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Style and comfort reign supreme for local home making its second tour appearance Stephanie Raygoza Staff Writer

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Faith-based representatives offered traditional prayers during Signal Hill’s “Celebration of Peace and Unity” on Sept. 11. From left: Imam Tarek Mohamed, Islamic; Rabbi Mark Goldfarb, Jewish; Signal Hill Mayor Larry Forester; Gretchen Krutz, Baha’I; Kim Masumi, Buddist; and Pastor Cody Surratt, Christian.

Residents Jane Fallon and Gary Dudley light candles commemorating the 10 years since 9/11. Neena Strichart Publisher

The words repeated over and over at the event were: trust, hope, promise, peace, understanding, respect, future and courage. Those words were offered in comfort during the City of Signal Hill’s “Celebration of Peace and Unity” last Sunday evening, September 11, at the site of the Unity Monument. Located at 2200 Temple Ave., the monument was constructed and unveiled nine years ago by local artist Patrick Vogel to commemorate the first anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and rural Pennsylvania. One year shy of a decade later, the monument served as a backdrop for a ceremony led by Mayor Larry Forester that included an honor guard, poetry

and songs by local children, and prayers offered by representatives of several different faiths. Also part of the program were the lighting of candles, a white-dove release and the introduction of the monument’s sculptor. Vogel thanked the dozens of citizens in attendance and offered his condolences to families around the world who lost loved ones during the nation’s tragedy 10 years ago. “Mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers are still grieving 10 years later,” Vogel said. “I hope that at some point this will all be behind us. Let’s never forget.” At the conclusion of the event, Forester gave the following closing remarks: “I want to thank all of you for coming today. I can hardly believe it’s been 10 years. [Let’s] make this world a more peaceful place.”

Jerry Wilson and his late wife, Debbie, would on occasion drive to and walk through the California Heights neighborhood back when they lived in their Wrigley Heights home. One day, as they drove down the street, they came across a “for sale” sign and decided to stop and look. “We weren’t even thinking about buying a house, but we loved the house and said, ‘Let’s do it,’” said Wilson. Twenty-three years later, Wilson has managed to largely maintain the modest and quaint home just as they saw it when they purchased it on a whim that day. With the exception of transforming a few rooms and remodeling the kitchen, Wilson has, for the most part, kept everything original. Wilson said it was more important for him to maintain the character of the home than to claim it. “I don’t even know that it’s the ‘make it your own’ so much as it’s to care for what’s there,” he said. What attracted them to the home was the neighborhood more than anything. As he’s come to describe it, the home is quite simple and cozy. Upon entering, guests are greeted to a spacious living room, which houses a retiled mantel, completely

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preserved wood floors and trims, and several heirlooms and eccentric pieces that speak for the familial history of its two owners. Wilson and his second wife, Sarah Leyba, have infused their own creative and respective style esthetics into the design approach of the home. The dining room was converted into a study room, as was one of the bedrooms into a media room. The bedroom and bathroom have been effortlessly decorated to pay homage to the home’s original design.

The breakfast nook pairs nicely with the redesigned kitchen, which has a thoughtfully structured blend of new and preserved elements. Having been built in the 1920s, the kitchen possessed numerous nostalgic parts, such as a pantry with a vented top and bottom, that have since been removed and changed to fit a modern yet retro look that still honors the period. Wilson also made an effort to keep the archways throughout the home see CHNA page 14

LA County supervisors reflect on potential stalemate over district map CJ Dablo Staff Writer

Time is running out for the members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, but they aren’t likely to come to an agreement on a new map to determine representation over a vast region that spans 88 cities and 4,084 square miles. New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that LA County’s population has changed, and boundaries for county representation need to be drawn

again. Latinos now make up about 47.7 percent of the county. The Board of Supervisors are wrestling over whether they should create a second county district that represents a higher concentration of Latino constituents. There’s one more public hearing scheduled on Sept. 27 before the supervisors take a vote to decide on one map, and the district that Supervisor Don Knabe currently represents may radically change. The Board of Supervisors is considering three proposed maps. In order for a map to be adopted by the

Board, four out of five supervisors must agree. Under two different maps supported by Supervisors Gloria Molina and Mark Ridley-Thomas, the cities of Long Beach and Signal Hill may join a district that includes Los Angeles’s beach cities in a territory that stretches west as far as Malibu. Molina has asked for the change to the county district lines, indicating that her district lines resemble former county district boundaries that were in place see REDISTRICTING page 14


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EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by the LBPD Sept. 6 - 13 Council Districts 6 (North of PCH) 7 & 8 (East of the L.A. River & North to Del Amo Blvd.) Tuesday, September 6 Assault 10:30pm- 4500 block of Orange Ave. Two adult male suspects assaulted an adult male victim outside a local business. The victim sustained nonlife-threatening injuries to his upper torso. The Long Beach Fire Department transported the victim to the hospital for medical treatment.

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Jury convicts man of sexual battery after string of assaults on buses The Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office announced last Friday that a jury has convicted Avadhut Chaudhari of sexual battery after a three-day jury trial. Chaudhari, a 26year old male, was ordered remanded into custody immediately by Superior Court Judge Jesse Rodriguez as soon as the verdict was read in court. “I am pleased with the outcome of this case,” said Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert. “The public needs to be protected from sexual predators like Mr. Chaudhari.” Chaudhari’s conviction stems from an attack on a female victim in December 2009 when Chaudhari entered a public bus near Cal State University, Long Beach and sat down next to a female rider. Chaud-

hari began touching the female victim then fondled her breast. When the victim began to scream at him, Chaudhari exited the bus and fled. The case was filed six months later after Chaudhari was identified by a Long Beach police detective working with CSULB police after other women reported Chaudhari had attempted to fondle them on a school shuttle bus. The case was handled by Deputy City Prosecutor Chad Salzman. Chaudhari’s sentencing was Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the Long Beach Courthouse. His conviction for sexual battery will require Chaudhari to register as a sex offender. He could be sentenced to up to six months in county jail and ordered to pay court fines and assessments. ß

