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SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL

signal Hill tank farm spills 42,000 gallons of crude oil and water onto local streets

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An alarm system malfunction caused a tank to overflow in the 2700 block of North Olive Street in Signal Hill, spilling 42,000 gallons of crude oil and water onto a parking lot and nearby streets. Although some oil entered the storm drain, the spill was contained shortly after 7:59am on Oct. 23. Sean Belk Staff Writer

An above-ground tank farm at the 2700 block of North Olive Street in Signal Hill spilled 42,000

gallons of crude oil and water onto streets near Long Beach Memorial Medical Center on Tuesday, causing authorities to block off a section of Atlantic Avenue between

Willow and Spring streets for nearly two days as crews cleaned up the area.

schroeder Hall plans for police substation and mentally-ill homeless facility inching forward

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Sean Belk Staff Writer

Plans to reutilize the US Army’s surplus property known as Schroeder Hall as a new eastside Long Beach Police substation have gained traction in recent months, despite the proposal still calling for a mentally-ill homeless treatment center to be placed near the site, which residents have fervently fought for years. City management provided a status report Tuesday night to the Long Beach City Council on what has transpired over the last six years, leading up to recent developments, regarding the City’s ongoing bid to acquire the vacant property. see SCHROEDER page 19

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Despite a proposal calling for a mentally-ill homeless treatment center to be placed near Schroeder Hall, plans to reutilize the US Army surplus property as a new Long Beach Police substation seem to be moving forward.

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Nate Brightman successfully set up an amateur radio room at the Queen Mary that was named after him on his 90th birthday.

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Curious people have an intrinsic interest in the world around them. This is especially true of 95-year-old Nate Brightman, whose many accomplishments have left an indelible mark on Long Beach. In addition to his longtime service with the Red Cross, he is best known for creating the Queen Mary’s popular radio room. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, one of Brightman’s earliest passions was photography. At the age of 10, he became fascinated with the film development process. “At that time, it was quite a complicated process. There were no developing tanks then. It was quite a hobby for a 10-year-old,” said Brightman. He and his wife Evelyn and two kids, Lynne and Howard, moved to California in 1944. Lynne had been having ear infection problems, so her doctor suggested they move somewhere with a drier climate. When they arrived in Long Beach, Brightman started The

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Among the hundreds of tombstones at two of the oldest cemeteries in Long Beach, 11 of the locals buried there will share their tales of crime, tragedy and scandal. It will happen Saturday, Oct.

27, during the Historical Society of Long Beach’s (HSLB) 17th annual Historical Cemetery Tour at the Long Beach Municipal and Sunnyside cemeteries, 1095 Willow Ave., from 9am to 2:30pm.

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Since 1995, the Historical Society has offered this event before Halloween to feature graveside presentations by professional and volunteer actors. In the presentations, actors are dressed according to the time period of the person they are representing, and they share a first-hand narrative of those at rest. Each script is researched by a historian who uses HSLB archives, newspaper accounts and other primary resources. The actors are dressed in costumes that are authentic to the era, down to the shoes and underwear, according to an HSLB press release. The costumes are made by Donna Fritsche, an award-winning costumer who is known for her work at the Long Beach Playhouse. “What I do is read the story. I always get the script of the people who are going to be heard,� Fritsche said. “Some of the stories have a really particular time [period] with what they’re portraying. If the story doesn’t point to a period in their lives, then I look to see, what was their heyday?� Fritsche has worked at the Playhouse for 18 years, and this is her fifth year working with HSLB. The actors are directed by Denis McCourt, artistic director and founder of the Public Theater of Long Beach. This year, Long Beach Municipal Cemetery will feature William Willmore (Scott Ringwelski), one of the early would-be developers of real estate in the city and Dr. Price (Kevin Spaeth), a “hypnotic healer,� and his wife (Vanessa Rose Parker). Sunnyside Cemetery will present: Ramona Linares (Linda Midgett), owner of one of the earliest local Mexican restaurants; Darthula Bouggess (Zadie Cannon), a co-founder of a scholarship that helped young AfricanAmericans attend college; Edna (Liz Waite) and Tod Faulkner

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The actors who participate in the cemetery tour wear costumes that are authentic to the era of the deceased resident they represent. These costumes are designed by Donna Fritsche, who has worked with the Historical Society of Long Beach for five years.

(Steve Dean), also remembered as Kid Mexico, a former boxing champion who ran several businesses in Signal Hill, including bingo parlors; Hisa Fuki Ishii (Jennifer Jung), the wife of a Stanford graduate with a story of “good fortune� that included death threats in a Japanese internment camp; James Butterfield (Will Proctor) and Roland Swaffield (Denis Kortheuer), who fought against unethical city entrapment and false accusations; and Spencer (David Narlock) and Lillie Decker, the first managers of Sunnyside Cemetery. The tour will also feature a Dia de los Muertos exhibit where Theresa Marino will present her collection of artifacts related to the Mexican holiday. Visitors are free to map their own itinerary of grave presentations with a self-guided tour; performance times are given in the tour program and at each grave stop. Or, if they wish, visitors can take a guided tour– the first departs at 9am, with additional tours leaving on the hour until noon. To see all the presentations

and exhibits takes between two and three hours. The last presentation will be given around 2pm. The event is a family-friendly walking tour in a park-like setting, with some uneven ground. Walking shoes and sweaters or jackets that can be removed later are recommended. There is some parking available inside Sunnyside and plenty of parking in the surrounding neighborhood. A free hot dog and hamburger lunch, provided by the Long Beach Police Officers Association, will be available from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Tickets will be sold on the day of the tour from 8:30am until noon at the entrance of Sunnyside Cemetery. Admission is $18 general admission, $12 for HSLB members, $5 for students 12 to 18, and free for children 11 and under. Only cash and checks will be accepted– no credit cards. (See page 1 of this week’s issue for a coupon to receive $3 off admission cost.) MORE INFORMATION hslb.org

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Police arrest suspect for setting man on fire and numerous other charges oCTober 26, 2012

On Friday, Oct. 19, at 7pm, Long Beach Police Department officers responded to a call of a possible structure fire at a market in the 200 block of W. Pacific Coast Highway. The incident resulted in serious injury to a 54year-old male after he had been set on fire by another man who had ignited a bottle of flammable liquid and thrown it at him. According to witness statements, the suspect had ignited the Molotov cocktail before throwing it at the feet of the victim who had been waiting outside for a relative who was shopping inside. The suspect had then fled from the area on foot and out of sight. The victim immediately caught on fire and ran from the initial scene to the parking lot. It was there that people ran to his aid and were eventually able to extinguish the flames. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of burns to his body, and he is listed in critical but stable condition. Although there were other people in the immediate area, including a woman and her small child in a stroller, no injuries were sustained by others. As the subsequent investigation unfolded, LBPD obtained video footage from the market. The video was uploaded to YouTube and released to the media, along with a plea to the community for help in identifying the suspect. The incident was widely covered and, as a result, an individual with information regarding the crime contacted investigators. Information led detectives to a resi-

dential complex located in the 7800 block of E. Spring Street Wednesday night, Oct. 23, where a subject was detained. That individual has been identified as 27-year-old Jacob Lagarde of Long Beach, who was arrested and booked for attempted murder, mayhem, possession of an explosive, arson causing great bodily injury, and a probation violation. He is being held at the Long Beach City Jail without bail. Lagarde affiliates with an out-of-town gang and has an extensive criminal record. According to the LBPD, this investigation continues to be a complex and fast-evolving one that will take investigators time to process the evidence collected. It is unknown if the victim and suspect knew each another, and a motive for this crime is still unclear.

Sixth District Councilmember Dee Andrews, along with Consul General of Mexico David Figueroa Ortega, announced this week that the Mobile Mexican Consulate will be in Long Beach on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8am to 2pm at the McBride Teen Center, 1520 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. to assist interested individuals with obtaining documents such as passports and consular ID cards. “I am excited to be able to reach out to our strong Long Beach Mexican population to assist them with acquiring these important documents,”

Andrews said. According to Andrews’s office, many Mexican nationals in need of official identification suffer some difficulties getting to the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles, and this free event will provide those services to those in need of them. “It is a great honor to partner with the City of Long Beach to serve the Mexican citizens,” Ortega said. “The community program is a great asset that allows us to reach out to our constituents to render our services where they are based. This spares them the time and expense of traveling to our Los Angeles office.”

The event is open to the general public. All those attending for documents must make an appointment by calling 1877 MEXITEL (639-4835). The following documents must be brought in order to process services: original birth certificate, an effective official identification with the name on the identification the same as it appears on the birth certificate, proof of address in Los Angeles County, and two passport photos with a white background. For more information log onto consulmex.sre.gob.mx/losangeles .

Dr. William “Bill” O’Neill, a longtime university professor and the husband of former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill, died on Oct. 24. He was 81. Honored as a “Golden Graduate” of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), William O’Neill was involved in organizing the first fraternity, known as Sigma Epsilon Chi, on campus in 1951, the year he received a bachelor’s degree in social sciences. A year later, he received his master’s in social sciences. After college, he entered the US Naval Reserve as a hospital corpsman. He then returned to teach for the Long Beach Unified School District and for CSULB. While pursuing his doctorate, he obtained his teaching credentials at UCLA, University of Vienna and USC.

In 1961, he began his career at the School of Education for USC, where he worked for 32 years, first starting as an assistant professor for the Department of Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education. He held various positions, including director of Ghana Institute (Center for International Education), chairman for the Department of Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education, director of the Educational Policy Studies Program at the Washington Education Center in Washington, D.C. and retiring as a professor for the Department of Policy, Planning and Administration. “On behalf of the entire City of Long Beach family, we send our deepest condolences to Mayor O’Neill and her family,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster.

“We join them in mourning Dr. O’Neill.” A public viewing and funeral service will be held at 2pm on Nov. 2 at First Congregational Church, 241 Cedar Ave. in Long Beach. A private burial will follow. For more information about the service, call McKenzie Mortuary Services at (562) 961-9301.

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REFUEL AND RECYCLE What Free E- waste recycling and fundraiser Who Millikan Rams Baseball Boosters Where Millikan High’s northeast parking lot, corner of Palo Verde and Belen When Saturday, Oct. 27 from 8am to 3pm More Info Free E-waste recycling, as well as a $5 car wash and $5 pancake breakfast. Used book collection to take place as well. Proceeds will benefit Rams Baseball Boosters.

