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March 25, 2011

Advocates for redevelopment consider future plans CJ Dablo Staff Writer

In anticipation of a prolonged fight over state budget proposals that called for an end to redevelopment funding, advocates for redevelopment have been pondering the future. Gov. Jerry Brown had proposed drastic cuts to the state budget in order to close a deficit totaling more than $25.4 million. Part of his plan called for an immediate end to RDAs in cities all over California by July 1. California lawmakers last week began to vote on Brown’s budget, which included specific legislation to end redevelopment agencies. At press time, although a redevelopment bill failed to pass last week, lawmakers may reconsider the bill at a later date. But many Long Beach city officials have voiced opposition to the bills. They have credited their redevelopment agencies for successfully creating public-improvement projects that transformed depressed neighborhoods and blighted areas. “The stakes could not be higher for Long Beach,” several Long Beach city council members wrote in a recent oped letter that was sent to local news outlets. “This vote has the potential to either continue an incredibly effective program designed to assist our most

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Although the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency planned to extend Orizaba Park, located on Orizaba Avenue and Spaulding Street, and had purchased 1.1 acres in 2008, a city report named Orizaba Park as one of the redevelopment projects at stake if state legislators chose to approve Gov. Jerry Brown's plan that called for an end to redevelopment agencies.

challenged and distressed neighborhoods, or in one fell swoop stop 50 years of success and commit many of our neighborhoods to perpetual and

LB League of Women Voters hosts meeting to share LA County’s Strategic Plan for Economic Development Stephanie Raygoza Editorial Intern

“Endorse, educate, advocate” were the resounding words spoken last Saturday by senior vice president of Los Angeles County’s Strategic Initiatives David A. Flaks, as he presented the Strategic Plan for Economic Development to the Long Beach League of Women Voters, as well as US Rep. Laura Richardson (D-37th). Demonstrating why the economy needs the strategic plan, what it clearly is, the public input process and how the plan will be implemented were the main focuses of Flaks’s presentation held at the Los Altos Library. Flaks opened with a brief back-

ground on Los Angeles County and how it has become a flourishing entertainment and business capitol over the years. However, his attention soon focused on the current state of its declining economy and how there is a dire need to create more jobs. “Even with those extremely valuable fixed assets…we have grossly underperformed as a region in terms of created jobs for 10.4 million residents,” said Flaks. “During the last 30 years, while the county has added more than 2.9 million new residents, we’ve only created about 457,000 net jobs for those new residents.” It is this problem in creating new see PLan page 11

permanent blight.” The letter was signed by Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal and Councilmembers Robert Garcia, Gary DeLong, Dee Andrews, James

Johnson, Rae Gabelich, and Steven Neal. Although Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell did not sign the letter, he

does back keeping redevelopment in the city of Long Beach. “I am supportive of redevelopment and of maintaining a tool for economic development,” said O’Donnell in a telephone interview Wednesday. There are potential redevelopment projects in his district, and he even traveled to Sacramento to advocate for redevelopment earlier this year, he said. No statement was available from the office of Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, who also chose to not sign the op-ed letter written by the other councilmembers. According to a city report, the RDA had planned to use $89.5 million towards several projects for the next three years. The North Library, the Eastside Police Station and several parks were “at risk,” according to the City. Other Long Beach city officials have voiced their open support of keeping RDAs despite the governor’s insistence that the cuts are necessary. “It’s not sweeping change. It’s not sweeping reform,” said John Edmond, chief of staff for Councilmember Dee Andrews, of the governor’s plan in a telephone interview Tuesday. Edmond argued that the cuts to redevelopment won’t solve the state’s budget crisis. see RDa page 13

Supervisor Knabe visited by ‘Safe Surrender’ baby, Tal, two years after abandonment Last week, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe received a special visit from Tal, one of the 83 Safe Surrenders that have occurred in Los Angeles County. In California, the Safely Surrendered Baby Law allows an individual to safely give up an unwanted infant with no fear of arrest or prosecution for abandonment as long as the baby has not been abused or neglected. The law does not require that names be given when the baby is surrendered. Parents are permitted to bring a baby within three days of birth to any designated hospital staff or designated fire station in the County of Los Angeles. The baby is placed in a pre-adoptive home while the adoption process gets underway. see knabe page 8

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Tal (center), who was safely surrendered almost two years ago, and his adoptive mother, Barbara Gallen, visit with Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe.


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Forester criticizes California Supreme Court’s refusal to hear lawsuit on ‘obsolete’ water-quality control plans

ClEAN UP YoUR CoMMUNITY What Monthly neighborhood clean-up and E-waste drive Who Hosted by the West Eastside Community Association (WESCA) When Saturday, March 26, neighborhood clean-up from 8am to noon, and Household Hazardous Waste and E-waste Roundup from 9am to 3pm Where Clean-up will begin at MasterWorks Construction, 1376 Coronado Ave. E-Waste drive will be at Long Beach Veterans Stadium at Clark Avenue and Conant Street. More Info Residents are encouraged to bring electronic waste such as computers, TVs, keyboards, printers and cell phones, as well as toxic materials such as brake fluid, paint, batteries, pool chemicals and other fluids that cannot be disposed of down the drain.WESCA will host a barbecue after the clean-up. Call (562) 570-6918. GIVE BACK What Call for volunteers at community tree planting Who Hosted by 2nd District Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal and the Rose Park Neighborhood Association When Saturday, March 26 from 9am to noon Where Meet at Big Lots parking lot, 2300 East 7th St. More Info Volunteers will gather for a short speech by Lowenthal and planting instructions between 9am and 9:30am. Comfortable shoes and clothes are recommended. Call (562) 570-6684. NEED TAX HElP? What Open house to provide free assistance to taxpayers who need help getting information required to file their tax returns Who Hosted by the IRS When Saturday, March 26 between the hours of 9am and 2pm Where 501 W. Ocean Blvd. More Info Taxpayers who may have difficulty scheduling a visit to an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center during normal weekday business hours can visit the Long Beach IRS office for help with account questions. SATURDAY IN THE PARK What Admiral Kidd Park expansion grand opening Who The office of Councilmember James Johnson and the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency When Saturday, March 26 from 11am to 3pm Where Santa Fe Avenue between 21st Street and W. Willard Street More Info Entertainment, food and children’s area will be available. Call (562) 570-3150. ToGETHER AGAIN What Monthly meeting and discussion of Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald Who Actors portraying Father Junipero Serra and Juan Jose Dominguez When Saturday, March 26 from 1pm to 3pm Where Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, 18127 S. Alameda St. More Info Mingle with these two historical figures as they share their experiences and answer questions. Appropriate for all ages. $4 suggested donation. Contact (310) 318-2043 or Free parking available on site. ecastillo@dominguezrancho.org. EGGS WITH THE ElKS What Monthly breakfast Who Bellflower/Long Beach Elks Lodge #888 When Sunday, March 27 from 8am to noon Where 16426 Bellflower Blvd. More Info Admission is $6 per person for the buffet-style breakfast, which includes eggs as you like them, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, assorted fruit, Belgian waffles and coffee. STRESSED? What Help with anxiety, depression and stress Who Recovery International When Every Sunday at 4pm Where Serene Center, 1215 E. 4th St. Why In order for individuals to gain personal control over distressing emotions and improve general well-being More Info Call (562) 433-4238 or visit lowselfhelpsystems.org. Donation requested but not required.