Defendants in Poly wrestling brawl convicted A father and his two sons, charged by the Long Beach city prosecutor with attacking the Long Beach Poly High School wrestling coach, pleaded “no contest” Monday to battery charges. The attack occurred immediately after a high-school wrestling match and was preceded by threats made by one of the defendants on his Facebook account. “All three individuals need to be held accountable for their actions,” said Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert. “This appears to be a premeditated attack. It is outrageous that a personal dispute should spill over into the school setting.” The charges stem from an incident on January 6, 2011, when Sergio Preciado, Sr., and his two sons, Jesus and Sergio, Jr., launched an attack on Poly wrestling coach Abel Moran at the Poly gymnasium immediately after a PolyLakewood wrestling match. Many who

were present to watch the wrestling match witnessed the attack on the coach. The day before the attack, defendant Jesus Preciado had posted a message on his Facebook page threatening Moran. After the match, each defendant attacked Moran separately with defendant Sergio Jr. ultimately flipping Moran over his back. The case was scheduled for a jury trial on September 12, 2011, after the defendants refused to accept a plea bargain with the city prosecutor. Before the trial began, however, the defendants pled “no contest” to Judge James Otto, who sentenced each defendant to three years of probation and ordered each defendant to perform 30 days of community service and complete 26 weeks of anger-management classes. The case was handled by Deputy City Prosecutor Arturo Sanchez. ß

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Driver succumbs after losing control of vehicle On Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at approximately 9:20am, Long Beach police officers responded to a report of a traffic collision at Studebaker Road and 7th Street. When officers arrived, they found that it was a single-vehicle collision. The driver, and sole occupant, of a silver Toyota Tacoma had lost control of his vehicle as he was traveling west on College Park Drive when he drove across a dirt lot, crossed

Studebaker Road and went into the San Gabriel flood channel. The vehicle entered the flood channel upside down and both the vehicle and driver were submerged underwater. The driver was removed from the vehicle by witnesses and Long Beach Fire Department personnel and transported to a local hospital. The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Thaddeus Tran, a 64-year-old male resident of

Westminster. Tran was transported to the hospital in critical condition, but later succumbed to his injuries. Investigators believe he was experiencing a medical emergency at the time of the collision. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Long Beach Police Department Accident Investigations Detective David Lauro at (562) 570-7355. ß

CA justice department releases statewide crime report showing decreases in every category of violent or property offenses The California Department of Justice this week released the annual Crime in California report, which shows that the crime rate in every category of violent or property offenses decreased in the state in 2010. This is the fourth year in a row violent crime has decreased in California. In total, the violent crime rate decreased 6.9 percent, reaching its lowest level since 1968, and homicide and forcible rape rates are the lowest since 1966. The Crime in California report is compiled by the California Department of Justice and is based on data reported by police and sheriff’s departments in all of California’s 58 counties. It presents an overview of the state’s criminal justice system through statistics for reported crimes, arrests and dispositions of adult felony arrests, and

law-enforcement officers killed or assaulted. Crime rates have dropped from last year in several category measures, including homicide (–7.8 percent), robbery (–10 percent) and motor vehicle theft (–7.6 percent). Since peaking in 1989, the motor vehicle theft rate has decreased 62 percent. The total arrest rate is six percent lower than last year; both adult and juvenile total arrest rates declined from last year. The number of juvenile felony arrests has decreased by 11.2 percent in the past year, indicating that efforts to prevent crime at a young age have been successful. Adolescents involved in crime are at a greater risk of becoming offenders and victims as adults. Continuing with the downward trend, there has also been a decrease in

arrests for all types of property offenses across the board, including burglary, theft, and forgery for the third consecutive year. The one area of increase came in the rate of dangerous drug arrests. Dangerous drugs are methamphetamine, phencyclidine and barbiturates. That number increased for the first time in five years by 12.2 percent over last year. Arrests for narcotics, marijuana and other drug offenses continued to decline. The Crime in California 2010 report and data broken down by county can be found at oag.ca.gov. ß

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Dogs attacking their owner are shot by police On Sept. 11, 2011, just before 4pm, Long Beach police officers were conducting an investigation at a residence in the area near Willow Street and Bellflower Boulevard. While officers were conducting their investigation, the resident, and owner of two dogs, was placing both dogs into the garage. Another resident in the home notified the officers that the dogs were attacking the owner. Officers ran to the back yard and saw the dogs violently attacking their owner, who was on the ground being bitten and trying to free herself from the dogs. Officers attempted non-lethal force to subdue the dogs, however, this was not effective and the dogs continued their attack on the owner. Seeing that the owner was in dan-

ger of serious injury, one officer discharged his firearm to save her and stop the attack. The dogs fled from the garage but remained a threat to the injured owner and the officers, and both dogs were shot by officers. One dog died at the scene and the other was transported by Long Beach Animal Control to a local hospital where it underwent treatment. The owner of the dogs was transported by paramedics to a local hospital for treatment of multiple bites to the upper and lower torso. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Hugo Cortes or Peter Lackovic at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous information may also be submitted via text or the web by visiting longbeach.gov/police.

mendoza’s Ab 22 would restrict use of credit reports in hiring process Assemblymember Tony Mendoza’s AB 22, a bill that would restrict the use of consumer credit reports in the hiring process, passed an Assembly vote for concurrence in Senate amendments last week with a vote of 43–23. The bill is now headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signing. This is Mendoza’s third attempt at similar legislation, as AB 482 (2010) and AB 943 (2009) were both vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger in years past. “A credit report is not a good indicator of a person’s trustworthiness or work ethic,” Mendoza said. “Many Californians are still experiencing financial hardships from the economic downturn, including layoffs, increasing unemployment rates, and the continuing foreclosure crisis. All of these things make it harder for people to pay their bills.” AB 22 would ban the use of preemployment credit checks for many employers, but there are certain exceptions. Exemptions include: any position with the State Department of Justice; a sworn peace officer or other law-enforcement position; any position for which the information contained in the report is required to be disclosed by law or to be obtained by the employer. Also exempted are all managers, named signatories, anyone

with access to trade secrets, access to $10,000 or more in cash during the workday, and anyone who regularly works with information that can be used to commit identity theft. “This bill will remove an unnecessary barrier to employment for those seeking everyday work opportunities,” Mendoza said. “I am hopeful that Governor Brown will not repeat the mistakes of Governor Schwarzenegger and will sign this bill during these hard economic times.” Public input on legislation at this stage is welcomed by contacting Brown’s office to voice support of AB 22 at (916) 445-2841. Assemblymember Mendoza, a public school teacher and current Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, serves the 56th District.

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Question: My 2 year old laptop just fried on me. I am told that it has overheated and now in need of a main system board replacement. It is out of warranty and the cost of repair exceeds the value of my HP pavilion. Are laptops only good for a couple of years? Answer: I have seen a variety laptops come into my shop with similar symptoms. Overheating shortens the life of any electronic component. Laptops are equipped with internal fans to combat the chronic dissipation of heat generated from electron flow. In a laptop, the concentration of all that technology in such a small space makes them susceptible to high levels of heat. Here is the main problem: by design, laptops have a processor fan which is constantly running when you power on your device. In order to circulate the heat out, vents are placed on the underside of the laptop. What were those engineers thinking? This is a poor design flaw. A common mistake is to place your laptop on cloth fabric such as a bed or couch. This restricts the air flow and doesn’t allow the heat to dissipate. You silicon processor chips over heat and shorten the life of your portable computer. I recommend using a laptop cushion designed for this problem. Also recommended is a laptop cooling pad. This device comes with its own fan and fits snug under your laptop. The pad can be plugged into your USB port for power. The cost is around $30. This is a small price to pay in comparison to having to completely replace your laptop for a new one.