Screen shot of YouTube video that shows woman pulling a baby stroller away from a fire after a man tossed a flammable object onto another man who was sitting outside a market last Friday. Based on the video footage, there are additional witnesses that have not come forward, and detectives are encouraging them to provide information. The detectives have been in communication with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and will continue working with them throughout this investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident who has not yet spoken with detectives is encouraged to call the Long Beach Fire Department’s Arson Hotline at (562) 570-2582. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS, texting “TIPLA” plus the tip to CRIMES, or visiting lacrimestoppers.org .

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BUY A PLANT What Annual California native plant sale Who Friends of El Dorado Nature Center and Partners of Parks Where El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring St. When Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9am to 2pm More Info A wide variety of drought-tolerant natives will be available, including California buckwheat, coast sunflower, ceanothus species, sages and more. Call (562) 570-1745.

A DAY WITH THE LIVING DEAD What 17th Annual Historical Cemetery Tour Who Presented by the Historical Society of Long Beach Where Long Beach Municipal & Sunnyside Cemeteries, 1095 Willow Ave. When Saturday, Oct. 27 from from 9am until 2:30pm More Info The event will feature graveside presentations by professional and volunteer actors who relate the life and death of the person lying in rest. The tour is appropriate for families. Tickets are sold the day of the tour only, from 8:30am until noon at the entrance. Call (562) 424-2220.

NO WEALTH WITHOUT YOUR HEALTH What Health fair Who 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews Where Union Bank Renaissance Branch, 1900 Atlantic Ave. When Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10am to 1pm More Info Community event will include free health screenings such as blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol, and more. People of all ages are encouraged to attend. There will be a $25 gift card giveaways every 30 minutes and free American Heart Associate Soul Food cookbooks. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to AARP’S Drive to End Hunger program. Call (562) 570-6816.

READ ALOUD What We Harte B.A.R.K. Who Hosted by 7th District Councilmember James Johnson Where Bret Harte Library, 1595 W. Willow St. When Saturday, Oct. 27 from 11am to 12:30pm More Info We Harte B.A.R.K. is held every fourth Saturday of the month at Bret Harte Library. Children of all ages are welcome. Attendees should not take their own dogs to the event; B.A.R.K. will have their own trained, certified dogs. Contact the 7th District Council Office at (562) 570-7777 or email district7@longbeach.gov .

EGGS WITH THE ELKS What Monthly breakfast Who Bellflower/Long Beach Elks Lodge 888 Where 16426 Bellflower Blvd. When Sunday, Oct. 28 from 8am to noon More Info Breakfast will be open to the public for $6.50 per person. The meal includes eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits with gravy, orange juice, assorted fruit, coffee and Belgian waffles with toppings.

MUSIC TO MY EARS What Pipe organ concert Who Friends of Music at California Heights United Methodist Church Where California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave. When Sunday, Oct. 28 at 4pm More Info “A Pipe Organ Celebration” with organist James Petri will include works by Bach, Langlais, and others. Child care provided. Visit calheightsumc.org or call (562) 595-1996. SAFETY FIRST What East Patrol Division community meeting Who Long Beach Police Department Where Long Beach Groundwater Treatment Plant, 2950 Redondo Ave. When Monday, Oct. 29 at 7pm More Info East Division Patrol Commander Michael Beckman and his staff invite residents to attend a quarterly community meeting where crime prevention and safety information will be provided. Parking will be available at the facility’s parking lot. Call (562) 570-5882. COMMUNICATION IS KEY What General meeting Who Shoreline Speakers Toastmasters Club #1391 Where Ruby’s Diner, 6405 E. PCH. When Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 7am to 8am More Info The focus of the meeting is to help attendees develop their communication and leadership skills. Visit shorelinespeakers.com .

COME RUMMAGE AROUND What Rummage sale Who Community Presbyterian Church Where 6380 Orange Ave. When Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8am to 3pm More Info Proceeds benefit the church’s general fund. Call (562) 658-7480.

A WORD ON PUBLIC SAFETY What North Long Beach Community Action Group Public Safety Police Panel Who North Long Beach Community Action Group Where The North Police Substation, 4891 Atlantic Ave. When Sunday, Nov. 4 from 2pm to 4pm More Info Panel will feature Police Chief Jim McDonnell, Deputy Chief Robert Luna and Commander Galen Carroll. Discussion will consist of the current police budgeting process, public safety, new creation of the “West Super-Division,” and more. Call (562) 428-7710.


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Associate publisher mauled by tiger

Okay. Okay. It was a baby tiger, but a TIGER just the same! So, how did this come about? As many of our readers know, Neena and I are involved in greyhound rescue. The organization Fast Friends, located in La Habra Heights, puts together an annual “good will” bus trip to the Caliente race track in Tijuana, Mexico. This year we went on Saturday, Oct. 13. We were met at the border by armed guards and escorted right to the track. They give us a wonderful lunch and all the margaritas and beer we can drink. This is the closest track to Southern California and we, along with some other groups, rescue ex-racing greyhounds from there to be placed into their forever homes. The owner and management cooperate with us completely to see that no dog, even one with a broken leg, gets destroyed. If you own a greyhound, you really must make this trip and see them in all their glory running on the track. They are truly poetry in motion. Also, they are the second-fastest land animal in the world. Another reason I like to go each year is that the owner of the track has a private zoo located on the track property. I have become friends with the vet and have had the opportunity in the past to hold a baby tiger (both normal and white), baby lion and baby black jaguar, and

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I even got pushed over on my butt by a baby brown bear. I have hand-fed American bison, zebras, giraffes, camels, emus, ostriches, and a number of different types of deer and antelopes. I have even petted some North American wolves. Back to the baby tiger. Everyone was taking turns holding this little 3-month-old baby girl, and all was going fine. I was the second-to-last to be handed the little “beast” and by now she was getting a little tired of being passed around. First, she tried to bite my neck, then tried to jump from my arms and finally scratched my hand. She was magnificent! I wouldn’t have traded those moments with her for another margarita. (Did I mention we got lunch and all the margaritas and beer we could drink?). After my “attack,” the manager insisted and brought me two margaritas right away, for medicinal purposes, of course. All and all, it was a great trip, and I’m looking forward to going again next year. Who knows what I might get to play with?

And now, just a word about greyhounds. Wow. How do I start? If anyone out there is considering adopting a dog, please give some thought to an ex-racing greyhound. First of all, they are adult dogs usually between 2 and 5 years old. (No puppy crap.) After they have been with their foster family for a short time, they come to you having had all their shots, spayed or neutered, house-broken and ready to give you more doggy love than you can imagine. To learn more about these wonderful dogs check out their website at fastfriends.org, or if you would like to meet my two girls, I will be at Petco in Signal Hill located at Spring Street and California Avenue tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 27 from noon to 3pm. Stop by and say hello.

LETTERS

Taking the initiative?

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Kudos to the Signal Tribune for publishing an article that cleared up a lot of misunderstandings about the Taxpayers’ Right to Know and Vote initiative. In last week’s article “Signature drive continues for proposed initiative to require twothirds vote for taxes,” Carol Churchill, attorney and former Signal Hill mayor, responded to those misunderstandings, saying City officials, “either do not understand the language of the initiative or they are deliberately trying to mislead the voters about the initiative’s impact.” Ms. Churchill, point by point, referred to both State law and the language of the initiative to refute objections voiced by the city manager and similar to those complaints we continue to hear from our Council. First, City Manager Ken Farfsing claimed that the initiative would require a vote on a host of small City fees like bicycle license fees and burglar alarm fees charged by the police department. Ms. Churchill pointed out that the initiative explicitly states that it complies with existing State law, within which is found the provisions of Proposition 218, passed by California voters in 1997. Prop. 218 excludes from voter approval certain fines, forfeitures, library fees, traffic ticket costs and other small fees. Ms. Churchill clarified that the Know and Vote initiative covers property-related fees that appear on property tax bills, not those small fees Farfsing was complaining about. Second, Farfsing also complained that the initiative would “sunset” in 10 years, implying that requiring a vote on taxes like the oil-barrel tax would place an unrealistic burden on the city. Once again, Ms. Churchill pointed out that the initiative does not include the barrel tax, the hazardous-waste facility tax or the transient-occupancy tax. “If the initiative is approved, the City will be able to enact all those without voter approval,” she said. Third, Farfsing complained that the initiative would require a city-wide vote on yearly assessments to pay for the California Crown neighborhood landscaping and lighting assessment district. Again, Ms. Churchill pointed to Proposition 218 that would exclude the California Crown assessment district. I don’t understand why there are some who don’t want us to have the right to participate in decisions that affect our pocketbooks. The Taxpayers’ Right to Know and Vote initiative is not a Democrat or Republican issue, nor is it a conservative or liberal issue. And it is not an anti-tax issue. It is about citizen participation in the decisions that affect our lives. It’s about trusting the intelligence of our citizens. If our City officials have reservations about our ability to make intelligent and reasoned decisions, they might be reassured by a study conducted by the non-partisan think tank Public Policy Institute of California. The study found that 42 percent of those measures requiring a two-thirds vote to raise revenues from taxpayers was passed by the voter. Not 100percent passed, to be sure, but local jurisdictions were able to convince their voters, 42 percent of the time, that they had gone as far as they could go with expenditure reductions, been as creative as they could be at finding alternative revenue sources, and that, indeed, for the taxpayers’ own good, needed to dip into their pocketbooks. This is what Community First’s Taxpayer Know and Vote initiative is all about. richard Harris signal Hill Community first

Questioning qualifications

I just finished reading Nick Diamantides’s Oct. 19 cover article “Signature drive continues for proposed initiative to require two-thirds vote for taxes.” I am confused. The article leads you to believe all city fees, taxes, assessments, will be subject a two-thirds registered voter’s approval if the “charter change” makes it to the ballot and passes. Does this vote require a two-thirds approval? Ms. Churchill said state law would preclude fee and assessment from this charter change. Who is right? I also understand Ms. Churchill wrote the proposed “city charter” change. Is she a lawyer? What specialty, and is she qualified in state and municipal law? devon r. Austin signal Hill

A place for r&r

Yesterday (Monday, Oct. 22), in partnership with the nonprofit Long Beach design firm City Fabrick, I was proud to host the opening of our city’s newest public space– Park [D] Plaza at Frontenac Court. This new public plaza on 4th Street between Elm and Linden in the East Village Arts District is a creative, exciting way to transform ordinary urban spaces into places for the public to gather, rest, people-watch, and enjoy the sights and the fresh air. Where before there was just a parking lot, now there is a spot to eat, sunbathe, read, and spend time with others in the community. And, thanks to the creative, efficient use of space by Brian Ulasewski and his team at City Fabrick, no parking spaces were lost. In fact, one new additional space was created. East 4th Street and the entire East Village have gone through many positive changes lately, and adding Park [D] Plaza to the same block where Berlin, Fingerprints, and Zephyr are is helping to continue creating one of the most interesting and successful enclaves in our city. And we’re looking forward to enhancing and transforming more public space in a similar fashion in the future with help from City Fabrick and other community partners. I want to thank the DLBA, the Housing Authority of Long Beach and the City Office of Development Services for their partnership in this project. And I want to invite everyone to come down to 4th Street, grab a coffee and snack at Berlin, or [patronize] the food trucks that will be stopping by the Plaza regularly, and spend some relaxing at the new Park [D] Plaza.

