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Vol. 32 No. 38
February 25, 2011
At final forum, SH Council candidates debate RDA funds, drinking-water safety and real-estate values Cory Bilicko Managing Editor
In their last opportunity to present their platforms and defend their actions in a public assembly before the looming March 1 election, the three candidates for Signal Hill City Council again gathered Wednesday night for a candidate forum, this time hosted by the Willow Ridge Community Association in its community room. During the forum, which was sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Signal Hill (CCSH) and the Signal Tribune, and moderated by CCSH member Gary Dudley, challenger Matt Simmons and incumbents Larry Forester and Tina Hansen treaded in territory that was familiar to those who had attended the Feb. 7 forum in the City’s council chambers: the
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During Wednesday night’s Signal Hill Council candidate forum, challenger Matt Simmons, incumbent Tina Hansen and incumbent Larry Forester covered a lot of ground on various issues, including the safety of the city’s drinking water, the future of redevelopment funds, the value of local real estate, adult-entertainment venues, the EDCO waste-transfer facility, homeowners’ views, voter apathy and the two abandoned homes on Hill Street.
City’s budget, how redevelopment funds are being utilized, and plans to
construct a new library and an EDCO waste-transfer station. However,
BKBIA paves way for more business growth at ‘State of District’ meeting Stephanie Raygoza Editorial Intern
The continual burden of the economic downturn did not appear to affect the Bixby Knolls community last year, as evidenced in the opening or relocating of 60 businesses to the district– one of the many items addressed at the State of the District on Wednesday night. The event, hosted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA), gathered community members, city officials and businesses to the Expo building on Atlantic Avenue for an evening filled with live music by the Sepulveda Jazz Project, catering from local eateries, a community happy hour and raffle giveaways. Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson opened the event by praising the business-centered productivity of the district and what it has come to define. “The state of Bixby Knolls district is
since that last forum, a new topic of contention had arisen, mainly as the
result of posts that had appeared on Simmons’s Wordpress blog entitled “Your Signal Hill Voice” and as an issue he’d raised during the Feb. 15 City Council meeting— whether Signal Hill’s drinking water contains safe levels of arsenic. Last week the environmental watchdog group The League of Conservation Voters distributed a mailer which criticized Forester as a protector of “big polluters that have made our water unsafe.” It asserts that Forester, as leader of the Coalition for Practical Regulations, has worked with polluters to try and overturn water-quality clean-up laws in the courts. At Wednesday’s forum, Simmons claimed he had had no prior knowledge of that mailer and had nothing to do with its distribution, but see forum page 15
Former 38th District congressmember, CSULB president used bipartisan approach to serve constituents, community Rachael Rifkin
strong,” Johnson said. “And that transformation and what you’re seeing is only the beginning of a decades-long transformation at Bixby Knolls.” Led by Blair Cohn, executive director of the BKBIA, the address highlighted completed projects and renovations made to the Atlantic Avenue corridor and Long Beach Boulevard along with future projects and partnerships in the works. “After a lot of community feedback, we created a to-do list, and from that to-do-list and funds we received from redevelopment agencies, we were marching hardcore,” Cohn said. Included on the list were special projects: the association’s mini façade improvement program, tree planting, keeping the community clean and First Fridays. First Fridays are monthly events aimed at promoting and supporting local artists and musicians by providing an outlet to showcase their work. According to the
Steve Horn, a former congressmember who once served as president of Cal State Long Beach, was highly regarded for his fair-mindedness, honesty, dedication and work ethic. Steadfast against corruption, he preferred to run grassroots campaigns rather than take money from campaign contributors, and he made decisions based on what was best for his community and constituents, not his party. Horn passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on Thursday, Feb. 17 at the age of 79. “He had a tremendous sense of ethics,” said Horn’s son, Steve Horn, Jr. “In all his positions, ethics came first, and he expected the people who worked for him to adhere to the same standards.” Born John Stephen Horn on May 31, 1931, he grew up in San Juan Bautista, California. “He grew up in the country with a well and a lot of fruit trees. During the Depression they had chickens. His neighbors would share food
see BKBIA page 12
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Courtesy Horn Family
Among numerous accomplishments, Horn helped the city of Signal Hill acquire its own ZIP code.
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Three LBPD officers hospitalized after suspected drunk driver runs red light, hits their vehicles On Saturday, Feb. 19, at approximately 3:03am, three officers from the Long Beach Police Department were transported to a local hospital after a suspected drunk driver collided with their vehicles in the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and 6th Street. Two officers in one vehicle were traveling northbound, while an officer in another vehicle was traveling south-
bound on Atlantic Avenue. All were uniformed and in their marked police vehicles. A motorist driving a Ford F150 traveling eastbound on 6th Street at a high rate of speed failed to stop at the red light and entered the intersection, causing the three-vehicle collision. All three officers, as well as the suspect, were brought to local hospi-
tals, where they were treated for nonlife threatening injuries. The suspect was arrested and has been identified as 43-year-old David Trevino, a resident of Long Beach. Those with additional information regarding this incident are asked to call Long Beach Police Department Accident Investigations Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355. ß
Pit bull shot after aggressively approaching officers At approximately 10:37pm, on Friday, Feb. 18, officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to a call that shots had been fired in the 2400 block of Pasadena Avenue. Upon arrival, officers attempted to make contact with three male subjects in a yard
off of an alley in the area. The subjects fled into a residence, and, as officers moved toward the property, an adult pit bull approached them in an aggressive manner, resulting in an officer-involved-shooting. The dog was transported to a veterinary hospital for treatment for
a gunshot wound and is in stable condition. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans or Todd Johnson at (562) 570-7244. ß
LB saves $1 million by eliminating management positions as government reforms continue inate neighborhood nuisance and code violations; enhanced neighborhoodbased planning through closer coordination between Neighborhood Services staff and Planning Bureau and Redevelopment Bureau staff; and merging two divisions within the
Planning Bureau to enhance crosscoordination between current and advance planning functions while increasing utilization of available staff. ------------------------------------More Information longbeach.gov
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SAFETY AT SEA What “About Boating Safety,” an in-depth safe-boating class Who Hosted by the Coast Guard Auxiliary When Saturday, Feb. 26 at 8:30am Where Expo building, 4321 Atlantic Ave. More Info Cost is $25 and includes all materials and refreshments. Each attendee will receive an illustrated book and copies of federal and state regulations. Bring a writing utensil for taking notes. Advance registration is not required but will be appreciated to ensure enough “goodies” for all. Email Everett Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org. PASSIoN FoR FASHIoN What Annual fashion show Who Hosted by the Long Beach Emblem Club When Saturday, Feb. 26 at 11am with no-host cocktail, followed by lunch at noon and fashion show at 1pm Where Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 E. Pacific Coast Highway More Info Pre-paid reservations or information can be obtained by calling (562) 429-6170 or (562) 422-5030. The Long Beach Emblem Club is a charitable club dedicated to doing good works in the community. Membership is open to individuals over the age of sixteen. dINE ANd dANCE FoR A good CAUSE What Fundraising dinner/dance event Who Held by Millikan High School Community of Musicians, Artists and Social Scientists (COMPASS) Boosters When Sunday, Feb. 27 from 6pm to 9pm Where Gaslamp Restaurant, 6251 East Pacific Coast Highway More Info Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased by check made out to COMPASS Boosters. Checks should be mailed to Mary Massich, Millikan High School, 2800 Snowden Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815-1499. Call (562) 425-7441 ext. 4548 or email email@example.com.
