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Understanding Black folks or stereotyping in 10 steps (or less) BY GREGG REESE OW CONTRIBUTOR

In our post-racial landscape, advancements are undeniable, but the old stereotypes live on. “The man who walks out of his house with a mind devoid of stereotypes is like the man who goes to the Antarctic without having inquired about the weather. But there is no such man; for even to know that the Antarctic exists is to know that it tends to be cold there. Our minds are necessarily full of stereotypes, and we could not negotiate the world without them.” —From “Types of Stereotypes,” by Theodore Dalrymple in the Aug. 19, 2013 issue of National Review online. The discourse about stereotypes is at a fever pitch with all the racially related crimes in recent headlines. In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman hullabaloo, America has, in short order, experienced the drive-by murder of an Australian college athlete by a racially mixed group of teenagers (two Black, one White) in Oklahoma; the brutal beating of an 88-year-old World War II veteran by two Black teens in Washington state; and a White teenager being beaten by a group of his Black peers on a Florida school bus, caught on video; a film clip that was aired repeatedly for days afterwards. It goes without saying that racial categorizing, or pigeonholing is a well-established precedence within

these United States, but these recent acts of malfeasance have, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, been exposed to folks who will possibly never set foot on these shores. Yet and still, they have a mental picture, not only of a distant land, but the behavior and morals of the people therein. Let’s start off with the notion that stereotypes are a necessary evil in a complex world. According to researchers like J. Andy Karafa, Ph.D., associate dean of Arts and Sciences at Ferris State University, they are the means by which we make sense of the chaos that confronts us on a daily basis. They are, if you will, a sort of mental short cut that tells us how to react to people and situations for which we have no time to thoroughly analyze and process, and in turn, come up with an unbiased assessment. Stereotypes are also used in a sociological context, where they arguably can be employed as a means to control and undermine select groups of people. As time goes on, these stereotypes may evolve, or be intentionally altered to conform to societal change. Occasionally, stereotypes are tailored in order to serve a particular purpose or accomplish a specific agenda. With the founding of the New World and the need to secure a robust labor force to conform this virgin territory into a European ideal, the newly arrived pioneers saw fit to validate and justify the system implemented to provide a proper workforce (slavery) in this hostile environment. In doing so, they had to

Sapphire from “Amos ‘n Andy” and “Stanford and Son’s” Aunt Esther are just two examples of the Angry Black Women.

overcome the considerable obstacle of moral justification for an institution they saw as so economically necessary for the survival of themselves and the newly formed union (just as they needed justification for the seizure of land from indigenous peoples). The people whose land was taken were soulless heathens in desperate need of the constraints of civilized (read “European”) culture and the tenets of Christianity, just as the dark-skinned savages benefited from the discipline and structure gained by tilling the fields and taming the land. Over time, the enslaved earned the designations of “Coons,” “Mammies,” “Pickaninnies,” and “Toms” as worthy titles to signify their place in the new hierarchy. Whether or not the early stereotypes imposed on

these African newcomers were intentional, they proved useful as a validation of the caste system by projecting the idea of happy, contented servants existing solely for the betterment of their betters. “… such schemas are called stereotypes.” —J. Andy Karafa Making sense and generalizing In cognitive science or psychology, a concept emerged in the 20th century promoting the idea of organized patterns of behavior or thought called “schemas.” As explained by social psychologist

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Karafa, human beings organize their perceptions about the environment surrounding them (and especially the rest of humanity) into schema in order to negotiate the world with minimal exertion. “To make sense of the world, the mind categorizes things (people), automatically and unconsciously,” he says. Of course, the thought process had been around long before clinicians started applying labels. The introduction of psychology as a formal science was useful because it developed a vocabulary and definitions to describe and explain the mysteries of behavior in a prescribed manner. In a sense, science and generalization both evolved to fulfill a specific need. Going on, Karafa says “… the good news is that these (schemas) allow us to interpret the world around us very quickly and efficiently; in fact, we are typically unaware of their use. The bad news is that whenever we categorize people, it frequently results in prejudice and discrimination.” “Movies are not about Blacks, but what Whites think about Blacks.” —novelist Ralph Ellison A wider stage New, electronically transmitted forms of mass media (including radio), providing a wider stage upon which to project these generalizations, surfaced around the same time as these notions of behavior and mind functions. One noteworthy sitcom appearing over the radio waves at the cusp of the Great Depression had its roots in the minstrel tradition, an American form of theatrical performance that evolved in the wake of the post-Civil War period. “Amos ‘n Andy,” centered around the antics of a “Negro” community in Chicago (later transplanted to the New York enclave of Harlem). Much of the series centered on the relationship of the title characters and their fellow fraternal lodge member George “Kingfish” Stevens, a chronically unemployed conniver, given to get-rich-quick flights of fancy. He was kept in his place by his overbearing shrew of a wife, Sapphire. She was an outgrowth of the 1800s “sassy mammies” stereotype who provided the template for the depiction of future generations of emasculating harridans, who eventually earned the moniker “Angry Black Women.” The radio series’ popularity facilitated a transition to the newly emerged medium of television, where Sapphire manifested herself physically on the tiny screen in all her belligerent glory, hands on hips, arms akimbo, head shaking in time with her verbal assaults on her flawed mate. This persona has since resurfaced in many guises, distinguishing herself in such later incarnations as Aunt Esther in “Sanford and Son,” Pam on “Martin,” and two depictions from the fertile mind of Tyler Perry—Angela in “Why did I get Married,” and its TV spin-off, “For Better or Worse;” and pop culture’s poster child for anger management referral, Mabel Simmons, better known as “Madea.” The modern-day trend of reality television carries this further, by broadcasting domestic altercations between angry Black women and their mates (and to be fair, there is equal footage of their Caucasian brothers and sisters behaving badly). By no means a new phenomenon, this stereotype enjoyed a resurgence in the 1990’s and produced its own, unique version of the Angry Black Woman during the first season of real estate magnate Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice"—Omarosa Manigault. Garnering such accolades as the “woman America loves to hate,” “reality TV’s No. 1 Bad Girl,” and a place on TV Guide’s list of the Nastiest Villains of All Time, Manigault reached the pinnacle of celebrity

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branding by gaining recognition simply by her first name: Omarosa. The stereotypes featured in “Amos ‘n Andy” were especially hurtful perhaps because there was no positive counter balance. Television producer Shonda Rhimes, noted for her diverse and well-defined characters, conceived “Scandal,” a Washington, D.C.-based political thriller modeled after an actual crisis management specialist who worked for the (George W.) Bush administration. In the show, Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope seems to have risen above the Angry Black Woman label as she deftly negotiates the minefields of the Beltway to provide damage control and salvage the reputations of her clientele in the wake of their faux pas. In doing so however, she feeds into a newer, more contemporary stereotype: the “Magic Negro.” An update of the literary device, “Noble Savage,” the term Magic Negro was popularized by filmmaker Spike Lee in the 1990s and exists solely to assist and serve the White protagonist. Journalists and social critics, including noted writer David Ehrenstein, have included President Barack Obama into this characterization. However, these stereotypes are arguably not nearly as pervasive as the cultural shadow cast by the “thug persona,” which in itself is a derivative of the “Brute” stereotype that emerged in the wake of the Civil War. Just as its predecessor’s titles of “Coon” and “Tom” were useful appendages to explain designated roles in the framework of slavery, the Brute was an explanation of the former slaver’s fear of rebellion, and a justification for the lynchings, cross burnings, and other machinations to maintain order. It maybe argued that the Brute and the fear of the “Black Peril” have segued into the 20th century as the militant protagonists in “Blaxploitation” motion pictures, and the later, interchangeable personas of the urban gangster and Rap performer. Curiously, White suburban youth have adopted the clothing and accouterments of these latter anti-social characterizations. As this article went to press, an intriguing independent movie titled “American Milkshake” opened in limited release. It purports to tell the true story of a great-grandson of black face entertainer Al Jolson coming of age in the 1990s, as a wanna-be Hip Hop aspiring White teenager who idolizes Rap icon Tupac Shakur and craves inclusion in the unwelcoming African American culture. Cross fertilization Should anyone doubt the impact that popular culture has, the Sapphire stereotype worked its way into

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government policy, as evidenced by a historic Department of Labor report from 1965. In sociologist Patrick Moynihan’s landmark report “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action” (commonly called The Moynihan Report), a primary cause cited for the degeneration of the Black family was the proliferation of single-parent family units, headed by an overly dominating, emasculating mother, the wellspring from which a plethora of delinquency, scholastic underachievement, and other sundry antisocial ills spring forth. During the Trayvon Martin trial itself, at points, the drama shifted from the comparative merits of the defendant and victim to a key witness. Attendees and the media audience focused their attention on prosecution witness Rachel Jeantel, as defense attorney Don West prodded and provoked her in an attempt to undermine her credibility. During their extended exchange, the polished, sophisticated trial attorney and the naive teenager of Haitian descent sparred and parried, and she was seen rolling her eyes in obvious annoyance. Media critics and casual observers analyzed her Ebonics-laced vocabulary, around-the-way girl demeanor, and “ghetto fabulous” style of hoop earrings and stiletto fingernails, which some believed turned the courtroom into a mini seminar on timehonored stereotypes about class, gender, and race. This was merely icing on the defense’s cake of depicting the deceased as an adolescent thug-intraining; the latest embodiment of the “Black Brute” stereotype. There is evidence that Martin, like legions of youthful Black teens around the country may have embraced this persona in an effort to be “hip.” Whites, as previously mentioned, do this as well, yet they do not suffer the consequences, legal and other wise, of adopting the style of fashionable hooliganism. In a nutshell, Whites may commit crimes, but Blacks (especially males) suffer the lasting label of criminal. A central caveat in this slave-to-fashion scenario is the subtle (and, in the often abrasive culture of the adolescent, not so subtle) pressure to conform to stereotypes out of fear of being accused of “selling out” by betraying one’s own culture. Black students have been discouraged from excelling academically under penalty of suffering the pejorative term, “acting White.” In essence, to be “cool,” and fit in with their peers, they embrace the negative stereotypes a callous society has tailored for them. Bill Cosby and other activists have decried this practice as being a major factor in perpetuating the “culture/cycle of poverty.” Which begs the question, if art imitates life, have we come full circle and stereotypes now dictate the behavior of impressionable youth? Cross cultural fears “If I’m walking down a street in Center City Philadelphia at two in the morning, and I hear some footsteps behind me and I turn around and there are a couple of young White dudes behind me, I am probably not going to get very uptight. I’m probably not going to have the same reaction, if I turn around and there is the proverbial Black urban youth behind me. Now, if I am going to have this reaction-and I’m a Black male who has studied martial arts for 20 some-odd years and can defend myself-I can’t help but think that the average white judge in the situation will have a reaction that is ten times more intense.” —Judge Theodore A. McKee, U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals. “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody White and feel relieved … After all we have been through, just to think we can’t

