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A SignAl Tribune exCluSive realtors, veterans and airline employees join Habitat to build SH city attorney working pro bono to help homes for needy lb families bell citizens recall their controversial officials Cory Bilicko Managing Editor

Thanks to the work of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA), South Bay realtors, local veterans, and Delta Airlines employees, several needy Long Beach families will soon be moving into new homes.

For the second year in a row, members of the South Bay Association of Realtors volunteered with HFH GLA to build a house in Long Beach for families in need of homes of their own. The Long Beach build site consists of four homes, one of which will be compliant with the see habitat page 13

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Wendy Castillo, a St. Mary’s Hospital employee, will reside in her new home with her mother and 6-month-old baby.

Steven Piper Staff Writer

After the recent City of Bell scandal, during which it was revealed that council members were earning more than $100,000 and a city manager was making in excess of $800,000, Bell citizens were enraged that their officials lived up to the common stereotype that all politicians are corrupt. As a testament to the positive potential of his profession’s position in local politics, Signal Hill and Lawndale City Attorney Dave Aleshire is working pro bono for BASTA, a grassroots citizens group that has taken the lead to recall corrupt Bell officials. “It is a little payback for our profession,” Aleshire said. “Will the public see this as an isolated, aberrational situation? Or is the public going to say, ‘Oh, there they go again. That just shows you, they’re all corrupt.’” By helping Bell citizens take their city back, Aleshire hopes to change the blanket impression that all city officials are pursuing their own self-interests. In Spanish, “basta” can mean “stop” or “enough,” and, as an acronym for that city’s purposes, it stands for the “Bell Association to Stop the Abuse.” The group meets on Wednesdays every other week in

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Signal Hill and Lawndale City Attorney Dave Aleshire is working pro bono for BASTA, a grassroots citizens group that is trying to recall corrupt Bell officials.

a local mosque. With more than 80 members among its ranks, it did not take long for Bell residents to organize after learning of the criminally large salaries that their city council

members and city manager were earning. Enraged citizens showed up at the Nov. 1 council meeting (the see bell page 12

City crew accidentally rips open underground diesel pipeline; damage minimal Nick Diamantides Staff Writer

A City of Long Beach Parks and Recreation department crew accidentally ripped open an underground pipe carrying diesel on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 11, spilling about 1,500 gallons of the fuel at the location of a planned community garden. The site, owned by the City of Long Beach, is part of a 50-acre parcel running south from the southwest corner of Spring Street and Orange Avenue. The City had considered developing a sports park there, but that

plan was abandoned due to budget reductions. Meredith Reynolds, a spokesperson for the City, explained what the parks crew was doing there last week. “The work on the site included weed and brush removal by the City’s maintenance staff, who were assisting in clearing the surface of a half-acre area in preparation for an approved urban farm on the property,” she said. “The urban farm is on hold pending clean-up activities.” The pipeline is owned by British Petroleum (BP), which hired private contracting companies to repair the

pipe and excavate the soil. “It’s a 10inch pipeline primarily used to transport diesel fuel,” said Walter Neil, spokesperson for BP Refinery in Carson. “The pipeline goes from Carson Refinery to our Hyens Terminal at 5905 Paramount Boulevard, Long Beach, but it is also connected to our Hathaway terminal at 2350 Obispo Avenue, Signal Hill.” According to Neil, the pipeline is part of BP’s “69 System,” which includes four pipelines capable of moving as much as 60,000 barrels of

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The damaged pipeline is owned by British Petroleum, which has hired private contracting companies to repair it and excavate the soil.


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lbPD Chief McDonnell aims for improved communications, high-tech surveillance CleAn uP YOur COMMuniTY Friends of Bixby Park, devoted exclusively to the renovation and preservation of historical Bixby Park Long Beach, has partnered with Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to launch a “Keep Our Parks Clean” campaign, debuting Saturday, Nov. 20, with a community park clean-up from 8am until noon. The event will be co-sponsored by Vans, which will provide a “Keep Our Park Clean”-themed banner for the skate park area and host a skate demo at the park. Bixby Park is located at 1st and Cherry streets. All volunteers for general clean-up are welcome, as are tree and plant maintenance volunteers. Clean-up and gardening materials will be provided as well as coffee and muffins. Call (562) 983-8139. gOing green Wrigley is Going Green, a grassroots neighborhood environmental organization devoted to saving and planting trees in Long Beach, was awarded a Neighborhood Partners Program grant to plant 60 trees in the area immediately surrounding the Wrigley Garden, 1950 Henderson Ave., and to create a mural by local artist Lisa Wibroe to go in the thriving community garden. The public is invited to join Councilmember Dee Andrews of the 6th District, Saturday, Nov. 20 at 9am for the unveiling of the garden mural and the planting of 60 trees. All volunteers will be entered into a raffle to win four turkey dinners provided by the Wrigley Albertsons on Willow Street. Shovels and gloves will be provided. Students who volunteer will receive credit for community service hours. Visit wrigleygarden.org. PAnCAKeS FOr everYOne The Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance will offer the community a pancake breakfast and silent auction on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 9am to noon at Veterans Park Social Hall, 101 E. 28th St. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Contact Maria at (562) 427-5021 or email wrigleyalliance@msn.com. HArveSTing ArTS & CrAFTS Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine will host a holiday workshop at Rancho Los Alamitos, 6400 East Bixby Hill Rd. on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10am to 12:30pm. This seasonal culinary demonstration and sample menu tasting will teach attendees how to brighten their table and spice up their holiday cooking as they welcome their families home for the holidays. The demonstration will be followed by a wreathconstruction class. All materials will be provided. $55 per individual ($45 for RLA members). CAWFee TAWK Eighth District Councilmember Rae Gabelich will host a discussion over coffee on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10am to noon at Avila’s El Ranchito, 5345 Long Beach Blvd. The public is invited to discuss their concerns and suggestions regarding the neighborhood. Call (562) 570-6685. gOne FiSHin’ Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine and the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation will host a free Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 9am to noon at El Dorado Park, 7550 E. Spring St. Registration begins at 8am. Fishing poles and tackle to catch fish will be provided for free to children 15 years old and under. Anyone over 16 years old is required to have a California State Fishing License. Registration will begin at 8am, and the derby will continue from 9am to noon. A special raffle will be held at 1pm. There is a $7 gate fee for vehicles. DrAWing in nATure Join Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine at the El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring St. to gain a new perspective of nature through art. Attendees will walk and journal on the Nature Center trails and then turn observations into colored-pencil drawings. Learn the basics of using colored pencils, including blending, burnishing and impressed line, while incorporating techniques of botanical drawing. This class is for adults only, and is $30 per student for each session. The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10am to 3pm. Call (562) 570-1745. PAnel DiSCuSSiOn The League of Women Voters, Long Beach Area will offer a panel discussion on affordable housing in Long Beach on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10am to noon at the Los Altos Library, 5614 E. Britton Dr. The event is free and open to the public, and ample street parking is available. Call (562) 423-1208. gArDen, gOurMeT AnD gAllerY Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens (RLA) will bring together the pleasures of the garden, the essence of the palate, and the art of the landscape with its 2010 Garden Series on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10am to 2:30pm at 6400 E. Bixby Hill Rd. Cost is $55 (RLA Members $45). To reserve seating, receive information or directions to the Rancho, visit rancholosalamitos.com or call (562) 431-3541. iT’S A birD! iT’S A PlAne! iT’S SuPerMAn! The Long Beach Cinematheque is teaming up with Anderson’s Paint and Hardware and Venice Dreams Boutique on Nov. 20 to host a 7pm outdoor screening of Richard Donner’s 1978 classic Superman, in support of the dedicated work of Long Beachbased food bank Food Finders. Gates open at 6pm at 714 Pine Ave. with a DJ set by Long Beach’s Lili De La Mora and Sarajeva Vazquez. The screening is free to the public, and the girls of the Long Beach Roller Derby will be on hand to sell soda and concessions. STOrYTelling CelebrATiOn The El Dorado Nature Center is pairing with Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to celebrate the powerful art and wisdom of storytelling with Tellebration, featuring Long Beach Storytellers with stories for all ages. Early reservations can be made by calling (562) 570-1745. The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 20, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Entrance is $5 per person. give THAnKS Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews will present his 3rd annual “Serving With A Thankful Heart” Thanksgiving luncheon and dinner on Monday, Nov. 22 at Ernest S. McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Lunch will be served from 11:30am to 2pm and dinner from 5pm to 7:30pm. Last year’s event fed more than 1,200 people. This is a free function, but reservations must be made before Friday, Nov. 19 at Ernest S. McBride Park, or by contacting the office of Councilman Andrews at (562) 570-6816. DiSAbiliTY WOrKSHOP Anyone receiving disability benefits who would like to return to work is welcome to attend a no-cost workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 24, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the Career Transition Center, 3447 Atlantic Ave. Parents of individuals with disabilities and professionals who work with people with disabilities are welcome. The workshop will provide important information on how work incentives can help to achieve selfsufficiency, how the Social Security Administration computes trial work periods, and how meeting one-on-one with a benefits specialist can provide more individualized assistance. The workshop is open to all people, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual preference, or disability type. Call (562) 570-3738.

