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Police standoff near Long Beach City Hall ends in death of armed suspect
IN THIS ISSUE NEWS Seventh-district candidate forum
Long Beach Police responded to call of possible bomb threat, closed down several streets.
All five seeking Long Beach’s 7th-district seat participate in Wrigley Association’s event at Veterans Park.
LB City Council approves land-use element, maps
Several revisions, such as further reductions in density, were made to address specific concerns and needs.
COMMUNITY O’Donnell hosts two community events in LB. Meetings address gun control, the state budget, education and the need for Khmer program in schools.
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Cory Bilicko Managing Editor
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A Long Beach SWAT armored vehicle was one of several units used at Ocean Boulevard near City Hall on Wednesday, March 7, where an armed suspect was barricaded in a white van.
Long Beach Police officers responded to an armed suspect barricaded in a white van near City Hall on Wednesday, March 7. The standoff erupted into a brief shootout, in which the suspect was injured and taken to a local hospital. Officials later confirmed that he was killed. No officers were injured, and police said there were no explosives at the scene.
L.A. Metro board approves amended motion to modernize 710 Freeway
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Approved plan will improve 710 interchanges, add truck-bypass lanes but delay expansion.
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LB Medical Center files 120-day lease termination notice on Community Hospital City, Assemblymember and foundation still working to keep facility open.
An approximately two-hour-long police standoff with an armed and barricaded suspect near Long Beach City Hall on March 7 ended in an officer-involved shooting, in which the suspect was injured and taken to a local hospital. He was later pronounced deceased. No police officers were injured, officials said. Brad Johnson, a Long Beach Police Department public-information officer, said that a woman called authorities and told them her husband was armed and threatening to “blow up” the Glenn Anderson Federal Building. “She identified his vehicle as a white Chevy van,” Johnson said. “Officers then responded to her location, Long Beach Boulevard, as well as Ocean Boulevard and the area around the federal building.” The dispatched officers discovered a vehicle that matched the description parked at the 300 block of West Ocean Boulevard. Authorities made contact with the armed suspect, who was standing outside the driver’s side of the vehicle, and asked him to put the weapon down. He did not comply. Police negotiators were later sent to the area where the suspect was barricaded in his car. They attempted to defuse the situation and continued to
March 9, 2018
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) board of directors on March 1 approved a much anticipated measure initiated in 2008 to modernize the 710 Freeway. Eleven of the 15 board members– including Courtesy L.A. Metro Board Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Los Angeles The above map shows planned changes to the 710 Freeway under the Alternative Mayor Eric Garcetti and several L.A. County 5C motion, an amended version of which was unanimously approved by the L.A. Supervisors, including Hilda Solis and Janice Metro Board on March 1. The amended plan includes additional truck-bypass lanes see 710 page 13 around the 405-Freeway interchange but delays “general purpose lane” expansion.
When MemorialCare announced Monday that it had filed a 120-day lease termination notice for Community Hospital, it seemed as though the end of the road had finally arrived for the east-side facility, after months of efforts by city leaders, hospital staff, an assemblymember and even a special task force to save it after it was determined last year that it sits on an active fault line. In what was seen as a surprising move, effective July 3 of this year, MemorialCare will no longer provide any acute or psychiatric care at Community Hospital, nor will it support any of the eight basic services there provided by all hospitals in the state. However, Community Hospital still has some powerful figures in its corner, including 70th District Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell and the City of Long Beach, both of whom this week stated their intentions to continue fighting to keep it open. With an earlier-than-expected deadline, however, that effort has become more challenging. “I am disheartened by MemorialCare’s move to terminate all services earlier than indicated at Community Hospital,” wrote O’Donnell in a statement Monday afternoon. “In my perception, the decision is clearly motivated by MemorialCare’s desire to both leave the hospital and prevent other providers from coming in to serve the greater community. Community Hospital offers the only emergency room on the east side of the city. This decision will put even more pressure on other emergency rooms throughout the region and endangers the health and safety of east-side residents.” In response to MemorialCare’s initial announcement to cease services by the end of 2019, O’Donnell had introduced AB 2591 on Feb. 15 to seek an extension for the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development seismic-compliance deadline for existing operations at the hospital through 2025. “I introduced AB 2591 to give both the community and MemorialCare more time to find a lasting solution,” O’Donnell wrote. “This announcesee HOSPITAL page 13
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March 9, 2018
LUE, 710 expansion, SCIG and public safety emerge as main issues at 7th District candidate forum All five candidates participated in Wrigley Association’s well attended event. Cory Bilicko Managing Editor
All five residents seeking to represent Long Beach’s 7th council district were in attendance at the Wrigley Association’s March 5 candidate forum, during which each presented his opinions and ideas on the landuse element, the 710 Freeway, park space, public safety, dedicated bicycle lanes and the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) railyard. Oscar Delacruz, Jared Milrad, Chris Sereno, Kevin Shin and incumbent Roberto Uranga sat– and two stood during their turns– on the stage at the Veterans Park Community Center before a full-capacity crowd. Gavin McKiernan, president of the Long Beach Neighborhood Foundation’s board of directors, served as moderator for the event, and he asked the five men questions that attendees had written onto cards prior to the start of the forum. After pulling numbers to determine the order in which they would proceed, the candidates introduced themselves and their platforms during opening statements. Milrad spoke first, saying he wishes to use his two decades of “diverse leadership experience” to bring a new generation of leaders to the city. He said that he and his husband live in California Heights and both work in Long Beach. He described himself as an entrepreneur who started a film-production company in the district and works for a nonprofit animal-welfare organization “to help promote healthy food choices and compassionate lifestyles” in the community and nationwide. He also said he founded a nationally recognized nonprofit to help low- and middle-income fam-
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All five candidates for Long Beach’s 7th council district attended the Wrigley Association’s March 5 forum, during which each presented his thoughts on the land-use element, the 710 Freeway, park space, public safety, dedicated bicycle lanes and the Southern California International Gateway railyard. Pictured from left are Oscar Delacruz, Jared Milrad, Chris Sereno, Kevin Shin and incumbent Roberto Uranga.
