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SH Councilmembers wrestle over future of redevelopment CJ Dablo Staff Writer

There’s still no final word on the future of redevelopment agencies throughout California, but Signal Hill officials are wrestling over how to handle their own redevelopment agency’s affairs while the issue remains in limbo. During the City Council and Redevelopment Agency (RDA) meetings on Tuesday night, City Manager Ken Farfsing recommended that the Council enact a resolution that states it intends to pay a financial obligation as required by controversial redevelopment legislation. Two key redevelopment bills are presently tied up in a lawsuit, but the resolution intends to be a maneuver to avoid the loss of the City’s redevelopment agency. With the future of that legislation pending at the California Supreme Court, Signal Hill’s redevelopment agency and other agencies

throughout the state could be on the losing end of a fight over redevelopment and may be required to pay millions of dollars to the state. The Court has not yet ruled on the legality of two new redevelopment laws and issued a statement last month that it intends to rule on one of the redevelopment lawsuits by mid-January. In the meantime, the Court issued a stay on the legislation. However, just in case the proponents of redevelopment agencies lose their case against the state, the Signal Hill city manager recommended that the Council prepare for that scenario by passing a resolution before Oct. 1. The move might at least buy the City a little time if Farfsing’s analysis is correct. According to his staff report, passage of the resolution was one step that could effectively delay dissolving the RDA until Nov. 1. The resolution is carefully worded. If proponents of redevelopment win

their lawsuit, and the California Supreme Court invalidates the redevelopment laws in question, the resolution states it won’t hold the City to the financial obligation as stated by the redevelopment bill in question. If, however, the Court rules in favor of the state law, the legislation would force the City to pay a significant amount if the City wants to keep its agency. According to Farfsing’s staff report, Signal Hill would be required to pay the state $3.8 million in Fiscal Year 2011-2012 and more than $900,000 in the subsequent years if the state wins the suit. All of the members of the City Council have made numerous statements over the last year in support of the RDA and criticized the new legislation that could create a significant financial burden for redevelopment see COUNCIL page 4

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Connie Turner of Southern California Edison presents Signal Hill Mayor Larry Forester, Vice Mayor Tina Hansen, and Councilmember Ed Wilson with an appreciation resolution during the City Council meeting on Sept. 20.

James Johnson says recall filed SH Planning Commission votes to recommend a 500-ft. against him is a costly distraction zoning ordinance for body-piercing and tattoo studios Stephanie Raygoza

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On Sept. 21, 7th District Councilmember James Johnson responded to recent efforts to initiate a recall that was filed against him on Sept. 14 by a group of community activists. Johnson claims that the recall attempt is a distraction and would cost the city more than $187,000 in an unnecessary election. Recall efforts against Johnson began as a result of the recent redistricting of the city and what some refer to as “gerrymandering” by Johnson. Redistricting directly affected the Mageo family, who had lived in the city’s 8th council district for more than 10 years, but as of Sept. 1, now lives in the 7th district. They haven’t moved, and their home address is the same. The change was required based on population data accumulated during the 2010 Census and unanimously voted upon by the City Council. Redistricting occurs at every level of government, from city council districts to state assembly districts, to ensure balanced representation. “I don’t really care why our boundaries changed, but I do know that the demographics in my neighborhood are very different from those in other neigh-

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borhoods in this re-formed district,” said Kim Mageo. “Now that we have a new councilmember representing us, how will he fairly serve the needs of both neighborhoods considering how different our needs are?” Indeed, the 8th district where Mageo used to live and the 7th district where she lives now represent areas of Long Beach that call for councilmembers like Johnson to address the unique needs of their respective communities. see JOHNSON page 14

After conducting extensive meetings and workshops to hear public commentary on both sides of the issue, the Signal Hill Planning Commission voted 3-2 on Sept. 13 to recommend a zoning ordinance amendment for the establishment and operation of tattoo and/or bodypiercing studios within the city. The recommendation suggests permitting such studio use in designated areas of certain zoning districts, located at a minimum of 500 feet from a sensitive-use land, such as those for churches, schools, parks, community centers or residential zones, and setting the distance from other like establishments at 1,000 feet. Under the City’s municipal code, such establishments are listed under “tattoo parlor” and are therefore prohibited in all zoning districts. However, as mandated through a recent federal court case that classifies tattoo parlor use as a protected class pursuant to the First Amendment and therefore must be accommodated, the City has reclassified the establishments as “tattoo and body piercing studios” and created a proposed zoning ordinance and standards.

During the second workshop, City staff presented the planning commission with two maps illustrating studio use within certain zoning districts set at 1,000 feet and 500 feet, the latter being favored by a majority on the commission and a topic of discussion for both proponents and opponents. Individuals who attended the meeting included City Mayor Larry Forester, Councilmember Mike Noll, a number of city residents and Tiffany Garcia, who is hoping to open her tattoo studio in Signal Hill. Garcia had attended the previous workshops, and she spoke again at Tuesday's meeting, during which she provided the commission with statistics on tattooing and its effects on society. Garcia gave a detailed PowerPoint presentation that showed what she referred to as her windshield survey, which incorporated 13 to 15 images of the viable locations that were suggested in the proposed 1,000 feet zoning. From her research findings, she provided a scope of the areas, the type of buildings and what was surrounding them, which she concluded was simply heavily industrialized and warehouse areas with predominantly dirt lots and oil fields. Citing the proposed 1,000 feet zon-

ing as problematic and unsafe, Garcia said the areas within the 500 feet are fair and would still allow a tattoo business to be profitable and safe. “A tattoo shop should be allowed the same opportunity as any other custom retail shop,” she said. Noll recommended that the commission exclude the Willow Street corridor, as concerns have been raised from two major condo associations situated on the corridor. The recommendation would exclude the corridor from California Avenue to Redondo Avenue, since it falls less than the 1,000-square-foot limit from a like establishment. Other concerns raised by residents include the lowering of property values if the separation is set at 500 feet as opposed to 1,000, and the safety of the community when such studios are introduced. The commission would also recognize sensitive-use land in neighboring Long Beach and facilities within the city, as another component of the recommendation. In a phone interview, Signal Hill Planning Manager Scott Charney said the goal is to separate such uses, not concentrate them. see COMMISSION page 15


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The only American to meet Hitler reflects on being an Olympian and WWII POW Athena Mekis Staff Writer

During last Thursday’s Boy Scouts of America event, Louis Zamperini, 94, shares stories from his days as an Olympian and World War II prisoner of war.