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From left, Deputy Chief J.J. Craig, Chief Jim McDonnell and Public Information Officer Nancy Pratt at last week’s media briefing. Nick Diamantides Staff Writer

Imagine getting a text message or an email from the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) to inform you that the helicopter buzzing over your neighborhood is part of a search for an armed-robbery suspect hiding somewhere on your street. One day in the not-toodistant future, such communications will be commonplace, according to Long Beach Chief of Police Jim McDonnell. The chief and some of his key administrative staff conducted a media briefing with about 10 reporters last Thursday, Nov. 11 in a conference room at the downtown police headquarters. During the meeting, McDonnell, who was sworn in as chief eight months ago, stressed that the LBPD is hoping to improve its communications with the news media and with the general public. “We look to be able to build on already very good relations with the community around the city and to be able to get the community more engaged,” he said. The chief noted that there is a widespread misconception among many people who do not live in the city that all of Long Beach is riddled with a high crime rate. “It’s unfortunate that in our poorer neighborhoods where the gang issues are most prevalent that we have a continuation of repeat crimes, and we are working hard to make all of our neighborhoods in the community safer,” he said. McDonnell stressed, however, that the chances of being a victim of crime in most neighborhoods, tourist areas, and shopping districts are very minimal. The two-hour discussion with reporters focused on various issues, including the need for the media and the general public to get timely, accurate information on police ac-

tivities. McDonnell explained that, as part of the LBPD’s effort to reach that goal, the department recently adopted the Nixle system. “It’s a software that is available primarily for public safety focus,” he said. “It will be free to us to use. It’s a subscription service. People can sign up to be notified of significant incidents that occur.” According to McDonnell, when residents and business owners sign up for Nixle messages, they can request to be informed of police activities in the immediate vicinity of their street address, their neighborhood, their entire ZIP code area or the entire city. He noted that the LBPD’s Nixle system is not fully developed yet, but, when it is, the LBPD will be able to send out messages to those who sign up, much like reverse 91-1, that will inform them of significant police activity, crimes, and dangerous situations in the area of their interest. “With reverse 9-1-1, we can send messages out to home phones,” he said. “With Nixle, we can send text messages to cell phones, email messages, or whatever media they sign up for. We can tell them, ‘Okay, we have a search for a robbery suspect in a certain area, and we have a perimeter set up, and the helicopter is above. If you see anything or hear anything in your yard, call us to let us know.’” McDonnell said that when people are able to find out quickly why a helicopter is overhead or why a section of a particular street has been cordoned off, the police and the general public will be able to work together better. “That changes the whole dynamic of being inconvenienced (by helicopter noise) to being part of the solution,” he explained, adding that Nixle also covers the activities of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He noted that the LBPD is work-

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ing on its Nixle transmissions to make them as timely as possible, but it needs more work. “We are trying to (develop) a real-time crime center that will operate under our Emergency Communications and Command Center (on Redondo Avenue),” he said, adding that he hopes that at some point in the near future all public and private surveillance cameras in the city will be connected to the Emergency Communications Center through the Internet. He explained that such connections would greatly enhance the LBPD’s ability to apprehend criminals. “It’s in its infancy now,” he said. “It’s not being done this way anywhere else in the country to my knowledge, but the capability, I believe, is there, and it will only get better over time.” McDonnell added that once the real-time crime center is up and running, its staff will have access to police activity throughout the city and will have the time and ability to be able to transmit Nixle messages quickly and to respond to media inquiries about what is going on. McDonnell noted that the LBPD is now working with private security firms throughout the city to come up with a database as to what businesses have cameras. “It’s up to them to cooperate or not, but I think it is in their interests to do so,” he said. “What we would require would be a modem on the camera so that we, through an IP address, could tap into that without running cables to the Command Center.” In addition to outlining the hightech communications and surveillance advancements, McDonnell told the reporters that he wants open and honest communication between the media and the LBPD in an atmosphere of cooperation. “For us to be adversarial is counter to the interests of what the people of Long Beach need,” he said. “That’s why it is so important for us to continue to talk and be honest with each other.” The chief invited reporters to come up with ideas on how the LBPD and other city officials and could make information more readily available to the news media. He noted, however, that some information pertaining to police investigations, witnesses and other protected information cannot be shared with the media. -------------------------------------MORE INFORMATION (877) 649-5362 local.nixle.com


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The new Conservation Corps of Long Beach facility was designed by Long Beachbased Studio One Eleven Architects.

The Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CCLB) opened doors last Friday afternoon to its new Environmental Education Center at 3251 E. 19th St. in Signal Hill. CCLB is a nonprofit whose mission is to raise self-esteem; develop basic work skills, work ethics and education; and promote teamwork for at-risk youth through a combination of work, conservation and education programs. Its new facility, which was designed by Long Beach-based Studio One Eleven Architects, will house 90 percent of the organization’s recycling operations. At Friday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, Jane Netherton, president and CEO of International City Bank who is also a CCLB Advisory Committee member, told the crowd that the nonprofit has recycled more than 250,000 tons of materials since its founding in 1989. At the new facility, recyclables, including ewaste, will be sorted and bailed and sent off to market. The Center will also serve as a learning center for CCLB members and the public. Tours of the building and recycling demonstrations will be offered to local schools and residents. “The large increase of space will allow the CCLB to serve more Long Beach residents and businesses and will help decrease the amount of waste that ends up in landfills while serving more at-risk youth in the CCLB’s education and life-skills program,” said Mike Bassett, executive director of the CCLB. State Senator Alan Lowenthal (27th District) was honored with the 2010 Founder’s Award– an antique lamp that features a golf scene, in recognition of the senator’s enjoyment of the sport. ---------------------------------------MORE INFORMATION cclb-corps.org

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State Senator Alan Lowenthal was honored with the 2010 Founder’s Award– an antique lamp that features a golf scene, in recognition of his enjoyment of the sport.

CSulb dedicates new School of nursing building Before a crowd of faculty, staff, students and alumni, Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) recently dedicated the campus’s new School of Nursing Building, a $4.3-million project that is the first addition to the university’s nursing facilities since 1975. With nearly 10,600 gross square feet, the new building includes teaching labs, a computer lab, faculty and

administrative offices and support spaces for the School of Nursing. Construction on the project was completed at the beginning of the fall semester, and students will begin attending classes in the building next spring semester. “You don’t know how happy I am,” said Loucine Huckabay, director of the CSULB School of Nursing,

when she took to the podium. “This is indeed a day we have been waiting for many years, and this day was made possible through the efforts of many individuals, families and our wonderful service partners.” “This is the place where professional nurses will be educated to transform the healthcare delivery system and meet the challenges of re-

local nAACP branch to honor veterans, their families The NAACP Long Beach Branch will conduct a special tribute to veterans on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 3:30pm at Ernest McBride Sr. Park, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Veterans themselves, as wells as family and friends of those on active duty, are invited to attend. The purposes of the event are: to thank the men and women who have served our country; to keep the stories, issues and plight veterans face every day in our conscience; and to thank veterans and their families for the sacrifices they make for the security of our country. The event is open to the public. The program will include a special presentation by Steven Keesal, a veteran from the 1st Ranger Battalion who served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He will be joined by Pat O’Rourke, director of Veterans Services at California State

University of Long Beach, a retired lieutenant colonel with services throughout America, China, Korea and Iraq. There will also be a special recognition of William Ward, the chair of the Long Beach Branch NAACP Veterans Affairs Committee. This tribute

form for the betterment of patient care,” Huckabay explained. “As the largest component of the healthcare workforce, nurses are uniquely positioned to be in the forefront and take charge to ensure that acceptable, high-quality care is available to all of our nation’s diverse populations.” ß

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product per day. (There are 42 gallons in a barrel of oil.) He said it is difficult to determine how much diesel normally passes through the damaged pipeline in a day, but it was not in operation when it was hit by the crew’s heavy equipment. “It was in a static condition, so the only pressure in the line was due to the product in the line,” he said. “We anticipate that about 35 barrels of diesel fuel spilled out after the break.” Neil said that, in compliance with state code, the pipeline is four feet below the surface, but he didn’t know how many years ago the pipeline had been installed. “I think the crew got a little aggressive and went a little deeper than anyone had anticipated,” he said. “The real issue is that we had talked about the pipeline being in that area with the people doing the work long before

this happened. They knew the pipeline was there.” Neil explained that a contracting company hired by BP has removed all the dirt saturated with diesel and is storing it in bins until its proper disposal. The company is also collecting soil samples, which will be analyzed in a laboratory to ensure that all traces of the diesel spill have been removed. According to Neil, after the accident, the pipeline itself was sealed upstream and downstream from the break, and all the fuel that was remaining in those sections was pumped out. Then, after also removing all vapors from the line, crews removed the broken area and welded in a new section connecting the severed sections. Neil said he does not know when the pipeline will be in operation again. “We want to make sure we have done everything safely and correctly before we put it back into use,” he said. Nelson Kerr, acting manager for the City of Long Beach Bureau of

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Environmental Health, said the bureau’s hazardous materials division, which is on call 24 hours a day seven days a week, responded to the spill half an hour after it was reported. Kerr noted that although the City of Long Beach is taking the event very seriously, the spill is considered small and crews will only have to excavate about three feet below the pipeline to remove all contaminated soil. He added that the accident was reported immediately, and all proper precautions were taken thereafter. “This should be cleaned up within one or two weeks, and clean soil will be used to fill in the excavated area,” he said. Seventh District Long Beach City Councilmember James Johnson said he is pleased with the way city staff handled the incident. “The park and recreation staff was there, and they created a berm to limit the amount of square footage the diesel was able to contaminate, and then very quickly the fire department was on the scene to make sure there

was no fire risk and no danger to the public,” he said. He added that, soon after the fire department arrived, a contractor came and pumped out the diesel that had collected in the berm and removed it from the property. “Now the city is going to be analyzing the soil and seeing what we can do to make sure it is safe in the long run,” he said. Johnson echoed Reynolds’s remarks about the urban garden, but added that, even before the contamination, the plan called for bringing in soil and establishing raised vegetable beds. Neil said it is too early to know yet who would be incurring the cost of the repair and soil remediation. “At this point, the cost is secondary,” he said. “Our main focus is to get the work done safely and get the line back in service. After it’s done we can sit down and figure out costs.” Several contractors are on site doing the work, all supervised through BP Pipeline Division. ß

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by Neena Strichart Having a mom who is 91 years of age brings a lot of joy and laughter into my life. Her attitude regarding the “golden years” is usually pretty comical, and with that in mind I offer you the following bits of funny business (sent to me by my friend Denise) in an attempt to entertain you, our loyal readers, and to give Mom a chuckle or two. An elderly gentleman named Barney had been having serious hearing problems for a number of years. He finally went to the doctor, and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids. A month later, Barney went back to the doctor who told him, “Your hearing is perfect now. Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again.” The gentleman replied, “Oh, I haven’t told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations. I’ve changed my will three times!”

--------------------A married couple who had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary had dinner at another couple’s home. When dinner was over, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen. The two gentlemen were talking, and one said, “Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly.” The other man asked, “What’s the name of the restaurant?” The first man thought and thought and finally said, “What is the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know, the one that’s red and has thorns.” “Do you mean a rose?” “Yes, that’s the one,” replied the man. He then turned towards the kitchen and yelled, “Rose, what’s the name of that restaurant we went to last night?” ---------------------

Hospital regulations require a wheelchair for patients being discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn’t need my help to leave the hospital. After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the elevator. On the way down, I asked him if his wife was meeting him. “I don’t know,” he said.“She’s still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.” --------------------A couple in their nineties were both having problems remembering things. During a check-up, their doctor told them that they were physically okay but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember. Later that night, while watching TV, the old man got up from his chair. “Want anything while I’m in the kitchen?” he asked. “Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?” asked the wife. “Sure,” he replied. “Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it?” she asked. “No, I can remember it.” “Well, I’d like some strawberries on top, too. Maybe you should write it down, so as not to forget it.”

