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Motorcycle shop debuts custom builds at open house Stephanie Raygoza Staff Writer

As a KROQ radio deejay played alternative-rock favorites, and gourmet food trucks Don Chow Tacos and BOO-Yah!! fueled the hungry motorcycle enthusiasts, Lossa Engineering’s first open house provided visitors with a glimpse into the world of café racer-style motorcycles, as well as an opportunity to get to know the shop’s famed owner, Jay LaRossa. Clothing vendors, motorcycle owners and neighboring Signal Hill residents intermingled at the Aug. 7 event, which included a showcase of a new, limited-edition bike and brief tour of the work that goes on at the shop. Lossa Engineering’s recent move to Signal Hill has proven to Courtesy LB Redevelopment Agency

New banners for the Wrigley Village Business District, featuring artwork by Ioana Urmais, are scheduled to be hung on Pacific Avenue in time for a “Streetscape Celebration” on Thursday, Aug. 18 that will recognize a number of improvements to the area. CJ Dablo Staff Writer

Pacific Avenue in Long Beach’s Wrigley neighborhood has seen a few recent efforts to revitalize the business district and neighborhoods, according to a few community leaders from the Wrigley Association and South Wrigley Neighborhood Advisory Group. Their list: vintage-styled lampposts now line a stretch of Pacific; brightly colored banners will soon be hung to permanently decorate the street; and a community garden now grows where there used to be a building that had been destroyed after the Los Angeles riots. But community leaders and residents at a meeting last week are hoping to ignite excitement in Wrigley. They’ve imagined that a stretch of Pacific Avenue, just north of Pacific Coast Highway up to Hill Street, can be transformed into more than the string of commercial buildings that line the street right now. Community leaders are also hoping that business leaders from Pacific Avenue will join their efforts.

“We want it to look like a place that people are going to want to come to, stop and shop and stay,” said Sam Portillo, a Wrigley resident who also serves on the Wrigley Association’s board of directors. Portillo was among the group of 20-plus people who gathered Aug. 4 at the Wrigley Community Police Center to hear how business leaders from Bixby Knolls revitalized their own business district nearly two decades ago. Blair Cohn, who serves as the executive director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA), shared at the Wrigley Village’s Thursday night’s meeting how Bixby Knolls started to improve their neighborhood. “We’re not the Promised Land yet,” Cohn said, as he described how Bixby Knolls is still trying to attract both professional and retail businesses to Bixby Knolls. “But,” he added, “we try every trick we can think of to activate it, to get on the radar, to...make it attractive to new business.” Cohn said in last week’s meeting that their association began with their efforts to physically clean up their

streets. “One of the key things that I learned was don’t wait and don’t expect the city to do everything for you.It won’t happen. If you wait, you’re going to spend a lot of time waiting. It’s very important as business owners and residents, you have to take ownership of your area yourself,” Cohn said, detailing how the association hired contractors to pull weeds, cut trees, and pick up trash. Others would look after graffiti and clean up what taggers left behind. Cohn described how the efforts to create a neighborhood community in Bixby Knolls directly tied to increasing business for the local establishments. He recounted the clubs that were formed to create social networks among the Bixby Knolls residents and business leaders. They gathered in the local establishments to dine together. They heard an author speak at a literary society meeting. They organized walking tours where residents would drop in at the local coffee shop and other businesses along the way. Soon, First see WRIGLEY page 15

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Lossa Engineering owner Jay LaRossa with his business's new limited-edition custom-built bike

9th District Councilmember Neal uses website to open dialogue with constituents Athena Mekis Staff Writer

Ninth District Councilmember Steven Neal unveiled his district's community website, insidedistrict9.com, in late April, just before his first, full year taking office. The website has allowed Neal to reach more of the North Long Beach community without adding any further expense to taxpayers. “About 4,500 residents receive [Neal’s printed] newsletter every Monday. That number is increasing with the new website,” 9th District Chief of Staff Rex Richardson said. The community website allows the ninth district’s 55,000 residents to follow policy meetings, learn about programs and keep up with community events. The website’s main purpose is for residents to be able to submit

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SHPD assists La Palma police with arrest of murder suspect After arrest of cat burglar, LBPD On Aug. 4, the Signal Hill Police SHPD officers responded and con- towards his vehicle, SHPD officers asking other possible victims to step up Department (SHPD) received a call ducted surveillance of the suspect’s approached and apprehended him withThe Long Beach Police Department has arrested a male subject in connection with three residential cat burglaries, and it is believed that additional victims may exist. The cat burglaries (burglaries that occur while the resident is in the home) occurred in the Belmont Shore and Belmont Heights neighborhoods of Long Beach between July 2010 and April 2011. In each incident, the

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suspect was discovered either inside the residence or attempting to gain access to the residence through a window. The suspect, identified as 38-yearold Dewayne Maris of Long Beach, was arrested on April 24, 2011, at approximately 1:45am in the 4000 block of Ocean Boulevard just shortly after the three reported incidents had occurred in the area, and booked for residential burglary. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has filed three counts of residential cat burglary and one count of assault against the defendant that stemmed from him pushing one of the victims down as he fled the residence. However, investigators believe there may be additional victims who have never contacted police. Those who have seen defendant Maris in their neighborhood or who have been the victim of an unreported crime should contact Long Beach Police Sex Crimes Detective Louie Galvan at (562) 570-6407. ß

EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by the LBPD Aug. 3 - 6 Council Districts 6 (North of PCH) 7 & 8 (East of the L.A. River & North to Del Amo Blvd.) Wednesday, August 3 Felony Arrest 9pm– 500 block of Pleasant Street Officers detained and arrested an adult male suspect who was in possession of illegal firearms. Thursday, August 4 Burglary 8am– 600 block of East Carson Street Patrol officers responded to a local business after neighbors reported seeing an open door. Officers secured the business and discovered items had been stolen. Saturday, August 6 Robbery 7am– 200 block of East Willow Street A male adult victim was robbed of his personal belongings at a local business. The male suspect fled prior to police arriving.

from the La Palma Police Department requesting assistance in locating and apprehending a murder suspect.

vehicle, which was located at the 2500 block of Palm Drive. As the suspect exited a local business and walked

out incident. The suspect was then held until La Palma officers could arrive and take custody of him. ß

LBPD to conduct sobriety checkpoint this weekend The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) will conduct a checkpoint to screen for impaired and unlicensed drivers on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 6pm to 2am Sunday, in north Long Beach. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcoholinvolved collisions, driving-under-theinfluence (DUI) checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get

them off the street, as well as to educate the public on the dangers of driving while impaired. The LBPD publicizes these enforcement and educational efforts to deter motorists from driving while impaired. Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested.

