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New ‘North Town’ fire station opens

Deadline looms for City of Long Beach to submit plans for former RDA properties

CJ Dablo Staff Writer

The City of Long Beach has just a few short weeks to finalize and submit a report detailing a long-range management plan for property that belonged to the City’s former redevelopment agency (RDA). Since the redevelopment program was dissolved more than a year and a half ago, the future of its large amount of real estate had been managed by two groups: the Oversight Board, and city council members who make up what’s called the Successor Agency. California’s Department of Finance has set an Oct. 23 deadline for the City to submit a longrange plan that details how to dispose of about 259 properties that belonged to the Long Beach RDA. When it was first created, Long Beach’s redevelopment agency and hundreds of other agencies like it throughout California had been charged with taking what was considered blighted land and transforming those properties into land uses that benefitted the community. There will be two key meetings in the upcoming weeks during which Long Beach residents

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Not all of the properties owned by Long Beach’s former redevelopment agency will be proposed to be sold or further developed. On the southwest corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway, one property will be retained primarily for neighborhood identification and government use, according to Michael Conway, director of the City of Long Beach’s Business and Property Development Department. Formerly the site of an automotive shop, the property now displays a sign for Long Beach Polytechnic High School.

Businesses investing in Signal Hill, Bixby Knolls storefronts and restaurants see RDA page 14

Sean Belk Staff Writer

Though the economy may not have fully recovered yet, it appears that business owners see great potential in the local area and are investing in brickand-mortar locations along local commercial corridors. At least three new sit-down restaurants are expected to open up soon in Signal Hill and Bixby Knolls while some small-business retailers are either expanding or sprucing up Sean Belk/Signal Tribune their digs. From reviving old office buildings with new paint A new Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill is scheduled to open on Oct. 14 to fixing up façades to installing at 889 E. Spring St. in the Signal Hill Gateway Center. new roofs, every small improvement to the district keeps business humming, said Izakaya-style Japanese restaurant and sushi bar to be Blair Cohn, executive director of the Bixby Knolls Busi- called Atun at 4262 Atlantic Ave., expected to open up in the next three weeks, and Weiland Brewery Restaurant, ness Improvement Association (BKBIA). known for its draft beer and American fare, looking to “We’re pretty excited right now about seeing new things coming to the neighborhood,” he said. “Every little relocate from downtown Los Angeles to Claiborne Drive improvement makes the whole district better. We’re see- and Atlantic Avenue, Cohn said. In Signal Hill, a new Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar ing some good momentum. It’s pretty exciting.” Some new eateries coming to town include a Yakitorisee BUSINESS page 15

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A crowd looks on as Long Beach Fire Capt. Jackawa Jackson, Fire Chief Mike DuRee and 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal prepare to push a fire engine into the newly constructed Fire Station 12 during a grand opening of the north Long Beach facility on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Sean Belk Staff Writer

After work stoppages, labor disputes and funding difficulties, there was one last thing to contend with to complete the nearly $10-million new, state-of-the-art Fire Station 12 in north Long Beach– pushing into the garage a shiny, red fire engine that has the words “North Town” emblazoned on the side of it. Hundreds of people gathered on Tuesday, Sept. 24 to celebrate the grand opening and dedication of the newly built fire station and Emergency Resource Center (ERC) located on a 1.2-acre site on the northwest corner of Artesia Boulevard and Orange Avenue. “It did take a long time to build, but I think you can see today it was worth the wait,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, to the crowd of city officials, local residents, fire personnel and other stakeholders in attendance. “We should all celebrate what’s been done here.” Funded entirely by the now abolished Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, the new 11,296-square-foot fire station and the 5,294 square-foot ERC include the latest technological advancements and energy-efficient design, along with three fire-engine bays, gender-neutral dorms for firefighters and paramedics and a 100-foot-tall communication tower for enhanced radio coverage throughout the city. The facility replaces “blighted, underutilized” commercial tenants that were once considered “eyesores” at the intersection, said 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal. The new facility, which holds enough emergency supplies to support the northern half the city in a major disaster and offers a new venue to stage community meetings, continues the “Uptown renaissance,” he said. “I’m proud to say we’ve come a long way, finally, to realize this beautiful, modern and much needed facility, which will help bring vitality to the neighborhood, synergy to the Atlantic [Avenue] corridor and a renewed sense of civic pride here in north Long The words “North Town” are emblazoned on the side Beach,” Neal said. “The fire sta- of a fire engine that is now assigned to the new, statetion is one of the many infra- of-the-art Fire Station 12 located at 1199 E. Artesia see FIRE STATION page 14 Blvd. in north Long Beach.

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State bill would remove restrictions on WRD’s reserve spending but also add budget oversight Sean Belk Staff Writer

A bill that was recently passed by the California State Legislature will temporarily remove restrictions on how the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) can spend its reserve money. But state lawmakers also agreed to maintain a cap on the water agency’s reserve fund and add an extra layer of oversight to WRD’s finances by establishing a budget advisory committee to be governed by representatives of seven waterrights holders. SB 620, authored by Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood), is the result of a compromise between WRD and entities that pump water from underground aquifers, including

the cities of Downey, Cerritos and Signal Hill. The State Senate officially passed the bill in a 62-0 vote on Sept. 12. Gov. Jerry Brown has until Oct. 16 to sign the bill into law. The local cities, which have an ongoing lawsuit against WRD that claims the water agency did not follow state procedures in raising its assessment rates in past years, originally opposed the legislation. That’s because the original bill sought to eliminate a provision in a 2000 state law that caps WRD’s unencumbered reserve fund at $10 million after an audit found that WRD had “maintained high fiscal reserves and didn’t exercise strict fiscal controls.” WRD officials claimed that the restriction prohibits the agency from seeking local water supplies and forces the agency to rely more on

costly imported water, but the cities asserted that removing the cap would have given WRD no limit on how much it can stash away in reserves while the agency continues to increase assessments. While the new version of the bill makes no changes to the state cap on reserves, it does temporarily remove some restrictions on how WRD can spend its reserve money. According to a Senate floor analysis of the legislation, the bill eliminates, through fiscal year 2019-2020, the requirement in existing law that a minimum of 80 percent of WRD’s annual reserve fund be spent on water purchases. The State Legislature would be able to determine whether to extend the moratorium on state restrictions through a review of public records.

In a press release issued on Sept. 23, WRD Board President Robert Katherman said the new version of the bill would give WRD “the flexibility to more cost-effectively manage our financial resources for the benefit of our customers and the destiny of the groundwater resource they use.” WRD General Manager Robb Whitaker said in the same statement that removing the language on the use of the unrestricted reserve fund “reflects the fact that our imported water purchases are declining and gives us the flexibility to meet unanticipated and unbudgeted contingencies that may arise as we move toward 100-percent local supply.” According to WRD, the agency is moving forward with a program to achieve 100-percent water independence. Currently, the water agency mostly purchases imported water to replenish underground aquifers that supply 40 percent of the water used by residents in 43 cities in WRD’s service area. Representatives from local cities also applauded the bill, particularly the provision that allows pumpers to weigh in on WRD’s budget and assessment process. “This is an important step, because it adds additional accountability,” said John Oskoui, assistant city manager and director of public works for the City of Downey, in a joint statement released by the three cities on Monday, Sept. 16. “WRD replenishment assessments can amount to a third to half of the average consumer’s water bill. The cities and companies that provide the water to our residents and businesses need to be at the table fighting against unnecessary WRD spending and inflated assessments.” In the same statement, Signal Hill City Manager Ken Farfsing said the advisory panel is “one more step to imposing fiscal discipline on the WRD.” He added, “This is an agency with unique power in a very critical area. Past abuses have demonstrated that reasonable checks are needed to head off unjustified spending and oppressive assessment burdens.” Oskoui said in a phone interview that the local cities worked with the authors of the bill to come up with the compromise. Though it’s not perfect, it’s the best they could do, he said. “We didn’t like it, and we still don’t like it, but we tried to make the best of what we could,” Oskoui said. “We managed to make some reasonable changes.” According to the analysis of the bill, the advisory committee would consist of seven members elected

