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VOL. XXXIX NO. 3

January13, 2017

State of LB is ‘strong,’ mayor says At yearly address, Garcia detailed Measure A, public safety and infrastructure. Denny Cristales Editorial Assistant

As President Barack Obama delivered his farewell address to the American people the evening of Jan. 10 in his hometown of Chicago, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia concurrently had some remarks of his own for his State of the City address that Tuesday night inside the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention Center. Although the two elected officials have different responsibilities, they both share one thing– an optimistic view of the future. Garcia was firm in his belief that Long Beach– with the passage of Measure A this past November, infrastructure and public-safety improvements and the see CITY page 15

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Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia discussed many items, including the Long Beach College Promise as it relates to local education, at his State of the City Address at the Long Beach Convention Center in the Terrace Theater on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Governor releases budget facing $2-billion deficit Brown’s proposal urges corrective action in light of uncertain financial future. Cory Bilicko Managing Editor

Source: State of California Infographic by Denny Cristales | Signal Tribune

Since 2000, balanced budgets in the state have been quickly followed by huge deficits, according to the governor’s office.

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Gov. Edmund G. Brown released his budget this week, calling it the “most difficult” one the state has faced since 2012. In his introduction to the proposed budget, Brown said that the “surging tide” of revenue increases in recent years appears to have turned, and the state is now facing a budget deficit of $2 billion. “While this amount pales in comparison to the $27-billion deficit we faced in 2011, it demands our attention,” Brown wrote. “Small deficits can quickly mushroom into large ones if not promptly eliminated. While rolling back some planned spending increases, my proposed budget protects our most important achievements– more money for education, an earned income tax credit for working families, the

rising minimum wage, the extension of health care to millions and the paydown of our long‑term liabilities.” The governor added that, in all likelihood, even worse financial news is coming, either from the start of the next inevitable recession or from changes at the federal level. “This uncertainty about the future makes acting responsibly now even more important,” Brown wrote. According to the budget proposal, as the state’s economy has recovered from the last recession, the past four budgets have greatly expanded government spending and California has paid down its budgetary borrowing and addressed some long‑standing problems, such as implementing plans to restore fiscal health to its retirement benefit plans and improving the state’s water system. State revenues that had surged during several years of recovery are now starting to lag expectations, and, therefore, the budget, which had remained barely balanced even in the best revenue years, is now facing a multi-billion-dollar deficit

unless action is taken. The budget proposes a number of fixes to regain balance for 2017‑18 and future years based on current projections. According to Brown, it prioritizes the protection of the most significant achievements of the last four years: steady growth for education, the creation of the state’s first earned income tax credit, a minimum wage that will responsibly increase to $15 per hour and the expansion of healthcare coverage to millions of Californians. “To protect these priorities, the budget proposes to pull back on a variety of one‑time spending commitments made in last year’s budget and temper anticipated spending increases,” states the proposal’s introduction. “While rebalancing the budget is the immediate task at hand, the state must continue to plan for and save for the next recession. By the time the budget is enacted in June, the economy will have finished its eighth year of expansion, three years longer than the average recovery. The best way to protect against future cuts see BUDGET page 11


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NEWS

Signal Tribune

January 13, 2017

Accepting applications City of LB braces for wave of marijuana businesses. CJ Dablo Staff Writer

Photos by Sebastian Echeverry | Signal Tribune

Signal Hill City Clerk Robert Copeland swears in former Signal Hill Police Captain Christopher Nunley as the City’s new police chief at the Jan. 10 city council meeting.

A new chief in town

New head of Signal Hill Police Department sworn in at council meeting. Sebastian Echeverry Staff Writer

Police chief During the Jan. 10 Signal Hill City Council meeting, City Clerk Robert Copeland swore in former Signal Hill Police Captian Christopher Nunley as the city’s new police chief. The council chamber was filled with people– mostly Nunley’s friends, family and colleagues– as well as former police chiefs from past years. The new chief told the public that he was honored to be in charge of such an institution in that position and recollected his beginnings with the City as a police explorer. “To our citizens, I want to say that your police department will continue to expand our outreach programs and our community-oriented policing programs,” Nunley said. “As your chief, I will make myself as accessible as possible and will hold myself and your police department to the highest standards.” Vice Mayor Tina Hansen told the public that she was impressed with Nunley during the chief-selection process. She said that when she asked Nunley what would be done differently if he was selected, the then captain proceeded to

Signal Hill Mayor Lori Woods introduces Tito Leulusoo and Arvin Pacheco as the Signal Hill Public Works Department’s newest maintenance workers during the city council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

say that he had a two-page copy of his first-year plan with him if she wanted to see it. Courtyard The city council voted to deny, without prejudice, High Rhodes Property Group’s specific plan to alter zoning restrictions placed on the proposed construction site in order to carry on with the company’s Courtyard Residential condominium project, which is located near Temple Avenue. The language used– “prejudice”– is key, as it allows the company to quickly return to the council with a reworked plan instead of waiting one year to be able to present the council with a new project design. Construction of the condominiums has faced a number of setbacks due to resistance from residents who live near the project site. High Rhodes Property Group has worked with the council and concerned individuals to create a

project all parties involved would agree with. During community meetings hosted by City officials and company representatives in the early stages of the project, many of the residents voiced their concerns about the project’s height. Individuals said that the new buildings’ height would obscure the view they had from their homes– something, they fear, would reduce the value of their properties. Dameon Brooker, a resident who lives adjacent to the project site, said that he was impressed with the work High Rhodes Property Group had done to hear the concerns of the people. “I really appreciate you guys for doing this,” Brooker said. Bradley Hillgren, founder of High Rhodes Property Group and company representative present during the meeting, told the Sigsee COUNCIL page 9

The application period is just about to open for those medical-marijuana businesses that are seeking to operate in the city of Long Beach, and city staff have committed to assisting potential entrepreneurs who want to get a business license to legally sell medical cannabis. The application period begins Jan. 23, and materials are already available on the city’s website. The City has dedicated an entire web portal and hotline to answer questions on the application process, and Assistant City Manager Ajay Kolluri, who handles issues related to marijuana, said in a statement that staff is regularly updating the city’s website as more information becomes available. (Contact information is provided at the end of this story.) “We are strongly encouraging applicants to read through the application materials before contacting city staff with questions on the application process,” Kolluri said in a statement to the Signal Tribune. “Applicants should also check in with the website regularly in order to ensure they are working with the most up-to-date information.” Entrepreneurs interested in selling only recreational marijuana will have to wait, however. Long Beach is still prohibiting those kinds of businesses. California’s Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation says on its website that it won’t be accepting applications for business licenses on a state level until 2018. Kolluri said that at that time, the local businesses must comply with state regulations in addition to

the city regulations in order to have a business license. Long Beach has a very good reason to offer all the help it can– the City will get revenue. Last November, Long Beach voters passed two key measures that deal with how to regulate and tax marijuana. The following table, from the City’s web portal, details the amounts of the taxes Long Beach will collect under the measures. • 6 to 8 percent of gross receipts for medical marijuana dispensaries • 8 to 12 percent of gross receipts for non-medical (i.e., recreational) marijuana dispensaries • 6 to 8 percent of gross receipts for processing, distributing, transporting, or testing marijuana and marijuana-related products • $12 to $15 per square foot for marijuana cultivation. A statement on the website noted that the tax rates for marijuana businesses “will be set at the lower end of the ranges.” It’s definitely a change of pace for Long Beach, given its history with marijuana regulation. Years ago, city leaders had attempted to regulate the local medical cannabis industry and passed an ordinance that would have allowed growers and dispensary operators to legitimately operate in Long Beach. City staff even had an application process for business owners and organized a lottery process back in 2010. Business owners had invested money and had even paid a business-license fee to the City at that time. However, after the City faced major legal challenges to their ordinance, councilmembers ultimately banned the businesses. Two former medical-cannabis advocates from those days say that’s

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Join The City of Signal Hill For These Upcoming Trips! For the Active Adult 55+ Crowd

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With over 100 vehicles throughout 25 galleries, the Petersen Automotive Museum is one of the largest automotive museums. After a private, docent led tour of the galleries we will continue our afternoon with a trip to the newly refurbished Clifton’s Cafeteria for lunch.

