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As Signal Hill edges forward in its plans to renovate the Signal Hill Park area, the subject of the park’s basketball courts drew a passionate response from one councilmember and a hand-
ful of residents. The conceptual plan, which is estimated to cost about $18 million if all design and construction and phases are completed, includes building a new library and parking lot in Phase I and then building a new community center in Phase II. Future phases
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Michael Langston (far left) is sworn in by Signal Hill City Clerk Kathee Pacheco (far right) as Mayor Larry Forester observes.
would possibly involve renovating the amphitheater, expanding the baseball field, and upgrading the park amenities. However, before the Signal Hill City Council voted on the new master plan to give the Signal Hill Park area a new look, Councilmember Ed Wilson interrupted a few people during the June 7 meeting to emphasize a point. According to the plans as drawn for Phase II of the park’s master plan, the basketball courts can’t be found. Sketches for Phase II show that the new community center sits in the place where the basketball courts currently reside. And even though the Council was not voting on any specifics surrounding Phase II, the basketball courts’ absence led to an icy exchange between Wilson and a few speakers who discussed the plan. “I don’t see how I can be any clearer,” said Wilson. “I’m not, I don’t want to be ambiguous about it. If it’s not in the plan, it’s not in the plan. If it’s in the plan, show me where it’s in the plan.” “It’s not in the plan,” conceded Jim Pickel, a consultant for MIG, a comsee COUNCIL page 14
Redistricting may move areas of LB’s Bixby Knolls into 7th District Steven Piper Staff Writer
During last Tuesday’s Long Beach City Council meeting, a divided council discussed four proposed maps for the redistricting process. “Tonight we are asking for direction on which maps we release [to the public],” said Tom Modica, director of Government Affairs and Strategic Initiatives. “And whether there is another scenario that you’d like to see created.” Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson proposed an altered version of one of the four maps offered to the council by city staff. “For those who say we shouldn’t change, I would say, I think it's impor-
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tant to respect the United States Constitution, which says all of us should represent approximately equal amounts of people… “I’m going to make a substitute substitute motion, which would unify the Bixby Neighborhoods up to San Antonio,” Johnson said. The motion calls for shifting neighborhoods on the east side of Atlantic Avenue and bordered by Bixby Road to the South and San Antonio Drive to the North from the eighth district to the seventh district. According to Johnson, the move would unify the greater Bixby area. Outgoing Eighth District Councilmember Rae Gabelich said she took offense to the motion. According to redistricting map four, the seventh district stands to gain the section bor-
dered by Bixby Road to the south, Carson Street on the north, Atlantic Avenue on the west, and orange on the eastern side, which would add 1,339 people to the seventh district. Johnson’s modification would include the area bounded by Carson Street to the south, San Antonio Drive on the north, Atlantic Avenue to the west, and Orange Avenue on the east, which houses an additional 2,043. Gabelich emphasized that moving 3,382 residents from the eighth district to the seventh goes against the city’s criteria of making the least amount of change necessary. The alteration would also move the most active area of Bixby Knolls– see REDISTRICTING page 9
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‘Muncher’ prototype providing greener option for waste disposal
The Muncher can handle five to eight tons of waste daily without releasing toxins or hazardous gases. Stephanie Raygoza Staff Writer
Revolutionizing the way companies and facilities dispose of everyday waste and materials, Nevada-based company Ecologico-Logic is unveiling and demonstrating its machine prototype, the Muncher, as an environmentally friendly alternative to waste disposal. Ecologico-Logic consists of seven individuals with strong backgrounds in business, manufacturing, mechanical engineering and environmental science. Dr. James Stein, acting secretary, is also a mathematics professor at Cal State Long Beach. The company’s primary manufacture facility is located in Gardena where they also host their demonstrations. “It’s a very new marketing effort,” said Mohammed Memon, chief operations officer and co-founder. “We’re also looking to go into additionally large commercial landscapers-- companies that bring in a lot of green waste.” The Muncher prototype uses an aerobic digestion method that is a combination of physical, chemical, and biological processes. It reduces waste and transforms the residue into saleable byproducts such as liquid effluent, solid cake, and carbon dioxide. “Altogether, it was about a 15-year developmental process to bring it to
where it is today. The current prototype is over a million dollars in development,” Memon said. The waste-disposal system is based on an earlier concept that was developed to treat contaminated water systems. The team adapted the process for solid-waste handling in 2009 and came up with the prototype a year later. “It’s all working with the nitrogen cycle. It’s all essentially the same nitrogen cycle so we just adapted the process, the machinery, to handle solid material instead,” Memon said. What sets the Muncher apart from other waste-disposal processes is its ability to run all organic material through it and then convert that into compost without the liability of other processors. “For example, you take like a 30to 45-day composting process. We reduce it to hours, and that material, once it comes out of our system, is immediately ready for use. You do not have to have an additional storage period to prepare it,” Memon said. Additional features to the Muncher include cleanup of such toxic chemicals as PCBs, dioxins, and nitrates and the fact that it releases no hazardous gases or harmful byproducts. “The prototype is a concept proving system. We show the whole process from waste entering the pretreatment system to the digestion system to the output system to show see MUNCHER page 9
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‘Radio show’ that features local personalities to benefit LB Playhouse The Long Beach Playhouse will team up with Keesal, Young and Logan to present a “Celebrity Radio Show” at the offices of Keesal, Young and Logan, 400 Oceangate #1400, located in the Union Bank Building, on Wednesday, June 15 at 5:30pm. The event will consist of an evening of fun and frivolity watching Long Beach’s local “celebrities” perform a 1940s radio show. Audiences should expect plenty of send-ups of local politics and Long Beach culture. The evening will consist of hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Proceeds from this show will benefit the Long Beach Playhouse.