among water-rights holders that pump water from underground aquifers and that are subject to WRD’s replenishment assessment. Each member of the committee would serve a two-year term. Jim Glancy, chairman of the Southeast Water Coalition that represents 11 cities in the region, said in a phone interview that the coalition was against the original version of the bill but the new legislation resolves most of the concerns. “I feel that the bill is better than it once was,” he said. “It was changed many, many times.” Patty Quilizapa, an attorney representing the local cities in the lawsuit against WRD, said the bill does not end the ongoing litigation in which the courts ruled that WRD did not follow a state law, known as Proposition 218, which mandates that government agencies give ratepayers a right to protest any increase in assessments. But she supported the legislation for setting up a panel to review and provide oversight to the WRD’s budget and replenishment assessment process. “It’s a step in the right direction in that it brings the pumpers into the process because they’re the ones that are going to pay it,” Quilizapa said. “We’re hoping that maybe someday there will be legislation to fix all of this.” Other provisions of SB 620 include allowing both WRD and pumpers to seek attorney fees as injunctive relief in litigation and increasing penalties from $150 to $1,000 that WRD can impose on pumpers that fail to provide reports on groundwater production. Both of these provisions apply to any litigation filed after July 1. The legislation would not apply to pumpers, many of which have withheld payments to WRD, involved in the ongoing litigation regarding Proposition 218. Adeline Yoong, WRD’s senior government affairs representative, said in an emailed statement that the provision that allows the prevailing party of an injunction against an entity that does not pay the replenishment assessment to recover attorney fees and costs is critical to keeping water affordable for all ratepayers. “To pump groundwater without paying for its replenishment is a very serious matter that puts an unfair burden on pumpers who do pay, and it jeopardizes the health of the groundwater basins,” she said. “Our region cannot afford anything to threaten the stability of our water resources. A steady and reliable supply of water will ensure that residents have affordable water and that businesses are economically competitive.” ß

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LB candidates prohibited from transferring funds from past campaigns, attorney says

Sean Belk Staff Writer

Under municipal code, political candidates running for Long Beach city offices are banned from transferring funds left over from former campaigns, said a Los Angeles attorney in a statement that was sent to candidates last week. Ruben Duran, attorney for Burke, Williams & Sorensen, issued the statement on Friday, Sept. 20 at the behest of some candidates running for political offices in next year’s election. The lawyer provided the statement as an impartial legal analysis since Acting City Attorney Charles Parkin is running to keep the job next year. In Duran’s legal opinion, when it comes to a Long Beach candidate transferring funds either held over from a campaign outside of the current election cycle or a campaign during the election cycle but for an office other than the one for which the candidate is running, both instances would be a violation of the City’s Campaign Reform Act passed by voters in 1994. Therefore, according to Duran, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal can’t use the almost $300,000 in surplus funds she raised during State Senate and Assembly campaigns last year on her campaign for Long Beach mayor. And 7th District Councilmember James Johnson, who is running for city attorney instead of a second term on the City Council, can’t shift the $71,297 he amassed earlier this year from his Council campaign to his city attorney campaign. Duran points out several provisions in the City’s campaignfinance law for making his conclusion. Firstly, candidates are prohibited from receiving any contributions outside of an election cycle. Secondly, contributions solicited or accepted are limited to those offices “for which the contribution is made.” Thirdly, “surplus funds” may not be used for campaign expenditures (under both the City’s code and state law). Lastly, allowing transfers from campaign accounts that were not subject to the same contribution limits as local Long Beach campaigns could give “at least the appearance of corruption in Long Beach elections.” Still, there is one exception to the

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rule, Duran states. That exception would involve the “limited circumstance” in which a candidate-controlled committee makes “a single contribution (or theoretically several smaller contributions)” up to the limits in the City’s code, since a candidate-controlled committee is considered a “person” and subject to campaign-contribution limits. The City’s law states: individual contributions for mayoral candidates are limited to $750; contributions for city attorney, city prosecutor and city auditor candidates are limited to $500; and contributions for City Council candidates are limited to $350. Duran said that the stated purpose of the City’s Campaign Reform Act is to “reduce the influence of large contributors with a specific financial stake in matters before the City Council, thus countering the perception that decisions are influenced more by the size of contributions than the best interests of the people of the city.” The attorney also points out that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down a provision in the City’s law that limits independent expenditures by restricting contributions to individuals or political action committees (PACs) in the case of Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce v. the City of Long Beach on the basis that the limits would be unconstitutional. But, unlike PACs, the campaign committees in an intra-candidate transfer would “enjoy a close connection and alignment,” a “close affiliation” and a “nexus” with the local candidate, Duran stated. Furthermore, the Ninth Circuit found in 1992 that the State’s ban on intra-candidate transfers operated as an “expenditure limitation” and was deemed unconstitutional under the First Amendment, but Duran states that the language of the Long Beach law “supports a conclusion that an infusion of funds into a local campaign would be a ‘contribution’ and subject to the limitations in the Act.” A representative from Lowenthal’s campaign has stated that the mayoral candidate never intended to use funds from her state campaign in her bid for mayor. Johnson, however, said in an email to the Signal Tribune that

he disagrees with the attorney’s conclusion, adding that it contradicts the opinion of the Long Beach City Attorney’s Office nearly three years ago. “The Ninth Circuit ruled in 1992 that under the First Amendment such intra-candidate transfers cannot be prohibited, and the city attorney’s office agreed with that interpretation, both in oral testimony and a written opinion letter, in 2010,” Johnson said. “I think it is particularly curious how this opinion does not even address how it flatly contradicts the city attorney’s 2010 opinion. Having taken both positions on the issue, the city attorney’s office was either wrong then or wrong now.” Johnson added, “I will confer with my campaign team about how best to proceed, and I will continue to remain focused on reaching out to as many residents as possible about my vision for the city attorney’s office.” ß

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GARNISHING YOUR GARMENTS What General meeting Who The Long Beach Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America Where California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave. When Friday, Sept. 27 at 10:30am more info The Chapter meets the fourth Friday of every month. Guests are welcome at a requested donation of $2.

ANY TEENS INTERESTED? What Teen volunteer opportunity meetings Who Rancho Los Cerritos Where 4600 North Virginia Rd. When Friday, Sept. 27 from 4pm to 5:30pm more info Meeting for teens interested in volunteering at the Rancho. RSVP at (562) 570-1324. FUN FIESTA NIGHTS What St. Cornelius’ 57th Annual Fiesta Who Office of 5th District City Councilmember Gerrie Schipske Where 3330 Bellflower Blvd. When Friday, Sept. 27 from 5pm to 10pm; Saturday, Sept. 28 from 2:30pm to 10pm; and Sunday, Sept. 29 from 1pm to 8pm more info Each evening will feature live entertainment from the Ragdolls and the Jim Nichols Band. The fiesta will benefit local schools. Call (562) 425-7813.

RUMMAGE AROUND What Rummage sale Who Los Altos Brethren School Where 6565 Stearns St. When Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8am to 1pm more info Sale items will include clothing, shoes, household goods, books, toys and more. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for the best selection. Proceeds will help fund school programs including reading enrichment, science, art, music and more. Call (562) 430-6983. A CLEAN SWEEP What Mayor’s Clean-up Who Hosted by the City of Signal Hill Where Discovery Well Park, 2200 Temple Ave. When Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9am to noon more info The City is seeking volunteers for the clean-up. Volunteers should bring work gloves and extended grippers. The City will provide plastic bags and a limited number of extended grippers. Call (562) 989-7340.

ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD What Free concert Who Rock for Vets Where Signal Hill Park, 2175 Cherry Ave. When Saturday, Sept. 28 from 3pm to 5pm more info The concert will feature a live performance from a community band of veterans. Visit .

MOVIES AND MUSIC What Jazz and film-tribute weekend Who Art Theatre Where 2025 E. 4th St. When Saturday, Sept. 28 at 4pm and Sunday, Sept. 29 at 3pm more info The weekend-long event will celebrate music and movies by showing feature films. Helen Borgers, disc jockey for KKJZ 88.1 FM, will be playing music. Ticket sales will help to fund the Art Theatre’s installation of digital-projection equipment. General admission for Saturday or Sunday is $18, and a VIP package for both days is $35. Call (562) 438-1000.

