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Hope, frustration characterize Obama, Congress enact foreclosure-prevention event Education Jobs and

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Homeowners meet with representatives from Bank of America, CitiMortgage, GMAC, HSBC, Litton, OneWest/IndyMac and Wells Fargo during the “Help and Hope” Foreclosure Prevention and Homebuyer Fair at Long Beach Polytechnic High School last Saturday. Steven Piper Editorial Intern

Representatives from Bank of America, CitiMortgage, GMAC, HSBC, Litton, OneWest/IndyMac, Wells Fargo and Saxon were in attendance at the “Help and Hope” Foreclosure Prevention and Home-

buyer Fair at Long Beach Polytechnic High School last Saturday to meet with borrowers. The event was organized by Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services (LANHS). Because of an overwhelming demand for loan modifications, out of a total of 750 people, only 371 individuals were helped

with their loans. With less than a month left before he will foreclose on his home, Hacienda Heights resident Tony Frias attended the fair to speak with a representative from Saxon, a residential mortgage service provider. see FoReclosuRe page 13

President Obama signed a bill Tuesday that is expected to save 300,000 jobs nationwide, including 161,000 teaching jobs, as well as preserve nearly $2 billion in federal assistance for Medi-Cal for six months. H.R. 1586, the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, passed the House by a 247-161 vote with the support of only two Republicans. While Democrats saw the bill as a chance to save jobs for the upcoming school year, the majority of Republicans considered it wasteful and catering to teacher unions. On a state level, it is anticipated that the Act will keep 16,500 California teachers in classrooms, but what impact the aid will have on schools and teachers more locally is still not clear. “We don’t have any idea of how that funding will break down locally yet,” said Teachers Association of Long Beach (TALB) President Michael Day. “But it will definitely prevent layoffs next year and should be able to bring back a lot of our folks that were laid off this year.” Congresswoman Laura Richardson, who represents the state’s 37th District, which includes Long Beach and Signal Hill, voted in

favor of the bill and believes the new law will save 546 education jobs. “In a district where 23.8 percent of the population (approximately 160,000 youth between the ages of 5 and 18) are children, the recent announcement of pink slips was a frightening thought to the many children, parents, teachers and administrators who have seen education take a backseat in the recovery,” Richardson said. “For the 304 teacher families in Long Beach, the 175 teacher families in Compton and the 66 teacher families that serve Carson and Watts, the elimination of these jobs would not have only been felt in the classroom, but in the empty grocery stores, unpaid mortgages and local supporting businesses hanging by a thread.” The Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act will be funded through spending cuts and the closure of corporate tax loopholes. Much of the language in the bill associated with the closure of corporate tax loopholes originally appeared in the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, which passed the House in May.

BK Towers celebrates 50-year anniversary of Retirement Housing Foundation Nick Diamantides Staff Writer

Most people want to live an active life while enjoying a safe, friendly, clean environment. The residents of Bixby Knolls Towers retirement community have all that and more. Last Friday, Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF), the company that owns and manages the community, hosted its 50th anniversary celebration in the form of a luncheon at the Towers. Featured speakers discussed the services and

amenities available to the residents and praised staff for all they do. Built in the early 1960s, Bixby Knolls Towers was in bankruptcy when RHF acquired it in 1966. In 1971, the organization added a skilled-nursing and assisted-living annex adjacent to the Towers. According to RHF spokesperson Chris Ragon, RHF has 159 retirement communities scattered in 24 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “We span about 6,000 miles between our communities in Hawaii

and our community in the Virgin Islands,” she said. “The total number of residents in our communities is just under 17,000.” Ragon noted that some of its communities have specialized treatment units, including centers for patients with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. “Bixby Knolls Towers is what we consider a market-rate community,” Ragon said. “It has three levels of care, and it has a dining room and housekeeping.” She explained that see RHF page 14

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Representative Laura Richardson (D–37th District), 8th District Long Beach City Councilmember Rae Gabelich, Dr. Laverne Joseph, and resident Paul Berry at Bixby Knolls Towers’ celebration last week.


