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Long Beach’s debate over plastic bags not Two LB community projects over; Signal Hill still studying the issue win top awards at national

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A disposable shopping bag sits among a few plastic bags that dot a small stretch of Junipero Beach. CJ Dablo cil voted last month to pass Staff Writer an ordinance that would ban those thin, plastic “flyaway” Are they necessary to the bags in the city’s grocery Long Beach grocery retail ex- markets and drug stores, but perience, or threats to Cali- no one knows how many of fornia’s streams and beaches? those “single-use carry-out The Long Beach City Coun- bags” will be completely

eradicated from the region. The ordinance is part of an effort to reduce the number of plastic bags that have been known to litter the region’s beaches and streams, and it is very specific. It primarily affects those retailers, pharmacies and farmers markets that carry certain grocery items and canned goods, and it only applies to a particular kind of bag. If the City of Long Beach is able to implement its new ordinance, larger retail stores won’t be able to sell the single-use bags starting Aug. 1 and will have to charge 10 cents per bag if the customer wants a paper bag. The ordinance would allow a longer time frame for smaller retailers to get used to the change. According to the ordinance, these smaller retailers would be required to comply with the new city requirements on Jan. 1, 2012. Retailers will continue to promote reusable bags and would keep the 10cent charge on paper bags to offset their business costs. The ordinance did not pass without a challenge from Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, who had campaigned to keep the plastic bags. see PLASTIC BAGS page 10

Councilmember Johnson talks redistricting, blight and street repair during community meeting at Wrigley restaurant Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern

With his "Cup o’ Joe with James" last Saturday at Guadalupe’s Mexican Grill in Wrigley, Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson took the opportunity to conduct a less formal neighborhood meeting in which he’d answer as many questions as he could during the hour and a half.

After 15 minutes of enjoying coffee, making introductions and ordering, Johnson announced that the beginning of the question-and-answer session and community forum would start shortly. “I’m also your neighbor. I live right here on Wardlow [Road],” Johnson said. He then provided the guests with ways they could contact him with their concerns as well as noting that the Seventh District newsletter has

been released. Before the community forum began, Johnson spoke about the changes made in Wrigley recently. “It’s the only neighborhood in the entire city of Long Beach that is going to have two brand-new parks open up,” he said, adding that he canvassed the neighborhood with a survey of what residents would want in their commusee JOHNSON page 8

Neighborhoods, USA Conference

Steven Piper Staff Writer

At the 36th Annual Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) Conference, held May 25–28 in Anchorage, Alaska, Better Balance for Long Beach’s project– The One Day Christmas Store Shopping with Digearned The nity– Neighborhood of the Year Grand Prize. Also, placing second in the Multi-Neighborhood Partnership category was Central Neighborhood Advisory Committee’s (CNAC) and South Wrigley Neighborhood Advisory Group’s (NAG) project– the Peace Garden at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. According to NUSA’s website, “Each year the NUSA Board of Directors recognizes the commitment and work of neighborhoods in awarding the ‘Neighborhood of the Year’ recipients. The ‘Neighborhood of the Year’ award has been presented since 1984 as a collective ‘thank you’ for the hard work by neighborhoods…” The award-winning oneday Christmas store provides a free opportunity for struggling families to put a few gifts under their tree. Last year, the privately funded department store-style gift giveaway event invited 550 families, and more than 150 volunteers participated. Better Balance for Long Beach members Jack Smith and Dan Pressburg attended the conference in Anchorage, bringing the award home on May 28. “Better Balance for Long Beach and The One Day Christmas Store– Shopping with Dignity was one of four finalists in our category,” Pressburg said. “There were three other categories.

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Long Beach resident Kea Cheng, who moved from Cambodia 10 years ago, attends to his plants at the award-winning Peace Garden in Wrigley minutes after the gate opened at 8am.

Jack and I, combined with a little promotion, won our category in the Multi Neighborhood Partnerships category. Then, we were pitted against the other first-place finishers in the other categories for the national title. We also won the national title. This event challenges our leadership ability due to the many tasks the day of the event. This was a win for both cities, but mostly for the families we service that one day in December.” Donations to the Christmas store can be made by sending

checks payable to “LBRM/BBLB,” to LBRM/BBLB, P.O. Box 4564, Long Beach, CA 90804. Winning second place in the Multi-Neighborhood Partnership category, the Peace Garden at Martin Luther King Jr. Park was funded by grants that were applied for by both NAG and CNAC. “It’s absolutely incredible. The garden is open every day from 8am to 5pm,” said NAG Co-chair Annie Greenfeld. “Adults worked with the youth to build the garden. It wasn’t just a bunch of professee NUSA page 15


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Aquarium to be starting point for 23rd AIDS Walk LB The 23rd Annual AIDS Walk Long Beach will take place on Saturday, June 4, with registration beginning at 6:30am, the 5K/10K runs at 8am, and the 5K walk at 9:30am. This year, the event will step off at the Aquarium of the Pacific instead of at The Pike. Plus, all participants who raise just $50 will receive one free admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific, along with a $5-off coupon good for up to four people. Those who register online receive a free AIDS Walk

friends can help them raise funds and enjoy a rare chance to walk on the beach. The event also includes the Red Ribbon Run, a simple, timed event with awards presented in various categories. AIDS Walk Long Beach is one of several programs produced by the volunteer-driven Long Beach AIDS Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to act as a social change agent, inspiring and collaborating with other community organizations to prevent the spread of HIV through education, and to provide support for those impacted by HIV/AIDS. ------------------------MORE INFORMATION aidswalklb.org

