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April 15, 2011

Stars, professional racers geared up for Grand Prix’s Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

Signal Hill City Council will soon decide future of marijuana dispensaries

A star-studded cast of some of America’s favorite celebrities from film, television, sports and music will take to the streets of Long Beach this weekend to challenge a group of professional race-car drivers in the 35th Annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, one of six main-event attractions taking place during the 37th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Hollywood stars are prepared to meet the high-speed challenge to support Racing for Kids, a national nonprofit program benefiting children’s hospitals in Long Beach and Orange County. As the world’s longest-running and most prestigious celebrity racing event, the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race has introduced more than 540 celebrities to the sport of race-car competition. Pitting popular personalities against professional racers, the 10-lap sprint around the 1.97-mile downtown Long Beach street circuit begins as an even field, as drivers get behind the wheel of identical race-

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Courtesy Grand Prix

Actor Keanu Reeves at last year’s Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, one of six main-event attractions of the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

ready Scion tCs. The lineup of 18 drivers includes celebrities, proven professionals and a charity auction winner. The 2011 field

will include: Good Day LA anchor Jillian Barberie Reynolds; CSI:NY’s AJ see race page 12

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Right now, marijuana dispensaries can’t legally operate in Signal Hill, and the City took one additional step at last Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting to keep it that way. On April 12, the Commission voted to recommend to the City Council a zoning ordinance amendment that would prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries. Now, the City Council will be considering the new zoning ordinance amendment at its next meeting on April 19. A moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries that had been issued in 2009 and extended up until this year was set to expire on June 28. In 2009, medical marijuana dispensaries had not been approved for any zoning districts, and they had been “considered a prohibited use,” however the new amendment will help establish that the record is clear on Signal Hill’s stance on dispensaries, according to a city report. The City wanted to have an ordinance in place before the moratorium expired this summer, according to Scott Charney, Community Devel-

opment director. Two years ago, two dispensaries opened for business in Signal Hill without city approval and had been shut down, forcing the City to consider its stance on medical marijuana dispensaries. The issue has been debated and discussed in a public workshop last month and in prior City Council meetings. “I want to make it clear to anybody in the public and the Commissioners, that when the Council did conduct hearings on the moratorium, that they acknowledged that the use was potentially beneficial. . .[and] it was important to certain populations in our community and the community at large,” Charney said. “But the concern was what strategy were we going to implement here in Signal Hill. And again, I think the pool is kind of poisoned by the operators choosing to open in advance of securing approvals.” Charney cited studies from the City of Rocklin and the California Police Chiefs Association that noted negative see dIspeNsarIes page 13

Project kicks off improvements to Long Beach homeless facility

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Long Beach has accommodated some unusual requests when filmmakers approach the team from the Office of Special Events and Filming. At the monthly “Chat with Pat” community meeting hosted by Fourth District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell on April 6 at the Los Altos Library, two members of the department that handles these requests in the name of show business named a few memorable items from production company wish lists: planes have “crashed” in Marina Vista Park, a grizzly bear flew in a helicopter, air cannons have flipped busses on Shoreline Drive. It’s all in a day’s work for the team who handles the logistics of getting special events and film and television projects in the city of Long Beach. It usually begins when the team hears a pitch from the folks responsible for making television and movie

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Stephanie Raygoza Editorial Intern

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A car explosion staged for a recent episode of CSI: Miami, on the beach near downtown Long Beach

The economic downturn has impacted thousands of families as they deal with ongoing job terminations, home foreclosures and in worst cases– the loss of hope altogether. Established to break the cycle of homelessness in Long Beach and to provide support services for homeless families, nonprofit community Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC) and Catholic Charities of Los Angeles teamed up last Wednesday for a project kick-off to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new emergency shelter complex. Family Shelters I and II will be see hoMeLess page 13

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Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe addresses the crowd at the project kick-off of Family Shelters I and II at the Century Villages at Cabrillo.

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Two LBPD officers honored with Award for Excellence in Field Operations DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR? What A free exhibit of devices to help with hearing difficulties Who Presented by the Hearing Loss Association of Long Beach/Lakewood When Friday, April 15 from 10am to noon Where The Craft Room of the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave. More Info Call (562) 425-5651 or visit HLAlongbeachlakewood.org. GREEN THUMBS What An educational garden workshop Who Los Cerritos Wetlands, with host, local activist Gabrielle Weeks When Saturday, April 16 from 9am to 11am Where The address will be sent to attendees when they RSVP. More Info Learn how to make a healthy, colorful, eco-efficient, and droughttolerant garden. Cost is $20 per person. Proceeds go to the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust. SHRED AWAY What Free e-waste drive and document-shredding event Who Hosted by Hughes Middle and Longfellow Elementary schools When Saturday, April 16 from 9am to 1pm Where Longfellow Elementary, 3800 Olive Ave. More Info Call (562) 634-8372, (949) 208-7810 or (562) 989-0970. WHAT’S UP IN THE NINTH? What 9th District Community Showcase Who Councilmember Steven Neal When Saturday, April 16 at 10am Where Long Beach Logistics Facility (Old Robert Shaw Facility), 100 W. Victoria St. More Info The showcase will present more than 15 exhibits that highlight the diversity, history and future developments in North Long Beach. The 9th District Council office will also launch its official community website, insidedistrict9.com. Call (562) 570-6137. ClIMB YOUR FAMIlY TREE What Free public meeting Who Questing Heirs Genealogy Society of the Greater Long Beach area When Sunday, April 17 at 1:15pm Where Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1900 E. Carson St. More Info The guest speaker will be Tom Underhill, sharing knowledge on social networking sites for genealogy. Call (562) 598-3027 or visit qhgs.info. HAllElUJAH What "Prelude to Holy Week" Who Presented by the Friends of Music at California Heights United Methodist Church When Sunday, April 17 at 4pm Where 3759 Orange Ave. More Info Call (562) 595-1996 or visit calheightsumc.org. Free-will offering. Child care provided. MEET AND DISCUSS What Bixby area town hall meeting Who 7th District Councilmember James Johnson When Wednesday, April 20 from 7pm to 8:30pm Where Miller Family Health Education Center, 3820 Cherry Ave. More Info The town hall meeting will address Bixby Highlands and Bixby Terrace concerns and the possible creation of a new Bixby Neighborhood Association. The meeting will include presentations by the Long Beach Airport and the North Police Division. In addition, Johnson will give an update on news and upcoming events in the 7th District. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. CElEBRATE ATOP THE HIll What Anniversary potluck, celebrating group’s centennial Who Hosted by Southern California Sierra Club When Thursday, April 21 from 8pm Where Hilltop Park, Panorama Drive and Dawson Avenue More Info The public is invited to participate. Meet atop Signal Hill with a snack or beverage to share. For the heartier, join the regular, weekly conditioning group at Redondo Avenue and Industry Drive at 7pm and hike to the park.

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has announced that two of its officers have been recognized by the Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County (POALAC) and honored with the Award for Excellence in Field Operations. Long Beach Police Officers Jason Garcia and George Ayala, both assigned to the North Patrol Division, were presented with the award on the evening of April 7 at POALAC’s Annual Installation Banquet and Centurion Awards for Excellence dinner, which was conducted at the Calamigos Equestrian Center in Burbank. The Excellence in Field Operations award is presented to an individ-

ual or group that has made specific remarkable achievements in patrol operations. Nominees must have demonstrated measurable achievements in patrol operations that have improved effectiveness, efficiency or productivity and enhanced public safety in the community. Garcia’s and Ayala’s efforts have included the consistent gathering of investigative information and the serving of numerous search warrants, which have resulted in a high level of felony arrests and the confiscation of substantial amounts of firearms, narcotics and currency. According to a press release issued by LBPD, the two officers continuously network with

Graffiti vandal sentenced to six months in jail for ‘tagging’ incident last year A Superior Court judge sentenced graffiti vandal Francisco Barreras to six months in jail last Friday for “tagging” a building near 20th Street and Long Beach Boulevard, according to Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert. Barreras, 20, was charged with misdemeanor vandalism for spraypainting the name of his gang on the wall of a privately owned building last year. A sentencing “enhancement” was added to the charges by prosecutors because the graffiti was gang-related. “A strong message needs to be sent

to gang members,” said Haubert, whose office prosecuted the case. “Aggressively prosecuting graffiti vandals who tag our streets is one way to send that message.” In addition to his six-month sentence, Barreras was ordered to register with the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) as a known gang member, a requirement imposed by the City Prosecutor’s Office for gang-related crimes. Additionally, he faces a restitution hearing an April 28, 2011, when he will be ordered to repay the victims for graffiti-removal costs.

