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S IGNA L T R IBU N E Serving Bixby Knolls, California Heights, Los Cerritos, Wrigley and Signal Hill

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VOL. XXXIX NO. 8

February 17, 2017

LB native tapped as acting national security advisor The appointment comes after the resignation of Michael Flynn, who served 24 days. Cory Bilicko Managing Editor

A retired general from Long Beach has been appointed to replace former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn, who resigned Monday after serving only 24 days in President Donald Trump’s adminis-

tration. Retired Army. Lt. Gen. Joseph “Keith” Kellogg Jr. will serve as interim national security advisor until a final replacement is tapped. However, according to national media reports, Kellogg is on the shortlist to assume that position on a permanent basis. Kellogg was heretofore serving as executive secretary of the National Security Council. Flynn resigned Monday after reports indicated he had discussed Russia sanctions with

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, despite Flynn’s repeated assertion that he had not done so. The retired three-star general, who played a significant role in Trump’s campaign, tendered his resignation, allegedly upon the President’s urging to do so, amid media reports that his talks with Kislyak made him potentially susceptible to blackmail by Russia. In his Feb. 13 resignation letter, Flynn wrote that, during his

Signal Hill City Council hires engineer to temporarily oversee City’s public works projects. Sebastian Echeverry Staff Writer

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Bringing the love to war

Speakers at a Syrian-refugee symposium encouraged people to be involved. Denny Cristales Editorial Assistant

The horrors of civil war have been crippling the lives of Syrians for about six years– a time span in which the blaze of weapons and the overwhelming force of airstrikes have become a norm for the people who inhabit the once peaceful area. Case in point: the 5-year-old boy who went viral last summer– Omran Daqneesh, who was rescued from a destroyed building after yet another airstrike on the city of Aleppo. The image of the bloodied boy– his body chalk-white from the debris– and the blank expression he wore served as a painful visual of the internal struggle that has ravaged Syria for years. However, locals are currently attempting their best efforts to fight the fight on a more peaceful front, one in which Syrians can escape their ravaged land and find opportunity elsewhere. Opportunities in activism, Syria in the modern age and the global refugee crisis were among the

Denny Cristales | Signal Tribune

At a Syrian symposium event on Feb. 11 at CSULB, Deric Mendes, a journalist and Syria expert, presented “Syria in the Age of Trump,” a discussion on the modern state of the civil war in the area. In his graph, he shows that, in 2016, the war in Syria caused 470,000 casualties, dwarfing the numbers of those lost in the Sept. 11 attacks and the Vietnam War.

items discussed at a local symposium Saturday, Feb. 11 entitled “Syria: 6 Years Later” at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). The Syrian-American Council, Los Angeles (SAC-LA) and the CSULB Muslim Student Association, in collaboration with the CSULB Department of Political Science, hosted the event to spread awareness and encourage individuals to be involved in aiding those involved in the crisis. The event featured a screening

of the Netflix documentary The White Helmets, a look at volunteer rescue workers in their attempt to save civilians in violent war areas in Syria and Turkey. A few programs to aid in the Syrian refugee crisis were also listed. Organizations include the Voice of Refugees, Tiyya Foundation and World Relief, all of which can be found locally. Hannah Ghazal, who has a BA in international studies and Middle Eastern studies, presented “Syrians: The Struggle of Integra-

tion,” which detailed the challenge refugees face in their attempt to integrate to other countries and start a new life. “[They] give up all their studies to start all over from scratch,” Ghazal said of some refugees who venture to other countries and can’t apply their education to the workforce when they immigrate. Ghazal detailed the story of Om Moustafa, a refugee woman whose real name was withheld for see SYMPOSIUM page 10

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Engineer On Tuesday, Feb. 14, the Signal Hill City Council agreed to contract Steve Badum, vice president of engineering and municipal services for AndersonPenna Partners, Inc. (APP), to provide Signal Hill temporary engineering and project-management services. APP is a company that specializes in project delivery for local and regional public agencies and special districts throughout the western United States. The council recruited Badum to help temporarily oversee City projects while it hires someone to fill the vacant position of Public Works director– previously held by Steve Myrter. City Manager Charlie Honeycutt said the executive recruitment process to find a new director is estimated to take four months. According to APP’s website, Badum has more than 35 years of experience in the field of municipal management and engineering. The contract price agreement between the City and APP is set at $61,440. Water The council agreed on a ballot vote for John Oskoui and Mark Grajeda to be placed in the Central Basin Municipal Water District’s (CBMWD) board of directors. Specifically, Oskoui is vying for the city purveyor board position, and Grajeda is vying for the at-large purveyor board position. According to a press release posted on centralbasin.org, Oskoui has over 30 years of experience in local government, including 20 years in municipal engineering and public works. He is also familiar with the southeast region of the Los Angeles County through his involvement as a member of the Central Basin see COUNCIL page 15


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February 17, 2017

Signal Tribune

Don’t forget to vote Tuesday, March 7, 2017

From the Desk of Signal Hill City Councilmember Larry Forester Dear Signal Hill residents, After 20 years serving on Signal Hill City Council and only two years left on my final term, I believe that we need to mentor and bring new energy to the Signal Hill City Council. Therefore, I recommend that you vote for the following candidates at the March 7, 2017 election:

LARRY BLUNDEN

(current elected city treasurer)

ROBERT COPELAND

(current elected city clerk)

KEIR JONES

(small business owner)

Sincerely, Larry Forester Signal Hill City Councilmember

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NEWS

February 17, 2017

Signal Tribune

Sugary drinks, QR codes and disasters Nine candidates at a recent forum make their cases for serving on Signal Hill’s city council. Cory Bilicko Managing Editor

All nine candidates vying for three open seats on the Signal Hill City Council were on hand for a forum on Feb. 9, presenting their visions for the city and differentiating themselves on issues ranging from the council’s need for some new blood, to taxing recreational pot smokers to having a directly elected mayor. No matter who gets elected March 7, the new city council will include at least one person who isn’t currently serving as a councilmember. The council, which is a five-member body, of which one councilmember serves as mayor for a one-year term, on a

rotating basis, will soon have an open seat because of Michael Noll’s retirement. Incumbents Lori Woods– who is currently serving as mayor– and Ed Wilson are both seeking re-election. One of their opponents has already served on the council, two are currently serving as elected officials in other capacities and another is serving as an appointed commissioner. Woods and Wilson joined Jason Aula, Tom Benson, Larry Blunden, Carol Churchill, Robert Copeland, Maria Harris and Keir Jones for the event, which the Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce hosted in the council chamber. Melissa Guy, president of the chamber of commerce, opened the event by stating a clarification on a matter of endorsement. “This forum is a public service brought to you by the chamber,” Guy said. “We would like to make it clear that the chamber has not, cannot and will not endorse any candidate, which

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Cory Bilicko | Signal Tribune

Prior to the Feb. 9 Signal Hill City Council candidate forum, Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce President Melissa Guy (far left) explains the procedures that will take place for the event.

is why we can host tonight’s event. We apologize if there has been any perception of such, and we want to clarify that before we begin tonight’s event.” Bart DeLio, a local insurance agent and former two-term chamber president, moderated the event, which

included four segments. In the first segment, each candidate had two minutes for an opening statement. In the second part, each candidate had one minute to answer a question DeLio presented. In the third, each candidate was given one minute for closing re-

marks. Lastly, because time allowed, each was given the opportunity to ask any other candidate a question. For opening statements, the candidates spoke in the order in which they see FORUM page 12

Many Long Beach city departments closed for Presidents’ Day holiday The City of Long Beach has announced the departments and services that will be affected by the Presidents’ Day holiday on Monday, Feb. 20.

Long Beach City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 20. Street sweeping and enforcement of street-sweeping violations will not occur on Monday, Feb. 20.

Street sweeping will resume its regular schedule on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Drivers are recommended to read parking meters. New smart parking meters in Long Beach display days

and hours of operations– and also when they are exempt– on backlit screens. Meters with holiday exemptions will not be enforced on Monday, Feb. 20. Meters without holiday

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exemptions will be enforced. Red, white and blue curbs are enforced every day. Green and yellow curbs without adjacent meters are not enforced on Sundays and holidays. All Long Beach public libraries will be closed on Saturday, Feb. 18. Bay Shore, Burnett, El Dorado and Michelle Obama libraries will be open on Sunday, Feb. 19, per their normal schedule. All libraries will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20, per their normal schedule, and will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The library catalog, downloads and databases are available 24/7 at lbpl.org. Refuse and recycling collection will occur, per the normal schedule, on Monday, Feb. 20. On Monday, Feb. 20, the following will be open: • El Dorado Regional Park • Fire stations • Main police station front desk • Marina offices • Refuse and recycling collection On Monday, Feb. 20, the following will be closed: • Animal Care Services • Career Transition Center • Center for Working Families • City Hall • Citizen Police Complaint Commission • Code Enforcement services • El Dorado Nature Center • Fire headquarters • Gas services (Emergencies: 5702140) • Health Department and health facilities • Housing Authority • Libraries • Neighborhood Resource Center • Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Center • Park offices and community park facilities • Police administration • Street sweeping • Swimming pools • Water Department (Emergencies: 570-2390) Source: City of LB


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OPINION

Signal Tribune

Thoughts

from

thePublisher

By Neena Strichart

This past Tuesday was the day when many folks chose to celebrate romance and family love with those they hold dear. Although Hubby and I spent our Valentine’s Day evening at a Signal Hill city council meeting, it was nonetheless romantic for us.

All we need for romance is to be in the same room, or at least the same building. If we can’t do either, we make sure we are available to call or text one another. With all of that in mind, we hope our advertisers and readers had a lovely sweetheart-type of day.