STOP CENSORSHIP What Film screening Who Long Beach Public Library Where Main Library auditorium, 101 Pacific Ave. When Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7pm more info The Long Beach Public Library and Long Beach Cinematheque will host a screening of the film Storm Center in honor of Banned Book Week. The film stars Bette Davis as a librarian battling censorship during the McCarthy era. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in their best 1950s-inspired outfits for a chance to win a prize. Many libraries throughout Long Beach will also feature displays of notable books that have been banned or challenged throughout the United States. Visit . EGGS WITH THE ELKS What Monthly breakfast Who Bellflower/ Long Beach Elks Lodge 888 Where 16426 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower When Sunday, Sept. 29 from 8am to noon more info Breakfast costs $6.50 per person and includes eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits with gravy, orange juice, assorted fruit, Belgian waffles and coffee. Call (562) 866-3027 or visit .

MEET AND EAT What Bixby Knolls Supper Club Who Hosted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association Where La Taverna Cucina Italiana, 3819 Atlantic Ave. When Monday, Oct. 7 at 6pm and 7:30pm more info A $12 corkage fee will apply. Bixby Knolls Supper Club promotes the concept of supporting local restaurants on a Monday night, which is typically a slow night. Residents are invited to meet, eat and support the local economy. RSVP required. Email .

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Thoughts from the Publisher by Neena Strichart

Being affiliated with a newspaper certainly has its perks. Case in point: Back in July, I was invited to Knott’s Berry Farm’s press conference where they were to unveil plans for their 41st Halloween Haunt celebration. Although I had never attended the actual event, I figured the preview would be a non-scary way to introduce myself to the upcoming festivities. Wow, what a preview it was! Besides one-on-one interviews with the creators of Haunt, attendees were treated to a special appearance from Elvira, Mistress of the Dark– who, by the way, hasn’t been part of Knott’s Scary Farm for 13 years. She assured the crowd that she is back and will be singing, dancing and entertaining at the Haunt every night (except Nov. 1 and 2). The creators shared with the audience their plans for this year. Lara Hanneman, director of Entertainment; Julie Owens, director of Park Shows; Brooke Walters, design supervisor; Daniel Miller, design specialist; and Timothy “Gus” Krueger, design specialist gave us details of what to expect, including visuals of 13 mazes with names like Dominion of the Damned, Black Magic and Forevermore. Other attractions planned are seven live shows and four scare zones with more than 1,000 marauding monsters to scare the heck out of everyone. During the presentation and private interview sessions, several of the aforementioned monsters roamed through the crowd giving us all a sneak peek at what park-goers could expect during the upcoming Haunt. The costuming and makeup were amazing– much more detailed than either Steve or I expected. Now I understand what they mean by Knott’s Scary Farm! Since I’ve had a chance to get my scare on, I passed the baton onto our editor, Cory Bilicko, to attend the Haunt’s media opening night last night. I’m sure he’ll have lots of details for our readers next week.... if he survived.

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C-17 program’s shutdown in Long Beach is result of federal government’s inability to compromise After celebrating the delivery of the United States Air Force’s last C-17 with thousands of local Boeing employees just last week, I am absolutely stunned and devastated to learn that the production facility will shut down in 2015 following the completion of the final C-17 Globemaster III.

By Don Knabe, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Fourth District

Shuttering the C-17 program is a direct result of sequestration and the federal government’s inability to compromise on a balanced budget. Our leaders at the national level do not witness first-hand the direct effects their dysfunction creates. During a time when we are still putting men and women in harm’s way in the name of national security, these sequesmea culpa tration cuts have seriously limited our In the Sept. 13, 2013 article, “Long Beach City Council takes ability to protect ournew direction in regulating medical marijuana,” Adam Hijazi selves domestically should have been correctly identified as one of the spokesmen and abroad. The C-17 for the Long Beach Collectives Association. ASSOCiATE puBLiShER



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of Boeing’s Long Beach plant means local jobs will be lost and our region’s economic recovery will take yet another significant blow. But the impact of the closure extends far beyond Los Angeles County. It will also have serious consequences nationally, costing jobs within the more than 650 businesses across the country that support the C-17 program. I am outraged by today’s news, but I will continue to lobby our national leaders in Washington, D.C. who must understand the national economic impacts and global threats of not investing in major programs like the C-17.


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is a vital aircraft, having supported every major natural disaster around the globe during the last two decades and providing the versatility to complete any mission, anywhere: preserving peace, saving lives and delivering hope. The C-17 program has been synonymous with Long Beach for years and has been an economic stimulus for Los Angeles County, employing thousands of workers. With a local economy that remains sluggish and the unemployment rate stagnant at 9.2 percent, now is not the time for Boeing and the federal government to pull the rug out from underneath us and put more people out of work. The closure



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Ricardo Linarez, who is running for the 1st District seat on the Long Beach City Council, will host a fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 4 from 5:30pm to 8pm at Birdcage, 224 W. 4th St. More information is available at . • Martha Flores-Gibson, candidate for Long Beach City Council’s 3rd District, will host a fundraiser to coincide with the start of the California Republican Party Fall Convention. The event will take place Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 6:30pm to

8pm at Mix Restaurant in the Hilton Anaheim, 777 W. Convention Way St. #11 in Anaheim. More information is available at . • Jim Lewis, former president and chief executive officer of the Long

Long Beach Community College (LBCC) District Board Vice President Dr. Tom Clark, representing Area 5, has decided not to run for another fouryear term in the election on April 8, 2014, according to a press release issued Sept. 23 by LBCC. Elected to the Board of Trustees in 1998, Clark will have completed 16 years of service on the Board when his current term as vice president ends on July 22, 2014. Prior to serving on the Board, Clark was a Long Beach city councilmember for 30 years and served as Long Beach mayor for three terms. Clark also served as a boardmember and president of the Community College League of California Trustee Board as well as president of the League of California Cities. “I have enjoyed my experience on the Board of Trustees working to supporting student success,” Clark said. “The college has been a great asset of the community for many years.” Clark received his associate’s degree from LBCC after service in the Army. He then received his bachelor’s, master’s and OD degrees from the School of Optometry at UC Berkeley. He is a member of the City College Hall of Fame and LBCC’s Hall of Champions for his accomplishments in track. “Long Beach City College and the students it serves have greatly benefit-

ted from Dr. Clark’s years of experience as an elected official and community leader,” said Eloy O. Oakley, superintendent-president of LBCC. “I wish to thank Dr. Clark for his dedication to the college, which has helped with campus improvements and the success of our students.” Long Beach City College Board of Trustee President Jeff Kellogg added, “Tom Clark has represented the city of Long Beach and Long Beach City College for over five decades. He has served the citizens of our community with dignity and respect during that time and has been a role model for public service. It has been my honor to have served with Dr. Clark as a Long Beach City councilmember and as a trustee at the college. You don’t simply replace someone like Tom. He will be truly missed.” Clark plans to continue his serv-

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Beach City Council, announced Sept. 19 that Congressmember Janice Hahn, who represents the 44th District, has endorsed him. • Long Beach School Board candidate Megan Kerr announced on Sept. 25 that she has secured the endorsements of current school board members Mary Stanton and



Jon Meyer in the race for the School Board’s 1st District. • Dr. Juan M. Benitez, a history professor and an executive director at Cal State Long Beach, announced on Sept. 26 he has entered the race for the 3rd District seat on the Long Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education. • Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education Vice President Diana Craighead also announced on Sept. 26 her candidacy for District 5 of the School Board.

