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Two city leaders step up to fill upcoming vacancies on Long Beach City Council Steven Piper Staff Writer

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has filed to run for District 8, which encompasses Bixby Knolls and parts of North Long Beach. The community organizer announced his candidacy in an email announcement sent on April 29. “Just a note to let you know that I will have filed the required documents to the State and City and am now officially running for the Eighth District City Council,” said Kowal in the email. “I next have to find and

hire a campaign manager, a financial secretary, form a campaign committee, create a web page and locate a bunch of volunteers willing to spend some time and money to assist the campaign.” As the leader of the grassroots organization Neighborhood First, Kowal has previously sought to “protect the quality of life in Long Beach by increasing public awareness of the pro-neighborhood perform-

ance of all elected officials, working to elect responsible candidates, and holding them accountable to the pro-neighborhood agenda once elected,” according to the group’s mission statement on their website. Additionally, John Watkins, previously a Long Beach Police Department officer, has filed to run for the seat in District 4, which is bordered by Gardenia Avenue on the west, the San Diego Freeway on the north, El Dorado Park on the east and Atherton and 10th streets to the south. “My life and career in Long Beach has revolved around public service, first with the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) and now with Special Olympics. I look to continue that service as a member of the City Council representing the neighborhoods I have worked with and resided in for see election page <none>

Former military academy cadet piecing together a lost history Stephanie Raygoza Editorial Intern

One of Kirk Schenewark’s fondest memories took place on the USS New Jersey. He remembers, as a young cadet, a field trip he took during which he walked every part of the historic battleship in complete awe and amazement. Schenewark said the trip established a sense of pride in him and the other cadets, and it served as a glimpse of potential military service for them. Twenty-six years since his graduation from the Southern California Military Academy (SCMA) in Signal Hill, Schenewark still carries that same pride with him as he plans to bring together alumni and their families for a private bronze plaque dedication ceremony in honor of the academy’s cadets, cadre and staff who served the nation and the surrounding

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The seats of Long Beach City Councilmembers Rae Gabelich and Patrick O’Donnell– Districts 8 and 4, respectively– will be up for grabs during the upcoming 2012 elections. Both representatives have reached their term limits, and they are not eligible to be reelected, unless they choose to run as write-in candidates– a route that both officials have indicated they are not interested in taking. Eager to fill the voids left by Gabelich and O’Donnell, two contestants have recently announced their candidacies. Mike Kowal, realtor and cofounder of the grassroots organization LBHUSH2– which, according to its website, worked to ensure that the Long Beach Airport does not degrade the quality of life in Long Beach– and head of Neighborhood First,

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community. The ceremony will take place at the former academy grounds, now Alvarado Elementary School, on Saturday, May 21 at 11am.

“It’s the pride we all have in our academy and the love that we have for our teachers,” Schenewark said. “Many were retired military

themselves, and we just had so much pride and love for everyone from the academy, so it’s a great chance to get tosee academy page 9

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LB Council authorizes city manager to implement sales tax incentive agreement with Cabe Brothers Toyota Steven Piper Staff Writer

In an effort to promote large-scale development, stimulate private investment in the retail sector, and enhance sales tax revenue, the Long Beach City Council approved a recommendation during its May 10 meeting to authorize City Manager Pat West to implement a sales tax incentive agreement with Cabe Brothers for the expansion of its Toyota dealership at 2895 Long Beach Blvd., which is in District 6. “Cabe has requested financial assistance using the city’s sales tax incentive program to help to defer the cost of expansion and redevelopment costs,” said Deputy City Manager Reggie Harrison. The cost of expansion is estimated to be $5 million, and according to the City’s financial consultant, Kaiser Marston Associates, Cabe has a feasibility gap of $3 million for its planned redevelopment program. If the plan is implemented, then the dealership stands to collect 50 percent of its sales tax revenue over a 15-year period, and it will help close the gap by at least $1 million– the maximum amount of sales tax revenue that the dealership would be able to collect over the 15-year period. “For expanding businesses, the City may share up to 50 percent of the sales tax generated in excess of a predetermined sales tax base,” Harrison said. Annually, Cabe Toyota has averaged $25 million since 1999, and the agreement would last the 15-year period unless Cabe is paid a total of $1 million– whichever happens first.

Also stipulated during the May 10 Council meeting was a requirement that the dealership obtain its permit of residency for the property of the planned expansion within four years, or by 2015. If the permit is not obtained in the allotted four years– the agreement is retroactive to January 1, 2011– then the dealership will be required to return its portion of the sales tax revenue with market rate interest. Cabe Toyota has been in business since 1966, and it has remained an anchor business of the area. Additionally, citing a crippled economy, Harrison claimed that one of the most affected sectors has been automobile sales. “New car sales in California fell 23 percent in 2008 and 29 percent in 2009. Over 200 California dealerships have closed in California since 2008... Cabe Toyota remains a significant contributor in terms of jobs and sales tax revenue,” Harrison said. Apparently, similar agreements have been made in the past, like in 1992 when a sales tax incentive agreement was created to assist Worthington Ford. Additionally, a similar agreement has been made between the Signal Hill City Council/Redevelopment Agency (RDA) and Hooman Nissan Auto Dealership, 1800 E. Spring St., who has also sought to expand. The dealership requested a $700,000 loan from the RDA, and if the company successfully meets their projected $2.1 million in sales tax revenue over the next five years, then the City will forgive the loan. If the sales revenue goals are not met, the dealership must repay the loan in full. ß


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IF IT’S GoT A CoRD... What E-waste drive and shred fest Who Sponsored by 8th District Councilmember Rae Gabelich When Saturday, May 21 from 9am to noon Where Scherer Park, corner of Atlantic Avenue and Del Amo Boulevard, in front of North Division police station, LB More Info E-waste donations are tax-deductible. Acceptable for recycling are: TVs, plasma screens, DVD players, electronics, cell phones. No fluorescent tubes, batteries or household hazardous waste. For the shred fest, the first five boxes are free, and each additional box is $5. Call (562) 570-6685. To YoUR HEAlTH What Community resources and health fair Who Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews, along with Eben Ezer Church and First Lady Nancy Foster When Saturday, May 21 from 10am to 2pm Where McArthur Park, 1321 E. Anaheim Ave., LB More Info This free community event includes health screenings, immunization clinic, and information on healthy eating and exercising, free of charge. Families will have an opportunity to learn about community resources in their neighborhood. The family activities include face painting and balloon animal art for children. Watch a Mexican Ballet Forklorico performance or take part in a Zumba class. There will be free giveaways, including first-aid kits and a chance to win prices at the opportunity drawing. Public safety demonstrations and lunch will be provided by the Long Beach Police Department and Long Beach Fire Department. This event is free and open to the public. Call (562) 756-0217 or the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816. RUMMAGING FoR TREASURES What Hughes Middle School library rummage sale When Sunday, May 22 between 10am and 4pm Where Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave., LB More Info Due to Long Beach Unified School District Budget cuts, Hughes Middle School will be losing 50 percent of its library services for the 2011-2012 school year. The Hughes PTA and the Longfellow Legacy Foundation are organizing a number of fundraisers to keep the library doors open. Donations to the rummage sale can be dropped off at the Petroleum Club on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 between 10am and 4pm. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the rummage sale will go to maintain the school library program. Call (562) 989-0970.