Moving forward with news about the Signal Tribune’s Sweetheart Sweepstakes, it is time to congratulate all 19 lucky winners- and to thank all the advertisers and generous prize sponsors. This year we received more than 900 entries. With that kind of participation, I know that we accomplished what we set out to do, and that was to entice our readers to visit local merchants, restaurants and service providers. During the process of prize pick-up and bucket drop-off/retrieval, the staff at the Signal Tribune did some Valentine’s Day

By Signal Hill Mayor Lori Woods shut off if necessary • Shut off water at the house main– to trap water in and keep pollutants out • Place a large “Help” or “OK” sign on the front door or window– posting a sign lets neighbors and/or first responders know who needs help first • Put your fire extinguisher on the sidewalk– if a neighbor has a small fire after a disaster, extinguishers are on hand • After steps 1 to 6 are completed, go to the Neighborhood Gathering Site– the Map Your Neighborhood program will help you choose the best location • Form four teams to do these tasks: Team 1 will listen to the Emergency Alert system and keep neighbors informed; Team 2 will check on elderly, disabled or unattended children; Team 3 will check all natural gas and propane tanks, and shut off as necessary; and Team 4 will check on all homes with the “Help” sign displayed and on the homes without a sign. • After your team has completed its work, go back to the Neighborhood Gathering site. Share what you have done, choose a leader to report the status of your neighborhood to your area Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member or first responders Contact our Signal Hill Community Services Department now at (562) 989-7330 to get the free training and free materials to begin this discussion in your neighborhood! As always, never hesitate to contact me. I am here to help serve the needs of our community. I can be reached at lwoods@cityofsignalhill.org or (562) 477-1287.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the first open-heart surgery in the city of Long Beach, conducted at St. Mary Medical Center with the use of a heart-lung machine back in 1957. The heart-lung machine is a system which takes over the function of the heart and the lungs to provide oxygenated blood to the body while the heart is stopped or opened to allow surgery. The first open-heart surgery patient at St. Mary Medical Center was a 12-year-old boy. He suffered from a congenital heart defect, which caused chest pain and shortness of breath and, over time, resulted in an enlarged heart. With the knowledge that someday her son would need open-heart surgery, his mother worked diligently with the then St. Mary Heart Guild to raise money for the purchase of the special equipment needed. Back in those days, St. Mary doctors had to place the little boy in an icy solution to lower his body temperature to a hypothermic state in order to cut off the blood flow to perform the open heart surgery. Photos courtesy St. Mary Medical Center Although he was in the operating room for six hours, surgeons only Vintage newspaper clipping showing the first open-heart surgery patient in had five minutes of precious time Long Beach, in 1957 to perform the procedure. The surgeon, Dr. Byron, was accompanied by St. Mary resident physicians Dr. Ungar and Dr. Buell. Certain discoveries were made once the little boy’s heart was open that led to a subsequent surgery at St. Mary a year later. Today, in the United States, approximately 22,000 pediatric open-heart procedures are performed each year. Thanks to medical advances, the cardiac intervention this little boy needed can miraculously be done in-utero now. Doctors told that little boy’s parents he had a one-in-four chance of surviving the invasive surgeries and, if he did survive, he’d have an inactive future and be lucky to see his early 20s. After surgery, his dad bought him a tennis racket in hopes that someday he could play like other children his age. Thanks to the wonderful people at St. Mary, I’m here today, on Valentine’s Day, to celebrate my 72nd birthday with all of you and share my story of hope and gratitude as that little boy was me. Michael Rivard Long Beach Michael Rivard present day

Mea culpa A paragraph in the story “How big is too big?: LB Planning Commission to take another look at mansionization issue next week” should have been written as follows: For lots that are 15,000 square feet or less, the current maximum FAR (floor-area ratio) is .60. The staff recommended that it be reduced to a FAR of .50. For lots that are larger than 15,000 square feet, the current maximum FAR is .60. The staff recommended a FAR maximum of .40.

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best to keep our local businesses thriving by spending our dollars in our own neighborhoods. Getting back to the subject of Sweetheart Sweepstakes, I hope those who entered enjoyed the process as much as we enjoyed putting it all together. Most of the winners have been contacted by phone, and their names are listed on page 18. Congratulations to all of our winners, and again we send a big thank-you out to those businesses who donated prizes; we could not have run the sweepstakes without your generosity.

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shopping and dining of our own. That’s what I call practicing what we preach. I hope all of our readers are remembering to shop in their own neighborhoods so we can keep those dollars in our own shopping districts to help assure an upswing in our own regional economy. I understand that buying online and/or out of the area is status quo for some folks and in some cases is warranted because we don’t have particular goods or services close at hand. However, I know that most of us do our

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We’ve made it to the 21st and final week of shopping for the Red Cross 21 Weeks to Prepare program. It’s been a challenge at times– not only consistently shopping each week, but also writing a year’s worth of emergency-preparedness articles– but extremely gratifying. I want to thank the Signal Tribune for providing space for my Home, Safe Home column since April 2016. Although my year of service as your mayor is coming to an end, I will continue to follow through on emergency preparedness. I will remain dedicated to helping Signal Hill be prepared and resilient in the face of any disaster. We all need to do our part to secure the basic supplies that our families will need and to partner with our neighbors to develop and plan. Earlier this month, our city manager, Community Development director, police chief and I attended a seminar with other city leaders throughout Southern California to identify the strengths and weaknesses of our City’s emergency preparation. We returned to City Hall with a clearer vision on how best to focus our efforts and secure our most basic city services following a disaster. Our Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) program is brilliant, simple and the most practical way for you and your neighbors to communicate and develop a plan together. Here are the first 9 steps of the MYN program to take immediately following a disaster: • Take care of your loved ones • Dress for safety– sturdy shoes, hard hat, leather gloves • Check the natural gas at your home–

February 17, 2017

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

Denny Cristales

STAFF WRITERS

CJ Dablo Sebastian Echeverry

PUBLISHER/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Neena R. Strichart

PHOTOGRAPHER

Amanda Del Cid

ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER

Stephen M. Strichart CULTURE WRITER

Anita W. Harris

MANAGING EDITOR

Cory Bilicko INTERN

Lindsey Maeda

DESIGN/PRODUCTION MANAGER

Amy Patton

PROOFREADER

Laurie Hanson

The Signal Tribune welcomes letters to the editor, which should be signed, dated and include a phone number to verify authenticity. Letters are due by noon on the Tuesday before desired publication date. The Signal Tribune reserves the right to edit ­letters for grammar, language and space requirements. Letters must be 500 words or less. The Signal Tribune will publish no more than one “pro” letter and one “con” letter on a particular topic in a single issue. The Signal ­Tribune does not print letters that refer substantially to articles in other publications and might not print those that have recently been printed in other ­publications or otherwise presented in a public forum. Letters to the editor and commentaries are the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Signal Tribune or its staff. Although the editorial staff will attempt to verify and/or correct i­ nformation when possible, letters to the editor and commentaries are opinions, and readers should not assume that they are statements of fact. Letter-writers will be identified by their professional titles or affiliations when, and only when, the editorial staff deems it relevant and/or to provide context to the letter. We do not run letters to the editor submitted by individuals who have declared their candidacies for public office in upcoming races. This policy was put in place because, to be fair, if we publish one, we would have to publish all letters submitted by all candidates. The volume would no doubt eliminate space for letters submitted by other readers. Instead, we agree to interview candidates and print stories about political races in an objective manner and offer very reasonable advertising rates for those candidates who wish to purchase ads. The Signal Tribune is published each Friday with a circulation of 25,000. Yearly subscriptions are available for $50.

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February 17, 2017

COMMUNITY

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AROUND TOWN HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH What Health-education lecture Who Hosted by Long Beach Memorial When Friday, Feb. 17 from noon to 4pm Where Long Beach Memorial, Houssels Forum, 2801 Atlantic Ave. More Info The free lecture entitled “Aging Ably” will educate on exercise and dieting. Sheri Shefie, pharmacist and health educator at Monarch HealthCare, will host the lecture. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and a screening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 2. Free lunch provided. Call (562) 933-1650 to register. PUT YOUR WALKING SHOES ON What Walking tours Who Led by Long Beach Heritage When Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9:30am to noon (downtown); Saturday, Feb. 25 at 9:30am (Wilmore City) Where Meet at the WPA Mural, 3rd and Promenade (Feb. 18); Meet at the Bembridge House, 953 Park Circle (Feb. 25) More Info The events will explore downtown Long Beach and the historic Wilmore City. Tickets for the downtown tour are $10, and the Wilmore City tickets are $15. They may be purchased at lbheritage.org. The tours will be rescheduled in the event of rain. Call (562) 493-7019 or visit lbheritage.org. NAVIGATING THE GOLDEN YEARS What Medicare workshop Who Hosted by Long Beach Memorial When Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10am to noon Where Long Beach Memorial, Houssels Fourm, 2801 Atlantic Ave. More Info The workshop will inform those over the age of 65 about Medicare, Medicare Advantage, prescription drug plans and Medigap plans. The event is for informational purposes only. Registration is required. Call (888) 848-9355. SOMETHING FISHY What 3rd Annual Sustainable Sunday Cinema event Who Hosted by the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust When Sunday, Feb. 19; doors open at 10am, and film begins at 11am Where Art Theatre of Long Beach, 2025 E. 4th St. More Info The event will feature a screening of the film DamNation, which documents the movement to restore rivers by removing low-value, high-cost dams. After the screening, Candice Meneghin, conservation manager of Cal Trout, will discuss the population of wild fish in healthy rivers. Advance tickets are $10 online and $12 at the door. Visit eventbrite.com and search “Sustainable Sunday Cinema Screening.” WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? What Monthly meeting Who Hosted by the Questing Heirs Genealogy Society When Sunday, Feb. 19 at 1pm Where 5918 E. Parkcrest St. More Info The meeting is free and open to the general public. Experts will teach attendees of the tools for genealogical research. Email glennhaas@att.net.

PICTURE IT... What Art show Who Presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute When Monday, Feb. 20 to Sunday, Feb. 26 (not Saturday) from 10am to 2pm Where CSULB Design Building, Duncan Anderson Gallery, 6241 E. University Dr. More Info The artwork displayed at the 12th Annual Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Art Show will feature oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing, photography and craft works. A ukulele class will be Monday from noon to 1:30pm. An artists reception will be Feb. 26 from 2pm to 4pm and will include refreshments. Visit csulb. edu/olli. FUN-RAISER What Fundraiser dinner Who Hosted by the Bixby Knolls/North Long Beach Kiwanis Club and EJ Malloys When Monday, Feb. 20 all day; social gathering at 6pm Where EJ Malloys, 4306 Atlantic Ave. More Info On Feb. 20, 15 percent of the proceeds at EJ Malloys will go toward the Kiwanis Club and Key Clubs. Present a flyer or mention the Kiwanis Club for the 15-percent fund to apply. The fundraiser does not apply to alcohol. An official social gathering will also take place at 6pm. Search “Long Beach Kiwanis Club” on Facebook to visit the group’s page.

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HOW ARE THINGS? What State of the District Who Presented by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Assosciation (BKBIA) When Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7pm Where Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave. More Info The BKBIA will provide an update of its accomplishments in 2016 and forecast plans for 2017. Cost is $10 is for non-members, and $5 for members. The price of admission includes pizza and desserts from local eateries. No RSVP is required. Visit bixbyknollsinfo.com. FEELING LUCKY? What Casino night Who Hosted by the Long Beach Petroleum Club and the Signal Hill Historical Society When Friday, Feb. 24 from 7pm to 10:30pm Where Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave. More Info The event will include $200 in chips, raffle prizes and beverages. Tickets are $40 for members, $50 for non-members and $60 for walk-in patrons. Call (562) 208-0040 or (562) 597-4220 for advance-ticket reservations. ‘MARK’ YOUR CALENDAR What Screening of Citizen Twain Who Presented by Long Beach City College When Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:30pm Where Long Beach City College Auditorium, Liberal Arts Campus, Building J, 4901 E. Carson St. More Info Actor Val Kilmer, who wrote, directed, produced and performed the film about Mark Twain, will be present and answer questions after the screening. The event will raise funds for the performing arts program at Long Beach City College. Tickets available at valkilmer.com and lbcc.edu/performingarts.