ilies afford legal services and that he helped create a technology-based program called the Latino Opportunity Initiative to help empower atrisk youth in Southern California. Sereno said he left the ship-building industry in 1984 to work for the aerospace company McDonnell Douglas and that he retired last April from Boeing. He said that, after 32 years of working in those industries, he wanted to get involved in an undertaking that would allow him to help people. He added that, despite having no political experience, he has “the aptitude to see through things [...] and then to see things through.” Sereno said he has also benefited from attending Boeing’s leadership center several times and
has learned that leading entails putting people first. Shin said he moved to Southern California with his immigrant parents when he was 3 years old, living mostly in Diamond Bar and Torrance. He said that, after attending public school through 12th grade, he attended Claremont McKenna College then George Washington University, where he earned an MBA. He said he then worked for nonprofit organizations, helping them to develop strategies for fundraising, marketing and advocacy to make their missions successful. He added, however, that his true passion is working for his community, and he helped found an organization called Walk-Bike Long Beach, which fo-
cuses on walkability, bikeability and disability access, as well as traffic safety and environmental issues. Shin said his vision for the district prioritizes housing affordability, safe and vibrant streets and a healthy environment. Uranga said that, when he moved to Wrigley 30 years ago, the city was totally different, with more crime and delayed infrastructure. He said that he worked for the City of Long Beach for 28 years before retiring. He also shared some of his accomplishments as councilmember, including reduced crime, a balanced budget, eliminating a “nuisance bar” on Willow Street, securing funding to revitalize Willow Springs Park and helping to open new business-
es. He added that he has a 95-percent attendance record for city council meetings but also serves on the California Coastal Commission, the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy and the Gateway Cities Council of Governments. He also claimed to be the only actively engaged resident running for the 7th-district council seat. Delacruz said he has lived in Long Beach for almost 30 years. He explained that he is running for city council because he wants “to see some changes– which I don’t want to disclose– but I want to see some good changes, with no offense to anybody.” He said there are matters that need attention, but “to discuss those problems or issues at this moment is not practical, because it may offend others.” Delacruz then mentioned that improving safety in the neighborhood, with the help of police, is first on his “agenda.” He also said he would like to introduce clean-up projects where needed, work with teachers to develop programs beneficial to children, keep parks safe and clean, and keep residents in the community informed. The first question McKiernan posed to the five candidates concerned the land-use element (LUE), the master plan for how future development in the city is managed. He asked them to explain how they think it will affect their district and how they would vote on it, assuming there would be no major changes to it. Sereno said he is against any developments that exceed two stories and that he wants to avoid additional traffic. “I think there are other options available that we haven’t really discussed in detail,” he said. “I consider myself not to be conventional or see FORUM page 15
the By Neena Strichart
My high-school boyfriend took me to the Long Beach Playhouse for our first date. I loved it. Most of my friends went on bowling or football-game dates or out for pizzas or to the movies. Going to the theatre that night made me feel quite elegant and grown-up. I wish I could remember which play we saw. Now, when I go to see a play, my hubby Steve usually accompanies me, and although he usually balks at the thought, he has never walked away unhappy. In fact, most of the time he tells all of our friends how much fun we had. Back in January we had the chance to see the opening-night performance of Disney’s Aladdin at the Pantages. Being big fans of the animated movie, I knew it wouldn’t take much to convince Steve to join me. The purpose of my writing is not as a play review, although we did indeed love it. Instead it is to share with our readers the information I gathered when interviewing one of the cast members, Reggie DeLeon. How did I get the interview? Knowing I had attended the performance, the folks in charge of the marketing of the show reached out to me by email to ask if I would like to interview Reggie by phone. I jumped at the chance. Within a few days, the arrangements were set and I made what turned out to be a very informative and entertaining half-hour interview. For a bit of background on Disney’s Aladdin, in the animated film, Iago is the parrot sidekick of Jafar, the movie’s antagonist. When I asked Reggie why the stage version of the character was not performed by a puppet or a guy in a parrot suit, he remarked that for the stage version, the powers that be wanted to “humanize” Iago, therefore the theatre’s character was portrayed as an annoying yet funny little man who most willingly carried out any of Jafar’s evil bidding. While talking with Reggie, I learned that he enjoys going to see his fellow actors perform and does so as often as he can. I got a kick out of hearing that he has seen many performances at both Musical Theatre West and International City Theatre. Although he hasn’t had a chance to visit the Long Beach Playhouse, that won’t be the case for long. I promised I would send him a pair of tickets. Besides an extensive theatre background, Reggie has done some film and a bit of voice-over work and currently plays recurring characters on the television shows Mom and Superior Donuts. When I asked him which medium he preferred, he hesitated and then remarked that performing before a live audience during the filming of a television show “is the best of both worlds [film and theatre]” When we discussed his rehearsal daily timetable for Aladdin, Reggie filled me in on what I would imagine is a grueling schedule. “February 27, 2017 was our very first rehearsal [in Chicago], and we opened with previews on April 11.” He went on to say that his workdays were eight hours a day for six days in a row, raising to 12-hour days when the cast and staff transiPhoto by Deen van Meer tioned to technical rehearsals, Reggie De Leon as Iago “like the special effects for the flying carpet.” Knowing that they had been on tour since last April, I learned that his touring company had also already completed their runs in Minneapolis, Seattle and San Francisco, and are now in Los Angeles at the Pantages. Although his particular group did shows
March 9, 2018
The 115th Session By Alan Lowenthal
Finally, after over a year of waiting, President Trump has attempted to put pen to paper and deliver on his campaign promise to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure with an historic $1-trillion investment. Yet, instead of launching a program of sustained investment in our deteriorating infrastructure, the President’s proposal dodges the hard choices and leaves states and cities without the resources they need to meet the challenges they face. There’s no question that we need to make significant investments, yet this proposal contains not a single cent of new federal money for infrastructure. Americans are smart enough to see through this proposal. They know President Trump cannot conjure real infraBy Alan Lowenthal structure upgrades out of thin air. But they also know that time is running out. Much of our highway infrastructure is reaching the end of its useful life, and we see the effects of deferred maintenance and funding shortfalls. Many of the road and rail bridges in my home of Southern California are structurally obsolete. Many highways are in the same condition. Our ports– which are the start of our national supply chain across the country– have been setting records with cargo volume, but poor freight networks can delay cargo from reaching its final destination. Our cities and urban areas continue to grow and put stress on our transportation network, leading to congestion, breakdowns and delays. Democrats in Congress have proposed real solutions to these challenges, yet the Republican Congressional leadership and the President refuse to come to the table and engage in these difficult choices.
They are simply in denial. We cannot meet our infrastructure needs without real federal investment. I have worked across the aisle with Mark Meadows (R-NC), chairman of the Freedom Caucus, and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) from Orange County to introduce legislation that would establish a dedicated Freight Transportation Infrastructure Trust Fund, financed by user fees on freight shipments. Our plan would ensure that worthy freight infrastructure projects, like dedicated truck lanes on I-710 leaving the Port of Long Beach or the Alameda Corridor-East rail project to San Bernardino County, don’t have to compete with passenger-centric projects for the same scarce resources. And our bill ensures that freight projects would be paid for by their users, the shippers of goods. It ends the free-riding that plagues our current environment. Mine is just one approach; some of my colleagues have other worthwhile proposals to meet this challenge. But without leadership from the White House, and a willingness to take on the hard questions, we’ll be back to the drawing board a year from now to find new funds for our growing infrastructure needs. Our nation has spent more than 30 years deferring maintenance on our once world-renowned infrastructure. Today, we are left with the remains of that legacy of inaction. We can’t wait another 30 years, or 20, or 10, or even five, before we start investing in our nation and its future.
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Despite chilly conditions and the threat of rain, nearly 90 people came to Los Cerritos Elementary School in Long Beach on Saturday, March 3 to ready the school garden for spring! Motivated parents and youngsters worked together throughout the morning to spread compost, repair garden beds, clear debris and begin planting in preparation for garden classes, which resume the week of March 12. It was truly inspiring to see the community come together! Friendships were made over coffee breaks; the kids and grown-ups alike got a great workout; and one lucky family even won a pair of Disneyland tickets. (Congratulations to the Fiels.) Jennifer Rice Epstein Long Beach
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LB City Council approves land-use element, urban-design element PlaceType, heights maps The Long Beach City Council Tuesday night during a public hearing voted to approve the proposed land-use element (LUE) and urban design element (UDE) PlaceType and Heights maps after making several revisions, including further reductions in density, to address specific neighborhood concerns and needs. The action is part of the comprehensive effort to update the City’s General Plan and achieve the vision and goals of the community, according to officials. “I’m proud of the community and the city council for adopting a responsible and forward-looking plan that protects residential neighborhoods and invests in our future,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. A press release the City issued this week reads: “The LUE is a plan that encourages significant housing and commercial development in the city’s downtown core, invests in future housing opportunities along the City’s Metro Blue Line and identifies areas for modest growth through the entire City. The LUE looks at addi-
tional housing opportunities, as well as plans for commercial, open space and industrial development to help grow the City’s economy and creates opportunities for jobs in Long Beach.” In December 2017, the Long Beach Planning Commission voted to advance the proposed PlaceType and Height Maps, with recommended changes for height reductions and reduced-density land-use designations. These recommendations were in addition to the 686 acres of reduced height and density proposed by City staff in previous maps issued in November 2017. On March 6, 2018, as part of their review and adoption of the plan, the city council approved numerous additional revisions to the maps. Summaries of the changes, by council district, are available to the public at longbeach.gov/lueude2040. Revised maps to reflect the approved changes will be made available next week, officials said. “The City has heard the input of the community and is committed to
moving forward with the amended plan that celebrates the current character of our diverse neighborhoods while planning for future residents,” said City Manager Patrick H. West. “Like I have said before, Long Beach is a place for everyone to call home.” The General Plan, which includes the LUE, is a document the State of California requires to provide a framework for the long-term physical development of a city. The proposed update draws on physical and demographic changes and broader advances in culture and technology to meet the City’s housing and economic goals, and appropriately plan for population increases, job growth and climate change, according to the City. The revised LUE outlines allowable land uses and guides where growth and development will occur and what it should look like. The proposed update to the LUE will replace the current 1989 document and provide greater flexibility and promote future investment and development opportunities. Additionally, a see LUE page 11
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in Seattle, Reggie told me that he had the chance to be in New York, “the Broadway Iago and I swapped productions,” enabling the other actor to play the stage in his hometown of Seattle. When we spoke about his acting future, I asked Reggie what his dream role would be; his response was, “I would love to play Seymour in a production of Little Shop of Horrors.” I hope his dream comes true. I’d love to see him be the star of that show.