The LBPD and the City Prosecutor’s Office have put pressure on gangs in Long Beach by increasing prosecutions and using innovative anti-gang tactics, including gang injunctions. Haubert lauded LBPD detectives for their investigation that resulted in the arrest and conviction of Barreras. The focus on gangs appears to be working, according to the City Prosecutor’s Office. Crime data show that gang-related shootings in Long Beach dropped 13.5 percent last year, and gang-related murders dropped 53.8 percent. ß

LBPD investigating local murder of 19-year-old as possibly gang-related On Monday, April 11, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to a call of a possible shooting that was later determined to be a murder. Shortly after 10pm, officers were called to the area of Anaheim Street and Molino Avenue to investigate shots heard in the area. They arrived and discovered an

adult male who appeared to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The victim is being identified as Oscar Vega, a 19-year-old resident of Long Beach. His family has been notified. This shooting is being investi-

gated as possibly gang-related, and the investigation is ongoing. As of now, there is no suspect information. Those who may have any information about this case is encouraged to call Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Hugo Cortes or Peter Lackovic at (562) 570-7244. Tips can also be left anonymously via text or website at longbeach.gov/police. ß

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SAVE THE DATE What Spring Fling dance party Who Hosted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association When Friday, April 29 at 8pm Where Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave. More Info The public is invited to come together as a community to eat, dance, socialize, and celebrate Bixby Knolls. Admission is $5. All ages are welcome.

The library is located at 1770 E. Hill Street.

BE HEAlTHY What Healthy Kids and Teens Day Who Hosted by 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal When Saturday, April 30 from 10am to 3pm Where Ramona Park, 3301 E. 65th St. More Info Families are invited to attend and receive free information and testing, as well as fingerprinting, immunization, lead testing, dental screenings, HIV screenings, and more. Call (562) 570-6137. IN MEMORIAM What Celebration of Life dedicated to former CSULB president and Congressmember Steve Horn When Saturday, April 30 at 2pm Where Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St. More Info The event is open to the public, but reservations are requested. Call (562) 985-7536 or email to nguevara@csulb.edu with “Steve Horn Memorial” as the subject line. Free parking available. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any donations be made to the University Library, California State University, Long Beach, c/o CSULB Foundation, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840.

other details within the department and are eager to share their knowledge and experience with their peers. Additionally, they have established communications with outside lawenforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels to assist them with their relentless efforts to combat crime. “Officer Garcia and Officer Ayala’s enthusiasm is inspiring,” said LBPD Chief Jim McDonnell. “Their passion to make a difference in the community they serve is evident in their day-today work. Their commitment and dedication to the Long Beach Police Department and the city of Long Beach is truly commendable.” ß

Join us for an open house Friday, April 15 from 5pm to 7pm! Activities & refreshments provided

For more information, call (562) 989-READ.

Kid’s Area sponsored by the Signal Hill Community Foundation SM

APRiL 15, 2011

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Lowenthal appointed to California Emergency Council Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal last Friday accepted an appointment to the California Emergency Council, a high-level panel dealing with disaster preparedness and response. Assembly Speaker John Perez appointed Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), adding her to a list of membership that includes, among others, the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. “I take this responsibility very seriously,” Lowenthal said. “If we’ve learned anything from the Japanese earthquake, it’s that your plans must always evolve. You can never say things are good enough.” The appointment comes as the state Senate prepares to consider legislation by Lowenthal that will re-establish the Joint Committee on Emergency Man-

agement, whose membership includes leaders from both houses of the Legislature. “There are a lot of things to look at,” she said. “We have nuclear power plants near the sea. We have under-

ground natural gas lines crisscrossing our cities. We have hospitals and schools and civic buildings that aren’t yet ready for a major seismic event.” The Emergency Council can review existing plans and suggest changes to the way the state coordinates its response to serious emergencies.“Of course, it’s not just about earthquakes, or fires, or evacuation plans,” she said. “It seems like yesterday that we were bracing for a pandemic flu. The bottom line is to determine where our weaknesses are, and what we can do about them.” The City of Long Beach, which Lowenthal represents, was the site of a catastrophic earthquake in 1933 that leveled scores of school buildings and led to the creation of California’s Field Act, the law that mandates seismic standards for school construction.

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LB Memorial ranks among top hospitals in LA metro area MemorialCare Health System’s Long Beach Memorial Medical Center has been ranked among the top eight hospitals in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, in US News & World Report’s first-ever “Best Hospitals” metro area rankings. The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties, including 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified by US News as among the best in the nation. There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide. “We are honored to be recognized among the best hospitals in Los Angeles,” said Diana Hendel, CEO of Long Beach Memorial. “This is a wonderful tribute to our entire health care team. Their continuing high-level commitment to our MemorialCare mission is the reason we are able to consistently offer our community extraordinary, high-quality patient care.” US News ranked hospitals within all of the 52 US metropolitan areas with populations of 1 million or more, using existing data from the 2010–11 “Best Hospitals” rankings. The new metro area rankings are relevant to a much wider range of health care consumers. They are aimed primarily at consumers whose care

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Long Beach Memorial has been ranked among the top eight hospitals in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, in US News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” metro area rankings.

may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked best hospital. Patients and their families will have a far better chance of finding a US News-ranked hospital in their health insurance network and might not have to travel to get care at the highes-performing hospitals. To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of

Recycling guru to speak for CSuLB’s ‘Notable’ series

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George Adams has served as chair of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, which represents more than 1,600 companies that process, broker and industrially consume scrap commodities.

George Adams, CEO and president of SA Recycling, will discuss “Intelligent Resource Management” at the next Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) College of Business Administration Notable Speaker Series event on Tuesday, April 19. The event will begin with a reception at 6pm, followed by the presentation at 6:45pm in The Pointe at the Walter Pyramid on campus. Adams will discuss: how he used innovation and technology to grow a scrap-metal junkyard into a leader in the recycling industry; how cutting-edge technologies are helping to sustain our planet;

and how to become a leader who makes a difference in business and industry. Recycling 2.5 million tons of metal annually and operating 40 recycling facilities throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, SA Recycling is recognized as an industry leader in metal recycling. As president, Adams has implemented innovative practices and technologies that protect the planet’s natural resources and help create a sustainable environment. Adams has served as chair of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, representing more than 1,600 private, for-profit companies that process, broker and industrially consume scrap commodities. He is also active in local politics and is a major supporter of business, social and charitable programs. The Notable Speaker Series was established by the CSULB College of Business Administration to add relevance to current students’ learning experiences and offer opportunities for professional development and intellectual engagement to the community, alumni, staff, and faculty. There is no cost to attend the event, but reservations are required. Campus visitors can purchase a $5 parking permit at the yellow kiosks in Lot 14. Parking is available in Lot 13 or the adjacent structure. To register, visit csulb.edu/colleges/cba/nss. ------------------------------MORE INFORMATION sweta.mohandos@student.csulb.edu

16 medical specialties. “All of these hospitals provide firstrate care for the majority of patients, even those with serious conditions or who need demanding procedures,” said US News health rankings editor Avery Comarow. “The new ‘Best Hospitals’ metro rankings can tell you which hospitals are worth considering for most medical problems if you live in or near a major metro area.”