Featured celebrities will be: • Former Governor George Deukmejian • Senator Alan Lowenthal • LA County Supervisor Don Knabe • Former Mayor Beverly O’Neill • LB Chamber Pres. Randy Gordon • Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal • Councilmember Robert Garcia • Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell • Councilmember Rae Gabelich • Councilmember Steve Neal • Art Levine, host of Straight Talk TV • Playhouse actor Mitchell Nunn • Playhouse actor Terra Taylor For more information or to purchase tickets, visit lbplayhouse.org or call (562) 494-1014. ß
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Locals warming up for Wrigley River Run More than 1,000 adults and hundreds of kids are expected to participate in the fourth annual Wrigley River Run/Walk 5K and 10K on Saturday, June 11. The first race will begin at 7:30am. The race course is located in Long Beach’s historic Wrigley neighborhood, and portions of the course will follow the Los Angeles River Trail. A race for children ages 10 and under, the River Run Tadpole Trot, will be held in conjunction with the event at 9:30am. All race proceeds will be donated to programs that benefit at-risk youth in Long Beach. Those interested in participating in the event can register at wrigleyriverrun.com or in person on Friday, June 10, from 5pm to 8pm in the parking lot of Holy Innocents Parish, 2500 Pacific Ave. or on Saturday, June 11 starting at 6am at the same location. This location is also the start/finish line for the event. “This will be a great chance for people across Long Beach to come together, get outside with their family, friends, and neighbors, get some exercise, have some fun, and support a great cause to help the
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The Wrigley River Run race course is located in Long Beach’s historic Wrigley neighborhood, and portions of the course will follow the Los Angeles River Trail.
youth of our city,” says race organizer Gavin McKiernan. A finish line festival with live music, prizes, and awards including free shoes to the race winners donated by Road Runner Sports will take place after the race. All
5K and 10K participants will receive goodie bags and commemorative T-shirts will be presented to the first 75 participants in the Tadpole Trot and all children in the race will get a medal. ß
Workshop to focus on increasing electric vehicles The California Green Transportation Collaborative, a partnership between Long Beach City College, Costa College, Skyline College and the Career Ladders Project, has joined Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, to conduct a workshop focusing on government policies and industry trends affecting transportation alternatives in California with a focus on electric vehicles on Friday, June 10 from 8am to 12:30pm at the Port of Long Beach Board Room, 925 Harbor Plaza.
“I am pleased to be a part of this discussion as the chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee,” Lowenthal said. “I think everyone will find something of interest during this discussion, including how we will train the workforce to work on the up-andcoming electric vehicles that will be hitting our workplaces in the very near future and the movement of freight up the I-710 Freeway on an electric guideway.” Mayor Bob Foster will give a welcome and make introductory
remarks. The workshop will focus on the future of heavy-duty electric vehicles and industry trends. “Long Beach City College is proud to partner with Assemblymember Lowenthal and the Green Transportation Collaborative on this important and informative workshop,” said LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “Understanding future trends in electric vehicles is important for the future of our economy and our environment.” For more information, call (562) 938-3151.
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uS Rep. Sanchez, LB council members kick off ‘Top of the Town’ rehabilitation US Representative Linda Sanchez (D-39) and Long Beach City Councilmembers Rae Gabelich (8th District) and Steven Neal (9th District) led a groundbreaking celebration Monday morning near Paramount Boulevard and 55th Street for the $2-million rehabilitation of a 1.5-mile section of the boulevard, between Candlewood Street and Artesia Boulevard. Sanchez secured $400,000 in Federal Highway Administration Demonstration Funds, which were joined with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and Proposition 42 gasoline sales-tax revenue. The project is expected to be completed by September and generate more than 18 direct, full-time equivalent jobs, plus additional jobs related to supplying materials and equipment. “This project is a clear demonstration of how funding from both local and federal sources can be combined to create a viable project that will benefit the whole community by improving our infrastructure, creating jobs and
priority. This is another significant corridor improvement in ‘The Top Of The Town.’” The street will be resurfaced with asphalt containing up to 15 percent recycled material, as well as recycled rubber from as many as 2,700 old tires. In addition, all of the old asphalt material will be recycled into new asphalt or utilized as base material on other street projects. The new road base material will come from recycled concrete, rock, sand, and asphalt, and all concrete work will include recycled waste ash, diverting these materials from landfills. The City of Long Beach was recently able to repair 11.2 miles along 10 major arterial streets using $14.3 million in Federal Stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This constituted the largest amount of streets repaired in the city in more than a decade. ß
being sustainable,” Sanchez said. The work will consist of: replacing damaged curbs and gutters; removing old asphalt and resurfacing the street with rubberized asphalt; and installing required accessibility improvements, new pavement markings, traffic striping and vehicle loop detectors at signalized intersections. “I would like to personally thank Congresswoman Sanchez for her instrumental role in improving this section of Paramount Boulevard, which has not been re-paved in over two decades,” Neal said. “Her assistance will greatly improve both the aesthetic look and the rideability of the street.” “Rehabilitating Paramount Boulevard is another important project for North Long Beach,” Gabelich said. “As we move to improve our infrastructure, it sends an important message to the residents, business owners and visitors alike. The message is that quality-of-life issues, removing blight, and servicing our communities is a top
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Lowenthal’s ‘homeless hate crime’ bill backed by law enforcement Law-enforcement officials from around the state have lined up in support of a bill by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal that would unleash harsh civil penalties on hooligans who attack homeless people, according to a press release by Lowenthal’s office. “I’m very proud to have their support,” said Lowenthal, D-Long Beach. “And I think it says something very good about law enforcement in this state.” The so-called homeless hate crime bill deals with crimes in which homeless people are brutalized for no reason other than that they live on the street. Assembly Bill 312 would add homelessness to an existing list of people who can sue their attackers for enhanced penalties if it can be shown that the attack occurred because of the victim’s membership in a particular group. State law currently offers this kind of legal protection to people based on their politics, their marital status, their age, race, ancestry, gender. By focusing on civil instead of criminal penalties, Lowenthal’s bill would not add to the state’s prison overcrowding problem, and would not put any new pressure on the state’s overstretched budget. “We’ve seen some terrifying assaults against homeless people, and it simply has to stop,” said Lowenthal. “Anyone who thinks they can attack the homeless with impunity needs to think again.” As of the start of June, the bill was supported by the Long Beach Police
Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Peace Officers Research Association of California, the California Peace Officers Association, and the California State Sheriff’s Association. In a letter announcing his support for the bill, Sheriff Lee Baca said his department was “proud to support” the bill, and added: “I applaud you for authoring this legislation.” AB 312 is similar to a Lowenthal bill that was vetoed last year by thenGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Lowenthal said having police and sheriff support could help the bill make it to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. California is home to the largest homeless population in the nation, and the highest rate of violence against the homeless. Nearly one in three homeless people have served in the military. Many have physical or mental disabilities. “The stories of these attacks can break your heart,” Lowenthal said. “There was a man in a wheelchair who was set on fire in Los Angeles. And there are stories of people beaten with baseball bats. The only common threads are merciless cruelty on the part of the attackers, and homelessness on the part of the victims.” The bill also is supported by the City of Long Beach, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, California National Organization for Women, US Vets, AMVETS, the National Association of Social Workers and others. ß
Crimes reported by the LBPD June 5–8 Council Districts 6 (North of PCH) 7 & 8 (East of the LA River and north to Del Amo Boulevard) Tuesday, June 7 Felony Suspect Arrested 11:30am– Atlantic Avenue and Burnett Street Long Beach patrol officers responded to a robbery that had just occurred. The officers were able to quickly locate and arrest the suspect, recovering the victim’s property. The victim was not injured, and the investigation is ongoing. Wednesday, June 8 Felony Suspects Arrested 12:30am– Willow Street and Eucalyptus Avenue Long Beach patrol officers stopped a vehicle that was observed driving erratically in the area. Following an investigation, it was determined that the occupants of the vehicle were suspects in an attempted robbery that had just occurred and they were attempting to flee the area.
