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Airport’s parking structure finishes early, modernization plan continues
In still economically challenging times, Signal Hill finds ways to help residents and one local business CJ Dablo Staff Writer
The new parking structure for Long Beach Airpoort finished four months early and $2 million under budget. Steven Piper Staff Writer
Finishing four months ahead of schedule and $2 million under budget, offering 1,989 spaces to local travelers, and providing 450 jobs to workers during the construction process, the new Long Beach Airport (LGB) parking structure had its official ribbon-cutting on July 14. “It’s a marvelous achievement. It’s been many years in the making. A lot of people worked very very hard to make this achievement possible– so many people that if I sat here and mentioned their names, we’d be here all afternoon,” said Airport Director Mario Rodriguez. “Suffice it to say, a big ‘thank you’ from us to everyone
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Long Beach Airport Director Mario Rodriguez speaks during last week’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the airport’s renovated parking structure.
who worked on this project.” With a price tag of $58.6 million, that $2 million amounts to a savings of 3.4 percent of the total cost, and not to mention an extra $350,000 in annual parking revenue that will be generated by the building’s parking costs. According to the airport’s website, parking in the renovated structure will cost travelers a flat rate of $17 a day. The structure– part of a larger $140 million airport modernization plan– also implements a number of green strategies, with a roof that is designed to support solar panels and preexisting pavement that will be reused to fill select areas of the project. “We’re also grateful today that we are dedicating this structure, thanks to the Airport Advisory Commission… we are going to be dedicating this as part of the celebration that we are doing in Long Beach, which is the centennial of the first transcontinental flight,” said Gerrie Schipske, Long Beach’s fifth district councilmember. In 1911 Calbraith Perry Rodgers accomplished the first transcontinental flight, reaching Long Beach on Dec. 10 after flying from Sheepshead Bay near New York City. The 32-year-old pilot carried the first transcontinental mail pouch in a Wright EX biplane. “It was the second-most significant event in the history of early aviation,” Schipske said. “So today we are dedi-
cating this parking structure to Cal Rogers…” Other plans for the airport include a new passenger concourse, which will feature green strategies as well, including energy-efficient fixtures and lighting, low-flow toilets and water faucets, and use of local and recycled construction materials. Improvement plans also include an upgraded air carrier ramp, which will allow pilots to shut off their auxiliary power units while waiting at the gates, reducing aircraft emissions. Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, honored as the ribbon-cutting’s “first guest,” said the renovation helps to accomplish LGB’s mission to offer excellent customer service. “We all know what a great asset the airport is… The passenger terminal is next, and I look forward to that in the spring of 2013,” Foster said. “I couldn’t be more proud of this structure, and I couldn’t be more proud of the whole renovation effort.” There are five airlines currently operating out of LGB, offering more than 16 destinations within the US to more than 300,000 flyers annually, and over 41,000 tons of cargo passes through the airport every year. More information about the improvement plan and terminal modernization can be found at lgb.org under the “for travelers” tab. ß
July 22, 2011
There’s always a story behind even the smallest amounts of money that Signal Hill city officials approve during a routine City Council meeting on a Tuesday night. This week, city officials awarded another annual $5,000 grant each to Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and The Children’s Hospital to help pay for medical expenses for the City’s uninsured or underinsured children. In the past, the grant has helped a number of local families. Ask Patty Nakazawa, who manages the grant for Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. She knows about the lowincome families who have been helped by Signal Hill. At the July 19 Council meeting, Nakazawa recounted a few stories of kids who needed the funds: a baby diagnosed with asthma; a dis-
abled single mother with two children with cranial development issues; and a 2-year-old girl with a kidney disorder and a serious urinary tract infection. In gratitude, the family of that child wrote a letter which Nakazawa read Tuesday night. “Because of your kindness and generosity, our family is able to have a financial burden lifted from our shoulders,” Nakazawa said, reading the letter to the City Council. “You have helped us tremendously. We are forever grateful and again wish to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the grant you have given our daughter. When she grows up, we will tell her how proud she should be to live in Signal Hill.” And while Mayor Larry Forester acknowledged in a telephone interview Wednesday that the budget is tight this year, the Council still found a way to support the two grants for medical care. see COUNCIL page 14
Mayor Foster appoints two new harbor commissioners
Doug Drummond Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster announced Tuesday that he has appointed Rich Dines and Doug Drummond to the City’s Harbor Commission. “Between the two, they have extensive knowledge of both the Port and the city of Long Beach,” Foster said. “I’m confident that they will both serve the Harbor Commission well.” Dines is the president of the Southern California District Council of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), covering California from San Diego to Fresno, and he is the Council’s representative to
Rich Dines FuturePorts. The third-district resident is a board member of the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, and he sits on the Policy and Steering Committee for California State University Long Beach’s Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT). Drummond served on the Long Beach City Council representing the third district from 1990 to 1998. He also served the Long Beach Police Department for more than 29 years. Drummond recently served on the board of directors for the Long Beach see HARBOR page 14
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Fire arsonist arrested for use of Molotov cocktail Just after midnight on July 6, during a routine patrol at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Henderson Avenue, a Long Beach Police Department officer observed a female arson suspect, Ardath Marie Scott, lighting and throwing a destructive device commonly known as a Molotov cocktail. It was then that Scott was found carrying five additional Molotov cocktails in a bag. The officer immediately arrested her and called for the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) Arson Unit to investigate the incident. She is currently in custody in lieu of $1,000,000 bail. There were no injuries or property damage. The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney, who filed four felony counts against Scott, including the use of a destructive device and attempted arson. “Thanks to the efforts of the Long Beach fire and police [departments], the extremely dangerous acts of this
Ardath Marie Scott was apprehended for lighting and throwing a Molotov cocktail near the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Henderson Avenue on July 6. individual were halted before anyone was seriously injured or property was destroyed,” said LBFD Public Information Officer Steve Yamamoto. ß
California Heights accident results in death of bicyclist On Wednesday, July 6, at approximately 11am, officers were called to the area of Bixby Road and Cherry Avenue in response to a traffic collision involving a truck and a bicyclist that resulted in the death of an adult male. When officers arrived, they discovered that a male bicyclist was traveling eastbound on Bixby Road and was crossing Cherry Avenue when he was struck by a motorist driving a 1998 Chevy S-10 pick-up truck. Paramedics responded and transported the bicyclist to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition. The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the truck was traveling southbound on Cherry Avenue and may have run a red light just before the collision. The driver, a
66-year-old male resident of Long Beach, was questioned and released at the scene pending further investigation. On Tuesday, July 19, the bicyclist, who was still hospitalized, was pronounced deceased. He has been identified as Louis Gabor, a 67-year-old Long Beach resident. The case will be presented to the district attorney, and the driver may face charges for felony vehicular manslaughter. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Long Beach Police Department Accident Investigations Detail Detective Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips can be sent via web or text by visiting longbeach.gov/police. ß
July 22, 2011
lbPD seeking information about hit-and-run incident that has left woman hospitalized On Saturday, July 16, at approximately 1:50am, officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to an injury-hit-and-run traffic collision in the 3600 block of Broadway that left a female pedestrian in critical condition. When officers arrived on the scene, they found the victim, a 24year-old female resident of Long Beach, lying underneath a parked car. The preliminary investigation revealed that she had been struck by a light-colored, four-door vehi-
