he still kept active and practiced the last 10 years pro bono. Branton is survived by son, Leo “Chip” Branton, stepsons Anthony “Tony” Nicholas and Paul Nicholas; a brother, Sterling Branton; a sister, Julia Branton Jones; grandchildren, Thomas Nicholas, Nicole Nicholas, Gerald Nicholas, Cathie Nicholas and Paul Nicholas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the ACLU of Southern California, 1313 W. 8th St, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90017, or the Rosa Parks Institute, 535 Griswold St., Suite 111513, Detroit, MI 48226. For further information call (323) 732-6808.


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CalFresh promotes healthy eating Jury seated in $40 billion ■ Helps low-income families, individuals Despite the fact that a record 1.13 million individuals in Los Angeles County received CalFresh benefits in January 2013, there are still many residents in immediate need of assistance who are unaware that they may be eligible for the benefit. Consequently, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted to launch another campaign reminding people that May is CalFresh Awareness Month and that the help is available. Additionally, the compaign is designed to promote healthier food choices in the nation’s largest and most diverse county. In its third year of observance, CalFresh Awareness Month has become one of the most comprehensive and coordinated efforts in the State of California to bring awareness to the availability of the federally-funded supplemental nutrition food benefit that helps low-income families and individuals. According to the United Stated Department of Agriculture, the number of nationwide homes lacking adequate food more than tripled in the last four years. Studies suggest that household hunger negatively impacts the intellectual, physical, and emotional development of children and puts them at greater risks for obesity, diabetes and other diseases. This year, the campaign will again place a heavy

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focus on the nutritional benefits of CalFresh, enlisting the help of the Department of Public Health administered Network for a Healthy California, local farmers’ markets, food banks and school districts, to emphasize the benefits of healthier food choices and exercise. The annual campaign’s community kick-off event will take place on Monday, April 29, at Superior Market in Lynwood. The 39-store grocery chain is serving this year as a major CalFresh outreach partner, utilizing its locations to share information with the community. For more information, visit dpss.lacounty.gov/dpss/calfresh or call the DPSS Customer Service Center at (866) 613-3777. CalFresh highlights: • You may be eligible to receive CalFresh benefits, whether or not you work, if you have a low income. • The benefits can be used to purchase seeds and plants to grow food for household use. • The average amount of CalFresh benefits received per household is about $200 per month. • CFAP is a state-funded Calfresh program for legal permanent non-citizens residing in the U.S., and determined ineligible for federal food stamp benefits solely due to their immigration status. • If you are receiving SSI/SSP, you cannot receive CalFresh benefits in California. However, your family may be eligible to receive CalFresh benefits.

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■ Black Writers on Tour connects authors and readers Black Writers on Tour 2013 rolls into the Carson Community Center on April 27 for a day of discussions, workshops, performances and more. The event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 801 E. Carson St. in Carson, is free and will feature 10 seminars and workshops for writers, aspiring writers and the general public. There are seven free seminars, including a poetry jam competition from 4-6 p.m., and a “Let the Elders Speak” forum from 1-2:30 p.m. featuring individuals 65 to 100 speaking on the topic: “Facing Today’s Challenges, the Role of the Elders and What they Must do to Shape a Better Future for the Next Generation.” Another session from 12:30-1:30 p.m. will present a close-up look at the jobs/careers in the publishing

industry, and finally an open mic will be held from 12 p.m. The 12 paid seminars range from “What You Need to Know When Writing Poetry” to a creative writing class for beginners, to what literary agents are looking for. The cost ranges from $50 for one seminar to $100 for all of them. For additional information about Black Writers on Tour, contact organizers at 1425 W. Manchester Ave., Ste. B, Los Angeles, (323) 750-3592.

Jackson wrongful death trial ■ Alternates must be chosen for the case CITY NEWS SERVICE

A six-man, six-woman jury was seated Monday in the trial of Katherine Jackson’s $40 billion negligenthiring lawsuit against the promoters of her late son Michael Jackson’s ill-fated London concert series over Conrad Murray’s work as the pop superstar’s personal physician. Attorneys in the case still need to pick alternate jurors for the trial, which is expected to last about three months. Jackson contends in her lawsuit, filed in September 2010, that AEG Live was liable for hiring Murray to be the pop star’s personal physician. Murray administered propofol—a powerful sedative—to Jackson, who died June 25, 2009, at age 50 of acute propofol intoxication. Jackson was staying at a rented Holmby Hills estate while he was rehearsing for the London concerts. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death and was sentenced in November 2011 to four years in the Los Angeles County jail. AEG attorneys have denied any wrongdoing and contended that the pop superstar had a drug problem long before he agreed to the London concerts. Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit was filed on behalf of herself and her son’s three children, Michael Jr., ParisMichael Katherine and Prince Michael. AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam has maintained that his clients never hired Murray and that the cardiologist, in fact, had been one of many doctors who treated the singer in the past. Putnam also said Jackson had a drug problem for years before he entered into any agreements to perform on behalf of AEG Live. Putnam said a proposed contract between Murray and AEG Live was never executed before Jackson’s death. However, a judge found that a contract could be implied by various actions taken by the company, including discussions to pay him $150,000 a month. Attorneys for the Jacksons maintain that AEG Live, in allegedly hiring Murray, gave little consideration to red flags showing that the doctor was in debt and was not a board-certified cardiologist.

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On March 1, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos pared the case, tossing aside all other claims that could hold AEG Live liable for Jackson’s death. Defense attorneys had moved for dismissal of the entire complaint, saying that two years of litigation failed to show the company or its executives did anything wrong. Palazuelos dismissed Timothy Leiweke, AEG Inc.’s former president and chief executive officer, and that company as defendants. But her final ruling kept Paul Gongaware, co-chief executive officer of Concerts West (a division of AEG Live) and AEG Live president and chief executive officer Brandon Phillips in the case. Gongaware stated in a sworn declaration that he never told Jackson or any of his doctors what medications the singer should take. “At no point did I ever require Jackson to take propofol,” Gongaware stated. “I had no idea Jackson was taking propofol until after I learned how Jackson died in press reports. I had no suspicions whatsoever that Dr. Murray was giving Jackson propofol.” But the Jackson attorneys point to an email Gongaware penned less than two weeks before Jackson died to tour director Kenny Ortega after the latter expressed concerns that Murray had kept Jackson from a rehearsal the day before. “We want to remind (Murray) that it is AEG, not MJ, who is paying his salary,” Gongaware wrote. “We want to remind him what is expected of him.”

$10,000 reward in $ hit-and-run death h T Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is offering a $10,000 The rreward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person rresponsible for the hit-and-run incident that killed 26-year-old Keith Conception of Los Angeles, an aspiring teacher. On Friday, Feb. 15, C 2013, Conception was on the northbound 110 Harbor Freeway, south of 2 Florence Avenue in Los Angeles, at approximately 3:30 a.m. According F tto the California Highway Patrol, he had been in a minor traffic accident and was struck by another vehicle when he exited his car. a

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Practical Politics ■ No. 42 paid the price, but who will follow? BY DAVID L. HORNE OW CONTRIBUTOR

What happens when you’ve pried the door wide open with courage and persistence, and those for whom the deed was done lose interest in walking through it? The new movie “42” (a very good piece of work, by the way, that should be seen by everybody) depicts the story of Jack Roosevelt Robinson’s first year in major league baseball (1947) as the major character in the glorious experiment of integrating modern professional baseball. The most intense examples of the racial hatred spat at Robinson were thankfully not shown in the movie (they could have caused riots by some moviegoers), but the deep love shared between Robinson and his young bride, Rachel, was priceless in the movie. So was the relationship between the Robinsons and aspiring journalist Wendell Smith, who was instrumental in recommending Robinson to Branch Rickey for this historic drama. Smith became a highly accomplished sports writer and reporter himself during the Robinson era, and well-known sports journalist Brian Gumbel recently noted that Smith was the inspiration for Gumbel’s career in sports. As is well known, Jackie Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers for 10 years, and had a Hall of Fame career in spite of every attempt to undermine him (including winning the first league Rookie of the

