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New mayor and reorganized council begin new term, warn of potential redevelopment agency shutdown
March 18, 2011
Community leaders among five who perished in plane crash on LB Airport runway Cory Bilicko Managing Editor
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From left, outgoing Signal Hill Mayor Ed Wilson, Vice Mayor Tina Hansen, new Mayor Larry Forester, Councilmember Michael Noll and Councilmember Ellen Ward drink a toast to a new term at Tuesday's mayor reception CJ Dablo Staff Writer
Larry Forester has taken over leadership as Signal Hill’s new mayor with Tina Hansen as the new vice mayor. On Tuesday, March 15, the City Council voted unanimously to appoint the newly reelected council members two weeks after Forester and Hansen
succeeded in winning a hard-fought campaign to retain their seats on the council. Before a packed audience in the Council Chambers, dignitaries from the local community and the government presented to outgoing Mayor Ed Wilson proclamations, plaques and gifts in honor of the outgoing mayor’s service. And without too much cere-
mony following the council vote and official swearing-in ceremony for the new officers, Wilson moved to Forester’s old chair in the council chambers. Forester took the council’s center chair reserved for the mayor. In his opening remarks, Forester acknowledged that his third time as mayor may be his most difficult. see council page 15
CSULB’s International Studies Student Association attempting to raise funds, awareness for world water Brett Hawkins Editorial Intern
Though many would argue that the United States has enough dire crises of its own, other nations are still far worse off; Japan especially is showing its resilience in the midst of natural and nuclear disasters this week. Among the lesser publicized global issues, several countries today are facing a lack of clean drinking water. According to UNICEF, nearly 900 million people in the world lack access to safe drinking water (almost half of that number represented by children). Even more jarring, 4,100 children die every day of watersee unicef page 14
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From left, Deanna Lam, Kimberly Conchada and Tanya Aubin tape up a promotional poster for TAP at the Park after pitching the project to Kafe Neo, pictured.
The city of Long Beach, and the neighborhood of Bixby Knolls in particular, lost several prominent residents Wednesday when a private twin-engine Beech Craft King Air Turbo-Prop plane crashed during takeoff at the Long Beach Airport around 10:30am. Aboard the plane were: Mark Bixby, a member of one of Long Beach’s founding families and a leading bicycling enthusiast; Tom Dean, a developer who lived in Naples; Jeff Berger, a Manhattan Beach resident who was also a developer; Bruce Krall, a banker and Orange County resident; an unidentified man who was the plane’s pilot; and Mike Jensen, also a Naples resident and president of the real-estate company Pacific Retail Partners. At press time, Jensen was the lone survivor of the accident. According to a press release issued by the Long Beach Fire Department Wednesday afternoon, units arrived within one minute of the crash at the Southwest corner of Runway 30, where they found the wreckage of the plane on fire. They quickly utilized water and foam from both their bumpers and top turrets to extinguish the blaze within two minutes. Units immediately used specialized extrication methods and tools to remove Jensen from the wreckage and began treatment before transporting him to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition. Rob Ryan, who works next to the airport on the third floor of the corporate headquarters of Twining, Inc., said he heard the crash and then saw the aftermath. “There was nothing but orange and black from flames and smoke,” he said Wednesday morning, about half an hour after the accident. “I heard one person was taken to Memorial. I was stunned to hear that.” On Thursday morning, Jensen’s family released a statement about the incident and expressed gratitude to see plane page 14
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Anticipating tsunami, coastal residents seek safety in Signal hill’s hilltop Park Cory Bilicko Managing Editor
After hearing about the 9-magnitude earthquake on Japan’s northeastern coast and the consequential tsunami, which was indeed expected to reach the United States’ west coast, dozens of Long Beach residents, many who live near the city’s beach, fled to Signal Hill’s Hilltop Park Friday morning to avoid any potential threat from water surges. The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had issued tsunami warnings for the California coast, and the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles took the precaution of postponing operations involving bunker fuel or hazardous materials. Safety officials advised the public to stay out of the water and off jetties and piers, in the event an unpredictable tidal movement occurred. Although the warnings were never upgraded to more serious levels and no damage in Long Beach was reported, surges between ten and 12 inches were witnessed in the Downtown Marina. “City departments responded immediately to deploy precautionary measures when the tsunami advisory was issued, and I applaud our City workers for working quickly to coordinate these efforts,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “I also appreciate that people adhered to warnings from safety officials to stay away from the water. Although we were fortunate not to
Do YoU HEAR WHAT I HEAR? What A free exhibit of devices to help with hearing difficulties When Friday, March 18 from 10am to noon Where Craft Room of the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave. More Info Hands-on examination of the devices, as well as information on how they work and where to purchase them, will be provided by the Hearing Loss Association of Long Beach/Lakewood. Call (562) 4255651 or visit hlalongbeachlakewood.org.
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A family who lives near Long Beach’s shoreline waits in Hilltop Park Friday morning, after hearing news of a tsunami caused by the 9-magnitude earthquake in Japan.
experience any damage in Long Beach, the devastation in Japan is horrific. Our thoughts are with the people of Japan in the wake of this terrible tragedy.” Among the residents who sought the safety of Signal Hill’s pinnacle was Long Beach resident Melanie Gottlieb, who was in Hilltop Park with her husband and pet. “At 4:54, our phone rang and my cousin from Cincinatti, Ohio, called and told us there was an 8.9 earthquake in Japan and to get the heck out of where we were because we’re four blocks from the ocean,” Gottlieb said. “I packed water, medicine, a blanket and some coats and said, ‘We’re going,’ and we brought our dog.” She said she was aware of how others might see her actions as extreme, but that didn’t bother her. “I’d rather be on alert and feel foolish afterwards
than just sit there and worry and not do anything,” she said. “I look at life as an adventure, and this is just another adventure.” Patricia Castillo, another Long Beach resident, was on the hill with her daughter and several puppies she was trying to sell. “I heard the news when my friend called me at 5:00 in the morning and said to be aware because the tsunami is coming,” Castillo said. “Because I live close to the beach, I’m scared.” John Fredericks, who also resides near the shoreline, was in the park with his mother and an elderly family friend. When asked why he’d brought his family to Signal Hill that morning, Fredericks said it was just to be safe. “Just in case the tsunami waves are large,” he said. “Plus it’s a perfect view of anything that happens.”
