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VOL. XL NO. 29


Four decades and counting


A female majority

Six women appointed to LB commissions break century-long streak of male majority.

Group calling for rent control temporarily halts signature-collecting for ballot measure #RentControlNow Coalition cites ‘absurd opposition’ in its attempts to gather enough signatures. Cory Bilicko Managing Editor

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Long Beach launches pilot program for e-scooters.

Officials are looking at other cities’ challenges with similar programs.

Anita W. Harris | Signal Tribune

During the July 10 Signal Hill City Council meeting, the council awarded a proclamation to City Attorney Dave Aleshire (fourth from left) commemorating his 40 years of service with the City. Also pictured from left: City Treasurer Larry Blunden, Councilmembers Lori Woods and Edward Wilson, Mayor Tina Hansen, Councilmembers Robert Copeland and Larry Forester and City Clerk Keir Jones.

CULTURE Yankee Doodle Dandy at MTW reviewed

Production is a patriotic celebration of one of the founders of Broadway musicals.

Photos Sebastian Echeverry | Signal Tribune

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July 13, 2018

A local coalition calling for rent control and “just cause eviction” stipulations in Long Beach has temporarily halted its signature-gathering campaign for getting a measure on the ballot, citing “some insurmountable obstacles,” including having to collect a high number of signatures while facing “some absurd opposition.” In a statement posted on its Facebook page Tuesday night, the #RentControlNow Coalition made the announcement and indicated that some of its volunteer signature-collectors have been harassed to the point of having police called on them. “For now, we change gears, as it has widely

been reported that rent control will not appear on the ballot in Long Beach this November,” the statement reads. “This does not mean we are ending our fight for rent control and eviction protections or the fight against displacement. Rents have been dramatically rising for several years now, and the real-estate industry expects that to continue here in Long Beach.” The statement continues by criticizing city officials for not protecting renters. “We’ve learned a tremendous amount in this process,” the statement continues. “We’ve learned the ugly face of our opposition. We’ve also seen City Hall align against renters. We’ve also learned some key and see RENT page 14

Smoking Summertime nights Sebastian Echeverry Staff Writer

Long Beach native Snoop Dogg headlined this year’s sold-out Summertime in the LBC festival that took place at the Queen Mary Ship and Park Saturday, July 7. Hip-hop, rap, soul and R&B fans converged near the historic ship to witness performances by artists such as Ice Cube, The Game, The Isley Brothers, Warren G and Method Man and Redman. The multi-generational crowd welcomed Snoop Dogg back home as he closed out the festival that night with some classic hits. Use a smartphone or tablet to scan the QR code and watch a video recap of the event.

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LB launches e-scooter pilot program

Officials are observing other cities’ challenges with the scooters. Cory Bilicko Managing Editor

Long Beach may soon be allowing electronic-scooter (e-scooter) rentals, such as those in Venice Beach and Santa Monica, but city officials say they first need to study the results of a pilot program initiated this month. Like the City’s bike-share service, the e-scooter rental program would allow participating vendors to deploy e-scooters for program members to use for a fee. However, unlike the bicycle program, the e-scooters are dockless and would use an app-based system whereby riders would be able to find a nearby e-scooter along rights-of-way, rent it for a period of time and then park it at their destination. Officials say a fee structure will be in place to encourage riders to

Courtesy 8th District LB Council office

Long Beach is currently implementing a pilot program for allowing e-scooter vendors to operate in the city.

return the scooters to station locations. In a phone interview Wednesday afternoon, Eric Widstrand, city traffic engineer, explained that the rights-of-way are basically the same as where bicycles are allowed to ride. In other words, riders are not allowed to use them on sidewalks. Upon the completion of the ride, the user must lift the scooter and place it into a designated “drop zone.” “E-scooters should be ridden in the street, in bike lanes,” Widstrand said. “They should not be ridden on sidewalks. The max operating speed for the e-scooters is going to be 15 miles an hour, so that is a more appropriate speed for that vehicle to be in the bike lane, where bikes are traveling in that speed range as well. We don’t think it’s appropriate to have e-scooters ridden on the sidewalk where they’re with people who are walking [at] a much slower speed, not expecting e-scooters to be zipping by them.” A June 19, 2018 memorandum on the pilot program, from Public Works Director Craig Beck to City Manager Patrick West, indicates that other cities that are allowing for e-scooter programs, such as San Francisco and Santa Monica, are experiencing some challenges, such as oversaturation, indiscriminate placement, dangerous riding and blocking of ADA-accessible path-of-travel. “What we’ve observed in other cities is that some vendors have come into cities and just dropped down several hundred or several thousand scooters without working with the city,” Widstrand said. “So, I think Long Beach is taking a proactive approach, and we’ve talked to the cities of Santa Monica and San Francisco to see what kind of lessons they’ve learned from their programs, see E-SCOOTER page 15

Denny Cristales | Signal Tribune

The Long Beach City Council voted 8-0 Tuesday, July 10 to appoint six women to several city commissions, officially ending a streak of male majority that began when Long Beach was founded in 1897. According to Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia’s office, female commissioners now make up 52 percent of the City’s commission spots. Pictured is a group of the City’s female commissioners at Tuesday’s council meeting at Long Beach City Hall inside the council chamber.

(Female) majority rule

Long Beach City Council’s appointment of six women commissioners ends century-long streak of minority. Denny Cristales Online Editor

It took more than a century, but the Long Beach City Council’s historic vote Tuesday ended a streak of male majority when it voted, 8-0, to appoint six women to several City commissions, officially designating female commissioners as 52 percent of the total positions. Long Beach Mayor Robert

Garcia said there has never been a female majority since the City was founded in 1897. “It’s been important to us over the last few years to ensure that our commissions represent the beautiful diversity of our community, and that means ensuring women have a seat at the table, that they are being heard and their ideas and important contributions to our community are being implemented in all levels of govern-

ment,” Garcia said at the July 10 council meeting inside the Long Beach City Hall council chamber. “We know that appointing more women to commissions is not just about appointing the best people, [...] what we’ve tried to do always is appoint the most qualified and smartest people in our city.” Out of the 26 city commissions, 14 now have a female masee COMMISSIONERS page 13


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the By Neena Strichart


As I wrote last week, I was recently contacted by California News Publishers Association and asked if I would be willing to be featured as their next profile in their publication the California Publisher Quarterly. I agreed and sent them a boatload of answered questions. My column last Friday contained about a third of that info. This time I am sharing the next third with you. Next week will be my final of the threeparter. Here’s my second installment: Describe a day where everything’s running off the rails. Editorial-wise: Sources are not returning calls, press conferences have been canceled, a local politician walks in and insists to see me no matter what the heck I am in the middle of doing, computer freezes, Internet goes out, and in one case, 10 years ago, our roof completely caved in during a rain micro-burst. Advertising-wise: Client or ad agency is late turning in their camera-ready art and then declare that they may have to “pass” for this week.

Images from the collection of Neena Strichart

Signal Hill City Hall after the 1933 earthquake

n April 7, 1924, the City of Signal Hill was created when voters in the oil district cast 348 ballots in favor of incorporation and 211 against. Because of oil discovered on the “hill” in 1921, they were now the richest city in America. Forty-eight-year-old Mrs. Jessie Elwin Nelson was elected mayor and won the distinction of becoming the first female mayor in Southern California. The Jessie Elwin Nelson Academy on Signal Hill is named in her honor. A correspondent for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Jessie Nelson published a story that was the first to describe the initial discovery of oil on Signal Hill– the “spudding in” of the Shell oil well on June 23, 1921. She evocatively captured the scene in the Press-Telegram: “Gravel, shot from the vortex of the roaring gas spout, see BYGONE page 15

You never have time for… A vacation. I don’t think Steve and I have taken a vacation together in well over 10 years. This year we plan to finally get away for a week or so to get reacquainted with one another. You’ll always have time for… I always have time for my mother. Whether it is in person or on the phone, she is my priority. At the ripe old age of 98 years old, and with her sweet nature, she deserves and has earned my love and attention. What’s the most important thing you learned along the way that prepared you for this role? I don’t have to know everything. I focus on the advertising aspect of our business, and I rely on our editorial department to concentrate on what they do. I do my best to give them the tools they need to accomplish their collective goal of creating the best darn local weekly newspaper possible. Also, customer service is king. Our readers and advertisers are both as equally important. Without one, we wouldn’t have the other. What’s one aspect of the job that you’re still trying to nail down consistently? I am constantly trying to balance my schedule to accommodate as many events, office and personal errands and business tasks as possible. For example, this weekend I need to attend a client’s husband’s funeral, an hour and a half later I need to be at a fund-raiser at a local cemetery, and then try to sneak in a haircut, manicure and pedicure to get presentable for an event that night to say good-bye to a long-time advertiser as he closes his business. I also need to stop by the office in between all this craziness to feed my fish, check the mail and go the bank if necessary. I need to do Mom’s laundry, go grocery shopping and take a minute to breathe. To be fair, I confess that my husband Steve does his best to help me keep from losing my mind by pitching in with laundry, including Mom’s, and tending to the needs of our dogs and cats, many times grocery shopping and bringing me coffee in bed. He also handles all of our finances at home. I just couldn’t juggle all of this without him.