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

All cities have street gangs. Some can be violent and others can be criminal organizations. Los Angeles, without a doubt, is the world hub of ethnic street gangs. Blacks have the Bloods, Crips and Pirus while Asian Americans have the Asian Boyz, Fullerton Boys, Kkangpae, Menace of Destruction, and Satanas. Chinese have the Four Seas, United Bamboo Gang, Wah Ching and White Dragon while Whites have Armenian Power, Aryan Brotherhood, Hells Angels MC, Nazi Low Riders and Public Enemy No. 1. Hispanics have the most gang activity. Some of their larger gangs are 13th Street, 18th Street, 38th Street, Clanton 14, Mexican Mafia (prison gang), Mongols MC, MS-13, Nortenos, Nuestra Familia (prison gang), Avenues, The Rascals, Tooner Ville Rifa 13, Varrio Nuevo Estrada and White Fence. Keep in mind these are just the larger gangs and many of them have divisions known as “sets.” Black neighborhoods in Los Angeles experienced the formation of clubs after World War II and lasting until the first Watts Riot (1965). These clubs soon

Year Award in 1947, winning the league Most Valuable Player twice, etc.). In 2004, major league baseball implemented (the decision was made in 1998) the now-famous and completely unique ritual of annually getting all major league baseball players to wear number 42, Robinson’s retired number, in all April 15 ball games. No other sport does that, and no other baseball player, White or Black, has been so honored. The problem now is that though legions of African American baseball players have been magnificent stars since Robinson’s heroics, in today’s major league baseball, the percentage of African American ballplayers is barely above the rate during Robinson’s first two years in the league. In fact, the percentage is nearly the equivalent of African Americans in professional hockey! Major league baseball currently has 45 African American players out of 750 on 30 teams; while the NHL has 29 African Americans out of 690 players on 30 teams.) The world champion San Francisco Giants, for example, at the start of the 2013 season, had not one African American ballplayer on its roster. Most of the Black ballplayers are concentrated on three teams—the Dodgers, the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals. What’s happened? Don’t Black youth ache to play baseball anymore? A great many still do, according to the latest studies. The principal problem, however, is the costs of developing young talent who will stay the long course from grade school through the baseball minor leagues to get a shot at the bigs. Not only is the route to financial rewards and stardom much shorter in basketball and football, but effective youth development leagues for baseball players in America’s urban areas is almost nonexistent. (Compton College has a great baseball youth development program, but it has not been duplicated elsewhere.) Baseball is not a

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“These clubs soon became known as gangs as violence amongst them started to grow.” became known as gangs as violence amongst them started to grow. Growing up in the metro area, I can remember the Slausons, Gladiators, Del Vikings and Businessmen. Whites had a gang known as the “Spook Hunters” (in the Hawthorne and Inglewood areas) who would seek Blacks to beat up. The Slausons and Del Vikings retaliated and put them to rest. After the Watts Riot, a new organization appeared. Bunchy Carter, a charismatic, tall and muscular brother who ran the “Renegades” set of the Slausons founded the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party. He was recruiting 50-100 members a week and their mantra was to watch the L.A. Police Department and protect the people. LAPD wasn’t having it. They teamed up with the secret FBI operation known as COINTELPRO. This anti-constitutional concoction of J. Edgar Hoover basically went after Black elected officials but the national rise of the Black Panthers made Hoover decide to literally wipe them out. They encouraged

Counting the Cost ■ When in doubt, blame a dark-skinned man BY JULIANNE MALVEAUX TRICE EDNEY COLUMNIST

I don’t know where CNN’s John King got the information that a suspect in the Boston bombing was “a dark-skinned male,” but beyond apologizing he needs to explain himself. How many sources gave him the false tip? If it was fewer than two, then he violated a basic journalism rule. Who were these sources (if you don’t want to out them publicly, tell your editor)? Did King understand that he used the kind of racial/ethnic coding that once got people, even uninvolved and innocent people, lynched? Remember Charles Stuart. He was riding through Roxbury (used to be the ’hood) when he says a Black man of indeterminate description, wearing a jogging suit with a stripe on the sleeve shot him and his wife in an attempted carjacking. Pregnant Carol Stuart lived for just a few hours, and their baby, delivered by C-section, lived for only seventeen days. Stuart’s report of the alleged incident sparked a national outpouring of sympathy for him, and an excoriation of “Black criminals” who do such senseless things. The police were nearly going door to door looking for a suspect, and several Black men were interrogated. Stewart identified one man in a line-up, and police were building a case against him when it was discovered that Stuart’s wounds were self-inflicted and that his brother had helped him slaughter his wife.

another new group known as Organization Us, which was headed by Ron Karenga (founder of Kwanza) to rival the Panthers. It resulted in Bunchy Carter being murdered on UCLA’s campus. Karenga and some of his members came to my neighborhood to recruit us. We thought they were comical and didn’t know this was just a front for another mission. They went away after Bunchy’s assassination (1969). Many Black youth were depressed and a void was created and needed to be filled. Thus, Raymond Lee Washington, 15 years old, got the boys in his neighborhood and commissioned them as the “Crips” (his brother’s nickname). As they grew in South Central, Stanley Tookie Williams was organizing a group on the Westside. They met and decided to merge under the Crip banner. Today, they are the largest Black gang in America with chapters from coast to coast and border to border. The Bloods were started from a rebellious set of the Crips. The Pirus, named after a street in Compton, helped start this rival gang. Being smaller than the Crips, the Bloods got a reputation for being very violent and ruthless to any rivals. Today, they too are national with sets operating wherever a large Black population exists. Their largest East Coast set is the United Blood Nation, which was started in Rikers Island Prison to protect Black inmates from Hispanic inmate attacks. L.A. has more than 600 Hispanic street gangs. The largest by far is Mara Salvatrucha—MS-13. MS-13 has more than 70,000 members and sets throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America.

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Meanwhile, Stuart collected at least $100,000 from an insurance policy on his wife, using the money to pay for a new car in cash, and to buy jewelry. Unable to face the consequences of his actions, Stuart committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. Stuart was too much a coward to be judged by a jury of his peers, but hundreds of Black men could not escape the injustice of the Stuart accusations. The Roxbury community was traumatized by the results of Stuart’s lies. Innocent men were questioned, many spending time at police stations in an effort to clear themselves. Those questioned and detained included students, professional men, the unemployed, and everybody in between. When in doubt, blame a Black man, any Black man, and let the chips fall where they may. In 1994 Susan Smith, a South Carolina housewife, said that a Black man stole her two children. Later, she confessed to killing her own offspring. Meanwhile, again, dozens of innocent Black men were stopped, frisked, and taken to police stations for questioning. Clearly Smith was mentally ill, but she wasn’t so broken that she didn’t know that blaming her children’s disappearance on a Black man gave her lies more credibility. The Stuart and Smith cases made headlines in the late 20th century. Now our feet are firmly planted in the twenty-first century. Does this kind of racist stereotyping still take place? While these kinds of cases no longer make headlines, I wouldn’t be surprised if any of these occurrences continue to be. When in doubt, blame a Black man. So here comes CNN’s John King, a heretoforerespected newsman, who repeatedly said that a “dark skinned man” was a suspect in the Boston bombing. Here we go again. This kind of false reporting makes every darkskinned man in Boston a suspect, reminds Bostonians of the Stuart hoax, and sends a shudder

see COUNTING THE COST page 9 These guys stay busy with drug trafficking, robbery, larceny, human trafficking, kidnapping, arms trafficking, racketeering and everything that goes with it. They are extremely organized and fear nothing. One of their sets is located right in Washington, D.C.—up in the face of the FBI headquarters. All of these L.A. street gangs have one thing in common. They are the main distributors of illegal drugs. They are tight with Mexican and South American drug cartels. Drug trafficking is their main source of revenue, and it adds up into the billions of dollars per year. The Drug Enforcement Agency seems to be unable to get a handle on how to stop them. Most run with heroin, marijuana, ecstasy and other illegal pills. The pioneer of crack cocaine was Rick Ross. Ross grew up in Crip territory, but his operation furnished his product to both the Crips and Bloods for national distribution. His suppliers were two El Salvadorans with direct ties to the CIA. When Congresswoman Maxine Waters declared CIA meddling in the establishment of crack in the United States, she knew what she was talking about. It started right in the middle of her congressional district. Ross eventually got busted. Sometimes he would sell up to $3 million of product in a day. For all this, he did only 13 years in prison. Los Angeles is No. 1 when it comes to gangs. What an accomplishment. Alford is the co-founder, president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce®. Website: www.nationalbcc.org. Email: halford@nationalbcc.org. DISCLAIMER: The beliefs and viewpoints expressed in opinion pieces, letters to the editor, by columnists and/or contributing writers are not necessarily those of OurWeekly.


