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LB councilmembers become early contenders for new Assembly District 70 CJ Dablo Staff Writer

So far, two Long Beach city officials have said that they will be running for the newly created Assembly seat, and both of them are casting themselves as candidates with crossparty appeal. Democrat Gerrie Schipske announced this month that she’ll be running against fellow Democrat Patrick O’Donnell for the 70th district that covers Long Beach and San Pedro in the June 5, 2012 primary. Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, who currently represents

much of Long Beach, has said that she plans to run for the State Senate in 2012. Both council members have acknowledged a few things that they have in common: strong ties to unions and emphasis on job growth and educational reform. But beyond the fact that they are both serving on the City Council, the two candidates have very different backgrounds. O’Donnell, who is currently serving his second term as councilmember for Long Beach’s fourth district, emphasized his background as a high-school and middle-school

teacher. He currently teaches government in high school and has prioritized K-16 education. “I’ll be a very loud voice for funding when education comes up,” O’Donnell said in a telephone interview Monday. When asked about job growth, O’Donnell emphasized support for manufacturing, the port industry, and the arts. Schipske is also an educator. Schipske teaches courses on healthcare law and human resources at California State University Long see CANDIDATES page 14

Fourth District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell

Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske

Cal Heights home tour highlights a signature At West LB Association meeting, stained-glass door, rare roses and restored furniture former EPA chairman updates was actually moved in from Signal Hill roofing and electrical system. A bigger to the California Heights area, situating than expected reconstruction budget residents on rail yard pollution the yard to the side of the house as equated to a smaller budget allotted for Stephanie Raygoza Staff Writer

Small move-in home grows big in popularity and style There is a petite, Colonial Craftsman down Olive Avenue that every neighbor recognizes and agrees can be summed up in a few words– the house with the stained-glass door. Through the years, the house has gained popularity because of its artistically crafted door allowing it to stand apart from the rest of its neighboring homes on the block. The house, originally built in 1924,

opposed to the back. Measuring only 960 square feet total, the house is perfectly made for Ferdinand Arcinue and Nicole Burik. The married couple had seen the house many times while walking down the block and put an offer in the first day it came up for sale, managing to snag the house before anyone else did. What sold them on the house was its historic nature, along with the look and character of it. Although small in appearance, the house needed extensive work done, especially to the kitchen,

interior decorating. Burik, a savvy shopper when it comes to decorating on a dime, furnished the house with online and antique finds, giving the home its perfectly blended look of old and new designs. The living room is modestly kept, with Asian-inspired paintings adorning the walls. The dining room is decorated with Filipino sculptures, one given by Arcinue’s mother, and other culturedominant pieces such as a Chinese

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Athena Mekis Staff Writer

The West Long Beach Association (WLBA) hosted UCLA professor and scientist Dr. John Froines at the Silverado Community Center Sept. 22 to discuss his team’s new findings on air pollution. The meeting is in response to the Burlington North Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Company’s proposal to build a second rail yard called the Southern Californian International Gateway (SCIG), which will be located near PCH, the 710 Freeway and the 405 Freeway. “There will be two-and-a-half million more trucks going through our back yard,” said John Cross, vice president for the WLBA, in opposition to the proposed rail yard. According to the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board (ARB) website, from 1991 to 1998, Froines acted as chair of the Department of Environmental Health Services, which concluded that diesel exhaust poses strong cancer risks. The new, two-year research finding, titled “Toxicologic Pathways of Rail Yard Emission Exposure on

Non-Cancer Health Impacts,” confirms that fossil fuel combustion, which occurs at sites such as the Wilmington/Carson oil refineries, the Long Beach and Los Angeles shipping ports, airports, freeways and railways, causes particulate matter which then causes cardiovascular disease, asthma, birth defects and much more. “The real impact comes from the ultrafine particles,” Froines said at Thursday’s meeting. Ultrafine particles enter deep into the lungs of all people but mutate and bond with the lungs’ cells in children, causing persistent health problems until old age, according to Froines. According to the ARB website, people who live within 500 feet of the BNSF Railway suffer from higher rates of asthma because their lungs do not fully grow. Hudson K-8 School, which is located about 700 feet from the BNSF rail yard, has the highest asthma rates of all Long Beach schools, the ARB reported. Froines said that Los Angeles’s air pollution settles in Riverside, where it has mutated into the strongest type of pollutants. see EMISSIONS page 4

NEWS 2 SigNAL triBuNE Police seeking public’s help with identifying suspects possibly connected to murder On September 16, 2011, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) released sketches of two black males believed to be responsible for the murder of Franklin Robles, who was killed during a robbery on Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, in the 1400 block of W. 16th Street in Long Beach. The preliminary investigation revealed that Robles, who is from Lake Elsinore, had come to Long Beach to purchase a vehicle. Once at the location, he was approached and robbed by two black male suspects. According to witnesses, the suspects then fled in a dark-colored van, which has since been recovered, and forensic evidence from the van is being

processed. Several hours after the murder, a witness in Lake Elsinore reported seeing a tan Chevy Suburban with two black males and two Hispanic males at the victim's residence. Detectives believe these four suspects are responsible for the burglary that occurred to Robles’ s home within hours of his murder and that they may also be connected to his death. The LBPD has completed sketches of the two Hispanic men who are described as: Suspect number 3– male Hispanic, 5’5" to 5’9” tall, medium build, short hair, a small goatee, and multiple tattoos on both arms

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Suspect number 4– male Hispanic, 5’7” to 6’0” tall, medium build, shaved head, with a pudgy face These two men were with the two black males at the burglary scene. Their connection to the murder is not yet known, however, detectives are requesting the public’s help in identifying these two subjects in order to interview them regarding the murder. Anyone who may have any information on the identity or whereabouts of these individuals is urged to contact LBPD Detectives Malcolm Evans and Todd Johnson at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting tipsoft.com.

EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by the LBPD Sept. 21 - 27 Council Districts 6 (North of PCH) 7 & 8 (East of the L.A. River & North to Del Amo Blvd.)

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SHPD closes off area surrounding Food-4-Less to respond to man on roof

Wednesday, Sept. 21 Assault 7:30pm– Long Beach Boulevard and Willow Street An adult victim was confronted by a group of male adults and assaulted. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of a nonlife-threatening stab wound. Friday, Sept. 23 Assault 5am– Pacific Coast Highway and Pine Avenue A male adult victim walked into a local hospital with a nonlife-threatening stab wound to his upper body. The victim was treated, and a report was taken. Felony Suspect Arrested 4pm– 2800 block of Atlantic Avenue Patrol officers answered a call where a female victim reported receiving threatening phone calls from a former acquaintance. After conducting an in-depth investigation, the officers were able to locate the female suspect and arrested her without incident. Explosive Device 8:30pm– 2000 Pacific Avenue Officers responded to a report of a possible explosive device in an alley. When officers arrived they found evidence of a detonated device. A report was filed, and the investigation is continuing. No injuries or damage were reported.

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The Los Angeles County Fire Department assisted the Signal Hill Police Department Thursday morning with several fire engines, a ladder company, and an urban search-and-rescue unit to deploy an “air curtain” around Food-4-Less market to help minimize possible injury to the subject on its roof, in case he decided to jump.

On Thursday, Sept. 29, at approximately 10:50am, Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) officers were dispatched to Food-4-Less, 1600 E. Willow St., regarding an adult male on the roof of the business. The calling party had said a subject was yelling threats to passersby. As officers arrived and assessed the situation, the subject was in fact on top of the roof and threatening officers and the public. From their perspective, officers could not determine if the subject was armed, so they requested the assistance of the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) helicopter to fly overhead and assist. Additionally, officers evacuated the surrounding parking lot and shut down traffic on adjacent streets.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived to assist with several fire engines, a ladder company, and an urban search-andrescue unit to deploy an “air curtain” to help minimize possible injury to the subject in case he decided to jump. LBPD Mental Evaluation Team (MET) assisted in assessing the subject’s mental status. After approximately one hour, the subject voluntarily and peaceably surrendered himself to SHPD officers. The subject was transported and committed by the LBPD MET officers for further evaluation. There were no injuries reported to the subject, members of the public, or any personnel involved.

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Long Beach receives $486,664 grant to protect children from sexual predators The Long Beach Police Department has received a $486,664 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office to protect children from sexual predators. “Securing this funding will help the police department add additional resources to better protect children in our city and aggressively pursue those who would prey on them,” Mayor Bob Foster said. The Child Sexual Predator Program (CSPP) funding will help the police department establish and enhance strategies to locate, arrest, and prosecute child sexual predators and exploiters. “The safety of the children in our community is a top priority for the Long Beach Police Department,” Police Chief Jim McDonnell said.

“We are very fortunate to have received this grant, which will significantly impact the predators who victimize and exploit our children." The grant will also help the police department to better track the sex registrant population residing in Long Beach to ensure compliance and enforce state sex offender registration laws. The grant funding will supplement the Computer Crimes and Sex Crimes Details as well as the Violent Sexual Predator Unit by adding additional investigative hours focused specifically on child sexual predators. In addition, the police department will continue community outreach through faith-based organizations and schools, as well as work with outside law-enforcement agencies such as the United States Marshals

Service and the United States Attorneys Office and other surrounding law-enforcement agencies. The Child Sexual Predator Grant was made possible through an invitation to apply by United States Marshal David M. Singer, Central District of California. Through Singer’s nomination, the department was eligible to apply for the grant. The Child Sexual Predator Program aims to support community policing initiatives throughout the United States by promoting partnerships between law enforcement and other community partners to collectively reduce and prevent child endangerment by sexual predators. For more information, contact the Long Beach Police Department’s Media Relations Detail at (562) 5705273.