SPOKES-PEOPLE What Kidical Mass bike ride Who Hosted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA) When Sunday, Feb. 19; ride leaves at 1pm Where Meet at Georgie’s Place, 3850 Atlantic Ave. More Info The theme for Sunday’s ride is “bike messenger.” Riders are encouraged to wear a helmet, and the event will feature music and ice cream for all riders. Visit Facebook.com/KidicalMassBK.

GOT A YEARNING FOR LEARNING? What Lecture classes Who Hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute CSULB (OLLI) When Registration begins Saturday, Feb. 25 from 12:30pm to 3pm Where CSULB Human Services and Design Building, the corner of Palo Verde Avenue and East University Drive More Info The in-person registration for classes will be in the design building’s OLLI classroom inside room 101. Classes fill on a first-come basis. Parking for the day will be available in Lot 11 with a OLLI permit. Email olli@csulb.edu or visit csulb.edu/centers/olli.

LEST WE FORGET What Annual Black History Month program Who Hosted by the Long Beach Branch NAACP When Sunday, Feb. 19; exhibit from 1pm to 5pm; program from 3pm to 4:30pm; reception from 4:30pm to 5:30pm Where Ernest McBride, Sr. Park, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. More Info The event will feature African-American memorabilia and a reception with soul food hors d’oeuvres, such as fried chicken, ribs, catfish and cornbread. The cost is $10. Visit lbcnaacp.org or email mnaacp@gmail.com.

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY What The 9th Annual Dancing for Our Stars Who Hosted by Long Beach Memorial When Saturday, Feb. 25; reception at 5pm; dinner and dance competition at 6:30pm Where Hyatt Regency Long Beach, 200 S. Pine Ave. More Info The gala will raise funds to support the MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute (MHVI) at Long Beach Memorial. The event will feature five community members who are each paired with professional dancers or significant others. Funds will be raised through votes collected from the crowd. Tickets are available at memorialcare.org/DancingForOurStars.

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CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? What Hearing-assistive technology demo Who Hosted by the Hearing Loss Association of America When Friday, Feb. 17 from 10am to noon Where Weingart Center, 5220 Olivia Ave. More Info Information about captioned telephones and hearing aids will be provided. Call (562) 630-6141 or visit hlalongbeachlakewood.org.


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Signal Tribune

MEET THE CANDIDATES

February 17, 2017

The Signal Tribune contacted all nine candidates running for city council in the March 7 Signal Hill General Municipal Election and have published here the responses of those who participated, in the order in which their emails were received.

Larry Blunden

Carol Churchill

Robert Copeland

Keir Jones

Age 66

Years residing in Signal Hill 37

Age 46

Age 44

Years residing in Signal Hill 32

Occupation Lawyer in private practice

Years residing in Signal Hill 14

Years residing in Signal Hill Eight

Occupation Business owner in Signal Hill for 28 years Currently Signal Hill city treasurer

Previous elected offices Signal Hill City Council

Occupation Environmental engineer– The Boeing Company

Occupation Small-business owner

Education B.S. wildlife biology, Colorado State University J. D. in law, University of West Los Angeles School of Law Licensed by State Bar of California and State Bar of Washington State

Previous elected office(s) held City clerk– City of Signal Hill (since 2015)

Education B.A. in business administration

Nonprofit/professional affiliations Signal Hill Community First– founding member, Rotary Club of Signal Hill– School Supplies Project 2014-2016 Sierra Club of Long Beach– “Tidelines” editor for six years Long Beach Mayor’s Environmental Task Force– Sustainable Communities Long Beach Area League of Women Voters, president and Sustainable Communities Committee Visiting Nurse Services of Long Beach Foundation– president City of Signal Hill Planning Commission Soroptimist International of Long Beach– Women of Distinction State Bar of California– Legal Specialization Committee Long Beach Bar Association– board member

Nonprofit/professional affiliations Chairperson, Signal Hill Sustainable City Committee Signal Hill Police Foundation Signal Hill Historical Society Signal Hill Friends of the Library Public member alternate, South Coast AQMD Hearing Board California State Bar Patent Bar

Previous elected office(s) held Signal Hill city treasurer Education Computer sciences/graphic arts Nonprofit/professional affiliations Signal Hill Historical Society– president Friends of the Signal Hill Library– treasurer Promontory Crest HOA– president Carlsberg Business Park Owners Association– president California GLBT League Officials– treasurer Goals if elected/platform With our neighborhoods going through a series of home invasions and vehicle break-ins, we need to see a stronger police presence in our streets to help deter crime. More after-school programs for our kids. A senior center and more involvement with our elderly. Add value to our community with better restaurant and shopping choices. Future development- a well planned town center to take advantage of our unique hilltop views and parks. Higher standards for energy efficiency and sustainable development with the future in mind. Continue our fiscal responsibility and be prepared for whatever the future may bring. Endorsements Councilmember Mike Noll Councilmember Larry Forester Commissioner Gary Dudley Commissioner Jane Fallon Commissioner David Hopper Trestle Property Management Campaign website voteforlarryb.com

Goals if elected/platform Financial experts report festival tourism is the key to attract people to our town with fun events, concerts, shopping, outdoor activities and restaurants that bring new revenues to the city. Let’s “brand” the city to attract visitors and revenue. Let’s improve our seniors’ quality of life. Provide free shuttle transportation to city services, and require new housing have modifications for seniors, disabled and veterans. Mentor and engage community activists to cultivate future leaders and a fresh perspective on shaping our future. Reduce criminal activity by reallocating budget priority and making infrastructure improvements to areas where crime is occurring.

Education J.D., Southwestern School of Law M.B.A., Pepperdine University B.S. chemistry, UCLA

Goals if elected/platform For 14 years, I have enjoyed living in Signal Hill with my wife and two children. I am passionate about doing my part to improve the city for my family, residents and the business community. I have four goals as a councilmember: • Increase focus on public safety to reduce the opportunities for crime and address budding traffic issues. • Generate a comprehensive development plan in consideration of residents’ needs. • Maintain the City’s budgetary discipline. • Further engage the community by enhancing our communication channels. There is so much to do, and I want us to work together for a better Signal Hill.

Previous elected office(s) held N/A

Nonprofit/professional affiliations Signal Hill Foundation Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Pride Real Estate Professionals Association Women Council of Realtors On Broadway Business Association Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles Equality California Goals if elected/platform As a small-business owner and longtime community volunteer, I am ready to bring creative and collaborative solutions to the city council to create a brighter future for us all. Strengthening development– By creating a strong business environment and a unifying vision for the future of Signal Hill. Improving safety– By working with our police and fire officials to target and eliminate property crime and improve our fire resources. Enhancing our quality of life– By adding more public spaces for family time with our kids, improving our air and water quality, supporting our schools, and sprucing up our city.

Endorsements Tina Hansen, Signal Hill vice mayor Michael Noll, Signal Hill councilmember Larry Forester, Signal Hill councilmember

Endorsements Mike Noll, Signal Hill city councilmember Larry Forester, Signal Hill city councilmember Patrick O’Donnell, State Assemblymember Robert Garcia, Long Beach mayor Melissa Guy, president, Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce Joe Mendez, president, Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Rex Richardson, Long Beach vice mayor

Campaign website copelandforcouncil.com

Campaign website keirjonesforcitycouncil.com

Endorsements Los Angeles County Democratic Party Campaign website facebook.com/signalhillcitycouncil2017

Measure F In addition to electing three members of the city council, Signal Hill voters will also be given the opportunity to vote “yes” or “no” on Measure F, a citizens’ initiative. If the measure is approved, medical-marijuana facilities in Signal Hill would incur a 10-percent tax on monetary transactions and license taxes would be doubled, with no sunset clause. The measure is currently estimated to raise $0 annually because medical-marijuana facilities are not presently allowed in the city. To read the Signal Hill city attorney’s analysis of Measure F, visit cityofsignalhill.org/DocumentCenter/ View/3678. To read an argument against Measure F, visit cityofsignalhill.org/DocumentCenter/View/3677.

City council There will be three open seats on the Signal Hill City Council. Voters will choose from among nine different candidates to fill those empty seats on the five-member governmental body. Of those five council members, one serves as mayor and one serves as vice mayor each year, on a rotating basis.


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Jason Aula

Years residing in Signal Hill 20-plus

Age 53

Age 66

Age 31

Occupation Retired Professor/Consultant Public Management Nonprofit Management

Years residing in Signal Hill 18 ½

Years residing in Signal Hill 29

Occupation Real-estate professional Small-business owner

Occupation Business person Commissioner

Years residing in Signal Hill Less than one year Occupation Full-time student Contract political campaign consultant

Previous elected office(s) held Planning Commissioner Appointed Civil Service Commissioner

Previous elected office(s) held (appointed) CSULB ASI Senator College of Mathematics

Education Bachelor of business in finance and recently completed a six-part certification in project management at the University of California, Irvine Introduction to Sustainability, University of Illinois (2013) Currently enrolled, Digital Marketing, University of Illinois

Nonprofit/professional affiliations Member–American Association of Political Consultants Executive director– Long Beach NORML Outreach chief– Long Beach Americans for Safe Access (past) Internship– American Federation of Teachers 1521 Apprenticeship– Law Office of Matthew Pappas Associate Delegate– California Republican Party Deputy registrar– LA County Registrar of Voters

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Previous elected office(s) held Elected faculty positions: Senator, Cal Poly Pomona Faculty Senate Faculty representative, National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration Education PhD, Public Administration, USC Master of Public Administration, USC Bachelor of Arts, UC Santa Barbara Nonprofit/professional affiliations Signal Hill Community First– present National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration– 2008/09 Goals if elected/platform Work to: Ensure robust community policing procedures and maintain high lawenforcement standards. Increase city revenues and provide responsible budgetary oversight so our tax dollars are properly managed. Collaborate with the business community to develop a strong and diverse local economy with a focus on small to mid-size businesses. Find ways to relieve neighborhood parking/traffic problems and deteriorated housing stock. Find ways to address hilltop and trail concerns expressed by homeowners. City collaboration with residents and the business community is necessary to achieve these goals. When we all know the problems, we can be a part of the solution. Endorsements Michelle Aguirre April Canche Angel Canche Carol Churchill Don Clark Leslie Dew Raleigh Dew Dennis Miller Deborah Ferris Glen Negroni

Previous elected office(s) held Signal Hill Council Member since March, 2013 Signal Hill Mayor since March, 2016 Education BA Office Administration, Temple University Nonprofit/professional affiliations Member National Association of Realtors Member California Association of Realtors LA County Sanitation District Director METRO Gateway Service Council Member I-710 Project Committee Member California Contract Cities Association Representative Goals if elected/platform I welcome the opportunity to continue serving on the city council. I hope you feel you have been well represented. I’ll continue leadership in: • city-wide emergency preparedness • growing our citizens emergency response team • expanding our Map Your Neighborhood program • completion of our library • adding to the savings of operating reserves I will continue to build on the knowledge I’ve gained and apply that knowledge to the multifaceted decisions that are necessary for Signal Hill to continue to run smoothly, provide services that residents need and remain fiscally sound into the future. Endorsements My campaign materials distributed to the voters will have a printed list of Signal Hill businesses and individuals who have contributed to my campaign financially. This is the best type of endorsement I could receive. Campaign website Lori4Council.com