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Trade mission to Nigeria set FUNdraising Good Times ■ Small, medium and large companies sought for June trip

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The U.S. Commercial Service and the NigeriaUSA Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a trade mission to Nigeria June 2-8. The mission will include stops in Lagos and Port Harcourt where American business owners will have appointments with Nigerian enterprises that have been pre-screened by the U.S. government to meet specific requirements. The trade mission will focus on the following industry sectors: Agricultural products, automotive parts/services, automobile/light truck/vans, computers/peripherals, electrical power systems, healthcare services, mining industry, oil/gas field machinery, oil/gas/mineral production/exploration services, and telecommunications. The participation fee (not including travel costs) is $5,495 for small and medium businesses and $6,995 for large companies. Those in Ohio may qualify for a 50 percent reimbursement of some fees. Funds may also be available in other states. Check with your local U.S. Export Assistance Center to see if financial assistance is available. The deadline to apply for the trade mission is May 1. However, based on space availability, entrepreneurs may be able to secure a spot after that point.

This trade mission is part of a Doing Business in Africa Campaign launched last November by the U.S. Commerce Department. According to www.Export.gov, Africa is home to six of the 10 fastest-growing countries in the world. American trade to and from Africa has tripled over the past decade, and U.S. exports to sub-Saharan Africa now top $21 million. The International Monetary Fund projects the region will grow between 5 and 6 percent annually for the next two years. A series of Africa Global Business summits will be held throughout the year to give U.S. companies the opportunities to hear directly from U.S. ambassadors and senior commercial officers about potential in the area. A dedicated online Africa business portal— http://export.gov/africa—will direct businesses to federal resources they need to succeed in African markets and will also present export and investment opportunities on the continent. Additionally, President Barack Obama has created a specific “U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa” plan. Announced last June, the president said the strategy must be a comprehensive one that is “proactive, forward-looking, and that balances (America’s) long-term interest with near-term imperatives.” The four pillars of the U.S.-Africa strategy are to strengthen democratic institutions; spur economic growth, trade and investment; advance peace and security; and promote opportunity and development.

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through those African Americans who remember police officers going door to door in housing projects rounding up the Black men. Thanks, John King. Your job is to report the news, not make it. I wonder if you will apologize as many times as you said “dark-skinned man” or if you will ever explain where you got your false information. I’d hate to think that you transitioned from journalist to creative writer when you shared this information. Some will say no harm was done because there was a correction. No harm was done if you don’t know the history. If someone described an alleged criminal as a White man with brown hair, it is unlikely that the police would go door to door looking for a White man with brown hair. That’s the basic racism that is the foundation of our nation’s history. King’s erroneous reporting reminds us how easy it is to blame a “dark skinned” man. As President Barack Obama said, those responsible for the Boston bombings must be caught and punished. We now know that the two bombing suspects turned out to be of Chechnyan descent, nowhere close to “dark-skinned” males. You should have waited until there was proof, John King, before you reported it.

cheap sport over the long haul, while sandlot football and basketball preparation activities simply do not require the consistent capital outlay from families that baseball does. Major league baseball has a highly effective program for recruiting and developing talented, povertystricken players from Latin American and Caribbean areas, but has not yet found a way to translate that to the urban neighborhoods of the USA. And this is not a new problem. Baseball participation by African American players has been on a steady decline since the 1986 heyday of 19 percent. Partially, this reflects the waning interest in major league baseball by Black American fans since Robinson retired from the profession in 1957. Smaller and smaller numbers of Black Americans watch baseball, either in person or on television during the 21st century. So, this will be an uphill battle to win, and simple solutions will not suffice. Even with several very highly placed baseball executives as part of modern baseball—including general managers like Kenny Williams of the White Sox; Tony Reagins, formerly of the Los Angeles Angels, and five African American big league managers, including Cincinnati’s Dusty Baker—the sports’ attractiveness has continued its downward plunge unabated. Some analysts say Robinson would be most surprised today by baseball’s better diversity record at

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■ Making the ask— Part 2 Fundraising provides nonprofits with the money they need to deliver on their missions. When you ask others to join you in giving, you become part of the nonprofit’s success team. In part 1 of this series, we discussed how to prepare to solicit a gift. In this column, we cover setting the appointment and what to say when asking. Here’s what we believe: asking for a gift should be done in person whenever possible. Make an appointment to talk with your colleague, family member or friend about giving. Let’s use an example of asking Jesse for a gift. “Jesse, would you have time to meet with me about All in for Children? I am committed to working with them to raise money for their new programs, and I want to share that information with you and explore how you would like to be involved.” All you want from the conversation is a time to meet. If Jesse says, “Oh, we don’t have to meet. Put

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me down for $100,” you can respond with, “I understand. Would you make some time for me just the same? You might want to give even more after we talk!” Keep the conversation light, but get that appointment. As you prepare for your meeting, make sure you have brochures or online information you can share. Practice your presentation. You will want to talk about the organization’s history, current activities and vision for the future. You will also want to cover what specifically you are raising money for and how the money will be used. Be prepared to communicate using emotion and facts. Talk about what the organization means to you and why you are involved. During the solicitation be sure to ask for a specific, reasonable and challenging gift. Know the amount you will ask for. It shouldn’t be too small an amount, nor too large. Remember to talk about the gift you made. If your gift is similar to what you would like your prospect to give, state the amount you gave and why. Always remember to make the ask. Be very clear and specific when asking: “Jesse, I would like for you to make a gift to All in for Children. Would you be willing to contribute $___?” Pause after you ask for the gift. Do not rush to fill the silence. Give Jesse time to respond, for he will. If he says “yes”, thank him and ask how he would like to make his gift. If he says “no,” ask what would be the right amount at this time. If Jesse says this is not the right time, ask what would be a good time. Regardless of the outcome, thank him for his time. After the meeting, send a thank-you note. You can do it! Your nonprofit depends on you. Mel and Pearl Shaw are the authors of “Prerequisites for Fundraising Success.” They provide fundraising counsel to nonprofits. Visit them at www.saadandshaw.com.

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Very, Very Private & Confidential the executive level than at the player level. It was a long, tortuous battle to get baseball to open its doors to African American players, but what good was it if we are not going to utilize it and expand it? As America’s game continues to change from baseball to basketball and football, are we allowing our own historic strides to be ignored in the process? What say you Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Bobby Bonds and Frank Robinson? We need some spiritual guidance here. You built it, but to our shame, we, so far, haven’t come. Professor David L. Horne is founder and executive director of PAPPEI, the Pan African Public Policy and Ethical Institute, which is a new 501(c)(3) pending community-based organization or non-governmental organization (NGO). It is the stepparent organization for the California Black Think Tank which still operates and which meets every fourth Friday. DISCLAIMER: The beliefs and viewpoints expressed in opinion pieces, letters to the editor, by columnists and/or contributing writers are not necessarily those of OurWeekly.

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Drumming up profits Teddy Namuyiga, left, Joan Ahimbisibwe, center, and Irene Namaganda (of BeadforLife) participated in a drum circle at Bethany Towers Retirement Community in Hollywood on Monday, April 22. Namuyiga and Ahimbisibwe, from Uganda, visited Bethany Towers as part of a national “Opportunity Tour” sponsored by BeadforLife, a nonprofit organization that provides Ugandan women the opportunity to lift their families out of extreme poverty by selling their crafts on a worldwide stage. The Ugandan women create jewelry made of beads fashioned from recycled paper, and Beads for Life is helping develop a market for the distinctive crafts. Los Angeles is the final leg of the Opportunity Tour. Additional information about the program as well as retail locations selling the jewelry can be found at the website BeadforLife.org./Photos courtesy of Front Porch Retirement Communities.

Gun Buyback set for Bethel AME ■ Food cards worth $100, $200 offered Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles Police Department will hold a Gun Buyback program at two South Los Angeles locations Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Individuals can surrender their firearms—no questions asked. In exchange for the firearm, each individual will receive a Ralphs grocery card. The amount per firearm will depend on its type—up to $200 for assault weapons and up to $100 for every handgun, rifle, and shotgun. The LAPD Gun Unit will be on site to deter-

mine the type of classification of the firearm surrendered. An initiative of the Mayor’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development Office (GRYD), the 2013 Gun Buyback will reward the voluntary surrender of firearms while engaging the community towards a common goal of reducing gun violence. The Gun Buyback Program has collected nearly 10,000 firearms from across the city since 2009. The Gun Buyback Program will be held at the following locations: The Park and Ride Parking Lot at 1300 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Wilmington; and at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7900 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles.

