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Preschool’s walls come alive!... LB goes RED for with drought-resistant plants World AIDS Day More than 150 Long Beach community members gathered at the Terrace Theater fountains on Dec. 1 to watch several downtown Long Beach structures be illuminated in red in honor of World AIDS Day. Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster initiated the illumination of some of downtown Long Beach’s most notable architectural structures, including the Queen Mary, Terrace Theater fountains, the Convention Center, Hyatt Hotel, Gazebo/Bird Cage, the LED wall tree at the Renaissance, Shoreline Square, Promenade, Pike water fountain, THUMS Islands, Sky Room, and The Madison Restaurant.

“Turning downtown Long Beach red on World AIDS Day is a striking visual reminder that we all need to support the fight against AIDS,” said Foster. “I’m proud to see so many Long Beach community members standing together at our inaugural Long Beach RED rally.” Dr. Audra Deveikis, Long Beach Memorial Center’s director of Pediatric Family HIV Center, spoke about the current status of the fight against AIDS and encouraged rally attendees to support efforts such as Long Beach RED, which was a joint effort between Foster, the Downtown Long see red page 5

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Little Owl Preschool’s exterior walls serve as vertical gardens with elaborate living plant arrangements that are drought-tolerant. Julian Rothen Editorial Intern

Along Linden Avenue near Wardlow Road, there is a particular structure that is not likely to be missed. In

addition to its contemporary architecture, the building features a roof garden and walls that are completely covered with various plant life. These walls belong to the Little Owl Preschool, which was opened

last July to educate children between 2 and 5 years. Meg Beatrice, the building’s architect, explains that the idea for such a unique space came see garden page 9

Candidates gearing up for Signal Hill’s next election Nick Diamantides Staff Writer

Signal Hill’s next municipal election is less than three months away, and the deadline to file as a candidate was Dec. 3. Incumbent Councilmembers Larry Forester and Tina Hansen are running for reelection and facing only one challenger– Matt Simmons. Incumbent City Clerk Kathee Pacheco and incumbent City Treasurer Emerson Fersch are running for reelection unopposed. Pacheco explained that, in order to run for public office in the city, a person must be a resident of Signal Hill and obtain at least 20 valid signatures of registered Signal Hill voters on a nominating petition. She added that candidates must pay a minimum fee of $25 to have their name appear on the ballot but that a candidate’s statement and photograph would require an additional charge. Pacheco was first elected as Signal Hill City Clerk in April 1993 and is now seeking her fourth term in office. “Personally, I have enjoyed serving the residents of Signal

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Hill as the City Clerk, and I look forward to another four years of service,” she said. Fersch, who was first elected in 2003, is seeking his third term in office. “I have been serving in this capacity for eight years now, and I feel that I have added value to the position,” he said. “And it’s a way for me to serve the community that I live in. We have a very see candidates page 5

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Long Beach was one of more than 30 cities in the US that lighted their most distinctive landmarks in red, to highlight the attainable goal of ending motherto-child transmission of HIV by 2015 and creating the first generation of babies born HIV-free in 30 years.


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As Bell councilmember holds onto his job, residents await appointment of city monitor Steven Piper Staff Writer

Turmoil over the City of Bell’s leadership continues as the interim city administrator of that city, Pedro Carillo, overcame a city council effort to fire him last week. Councilmember Lorenzo Velez, the only representative who had not been earning an inordinately high salary, suggested the dismissal of Carillo because of his close ties with Robert Rizzo, the former city man-

ager whose salary was over $800,000. Had Carillo stepped down, leadership would have been passed to Mayor Oscar Hernandez, one of the eight corrupt officials who were arrested Sept. 21 after a grand-jury investigation revealed that officials were being paid exorbitant salaries. In the meantime, reports have indicated that the City will not receive a court-ordered monitor, which was requested in a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General’s

Office. Apparently, Superior Court Judge Robert H. O’Brien ruled in a five-page document issued last Monday that installing a state administrator would set a precedent and therefore more clarification is needed as to the role and duties of such a position. The monitor was to be selected from a pool of six candidates, three of whom were to be selected by the City and three chosen by the Attorney General’s Office. “Each side see bell page 6

Tempers flare at SH Council meeting about view impact caused by trees on streets, in parks Staff Writer

The December 7 Signal Hill City Council meeting took place in a packed Council Chamber. Many residents attended Monday night to express their concerns about how the City is managing its street trees and park trees. The discussion lasted more than two hours. Tempers flared and two residents stormed out of the meeting, but when it was over, the Council voted unanimously to approve a staff recommendation to consider the removal of four trees on Dawson Avenue. The discussion revolved around residents’ requests to have the City remove view-blocking trees along Dawson Avenue and in Hilltop Park. Although the requests date back to February 1999, the Monday night discussion focused primarily on an August 30, 2009 petition signed by resident Sanford Simmons and several other residents. The petition asked the City to remove and replace all the trees on both sides of the 2200 block of Dawson Avenue and many of the trees in Hilltop Park. “This request is unprecedented, since it involves the removal of dozens of public trees to enhance private views,” said City Manger Ken Farfsing. In a more recent letter (dated December 5, 2010 and signed by 13 residents), Simmons noted that the trees on both sides of Dawson Avenue and in Hilltop Park (with the exception of the park’s palm trees) were planted to block the view of what was once an undeveloped, blighted area. Simmons stressed that the area is now developed with attractive homes and is no longer blighted, therefore it does not need to

be hidden from view. He added that the homeowners on Dawson Avenue purchased their houses there primarily for the panoramic views that once existed and they were not given adequate notice that one day trees would grow to block their views. In his approximately 15-minute presentation to the Council, Farfsing outlined the last 20 years of the hilltop development. He explained that during that time the City has required developers to enter into Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) that outline the rights and responsibilities of the property owners. “These CC&Rs also provide specific rights to the City of Signal Hill,” Farfsing said. “It is noteworthy that the CC&Rs for (the tracts that include the 2200 block of Dawson) expressly state that the City makes no claim, warranty or guarantee that the views from any residence will be preserved from the surrounding areas.” Farfsing noted that in the August 2009 petition, the Signal Hill Parks and Recreation Commission and the Public Works department worked together to formulate a comprehensive policy to address the removal and replacement of street trees. “The Council adopted the policy with revisions on November 6, 2010,” Farfsing said. “Staff is currently working with the city attorney on finalizing the revisions requested by the City Council.” Farfsing outlined some of the provisions of the street policy, explaining that it is designed to ensure the health of trees and prevent invasive tree roots

from damaging sidewalks, streets and underground utilities and infrastructure. He added that the policy contains no language pertaining to how trees may impact views. After Farfsing’s presentation, 11 people took the microphone. Seven of them spoke in favor of removing and replacing all the trees on the 2200 block of Dawson and some of the Hilltop Park trees. Four of the speakers opposed any tree removal. In addition, Mayor Edward Wilson read a letter written by Long Beach resident Gabrielle Weeks, who is chair of the local chapter of the Sierra Club. Weeks strongly exhorted the Council to not remove any mature trees from city streets and parks. Those who spoke in favor of removing and replacing the trees focused primarily on the fact that the main reason they had purchased their homes was to enjoy the panoramic views that once existed. “We want our views back– that’s all,” Simmons said. He noted that when he purchased his home, it cost much more than nearby attached townhouses, but now those same townhouses are worth $200,000 more than his home, because they still have a view, but tall trees are blocking the view from his home. Lorraine Gilbert disagreed with Simmons’s conclusion. “I think there are issues more important than (view) issues,” she said. “Number one is air quality.” She explained that mature trees do much to mitigate air pollution. see council page 19

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gift items. WHo Hosted by the Los Cerritos PTA WHeN Friday, December 10th from 2:35pm to 5:30pm WHeRe Los Cerritos Elementary School, 515 W. San Antonio Dr.