Ninth District Council office hosting showcase for community Ninth District Councilmember Steven Neal is inviting Long Beach families and friends to a “Community Self-Discovery” Showcase on Saturday, April 16 from 10am to 3pm at The Long Beach Logistics Center, 100 W. Victoria St. The showcase will present more than 15 exhibits that highlight the diversity, history and future developments in North Long Beach, including the District Captain program, Rancho Adobe Dominguez Museum, Rancho Los Cerritos, the proposed North Branch Library, the Atlantic and Artesia Restaurant Project, the updated Bike Master Plan, the North Long Beach Initiative, and many others. The 9th District Council office will also launch its official community website– insidedistrict9.com, which will be used as a forum for open dialogue between community residents and the council office as well as provide up-to-date news to the residents of the 9th District. Activities will be available for the whole family, including a rockclimbing wall, museum docents, a bike-safety rodeo, and a mobile park. “Be on hand as we discover the future of North Long Beach, while looking back on its history,” Neal said. ß

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Many little girls dream of a beautiful wedding, complete with a fancy dress, handsome groom, pretty flowers and yummy cake. I know I always wanted to feel like a princess on my wedding day. And although I’ve been married a time or two or three– but who’s counting– Steve and I did have a beautiful wedding at our home exactly 21 years ago next Thursday. We went all out. I picked out a pretty floral tealength dress at Buffums (size six back then) and Steve bought a new suit, also at Buffums. The ceremony was memorable– performed by Judge Brad Andrews– our cake was delicious, the champagne poured freely, and the music, dancing and more than 100 guests made for a day we’ll never forget. At the close of the event, Steve and I and both sets of our parents hopped into a limousine and headed for a cruise ship that would take us on a week-long honeymoon to Mexico. Yes, all six of us.

We had a ball. Our parents hung out together most of the time, but we did meet up with them for meals and excursions.What wonderful memories– having all those pictures taken didn’t hurt either! I’ve been in anniversary mode for a few days now and got a real kick out of reading an email I received from Alan Katz promoting a dream royal(ish) wedding contest. Here are the details: Win your own Royal Wedding! Be your own Prince and Princess for the day. Bridal Showplace and So Cal Officiant are giving you the chance to win your own Royal Wedding, two days after England’s Royal Wedding. This wedding package, valued at over $12,000, will take place during the Bridal Showplace Bridal Show at the Sky Room in Long Beach on May 1, 2011. Included in the package is: Ceremony at the beautiful Skyroom Chapel and Champagne Toast, Minister and Wedding Bands provided So Cal Officiants, Honeymoon Suite provided

APRiL 15, 2011 by the Queen Mary, Cake provided by Rossmoor Bakery, Flowers provided by Bixby Knolls Florists, Photography and Video provided by GDL Photo and Video, Ceremony Music provided by DJ Debonaire, Reception Music provided by Just For Fun, Day of Coordination provided by A Fairy Tale Wedding, Bridal Gown provided by Showcase Productions and Tuxedo provided by (TBA). You can have your dream wedding, performed for the two of you and up to 10 friends and family. To enter, submit a picture (200KB or less), a bio, and why you think you should be chosen. Send all this to bridalshowplace.royalwedding@yahoo.com. Submissions will be accepted until April 17, 2011. Winner will be announced on April 21, 2011. Contact Alan Katz at alan@socalofficiant.com, (562) 4354000 or socalofficiant.com. Speaking of royal weddings, watch the Signal Tribune over the next few weeks to read about the real royal wedding. Our former intern, Athena Mekis, is studying in London and has promised to favor us with an article or two on the royal nuptials of William and Kate– I can’t wait!

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Job training is key to economic recovery By Richard Guiss • Director PR & Development, Goodwill, Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County

As the American economy slowly recovers from the great recession, both Congress and the Obama Administration have pledged to make job creation their number-one priority. But for many people who are out of work, this commitment alone will not be enough. With unemployment, and in particular long-term unemployment, still near record highs, American workers and job seekers need job training and career support to help them find a job or advance in a career. Goodwill® is the leading nonprofit provider of job-training programs,

employment-placement services, and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, those who lack education or job experience, and others facing challenges to finding employment. We have seen firsthand the difference that job-training programs can make in a person’s life. In many cases, it is all that is needed to move someone from being reliant on government aid to becoming self-sufficient. We know that it’s not enough to simply give someone a helping hand– we have to give them new ways to

help themselves. In today’s increasingly diverse and high-tech job market, that means sustaining our nation’s investment in job-training programs and employment services. If the President and Congress truly want to put America back to work, they must find ways to continue funding crucial jobtraining programs. Goodwill is urging Congress to help build a true economic recovery for every worker by fully funding successful job-training programs covered under the Workforce Investment Act. As our decision makers focus on how

to reduce the deficit, some have proposed severe cuts to job-training programs. While Goodwill shares concerns over the deficit and understands deficit reduction will take sacrifices for all, Goodwill urges Congress to focus attention on making improvements to the workforce system while preserving its funding. With the economic recovery still fragile and millions of Americans desperately needing to go back to work, Congress must make funding these programs and supporting the workers they serve a top priority. ß

Long Beach must rally in support of schools By Christopher J. Steinhauser • Superintendent of Schools,Long Beach Unified School District

The 1933 earthquake destroyed many of Long Beach’s recently built schools, leaving residents with a double problem. During a time when many homes and businesses had been leveled by the same quake, the people of Long Beach needed to build new schools even as they paid off the debt for school structures that no longer existed. Compounding the problem were the lingering effects of the stock market crash of 1929, when personal savings evaporated, banks closed, and unemployment mounted. Under these conditions, voters made their “big decision,” as it was called at the time. By a vote of 3 to 1, they approved a $4.9 million bond issue to rebuild schools. As a result, the school district began a successful recovery, and thanks to the fortunate timing of the quake at 5:55pm, “though the physical shell of a school system had received a mortal blow, the living heart of it had been spared– its children,” according to the 1960 book A History of the Long Beach Unified School District. Today, we face a disaster of a different magnitude, though this time the destruction is entirely preventable. Once again, we must make our own

“big decision.” The solution does not even require raising taxes beyond current levels. But unless we somehow extend state taxes that are set to expire, we could lose more than $760 per student next year, which is nothing short of a fiscal earthquake. We’ve already cut more than $200 million here over the past three years. The excellence of Long Beach schools, long recognized by local, national and international media, will not survive this knockout blow. We’ve already laid off and furloughed hundreds of teachers and support staff, with more sacrifices ahead. Class sizes are growing. Our outdoor science camp that was started in 1949 is gone. High-school requirements for computer literacy and health? Gone. Summer school? Gone. Middle-school sports? Gone, unless a benefactor provides $300,000 in private funding. Maintenance and other central operations have been cut to the bone. At our central office, many departments resemble ghost towns of empty cubicles. We are not alone. School districts statewide continue to face huge cuts. More than 30,000 California educators and 10,000 other public school employees have been laid off over the past three years.

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Color your world Thank you for the recent article and reminder about adding color in your home. Paint is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to charge up and change up looks for the inside and outside of your business and home. Sprucing things up can also add value to your property. In our area, we are rich in historical homes and diverse architecture, along with businesses to assist you in making choices and the vendors to make it happen. Shoshanah Siegel Color consultant Long Beach

At this rate, our academic programs and services will continue to suffer deep cuts indefinitely. By the time today’s elementary school children reach high school, they may find that we have eliminated programs such as sports, band and the wide array of college-preparatory classes and workforce-training courses now offered. Remember, we’re talking about a school system where one high school sends more athletes to the NFL than any other high school in the nation, where music programs have been named among America’s best by the GRAMMY Foundation, where 74 percent of graduates go to college, and where high-school seniors earned $51 million in scholarships last year. The result of such continued cuts will be plummeting property values, persistent unemployment, increased crime and the type of tragic, urban decay that we’ve witnessed in Detroit and other major cities whose public school systems were neglected for too long. Even during some of its darkest hours, Long Beach wisely placed a premium on public education. The 1933 school bond vote was one of many instances in which voters here taxed themselves in support of students. It all started with a successful

Making the dream attainable This past weekend, April 10 and 11, over 1,200 Masters of Social Work (MSW) students throughout California, and 100 MSW students from CSULB alone, lobbied for passage of the Dream Act in Sacramento. If passed by the California Legislature, AB 131 would amend the Donahoe Higher Education Act as of July 2012 to allow undocumented students the same access to financial-aid programs as US citizens. Currently, undocumented college students, many of whom have lived in California most of their lives, are required to pay non-resident tuition, which costs more than three times the standard tuition.

$6,000 bond in 1885 when Long Beach founders like John Bixby served on the school board. It continued in 1924, when residents voted 20 to 1 in favor of another $4.9 million for schools. Years from now, when Long Beach residents turn the pages of history, what will they think of us? While our schools still enjoy strong support from the community, including frequent pats on the back from opinion leaders, our accolades are not paying the bills. Everyone who cares about children in our service areas of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill and on Catalina Island– and who enjoys the high quality of life that these communities have to offer– must collectively hold state legislators responsible for stabilizing school funding. If it takes pension reform and other compromise, fine. In fact, let’s allow voters a say on that, too. Our earthquake is now. Our “big decision” is now. Does Long Beach still have what it takes to rally around one of the nation’s best school systems? As it was 78 years ago, we mustn’t take too long to decide. Awaiting our answer is that same living heart of our school system– our children.