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The League of California Cities Past Presidents Council honored former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill as the recipient of the 2013 Past Presidents’ Lifetime Achievement Award on Sept. 18 during the League’s opening general session of the 2013 Annual Conference and Expo. For the award, the League’s past presidents select an individual whose contributions have been extraordinary over a lifetime of public service, according to a press release from the League, for which O’Neill had served as president from 2001 to 2002. First elected mayor in 1994, O’Neill entered city leadership after a 31-year career with Long Beach City College. She was named 2004’s Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County Magazine. League Immediate Past President Mike Kasperzak presented O’Neill with the award. “Our cities are more than just boundaries, facilities and services,” he said. “They are unique and vibrant because of the individuals who lead. Beverly O’Neill is an inspiration to all of us who dedicate our lives to making our communities better.” Kasperzak also presented O’Neill with a California State Senate Resolution commending her public service on behalf of Sen. Alex Padilla. The senator is a former League president and was unable to attend. “I congratulate Beverly O’Neill,” Padilla said in a statement. “I’ve known and worked with her for many years. Beverly’s work to improve the lives of the residents of the city of Long Beach is a testament to her dedication and leadership. She is an inspiration and role Courtesy League of California Cities model for all of us who are dedicated to public service. She is a well Former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill was chodeserving recipient of this award.” sen as the recipient of the 2013 League of California Cities Past Presidents Council Lifetime Achievement Source: League of California Cities Award.

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Work on the third phase of a comprehensive turf-removal project at the Army National Guard Facility located on Redondo Avenue in Long Beach will eliminate approximately 53,000 square feet of grass, after the first and second phases removed 1,000 and 7,200 square feet, respectively.

Construction began last week on the third and final phase of a comprehensive turfremoval project at the Army National Guard Facility located on Redondo Avenue in Long Beach. The project, which will revitalize over 50,000 square feet of highly visible landscape, was made possible through a Long Beach Water Department program that seeks to remove grass lawns in favor of Californiafriendly plants and gardens. The funding is being used by a local recruiting unit of the California State Military Reserve (CSMR), led by First Sgt. Jerry Shultz, a former Long Beach city councilmember and active member of the CSMR. “The Armory is the last thing our National Guard soldiers see when they deploy from Long Beach to go to war, and it is the first thing they see when they return home,” Shultz said. “My dream is for it to be the most beautiful Armory in the nation.” Once complete, the project will achieve recognition as the single-largest turf-removal proj-

ect in Long Beach, according to the water department. While the third phase of the project will eliminate approximately 53,000 square feet of grass, the first and second phases removed 1,000 and 7,200 square feet, respectively, adding up to more than 60,000 square feet of landscape that will be transformed at the National Guard facility. “We commend First Sergeant Shultz and his staff for undertaking this wonderful project,” said John Allen, president of the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners. “Not only will the new landscape be beautiful and inspiring to all those who see it, but it will also improve the reliability of our local water supplies here in Long Beach.” A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completed project is planned for later in the fall. The water department also plans to hold a separate ceremony in November to recognize the completion of the city’s 1,000th Lawn-to-Garden Project. Source: LB Water

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Leap Frog Yoga, a communitybased organization fiscally sponsored by the nonprofit Catalyst Network of Communities, will conduct a benefit for its Healing Exchange program at Little Rec Park, 4900 E. 7th St., on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 1pm to 5pm. Leap Frog Yoga was created to provide a positive environment for kids and teens to learn tools for wellness, stress management and empathy through yoga, art, music and literature, according to Maria Dambrosio, the coordinator of the program. “Our current program, Healing Exchange, reaches out to kids with cancer at Miller Chil-

dren’s Hospital in Long Beach,” she said. “We use yoga as a tool to teach patients to manage their pain, anxiety and fear.” Leap Frog Yoga also collaborates with other nonprofits in the community, such as the Long Beach Time Exchange, So Cal Harvest and Hope Foundation, to connect, affect and share resources. At the Sept. 28 event, there will be a number of local groups participating, including Long Beach comedy troupe Held Together and the Long Beach Ukulele Club. An opportunity drawing and live auction will include donations from Long Beach businesses, including

tickets from the Art Theatre and classes at FreeSpirit Yoga. Other activities will include: massages, a reiki session amongst the trees, restorative yoga for kids, facepainting and a tea ceremony. Envelopes will be available for cash or check donations, as well as Paypal for credit cards. Donation receipts will be available for contributions. Those not able to attend who would like to make a donation may do so by visiting . Cost of admission into the benefit will be a donation of $5. Source: Leap Frog Yoga

Veterans music-education program to present free concert in Signal Hill Rock For Vets, a 501c3 nonprofit, will present a free concert on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 3pm to 5pm at Signal Hill Park, 2175 Cherry Ave. to honor area veterans and their families. Richard Lubner, a World War II United States Marine machine gunner corps veteran who personally watched the raising of the US flag on Iwo Jima, will be in attendance. Rock For Vets is a music edu-

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enjoy during the show. Signal Hill Petroleum, McDonald’s in Signal Hill, Orozco’s Auto Service and Red Eye Media are sponsoring the event to make it free to the public. For information on supporting Rock For Vets, visit or contact Frank McIlquham, director of The Rock Club, at 866-597-1116 or .

Junior League of Long Beach to host forum on teen-girl bullying

Junior League of Long Beach (JLLB), in partnership with the Long Beach Public Library, will present a film and discussion to bring awareness to the effects of meanness among teen and pre-teen girls. The no-cost event will take place Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10am to 1pm at the Main Library, 211 East Ocean Blvd. Those interested in attending should RSVP by emailing by Friday, Sept. 27.

The film Finding Kind is a girlfocused, anti-bullying documentary geared towards those ages 12 to 16. It follows filmmakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson as they travel across America, interviewing women and girls about the “mean girl” phenomenon. Following the film, youth counselors will facilitate role-playing and discussion aimed at gaining power over bullies and bullying behavior.

“We all know meanness and bullying can destroy a young woman’s self-esteem,” said Andrea Gunn Eaton, JLLB president. “With its League-wide focus on improving self-esteem in middle-schoolers, JLLB’s screening of Finding Kind spotlights a problem we all need to be aware of and is just one part of our efforts to combat bullying in our local community.” For more information about the event, email .



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LB nonprofit a finalist in Toyota contest

Long Beach-based nonprofit Love in the Mirror is one of 250 finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which will award vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public beginning Oct. 1. Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program will showcase five nonprofit organizations File photo each day for 50 days Jonas Corona founded the nonprofit Love in the Mirror at when he was 6 years old to help local homeless people. ota. Visitors to the His nonprofit is now a finalist in Toyota’s 100 Cars for page will receive two Good program, which will award vehicles to 100 nonvotes each day to profit organizations based on votes from the public. He is select two separate seen here with donations of peanut butter provided by winning organizations Skippy so he could make 6,000 sandwiches for the they feel are most homeless individuals he helps. deserving of new Toyota vehicles. Love in the Mirror will be and showing them anyone can follow one of the five organizations highlighted their dreams and make the world a better place,” Corona said. on Oct. 30. Love in the Mirror is the implemenIf Love in the Mirror receives the most votes and is awarded the vehicle, it tation of 6-year-old Jonas’s dream of will be used to pick up and distribute creating a better life for people in need more donations throughout the commu- of food, clothing and shelter in his nity, said Renee Corona of Love in the community. The organization serves Mirror. It will also allow an economical the needs of disadvantaged youth and way of transporting her son Jonas their families within Los Angeles and Corona, the organization’s young Orange counties. Its current programs founder, to the many speaking engage- provide food, clothes, toiletries and ments he is invited to in schools and learning materials to these families. clubs all over the Los Angeles and Since 2009, Love in the Mirror has Orange County area. “It is at these helped more than 20,000 individuals events where Jonas feels he is making with basic necessities, according to the most impact because he is reaching Corona. out to at-risk and impoverished youth Source: Love in the Mirror

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Pat Chovanec (above left, center) and Corrina Caslar (above right, center) were selected as the June and July Elks of the Month, respectively, at the Bellflower-Long Beach Elk Lodge #888. Chovanec and Caslar are pictured with exalted ruler Manny Zapata (left) and esquire Dave Shindledecker (right).

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SEpTEmBER 27, 2013 Imitating Life


14 questions for local artist Bob Winberry Cory Bilicko

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in 100 words or less, what do you do as an artist? I combine camera with computer to create images that border between photography and illustration. As I shoot digital, I tweak every photo out of the camera first to create the look I like, then I move on to illustrate the image.