WHY It is a wonderful way for the whole family to spend time together creating lovely (and inexpensive) handmade items for their friends and loved ones. A handmade gift from the heart is a meaningful way for the children to express themselves. ‘TIS THE SEASON WHAT Rancho Los Alamitos’s holiday open house WHo Hosted by Rancho Los Alamitos WHeN Friday, Dec. 10 from 4pm to 7pm WHeRe 6400 Bixby Hill Rd. WHY To get into the holiday spirit and enjoy the yuletide sparkle of the ranch house, the trimmed tree, mantles and hearths festooned with greens, complimentary holiday treats and strolling carolers. mORE InFO $5 donation suggested. Free on-site parking available. Reservations required. Call (562) 431-3541 or visit rancholosalamitos.com. STROLL THROUGH THE WONDERFUL WETLANDS WHAT Fall Walk and Nature/Bird Walk WHo Hosted by Los Cerritos Wetlands WHeN Saturday, Dec. 11 at 8am WHeRe Gum Grove Park, off Pacific Coast Highway at the border of Seal Beach and Long Beach. Meet at the Avalon Street entrance. mORE InFO Take a relaxing walk and see birds, butterflies, spiders, native ground squirrels, hawks, turkey vultures, Canada geese, egrets, herons, and migrating fall warblers. Ponds from recent rains are visible on the Hellman property, which the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority is in the process of purchasing. Join as the walk leaders share their knowledge and passion for the wildlife of the wetlands. Contact eldoradoaudubon@yahoo.com. NOT JUST COOKIES AND MILK WHAT Lunch With Santa WHo Dine with Santa Claus and enjoy music performed by the Wilson High School Choir WHeN Saturday, Dec. 11 from noon to 2pm WHERE Signal Hill Park Community Center, 1780 E. Hill St. mORE InFO Tickets include a meal, craft for children, entertainment by the Wilson High School Choir, and story time with Santa. Price for residents is $13 for children 13 and under and $8 for adults; price for non-residents is $18 for children 13 and under and $14 for adults. Breakfast sold out, but lunch is still available. Call (562) 989-7330. A NOVEL DISCUSSION WHAT Los Altos Neighborhood Library Book Group’s discussion of A Red-

bird Christmas by Fannie Flagg WHo Los Altos Neighborhood Library Book Group WHeN Saturday, Dec. 11 at 10am WHERE 5614 E. Britton Dr. WHY Spend the holiday season with Oswald T. Campbell in the warm and welcoming town of Lost River, and discuss the book with others. mORE InFO New members are always welcome to attend the discussions. Call (562) 570-1045 or email cliff.phillips@lbpl.org. REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED HOLIDAY PARTY WHAT Annual Holiday Brunch and Officer Installation for 2011 WHo The Long Beach Republican Women Federated WHEn Saturday, Dec. 11 at 10am WHERE At a waterfront home in Belmont Shore (call for details) mORE InFO Joy Bliss, President-Elect for LA County Federation of Republican Women, will be the Speaker and Installing Officer. Guests are welcome. Call (562) 439-9390 or email dkla1@verizon.net. IT’S CHRISTMASTIME IN THE CITY WHAT Bixby Knolls Holiday Bazaar, a neighborhood shopping event WHo Hosted by the BKBIA; all are welcome to attend WHEn Sunday, Dec. 12 from 10am to 2:30pm WHERE The Expo building, 4321 Atlantic Ave. WHY To benefit the local economy and spread good cheer mORE InFO shopbixbyknolls.com MUSIC IN THE AIR WHAT Bethany Lutheran Church’s 41st Annual Christmas choir concert Rejoice and Be Merry! WHo Hosted by Bethany Lutheran Church, with music under the direction of Dr. Carol R.S. McDaniel, minister of music WHeN Sunday, Dec. 12 at 1:30pm, 4pm and 7pm WHERE 4644 Clark Ave. mORE InFO The musical presentation will include handbell choirs, a 75voice adult choir, children-through-high-school choirs, a festival orchestra, organ and piano. This year’s concert will feature portions of Vivaldi’s Gloria, as well as many other Christmas favorites. There is no admission charge. A free-will offering will be accepted. Free parking available. Call (562) 4214711 or visit bethanylutheran.org. PARTY LIKE IT’S 1959 WHAT A night of festivity, fun, frolic, food and fifties-vibe WHo Hosted by Grand Prix Committee of 300 & the Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB) WHeN Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm WHERE Frisco’s Carhop Bar & Grill, 4750 Los Coyotes Ave. mORE InFO Entertainment will include food, dancing, opportunity drawings for prizes, Santa Claus, a silent auction, and more. Tickets are $20 at the door ($15 for kids under 12). Ticket proceeds will be donated to the HSLB. Attendees are encouraged to wear 1950s-style clothing, such as poodle skirts, sweater sets, cuffed jeans, ponytails, ducktails and pompadours or favorite holiday attire. All ages are welcome.


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Owning a camera no more makes me a photographer than having a lawnmower qualifies me as a landscape artist. Although we love running photos in the paper, we don’t always have the very best quality, and I don’t think it’s the camera’s fault– I’m sure it’s the one snapping the pictures– usually me. If you’ve noticed that our pictures have been especially crisp and well framed lately, it is because we have been blessed with an intern from Switzerland whose hobby is photography. The young man, Julian Rothen, was brought to us through Nina Vafaie of Embassy CES Los Angeles in Long Beach– a private English-language school. Nina contacted me back in October, asking if I would be willing to take on an intern who was in this country learning English as a second language with CES. She assured me that Julian was, in her words, “a charming, English-proficient young person seeking a chance to be immersed in an American business environment.” The commitment was for seven to eight weeks with the understanding that we (the staff at the Signal Tribune) would do our best to indeed teach him about the typical workplace in America. I don’t know if you

would call us “typical,” but I was especially anxious to meet him since Nina told me he had an interest in journalism and photography. It sounded like a perfect fit. After meeting Julian and introducing him to the rest of the people in the office, it was clear that he was going to be an asset to us. After spending nearly two months with Julian, we hate to say goodbye, but he is heading back to Switzerland tomorrow. He has brought us laughter and joy and a work ethic that is hard to match. We have enjoyed watching him marvel at people, places, things, words, and just the basic madness that goes on around here. He learned to love sushi, Flame Broiler rice bowls, and Subway sandwiches, and he even had a chance to visit Las Vegas, where he won quite a bit of cash. Workwise, he created some fabulous photos for us to run, and he wrote two great pieces– one on a local fashion show and another about a beautiful building that houses the Little Owl School– see the front page of this issue. We’ve been lucky to have him. As he flies back to his country and heads home to his village of 600 residents, I hope he will think of us often. I know we will NEVER forget him.

I write this having just visited Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. I hope you agree with me that, during this holiday season, Long Beach should honor the women and men who gave their lives in service to our country. On Dec. 11, thousands of Christmas wreaths will be placed on the graves of the women and men who gave their lives in service of our country at Arlington and at 450 other locations across the US. The wreath-laying ceremony is a project of Wreaths Across America. I am proud to tell you that for the very first time in Long Beach, we will be participating in those ceremonies by laying Christmas wreaths in honor of those women and men who gave their lives in service to our country at the Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center military memorial [at the park site at Conant Street and Clark Avenue]. Do you have a family member or friend you want to have remembered during the ceremonies on Dec. 11? I ask that you [visit schipskedistrict5journal.com and go to “click here”] to let me know if you have someone you wish remembered during the ceremony. Also please let me know if you will attend the ceremonies. The ceremonies will include a dedication of the wonderful enhancements to the Rosie the Riveter Park, such as our walking path with etched history, compass rose and historical signs. Thanks to the Long Beach Naval Heritage Association, Supervisor Don Knabe, Wal-Mart and many others, Rosie the Riveter Park is the first of its kind in Long Beach and only the second of its kind in the United States. I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you at the ceremonies this coming Saturday, Dec. 11 at 10am.