Campaign website facebook.com/MariaHarrisForCityCouncil

Nonprofit/professional affiliations Children’s Miracle Network Friends of Signal Hill Library Civil Service Commission (1993–1994) Library Design Committee North Slope Development Committee Signal Hill Historical Society National Federation of Independent Business– Leadership Council Planning Commission 95 96 2005 -2017 Sustainable Cities Committee 2008-2017 Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce Signal Hill Rotary, Chairman Fundraising; Past Chair, Public Relations Community Emergency Response Team (certified by FEMA in 2016) Goals if elected/platform I have a strong history of service and have displayed leadership through commitment on the Planning Commission, Civil Service Commission, Sustainable Cities Committee and Library Design Committee, and numerous community projects and events. I am committed to: work to keep affordable, safe and plentiful water; work to update and support public safety in light of the State passing Props 47 and 57 and releasing 40,000 convicted felons; team to develop innovative and timely communitydevelopment strategies to optimize land use, business development and regulatory

Education CSULB alumnus Pierce College– associates degree– political science LA Trade Tech– certificate– labor studies Goals if elected/platform If elected to office, I will legislate term limits for council members of two four-year terms. In addition, I support further pension reform to cover city liabilities by implementing use taxes on marijuana and sugary drinks to help cover said costs. I support the use of renewable resources in Signal Hill and will promote use of solar- and windpowered city-owned buildings. I will create jobs by permitting recreational cannabis facilities of all kinds in town. Join me and reimagine Signal Hill by way of new policy for the ages! Campaign website jasonaula.com

compliance for the next decade. Endorsements Council Member Tina Hansen Council Member Michael Noll Tom Scott, National Federation Independent Business

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Polling places There will be three polling places in the Tuesday, March 7 election in Signal Hill. All three are handicapped-accessible, according to the City’s website.

Voting precinct: 6450001A Burroughs Head Start School 1260 E. 33rd St. Assistance will be provided in Spanish

Voting precinct: 6450002A Discovery Well Park 2200 Temple Ave. Assistance will be provided in Spanish and Khmer

Voting precinct: 6450006A Family Church 2094 Cherry Ave. Assistance will be provided in Spanish and Chinese


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O’Donnell-Chiu bill moves to protect students from overzealous immigration raids This week, 70th District Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) introduced AB 699 to safeguard students from fear and intimidation while attending schools in California. The bill prohibits Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers from entering public

schools without prior approval from a principal or district superintendent, and it prevents school officials from collecting information regarding the immigration status of a student or his or her family members. “No student should ever fear coming to school,” said O’Don-

nell, a teacher and chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “Regardless of your stance on immigration, we can all agree school campuses are no place to conduct raids or investigate kids who want nothing more than to learn in a safe environment.” The bill’s introduction comes in the wake of President Trump’s executive order targeting undocumented immigrants and new reports of students being bullied based on their immigration status or religious customs. In order to address this trend, the legislation also requires school districts to provide relevant counseling, inform parents about their child’s right to a free public education and teach students about the negative impacts of bullying based on immigration status, religious beliefs or ethnic background. AB 699 is being jointly authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), a former criminal prosecutor and civil-rights attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. “Parents should be able to send their kids to school with the confidence that they are in a safe educational environment and can thrive regardless of their immigration status,” Chiu said. “We need to update existing law to defend our young people against the attacks of the Trump administration.” The bill now awaits referral to its first policy committee. Source: O’Donnell’s office

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her protection. She and her boys moved to Sweden in search of a better life, but acclimating to a foreign land has its challenges. Ghazal said it’s almost like a loss of identity. “No matter how much they integrate or assimilate into a country,” she said, “they will always feel that sense of alienation.” Some countries have refugee-housing units to shelter people, such as the case in Sweden with Moustafa’s family, Ghazal said. Syrians obtain residency in Sweden by applying for asylum, a type of protection status for refugees, at asylum-seeking centers located throughout the southern region of the country. After they apply, refugees are placed in camps or housing units, per the Swedish Migration Policy, according to Ghazal. The length of stay in housing units varies depending on when refugees are granted asylum status. Ghazal added that refugees who learn their host country’s language usually integrate more efficiently. Ghazal said the war in Syria has resulted in more than seven million refugees who are displaced in countries around the world. Saher Alkhattib, a Syrian-American filmmaker who is founder of the art program the Artist Mission– a video series that provides aid and art-therapy workshops to refugee children traumatized by war around the world– discussed the program at the event. Currently, the Artist Mission is raising money to fund flights to Greece in order for volunteers to aid children in the area. Alkhattib said he is trying to spread the message of peace and love. “They’re just like everyone else,” he said of Syrians. “They just want peace. They don’t care who’s taking over. They just want to live in peace.” The idea for the program is to create a safe place for adolescents to express themselves through art. Funding for the Artist Mission will provide art equipment for children in need. “I look at Syrian children, and I don’t know how they do it,” said Alkhattib, who refused to call Syrian children afflicted by the war ‘refugees,’ because of their innocence. “They’re truly superheroes to me.” Those interested can visit the program’s page at patreon.com/ TheArtistMission. Keri Hughes, who has an MA in religious studies, presented a study on 250 Syrian children who lived in the host country of Jordan. She said of those children, 30 percent suffered from poor dental hygiene, 50 percent suffered with headaches, 25 percent suffered from loneliness, 24 percent were depressed, 26 percent secluded themselves socially and 20 percent suffered from social anxiety. Hughes even presented a few drawings Syrian children created. One of them answered an inquiry through his art of what he would want if he had three wishes. The kid responded– “my home, my school, my friends.” Hughes asked herself how people could spread the word about the Syrian crisis. “How can we, through people like you, convey to people that this Syrian issue is a humanitarian issue?” Hughes asked. Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in the greater Los Angeles area (CAIR-LA), claimed that Syrians live in fear. He recounted an experience he had when he visited Syria, where he was told not to discuss politics.

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From left: Saher Alkhattib, a Syrian-American filmmaker who is a founder of the art program the Artist Mission; Keri Hughes, who has an MA in religious studies from CSULB and who has researched Syrian displacement; and Hannah Ghazal, who has a BA in international studies and Middle Eastern studies and who has researched integration woes for Syrian refugees

He said he could literally feel the tension. Teachers were instructed to tell students to report if their parents ever said anything negative about the president, Bashar al-Assad. Ayloush said the first time people are caught criticizing the government, they are given a warning. The second time, they would disappear. He said the cause of the war all boils down to one man– al-Assad– while also adding that dictators would do anything to consolidate power. Ayloush simply added that, in the last six years, Syrians have felt alone. He criticized former President Barack Obama and said that his “wimpiness” and “lack of backbone” on his stance on foreign affairs ultimately failed the people of Syria. He said America is hesitant to get involved, also adding that he believes President Donald Trump is not the person who will push that “moral presence” into the country either. “If we had someone who had some moral standing on their own,” Ayloush added, “[...] and said, ‘We’re not going to support intervention. We’re not going to invade another country. But we’re going to work with the world community and say this is not acceptable [...] ‘That’s what we need.’” He urged the public to be active. “Don’t underestimate how you can be part of the solution,” Ayloush said. Deric Mendes, a journalist and Syria expert, discussed the current state of the country in the modern age. During his presentation, he displayed a graph that showed that, in 2016, the war in Syria caused 470,000 casualties, dwarfing the numbers of those lost in the Sept. 11 attacks and the Vietnam War. Moreover, he also detailed America’s history in welcoming refugees. For instance, Mendes reports that, in World War II, 82 percent of people disapproved of the integration of Jewish refugees. In 1980, 71 percent of people disapproved of Cuban refugees. Mendes said that, in the modern day, 55 percent of people disapprove of Syrian refugees, 34 per-

cent have no opinion and 11 percent approve of their integration. The cost of the war is high, he said, and he encouraged, just like all the speakers before him that afternoon, for people to not ignore the crisis and to get involved with programs and organizations who are aiding Syrians during the period of civil war. “We have fake news, we have beliefs, we have these ideas that we support in this free country, and we are allowed to say and express those things,” Mendes said, “but we also need to show sympathy and compassion for those who do not. We need to open our doors to that. We need to accept the challenge.” ✦

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Theatre review

Musical Theatre West’s Evita Anita W. Harris Culture Writer

Back in the early 1980s and then again in the ‘90s after the movie with Madonna came out, it seemed like everyone was singing “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.” Musical Theatre West’s production of the Tony Award-winning Evita brings that and each of this musical’s other 24 songs vividly to life, assisted by excellent orchestration and energetic choreography. Evita’s rags-to-riches story of 1940s Argentine first lady Eva Perón chronicles her ambition for fame as she parlays her success as an actress to becoming wife of a rising politician, helping him achieve position behind the scenes. But while revered by the people for her attention to the poor, we also see her use her office to accumulate wealth as her husband’s government resorts to tactics such as suppression of the press. This ambivalent “saint or slut” portrait of Eva is conveyed entirely through song. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s varied musical score– ranging from rock to tango to operatic, including a Latin requiem– is accompanied precisely by Tim Rice’s narrativizing lyrics. Richard Bermudez as Che, the story’s narrator and skeptical rab-

ble-rouser, articulates those lyrics clearly in a vigorous tenor, revealing the falsehoods behind Eva’s pious image. Ayme Olivo as Eva similarly carries her role with aplomb. While her voice easily reaches the sweet and melancholy high notes necessary to convey the events of Eva’s life from a girl of 15 to her death at 33, she especially shines when passionately projecting her voice in such songs as “Rainbow High.” Davis Gaines as Juan Perón complements her with a strong baritone. The pair also physically evoke the Peróns– she as a petite, well-dressed blond (fittingly costumed by Karen St. Pierre) and he with square jaw and combed-back hair. Supporting these performances, a very enthusiastic 30-member ensemble cast create the political milieu of the Argentine people, their trade unions (whose cause the Peróns champion) and members of the military. A group of cadets in sunglasses is especially striking as they march in unison decrying (with explitives) Eva’s growing influence over Perón and his government. In general, choreography throughout by Hector Guerrero is creative and works seamlessly with the music and story. The orchestra is exactingly led by musical director David