rancho Palos Verdes man pleads no contest in 2010 hate-crime vandalism case On Dec. 17, 2010, shortly after 8pm, officers from the Long Beach Department (LBPD) Police responded to a vandalism call at the Gay and Lesbian Center in the 2000 block of 4th Street. The preliminary investigation revealed that a male had pulled up in front of the location, exited his vehicle, thrown a rock through the window, and driven away. Approximately 15 minutes later a second window-smash vandalism was reported two miles away at Ripples Bar in the 5100 block of East Ocean Boulevard. The investigation led to a third vandalism reported from The Dolphin Bar in the city of Redondo Beach with sim-

ilar circumstances and suspect description. The investigation included search warrants, multiple interviews and a follow-up investigation by Long Beach violent crimes detectives and resulted in the arrest of 23-year-old Olivier Rodrich Saintvictor, of Rancho Palos Verdes. On Feb. 8, 2011, felony vandalism charges with a special allegation for the hate crime were filed by the Torrance District Attorney's office. On Sept. 20, 2011, in Torrance Municipal court, Saintvictor pleaded no contest to felony vandalism charges with a hate-crime allegation and also agreed to pay restitution to

the victims. Saintvictor is expected to be sentenced on Oct. 11, 2011 and could face up to nine years in state prison. According to a press release issued by the LBPD, when hate crimes occur in Long Beach, the department is committed to providing victims with immediate assistance through multi-service agency and community support, and these crimes are vigorously investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Anyone who may have additional information about these crimes or any other hate crime is asked to contact Detective Jackie Bezart at (562) 570-7250.

Saturday, October 8, 2011 9am to 3pm at El Dorado Regional Park, 7550 E. Spring St. Open to the public! (Walking not necessary) Parking $7

All are welcome to the fair event (at no admission fee!) to enjoy food, entertainment, vendors, and activities for all ages!

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griLLiNg WitH tHE DEmOCrAtS What Annual Unity BBQ Who Long Beach Democratic Club When Saturday, Oct. 1 at noon Where Bixby Knolls Park, 1000 E. San Antonio St., LB more info The event will provide a platform for Democrats to meet each other, receive party updates, interact with numerous elected leaders, and discuss various contemporary political issues. Representatives from numerous social justice organizations and community partners will be in attendance. Special guests will include Long Beach Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal, 1st District Councilmember Robert Garcia, 7th District Councilmember James Johnson, and several other Democratic leaders. The Long Beach Firefighters Association will provide refreshments. SHOWCASiNg CArS FOr A CAuSE What 5th Annual Vintage Car Show Who Hosted by the Los Altos United Methodist Church Where 5950 E. Willow St., LB When Sunday, Oct. 2 from 10am to 2pm more info Cars will be on display in the church parking lot at the corner of Woodruff Avenue and Willow Street. Admission will be free. Registration forms are now being accepted from owners of pre-1986 vehicles. All proceeds will benefit the Long Beach Homeless Task Force. Call (562) 598-2451. CHECKiNg Out CHESS NigHt What Free chess play Who Bixby Park Chess Club Where Bixby Park Recreation Center, 130 Cherry Ave., LB When Thursdays from 5pm to 6pm more info Individuals ages 5 to adult are welcome. Call (562) 983-8139. CALLiNg ALL BOOKWOrmS What Book discussion Who Presented by the Signal Hill Public Library Where 1770 E. Hill St., SH When Monday, Oct. 10 from 7pm to 8pm more info The book selection for October will be Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. The club is intended for adults only. Call (562) 989-7323. SCrEENiNg FOr BEttEr HEAriNg What Free hearing screening and amplified-telephone event Who Sponsored by The California Telephone Access Program and the Hearing Loss Association of America Long Beach/Lakewod Chapter When Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 9am to noon Where Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Olive Ave, Lakewood more info Appointments are required through the center. Call (562) 630-6141 to book appointments. Call Herb Balkind at (562) 425-5651 for event information. grEEN ENLigHtENiNg What Solar 101 community workshop Who Sponsored by 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske When Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm Where El Dorado Community Center, 2800 Studebaker Rd., LB more info Those attending the free workshop will learn about how solar power works, the available rebates and incentives, financing, how to choose an installer and sign up for a free consultation. Light appetizers, desserts and beverages will be provided. imPrOViNg COmmuNiCAtiON SKiLLS What Peer counseling class Who Disabled Resources Center, Inc. (DRC) Where 2750 E. Spring St., Suite 100, LB When Starts Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 1pm to 2:30pm more info The class, “Peer Counseling/Stepping Stones to Employment Training,” will focus on interpersonal communication skills and disability etiquette, and can be used in a variety of work, volunteer, and personal applications. The training will continue every Tuesday thereafter for eight weeks. Call Andrew Swinton at (562) 427-1000 ext. 23. CrEAtiNg AWArENESS tHrOugH A PrOmiSE What Circle of Promise kickoff Who Hosted by Susan G. Komen for the Cure and KJLH radio personality Adai Lamar When Sunday, Oct. 23 from 1pm to 4pm Where Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus Quad, 1305 Pacific Coast Highway, LB more info The event will present the local kickoff of the national Circle of Promise campaign, which is a major collaborative initiative to reduce latestage breast cancer in African American women. Attendees will gather information from different stations to learn about breast cancer, early diagnosis and other health facts. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their stories, enjoy food, music and learn about volunteer opportunities and free health screenings. Call (310) 575-3011 or visit komenlacounty.org. LOW-COSt VACCiNAtiON FOr FLu PrEVENtiON What Flu shots at the park Who Sponsored by 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske and Ameco Solar When Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 9am to noon Where El Dorado Park West, 2800 Studebaker Rd., LB more info No appointment needed for participants. $2 donation or Medicare Part B card accepted. Call (562) 570-3225. PBS FiLm FEAturES What Documentary screening series Who Long Beach Public Library When Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6pm Where Main library auditorium, 101 Pacific Ave., LB more info A discussion and audience Q&A will directly follow the screening of the PBS documentary, Deaf Jam.