cle, possibly a small sedan or compact vehicle, that was traveling westbound on Broadway when it hit her. After the collision, the vehicle fled the scene, continuing westbound on Broadway a short distance before it was last seen turning northbound on Loma Avenue. Paramedics responded to the scene, and the victim was transported to a local hospital where she remains in critical condition. Investigators are asking anyone
who may have witnessed this incident, or who may have any information related to it, to come forward. Tipsters may leave their contact information, or remain anonymous if they prefer. Those with information about this incident are asked to call Long Beach Police Accident Investigations Detective Richard Birdsall at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips can also be submitted via text or web by visiting longbeach.gov/ police. ß
Domestic dispute ends in stabbing death Shortly after 1am Monday, July 18, Long Beach Police Department officers were dispatched to an apartment in the area of 7th Street and Long Beach Boulevard regarding an “unknown trouble” call. When officers arrived, they discovered the body of an adult male inside the apartment suffering from apparent stab wounds. The male was treated at the scene but later died as a result of his injuries. A preliminary investigation revealed that the male and female occupants of the apartment have been married for about a year. The male had forced entry into the home, and a physical confrontation ensued. During the altercation, the female stabbed the male with a knife, which resulted in his death. Investigators interviewed the female as well as other witnesses at the scene and compiled evidence. The female was transported
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to the police station for a formal interview. After further investigation, detectives have determined that the actions taken by the female appear to be in selfdefense, and she was released from custody. The incident is still under investigation and will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office for a formal disposition. Because it has been determined that the female in this case acted in selfdefense and is being considered a
victim of domestic violence, her identity is protected under California law. The male’s identity has not been released yet pending notification if next of kin. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch or Donald Goodman at (562) 570-0724. Anonymous information may also be submitted via text or the web by visiting longbeach.gov/police. ß
PET-FRIENDLY HELP What Volunteers needed for pet appreciation fair and walk Who Friends of Long Beach Animals Where El Dorado Park, 7550 E. Spring St., LB When Now through Oct. 8 More Info Help is needed in the areas of registration, entertainment, exhibitors, food, logistics, sponsors, parking and many more. Contact email@example.com. ABSTRACT ARTWoRKS What Art exhibit Who Long Beach Public Library Where Main branch, 101 Pacific Ave., LB When July through August More Info The abstract paintings of Jay Stevens will be on display on both the lobby and lower-level exhibit walls. Call (562) 570-7500. CoMMUNITY CHAT What North Long Beach community assembly Who Ninth District of Long Beach When Saturday, July 23 from 9am to noon Where Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave., LB More Info Updates to be provided from North Long Beach neighborhood associations, city departments, and other community initiatives. Call office manager Kari Faithful at (562) 570-6137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. STAY IN THE KNoW What “UB Safe” Safety and Resource Fair Who Long Beach Neighborhood Leadership Program (NLP) When Saturday, July 23 from 10am to 2pm Where Admiral Kidd Park, 2125 Santa Fe Ave., LB More Info Community organizations including the American Red Cross, Long Beach Health Department and Long Beach Youth 411 will share safety information and other resources. The Long Beach Roller Derby and their junior league will present an exposition. The free event will also address and provide information regarding safety concerns of the Santa Fe Corridor. If interested in volunteering, contact Sharon at (562) 569-1547. For event information, contact Emily Tanaka at (562) 290-2962. FAMILY FILM AND SNACKS What Movie on the Green Who Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance and Signal Hill Petroleum and Oil Operators When Sunday, July 23 at 7:45pm Where 20th Street and Daisy Avenue, LB More Info An American Tale: Fievel Goes West . Lemonade, popcorn and movie candy provided while supplies last. Contact Maria at (562) 427-5021. SEEING STARS What Unveiling of the Poly Walk of Fame Who Office of Councilmember Dee Andrews When Tuesday, July 26 from 11am to noon Where Polytechnic High School Track Stadium, 1600 Atlantic Ave., LB More InfoThe first five stars honoring renowned Poly High School alumni will be revealed along with a ceremony for Latin singer Jenni Rivera. Contact Kimberly Dodson at (562) 570-6816. SNAP AND Go What Free travel photography class Who The Brewitt Neighborhood Library Where Community room, 4036 E. Anaheim St., LB When Thursday, July 28 from 6pm to 7pm More Info Photography professional from Tuttle Cameras will teach the class, which is suitable for adults and teens. Contact Julianna Robbins at (562) 570-1040 or email@example.com. ELKS AND BACoN What Monthly breakfast Who Bellflower Long Beach Elks Lodge 888 Where 16426 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower When Sunday, July 31 from 8am to noon More Info Breakfast is $6 per person and includes eggs of choice, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits with gravy, orange juice, assorted fruit, Belgian waffles and coffee.
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On its first of two enacting votes, the Long Beach City Council voted 7–2 (Gabelich and Schipske dissenting) on July 19 to support a redistricting map first proposed (after public comment ended) on July 5 by 7th District Councilmember James Johnson that draws a 7th–8th district boundary along Bixby Road west of Atlantic Avenue in the Los Cerritos neighborhood. The July 19 action came after the Council rejected (on a reverse 2–7 vote) a substitute motion by 8th District Councilmember Rae Gabelich to join an area currently split by San Antonio Road near Cherry Avenue. If approved by the Council in a second enacting vote, scheduled for Aug. 2, the new district lines would remove 2,334 Los Cerritos residents from the 8th Council district– including 8th district candidate Mike Kowal’s home by less than half a block– while dropping 918 residents from parts of Wrigley and south Wrigley. Under Johnson’s proposal, his 7th district receives 1,416 net new residents, basically all from Los Cerritos, while the 8th district sheds 2,334 Los Cerritos residents and acquires 1,268
current 9th district residents. On July 19, Johnson opened with remarks lasting just over a minute and made a motion, seconded by DeLong, to accept the map that Johnson proposed on July 5. Mayor Bob Foster called for public testimony. About a dozen members of the public spoke (roughly split, pro and con). Speakers supporting Johnson’s motion included Maria Norvell, Joan Greenwood and Gerald Mineghino. Speakers opposed included Laurie Angel, Brian Wren and Kowal. Gabelich spoke, responded to public comments and offered Johnson an opportunity to amend his motion, which he declined. Gabelich then made a presentation that included a substitute motion to add a neighborhood currently split by San Antonio Road near Cherry Avenue, seconded by Schipske. Foster called for a vote. Without speaking, seven Council members (Garcia, Lowenthal, DeLong, O’Donnell, Andrews and Neal) voted against Gabelich’s substitute and in favor of Johnson’s motion. After the second enacting vote on Aug. 2, if the new Council district map is approved, the new election district lines will become effective 30 days later. ß
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Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske intended to motion a repeal on the plastic bag ban Tuesday, but was thwarted by authors of the ordinance. The item on Tuesday’s agenda was to discuss delaying the ordinance for 30 days, but it was withdrawn because Vice Mayor/2nd District Councilmember Suja Lowenthal and 3rd District Councilmember Gary DeLong submitted information before the council meeting, reporting that they had spoken with “actual impacted grocers” such as Vons and Target who said they were ready for the change, according to Lowenthal’s chief of staff Broc Coward. Schipske responded to the night’s events on her blog by posting: “Could it be that it was done because I announced I would make a motion to repeal the ban and the 10-cent fee on paperbags?” Schipske’s main opposition to the plastic bag ban is the new 10-cent fee for each paper bag used. “I can’t repeal sections of the ordinance,” Schipske said. “I have to repeal the entire thing.” According to the ordinance, “the 10cent fee includes the retail store providing costs associated with a store’s educational material or education cam-
paign encouraging the use of reusable bags, if any.” The ordinance also states that the fee includes the retail store “providing recyclable paper carry-out bags,” but as reported by the Signal Tribune [“Long Beach’s debate over plastic bags not over; Signal Hill still studying the issue,” June 3], Schipske said “grocers already admit to charging customers for plastic and paper bags by increasing the cost of groceries.” According to Coward, the California Grocers Association decided that all stores would add the 10-cent fee upfront to show that single-use bags “come at a cost.” The 10-cent fee cannot go to local government projects such as cleaning up litter because Proposition 26 states that a two-thirds vote is needed to impose local fees, concerning social or environmental impacts. According to the Environmental Impact Report, the District of Columbia is the first and only city in the US that charges a five-cent fee for plastic and paper bags. “The tax is designed to change consumer behavior and limit pollution in the Chesepeake Bay Watershed,” the EIR reports. In the first month of DC’s ordinance, plastic and paper bag use reduced by nearly 20 million units, according to the EIR. ß