For those who would like to see the show, Aladdin will continue at the Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., in Los Angeles, with closing night taking place March 31. Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 1pm and 6:30pm. Tickets are $35-$125+. To purchase tickets, or to find information on the show, call the Pantages Theatre at (323) 468-1770 or visit hollywoodpantages.com. ✦
March 9, 2018
Assemblymember hosts two events highlighting community needs, Cambodian-American issues In two separate Saturday discussions, O’Donnell addresses gun control, state budget, education and need for dual-language Khmer program in schools. Denny Cristales Online Editor
Patrick O’Donnell, California’s 70th District assemblymember, hosted two community events on Saturday, March 3 in the Long Beach area. The first was a morning Coffee and Conversation discussion with residents at Ecco’s Pizza, 2123 N. Bellflower Blvd., where the topics of gun control, state budget and local education were highlighted. Later that Saturday afternoon, O’Donnell hosted a Khmer health-education event at Mark Twain Library, 1401 E. Anaheim St., to discuss issues affecting the Cambodian-American community in Long Beach. During that discussion, Cambodian-American residents stressed the need to include the Khmer language in school curriculum. Conversation Gun reform, one of the most polarizing topics within the United States in recent memory, is again being passionately disputed in the country in light of the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14. Nationwide, the debate has been rampant about what can be done to address a norm in the United States– the mass murder of innocent civilians in public settings, such as concert venues, nightclubs and, notably, school campuses. Days after the Parkland shooting, similar risks were identified in Los Angeles County schools, including purported threats at Long Beach institutions, such as Millikan, Polytechnic and Wilson high schools. The Long Beach Police Department arrested a 15-year-old freshman at Millikan and a 16-year-old junior at Wilson in connection to the separate threats. The
risk at Polytechnic was deemed uncredible, according to the department’s press release on March 1. In the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, local police arrested a 17-year-old El Camino High School student for suspected criminal threats to the Whittier campus. At the suspect’s home in Norwalk, officers found a cache of guns, including assault weapons and handguns. Sheila Walizadeh, an English teacher at John Glenn High School in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, was in attendance at O’Donnell’s community-conversation event last Saturday. She expressed vocal concern about her and her son’s safety as teacher and student, respectively. Her son attends Carver Elementary School. “As a parent and an educator, I’m afraid of being shot at work, I’m afraid that my son will be shot at school,” she told the Signal Tribune after the event. “When I go to work, when I send my kindergartener to school, I should not be afraid of them being murdered. I should not be afraid of being murdered in my classroom. Please help us. What I heard today is really a lack of urgency.” At the event at Ecco’s Pizza, she criticized O’Donnell and Diana Craighead, vice president of the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education and guest speaker, for being “ambiguous and vague” in their responses about school safety in the Long Beach district. During the discussion, Walizadeh proposed limiting access into schools to prevent intruders, but Craighead said that idea would also limit exits for students and potentially make the situation even more dangerous. Walizadeh said she was not pleased with Craighead’s answer. Craighead told the Signal Tribune the Long Beach school district is doing the best it can to protect its students.
“There is so much more that we are doing that I was not able to say today, because that would really be a separate conversation,” she said. “We could spend several hours on that alone, so I don’t believe I was able to give a very comprehensive look at what’s happening in the school district as far as school safety is concerned. I think, for some people, we can’t just make things safe enough. I know that there are some people who would expect us to have armed guards and security cameras at all of our schools. And, quite frankly, that’s just not going to happen. There are other people who think we should arm teachers. That’s also not going to happen. So, I think falling short of that, for some people, we are not doing our job, and I don’t believe that’s accurate at all.” As a former classroom teacher and father of two kids in the Long Beach Unified School District, O’Donnell said he is a firm believer in gun control and understands the urgency in keeping kids safe from gun violence. “I want them and every other student in their school and across the state of California and beyond [to be] safe every day,” he said in an interview with the Signal Tribune. “And, to me, it starts with gun control. But, are there other things that we should look at doing too? And I know that Long Beach Unified is doing that now, talking about more secure entrances, things like that, so I know that conversation is starting. It’s going to cost money, and it is going to take a little bit of time. I know people want it tomorrow. There were some passionate voices we heard today. Listen, they’re not wrong. It’s just that we need to make sure that we do it right, we’re doing it for the right reasons, it’s effective, it’s thought-out and within the bounds of our budget, as well.” As far as the California state budget is concerned, O’Donnell said there is
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Patrick O’Donnell, California’s 70th District assemblymember, hosted two community events on Saturday, March 3 to garner resident feedback about issues related to gun control, state budget, local education and Khmer-language needs. O’Donnell hosted a Coffee and Conversation discussion at Ecco’s Pizza Saturday morning, followed by a Khmer health-education event at Mark Twain Library that same afternoon.
currently a projected $7-billion surplus this year, also implying that it may even jump to $9 billion in May. He said the budget surplus is good news, and he would prefer that the State spend the money on paying longterm debt, as opposed to storing it in its rainy-day fund. “I don’t know if we should be going into new programming right now and building ongoing expenditures that we’re going to be forced to cut in just
a few years when the next recession is coming,” he said. Craighead thanked the public for passing Measure E in the November 2016 election, attributing the measure’s funds in allowing the district the to renovate aging school campuses in the area, where a lot of the school buildings were built in the early 1950s, she said. see O’DONNELL page 14
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Several activists, city leaders and Long Beach residents attend the 7th annual People’s State of the City address on March 1 in the First Congregational Church. The event highlighted social and economic issues, which community leaders said need to be addressed.