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A sWEET FuNDRAisER St. Mary Medical Center, 1050 Linden Ave., will host a bake sale in its lobby on Friday, Aug. 13 at 7am until all items are sold. Proceeds will benefit the Long Beach Police Foundation to support the “Quality of Life” program, which assists the homeless in the greater Long Beach area with food and shelter. Parking is free with mention of the bake sale. To donate baked goods or a financial contribution, or get more information, call (562) 491-9837. HELLO, BiRDiE The Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust will conduct a Summer Walk and Nature/Bird Walk on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 8am in Gum Grove Park, off Pacific Coast Highway at the border of Seal Beach and Long Beach. Meet at the Avalon Street entrance. It is an easy walk that provides a way to see birds and butterflies amid splashes of colorful flowers. Expected on the walk are swallows, hawks, kingbirds, and colorful warblers. Hooded orioles, several species of raptors, owls, and a number of other species are known to nest in the area. More info at eldoradoaudubon@yahoo.com. CLEAN AND gREEN The Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA) will conduct a community clean-up from 9am to noon on Saturday, Aug. 14. Register at 1990 Pacific Ave. Community-service credits available for students. Tools, gloves, water and chips provided. Residents can drop off e-waste, old computers, TVs and tires for disposal at the registration site. To sign-up a group, suggest a location for a future clean-up, or get more information, call (562) 599-1822. LOsT ART The Los Altos Neighborhood Library Book Group will discuss The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 10am. The book is a true story of a long-lost painting by the Italian master Michelangelo Caravaggio. New members are always welcome. The library is located at 5614 E. Britton Dr. Contact the librarian at cliff.phillips@lbpl.org or (562) 570-1045. PiCNiC iN THE PARK The Democratic Study Club will host a picnic on Saturday, Aug. 14 from noon to 3pm at Wardlow Park, 3457 Stanbridge Ave. Past, present, and future Democratic leaders will present ideas and suggestions on attaining an active, representative government. Assemblymembers Bonnie Lowenthal, Warren Furutani, and Tony Mendoza have committed to attending. State senators, statewide candidates, congressional members and local city leaders are invited. Call (562) 427-2636.

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The Long Beach Airport is undergoing a long-awaited modernization plan, which is being funded by Build America Bonds, a general airport revenue bond, and passenger facility charges. Steven Piper Editorial Intern

Allegiant Air’s recent arrival at Long Beach Airport (LGB) is not the only development on the historic landmark’s radar. Without sacrificing the classic, Art Deco-style terminal, the airport is continuing to move forward with its long-awaited modernization plan, which includes: restoration of the existing terminal; a new passenger concourse; a 2,236-space parking garage; and air-carrier ramp improvements. Currently, the parking structure is the only project in progress, and it has added 450 jobs to the market– the groundbreaking for the new passenger concourse is set for this December. In the past, 50 percent of LGB’s vehicle parking has been on leased land that is offsite, which made for a long walk or a shuttle ride for busy travelers. Sharon Diggs-Jackson, Airport Public Affairs officer, said “it (the offsite parking) wasn’t an expenditure, per se, because the revenue offset the original cost.” Adding the multi-level structure will bring all airport parking onsite and in close proximity to the terminal. Budgeted at $56 million, the

building is funded by Build America Bonds (which were created as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), a general airport revenue bond, and passenger facility charges. “There are pylons up, and the modifications to the roadway that allow for the exits [from] the garage are already completed,” DiggsJackson said. “Yeah, they are pouring concrete.” Other roadway modifications will include the addition of a traffic loop that starts and ends on Lakewood Boulevard, just north of the Long Beach Fire Department headquarters. The existing Barbara London Drive loop will remain open throughout the construction period, which is expected to conclude this fall. Modernization of the current terminal, on the other hand, is set to finish by fall 2013, and it has added 80 jobs to the economy. The changes will consist of a new historic exhibit, upgraded infrastructure and lighting, upgraded signage, fresh interior and exterior paint, new interior furnishings, and a greater area of Wi-Fi coverage. “The proposed terminal project has already been reviewed and approved by the historical commission

as well as the planning commission,” Diggs-Jackson said. “It was also reviewed by City Council. The next steps involve City Council approving the financing plan and awarding the actual contract.” With an estimated price tag of $45 million, the new concourse and boarding lounge final design approval is scheduled for this fall. Construction is expected to be finished sometime in 2013, and the project will also be funded through passenger facility charges and general airport revenue bond funds. “The design has already been submitted to [City] Council,” Diggs-Jackson said. “We will be going back to Council for the financing plans. There are multiple forms of payment, and we still need the actual awarding of the contract.” According to press information on the airport’s website, the 35,000foot space will replace the portable classroom waiting areas that are currently in use. As a result of ensuing construction, passenger-waiting areas will be rearranged and travelers are encouraged to regularly check the airport’s website for construction updates. --------------------------------------MORE INFORMATION longbeach.gov/airport/construction.asp

FAMiLy FuN FOR FREE The City of Long Beach and 6th District Councilman Dee Andrews will present a Family Free Sunday at the Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday, Aug. 15. Long Beach residents are invited to join Andrews for an afternoon of family fun and activities, including art workshops for the whole family and docent-led tours of the exhibitions. COOL iN THE POOL Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews and the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine will host a 6th District Day at King Pool, from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, Aug. 21 at Martin Luther King Jr. Pool, 1910 Lemon Ave. All ages are welcome. Call the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816 or visit longbeach.gov/District6. WEEK OF “THE gOOD BOOK” Community Presbyterian Church, 6380 Orange Ave., will conduct a Youth Vacation Bible School Monday, Aug. 23 to Thursday, Aug. 26, from 5pm to 7pm, for all students who will be entering sixth grade through those who just graduated high school. The event is free and includes dinner. Call (562) 423-0451.