AN EDUCATION(AL) FILM What Screening of film Race to Nowhere Who Sponsored by the Longfellow PTA Where Longfellow Elementary School, 3800 Olive Ave. When Friday, June 10 at 7pm More Info This award-winning documentary takes a look at the stresses faced by children and adolescents growing up in America today. It is food for thought for parents, teachers, school administrators and anyone else interested in today’s youth. It is rated PG-13, and therefore not appropriate for elementary school-aged children. Tickets are $10 online at rtnlongfellowlongbeach.eventbrite.com or $15 at the door. A CLEAN SWEEP What Signal Hill Mayor’s Cleanup Who City of Signal Hill staff and volunteers Where Meet at Las Brisas Community Center, 2399 California Ave. When Saturday, June 11 from 9am to noon More Info Volunteers are asked to provide their own work gloves and extended grippers, if desired. The City will provide trash bags and has a limited number of gloves and grippers to lend for the cleanup. Call (562) 989-7341. REMEMBERING ROSIES What Screening of the 1944 film Since You Went Away Who Sponsored by The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation Where The Art Theatre, 2025 E. 4th St. When Sunday, June 12 at 11am More Info Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested contribution for the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation, a nonprofit organization established to develop and maintain the history of the women who worked on the home front in Long Beach during World War II. FOR ART’S SAKE What Family art-making workshop Who Hosted by Friends of Signal Hill Cultural Arts Where Discovery Well Park, 2200 Temple Ave. When Sunday, June 12 from 2pm to 4pm More Info Workshop will include a watercolor project for children ages 4 to 15 years and their family members. The free workshop provides families the opportunity to spend an afternoon utilizing their creativity while promoting an appreciation for the arts. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited to first 50 participants. Call the Community Services Department at (562) 989-7330 for detailed information. FOUNDING FATHER What Historical presentation Who Historical impressionist Peter M. Small Where Bellflower-Long Beach Elks Lodge, 16426 Bellflower Blvd. When Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30pm More Info Small will portray George Washington, as he separates fact from myth about his life, from chopping down the cherry tree to the struggle for independence and the foundation of our republic. This portrayal and others grew out of Small’s love of history and while he taught history in the greater Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. areas. He has performed for a wide range of audiences, including at the Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Herbert Hoover, and George Bush Presidential Libraries and for the History Channel. To find out more about Small and his program, contact him at (949) 583-1905, firstname.lastname@example.org, or history-alive.com/PeterSmall. Contact the lodge at (562) 866-3027.
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called, and I could tell by the sound of her voice that something was “up.” Her first sentence uttered confirmed my suspicions as she declared, “I guess I have a confession to make.” Figuring whatever she had to tell me would probably not be as bad as it sounded, I inquired as to the nature of her confession. Mom sheepishly informed me that she had “lost” her wallet a couple of days earlier. Before I could respond, she let me know that there wasn’t much cash involved in the loss. Our conversation then turned to trying to figure out where she might have lost the wallet– or, as I suspected, where she might have had it “lifted.” Mom was sure that she must have dropped it and said that she had even gone through her car on hands and knees with a flashlight with no success. Next on my agenda was to determine what steps would need to be taken to protect her identity and save her from any credit card fraud. Seconds into that conversation, Mom informed me that she had already gone over to the DMV and picked up a temporary license, called the bank and
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to call my mom now.” That statement is code for “If you think you’re going to need me for anything over the next hour or so, you'd better ask now because once we gals get on the phone, you know it’s going to be a LONG visit.” It doesn’t matter if I saw Mom the day before or if we had a lengthy chat the night before, if I call her or she calls me, we'd both better find comfortable chairs and get ready to burn up the phone lines. What do we talk about? Oh, we talk about my work, any tidbits of news that I might be privy to (well, not EVERYTHING), family happenings, a book we are reading– the topics are endless. A couple of weeks ago, Mom
cancelled outstanding checks in her wallet, as well as cancelled her ATM and credit cards and ordered new ones. She then shared that she had also called her healthcare provider and asked them for a new card as well. I must say, I was impressed that she was so quick on her feet! Heck, I’m 56 years old, and I don’t think I’d have the presence of mind to work as quickly as she did to cover my own fanny should my wallet disappear. The good news is, last Friday Mom got her wallet back. She went to have her car washed at Bixby Knolls Car Wash and one of the employees found her wallet under the driver’s seat. I guess that vacuum hose really has some powerful suction. Mom swears she looked under the seats twice but didn’t see it. I believe her; it’s difficult to get down on the ground and maneuver into the right position to really see under the seats. Well, the drama is over for now, and we both learned an important lesson… Mom is more on the ball than either one of us (she or I) gave her credit for. Yippee!
We have watched a series of disasters sweep through the nation this spring, taxing the emergency services of states and the federal government. In Joplin, Mo., one of the scariest scenarios occurred when the tornado that leveled a third of the city also knocked out one of its main hospitals, St. John’s Regional Medical Center, at the exact moment when hospital care was needed most. We don’t have killer tornadoes in California, of course, but our hospitals could be just as vulnerable to the disasters we do have. So, for the last several years, California has maintained three portable field hospitals. Wherever you can get a big rig or a helicopter, you can set up a “hospital in a box.” That means delivering extra capacity, beds and sterile surgical suites where they are needed, when they are needed. The state bought them in preparation for a flu pandemic that did not occur. Now California isn’t sure it can afford these top-of-the-line portable hospitals. It’s true that the state’s deficit
means that we can’t afford everything we need, much less everything we want. But the field hospitals are worth saving. California has about 73,000 acute-care beds among its 321 brick-and-mortar hospitals. A whopping 75 percent of those hospitals are in earthquake zones. State officials have identified nearly 600 separate hospital buildings that pose a real risk of collapse during a seismic event. Of course, you can’t plan for emergencies in California without planning for earthquakes. But shifting tectonics is only one of the ways our hospital system could be overwhelmed. Anything from a heavy storm to a terrorist attack could strain our system beyond capacity. That’s what the governor and Legislature had in mind in 2006 when they added three mobile hospitals to our stockpile of emergency preparations. At the time, California health officials were bracing for a deadly flu outbreak. So the hospital kits include hundreds of ventilators and respirators and millions of doses of antivirals.