‘When the people are hurting, the community hurts’ Seventh Annual People’s State of the City address highlights social and economic challenges, calls for community engagement. Sebastian Echeverry Staff Writer
The political script was flipped during the 7th annual People’s State of the City address as Long Beach-based grassroots activists gathered to empower the public to take action against social and economic injustices citywide. Earlier this year, city leaders hosted various community events, such as the State of the City, State of the College and the State of the
9th District addresses. At those meetings, officials highlighted key citywide quality-of-life improvements, which came as a result of a culmination of legislative efforts. During the event on March 1, it was time for Long Beach residents to take center-stage as they addressed the City’s room for improvement. Civic leaders and Long Beach residents packed the pews of the First Congregational Church where the event took place. Attendees were given emoji signs– one side had an angry-face and the other a heart. When stories of injustices against workers and immigrants were brought up, the crowd booed
and raised their angry-face emojis. When the city’s ethnic diversity was highlighted, or ideas on how to improve marginalized communities were shared, the public applauded and showed the heart emoji in support. At the beginning of the address, event organizers staged a mock public-comment section of a typical Long Beach City Council meeting. When a speaker would start to talk about an issue in the city, a sign reading “time’s up” would be raised, and someone offstage, mimicking a councilmember, would interrupt the speaker and call the next person to the podium. This act was repeated mulsee ADDRESS page 14
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Helen’s (Harriet Whitmyer) and Barbara’s (Michelle Miller-Day) friendship is at the center of Long Beach Playhouse’s Pack of Lies. Rachael Rifkin Culture Writer
Long Beach Playhouse’s Pack of Lies is the kind of play that stays with you long after you’ve left the theater. It’s not only interesting, thought-provoking and well acted (the entire cast is exceptional, embodying their characters so naturally that it’s easy to forget they’re acting), it also confronts you with unsettling ethical questions. In other words, it’s the kind of play you always hope to see. Based on the events that led to the arrest of several key members of the Soviet espionage network the Portland Spy Ring, the story is set in England between 1959 and 1960. Barbara and Bob Jackson (Michelle Miller-Day and Cort Huckabone), or Ruth and Bill Search in real life, allow the British intelligence agency MI5 to use their house to spy on their neighbors and friends, Helen and Peter Kroger (their aliases in the play and real life). The Krogers, aka Lona and Morris Cohen, were arrested in 1961 for espionage for sending the Soviets classified information on the Royal Navy charused tity.equipment In her cartoons, tentative during underseaand warfare, acters tolerate expressincluding varying Britain’s nuclear submarine. degrees offirst anxiety. Lona Cohen, who had Sheand hasMorris also worked extensively once worked with video the Rosenbergs, with printmaking, and stopwere sentenced to 20 years in prismotion animation. on but after only Larawere hasreleased art degrees fromeight UC years exchange for British spy Irvine,in SUNY Buffalo and The Gerald School Brooke. of Art and Design, NYSCC These University, events on their own are at Alfred New York. intriguing enough to be dramatized For more information, visit without much embellishment, which laraodell.com . is what writer Hugh Whitemore did after being introduced to Gay Search, a TV reporter and Ruth and Bill Search’s daughter (or Julie in the play). In 1971, Act of Betrayal debuted Call on thefor BBC show info Play of the more Month. In 1983, Whitemore decided to dramatize the events further, and Act of Betrayal was retooled into
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Pack of Lies, with the original West End production starring Judi Dench. Four years later, it was adapted for American TV with Ellen Burstyn and Teri Garr starring. The plot unravels in layers, with mundane realism slowly, and believably, eroding into suspense and philosophical uncertainty. It begins with the Jacksons eating breakfast and talking over each other. We’re quickly introduced to Helen (Harriet Whitmyer), who is as brash and funny as she is loving and lovable. Her husband Peter (Alan Curelop) comes along a little later, amiably fighting with Helen while also asserting himself in a quiet way. Helen adores being Aunt Helen, pampering teenage Julie (Sierra Henderson) and serving as confidant whenever she can. This all goes to show that the Jacksons and Krogers are close, intertwined in each other’s lives in a comfortable and familiar way. So the scene is set for Ms. Stewart’s (Susan E. Taylor) arrival. An MI5 agent, she firmly, and at times almost flippantly, inserts herself and her covert operations into their “Ambulance,” gouache and cut paper
while, we learn Peter discovered communism during the Great Depression, when homeless men lived everywhere in encampments and the government took care of no one. True equality is about everyone having the support and opportunities to make equal choices. To some, that may mean a government ensuring that their citizens are equally cared for. Or it could mean choosing to be
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UDE has been prepared to establish high-quality development standards and create a more forward-looking, sustainable urban environment. The General Plan update involved 13 years of planning and public engagement that included more than 100 community meetings, workshops, roundtable discussions and several Planning Commission study sessions. Various outreach tools, beyond in-person engagement, were used to generate public input in the planning process, including surveys and a project webpage. As part of the March 6 motion, the city council has requested additional studies, feasibility reviews and data to return to the council as the process proceeds. This includes: • Data on affordable housing • Future State law changes • The City’s future community outreach process and community involvement in the planning process • An equity analysis • Traffic studies and information • Parking information • Information on historic districts • Information on future development • The feasibility of an educational element to the General Plan The city council also directed the preparation of an annual report to the Planning Commission and council on the status of the General Plan implementation, a review of the General Plan with the council every two years and the opportunity for a major revisit of the General Plan after five years. The next steps for the General Plan update include revising and recirculating the Program EIR. The LUE, UDE and Program EIR will then go before the council for final adoption in spring 2019. Additional opportunities for public input will be provided throughout each of those steps. Following its adoption, City staff will begin the process of updating the zoning code to implement the updated LUE. For more information on the General Plan update, visit longbeach. gov/lueude2040. For questions or to share feedback, contact Alison Spindler at (562) 570-6946 or email LUEUDE2040@longbeach.gov.
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Super Bowl champion returns to Long Beach City College for visit Philadelphia Eagles defensive end and Long Beach City College (LBCC) alum Bryan Braman returned to the college March 1 and spoke to current Viking football players to offer advice and encouragement. LBCC football coaches, Viking football players, LBCC administration and fans were on hand to welcome Braman when he returned to Veterans Stadium after his 2018 Super Bowl win. Braman attended LBCC after red-shirting at the University of Idaho. As a Viking, Braman was a defensive end and earned First-Team Southern California Football Association All-Southern Conference accolades in 2007 and 2008. Braman was also on the LBCC track and field team, and he used his athletic talents as a standout in the javelin and high-jump events, according to LBCC officials. LBCC Superintendent-President Dr. Reagan F. Romali, Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees Vice President Sunny Zia, Trustee Dr. Virginia Baxter, Trustee Vivian Malauulu, Athletic Director Randy Totorp and current Viking football players were all part of the group that welcomed Braman back. The group also included LBCC current and former football coaches, including former Football Head Coach Jerry Jaso, who recruited Braman for LBCC.