The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 9-1-1 if they see a suspected impaired driver. Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information, contact Long Beach Police Department Traffic Section Sergeant Douglas Bender at (562) 570-7484. ß

Free app allows mobile users to report crime tips anonymously The Signal Hill Police Department distributed a press release this week announcing that CrimeReports, creators of the National Crime Map, have launched the TipSubmit mobile app for Android and iPhone. It is the first mobile application that allows the public to anonymously submit tips to lawenforcement agencies to help solve and prevent crime. The application is fully integrated with TipSoft, the crime-tip reporting and management system, which allows users to submit secure and anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers and its partnered law-enforcement agencies. There is no cost to the public to use the application, and it offers more powerful options than SMS Text-a-tip. The new app has the ability to use GPS to auto-locate the nearest agency and attach an image or video to the tip, and

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The app is available and downloadable at TipSoft.com, the Android Market, or the iTunes App Store. ß

SHPD to join in national 18-day DUI crackdown The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) announced this week that it will join nearly 10,000 other law-enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown campaign on impaired driving Aug. 19 through Sept. 5, known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” A DUI/driver’s license check-

point is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27 at the intersection of 27th Street and Cherry Avenue from the hours of 8pm to 4am in partnership with law-enforcement nationwide during the summer/Labor Day campaign. The crime of impaired driving is a serious one, according to the SHPD. In 2009 alone, 10,839 peo-

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ple died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaireddriving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24year-old age group. “All too often, innocent, lawabiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life,” said Sergeant Chris Nunley of the SHPD. “Because we’re committed to ending the carnage, we’re intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads.” The Los Angeles County Avoid the 100 Task Force will also deploy DUI/driver’s license checkpoints, multi-agency DUI task force operations and local roving DUI patrols during the 18-day Summer/Labor Day campaign. “Our message is simple and unwavering– if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions,” Nunley said. “Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life.” According to SHPD, violators will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates will also go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation. -------------------------MORE INFORMATION StopImpairedDriving.org californiaavoid.org


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Steve James elected president of the California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations Steve James will now be serving as the president of both the Long Beach Police Officers Association (LBPOA) and the California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations (CCLEA). James has been president of the LBPOA for 11 years and plans on maintaining his position. CCLEA was formed in 1984 to provide an umbrella organization to represent the needs of all law enforcement associations in California, and it is the largest law

enforcement organization in the state with approximately 50 law enforcement associations repre80,000 peace senting officers. CCLEA also advocates for law enforcement-related pieces of legislation. After his election, James said, “I am humbled that my peers have elected me to such a prestigious position. I look forward to working on the numerous law enforcement issues facing the State of California.” 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 more. Contact nancylewisphn@yahoo.com. Steve James

Princeton Review designates CSULB a ‘Best in the West’ college One of just 121 institutions receiving The Princeton Review’s Best in the West mention, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) was selected primarily for its excellent academic program. Collectively, there were 629 colleges named in the 2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region list released on Aug. 1, a total that constitutes only about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges. “We’re especially pleased with The Princeton Review’s continuing determination that Cal State Long Beach is one of the best universities in the West and, just as important, that we continue to rank among the 50 public universities that Princeton Review considers the nation’s best collegiate values,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues– from the accessibility of their professors to qual-

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ity of the campus food– and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site. The profiles also have a Survey Says list that reveals topics about which students surveyed at the school were in highest agreement. With each recognized university, the website highlights comments made by students in the surveys in the areas of academics, campus life and student body.

“We’re pleased to recommend Cal State Long Beach to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president for publishing. “From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite.” ß

ABSTRACT ARTWoRKS What Art exhibit Who Long Beach Public Library Where Main branch, 101 Pacific Ave., LB When 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. SANDY SCULPTURE MAKING What 79th Annual Long Beach Sand Sculpture Contest Who Conducted by City of Long Beach When Saturday, Aug. 13 at 9am Where Granada Beach, 1 Granada Ave., LB More Info The free contest features teams of up to eight people competing for prizes and local recognition. There will be live music, food and refreshments, arts and crafts show and a kids zone. Entries will be judged on creativity, design and adherence to the theme “The Spirit of Long Beach.” Register a team and obtain information at lbsandcastle.com. SWINGING FoR CAUSE What Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive Day Who City of Long Beach When Sunday, Aug. 14 from 4:30pm to 7pm Where El Dorado Community Center, 2800 N. Studebaker Rd., LB More Info The event will include the placing of a memorial wreath at the military memorial in the Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center, followed by a 1940s swing dance, and special appearance by FDR impressionist Peter Small at the El Dorado Community Center. Johnny Kleker and the Big Band will provide music. Vitas Hospice Care will provide light refreshments. Donations suggested if born after 1945, and proceeds will go to the nonprofit Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation. Call (562) 570-6932. TIPS FoR CLEARING A CRIMINAL RECoRD What Free expungement education workshop Who City of Long Beach When Monday, Aug. 15 from 4pm to 5pm Where Center for Working Families, 1900 Atlantic Ave., LB More Info Attendees will receive information from subject-matter experts on certificate of rehabilitation. Information on expungement of adult conviction and sealing of juvenile records will be provided along with assistance on how to complete required forms. Call (562) 570-9675. SHRED, RECYCLE AND REDUCE What Document shredding and recycling event Who Sixth District Councilmember Dee Andrews When Saturday, Aug. 20 from 9am to noon Where Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave., LB More Info The first five boxes of shredding documents, per car, will be free. There will be a $5 fee per box for anything beyond the limit. Items that can be recycled include televisions, computers and monitors, laptops, keyboards and other computer devices or attachments, printers, fax machines, microwave ovens, DVD and VCR players, telephones, cell phones and several other electronic devices. Large appliances, toner cartridges, fluorescent bulbs or batteries of any kind cannot be accepted. Call Kimberly Dodson at (562) 570-6816. TALES FRoM THE PAST What Public ancestral presentations Who The Greater Long Beach Questing Heirs Genealogical Society When Sunday, Aug. 21 at 1:15pm Where Resurrection Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 1900 E. Carson St., LB More InfoTerry Hamilton will share her experiences in tracking her great-grandfather from Oregon to Alaska. Chris Hanson will show and discuss the variety of US military uniforms used for the past two centuries. Call Liz Myers at (562) 598-3027. ISLAND BEATS What Free performance by the Pan Jive Steel Drum Band Who Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske When Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 6pm to 8pm Where Wardlow Park, 5261 E. Wardlow Rd., LB More Info Pan Jive will perform calypso, reggae and contemporary music that incorporate unique island sounds. Call (562) 570-6932. WEEKEND BARGAINS What Rummage sale Who California Heights United Methodist Church Where 3759 Orange Ave., LB When Friday, Aug. 26 from 8:30am to 7:30pm and Saturday, Aug. 27 from 8:30am to noon More Info Contact (562) 595-1996 or calheightsumc.org. SCoUTING BARGAINS What Multi-family yard sale Who Long Beach Cub Scout Pack 78 When Saturday, Aug. 27 from 8am to 1pm Where 3752 Falcon Ave., LB More Info Proceeds will help offset camping expenses for Pack 78.