Walk participants raise $4,000 for Miller Children’s hospital’s palliative care To support the pediatric supportive/palliative care program at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, more than 200 patients, family members, employees and community supporters (including Snoopy) participated in the Palliative Care Pursuit Walk. The walk was organized by Rachel Llanos, one of more than 100 parents whose family has benefited from the supportive/palliative care program at Miller Children’s. Her daughter, Kelly, had a rare chromosomal abnormality, called Trisomy 13, that led to heart problems and the need for constant care at Miller Children’s throughout her life. Supportive care, also called palliative care, involves a variety of resources to improve the quality of life for a child with a chronic or life-threatening illness by addressing their needs for comfort. The pediatric supportive/palliative care program at Miller Children’s is unique, and different from hospice, in that it begins at diagnosis and is a part of the care plan, whether the child is at home or in the hospital, throughout cure or bereavement. Although Kelly has since passed away, her mother was determined to organize the walk in her daughter’s honor to raise awareness of supportive/palliative care, as well as raise funds to expand the palliative care program at Miller Children’s. More than $4,000 was raised to help Miller Children’s continue to provide future patients and families with the same compassionate care her family received. “I was so touched by palliative care that I wanted more people in the community to know about it,” says Llanos. “I am so happy at the turnout we had for our first Palliative Care Pursuit Walk and hope to make it an annual event. It is amazing to see this kind of support from the Long Beach community.” ß
GET READY, GET SET, Go BAlD! What 10th annual head-shaving fundraiser Who Hosted by Cubberly School for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation When Friday, March 18 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm Where 3200 Monogram Ave. More Info More than 75 “shavees” will bare all when they have their heads shaved to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research. The children are participating in honor of classmate Kayleigh Scott, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment at Miller Children's Hospital. Participants have gathered sponsorships from friends and family members in exchange for boldly shaving their heads bald as a sign of solidarity with pediatric cancer patients who often lose their hair as a result of treatment. Call (562) 933-2802. SPRING INTo SPRING What Spring equinox campfire Who Hosted by El Dorado Nature Center When Saturday, March 19 from 7pm to 9pm More Info Cost is $5 per person. Call (562) 570-1745. BUTTER UP! What Second District senior pancake breakfast Who Hosted by Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal When Saturday, March 19 from 8am to 9:30am Where Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 E. 4th St. More Info Limited parking available. Carpooling and RSVPs are encouraged. Call (562) 570-6684. All seniors are invited to enjoy free pancakes, sausage links, juice and coffee with Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal and Long Beach Firefighters. St. Mary’s Medical Clinic will be providing free blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) tests. WRITE oN What "The Current and Future State of Publishing" Who Presented by California Writers Club of Long Beach When Saturday, March 19 from 3pm to 5pm Where Los Altos Branch Public Library, 5614 Britton Dr. More Info Paul Tayyar, publisher of World Parade Books and a published poet who is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, will share his expertise. He will be joined by novelist Tyler Dilts, who teaches writing at CSULB. Published and aspiring writers of all genres are welcome to attend. Visit calwriters.org or calwriterslongbeach.org. Call (562) 595-2114. oPEN HoUSE What Community open house Who Bethany Lutheran School When Sunday, March 20 from 2pm to 3:30pm Where 5100 E. Arbor Rd. (corner of Clark Ave.) More Info All classrooms will be open with teachers and staff available to answer questions and give tours. Call (562) 420-7783 ext. 54, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit bethanylutheran.org.
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Snoopy gives out high-fives to community members before they begin the Palliative Care Pursuit Walk at El Dorado Park in Long Beach.
‘REBBING’ UP FoR ANoTHER FUNDRAISER What Fundraiser Who Cal Heights United Methodist Children's Center When Wednesday, March 23 from 4pm to 9pm Where Johnny Rebs’ restaurant, 4663 Long Beach Blvd. Why To raise funds for playground renovation More Info All proceeds will go towards the updating of three play areas that have served Long Beach children since 1972. Call (562) 595-0056 or email email@example.com. AIR CARE What Community Forum on the Clean Air Benefits of Zero Emission Technologies Who Presented by the Air Quality Management District (AQMD) When Thursday, March 24 from 7pm to 8:30pm Where Silverado Park Community Room, 1545 W. 31st St. More Info The presentation will cover the current air quality in West Long Beach, health effects of air pollution, and zero-emissions technologies. This free presentation is open to all concerned residents. Light refreshments will be served. Call (562) 570-7777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spotlight on Advertisers FreeSpirit Yoga, 3910 Atlantic Ave., is offering special deals to help out educators. Schoolteachers can get 10 percent off any series. To find out more, visit freespirityoga.com or call (562) 989-9959. To support the American Red Cross relief efforts in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami last week, Liberty Tax Lakewood will waive taxpreparation fees for first-time customers who contribute a minimum of $50 to the American Red Cross on Saturday, March 19. This day of free tax preparation will take place at 5908 Del Amo Blvd., and participating locations throughout the area from 9am to 5pm. Call 866-871-1040 to be directly connected with the nearest Liberty Tax location.