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The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) traffic unit will be conducting a DUI/drivers license checkpoint on Tuesday, May 24 at Willow Street and Lemon Avenue, between the hours of 7:30pm and 4am. DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool, effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, as well as being an valuable means for heightening awareness of the dangers of impaired driving. Officers will be checking drivers through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and or drug impairments. Officers will also check for proper licensing and will strive to impact motorists only momentarily. If officers suspect that a driver has been drinking or is impaired, they will conduct a field sobriety test. Those who fail should expect jail, vehicle storage fees, license suspension, insurance rate increases, along with fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades, when the federal government began compiling figures. DUI deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009, according to federal statistics. Alcohol-impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities in 2009, with 31 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk or impaired driver. “Everyone in California should be heartened with these figures,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). “But as encouraging as this is, we can’t let up on the efforts to encourage and support traffic safety. You can help make your community safe– if you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1.” Funding for this and other DUI checkpoints are provided to the SHPD by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, targeting those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver. ß

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The place, still under interior redesign, shows promise of being a soothing and welcoming dining experience for all us Japanese food fans. As some of you know, Steve and I are truly sushi fanatics, and we sure welcome a fix closer to home! And for more restaurant news….While having dinner Wednesday evening at Suba Sushi and Tapas Lounge, owner Chef David came over to greet me and to give me the okay to let our readers know that he will be moving his fusion restaurant sometime in

September from its current location, 3550 Long Beach Blvd., to 3736 Atlantic Ave. When I passed the word on to Mom, she was ecstatic, since she lives at Bixby Knolls Towers– directly across the street from the site of the new Suba. Now don’t wait until they move– go over and get your fill of their Japanese and Spanish fare, as well as the tastiest sangria I’ve ever experienced– both red and white! On another topic…next Tuesday is my birthday, and my dear husband recently

asked me what I wanted to do for my special day. I so appreciated his thoughtfulness but felt a bit nervous about telling him what I really want and plan to do. The City of Signal Hill will hold its annual budget workshop that evening at 6:00, and that is where I want to be. I know it doesn’t sound like a very festive evening to most folks– but hey, I spent both my 21st and 50th birthdays at Signal Hill council meetings. Some might say I need to “get a life.” My reply? I have one, thanks. ß

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Tax growth, economic growth, budget plans

The right thing to do, the smart thing to do

By Bonnie Lowenthal California State Assembly, 54th District

By James Johnson Seventh District Councilmember

I’ll give you the good news first: revenues are up, and the deficit is down. That means the economy is picking up steam, which is great. Now, the not-as-good news: revenues aren’t up enough to erase the deficit. We're better off than we were a month ago, but we’re not out of the woods yet. The governor has just released his latest budget proposal. Just like all governors, Jerry Brown has had his finance team pour over the numbers at the end of tax season, then made what is called the May Revise Budget– essentially the same budget he released in January, but now with some new details. Obviously, the uptick in the economy is the best part. There’s also a plan to increase the tax credit for small businesses that hire new people. The tax credit in the new plan is $4,000. Hopefully, some of our local businesses can take advantage of this break and get even more people

back to work. Not very long ago, the deficit was more than $26 billion. Then we cut it in half. Now the economy is helping out, and we’re looking at a deficit that's less than $10 billion– still a huge problem, but certainly getting better. In the coming weeks, the budget committees will comb through the fine details of the governor’s latest offering, and they’ll vote on it piece by piece. Once they’ve done their work, it will come before the entire Legislature. There will be plenty of room for disagreement on the solution. There will be partisanship, and there will be blame and talk of a stalemate. I for one have no intention of balancing a budget by hanging a “closed” sign on our school doors. Nor will I leave old people and sick kids out in the cold. Others have different priorities, but in the end, I sincerely believe we will find a way to agree. ß

Last week, the [Long Beach] Council discussed the importance of providing bank services to all communities in Long Beach, including minority and low-income neighborhoods. Why does it matter? Simply put, making sure that all in Long Beach have access to traditional banking is not only the right thing to do, but also the smart thing to do. Residents of West Long Beach and North Long Beach currently lack access to the banking services most of us take for granted and often have to resort to the predatory cycle of check-cashing and pay-day loan facilities, where effective interest rates can be as high as 533 percent or 792 percent. Residents have to travel miles away to conduct transactions as simple as depositing a check or withdrawing money from their bank account. Today, over 30,000 people live

in West Long Beach and have no traditional banking services: no banks, no in-store services, no ATMs, nothing. By bringing banking services to West Long Beach, we can not only serve our residents better, but help revitalize our neighborhoods, thus increasing property values and therefore generating more property tax dollars to provide key services. Improving our neighborhoods creates additional funds to effectively repair our streets and sidewalks, keep our parks and libraries open, and protect public safety throughout the entire city. Thus, bringing financial services to all the communities in Long Beach is both the right thing to do and the smart thing to do; I will work hard over the coming years to make the vision of a city where all are served a reality. ß

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Divided but interconnected In the past, the entire process of redistricting was governed by the very legislature that it would affect. Gerrymandering was rampant, and in the city of Long Beach, it became conspicuously ridiculous. This calculated exploitation was a blatant conflict of interest and markedly self-serving. Ultimately, legitimate representation and the public’s trust were severely undermined. In the form of Proposition 20, the voters of California spoke out for an objective look at straightforward and honest redistricting. Most residents of Long Beach pride themselves in the rich diversity of our city. We have a great many multinational neighborhoods and causes for celebration throughout the year– Cinco de Mayo, Martin Luther King Parade, Cambodian New Year and the Scottish Highland Festival to name just a few. However, the city of Long Beach has been split for a great many years, divided among three Congressional districts. This only serves to segregate the many ethnic and cultural groups of our community. Signal Hill is a special island of a city totally surrounded by Long Beach and should be included in the

Long Beach representation. Many of our Long Beach/Signal Hill residents and those from surrounding cities are employed at the Port of Long Beach and Boeing Aircraft. We are also interconnected through various forms of public transport and share numerous media communications. While a good deal of testimony was given at the April Long Beach redistricting meeting in favor of keeping the city divided, this was due to a cleverly organized scheme on the part of the 37th District Congressional Representative to manipulate the outcome heavily in her favor. Besides attempting to ensure her re-election, the goal was to capture the powerful ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. And, because the ports are so critically vital for the security, economy and well-being of the entire country, they should be divided between two representatives. It is crucial that the Redistricting Commission focuses on making Long Beach whole again. This would go a long way in helping to heal this city and in restoring our faith in the government. Diana Lejins Long Beach P.S. To let the Redistricting Commission know what you think, email them at votersfirstact@crc.ca.gov.