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Last week I wrote about my weekday morning before-work rituals. Today I would like to focus on telling you about how I spend my weekday evenings. Most of the time, I leave work between 5:30pm and 6:30pm, and unless I have a meeting to attend or a dinner engagement, I head straight home to “unwind,” as my father used to say. My first order of business is to greet my pets (if Steve is home I greet him too) and change into comfy clothes. After a quick glance at the mail I start foraging around for something to make for dinner. In our home I do nearly all of the meal preparation. I asked

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Steve to fix dinner once– to no avail. He said he couldn’t find anything to make, “just a bunch of ingredients,” whatever that means. I grew up in a family where Mom and Dad both worked outside the home, and although Dad would help cook once in a while, it was mostly a chore left for Mom. I think she enjoyed fixing nutritious meals for our family. I know I like to cook, but I have to say, being on a gluten-free diet sure has its challenges. Nevertheless, after I cook, we sit down at the kitchen table and take our time eating dinner. I know that some ladies will squawk at the revelation that I work all day AND do the cooking– but fear not, there is a saving grace; I do NONE of the clean-up. That’s right, I said I do NONE of the clean-up. I don’t even clear the table. My darling husband Steve claims that he is so grateful that I do the meal-planning and preparation that he feels cleaning up is the least he can do. I agree. After dinner I watch a bit of television– usually one of my guilty pleasures like The

Tips to ensure a smooth transition from the beach to the classroom By Robert W. Castillo, MD, Chief of Staff, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach

Just as Memorial Day weekend marked the start of the summer season, the rapidly approaching Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer and the beginning of the school season. Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach wants to ensure that this back-toschool transition goes as smoothly as possible for the entire family. Below are some tips to help keep anxiety levels down for both parents and children while preparing to go back to school: reset your child’s schedule before school starts Try to transition kids into a consistent school night routine a few weeks before school starts. Establish a reasonable bedtime so that they will be well rested and ready to learn in the morning. Generally, children between the ages of 6 and 9 need about 10 hours of sleep a night, while preteens need a little more than nine hours. Start the bedtime routine at least one week before school begins. Preventative health and keeping your school informed Protect your child and family from illness and disease by participating in preventative health measures that allow you to play an active role in your family’s health. Make sure kids have all their immunizations done before school begins. This is not only required for school, but it helps keep your child healthy and protects them from preventable infectious diseases.

Inform your school nurse and teachers about any medical conditions your child may have, particularly food allergies, asthma, diabetes and any other conditions that need to be managed. Make sure your child understands what they need to do if they must take medication at school. Keeping safe throughout the school year With bikes and skateboards being the main method of transportation to and from school for many kids, wearing a helmet is critical to avoid head trauma should a fall or accident occur. Statistics show that riders who do not wear helmets are 14 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident. It is important to make sure your child not only has a helmet, but that it fits properly. Snacks matter Plan on packing lunches ahead of time. If your child eats in the cafeteria, check the weekly menu so you can pack a lunch if your child doesn’t like the main course. Also, remember that snacking between meals is not a bad thing. Young children actually need snacks, as they often don’t receive all the nutrients they need in a day through meals alone. Packing your child healthy snacks, or encouraging your older children to choose wisely from the vending machine, will help them concentrate in class. Be sure to choose snacks from a variety of food groups so your kids won’t get bored. Remember that a fully packed backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 per-

As of July 1, 2011, the courts are no longer allowed to dismiss infractions after a driver attends traffic school. Instead, a state law (AB 2499) now requires that all offenses be recorded as “convictions,” which will create a detailed breakdown of a person’s driving history. Under the new guidelines, drivers who attend a traffic school course will

have their first conviction masked and avoid negative marks on their driving record. However, if they accrue additional violations within the next 18 months, the convictions will appear on the record, negligent operator points will be assigned, and their insurance company will be notified. A traffic school conviction will not be masked if:

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The Signal Hill Historical Society was established as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation to preserve, protect and showcase the rich and unique history of the city of Signal Hill. On Sept. 17, 2011, the Society is hosting a community pancake breakfast at Discovery Well Park. This event will feature a diverse display of historic photographs, artifacts, literature and movies that will tell the story of Signal Hill’s history. The event will also host a variety of guest speakers who will share about the oil history of our wonderful city. There will also be games for children, roaming characters from Signal Hill’s past, a raffle and many other activities. Our goal is to raise funds for a future historical museum. Please help us meet our goal to raise $5,000 to support the Society and its future endeavors. If you are interested in sponsoring this event in any

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Bachelorette or Project Runway, or maybe some old re-runs or part of a movie that I had recorded earlier in the week. It’s rare that I can sit still and watch a whole movie without pausing it and doing a load of laundry or checking my email. My mom always said I couldn’t sit still– or rather that I had “ants in my pants.” I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Anyway, after a quick run through my email and Facebook accounts, I head off to bed to read a bit before turning off the light for sleep. I’ve heard it said that some people find counting sheep helps them nod off to slumberland. I have several other methods. I might count I Love Lucy or Leave it to Beaver episodes in my head or try silently naming all the businesses on Atlantic Avenue. I think my favorite sleeping aid is trying to think up all the cartoon characters I watched on television as a child. Remember Top Cat and Popeye? How about Deputy Dawg or Quick Draw McGraw? All I know is my goofy methods work for me. What works for you?

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LB Democratic Club to posthumously Steel Magnolias holding its honor leaders Jean Harris, Jenny Oropeza Annual gala on the green

The late civil rights leader Jean Harris and late Senator Jenny Oropeza will be memorialized this year at the Human Rights Banquet organized by the Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club on Oct. 15, aboard the Queen Mary. The Woman of the Year Award will be renamed after Jean Harris and granted to her posthumously, and, as a new addition to the lineup of awards, the Jenny Oropeza Ally of the Year Memorial Award will be given to Oropeza’s former chief of staff, Sharon

Weissman. The event, in its 30th year, will also honor Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, LA County Assessor John Noguez, Honor PAC, The Art Theatre, Member of the Year David Hensley and President’s Special Recognition Honoree Sergio Carrillo. The main award of the night, the Michael Longergan Memorial Award, will be announced later this month. “We are honored to have such outstanding leaders in our community to recognize,” said President Cory Allen.

“It is a small token of our appreciation as an organization, to thank these leaders for the great work they have done and continue to do.” The club, chartered under the California Democratic Party, is one of the oldest LGBT Democratic Clubs in Southern California and was formed out of protest when the Briggs Initiative was first introduced in the late 1970s and the Human Rights Banquet was started in 1980. A complete list of honorees and ticket information can be found at lblambdadems.org/banquet.ß

No money necessary to ‘shop’ at the LB Free Store Everything from housewares and clothes to patio furniture and books will be available for no cost at the grand opening of the Long Beach Free Store at the Catalyst Space, 430 E. 1st St., at 7pm on Saturday. Aug. 13. “The store is part of the culture of collaborative consumption and the gift economy,” said Free Store Founder Sharon Moiseiff. Free Store shoppers are encouraged to donate three to five small- to medium-sized items during the event (which coincides with the 2nd Saturday Artwalk in the East Village), and take home new treasures. Anyone is welcome at the Free Store, even if they have nothing to donate. “The maximum one person can bring is 10 easy-to-carry items,” Moiseiff said.