According to a press release issued Tuesday by the City of Signal Hill, on March 18 the California Supreme Court refused to step in and require the water boards to update obsolete regional water-quality plans, commonly known as “basin plans,” by allowing a 4th District Appellate Court ruling to become case law. A group of 18 Los Angeles County cities brought litigation against the water boards in 2005 when an extensive administrative review revealed that the boards failed in their state law responsibilities to develop reasonable and practical water-quality standards for storm water. “There will be real-world consequences to California’s communities from the Supreme Court’s refusal to review the flawed ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal,” said Signal Hill Mayor Larry Forester. “We continue to believe that the Superior Court judge understood the issues, while the Appellate Court did not.”

BEER & PolITICS What Discussion of the Long Beach Bike Master Plan Who Long Beach City Manager, Pat West When Friday, April 1 from 6:30pm to 8pm Where Nino's Italian Restaurant, 3853 Atlantic Ave. More Info Beer & Politics returns to the First Fridays art walk on April 1. Partake in a discussion (and beer), enjoy music, entertainment, art, dining and shopping, with an after-party back at Nino’s. Beer & Politics is a monthly series offering an opportunity to engage in positive political dialog over a pint of beer. Visit beerandpolitics.org. RAIN, RAIN, Go AWAY What Taste of Downtown at the Waterfront postponement When Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28 from 6pm to 9pm Where Pine Avenue Pier, 330 S. Pine Ave. More Info Tickets purchased online are still valid and will be available for pick-up at the DLBA office, 100 West Broadway Ste. 120, or at the event. Contact (562) 436-4259 or estherm@dlba.org.

necessary services to studies and chasing unobtainable standards. “We can’t stop the rain from falling, and cities do not control what pesticides and fertilizers can and cannot be used or what chemicals and products are needed for automobiles,” Forester said. He also predicted that the refusal of the Supreme Court to consider the Appellate Court ruling will embolden environmental activists to file yet more litigation against local governments who fail in meeting the obsolete and impossible basin plan requirements. “They want us to change the entire chemical makeup of storm water before it enters steep, concrete-lined flood control channels such as the Los Angeles River, when, as we see on the news after every major storm event, it is extremely dangerous to do so,” Forester said. At press time, a phone call to the LA Regional Water Quality Control Board seeking comment on the matter had not been returned. ß

LBPD seeking information about fatal bicycle accident On Friday, March 18, at approximately 3:16am, officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to an injury traffic collision involving a motorist and a bicyclist in the area of Carson Street and Los Coyotes Diagonal that resulted in the death of the bicyclist. The preliminary investigation revealed that both parties were traveling eastbound on Carson Street, just

west of Los Coyotes Diagonal, when the motorist, driving a 2009 Ford van, collided into the rear of the bicycle. The driver of the van immediately stopped to render aid to the bicyclist and call for help, and Long Beach Fire Department paramedics transported the bicyclist to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. He has been identified as Leonardo Antonio Florez,

a 56-year-old resident of Lakewood. The driver of the van, a 57-year-old resident of Huntington Park, was questioned at the scene and released. No charges are pending and the investigation remains ongoing. Those with information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Long Beach Police Department Accident Investigations Detective Dave Lauro at (562) 570-7355. ß

Plane crash survivor’s condition upgraded to ‘serious but stable’ Cory Bilicko Managing Editor

Mike Jensen, the lone survivor among five men on a turbo-prop plane that crashed last week at the Long Beach Airport, is making a gradual but optimistic recovery. According to a CaringBridge.org webpage created to post updates on Jensen’s recovery, he is “resting comfortably” and his doctor has downgraded his condition to “serious but stable.” At 12:15pm on Wednesday, a message was posted that reads: “Mike remains very stable, had a good night and continues the road to recovery. He’s looking better every day.” Jensen is a Naples resident and president of the real-estate company Pacific Retail Partners. The private twin-engine Beech Craft King Air Turbo-Prop plane crashed on the runway during takeoff around 10:30am on Wednesday, March

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BooK SIGNING What Author talk and book signing Who Author Kathy Porter When Monday, March 28 from 7pm to 8:30pm Where Signal Hill Park Community Center, 1780 East Hill St. More Info Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Autographed copies of the author’s book will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served. Call (562) 989-7324. PUlSE oF THE PoRTS What Annual industry forecast event Who Hosted by the Port of Long Beach When Wednesday, March 30 from 7am to 10am Where Hyatt Regency Hotel, 200 South Pine Ave. More Info This event will be webcast live at polb.com/webcasts. Admission is free. To reserve a seat, contact (562) 590-4110 or asanchez@polb.com.

Forester commented that the ruling means that local governments will continue to struggle with inappropriate basin plan standards. The State will continue to obfuscate on its obligation to update basin plans to reflect the unique problems of storm water and California’s chronic budget deficits and under-funding of basin planning will only worsen the situation, according to the City’s press release. “We are also concerned that the ruling is a ‘green light’ for the water boards to impose impossible never-tobe-exceeded numeric limits and other permit requirements, and that the boards will simply leave it to the cities to worry about the consequences of being unable to meet these unfunded state mandates,” said Forester, noting that the Appellate Court decision will ultimately leave the cities in a constant state of violation, without any tangible benefit to water quality and that local governments will be required to shift resources from public safety and other

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16. 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 who owned the aircraft; Jeff Berger, a Manhattan Beach resident who was also a developer; Bruce Krall, a banker and Orange County resident; and Kenneth Cruz, the plane’s pilot. “It has been a tough week for our city as we mourn the loss of our friends Mark Bixby, Tom Dean, Jeff Berger, Bruce Krall, and Kenneth Cruz,” said First District Councilmember Robert Garcia. “Yet, as we come together to pray and support the families of those affected, we have seen an incredible celebration of their lives and their contributions to Long Beach.” Garcia said that Bixby’s wife, Theresa, wanted him to share with the public a message that included the following: The outpouring of love and support for Mark from so many people has

been amazing. We are all so heartbroken, and people are showing their love with food and flowers. I was hoping that you might be able to help me communicate to people asking people to give to others in need in lieu of more food and flowers. Mark would want people to give to a charity of their choice or one of three charities in his honor: YMCA of Greater Long Beach Camping Services Endowment; Rotary Club of Long Beach Scholarship Foundation; or Children Today. He was on the board of YMCA Camping Services, was President of Rotary Club, and sat on the scholarship committee and was very supportive of the non-profit, Children Today that I co-founded with Jennifer Fitzgerald. A public “Mark Bixby Celebration of Life” is planned for Friday, March 25, at 10am at the base of the peninsula on the bay beach, between Gondola Getaway and the US Sailing Center. ß


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Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance meeting provides insight into medical marijuana dispensaries, LB’s redevelopment Agency Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern

The Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA) had its monthly meeting on Monday at Veterans Park Social Hall, 101 E. 28th St., from 7pm to 9pm to discuss upcoming volunteer opportunities, police activity in the West Division, 6th and 7th District council reports, the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) in Long Beach, and several other community-related topics. Notable attendees at the meeting included Lieutenant Tim Lancaster of Neena Strichart/Signal Tribune the Long Beach Police Department RDA Assistant Executive Director Robert M. Zur Schmiede addressed WANA (LBPD), 7th District Councilman members’ concerns during last Monday’s meeting. James Johnson, Tonya R. Martin of 6th District Councilman Dee Andrew’s the Friends of the LA River (FoLAR) on the rise. The recent proliferation of medical office, Redevelopment Agency Board on April 30 from 9am to noon, and the Member John Cross, RDA Assistant quarterly cleanup on May 14 in West marijuana dispensaries became a predominant subject during the meeting. Executive Director Robert M. Zur Long Beach. Lieutenant Lancaster of the Lancaster started by explaining that a Schmiede, former State Senator Betty Karnette, and Bill Orton of Senator LBPD’s West Division gave a report of major problem with the situation is the recent police activity in the area. dealing of the substance via “rogue Roderick D. Wright’s office. WANA President Maria Norvell “There’s more community involve- stores”– those without permits and was absent from the meeting, so ment in the West Division than any oftentimes without business licenses WANA Vice President Joan Green- other part in Long Beach,” Lancaster altogether. Twenty-four dispensaries wood presided. Norvell was in Sacra- said of local residents. “It’s making are currently in the lottery to receive mento to be honored as 54th Assembly West Long Beach a better place to business permits. live.” “[The LBPD’s] hands are tied right District’s Woman of the Year. Lancaster recapped the shooting now,” said Lancaster. “The city proseGreenwood announced that WANA is currently looking for volun- that occurred on Pine Avenue last cutor and the city attorney are seeking teers for their upcoming events. The week, but he couldn’t reveal many civil actions…, citing the owners of Easter on the Green event on Saturday, details since the case is still ongoing: a the rogue marijuana stores. They’re April 23 from 2pm to 4pm needs vol- police officer and a citizen had been also going after the owners of the unteers to help with early setup, shot, which resulted in the death of the buildings.” Lancaster does see hope cleanup, the hiding of the eggs for the citizen and the police officer’s surviv- for the situation though; he cited a Easter egg hunt, game facilitators, and ing with major injuries. Lancaster then police search with warrant at the Posimonitors for the registration table and encouraged the attendees to call the tive Vibrations Collective at 2137 baked-goods table. Other volunteer LBPD regarding any suspicious activ- Pacific Ave. Money, a shotgun, two opportunities include Saturday ity. Though the overall crime rate is handguns, and a large amount of marcleanups and landscaping at Cressa low, Lancaster cited that auto thefts, ijuana were confiscated. Sergeant Melvin McGuire of the Park, Los Angeles River cleanup with car burglaries, and property crimes are

LBPD was called up to the podium by Lancaster to explain the progress of the issue of campus security for the Long Beach Unified School District. McGuire explained that security is still present but no longer as heavily staffed because of budget cuts. The number of truancy vans has gone down from two to only one. Councilmember Johnson was the next to take to the podium, and he started his council report by reminding the meeting’s attendees that 2010 was one of the safest years in Long Beach’s history. He then dove into somewhat controversial territory by expressing his disappointment with the medical marijuana ordinance instilled after being on the losing end of a 5-4 council vote. He described his judgment on the ordinance as “dumping problems on one part of town” when noting that 24 of 26 dispensaries are west of Redondo Avenue. “I have four dispensaries within a few blocks of my house,” Johnson said in his anecdote about his consistent contact with the city prosecutor. “If we’re going to have an ordinance, even an unjust one, I’ll be damned if we’re not going to enforce that ordinance. It’s outrageous that these places open up, flout all the laws, and just keep making money.” In her report for the 6th District office, Martin reported that several potholes created as a result of the storm last weekend are currently being repaired. She also announced a 6th District cleanup on Pine Avenue at 20th Street on April 9 and a natural dis-

aster preview on April 26 at King Park with the Long Beach Fire Department and the Red Cross. On the subject of Long Beach’s RDA, Zur Schmiede began by saying that the RDA is currently focusing on protective actions and maximizing local control of redevelopment resources. He also noted that 20 percent of RDA’s revenue goes to affordable housing. “Redevelopment agencies currently are the single largest sources of affordable housing in the states,” Zur Schmiede said. After speaking about the history of the RDA in California, Cross talked about recent voting regarding the RDA. “The board voted unanimously, and then we put it to City Council; we voted to protect 1.2 billion dollars worth of assets over the next ten to 20 years by putting them in different funding deals and city control,” Cross said He then asked the attendees, “What has the RDA done for Wrigley?” When silence filled the room, Cross elaborated that the RDA had a heavy hand in developing Wrigley Marketplace and the new North and West Division police stations. He then followed to say that Atlantic Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard both look “really nice” and were improved by RDA funds. He then encouraged the attendees to contact their state senator or assemblyperson to request that RDA remain intact in Long Beach. “There will not be a new East Division see Wana page 8

LB receives $2-million grant for its airport projects The City of Long Beach has been awarded $2,045,569 in grant funding from the US Department of Transportation in support of projects occurring at the Long Beach Daugherty Field Airport, US Rep. Laura Richardson (CA-37) announced Wednesday. “The Long Beach Airport is extremely important to our city’s economy, not only meeting a consumer need for passenger service but also playing a vital role in our goods movement system,” Richardson said. “This

grant represents a major investment by our national government to substantially improve the airport’s aging infrastructure and provide immediate local construction jobs.” The grant will rehabilitate and upgrade the aircraft terminal apron and taxiway, which is needed to maintain structural integrity of the pavement in both areas and ensure safe airfield operations. In conjunction with the Department of Transportation, the grant will be distributed through fund-

ing from the Federal Aviation Administration. “The preservation and upkeep of the Long Beach Airport is a top priority for the 37th District,” Richardson said. “As a close-to-home alternative to other airports, like LAX, and a location for flight schools, law-enforcement flights, private aviation, and charter flights, the economic impact of this facility to the Long Beach community and the southern Los Angeles area cannot be overestimated.” ß

Monitors continue to confirm no radiation levels of concern in uS The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported Wednesday that, during a detailed analysis of four west coast RadNet air monitor filters, it identified trace amounts of radioactive iodine, cesium, and tellurium consistent with the recent Japanese nuclear incident that resulted from the March 10 earthquake. These levels are consistent with the levels found by a Department of Energy monitor last week and are to be expected in the coming days EPA’s samples were captured by three monitors in California and one in Washington state on Friday, March 18 and sent to EPA scientists for detailed

laboratory analysis. The data was reviewed over the weekend, and the analysis was completed Monday night. The radiation levels detected on the filters from California and Washington monitors are hundreds of thousands to millions of times below levels of concern. In addition, Tuesday night preliminary monitor results in Hawaii detected minuscule levels of an isotope that is also consistent with the Japanese nuclear incident. This detection varies from background and historical data in Hawaii. This isotope was detected at the EPA’s fixed monitor in Hawaii, and it is far below any level of

concern for human health, according to that agency. The sampling filter from this monitor is being sent to the EPA’s national radiation lab for further analysis. According to the EPA, in a typical day, Americans receive doses of radiation from natural sources like rocks, bricks and the sun that are about 100,000 times higher than what the agency has detected coming from Japan. For example, the levels coming from Japan are 100,000 times lower than what one gets from taking a roundtrip international flight. -----------------------------MORE INFORMATION epa.gov/japan2011