What motivates you to create art? My first motivation is to capture a view of the world as I see it. My second motivation is to find a place for that image in the world.

how has your practice changed over time? In the ‘70s, I worked with chalk, mono-prints, and pen and ink. In the ‘80s, I moved to silk-screens and airbrush as well as programming for digital content. In the ‘90s, I hand-tinted my black-and-white prints and wrote a computer program to create and print images on a Fargo Dye-Sub printer. I then spent a number of years in web content with interactive Flash animations and now focus my efforts on inkjet prints and graphic novels. Do you ever get artist’s block? if so, how do you combat it? Yes, I do, and when that happens, I do my best to make contact with my imagination again. If I can’t write, I draw. Can’t draw? I play music. No music? I program. Round and round until I’ve worked through the block.

What do you think your life would be like if, for some reason, you could no longer create art? I would like to think that I would find appreciation in the work of others.

What role does the artist have in society? I once thought art shaped the world into ever newer and exciting possibilities. Then I learned that art had to be sold, and that changed my view on art and artists. So, I guess the role being played depends on what the individual sees as art and who they view as an artist.

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how do you feel when people ask you to explain the meaning of your art? If they are looking for meaning in my art, I often try to explain [the 1977 film] Eraserhead by David Lynch and say, “When I saw Eraserhead, I saw another side to the world and that that world is right around the corner even if we refuse to turn that corner.”

have you ever been banned or censored to any degree as an artist? if so, how did you react? if not, how do you think you would react in that situation? Last year I joined a local artist group. We arranged to have our art shown at a café in the area. The night of the show, the owner of the café found my work offensive and took it off the wall. I found it ironic that my work was “off the wall!” Here are the two prints that were deemed offensive:

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Does your artistic life ever get lonely? if so, what do you do to counteract it? When I’m out and about, I feel I am NOT where I should be, which is in the studio. So I tend to stay put, and that can get lonely. To counteract that, I’ll sometimes invite friends to the studio to brainstorm, talk art and hang out.

What do you hope to achieve with your art? I want to show that we all have worlds of imagination that once tapped into, can be explored, enjoyed and shared.

What are one or two primary areas of fear for you as an artist? Discovering that what I have to say has already been said, only better, and that the world I have been so busy trying to discover wasn’t worth discovering.

What are one or two factors that, when they’re in place, enable you to really flourish artistically? A happy heart and a full mind. Distractions tend to negatively impact my ability to stay creative, therefore I try to keep my “real” life running as smoothly as possible, when possible.

What jobs have you had other than being an artist? I’ve freelanced my entire life, and art has always crept into my jobs: from restoring Victorians in San Francisco to working as a creative director here in southern California and freelancing photography, illustrations, posters, prints, books and interactive animated web content.

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Art review

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For the artistically adventurous, LB museum has some ‘dirty little pictures’ to share Cory Bilicko


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fter recently telling an artist friend about a slightly titillating painting I’m working on, he asked me a simple yet exciting and thought-provoking question: “If you could do anything you wanted with the piece, with absolutely no limitations whatsoever, what would you do with it?â€? I was jostled! It was as if his question opened up a universe of possibilities and somehow freed me from any social or creative constraints. I was suddenly emancipated from judgment, criticism or censorship, and I could make anything I’d pleased to, without care to whose sensibilities would be offended. A rush of images and ideas flooded my mind– just from that one question. It was shortly thereafter that I’d heard about RisquĂŠ {dirty little pic-

tures}, a new exhibit at the Long Beach Museum of Art for which a select group of artists was given the opportunity to create pieces that answered the two-fold question “What is a risquĂŠ work of art, and what makes it naughty?â€? How splendid to have the chance to address such a query and furthermore be given a museum space in which to show the resulting work. “It's about all the dirty drawings and paintings we artists do that never see the light of day,â€? said Jeff McMillan, an artist who co-curated the exhibit. “Historically, erotic and pornographic art have always been around, so why not do a show about these little, dirty pictures and put them up in a museum?â€? McMillan and another artist, Nathan Spoor, curated the show at the request of Ron Nelson, executive

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director of the Long Beach Museum of Art, who, according to Spoor, told them that he’d had an idea for an exhibit that he was “pretty sure would get him fired.â€? McMillan and Spoor, who were already working on an upcoming show at the museum, were quite enthusiastic about the concept. “Yes, what a wonderful idea– something slightly naughty, a dirty little picture show,â€? Spoor said. “We eventually decided to keep ‘dirty little pictures’ as the tagline and call it RisquĂŠ since that main title said the most with the least effort.â€? It was also Nelson’s idea to utilize a size restriction of 8 inches by 10 inches for the pieces, an approach that McMillan calls genius. “Keeping the works small means the viewer has to get up close to the piece,â€? McMillan said. “When the viewer is up close, the relationship starts to mature. Whatever reaction you have, whether you loved it, hated it, it made you laugh or cry, it’s yours to take with you. Because it was you and the art for a hot minute or two.â€? As for limitations on content, artists were given less stringent parameters that came down to individual interpretion. “We asked that the work lean more on the erotic and less on the pornographic side,â€? McMillan said. “But of course that was the artist’s line to walk.â€? Each of the 40 creations in RisquĂŠ makes a provocative and unique impression, oftentimes with a generous dose of humor. In some cases, a fully conceptualized mise en scène, if you will, seems to be at play; there’s a strong narrative context, even if it’s obscure or other-

“David and Amanda,â€? oil on canvas, by Gretchen Ryan, one of the tamer pieces in the Long Beach Museum of Art’s exhibit RisquĂŠ {dirty little pictures}

wordly. However, in other works, there exists the presentation of a human (or humanoid) reveling in a bout of foreplay or afterglow, anthropomorphised creatures (like formally attired canines fornicating), or even more abstract forms depicted in sensual interplay and even coated in what appears to be bodily fluids. This “variations on a theme� approach seems to be influenced by a particular movement of which Spoor is the main driving force– Suggestivism. Suggestivism, as a contemporary “trend,� does not focus on a particu-


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lar and exclusive artistic movement but instead involves the introduction of a shared creative thread among various artists who preserve their unique approaches. However, another component of Suggestivism exists in the individual artist’s process, in which he or she disregards restrictive theories and submits to the will of his or her muse. “For me, it’s easier to say that the basis in Suggestivism is that the viewer takes away something important to them, or that the artists are inspired and then seed ideas or concepts into the visual atmosphere or into the public consciousness,â€? Spoor said. He concedes that the concept had been around before he’d become a proponent of it, but it wasn’t until after he’d spent some time investing in it that he’d become aware of the man who’d first popularized it– Sadakichi Hartmann. “I didn't even come up with this,â€? Spoor said. “I thought I had in grad school, because I needed some way to talk about my work. There really wasn’t a way to categorize the kind of paintings I make. And so many times people need a single concept to help focus some of their questions to, to start the adventure that art can take you on. So, years later, thanks to the Internet, I did a search for ‘suggestivism’ and found out that an art historian had written about Suggestivism back at the turn-of-thecentury 1900s. He mentioned Edgar Allan Poe and Arthur B. Davies, and even painters Georges Seurat, Homer and Eakins, who he said ‘was concerned with a vision of the ideal.’â€? Spoor said that, as he curates shows, he looks for other artists who have a strong and unique voice that carries and influences others in a positive way. “Without that bit of honesty or truth– a thread that connects us to the larger pool of pure creative beauty– there’s no need to continue with a show or project,â€? he said. “But, with the thread, we can do so many amazing things. People are drawn to genuine sharing like that, artists that know how to express love and share their special version of beauty. That’s what I think pushes me, draws me in, and connects the artists that show together in situations like this RisquĂŠ exhibit– their unique and honest expression and ability to share their creative gifts.â€? RisquĂŠ {dirty little pictures} will be on view in the Long Beach Museum’s Kilsby Gallery through Nov. 10. The museum is located at 2300 E Ocean Blvd. Call (562) 439-2119 or visit .