Moiseiff has been active in the “freeconomy” since she began organizing free swaps of clothing, accessories, and household items with a few friends in a back yard two years ago. When looking for places to host the growing swaps for free or low cost, Moiseiff found her way to the Catalyst Network, a Long Beach nonprofit that has been building community connections and nurturing relationships in grassroots efforts since 2006. “The [swaps] are a way for people to come together and get to know each other,” said Moiseiff. “The Free Store grew out of the generosity of Catalyst members in providing a space for the sharing of resources. In the future, we hope to have enough interest, participation, and items to have a standalone storefront. Having the free store con-

cept grow in other communities is another goal.” Volunteers are needed and can earn time-banking hours through Catalyst’s partnership with the Long Beach Time Exchange. Moiseiff said business sponsors are welcome to contribute their support in exchange for promotion through the Catalyst Network. “The Free Store is a mutually beneficial starting point for a conversation about meeting people’s needs, regardless of their culture or socioeconomic status,” Moiseiff said. “All are welcome to give and receive– we need customers as much as we need donations so that the goods are reused in the community.” For more information, visit lbfreestore.com, call (562) 628-1100, or email freestore@gocatalyst.org. ß

When it comes to pedestrian safety, it’s also up to bicyclists, walkers and runners to obey laws The Signal Hill Police Department has issued a press release reminding motorists, walkers, joggers and bicyclists of the importance of pedestrian safety. Pedestrian safety tips: • When traveling on the road, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles. To operate safely in traffic, all road users, including cyclists, must obey the vehicle code. • Pedestrians should not make assumptions about drivers. Many drivers aren’t paying attention because they're listening to the radio, talking on their cell phones, or reading a map. Pedestrians should not assume that drivers can see them or that they’ll let them go because pedestrians have the right of way. Pedestrians should make eye contact with drivers at street crossings before they cross. And, better yet, they should try to stay off the roads as much as possible and stick to running in parks or on paths and sidewalks. • Pedestrians should make sure they’re visible. No matter the time of day they're running or cycling, it’s important that they’re visible, especially to drivers. Walkers, runners and bicyclists should get in the habit of wearing

white or bright-colored clothes. When running or cycling in the early morning, night, or dusk, have reflective gear on. Although some items (running shoes, jackets) already have reflective pieces on them, it doesn’t hurt to add more. A reflective vest can be worn over any form of running clothing and will definitely help drivers.

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Laws applicable to bicycle use: 21200. (a) VC Every person riding a bicycle upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this division, including, but not limited to, provisions concerning driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs. 21202. (a) VC Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except any of the following conditions: • When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction. • When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or

Laws applicable to pedestrians: 21954(a)VC Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-ofway to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard. 21956 (a) VC No pedestrian may walk upon any roadway outside of a business or residence district otherwise than close to his or her lefthand edge of the roadway. 21956(b) VC A pedestrian may walk close to his or her right-hand edge of the roadway if a crosswalk or other means of safely crossing the roadway is not available or if existing traffic of other conditions would compromise the safety of a pedestrian attempting to cross the road. ß

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6 SIgNAL TrIBUNE CULTUrE AUgUST 12, 2011 Q Film Festival to screen feature films and docs focusing on the LgBT community The Gay and Lesbian Center of Greater Long Beach and Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride will present the Long Beach Q Film Festival 2011 from Friday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Sept. 18 at the historic Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., and the neighboring Gay and Lesbian Long Beach Center, 2017 E. Fourth St. Long Beach’s long-running film festival since 1993, the Q Film Festival presents narrative features, documentaries and short films that embody the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)

community. This year’s event will feature several area premieres as well as some of the most acclaimed features on the 2011 film festival circuit. The 11 feature films selected include Fit, a British comedydrama about sexual diversity and bullying among a group of high school students, and the Los Angeles-area premiere of Judas Kiss, a gay romantic-drama featuring time travel. Other films include the California premiere of the documentary Inspired: Voices Against Prop

8, which spotlights several crusading Long Beach activists, and an international showcase of documentaries. Submissions were received from both student and professional filmmakers from around the world. Some filmmakers and cast members will be present for audience discussions. Jury awards will be given to films in several categories. Festival events will be hosted by a variety of local performers and talents. The festival will also feature numerous parties and opportunities

to meet and mingle with filmmakers, actors and other industry professionals. The festival will open at the Art Theatre on Friday and run through Sunday evening. An opening night party will take place between screenings at the Gay and Lesbian Center of Greater Long Beach. Screenings on Saturday will include a variety of great short films in the “Men in Briefs” and “Women in Shorts” programs. The festival will end Sunday with a closing-night party between the

final two screenings. All festival parties include libations and live entertainment. All net proceeds from the festival will benefit The Center Long Beach and Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride. Wells House Hospice will be a platinum sponsor of this year’s festival. Festival passes and tickets are available for purchase through the Q Film Festival page at qfilmslongbeach.com. ----------------------------MORE INFORMATION arttheatrelongbeach.com

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The 1981 film Mommie Dearest, which stars a scenery-chewing Faye Dunaway as Hollywood legend/alleged clean freak Joan Crawford, will serve as the kick-off movie for the Q Film Festival at 2:30pm on Friday, May 8. Admission will be free; wooden hangers not included.

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7 MoLAA to host exhibit focusing on Mexican-American art scene in LA AUgUST 12, 2011

The Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., will host MEX/LA:“Mexican” Modernism(s) in Los Angeles, 1930-1985 as part of Pacific Standard Time, an initiative of the Getty Museum. This unprecedented collaboration brings together more than 60 cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the LA art scene. MEX/LA: “Mexican” Modernism(s) in Los Angeles, 1930-1985 focuses on the construction of different notions of “Mexicanidad” within modernist and contemporary art created in Los Angeles. The period from 1945 to 1985 is attributed as the time when Los Angeles consolidated itself as an important cultural center, however, this timeframe excludes the controversial and important presence of the Mexican muralists and the production of other artists who were influenced by them and responded to their ideas. It is often perceived that Los Angeles’s Mexican culture is alien and

(above) Untitled by Edward Weston (above right) “Cholas, White Fence, East L.A.,” by Graciela Iturbide, 1986

comes from elsewhere when in fact it originated in the city– it was in Los Angeles and Southern California that José Vasconcelos, Ricardo Flores Magón, Octavio Paz and other intellectuals developed the idea of modern Mexico while Anglos and Chicanos were developing their own. This is the place where Siqueiros and Orozco made some of their first murals, and Los Angeles is the capital of Chicano art. These ideas and the iconography that resulted from them created a series of archetypes that often turned into stereotypes in popular culture, which throughout time have been contested, appropriated and reclaimed by the different inhabitants and cultural producers of the city. The purpose of this exhibition is not so much cultural affirmation and/or historical revisionism, but to understand how nationalism and internationalism are modernist constructions that are not necessarily exclusive but often complementary and fundamental in the formation of Mexican, American, Chicano art and the art

of the city. The exhibition’s historiography and non-linear narratives will explore different media, points of view and notions of art and culture, including murals, easel painting, photography, film, animation, cars, fashion, and performance art. Artists in the exhibition include Carlos Almaraz, Asco, Louis Carlos Bernal, Walt Disney Studio artists, Charles and Ray Eames, Juan García Esquivel, Roberto Gil de Montes, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Graciela Iturbide, David Levine, Yolanda López, Mónica Mayer, Tina Modotti, José Clemente Orozco, Adolfo Patiño, Martín Ramírez, Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Millard Sheets, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Robert Stacy-Judd, John Valadez, Edward Weston and Max Yavno, among others. MEX/LA will be accompanied by a scholarly catalogue with black-andwhite and color illustrations, published by Hatje Cantz Verlag. MEX/LA: “Mexican” Modernism(s)