AB 131 would permit undocumented students to pay the same fees as California residents. According to the UCLA Center for Labor and Research Education (2007), about 26,000 undocumented students graduate from high schools in California annually. These students, many of whom would be college-bound, experience difficulties accessing higher education and lifelong achievement. The aim of the annual Lobby Day weekend is to engage students in the political process and influence the California Legislature to pay attention to the needs of students and disenfranchised populations. Cynthia Tejeda Graduate social work student CSuLB

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Elementary-school parents launch foreign-language program here to give children competitive edge Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern

With the imminent closing of Burroughs Elementary School in Long Beach, public elementary schools are becoming more crowded and more competitive. To give elementary-school students a fighting chance at becoming competitive in today’s high-tension work and education worlds, two Longfellow Elementary School parents, Jennifer Lallite and Kimberly Brown, have copiloted a foreign-language enrichment program, Lango Kids, to grace Long Beach schools this spring and continue through the fall. Lallite and Brown presented their Long Beach-based branch of the nationwide Lango Kids initiative to parents and educators at Tuesday’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting at Longfellow Elementary School. “[I was] still looking for enrich-

ment programs for my two young sons,” said Lallite, whose children had previously participated in karate, jujitsu, and other extracurricular activities. “When I was looking for foreign language, which I saw as something beyond enrichment and more of a life skill, there was nothing here in Long Beach.” Lallite then discovered Lango Kids, but with the closest classes being taught in the Los Angeles area and Irvine, she sought to bring the program over to Long Beach. Lango Kids was originally established in San Francisco on the belief that every child should attempt bilingualism. With very little opportunities to teach younger children– ages 18 months to 11 years– until middle school and sometimes high school, programs were created to teach children new languages, integrate new cultures, and still maintain the common child’s insatiable desire for fun.

To help start the Lango Kids Long Beach programs, Lallite and Brown had to make the classes appealing not just for children, but also for adults, in order to make them feel comfortable with enrolling their children in such a class. “We’ve been networking heavily in the community,” Brown said. “We’ve aligned ourselves with several of the departments [at California State University of Long Beach (CSULB)], one of which is the department of linguistics.” During their launch presentation, Lallite and Brown offered a preview of the five-week Spanish and Mandarin Chinese language classes to be offered once a week (a Tuesday session and a separate Thursday session) to kindergarten through fourth-grade students at Longfellow. Fifth-grade students are able to enroll in the classes but are not targeted as part of the

requires permission from the neighborhoods that have been picked for location shoots. According to Tasha Day, who is responsible for much of the logistics, they do take the steps to inform the residents and businesses when they plan a film and television shoot. They ensure they obtain the permission from the majority of the people whose neighborhoods are directly impacted, they said. “We require a signature process no matter what you’re doing. We don’t care where you are,” Day said, explaining that her department even has a staff member monitor the project to ensure that filmmakers comply with the City’s guidelines. And they don’t want to make too much of a fuss during production that would negatively impact the city. “Our goal is to make filming invisible,” said Ashman. “You shouldn’t see it till we’re gone.” And they avoid publishing the shooting schedules in advance, they said, recalling problems with the paparazzi. No, they won’t tell you that Brad Pitt was in town on a shoot. Nor that Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks filmed near one of the city’s Target stores.

But they also want to ensure that the community is not only informed but excited about a project when they are directly affected. It also helps when a production company also recognizes how much they appreciate Long Beach’s constituents. About a year or two ago, the production company that handled filming for the Showtime series Dexter hosted a block party for the neighborhood. “They have probably one of the more interesting and unique missions in the city,” said O’Donnell. “They do a good job. They have to be very flexible, and people yell at them a lot.” It’s only a team of eight personnel that are directly responsible for these location shoots, and they can get a location ready for a shoot within three days of a request, they said. And even though the team members need to be available every day of the week, often giving up weekends and evenings to successfully execute an event or production shoot, Day laughed as she recalled the number of productions she’s helped. Even when bears fly in helicopters. “It’s a fun job,” she said. “Fun city gig if you can get it.” ß

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magic. “When our meetings start [with] ‘Picture this:’ we know we’re in for a great ride,” said David Ashman, manager of the Office of Special Events and Filming. They can get the approval to seamlessly change Long Beach into just about any city. Shoreline Drive became downtown Shanghai for the Transformers movies. The Stark Industries building featured in Iron Man? Also on Shoreline Drive. Long Beach pretends to be the glamorous Florida destination on CSI: Miami. Who said the high school drama on Fox’s Glee takes place in Ohio? Nah, it’s really at Long Beach’s Cabrillo High School. But the team doesn’t just handle requests from television and film production companies. They also coordinate the special events that take place year round, including the Toyota Grand Prix and last year’s New Year’s Eve celebration. “Temporary special events are a great way to raise money in a hurry if you want to sustain a local economy,” said Ashman, who explained that special events also generate revenue for the city’s local businesses. But the “City by the Sea” has a special reputation with television and film production companies, and, in return, the entertainment industry brings in serious money to the city coffers. “Of course, we’re a great economic generator. Filming brings about $27 million in direct economic impact a year,” said Ashman. And they don’t use the city’s taxpayer dollars from the general fund, according to Ashman. They are funded largely from revenue and transient occupancy tax on hotel accommodations. Ashman also emphasized that the city has not compromised its reputation in exchange for a few minutes on the silver screen. “So we want to take on events or filming opportunities that make sense: they’re the right fit at the right time and the right place so that we can make a little money,” said Ashman, as he explained how they can create enjoyable events without any lasting negative impact. “We’re also responsible for maintaining the brand of the city, the image of the city. The City has spent a lot of money renovating our downtown areas, working in business corridors to upgrade those facilities. We want to make sure we have a positive image when we’re associated with filming or associated with special events.” The City has strict standards and

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We, as a culture, discourage drunk driving because innocent people can lose their lives. And because drunk driving can be so life-altering, friends don’t let friends drive drunk. Why do we take the keys from our drunken friend? It is because we care about them and want them around longer. Yet, there is no such prevention method to protect the life of an overweight kid, a child that is buying candy for breakfast at your neighborhood 7-Eleven at 7am. Why not? Is the above situation my hypothetical creation? I only wish. I was recently in line at a 7-Eleven when I happened to glance over my shoulder at a 12-year-old who helped himself to one double pack of Rice Krispies Treats, one pack of Ding Dongs, and a 16-ounce Dr. Pepper. Assuming that this kid ate all of this sugar in one sitting, can anyone reading this guess how many calories are in these three items? Answer at the bottom of article, keep reading. This boy’s choice caused a personal flashback of a seminar I spoke at, with the subject pertaining to the state of child-

hood obesity in spring 2010. In closing, I told the adults in the audience: “With this knowledge, it is now your moral obligation to make a difference. It is your obligation to help lead our youth into healthy diet practices and daily exercise.” A year later, I was presented with the opportunity to practice what I preached. After a brief explanation of what sugar had the potential to do the body, and after having informed the lad on the benefits of fruits and vegetables, I asked him to seriously consider changing his future breakfast choices. The boy nodded his head, probably left for school, and I was satisfied by my effort to reach out. Has he taken action? I don’t know, but in the very least I will be in his memory bank because I cared. I don’t mean to pat myself on the back, but we need more of this. According to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine, teenage boys who are even slightly overweight face an increased risk of heart disease later in life, even if they slim down as adults. Obese children are dying slowly every day, and it’s very, very sad. So what are we, as the concerned adult leaders on children’s health, supposed to do about our dilemma? In order

to take your sedentary child from their current overweight state and transform them into a fit, lively, and happier self, you must understand the raw essentials of molding human behavior. B.F. Skinner, founder of the theory of behaviorism, said that behavior is molded or shaped by its consequences. So, how can we motivate our kids to exercise instead of sitting on the couch? The first step in changing your child’s tendencies is for your child to understand what exactly you want from them and why. Despite however well you communicate the operant (desired behavior), the whole project is absolutely aimless without a well defined and mutually agreed upon reward. A good example would be: For every one vegetable you eat, I will extend your video game time by one minute. I doubt these youngsters can get past 10 pieces of broccoli or cauliflower. The parent has thus increased vegetable consumption and decreased sedentary time in one offering. With a strategy like this, the sedentary time becomes dependent on healthy habits. This is how we have to handle our youth. So, that double pack of Rice Krispies Treats, one pack of Ding Dongs, and 16ounce Dr. Pepper? Just shy of 900 calories. Jack Mapes is co-owner of Signal Hill’s Fitness Mecca, which is currently offering anti-childhood obesity classes. ----------------------------------------MORE INFORMATION (562) 375-0425