Lowenthal’s ‘homeless rights’ bill moves forward; Assembly Judiciary Committee agrees with plan to hit bullies in their wallets State legislators on Tuesday approved a bill by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal that gives homeless people the right to invoke hate-crimes protection when suing an assailant in civil court. The Assembly Judiciary Committee approved Assembly Bill 312, by Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) during a morning hearing in the state Capitol. “Tragically, California has the highest rate of violence against homeless people in the country,” Lowenthal told the committee. “AB 312 raises the stakes without adding additional strain

to our law enforcement or our corrections systems.” Lowenthal, whose previous homeless rights measure was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, likened her bill to the Americans with Disabilities Act, because, like the ADA, it would be enforced exclusively by lawsuit. It adds homelessness to a list of characteristics or circumstances that qualify for enhanced civil judgments in cases in which a person is attacked because of that characteristic. “It forces the bullies and thugs to pay the cost of keeping themselves in

check,” Lowenthal told the committee, underscoring the fact that her bill would not add pressure to the state’s troubled general fund. John Kraintz, a formerly homeless man and a community organizer, spoke in support of the bill, telling lawmakers, “Homeless people are being used for target practice.” Paula Lomazzi, director of the Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee, said the bill would “send a strong message that violence against homeless people is unacceptable in our society.” ß

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It seems that we are all still tightening our belts during these tough financial times. Both business and household budgets are still being severely impacted. Lucky for us at the Signal Tribune, we haven’t had to take any furlough days or impose any layoffs. Instead of lowering payroll expenses, which I believe would negatively impact the quality of our publication, I have done my best to be creative when looking for ways to cut the budget. One thing I have found helpful in lowering my overhead is to find money hiding in plain sight. How’s that? Well, here are a couple of examples: Earlier this week I began studying my business phone bill. It always seemed rather high but, after recently being approached by a different phone company who claimed they could save me money, I decided to call my current carrier and try to renegotiate. It must have been my day, as I reached a nice

young man named Paul in an office located in Florida. He really took the time to peruse my account. Scouring through the details, Paul discovered that I had indeed been overpaying, and he was able to credit my account for more than $450. Besides that, he also did what he called a “rebundling” that is going to save us about $150 a month plus give us higher speed with our Internet access. I feel as if we hit the lottery. I just feel foolish for not checking it out sooner. Next on my list was to try to find a new carrier for my worker’s comp insurance. My payroll company had been trying to recruit me to use them as my worker’s comp business for a while, but, not wanting to rock the boat, I kept putting it off. Last October one of my employees fell, and we had to file a claim. What a nightmare. The company, which shall be nameless (but it is the largest worker’s comp insurance company in Cali-

fornia) has been rotten when it comes to communication. One of their adjusters, in a very nasty tone, told me “good luck” in finding anyone with better customer service “on the outside” (of their company). As far as I was concerned, those were “fightin’ words” and I decided to take the challenge and start looking. Thanks to my payroll company, I am in the process of switching over to them, which I have been told will save me 50 percent on my premium payments. And instead of paying huge amounts quarterly I will pay a little with each payroll I run. JACKPOT! I bet, if we all started asking questions regarding some of our current charges and began looking closer at our bills, we may find even more ways to save money. Do you have any dollar-saving tips you would like to share with us and our readers? If you do, please, call, write or email. We’d love to hear from you!

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An open letter to Mark Bixby from the Downtown Long Beach Associates Dear Mark: A wise man once said that “To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die.” There isn’t a more fitting sentiment as we reflect on the life that you led and the lasting impact you will have on those of us who had the honor of calling you a friend. There are few people in this world who carry with them such passion and dedication to the things they hold dear.  Your contagious energy and vigor for life were part of that Mark Bixby charm that so many enjoyed, but it was your commitment to this

community, your allegiance to friends and your incredible love of family that will continue to be an inspiration to us all. It was such an honor to work sideby-side with you and to see your vision come to fruition with the Long Beach Bicycle Festival and Tour of Long Beach. We were all awed by your excitement and enthusiasm and unrivaled ability to rally support for a cause. Your leadership and can-do attitude helped create an event that will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the patients of Miller Chil-

Skate spot or not? I have lived on North Cerritos Drive, one block from the Bixby Park for nine years. We attended Councilwoman Gabelich’s community meeting regarding the proposed Skate Spot this past Wednesday evening. There were several things that attracted us to purchase this particular property, but one thing we have enjoyed is a relatively quiet neighborhood, and we do enjoy our neighborhood park. We take our dog over there to walk around and just enjoy a greenbelt area. Councilwoman Gabelich claimed that she sat in the park for 30 minutes during which only one jogger used the park. I don’t know when that was but this park is well used and the proposal to build a skate spot there would indeed negatively impact the many people who currently enjoy the use of the park. It is indeed well used by many people. Councilwoman Gabelich’s opening remarks were couched in such a way as to indicate that this project is going to happen. The more she and others denied this, the less believable it seemed. But what seems even more unbelievable were the comments regarding the “need” for this project to be done simply because one doesn’t exist in the 8th District. There was one gentleman who spoke up in support of this project but also said that a skate location

already exists at his church at 36th and Elm, which is an 8th District location. But, really, with kids having such academic difficulties, wouldn’t it be of greater benefit to the kids of the 8th District to identify some location for an after-school program that would engage children’s minds and provide recreation as well? Covenant Presbyterian Church, in downtown Long Beach, where I work, houses an after-school program called Rising Tide. Each day after school, from 3pm to 7pm, 70 to 100 children come to the church for help with their homework, to take a class in music or some other activity, and to be involved in outdoor recreational activities. This program is making a difference in children’s lives in a way that far exceeds what the Councilwoman proposes for Bixby Park, exercising the mind and the body. Might I suggest that instead of spending a great deal of time and effort convincing a lot of people that placing a skate spot in a neighborhood that neither wants or needs it is a good idea, why not use that time and City Council cache to identify a place where a program along the lines of Covenant’s Rising Tide after-school program could be sponsored. This would be a win-win situation for the children of the 8th District as well as the residents of our neighborhood who enjoy and use the Bixby Park as it is. Peter L. Bates Long Beach

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made on the world around you. Your life was short but made an immeasurable difference.  Thank you for giving us so much of yourself and for making us laugh and smile along with you as you did. And thank you for reminding us that it is not how a man dies that is important, but rather how a man lives. May your next adventure be as fulfilling as the one you shared with us. With love and admiration, Downtown Long Beach Associates