Downtown LB event to provide ‘Taste’ of various area restaurants On Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9, from 6pm to 9pm, the Taste of Downtown will return to the East Village Arts District with two evenings of food, live music and art displays. Hosted by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), the Taste of Downtown will take place on First Street between Linden and Elm avenues featuring cuisine from more than a dozen Downtown Long Beach restaurants. The Taste of Downtown series, which takes place three times each year, offers residents and visitors an op-

portunity to enjoy samplesized servings of signature dishes from some of their favorite Downtown restaurants in a unique outdoor setting. Participants at this year’s event include Auld Dubliner, AVIA Kitchen & Lounge, Buonos Authentic Pizzeria, Crème de la Crepe, District Wine, Gladstones, Kabob Curry, Mabel s Gourmet Pralines, Parkers Lighthouse, Quick Subs, Reef Restaurant, Sky Room, Utopia and Village Grind. “Taste of Downtown provides an opportunity for consumers to sample dishes from

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Eye on Crime Crimes reported by the LBPD May 24–31 Council Districts 6 (North of PCH) 7 & 8 (East of the LA River & North to Del Amo Boulevard) Tuesday, May 24 Felony suspect arrested 1pm– Los Angeles Long Beach police and fire department arson investigators made another arrest related to a local fire that occurred in April of this year.

officers at the East police substation. Following an initial investigation, patrol officers were able to locate and arrest the robbery suspect shortly after the incident occurred. The victim’s property was recovered and returned.

Wednesday, May 25 Felony suspects arrested 4pm– 2000 block of Linden Avenue Patrol officers attempted to detain a male juvenile with outstanding warrants when he fled on foot. The subject surrendered himself to a patrol officer after a perimeter was established. The subject was arrested without incident, along with another male adult for a probation violation. During a subsequent search warrant, a shotgun was located inside a residence.

Assault 5pm– Long Beach Boulevard and Willow Street Long Beach patrol officers responded to a local hospital to a report that a gunshot victim had walked into the emergency room. The victim indicated that he had been shot while walking in the area. The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Robbery suspect arrested 9pm– Lewis Avenue and Wardlow Road A citizen flagged down a passing patrol officer regarding a robbery that had just occurred at a local business. The citizen was able to point out the suspect, who was then arrested, and the loss was returned to the store. Thursday, May 26 Robbery 2:30am– 4200 block of Long Beach Boulevard A local business was robbed at gunpoint. The male suspect fled on foot before police arrived. There were no injuries reported.

The state Assembly last week approved a measure by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D–Long Beach) that is expected to cut $2 million a year from the state’s medical bills. AB 1114 cuts a bit of the red tape involved when providing psychotropic medication to mentally ill inmates in crisis, and state finance experts say the change will provide savings for many years to come. “Every penny counts,” Lowenthal said. “I know that $2 million doesn’t solve our budget problems, but it does move us in the right direction.” The bill shortens

the timeframe for the involuntary administration of medication to mentally ill inmates in state prisons and county jails from 45 days to no more than 30, all while protecting the inmate’s due-process rights. Current law requires an increasingly stringent set of reviews and two hearings prior the approval of involuntary medication for inmates considered gravely disabled or a danger to themselves or others as a result of their mental illness. AB 1114 will retain the due process rights guaranteed to inmates, including a hearing before an administrative law judge. ß

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HOMES, SWEET HOMES Who Long Beach Heritage What “Great Homes of Long Beach” tour When Sunday, June 5 from noon to 5pm Where Various locations throughout Long Beach More Info Call (562) 493-7019 or visit lbheritage.org to order via PayPal. MUSIC TO YOUR EARS Who Socalypso Steel Drum band What The Friends of Music at California Heights United Methodist Church When Sunday, June 5 at 4pm Where 3759 Orange Ave., LB More Info The band will be performing traditional Caribbean music, Hawaiian music, popular American music, and original creations. Visit calheightsumc.org or call (562) 595-1996. Freewill offering. Child care provided. SAVE OUR SCHOOLS’ SPORTS! Who Progressive Dinner Party Long Beach What Fundraising to help refund middle-school sports programs for Long Beach Unified School District When Sunday, June 5 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm Where Curley’s Café, 1999 E. Willow St., SH More Info The LBUSD Board of Education has cut all middle school sports. Suggested donation is $35. All proceeds go to the Long Beach Education Foundation. Visit http://progressivedinnerparty.org/blog1/?p=730. WATCH AND LEARN What A free screening of the documentary A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism When Wednesday, June 8 at 5:45pm Where Millikan High School Auditorium, 2800 Snowden Ave., LB More Info Narrated by Academy Award winner Kate Winslet, the film chronicles a mother’s international odyssey in search of proper treatment and schooling for her son. Contact GreatMindsCare@gmail.com.

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NOVEL DISCUSSION What Bixby Knolls Literary Society meeting’s discussion of Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy When Wednesday, June 8 at 7pm Where The Expo building, 4321 Atlantic Ave., LB More Info Parking available along Atlantic Avenue. Refreshments provided. Contact (562) 595-0081 or info@bixbyknollsinfo.com.