THE REST IS HISToRY What Two five-day workshops which will explore Dominguez family history over two centuries Who Hosted by the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum and CSU Dominguez Hills When Applications are due Tuesday, March 1 and the workshops will be June 13–17 and June 20–24. Where 18127 South Alameda St. More Info Call (310) 243-2438 or visit csudh.edu/csl/dominguez.
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HoW do THE gARdENS gRoW? What Garden docent training Who Hosted by Rancho Los Cerritos When Saturdays, Feb. 26 through March 19 Where 4600 Virginia Rd., located northwest of the intersection of San Antonio Drive and Long Beach Boulevard More Info Training is free with membership to Friends of Rancho Los Cerritos. Advance reservations requested. Call (562) 570-1755.
YUM, YUM, YUM What Author talk and book-signing Who Friends of the Signal Hill Library When Monday, Feb. 28 from 7pm to 8:30pm Where Signal Hill Park Community Center, 1780 East Hill St. More Info Local author Yumi Weeks will discuss her book Yumi’s Yummies: Japanese- American Fusion then whip up a special dessert for all to enjoy, while her husband, Bill Weeks, discusses his novel Gaijin Teacher: Foreign Sensei. Books autographed by the authors will be available for purchase. Admission is free, but donations to help support programs will be appreciated.
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The elimination of five management positions and three other administrative positions as part of a government reform initiative is expected to save the City of Long Beach more than $1 million a year in salary and related costs, according to a press release distributed by the City. The City Council began the government reforms at the start of the fiscal year, Oct. 1, 2010, to ensure that the City continues to meet the needs of the community while maintaining financial stability after years of multi-million-dollar budget cuts. This ongoing effort is expected to lead to additional efficiencies and savings. “The City of Long Beach is committed to providing the most efficient and effective services to the community, and we periodically realign resources around core services and look to new service delivery models” said City Manager Patrick H. West. “These reforms are paramount to the City’s ability to provide the best services possible with the resources available.” In addition to the efficiency savings to be realized in future years, the City of Long Beach is saving $1.04 million by eliminating five management positions and three other administrative positions. These savings are in addition to savings from positions eliminated due to budget reductions. Assistant City Manager Suzanne Frick gave a presentation to the City Council Tuesday that suggested one way to cut back on spending would be the elimination of more than 500 public employee jobs. “There is no doubt that we will need to make our government leaner and more effective,” said First District Councilmember Robert Garcia. “I am hopeful that we can work with our employee groups to find solutions to our budget challenges.” Since 2004, the City has cut approximately $136.6 million from its General Fund and eliminated more than 800 positions. While this was necessary to ensure the City’s fiscal solvency, these reductions have, in some cases, resulted in a less than efficient service delivery structure. The current reforms include moving the Neighborhood Services Bureau and the Housing Services Bureau (formerly in the Department of Community Development) into an expanded Development Services Department. This reform: aligned the production of affordable housing more closely with its core funding source and set-aside funds from the seven redevelopment project areas; combined the administrative functions of both the Housing Services Bureau and the Redevelopment Bureau, both of which utilize tax increment financing as their chief revenue source and share similar state-mandated reporting functions; increased coordination among staff to more effectively elim-
TACoS FoR TEXTBooKS What Donation to local schools Who Baja Sonora Mexican restaurant When Every Monday Where Both Baja Sonora locations: Atlantic Avenue and 35th Street in Bixby Knolls, and Clark Avenue and Spring Street in Los Altos More Info Customers are asked to name a local school, and 10 percent of their purchase will be donated to that school. Over $17,000 has now been donated to local schools through PTA Mondays. This goes on all year long, whether school is in session or not. Call (562) 981-1950 or visit bajasonora.com.
CAllINg All VolUNTEERS What Community Planting Day Who Sponsored by Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, North Alamitos Beach Association & 4th Street Business Association When Saturday, March 5 at 9am Where “Edsel Lot” parking lot at Cherry Avenue and 4th Street More Info Twenty-five trees will be planted to further beautify the streets and improve quality of life for citizens. Volunteers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Shovels, snacks and drinks will be provided. Students can receive credit for community service hours. Food and drink will be donated by 4th Street merchants, Portfolio Coffee House, 4th Street Vine and Ashley’s Bar & Grill. FREE TAlK oN HEAlTH What Free talk on "Can We Rely on God for Health?" Who Brian Talcott, member of Christian Science Board of Lectureship When Saturday, March 5 at 3pm Where Christian Science Church, 5871 Naples Plaza More Info Call (562) 799-1588.
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Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg’s stalking case can be a triumph for stalking victims around the world. Stalking victims and advocates believe that the key needed to bring about real change in the stalking victim resource system lies in Mark Zuckerberg’s hands. Not that we wanted him to suffer the horrors that we’ve suffered. No, we hope his stalking ordeal ends quickly and happily. But this talented socialnetworking giant has the power, the technology and the international exposure needed to unlock the gates of reform. He is the key to help us bring real attention to the cyberstalking epidemic and the tens of thousands of victims who suffer each year. I am sending out this virtual SOS and hoping that he hears our signal. Welcome to our club, Mark Zuckerberg. We have hundreds of thousands of members, so unfortunately it’s not a very exclusive club. Our members come from all walks of life though, women and men, boys and girls, rich, poor, famous and unknown. As you’ve learned, there are lots of awful dues to pay, and membership is never any fun. I know, you never wanted to join and, truly, we are sorry that you are here. But without a doubt, you are now a card-carrying member of the Stalking Victims Club. I am president of Survivors in Action, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting victims of cyberstalking and physical stalking. As a cyberstalking expert
and advocate, I work every day to convince our legislators, law enforcement and justice communities that stalking– both online and offline– is a real and dangerous threat for all Americans. This crime is growing extremely quickly, but the victims often receive very little support until it’s too late. We need help to fight back. We need the online leaders to develop new safety programs that help us identify and stop cyber assaults. We need high-profile advocates, like you, to bring attention to the situation and help us convince legislators that more must be done to protect the public. We need new laws to protect us and more funds to train law enforcement and court personnel, create stalking victim resource centers, and prosecute criminals. Most importantly, we need to teach victims that there are ways that they can fight back, stop the attacks and rebuild their lives. With your understanding of 21st Century technologies, knowledge of online networking and communities, and the Facebook revolution behind you, you pack a double punch. Your social networking status is exactly what we need to take the fight to the next level. So, Mark, if you are reading this, I am ready, willing, and able to help. My organization has hundreds of volunteers, and we help tens of thousands of cyberstalking and physical stalking victims each year. But there is so much more to be done. Please, Mark, join us in our fight to ensure that no stalking victim is left behind.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Seeing green Last week, Long Beach took bold steps, leading the way to a better future for our residents while showing how our city can set an example statewide. We approved a taxi franchise for the city that includes a “green fleet” program that has been transitioning our taxis from conventional gasoline engines to hybrids. City management reported that we will soon have the greenest taxi fleet in all of Southern California due to this program; an outside analysis of the program shows that the green fleet will improve air quality for our residents by reducing nitrogen oxide particulates [emitted by taxis] by nearly 80 percent and carbon monoxide particulates by 50 percent.