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Long Beach Water Department; and Jim Hodge of Southern California Edison (SCE). Topics will include the residential energy-efficiency rebate program from the City of Long Beach; waterconservation rebates and programs from the water department; and residential rebates and incentives from SCE. The workshop will be presented in English, with Spanish and Khmer translation available.

Free parking is available behind the building and on surrounding streets. Attendees are invited to bring canned food to donate to Food Finders to assist Long Beach neighbors during the current economic crisis. If a special accommodation is desired, call (562) 570-1010 48 hours prior to the event. RSVP to the Neighborhood Resource Center at (562) 570-1010 or email Scottie Hinkey at Sharron.Hinkey@longbeach.gov. ß


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Many folks are doing without summer vacations this year. Back when finances were a bit better, some of us took one- or two-week trips during the year and some of us traveled even more often. My friend/coworker Barbie and I refer to those days as “back when we had money.” Having to tighten our belts, Steve and I haven’t taken a vacation in years– until a couple of weeks ago. We took what we call a “staycation” and got away without traveling more than 15 minutes in any one direction. Here’s how it went: Gal pal Shari Blackwell gave us a two-for-one coupon for the Long Beach Airport Marriott. We made reservations for two nights– a Saturday and Sunday night. Check-in time was 3pm on Saturday, so we kissed the dogs goodbye and headed for the hotel. Making it to the room around 3ish,

we had time for a nice nap before heading out for dinner. Staying within our own community and using a $50 gift certificate we had for Delius Restaurant made for a great start to our Saturday night. After dinner we headed for home and let the dogs out for a bathroom break. While there, we grabbed a bottle of wine and headed back to the hotel. In the room, we cracked open the wine, poured it into two plastic coffee togo cups and headed down to the pool area to relax and chat about our plans for the next day. The patio at the Marriott is absolutely scrumptious. The waterfalls are soothing, and the swaying palm trees made us feel like we were in Maui. We reclined on chaise lounges, drank our wine and counted stars. The only interruption was the occasional jet doing a flyover before landing at the airport.

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informational mailing, or involuntary contribution? With elections to be held this November, I note that Congresswoman Laura Richardson is deluging us– all at our expense– with praise of Laura Richardson. Recently, I (and I presume every citizen in the 37th Congressional District– Long Beach, Carson, Compton/Watts and Signal Hill) received a four-page, multi-colored

mailing on high-quality paper. It was filled with her self-described accomplishments and her photographs. However, if one looks carefully, the following statement is there in the smallest of print: “This mailing was prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense.” It would be interesting to know how much this mailing cost us. Each of us seems to have made an involuntary contribution to her campaign. Jeremiah Flanigan Long Beach

AugusT 13, 2010 No big deal. Back upstairs, we spent some time together and then…wait for it…Steve went home and I stayed put. What? Well, we have dogs at home who have developed a bad habit for needing to “go out” in the middle of the night. Not having a budget for a dog sitter, we agreed that I would sleep at the hotel one night and Steve would stay the other. Once Steve left, I sprawled out on the king-size bed, finished my wine, read a magazine and then attempted to go to sleep. Tossing and turning, I looked at the clock; hmmm, not yet midnight. I had time to place my morning coffee order on the outside doorknob of my room. The next day, with coffee on my nightstand and a smile on my face, I called Steve at home to find out what time he was coming to take me out to breakfast. Within the hour he was back at the hotel to pick me up and we headed down to Two Umbrellas on Broadway for eggs and French toast. Note: we had a “buy one get one free” offer that we had received for my birthday back in May…no expiration date, yippee! After a yummy breakfast (thanks to owners Tom Wheeler and Manny), we then headed to the beach for a first try at treasure-hunt-