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t hooked me immediately. I was a preteen when I first heard of punk rock and was all-in as a teenager. I loved it because it was mine. I grew up with a full music diet from my older brother and sister, and now came the time for something to call my own. Punk rock was new, weird, intimidating, angry and menacing. To me, it seemed like the people in the scene were all from a different planet and I wasn’t in that universe. They seemed to know something I didn’t, and I wanted in on it. Punk rock was outrageous. Dangerous. Unpredictable. There was rebellion to it. It went against the grain. It was all the things I wasn’t but was attracted to. It also mocked classic rock and the status quo while being offensive and shocking along the way. I certainly learned some new words like anarchy, blasphemy, neutron bomb, bureaucracy and bourgeoi-

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Al Austin’s appearance at the recent groundbreaking for the Deforest Park Wetlands– a park that’s not even in his district– together with his remarks about how wonderful it is that Long Beach is contributing to Los Angeles River Greenway, is the height of hypocrisy. When it comes to the environment, he is public enemy No. 1! If it were up to Al Austin, there would be no wetlands. He would let developers build right up to the edge of the LA River. I am referring, of course, to his failure to do anything to preserve the former Will J. Reid Boy Scout Camp, almost 11 acres of virgin land, as a new city park adjacent to the wetlands. Instead of trying to find $6 million to buy the land, he was first in line to help the City find $1 billion to build a monument (new civic center) to the ego of the mayor and his fellow councilmen– a project funded through “creative financing” and totally without merit. And what did he do after his own experts told him the project would cause environmental damage? He gave the builders height and density zoning exemption, which doubled the size of the project– meaning the environmental damage will be quadrupled! Please, visit the Dominguez Gap Wetlands so you can see Austin’s obscenity for yourself. As for Al, instead of spending his time pretending to be a friend of the environment and taking advantage of every photo-op in the city, no matter what the issue, maybe he should focus his meager resources on his district’s No. 1 issue– highest crime rate in the city. Alex Victor Long Beach



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PUT YOUR WALKING SHOES ON What East Village Long Beach walking tour Who Hosted by Long Beach Heritage When Saturday, July 14 from 9:30am to 11:30am Where Meet at Ocean Boulevard and Linden Avenue More Info Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased through Tour highlights include the Broadlind Hotel, Cooper Arms, Lafayette Complex and the Royal Hotel. Call (562) 493-7019. A MOVING EXHIBIT What Exhibit Who Hosted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA) When Saturday, July 14 from 10am at 2pm Where Meet at the parking lots of George’s ‘50s Diner, 4390 Atlantic Ave.; DRNK, 4245 Atlantic Ave.; Georgie’s Place, 3850 Atlantic Ave. and The Merchant, 4121 Long Beach Blvd. More Info The exhibit on display will be the carthemed Chrome. Attendees will have the opportunity to celebrate the culture of car clubs and drag strips in Long Beach. Call (562) 595-0081.


When Sunday, July 15 at 1pm Where Georgie’s Place, 3850 Atlantic Ave. More Info After the ride, bikers are invited to a neighborhood pool party to celebrate one of the guest’s birthday. The address of the party will be given after the bike ride. Visit HAPPY CAMPERS What Camp Who Hosted by the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library When Tuesday, July 17; Tuesday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 31 from 2pm to 4:30pm Where 5870 Atlantic Ave. More Info The free camp is for those between the ages of 10 and 16. Campers will have the opportunity to earn badges, create 3D prints and learn design and technical skills. Visit

A GOOD CAUSE What Fundraiser Who Hosted by the Rotary Club of Signal Hill When Saturday, July 21 at 6pm Where The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St. WRITE RIGHT More Info Money raised will benefit the Rotary What Meeting Club’s Backpack and School Supplies Project. TickWho Hosted by The California Writers Club of Long ets cost $60 per person or $500 for a table of 10. Call Beach (562) 292-2513. When Saturday, July 14 from 3pm to 5pm Where Ruth Bach Neighborhood Library, 4055 Bell- EGGS WITH THE ELKS flower Blvd. What Monthly breakfast More Info Author Ara Grigorian will discuss “Story Who Hosted by Elks Lodge #888 Beats— Your Novel’s Heartbeat.” Call Kathryn At- When Sunday, July 29 from 8am to 11:30am kins at (562) 400-1100. Where 16426 Bellflower Blvd. More Info The cost is $7 per person and includes SPOKES-PEOPLE eggs to order, full breakfast buffet, waffles with topWhat Neighborhood bike ride and pool party pings, coffee, orange juice and drink specials at the Who Hosted by BKBIA bar.

LBPD seeking public’s help in locating suspect wanted for stabbing pedestrian in Cal Heights Police are looking for a suspect who apparently struck a pedestrian in California Heights with his vehicle and then stabbed him to death. On Wednesday, July 11, at approximately 9:25pm, officers were dispatched to the intersection of Wardlow Road and Orange Avenue regarding a possible stabbing. When officers arrived, they encountered a male subject with stab wounds. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics transported him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter. The preliminary investigation determined the suspect vehicle may have struck the victim as he was crossing the street. The two then became involved in a dispute, which resulted in the suspect stabbing the victim. The suspect then fled northbound on Orange Avenue in a white vehicle. The victim is only being identified as a 51-year-old resident of Long Beach, pending notification of next of kin by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. The investigation remains ongoing. Those who witnessed or have information regarding the incident are urged to contact the Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Todd Johnson and Donald Collier at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to a smartphone or visiting Source: LBPD

Women’s shelter to host summertime 40-hour domestic-violence advocate training

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WomenShelter of Long Beach (WSLB), a nonprofit domestic-violence agency, will commence its summer domestic-violence counselor advocate training this month. The intensive, 40-hour training meets over the course of five consecutive Fridays from 8am to 5:15pm at the Alpert Jewish Community Center in Long Beach. The dates of the training are: July 13, July 20, July 27, Aug. 3 and Aug. 10. Community members 18 years or older, as well as service providers, are welcome to attend the training. Covering over 25 topics focusing on domestic violence, the training provides a wide overview and practical knowledge for those who are working with vulnerable populations or for the public who are interested in learning more. Professionals within the field of domestic violence will speak about their area of expertise, and staff from the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles will teach trainees about restraining orders, who they can protect and the many legal details that must be taken into consideration while filing for a temporary protective order. The Long Beach City Prosecutor’s office will provide a summary of the law and offer an inside look into misdemeanor prosecution of domestic-violence cases. Local providers will discuss housing and other critical supportive services that are available to survivors of domestic violence. WSLB provides an overview of domestic violence, the dynamics of abuse and the harmful effects of intergenerational violence among other important and interesting topics. “Domestic violence affects more than one in three women and one in four men,” said WSLB Executive Director Mary Ellen Mitchell. “This is something that we must address, and yet many are hesitant to start a conversation or ask questions about domestic violence. WSLB’s 40-Hour domestic-violence counselor advocate training is one way to start having these important conversations.” WSLB conducts the training three times a year. Those interested in registering should call (562) 437-7233 or visit There is a fee of $200 to enroll, and it includes all the training materials, resources, parking, a light breakfast and light refreshments. More information is available by contacting Tatiana Dorman at or (562) 437-7233, ext. 27. Source: WSLB



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Body of Long Beach man St. Mary Medical Center to undergo modernization, expansion found in motor home The body of a Long Beach man was found in a motor home last week, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). On July 6, at approximately 7:10pm, officers were dispatched to the area of Harbor Avenue and 15th Street regarding an “unknown trouble” call after a family had reported finding the body of a relative. When officers arrived, they located the body of a man inside a motor home, after he had sustained stab wounds to the upper torso. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and determined the victim, identified as 41-year-old Hernan Cortez of Long Beach, deceased at the scene. Cortez had been living in his motor home in that area. During their investigation, homi-

cide detectives learned that someone in the area reported seeing Cortez that day between 5:30pm and 6pm. Therefore, police say they believe the stabbing occurred sometime between then and when the victim was discovered by family. A motive for the stabbing is unknown, and the investigation remains ongoing. Those with any information regarding the incident are asked to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans and Robert Gonzalez at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 800222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to a smartphone or visiting Source: LBPD