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Thoughts from the Publisher by Neena Strichart I cannot find the words to express the sadness I have felt since learning of Wednesday’s tragic plane crash in Long Beach. So today I give my column to 8th District Councilmember Rae Gabelich to share her thoughts and feelings with all of you. Thank you, Rae, for so generously giving to all our readers. Neena A tragedy occurred Wednesday. A tragedy in Long Beach. The terrible crash at Long Beach Airport when five friends were on their way to enjoy some ski time together. They left their homes, their families and their business responsibilities to create another memory of friendship. Instead, four of these young community leaders lost their lives in a fatal plane crash as they attempted to return to LGB. Their names are recognizable for their visible participation in the fabric of Long Beach life. Mark Bixby, a fine man, with a famous Long Beach name, who had a dedicated commitment to inspire Long Beach to be a leader in the bicylce world. Mark’s efforts to raise
awareness and inspire our city and port officials to strive to create a more inclusive path for bicylcists was his most recent passion. A father of three. Tom Dean, considered by many to be one of the most influential businessmen in Long Beach. His legacy will surely include the Los Cerritos Wetlands project, but, more importantly, Tom was a father to four sons. Jeff Berger, successful business partner with Tom Dean. A quiet, behind-the-scenes man, from my observation. Jeff was a father of three children. Bruce Krall, financial representative to Tom and Jeff. Bruce was a father of two. Mike Jensen, another successful young leader in the business world of Long Beach, survived the accident but remains in critical condition as this day comes to a close. Mike is father to three girls. My heart hurts for the mothers and their children who today, lost their life as they have known it to be. This tragedy serves to remind each one of us to remember that good-bye hug when we
leave home, acknowledge the family we are given every day and make a practice of saying “I love you” to all the important people in our lives. Thank you, gentlemen, for your commitments and your efforts to visibly weave your dreams and goals that have enriched the lives of so many, here in the city of Long Beach. rest Peacefully, rae
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“Why I am Proud to be an American”
“Why I am Proud to be an American”
By Jesse Robles
By Lily Seitelman
Let me introduce myself, my name is Jesse Robles, I am a ten year old student that goes to school at Washington Elementary. I am proud to be an American, would you like to know some reasons why. Some reasons are Rights, Freedoms, and Government. My rights make me honored to be an American. I have the right to believe in any religion so I can worship God in my way. I have the right to complain about Government’s mistakes, and failures. My family has the right to obtain weapons to feel safe and secure. Another reason I’m proud is because my laws and government. For example it’s nice that the government has a limit of service. Another thing is that there is a balance of power between the congress, judges, and president. Last it’s fair that their discussions of law making are public. Freedom is another reason why I am proud to be an American. For example, I have the freedom to enter and leave other states that I would like to visit. Also, I can earn, save and spend money. I also have the freedom of education; to choose to go to college or not. These are the reasons why I am proud to be an American. When I see the flag, Statue of Liberty, and the Liberty Bell it reminds me that I am lucky and proud to be a part of this beautiful nation.
America is the land of opportunities. We have a diverse culture that is overflowing with knowledge and ideas. I love that we are allowed to strive for the American Dream: to live the life we want to as long as we respect the rights of others and follow the laws. There are so many people in the world who are restrained by their leaders and culture. They can’t freely speak their minds, having no voice. My country secures my rights and lets me have a say in my government through voting. It encourages me to be great and make our world better. I cannot be held back from saying or practicing my beliefs. I will not be silenced. I am not treated differently because of my race, religion, or anything that defines me. I am treated as a free citizen, who is an individual with power. I love that Americans are connected under our flag. We are responsible to treat others with respect and help our fellow man. We fight for our country and work to secure a better future for later generations not only by working hard ourselves, but also by educating our children. We develop better ways to solve social and economic struggles every year. Never do we stop trying to make our country stronger. I am proud to be an American citizen. I have voice and rights for as long as I live.
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Sh’s new librarian shapes early literacy with stories Stephanie Raygoza Editorial Intern
Gail Ashbrooke occasionally brings a puppet to work. “George” is its name and, with a little helping hand, Ashbrooke brings him to life for children with the story of Bark, George. “I haven’t brought in my other puppet, Theodore. He’s a dinosaur,” she said. “I use puppets, nursery rhymes and singing with hand movements so kids can visualize the story.” Ashbrooke is of course referring to her weekly story times at the Signal Hill Library. Since starting her new position as librarian six weeks ago, she’s made early literacy her primary focus. “Out of every three people that come in, one is a child. Most story times have six important elements, and if you show the parents why we’re doing this, then maybe they can do it at home,” said the soft-spoken 55-year-old. Even though she’s only been a public librarian for a little more than a month, Ashbrooke is no stranger to libraries in the greater Long Beach community. She has been working in school libraries for about ten years, some of them including Signal Hill’s Alvarado Elementary and Butler Middle schools. “It’s very nice to come to the same place every day and focus on the collections and services of just one library,” she said. “The kids are fine, the community is fine, and the staff has been very welcoming. It’s been very nice.” The comfort and security of being able to work as librarian for
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Signal Hill’s new librarian, Gail Ashbrooke, served as school librarian at several public schools in the city before accepting her current position.
Signal Hill comes to her after years of multiple jobs and transfers. Building a community foundation Ashbrooke was a non-reader as a child, and it was only after she acquired a position as media assistant at a nearby library that she fell in love with the field. After her daughter graduated high school, Ashbrooke realized that she had more time on her hands. She decided to pursue a career as a librarian in 1998. She then moved on to her first position as assistant librarian at Butler. Soon after, she would see the addition of McKinley, Mark Twain, Lafayette and Keller elementary
schools to her work load. “As an assistant, you can have two to three schools,” she said. “I’m just getting the routine of a public library from a school library.” Ashbrooke received her master’s degree in library sciences last year from San Jose State, where she also received her teacher-librarian credentials that allow her to work in any public library. In 2005, she graduated from Cal State Long Beach where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies along with her teaching credential. After being laid off in 2009 from her librarian position for the Long Beach Unified School District and in
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between subbing, she decided to apply for the position of Signal Hill librarian. “Students were really sad when I got transferred from Butler, and I was really sad to lose that position and be transferred out of Signal Hill because I enjoyed it,” she said. “So when this position came up I said, ‘Well, I know the community here. It might work out.’” Ashbrooke made sure to pull out all the stops for her interview and brought along a booklet to set her apart from other candidates. Found in the booklet were all of her accomplishments, previous jobs and how she was very good with children because of her teaching credential. “She’s really familiar with Signal Hill and Long Beach and has a lot of background with working with youth in the community,” said Pilar Alcivar-McCoy, Signal Hill Community Services director. “She has already really assessed where our needs are, and she’s already started to make the community better.” Being more of an administrative position, Ashbrooke’s new role still allows her to see children because of her involvement with story times, which she describes as a part she enjoys most. “Library staff are not really trained in teaching techniques, and I am,” she said. “Especially when every third person that walks in here is a child. So that would be something beneficial to him or her.” Along with picking books for younger people, she’s helping to usher in the ongoing renovations to the library that include moving the children’s play area in order to make sure adults have a quiet place to work and read. “That’s the goal of this transition. For the children to have a nice, big place to go and a lot of interesting stuff for them to want to entice them to enjoy the books so they won’t wander around,” she said. “I want to continue offering computer-technology programs that will service the needs that we now see are needed.” As public librarian, she is allowed to join the American Library Association, where she is now a member of the children’s services, reference services and youth services categories.