The Long Beach Area Council for Boy Scouts of America held its annual appreciation/recognition event Sept. 15, this time honoring American hero Louis Zamperini. Laura Hillenbrand has reignited attention to Zamperini’s story due to the release of her book Unbroken, which has been on the New York Times’ best seller list for 43 weeks. Unbroken is a nonfiction book

that covers Zamperini’s life from troubled teen to messenger for Christ. “Oprah hasn’t approved Unbroken,” said Pamela Bumgardner, development director for the Boy Scouts of America, who put together the event, but there have been numerous calls to her office from readers. Book clubs, USC event coordinators, church event coordinators, veterans, and Olympians have all called Bumgardner in attempts to get Zamperini to speak at their events. He has been on a speaking tour for several months. Bumgardner attributes the interest in Zamperini to people being “really hungry for inspiration.” And the book is currently being made into a movie. James Franco and Ryan Gosling are being considered to star as Zamperini. If it were up to Zamperini, he would chose Tony Curtis, the actor who played Spartacus, to star in the movie. Hillenbrand only signed over the movie rights to Universal after they agreed to give Zamperini a say in the movie. Swimming Olympian John Naber met Zamperini at a USC Olympic party in 1983 and has been a good friend and coworker with Zamperini ever since. Naber introduced Zamperini during the Boy Scout event and asked by a show of hands who had read the book Unbroken; a majority of hands in the room of over 400 shot up. Naber describes Zamperini as having impeccable retention and timing. It would seem that this is so because Zamperini has been retelling his American-hero stories ever since they happened. Zamperini qualified for the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Germany

by tying with the faster runner in the 500-meter race. He placed eighth in the overall race. While Zamperini was in Germany, he decided to take home a swastika flag as a souvenir and shimmied up a flagpole 50 feet tall. He still has it. And after the race, Hitler said to him: “You’re the boy with the fast finish.” Many expected him to place first in the 1940 Olympics, but his chance never came because World War II began in 1939. Zamperini joined the U.S. Air Corps (the previous title of the Air Force) as a bombardier in Hawaii. Zamperini was flying on a reconnaissance mission in a faulty airplane and crash-landed into the South Pacific Ocean. Of the 11 people on the plane, three survived the crash. While on a raft, they survived on rainwater and small fish, but only Zamperini and Russell Phillips survived after their 47 total days at sea. The two set the record for longest oversea survival. Zamperini spoke of his efforts to keep himself and the others sharp while on the raft: “I would describe breakfast, lunch and dinner,” he said. “Eventually they got greedy and would ask for brunch.” The crowd laughed. They drifted for 2,000 miles until they reached the Marshall Islands where Zamperini and Phillips were taken as prisoners of war. Zamperini was then taken to Tokyo, where he met Mutsuhiro Watanabe, a “psychopathic” guard that the prisoners called The Bird, Zamperini said. The Bird knew that Zamperini was an Olympian and that he was valuable to Americans, so he tried see BOY SCOUTS page 10

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lb City Council action directs West to promote city as site of boeing’s re-engining project Long Beach First District Councilmember Robert Garcia has authored, with Councilmembers Patrick O’Donnell, Gerrie Schipske and Steven Neal as cosponsors, a motion that directs City Manager Pat West to lobby Boeing to bring its new 737 re-engining project to Long Beach, at one of the existing Boeing facilities here. Boeing, long a mainstay of the Long Beach economy, recently

announced plans to begin retooling 737 engines to power the new line of 737MAX planes, of which it expects to build nearly 500 in the next decade. “We have the right facilities and a great, skilled workforce right here in Long Beach that are perfect for this endeavor,” Garcia said. “Our local economy would greatly benefit from this type of investment in our city.” Boeing employs approximately

5,000 workers, most of whom are members of United Auto Workers, in Long Beach. The new 737MAX already has nearly 500 orders from five airlines, and Boeing plans to build 50 or 60 a year by the end of the decade but has not yet chosen a production facility. The Council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to rally city resources to attract the facility to Long Beach.

lbPD seeking information about murder of long beach man On Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at approximately 10:41 p.m., an officer on patrol in the area of 9th Street and Walnut Avenue was flagged down by residents and directed to a man lying on the sidewalk, suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. The preliminary investigation revealed that shots had been heard in

the area shortly before. Paramedics from the Long Beach Fire Department transported the man to a local hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. On Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at 12:15am, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. He has been identified as Andre Swafford, a 28-year-old resident of Long

lb police investigating murder of 21-year-old On Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 at approximately 8:20pm, officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to a call that shots had been fired in 2300 block of Locust Avenue which resulted in the death of an adult male. The preliminary investigation revealed that a group of males were standing on the sidewalk when an unknown suspect shot at them. One victim was struck in the upper body and transported to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The victim has been identified as Tony Calloway, a 21-yearold Long Beach resident. Anyone with information is urged to call Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Greg Krabbe or Mark McGuire at (562) 570-7244.

Beach. There is no suspect information at this time, and the incident is being investigated as gang-related. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Greg Krabbe or Mark Bigel at (562) 570-7244.

California Ave. between Spring and Willow to be closed up to six weeks The City of Signal Hill has authorized the installation of a storm drain pipe under California Avenue in the vicinity of the 28th Street intersection. The construction of this proposed storm drain line will require the temporary closure of California Avenue to through traffic between Spring Street and Willow Avenue starting Monday, Sept. 19 for up to six weeks. California Avenue will remain open to local traffic as required to maintain access to businesses located along this corridor. Through traffic will be detoured to Atlantic Avenue. For more information, call the City of Signal Hill Public Works Department at (562) 989-7351.

EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by the LBPD Sept. 13 - 21, Council Districts 6 (North of PCH) 7 & 8 (East of the L.A. River & North to Del Amo Blvd.) Wednesday, Sept. 14 Burglary 1:30am– 3700 block of Atlantic Avenue Patrol officers responded to a burglary alarm call and discovered that an unknown suspect(s) had broken into a local business. Friday, Sept. 16 Felony suspect arrested 3:30am– 2100 block of Locust Avenue Patrol officers responded to a report of a burglary that had just occurred at a private residence. Responding officers conducted a thorough investigation and identified a location where the suspect and loss were discovered. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. Saturday, Sept. 17 Felony suspect arrested 10pm– 1800 block of Magnolia Avenue Officers responded to a report of an arson that had just

occurred. Patrol officers located a male adult suspect responsible for throwing an explosive device at the building, which resulted in a small fire. The fire was extinguished, and the building sustained minimal damage. The suspect was arrested without incident. Sunday, Sept. 18 Homicide 9:30pm- 2300 block of Locust Avenue Patrol officers responded to a report of shots fired and located a wounded male victim, who was then transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Tuesday, Sept. 20 Felony suspect arrested 10am– 2000 block of Olive Avenue A male adult suspect was taken into custody for burglary after patrol officers saw him exiting a private residence. The loss was returned to the rightful owner.