Signal Hill launches revamped city website City’s mobile app experience has also been updated for an enhanced user experience to match that of the new site. Citizens who have already downloaded the Go Signal Hill app should update their app to ensure they have the complete, updated experience.” Additional future communications efforts include the launch of a city enewsletter later this summer and continued design improvements to the quarterly City Views newsletter, officials said. Courtesy City of SH

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The Port of Long Beach will use a $5.3-million grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to deploy hydrogen- and electric-powered cargo-handling equipment at two shipping terminals. Port officials say the deployment is part of its commitment to transition to zero-emissions operations. The funds for the Commercialization of POLB Off-Road Technology Demonstration Project (C-PORT) leverage Long Beach’s place as the nation’s second-busiest seaport to test the viability of zero-emissions vehicles that are used on the docks, according to port officials. The demonstration project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of cap-andtrade dollars to work reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment– particularly in disadvantaged communities. The demonstration will include three cargo-moving vehicles known as “top handlers” with never-before-tested battery-electric systems. The project will also feature a unique, head-to-head comparison of hydrogen

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St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC), a Dignity Health hospital, this week announced a new modernization and expansion project that will transform the hospital into “the campus of the future,” according to a press release from Dignity Health. “We are excited to announce the expansion of our emergency department, as well as the addition of a new, modern patient tower,” said Carolyn Caldwell, president and CEO of St. Mary Medical Center. “These exciting changes further support our mission to provide high-quality healthcare services to the Long Beach community.” The expanded emergency depart-

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July 13, 2018 Theatre review

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Musical Theatre West’s Yankee Doodle Dandy Anita W. Harris Culture Writer

July is the perfect month to enjoy Musical Theatre West’s Yankee Doodle Dandy, continuing at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center through the 22nd. This patriotic celebration of one of the founding fathers of Broadway musicals will have you tapping your toes and singing well known songs along with its stellar cast. Different from the 1942 biopic of the same title, this story by David Armstrong portrays the musical life of George M. Cohan through many of his original songs, including “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “Over There,” taken from the dozens of Broadway musicals he wrote during the first decades of the 20th century. The play’s patriotic emphasis stems from his popular 1904 song “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” taken from his first hit, “Little Johnny Jones,” about an American jockey who goes to England. A very sprightly Adam Wylie portrays Cohan as enthusiastic, prolific and talented in voice and dance (especially tap dancing), but whose drive (and dalliances) cost him his first wife Ethel (Cassie Simone) and their young daughter. The story is told in flashback by a much older Cohan (David Allen Jones), prompted by a visit to his old Broadway theatre. We see him reflect on his life, beginning with his very early career as an integral part of The Four Cohans– a successful vaudevillian troupe that also included his father Jerry (David Engel), mother Nellie (Cynthia Ferrer) and sister Josie (Tro Shaw). The flashback structure allows us to see the younger Cohan strive to his realize his ambitions with

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From left: David Engel (Jerry), Tro Shaw (Josie), Adam Wylie (George) and Cynthia Ferrer (Nellie) in Musical Theater West’s Yankee Doodle Dandy

the help of longtime associate Sam Harris (Matthew Kacergis). Along the way, we enjoy his highly lyrical, witty songs and a lot of energetic tap dancing, accompanied by a live onstage orchestra (smartly conducted by Jeff Rizzo). The first half is mainly driven by these musical scenes, the story taking a back seat until the big actor’s strike of 1919 in the second half. Looking back, though, the reminiscing older Cohan only feels the strike’s financial pain rather than appreciating its purpose, still grumbling that he had paid actors for their rehearsal time, unlike other producers. Though it doesn’t portray Cohan as a man who learned much about treating people fairly, the play inspires awe of his immense and fertile talent, especially in his changing the very fabric of musical theatre with “book musicals”– stories cut from whole cloth rather than simply songs and skits stitched together. Director and choreographer James Rocco showcases Cohan’s genius not only through uniformly excellent performances but also en-

chanting lighting (Paul Black) and luscious period costumes (Cecilia Gutierrez) that seem to bring Cohan’s theatre posters to life. Many recent productions indebted to Cohan’s book-musical concept, such as Chicago and Hamilton, are lovingly paraded in the last scene. The grandson of Irish immigrants reputedly born on July 4, the innovative Cohan certainly fits the patriotic bill. As he says at one point (drawing audience cheers), “We are the only country in the world with a welcome sign.” Extend the fireworks a little longer with Yankee Doodle Dandy and be reminded of what makes this country special. Musical Theatre West’s Yankee Doodle Dandy continues at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 E. Atherton Street, through July 22, with performances Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, and Sundays at 1pm & 6pm. Tickets start at $20. For tickets and information, call the box office at (562) 856-1999 x4 or visit

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Poet Alexis Rhone Fancher shares her poem “How I Lost My Virginity to Michael Cohen” to an audience on Saturday, July 7 at the Long Beach Art Theatre for the city’s first annual queer arts festival.

LB Art Theatre and organization orchestrate city’s first annual queer arts festival Local artists showcase their work and stories. Izzie Hallock Editorial Intern

The month of June is LGBTQ Pride Month, however the celebrating did not end June 30. Residents gathered on Saturday, July 7 at the Long Beach Art Theatre to take part in the city’s first annual queer arts festival, Out Loud: A Cultural Evolution. The event featured various performances and art presentations. In an

interview with the Signal Tribune, poet Alexis Rhone Fancher explained her personal story and how it led her in front of an eager audience that Saturday. “I came out as bisexual at age 17,” Fancher said. “I’m pretty well known as an erotic poet who writes about the intersection of sex and love and power, often with a soupçon of gender fluidity.” Although Fancher said she was see FESTIVAL page 8

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not worried at all to read her poems at the festival, throughout life she has faced numerous obstacles. “Stupid people. Sexism. Racism. Homophobia,” she listed. “Not sure I’ve overcome these obstacles, but I persevere. Writing helps.” Fancher explained how memorable the experience of reading her poetry to an audience was. “The event was an opportunity to embrace our exquisite diversity. I had a great time,” Fancher said. “I felt heard on a deeper level than I ever had before.” Fancher knew from the beginning that she had to take the opportunity. “When Dave Russo, the organizer of the festival, approached me about featuring,” she said, “I said yes immediately.” Russo, founder of the community arts organization Out Loud, orchestrated the festival. “The purpose of Out Loud: A Cultural Evolution,” Russo said in an interview with the Signal Tribune, “is to showcase the creative, artistic achievements of the larger ‘queer’ community.” Much of Russo’s inspiration and motivation stemmed from his personal story. “My self-acceptance, my comfort in my own skin, was given to me by the cultural achievements of our community. Knowing there were people out there like me, seeing their lives in art, hearing their experiences in music, poetry and literature– all these things gave me a sense of belonging and, in many ways, saved my life,” he explained. “The idea marinated in my brain for a few days and, because I was too stupid to realize it was [possible], I decided to go for it, and to share my vision with others.” Russo worked with poet Nancy Woo in order to make his vision a reality. “I was grateful for an opportunity to work closely with Dave, a truly generous and loving person,” Woo said. “At out first meeting, I signed on board, because I could see his heart was in it. Since that day in early May, my heart has been in it too, and I am already helping to plan and organize next year’s event.” Woo helped Russo create the organization’s website, develop its Facebook page and reach out to media. The major obstacle, Russo explained, was funding. “We did a GoFundMe campaign and raised $4,000,” he said. “As it turned out, it was only about 55 percent of what we needed.” However, Russo made it happen not only for himself, but for the Long Beach community. “I have been going to Pride parades for years, and they play so many critically important roles,” he said. “I am hoping that Out Loud will serve as a complementary event to Pride festivals and parades. I want to emphasize, shine a spotlight on, our cultural and artistic achievements. I’ve been part of our creative community here for a while now. I have attended many events at which I realize I’m the only gay poet there. Everything everyone has to say is full of universal truth. Wouldn’t it be nice if the larger queer community, including outsiders and even our allies, got to see their lives reflected back at them?” Russo announced that, because of the event’s popularity, “Out Loud 2019 is already being planned.” ✦