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in Los Angeles, 1930-1985 was organized by the Museum of Latin American Art and curated by Rubén Ortiz-Torres in association with Jesse Lerner and coordinated by MOLAA’s chief curator, Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, with assistant curator Selene Preciado as project manager. Pacific Standard Time is a collaboration of more than 60 cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together for six months beginning in October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a major new force in the art world. Each institution will make its own contribution to this grand-scale story of artistic innovation and social change, told through a multitude of simultaneous exhibitions and programs. Exploring and celebrating the significance of the crucial postWorld War II years through the tumul-

tuous period of the 1960s and 70s, Pacific Standard Time encompasses developments from LA Pop to postminimalism; from modernist architecture and design to multi-media installations; from the films of the African American LA Rebellion to the feminist activities of the Woman’s Building; from ceramics to Chicano performance art; and from Japanese American design to the pioneering work of artists’ collectives. Initiated through $10 million in grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time involves cultural institutions of every size and character across Southern California, from Greater Los Angeles to San Diego and Santa Barbara to Palm Springs. ----------------------MORE INFORMATION (562) 437-1689 molaa.org


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13th Cal Heights Home and garden Tour returns to highlight historic houses, latest in home design trends The California Heights Home and Garden Tour will return Sunday, Oct. 2 from 10am to 4pm to showcase five historic homes and three gardens, and to highlight local home-improvement and restoration resources. Presented by the California Heights Neighborhood Association (CHNA) and sponsored by local realtor Lewis Ebersole, the tour, which began in 1997, is expected to draw 600 visitors, with an additional 100 residents volunteering their time throughout the day. Carole Coates, the 2011 tour guest speaker and co-author of California Revival, Vintage Decor for Today's Homes, will showcase the latest indoor-outdoor design

trend that uses vintage furnishings, pottery, tile, paintings and decorative arts from California's golden Spanish Revival period of the 1920s to 1940s. While highlighting the valueadded aspects of maintaining and restoring the neighborhood’s historic fabric, the home tour remains the largest source of income for the volunteer-run CHNA, providing funding for ongoing community improvement projects and public outreach, including historic lamppost restorations, Cal Heights ReLeaf, CalHeights.org, The Heights newsletter, community meetings and several other projects. Past projects include the

mural at Orange Avenue and Wardlow Road by Art Mortimer, historic district street signage and neighborhood information kiosks. Tickets are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door. All tickets include a Cal Heights dining discount card and the popular home tour brochure, featuring home portraits by Ellen Kirk. Live music and light refreshments will be included. Tickets can be purchased online at calheights.org/home_tour.htm, or checks can be mailed to CHNA Home Tour, 3553 Atlantic Ave #350, Long Beach, 90807, no later than Tuesday, Sept. 27. -----------------------------MORE INFORMATION (562) 424-6727

Art of the Matter Although artist Pat Harper’s education and career were focused on economics and mathematics, there has always been what she calls “some craft” that she was exploring on the side. Stamping, clay, beading, and silk painting all held her interest for a while, but fused glass has sparked her imagination for the last seven years. “It started quite innocently

enough,” Harper says. “I just wanted to make some dichroic glass jewelry for myself, so I took a class. And I was hooked! I think I may have been a crow in a former life since I am mesmerized by shiny glass objects.” It’s not a glamorous craft, however, according to Harper. “My studio is half of a garage, and my fingers are constantly bandaged, but it’s what you’ll find me doing most days and thoroughly enjoying the challenge of it.” Since her initial foray into dichroic jewelry, she has branched out into larger items of fused glass, including votives, vases, sushi plates, small dishes, “coral” bowls and display art pieces. Some of her creations can be

One of the gardens featured at the 2011 CH Home and Garden Tour.

seen on Facebook, under the company name Ephemera. “The name Ephemera refers to the transitory state of things in our world,” Harper says. “Although the word usually refers to paper items, I believe everything is a form of ephemera and will pass on eventually, but for a while, we can hold the beauty in our hands.” Harper’s dichroic glass jewelry is featured at Bella Cosa, 3803 Atlantic Ave. in Bixby Knolls, and at Harmony Glassworks in Harmony, California. She participates in several select craft fairs, notably the Destinations Boutique that is organized annually by the Assistance League of Long Beach the first weekend of November. ----------------------------MORE INFORMATION ephemera49@gmail.com

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Local history buffs will be able to explore the Long Beach of the 1920s and 30s with Art Deco Society president John Thomas (author of Long Beach Art Deco) as he leads a walking tour of Downtown Long Beach on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 9am. Thomas will emphasize significant events in Long Beach history and the Art Deco era and discuss contributions prominent architects Cecil Schilling, Horace Austin, Nate Piper and Hugh Davies made to Long Beach architecture. Tour highlights include the Arts Building, Metro Apartment Building, Rowen/Bradley Building, the US Post Office, and a WPA mural. Participants will also be able to view the interior of the Lafayette building, originally built as a hotel in 1929. The tour will begin at 9am at the WPA Mural at Third Street and the Promenade and end at 11:30am. Admission will be $40 for Long Beach Heritage (LBH) members and $50 for non-members, and will include a signed, complimentary copy of Long Beach Art Deco, normally a $20 value. -----------------------MORE INFORMATION (562) 493-7019 www.lbheritage.org


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King of kitsch (and self-described ‘slidebrarian’) Charles Phoenix serving as juror for LB art show (left) Charles Phoenix has appeared as a guest several times on The Martha Stewart Show and has re-created his hilariously zany “Astro-Weenie Christmas Tree” on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

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The California Milk Processor Board, the creator of the “Got Milk?” campaign, is sponsoring a photo contest that allows teenagers to show the importance of eating breakfast.

From innovative models like allowing students to eat at their desks at the start of the school day to alternatives like packaged “grab-n-go” meals, educators are hungry for ways to increase breakfast participation on campus. Research shows that students who routinely eat a nutritious breakfast perform better on tests, have lower rates of tardiness and absences, and have overall better eating habits. That’s why State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and school officials across the Golden State have partnered with the Califor-

nia Milk Processor Board (CMPB), the creator of the “Got Milk?” campaign, to keep daily breakfast consumption with dairy milk top-of-mind among the more than six million students in California. Through a photo contest, a California teen will have an opportunity to be featured on a “Got Milk?” billboard and to win $1,000 by showing why breakfast with milk is important for health and academic success. “Good nutrition helps students succeed in the classroom,” Torlakson

says. “Every student needs a healthy breakfast to learn, grow, and stay active.” According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, as many as onethird of adolescents skip breakfast regularly, putting them at an academic disadvantage. Nutritionists say a wellbalanced breakfast includes proteinrich foods, fresh fruits, whole grains and low-fat or nonfat dairy like milk, which is high in calcium and vitamins. It also prevents young people from snacking on fatty, high-calorie snacks, which in the long run could curb the growing problem of childhood obesity. “Educators across the state have partnered with ‘Got Milk?’ to establish a fresh start this new school year,” says Steve James, executive director of the CMPB. “We want to inspire young people to help form healthy habits for life.” “Got Milk?” also challenges California teens ages 13 to 18 to participate in its “Got Milk?” Breakfast Billboard Photo Contest for an opportunity to win $1,000 and a chance for their work to be featured on a billboard for a month in their home town. From Aug. 22 to Oct. 14, 2011, teens may submit a photo illustrating why breakfast with milk is important for their health and academic performance. They may download an entry/release form, available at gotmilk.com, and submit it with their photo entry via the following: Email: contest@gotmilk.com (limit 8 MB) Mail: “Got Milk?” Breakfast Billboard Photo Contest c/o RL Public Relations 11835 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 1155E Los Angeles, CA 90064 For more information on the “Got Milk?” breakfast challenge, billboard contest and contest rules, visit gotmilk.com. ß