“I can remember that…you want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.” “I’d also like whipped cream. I’m certain you’ll forget that so write it down.” Irritated, he said “I don’t need to write it down. I can remember it! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream. I got it, for goodness sake!” He then toddled off into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes, the old man returned from the kitchen and handed his wife a plate of bacon and eggs. She stared at the plate for a moment and then asked, “Where’s my toast?” --------------------A senior citizen said to his eightyyear-old buddy, “So I hear you’re getting married.” “Yep!” “Do I know her?” “Nope!” “This woman, is she good looking?” “Not really.” “Is she a good cook?” “Naw, she can’t cook too well.” “Does she have lots of money?” “Nope! Poor as a church mouse.” “Why in the world do you want to marry her then?” “Because she can still drive!”

LETTERS  TO  TH E ED I TO R gram scam Your article [Thoughts from the Publisher] in the Nov. 12, 2010 Signal Tribune, about the scam you were involved in brought back memories of a similar event in my life. Story follows: I answered my phone one morning, and the person on the other end said, “Grandma, I���m in jail in Canada, and I need some money to get out.” I’m not a happy camper when one of my children or grandchildren are in trouble so, being who I am, I panicked and said “Josh, (first mistake– never give a name) what happened? Why are you in jail?” in a high-C voice. He said, “I had an accident, and I need the money to pay for the damage I caused.” I said, “What about your insurance?” He said, “My insurance doesn’t cover me in Canada.” I said, “Okay, tell me what you want me to do. We can discuss the situation you got yourself into later.” He said, “Go to Wal-Mart and buy a Moneygram and send it to me at this address in Canada.” I said, “Well, how are you going to get it if you are in jail?” He said, “Hurry, Grandma. They will let me go to pick it up when it comes.” Still thinking it was my grandson, I said, “I’ll go right now.” As I was running to get dressed and go to the WalMart store, I stopped as I was running out the door, with one shoe on and one off, and thought that maybe I should call his number and see if he is at home. But there was no answer, and I didn’t think it was a good idea to call him at work if he was supposed to be working that day.

I got to the door and stopped. Something told me this wasn’t right. I called my son and told him the story. He asked me if I had tried Josh at his home, and I told him I had but there was no answer. He then asked if I had called him at work, and I said I didn’t have that number because I didn’t want to tell him I was afraid of compromising his job. He told me not to send any money until he tried to contact Josh at work. Within minutes, my phone rang again, and it was my son and, via three-party connection, Josh. I was so relieved to hear his voice, and when I told him what happened, he said he was sorry I had that experience but he was fine and not in Canada. About 15 or 20 minutes later, my phone rang again and the voice said, “Grandma, this is Josh. Did you send the money?” Now it was my turn to play dirty, so I said, “Yes, I just got back and I sent it as you told me to.” About 10 minutes later, I received another call from “Josh,” and he said, “Grandma, where did you send the money?” I told him I sent it to the place he had directed me to send it and that I couldn’t send another dime because I didn’t have it. He asked me if I had the receipt for the transaction and I said, “Oh, my gosh– I’ll bet I threw it away when I was running back to my car to come home.” I screamed into the phone, “Now I don’t know what else I can do, Josh,” and I hung up. The phone rang and rang several more times, and I just allowed it to ring, hoping that little creep would get caught one day and end up in a real jail. I contacted the local police and the FBI and was

told by both that this is a scam and not to ever send money unless you are positive by first contacting the police department in the place your family member is supposed to be in trouble. (Incidentally, the FBI told me I did exactly the right thing.) vivian C. nelson long beach

expressing views about views I understand that a Signal Hill resident has requested an item be put on the Dec. 7 agenda, questioning the Signal Hill tree policy. The concern is trees that have grown and currently block some part of their views. I enjoy views, and Signal Hill has some of the best, but I hope the Council takes all the Signal Hill citizens into consideration when removing trees. We have some beautiful parks whose trees should not be touched. Signal Hill streets are lined with parkway trees that soften the streetscape and should be carefully considered if removal is requested. We have two “greenhouse gas” reduction laws, AB32 and SB375, in California. What better way to take the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and convert it to oxygen than a tree? I ask all Signal Hill residents with similar concerns to come to the Dec. 7 Council meeting and express their “views.” Tim Williamson Signal Hill


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Seventeen months after initiating a water-conservation program, the Signal Hill City Council heard the good news: the program has exceeded its goal since city residents and businesses are using 13.46 percent less water than the average amount used during the previous three years. Jim Davis, interim director of public works, presented the Council with an update on the program during its meeting last Tuesday night. He noted that the Council adopted a water-conservation ordinance last year, which went into effect on June 18, 2009. “With the Level One Water Shortage declaration, which went into effect with the City Council’s adoption of a new water-conservation program, the City’s goal is to reduce the water demand by 10 percent, in comparison to the benchmark average,” Davis said. He added that exceeding the goal “during the driest and warmest months of the year is a testament to the great job by the residents and businesses of the city.” Davis noted that since June 2009, the public works department has conducted an ongoing public-education outreach pertaining to the conservation program. The outreach has included regular notices published in the Signal Tribune; an annual water-bill insert describing water-conservation steps; door hangers that inform residents and business owners that city employees have noticed violations of water-use restrictions; follow-up visits and letters to violators; and $100 fines for those who violate the same water-use restriction three times in a 12-month period.

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at 8pm, and seating is limited to 200 seats– first-come, first-served. Arriving early is recommended. In this family-friendly classic melodrama, Ebeneezer Humbug is about to “raise the dickens” by foreclosing on everyone in town and forcing Felicity Fuzziwig to marry him, much to the dismay of his clerk, Bob Scratchit. There will be a two-for-one pre-

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Signal Hill church to provide Thanksgiving meals to 100 families A total of 100 needy families from Signal Hill and Alvarado elementary schools in Signal Hill will be enjoying a Thanksgiving meal this coming holiday thanks to the altruism of American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) and Pastor Gregory Johnson. The staff, students and faculty of AUHS are donating canned and packaged goods together with a monetary donation from Johnson, chair of the Governing

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Declared as a collaborative show celebrating the collision of music, art and fashion, the event You Can’t Handle the Youth, presented by the fashion label Dirtysix on Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Shore Ultra Lounge in Long Beach, recognized and promoted artistic entrepreneurs and business owners from the area. The nearly 300 people in attendance had the opportunity to marvel at artworks from local artists and to visit a vendor village where various entrepreneurs from Long Beach

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displayed their products. The highlight of the evening was the runway show presenting clothes from Moxi Streetwear, the first line associated with rollerskate wear, and Dirtysix, a women’s “underground” streetwear collection, both designed by Charlene Pack. “(Dirtysix) is a mix of rock ‘n’ roll, underground art, graffiti and tattoo.” Pack says Dirtysix is a pro-female collection for women, designed by women, to empower women. -----------------------------------MORE INFORMATION Julian Rothen/Signal Tribune moxirollerkates.com (1) Work by local artists was on display as part of the You Can’t Handle dirtysix.net the Youth event. (2) The fashion show presented designs from Moxi Streetwear rollerskate attire and Dirtysix streetwear collections, both designed by Charlene Pack.