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newness of it all. I liked the shock value. I liked the anti-authority nature of it since I never liked being told what to do. In 1980 my brother took me to see the midnight showing of the new documentary about the LA punk scene, The Decline of Western Civilization. One of the kids with a shaved head interviewed in the film said that punk rock was “fun, fast and for real.” I agreed. I was a little behind in its inception and growing scene in the late 1970s, but my coming of age was timed well enough. Most of the local punks were older and had been at it already, but my 13-year-old friends and I watched carefully and did our best to emulate. And I had certainly had Images courtesy Blair Cohn a front-row seat to the local scene. Across the sie. There were so many new bands around L.A. that I was thrilled I street from me was the punk-rock didn’t have to listen to disco or any mecca. There lived two siblings who tired, laid-back ‘70s pop music any- were like chief instigation officers more. No more Boston, Styx or Kan- who had packs and packs of followers and fans. I got up to speed pretty sas on the radio for me. I liked punk for the same reason quickly from those neighbors who I had been into dinosaurs, monsters seemed to reincarnate into these and KISS when I was younger. It punk-rock personas. Everything was different and had touches of happened at their house: band pracdarkness and edginess to it. May- tices, loud overflowing parties, cars be I liked it because my nerdy self of all types covered in band stickers, could hide inside the craziness of it. and once an abandoned delivery I could do the opposite of everyone truck that said “Torture Wagon.” My neighbors were major influelse and wear it like a badge. I was never mad at my parents, didn’t reb- encers in the scene, and I got to see el against them or about living in our all the characters coming in and out east side suburb. I always got good of the house. I spent a lot of time grades, went to soccer practice, there watching, listening and learnspent time with my grandparents. ing. It was my equivalent of sitting But I was attracted the scariness and next to Paul McCartney as he wrote,

or in Brian Wilson’s house and sandbox, or standing on the corner of Haight-Ashbury when it was all happening. I’d go sit in D.D.’s room and try to memorize her album covers, photos and concert flyers on the wall. She had chopped-up spiked hair, numerous ear piercings and dark eyeliner. She looked far different than the girl that used to organize games and Barbie doll parties on the block. One night she told me “I like being in a band so I can scream and yell!” She seemed to know everyone. Her older brother Jack was the surfer turned charismatic punkrock cult leader and straight-jacket wearing singer for Vicious Circle and (now legendary) TSOL (True Sounds of Liberty). He was the chiefest instigator of all. Everyone flocked to him like a Colonel Kurtz or Jim Jones. He could command the whole room from the stage in his whiteface makeup and black eyes and mouth. Unbelievably (and fortunately) he took me under his wing and had patience enough when I glommed on to him. I followed him around to band practices, shows and lots of time on the front porch or back yard trying find out what being punk was really about. One night my family came home and my dad cheered thinking he finally saw the police on the neighbor’s lawn. Nope. It was Jack and the guys in the band, all 6’3” or taller looking neo-militaristic in trench coats and boots with their dyed hair taking photos of each other. It was thrilling for me. It would have been like seeing Robert Plant in your neighborhood. For me, punk rock was also about the fashion. Or anti-fashion. All the 1950s-style sweaters, dress shirts with safety pins, leather jackets, tartan pants, Chippewa boots with chains and bandannas, mismatched patterns and shirts, pins/badges of band logos or slogans of despair. It definitely was about the girls in black eyeliner and lipstick and black vintage dresses. It was spiked hair, mohawks, dyed hair and shaved heads. Anything that wasn’t a pair of Vans, feathered hair or a Scorpions T-shirt was considered outrageous, and I loved it all. It was for shock value and the sense of self-expression. I once wore a catholic school girl skirt over my jeans like a kilt to school. A teacher told me to get rid of it, and I dodged being in trouble claiming that I was Scottish and it was my culture. And there were plenty of characters and icons in the scene, too. Sid Vicious, Johnny Rotten, Steve Ignorant, Jello Biafra, Rat Scabies, Beki Bondage, Exene, X-Head, New Wave Dave, Lorna Doom and Darby Crash. Wanting to be a part of

it, I became Mr. DDT and then the Scottsman James McFarlen. And I loved all the music. It was a bevy of fast and aggressive songs cramming everything into two minutes or less. Maniacal singers roared about abolishing government, red tape, nervous breakdowns, problem children, dysfunctional homes, addiction, school, fast cars and cheap thrills, the LAPD and holidays in Cambodia. And my favorite bands had names like The Germs, The Weirdos, Middle Class, Dead Kennedys, Wasted Youth, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Fear, Adolescents, The Vandals and Rhino 39. Regional Confusion was the edgiest name I could come up with as a 14-year-old putting my first band together and practicing in a friend’s garage. Later I joined Abash with the older guys at school. It was really Three Mikes and a Blair. I loved playing in bands, and I taught myself to play the drums after years of the clarinet. My band played house parties and underground venues and was fortunate enough to open the shows for TSOL. It was a thrilling time of homemade black-and-white concert flyers with images of skulls, bombs and Ronald Reagan. I collected plenty of those and fanzines and band T-shirts. My buddies and I would take two buses across town to 7th and Junipero to Zed Records to buy more pins, Slash and Flipside magazines, and all the vinyl records our allowances could buy. Sometimes we’d just buy the record that had the best skull on it. I went to a ton of underground shows throughout Hollywood and Orange County and had my older friends or brother drive me. We could go to the Olympic Auditorium and see 10 bands for $8. Once inside a show, there was always the feeling that anything could happen at any minute. One night at the Hollywood Palladium an unlucky hippie on skates rolled into the middle of the pit and flailed and flopped as he

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tried to make his way back out of the building. Not quite the right place for peace and love. That same night we watched a guy and girl fall from the balcony with a thud that could be heard over the angry guitars and tribal drums. There were many nights spent in garages, house parties, private halls or club gigs that all had the same smell of leather jackets, clove cigarettes and beer. It was a badge of honor the night I jumped off a stage and shredded my lips on my braces by a fist waiting for me in the pit. My finest hour came when my parents went to Jamaica and left me home for three weeks. I had bleached my hair platinum blonde and shaved one half of it. I had a friend come over and dye the other half blue. I put an “X” on my forehead, heavy black eyeliner on, three layers of black clothes including a black skirt and walked across the neighborhood to the house party where my band was playing that night. We were thrilled that all the local punks were there, and even our heavy metal friends came to see us, but we anticipated the house getting wrecked at any second. It was fun for all, and we even had our long-hair friends’ band come and play after us. Then came the police cars and helicopter. We cheered about that, and I walked home smiling. However, it wasn’t as easy and fun the night of the riot at the Longshoreman’s Hall in Wilmington. That was more scary than thrilling. I was really into it all. I wanted it to last to use it as my teen-angst outlet. Most of my classmates just knew me as the friendliest punk rocker they had met. But like everything, the novelty wore off and by the end of my junior year in high school when I saw that the non-conformists were all becoming conformists within this scene, I dyed my hair black and just tried to enjoy the last year of high school. I wasn’t as impressed anymore with people being dysfunctional or acting out just to act out. For some people, the drugs took over. And all the new songs were sounding like old songs and saying the same things. Same stuff show after show. Shortly after graduation, I grew my hair out, slicked it back like Don Johnson, put on my khaki pants and penny loafers and walked across the USC campus to my economics class. I transitioned out of punk to heavy metal and then embraced all things new and creative. But to this day I can still recite most of those old songs and lyrics and recall all details of all those shows. I still try to do things slightly off the norm, go against the grain at times, and more often than not dress in black as part of my ongoing punk-rock rebellion. ✦


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Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud (far left, back row) and her office staff (pictured) have achieved the highest possible standards of performance in government auditing, according to the results of an independent peer review for the three-year period from 2015-2017.

Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud announced this week that her office has achieved the highest possible standards of performance in government auditing, according to the results of an independent peer review for the three-year period from 2015-2017. This is the fourth consecutive triennial peer review by the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) that found the office’s internal operations met national standards ensuring work is reliable and credible. “This distinction assures the public that the office provides fair, objective audits of City operations and spending, and that taxpayer dollars are monitored for appropriate and honest use,” states a press release from Doud’s office. Upon taking office in 2006, Doud vowed to follow Government Auditing Standards (Standards) set by the comptroller general of the United

States, according to her office. The Standards provide a framework for conducting work, including performance audits designed to enhance government performance, improve services and/or maximize cost savings, with competence, integrity and objectivity, according to Doud’s office. Audit organizations following the Standards require a peer review every three years to ensure that their work adheres to established quality control policies and strict procedures. Prior to Doud taking office, the city auditor’s office did not undergo peer reviews. “I made a commitment to the public that the office would follow the Standards,” Doud said. “While we conduct audits to promote accountability and transparency within the City, the independent panel of auditors from across the country review our work and hold us accountable to fol-

lowing the Standards.” In addition to finding that the office meets the Standards, the peer review panel noted areas in which the office excels, namely, accurate audit work as its workpapers and analysis were “very well organized” and its procedures were well documented and effectively indexed, according to Doud’s office. “I am honored to lead an office dedicated to maintaining a high standard of quality work,” Doud said. “We are committed to excellence and continuous improvement in our office as we strive to make City operations more efficient and effective for the public– a better government to meet the needs of Long Beach citizens.” Source: Doud’s office

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Woman killed, man injured in shooting A woman was killed and a man injured during a shooting on July 8, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). At approximately 11pm that day, officers responded to the 900 block of Hoffman Avenue regarding reports of a shooting. When officers arrived, they located two gunshot victims in front of a residence. A female subject had been struck in the upper torso, and a male subject had been struck in the lower torso. Paramedics transported both victims to a local hospital, where the woman was later pronounced deceased. The male victim was listed in stable condition. The deceased victim is only being identified as a 22-year-old female resident of Long Beach, pending notification of next of kin. The male victim is only being identified as a 25-year-old resident of Long Beach. The incident is being investigated as possibly gang-related, however, a motive has not yet been determined. Those who witnessed or have information regarding the incident are urged to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans and Shea Robertson at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to a smartphone or visiting Source: LBPD

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Community invited to participate in next workshop on short-term rentals The City of Long Beach is hosting a series of community events, as part of the process of developing a proposed short-term rental (STR) ordinance. If adopted by the city council, the ordinance will establish a framework for regulating STRs, or vacation rentals, within the city. The next STR community workshop will be held at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Balboa Studio, 628 Alamitos Ave., on Saturday, July 21, from 10am to noon. The meeting was previously scheduled to be conducted at the Bixby Park Community Center but has been relocated to allow for more space. The workshop will feature a presentation of the City’s findings from input provided by the public at the first community workshop, stakeholder interviews, results from the City’s STR online survey,and extensive case-study research, officials said. The event will also include interactive stations located throughout the event space to offer opportunities for attendees to provide feedback on community priorities and concerns identified through the City’s outreach efforts. Translation services in Spanish, Tagalog and Khmer, as well as light refreshments, will be provided. The final STR community workshop will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 6pm to 8pm, at the Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave. The project team is expected to present its findings for a proposed STR ordinance to the city council in the fall. The presentation will be based on community input received during the outreach events, a targeted case study of STR programs in other jurisdictions and an evaluation of potential program costs and revenues, according to city officials. In March 2017, the city council approved an item brought forth by Councilmember Jeannine Pearce, and co-sponsored by Councilmembers Lena Gonzalez, Dee Andrews and Rex Richardson to direct City staff to review STR regulations following the growth of platforms such as Airbnb and HomeAway in recent years. Regulating STRs in Long Beach would require an update to the City’s zoning regulations, including safety and design guidelines and transient occupancy tax (TOT) provisions. More information about STRs in Long Beach is available at lbshorttermrental.

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Council also approves permit to extend hours and allow live music at Ten Mile Brewing Co. Anita W. Harris Staff Writer

The Signal Hill City Council approved seven engineering-services contracts for numerous capital-improvement projects planned over the next two fiscal years. It also agreed to amend Ten Mile Brewing Company’s conditional-use permit (CUP) to extend its hours and allow live music. Among other presentations, the council awarded a proclamation to City Attorney Dave Aleshire recognizing his 40 years of service to the city. Engineering contracts The council authorized the city manager to enter into contract-service agreements with seven engineering firms for three years to assist the Public Works Department in executing approximately 40 ongoing and new capital-improvement projects over the next two years. In June, the council had approved the capital-improvement plan, which includes completing the new library and the Los Cerritos Channel stormwater-capture project at Long Beach Airport, as well as park and street maintenance, for a budget of $20.6 million in the 2018-2019 fiscal year and $6.7 million in 2019-2020. Kelli Tunnicliff, public works director, explained that the seven contracts will help ensure quality service and availability due to competition among the firms. “Utilizing consultants as opposed to full-time staff provides the City with the flexibility to control costs as workload fluctuates in response to project activity,” Tunnicliff said. Three firms– Wolfe Engineering, KPFF and KCG– will provide civil-engineering design services, for up

to $150,000 annually for each. Three other firms– KOA, Simplus and Falcon Engineering Services– will provide project- and construction-management services, for up to $400,000 annually for each. Finally, one firm, HR Green, will provide code-enforcement services for an annual cost of up to $50,000. Tunnicliff said she estimates the total cost of these services to the City will range from $1.6 million to $2.5 million annually and is already calculated into the project budgets. City Attorney Dave Aleshire said that the City is trying this new system of contracting with multiple firms to assess how it will work. “This is something of an experiment,” he said. “As staff works with the different contractors, it may be that the work will not all be evenly divided. What the cap does is require the need to come back to the council and report what’s going on. We can’t exceed the cap without the council approving it.” Councilmember Lori Woods said she appreciated the innovative approach because it would allow the City to work on more than one project at a time. “I think this is a brilliant solution,” she said. “As things move forward, as the funding becomes available, we’re going to have multiple projects going.” In addition to approving contracts with those seven firms, the council also approved amending a contract with AndersonPenna Partners for engineering services for specific projects in order to temporarily fill the position of deputy director of Public Works, which has recently become vacant. City Manager Charlie Honeycutt said that the additional contract amount of about $200,000 will be funded by salary savings while the City recruits candidates to fill the position. Other expenses The council also approved three other measures that impact public funds:


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authorizing the city manager to enter into a contract-services agreement for stormwater catch-basin cleaning, authorizing the purchase of replacement city vehicles– six budgeted plus one additional– and adopting a resolution updating City-management salaries. To clear trash from the city’s 321 stormwater catch-basins, the council approved a three-year agreement with Ron’s Maintenance, Inc. (RMI) for $29,994 annually. Though the City had a previous contract with RMI, it expired at the end of June. The new contract is a result of RMI’s bid to the Gateway Water Management Authority for collective services for its member cities, including Signal Hill, and is actually $4,000 less per year than the City’s previously contacted amount. The council also authorized the purchase of replacing six City vehicles for $240,500, included in the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget adopted in June. In addition, it authorized $51,500 of unbudgeted expenses to replace a Police Department patrol vehicle that was damaged in a car accident in June. The City will purchase those vehicles through Los Angeles County and National Joint Powers Alliance government-purchasing contracts that yield cost savings. The budgeted amounts include battery replacement costs for three hybrid vehicles. Finally, the council adopted a resolution revising City management salary ranges to reflect a budgeted cost-of-living adjustment of 1 percent, in accordance with a Signal Hill Employees Association (SHEA) memorandum of understanding (MOU) adopted last year. It also approved adopting a publicly available citywide pay schedule as required by the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and in accordance with the SHEA MOU and a Police Officers Association MOU also adopted last year. The latter MOU includes a budgeted cost-of-living adjustment of 1.5 percent for police officers. Brewery CUP After conducting a public hearing and receiving no objections, the council approved amending the conditional-use permit (CUP) for Ten Mile Brewing Company to extend its hours of operation, allow food-truck service during those hours, add an outdoor beer-tasting area and allow live music on site. Colleen Doan, newly designated planning manager, shared the brief history of Ten Mile Brewing since

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Finance Director Scott Williams (left) speaks at the Signal Hill City Council meeting on July 10 after Mayor Tina Hansen (right) presented him with a certificate for excellence in financial reporting of the city’s comprehensive annual financial report.

its initial CUP in 2016 and its September 2017 opening in a commercial-industrial plaza at Willow Street and Cerritos Avenue. She noted that a neighborhood meeting six months after the brewery opened yielded no complaints. Doan said that the company will conduct another neighborhood meeting six months after these amendments to make sure there are no noise complaints. “We haven’t heard from the neighbors across the street, so things are good,” said Councilmember Edward Wilson, jokingly referring to those interred at the Sunnyside Cemetery. Dave Aleshire Mayor Tina Hansen awarded Aleshire with a proclamation in Plexiglas in recognition of his 40th anniversary serving the city. Hansen read from the proclamation that Aleshire had started as deputy city attorney in 1978 and became city attorney in 1985. “Under his counsel, the city has been transformed into a highly desirable place to live, work, shop and play,” she said. “Dave’s negotiation to bring Price Club (now Costco) to Signal Hill set the stage for future development that has become the city’s economic engine, including the Signal