Felony suspects arrested 4:30pm– 1900 block of Atlantic Avenue A victim who was robbed while walking in the area contacted Long Beach patrol

MIX ‘N’ MINGLE Who Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce What Second Thursdays mixer When Thursday, June 9 from 5pm to 7pm Where Delius Restaurant, 2951 Cherry Ave., SH More Info Members and non-members welcome to mix, mingle and network. Guest speaker will be new Signal Hill Police Chief Michael Langston.

LBPD to conduct DUI/ driver license checkpoint The Long Beach Police Department will be conducting a checkpoint to screen for impaired and unlicensed drivers from 6pm on Saturday, June 4 to 2am on Sunday, June 5 in the area of the South Patrol Division. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved collisions, driving-under-theinfluence checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as to educate the public on the dangers of driving while impaired. Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 9-1-1 if they see a suspected impaired driver. Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information, contact Long Beach Police Department Traffic Section Sergeant Ernie Kohagura at (562) 570-5737. ß

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Saturday, May 28 Homicide 9:30pm– Northbound 405 Freeway/Wardlow Road The California Highway Patrol contacted the Long Beach Police Department regarding two male shooting victims found in a car on the shoulder of the freeway. Patrol officers responded and discovered that both victims were deceased. Sunday, May 29 Felony suspect arrested 9:30am– 4000 block of Brayton Avenue Officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress. Officers flooded the area and located a male juvenile subject three blocks away. He was arrested without incident.

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Although I do not claim to be an Internet expert, I do enjoy my time on the computer. Whereas I used to spend a little quiet time playing Solitaire or another game on my laptop, I now find myself surfing the Web instead. Facebook is a new thing for me. I recently learned how to chat online but have only indulged a time or two. I find it a bit awkward, as I don’t know how to politely cut short the “conversation,” so instead I just email most of the time. Getting back to Facebook– I like keeping up with the folks who are designated as “friends” on my page even though most of them are really more in the cat-

egory of “colleagues.” I plan to set up a separate account for actual friends and family since I’m sure my colleagues aren’t interested in what’s happening with those folks– and vice versa. One of the people I have chatted with on Facebook is our contributing writer Athena Mekis. She is still studying abroad. Being that she is so far from home, I know that her computer has been a comfort, as it is a tether of communication to her loved ones in the US. Earlier this week Miss Mekis posted an interesting comment on her page regarding the Internet. Although I haven’t experienced the World Wide

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Web as she has, I do believe her comments deserve repeating, as some of you may find her words informative. With that said, I offer you the following: About once a day for the last week, I have come across advertisements with men and women committing sexual acts. These ads are being posted, on individuals’ (not businesses) websites. I approve of Net freedom, including porn on the Web, but I disagree with sex ads on nonpornographic websites. I don’t mind textual ads. If an individual enters a clearly posted pornographic website, that should be legal, but if an individual is surfing the web, they should not be subjected to such advertisements. My opinion gets muddled because I would not disapprove of alcohol or marijuana being advertised, but I do disapprove of sex ads. And I am aware that sex

advertisers may be the only current businesses willing to pay website creators to place ads on their website. Even so, I still disapprove. This topic increases my interest in media law, but I would like some discussion, criticism or support, in order to fine-tune my opinion. After some discussion [with others], I have come to the conclusion that the current mode of Net neutrality is not at stake by discussing pornographic images and “permission” pages in a court of law. The permission pages will alert individuals about sexual images before an individual enters the website, but they will not stop an individual from entering the website. The idea of “permission” pages is simple and keeps regulation on the individual and his or her website.

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farewells. Food vendors will also be available on site. Entertainment includes Life of the Party DJ, Animal Magic Show with John Abrams, The Downtown Clown and guest speakers. Free admission. John Burroughs Elementary School is located at 1260 E. 33rd St. in Signal Hill. For more information, contact (562) 426-8144 or visit their website at lbschools.net/burroughs.

Did you ever attend, teach at, work for, volunteer with, live by, know students past/present of John Burroughs Elementary and/or just want to celebrate a great school? If so, then the Burroughs family welcome you to join them for their End of Year Celebration: 60 Years of Achievements. This community event will take place on Friday, June 10, 2011 from 5pm to 8pm. Bring a picnic dinner, lawn/beach chairs, and/or blankets for a relaxing evening of fun, family, friendship, reunions, reminiscing, and

Barbara Palafox John Burroughs elementary School end of Year Celebration Planning Committee


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Assistance League installs its 71st president at annual meeting

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Prior to joining Assistance League in 1999, Summers was a banker in Portland, Oregon for 23 years, rising to senior vice president, Operations.