Vexation without representation?

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I was stunned to read the condoning [by] Shirley Thomas (“DeLong and Short of It,” Oct. 19, 2012, Letters to the Editor) of Gary DeLong’s assault on a young woman who attended the recent League of Women Voters Congressional candidate forum at CSULB. The fact that Mr. DeLong was unable to control himself and acted irrationally when provoked, speaks volumes to his lack of character. In my opinion, he is no different than a man who rapes a woman because she is provocatively dressed, while Ms. Thomas cheers him on chanting, “She’s asking for it!” Mr. DeLong’s lack of self-restraint also reflects his arrogance and does not express the quality of the people of Long Beach, and for this he should not be allowed to represent us in Congress.

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Sean Belk Staff Writer

Registered voters, by Nov. 6, will determine the fates of two Los Angeles County measures– one that seeks to make the office of the county assessor an appointed position, rather than elected, and another that proposes to extend a previous voter-approved sales tax increase for 30 years to further fund transportation and infrastructure improvements. Long Beach voters will have made their voices heard on two citywide ballot measures– one that proposes to increase wages for certain hotel workers in Long Beach and another that intends to move municipal elections for electing city officials to coincide with state and national election schedules.

Measure A The Los Angeles County Assessor has the responsibility of locating all taxable property in the county, establishing a taxable value of all property subject to taxation, assessing property values and applying legal exemptions. The county assessor position is currently elected by LA county voters, since the position has traditionally been seen as more responsive to the public rather than to an appointing authority. But an ongoing corruption scandal regarding Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, who was recently arrested on suspicion of taking bribes in exchange for lowering certain property tax bills and misappropriation of public funds, has brought into question whether political campaign contributions may influence the assessor to carry out such public duties while in office. In order to better safeguard against the potential for conflicts of interest and cut down on election costs, Measure A seeks an “advisory” vote, or voter opinion, to make the Los Angeles office of the assessor an appointed position rather than elected. If passed by voters, the measure would require that the County determine a legislative sponsor to place a California constitutional amendment and a Los Angeles County charter amendment on a future ballot to allow voters statewide and countywide to decide if the assessor should be appointed. While no arguments for or against the measure are provided in the state’s voter information guide, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has unanimously endorsed putting the measure on the ballot. LA County Supervisor Don Knabe said he has been pushing to make the assessor an appointed position for 10 years, but now the recent investigation into allegations about Noguez has brought the issue to the forefront. He added that, currently, all a person has to have is an appraiser’s license to run for the assessor office position. “At the end of the day, [the assessor] is much more administrative than it is political,” Knabe said. “Obviously, with the Noguez issues, it has a lot more support of it becoming an appointed position.”

Measure J Measure J proposes to authorize the adoption of an ordinance proposed by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) to extend a previous voter-approved sales-tax measure, known as Measure R, for an additional 30 years, from 2039 to 2069. The measure would maintain current additional sales tax rate of .5 percent and would adopt an expenditure plan.

In 2008, voters approved Measure R, which imposed a 30-year sales tax increase to raise revenue for transportation related projects, including expanding and enhancing rail and bus systems, improving highways, repairing potholes and streets and suspending scheduled fare increases. The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation estimates the sales tax increase costs county residents about $25 per year. If approved by voters, Measure J would extend the sales tax for an additional 30 years, providing for an additional $90 billion in revenue during that time. The measure is being proposed to “accelerate the completion of Measure R projects, until those projects are complete, and to provide reduced fares to senior citizens, disabled individuals and students and to expand Metro's reduced fare programs, and other expenses as provided in the ordinance,” according to an impartial analysis by LA County Counsel John F. Krattli. The sales tax measure includes funding up to seven transit and eight roadway projects, with 15 percent of revenues going to local projects in 88 cities, along with unincorporated areas in the county. Measure J would carry the same provisions as Measure R, with one exception– the new initiative would allow LA Metro to adopt an amendment (by a two-thirds vote of its board) to transfer net revenues between the Transit Capital Subfund and the Highway Capital Subfund within the same subregion. Krattli states that the sales tax would only be extended if the Legislature approves pending legislation specifically authorizing the extension. Assuming those legislative approvals are obtained, Measure J would take effect on January 2, 2013. Supporters of Measure J, including the Committee for Jobs and Traffic Relief, say the initiative would allow LA Metro to issue low-interest-rate bonds to fund projects based on the sales tax extension. Supporters also claim the new measure would ensure accountability through annual audits and public review and would help speed up local highway and transit projects, including seismic upgrades to bridges, tunnels and overpasses, creating over 40,000 jobs in the county without actually increasing taxes. Opponents to Measure J, however, say the initiative gives LA Metro too much leeway in allocating the potential revenues for specific projects and communities, adding the proponents “overstate job creation possibilities,” that would mostly be funded by state and federal governments. While the LA County Board of Supervisors is divided on the measure, Knabe said he recommends a “no” vote on Measure J, since it is too soon to be asking voters to extend the previous measure that hasn’t shown any real progress yet. He said the new initiative removes previous provisions that prevented LA Metro from moving funding from one project to another, adding that under Measure J, “one project can take all the money.”

Measure n Measure N proposes to mandate that employees, such as waiters, bartenders, maids and bellhops, at hotels with 100 rooms or more in Long Beach be paid a minimum wage of $13 per hour. The measure would apply to about 15 hotels in the city. If approved by voters, the measure would also require that hotel workers under the proposal be

given at least a 2 percent annual pay raise and a minimum five paid sick days per year, while requiring that all service changes, tips, gratuities or commissions be given to hotel workers who perform services for which the charges are collected. Heavily supported by unions, Measure N, also called the “living wage” measure, was spearheaded by a community-driven initiative to “restore balance” and put “money back into the local economy,” said Christine Petit, a leading member of the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community, which is sponsoring the measure. She said about 30,000 signatures were gathered to put the measure on the ballot. Hotels in Long Beach have received millions of dollars in subsidies and have prospered from a thriving tourism industry over the past decades, Petit said. Still, many hotel workers are only paid a little more than California’s minimum wage of $8 per hour, which isn’t enough for hotel workers to pay for basic living expenses, such as food, rent and utilities, she said, adding that many of the workers must rely on public assistance. “This measure is really about fairness,” said Petit, a Cal State Long Beach sociology professor. “Workers aren’t fairly compensated and yet the hotels are highly profitable.” Proponents of the measure claim “hundreds of small businesses” support the initiative since it would encourage hotel workers to spend more money at local stores. Long Beach City Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, who signed on to support the ballot measure, did not return phone calls by the Signal Tribune seeking comment. The opposing campaign, however, supported by the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and major hotel companies, asserts that Measure N is an attempt by unions to unionize hotels in Long Beach, since the measure stipulates that any hotels that enter into collective bargaining wouldn’t be required to follow the wage mandates. Out of all major hotels in the city, currently only employees at Hotel Maya - A Doubletree by Hilton are part of a union, while workers at the Queen Mary’s hotel are part of a seafarer’s union. UNITE HERE Local 11, which represents more than 20,000 workers at hotels, restaurants, airports, sports arenas and convention centers throughout Southern California, has tried for years to get workers at both the Hyatt and Hilton hotels downtown to join a union, but so far their attempts have been unsuccessful. “[The union’s] failure to organize folks at those hotels led to the union to spend a quarter of a million dollars to go out and gather signatures to put this measure on the ballot, which is a backdoor way of collective bargaining and unionizing hotels,” said Randy Gordon, president and CEO of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “Like trash flows right down the river to our city, this is LA politics flowing right down the river … this is a very, very bad measure … and would really set our hotel industry back.” He added that Measure N would cause hotels to pass costs on to consumers in the form of increased room rates, which would make Long Beach “less competitive for convention business and tourism,” resulting in a loss of local jobs and a loss of revenue for the city. Petit, however, said that similar living wage ordinances, such as the one passed for hotels surrounding the Los Angeles International (LAX) Airport, have raised the bar for service standards, resulting in a benefit to see PROPOSITIONS page 18

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What is Measure J? The Metro Board of Directors authorized placing Measure J before voters in Los Angeles County. Measure J will extend for 30 additional years the existing one-half cent sales tax that was approved in 2008 and is currently set to expire in 2039 (Measure R). The additional funds will be used to secure bonds, which will allow Metro to accelerate construction of traªc relieving projects and the related job creation. To view the expenditure plan and the full text of Measure J, please visit metro.net/measurej.

ExpressLanes Open November 10 Metro ExpressLanes debuts November 10 with the opening of an 11-mile stretch on the I-110 Harbor Freeway. Solo drivers can use the lanes for a toll, while carpools, vanpools, buses and motorcycles travel toll-free. All motorists need a FasTrak® account and transponder to travel in the ExpressLanes. To get yours, visit metro.net/expresslanes.

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Feds Approve $546 Million For Crenshaw Line The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project received a $546 million federal loan to accelerate construction of a light rail line in the Crenshaw District. The 8.5-mile line will connect the Metro Green Line and the Metro Expo Line at Crenshaw and Exposition boulevards. For more information visit metro.net/crenshaw.

Metro Improving Park-And-Ride Lots Power sweeping and graªti abatement is already underway as Metro has begun rehabilitating more than 40 Caltrans park-and-ride lots adjacent to freeways throughout LA County. Legislation was signed in law last month that allows Metro to assume responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the state-owned lots.

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Us House of representatives 44th district

Janice Hahn

Party affiliation Democrat

Age 60

Years residing in district For over two decades

Previous offices held I was a member of the Los Angeles City Council for the 15th District where I chaired the Council’s Trade, Commerce, and Tourism Committee, and oversaw the Port of LA, LA Convention Center, and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Prior to being elected to the LA City Council, I was elected to represent the 15th Council District on the Charter Reform Commission. occupation Member of Congress, 36th Congressional District. In Congress, I serve on the Homeland Security Committee and Small Business Committee.

education Graduated with a teaching degree from Abilene Christian University, Albilene, Texas

family I was born in Los Angeles and raised in San Pedro. My father, Kenneth Hahn, was a former Los Angeles County Supervisor and my brother is James Hahn, the former mayor of Los Angeles. I also have three grown-up children and five beautiful grandchildren.