a riveted reader? I want to thank the Signal Tribune for planting the seed that germinated into a beautiful park and interpretative center memorializing the women who worked at Douglas Aircraft and other factories during World War II. [Saturday’s] dedication of an inspirational bas relief in the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Park might never have happened but for your article, published in 2006, describing the dedication of the newly named park. As a member of the California State Society Daughters

of the American Revolution (CSSDAR), I was aware of the roadblocks the Society had encountered while trying to place an educational display in Richmond, California, to preserve the history of our “Rosies.” After reading your article, I suggested to those in charge, Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and CSSDAR Honorary State Regent Nancy Alexander, that the Long Beach park might be a good alternative location for placement of a “Rosie” display. After seven years, with the funds raised by the California Daughters and others, Nancy’s dream of a “Rosie the Riveter” educational display came to

fruition [Saturday] at the dedication of a bas relief depicting women building aircraft for the war effort. It is a wonderful visual depiction of the work these dedicated ladies performed while the men were serving in the military. The Signal Tribune and its editor, Neena Strichart, are to be commended for their coverage of community activities. This is just one example of the far-reaching and positive impact the paper can have on the community. We are fortunate to have you serving our community. Thank you. Sharon Meigs Long Beach

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Jordan High School joins newsweek’s top list for first time Breaking its own record again, the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) now boasts an all-time high of eight schools on Newsweek magazine’s annual listing of America’s Top High Schools. Each year, Newsweek picks the best high schools in the nation based upon how hard school staffs work to challenge students with college-level courses and tests. Joining the elite ranking of the top 6 percent of public schools in the US this year for the first time is Jordan High School in North Long Beach. Jordan’s rigorous International Baccalaureate college prep program helped the school secure a coveted spot on the list. “Having eight of our high schools ranked within the top 6 percent in the nation, even after we've cut more than $200 million over the past three years, is a testament to the tenacity of our teachers, support staff, administrators, students and parents,” said Christopher J. Steinhauser, superintendent of schools for the Long Beach Unified School District. “Clearly, there is something special going on in this school district,” Steinhauser said. “Unfortunately, this news comes

during the same week that we've laid off nearly 800 employees due to the state’s continued fiscal mismanagement. Never has it been more clear that our state Legislature is squandering California’s human capital by starving nationally recognized school systems like ours of precious resources.” LBUSD high schools surpass other well-respected schools, such as nearby Los Alamitos High School, even while LBUSD serves a more challenging student population, according to a press release issued by the district. LBUSD’s California Academy of Mathematics and Science in Carson, Wilson Classical High School, Polytechnic High School, Renaissance High School for the Arts, Lakewood High School and Avalon School on Catalina

Island all out-rank Los Alamitos High School. The percentage of disadvantaged students– those receiving free or subsidized lunches– is 45 percent, 48 percent, 63 percent, 59 percent, 46 percent and 61 percent respectively at CAMS, Wilson, Poly, Renaissance, Lakewood and Avalon. By comparison, only 10 percent of Los Alamitos students receive free or reduced-price lunches. Long Beach’s Millikan High School also made the list, just behind the Los Alamitos ranking, even though 56 percent of Millikan students receive subsidized meals. Among all of these local schools in the ranking, Jordan by far faces the greatest challenge when it comes to the poverty, with 98 percent of its students qualifying for reducedprice meals. Newsweek creates the rankings by taking the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge (AICE) tests given at a school each year and dividing by the number of seniors graduating in May or June. ß

Pacific gateway workforce investment network seeking young people for its Hire-a-youth program Five hundred youth ages 18 to 24 will have access to employment opportunities, and 250 youth ages 16 and 17 will have opportunities to participate in a stipend-based internship this summer, thanks to the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network Hire-A-Youth program. Qualified individuals will be selected from the young adults completing Hire-AYouth’s career exploration and work-readiness training. “We know how difficult it is for young adults to find work,” said Bryan Rogers, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board executive director. “Pacific Gateway is committed to getting young adults ready for work through its Work Readiness Credential and then providing assistance in obtaining

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ment opportunity: • 18- to 24-year-olds can get help finding employment following training • 16- and 17-year-olds can get help finding a summer internship, which offers a stipend of $500 to those who successfully complete the training and the internship • 14- and 15-year-olds can get help finding volunteer opportunities that can provide work experience Those interested should call 1-866-631-9400 to register and complete training prior to summer employment opportunities. ----------------------------MORE INFORMATION HireAYouth.com

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Parents and teachers planning local rally to oppose state’s education budget cuts On behalf of children educated in public schools in California, Long Beach parents, teachers, and Educate Our State (a parent-led, statewide campaign) are organizing parents and supporters in a show of solidarity and frustration with the current educational system and the lack of support by the California legislature.

The groups have organized a rally at Longfellow Elementary School, 3800 Olive Ave., at 4pm on Tuesday, May 24 to show local support for this statewide issue and demonstrate parents’ objection to the potential massive budget cuts facing their schools. “Without the passage of the revenue-extension measures by our legislature, our schools will

cut nearly 20,000 teachers statewide, see burgeoning class sizes and elimination of nearly all enrichment programs,” said Linda Shaffer of Educate Our State. For more information about “Wake Up California!” and rallies scheduled in specific areas, visit educateourstate.org or facebook.com/educateourstate. ß

Local low-income, first-generation college students to receive SoaP scholarships The past few months have been stressful for high-school seniors as they have pondered their decision on where to attend college next year. Now that decisions have been made, the stress of paying for that decision continues. The state and federal economy have made financial aid opportunities hard to come by. With the cost of college rising each year, more and more students of all socioeconomic levels are looking to apply for college scholarships. Fortunately for students in the Long Beach California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal SOAP) area, there is an opportunity to earn a scholarship of up to $2,500.

Funded annually by a grant from the College Access Foundation of California, Long Beach Cal SOAP is able to provide financial assistance to lowincome, first-generation college students who attend high school in the Long Beach, Compton and Whittier school districts. Long Beach Cal SOAP will host its fifth annual Scholarship Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 25, beginning at 6:30pm at the Lakewood Country Club. This year, 75 students will be awarded a total of $165,000 in scholarship awards. Since 2007, the Long Beach Cal SOAP College Access Scholarship program has awarded $474,000 to 235 indi-

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May is Personal History awareness Month Rachael Rifkin Columnist/Personal Historian

“There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside the dullest exterior, there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.” –Mark Twain How would you feel if you found the diary or memoir of one of your relatives? Just imag-

later– just by recording one of your relatives talking or starting your own collection of life stories. May is Personal History Awareness Month, so it’s the perfect time to start. Here are a few ways to get going: • Start small. Think of one specific memory and start writing. Then write another and another. Memoirs don’t have to follow

ine it. Pages and pages of their thoughts and experiences and they’re yours to savor. You find answers to questions and discover that you aren’t actually the only one with certain peculiar quirks. Pretty neat, right? It doesn’t have to just be a pleasant “what if” fantasy. You can create that very scenario for future relatives– and yourself when you return to it years

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any particular structure. They can just be a compilation of your most vivid memories. • Use old photographs as memory joggers. Write the story behind the pictures. • Listen to music from your childhood, look at old letters. They’re bound to stir up some recollections. • Try picking a theme. You can focus on family history, travel adventures, a war story, personal achievements, the places you’ve lived, family recipes, holiday memories, etc. • When in doubt, use writing prompts. Prompts like “Describe a favorite summertime memory” or “Name some of the most significant milestones in your career and personal life” can be really helpful. For more prompts, go to creativewritingprompts.com. Locally, you will find a variety of writing classes and groups. Writers share their memories every Tuesday at the Cerritos Senior Center, 12340 South St. in Cerritos. Call (562) 916-8555 to learn more about the class.