oPInIon LETTER TO THE EDITOR
A big move? I want to update your readers on the status of the County’s redistricting process. First, I want to thank the hundreds of you who took the time to attend last week’s Boundary Review Committee (BRC) meetings to voice your desire to remain in the [LA County] Fourth District. Your support and kind words mean so much to me. The BRC also received nearly 1,000 letters! I really appreciate your time and efforts, which are invaluable in this process. What will change? Change in the Fourth District is inevitable. Following the federal census results, it was determined that the Fourth District needs to add about 40,000 people to ensure that the County’s population is divided evenly into the five supervisorial districts. The plan the BRC ultimately approved and will recommend to the Board of Supervisors (you’ll hear this called A-2) largely maintains our current district boundaries. To add the required 40,000 residents, the plan brings in the City of Santa Fe Springs and unifies most of Rowland Heights and South Whittier, parts of which are currently in the First District. This plan would shift about 150,000 people across the entire county to ensure fair representation. The other option the BRC considered (called S-1), which may also come to the Board, makes dramatic changes across the county, moving 3.4 million people to a new district! Under this plan, there would be major shifts in boundaries, including moving all of the beach cities and Long Beach out of the Fourth District. You can view both maps here: redistricting.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/A2.pdf redistricting.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Proposed-Amended-S1.pdf What’s next? The Board of Supervisors will begin our review of the BRC-approved plan on Aug. 9. We must approve a map by our Sept. 27 meeting so that it can go into effect 30 days later, or Oct. 31. If the Board does not reach an agreement, which requires at least a 4–1 vote, responsibility for drawing the boundaries will go to the three county-wide elected officials: the sheriff, district attorney and assessor. And so I need to ask for your help again! Please attend the Board of Supervisors meetings on Aug. 9 or Aug. 30 at 9:30am. Or, send a note of support through knabe.com/redistricting an email to with your lp e h e n u email@example.com encouraging the Board not to move millions ib Tr l ublication. Let the Signa of residents out of their districts, splitting neighborhoods and communities ment filing & p te a st ss e n si that have been linked for decades. As many of you have said throughout fictitious bu ty n u o c in the s e c ri p this process, “If it ain’t broke, don’t break it!” st e w f the lo ht away! g ri Thank you for your support! We have one o d e rt a st u yo
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Pediatric rehabilitation patients from Miller Donations sought for 17th annual Children’s Hospital pilot their way across long beach ‘Shop with a Cop’ program Pediatric rehabilitation patients from Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach experienced the joy of being a pilot as they attended “flight school” and took a private voyage over Long Beach with the help of the California Flight Center. Patients with special needs, including children with spina bifida, brain injuries, neuromuscular disorders and other conditions, were assigned to a certified flight instructor who took them in a four-seat Cessna with a parent, caretaker or therapist. The private tour departed from Long Beach Airport and included a short trip to Palos Verdes, the Queen Mary and back to the airport. During the flight, the instructor taught patients how to keep the plane steady and how to make turns, as well as allowing them to co-pilot. For the past 10 years, the event has been made possible by the hospital’s pediatric rehabilitation program and the Spirit of Suzi Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to bring the excitement of flight in a small aircraft to children with traumatic
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(From left) Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach pediatric rehabilitation patient, Kati, 8, with her pilot, Lisa Marshall, takes the controls of a Cessna at the California Flight Center during the hospital’s annual Spirit of Suzi outing.
brain injuries and other disabilities. The foundation is named in honor of Suzi Hesseltine, a promising young pilot who tragically lost her life in a non-flying related accident at the age of 18. “It is so great seeing the patients outside of their normal rehabilita-
tion setting,” said Mariana Sena, recreational therapist. “The pure look of joy on their faces when they step off the plane makes me happy. We are thankful to the pilots and the California Flight Center for giving their time to provide our patients with such a wonderful activity.” ß
County public health department unveils its new community-based emergency preparedness campaign The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health this week unveiled a new disaster-readiness campaign that urges neighborhoods and communities to “connect, prepare and respond.” The three elements of the campaign are designed to encourage residents to meet their neighbors, prepare disaster plans that include a neighborhood map and other resources, and to offer tips on responding appropriately to emergencies. “While it is critical that every household in Los Angeles County have an emergency kit, sometimes that may not be enough. Surviving an emergency or a disaster that affects a large area should be a team effort,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, director of Public Health and health officer. “In a disaster, it can take hours or even days for emergency responders to reach those that need help. Neighbors need to be ready, willing and able to help each other in times of need, and that means taking time now to connect, prepare, and learn how to respond.” Communities educated in proper emergency response procedures, such as evacuating, sheltering in place, or recognizing signs of damage to utilities and structures, typically suffer fewer serious injuries, less loss of life and reduced property damage. The campaign encourages residents to educate themselves and their commu-
nities through opportunities such as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Public Health Emergency Volunteer (PHEV) Network, and the Medical Reserve Corps. Connect Neighbors are also encouraged to get acquainted and exchange contact information. “It is important that neighbors become aware of those on their street that are most vulnerable in times of crisis, such as the elderly, those that live alone, those with medical needs, and others who may need a little extra help,” Fielding said. Start a dialogue with your neighbors about: resources that can be shared, such as tools or skills; identifying areas of concern, such as streets that may be closed if a mudslide were to occur; potential evacuation routes; and other topics on disaster-readiness. Prepare Community-based disaster response plans should ideally include: • a method of communication for all residents • a procedure to determine the status of every resident, such as a neighborhood telephone tree or Twitter account • a “neighbor inventory” to identify individuals who may need extra assistance • a neighborhood map with planned evacuation routes
• an emergency plan and survival kit for every household respond How one responds during a disaster could mean the difference between life and death. Everyone should stay informed and follow instructions from local officials through multiple sources, such as television and radio reports and, in some cases, through social media updates on Twitter or Facebook. Immediate steps to take in the event of a disaster include: • making sure the people in your household are safe • activating your emergency plan • getting information by turning on your television or radio or logging onto trusted Internet sources • checking on your neighbors, and organizing or providing help if needed “Our hope is that every neighborhood will have emergency preparedness items in place and action plans that are reviewed every year,” said Fielding. “While we understand that may not be possible, we want to impress upon all residents the idea that community-based preparedness is a viable and vital tool for surviving any disaster.” For more information about developing a family and neighborhood emergency plan, and connecting with local training classes or volunteer activities, visit prepare2respond.org. ß
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The Long Beach Junior Chamber (LBJC), in partnership with the Long Beach Police Foundation (LBPF), as well as with the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach and the Assistance League of Long Beach, is preparing for the 17th Annual “Shop with a Cop” children’s shopping spree set for Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Target store located at Atlantic Avenue and 33rd Street. The event brings awareness of and assists economically disadvantaged children from the Long Beach area by providing a positive experience while they purchase school clothing and supplies in a positive setting with local law-enforcement personnel. Children are pre-selected through the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach and invited to be guests at the event. The Assistance League of Long Beach will provide each child with school uniforms and underwear in a school backpack.