Goals if elected/Platform Despite the toxic and partisan environment in Washington, I will continue to be a champion for workers, the advancement of their rights, and grow our nation’s middle class through consensus building. In my current role in Congress as the co-founder of the PORTS Caucus, I intend to lead in pushing for reforms to ensure our Port’s continued competitiveness by increasing trade and bringing more businesses to the Port, in order to create more good-paying middle-class jobs.

endorsements Los Angeles Times California Labor Federation California State Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal California State Assemblymember Isadore Hall California State Assemblymember Ricardo Lara

Campaign website janicehahn.com

laura richardson

Party affiliation Democrat Age 50 Years residing in district 18 Previous offices held City Council, City of Long Beach– 6th District State Assembly, California– 55th District Congress, California– 37th District occupation Congresswoman • Member of Congress for the U.S. House of Representatives education Bachelor’s in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles Master’s in business from the University of Southern California family Single. Mother, sister, nephew and three godsons. nonprofit/professional affiliations Miller Children’s Hospital (Long Beach), NAACP, NCNW, etc. Goals Jobs and employment • Focus job training on industries that are hiring such as health care, transportation and logistics, etc. • Work to ensure that my constituents are aware of available jobs and training • Work with small businesses to provide information and access to resources • Provide incentives to companies who bring jobs back to the US or hire those who are currently unemployed Helping seniors • Protect Social Security and Medicare • Oppose all cuts to Social Security and Medicare • Oppose all attempts to change the requirements to the retirement age Education • Support adequate funding for early childhood education, special education and adult vocational training • Support fair and comparable teacher salaries • Oppose further college tutition increases and reduction of classes Fix the economy • End the 10 years of US war and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan and use those billions of dollars every month to fund our schools, our crumbling roads and highways and to pay down the deficit endorsements Long Beach City Councilman Dee Andrews Long Beach City Councilman Steve Neal Former Long Beach City Councilwoman Rae Gaeblich Former Long Beach City Councilman Val Lerch Eric Bradley, Controller of the California Democratic Party Rex Richardson, President of Long Beach Democratic Club Working people of the Carpenters, City Employees (Machinists),Food and Commercial Workers, Laborers, Longshoreman, Teamsters, and more. Website richardson.us and info@laurarichardson4congress.com

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Gary delong

Alan lowenthal

Party affiliation Republican

Party affiliation Democratic

Years residing in district Three decades

Years residing in district 40-plus years

Age 52

Previous offices held 3rd District Council in city of Long Beach

occupation President/Owner of RTP Group– telecom company

education BA Cal State Dominguez Hills MBA USC Marshall School of Business family Wife and three daughters

Goals if elected/Platform I am running for Congress because I want to bring common-sense solutions to the partisan gridlock. We must work together to solve problems, and set aside ideology and labels so we can move forward together. The goal is to achieve progress– building consensus is the means by which we arrive there. Partisanship is the single greatest obstacle to the progress we all agree our nation needs. We need more members of Congress who will make taxpayers– not special-interest groups– their highest priority. endorsements Former Governor George Deukmejian Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud Lakewood Mayor Diane DuBois Signal Hill Councilmember Larry Forester

nonprofit/professional affiliations Councilmember, city of Long Beach Chair of Budget Oversight Committee Chair of the Alameda Corridor Transit Authority Long Beach City Economic Development Commission Aquarium of the Pacific Board of Directors Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Council Long Beach City College Foundation Board of Governors Long Beach Public Library Advisory Board of Directors California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ) Rotary Club of Long Beach Wilson High School PTA ChildNet Youth & Family Services Board of Directors Goodwill Industries of Southern California Board of Directors Campaign website GaryDeLong.com

Age 71

Previous offices held Long Beach City Council (1992-1998) California State Assembly (19982004) California State Senate (2004-2012)

occupation Former college professor

education Ph.D from The Ohio State University

family Dr. Deborah Malumed (wife), Josh and Daniel Lowenthal (sons)

nonprofit/professional affiliations Californians for Disability Rights, American Psychological Association, California Faculty Association, Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club

Goals if elected/Platform Passing the President's American Jobs Act, protecting the social safety net, and fighting any threats to quality, affordable education; to the environment; to protections guaranteeing equality for all; a woman’s right to choose; and, to a fair and equitable tax system.

endorsements Former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill California Small Business Association Long Beach Police Officers Association International Association of Fire Fighters American Federation of Teachers Campaign website AlanLowenthal.com

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Among the offices on the ballot for the Tuesday, Nov. 6 election in Long Beach and Signal Hill will be the 44th and 47th districts of the United States House of Representatives, the 70th district of the California State Assembly, and the 33rd district of the State Senate. The Signal Tribune requested that each of the candidates seeking those seats submit information on his or her campaign, the results of which are published below. (For information about city and county measures that will also appear on the Nov. 6 ballot, see page 5.) state Assembly 70th district

Martha flores-Gibson Party affiliation Republican

Age 58

Years residing in district 51

Previous offices held Chair of New Image Shelter Board Member, Kiwanis

occupation Teacher/ business owner

education BSW CSULB MSW CSULB Ed.D Educational Leadership and Change, Fielding University

family Steve Gibson, husband Bryan Desmond Rico, 41, treasurer and captain, Bakersfield Fire Department Jonahvan Paul Rico, 33, paramedic, Los Angeles Fire Department Veronica Niclole Rico, 31, nurse supervisor

nonprofit/professional affiliations American Business Women’s Association (past president) Long Beach Kiwanis, Board of Directors Math, Engineer, and Science Academy (MESA), regional coordinator New Image Emergency Shelter, chairman Rebuilding Together Long Beach, committee member Long Beach Elder Abuse Protection Team

Goals if elected/Platform Martha’s commitment to you: • Create a business-friendly environment by reducing the over-regulation, taxes, and fees to bring back businesses to our communities. • Prioritize funding so that our tax dollars are used educating our youth, senior citizens’ care and protecting our neighborhoods. • Ensure when students graduate they have a command of math, science and English. • Make the ports a vital economic engine that does not add to the pollution that hurts our children. • Restore California’s business climate and fiscal responsibility so our economy can prosper once again. • Bring back “living wage jobs” for our families. -Ensure that Proposition 13 is NEVER eliminated.

endorsements Eunice Sato, Former Long Beach mayor Dee Andrews, City Councilmember iCaucus Hispanics 100 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Campaign website marthafloresgibson.com

bonnie lowenthal

Party affiliation Democrat

Age (not specified)

Years residing in district 43

Previous offices held LBUSD Board of Education (two terms) Long Beach City Council (two terms, including vice mayor) Metropolitan Transportation Authority and California State Legislature (two terms)

occupation Educator/Assemblymember

education MS Psychology, CSULB BS Sociology University of Wisconsin

family Two children, three grandchildren

nonprofit/professional affiliations Boards: Children Today, St. Mary’s Medical Center Board of Trustees, US Vets, International City Theater

Goals if elected/Platform Balancing the budget, bringing more jobs to California, increasing funding for education

endorsements Mayor Beverly O’Neill Hon. Mike Noll Vice Mayor Robert Garcia California Professional Firefighters California Small Business Association

los Angeles County voters can track their vote-by-mail ballots by using the inquiry form online at lavote.net.

state senate 33rd district

lee Harrison Chauser

Party affiliation Peace and Freedom Party Age 67

Years residing in district 67 years

Previous offices held Inspector Los Angeles County Elections, Peace and Freedom Central Committee Member

occupation Teacher/Educator

education BA in philosophy/English, CSULB, CSUDH; California teacher's credential family Chauser/Woodard

nonprofit/professional affiliations United Teachers of Los Angeles, American Federation of Teachers

Goals if elected/platform Support health, education and welfare measures. Provide more government jobs. endorsements Peace and Freedom Central Committee

Campaign website Peace and Freedom website

Mail-in ballots

In order to be counted, ballots cast by mail must be returned with sufficient time for mail delivery to the RR/CC by 8pm on Nov. 6. Those ballots may also be returned in person to the The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder and County Clerk headquarters or delivered to any polling place in Los Angeles County before the polls close at 8pm on Election Day. Ballots received after 8pm on Nov. 6, regardless of postmark, will not be accepted.

ricardo lara

Party affiliation Democrat Age 37 Years residing in district 5 Previous offices held State Assembly occupation Lawmaker education BA in journalism, BA in Spanish, Minor in Chicano Studies from San Diego State University family Single nonprofit/professional affiliations Currently serve on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project and also a member of: the Downey Kiwanis Club, Kiwanis International; the Bellflower Noon Lions Club; Optimist International; and the Rotary Club of South Gate. Additionally, serves on the College Board’s Hispanic Advisory Committee for Latino College Completion as well as the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s Legislative Advisory Board. Goals if elected/Platform I embark on this race because I am confident that I have what it takes to serve the people of the 33rd Senate District. My tenure in the Assembly reflects my lifelong commitment to working families, specifically my commitment to ensuring that government works for the people and protects the most vulnerable Californians, as it was always intended. Specifically, during my tenure in the Assembly, I have worked to improve access to higher education for all children, create jobs for the middle class, protect taxpayers from arbitrary and illegal property taxes, protect small businesses from frivolous lawsuits by vexatious litigants, guarantee workers’ rights to protected pregnancy and medical leave, create more transparency in local government and ethical oversight of public funds. In the Senate, I will continue to improve the quality of life for the residents in my district and remain steadfast in the fight to create jobs, protect and help advance working families in our state. endorsements California Democratic Party California Labor Federation California State Senator Alan Lowenthal Signal Hill City Councilmember Larry Forester California Small Business Association Campaign website Ricardolara.com


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women, so Brightman helped her learn too. At one point, the Council of Jewish Women asked him if he would teach blind children to become amateur radio operators. “We had six students. My wife and my son taught Morse code to them, and I taught theory. For the schematic diagrams, which are drawings of electrical circuits, I took Masonite boards and cut them to about 11x14. Then I took a real thin rope and glued it down in the shape of the schematic diagram circuits. That way they could feel the way it was set up,” said Brightman. In junior high school, Howard became involved with the Junior Red Cross group, and Brightman began volunteering for the Red Cross as well. He is still active with the organization almost 40 years later. “It’s interesting work. During the Northridge Earthquake, I was shelter manager of a shelter at the Van Nuys High School gymna-

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sium. We had a 5.0 aftershock at 3am, and people started to run out into the street. We stopped them at the doors and convinced them not to run outside,” said Brightman. “If people want to do something that gives them a great feeling, they should join the Red Cross. It’s so rewarding.” Brightman’s involvement with the Queen Mary began when he learned about its last voyage. He thought there should be an amateur radio station aboard for the final journey. It took a lot of paper work, phone calls and long talks, but he succeeded. Years later, Brightman also successfully set up an amateur radio room at the Queen Mary. “I had a hard time because I had to convince the man in charge to do it. We had to cut holes in the bulkheads to make windows. We had to redo the whole thing,” said Brightman. The radio room opened in April of 1979 and has been in continuous use by amateur radio operators ever since. The Queen Mary was the first ship museum to have a ham station.