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TIlE SHUFFlING WITH RISING TIDE What Scrabble Scramble tournament Who Conducted by Rising TIDE at Marguerite Kiefer Education Center When Friday, Sept. 16 at 6pm Where Covenant Presbyterian Church, 607 E. Third St., LB More Info Participation is limited to the first 100 players. Registration donation is $25 per person, whether adult or teenager. Welcome program begins at 6:30pm. Scrabble competition will begin at 7pm. A light meal and other refreshments will be available for a monetary donation. Silent auction and other opportunity-drawing items will also be a part of the program. Prizes will be awarded for the winning individual and the winning team. Child care will be provided. Call Jo Sutton at (562) 424-3035 or email ksutton@usc.edu. SolAR-PoWERED DESIGNING What How to Build a Solar Car workshop Who The Office of Councilmember Gerrie Schipske When Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9am to noon Where Wardlow Park, 3457 Stanbridge Ave., LB More Info Sign up through Parks and Recreation at (562) 570-3111. Participants will design and build a solar-power model car with two members of the 5th District Solar & Sustainability Taskforce. The $35 cost of the class includes instruction, solar panel and motor. Individuals are encouraged to bring whatever other materials they would like to use to construct the vehicle. CAllING All WRITERS What Writers workshop Who Sponsored by the California Writers Club of Long Beach When Saturday, September 17 from 3pm to 5pm Where Long Beach Los Altos Library, 5614 East Britton Dr., LB More Info The workshop, “From Story Map to Finished Draft in Seven Stages,” will provide writers with a systematic approach to story development and revision featuring principles that both beginners and published authors can use. Nancy Ellen Dodd, author of The Writer’s Compass, will conduct the workshop. Email Kathryn Atkins at info@calwriterslongbeach.org. SoARING THRoUGH AVIATIoN HISToRY What Presentation, book signing and reception with E.P. Stein Who Presented by 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske When Saturday, Sept. 17 at 4pm Where Boeing Theater, 4000 N. Lakewood Blvd., LB More Info Stein, author of Flight of the Vin Fiz, will kick off the “We Can Soar” series. The series of events will commemorate Long Beach’s role in aviation through December 10. Tickets will be $15 for general admission and $5 for students. Proceeds will go towards the creation of a permanent scale replica of the “Vin Fiz” placed to hang at the entrance to the Long Beach Arena. Call (562) 570-6932. TIPS To IMPRoVING YoUR WEll-BEING What Mental health support group Who Recovery International, Los Angeles area Where Burns Community Center, 5510 Clark St., Lakewood When Tuesdays at 1:30pm More Info The worldwide nonprofit organization provides tools and practice in changing thinking habits so individuals can gain personal control over distressing emotions such as anxiety, depression, anger problems, and improve general well-being. Donations requested but not required. Call Bob at (562) 343-5195. INVESTMENT ToolS FoR PRoPERTY oWNERS What 43rd Annual Rental Housing Expo Who Sponsored by the Apartment Association, California Southern Cities When Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 9am to 5pm Where Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., LB More Info More than 150 vendors and 2,500 owners in the rental housing industry will be on hand to provide property owners, managers, real-estate agents and investors with products, services and consultations. Admission to the expo is free, and all seminars will be free to the public. Call (562) 426-8341. HElP FoR HoMEoWNERS What Free mortgage clinic Who Long Beach Housing Development Company and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services (LANHS) When Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 6pm to 8:30pm Where Antioch Church of Long Beach, 1535 Gundry Ave., LB More Info The two-hour clinic, conducted in English, will assist homeowners who are or will be experiencing challenges with their loans. An LANHS counselor, Chase bank, Bank of America, GMAC, and Citi Mortgage representatives will be on hand to meet with individuals who have mortgage loans. Attendees are asked to come prepared and bring a copy of their mortgage statement and monthly budget. Sign up at (888) 895-2647 or email RSVP@lanhs.org. READINGS FRoM THE CHICANo MoVEMENT What Book signing and reception Who Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB) When Thursday, Sept. 22 from 6pm to 7:30pm Where HSLB Gallery, 4260 Atlantic Ave., LB More Info Author Maylei Blackwell will discuss her book, ¡Chicana Power! Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. The event will be co-sponsored by the Southwest Oral History Association. Email maylei@chavez.ucla.edu.


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To tattoo, or not to tattoo As you well know, there has been an ongoing bunch of meetings concerning the zoning of tattoo shops in Signal Hill. This past Tuesday the zon-

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life to try to save another.” On Dec. 6, 2010, Hakopian and his fellow crewmembers responded to a residential structure fire, where bystanders informed them that a 2-year-old boy was trapped inside. Hakopian entered the home, went upstairs and then fell through the floor that had been weakened by the fire, to his elbows. Hakopian continued to a bedroom, where he found the boy unconscious on the floor in respiratory arrest. He picked him up and took him downstairs to waiting paramedics, who resuscitated the boy on the way to the hospital. “I am very honored to receive the award and fortunate to work with such a strong group of individuals,” Hakopian said. “Each member of our department who was involved in the incident deserves recognition and credit in the rescue that took place. We all worked together, which led to a very positive outcome. We are all very happy that Justin is fully recovered and doing well.” Hakopian joined the Long Beach Fire Department on Aug. 28, 2006.

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. this week awarded the Medal of Valor to Long Beach Firefighter Charles Hakopian, who risked his life rushing into a burning building to rescue a trapped 2-year-old boy who had stopped breathing due to smoke inhalation. “Firefighter Charles Hakopian exemplifies the bravery, professionalism and commitment to serving our community that is inherent in our fire department,” Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said. “Firefighter Hakopian’s selfless action saved a little boy’s life that night.” Hakopian was one of 13 public safety employees who received the Medal of Valor, the highest honor that the State of California bestows upon its public servants, during a ceremony in Sacramento with Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. “Charles represents the high caliber of men and women we have working for the Long Beach Fire Department,” said Chief Alan Patalano. “I take great pride knowing he responded above and beyond the call of duty, upholding the most sacred principle of this honorable profession in risking his own

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Signal Hill. Since when do the laws of one city affect the neighboring cites? If Signal Hill was so concerned with courtesy to Long Beach, why did they choose not to adopt the plastic-bag ordinance of Long Beach, since they are surrounded by it? Aside from that, what I really wanted to address was something brought up at [Tuesday] night’s meeting. Someone mentioned that they were afraid their property values would decrease if a tattoo shop was near, so I did some research I think the readers and residents of Signal Hill would be interested in knowing. The fact is that in the past year a few cities have removed the previous ban they had on tattooing and have allowed tattoo shops to open up. I have found that those cities actually have an increase in property value, all the while the property value of Signal Hill is in steady decline. Perhaps, just maybe, a tattoo shop could help increase the value of homes in Signal Hill. I have attached a PowerPoint presentation proving my point; all this info was available to me free on the Internet, and anyone could research it to attempt to prove me wrong. I would love to speak more about this issue and fill your paper with tons of interesting facts that dispel the negative stigma attached to tattoo shops in the past.