They can convert a parking lot into a village of Quonset-hut-shaped tents, providing 30,000 square feet of hospital space. Inside the tents are things like a digital X-ray machine, an oxygen concentration unit and most of the other equipment you’d find in a hospital. They have room for hundreds of beds, separate emergency rooms and surgical and trauma facilities. They didn’t come cheap. In 2006, the state spent $18 million on these three portable hospitals. It also bought a stockpile of pharmaceuticals and entered into contracts, which cost less than $2 million a year, to store the units, maintain the instruments inside and ensure that they can be dispatched quickly in an emergency. If the maintenance on the field hospitals is ignored, they’re as good as useless in a disaster because of the time it would take to test and recalibrate the equipment and bring the medicines up to date. Unfortunately, in the midyear 2011-12 budget cuts, legislators on both sides of the aisle agreed to strip the mobile hospitals of their
maintenance funding. Now, as we prepare to vote on one more version of that budget, we should keep the hospitals in working order for at least another year while we more completely weigh the costs and benefits of having them or doing without them. Personally, I want them, even though I hope we never have to use them. Because if we learned nothing else from the disasters in Joplin, and Japan, and the inundated towns of the Mississippi Basin, it’s that mustering resources quickly makes all the difference. And though it’s an open question whether California can afford all the tools we’d like, before we waste our investment in the hospitals, we’d better take a very close look at how the costcutting of the recession has affected our disaster preparedness. It’s not something you want to learn too late. Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) is chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee and a member of the California Emergency Council.
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Where are we? I write this email with a great urgency. As you know, we are in the midst of redefining our political districts, at all levels of government. It has come to my attention that there is a proposal at county level to move all or part of North Long Beach to another county district. This would put us in a totally different district and sepa-
rate us from the rest of the city. Our ability to influence our county supervisor will be greatly diluted. I believe we would become even more of the “stepchild” and our needs ignored. North Long Beach’s state and federal representation is already divided. At state level, we are represented by a different assembly member and senator than the rest of the city. At federal level, we are represented by two different congresswomen. In fact, I have been
trying to have coffee with our state assembly member for over two years with no luck. However, I have had breakfast and coffee with our county supervisor. At county level, it is important that we fight to keep us a part of our city. At federal and state level, it is important that we fight to have us moved into the same districts that represents the rest of the city. Please take the time to write the Review Committee and voice your opinion:
Curt Pedersen Chair, Boundary Review Committee County of Los Angeles c/o Executive Officer, Board of Supervisors Room 383, Hall of Administration 500 W. Temple Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 val Lerch former vice Mayor/9th District Council Member Long Beach
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SHPD to close off hilltop for July 4 The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) has announced that the hilltop area will be closed to all non-residential vehicular traffic on the 4th of July holiday beginning at 6pm. SHPD suggests that all individuals and families interested in viewing the aerial firework displays enjoy the view from the hilltop but consider attending the shows at Veterans Stadium, The Queen Mary, or the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Los Alamitos, since hilltop space is limited. SHPD is also reminding everyone that the possession, sale, and discharge
of all types of fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks, are prohibited within the city of Signal Hill, and the law will be enforced. Hilltop residents who are planning a party on the 4th of July should contact Sergeant Krizo (562) 989-7222 ext. 61 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for information regarding hilltop access for themselves and their guests. Residents should make sure they have adequate parking for their guests as street parking will be limited, and street parking regulations will be enforced. ß
aQMD temporarily waiving late fees for required business permits The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD, the air-pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties) has approved a measure that will re-establish its permit application penalty holiday program to assist businesses and government agencies to get required operating permits without incurring late fees or penalties. In addition, this year’s program offers a 50-percent discount on permit fees for small businesses that take steps to reduce emissions from their operations. “Businesses, especially small businesses, are still feeling the impact of the recent economic downturn,” said William A. Burke, chairman of AQMD’s Governing Board. “It’s important we continue to work with businesses to ensure compliance without further financial burden and where feasible, encourage voluntary measures to reduce emissions as well.” AQMD adopted Rule 310.1, Amnesty for Unpermitted Equipment and Small Business Discount for Control Equipment, on June 3 to provide a six-month period for Southland businesses and government agencies that should have obtained air-quality permits to get them without incurring late fees or violation penalties. Facilities that take advantage of the temporary program must pay the reg-
ular permitting fee with their application and comply with all other applicable air quality rules and regulations, including the requirement that new facilities use the cleanest air pollution control technologies available. Depending on the type of equipment a facility is permitting, the potential cost savings under the program could range from about $650 for smaller equipment such as a gasoline station fuel dispenser to about $5,300 for a spray booth equipped with air pollution controls. Very large facilities known as federal Title V sources are eligible to participate only for small equipment operating without a permit. This year, the program also offers a 50-percent small-business discount on fees for new or modified permits for air pollution control equipment that result in additional emission reductions at a facility. Changes in processes that will result in emission reductions through the use of super-compliant coatings with a volatile organic compound (VOC) content of less than 25 grams per liter of material will also qualify for the discount. The six-month voluntary amnesty program begins July 1 and ends December 31. -------------------------------MORE INFORMATION (909) 396-3385 aqmd.gov/permit/PermitAmnesty.htm
CSuLB/uSC transportation center named ‘Organization of the Year’ The METRANS Transportation Center, a joint partnership of the University of Southern California (USC) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), has been named “Organization of the Year” by the California Transportation Foundation (CTF). A leading nonprofit providing support for the transportation community statewide, CTF is a foundation whose mission is to promote transportation education in California. The award being given to METRANS will be among those presented on Wednesday, June 15, at the foundation’s 22nd annual Transportation Awards Luncheon in Sacramento, where the it recognizes excellence in transportation– all modes, public and private sector, and from all regions across California. A US Department of Transportation University Transportation Center (UTC), METRANS specifically addresses transportation problems in large metropolitan areas. “When you look at what METRANS is about, we solve transportation problems in big metropolitan
areas,” said Marianne Venieris, METRANS deputy director and executive director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation at CSULB. “We do it through research, education and outreach. We address transportation problems, which include moving people and moving goods.” This is first time the CTF’s “Organization of the Year” award has been given to a university entity. “Our selections represent the best of the projects, programs and people who made a positive difference for California transportation in 2010,” said CTF executive director Sarah West, adding that METRANS’ research and outreach initiatives made a real contribution to the field. METRANS funds research on a wide range of transportation related topics at USC and CSULB through an annual proposal process and engages students through research, seminars and other activities. In addition, the organization’s programs include conferences, public forums, publications, as well as workforce development and professional training. ß
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a story of some dedicated people and 3,000 greyhounds after reforming operations at animal Many of us have read or heard about the fate of ex-racing greyhounds. This is not that story, but rather the story of some dedicated people who decided to do something about these wonderful and loving dogs. This is their tale, as told by Joyce McRorie… Daphne, Chip, Flicka and zeus (tag numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4) were our very first greyhounds. On October 1, 1995, we received our 501(c)3 nonprofit status. On Oct. 7, we heard that there were four greyhounds ready to be picked up at the Agua Caliente Greyhound Park. Those of us on hand that day will never forget seeing those four dogs jump out of the back of an SUV and into our arms. One month later, we got our first “broken” dogs, Andy and Adam. We quickly found that there was more than we had realized to bringing in greyhounds and finding homes for them! Our “staff” was one vet, who was helping us, and one vet
tech. We had four foster homes, about 10 volunteers and $1,500 from a garage sale. We worried that the dogs with the over/under bites would be hard to place. We thought no one would want the “broken” dogs or dogs with scars. We were shocked when we got our first bounce-back. We were sure the older dogs would never find a home. Our biggest obstacle seemed to be that the public really didn’t know about greyhounds, so our first PR task was getting the word out about what great pets greyhounds make. A significant development in our relationship with the track came in 1997 when the management agreed to allow us to put a pet kennel on the track premises. For the first time, retired greyhounds had a place to go and be cared for until an adoption group could pick them up. When a wonderful volunteer donated a dog hauler/trailer, the trip from the track became easier for both the humans and canines.