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The numerous benefits of prenatal yoga laura Tree Prenatal yoga teacher, FreeSpirit Yoga

For most women, during pregnancy, awareness of the body and the changes that are taking place within are magnified. The desire to incorporate a healthier lifestyle comes naturally at this time as mother and child begin to grow together in countless ways. Prenatal yoga classes are an exceptional way to stay fit mentally and physically, enhance a healthy way of being and prepare yourself for the birthing process. Some of Hatha Yoga’s main teachings are: the art of paying attention to our breathing (pranayama); learning to stay present; and listening to the body and respecting the cues it gives us in each moment. These two teachings alone are things every mother will benefit from while preparing for that final moment when contractions begin. Birthing breath, awareness and focus can be developed along with a fit body, allowing for more calm and confidence when the due date arrives. Even if you have never done yoga, you will find a prenatal yoga practice not only allows you to feel more energized and deepen your attunement to your body’s needs and changes, but it will also allow you to enhance your relationship to the growing child within. For those women who have previously practiced yoga, this is an excellent way to continue your exploration, being ever mindful to honor the

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What are the dietary guidelines? Have you ever wondered where school districts get their menu plans, where the Women Infant and Children (WIC) programs receive nutrition guidance, or where the meal plans at longterm healthcare facilities come from? They're all from the United States Department of Agriculture's dietary guidelines. Generally speaking, the dietary guidelines provide nutrition advice for Americans two years and older to help prevent chronic disease and promote good health. They are the basis of federal nutrition policy, education, outreach and food assistance programs. The guidelines were established in 1980 and are updated every five years. As a registered dietitian, I follow the guidelines closely, but sadly a recent survey showed that only 4% of the public is even aware of the recommendations. What do they tell us about balancing calories in 2010? The obesity epidemic continues on an upward trajectory, and while the current dietary guidelines cover numerous topics, I'm going to focus on one of the most critical aspects– balancing calories. I believe that most of us have no clue how many calories we eat or what an adequate portion size should be. When counseling patients, the first thing I ask for before the session is a detailed three-day food recall and an estimate of how much they exercise

daily. This allows me to see how many calories they are consuming and how many calories they are burning each day. From there we can talk about food and beverage choices. Do I tell them "Well, you start your diet today...no more soda, cakes, chips, candy, alcohol...?" Of course not! We all know from personal experience and documented research that no one will stay on this type of restrictive regimen nor will it change any behaviors toward a long-term healthy lifestyle. Knowing that it's not about eliminating, but rather modifying, can make a difference in how weight is managed. Other successful tips I've used to manage weight for my clients include: Mindless munching: Monitor what, when and where you eat. Many eat mindlessly- in front of the computer, while driving, or just out of habit (the daily stop at Starbucks before work). Research proves accountability equals success. Keeping a small notebook in your desk or purse, or downloading a free smart phone calorie-counting app, will help you keep track of what you eat so that you don't forget. Quality vs. Quantity: When eating out, choose wisely. For instance, have a quality bread roll and ask for olive oil and balsamic instead of butter or choose seasonal fresh vegetable dishes. Both taste better and are better for you. Kick-start the Day: Eat a breakfast that includes fruits or vegetables, whole grains and protein. My favorite is whole-grain bread with sliced tomatoes and mozzarella; put it in the toaster oven for one minute and enjoy! Today's Portions vs. yesterday's: Realize that today's portions are bigger than what is recommended, needed or

established as a serving size decades ago. In fact, today's teenager thinks a 5ounce muffin or 2-ounce bag of chips is the norm. I give clients common, visual examples of what portion sizes equal, such as 1 ounce of cheese is the size of a domino, or a serving of cooked pasta is equivalent of the size of half a baseball. Balancing Act: Focus on balancing your calories in with calories out. Many people don't know that consuming 3,500 extra calories beyond what you burn off will be stored as a pound of fat. Do the math, and you'll discover that eating 500 additional calories daily leads to a pound a week over the long term, and it's important to remember that 500 calories, whether from a candy bar, a peanut butter sandwich on whole-grain bread, or a yogurt parfait, will all have that effect. I recommend that my clients get a pedometer and shoot for 10,000 steps a day, which is about five miles. This could burn up to 500 calories a day. Remember, there's no need to eliminate the foods or beverages you love. Soda, cookies, chips, and candy can all be enjoyed in moderation, and many of our favorite snacks and beverages now come in smaller, manageable single servings. For example, you can find 100-calorie packs of your favorite cookies or crackers or 7.5-ounce mini cans from Coca-Cola. The 2010 dietary guidelines once again provide basic tips based on science, which can lead you down a healthier path. Being cognizant of how many calories you eat, while balancing with calories burned, can help you achieve weight loss or maintain your healthy weight. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how in control you will feel. ß

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Patients line up to compete in a tricycle race against professional cyclist Tony Cruz. Dr. Steinmetz (pictured top left), a physician at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, also joined in. The 2011 Tour of long Beach kicked off April 6 outside the entrance of Miller Children’s Hospital long Beach. Patients from the hospital who are battling cancer and other serious blood disorders competed in a tricycle race against professional cyclist Tony Cruz around the outside pavilion entrance. Patients were joined by their families, community members, long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, and employees of the hospital to celebrate the first of a series of events leading up to the Tour of long Beach on May 14. The Tour invites amateur cyclists and bicycle enthusiasts of all skill levels to ride on a 31-mile open course along bike paths throughout the city. Participants in the tour will be raising money for pediatric hematology/oncology research at Miller Children’s. Cruz also led a moment of silence for Mark Bixby, long Beach Bike Festival founder and longtime community leader. “The Tour of long Beach is a terrific event that sparked my interest in cycling,” said Foster. “This is a great cause, and I encourage everyone to join us on May 14. I also want to invite people when they sign up to join my team– the Mayor’s Mighty Milers.”

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More Burroughs alumni, staff share memories Rachael Rifkin Staff Writer So many people have come forward to share their memories and reflections of Burroughs Elementary School that the Signal Tribune has decided to make “Burroughs Elementary staff share memories of their school that will soon close” a three- or four-parter. The tightknit school opened in 1950 and is slated for closure at the end of the school year. “I worked in the library for about 15 years, and you really got to learn who all the children were. I would see the kindergarten, first- and second-graders. It was really neat to be able to see them grow throughout the years. When they got older, they would pop in to say hi. We knew everybody, so it was really nice in that way. “The staff would meet in the lunchroom, and everybody worked together really well. If you asked anybody for help, they would help you. I really tried to accommodate in the library as well, getting them the extra books they needed in their classroom. There’s a real sense of community there. The parents would come and help. There would be a lot of participation.” Former library media assistant agnes Knight “I attended Burroughs for my last two years of elementary school– the fourth and fifth grade. I also have two kids who go to the school now. One’s in kindergarten and the other one’s in second grade. I’m always at the school. I help out at both of their classes as well do activities and plan fundraisers. “I still see some teachers from when I was [a student] there. My daughter’s teacher was actually my sister’s thirdgrade teacher when we went here. It’s nice that my kids were able to have some of the same teachers. “It’s a very family-oriented school. You can walk through the halls and everybody knows everybody. You can’t walk into a room without someone smiling at you or saying hello or asking if you need help. Everybody’s really friendly and welcoming there. It was the same way when I went there. “I have a son who’s going to be starting kindergarten next year, so he’s not going to be able to go to Burroughs. He’s going to have to go somewhere else. I live so close to the school too. It’s going to be sad driving by it knowing it’s not open anymore. I’m going to miss seeing all the kids and teachers.” PTa president and former burroughs student Constance ropadas