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walk down our own streets, how humiliating.” —Remarks by the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. at a meeting of Operation PUSH in Chicago (Nov. 27, 1993). The Trayvon Martin melodrama merely rehashed a long-standing national perception of law and order, i.e., Black men are justifiably seen as criminal suspects. The fact that an icon of the civil rights era admitted his primal fear of being victimized by people who look like him demonstrates it is a sentiment not merely exclusive to Whites; indeed it is food for thought. Alas, it is not that simple. It’s not even possible to compartmentalize categorizing crime along racial lines, as noted in an independent publication from 1981: “Looking at race, class, and residence variables, Blacks are more afraid of crime than Whites, the poor more afraid than the middle class or wealthy, and inner-city dwellers more afraid than suburbanites. -From “Coping with Crime: Individual and Neighborhood Reactions,” by Westley G. Skogen and Michael G. Maxfield. And here, we find ourselves in a quandary. The people who are most vocal about police abuse and over-enthusiastic profiling are the very people who are most often victimized and therefore the most in need of the law and order apparatus. Simultaneously, those who stand to suffer the most from unfair typecasting and being pigeonholed (the young Black male) are often quick to assume the mantle of self destruction. It might be said that thusly they are guilty of “enabling,” a quaint term with double meanings in mental health and psychology, but for our purposes here describes conduct that exacerbates dysfunctional or harmful behavior. It is a little close to “blaming the victim,” as is sometimes done in rape cases, but is most often used to describe the unwitting encouragement of a subject’s addictive behavior in classic codependent relationships. “It’s not the fault of the police when they stop minority males or put them in jail. It’s the fault of the minority males for committing the crime.” —City Councilman and former Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard Parks The swinging pendulum It’s easy to dismiss this quote as the refuge of a tunnel-vision shackled authoritarian figure voicing a view that suits his own agenda. But then again, leftleaning factions can go to the other extreme, sometimes to the point of condoning extreme (and damaging) behaviors under the umbrella of individual rights. In reference to Parks’ provocative statement, the root causes of punitive judicial decisions sometimes boil down to taking responsibility for individual decisions. Journalism in its purest form is meant to be built on the bedrock of truthfulness, accuracy, and objectivity. Each of these components, in and of themselves, are wide open for definition, as may be confirmed by a casual perusal of CNN and the Fox Network. In this era of media saturation, Trayvon Martin and many other news stories are “broken” largely on the merits of their ratings potential and sensationalism. As we have shown, pop culture Americana is marked by deeply imbedded imagery and traditions that have more than a little bearing on the news items that capture the public’s attention and scrutiny. Stereotypes, intentionally conceived or naturally evolved, helped maintain the status quo during this country’s formative years. They continued to progress along with America’s growth and reflect its changing lifestyle. Strangely, today when there are fewer constraints, it seems this contemporary generation is embracing the same stigmas that shackled their ancestors.


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Breast cancer month „ Black women impacted more by the disease BY MERDIES HAYES OW CONTRIBUTOR

The statistics are alarming. They have been for a generation. The American Cancer Society estimates that one in eight (or 232,000 American women) will be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. With Breast Cancer Awareness Month beginning this week, it is estimated that more than 40,000 women will die from the disease this year with African American women posting a heavy share of these losses. The American Cancer Society reported last year that Black women have the highest mortality rate at 36.6 percent per 100,000 American women diagnosed with the disease. This is compared to 22.9 percent (out of every 100,000 women) overall across the nation. The Cancer Action Network found last month that the five-year relative survival rate is 98 percent when breast cancer is detected at an early stage, but only 24 percent for late-stage cancer. Although breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer among American women, the percentage of people dying from the disease is said to be in decline. Not so for Black women. A report last winter by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga., notes there are persistent large gaps between Black and

White women in terms of mortality and stage of cancer at diagnosis. Based on data collected from 20052009, African American women, the report found, were 41 percent more likely to die from breast cancer. The report also revealed that Black women have a lower incidence of breast cancer (based on the nation’s population), but are more likely to succumb from the disease than any other racial or ethnic group. An additional study conducted in July by the American Medical Association indicated that when researchers compared the Black breast cancer patients with White patients who had similar demographic characteristics as well as similar tumors, the survival gap dropped considerably among African Americans. “Most of the difference is explained by poorer health of Black patients at diagnosis, with more advanced disease, worse biological features of the disease, and more ‘comorbid’ (presence of one or more disorders in addition to a primary disease) conditions,” the report found. The study also revealed that African American women died more frequently because they were more likely to have other health conditions. Obesity, high blood pressure, hypertension and heart disease among Black women were found to be fatal contributors when paired with cancer. Research teams at CDC found that 26 percent of the Black patients had diabetes when diagnosed with breast cancer, compared to 15.3 percent of White women. Researchers also found treatment for Black

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women was not as good as that of White patients received because the former set of women were less likely to receive combinations of chemotherapy drugs and were directed to undergo surgery with no therapy afterward. “By the time Blacks [visit the doctor], they’re so sick that treatment isn’t changing the outcomes,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Silber, director for the Center for Outcomes Research at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia and leader of a 2011 study conducted by his group. “The outcome is already fated to be poor when patients come in with such advanced disease.” In 2011, 6,040 Black women died from breast cancer. According to the Atlanta-based medical advocacy group Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI), breast cancer tends to appear in Black women at a younger age and in more advanced forms. They announced in 2011 that African American women are twice as likely to develop “triple negative” breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease which has fewer effective treatment options. This form of cancer grows and spreads more swiftly in Black women possibly because of breast density—one of the strongest predictors of risk for breast cancer and also a known factor limiting the sensitivity of a screening/mammogram. In short, mammograms of breasts with higher density are harder to read and interpret than those of less density. A small tumor can be concealed by dense breast tissue, or by the overlap of normal breast structures. A diagnosis of “ triple negative” breast cancer means that the three most common types of receptors known to fuel most breast cancer growth (estrogen, progesterone and the HER-2/neu gene) are not present in the cancer tumor. The breast cancer cells have tested negative for hormone epidermal growth

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factor receptor 2 (HER-2), estrogen receptors (ER) and progesterone receptors (PR). Because the tumor cells lack the necessary receptors, common treatments like hormone therapy and drugs that target estrogen, progesterone and HER-2 are ineffective. Chemotheraphy is still an effective option and triple negative breast cancer may respond better to chemotherapy—provided if it is caught in the early stage. Triple negative breast cancer occurs in 10 to 20 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer and is more likely to affect younger people, African Americans and Hispanics. There is another equally devastating cancer diagnosis: “inflammatory” breast cancer cannot be detected via self examination nor by mammograms or early diagnosis. It does not appear as a tumor but, rather, as a flowing mass of carcinogens that can travel from the breast, chest wall and lodge within any organ in the body. Although White women are diagnosed frequently with this form of breast cancer, Black women die from it at much higher rates. Doctors are still not familiar with this diagnosis (categorized within the four stages of breast cancer as “3B”), and an accurate count of cases remains elusive. It is the fastest moving cancer and, when found, survival is rare, according to Jocelyn Earls. “Black women are being misdiagnosed from the start,” said Earls, who has battled inflammatory breast cancer since 2011. Her Rialto-based organization, “Fighting 4 the TaTas: Inflammatory Breast Cancer” is striving to sound the alarm call for women of color about this deadly diagnosis. “We don’t receive the same care as White women, but there is a sad tradition within the Black family about revealing bad

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The Young and the Restless cast at the KJLH exhibitor’s booth. All photos by Mesiyah McGinnis.

Opening breakfast keynote speaker Los Angeles Councilman Curren Price (9th Dist.) and Dr. Anthony Samad

No progress seen following White House meeting on shutdown „ Democrats ask why they should have to choose BY TOM COHEN

WASHINGTON (CNN)—After weeks of talking past each other, congressional leaders and President Barack Obama talked to each other Wednesday evening—only to emerge evidently no closer to a deal to halt the government shutdown. A White House meeting appeared to do little to affect the stalemate between Republicans and Democrats, as leaders from both parties amplified their charged rhetoric by blaming each other for the impasse over funding. Republicans, led by tea party conservatives in the House, have demanded that anti-Obamacare provisions be attached to any government spending plan, a strategy that Democrats have called a non-starter. “At times like this, the American people expect their leaders to come together to find ways to resolve their differences,” House Speaker John Boehner said after what he described as a “polite conversation” over Washington’s fiscal stalemate. “The president reiterated one more time tonight that he will not negotiate.” A few minutes later, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claimed that it was Boehner—not the president or his fellow Democrats—who have refused to talk. Reid said Democratic leaders offered Boehner “a

lifeline” by setting up negotiations “about anything that you want to talk about” so long as the House agrees to reopen the government first. “I thought that they were concerned about the long-term fiscal affairs of this country. And we said, ‘we are too. Let’s talk about it,’” the Nevada Democrat said. “My friend, John Boehner ... cannot take yes for an answer.” The back-and-forth suggested little movement over a government shutdown that began Tuesday. Nor has there been any sign of a breakthrough regarding the next budget crisis—whether Congress votes to lift the nation’s debt ceiling. In an interview with CNBC prior to the meeting, Obama said he was “prepared to negotiate on anything” regarding the federal budget—but only after Congress passes “a clean piece of legislation that reopens the government” and allows the “Treasury to pay for things that Congress itself already authorized.” “Am I exasperated?” Obama said of Boehner, who is under pressure from fiscal hawks, and is refusing to let the House vote on the Senate-approved spending plan. “I am absolutely exasperated, because this is entirely unnecessary.” Obama and Democrats accuse Republicans of using the need to fund the government and increase the debt ceiling as leverage for defunding or delaying the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature legislative

achievement. “If we get in the habit where a few folks, an extremist wing of one party ... are allowed to extort concessions based on a threat of undermining the full faith and credit of the United States, then any president that comes after me ... will find themselves unable to govern effectively,” Obama said. “And that is not something that I’m going to allow to happen.” The GOP-led House didn’t rest on its laurels Wednesday—pushing through piecemeal spending measures that would fund specific programs, although there’s no indication they will go anywhere in the Democratic-led Senate. The incremental approach pushed by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas seeks to pressure Democrats to approve spending for programs that Republicans like, but not Obamacare. An initial effort Tuesday failed because the shortterm proposals comprising a tiny portion of the overall federal budget lacked the necessary two-thirds majority support due to Democratic opposition. But on Wednesday, the House did manage to pass—with majority support—bills to fund national parks, the National Institutes of Health and District of Columbia operations. Obama has signaled he’d veto those measures should they reach his desk. That’s unlikely given that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has dismissed the approach as “reckless and irresponsible.”