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dren’s Hospital of Long Beach in the coming years.  Your contributions as a DLBA Board member were just the tip of the iceberg when it came to the generosity you showed in giving your time to make a difference for good of the community. You quietly supported so many organizations that help make Long Beach a great city, and your smiling face and gentle spirit lit up the room wherever you went. We honor you, Mark, not only for the extraordinary man that you were, but for the lasting impression you

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Local food bank to host its first Casino Night fundraiser In response to the increased demand for food, Food Finders (a multi-regional food bank that serves as a conduit between food donors, service agencies and people in need) will host its first Casino Night fundraiser Friday, April 29. Food Finders has hosted a number of fundraisers in the past, which support its continued efforts to feed the needy and homeless via its 260 partner agencies and shelters throughout Southern California, including the Greater Long Beach area. “We’re starting an exciting new tra-

dition with Food Finders while simultaneously marking our 22nd anniversary,” said Lisa Hoffmaster, fund development manager. “We’re encouraging the community to come out and celebrate with us.” Featured at the event will be Blackjack, Roulette and Craps tables, along with a Wheel of Fortune and opportunity drawings. Guests can enjoy appetizers, desserts and a nohost bar as they play to win while listening to lively music. Food Finders’ Casino Night will take place at the Bixby Knolls Expo Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave., with

doors opening at 7pm. Plenty of free parking will be available. Tickets to the event are currently on sale online at foodfinders.org, with prices set at $40 per person and $60 per couple. Each ticket purchase includes casino cash to spend. Plus, guests who bring an unused gift card as a donation will receive additional casino cash. Sponsorships are available for any businesses that wish to participate. Contact Lisa Hoffmaster at 562-598-3003 or lisah@foodfinders.org for more information. ß

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Nonprofit’s park event to offer information about various affordable preschools in area Residents interested in learning more about affordable and quality neighborhood preschools in their community are encouraged to attend an event from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, April 9 at Scherer Park, 4600 Long Beach Blvd. In addition to the presence of preschool providers, community resource agencies will also showcase services available to local families and children. Furthermore, there will be free activities and games for children, as well as giveaways. During this “Preschool Play Day in the Park” event, representatives of

local preschools will be available to discuss their programs and quality curriculum, and parents will be able to enroll their children for the upcoming school year. This event is sponsored by Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP), a nonprofit organization that aims to make quality and affordable preschool available to every four-yearold child in Los Angeles County. “We invite parents to come and enjoy a nice day in the park, and at the same time learn more about how they can give their children a better start in life by enrolling them in a quality neighborhood preschool at little or no

cost,” said Celia C. Ayala, CEO of LAUP. “This event is about children’s well-being and how we can make their future bright.” This park event is being organized in conjunction with Week of the Young Child (April 10–16), which aims to focus public attention across the nation on the needs of young children and their families, and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. -----------------------------MORE INFORMATION (213) 416-1328 laup.net/playday

Eco-gardener workshops help convert yards into drought-resistant landscapes Converting yards into droughtresistant landscapes is one of the most effective steps homeowners can take to save water, according to the Water Replenishment District, which is now offering several free water-wise “ecogardener” classes to help residents save water and improve their gardens. The series introduces concepts of water-efficient gardening and landscaping. Students will become familiar with irrigation basics, best horticultural practices, drought-tolerant native plants, and garden design concepts. Topics include design tips, irrigation scheduling, maintenance and troubleshooting, appropriate plant selection and fertilizers. The classroom-style programs include PowerPoint presentations and demonstrations. Attendees will receive instructive handouts free of charge. The comprehensive materials are specific to each of the four workshops.

All workshops will be conducted at the Water Replenishment District Offices, 4040 Paramount Blvd. in Lakewood. They include a guided tour of the WRD Urban Educational Landscape. Drought-tolerant plants This class is designed to teach homeowners the importance of using less water and drought-tolerant plant materials in their gardens. Homeowners will become familiar with various trees, shrubs and groundcovers that are readily available and well suited for water-efficient gardens. garden design concepts This class will show participants the importance of implementing a design program when installing or renovating their garden. The class focuses on design concepts and ideas for creating a water-efficient garden, including plant selection.

Free Eco gardener homeowner workshop series dates Series 1 April 2 Sustainable Garden Applications April 30 Drought-tolerant Plants May 14 Drip and Sprinkler System Care May 21 Sustainable Garden Care Series 2 June 4 Sustainable Garden Designs June 18 Sustainable Garden Applications July 9 Drought-tolerant Plants July 23 Drip & Sprinkler System Care Aug 6 Sustainable Garden Care Series 3 Sept 10 Sustainable Garden Designs Sept 24 Sustainable Garden Applications Oct 15 Drought Tolerant Plants Nov 5 Drip & Sprinkler System Care Nov 19 Sustainable Garden Care Classes are designed to be taken as a series but can be attended individually. Pre-registration and RSVPs are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Call (562) 275-4234. ß

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Middle- and high-school students participating in last year’s first Solar Grand Prix

Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske and the Fifth District Solar and Sustainability Taskforce will conduct the 2nd Annual Long Beach Solar Grand Prix on Saturday, April 9, in which 149 teams comprised of more than 500 Long Beach middle- and high-school students will compete for top spots in speed and design. Due to overwhelming student interest and registration totals for the 2011 event, the Solar Grand Prix will take place at El Dorado Park, a larger location than last year’s. The United Brotherhood of Carpenters has responded to

the increase in participation and will construct an additional 10-lane track. “The Solar Grand Prix provides a wonderful learning experience for Long Beach students,” said Schipske. “Students work in teams, use their creativity and employ math and science outside of the classroom, all the while gaining exposure to sustainability.” Teams receive a solar car kit, which includes a solar panel and an electric motor. Using any other materials, competitors design and build a model solarpowered vehicle that will race on a 20-meter (65-foot) racecourse. The

winner of the competition will be the team whose vehicle is the top finisher in a series of head-to-head elimination rounds. Students can also win awards for the most creative designs. Volunteer mentors have been assigned to help each team prepare for the race. The day will include information and demos by exhibitors as part of the Sustainability Fair, and food can be purchased from local food trucks. To volunteer, contact the Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at (562) 570-6932 or district5@longbeach.gov. ß

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Late-life romance distilled in Southern Long Beach Chorale to Comforts at international City Theatre present Dona nobis Pacem with its full orchestra Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer

Sappy? A little. Predictable? To a great extent. Simplistic? That, too. All of the above describe Southern Comforts, a play depicting the romance between two 70-somethings who steal our hearts as well each other’s. It just goes to show that an uncomplicated, even conventional, love story can still win over an audience. Playwright Kathleen Clark asks far more of the play’s two actors than she asks of its audience. We get to sit back and enjoy a play that doesn’t require much thought or emotional discomfort. On the other hand, actress Michael Learned (yes, of Waltons fame) and fellow veteran actor Granville Van Dusen wield a deceptively tricky script.