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Long Beach Public Health officials are urging residents to continue to be diligent in protecting themselves and their family from the West Nile Virus (WNV) due to the identification of mosquitoes infected with WNV in the central area of the city, near Chittick Field. The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Vector Control program is setting additional mosquito traps in the area and has posted warning signs surrounding Chittick Field. Long Beach Vector Control will continue to treat mosquito-breeding locations in the area on a weekly basis. Although no human WNV infections have been detected in Long Beach thus far in 2010, Los Angeles and Orange counties have seen positive WNV activity in birds and mosquitoes, and there have been human cases of WNV in northern California this year. WNV is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Signs and symptoms of WNV may include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headache. Most people infected have no symptoms;

approximately one in 150 may develop more serious symptoms, such as brain inflammation or paralysis. Persons with these symptoms should seek immediate care. Last year, there were 112 human cases of WNV in California, including four deaths. With the detection of WNV so close to Long Beach and the arrival of hot summer weather creating an ideal environment for mosquito breeding, Health Department officials are urging residents to protect themselves and their families from the virus by taking the following precautions: • Avoid mosquito-infested areas, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. • Eliminate standing water on your property by dumping or draining water from neglected ponds, birdbaths, fountains, buckets, old tires or anything that can hold water. Dumping or draining water will interrupt the mosquito life cycle. • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. • Use mosquito repellant containing DEET, Picaridin, or oil-of-lemon

eucalyptus. Residents should follow repellant instructions on the label. Consult with a pediatrician for appropriate concentrations of DEET to be used on children under the age of 2. • Keep tight-fitting screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering homes and check to make sure window screens are in good condition. • Maintain all swimming pools in a clean and sanitary manner, with all circulation and filtration equipment operational and chemical levels within recommended guidelines; drain water from pool covers. • Limit the watering of lawns and outdoor plants to twice a week to avoid run-off to gutters and around sprinklers. Do not overwater plants or lawns to avoid creating pools of standing water. • Report dead birds and dead tree squirrels to the California Department of Public Health by calling 1877-WNV-BIRD or online at westnile.ca.gov. -----------------------------------------MORE INFORMATION (562) 570-4132 westnile.ca.gov

LB gas, Water switching to monthly meter reading As of this week, Long Beach Gas and Water customers will begin benefiting from the City’s switch to a monthly meter-reading schedule. For the past few months, Corix Utilities, the company tasked with providing the new monthly service for the City of Long Beach, has been operating a pilot program in different areas of the city. With the pilot program being deemed a suc-

cess, Corix will now take over fulltime responsibility for reading all gas and water meters throughout Long Beach and Signal Hill. Corix meter readers will wear a Corix ID badge and khaki-colored uniforms with a bright yellow safety vest with “meter reader” on the back, and they will drive vehicles marked “Corix, Approved Meter Reader for the City of Long

Beach.” Residents’ meter reading dates may change, as Corix learns the routes and makes changes to be more efficient. Customers will continue to receive water, refuse and/or gas bills each month from the City of Long Beach. ----------------------------------------MORE INFORMATION (562) 424-4223

CsuLB now accepting applications for spring 2011 California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), along with The California State University’s (CSU) 22 other campuses, has announced that beginning this week, it has begun accepting applications for admission to the 2011 spring term. However, the enrollment of new students for that term is contingent upon passage of the state budget and the restoration of funding to the CSU. “Despite the uncertainty regarding state support for the 2010-11 academic year, we will move forward with the application process for spring 2011,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “The passing of the budget in a timely manner and the restoration of funding proposed by the governor will allow us to serve

those students and provide immediate access for students already in the admissions pipeline.” The initial application period for spring 2011 began Aug. 1 and runs through Aug. 31. By receiving applications, CSULB and the other campuses can begin the eligibility review process and admit qualified students if a restored state budget is passed soon, or alternatively, hold applications pending final passage of a late budget. CSULB will only accept applications for spring 2011 from upper-division transfer students. The governor’s proposed budget includes the restoration of $305 million as well as an additional $60.6 million that would fund further enrollment expansion.

There will be campuses and programs that may not be able to enroll new students for the spring, and applicants are encouraged to visit the CSUMentor website (csumentor.edu) and campus websites for additional information. Typically, the CSU enrolls more than 35,000 new students during the spring. Last year, as part of an overall strategy to address a $625-million cut in state funding, the CSU closed spring 2010 admissions system-wide. The governor’s proposed budget, with timely approval by the legislature, would allow CSU campuses to reverse course and provide access in the 2010-11 academic year to an estimated 29,000 additional students.

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After 22 years of teaching for Long Beach Unified School District’s (LBUSD) culinary arts Regional Occupational Program (ROP), chef Monica Morgan six weeks ago opened her own cooking class center– Culinary Enterprises at 937 E. 27th St. in Signal Hill. Morgan, a Seal Beach resident, aims to help her students achieve success at cooking techniques that provide an accessible, affordable, healthy, and organic lifestyle. Culinary Enterprises’ roster of classes includes a juniors course (for junior-high students), a vegetarian class, a farmers market course, a couples cooking seminar, and several more classes for different food genres and demographics. Each class comes with five sessions bro-

ken into breakfast, lunch, dinner, baking and desserts. The couples cooking class offers different themes for each session, such as how to put together a picnic or dinner and a movie. “People can come [as] a couple, bring a bottle of wine, and enjoy themselves in this comfortable and inviting facility,” said Kenia Shelton, a former student of Morgan’s who is now independently contracted by Culinary Enterprises to give cooking demonstrations that emphasize appetizers and desserts. “[Shelton] brings different ideas to the table in her demonstrations,” said Morgan. “Her dishes are cutting-edge with eye-appealing artistic presentation.” Sybil Davis, another former student of Morgan’s, instructs a course for up-and-coming caterers. Davis’s classes help her students to license their business, establish a prototype

