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Two industries who want to do business in Signal Hill needed to adjust their public image at Tuesday night’s Planning Commission meeting in order to move forward with the process of changing two key city ordinances. Gourmet food
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truck operators had an easier time moving forward with the process of changing the city’s regulations. But at this month’s commission meeting, tattoo artists expressed frustration that they had to shake a negative reputation before they could change an ordinance that blocked them from setting up a shop in town, even after a federal
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appeals court recently ruled that the First Amendment was on the side of the tattoo. The Planning Commission held separate workshops during its meeting at the City’s Council Chambers on June 14 to encourage public input on the possibility of amending two zoning ordinances that affected two industries. Currently no zoning ordinance regulates gourmet food trucks when they operate on private property, and the city specifically prohibits tattoo studios in the city, according to a city staff report. Gourmet food trucks Gourmet food truck operators are distinct from the so-called “roach coach” lunch trucks which largely cater to serving breakfast and lunch to construction workers on an established route, according to a report from Reina Schaetzl, an assistant planner for Signal Hill. Although lunch truck vendors that operated in Signal Hill carried business licenses, the gourmet food trucks had been operating without the City’s business licenses when they planned special events on private commercial property, according to her report. On Tuesday night, a represensee COMMISSION page 6
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Retiring instructor Linda Finley addresses the entire student body and staff of Los Cerritos Elementary Monday morning, as the school’s fifth-graders sit behind her. The third-grade teacher is retiring after 33 years of teaching, 24 of which were at Los Cerritos. Cory Bilicko Managing Editor
It was a bittersweet scene. Under a shedding jacaranda tree on a gloomy Monday morning, Linda Finley’s 33year teaching career was coming to a close. In honor of the third-grade teacher’s retirement, the entire student body and staff of Los Cerritos Elementary School gathered around their historic school bell June 13 to bestow Finley with several flower arrange-
ments, a homemade scrapbook, a Waterford crystal punch bowl, three songs, some tearful memories and much appreciation. Finley sat stage left of the podium, next to her mother, her husband and her childhood friend. Los Cerritos Principal Donald Beaver used a simile to explain to the young students the reason for the assembly. “Our lives are like books,” he said. “Some are larger, and some are see RETIREMENT page 12
Ninety-Nines reunite to continue their legacy of air-marking Stephanie Raygoza Staff Writer
Coloring in a navigation compass with its signature shades of blue and white at the flight path located in the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center, the Long Beach Chapter of Ninety-Nines continued the longstanding tradition of guiding pilots to airports last Saturday, June 11 by painting their signature air marking for the neighboring Long Beach Airport. Coordinated by the Office of Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske as a reminder of the
rich history of Long Beach’s women being involved in aviation, the event attracted several Rosies, as well as a few of their daughters. Public Works provided all of the paint material needed for the 36foot circle, and the Long Beach Airport distributed breakfast and lunch for the members. “This year is the 100th anniversary of the first transcontinental flight, so this is to commemorate that and the start of Long Beach aviation,” Amy Graham said on behalf of the councilmember. “It’s a great way for us to be in touch with these women as well, as it helps commemorate all the hard
work women put in to become aviators and breaking out of those gender roles. It’s a really great thing to bring to this park.” The Ninety-Nines have been creating their air markings for local governments and local airports since the end of World War II and were originally formed in 1929 by Amelia Earhart and Long Beach’s first woman pilot, Gladys O’Donnell. Nora Montoya, chairman of the Long Beach chapter of the NinetyNines, has been a member since 1982. “We represent women that see NINETY-NINES page 18
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Members of the Ninety-Nines paint a compass rose at Rosie the Riveter Park Saturday.
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SHPD attempting to locate victim of sexual assault On Wednesday, June 8 at 7:17pm, Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) officers responded to the area of Temple Avenue and 20th Street regarding a sexual battery. The female victim reported to officers that while walking in the neighborhood she was approached by an unknown male subject. The subject attempted to engage her in a conversation about dating. When the victim refused to speak to the subject, he grabbed the victim from
behind, in an effort to keep her from leaving. The victim was able to push the suspect away and flee to safety. The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing approximately 180 pounds, wearing a white sweatshirt and blue shorts and carrying a plastic bag. The suspect was immediately located by SHPD officers and detained while they conducted their investigation. During the investigation, a witness
reported to officers that he saw the same suspect assault another female outside a restroom at Discovery Well Park. The assault occurred approximately 15 minutes prior to this incident. The second victim was no longer in the area and could not be located. Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating the second victim. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Signal Hill Police Department at (562) 989-7220. ß
Free online tool lets users view California redistricting Commission’s proposed lines The California Redistricting Commission (CRC) released its first draft of new Assembly, Senate, and Congressional district lines last Friday. The free online tool ReDrawCA.org has posted these proposed lines on an interactive mapping platform which allows users to see the detailed boundaries as well as the underlying data for each district. ReDrawCA.org is also offering a free embeddable widget that allows users to type in their address or ZIP code and see both what district they are in now and their proposed new district. The widget can be embedded in anyone’s website, Facebook profile, Twitter account or other social media, making it easy to share the proposals with a wide variety of people. The CRC is now requesting the public to comment on their proposals and to make the case for why a specific district should be altered. ReDrawCA.org is the place for individuals and groups to use the data to understand how redistricting will affect their community and to prepare comment and testimony to the CRC. ReDrawCA.org bridges the gap between concerned citizens and decision makers by providing an interactive tool for community groups to engage in the redistricting process. Every 10 years, California redraws the lines of the political landscape through the redistricting process. Altering political boundaries through gerrymandering, packing, and dividing neighborhoods can disenfranchise entire communities and their interests, according to the CRC. However, most citizens have little to no knowledge of the redistricting process, let alone information about how they can influence redistricting decisions. ReDrawCA.org allows community groups to engage decision makers
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WHAT’S YOUR STORY? What Free “Writing For Children” lecture Who California Writers Club of Long Beach When Saturday, June 18, 3pm Where Los Altos Library, 5614 Britton St More Info Shirley Jordan, a retired elementary school teacher and principal, has 22 middle-grade children’s books in print including America’s Greatest Natural Disasters, The Civil War, Moments in History, and Pirates and Privateers. Meeting is open to the public. Visit calwriters.org or call Kathryn Atkins at (562) 400-1100. CLIMB YOUR FAMILY TREE What Meeting Who Questing Heirs Genealogical Society When Sunday, June 19 at 1:15pm Where Resurrection Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 1900 E. Carson St. More Info Topic will be “Genealogy Research Online.” Guest speaker will be Alice Volkert telling about the excellent places to do family research in Southern California. WANA LEARN ABOUT LONG BEACH? What Community meeting Who Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA) When Monday, June 20 from 7pm to 9pm Where Veterans Park Social Hall, 101 E. 28th St. More Info Guest speaker will be Larry Rich, sustainability coordinator for the City of Long Beach, who will present a multilayered visual journey around town as he discusses how land features influenced development and names of places and streets in the city. Meet & greet 6:45pm to 7pm. Enjoy coffee, deserts and other refreshments provided by WANA volunteers. Parking and on-site child care also provided at no charge. Call (562) 4275021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. STRESSED OR DEPRESSED? What Weekly meetings Who Recovery International When every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Where Burns Community Center, 5510 Clark St. More Info Recovery International provides tools and practice in changing thinking habits so individuals can gain personal control over distressing emotions such as anxiety, depression, anger problems and improve general well-being. Call (562) 343-5195 or visit lowselfhelpsystems.org. Donations requested but not required. MIX ‘N’ MINGLE What Monthly luncheon meeting Who Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce When Thursday, June 23 from noon to 1:30pm Where Signal Hill Community Center, 1780 E. Hill St. More Info Guest speaker will be Signal Hill Police Chief Michael Langston. Attendees are asked to bring new or used children’s books for a charity book drive.