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DaVita, a leading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), brought its fifth annual nationwide DaVita Kidney Awareness Run/Walk series to Long Beach’s Marina Green Park on Saturday, Nov. 13. The Run/Walk is part of a 10-city series of 5K events benefiting The Kidney TRUST, a national, nonprofit organization with the mission to reduce the human and economic costs of CKD. The Kidney TRUST provided

screenings for rapid kidney disease to all participants at no charge. Family-friendly activities including games, face painting, hula-hoops, a bouncy house at the Kid Zone, music and refreshments were on site. Notable visitors were: Congresswoman Laura Richardson, District 37; State Assembly Member Felipe Fuentes, District 39; Hermosa Beach Councilmember Jeff Duclos; and Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program Founder Dr. Bill Releford. ------------------------------------MORE INFORMATION davita.com kidneyawarenesstime.org


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Police seeking information on shooting death of 14-year-old On Wednesday, Nov. 17, at approximately 9pm, Long Beach Police responded to a shooting call in the 1600 block of E. 53rd St. When they arrived, they found that a 14-year-old male had been shot in the upper torso area. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. This incident is being investigated as possibly gang related, although it is believed the victim had no gang ties. The investigation is preliminary but shows that the victim was shot

while inside the house by suspect(s) who were outside. It appears that the suspect(s) intended to shoot an unknown person inside of the residence. Investigators are talking with all family members who have lived at the residence including an adult male who has gang ties. All possible motives are being investigated. Homicide detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call Detectives Malcolm Evans or Todd Johnson at (562) 570-7244. To send an anonymous tip via text or email, visit longbeach.gov/police.

lbPD’s Dui checkpoint screens 256 vehicles, yields four arrests The Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a Driving Under the Influence/Driver’s License checkpoint on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Artesia Boulevard and Indiana Avenue from 6pm to 2am. “Drunk Driving–Over the Limit, Under Arrest” is the name of the 2010 campaign. During the eight-hour operation, which was aided by Long Beach Police Explorers and Long Beach Search and Rescue, 546 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 256 being screened, which resulted

in three DUI arrests, one arrest for possession of drugs, 11 vehicles impounded for unlicensed driving or suspended license, 20 traffic citations and three vehicles towed. DUI checkpoints are a vital component in the fight against both impaired and unlicensed driving. Nationally, impaired driving caused by alcohol or drugs causes one death every 33 minutes. Sobriety checkpoints have been proven to reduce impaired driving-related collisions by removing these drivers from the streets.

Woman sitting at bus stop succumbs after being struck by drunk driver On Sunday, Nov. 14, at approximately 11:06pm, officers from the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) responded to an injury-traffic collision at the intersection of Anaheim Street and Elm Avenue that resulted in the death of an adult female. The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2003 silver Jaguar driven by Lydia Danita Rector, a 41-year-old Long Beach resident, traveled onto the south sidewalk of Anaheim Street and struck a woman who was sitting at the bus stop. The victim was transported by fire

department personnel to a local hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased. At this time, she is only being identified as a 71-year-old female resident of Long Beach, pending notification to her family. Rector was arrested for drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, and is currently in custody. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact LBPD Accident Investigations Detective David Lauro at (562) 570-7355.

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first one since a couple of Los Angeles Times reporters uncovered the scandal), and their loud protests called a premature end to the gathering– it was too loud to conduct any business. Since then, BASTA has adopted and encouraged its slogan “BASTA With Respect” (or “Stop With Respect”). It was at that raucous meeting, however, that Aleshire met Christina Garcia, a speaker representing BASTA, marking the start of his affiliation with the organization. “A friend of mine, Paul Phillips, was

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by helping bell citizens take their city back, aleshire hopes to change the blanket impression that all city officials are pursuing their own self-interests.

filled during the general election without any unnecessary recall procedures. The remaining seats whose terms will not be up for another two years will be filled in two ways: Councilman Luis Artiga, who has already resigned, will have his seat filled by means of a special election; and the other seat will be filled through the recall and nomination process. “We are going to go for the three people up in the general election, the special election, and then the recall of the person that still has a two-year

term,” Aleshire said. “One of the things that BASTA is very concerned about is that this election is going to be so confusing because there are so many different questions on it.” Before the elections, BASTA plans to host numerous town hall meetings to inform the public of their plan of action. In the meantime, the citizenry has to manage more than three months with its current officials– a number of whom are fresh out on bail– like Mayor Oscar Hernandez, Vice Mayor Teresa Jacobo, and Councilmember George Maribal. To ensure the City maintains transparency before the elections, a case has been filed with the attorney general on behalf of BASTA. “The attorney general said in order to convince a judge of this we need declarations from people about how the city is not being transparent, and you can’t get documents, and you can’t get information,” Aleshire said. BASTA presented unacknowledged public records requests to the judge as proof. According to Aleshire, the first of the attorney general’s two lawsuits requests that the City stop spending money in certain areas, that excess compensation be returned to citizens, and that an injunction be put in place to stop illegal expenditures. A second lawsuit filed by the attorney general on behalf of BASTA requests that a monitor be installed to oversee the City’s movements. “There isn’t anybody who is coming back and doing a report on the state of the city’s finances,” Aleshire said. “The residents have a huge concern that, with all the things that have occurred, there won’t be trustworthy council there until March. How much bad can be done to the city in the next four months?” This story is the first in a series.