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Cal rep announces its ‘explorative’ new season of performances The California Repertory Company has announced its upcoming season, with the theme “We shall not cease from exploration,” which will run from Sept. 23, 2011 through May 12, 2012 in the Queen Mary’s Royal Theater. The season opens with a nuclear double-bill. To begin, artistic director Joanne Gordon will direct The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Carson Kreitzer, winner of the Lois and Richard Rosenthal New Play Prize. As the father of atomic energy “dares to disturb the universe,” this love song fuses male and female, creation and destruction, life and death. Gordon, a recent recipient of the Women in Theatre Red Carpet Award, said she’s looking forward to bringing this hot-button topic to the Queen Mary: “In a world of prevarication, artists need to tell the truth,” she said. This production will run Sept. 23 through Oct. 15. Part two of the double nuclear theme is Paul Mullin’s Louis Slotin Sonata, which traces a brilliant scientist’s last nine days. When a hand slips, humanity must live with the fallout. Director Eberhard Koehler, of the Pokoleniy Theatre in St. Petersburg and the UA in Berlin, brings a dynamic, European sensibility to this historical and vitally relevant drama. Sonata will run Nov. 18 through Dec. 10. In the spring, Cal Rep partners with Long Beach’s censorship festival, “The B-Word Project,” taking a trip to the dark side with Quills, Doug Wright’s provocative treatise on the artist’s need to create. With themes of madness, censorship and oppression, Quills

forces us to consider which is more pornographic– the Marquis De Sade’s philosophy, or social convention? The production will be directed by Larissa Paige Kokernot, artistic director for Chalk Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles, and a newcomer to the Cal Rep family. It will run Feb. 17 through March 10. Thomas P. Cooke will return to Long Beach to direct Tom Stoppard’s classic Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Hamlet’s sidekicks are back, gambling with death and gamboling with Shakespeare. This production will run from April 20 through May 12. Cal Rep’s company members bring a wealth of theatrical experience, with stage work at San Diego Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory and more. They also frequent film and television, with guest star spots on such hits as The Office, Desperate Housewives and Curb Your Enthusiasm, recurring roles on The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives, and featured roles in films like Gods and Generals and A.I. Cal Rep performances are in the Royal Theater aboard the Queen Mary. Productions run Tuesday through Saturday, with limited 2pm Saturday matinees. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for students, military, and seniors (55 and older). Parking at the Queen Mary is $8 for patrons of Cal Rep performances, $6 for CSULB students and patrons who have dinner aboard the ship. Long Beach Public Transit also runs directly to the ship. For tickets and information call (562) 985-5526 or visit calrep.org or queenmary.com. ß

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LB artists to give public a peek at their working environments during studio tour Local artists will open their studios to the public on Oct. 8 and 9 for a two-day, self-guided Long Beach Open Studio Tour. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet 29 established Long Beach professional artists in their working environments. This tour is focused on four areas within Long Beach: Wrigley, California Heights/Bixby Knolls, 10th Street near Temple Avenue, and studios radiating off 4th Street between Dawson and Park avenues. Those in attendance will be able to follow the tour route by car or bike, using “Open Studio” signs to help them locate studios. Live music, entertainment, and refreshments will be available at select locations. As a teaser, Long Beach Open Studio Tour artists will also offer a group show at the Expo Gallery, 4321 Atlantic Ave., in Bixby Knolls in September. The show will open for the First Fridays art walk on Sept. 2 and run on Fridays and Saturdays between 4pm and 8pm through Oct. 1. The artist reception will be Sept. 17 from 6pm to 8pm. Both events are free and open to the public. Fine art will be available for purchase at studio prices. See artist profiles, locations and updates at lbopenstudiotour.com.

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PUBLIC NOTICES TST3811 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale tSg no.: 3970424 tS no.: 20099017100081 fHa/va/PMi no.: aPn:7215‑015‑032 yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt, dated 04/13/07. 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 august 18, 2011 at 11:30 aM, first american trustee Servicing Solutions, llC, as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded 04/23/07, as instrument no. 20070971244, in book , page , of official records in the office of the County recorder of loS angeleS County, State of California. executed by: doMiniC J. Perera,. Will Sell at PUBliC aUCtion to HigHeSt Bidder for CaSH, CaSHier'S CHeCK/CaSH eQUivalent or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) at the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 W. Mission Blvd. Pomona, Ca.. all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: aS More fUlly deSCriBed in tHe aBove Mentioned deed of trUSt aPn# 7215‑015‑032. the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2140 BayvieW dr., Signal Hill, Ca 90755. the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said deed of trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said deed of trust, fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is $742,847.05. the beneficiary under said deed of trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written declaration of default and demand for Sale, and a written notice of default and election to Sell. the undersigned caused said notice of default and election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. if the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. the Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's trustee. the beneficiary or servicing agent declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner of Corporations a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of Sale is filed and/or the timeframe for giving notice of Sale specified in subdivision (s) of California Civil Code Section 2923.52 applies and has been provided or the loan is exempt from the requirements. date: 07/20/11, first american title insurance Company first american trustee Servicing Solutions, llC 3 first american Way, Santa ana, Ca 92707 original document signed by authorized agent, Chet Sconyers -- for trUStee'S Sale inforMation PleaSe Call (916) 939-0772. first american trustee Servicing Solutions, llC May be acting as a debt Collector attempting to Collect a debt. any information obtained may be used for that purpose. nPP0186043 07/29/11, 08/05/11, 08/12/11 TST3818 notiCe of Petition to adMiniSter eState of: Helen l. MeaCHaM aKa Helen loUiSe MeaCHaM aKa Helen MeaCHaM CaSe no. nP014549 to all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the Will or estate, or both of Helen l. MeaCHaM aKa Helen loUiSe MeaCHaM aKa Helen MeaCHaM. a Petition for ProBate has been filed by farMerS and MerCHantS trUSt CoMPany of long BeaCH, California in the Superior Court of California, County of loS angeleS. tHe Petition for ProBate requests that farMerS and MerCHantS trUSt CoMPany of long BeaCH, California be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. tHe Petition requests the decedent's Will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. the Will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court, or in the alternative for letterS of SPeCial adMiniStration WitH general PoWerS. tHe Petition requests authority to administer the estate under the independent administration of estates act . (this authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) the independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. a Hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 09/15/11 at 1:30PM in dept. g located at 415 W.