Congresswoman Janice Hahn of the 44th District said the federal government shutdown is needlessly disrupting people’s lives. She also said that funding individual programs and departments is a matter of picking winners and losers. “Why should we pick winners and losers? Everyone is a loser, when the government shuts down. Why don’t we open the government so that everyone can get back to their lives,” asks the San Pedro Democrat, who added that constituents facing an emergency as a result of the federal shut down, can call her office at (310) 831-1799 for possible help. “Republicans are gambling with the American economy to make an ideological point,” charges Congresswoman Maxine Waters of the 43rd District. “Each day this shutdown continues risks further irreparable damage to our financial system, our economy and our middle class.” Waters is particularly concerned about the financial impacts. “Even a short shutdown threatens job creation, harms small businesses, and leaves families with uncertainty and instability. Congresswoman Karen Bass notes: “Sadly, the shutdown is already threatening the most vulnerable people in our community. A spokesman for California’s WIC program announced that an extended shutdown will cause significant problems for Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) which helps feed more than 300,000 low-income Californian women and their children.


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Why Reputation Management is Important By Riqo Fraser, Union Bank, N.A.

At Union Bank we define reputation management as a solid, ongoing commitment to responsible banking. Ours is a culture of performing ethically at all times in decisions concerning customers, partners, employees and the communities where we conduct business.

Artist Elena Cervantes recounts how Cecil Fergerson, right, helped her career.

Arts icon succumbs „ Cecil Fergerson demanded decades of recognition for people of color BY CYNTHIA E. GRIFFIN OW MANAGING EDITOR

Every July, the Black arts community found itself at the center of a big bash celebrating the birthday of a man some called the “Godfather” of L.A.’s African American arts community. That man, Cecil Fergerson, was celebrated in a public tribute and repast held Saturday in a most appropriate place—Pheonix Hall at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) compound just steps from the gallery that bears his name. Fergerson, 82, died Sept. 18, following a period of declining health. Like at his annual birthday shindig, which happened for at least 10 years, the tribute/repast attracted the crème de la crème of the Black art and cultural world including William Pajud, Michael Massenburg, and Alice Patrick. They all came to pay tribute to a man who went from teaching history (his favorite subject) to working as a janitor at the California Natural History Museum in Exposition Park to eventually becoming the “community’s curator.” In the late 1950s, janitorial work was the only job Blacks could get at the county, but Fergerson was not content in that position. But his interest in art was an acquired love. “Every night, when I was a custodian at the County Natural History Museum, I’m right there in the art gallery all by myself . . . I’d usually just sweep the art, because I had no interest in it. I was trying to get the hell out of there. Then I started leaning on the broom, getting caught up in the Lautrec and Van Gogh. I soon discovered I could identify artists, not from the labels on the wall, but because of their brush strokes, the things they painted: Cezanne, Modigliani, Gauguin, Matisse; soon I could identify all those people, like snap, snap, snap,” said Fergerson. In addition to soaking up the art, the Boley, Ok., native who moved to Los Angeles with his parents in 1939 and grew up in Watts, had long conversations with artists and art connoisseurs.

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This philosophy has proven successful for Union Bank, as customers ranked the company highest among the top 30 bank holding companies in the United States in a recent survey conducted by the Reputation Institute and American Banker Magazine. The results of the 4th Annual Survey of Bank Reputations appear in the July 2013 issue of the magazine. Union Bank received the highest cumulative score of any bank since the inception of the annual survey in 2010 on measures of trust, admiration and respect. The bank

2.) sound financial management; 3.) support of community; 4.) diversity and inclusion; and 5.) responsible products and practices. These principles are fundamental to the way we conduct business everyday throughout our bank, and have been a part of our legacy for nearly 150 years. “At Union Bank, we take pride in empowering our customers and our communities, including businesses, families and diverse communities,” said Union Bank Executive Vice President Julius Robinson, head of Corporate Social Responsibility. “Our 2012 CSR report illustrates a broad cross section of environmental, economic and social contributions that together represent Union Bank and the character of our business and employees.” The report, the survey and other recent recognitions help to illustrate our commitment to responsible banking, a commitment that will continue as we embark on the next 150 years.

Banking at its heart is built on trust and reputation is built on earning it. also finished in the top five in several key categories such as governance, performance, workplace, citizenship and leadership. The complete rankings of bank reputation scores and full coverage can be viewed online at www.unionbank.com/ Images/ABM-ReputationReset.pdf. “Banking at its heart is built on trust and reputation is built on earning it,” said Union Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Masashi Oka. “For this survey to recognize the trust we’ve established with customers and communities over our nearly 150-year history– particularly through our focused efforts this past year–is a huge honor for our bank and validates what we consider important.” Our approach to responsible banking is built around five core tenants: 1.) responsible lending;

Riqo Fraser is an Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of Union Bank’s Manhattan Beach Branch. Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $102.3 billion at June 30, 2013. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., provides an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 422 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, and New York as well as two international offices, on June 30, 2013. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. In July 2013, American Banker Magazine and the Reputation Institute ranked Union Bank #1 for reputation among its customers. Visit www.unionbank.com for more information.

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Practical Politics „ What’s up with African American literacy rates? BY DAVID L. HORNE OW CONTRIBUTOR

In the world of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other quick strike information processes, why is there a definite lack of evidence of a steady upward progression of reading and writing skills among African American contributors? Post secondary education statistics continue to demonstrate that far too many African American students who finish high school do so as functional illiterates—that is, they cannot read and write at a basic level requisite for functional participation in modern life.

“…where there is this dire a problem among America’s youth in general, African American youth are staring at death’s door regarding functional literacy in America.” In California, both the California State University system and the University of California system still annually allow (and mainly require) a significant proportion of incoming freshmen to register for developmental English courses—sometimes called “dumbbell” English— in order to assist the students in preparing to take regular-level freshmen college basic education courses. These developmental courses generally do not count toward a student’s graduation, but must still be paid for through regular tuition. Both university systems realize this is not a very efficient use of taxpayer dollars, however, the literacy levels of the students coming to them out of high school require this kind of intervention. As of 2009, the Department of Education reported that literacy rates for more than 50 percent of African American children in the fourth grade nationwide was below the basic skills level and far below average; and

News in Brief Miss Israel 2013, Yityish (Titi) Aynaw, visited Los Angeles’ Little Ethiopia Saturday as part of an effort by the African American, faithbased initiative Juneteenth Education Technology Mobile Arts Center (J.E.T.M.A.C.) to lay the groundwork for a 2014 Juneteenth Israel Reconciliation Tour, July 7-17. The goal is to build closer relationships with Israel through the Jewish Ethiopian community. The Ethiopian Community Development group, a project of the Southern California-based non-profit Community Partners, hosted a “meet and greet reception” on her behalf at the Little Ethiopia

by the ninth grade nationwide, the situation had gotten worse, with the rate dropping below 44 percent. Yes, there is still an unemployment crisis in the nation’s Black communities, but what is feeding and ensuring the longevity of that crisis is the ballooning illiteracy rate among Black youth and adults. What happened to that post-antebellum slavery zeal that put educational attainment, including reading and writing skills, as the sustained priority for advancement in American society? How did we drop that ball? These are bedeviling questions especially with Sept. 24 labeled National Punctuation Day, and it was accompanied by a broad national reflection on the lack of proper writing skills among modern American youth. Officially, NPD, “is a celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis.” Giving even a casual glance at regular comments typed into Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook pages, American youth are in deep need, accompanied by deepening denial, of literacy help. And, citing the old chestnut, “when White folks sneeze, Black folks catch the flu,” where there is this dire a problem among America’s youth in general, African American youth are staring at death’s door regarding functional literacy in America. What can be done about it, if anything? Where there is still parenting going on, we need to encourage the love of reading (not just urge our youth to read so-called great books), and we need to encourage African American youth to actually write sentences in letters, notes, homework assignments, etc. We might even spend a little time checking—proofreading—their material ourselves. African Americans simply cannot afford this selfimposed hump onto already overloaded backs. It’s one thing to still have to fight everyday acts of random racism in our lives. That’s the nature of the beast we deal with. It is another thing altogether though, to handicap ourselves. Suicide has never been our favorite or most popular response to oppression, but we have to call this literacy problem what it is—cultural and political suicide. C’mon ya’ll. Let’s get with it. Forward not backwards. 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.

Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The Ethiopian-Israeli beauty queen, a model who was the first Ethiopian Jew to win the contest, also attended Saturday morning service at a synagogue in Beverly Hills. Miss Israel’s trip to America included stops in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Illinois, and California. *** Paul Oliver, who played defensive back at the University of Georgia then in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers, was found dead Tuesday night from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot, police in suburban Atlanta said. He was 29. Oliver apparently shot himself in front of his wife and young sons. Police found Oliver’s body at the bottom of a set of stairs in a home in Marietta, Cobb County police

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Counting the Cost „ Budgetary Brinkmanship BY JULIANNE MALVEAUX TRICE EDNEY COLUMNIST

As I write this column, I have no idea whether Congress finally evaded the government shutdown that would happen on Oct. 1. (It did not). I do know, however, that I am sick of the budgetary brinkmanship that plagues our government. Every few months there is some crisis or another that has the House of Representatives and the White House at loggerheads. This time, Republicans in Congress want to defund Obamacare as part of the budget that must be passed and say they are willing to let government close to meet their goal. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (DNevada), says that Republicans are holding a gun to the American people’s heads, and he isn’t lying. It doesn’t stop on Oct. 1. The back-and-forth exists because Congress has not passed a budget the way it normally does since 2009. Now, government has operated through a series of continuing resolutions that make it difficult for federal departments to know how much they have to spend. And if Congress passes an agreement to keep government open, it will only keep it open through November or Dec. 15, depending on which version (House or Senate) of the law passes. The Oct. 17 threshold to raise the debt ceiling or further imperil our once-solid credit rating is another upcoming deadline. In each instance, Republicans have another opportunity to crow about their fiscal mindedness and argue about Obamacare. But, as Sen. Reid has said, Obamacare is the law of the land. It took effect Oct. 1, government shutdown or not. The Republican House majority may despise Obamacare, and may change some provisions of it, but they can’t stop it now. Indeed, Republicans are gearing up for the debt ceiling debate, which is another opportunity for brinksmanship. If they remove the Affordable Care Act from negotiations on the budget continuing resolution, it will surely resurface when the debt ceiling is discussed. We can spend the rest of this year, and part of next, with this budgetary brinkmanship, all driven by the fact that many Republicans simply cannot stand the notion of the Affordable Care Act.

spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said. He said the county medical examiner ruled the death a suicide by handgun and gave police authorization to release the cause. Oliver played for the Chargers from 2007 to 2011, recording 144 tackles in 57 games. *** USC fired Lane Kiffin early Sunday morning in its first mid-season football coaching change and assistant head coach Ed Orgeron was appointed interim coach. Athletic Director Pat Haden informed Kiffin of his firing upon the team charter flight’s arrival at Los Angeles International Airport about 3 a.m., according to a four-paragraph statement released shortly after 4:30 a.m. Haden said at an afternoon campus news conference he told Kiffin he wanted to see him when he returned to Los Angeles from Saturday night’s 62-41 loss to Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. “We met around 3 a.m. for about 45 minutes in a