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agencies. However, not all of the councilmembers were present for the vote on the resolution. Signal Hill’s Council Chambers was missing two out of the five councilmembers who also serve on the City’s Redevelopment Agency. Ellen Ward and Michael Noll had been scheduled that night to attend a meeting in Northern California that was sponsored by the League of California Cities. Noll also serves as the RDA chair. With these absences, all three remaining councilmembers had to agree to pass the resolution stating they intended to make the annual remittance payments required under the controversial legislation named AB1x 27. They didn’t, but the vote was close. Both Mayor Larry Forester and Vice Mayor Tina Hansen voted in favor of the resolution. Councilmember Ed Wilson voted against it. “I personally agree, think that we need a redevelopment agency, so I’m not voting to eliminate it. But I just don’t think we need to act right now,” Wilson said in an interview Tuesday. Wilson stated that the Court said that they would give the cities time if it ruled in favor of the state’s redevelopment legislation. He also disputed the required amount that the City would have to pay since those numbers were based on state estimates. Wilson’s dissenting vote surprised the mayor, who described the resolution as a “prudent” move. Language in the resolution specifically describes an intent to pay. And just to be clear, no one said Tuesday that they liked the idea of paying the state millions of dol-

lars. Neither Wilson nor Forester called this potential financial obligation a “voluntary” payment. “This is basically just saying to the State on the AB1x 27 that we have intentions of keeping our agency and that we’d be willing to pay the ‘ransom,’” Forester said Tuesday night after the Council meeting. Forester also emphasized the importance of redevelopment to the City. Signal Hill’s RDA has been responsible for affordable housing projects and for numerous projects to develop land with abandoned oil wells. “We would not be the City we are today if it was not for redevelopment. Everything in the city has been built by redevelopment. You cannot afford to clean up contaminated oil and petrochem land, and close in wells without somebody paying the tag,” Forester added. (Petrochem land refers to land contaminated by petroleum and petroleum by-products.) Farfsing said that the failure to pass the resolution was a “risk,” even if the Court had put a stay on enacting the resolution until a decision had been made. “I mean, we know that the courts are inconsistent at best at times, so I guess our concern at the staff level is we wanted to make sure that the agency was protected and the City [was] protected.” Farfsing said Tuesday. Both Forester and Vice Mayor Hansen acknowledged that there was the possibility of calling another special Council meeting so that all five councilmembers can address the redevelopment resolution again. Indeed, the mayor’s office called the Signal Tribune Thursday, confirming that there will be a special meeting at 5pm Tuesday, Sept. 27. “It would be foolish to put ourselves in a position where we could

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Nearly two months ago Steven Piper, our intern turned staff writer, embarked upon a new adventure. Leaving his friends, family and familiar surroundings behind, he made the long journey to the country of Indonesia to teach English as a second language to elementary school-age children. Keeping in touch by email and Facebook has made his absence a bit easier to bear– but not by much. He is a fabulous young man, and I miss having him at the office. I received an update from Steven a few days ago that he later agreed to let me share with our readers. I believe this young man has found his calling as a teacher. He may not have a teaching degree– he graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism– but Steven seems to be a natural when it comes to teaching. As you will determine from his message below, Steven discovered rather quickly that using humor as a teaching tool makes learning fun for students no matter where they live! I am so very proud of him. Enjoy his email below: It’s Saturday morning, and I'm at home, which is a rare occurrence. I've only been working since my last email, so that's really the only thing I can report on. Some days are good and some days are bad. I'm going to

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an ordinance that would amend the municipal code governing city-owned trees in the public right-of-way. The ordinance would enable the City to establish standards addressing the replacement, removal and care of these trees. According to a report from the public works director, the municipal code would not apply to trees located in city parks or on private property. Abandoned Oil Well urgency Ordinance The City Council voted to extend the interim urgency ordinance that addressed development on properties with abandoned and re-abandoned oil wells. The ordinance was initially adopted in August to provide interim standards for construction on these properties after the State Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) notified the City that they would end their methane leak testing, development site plan review and well certification process. The City Policereports.uS Council voted to authorize the police chief to enter into a one-year contract with PoliceReports.US, which would provide online public access to accident reports. For a fee, users can access online information on specific traffic accident reports based on the City’s police records. The Council requested that PoliceReports.US would agree to remove information from the company’s database if the City terminated the agreement. The information would be limited to accident reports generated by the Signal Hill Police Department, according to Police Chief Michael Langston. The police department would not release crime reports to the service provider. The next Signal Hill City Council meeting will beTuesday, Oct. 4 at 7pm in the Council Chambers.

would get to be dragged behind the boat, holding on to a rope with a handle on it– similar to the handle that jet skiers hold on to. Well, on one of those days, it was my turn to get dragged behind the boat. It looked like a lot of fun, so I eagerly hopped into the salty water, holding on to the rope. Slowly, the boat began to slice through the water, and as it gained speed, my body smoothly slid through the water. Everything was going great. My friends and the lifeguards, watching me from the comfort of the boat, were cheering me on, and they started waving their hands in a circular motion. At first, I was confused. Eventually I realized what they were trying to communicate. They wanted me to twist and roll around while getting dragged by the boat! Even though I was already nervous, I did not want to look scared in front of my friends. So, I twisted and rolled. It was so much fun, but something unexpected and unwanted started to happen. My swim shorts, inch by inch, were sliding off. Still rolling around in the water, my shorts quickly slid down to my ankles and completely off, and I was getting dragged behind a boat with nothing on! Remember, all of my friends were watching. “Let go of the rope! Let go,” yelled the people on the boat. After I abandoned the rope, my friends were forced to search for my swim shorts, which were floating around somewhere in the open ocean. It took a few minutes to find them. Luckily for me, they were found, and I pulled them back on before rejoining my fellow junior lifeguards. Yes, it was very embarrassing, but I think it makes for a funny story.

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Other City Council highlights: SCE Connie Turner of Southern California Edison presented the City with an appreciation resolution. SCE is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Sustainability Award Mayor Larry Forester presented the Third Quarter Sustainability Award to Kluger Architects. Project manager Craig Prestininzi accepted the award on behalf of Kluger Architects. library donation Jorge Lopez presented a contribution to the Signal Hill Public Library to purchase youngadult books. A recipient of the 2011 Rotary Service Above Self Award, Lopez volunteered more than 1,800 hours to the library. Food trucks The City Council voted in a second reading to approve an ordinance that would amend the municipal code regulating food truck events held on private property. The ordinance establishes requirements surrounding the size of the events, paving requirements, licensing and compliance with County health code standards. Street trees After taking a firstreading vote, the City Council adopted

share about one of the good days. In the year 5/6 class that I'm team-teaching with another more experienced instructor, Sophie, we are learning about the differences between autobiographies and biographies, first-person and third-person pronouns, and how to tell stories in general. To introduce the topic, I shared an autobiographical account of "my most embarrassing moment." Never in my life would I have thought that I'd be sharing this story with a class full of fifth- and sixthgraders, nor all of you. One sentence at a time, each student taking turns, we read the story together while the events vividly replayed in my head. I couldn't help but to crack up at hearing these kids read my own embarrassing story to me. We all had a good laugh, and I think it was an effective method to introduce the topic. It was the first time that I think both the students and I were genuinely enjoying ourselves while learning. It was also rewarding to have created the content of a lesson plan, whereas most of the material comes from a prefabricated lesson plan. The story is pasted below. I hope you enjoy.

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ever risk dissolution of the redevelopment agency,” Hansen said Tuesday night. Hansen said she believes that the explanation of what was at stake may not have been communicated effectively to Wilson, but she also added that her fellow councilmember was really on the side of keeping redevelopment. “I know that Councilmember Wilson would never do anything to jeopardize the redevelopment agency,” Hansen said. “So, if there’s a problem, you know, hopefully it can be fixed, because he’s as committed to it as we are.”