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red Cross helps to connect family members in different parts of the world When the armed conflict in Eritrea forced Abel Goitom to flee his country hurriedly, he had no time to leave word for his distraught family. In the country to which he fled, he contacted the International Red Cross for help. International Red Cross workers found his uncle living in America; American Red Cross headquarters found his uncle, Dr. Haile Habtezgi in Whittier. Long Beach International Tracing Volunteer Linda Crain searched databases for a current address, phone number, or email con-

tact and finally found Habtezgi working for the County of Los Angeles. Long Beach Chapter volunteer Million Testafaye, originally from Eritrea, contacted Habtezgi. On Sept. 8, Habtezgi met with Million and disaster services volunteer Jimmy Dower to read the message from his nephew. Together, the team sent a reply to the International Red Cross for Abel Goitom. “I am so grateful,” said Habtezgi. “I speak to my sister every two weeks, and she has been so worried about him: ‘where is he? Is he still

alive?’ The Red Cross has given us hope.” Each year, the Red Cross delivers over 4,000 messages between family members separated by armed conflict or disaster– helping locate missing loved ones, exchanging family messages, making family welfare inquiries around the world. Families wishing to search for relatives overseas can contact the chapter at redcrosslb.org. ------------------------------MORE INFORMATION redcross.org/familylinks

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From left: Whittier resident Dr. Haile Habtezgi, disaster services volunteer Jimmy Dower, and Long Beach Chapter volunteer Million Testafaye collaborate to read and write messages between Habtezgi and his nephew, Abel Goitom, who was forced to flee Eritrea suddenly.

Sustainable organizations, gallery hosting second Local Harvest Dinner Local community organizations are collaborating for their second annual Local Harvest Dinner on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 6:30pm to 9pm at the 2nd City Council Art Gallery and Performance Space (2CC), 435 Alamitos Ave. Coordinated by the organizations T’s Space, beachgreens and Farm Lot 59, the gathering will bring together community gardeners, farmers, sustainable chefs and organic produce providers to share knowledge of growing food locally and organically. This potluck meal offers local residents a chance to commune with the area’s most informative sources on the subject, exchange products and produce from their harvest at an on-

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are Changes a’comin’ to your school-year meals whether you buy or pack your lunch. The Healthy, HungerFree Kids Act was signed into law in December of 2010. This law will affect school breakfast and lunch in a big way. According to Christen Cooper, MS, RD, founder of Cooper Nutrition Education and Communications, some of the new changes to the menus include: • fruits and vegetables: 3/4 to 1 cup of vegetables, plus 1/2 to 1 cup of fruit per day; a weekly requirement for dark-green or orange vegetables and legumes; and limits on starchy vegetables • milk: 8 ounces with the fat content being 1 percent or lower. • grains: Schools are encouraged to make half of the grains served whole grain-rich, with an eventual recommendation to serve whole grain-

rich foods only • Zero trans fat per serving for all foods • Sodium content of meals will be reduced by 50 percent over 10 years These healthier new provisions will be incorporated soon. But what about the option of brown-baggin’ it? Packing lunches is once again growing in popularity. If you have run out of ideas, here are some fresh approaches to spruce up those Monday–Friday brown bags from local registered dietitians: Kelly Plowe, MS, RD, a consultant in Los Angeles, emphasizes some tried and true “tricks of the trade”: • Kids love when their food is “fun.” Simple tricks like putting fruit and veggies on a stick and serving as “kabobs” adds a new twist to lunch time. Also, adding stickers of their favorite character on sandwich bags or baggies with cut-up veggies makes the mealtime all the more enjoyable. • Dip is a slam dunk. How about incorporating different types of healthy dips such as hummus, low-fat ranch or

all-natural peanut butter with those apple slices and carrot sticks? Patricia Bannan, MS, RD, author of Eat Right When Time is Tight, focuses on that first meal of the day: • Start off with a good breakfast with some protein and fiber to keep your child satisfied until lunch time. A healthy breakfast doesn't have to take a lot of time. Easy and healthy examples include an egg and a slice of whole-grain toast, a cup of yogurt and a piece of fruit, or some oatmeal with a spoonful of all-natural nut butter. Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE, founder of SuperKidsNutrition.com, a mega website that helps grow healthy families and communities, emphasizing food safety and aesthetics: • Although you'll still need an ice pack, frozen foods can be healthy and fun while keeping your lunch cold. you may be surprised to learn that kids love to eat these foods frozen: peas, corn, pineapple bits and mango chunks. Let your child help pour them out of the bag into reusable containers

like plastic BPA-free Bento boxes. Using clear containers or labeling foods with a mini Post-it note will encourage your child to open it up and eat it so you have less lunch waste and more nutrients in the belly. Be sure to diversify the colors in their lunch box over the course of the week. For example, one day offer frozen peas (green) and frozen mango (orange), and the next day, try frozen raspberries (red) and corn (yellow). Kids need your support and modeling when it comes to making healthier food choices. Involve them in the planning and prepping of meals– it will help them develop lifelong good habits. Happy “back to school!” Carol Berg Sloan RD is a registered dietitian and consultant in Long Beach. Contact her at cbsrd@verizon.net. ß

CSuLb student groups sponsoring suicide-awareness display In an effort to shed light on the tragedy of college student suicide and start a dialogue about a heavily stigmatized topic, several groups including Active Minds at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and Project OCEAN (On Campus Emergency Assistance Network) will host Send Silence Packing, a public education display of 1,100 donated backpacks representing the 1,100 college students lost to suicide each year. The event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 10am to 4pm on the Speaker's Platform Lawn in front of the University Bookstore. “Few people realize that suicide is the second-leading cause of death on college campuses and is erasing the future of so many of our peers,” said Rachelle Ang, case worker in Disabled Student Services and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at CSULB. “We are so honored to host Send Silence Packing. The display will provide a powerful opportunity to raise awareness at Cal State Long Beach and let every student know that if they are depressed or suicidal they are not alone and there is help. Together we can save lives.” Send Silence Packing was developed by Active Minds, Inc., one of the leading voices for college student mental health in the United States. The national organization has collected and continues to collect backpacks and personal stories in memory of loved ones