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food product and to package it, cost it out, and market it. With the help of assistant Renato Batuhan, Culinary Enterprises has successfully promoted their classes at Taste of the Coast, the Anaheim White House Bridal Show, and the Long Beach Street Food Festival. Morgan was quite pleased with the interest from hundreds of possible future students that those events provided. Morgan assures prospective students that her classes will enrich them since cooking techniques are emphasized over the recipes themselves. In addition, the recipes offered for each class feature experimental ideas such as the one in her couples cooking class last Friday– the stovetop chocolate cake baked by students involved zucchini as an ingredient.

Morgan’s culinary résumé includes a bachelor’s degree in food science, culinary training in France, and pastry cooking at the Florida Culinary Institute. Morgan also fronted her own catering company for nine years– Breakfast by Design. In her time as an ROP instruc-

tor for LBUSD, Morgan taught students culinary skills and then aided them with internship opportunities at restaurants and hotels. On starting her own company, Morgan said, “this company is straight from my heart. I feel like I’ve been let out of a cage and now have the freedom I always wanted.” Morgan also hopes to inspire her students through her classes. “My other goal is to promote women in business to possibly pursue culinary-related careers or to find a culinary angle at their current career,” she said. Culinary Enterprises’ cooking classes cost $175 for five classes. Students are encouraged to choose classes that interest them most and do not have to be consistent (combinations such as three couples cooking classes and two vegetarian classes are allowed). The company also offers sanitization certification. For more information, call (562) 427-2118 or visit foodiscool.com. ß

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Art History David and Kimberly Hocking opened their new Signal Hill gallery, Greenly Art Space, to the public last Saturday with an exhibit entitled Abductions: 1993, which features 365 photographs of Volvos– all taken 17 years ago. The exhibit is the first public presentation of the photos, which have been in storage since being taken. “Our show together is so much more than Volvos– it is a testament to love and a common purpose,” Kimberly said. “This is how David and I have lived our lives, loving one another in daily acts of listening, kindness, and commitment. The first year of our marriage…1993, we did this as well– we spent time daily loving one another. We also spent time looking for ‘art’ together, abducting images of Volvos from the world around us from our car. I am thankful for our life together where we look for beauty in unlikely places.” Greenly Art Space is located at 2698 Junipero Ave. #113. Neena Strichart/Signal Tribune

The Long Beach Playhouse, which is under new management, will open its doors to the community on Thursday, Aug. 19. The new staff will host a forum to discuss the future vision of the Playhouse and how it can continue its legacy in the Long Beach arts community. The event will include a social hour at 5:30pm and then an open question-and-answer forum with new managing director Lauren Morris, recently appointed artistic director Andrew Vonderschmitt, and staff. “Andrew and I know how many people in Long Beach truly love the Playhouse,” said Morris. “I think it’s important for the community to hear about the new things going on here and be able to share their thoughts about the direction we’re headed.” To RSVP for the forum, contact Kylene Elad Cobarrubia by Tuesday, Aug. 17 at (562) 4941014 ext. 500 or kylene@lbplayhouse.org. The Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 East Anaheim St. ß

Friedmans continues its growth! Friedmans Appliance Center has just launched a new Decorative Bath Center. The largest appliance store in Long Beach now offers several lines of quality faucets, bath & shower fixtures, toilets, tubs and vanities.

through. We have the ability to change on a dime. The economy slows down, we can adjust to that. The economy speeds up, we can adjust to that. It’s very flexible and personable here. Everybody is empowered to make a difference, to make things happen. I felt empowered to launch a new project, and Bob and Pat were very supportive of that. Now we’re making it happen.”

KWC/Hansa, and a Sales Director for BainUltra. “Friedmans has such a great reputation, so when I heard that they wanted to get into the bath business I came in and talked with them. It just made sense,” said LeTourneau. “They had taken the project to a certain point when they realized they needed somebody to specifically focus on it.”