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Join us for a three day, two night trip to the entertainment capital of the world. After checking into the Golden Nugget, you will be free to explore the city the way you want! Price includes motor coach transportation to Las Vegas, two nights at the Golden Nugget, taxes and luggage handling.

Space is limited. Call 562-989-7330 for more information. City of Signal Hill | Community Services Department | 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, CA 90755 | 562-989-7330


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OPINION

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January 13, 2017

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o the disappointment of local diners, in August of 2016, Nino’s Ristorante Italiano closed down after 58 years of business. Six years earlier, in 2010, Arnold’s Family Restaurant, after more than five decades of serving loyal patrons, shut its doors forever at the end of the day that Sunday, Mother’s Day. Both having been located in the heart of Bixby Knolls, near the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Bixby Road, the decades-old popular eateries left a void for local dining patrons upon their closing. Through Mike Cristiano, a son of Inge and the late Vincenzo, the folks who owned the Nino’s establishment, I recently learned that the family is selling much of their restaurant’s memorabilia and equipment this Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm. The sale will take place at the site of the now closed restaurant, 3853 Atlantic Ave. According to Mike, their classic grape hanging lights, dishes, pots, pizza pans, cooking/serving utensils, hanging collector plates, paintings, pictures from Italy, menus, stoves, refrigerators, mixing machines, glasses, silverware, chafing pans, dishes, dry good supplies and many more items will be available for purchase this weekend only. Mike says they also have many of the empty straw containers and Chi-

By Signal Hill Mayor Lori Woods

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anti wine bottles that customers had written personal messages on for their birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. The family asks that buyers please bring their own boxes, bags, tissue, wrapping materials or used newspapers to assist in protecting and transporting purchased items. Mike says that they will be accepting cash and credit cards. No checks will be accepted.

So, for those who want an item or two from the old Nino’s Restaurant, don’t miss out on this chance to own a piece of Bixby Knolls memorabilia. On a personal note, Mom and I purchased many things from the sale that the Johnson family held at Arnold’s Restaurant. I think of those lovely folks every time I turn on my dining room lamp; I have one of their Tiffany-style hanging lights that continues to brighten my life.

LETTER S, EM A ILS A N D W E B S I T E C OMME NT S Truly making a difference in a child’s life

Each year, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) recruits, trains, and supports volunteers who become advocates for children placed in the foster-care system. CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to what are oftentimes the direst cases: children with prior maltreatment or contact with child welfare, cases of extreme abuse or neglect, or those where there is a great level of risk of further abuse and neglect. Many children assigned to CASA have learning disabilities, physical disabilities and significant emotional and mental-health problems. A CASA works with everyone that touches that child’s life, from their social worker, to their educator and doctor, examining what will best work to give that child a life path that will help them to succeed. Sometimes this is simply finding them a bed to sleep in on a reliable basis. Other times it’s working to reunite them with family, or to secure medical attention where it’s drastically needed. A CASA covers a lot of ground and is often the only consistent long-term adult presence in that child’s life. The statistics for foster youth in Los Angeles are disturbing. Of youths that age out of the foster system, less than half will have a high school diploma or GED, half will be unemployed and at least 40 percent will have been homeless for some period of time. CASAs greatly help to avoid these outcomes. Not every case has a happy ending, but the odds dramatically improve when a child has a CASA. This year, CASA will serve 1,000 foster children with intensive advocacy services. We can all do the math, and it’s obvious more volunteers and more support are needed. CASA of Los Angeles will be hosting community information sessions at: Total Wine, in Long Beach Towne Center, 7400 Carson St., from 6pm to 7:15pm on Wednesday, Jan. 18; and Pizzanista, 1837 E 7th St., from 4pm to 5:15pm on Thursday, Jan. 19. For more information about CASA of Los Angeles, visit casala.org Brian McWilliams Vice president spellcom.com

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want to remind the public what a valuable resource CERT training is. The City of Signal Hill partners with the Los Angeles County to present Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to provide basic training in safety and life-saving skills for the general public. Following a major disaster, police, fire and other medical professionals may not be able to fully meet service demands. People will have to rely on each other to meet immediate life-saving and life-sustaining needs, particularly in isolated neighborhoods that may be cut off from main roads for a period of time. Richard Johnson is the Emergency Operations coordinator for the City of Signal Hill and coordinates the CERT classes. Please contact Mr. Johnson regarding the CERT schedule at (562) 989-7239 or rjohnson@signalhillpd.org. Map Your Neighborhood is another valuable tool and is simple, quick and effective. Where other citizen disaster-response programs can take weeks to complete, Map Your Neighborhood takes approximately 90 minutes. The program is delivered by neighbors to neighbors in the home. One neighbor takes a simple and quick facilitator training provided by Signal Hill, collects the materials (again provided by the city) needed for the program, invites their

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neighbors to attend a meeting in the facilitator’s home and delivers the programs content. The materials provided by the city include: a Map Your Neighborhood disaster-response “shingle” that details the Nine Steps as well as other resources to be used before, during and after a disaster; a CD that contains all of the forms and printed material needed for the program; and a DVD containing the guided program segments that take you and your neighbors through the entire process of preparation and response, including an exercise to run with your newly organized neighborhood response team. The materials are available at the Signal Hill Community Services Department, 2175 Cherry Ave. or by calling (562) 9897330. The DVD is returned when finished and the shingles and CD are yours to keep and distribute as needed. To sign up for a facilitator training session, please contact Richard Johnson at (562) 989-7239 or rjohnson@signalhillpd.org. With just a couple of weeks left in the 21 Weeks to Prepare Program, I hope your emergency kit has grown and will now assist and sustain you in the event of an emergency. Here is your shopping list for Week 19:

One gallon water One plastic bucket with lid One plastic sheeting Disinfectant $2 set aside for weather radio Notepad and pen

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The story “A ‘game changer’ for Superbowl weekend?” [Jan. 6, 2017] should have included the address of the Steelcraft eatery lot, which is 3768 Long Beach Blvd.

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AROUND TOWN AND… ACTION! What Monthly meeting Who Hosted by the Long Beach Republican Women Federated When Saturday, Jan. 14 at 9am Where Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel, 4700 Airport Plaza Dr. More Info John Sullivan, writer, director and executive producer, will be the guest speaker at the meeting. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for guests and includes breakfast. Email longbeachRWF@gmail.com or call (562) 9389180 to RSVP.

Courtesy DMV

The Long Beach DMV office, 3700 E. Willow St., now offers a self-service kiosk to simplify the renewal process for customers.