Motivating young readers When it comes to her story times, Ashbrooke always turns to books that have a bit of humor to them. Other librarians may focus on stories that have more of a moral, but she prefers to go with humor. One of the favorites is by an author named Keiko Kasza, who wrote My Lucky Day. Ashbrooke offers her story times twice a week: one for babies age zero to two on Wednesdays at 11am; and one on Fridays at 10am for the two- to five-year-old age group, or “pre-readers.” “I choose them myself and always give early literacy to the parents,” she said. “I like to educate parents on how certain readings focus on phonemic awareness or vocabulary.” She and her husband, who is a fifth-grade history teacher, are also heavily involved in tennis. They previously owned a tennis shop for 10 years and are ranked seventh nationally in husband-and-wife mixed doubles. It’s fun, and it’s more something we do on the side,” she said. “Just to show you how deeply we were in tennis, we timed our wedding so we could go to the US Open in New york. We then drove up to Rhode Island to see the Tennis Hall of Fame. Plus we had Boston Lobster.” She laughs. Their only daughter, Jeanette, has followed in their footsteps by receiving a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s in library science. She is now working part-time in the Orange County Law Library, where she enjoys the special library field. Askbrooke is now gearing up for a talk at Tucker Elementary School, National Library Week and the summer reading program. She said research has shown that when kids go on summer vacation they lose a lot of what they’ve learned. Her hopes are to keep that light switch on by exposing them to several interesting books. “When I [worked] in the public schools, I would read every day to all the classes that came in,” she said. “I think it’s important that when you read to a child, you are able to have some enthusiasm about what you’re reading, and so I think I bring that enthusiasm for literacy.” ß
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What do starfish and geckos have in common? They were all special guests last Saturday at the Water Replenishment District’s (WRD) 4th Annual Groundwater Festival entitled “Treasure Beneath our Feet.” With more than 4,300 guests participating in this year’s educational festivities, many enjoyed the Aquarium of the Pacific’s “Aquarium on Wheels,” Star Eco Station reptile exhibits and the Discovery Science Center’s environmental and educational “edutainment.” local students from around WRD’s 43-cities service area were on hand to test their “H20 IQ” and learn how WRD conducts groundwater monitoring of the Central and West Coast groundwater basins. on hand were Congressmember Grace Napolitano, State Senator Kevin De león and Assembly Member Isadore Hall to emphasize the importance of groundwater and conservation efforts. locally, groundwater is vital to south los Ange-
les County because it is responsible for providing almost half of the water supply to 4 million residents, or 10 percent of the state’s population. The festival concluded National Groundwater Awareness Week, which ran from March 7, 2011 to March 12, 2011. “Without water we don’t have an economy,” Napolitano (D-38th) said. “We have to learn to conserve it, preserve it and use it wisely, and this event shows you the leadership that WRD has on the issue of water.” WRD honored five Groundwater ambassadors for their unique contributions to local groundwater issues. This year’s recipients include State Assembly Member Kevin De león, Assembly Member Isadore Hall, los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, South Gate City Council Member Bill De Witt, environmentalist Belinda V. Fasutinos and local reporter Arnold Adler.
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Bixby Knolls residents, skateboard advocates debate proposed ‘skate spot’ Neena Strichart Publisher
In what turned out to be a mildly heated discussion regarding a proposed skateboarding facility at Bixby Knolls Park, those for and against the concrete “skate spot” listened to 8th District Councilmember Rae Gabelich give her opinion during the meeting she conducted last Wednesday night. The dozens of Long Beach residents attended the meeting after receiving a hand-delivered flyer last Saturday. The flyer read: Councilwoman Rae Gabelich invites you to a community meeting to discuss the proposed skate park for Bixby Knolls Park; Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 6:30PM; Expo Building, 4321 Atlantic Avenue. Join us for this opportunity to create a healthy recreation zone for our Eighth District youth. Your input is important for the success of this project. For more information please call (562) 5706685. According to Eighth District staffer Jonathan Kraus, the flyer was distributed to residents within a quarter-mile
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At Wednesday night’s community meeting at the Expo Building in Bixby Knolls, (standing, from left) Greg Ernst, realtor with Main Street Realtors; Jerry Schuman, a California resident; Eighth District Councilmember Rae Gabelich; Anna Mendiola, park development officer; and Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell discuss the pros and cons of a new skate park in the area.
radius of the Bixby Knolls Park. Also addressing the crowd was skate park advocate and former 7th District Councilmember Mike Donelon, as well as Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell. Gabelich began the meeting by explaining that the gathering was just the beginning of the process and assured the audience that she had looked at several sites for a “skate spot” in the 8th District before choosing Bixby Knolls Park as the most viable location for the new 3,500square-foot skate park. “Skate parks have changed over the last decade,” said Gabelich as she explained that smaller concrete facilities were now preferable over larger, space-consuming areas. “We looked at Scherer Park– we’d lose a lot of trees, and Los Cerritos [Park] is too far off the beaten path.” Gabelich also allowed that Scherer Park is already the home of a dog park. Donelon, introduced by Gabelich as “The King of Skate Parks,” took the microphone and gave the audience some information to consider. According to Donelon, skaters average in age from 12 to 17 years and, although there are hundreds of thousands of skateboarders who use skate parks in the United States, there have been no known lawsuits or reported deaths at any of those parks. After his address of the crowd, Donelon explained that the
purpose of the proposed park is not to draw from surrounding areas. “[It’s] really for neighborhood kids,” he said. Before the public question period began, Donelon showed a six-minute video produced by the Tony Hawk Foundation. The purpose of the video was to promote a skateboard area within McBride Park, which is located in Central Long Beach at 16th Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, across the street from Long Beach Poly High School. Acting as facilitator for the publicdiscussion portion of the meeting, Anna Mendiola of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine did her best to keep the input respectful and fair and insisted that speakers not interrupt one another. The resident of a home just two doors from the park, Marian Lyman, protested the proposed usage and described the park as a “place of serenity people go to to read books …meditate. We moved to that area for the quiet. The only noise we have is airplanes flying over.” To add to her defense, Lyman said, “We need greenbelts– we don’t need more cement.” Conversely, California Heights resident Jerry Schuman declared that skateboarding is a sport. “I’m 51 years old, and I still skate,” Schuman said. “Putting a label on these kids as hooligans is bull. The park is small, dinky. This is a small thing in the grand
scheme of things. Echoing Schuman’s sentiment was local realtor Greg Ernst, who described the kids as “coming [to skate parks] to get their energy out.” Ernst also poohpoohed those who claimed skateboarders would bring drugs to the area. “you can’t do drugs and skate. you’ll die,” claimed Ernst. When asked about supervision of the skate parks, Donelon made it known that the areas are not supervised, although rules are generally posted nearby, as they would be in Bixby Knolls Park should the venue be approved. Rules include the requirement of safety equipment (helmets, knee and elbow pads), skating at one’s own risk, no graffiti, no smoking, and no glass or bottles. Hours were also questioned since the skating area would not be lit after dark, but the proposed facility was to be open the same as regular park hours– dawn to dusk– yet the city charter indicates that closing time is 10pm. Before the close of the meeting, Gabelich told the audience that their input was indeed wanted and needed. She also said that a final decision was far in the future since private funding of $200,000 would need to be garnered as would the blessings of the Parks and Recreation Commission and the City Council. Promises of future public meetings were made. ß
