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In closely watched election, Forester and Hansen retain SH Council seats after hard-fought campaigns against Simmons; Fersch and Pacheco re-elected unopposed Cory Bilicko Managing Editor

Bringing an end to one of the most contentious campaign seasons in recent Signal Hill history, on Tuesday night in Council Chambers that city’s election officials announced the results of the City Council election, with incumbents Tina Hansen and Larry Forester again securing seats on that five-member governing body. This term will be the fourth for Forester, who has served on the Council since 1998. Hansen, who has been on the Council since 1994, will be entering her fifth term as a result of this election. By 9:30pm Tuesday, poll workers from all three precincts in the city had turned in their respective ballots, and all but 116 vote-by-mail (VBM) ballots had been counted. Those 116 will be sent to the Los Angeles RegistrarRecorder/County Clerk (RRCC) for signature verification. California Elections Code Section 3019 requires the election official to compare the voter’s signature on the vote-by-mail ballot with that appearing on the affi-

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(clockwise from top left) Signal Hill Deputy City Clerk Becky Burleson; Signal Tribune publisher Neena Strichart; Signal Hill resident Maria Harris; candidate Matt Simmons; and City Clerk Kathleen Pacheco observe City staff members Elise McCaleb, Kim Boles and Mary Gilmore verify information on vote-by-mail ballots before they are fed into the tabulating machine.

davit of registration. “We made the decision at the beginning of the absentee period to have signatures on

the VBM ballots verified by the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk,” said Signal Hill Deputy City Clerk Becky

Re-elected SH councilmembers reflect on election during Wednesday’s meeting

Burleson, who oversaw the election process. “To be clear, the actual voted ballots are stored in a secured area in

City Hall. We photocopy the ID envelope with the voter’s signature and address and submit the photocopy to the RRCC for verification. We then staple the verified photocopy to the yellow voter ID envelope.” A provisional ballot is issued at the poll when a voter’s registration cannot be verified, such as when the voter is at the wrong polling place or isn’t registered to vote, or if the record shows that the voter applied for a VBM ballot and cannot produce the ballot to surrender to the precinct workers. “These ballots are placed in a separate envelope and returned with the precinct supplies to the election official,” Burleson said. “We then ensure that the voter did not vote twice by either going to the correct polling place or that the voter did not also vote by mail. The signature and address on provisional ballot envelopes are also verified by the RRCC.” According to City Clerk Kathleen Pacheco, who was present during the ballot-verification and tabulating see eleCtion page 10

LB Councilmembers travel to D.C. to advocate for shore restoration, community development grants Cory Bilicko

CJ Dablo

Managing Editor

Staff Writer

As they congratulated their peers, Tina Hansen and Larry Forester, for their successful bid for re-election to Signal Hill City Council, Councilmembers Mike Noll and Ellen Ward raised their glasses of water during Wednesday’s Council meeting. Their small act was a subtle acknowledgement of the vigorous campaign the incumbent councilmembers organized against challenger Matt Simmons. Simmons had proposed several ideas to his constituency, including a solution to wind down Signal Hill’s water department and purchase drinking water through the City of Long Beach. Simmons had earlier criticized the quality of Signal Hill’s water and blasted that see CounCil page 17

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Signal Hill Councilmembers Larry Forester and Tina Hansen

Earlier this week, Long Beach Councilmembers Robert Garcia and Gary DeLong, along with Tom Modica, director of Government Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, visited Washington D.C. to advocate on behalf of the City of Long Beach as part of its Federal Legislation Committee, of which DeLong is chair and Garcia is vice chair. They met with federal officials and had meetings with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Justice, the Department of Transportation, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water, and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. see D.C. page 9

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First District Long Beach Councilmember Robert Garcia in Washington DC this week.


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Stephanie Raygoza Editorial Intern

The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) has implemented a new software program that will provide a real-time tracking tool to combat graffiti vandalism and its suspects. The Tracking Automated and Graffiti Reporting System (TAGRS) is designed to help lawenforcement identify suspects by storing and tracking graffiti incidents into a shared database. Originated by the Orange County Sheriffs Department, the program is also being used in Los Angeles County. Signal Hill’s program is linked to the Orange County database, but it will eventually be a part of the Los Angeles County database. “In December, the Council was talking about graffiti, and we noticed a slight increase in graffiti over the last month or so,” said SHPD Captain Ronald Mark. “So we started looking at better ways that we can track it and better ways that we can go after the taggers.” TAGRS utilizes two mains sources for data retrieval. Public Works employees use a Blackberry mobile Smartphone device to take a

picture of the graffiti and, after they submit the photo, the device’s internal GPS locks in the coordinates of where the graffiti is located. The employees will also enter data that include the exact location, amount of damage, date and time discovered and anything significant found at the scene. The data compiled by Public Works show up in the databases the following day where law-enforcement officials have access to view, edit and update the report with known information, including the moniker and gang or crew affiliation. Crime reports conducted by police officials provide a second form of data retrieval by incorporating updated information into TAGRS. “The goal of TAGRS is that it does two things,” Mark said. “It satisfies the Public Works’ needs to track cost of recovery, cost of materials, cost of labor. But what it really is, is a law-enforcement database.” Prior to the introduction of TAGRS, Mark said SHPD would primarily rely on crime reports, and Public Works would submit a monthly report on graffiti. “We had our trends through our crime reports and what Public

Works did, but if we were to try to research a moniker, we would have to hand-search everything, whereas now it’s instantaneous,” Mark said. “It was a lot more labor-intensive [before].” The software program has already helped Los Angeles and Orange counties make a number of arrests. According to Mark, Los Angeles County sheriffs recently had a large crackdown on taggers that were identified using the TAGRS system. Signal Hill police officials have yet to make any arrests under the TAGRS program, which was implemented by them in January, and they are primarily focusing on compiling data. In the last three years, Signal Hill police have arrested 26 people for graffiti. Suspects who are arrested for graffiti vandalism and found guilty are charged for malicious mischief, which oftentimes is a misdemeanor. However, if the dollar amount of damage is more than $900, it is considered a felony. “It’s another tool we’re using to track graffiti and hopefully down the road make some arrests,” Mark said. “The object now is to backtrack anyone that we arrest to see what other damage they’ve done.”

Burgess awarded rose Career achievement award by LB Police Officers association Last week, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) Sergeant Ronald Burgess Jr. was awarded with the Richard A. Rose Career Achievement Award. The award was established by the honorary members of the Long Beach Police Officers Association in memory of Sergeant Richard A. Rose, and it is bestowed upon an active police officer who has a minimum of 20 years of service with the LBPD and has demonstrated outstanding integrity, loyalty, and professionalism throughout his career. Burgess is a 25-plus year veteran of the department. During his career, he has served as a patrol officer, a field training officer, and as a felony unit. He was a member of SWAT for nine years until being promoted to the rank of sergeant in June of 2000. While on SWAT, he became an MP-5 submachine gun instructor, trained as a sniper, and was one of the first EMTs on the team. Burgess has also taught numerous courses at the Long Beach Police Academy and has received more than 50 commendations and numerous meritorious awards and unit citations. He was selected as Police Officer of the Year in 1998 by the Long Beach Police Officers Association honoraries and awarded a Silver Star for bravery from the American Police Hall of Fame. Burgess is currently assigned as the supervisor of the Port Security Unit, which was formed in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks to ensure and support security in the second largest port in the nation. Burgess’s father, Ronald Burgess Sr., also served on the LBPD for 37 years. He was also a sniper on SWAT who was awarded a Purple Heart after being shot in the line of duty