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The solution will not be found in science, Froines said. “The solution is political.” He does not argue that diesel use should be eliminated. Instead, he stresses that short-term victories will stimulate environmental progress. Hudson School’s short-term solution has been installing air filters in each classroom. Forty-four-year-old truck driver Glenn Amaya’s short-term solution was adding additives to his diesel truck, reducing carbon and nitrogen emissions from 40 to 20 percent. Unfortunately for Amaya, who was at the WLBA meeting, the Port of Los Angeles in 2008 began enforcing the Clean Truck Pro-

gram, which banned some trucks and applied heavy emission enforcements on the rest. For Amaya and other truck drivers, it costs around $15,000 to $25,000 to retrofit a truck to proper emission standards, according to Amaya. “The new laws have eliminated the middle class in the trucking industry,” he said. According to Cross, the WLBA is advocating for an on-dock railway, which will keep pollutants farther away from West Long Beach. 7th District Councilmember James Johnson, whose district includes West Long Beach, is advocating for zero-emissions, electric trucks. ---------------------------MORE INFORMATION wlbassn.org

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Although the five Signal Hill City Council members traditionally meet at 7pm on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, this week they conducted a special meeting on the fourth Tuesday at 5pm. Held for the purpose of reconsidering actions taken by the three present members of the City Council/Redevelopment Agency at the Sept. 20 meeting (two members were attending the League of California Cities Annual Conference, and a four-fifths vote was required on the items), this week’s meeting, according to a notice posted at City Hall and on the city’s website, was to reconsider four items. All five

council members were present. The items and actions taken are listed below: 5a. Extension and Progress Report on Interim Urgency Ordinance Adopting Interim Regulations for the Development of Properties with Abandoned Oil Wells Pending Completion of Special Studies Necessitated by Recent Policy Changes of the State Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources Concerning Developing Projects Adjacent to or on Top of Abandoned and Re-Abandoned Oil Wells. Action taken: Urgency ordinance adopted with a vote of 5-0 to extend the

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interim regulations. 5b. Adoption of a Resolution Stating the City’s Intention to Make Remittances Required by ABX1 27 in Order to Avoid Dissolution of the Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency. Action taken: Council adopted the resolution with a vote of 4-1 (Wilson dissenting) after an amendment was made to the resolution stating that although the state claims the city’s indebtedness to be $3.8 million, the City believes it to be only $3.4 million. 5c. ABX1 27 Remittance Agreement. Action taken: After an amendment was made to attach a cover letter stat-

ing that the City is appealing the dollar amount due [see action taken on 5b], the council agreed to waive further reading and adopt the resolution 4-1 (Wilson dissenting), authorizing the execution of a remittance agreement by and between the City of Signal Hill and the Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency. 5d. Approval of the Preliminary Draft Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule for the Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency Required Under ABX1 26. Action taken: Council voted unanimously to receive and file the Preliminary Draft Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule.

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I never really thought much about grocery shopping. It was just something that I did on a regular basis. Through the years my hubby Steve took over the bulk of the big grocery store shopping, and I was assigned the pleasant task of spending our dollars happily at Trader Joe’s. Yummmmmm– Trader Joe’s; I love that place. The prices are right, the small store size allows for a quicker trip than the BIG grocery stores, the food choices are interesting and unique, and, best of all, the prices are quite reasonable. Although my heart still remains with Trader Joe’s I am becoming quite a fan of Fresh and Easy (F&E). When I learned last year that they were planning a fall opening in Signal Hill, I did some practice shopping at the location over on Spring Street near Millikan High School. After a trip or two I knew I’d be hooked once they came to town. Boy, was I right! After a year of one, two or three stops a week at my neighborhood F&E, I have found that the convenience has allowed for a

lot more home cooking in the Strichart household. Without the excuse of being out of milk, eggs, gluten-free pasta, etc. to assure another night of dining out, I am actually enjoying spending more time in the kitchen. My favorite items at F&E (in no particular order) are as follows: Summer Peach ice cream, gluten-free frozen waffles, 99-cent produce packs, seaweed snacks, anything and everything from the huge variety of gluten-free items, Heinz cream of tomato

soup (pull tab, NOT concentrated and can be found on the international shelves) and the cleaned and bagged whole radishes. The little pudding and gelatin cups are pretty tasty too. Now that F&E has recently opened at 33rd Street and Atlantic Avenue, just barely out of Signal Hill and into Long Beach, I’m sure that a lot of our readers in California Heights and Bixby Knolls are enjoying this new type of shopping experience– check yourself out and bag your own groceries. Easy in and easy out for sure– but don’t forget your reusable bags!

Store manager Steve Hughes, 7th District Councilmember James Johnson, Signal Hill Mayor Larry Forester and Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association Executive Director Blair Cohn at the Sept. 14 opening of the new Fresh and Easy at Atlantic Avenue and 33rd Street.