Cindy (Nakamura) Summers was installed as the 71st president of Assistance League of Long Beach on May 23 at its annual meeting and luncheon at The Grand in Long Beach. In her speech to the 260 members attending the meeting, she outlined her goals for the year: expanding Operation School Bell (the nonprofit’s signature philanthropic program) towards its goal of clothing 10,000 Long Beach Unified School District students a year; increasing awareness of Assistance League’s role in service to the Long Beach community; and building and strengthening the organization’s membership. Her

theme for the year, “Caring Hands and Hearts,” emphasizes Assistance League’s mission of creating a community of volunteers to identify and deliver philanthropic services. Summers has been 4th Vice President Finance, Treasurer, and Assistant Treasurer for the League. She chaired Operation School Bell/Middle School and has served on numerous committees, including Grants, Investments, and Strategic Planning. She has participated in ALa Carte, a bedside crafts program at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, and has been involved with the Presentation Ball. One of her main in-

terests has been working with Assisteens Auxiliary, which is comprised of more than 100 high-school age members. She has served as a mentor to Assisteens for the last six years and was chapter liaison to Assisteens in 2009-10. She was also chapter liaison to Las Hermanas Auxiliary in 2010-11. Prior to joining Assistance League in 1999, Summers was a banker in Portland, Oregon for 23 years, rising to senior vice president, Operations. Besides her involvement with Assistance League, she was PTA president at Hughes Middle School. Summers has a degree from Oregon State University. ß

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Public Safety chair encouraging public to sign up cell phones for reverse 911 First District Councilmember Robert Garcia, chair of the City of Long Beach’s Public Safety Committee, is calling on all Long Beach residents to register their cell phones for Reverse 911, after an extensive report by city management to the City’s Public Safety Council Committee. Last week, the Public Safety Committee heard from the fire, police, public works and technology departments on the city’s emergency management and disaster pre-

paredness programs. The hearing revealed that while the City has access to all home landlines to send emergency messages via Reverse 911, it only has 1,000 cell phone numbers registered in the Reverse 911 system. Since many residents only have cell phones, and an emergency or natural disaster could occur during the workday, residents are encouraged to register their cell phones on Reverse 911. The City cannot add cell

phone numbers automatically; they must be registered by the owner. “It is extremely important for residents to sign up for Reverse 911,” Garcia said. “It only took me two minutes to register my cell phone, and this ensures that the City can reach you in case of a natural disaster or other emergency.” Residents can register at longbeach.gov/R911. The City will only use Reverse 911 for emergencies.

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Fifteen established Long Beach visual artists will open their studios to the public during the fifth biennial Mid-City Studio Tour on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 from 11am to 5pm. The free, self-guided tour is made possible through a micro-grant from Arts Council for Long Beach, and artwork include paintings, mixed-media constructions, handmade artists’ books, prints, photographs, and jewelry. Begun in 2003, the Mid-City Studio Tour was created to allow local artists who have shown nationally and internationally to promote their work while allowing the public to see new art, speak with artists, and view artists’ work spaces. Images and a tour map for the event can be found at midcitystudiotour.com. Participating artists include

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at the Dana Branch Library, 3680 Atlantic Ave., will begin at 5:30pm featuring special guest reader the Knolls Ranger. First Fridays will also initiate a new program called “Seniors First! at First Fridays” with the help of the Long Beach Shakespeare Company and LA County Supervisor Don Knabe’s office sponsoring a bus to bring senior citizens from Gold Star Manor to enjoy all of the festivities of the event. Bella Cosa, 3803 Atlantic Ave., will provide information about First Fridays, maps, business info, and

restaurant recommendations from 6:30pm to 8pm. Participants can dine on “Art-Lantic” Avenue at one of the restaurants then grab the Big Red Bus that will transport them venue to venue from designated stops at the participating businesses. When the businesses start to close, “First Fridays After Hours” begins. Nino’s Italian Restaurant, The Factory, and EJ Malloy’s go late into the night with food, drinks, and music. --------------------------MORE INFORMATION firstfridayslongbeach.com

First Fridays art walk to bring some pre-summer high jinks The First Fridays art walk in Bixby Knolls on June 3 will continue to bring its monthly programming of untraditional fun, high jinks, and plenty of “the unexpected.” Ingredients for the night will include: mobile art stations, 80s dance music, DJs, spoken word, jazz, improv comedy, Timstrument, community drawing, tarot cards, drag queens, face painting, “First Books,” antiques, piano man, the Big Red Bus, and the Knolls Ranger mascot. Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson’s “First Books at First Fridays”

Long Beach Chorale to perform ‘Music of the American Stage’ Principal pianist and guest conductor Bob Gunn will lead the Long Beach Chorale on a journey through music of the American stage, featuring selections from opera, concert and theater, at 4pm Sunday, June 12 at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 Studebaker Rd. The Long Beach Chorale, in its final performance of the 2010-2011 season, will showcase works by some of the most accomplished American composers, highlighting American stage music such as “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess, “Come to My Garden” from The Secret Garden, “Water Night” by Eric Whitacre, “The Promise of Living” from The Tender Land by Aaron Copland, and a choral medley from the incomparable Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim. Gunn is in his eighth season with the Long Beach Chorale as principal accompanist and has more than 30 years of musical experience performing, directing, recording, and arranging. He recently per-

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formed Mendelssohn’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” during the Spring 2009 concert with the Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra. “I’m honored and thrilled once again to take the helm of the talented Long Beach Chorale and trust that you will thoroughly enjoy our peek into some of America’s finest stage music,” Gunn said. The audience is invited to

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Jack Witherspoon, a patient at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach who is publishing a cookbook, will serve as a judge for this year’s Cooking for Kids competition.