The children will have breakfast provided by the Long Beach Police Officers Association (LBPOA), and after shopping they will receive snacks and school supplies to put into their new backpacks. An arts-andcrafts area will also be provided and staffed by volunteers, community leaders and business sponsors, where after shopping the children can relax and have fun. The goal this year is to provide for 100 children. Those interested may provide support in the form of cash or in-kind donations, which includes but is not limited to new clothing, new shoes or school supplies. Donations can be made online at lbpolicefoundation.org. Checks should be made payable to the Long Beach Police Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 15418, Long Beach, CA 90815. ------------------------MORE INFORMATION lbpolicefoundation.org
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rancho los Cerritos to host free concert featuring ‘roaring Twenties’ orchestra As part of its free summer concert series, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 Virginia Rd., will host The Crazy Rhythm Hot Society Orchestra on Sunday, July 24, from 5:30pm to 7pm. An 11-piece dance orchestra, the group plays the Big Band music of the Roaring Twenties. Visitors may picnic on the grounds after 4:30 pm. Parking is limited to Virginia Road, so bicycles and carpooling are encouraged; shuttle serv-
ice will be provided. Pets are not allowed. The outdoor concert is free and open to the public. For comfort, lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. The Crazy Rhythm Hot Society Orchestra’s performances include “hot” jazz as well as the sweet music and novelty numbers of the period. Bandleader Mike Henebry is the founder of the International Society of Twenties Orchestras, and the group
plays note-for-note transcriptions from the original 78-RPM recordings of the 1920s, including pieces from Benny Moten, Jack Payne and Duke Ellington, as well as period vocalists such as Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Bessie Smith and Rudy Vallée. The free concert series is underwritten by Friends of Rancho Los Cerritos in conjunction with Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine; donations are welcome. The Rancho is located northwest of the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and San Antonio Drive. ---------------------------MORE INFORMATION (562) 570-1755 rancholoscerritos.org Courtesy Rancho Los Cerritos
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July 22, 2011
International Quilt Festival returns to long beach for its fourth year
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Bringing together quilt artists and aficionados from all over the world, the summer edition of the International Quilt Festival will return to the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. from Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31, with a preview night and classes beginning Thursday, July 28. For the fourth consecutive year, the Festival will feature more than 500 quilts and pieces of textile art on display, shopping at almost 300 booths, and more than 85 classes on all skill levels from some of the world’s leading instructors. “We are thrilled about coming back to Long Beach because we know that the southern California area in particular is a ‘hotbed’ of quilting activity, as well as being home to a lot of amazing fabric artists,” says Festival founder and director Karey Bresenhan. “And you don’t even have to be a quilter to enjoy seeing incredible art on display.” Among the special exhibits of quilts making their debut at the Long Beach Festival are conceptual ones like “The Space Between” and “Bridges,” along with the annual “West Coast Wonders” collection, and “California Guilds’ Award-winning Traditional Quilts.” Shopping is also a big aspect of the show, with vendors from all over the world offering finished antique
and contemporary quilts, fabrics, books, notions, sewing machines, antiques, crafts, and more for sale. “Anything you need to start quilting, sewing, making pillows, skirts, or other home dec items, you can find it on the show floor,” Bresenhan says. “And we’ve seen an upsurge in recent years in younger women taking to the art form.” According to the most recent Quilting in America survey, US quilters spend more than $3.6 billion annually on their passion. And according to USA Today, that’s more than golfers, fisherman, or hunters spend on their hobbies. “While quilting is a storied and traditional art form, it has definitely changed,” Bresenhan says. “Quilts of long ago were made for utilitarian purposes or to keep warm, but most quilts made today are pieces of art meant to be hung on a wall and not laid on a bed. And no matter how many modern quilts I see, the creativity and the passion and the talent of their makers never ceases to amaze me.” Hours of the festival are 10am to 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am to 3pm on Sunday. Daily tickets are $10 adults and $8 for students and seniors. Children 10 and under are free. Ticket good for one additional day for free. Tickets can be purchased online and printed at quilts.com. ß
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The quilt featured on the front-page topper this week was made by Pam Helgesen, who is a native and current resident of Ketchikan, Alaska. Helgesen began quilting in 1993 and took her first class in quilting in 1994. “The reason I started trying to quilt was to fulfill a promise that was made to a friend of mine,” Helgesen said. “In 1980, my best friend's mom promised that one day she would make my friend another quilt. My friend’s mom died before she could fulfill that promise. It always stuck with me, and
I had to keep that promise for me to have peace of mind.” Since then, Helgesen has joined the Ketchikan-based guild called Rainy Day Quilters. “I have made hundreds of quilts,” she said. “I also donate quilts to the local hospital for kids in need and made bibs for the local adult home in Ketchikan. Quilting has made my life wonderful and complete. I’ve made the best of friends, and it all started with my best friend.” To contact Helgesen, email firstname.lastname@example.org. ß
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lb rDA, Councilmember Andrews invite community geographer to present lecture to celebrate demolition of blighted liquor stores aimed at further excavating
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The building that once housed Whistler Liquor Store will be razed at noon on Saturday, July 23. The two structures scheduled for demolition were the sites of more than 1,600 calls for police response and graffiti removal between 2004 and 2009.
The remaining structure of Sim’s Liquor Store will be demolished at 10am on Saturday.
The Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA) and 6th District Councilman Dee Andrews are inviting the public to celebrate the demolition of two former blighted liquor stores on Saturday, July 23. The former Sim’s Liquor Store, 552 East Willow St., will be demolished at 10am, and the former Whistler Liquor Store, 941 Pacific Coast Highway, will be demolished at noon. Refreshments will be served. “Tearing down these two crime hot spots goes a long way toward building up our community, and that’s exactly what the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency is all about,” Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said. “The RDA builds safer neighborhoods and creates jobs.” Andrews called both locations “a cancer in the city of Long Beach. “When I came into office, my first priority was to clean up this area, and with the help of RDA it is finally happening,” he said. The liquor stores were known public nuisances for area residents and businesses. Between 2004 and 2009, the two properties received more than
1,600 calls for police service and graffiti removal. The RDA was able to purchase the properties to facilitate future development to better serve the community. The Sim’s Liquor Store site provides a location for commercial development that will complement uses related to the nearby Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and the RDA is currently in discussions with Wilmac Enterprises, Inc., for a new retail/commercial development at the former Whistler Liquor Store site. “We are so pleased that the Redevelopment Agency continues to fulfill their mission of enhancing the quality of life in Long Beach by improving blighted areas,” said Annie GreenfeldWisner, chair of the Central Project Area Committee. “These improvements, along with other recent redevelopment activity in the area, show their commitment to making our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Without redevelopment, our neighborhoods would not be decent places to live where our children can be safe.” For more information, call (562) 570-6172 or visit email@example.com. ß
As part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s and 1940s, schools, hospitals, parks, roads, sewers, airports, and other facilities were constructed by a half dozen federal agencies to lift the country out of the Great Depression. Americans have been enjoying and prospering from this legacy ever since. Dr. Gray Brechin, a UC Berkeley geographer, will focus on these projects, which he believes are “poorly documented” and usually underappreciated, in his “Living New Deal Project” on Saturday, July 23 at 3pm at the Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB), 4260 Atlantic Ave. His talk will be presented in conjunction with HSLB’s current exhibit “Rebuilding for the Future: A New Deal for Long Beach, 1933–1942.” According to Brechin’s website livingnewdeal.berkeley.edu, California’s Living New Deal Project is an unprecedented collective effort to inventory and interpret the impact of New Deal public works projects on the Golden State. During his presentation, Brechin will use the HSLB exhibit to point out examples of projects that have been
demolished or otherwise lost. The HSLB’s role, in these cases, has been to preserve images and other materials that document these lost projects. The majority of the exhibit focuses on projects that remain to enhance our community. Brechin will discuss his work to collect images and other information about projects like this throughout California and the website he created to make this information available to the public. His goal is to identify and document buildings, art works and other things created by federally sponsored construction and enhancement programs during the Great Depression, and he makes the point that a similar approach could be taken to answer some of the country’s current issues such as high unemployment and aging infrastructure. Entrance to the exhibit is free and the show runs through Dec. 31. Exhibition hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays 1pm to 5pm and Thursdays and Saturdays 11am to 5pm. Special programs are presented on first Fridays through November. For more information, call (562) 424-2220 or visit hslb.org. ß
The Living New Deal Project, supported by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, inventories, interprets, and commemorates the vast public works legacy of the New Deal through archival and contemporary photographs.