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DUlCET ToNES What Part of Long Beach City College Music Department’s Concert Series, “The Virtuoso Double Bass” When Friday, March 4 at 7:30pm Where Ruth Todd Concert Hall, 4901 East Carson St. More Info Reserved tickets for this concert are highly recommended and will be priced at $10. Non-reserved students and seniors are $5 (if space allows). Call (562) 938-4411. BECoME CYClE-SAVVY What Bicycle Master Plan Update community workshops When Saturday, March 5. Bike ride from 1pm to 2:30pm, meeting from 2:30pm to 4pm Where El Dorado Park West Social Hall/Senior Center, 2800 Studebaker Rd. More Info Bicycle Master Plan workshops offer the opportunity to learn about and experience innovative bicycle facility treatments, including bike boulevards and sharrows, while participating in the planning of an innovative alternative transportation system that serves users of all ages and skill levels. Call (562) 570-6667, email bikelongbeach@longbeach.gov, or visit bikelongbeach.org. 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. B-E-E What The 10th annual National Elementary School Spelling Bee When Sunday, March 6 at 2pm Where Bay Shore Church auditorium, 5100 E. The Toledo More Info This bee is for US students in grades 3-5. There will be free street parking and a free parking in the lot at the corner of Granada Avenue and Livingston Drive. Cost for applicants is $40. $5 per spectator at the door. All spellers must be present and signed-in by 1:30pm. Contact justin@justinrudd.com. THE NEXT SUPPER What Monthly supper Who Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association’s Supper Club When Monday, March 7 at 6:30pm Where Capretto, 3819 Atlantic Ave. More Info Cost is $18.50 per person (plus tax and tip). The concept of the Bixby Knolls Supper Club is to support local restaurants on Monday nights, which are typically slow. Reservations are a must. MEET AND EAT What Monthly breakfast meeting Who The Good Neighbors of North Long Beach When Tuesday, March 8 from 7am to 8:15am Where Spires Restaurant, 1935 Del Amo Blvd. (at Cherry Ave.) More Info Guest speaker Tiffany Chen, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Long Beach, will talk about what it means to be a sustainable city. Attendees are invited to bring a neighbor or friend. THE RoAD To SUCCESS What College of Business Administration (CBA) Notable Speaker Series event, with a speech on “The Journey from CBA Student to CEO” Who Hosted by CSULB When Thursday, March 10 at 6pm with reception at 7:30pm Where The Pointe Conference Center of the campus’s Walter Pyramid, 1250 Bellflower Blvd. More Info A 1975 graduate of CSULB, Cynthia Stamper Graff is a nationally recognized expert in weight management and is the head of Lindora, Inc. Graff will talk about her personal journey of wellness, leadership and becoming a successful business owner. Visit csulb.edu/colleges/cba/nss.

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Sergeant Ronald Burgess Jr. has served on the Long Beach Police Department over 25 years and has received more than 50 commendations and numerous meritorious awards and unit citations.

by an armed suspect. Background on Sergeant richard a. rose Rose served the LBPD for 30 years working as a patrol officer and a vice and homicide detective. He was promoted to sergeant in January 1994 and was later assigned to the office of the Chief of Police as the employee relations sergeant until the end of his

career with the police department. During his career, he was selected as one of LBPD’s “Top Cops” in 1990 and the recipient of the Michael Sergi Award in 1998. He also received more than 60 commendations from residents, civic groups and other law-enforcement agencies. Rose retired from the department on Oct. 23, 1998 and lost his battle with esophageal cancer the following month.

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Now is the best time for Californians to plant trees

Thoughts from the Publisher

By The Arbor Day Foundation

California’s Arbor Day is nearly here, and the best way to observe the holiday is to plant trees. Arbor Day in California will be celebrated March 7–14. While National Arbor Day is held on the last Friday in April, several states, including California, observe the holiday at a time best suited for tree planting for their residents. Before you get started, make sure you’re planting the right tree in the right place. A tree serves many purposes. It is wise to first determine which functions are most important to you when selecting a new tree to plant. The main functions of a tree are: Shade Trees are an excellent source for cooling because not only do they block the rays of the sun, they add water to the air through transpiration. Plant where you want the shadow during the hottest time of the year. Beauty Trees add color and can enhance your home depending on where it’s planted. windbreak These are most effective when you plant trees in a dense, step-like arrangement of both conifers and deciduous trees. Boundaries Trees can help delineate your property. Once you determine the tree’s function, you need to pick the best spot to plant it. To help ensure that you plant the right tree in the right place, there are a few things to consider: Short flowering trees are ideally planted under power lines. These trees will not clash with the lines and will add color and beauty to your yard. Some examples of short flowering trees are redbuds, dogwoods and crabapples. Large deciduous trees are best used to shade your home and yard. These trees should be planted on the southeast, southwest and west side of your home to provide cooling shade in the summer and won’t obstruct the low winter sun. Examples of large shade trees are maples, oaks, spruce and many pine species. To slow strong winter winds, many

people use evergreen trees, but large deciduous trees work well too. Windbreaks should be planted on the north side of your home, a fair distance from the nearest structure. Spruce, firs and pine trees make fine windbreaks. Before you plant, you should also discover which trees grow best in California. To do so, consult the Arbor Day Foundation’s Hardiness Zone Map at www.arborday.org/treeinfo, or contact a local nursery or arborist. Once you’ve determined the function of your tree and which species you’d like, you’re ready to plant. You must take special care of your tree during planting time to ensure that it will grow healthy and strong. When planting a containerized tree, there are six steps you need to take. 1. Call before you dig. Call the 811 hotline to have underground utilities located. 2. Handle your tree with care. Always lift it up by its root ball and keep its roots moist until you plant it. 3. Dig the proper hole. Dig 2 to 5 times wider than the diameter of the root ball with sloping sides. 4. Dig to the proper depth. The trunk flare of your tree should sit slightly above ground level. 5. Back fill the hole with native soil. That is, unless the soil is all clay. Tamp soil gently to fill large air spaces. 6. Mulch your new tree. Add 2-3 inches of mulch around the planting area but keep it 1-2 inches away from the trunk. Planting instructions for bare-root, ball and burlap trees are found at arborday.org/trees/tips/treeplanting.cfm. Americans have been planting trees on Arbor Day since 1872. Nebraska City, Neb., resident, civic leader and agriculturist J. Sterling Morton urged Nebraskans to “set aside one day to plant trees, both forest and fruit.” The tree-planting holiday was so popular that by 1920, more than 45 states and U.S. territories annually celebrated Arbor Day. Today, the tree-planters’ holiday is observed in all 50 states and in many countries around the world.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Social insecurity? Okay, people, I will try and explain it to the people who insist on calling Social Security an “entitlement.” Social Security is not an entitlement. According to my Webster’s, an entitlement is a “gift.” Social Security, which I paid into by “order of my government,” was not a gift. It was an insurance program that was supposed to take care of the people who paid into it after they were retired from their jobs. Nobody asked me if I wanted to contribute to the plan. I had three children to support and that little bit of money I contributed each pay day could have gone towards a pair of shoes for one of the children or something more important than the nebulous thought I had, at that time, that I would ever be old enough to collect on my contributions. Social Security is a right. According to my Webster’s, a right is that which is due to anyone by just claim,

legal guarantees or moral principles, etc. Now, can the people who are so anxious to salvage Social Security please remember– you may be floating in a cloud of denial that the day will ever come when that monthly check you were promised will be your lifeline to food, clothing and shelter, but, believe me, it is possible. Life has a way of hitting you where it hurts sometimes. When you’re young, you can’t imagine getting so old you need a pick-me-up, but ask your parents or grandparents if they could manage without that check to help them. It was supposed to be an insurance policy guaranteed by our government, so we have no reason to feel guilty for receiving our checks. That’s what “insurance” is for– when we retire. The Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) promised us that. Vivian C. nelson Long Beach

by Neena Strichart

Now that the Signal Hill election is over, I am so tempted to give my opinion regarding the whole negative campaigning business that took place …but I won’t. Not now, anyway. So, on with another topic… I have celiac disease, as does my mother. It is no fun, as we cannot consume wheat, rye, barley, malt or most oats. That means no regular pizza, pasta, cereal, cake, cookies, crackers, waffles, pancakes, pie, and most disturbingly– NO BEER! Oh sure, we can get specialty foods that sorta kinda taste like those things listed above, but it is more costly and many times necessary to drive quite a way to purchase such items. Why do I bring this up? I just learned that March is National Nutrition Month. It was just brought to my attention by Lee & Associates in an emailed press release titled “Gluten-Free Lifestyle Diet Trend Draws Attention to Often-Undiagnosed Celiac Disease, Simple Natural Cure.” Mom and I have known about our condition for about seven years now and have only recently found the whole gluten-free thing becoming more mainstream. Several chain restaurants are now offering glutenfree menu choices and even Bisquick is offering a gluten-free baking mix. Speaking of restaurants, my pals at Delius Restaurant have even brought in a gluten-free beer or two for those of us who want or need to keep gluten out of our diets. Now that’s what I call putting the customer first! Going back to that email from Lee & Associates, here are excerpts of what they had to say on the topic: Going gluten-free is the latest weight-loss diet craze among celebrities, but being aware of the celiac disease condition from which it originated can be a “life or death” choice for the one out of every 133 million Americans afflicted, and the millions more who are not even aware they are affected. Because of its symptoms, which overlap other health disorders, celiac disease often goes undiagnosed, although a lifetime commitment to a strict gluten-free diet usually and completely eliminates the variety of severe, often painful symptoms. Gluten-free products include the new rice, artichoke and quinoa pastas. By going back to these ancient grains, it is easier to avoid the allergy build-up from wheat, now also commonly found in a good number of food, drinks and even medications. Additional Facts about celiac disease: it is a lifelong, inherited autoimmune condition affecting children and adults. Gluten has been identified as the sole trigger. For celiacs, foods that contain gluten create an immune-mediated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine, preventing food to be properly absorbed. This is because the villi (tiny hair-like projections in the small intestine that absorb nutrients from food) are damaged and do not effectively absorb basic nutrients– proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. Untreated CD resulting in damage to the small bowel can be chronic and life threatening, causing an increased risk of serious, associated nutritional and immune related disorders. Gluten is the common name for the proteins in specific grains that are harmful to persons with CD. These proteins are found in all forms of wheat, including durum, semolina, spelt, kamut, einkorn and faro. Related grains rye, barley and triticale also must be eliminated. At present, a strict gluten-free diet is the only therapy.

after the smoke has cleared…

Surprised with a prize

I am writing to express my dislike and concern regarding the recent election. Some of the campaign material that circulated in this election contained misleading, hurtful and incorrect allegations. Campaigns that run on misleading information and not on fact are dangerous. I know it’s the responsibility of the voter to discern between the various candidates. Even if all the candidates are making sensible statements, it’s difficult to decide upon whom to choose. However, an intentionally deceitful campaign only makes it that much more difficult for voters to choose. The residents of Signal Hill deserve the best. It’s the voters’ responsibility to choose the best representatives for their city. Last Tuesday, the voters were able to see past the smoke and mirrors and made the best choices for our City.