LB Symphony concert to honor Nat King Cole The Long Beach Symphony POPS! orchestra and vocalist Denzal Sinclaire will pay tribute to the love songs of American music legend Nat King Cole at 8pm on Saturday, Feb. 18 in the Long Beach Arena, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. In addition to featuring 10 of Cole’s biggest hits, Sinclaire will perform versions of popular songs, including “Amazing Grace” and Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind.” Conductor, arranger, composer, chamber musician and pianist Stuart Malina, who is now in his 15th season as music director and conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, will lead the orchestra. His accomplishments include music of all genres, from classical and opera to jazz and Broadway. In June 2003, he won the Tony Award for orchestration with Billy Joel for the musical Movin’ Out. “The Symphony is thrilled to bring musicians of this caliber to join those in our orchestra,” said Kelly Lucera, Long Beach Symphony executive director. Seating options range from

Lamoureux, immersing the audience in Lloyd Webber’s robust score. The whole cast, to their credit, match their vocals to the music well. Video projection (designed by Jonathan Infante) on a large screen at the back of the stage helps establish historical context and mood with images of Buenos Aires, Eva herself and her massive funeral procession. Video is also used to depict the ousting of military generals that allowed Juan Perón to ascend to power. As generals march with soldiers on stage, video projections display crackdowns on dissidents, culminating in a splattering

of blood on screen as generals are dispatched one-by-one from the stage below. All in time to the music, of course. Perhaps this is one of the ways that the production has “imagined a few different, unusual and hopefully compelling ways,” to tell Eva’s story, as director Larry Carpenter describes. The Spanish pronunciation of Argentina with an “h” sound for the g is also different than the original and certainly more authentic. The beauty of Evita is its distillation of Eva Perón’s life into pivotal moments woven together (more smoothly in the first half than the second) with

engaging music and lyrics. We feel for this driven woman both sympathetically and critically as she reminds us all too clearly of the pursuit of power behind politics, as destructive then as now. Musical Theatre West’s Evita continues at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 E. Atherton Street, through Feb. 26, with performances Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, and Sundays at 1pm & also 6pm on Feb. 19. Tickets are $17 to $120. For tickets and information, call the box office at (562) 856-1999 x4 or visit musical.org.

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Geffen Playhouse Anita W. Harris Culture Writer

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Denzal Sinclaire

10-top tables to four-top bistro-area seating to seats in the loge. Regardless of seating preference, patrons are invited to bring their own picnics and libations or to purchase dinner from a list of preferred local caterers. Doors open at 6:30pm to allow time for dining and mingling with friends; the concert begins at 8pm. Concert tickets start at $25. For more information or to purchase tickets or tables, visit longbeachsymphony.org or call (562) 436-3203. Source: LB Symphony

LB Chorale, Chamber Orchestra to perform works by Haydn, Bach The Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra (LBCCO) will continue its 28th season with a program of works by two of the most celebrated composers in history during performances in March. The concerts will feature Franz Joseph Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, performed by full orchestra, 70-voice chorus and violin soloists Luanne Homzy and Lisa Liu, and will take place on Saturday, March 25 at 7pm and Sunday, March 26

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Ayme Olivo (Eva Perón) and Davis Gaines (Juan Perón) in Musical Theatre West’s Evita

at 4pm at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 N. Studebaker Rd. There will be a silent auction for a variety of gift baskets, and audience members are invited to remain after the performance to enjoy refreshments at the LBCCO’s signature post-concert reception. Tickets, available now, are $30 for general admission and $15 for students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at LongBeachChorale. org, or by calling (562) 427-1931. Source: LBCCO

Some events are worth journeying up the 405 Freeway. Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Long Day’s Journey Into Night, at the Geffen Playhouse through March 18, is one of them. This powerful performance portrays one family’s pivotal day through impeccable acting upon a beautifully set stage, dramatizing the deep pain and fierce love that bind its four members indelibly together. The play begins at dawn, a rising sun illuminating the breathtaking set of the Tyrone Family summer home on the Atlantic shore. Designer Tom Buderwitz uses a variety of textures, including wood, brick and semi-transparent screens, to evoke three areas of the spacious home– back porch complete with water pump, 1912 living room and wooden stairs leading to bedrooms. Additional screens at either side of the stage serve as backdrops for projections of rolling clouds, seascapes and images of writers who grace the family bookshelves. Continuing the literary theme, a forlorn poem is heard between acts recited by two alternating voices, one of which is O’Neill’s from a rare recording made before he died in 1953. In this ambience, the actors expertly unfold the story of a family whose foundation rests in old memories they are unable to forget. Alfred Molina astounds with his impressive stage presence and very natural Irish accent, embodying patriarch James, an actor and frugal property owner. Jane Kaczmarek portrays nervous wife and mother Mary with understated finesse, her every expression and movement painstakingly true to her tormented character, more notably in the second half as her devastating truths become apparent. Stephen Louis Grush as swaggering older son Jamie and Colin Woodell as the younger, more delicate Edmund are similarly compelling in their roles as inheritors of their parents’ pain and love, especially Wood-

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Jane Kaczmarek (Mary Tyrone) and Alfred Molina (James Tyrone) in Geffen Playhouse’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night ell, whose consumptive character carries the burden of the family’s traumatic legacy while perhaps offering its only hope. As bright morning progresses into midday, amber afternoon, evening and dark night, these four sympathetic characters interact as a family would, both “normally” and not (along with welcome, mostly humorous, interjections by housekeeper Cathleen, breezily played by Angela Goethals). Every moment of the three-hour run time is riveting as characters dance around each other physically, verbally and emotionally. Every pass reveals layers of memory, hurt, secrets, denials and the use of various “poisons” to cope. Conversations circle backward in time like an ocean’s undercurrents, allowing us to discern the murky tidal patterns that define this family as a whole and pull each member into its depths. The dialogue in this most personal of O’Neill’s plays is, of course, mas-

terful, infused with literary nuance and everyday emotion. And Jeanie Hackett directs the play perceptively, from choreographing very physical interactions, both tender and violent, to carefully considering inflections for the rich, imagistic dialogue, to orchestrating moments of humor such as the running gag of watering down the whiskey. The result is a poignant experience of family dynamics that will continue to haunt you like the ghosts that linger in the Tyrone house, always there, never wanting to leave. Long Day’s Journey Into Night continues at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., through March 18, with performances Tuesdays through Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 1pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $43-$90. For tickets and information, call the box office at (310) 208-5454 or visit geffenplayhouse.org.


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were seated, from left to right, which reflected the order in which their names will appear on the ballot. First to give an opening statement was Harris, who said she holds a Ph.D. in public administration from USC. “I have held various academic and managerial positions within the university system and the Cal State system, as well as nonprofit organizations,” she said. “I’m now retired. My husband and I have lived in Signal Hill for 20 years. We are homeowners and are both active in local political and community affairs. Now, as we all know, there has been only one change on the council in the last 20 years, and my husband and I were instrumental or played a part in creating the one change, which occurred in the last election cycle. Now is our chance to do more. We have the opportunity to get new faces on the council and, importantly, more new energy on the council. We need to break out of some old habits. I think we need to develop ways of thinking that are more modern and forward-looking and create a forward-looking lifestyle.” Harris said two key goals of her campaign are: to stimulate the local economy to include products and services that appeal to modern consumers by creating pedestrian-friendly places to shop with appealing landscapes and a promenade area for sitting and dining; and “robust community policing” that would provide freedom of movement and sense of security to allow for such consumer experiences. Jones spoke next and said his three priorities are to stimulate economic development, improve public safety and improve quality of life. “As a small-business owner running an award-winning insurance agency, I will bring my creative and pragmatic leadership style that earned us the best insurance agency the last four consecutive years, to the Signal Hill City Council,” Jones said, adding that he has served in leadership positions in nonprofit and chamber of commerce boards as well as having been recognized by elected officials at the state and national levels of government. “The biggest challenge we face in Signal Hill today is maximizing the opportunity we have right now to shape the future of our city,” Jones said. “I would help facilitate a master development plan to address our remaining vacant lots, incorporating plans to connect our city from the north to the southeast, creating public spaces and adding new commercial and retail and residential options for our city, to make it a city of the future– a place where we can all live, shop and play.” He said Signal Hill’s government has been fiscally responsible and must remain so, while improving communication and safety for residents. He stressed the importance of building partnerships between residents, City staff, police and the business community. Aula, in his opening remarks, said he is a new resident to Signal Hill and that his agenda for the city is “a little different” from some of his opponents. “After surveying the voters in town, I discovered there were two big issues that I felt that were identified as needing to be changed, and that was reforming pension and term limits,” Aula said. “And those are two initiatives that I want pushed based on what I’ve heard from the voters and what they’re upset with and want changed.” Aula explained that he would push for two four-year term limits on city councilmembers– “just how Long Beach does it,” he said. “I know we have had some pension reform in town, but my strategy for pension reform is a little bit different,” he said. “Some folks like to cut stuff to save or borrow. I want to create use

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Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce President Melissa Guy (far left) opens the Feb. 9 candidate forum in the City’s council chamber. The forum focused on candidates for Signal Hill City Council and included all nine candidates: (from left) Maria Harris, Keir Jones, Jason Aula, Carol Churchill, Robert Copeland, Tom Benson, Larry Blunden, Lori Woods and Ed Wilson.

taxes to further fund pension because I think a pension is such a rarety in society now, unless you’re working at a law office or a bank or a government organization... if someone is lucky enough to have a pension, we should preserve that.” Aula explained that he is in favor of the City implementing a marijuana-use tax, since California voters in November approved a measure to legalize recreational cannabis use. He said he also believes the City should impose a tax on sugary drinks, “just as Berkeley’s done it.” Carol Churchill, who described herself as “a proud geek,” encouraged residents to scan the QR code on her campaign signs. “I found it useful to get a third-grader to help me,” she joked. “If you scan the black box on my neon signs, the scanner will open up to my Facebook page, where you will read about my 30 years of community service in Signal Hill. Please take a look at the photos first. You will see why I am excited about the future. I am a regular person, just like everyone here. I get up every Wednesday, and I take my trash out. My three-pound Chihuahua thinks she’s a 140-pound pit bull. I worry that my health insurance will be cancelled before I reach Medicare age. I hope my IRA funds do not run out before I do. The only trophy I ever got was for perfect attendance in high school. I graduated from college with honors. I worked at a law firm during the day and attended law school at night. I’m licensed to practice law in California and Washington State, where I also own a home.” Churchill also said her business office and home are in Signal Hill, where she’s resided for 30 years. She added that she has traveled the world and experienced diversity, which she embraces. “I believe the future is bright and exciting and waiting for proud geeks like me to lead,” she said. Copeland, who currently serves as city clerk, said he is running for council because he’s passionate about the city and is aware of how impactful local government can be on residents’ lives and how impactful residents can be on local government. “My wife and I have lived in Signal Hill since 2002 and are raising our two children in the community,” Copeland said. “I’m an environmental engineer with the Boeing Company. I’ve been with them for 18 years. My formal education consists of a B.S. in chemistry, an MBA and a law degree. I have a track record of service to the city, and I’ve been ratcheting up my involvement over the last eight years– first, as a chairperson of the Sustainable City Committee, and second, as the elected city clerk, which I continue to serve in both capacities.” Copeland said he would have four goals as a councilmember: to enhance