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 email@example.com 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
COMMEMORATION AND CELEBRATION What Sixth District Juneteenth celebration Who Open to the public When Saturday, June 18 from 11am to 2:30pm Where Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. More Info This celebration, commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, will be an open-air festival that will showcase performances by local youth choirs and entertainers. Included at this year’s event is the annual 6th district domino tournament, an “old school” dance contest, and community BBQ, with free hamburgers and hot dogs prepared by the Long Beach Fire Fighters Local 372 and the Long Beach Police Officers Association. There will be live musical performances and a Health Pavilion, sponsored by St. Mary Medical Center, which will include various free health screenings. Call (562) 570-6816.
DINNER DATE WITH THE KIDS What Family movie night Who Hosted by Cal Heights Children’s Center When Friday, June 24 at 6pm Where 3759 Orange Ave. More Info The movie Cars will be shown. Bring flashlights and blankets and wear pajamas. $5 per person gets pizza, drink and movie. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced purchase five tickets for $20. Contact April at (562) 595-0056 or firstname.lastname@example.org. POUND THE PAVEMENT FOR A GOOD CAUSE What Orange County/Long Beach Liver Life Walk Who American Liver Foundation When Saturday, June 25; Registration 7am–9am, walk at 9am Where Newport Dunes in Newport Beach at the intersection of Jamboree and PCH More Info Register at liverfoundation.org/walk and click on the ‘Orange County’ Walk. Sign up for the Long Beach/Signal Hill Walking Team “The Liver Spots.” All of the proceeds raised by the walkers go to the American Liver Foundation’s mission to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support, and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.
IT TAKES A COMMUNITY What Community discussion on site planning and design of the new North Library Who Hosted by the Department of Library Services and Long Beach Development Services staff When Saturday, June 25 from 10am to noon Where Ramona Park, 3301 E. 65th St. More Info Contact Tony Foster at (562) 570-6393 or email email@example.com
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Many couples have little inside jokes that keep humor running through their relationships. With Steve and me, it is the “pig cheese” that makes us laugh. Over two decades ago,
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Beach and had taken many pictures at crime scenes when Steve was the officer on duty. While showing us his portfolio, “Bill” the photographer started chatting with Steve about various things, and the two ended up talking about their pig collections. When I say pig collections, I don’t mean live pigs– I mean porcelain statuettes, plastic cups with pig likenesses emblazoned on them, glass bookends, and pretty much anything else with a pig on it. Steve was describing some of his prized pieces when Bill announced that he had the best piece of “pig paraphernalia” in the world. Getting up from the living room, Bill walked over to his refrigerator, opened one of the inside drawers, picked up some sort of what I figured was an edible item and brought it for us to admire. It was a “pig cheese.” What is a pig cheese? In this case, it is what he described to be a 10-year-old vacuum-packed cheese that had been made to resemble a pig. He claimed someone had given it to him as a lark years ago. Frankly, I thought it looked like something out of a school science lab that was waiting to be dissected. After a few laughs between us, Bill held out the pig cheese and
offered it to us as a wedding present. I’m still not sure why, but we graciously accepted his gift. The cheese has been in a drawer in our refrigerator for 21 years now– making it a porcineshaped hunk of milk solids that’s more than 30 years old.Talk about aged cheese… sheesh! Over the years, we have had our share of laughs over the topic of the plastic-wrapped baby swine. When entertaining overnight guests or housing a house/pet sitter, we always make it clear, “eat anything you want, but stay away from the pig cheese!” Of course, we then walk over and proudly display our most certainly fermented cheesy pig and explain that it is however many years old at the time. Most people laugh politely at our little “joke,” but I’m sure they just think we are weird. Bringing the joke to a more intimate level– last week we were really low on groceries and I was just too tired to shop. I mentioned to Steve that I was so hungry “the pig cheese was starting to look good!” Having a great sense of humor and a heart of gold, he said “Don’t worry, Honey. I’ll call Charo Chicken. They’ll deliver.” What a man!
Pig-shaped cheese (top right) with select items from Steve’s “pig collection.”
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During the summer months, guardians must be vigilant for subtle signs that their dogs are experiencing severe distress from the heat or hot pavement or from being subjected to crowds and loud noises. I stopped my car to help a man whose dog was faltering in the heat, and we reached the vet’s office within minutes, but it was too late and the dog died, frothing and convulsing. One of the most common misconceptions is that if you are coping on your walk, jog, or bike ride, then your dog must be coping too. Heavy panting and a tongue hanging out of the mouth mean that your dog is very hot. I have seen people, oblivious, talking on their cell phones while their dogs suffer, and when approached, they are adamant that their panting dog is “just fine.” People often haven’t a clue that, unlike humans, dogs cannot perspire through their skin and might as well be locked in a plastic box with a tiny vent. Dogs’ hot-weather experience is very different from ours. People need to have a heart and open their eyes if they want to keep their canine companions safe. ingrid E. Newkirk President People for the Ethical Treatment of animals
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I watched about 15 minutes of the Tony Awards last night [Sunday, June 12] before I became so disgusted by the constant innuendo (consider that word) about the gay lifestyle practiced by the entertainment industry that I had to turn it off. Who cares how they live their lives? Why do heterosexuals, who simply want to see the results of a contest, have to be bombarded with references to Johnny’s or Jimmy’s or anyone else’s lifestyle? I, for one, am only interested in the quality of their talent and not the quantity of their personal sexual preferences. I respect every person with a different lifestyle than my own, but I am not interested in having them describe it to me as entertainment. Last night definitely pulled the chain on any awards program for me ever again. I don’t want to see women exposing their breasts or men their, what should be, private parts. (Thank goodness I didn’t see any Weiners when I was watching.) To paraphrase the Bard of Avon…. Out, Out, foul Exhibitionism. Vivian C. Nelson Long beach
we deserve better The State Legislature adopted a series of budget bills on June 15. Many people believe that the Legislature took this action to protect their own paychecks. The Legislature also adopted a “budget bill” that would eliminate the Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency along with hundreds of other city redevelopment agencies statewide. Governor Brown wisely vetoed two of the major budget bills (SB 69 and 98) on June 16. In his veto message, the Governor stated that the Legislature’s budget contains “legally questionable maneuvers, costly borrowing and unrealistic savings.” The State’s budget mess is occurring as Signal Hill’s residents and businesses work hard every day to support their families and our community, pay their taxes and their bills on time. Why should the Legislature and the State’s budget be any different? We do not know at this time if the Governor plans to veto the bill to eliminate redevelopment agencies (SB 1X 14). The Legislature also passed a “budget bill” that would ransom redevelopment agencies for another $1.7 billion this year (SB 1X 15). Both bills are unconstitutional and will not result in additional funds for the State’s budget. We urge the Governor to veto SB 1X 14 and SB 1X 15, since they are legally questionable and more budget “smoke and mirrors” from our Legislature. Signal Hill’s residents and businesses deserve better representation from our State’s elected officials.