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a model of how it would look when finished. There was also a large PowerPointtype screen displaying snapshots of everyone working together, including the therapy dogs that went to comfort the workers, as well as the working dogs on duty to sniff out humans that might still be caught in the rubble. I will never forget the feeling of being so close to this tragic event and seeing for real the seemingly endless work that was done. Six-thousand people were working 24/7 to open the Memorial on time. Something I will never forget. Shirley Vaughn long beach

mea culpa The story “Signal Hill expanding its Auto Center with addition of Boulevard Cadillac” (Sept. 16, 2011) should have indicated that the Signal Hill Auto Center currently has the following dealerships: Glenn E. Thomas Dodge Chrysler Jeep Co., Boulevard Buick/GMC, Long Beach BMW, MercedezBenz of Long Beach, Long Beach Honda and Hooman Nissan.


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Cal Heights residents pay homage to earthy surroundings through redesign and restoration Stephanie Raygoza Staff Writer

Homeowners transform a fixerupper into a fully restored bungalow California bungalow-style houses are designed to bring the outside in and define cozy living. Large, double-hung windows give the homes their warm feel by inviting natural lighting. Earth tones accentuate the exterior designing, and broad front porches allow homeowners to take in plenty of the sunny, West Coast weather year round. It was these characteristics that drew Kim McWaid and her husband into the bungalow they now call home. Situated in a neighborhood of predominantly Spanish-style homes, the bungalow makes a statement with its olive- and dark-chocolate brown-painted exterior and colorful frontyard landscaping completed by a neighbor who lives a

couple of houses down the street. A railing, signature to bungalows, was added to the front porch to complement the yard, which was just a sloping green yard when they moved in. The McWaids were first-time homebuyers when they purchased the fixer-upper in 1993. Knowing that the home needed much work done and keeping the bungalow-style architecture in mind, the couple embarked on a restoration project that still continues to this day. Kim remembers everything being consumed in a plain off-white or beige color, the cottage-cheese ceiling and blue carpeting, all of which she would eventually strip and replace with her own esthetic. The home was built in 1924 and then renovated in the 1970s. Much of the original architecture was buried, however the two were able to restore the look with the guidance of pictures

from when the home was first built and by drawing inspiration from a reference book on California bungalows. A spacious living room is the prized cornerstone of the home, which originally included a mock fireplace, and leads into the dining room. Actual fireplaces serve as the focal point in such living room designs and are customary in most bungalows. The McWaids are hoping to rebuild the fireplace in future months and add additional bookshelves. The study room, which was originally intended to be a bedroom, bears a rustic feel with a standout window, allowing light to shine through perfectly for leisure reading. The kitchen and other bedrooms are traditionally smaller and modestly built so as to not take away from the social and familial ambience of the living room. Furnishings, including built-in, custom and antique, are located

The current owners, the McWaids, were able to restore the original architecture of their house through the use of old photos of the home in its original condition.

throughout the home as are the original door pulls, which were salvaged during the renovation. A window from the kitchen provides a view of the patio, where on occasion, one of the family dogs may perch up for a friendly ‘hello.’

pendent judging panel, highlight examples of how insurance, along with the advice and assistance of qualified insurance professionals, helped families at times of great financial need. This year’s stories are appearing nationally in the September 2011 issues of Parents and O magazines, which are on newsstands now. Soto Bryan won for encouraging a property and casualty client, Long Beach resident Jim Bix, who had an incurable lung disease, to make use of an option to buy life insurance through an employer-sponsored plan. When Bix died, his widow used the employer-sponsored coverage to pay off debts and keep their children in private school, as well as in their home.

“People think that their greatest asset is their home,” said Soto Bryan. “It’s not the home, it’s the person providing the income– the paycheck that enables the family to stay in the home, the car, the school and the lifestyle, and life insurance is the key to protecting that. Employer-paid insurance is good, but it’s only there for you as long as you’re employed. That’s why I believe it’s very important to have private insurance– and to buy it when you’re young, healthy and can qualify.” The clients and agents involved in this year's featured stories were honored at the annual conference of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors in Washington, D.C on Sept 12. The

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stories of these families, featuring Long Beach residents, The Bix family, and the other realLIFEstories, may be viewed on YouTube by searching “realLIFEstories 2011 Program Replay.”

Truancy conference to spotlight bestpractice strategies for truancy prevention The community is invited to attend the Long Beach Truancy Conference on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 8:30am to 2:30pm, at Cabrillo High School, 2001 Santa Fe Ave. Hosted by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, the Truancy Conference, entitled “On Time, Every Time,” will provide students, parents and community leaders with education, information and an opportunity to dialogue about ways to prevent truancy and create a successoriented school learning environment that focuses on preparing students for a positive future. Conference presenters and group facilitators will include: • Doug Haubert, Long Beach city prosecutor • The Honorable John Lawson II, site judge, Long Beach Juvenile Court • Nancy Theberge, Public Defenders Office • Lydia Bodin, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to Abolish Chronic Truancy (ACT) Program • Claire Vermillion, Referee, Long Beach Informal Juvenile Traffic Court • Dr. Rick Tebbano, Long Beach Unified School District Truancy coordinator • Lieutenant Ty Hatfield, Long Beach Police Department • Marisol Ibanez, Poly Academy Of Achievers and Leaders (PAAL) Program • Marc Rothenberg, attorney at law The conference will include a resource fair, Spanish and Khmer translation services, free continental breakfast and lunch, free supply-filled school bags for the first 150 participating students, and a prize raffle. School truancy is correlated with

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local Allstate agent honored through national life Insurance Awareness month campaign The Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (LIFE) has honored local Allstate Insurance Agent Brenda Soto Bryan with its RealLIFEstories Client Service Award. LIFE, a nonprofit group that conducts the Life Insurance Awareness Month campaign every September, selected the stories of four insurance agents nationwide to help raise awareness of the need for Americans to include insurance in their financial plans. The campaign highlights stories of everyday families who have experienced the death or disability of a loved one to draw attention to the need for professional advice about life, health, disability and long-term care insurance. The featured stories, chosen by an inde-

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St. Mary Medical Center Foundation this week announced five new members to its board of trustees and six new members to its Hospital Board of Trustees. The newly elected Foundation Board of Trustees include: Dr. Minnie Douglas, health education consultant and retired professor of nursing/health education, Long Beach City College; Sabina Gault, founder, Konnect Public Relations; Brent Tjarks, City National Bank Economic & Government Relations officer; Jason Traut, CFO, Superior Printing, Inc.; and Gina Smith, retired realtor. They will serve with 52 current board members under the leadership of George Murchison,

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St. Mary Medical Center’s newly elected Foundation and Hospital board members include: (front row, from left) Drew Gagner, St. Mary Foundation president; Robin Perry; Dr. Minnie Douglas; Gina Smith; (back row, from left) Dr. Marie-Laure Hinton; Jason Traut; and Terry Geiling. Not pictured are Sabina Gault, Brent Tjarks, Karen Anderson, Anita Edwards, Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Kraig Kojian and George Murchison, Foundation Board Chair.