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The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) will conduct a citywide DUI saturation patrol on Saturday, March 19, from 6pm to 2am. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, DUI saturation patrols are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. DUI saturation patrols are a vital component in the fight against impaired drivers. Nationally,
The Long Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with the attempted kidnapping of a young girl that occurred on Monday, March 14, at approximately 8am. The 14-year-old female victim was walking to school in the area of Lemon Avenue and 20th Street when she was approached by the suspect, who grabbed her by the arm and pulled her several feet down the street before exposing himself to her. The victim was able to get away from the suspect and report the inci-
dent to police once she arrived at school. The victim described the suspect as a black male, 25 to 30 years old, 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall, 170 to 190 pounds, with black short-cropped hair, light brown eyes and possible moles or acne pockmark-type scars above both cheeks. He was wearing a brown, hooded sweat jacket with yellow stripes running down each sleeve and navy-blue cargo pants. Those with information regarding this incident are urged to call Long Beach Police Sex Crimes Detective Patrick Jennings at (562) 570-
7368. Anonymous tips can be sent by text or email by visiting longbeach.gov/police.
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Aquarium of the Pacific’s 30-year-old California sea lion dies of natural causes The Aquarium of the Pacific is mourning the loss of one of its most beloved animals, Miller the California sea lion. Miller was the fifth-oldest male sea lion in any zoological institution and had recently “retired” to the Aquarium’s behind-the-scenes area for marine mammals. Miller was born in the wild in 1981 and was orphaned before he was old enough to survive on his own. He was rescued from a beach in San Diego by a marine mammal rehabilitation facility and was deemed non-releasable to the wild. He was then adopted and trained for a career as a performing sea lion at Southern California amusement parks. The park he called home in 1998 was getting ready to close down its marine mammal show when the nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific was just opening. At 18 years of age, Miller went to live at the Aquarium in Long Beach in September of 1998. Miller was so well trained, making him the perfect candidate to participate in the Aquarium’s daily seal and sea lion presentations and for visitors to meet up-close during Animal Encounters. In July 2009, he celebrated his 29th birthday, an event that was reported live by a local television news crew during a special presentation. Veterinary and animal husbandry staff determined it was time for Miller to go behind the scenes for health and safety reasons last year, but visitors still had the opportunity to see him on behind-the-scenes tours. Miller died of natural causes Wednesday, having reached the age
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of 30. In the wild, sea lions often live between 15 and 17 years, while sea lions in captivity can reach up to 30 years in age. “Miller has been healthy over the years, which is why he lived such a long life for a sea lion,” said Aquarium Veterinarian Dr. Lance Adams. “Animal husbandry staff worked to keep him comfortable as he went through natural aging processes.” A press release issued by the Aquarium stated that Miller endeared himself to thousands of Aquarium visitors and the many staff members and volunteers who worked with him during his years at the Aquarium and that he will be missed by many. ß
Playtime! The Signal Hill business Dynamic Designworks, Inc. (DDW) recently brought some welcome donations to the children residing in las Brisas, an affordable-housing community located in the city. Suzanne Mills-Winkler (left), CEo and founder of DDW, donated bags of toys to Ana Cortes (right), services coordinator, Abode Communities/las Brisas Community Housing, for distribution to children in the community. DDW is a premier creative design firm for today’s toy and consumer-products industry whose mission is to provide exclusive world-class designs that inspire the imaginations of children.
Born in the wild in 1981, Miller the California sea lion was orphaned before he was old enough to survive on his own. However, he was rescued from a beach in San Diego by a marine mammal rehabilitation facility.
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romance states quirky case in LB Playhouse’s heartwarming Almost, Maine Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer
The dozen or so vignettes included in Almost, Maine possess a common thread. Each begins with an unsettling, even bizarre, human predicament and resolves in a lightly comical tug at the heartstrings. Notwithstanding the annoying repetition inherent in each segment’s opening dialogue, it is amazing how quickly playwright John Cariani convinces us to buy in, but only if we are hopeless romantics like him. If not, we might tire of the simplicity and want something more or something else. To this extent, Almost, Maine probably has limited appeal. After all, how can a writer sufficiently develop two or three characters, establish a viable story line, and
appeal to our emotions in eight or ten minutes– the length of one of Cariani’s oddly romantic segments? The answer is that he can’t. Instead Cariani cuts to the chase and focuses like a laser beam on the circumstance at hand, abandoning the usual background information that would otherwise inform the audience on complexities of character and surroundings. And somehow it all works. At least, it did for me. Think allegorical simplicity and you’ll start to see what I mean. Cariani’s are composite characters in a symbolic town. They are characterized by an almost childlike unsophistication but display adult wants and needs. In a nutshell, they possess universal hopes and dreams. They want to love and be loved. In surreal, almost O. Henry-like twists on reality, six actors play nineteen different characters who, more than anything else, help each other through acts of kindness. Awkward romantic encounters expose human fallibility that sometimes borders on the ridiculous. But in every case, director Phyllis Gitlin and her perceptive cast cut deep and successfully project the emotion that becomes ours, as well. Cariani’s characters have consciences, an attribute which goes a long way toward making us care for them, even given the paltry few minutes we are given to get to know them. On the eve of her wedding to another man, a woman finds a way to let her ex-boyfriend down easy. Out of a desire to make amends, a woman travels a good distance to answer a long forgotten marriage proposal to which she never said yes or no. A man unable to feel physical pain has his senses awakened in a chance encounter with a neighbor lady who would rather not take the time. A man who blows his chances for love out of sheer ineptitude gets a second chance when things literally and figuratively
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come full circle. Those are just a few. Cariani masterfully manipulates our emotions throughout his unusual play. He stirs us up with a few opening lines of irritating dialogue, perhaps intending to maximize the swing of emotion when we are charmed and moved by his quirky turns of fate and human redemption. I found Almost, Maine most uplifting. Almost, Maine continues on the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage through April 16. General admission tickets are $22; $20 for seniors. Student tickets are $12 with valid student ID. Performances are
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with Sunday matinees at 2pm. The Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St. Call (562) 494-
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MoLAA to recognize female contributions to art with its Women’s day Fest The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), 628 Alamitos Ave., will celebrate the contributions of women in art, literature and music at its annual Women’s Day Festival on Sunday, March 20 from 1pm to 4pm. The event is free and open to the public. The festival will include a juried display of artwork as well as free art workshops, performances and a spotlight on female jewelry designers from Mexico and Brazil.