The “Profiles of Courage” Gala has put a new twist on a 25year-old recipe. The fundraising event that benefits the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach is in its second year of having a live cooking competition, with locally renowned “celebrity” chefs at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach. The Cooking for Kids competition lets chefs prepare their very own family recipes at the competition, or have the Hyatt provide a recipe, to which chefs can add their own “flare.” Chefs include Mike Duree, Gary & Dawna DeLong, Rory DeJohn, Commander Laura Farinelli, Randy Gordon & Nancy Becker, Jake Hooper and Dede Rossi. Mike Duree works for the Long Beach Fire Department and drives a department-owned mobile grill to transport food to community events. The emcee for the gala will be Katy Clark, winner of the 2011 Mrs. Long Beach title and a finalist on The Next Food Network Star. Celebrity chefs can garner votes before the event through online fundraising and through tastings of their appetizers at the event by judges– such as former patient Jack Witherspoon, who has written his own cookbook– and through votes from the crowd. Each dollar donated is equivalent to one vote. The chefs are judged on presentation, quality and taste, and they strive to win as the “ultimate chef,” the chef who receives the most votes from the crowd, the community and the judges. In addition, the “Profiles of Courage” gala will honor four patients from JJCCC– Nydia Ahumada, Aaron Cheng, Susan Ing and Kayleigh Scott– and three additional honorees– KV Mark, Payless Foods and a Torch Run team: Team Matt Johnson.

Nydia Ahumada has leukemia and has a dream to attend UCLA. Aaron Cheng, who was born with Cooley’s Anemia, will be going to Harvard in the fall. Susan Ing has been a patient at Miller Children’s for her entire life and juggles her monthly blood transfusions between her community college courses. Kayleigh Scott is undergoing chemotherapy for the second time and stays positive by focusing on her family and passion for music. Team Matt Johnson is this year’s Torch Run team honoree. Ten years ago, at the age of 14, Matt Johnson, who was a Manhattan Beach native, lost his two-

year battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). ALL is the most common form of pediatric leukemia. Today his parents and family are actively involved in JJCCC through events and board membership and as philanthropic friends. Those interested in joining in the fun and supporting these patients and patients like them can purchase tickets for the Cooking for Kids competition, the cost for which is $175 per person. For tickets or to vote for a chef online now, visit millerchildrens.org/cancer. --------------------------MORE INFORMATION (562) 933-8600

Do you feel a celebration coming on? Everyone likes to “party” at a congenial gathering. And what does it take to make a PARTY? It takes: good organizers; colorful, exciting decor that fits the occasion; delicious food; and guests to enjoy it. Of course, there are many popular parties for young and old. But no matter the age or reason, a party means decorations, games, food, tables, chairs, other party equipment, and good friends. That’s when Tere’s Party Supplies, 417 Willow St., comes to mind. When you walk in the door, you know you’ve made the right choice. Immediately, the customer sees colorful stuffed and balloontype cartoon characters, hats, decorated serving supplies, table covers, games, candies, banners, helium tanks, etc. along with many others party items too numerous to list. According to joint owner Rodrigo Vega, Tere’s Party Supplies is aptly named after the wife of the pair, and the customer is immediately aware of a warm atmosphere. That’s because Tere’s contributions keep the customers happy by showing a smiling face and giving them excellent service. Rodrigo does his part as well, especially when customers order canopies, patio heaters, tables, chairs and jumpers for children that must be delivered and picked up just before and after an event. In fact, the renting of equip-

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Tere and Rodrigo Vega offer party goods and handmade piñatas in the Wrigley area seven days a week.

ment is one of the more important activities of the store. Parking in the rear makes it easy for customers to pick up items or load them for delivery. Rodrigo or other personnel are always there to help. Weekly business hours are Monday through Friday from 10am until 7pm. The weekend is different. On Saturday it’s 9am to 5pm and Sunday changes to 9am to 2pm. The Vegas have been in business for eight years, and the Willow Street location has been their home for the last three. Experience has taught them many things. They know that celebrations are year-round and that the most popular ones are birthdays and baby showers. Summer is the busiest season, except for holidays. These activities may mean four or five deliveries will be required at the same time. Of course, the necessity for good

speedy service is a “must.” This is one of the reasons that inflated bouncers of all types are kept in storage. No one wants the kids to be deprived of the party action. When you decide to have your next party call or, better yet, drop by Tere’s Party Supplies. You’ll enjoy talking about and seeing all the exciting items that are available for your entertainment. You’ll also get ideas about what to do at your next event. We all need to enjoy ourselves. Happy people live longer. And what better way to enjoy life than by HAVING A PARTY! ----------------------------MORE INFORMATION (562) 426-2308 Betty Karnette is a longtime Wrigley resident and former state senator and assemblymember.