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Foundation Board Chair, Long Beach accountant and business leader. The St. Mary Foundation is a vehicle for charitable giving to the Medical Center, accepting contributions that benefit various healthcare programs, projects, and medical services, including St. Mary’s Centers of Excellence: Cardiology, Women’s Health, Orthopedics, and Bariatrics. Foundation board members serve in a fiduciary capacity and oversee the Finance Committee and Grants Committee, and serve as advisors to the Foundation and hospital. Newly elected Hospital Board of Trustees members include Karen A. Anderson, attorney, Law Office of Karen A. Anderson; Anita Grace Edwards, attorney, Law Offices of

Anita Grace Edwards; Dr. Noel Hacegaba, executive officer, Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners; Dr. Marie-Laure Hinton, professor of Spanish and French, Long Beach City College; Kraig Kojian, Communications and Events manager, Downtown Long Beach; and Robin Perry, attorney, Law Offices of Robin Perry & Associates. They will serve with 84 current Board members. Terry Geiling, President/CEO of the Gold Star Manor, is the chair. Hospital Board members serve as ambassadors to the civic and business community for a three-year term and share their insights and leadership skills with hospital administrators and staff. ß

lodge names September Elk of the month The Bellflower/Long Beach Elks Lodge No. 888 has chosen Dennis “Woody” Woodson as its Elk of the Month. Woodson was born in 1938 in Los Angeles, where he later attended elementary school. He graduated from Bellflower High School, then earned a degree in engineering from CalPoly–San Luis Obispo and a master’s degree in business. He then spent four years in the Navy. He later worked for the Department of Water and Power in L.A. for 17 years, then for the Bechtel Corporation in Tennessee and Georgia, before retiring in 1997. He sings baritone with the Orange Empire Barbershop Chorus.

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Between home repair and homework, Kim prefers to unwind and spend her time in the breakfast nook and on the front porch. She admits to being genuinely excited to get to show off the home that’s been revitalized and nurtured through the years. Looking back to when she first visited the house, she remembers standing in front and saying, “This is it. This is what I want.” She and her husband had originally planned to stay for five years, and now, 18 years later, the couple has created a perfect place to raise their two daughters, two dogs and two cats. Peaches, their far from shy cat, often greets passersby and will surely welcome all visitors during the home’s debut at the California Heights Home and Garden Tour on Oct. 2. Owners showcase redesigned lawn and new mediterranean garden Homes may be predominantly featured on the tour, however it must be noted that a well maintained and colorful garden is what can really draw visitors into a home. Amongst the many standard green lawns down Brayton Avenue is a slightly raised yard belonging to Susan and Bernie Hawkins. The walkway leading up the home is lined with an array of garden and potted plants that will eventually drape beautifully over the short wall. Heart-shaped leaves from a tree nestled off to the corner have transitioned into perfect autumn shades and daintily dance with the passing summer breezes. Off to the side of the front yard is a blue-ribbon-painted gate guarding an additional assortment of greenery planted just last year. A Mediterranean garden has replaced the home’s driveway and bears resemblance to a private, courtyard-style garden, ultimately leading into the back yard. Opting to work with native plant specialist and California Heights Association president John Royce, the Hawkins wanted to design a garden that was drought tolerant, as opposed to native, to allow for minimal mainte-

He was initiated into the lodge on Sept. 25, 2000, was chairman of the Breakfast Committee, served as kitchen manager, was an officer for many years and is now a member of the Rolling 8s Committee. ß nance and year-round survival. Accents such as the flagstone walkway, adorable catwalk and a washingmachine drum artistically designed as a fire pit add additional flair to the overall look of the garden. Culturally diverse plants, shrubs and small trees line the pathway, including Mexican sage, marina, star jasmine along the walls, little ollie and olive bushes. Susan made sure to include cocktail fruits such as pomegranate and tangerine trees along with the essential herbs and spices. Rosescented geraniums, lavender, and Santa Barbara daisies provide pops of color at the very entrance to the garden. The backyard garden will be getting a few more accessories added in the coming days, however is tastefully designed already to charm even the faintest of garden appreciators. Susan, an artist, acknowledges family and friends for helping them design, plant and achieve both gardens. What really attracted Susan to the neighborhood were the street trees, which she describes as soothing on the eyes and comfortable. Now, in keeping with the same mentality, Susan hopes to leave a similar impression on the guests and neighbors who’ll walk through the blue-ribbon-painted gate to get a glimpse of the practicality of Mediterranean gardening.

The Mediterranean garden stretches out to the back yard in what used to be the home’s driveway.


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At the Sept. 13 Signal Hill Planning Commission meeting, commissioners presented Haig Mihranian with the 3rd Quar ter 2011 Beautification Award for improvements achieved on his home located at 2017 Raymond Ave. The home, built in 1921, fell into disrepair over the years and had become an eyesore to the neighborhood. Upon purchasing the proper ty, Mihranian began extensive work (especially to the front area), converted the architecture from contemporary to Mediterranean-style, and managed to enhance the look and overall functionality with the addition of nearly 200 square feet. Mihranian accepted the award with his family (pictured left with Planning Commission Chair Jane Fallon, far left) and said the recognition makes the renovations all worth it. The beautification award recognizes significant residential property improvements throughout Signal Hill.


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are fleeting, and her created lines vanish as quickly as one pose morphs into another. What remains is an impression of a mood. “The aim is to remain true to the particular palos– song forms– and express these forms in ever new ways,” says Bleyer-Ogilby. “A good performance of a Flamenco palo

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approaches the essence of sorrow, joy or solitude and leaves a lasting memory. Painting, on the other hand, tries to capture and create ‘the moment’ and make that lasting memory visible. Even though the canvas is stationary, rhythm, color and composition all work together to create movement and stir the viewer into response. The eye moves across the canvas, hangs on a line and delves into a striking color, just to emerge on the other side on a recognizable surprise.” She says the captivating aspect of art begins when an artist moves away from trying to merely copy reality without any comment– that’s when an abstraction of an idea emerges. “The task is to observe carefully and translate impressions into line, color and symbolism in endless variation,” Bleyer-Ogilby says. In portraits, she attempts to hint at what a person might have experienced– a snapshot of a soul, an inspiration. She gathers multiple photos from different angles and interprets what she observed in total. It is rare that one photo captures what she is looking for– flattering as it might be. In the last two years, she has been working on developing abstract oil portraits where line only suggests recognizable objects, and the interplay of shapes and colors take the main stage. Bleyer-Ogilby is currently showing a piece, “Smoldering Love,” at the Frieda Kahlo exhibit at Picture This Gallery & Custom Framing, 4130 Norse Way, and she believes the show allowed her to return to familiar ground of portraiture heavy with symbolism. “She is on her break from being folk heroine complete with halo and skull and bone lace blouse,” the artist says of the Kahlo portrait. “The smoke ring symbolizes the frivolity of relationship and heroworship, while the calla lilies popularized by Diego’s paintings fade into the background. Her serape is adorned with the hymn of Pancho Villa’s troops, ‘La Cucaracha,’ indicating her and Diego’s strong political engagement and completing the circle of references…que fumar!” ß


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Queen mary now listed as National Trust historic hotel The Queen Mary recently announced that it has joined Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Queen Mary is one of more than 235 hotels and resorts throughout the country that is recognized by Historic Hotels of America for preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. “The trend of cultural travel in America continues to grow,” said Thierry Roch, executive director of Historic Hotels of America. “By inviting the Queen Mary into our collection of distinguished properties, we are continuing to encourage historic preservation while at the same time showcasing this hotel’s rich history. Our goal is to bring these historically special hotels and their authentic experiences to the attention of the traveling public.”