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“It really was worthwhile because the station on the Queen Mary, W6RO, is now the most famous club station in the world. There were other museum ships at the time, but none of them had a ham station. We were the first ones. Now there are about 80 worldwide,” said Brightman. Over the years, Brightman has received a number of awards for his service, including the Radio Amateur of the Year Award, the Dayton Hamvention Special Achievement Award, and the National Association for Amateur Radio’s Public Service Award. On his 90th birthday, the radio room aboard the Queen

Mary was renamed the Nate Brightman Radio Room. Today, he continues to work with the Red Cross and the Nate Brightman Radio Room and has recently decided to learn Hebrew. “When I was 10 years old, my mother wanted me to study it, but I didn’t like the teacher. I would run out the back door when I saw him coming. I finally decided, like

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On Saturday, Nov. 3, at 4pm, The Scottish Rite Theatre, 855 Elm St., will host the first Meals on Wheels of Long Beach and “Rock For Vets” variety show. The event will be a joint fundraiser, and proceeds will help feed homebound veterans in the Long Beach and Signal Hill area with food from Meals on Wheels and provide funding for The Rock Club’s ‘Rock For Vets’ music therapy program at the VA Hospital in Long Beach. There will be live music from Motown frontman Ron Preyer, the Long Beach VA’s ‘Rock For Vets’ Music Rehab Band, the City of Long Beach’s own Erma Varnado, Manny Lagod’s Hawaiian Tribute (formerly backing vocalist and bass player for Don Ho) plus some surprises, auction, celebrity impersonator, barbecue, raffle items and prizes. Tickets are $20 per person and are on sale now. To purchase advance tickets now or to donate for a veteran, visit mowlb.org, find the “Rock For Vets” purchase tickets tab and complete the order form. Those who cannot attend are encouraged to send a veteran in their place, in which case it

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On Thursday, Nov. 1, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will host a special flu vaccination clinic from 2:30pm to 6:30pm at Veterans Park, 101 W. 28th St. Seasonal flu vaccines will be provided free of charge to the community at large. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season, including 2009 Pandemic H1N1. This clinic marks the first effort of four health jurisdictions– Long Beach, Pasadena, Los Angeles County and Orange County– to test a collaborative process for dispensing vaccines to the public. Each jurisdiction has established protocols to activate points of dispensing (PODs), systems that are used to rapidly deliver antibiotics and vaccines in the event of a disease outbreak (such as the 2009 H1N1 pandemic or a terrorist attack). However, this clinic will identify opportunities for improvement and further enhance regional plans and capabilities.

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A Harvest of Happenings SATURDAY, OCT. 27 Run from the dead

Long Beach Boot Camp and ZeroPoint Performance will team up to host their first Long Beach Zombie 5K Walk/Shuffle/Run to take place at Bluff Park, Ocean Boule-

vard and Junipero Avenue, at 10:30am. The run will benefit Long Beach Cinematheque, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the celebration and study of classic and independent cinema. The 5K run will commence at Bluff Park and follow the beach path along

the ocean towards the Marina Green and wind up at Edsel Park on 4th Street and Cherry Avenue in the 4th Street/Retro Row business district. After the 5K, participants are encouraged to gather at Lola’s Mexican Cuisine, 2030 East 4th St., for a discounted meal and celebration that will include a zombie-themed costume contest. Each registered participant will receive a Zombie 5K Shuffle/Walk/Run T-shirt and a Zombie passport, good for use at this year’s Long Beach Zombie Walk Music & Arts Festival. Registration is $50. To register, visit longbeachzombie5k.com .

Walk with the dead

The Downtown Long Beach Associates has partnered with the Long Beach Zombie Walk to present ZombieTown from 3pm to 11pm. Zombies are invited to explore downtown Long Beach, where more than 20 participating businesses will be offering food, drink and merchandise specials to Zombie passport (event ticket) holders. The ZombieTown map, which lists all participating businesses and their specials, and the form to purchase the passport are available at downtownlongbeach.org . For more information about the Zombie Walk, visit zombiewalklb.com or call (562) 436-4259.

Carnival on the court

The City of Signal Hill will host its annual Halloween carnival from 4pm to 7pm at the Signal Hill Park basketball courts located at 1780 E. Hill St. The event will feature activities such as games, a petting zoo, a toddler area, food, and live music. Admission is $3 per child (13 and under), and adults are free with children. The event will be cancelled in inclement weather. For more information or to sponsor or volunteer at the event, contact the Signal Hill Community Services Department at (562) 9897330.

Party with spirits

The 49rs Tavern, 5660 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Suites A and B, will host a 54th anniversary and 2nd anniversary of its rebirth with a Halloween celebration from 5pm to 8pm. There will be specials on beer, wine and food, as well as a costume contest (no masks allowed). Doug Drummond, former Long Beach councilmember and vice mayor, will

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To explore strange new worlds

The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (LBSO) will launch its 2012-2013 Orchestra POPS! series by taking audiences on a musical journey into space with To Boldly Go! at The Long Beach Arena, 300 East Ocean Blvd., at 8pm. The concert will present music of the cosmos, accompanied by spectacular photos taken through NASA telescopes. Musical selections will include Holst’s The Planets, plus the themes from Star Wars, Star Trek, ET, and more. The event will also serve as LBSO’s annual Halloween costume party. Concertgoers are encouraged to “boldly dress” in their favorite costumes. Doors will open at 6:30pm for picnicking. Tickets start at $21. Student rush tickets are available for $10 with valid ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (562) 4363203 or visit LBSO.org .

SUNDAY, OCT. 28

Harvesting some fun for all

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens, 6400 Bixby Hill Rd., will present a Children’s Fall Harvest Festival entitled “Traveling Tales: California on the Move” from noon to 4:30pm. Admission is free, and the event will include: a costume parade at 2pm; the Jumbo Shrimp Circus Harvest Hullabaloo, with their extravaganza of juggling, plate-spinning and slapstick antics; games in the barnyard; crafts and decoration-building; an exhibit of antique bicycles; a bike rodeo; and the Long Beach Firefighters Museum’s vintage rig and ModelT pick-up trucks on display. This year, the festival will also include a series of lectures entitled “Transportation Talks and Tales” which will take place in the new classroom at the Rancho. At 12:30pm, Beth Werling, collections manager for the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum will discuss “Los Angeles’ Impact on the Automobile.” At 1:30pm, Glen Creason, map librarian with the Los Angeles

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Public Library will present “A Cartographic History of the City of Los Angeles,” illustrated by 70 essential maps from 1849 to the present. At 2:45pm, Michael Sanborn, director of the Banning Residence Museum in Wilmington, will speak on “Phineas Banning: Forging a Southern California Staging and Trading Empire.” Free car parking and valet bicycle parking will be available at CSULB Lot #11 on Palo Verde Avenue at Rendina Street with continuous, handicap accessible shuttle service to the Rancho. To find out more, visit rancholosalamitos.org or call (562) 431-3541.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31 Getting sliced

Bixby Knolls Christian Church, 1240 E. Carson St., will host a pretrick-or-treating pizza dinner for the community from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Pizza is free to everyone in costume and $1 per slice for those not in costume. For more info, visit bixbyknollschurch.org or call (562) 426-0428.

Quite a spook-tacle

California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave., will host trick-or-treating at its “Halloween Spooktacular” from 5:30pm to 8pm, with candy and games. For more information, visit calheightsumc.org or call (562) 595-1996.

Pumpkins and candy and games. . . .oh, my!

Grace Brethren Church will host its 17th annual community carnival from 6pm to 9pm in its back parking lot located at Linden Avenue and 36th Street. According to its press release about the event, the expected attendance is 3,500 people and more than one ton of free candy will be given away to children from Long Beach and its surrounding areas. The carnival has no admission fees and boasts free carnival games, as well as large-scale attractions such as a giant slide, a bungee run, a mega obstacle course, game booths, a skate park and a live DJ. For the younger trick-or-treaters, the event will offer free balloon animals, bounce houses, and a pumpkin patch area which caters to the younger children and their parents. Traditional carnival food such as hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, cotton candy and

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other treats will be available for purchase, along with cornbread and chili from Bake N’ Broil, coffee from Rose Park Roasters, and Mexican food from Baja Sonora. For more on the event, call (562) 595-6881 or email emarsh@gracelb.org .

A “Green” Halloween

The Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance will host its “Halloween on the Green” on at 20th Street and Daisy Avenue. Costume contest registration will start at 6:30pm with the Costume Contest at 7pm sharp. Prizes will be awarded for best costume in each age group: 2 to 6 years old and 7 to 10 years old. Also included will be: a ring toss, bean-bag games and treats. The event is co-sponsored by the Long Beach Municipal Airport. For more information, contact Maria at (562) 427-5021 or email wrigleyalliance@gmail.com .

THURSDAY, NOV. 1

An “altared” reality

California State University, Dominguez Hills’s University Art Gallery, A-107 in LaCorte Hall, 1000 E. Victoria St., in Carson, will open two shows entitled El Caballo: The Horse in Mexican Folk Art and Day of the Dead Altars from 10am

to 4pm. A special Day of the Dead celebration, featuring luminarias, folk music, costumes and food, will take place from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. Participants are invited to dress up in calavera, or skull make-up. Traditional sugar skulls, Day of the Dead bread and hot chocolate will be served. Find out more by visiting cah.csudh.edu/art_gallery or calling (310)243-3334.

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Picture This Gallery & Custom Framing, 4130 Norse Way, will host an artist reception for its first Día de los Muertos exhibit. The free event, which includes pieces in a variety of media as well as commemorative altars, will run from 6pm to 10pm and will include a dance performance by Alma Latina Long Beach at 7pm, followed by a musical performance by Donde Son. Dia de los Muertos attire is encouraged, and there will be a free gift for the first 25 people in costume. Find out more by calling (562) 425-4861.