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Disappointment in performance, or private agenda? I have lived in Long Beach since 1980. In all this time, the first person I voted to city government office who made me immediately and unequivocally satisfied that I had done so was Laura Doud as city auditor. It was based on her endorsement that I subsequently voted for James Johnson as my district councilman. James Johnson is now the second person in city government whose performance in office I have found to be energetic, forthright and gratifying. I was completely dumbfounded to read about efforts for a recall election aimed at Mr. Johnson. My observation is that he has been unquestionably the

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most personally visible and communicative councilman I have experienced. Lacking substantive issues of performance, this attempted recall might easily appear as inappropriate use of desperately needed public funds for private agendas. One anti-Johnson person cited at length in the article stated that her concern was how Mr. Johnson will “fairly serve the needs of both neighborhoods considering how different our needs are.” I suppose one could wait until the next scheduled election and see the answer to that in his deeds. We may even discover that our needs aren’t so different after all. David Kumagai Long Beach

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Nonprofit seeking volunteers, donations for Local ad agency recognized for its innovative website design thanksgiving meal deliveries to elderly, disabled The downtown Long Beach byproduct of our hard work, attention ary way. Their creative strategy had to advertising agency ETA Advertising took home an award from the Builders International Association (BIA) SoCal Awards on Sept. 24 for their innovative website design work for builder client Lyon Community’s gallery421 property, the high-end apartment community in downtown Long Beach. ETA was recognized with Best Website for a Builder or Community at the event, among every major player in the housing industry, from homebuilders to advertising agencies. “The entire ETA team works tirelessly each day to produce inspiring work that exceeds the creative challenges and business goals set forth by our clients– not work necessarily destined to receive industry acclaim,” said ETA Founder and CEO Cindy Allen. “But winning such a fantastic honor from BIA is a prestigious

to detail and vision– validating our consummate effort to deliver on all client expectations.” ETA was also a finalist for two other awards at the event, one for Best Neighborhood Branding and the other for Best Internet Marketing Campaign for gallery421. ETA’s concept and design for the new apartment community’s website was recognized by the Southern California chapter of BIA for its quality of design, ease of obtaining information and organization of message. The SoCal Awards celebrate the best in new-home marketing and merchandising. Finalists in nearly 30 categories were announced in August. The ETA team strategically forged and executed a targeted campaign in conjunction with the award-winning website, built to connect with potential gallery421 renters in a revolution-

account for Long Beach’s saturated rental market and ongoing economic downturn. The result was a 50-percent lease rate at gallery421 within the first five months of opening, and the property continues to experience robust traffic from prospective renters. To check out the gallery421 website, go to lyongallery421.com. To see more from ETA Advertising, visit ETAadvertising.com.

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Last year, FIA/VAA prepared and delivered 1,200 meals to those less fortunate.

The nonprofit Faith in Action (FIA)/Volunteer Action for Aging (VAA), operated by Independence At Home, is seeking volunteers and donations for its annual Thanksgiving meal delivery program for older and disabled adults who have minimal resources and opportunities for holiday celebrations with family and friends. Last year, FIA /VAA provided 1,200 meals to those less fortunate, and once again, volunteers are needed to deliver these meals to clients who are isolated and lonely.

On Thanksgiving Day, volunteers are to arrive at 9am at SCAN Health Plan’s Headquarters parking lot located at 3800 Kilroy Airport Way, Suite 100. Between 9:30am and noon, deliveries will be made in the areas of greater Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill, South Bay, South Los Angeles and surrounding cities. Those interested in helping with this event are asked to call (562) 637-7103 or email tnieto@scanhealthplan.com by Nov. 1, 2011.

St. Vincent de Paul seeking volunteers through its fair The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be recruiting volunteers to help with its local charitable services at a volunteer fair from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Society’s thrift store, 210 N. Avenue 2, in Los Angeles. Free snacks will be provided. Volunteers are needed to help in a variety of areas at the Society’s thrift stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard. In addition, volunteer mentors are being sought for St. Vincent de Paul’s Cardinal Manning Center shelter in the Toy District of downtown L.A. “Volunteers are the backbone to our community outreach in the coun-

ties of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara. These individuals make a huge impact when it comes to improving the quality of life for thousands of children, women and men every year,” said David Fields, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul. “Our goal is to recruit additional volunteers who can help us continue that legacy of rebuilding lives.” Individuals 18 years of age and older are encouraged to attend the volunteer fair. To volunteer, or for more information, contact the Society’s Human Resources Department at (323) 224-6286 or nsinclair@svdpla.org.

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Long Beach resident Frank Clarke was elected president of the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners by unanimous vote last week, at a meeting of the Board at the Long Beach Groundwater Treatment Plant. Currently the longest serving member on the Board, Clarke, who was originally appointed to the Board by Mayor Beverly O’Neill in June 2003, is serving his second term. Also elected during the meeting were Bill Townsend as vice president and John Allen as secretary. “I look forward to serving as president of the Board of Water Commissioners this next year, my second time serving in this role

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House. He received degrees from Boston University’s General College and San Francisco State University, and he studied broadcast management and cable television at the University of Southern California. Since 1931, the Water Department has been governed by a Board of five water commissioners, each appointed to a five-year term by the mayor and subject to approval by the City Council. -------------------------MORE INFORMATION lbwater.org/inside/board.php

St. Vincent de Paul seeks donations to help families struggling financially In order to address the changing economy and increased number of disadvantaged and homeless children and families in the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara, as well as portions of the Inland Empire, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles is seeking donations of usable clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics and computers, as well as vehicles (working or not). The Society helps children, women and men year-round through various charitable programs including: • Daily services from close to 2,000 ‘Vincentian’ volunteers • Circle V Ranch Camp • Cardinal Manning Center (shelter)

• West Ventura County Emergency Winter Shelter • Free distribution program for families in extreme need Usable donations collected by St. Vincent de Paul during the year serve a two-fold purpose. They are sold in the Society’s stores to help fund St. Vincent de Paul’s charitable programs, and they are also given to families in extreme need through its free distribution program. Donations are tax-deductible. For more information, or to arrange a free truck pickup, call (323) 2246280 or 1-800-97-HELP1 (800-9743571), or visit svdpla.org.