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Waiting for godot at Long Beach Playhouse leaves lots of room for interpretation Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer

There was a time when, upon seeing Waiting for Godot, I would have been awed by the cryptic nature of the play. I guess I was once duly impressed with what I didn’t understand. As if to say, if I don’t “get it,” it must be awesome. Well, I don’t quite go there anymore. And, unlike some other productions of the play, the Long Beach Playhouse’s Godot makes no attempt to take the audience in any particular interpretive direction. The blank-slate concept is freeing, on the one hand. But it can also leave one begging for a little guidance. In any event, Samuel Beckett’s

highly venerated play fares well in the hands of director Carl daSilva and his five-member cast. They are, in a word, outstanding. They are funny and tragic, sometimes moving abruptly from one to the other on a dime. That’s appropriate, I think, for what has been portrayed as an allegorical “tragicomedy.” The play has also been described as “absurdist,” and it is certainly that. In Waiting for Godot, Vladimir (Anthony B. Cohen) and Estragon (Karl Schott) wait in a nondescript setting characterized only by the presence of a single tree and some crudely defined uneven landscape. Andrew Vonderschmitt’s spare, stylized set design perfectly evokes the surreal nature of the play. The two men are waiting for a character named Godot, with whom they appear to be barely acquainted. The play spans two days, during which the promised appearance never materializes. In the meantime, “Di Di” and “Go Go” (Vladimir and Estragon) conjure up various trivial activities with which to pass the time. They talk, eat, sing, dance, complain,

argue, get angry, make up, tease each other, and contemplate suicide. They also receive a bizarre visit from what appears to be slave owner Pozzo (Steven Biggs) and his servant Lucky (Kyle Bryan Hall), as well as a local boy (Terren Mueller) who reports on the intentions of Godot. Beckett’s choice of names is particularly puzzling. Remember, though, the play is meant to be absurd. Furthermore, when we consider the nature of the dependency between Di Di and Go Go, and the entirely different dependency between Pozzo and Lucky, a pattern seems to emerge. And sure enough, I later found an online reference to Beckett having stated that the play was all about symbiosis. Well, now we’re getting somewhere…I think. I noticed something else, as well. There were several instances in which the dialogue referred to one character’s loss being another’s gain. Or in one segment, a character gave his hat to another. The character who gave up the hat became profoundly weak, almost dead. He who had received the hat gained an almost invincible strength. Apart

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from his commentary on interpersonal dependency, was Beckett promoting the notion that life is some sort of zero-sum game? Are there political overtones in the play? Are there religious ones, suggesting that the men are waiting, not for a man named Godot, but, for God?

I only indulge in conjecture here to point out some possibilities among many. Waiting for Godot is not for the theater-goer who merely wishes to be entertained. And it is not for the one who can’t be bothered with the loosely defined. The play requires patience and the bearing of a good bit of “auditory annoyance.” (Pozzo screams at Lucky a lot.) So if you like to figure out the undecipherable, Beckett’s rather self-indulgent stream-of-consciousness play (or work of genius– take your pick) may be for you. You certainly couldn’t ask for a better-executed production. Waiting for Godot continues in the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre through May 7. General admission tickets are $22; $20 for seniors. Student tickets are $12 with valid student ID. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. The Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St. Call (562) 494-1014 for reservations and information. Tickets are also available online at lbplayhouse.org.

CSuLB’s TheatreFest to highlight high-school drama departments California State University Long Beach Theatre Arts Department will host its annual TheatreFest competition Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, in and around the Theatre Arts building on campus. Thirty high schools from LA and Orange counties will participate in the event. Each high-school participant will be involved in a wide variety of activities, including professionally taught workshops, undergraduate performances, and friendly competition. The Geffen’s Story Pirates will be leading a workshop, and professional theatre companies, including Center Theatre Group, CSULB’s Summer Comedy Academy, South Coast Rep, and Long Beach Playhouse, will host informa-

tional booths. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with fellow thespians. The goal of TheatreFest is to promote a healthy learning environment in which the students can enjoy themselves, challenge their own preconceptions, and showcase their talents. Even in tough economic times, high schools have committed their time and money to support the arts, with over 700 students attending this year’s TheatreFest. Students will compete to win awards in categories including comedic and dramatic scenes and monologues, musical theatre, improvisation and technical theatre. Schools can also win the prestigious Spirit

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Despite challenging economic times, many high schools are still dedicating their time and money to support the arts– more than 700 students will be attending this year’s TheatreFest.

Lily Tomlin to appear at local screening of LGBT-themed film she narrated The nonprofit Artful Thinking Organization will present the documentary film Teach Your Children Well at the Art Theatre of Long Beach, 2025 E. 4th St., on Sunday, May 15, with a special guest appearance by actress and comedian Lily Tomlin, who narrates the film. Every school day, thousands of young people who identify as either lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) face harassment, bullying, and even violence for simply being who they are. Teach Your Children Well focuses on the challenging issues of homophobia and violence in our schools as directed against LGBT youth. The primary desire with this project is to change the consciousness that leads children to commit acts of violence, by teaching acceptance and respect for the right of others to be who they are. The filmmakers hope the message of the film expands beyond theaters and film festivals, reaching into the areas where these aggressive behaviors take place: schools, churches, homes and neighborhoods. Lawrence King, a 15-year-old youth was gunned down in his Oxnard, California computer class for no other reason than being who he was– a gay adolescent struggling to be himself in an unsympathetic environ-

ment. His killer was a 14-year-old fellow student. This tragic incident forms the backdrop of the film’s primary emphasis– violence in our schools and, in particular, as it is directed to GLBT youth. What motivates a young teenage boy to commit such a heinous act over the issue of sexual identity? Where do teasing and bullying fall in the spectrum of violent behavior? Does the school system play a role in monitoring these attitudes? What part do parents play? How do politics and religion factor into the decisions of what is being taught and what is not? Does the media share in the responsibility for how young people perceive and interact with their environment? The film examines how systemic attitudes of prejudice and intolerance provide a fertile soil in which anyone who is “different” can become a target. In an attempt to answer these questions, the film uses King’s story to explore the troubled mindset that could justify such tragic behavior and how, by ignoring the warning signs, we give tacit approval to the perpetrators. In addition to exposing the problem, the film presents some of the latest solution-oriented thinking on these critical issues. Showtime is at 9pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $11 at the door. Call (562) 438-5435 or visit arttheatrelongbeach.com. ß

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Neighborhood improvements, bicycle safety discussed at Gabelich’s community meeting Neena Strichart Publisher

Long Beach Eighth District residents, business owners and other interested parties had the opportunity last Saturday morning to join Councilmember Rae Gabelich for coffee and conversation at Avila’s El Ranchito Restaurant, 5345 Long Beach Blvd. With a dozen or so in attendance, Gabelich began the meeting by introducing Long Beach police officer Juan Carlos Reyes, who addressed the group with local police news before taking questions from individuals. Reyes told those attending that although he is assigned to serve a larger portion of the north end of Long Beach, he does his best to concentrate on what he referred to as “Beat 21,” the boundaries of which include “Del Amo to South and Cherry to the riverbed.” The officer offered that auto and residential burglaries are a growing concern and thanked the group for helping to report any suspicious activity they may encounter. “Give us a good description if you see someone walking around,” he said. Audience member Laurie Angel brought up the subject of area bicyclists who break the law. “Riding bicycles on sidewalks is extremely dangerous,” she said. “[It] might be a good idea to have a handout for bicyclists outlining the rules of the road.” Reyes agreed, as did Gabelich’s staffer Linda Ivers. “That’s a good one to have on the website for downloading,” Ivers said. It was also mentioned that parents and schools could also download such a handout. Other audience concerns were skateboarders and bicyclists who wear earphones. One attendee queried whether or not pedestrians talking on cell phones or wearing headphones was

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unlawful. The officer stated that although bicyclists could be cited for wearing earphones there is no law on the books restricting pedestrians from doing so. Following the topic at hand, Gabelich mentioned that Neighborhood Watch was a program being reinvented through brainstorming into “more of a community watch.” “That’s kind of how we’re thinking– make it wider,” she said.