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restored building to house new pieces of history “Personally, I’m not an antiquer,” Franklin said. “A lot of people like collectibles. Some do it for their business, for their income, and then a lot of people are retired and do it as a hobby.” According to Jurkiewicz, the locations will complement each other and provide antique mall enthusiasts with the same quality items they have seen from their existing location across the street. Being a collector himself, Jurkiewicz said the new location will continue to provide antique items, furniture and jewelry from the area that they recycle. “We’re pretty filled. We have anything from before the turn of the century to after the turn of the century to art deco,” Jurkiewicz said. “We have a lot of '50s and '60s kind of furniture, which is what we’re kind of concentrating on because it is very popular right now.” The company has preserved much of the building and added skylights for a bright and airy atmosphere. Jurkiewicz is looking forward to the celebration and continuing the tradition of antique collecting and selling for the Long Beach and Signal Hill communities. “We don’t want to have general stuff you can get anywhere. We want to have quality and unique stuff,” he said. “It’s just another extension of what we got here, and everyone just loves it.” ß
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The Long Beach Antique Mall II, formerly home to Long Beach Lumber and Plywood Company, will be celebrating its grand opening and extension to the Long Beach Antique Mall on Saturday, June 18. The original antique mall has been in business and serving the Long Beach area for 17 years, and its expansion to serving the Signal Hill community in such a historical location has been described as a great opportunity by the mall's owner, Andrew Jurkiewicz. “It’s been there since the mid40s,” Jurkiewicz said. “When I heard that it was closing down, I decided that it would be a good time for me to go over and talk to them and inquire about the building because it’d be a perfect antique mall.” The lumber and plywood company was established in 1947, and the building opened its doors in 1952. Because of the economy and financial hardships, co-owners and daughter and son of the original owner, Dianne Franklin and Philip Wiedrick, made the difficult decision to close down the company. “We’ve had oodles of people come in, and a lot of them said, ‘Oh my gosh, you can’t close. I’ve been coming here with my grandpa when I was a kid.’” Franklin said. “It was hard to do because you form a lot of friendships with a lot of people you just think of as family. From what I hear and the businesses close by that we know of, they’re supportive of it and they say it’s a pretty good deal.” The re-conditioned building, located at 1851 Freeman Ave., will be home to more than 50 vendors within the indoor and outdoor areas. The street will be blocked
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off for the celebration, and Jurkiewicz will provide visitors with free food and a display of classic cars. “It was very hard for them to leave because they’ve been there all their lives so they’re there every day,” Jurkiewicz said. “They’re happy with how we’ve fixed it up cosmetically and, you know, made it work for us. They’re good people. We’re happy with the outcome too.” Although Franklin does not collect items herself, she understands the business and how it comes into play in the community.
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Repair work on crushed drainage pipes at the intersection of Delta Avenue and Wardlow Road– an area represented by Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson– started last Tuesday. "By fixing this storm drain, this will be the last year that people are unable to safely reach their homes during the rain, the last time that kids have to cross the middle of a major boulevard to get to school because they can’t
get near the sidewalk, and the last year the city has to pay $4,000 per rainstorm to pump the water out of this intersection," Johnson said. Delta Avenue is the only entrance to the neighborhood located north of Wardlow Road on the west side of Long Beach, which forced residents to drive on sidewalks and front yards to navigate the bottleneck. The project is expected to be completed before the end of the summer. ß
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ular basis and said that they were unsure of how the City regulated the food trucks when they first organized their events at Best Buy. The Planning Commission asked City staff to present their recommendations for changes to the zoning ordinance at the next Commission meeting in July. They will be considering, among other details, how to handle business licenses, sales tax and clean-up.
"This is all conceptual for our city," said Devon Austin, vice chair for the Planning Commission, indicating that she would like to see visual model scenarios of the zoning possibilities to determine how the city would be affected. Planning Commissioner Tom Benson agreed. “I think we need more definition on what it is we’re talking about. . .I don’t have a clear feeling for what it is,” Benson said. “I know what it does. I don’t know what it is.” A few tattoo artists at Tuesday night’s Commission meeting expressed different visions for their shops and clientele. Long Beach resident and tattoo artist Wade Hexberg, 36, envisioned a shop reminiscent of a 1940s barber shop in an old brick building. Tiffany Garcia, another independent artist who said she had been in the tattoo business for about 18 years, envisions an art gallery setting if she gets her own shop. These tattoo artists Tuesday night recognized that their profession had a bad reputation, despite the fact that celebrities and whitecollar professionals, in addition to gang members, have been known to “get inked.” But since a federal judge in the US Court of Appeals said last year that both tattoos and the process of tattooing are protected under the First Amendment after a tattoo studio owner challenged the City of Hermosa Beach, Signal Hill is looking for a way to change the zoning ordinance that previously prohibited the tattoo businesses and determine just how a change to the local ordinance would affect the business community. But, first, there is a marketing hurdle that tattoo business owners will have to overcome. Jon Hall, one of the tattoo artists who hope to start a studio in town, recognizes that there is a public percep-
Tattoo studios The Planning Commission still had more questions before they could rally behind an effort to change a city zoning ordinance that would allow tattoo shops to operate in the city. They are hoping to review zoning possibilities at July’s Commission meeting as well as seek further City staff and public input at a second workshop on the tattoo issue.