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Granville Van Dusen and Michael Learned in the uncomplicated but effective Southern Comforts With such a sparsely populated cast, straightforward dialogue, and no distractions, timing and expression receive all of our attention. The seasoned duo of Learned and Van Dusen never miss a beat and don’t disappoint. As such, director Jules Aaron may have had an easier task with this production than most others. In Southern Comforts, Tennessee widow Amanda (Learned) is visiting her married daughter and grandchildren in a New Jersey town. She calls on Gus (Van Dusen), himself a widower, while seeking donations for the local church. That’s the simple truth of the plot. See what I mean? At Gus’s place, one comment leads to another, which leads to a conversation, which leads to the two finding out they both love baseball, and it goes on from there. Once committed to a relationship, Amanda and Gus, who are both set in their ways (nothing unusual here), squabble over everything from household clutter to whether each should be buried next to the deceased spouse or each other. All the while, personality clashes and past marital disappointments muddy the waters. But it’s all real, even universally so. And that is

why this down-to-earth, unsurprising, even unsophisticated play succeeds so well. We can all see ourselves, or someone we know, in these characters. And Learned and Van Dusen, through their masterful and easy performances, merely bring it all home. Oh, one could pick over the rather abrupt change in tone during the second act. One might even object to the fact that Amanda is quite a bit more likable than Gus, and wonder what she sees in him. But that would make light of the surprising degree to which the play holds our attention start to finish. Southern Comforts is honest and good-natured– an immensely satisfying evening of theater. Southern Comforts continues at International City Theatre through April 10. Tickets are $44 for Friday and Saturday evening performances and for Sunday matinees; tickets are $37 for Thursday evening performances. Evening performances are at 8pm; Sunday matinees are at 2pm. ICT is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 300 East Ocean Blvd. Call (562) 436-4610 for reservations and information. Tickets are also available online at InternationalCityTheatre.org. ß

The Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra (LBCCO) will present Ralph Vaughn Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem on Saturday, April 2 at 7pm and Sunday, April 3 at 4pm at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 Studebaker Rd. In an effort to support arts education, local music students have been invited to join the group for a dress rehearsal, giving them a behind-thescenes look at the preparation of a major work, including a question-andanswer session with artistic director Eliza Rubenstein. LBCCO is also making a special outreach to veterans and the Long Beach Veterans Affairs hospital, offering complimentary tickets to those who would not otherwise be able to attend. Vaughan Williams composed the stirring work in 1936 in Britain during the tumultuous years leading up to World War II. Having served in the Field Ambulance Service during World War I, Williams was haunted by the carnage he witnessed and the loss of friends in battle. Dona Nobis Pacem reflects the social and political tension of a specific time and place in history; however, its pacifist message and lyrical beauty are timeless. The chorale will be joined by soprano Jenny Spence and baritone

David Stoneman, who last performed with LBCCO in 2010 when the chorale presented Johannes Brahms’s German Requiem. Dona Nobis Pacem incorporates portions of the Latin mass, Biblical texts, poetry by Walt Whitman, and even a quote from British statesman John Bright to create its compelling message for peace. The concert will also feature a performance of Arvo Pärt’s haunting Fratres for violin and chamber orchestra by award-winning soloist Caitlin Kelley. She is the concertmaster of the Young Musicians Foundation orchestra and has a bachelor’s degree from the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, where she is currently pursuing a professional studies certificate. The audience is invited to join members of LBCCO for a reception after the show. Refreshments and desserts will be available, and guests can also bid on silent-auction items and enter raffle drawings to win prizes. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students, and they can be purchased at longbeachchorale.org or by calling (562) 427-1931. -----------------------MORE INFORMATION longbeachchorale.org

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The photography program at Long Beach City College will host its 4th annual PhotoFest@LBCC during the month of April. The theme for this year’s festival is “Photography Now,” a look at how photographers are blurring the boundaries between photography’s various genres and techniques. The event is expanding to become a citywide and month-long festival of free photography-related events and celebrations throughout the month of April. Its goal is to celebrate photography and its impact on our world while providing opportunities for photographers to socialize and share their enthusiasm for photography.

The main emphasis of the festival will be the workshops, demonstrations, art walks, exhibitions and seminars held throughout the month of April. These events are free, open to students and the general public as well, and suitable for all levels of expertise. The festival will feature two photography contests– one that is open to everyone, and another that is open to all LBCC students. The opening event will be the April 1 First Fridays art walk in Bixby Knolls, which will include the opening for the Plastic Perception photo contest and an announcement of the show’s winners. There will also be a workshop at Tuttle Cam-

eras that night. On April 9, the group’s 2nd Saturday Art Walk exhibition and reception downtown will showcase work from the LBCC photography program as well as reveal the student photography contest winners. Festival seminars will be conducted at multiple locations throughout Long Beach with a core group of events to be held at the Liberal Arts Campus at Long Beach City College. The campus is located at 4901 E. Carson Street, Long Beach, CA. Full details are on registration pages. All seminars are free but require registration, which is available online at photofest.lbcc.edu. ß


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police station if RDA goes away,” Cross said. “The RDA needs to be protected, and you can help us do it.” “There’s RDAs out there that are doing bad stuff,” Cross said. “Long Beach is not one of them. Long Beach would be the ideal example of how RDAs should be run. In certain cities, the [city council representative] has a ‘city hat’ on but also has an ‘RDA hat’ on, so he controls money both ways.” Controversy then briefly arose at the meeting when Cross and Orton argued about Cross’s statement concerning money transfers: “You know how ‘what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?’ Well, what goes to Sacramento stays in Sacramento,” Cross

joked. Orton objected to the statement, claiming that of every dollar that goes to Sacramento, 70 cents is pushed back to the local area. Orton then described the entire transfer-of-funds process to Cross and the rest of the attendees. “There are no easy answers,” said Orton. Cross then stepped away from the podium as if to symbolically place himself in the audience as a concerned citizen rather than an RDA board member. He then raised his hand and said, “What I see right now happening in this country and the state of California is that we don’t need a Republican Party. We don’t need a Democratic Party. We need a party that represents the people… the party system has got to go. And you have to start representing the people and not special-interest groups.”

Orton also refuted that opinion, but Greenwood halted the discussion by characterizing it as “getting a little too political.” She then spoke about obtaining security cameras for the pocket park at 21st Street and Hill Street. She noted that there are some logistical difficulties that have come with finding places to mount the cameras so that they are unattainable from being destroyed but also in a visible range for recording. Recently, the pocket park was vandalized with an anti-WANA message with multiple expletives and a central theme of “watch your back. I know where you live.” The message was written with a felt-tip pen. Greenwood closed the meeting after announcing that the next meeting is scheduled for April 18 at the same location and time. ß

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WrD manager recognized for innovative water reuse, replenishment projects Robb Whitaker, general manager for the Water Replenishment District (WRD), has been tapped as this year’s recipient of the Recycled Water Advocate of the Year award from the California Section of the WateReuse Association. The award recognizes an individual who has made “significant contributions to the advancement of water reuse through active support and promotion of recycled water.” “I am honored to be receiving this award on behalf of the Water Replenishment District team,” Whitaker said. “I

am privileged to work with an incredible group of professionals on a daily basis and a board of directors committed to securing the future reliability of our groundwater through the development of local sources such as recycled water.” Whitaker was selected by WaterReuse for his success in spearheading several of WRD’s innovative water reuse and replenishment projects in the state. He conceived the District’s signature Water Independence Now (WIN) program, a nationally recognized model of local water supply development that includes the Leo J. Vander Lans Advanced Water Treatment Plant in Long Beach and the Groundwater Reliability Improvement Program (GRIP) in conjunction with the County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. These efforts replace imported water with highly purified wastewater for the protection and replenishment of the groundwater basins. Rounding out Whitaker’s major water reuse accomplishments is his role in the incremental replacement of imported water with recycled water at the three barrier systems that protect the groundwater basins from seawater intrusion and contamination. As a water industry veteran, Whitaker has more than 20 years experience in the water replenishment and water reuse sectors. Named General Manager by the WRD in November 2003, he served as Assistant General Manager and District Engineer prior to that time and has been with the District for nearly 20 years. ß