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Actually, it’s not just about the Affordable Care Act; it is about President Barack Obama and Republican resistance to anything he proposes. Their attitudes go beyond partisanship to venomous distaste. You’d have to go back to the 19th century to find members of Congress so rude as to holler out “you lie” as a president spoke. Assertions that something would happen “over my dead body” are far more common. It has always amused me when people so quickly offer their dead bodies up for discussion, as if they so lightly value their living bodies that they’d offer their dead one in the name of public policy. Just recently, Sen. Rand Paul said the federal government would bail out Detroit over his dead body, and years ago Dick Armey (R-Texas) said the minimum wage would pass over his. Last I heard, the minimum wage rose and Armey is still living, although no longer in Congress. If the government does shut down “nonessential” employees will not be paid. The bumbling Congress, however, will continue to be compensated for the little they do. Many Congressional representatives don’t care because they don’t need the money. A large percentage of our “lawmakers” are millionaires. Last time there was a government shutdown, people were paid retroactively. This time, back pay is unlikely. With so many government employees experiencing pay cuts because of furloughs, an additional pay cut is onerous. Congress seems unconcerned with the plight of the average government worker. The only good news in this mess is that the American people aren’t stupid. Most of them blame gridlock on House Republicans. The last time government shut down in 1995-96 (when two shut downs lasted a combined 26 days), the people responded by giving President Bill Clinton a second term nine months later. Clinton defeated rival Bob Dole in part because of Dole’s leadership in the government shutdown. With 2014 mid-term elections imminent, one wonders if House Republicans may have something to worry about. They ought to worry, anyway. When he spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus dinner in late September, President Obama asked people to gear up their activism for the 2014 elections. If the House of Representatives looked more like the Senate, (or if more Republicans had good sense), perhaps we could avoid this constant budgetary brinkmanship that has plagued us for the past four years. Julianne Malveaux is a D.C.-based economist and writer and president emerita of Bennett College for Women. 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.

private room in the airport,” Haden said. “Lane was clearly disappointed and battled me. He tried to keep his job and I respect him for that. At the end of the day, I think it was the right decision.” *** Actress/singer Simone is suing her former lawyers for allegedly mishandling aspects of the estate of her mother, legendary Jazz and R&B singer Nina Simone. Simone filed the breach-of-contract suit Friday on behalf of herself and her mother’s estate—for which she serves as administrator—against the Los Angeles law firm of Weinstock, Manion, Reisman, Shore & Neumann. She is alleging damages of at least $450,000 alone due to potential penalties and interest assessed by U.S. tax authorities. According to the complaint, Simone, also known as Lisa Simone Kelly, hired the Weinstock firm in 2003 and used their services until November 2009 to

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African American news headlines for the week of September 30, 2013.

CALIFORNIA Legendary music icon Ray Charles was honored with a limited edition Forever® postage stamp, which will be featured in the 2013 Music Icons Forever series released by the U.S. Postal Service. The Grammy Museum officially unveiled the stamp last week during an event headlined by R&B legend Chaka Khan. In addition to the stamp, a retrospective CD/DVD titled “Ray Charles Forever” was also released. It features a number of Charles’ greatest hits, including “A Song For You,” “American the Beautiful,” and “Come Rain or Shine.” The album also includes a previously unreleased version of the song “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.” Every year, the U.S. Postal Service puts a new legendary face of music on their Forever® postage stamps. Others who have been featured on a collectible stamp this year include country singer Johnny Cash, civil rights icon Rosa Parks, and guitarist Lydia Mendoza. Forever® stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.

FLORIDA Not for Women Only: Understanding Male Breast Cancer is the focus of this year’s “Your Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Survivors Celebration.” The free event for breast cancer survivors, their families and friends is today from 6-9 p.m. at South Miami Hospital’s Clarke Education Center. The featured speaker is health educator, Scott Irwin. Heroines Choir, a singing group of local breast cancer survivors and their supporters, will open the program. According to the American Cancer Society, this year there will be 2,240 cases of male breast cancer in our country.

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GEORGIA The Mass Media Arts Department at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) has formally adopted an academic internship program facilitated by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) to train future journalists in the film and entertainment industry. Beginning in the fall 2013 semester, the program, available only to junior and senior level students, represents the first academic partnership between AAFCA and an institution of higher learning. “We are excited about this collaboration with AAFCA and our campus,” says Kandace Harris, associate professor and chair of the Department of Mass Media Arts at CAU. “Members of the association have a long history of engaging our students, so we look forward to the new opportunities that this formal internship partnership will bring.” Mass Media Arts students Ariana Pyles and Shatondra Caldwell were selected for the program and will earn academic credits for their work over the course of the fall semester. The National Bankers Association, a trade association representing the interests of minority-owned banks, held its 86th annual convention in Atlanta this week, at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel with Comptroller of the Currency, Thomas Curry, giving the keynote address. A special tribute to the late Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, who championed minority businesses in the awarding of city contracts, highlighted the convention. Jamie Dimon, chairman/CEO of JP Morgan Chase, was also honored for his work supporting economic development in communities across America and around the world. The event was appropriately themed “Celebrating Success: A Legacy of Community Service and Social Responsibility.”

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leaders and rulers, ‘The Great Kings and Queens of Africa,’ was the inspiration for a unique leadership symposium at the Anheuser-Busch headquarters in St. Louis recently. The two-day symposium was designed to encourage its 30 Legends of the Crown Leadership Scholars by engaging them with the artwork, original artists, Anheuser-Busch executives and keynote speaker—actor and author, Hill Harper (“Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister”). The art collection—commissioned by Anheuser-Busch from 1975-2000—lives on because portions of it were donated to art galleries at six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), with the agreement that the collection will reunite annually at the Anheuser-Busch Legends of the Crown Leadership Symposium. The collection has been viewed by more than 40 million people and is valued at more than $1 million.

NEW JERSEY As Prostate Cancer Awareness Month came to a close, ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, announced that 150 prostate cancer patients have successfully completed proton therapy treatment, a precise radiation treatment for cancer without many of the short- and long-term side effects often experienced with standard X-ray radiation. Since Procure opened its New Jersey facility in March 2012, physicians have noted that a majority of prostate patients have learned about proton therapy through family, friends and independent research rather than via their primary care physicians or urologists. Word-of-mouth referrals have been particularly important within the African American community, since men in this group have a higher incidence of prostate cancer, as well as double the mortality rate from the condition than men in other ethnic groups.

Civil rights activist Evelyn Lowery laid to rest „ Established key programs and initiatives CNN

A series of public tributes were held this week in Atlanta to celebrate the life of civil rights activist Evelyn Gibson Lowery, who with her husband, the Rev. Joseph Lowery, participated in the 1965 Selmato-Montgomery march in Alabama. Evelyn died Thursday morning at her Atlanta home, a family spokeswoman said. She was 88. She suffered a stroke last week, and last Wednesday returned home from a hospital after medical personnel decided “there was nothing more medically that they could do,” the Lowery family said in a statement. On Monday, a public viewing was held at Cascade United Methodist Church in southwest Atlanta. This was followed Tuesday by an Ivy Beyond the Wall ceremony conducted by members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Omega Chapter at Clark Atlanta University’s Davage Auditorium. On Wednesday, Oct. 2, a viewing was held at Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College. Her homegoing celebration followed in King Chapel. Internment was at Westview Cemetery in southwest Atlanta. “My beloved Evelyn was a special woman, whose life was committed to service, especially around the issues of empowering women,” Joseph Lowery said. “She was a wonderful mother and wife and I thank God that she didn’t suffer any pain and that I was blessed having her as my partner, my confidante and my best friend for close to 70 years. “I will miss her each and every day, but as a man

of faith, I know that she is with her God. My entire family has been overwhelmed by the continuous outpourings of love, support and prayers that have come from across the country and we ask for your continued prayers over the next few days.” The leadership of the NAACP issued these statements following Lowery’s death. “A pioneer and champion in the civil rights movement has passed on,” stated Roslyn M. Brock. “Evelyn Lowery’s leadership was essential to the longevity and power behind the movement for equality. Ms. Lowery was a drum major for justice in her own right. Her spirit lives on in the initiatives she founded and in the activists she mentored across the nation,” said Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors: “Today, we mourn the passing of a champion for civil and human rights,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Mrs. Lowery’s foresight and leadership pushed the envelope of what organizations like the SCLC and the NAACP could do for women and families. Her legacy lives on in the coalitions she built and the strong foundation she laid. She was a hero and will be truly missed.” Many other accolades are being offered: Melanie L. Campbell, convener, Black Women’s Roundtable and president/CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation says: “Our hearts are heavy in learning of the passing of Mrs. Evelyn Gibson Lowery. Mrs. Lowery was a visionary founder and leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, (SCLC), W.O.M.E.N., devoted wife and partner of Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, mother and a mentor to countless women and girls across the country. We send our deepest condolences

to the Lowery family during this time of bereavement. “The nation has lost a great leader and advocate for civil rights, women’s rights, human rights and social justice for all people. We know that our world is a better place because of the life’s work of Mrs. Lowery and SCLC W.O.M.E.N. So many of our unsung heroes and sheroes of the Civil Rights Movement would not have been recognized for their sacrifices if it was not for her work in organizing her annual Civil Rights Heritage Educational Tour that traced the steps of the Civil Rights Movement through Alabama.

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VIRGINIA For the second consecutive year, The Boeing Company tops the National Society of Black Engineers’ Annual Employer Preference (“NSBE 50”) survey. As in previous years, collegiate members of NSBE reported the organizations where they would most like to work, and the information is compiled in the 2013 NSBE 50. Although the NSBE 50 has been relatively stable since 2012, there were some notable changes this year. The Boeing Company maintained the No. 1 spot, while Google pulled ahead of Apple to claim No. 2. The top 10 remained relatively unchanged: NASA moved up to 5, while GE fell from fifth to seventh place.

NATIONAL BET and TV One, the two largest Black-focused cable television channels, are looking for interns for the Fall 2013 season. Internships are available in career categories including media, communications, graphic design, marketing, public relations, and more. The BET Networks Internship program provides paid internships for both undergraduate and graduate college students at five different BETN locations. They are open to both undergraduate and graduate students interested in working in the media industry. During the spring, summer and fall, students will find internships that match their skills and career interests. Each internship lasts about 10 weeks. The TV One Internship Program offers internships to undergraduate college students in the fall, spring and summer interested in a career in the media. Internships provide real, practical work experience for students in the fields in which they are studying—marketing and sales, finance, legal, human resources, digital media, production or programming. For more details about the BET Internship program, visit: www.findinternships.com/2013/09/bet-networksinternships.html. For more details about the TV One Internship program, visit: www.findinternships.com/2013/09/tv-oneinternship-program.