Minding your businesses What a wonderful surprise when I answered the phone on Thursday to find out that I had won one of the Sweetheart Sweepstakes prizes– Home Romantic Home. My husband and I had had a great time visiting the many businesses and stores, old and new, that participated as we dropped our tickets in the Sweepstakes bucket in each. If it hadn’t been for this adventure, I’m sure we might not have come to
I also voted for the mayor and the city council to be the first group to begin paying our full employee share toward the CalPERS pension system. As we work with our employees toward a sustainable pension system that is fair for both employees and taxpayers, we, as elected officials, must lead by example. We also achieved new pension reforms for some of our employee groups that will help lead us to that sustainable future. While all cities today face challenges, I know that if Long Beach tackles these challenges head on, we will continue to have a bright future. James Johnson Long Beach Councilmember 7th District
know some of them and would have missed the introduction to some great assets to our area. The broad support for this event was striking, from insurance to pet grooming to Greek dining, our community has it all. This experience has reinforced our family’s commitment to support our local businesses and what a great added bonus to win some wonderful prizes. Thank you, Signal Tribune and “Sweetheart” businesses, for putting this on. Sandy Facon Long Beach
Looks as if Signal Hill residents have just a handful of days left before Election Day– Tuesday, March 1. Please vote. If you are holding an absentee ballot, mail it or take it to City Hall right away. If you are a vote-in-person type, please do so. If you aren’t sure of the location of your polling place, call City Hall and speak with the deputy city clerk, Becky Burleson at (562) 9897305. She’ll be happy to tell you where to go. Your vote does count and does matter. If you’d really like to get involved in the process, stop over at City Hall on Election Night and watch the ballots be counted. It is an amazing experience. Well, it is for me anyway– but then I enjoy council meetings. With polls closing at 8pm it won’t be long before the ballot boxes arrive, so plan to be there no later than about 8:30pm to get a good seat. Speaking of politicians…it looks as if several of them have gotten together to sponsor an event this Saturday. According to a press release from the California State Board of Equalization, the event is regarding free income-tax preparation at Cal State Dominguez Hills (Go, Toros!). I fervently believe in using experts when it comes to money, especially when it has anything to do with income taxes. Although I have been fortunate enough to be able to afford a tax expert all of my adult life, I know that others aren’t as lucky. So, if you need help with your taxes, or know someone who does, take a read below. I think you’ll be impressed. Jerome E. Horton, chairman of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), announced [recently] that he will join Rep. Laura Richardson (CA-37), Assemblyman Warren T. Furutani (D-South Los Angeles County), and Carson City Councilman Mike Gipson, for a free income-tax preparation assis-
tance event on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 10am to 3pm at the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site at California State University Dominguez Hills (Welch Hall, 1000 E. Victoria St. in Carson). The assistance provides low- and moderate-income individuals and families who earned less than $49,000 in 2010 help to qualify for up to $12,000 in federal tax credits, including a $5,600 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This VITA event will provide a secure and accessible location for taxpayers to get assistance from certified tax preparers to complete and file their 2010 state and federal income tax returns. All family services will be provided free of charge and will be available throughout the day. Horton has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service, the Franchise Tax Board, United Way, Legal Aid Society of Orange County, and other, local nonprofit and commercial entities to offer the Free Income Tax Preparation and Family Services events. The EITC is not claimed by about 20 percent of eligible taxpayers. Often the credit is not claimed by people who have not earned enough income to owe taxes. However, by filing a tax return, those low-income wage earners may still receive an income-tax refund. Appointments may be made in advance for the free tax-preparation service by calling (323) 9801221 or to schedule a future appointment for an upcoming tax preparation event. More complete information on the events, as well as information about how to receive free income tax preparation assistance from certified tax preparers, is available online, visit boe.ca.gov/members/horton/vita.htm. For more information on other California taxes and fees, visit taxes.ca.gov.
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The future of the City of Signal Hill depends on YOU taking the time to vote on MARCH 1, 2011 Re-Elect Proven and Experienced Leaders
Larry Forester & Tina Hansen to the Signal Hill City Council We have the ability to ensure Signal Hill remains a City that is safe, economically stable and a desirable community in which to live and operate a business. We thank our residents and corporate citizens for their support of us and of our beautiful City.
On Tuesday, March 1, 2011 vote at your polling place. EXPERIENCED LEADERSHIP
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PUBLIC SERVICE, NOT POLITICS
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The polling places are located at: Signal Hill Park Community Center (1780 E. Hill Street) Family Church of Signal Hill (2094 E. Cherry Avenue) Willow Ridge Clubhouse (2518 E. Willow Street) Please call Deputy City Clerk at 562/989-7305 if you are unsure of your polling location.