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Photos, such as this one of the writer’s great-great aunt and uncle, can help trigger memories.

Fracaswell “Cas” Hyman, a certified guided autobiography instructor, is offering a six-week online course starting on June 12. To register, visit tinyurl.com/3m2782q, email cas45@mac.com or call (310) 779-1766. I teach a life stories creative writing class every Friday at 1pm at the Willow Wellness Center, 2799 Temple Ave., in Signal Hill. If you can’t make that class, Saturday classes are also available at a local Long Beach residence. Email lifestories2day@aol.com or call (562) 424-2362 for more information. When in doubt, go to personalhistorians.org/getstarted. There’s a ton of valuable information at the Personal Historians Association’s website, including tips for interviewing relatives, insights into writing life stories, and what formats are

available to preserve your story. Fellow personal historian Dan Curtis is also a great source of knowledge. Follow his blog at dancurtis.ca/posts. Feel like mulling over your options until at least the third Sunday in June? When the family gathers for Father’s Day, get a tape recorder out and ask everyone to share memories of their fathers. This method works well for any holiday. There is so much to gain from recording our memories. When we preserve our life stories, we not only pass down our knowledge and provide our families with a legacy, we also gain a better understanding of our own lives. So put your procrastinating instincts on pause, and go create that legacy. Your family, friends, and future descendants will be glad you did. ß

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At a recent Signal Hill Council meeting, Mayor Larry Forester presented Bob Crow, co-president of Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, Inc., with a proclamation to recognize the 28th Annual Pride Festival and Parade. The festival will be Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 from 11am to 10pm along Shoreline Drive. The parade will kick off at 9:30am on Sunday from Bixby Park, located on Cherry Avenue and Ocean Boulevard. The Long Beach Pride Fes-

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art Theatre film fest to focus on equality The Hope and Freedom Film Festival will return to the Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., on Saturday, May 21 for its second year. The event is free to the general public and will feature films from 11am to 10pm. The mission of the festival is to help create a society where all individuals have equal rights. The festival encourages submissions that further the broad goals of ensuring political, social, educational and economic equality for all people. The festival seeks to reward entries from all skill levels that use the power of cinema to inspire

hope in the pursuit of freedom from hatred, discrimination and oppressive conditions. The hosts for this year’s event will be the Cal State University Long Beach Center for First Amendment Studies and student university’s the NAACP chapter. This year’s films focus on topics such as hip-hop, sexuality, and war-related trauma. For a full festival line-up, including trailers for several of the films, visit hopeandfreedomfilmfestival.org. -------------------------MORE INFORMATION thehfff.org


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LB bike tour raises $126,000 for Miller Children’s Hospital

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From left, Dr. Amanda Termhulen, medical director of the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children’s Hospital; Danny Sweeney, JJCCC patient; Nika Susnjar, JJCCC patient, with her father; Kraig Kojian, of Downtown Long Beach Associates; Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster; Tony Cruz, US Olympian and City of Long Beach bicycle ambassador; and Ben Alvarado of Wells Fargo, Tour of Long Beach title sponsor.

A total of 1,700 cyclists of all skill levels raised $126,000 at the 2011 Tour of Long Beach on Saturday, May 14. The proceeds, individual and team fundraising efforts, will all go to support the patients and families of Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. “It’s incredible how much the Tour of Long Beach grew in its second year,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. “I’m delighted to see so many people joining this great event for a great cause.” A check presentation to Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach occurred prior to the start of the Tour of Long Beach. Foster, Tony Cruz (US Olympian, six-year team mate of Lance Armstrong and City of Long Beach bicycle ambassador), and Ben Alvarado of

Wells Fargo presented the oversized check to Dr. Amanda Termhulen, medical director of the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. “Thank you to the patients, families, riders, volunteers, and the community for supporting the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center at Miller Children’s Hospital. The diagnosis of cancer or a serious blood disease strikes children and teenagers too often and very unexpectedly,” Termhulen said. “The diagnosis not only affects the child, but profoundly impacts the family and the community. Donations from the Tour of Long Beach support new, innovative treatments for our patients, crucial services for their families, and clinical research. Future generations of children and families

will continue to benefit from your support and dedication.” The 31-mile course began in Downtown Long Beach at the Marina Green, where riders experienced Pacific Ocean views, inland bays and waterways, the downtown waterfront, scenic parks, and dozens of unique neighborhoods. There was also an option to ride the Tour of Long Beach loop twice for 62 miles– a metric century. In addition, the Tour of Long Beach Family Ride took riders of all ages on a four-mile loop along the Long Beach waterfront. Long Beach was named by Bicycle Magazine as one of America’s Top 50 BikeFriendly Cities. For more information on Long Beach’s plan to become one of the most bike friendly urban cities, visit bikelongbeach.org. ß

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The Signal Hill City Council voted to approve several appointments to the Planning, Civil Service and Parks and Recreation Commissions at last Tuesday’s City Council meeting. While several incumbent commissioners held on to their posts, two community residents were newly appointed to open vacancies on the Civil Service and Parks and Recreation Commissions. “We were presented with some commissioners who really have done well for the city,” said Mayor Larry Forester after the Council meeting. “But in my opinion, some others that were applying could do better.” The Council reviewed the applications of all the Signal Hill residents who asked to serve on one of the three commissions, and each candidate had only a few minutes to review their qualifications before the Council voted on the appointments that night. Several candidates applied

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Alisha Lopez discusses her qualifications and ideas for the Parks and Recreation Commission Tuesday night before being appointed to the Commission.

to fill two vacancies on the Parks and Recreation Commission, challenging the two incumbents who had just completed their terms. Ken Davis, incumbent Parks and Recreation Commissioner, held on to his office as the Council voted to approve

his reappointment. However, before they approved his reappointment, the Council asked Davis to clarify his opinions on a number of issues: tree policy, the library, and particular decisions from which he would recuse himself. Forester asked Davis to explain why he did not endorse Forester’s and Hansen’s campaigns to be re-elected to City Council last March. Davis said that he did not endorse anyone else in the campaign and chose not to hang election signs on his property. Vice Mayor Tina Hansen asked Davis to explain concerns he had expressed about volunteerism in the city. Davis said that the environment is not as positive as it used to be, also acknowledging that economic factors may have influenced the changes he’s seen over a number of years. “I see a lot of the employees [who] don’t have the same joy each day,” Davis said. “And I think some of the programming started getting reduced. And I was just trying to maintain our

sense of equality and integrity in keeping a positive face towards everything going forward. But many of the volunteers are concerned.” “I obviously have some major concerns on certain people,” said Forester, who was the only member on the Council who did not vote for Davis. “I’ve expressed them. Maybe I shouldn’t have, but I did. It’s my feeling that we need to work together for the benefit of the city, and I find right now that, under the Park and Recreation Commission, I’m challenged by some people.” After a 3-2 Council vote, Alisha Lopez narrowly unseated incumbent commissioner Robert Tickell for the other spot on the Parks and Recreation Commission. Lopez said she currently serves as a fitness instructor and is the president for the Make a Leap Fitness Foundation. Lopez’s nonprofit organization provides fitness and nutrition programs in the community to combat child obesity, according to Lopez.