“There’s a big, huge misunderstanding when it comes to tattooing. And me and my business partner, personally, are not in gangs. We don’t do drugs. We don’t drink. We are just committed to our art.” – Jon Hall, tattoo artist The Planning Commission will have to determine where tattoo businesses can operate and how the City will regulate the businesses.
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SH library providing summer-long program for teens Food Finders founder, executive The Signal Hill Public Library, 1770 E. Hill St., in conjunction with the Friends of the Signal Hill Library, will conduct a teen summer library program entitled “you Are Here” from June 20 to August 30. Teenagers are invited to go to the library and read for prizes, as well as take part in special events offered throughout the summer.
The special events will include a Wii Sports tournament, henna body art, a drawing class, classic board games, and duct tape art. Beginning Monday, June 20, teens in middle school and high school can register to attend these free events at the Signal Hill Public Library. Teens may also register to read books and earn prizes and drawing
tickets for the grand prize– a backpack filled with school supplies, an iPod Nano and an iTunes gift card. Teens may also participate in the “Tuesday Teen Book Club” from 1pm to 1:30pm, for which they are encouraged to talk about the books they are reading and learn about other books while enjoying snacks. ß
Community Hospital appoints Jansezian as administrator Community Hospital Long Beach (CHLB) Thursday announced Krikor Jansezian, Ph.D. as the administrator, a new role, for the CHLB leadership team. As administrator, Jansezian will oversee the operational aspects of inpatient and outpatient programs and services, working closely with the administrative and medical directors at the hospital, and serve as the senior liaison between CHLB and MemorialCare Health System. Jansezian will report directly to Diana Hendel, CEO, Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach. Jansezian plans to maintain and
build on the already strong partnership with the community and physicians of CHLB to ensure quality, compassionate care is provided to the community. The hospital will focus on raising the awareness of hospital programs and services, with behavioral health services remaining a key service offered at CHLB. “The relationship with MemorialCare Health System is a very exciting one to me,” Jansezian said. “I look forward to advancing the services provided at CHLB by using the resources available through the health system in the next five to seven years. This will be both a challenging and rewarding journey for the hospital as we continue to grow and develop.” Jansezian has created, developed, implemented, maintained and improved existing, as well as startup, programs for many hospitals and community agencies. He has held a number of roles in health care, ranging from clinical to administrative including executive director of behavioral health/post surgical services, clinical director of inpatient, outpatient and psychiatric inpatient programs, psychologist, social worker and recreational therapist. “Dr. Jansezian will bring a wealth of expertise to the organization as we continue to look for opportunities to maximize synergy and optimize the
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unique identities of each hospital in our system,” Hendel said. “CHLB and the healthcare team there bring new opportunities, like behavioral health, to the MemorialCare Health System that we are thrilled to now have as part of our system. With more than 20 years of behavioral health experience, Dr. Jansezian was the obvious choice for the new administrator role as we look to expand behavioral health services in the greater Long Beach community.” ß
director announces retirement The board of directors of the nonprofit food bank Food Finders announced Thursday that its founder, Arlene Mercer, has declared her retirement and has elected to become executive director emeritus of the organization and will discontinue her duties in the day-to-day operation. The board will appoint an interim executive director and begin the search for a permanent executive director to handle the operations of the organization. “The Board of Directors would like to publicly thank Arlene Mercer for her service to Food Finders, the City of Long Beach and the County of Los Angeles,” reads a press release issued by Food Finders Thursday. “The Board of Directors looks forward to continuing the
work of Food Finders and appreciates the support of the community during this time of transition.” ß
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The Long Beach Chorale is encouraging talented singers to audition for its 2011-2012 season. Auditions will take place by appointment during the month of August at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 5100 East Broadway, in the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach. Prospective members are invited to contact the chorus by calling audition coordinator Alan Caddick at (562) 431-2781 or emailing email@example.com for information or to schedule an audition. Singers in all voice parts are welcomed; the ability to read music is required. Auditions are brief, informal, and non-threatening.
Directed by Eliza Rubenstein and comprising 40 to 50 amateurs of all ages and backgrounds, the Long Beach Chorale has earned high praise and rave reviews for its performances of a wide variety of repertoire. The 2011-12 season marks the Long Beach Chorale’s 23rd year as a Long Beach institution and will include a holiday concert and a complete performance (with orchestra) of Franz Joseph Haydn’s The Creation, among other opportunities. The Chorale rehearses on Monday evenings in Belmont Shore. For more information, visit longbeachchorale.org. ß
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Governor brown vetoes state legislature’s two budget-proposal bills In a youTube video and veto message released Thursday, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced that he will not sign Senate Bill 69 and Assembly Bill 98, which together make up the state budget passed by the Legislature on June 15. The full text of Brown’s veto message is below: I am returning Senate Bill 69 and Assembly Bill 98 without my signature. In January, I presented a balanced budget solution with a mix of deep spending cuts and temporary tax extensions subject to voter approval. My plan would put these extended revenues in a lockbox, ensuring that they are only used to protect education and public safety. It would also address California’s long-term fiscal crisis by substan-
tially paying down the $35 billion wall of debt built up over the last decade. Yet Republicans in the Legislature blocked the right of the people to vote on this honest, balanced budget. Meanwhile, Democrats in the Legislature made valiant efforts to address California’s budget crisis by enacting $11 billion in painful cuts and other solutions. I commend them for their tremendous efforts to balance the budget in the absence of Republican cooperation. Unfortunately, the budget I have received is not a balanced solution. It continues big deficits for years to come and adds billions of dollars of new debt. It also contains legally questionable maneuvers, costly borrowing and unre-
alistic savings. Finally, it is not financeable and therefore will not allow us to meet our obligations as they occur. We can– and must– do better. A balanced budget is critical to our economic recovery. I am, once again, calling on Republicans to allow the people of California to vote on tax extensions for a balanced budget and significant reforms. They should also join Democrats in supporting job creation and ending tax breaks for out-of-state companies. If they continue to obstruct a vote, we will be forced to pursue deeper and more destructive cuts to schools and public safety– a tragedy for which Republicans will bear full responsibility. A joint statement issued Thursday morning by the mayors of California’s 10 largest cities, including Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, on the Legislature’s budget vote Wednesday read:
Leaders in Sacramento yesterday took a backhand to the residents of California by failing to craft a legal and sustainable budget. Instead of seeking to protect our communities and the hard-working people of this state, legislators relied on gimmicks in order to protect their own paychecks. Their so-called remedy for the state’s deficit is an illegal and indefensible shakedown of our cities. Over the past several months, we have proactively worked with state leaders to create sound alternatives that keep redevelopment alive and solve the state’s budget problems. But rather than create sensible, long-term solutions for California’s dismal financial problems, they sought to recklessly raid local tax dollars and kill redevelopment– our strongest, local tool to revitalize the economy and create jobs now. As mayors of the 10 largest cities in