Over time, we have found that every greyhound has a forever home in his future. We have learned that without a large, dedicated volunteer base, we are nothing. We also know that, somehow, our supporters manage to give us the financial resources to provide the best care for all our greyhounds. We take pride in knowing that 15-plus years since we started, we have never left a sick or injured greyhound behind and we have always been able to provide excellent veterinary care for each of them. Most of all, because of all the work our dedicated volunteers have done, almost everyone knows about greyhounds and what great pets they make. On Jan. 8, 2011, a little, red, female greyhound came to us with a broken hock (ankle). Her name is Heidi, and she is the 192nd “broken” greyhound we have rescued. Daphne wore tag #1 and Heidi wears tag #3,000– and that’s something we’re very proud of! Homes for more than 3,000 greyhounds! It’s a milestone we could barely have imagined when we started in 1995. The credit for this accomplishment belongs to you and everyone who has supported us so faithfully through the years. Your continued support will mean that we never have to say “no” to a greyhound in need of a home or medical care. Thanks to you, Daphne, Heidi, all the greyhounds in between and those yet to come will have their own forever homes. To volunteer, send a donation, or adopt a greyhound, contact FastFriends at: 1210 N. Cypress St., La Habra Heights, CA 90631; call (800) 298-5743; or visit their website at fastfriends.org. ß
Care Services, Keisler promoted to Parks and Rec bureau manager Steven Piper Staff Writer
John Keisler, who has worked as manager at Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) since 2008, was recently promoted to business operations bureau manager for the Parks, Recreation and Marine Department.
Keisler’s tour of duty at ACS began when he was selected for the position in the wake of negative publicity– a dog at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., had been inhumanely euthanized. “I was assigned to help reform operations, improve communication, and create relationships with the surrounding community,” Keisler said. Subsequently, he took the helm of the shelter and turned the center into what the animal care community largely regard as a shining example of government dollars at work.
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During the transition period, Parks, Recreation, and Marine Department Director George Chapjian and Keisler will continue to ensure operations at ACS run smoothly. The bureau is still in the process of finding a new manager. To his credit, and even though it was only his first year at the Village, Keisler innovated a new committee– Pets Always Worth Saving (PAWS), which linked the shelter with the local community and animal advocates. “We created a local animal advocate committee,” Keisler said. “PAWS is a group of local animal advocates and residents that help build better future for animals in Long Beach.” On a monthly basis, the committee meets with the bureau manager and ACS staff. Additionally, during Keisler’s term at ACS, a spay and neuter program, low-cost pet clinics, and a wildlife watch program were implemented. “All of the programs were designed to improve the community in both Long Beach and Signal Hill,” Keisler said. Prior to working at ACS, in 2006, Keisler worked as a performance management analyst in the Department of Financial Management, where he helped to implement the City’s performance management program. Projects with which Keisler was involved include: Port of Long Beach Information Management Business Plan and Intranet Development, the City’s Custodial Services Optimization and the Long Beach Challenge Community Outreach on Potential Tax Measures. With bachelor degrees in philosophy and religion from St. Olaf College, Keisler was involved with Teach For America. For three years he taught at the elementary school level in Newark, New Jersey, where he received the “Best Practices Award for Innovative Practices.” Subsequently, Keisler involved himself with local politics– working for two years with the League of California Cities, Orange County Division and the Orange County Council of Governments. At the same time, he earned a masters of public administration at the University of Southern California’s School of Policy, Planning and Development. As he ventures into his new position, Keisler will continue to serve on the International City/County Management Association Committee for Preparing the Next Generation and the Municipal Management Association of Southern California in South Los Angeles. ß
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City of SH providing pet-friendly ‘Hounds on the Hill’ event
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Signal Hill resident Carmen Pacheco and her dog Chispita at the June 5, 2010 “Hounds on the Hill”
The City of Signal Hill will host the 2nd annual “Hounds on the Hill” event at Signal Hill Park, 2175 Cherry Ave., on Saturday, June 11 from 1pm to 4pm. This pet-friendly event will feature more than 20 vendors, including Bark! Bark! Day Care, Pussy & Pooch, Fast Friends Greyhound Adoption, Uptown Animal Hospital, Enchanted Pet Photos, Usual Suspects Flyball Club, and Long Beach Animal Care Services. Available will be pet products from custom leash holders, leashes and collars to professional pet photos, as well as a variety of children’s activities: a jumper, crafts, and a children and pet story time. The park amphitheatre will feature demonstrations and the sounds of the Rusty Steel Band, a steel drum band that fuses the unique sounds of the
Caribbean. events will include: 1pm–4pm All vendor booths and activities will be open 1:30pm–3:30pm Music provided by Rusty Steel Band 1:15pm Pet and owner look-alike contest 1:45pm Flyball demonstration by Usual Suspects Flyball Club 2pm Story time at the Signal Hill Library booth 2:20pm Discussion with veterinarians from Uptown Animal Hospital 3pm Flyball demonstration by Usual Suspects Flyball Club 3:20pm Story time at the Signal Hill Library booth 3:45pm Rescued dog parade -------------------------MORE INFORMATION cityofsignalhill.org
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LaunderPet buys Wags to Whiskers grooming business in Los altos LaunderPet is now the owner of Wags to Whiskers Pet Grooming in Los Altos. Dara Samson, who founded Wags to Whiskers Pet Grooming 12 years ago, sold her award-winning grooming business to LaunderPet so she can focus on hotbows.com, her other successful and rapidly growing business. LaunderPet was “born and raised” in Long Beach and now has three locations, two in Long Beach (Belmont Heights and Bixby Knolls) and one in Seal Beach (on Main Street). Based on the strength and success of both brands and businesses, LaunderPet plans to operate Wags to Whiskers Pet Grooming with the current staff and under the current name and brand. “Wags to Whiskers Pet Grooming is the busiest and most successful single-location grooming business in Long Beach,” said Eric Hatch, coowner of LaunderPet. “Dara Samson, the founder and a close friend, has built a tremendous brand and business. We are proud to have Wags to Whiskers Pet Grooming as part of the LaunderPet family. We will work hard to continue to deliver the outstanding customer service for which Wags to Whiskers Pet Grooming is known and loved.” In the weeks and months ahead, LaunderPet plans to identify and share best practices at all four stores