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SHPD launches ‘right of way’ safety campaign for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) has launched a new trafficsafety campaign aimed at promoting pedestrian and bicycle safety on local roadways. According to Signal Hill Police Chief Michael Langston, the “Exercise Right...Of Way” campaign is a proactive response to improve traffic safety and avoid a tragedy. Mayor Larry Forester said safety is a concern because the city is used by many for exercise. “We have wonderful park and trail facilities in Signal Hill that draw large numbers of pedestrians, runners and bicyclists that are utilizing the hilltop area of Signal Hill for exercise,” he said. “Our goal is to ensure that everyone is safe.” According to a press release issued by SHPD, the department has received a significant amount of complaints from residents and businesses related to large groups of people jogging or hiking in the roadway and blocking the flow of traffic. “Unfortunately, some people forget that the roadways are primarily for vehicle traffic and walk or run four-deep across lanes of traffic,” said Sergeant Chris Nunley, the department’s Traffic Bureau supervisor. “In addition to that, we have seen an increase in bicyclists not following the rules of the road. Cyclists are required to follow the rules of the road just as if they were driving a vehicle, specifically with regard to stop signs.” “The ‘Exercise Right…Of Way’ campaign is a multi-phased approach to reduce these risks and ensure that our roadways are safe for everyone,” Langston said. “Our outreach efforts will include meeting with local fitness centers [and] high-school athletic

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California Avenue between Spring and Willow streets to be closed up to six weeks The City of Signal Hill has authorized the installation of a storm drain pipe under California Avenue in the vicinity of the 28th Street intersection. The construction of this proposed storm drain line will require the temporary closure of California Avenue to through traffic between Spring Street and Willow Avenue starting Monday,

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PubLIC NOTICES TST3838 trustee Sale no.: 20110169803727 title order no.: 110265950 fHa/va/PMi no.: notiCe of trUStee’S Sale yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt, dated 6/2/2006. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer. ndex WeSt, llC, as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded on 06/07/2006 as instrument no.  06 1247581 of official records in the office of the County recorder of loS angeleS County, State of California. exeCUted By: aleSSandra MoUra, Will Sell at PUBliC aUCtion to HigHeSt Bidder for CaSH, CaSHier'S CHeCK/CaSH eQUivalent or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). date of Sale: 09/28/2011 tiMe of Sale: 9:00 aM PlaCe of Sale: SHeraton loS angeleS doWntoWn Hotel 711 SoUtH HoPe Street loS angeleS, Ca 90017 California BallrooM. Street addreSS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2240 nortH legion drive, #103, Signal Hill, California 90755 aPn#: 7215-003-027 the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said deed of trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said deed of trust, fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is $392,117.80. the beneficiary under said deed of trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written declaration of default and demand for Sale, and a written notice of default and election to Sell. the undersigned caused said notice of default and election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. for trUStee Sale inforMation PleaSe Call: aUCtion.CoM, llC one MaUCHly irvine, Ca 92618 800-280-2832 auction.com, llC ndex West, l.l.C. as trustee dated: 8/22/2011 ndex West, llC May Be aCting aS a deBt ColleCtor atteMPting to ColleCt a deBt. any inforMation oBtained Will Be USed for tHat PUrPoSe. P866580 9/2, 9/9, 09/16/2011   TST3852 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale trustee Sale no. 445331Ca loan no. 0632673695 title order no. 611095 yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt dated 09-13-2004. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeedingS againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer. on 10-14-2011 at 10:30 aM, California reConveyanCe CoMPany as the duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded 09-23-2004, Book , Page , instrument 04 2446021, of official records in the office of the recorder of loS angeleS County, California, executed by: CHriStine J an, an UnMarried WoMan aS Her Sole and SeParate ProPerty, as trustor, Mortgage eleCtroniC regiStration SySteMS, inC., (MerS) Solely aS noMinee for lender, WeStland finanCing, inC, dBa aMeriCan CaPital fUnding, itS SUCCeSSorS and aSSignS, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the deed of trust. the sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the deed of trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. the amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: at tHe WeSt Side of tHe loS angeleS CoUnty CoUrtHoUSe, direCtly faCing norWalK BoUlevard, 12720 norWalK Blvd. , norWalK, Ca legal description: lot 11 of traCt 53228-3, in tHe City of Signal