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oCTober 26, 2012

schipske joins federal CdC in calling for lb residents to prepare for ‘zombie apocalypse’

Participants of the 2011 Zombie Walk in downtown Long Beach

This Saturday, the people of Long Beach will have to face the invasion of zombies at the annual Zombie Walk. “October 27 may be

traumatic for some, so I am urging residents to following the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and get prepared,” said 5th District

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Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, who has been working over the past six years to encourage residents to get ready for an earthquake. Schipske said she thinks the CDC is clever in getting people’s attention by using the popular zombie theme as a way to remind folks how to get ready to face any emergency. Through a website, blog and comic book, the CDC is urging residents to get ready for any type of emergency by posting such messages as: “There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-al-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you'll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.” The site, cdc.gov/phpr/zombies.htm, also includes resources for teachers who want to teach preparedness in the classroom. “Getting prepared for a major emergency, no matter what type, involves the same process,” said Schipske, who is also a registered nurse practitioner. “You need to assemble an emergency kit with things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days. It will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored. Then you need to sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan. Decide where you will meet, how you will let people know you are okay, and an evacuation route.” Schipske has launched Ready Long Beach– a blog and Facebook page which posts weekly tips on how to get ready for an emergency. “I just held a community workshop [called] ‘Let’s Get Ready, Long Beach,’ and it was clear from the questions of the participants that we need to educate residents on how to get ready in case of an earthquake,” Schipske said. She will sponsor another community workshop on the weekend of March 10, 2013, which marks the 80th anniversary of the Long Beach earthquake. MORE INFORMATION readylongbeach.blogspot.com zombiewalklb.com/tickets


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With about $4.5 billion in capital improvement projects underway or planned this decade, the Port is working to modernize its operations and reduce its impact on the environment.

Nearly 3,000 people attended the Port of Long Beach’s train tours last weekend, according to a press release issued by the Port. The free event was designed to give the public a rare inside look into Port operations, and it was fully booked weeks before. Every day, dozens of trains come and go at the Port, loaded with products from all over the world. Each

fully loaded train takes between 280 and 750 truck trips off the roads. With about $4.5 billion in capital improvement projects underway or planned this decade, including $1 billion to improve rail facilities, the Port is working to modernize its operations and reduce its impact on the environment. Rail is an important component of those improvements.

The weekend event was coordinated in partnership with Pacific Harbor Line, the Port’s short-line railroad that coordinates all the rail activity inside the port complex, and Metrolink, which serves more than 45,000 riders a day, across 512 miles of tracks in five Southern California counties.

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The Port of Long Beach conducted train tours last weekend to provide an inside look into its operations.

Children’s dental Health Clinic honors AZTECA Junior league for its decades of support M R Source: Port of LB

EXICAN ESTAURANT

The Junior League of Long Beach (JLLB) was honored at the Children’s Dental Health Clinic’s 80th anniversary gala on Oct. 20 at the Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach for their leadership and dedication to the Clinic since 1936. JLLB and the CDHC began working together in 1936 when JLLB made the Clinic its first permanent project. The League helped relocate the Clinic to a Long Beach Unified School District bungalow, where League members volunteered as “intake interviewers” and oral health educators. The Clinic held its first board of directors meeting on Sept. 3, 1937, when nine of the 17 board members were JLLB members. It was a JLLB member who created the Clinic’s first endowment and continued raising funds to grow that endowment until 1978. It was another JLLB member who drew the characters of the CDHC logo. Most recently, on Aug. 19, 2012, JLLB presented a check for $25,000 to the Clinic to purchase critically needed sterilization equipment. “We are so grateful to the Junior League of Long Beach for their support,” said Clinic executive director Dr. John Blake, whose late mother, Virginia Blake, was a JLLB member. The Dental Clinic was the chosen recipient of JLLB’s gift to the community in recognition of the League’s own 80th anniversary, which commenced in 2011. The Dental Clinic was the selected benefactor in acknowledgement of CDHC being longest running project of JLLB’s 80-year history. The lab has been renamed the “Junior League of Long Beach Instrument Processing Center.”

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Wrd awarded certification for high-performance green building MORE INFORMATION jllb.org

The Water Replenishment District of Southern California announced this week that it has been awarded LEED Gold Certification established by the US Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. The LEED Gold

plaque was presented to WRD by The Los Angeles Green Building Council Executive Director Jorge Partido, at their 2012 State of the District Address Thursday night, where LT. Gov. Gavin Newsom was the keynote speaker. “WRD is proud to have been awarded the LEED Gold Certification by the US Green Building Council because it perfectly complements our

50-year record of environmental stewardship and our ongoing commitment to improved sustainability practices,” said Albert Robles, board president. “Just as WRD implements best practices to ensure clean, safe and affordable drinking water, LEED has provided us the tools to maximize our own sustainability practices.”

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The Long Beach Fire Department is expanding the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program by implementing neighborhood teams and adding refresher courses. “In case of a major disaster, our residents will be need to be self-reliant while our first responders will be dealing with high priority emergencies,” Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said. “Expand-

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ing our already successful CERT program will enable teams of trained people to augment public safety officials and to start providing immediate services in their own neighborhoods.” Approximately 5,000 people have completed the 22-hour CERT training in Long Beach, learning how to assist their families, neighbors and colleagues in the event of a significant incident. CERT graduates also learn how to prepare for a major disaster and to be self-sustainable for several days. Now the fire department is implementing Neighborhood CERT teams across the city to increase the program’s effectiveness. After a significant incident, public safety officials must prioritize their responses and might be unable to reach some neighborhoods for several days. CERT teams would be able to serve as a

force multiplier by going door-todoor, checking on residents, gathering and providing information and providing some initial assistance. Working with the CERT teams would have the additional benefit of improving ongoing communication between the fire department and CERT graduates. As part of that outreach, the fire department is offering and encouraging all CERT graduates to attend two-hour, hands-on skill refresher sessions. The department also encourages community members to take the six-week, 22hour CERT training. For more information on upcoming courses, or to register for CERT training, visit longbeach.gov/cert or contact Will Nash, CERT coordinator, at Will.Nash@longbeach.gov . Source: City of LB

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estimate from CA elections chief: voter registration likely to reach new high Already 679,000 confirmed new voters in final pre-election days, number still climbing

In the final 45 days leading up to the Oct. 22 voter registration deadline for the Nov. 6 election, more than 679,000 Californians were added to the state’s voter rolls– a number that will go up as county elections officials continue to verify the eligibility of tens of thousands more last-minute registrants. Postmarks and online system timestamps count, so applications are streaming in to the 58 county elections offices this week and being checked for eligibility. Official voter registration statistics will be published Nov. 2. The last certified statewide data as of Sept. 7 showed 17,259,680 Californians registered to vote. In California, voter registration application volume peaks each October before a November statewide general election, which comes in even-numbered years. The record high for California was 17,334,275 registrants, set in February 2009. Of the more than 679,000 verified new voters so far, approximately 381,000 submitted their applications using the Secretary of

State’s online system and about 298,000 submitted paper applications. The Secretary of State’s office cautions that some people are focusing on raw numbers of applications submitted, which include applicants who are ineligible, people who submit more than one application, and applications were from the many registered voters updating their records. No voter registration is automatic. Because postmarks count, paper applications are still rolling in; the raw number of online applications submitted since Sept. 19– including ineligible, duplicate, and already-registered voters– is 1,023,775. “I must emphasize these are preliminary numbers and not the final confirmed roster of eligible voters in California because county elections officials are now hard at work verifying each and every application,” said Secretary of State Debra Bowen, California’s chief elections officer. “After all 58 county elections officials send their registration data to my office, we will compile the

Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson, in partnership with Signal Hill Petroleum, the Port of Long Beach, and the Arts Council, will celebrate the grand opening of the first phase of Willow Springs Park with a free jazz concert on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6pm to 9pm. The first four-acre section, to be called Longview Point, of this historic property will be dedicated as public open space after 130 years of City ownership. “The need for recreation opportunities and open space continues to grow in northern, central, and western portions of Long Beach,” Johnson said. “Willow Springs Park is an opportunity to develop over 40 acres of City-owned land into a natural oasis the whole region can enjoy. The time has come to start opening this property to the public to enjoy this natural open space in the middle of our city.” Located on the highest point in Long Beach, Willow Springs Park offers sweeping views of downtown Long Beach, Catalina Island, Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Moun-

tains. When complete, this park will be the largest one developed in Long Beach since El Dorado Park opened in 1952. Residents are encouraged to bring a picnic basket and lawn chair as they enjoy the free concert and panoramic views that Willow Springs Park has to offer.

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Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by TEGAN ANN SHANELEC, dated 06/29/2006 and recorded 7/14/2006, as Instrument No. 06 1557143, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 11/19/2012 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2621 EAST 20TH STREET #17, SIGNAL HILL, CA, 90755. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $435,269.68. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder's Office. 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 a 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 lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1-800281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 12-0058360. 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. RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A-FN4317151 10/26/2012, 11/02/2012, 11/09/2012

TST4216 TSG No.: 4750464 TS No.: CA1000218394 FHA/VA/PMI No.: APN: 7214-015-091 Property Address: 2365 PROMONTORY DRIVE SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 07/21/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 11/15/2012 at 10:00 A.M., First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 07/28/2005, as Instrument No. 05 1787699, in book , page , , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. Executed by: CATHERINE A. OLWENY, A MARRIED PERSON, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST APN# 7214-015-091 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2365 PROMONTORY DRIVE, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total

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www.kathyalford.com 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 $745,470.57. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust has deposited all documents evidencing the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust and has declared all sums secured thereby immediately due and payable, and has caused a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be executed. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (916)939-0772 or visit this Internet Web http://search.nationwideposting.com/propertySearchTerms.aspx, using the file number assigned to this case CA1000218394 Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse. First American Title Insurance Company First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, LLC 3 FIRST AMERICAN WAY SANTA ANA, CA 92707 Date: FOR TRUSTEE'S SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (916)939-0772 First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, LLC MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.NPP0209668 SIGNAL TRIBUNE 10/26/2012, 11/02/2012, 11/09/2012

TST4208 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE T.S. No. 12-20304-SP-CAYOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 09/19/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, (cashier's check(s) must be made payable to National Default Servicing Corporation), 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; will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The sale will be made in an "as is" condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Trustor: THOMAS P ONG, AND HANG N TRAN, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS Duly Appointed Trustee: NATIONAL DEFAULT SERVICING CORPORATION Recorded 09/28/2006 as Instrument No. 06 2159906 (or Book, Page) of the Official Records of LOS ANGELES County, California. Date of Sale: 11/02/2012 at 11:00 a.m. Place of Sale: By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 Estimated amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $1,275,004.94 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 2501 HILLCREST STREET, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755-3864 A.P.N.: 7214-014-087 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. 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 undersigned mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent for the mortgagee or beneficiary pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.5(b) declares that the mortgagee, beneficiary or the mortgagee's or beneficiary's authorized agent has either contacted the borrower or tried with due diligence to contact the borrower as required by California Civil Code 2923.5. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the