oCean Blvd., long BeaCH, Ca 90802 if yoU oBJeCt to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. if yoU are a Creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. the time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. yoU May exaMine the file kept by the court. if you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a request for Special notice (form de-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. a request for Special notice form is available from the court clerk. attorney for Petitioner CHarleS J. liBerto SBn 036916 4401 atlantiC ave. Ste 200 P. o. Box 7737 long BeaCH Ca 90807-0737 8/5, 8/12, 8/19/11 CnS-2149057# tHe Signal triBUne TST3813 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale tS no. 10-0119478 title order no. 10-8-439949 investor/insurer no. 162589687 aPn no. 7216-020-094 yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt, dated 06/14/2007. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer." notice is hereby given that reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the deed of trust executed by reBeCCa a. Marine, dated 06/14/2007 and recorded 07/12/07, as instrument no. 20071658079, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 08/26/2011 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: 2600 eaSt 20tH Street Unit 202, 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 $459,244.81. 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: 12/24/2010 reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. 1800 tapo Canyon rd., Ca6-914-01-94 SiMi valley, Ca 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale information (626) 927-4399 By: trustee's Sale officer reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. aSaP# 4054723 08/05/2011, 08/12/2011, 08/19/2011 TST3822 notiCe of trUStee’S Sale title order no.: 5814758 trustee Sale no.: 74584 loan no.: 9042458364 aPn: 7216-005-037 you are in default under a deed of trust dated 01/12/2007. 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the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state).   at: the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, Ca, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust in the property situated in said County, California describing the land therein: as more fully described in said deed of trust.  the property heretofore described is being sold "as is". the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2440 east 21st 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.  Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said deed of trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the deed of trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust, towit: $727,545.69 (estimated) accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to 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. regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the “mortgage loan servicer” as defined in California Civil Code § 2923.53(k)(3), declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to California Civil Code section 2923.53 and that the exemption is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded. the timeframe for giving a notice of Sale specified in Subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply to this notice of Sale pursuant to California Civil Code Sections 2923.52 or 2923.55. date: 8/8/11 fCi lender Services, inc., as trustee 8180 east Kaiser Blvd., anaheim Hills, Ca 92808 U.S. Bank national association, Customer Service department (800) 824-6902 or toll free # - 1-855-MyUSMaP (or 855-6987627) – mortgageassistancepoint@usbank.com for trustee Sale information log on to: www.rsvpforeclosures.com or call: 925-603-7342. felicia ruiz, trustee Specialist fCi lender Services, inc. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. (rSvP# 275736)(08/12/11, 08/19/11, 08/26/11)

TST3820 / Case No. ND065252 SUMMonS (faMily laW) notiCe to reSPondent: JUan MeJia-yeBra you are being sued. Petitioner’S naMe iS: viCKy l. MeJia CaSe nUMBer: nd065252 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 415 W. ocean Blvd. long Beach, Ca 90802-4591 dated: July 28, 2011 order for Publication Summons dated: July 28, 2011 John Chemeleski, Court Commissioner //s// M. rodriguez, deputy Clerk Published in the Signal tribune newspaper: august 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011

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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 TST3805 / 2011 067841 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: a StitCH in tiMe for yoU, 1030 luray St., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: SHeila CoWger, 1030 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: Sheila Cowger. 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 20, 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 22, 29, & august 5, 12, 2011.

TST3823 / 2011 078354 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: orange ave. eState Salvage & garden, 3414 orange ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: leSlie elZinga, 4217 Pine 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: leslie elzinga. 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 august 9, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: august 12, 19, 26, & September 2, 2011. TST3817 / 2011 072939 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT lowing person is doing business as: liBerty leaK deteCtion llC, 3654 Pacific ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: liBerty leaK deteCtion llC, 3654 Pacific ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. this business is conducted by: a limited liability Company. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: earl r. Comstock, owner. 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 29, 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: august 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011.

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TST3816 / 2011 072938 STATEMENT oF ABANDoNMENT oF USE oF FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME the following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name: liBerty leaK deteCtion, located at 3654 Pacific ave., long Beach, Ca 90807 the fictitious business name referred to above was filed on May 31, 2011, original file no. 2011 072938, in the County of los angeles. registrant: earl r.CoMStoCK, 3654 Pacific ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. this business is conducted by: an individual. Signed: earl r. Comstock. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on July 29, 2011. Pub. the Signal tribune: august 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011. TST3819 / 2011 068840 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: B l a C K W i d o W C l o t H i n g , 9 3 5 W. 1 0 t h S t . # 3 . San Pedro, Ca 90731. registrant: laUra C r i B B S , 9 3 5 W. 2 0 t h S t . # 3 , S a n P e d r o , C a 90731. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: laura Cribbs. 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 21, 2 0 11 . n o t i C e : t h i s f i c t i t i o u s b u s i n e s s n a m e 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 l a w ( s e e s e c t i o n 1 4 4 11 e t s e q . , B u s i n e s s a n d P r o f e s s i o n s C o d e ) . P u b . t h e S i g n a l tr i b u n e : august 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011. TST3821 / 2011 077171 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: WeSt a n d e a S t a rt S t U d i o , 3 5 5 0 l o n g B e a c h Blvd., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: nona Pa K , 3 5 5 0 l o n g B e a c h B l v d . , l o n g B e a c h , C a 90807. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: nona Pak. 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 august 5, 2 0 11 . n o t i C e : t h i s f i c t i t i o u s b u s i n e s s n a m e 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 l a w ( s e e s e c t i o n 1 4 4 11 e t s e q . , B u s i n e s s a n d P r o f e s s i o n s C o d e ) . P u b . t h e S i g n a l tr i b u n e : august 12, 19, 26, & September 2, 2011.

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Staff Sergeant Andrew W. Harvell from Long Beach was among the 30 US military personnel who died on Aug. 6, 2011 in Afghanistan when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down by insurgents in Wardak

province. In remembrance of Harvell, City of Long Beach facilities that were open Thursday were authorized to fly the American flag at half staff. “My deepest sympathies go out to

the family and friends of Staff Sergeant Andrew W. Harvell,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. “On behalf of the City of Long Beach, we are sending our thoughts and prayers to them during this time of great sadness.” ß

Number of hate crimes in California holding steady

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Lossa Engineering specializes in building café racer-style motorcycles.

be quite successful in maintaining the shop’s already steady flow in traffic. The team is currently working on building 25 custom bikes for customers. “It’s a better location and more room to spread out,” LaRossa said. “We just outgrew that spot.” As LaRossa defines it, a café racer-style motorcycle is a vintage race bike stripped down for the street. Through the years, the Long Beach native learned how to weld, fabricate sheet metal, machine, paint, upholster, and rebuild motors to create custom bikes from scratch. Lossa Engineering merchandise and café parts are also available at the shop, located at 2659 Junipero Ave. LaRossa has been around bikes and cars his whole life, whether through his family’s motorcycle dealerships, or by attending dirttrack racing, drag racing and car and bike shows. He’s always had a special interest in café and vintage race

bikes, which in turn has led to his work with celebrity clients and developing a strong fan base. Rachel Rojas and her family, who were in attendance, have grown up in the motorcycle community in part because of her husband’s profession of building bikes. “They’re great bikes. I enjoy seeing the difference in the bikes, and how they look,” Rojas said. As LaRossa’s Velocity Channel show Café Racer goes into its second season, and his work continues to be showcased through different media outlets, his focus still remains on building bikes for the community. “We’re contributing to the neighborhood and bringing business here,” LaRossa said. “We’re on TV, we’re in the magazines, and so now that we moved up here we have a lot of traffic coming by.” ------------------------MORE INFORMATION lossaengineering.com

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced Thursday that the number of reported hate crimes in California held steady in 2010. Last year, there were 1,107 hate crime events reported statewide, and in 2009 the number of hate crimes reported statewide was 1,100. “A crime that is motivated by hate is a crime against all people,” Harris said. “We will monitor and prosecute these cases to the fullest extent of the law.”The Attorney General’s report, “Hate Crime in California 2010” was accumulated using data collection programs developed by the California Department of Justice, police agencies, and district attorney’s offices in all of the state’s 58 counties.