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SEpTEmBER 27, 2013 Theater review


Cal Rep’s Blackbird is honest, surprising 90-minute confrontation between victim and victimizer

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County of los Angeles Department of the Treasurer and Tax Collector

Notice of Divided Publication

Pursuant to Sections 3702, 3381, and 3382, Revenue and Taxation Code, the Notice of Sale of Tax Defaulted Property Subject to the Power of Sale in and for the County of Los Angeles, State of California has been divided and distributed to various newspapers of general circulation published in said County for publication of a portion thereof, in each of the said newspapers. Public Auction Notice (R&TC 3702) of Sale of Tax-Defaulted Property Subject To The Power of Sale (Sale No. 2013A)

Whereas, on June 18, 2013, I, MARK J. SALADINo, Treasurer and Tax Collector, was directed by the Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County, State of California, to sell at public auction certain tax-defaulted properties which are Subject to the Power of Sale. Public notice is hereby given that unless said properties are redeemed prior thereto, I will, on october 21 and 22, 2013, at the hour of 9:00 a.m. at the Fairplex Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue, Building 5, Pomona, California, offer for sale and sell said properties at public auction to the highest bidder for cash or cashier's check in lawful money of the United States for not less than the minimum bid. If no bids are received on a parcel, it will be reoffered at the end of the auction at a reduced minimum price. The minimum bid for each parcel is the total amount necessary to redeem, plus costs, as required by Section 3698.5 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.

Prospective bidders should obtain detailed information of this sale from the County Treasurer and Tax Collector. Pre-registration and a $5,000 deposit in the form of cash, cashier's check or bank issued money order is required at the time of registration. No personal checks, two-party checks or business checks will be accepted for registration. Registration will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., beginning Monday, September 16, 2013, at the Treasurer and Tax Collector's office located at 225 North Hill Street, Room 130, Los Angeles, California, and will end on Friday, october 4, 2013, at 5:00 p.m.

If the property is sold, parties of interest, as defined by Section 4675 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, have a right to file a claim with the County for any proceeds from the sale, which are in excess of the liens and costs required to be paid from the proceeds. If excess proceeds result from the sale, notice will be given to parties of interest, pursuant to law.

All information concerning redemption, provided the right to redeem has not previously been terminated, will upon request be furnished by MARK J. SALADINo, Treasurer and Tax Collector.

If redemption of the property is not made according to the law before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, october 18, 2013, which is the last business day prior to the first day of auction, the right of redemption will cease.

The Assessor's Identification Number (AIN) in this publication refers to the Assessor's Map Book, the Map Page, and the individual Parcel Number on the Map Page. If a change in the AIN occurred, both prior and current AINs are shown. An explanation of the parcel numbering system and the maps referred to are available from the office of the Assessor located at 500 West Temple Street, Room 225, Los Angeles, California 90012.

A list explaining the abbreviations used in this publication is on file in the office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector, 225 North Hill Street, Room 130, Los Angeles, California 90012, or telephone 1(213) 974-2045.

I certify under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. executed at Los Angeles, California, on August 22, 2013.

MARK J. SALADINo Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector State of California

The real property that is subject to this notice is situated in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, and is described as follows: PUBLIC AUCTIoN NoTICe oF SALe oF TAxDeFAULTeD PRoPeRTY SUBJeCT To THe PoWeR oF SALe(SALe No. 2013A) 5652 AIN 7211-010-013 MARTIN,MICHeLLe LoCATIoN CoUNTY oF LoS ANGeLeS $16,131.00 5654 AIN 7215-028-087 CRUz,CoNRADo AND CRUz,RADLYNN J LoCATIoN CoUNTY


oF LoS ANGeLeS $47,407.00 5656 AIN 7217-022-005 RIveRA,LoUIS A JR TR LoUIS A RIveRA JR TRUST LoCATIoN CoUNTY oF LoS ANGeLeS $5,998.00 7067 AIN 7211-008-009 KATz,MARIe J LoCATIoN CoUNTY oF LoS ANGeLeS $15,336.00 TST4455

TST4458 TSG No.: 7953921 TS No.: CA1300252127 FHA/vA/PMI No.: APN: 7211-026-159 Property Address: 2599 WALNUT AveNUe No. 340 SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 NoTICe oF TRUSTee'S SALe YoU ARe IN DeFAULT UNDeR A DeeD oF TRUST, DATeD 11/04/2004. 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. on 10/10/2013 at 10:00 A.M., First American Title Insurance Company, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 11/16/2004, as Instrument No. 04 2963481, in book , page , , of official Records in the office of the County Recorder of LoS ANGeLeS County, State of California. executed by: voTHY C. SoM AND SoNY SoM, HUSBAND AND WIFe AS JoINT TeNANTS, WILL SeLL AT PUBLIC AUCTIoN To HIGHeST BIDDeR FoR CASH, CASHIeR'S CHeCK/CASH eQUIvALeNT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) 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# 7211-026-159 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2599 WALNUT AveNUe No. 340, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 he 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 $255,790.55. 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)9390772 or visit this Internet Web, using the file number assigned to this case CA1300252127 Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. Date: First American Title Insurance Company 6 Campus Circle, 2nd Floor West-

lake, Tx 76262 First American Title Insurance Company MAY Be ACTING AS A DeBT CoLLeCToR ATTeMPTING To CoLLeCT A DeBT. ANY INFoRMATIoN oBTAINeD MAY Be USeD FoR THAT PURPoSe FoR TRUSTeeS SALe INFoRMATIoN PLeASe CALL (916)9390772NPP0221020 To: SIGNAL TRIBUNe 09/20/2013, 09/27/2013, 10/04/2013

TST4454 177389 2013 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: TAMBULI SUPeRMARKeT, 2520 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach, CA 90810. Registrant: D.CHoNG CoRPoRATIoN, 2520 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach, CA 90810. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Arlyn Harve, Secretary. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on August 23, 2013. 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 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013.

TST4457 / 2013 183421 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: FARM LoT 59, 2076 eucalyptus Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrant: LoNG BeACH LoCAL, 2076 eucalyptus Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Sasha Kanno, President. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on September 3, 2013. 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 13, 20, 27, & october 4, 2013.

TST4452 / 2013 178028 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SMITTLe & ASSoCIATeS, 3836 elm Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: MARK RoBeRT SMITTLe, 3836 elm Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Mark R. Smittle. 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 24, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on August 26, 2013. 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 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013.

TST4459 / 2013 192114 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: WAKKLe WAKKLe, 209 e. N Street, Wilmington, CA 90744. Registrant: MARYLeT B. CAMoU, 209 e. N Street, Wilmington, CA 90744. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Marylet B. Camou. 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 12, 2013. 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 20, 27, & october 4, 11, 2013.

TST4461 / 2013 191122 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: KINDReD SPIRITS ReHAB, 11239 Bos St., Cerritos, CA 90703. Registrant: MARIe vINAS, 11239 Bos St., Cerritos, CA 90703. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Marie vinas. 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 11, 2013. 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 20, 27, & october 4, 11, 2013.

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St., Long Beach, CA 90803. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Fern Solomon, 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 June 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on September 20, 2013. 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 27, & october 4, 11, 18, 2013. TST4468 / 2013 198747 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: 1. FAMILIeS FoR BIBLe MeMoRY ASSoCIATIoN, 2. FBMA, 11722 209th St., Lakewood, CA 90715. Registrant: 1. eRIC RAINSFoR ARMSTRoNG, 2. DARLeNe RoSe ARMSTRoNG, 11722 209th St., Lakewood, CA 90715. This business is conducted by: a Married Couple. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: eric R. Armstrong. The registrant 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, 2013. 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 27, & october 4, 11, 18, 2013.

TST4463 / 2013 196243 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: M SHANTI PHoTo, 3109 Roxanne Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. Registrant: MIRANDA STRATFoRD, 3109 Roxanne Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Miranda Stratford. 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 18, 2013. 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 20, 27, & october 4, 11, 2013.

TST4467 / 2013 198745 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: HeART THe MoMeNT, 5308-B e. 2nd St., Long Beach, CA 90803. Registrant: JACoB'S MUSICAL CHIMeS, INC., 5308-B e. 2nd

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Crimes reported by SHPD Citywide Thursday, Sept. 19 Recovered stolen vehicle 8:27am– 2700 block St. Louis Ave.

Trespassing, obstruction of public business 9:02am– 700 block E. Spring St.