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views on views I am writing to the citizens of Signal Hill in apology for losing proper decorum at [Tuesday] night’s Council meeting. A resident of the Hill chose, during open public comment on item 8.a. (“View-blocking trees”) to criticize me for a past “conversation” with his family and a neighbor on the subject and my walking visit to their neighborhood. I was asked to recuse myself on the item. I did not. This “conversation” occurred in September and referenced a Sept. 15 email to the neighborhood by a family member. The email was, and still is, very upsetting to me. It derogatively referenced a city employee, who I have the highest respect for and admiration of. I will defend this employee or any employee of the City who is “libeled” in this way.

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Sweet charity? Or bamboozlement of the generous? By Madeline Bernstein, President Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Los Angeles As we again come upon the busiest fundraising season of the year, I again urge you to know your charity and donate locally. We are a generous and empathetic people who react with our hearts when seeing the ravages of an earthquake on the news, or expensive television ads of forlorn children and injured animals. We respond with our purses when celebrities beg for donations and plead with viewers to join them in giving. I do too, but I worry about how often we can be disappointed and develop charity fatigue. I fear for those who still need the help after the compassionate tire of giving. It has been reported in the New York Post that Bono, of the rock band U2, has channeled only one percent of his charity’s 15 million dollars to actual causes. It is constantly discussed that the billions of dollars in aid raised for Haiti has yet to find its way to those who are still suffering almost one year

after an earthquake. Linda Polman, in a book entitled The Crisis Caravan: What’s Wrong with Humanitarian Aid?, laments that needed aid may not reach its intended destination, and, if it does, may land in the wrong hands, embezzled and/or make matters worse! And finally, in our business, there are those who still believe that donating to aspca and hsus helps your spcaLA or any other spca or human society. They are neither umbrella organizations, nor connected legally to any other similarly named organization. My issue is not that people shouldn’t donate to these organizations but that they should intend to do so rather than doing so in error and assuming that they are something that they are not. (Both aspca and hsus have been asked to put meaningful disclosures on their commercials and other advertising mate-

rials. Both have refused.) The combination of generosity, disaster, and fame can add up to a veritable “candy store” for the unprincipled, greedy and the opportunistic, as nonexistent charities put up websites to solicit funds, as the well-intended start their own charities but run them poorly, and as existing charities spend their funds on public relations, television spots and the appearance of helping rather than actually serving the needy. I am truly terrified that those who can give will stop, believing that they are not making a difference or that they have been bamboozled. What will happen to your spcaLA and to those vulnerable populations that desperately need a helping hand and a voice? Rather than souring on giving, research the situation, ask questions and make sure your gift is going to whom and where you so intend. Consider donating to an existing legitimate

local organization that you can visit, talk to, and just see in action. Frequently, your local charity may be providing international relief as well or is affiliated with one who is.  Giving locally also helps to strengthen the community in which you live. It is especially true in these horrid economic times where the philanthropic entities are filling gaps left by the government and the for-profit sector. If the reputable local nonprofits fail, there will be no relief. Additionally, bolstering the local charities boosts the local economy, provides jobs, resources and allows the community to thrive. Stronger communities result in stronger cities, states and countries. Our ability to help others improves with our own increased strength and solvency. Charity begins at home. It is only when we stand strong that we can lift another.


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Two-year-old boy rescued from second floor of burning building Just before 1:30am on Tuesday, the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) responded to a two-story apartment fire in North Long Beach on the 2600 block of E. 55th Way. When Engine 11 arrived on scene, firefighters saw that the upstairs unit of the apartment was heavily involved with fire and smoke. Crewmembers were then told by people outside that there was a 2-yearold boy still inside an upstairs room. Two firefighters immediately went inside the burning building upstairs with their charged hose and began an aggressive attack of the fire while conducting a search for the boy.

The first firefighter headed towards the closest room when he unexpectedly fell through the floor from the weakened support member. He was able to catch himself with his arms before he fell completely through to the first floor below. After pulling himself out of the hole, he continued his search, finding the child shortly thereafter, while the other firefighter combated the fire. He immediately picked up the boy, who was in cardiac arrest, and ran out to the paramedic rescue, where they began quick treatment and transport to the hospital. Paramedics were able to resuscitate the child so that he was again

breathing on his own. The boy is listed in “critical but stable” condition and has been showing signs of improvement. The rescuing firefighter sustained minor injuries, and he was treated on scene and released. The cause of the fire has been determined by fire investigators to have been a malfunctioning electrical exhaust fan located above the stove in the kitchen. The accumulation of high heat over many hours caused a deep-seated fire in the ceiling void between the first and second floor that spread throughout the

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The accumulation of high heat over many hours caused a deep-seated fire in the ceiling void between the first and second story which weakened support members in the floor that eventually collapsed under a firefighter’s weight.

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unique investment portfolio, and I am very proud of it.” Forester, who is now serving as vice mayor, was appointed to the City Council in 1998 to replace thenCouncilmember Gerard Goedhart, who resigned midterm because he had moved out of the city. Forester was then elected in 1999, 2003 and again in 2007. “I am completing my third term on the Council and am running for a fourth term on March 1,” he said. “I have spent 12 years watching the city grow and develop. It is going through tough financial times right now, and I want to help guide it through these times and see some other projects, like our new library, move forward.” Forester said that he believes this is not a good time to bring a newcomer to the Council. “I understand the City, its finances, its means and lack of means,” he said. “During this critical financial period that our entire country is going through, I feel that somebody with my history in the City is needed to continue the operation. To bring somebody new in at this time would not be effective for the City.”

Hansen, who is seeking her fourth term in office, also explained why she is running for reelection. “I feel grateful to represent a city of such diversity,” she said. “I am excited about all of the changes that have taken place during my time on the Council and the fact that we have housing for all income levels, parks, trails, public art, infrastructure maintenance and a strong business presence, as well as being fiscally conservative.” Hansen added that she wants to continue serving the community to accomplish even more, such as the funding and development of a new library. She agreed with Forester that the residents of Signal Hill need experienced leaders to help the City move through ongoing fiscal challenges that will exist for the foreseeable future. Simmons said he believes there is a growing unrest in the city and that many people feel that City Hall is not responsive to their needs and concerns. “I want to provide everybody in Signal Hill with a voice,” he said, explaining that he has already put effort into doing so by starting a blog called signalhillvoice.com. Simmons acknowledged that in many respects the members of the current City Council have done well in running the city. “But I think they

Beach Associates (DLBA) and the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “To have the ability and partnerships in place to turn downtown Long Beach red for the evening in recognition of World AIDS Day is exemplary and indicative of the partnerships needed on so many levels to fight and eradicate this disease,” said Steve Goodling, President & CEO of the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This is a great opportunity to raise awareness, not only for an important cause, but for local organizations that are making a difference every day in our community in the could do a better job,” he said. “A lot of people that I talk to feel that the City lets some issues drag on and on and does nothing to resolve those issues. If you look at the last election for City Council, in this city of more than 10,000 people, only a few hundred people voted.” He insisted that the voter apathy is due to a sense that, no matter who is elected, the local government will never be responsive to the needs of the people. “My goal is to get more residents involved in the City,” Simmons said. Pacheco also expressed concern over the apparent apathy among Signal Hill residents. “I want to encourage everyone who is not registered to vote to do so prior to February 14,” she said. “And I want everyone to remember to go out and vote on March 1.” Pacheco noted that municipal elections held when there are no national or statewide elections usually have a very low voter participation. “Sometimes our local elections do not have a good turnout,” she said. “I would really like to see more people exercising the privilege of being able to vote.” Pacheco said the City has budgeted $20,000 for the March 1, 2011 election.