What a nice surprise! We got to play– and win! We loved getting that call from you about winning one of the prize packages in this year’s Sweetheart Sweepstakes. Thank you and all the businesses and individuals contributing prizes– some of which we get to enjoy this year for ourselves– for this fun event. We look forward to this each year. To us it’s like a reverse scavenger hunt, where we deposit something instead of find something. We prep the coupons on the page with our address labels and phone number. We then cut them out, work out a driving route, stack the coupons in that order and go. I drive and Jackie delivers. We talk about each place as we go. If parking is a problem, I just drive around the block while she deposits the coupon. Closed businesses meant coupon delivery later in the week. We met some nice people along the way and saw places new to us. Now that we have been introduced, we already know some new spots to visit in our neighborhood– thanks to you. Again, what a nice surprise– a great way to start the new year.

edward Villanueva Signal Hill [Ed. Note– Edward Villanueva ran for Signal Hill City Council in 2006 and 2008.]

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reward offered for information leading to arrest of individual(s) who burned cat On Sunday, Feb. 20, at approximately 11:15am, officers from the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to the 1100 block of Daisy Avenue in response to a call that a cat had been severely burned and was in need of emergency treatment. Officers arrived on the scene and found the animal on a walkway, with its fur still smoldering. Due to the cat’s immense suffering, they immediately transported the animal to an emergency veterinary hospital where it was evaluated by a veterinarian and humanely euthanized. The preliminary investigation revealed that the cat, a young adult of one or two years, was burned. The cat appeared to have been multi-colored, with dark gray or black as its predominant color, with a dark tail, white back feet, and a patch of white on the face. The exact time of the inci-

dent is unknown. A press release issued by the Long Beach Police Department this week noted that animal cruelty is a serious crime and that offenders are also likely to commit acts of violence on humans. Punishments for animal cruelty crimes can include fines and/or jail time. Cases of animal neglect or cruelty may be reported to Animal Care Services at (562) 570-7387. Improper care of animals can include lack of proper shelter, failure to provide food and water, unlawful breeding, and denying an animal needed medical care. To report an act of cruelty in progress, or an animal in immediate need of assistance, call 9-1-1. This week, the nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the crime. Justin Rudd, CAT’s

founder, then began a Facebook campaign to generate more money for the reward. “The reward is now up to $4,055 with help from Friends of Long Beach Animals and several individuals,” Rudd said. “Anyone wanting to pledge toward the reward money being offered can do so with an email to Justin@JustinRudd.com. We want Long Beach to be a place where animals are loved and respected. We want to send a strong message that we care about all living creatures here.” Those with information regarding this act of cruelty are asked to call Long Beach Police Department Violent Crimes Detective David Ternullo at (562) 570-7657. Tipsters can also submit information via text or email on the LBPD website longbeach.gov/police or directly to Tipsoft tipsoft.com. ß

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Shawn Hoctor, a Signal Hill resident who is the accounting manager at Montage Hotels & Resorts, will perform in CHOC Follies for the fourth year. ------------------------------------MORE INFORMATION choc.org

Prayer, Healing, and YOU! Spiritual Restoration and Development

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.

Why You Should Know About Christian Science Healing — Friday, March 11 at 7pm — at e Grand 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach is lecture is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, LB

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March is Microchip Month at Uptown Animal Hospital! Free exam for new and returning clients through the Month of April! Uptown Animal Hospital is now under new ownership!

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Did you know? 3 out of 4 lost pets are reunited with their owners because they had a Microchip!

Two juvenile suspects arrested for attempted burglary to wrigley home while 14-year-old resident was inside Two juvenile males were arrested Monday after they attempted to burglarize a home but were surprised by a 14-year-old boy who was inside. On Feb. 28, at approximately 10am, Long Beach police officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Lime Avenue regarding a burglary that had just occurred. When they arrived, they learned that two male juvenile subjects who live nearby attempted to break into a residence. The two juveniles knocked on the front door of the residence. A 14-year-old boy who was inside the residence heard the knocks and saw the two subjects but did not answer the door. Minutes later, one

of the juveniles jumped into the backyard of the residence while the other remained in front, acting as a lookout. The juvenile removed an airconditioning unit from the window frame and began to enter the home through the window when suddenly the 14-year-old boy entered the room and surprised the juvenile burglar. The suspect then fled from the scene without telling his lookout partner that he was leaving. The boy in the residence called police and provided a detailed description of the burglary suspects. Officers arrived within minutes and found the lookout partner still looking out across from the

IrS says $129 million in 2007 tax refunds still unclaimed Refunds totaling more than $129 million may be waiting for nearly 124,000 Californians who did not file a federal income tax return for 2007, the Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday. However, to collect the money, a return for 2007 must be filed with the IRS no later than Monday, April 18, 2011. The IRS estimates that these potential 2007 refunds are $597 or more. Nationally, $1.1 billion may be waiting for nearly 1.1 million people who failed to file a 2007 federal income tax return. Some people may not have filed because they had too little income to require filing a tax return, even though they had taxes withheld from their wages or made quar-

terly estimated payments. In cases where a return was not filed, the law provides most taxpayers with a three-year window of opportunity for claiming a refund. If no return is filed to claim a refund within three years, the money becomes property of the US Treasury. The law requires that the return be properly addressed, mailed and postmarked by April 18, 2011. There is no penalty for filing a late return qualifying for a refund. Taxpayers seeking a 2007 refund will have their checks held if they have not filed tax returns for 2008 and 2009. In addition, the refund will be applied to any amounts still owed to the IRS and may be used to offset unpaid child

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residence. A short time later, the juvenile burglar was arrested at his residence nearby. Both juveniles were arrested and booked for residential burglary. They are both 17-year-old residents of Long Beach. Anyone with any information regarding this incident may call the Long Beach Police Department’s Youth Services Division at (562) 570-1426. The Long Beach Police Department reminds all parents of younger children to talk to them about personal safety practices in the home. Parents should remind children to not open the door for strangers and, if they feel they are in danger, to call 9-1-1 immediately. ß

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support or past-due federal debts such as student loans. By failing to file a return, people stand to lose more than a refund of taxes withheld or paid during 2007. In addition, many low- and moderate-income workers may not have claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC helps individuals and families whose incomes are below certain thresholds, which in 2007 were $39,783 for those with two or more children, $35,241 for people with one child, and $14,590 for those with no children. Current and prior year tax forms and instructions are available on the Forms and Publications page of IRS.gov or by calling toll-free 1-800-TAXFORM (1-800-829-3676). Taxpayers who are missing Forms W-2, 1098, 1099 or 5498 for 2007, 2008 or 2009 should request copies from their employer, bank or other payer. If these efforts are unsuccessful, taxpayers can get a free transcript showing information from these year-end documents by calling 1-800-908-9946, or by filing Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, with the IRS. ß


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Cohn and ‘estro Jen’ coronated 2011 Long Beach Mardi gras king and queen Community leaders Blair Cohn and Michelle Steiler (aka “Estro Jen”) will lead the 2011 Long Beach Mardi Gras parade as king and queen and reign over the allday festivities at Rainbow Harbor on Saturday, March 5. Cohn is the executive director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, and Steiler is owner of Moxi Skate Shop on 4th Street Retro Row and cofounder of the Long Beach Roller Derby. “Blair and Michelle are perfect choices to represent this community festival,” said Festival director Jeff Williams. “The work Blair has done to build up First Fridays and likewise Michelle for the Long Beach Roller Derby are exactly the type of community-building we want to celebrate with our event.” The centerpiece for the overall event is the theme of “Rollin’ and Strollin’ Around Long Beach,” which will bring entertainment and activities for all ages through

locations throughout Rainbow Harbor. The parade starts at 3pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific and continues along the esplanade around the harbor and ends at Shoreline Village. Starting at noon, there will be various free entertainments for kids and families around Rainbow Harbor, including mask-making, face-painting and rides. Most of the activities will take place at the Pike Kids Zone on the lawn along Shoreline Drive. Other preparade activities will include dancing, music and a shrimpeating contest starting at 2pm at Bubba Gump’s. Immediately following the parade, Shoreline Village will block off part of their parking lot to host the “Party Gras” concert, an event full of dance and music performances headlined by local group Double-O Soul. Parade applications and festival details can be found at lbmardigras.com. ß

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Blair Cohn and Michelle Steilen (aka Estro Jen) will lead ceremonies for Saturday’s Mardi Gras in Long Beach.