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attract beneficial pollinators. an article about growing all different Wildflower and kinds (sorry, no opium varieties) of poppy seeds are tiny, poppies, including Shirley in pink, making them tricky salmon and white; peony-like French to scatter effectively. Flounce; pale pink Hungarian BreadMix them with sand seed; and vivid Heirloom Pepperbox. blossoms. I tried For nasturtiums, I’ve chosen and they have more that, and it doesn’t substance. Once the “Whirlybird Mix” mix, also from work. My wildseed-and-sand mix- Renee’s Garden, in “seven warm flower seeds got ture is in place, walk shades: cherry rose, creamy yellow, washed away and are over them gently. This soft peach, tangerine, mahogany, Tiny poppy seeds now blooming in some will help them adhere scarlet and rich gold.” For my hanghappy person’s yard who ing baskets, it’s “Amazon Jewel,” a and take root. thinks gossamer-light Shirley popNasturtiums demand a different climbing variety– the “unusual varpies and cheerful clarkia just spring trick. They’re large seeds, easiegated vining foliage and up out of nowhere. brilliant spurred blossoms ily sown. Yet their tough There are three places in our lit- outer coating sometimes in exotic and unusual tle yard crying out for color– front hampers germination. shades of pumpkin, yard, driveway borders, and back Nicking seeds slightly painted peachy-rose, yard near the vegetable garden. The with nail clippers ruby, gold and pale perfect solution for all? Annual increases success. lemon” will cascade seeds. down the sides. For a Okay, now the fun My newly planted front lawn part: What to plant? couple of bucks, may be drought-tolerant, but it And why stick to tradithat’s a lot of joy. Large nasturtium looks sparse. Annual wildflowers, tional orange poppies and seeds poppies and nasturtiums will fill nasturtiums? At OSH, I Jennifer E. Beaver, a gaps in temporarily. Our driveway picked up Mission Bells CaliforWrigley resident, is a master borders are too narrow for most nia Poppies in mixed colors. For gardener and author of Container shrubs, but not for wildflowers. In more fantastic poppy selections, Gardening for California. back near the vegetables, they’ll check out reneesgarden.com. There’s
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According to my grab-bag of flower seed packets, it’s time to plant. Wildflowers, poppies, nasturtiums– let’s go! True, I should have gotten them in before the rains. And I wish I had
planted more in the fall, another ideal time to scatter seeds in our Mediterranean climate. But my inner New Jerseyan now hears the siren call of spring, and I’m poised to plant. Many gardening gurus say simply tossing seeds casually over your shoulder reaps beautiful, easy-care
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Strichart chosen as January elk of the Month Stephen Strichart, associate publisher of the Signal Tribune, has been selected Elk of the Month at the Bellflower/Long Beach Lodge No. 888 for January 2011. Strichart was born March 12, 1948 in Jackson Heights, New York and came to Long Beach when he was 5 years old. His education, all based in the Long Beach area, included his graduating from Wilson High School and earning an associate’s degree from Long Beach City College. In 1969, he became a police officer with the Long Beach Police Department, where he
remained for 31 years. He now serves as a civil service commissioner for the City of Signal Hill. He joined the Elks on June 21, 1993, and now serves as chairman of the Americanism Committee, as well as overseeing boys’ and girls’ scouting activities and Eagle Scout awards. He has also served as a member of the Breakfast Committee. He and his wife Neena also spent several hours reading the dozens of essay entries for the Elks Lodge’s Americanism Contest.
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Help for health
Local church’s benefit concert to unite children with their imprisoned moms for Mother’s Day The Los Altos United Methodist Church will host a benefit concert on Saturday, March 12 at 7pm to help children visit their mothers in Chowchilla State Prison this Mother’s Day. The benefit will feature folk singer Mark Haskett, who will be performing “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran. The proceeds will benefit “Get on the Bus,” which raises money to help children visit parents in prison. The children will be spending the day with their mothers at Chowchilla. In addition to providing children transportation to the prison, the
church will be providing travel/stayin-touch bags. Many of the children rarely see their mothers because they are in the care of relatives who are unable to make the hours-long journey. Tickets are available in
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Hamilton Middle School Principal David Downing, 54th District Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, The Children’s Clinic CEO Dr. Elisa Nicholas, Long Beach Unified School Board President Dr. Felton Williams, and Signal Hill Vice Mayor Larry Forester at last week’s groundbreaking ceremony for the newly expanded Children’s Clinic facility. on Friday, Feb. 18, more than 50 guests, including city and state representatives, community leaders and long Beach Unified School district personnel, gathered at The Children’s Clinic Family Health Center at Hamilton Middle School (TCC/HMS) to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new state-of-the-art health center scheduled to open this June. Since its inception seven years ago, TCC/HMS has been providing comprehensive primary and preventive healthcare services to Hamilton students and siblings from neighboring elementary schools, and Jordan High School students, as well as their families and community members. In 2010 TCC/HMS, despite limited resources, size and capacity, provided more than 4,984 visits to over 1,543 children, adolescents and adults. The expansion will increase the number of exam rooms from four to eight, and the center, which will include a dispensary, nursing station, restrooms and an ample lobby, is expected to increase access to services by 1,811 patients over 5,794 visits.
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Local artist begins project that she hopes will ultimately involve collaborators from all 50 states Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern
In July 2010, artist Margie Darrow of Long Beach was driving her car while thinking of her next project of artistic expression. “You get a lot of ideas when you drive,” Darrow said. “I then thought, ‘What can I do with the United States?’” Then she conceptualized the idea to do a 50-artist collaboration map of the country with each artist designing on large-scale pieces that, when combined with the other 49 pieces, would form a 15-foot map of the nation, with a depth of one quarter-inch, entitled Oh, Beautiful. Darrow was born in Detroit, Michigan, and has lived in Long Beach since 1972. She claims to have moved forward with the project with shapes, borders, and her multi-state life inspiring her progress. She also viewed a two-hour television documentary on the History Channel based on Mark Stein’s How the States Got Their Shapes, a bestselling nonfiction work. After reading his book, Darrow
wrote to Stein for permission to use his book as inspiration for the project. Stein replied with great enthusiasm on Aug. 10. “I too endeavored to have [my book’s] readers come to see the American map as something of an art object,” Stein wrote. “…the American map is, in fact, a mural. The stories behind its lines and squiggles reveal how we came to be who we are today.” With the project still in its planning stages, Darrow so far has secured only one artist in addition to herself– Paul Davies, an English artist residing in Maine developed a rapport with Darrow soon after she met him through the personal and professional recommendation of an acquaintance of hers. Now in search of 48 more contributors, she will provide prospective artists with a list of criteria they must meet when creating their pieces. Each piece must translate the location and physical landscape of the state. It must convey the artist’s personal connection and/or history with the state. Any derived inspiration or factual
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Margie Darrow hopes to get one artist from each of the 50 states to participate in her Oh, Beautiful project, which is inspired by Mark Stein’s nonfiction book How the States Got Their Shapes.
contact must be taken from Stein’s book. The piece also may include textural elements, but it may not give the piece more depth than an additional quarter-inch. Lastly, the piece must feature no political content and must be appropriate for viewing by all ages. Due to the geographical complications of the project, Darrow asserts that not being able to work side-byside with her collaborators is a difficult yet interesting challenge. The artists will all instead communicate their progress via photo sharing and other technological imaging techniques to be shared on the project’s website. Darrow estimates the project
budget to be around $50,000, or $1,000 per state. In order to raise funds for the project, Darrow is seeking out sponsorship and help through local communities. 2nd City Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art gallery and performance space will act as the project‘s fiscal receiver. “You start [gathering support] with yourself,” she said. “Then you get your community support, then your state support, and lastly your national support.” Some of that support Darrow has gathered includes Steve Frye and Steven Deeble. Frye serves as a blogger for the project while Deeble serves as the videographer and the publicity coordinator via social-networking websites such as Facebook
and Twitter. The Oh, Beautiful project provides the ever-declining arts several benefits, including the generation of economic growth, aesthetic value, educational inspiration, and historical significance. The map is expected to represent the country visually and to show the validity of massive collaborations. “At its core, Oh, Beautiful is about bringing people together,” said Cheryl Bennet, founder and executive director of 2nd City Council Gallery. “Whether it is the artists who are participating in the collaborative project or the viewing audience.” -----------------------------------MORE INFORMATION ohbeautifulproject.com
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You’ll discover: • What constitutes healing, focusing on the need for spiritual regeneration and development • e beneﬁts of moving beyond physical care to spiritual restoration and well-being Ron Ballard is an international speaker and practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing. With a degree in political science he formerly worked as a campaign consultant and had clients on both sides of the aisles in Congress, the White House and some state houses. As a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, Ballard has spoken in a wide variety of venues, including hospices, health expos and interfaith conferences.