A public memorial is being planned to honor beloved folk icon Richard Pierce “Richie” Havens, who died Monday morning in his Jersey City, N.J., home from a heart attack. He was 72. Havens, who was born Jan. 21, 1941, in Brooklyn, first became part of musical history during his unplanned opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Originally scheduled to go on fifth and perform for 40 minutes, he ended up becoming the first musician to walk onto the stage at the festival; he sat on a stool and performed for nearly three hours, because the other artists were having a difficulty reaching the event due to the clogged roads. Havens was best known for a distinctive and intense, rhythmic guitar style, and for soulful covers of pop and folk songs as well as a musical approach that incorporated Folk, Blues, Rock, Jazz, Funk and even elements of Country and Bluegrass. He toured and recorded music for more than 40 years before retiring from the road three years ago. Beyond his music, those who met the New Yorker will remember his gentle and compassionate nature, his light humor and his powerful presence. Havens began his musical career as a teen singing Gospel and Doo-Wop, but moved to Greenwhich Village at age 20 seeking artistic stimulation and an opportunity to express himself. That self-expression was not initially through music but as a poet and then a portrait artist. From there, Havens graduated to solo performances in “The Village” that would eventually lead to recording contracts. By 1969, Havens had released six albums including “Mixed Bag” in 1967, which featured tracks such as “Handsome Johnny” (co-written by Havens and future Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr.), “Follow,” and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like a

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Woman.” His Woodstock performance helped elevate him to star status, and he followed that with the launch of his own record label—Stormy Forest in 1970. That year, “Stonehenge” was the first release from the company, followed shortly by “Alarm Clock,” which included the George Harrison-penned hit single, “Here Comes the Sun.” This was also Havens’ first album to reach Billboard’s Top 30 chart. In addition to music, Havens was dedicated to encouraging people to be better stewards of the earth and formed the Northwind Undersea Institute, an oceanographic children’s museum on City Island in the Bronx. The museum led to the creation of The Natural Guard, an organization that educates children about the environment. Among the honors Havens collected during his life are: the National Music Council’s American Eagle Award in 2003 and induction into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 15, 2006.

Local entrepreneurs aid Boston relief effort Buffalo Wild Wings franchise owners Karim Webb and Edward Barnett have announced that their Torrance and Baldwin Hills locations will donate $1 from each chocolate fudge cake purchased through April 26 to the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts in response to the bombings at the Boston Marathon. “It’s a small gesture but a symbol of our support of the people in Boston,” explained co-owner Barnett. “Boston may be thousands of miles away, but we can all play a role in helping the victims of (the) bombings.” Buffalo Wilds Wings, located at 3939 S. Crenshaw Blvd. at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, and in Torrance at the Del Amo Mall, 3525 W. Carson St., will participate. “Our hearts go out to the victims and their families in (the) tragedy and as Americans, we felt it important to contribute to the efforts of saving lives,” added co-owner Webb.


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CALIFORNIA The Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals (LAULYP) has selected actor Larenz Tate (“House of Lies”) as one of the Divine 9 to be honored at its third annual To The Nines Affair on Friday, April 26, 2013, at The Beverly Hilton. To the Nines is hosted by the LAULYP, an auxiliary of the L.A. Urban League comprised of young African American professionals committed to economic empowerment and social change. The swanky Beverly Hills bash will be the official after-party for the prestigious 40th annual Whitney M. Young Awards Dinner, officiated by the Los Angeles Urban League. *** Hundreds of digitally preserved speeches, sermons and correspondence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be on view at the California African American Museum (CAAM) May 5 -11, 2013, as part of an unprecedented effort to showcase the work of the civil rights leader. A team of more than 300, including U.S. veterans and students, have digitized more than 200,000 pieces of paper, including Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech, the Letter from Birmingham Jail, and his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. Those documents are now traveling around the country in an interactive display called The King Center Imaging Project. JPMorgan Chase organized the project as part of its Technology for Social Good initiative, which provides technological solutions to social organizations across the globe.

ACROSS BLACK AMERICA GEORGIA On five Thursday nights in May, ASPiRE will air a series of “Groundbreakers in Film,” including premieres of Spike Lee’s incandescent first two films; a popular sequel to Sidney Poitier’s “In the Heat of the Night;” and an acclaimed 2008 TV revival of one of the most important plays of the 20th century. “These five films each represent distinct achievements in our entertainment history, from true leaders and entertainers who always stir and provoke us,” said ASPiRE General Manager Paul Butler. “The films remain as thought-provoking and fun today as ever.” The five films airing in May on ASPiRE include: “She’s Gotta Have It,” “School Daze,” “Bustin’ Loose,” “They Call Me Mister Tibbs!,” and “A Raisin in the Sun.”

LOUISIANA The Essence Festival, the leading African American destination for music, culture, community, empowerment and inspiration, has announced a renewed focus on family in 2013. The 19th annual festival will kick off the holiday weekend in New Orleans on July 4 by introducing it’s first-ever, free and opento-the-public, Family Reunion Day. Festival attendees will experience a day of empowerment panels, family-friendly games and activities, delicious food from New Orleans’s best barbecue vendors, cooking competitions, fireworks and exciting musical guests; all designed to strengthen the entire family in soul, health and heart. For registration information and the latest news about the Essence Festival, visit http://www.essence.com/festival.

DELAWARE The Delaware Senate passed House Bill 10, the Hazel D. Plant Voter Restoration Act by a vote of 15-6, to automatically restore the voting privileges of nonviolent offenders who have completed their sentences. “As Americans we believe in second chances and the right to vote,” said Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP. “Delaware did the right thing. The vote in the Delaware Senate ensures that a fellow citizen who has made a mistake, done their time, and paid their debt to society will be able to join the rest of their fellow Americans in performing our civic duty of voting.” Last year, leaders from the NAACP and partner organizations met with state legislatures to talk about the impact of felony disenfranchisement laws on Delaware voters and appeal for restoration of rights.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and ExxonMobil recently honored three universities with the 2013 Impact Award for their efforts in retaining underrepresented minority students in engineering programs. Northwestern University, The Ohio State University and the University of Michigan were each awarded $10,000 during an event held at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. Calvin A. Young, NSBE’s national chair, and Kenny Warren, vice president of engineering, ExxonMobil, presented the awards. “NSBE salutes these outstanding academic institutions for their success in keeping Black, Latino and other underrepresented minority students in engineering,” Dr. Carl Mack, executive director of NSBE, said. “These universities are among the few that not only understand the urgency of solving the retention problem in engineering, but are also creative and determined in coming up with solutions.” *** Capitol Hill Supportive Services (CHSS) will present a special showing of “Love in a Day” as a part of the organization’s grand opening and ribbon-cutting gala. CHSS, along with Tenacious Productions and award-winning author Darryl James, will present an evening of art, music and theater featuring the hit stage play on May 17-18. CHSS provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Their programs and residential home are located in the historic Capitol Hill area. The event will introduce the program to the Greater Washington, D.C., area, while also delivering an evening of high quality entertainment to board members, supporters and the general public.

TEXAS Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins joins Bishop Jakes’ annual leadership conference, adding to the all-star lineup of entertainment industry experts who will be sharing firsthand insight on the ins and outs of music production, songwriting, music business, technology, and much more. Jerkins is best known for No. 1 hits for worldrenowned artists, including the Winans, Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, and Michael Jackson. The Potter’s House’s own Grammy Award-winning record producer, Myron Butler, Stellar and Dove Award-nominated producer, Marcus Dawson, and Jamar Jones, super producer, composer, and executive director of music, will be on hand to discuss all aspects of music in ministry. The conference will be held today through the 27th at the Dallas Convention Center.