Hill Auto Center, [and] Town Centers East, West and North.” Hansen also described Aleshire’s background in city planning that helped the City create desirable residential developments and affordable housing, as well as parks and trails. Hansen said that, significantly, Aleshire created the Signal Hill Oil Code in response to changing state regulations, which other cities are using as a model. In receiving the honor, Aleshire put his role in the context of others in Signal Hill, some of whom came before him. “The changes that have occurred in this place […] represent the vast number of people with desires who made efforts and commitments and sacrifices, and what you see before you is the end result of all of those things,” he said. Finance presentations Hansen also presented Finance Director Scott Williams with an achievement award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)– a professional association of approximately 19,000 in the United States and Canada– for excellent reporting in the City’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). “A certificate of achievement is presented to those government units whose annual financial reports are judged to adhere to program standards and represents the highest award in government financial reporting,” Hansen read from the certificate. Williams underscored that the award was for his whole department as well as the City. “It’s really the cumulative work product of the entire finance team,” he said. “As the stated goal of the Finance Department is to produce timely as well as accurate and relevant data, the City achieving this award really represents a milestone of the department.” Hansen introduced a new member of the Finance Department, accountant Jessica Alvarez, who holds a B.S. in accounting from CSULB and has 17 years of experience in the automotive industry and as an accounting manager for an aerospace company. “Jessica’s family migrated from Guadalajara, Mexico to Long Beach when she was 7 years old,” Hansen said. “She learned the value of education and hard work from her parents early on and is forever grateful to them for their selflessness in pursuing a better life for their family.” The next Signal Hill City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, July 24, at 7pm in the council chamber at 2175 Cherry Ave.



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TST5713 / Case No. NS034467 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, GOVERNOR DEUKMEJIAN COURTHOUSE, 275 Magnolia Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. PETITION OF Elmer Adams II. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: ELMER ADAMS II has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing his name as follows: Present Name: ELMER ADAMS II, to Proposed Name: JAPAUL PIERRE ADAMS. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: August 3, 2018; Time: 8:30A M; Dept. S27, Room 5400. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 1399 E. 28th, Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: June 22, 29 & July 6, 13, 2018 ___//ss//___ Patrick T. Madden, Judge of the Superior Court Dated June 18, 2018 TST5714 / Case No. TS021099 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT OFFICE, 200 W. Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 90220. PETITION OF Felipe A. Cabezas TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: FELIPE A. CABEZAS has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing his name as follows: Present Name: FELIPE A. CABEZAS, to Proposed Name: FELIPE ANTHONY MORALES. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: July 26, 2018; Time: 8:30A M; Dept. A, Room 904. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 1399 E. 28th, Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: June 22, 29 & July 6, 13, 2018 ___//ss//___ Maurice A. Leiter, Judge of the Superior Court Dated June 13, 2018 TST5717 / 2018 2018155039 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SQUEAKY GREEN CLEANING, 2608 Greenmeadow Rd. #1, Lakewood, CA 90712. Registrant: 1. SHELLI DENISE DUNN, 2. ARMANI LEWIS, 3553 Atlantic Ave., #1205, Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: Copartners. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Shelli Denise Dunn, Partner. The registrant has not begun to use this fictitious business name. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on June 25, 2018. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: June 29, & July 6, 13, 20, 2018.

TST5718 CASE NUMBER: (Numero del Caso): 17NWLC02747 SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): JAMES T. WILSON aka JAMES T. WILSON JR. and Does 1 to 5 inclusive. YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (LO ESTA DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): UNIFUND CCR, LLC, A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (, the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www., or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. AVISO! Lo han demandado. Si no responde dentro de 30 dias, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escuchar su version. Lea la informacion a continuacion. Tiene 30 DIAS DE CALENDARIO despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen. Su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y mas informacion en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California ( en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario de la corte que le de un formulario de exencion de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento y la corte le podra quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado inmediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remision a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (, en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California, ( o poniendose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperacion de $10,000 o mas de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesion de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y direccion de la corte es): SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES COUNTY, 12720 Norwalk Bl., Room 101, Norwalk, CA 90650, NORWALK COURTHOUSE LIMITED CIVIL DISTRICT. The name, address and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney is: (El nombre, la direccion y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado, es): LAW OFFICES OF KENOSIAN & MIELE, LLP, JOHN P. KENOSIAN, Bar #80261, 8581 Santa Monica Blvd., #17, Los Angeles, CA 90069 Tel: (888) 566-7644, Fax: (310) 289-5177 Date: (Fecha) SEP 07, 2017 SHERRI R. CARTER, Clerk (Secretario) By: A. CORTEZ, Deputy (Adjunto) CN950474 136795 Jun 29, Jul 6,13,20, 2018


SUMMONS (Parentage—Custody and Support) CITACIÓN (Paternidad—Custodia y Manutención) CASE NUMBER: (Número de caso) 186BPT00079 NOTICE TO RESPONDENT (Name):AVISO AL DEMANDADO (Nombre): STEPHANIE SANTOS You have been sued. Read the information below and on the next page. Lo han demandado. Lea la información a continuación y en la página siguiente. Petitioner’s name:  El nombre del demandante: ALBERT MARQUEZ You have 30 calendar days after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response (form FL-220 or FL-270) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter, phone call, or court appearance will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your right to custody of your children. You may also be ordered to pay child support and attorney fees and costs. For legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. Get help finding a lawyer at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, at the California Legal Services website (www., or by contacting your local bar association. Tiene  30 dias de calendario después de habir recibido la entrega legal de esta Citación y Petición para presentar una Respuesta (formulario FL-220 o FL-270) ante la corte y efectuar la entrega legal de una copia al demandante. Una carta o llamada telefónica o una audiencia de la corte no basta para protegerlo. Si no presenta su Respuesta a tiempo, la corte puede dar órdenes que afecten la custodia de sus hijos. La corte también le puede ordenar que pague manutención de los hijos, y honorarios y costos legales. Para asesoramiento legal, póngase en contacto de inmediato con un abogado. Puede obtener información para encontrar un abogado en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte., en el sitio web de los Servicios Legales

de California (, o poniéndose en contacto con el colegio de abogados de su condado. NOTICE: The restraining order on page 2 remains in effect against each parent until the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further orders. This order is enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of it. AVISO:  La órden de protección que aparecen en la pagina 2 continuará en vigencia en cuanto a cada parte hasta que se emita un fallo final, se despida la petición o la corte dé otras órdenes. Cualquier agencia del orden público que haya recibido o visto una copia de estas orden puede hacerla acatar en cualquier lugar de California. FEE WAIVER: If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. The court may order you to pay back all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for you or the other party. EXENCIÓN DE CUOTAS: Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentación, pida al secretario un formulario de exención de cuotas. La corte puede ordenar que usted pague, ya sea en parte o por completo, las cuotas y costos de la corte previamente exentos a petición de usted o de la otra parte. 1. The name and address of the court are: (El nombre y dirección de la corte son:) Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, 275 Magnolia Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802 2. The name, address, and telephone number of petitioner’s attorney, or petitioner without an attorney, are: (El nombre, la dirección y el número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante si no tiene abogado, son:) Albert Marquez (self-represented), 6920 E. Los Santos Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815 Date (Fecha): February 9, 2018 Sherri R. Carter, Clerk, by (Secretario, por) P. Hamilton, Deputy (Asistente) Published in the Signal Tribune Newspaper on June 29, & July 6, 13, 20, 2018

TST5720 / Case No. NS034486 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 275 Magnolia Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. PETITION OF Alain Daniel Castillo Chimbo. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: ALAIN DANIEL CASTILLO CHIMBO has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing his name as follows: Present Name: ALAIN DANIEL CASTILLO CHIMBO to Proposed Name: ALAIN DANIEL CHIMBO. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: August 17, 2018; Time: 8:30A M; Dept. S27, Room 5400. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 1399 E. 28th, Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018 ___//ss//___ Patrick T. Madden, Judge of the Superior Court Dated July 2, 2018 TST5721 / Case No. NS034409 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 275 Magnolia Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. PETITION OF Pandora Denise Williams. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: PANDORA DENISE WILLIAMS has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing her name as follows: Present Name: PANDORA DENISE WILLIAMS to Proposed Name: PANDORA DENISE GIBSON. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: August 31, 2018; Time: 8:30A M; Dept. 27. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 1399 E. 28th, Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018 ___//ss//___ Patrick T. Madden, Judge of the Superior Court Dated May 8, 2018