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I swear my plants know what I’m thinking. On Wednesday afternoon, I began contemplating pulling up my lackluster tomatoes. They’ve been sulking all spring and summer, and it’s time to replace them with vegetables and flowers that appreciate cooler weather. Yet, when I visited the garden Thursday, a miracle had occurred. All the fruit was noticeably bigger. So I’ve given these psychic tomatoes another week or two, but then it’s time to go. September and October are odd times in local gardens. As I write this, it seems fall-ish and I happily contemplate homemade soup, good bread and cooler weather. But as anyone who has spent a year or more in southern California knows, autumn is a mercurial time here. Put on a cardigan, and Santa Ana winds blow in and make you trade it for shorts and a tank top. What does that mean in the garden? Caution. It’s mostly too late for heat-lovers like tomatoes, eggplant and peppers and a little too early for coolseason transplants like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. If you want to play it safe, go for the greens. Lettuce, Swiss chard, arugula and Oriental vegetables like bok choi, mustard, and cabbage will do well now if planted from seed or transplants.

Check out kitasawaseed.com. Based in Oakland, it’s the oldest seed company in the country specializing in Asian vegetables. I also like the selection from Renee’s Garden (reneesgarden.com), which you’ll find locally at OSH and online (reneesgarden.com). Until Sept. 30, the online shop is offering a 40percent discount on seeds packed for 2011. I think I’ll order “Renee’s Stirfry Mix,” a combo of “tangy, rich-hued Red Mustard; Mizspoona, a new cross between tasty-sweet Mizuna and richflavored Tatsoi; succulent whitestemmed Tatsoi and handsome Asian red kale.” All these greens are easy to grow. With plenty of water, they’ll take full sun but will also do well in semishade. Just cut what you need and leave an inch or two of stem, and you’ll get new growth for another round of salad or stir-fries. Frilly lettuce and rainbowstemmed chard do double duty as ornamentals. Look through the garden magazines, and you’ll find pictures of colorful lettuce exploding out of all kinds of containers. If you’ve been on the fence about growing something you can eat, it’s time to get your hands dirty and go for it. Grow some lettuce or chard, and chow down!

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CSuLB dedicates new Hall of Science, the largest capital building project in campus’s 62-year history California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) recently dedicated its new Hall of Science, the largest capital building project in the campus’s 62-year history. It is also the largest and most expensive building project in the California State University (CSU) system. The $105-million project encompasses nearly 165,000 gross square feet and completes the Natural Sciences Complex. Within the complex, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) provides CSULB’s principal curriculum for majors leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and the health professions. “This new facility will further our commitment as a university to educating scientists and future generations of scientists. Cal State Long Beach has become a national leader in graduating scientists with more than 3,100 last year alone,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “We are confident that this new stateof-the-art facility will give us one of the most complete and modern science complexes in the United States and will have invaluable impact on California and this nation for decades to come.” The new Hall of Science opened this fall and houses 31 directed studies laboratories, 29 teaching laborato-

ries, several large lecture halls and a science learning center. Other features of the building include a marine biology lab, three rooftop greenhouses and a rooftop astronomy platform. The new space is being used by several departments, including biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, physics and astronomy, science education and geology. In fact, two-thirds of all science courses at the university are being taught in the new building. “To paraphrase a National Science Foundation study, improved spaces have a significant impact on campuses. Our new Hall of Science will enhance our efforts to attract and keep first-rate faculty and students,” said Laura Kingsford, CSULB’s dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. “In addition, it will enable the integration of research and education, and the cross-disciplinary collaborations that are the hallmarks of science in the 21st century.” Construction on the Hall of Science broke ground in 2008 and was completed in 2011. CSULB officials noted that the campus utilized a design-build process– a common approach in the UC system but the first ever in the CSU system– whereby the architect and contractor worked as a team to present a design

that met CSULB’s specific needs for one cost. The building was completed on time and on budget despite a threemonth hiatus in 2008-09 when the state halted all bond-funded projects. Hunt Construction Group, Inc. of Irvine served as contractor for the CSULB Hall of Science project, and Smith Group, Inc., based in Los Angeles, served as the project architect. “Together with the Molecular and Life Sciences Center, which opened in 2004, and the existing Microbiology Building, the Hall of Science gives our campus an outstanding science complex,” Kingsford pointed out, “which allows students to engage in research and discoveryfocused learning using laboratories and classrooms equipped with technology and instrumentation not commonly found in undergraduate programs.” The keynote speaker at the dedication was Robert Decker, founding member of the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute and professor emeritus of medicine and cell and molecular biology at the Northwestern University School of Medicine. Decker is also a CSULB alumnus who earned a B.S. in zoology with a minor in chemistry from the university in 1965. Other speakers at the event

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included CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and CSULB Provost and Senior Vice President Donald Para. “Cal State Long Beach has long been a campus of choice and a leader in undergraduate research,” Kingsford said. “The new Hall of Science will only enhance CSULB’s appeal to students who wish to pursue degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields and help ensure its position as first in the nation among master's-granting universities in producing graduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees in science and technology research fields.”