Trio Ellas, a Los Angeles-based musical group that fuses classic romantic with mariachi for a nostalgic sound, will perform at 3pm. Vendors, food and a display of art by local women artists will be presented from noon to 4pm. Art workshops, including one on found objects, will run from 1pm to 4pm. At 2pm, there will be a poetry reading of works by Latin-American women poets. ß
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Found Theatre to screen doc about iconic folk musician The Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., will present the Long Beach premiere of Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune, the new documentary by filmmaker Kenneth Bowser, about one of the most iconic folk music heroes and political agitators in American history. Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune is a timely tribute to an unlikely American hero whose music is as relevant today as it was in the 1960s, when he rose to fame at the height of the folk- and protest-song movement. As prolific as he was passionate, Ochs released seven acclaimed albums and wrote hundreds of songs that became anthems for the anti-war, Civil Rights, and labor movements. In the film, Joan Baez, Tom Hayden, Pete Seeger, Sean Penn, Peter yarrow, Christopher Hitchens, and others who knew or were inspired by Ochs tell stories of political passions that were equal parts idealism, conviction and fantasy mixed together with a big ego and often wild disorganization. Throughout the film, Ochs’s humorous and haunting songs, “I Ain’t Marching Anymore,” “Crucifixion,” “Draft Dodger Rag,” “Love Me, I’m A Liberal,” “Outside of a Small Circle of Friends,” and, of course, “There But For Fortune,” play the role of narrator, giving contextual depth to the unfolding saga of his complex political and personal life, which ended in 1976, at the age of 35,
Folk singer Phil Ochs wrote hundreds of songs that became anthems for anti-war, Civil Rights, and labor movements.
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you’re here.” After admiring the prominent sushi bar and the wall of wines strikingly backlit in neon magenta, we decided on a table under one of the big-screen TVs that was tuned to the basketball game. Sound was either off or low; there was no distraction. We were also pleased to find that, although there were quite a few other diners, the ambient noise level permitted easy conversation. Now I’ve always been a little leery of fusion restaurants. When an establishment claims to do more than one cuisine well, I fear mediocrity on all counts. In the case of Suba, however, such apprehension is definitely not warranted. Everything we ordered was fabulous. To start, our server, Melina, offered us tastes of the restaurant’s homemade sangria. Suba’s version is lush and fruity with just a touch of sweetness. We had to have more. I’m ashamed to admit I even used my fork to finish off the bits of winemarinated fruit that had floated merrily in the drink. (And I would do it again!) Choosing a sushi roll was not easy, as the list of Suba “signature” creations was extensive and aweinspiring. But choose we did, and the verdict was “The Bixby,” an ample spicy tuna roll topped with a slice of halibut and a dab of spicy mayo. What made this roll pop was a sliver of fresh lemon tucked under the halibut. Fantastic.
Neighbors Karen Weiss and Laura Sanders stopped by our table to say hello. They were raving about the sushi roll they’d just devoured– “The Closer”– an eclectic creation of shrimp tempura, crab, eel, avocado, cream cheese, and eel sauce. We inquired as to the bottom line and were told: “It was the best roll I’ve ever had.” High praise indeed. After enjoying the Aguacata y Camaron (avocado and shrimp), a tapas of large grilled shrimp atop a bed of guacamole and red salsa served with French bread slices, we moved on to the Empanada de Res. Wow, was it delish! Two large piping hot savory pastry turnovers filled with perfectly seasoned ground beef, the empanadas were a hit. But the best thing of all was the Datilas con Cabrales– a tapas plate of whole dates stuffed with Cabrales blue cheese and a whole almond, all wrapped in bacon. OMG. The sweetness of the date, pungency of the cheese, crunch of the almond, and savory salty goodness of the Applewood smoked bacon were almost more than mere earthlings deserve. And we barely scratched the surface of Suba’s abundant offerings. The menu could easily cover ten visits without the two of us ordering the same thing twice. (Although, I can’t imagine a meal at Suba without those stuffed dates!) Apart from tapas, sushi, sashimi, and the various sushi rolls, both standard offering and “signature,” Suba offers not one but six– yes, six!– varieties of ceviche made out of ahi
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tuna, scallops, shrimp, lobster, and salmon. Can’t wait to try those. There are also a few “large plate” items, for instance, the Paella Suba containing pretty much everything but the kitchen sink, as well as the Spanish-style Toro Burger and the Pasta Con Queso, an intriguing version of macaroni and cheese. Alas, it will all have to wait for a
future visit, which will likely occur sooner, not later. Something to look forward to! Suba Sushi & Tapas Lounge, located at 3550 Long Beach Blvd. in Bixby Knolls, can be reached at (562) 595-1959. Beer and an extensive list of wines are available. Restaurant hours are Tuesday–Sunday, noon–10pm. Closed Monday.