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On July 7, the Long Beach Museum of Art will welcome summer with the celebration of four exhibitions highlighting the southern California community at its “LBMA After Dark.” The event will feature an evening filled with food, drinks, live entertainment and world-class art from 7pm to 10pm. The featured exhibitions will include a wide range of subjects, media, and artistic styles, ranging from portraits by Ray Turner to sculpture by Claire Falkenstein, and depictions of the Port of Long Beach to abstract works by Pablo Picasso. As part of the Museum’s continuing exhibition history of supporting the vibrant arts community of Southern
California, this summer’s featured exhibitions will include Ray Turner: Population and Good Man/Bad Man, Port Reflections: A Centennial Celebration of the Port of Long Beach, The Wilma and Roland Duquette Collection and The Jason Wong Estate. All of these exhibitions will be on display through September 11, 2011. The Museum will host a reception for Museum members, artists, sponsors and press from 5pm to 7pm, after which the campus will transition into “LBMA After Dark” and open to the public with a $10 cover charge at the door. This celebration of art, food and entertainment expands the Museum
campus with a lounge-style setting that will feature modernist furniture with a cool vibe, a $4 cash bar, an appetizer menu, and musical entertainment. Local Long Beach band Psychic Temple will kick off “After Dark” with their experimental jazz performance, with rhythmic inspiration from microhouse accompanied by a folk music melody. Visitors will enjoy spinning by Los Angeles-based DJ Josh One as he fills in with mixes between the bands to kick-off summer at the Museum. Guests can dance the night away on the bluff-top property as The Tyde closes out the evening with upbeat surf tunes to fill the ocean air. The Museum’s galleries and store
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Pasadena artist Ray Turner is painting the Long Beach community to be represented in Population and Good Man/Bad Man at The Long Beach Museum of Art. The exhibit will include more than 200 portraits of individuals from throughout the Southern California region.
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Color and Whimsy will be on exhibit at the Long Beach Playhouse through July 24.
Through July 24, the Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., is hosting the works of artist Elizabeth
Washburn, who has spent her adult life pursuing art, earning her BFA in 1995 from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Color and Whimsy consists of two different series of paintings that the artist has been creating for the past four years. In both groups, she explores the effects of light and color literally reflecting off forms as well as figuratively functioning to evoke mood and thought. Upon graduation from art school in San Francisco, Washburn lived in Italy briefly, moved back to San Francisco to paint murals and then moved on to New York where she spent a year before being offered a large art commission in Cairo, Egypt. There, she spent 18 months creating murals, paintings and traveling in Northern Africa. In 2000, she came to Southern California, where she has flourished as a regional artist. Washburn also works as a community artist creating art with teenagers and patients at the Balboa Naval Hospital who have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, she is enrolled in the MFA program at the Laguna College of Art and Design, where she will receive her MFA in 2012. -----------------------------MORE INFORMATION lbplayhouse.org (562) 494-1014
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CSuLB among nation’s top 10 for graduating Hispanic students Confirming its status as one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is among the top 10 universities in the nation in both the number of master’s degrees and the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics. The information is reported in the May issue of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, according to data attained by the US Department of Education. CSULB was 10th in the nation in bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics with 1,356 and also 10th in the nation in number of master’s degrees awarded to Hispanics with 343. In both cases, those numbers represented nearly 20 percent of the entire class being awarded degrees. Also, in both cases, the number of Hispanic awardees was overwhelmingly female. “Cal State Long Beach has a long, proud history of campus diversity and provides high-quality education to Latinos and other traditionally underrepresented groups,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “Many of these students are the first in their families to attend, and more importantly, to graduate from college. It goes to the heart of the mission of Cal State Long Beach. This campus starts working with students and their parents as early as the grade-school years to make sure they are prepared for the academic rigors of college. That preparation leads to meaningful and fulfilling lives that give back to society and help strengthen the economy.” ß
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Redistricting where the First Fridays event has been hosted– into the seventh district. “We have scheduled a community meeting for those folks that were here and those folks that couldn’t come,” Gabelich said. “If you have an opinion on this, and I invite you, Mr. Johnson, it will be June 28 at 6:30pm at the Expo Building.” By a five-to-four vote, it was decided that Johnson’s proposed map would be presented to the public. Voting yes were Councilmembers Garcia, Lowenthal, DeLong, Andrews, and Johnson. Voting no were Councilmembers O’Donnell, Schipske, Gabelich, and Neal. As Gabelich is about to be termed out, the proposed changes could substantially alter the constituency that the upcoming eighth district councilmember will represent. Furthermore, the changes do not affect 2012 Eighth District Councilmember candidate Mike Kowal’s eligibility to run for the position. The council will reconvene on July 5 to discuss the options, modify maps, and hear public comment. ----------------------MORE INFORMATION longbeach.gov/redistricting
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found Theatre to screen doc on disappearance of bees As part of its new monthly movie series, The Found Theatre will present the Long Beach/Orange County premiere of Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? From Taggart Siegel, director of The Real Dirt on Farmer John, comes this multiple-awardwinning documentary about the global bee crisis, featuring stun-
ning cinematography and visual artistry. Taking viewers on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world, including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together, they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. The Found Theatre, 599 Long