Moving on with the meeting, Gabelich asked, “Can everyone see the changes on Long Beach Boulevard?” When most attendees responded in the affirmative, Gabelich stated, “Thank God they did it,” referring to the city’s redevelopment agency (RDA). Bringing up the governor’s threat to cut RDAs statewide, Gabelich remarked, “[State Senator] Rod Wright is the only one who supported us.” Gabelich then encouraged those in attendance to contact their elected state officials regarding the importance of keeping RDAs intact. Other matters discussed were: • Scherer Park improvements to include repair of the walking path and basketball court, and new signage to discourage feeding of ducks. New swing-set will be added if budget allows. • Hughes Middle and Longfellow Elementary schools will host a shredding fundraiser April 16 from 9am to 1pm. • Redistricting Committee will meet Wednesday, April 27 from 6pm to 9pm and will receive public input for assembly, senate and congress redistricting

proposals. • Election one year from now for 8th District. Gabelich said she will not run but offered that she believes Mike Kowal and Al Austin may run for her seat. No other possible candidates were named. • 37th Grand Prix coming up third

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LB Roller Derby League getting ready to roll into its new season Following the success of their inaugural 2010 sell-out season, Long Beach Roller Derby (LBRD) has announced its return to the “Roller Dome” at the Queen Mary for the 2011 season. To honor Earth Day and recognize her commitment to the environment, LBRD asked Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal to name its first bout of the new season. “We Bleed Green” is the name of the first game and will kick off the season on Earth Day, Friday April 22, pitting the Terminal Island Tootsies against the 4th Street Retro Rollers. Due to overwhelming community support and new derby members, LBRD has added a fourth team to its roster. The Belmont Hot Broads will make their season debut, adding another Long Beach neighborhood to the derby family. LBRD will also unveil its custombuilt, high-speed velodrome-banked track. Weighing in at just over 11 tons, the new track will elevate the level of excitement and adrenaline of the game in a way that Long Beach has never experienced. With a full day and a large crew, the track will be moved from the Dome to the adjacent Harry Bridges Memorial Park on Friday September 30 for a seaside game under the stars. Tickets for the events sell out fast, so advanced pur-

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“The expanded second season on Long Beach Roller Derby is a true testament to the community’s support,” said Moxi Skate Shop owner and LBRD co-founder Michelle Steilen. “We would not be able to grow the sport at this speed without the businesses in Long Beach and all the amazing fans.” The Dome is located at 1126 Queens Hwy. Doors open at 7pm. Spectators of all ages are permitted but should be aware that this is a full-contact sport and there are some safety-related seating restrictions for younger fans. Full bar is available for fans over the age of 21. ß

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donation in a charity auction. Toyota will donate $5,000 to Racing for Kids in the name of each celebrity racer and another $5,000 to the winning racer’s charity of choice. Additionally, a $15,000 donation will be made in conjunction with the 14th annual People Pole Award. Sponsored by People magazine, the award honors the pole-position winner of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race qualifying session on Friday, April 15. The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race takes place the following day, Saturday, April 16. In addition to participating in a practice session and a qualifying race on April 15, the drivers’ schedules include a visit to Long Beach’s Memorial Miller Children’s Hospital, which receives a charitable donation in their names from Toyota. --------------------------------------MORE INFORMATION toyotaracing.com

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COMMuNiTy where ‘monolingualism’ seems to be the norm… the world is becoming increasingly interconnected. It seems as if English-speaking countries are the [most reluctant] to provide our kids with the opportunity to acquire other languages.” Concerning the differences between a child learning a language at a younger age as opposed to learning it in adolescence or adulthood, Finney said, “You look at most of the theories of how people acquire languages… everything points to the notion that the younger the child is, the [more successful they’ll be at learning it].” He then praised Lango Kids’ use of culturally inspired kinesthetic learning, music, dance, and games to teach the foreign language. “It’s best to learn a language within the context of its particular culture in which the language is used,” Finney said. “It’s a socio-cultural benefit.” Before the PTA meeting continued with its normal proceedings, Longfellow Principal Brian

Moskovitz added, “[Lango Kids is] doing what kids need, and it’s doing it in a way that’s exciting for students. We’ve had… Spanishlanguage programs off and on at Longfellow over the years, and they do a decent job, but it definitely doesn’t have that same enthusiasm, that same total package.” Before and after the meeting, Lallite and Brown distributed Lango Kids Long Beach literature, including a flyer that listed several

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located on the west side of the Century Villages at the Cabrillo campus and will replace and expand the existing Elizabeth Ann Seton Residence, which has been in operation since 1998 and has provided shelter for more than 2,000 families through the years. “We have demonstrated, I think to everyone, that it is really possible to work collaboratively to support all kinds of people that fall down to hard times– whether it be veterans, families, the elderly– and get them back into our community,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe. The communal shelter complex will: assist families in finding and maintaining stable employment; provide secure housing that includes a recreational area, counseling offices, kitchen and dining facilities; and serve a maximum of 448 homeless individuals each year. “35,000 families in Los Angeles County alone are going to be losing benefits,” said Knabe. “Our ability to coordinate services and encourage independence will help give our vets, our families and others in need truly a second chance.” Located on a former US Naval housing site, CVC currently provides housing to more than 1,000 residents that include veterans, families and

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impacts to the cities. According to a staff summary of the reports, the studies cited concerns of increased crime. Specifically, they noted a number of increased DUIs involving marijuana near dispensaries and concerns surrounding increased “street level resale of marijuana to persons without doctors’ recommendation.” Since state law currently conflicts with federal laws regarding medical marijuana, cities like Signal Hill have developed policies to address requests from dispensaries who want to set up shop. But since the 2.2-square-mile city is surrounded by Long Beach, which has allowed for some medical marijuana dispensaries to operate legally within its boundaries since May 2010, some city officials have argued that there is no need for more dispensaries in Signal Hill. “We’re surrounded by a city that already does it,” said Planning Commissioner Tom Benson. “So it’s not like our citizens would be affected negatively because there is a network of facilities still available,” he said just before voting in favor of the Commission’s recommendation to City Council. City Councilmember Michael

youth. Family Shelter I will be 3,946 square feet and serve up to 36 residents. Measuring 4,538 square feet, Family Shelter II will house up to 20 residents within its five units. Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson was also on hand for the project groundbreaking and expressed his support in providing a safe shelter for homeless families and individuals in the Long Beach community. “We’ve made great progress, and I think it’s a tremendous testament that this center for homeless and nearhomeless is seen as an asset by the community and not a negative,” Johnson said. “Having a facility of this quality and this caliber is also a rare thing.” Funding for the shelters comes from sources that included CVC, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, the Ahmanson Foundation Grant, Weingart Foundation Grant, Murphy Foundation Grant, the County of Los Angeles Emergency Shelter Grant, the County of Los Angeles Housing and Homeless Program Fund Loan and the State Emergency Housing and Assistance Program Capital Development Loan. CVC has been working since 2004 to get the project started and, as construction commences, the shelters are slated for completion in early 2012. ß

Noll, who sat in the audience and listened to the staff report at the Planning Commission meeting, also weighed in on the issue in an interview Tuesday night. Long Beach has “good ordinances in there that provide marijuana clinics for the people that need it,” said Noll, explaining concerns regarding Signal Hill’s size, schools and parks. “But our Signal Hill residents can go to Long Beach and get the service.” Noll explained that some Signal Hill residents had complained about the two dispensaries that had been operating illegally. “The residents weren’t happy with it,” Noll continued. “Signal Hill residents weren’t. But … you can legally grow marijuana if you have the certificate or license to do so, but we just don’t want commercial/retail in the city for marijuana.” No one from the public spoke in favor of or against the recommendation to change the zoning ordinance. According to city staffers, the zoning ordinance would not regulate individual households who were legally growing marijuana for private medicinal use. The amendment would only address commercial distribution. ß

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PuBLiC NOTiCES TST3716 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SAlE YOU ARE IN DEFAUlT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 5/26/2005. UNlESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOlD AT A PUBlIC SAlE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPlANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOUlD CONTACT A lAWYER. a public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a deed of trust described below. the sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the deed of trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the deed of trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. the amount may be greater on the day of sale. trustor: DANIEl DURAN, A SINGlE MAN duly appointed trustee: Western Progressive, llC recorded 6/2/2005 as instrument no. 05 1289383 in book —-, page —- and rerecorded on —- as —- of official records in the office of the recorder of los Angeles County, California, date of Sale: 5/5/2011 at 9:30 AM Place of Sale: At the West Side of the los Angeles County Courthouse, Directly facing Norwalk Boulevard, 12720 Norwalk BlVD, Norwalk, CA amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $302,506.58 Street address or other common designation of real property: 2599 Walnut Avenue 127 Signal Hill, CA 90755 a.P.n.: 7211-026-130 the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. if no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this notice of Sale. Pursuant to California Civil Code §2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: the beneficiary or servicing agent declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner of Corporation a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of Sale is filed and/or the timeframe for giving notice of Sale Specified in subdivision (s) of California Civil Code Section 2923.52 applies and has been provided or the loan is exempt from the requirements.