Child abuse, neglect 10:55am– 2200 block Gaviota Ave. Spouse abuse 3:14pm– 3300 block E. PCH

Non-injury hit-and-run 3:40pm– E. Willow St./California Ave.

Vandalism of $400 worth or property or more 8:52pm– 900 block E. 33rd St.

Friday, Sept. 20 Non-injury hit-and-run 11:45am– 3500 block E. PCH

Forgery 3:23pm– 2400 block California Ave.

Auto burglary 4:47pm– 700 block E. 28th St.

Saturday, Sept. 21 Stolen vehicle 10:59am– 1900 block St. Louis Ave.

Non-injury hit-and-run 3:02pm– E. Willow St./Cherry Ave.

monday, Sept. 23 Disorderly conduct 8:46am– 2500 block Cherry Ave.

Grand theft, property 11am– 2600 block Orange Ave.

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(continued) Contempt of court– disobey court order 11:10am– 1800 block Temple Ave.

Petty theft 1pm– 700 block E. Spring St.

Non-injury hit-and-run 1:12pm– 2300 block Dawson Ave.

Residential burglary 3pm– 2300 block Lewis Ave.

Injury hit-and-run 9:18pm– E. 21st St./Walnut Ave.

Tuesday, Sept. 24 Commercial burglary 2:40pm– 2400 block Cherry Ave.

Commercial burglary 3pm– 700 block E. Spring St.

Auto burglary 7:10pm– 2500 block Orange Ave.

Wednesday, Sept. 25 Auto burglary 12:45pm– 700 block E. Patterson St.

Crimes reported by LBPD Council Districts 6, 7 & 8

Friday, Sept. 20 Residential burglary 6:43pm– 2900 block Cedar Ave.

Saturday, Sept. 21 Assault with firearm 2:35am– E. Willow St./Long Beach Blvd.


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TST4469 Byrom-Davey, Inc. is looking for qualified Section 3 subcontractors for bids on Bixby Park Bluff Improvements. We are looking for sub-bids from the following trades: Landscape and Irrigation, electrical, Fencing and concrete. Please submit bids not later than 10/1/13 at 4pm. Please call Christine Butler (858-513-7199 x 110) for plans or any questions. Published in the Signal Tribune 9/27/13

TST4466 Requesting bids from qualified HUD Section 3 local businesses, including but not limited to the following trades: HvAC, Plumbing, electrical, Mechanical, Structural, Metal Stud Framing, Drywall, Landscaping, Roofing, etc.

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RCC will assist interested subs in obtaining bond, line of credit and insurance if necessary. RCC reserve the right to require all subs to furnish performance/payment bonds. Subs must execute RCC’s subcontract form. (See Royal Construction Corp. Lic # 444780 11680 Goldring Rd Ste A, Arcadia, CA 91006 Contact Person: Sonny Chan PH (626) 358-6688 Fx (626) 358-0880 email: Published in the Signal Tribune September 27, 2013

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structure changes taking place in the north, and we’re very happy that this day has finally happened.” The new Fire Station 12 also replaces its predecessor, an antiquated 3,800square-foot facility that has served as the north Long Beach fire station since 1938 after it was converted from a 1929 home in a residential community at 6509 Gundry Ave. Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee said he has a “special connection” to the new fire station since his great-grandfather, Allen, who was fire chief at the time, put the old station into service exactly 75 years ago. “I got the better end of that deal,” DuRee said, adding that the new facility is “the most technically advanced fire station in the western United States and, certainly, the most comprehensive and capable fire station in the city of Long Beach.” DuRee said the fact that the fire station at 1199 E. Artesia Blvd. is no longer located in a residential neighborhood and is now situated along a major thoroughfare will not only increase quality of life for residents surrounding the old facility but will allow firefighters and paramedics to respond to calls more quickly. “This facility will provide a number of key enhancements for our mission in this area and citywide,” he said. “By moving out of a residential neighborhood and onto this main corridor, we expect to see faster response times and many calls for service that we respond to in this facility.” Long Beach Fire Capt. Jackawa Jackson told the Signal Tribune that the new, state-of-the-art fire station will better serve the population that has increased in size since the old station was first built and allows the fire department to serve the community “more effectively and more efficiently” for decades to come. “Just all the amenities that it has, all the technological advancements that it has and the fact that we are closer to main thoroughfares, it’s going to get us out of the doors and to the scene of an emergency faster,” he said. “So it’s a great day for Long Beach and a great day for ‘North Town.’” Jackson added that about eight personnel are assigned to the fire station, working on three separate shifts for a fire-engine company, paramedic rescue and a basic-life-support ambulance. Though the project officially broke ground in March 2010, construction fell behind schedule by nearly two years due to several complications, including the original contractor, Gonzales Construction, delaying work and eventually being terminated from the project. Challenges also came about out of the State’s dissolution of redevelopment. After the original contractor was terminated, Hayward Construction was brought on to complete the project earlier this year. City officials noted that the fire station project is expected to receive, at minimum, a “gold” rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Some of the energy-efficient elements include: a rainwater-retention system; designated parking for low-emissions vehicles; natural light and operable windows for 90 percent of the fire station; solar power fueling 15 percent of the project’s energy usage; recycled materials used in construction; water-saving plumbing and irrigation systems; and landscape designed with native vegetation, among other features. ß


NoTICe IS HeReBY GIveN THAT on Tuesday, october 8, 2013, the Planning Commission of the City of Signal Hill, California, will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider a recommendation on the following:

NoTICe IS HeReBY GIveN that on Tuesday, october 15, 2013, the City Council of the City of Signal Hill will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California to consider the following:



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will have a chance to voice their opinion and publicly reject or support the City of Long Beach’s plans for the properties of the former redevelopment agency. The long-range management plan that will be due to the State’s Department of Finance will be discussed at length at the next Successor Agency meeting scheduled on Oct. 1. If the plan is approved by the Successor Agency, it will be forwarded to the Oversight Board for approval at its meeting on Oct. 7. Michael Conway, the director of the City of Long Beach’s Business and

Property Development Department, is a key person who has been working closely with the Successor Agency, the Oversight Board and the other former redevelopment staff to craft the longrange management plan. In anticipation of these meetings, local residents and community leaders who belonged to an advisory group to the City’s former redevelopment agency gathered Sept. 25 to hear Conway at Roxanne’s Lounge, Bar & Grill. “I’ve spent a lot of my prior years acquiring these properties for the redevelopment agency,” Conway told the group of about 20 people who had gathered in the lounge area. “So it’s a


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AN INITIAL STUDY AND NeGATIve DeCLARATIoN 03/08/07(1) for the subject SPDR and CUP was approved and certified by the City Council under Resolution 2007-06-5613 in 2007. In accordance with California Code of Regulations Section 15162 no subsequent Negative Declaration is required for SPDR 13-04 and CUP 13-02 in that no changes to the previously approved project are proposed. The Mitigated Negative Declaration, as well as relevant material, may be inspected by the public between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Community Development Department located on the lower floor of City Hall. ALL INTeReSTeD PeRSoNS are hereby invited to attend the hearings to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. If you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearings described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearings. FURTHeR INFoRMATIoN on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community Development Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by emailing Colleen Doan, Associate Planner, at or calling at (562) 989-7344.

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Contractors may download a copy of the formal bid prequalification package from the District website at and send the completed package to the following address no later than Friday, october 11, 2013. Cerritos College Attn: Purchasing Department 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 562-860-2451 x 2243 The formal bid prequalification period will be for calendar year 2014.