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Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law said: “The Lawyers’ Committee is saddened by the passing of Evelyn G. Lowery, a civil rights activist and leader, who worked tirelessly to promote racial justice and equality and to ensure that women in the movement had a voice as well.” The Lowerys’ participation in the Selma-toMontgomery march supporting African Americans’ right to vote was just one aspect of the couple’s historic lives. They were among the pioneers of the American civil rights movement from its beginnings in the 1950s. Evelyn was the founder of SCLC’s sister organization—SCLC/Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now Inc., created in 1979. The purpose of the group, according to a bio on her group’s website, is to “champion the rights of women, children, families, and responding to the problems of the disenfranchised regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, or religion.” In the 1980s, she founded several prominent programs, according to the profile. One is the Drum Major for Justice Awards Dinner, which honors people who made contributions in the arena of social justice. Another is the Evelyn G. Lowery Civil Rights Heritage Tour that honors icons of the civil rights movement. She is also responsible for the establishment of monuments honoring those icons. She founded the Women’s Empowerment Training Center for GED/computer training in 1988 and a mentoring program for girls in 1995. Lowery was the daughter of a clergyman in Memphis, Tenn., who served in the local NAACP. “Young Evelyn’s eyes were exposed to the injustices (in) society, and before the age of 18, she committed herself to working towards making those conditions better,” the website bio said. CNN’s Tenisha Bell and Jason Hanna contributed to this report.


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Former Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell was sworn in to the State Senate following her overwhelming victory in last week’s special election in California’s 26th Senate District. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, will serve out the unexpired term of former state Senator Curren Price, who was elected to the Los Angeles City Council in May. The term expires next year. The 26th Senate District includes Culver City, the communities of Baldwin Hills, Beverlywood, Carthay Circle, Century City, the Crenshaw District, Hancock Park, Hollywood, Hyde Park, Jefferson Park, Ladera Heights, Lafayette Square, Larchmont, Los Feliz, Miracle Mile and parts of South and West Los Angeles.

Blue.” She also was active in the Civil Rights Movement. *** The University of Southern California’s entering undergraduate student body is among the most diverse and academically talented in the university’s 133-year history. Average standardized test scores for the incoming class lie in the 95th percentile. The vast majority of incoming freshmen were in the top 10 percent of

their high school class. The average un-weighted GPA of the group was 3.73. USC received 47,358 applications for 2,922 places in this fall’s freshman class. With this year’s freshman applicant pool, USC’s admission rate was 19.8 percent–the most selective admission rate in the university’s history. The class represents a highly competitive and highly diverse group of students, with very broad geographic representation; the class ranks among the most ethnically diverse ever enrolled at USC, with 22 percent under-represented minority students, including 6 percent African American, 14 percent Latino, 2 percent Native American/Pacific Islander, and 19 percent Asian students. In addition, 13 percent of matriculating students are the first in their families to attend university. *** California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris recently unveiled the first state-wide statistics on California’s truancy crisis which reveal that, last year alone, 1 million elementary school students were truant and 250,000 elementary school students missed 18 or more school days at a cost of $1.4 billion in lost funds to California school districts. These findings are part of a report, “In School and On Track,” issued Monday by Attorney General Harris in Los Angeles where statewide education, public policy and law enforcement leaders were convened to discuss this crisis and identify concrete solutions. “The California Constitution guarantees every child the right to an education, yet we are failing our youngest children, as early as kindergarten,” Attorney General Harris said. “These are children as young as five years old who are out of school, falling behind, and too many of them never catch up. This crisis is

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not only crippling for our economy, it is a basic threat to public safety. It’s time for accountability and to craft real solutions at every level—from parents to school districts, to law enforcement—to solve this problem.” According to the report, elementary school truancy is at the root of the state’s chronic criminal justice problems. According to the report, missing large amounts of school is one of the strongest predictors of dropping-out, even more so than suspensions or test scores. Annually, dropouts cost California taxpayers an estimated $46.4 billion in incarceration, lost productivity and lost taxes. *** Monday the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California celebrates the nine-year anniversary of the historic Williams settlement with the release of a report, “Williams v. California: Lessons From Nine Years of Implementation.” The report examines the continuing impact of Williams, a class action lawsuit filed in 2000 by the ACLU, Public Advocates, and other civil rights organizations, along with the law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP, on behalf of public school students in California. The case argued that the state and its agencies were denying thousands of students their fundamental right to an education by failing to provide them with the basic tools necessary for a student to learn: clean, safe and functional school facilities; enough textbooks for all students; and teachers who are trained and qualified for the classes and students they teach. The findings, based on data from the lowest-performing 30 percent of California schools, reveal that the standards and accountability systems established by the 2004 Williams settlement have significantly improved conditions in schools throughout the state. Specifically, the report finds that: • More schools have teachers who are qualified for the classes and students they teach. In 2005-2006, 29 percent of teachers in California’s low-performing schools were misassigned, according to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. By 2010-2011, that figure dropped to 13 percent. The improvement is largely attributable to increased efforts to ensure English Learner students are taught by appropriately trained and assigned teachers. • School facilities are reportedly cleaner, safer and more functional. In the first four years of Williams implementation, county offices of education found 11 to 13 percent of low-performing schools had unsafe facility conditions. By 2012-2013, that figure dropped to 4 percent, even as most school facility officials expressed strong concerns about the future impact of disinvestments in facilities maintenance. • More schools provide sufficient instructional materials and textbooks. In 2004-2005, 19 percent of low-performing schools did not have enough textbooks to go around; by 2012-2013, only 5 percent of schools in this category lacked sufficient textbooks. Overall, more than 215,000 new textbooks and instructional materials have been distributed to students in low-performing schools across the state, after problems with missing or inadequate materials were identified through Williams site visits.

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Breast cancer from FEATURE STORY page 5 news. It’s the ‘I don’t claim’ attitude. We won’t reveal this publicly because too many Black women will simply say to themselves ‘no one needs to know.’ Basically, if you ‘speak it,’ then you ‘claim it.’ We have our heads stuck in the sand on this issue.” Earls explained that inflammatory breast cancer is a clinical diagnosis, rather than a pathological or indicative finding. Therefore, there is little background available to oncologists to detect it before it metastasizes into a death sentence. “It’s the fear that hurt us,” Earls continued. “Black women get scanned more than White women, but we’re told more often that we have breast cancer. Stages one and two are treatable, but once you get to stages three to four, the prognosis is usually dim.” Dr. Sheilah Clayton, medical director of the breast clinic at King-Drew Hospital in Watts, this week said there are reliable methods to help reduce the chance of contracting breast cancer. “We recommend being active, get more exercise and watch your diet,” she explained, adding that more fruits and vegetables and less red meat can help the body stay healthy. Also, she said, women in menopause should limit hormone replacement because studies have shown that this proceedure could increase the risk of a breast cancer diagnosis. Clayton receives about five to 10 new breast cancer cases each month and said Black woman can be reluctant sometimes to undergo screenings because of a so-called “stigma” of a positive diagnosis. “This arises from a variety of reasons, but often it is because of limited education about breast cancer and, quite often, lack of financial resources,” Clayton said. “We must read more...learn more. Socio-economic factors do play into this reluctance to get screened.” Clayton explained that inflamatory breast cancer can be caught before it spreads to the skin, but too many women fear the biopsy not knowing that the majority of biopsies do not detect cancer. King Hospital conducts a weeekly breast cancer clinic and also offers a “patient navigator” program that can keep persons informed about what treatment measures are available. “We want people to know that there are support groups available and they should not shy away from discussing their condition with family and friends. They can be your best support group.” HealthDay, a consumer health news service, this year reported that about 20 percent of Black women with breast cancer have an abnormality on at least

Cecil Ferguson from NEWS page 7 When the museum relocated to Wilshire Boulevard, as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, (LACMA), Fergerson had become an art preparator. In 1969, he took the curatorial exam, placed number one on the list but was denied placement. He filed a discrimination suit, which he won. The next year he went to Osaka, Japan, representing the museum as a curator. Meanwhile, he noticed something else about LACMA—their shows did not feature artists of

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one of at 18 recognized genes previously linked to the disease. The study findings stem from an analysis of DNA gathered from nearly 250 Black breast cancer patients within a search for abnormalities among the so-called breast cancer “susceptibility genes.” These abnormalities, the study found, could be a reason why more African American women are diagnosed with the aggressive triple negative cancer. “For many years, we’ve seen breast cancer take a heavy toll on African American women, and this study begins to resolve unanswered questions about what’s driving these disparities,” said Dr. Jane Churpek of the University of Chicago. She and her colleagues conducted a study last year, examining increased awareness about potentially life-saving genetic screening for African American women with a personal or family history of early onset or aggressive forms of breast cancer, as well as malignancy among their relatives. These clinicians said the results argue for increased screening for mutations in younger African American women (25 to 40 years old) diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, or women with a family history of the disease. Doctors said such testing may lead to life-saving interventions for family members. The findings were presented in June in Chicago at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The aforementioned CDC report indicated that African American women do not receive the same quality of breast cancer treatment as White women do; White women are also more likely to begin treatment within 30 days of diagnosis. Black women do not. If women of both races received the same treatment, the report found, death rates could fall by almost 20 percent. “That report is not necessarily true,” said Dr. Jay Vadgama, professor of medicine and chief of the division of cancer research and training at King-Drew University. “Minorities sometimes don’t follow-up for treatment, but it is up to the private doctor to immediately recommend a follow-up. This involves surgery, radiation, chemotherapy...all the measures to promote the best possible outcome after diagnosis.” Vagdama lamented that women sometimes “get lost” in the situation and many do “fall through the cracks.” He suggested a more proactive attitude involving the patient, family and the doctor. Many times the uninsured person does not follow up,” he explained. “The Affordable Care Act can help remedy that. Now, being without insurance should not prevent you from seeking needed services. King-Drew University sees some 1,400 women yearly for breast cancer studies, while 20 to 25 women visit the hospital weekly for treatment. My best advice is to be aware of the local breast cancer centers. Get a clinical examination from your doctor and do your self exam

at home. Young women with a family history should follow up vigorously.” Enrollment began this week for the Affordable Care Act which was signed into law to allow access to healthcare that wasn’t possible for some women before, including mammograms. It is now illegal to deny medical insurance because of a “pre-existing” condition (i.e. “susceptibility genes”). The ACA is particularly relevant to impoverished women, many of whom have no private or employee health plan, nor do they qualify for Medicare. These women tend to wait until the disease has metastasized because they rarely see a physician for a yearly check up, let alone receive a mammogram or even learn about self examination. Diagnosis of breast cancer at more aggressive stages is more common among African Americans than in their White counterparts; the CDC reported last year that there were nine more deaths among Black women for every 100 breast cancers diagnosed compared to White women. Uninsured women are less likely to have access to high-quality mammography that may help improve detection of breast lesions concealed in dense breast tissue, which is common among younger Black women. Even when fully insured, according to the Black Women’s Health Imperative, BWHI, African

color. Joining forces with Claude Booker, who had a been a shipping clerk at the museum, Fergerson started the Black Arts Council to put pressure on the museum to better represent Blacks. Under the guise of that organization, the two men began staging exhibitions in the community. At the tribute, the extent of Fergerson’s influence on the local Black arts community was evident. In addition to coordinating art shows at the Watts Summer Festival, he was key in establishing the Black doll show at the William Grant Still Art Center, sat on the center’s board, and worked with a group of residents in the San Gabriel Valley to produce the area’s first show featuring the rich wealth of Black art talent in the region. He also was responsible for exhibitions including the Dr. Joseph Howard Drum show at the

Watts Towers Art Center; Two Centuries of Black American Art in 1976 at LACMA; and Los Four at LACMA in 1974. This show was the first at the museum featuring Chicano artists and represented another of Fergerson’s efforts to increase the visibility of people of color in local art venues. “Those younger people are really going to stand tall to fill those shoes,” said Rosie Lee Hooks, director of the Watts Towers Arts Center, about Fergerson’s passing . . . . “I’m going to miss him; I loved him so much. He would stand up and pick people up by their necks and dangle them until they gave up. We’re going to miss that, his leadership,” said Hooks, who had previously produced one of Fergerson’s birthday parties and said they served to bring the Black arts community together under one banner. “That just showed how powerful he was; how respected he was to garner those

Breast Cancer by the numbers • According to a 2010 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Black women. • In 2010, the CDC found that breast cancer was the leading cause of cancer death for African American women aged 45-64 years. • The report also found that the breast cancer death rate for women aged 45-64 years was 60 percent higher for Black women than White women or, 56.8 and 36.6 deaths per 100,000 women respectively.