In 2010, there were seven more reported hate crimes events than in 2009, an increase of 0.6 percent. Anti-Jewish hate crimes decreased by 20 percent from the previous year, anti-black crimes decreased by 13.8 percent, and anti-gay crimes decreased by 10.8 percent. However, anti-Hispanic hate crimes increased 46.9 percent, from 81 in 2009 to 119 in 2010. A total of 361 hate-crime cases were referred to prosecutors in 2010, fewer than the 479 cases referred in 2009. Of the 361 criminal cases that were filed, 230 were hate crimes. Of the 166 hate crimes with dispositions in 2010, there were 151 convictions (70 hate crime convictions and 81 other convictions).

The hate-crime reporting system was implemented by the Department of Justice in 1994. Law-enforcement agencies are required to submit copies of initial crime reports to the department, and each agency has established procedures incorporating a two-tier review process. The first level is done by the initial officer who responded to the suspected hate-crime incident. Then each report is reviewed by at least one other officer to confirm that the event was, in fact, a hate crime. The California Attorney General’s Office published its first hatecrimes report in 1995. All previous reports can be found at: ag.ca.gov/cjsc/publications/hatecrimes/pub.php. ß

Children’s Clinic to host mental-health forum The Children’s Clinic (TCC), “Serving Children and Their Families,” will host a mentalhealth forum at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center on Friday, Aug. 12 from 8:30am to noon at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Houssels Forum. The event is a unique opportunity for staff and personnel from all aspects of the mental-health continuum to network

and increase their knowledge base so that TCC may better serve respective communities. The forum topics being offered are: Patient Centered Medical Home, Diabetes Care and Asthma 101, Communicable Diseases presented by Pamela Shaw of City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, Integrated Behavioral Health Model presented by Erika

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in the next few weeks. On Saturday, Aug. 20, Action, Sports, Kids (ASK) Long Beach and 562CityLife will host the first LB Skate and BMX Jam competition at Houghton Park. According to Richardson, the competition was put together after Neal noticed a group of kids premiering their skate video at a local restaurant. “They needed a platform to shine,” Richardson said. District nine partnered with former 7th District Councilmember Mike Donelon, who is also a local skate activist, to create the skate jam. To top it off, hot dogs will be provided by local firefighters. On Wednesdays, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21, the Long Beach Housing Development Company and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services will host a foreclosurecounseling clinic for people experiencing challenges with their loans. Representatives from Chase, Bank of America, GMAC and City Mortgage will be on-hand to discuss mortgage loans. “We asked the housing depart-

Fridays formed where locals could hear music or view art at the events hosted by the businesses along Atlantic Avenue. At the Aug. 4 meeting, Cohn didn’t formulate a plan for Wrigley residents to copy Bixby Knolls’ activism. He wasn’t there to tell Wrigley residents what to do, he said, but he did have a few ideas to help Wrigley residents imagine what their neighborhood could be like. “It would be unthinkable to try to make Pacific Avenue like a cookiecutter Irvine shopping district, because there’s so much character in ment specifically to come to North Long Beach,” Richardson said. The workshop program began in North Long Beach at Jordan High School, where about 2,000 people showed up, but these workshops are held on a smaller scale and are meant for face-to-face interactions. The LBHDC partnered with the LANHS in 2008 when the economy went into a recession. According to LBHDC officer LaVerne Duncan, LANHS has a relationship with the banks and asks them to take part in the clinics. The banks prepare for the clinics by finding residents who bank with them and who are also in financial trouble. They send out information residents will need for the clinic. “A lot of people can’t get to the bank or are discouraged, and this helps them,” Duncan said. The Foreclosure Registry Ordinance was the first issue moved by Neal to the City Council. The ordinance helps keep foreclosed homes vacant from vagabonds. About 400 properties have been registered with the neighborhood services at City Hall. In the weeks to come, Neal will hold a budget workshop at one of the

these buildings, so much character on the street and so much history,” Cohn said. A few attendees at the meeting pointed out an art deco building on the street and key landmarks on Pacific, and others emphasized concerns over crime and safety. Some lamented how things used to be in the neighborhood. Gita Patel, who, with her husband, has owned Allied Rexall Drugs on Pacific Avenue for the last 30 years, remembered what her neighborhood used to be like. It used to be a safe area, she said, as she described how the Wrigley neighborhood used to feel more family-friendly. “But in the last ten years, I see a change where it’s drastically just North Long Beach parks. “We will work to integrate our residents into every aspect of the budget process,” Neal wrote in this week’s newsletter. The workshop will consist of a budget presentation from Director of Financial Management John Gross, a critique of the budget by Neal, and time for residents to give their own opinions on ways to manage the budget as well as to explain how the budget affects them personally, Richardson said. Neal has also helped residents adjust to the Plastic Bag Ban by giving away reusable bags at neighborhood meetings and grocery stores. Five hundred reusable bags have already been handed out, according to Richardson. And there are about 100 left. (Those interested may call Neal’s council office to find out how to get one.) “There’s still more to come,” Richardson said about the website. There will be an improved survey portion, neighborhood association blogs and videos of city council implementing ninth district policies. ------------------------MORE INFORMATION insidedistrict9.com

SIgNAL TrIBUNE declining, declining. The whole neighborhood has changed...I think a lot of traffic just moved in. The older people that owned good homes moved out because they were scared,” she said. To emphasize her point about feeling unsafe in her own neighborhood, Patel added that once she and her husband were held up at gunpoint. They now close their pharmacy early. There’s a melting pot of shops and businesses in that area. Over a couple of blocks of Pacific Avenue, residents can stroll past a cigar shop, a dry cleaner, a beauty salon, a panaderia, a cocktail bar, and a Chinese restaurant. Early that evening, there were few people on the sidewalk. Many shops were already dark before 8:30pm.

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No business leaders that Thursday night said they would commit to forming any kind of group that could support any plans along the lines of Bixby Knolls’ revitalization efforts. Portillo acknowledged that the area needs a change, but he and others at the meeting acknowledged that they need leadership from both the residents and the business owners. “Because it is a really cool area. It’s just been neglected,” Portillo said, addressing the small group. “I mean, you guys know that. But the problem is that it’s been neglected because we don’t do anything about it, and I’m not going to sit there and cry and say ‘How come you’re not doing something?’” ß

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