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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 714-730-2727 or visit this Internet Web site www.ndscorp.com/sales, using the file number assigned to this case 12-20304-SP-CA. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: 10/08/2012 NATIONAL DEFAULT SERVICING CORPORATION 7720 N. 16th Street, Suite 300 Phoenix, AZ 85020 phone 602-264-6101 Sales Line 714-7302727; Sales Website: www.ndscorp.com/sales Nichole Alford, TRUSTEE SALES REPRESENTATIVE A-4309746 10/12/2012, 10/19/2012, 10/26/2012 TST4209 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No. : 20120015001613 Title Order No.: 120114187 FHA/VA/PMI No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 03/22/2004. 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. NDEX WEST, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 03/30/2004 as Instrument No. 04 0745385 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: TIMOTHY A. LANKFORD, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 11/01/2012 TIME OF SALE: 11:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: BY THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED AT 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA, CA 91766. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2599 WALNUT AVENUE #213, SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA 90755 APN#: 7211-026-104 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $293,306.07. 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 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 714-730-2727 for information regarding the trustee's sale or visit this Internet Web site www.lpsasap.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20120015001613. 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 TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: AGENCY SALES and POSTING 2 3210 EL CAMINO REAL, SUITE 200 IRVINE, CA 92602 714-730-2727 www.lpsasap.com NDEx West, L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L.L.C. as Trustee Dated: 10/03/2012 NDEx West, L.L.C. 15000 Surveyor Boulevard, Suite 500 Addison, Texas 75001-9013 Telephone: (866) 795-1852 Telecopier: (972) 661-7800 A-4310339 10/12/2012, 10/19/2012, 10/26/2012

TST4210 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 10-0119478 Doc ID #0001625896872005N Title Order No. 10-8-439949 Investor/Insurer No. 162589687 APN No. 7216-020-094 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 06/14/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by REBECCA A. MARINE, dated 06/14/2007 and recorded 7/12/2007, as Instrument No. 20071658079, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 11/08/2012 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2600 EAST 20TH STREET UNIT 202, SIGNAL HILL, CA, 90755. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the

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unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $482,296.95. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trustee's Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder's Office. 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 a 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 lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1-800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 10-0119478. 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. RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-91401-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: - Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A-4312459 10/12/2012, 10/19/2012, 10/26/2012

TST4204 / 2012 194044 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: ALLISON TRAINING PERSPECTIVES AND SERVICE, 4067 Hardwick St. #495, Lakewood, CA 90712. Registrant: ROBBY J. ALLISON, 4067 Hardwick St. #495, Lakewood, CA 90712. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Robby J. Allison. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on September 27, 2012. 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: October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012.

TST4206 / Case No. TS016001 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 200 W. Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 90220. PETITION OF Veronica Bacerra For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner VERONICA BECERRA, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: A. Present Name: VERONICA BECERRA to Proposed Name: MIA ABIGAIL MENDOZA. And: B. Present Name: RICARDO SEBASTIAN MENDOZA to Proposed Name: RICARDO DAMIAN MENDOZA. 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: November 1, 2012; Time: 9:30 A.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, 939 E. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012. ___//ss//___ Lynn D. Olson, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: September 21, 2012

TST4207 / 2012 188839 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: D2M WOOD PRODUCTS, 37925 6th St. East, Unit 210, Palmdale, CA 93550. Registrant: 1. JoANNE DAVIS, 2. RICHARD DAVIS, 1555 Georgetown Ave., Palmdale, CA 93550. This business is conducted by: a Husband and Wife. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: JoAnne Davis. The registrants have not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on September 20, 2012. 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

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TST4211 / 2012 198894 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: LONG BEACH DUCT CLEANING, 2517 Cerritos Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: LONG BEACH HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING INC., 2517 Cerritos Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Shari White, Vice-President. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on October 3, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on October 4, 2012. 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: October 12, 19, 26, & November 2, 2012.

TST4212 / 2012 199735 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. BRANSCOMB BY LAUREN LYNN, 2. BRANSCOMB UTILITY, 3. BRANSCOMB DESIGNS, 4. LAUREN LYNN, 375 Atlantic Ave. Suite 104, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrant: BRANSCOMB, 375 Atlantic Ave. Suite 104, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Lauren Lynn King, President. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on October 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on October 5, 2012. 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: October 12, 19, 26, & November 2, 2012.

TST4213 / 2012 199736 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: WE CARE MOBILE AUTO DETAILING SERVICES, 214 E. Adams St., Long Beach, CA 90805. Registrant: LEONARD FREDRICK IRVIN II, 214 E. Adams St., Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Leonard Irvin II. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on October 5, 2012. 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: October 12, 19, 26, & November 2, 2012.

TST4214 / 2012 206012 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. DON & HAROLD'S AUTOMOTIVE & EVALUATION CENTER, 2. DON & HAROLD'S AUTO SERVICE, 500 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: DK AUTOMOTIVE, INC., 500 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Kenneth M. Herzog, CFO/Sec. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on October 15, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on October 16, 2012. 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: October 19, 26, & November 2, 9, 2012. TST4202 / Case No. NP015130 Notice of Petition To Administer Estate of: BEA FAGAN To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of BEA FAGAN. A Petition For Probate has been filed by ANNE MEGLI, in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. The Petition For Probate requests that ANNE MEGLI, be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The Petition requests the decedent’s will codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The Petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act with limited authority. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain and 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 October 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM in Dept. 4 located at 415 W. Ocean Blvd.,Long Beach, CA 90802. If You Object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections, with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If Your Are A Creditor or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. You may


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TST4199 / 2012 189816 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: PORT MACHINE SHOP, 923 E. F St., Wilmington, CA 90744. Registrant: STEPHEN PACE, 1500 Emerald Cove Way, Seal Beach, CA 90740. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Stephen Pace. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on September 21, 2012. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: September 28, & October 5, 12, 19, 26 2012.

TST4218 / 2012 212410 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: STAR LINE SERVICES, 1034 E. San Antonio Dr., Apt. B, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: 1. CLAUDIA DUARTE, 2. JAVIER CRUZ-PINA, 1034 E. San Antonio Dr., Apt. B, Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Claudia Duarte. The registrants have not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on October 24, 2012. 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: October 26, & November 2, 9, 16, 2012.

TST4219 / 2012 212411 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: GRUBBIN HUT, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrant: 1. ENRIQUE LOPEZ, 420 Redondo Ave. #307, Long Beach, CA 90814, 2. MIKE MAGEO, 5309 W. 124th Pl., Hawthorne, CA 90250, 3. LEE M. GANOTISE, 3464 Elm Ave. #304, Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Enrique Lopez. The registrants have begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrants began using this fictitious business name on September 14, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on October 24, 2012. 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: October 26, & November 2, 9, 16, 2012.

TST4220 / 2012 212412 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: 1. THE SPELL SHOW, 2. THE SPELL, 2599 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: 1. ANTHONY WEIDNER, 2826 E. 4th St. #3, Long Beach, CA 90814, 2. ANDY KIDDOO, 3. JOSH BROWN, 4. BRANDEN MURRAY, 2599 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Anthony Weidner. The registrants have not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on October 24, 2012. 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: October 26, & November 2, 9, 16, 2012.

TST4221 / 2012 206342 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. BEST BUY MOTORS, 2. SIGNAL HILL AUTO CARE, 1865 Redondo Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: HAMID R. MAMNOON, 1865 Redondo Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Hamid R. Mamnoon. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on July 6, 1989. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on October 16, 2012. 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: October 26, & November 2, 9, 16, 2012.

EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by LBPD • Council Districts 6, 7 & 8

Thursday, october 18 Auto burglary 7:30am- 2200 block Long Beach Blvd.

friday, october 19 Garage/residential burglary 11am- 700 block E. 46th St.

saturday, october 20 Auto burglary 6:50am- 2700 block Pacific Ave.

Garage/residential burglary 10am- 4500 block Banner Dr.

Auto burglary 11am- 2000 block Pasadena Ave.

sunday, october 21 Grand theft; property 12pm- 3600 block Linden Ave.

Commercial burglary; shoplift 7:20pm- 4500 block Atlantic Ave.

Commercial burglary 10pm- 4400 block Atlantic Ave.

Monday, october 22 Residential burglary 7:30am- 100 W. 48th St.

Tuesday, october 23 Residential burglary 10:20am- 2000 block Golden Ave. Commercial burglary; shoplift 5:10pm- 200 E. Willow St.

Crimes reported by SHPD • Citywide Thursday, october 18 Petty theft with prior 12:21pm- 1600 block E. Willow St. Suspect in custody.

Threaten crime with intent to terrorize 2:33pm- 2200 block Gaviota Ave. Named suspect.

friday, october 19 DUI Alcohol/0.08% 12:47am- Redondo Ave./E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Suspect in custody. Child abuse 2:50pm- 1900 block Dawson Ave.

Injury hit-and-run 9:31pm- E. Hill St./Obispo Ave.

saturday, october 20 DUI 5:44am- 800 block E. Spring St. Suspect in custody.

Recovered stolen vehicle 11:13am- 2300 block Lewis Ave.

Unauthorized use of ID– obtain credit/goods 12:03pm- 2000 block Raymond Ave.

Annoying phone call/obscene matter/threats 2:40pm- 2100 block E. 21st St.

sunday, october 21 Commercial burglary 12:01am- 3200 block Industry Dr.

Juvenile who is W/in jurisdiction of juvenile court 12:07am- S. Atlantic Ave./N/B 405 Fry. Juvenile taken into custody.

Battery from spouse, cohabitant, date 12:34am- 2100 block Sea Ridge Dr.

Monday, october 22 Petty theft 4:52am- 3500 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Suspect in custody.

Spousal abuse 12:41pm- 1800 block Redondo Ave.

Auto burglary 1:14pm- 2700 block Cherry Ave.

Identity theft 4:45pm- 1400 block E. Willow St.

Identity theft 5:12pm- 1800 block E. Willow St.

Tuesday, october 24 Vandalism ($400 or more) 1:45am- Junipero Ave./E. Willow St. Two suspects in custody. Stolen vehicle 3:42am- E. 21st St./Junipero Ave. Identity theft 12:53pm- 2700 block E. 19th St.

DUI 11:51pm- 700 block E. Spring St. Suspect in custody. Wednesday, october 24 Commercial robbery 9:11am- 2300 block Orange Ave. Named suspect.

Assault; not a firearm 9:22am- 1900 block Junipero Ave. Suspect in custody. Kidnapping 12:44pm- 2300 block Lewis Ave. Suspect in custody.

Assault with a deadly weapon; not a firearm 4pm- 2700 block of E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Four juvenile suspects.