upstairs. This also created weakened support members that were hidden in the floor and eventually collapsed under the firefighter’s weight. There were reports from neighbors that an audible smoke alarm could be heard earlier around 8:30pm but the fire department was not notified until much later. There was a total of 15 fire department apparatuses involved, including LA County Engine 45 on scene with 34 personnel. ß Courtesy LBFD

Fire investigators have determined that a malfunctioning electrical exhaust fan in the kitchen was the cause of the fire.

fight against HIV/AIDS,” said DLBA President and Chief Executive Officer Kraig Kojian. Nineteen downtown Long Beach restaurants donated a portion of that night’s dinner proceeds to four nonprofit organizations that focus on AIDS-related care and education in Long Beach: the Long Beach AIDS Foundation, Wells House Hospice Foundation, The Center’s HIV Counseling and Testing Program, and Long Beach C.A.R.E. Program. Since its launch in 2006, RED partners and events have generated more than $150 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, supporting HIV and AIDS programs in Africa that have reached more than 5 million people with testing, counseling, medication and serv-

ices. Long Beach was one of more than 30 cities in the United States that lighted their most distinctive landmarks in red, joining New york, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle and others. The lightings highlighted the attainable goal of ending mother-tochild transmission of HIV by 2015, creating the first generation of babies born HIV-free in 30 years. Despite the fact that HIV/AIDS is preventable and treatable, UNAIDS statistics published recently estimate 370,000 children are infected with the disease, down from 430,000 in 2008. About 90 percent of these babies are born in sub-Saharan Africa. --------------------------------------MORE INFORMATION joinred.com

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Crimes reported by the LBPD November 19 to December 7 Council Districts 6 (North of PCH) 7 & 8 (East of the L.A. River & North to Del Amo Blvd.) Saturday, November 20 Felony Suspect Arrested 10:30pm Pacific Avenue and PCH Patrol officers were dispatched to a street robbery that had just occurred. When officers arrived, they canvassed the area, located two suspects and safely took them into custody.

WRD receives Environmental Award for its Eco gardener Program The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) has been awarded the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Theodore Roosevelt Environmental Award for Excellence in Natural Resource Management for its Eco Gardener Program. The award was established by ACWA in 1993 to recognize resources-management programs that benefit the environment while meeting public needs. It recognizes significant agency commitment to “the wise use of natural resources; innovative and imaginative methods of enhancing or protecting the environment; and programs that achieve conservation goals in natural resources management in a financially efficient manner.” Recognized at the 2010 ACWA Fall Conference Tuesday, the WRD

Sunday, November 21 Burglary 3am.- 2000 block of Redondo Avenue A local business was burglarized during the night by unidentified suspects.

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Wednesday, December 1 Robbery 2am - 1800 block of Pine Avenue Two unknown male suspects robbed an adult female victim at gunpoint. The suspects fled with the victim's property. There were no reported injuries.

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Tuesday, December 7 Felony Suspect Arrested 6pm - 4500 block of Atlantic Avenue Long Beach Police Department robbery detail identified a suspect in connection with the December 1, 2010 robbery of a local area Vons grocery store. Detectives released a criminal information bulletin regarding the suspect's identity. The suspect was observed on the city streets and arrested without incident.

Board of Directors was on hand to receive the award. Highlighting its signature Eco Gardener Program, WRD’s booth showcased various drought-tolerant and native plants that are currently used at the District’s eco-friendly demonstration garden at WRD headquarters. The Eco Gardener Program enhances the importance of water conservation and stewardship by educating the public about simple ways to save water and contribute to a more reliable water supply now and into the future. The Eco Gardener Program will further resonate as water rates increase, making it even more attractive for consumers to plant less water intensive landscaping, thereby increasing the demand for knowledgeable landscapers. “The goal of the Eco Gardener Program is to conserve water

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Wednesday, November 24 Felony Suspects Arrested 7am - Garfield Street / Rosecrans Avenue Long Beach patrol units responded to a burglary in progress and engaged in a vehicle pursuit of a suspect vehicle fleeing the scene of a local business. The pursuit traveled from the city of Long Beach and into the city of Paramount where the pursuit terminated. The suspect was taken into custody.

Monday, December 6 undetermined Death 9am- 2100 block of Elm Avenue Long Beach Police Department responded to a local residence finding a child non-responsive. The child was pronounced dead a short time later. Due to the unknown circumstances of the child's death, homicide detectives and Los Angeles County coroner investigators responded to the scene and have begun an investigation.

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would have three selections, and they would discuss them together and pick one,” said Jim Finefrock, director of communications for the Attorney General’s Office. (The City was unresponsive to the Signal Tribune’s phone calls inquiring about its candidate choices.) The Attorney General’s Office selected its three potentials and refused to disclose who they are and how they were chosen. “In the court documents, there are not any specific requirements,” Finefrock said. In the meantime, the City had not selected its candidates and missed numerous deadlines to submit those names. Meanwhile, Signal Hill City Attorney Dave Aleshire has continued to work pro bono for BASTA, a grassroots citizens group advocating for the recall of the corrupt officials. “BASTA is setting up a process for people who are interested in being candidates for offices so they can seek endorsement,” Aleshire said. While residents can run for open

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council seats, they could not, however, run for the monitor position. The attorney general and the City had exclusive control over the monitor selection process. BASTA representative Christina Garcia said the group tried to make its voice heard. “We asked for someone who is bilingual and not a politician,” said Garcia. “We made those requests, but that does not mean they will be met.” The City’s population is reported to be 90-percent Latino or Hispanic. Before the judge’s ruling, Signal Hill City Manager Ken Farfsing said the appointment of a monitor was stalled because the process is a new one for the City of Bell. “I think the judge is struggling with that whole idea because it would set a precedent,” Farfsing said. In other words, a municipality has never hosted a state-appointed administrator. Monitors, however, have been utilized in school districts. “The monitor comes in and runs the school district until the district can get up and on its feet,” Farfsing said. “The only example we have is

school districts in our area, like Compton Unified School District.” In 1993, Compton Unified School District (CUSD) became the nation’s first school district under state receivership for academic and financial bankruptcy. According to the California Department of Education, the state loaned CUSD $20 million and installed a state administrator– responsible for returning the district to a financially and academically functional condition, which did not occur until 2003. Receivership, however, has typically been reserved for debtors declaring bankruptcy. Even in the bankruptcy scenario, a California city has never received a state administrator to oversee its affairs. “In the case of bankruptcy, the city manager and judge are put entirely in control, which occurred in the City of Vallejo,” Farfsing said. “Bell has not declared bankruptcy.” ß

Allstate warns of California’s most accident-ridden day More Californians crash their cars on December 15 than any other day of the year, according to an Allstate Insurance Company review of its California auto insurance claims over the past four years. The number of accident claims on December 15 jumps 23 percent compared to the daily average during the rest of the year. “This spike in accidents could be related to weather, holiday shopping,

travel or other distractions,” says Brenda Soto Bryan, Allstate agency owner in Long Beach. “What's important for drivers is that on December 15, as well as every day of the year, we must stay focused while at the wheel, whether on the highway or in the driveway.” Crunching the numbers on its California car accident claims, Allstate found that the daily average number

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Local Spanish classes take advantage of young students’ propensity to learn another language easily Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern

With greater frequency in the everexpanding global marketplace, the knowledge of a second language grants an edge to applicants seeking employment or higher education. Knowing a language in addition to English increases an individual’s versatility in the workplace and provides college applications with flair. The Long Beach Unified School District currently offers Spanish at many of its middle schools and French, German, Japanese, and Chinese, along with Spanish, at the highschool level. Michelle Huynh, a third-year student at the University of Southern California, took Spanish at both Hughes Middle School and Long Beach Polytechnic High School, finishing her senior year at an Advanced Placement (AP) level. “I wholeheartedly endorse learning new languages because not only is the skill practical in our progressively globalized world, it promotes an appreciation of other’s language and culture,” she said, alluding to her instructors’ strategies of imbuing the culture and tradition in the courses as opposed to strictly relying

on textbooks, handouts, and pure memorization. Sergio Piña, a second-grade teacher at Addams Elementary, echoes Huynh’s sentiments on the proper way to learn a foreign language. “Teachers need to integrate the arts and culture through a lot of hands-on activities and visuals,” he said. “There has to be a balance between interaction and reading. It also helps kinesthetic learners.” Piña spent his early childhood living in the United States and then moved to Mexico for two years before returning to the States. He admits that he had forgotten how to speak English during his time in Mexico and he had to repeat a grade level he had previously completed in this country. “I had to go to special English Language Development (ELD) sessions after school,” he said, adding that it didn’t take him too long to re-familiarize himself with the language. Helping to prepare children here for a more bilingual world in the future, Lakewood resident Amy Berger recently initiated weekly Spanish conversation classes for students at elementary and middle-school levels. “I recalled how valuable my own Spanish skills have been to my profes-

sional career and wanted my child to get a head start,” said Berger, who believes that knowing a second language will help her daughter and other children pave their ways to success. Berger’s background with the language includes a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from University of California, Berkeley, and a graduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her co-instructors have degrees from California State University, Long Beach, and the Instituto Technologico de Sonora in Mexico. Berger prides herself in involving music and art projects in her lessons. With her classes ongoing through 2011, her next project is a Spanish Conversation Winter Camp from Dec. 20 to Dec. 23 in Lakewood, which will feature holiday-oriented vocabulary lessons, as well as cultural art projects and music from Central and South America. Learning other languages may help students to embrace other cultures and familiarize themselves with lifestyles other than “the American Way.” “I think that learning a new language is essential to understanding that culture. you can derive so much from a culture if you look closely at the nuances and

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Ashley Graham, Alexis Graham, William Graham, Josiah Manzanares, Liz Russi, Zoe Berger, Janna Manzanares and Asia Knight during an after-school Spanish clas

subtleties of the language,” Huynh said. “For example, in Vietnamese, you always refer to someone else in terms of their relation to you. you would refer to an older male as your older brother– it reflects a sense of hierarchy and commitment to one’s role.” An immigrant born in Saigon, Vietnam, Huynh learned Vietnamese first, then English, which necessitated her balancing Vietnamese and American ways of life. She took on Spanish several years later. Having learned a second language

Assemblymember who introduced diesel-emissions bill visits SH dealer’s smog-check station Smog checks on diesel vehicles are helping make California cleaner from air pollutants, according to Assemblymember Tony Mendoza (D-Norwalk.) “Exhaust from diesel vehicles contains a toxic mixture of gases that are very harmful to one’s health,” Mendoza said. “It affects the lungs, and it may lead to respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses. I am pleased that my law can help prevent these types of illnesses.” On Wednesday, Mendoza toured Boulevard Buick GMC, a car dealer in Signal Hill that inspects diesel vehicles on a daily basis. He met with Ron Charron, president/co-owner, and inspection officers during the visit. In 2007, Mendoza introduced legislation to

reduce one and a half tons of dangerous air pollutants from California’s air every day by requiring smog checks on diesel vehicles. AB 1488, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2010, includes diesel-powered vehicles manufactured after the 1997 model-year that have a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 8,501 pounds in the biennial smog-check program, as provided. The law authorizes diesel-powered vehicle smog check testing to include on-board diagnostic testing. “It’s important to see the whole process and be able to understand how unhealthy these pollutants are to air we breathe,” Mendoza added. “I have no doubt this will contribute to a cleaner California.” ß

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Assemblymember Tony Mendoza (right) visits with Boulevard Buick GMC smog technician Peter Kim in Signal Hill Wednesday morning.

rather easily in her early years, Huynh feels that children 6 to 10 years old absorb a new language more successfully than older learners, but feels that it’s never too late to become bilingual. “As long as you are committed, I think you can always learn something new,” she said. “Learning is definitely a lifelong process.” She also encourages anyone with the resources to attempt to seek the knowledge a new language has to offer. “As an immigrant, I believe those who have the opportunity to learn a new language need to take full advantage of it because not everyone has that chance,” she said. Piña agrees with Huynh’s assessment that, when it comes to tackling a new language, the earlier, the better. “It’s easier for them to learn at a younger age,” he said. “younger kids absorb it like a sponge and can learn languages simultaneously.” Both of their judgments fall right in line with Berger’s vision for her students to learn at younger age levels to create the most impact mentally and culturally. To see what bilingual education opportunities are available locally, call LBUSD at (562) 997-8000, or contact Berger at (562) 833-3115 or amyberger@caa.rr.com. ß


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Exhibit features self-portraits from members of various service communities from around the world Greenly Art Space, 2698 Junipero Ave., is now hosting the exhibit Portraits of the Soul, which features self-portraits from members of various communities of service around the world. Participants include: International Sanctuary in India, a nonprofit that empowers survivors of human trafficking with social enterprise opportunities; inCOMMON Community Development in Omaha, Nebraska, a nonprofit working to minimize the effects of poverty; Word Made Flesh in Argentina, a nonprofit serving abandoned and vulnerable youth on the streets of Buenos Aires; Precious Lamb Preschool in Long Beach, a nonprofit committed to providing children and families suffering homelessness with free education and care; Kinship Center in Orange County, a nonprofit agency dedicated to the creation, preservation and support of

foster, adoptive and relative families for children who need them; and David Burcham Elementary School, Rm. 22 in Long Beach. The show was envisioned and curated by Kimberly Hocking, artist and co-owner of Greenly Art Space, to encourage awareness of communities of service, and to build bridges of understanding. “Self-portraits provide a window into the soul of the artist and help us to understand more about the places we come from and who we are,” Hocking said. “This show provides an opportunity to witness a wide range of self-portraits and to celebrate the tapestry of unique expression building community.” The exhibit will continue through the end of March and can be viewed during regular gallery hours (Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11am to 2pm), by appointment, or at GreenlyArtSpace.com. ß

Self-portrait photograph by Arturo Solis, third-grade student at Burcham Elementary

LB Chorale to perform American music that spans 400 years The Long Beach Chorale will celebrate the holiday season with American Epiphanies, a program of American music spanning four centuries, at 7pm Saturday, Dec. 11 and 4pm Sunday, Dec. 12 at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 North Studebaker Rd. Artistic director Eliza Rubenstein, accompanied by Bob Gunn, will lead the Long Beach Chorale through a program featuring early American hymns, African-American spirituals, and a rare cantata that combines classical and jazz styles. Margaret Bonds’s “The Ballad of the Brown King” will showcase the talents of guest soprano Marlissa Hudson and the Long Beach Chorale’s pianist Bob Gunn. Langston Hughes wrote the texts for this virtu-

ally unknown cantata, which tells the story of the Epiphany with special emphasis on Balthasar, the so-called “brown king,” who became a symbol of African-American culture and pride through Hughes’s poetry and Bonds’s gospel- and blues-inspired music. The performance represents a reunion of sorts: Rubenstein met Hudson more than 25 years ago in a children’s chorus in Missouri, and the two attended the same high school. Hudson is now a well known recitalist and operatic soprano who lives and works in Virginia. “When I contacted her about the possibility of resurrecting this work together, she leaped at the idea, and I’m terribly excited that she’s coming all the way from the East Coast to

make music with us,” Rubenstein said. The program also features shapenote hymns, works by Charles Ives and Dave Brubeck, rollicking spirituals, and Kirke Mechem’s “Two Christmas Ballads.” Shape notes were used in the 1800s in New England. The musical notation became popular in the Southern states and many Southern churches still apply the practice. Mechem’s “Two Christmas Ballads” tells two tales. In “Christmas Carol,” the choir sings of the music of angels as the baby Jesus falls peacefully asleep. “The Ballad of Befana” warns of the fate that befalls Befana, a housewife who puts off greeting the baby Jesus because she has an abundance of housework. When she finally

finishes her chores, it’s too late, and she cannot find the child. Both pieces are adapted from American poems. Long Beach Chorale fans will remember “The Seven Joys of Christmas,” another Mechem favorite the group sang during its December 2008 show, A California Christmas. Guests are invited to join members

of the Long Beach Chorale for a reception following the performance. Refreshments and desserts will be available, and guests may also enter raffle drawings to win prizes. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased at longbeachchorale.org or over the phone at (562) 427-1931. ß

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Artistic director Eliza Rubenstein will lead the Chorale through a program featuring early American hymns, African-American spirituals, and a rare cantata that combines classical and jazz styles.