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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for a family living with a disability. The team of 25 realtors and Habitat crew leaders spent a day putting siding on the home and garage, doing electrical work and installing windows. On the build day, the realtors also had the opportunity to meet the new homeowner, Betty Coreas. She and her children, a 14-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, have been living in a small one-bedroom apartment. Coreas said she is looking forward to moving into a home where her children can have their own rooms and where she feels safe at night. She has worked as a humanresources and administrative assistant for more than six years, but she has not been able to relocate her children to a safer environment in which they can better thrive. “I want them to learn how valuable it is to give back and how you can make a difference in the lives of others,” said Coreas, who hopes to move her family into the home before Christmas. The South Bay Association members did not just arrive on build day– they spent the months prior to the build raising money for Habitat for Humanity. This year alone they raised in excess of $4,000, which will help to build homes for other families. Both years, the group has surpassed the $2,500 minimum contribution needed to build. Last Friday, volunteers from New Directions, Inc., a nonprofit which provides services and transitional housing for homeless veterans, helped in building the Coreas Family’s home. By participating as the building crew, they gained marketable skills while strengthening their ties to the community. The volunteers installed drywall and siding and helped paint. “We hope that this is one of many more build days for veterans with New Directions, Inc.,” said Erin Rank, president and CEO for HFH GLA. “They are providing our hardworking homeowner families with the support they need to complete their homes, and we are able to provide them with valuable construction skills training.” The Coreas Family will receive the keys to their new home during a dedication ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 18. Last Tuesday, Delta Airlines employee volunteers joined HFH GLA representatives and First District Councilmember Robert Garcia for a ceremony dedicating a home to Wendy Castillo, a St. Mary’s Hospital employee, who will reside in the

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Volunteers from New Directions, Inc., a nonprofit which provides services and transitional housing for homeless veterans, helped to build a Habitat home. Pictured from left are Isaiah Michaels, Salvador Medrano, Richard Vargas, Douglas Blevins (back), Anthony Mashburn (front), and Timothy Akens.

house with her 6-month-old baby and mother. Since HFH GLA offers hardworking families and individuals “a hand up, not a hand out,” Castillo is required to put in 200 hours of “sweat equity” putting the finishing touches on her home and volunteering at other HFH GLA sites, in addition to making a manageable down payment and paying back a zero-interest mortgage. “Habitat homeowners must work and pay their own mortgage, but the financial support and volunteer time provided by Habitat makes the dream of home ownership available to many people who might not otherwise have that opportunity,” Garcia said. During Tuesday’s ceremony, key staff members from HFH GLA and Delta were on hand to welcome the Castillos into their new home and present them with the keys. The ceremony also celebrated the hundreds of Delta employees who volunteered to build the home that Delta Airlines sponsored– making it possible for the home to be rehabilitated in just weeks. “It is amazing what can be accomplished when an organization

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Crimes reported by the LBPD November 12 to 18 Council Districts 6 (North of PCH) 7 & 8 (East of the L.A. River & North to Del Amo Blvd.) Monday, November 15 robbery 12:30pm - 2600 block of Pacific Avenue Long Beach P.D. units responded to a robbery call. Upon arrival units learned unknown suspect(s) had robbed a local medical facility. There were no injuries. burglary 3:30pm - 4500 block of Linden Avenue Long Beach P.D. units responded to a residential burglary and located two subjects matching the suspects’ descriptions. Both subjects were detained and arrested for burglary. Officers’ investigation revealed the suspects were also responsible for an additional burglary earlier in the day. Wednesday, November 17 no-Hit Shooting 4:30am - 2300 block of Lime Avenue Unknown suspect(s) fired several shots into a local residence. There were no injuries. Thursday, November 18 burglary 1:30am - 1400 block of East Willow Street Long Beach P.D. responded to a reported burglary call. Officers located and detained several suspects. As a result of their investigation, officers ar-

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TST3586 THE CITy oF SIgNAl HIll 2175 Cherry Avenue Signal Hill, California 90755 NoTICE INVITINg BIDS Sealed bids will be received at the office of the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, California, until 2:00 p.m. on november 29, 2010, and on the same day shortly thereafter, they will be publicly opened and read for the “City Hall re-roof Project, no. 642” project, in accordance with the Specifications therefore. Bids must be made on the forms provided for this purpose, addressed to the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, marked "Bid for “, followed by the title of the project and the date and hour for submitting bids. Bids are required for the entire work as described in the Bid Schedule and the Specifications.

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all work must be completed within thirty (30) working days after receipt by the Contractor of the notice to proceed from the City. the contract documents, which include the Specifications, may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill department of finance, for $20 or $25 if requested by mail. the documents are entitled “City Hall re-roof Project, no. 642.”

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Bids will not be received unless they are made on a proposal form furnished in the Contract documents by the City of Signal Hill. each bid must be accompanied by cash, certified check, cashier's check or bidder's bond, made payable to the City of Signal Hill for an amount equal to at least ten percent (10%) of the amount bid, such guarantee to be forfeited should the bidder to whom the contract is awarded fail to enter into the Contract.

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all bids are to be compared on the basis of the lump sum or itemized bid items shown in the Bid Schedule(s). Bids will not be accepted from the Contractors who are not licensed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 9, division iii of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California. the Contractor shall be required to possess a Class C-39 license at the time the contract is awarded.

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attention is directed to the provision in Section 1777.5 of the labor Code concerning the employment of apprentices by the Contractor of any subcontractor under the Contractor.

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Before a Contract is entered into with the successful bidder, the bidder shall present evidence in writing to the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, that he has a current combined single limit liability policy with aggregate limits for Bodily injury and Property damage in the amount of two million dollars ($2,000,000).

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attention is directed to government Code Sections 4590 and 14402.5 permitting the substitution of specified and approved securities for contract retention of funds. all such securities shall be subject to the review and approval of the City attorney of the City of Signal Hill.

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the successful bidder will be required to furnish a payment bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price and a faithful performance bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price, and said bonds shall be secured from a surety company satisfactory to the City attorney of the City of Signal Hill.

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the City of Signal Hill reserves the right to reject any and all bids, or delete portions of any and all bids or waive any informality or irregularity in the bid or the bid procedures and shall be the sole judge of the bids received.

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Mandatory Site visit: a mandatory pre-bid site visit is required of all prime bidders. the date and time for the required site visit has been established for november 18, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. Prompt attendance at this visit is required to be considered as a responsive bidder. no other date and time will qualify a bidder.

By order of the City of Signal Hill. Posted at Signal Hill City Hall on: november 12, 2010 Published in the Signal-tribune on: november 12 and 19, 2010