Beach Blvd., will screen Queen of the Sun Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 at 8pm, and on Sunday, June 19 at 3pm. Tickets are $8. Movie refreshments and beer and wine will be available. To view the trailer, visit queenofthesun.com. For more information, call (562) 4333363 or visit foundtheatre.org. ß Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world as they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. Courtesy Found
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arts Council turning unused spaces into cultural opportunities In its efforts to activate underutilized public spaces, the Arts Council for Long Beach (ACLB) will use the space located at the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Lime Avenue– the site of the public art installation Chantilly Clad– on Saturdays, June 11 and 18, from 2pm to 6pm, for live music, symposia, interactive workshops and more, all free to the public. Chantilly Clad, which unveiled in August 2010, provides an open-air venue for community events and features a stage with a suspended lace canopy made from reclaimed shipping crates, crane-like armatures and woven nautical rope in a nod to the city’s maritime history. June 11 will focus on urban gardening and will unveil the public art site’s new garden planters filled with native California plants. DJ Dennis Owens will provide the daylong tunes and local band MatteranGhost will grace the stage around 4:30pm. At 2:30pm, the reclaimed wood stage will feature a panel of urban gardening experts including: Freya Bardell of Greenmeme, the design team that created Chantilly Clad; Captain Charles Moore, founder of Algalita Marine Research Foundation and owner/operator of Gladys Ave. Urban Farm; Julie James, the local expert on healing herbs; Adriana Martinez, a well-known guerrilla gardener and author of the blog Anarchy in the Garden; and Jimmy Ng, founder of The Growing Experience, an
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Chantilly Clad, which was unveiled in August 2010, provides an open-air venue for community events. It features a stage with a suspended lace canopy made from reclaimed shipping crates, crane-like armatures and woven nautical rope.
urban farm in North Long Beach that employs green-collar job youth. From 3:30pm to 6pm, attendees can participate in a number of free interactive workshops. Freya Bardell and Brady Redman of Apiana Native Landscaping will facilitate a community planting of native plants on-site, thereby giving attendees the opportunity to make their mark on the public space. Charles Moore will provide handmade, carry-away wooden planter boxes for participants to plant their own salad greens or herbs and take home.
Julie James will teach how to make seed bombs, which guerilla gardenersat-heart can throw at empty lots this autumn and watch brown dirt turn to flowering bushes. And local permaculture expert Ty Tessiere will bring wormcomposting bins and show lookers-on how these wiggly creatures help the composting process. June 18 will bring the bilingual SlangFest! featuring the nationally known Slanguage spoken-word poets from Long Beach and Wilmington in collaboration with LAXART. Two symposia will be held on this day: at 2:30 pm, Slanguage founders and four spoken-word artists will speak and perform about language and voice; and at 4:30pm, special guests MC Guess, MC Tyson, Reina, and the Slanguage Noise Band will perform original works to creatively address the topic of language and music. Throughout the day, DJ Cheebo will spin eclectic Latin sounds while interactive workshops will be offered on
breakdancing and recycled art (drawing, collage, and sculpture) by Slanguage Teen Art Council, Homeland Cultural Center, and Wilmington Enrichment Community Artist Network. The band YEPA! will take the stage at 5pm. A free bike valet will be offered, encouraging attendees to leave their cars at home. Organizers are aiming for the event be zero-waste by composting and recycling all of the “waste” from the event. Artistic videographers and photographers will document and interpret the events as part of the series’ interactive art slant. “The intersection of the arts, public space, environmental sustainability and
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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: 05-24-2011 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 800-892-6902 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 TST3759 Title No. 4139079 ALS No. 2009-6069 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT OF A LIEN, DATED 7/2/2009. 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. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: On 6/28/2011, at 10:30 AM, ASSOCIATION LIEN SERVICES, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to a certain Lien, recorded on 7/10/2009, as Instrument Number 20091037472, of the Official Records of Los Angeles County California. WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR LAWFUL MONEY OF THE UNITED STATES, OR A CASHIERS CHECK at: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA The street address and other common designations, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2500 E. Willow St. #203, Signal Hill, CA 90755 Assessor's Parcel No. 7214-009-028 The owner of the real property is purported to be: Mekameh Miki Khajenouri, a single woman The undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designations, 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 a note, homeowner's
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under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: June 10, 17, 24, & July 1, 2011. TST3768 / 2011 041749 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 1. el CaCHiMBon USed aUto PartS, 2. MonCadaS USed aUto PartS, 1221 e. anaheim St., Wilmington, Ca 90744. registrant: oSCar e. MonCada, 1232 W. Burnett St., long Beach, Ca 90810. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: oscar e. Moncada. 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 June 2, 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 10, 17, 24, & July 1, 2011. TST3769 / 2011 041750 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: dieSel PoWer PartS SUPPly, inC., 1349 W. 14th St., long Beach, Ca 90813. registrant: dieSel PoWer PartS SUPPly, inC., 1349 W. 14th St., long Beach, Ca 90813. this business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: armando aguirre, President. the registrant has begun to transact business under the
CITY Of SIgnaL HILL TST3764 NOTICE OF ORDINANCE INTRODUCTION ordinance no. 2011-06-1426 was introduced by the City Council on June 7, 2011. a summary of the ordinance is as follows: an ordinanCe of tHe City CoUnCil of tHe City of Signal Hill, California, aPProving Zoning ordinanCe aMendMent 11-03, a reQUeSt to aMend Signal Hill MUniCiPal Code CHaPter 20.49, entitled “SP-6, CoMMerCial Corridor SPeCifiC Plan,” to inClUde “rental Car agenCy” aS a PerMitted USe a certified copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s office. Second reading and adoption of this ordinance is scheduled for tuesday, June 21, 2011. Kathleen l. Pacheco City Clerk Published in the Signal-tribune newspaper on June 10, 2011. Posted at City Hall, library, discovery Well Park, and reservoir Park on June 10, 2011.