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The Museum of Latin-American Art (MoLAA) will soon host Extracorporeal (Beyond the Body), an exhibition curated by Edward Hayes and dedicated to the late conceptual artist Ana Mendieta (Cuba, 1948– 1985). On the 70th anniversary year of her birth, the exhibition explores her aesthetic footprint in today’s contemporary art practices. Antonio Paucar (Peru, b. 1973), Carmen Argote (Mexico, b. 1981), Daniela Riojas (U.S., b. 1989), Roberto Tondopó (Mexico, b. 1978) and Tadeo Muleiro (Argentina, b. 1983) present video, performance, photography and sculpture in transcendental projects that explore personal and historical trauma in profound ways, according to MoLAA. As Mendieta did over the course of her brief but prolific life, each artist in the exhibition employs their own body to explore a variety of themes and modalities of self-expression. Temporary performances and interventions in the landscape are documented in still and moving images. In many works, it is through a personal narrative that the artist leads the viewer on paths to explore ancestral roots, family histories or more abstract notions of being and belonging. At the core, a sensibility of transcendentalism unites the selection; artists have uprooted themselves from everyday life to explore what is beyond their fixed position in time and space, whether that be defined as spiritual, transcendental or simply extracorporeal– beyond the body. Similar to Mendieta’s earth-body works of her Silueta series (19731980), Paucar marks his presence in open fields and unexpected urban sites. “Suspendido en un Queñua/ Suspended in a Queñua” (2014) recalls his childhood spent sowing and harvesting crops in the Andes. Other works such as “Esperando un cambio/Waiting for Change,” (2005), situate the artist in the city, as he performs a stoic headstand that starkly contrasts with a city intersection. Argote presents new work developed from her Mansión Magnolia series (2016) in Guadalajara, Mexico, while inhabiting Mansión Magnolia, her ancestral home turned
public-events space. Growing up in L.A., Argote regarded Mansión Magnolia as a place of myth. Her father’s stories of an imagined Guadalajara, where her family would one day grow and prosper, created a complex and layered narrative of personal identity and familial history. The photographs produced in the mansion explore the ways in which domestic space can impact the body and construct notions of self. The work of Riojas, for example Limpia 1-3, (2014), recalls ancient ritual practices that engage in anachronistic couplings of pre-colonial world concepts and contemporary cultural theory. “I physically place myself in a mode of abstract worship as a way to connect to indigenous deities, totems, archetypes and new mythic characters,” Riojas said. “I capture this process through self-portraiture, performance, installation and video. The images and performances become vehicles for remnants of a lost spiritual history.” Tondopó, in describing his work “Transito” (2017), said, “ Transito is a modern way of making a votive offering through visual narration, the ritual of the fiesta and my participation as a Chuntá. We Chuntás are men dressed as women who dance during the celebration of the Fiesta Grande in Chiapas, a place where I perform a personal reading after the symbolic offering of my body as a self-image, alongside the presence of the Chuntás’ allegorical offerings…” Muleiro makes use of that ancestral legacy to build an intimate mythology that takes the shape of a domestic drama. His works “El hijo/The Son” 2008), “El abuelo/The Grandfather” (2012) and “El padre/The Father” (2015) each build a story in which cosmological entities intersect with specific moments from the artist’s private life. According to MoLAA, each work delves into customary ceremonies and legends that, when brought to bear on contemporary life, produce immediate interactions with modern times. Source: MoLAA
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ing caring is too much trouble, and ultimately, not good for your health. And isn’t that what this play is ultimately about? Who we as individuals and a society choose to support and care for? Perhaps Barbara did care too much, but that’s only because others did not care enough. Perhaps if we all cared more about each other, there wouldn’t need to be a question of whose side we were on because we’d realize we’re all on the same one. A Pack of Lies continues at the Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., through Saturday, March 24 with performances at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2pm on Sundays. Tickets are $20 on Fridays and $24 on Saturday and Sunday and are available at lbplayhouse.org or by calling (562) 494-1014, option 1. The box office is open Wednesday through Saturday from 3pm to 8pm and Sundays from 1pm to 2pm on scheduled matinees.
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TST5635 / Case No. TS021036 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT OFFICE, 200 W. Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 90220. PETITION Sonia Araceli Gonzalez. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: SONIA ARACELI GONZALEZ has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing her name as follows: Present Name: SONIA ARACELI GONZALEZ, to Proposed Name: ARACELI GONZALEZ SANDOVAL. 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, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: March 20, 2018; Time: 8:30A M; Dept. A, Room 904. 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, 1399 E. 28th, Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: February 16, 23 & March 2, 9, 2018 ___//ss//___ Brian S. Currey, Judge of the Superior Court Dated February 5, 2018 TST5638 / 2018 040925 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SUPER SUDS LAUNDRY, 250 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrant: SANFORD LEE SIMMONS, 2255 Westwind Way, Signal Hill, CA. 90755. This business is conducted by: a Trust. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Linda Gay Simmons, Trustee. The registrant has begun to use this fictitious business name. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in June 1996. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 16, 2018. 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 23, & March 2, 9, 16, 2018.
TST5639 / 2018 044292 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: RED DOOR LIVING, 3646 Long Beach Blvd., Suite 103. Registrant: DORIAN BOLICK, 5477 E. Centralia St., Long Beach, CA 90808. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Dorian Bolick. The registrant has begun to use this fictitious business name. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in April, 2011. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 22, 2018. 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 23, & March 2, 9, 16, 2018.
TST5640 / 2018 045420 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: BGM ENTERPRISE, 2301 E. 10th St., Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: EDGAR ORTEGA, 2301 E. 10th St., Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Edgar Ortega. The registrant has not begun to use this fictitious business name. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on . This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 23, 2018. 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: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018. TST5634 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF SUSAN FINDLAY COTTAM Case No. 18STPB01379
To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of SUSAN FINDLAY COTTAM A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by James E. Findlay in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that James E. Findlay be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on March 15, 2018 at 8:30 AM in Dept. No. 5 located at 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner:
ROMBOUD S RAHMANIAN ESQ SBN 264707 LAW OFFICE OF ROMY S RAHMANIAN APLC 33 E HUNTINGTON DR ARCADIA CA 91006
Pub. The Signal Tribune: CN946140 COTTAM Feb 23, 2018, Mar 2, 2018, Mar 9, 2018
TST5641 / 2018 053792 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: THE BEAUTY COLLABORATIVE, 3633 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: ROY-
AL PACIFIC COSMETICS, LLC, 3633 Pacific Avenue, 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: Leopold R. Barrit, Manager. The registrant has begun to use this fictitious business name. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on March 5, 2018. 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: March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018. TST5645 / Case No. BS172487 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STANLEY MOSK COURT, 111 North Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. PETITION OF Katherleen Shaw. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: KATHERLEEN SHAW has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing her name as follows: Present Name: KATHERLEEN SHAW, to Proposed Name: KATHERINE CRIM. 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, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: May 1, 2018; Time: 10:30A M; Dept. 44, Room 418. 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, 1399 E. 28th, Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018 ___//ss//___ Edward B. Moreton, Jr., Judge of the Superior Court Dated March 5, 2018 TST5644 / Case No. TS021052 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT OFFICE, 200 W. Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 90220. PETITION OF Mechael Darling Carrizales. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: MECHAEL DARLING CARRIZALES has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing her name as follows: Present Name: MECHAEL DARLING CARRIZALES, to Proposed Name: MICHELLE DARLENE CARRIZALEZ. 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, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: April 17, 2018; Time: 8:30A M; Dept. A, Room 904. 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, 1399 E. 28th, Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018
March 9, 2018 ___//ss//___ Brian S. Currey, Judge of the Superior Court Dated February 26, 2018 TST5643 / Case No. TS021049 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT OFFICE, 200 W. Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 90220. PETITION OF Panfila Chavira. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: PANFILA CHAVIRA has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing her name as follows: Present Name: PANFILA CHAVIRA, to Proposed Name: MARIA PANFILA CHAVIRA. 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, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: April 12, 2018; Time: 8:30A M; Dept. A, Room 904. 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, 1399 E. 28th, Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018 ___//ss//___ Brian S. Currey, Judge of the Superior Court Dated February 26, 2018
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TST5637 / Case No. TS021034 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT OFFICE, 200 W. Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 90220. PETITION OF Jonathan Avila. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: JONATHAN AVILA has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing his name as follows: Present Name: JONATHAN AVILA, to Proposed Name: JOHNATHAN AVILA. 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, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: March 13, 2018; Time: 8:30A M; Dept. A, Room 902. 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, 1399 E. 28th, Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: February 16, 23 & March 2, 9, 2018 ___//ss//___ Brian S. Currey, Judge of the Superior Court Dated January 31, 2018
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Hahn– voted unanimously to amend and then adopt improvement project Alternative 5C. The $6-billion project includes adding truck-bypass lanes to the 710 Freeway around the 405-Freeway interchange, pursuing funds for zero- or near-zero-emission trucks, removing nonconforming trucks and adding bike and pedestrian bridges. The measure also includes funding for health-benefits programs for communities near the 19-mile 710 Freeway, including air filters for schools, senior centers and hospitals. Ernesto Chavez, director of highway programs for Metro, explained that current funding amounts to about $1.1 billion– $590 million from Measure R in 2008 and $500 million from Measure M in 2016. The board had also considered a “no build” alternative and Alternative 7, which would have added elevated, clean-emissions truck lanes to the freeway at a cost of $10 billion. According to a Metro staff presentation at the board meeting, Alternative 5C causes less residential displacement than Alternative 7 would have (109 homes versus 158) and less non-residential displacement (121 properties vs. 206). It also improves air quality better overall than Alternative 7, with less impact to parks, wildlife refuges and surrounding neighborhoods. The approved alternative would also eliminate the visual impact of Alternative 7’s elevated truck route. The board first unanimously approved two amendments to Alternative 5C before approving it. The Motion 5.1 amendment accelerates zero-emission vehicle technology and Motion 5.2 (proposed by Garcia, Solis and Hahn, among others) prioritizes “early-action” projects and promotes a local-hiring policy as well as studying how to further reduce property impacts caused by the project. Significantly, the 5.2 amendment would delay the freeway widening initially included in the Alternative 5C plan. According to a Feb. 28 statement by Garcia and Solis, the early-action program will improve nine interchanges from East Los Angeles to the Port of Los Angeles over 10 years and add sound walls to reduce noise to the communities surrounding the 710.