NATIONAL Waterkeeper Alliance, the global environmental organization dedicated to clean water, announced the locations of its third annual SPLASH Event Series. SPLASH events will take place in waterways across the United States to raise funds to support Waterkeeper Alliance and local Waterkeeper member organizations by engaging community members and clean-water enthusiasts in water-based recreational activities, including swimming, paddling, fishing and boating. The first in this season’s series of SPLASH events, was Stand Up for Clean Water, which took place in Santa Monica, at the Annenberg Community Beach House over Earth Day weekend. The day was filled with a variety of educational and watersport activities for the whole family, including competitive and non-competitive stand-up paddleboard races. *** Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars and alumni were on the fields in the nation’s stadiums as Major League Baseball and the teams hosted the annual Jackie Robinson Day event that pays tribute to Jackie Robinson. All the players, managers and officials of 18 of the 30 teams wore No. 42 to celebrate the 66th anniversary of Robinson’s heroic entry into the major leagues that broke the color barrier in baseball and forever changed the social landscape of the country. Forty JRF Scholars and alumni participated in pre-game ceremonies celebrating “JR Day.”

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■ Congresswoman Bass to be honored The California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) will hold its 36th annual conference in Los Angeles today through Monday at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, 404 S Figueroa St., and among the special guests, and speakers for this year’s event are U.S. Attorney General Andre Birotte; Appointments Secretary for California Governor Jerry Brown, Mona Pasquil; and senior adviser to Gov. Brown. Joshua Groban. CABL honoree and Democratic Congresswoman Karen Bass will deliver this year’s keynote address at the group’s annual installation ceremony and gala awards dinner on Saturday and KNBC’s Beverly White will serve as mistress of ceremonies. Additionally, current CABL president Jamon Hicks will pass the torch of leadership to presidentelect Kimberlei Evans Dixon, who will serve as the 2013-2014 president. The theme for conference is “Igniting the Torch.” Other 2013 honorees include Judge of the Year Judge Marguerite Downing and Lawyer of the Year Simona Farisse. Other conference speakers will include members of California’s Legislative Caucus: Assemblymembers Holly Mitchell, Steven Bradford, Isadore Hall III, as well as State Senator Curren Price. A full schedule of events can be found at CABL’s website: http://www.calblacklawyers.org. CABL was formed to change the face of the judiciary in California and to influence the course of

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events pertinent to Black people. From the group’s inception, the CABL has challenged inequities in the legal system and continues to be instrumental in increasing the number of African American judges throughout California. Meeting regularly with members of the state Legislature and the Governor’s Judicial Appointments Secretary, CABL has effectively advocated for recognition of issues facing African Americans and others of similar experience and situation. In addition, CABL works to ensure that African American students interested in a career in law are afforded the opportunity and mentored.

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Top Ladies of Distinction honors Beatrice Nelson The Carson Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction Inc., recently presented a certificate of recognition to its chaplain Beatrice R. Nelson at its recent chapter meeting. Nelson was recognized for her exemplary strong will, positive attitude, wisdom, and for her spiritually fullfilled character. In her response, Nelson said she relished the moment of love, and thanked the chapter’s president, Mary Louise Batiste, and members. She expressed her pleasure and surprise at the recognition, intimating that her prayer is to have extended courage, strength, faithfulness, and love to continue her service to the Carson Chapter.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has named a new chief to head her office’s media relations group. Shiara Davila-Morales — who spent nearly five years as an assistant public information officer in the D.A.’s office — has rejoined the Media Relations Division, reporting to Jean Guccione, director of communications. “We are extremely pleased to bring Ms. DavilaMorales back to the District Attorney’s Office to lead our outreach efforts in the Spanish-language media,” Lacey said. “She will also help establish the office’s social media presence.” For the past 10 months, Davila-Morales was a strategic adviser for Southern California Edison, where she managed social media, in-language media relations and executive communications for the utility’s philanthropy and community investment group. She has also worked as a public relations specialist for the Los Angeles Police Department and as a reporter with the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group.

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■ Services set at Riverside National Cemetery Local entrepreneur Augustus McGrew has died, and a viewing will be held at April 29 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Harrison Ross Mortuary, 1839 Firestone Blvd., Los Angeles. This will be followed by a funeral service and interment at 2 p.m. at Riverside National Cemetery. The cemetery is located at 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside. McGrew, long-time owner of the Athens Barbershop, located at the intersection of 120th and Vermont in Los Angeles, died from complications with diabetes on April 19 in Las Vegas, Nevada with his family by his side. Flowers and cards can be sent to 7721 Pheasant Lane Las Vegas, NV 89145. McGrew was born Aug. 21, 1927, in Dallas, Texas, to William and Miriam McGrew. The youngest of five children, he spent his early years in Dallas, but later migrated to Los Angeles, along with his oldest brother Simuel. He would later meet his wife of 57 years, Velma Conley of Corsicana, Texas, a supervisor at Servomation Corp. This union produced one daughter, Patricia Geanett. A veteran, McGrew served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army as sergeant. He also spent a number of years working on the railroad. McGrew was also an accomplished chef and worked for the Fox Hills Country Club, the Catholic Archdiocese, Clifton’s Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles, and as the executive chef at Rockwell International for a number of years. He was active in his church and donated much of his talent as a chef for church functions. He also loved cooking for family and friends. Following his work as a chef, McGrew had a long, distinguished career as a barber and business owner. He started out in partnership with his brother-in-law, and later opened his own barbershop, the Athens Barbershop, where he cut hair for more than 30 years. After his wife’s death in 2005, he moved to Las Vegas to be near his daughter and family. McGrew was preceded in death by his wife Velma, his mother and father, sister Geraldine McGrew, and brothers William and Simuel McGrew. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Janjetovic (McGrew), sister Sammie O’Neal, grandchildren Jasmyne Cannick, Joeigh Cannick, Jorjanna Cannick and Brian Aldrich, nephew Donnell Williams, greatgranddaughter Erica, son-in-law Andrej Janjetovic, and a host of family, friends and acquaintances.

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CHICAGO—Memorial services for Jacoby Dickens, one of the most prominent African American financiers in Chicago for more than three decades, were held Sunday at Chicago State University’s Jones Convocation Center. Dickens died on Aug. 13 at his home in Fisher Island, Fla., of pancreatic cancer. He was 81. Until his death, Dickens was chairman and majority owner of Seaway Bank & Trust Co., the largest Black-owned bank in Chicago with $547 million in assets. He also served on the boards of Chicago State University, the School of Business at Florida A&M University and the Chicago Urban League. A noted philanthropist, Dickens donated more than $1 million to Chicago State, where his name adorns the main athletic center. He was a past trustee at the Museum of Science and Industry and DePaul University, where a scholarship-and-loan program was named for him. Dickens grew up in Panama City, Fla., one of six children in a low-income family. The family moved to the South Side of Chicago in 1946 when Dickens was a teenager. He attended Wendell Phillips High School on the city’s South Side. He saved enough money as a building engineer to begin investing in real estate. Dickens eventually purchased and managed a large number of South Side apartment buildings before selling his real estate holdings in 1971. After investing in several bowling alleys around Chicago, Dickens was asked to join the board of Seaway in 1979. In 1983, he became chairman of the bank. At the time, Seaway was one of just a few banks willing to lend in the tough neighborhoods on the South Side. Dickens is survived by his wife of 15 years, Veranda Dickens.


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■ Mayor applauds collaboration Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) have teamed up to invest $440 million in energy efficiency funding into the community. The two utilities now offer several energy-saving, and potentially costsaving, programs to residential and business customers in their joint service territory. “I applaud SoCalGas and LADWP for their unprecedented collaboration in offering energy-efficiency upgrades to their shared customers,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “Jointly, these agencies have made energy efficiency a reality and have allowed Angelenos to save substantially on both their water and energy bills.” The incentive programs for homeowners include Energy Upgrade California and California Advanced Homes. Energy Upgrade California offers energyefficient home improvements such as air and duct sealing, new insulation and low-flow shower heads, among others. The California Advanced Homes program provides incentives for building more efficient new homes. “Working together helps customers realize a better return on their energy efficiency investment,” said Gillian Wright, SoCalGas director of customer programs and assistance. “This is a great example of how public-private partnerships can benefit the community.” SoCalGas and LADWP also offer Retrocommissioning Express (RCx), a no-cost and low-cost energy optimization program that can reduce electricity and gas bills in qualifying commercial buildings. “Working with SoCalGas allows us to offer our customers a more complete savings package,” said David Jacot, director of energy efficiency for LADWP. “Energy efficiency programs provide an avenue for us to make investments that improve the environment and help create jobs in our community.” Energy efficiency is a key element of LADWP’s power supply transformation, which involves eliminating coal power by 2025 and replacing it with a combination of renewable energy, energy efficiency and natural gas. LADWP has doubled its investment in energy efficiency programs this year with the goal of reducing power use by at least 10 percent by 2020. SoCalGas plans to use its agreement with LADWP as a model to work with other municipal utilities in its service territory to offer similar programs. Correction: In last week’s issue, Our Weekly mistakenly attributed a guest commentary in support of Assembly Bill 1257 to Southern California Edison rather than Southern California Gas Co. Assembly Bill 1257 “directs the California Energy Commission, by Jan. 1, 2015, and every four years thereafter, to prepare a report on how the state can best leverage natural gas as an energy resource. “The report would identify strategies for using natural gas as a transportation fuel, determining the optimal role for natural gas-fired generation, optimizing natural gas as a flexible and efficient end-use energy source and taking the best advantage of natural gas as a low emission and renewable resource.”