date: 4/4/2011 Western Progressive, llC, as Trustee c/o 18377 Beach Blvd., Suite 210 Huntington Beach, California 92648 For Non-Automated Sale Information, call: (866) 960-8299 __________________________________ robin Pape, trustee Sale assistant --------------------------------------------------------TST3715 notiCe of trUStee’S Sale title order no.: 684495 trustee Sale no.: 73242 loan no.: 9041267014 aPn: 7216-004-029 you are in default under a deed of trust dated 12/08/2004. Unless you take action to protect your property, it may be sold at a public sale. if you need an explanation of the nature of the proceedings against you, you should contact a lawyer.  on 05/05/2011 at 01:00 PM, dSl Service Company as the duly appointed

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trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded on 12/16/04 as doC # 04-3249266 of official records in the office of the recorder of los angeles County, California, executed by: george W. Howells, iii, an Unmarried Man, as trustor downey Savings and loan association, f.a., as Beneficiary Will Sell at PUBliC aUCtion to tHe HigHeSt Bidder for CaSH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state).   at: the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, Ca, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust in the property situated in said County, California describing the land therein:  as more fully described in said deed of trust.  the property heretofore described is being sold "as is". the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2497 - 99 east 20th Street, Signal Hill California 90755. the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein.  Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said deed of trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the deed of trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust, to-wit: $372,964.45 (estimated) accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. the beneficiary under said deed of trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written declaration of default and demand for Sale, and a written notice of default and election to Sell.  the undersigned caused said notice of default and election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the “mortgage loan servicer” as defined in California Civil Code § 2923.53(k)(3), declares that it has  obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to California Civil Code section 2923.53 and that the exemption is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded. the timeframe for giving a notice of Sale specified in Subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply to this notice of Sale pursuant to California Civil Code Sections 2923.52 or 2923.55. date: 4/4/11  for: dSl Service Company, as trustee By: fCi lender Services, inc., as agent 8180 east Kaiser Blvd., anaheim Hills, Ca 92808 U.S. Bank national association, Customer Service department (800) 824-6902 for trustee Sale information log on to: www.rsvpforeclosures.com or call: 925-603-7342. vivian Prieto, vice President fCi lender Services, inc. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. (rSvP# 268653)(04/15/11, 04/22/11, 04/29/11) TST3710 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SAlE tSg no.: 4415534 tS no.: Ca1000197057 fHa/va/PMi no.: aPn:7215-018-023 yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt, dated 05/15/06. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer. on April 28, 2011 at 11:30 AM, First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, llC, as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded 05/24/06, as instrument no. 06 1142158, in book , page , of official records in the office of the County recorder of lOS ANGElES County, State of California. executed by: HENRY A. ROMERO,. Will Sell at PUBliC aUCtion to HigHeSt Bidder for CaSH, CaSHier’S CHeCK/CaSH eQUivalent or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts

Building, 350 W. Mission Blvd. Pomona, CA.. all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: aS More fUlly deSCriBed in tHe aBove Mentioned deed of trUSt aPn# 7215-018-023. the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2120 EAST HIll STREET #205, SIGNAl HIll, CA 90755. the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said deed of trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said deed of trust, fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is $457,912.20. the beneficiary under said deed of trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written declaration of default and demand for Sale, and a written notice of default and election to Sell. the undersigned caused said notice of default and election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s Trustee. the beneficiary or servicing agent declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner of Corporations a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of Sale is filed and/or the timeframe for giving notice of Sale specified in subdivision (s) of California Civil Code Section 2923.52 applies and has been provided or the loan is exempt from the requirements. date: 03/30/11, First American Title Insurance Company First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, llC 3 First American Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707 Original document signed by Authorized Agent, Chet Sconyers — for trUStee’S Sale inforMation PleaSe Call (916) 939-0772. first american trustee Servicing Solutions, llC May be acting as a debt Collector attempting to Collect a debt. any information obtained may be used for that purpose. nPP0179190 04/08/11, 04/15/11, 04/22/11 TST3711 notiCe of trUStee’S Sale trustee Sale no. 1312267-10 aPn: 7214-013-021 loan no: xxxxxx6495 tra:005674 ref: Borden, rUSSell UninS Property address: 2600 eaSt PanoraMa drive #103, Signal Hill Ca 90755 iMPortant notiCe to ProPerty oWner: yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt, dated September 07, 2007. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer on april 28, 2011, at 10:30am, Cal-WeStern reConveyanCe CorPoration, as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded September 25, 2007, as inst. no. 20072207532, in book -, page -, of official records in the office of the County recorder of loS angeleS County, State of California executed by: rUSSell H. Borden and nanCy K. Borden, HUSBand and Wife aS Joint tenantS Will Sell at PUBliC aUCtion to HigHeSt Bidder for CaSH, CaSHier’S CHeCK draWn on a State or national BanK, a CHeCK draWn By a State or federal Credit Union, or a CHeCK draWn By a State or federal SavingS and loan aSSoCiation, SavingS aSSoCiation, or SavingS BanK SPeCified in SeCtion 5102 of tHe finanCial Code and aUtHoriZed to do BUSineSS in tHiS State: at tHe WeSt Side of tHe loS angeleS CoUnty CoUrtHoUSe direCtly faCing norWalK Blvd., 12720 norWalK Blvd. norWalK California all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: CoMPletely deSCriBed in Said deed of trUSt the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real prop-

erty described above is purported to be: 2600 eaSt PanoraMa drive #103 Signal Hill Ca 90755 the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be held, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, condition, or encumbrances, including fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust, to pay the remaining principal sums of the note(s) secured by said deed of trust. the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is: $448,012.42. if the trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. the beneficiary under said deed of trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written declaration of default and demand for Sale, and a written notice of default and election to Sell. the undersigned caused said notice of default and election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. for SaleS inforMation: Mon - fri 9:00am to 4:00pm (714)7302727 Cal-WeStern reConveyanCe CorPoration 525 eaSt Main Street P.o. Box 22004 el CaJon Ca 92022-9004 dated: april 07, 2011 Cal-WeStern reConveyanCe CorPoration By: - authorized Signature aSaP# 3946266 04/08/2011, 04/15/2011, 04/22/2011 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 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. 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. 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

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CiTy OF SiGNAL HiLL statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on april 1, 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: april 15, 22, 29, & May 6, 2011. TST3719 / 2011000442 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: dental StUdio-JaSMine MinaSyan d.d.S., 924 e. Broadway, long Beach, Ca 90802. registrant: MinaSyan d.d.S. inC., 924 e. Broadway, long Beach, Ca 90802. this business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Jasmine Minasyan, President. the registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. date started doing business under this fictitious Business name was March 1, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on april 5, 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: april 15, 22, 29, & May 6, 2011.

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NOTICE OF VACANCIES CIVIl SERVICE COMMISSION PlANNING COMMISSION PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION notiCe iS HereBy given that due to terms expiring on May 31, 2011, two vacancies each exist on the Signal Hill Civil Service, Planning, and Parks & recreation Commissions. the City of Signal Hill will be conducting a recruitment to fill each vacancy. all interested residents are encouraged to apply. to serve as a Civil Service, Planning, or Parks & recreation Commissioner, you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age or older; and a registered voter and resident of the City at least 29 days prior to the date of appointment. each member shall continue to reside in the City for the duration of the term of office (Signal Hill City Charter Section 602). if you are interested in serving as a Commissioner, please call (562) 9897305 for an application or for further information. applications are also available in the City Clerk’s office, 2175 Cherry avenue, Monday–thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on the City’s website at www.cityofsignalhill.org. applications will be accepted until friday, May 6, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. Published in the Signal tribune on 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 & 5/6

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