To be selected for membership in National Trust Historic Hotels, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized locally as having historic significance. “The Queen Mary is excited to join Historic Hotels of America,” said Eddie Timmons, the ship’s interim general manager. “We are looking forward to a great new partnership.” The Queen Mary is rich in history and architectural integrity. Constructed in Clydebank, Scotland, and considered the most decadent and luxurious ocean liner at the time, the RMS Queen Mary set sail on her maiden voyage in May of 1936. She reigned as queen of the seas, and dignitaries, royalty and celebrities considered her the only civilized way to travel. Only a few short years into passenger service, the beautiful ship was drafted into service for the Allied Forces during

World War II, and her interior and exterior were outfitted as a troopship. At the end of the war, she was restored to her former glory and returned to the seas as the greatest ocean liner afloat, where she would remain in service for another 20 years. In 1967, when air travel was gaining popularity, Cunard made the decision to sell the stately ship to the highest bidder. It was a port town in Southern California who deemed victorious. In October of 1967, the Queen Mary set sail on her last voyage to her new permanent home in Long Beach. Today, she entices visitors from all over the world as a floating attraction and hotel offering 314 original staterooms and a trip back in time. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway. For more information, visit queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. ß

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In October of 1967, the Queen Mary set sail on her last voyage to her new permanent home in Long Beach.

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desperately to break his spirit. After two years of daily beatings, Zamperini was taken home as a hero when the war ended. He married one year later, but his life was not heading in the right direction. He had post-traumatic stress disorder before the condition became more widely understood. He had nightmares of strangling The Bird every night; one day he awoke while strangling his wife and soon after he conceded to attending Evangelist preacher

Billy Graham’s service because his wife threatened to file for divorce. “When you’re at the end of the rope, you turn to God,” Zamperini recalls Graham telling him as he was walking out the door. Suddenly, Zamperini thought of his days on the life raft when he was praying to God. He promised to serve the Lord if he got off the raft alive, but he wasn’t carrying out his promises. “It was a miracle,” Zamperini said. He asked God into his life that night and he never had a nightmare of The Bird again. “Because the Bible says that when you convert, you become a new person,” he said.

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Furthermore, he returned to the prison camp in Tokyo seven years after his imprisonment to forgive the guards that held him there. “Is there anything that the war prepared you for later in life?” Naber asked. “Fifty-five years of marriage,”Zamperini responded. Once the laughter subsided, he added, “I didn’t hear any women laughing.” Zamperini has been an inspirational speaker ever since he asked Christ into his life. He joined the Boy Scouts to get out of trouble as a teenager, and it helped him survive throughout the war. For example, he learned how

to fend off sharks by putting his hand out and snubbing their nose, which saved his life multiple times on the life raft. “The best survival training is Eagle Scout training,” Zamperini said. A scout builds leadership and character. First Class Boy Scout Ben Brady, 13, explained how merit badges, leadership badges and wilderness survival badges are good to know in tough times. Still, he was humble enough to admit that he couldn’t do what Zamperini has. Eagle Scout, Assistant Scout Master, Crew Advisor and Aquatics

Director John Alvarado, 22, shared a story similar to Zamperini’s. He enrolled in the Boy Scouts when he was 14 years old. “It saved my life,” Alvarado said. “I was a troubled kid, heading down the wrong path.” Zamperini and Hillenbrand have never met each other; Hillenbrand almost never leaves her home because she has chronic fatigue syndrome. “I was a prisoner of war for two years; she’s been a prisoner in her own body all of her life,” Zamperini said about giving her his Purple Heart. To see more photos of the event, visit glennarthur.com/LBBoyScouts/Wel come.html. Louis Zamperini was raised in Torrance, California and now lives in the Hollywood Hills. To find out more about Zamperini, visit LouieZamperini.com. ß

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played guitar and banjo on the Los Angeles Opera's production of Kurt Weill's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, which won Grammy Awards for best classical recording and best opera recording in 2008. In 2003, Jewell earned his doctorate in jazz guitar performance at the University of Southern California. Since education is a focus of the fundraiser, and a core part of Within Arms Reach’s overall mission, the essential role education plays in the arts will be highlighted at the event. Besides the opportunity to bid on the work of photographers and pieces from other art genres during the silent auction, the fundraiser will include dinner, an eclectic variety of musical acts, raffles and a presentation that will provide background regarding the evolution of Within Arms Reach and the work it does to carry out its mission. Last year, a storm inundated much of Rakhine State in Myanmar, and Seik Tara Village, a small farming and labor community. The consequential flooding caused extensive damage to the village’s school. Due to the flooding, the school’s seventh- and eighth-graders do not have classrooms for the upcoming school year. Currently, several grades must share the same space, which is distracting and uncomfortable as the students struggle to study different subjects at various education levels. In fact, the existing building is deteriorating rapidly. In addition to raising funds, Within Arm’s Reach will help design the school and its grounds. Los Angeles-based Ottolia and Barnes Architectures, which sits on the nonprofit’s board of advisers, will donate the project’s design, while Zin oversees the work of the builders, contractors

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Sundie Zin (right), pictured with schoolchildren in cyclone-ravished Myanmar, was Cal State Long Beach’s 2009 Outstanding Graduate in the School of the Arts. She has since created the nonprofit Education Within Arm’s Reach to help the people living in Myanmar.

and architects in Myanmar. Within Arms Reach’s partner organization, the nonprofit Myanmar Charity Group, will also donate funds to the project. Within Arms Reach is a faithbased organization that consists of co-founder Roger Sy, a board of directors, and a team of designers, contractors, business professionals, and others who want to help the nonprofit in its mission by volunteering their services. The organization was conceived by Zin while she was still an interior design student at Cal State Long Beach. She sought to help those in need in the closed-off country of Myanmar after it was devastated by

Cyclone Nargis in 2008. The storm killed approximately 138,000 people and left more than one million homeless. Zin successfully raised the funds to build six homes for families who had lost everything, dig three water wells, and build a medical clinic. She also donated funds to a temple orphanage, passed out school supplies and clothing, distributing medicine provided by Giving Children Hope, and fed children. “Those trips to Myanmar were a success due to all the prayers and generous support that was received by our families, friends, and churches as well as the entertainment, local Burmese, and design

communities,” Zin said. “As our organization grows, we will expand our reach to other countries and people who are struggling to rebuild after catastrophic disasters. We will work diligently to ensure our design services are ‘within arm’s reach’ of those who need them.” The fundraiser will take place at the Holiday Inn, 2640 Lakewood Blvd. on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 7:30pm to 11:30pm. Ticket prices are $30 online and $40 at the door. To purchase tickets online, visit withinarmsreach.org. To offer support or receive more information about the fundraiser, call (714) 8869345, or email info@withinarmsreach.org. ß