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responders. “Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families of Mike’s friends aboard the plane with him,” the statement reads. “Thank you for the outpour of support and overwhelming compassion shown by so many throughout the community of Long Beach. We are eternally grateful to the Long Beach Fire Department, Long Beach Memorial, and the church and cycling communities. We appreciate you affording us this private time with family.” Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster issued a statement Wednesday that expressed the virtues of the men involved in the accident. “We carry a
very heavy heart following today’s tragic accident,” Foster said. “These were charismatic men that believed in Long Beach, made a real contribution and worked towards a better community. Our thoughts and prayers go to their children and their families in this time of unspeakable sadness.” Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, whose district includes the airport, also praised those who responded to the scene. “I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who died or were injured in today’s tragic plane crash at the Long Beach Airport,” Schipske said. “I also commend the Long Beach Fire Department and the Long Beach Airport staff for their quick response to the scene and for their continued professionalism in handling the news
regarding this horrible event.” First District Councilmember Robert Garcia said he knew Bixby well. “He was a good friend, advisor, supporter and all-around great guy. I got to know Mark through his loving and wonderful wife, Theresa Bixby, who I have sat on the board with of Children Today for five years,” Garcia said. “Mark and I were in constant communication, usually about his plans to make Long Beach America’s most bike-friendly city. He was an avid cyclist, and was the leading city voice on bike policy, advocacy and community engagement. The progress we have made on bike infrastructure and bike policy would not have been possible without Mark’s leadership.” Garcia noted that Bixby leaves behind a lasting legacy, and he promised
MArCh 18, 2011 to carry on his work. “[Bixby], [his wife] Theresa, and his family have my commitment that I will do everything I can to continue and advance his work and his projects.” Garcia also emphasized Bixby’s philanthropy and community leadership. “He and his wife Theresa are part of our Children Today family and have donated both their resources and time to help our city’s vulnerable homeless population.” Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal said she had been working with Bixby to ensure bicycle and pedestrian access to the new Gerald Desmond Bridge. “Among his many ideas to improve our community, I know this was very important to him, so I will work tire-
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related diseases. Cal State University Long Beach’s (CSULB) International Studies Student Association (ISSA) has joined with UNICEF to support its Tap Project during World Water Week, March 20 to March 26. UNICEF’s Tap Project was created in 2007 in New york with the concept that restaurants ask their patrons to donate one dollar or more for the tap water they commonly enjoy for free. All funds collected from the project help UNICEF provide clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world. A donation of one dollar grants a child access to safe drinking water for 40 days. This year, the Tap Project is geared toward helping children in Togo, the Central African Republic, and Vietnam. Also, this will be the Tap Project’s first year for West-coast participation. Kafe Neo in Long Beach and It’s a Grind’s Carson Street and Spring Street locations are local restaurants working in tandem with the Tap Project. “After studying international development and working in regions of the world that do not have clean drinking water, I want to do my part to help people gain access to this basic need,” said Andres Miguel Espana, the UNICEF Tap Project city coordinator for Los Angeles. “I cannot think of a better way to help than to join the UNICEF Tap Project.” CSULB’s ISSA has made several contributions to international philanthropic organizations such as Invisible Children, the United States Campaign for Burma, and the Le Petit Train School in Haiti, since its formation in 2008 by Maggie Woods and Krystal Windsor Burnett. “We started very small– a group of 15 people sitting in a circle talking about the world,” said Cookie Partansky, the South West Asian and North African ambassador for ISSA. “Today, I firmly believe that not only has ISSA grown as an organization, but also [our] members’ inspiration has grown.” ISSA’s involvement with UNICEF began when club secretary Tanya Aubin visited the New york office of the United Nations. Aubin returned from her visit and spread the word of UNICEF’s causes to the rest of the club, which readily joined in with its support. “ISSA already had a few ideas of what we wanted to accomplish during this spring,” said Kimberly Conchada, a member of the ISSA. “And in January, [Aubin] was the one to approach our president about attending a UNICEF workshop for restaurant recruitment in Los Angeles. [Aubin, Deanna Lam, and Partansky] attended the workshop and were compelled to do more.” In support of global water issue awareness, ISSA will screen the documentary Blue Gold: World Water Wars Friday, March 18 at 6pm at the University Student Union (USU) Beach Auditorium. A 30- to 45-minute discussion facilitated by John Torres, ISSA’s Latin American ambassador, will follow the film. Admission and food will be offered free of charge, and the organization will be accepting donations for the continued funding of ISSA-hosted philanthropic events. “I was searching last semester for
lessly toward the fulfillment of his vision as a fitting legacy for a person so committed to advocating for cyclists,” Lowenthal said. Dean, who owned the plane, and Berger were both developers involved in last year’s city land swap, during which part of the Los Cerritos Wetlands in southeast Long Beach was traded for most of the city’s public service yard. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration. Commercial and general aviation operations at the Long Beach Airport continue uninterrupted. ß
outlets to be able to show a film without being required to buy the rights to the film,” Partansky said. “[Aubin] had suggested this film for this semester to fall in line with our UNICEF Tap Project theme this semester.” Blue Gold: World Water Wars features the message that the world is wasting its fleeting supply of fresh water at an alarming rate as the population increases and technology improves. The high and ever-growing demand for water will eventually lead to desertification of the planet. It also explains the corporate hand in developing countries’ privatization of water for profit and the corrupt governments of some countries’ use of water as a ploy for political and economic advantage. The film covers its central themes through displaying passive resistance to outright riots in the struggle of many for the necessity of water. For non-CSULB students interested in attending the screening, parking is available at Lot 4, located next to the main turnaround near W. Campus Drive and Beach Drive. With World Water Week commencing the day after the screening, citizens are encouraged to dine at Kafe Neo (2800 E. 4th St.) or at the two participating It’s a Grind locations to donate at least one dollar for tap water. In earlier weeks, Aubin, Conchada, Lam, and Partansky have collaborated to create tapLB, a sub-organization independent from ISSA that will host a benefit concert called TAP at the Park on Saturday, March 26 from noon to 5pm at Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave. The musical artists selected to perform at the event include Kristi Jo, No Hablo, From Cities to Oceans, Alyssandra Nighswonger, and LN and AND. “All of the artists are either Long Beach natives or living in Long Beach,” Conchada said. “They all have different vibes and genres and have been so gracious in agreeing to perform at TAP.” In addition to the musical performances coming to TAP at the Park, several features of the event will be a raffle, water-related games suitable for all ages, and two Los Angeles-based freelance artists, Kristine Arismendy and Crystal Orozco, participating in a live painting session. The main center of contribution for TAP at the Park will be in its aptly named “Tappy Hour” booth. “Tappy Hour is just a simple way to contribute to our Fair Day-type event,” Conchada said. “We will be handing out crisp, cold water for those looking to quench their thirst under the sun.” The booth will also be available at CSULB on Wednesday, March 23, and Thursday, March 24. “Being raised in Long Beach among so much diversity has helped me acknowledge and appreciate the endless cultures that make up this giant world,” Conchada said. “Learning that there are so many people in the world without something so essential like water makes me feel so privileged to have come from a city that has given me so much. I only hope my awesome city will see the world the way I see it.” ----------------------------------------MORE INFORMATION clubissa.wordpress.com tapproject.org bluegold-worldwaterwars.com