TST5722 / Case No. VS030943 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 PETITION OF Julie Villalobos on behalf of Ariel Oliva. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: Julie Villalobos on behalf of Ariel Oliva has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing her daughter’s name as follows: Present Name: ARIEL JANE OLIVA to Proposed Name: ARIEL JANE OLIVA VILLALOBOS. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: August 29, 2018; Time: 1:30A M; Dept. C, Room 312. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 1399 E. 28th, Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 2018 ___//ss//___ Margaret M. Bernal, Judge of the Superior Court Dated July 5, 2018 TST5723 / Case No. NS034492 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 275 Magnolia, Long Beach, CA 90802 PETITION OF Quelin Rojas Martinez by her mother, Maria Isabel Martinez de Jesus. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: Quelin Rojas Martinez by her mother, Maria Isabel Martinez de Jesus has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing her daughter’s name as follows: Present Name: QUELIN ROJAS MARTINEZ to Proposed Name: KELLY ROJAS MARTINEZ. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: August 16, 2018; Time: 1:30A M; Dept. S26, Room 5500. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 1399 E. 28th, Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 2018 ___//ss//___ Michael P. Vicencia, Judge of the Superior Court Dated July 5, 2018 TST5724 / 2018 164561 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: STRIVE PROTECTIVE SERVICES, 5491 N. Paramount Blvd., Apt. 204, Long Beach, CA 90805. Registrant: DESHAWN R. CLEVELAND, 5491 N. Paramount Blvd., Apt. 204, Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Deshawn R. Cleveland. The registrant has begun to use this fictitious business name. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in July, 2018. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on July 5, 2018. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: July,13, 20, 27 & August 3, 2018.

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Thursday, July 5 4:14pm Grand theft 2400 block Cherry Ave. 4:42pm Battery 900 block E 33rd St. 5:02pm Grand theft 700 block E. Spring St. Friday, July 6 10:50am Auto burglary 1800 block Stanley Ave. 11:30am Auto burglary 3000 block California Ave. Saturday, July 7 3:03am Indecent exposure 2200 block E. Willow St. 8:18am Theft/petty theft under $950 700 block E. Spring St. (suspect arrested) 8:18am Displaying unauthorized disabled person placard; Receiving known stolen property ($400 or less) 700 block E. Spring St. (suspect arrested) Sunday, July 8 10:16am Grand theft– motor vehicle 3200 block Lewis Ave. 8:46pm Identity theft 2600 block E. 20th St. Monday, July 9 9:14am Auto burglary 2200 block Rose Ave. 5:37pm Auto burglary 1900 block Cherry Ave. 4:51pm Grand theft– motor vehicle 700 block E. Spring St. Tuesday, July 10 5:45am Grand theft– motor vehicle 2300 block Lewis Ave. 3:37pm Grand theft– motor vehicle 2400 block California Ave. 6:20pm Stolen vehicle– recovered 1000 block E. Burnett St. 6:22pm Spousal abuse 1000 block E. Willow St. Wednesday, July 11 3:21am Vandalism (under $1000) 2200 block Gaviota Ave. (suspect arrested) 3:43pm Forgery 2500 block Cherry Ave.


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Long Beach 1st District Councilmember Lena Gonzalez commended the six women who were appointed to City commission positions on Tuesday, July 10 at Long Beach City Hall’s council chamber, adding that it’s the women’s effort and suggestions that will “get things done.”

jority, including the Civil Service Commission, which is entirely represented by women. Every city commission also now has at least one female member. Garcia said it has been a priority during his first term as mayor to increase the number of female commissioners in the city. In the final week of his first term, Garcia assisted in securing a total of 114 women to positions on city commissions and boards. In a July 10 press release published shortly after the vote, Garcia’s office wrote that 30 women were appointed to commission positions this calendar year thus far. The statement also reads that ethnic diversity has also increased in city commissions,

with Asian representation rising from 5 percent to 8 percent, black representation from 10 percent to 13.5 percent and Hispanic representation from 11 percent to 19.7 percent. “We’re gaining more and more voices every year, and I think that’s important for our city,” Garcia said. “[...] I’m proud that our city and government continue to diversify and more women continue to get hired as department heads, as leaders and, of course, in this body that represents this city. That’s something as a city that we all should certainly be proud of, and I know I am tonight.” The six new appointees include: Geetanjali Reuben and Mary Sophiea with the Airport Advisory Commission; Jenny Novak and Hilda Gaytan with the Sustainable City Commission; Flora Easter with the

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First District Councilmember Lena Gonzalez commended the women who agreed to serve as commissioners, and she acknowledged Garcia’s effort for female inclusiveness in city positions. “I remember I had a few suggestions who happened to be male, and he said, ‘We have to get to parity before we start looking at our male counterparts,’ and I really appreciate that effort,” she said. “[...] Citywide, you are all, collectively, incredible women. [...] The recommendations that you put forward really move actions and really get things done.” Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin said the vote has created a “changing of the guard” in the city, ensuring Long Beach’s “bright future.” “I think the mayor summed it up pretty well– we get things done with women,” he said. “And, we have

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very capable women serving in our commission and also in City Hall. It’s a new day in Long Beach. [...] I think this is a very amazing thing to witness in terms of the leadership of our city.” Third District Councilmember Suzie Price echoed Garcia’s and Austin’s comments. “Agreeing to serve is a commitment,” Price said. “I know several of you personally, and I know that you have a heart for the city and that you have a commitment to serve. I couldn’t agree more with the mayor and my council colleague, Councilman Austin. I do believe, because, one, I am a woman, but, two, based on what I’ve seen, women have certain strengths that manifest themselves in different ways. One of those ways is that we like to see a result. We like to be efficient, and we like to be productive.” Second District Councilmember Jeannine Pearce recalled her time as a city commissioner and remarked how “inspiring” it was to see the new wave of women who will now serve. “It’s so inspiring to [...] see so many strong, fierce women that lead with your values, lead with your heart and, of course, lead with your very smart brains,” she said. Long Beach Vice Mayor Rex Richardson did not vote since he was absent from the council meeting. ✦