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Ronald Griggs (right) speaks before the Signal Hill City Council Tuesday, just before the Council voted in favor of his appointment to the Civil Service Commission. Also pictured is City Attorney David Aleshire (left).

Forester explained that Lopez was “right on” with his ambitions for the Parks and Recreation Commission and his focus on the city’s participation in First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to fight childhood obesity. The Planning and Civil Service Commissions each had two vacancies, and only the incumbents applied. Jane Fallon and Rose Richard were reappointed to serve on the Planning Commission with terms that will expire in May of 2015. Victor Parker, incumbent Civil Service commissioner, was reappointed to serve on the Civil Service Commission. Ronald Griggs was also appointed to serve on the Civil Service Commission, taking Edward Villanueva’s seat. Villanueva had not reapplied by the deadline. Other City Council Highlights: Signal Hill oPeB Trust Fund Carlos Oblites, senior managing consultant for The PFM Group, presented a perform-

ance overview of the Signal Hill Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) Trust Fund. The fund had been established in June 2009 to generate revenue to cover annual retirement benefit payments, according to a staff report. Oblites reported that the fund had returned 2.99 percent over the first quarter ending March 31, 2011. redevelopment Councilmember Edward Wilson reported that at a contract cities annual conference held earlier that month, he had asked several state assemblymembers to determine if they would support keeping redevelopment. According to Wilson, many Democrat assemblymembers who had attended the meeting had indicated that they would support keeping redevelopment even though earlier this year California lawmakers almost passed a bill that would effectively end redevelopment agencies. see council page <none>

City Clerk’s office staff to help residents apply for passports Staff from the Long Beach City Clerk’s office will be in the 8th District on Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26 to provide walk-in service for passport applications. They will be at the North Annex Field Office at 5641 Atlantic Ave. to assist residents in filing their applications from 9am to 3pm. For information on fees and what is required to apply for a passport, visit longbeach.gov/cityclerk/passport.

Also, Tuttle Cameras, 4019 Atlantic Ave., is offering a $3 discount on passport photos. The event flier that features the discount coupon is available on the 8th District website longbeach.gov/district8 or from the 8th District field office at 3837 Atlantic Ave. For information, call the City Clerk Department at (562) 5706101 or email the 8th District Council Office at council.district8@longbeach.gov. ß

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decades,” said Watkins in a memo released May 10. “I have had the opportunity to work with the residents and business owners in this area for many, many years. I have heard their concerns, worked with them to promote a safe environment and a higher standard of living. I now look forward to representing these folks on the City Council, promoting job growth and retention, safe neighborhoods and assuring fiscal prudence on budgetary matters.” During his career with the LBPD, Watkins spent 20 years working with the community–

he and his partner were the first patrol officers to initiate a bike patrol on the Anaheim corridor. In 2000, he was promoted to sergeant. Additionally, Watkins dealt with security-related issues at Long Beach Airport. Watkins attended Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach. He is married and has six children ranging in age from nine to 28 years old. According to the memo, Watkins has also been a small-business owner for numerous years. The Council seats for the second and sixth districts will also be available in the next election. ß


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gether and honor everyone. Falling on Armed Forced Day, the event will not only host and salute alumni dating as far back as the mid-1940s, but also aims to revitalize the rich cultural legacy of the oldest and largest military academy on the West Coast, according to Schenewark, that was demolished in 1987. Since it opened its doors in 1924, the same year the city of Signal Hill was incorporated, the kindergarten-throughninth-grade, all-male military boarding school established itself as a very significant piece of the city’s history. When financial troubles hit the academy, the City decided to demolish the school with very little effort to preserve its history or prized, concrete senior walk, which included medals, awards and messages left by graduating classes. “It was a historical piece,” Schenewark said. “Many people would’ve loved to have saved it and done something with it. It’s the number-one question. Everything changes, and then everything is gone. Years go by, generations go by and nobody has any clue of what was there.” With a concrete pedestal holding the bronze plaque mounted in the southeast corner of the school at Cherry Avenue and 20th Street and the planting of a Goldenrain tree donated by the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) set for the ceremony, Schenewark is ready to unveil what he hopes will be an important asset to locking in the important historical recognition of the academy. In addition, the John Brown University, which took over the institution in

1947, donated funds for the memorial. “Brett Geithman, who is the principal of Alvarado, was very accepting of this entire event and just a blessing to work with. LBUSD was so supportive.” Schenewark said. “I think the community will appreciate the remembrance of the once great military academy that prepped boys for leadership in serving our country and civilian community.” Alumni will be treated to patriotic music from the professional orchestra band The Goldenwest Pops and a barbeque lunch after the ceremony. “They’re a highly acclaimed band performing for us during the ceremony. They

were honored to play for our crew,” Schenewark said. “We have people traveling all the way from Arizona and San Luis Obispo, so people are looking forward to it.” Last year’s reunion at the Signal Hill Park, also spearheaded by Schenewark, gathered more than 100 SCMA alumni. Saturday’s event is expected to have 175-plus people attending. “Many people used to drive up and down the street and see our canons upfront. That was an impressive sight, to drive by and see kids marching, the pride for our country and the canons,” Schenewark said. “People have that just embedded in their minds for years.” One alumnus attending who

played a key role in developing the character of the young students was Col. Jack Aden. Schenewark recalls Aden as being an absolutely beloved history teacher and commandant. “He accepted us as his own family. We’re all looking forward to reuniting with him again,” Scheneward said. “Who better to learn history from than a retired war veteran who learned US and world history firsthand? He is one of my heroes to this day.” The academy’s motto was “Character before Career,” what Schenewark fondly describes as its dedication to training of the youth, building of character and development of leadership. Having previously attended DeMille Middle

SignaL TriBune School before attending the academy, the transition from the public school into the boarding school was a remarkable one for him. “We all competed for rank. There was an incentive for us to be promoted to higher rank, and that was an important thing. Public school wise, there was nothing like it,” Schenewark said. He looks forward to once again reuniting with other cadets to reflect on such powerful individuals as Aden and his drill instructor and command sergeant, Major William “Big Bill” Presley, who was a part of a famous infantry at Normandy and Omaha Beach, and provides what Schenewark describes as “the most power-