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The Long Beach Playhouse has announced that the next session of its Youth Theatre School will begin Saturday, March 5. Children in grades three through five will meet from 10am to 11am. Classes for grades six through eight are 11:30am through 1pm and highschool students will meet from 1:30pm to 3pm. In addition to the Saturday classes, Long Beach Playhouse also offers a summer youth theatre program. Lysa Fox, an experienced actress, director, teacher and recent MA graduate of Cal State Long Beach, will coordinate and teach the Long Beach Acting Entourage. The final session for the spring will begin Saturday, April 16. Parents and youth interested in attending the new session beginning March 5 should contact the Long Beach Playhouse at (562) 494-1014.
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Kailee Castlen, Olivia Wheeler and Sara Letourneau, who participated in Long Beach Playhouse’s 2010 summer youth theatre session
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Cambodian artifacts now exhibited at getty Museum; LB residents to perform Cambodia is renowned for the extraordi- at the National Museum of Cambodia and that institution’s role in conserving Camnary art produced during the Angkor bodia’s cultural heritage. period of the Khmer empire, between Gods of Angkor:Bronzes from the ninth and the 15th centuries, the National Museum of Cambowhen sculptors mastered the art of dia will be presented through bronze casting and created Aug. 14, 2011 at the J. Paul profound images of Getty Museum, Getty CenHindu and Buddhist ter, in Los Angeles. divinities. The exhibit will A focused exhiinclude a family festibition of loans val on Saturday, June from the National 4, which will include Museum of Camboseveral Long Beach dia in Phnom Penh, Cambodian performances the Getty Museum and organizations. exhibit Gods of Angkor “We are so proud to includes some of the showcase our Long finest Cambodian Beach Cambodian resbronzes in existence idents in a venue as as well as a small spectacular as the group of bronzes Getty Museum,” said from the pre-Angkor Andrews. “This is a period and some wonderful opporturecently excavated nity to indulge in works. It also celeNaga-protected Buddha with Avalokiteshvara great performances brates the establishand Prajñaparamita, late12th–early 13th cenand view some of the ment of a bronze tury, bronze with mercury gilding ancient artifacts that conservation studio
There’s no day like Snow Day in the Fourth District Fourth District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell will once again host his annual Snow Day event on Saturday, March 19 at Whaley Park, 5620 Atherton St., from 11am to 3pm. Completely free of charge and open to the public, the event will feature more than 10 tons of fresh snow for sled races and snowballmaking. Guests can park for free at California State University, Long Beach’s adjacent Parking Lot 14 on Atherton Street. “This year’s Snow Day event will be bigger than ever,” O’Donnell said. “We’ve got so many things to do and see for the whole family that we expect to see even more people coming from all sides of the city.” There will be bounce houses, a
deejay, snow cones, face painting, arts and crafts, barbecued hot dogs from the Long Beach police and fire departments, giveaways from various local merchants and safety demonstrations. New this year, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Aquarium on Wheels will be stopping by to give kids a hands-on experience learning about ocean wildlife. “I want to invite everyone in Long Beach to come out and play in some real snow and see what great things Long Beach has to offer at this one-of-a-kind community event,” O’Donnell said. Previous snow day events have seen more than 6,500 people in attendance. -------------------------------------MORE INFORMATION ci.long-beach.ca.us/district4
make the Cambodian culture so rich with inspiration from belief and religion. This is a culture that has been in existence for centuries and one that plays a vital role in the Long Beach community.” “We are delighted to give visitors to the Museum this rare opportunity to see these exquisite Khmer bronzes on the West Coast, particularly given the local presence of the largest Cambodian community in the United States,” said David Bomford, acting director of the J.Paul Getty Museum. “We are deeply grateful to our colleagues at the National Museum of Cambodia for lending us so many important pieces for this exhibition.” ---------------------------------MORE INFORMATION getty.edu Kneeling female figure made of bronze, from first half of 12th century Images courtesy National Museum of Cambodia
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10 SignAL TRiBUne CULTURe FeBRUARy 25, 2011 Two Long Beach maestros appointed to noted symphony orchestras Long Beach Symphony Orchestra recently announced that Music Director Enrique Arturo Diemecke and Principal POPS! Conductor Steven Reineke have been appointed to noted symphony orchestras. Maestro Diemecke was appointed music director of the Bogota Symphony Orchestra in Columbia, South America. Comprised of more than 100 musicians, it is the most important symphony orchestra in Columbia. Maestro Reineke was appointed principal pops conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1931, the National Symphony Orchestra is the artistic affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where it has presented annual concert seasons since the Center opened in 1971. applaud Maestros “We Diemecke and Reineke on their new positions with these distinguished orchestras,” says LBSO
Executive Director Robert Jones. “These recent appointments are yet another shining example of the world-class conductors we have leading the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra.” The recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Artist of the Year Award from the Arts Council for Long Beach, Enrique Arturo Diemecke is celebrating his 10th year as music director and conductor of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra during the 2010-2011 season. Diemecke is also principal guest conductor of the Orchestre National de Montpellier in France and in 2005 was named music director of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic. Among Diemecke’s many accolades are four Jean Fontaine Orpheus d’Or Gold Medals for “best vocal music recording” by France’s Academy of Lyric Recordings, including the 2010 Orpheus Prize for his recording of Jules Massenet’s opera, The Juggler of Notre Dame, starring Italian tenor Roberto Alagna. Diemecke received a Golden Record Award in honor of his best-selling recording of music by Revueltas, Chávez and Moncayo. In 2002, he was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the “best classical album” category for his recording, Chávez: Concertos for Violin and Piano. Reineke began his tenure as The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra’s principal POPS! conductor during the 2009-2010 season. He is also music director of The New York Pops, the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States. He holds the title of principal pops conductor with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and is the associate conductor of
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Enrique Arturo Diemecke
the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, where for more than 13 years he has served as a composer, arranger, and conducting protégé of the celebrated pops conductor Erich Kunzel. Reineke’s recent guest conducting appearances include the orchestras of Los Angeles,
Toronto, Houston, Detroit, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Vancouver and Edmonton. In 2009 he made his Boston Pops and Philadelphia Orchestra debuts. In 2008 Reineke made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting The New York Pops’ 25th Birthday Gala. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut in 2007
with entertainer Wayne Brady and returned to the Hollywood Bowl in 2008 to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition, Reineke conducted, arranged and orchestrated the music for Brady’s orchestral show and played the same role in his collaboration with rock legend Peter Frampton. ß
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The Long Beach Police Pipe Band was introduced at the opening ceremonies of the Scottish Festival last weekend at the Queen Mary Seawalk. The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) recently partnered with the Los Angeles Scottish Pipe Band, more commonly known as the LA Scots, who will now also be known as the Long Beach Police Pipe Band (LBPPB). The LA Scots are one of the premier pipe bands in the United States, and one of three bands in the country to achieve Grade 1 status in a Grade 1 to 5 distinguished classification ranking system for those bands who compete in the pipe band world championships.