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nity. The Wrigley Heights neighborhood’s top three choices were a dog park, a passive park, and a community garden or urban farm. “I’m proud to say you’ll be getting all three,” he said. The newly opened Wrigley Heights Dog Park at 3401 Golden Ave. is now the largest dog park in the city of Long Beach. The passive park, Baker Park and the community garden/urban farm will begin development this summer. Johnson then highlighted his emphasis on improving air quality through activities such as tree planting. “This last week, we planted along Pasadena Avenue and E. 33rd St.,” he said. “Those trees will suck out the pollutants from the [nearby] 405 Freeway to improve the air quality.” He then noted the importance of street and sidewalk repairs in the area despite there

being little to no room for them in the budget. Johnson announced his solution to take half of the budget the City allots for total street replacement and spend it on maintaining streets and sidewalks everywhere to prevent the need to spend several times more funds on refurbishing the entire street years later. “We’re going to save $30 million of money on street work,” he said. “We’re going to spend the money we have smarter and better.” Johnson credited zach Sutter’s Eagle Scout project as being a large help to restoring Wardlow Road at Pasadena Avenue’s path into a proper sidewalk by means of adding Americans with Disabilities Act-approved curb ramps and developing a worn-down gravel patch to create a new sidewalk. The sidewalk, located just outside Don and Harold’s Automotive, was worked on by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Associ-

ation, the California Heights Neighborhood Association, and the City of Long Beach, in addition to Sutter and Don and Harold’s Automotive themselves. Johnson than began answering the attendees’ questions. The first one he responded to was a reported concern regarding the hazards of date palm trees due to falling debris and tree rats running rampant around neighborhoods. Johnson responded that the trees are receiving less and less maintenance as the years go by due to lack of finances within the city’s budget. “We started on a three-year tree cycle, then a five-year cycle, and now a seven-year cycle,” Johnson said. “Right now we owe… $1.2 billion to our pension system. If we spend that, what is going to happen to our tree cycle?” He claimed that the tree cycle would likely endure longer maintenance wait times, perhaps extending to a

nine-year cycle to eventually having no cycle system altogether. Johnson promised to advocate for the issue, but he also said the response he’d receive from the City would likely be negative due to insufficient funds within the City’s budget. Edith Pearl, a resident and mother living on Pacific Avenue, then raised her concerns about the dilapidated and vacant properties and the probability of their directly correlating to an increase in homeless citizens within the district near Christian Life Church & Pre-School at 3400 Pacific Ave. Johnson replied that the City has a responsibility of attending to public property, whereas private properties need to be looked after by their owners. The private property in question, a bank, will have to use its own funds to clean up the property. Another attendee then offered a solution to the homeless

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essary as some districts (eighth and ninth) received population growth whereas other districts (first and sixth) were observing population deficits. Johnson then added that he wants to continue to represent all of the areas in his current district but that the lines of the seventh district’s perimeter are more than likely to change. The seventh district is approximately 1.9percent underpopulated, according to Johnson. The councilmember closed out the community forum by thanking the owners of Guadalupe’s Mexican Grill for welcoming him and the attendees into their restaurant. Johnson can be found tonight at First Books at First Fridays at the Dana Branch Library at 3680 Atlantic Ave. from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. ---------------------------------MORE INFORMATION district7@longbeach.gov JamesJohnsonLB.com (562) 570-7777

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The nonprofit Long Beach BLAST (Better Learning for All Students Today) will have its fourth annual fundraising breakfast at 7:30am on Wednesday, June 8, at the Long Beach Yacht Club, 6201 East Appian Way. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell will report on the state of youth in Long Beach. BLAST mentoring programs place, train and support college volunteers at 20 school and community sites where they work one-on-one or in small groups with local at-risk children and youth. BLAST mentors provide academic assistance and enrichment activities that help these students succeed academically and set goals for their future. The mentors are also important role models for their “mentees,” who aspire to be college students, just like them. Long Beach BLAST is in its eleventh year of operation. To date, it has made it possible for more than 7,000 disadvantaged kids to receive services from 5,167 college volunteers. In the current academic year, 2010-2011, BLAST supervised 652 college volunteer mentors, who provided services to 1,140 at-risk youth. The volunteer mentors, college students from CSU Long Beach, CSU Dominguez Hills and LB City College, also benefit. They report that helping at-risk kids through BLAST allows them to learn their own class work better and to be-

come confident contributors to their local community. McDonnell recently joined the BLAST board of directors. “The BLAST program is an effective model of how to keep the kids who might otherwise end up in the criminal justice system in school, which is how they will succeed in life,” he said. “BLAST’s college mentors give the younger kids a vision of what their futures could look like and the encouragement to make that vision a reality.” To purchase tickets for the breakfast or to make a donation to BLAST, visit lbblast.org or call (562) 437-7766 Ext. 200.

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“It is not appropriate for a city council to slap on a fee for anything that is not related directly to local government,” said Schipske in a statement she issued last week. “This fee goes to the grocers who already admit that they charge customers for plastic and paper bags by increasing the cost of groceries.” Schipske further criticized

ordinance, stating that Styrofoam and plastic water bottles also pollute the environment but the ordinance does not deal with these items. Schipske asked to continue the voluntary recycling program for plastic bags. The Fifth District councilmember encouraged Long Beach constituents to press Mayor Bob Foster to veto the plastic bag ordinance. Foster has until Friday, June 3 to veto the ordinance,

NeWS according to the deputy city attorney. As of press time, the mayor’s office had not responded to the Signal Tribune’s inquiries to confirm his position on the ordinance. The arguments against the ban are not new to Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, who introduced the ordinance. She acknowledges that there are residents who have voiced a consistent opposition to the plastic bag ordinance. “I will share with you that