July 22, 2011
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SH Chamber of Commerce to install its new board The Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce will host its annual awards and installation luncheon Thursday, July 28 from noon to 1:30pm at the Holiday Inn-Long Beach Shoreline Room, 2640 North Lakewood Blvd. Signal Hill Mayor Larry Forester will install the recently elected 20112012 officers and board of directors, including Joe Andazola (Andazola’s Gallery), Sandra Artola (SSAB Services), Amanda Barto (Signal Hill Petroleum), Lauren Carroll (Willow Urgent Care/Memorial Healthcare IPA), Denise Damrow (Law Office of Denise I. Damrow), Bart De Lio (Bart J. De Lio Insurance Agency), Eileen Gelso (The Great Plate), Brenda Harris (Quality Inn), Judy Johnsen (Business
Management Services), Kerissa KellySlatten (Griff’s Electric), Ivy Leeson (Leeson Consulting), Alisha Lopez (No Limits Sports & Fitness Academy), Jack Mapes (Fitness Mecca), Patrick O’Healy (O’Healy Commercial Real Estate Services), Terry Rogers (Realtor/Coldwell Banker), and Jane Schaefer (TMPromoz/ MatGlobalNetwork.com). Cost for the luncheon is $25 per person but will be discounted to $15 for members with advance non-refundable reservations made before noon on the day before the luncheon. Please email reservations to SHCC@verizon.net. Non-members are welcome at a cost of $25 per person. Payment may be made by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard. ß
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The Signal Hill Collection is the first new-home community in greater Long Beach to offer solar panels standard on each home.
Homebuilder City Ventures is inviting homebuyers to visit the Signal Hill Collection, a new 54townhome community with technologically advanced cost and energy efficiencies, during an exclusive Green Key Residences event on Sunday, July 31 from 11am to 5pm at 1850 N. Orizaba Ave. The Signal Hill Collection is the largest single neighborhood of LEED Gold Certified homes in California, the first ever in the Long Beach area, and the first new-home community in greater Long Beach to offer solar panels standard on each home. “The first solar, all-electric homes, Green Key residences combine the most efficient power, appliances and materials under one roof. Green Key homes are leading the way to net-zero energy inde-
pendence,” stated Herb Gardner, LEED AP, president of City Ventures’ Homebuilding Division. “Good for a green Earth and a green wallet, only City Ventures goes this deep into green building. Our executives are accredited by the US Green Building Council, and our homes achieve the highest standards of efficiency from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).” Situated at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Orizaba Avenue, homes at the Signal Hill Collection will range from 1,399 to 1,667 square feet with up to three bedrooms and two-and-ahalf baths. When completed, the community will feature four distinct floor plans within nine Spanish Eclectic-style building elevations, all designed by Santa Ana-based William Hezmalhalch
Architects. Home sales began in early February. First move-ins are anticipated for September. Prices at the Signal Hill Collection will begin in the low $300,000s with additional future savings available through lowered electric bills and tax credits. Each home within the Signal Collection will be all-electric. As part of City Ventures’ internal mandate to ultimately build only “net-zero” energy communities, a substantial portion of the power required to operate each home will be generated onsite through solar panels. All homes will exceed state-mandated Title 24 environmental efficiency standards by at least 30 percent. ---------------------MORE INFORMATION CityVentures.com
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Alisha Lopez (holding scissors) cuts the ribbon for the grand opening of her business No Limits Sports and Fitness Academy. She is joined by Signal Hill Mayor Larry Forester, Chamber members, friends, family members and local residents.
The City of Signal Hill recently welcomed its newest sports-based business when No Limits Sports and Fitness Academy, LLC., officially opened its doors after moving from its previous nearby location. Now located at 3221 Industry Dr., owner Alisha Lopez celebrated the grand opening of her new larger quarters on July 2 with festivities that included demonstrations, samplings, tours and giveaways, contests and music. The new location features a 15,700-square-foot training facility that includes a large turf area, strength
training and cardio equipment, spinning classes, Krankcycles, zumba, yoga, pilates, personal training, crossfit endurance, chiropractic care, disabled fitness programming, senior fitness, kids fitness camps, nutrition seminars, athletic scholarship seminars and massage. No Limits Sports and Fitness Academy also offers performance training for teams and individual athletes of all ages through fitness programs. For more information, call (562) 221-7804 or visit nolimitsportsandfitness.com.
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lbuSD finalizes names of three new school sites Nutrition Cory Bilicko Managing Editor
At its July 18 meeting, the school board for the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) decided on the names of three new educational sites. The middle school currently under construction at 20th Street and Cherry Avenue in Signal Hill will be named Jessie Elwin Nelson Middle School. Nelson was the first mayor of Signal Hill, as well as one of the first female mayors in California. Signal Hill Mayor Larry Forester
and that city’s council had suggested that the school be named after her. “We wanted something that meant something to us,” Forester said in a phone interview last March. “We felt it would be apropos to be the first woman mayor in Southern California and to have it named after her.” Expected to open in fall 2012, the newly named middle school is being built to help address the challenge of overcrowded classrooms and to serve the outlying area of Poly High School enrollment by serving 800 students in the Signal Hill community, according to Long Beach Unified School District
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The newly named Jessie Elwin Nelson Middle School is under construction in Signal Hill and is expected to open in fall 2012.
(LBUSD) board member Jon Meyer. The small high school that is being built on the former DeMille Middle School site in east Long Beach, near the Los Coyotes Diagonal and Studebaker Road, will be named Ernest S. McBride, Sr. High School. McBride was a civil-rights pioneer and cofounder of the Long Beach branch of the NAACP. The high school is scheduled for a fall 2013 opening. Additionally, a new “credit recovery” high school, designed for students who need to catch up on credits, will be called Beach High School–Intensive Learning Program. It will be located at the current Long Beach School for Adults site at 3701 E. Willow St. “The program will help us to save some kids who might otherwise drop out,” said Chris Eftychiou, public information director for LBUSD. “It’ll offer more flexible hours for students who are holding down jobs, along with independent study and more individualized attention. In the process, we’ll receive much needed average daily attendance (ADA) funding that we otherwise would miss out on.” Eftychiou said that Beach High School will open this fall. ß
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Unless you are a registered dietitian, or just into food and nutrition news, you may not be aware of the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate that were recently launched by the US Department of Agriculture. These recommendations come out every five years, and finally the government has made a concept and graphic simple enough that perhaps consumers will sit up (and do situps) and pay attention. The focus this time is on balancing calories with physical activity to achieve a healthy weight. Some of the simple takeaway messages are: • Avoid oversized portions.