our focus on public safety, work to reduce opportunities for crime and examine budding traffic issues; working toward a comprehensive development plan that takes into account residents’ and property owners’ needs; continuing to maintain the City’s budget discipline; and improve communication to residents and facilitate communication from residents back to the City. He added that now is a crucial time for the council, considering the departure of outgoing councilmember Mike Noll and “the planned departure” of councilmember Larry Forester, because the newly elected councilmembers should be willing to be mentored by those who will be retiring. Benson also mentioned that he would “probably take a different approach than some of the other candidates.” He said he has worked very hard to have enough qualifications to earn the votes of Signal Hill residents. “Not slick mailers. Not high-gloss platitudes,” he said. “Actual accomplishments and results. Qualifications inside of Signal Hill. I’ve lived in Signal Hill for nearly 30 years. I’ve worked in Signal Hill for almost 20 of those years. I’ve been an active leader and entrepreneur during that time, owning a business. I have a strong history of service and commitment to the city, and I’ve explored that through the Planning Commission, on which I proudly serve, the Civil Service Commission that I served on previously, the Sustainable City Committee... the Library Design Committee. I think it’s important that a candidate– and a councilmember– be aware of the actual realities of this city [...] If I win, I will be part of five people in a council. I will do my best to influence that and set the direction of this city over the next several years.” Benson added that he has gone to landfills, reservoirs, the water district and the sanitation district– “all to learn about what our city influences are and the things that are impacting our city.” Blunden, who serves as the City’s treasurer, said he is proud of the City’s fiscal responsibility. He said he has lived in Signal Hill since 1984. “In 2000, I moved up to the Bixby Ridge community on the east side of town, and then two years later, I bought a home on the very top of the hill as the community grew,” he said, adding that he had a small business in the city for 28 years. “In 2007, we sold our business, and I retired– or so I thought,” he said, explaining that he now spends much of his time volunteering. “I’m a volunteer for the Signal Hill Historical Society,” he said. “I’m the president. Of the Friends for the Signal Hill Library, I’m the treasurer. For the Promontory Crest Homeowners Association on top of the hill, I’m the president for that as well. And the Carlsberg Business Park here in Sig-

nal Hill– I’m also the president of the association.” Blunden said that being involved has allowed him to see how the City serves the community. “And I’m here to maintain and improve the quality of life in our city,” he said. “I would like to be the next councilperson and be the voice of you, the people.” Woods, who is in the final month of her first term as mayor, said that four years ago, she was “a virtual unknown in Signal Hill.” “I campaigned, I got my message out that, while I didn’t know everything there was to know about conducting city business, I pledged to learn it,” she said. “And you, the Signal Hill voter– all 621 of you– decided to make a vote for me. That vote was an investment of your trust, and I took that investment of trust very seriously. I’ve made myself a student of all aspects of municipal government. I’ve made a concerted effort to study all aspects of how our city operates.” Woods thanked her fellow councilmembers and City staff for their patience during “the steep learning curve” she has been on. “And I have more to learn, I’m sure,” she said. “I hope you feel that you have begun to see a return on your investment of trust, and I look forward to another council term to keep proving my dedication to you, the voter, and to bring you a higher and higher return on your investment.” Woods said she would like to con-

tinue the citywide emergency-preparedness plans, grow the citizens’ emergency-response team and further expand the Map Your Neighborhood program. “There’s a theme going on here, and I don’t mind being the councilmember of disaster, as long as we’re prepared for it,” she said, adding that she would also like to focus on completing the new library and continuing to add to the City’s savings and additional operating reserves. Wilson, a current councilmember, said he was first elected in 1997. “I moved into the city 24 years ago, when my daughter was 1,” he said. “She went through Long Beach Unified School District public schools– Alvarado [Elementary], Hughes [Middle School] and then Poly [High School]. She then went on to Chapman and got her degree. I believe in public schools. I believe in our youth. I believe in Signal Hill. This is a great city– now. We’ve changed a lot of things over 20 years, and yet we still have things to do, things to accomplish. It is important to have vision and to be able to see things differently and where we want to go versus where we currently are at.” Wilson said that when he first joined the council, the City’s general reserves were at less than 5 percent and that, by the end of the current fiscal year, they will be close to 90 percent or more. He said that reserve was used to address the economic downturn. Wilson added that there are still several things he would like to see accomplished, such as making the new library solar-powered and changing the structure for how the City’s mayor is determined. “When the City proposed that our city clerk and our city treasurer go to appointment versus being elected, I was the councilmember that fought to make sure that they maintain to be elected officials,” Wilson said. “I believe it is time for Signal Hill to go to a directly elected mayor, and we will talk about that a little bit later.” However, a discussion about changing the City’s bylaws to allow the electorate to decide directly who will serve as mayor never transpired. The topic did not resurface during the forum– even when Wilson was later given the opportunity to pose a question to any or all of the other candidates. In that moment, he chose to ask no question at all. ✦ This story– including the questions asked and how the candidates responded– will continue in next week’s issue.

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LBPD arrest 39-year-old Lynwood man for recent rape, residential robbery, other charges Long Beach Police announced at a news conference on Feb. 10 that they had made arrests in a residential robbery series that also

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Crimes reported by the LBPD Council districts 6, 7 & 8 (no arrest information supplied) Thursday, Feb. 9 Midnight Residential burglary 3300 block Orange Ave. 1am Residential burglary 1000 block E. PCH 6am Auto burglary 3400 block Pacific Ave. 7am Robbery- person 3700 block Pacific Ave. 1pm Auto burglary 2900 block Long Beach Blvd.

10am Battery 1900 block Oregon Ave.

5am Spousal abuse Long Beach Blvd./E. PCH

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1pm Grand theft- property 1100 block E. San Antonio Dr. 1pm Public intoxication 400 block E. Arbor St. (suspect arrested) 2pm Robbery- person 500 block Rhea St. 3pm Grand theft- motor vehicle 1900 block Locust Ave. 7pm Battery 1800 block Cherry Ave. 11pm Battery 1900 block Golden Ave. Saturday, Feb. 11 1am Spousal abuse 4900 block Grisham Ave. 8am Residential burglary 4100 block Chestnut Ave. 9am Auto burglary 3300 block Pine Ave. 11am Grand theft- motor vehicle 3300 block Golden Ave. 1pm Grand theft- motor vehicle 2000 block Atlantic Ave.

Sunday, Feb. 12 8am Auto burglary 200 block W. 37th St. 9am Assault- not firearm California Ave./E. 45th St.

1pm Battery 2100 block Golden Ave. 5pm Grand theft- motor vehicle 200 block E. 20th St. 6pm Grand theft- motor vehicle 2400 block Maine Ave.

3:30pm Possession of paraphernalia, carry concealed dirk/dagger, appropriating lost property. 900 block E. 33rd St. (suspect arrested) 4:20pm Public intoxication- drugs, possession of substance similar to toluene. 3000 block California Ave. (suspect arrested)

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6pm Spousal abuse 1900 block Pine Ave.

10am Possession of controlled substance, use access card data without consent. E. Spring St./Olive Ave. (suspect arrested)

8pm Grand theft- motor vehicle 2600 block Magnolia Ave.

7:46pm Injury hit-and-run E. PCH/Orizaba Ave.

Tuesday, Feb. 14 Midnight Robbery- person 10 block W. Peace St.

9:50pm Burglary 900 block E. Nevada St.

5am Auto burglary 2600 block Golden Ave. 8am & 9am Two auto burglaries 3900 block Virginia Rd. 11am Exhibit firearm E. PCH/Orange Ave. 1pm Battery 2600 block Pacific Ave. 4pm Robbery- person 1000 block E. PCH 6pm Robbery- person 2100 block Pacific Ave. 7pm Assault- not firearm 900 block E. San Antonio Dr. 7pm Grand theft- motor vehicle 200 block E. 25th St. 8pm Battery 1800 block Locust Ave. 11pm Robbery- person 3600 block Gundry Ave. Wednesday, Feb. 15 1pm Robbery- person

Monday, Feb. 13 Midnight DUI E. 23rd St./Walnut Ave. (suspect arrested) 8:39am Battery 1800 block Dawson Ave.

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8:49am Possession of paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance, False ID to police officer. 2700 block E. Wall St. (suspect arrested) 10:23am Petty theft 2200 block E. Willow St. (suspect arrested) 2:31pm Auto burglary 3000 block California Ave. 3:51pm Suspect 1- Attempted robbery, felony violation of parole. Suspect 2- Attempted robbery, felony warrant, two misdemeanor warrants. 2600 block Cherry Ave. (both suspects arrested) 6:58pm Identity theft 2500 block Gundry Ave.

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8:29am Auto burglary 2000 block Stanley Ave. 10:17am Identity theft 2700 block Walnut Ave. 1pm Auto burglary 2600 block Cherry Ave. 2:52pm Burglary- commercial 900 block E. 33rd St. (suspect arrested) Wednesday, Feb. 15 8:03am Identity theft 2200 block Legion Dr. 10pm Petty theft 3000 block California Ave. (suspect arrested)

7pm Auto burglary Lemon Ave./E. Burnett St.

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10pm Grand theft- motor vehicle 4400 block La Park Dr.

10am Indecent exposure 100 block E. 28th St.

10:14am Public intoxication- alcohol with drugs, resist police officer, misdemeanor warrant. 2700 block E. PCH (suspect arrested)

Thursday, Feb. 9 12:30pm Non-injury hit-and-run Obispo Ave./E. PCH (suspect arrested)

8pm Robbery- commercial 2000 block Long Beach Blvd.

7pm Auto burglary 3500 block Atlantic Ave.

5am Grand theft- motor vehicle 1700 block Cartagena St.

Crimes reported by SHPD Citywide

5pm Battery 1800 block Pacific Ave.

Monday, Feb. 13 2am Rape- mentally disabled 1500 block E. PCH

Friday, Feb. 10 2am Spousal abuse Orange Ave./E. Wardlow Rd.

2pm Robbery- person 2100 block Atlantic Ave.

Noon Spousal abuse 4300 block Rose Ave.

2pm Battery 2000 block Pine Ave.

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800 block W. Willow St.

11am Auto burglary 800 block E. PCH

11pm Spousal abuse 2400 block Atlantic Ave.