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FThe First Fridays Art Walk on March 4 will bring a sample of Mardi Gras to Bixby Knolls with music, food, mask-making and plenty of beads to keep things festive. Stop into each business to collect the different beads and see all the great things they have to offer. Other ingredients of the night will include: live art, diverse music, improv comedy, classic cars, Timstrument, interactive art projects, community organization displays, free books, gift items, a Poetry Box book, antiques, a piano man, Bayou Brass, beads, the Big Red Bus, the

Knolls Ranger, and plenty of the unexpected. Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson’s “First Books at First Fridays” at the Dana Branch Library will again partner with Animal Care Services, this time for horse-themed books beginning at 5:30pm. Bella Cosa, 3803Atlantic Ave., will have all the information about First Fridays, maps, business info, and restaurant recommendations from 6:30pm to 8pm. When the businesses start to close, “First Fridays After Hours” begins. Nino’s Italian Restaurant,

3853 Atlantic Ave., will feature its 562City[After]Life Hours with live artists and an all-star jam of some of the best musicians in Long Beach along with late-night dining and beverages. The Factory, 4020 Atlantic Ave., also goes late into the night with food, drinks, and music. Attendees may dine on “ArtLantic” Avenue at one of the local restaurants then grab the Big Red Bus to travel from venue to venue via designated stops at the participating businesses. ------------------------------------MORE INFORMATION firstfridayslongbeach.com

board of education approves more budget cuts, eliminates three graduation requirements The Long Beach Board of Education approved $7.8 million more in budget cuts to central operations Wednesday and eliminated three graduation requirements while nearly 1,200 employees began receiving preliminary layoff notices. The cuts are due to multibillion-dollar reductions to public education in the Golden State, which, according to a press release issued by the Long Beach Unified School District, remains incapable of providing stable funding for its schoolchildren. The cuts, which follow more than $50 million in budget reductions by the board last month, are part of the school district’s efforts to plan for a worst-case budget scenario that would occur if voters statewide do not approve the extension of certain taxes that are set to expire. The reductions to central functions– which have already sustained significant cuts in recent years– will again affect a wide array of services, including school safety, research, multimedia services, the superin-

tendent, deputy superintendent and assistant superintendent offices, Personnel Commission, curriculum and textbook services, library services, and several business office functions such as accounting, purchasing, information services, transportation, human resources, risk management and maintenance. The latest central office cuts affect 71.6 positions, including 34 maintenance jobs. Nearly 1,200 certificated employees– mostly teachers– meanwhile began receiving preliminary layoff notices this week. The notices are being distributed after the school board approved the potential elimination of hundreds of positions last month. While nearly 800 positions were approved in February for possible elimination, the school district is issuing nearly 1,200 preliminary layoff notices to allow for the “bumping” process in which employees with the most seniority can bump other employees out of their positions. Such over-noticing of employees is common in school districts, which must issue preliminary layoff notices by mid-March to

preserve their ability to lay off employees for the following school year. Aside from teachers, job cuts here in California’s third largest school district also are affecting administrators, librarians, nurses, psychologists, counselors and support staff. This week’s actions by the school board included the elimination of computer, health, and service learning (community service) graduation requirements, in keeping with recent budget reductions. The three graduation requirements are not state-mandated, but they had been adopted in previous years by the local school board. The number of credits required to attain a high-school diploma will decrease from 220 to 210 beginning with the class of 2015. Health and computer literacy will still be offered as electives, and the school district is integrating service learning into other coursework. LBUSD has cut its budget by more than $200 million since 2008. ß


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To the residents and corporate citizens of the beautiful city of Signal Hill

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Larry Forester & Tina Hansen Elected council members of Signal Hill Paid for the by “Committee to Elect Larry Forester” FPPC #1292660 Two the root Beauty Supply & Salon, 3549 Atlantic Ave., will host Barbara Walden, a leading entrepreneur in the beauty industry, on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5. For more information, call (562) 595-6149 or visit twotherootbeauty.com. ß The First Church of Christ will sponsor a lecture entitled “Why You Should Know About Christian Science Healing” on Friday, March 11 at 7pm at The Grand, 4101

Spotlight on Advertisers E. Willow St. Ron Ballard, an international speaker and teacher of Christian science healing, will present the lecture, which will cover what constitutes healing and the benefits of moving beyond physical care to spiritual restoration. ß The uPS Store, at its new 3553 Atlantic Avenue location, will host its grand re-

opening celebration on Monday, March 7 from 3pm to 7pm. Among the activities planned for the day are a ribbon-cutting with Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson, The Grace Christian School Band and local musician Michelle Mangione. “As a one-stop shop for shipping, postal and business services, we look

forward to continuing our committed service to the city of Long Beach,” said The UPS Store owner Anthony Wingfield. “Prior to securing the current location, The UPS Store was smaller, limiting our selfserve/assisted copy and printing services. The new location is large enough for us to accommodate our customers’ needs more efficiently.” The UPS Store can be reached at (562) 981-6245. Hours are 8am to 7pm Mondays through Fridays and 8:30am to 6pm Saturdays. ß

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Major issues discussed during the trip included a continuing resolution by the House Appropriations Committee proposing a $100-billion cut for the Fiscal Year 2011 federal budget. Cuts are proposed to Community Development Block Grants and the elimination of Workforce Investment Act groups. Both actions could have significant impacts to the Long Beach community, according to Garcia and DeLong. The city representatives also addressed: proposed cuts to state and local Department of Homeland Security grants, which help

maintain security in Long Beach; federal funding for advanced crime-fighting technology, such as mobile surveillance cameras; additional funding for the Colorado Lagoon Restoration Project; federal appropriations to begin the authorized feasibility study for the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study; and major transportation projects like the realignment of Shoemaker Bridge and bike mobility. “The trip went well,” said Garcia. “It was great to see so many supporters out in DC. We had a great discussion with the Army Corps of Engineers about the Breakwater.”

He noted that Long Beach has stepped up to support the Long Beach Breakwater and Ecosystem Restoration study, and now it’s time for Washington to do the same. “Cleaning our water and restoring our shore will transform our coastline and be an economic boon to the city.” DeLong said he had been looking forward to meeting with Congressional delegation to discuss the issues that are important to Long Beach. “Federal support for the Colorado Lagoon is extremely important as we move towards restoring this citywide asset,” he said. ß

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US Representative Congressmember Dana Rohrabacher (CA–46th District) and Third District Long Beach Councilmember Gary DeLong in Washington, D.C. on Monday


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processes but did not actively participate in those procedures since her name was on the ballot for her current position, albeit unopposed, the election outcome announced that night was “unofficial” and the official results will be provided today (March 4) after the provisional and vote-bymail ballots have been tallied. The unofficial results, which were computed through an Excel spread sheet and then projected onto a large pull-down screen that night, indicate that Forester garnered 511 votes (or 35.2 percent), Hansen received 574 votes (or 39.6 percent) and challenger Matt Simmons acquired 364 votes (or 25.1 percent), all of whom were seeking Council seats. Pacheco received 675 votes, and incumbent Emerson Fersch, also unopposed in his quest for city treasurer, garnered 657 votes. One of the issues that made the campaign so controversial was the fact that Simmons’s Wordpress blog entitled “Your Signal Hill Voice” features posts by its visitors that allege there has been election fraud within the City of Signal Hill. One post attributed to “Concerned Citizens Against Political Corruption in Signal Hill” that does not otherwise identify its members, and dated Feb. 1, 2011, outright accuses “city election officials” of “past election fraud.” The post states: “We found four elections were fixed in the last 19 years when Senor [sic] Councilman Mike Noll and Sara Hanlon were elected through massive voter registration fraud in 1992. Present Council members Larry Forester and Ellen Ward played a major roll [sic] in this fraud.” Since Wordpress, a free web software, enables its bloggers to approve or remove any and all comments posted by visitors of their blogs, Sim-

mons’s inclusion of the aforementioned comment on his site has been seen by his opponents as complicity. However, Simmons wrote a post on that blog on Feb. 20, 2011 that appears to disclaim those accusations against the City: “There are a number of residents who are concerned about possible election fraud. I believe everything is on the up and up; however, we need to give our residents confidence about our democratic process by eliminating mysterious ballots and preventing voting irregularities. The democratic process is more important than the results.” When asked if he thought the City’s election process had been fair and legal, after the results had been given, Simmons responded by calling it “absolutely fair” and commended Burleson for her work. “I would like to thank Becky Burleson. I want to give her credit for doing an absolutely