CSuLB to host college fair for Cambodian, other Southeast-Asian communities Reaching out to its large local Cambodian community, Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) will host “Journey to Success: A College Fair for Cambodian and other Southeast Asian Communities” on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8:30am to 12:30pm in the campus’ University Student Union. The free event is intended for middle-school, high-school and community-college students and their parents. Offered by the California State University (CSU) system, the college fair will feature a variety of workshops with information on how to prepare for college, CSU admission requirements and application processes, how to

pay for college, and CSU’s college and admission preparation resources available online. “The CSU’s Journey to Success college fairs are so valuable because they serve to educate both prospective students and their parents about what it takes to go to college,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “These events are strongly family-oriented because parents play such an important role in the education of their children.” In addition to the workshops, the college fair will include booths and tables with representatives from many local area colleges and universities ready to provide infor-

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Heal the Bay released its report of beach water quality on Tuesday, with Long Beach receiving excellent marks for its beach water quality. Water quality in Long Beach showed “dramatic improvement,” with all beaches receiving an “A” grade, except for one “B” at Mother’s Beach from the Heal the Bay 2011 End of Summer Beach Report Card. This is the third summer in a row Long Beach has shown improved water quality. “By aggressively tackling our coastal water issues head on, we’re making a difference,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. “We still have work to do, but our water quality is improving, thanks to infra-

structure improvements, grant funding, regional partnerships, technology and other innovative solutions.” As Heal the Bay noted, “The City of Long Beach has remained dedicated to improving beach water quality through the implementation of several mitigation projects.” The Report Card singled out recently completed improvements at Colorado Lagoon, including: • removing contaminated sediment • cleaning an underground culvert to improve water circulation with Alamitos Bay • installing bioswales to naturally filter out stormwater contaminants • installing trash traps and a low-

flow diversion system to divert some of the most heavily contaminated stormwater into the sewage system. “Our determination to improve water quality is producing results, as well as excellent marks from Heal the Bay,” said Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, who represents the 2nd council district. “Our water quality grades improved by an impressive 27 percent over last summer, and even more over summer 2009.” “Alamitos Bay and Colorado Lagoon have shown dramatic improvement over the past several years, thanks to continued investments at the Federal, State and local levels,” said 3rd District

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Convention center hosting hiring event for 150 open positions The Long Beach Convention Center and SMG Food & Beverage, in partnership with the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, will host three information/application sessions to fill more than 150 open positions on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 10am, 1pm, and 3pm in the Long Beach Convention Center Seaside Ballroom, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. Open positions include the following: banquet servers, banquet captain, bartenders, concessions cashiers, concessions lead, runners, cooks, dishwasher/stewards, security officer, parking office assistant, maintenance worker, maintenance supervisor, parking attendant, sales manager, landscaping crew leader, receptionist, painter

and housekeeper. These positions are part-time, fulltime and/or on-call. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age. All interested applicants must be able to pass a drug test and background check. Individuals interested in applying for the concessions cashier and concessions lead positions must also pass a credit check. To get to the ballroom, drive south on Pine Avenue past Ocean Boulevard, and turn left at Seaside Way (light at the bottom of the hill). Seaside Ballrooms are on the right under the underpass. -------------------------MORE INFORMATION longbeach.gov/cd/workforce/empl oyment_services/job_openings.asp

Downtown LB Associates honored for its web, mobile and database integration During its most recent annual conference, the International Downtown Association (IDA) recognized the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) with a Downtown Merit Award for its work and initiative related to web, mobile and database integration. The project, which expands and enhances the organization’s ability to promote Downtown businesses, events and other happenings, was among 10 qualified entries in the category of downtown Leadership and Management. This category features comprehensive and unique organizational approaches, projects or programs that improved the effectiveness of downtown management organizations. “Integrating our databases across all platforms has allowed the DLBA to bring a powerful tool to residents, visitors and businesses,” said DLBA President and CEO Kraig Kojian. “In addition to making our website and

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Brass-rubbing event returns with emphasis on cultural diversity and children’s activities A hands-on art workshop that opens with a bash recalling the raucous merriment of Medieval times will return to Long Beach for its 25th year with a new name and an emphasis on cultural diversity. The Brass Rubbing Medieval Arts, formerly known as the London Brass Rubbing Center, has taken place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 7th St., since 1986. This year’s run will be from Wednesday, Oct. 26 to Saturday, Nov. 19. The workshop attracts children and adults in organized groups, as well as individuals and families who can drop in and choose from among 100 facsimile plates to create their own ready-to-hang artworks depicting 14th- and 15th-Century historical figures such as crusader knights and ladies, mythical animals, religious icons and more. New this year are Mayan tablets from the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana and a set of tiles reflecting the five major world religions. Also added are new hues of paper and waxes to spur the creation of unique cards and small nook-size wall pieces. “The idea is that people coming here for 25 years may not have any more wall space, so we’re looking at encouraging the creation of small gift items made of different materials,’’ said Rose Mary Thompson, chair emeritus. Group rates for the experience that includes a docent talk, demonstrations and materials are $6.50 per person. Material and rubbing costs for individuals are $5 and up. The tradition of English teas served as an add-on experience and charge continues. The teas will be offered from Oct. 30 to Nov. 19.