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Founded in 2005 and incorporated in 2008, the Diamond in the Raw Foundation’s mission is to introduce foster care and at-risk teen girls ages 12-18 to opportunities in the entertainment field while working to improve the gender imbalance that exists in the industry today. Diamond in the RAW provides a variety of workshops—held after school and during the summer months—that offer guidance, support, life skills development and myriad other benefits for youth who are at risk of not reaching their full academic, professional and/or human potential. The organization serves as a deterrent to gang violence, date rape, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancy and abuse that often lead to destructive cycles in at-risk communities. The organization accomplishes its mission through its HIP/N/SMART mentorship program, Sista2sista shadowing program, Concepts in a Box summer camp, community service, and numerous scholarship programs. “Within our programs, we use creativity and the arts to inspire positive change and encourage those who are in doubt to find their own self-worth and believe in unlimited possibilities,” said co-founder and 24-year veteran stuntwoman La Faye Baker. “We host a variety of fundraisers to support our mission, such as the Diamond in the RAW Celebrity and Stuntwomen’s Awards Luncheon, which recognizes the extraordinary women behind the scenes in film and their accomplishments, and advocates for the recognition of more women in the field.” The foundation credits some of its accomplishments to collaborating with several other existing agencies such as the Gwen Bolden Youth Foundation, Los Angeles County Probation Department, GAPP Alternative Prevention Program, Los Angeles Unified School District, Neighborhood Youth Achievers and the Women in Film PSA Program. “Our intent is to enhance and nurture at-risk youth by fostering their ambitions for future endeavors,” said Baker. “We further visualize that by mentoring these individuals and sharing our experiences we can provide the necessary tools needed to achieve success inside and outside of the entertainment field. On Friday, May 17, the Raw Foundation will col-

Raw Foundation youth prepare bags to benefit the homeless as part of a community service project.

laborate with the National Sales Network L.A. Chapter’s ninth annual Charity Golf Tournament to learn the importance of golf course networking, etiquette, and the 15-second self pitch. This summer, the foundation will hold its Concepts in a Box Leadership and Film Summer Boot Camp for young girls ages 13-18. The program is designed to educate and teach inner-city girls about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) behind-the-scenes opportunities, and how to break into the field of entertainment. Participants will create, write, shoot, experience moviemaking, and meet and greet entertainment professionals from every aspect of film production. The eight-week boot camp will run from the week of June 17 through the week of Aug. 15 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1-5:30 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 5840 La Tijera Blvd., Los Angeles. Orientation will be held on June 9. During the camp, the girls will work on numerous projects, the final of which will be premiered at the 2013 Action Icon Awards Luncheon on Nov. 10, 2013. Early registration for the program has already begun with a fee of $50 and will be open until June 9. Beginning June 10, registration will be $75. For more information on the Diamonds in the

Internship program from NEWS page 7 munities; performing data entry and managing the office database; greeting and escorting visitors to meetings; participating in strategic planning and staff meetings and other department policy briefings and meetings relevant to the work of the initiative; responding to constituent inquiries verbally or in writing; and more. Throughout the course of their internships, students will have the opportunity to attend and potentially lead in the planning and management of meetings, briefings and other special events on the Hill, at the White House and in other federal agencies. To apply for the 2013 White House Initiative’s Year-round Internship Program, visit: www.findinternships.com/2013/04/white-house-initiative-yearround-internship-program.html. To search hundreds of other available internships, visit: www.FindInternships.com


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Jamie Foxx as Electro. Anthony Mackie, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in “Pain & Gain.”

for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges. An old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.” According to Inside Pop Watch, Foxx’s character Dillon, in keeping with his pre-Electro character, is very much a quiet, downtrodden, nerdy type within OsCorp, overlooked by his bosses and ignored by almost everyone save for Peter Parker, who thinks Dillon could be a handy inside man. In the background of Dillon’s picture, there

appears to be a tracking map of Spider-Man, complete with newspaper articles and glamor shots of the wall-crawler. Presumably, Dillon is tracking SpiderMan for nefarious purposes. Dillon likes the idea of working with Spider-Man, but things change when an electrical mishap occurs and he develops powers of his own. Electro’s superhero villain abilities include being able to store, project, and manipulate electricity with his body, as well as manipulate magnetic fields. Not only can he fly, but he can also travel along electricity lines and

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Jamie Foxx a super villain? Foxx will be starring as Max Dillon who, after a freakish accident, becomes Electro in the upcoming film “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” We all know that Foxx can play a “bad-ass,” and this time he’s adding super powers to the mix. The photo of Foxx as Max Dillon was recently released by the film’s director, Marc Webb. It appears that Foxx’s comedic talent may come in handy, bad guy or not, he’s truly nerdy in this picture, but in the unofficial photo as Electro he looks fierce. Here’s what the studio has to say about the upcoming flick. “In The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) life is busy—between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away—but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change

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APRIL 25 BOOK SIGNING. Clinton E. Galloway will discuss and sign

copies of his new book, “Anatomy of a Hustle: Cable Comes to South Central L.A., at 7pm at Eso Won Books, 4327 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles. For information, (323) 290-1048. MEETING. The Metro Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project Community Leadership Council (CLC) quarterly meeting will be held from 6-8pm at the People’s Independent Church of Christ, 5850 West Blvd., L.A. 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.

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SAFETY TOWN HALL. Assemblyman Reggie JonesSawyer, chair of the Budget Subcommittee Number 5, will host a town hall on public safety beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Constituent Service Center, Community Room, 8475 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Interested attendees should RSVP:to erica@afscme36.org or call213) 22-1324. FIGHTING COPD. BREATHE LA convenes Better Breathers Club for individuals who have been diagnosed with

through electrical appliances! “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is presently shooting in New York and will be out on April 18 next year. However, in theaters Friday, don’t miss the movie that is all muscle and, well, you’ll get the idea. Based on a true story, “Pain & Gain” follows a group of bodybuilders who engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida. First told in an article from the “Miami New Times,” “Pain & Gain” is directed by Michael Bay and stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Anthony Mackie. Gail can be reached at gail@hollywoodbychoice.com

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-noon. 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 writ-

ing conference will be held at the Carson Community Center, 801 E. Carson Ave., Carson, from 9am-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. LUNCHEON TEA. Knox Presbyterian Church’s Women’s Ministry holds its fourth annual “Hats Off to Friends” Luncheon Tea in the church fellowship hall at 5840 La Tijera Blvd., L.A. at 11:30am. Friends are encouraged to wear their favorite hat to this elegant, catered event. Clarissa Davis-Ragland, wife of Pastor Reginald Ragland is the guest speaker. Tickets are a donation of $30 and can be purchased by calling (323) 384-5104. WOMEN’S SEMINAR. Beverly “Bam” Crawford, D.D., 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. Tickets are $60 each. (310) 865-1907. See our complete calendar listings at ourweekly.com/thisweek-in-la and ourweekly.com/when-and-where-in-la. To submit your calendar listing e-mail owcalendar@ourweekly.com two weeks prior to event.


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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 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

Vape It Up 870 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016, County of Los Angeles Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number: AI #ON: Registered owner(s): Patrick V. Verayo 1993 E. Woodlyn Rd. Monrovia, CA 91104 Melvin Pagdilao 428 W. 212th St. Carson, CA 90745 This business is conducted by Joint Venture The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 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/ Patrick V. Verayo This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 26, 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 04/25, 05/02, 05/09, 05/16 OUR WEEKLY

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

Build-LACCD, 915 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 810, Los Angeles, CA 90017, no later than 2PM PST on June 18, 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.