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Dan Pabich of Martin and Chapman Co. feeds ballots into his company’s tabulating machine.

wonderful job,” he said. “The City provided transparency every step of the way. They kept us informed, and the election was fair every step of the way.” If there was indeed any skepticism about the integrity of Signal Hill’s election process, those doubts were likely put to rest Tuesday night; City staff members who were verifying incoming ballots and working alongside Martin & Chapman Co. election consultants were themselves being closely watched by Simmons, Signal Hill resident Gloria Nava, and Maria Harris, also a Signal Hill resident who has appeared to be Simmons’s most vocal proponent but claims she is in no way officially linked to his campaign. Those City staff members included: Burleson; Elise McCaleb, redevelopment manager; Kim Boles, administrative department secretary; and Mary Gilmore, assistant to city manager in the personnel department. As McCaleb, Boles and Gilmore sat in the Chamber’s dais, Burleson walked among them, supervising the process of verifying the ballots, including vote-by-mail forms, then those submitted from polling places. Placed before each staff member was a print-out entitled “A Guide to Acceptable and Non-Acceptable Ballot Markings,” to which she referred while checking each ballot. “They’re verifying that ballot marks will be accurately read by the tabulating machines,” Burleson told this reporter. “They’re checking for folds, tears and small dots that might not be read. They’re verifying that they are all from the same precinct.” After City staff completed the ballot-verification process, Burleson handed the ballots to Scott Martin and Dan Pabich of Martin and Chapman Co., who then fed them into the tabulating machine, which counted the votes. Thereafter, Pabich printed out

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copies of the results, which Burleson distributed to those in attendance, and the results were displayed on the overhead screen. Those results were broken down by precincts and showed the number of votes the candidates received within each. The city is divided into three voting precincts, which include: Precinct 1, the Signal Hill Park Community Center; Precinct 4, First Family Church; and Precinct 5, Willow Ridge. Asked Thursday if she believes this election was handled properly, Harris affirmed that it indeed was fair. She said she and others were at the polls and Council Chamber to do what the League of Women Voters usually does. “They act as poll watchers just to ensure that the ballots are being handled according to Election Law,” Harris said. “From what I saw and what was reported from poll watchers, the poll workers did a good job. There were only a couple of incidents where I thought Election Law was being interpreted loosely, but I challenged the interpretation, and, in the end, my interpretation was accepted.” Harris said that, in a conversation with Burleson prior to Election Day, she had discussed with her how it would be inappropriate for Pacheco, an elected official whose name is on the ballot, to participate in the handling of the ballots, and that Burleson agreed with her. However, according to Harris, Pacheco was indeed part of the canvassing board that was verifying ballots on Election Night. Harris said she then pointed out to Burleson that the use of Pacheco for that task is illegal, according to Election Code 15205 and that, after Burleson consulted City Attorney Dave Aleshire, she agreed with Harris and acted accordingly. “I believe in good, open government,” said Harris. “It’s important to follow not only the letter of the law but the spirit of the law. If the letter of the law is interpreted loosely, that makes us, the citizenry,

distrustful of government. It’s important for the citizenry to trust our government so the government can work effectively.” Given the opportunity Thursday to respond to Harris’s statements regarding the ballot-counting procedures, Burleson said it is indeed correct that a city employee is not allowed to handle ballots. However, she noted, a city clerk is an elected official, rather than a city employee, and one of the jobs of a city clerk is to conduct an election. Burleson said she had indeed consulted Aleshire and they agreed that Pacheco would not serve as the “election official.” “Given the issue at hand, we agreed that the city clerk would not be the election official that night,” Burleson said. “She was an observer just like Simmons, Mrs. Harris and Mrs. Nava. She did not touch a ballot.” Though Hansen was not present during the election-results announcements Tuesday, in attendance were all four of the other Council members: Forester, Mike Noll, Ellen Ward, and Mayor Ed Wilson. After the results were given, Noll had passionate words about this year’s campaign. “This one is a very nasty one, as far as it goes to lies and deception,” he said. “Bits and pieces were taken out of context, so you don’t really have the real answers. I’m very disappointed in the way it was run. I think, in a campaign, you have to sell yourself and improve on what the Council has done so far.” Noll said he can appreciate a candidate who is willing and able to contribute positively to an existing Council, but he is disappointed by challengers who participate in a vitriolic campaign to win an election. “When you have to tear down a city, tear down a city manager… to make yourself known, that really upsets me,” he said. Forester seemed to share Noll’s sentiment. “I have never been in a campaign that’s outright misinformation that could be construed as outright lies promulgated by an opponent,” Forester said. After the election results had been announced and attendees were streaming out of Council Chambers, Simmons reflected on the months that had led up to Election Day. “I think the campaign was a success,” he said. “We were able to communicate with the residents on YourSignalHillVoice.com, and, as the result of our campaign, the residents are now informed about many of the inner workings of our city, and I believe, through transparency, we’ll benefit from stronger fiscal decisions in the future.” After the Council meeting Wednesday night, Hansen released a statement about the election results. “I feel very pleased and humbled that so many individuals supported me throughout the election and that the residents continue to choose me as their representative,” she said. “As far as my thoughts about the campaign, my belief is this– negative campaigns lead to negative results.” ß


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Pow wow to highlight CSuLB’s strong american-Indian presence California State University Long Beach’s (CSULB) 41st annual Pow Wow, an American-Indian social celebration, returns to the campus’s Central Quad on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13. Admission is free and parking is $5. The two-day event, which will feature American-Indian dancing, arts, crafts and food, begins at 11am each day and runs until 10pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday. The largest spring event of its kind in Southern California, the Pow Wow at CSULB is focused on displaying the university’s strong American-Indian presence. “We are celebrating 42 years of American-Indian studies, the oldest American-Indian studies program west of the Mississippi, and the 41st annual Pow Wow,” said Craig Stone, professor of AmericanIndian studies and art at CSULB and faculty advisor to the campus’s American-Indian Student Council and Pow Wow Committee. “We are looking forward to the next 41 years and beyond.” In addition to contests and intertribal dancing, there will be gourd dancing with dancer registration closing at 2pm on March 12. All dancers and drums are invited. Native foods such as mutton and beef stew, Navajo tacos, fry bread and Indian burgers will be on sale at the event, and American-Indian vendors will be selling both traditional and contemporary American-Indian art. -----------------------------------MORE INFORMATION (562) 985-8528 powwow@csulb.edu csulb.edu/powwow

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The Art of the Matter A look into the minds (and hearts) of today’s artists

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor

How I came to meet the artist Alejandra Vernon, the first subject of this new column, is almost as interesting as the beautiful, vivid works she creates. A few weeks ago, I was looking through a stack of pictures here at our offices that had been salvaged after our former building’s roof collapsed from the torrential January rainfall last year. One of those pieces of art, matted but not framed, shielded by a clear-plastic covering, immediately captured my attention and my imagination. It was a striking composition of buildings that, placed side-by-side, defied the logic of perspective that’s taught in ninth-grade art classes– some of the structures looked flat, but some popped with three dimensions. The print, overall, certainly had a visual impact, but, at the same time, its creator’s acute attention to detail drew me in closer to see what eye candy it offered on an almost miniscule scale. In love at the first sight of it, I removed it from among its artful companions and placed it near my desk. After its rightful owner, my coworker, gave me permission to call it my own, I took it home, with eventual plans to properly frame it. Later that night, I picked it up and admired it, wishing I knew more about the artist. Something compelled me to flip it over. On the back of the print was its title, “Downtown USA,” and a web address– avernon.com. With eagerness, I typed in the URL, and, when the page opened, I clicked on “View the Galleries” and was treated to an array of colorfully cheerful works. That initial print I’d serendipitously encountered in our office was the amuse-bouche, and this website provided the feast. Naturally, I returned to the main page to click on “About Me” and “News,” where I began to discover the artist behind the enchanting designs. I read about her experience with breast cancer and about all the paintings she’d lost in an apartment fire. Then I emailed her to ask if she’d like to be the first artist profiled for my new column. As you can see, her answer was “yes.”

why were parts of your childhood spent in ecuador, argentina and Jamaica? Just how did these locales influence your art? My father had an adventurous nature and we (my mother, sister and brother, and me, barely a year old) found ourselves on a dairy farm in Ecuador, abounding in snakes, and a river between us and civilization (the city of Guayaquil). When I was 5, we moved to Buenos Aires, and at 10, Jamaica. The South American influence must show in my art because it’s such a big part of my life; I still resonate to the music, dance, and visual arts of Latin America.

Looking at your artwork, it’s hard to figure out exactly what’s going on. what processes are involved in your mixed-media approach? It’s long and complicated. It starts with the drawing. If the drawing isn’t right, the picture won’t work. The composition is the most essential part of every piece. The rest is a mixture of layers...paper, watercolor, gouache, acrylic varnish, and shellac.