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July 22, 2011
operation School bell gets 1,500 local pupils ready for the new academic year For most youngsters starting school, a new outfit marks the occasion. This summer the nonprofit Rick Rackers Auxiliary of Assistance League of Long Beach, through Operation School Bell and in partnership with the Head Start school-readiness program, provided free new school uniforms and backpacks filled with school supplies to more than 1,500 Long Beach Unified School District preschool-age children who will attend kindergarten this fall. Mary Lee Freeman, Rick Rackers’ Philanthropic Projects Chairman, led groups of volunteers, Assisteens members , and law interns from
Keesal, Young, and Logan at Assistance League of Long Beach’s Philanthropic Center to help pack, sort, and deliver backpacks filled with school uniforms to school children in need in the Long Beach area. Each backpack included two polo shirts, two pairs of pants or shorts, a warm jacket, three pairs of underwear, four pairs of socks, and a book donated by The Molina Foundation’s Book Buddies program. Also helping to put backpacks together for this year’s incoming kindergarten class were Head Start families, parents whose children had once been recipients of Operation School Bell. ß
CSulb marine biologist, students to be featured in ‘Shark week’ program on Discovery Channel Southern California ocean waters are prime breeding ground for great white sharks, who play an important role in the marine food chain and whose numbers are increasing thanks to a state ban on gillnet fishing. But as their numbers grow, they may remain in danger from pollutants. Christopher Lowe, professor of marine biology at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and director of its Shark Lab, along with a group of his students, is researching great white shark nurseries, health and movements. Their work will be featured in the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week premiere program Great White Invasion at 9pm on Sunday, July 31. The episode follows Lowe, a resident of Long Beach, and his students as well as researchers in South Africa and Australia as they seek to learn more about great white shark populations. The CSULB Shark Lab has been collaborating with the Monterey Bay Aquarium for eight years on studying young great white sharks. “It looks like in the last 10 years, the number of sharks that are caught incidentally in the fishery is increasing, despite the fact that there are fewer fishers out there and there is less fishing than there was back in the ’80s and ’90s,” Lowe said. “Based on that evidence, we think the white shark population is increasing in California and you would expect that, if all the conservation and management strategies put into place are working.” CSULB is part of the aquarium’s white shark rapid response team. “If a commercial fisher captures a baby white shark in our area, which constitutes basically Santa Barbara to Dana Point, my graduate students go out and meet with the fishermen and assess the shark,” Lowe explained. “Then we take measurements of the shark and a few tissue samples and we put tags on the animals, either acoustic tags and/or satellite tags, and then we let them go. “Over the last eight years, we’ve tracked almost 20 pups. Then last summer we began our acoustic telemetry study where we’ve been surgically implanting acoustic tags in these babies. The tags have a battery life of 10 years. We have acoustic listening stations off many of the ocean piers from Morro Bay down to San Clemente, and they’re constantly listening for these tagged sharks. “Last summer we tagged four baby white sharks off Malibu, and we detected all four of them up into the fall and early winter months,” he said. “Then they all went down to Baja, which is a common pattern that we’ve seen from most of the sharks that we’ve tagged over the last eight years. They all tend to hang around Southern California during the summer and fall months, but usually by November and December, they all head south.” The baby white sharks often remain close to shore in the summer but sometimes move further out into the offshore island channels, Lowe said, but the reasons for these movements remain a mystery. Although rare events, on occasion young white sharks die in the nets and the fishers give them to the lab for
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research, he said. “We’ve also been looking at contaminant levels in the sharks that have died. Because many of these babies are spending a lot of time around the more polluted parts of Southern California waters, which includes the Palos Verdes Peninsula, we’ve actually found amazingly high levels of contaminants (e.g., DDT, PCBs, and mercury) in many of these pups who may only be a couple of months old. We were scratching our heads trying to figure out how these babies could have such high contaminant loads. We’ve measured some of the highest mercury loads in the muscles of these baby sharks that have ever been measured in any shark anywhere in the world. But these are babies, and it doesn’t make sense for such young animals to have such high contaminant loads. “One of our theories is that the moms are probably offloading contaminants to their young. It passes from the food web to the moms, and the moms are eating things that have really high contaminant levels like marine mammals,” Lowe said. His wife, Gwen Goodmanlowe, also is a marine biologist who specializes in marine mammals. She and former graduate student, Mary Blasius, published a study in 2008 in which they found remarkably high amounts of DDT and PCBs in Southern California seals and sea lions, which likely resulted from massive dumping in the mid-20th century of these chemicals from sewer system outfalls off the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Lowe explained that white sharks give birth to live pups who develop as embryos from a yolky egg. The embryos use up their yolk long before they’re born, but the mothers continue to produce unfertilized eggs which the embryos eat while in the uterus to help them grow. Lowe believes the egg yolks contain contaminants passed along from the mother’s food sources. “This is really the first time that a study of this nature has ever been done,” he said. “The shocking part is that despite the fact that the population seems to be recovering from overfishing because of better management, there may be other more insidious things that are affecting the population, like the effects of these contaminants on these young pups. We know how these contaminants affect humans and other mammals. They cause cancers, reproductive failure and suppress immune function, but in sharks, it’s not really well understood how these contaminants affect their physiology.” ß
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PublIC noTICeS TST3796 t.S. no.: 2010-00192 loan no.: 902255481 aPn: 7211026-045 tra no.: 05674 notiCe of trUStee’S Sale yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt dated 3/1/2007. 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 ProCeedingS againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer. a public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below. the sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the deed of trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the deed of trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. the amount may be greater on the day of sale. trustor: anil SadHnani and Jaya SadHnani HUSBand and Wife aS Joint tenantS Beneficiary name: ing Bank, fSB duly appointed trustee: integrated lender Services, a delaware Corporation and pursuant to deed of trust recorded 03/09/2007 as instrument no. 20070522515 in book ---, page --- and rerecorded on --- as --- of official records in the office of the recorder of los angeles County, California, date of Sale: 8/5/2011 at 10:30 aM Place of Sale: at the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 W. Mission Blvd., Pomona, Ca amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $331,518.04 the property heretofore is being sold “as is.” the street address or other common designation of real property is purported to be: 1460 east Willow Street, Unit 104, Signal Hill, Ca 90755. as more fully described on said deed of trust a.P.n.: 7211-026-045 the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. if no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this notice of Sale. the beneficiary under said deed of trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written declaration of default and demand for Sale, and a written notice of default and election to Sell. the undersigned caused said notice of default and election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. tHiS firM iS atteMPting to ColleCt a deBt. any inforMation oBtained Will Be USed for tHat PUrPoSe. date: 7/12/2011 integrated lender Services, a delaware Corporation, as trustee 2411 West la Palma avenue, Suite 350 – Bldg. 1 (800) 232-8787 for Sale information please call: (714) 573-1965 Sem Martinez, trustee Sale officer forM 7 for attaCHMent to notiCe of Sale after JUne 15, 2009 ts no. 201000192 loan no. 902255481 addendUM to notiCe of Sale Civil Code §2923.54 the Mortgage loan Servicer has ( ) has not (x) obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date filed of execution of this addendum, and the Mortgage loan Servicer is not aware of any pending or threatened rejection or suspension of the order of exemption by the Commissioner. and the timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 (x) does not ( ) apply pursuant to the Section 2923.53 or 2923.55. "i declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct, and that this document was executed on april 4th, 2011, at Wilmington delaware.” ing Bank, fSB By: Jessica gross (Print name legibly) its: default associate (Print name legibly) P858061 7/15, 7/22, 07/29/2011
TST3800 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale tS no. 11-0032423 title order no. 11-0025910 investor/insurer no. 01700564585 aPn no. 7211-020-022 yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt, dated 01/13/2006. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer." notice is hereby given that reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the deed of trust executed by SUng KHUn tran, a Single Man, dated 01/13/2006 and recorded 01/31/06, as instrument no. 06 0226908, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 08/24/2011 at 9:00aM, Sheraton los angeles downtown Hotel 711 South Hope Street, los angeles, Ca 90017 California Ballroom 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: 2320 leMon avenUe, Signal Hill, Ca, 90755. the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. the total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is $436,761.47. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. in addition to cash, the trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''aS iS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said deed of trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the note secured by said deed of trust with interest thereon as provided in said note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. dated: 07/22/2011 reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. 1800 tapo Canyon rd., Ca6-914-01-94 SiMi valley, Ca 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale information (626) 927-4399 By: - trustee's Sale officer reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. aSaP# fnMa4037014 07/29/2011, 08/05/2011, 08/12/2011 TST3801 tS #: Ca-11-433910-Ct order #: 110155365-Ca-gti notiCe of trUStee’S Sale yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt dated 9/29/2006. 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 ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer. a public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 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): 2006 CrogHan faMily trUSt WitH denniS CrogHan and JUditH CrogHan aS trUSteeS recorded: 10/25/2006 as instrument no. 06 2366025 in book xxx, page xxx of official records in the office of the recorder of loS angeleS County, California; date of Sale: 8/17/2011 at 10:30 aM Place of Sale: at the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, Ca amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $349,686.03 the purported property address is: 2508 e WilloW St 210 Signal Hill, Ca 90755 assessors Parcel no. 7214-009-135 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 americas Servicing Company 1 Home Campus x2504-017 Customer Service des Moines ia 50328. 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 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. 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: Quality loan Service Corp. 2141 5th avenue San diego, Ca 92101 619-645-7711 for non Sale information only Sale line:
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tious 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: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011.