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.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013060440 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. Authenticity Movement, 2. Norma Hollis Companies, 630 W. Q u e e n S t . # 1 0 , 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

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: Broadway 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 STATEMENT File No. 2013 060445 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: LCW Communications 4646 Don Lorenzo Dr. Ste. D, County of Los Angeles Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number: AI #ON: Registered owner(s): Linda Walker 4646 Don Lorenzo Dr. #D This business is conducted by an Individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 01/01/2013 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/ Linda Walker This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 26, 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 04/25, 05/02, 05/09, 05/16 OUR WEEKLY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 060386 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as:

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

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS OPPORTUNITY WITH LACCD The Los Angeles Community Colleges have embarked on an extensive building program funded by P ro p o s i t i o n A / A A a n d M e a s u re J t o a d d re s s much-needed campus i m p ro v e m e n t s for e d u c a t i o n a l a n d s u p p o rt facilities for its nine community colleges. NOTICE TO PROPOSERS (Bond Program) Location: Los Angeles Community College District Proposal Package: Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) FTA- Funded Architect and Engineering Services, Trade Technical College R F P N o . R F Q F TA - 0 0 1 (Trade) 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 Trade Technical College. The District will be a subrecipient to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority of federal funds for this project. Accordingly, please carefully review the Notice to Bidders Supplement (Federal Funding) attached. Proposals shall be prepared in conformance with the Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”). All responses to the RFQ shall be hand delivered or mailed to

RFQs will be posted online on April 22, 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-001 (Trade), Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) FTAFunded Architect and Engineering Services, Trade Technical College and any addendums thereto. The Mandatory Pre-Proposal Conference will take place on May 2, 2013 at 10AM PST, at Trade Technical College, 400 West Washington Boulevard, Room TE-113, Los Angeles, California 90015. Questions shall be directed to Garry Jess, via email only at Garry.Jess@build-laccd.org. All questions are due May 17, 2013 by 2PM PST. NOTICE TO BIDDERS SUPPLEMENT (FEDERAL FUNDING) 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 1. Achieving the DALP percentage established for this contract is encouraged and is not a condition of award or an issue of responsiveness. However, it is the policy of LACCD to provide the maximum opportunity for DBE and small business firms to compete on its federallyassisted contracts. The following forms will be submitted with the bidder’s bid submittal package: Form 1: Proposed Subcontractors & Suppliers Form 2: DALP Affidavit 2. LACCD requires all 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. Complete and submit DBE forms: 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

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 073838 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: The Production Company (TPC), 515 Ridgewood Lane, Pasadena CA 91103, County of LA, 37175 LaBrea Avenue, #159, Los Angeles, CA 90016 Registered owner(s): Ursaline Bryant, 515 Ridgewood Lane, Pasadena CA 91103 This business is conducted by an individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 3/31/13 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/ Ursaline Bryant, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 11, 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

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013068659 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: At Your Leisure Cleaning, 25400 Oak St #16, Lomita, CA 90717, County of Los Angeles Registered owner(s): Monique Wheeler, 25400 Oak St #16, Lomita, CA 90717 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/ Monique Wheeler, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 05, 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 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9/13 CNS-2471707# OUR WEEKLY

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 071312 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: L A O ff i c e F u rn i t u re, 7625 C re n s h a w Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90043, County of LA. Registered owner(s): Frank R. Denkins, 3810 Olmsted Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90008. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 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/ Frank R. Denkins, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 9, 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 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9/13 CNS-2474256# OUR WEEKLY

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 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9/13 CNS-2473363# OUR WEEKLY

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LEGAL NOTICES 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. 4/25/13 CNS-2475526# OUR WEEKLY

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NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: DORIS NORD HALL AKA DORIS W. NORD, DORIS P. NORD, DORIS P. PENDERGRASS CASE NO. BP140368 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of DORIS NORD HALL AKA DORIS W. NORD, DORIS P. NORD, DORIS P. PENDERGRASS. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by JASON CHRISTOPHER HAGAN in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that JASON CHRISTOPHER HAGAN be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s WILL and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The WILL and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act . (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 05/29/13 at 8:30AM in Dept. 9 located at 111 N. HILL ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90012 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the

0010 LEGAL NOTICES personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the Califor nia Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner TODD A.JAMES - SBN #196873 THE JAMES LAW GROUP, A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION 18101 VON KARMAN AVE. STE 300 IRVINE CA 92612 4/18, 4/25, 5/2/13 CNS-2472749# OUR WEEKLY

TRUSTEE SALES Title No. 7019240 ALS No. 2012-5907 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT OF A LIEN, DATED SEPTEMBER 17, 2012. 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. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: On May 16, 2013, at 9:00 AM, ASSOCIATION LIEN SERVICES, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to a certain lien, recorded on September 20, 2012, as instrument number 20121412366, of the official records of Los Angeles County, California. WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR LAWFUL MONEY OF THE UNITED STATES, OR A CASHIERS CHECK at: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA 91766. The street address and other common designations, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1501 East Carson Street, Unit 11, Carson, California 90745 Assessor’s Parcel No. 7326020-108 The owner(s) of the real property is purported to be: Jeff C. Jabusch, an unmarried man. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designations, 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 a note, homeowner’s assessment or other obligation secured by this lien, with interest and other sum as provided therein: plus advances, if any, under the terms thereof and interest on

0010 LEGAL NOTICES such advances, plus fees, charges, expenses of the Trustee and trust created by said lien. 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 $11,007.60. Payment must be in cash, a cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state bank or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings & loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. The real property described above is being sold subject to the right of redemption. The redemption period within which real property may be redeemed ends 90 days after the sale. 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 contact Priority Posting & Publishing for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit its website www.priorityposting.com for information regarding the sale of this property. 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 website. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The beneficiary of said Lien hereto 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. Date: April 19, 2013 Association Lien Services, as Trustee P.O. Box 64750, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (310) 2072027 By: Caitlyn Takahashi, Trustee Officer P1035012 4/25, 5/2, 05/09/2013 4/25, 5/2, 5/9/13 CNS-2476742# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. 734823CA Loan No. 5303735285 Title Order No. 3206-227486 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 0512-2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE

0010 LEGAL NOTICES 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 0516-2013 at 11:00 A.M., CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 06-01-2006, Book N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 06 1201018, , and as modified by the Modification of Deed of Trust recorded on 02-10-2009, Book , Page , Instrument 20090180682 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: KENNETH L. WALKER, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., (MERS) SOLELY AS NOMINEE FOR LENDER, BC BANCORP, 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: BY THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED AT 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA, CA 91766. Legal Description: LOT 69 OF TRACT 29866, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 728, PAGES 59 TO 61 INCLUSIVE OF MAP, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $794,497.56 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 19628 ENSLOW DR CARSON, CA 90746 APN Number: 7321029-031 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: 04-25-2013 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee ROSAURA ARMENTA, 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 1-714730-2727 www.priorityposting.com or 1714-573-1965 www.auction.com or 1-800-

0010 LEGAL NOTICES 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 and Posting at (714) 730-2727, or visit the Internet Web site www.lpsasap.com (Registration required to search for sale information) or Priority Posting and 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. A-4378975 04/25/2013, 05/02/2013, 05/09/2013 4/25, 5/2, 5/9/13 CNS-2473631# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. : 20100015012793 Title Order No.: 100801386 FHA/VA/PMI No.: NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 09/08/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDEx West, L.L.C., as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 09/14/2006 as Instrument No. 06 2046114 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: MAX A. SARMIENTO AND CORAZON B. SARMIENTO, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH,

0010 LEGAL NOTICES 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: 05/15/2013 TIME OF SALE: 11:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: BY THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED AT 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA, CA 91766. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 22619 NEPTUNE AVE, CARSON, CALIFORNIA 90745 APN#: 7333-008-027 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 $452,145.45. 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 714-730-2727 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site www.lpsasap.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20100015012793. 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

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LEGAL NOTICES 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 $390,466.75 (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

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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 714-730-2727 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site www.lpsasap.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20100015010725. 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: AGENCY SALES and POSTING 2 3210 EL CAMINO REAL, SUITE 200 IRVINE, CA 92602 714-730-2727 www.lpsasap.com NDEx West, L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L.L.C. as Trustee Dated: 04/10/2013 A-4377446 04/18/2013, 04/25/2013, 05/02/2013 4/18, 4/25, 5/2/13 CNS-2471782# OUR WEEKLY