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UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeedingS againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer. on 10/18/2011 at 11:00 aM, Mcintyre law group as the duly appointed trustee will sell all right, title and interest held by the trustee, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy to the obligation secured by the lien as set forth in that certain notice of delinquent assessment, recorded on 12/10/2009 as document no. 20091876116 of official records in the office of the recorder of los angeles County, California, wherein this office is the duly appointed trustee. the original trustor (record owner at the time the notice of delinquent assessment was recorded) was Paul S. Hunter Will Sell at PUBliC aUCtion to tHe HigHeSt Bidder for CaSH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this State) at: the West side doors to the los angeles County Courts Building, 12720 norwalk Blvd., norwalk, California. all right, title and interest under said notice of delinquent assessment in the property situated in said County. the street address and other common designation, if any of the real property described above is purported to be: 2599 Walnut ave #333 Signal Hill, Ca 90755 this sale is subject to a 90-day right of redemption pursuant to Civil Code 1367.4 © (4). the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown above. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum due under said notice of delinquent assessment, with interest thereon, as provided in said notice, advances, if any, reasonably estimated fees, charges, and expenses of the trustee, reasonably estimated to be: $12,497.98. accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. the claimant, Hillside pines Homeowners association, under said notice of delinquent assessment 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. 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TST3842 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale t.S. no: H527930 Ca Unit Code: H loan no: 0031371636/foley investor no: 0001435367 Min no: 100024200014353672 aP #1: 7216016-023 PoWer defaUlt ServiCeS, inC., as duly appointed trustee under the following described deed of trust Will Sell at PUBliC aUCtion to tHe HigHeSt Bidder for CaSH (in the forms which are lawful tender in the United States) and/or the cashier's, certified or other checks specified in Civil Code Section 2924h (payable in full at the time of sale to t.d. Service Company) all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust in the property hereinafter described: trustor: Heidi SHinaBerger foley recorded october 2, 2006 as instr. no. 06 2184873 in Book --- Page -- of official records in the office of the recorder of loS angeleS County; California , pursuant to the notice of default and election to Sell thereunder recorded June 6, 2011 as instr. no. 2011-771330 in Book --- Page --of official records in the office of the recorder of loS angeleS County California. yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt dated SePteMBer 22, 2006. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer. 1958 daWSon avenUe, Signal Hill, Ca 90755 "(if a street address or common designation of property is shown above, no warranty is given as to its completeness or correctness)." Said Sale of property will be made in "as is" condition without covenant or warranty, express 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 as in said note provided, advances, if any, under the terms of said deed of trust, fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. Said sale will be held on: SePteMBer 30, 2011, at 11:00 a.M. *at tHe WeSt Side doorS to tHe loS angeleS CoUnty CoUrtS BUilding, 12720 norWalK Blvd, norWalK, Ca at the time of the initial publication of this notice, the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the above described deed of trust and estimated costs, expenses, and advances is $494,254.17. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: the mortgage loan servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; the timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or 2923.55. if the trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. if the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid. the Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's attorney. date: September 1, 2011 PoWer defaUlt ServiCeS, inC. as said trustee, as authorized agent for the Beneficiary KiMBerly tHorne, aSSiStant SeCretary t.d. ServiCe CoMPany 1820 e. firSt St., SUite 210, P.o. Box 11988 Santa ana, Ca 92711-1988 the Beneficiary may be attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained may be used for that purpose. if available, the expected opening bid and/or postponement information may be obtained by calling the following telephone number(s) on the day before the sale: (714) 4805690 or you may access sales information at www.tacforeclosures.com. taC# 943930 PUB: 09/09/11, 09/16/11, 09/23/11 TST3843 trustee Sale no. 443371Ca loan no. 0697016400 title order no. 459392 notiCe of trUStee’S Sale yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt dated 11-15-2005. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeedingS againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer. on 10-06-2011 at 10:30 aM, California reConveyanCe CoMPany as the duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded 11-22-2005, Book , Page , instrument 05 2840562, of official records in the office of the recorder of loS angeleS County, California, executed by: aliCe riCe, a Married WoMan aS Her Sole and SeParate ProPerty, as trustor, long BeaCH Mort-

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Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the deed of trust. the sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the deed of trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. the amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: tHe front entranCe to tHe PoMona SUPerior CoUrtS BUilding, 350 W. MiSSion BoUlevard, PoMona, Ca legal description: as more fully described in said deed of trust amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $578,377.85 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 2602 eaSt 20tH Street #204B  Signal Hill, Ca 90755  aPn number: 7216-020-102  the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common  designation, if any, shown herein. the property heretofore described is being sold "as is".  in compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. date: 09-02-2011 California reConveyanCe CoMPany, as trustee Brandon royeS, aSSiStant SeCretary  California reConveyanCe CoMPany iS a deBt ColleCtor  atteMPting to ColleCt a deBt. any inforMation oBtained Will Be USed for tHat PUrPoSe. California reconveyance Company 9200 oakdale avenue Mail Stop: Ca2-4379 Chatsworth, Ca 91311 800-892-6902 for Sales information: (714) 7302727 or www.lpsasap.com (714) 573-1965 or www.priorityposting.com P874307 9/9, 9/16, 09/23/2011  TST3839/ 2011 088159 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: Miller tax ServiCe, 2525 Cherry ave., Ste. 368, Signal Hill, Ca 90755. registrant: donna Miller, 10641 lakefront dr., norwalk, Ca 90650. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: donna Miller. the registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. date started doing business under this fictitious Business name was august 1, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on august 24, 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: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 2011. 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Signed: dario alcocer, 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 august 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: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 2011. 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aBSent: Council Members Michael J. noll, ellen Ward aBStain: none Pursuant to Signal Hill City Charter Section 315, this ordinance shall become effective 30 days from and after the date of its adoption. a certified copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s office. Kathleen l. Pacheco City Clerk Published in the Signal-tribune newspaper on September 23, 2011. Posted at City Hall, library, discovery Well Park, and reservoir Park on September 23, 2011.


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“I am proud to represent the residents of the 7th District,” said Johnson. “Together, we’ve been able to accomplish a great deal over the past 14 months. I will continue to focus on working hard to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the district and throughout the city.” To some, Johnson is falling short of this challenge. In addition to the gerrymandering charges, Johnson is also accused of neglecting his responsibilities to his constituents, incompetence in performing his duties, and misusing his office. Complaints against Johnson’s failure to live up to his campaign promises climaxed with the recent redistricting, which compelled a group of local activists to establish an organization that is seeking his recall. Rage Against the Machine (RAM), founded by 8th district resident Kate Braid and other community activists who say they are fed up with city councilmembers who consistently support Mayor Bob Foster and his political

agenda, initiated the recall process. “The Machine” is a euphemism for Foster and his supporters. RAM backers filed the Notice of Intent to Circulate a Recall Petition with the city clerk last week in the first step of the recall process. “Johnson’s recall campaign is not the sole mission of RAM,” said Braid. “It is the first step to derail The Machine that is currently running our city. That is our mission.” A website dedicated to the recall campaign features an article that accuses Johnson of being Mayor Foster’s puppet. “I am nobody’s puppet,” Johnson said. It is time for us to put the redistricting issue behind us, let’s focus on improvement.” Johnson’s written response to the recall initiative lists all of the accomplishments he has achieved in district 7 while in office, including reduced pollution, lowered crime rates, saving taxpayers millions, and ending flooding. One Cal Heights resident is pleased with Johnson’s achievements. “Let me be clear– I didn't vote for Mr. Johnson,” said John Royce, an active community volunteer from Cal Heights. “But these