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TST3787 / 2011 044066 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 1. teCHfix, 2. teCHMedix, 1406 e. 10th. St., long Beach, Ca 90813. registrant: Jorge delgado, 1406 e. 10th. St., long Beach, Ca 90813. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Jorge delgado. 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: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011. TST3791 / 2011 049043 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 1. fingerS and toeS aCCoUnting, 2. WeaSel_WerKS, 3345 Santa fe ave. #100, long Beach, Ca 90810. registrant: Kyle Marie e. laird, 3345 Santa fe ave. #100, long Beach, Ca 90810. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Kyle Marie e. laird. 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 16, 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: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011. TST3792 / 2011 058600 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: BlaCKBird Cafe, 3405 orange ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: BlaCKBird Cafe inC., 3405 orange ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. this business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: debbie rossetti-Colacion, President. 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 July 6, 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: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011. TST3793 / 2011 058556 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 1. long BeaCH air CHarter, 2. long BeaCH flying ClUB, 3. long BeaCH fligHt aCadeMy, 2631 e. Spring St., long Beach, Ca 90806. registrant: CandaCe a. larned enterPriSeS, inC., 2631 e. Spring St., long Beach, Ca 90806. this business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Candace a. robinson, President. 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 July 6, 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: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011. TST3795 / 2011 057241 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 1. fUll Moon entertainMent groUP, 2. fUll Moon ent. groUP, 3. fUll Moon, 4. MideaSt live, 5. MideaSt live ent., 6. MideaSt live entertainMent, 6000 Bixby village drive #7, long Beach, Ca 90803. registrant: KUlCSar inveStMentS llC, 6000 Bixby village drive #7, long Beach, Ca 90803. this business is conducted by: a limited liability Company. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: reata Kulcsar, President . 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 July 1, 2011. notiCe: this ficti-
TST3797 / 2011 061517 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: fUnCtional fine art, 1111 W. 10th St., Unit B, San Pedro, Ca 90731. registrant: eKleKtiKo inC, 1111 W. 10th St., Unit B, San Pedro, Ca 90731. this business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Carlos Soto, President. 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 July 11, 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: July 15, 22, 29, & august 5, 2011. TST3798 / 2011 063646 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: Joy ride MoBile SKate SHoP, 37 W. Pleasant St., long Beach, Ca 90805. registrant: MiCHael t. alverSon, 37 W. Pleasant 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: Michael t. alverson. 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 July 13, 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: July 15, 22, 29, & august 5, 2011. TST3799 / 2011 064118 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following persons are doing business as: BroadWay loCKSMitH SHoP, 3199 e. Pacific Coast Hwy. #103, Signal Hill, Ca 90755. registrant: 1. JaMeS t. Carter, 2. lorine l. Carter, 6749 Stearns St., long Beach, Ca 90815. this business is conducted by: Copartners. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: lorine l. Carter. 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 July 14, 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: July 15, 22, 29, & august 5, 2011. TST3788 / Case No. NS024144 order to SHoW CaUSe for CHange of naMe SUPerior CoUrt of California, CoUnty of loS angeleS, 415 West ocean Blvd., long Beach, Ca 90802, SoUtH JUdiCial diStriCt. Petition of Uritza Santiago Smith, (mother), elijah ray guthrie, (son) for Change of name. to all intereSted PerSonS: 1. Petitioner UritZa Santiago SMitH, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: eliJaH ray gUtHrie to Proposed name: eliJaH ray SMitH. 2. tHe CoUrt orderS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. notiCe of Hearing: date: august 8, 2011; time: 1:30 P.M.; dept. g, room 51. the address of the court is the same as above. a copy of this order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, tHe Signal triBUne, 939 e. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, Ca 90755: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011. ___//ss//___ douglas M. Haigh, Judge Pro tem of the Superior Court dated: June 27, 2011 TST3804 / Case No. GD045709 SUMMonS (faMily laW) notiCe to reSPondent: yUKi yoSHida, you are being sued. Petitioner’S naMe iS: HarUyoSHi g. Kanda CaSe nUMBer: gd045709 you have 20 Calendar dayS after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a formal Written response to the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. if you do not file your response on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage, your property, and custody of your children. you may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and cost. if you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. if you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. the name and address of the court is: SUPerior CoUrt of California CoUnty of loS angeleS 300 e. Walnut St. PaSadena, Ca 91101 nortHeaSt diStriCt dated: april 13, 2010 order for Publication Summons dated: June 28, 2011 Mary lou Katz, Commissioner //s// Mary lou Katz, Judicial officer Published in the Signal tribune newspaper: July 22, 29, & august 5, 12, 2011
CITy oF SIgnAl HIll TST3802 notiCe of ordinanCe introdUCtion ordinance no. 2011-07-1428 was introduced by the City Council on July 19, 2011. a summary of the ordinance is as follows: an ordinanCe of tHe City CoUnCil of tHe City of Signal Hill, California, aMending Signal Hill MUniCiPal Code SeCtion 2.08.070d alloWing for tHe aPProval of PayMent of MonieS at regUlar and SPeCial MeetingS for WHiCH tHe notiCe of SUCH SPeCial Meeting SPeCifieS tHe BUSineSS to Be tranSaCted in aCCordanCe WitH California governMent Code SeCtion 36935
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 Monday, august 1, 2011.
Kathleen l. Pacheco City Clerk Published in the Signal-tribune newspaper on July 22, 2011. Posted at City Hall, library, discovery Well Park, and reservoir Park on July 22, 2011.
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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 Monday, august 1, 2011.
Kathleen l. Pacheco City Clerk Published in the Signal-tribune newspaper on July 22, 2011. Posted at City Hall, library, discovery Well Park, and reservoir Park on July 22, 2011.