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Hill, aS Per MaP reCorded in BooK 1283 PageS 75 to 82 inClUSive of MaPS, in tHe offiCe of tHe CoUnty reCorder of Said CoUnty. exCePt all oil, gaS, MineralS and otHer HydroCarBon SUBStanCeS in, Under and/or tHat May Be ProdUCed froM a dePtH of BeloW 100 feet froM tHe SUrfaCe of Said land, exClUding, HoWever, any USe of or rigHt in or to any Portion of tHe SUrfaCe of Said land to a dePtH of 100 feet BeloW tHe SUrfaCe tHereof, aS reServed and/or granted in varioUS deedS of reCord, one of Said deedS Being one reCorded noveMBer 12, 1993 aS inStrUMent no. 93-2219740, offiCial reCordS. alSo exCePting and reServing tHerefroM, aS aPProPriate for tHe Benefit of grantor aS deClarant Under tHe deClaration, deSCriBed BeloW, and grantor`S SUCCeSSorS and aSSignS (WitH tHe rigHt to grant and tranSfer SaMe), exClUSive and non-exClUSive eaSeMentS for USe, enJoyMent, aCCeSS, ingreSS, egreSS, enCroaCHMent, MaintenanCe, rePair, drainage, SUPPort and for otHer PUrPoSeS, all aS and to tHe extent deSCriBed and Provided for in tHat Certain deClaration of CovenantS, ConditionS and reStriCtionS for ProMontory WeStBlUff and SKyline eStateS (''deClaration''), reCorded aPril 18, 2003 aS inStrUMent no. 03-1103465, offiCial reCordS, and any aMendMentS tHereto. amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $722,444.22 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 2371 Monte verde drive Signal Hill, Ca 90755 aPn number: 7215-016-026 the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. the property heretofore described is being sold "as is". in compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. date: 09-21-2011 California reConveyanCe CoMPany, as trustee regina Cantrell, aSSiStant SeCretary California reConveyanCe CoMPany iS a deBt ColleCtor atteMPting to ColleCt a deBt. any inforMation oBtained Will Be USed for tHat PUrPoSe. California reconveyance Company 9200 oakdale avenue Mail Stop: Ca2-4379 Chatsworth, Ca 91311 800-892-6902 for Sales information: (714) 7302727 or www.lpsasap.com (714) 573-1965 or www.priorityposting.com aSaP# 4086512 09/23/2011, 09/30/2011, 10/07/2011 TST3851 NoTICE oF TRUSTEE'S SAlE yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt dated 2/16/2007. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer. a public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a deed of trust described below. the sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the deed of trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the deed of trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. the amount may be greater on the day of sale. trustor: eStHer laMBrini varonoS UnMarried WoMan and Matilda n alanoUf Single WoMan aS Joint tenantS duly appointed trustee: Western Progressive, llC recorded 3/1/2007 as instrument no. 20070442272 in book --, page --- and rerecorded on --- as --- of official records in the office of the recorder of los angeles County, California, date of Sale: 10/6/2011 at 9:30 aM Place of Sale: at the West Side of the los angeles County Courthouse,directly facing norwalk Boulevard,12720 norwalk Blvd,norwalk,Ca amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $295,735.20 Street address or other common designation of real property: 1880 temple avenue, Signal Hill, California 90755 a.P.n.: 7217-011-011 the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. if no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this notice of Sale. 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TST3842 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale t.S. no: H527930 Ca Unit Code: H loan no: 0031371636/foley investor no: 0001435367 Min no: 100024200014353672 aP #1: 7216-016-023 PoWer defaUlt ServiCeS, inC., as duly appointed trustee under the following described deed of trust Will Sell at PUBliC aUCtion to tHe HigHeSt Bidder for CaSH (in the forms which are lawful tender in the United States) and/or the cashier's, certified or other checks specified in Civil Code Section 2924h (payable in full at the time of sale to t.d. Service Company) all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust in the property hereinafter described: trustor: Heidi SHinaBerger foley recorded october 2, 2006 as instr. no. 06 2184873 in Book --- Page --- of official records in the office of the recorder of loS angeleS County; California , pursuant to the notice of default and election to Sell thereunder recorded June 6, 2011 as instr. no. 2011-771330 in Book --- Page --- of official records in the office of the recorder of loS angeleS County California. yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt dated SePteMBer 22, 2006. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer. 1958 daWSon avenUe, Signal Hill, Ca 90755 "(if a street address or common designation of property is shown above, no warranty is given as to its completeness or correctness)." Said Sale of property will be made in "as is" condition without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said deed of trust, with interest as in said note provided, advances, if any, under the terms of said deed of trust, fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. Said sale will be held on: SePteMBer 30, 2011, at 11:00 a.M. *at tHe WeSt Side doorS to tHe loS angeleS CoUnty CoUrtS BUilding, 12720 norWalK Blvd, norWalK, Ca at the time of the initial publication of this notice, the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the above described deed of trust and estimated costs, expenses, and advances is $494,254.17. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: the mortgage loan servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; the timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or 2923.55. if the trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. if the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid. the Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's attorney. date: September 1, 2011 PoWer defaUlt ServiCeS, inC. as said trustee, as authorized agent for the Beneficiary KiMBerly tHorne, aSSiStant SeCretary t.d. ServiCe CoMPany 1820 e. firSt St., SUite 210, P.o. Box 11988 Santa ana, Ca 927111988 the Beneficiary may be attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained may be used for that purpose. if available, the expected opening bid and/or postponement information may be obtained by calling the following telephone number(s) on the day before the sale: (714) 480-5690 or you may access sales information at www.tacforeclosures.com. taC# 943930 PUB: 09/09/11, 09/16/11, 09/23/11 TST3843 trustee Sale no. 443371Ca loan no. 0697016400 title order no. 459392 notiCe of trUStee’S Sale yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt dated 11-15-2005. 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California reconveyance Company 9200 oakdale avenue Mail Stop: Ca2-4379 Chatsworth, Ca 91311 800-892-6902 for Sales information: (714) 7302727 or www.lpsasap.com (714) 573-1965 or www.priorityposting.com P874307 9/9, 9/16, 09/23/2011  TST3834 / 2011 086620 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 1. MarSHall deSignS, 2. HUngry dog Printing, 3. Sterling oPUS, 4. netWorKing JUnKy, 3927 Myrtle ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: liZaBetH Kate Braid, 3927 Myrtle ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: lizabeth Kate Braid. the registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on august 23, 2011. 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: august 26, & September 2, 9, 16, 2011. TST3835 / 2011 083512 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: Salad CreationS, 2259 e. Maple ave., el Segundo, Ca 90245. registrant: vege delite ventUreS, inC., 4138 e. 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Signed: donna Miller. the registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. date started doing business under this fictitious Business name was august 1, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on august 24, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 2011.

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Signed: dario alcocer, President. the registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on august 29, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 2011. TST3841 / 2011 091670 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: nierle PerfeCt deSign, 3373 orange ave., Signal Hill, Ca 90755. registrant: leigHanna CHriStine nierle, 3373 orange ave., Signal Hill, Ca 90755. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: leighanna C. nierle. the registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on august 31, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 2011. TST3850 / 2011 095286 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: it taKeS tU, 10403 Park St., Bellflower, Ca 90706. registrant: gloria tU, 10403 Park St., Bellflower, 90706. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: gloria tu. the registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on September 7, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: September 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011. TST3845 / 2011 082253 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: freSH air MarKeting, 446 e. 44th Circle, long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: doUglaS W. daviS, 446 e. 44th Circle, long Beach, Ca 90807. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: douglas W. davis. the registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on august 16, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: September 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011. TST3854 / 2011 099300 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 562 long BeaCH Seo, 2271 grand ave., long Beach, Ca 90815. registrant: KriS gragSon, 2271 grand ave., long Beach, Ca 90815. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Kris gragson. the registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on September 14, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: September 16, 23, 30, & october 7, 2011.