It is a longstanding tradition in many police departments across the United States and around the world, to team up with bagpipe bands. The new LBPPB is a ceremonial pipe band that will perform at community events such as parades and festivals, and may also be used in funeral and memorial services. The association between the LBPD and the pipe band will have no financial impact on the police department or the City of Long Beach, yet it will serve as a positive representation of both and expose the practiced art of piping to residents and visitors in many different settings.
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Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson (far left) and BKBIA Executive Director Blair Cohn (center) discussed current and future projects in the Bixby Knolls area at the State of the District meeting Wednesday night.
association, the events set out to encourage a dialogue between businesses, artists and the residential communities and what Cohn defines as “an economic driver for the district.” BKBIA has provided a boost to the community by going door-todoor talking to several business and property owners and finding ways to promote business and foot traffic. other accomplishments for the district, according to Cohn, included helping Long Beach Police Department add business addresses where needed, establishing two of nine freeway signs to help direct people to the business district and, with the help of Boy Scout Troop 229, planting 34 trees from Bixby road to 35th Street. “As we’re driving, if we see a tree that is blocking a sign, we are going to trim it,” Cohn said. “If we see plants that are nothing but
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for assistance may have. There are limitations to those who can use the service, however. VITA program volunteers do not prepare business tax returns. In addition, the CSULB program can only assist those who made less than $50,000 in 2010. Those interested in having their 2010 tax returns prepared through the CSULB VITA program should bring the following items: proof of identification; Social Security cards, including spouse’s and dependents’ (or a Social Security number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration); birth dates, including spouse’s and dependents’; current year’s tax package; wage and earnings statements (W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers); and interest and dividend statements from banks (1099 forms). Additionally, clients should try to bring: a copy of their federal and state returns from last year, if available; bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit; total paid for day-care provider and the daycare provider’s tax identifying number (the provider’s Social Security
Accounting majors at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) are assisting students and members of the community with their 2010 tax returns free of charge through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which will run through March 25 at the university. VITA is a cooperative effort by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and many individual states, including California, to provide income tax assistance to low- and moderate-income individuals, the handicapped and the elderly. Volunteers are trained to prepare basic income tax returns at VITA sites, and returns can take up to 30 minutes to prepare. Every year, Cal State Long Beach’s volunteers prepare hundreds of returns for individuals both on and off campus. “Cal State Long Beach provides this great program every year, and it’s a win-win for our clients, who receive the service, and for the VITA volunteers, who get valuable hands-on experience,” said Amanda Baldwin, this year’s student VITA coordinator. “We want to make sure that more students and community members are aware that they can have their taxes done at the campus for free. The program is just one of the many examples of how Cal State Long Beach students help serve the Long Beach community.” Sponsored by the IRS but funded through the campus’s Beta Alpha Psi & Accounting Society, VITA helps students on campus and people from the community who cannot afford to go to paid preparers to get their taxes filed. At the same time, the program gives student volunteers valuable experience that can further help them to attain full-time employment in the accounting field. This year’s program has about 40 volunteers who have been trained and certified by the IRS to prepare and efile basic income tax returns and foreign-student tax returns. They are also qualified to answer many tax questions or concerns that those coming in
number or the provider’s business employer identification number); and, if a client paid rent for at least half of 2010 for property in California, he or she should have the rental dates and landlord’s information (name, address, phone number). It is also important to note that when filing taxes electronically on a married filing joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms. The CSULB VITA program operates out of Room 237 on the second floor of CSULB’s College of Business Administration (CBA) Building off of Bellflower Boulevard. It is open to assist students and members of the community daily Monday through Friday. Members of the community are advised to use the metered parking in Lot 15, adjacent to the CBA Building. The cost is $2 per hour. Walk-ins are welcome, but an appointment can be made by contacting Baldwin at (951) 235-1421 or by emailing her at email@example.com. Those interested can also visit the website at csulb.edu/~bap, then click on “VITA.” ß
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I had to drive up north via Interstate 5 recently and wanted some snacks for the road trip, for, as many of you know, while there are many places to grab a bite, most are fast-food joints or gas-station grocery mini marts. The criteria for my snack choices per serving: low fat, low sodium and less than 150 calories per serving (by the way, a serving size for chips is about 1 ounce, a handful, 10 to 14 chips). Here’s a short list of what I found in Ralphs’ chip aisle, which is full on both sides from front to back. Chips per serving Lays Classic 15 Lays Baked Original NA Doritos Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips N/A Doritos Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips Baked N/A Tostitos Scoops 12 Tostitos Scoops Baked N/A Sun Chips Original 16 Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Garlic Parmesan 10 Stacy’s Naked Pita Chips 10 Planters Peanuts, salted N/A
Calories 150 120 150 120 140 120 140 110 130 170
Sodium 180 mg 180 mg 180 mg 230 mg 120 mg 125 mg 120 mg 410 mg 270 mg 115 mg
Total fat 10 grams 2 grams 8 grams 3.5 grams 7 grams 3 grams 6 grams 1.5 grams 5 grams 15 grams
I know that when companies lower the fat content, up go the sodium levels. I opted for the Tostitos Baked Scoops and tried one before I filled my zip-lock baggie for the road. Straight up, it was like eating corn mush, and I suppose if you filled it with a spicy salsa, the scoop would be a good vehicle. But alone it was very unsatisfying. I veered over to the deli counter and found pretzel thins (or crisps) and pita chips, but they also turned out to be extremely high in sodium. When I left early in the morning, I ended up grabbing a Planters peanut one-ounce bag and a bag of apple slices. And although peanuts are high in fat, at least it is the good monounsaturated fat, and they are quite satisfying. I recommend that, when choosing chips (or crackers for that matter), read the labels. The terms “multigrain,” “baked,” “whole grain,” “low sodium,” “gluten free” or “low cholesterol” can be misleading. Taste varies by personal preference, so try items before serving for a party or having on hand for snacks. It was a good trip, if only I hadn’t run into that recent rainstorm…..oh, well. At least I had provisions on board!
Construction and landscaping are underway on a small passive park in the 6th District that will be part of a bicycle pathway that leads south toward Orange Avenue. A name for the park, 2300 Martin Luther King Ave., has yet to be determined, but City of Long Beach Park Development Officer Anna Mendiola said the City will discuss an approximate date of unveiling at the beginning of March.
“It’s a small mini park that can ideally serve for picnics for families,” Mendiola said. The park will include picnic tables, a rock path, drinking fountains and other landscaping features for the community. “This mini park would be a great spot for riders to maybe take a small break or enjoy lunch,” said Long Beach resident and occasional cyclist Raquel Weber.