Long Beach DMV now features self-service kiosk The Long Beach Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, 3700 E. Willow St., now has a self-service kiosk to simplify the processes for customers to conduct some tasks. The blue and gold “DMV Now” self-service terminals are designed for customers who need their vehicle registration cards and license plate tags immediately, according to the DMV. To conduct a transaction, individuals will need their vehicle registration-renewal notice that arrived in the mail or their most recent vehicle registration card. The touch-screen machine offers instructions in English and Spanish and accepts cash, credit and debit cards, and checks. It can also be used by customers who have decided not to drive their vehicle and want to file for planned non-operation status. The terminals are available during regular business hours and can be

found at 60 DMV field offices. Since the first DMV Now: Self-Service Terminal was installed in October 2010, approximately 5.4 million vehicle registration renewal transactions have been completed using these kiosks, according to DMV officials. Autos, pickups, motorcycles, coach and park model trailers and commercial vehicles that do not pay Commercial Vehicle Registration Act (CVRA) fees may all be renewed using the kiosks. However, the terminals cannot renew vessels, as they require issuance of a different sticker not available through DMV Now. Additionally, the machines do not accept proof of insurance and registration reinstatement fees, nor do they process changes of address. Source: DMV

Port seeking public input on rail facility The Port of Long Beach this week conducted the first of two public hearings on a draft environmental study for the proposed redevelopment of an existing rail yard into a new facility that could increase the use of “on-dock” trains, moving cargo faster while making operations more sustainable, according to port officials. The port will host the second hearing at 6pm on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Port Interim Administrative Offices, 4801 Airport Plaza Dr. An open house will be held prior to the hearing, beginning at 5:30pm. Educational displays and information regarding the Port’s overall rail strategy will be provided. Spanish translation and sign language interpretation will also be available. The Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility, proposed for the northern area of the port, would shift more cargo to “on-dock rail,” where containers are placed directly on trains at marine terminals, significantly reducing trips by trucks throughout the region. No trucks would visit the rail facility. Instead, smaller train segments would be brought to the

facility to be joined together into a full-size train. The rail yard would be operated by Pacific Harbor Line, which provides short-haul rail transportation-switching services, railroad track maintenance and train dispatching services under contract to the Port. Pacific Harbor Line is the first railroad in the nation that has converted its entire fleet to clean diesel locomotives that reduce air pollution and save fuel. A project fact sheet and the draft environmental impact report are available at polb.com/PierB. The draft EIR analyzes the impacts of the proposed development and the mitigation measures that would be used to address those impacts. The port is welcoming comment on the study through Feb. 13. Comments can be made in person at the Jan. 11 and Jan. 18 public hearings or sent in writing to Heather Tomley, Director of Environmental Planning, 4801 Airport Plaza Dr., Long Beach, CA 90815 or heather. tomley@polb.com. Source: Port of LB

PUT YOUR WALKING SHOES ON What Walking tours Who Led by Long Beach Heritage When Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9:30am to 11:30am (East village tour); Saturday, Jan. 21 from 9:30am to noon (downtown tour) Where Meet at Ocean and Linden avenues near Modica’s Restaurant (Jan. 14); Meet at the WPA Mural, 3rd and Promenade (Jan. 21) More Info Tickets for the tours are $10 and may be purchased at lbheritage.org. The tours will be rescheduled in the event of rain. Call (562) 493-7019 or visit lbheritage.org. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? What Monthly meeting Who Hosted by the Questing Heirs Genealogy Society When Sunday, Jan. 15 at 1pm Where Lakewood Masonic Center, 5918 Parkcrest St. More Info The group will discuss new genealogy research tools. The meetings are free and open to the public. Call Liz Myers at (562) 598-3027 or visit qhgs.info. SPOKES-PEOPLE What Kidical Mass bike ride Who Hosted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association When Sunday, Jan. 15 at 1pm Where Meet at Georgie’s Place, 3850 Atlantic Ave. More Info The ride will be tweed-themed. Music and free ice cream will be included. Riders are encouraged to wear a helmet. Visit bixbyknollsinfo.com. CONTINUING THE DREAM What 25th Annual MLK Interfaith Celebration Who Hosted by the South Coast Interfaith Council When Sunday, Jan. 15 from 3pm to 5pm Where Gospel Memorial Church of God, 1480 Atlantic Ave. More Info The community reception will include music and remarks by keynote speaker Rev. Art Cribbs. The event is free to the public. Email southcoastinterfaith@gmail.com. MOVIE LOVERS What Screening of I Love You to Death Who Hosted by the Long Beach Soroptimists When Saturday, Jan. 21 at 12:30pm Where The Art Theatre of Long Beach, 2025 E. 4th St. More Info The group will serve lunch and provide a private showing of the movie. Tickets are $30 each, and 100 percent of the net proceeds will go toward Meals on Wheels Long Beach. Visit soroptimist-longbeach.org or call (562) 596-6859. Deadline to purchase is Jan. 17. MUSIC TO YOUR EARS What Concert series Who Hosted by Grace First Presbyterian Church When Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8pm

Where Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 Studebaker Rd. More Info The Grace First Concert Series will feature a performance by the musical group The Luckys. The concert is free, but a $10 donation is suggested. Call (562) 420-3393. FOR THE KIDS What Miller Children’s Night Who Presented by Long Beach Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital and Long Beach State University When Friday, Jan. 27 at 7:30pm Where Lakewood Ice, 3975 Pixie Ave. More Info The Long Beach State University hockey team will face Loyola Marymount University in a game that will help raise funds for Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital. The game will include a silent auction, prizes and more. General admission is $10. LBSU students with a student I.D. receive $5 off admission. Visit memorialcare.org/miller-childrens-womens-hospital-long-beach. A PLACE TO CALL HOME What Townhall meeting Who Presented by Justin Rudd When Monday, Jan. 30 from 7pm to 9pm Where Bay Shore Church, 5100 E. The Toledo, Belmont Shore More Info The townhall will feature a discussion on the topic of homelessness with several guest speakers. Agencies in Long Beach will be present to discuss the current homelessness situation. The meeting will be followed by a meet-and-greet reception. Visit justinrudd. com/homeless. FOR YOUR HEALTH What Pre-diabetes education class Who Hosted by Long Beach Memorial Hospital When Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 5:30pm to 8pm Where Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital, Conference Room A2, 2801 Atlantic Ave. More Info Certified diabetes instructors will inform about preventing or delaying the disease. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Call (562) 933-5043 to RSVP. GET BEHIND THE WHEEL What Driver course Who Hosted by Long Beach Memorial Hospital When Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 9am to 1pm Where Long Beach Memorial, 2801 Atlantic Ave. More Info The AARP Smart Driver Refresher Course is a four-hour class that requires attendees to have previously participated in the eight-hour AARP course from last year. The driving instruction is for anybody over the age of 55 and who needs a “refresher” on driving skills and defensive-driving techniques. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonAARP members. LEARNING ABOUT SIDE EFFECTS What Lymphedema lecture Who Hosted by Long Beach Memorial Hospital When Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm Where Long Beach Memorial, Todd Cancer Pavilion, 2810 Long Beach Blvd. More Info The lecture is free and will discuss lymphedema, a possible side effect of cancer treatment that can lead to vascular insufficiency where excess fluid collects in the tissues and causes swelling. Lymphedema lectures are held the third Wednesday of every month. Parking will be validated. Call (562) 933-9505.