The District is interested in local business participation for their bond construction projects. Cerritos College, with the assistance of its program manager Tilden-Coil Constructors, Inc., will be hosting three contractor outreach seminars in 2013.  The seminar will be a workshop to assist contractors on key points in turning in a successful prequalification package.   The outreach seminars will be held at Cerritos College in the Teleconference Center (LC155). The Contractor outreach events are scheduled as follows: Friday, october 25 from 10:00 – 11:30 am Thursday, october 31 from 10:00 – 11:30 am Friday, November 15 from 10:00 – 11:30 am


By: Mark B. Logan, C.P.M., CPPo, Director of Purchasing

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little odd that I’m now charged with disposing of them.” He said he is familiar with the sites that the City’s redevelopment agency had acquired. There are about four possibilities for each of the 259 sites. The properties could be slated for government use, kept for future redevelopment, retained to honor an enforceable obligation that existed before the redevelopment agency was dissolved or sold. Conway said that the Department of Finance has stated in the past that the proceeds from property sales will be given to the State, not kept with the City. He added that the City will propose to keep the money for the City. “We are hopeful we will prevail, but we don’t know,” Conway told the group, adding that the State is already formulating its position. “We’re laying out ours in our plan. We want to keep that money. We want to reinvest it in Long Beach, so we’ll see how that argument goes forth.” He also explained other parts of the plan that will be considered first by the Successor Agency that may prove controversial for advocates who are hoping that the City won’t settle for a low price on property for sale. “Other elements of the plan [propose] to allow us to sell the [properties] at less than fair-market value,” Conway said, “so if we want to see a particular use on that property, we will RFP (request for proposal) it for that use. If it is supportable through the strategic plan of that project area, then we will look at a reuse value as opposed to a fair-market value. If there is a development that can’t be supported by fair-reuse value, we will look at land-residual value, which is another less-than-fair-market-value approach to evaluation. So we’re trying to instill some tools in that plan that will allow us instead [to focus] on value and focus on use, which I think everyone wants really to do.” The details of the potential sale of the various properties raised the ire of a few in the group. Annie Greenfeld serves as president of the Long Beach Central Project Area Council (CPAC), the nonprofit group that hosted the Wednesdayevening event. The Council had previously acted as an advisory group to the RDA. Greenfeld said she wanted a portion of the money from the property sales invested in the project areas. She said she would not be happy if the money went into the City’s general fund. “That was never the intention,” Greenfeld said after the meeting. She highlighted the original purpose behind the City’s desire to acquire particular properties. “It was to get rid of blight in the neighborhoods.” Jack Smith, another board member with CPAC, also wasn’t pleased about how the property could be sold. “First of all, we’re worried about how much they’re going to sell these properties for,” Smith said in an interview after the meeting. “We’re worried about what kinds of businesses [that] they’re going to let go in there.” Smith added that there is also potential state legislation that could allow the City to sell the property for any price, regardless of the market value. “Now, yeah, that gives the City some flexibility, but that means that we can get ripped off,” Smith said. “And we [the people of Long Beach] own those properties. We paid for them. They happen to be former RDA properties now, but we paid for them.” Beyond whether the City or the State will ultimately lay claim to any proceeds from the sale of the redevelopment properties, there is also one major question that has yet to be answered. When asked how much the City originally paid for these properties, Conway would not offer an estimate. ß

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other neighborhood groups helping to tie or upgrading their storefronts. Earlier this summer, Christy Pardini, the community in with local businesses by who owns Bella Cosa, an eco-friendly organizing bike rides, First Fridays art walks shop that sells recycled, hand-made and other events. Cohn said the BKBIA board, which items, expanded into the space next door with her business partner Mia Romero to approved its operating budget in August, open a new women’s boutique called has already started planning to make running the operation more sustainable and Clover. Tuttle Cameras, which has been cost-effective for years to come. In recent years, many of the streetscape located in a 1920s building at 4019 Atlantic Ave. for the past 67 years, and façade improvements in Bixby Knolls recently revamped its location by re-stuc- have been funded by redevelopment coing the walls, installing new air-condi- money, but after the State abolished redetioning systems, outside lighting and a velopment nearly two years ago, those new ceiling, while adding colorful, pho- funds will no longer be available. The State has approved a contract tographed art that wraps around the front windows and makes the front door look between the BKBIA and the former Long Beach Redevelopment Agency like the entrance to a photo booth. The business also replaced a back (RDA) to provide the association with building that was once used as a photo lab $200,000 annually in redevelopment at with a brand-new parking lot. Eric Vit- least until 2020. Cohn said, however, war, owner of the camera shop, said he that the board is starting to plan now for hopes to use the back lot for special when RDA funds eventually dry up. Some proposals so far include movevents, such as projecting movies onto the back wall. Considered one of the only specialty camera shops in the region after big-box retailers and other stores have downsized or closed over the years, Tuttle Cameras has had to change with Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune the photography industry, Job-seekers turn in applications on the first day of hiring at the new now offering a Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill in Signal Hill. Applebee’s mixture of is accepting applications and conducting interviews in the parking digital and lot of the Signal Hill Gateway Center through Oct. 4. film, he said. Still, many single-lens reflex (SLR) digital cameras have come down in price significantly and are now able to capture both video and still photos, Vitwar said. Though people don’t print nearly as many photographs as they used to, mainly because of the popularity of sharing photos on online social-media sites such as Facebook and Instagram, what has helped him stay in business is offering a more “relational” customer service that large retailers don’t offer, he said. “We have more customers than we’ve ever had,” Vitwar said. “I think the customers see our genuine relationships, that we’re not just here to sell them a camera. We can sell you a tripod, but we want you to be happy.” Vitwar said he’s also been encouraged by the many strides that Bixby Knolls has seen in recent years, especially with the help of the BKBIA and


the area and keep it moving in the right direction. “The plan is to start thinking in the future and how we’re going to raise revenue and try to save costs,” he said. “We have to be able to have money to continue the momentum when the redevelopment money goes away for good.” ß

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and Grill at 889 E. Spring St. is scheduled to open on Oct. 14 and has already started hiring for a staff of more than 135 employees. The restaurant, known for a broad menu of seafood, pasta, sandwiches, salads and soups, will be accepting applications and conducting interviews through Oct. 4 in search of hosts, servers, bartenders, carside to-go specialists, food expediters, line cooks and dishwashers. Damasio Alvarez, director of operations in Southern California for Apple American Group LLC, said in an email that the restaurant expects a “very busy opening” with a weekly clientele of more than 6,000 guests. The company sees “great opportunities” in the Signal Hill location, he added. “What a better way to have presence in the market,” Alvarez said. “We do have two units in Orange County, but our goal is to continue growing the brand in the LA County area.” While a local Ralphs grocery store and an Orchard Supply Hardware in Bixby Knolls have closed, leaving some rather large vacancies to fill, other retailers have indicated they plan on staying. Local Signal Hill city officials said managers for Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, which is being purchased by investment firm The Yucaipa Companies, have indicated that the four locations in Long Beach, including the store at 3300 Atlantic Ave. in California Heights, in addition to the Signal Hill store at 2475 Cherry Ave., will remain open. Brendan Wonnacott, spokesperson for Fresh & Easy, confirmed in an email that the only store bound to close in the local area is the location in Paramount. In addition, reports indicate that Yucaipa is purchasing 150 of the 200 Fresh & Easy stores in the United States, leaving 50 stores slated for closure. Signal Hill Mayor Mike Noll said the district manager for Fresh & Easy has indicated that some of the top stores may become Wild Oats, and others will sell Wild Oats products. He said, in addition to Paramount, other stores slated for closure are located in Huntington Beach, Rancho Mirage and Arizona, but the Signal Hill store will remain open and is ranked 18th out of 200 stores. “The managers are always working hard there,” Noll said. “I’m real proud of ours. It seems like it’s right there on the top.” In Bixby Knolls, other retailers have already settled in, including Sweet and Saucy Shop, a bakery known for highend cakes and baked goods for weddings and special events along with their “mini desserts.” The business purchased and moved into a building at 3722 Atlantic Ave. in August, expanding from their prior location in east Long Beach of four years. Nearby, two new women’s clothing stores opened their doors recently: Vintage Life and Trance Eric Vitwar, owner of Tuttle Cameras in Bixby Knolls, says he on Atlantic. hopes to host special events in his newly constructed back At the same parking lot. Other improvements to his store include re-stuctime, some exist- coed walls, new air-conditioning systems, outside lighting, a ing stores are renovated ceiling and photographed art that wraps around either expanding the front windows.

ing the BKBIA offices to the Cityowned Expo Arts Center building to save costs on renting space and possibly raising the assessment fee on businesses to increase revenues, Cohn said. He added that staff would also continue to do what they have been doing, which is relying on volunteers to help improve


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