the state, we condemn these shortsighted actions. Despite Sacramento’s failure, we will continue to fight to save quality job training, urban revitalization, job opportunities, and affordable housing for residents across California. Signal Hill Mayor Larry Forester, in a letter to the Signal Tribune Thursday (see page 4), commended Brown for his action. “Governor Brown wisely vetoed two of the major budget bills (SB 69 and 98) on June 16,” Forester said. “In his veto message, the Governor stated that the Legislature’s budget contains ‘legally questionable maneuvers, costly borrowing and unrealistic savings.’ The state’s budget mess is occurring as Signal Hill’s residents and businesses work hard every day to support their families and our community, pay their taxes and their bills on time. Why should the Legislature and the state’s budget be any different?” ß
Police seeking information about relic stolen from church On Monday, June 13, at approximately 9:30am, officers from the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to a church in the area of 6th Street and Olive Avenue in response to a report that a grand theft had occurred. The preliminary investigation
revealed that a religious relic that is almost 800 years old was stolen from a cabinet in the church. The relic is only on display for significant religious events and was last on display about nine years ago. It was taken out last weekend to honor St. Anthony. It was originally
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one man, two women arrested for residential burglary On Tuesday, June 14, at approximately 10:42am, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) received a call from a resident who witnessed two subjects carrying electronic equipment from a residence in the 1500 block of E. 37th Street, and into a nearby vehicle. The caller provided suspect and vehicle descriptions. Shortly thereafter, officers located a vehicle matching the description that contained occupants matching the suspects’ descriptions in the area of Olive Avenue and Market Street and conducted a felony traffic stop. Through their investigation, officers determined that the vehicle’s three occupants were responsible for the residential burglary and took them into custody. Due
to the ongoing investigation, and the strong possibility that these individuals are responsible for other burglaries in the area, they are only being identified at this time as follows: a 20-year-old Long Beach male (residential burglary); a 19-year-old Long Beach female (residential burglary); and a 25-year-old Long Beach female (residential burglary, six failureto-appear warrants). The loss from the burglary was returned to the owner by officers. “It was the willingness of that caller to get involved that helped us take three burglars off the street,” said North Patrol Division Commander Galen Carroll. “This is a good example of what can happen when neighbors look out for one another.” ß
LbPD launches Facebook information page The Long Beach Police Department has implemented a new source of communication with the community and department employees. By logging on to facebook.com/LongBeachPD.CA, (no membership is needed) members of the community will be able
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CoMMuNiTy 10 SiGNaL TribuNE JuNE 17, 2011 For recent CSuLb master’s graduate with cerebral palsy, it’s all about support systems and tenacity Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern
With roughly 6,000 graduates from California State University of Long Beach (CSULB) this year, 384 of the graduates have successfully completed their degrees while challenged by a physical disability. Among these students, Rob Schlesinger, a Signal Hill resident with cerebral palsy, earned his master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in marriage and family
therapy. At CSULB’s commencement ceremony, Schlesinger was able to have his wheelchair pushed on the stage by his partner, Kelly James, to receive his diploma. Schlesinger was born in Long Beach on May 15, 1964. He attended schools within the Long Beach Unified School District such as Tucker Elementary School (which was formerly an academy for those with orthopedic handicaps), Hill Middle School, and Robert A. Millikan High School. “It’s a tough road,” said Schlesinger in acknowledgment of his educational journey. “The biggest thing is support and to do anything you can do to build yourself up.” The educational path Schlesinger took was customary for his handicap, but when he was assigned to attend David Starr Jordan High School, Schlesinger protested. After a negotiation with Millikan’s principal, Schlesinger was granted all first-floor classes, the second student in the school’s history to be allowed such accomodations. The principal offered this exception to Schlesinger under the condition that he maintain a C average. Schlesinger honored the
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agreement and proceeded to graduate. After graduating high school, Schlesinger attended Long Beach City College (LBCC) and earned an associate degree in travel tourism
and then a bachelor’s degree in speech communication in 1991 from CSULB. Schlesinger’s first semester at CSULB proved more difficult than he had anticipated, and he failed. It was after this failure that Schlesinger approached Disabled Student Services at CSULB for help in 1985. “They helped with teacher understanding,” Schlesinger said. “I had to adapt to different styles of committee members, but you have to be tenacious if you really want something. It takes a lot of courage; it takes a great support system. If you don’t have the support system, you can’t succeed. I really wanted to do something. My burning desire helped me succeed.” Upon his spring 2011 graduation from CSULB’s master’s program, Schlesinger celebrated his success with a Disney/Goofy-themed party. An avid Disney fan, Schlesinger felt the tone of the party was very uplifting. “Disney brings happiness to everyone,” he said. “Growing up at
Disneyland and being carried on all the rides was always fun.” Schlesinger recently visited the theme park and was wheeled around by a running Goofy all throughout Toon Town. “I felt like a kid again,” Schlesinger said. Schlesinger has also set up the Judith Schlesinger Memorial Fund in his mother’s honor to help other disabled students. “I’ve always been charitable,” said Schlesinger, who has worked for causes such as muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy. “And my mom was always a proponent to all disabled persons.” The fund assists disabled persons’ book charges and counseling costs. Schlesinger maintains his belief that none of his success would have been possible without his support system, including the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, which made him a poster child for cerebral palsy when he was 3 while the organization opened a clinic for the see SCHLESINGER page 18
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Champions run and Cooking for Kids Competition raise $440,000 for local children’s cancer center Hundreds of people showed up for a day and evening of giving back last Saturday when the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach had its 26th Annual Champions Run for Life Torch Run. That same night, JJCCC also hosted its Profiles of Courage Gala to benefit pediatric cancer patients. The long-running fundraising events will help hundreds of children with cancer, sickle cell disease and other serious blood disorders from JJCCC. Participants of the events were patients, their families and friends, community members and celebrities. The day-long benefit consisted of a relay passing an Olympic-style torch and then a cooking competition in the evening. More than 40 celebrities starring in children’s television shows and movies joined the relay race with appearances from Angus T. Jones (Two and a Half Men), Debra Wilson (MADtv), Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), Tyler Steelman (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody) and Leon Thomas III (various Nickelodeon productions) who sang the National Anthem. The race was held at Shoreline Aquatic Park in downtown Long Beach, and the park provided the setting for the relay race. Children were able to race in whatever condition they could, whether they ran, walked, wheeled or were carried. Later that evening, the Profiles of Courage Gala at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach honored four patients from JJCCC for their positive spirits and ability to persevere. Additional honorees included Team “Matt Johnson,” Payless Foods and KV Mart, Co. for their years of fundraising support. A highlight of the gala was the Cooking for Kids Competition in which nine local “celebrity” chefs prepared a recipe that was judged by Paul
Judges Nancy Monte-Frye, Mary Clay and Paul Buchanan sample the recipe that Jake Hooper (far right) created for the Cooking for Kids competition. Hooper won the competition and was named “Ultimate Chef.”