14 SignAl Tribune TST3582 notiCe of truStee’S Sale t.S. no.: 10-07169 loan no.: 7000008012 a.P.n.: 7148-007-018 you are in default under a deed of truSt dated 9/27/2006. unleSS you taKe aCtion to ProteCt your ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PuBliC Sale. if you need an exPlanation of tHe nature of tHe ProCeeding againSt you, you SHould ContaCt a laWyer. a public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a deed of trust described below. the sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the deed of trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the deed of trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. the amount may be greater on the day of sale. BenefiCiary May eleCt to Bid leSS tHan tHe total aMount due. trustor: BarBara a Miller, an unMarried WoMan and MegHan MCMaHon, a Single WoMan duly appointed trustee: atlantic & Pacific foreclosure Services, llC recorded 10/4/2006 as instrument no. 06 2210211 in book , page and rerecorded on —- as —- of official records in the office of the recorder of los angeles County, California, described as follows: as more fully described on said deed of trust. date of Sale: 12/8/2010 at 10:30 aM Place of Sale: at the west side of the los angeles County Courthouse, directly facing norwalk Blvd., 12720 norwalk Blvd., norwalk, California amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $644,846.24 (estimated) Street address or other common designation of real property: 3233 CerritoS avenue Signal Hill, Ca 90755 a.P.n.: 7148-007-018 the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. if no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this notice of Sale. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: the mortgage loan servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; and the timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or 2923.55. if the trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. if the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. the Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the Mortgagee’s attorney. if you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holder’s rights against the real property only. tHiS notiCe iS Sent for tHe PurPoSe of ColleCting a deBt. tHiS firM iS atteMPting to ColleCt a deBt on BeHalf of tHe Holder and oWner of tHe note. any inforMation oBtained By or Provided to tHiS firM or tHe Creditor Will Be uSed for tHat PurPoSe. as required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. date: 11/03/2010 atlantic & Pacific foreclosure Services, llC 1610 e. Saint andrew Pl., Suite 150f Santa ana, Ca 92705 automated Sale information: 714-730-2727 or www.lpsasap.com for non-Sale information: 888-3131969 tai alailima, Manager aSaP# 3803020 11/12/2010, 11/19/2010, 11/26/2010 TS3583 notiCe of truStee’S Sale tS no. 09-0059946 title order no. 09-8-177939 investor/insurer no. 134974906 aPn no. 7216-014-060 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 KeySHa griffin, a Single WoMan, dated 05/19/2006 and recorded 05/31/06, as instrument no. 06 1183179, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 12/10/2010 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: 1936 CHerry ave, 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 $544,213.21. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. in addition to cash, the trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’aS iS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said deed of trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the note secured by said deed of trust with interest thereon as provided in said note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. dated: 08/07/2009 reContruSt CoMPany, n.a. 1800 tapo Canyon rd., Ca6-914-01-94 SiMi valley, Ca 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale information (626) 927-4399 By:— trustee’s Sale officer reContruSt CoMPany, n.a. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. aSaP# 3805600 11/12/2010, 11/19/2010, 11/26/2010 TST3581 notiCe of truStee’S Sale tS no. 09-0050769 title order no. 09-8-154679 aPn no. 7211-026-168 you are in default under a deed of truSt, dated 01/11/2007. unleSS you taKe aCtion to ProteCt your ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PuBliC Sale. if you need an exPlanation of tHe nature of tHe ProCeeding againSt you, you SHould ContaCt a laWyer.” notice is hereby given that reContruSt CoMPany, n.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the deed of trust executed by nady HeBiSH, a Married Man aS HiS Sole & SeParate ProPerty, dated 01/11/2007 and recorded 01/18/07,

PubliC nOTiCeS as instrument no. 20070096074, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 12/10/2010 at 1:00PM, at the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, los angeles, Ca at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced deed of trust. the street address and other common designation, if any of the real property described above is purported to be: 2532 gundry ave, Signal Hill, Ca, 907553522. 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 $1,205,812.90. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. in addition to cash, the trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an “aS iS” condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said deed of trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the note secured by said deed of trust with interest thereon as provided in said note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. if required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the notice of trustee’s Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County recorder’s office. dated: 07/23/2009 reContruSt CoMPany, n.a. 1800 tapo Canyon rd., Ca6-914-01-94 SiMi valley, Ca 93063 Phone/Sale information: (800) 281 8219 By: trustee’s Sale officer reContruSt CoMPany, n.a. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. fei # 1006.118070 11/12, 11/19, 11/26/2010 TST3588 trustee Sale no. 731024Ca loan no. 5303811490 title order no. 090209533-Ca-Mai notiCe of truStee’S Sale 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 ProCeedingS againSt you, you SHould ContaCt a laWyer. on 12-10-2010 at 10:30 aM, California reConveyanCe CoMPany as the duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded 07-182006, Book , Page , instrument 06 1574569, of official records in the office of the recorder of loS angeleS County, California, executed by: eduardo e MoraleS, a Married Man aS HiS Sole and SeParate ProPerty, as trustor, Mortgage eleCtroniC regiStration SySteMS, inC.(MerS), (Solely aS noMinee for lender firSt MagnuS finanCial CorPoration, an ariZona CorPoration, and lender'S SuCCeSSorS and aSSignS.), as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the deed of trust. the sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the deed of trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. the amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: tHe front entranCe to tHe PoMona SuPerior CourtS Building, 350 W. MiSSion Boulevard, PoMona, Ca legal description: as more fully described in said deed of trust amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $1,010,181.01 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 2101 ridgevieW terraCe drive Signal Hill, Ca 90755 aPn number: 7217-029-010 the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. the property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. in compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by united States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. date: 11-052010 See attaCHed exHiBit exhibit deClaration PurSuant to California Civil Code SeCtion 2923.54 Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.54, the undersigned loan servicer declares as follows: 1. it has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.54 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; and 2. the timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or Section 2923.55. JPMorgan Chase Bank, national association name: ann thorn title: first vice President California reConveyanCe CoMPany, as trustee (714) 259-7850 or HyPerlinK "http://www.fidelityasap.com" www.fidelityasap.com (714) 573-1965 or www.priorityposting.com deborah Brignac California reConveyanCe CoMPany iS a deBt ColleCtor atteMPting to ColleCt a deBt. any inforMation oBtained Will Be uSed for tHat PurPoSe. deBoraH BrignaC, viCe PreSident 9200 oaKdale ave MailStoP n110612 CHatSWortH, Ca 91311P766797 11/19, 11/26, 12/03/2010 TST3584 notiCe of truStee’S Sale tS no. 09-0050769 title order no. 09-8-154679 aPn no. 7211-026-168 you are in default under a deed of truSt, dated 01/11/2007. unleSS you taKe aCtion to ProteCt your ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PuBliC Sale. if you need an exPlanation of tHe nature of tHe ProCeeding againSt you, you SHould ContaCt a laWyer.” notice is hereby given that reContruSt CoMPany, n.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the deed of trust executed by nady HeBiSH, a Married Man aS HiS Sole & SeParate ProPerty, dated 01/11/2007 and recorded 01/18/07, as instrument no. 20070096074, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 12/10/2010 at 1:00PM, at the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, los angeles, Ca at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced deed of trust. the street address and other common designation, if any of the real property described above is purported to be: 2532 gundry ave,

Signal Hill, Ca, 907553522. 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 $1,205,812.90. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. in addition to cash, the trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an “aS iS” condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said deed of trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the note secured by said deed of trust with interest thereon as provided in said note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. if required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the notice of trustee’s Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County recorder’s office. dated: 07/23/2009 reContruSt CoMPany, n.a. 1800 tapo Canyon rd., Ca6-914-01-94 SiMi valley, Ca 93063 Phone/Sale information: (800) 281 8219 By: trustee’s Sale officer reContruSt CoMPany, n.a. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. fei # 1006.118070 11/12, 11/19, 11/26/2010

clares as follows: [ 1 ] the mortgage loan servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; [ 2 ] the timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or 2923.55. etS Services, llC date: 10/27/2010 2255 north ontario Street, Suite 400 Burbank, California 91504-3120 Sale line: 714-730-2727 ileanna Petersen, truStee Sale offiCer aSaP# 3793399 11/05/2010, 11/12/2010, 11/19/2010