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Long Beach Police arrest woman for 2014 murder at salon The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has arrested a Long Beach woman for murder after her alleged massage client died in a local salon three years ago. After an investigation into the case, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office issued an arrest warrant earlier this week, and on Tuesday, Long Beach police officers arrested Sandra Yaneth Slaughter– also known as Sandra Perez Gonzalez– a 48-year-old resident of Long Beach. Slaughter was booked for murder and is

currently in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with bail set at $2,000,000. The investigation remains ongoing. On Feb. 12, 2014, about 12:20pm, LBPD officers responded to 2113 Pacific Ave., Areli’s Beauty Salon, to assist Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) with a patient who was in cardiac arrest, under suspicious circumstances. Arriving officers contacted LBFD personnel who were performing CPR on 36-year-old

Hamilet Suarez, a resident of Long Beach. Fire personnel transported Suarez to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced deceased. Officers began conducting an investigation into the events surrounding Suarez’s death and were initially told she went to the salon for a massage, but before the massage began, Suarez went into medical distress. Due to conflicting information, homicide detectives responded to the scene and learned that Gonzalez was renting a treat-

ment room within the beauty salon. Gonzalez provides massages for her customers; however, she also advertised that she provides vampire facelifts, butt augmentation and lip-augmentation procedures. Inside the treatment room, detectives found medical equipment and multiple vials of controlled substances that were used for those medical procedures. Gonzalez, who was a recently licensed massage therapist, was not licensed to conduct those procedures or administer any of the controlled substances found at the facility. On Feb. 13, 2014, at 12:30pm, Gonzalez was arrested in the 2100 block of Pine Avenue, for possession of controlled substances and was held in Long Beach City Jail

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Water Rights panel. Oskoui is a registered civil engineer and has a post-graduate degree in engineering. The press release also stated that Grajeda has 35 years of municipal water experience. Since 2006, Grajeda has served as the general manager for the Pico Water District. Prior to this, he served as the general manager for the Valley County Water District, the utilities superintendent for the City of San Jacinto and the district manager for a private water company. Grajeda is also president of the Central Basin Water Association. The CBMWD’s main goal is to deliver high-quality water, as well as recycled water services, to its customers and communities through effective and collegial partnerships with its retailers and other wholesalers, according to the press release. The two open positions will represent city water purveyors, including Signal Hill, within the CBMWD’s board of directors. Internet The council contracted with Califa, a nonprofit library membership consortium of more than 220 libraries, to provide the Signal Hill Public Library with highspeed broadband internet access. Alison Dobay, Signal Hill’s community-services manager, said the annual cost for delivery of the high-speed broadband internet service is approximately $25,212, and it will be billed on a monthly basis. The proposed contract includes provisions for Califa and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) project, according to Dobay. According to califa.org, “CENIC operates the California Research & Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity 3,800mile fiber-optic-based network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers and others working in California’s vital public-serving institutions.” Dobay said that City staff members believe that 90 percent of the charges for the internet will be reimbursed to the City via formulas currently used for the California Teleconnect Fund– a program run by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that provides a 25-percent discount on select telephone ser-

on $10,000 bail. The LBPD urges anyone who may have received these types of treatments from Gonzalez to contact Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at (562) 570-7244. Additionally, LBPD strongly encourages those individuals to contact their physician to be evaluated to ensure they do not suffer any future medical issues as a result of the procedures illegally provided to them by Gonzalez. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIPLA plus their tip to 274637 (CRIMES),or visit LACrimeStoppers.org. Source: LBPD

vices and 50-percent discounts on broadband services to schools, libraries, hospitals and about 7,000 community-based organizations. The internet service will start once the new library building is fully constructed in March 2018. ARC Aly Mancini, Signal Hill’s community services director, gave a presentation on a program called After-School Recreation Club (ARC). ARC is a low-cost after-school program for Signal Hill residents and school children. Citizens that are not considered Signal Hill residents but attend a school within city limits are eligible to join ARC. “We focus on enhancing the self-esteem and relationships between the children, discovery, exploration and community building,” Mancini said. Members of ARC engage in activities, including arts and crafts, outdoor play, organized sports and team-building projects. “It’s a fantastic program,” Mancini said. Homeless Colleen Doan, Signal Hill’s community development senior planner, gave a presentation on the City’s participation in the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count event, which took place on the night of Wednesday, Jan. 25, and the point-in-time count tally reported to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). The event invited citizen-volunteers to accompany off-duty police officers to take to the streets and count how many homeless individuals they saw in the city. The City compares the results to the numbers collected from last year’s event to estimate how many homeless people live in Signal Hill. The data collected during the Homeless Count event are also used to help agencies, similar to LAHSA, determine where resources are needed to help the homeless effectively. Doan said this year there were less makeshift shelters reported in comparison to last year. “It’s interesting because the homelessness problem in the data that we’ve heard is that it’s definitely a growing problem,” Doan said. “These numbers don’t show that, but remember that this is just one point-in-time type of tally.” ✦ The next Signal Hill City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7pm in council chambers, 2175 Cherry Ave.


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TST5379/ Case No. NS033317. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 275 Magnolia Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. PETITION OF Nabil Hegazy. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: NABIL HEGAZY filed a petition with this court for a decree changing his name as follows: Present Name: NABIL HEGAZY, to Proposed Name: DAVID HEGAZY. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: March 3, 2017; Time: 8:30am.; Dept. 27. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 939 E. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: January 27, & February 3, 10, 17, 2017 ___//ss//___ Ross M. Klein, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: January 18, 2017 TST5380 / 2017 010077 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: FABLUX, 312 W. Q Street, Wilmington, CA 90744. Registrant: JOHN CHAVEZ, 312 W. Q Street, Wilmington, CA 90744. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: John Chavez. The registrant has not begun to use this fictitious business name. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 12, 2017. 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: January 27, & February 3, 10, 17, 2017. TST5381 / 2017 016836 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: GULAI CLOTHING CO. LLC, 740 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: GULAI CLOTHING CO. LLC, 740 E. Wardlow Rd., 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: Dorys Caro, Managing Member. The registrant has begun to use this fictitious business name. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in December, 2016. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 23, 2017. 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: January

27, & February 3, 10, 17, 2017. TST5382/ Case No. VS029875. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650. PETITION OF Patricia Brenda Morales. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: PATRICIA BRENDA MORALES filed a petition with this court for a decree changing her name as follows: Present Name: PATSY, to Proposed Name: PATRICIA BRENDA MORALES. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: February 22, 2017; Time: 1:30pm.; Dept. C. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 939 E. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: January 27, & February 3, 10, 17, 2017 ___//ss//___ Margaret Bernal, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: January 24, 2017 TST5385 Trustee’s Sale TSG No.: 8674151 TS No.: CA1600275924 FHA/VA/PMI No.: APN: 7148-018-020 Property Address: 3330 GUNDRY AVE SIGNAL HILL , CA 90755 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 02/18/2009. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 03/09/2017 at 09:00 A.M., First American Title Insurance Company, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 02/24/2009, as Instrument No. 20090256976, in book , page , , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. Executed by: JENNY SANTIC, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN AND TIMOTHY MCINTOSH, AN UNMARRIED MAN, ALL AS JOINT TENANTS, 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) VINEYARD BALLROOM, DOUBLETREE HOTEL LOS ANGELES-NORWALK, 13111 SYCAMORE DRIVE, NORWALK, CA 90650 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# 7148-018-020 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 3330 GUNDRY AVE , 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 $221,218.95. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust has deposited all documents evidencing the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust and has declared all sums secured thereby immediately due and payable, and has caused a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be executed. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800-280-2832 or visit this Internet Web www.Auction.com , using the file number assigned to this case CA1600275924 Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. Date: First American Title Insurance Company 1500 Solana Blvd Bldg 6 Ste 6100 Westlake, TX 76262 First American Title Insurance Company MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE FOR TRUSTEES SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 800-280-2832NPP0300151 To: SIGNAL TRIBUNE 02/03/2017,

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02/10/2017, 02/17/2017 TST5386 / 2017 021258 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: AUDIO VISION ZONE, 1976 S. La Cienega Blvd. #C460, Los Angeles, CA 90034. Registrant: PAWEL KOSTRZYNSKI, 1716 Clark Ave. #104, Long Beach, CA 90815. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Pawel Kostrzynski. The registrant has not begun to use this fictitious business name. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 26, 2017. 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: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017. TST5387 / 2017 018543 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: LA MICHOACANA ICE CREAM PARLOR, 1465 N. Citrus Ave., Covina, CA 91722. Registrant: MICH PALEAS INC., 1465 N. Citrus Ave., Covina, CA 91722. This business conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Mich Paletas, President. The registrant has not begun to use this fictitious business name. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 24, 2017. 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: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017. TST5389 / 2017 027226 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: FIVE STAR TERIYAKI, 2201 E. Willow St., Suite B, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: KANOKVAN JARUTWACHARIN, 6412 E. Fairbrook St., Long

Beach, CA 90815. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Kanokvan Jarutwacharin. The registrant has not begun to use this fictitious business name. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 1, 2017. 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: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017. TST5392 TRUSTEES SALE APN: 7216-014-037 TS No: CA08003941-15-1 TO No: 150169452-CA-VOI NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE (The above statement is made pursuant to CA Civil Code Section 2923.3(d)(1). The Summary will be provided to Trustor(s) and/or vested owner(s) only, pursuant to CA Civil Code Section 2923.3(d)(2).) YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED April 23, 2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On March 8, 2017 at 09:00 AM, near the fountain located in the Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766, MTC Financial Inc. dba Trustee Corps, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust recorded on May 4, 2007 as Instrument No. 20071087026, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by KIRK BEARD, A SINGLE MAN, as Trustor(s), in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. as nominee for COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC. DBA AMERICA`S WHOLESALE LENDER as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: 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: 1900 CHERRY AVENUE, SIGNAL

CITY OF SIGNAL HILL 2175 Cherry Avenue Signal Hill, California 90755-3799 TST5400 NOTICE THAT ALL BALLOTS FOR THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017, WILL BE COUNTED AT A CENTRAL COUNTING PLACE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Clerk of the City of Signal Hill has authorized that the Signal Hill City Hall Council Chamber, 2175 Cherry Avenue, is designated as the central place to count the ballots for the General Municipal Election to be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Vote by mail ballots will begin to be processed at 6:00 p.m. The vote by mail ballots will not be counted until after the close of the polling places at 8:00 p.m. __________________________________ Robert D. Copeland City Clerk Published in the Signal Tribune on February 17, 2017


February 17, 2017 HILL, CA 90755-5824 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 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 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. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee’s Sale is estimated to be $848,324.13 (Estimated). However, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary’s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a 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 California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the Trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee’s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. 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. Notice to Potential Bidders If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a Trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a Trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same Lender may hold more than one mortgage or Deed of Trust on the property. Notice to Property Owner The sale date shown on this Notice of Sale may be postponed one or more times by the Mortgagee, Beneficiary, Trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about Trustee Sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call In Source Logic at 702-659-7766 for information regarding the Trustee’s Sale or visit the Internet Web site address listed below for infor-