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In years past, these grants were funded through a community development block grant (CDBG) managed by the County. However, due to an administrative issue, the City couldn’t rely on CDBG money this year to fund the modest financial aid to low-income children from Signal Hill needing health care, according to Forester. He said that this year, the Council reduced their travel budget and used the extra money to continue to pay for the grants to the two local children’s hospitals. Signal Hill’s Redevelopment Agency (RDA) also reviewed a City staff recommendation to continue financial assistance to Delius Restaurant in Signal Hill. In January 2010, the RDA agreed to provide a rental and utility subsidy totaling $100,000 per year for up to three years for the local business that had been facing financial problems during the eco-
nomic downturn. Eighteen months after the agreement began, the RDA had to determine whether Delius was on track to eventually becoming financially independent and if the RDA needed to continue its financial aid, according to a City staff report. The RDA approved the full financial aid package for Delius, noting that the restaurant has been making significant progress. The restaurant’s total sales equaled about $1.9 million over 17 months, and its monthly sales average exceeded the established benchmarks, according to a report by Elise McCaleb, who serves as the redevelopment and economic development manager for the City. The RDA approved full financial assistance to Delius Restaurant for another 12 months, with another review of the restaurant’s performance scheduled for June 2012. “I’m very pleased to be standing here today in this condition,” said Dave Solzman, who co-owns Delius Restaurant with his wife Louise. He thanked
the RDA for its decision on Tuesday night. “Two years ago, I didn’t think I was going to be a business owner here any longer. Everything has really turned around for us, and it is primarily because of the assistance that we were given. It did more than just help us out with our bills. It also gave our investors confidence to help with cash as well.” Forester said Wednesday that the agreement has worked. “They’ve been maturing and becoming a very first-class restaurant and a pride to Signal Hill,” Forester said of Delius. “We just felt that that money was necessary for our citizens to maintain. . .to make sure that they are on a sure footing and move forward.” Yet, the City’s financial help can’t be guaranteed in future years. Redevelopment funds have been threatened by the state. Earlier this year, California lawmakers passed two bills that affect the redevelopment agencies. One bill would effectively dissolve redevelopment agencies, or, if redevelopment agencies couldn’t be shut down, another
July 22, 2011 bill would require RDAs to pay a large amount to benefit schools. Currently, Signal Hill and other RDAs in the state are supporting the California Redevelopment Association’s lawsuit that hopes to stop these two bills. When asked whether the City could continue the generosity next year for the City’s low-income children who need health care, Forester said that he hopes so but warned “next year’s budget is next year.” “Right now, you know, we’ve projected five years out,” the mayor explained. “And I can’t say it’s the rosiest projection in the world. I would hope that the economy picks up and...unemployment drops so that we can afford to move forward with some of these things, but I’ll do it this year. And believe me, we’ve strained to do it, but I’m happy to,” Forester said. Other Council highlights: library Design Committee The Library Design Committee has been formed. It will be responsible for developing recommendations and design concepts for the new library’s construction plans. The following individuals will be on the Library Design Committee: Louise Cunningham,Parks and Recreation Commission; Tom Benson,Planning Commission; Luis Morente, Friends of the Signal Hill Library; Brady Barto, Community Foundation; Terry Rogers, Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce; Mary Justus, Signal Hill Historical Society; Brett Geithman, LBUSD; and Signal Hill residents Sylvia Hopper, Shari Joyce, and Carole Yochum. Special meeting notifications The City Council approved a change to a
city ordinance that would allow City staff to issue notifications of special meetings via telephone or other electronic means. Previously, the municipal code required special meetings to be announced in writing to legislative members and interested media outlets, according to a staff report. The change to the ordinance will influence how quickly the Council can approve financial transactions during special meetings when these meetings are scheduled. “The need for council approval for orders of payment of money at other than a regular meeting is infrequent but may arise from time to time. Many changes as to how municipal government does business have occurred in the past 65-plus years,” wrote City Manager Ken Farfsing in a staff report submitted to the City Council. In addition to using phone calls and electronic means to spread the word about special meetings, staff will continue to post written notices of special meetings in a publicly accessible area and will also continue to notify media and other interested parties of special meetings through the City website’s “e-Notify” system, according to the city manager’s report. new middle school construction A new middle school is being constructed on the former GTE property on Cherry Avenue. The school is scheduled to open in September 2012, according to Councilmember Michael Noll, who said the construction’s estimated budget is $61.6 million and is running approximately $7 million over-budget. The next City Council meeting has been scheduled for Monday, Aug. 1 at 7pm in the Signal Hill Council Chambers. ß
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Transportation Company. He has also taught criminology and management classes for 20 years at the University of Southern California, California State University Long Beach and August Vollmer University. He has been a resident of Long Beach for more than 70 years. The resignations of Mario Cordero and Mike Walter opened two vacancies on the Harbor Commission. Cordero resigned due to his appointment by President Barack Obama to the Federal Maritime Commission. Walter submitted his letter of resignation last month. “I hoped to be in a position through which I could make a major difference,” stated former Harbor Commis-
sioner Walter in his letter of resignation. “However, this is not the situation, and the probability of that occurring in the near term appears very low. Therefore, I do not wish to be considered for another term on the Board of Harbor Commissioners.” “I want to thank both Mario and Mike for their many years of service on the Harbor Commission,” Foster said. “I deeply appreciate the time and contributions these two men have given to the City and the residents of Long Beach.” The mayor’s recommendations for charter commissions requires the review by Personnel and Civil Service Committee that will meet on July 26, followed by City Council approval. ß
Public health officials urge residents to take precautions against west nile virus West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in two dead crows in Long Beach for the first time this summer. According to the California Department of Public Health, this is the first sign of WNV in Long Beach this year. Although no human cases have been reported in Long Beach this year, WNV activity has been detected in 12 counties in California, including positive birds and mosquitoes in Los Angeles and Orange counties. WNV is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Signs and symptoms of WNV may include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headache. Most people infected have no symptoms; approximately one in 150 may develop more serious disease, such as brain inflammation or paralysis. Persons with these symptoms should seek immediate care. The onset of hot summer weather has created an ideal environment for mosquito breeding, and with the detection of WNV, public health officials at the City of Long Beach are urging residents to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites. Dr. Helene Calvet, city health officer, is encouraging all residents to take the following precautions: • Avoid mosquito-infested areas, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. • Mosquitoes can breed in standing water. Eliminate standing water on property by draining water from neg-
lected ponds, birdbaths, fountains, buckets, old tires or another over vessel that can hold water. • Use mosquito repellant containing N, N -Diethyl- meta -toluamide (DEET), Picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Residents should follow repellant instructions on the label. Consult with your child’s pediatrician for appropriate concentrations of DEET to be used on children under the age of two. • Keep tight-fitting screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering homes and check to make sure window screens are in good condition. • Maintain all swimming pools in a clean and sanitary manner, with all circulation and filtration equipment operational and chemical levels within recommended guidelines; drain water from pool covers. • Limit the watering of lawns and outdoor plants to twice a week to avoid run-off to gutters and around sprinklers. Do not overwater plants or lawns to avoid creating pools of standing water. • Report dead birds and dead tree squirrels to the California Department of Health Services by calling 1-877WNV-BIRD or online at westnile.ca.gov. For more information, call (562) 570-4132 or visit longbeach.gov/ health/wnv_info/resource.asp or cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile. ß
July 22, 2011
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with Kobe’s father now coaching, lA Sparks hope to make comeback Tamara Latta Sports Writer
At home on Sunday night, in front of over 6,000 fans, the Los Angeles Sparks showed intense energy as they built a 24-point lead against the Washington Mystics. But the Mystics refused to be intimidated by the double-digit lead; they rallied back from the deficit and beat the Sparks in overtime 89-85. This was one of the greatest second-half comebacks in WNBA history. After such a brutal loss, the Sparks had a chance to redeem themselves on Monday night against the San Antonio Silver Stars. This time the Sparks showed more passion and interest in the game. Trailing by 10 points at half-time 42–32, the Sparks made a comeback reducing the lead to 2 points with a 10–3 run in the third quarter. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to retire the opposing team for the night. The Silver Stars beat the Sparks 79–69 in front of 8,818 fans at the Staples Center. The Sparks are 2–5 at home since the injury of their leading scorer, Candace Parker, who went down June 26 with a torn meniscus. Prior to her injury, she averaged 17.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists through seven games. Although Parker will be out for six weeks, the Sparks are looking to turn things around without their superstar and make a run for the playoffs. They are now tied with Seattle for fourth place in the Western Conference. After losing five games in a row, the Sparks handed Coach Jennifer Gillom her pink slip last week and replaced her with Assistant Coach Joe Bryant. Bryant, father of Lakers stud Kobe Bryant, is no rookie when it
Eye on Crime Crimes reported by the LBPD July 13 – 18 Council Districts 6 (North of PCH) 7 & 8 (East of the L.A. River & North to Del Amo Blvd.) wednesday, July 13 Felony Suspect Arrested 5:30pm– Long Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway Patrol officers responded to assist the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department with a robbery that had just occurred. The officers located a subject matching the suspect description and were able to link the subject to the crime. The suspect was arrested without incident. Saturday, July 16 Assault 1pm– 19th Street and Henderson Avenue A male adult walked into a local hospital with a non-life threatening stab wound to his upper body. Officers responded for the investigation. Sunday, July 17 Robbery 1:30am – 4900 block of Long Beach Boulevard Two male adults approached a female at a local business and threatened to take her car. The female, believing the suspects were armed, fled. The suspects and the victim’s vehicle are outstanding.
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