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The spill was contained shortly after the incident was reported at 7:59am on Oct. 23, said Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Quvondo Johnson. He said a high-pressure line was pumping a mixture of crude oil and water into a tank when it overflowed. Although the tank is fitted with a catch basin to capture excess spillover, some of the oil and water seeped into the storm drain, while a majority of it poured out onto nearby streets and a parking lot. Approximately 25 firefighters responded to the spill, in addition to the Los Angeles County Health Hazardous Materials team and representatives from the California Department of Fish and Game and the US Coast Guard. Kevin Laney, president of Oil Operators, Inc., which owns the tank farm, said the spill was caused by an alarm system malfunction that led to the tank overfilling. He said a tank farm is a facility that gathers water from oil wells. The

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water is processed from the facilities and either goes into the sewer or into the tidelands area. A residual amount of crude oil is skimmed off the top at processing plants and accumulates over time in tanks, such as the one that overflowed. Although some of the oil made it into the storm drain, the company immediately called out a spill-response contractor that stopped the oil from reaching the Los Angeles River, Laney said, adding that the oil leakage was stopped at Long Beach Boulevard, where contractors sucked up the oil using a vacuum truck. All streets have since been cleaned up, in addition to some car tires that needed cleaning, he said. Oil Operators, Inc. is currently in the process of steam-cleaning the storm drain system, which should be completed in the next few days, Laney said. He said no agencies have mentioned imposing any fines regarding the incident. Signal Hill City Councilmember Larry Forester applauded all local agencies

The northbound side of Atlantic Avenue between Willow and Spring streets across from Long Beach Memorial Medical Center was closed off to traffic for nearly two days this week due to an oil spill caused by overflowing at a tank farm owned by Oil Operators, Inc. A spill-response contractor stopped the oil from seeping into the Los Angeles River, according to authorities.

jumped real quickly,” he said. “The public works department jumped immediately and started damming … and Oil Operators, Inc. got a clean-up crew in there, and they were very responsible for the accident.”

On Oct. 24, at approximately 6:45pm, officers from the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to Lakewood Boulevard near the Traffic Circle, in response to a traffic collision that resulted in the death of an adult female. When officers arrived on the scene, they found that a female pedestrian had attempted to cross Lakewood Boulevard just north of the Traffic Circle in an area that is not

designated for pedestrian traffic, when she was struck by a 2011 Jeep Liberty traveling northbound on Lakewood Boulevard. Paramedics from the Long Beach Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the woman to a local hospital, where she was pronounced deceased a short time later. The driver of the vehicle, a 26year-old male resident of Long Beach, was questioned at the scene

and released, and no charges are pending. The decedent has been identified as Nahid Hamidi Keegan, a 72-yearold resident of Long Beach. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Department Accident Investigations Detective Richard Birdsall at (562) 570-7355.

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Trustees, which are held in April and June during even-numbered years. If passed, the elected city officers whose terms would have expired in July 2014 will serve until their successor take office in December 2014. In an impartial analysis, Long Beach City Attorney Robert Shannon states that while there will be a financial impact, estimated at about $1 million, to the city if the measure passes, “the exact nature of the impact will depend upon whether the County will agree to consolidate elections in June and November and administer the City’s elections, placing them on the same ballot as the statewide elections.” However, Shannon adds that the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters has indicated that the County “will not consolidate elections … whether the position of the County will change in the future and amount the County would charge the City for consolidation is unknown.” Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, who has signed on as a sponsor of the measure, said Measure O “makes common sense,” since the measure would save money in the long term and would increase voter turnout, specifically since more voters participate in statewide and national elections. He said “anytime you consolidate anything you’re saving money,” adding that the County is expected to move into a new system, making it financially feasible for the city to move its election schedules. “Every city in California, with the exception of a handful, do it this way,” Garcia said. “We’re one of the very last to hold out and have our very own April election.” Ultimately, he said the goal is to increase voter turnout, adding that moving the elections will increase turnout by 1,000 to 2,000 votes. “Voter turnout always goes up in November,” Garcia said. “Our cur-

rent system is not encouraging voter turnout and that’s because voters in Long Beach have voter fatigue.” Opponents of the measure, however, say that Measure O would cost the city $1.2 million per election, since the County has not implemented a system to add city elections to the ballot. Long Beach City Councilmember James Johnson said the measure would force the city to pay “unnecessary” costs during a time when the City is financially struggling, potentially forcing the city to make reductions in other city services. “What this does is [cause] unconsolidated elections and force the school district to have their elections in April and the City to have its elections in June and November, breaking apart elections,” he said. “I think it’s a bad thing in terms of additional cost that are going to lead to direct cuts that we can’t afford.” Johnson added that moving the election dates would cause incumbent elected officials to spend more time campaigning and less time governing, since campaigns would span a longer time period. “It’s going to make local elections more partisan and longer, leading to more fundraising.” City officials elected in November would also have no role in forming the city budget, which ends in October. Gordon, who said the Chamber also opposes Measure O, said the initiative is backed by labor unions that seek to sway city elections by gaining more union-member votes during high profile elections. “A lot of these union members vote in November only because of presidential elections… and the fact that there’s state and national issues at stake … [this provides for] much more higher-profile voting and it also gives [unions] more time to raise funds for election purposes.”

Pedestrian struck by car on lakewood boulevard succumbs to injuries

employees and customers. She said hotels would ultimately still continue to remain profitable from the bustling local tourism industry. Leigh Shelton, spokesperson for UNITE HERE, said, although the union is a major supporter of the measure, the goal is not to unionize hotels, but to raise standards of the tourism industry, which she said “the biggest job generator” in LA county. “In order for the whole economy to thrive, [hotel workers] need to be making a decent wage,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if you have a collective bargain agreement or not, we want to raise standards in this industry.”

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and the oil company for working together to contain what could have been an environmental disaster, adding that Signal Hill Public Works Department was the first on the scene. “Everybody jumped and

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Measure o Voter approval of Measure O would amend the Long Beach City Charter to change primary and general municipal election dates for electing positions of mayor, city council, city attorney, city prosecutor and city auditor, to match the election dates for state and national races. This would require that city’s primary election be held in June and the city’s general election be held in November, as is the case with statewide elections. Currently, Long Beach city elections are held in April and June, causing Long Beach voters to vote on three separate elections. However, even if elections were consolidated, the city would still potentially have to administer three separate elections, since the measure wouldn’t apply to elections for the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education and the Long Beach Community College Board of

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City staff is expected to provide the public with a full written report on the status of the proposal. The report comes after a closed session hearing took place on Oct. 2, when the City Council, in an 8-1 vote, directed City Manager Pat West to move forward with the transfer process and “reuse plan” that would turn the former Schroeder Hall Army Reserve Center, located at Grand Avenue and Willow Street, into a new eastside police substation. The substation would replace the existing dilapidated and overcrowded east division police substation currently located along Los Coyotes Diagonal. Plans, however, also include a hotly contested proposal to use a one-acre property, adjacent to the Long Beach Health and Human Services Department, at Burnett Street and Grand Avenue, as a daytime mentally-ill homeless treatment center that would be operated by nonprofit Mental Health America (MHA). Under the 1987 McKinney Act and in accordance with the federal government’s Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission, the City is required to accommodate a homeless-services provider as a condition to acquiring the surplus property. But, residents at the Oct. 23 City Council meeting expressed opposition to plans that would locate the MHA facility close to homes, fearing that many of the mentally-ill homeless would have no other option but to wander into neighborhoods and parks after the “drop in” treatment facility closes its doors. “The kind of clients that they’re going to bring in there doesn’t work,” said Joe Sopo, a local realestate agent and vice chairman of the community group Neighborhoods First. “These people are hidden under the freeways, they’re antisocial, they’re treatment-resistant, they hear voices, and they don’t take their medication.” During the closed-session meeting last month, the City Council agreed to have city staff begin an environmental impact report (EIR) process, continue looking for other potential “alternate sites” for the homeless-services provider and prepare an initial list of “operating restrictions applicable to the MHA facility, no matter the ultimate location,” according to a city staff report. West said he would provide the City Council with recommended restrictions, such as required hours of operation and how clients can be transported, for the MHA facility by mid-November. While MHA entered into a “legally binding” agreement with the City to provide a daytime treatment program, city staff confirmed that the agreement didn’t stipulate any restrictions that MHA would have to abide by. Therefore, the only recourse that the City would have if MHA didn’t follow the City’s

yet-to-be-determined restrictions would be to relinquish the property back to the US Army Reserve. The proposed Burnett Street location provides a 1.5-mile buffer to Stearns Park. But the proposed location is still several miles away from MHA’s multi-service center and other resources that the clients would need, said Barbara Shuler, a Grand Avenue resident. “I think this is illconceived, and we really need to do more to seriously find a site that is going to be convenient for them, so we can get the best, most optimum use of the resources that MHA is bringing to the city,” she said. In response to residents’ concerns, West said city staff has worked with MHA representatives to find an alternate offsite location, which the City is permitted to do under the federal guidelines. However, he said, out of nearly 100 city-owned properties reviewed by city staff, none was determined to be suitable locations. Sopo implied that MHA has been “too picky” in its selection of an offsite location. Some residents stated that a property on Santa Fe Avenue has been submitted, but it has yet to be considered. “You’re telling me, in a city as large as Long Beach, that we can’t find a location?” Sopo said. “It’s either you’re being hoodwinked or MHA is being too picky.” West said city staff determined that many of the sites reviewed were found to be unsuitable because they were parks, interchanges, next door to a park or a school, not large enough or required zoning changes. Although it was revealed that a site on Long Beach Boulevard would have been suitable since it was located near other homelessservices facilities, Bank of America had sold the property in a private sale. The new owner was willing to offer up the site if the City found another location for the company, either through offering city-owned property or purchasing some other property, but West said no suitable location was found for the property owner. Asked whether MHA would be open to accepting “cash in lieu” of a site, West said the MHA board rejected the offer, stating that, “entitlements are more important.” Fourth District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell, who cast the lone dissenting vote against moving forward with the transfer process, said he continues to oppose any plan that would put the MHA facility at or near the Schroeder Hall property. “Where I fall on this issue is I don’t want it located at the designated site,” he said. “I want it somewhere else … I’ve been very clear on this from the start … we monetize it, we move it somewhere else, which we’re allowed to do, and that is my simple preference.” Still, West said that, if the City doesn’t move forward with the transfer process, the US Army could start its own plans that may include putting a homeless-services

Despite opposition from residents, a one-acre site adjacent to the Long Beach Health and Human Services Department, at Burnett Street and Grand Avenue, is the only city-owned property suitable for a daytime mentally-ill homeless treatment center proposed as part of the City’s plans to build a new eastside police substation in order to abide by federal requirements, according to city staff.

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