How has your mixed-media collage technique evolved over the years? I started out at 12, and the pieces were very simple. The process has been through many transformations and has gone through a radical change recently, reverting back to a simplicity in design, but with the complex layering with different media. How challenging has it been for you as an artist to sell your work in the weak economy of the last few years? Yes, the art market bottomed out, and many galleries representing me closed. It hasn’t been easy. One cannot lower prices to suit the market for equivalent works that others have bought, but as fate would have it, my new style is a “different animal.” They take me a lot less time to do, and I can price them accordingly. The first new pieces I’ve shown have

brought sales, so maybe it’s an omen of things to come. Do you ever experience periods of artist’s block, when you just can’t seem to produce anything? If so, how do you deal with that challenge? The only severe block is when there is a style change, which might happen every 5 to 10 years. There’s an in-between period where the old style isn’t working, and the seed of the new hasn’t flowered yet. It’s the most horribly frustrating experience!

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The Arts Council for Long Beach this week announced the 2011 Distinguished Arts Awards winners, each being recognized for playing an essential role in furthering the arts in Long Beach. Awardees were selected by an independent panel, based on nominations submitted by the public. The winners are as follows:

you’ve won numerous awards for your art over the years. How does receiving an award for your work affect the art you create thereafter, if at all? It’s always appreciated and looks great on a résumé, but otherwise doesn’t affect me. what were the circumstances surrounding the fire that destroyed your works? There was a devastating fire in my apartment complex five years ago. I managed to get six pieces out, but there were dozens of others, and I also lost the records of the paintings, as well as the records of the hundreds I’ve sold over a lifetime, and I don‘t remember much about them. I have a “pre-fire” life and a “post-fire” life. what effect did losing so many paintings have on you emotionally? Did it have a debilitating effect, or did it inspire you more? I had to get to work immediately as I had 20 pieces to make for a Long Beach Library solo exhibit. There was no time to think about it! How has your artwork affected your healing process since being diagnosed with breast cancer? It has greatly affected my life. I was initially so ill I had no energy to work, and felt “at death’s door.” Then

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Alejandra Vernon uses a process she describes as “long and complicated,” a mixture of paper, watercolor, gouache, acrylic varnish and shellac.

I met my brilliant oncologist, Dr. Vu Phan, and feel better than I have in years. I have so much gratitude for every day, and have an increased empathy for all living creatures. It

has sensitized me in a way, and my work has gone through such a dramatic change. The pieces are simpler, more colorful, and some have a dash of humor that wasn’t there before. ß

gregorio Luke (Distinguished artist of the year), who has given more than 1,000 lectures on the subjects of Mexican art, history, women’s issues and more. According to the Arts Council, his lectures and writing continue to inspire and educate audiences about the impact of the arts in our everyday lives. Blair Cohn (Distinguished arts Leadership of the year) who, as executive director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, has built a new arts scene that includes the monthly First Fridays Art Walk, the Bixby Knolls Literary Society, and the Expo arts center, which now houses two galleries and two theater spaces. According to the Arts Council, Cohn’s hard work demonstrates that the arts can truly serve businesses and residents alike. Mary ellen Kilsby (Distinguished arts Patron of the year), who has supported the arts in Long Beach for 30 years. She incorporated music and performances in her ministries starting in 1981 when she arrived at United Congregational Church. After retirement, she continues to donate to many arts organizations, including Long Beach Opera, International City Theatre, The Found Theatre, Long Beach Playhouse, and Long Beach museums. She is an art collector and includes many Long

Beach artists in her collection. Bobbie Cusato (Distinguished arts Volunteer of the year), who has been volunteering for the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra for more than two decades. A nominator describes Bobbie Cusato as “the kind of volunteer everyone wishes for. She is a leader of the first order, with an amazing talent for organizing and executing a project; she is an indefatigable, indispensable, cheerful volunteer.” Long Beach redevelopment agency (James H. ackerman award), which has been supporting arts and culture in Long Beach for more than 20 years. The Agency’s Percent for Public Art Program funds permanent onsite, art-in-architecture projects as well as temporary public art and cultural facilities. The Agency also supports historic preservation and rehabilitation projects and makes arts-related loans to small, local organizations. In 2009 and 2010, the Agency’s arts-related funding totaled more than $3.2 million. A select list of projects funded by the Agency includes: The Collaborative at Gallery 421, Summer and Music festival, AerialPlaza and Promenade of Clouds: Image Emergence on the Promenade, the ArtExchange and the American Hotel rehabilitation. The public is invited to the Distinguished Arts Awards on Wednesday, April 6 at 6pm at the Art Theatre, 2025 East 4th St. Free parking and valet will be located two blocks north at City at the Cross Church, 2209 E. 6th St. There will be a shuttle taking attendees back and forth from the parking lot to the Art Theatre. This event is free and open to the public.

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SH resident Murtaugh was veteran, mechanical engineer and baseball coach Tom Murtaugh, a 25-year resident of Signal Hill, died peacefully in his sleep of respiratory failure on Feb. 16, 2011. Tom served in the Army and the Air Force in the Pacific during World War II and was among those preparing for the invasion of Japan when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. After his discharge, he attended Illinois Institute of Technology for his degree in mechanical engineering. He was married for 61 years to Shirley, whom he met while both were in high school. Murtaugh was “Dad” to three sons and five daughters: Tim, Barbara, Ter, Patty, Mary, John, Clare and Liz. In 1955 the family moved to Long Beach, where Murtaugh served the foundry industry, the last 40 years as an engineering consultant and president of Tom Murtaugh Inc. After “the chicks had all left the nest” or were in college or the service, the Murtaughs bought a condominium on Hill Street and sold the homestead to their kids. During the early years, Murtaugh’s great joy was coaching Catholic Boys Baseball. He would often be found outdoors in the evening teaching neighborhood kids how to play catch and exhorting them to not neglect their homework. He loved to shepherd his family and a few area kids to the beach on weekends and then to a Tastee Freez for cones. Being an Irishman through and through, Tom would give each

child a dime to buy his/her cone; if he had bought them all himself, he would have had to pay the nickel sales tax. His guidance in fiscal soundness continued as he urged his adult children to put away five to 10 percent of their earnings in a “forget it” account every payday. According to Shirley, her husband was faithful and true, steadfast and beloved. Murtaugh leaves Shirley, their children, 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, with two on the way. He has been honored by the supervisors of the County of Los Angeles with a memorial in tribute and reverence. Donations in his name to the Lakewood YMCA Strong Kids Campaign are welcome. ß

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Signal Hill officials, residents and City Ventures representatives participate in a ground-breaking last Saturday for the upcoming townhome community. (from left) Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce President Shari Blackwell, Councilmember Tina Hansen and Chamber Vice President Denise Damrow don 3-D glasses to experience City Ventures’ virtual tour inside the company’s repurposed shipping container that is being used in lieu of model homes. In spite of threats of rain, City Ventures, Signal Hill’s newest townhome community, located at 1850 orizaba Ave., enjoyed a sunshine-filled atmosphere last Saturday morning for its official ribbon-cutting. Consisting of local dignitaries, members of the Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce, City staffers and representatives from City Ventures, the eclectic group gathered to kick off the grand opening of the sales office (sans model homes) which sports a pair of recycled and repurposed shipping containers that house a 3-D virtual tour of the new three-story residences. Attendees were treated to refreshments and, as promised, the chance to wear electronic 3-D glasses while sales manager Natasha Zabaneh guided them through virtual tours of the various floor plans. According to marketing manager Natalie Eaglin, the absence of model homes is a winning proposition for the company and those wanting to buy new homes. “We are eliminating the need for model homes, the staging and [accompanying] utility bills, therefore passing on the savings to the [new] homeowners,” she said. Herb Gardner, president of Homebuilding Group, declared his sentiments when asked why City Ventures chose Signal Hill for their project. “It’s exactly what we had hoped; the decision makers are rooting for us,” he said. Gardner described the city’s building processes as “smooth” and added, “makes you want to look for the second project.” MORE INFORMATION: (949) 226-9899 • SignalHillCollection.com

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City’s budget priorities under the leadership of the incumbent city council. “I think what we realized from this election is that you’ll always have people disagree with you, but the majority of people support. . .what you stand for and what you do and what you want to do,” Hansen said at the meeting. Hansen also condemned how Simmons ran his campaign. “Negative campaigns lead to negative results,” Hansen said, acknowledging that several members of the city staff faced personal criticism and accusations from Simmons’s campaign. Hansen mentioned an email from Simmons’s campaign which compared Ken Farfsing, Signal Hill’s city manager, to the disgraced Robert Rizzo, city manager from the City of Bell. Rizzo faces criminal charges of public corruption. “The arrogance and audacity of that [email comparing Farfsing to Rizzo] is just beyond anything that I could even begin to imagine,” Hansen said. “And that was just the tip of the iceberg for the rest of the campaign.” Simmons was not present at this week’s City Council meeting, however he did provide a brief statement through email Thursday morning in response to Hansen’s statements. “In the email, I questioned whether it was appropriate to compensate our City Manager a quarter million dollars when we are a city of 11,500 and Long Beach pays their city manager the same, and they have a population of 500,000,” Simmons said in his email. “The Beachcomber reported $473,000 of compensation to our city attorney's firm and, in response, Councilman Forester threatened to sue the newspaper,” Simmons stated in his email. “We need a taxpayer watchdog. I want to thank all of the voters who turned out on March 1, and we need continued community involvement to protect our resources.” Mayor Ed Wilson took issue with The Beachcomber’s article and indicated Wednesday that he had called The Beachcomber to respond to the article but did not receive a returned call from the newspaper. “It’s a valid point to look at what we spend in Signal Hill,” Wilson said, however he advised that observers make suitable comparisons between cities. “When you look at the costs or any other expenses, and you want to compare them to another organization, I think it’s important that you compare the apples to apples and oranges to oranges,” Wilson said.