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Sales manager Christopher Ybarra helped spearhead the project. “One of the great things about Friedmans is that it’s not a corporate atmosphere,” said Ybarra, who has 16 years of experience in the field, including four years at Friedmans. “You don’t have a lot of red tape to go

“We can do the whole house now. Because I have a design background I can work with builders and contractors from the ground up to specify windows, doors, moulding, space planning, fixtures, and appliances. “I enjoy doing it, and I get to create these amazing homes. In fact, I just had a Long Beach home featured in the September 2010 issue of Cottages and Bungalows. I did their kitchen, and I just finished their master bath,” said Ledesma. Bob Atkins, who along with his wife Pat, co-owns Friedmans, says, “Our plan is to build upon successful customer care in appliances and carry it into baths. We want to make creating and executing a new bath as easy and simple as possible.” by Rachael Rifkin

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Tending to Business By Betty Karnette

Back in the 1960s, a professor at CSULB, Dr. Gerhard Kohn, and his wife, Irena, saw the need in our community for childcare among low-income families– child care that would not only respond to the basic needs of babies and preschoolers but would also help them grow both physically and mentally into self-confident, capable, happy young students and adults. This dream meant having trained teachers, aides, and especially supportive community leaders working for and with an organization whose mission is “to provide quality childcare and preschool programs to children of low-income families in Long Beach in a caring, loving and learning environment.” The organization is called, appropriately, Young Horizons– now

with seven locations in Long Beach with the following services being provided: an infant/toddler program; preschool full and part-day services; full and part-day childcare services. The purposes are to provide for the care and education of young children, provide parents with the resources they need to help them in their role as parents, and provide quality caregivers who are well trained, warm, and caring. The Ludloff Center at 2650 Pacific Avenue in Long Beach is an excellent example of a group of people following through with mission and purposes. The classrooms are colorful and inviting, and the teachers and aides make you feel good as you watch them working with the children. Site administrator Elia Kolp’s warm countenance invites you in and immediately makes you feel that you’d like to stay there and just be yourself.

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(LACEL), are nutrition, exercise, rest, health, and safety. The pleasant surroundings with happy young people adds to the

thrill of learning new things. The aides are usually college students with plans to continue to work in the child-development arena. Everyone is motivated in this friendly, colorful environment. The playground has space for “artists” to work on their very own creations along with huge slides that look like friendly animals. The “roadway” for the cycles is always busy, and safe racing is common. Even if the participants are a bit young for reading, there are numerous books to discover that lead to avid interest. Some of the pictures give the children ideas as to how to dress in the “costumes” that are available in the playroom. If I were a young child, I think I’d really love the Ludloff Young Horizon Center. Betty Karnette is a Wrigley resident and former state senator and assemblymember. ß

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if enough Peanuts fans speak up, California may get its very own snoopy license plate Phil Kohlmetz, president of the California Association of Museums, announced this week that an effort is underway across the state to establish a California special license plate featuring the cartoon character Snoopy. The license plate will be an entrepreneurial and sustainable source of funding for museums without establishing a new tax or fee, or drawing from the state’s general fund. Each plate will feature a reproduction of an original Snoopy drawing by Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz. The proceeds from sales of the Snoopy license plates will establish a competitive and sustainable grant program to support California museums, from art and history museums to zoos, aquariums, science centers, and natural history museums. California State Parks (CSP) will serve as the official sponsor of the Snoopy license plate and will administer the grant program. Current license plate programs are generating millions of dollars annually for the arts, the environment, and children’s programs. Jean Schulz, the widow of Charles Schulz, founded a museum in Santa Rosa, in honor of her husband, called the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center. Based on this experience, she recognized the significant need for additional funding for California museums. To help meet this need, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates and United Media, the licensing agent for Peanuts, are giving royalty-free rights to the California Association of Museums (CAM) to establish the license plate featuring Snoopy. If 7,500 Snoopy lovers

raise their hands for a Snoopy license plate, Californians can proudly feature Snoopy on their automobiles. Individuals are simply registering interest at this point. Once there are enough interested people, the state will collect the appropriate fees from anyone who wants to get their own Snoopy plate (starting at $50). When the magic number of 7,500 folks is willing to pre-purchase a plate, they will go into production.

The sale of the plates will establish and contribute to a designated fund within the State to benefit California museums. The proceeds generated from the sales of Snoopy plates will provide support for California museums in the form of a competitive grant program and support the training and professional development programs of employees and volunteers in California museums. To sign up, go to snoopyplate.com. ß