Found Theatre to commemorate influential folk singer Phil Ochs The Found Theatre will present a concert celebrating what would have been the 70th birthday of prolific folk singer and songwriter Phil Ochs on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 7pm. Composer of the patriotic anthem “The Power and the Glory” and a founding member of the yippies, Ochs raised the modern protest song to a high art. With such classics as “I Ain’t Marching Anymore,” “Draft Dodger Rag” and “There But for Fortune,” he became the voice of the antiwar movement, and with such compositions as “Here’s To the State of Mississippi,” “What’s That I Hear” and “Too Many Martyrs,” he became a voice of the Civil Rights movement. His later songs included “Pleasures of the Harbor” and “Outside of a Small Circle of Friends.” On the bill for the show are two of the artists who shared much of Phil Ochs’s history: fellow Broadside recording artist Len Chandler, and folk singer Carolyn Hester. Joining them is the producer of the show, “singer-songfighter” Ross Altman, as well as Dr. Neil Hartman, Eva Scherb and Found Theatre stalwart Drayfus Grayson. To honor the occasion, Smithsonian Folkways is donating its landmark boxed set of Broadside Recordings, including the early work of both Phil Ochs and Len Chandler,

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After writing hundreds of songs in the 1960s and serving as a leading voice of the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War movements, Phil Ochs later battled bipolar disorder and took his life 35 years ago at the age of 35.

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from the desire to create something that would really support the educational approach of the school. That philosophy is the Reggio Emilia Approach, which was developed in Italy after World War II and allows kids to learn through exploration and discovery. “There were three ideas related to the Reggio Emilia philosophy that I really wanted to bring to the design,” said Beatrice. “The first is the idea of flexibility for uses of space, because the Reggio Approach is about creating an environment where the children have many alternatives and options for playing and learning.” This concept led to the creation of large rooms and playgrounds around the school that allow the children and teachers to learn and teach wherever they want. “They can extend their lesson plans out to the outdoors,” she said. A second aspect is support for the teachers. There are many areas designated as teacher space– the entire upper level of the building has rooms where teachers can retreat or work. The third, and most basic, idea of the building’s design is its strong connection to nature, which is where the plant walls come into play. “Reggio Emilia is very much based on the idea that nature is important to the environment,” Beatrice said. In order to achieve this connection with the vertical gardens, succulents, grasses and sedums were used. These low-water plants are all drought-resistant, as well as being very slow to grow, which prevents the containers from becoming quickly overwhelmed. Beatrice says that, over the course of many years, the plants have to be either trimmed back or changed out. “It is a wall that’s living; it’s a gar-

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den,” she said. “Even with the best irrigation and fertilizers, different plants are going to have different responses to their conditions, and they will change at various rates. It’s going to be an evolving, changing piece of the building.” The water for the plants is cur-

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The uPS Store stands ready to help with holiday logistics The holidays are supposed to be filled with good cheer, but the logistics of shopping for gifts, shipping packages and planning the family trip can take the “happy” out of the holidays. Fortunately, locals know the key to the “no muss, no fuss” of sending boxes on their way is to drop by the UPS Store at 3553 Atlantic Ave., which has now been in business for more than eight years. Instead of braving the long lines at the post office, local residents find the Bixby Knolls UPS Store to be more user friendly. UPS Store owner Anthony Wingfield extends a warm invitation for residents and business owners to make his store their store. “We are also doing our Pack-andShip Promise Program, which guarantees that if any item we pack and ship gets damaged or lost, the customer will get reimbursed for the item’s value,” said Wingfield. The Pack-and-Ship Promise is only available at participating UPS locations and only applies to packages packed by UPS Store associates using only new materials purchased at the store. Plus, this holiday season, The UPS Store invites customers to “Send your Heart for the Holidays” to receive 25 percent off packaging and be entered to win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards. Through Dec. 31, visit theupsstore.com/holidayheart to design a personalized heart that reflects the love and happiness of the season. Wingfield explains that with packing, wrapping and shipping supplies

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Maria, Felicia, Cynthia and Anthony of The UPS Store in Bixby Knolls.

and service, the store is a one-stop solution to everyone’s holiday shipping needs. Those in need of holidaythemed stamps, mailing boxes and individual greeting cards have a variety to choose from, with the bonus of not having to wait in long lines. Complete customer satisfaction is of utmost importance to Wingfield. His staff is skillfully trained to best provide for the shipping needs of each customer at the lowest possible rates. In fact, he guarantees great packaging and delivery services at prices as low as UPS Hub.

Wingfield says the store’s staff is very happy to be rooted in such a tight-knit community. “We love the neighborhood,” he said, “and we are very happy to work with our loyal customers as well as meet new people to assist.” Now through the end of the season, the UPS Store will keep its doors open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 8am to 7pm and Sunday from 10am to 3pm. For more information, give them a call at (562) 981-6245 or visit theupsstorelocal.com/4466. ß


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Holiday gifts for gardeners Jennifer e. Beaver Columnist

Got a gardener on your gift list? Lucky you! Shopping is a cinch. Following are some of my suggestions for gardener-friendly presents at pocketfriendly prices: Stocking stuffers abound. your gardening friend can have a delightful time with a simple packet of wildflower seeds. For best results, look for one mixed specifically for California. you’ll find them at OSH, Home Depot, Lowe’s and on the Web. I threw some wildflower seeds on the edge of my vegetable garden last year. Great pollinators, they also make wonderful cut flowers. No gardener can have too many hand tools. I paid a buck apiece for several dark-green trowels at OSH and use them constantly to pop the weeds

out of the front garden. Gardeners Supply (gardeners.com) is offering nitrile gloves for $6.95 (two or more, $6). Nitrile is “an extremely tough yet thin and flexible material that can withstand punctures or even small thorns.� I’ve never used them, but I like the bright colors (violet, teal, pink, and more). Since I’m always sticking and nicking my hands (perhaps I should be wearing nitrile gloves), I swear by tea tree oil to prevent infection. you’ll find it at Vitamin City on Spring and Palos Verde and also on the Web. Keep it away from your cats– it doesn’t agree with them. When I’m not gardening, I like to read about it. Perhaps the gardener in your life feels the same. This year, having spent so much time out front pulling up grass and installing unthirsty plants, I’ve developed a slight obsession about what others are doing with that space. Author Rosalind Creasy gardens in northern California and pioneered the modern version of

interplanting edibles with ornamentals. Just out, her new book is called, appropriately, Edible Landscaping. It features drool-worthy pictures of her frontyard garden, full of technicolor vegetables and flowers that have never seen a bug or pesticide. Sigh. I so want my plantings to look like hers, but I’m under no illusions. Of course, Ros Creasy has staff to manicure, hover, move, plant and replant, and I have Snap and Crackle, the wonder cats. But I still want the book. Other ideas: Membership in a local gardening club delivers yearlong enjoyment for a paltry $20 or so. And Sloggers waterproof rain boots in garden prints ($35; sloggers.com) will cheer your gardening pal even if the beets don’t sprout and slugs have had their way with the strawberries. Jennifer E. Beaver, a Wrigley resident, is a master gardener and author of Container Gardening for California. Ă&#x;