“So if we’re going to compare city attorney fees. . .the first thing you have to do is figure out why we’re spending that money.” Wilson acknowledged that the attorney costs may be high in some years, depending on the scope of the projects. He also noted that the City relies not only on one specific individual, David Aleshire, for its city attorney expertise, it relies on the resources of his firm and Signal Hill pays by the hour. “[When] you want to compare to a full-time city attorney in another city, then I think it’s important that you compare against the full cost of that city attorney and all the expertise,” Wilson said. “And Long Beach. . . you have to include the whole staff, which is a whole floor in Long Beach.” According to Aleshire, there are 80 staffers who serve Long Beach’s city attorney needs. Forester reflected on the campaign at Wednesday’s meeting. “It was a good education, I think, for many of our citizens. I think they have learned some things they didn’t have details on. They learned that a snippet out of context is meaningless,” Forester said, also alluding to contentious debates and attacks to his credibility. Both Hansen and Forester praised Farfsing and several city employees who spent time with Simmons to answer his questions, even after critical remarks from Simmons’s campaign surfaced. “I tell you, personally, I feel like I’ve been run over by a Mack Truck,” Forester added. “I’m glad we were able to at least convey to our citizens what we’re trying to do and what we have done for our city.” in other City Council news: The Council approved a request to amend a zoning ordinance that would allow animal daycare in several commercial and industrial districts in Signal Hill. Formerly, the ordinance allowed pet businesses to offer animal grooming and other animal-related services in these districts, but it did not specifically allow daycare. Overnight animal boarding was not officially proposed Wednesday in the affected areas, however, the Council asked to study the possibility of allowing overnight kennels in designated areas in the future. Businesses would be regulated to ensure cleanup of animal waste and would be required to comply with standards for owners to connect their wash-down facilities directly to a sanitary sewer system, according to Scott Charney, Community Development director. No one from the public spoke to oppose the zoning ordinance amendment request. One dog owner spoke

in favor of the change. “Believe me, this kind of stuff isn’t cheap,” said greyhound owner and Signal Tribune publisher Neena Strichart at Wednesday’s night Council meeting. “To be able to keep my dollars, my doggie dollars, in Signal Hill would be a wonderful thing.” The zoning ordinance amendment request was spearheaded by the owners of Bark! Bark! Daycare & Grooming, Vivan Dominguez and Danielle Portillo. The owners of Bark! Bark! have begun to set up shop at a new loca-

SIgnaL TrIBune tion at 2655 St. Louis Ave. in Signal Hill. According to Portillo, their facility will accommodate as many as 50 to 60 dogs. They have one other downtown location on Atlantic Avenue in the city of Long Beach. They are planning a grand opening of their new Signal Hill location on April 2. Wilson also issued a proclamation to Ron Petke, a board member of the Greater Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross. The City recognized Red Cross Awareness Month.

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Wilson issued another proclamation to recognize the 101st birthday of Camp Fire USA. To commemorate the celebration, members of the organization’s local club, San Wa Di O Ka, presented a small birthday cake to the attendees at Council Chambers. The City Council set a date to interview the final candidates under consideration for the job of Signal Hill police chief. A background check and preinterview sessions will be completed before the City Council interviews the finalists on March 29, 2011. ß


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was a huge opportunity for me. I have been a fan of basketball since I was five years old. I dreamed about becoming a sports reporter/writer. After watching ESPN’s Sports Center for the last 10 years, I realized that my passion is sports. I’m elated to bring my talents to the Signal Tribune. I will be your new sports writer in town. If you are a sports fanatic, get ready to ride this new and exciting sports journey with us.

Prior to coming to the Signal Tribune, I worked for the Los Angeles Sentinel covering professional basketball, football and baseball. I’ve had the privilege to interview some of the best players in sports. I knew my dream as a sports reporter had become true when I was able to interview Kobe Bryant, who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. I am a Southern California gal who grew up watching the Lakers and Dodgers. If you’re not a fan of

sports, I guarantee that if you follow my column with the Signal Tribune, you’ll become a sports lover. The content will be very fun and organic. I will try my best to give you a different taste of sports every week. I have never been so anxious to start a new project. I promise to give you the facts when reporting sports. I will hold myself to the highest standards of excellence. However, I want to please all of our readers, so if you ever feel I have failed, please let me know. ß

nine-year-old softball catcher’s cancer treatment not preventing her from having a ball with her league Vivian Malauulu Contributing Writer

Chloe Lancaster will never forget her ninth birthday. Not because of the party she had, or the presents she received, but because of where she spent it. Surrounded by limited family and friends and an abundance of presents and well-wishes, on December 13, 2010, Chloe turned 9 in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of Miller’s Children’s Hospital. The day before her birthday, doctors confirmed the results of a biopsy that a mass on her brain was a cancerous germ cell. In spite of this grave revelation, the Lancaster family was thrilled to finally know what had been making their oldest daughter sick for the past couple of weeks, and thankful that it was a type of cancer that doctors felt confident about treating. The very next day, Chloe began chemotherapy against the brain tumor. Almost three months and four rounds of chemotherapy later, Chloe’s prognosis is good. “I know I can beat this,” Chloe said. “It’s just cancer, and I’m Double-O-Chlo.” Chloe is referring to her longtime softball jersey number (00) which has been retired by the Long Beach Heartwell Fastpitch (LBHFP) softball league in honor of their beloved All Star, who loves softball but has been benched this season by what Chloe perceives as nothing more than a nuisance. “I can’t wait for this to be over,” she said. “All I want to

do is play softball. This cancer is making me miss the entire season.” The LBHFP league board of directors unanimously agreed to dedicate the spring 2011 season to Chloe, who has been an integral part of both spring and fall teams as a catcher since she was 4 years old. “We made Chloe an honorary member of this year’s All Star teams because we know that if she were playing, she would be contributing greatly to her team just as she has done in the past,” said board president Larry Walker. Chloe’s desire to be a part of this season in spite of cancer was put to the test on Sunday, Feb. 27. Just 12 hours after being released from the hospital after another arduous five-day round of chemo, Chloe insisted that her parents take her to this season’s softball opening ceremonies. Tired and in a tremendous amount of pain, she was determined to be there, and it wasn’t until she started dressing herself that her parents realized there was no stopping her. Randy and Teri Lancaster were apprehen-

sive about taking her, but Chloe was adamant. “Even though she was hurting, she wouldn’t have missed it for anything in the world,” said her mom, Teri. “Her spirits immediately lifted when she put her uniform on. But when she saw the rest of her Ice teammates wearing beanies for the group picture, oh, she was so happy.” Ice is one of the 10U (10 years old and under) teams this season and carries Chloe on its roster even though she cannot play. In a touching show of solidarity and support, Team Ice surprised Chloe by wearing custommade beanies during the group picture so that Chloe, who has lost all of her long, beautiful blonde hair as a result of the chemotherapy, wouldn’t feel left out. Chloe spent most of the day sitting in a golf cart, under a heap of blankets, watching the opening-day festivities. It hurt too much to speak or move, so she opted not to stand and say a few words when her coach, Mark Martin, presented her with a special All Star plaque. However, she shocked everyone when it was time for Ice to take its team pic-

ture. Chloe slowly took her place among her teammates and gave a weak but beautiful smile. “Chloe lives and breathes softball,” said Mark Martin, who has coached Chloe for the past two seasons. “Last year, there wasn’t one single day between the end of the summer All Star league and the beginning of fall ball that Chloe wasn’t begging her parents to take her to the park to practice. She is a very dedicated player who is committed to the sport, and her active presence on our team is really missed.” As catcher, Chloe developed a strong rapport with 10-year-old pitcher Macey Coffman when they were selected to play on the same 8U All Star team last summer. When Chloe started showing gradual signs of illness during fall ball, it was Macey who first commented to her mom that Chloe wasn’t being herself. “Whenever I pitched to her, I thought something was wrong with her eyes because she never missed any catches, but all of a sudden she was missing them,” Macey said. Unbeknownst to Macey, the germ cell’s rapid growth was in fact affecting Chloe’s vision, a common symptom of brain tumors. Once symptoms became evident on the field, they quickly became apparent at school, until Chloe finally collapsed in the nurse’s office and had to be taken by ambulance to the see CHloe page 19