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ful story of one of our alumni.” A longtime US history enthusiast (his uncle was at Normandy with Aden and Presley) and owner of Kirk’s Stump Grinding in Long Beach, Schenewark hopes to rekindle the pride in the hearts of the academy’s many alumni much like the memory of the battleship trip does for him. “Looking at the future possibility of military service, it was an absolute, absolute proud moment,” Schenewark said. “There was not a field trip that could compare to that.” Those interested in reaching out to the alumni or obtaining more information may do so by emailing Schenewark at SCMAALUMS@yahoo.com. ß


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Job seekers get employment tips from HireLB.com workshop Stephanie Raygoza Editorial Intern

More than 25 Long Beach residents and job seekers showed up Tuesday for an informational workshop on how to use technology to find employment. The Office of Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson and the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network presented the workshop in conjunction with the Brett Harte Library in West Long Beach. The network’s program specialist, Sal Barajas, and job development team member Josh Butler conducted the two-hour

workshop. Field deputy Mary Sramek from the councilmember’s office provided opening remarks on behalf of Johnson. “The councilmember was really concerned about making sure we reached out to people in West Long Beach and made sure we gave them an effective means of really being eligible for not only jobs that are computer- and technology-related, but also being eligible for jobs where maybe you’re more experienced with working with your hands instead of computers,” Sramek said. Barajas and Butler presented residents with an overview of

what the hirelb.com website offers in addition to helping register job seekers. Registered applicants can get special advanced notice of network-sponsored hiring events catering to their career interests and designed to connect with employers currently hiring. “What we want to do is make sure that you’re comfortable with using our website to put in your résumé and that you do it in several different ways that help all your skills,” said Kathy Parsons, business solutions officer for the network. The network’s team also administered handouts for creating

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obtain a general education degree, computer-related and apprenticeship programs,” Barajas said. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to delivering critical workforce development and business programs to diverse communities. The network also provides its services for the cities of Signal Hill, Torrance and Lomita. The registration process for

hirelb.com and services at the center are completely free. Visitors stopping by the center are encouraged to register through the website first before getting paired up with a network specialist for job guidance. “If you want to crack into a different industry, you can learn how with the website,” Butler said. “We want to get you all hooked up online so we can do your online job search.” ß

Harvey Tuttle’s legacy lives on in Bixby Knolls camera store The man for whom Bixby Knolls’ Tuttle Cameras is the namesake passed peacefully at home on March 12, 2011. Dana “Harvey” Tuttle, Jr. was born in Wisconsin on April 14, 1921, and he moved to Long Beach with his parents when he was about 2 years old. After his mother died when he was 5, Harvey and his older brother, Richard, were moved from family to family while growing up. Later, Harvey lived with his father and stepmother in Long Beach, near the bluff on 12th Place. While they were living there, the 1933 earthquake struck the city, destroying many of the nearby homes, but the house in which his family lived is still standing. Harvey and Richard worked for film-developing companies, but when World War II broke out, they both enlisted in the Army. During their service, the brothers, both of whom continued to work in photography, corresponded and decided that they would open a photography business after getting out of the military. Harvey served three years in Kodiak, Alaska, and was then

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of photography, he traveled to spend time with his family. He and James Anna took several trips to Alaska, where their daughter, Margie, and her family live. For a couple of years, Harvey and James Anna lived in Arkansas, her place of birth. They moved back to Long Beach because they missed their family here. They had three children: Edward, who would become a Long Beach council member, born in 1947; Susan, born in 1950; and Margie, born in 1954. Harvey was preceded in death by Edward, who died five years ago, and by his sonin-law, Ronald Mayo, who passed five months ago. Edward, survived by his wife, Kay, had two sons: Matthew and Joshua. Susan, widow of Ronald Mayo, has two children: Dana and Daniel. Margie has three sons: Justin, Vincent and Quentin. Harvey was buried after a grave-site service on March 17, 2011 at Forest Lawn. When he died, he was one month and two days shy of his 90th birthday. When discussing the loss of his friend and mentor, Vitwar said that he felt blessed to have been with Tuttle just hours before he passed. “He changed my life,” Vitwar said. “[The business] provided for him and his family, and now it is doing the same for me and my family. It is a real loss, but I’m thrilled and proud to carry on the legacy.”


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City of Signal Hill ‘TST3749 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Signal Hill will hold a public hearing on June 21, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, GRANTING TO TEXACO DOWNSTREAM PROPERTY INCORPORATED THE RIGHT, PRIVILEGE, AND FRANCHISE TO LAY AND USE PIPES AND APPURTENANCES FOR TRANSMITTING AND DISTRIBUTING OIL AND PETROLEUM PRODUCTS FOR ANY AND ALL LAWFUL PURPOSES UNDER AND ALONG THE PUBLIC STREETS, WAYS, ALLEYS, AND PLACES AS THE SAME NOW OR MAY HEREAFTER EXIST, WITHIN SAID CITY PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES CODE SECTION 62333, the City of Signal Hill is required to inform the public about the term of the franchise and about a franchise fee paid by franchisee to the City. The franchise term will be fifteen (15) years and Texaco Downstream Property Incorporated will pay the City of Signal Hill a franchise fee each year which will be annually adjusted for inflation. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend a public hearing to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. If you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearing. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED to submit written comments to the Public Works/Engineering Department or during the public hearing. FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Public Works/Engineering Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by calling Joshua Rosenbaum at (562) 989-7355. /ss/ Joshua Rosenbaum Management Analyst Published in the Signal Tribune on: May 20, 2011 Posted at City Hall, the Library, and Reservoir Park on: May 20, 2011

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Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by CYNTHIA A MOORE, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, dated 08/22/2006 and recorded 09/05/06, as Instrument No. 06 1968211, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 06/10/2011 at 10:30AM, At the West side of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, directly facing Norwalk Blvd., 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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 and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2045 FREEMAN AVENUE, 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. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $1,095,908.28. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks 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. 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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 June 9, 2011 at 11:30 AM, First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 04/26/05, as Instrument No. 05 0970186, in book , page , of Official Records in the Office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. Executed by: MEKAMEH MIKI KHAJENOURI,. 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# 7214-009-028. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2500 E WILLOW ST UNIT # 203, 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. 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Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: tUttle CaMera, inC., 4019 atlantic ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. this business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: eric vitwar, 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 May 12, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on May 12, 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: May 20, 27, & June 3, 10, 2011. TST3750 / 2011 013153 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: SenMar CoUrier ServiCeS, 2713 W. 84th Street, inglewood, Ca 90305. registrant: Senvia d. fergUSon CooK, 2713 W. 84th Street, inglewood, Ca 90305. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Senvia d. ferguson Cook. 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 april 21, 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: May 20, 27, & June 3, 10, 2011. TST3751 / 2011 026235 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: reSort indUStry ServiCeS, 1012 e. luray St., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: MigUel a. roJaS Jr., 1012 luray St., long Beach, Ca 90807. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Miguel a. rojas Jr. 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 May 9, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on May 9, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: May 20, 27, & June 3, 10, 2011.