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American women are more likely to experience delays in testing following abnormal screening results; receive inadequate communication regarding treatment options and side effects, and have lower rates of referrals for targeted surgery/therapy. Black women can also anticipate reduced monitoring following treatment and have inadequate survivorship care. The group launched an unusual initiative last year, “Moving Beyond Pink,” which calls for a national commitment to end disparities in diagnosis and treatment. Because many women with early breast cancer often have no symptoms, BWHI emphasizes that it is crucial to get screened before signs of sickness appear. The most common sign of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. Usually, if one discovers a hard but painless mass with irregular edge bulging from the skin, it is likely to be malignant. However, breast cancer(s) can sometimes be tender, soft or rounded. It is for this reason that women should immediately notify a physician experienced in diagnosing breast abnormalities. Other signs may include: • Swelling of all or part of the breast • Skin irritation or dimpling • Pain in the breast or nipple • Thickening of the nipple or breast • Discharge other than breast milk. Related to these medical findings is a CDC report issued in 2012 revealing that Black breast cancer patients face a higher risk of heart failure. The study identified an increased risk of coronary disease among African American women that remained even after researchers accounted for other mitigating factors (ex. age, high blood pressure, diabetes) and including the use of chemotherapy drugs or medicines to protect the heart (cardioprotective drugs). Also, about one in four breast cancer patients exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome shortly after they receive their cancer diagnosis. This risk, the CDC found, is highest in Black and Asian patients. BWHI says there are many valuable and empowering steps Black women can take to lessen the chance of death. Foremost, have your doctor show you precisely how to perform a monthly breast examination. Have a clinical breast examination at least once yearly. Insist on a digital mammogram; this method offers the latest in advanced technologies that help detect tumors. Finally, spread the word among family and friends. Understand that cancer disparities do exist and if there is a family history of the disease, early detection and awareness can contribute to your well-being ... and may save your life.

kind of people who came, and sometimes didn’t go anywhere else.” WLCAC President/CEO Tim Watkins has known Fergerson since his own father, Ted, purchased art from the “community’s curator” at the Watts Festival in 1967. “I sought his advice. I needed to understand the involvement of art in the healing process. You can’t just heal the symptoms of poverty with cheese and jobs. Art has proven to be one of the best purposes for that.” Watkins took that advice and has built an art space in the heart of economically poor Watts that is rich with cultural meaning and healing elements. This includes the Cecil Fergerson gallery, which currently features a retrospective show on view through Oct. 5 by 30 of the many artists impacted by the Jordan High graduate.


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Statistics show breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American and Hispanic/Latina women. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, that hot-button issue will be addressed in a community workshop titled, “CANCER: Prevention, Detection and Intervention,” presented by the California Oncology Research Institute (CORI) in association with the Global Wellness Project. The event will take place from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday Oct. 5, at First Church of God Center of Hope, 9550 Crenshaw Blvd. in Inglewood. A continental breakfast will be served, and there is free parking on site. Actress and breast cancer survivor Vanessa Bell Calloway will moderate a distinguished panel of cancer experts that includes CORI Directors Dr. Ronald Hurst and Anton Bilchikm Ph.D., and urologist, Dr. Dana Scott. Hurst, a breast cancer surgeon, will lead a discussion on the latest advancements in breast cancer research and treatment options. The panel will make presentations and discuss other cancers including prostate, colon and general oncology. “We need to get ahead of cancer,” said Hurst. “We

need to openly talk about ways to live with a diagnosis of cancer. My goal is to reach out to the community the best way I can, which is why I helped to develop the CORI Outreach Program.” Over the years, Hurst and Bilchik have been advocates for prevention. With this current workshop, they are continuing their aggressive, proactive campaign to arm underserved communities with knowledge about cancer as well as their overall health. “This workshop will focus on cancers that are prevalent in the African-American and Latino communities,” said Hurst. “Specifically breast and prostate cancers. Workshops like these offer two unique scenarios. One, experts come [to] the community. The norm is when patients need information from the experts, they must go to the experts. Two, they are able to get great information in their own comfort zone. In addition, it’s free.” Hurst said CORI’s community outreach purpose is a grass-roots concept. “It is based upon the ideology that in our best efforts as providers of medicine, our best is reactionary,” offers Hurst. “No matter where a patient is treated it is reactionary. With patient education through the vehicle of workshops, we at CORI challenge the current landscape of reactionary medicine to pro-action medicine. Once patients are armed with knowledge, they can become proactive participants in their health care.

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AEG Live was cleared Wednesday of any wrongdoing in the death of Michael Jackson, with a Los Angeles jury rejecting a lawsuit by the singer’s mother alleging the concert promoter negligently hired the doctor who gave the pop superstar a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol. Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced to four years in jail for the June 25, 2009, death of the 50-year-old Jackson, who died at a rented Holmby Hills estate where he was staying while rehearsing for his neverrealized, 50-performance concert series in London. After nearly 14 hours of deliberations over four days, the six-man, six-woman jury determined that AEG Live did hire Murray as Jackson’s doctor, but it answered “no” to question number two, which asked if Murray was “unfit or incompetent to perform the work for which he was hired.” Katherine Jackson alleged in her lawsuit that AEG Live hired Murray to care for Jackson while he was preparing for the London concerts, but failed to supervise him, leading to the pop sensation’s death. Jurors deliberated for about two hours Thursday, a full day Friday and all day Tuesday. The panel deliberated this morning and indicated around 2 p.m. that it had reached a verdict. Ironically, Katherine Jackson showed up at the courthouse today to wait for a verdict. It was the first day she had been seen at the courthouse during the deliberations. During his closing argument, Jackson family attorney Brian Panish insisted that AEG Live was responsible for hiring Murray, but AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam argued that AEG Live never hired Murray and it was Jackson himself who brought the cardiologist aboard. Katherine Jackson, the 83-year-old family matri-

arch, sued in September 2010 on behalf of herself and her son’s three children, Michael Jr., Paris- Michael Katherine and Prince Michael, claiming that AEG Live hired Murray to be Jackson’s personal physician. Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for Jackson’s death, is scheduled to be released Oct. 28 -- an early release due to goodbehavior credits. Panish had asked that jurors award Katherine Jackson and the singer’s three children as much as $1.5 billion, although he conceded that Jackson likely bore about 20 percent responsibility for his own death. He insisted, however, that AEG live should be held accountable for about 80 percent of the negligence involved. Putnam argued that his clients never hired Murray and that the cardiologist, in fact, had been one of many doctors who had 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.

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The “Preachers of LA” reality show will premiere Wednesday, Oct. 9 on the Oxygen Network and it is guaranteed to raise some eyebrows; actually it already has. Featuring some of the best-known ministers locally as well as nationally, “Preachers of LA” dares to pull back the curtains of privacy and expose ‘God’s Chosen’ to the television viewing audience. The cast of Oxygen’s “Preachers of LA” includes Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Jay Haizlip, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson, and Minister Deitrick Haddon. And the series executive producers are Lemuel Plummer and Holly Carter. To say these preachers will be on the ‘hot seat’ is an understatement. Not only do they have to answer to their parishioners, and the scrutinizing public, but to God Himself. I mean, they do represent Him, right? The question is will “Preachers of LA” help or hurt the church? More so than ever before Americans in record numbers are simply not going to church. Sunday is reserved for sports, outdoor activities,

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OCTOBER 3-6 FILM FESTIVAL. The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) will showcase a line-up of films, panels, panelists and festivities at the Montalban Theater, 1615 Vine St., Hollywood, and at The W Hotel, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Prices vary. To register for the festival and see a full line-up of events, visit www.hbff.org. FESTIVAL. The Rhythm and Joy Festival, RAJ 13, will be held at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch, 2940 Kuehner Drive, Simi Valley, featuring artists including Chaka Khan, Roy Ayers, Mandrill, Common, Deva Premal-Miten and Manose, and Zap Mama. RAJ 13 features art, dance, yoga, transformational speakers Michael Bernard Beckwith, Don Miguel Ruiz, Hans King plus overnight camping, holistic health and sustainability vendors, a children’s village, sages salon for seniors and a gourmet food court with raw, vegan and vegetarian choices. Ticket prices vary, visit www.rajfestival.com for more info. HEALTH FORUM. Earl Parham, president of Insurportal, speaks on understanding health reform in California at NAMI Urban Los Angeles, 4305 Degnan Blvd., Suite 104, L.A. The Affordable Care Act and Healthcare reform is the foundation for enhanced services to be provided to those with a brain disorder.

OCTOBER 4 JAZZ CONCERT. Rev. Dr. Derrick-Lewis Noble, senior pastor of Crenshaw United Methodist Church (CUMC) will host a Sacred Jazz concert featuring celebrated jazz keyboardist Donn Wyatt & Friends along with the KJLH 102.3 Choir at 3740 Don Felipe Drive, from 7-9:30pm. This month’s concert includes a pre-

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sleeping in; you name it, anything but going to church. And people who do go to church are often looked upon as ‘bible-thumpers’ not to be taken seriously with a lot of hypocrisy thrown into the mix. “Preachers of LA” is reportedly not designed to be an evangelizing show. The producers describe it as a candid and revealing look at these men of God. We will see how they work in the community, with parishioners, and get a sneak peak into their lives on the home front. And they add “a focus on the daily struggles and triumphs they face as men, husbands, fathers, brothers, and friends.” Indeed, the preachers involved in the production are very charismatic, and know how to deliver the Word of God standing behind a pulpit. But, are we ready to see them in the glaring lights of television where we’ll be able to form our own opinions about where they live, how they live, and how they relate to family, etc.? The African American community can be very critical of preachers, who seem to flaunt their wealth with fancy cars, expensive clothes, and palatial homes. No doubt you will see all of this on “Preachers of LA,” but this hopefully will not be. I’m willing to give “Preachers of LA” a chance. After attending a press conference, I honestly walked away with high hopes for the show. I spoke one-on-one with Bishop Gibson and his lovely wife Levette. They have been married 31 years, and you can still see the love and devotion they have for each other. I wanted to speak with Gibson, because I read about the work he does in the community. Like most people and preachers spreading the Word of God, Bishop Gibson has a powerful testimony. Born in Compton, addicted to drugs before he was a teenager, a leader of the Crips by the time he was 16, a robber and a pimp, Gibson was going nowhere extremely fast. In “Preachers of LA,” we will

concert VIP reception and a post-concert Q&A with the performers. Advance ticket sales are $20 for adults, $10 for youth, and free for children. Door prices are $30 for adults, $15 for youth, and free for children. For info (323) 574-1464.