Neighborhood improvements include the construction of a new Shoemaker Bridge, expansion of Cesar Chavez Park, creation of new bike and pedestrian pathways, safer on and off ramps coming in and out of Long Beach and improvements to roads and neighborhood streets along the 710, including major streets such as Pacific Coast Highway, Anaheim, Willow, Wardlow, Artesia and Del Amo. Specifically, the statement notes that Motion 5.2 amends Alternative 5C as follows: • Fast-tracks I-710 early-action program that improves interchanges, freeway crossings and on/off ramp bottlenecks. It also supports moving forward immediately with community benefits including bike lanes, neighborhood street improvements and pedestrian improvements. • Requires Metro staff to return to the board for approval of the remainder of the project elements after completing the early-action program, including any widening, and to re-evaluate and revalidate the environmental documents using the most current State and local evaluation measures at that time. • Requires Metro staff to further minimize any potential displacements, if not outright eliminate, residential, business, and sensitive land-use displacements that would result from this project. • Fast-tracks near-zero and zero-emission truck deployment and on/off dockrail freight improvements. • Asks Metro to hold an industry forum and develop a strategy for demand At the March 1 meeting, Metro staff recommended Alternative 5C as the “locally preferred alternative,” after conducting three public hearings in August 2017 and two in October, receiving concerns about construction impacts, including residential relocations. Abdollah Ansari, construction and engineering officer for Metro, explained that the 710 update has been necessary for some time. “We believe that this recommendation addresses a lot of deficiencies in this corridor,” Ansari said. “This corridor has grown immensely in traffic, population, population density and demand for travel for both cars and trucks serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.” He noted that one-third of trucks go-
ing to and from the ports use the Alameda Corridor freight rail and the rest use surface roads. “These trucks impact neighborhoods, impact air quality and create a lot of congestion in the corridor,” Ansari said. Chavez said that daily truck trips on the 710 are expected to increase from 36,000 today to 55,000 by 2035 and that their high-diesel emissions impact air quality. Garcia said that the twin ports accommodate 40 percent of all of the goods imported and exported in the U.S. He also noted how much of the 710-Freeway project impacted Long Beach. “Almost 50 percent of this project is in the city of Long Beach,” he said. “And we are impacted, certainly by pollution, […] but also [by] what’s going [on] with trucks going in and out of neighborhoods.” He also noted that Alternative 7 would have created a “double-decking visual blight” from Long Beach and other neighborhoods as opposed to Alternative 5C. “Almost 90 percent of the 5C alternative is within the existing right-ofway,” he said. “So, when we talk about issues like widening or additional truck opportunities, we’re talking about a small percentage of this actual project.” He noted that modernizing the interchanges along the 710 Freeway would ease congestion and the flow of trucks coming in and out of neighborhoods and that’s why it is supported by all councilmembers of districts along the freeway. Not all board members were enthusiastic about the approved plan. Hahn said that, though she would have preferred a more radical policy to address what she called a “diesel death zone,” she believes Alternative 5C, though not ideal, is more feasible. “I think 5C falls short,” she said. “[Alternative 7] would reduce pollution, reduce congestion and it actually separates the cars from the trucks. 5C only separates the trucks for just three miles of that 19-mile project. But we don’t get the benefit of the early-action projects with 7, and […] 5C looks to be the more realistic option.” But she said she would have want-
ed Alternative 5C to include embedded charging lanes for zero-emission trucks. “I believe that zero-emissions is not a radical policy,” she said. “Both of our ports will be zero-emissions by 2035.” The crowd attending the meeting at the Metro boardroom in Los Angeles the morning of March 1 was over capacity, with 86 people asking to speak during the public comment portion of the freeway issue. Many speakers were advocates and residents of affected communities, including East L.A., South Gate, Bell, Lynwood and Huntington Park, who opposed Alternative 5C because they felt it didn’t do enough regarding air pollution, funding local jobs and attaining zero-emissions. They also objected to the project displacing residents, especially from potential freeway expansion. Delia Ortega, identifying herself as a resident of South Gate and member of the advocacy group Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), said she was disappointed. “I’m here today to express my opposition and, honestly, just my disgust at Alternative 5C,” she said. “Alternative 5C, no matter how you spin it, is a dirtydiesel-truck project and it’s really just going to be pillaging through communities of color. We deserve a project that brings zero emissions, no displacement and that also brings jobs to our communities. Really what you’re funding is an ‘early action’ to our deathbeds.” Another member of CBE, Annie Ortega, concurred with the perception that the project would unfairly discriminate against the affected communities. “We don’t need any more diesel trucks passing through our communities,” she said. “5C is expansion of the problem, [of] freeways we definitely do not need. It is unjust and it is environmental racism.” However, other speakers representing interest groups such as terminal operators, shipping groups and Metro collaborators, such as Southern California Edison (SCE) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), felt differently. Maria Coronado, who said she represented the Southwest Carpenters and the Building Trades, supported the project’s efforts. “We need freeway expansion,” she said. “As you all know, Los Angeles is
known for its crowded traffic. […] We need freeway expansion. Alternative 5C is the best, common-sense approach to improving traffic conditions on the 710 Freeway. […] The project will also create carpenter and building-trade jobs. These jobs will boost our local economy.” During the meeting, Los Angeles City Council member Mike Bonin clarified with staff before the vote that approving Alternative 5C did not mean automatic freeway expansion. “If we vote ‘yes’ on Supervisor Solis’s proposal today, we are voting ‘yes’ on a proposal that says, ‘Let’s not do the expansion; let’s do the good community stuff, [...] work on additional environmental stuff– ways to get to zero– and then, years from now, come back to us to discuss the expansion,’” he said. Ansari confirmed that freeway expansion of additional lanes would not be part of the project’s early-action efforts. “Widening of the freeway for implementation of that lane […] is deferred, primarily based on the fact that there is no money for it, cost is prohibitive, the two major freeway-to-freeway interchanges are cost-prohibitive to do,” he said. “But that does not stop the implementation of immediately-needed safety and operational improvement projects at those local interchanges as early-action projects.” Garcetti further confirmed that the goal of the project is not freeway expansion. “The meat of the matter is getting to zero emissions,” he said. “If it never is widened, great, let’s [implement zero emissions] it with what exists there today. […] Before there’d be any widening of any freeways, that is something that would come back and I think this board has been very clear what its opinion is of that.” Staff noted that the timetable for work would not begin before winter, 2018, when the Metro board will formally adopt the alternative, initiate work and seek funding for the remaining $4.9 billion required for the project. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) must also approve Metro’s environmental report before work can begin. ✦
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ment makes the effort to secure a provider for Community Hospital much more difficult. I urge stakeholders to stay engaged as we determine our next steps.” The City of Long Beach issued a press release Monday pointing out that months of negotiations between the City and MemorialCare had preceded the lease termination and that, although MemorialCare had previously determined that the active fault line under Community Hospital makes it infeasible to continue providing services there, State agencies have not informed the City that it is impossible to meet seismic requirements in order to do so. Long Beach officials are exploring all opportunities to continue hospital services, inclusive of psychiatric care at Community Hospital, according to the City’s press release, which also states that the City recognizes the regional need for quality psychiatric care and understands the importance of the co-located acute and psychiatric care services currently provided at the hospital. “Community Hospital is a critical asset to our community,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said. “We are exploring every possibility to keep an emergency room and hospital on site, including State legislation, other possible operators and potential solutions to the seismic challenges. While we are disappointed to hear the news of Memorial giving formal notice, the City’s efforts to find solutions and opportunities will continue.” City officials say they are actively engaged in discussions with various hospital operators who are interested in providing “high-quality services” at Community Hospital while working with the City to meet State seismic-compliance requirements. Pursuant to Garcia’s and the city council’s formal request to renew the acute- and psychiatric-care licenses at Community Hospital, MemorialCare has indicated it intends to carry out the usual annual process for renewing the acute-care license, which includes the psychiatric-care unit. The current license expires April 28, 2018, and the City has requested that it be renewed through April 29, 2019. “Memorial agreed to renew the current licenses– acute-care and [psychiatric]– which expire on April 28, per a request that the city council made to Memorial in their Feb. 16 letter to the [Long Beach Memorial Medical Center] Board of Directors,” said Matthew Faulkner, executive director of the Community Hospital Long Beach Foundation, in an emailed response to the Signal Tribune Wednesday afternoon. “The re-