PUBLIC NOTICES mation regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA0800394115-1. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: February 2, 2017 MTC Financial Inc. dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA08003941-15-1 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 Phone: 949-252-8300 TDD: 866-660-4288 Myron Ravelo, Authorized Signatory SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www. insourcelogic.com FOR AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: In Source Logic AT 702-659-7766 Trustee Corps may be acting as a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained may be used for that purpose.ISL Number 27870, Pub Dates: 02/10/2017, 02/17/2017, 02/24/2017, SIGNAL TRIBUNE TST5390 / 2017 015097 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: ANDREW’S TRUCKING, 19009 S. Laurel Park Rd. Spc. #236, Compton, CA 90220. Registrant: LUIS ALONSO VAZQUEZ, 19009 S. Laurel Park Rd. Spc. #236, Compton, CA 90220 This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Luis Alonso Vazquez. The registrant has not begun to use this fictitious business name. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 19, 2017. 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: February 10, 17, 24, & March 3, 2017. TST5393/ Case No. NS033378. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 275 Magnolia Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. PETITION OF Katherine Lourakis. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: KATHERINE LOURAKIS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing her name as follows: Present Name: KATHERINE LOURAKIS, to Proposed Name: KATHERINE LOUROS. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: March 17, 2017; Time: 8:30am.; Dept. 27. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 939 E. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: February 10, 17, 24, & March 3, 2017 ___//ss//___ Ross M. Klein, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: January 26, 2017

TST5395 / 2017 014144 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: JUJU, 2191 E. 21st St. Unit 1, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: IAN MCILVAINE, 2191 E. 21st St. Unit 1, Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Ian McIlvaine. The registrant has begun to use this fictitious business name. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in January, 2017. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 18, 2017. 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: February 10, 17, 24, & March 3, 2017. TST5397 / 2017 031315 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: CURBSIDE LAUNDRIES LLC, 250 Alamitos Ave. #300, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrant: CURBSIDE LAUNDRIES LLC, 250 Alamitos Ave. #300, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Aaron Michael Simmons, Managing Member. The registrant has not begun to use this fictitious business name. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 7, 2017. 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: February 10, 17, 24, & March 3, 2017. TST5398 Trustee’s Sale TSG No.: 8678923 TS No.: CA1600276188 FHA/VA/PMI No.: APN: 7211-026-119 Property Address: 2599 WALNUT AVENUE #135 UNIT 42 SIGNAL HILL , CA 90755 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 01/20/2005. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 03/09/2017 at 09:00 A.M., First American Title Insurance Company, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 01/27/2005, as Instrument No. 05 0196009, in book , page , , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. Executed by: KENNETH R. LAWSON, 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) VINEYARD BALLROOM, DOUBLETREE HOTEL LOS

ANGELES-NORWALK, 13111 SYCAMORE DRIVE, NORWALK, CA 90650 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# 7211-026-119 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2599 WALNUT AVENUE #135 UNIT 42, 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 $218,374.02. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust has deposited all documents evidencing the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust and has declared all sums secured thereby immediately due and payable, and has caused a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be executed. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800-280-2832 or visit this Internet Web www.Auction.com , using the file number assigned to this case CA1600276188 Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the

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telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. Date: First American Title Insurance Company 1500 Solana Blvd Bldg 6 Ste 6100 Westlake, TX 76262 First American Title Insurance Company MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE FOR TRUSTEES SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 800-280-2832NPP0301297 To: SIGNAL TRIBUNE 02/17/2017, 02/24/2017, 03/03/2017 TST5399/ Case No. TS020449. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 200 W. Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 90220. PETITION OF Monique Torres. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: MONIQUE TORRES has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing her son’s name as follows: Present Name: MICHAEL ANTHONY TORRES, to Proposed Name: MICHAEL ANTHONY MONTIJO. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: March 28, 2017; Time: 8:30am.; Dept. B; Room 906. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 939 E. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: February 17, 24, & March 3, 10, 2017 ___//ss//___ Brian S. Currey, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: February 10, 2017 TST5401 / 2017 037944 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: LUU’S DRY CLEANERS & ALTERATRIONS, 3382 Orange Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrants: 1. JOHNSON NGUYEN, 2. TINA HONG LEE, 3382 Orange Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: a Married Couple. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Johnson Nguyen. The registrants have begun to use this fictitious business name. The registrants began using this fictitious business name in July, 1990. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 14, 2017. 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: February 17, 24, & March 3, 10, 2017.


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February 17, 2017

Becerra, other attorneys general file brief to protect non-citizens California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with the state attorneys general from Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, on Feb. 10 filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Jennings v. Rodriguez, a case involving the federal government’s authority to detain non-citizens pending completion of their removal proceedings. The plaintiffs in this case are non-citizens who have been detained by federal authorities for longer than six months. They argue that the Con-

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stitution requires them to receive the same basic protection enjoyed by other non-criminals who are detained by the federal government: a hearing to determine whether their continued detention is justified. The plaintiffs do not dispute the government’s right to detain individuals who are dangerous or pose a flight risk; they are only asking for an opportunity to be released on bond if the government cannot show that they present such a danger. “No one should be detained for months without being assessed first for his or her actual flight risk or dan-

gerousness. That’s why I’ve joined six states on behalf of Californians opposing the detention of non-citizens who have never been found to pose a threat,” Becerra said. “Mothers and fathers are detained who cannot return home to their children; others are simply missing work. Their absences could have long-term impact on families, communities, states and the country.” In the brief, the States argue that they have a strong interest in ensuring that individuals who are neither dangerous nor a flight risk are not

LB man shot, killed in 1100 block of 10th Street Police are seeking the public’s help in providing information about a shooting death that occurred earlier this week. On Feb. 12, at approximately 3:30am, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers were dispatched to a call of gun shots and a person down in the street, in the 1100 block of 10th Street. Upon arrival, officers found an unresponsive male adult with gunshot wounds to the upper torso. The victim was found in a vehicle in a parking area at the location. Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived and determined him to be deceased at the scene.

He has been identified as 26-yearold Christopher Ray Woods, a resident of Long Beach. No suspect information was available at press time. A motive for the shooting is unknown, and the investigation remains ongoing. Those with information regarding the incident are encouraged to call homicide detectives at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to a smart phone or visiting lacrimestoppers.org.

detained while they seek to establish a legal right to remain in the United States. The brief highlights the significant contributions that these individuals make to society as heads of families, employees, and community stakeholders and describes the human, economic, and societal loss caused by prolonged and unnecessary detention. It also argues that the basic procedural protections the plaintiffs seek are consistent with the procedures that the Supreme Court requires before a State may detain a person for other reasons, such as mental illness. Fi-

nally, the brief emphasizes that these protections will make sure that their residents are protected from arbitrary detentions by the federal government. Earlier this week Attorney General Becerra joined 17 other attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in State of Washington v. Trump, a case opposing the Trump Administration’s unconstitutional and un-American travel ban. Source: Becerra’s office

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Signal Hill, Long Beach officials warn residents to be prepared for storms Officials from both Signal Hill and Long Beach are warning residents to take precautions in advance of the rainstorms coming this weekend. The Signal Hill Police Department released the following tips for preparing for the storms: • Monitor local news and weather stations for updates. • Pay attention to alerts and warnings from authorities. • Those who do not need to go out should stay home. • Use extreme caution around downed trees, and slow down for debris in the street. • Keep drains and rain gutters clear of debris. • Those driving should treat all non-working traffic signal lights at intersections as stop signs. • Avoid all downed power lines and objects touching them. Call 9-1-1 to report downed power lines. • Don’t drive through flowing water or flooded areas. • Keep pets inside, and ensure they have shelter from the elements. • If possible, park vehicles in driveways. Long Beach officials have said that city crews are preparing for the storms with a coordinated, multi-de-

partment response by: clearing thousands of catch basins; cleaning and testing 26 pump stations; fortifying sand berms on the beach; installing debris booms to prevent trash from entering the marina areas; maintaining storm run-off culverts on the beaches; installing plugs in the Naples sea wall to prevent flooding, as appropriate; deploying additional staff, including Swiftwater rescue teams, and equipment; and closely monitoring the weather situation. Boat owners are advised to secure their vessels in City marinas. Sand is currently available at the Long Beach Public Works/Public Service Yard, 1651 San Francisco Ave., at the Esther Street Gate. Sand and sandbags are available at the following Long Beach fire stations: • Station 7, 2295 Elm St. • Station 12, 1199 Artesia Ave. • Station 13, 2475 Adriatic Ave. • Station 14, 5200 Eliot St. Sand is also available near the Granada and Claremont launch ramps along Ocean Boulevard. Sandbags are also available at the lifeguard station at 72nd Place, 7200 East Ocean Blvd. and Lifeguard Beach Operations, 2100 East Ocean Blvd. Residents are advised to bring their own shovel or tool when col-

lecting sand. During periods of significant rainfall, residents are advised to avoid swimming in any coastal waters for three days following the end of the rainstorm. For current information on recreational water quality status, visit http://bit.ly/LBBeachWaterQuality. Residents are also advised to report street flooding or downed trees by calling (562) 570-2700. The amount of rainfall forecast will likely necessitate closing El Dorado Nature Center trails, officials say. Those interested should call (562) 570-1745 for updated information on the trails. The City of Long Beach will provide important storm updates via Twitter @LongBeachCity. More Information longbeach.gov/DisasterPreparedness longbeach.gov/fire/community-outreach/cert. ready.gov caloes.ca.gov/ICESite/pages/winter-storms-preparedness.aspx facebook.com/SignalHillPD.CA Sources: Cities of SH, LB

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Beach Community College Board of Trustees. His other brother, Mike, is an L.A. County Superior Court Judge, and his sister, Kathie, is a clinical psychologist. The general served two tours in Vietnam and was commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division. During his military career, he earned the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star and several Bronze Stars. Kellogg later held positions with a number of defense and national security-related firms. After he retired from the Army in 2003, he was elected to the board of directors of GTSI, a government technology contractor, according to Ballotpedia– The Encyclopedia of American Politics. GTSI, at that time, provided information technology services to local, state and federal governments around the world. Kellogg also became senior vice president of homeland security solutions for database and technology company Oracle Corp. There, Kellogg’s department was “tasked with addressing the nation’s homeland defense challenges by creating solutions from federal to state and local organizations covering law enforcement and critical infrastructure protection.” Kellogg took a leave of absence from Oracle Corp. from November 2003 to March 2004 to serve as the COO for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq. The CPA was the group responsible for forming a new military and rebuilding Iraq after its Saddam Hussein-led army was disbanded subsequent to the 2003 invasion. Following his service with the CPA, Kellogg was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. In January 2005, Kellogg became executive vice president of of research and technology systems for CACI International Inc., an American multinational professional services and information technology company. In July 2009, Kellogg joined Cubic Defense Applications, Inc., as senior vice president for ground combat programs, leading the company’s ground-combat training business and working to expand its customer base. In September 2012, Cubic named Kellogg president of Abraxas, a subsidiary company. National security advisors are senior aides in the President’s executive office in the White House who serve as chief inhouse advisors to the President on national-security issues. They also participate in National Security Council meetings and usually chair Principals Committee meetings with the Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense. Also on the shortlist to become the permanent national security advisor are former CIA director David Petraeus and retired admiral Robert Harward. ✦

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