OCTOBER 5 HEALTH FORUM. The Black Journalists Association of Southern California, an affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists, will host a community conversation to discuss the retiree, medical practitioner and employee aspects of the Affordable Care Act at 11 a.m. The event will take place at the 2nd AME Church, 5500 S. Hoover St., L.A. Doors open at 10:30am. The event is free and all are welcome. For more info: (310) 410-9039. FILM. AC Bilbrew Library will screen the film, “Panomundo” by Charysse Tia Harper at 2:30pm. The free movie examines the history of Trinidad and Tabago’s steelpan and its influence around the world. The library is located at 150 E. El Segundo Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 538-3350.

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learn how he came to God, and what drove him to tell others how God can turn their lives around, too. His church, the Life Church of God in Christ, currently serves a congregation of 4,500 people. All the preachers featured in this production have testimonies that every human being can relate to in one way or the other. And hopefully “Preachers of LA,” through watching these men go through their daily lives, will give us the hope that we too can turn our lives around. Sorority Incorporated, will host “A Day of Wine and Roses Art Walk.” This charity event, from 1-6pm at the Wilfandel Club of Los Angeles, 3425 W. Adams Blvd., L.A. This day will feature an afternoon of Zuri Wine Tasting, small plates, live music by the Joel Scott Trio with special guest performers and art by talented local artists—paintings, jewelry, glass, sculpture, photography and more—while raising money for scholarships, underserved families and vital community programs. Tickets are $75 each and are tax deductible. For info: (559) 546-1857.

OCTOBER 18 AWARDS DINNER. The National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) hosts its 14th annual awards dinner at 6pm at the Doubletree Hotel, 6161 W. Centinela Ave., Culver City. “Leveraging Relationships for Boundless Opportunities,” the theme of the 2013 awards dinner reinforces the success of building strong alliances between small and large businesses to initiate a process of finding ways to work together on significant projects. Cynthia Guidry will address the development and construction opportunities that exist for minority contractors with LAX. For tickets or further information: (323) 295-5484.

OCTOBER 5-21 ENTREPRENUER TRAINING. City of Los Angeles Business Source presents Introduction to Entreprenuership. The course consists of three weeks of two-hour sessions regarding skills and mindset, determining the feasibility of business ideas, setting goals, market reseach, and creating a business plan outline. Classes will be held at 6109 S. Western Ave., L.A. Saturdays from 9:30-11:30am. Free. For more info: (323) 789-4515. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. Catalina’s Bar & Grill presents “Freddie’s Groove” featuring former Freddie Hubbard trombonist Phil Ranelin and the Phil Ranelin Ensemble, who will celebrate Hubbard’s 75th memorial birth year at 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, at 8:30pm. Cost $20. For more info: (323) 466-2210.

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months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the Califor nia 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 EVA PRINCE WEISS NORMAN DOWLER LLP 840 COUNTY SQUARE DR 3RD FLR VENTURA CA 93003

SHEILA HUGULEY, HUSBAND AND WIFE J/T, as Trustor(s), in favor of BENEFICIAL CALIFORNIA INC. as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1143 E 222ND ST, CARSON, CA 90745 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $582,955.21 (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

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAMES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013186688 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Panache’ Social Club, 2655 S. Rimpau Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90016, County of Los Angeles Registered owner(s): Kaye S. Dillard, 2655 S. Rimpau Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90015 Lenecia J. Harper, 527 W. Regent Street #123, Los Angeles CA 90301 This business is conducted by a General Partnership The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/ Kaye S. Dillard, Co-Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los

Angeles on September 6, 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 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24/13 CNS-2542659# OUR WEEKLY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013200530 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as:

L o s A n g e l e s A u t o s p o rt , 2055 W. 9 8 t h S t re e t , L o s Angeles CA 90047, County of Los Angeles Registered owner(s): Los Angeles Autosport, 2055 W. 98th Street, Los Angeles CA 90047 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company 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.) Los Angeles Autosport S/ Stephan I. Brown, Member This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on September 24, 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

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 179505 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: My G r a n d s o n ’s and G r a n d d a u g h t e r’s B i n g o , 43647 Sere n i t y Ct., Lancaster, CA 93535, County of Los Angeles. P.O. Box 1911, Lancaster, CA 93539 Registered owner(s): Victoria McCreery, 43647 Serenity Ct., Lancaster, CA 93535. 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/ Victoria McCreery Owner/Registrant This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on August 27, 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 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17/13 CNS-2538833# OUR WEEKLY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013171503 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Nevels Records, 9316 South Hoover Street, Los Angeles, CA 90044, County of Los Angeles; P.O. Box 1266, Chino, CA 91708 Registered owner(s): Reuben J. Nevels, Sr., 9316 South Hoover Street, Los Angeles, CA 90044 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/ Reuben L. Nevels, Sr.,

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 187073 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Insprio Studios, 4419 Fulton Avenue, Ste. 11, Sherm a n Oaks, CA 91423, County of Los Angeles Registered owner(s): Darrell Lake, 4419 Fulton Avenue, Ste. 11, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 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/ Darrell Lake, Founder/Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on September 06, 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 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3/13 CNS-2533401# OUR WEEKLY

To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of ROSANNA SANCHEZ. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by KIMBERLY MONET RITTER in the Superior Court of Califor nia, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that KIMBERLY MONET RITTER be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act . (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: 11/01/13 at 8:30AM in Dept. 29 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 personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four

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TRUSTEE SALES APN: 7332-014-012 TS No: CA08000587-13-1 TO No: 1446563 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED April 3, 2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On November 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM, near the fountain located in the Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766, MTC FINANCIAL INC. dba TRUSTEE CORPS, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on April 7, 2006 as at Page , of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by EDWARD HUGULEY AND

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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: September 26, 2013 Sage Point Lender Services, LLC 400 Exchange, Suite 110 Irvine, CA 92602 949-265-9940 Joseph Hirschy FOR TRUSTEE’S SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (866) 684-2727 or visit WWW.LPSASAP.COM SAGE POINT LENDER SERVICES, LLC MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. A4418656 10/03/2013, 10/10/2013, 10/17/2013 10/3, 10/10, 10/17/13 CNS-2540511# OUR WEEKLY

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 11-0072434 Doc ID #000710303842005N Title Order No. 11-0059092 Investor/Insurer No. 2138494

APN No. 6126-020-038 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 05/25/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by CURTIS LEE MOSS JR AND MIESHA A. MOSS, HUSBAND AND WIFE, AS JOINT TENANTS, dated 05/25/2005 and recorded 6/1/2005, as Instrument No. 05 1273987, 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 10/31/2013 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los AngelesNorwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 17342 BILLINGS DRIVE, CARSON, CA, 90746. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $447,137.06. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’AS IS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale

postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 11-0072434. 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: 11/13/2011 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A4418311 10/03/2013, 10/10/2013, 10/17/2013 10/3, 10/10, 10/17/13 CNS-2540095# OUR WEEKLY APN: 7334-012-029 Trustee Sale No. P1379997-CA NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 11/28/2006. 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 10/24/2013 at 9:00 AM, CLEAR RECON CORP., as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 12/7/2006, as Instrument No. 20062716724, in Book XX, Page XX, of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of CALIFORNIA executed by: EDMUND DABALOS AND VILMA DABALOS, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS 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, CA 91766 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: 21105 CATSKILL AVENUE CARSON, CALIFORNIA 90745-1312 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: $443,210.32 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 (714) 573-1965 or visit this Internet Web site WWW.PRIORITYPOSTING.CO M, using the file number assigned to this case P1379997-CA. 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: (714) 5731965 Date: 9/19/2013 CLEAR RECON CORP. 4375 Jutland Drive Suite 200 San Diego, California 92117 858-7507600 Authorized Signature P1060904 10/3, 10/10, 10/17/2013 10/3, 10/10, 10/17/13 CNS-2538815# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TTD No.: 20121080566043 Loan No.: XXXXXX3805 ATTENTION RECORDER: THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY IS APPLICABLE TO THE NOTICE PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTORS ONLY NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 1105-2004 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. On 10-21-2013 at 11:00 A.M., TITLE TRUST DEED SERVICE COMPANY, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 11-19-2004, as Instrument No. 04 3006422, in book ///, page/// , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA , executed by HERBERT W MOUTRA AND MELODI PAIT MOUTRA, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) at BY THE FOUNTAIN

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Trustee Sale No. : 20120159901295 Title Order No.: 120208987 FHA/VA/PMI No.: NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 10/23/2007. 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 10/30/2007 as Instrument No. 20072447106 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: SEAN RAMON MCGEE, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by California Civil Code 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 10/23/2013 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: 1730 E GLADWICK STREET, CARSON, CALIFORNIA 90746 APN#: 7320-021-046 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 $535,597.09. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 916939-0772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site www.nationwideposting.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20120159901295. 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: 09/25/2013 NPP0221424 To: OUR WEEKLY 10/03/2013, 10/10/2013, 10/17/2013 10/3, 10/10, 10/17/13 CNS-2540346# OUR WEEKLY

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Trustee Sale No. : 20130210200289 Title Order No.: 8288062 FHA/VA/PMI No.: 1973431373 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 04/13/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDEx West, L.L.C., as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 04/21/2005 as Instrument No. 05 0928348 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: ALFORD L. PIMPLETON AND ALBERTA PIMPLETON, COTRUSTEES OF THE PIMPLETON FAMILY TRUST DATED JANUARY 17, 2002, AS COMMUNITY PROPERTY FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALFORD L. PIMPLETON AND ALBERTA PIMPLETON, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by California Civil Code 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 10/23/2013 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: 21900 BADEAU AVENUE, CARSON, CALIFORNIA 90745 APN#: 7328-008-037 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 $263,363.75. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free

and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 916939-0772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site www.nationwideposting.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20130210200289. 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: 09/23/2013 NPP0221252 To: OUR WEEKLY 10/03/2013, 10/10/2013, 10/17/2013 10/3, 10/10, 10/17/13 CNS-2540347# OUR WEEKLY

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TSG No.: 7301301528 TS No.: 2001-005505-F00 (THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY IS APPLICABLE TO THE NOTICE PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR ONLY) NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED June 14, 2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On October 24, 2013, Sage Point Lender Services, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT drawn on a state or national bank, cashier’s check drawn by a slate or federal credit union, or a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). The sale will be made, but without covenant or

warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust with interest and late charges 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 undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. 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 Slate described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN BELOW MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST Executed by: ARTHUR S. RUBIO AND MILAGROS B. RUBIO, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS Recorded on July 03, 2007, as Instrument No. 20071586358, of Official Records, in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, California Dale of Sale: October 24, 2013 al 11:00 AM Place of Sale: by the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 433 EAST 211TH STREET, CARSON, CA 90745 APN# 7334-015-123 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 this Notice of Sale is $552,732.65. 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. 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 the return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the Mortgagee’s Attorney. 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, cither 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 al the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and dale for the sale of this properly, you may call (866) 684-2727 or visit this Internet Web site WWW.LPSASAP.COM, using the file number assigned to this case 2001-005505-F00.