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Spurs, Lakers, Hawks, Celtics, and grizzlies out; Dallas, oklahoma, Miami and Bulls in Tamara latta Staff Writer

It’s crunch time in the NBA, and all the underdogs are proving their critics wrong. With the Lakers out of the playoffs in the West and Boston out in the East, the

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championship is wide open. Oklahoma and Memphis were in a wrestling match; surprisingly, their series went seven games. The Memphis Grizzlies, who were a number eight seed in the West, caused a violent unexpected blow to television. They were a silent assassin in the playoffs, sending the number-one seeded Spurs home on an early unforeseen vacation, and almost shipping Kevin Durant and his supporting cast home via Federal Express. But the Thunder was able to deliver the storm, showing maturity and growth in game seven, and advancing to the Western Conference Finals. Thanks to Oklahoma and the Spurs, the Grizzlies will now get more exposure on television next season. Their performance in the Western Conference nearly gave the NBA Commissioner David Stern a panic attack. Being that Memphis is a small market team, there had to be concerns within the NBA, about the Grizzlies just one game away from advancing to the Western Conference Finals. There is no denying what they brought to the big screen– you have to give credit where credit is due– and the Memphis Grizzlies went from being irrelevant to relevant. Zach Randolph spoke about his team being overlooked during the regular season via email. “We were making noise in the regular season,” said Randolph. “A lot of people didn’t get a chance to see us on tele-

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best point guard in the league, but the media has shot his chances down on winning the title. Deng, Boozer and Noah aren’t good enough in the media’s eyes to help lead Rose to a championship. But so far it looks as if his colleagues are putting in overtime to prove their doubters wrong. What we have seen from the Bulls is team basketball. Gibson, a former USC Trojan, must have gotten the memo that the Bulls were the underdogs. After his athletic performance on Sunday, Gibson may have earned a spot on the roster for one of the all-time dunks in NBA history, after he hand-delivered Wade a dunk that he couldn’t handle. On Sunday, the Bulls defeated the Heat by 21 points. Miami didn’t come out striking first, and the Bulls were able to find their rhythm early. Boozer and Gibson were also factors for the Bulls. In order for the Heat to get things going, they’ll need a boost from their bench. The Bulls have an advantage because of their size, so Miami will have to find ways that will compliment their game. This series will be fun to watch as two teams battle to make it to the finals. The Bulls and the Heat had an enormous amount of views, bringing in over 11 million viewers. Who needs the Lakers and the Celtics when you have the Heat and the Bulls breaking records? ß

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NOTICE OF DIVIDED PUBLICATION Made pursuant to Section 3381, Revenue and Taxation Code Pursuant to Sections 3381 through 3385, Revenue and Taxation Code, the Notice of Power to Sell Tax-Defaulted Property in and for Los Angeles County, State of California, has been divided and distributed to various newspapers of general circulation published in the County. A portion of the list appears in each of such newspapers. NOTICE OF IMPENDING POWER TO SELL TAx-DEFAULTED PROPERTY Made pursuant to Section 3361, Revenue and Taxation Code Notice is hereby given that real property taxes and assessments on the parcels described below will have been defaulted five or more years, or, in the case of nonresidential commercial property, property on which a nuisance abatement lien has been recorded or that can serve the public benefit by providing housing or services directly related to low-income persons when three or more years have elapsed and a request has been made by a city, county, city and county, or nonprofit organization that property will become subject to the Tax Collector’s power to sell. The parcels listed will become subject to the Tax Collector’s power to sell on July 1, 2011, at 12:01 a.m., by operation of law. The Tax Collector’s power to sell will arise unless the property is either redeemed or made subject to an installment plan of redemption initiated as provided by law prior to 5:00 p.m., on June 30, 2011. The right to an installment plan terminates on June 30, 2011, and after that date the entire balance due must be paid in full to prevent sale of the property at public auction. The right of redemption survives the property becoming subject to the power to sell, but it terminates at 5:00 p.m. on the last business day before actual sale of the property by the Tax Collector. All information concerning redemption or the initiation of an installment plan of redemption will be furnished, upon request, by Mark J. Saladino, Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector, 225 North Hill Street, First Floor, Los Angeles, California 90012. The amount to redeem, in dollars and cents, is set forth opposite its parcel number. This amount includes all defaulted taxes, penalties, and fees that have accrued from the date of tax-default to the date of June 30, 2011. I certify, under penalty of perjury, that the foregoing is true and correct. Dated this 25th day of April, 2011.

MARK J. SALADINO TREASURER AND TAx COLLECTOR COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES,STATE OF CALIFORNIA PARCEL NUMBERING SYSTEM ExPLANATION The Assessor’s Identification Number (AIN), when used to describe property in this list, refers to the Assessor’s map book, the map page, the block on the map, if applicable, and the individual parcel on the map page or in the block. The Assessor’s maps and further explanation of the parcel numbering system are available in the Assessor’s Office, 500 West Temple Street, Room 225, Los Angeles, California 90012. The real property that is the subject of this notice is situated in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, and is described as follows: PROPERTY TAx DEFAULTED IN YEAR 2008 FOR TAxES, ASSESSMENT, AND OTHER CHARGES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2007-2008 4394 $7,944.47 SOLANO,BRENDA P TR BRENDA P SOLANO TRUST SITUS:1530 E WARDLOW RD LONG BEACH CA 90807-4806 AIN: 7148-019-032 4420 $67,609.20 2800 WALNUT LLC SITUS:2800 WALNUT AVE SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-1834 AIN: 7212007-056 4422 $21,090.19 COVENANT CONNECTION MINISTRIES INC AIN: 7212-009-017 PROPERTY TAx DEFAULTED IN YEAR 2006 FOR TAxES, ASSESSMENT, AND OTHER CHARGES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2005-2006 4416 $29.79 BAURHENN,JOHN J AND ETHEL B SITUS:762 E VERNON ST LONG BEACH CA 908062727 AIN: 7211-006-026 4417 $15,381.22 KATZ,MARIE J SITUS:2372 ATLANTIC AVE LONG BEACH CA 90806-3220 AIN: 7211-008009 4418 $712.29 PRUITT,CARL SITUS:2280 MYRTLE AVE LONG BEACH CA 90806-4438 AIN: 7211-015-003 4419 $38,875.53 KIRLINGITIS,LISA TR HILLSIG TRUST SITUS:2317 ORANGE AVE SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-3531 AIN: 7211-019-029 4423 $300.87 SPROUFFSKE,STEEN D SITUS:2209 BAY VIEW DR SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-3777 AIN: 7215-014-065 4424 $2,578.39 LEONARDI,MARCELO J AND AKERS,KENDRA M SITUS:1903 TEMPLE AVE UNIT 305 SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-5610 AIN: 7216-021-109 PROPERTY TAx DEFAULTED IN YEAR 2002 FOR TAxES, ASSESSMENT, AND OTHER CHARGES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001-2002 4421 $5,182.33 STEINBERGER,ROBERT G SITUS:2882 GUNDRY AVE SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-1813 AIN: 7212-008-097