newal of the license allows Memorial to run their operation through their announced end date of July 3, 2018. I believe this is just a one-time action on the part of Memorial per the City’s request as they intend to cease their operation of [Community Hospital] on or before July 3.” Faulkner added that the foundation wants residents to know that it is leading “a thoughtful and concerted effort” to keep the hospital open as well as engage the community in providing input. He said the foundation is beginning implementation of a survey this week to determine consumer demand for critical-care services and that the Community Hospital Long Beach Foundation Task Force will have its third meeting on Monday, March 26. However, the location of that meeting has yet to be determined. “We are also currently assessing the site for continued operations while we develop a longer-term solution,” Faulkner said. “This assessment will reinforce our work, in partnership with Assemblyman O’Donnell and the City of Long Beach, to develop AB2591. In order to give the proposed legislation some real teeth, we’ve got to have a plan and budget for sustained operation in the short term while we develop the longer-term plan.” Faulkner added that the Urban Land Institute will visit the site in early April with a team of national experts in health care, policy, financing, construction, design and other areas. He said the team will look at all possible avenues to retain existing services in seismically compliant buildings on the site. He said the foundation will also launch a “Save the ER” website to provide updates on current activities and ways in which residents can get involved and support the efforts. “Other proposed solutions include a design charrette of local architects to develop conceptual visions of what a repurposed [Community Hospital] campus might look like and engaging a healthcare management and operations consulting firm to provide some real numbers and address a handful of logistical concerns to sustain operations in the short term,” Faulkner said. “Our interest is truly first and foremost what is best for our community, and we’ll know that with greater certainty when we hear from them. We urge our community to engage with us and let us know how they feel. Call, write, email, text or Ping us. The goal is a solution that benefits all the residents of Long Beach.” More Information chlbfoundation.org/save-the-east-side-er
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persuade the man to drop his weapon. Long Beach SWAT, K-9 units and an armored vehicle surrounded the suspect’s van. At 6pm, multiple officers closed in on the suspect with their weapons drawn. Multiple gunshots were fired. The suspect was injured by the gunfire and taken to a local hospital. No officer was hurt during the brief shootout. Ocean Boulevard was closed down until approximately 2am, according to Arantxa Chavarria, an LBPD public-information officer. A remote-controlled robot– typically used during bomb-threat situations– was on the scene of the incident, however, Johnson did not provide details about explosives. Later that evening, Chavarria confirmed with the Signal Tribune during a phone interview that authorities did not find an explosive device at the scene. During the standoff, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia took to Twitter and provided updates on the situation. “We have a barricaded suspect with a gun near City Hall,” he tweeted. “Police are on the scene. City Hall is on lockdown, and everyone in the building is safe. I’m here at City Hall with the team. Please stay away from Ocean [Boulevard] and Magnolia [Avenue].” Officials could not provide details on the medical condition of the suspect. Investigations on the incident are still ongoing. ✦
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She added that the school district is also utilizing Measure E funds to install new air-conditioning systems in all of its campuses. Craighead mentioned that conducting a class in hot temperatures is an uncomfortable and serious issue for staff and students. Craighead emphasized closing the achievement gap and having kids from all backgrounds, including those from poor socioeconomic neighborhoods and English-language learners, get the opportunity to go to college. She acknowledged not all students have the intent of going to a college after high school, but she said it is important that everybody has that pathway as an option. California gives schools the freedom through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) to use its money as it deems fit for the intended greater good of students. Craighead said Long Beach Unified is using some of its resources to make AP exams for high-schoolers more affordable. She said the out-of-pocket cost for most families is $5 per test, while the school district pays the rest. Long Beach Unified is also investing in the SAT and PSAT exams and providing the preparatory material at no cost for students. There is also a college-readiness report, which is given in the fall and spring to determine what classes students need to not only graduate from high school, but get into the college of their choosing. Currently, the report is administered in high school, but Craighead said she hopes it can start with 8th-graders in the near future. Late last year, Long Beach MemorialCare announced that Community Hospital would end medical services in 2019 as a result of an active fault line located beneath the facility that could pose as a seismic threat to the structure. O’Donnell introduced Assembly Bill 2591 (AB 2591) in February to seek an extension for the seismic compliance at the hospital. O’Donnell said Community Hospital’s east-side emergency room is crucial to the residents on that side of the city. This week, MemorialCare issued a press release announcing a 120-day lease termination notice of Community Hospital due to challenges maintaining the facility’s acute-care services and resources with a diminishing staff. In a statement this week, O’Donnell wrote that he is disheartened by MemorialCare’s move to terminate all services earlier than indicated at Community Hospital. He said he believes the decision is motivated by MemorialCare’s desire to both leave the hospital and prevent other providers from serving the greater community. Explaining that Community Hospital offers the only emergency room on the east side of the city, he said the decision will put even more pressure on other emergency rooms throughout the region and endanger the health and safety of east-side residents. Cambodian community Boasting a mile-long corridor known as Cambodia Town, Long Beach is native to the most diverse Cambodian community outside of the country itself. However, a significant aspect of the culture is fading away with new generations– the language. Local Cambodian residents gathered on March 3 at Mark Twain Library for a community event hosted by O’Donnell to emphasize the importance of incorporating Khmer language classes in schools. Charles Song, with the Cambodian Association of America (CAA) and activist with the Khmer community, explained that the verbal disparity between parents and kids has presented itself over the last 30 years, and he suggested that a dual-language course, with English and Khmer, could be a valuable resource for Long Beach students who reside in such a diverse