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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 for information regarding the Trustee’s Sale or visit the Internet Web site address on the previous page for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA08000587-13-1. 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: September 26, 2013 TRUSTEE CORPS TS No. CA0800058713-1 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 949-252-8300 Joseph Barragan, Authorized Signatory SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.insourcelogic.com FOR AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: TRUSTEE CORPS MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. CA13-000096-1 10/3/2013, 10/10/2013, 10/17/2013 10/3, 10/10, 10/17/13 CNS-2541019# OUR WEEKLY


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LOCATED AT 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA, CA All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, and State described as: APN No.: 7319-027-010 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 17625 SANDLAKE AVENUE CARSON CA 90746 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale of property will be made in “as is” condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of 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 $375,551.54 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 Hen. 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 tunes by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 714730-2727 for information regarding the trustee’s sale, or visit tins Internet Web site www.lpsasap.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20121080566043. 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: 09-202013 TITLE TRUST DEED SERVICE COMPANY, As Trustee BRENDA B. PEREZ, Trustee Sale Officer TITLE TRUST DEED SERVICE COMPANY 26679 W. Agoura Road, Suite 225 Calabasas, CA 91302 Sale Line: 714-730-2727 or Login to: www.lpsasap.com 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. We are assisting the Beneficiary to collect a debt and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose whether received orally or in writing. A-4417550 09/26/2013, 10/03/2013, 10/10/2013 9/26, 10/3, 10/10/13 CNS-2538356# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 13-0007778 Doc ID #000731274582005N Title Order No. 13-0024062 Investor/Insurer No. 1103600579 APN No. 7321010-013 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 07/11/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by LISA SMITH, A SINGLE WOMAN, dated 07/11/2006 and recorded 7/21/2006, as Instrument No. 06 1611254, 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 10/24/2013 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: 19321 DUNBROOKE AVENUE, CARSON, CA, 90745. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $517,318.74. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’AS IS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may

exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 13-0007778. 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: 09/05/2013 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: - Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A4416917 09/26/2013, 10/03/2013, 10/10/2013 9/26, 10/3, 10/10/13 CNS-2537775# OUR WEEKLY T.S. 27131CA NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 02-12-2008. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 1021-2013 at 10:30 AM, MERIDIAN FORECLOSURE SERVICE f/k/a MTDS, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION DBA MERIDIAN TRUST DEED SERVICE as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 02-222008, Book, Page, Instrument 20080312219 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: Laura I. Jardeleza, An Unmarried Woman as Trustor, First Federal Bank Of California, 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 notes (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: Near the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766. Legal Description: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The street address and other common designation of the

real property purported as: 960 BLACKBERRY LANE, CARSON, CA 90746 APN Number: 7319-047-007 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $677,438.68 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 the property itself. Placing the highest bid at 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 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) 480-5690 or visit this Internet Web site www.tacforeclosures.com/sale s, using the file number assigned to this case 27131CA. 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. In addition, the borrower on the loan shall be sent a written notice if the sale has been postponed for at least ten (10) business days. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. 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”. DATE: 09-25-2013 MERIDIAN FORECLOSURE SERVICE f/k/a MTDS, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION DBA MERIDIAN TRUST DEED SERVICE 3 San Joaquin Plaza, Suite 215, Newport Beach, CA 92660 Sales Line: (714) 4805690 OR (702) 586-4500 Jesse J. Fernandez, Publication Lead Meridian Foreclosure Service Is Assisting The Beneficiary To Collect A Debt And Any Information Obtained Will Be Used For That Purpose. TAC: 966034 PUB: 9/26 10/03 10/10/13 9/26, 10/3, 10/10/13 CNS-2537477# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. : 20110015000999 Title Order No.: 110080776 FHA/VA/PMI No.: ATTENTION RECORDER: THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY APPLIES ONLY TO COPIES PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR, NOT TO THIS RECORDED ORIGINAL NOTICE. NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 02/21/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDEx West, L.L.C., as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 02/24/2006

as Instrument No. 06 0411342 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: KATIE M WALKER, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by California Civil Code 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 10/16/2013 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: 1711 E GLADWICK ST, CARSON, CALIFORNIA 90746 APN#: 7320-019-019 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 $400,058.24. 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 714730-2727 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 20110015000999. 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. as Trustee Dated: 09/19/2013 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. 15000 Surveyor Boulevard, Suite 500 Addison, Texas 75001-9013 Telephone: (866) 795-1852 Telecopier: (972) 661-7800 A-4415978 09/26/2013, 10/03/2013, 10/10/2013 9/26, 10/3, 10/10/13 CNS-2537142# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 11-0072708 Doc ID #0001556048372005N Title Order No. 11-0058773 Investor/Insurer No. 7008799 APN No. 7363-003-006 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 12/20/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by BECKY P MARTINEZ, AND RENO JURBINA, WIFE AND HUSBAND AS COMMUNITY PROPERTY, dated 12/20/2006 and recorded 12/26/2006, as Instrument No. 06 2858107, 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 10/31/2013 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los AngelesNorwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 504 W 232ND ST, CARSON, CA, 907454618. 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 $669,700.24. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’AS IS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest

bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 11-0072708. 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: 02/11/2012 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A4416231 09/26/2013, 10/03/2013, 10/10/2013 9/26, 10/3, 10/10/13 CNS-2536513# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 11-0128201 Doc ID #0006138777112005N Title Order No. 11-0108616 Investor/Insurer No. 197162 APN No. 7321-017-016 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 05/19/2006. 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. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by BRENDA KERR, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, dated 05/19/2006 and recorded 6/2/2006, as Instrument No. 06 1214260, 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 10/24/2013 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: 19012 HAIGLER DRIVE, CARSON, CA, 90746. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $599,340.54. It is possible that at the time of sale

the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’AS IS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 11-0128201. 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: 02/02/2012 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A4416207 09/26/2013, 10/03/2013, 10/10/2013 9/26, 10/3, 10/10/13 CNS-2536499# OUR WEEKLY T.S. 24243CA NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 02-06-2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 1011-2013 at 10:30 AM, MERIDIAN FORECLOSURE SERVICE f/k/a MTDS, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION DBA MERIDIAN TRUST DEED SERVICE as the duly appointed


date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 12-0077426. 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: 12/20/2012 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: - Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A4414085 09/19/2013, 09/26/2013, 10/03/2013 9/19, 9/26, 10/3/13 CNS-2533230# OUR WEEKLY NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-10-387150CL Order No.: 100557891-CA-LPI YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 11/3/2006. 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): BIENVENIDO D. DAMIAN AND MERLE G. DAMIAN, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS Recorded: 11/13/2006 as Instrument No. 06 2499359 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California; Date of Sale: 10/10/2013 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: $434,595.59 The purported property address is: 23612 DELFORD AVE, CARSON, CA 90745 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 7330-001-033 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,

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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 Inter net Web site http://www.qualityloan.com , using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-10387150-CL . 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. QUALITY MAY BE CONSIDERED A DEBT COLLECTOR 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) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-10-387150-CL IDSPub #0055878 9/19/2013 9/26/2013 10/3/2013 9/19, 9/26, 10/3/13 CNS-2532317# OUR WEEKLY

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 12-0077426 Doc ID #000742798742005N Title Order No. 12-0139358 Investor/Insurer No. 114425930 APN No. 7321-005-026 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 11/09/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by VEDA D. SIMMS, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, dated 11/09/2006 and recorded 11/16/2006, as Instrument No. 06 2539528, 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 10/21/2013 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los AngelesNorwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 19905 GALWAY AVENUE, CARSON, CA, 90746. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of

Sale is $479,734.87. 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

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE APN: 7329-037-072 T.S. No. 200017-CA PURSUANT TO CIVIL CODE Section2923.3 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 7/20/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER On 10/10/2013 at 11:00 AM, CLEAR RECON CORP., as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 7/28/2006, as Instrument No. 06 1675170, in Book XX, Page XX, of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of CALIFORNIA executed by: Grace Espino, a married woman as her sole and separate property WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK DRAWN ON A STATE OR NATIONAL BANK, A CHECK DRAWN BY A STATE OR FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, OR A CHECK DRAWN BY A STATE OR FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION, SAVINGS ASSOCIATION, OR SAVINGS BANK SPECIFIED IN SECTION 5102 OF THE FINANCIAL CODE AND AUTHORIZED TO DO BUSINESS IN THIS STATE: By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 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: 23315 MARIBEL AVENUE #13 CARSON, CA 90745 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be 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: $156,271.26 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 (714) 730-2727 or visit this Internet Web site WWW.LPSASAP.COM, using the file number assigned to this case 200017-CA. 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: (714) 730-2727 Date: 9/6/2013 CLEAR RECON CORP. Authorized Signature A4413797 09/19/2013, 09/26/2013, 10/03/2013 9/19, 9/26, 10/3/13 CNS-2535077# OUR WEEKLY

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incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. DATE: 09-18-2013 MERIDIAN FORECLOSURE SERVICE f/k/a MTDS, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION DBA MERIDIAN TRUST DEED SERVICE 3 SAN JOAQUIN PLAZA, SUITE 215, NEWPORT BEACH, CA 92660 Sales Line: (714) 480-5690 OR (702) 5864500 Jesse J. Fernandez, Publication Lead Meridian Foreclosure Service Is Assisting The Beneficiary To Collect A Debt And Any Information Obtained Will Be Used For That Purpose. TAC: 965955 PUB: 9/19 9/26 10/03/13 9/19, 9/26, 10/3/13 CNS-2535526# OUR WEEKLY

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Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 022:2-2006, Book, Page, Instrument 06 0389868 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: Ailene Rose T Batoon, A Single Woman as Trustor, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., As Nominee For Indymac Bank, F.S.B., A Federally Chartered Savings Bank, 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 notes (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: Near the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766. Legal Description: AS MORE, FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The street address and other common designation of the real property purported as: 168 E 220TH STREET, CARSON, CA 90745 APN Number: 7335022-039 Amount of unpaid balance arid other charges: $461,071.64 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 the property itself. Placing the highest bid at 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 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) 480-5(390 or visit this Internet Web site www.tacforeclosures.com/sale s, using the file number assigned to this case 24243CA. 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. In addition, the borrower on the loan shall be sent a written notice if the sale has been postponed for at least ten (10) business days. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any


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