Buchanan, owner of Primal Alchemy Catering; Mary Clay, director of catering for Convention Services, Hyatt Regency Long Beach; and Nancy Monte-Frye, senior director of catering, Convention Services, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. The chefs were judged on presentation, quality, taste and the amount of
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Lb leadership organization celebrating its 1,000th graduate The organization Leadership Long Beach this week announced the 1,000th graduate from its signature leadership program during its 2011 graduation ceremony. Selected by her classmates, Karissa Selvester will have the honor of being the 1,000th graduate during the ceremony at the Museum of Latin American Art the evening of Monday, June 20. Selvester, a Long Beach native, is the government relations representative for Long Beach Transit. Having also gone through the youth Leadership Long Beach program in 1997 as a junior at Wilson High School, Selvester is the second Institute graduate to have completed both the adult and youth programs. At Wilson High, Selvester was a member of the Zygomas– the top 25 most active senior girls who provided service to the school and community outreach– and a varsity girl soccer player for four years. Selvester graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Planning and worked as an urban planner for six years before returning to Long Beach to live and work. “Graduating our 1,000th principled leader is a very significant milestone for our community and for Leadership Long Beach,” said Board President Tom Farrand. “Karissa embodies the kind of leadership qualities our community
needs. Her work at Long Beach Transit, in the Junior League of Long Beach, and her return to the city of her parents and grandparents to work and live show her strong commitment to bettering our community.” “I feel incredibly honored to have this opportunity to represent Leadership Long Beach as its 1,000th graduate,” Selvester said. “The strengths gained through this program have helped me in all aspects of my life. I feel so grateful for my classmates’ encouragement and for nominating me for this role. I’m looking forward to seeing what fantastic things we do next and to seeing Leadership Long Beach continue to positively impact the city.” Selvester and her other 23 classmates will graduate from the Institute program of Leadership Long Beach on Monday, June 20 at the Museum of Latin American Art beginning with a welcome reception at 5pm. The Class of 2011 community class project presentations will take place from 6pm to 7pm. The reception and presentations are free and open to the public; the graduation ceremony and dinner program will begin at 7pm. Tickets for the dinner are $65 per person and available via leadershiplb.org or by calling (562) 997-9194. ß
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Six Los Cerritos Elementary students toll the school’s historic bell 24 times, in honor of Finley’s term of service there.
girls who had been selected to do the honors of ringing the bell went forward and grabbed the rope attached to it. They tugged it to toll the bell 24 times, one chime for each of the years Finley has taught at Los Cerritos. The guest speakers for the gathering were two of the school’s former principals: Sheryl Johnson and Thomas Huff. Johnson said Finley has the ability of “waking up the genius in everyone” and that the retiring educator had had her students write letters to then President Bill Clinton, who wrote back to the class. Huff commented that Finley
always set high standards for her students. “But the mark of a great teacher is that she sets even higher standards for herself,” he said. Huff described how each school year Finley would set up her classroom’s patio with a table, chairs and flowers, where teachers would congregate. “Every school needs a Linda Finley,” he said. Huff then spoke of Finley’s attention to detail, remarking, “I believe Linda would give Martha Stewart a run for her money.” He closed his comments with a quote by Dr. Seuss: “Don’t cry because it’s over– smile because it happened.” ß
Police warning graduates, parents about dangers of underage drinking With Long Beach high-school graduation ceremonies taking place the week starting June 13, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) is educating graduates and parents about the dangers of underage drinking. Underage drinkers are more likely to involve themselves in unsafe behavior or become victims of a crime due to vulnerability. The consumption of alcohol impairs judgment, affects physical coordination, and may prevent one from maintaining control of one’s body. It may also cause individuals to ignore their morals and values, resulting in poor decision-making,
such as driving under the influence. These factors can also lead to minors being more susceptible to being victimized because they may be considered easy targets. Therefore, the LBPD is strongly encouraging graduates and their friends and families to plan celebrations with these considerations and safety in mind. Curfew With summer vacation now commencing, police are also reminding young adults and parents that the City’s curfew law will be strictly enforced. Section 9.58.010 of the Long Beach Municipal Code states: “It is unlawful for any minor under the age of 18 years to remain in or upon any ‘public place’ as defined in Section 9.02.090, between the hours of 10pm until 6am the following day.” A press release issued by the LBPD last Friday states: “The LBPD takes curfew violations seriously. Our experience has shown us that children who are on the street after curfew are
more likely to become victims of violent crime and also are more likely to become involved in criminal behavior. We are reminding parents that it is important for you to know where your children are at all times, and to ensure they get home safely before curfew.” alternatives The City of Long Beach is offering a variety of summer programs, activities and classes for youth of all ages through the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, and in partnership with the Long Beach Convention & Visitor Bureau. Concerts and movies in the park are fan favorites and activities a family can do together. To learn more about these programs, visit lbparks.org and 100daysofsummer.org, or call (562) 570-3100. For youth employment opportunities through the City of Long Beach’s Hire-A-youth Program, visit the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network website at HireAyouth.com. ß
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LbPD makes first arrest of parent Lb Public Library now in violation of new truancy law offering e-books for residents the City Prosecutor’s Office ordered the arrest of Zamora. By the time of her arrest, the student had more than 50 days of unexcused absences from school. Investigators also learned that in 2007, Zamora was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, for failing to ensure the attendance in school of her older son as well. The goal of the new law is to get kids in school and for parents to understand that they are accountable if they fail to do so. “We are taking school truancy seriously,” said Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert. “Police officers and school officials are doing everything they can to keep kids in school and out of trouble, and if parents are unwilling to take responsibility themselves, then we will take action against the parents.” ß
localgraduatingseniors’total scholarshipsexceed$49million Scholarships earned by graduating seniors in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) this year exceed $49 million, just shy of last year’s record-breaking $51.5 million. This year’s total surpasses the $40 million earned two years ago and is more than two-and-a-half times the $18 million earned just four years ago. Poly High School students earned $12.8 million, including a $221,000 scholarship to Stanford; $225,000 to Villanova; $200,000 to USC, $232,000 to Carnegie Mellon, $213,000 to Loyola Marymount; and $198,000 to Boston College. Poly students also gained admission to Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Caltech, the U.S. Air Force Academy, Notre Dame, the University of California and California State University, Duke, Syracuse, DePaul, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Georgetown, George Washington, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, MIT, Claremont McKenna, Fordham, Bryn Mawr, Smith, Wellesley, Occidental, North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapman, Texas Christian, Emory, Unversity of Chicago, Amherst, Tulane, Trinity University, St. John’s, Soka College in Japan, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. California academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS) students