TST3576 notiCe of truStee'S Sale tS # Ca-09-322782-rt order # 090754498-Ca-dCo you are in default under a deed of truSt dated 8/1/2005. unleSS you taKe aCtion to ProteCt your ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PuBliC Sale. if you need an exPlanation of tHe nature of tHe ProCeeding againSt you, you SHould ContaCt a laWyer. a public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by 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): CHantHa KHon , a Married WoMan aS Her Sole and SeParate ProPerty recorded: 8/19/2005 as instrument no. 05 1995099 in book xxx, page xxx of official records in the office of the recorder of loS angeleS County, California; date of Sale: 11/29/2010 at 10:30 aM Place of Sale: at the West side of the los angeles County Courthouse, directly facing norwalk Blvd., 12720 norwalk Blvd., norwalk, Ca 90650 amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $882,295.87 the purported property address is: 2001 oBiSPo ave Signal Hill, Ca 90755 assessors Parcel no. 7217-016-042 the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. if no street address or other common designation is shown, please refer to the referenced legal description for property location. in the event no common address or common designation of the property is provided herein directions to the location of the property may be obtained within 10 days of the date of first publication of this notice of Sale by sending a written request to Select Portfolio Servicing, inc. 3815 S.W. temple Salt lake City ut 84115-4412 Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: [ 1 ] the mortgage loan servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; [ 2 ] the timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 . if the trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. if the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. the Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the Mortgagee's attorney. date: 11/1/2010 Quality loan Service Corp. 2141 5th avenue San diego, Ca 92101 619645-7711 for non Sale information only Sale line: 714-730-2727 or login to: www.fidelityasap.com reinstatement line: 619-645-7711 Quality loan Service, Corp. if you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holder's rights against the real property only. tHiS notiCe iS Sent for tHe PurPoSe of ColleCting a deBt. tHiS firM iS atteMPting to ColleCt a deBt on BeHalf of tHe Holder and oWner of tHe note. any inforMation oBtained By or Provided to tHiS firM or tHe Creditor Will Be uSed for tHat PurPoSe. as required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. aSaP# 3797562 11/05/2010, 11/12/2010, 11/19/2010

TST3573 / 20101537238 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: ProJeCt ClotHing, 12626 e. 213th St., lakewood, Ca 90715. registrant: Brian allan BelCHer, 12626 e. 213th St., lakewood, Ca 90715. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Brian allan Belcher. the registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on october 27, 2010. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. 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). Pub. the Signal tribune: october 29, & november 5, 12, 19, 2010.

TST3575 notiCe of truStee'S Sale t.S. no. gM-246164-C investor no. 9876489 loan no. 7439120635 you are in default under a deed of truSt dated 3/10/2005. unleSS you taKe aCtion to ProteCt your ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PuBliC Sale. if you need an exPlanation of tHe nature of tHe ProCeeding againSt you, you SHould ContaCt a laWyer. a public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by the duly appointed trustee. the sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said deed of trust. the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. truStor:CHarleS Santo CHinniCi, a Single Man recorded 3/16/2005 as instrument no. 05 0600901 in Book , page of official records in the office of the recorder of los angeles County, California, date of Sale:11/29/2010 at 10:30 aM Place of Sale: at the west side of the los angeles County Courthouse, directly facing norwalk Blvd., 12720 norwalk Blvd., norwalk, California Property address is purported to be: 2575 eaSt 19tH Street #28 Signal Hill, California 90755 aPn #: 7216-019-068 the total amount secured by said instrument as of the time of initial publication of this notice is $268,887.00, which includes the total amount of the unpaid balance (including accrued and unpaid interest) and reasonable estimated costs, expenses, and advances at the time of initial publication of this notice. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, de-

TST3572 / 20101479530 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following persons are doing business as: fruit BatS and CatfiSH, 1835 e. florida St., long Beach, Ca 90802. registrant: 1. MiCHael Cole, 1835 e. florida ave., long Beach, Ca 90802, 2. guStavo Caldron, 9 Barrington, aliso viejo, Ca 92656. this business is conducted by: a general Partnership. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Michael Cole. the registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. date started business was September 1, 2010. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on october 15, 2010. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. 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). Pub. the Signal tribune: october 29, & november 5, 12, 19, 2010.

TST3574 / 20101537239 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following persons are doing business as: aalaS diStriCt 8 2012, 6475 e. Pacific Coast Hwy. #323, long Beach, Ca 90803. registrant: 1. deniSe BreaZeal, 25924 Sandalia drive, valencia, Ca 91355, 2. elliot SCHWed, 1817 Knoxville ave., long Beach, Ca 90815. this business is conducted by: an unincorporated association other than a Partnership. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: elliot Schwed. the registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on october 27, 2010. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. 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). Pub. the Signal tribune: october 29, & november 5, 12, 19, 2010. TST3577 / 20101577553 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: JariMetia.CoM, 4067 Hardwick St. #290, lakewood, Ca 90712. registrant: MarK del rey, 480 e. Platt St., long Beach, Ca 90805. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Mark del rey. the registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on november 3, 2010. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. 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). Pub. the Signal tribune: november 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010. TST3580 / 20101464015 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: Bed BuddieZ, 809 e. 59th St., long Beach, Ca 908905. registrant: roBert ly, 809 e. 59th St., long Beach, Ca 90805. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: robert ly. the registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. date started business was october 13, 2010. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on october 13, 2010. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. 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). Pub. the Signal tribune: november 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010. TST3587 / 20101621086 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 1. gallery exPo, 2. angel HouSe garden gateS, 3. dMf landSCaPing, 4. ovC, 4321 atlantic ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: orr viSual CoMMuniCationS, inC., 3758 olive ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. this business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: douglas C. orr, President. the registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. date started business was July 23, 2010. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on november 10, 2010. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. 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). Pub. the Signal tribune: november 12, 19, 26, & december 3, 2010. TST3590 / 20101656066 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: long BeaCH Boot CaMP, 4645 e. anaheim St., Suite a, long Beach, Ca 90804. registrant: fitneSS tHrougH Motion, inC., 716 Havana ave., long Beach, Ca 90804. this business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Shannon Paul, Ceo. the registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names

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listed herein. date started business was September, 2005. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on november 17, 2010. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. 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). Pub. the Signal tribune: november 19, 26, & december 3, 10, 2010. TST3591 / 20101656067 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following persons are doing business as: dare you Say it, 3749 elm ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: 1. Barry dean BaSiliere, 2. Sally ann BaSiliere, 3749 elm ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. this business is conducted by: a Husband and Wife. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Barry d. Basiliere. the registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. date started business was february, 2005. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on november 17, 2010. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. 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). Pub. the Signal tribune: november 19, 26, & december 3, 10, 2010.


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