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complaint to the Fair Po- not allowing evicted tenants to city clerk. They admitted [Tues- Long Police Officers Association, litical Practices Commis- return. Gentrification is a planned day] they have given up on that Long Beach Firefighters Associasion. I was confronted by process that doesn’t have to be effort,” wrote LBRFH spokes- tion, Small Property Owners Allian angry Joanie Weir as I done this way.” man Mike Murchison. “Once that ance-SoCal, California Apartment tried to collect signatures She said many of the evicted deadline passes, they will have to Association, Apartment Associthreatening me. Many tenants were teachers or social start from scratch if they want to ation-California Southern Cities signature collectors were workers who didn’t have strong attempt to qualify rent control for and Pacific West Realtors. harassed by being made pensions or who had interrupted a future election.” “The more voters learned about to move from public side- their careers to raise families. Murchison went on to criticize rent control, the less they liked it, walks or public areas or “What is being done to people the idea of rent control as a faulty but we recognize that the people told to leave from where who helped build our community notion that engenders the opposite who backed this policy also want they were collecting sig- is criminal,” Reside said. of its intended effect. to make Long Beach a better, natures.” Although Reside and #Rent“Rent control sounds like an stronger city even if we disagree She added that Bet- ControlNow Coalition members easy fix to rising housing costs, on the best way to do it,” Murchiter Housing Long Beach say their fight will continue, a but this policy would have led to son continued. “We will continue hired students at Cal group called Long Beach Resi- fewer rental units in Long Beach, working until July 30 to officialThe #RentControlNow Coalition, a subsidiary State Long Beach and dents for Fair Housing (LBRFH), deteriorating neighborhoods and ly defeat rent control, but [Tuesof the affordable-housing advocate Housing Long Beach City College whose mission is to stop “all ef- less money for essential city ser- day’s] announcement by Housing Long Beach, announced Tuesday that it has to interfere with signature forts to implement the destructive, vices,” Murchison wrote. “Renters Long Beach is a victory for renttemporarily halted its signature-gathering cam- collecting on campus and anti-affordable-housing scheme would have actually seen higher ers, property owners and taxpaypaign for getting a measure on the ballot, citing paid them stipends to dis- known as ‘rent control’ in Long costs thanks to the market-distort- ers across the city. From there, “insurmountable obstacles,” including having rupt signature gathering Beach,” is characterizing the co- ing effects of rent control. Rent we will continue to work with our to collect a great number of signatures while “by whatever means pos- alition’s announcement this week control attempts to treat the symp- elected officials and other commufacing “some absurd opposition.” Pictured is sible.” as an admission of defeat. toms of a housing shortage rather nity leaders to develop solutions the coalition’s logo. “The students stopped LBRFH also took to Facebook than the underlying cause– and, to our housing challenges. Long when it was explained Tuesday evening to blast the coa- in this case, the treatment would Beach has made tremendous progvaluable lessons in this process as to them what they were lition’s inability to gather enough have made the problem worse.” ress because residents and city well as the amount of resources disrupting,” Reside said. “I spoke signatures for a measure. Murchison then thanked by leaders are passionate about makthat will be needed to push Long about my experiences at a city “Housing Long Beach has un- name several organizations that ing our city a better place to live, Beach over the top. We took on the council meeting, and the city clerk til July 30 to submit the required “worked hard to support the Long work and raise a family.” ✦ rent-control fight because of the told us we needed to call the po- number of valid signatures to the Beach community,” including the disturbing levels of displacement lice if we were harassed. One amid dramatically rising rents, the signature collector was [run] into continued calls for action from by an opposition member with a our supporters and residents, and shopping cart, and when he called a concerted lack of action by City the police, they handcuffed him Hall.” because the opposition member The coalition, which is a sub- was a female and claimed he had sidiary of the affordable-housing assaulted her.” advocate Housing Long Beach and Reside said this experience was is backed by the senior-protection her first time working on a camgroup the Long Beach Gray Pan- paign at such a level and that she thers, alleges it has introduced a found it appalling how little the policy that is widely used in other opposition knew about rent conlarge renter-majority cities, simi- trol. lar to Long Beach. “They had lots of money, and “The fight is not over,” the co- we had what we donated out of alition’s statement reads. “The our own pockets,” she said. “Our strategies and tactics will change. signature collectors were all volBut, we will still be fighting for unteers, except for those coordi#RentControlNow. The #Rent- nating the campaign, who were ControlNow Coalition will still funded by a grant. This issue be meeting and developing plans isn’t over. Older adults are being for the 2020 ballot. The coalition evicted from apartments they have is in a much stronger position to lived in for 20 or more years with do so than we were at the start of many of them ending [up] on the this effort. We have learned a lot streets. The rent control actualand have seen some of the best ly protected small landlords. Our of Long Beach rise up for renter concerns were for corporate landpower.” lords who are buying up property, The coalition additionally stat- evicting tenants who paid their ed it will also continue to fight for rent on time, performing small full sanctuary status and immigra- improvements like painting the tion reform. building, then doubling rent and “We want to thank the countless Photo © Wayne Hartley volunteers, who took petitions and hit the streets as far back as C'mon Pinch! February, for your time, effort and Come out to play. energy,” stated the coalition. “The BB== Blue work that Housing Long Beach Blue Are all those Br Brown How many words that G= = Gray staff placed in this cannot be highugly giants gone begin with the letter “s” GK == Gray Black lighted enough. Again, this is not KN==Black Green for the day? retreat, nor is it surrender. But, for did you find and circle? Pink NP == Green now, we lick our wounds and reBrown PR==Pink group.” If you found: W == White White W In an email to the Signal Tri18 words = Smarty pants! 16 words = Not bad! bune Wednesday, Karen Reside, 14 words = Try harder! secretary for Long Beach Gray 1 12 words = Look again! Panthers, responded to a request to 10 words = Now really! elaborate on the harassment men5 6 W tioned in the coalition’s statement. D S A She said there was a concentrat3 4 ed effort to disrupt signature colT R E A S U R E S lection at public sites. I A 2 S H O R E “The first day I went out to colF G 8 R U Who are these “underwater unicorns” lect signatures, I was harassed by 7 with long, pointed tusks on their heads a landlord from Belmont Shore, J E T T Y U N who would jump in whenever I visiting from the Arctic region? C W L 10 G R A P E S K J E tried to talk to someone and start I E L N H F S D Y P E P L E L O L U Y T G H K T E K C U B K J S O L yelling at them, saying we were E T M O H V A W Q A B H A T L O B V R E C S O U A B C lying– not true– and were going C A J L O N P C S O W A V E S 9 I M A N G R W S E S S A L G N U S N M E W T E O K G R F to destroy the city,” Reside said. M D I N N E R C H U T R F A E B I Y R S E W L O P H A S 12 12 N S I M L P O A Z “I also told a paid flyer distributor B O O K S H D L O N G T D E S O I J H O N D R U E R N V D C I 11 S A N D they could not flyer cars, as it was J N O I E N J S K E A Q I E K B T Y T E D V S A J L M E I H D K P O R A T H I V E O K U H F N F L I P F L O P S B N I P O U T K E B N littering, and told her I would call Z B Y A O C N R J P I Y G V S J I E S L P B N M R O Q U C G I D L N Y the police to report it– you need a H C I W D N A S A E R C D F J I K O K E Y S B I E N U R T I A O N B F R police report to support a formal

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and we’re trying to create a robust set of guidelines for the scooter operators so we can have a mutually beneficial relationship.” According to Beck’s memo, the pilot program requires that: vendors have a business license; vendors limit the speed to 15 miles per hour; vendors provide helmets; riders be at least 18; vendors apply for a rightof-way use permit; and vendors develop a fee structure that encourages users to return scooters to station locations. Widstrand said the City conducted a kick-off meeting for e-scooter vendors on July 2 and is now waiting for them to indicate how many scooters they plan to offer and where their drop zones will be located. “The pilot program will end on Oct. 30,” he said. “We’ll then require the vendors to pick up all their scooters. We’ll evaluate the pilot and then decide how best to move forward with a permanent program over the months following the completion of the pilot.” Part of that evaluation will involve city staff monitoring vendor compliance, as well as tracking complaints and responsiveness to address concerns. “We want them in our city,” Widstrand said. “Scooters provide another mobility option for people. It gives people another chance– much like Bikeshare, bicycling and walking– to get around town without driving. But we want them to do it in a safe manner, because it is another mode of travel on the street, and they’re kind of the ‘new kid on the block,’ so we want to make sure that we’re giving them good guidance in how they can get around and how they can operate.” ✦



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From the collection of Neena Strichart

Historic postcard showing Signal Hill with oil derricks

stripped the insulation from nearby electric wires. The resultant sparks ignited the gas, and writhing jets of flame set a lurid light over the landscape.” The Tennessee native had lived on Signal Hill for 20 years in an old-fashioned yellow frame house set among a ragged cluster of trees with a grand panorama. Pigeons cooed about the home at Cherry Avenue and Hill Street, and a bay mare had the back lot all to herself. When the Nelsons settled on the Hill in 1904, only eight houses could be counted on the plains below. Jessie’s husband, Zechariah T. Nelson, had relentlessly sought to preserve Signal Hill as a residential district, unmarked by industry. It was he who was instrumental in securing a scenic drive on the hill and other improvements. Perhaps it was the discovery of oil and the altering of the place he loved that caused him to die of a heart attack on July 4, 1922, at the age of 73. But Jessie accepted the changes fate had brought and explained it was “taxation without representation” that forced the Hill to incorporate: “We paid $20,000 to the county for library tax, but we had no library. We paid the county road tax of 35 cents per $100 valuation, making a $140,000 road fund. We paid $500,000 a year to Long Beach for schools, but we had no schools. We want a good, modern town when the derricks are gone.”

But it was no longer a place where many people chose to live. The 1,500 people who called the Hill “home” in 1924 resided in three residential areas, apart from the derricks. However, they had to live with the hissing sound of escaping steam and a constant whine of noise from the pumping of machines. Signal Hill was by day an industrial landscape, sown with derricks springing like monsters from the earth. By night, when accumulations of natural gas burning with a muffled roar illuminated the sky, Signal Hill became a Dante-esque landscape of flares and shadows, filled with the drone of still pumping machinery. Mayor Nelson resigned in 1925, broken health given as the reason. (Press-Telegram, March 17, 1925), though others thought it was because of what the city had become (Press-Telegram, March 11, 1925). But as an independent city it could cast its own future, and it did– one that went easy on gamblers, bootleggers and crime, until urban development in the later part of the 20th century made it a respectable and desirable place to live once again. Walter Case’s History of Long Beach and Vicinity (1927) was also used as source for this story.

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July 13, 2018 | Vol. XL | No. 29  

The July 13 issue features stories about a rent-control advocacy facing opposition, the Summertime in LBC music Festival and coverage of the...

July 13, 2018 | Vol. XL | No. 29  

The July 13 issue features stories about a rent-control advocacy facing opposition, the Summertime in LBC music Festival and coverage of the...