earned $12.49 million, or an average of about $85,000 per graduate. Awards included Gates Millennium, US Military West Point Academy, Posse Scholarship, Milken, National Achievement and National Merit scholarships. CAMS students also earned admission to Harvard, MIT, California Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Olin College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Dartmouth, NYU, Pepperdine, Pitzer, Stanford, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Georgetown, Duke, Vanderbilt, Boston, Brown, Haverford, Tufts, Bucknell, Rice, USC, Wellesley, Williams, UC Berkeley and UCLA. Millikan High School students earned $6.46 million, including admissions to all UC and Cal State schools, University of Missouri, Purdue, Syracuse, Wellesley, Boston College, Duke, George Washington, College of William and Mary, Williams, Mills, Drexel, Columbia College Chicago, Clark Atlanta, Pepperdine, University of the Pacific, Northern Arizona, Adams State, San Diego Christian, Belhaven, West Texas A & M, University of LaVerne, Biola University, Stephens College of Columbia (MI), Middlebury, University of Redlands, Concordia, University of Washington (Seattle), Denver University, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin and Mount St. Mary’s College. Lakewood High School students earned$6 million, including Gates Millennium, National Merit and other prestigious awards. Lakewood students
earned admission to UC and Cal State schools, the U.S. Air Force Academy, New Mexico Military Institute, Regis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Concordia, Nebraska, Colorado State, University of Nevada, New Mexico Highland, Arizona State and Columbia. wilson Classical High School students earned $5.3 million, including Gates Millennium, National Hispanic Merit, Warner Brothers and CSULB Presidential awards. Wilson students gained acceptance to 154 colleges and universities in 35 states and six countries, including Brown, Boston College, Boston University, Carnegie Mellon, Fordham, George Washington, Harvey Mudd, NYU, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC and the University of Virginia. Jordan High School students earned $2.75 million and acceptances to Bethune-Cookman, Charles Drew, several Cal State and UC schools,
Grambling, FIDM, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Marymount College, Mills, Northern Arizona, Royal College of Surgeons in Bahrain, University of LaVerne, University of Texas, University of Utah and University of Washington. Cabrillo High School students earned $2.4 million including scholarships to UCLA, UC Irvine and Biola University, along with admissions to UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced, UC Davis, Lincoln University, Clark Atlanta and Grambling. avalon School students on Catalina Island earned $880,000. reid Continuation High School students earned $8,500, while Educational Partnership High School students earned $9,190, and Long beach School for adults students earned $5,000. renaissanceHighSchoolforthe arts earned $1.2 million. ß
Long Beach Public Library is using technology to expand its services to include an e-book (electronic book) collection, an addition to its already popular downloadable audiobook collection. “Library card holders can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere, for free,” Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said. “This is a great step for technology to make it easier and more convenient for residents to access books. I love my ereader, and I know this is going to be a great way for library users to download library books for their summer reading.” E-books can be downloaded to
personal computers, e-readers, tablets and smartphones. Patrons can browse selections or search by keyword. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, which can be either 7 or 14 days, and there are no late fees. To download e-books and audiobooks to a personal computer or an ereader, visit lbpl.lib.overdrive.com. Smartphone or tablet users should visit their app stores to download the OverDrive Media Console app for their devices. -----------------------------MORE INFORMATION lbpl.org (562) 570-7500
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On Monday, June 6, the mother of a Washington Middle School student was arrested and booked after failing to ensure her son’s regular attendance in school, in violation of a new truancy law that provides for criminal prosecution of excessive unexcused school absences that became effective earlier this year. The arrest is the first for this violation in the city of Long Beach. Earlier this year, Long Beach Police Department juvenile detectives began working with the City Prosecutor’s Office on a new law that went into effect January 1, 2011, regarding chronic student truancy (Penal Code Section 270.1.) This new law covers students attending kindergarten through eighth grade, for whom parents must ensure regular attendance in school. Students may not have more than 10 percent of unexcused absences in the school year, which is 175
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Gallery Expo is currently featuring hosts of photographers and artists in an exhibit of more than 60 monochromatic images, including landscapes, architecture, portraits and still life. The images are part of a month-long exhibit, titled Monochromatic Moments, on view until June 25 and featuring moments and subjects best presented in the classic tones of black and white. “Anyone who hasn’t seen the
gallery when its walls are adorned with black-and-white images is in for a treat,” said David Rodriguez, the show’s curator. “The gallery seems to take on a mood of timeless elegance. One of the qualities I love most about black-andwhite photography is the feel of refinement a monochromatic palette conveys. In addition to that sense of polish, there’s also an ambience and timeless style you seldom find in color. Regardless of the subject matter, shooting in black and white seems to add a sense of intimacy– it brings the moment closer.” Included among the photographers is Wayne Barber, an Orange County resident whose three works on display in the exhibit with their rich use of black, combined with dramatic lighting, have been compared by gallery patrons to the work of photographer Ansel Adams. “David always picks the best works to showm and he’s meticulous in his presentation of the art,” said co-gallery curator Douglas Orr. “The work shown is really nothing like any of the other shows throughout the year. For photographers in Long Beach, this show is a must-see. Seldom is such a great offering of photography available to view in this city.” The artists’ reception on Saturday, June 18 from 6pm to 8pm will feature live music, snacks and a no-host donation bar. ---------------------------MORE INFORMATION galleryexpo.net
Taibo Rahban and Timothy Bulone will present their artistic wares on Thursday, June 23 at a reception at La Caffia, 555 E Ocean Blvd., Suite 101, from 5pm to 7pm. LaCanfora describes herself as “an artist/songwriter/musician/poet/blogger/photographer” but it is her fine-art mosaics that will figure most prominently at the upcoming exhibit. She uses smalti, a handmade artisanal glass imported from Italy that has been used in traditional mosaics for centuries. Her work has been sold from coast to coast. Rahban focuses on a particular quality or emotion as she creates her canvases. She describes her work as “energy art,” choosing colors that “represent her intent to bring positive energy, balance, peace, joy, love, creativity and wisdom to the canvas.” The quality or virtue upon which she imbues
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SH gallery helping community remember loved ones Greenly Art Space, 2698 Junipero Ave., Suite 113 in Signal Hill, is inviting the public to participate in the opening of In Memoriam, an art show created by members of the community in memory of deceased parents, grandparents, friends and mentors. The artwork can be viewed at the opening event on Saturday, June 18 from 7pm to 9pm. Also at the opening, individuals from the community can create an origami butterfly in honor of a loved one, which will become part of an installation piece at Greenly Art Space. In Memoriam will be on exhibit through July 16. Regular gallery hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am to 2pm, or by appointment. -------------------------MORE INFORMATION greenlyartspace.com