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Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal and Woman of the Year award recipient Maria Norvell at Monday’s ceremony in Sacramento

The State Assembly hosted its annual Women of the Year ceremony on Monday, which this year coincided with the 100th year of women’s suffrage in California. As is legislative custom, all 80 Assembly members selected a distinguished woman to honor. Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) honored Maria Norvell as the 54th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year 2011, citing her outstanding volunteer work in the Wrigley/Long Beach area. Norvell has been an active volunteer in the Long Beach community since 1986. She is a founding member of the Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance, currently serving as the president of the organization. She has also chaired the Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane & Parade for 21 years and serves in

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Local artists to share their interpretations of angels, Demons, Saints & gods at gallery Expo Gallery Expo, 4321 Atlantic Ave., is stretching the canvas in Long Beach again with its April open-call show Angels, Demons, Saints & Gods. Twenty-seven artists have been selected to participate, and they bring to the table a wide array of styles including abstracts by Jerry Hicks from Torrance, and David McKeag, Rosemary Anderson Taggart and Val Simon from Long Beach. Modern, Gothic and pop art is reflected in the works of Christine Blu Ashton, Ray Vasquez, Dana Fox and Derek Bulger– all from the Long Beach area. Fantasy realists Michael Ramstead and Richard

Provost contribute their own interpretations of angels and demons while Lari Clark shows his versions of Greek gods painstakingly presented in watercolor. The Angels, Demons, Saints & Gods show opens Friday, April 1 and runs every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 8pm through Saturday, April 23 and is open to the public. An artist reception on Saturday, April 9 between 6pm and 8pm is also open to the public and gives people a chance to meet the artists and listen to live music. --------------------------MORE INFORMATION galleryexpo.net

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LB’s top education leaders unveil progress of, challenges facing their college-preparedness program Cory Bilicko Managing Editor

Three years ago, local fourth graders, including those from lowincome households and immigrant families, actually began thinking about what they might major in and where they might attend college. Posted outside classrooms of Long Beach schools were student-created projects that stated which institution of higher learning they hoped to attend and the year they would begin. Children were starting to discuss with their teachers, peers and parents what path would be necessary for them to graduate from high school and begin their college careers– an undertaking that had largely been, until that time, unprecedented. It was in 2008 that the city’s three most prominent educational leaders committed themselves and their respective institutions to providing local students greater opportunities to pursue and complete their college education. With their “Long Beach College Promise,” California State University–Long Beach (CSULB) President F. King Alexander, Long Beach City College (LBCC) Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley, and Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Superintendent Christopher Steinhauser entered into a collaboration to: increase the percentage of LBUSD students who are prepared for and attend college directly from high school; increase the percentage of LBCC students who earn degrees and/or career and technical certificates; increase the percentage of LBCC students who successfully transfer to CSULB or another fouryear college or university; and increase the percentage of CSULB students who graduate with a bache-

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From left, LBUSD Director of K–8 Schools Frank Gutierrez, LBUSD Director of Middle Schools Peter Davis, LBUSD Superintendent Christopher Steinhauser, CSULB President F. King Alexander, and LBCC Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley prepare to present scholarship certificates to local eighth graders who have shown academic improvement during Monday’s College Promise assembly.

lor’s degree and/or advanced degrees. Also part of the program is a commitment to cover the cost of firstsemester enrollment fees for each local high-school graduate who enrolls directly at LBCC after graduation. The LBCC Foundation has now established an endowment of more than $6 million to cover those fees. Last Monday morning, Alexander, Oakley and Steinhauser hosted a “progress report” and celebration assembly at CSULB’s Walter Pyramid to share with the community the results measured and the challenges facing the college-readiness program. “Today’s celebration is indeed the celebration of the third year of the Long Beach College Promise,” Alexander said. “What we have done is quite extraordinary and has not only been recognized by the BusinessHigher Education Forum in Washing-

ton, DC, but has been recognized by many cities throughout the United States.” Alexander told the educators, students, parents and supporters at the assembly that the Long Beach Promise is also being recognized by the Department of Education and the White House Initiative for Latino Excellence in Higher Education. “Juan Sepulveda, the secretary of Education, who’s coming to Tincher Elementary tomorrow, here in Long Beach, will also talk about the partnership of what can happen when three educational enterprises come together to work for the benefits of each and every one of our students,” Alexander said. “Three years ago, when we decided to make this a major initiative, to inform all the parents in Long Beach of the importance of going to college, we had no idea this would

lead to where it is today,” Alexander said. “Now we can say that college awareness among our parents in Long Beach has skyrocketed, through phone calls, through pledges that they’ve made. And I’m pleased to say, just on our campus alone in the last three years, we’ve gone from 1,093 admits, these are students who have been admitted to our university, to over 2,010. In fact, 2,013 have been admitted. We’ve nearly doubled our local access to our students. That’s happened at a time when we’ve received over 71,000 applications for fall admission. So these are ready students.” This statement brought applause from the assembly. “I’m also very pleased to point out that college readiness, and students attending college [from] our Long Beach Unified School District, has gone up from 67 percent of those stu-

dents going on to college to nearly 74 percent, just in the last three years alone,” Alexander said. “We know they need to go to college, and we know we have to help them finish what they started.” He indicated that, although LBUSD may sometimes get overshadowed by the larger districts of Los Angeles and Orange County, the local school district has a higher enrollment than those in Detroit, Cleveland or Boston. “That’s how significant our school district is,” he said. “That’s the importance of the job the teachers are doing.” He praised the teachers and administrators in LBUSD for “getting our students college-ready and making sure that each and every child in this school district thinks they can go to college, knows they belong on a college campus, and is committed to finishing what they started. That’s why we’re all here today– to continue on this path that is turning out, showing the type of results that we’re presenting to you today.” Alexander then introduced Steinhauser, who first recognized all the students and parents in the audience by asking them to stand. After applause subsided, he mentioned that he himself was also part of that group, since he had graduated from CSULB 30 years ago, after graduating from LBCC two years earlier. “Like you, I thought college was a long way down the road, but it’s there for all of us,” Steinhauser said. “The reason I went to college was because of great teachers and parents who said ‘You can do this.’” He shared a statistic that is being attributed to the College Promise program– 74 percent of last year’s high-school graduates are in college today, and half of those are see COLLeGe page 11