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this sort of visceral, knee-jerk reaction that we’re getting from individuals, it’s really because I think people don’t like to be told what to do. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a society where we can leave all of us to our own devices because had we done that, we wouldn’t be wearing seatbelts today,” said Lowenthal in a Friday evening telephone interview as she further compared this fight to the old debates over bike-helmet and smoking ordinances. “It’s a matter of being resourceful, but at the end of the day, each of us has to believe it is not our fundamental right to squander the environment,” Lowenthal said. Last year, the County of Los Angeles passed a similar ban on plastic bags for its unincorporated cities. The cities of Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach and San Francisco have passed their own local ordinances. However, these entities have had to deal with potential legal challenges from advocates of the plastic bag industry. Plastic industry advocates have not yet officially filed formal legal action against the City of Long Beach, however, they have 60 days from the time Long Beach filed with the state to officially challenge the City, according to Long Beach

Deputy City Attorney Amy Burton. That window to challenge Long Beach will close near the end of July. The California Grocers Association, which represents the food industry, supported a statewide ban on plastic bags similar to the one passed by the Long Beach City Council when the state legislature had considered the issue last year. “Our main focus is to establish a statewide legislation to address this issue, rather than deal with it from city to city and county to county,” said Dave Heylen, a spokesperson for the California Grocers Association. A statewide ban didn’t pass last year, but now that individual cities like Long Beach are attempting to pass local ordinances that closely followed what was proposed to state lawmakers, Heylen voiced support for the Long Beach ordinance but also expressed concern that retailers with stores in multiple cities would experience a problem with complying with a patchwork of local ordinances with different requirements. The neighboring City of Signal Hill is waiting to see what will happen in Long Beach. Anticipating that there will be legal challenges to Long Beach’s ordinance,

Signal Hill Mayor Larry Forester said in an interview Tuesday night that Signal Hill’s city manager’s office and city attorney’s office are evaluating the environmental impact report (EIR) that Long Beach officials used to create their ordinance. Although Forester acknowledged that many residents have voiced their support of a Signal Hill ban, he said he is waiting to get feedback from these departments on the EIR. “When you do something like this [a plastic bag ban], you have to look at all the potential downsides and alternatives,” Forester said. He also acknowledged that he was formerly in the business to sell raw materials to plastic bag makers when he worked for Exxon Chemical, however he did acknowledge that plastic bags do pollute the environment. “I personally have a problem with plastic bags,” Forester said, “and the way they are the most visual polluter in our water systems because they show up all the time. Are they the worst? Absolutely not, but they’re the most visual.” The issue has not been addressed at the council level, Forester confirmed. ß

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PUBLIC NOTICeS TST3755 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No. 746238CA Loan No. 5304250664 Title Order No. 110018972-CA-MAI YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12-29-2006. 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 06-17-2011 at 10:30 AM, CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 01-08-2007, Book N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 20070032659, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: PETER JOHN MARQUEZ AND PATRICIA MARQUEZ, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, as Trustor, FIRST FEDERAL BANK OF CALIFORNIA, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier's 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. Sale 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 the Deed of Trust. 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, interest thereon, estimated 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. Place of Sale: AT THE WEST SIDE OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURTHOUSE, DIRECTLY FACING NORWALK BOULEVARD, 12720 NORWALK BLVD. , NORWALK, CA Legal Description: LOTS 59 AND 60 OF THE SCHLOBOHM TRACT NO. 5, IN THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 11 PAGE 58, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY. Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $539,663.26 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 1911 DAWSON AVENUE SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 APN Number: 7216-015-010 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. DATE: 05-242011 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee RIKKI JACOBS, ASSISTANT SECRETARY CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800-8926902 For Sales Information: (714) 730-2727 or www.lpsasap.com (714) 573-1965 or www.priorityposting.comASAP# 3993156 05/27/2011, 06/03/2011, 06/10/2011 TST3753 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS #: CA-11425029-VF Order #: 110080644-CA-GTI YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 10/9/2007. 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. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by 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 to the Financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. 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. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): FREDERICK CRAWFORD A SINGLE MAN Recorded: 11/15/2007 as Instrument No. 20072550404 in book xxx, page xxx of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California; Date of Sale: 6/20/2011 at 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the West side of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, directly facing Norwalk Blvd., 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $352,390.38 The purported property address is: 1903 TEMPLE AVE #313 SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 Assessor's Parcel No. 7216-021-102 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, please refer to the referenced legal description for property location. In the event no common address or common designation of the property is provided herein directions to the location of the property may be obtained within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale by sending a written request to Bank of America 475 Crosspoint Parkway Getzville NY 14068. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: [ 1 ] The mortgage loan servicer has not obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; [ 2 ] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or 2923.55 . 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. 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 Attorney. Date: 5/26/2011 Quality Loan Service Corp. 2141 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 714-730-2727 or Login to: www.fidelityasap.com Reinstatement Line: 619-6457711 Quality Loan Service, Corp. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders rights' against the real property only. THIS NOTICE IS SENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING A DEBT. THIS FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDER AND OWNER OF THE NOTE. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED BY OR PROVIDED TO THIS FIRM OR THE CREDITOR WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. As required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. ASAP# 3986037 05/27/2011, 06/03/2011, 06/10/2011 TST3744 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 09-0153503 Title Order No. 09-8-463330 Investor/Insurer No. 143482676 APN No. 7217-015-068 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 08/22/2006. 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." 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