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COMMUNITY

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January 13, 2017

Making coffee or repairing attack helicopters? Ex-military officials recount what they did to ensure proper job designation to servicewomen. Sebastian Echeverry Staff Writer

The first world war officially marked the beginning of the inclusion of women in the United States military. Traditionally, positions of leadership throughout all branches have mostly been filled by men. However, as time goes on, high-level positions of military command are starting to be occupied by women, such as Wilma Powell and Neya Gilliam. Both shared their stories of the impact they made while serving in the military during an American Association of University Woman (AAUW) meeting. The event took place Saturday, Jan. 7 at the California Heights United Methodist Church as part of an “Honor and Duty to Country” panel hosted by the AAUW to give insight on what it takes to be a female servicemember in the military. After a brief business meeting discussing the organization’s internal operations, the panel began with remarks from Gilliam. She served with the U.S. Air Force as a personnel apprentice for more than five years. After that, she attended Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, where she completed an associates degree in both patisserie-baking and culinary arts. She also joined the Department of Veterans Affairs as a program support

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Neya Gilliam shares her experience serving in the United States Air Force with the audience members during an American Association of University Woman meeting on Saturday, Jan. 7.

clerk for the Department of Medicine at the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. In that role, Gilliam oversaw day-to-day administrative activities for the rheumatology department. “My military career has given me a sense of pride in everything I do,” she said. While serving on active duty with the Air Force, Gilliam was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, and Lajos Fields Azores, Portugal. In that time, she helped military personnel that had children overseas arrange paperwork for the babies to acquire dual citizenship. Contrary to Gilliam, Powell served in the military while still a civilian. She worked for the Port

of Long Beach for 30 years and served as the director of trade and maritime services. Her story began as a secretary for the port. She said that mostly white men occupied positions of leadership in her work space, and she felt that she had to work harder to move up the corporate ladder. Eventually, she was promoted to be the first female chief wharfinger– a position that required her to travel to Asia and parts of Europe to meet with clients that moved cargo through the Port of Long Beach. Her experience working in the port won her the nomination from the U.S. Coast Guard to be part of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DA-

COWITS). The committee was established in 1951 by then Secretary of Defense George C. Marshall, and members were selected on the basis of their outstanding reputations in business, their professions, their public service and their records of civic leadership. DACOWITS meets with U.S. military personnel throughout the world and formulates recommendations to the Secretary of Defense about job opportunities and the identification of institutional barriers that limit the full use of military women. Powell joked that someone identified as General Alexander called her to notify her about her nomination to DACOWITS.

“You’re kidding, right?” she chuckled. While working with DACOWITS, Powell had closed-door meetings with individuals in the military to discuss issues that should be brought up to high-command. “We would open up saying, ‘This is very confidential, and we’re here to hear your issues because it is our responsibility to take your issues to the top levels of the military to hopefully get some type of solution for you,’” she said. Powell added that the confidential conversations she had with women were mostly about sexual harassment, correct job assignments and proper child care. An example she gave was that she wanted to make sure that if a woman had been trained to work on helicopters, then she shouldn’t be assigned to make coffee for everyone. One specific moment Powell discussed during the meeting was about a sexual harassment issue within the Navy. She said the Secretary of the Navy denied any such thing. She worked to try to shed light on the issue to top military leaders. After she left the committee, Powell said she began to see more women assigned to positions in the military she thought would be impossible. After the panel members shared their stories, there was time allocated for a question-and-answer session. During the Q&A, Gilliam revealed that she was discharged see MILITARY page 11

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U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA47) on Jan. 10 was named as a new member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) for the 115th Congress. “I am honored to represent not only my district and state, but all Americans as a new member on the T&I Committee,” Lowenthal said. “From bridges to airports, from ports to mass transit, our nation’s transportation infrastructure is the nervous system of a healthy economy. Congress must do everything it can to ensure that

it is strong, efficient and reliable. I am proud to now be part of that effort in the House and look forward to working hard on the many transportation and infrastructure issues that face our nation.” The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, highways, bridges, mass transit, and railroads. The committee also has jurisdiction over other aspects of national infrastructure, such

as clean water and waste water management, the transport of resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction, the management of federally owned real estate and public buildings, the development of economically depressed rural and urban areas, disaster preparedness and response, and hazardous materials transportation. Lowenthal brings over 20 years of experience in elected office working on transportation, infrastructure and goods-movement issues at the local, state and na-

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tional level to the caucus. During his tenure in the California State Legislature, he served as chair of the California State Senate Transportation Committee for six years and as chair of the California Select Committee on Ports for 14 years, working closely with stakeholders from all sectors of the industry to advance forward-looking transportation policy. He has also represented the Port of Long Beach, as well as the port’s regional maritime, logistics and rail sectors, for nearly 25 years at the city, state, and now, federal level. Lowenthal played a key role in shaping the transition of one of the nation’s largest port complex to an environmentally conscious, thriving economic engine for the Southern California region and the nation, according to his office, which added that the Port of Long Beach also supports more than 300,000 jobs throughout Southern California and generates nearly $16 billion in annual trade-related wages statewide. His experience and knowledge of the challenges and opportunities faced by the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in the movement of goods through the region and beyond led him to author Economy in Motion: The National Multimodal and Sustainable Freight Infrastructure Act. The bill has been introduced with support from members on both sides of the aisle and from districts across the country. The legislation provides a dedicated and sustainable revenue source to fund multimodal, freight-specific formula grants to states and a multimodal competitive grant program to local, regional and state governments.

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“Congressman Lowenthal’s history of working on transportation policies, as well as his dedication to commonsense, bipartisan solutions have earned him a reputation among his colleagues and constituents as a respected and effective legislator,” Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán said. “The Port of Long Beach is proud to have Congressman Lowenthal as our representative and believes he has the right mix of experience balancing business, environmental and local transportation needs to serve as a key contributing member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.” Lowenthal is also the Democratic co-chair of the bipartisan House PORTS Caucus, which was founded in 2011 with the mission of promoting the importance of our nation’s ports to the economy and our need to secure them. The PORTS Caucus has grown to include more than 130 House Members. Source: Lowenthal’s office

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MLK events to celebrate ‘Love and Forgiveness’ The 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration will take place Saturday, Jan. 14, with a theme of “Love and Forgiveness.” The parade will kick off at 10:30am at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street. The grand marshals this year are 64th District Assemblymember Mike Gipson, Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud and Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee, as well as residents Leonard Adams, Tevy Men Sithan, and Chhaylee Saing. The celebration will take place from noon to 5pm, at Martin Luther

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January 13, 2017

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Long Beach Transit elects board members In December 2016, at its annual election board meeting, the Long Beach Transit Board of Directors re-elected Maricela Renteria de Rivera as LBT’s board chair and Sumire Gant as vice-chair. Colleen Bentley was elected as secretary-treasurer. Maricela Renteria de Rivera is the co-founder/director of Long Beach Breastfeeds, and she formally worked as a public affairs assistant for the Long Beach Airport. A graduate of Leadership Long Beach, de Rivera served on the board of directors, including the Executive Committee, for three years. She currently serves on the board of directors for BreastfeedLA. “I’m honored to continue my role as chairperson of the Long Beach Transit Board of Directors,” de Rivera said. “I’m very excited for this year as LBT continues with innovative projects and conducts extensive public outreach to

the community and customers to garner feedback and suggestions about LBT’s products and services.” Sumire Gant heads her own consulting practice specializing in sustainable transportation planning and public affairs. Acknowledged for her efforts to make Long Beach the most bicycle-friendly city in the country, Gant managed the transportation planning and programs division for the City, securing millions of dollars in grants to plan and construct innovative bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Gant holds a master’s degree in business administration from UCLA and a Bachelor’s of Science from the USC. Colleen Bentley worked in the California State University Chancellor’s Office for 25 years, where she served as public affairs director and special projects director. Bentley’s service included working with the chancellor, board of

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Colleen Bentley trustees and the 23 campus presidents on media relations, communication issues and video/web projects. Bentley currently serves on the CSULB Alumni Association Board, the Leadership Long Beach Honorary Board, the Advisory Board for the Long Beach Public Library Foundation, the Commu-

Sumire Gant nity Improvement League Board and the Friends of Belmont Shore Board. Continuing on the Long Beach Transit Board of Directors are: April Economides, Nancy Pfeffer and Mary Zendejas. One director position is currently vacant. Long Beach Transit Bylaws allow for

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Maricela Renteria de Rivera two non-voting city representatives appointed by the Long Beach city manager. Eric Widstrand (Public Works) continues in that capacity, and Lea Eriksen (Financial Services) was appointed in July 2016. Source: LBT

library services needs of the community for the next five to 10 years. Citizens can begin to get involved in the assessment process during a community meeting hosted by City officials at the temporary Signal Hill Library on Feb. 8 at 5:30pm. Also, throughout the month of February, there will be a randomized telephone survey conducted so the City can better understand the public recreational needs city residents would want to be addressed. Eventually, a finalized needs assessment document is expected to be presented to the council in June. At that time, the residents will have an opportunity to make public comments.