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Hansen then pointed out that Simmons had nevertheless been quick to post it on his blog. Forester dismissed the mailer as “misinformation” and said he is a friend to families in Signal Hill. “I would never do anything to hurt those families,” he said. Regarding Simmons’s claim that the city’s drinking water contains unsafe levels of arsenic, which he says is based on a recent New York Times article, Hansen pointed out that that study tested arsenic levels before treatment, not after. “They do not differentiate between pre-treated water and post-treated water,” Hansen said. “We have never been shut down by the California Health Department. We have never been on a ‘boiled water’ order, as other cities have been. We have never been told we can’t drink our water. So, when you look at the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) safeguards, yes, our water is absolutely safe. And do you really think that a mom of 6-year-old twins would sit back and allow the City to give water to the residents that does not meet the EPA standard? No, I would not.” Simmons then claimed that Signal Hill does not have a treatment facility to remove arsenic from the water, as Long Beach does. “I believe we could get better-quality water from Long Beach that is better treated,” Simmons said. Forester rebutted by saying, “I think Mr. Simmons needs to check his facts. We had one of the first treatment facilities for arsenic in our Gundry reservoir facility. It has been written up by EPA; EPA came out and visited. WRD (Water Replenishment District) gave us a no-interest loan to build it. We are within limits. You have to know your facts.” When Dudley asked the candidates if they think redevelopment funds should be used by the City to fund a new library, Forester and Hansen were in agreement that they should, whereas Simmons disagreed, stating that the City should instead focus on ventures that generate revenue. “By doing the library, we will max out our bond potential for other redevelopment agency [projects],” Simmons said. “The redevelopment agency has a $13-million budget, and so, whatever projects we take on, it has to be able to be paid back. So, if we do the library, we can’t do something else. We need, especially considering our structural budget deficit, considering we’re spending money at a non-sustainable rate, we need to invest in revenue-generators.” He suggested building restaurants in the area just south of the Fresh & Easy market, which, he said, is a blighted area, and hotels near the hospitals on Atlantic Avenue. “Instead, we’re using redevelopment money and opportunity to create a liability (the library) which is going to increase our budget deficit.” Forester countered by saying, “We should absolutely use it for the library.” He said that all the plans for the facility have been completed and
all the mitigation statements are in place. Forester said that if redevelopment funds are indeed dropped by mid-year, the City is already positioned to use that money for the library. “Unless you have a project ready, it can’t go to redevelopment,” he said. “We’re project-ready with the library.” Hansen used an “apples to oranges” analogy to clarify Simmons’s statement about the City’s so-called structural budget deficit. “It’s general-fund money, which is mostly from our sales tax, versus redevelopment money, which comes from our property tax,” she said. Hansen also explained that, since the governor wants the redevelopment agencies shut down, the City must act quickly on projects that are already in place. “If the redevelopment agency is shut down on July 1 of 2011, and we have not bonded out our remaining future property-tax increase, we will lose that money forever,” she said. “And the only way we can bond out, redevelopment law says, you must have a definable project, and it must be completed in three years. We don’t have a definable set of restaurants by Fresh & Easy. We don’t have a definable hotel on Atlantic and Spring. We can’t bond out and then just hold the money and find something. We have to have a definable project; we use it or lose it.” When the moderator asked the candidates if they believe Signal Hill’s real-estate values have depreciated, compared to other cities, Forester said they have not. “We have been very wise about what we’ve built and where we’ve built,” Forester said. Hansen agreed with him, saying, “If you look at the assessor’s information from last year, Signal Hill’s property values actually plateaued, and Long Beach property values went down another five percent.” Simmons’s response opened a new proverbial can of worms. “I think this question goes back to our identity,” he said. “Does it make sense to build strip clubs a thousand feet from right here?” Forester addressed that question by saying he wishes people would understand the two “adult-entertainment” businesses in the city. “Our council had absolutely no choice, by a United States Supreme Court ruling that every city in the United States has to have an adult-entertainment area and it cannot be overtly sexual,” he said, noting that the City has been conscientious about where those venues are located and that the new police station will be positioned across the street from one of them. “By law, I could not stop [the venues from opening.]”
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Attendees at Wednesday’s Signal Hill Council candidate forum listened to Simmons, Hansen and Forester debate the issue of protecting residents’ views versus preserving the city’s trees, among a plethora of other topics.
Another issue addressed during the forum included what should be done about the two abandoned homes on Hill Street, which the councilmembers noted are actually located in the city of Long Beach. “That’s where building a strong relationship with Long Beach helps out,” Simmons said. Forester noted that he himself is friends with Long
Beach Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell, whose district contains the homes, and that he is indeed working with O’Donnell on the matter. During another part of the forum in which Simmons bemoaned what he called “voter apathy” in the city, Hansen brought up the fact that Simmons did not vote in the 2009 elec-
tion. Simmons explained that he did not vote at that time because he and his wife had just moved to Signal Hill and he did not want to cancel out the vote of someone better informed since he did not yet know the issues. For more information about the March 1 election, call (562) 9897305 or visit cityofsignalhill.org. ß
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and other things,” said Nini Horn, Steve’s wife. “One of the things I loved about Steve was that he always had a lot of interests– music, theater, politics– and that started at an early age. His school had a wonderful music department. He played the French horn, which he had to borrow. I think he was also influenced by his parents, who were passionately interested in international politics. His mom was of Irish origin and his dad was of German origin, and they would have lively debates.” Steve and Nini met in 1953 while they were both attending Stanford. She was a humanities major studying history, and he was planning to teach music. They married in 1954. “He originally thought he was going to teach music or be a symphony conductor,” Nini said. “Then he wanted to be a city manager. He eventually settled on political science.” Steve continued his education, earning a master’s degree in public administration at Harvard University and returning to Stanford for a doctorate in political science. Between 1960 and 1970, Horn received fellowships and held analyst and teaching positions in Washington D.C. During those years, he helped work on the Medicare program, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. “We originally went to Washington D.C. because Steve got a fellowship that was supposed to last nine months, and we ended up staying a decade,” Nini said. A strong proponent of higher edu-
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City of Signal Hill TST3670•2175CherryAvenuew SignalHill,CA90755-3799 PUBLIC HEARING - NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT NEGATIVE DECLARATION NO. 12/3/10(1) FOR ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT 10-04 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN thatonTuesday,March8,2011,thePlanning Commission oftheCityofSignalHillwillconductapublichearingat7:00p.m. intheCityCouncilChamberlocatedatCityHall,2175CherryAvenue,Signal Hill,California,toreviewtheitemsdescribedbelow. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN thatonTuesday,March15,2011,theCity Council oftheCityoftheCityofSignalHillwillconductapublichearingat 7:00p.m.intheCityCouncilChamberlocatedatCityHall,2175Cherry Avenue,SignalHill,California,toreviewtheitemsdescribedbelow.