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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. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. DATED: 01/15/2010 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. ASAP# 3993545 05/20/2011, 05/27/2011, 06/03/2011 TST3743 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TSG No.: 3947278 TS No.: 20089070810840 FHA/VA/PMI No.: APN:7214-009-028 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 04/14/05. 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. 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 $235,123.63. 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: 05/13/11, 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. NPP0181361 05/20/11, 05/27/11, 06/03/11

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Bray. 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 april 26, 2010. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on May 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: May 13, 20, 27, & June 3, 2011. TST3740 / 2011 026280 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: Moonlitening Wax & PoliSH, enterPriSeS, 1126 n. Marine ave., Wilmington, Ca 90744. registrant: Carl Ballantyne, 1126 n. Marine ave., Wilmington, Ca 90744. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Carl Ballantyne. 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 May 10, 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 13, 20, 27, & June 3, 2011. TST3748 / 2011 028334 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 1. tUttle CaMeraS, 2. tUttle CaMeraS, inC., 4019 atlantic ave., long 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. TST3756 / 2011 027791 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 1. tHe lUnCH Box, 2. tHe to go Box, 3. tHe dinner Bell, 252 Harcourt St., long Beach, Ca 90805. registrant: Sonya r. CorteZ, 252 Harcourt St., long Beach, Ca 90805. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed:


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562.528.6258 Sonya r. Cortez. 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 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 27, & June 3, 10, 17, 2011. TST3757 / 2011 035096 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: a HaPPy Palate, 1535 termino ave. P1, long Beach, Ca 90804. registrant: nanette farMer, 1535 termino ave. P1, long Beach, Ca 90804. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: nanette farmer. 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 23, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on May 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: May 27, & June 3, 10, 17, 2011. TST3758 / 2011 017382 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: dlUvZ, 264 la verne ave., long Beach, Ca 90803. registrant: diana Wong, 264 la verne ave., long Beach, Ca 90803. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: diana Wong. 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 april 27, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on april 27, 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 27, & June 3, 10, 17, 2011. TST3763 / 2011 039353 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following persons are doing business as: gravity Coffee, 272 redondo Blvd. #a, long Beach, Ca 90803. registrant: 1. JaMeS J. Beedon, 2. artie ray lUna, 530 alamitos ave. #7, long Beach, Ca 90802. this business is conducted by: Copartners. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: James J. Beedon. 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 May 31, 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: June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2011.

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tHe file containing material relevant to the proposed project may be inspected by the public between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on fridays, in the Community development department at City Hall. tHe PUBliC iS invited to submit written comments to the Community development department prior to the workshop no later than tuesday, June 7, 2011, for insertion into the staff report as an exhibit. Written comments may also be submitted at the workshop or via email at comdev@cityofsignalhill.org fUrtHer inforMation on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community development department located at 2175 Cherry avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by calling reina Schaetzl, assistant Planner at (562) 989-7341. Published in the Signal tribune newspaper: June 3, 2011 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: June 3, 2011 Mailed to affected property owners: June 3, 2011

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notiCe iS HereBy given tHat on tuesday, June 14, 2011, the Planning Commission of the City of Signal Hill, California, will conduct a public workshop at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider the following:

tattoo and Body PierCing StUdioS tHe Planning CoMMiSSion Will diSCUSS a Zoning ordinanCe aMendMent related to tattoo and Body PierCing StUdioS CUrrently ProHiBited By tHe Zoning Code. tHe ProPoSed BUSineSS USe HaS Been aWarded firSt aMendMent ProteCtion By tHe United StateS federal CoUrt effeCtively reQUiring tHe City to aCCoMModate tHe USe

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all intereSted PerSonS are hereby invited to attend this public workshop to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. if you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public workshop described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public workshop.

all intereSted PerSonS are hereby invited to attend this Workshop to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. tHe PUBliC iS invited to submit written comments to the Community development department prior to the Workshop by tuesday, June 7, 2011. Written comments may also be submitted at the workshop or via email at comdev@cityofsignalhill.org

tHe PUBliC iS invited to submit written comments to the Community development department, prior to the Planning Commission workshop. Written comments may also be submitted at the public workshop. fUrtHer inforMation on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community development department located at 2175 Cherry avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by emailing James Kao, associate Planner at jkao@cityofsignalhill.org or calling at (562) 989-7344. Published in the Signal tribune newspaper: June 3, 2011 (per gov’t Code (§65091(a)(3)(1)) Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: June 3, 2011

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Councilmember Neal’s town hall addresses specifics of redistricting regarding the redistricting process, Ninth District Councilmember Steven Neal hosted a town hall meeting last Tuesday at Ramona Park Community Center. According to the Census data, the ninth council district has a population of 55,096. In 2000, the district had 53,734 residents, indicating an increase of 1,362 people. Neal’s goal is to make about a two-and-a-half percent reduction in the district’s population, and according to a media release

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contract, indicating that they are responsible for the upkeep of their plot of land. Located at approximately 1903 Cherry Ave., the garden is 40 feet by 80 feet, with additional space for an entryway. According to Greenfeld, the garden’s most recent winter harvest on May 16 fed 60 families. “We are now in the process of planting our summer vegetables,” Greenfeld said. “I’m thinking somewhere around Labor Day we will have our second harvest.”

Even though two of the award recipients were from Long Beach, the four-day conference also included competitors from all over the

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