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Local singer-songwriter teams with Jefferson Airplane front woman for gulf Coast benefit song In the wake of the recent BP oil disaster, rock-and-roll icon Grace Slick and Los Angeles songwriter Michelle Mangione have joined forces on a new song that was released last week that brings together musicians from across the US to

raise money for aid to Louisiana. The Grammy Museum has partnered with the artists, lending its support for the track “The Edge of Madness,” in order to benefit fishermen and musicians in the areas hardest hit by the disaster. The song had its debut at the museum in Los Angeles on July 24 at an art exhibit and reception, featuring the artwork of Slick and an interview with KLOS DJ Jim Ladd. The recording, featuring more than 20 musicians and singers, is one of the first of its kind that includes musicians of many genres and generations in support of those who are struggling financially due to the oil spill. “I always thought government was supposed to take care of its people,” Slick said. “What’s going on?” Slick and Mangione wrote the music and lyrics for “The Edge of Madness,” a song that pays tribute to the musical legacy of Louisiana. “Grace was so pissed off by Louisiana being hit from every angle, between Katrina and now BP, that she sent me these lyrics and asked me to write the music,” Mangione said. “We started putting out the word to other musicians and singers who also felt helpless and wondered what they could do. Then the parts just started coming in. Most of the recording was done in my bedroom studio. Those who were not in town worked with me via the Internet.” Slick and Mangione are joined

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“I have been trying to modify my loan since last February,” Frias said. “We submit the paperwork, but they keep on saying we are missing documents. Our attorney even has a hard time keeping track of the missing paperwork.” Frias, a husband and father of two, also said he has recently received notices that he does not qualify for a loan modification because his level of income is too high, yet his home is still in danger of being foreclosed on. He said the fair is a unique opportunity to meet representatives that are oftentimes hard to reach by phone. Fourteen individuals, however, were on the waiting list to see the Saxon representative, and at 11:30am, two and a half hours after the fair had started, only four people had been seen. Frias was number 12 on the list, and the event was set to end at 2pm. Loan modification was introduced in February 2009 when the Obama Administration implemented a program called Making Home Affordable– a strategy aimed at stabilizing the housing market while providing relief to struggling homeowners. According to makinghomeaffordable.gov, one million homeowners have received help through the program, and, by 2012, 4 million are expected to have benefited from its services. Numerous outlets have reported

that the overwhelming number of applicants has caused the sluggish response times and under-par customer service complaints about loan servicers like Saxon. Attempts made by the Signal Tribune to contact Saxon regarding the quality and reason for their below-average service have gone unanswered. For months, Saxon has received negative feedback regarding its customer service and the amount of loans that have stalled out in the modification process– a dilemma in which Frias now finds himself. ProPublica, an independent nonprofit news organization dedicated to investigative journalism, has reported that 40,000 homeowners started a trial modification with Saxon, a time period set to last only three months until a permanent adjustment could be determined. Less than a quarter have successfully landed a stable modification, and the remainder of the applicants were dropped or are still waiting to hear back from Saxon after making payments in the trial period for more than six months. The Fort Worth (where Saxon is headquartered) Better Business Bureau (FWBBB) gave the company a rating of D–. The bureau’s report states: “Specifically, consumers allege payments were sent on time, but were not applied to their mortgage on a timely basis or that problems and delays have occurred

during their loan-modification process. Consumers also state their phone calls go unanswered. The company has investigated and claims to have made appropriate changes.” In the last 12 months, 195 complaints have been filed by the FWBBB about Saxon, and 678 have been filed in the last 36 months. Meanwhile, the housing market has continued its turbulent path– in Long Beach, there were a total of 1,318 reported foreclosures in 2009 and a year-to-date of 684 in 2010. In addition to the banking and loan-service representatives, a host of governmental agencies were also present, including the California Department of Real Estate, the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs, the California Finance Agency, FHL Bank of San Francisco, and the State of California Department of Financial Institutions. As well as learning about foreclosure avoidance, participants were educated during new homebuyer

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Towers residents can experience independent living or assisted living in their individual apartments or 24hour medical care in the on-campus skilled-nursing facility. Residents pay rent for their apartments and separate fees for the services they need. Ragon added that about 80 percent of RHF’s communities are in the “affordable housing” category with rents subsidized by the U.S, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), but even market-rate communities have rents affordable for many seniors on fixed incomes. RHF also owns and manages St. Mary’s Towers near downtown Long Beach, which is strictly an independent-living facility for seniors. She noted, however, that residents in one RHF community may transfer to another one that is better equipped to meet their needs. Speaking of the skilled-nursing facility at Bixby Knolls Towers, Ragon said, “It’s a way for the residents to stay with their spouses and friends without having to move to another community when they require higher levels of care.” Rae Gabelich, 8th District Long Beach City Councilmember, spoke briefly at the luncheon. “It is a privilege to have this incredible facility here in the 8th District,” she said. “It provides seniors with opportunities for a social life and community involvement, and it gives family members the strength that comes from knowing their folks are being well taken care of.” Gabelich presented RHF President and CEO Dr. Laverne Joseph with a proclamation from the mayor and city council congratulating the organization for providing a safe environment and health care to the seniors of Long Beach for many years. After Gabelich’s comments, several residents took the microphone to describe their experiences at Bixby Knolls Towers. “I love my apartment, the views I have from it and the freedom to pursue so many activities,” said Marjorie Grommé. “It is a beautiful place to live,” said Frankie Enos, adding that she is