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new bas relief in rosie the riveter Park honors women who worked in local aircraft industry Neena Strichart Publisher

Dozens of locals gathered last Saturday morning at the Rosie the Riveter Park, 3695 Clark Ave., to witness the unveiling of the newest addition to the park– a Rosie the Riveter bas relief, one of the city’s newest public art projects. Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske served as mistress of ceremonies for the event that included entertainment, somber presentations, introductions and “thank you’s” galore. Beginning with a welcome and introduction by Schipske, the crowd was informed of the purpose for the gathering– the big reveal of the new art piece created by Raymond Kaskey for the park. The councilmember told of her search for the perfect art piece and her dilemma of deciding “what kind of art we should put in the park.” According to Schipske, while the Rosie the Riveter Park in Richmond, California, focuses on women who worked on the war efforts in the shipyards, she wanted this particular park to focus on those who worked in the aircraft industry, especially those from Douglas Aircraft. Schipske spoke of searching for art that would be “keeping with the theme– a calm park, not a frantic park.” After locating online what she believed was the perfect piece, she went to Washington, D.C. to meet with Raymond Kaskey, an artist who had designed 24 bas reliefs for the National World War II Me-

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Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske (pictured) was instrumental in finding an artist, Raymond Kaskey, to create the bas relief that depicts women who worked in the local aircraft industry.

morial in the nation’s capitol. The relief Schipske fell in love with was one which depicts women working diligently on the building of various aircraft. “This is spectacular,” she said of her reaction to seeing the art piece in person– the piece which she envisioned in a scaled-down version that would be perfect to adorn a wall at the park. When telling more about the artist, she described Kaskey as “just a wonderful, nice guy,” and boasted of his talent when she said that the facial expressions of the women depicted in the artist’s rendering were “taken from real people.” Smiling, Schipske said [this park] is the only place outside of D.C. that has this [bas relief].

After a group flag salute, singing of the national anthem, which was performed by Golden Sands Choral Group, and a dedication prayer led by pastor and 9th District Councilmember Steve Neal, members of the Millikan High School Army JROTC unveiled the bas relief. Other parts of the ceremony included a reading of the names of 12 Long Beach troops who had recently lost their lives serving in either Iran or Afghanistan. Andrew Cruz of the Marine Corps and Rikki Lynn Duco of the Coast Guard shared in reading the names aloud. A moment of silence was then observed after the playing of a recording of Billy Ray Cyrus singing

“Some Gave All.” Schipske then thanked those responsible for the financial assistance with the park’s amenities, which include Southern California Edison, Toyota Auto Body and Toyota Motor Sales, Supervisor Don Knabe, and Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, whose own mother, according to Schipske, “was a Rosie.” Schipske also spoke in glowing terms of money donated by the California State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (CSSDAR) and allowed the organization’s former state regent, Nancy Alexander, to address the crowd. “Honoring our Rosies was one of my projects during this administration,” Alexander said. “Funds were

vector control confirms year’s first west nile virus sample in La County The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) has confirmed the first West Nile virus (WNV)-positive mosquito sample in Los Angeles for the year. The mosquitoes were collected in Studio City. Statewide, there has been one additional WNV-positive mosquito sample reported in Riverside County this year. This year’s weather pattern of rainfall followed by warm temperatures has produced ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes. “We anticipate a busy mosquito season this summer,” said public information officer Crystal Brown. “The heightened level of rainfall this year means that there is probably an increased number of mosquito breeding sources in residents’ backyards.” Brown said that rainwater left standing for more than one week in containers like flower

pots, fountains and pet dishes provides the perfect breeding habitat for mosquitoes. GLACVCD is reminding residents that small breeding sources can contribute to a large mosquito breeding problem because there are millions of back yards within the Greater Los Angeles County area. Residents can take an active role in reducing the threat of WNV in their neighborhoods by taking the following steps: • Eliminate standing water in clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, discarded tires, buckets, watering troughs or anything that holds water for more than a week • Ensure that swimming pools, spas, and ponds are properly maintained • Change the water in pet dishes, birdbaths and other

small containers weekly • Request free mosquitofish from the local vector control district for placement in out-oforder swimming pools, spas, and ponds • Report mosquito activity near vacant or foreclosed homes • Report neglected (green) swimming pools in your neighborhood West Nile virus is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no cure for West Nile virus. One in five persons infected with West Nile virus will exhibit symptoms. Symptoms usually occur between five and 15 days and can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, or a skin rash. These symptoms can last for several weeks to months. One in 150 people infected with the virus will require hospitalization. Severe symptoms include high fever,

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LB rDa chairman helped save city’s redevelopment funds Last weekend, the city of Long Beach lost one of its leaders who, in recent months, worked diligently to protect the city’s redevelopment funds. Bill Baker, chairman of the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA), died Sunday night from respiratory problems. He was 85. Baker had served on the city’s redevelopment board since 1999, acting as its chair in the last three years. Earlier this year, after Gov. Jerry Brown had proposed eliminating RDAs throughout the state to help close a multimillion-dollar budget gap, Baker and other

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RDA members voted to protect $1 billion-plus of redevelopment dollars by dedicating ten years’ worth of funds to local

programs. “I’m deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Bill Baker,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. “Bill had great love for Long Beach and its residents. He will be remembered for his hard work and the many years he dedicated to Long Beach to make this a better city. My thoughts and prayers are with Bill’s family and friends at this sad time.” In an emailed statement Monday, former Vice Mayor and 9th District Councilmember Val Lerch expressed his condolences for Baker’s passing. “It is

with great sadness that I must send this email,” he said. “Bill Baker, a lifelong resident of North Long Beach and Chair of the Redevelopment Board, passed away last night. Bill’s family was at his side. Bill was truly a great friend of Long Beach. And a champion for North Long Beach. He will be missed.” A “Gathering of Friends” to honor Baker is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, at 2pm at the home of his son in Villa Park. For directions, call (714) 558-4832 or email wbaker@lawbaker.com. ß

raised by approximately 8,000 California DAR members to support an artistic sculpture, originally planned for the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, where the Kaiser shipyards were located during World War II, in my part of the state. Since this park encompasses several governmental entities, the project has been slow to develop. “DAR member Sharon Meigs suggested that since this Rosie the Riveter Park in Long Beach was moving ahead in its development, the DAR funds might be better used here. Hence, the members of the State Society redirected these funds to this Rosie the Riveter Park in Long Beach.” Alexander went on to tell how the actual monies had been raised. “Another California DAR member conceived the idea of collecting the stories of our DAR members who were Rosies. She and her committee spent hundreds of hours collecting, compiling, and editing to produce this wonderful book of stories, call Rosie’s Daughters. [Ed. Note: the books were later published and sold, which resulted in the monies donated to the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation.] Daughters of the American Revolution member Carol Bachand took on the responsibility of representing the sculpture project of the state regent in this park. She has worked to see that the creation and installation of this artistic sculpture has come to fruition. Thus, today, with a major financial contribution from the Cali-

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