Snider was La Dodgers’ all-time home-run leader, seven-time all-Star center fielder Dodger Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider passed away Sunday at the age of 84 at the Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido. Born Edwin Donald Snider in Los Angeles on Sept. 19, 1926, Snider was among the game’s most feared hitters during his 16 seasons with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (1947–1962), playing on a pair of World Championship teams (1955 and 1959) and in six World Series overall. The seven-time All-Star center fielder ranks as the franchise’s alltime leader in home runs (389) and runs batted in (1,271) and during the 1950s, he topped all Major Leaguers with 326 homers and 1,031 runs batted in (RBI). He slugged four home runs in both the 1952 and 1955 World Series. Nicknamed “Duke” by his father at age 5, he was a standout in football, baseball and basketball at Compton High School before signing with the Dodgers at age 17 in 1943. He briefly played in the low minors before entering the Navy. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980, and his Dodger uniform No. 4 was retired that year in Oldtimers Day ceremonies that featured Snider entering the ballpark from

beyond the center field fence, accompanied by Joe DiMaggio and Willie Mays, two other great outfielders of Snider’s time. Following his playing career, Snider returned to the Dodger organization as a minor league manager. He later joined the Montreal Expos as a broadcaster and batting coach. “Duke was one of the truly legendary Dodgers who made his mark first in Brooklyn and then in his hometown, Los Angeles,” said Dodger Owner and Chairman Frank McCourt. “I had the pleasure of spending time with him on several occasions, and he was a truly wonderful man. I’m so glad that we were able to keep him as an active part of the Dodger family over the past several years.” Dodger Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda said he admired Snider. “I was Duke’s teammate and looked up to him with respect,” Lasorda said. “Duke was not only a great player, but he was a great person too. He loved his family and loved the Dodgers. He was the true Dodger and represented the Dodgers to the highest degree of class, dignity and character. He was my teammate and friend, and I will really miss him.” ß

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SH resident’s cross-country team earns all-academic status By compiling a team gradepoint-average of 3.22, the Whittier College women’s cross-country team, the Poets, earned Division III All-Academic status from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Freshman Guadalupe Ulloa, a team member from Signal Hill, is

majoring in child development and Spanish at Whittier College. To qualify as a USTFCCCA AllAcademic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.10 or better and have compiled a score (finished at least five runners) at their respective NCAA regional championships.

The Poets finished the 2010 season in third place at both the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the West Regional Championships. Seven runners continued on to Nationals in Waverly, Iowa. Less than 5 percent of NCAA DIII Women’s Cross Country runners advance all the way to the NCAA Championships. ß

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emergency room five days before her birthday. Chloe was not able to finish the fall ball season, even though she begged doctors to allow her to play one more game before her treatment began. “We have to try our hardest for Chloe so that she knows how much we love and miss her and how bad we want her back on the field,” Macey said. “We are all going to score runs for Chloe this season because we want her to feel like she’s still playing with us.” Macey is referring to a slogan the league has adopted in its efforts to fundraise for the Lancaster family during this difficult time. Bracelets and other gear bearing “Score Runs for Chloe” will be sold throughout the season. The traditional money can that teams circulate amongst their fans each time a player scores a run has also been incorporated into the fundraising campaign. Rather than using the money-can funds for team parties at the end of the season, all proceeds

will be given to the Lancasters. “It’s been tough,” said Teri, who is a stay-at-home mom. “My husband has had to take a lot of time off work, and our insurance doesn’t cover all of our medical bills.” The Lancasters have two other children, Jonathan and Ruby, who are 7 and 4, respectively, and who also play other sports. “We are stronger and braver than we ever were before. We appreciate and cherish each second of life we get to spend with our children,” Teri said. “We are also overwhelmed by the generosity of the families in the league, and we are grateful for all of the prayers and support we’ve received. So many people have been there for us, from the board, right down to the youngest player.” Chloe is at home recovering and awaiting a pending MRI next week to check on the progress the chemo has had on the tumor. The last MRI taken in January showed a significant decrease in size. Radiation therapy is scheduled to begin the following week. Chloe keeps up with her schoolwork so that she can

start school in September with her fourth-grade class without having to repeat the third grade. She also enjoys watching her favorite reality show, Cake Boss, and playing with her three cats and two dogs. Chloe plans on becoming a veterinarian when she grows up, because, in her own giggling words, “Pets are better patients than kids. They don’t have bad attitudes or get moody like I sometimes do.” More giggles. On Friday, March 11, Chloe is scheduled to throw the opening pitch during the Cal State Long Beach vs. UCLA women’s softball game at Mayfair Park Lisa Fernandez Field at 6pm. The entire LBHFP league is expected to attend in support of Chloe. The league consists of more than 350 girls between the ages of 5 and 14 divided into 32 teams, and every single one of them plans on scoring runs for Chloe this season. For more information about how to score for Chloe, visit wepay.com and “donate to Chloe's fight” or visit the league’s website at lbhfp.com. ß

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TST3679 / 20110325992 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENt the following person is doing business as: Central #2 tire ServiCe, 1119 e. Pacific Coast Hwy., Wilmington, Ca 90744. registrant: HeCtor MoraleS, 1163 Mcfarland ave., Wilmington, Ca 90744. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Hector Morales. the registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on March 2, 2011. 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: March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011. TST3680 / 20110325993 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: SleeP SeSSionS Media, 1653 Pine ave., long Beach, Ca 90813. registrant: antHony JeroMe WilliaMS Jr., 1653 Pine ave., long Beach, Ca 90813. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: anthony Williams. the registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on March 2, 2011. 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: March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011. TST3681 / 20110325994 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following persons are doing business as: Central4 ProdUCtionS, 2721 Jalmia dr., los angeles, Ca 90046. registrant: 1. tiMotHy dUrKoviC, 2721 Jalmia dr., los angeles, Ca 90046, 2. Jan B. HoWer, 540 W. Mesa Way, long Beach, Ca 90807. this business is conducted by: a general Partnership. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: timothy

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2175 Cherry Avenue w Signal Hill, CA 90755-3799 PUBLIC WORKSHOP

THE PLANNING COMMISSION WILL DISCUSS A ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT RELATED TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES. THE CURRENT MORATORIUM EXPIRES ON JUNE 28, 2011. THE WORKSHOP WILL DISCUSS POSSIBLE REGULATIONS, INCLUDING PROHIBITING THE USE IN THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, the Planning Commission of the City of Signal Hill will conduct a public workshop at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to review the item described above. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend public workshops to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. If you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public workshop described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public workshop. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED to submit written comments to the Community Development Department, prior to the Planning Commission workshop. Written comments may also be submitted at the public workshop. FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community Development Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by emailing James Kao, Associate Planner at jkao@cityofsignalhill.org or calling at (562) 989-7344. Published in the Signal Tribune newspaper: March 4, 2011 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: March 4, 2011

durkovic. the registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. date started doing business under this fictitious Business name was January 15, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on March 2, 2011. 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: March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011.


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TST3683 NOTICE OF ORDINANCE INTRODUCTION

TST3684 NOTICE OF NOMINEES FOR PUBLIC OFFICE

Ordinance No. 2011-03-1422 was introduced by the City Council on March 2, 2011. A summary of the ordinance is as follows:

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 Huntington Park on Tuesday, March 8, 2011.

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AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT 11-01, A REQUEST TO AMEND SIGNAL HILL MUNICIPAL CODE CHAPTER 20.20, ENTITLED “COMMERCIAL DISTRICTS,” TO INCLUDE ‘ANIMAL GROOMING/DAYCARE’ AS A PERMITTED USE IN THE CG, COMMERCIAL GENERAL, CI, COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL, LI, LIGHT INDUSTRIAL, AND GI, GENERAL INDUSTRIAL ZONING DISTRICTS

office/Warehouse space for lease 1,750 sq. ft., industrial area

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933 e. 27th St. Signal Hill Contact jim:

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For Member of the City Council Vote for no more than three (Names of Nominees in the order in which they appear on the ballot) Graciela Ortiz Nick M. Ioannidis Mario Gomez Valentin Palos Amezquita Efren Martinez Rosa E. Perez Irving Pacheco Ofelia Hernandez

A certified copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s Office. Second reading and adoption of this Ordinance is scheduled for Tuesday, March 15, 2011. Kathleen L. Pacheco City Clerk

Rosanna Ramirez City Clerk

Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on March 4, 2011. Posted at City Hall, Library, Discovery Well Park, and Reservoir Park on March 4, 2011.

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