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The post office located at 2300 Redondo Ave. in Long Beach was named in honor of Steve Horn, who was responsible for Signal Hill acquiring its own ZIP code.
cation, Horn became president of Cal State Long Beach in 1970. Under his leadership, the college established new academic programs (including an honors program, a senior citizen program, and the Disabled Student Resources Center) and reformed already existing programs. Horn was elected chairman of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in 1985, and in 1986 a national study named him as one of the 100 most effective college presidents in the country. “Our campus benefitted greatly from his leadership and vision,” said current Cal State Long Beach president F. King Alexander in a released statement. “Steve was responsible for
establishing many programs that set the campus apart in terms of how students and the community were served…Cal State Long Beach is a stronger university for Steve Horn’s leadership.” Always interested in government and politics, Horn decided to run for Congress. He lost the race to fellow Republican Dana Rohrabacher in 1988 and then tried again in 1991 after Congressional lines were redrawn. Horn led a volunteer-driven campaign, which was often run out of his son’s apartment. This time he won the 38th District (which then included most of Long Beach and Lakewood, a small portion of San Pedro, including the Port of Los Angeles, and all of Bellflower, Downey, Paramount, and Signal Hill), one of the most Democratic in California. During his five terms in office, he often broke ranks with his party. He used a bipartisan approach to reform campaign finance, create a working budget, and secure funding for the Alameda Corridor, the Los Angeles River Flood Control Project, and major projects at educational institutions. He also helped get Signal Hill its own postal code designation. In total, he sponsored 60 bills (eight of which were enacted) and co-sponsored 1,100. Horn was active in the community as well. He chaired a regional United Way campaign, was a founding member and secretary of the Long Beach Economic Development Corporation and the Long Beach Economic Development Commission, vice chair of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Mayor’s Task Force to save the Long Beach Symphony. Following a 2001 reapportionment, Horn announced his retirement. Today his former district, whose lines have been redrawn, is represented by Democrats Laura Richardson and Linda Sanchez. Over the years, Horn has also served as vice chairman of the US Civil Rights Commission, chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Management of the Committee on Government Reform, and author of three books on government. “He was a fascinating man with a wonderful, self-deprecating sense of humor,” Steve Horn Jr. said. “And he was very, very focused on helping people. I can’t tell you how many people have told me that something my dad said or did influenced their lives.” Horn is survived by: his wife of 57 years, Nini Moore Horn; his son Steve Horn Jr. of Long Beach; daughter Marcia Horn of Phoenix; and a grandson. ß
ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT 10-04 AMENDMENTS TO SIGNAL HILL MUNICIPAL CODE CHAPTERS 20.20, “COMMERCIAL DISTRICTS” RELATED TO STORAGE USES AND 20.22, “STORAGE YARD FENCES.” ITEMS PROPOSED INCLUDE: • PROHIBIT NEW STORAGE YARDS (RESULTING IN APPROXIMATELY 100 EXISTING STORAGE YARDS BEING CLASSIFIED AS LEGAL, NONCONFORMING) • PROHIBIT THE FOLLOWING AT EXISTING STORAGE YARDS AND AREAS, SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING NEW STANDARDS: • NO STACKING OF CONTAINERS • NO STORAGE ON TOP OF VEHICLES • NO STORAGE ON TOP OF CONTAINERS • MINIMUM 5’ SETBACK FOR OUTDOOR STORAGE IF ABUTTING A RESIDENTIAL ZONE • REQUIRE STORAGE AT EXISTING STORAGE YARDS TO BE ADEQUATELY CONCEALED FROM VIEW FROM ADJACENT PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY; COMPANY-OWNED VEHICLES ARE EXEMPTED •REQUIRE EXISTING STORAGE YARDS AND AREAS TO COMPLY WITH STORMWATER REGULATIONS (STAFF PREPARED DRAFT COMPLIANCE PLANS FOR EXISTING STORAGE YARDS AND AREAS IDENTIFYING CORRECTIVE ACTIONS NECESSARY PER PROPOSED ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT 10-04) ALL INTERESTED PERSONS areherebyinvitedtoattendPublicHearings topresentwritteninformation,expresstheiropinionsorotherwisepresentevidenceontheabovematter.Ifyouwishtolegallychallengeanyactiontaken bytheCityontheabovematter,youmaybelimitedtoraisingonlythose issuesyouorsomeoneelseraisedatthePublicHearingsdescribedinthis notice,orinwrittencorrespondencedeliveredtotheCitypriortooratthe PublicHearings. A NEGATIVE DECLARATION hasbeenpreparedinconjunctionwiththe subjectZoningOrdinanceAmendmentbasedonaninitialstudythatfound nosignificantenvironmentalimpactsassociatedwiththeproposal. THE FILE containingNegativeDeclaration12/3/10(1)relevanttotheproposalmaybeinspectedbythepublicbetweenthehoursof7:30a.m.to5:30 p.m.,MondaythroughThursday,and7:30a.m.to4:30p.m.onFridays,in theCommunityDevelopmentDepartmentatCityHall. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED tosubmitwrittencommentstotheCommunity DevelopmentDepartment,duringthereviewperiodfromFebruary25,2011 –March15,2011priortoCityCounciladoptionoftheNegativeDeclaration. Writtencommentsmayalsobesubmittedatthepublichearings. FURTHER INFORMATION onthisitemmaybeobtainedattheCityofSignal HillCommunityDevelopmentDepartmentlocatedat2175CherryAvenue, SignalHill,California,orbyemailingReinaSchaetzl,AssistantPlannerat firstname.lastname@example.org orcallingat(562)989-7341. PublishedintheSignalTribunenewspaper(nolessthan1/8page): February25,2011 PostedinaccordancewithS.H.M.C.Section1.08.010: February25,2011 Mailedtoaffectedpropertyowners: February25,2011
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voTe for matthew SImmoNS for Signal hill City Council on Tuesday, march 1st
Signal hill SPeNDS money at an unsustainable rate: •ParamountandSignalHillbothexperienceda~$3Milliondropinrevenue.Paramountusedlessthan2% oftheirreservefunds,SignalHillused70% ofitseconomicreserves. •Signal Hill’s operating reserves are HALF of what they were in 2009. Atthis rate,wewillbeoperatingonfumesby2014.Camden,NewJerseyspentits moneyatanunsustainablerateandhadtocutitsPoliceForceinhalf.
Simmons: Your Taxpayer Watchdog •IsourCouncilpushingforwardonanew$11.3 Million bondforalibrary,which wecannotafford? •DidourCouncilapprovea$900,000 drinking water well in a contaminated location,despitetheadviceofgeologists? •DidSignalHillrepeatedlysellitsresidentsdrinking water withnearlytwice the recommendedsafetylevelsofArsenic,apoisonous heavymetalwhichcauses cancer.
The 2007 election was decided by one vote. By working together, we can balance our budget and ensure safe drinking water.
VOTE for SIMMONS for City Council on Tuesday, March 1st
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