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est as in said note provided, advances, if any, 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. Said sale will be held on: JUNE 30, 2011, AT 11:00 A.M. *AT THE WEST SIDE DOORS TO THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURTS BUILDING, 12720 NORWALK BLVD, NORWALK, CA At the time of the initial publication of this notice, the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the above described Deed of Trust and estimated costs, expenses, and advances is $382,582.58. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: The mortgage loan servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed; 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 monies paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's attorney. Date: May 31, 2011 POWER DEFAULT SERVICES, INC. as said Trustee, as Authorized Agent for the Beneficiary CHERYL L. GRECH, ASSISTANT SECRETARY T.D. SERVICE COMPANY 1820 E. FIRST ST., SUITE 210, P.O. BOX 11988 SANTA ANA, CA 92711-1988 The Beneficiary may be attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained may be used for that purpose. If available, the expected opening bid and/or postponement information may be obtained by calling the following telephone number(s) on the day before the sale: (714) 480-5690 or you may access sales information at www.tacforeclosures.com. TAC# 936814 PUB: 06/10/11, 06/17/11, 06/24/11 TST3772 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 08-0095412 Title Order No. 08-8-348971 Investor/Insurer No. 150769221 APN No. 7148-010-084 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 11/07/2006. 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, as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by JESUS GARCIA, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE & SEPARATE PFOPERTY, dated 11/07/2006 and recorded 11/22/06, as Instrument No. 06 2599177, in Book -, Page -), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 07/08/2011 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: 1124 EAST 32ND STREET, SIGNAL HILL, CA, 90755. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $816,046.40. 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
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UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer. on July 07, 2011, at 10:00am, Cal-Western reconveyance Corporation, as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded March 06, 2000, as inst. no. 00 0336721 in book xx, page xx of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, executed by nicholas Payiatis-cubero, a Single Man, will sell at public auction to highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank at the west side of the los angeles county courthouse, Southeast district, 12720 norwalk Blvd., norwalk, California, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: Completely described in said deed of trust the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1917 east 21st Street Signal Hill Ca 90806 the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be held, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, condition or encumbrances, including fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust, to pay the remaining principal sums of the note(s) secured by said deed of trust. the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is: $80,406.61. if the trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. the beneficiary under said deed of trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written declaration of default and demand for Sale, and a written notice of default and election to Sell. the undersigned caused said notice of default and election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. for sales information: Mon-fri 9:00am to 4:00pm (619) 590-1221. Cal-Western reconveyance Corporation, 525 east Main Street, P.o. Box 22004, el Cajon, Ca 920229004 dated: June 13, 2011. (r-381780 06/17/11, 06/24/11, 07/01/11) 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: 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
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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. TST3767 / 2011 040712 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: effiCient & reliaBle MediCal Billing, 1915 atlantic ave. #9, long Beach, Ca 90806. registrant: veda SCott, 1915 atlantic ave. #9, long Beach, Ca 90806. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: veda Scott. 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 1, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: 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
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www.kathyalford.com 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 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. TST3774 / 2011 038219 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: SoCal aUto MaSterS, 3907 lime ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: JoSePH yoUSef MaSoUd aWaida, 3907 lime ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Joseph yousef Masoud awaida. 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 26, 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 17, 24, & July 1, 8, 2011. TST3773 / 2011 044178 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: dC SaleS ConSUltantS, 1413 S. luray St., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: franKie Correa, 1413 e. 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: frankie Correa. 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 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 17, 24, & July 1, 8, 2011.
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are involved in not only aviation but different parts,” she said. “We got so many women involved from different careers, but our love is aviation.” The Long Beach chapter was formed in the 1950s and has also painted the names of airports in addition to the traditional compass rose. Its members are all licensed pilots who actively promote safety and education and provide scholarships for students interested in avi-
ation. The history of their namesake, according to Montoya, dates back to 1929 when Earhart and a couple of other women decided to start an organization of women in aviation. In that first group of women to show up, there were a total of 99. “The importance is that planes are able to use it to set compass to,” Montoya said. “The planes will be able to fly over and say ‘Hey, there’s a compass rose.’ And because of our logo, Ninety-Nines, they’ll see us.” ß
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cause. Schlesinger later joined the Elks and became an exalted ruler of Lodge 888. Another major source of support to whom Schlesinger gives credit is his life partner and business partner, Kelly James. The couple met in March of 1991 after Schlesinger’s father had just passed, and Schlesinger found solace in the instant connection he achieved with James. The couple recently celebrated their relationship’s 20-year anniversary. With James, Schlesinger created Alohi Enterprises in 1993, first as a travel agency with a different name. Schlesinger aimed to use his travel tourism know-how that he acquired during his schooling at LBCC, but the
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shore oil drilling. On June 26, 2010 more than 1,000 events took place in all 50 states and 42 countries. The local Hands Across the Sand event will be in Long Beach at Bluff Park (Ocean Boulevard and Cherry Avenue). For more information, contact It Starts With One Peace, Inc., at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 5926291. Hands Across the Sand is endorsed by national and international environmental organizations including Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Oceana, Environment America, Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, Alaska Wilderness League, Ocean Conservancy, Friends of the Earth, 350, Center for Biological Diversity, Audubon, and CleanEnergy.org. ------------------------MORE INFORMATION handsacrossthesand.org
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The South Coast Interfaith Council will conduct its fifth annual Interfaith Unity Bike-aThon, titled “Pedaling for Peace,” on Monday, July 4 at 9am, beginning at the corner of Bennett Street and Ocean Boulevard. The goal of the Bike-a-Thon is to unite people of many different cultures and faiths to enjoy a day of social bicycling and food. Donations to the event help to support the South Coast Interfaith Council and its supporting organizations. Prior to the ride, participants are asked to gather sponsorships from individuals willing to make a contribution to their organization/ faith community and the SCIC as a 50-50 donation. The length of the ride, roundtrip, is approximately 25 miles. However, bikers do not have to ride the entire distance. They can choose from slow, moderate, and fast-paced rides and from rides of varying distances. Any bicycle, tricycle or unicycle is welcome. Helmets are required for riders under 18 and are recommended for all participants. -----------------------MORE INFORMATION unitybike.org (310) 325-7289
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