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“The recession has affected us all,” said Forester, “but the City of Signal Hill with its major general fund income source sales tax and the proposed California state taking our redevelopment funds, we have to look at every expenditure.” Forester repeated concerns that the future of the city’s Redevelopment Agency (RDA) has been threatened by the proposed budget cuts by the office of Gov. Jerry Brown. For months, the governor has repeated his intention to end funding for redevelopment agencies as a part of his overall budget proposal. (On Wednesday, state legislators rejected Brown’s bid to eliminate more than 400 redevelopment agencies across California. Lawmakers did however agree to $7.4 billion of $12.5 billion in cuts that the governor had proposed to address the largest state deficit in the country.) Forester, along with the other members of the council, has stated consistently that Signal Hill still needs to hold on to redevelopment. “This city would have been nothing without redevelopment and we really are the poster child,” said Forester in an interview later that evening. He said that the city’s RDA is responsible for important projects, including the management of 14 acres on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Spring Street, where more than 20 abandoned oil wells needed to be maintained and cleaned. “This is an area that redevelopment was designed to do– to take blighted and undeveloped land
and work it,” Forester said. Both Forester and Hansen acknowledged that the fight to keep the RDA will be tough, and at the beginning of their new term, Forester and Hansen were no strangers to conflict. The incumbent council members had just emerged from their own battle to win their elections two weeks earlier. “This was a difficult campaign,” said Hansen, recognizing that she and Forester had faced severe criticism in the months leading up to the March City Council election. “But what you realize when you go out to the community is that the majority of people do like us and do like what we’re doing and do approve of the direction. And it gives you a realization again of why you’re doing this, why I take my weekend and evenings away from my family, why I’m signed up for four more years at what could be the four toughest years we’ve ever had in the city if the redevelopment legislation passes because the residents want our voices up here.” During his address to the council, Forester also acknowledged that the road to win another term at city council was not easy. He encouraged a spirit of cooperation. “I look to my fellow council members for a joint effort of working together but also their expertise as individuals,” said Forester. “We must not go down the path that ‘I’m right and you’re wrong,’ but challenge all our thinking.” The RDA also voted a change in the agency’s leadership Tuesday
night. Councilmember Michael Noll has replaced Hansen as the RDA chair. Councilmember Ellen Ward joked that Noll’s tenure as RDA chair may be extremely short if the governor’s budget plan is approved and Brown manages to shut down redevelopment agencies across the state. The RDA also voted to approve Ward to serve as the vice chair of the RDA. Following the City Council and RDA meetings, the City held a celebration in the community room to honor the new mayor. The City Council has begun a new term with an emphasis by the new mayor to scrutinize expenditures. They’ve even saved money on their own party by soliciting donations from corporate sponsors including Signal Hill Petroleum, Rossmoor Pastries, and The Wine Country. Before the dozens of wellwishers Tuesday night, the reorganized City Council still toasted the future with their glass flutes filled with donated champagne. The former mayor offered his best wishes to the new mayor. “As we move forward with this city. . .bigger and better things [will] come,” Wilson said.
Other highlights from the City Council/redevelopment Agency meeting: • The City recognized the poll workers who participated in the March 1 general municipal election. • The City Council certified the official results for the municipal election in Signal Hill • The City Council/RDA approved a joint resolution to allow Hooman Nissan Auto Dealership (doing business as HNL Properties, LLC) to acquire additional land in order to accommodate the dealership’s expansion plans. In December 2010, Hooman Nissan moved into the former Schaier’s Nissan site, 1800 E. Spring St., which had closed its doors in May 2010. City officials also approved an offer to provide an incentive to the dealership where Hooman Michael Nissani presently serves as the Signal Hill company’s president and co-owner. The company had also requested to borrow $700,000 from the RDA, but Hooman Nissan anticipates that they will create high volume of projected sales-tax revenue over a period of time, according to City staff. If the deal-
ership successfully brings in their projected $2.1 million in sales-tax revenue over five years, the council has agreed to forgive the loan. But if Hooman Nissan cannot generate the anticipated revenue, the dealership will still be obligated to pay the loan, according to City officials. City Attorney David Aleshire noted that if the dealership projections are on target, Hooman Nissan would be among the best performing dealerships in the Auto Center in Signal Hill. The City would be providing a financial incentive to the dealership to continue to generate a large amount of sales-tax revenue for five years, according to the city attorney. “But of course the desire is that the deal will be there 20 years, producing that type of sales tax,” said Aleshire. “So if you go on down the road, the economic return to the city is very substantial.” The loan will be secured through a deed of trust recorded against the dealership’s property, which is valued at three times the amount of the loan, according to Aleshire. The next Signal Hill City Council meeting will be Tuesday, April 5 at 7pm at the city council chambers. ß
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CITY OF SIgNAL hILL TST 3692 / NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Signal Hill will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, DECLARING ITS INTENTION TO VACATE A PORTION OF THE CUL-DE-SAC ADJOINING ORIZABA AVENUE NORTH OF PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ALL INTERTESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend a public hearing 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 hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearing. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED to submit written comments to the Public Works Department or during the public hearing. FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Public Works Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by calling Anthony Caraveo at (562) 989-7352. //ss//___________ Anthony Caraveo Sr. Engineering Technician I, Rebecca Burleson, Deputy City Clerk of the City of Signal Hill, do hereby certify under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California, that the foregoing notice(s) was/were posted on the posting board at Signal Hill City Hall on the 18th day of March 2011.
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Divers from the recently earthquake-stricken city of Christchurch, New Zealand, visited McCormick Divers in Long Beach last week. According to Ann Sissons, CEO of the New Zealand Diving Association, the Christchurch diving facility is likely irreparable after sustaining damage from the quake and aftershocks. The New Zealand team came to California to meet diving legend Greg Louganis and make a trip to Disneyland before joining McCormick Divers for their regular training session. With their own regular training facility at Belmont Olympic Plaza Pool closed for the PAC-10 Conference Championships, the local divers trained at the team’s alternate training site at Martin Luther King Jr. Pool.
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