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nal Tribune that he was pleased to know that they can continue to move forward with their project. “We’ve looked at some different design options. All that, we think, have been well reviewed by the neighbors,” Hillgren said. “We have a pretty clear path going forward, and that is to work for what they want. We are looking forward to getting through that.” Security The council gave city officials direction to create a working group that will look into neighborhood concerns about criminal activities along the Hilltop Park walking paths. During the Dec. 13, 2016, council meeting, residents from the Promontory, Westbluff and Skyline Estates Homeowners’ Association (HOA) addressed the city council about public-safety concerns in their neighborhoods and sought the City’s assistance. The HOA specifically asked Councilmember Edward Wilson to meet with the HOA. In response, the city council directed staff to agendize the creation of a working group that could collaborate with residents to address their issue. Concerns raised by the HOA included burglaries, car break-ins, vandalism of the trail system and the HOA pool. HOA members also felt

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Signal Hill Mayor Lori Woods presented Scott Williams as the new deputy finance director/administrative services officer with the finance department during the council’s Jan. 10 meeting last Tuesday.

that the City’s security measures associated with a 10pm closing time of Hilltop Park, Sunset View Park and the Panorama Promenade may be resulting in certain visitors going onto the trails after park closing hours rather than vacating the hilltop area. During the January meeting, the council decided to appoint Wilson as the chair for a working group designed to collaborate with the police to investigate security concerns about the parks. Municipal officials suggested that

the working group should consist of a councilmember, the city manager, the chief of police, the director of public works, the director of community services and the director of community development. Homeless The city council appointed the Community Development Department to host the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count for Signal Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 7:30pm to 10pm. The department will also provide coordination and

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training to local volunteers interested in helping City officials during the event and the police department will provide transport for those wanting to get involved. According to City Manager Charlie Honeycutt, the number of homeless people in the area is increasing, and the recent closure of two homeless encampments in downtown Long Beach and in the Atlantic Avenue and Spring Street area has helped add to the increase in the homeless population locally. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and more than 100 other agencies will be sponsoring the event. The Homeless Count will help these agencies determine where resources are needed to help the homeless effectively. In 2013 there were 10 known individuals in the Signal Hill city lines. Last year, the number of total homeless people found in the city was 35. The City is anticipating that 10 to 12 volunteers will be needed. Sarah Tsao, of the community development department, can be contacted at (562) 989-7340 to answer any questions for citizens interested in helping. Recreation Aly Mancini, director of community services, presented the council with an update on the collaboration efforts with Richard Fisher Associates to conduct a community recreation needs assessment. The goal is to prioritize the parks, recreation and

Street sweeper The council agreed to contract with CR&R Incorporated for street-sweeping services at a three-year term. The Public Works Department supplements its maintenance operations by utilizing a contractor to provide the aforementioned service. The public works representative said her department felt that CR&R was the best choice for the contract, stating that a contract deal was set at an amount of $121,296. During the discussion period, Councilmember Larry Forester wanted to make sure that CR&R Incorporated would comply with the street cleaning schedule already announced throughout the city. The contract states that the proposed company will adjust to the City’s schedule and that its street-sweeping vehicles will drive at a speed of six to eight miles per hour depending on the amount of debris found on the street. Presentations Mayor Lori Woods introduced Scott Williams as the new deputy finance director/administrative services officer with the finance department. The mayor also presented Tito Leulusoo and Arvin Pacheco as new maintenance workers for the public works department. Woods presented a Sustainability Award in the category of water-efficient landscapes to Joy Spacht for water-conservation efforts at 334749 Lemon Ave. ✦ The next Signal Hill City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7pm in council chambers, 2175 Cherry Ave.


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from the services in 2002 because she was overweight. She said she thought that was unfair because her body structure did not fit what the military thought was appropriate. “They even asked me to get breast reductions,” she said. Powell then explained that most women aren’t aware of committees similar to the DACOWITS and that it would have been her job to look into things of that nature. “We need women like her,” Gilliam said. “I believe that joining

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is to continue to build up the state’s Rainy Day Fund. Under Proposition 2, the fund’s balance will reach 63 percent of its constitutional target in the coming year.” The budget will fall out of balance without corrective action, the proposal states, adding that the fiscal stability from a balanced budget and a recovering state economy have provided a welcome break from the deficits of the last 10 years. However, in the last 17 years, the state’s short periods of balanced budgets have been followed by major budget shortfalls. Compared to the 2016 Budget Act signed in June, the two main factors behind the deficit are a revenue forecast that is $5.8 billion lower than anticipated and a current‑year shortfall in the Medi‑Cal program. If not for the passage of several ballot measures last November, the deficit would be billions worse, according to state officials. Some of those measures include Proposition 52 (hospital fee), Proposition 56 (tobacco tax) and Proposition 57 (prison reform). Proposition 55’s extension of temporary income-tax rates on the wealthiest in the state will start to help balance the budget in the next fiscal year. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), who represents the 70th District, praised the governor’s fiscal responsibility but called

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the military was the best thing that I could have possibly ever done for myself. It was a powerful, wonderful thing that has just continually benefited my entire life, even my daughter’s life, so even after 10 years of being off active duty, it still continues to benefit me in my every day.” Powell was awarded the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Public Services in 1994, the U.S. Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal in 1995 and the Outstanding Woman of the Year: American Business Women’s Association in 1994. ✦

Wilma Powell spoke about the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services and the impact she made while helping women in the military during an American Association of University Woman meeting that took place Saturday, Jan. 7.

for continued support of California’s students. O’Donnell, a teacher who chairs the Assembly Education Committee, said in a statement Tuesday that the governor’s proposal reflects a shared desire for a fiscally prudent budget. “This includes increasing the state’s Rainy Day Fund to nearly $8 billion along with plans for paying down the state’s debts and liabilities,” O’Donnell wrote. “However, fiscal restraint must not be shouldered by California’s students or come at the cost of their education.” The Assemblymember detailed three major elements in protecting students. The first of these is to make sure Proposition 98 is the floor rather than the ceiling. “While the governor’s proposal allows K-12 per-pupil spending to keep pace with enrollment growth and inflation, the Legislature will want to examine proposed accounting changes to Prop. 98,” O’Donnell said. The second element O’Donnell promoted is to move forward with the school bond program. “I agree with the governor that the school bond program needs improvements, but voters approved Proposition 51, and the State should avoid any hurdles to the allocation of these funds,” O’Donnell said. “These facilities impact the health and safety of students.” O’Donnell also wants to maintain the Middle Class Scholarship, which provides undergraduate students, in-

cluding students pursuing a teaching credential, with family incomes and assets up to $156,000 a scholarship to attend University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) campuses. “I strongly oppose the elimination of the Middle Class Scholarship,” O’Donnell said. “Keeping college affordable is vital to our state’s economic future. Ending the Middle Class Scholarship will only result in more crushing student debt and additional financial challenges for working-class families.” In a statement this week, Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chair Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) said he is pleased that Brown is proposing a responsible spending plan in light of the economic uncertainties facing California, but he said the budget should focus on fixing existing state programs that are failing before committing more money to new programs. “We need to help Californians learn job skills for the 21st century, fix the state’s failing Denti-Cal program, invest in repairs to California’s crumbling infrastructure and solve the housing crisis that is causing California’s poverty rate to be the highest in the nation,” Obernolte said. “These are the real issues facing people across our state, and they should be a priority in any budget discussion.” He added that, unfortunately, the budget also continues to ignore the state’s out-of-control pension debts and retiree health care liabilities. “These debts are growing larger by