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tion. “In this case, however, the gift was made by Dr. Lugliani’s colleagues and friends: Dr. Martha Molina Bernadett and Dr. Tino Bernadett.” In his remarks at the ceremony, Dr. Tino Bernadett recounted his deep admiration for Lugliani, whom he characterized as practicing medicine like an “Energizer bunny,” up at the crack of dawn and often at the hospital until the wee hours of the night tending to patients, assisting colleagues, training young physicians and settling complex administrative issues that affect health care today. Lugliani, 72, who was honored in the fall with the St. Mary Life Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Auction and Dinner, thanked his wife Delores, his seven children and his friends and colleagues at St. Mary for a “life of love,” love of the profession of medicine, love of his patients and love above all, of his family. Tanya, his daughter, closed

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enrolled at either CSULB or LBCC. “In fact, 650 of our seniors are here in Cal State Long Beach as an increase of about 200 over the last couple of years,” he said. “And last year’s seniors walked away with $51 million in scholarships. That is unbelievable. When we were hitting $30 million, we thought that was high, then we hit $40 million and thought that was high.” Steinhauser encouraged parents and students to seek out all the scholarships that are available. “Kids, go out for every scholarship,” he said. “There’s lots of money out there that never gets tapped.” He then emphasized how participants in the College Promise program are not only helping to prepare students for college, they’re focusing on readying them for particular academic

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after 30 years in 1990. While in the Coast Guard, he met Betty, whom he would marry and with whom he would have two children. The couple breed dogs and now have two golden retrievers. They built a house in Lake Arrowhead and visit Lake Shasta in their motor home each year. He joined Lodge No. 888 on November 29, 1999. At the Elks lodge, Brand has volunteered for three years in the secretary’s office doing bookkeeping work. He is on the House Committee and has assisted the Budget Committee. He also does mechanical work on copy machines and computers. ß

programs by ensuring they enroll in high-school courses that provide the fundamental learning needed to succeed when they get to college. Two years ago, LBUSD was awarded a million-dollar grant by the James Irvine Foundation to provide “link learning,” which helps students understand which subjects will prepare them for their targeted careers. Steinhauser introduced Oakley, who emphasized the importance of reminding legislators in Sacramento that the decisions they make do indeed impact their citizens. “We have great employees, great teachers, great administrators who have dedicated themselves to public education, and we’re getting to the point where we cannot continue to employ them anymore,” Oakley said. “That impacts our students every day. So we need to continue to send the message to Sacramento that public education matters

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jobs and protecting the county’s dwindling middle class, as Flaks mentioned, that the four-year consensus strategic plan was created by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, a private nonprofit organization. “We created a straw man document with five core aspirational goals which we believe are not only reflective of the huge and remarkable diverse Los Angeles County economy, but will help us achieve out shared vision of enduring a strong, diverse and sustainable economy for the county residents and communities,” Flaks said. The five goals, which have 12 objectives and 52 strategies incorporated into them, are to prepare an educated workforce, create a business-friendly environment, enhance the quality of life, implement smart land use and create a 21st Century infrastructure. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the strategic plan in December 2009. As Flaks concluded his presentation, urging community outreach as a form of implementation, Richardson and the women raised concerns over funding, and whether there would be any focus on community or education. “What has the county said about how they intend upon investing this?” asked Richardson. Flaks responded by saying that the first step is getting people behind these broad-base economic developments and then the next step would be going to elected officials and relevant private organizations and companies. He also added that a good deal of funds were preprogrammed to help fund the implementation. “This plan was created by a lot of representatives in the community and really publicly created so there’s a role and we must continue to invest in public education.” Oakley pointed out that Senate Bill 650, recently introduced by Senator Alan Lowenthal, needed the community’s support. The bill would enact the College Promise Partnership Act and authorize the LBCC District and the LBUSD to enter into a partnership, as specified, to provide participating students with an aligned sequence of rigorous high-school coursework leading to capstone college courses with consistent and jointly established eligibility for college courses. Officials at Monday’s assembly also awarded 27 scholarships ranging from $50 to $250 to LBUSD eighth graders who have shown academic improvement. -------------------------MORE INFORMATION longbeachcollegepromise.org

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for all of us,” said Flaks. “It’s really getting everyone together and then we’ll figure out how to do it.” Modernizing the Los Angeles International Airport is one of the proposed investments and coming out with an annual progress report, which will document everything that has gone on in the county that perpetuates those principles, are among the other priorities under the strategic plan. “We will pay for it if it’s important enough to us,” said League member Jan Gallup. She also raised the question of how education efforts or a community program focus will come into play for the residents. Flaks mentioned the Long Beach College Promise and how it has already provided a seamless education pathway for all of the Long Beach Unified School District. He praised the success of the program so far and added that the strategic plan would indeed help with the “need to create an ecosystem to ensure that our young people are college- and career-ready.” The need to grow business was also discussed, and the League will in turn survey small businesses to see how they can increase growth in Long Beach. A small group within the League will also be working closely with Richardson in redistricting efforts. At the conclusion of the discussion, Richardson came out in full agreement and as a supporter of the strategic plan. “David is right– you need a strategic plan to be able to say what’s important to us,” Richardson said. “That absolutely needs to happen and hopefully elected officials feel that that should come from the people and not themselves. It’s also important to communicate that we’ve got to figure out how to pay to do those things.” ß

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TST3690 / 20110359442 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: KaSHiWa reStaUrant, 2201 e. Willow St., Unit g, Signal Hill, Ca 90755. registrant: yaCHiyo food ServiCe inC., 2304 Promontory dr., Signal Hill, Ca 90755. this business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Keiichi nakai, President. 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 9, 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 11, 18, 25, & april 1, 2011.

TST3698 / 20110441140 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: la tavolata, 11668 South St., Ste. 106, artesia, Ca 90701. registrant: WilliaM W. JoHnSton, 3800 rose ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: William W. Johnston. 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 24, 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 25, & april 1, 8, 15, 2011.

TST3691 / 20110341660 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: CoMPletely gail, 2531 vuelta grande ave., long Beach, Ca 90815. registrant: aBigail de JeSUS, 2531 vuelta grande ave., long Beach, Ca 90815. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: abigail de Jesus. 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 4, 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 11, 18, 25, & april 1, 2011.

TST3699 / 20110441141 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: Creger MaCHine & tool, 1030 e. Burnett St., Signal Hill, 90755. registrant: MiCHael JaMeS Creger, 5334 adenmoor ave., lakewood, Ca 90713. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Michael Creger. 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 24, 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 25, & april 1, 8, 15, 2011.

TST3696 / 20110434124 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: MtZ exeCUtive ServiCeS dBa, 6480 indiana ave., long Beach, Ca 90805. registrant: teri So, 6480 indiana ave., long Beach, Ca 90805. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: teri So. 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 23, 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

TST3694 NoTICE oF APPlICATIoN To SEll AlCoHolIC BEVERAGES lICENSE date of filing application: March 21, 2011 to Whom it May Concern: the name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: yachiyo food Service inc the applicant(s) listed above are applying to the department of alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 2201 e. Willow St., Suite g, Signal Hill, Ca 90755-2143. type of license(s) applied for: 41 - on-Sale Beer and Wine – eating Place. Published in the Signal tribune newspaper: March 25, & april 1, 8, 2011

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