especially grateful for no longer having to grocery-shop, cook, or wash dishes and that staff cleans her apartment regularly. Another resident, Paul Berry, moved after his wife of 60 years passed away. “The transition of moving here from Los Altos was as smooth as it could be,” he said, explaining that, from the first day, the staff made every effort to make him feel welcome and at home. Congresswoman Laura Richardson, who represents California’s 37th Congressional District, also spoke at the event, noting that it was obvious to her that Bixby Knolls Towers provides quality care to its residents. “I am here to thank Retire-

“bixby Knolls Towers is not a continuing-care retirement community. People that come here do not pay a large upfront fee.” – Dr. Laverne Joseph

ment Housing Foundation for its many years of taking care of seniors and providing them a safe, affordable place to live that meets their needs,” she said. Joseph was the final speaker. He noted that two clergymen and a layperson in the United Church of Christ founded RHF in 1961. The luncheon, he explained, was an early celebration of the organization’s 50th anniversary, which is actually next year. “We want to have happy residents, and we want to provide the best service to them that we can,” he said, describing RHF’s mission. “We care about people.” Joseph told the audience that he is particularly fond of the Bixby Knolls Towers community. “Many people who come here say, ‘I should have moved here sooner,’” he stressed. Joseph told the audience

that, in order to provide quality care and services to its residents without having to charge high rents and expensive fees, Bixby Knolls Towers relies on tax-deductible donations. He warned, however, that the reasonable rents and fees are now in jeopardy. “Bixby Knolls Towers is not a continuing-care retirement community,” he said. “People that come here do not pay a large upfront fee.” He noted that throughout its history, as a multi-level retirement community, Bixby Knolls Towers has been exempt from the stateprovider bed tax imposed on facilities that provide only skilled-nursing beds to residents. That exemption could disappear if Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s revised state budget is adopted. “In that revised budget they are wanting to make the multi-level skilled-nursing beds pay a bed tax of $11.19 per bed, per day,” he said. “Obviously, people on Medicare or Medi-Cal will not pay that tax, but we will have to pay the tax even on beds that are occupied by Medicare and Medical patients. That means private-pay patients and residents are going to have to pay more in rates and fees to cover the cost of that bed tax.” Joseph urged everyone to contact their state senators and assembly members to urge them to not repeal the exemption on multi-level retirement communities. “If they repeal that exemption, it will mean as much as one million dollars a year from the bottom line of Retirement Housing Foundation in California because of our 396 skilled-nursing beds in California,” he said. “We should not be penalizing the retirement savings of those in their retirement years.” In closing, Joseph said RHF plans to continue providing housing and care to seniors for many more years. “We want our communities to be welcoming places where people can enjoy the quality of life they so richly deserve,” he said. “We believe that everyone is a child of God and is loved by God and deserves to be loved by us.” ß

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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: 1937 Stanley avenue, Signal Hill, Ca, 90755. 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 $455,188.05. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. in addition to cash, the trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’aS iS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said deed of trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the note secured by said deed of trust with interest thereon as provided in said note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. dated: 09/16/2009 reContruSt CoMPany, n.a. 1800 tapo Canyon rd., Ca6-914-01-94 SiMi valley, Ca 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale information (626) 9274399 By: - trustee’s Sale officer reContruSt CoMPany, n.a. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. aSaP# 3682952 08/13/2010, 08/20/2010, 08/27/2010 TST3499 notiCe of truStee'S Sale tS no. 080095412 title order no. 08-8-348971 investor/insurer no. 150769221 aPn no. 7148-010-084 you are in default under a deed of truSt, dated 11/07/2006. 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, as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the deed of trust executed by JeSuS garCia, a Married Man aS HiS Sole & SeParate PfoPerty, dated 11/07/2006 and recorded 11/22/06, as instrument no. 06 2599177, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 09/03/2010 at 10:30aM, at the West side of the los angeles County Courthouse, directly facing norwalk Blvd., 12720 norwalk Blvd., norwalk, Ca 90650 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced deed of trust. the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1124 eaSt 32nd Street, Signal Hill, Ca, 90755. 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 $765,719.92. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. in addition to cash, the trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''aS iS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said deed of trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the note secured by said deed of trust with interest thereon as provided in said note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. dated: 12/04/2008 reContruSt CoMPany 1800 tapo Canyon rd., Sv2-202 SiMi valley, Ca 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale information (626) 927-4399 By:--


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