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CITY Of SIgNAL HILL TST3849 NoTICE INVITING BIDS a-1 Sealed bids will be received at the office of the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, California, until 10:00 a.m. on october 4, 2011, and on the same day shortly thereafter, they will be publicly opened and read for the “25th Street improvements Project, no. 612”, in accordance with the Specifications therefore. Bids must be made on the forms provided for this purpose, addressed to the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, marked "Bid for “, followed by the title of the project and the date and hour for submitting bids. Bids are required for the entire work as described in the Bid Schedule and the Specifications. the work to be accomplished under this contract includes the rehabilitation of existing asphalt concrete pavement and the construction of curbs, gutter, ramps, drive approaches and sidewalk on 25th Street from lewis Street to orange avenue. a-2 all work must be completed within thirty (30) working days after receipt by the Contractor of the notice to proceed from the City. the contract documents, which include the Specifications, may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill department of finance, for $20 or $25 if requested by mail. the documents are entitled “25th Street improvements Project, no. 612.” a-3 Bids will not be received unless they are made on a proposal form furnished in the Contract documents by the City of Signal Hill. each bid must be accompanied by cash, certified check, cashier's check or bidder's bond, made payable to the City of Signal Hill for an amount equal to at least ten percent (10%) of the amount bid, such guarantee to be forfeited should the bidder to whom the contract is awarded fail to enter into the Contract. a-4 all bids are to be compared on the basis of the lump sum or itemized bid items shown in the Bid Schedule(s). Bids will not be accepted from the Contractors who are not licensed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 9, division iii of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California. the Contractor shall be required to possess a Class a or Class C-12 license at the time the contract is awarded. a-5 attention is directed to the provision in Section 1777.5 of the labor Code concerning the employment of apprentices by the Contractor of any subcontractor under the Contractor. a-6 Before a Contract is entered into with the successful bidder, the bidder shall present evidence in writing to the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, that he has a current combined single limit liability policy with aggregate limits for Bodily injury and Property damage in the amount of two million dollars ($2,000,000). a-7 Prevailing Wage Statement: this is a federally-assisted construction project. federal labor Standards Provisions outlined in the HUd-4010 form, including the prevailing wage requirements of the davis-Bacon and related acts (dBra) will be enforced. the “current federal Wage decision” is the one in effect 10-days prior to the bid opening date and can be found on-line at http://www.wdol.gov. in the event of a conflict between federal and State wages rates, the higher of the two will prevail. the Contractor’s duty to pay State prevailing wages can be found under labor Code Section 1770 et seq. and labor Code Sections 1775 and 1777.7 outline the penalties for failure to pay prevailing wages and employ apprentices including forfeitures and debarment. a-8 attention is directed to government Code Sections 4590 and 14402.5 permitting the substitution of specified and approved securities for contract retention of funds. all such securities shall be subject to the review and approval of the City attorney of the City of Signal Hill. a-9 the successful bidder will be required to furnish a payment bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price and a faithful performance bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price, and said bonds shall be secured from a surety company satisfactory to the City attorney of the City of Signal Hill. a-10 the City of Signal Hill reserves the right to reject any and all bids, or delete portions of any and all bids or waive any informality or irregularity in the bid or the bid procedures and shall be the sole judge of the bids received. a-11 Conflict of interest: in the procurement of supplies, equipment, construction, and services by sub-recipients, the conflict of interest provisions in 24 Cfr 85.36, oMB Circular a-110, and 24 Cfr 570.611, respectively, shall apply. no employee, officer or agent of the sub-recipient shall participate in selection, or in the award or administration of a contract supported by federal funds if a conflict of interest, real or apparent, would be involved. a-12 federal Contract Clause and Provisions: this is a federally-assisted construction project. attention is directed to requirements and documents listed in this notice inviting Bids, and appendices a and B of the bid documents including but not limited to the sections regarding the eeo Clause, notice of requirement for affirmative action, federal eeo Specifications, Civil rights act of 1964, age discrimination act of 1975, rehabilitation act of 1973, Contracting with Small & Minority firms, Women’s Business enterprise, Compliance with Clean air and Water act, and Conflict of interest. By order of the City of Signal Hill. Posted at Signal Hill City Hall on: September 9, 2011 Published in the Signal-tribune on: September 9 and September 16, 2011

Pursuant to Sections 3702, 3381, and 3382, revenue and taxation Code, the notice of Sale of tax defaulted Property Subject to the Power of Sale in and for the County of los angeles, State of California has been divided and distributed to various newspapers of general circulation published in said County for publication of a portion thereof, in each of the said newspapers. Public auction notice (r&tC 3702) of Sale of tax-defaulted Property Subject to the Power of Sale (Sale no. 2011a) Whereas, on July 5, 2011, i, MarK J. Saladino, treasurer and tax Collector was directed by the Board of Supervisors of los angeles County, State of California to sell at public auction certain tax-defaulted properties which are Subject to the Power of Sale. Public notice is hereby given that unless said properties are redeemed prior thereto, i will, on october 17 and 18, 2011, at the hour of 9:00 a.m. at the fairplex los angeles County fairgrounds, 1101 W. McKinley avenue, Building 8, Pomona, California, offer for sale and sell said properties at public auction to the highest bidder for cash or cashier's check in lawful money of the United States for not less than the minimum bid. if no bids are received on a parcel, it will be re-offered at the end of the auction at a reduced minimum price. the minimum bid for each parcel is the total amount necessary to redeem, plus costs, as required by Section 3698.5 of the revenue and taxation Code. Prospective bidders should obtain detailed information of this sale from the County treasurer and tax Collector. Pre-registration and a $5,000 deposit in the form of cash, cashier's check or bank issued money order is required at the time of registration. no personal checks, two-party checks or business checks will be accepted for registration. registration will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., starting tuesday, September 6, 2011, at the treasurer and tax Collector's office located at 225 north Hill Street, room 130, los angeles, California, and will end on friday, September 30, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. if the property is sold, parties of interest, as defined by Section 4675 of the revenue and taxation Code, have a right to file a claim with the County for any proceeds from the sale, which are in excess of the liens and costs required to be paid from the proceeds. if excess proceeds result from the sale, notice will be given to parties of interest, pursuant to law. all information concerning redemption, provided the right to redeem has not previously been terminated, will upon request be furnished by MarK J. Saladino, treasurer and tax Collector. if redemption of the property is not made according to the law before 5:00 p.m. on friday, october 14, 2011, which is the last business day prior to the first day of auction, the right of redemption will cease. the assessor's identification number (ain) in this publication refers to the assessor's Map Book, the Map Page, and the individual Parcel number on the Map Page. if a change in the assessor's identification number occurred, both prior and current assessor's identification numbers are shown. an explanation of the parcel numbering system and the maps referred to are available from the office of the assessor located at 500 West temple Street, room 225, los angeles, California 90012. a list explaining the abbreviations used in this publication is on file in the office of the treasurer and tax Collector, 225 north Hill Street, room 130, los angeles, California 90012, or telephone 1(213) 974-2045. i certify under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. executed at los angeles, California, on august 8, 2011.