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population, many of whom can only speak Khmer. “I’ve been with the CAA for about a year now, and I also see some challenges with some of the youngsters who graduate from colleges,” Song said during the event, “moving on to graduate with either a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree, but, yet, they don’t know how to speak Khmer. So, with that purpose alone, sometimes it is difficult for them to even apply for that same job [in their] own community, because they have to deal with folks like them, folks like these who are present for you today. So, perhaps we can work together.” During her remarks, Shannon Villanueva, principal at Demille Elementary School in Westminster, said her school has the first Vietnamese-English, dual-language immersion program in California. Much like Long Beach and Cambodia’s relationship, Westminster holds the biggest Vietnamese population outside of Saigon. “Little Saigon is really in our back yard,” she said. “We have, through the partnerships and the relationships with the community, with the local universities, we have been able to implement this Vietnamese dual-language immersion program. It has not been easy, but it has not been impossible.” Demille Elementary School’s program started in 2015 with two kindergarten classes that followed a 50-50 model of English and Vietnamese. The classes have an English-speaking teacher and a Vietnamese-speaking teacher who job-share the lessons. Villanueva said that, this past year, classes have expanded to three kindergartens due to higher demand. “The word is out, the interest is out there,” she said. “Our children are being extremely successful.” In her research, Villanueva also discovered that there could be a dip in a child’s language learning if he is not committed to one dialect 100 percent. “They might perform lower than their grade-level, English-only peers until about 5th or 6th grade, and then their achievement accelerates,” she explained. “So, as I was looking at these comparisons [...] they are excelling above the traditional students, and they are at or above the district-level averages. So, if there is a concern of, ‘Gosh, this isn’t good for kids.’ We are preparing them for the future and being bi-literate.” O’Donnell acknowledged the need for bilingual education, calling it an important part of spreading cultural awareness to students. He highlighted Proposition 58, passed in the Nov. 8, 2016 ballot, that repealed bilingual restrictions that were introduced in Proposition 227 in 1998, which would positively contribute to the Cambodian community’s request for dual-language instruction. He said part of introducing the Khmer language into school curriculum is going through the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) process, an educational plan and tool for schools that defines the goals, actions, services and expenditures to improve student outcomes. O’Donnell said it is important for him to understand the logistics, such as specific schools in the district and the amount of resources available, to properly consider adding dual-language courses. “So, let me engage with the school district and engage with you again to figure out how we can put you under that umbrella on how the Local Control Accountability Plan is put together, formed and what priorities are embedded within it,” O’Donnell said. “I hear you, I’m going to work with you, we’re going to need to do more, we’re going to need to do it together, it’s going to take a little bit of work, but, I think if people are listening to us– and, they will listen, I’m confident of that– we can get where we need to be.” ✦
tiple times. The goal of the mock city council meeting was to show how some residents felt that councilmembers did not pay attention to the opinions of the citizens. After the event, Long Beach Vice Mayor Rex Richardson told the Signal Tribune that it was important for city leaders to acknowledge the status and conditions of the people in the community. “When people are hurting, the community hurts,” he said. “When the people are thriving, the community thrives, so it’s good that we have this type of thing to check the pulse and understand the opinions and attitudes of our community.” Jedi Jimenez, a youth organizer with the Filipino Migrant Center, spoke for a majority of the program. “We are living in a sea of denial,” he said. “A denial so deep, that you can drown in it. A denial that makes people like me feel like, ‘I’m the problem.’ Have you ever felt so dismissed that you begin to fully doubt yourself and your truths?” Jimenez said that it is the job of elected officials to improve the lives of Long Beach residents. He added that the laws city council passed “only put BandAids on problems” and “are only meant to look good on camera.” In September last year, the council voted down an ordinance that aimed to protect hotel workers in Long Beach from sexual assault. Although the 5-4 vote denied official legislation from passing, councilmembers instead passed a different resolution, which stated that they strongly supported protections for hospitality workers. The outcome of that council meeting was one of the major talking points mentioned during the address. Juana Melara, a Long Beach ho-
tel worker, was celebrated during the event for her efforts to push for hospitality-employee protections. She was also acknowledged for being named as a Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2017. Melara was one of the many men and women– “the silence breakers–” who acted against sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. “For the first time in Long Beach’s history, a person from our city– a Latina– made it as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, along with dozens of other women, who are breaking the silence on sexual-assault,” Jimenez said. “No matter what the city council votes, it’s clear that time is up in Long Beach.” Another main talking point during the address was immigration. Jimenez praised city leaders for quickly organizing legislation to halt Immigrant and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) deportations in the city. Last year, the city council approved the Long Beach Values Act of 2017. The resolution limits local governments’ cooperation with federal entities concerning immigration issues. “Even as our community came
under attack, and ICE tried to separate families, people moved into action to stop Long Beach police from working with federal immigration officers,” Jimenez said. “That pressure was responsible for making the city council vote on a historic motion to work with the Sanctuary Coalition on creating a law called the Long Beach Values Act.” A large portion of the address was designed to get the public politically engaged. Various activist groups asked attendees to sign petitions concerning housing or immigration issues. Emcees asked the public to post pictures and videos of the event on social media, using #PSOTC2018, to reach a wider audience. Two other main emcees– Nereyda Soto, a Long Beach hotel worker, and Cedric Nelms, a pastor at Chosen Generation Fellowship Church– asked attendees to identify an issue that resonated with them the most and to involve themselves in that topic. “Thank you for joining us on this voyage,” Soto said during closing remarks. “I’ll see you on the streets, in the community, at the polls and at City Hall.” ✦
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unconventional, but rather non-conventional. [...] So, I’m going to push the idea of modular housing. Modular housing is something that I’ve been studying for about 12 years now. It’s something I plan to do for myself one day. It’s very progressive. I think San Francisco earlier this year started an initiative to support the homeless for that.” Sereno added that veterans could also be housed through modular housing, which is sectional prefabricated homes made up of multiple sections. Shin said the LUE is only a piece of a much larger puzzle. “What we really need in this city is stronger long-term planning,” he said. “And we need to focus on the fact that change is coming. So, we have an opportunity here. We need to see the land-use element for what it is, which is an opportunity to focus on the changes that are coming and to be able to guide that change.” Shin added that there are numerous considerations related to land use, including transportation, parking, retail and restaurants. “We need to think of the land-use element for what it is and that it’s an opportunity for us to really figure out a proper long-term plan for the
city,” he said. “I think a lot of folks have come to think of ‘density’ as a four-letter word, but it doesn’t need to be that, and we can’t just build for the sake of building, because all we’re going to do there is start to displace people.” Uranga explained that each city has to update its LUE every 20 years because of growth and change. “What we’ve done– what I’ve done– for the city council, for the 7th District, is to have control of this land-use element,” Uranga said. “I’m the only one here that’s going to be voting on it, and it’s going to come to the city council tomorrow. So, it’s going to be very important that I get your input– that I have your input– and that you come tomorrow and you talk to the city council, you share your ideas, you tell us what you want to see, in terms of development and in terms of what’s going to be happening for the next 20 years.” Delacruz expressed opposition to the act of constructing buildings without making the public aware of the projects beforehand. “You need to let the people know what’s going to happen [...] explaining to the people carefully, and, if they don’t understand it, you go to their houses one by one and tell
them what your project is all about,” he said. Milrad indicated that there needs to be more community engagement on the LUE in the 7th District and that officials need to focus on reaching residents more effectively. “We need to have local control, and so I think the good thing about land use is we can prevent what is underway right now in the capital, right? The state level, where they may wrestle local control over our decisions in terms of density in the future,” he said. Milrad also expressed the need for low- and middle-income housing stock. “The current land-use element does not require that in clear terms,” he said. “I think we need to require it, because that is, frankly, the housing crisis in our city, and we have supporters and neighbors who have been here for decades who want their kids to be able to live here in the future.” He also said the district needs more open space. The Signal Tribune will publish part 2 of this story in next week’s issue.
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Today's issue is headlined with stories about Wednesday's police standoff with a suspect at City Hall, the LA Metro board's approval of Alte...