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fictitious business name or names listed herein. date started doing business under this fictitious Business name was august 23, 2010. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on June 2, 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 10, 17, 24, & July 1, 2011. TST3770 / 2011 042102 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: Miller tax ServiCe, 2698 Junipero ave. Ste. 101B, Signal Hill, Ca 90755. registrant: donna Miller, 10641 lakefront dr., norwalk, Ca 90650. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: donna Miller. 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 June 3, 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 10, 17, 24, & July 1, 2011. TST3771 / 2011 044213 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: ten24, 3371 falcon ave., Signal Hill, Ca 90755. registrant: MiCHelle ngo, 3371 falcon ave., Signal Hill, Ca 90755. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Michelle ngo. 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 June 7, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on June 7, 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 10, 17, 24, & July 1, 2011.
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pany that assisted in writing the needsassessment report after conducting community workshops and issuing surveys to the community. MIG also helped to develop the master plan. “Thank you. That’s what I wanted to be clear on,” Wilson said. “Okay? And again we are not at Phase II, but anytime you leave something out, the fact that it’s out and it’s currently existing means that that’s the direction that you’re going. Okay?” “And that’s your interpretation, thank you,” replied Mayor Larry Forester. “I would assume that most people would have that same interpretation,"”Wilson said. According to a staff report from Pilar Alcivar-McCoy, director of
neWS community services for Signal Hill, Phase I of the park’s plan will complete its construction in 2013-14. The timeline and details behind Phase II are more open-ended. Once the City is ready to discuss Phase II, the City could consider building the basketball courts at another location as well as make other decisions surrounding the other facilities at the park area, Alcivar-McCoy confirmed. And according to the community services director, there was no set estimate to determine when plans for Phase II would move forward since the City would have to wait until funds become available to do further construction. A few residents voiced concern about the future of the basketball courts. Bob Mendoza, a Signal Hill resident, said he gathered more than 300 signatures from people in support
of saving the basketball courts. “And if you want to do a pick-up game, Signal Hill is the place to do it because you’re playing with nine other people that know exactly what they’re doing. They know exactly how to handle the ball,” Mendoza said, indicating that large numbers of people come from far away to play basketball in Signal Hill. “And Signal Hill is very, very well known and you have a reputation, whether you know it or not, as having the best courts in the area.” The City Council voted to approve the master plan but amended it to include a notation that would relocate the basketball courts and protect Spud Field, a popular park area that’s used for baseball games. The City Council also authorized Vice Mayor Tina Hansen to work with city staff to determine who should be represented
June 10, 2011 on the Library Redesign Committee. Hansen will submit those names to the Council for approval at a later date. Other City Council highlights: Michael Langston was officially sworn in at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting to serve as the city’s new police chief. Prior to his arrival to Signal Hill, Langston most recently worked with the City of Turlock as the police captain of the field operations division and served as second-incommand to Turlock’s police chief. The City celebrated his arrival with a reception at the community center. City Manager Ken Farfsing and City Attorney David Aleshire presented a status update on the litigation against the Water Replenishment District (WRD). Signal Hill and the cities of Cerritos and Downey filed legal action against the WRD and other entities, including one lawsuit to challenge the assessments imposed by the WRD. The WRD had increased 77 percent since 2006, according to a report from Aleshire’s office. Aleshire said that the courts ruled in favor of Signal Hill and the other cities, and an estimate from Aleshire’s report indicates that Signal Hill intends to prove damages of $1.2 million. The cities collectively could be entitled to over $20 million, according to Aleshire’s report. The WRD asked the court to reconsider the ruling, and while a final judgment is waiting to be entered, it is unknown whether the WRD will appeal if the court does not change its initial ruling, according to Aleshire’s office.
Mayor Forester presented the Second Quarter Sustainability Award to the Conservation Corps of Long Beach. The Conservation Corps of Long Beach built an environmentally friendly education center that serves disenfranchised young adults primarily between the ages 18 and 24. Participants are employed in jobs involving recycling and landscaping and can receive help with earning a highschool degree. On behalf of the Signal Hill Honorary Police Officers Association, Frank Virga presented a $10,000 check from the association to support the police department’s new bike patrol program. City Council voted to approve a resolution that authorized an agreement to join a regional alliance with a number of nearby cities. The alliance with about 14 other cities will seek to address a goal set by the 2009 Water Conservation Act that seeks to reduce per-capita water use by 20 percent. Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe advised the City that Signal Hill will be receiving a grant of $150,000. The money will be designated for capital projects for the Parks and Recreation facilities. According to Alcivar-McCoy, the Parks and Recreation Commission will be determining how to use the money at its next meeting. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, June 21 at 7pm in Council Chambers. ß
LBPD DuI-driver’s license checkpoint results in 5 DuIs, 3 misdemeanor arrests On Saturday, June 4, the Long Police Department’s Beach (LBPD) Traffic Division conducted a checkpoint to screen for impaired and unlicensed drivers at 7th Street and Locust Avenue from 6pm to 2am. During the eight-hour operation, which was aided by Long Beach Police Explorers and the Long Beach Search and Rescue, 1,314 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 348 being screened, resulting in the following statistics: • five arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) • three misdemeanor arrests • 12 citations for unlicensed driving • 8 citations for suspended license • 15 vehicles impounded • five vehicles stored • 23 other citations issued
According to the LBPD, DUI checkpoints are a vital component in the fight against both impaired and unlicensed driving. “Drunk Driving – Over the Limit, Under Arrest” is the name of the 2011 campaign to bring awareness to this issue. Nationally, impaired driving caused by alcohol and/or drugs causes one death every 33 minutes. Sobriety checkpoints have been proven to reduce these types of driving-related collisions by removing such drivers from our streets. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Safety Administration. For further information, contact Traffic Section Sergeant Ernie Kohagura at (562) 570-5737. ß
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This is where the favoritism hits and we really start to wonder if the NCAA has something personal against the Trojans. If we dissect all three scandals, they all have a lot in common. But USC was brutally penalized and had to endure all the pain. All three schools are very prestigious colleges, and their football programs bring in billions of dollars. In 2004 USC had 20 players that got drafted into the NFL. Those players worked very hard and earned that
championship against Oklahoma. Does every player deserve to be punished because of someone else’s actions over which they have no control? You cannot monitor every player on the roster to make sure they are staying clean. The NCAA needs to come up with a solution to their ongoing problems. Paying college players a salary would most definitely be the first step. There are ways to try and crack down on college misconduct. It should be illegal for boosters and out-
siders to approach college players and try to lure them with gifts and money. We can’t blame 18- and 19year-olds for taking gifts; they’re still growing and learning. But we can point the finger at adults who know this is a greedy, self-centered act. If this could become a felony, I can guarantee you that this disgraceful debacle would decrease by the hour. We have got to do better when it comes to college sports; it’s becoming very distasteful to our society. ß
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