MARK J. SAlADINo los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector State of California the real property that is subject to this notice is situated in the County of los angeles, State of California, and is described as follows: PUBliC aUCtion notiCe of Sale of tax-defaUlted ProPerty SUBJeCt to tHe PoWer of Sale(Sale no. 2011a) 3718 ain 7148-019-025 forBeS,linda e loCation CoUnty of loS angeleS $9,097.00 3719 ain 7148-020-008 ridingS MotorS loCation CoUnty of loS angeleS $63,879.00 3742 ain 7214-009-240 Kondo,Carol a loCation CoUnty of loS angeleS $9,278.00 3745 ain 7217-009-040 WalKer,david l and Margarette n loCation CoUnty of loS angeleS $1,399.00


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two decades ago. “At that time they were diluting the vote of the Latino community way back in 1990, and now what they’re doing is they’re packing it [the Latino vote] into one district, two clear violations of the Voting Rights Act,” Molina explained in a telephone interview Wednesday. But the supervisors have different opinions on how to best comply with the Voting Rights Act, the federal law that protects representation for minority groups. A spokesman from Molina’s office confirmed that both Molina and Ridley-Thomas support each other’s maps, indicating that either map intends to create a new second district that will reflect a greater Latino population. Knabe has rejected their competing proposals and has promoted a third map,

stating that he has “three solid votes” to support his plan. Supervisors zev yaroslavsky and Michael Antonovich are the other remaining supervisors on the Board. Neither has publicly stated his position on Knabe’s map, according to both supervisors’ spokespeople. However, for those keeping score, if none of the supervisors changes his or her mind on the issue, Knabe’s map (known as the A3 map) also won’t have the critical four supervisor votes needed to be adopted. Knabe has rejected the idea that the redistricting issue should only focus on ethnic representation, and he has indicated that his plan does comply with the Voting Rights Act. “It’s really…part of your responsibility to deal with all this on a regional basis and not at the expense of one group or another,” Knabe said in an interview Tuesday, arguing that the redistricting plan should prioritize the

geographical locations to keep communities of interest together. Ridley-Thomas’s map also adds one more problem for Knabe: it draws Long Beach and Signal Hill out of Knabe’s territory. Knabe said he has ties to the Long Beach-area projects. His office has dealt with regional transportation and pollution issues that especially affect the port areas. In Signal Hill, Knabe’s office helped fund a project to repair hill trails that were damaged by the winter storms a couple of years ago, Deputy City Manager Charlie Honeycutt confirmed. “When you have a county program, no one asks whether you are a Republican or Democrat, or what color you are. It’s our responsibility to be the ultimate safety net by law. And that’s what our job is,” Knabe said. Knabe won the support from a number of elected officials and community activists at a public hearing for the Board

SEPTEmbEr 16, 2011 of Supervisors on Sept. 6. Among them, Signal Hill Councilmember Ed Wilson voiced his support for Knabe’s plan that would make fewer changes to the current county district maps and would keep the Long Beach/Signal Hill area within Knabe’s district. “Historically, there have been… issues with districting [that] would break communities up so that they didn’t have the full power of their voting rights. I don’t think that that exists today. And so, if it doesn’t exist, then you shouldn’t be trying to fix it,” said Wilson in an interview Tuesday. Molina also won some supporters at the public meeting earlier this month. She acknowledged that the Board of Supervisors may not agree on one map on Sept. 27, noting that it’s not the first time that the Board has failed to come to an agreement. She called for Knabe and the other supervisors who support Knabe’s plan to consider the federal Vot-

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the same to provide uniformity. The home’s garden was previously featured in the 2002 tour, and it remains just as vibrant and bountiful. With the help of their architect, the late Daniel Wright, the homeowners decided to add a patio with a barbecue grill eight years ago. Still, much of the home’s renovations and the addition of a guest room, which was designed to seamlessly connect to the garage, largely remain the ideas of Wilson and his late wife. Wilson also prides in keeping and reusing elements of his previous home and the original look of their current home. The garage door that is in place is from his Wrigley Heights home, and the workbench is exactly in tact as its original owner left it. “The garage door I had in my garage for 25 years, waiting for a chance to reuse it. It allows me to

ing Rights Act, recalling that one redistricting battle years ago was ultimately decided in a court ruling. Molina said that the U. S. Supreme Court had in the past stepped in to draw county district lines, and the County at the time paid a heavy price. "So, I think if they don’t want to respect the law, there may have to be a lawsuit which will have a negative effect. It cost the County over $14 million, and it’s estimated that it will cost about $21 million this time. This is money that could go into library services, opening parks and other kinds of issues," Molina added. If four out of five on the Board of Supervisors fail to agree on one plan, the decision will be forwarded to the county assessor, the district attorney and the sheriff. However, both Knabe and Molina acknowledged a very real threat of a lawsuit even if those county officials decide on a map. ß

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a team this season and have a very competitive pitching staff that could hold the mound down; Ervin Santana, With only 13 Jered Weaver and Dan Haren are all games left in the reg- trustworthy pitchers. In the clubhouse ular season, any loss before the game Hunter talked about would be an injury to how good his teammate mechanics were. “Haren can shut guys out,” said the Angels’ playoff race. Just three weeks ago, it looked as if Hunter. “If he goes out there every the Los Angeles Angels didn’t have a night and grinds, he’ll get more strikes chance to compete in the playoff race. than balls.” One thing about this team is that After losing three straight games to the Texas Rangers, their hope suddenly they never give up. This is what makes began to look gloomy. The Angels fell them a threat to other teams who have eight games behind the Rangers, who already secured a playoff spot in the are in the lead of the American League postseason, like the New york yanWest. However, with two weeks left in kees. This past weekend the Angels the regular season, the Angels have faced one of the best teams in baseball, found a way to become pertinent to the who happens to be the yankees. They race. They are now only three swings knew they had to swing the bat well in order to get positive results. Not only away from first place in the AL West. The question is, can the Angels did they perform up to par, winning steal the playoff berth from the two out of three games, they won the Rangers? The Angels can get hot and series. In the clubhouse after Saturbecome difficult to cool off; winning day’s game, Angels right-fielder six out of the last eight games certainly Hunter talked about his team gaining puts them in a position to upset the ground in a tight playoff race. “All we Rangers. Looking at their roster, the have to do is go out there every game Angels have some really big hitters' and fight hard,” said Hunter. “If we Vernon Wells, Howie Kendrick and make the playoffs, this is the team we Torii Hunter are a spark to their will face, so it felt good to get the win offense. The Angels are hitting .254 as tonight.” The Angels are in a better place now. This time last year the Angels were a disappointment. They were under .500 and eliminated from the playoffs almost a month before their season ended. There was frustration in the locker room, but no one pointed fingers. Players vowed to come back strong this season ready for war, and this year they have put Courtesy Angels themselves in a position to Right-fielder Torii Hunter and the Angels are hop- battle. I honestly believe the boys in red will win the war. ing to steal the playoff berth from the Rangers. Tamara latta Sports Writer

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