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of businesses and residents, each year the “Spark of Love” program provides gifts to kids throughout Long Beach who would have otherwise gone without. The toy drive effort works in conjunction with several other charitable organizations to both give and receive toys and donations. Each year, the drive provide toys for about 400 families and more than 20 different community groups, building good will within the community and providing kids with positive role models. Teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District identify needy families throughout the year, and fire-

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Long Beach’s only holiday parade that proceeds along a residential street rather than a commercial corridor, the Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade began in 1953 when Gertrude B. Whittle petitioned the City Council to decorate the median between Hill Street and Pacific Coast Highway as a Christmas Village. What began as a dream for Whittle evolved into a distinguished community event where families gather to enjoy the parade and participate in various other events throughout the holiday season. The Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA), along with 7th District Councilmember James Johnson, will present the 57th Annual Daisy Avenue Parade on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 5pm. “This year, neighbors are coming together to re-energize the parade in order to continue its tradition

of bringing outstanding entertainment to the Wrigley area and to Long Beach,” said Johnson. In 2007, volunteers with WANA refurbished and reconstructed 31 major displays and 17 snow people. In 2008, WANA focused on revamping 75 character figurines, including the popular gingerbread people, and raising money through grants and sponsorships to “go green” by purchasing energy-saving LED lights for the trees and compact fluorescent bulbs to light up the displays. That same year, WANA raised enough to hang lights on 15 of the 24 mature trees. This year WANA will light up eight more trees thanks to the City of Long Beach Public Works Department, VANCO Properties and Waste Management. “No doubt, the Lane is brighter and greener than in the past,

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Project seeks to provide needy children with holiday books Miss Long Beach 2011, Monique Villa, is seeking help from the public to collect Christmas books for needy kids in Long Beach, for a drive called Project Give-A-Book. The books will be given to impoverished and hospitalized children as special gifts for the holidays. Suggested titles include: Corduroy, Corduroy’s Christmas, A Christmas Carol, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Sam The Clam by Nathan Lyon, How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, The 12 Days of Christmas Anniversary Edition: A Pop-up Celebration, The Night Before Christmas by Peter Paul and Mary and The Polar Express. All children’s books in new condition are welcome. The book drop-off location is Apostrophe Books, 4712 E.

2nd St., which is extending a 10-percent discount on all books (including those already discounted) that are purchased for Project Give-A-Book. Each child recipient will decorate his or her own rendition of the Project Give-A-Book logo. These will be uploaded to the project’s website after the holidays. Volunteers will be personally delivering and reading books to children at Miller Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 21, followed by a second delivery to Lydia House that evening. To host a collection box or contribute any other way, send an email to ProjectGiveABook@gmail.com. --------------------------------MORE INFORMATION projectgiveabook.com

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16 SIgnAL TRIBunE TST3612 notiCe of truStee'S Sale t.S. no.: 1007620 loan no.: 7000028920 a.P.n.: 7148-001029 you are in default under a deed of truSt dated 9/12/2005. 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 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: JeSuS loPeZ, a Single man duly appointed trustee: atlantic & Pacific foreclosure Services, llC recorded 9/22/2005 as instrument no. 05 2289776 in book , page and rerecorded on --- as --- of official records in the office of the recorder of los angeles County, California, described as follows: lot 22, BloCK 1 of traCt 4143, in tHe City of Signal Hill, County of loS angeleS, State of California, aS Per maP reCorded in BooK 117, Page(S) 69 and 70, of maPS, in tHe offiCe of tHe County reCorder of Said County date of Sale: 1/5/2011 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: $536,308.87 (estimated) Street address or other common designation of real property: 3309 leWiS avenue Signal Hill, Ca 90755 a.P.n.: 7148-001-029 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: 12/3/2010 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: 888-313-1969 tai alailima, manager aSaP# 3838724 12/10/2010, 12/17/2010, 12/24/2010 TST3610 notiCe of truStee'S Sale t.S. no. gm255450-C investor no. 1701871436 loan no. 0470095746 you are in default under a deed of truSt dated 8/8/2006. 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. 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:PHil antHony guerrero, an unmarried man recorded 8/16/2006 as instrument no. 06 1821434 in Book , page of official records in the office of the recorder of los angeles County, California, date of Sale:1/3/2011 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: 2514 eaSt WilloW Street #202 Signal Hill, California 90755-0000 aPn #: 7214-009194 the total amount secured by said instrument as of the time of initial publication of this notice is $363,703.00, 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, 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 or 2923.55. date: 12/3/2010 etS

PuBLIC nOTICES Services, llC 2255 north ontario Street, Suite 400 Burbank, California 91504-3120 Sale line: 714-730-2727 Christine gomez-Schwab, truStee Sale offiCer aSaP# 12/10/2010, 12/17/2010, fnma3828818 12/24/2010 TST3603 notiCe of truStee'S Sale trustee Sale no. : 20100134004089 title order no.: 100510847 fHa/va/Pmi no.: you are in default under a deed of truSt, dated 08/26/2005. unleSS you taKe aCtion to ProteCt your ProPerty, it may Be Sold at a PuBliC Sale. if you need an exPlanation of tHe nature of tHe ProCeeding againSt you, you SHould ContaCt a laWyer. ndex WeSt, llC, as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded on 09/08/2005 as instrument no. 05 2159875 of official records in the office of the County recorder of loS angeleS County, State of California. exeCuted By: feStuS oZaKWue, Will Sell at PuBliC auCtion to HigHeSt Bidder for CaSH, CaSHier'S CHeCK/CaSH eQuivalent or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the united States). date of Sale: 12/23/2010 time of Sale: 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. Street addreSS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2350 leWiS avenue # a, B, C, &, d, Signal Hill, California 90755 aPn#: 7211-021-025 the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any , shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said deed of trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said deed of trust, fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is $747,535.29. the beneficiary under said deed of trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written declaration of default and demand for Sale, and a written notice of default and election to Sell. the undersigned caused said notice of default and election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. for truStee Sale information PleaSe Call: agenCy SaleS & PoSting 3210 el Camino real, Suite 200 irvine, Ca 92602 714-730-2727 www.lpsasap.com ndex West, l.l.C. as trustee dated: 11/28/2010 ndex West, l.l.C. 15000 Surveyor Boulevard, Suite 500 addison, texas 75001-9013 telephone: (866) 795-1852 telecopier: (972) 661-7800 ndex West, l.l.C. may Be aCting aS a deBt ColleCtor attemPting to ColleCt a deBt. any information oBtained Will Be uSed for tHat PurPoSe. aSaP# 3815851 12/03/2010, 12/10/2010, 12/17/2010 TST3602 notiCe of truStee'S Sale tS #: Ca-10383744-vf order #: 564904 you are in default under a deed of truSt dated 3/22/2007. unleSS you taKe aCtion to ProteCt your ProPerty, it may Be Sold at a PuBliC Sale. if you need an exPlanation of tHe nature of tHe ProCeeding againSt you, you SHould ContaCt a laWyer. a public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. the sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the deed of trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the deed of trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. the amount may be greater on the day of sale. BenefiCiary may eleCt to Bid leSS tHan tHe total amount due. trustor(s): Juan m figueroa, and Silvia figueroa, HuSBand and Wife aS Joint tenantS recorded: 3/30/2007 as instrument no. 20070750585 in book xxx, page xxx of official records in the office of the recorder of loS angeleS County, California; date of Sale: 1/3/2011 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: $592,534.94 the purported property address is: 1110-1110 1/2 eaSt 23rd Street Signal Hill, Ca 90755 assessor's Parcel no. 7211-018-032 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 Bank of america 475 Crosspoint Parkway getzville ny 14068 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: Quality loan Service Corp. 2141 5th avenue San diego, Ca 92101 619-645-7711 for non Sale information only Sale line: 714-7302727 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 holders