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the day, and they steal resources from vital programs like education, health care and public safety,” Obernolte said. “Any truly balanced budget must address these threats to our financial stability.” Californians Against Higher Taxes (CAHT), a statewide coalition of more than 200 organizations and companies as well as more than 5,000 individual taxpayers, this week criticized the fact that Brown’s budget called for extending the cap-and-trade auction program. In an emailed statement Jan. 10, CAHT said the auction program has generated more than $4 billion from businesses and consumers that is now being spent on questionable programs that are not directly benefiting the fight against climate change in the state. “All along, we have opposed the revenue-generating mechanism under cap-and-trade because it is a tax that was never authorized by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature, and whose revenue is being spent on programs that don’t quantifiably reduce emissions,” said Beth Miller, spokesperson for CAHT. “Now, the governor is proposing to extend the auction program through a two-thirds vote, without calling it what it is– a tax.” Also critical of cap-and-trade this week was the National Federation of Independent Business/California. “Our small businesses have serious concern with codifying the extension of cap-and-trade beyond 2020,” wrote NFIB California State Executive Director Tom Scott, in a statement Tuesday. “This tax on small business and consumers puts additional cost pressures on our struggling job creators in a state that only contributes 1 percent to global greenhouse gas emissions. California gains nothing for our envi-

ronmental climate or business climate by pushing our jobs and emissions to neighboring states.” Scott said Brown’s proposal affirmed the sentiment that small-business owners have been expressing for some time– that California is on the verge of an economic downturn “The compounding pressures of a $15 state minimum wage, protected leave mandates and mounting environmental regulations have all caused small-business owners great anxiety, which puts a drag on hiring and economic growth,” Scott said. “In the face of a $2-billion budget deficit, our focus should be on supporting small business to grow the economy to sustainably improve the health of our state finances.” Board of Equalization Member George Runner said the governor’s continued call for fiscal restraint makes sense but the state is still vulnerable to the boom-and-bust dangers of the past, especially since California voters chose to extend tax increases on high-income earners. “A real threat to Gov. Brown’s desired legacy of fiscal conservatism will be legislative Democrats who wish to spend more money on government programs, now that they command a super-majority in both houses,” Runner said. “That’s why it’s disappointing to see Brown use his final years as governor to call for a gas-tax hike, especially at a time when fuel prices are on the rise. A better plan to fix our roads would be to cut government waste, eliminate the bloated high-speed rail project and better prioritize existing dollars. Rather than add new programs, we should use the additional revenue to correct mistakes of the past such as the illegal fire fee and the state’s confusing fuel tax swap.” ✦

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TST5357 / 2016 294410 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: ARLES SHOES, 15710 Garfield Ave., Paramount, CA 90723. Registrant: ARLES COLLECTION INC., 15710 Garfield Ave., Paramount, CA 90723. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Christian Dominguez, President. The registrant has begun to use this fictitious business name. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in January, 2016. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on December 6, 2016. 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: December 23, 30, 2016, & January 6, 13, 2017. TST5358 Trustee’s Sale T.S. No. 048226-CA APN: 7217006-080 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Pursuant to CA Civil Code 2923.3 IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 3/20/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER On 1/25/2017 at 11:00 AM, CLEAR RECON CORP., as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 3/27/2007, as Instrument No. 20070703200, of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of CALIFORNIA executed by: EDWARD H. J. WILSON, AN UNMARRIED MAN WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK DRAWN ON A STATE OR NATIONAL BANK, A CHECK DRAWN BY A STATE OR FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, OR A CHECK DRAWN BY A STATE OR FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION, SAVINGS ASSOCIATION, OR SAVINGS BANK SPECIFIED IN SECTION 5102 OF THE FINANCIAL CODE AND AUTHORIZED TO DO BUSINESS IN THIS STATE: By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said

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County and State described as: MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2043 CRESCENT DR SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be held, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession of ion, condition, or encumbrances, including fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to pay the remaining principal sums of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is: $472,684.66 If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. 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

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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) 758 - 8052 or visit this Internet Web site WWW.HOMESEARCH. COM, using the file number assigned to this case 048226CA. 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. FOR SALES INFORMATION: (800) 758 – 8052 CLEAR RECON CORP. 4375 Jutland Drive Suite 200 San Diego, California 92117 Published in the Signal Tribune on December 30, 2016 & January 6, 13, 2017. TST5362 / 2016 321996 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: ASSOCIASIGNAL HILL, 2698 Junipero Ave. Suite 101A, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: PROPESSIONAL MANAGEMENT, INC., 27051 Towne Centre Drive Suite 200, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Clint Warrell, President. The registrant has begun to use this fictitious business name. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in November, 2016. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on December 28, 2016. 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:

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December 30, 2016, & January 6, 13, 20, 2017. TST5363 / 2016 313327 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: TRAY SURF COMPANY, 623 Mira Mar Ave., Long Beach, CA 90814. Registrant: MATTHEW GEBHARD, 623 Mira Mar Ave., Long Beach, CA 90814. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Matthew Gebhard. 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 December 28, 2016. 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: December 30, 2016, & January 6, 13, 20, 2017.

TST55361/ Case No. YS029391. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 825 Maple Ave., Torrance, CA 90503. PETITION OF Dionicio Chavez Rodriguez. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: DIONICIO CHAVEZ RODRIGUEZ filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: DIONICIO CHAVEZ RODRIGUEZ, to Proposed Name: DIONICIO RODRIGUEZ CHAVEZ. 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 17, 2017; Time: 8:30am.; Dept. M. 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:

BID NOTICE TST5370 BID NOTICE REQUESTING SUB BIDS From Qualified HUB Section 3 Subcontractors & Suppliers For The Following Project Rainbow Harbor EVAC Replacement OWNER: City of Long Beach BID DATE: January 25, 2017, 10:00 AM Quotes for services and supplies are need for: Electrical – Supply Plumbing Materials - Temporary Fencing - Temporary Toilets JOHN S. MEEK COMPANY, INC. (AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER) 14732 So. Maple Avenue, Gardena, CA 90248 Tel: (310) 830-6323 Fax: (310) 835-2163 Contact: Chad Goodwin The John S. Meek Company intends to seriously consider all proposals for participation on this project. Published in the Signal Tribune January 13, 2017

BID NOTICE TST5368 BID NOTICE provide STRIPING, SLURRY SEAL, SURVEY, TRAFFIC CONTROL, DEMOLITION, MISC PCC for the PORT OF LONG BEACH – CARRACK AVE RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT in Long Beach, CA. You are invited to provide a sub-quote for the above-referenced project.

LIVES LIVED Barbara Wright 58 Thuy Nguyen 78 Tigranui Kirakosyan 94 Donnie Gunder 72 Chat King 91 Varda Rosenteur 98 Maria Vazquez 79 Patricia Daugherty 71 Jonathan Marcus 76 George Sabbagh 74 Wanda Tigges 78 Daina Greenspun 75 George Jobe 77 Ofelia Fernandez 85 The families were assisted by McKenzie Mortuary. For more details on service dates and times, contact (562) 961-9301.