past 13 months have been some of the most productive months I can recall. I'm very sad about this unfortunate waste of effort, resources and funding. Think of what we could do with nearly 200 grand in our community.” According to Braid, keeping Johnson in office will pose a much higher environmental cost to the city in the long run. Braid claims that Johnson, who was elected to the city council in June 2010, ran on an environmental platform which aimed at zero-emission strategies for all transportation-related industries affecting the 7th district. “Since he got into office,” Braid continued, “he has not done anything to protect residents of his district against environmental hazards.” Braid claims that Johnson recently accepted a portrelated job and that he voted for a portexpansion initiative that would increase the capacity of the existing rail yard on the west end of his district to 14 lanes with double-decker trains. “Those people living in that area have no idea what’s coming to them,” added Braid. Asia Sagale, 19, actually does. A lifetime resident of the 7th district who has suffered from asthma since she was 5 years old, Sagale blames the everincreasing amounts of pollutants in the air for her worsening health. Her situation was compounded when she became 18 and was no longer covered by her parent’s health insurance. “Asthma medication and emergency-room visits are expensive, and it’s only going to get worse for me if they allow more trains to drive through our neighborhood,” Sagale said. “Maybe our councilmember can negotiate a deal for us to get medical assistance with every train that rolls by.” This is precisely the type of mitigation that Braid suggests should be secured for area residents if port expansion plans continue. Braid claims that Johnson bought support for his agenda by distributing LED light bulbs to his constituents and promising to require rail companies to adhere to zero emissions. “In spite of the free light bulbs he gave away, people in the 7th district are being kept in the dark,” Braid said.

SEPTEmbEr 23, 2011 “Everyone needs to become aware of what is happening on the west side of Long Beach. Johnson is a part of the machine that is selling out and taking illinformed community members with him. By the time the machine okays all of the port and rail-expansion plans, they will see that it’s too late to do anything about it. There is no such thing as zero emissions when it comes to trains. They all have emissions, and everyone is affected. The asthma rate in kids will skyrocket.” Pat Conradi, RN, is a school nurse for the Long Beach Unified School District and exclusively caters to children who attend school on the west side. “So many of our students are impacted by asthma here because of the proximity of our schools to the port, rail yards, refineries, and freeways. When the wind picks up, and the weather is bad, then the air quality gets really bad and the amount of activity of our students is severely limited.” Supporters of RAM believe that people who live and work in areas impacted by port expansion, like Conradi and her students, deserve to know what’s coming. They claim that the only one to benefit from port expansion is the port itself, at very high environmental costs to the community. Mike Kowal, the spokesperson of the recall campaign, and who, prior to the redistricting, planned on running for the 8th district council seat, asserts that The Machine has a political agenda of special interests for the city that is not entirely in the best interest of residents. “Everyone has a story to tell about James Johnson,” Kowal said. “People I meet on the streets keep telling me how he failed to represent them or address their concerns.” Another one of the charges against Johnson is his failure to present to the city council a petition signed by more than 1,800 of his constituents against a company pushing for port expansion. Now that Johnson’s written response to his recall has been filed with the city clerk, RAM has 120 days to publish the actual recall petition and secure some 5,000 signatures in time for the April primary election. Because there is no elec-

tion scheduled in the 7th district in 2012, the recall would be considered a special election that is not in the city’s annual budget for that year, hence the estimated cost of $187,000. City elections alternate annually, with even-numbered districts hosting elections during even-numbered years and odd-numbered districts in odd-numbered years. The next scheduled election for the 7th district is not until 2013. “Why spend city funds, that are stretched so thin, by having an unnecessary election?” said Carol Soccio, 7th District resident. “If someone wants to run for a council seat, just wait for the next election.” Soccio added that Johnson is doing a great job representing the 7th District and that a recall is not justified. “It’s reached the point where Long Beach is being run by a political machine run by Mayor Foster,” Braid said. “So much of the decision-making is going on below the surface. Our goal is not to replace one machine with another. We don’t have a pre-determined agenda. Our goal is to have people ask themselves, ‘What is the council member who represents my neighborhood actually doing for my neighborhood?’ Our goal is to have people ask their council members, ‘What are you doing for my neighborhood?’ Our goal is to demand accountability, one way or the other.” Gizzelle Montoya plans to do exactly that in time for the next election. She and her family moved into the 7th district in August of 2010 after having lived in Riverside County all of her life. Her 17-year-old son, Ernesto, who had occasional, mild asthma prior to moving to Long Beach, is now suffering from more frequent, severe attacks. Her daughter, Ere Stephanie, who is 13 and never had an asthma attack, was diagnosed with the respiratory disease this past June. Montoya plans on paying special attention to the recall campaign and will become more aware of candidates’ political agendas prior to the next election, which will be her first time voting in Los Angeles County. For more information, visit longbeach.gov/district7 or recalljohnson.com.


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“The primary concerns the commission had were proliferations,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense to have a 1,000-feet separation from two tattoos parlors in Signal Hill and then to have one right across the streets in Long Beach, so that was the idea behind counting Long Beach.” Commission Chair Jane Fallon, who initially preferred the 1,000-foot separation, said she recognizes the diversity of the city and realizes that there are fewer

opportunities to rent a retail space at 1,000 feet. “They are a viable business, and I think they have the right to come to our city,” she said. City staff will now direct all material and recommendations to the Council, which will make a decision on the ordinance at its Oct. 4 meeting. If the decision is made to move forward with the recommendation, the second reading would be on Oct. 18, and then the ordinance would take effect 30 days after the reading. Continued public hearings and testimony will be heard at the upcoming council meeting.

CITY OF SIgNAl HIll TST3859 NOTICE OF PUBlIC HEARING notiCe iS HereBy given that the City Council of the City of Signal Hill will hold a public hearing on october 18, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider: an ordinanCe of tHe City CoUnCil of tHe City of Signal Hill, California, granting to SHell PiPeline CoMPany lP tHe rigHt, Privilege, and franCHiSe to lay and USe PiPeS and aPPUrtenanCeS for tranSMitting and diStriBUting oil and PetroleUM ProdUCtS for any and all laWfUl PUrPoSeS Under and along tHe PUBliC StreetS, WayS, alleyS, and PlaCeS aS tHe SaMe noW or May Hereafter exiSt, WitHin Said City PUrSUant to California PUBliC UtilitieS Code SeCtion 62333, the City of Signal Hill is required to inform the public about the term of the franchise and about a franchise fee paid by franchisee to the City. the franchise term will be fifteen (15) years and Shell Pipeline Company lP will pay the City of Signal Hill a franchise fee each year which will be annually adjusted for inflation. all intereSted PerSonS are hereby invited to attend a public hearing to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. if you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearing. tHe PUBliC iS invited to submit written comments to the Public Works/engineering department or during the public hearing. fUrtHer inforMation on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Public Works/engineering department located at 2175 Cherry avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by calling Joshua rosenbaum at (562) 989-7355. /ss/ Joshua rosenbaum • Management analyst Published in the Signal tribune on: September 23, 2011 Posted at City Hall, the library, reservoir Park and discovery Well Park on: September 23, 2011

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