right's against the real property only. tHiS notiCe iS Sent for tHe PurPoSe of ColleCting a deBt. tHiS firm iS attemPting to ColleCt a deBt on BeHalf of tHe Holder and oWner of tHe note. any information oBtained By or Provided to tHiS firm or tHe Creditor Will Be uSed for tHat PurPoSe. as required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. aSaP# 3809638 12/03/2010, 12/10/2010, 12/17/2010 TST3605 notiCe of truStee’S Sale tS no. 100104284 title order no. 10-8-400416 aPn no. 7214-017-129 you are in default under a deed of truSt, dated 03/18/2004. unleSS you taKe aCtion to ProteCt your ProPerty, it may Be Sold at a PuBliC Sale. if you need an exPlanation of tHe nature of tHe ProCeeding againSt you, you SHould ContaCt a laWyer.” notice is hereby given that reContruSt ComPany, n.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the deed of trust executed by roBert W CollinS, and maylene J CollinS, HuSBand and Wife, dated 03/18/2004 and recorded 03/19/04, as instrument no. 04 0655257, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 01/03/2011 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: 2239 WeStWind Way, 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 $989,086.03. 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: 12/01/2010 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 # 1006.120098 12/03, 12/10, 12/17/2010 TST3604 notiCe of truStee’S Sale tS no. 100101834 title order no. 10-8-392824 aPn no. 7148-018-031 you are in default under a deed of truSt, dated 12/01/2006. 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 Jeffrey m green, and Joan e green, HuSBand and Wife aS Joint tenantS, dated 12/01/2006 and recorded 12/11/06, as instrument no. 06 2737463, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 01/03/2011 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: 3349 falCon ave, Signal Hill, Ca, 907554811. 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 $515,222.58. 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: 11/27/2010 reContruSt ComPany, n.a. 1800 tapo Canyon rd., Ca6-914-0194 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 # 1006.118610 12/03, 12/10, 12/17/2010

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TST3611 2175 Cherry avenue • Signal Hill, California 90755-3799 NoTiCe oF NoMiNeeS FoR PuBLiC oFFiCe NoTiCe iS HeReBy giVeN that the following persons have been nominated for the offices designated to be filled at the general municipal election to be held in the City of Signal Hill on tuesday, march 1, 2011: For Members of the City Council: Vote for no more than two larry forester tina l. Hansen matthew d. Simmons For City Clerk Vote for one Kathleen l. Pacheco For City Treasurer Vote for one emerson fersch

Kathleen l. Pacheco City Clerk Published in the Signal tribune 12/10/10

CITY OF SIgnAL HILL TST3609 2175 Cherry Avenue w Signal Hill, California 90755-3799 NOTICE OF CITY COUNCIL/ REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY MEETING The next meeting of the Signal Hill City Council and Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency will be Tuesday, January 4, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, CA, 90755 For further information, contact the Office of the City Clerk at (562) 989-7305. All interested persons are hereby invited to attend.

Posted on December 8, 2010 Published in the Signal Tribune newspaper December 10, 2010

TST3598 trustee Sale no.: 20100028701428 title order no.: 557655 fHa/va/Pmi no.: notiCe of truStee’S Sale you are in default under a deed of truSt, dated 11/06/2007. unleSS you taKe aCtion to ProteCt your ProPerty, it may Be Sold at a PuBliC Sale. if you need an exPlanation of tHe nature of tHe ProCeeding againSt you, you SHould ContaCt a laWyer. ndex West, llC, as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded on 11/21/2007 as instrument no. 20072586112 of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California. executed By: norman d. Heiserman, will sell at public auction to highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check/cash equivalent or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the united States). date of Sale: 12/23/2010 time of Sale: 10:30 am Place of Sale: at the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 W. mission Blvd., Pomona, Ca. Street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1816 Saint louis avenue, Signal Hill, California 90755 aPn#: 7216035-007 the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said deed of trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said deed of trust, fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is $420,662.32. the beneficiary under said deed of trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written declaration of default and demand for Sale, and a written notice of default and election to Sell. the undersigned caused said notice of default and election to sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. for trustee Sale information Please Call: Priority Posting & Publishing, inc. 17501 irvine Blvd., Suite one tustin, Ca 92780 714-573-1965 www.priorityposting.com ndex West, l.l.C. as trustee dated: 11/28/2010 ndex West, l.l.C. may be acting as a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. P770401 12/3, 12/10, 12/17/2010

TST3599 trustee Sale no.: 20080187522862 title order no.: 20863482 fHa/va/Pmi no.: notiCe of truStee’S Sale you are in default under a deed of truSt, dated 7/25/2005. unleSS you taKe aCtion to ProteCt your ProPerty, it may Be Sold at a PuBliC Sale. if you need an exPlanation of tHe nature of tHe ProCeeding againSt you, you SHould ContaCt a laWyer. ndex West, llC, as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded on 08/01/2005 as instrument no. 05 1816789 of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California. executed By: rick rodriques, will sell at public auction to highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check/cash equivalent or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the united States). date of Sale: 12/23/2010 time of Sale: 10:30 am Place of Sale: at the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West mission Blvd., Pomona, Ca Street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2380 vista ridge lane, Signal Hill, Ca 90755 aPn#: 7214-015-113 the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said deed of trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said deed of trust, fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is $756,626.86. the beneficiary under said deed of trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written declaration of default and demand for Sale, and a written notice of default and election to Sell. the undersigned caused said notice of default and election to sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. for trustee Sale information Please Call: Priority Posting & Publishing 17501 irvine Blvd., Suite one tustin, Ca 92780 714-5731965 www.priorityposting.com ndex West, llC as trustee dated: 11/24/2010 ndex West, llC may be acting as a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. P774354 12/3, 12/10, 12/17/2010


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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# fnma3801781 11/26/2010, 12/03/2010, 12/10/2010 TST3592 notiCe of truStee'S Sale tS # Ca-10377080-vf order # 100463057-Ca-gti you are in default under a deed of truSt dated 6/14/2007. unleSS you taKe aCtion to ProteCt your ProPerty, it may Be Sold at a PuBliC Sale. if you need an exPlanation of tHe nature of tHe ProCeeding againSt you, you SHould ContaCt a laWyer. 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): elvin mattHeWS , and maxine mattHeWS recorded: 6/21/2007 as instrument no. 20071493320 in book xxx, page xxx of official records in the office of the recorder of loS angeleS County, California; date of Sale: 12/16/2010 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: $349,441.27 the purported property address is: 1999 Stanley avenue #11 Signal Hill, Ca 90755 assessors Parcel no. 7216-018046 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 Bank of america 475 Crosspoint Parkway getzville ny 14068 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

Call Sam: 877-444-5211 . 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: 11/22/2010 Quality loan Service Corp. 2141 5th avenue San diego, Ca 92101 619-645-7711 for non Sale information only Sale line: 714-7302727 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# 3794068 11/26/2010, 12/03/2010, 12/10/2010 TST3594 notiCe of truStee'S Sale tS no. 10-0100151 title order no. 10-8-389304 investor/insurer no. 1699610237 aPn no. 7215-007-048 you are in default under a deed of truSt, dated 08/09/2005. unleSS you taKe aCtion to ProteCt your ProPerty, it may Be Sold at a PuBliC Sale. if you need an exPlanation of tHe nature of tHe ProCeeding againSt you, you SHould ContaCt a laWyer." notice is hereby given that reContruSt ComPany, n.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the deed of trust executed by lauralee laPid, a Single Woman, dated 08/09/2005 and recorded 08/17/05, as instrument no. 05 1975903, in Book , Page ), of official records

in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 12/27/2010 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: 2254 gaviota avenue #29, 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 $336,851.97. 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: 11/24/2010 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# fnma3798726 11/26/2010, 12/03/2010, 12/10/2010


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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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