This project’s time of completion is 140 Calendar Days and Liquidated Damages are $1,000 per day. The engineer’s estimate is $640,000. SBE (Small Business Enterprise) and VSBE (Very Small Business Enterprise) firms are invited to provide quotes as a subcontractor, vendor or supplier. Excel Paving Company is an *EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER* We offer assistance in obtaining bonding, lines of credit, insurance, technical assistance, necessary equipment, supplies and materials, and plans & specs at the subcontractor’s request. Plans and Specifications are posted on POLB Planet Bids Portal website at https://www.planetbids.com/ portal/portal.cfm?CompanyID=19236 . They may also be obtained via our FTP site at http://www.mediafire.com/file/my20yn2g6dwha0f/POLB_124.zip . They are also available for review at our office (We do need to be contacted beforehand to be sure they’ll be available). Excel paving Company intends to seriously negotiate with qualified subcontractors, suppliers and vendors, particularly with SBE/VSBE firms to gain their participation. If you contact Excel via email, please refer to the project name in the subject box. Otherwise it may be considered SPAM. Contact: Elizabeth Krieger 2230 Lemon Ave. Long Beach, CA 90806 Phone: (562) 599-5841 Fax: (562) 591-7485 Email: estimating@excelpaving.net Bid Due on: 1/31/2017 at 10:00 AM Solicitation Number: HD-S2478 Published in the Signal Tribune January 13, 2017


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January 13, 2017 December 30, 2016 & January 6, 13, 20, 2017 ___//ss//___ Steven Van Sicklen, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: December 30, 2016 TST5364/ Case No. NS033264. 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 Shanka Parakrama Ratnapala. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: SHANKA PARAKRAMA RATNAPALA filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: SHANKA PARAKRAMA RATNAPALA, to Proposed Name: SHANKA PARAKRAMA DESILVA. 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 15, 2017; Time: 8:30am.; Dept. 26. 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 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017 ___//ss//___ Michael P. Vicencia, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: December 29, 2016 TST5365/ Case No. NS033255. 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 Kimberly Britt-Ward. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: KIMBERLY BRITTWARD filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: KIMBERLY BRITTWARD, to Proposed Name: KIMBERLY DIANE HAYS VAUGHN BEY. 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 10, 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 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017 ___//ss//___ Ross M. Klein, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: December 27, 2016 TST5367 / 2017 004322 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: COLLEGE PLANNING OF GREATER LONG BEACH, 2005 Palo Verde Ave., Ste. 118, Long Beach, CA 90815. Registrant: S & S HOLDING COMPANY, INC., 2005 Palo Verde Ave., Ste. 118, Long Beach, CA 90815. This business

is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Harry V. Dawson III, President. 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 6, 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 13, 20, 27, & February 3, 2017. TST5369 / 2017 003811FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: Z’S VINTAGE, 230 Linden Ave. #101, Long Beach,

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CA 90802. Registrant: ZAIRA SANTIAGO, 100 Atlantic Ave. #601, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Zaira Santiago. 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 5, 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 13, 20, 27, & February 3, 2017.

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Woman dead, man injured after shooting One person is dead and another wounded after a shooting incident Tuesday night. On Jan. 10, at approximately 7:25pm, officers responded to the 6300 block of Knight Avenue regarding the shootings of two adults. Upon arrival, officers found a female victim with a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Long Beach Fire Department personnel determined her to be deceased at the scene. An additional victim, a male adult, was transported to a local hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the upper torso. The suspect believed to be responsible for the shooting was detained by witnesses until police officers arrived and was taken into custody. The deceased has been identified as Susan Garcia, a 33-yearold resident of Long Beach. The relationship between the victims and the suspect is still to be determined. The shooting is not gang-related, police said. The suspect has been identified as 35-year-old John McVoy, a resident of Corona. He was booked for murder and attempted murder at the Long Beach Jail, and he is being held on $2 million bail. Those with information are asked to contact homicide detectives Oscar Valenzuela and Shea Robertson 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.


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Crimes reported by the LBPD Council districts 6, 7 & 8 (no arrest information supplied) Thursday, Jan. 5 midnight Residential burglary 300 block E. 45th St. 9am Grand theft– motor vehicle 4000 block Atlantic Ave. 4pm Child cruelty 3500 block Elm Ave. 6pm Possession of meth/ecstasy/ GHB etc. W. PCH/Daisy Ave. (suspect arrested) Friday, Jan. 6 10am Grand theft– motor vehicle E. 19th St./Myrtle Ave.

3400 block Long Beach Blvd. Noon Grand theft– motor vehicle 2000 block Maine Ave.

Tuesday, Jan. 10 1am Auto burglary 4200 block Atlantic Ave.

5pm Grand theft– motor vehicle 2800 block Cedar Ave. Sunday, Jan. 8 1am Battery 3400 block Long Beach Blvd.

9pm Auto burglary 3700 block Falcon Ave.

4pm Residential burglary 2000 block Long Beach Blvd.

10pm Grand theft– motor vehicle 900 block E. 19th St.

8pm Battery 2600 block Pacific Ave.

10pm Grand theft– motor vehicle 1900 block Olive Ave.

9pm Assault– not firearm 500 block Dayman St.

Monday, Jan. 9 4am Auto burglary 3900 block Gaviota Ave.

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10pm Spousal abuse 2000 block Pine Ave.

5pm Battery 2100 block Linden Ave.

3pm Child cruelty 900 block E. Bixby Dr.

Saturday, Jan. 7 midnight Spousal abuse 2801 Atlantic Ave.

9pm Battery 2600 block Pacific Ave.

3pm Grand theft– motor vehicle 200 block W. PCH

4am Spousal abuse 400 block W. Hill St.

11pm Grand theft– motor vehicle E. 36th St./Elm Ave.

5pm Grand theft– motor vehicle 2100 block MLK Jr. Ave.

2pm Spousal abuse 900 block E. Spring St.

11am Grand theft– motor vehicle 200 block W. PCH

9am Residential burglary 2801 Atlantic Ave. 9am Residential burglary 800 block W. PCH Noon Residential burglary

Linden Ave./E. PCH 4pm Residential burglary 4300 block Elm Ave.

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6:40pm Auto burglary 700 block E. Spring St. Friday, Jan. 6 5:20am Grand theft– motor vehicle 3200 block Lemon Ave. 11:11am Contempt of court: violate protective order 2200 Temple Ave. (suspect arrested)

10am Battery 100 block W. PCH

1:20pm Identity theft 2800 block E. PCH

2pm Grand theft– motor vehicle 3200 block Chestnut Ave.

3:43pm Auto burglary 2100 block Temple Ave.

7pm Auto burglary 1100 block E. Carson St.

5:10pm Petty theft 700 block E. Spring St. (suspect arrested)

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Saturday, Jan. 7 7:13am Stolen vehicle recovered 2500 block Walnut Ave.

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10:50pm Grand theft– motor vehicle 3200 block Walnut Ave.

7:43pm Spousal abuse 2800 block E. PCH

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Monday, Jan. 9 1:46pm Petty theft, possession of controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, four misdemeanor warrants. 2400 block Cherry Ave. (suspect arrested) 2:13pm Grand theft– motor vehicle 2700 block Cherry Ave.