CITY OF CARSON, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 1215 PAGES 12 AND 13 OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY. EXCEPT THEREFROM UNITS 1 THROUGH 28, INCLUSIVE, AS SHOWN AND DEFINED UPON THE CONDOMINIUM PLAN RECORDED DECEMBER 28, 2004 AS INSTRUMENT NO. 04-3360600, OFFICIAL RECORDS OF SAID COUNTY. RESERVING THEREFROM EXCLUSIVE USE COMMON AREA EASEMENTS FOR DECKS, DESIGNATED AS ‘’C’’ AND ‘’D’’, AND PARKING, DESIGNATED AS ‘’P’’, IN, OVER, ACROSS, AND THROUGH THOSE PORTIONS OF THE COMMON AREA AS SHOWN ON THE ABOVE REFERRED TO CONDOMINIUM PLAN. PARCEL 2: UNIT 19 AS SHOWN AND DEFINED UPON THE CONDOMINIUM PLAN REFERRED TO IN PARCEL 1 ABOVE. PARCEL 3: AN EXCLUSIVE USE COMMON AREA EASEMENT FOR ALL USES AND PURPOSES OF A DECK, TO BE APPURTENANT TO PARCELS 1 AND 2, IN, OVER, ACROSS AND THROUGH THAT PORTIONS OF THE COMMON AREA DESIGNATED AND DELINEATED AS ‘’C’’ AND ‘’D’’, OVER THE CORRESPONDINGLY NUMBERED UNIT REFERRED TO IN PARCEL 2 ABOVE, ON THE ABOVE REFERRED TO CONDOMINIUM PLAN. PARCEL 4: AN EXCLUSIVE USE COMMON AREA EASEMENT FOR ALL USES AND PURPOSES OF A PARKING SPACE, TO BE APPURTENANT TO PARCELS 1 AND 2 ABOVE, IN, OVER, ACROSS AND THROUGH THAT PORTION OF THE COMMON AREA DESIGNATED AS ‘’P’’. CONSISTING OF P33 AND P34, AS SHOWN AND DEFINED ON SAID CONDOMINIUM PLAN. Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $296,688.36 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 1215 E CARSON STREET # 19 CARSON, CA 90745 APN Number: 7327-005-094 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: 04-16-2013 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee BRENDA BATTEN, ASSISTANT SECRETARY California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800892-6902 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. For Sales Information: www.lpsasap.com or 1-714730-2727 www.priorityposting.com or 1714-573-1965 www.auction.com or 1-800280-2832 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. P1031813 4/18, 4/25, 05/02/2013 4/18, 4/25, 5/2/13 CNS-2471536# OUR WEEKLY

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: THAT PORTION OF LOTS 9 AND 10 OF TRACT 27074, IN THE CITY OF CARSON, IN THE CITY OF CARSON, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 693, PAGES 5 AND 6 OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY, LYING NORTHWESTERLY OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED LINE AND ITS PROLONGATION. BEGINNING AT A POINT ON THE CURVED SOUTHWESTERLY LINE OF SAID LOT 10 THAT IS DISTANT SOUTHEASTERLY THEREON 2.80 FEET FROM THE MOST WESTERLY CORNER OF SAID LOT 10; THENCE NORTHEASTERLY IN A DIRECT LINE TO A POINT ON THE NORTHERLY LINE OF SAID LOT 9, THAT IS DISTANT THEREON SOUTH 89°50`34’’ WEST 24.20 FEET FROM THE MOST EASTERLY CORNER OF SAID LOT 9. Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $513,429.70 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 351 EAST JAVELIN STREET CARSON, CA 90745 APN Number: 7334009-043 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: 04-11-2013 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee BRENDA BATTEN, ASSISTANT SECRETARY California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800892-6902 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. For Sales Information: www.lpsasap.com or 1-714730-2727 www.priorityposting.com or 1714-573-1965 www.auction.com or 1-800280-2832 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. P1032148 4/18, 4/25, 05/02/2013 4/18, 4/25, 5/2/13 CNS-2471535# OUR WEEKLY

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-09-300862-BL Order No.: 090524114-CA-GTI YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/19/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by 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): RON E CARTER AND MELODY A CARTER, HUSBAND AND WIFE, AS COMMUNITY PROPERTY Recorded: 12/28/2006 as Instrument No. 06 2879768 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California; Date of Sale: 5/16/2013 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: $759,780.18 The purported property address is: 1212 E GLADWICK ST, CARSON, CA 90746 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 7380002-034 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

Trustee Sale No. 250258CA Loan No. 1022989533 Title Order No. 817875 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 09-222005. 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 0509-2013 at 9:00 AM, CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 09-30-2005, Book N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 05 2362367, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: RICARDO M SAMONTE, A MARRIED MAN, as Trustor, WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA, 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: PARCEL 1: AN UNDIVIDED 1/28TH INTEREST IN AND TO LOTS 2 AND 3 OF TRACT NO. 50832, IN THE

Trustee Sale No. 251452CA Loan No. 1023655828 Title Order No. 857502 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 04-192006. 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 0509-2013 at 9:00 AM, CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 04-28-2006, Book N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 06-0939558, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: EDGARDO O. TANTOCO, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY AND MARIA TERESA T. NAVARRA, A MARRIED WOMAN AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., (MERS), SOLELY AS NOMINEE FOR LENDER, HOMEWIDE LENDING, CORP., 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

Trustee Sale No. : 20110159902316 Title Order No.: 100743563 FHA/VA/PMI No.: 0 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 06/18/2007. 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 06/27/2007 as Instrument No. 20071540397 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: ELSA L ORTEGA AND CAROLINA ORTEGA HERNANDEZ, 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: 05/10/2013 TIME OF SALE: 9:00 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: 1426 EAST 215TH PLACE, CARSON, CALIFORNIA 90745 APN#: 7326-020-021 The

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LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. : 20100015010725 Title Order No.: 100639874 FHA/VA/PMI No.: NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 06/01/2004. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDEx West, L.L.C., as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 06/10/2004 as Instrument No. 04 1490303 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: RIZAL S. MARTIN AND GENARA-SUSAN A. MARTIN, 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: 05/08/2013 TIME OF SALE: 11:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: BY THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED AT 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA, CA 91766. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 22838 SERRA DRIVE, CARSON, CALIFORNIA 90745 APN#: 7329-023-192 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 $426,494.22. 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,

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LEGAL NOTICES 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 714-730-2727 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-09-300862-BL . 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. 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. 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. THIS OFFICE IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 2141 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 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. TS No.: CA-09300862-BL IDSPub #0049051 4/25/2013 5/2/2013 5/9/2013 4/25, 5/2, 5/9/13 CNS-2472220# OUR WEEKLY

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LEGAL NOTICES 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, CA05001826-12-1. 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: April 12, 2013 TRUSTEE CORPS TS No. CA05001826-12-1 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 949-252-8300 Stephanie Hoy, 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. P1033447 4/18, 4/25, 05/02/2013 4/18, 4/25, 5/2/13 CNS-2472742# OUR WEEKLY

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LEGAL NOTICES 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 $441,073.17. 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 714-573-1965 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site www.priorityposting.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20110159902316. 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: PRIORITY POSTING & PUBLISHING, INC. 17501 IRVINE BLVD., SUITE ONE TUSTIN, CA 92780 714-5731965 www.priorityposting.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 P1032794 4/18, 4/25, 05/02/2013 4/18, 4/25, 5/2/13

0010 LEGAL NOTICES CNS-2471533# OUR WEEKLY 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

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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 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

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 800-542-2550 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

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 1-800-281-8219 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.

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$380,597.16. 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 1374651-31. 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

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

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

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S No. 1374651-31 APN: 7319-008-011 TRA: 3837 LOAN NO: Xxxxxx6134 REF: Anderson, James A IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED December 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. On May 08, 2013, at 9:00am, Cal-Western Reconveyance Corporation, as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded December 29, 2006, as Inst. No. 20062895587 in book XX, page XX of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, executed by James A anderson, An Unmarried Man, will sell at public auction to highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank 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: 17539 Amantha Ave Carson CA 90746-1605 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:


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