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all in the past now. Adam Hijazi, a former dispensary owner and now a member of the Long Beach Collective Association, recalls that his former business had paid $14,762 to participate in that original lottery from years ago. He had also signed a 15-year lease on a property at the time he attempted to open a business in the city. Hijazi added that while he and other members of the collective association waded through the debate over how to regulate medical cannabis, which lasted for many years, he continued to keep the property, rather than give it up. Hijazi says that he and others had

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creation of new jobs, among other things over the past year– is already a great city. The mayor attempted to support his statement of Long Beach by inquiring about something he said has recently been on the mind of many American citizens: “What makes America so great?” “I believe what makes our country great is not fear, not divisiveness or anger, but kindness, respect and love of country and constitution,” he said. “Let me be very clear– Long Beach is and will always be a city that values our differences and the diversity of our people.” Measure A Garcia said the passage of Measure A has allowed the City to plan on a $387-million investment of new revenue into public safety and infrastructure, the largest investment Long Beach has made in a generation, the mayor said. The Long Beach City Council also recently adopted a $150-million plan set for the next three to four years to focus on streets, community facilities, storm-drain systems and public-safety projects. Garcia said infrastructure work in the city will begin this year. Distributions of the plan include, but are not limited to: $91 million in street repairs; $15 million in sidewalk repairs; $5 million in alley improvements; $19 million in park improvements; $3.3 million in community facilities; nearly $3.7 million in library improvements; $5 million in neighborhood storm protection; and $6

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already invested in making modifications and retrofitting their properties to comply with city regulations. In a telephone interview, Hijazi shrugged off the vast amount of dollars that had been spent. He notes that not everyone involved in the industry were able to keep their finances afloat while they waited for an ordinance to be passed by voters. “A lot has been chalked up to a business loss,” Hijazi said. Kolluri acknowledged that the business license fees were never paid back. “The City originally held the lottery for business licenses in September 2010,” Kolluri said in his statement. “The fees were nonrefundable and were not returned when the ban on

medical marijuana businesses was reinstated through Chapter 5.89 of the Long Beach Municipal Code.” Hijazi said that he wants to move forward. He says he isn’t bitter about the process. “Right now […] we’re happy that currently this process is moving forward,” Hijazi said, declaring that he hoped that everyone will start on a new page and that the losses are a past chapter of the story of cannabis in Long Beach. “And learn from it,” he concluded, “to make sure we never go back to it.” It’s a sentiment that’s shared by another medical-cannabis businessman, Larry King. He and Hijazi may get some reward for their patience. The City will be assigning a priority sys-

tem to offer business licenses and will use a points system. Businesses that previously operated with the City’s authorization after February 2012 will be offered additional points. King was asked whether he’s felt the change in attitude toward the medical-cannabis industry and whether the community is now recognizing the legitimacy of these businesses. “It feels different than last time,” King said in a phone interview. “It feels less of a conflict.” King went on to describe how he thinks the community is better educated on the topic now that they have seen how marijuana legalization works in the state of Colorado. King is in the process of applying for a business license and is also consulting for

other businesses that wish to qualify. He also noted that the City is now prepared for tax revenue and that California officials will likely observe how well things progress in Long Beach. King said he was aware that the rest of the country will be watching how well marijuana regulation will work in California. “So, this is pretty pivotal right now,” he concluded, “that this all goes smoothly […] everybody’s on their best behavior, including me right now.” ✦

million in public-safety facilities. The mayor said there will still be an additional $50 million in Measure A revenue to allocate to public infrastructure. The measure has also allowed the restoration of Fire Department Station 8 at Belmont Shore and the addition of new officers to re-establish the south division of the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) that patrols the downtown and central areas of the city, Garcia said, adding how this was the first time there had been an increase in the public-safety departments in more than 10 years. The mayor also took the time to request to the city council to approve the restoration of Paramedic Rescue 12 for north Long Beach and to add nine new officers to staff an academy unit. Garcia said Paramedic 12 will bring increased response times, and the new police unit will improve training for officers. Garcia said improving public safety also means placing priority on increasing security on the Metro Blue Line. The mayor said he was elected to the Metro board of directors, a countywide agency that governs the Metro rail and county bus systems, last week. In February, Garcia aims to meet with the board of directors to convince them to contract LBPD officers to patrol the eight Metro stops in the city. If successful, Metro will pay for the addition of 30 officers on the Blue Line rail.

Economy Garcia credited new businesses in Douglas Park and the uptown and downtown areas as examples of improving economic development in the city due to increased tourism. Douglas Park in east Long Beach, for instance, is now the largest private commercial development in the city and will feature nearly 30 new businesses, including Nordstrom Rack and Whole Foods, Inc., and the addition of roughly 5,000 jobs, Garcia said. The mayor added that 2nd Street and Pacific Coast Highway development is expected to break ground later this year and will feature new retail and dining options. He also commended the addition of the Steelcraft food lot in Bixby Knolls on Long Beach Boulevard and Bixby Road as a thriving source of good business. The Aquarium of the Pacific will break ground in February in an expansion effort for its exhibit space. The Queen Mary Task Force also has a plan for the 43 acres of land surrounding the ship, the mayor said. More than 2,300 residential units have also been completed or approved for completion in the downtown area. Unemployment entered a nineyear low in 2016 at 5.6 percent, down from 14.5 percent in 2009, Garcia said. He added that 9,000 jobs were created in 2016, and he acknowledged an increase in minimum wage, which took effect at the beginning of this year. In an effort to continue efficient progress, Garcia said he has asked the City’s Economic Development Commission to create a 10-year

blueprint, which will be presented to the Long Beach City Council in March to guide economic development efforts for the next decade. Garcia detailed the expansion of civic technology, including BizPort, a business portal introduced last year that helps businesses develop their growth digitally. Garcia said DataLB, a new open data portal that allows access to City information, also launched this week.

is also working with Long Beach to study the breakwater along the shore in an effort to restore the coastal ecosystem. The study began last January, and Garcia said the team will have a list of options on how to proceed with the breakwater by the end of this month. Planning for the restoration of the Los Angeles River has also begun, the mayor said.

Crime Garcia announced a reduction in violent crime last year after a slight increase in 2015. Homicides were reduced by 8.3 percent in 2016.

Sustainability Garcia announced that Long Beach Transit will utilize battery-powered electric buses this year, with an entire set of “clean” vehicles by 2020. The Board of Harbor Commissioners authorized a $46.4-million mitigation program last year to lessen the impacts of port-related pollution, as well, Garcia said. The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have both dedicated their efforts to introducing zero-emissions ships, equipment and harbor crafts, as reported by the Signal Tribune in November. Garcia also said one of the City’s key initiatives is to replace all streetlights with energy-efficient LED lights. He said 9,200 streetlights have already been replaced, and the remaining 15,000 will be replaced by October. City water usage in 2016 was also 24 percent less than the 10-year average, according to Garcia. The City has secured a $30-million grant for the construction of a new municipal stormwater treatment facility, and it also aims to plant more than 6,000 trees and increase solar-power infrastructure. The Army Corps of Engineers

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Housing Home ownership in California is at its lowest since the 1940s, Garcia said. He added that one-third of residents pay more than 50 percent of their income toward rent. Garcia said that housing and homelessness are both intertwined and complex. He said the City has created and preserved residential units this past year, but he admitted that it’s still a challenge to address the issue. In February, City staff will be organizing a city council study session to address affordable housing. Homelessness is still a widespread crisis, however, particularly with veterans. Garcia said Long Beach has addressed the problem by housing more than 640 veterans in the past two years. The City plans to create a shelter gathering place next door to the Multi-Service Center in west Long Beach aimed at offering a secure place for homeless people later in the day after local shelters have closed. “All of the research around this issue shows that immediate shelter and housing first is the first and most important step to permanent housing,” Garcia said. “The people on our streets– the men and women and children on our streets– they have names, and they deserve our respect and our care.” Education Mayor Garcia had high praise for the city’s education system. He highlighted Cal State Long Beach, which had 91,000 applications last fall, and former Long Beach City College Superintendent Eloy Ortiz Oakley, who became chancellor of the California Community Colleges at the end of last year. He also commended the Long Beach College Promise program, which has served as a national model to ensure college admission for students. Garcia detailed that internship spots have increased from 1,500 to 3,800, and 900 pre-school seats have been added. Last week, the Mayor’s Fund for Education was launched to increase access to early childhood education. “We are all on this journey together,” Garcia concluded. “ Let’s support each other. Let’s help our neighbors. Let’s help the poor in our community. And let’s lead with caring hearts and optimism about our future. I know all of us can work together to build an even better Long Beach.” ✦


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