Normally offered only to groups, the center will accept reservations, on two Sundays only, for as few as two individuals. Workshop reservations can be by email to made brass.rubbing.lb@gmail.com. The same address can also reserve a traveling crew that will bring the brass-rubbing experience to schools and groups. The Oct. 15 kick-off event, The Festival of Medieval Merriment, places a new emphasis on children’s activities, such as a puppet show and arts and crafts in which children can create their own coats of arms on play versions of shields and swords, as well as a “castlestorming” using a catapult to lob bean bags.

Children’s activities begin at 4:30p.m., while adults will gather beginning at 6pm in the church courtyard for appetizers, music played on early instruments, gypsy dancers and an 8pm repast. Tickets are $10 for adults, with children under 12 free. A family rate of adults and children over 12 is $25. Group hours and English teas will be offered from Wednesday to Saturday, 9:30am to 3:30pm and for drop-in members of the public, Thursday through Saturday, from 11am to 4pm. Groups of eight or more can be accommodated on Sundays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. -------------------------MORE INFORMATION (562) 439-9496

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TST3856 title order no. 4529988 trustee Sale no. HUnter 0610041oPt reference no: o908-00077-1 aPn# 7211026-154 notiCe of trUStee Sale yoU are in defaUlt Under a notiCe of delinQUent aSSeSSMent reCorded 12/10/2009. 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 10/18/2011 at 11:00 aM, Mcintyre law group as the duly appointed trustee will sell all right, title and interest held by the trustee, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy to the obligation secured by the lien as set forth in that certain notice of delinquent assessment, recorded on 12/10/2009 as document no. 20091876116 of official records in the office of the recorder of los angeles County, California, wherein this office is the duly appointed trustee. the original trustor (record owner at the time the notice of delinquent assessment was recorded) was Paul S. Hunter Will Sell at PUBliC aUCtion to tHe HigHeSt Bidder for CaSH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this State) at: the West side doors to the los angeles County Courts Building, 12720 norwalk Blvd., norwalk, California. all right, title and interest under said notice of delinquent assessment in the property situated in said County. the street address and other common designation, if any of the real property described above is purported to be: 2599 Walnut ave #333 Signal Hill, Ca 90755 this sale is subject to a 90-day right of redemption pursuant to Civil Code 1367.4 © (4). the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown above. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum due under said notice of delinquent assessment, with interest thereon, as provided in said notice, advances, if any, reasonably estimated fees, charges, and expenses of the trustee, reasonably estimated to be: $12,497.98. accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. the claimant, Hillside pines Homeowners association, under said notice of delinquent assessment 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 and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. PleaSe note tHat We are a deBt ColleCtor. date: September 19, 2011 Mcintyre law group Post office Box 1098, Huntington Beach, Ca 92647 714-893-9919 for Sales information: Please Call (714) 480-5690 Carolina abadia taC# 945728 PUB: 9/23 9/30 10/07/11. TST3855 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.

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California reconveyance Company 9200 oakdale avenue Mail Stop: Ca2-4379 Chatsworth, Ca 91311 800-892-6902 for Sales information: (714) 730-2727 or www.lpsasap.com (714) 573-1965 or www.priorityposting.com aSaP# 4086512 09/23/2011, 09/30/2011, 10/07/2011 TST3864 trustee Sale no. 452059Ca loan no. 0021242615 title order no. 882712 notiCe of trUStee’S Sale yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt dated 9/14/2005. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeedingS againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer. on 10/21/2011 at 10:30 aM, California reConveyanCe CoMPany as the duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded 09/27/2005, Book n/a, Page n/a, instrument 052321675 of official records in the office of the recorder of loS angeleS County, California, executed by: gerZain Barrera, a Single Man, as trustor, CHaSe BanK USa, n.a., 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: tHe front entranCe to tHe PoMona SUPerior CoUrtS BUilding, 350 W. 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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 october 20, 2011, at 10:30 aM, at the west side of the los angeles County Courthouse, directly facing norwalk Blvd., 12720 norwalk Blvd., norwalk, Ca, fidelity national title inSUranCe CoMPany, as the duly appointed trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain deed of trust recorded on September 19, 2006, as instrument no. 06 2076597 of official records in the office of the recorder of los angeles County, Ca, executed by: Peter a. daviS, a Single Man, as trustor, in favor of Mortgage eleCtroniC regiStration SySteMS, inC. aS noMinee for MetroCitieS Mortgage, llC, as Beneficiary, Will Sell at PUBliC aUCtion to tHe HigHeSt Bidder, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: aS More fUlly deSCriBed in Said deed of trUSt the property heretofore described is being sold "as is". the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2145 CreSCent drive, Signal Hill, Ca 90755-0000 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 without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining unpaid balance of the obligations secured by and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain deed of trust (together with any modifications thereto). the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this notice of trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $716,921.70 (estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. 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Pursuant to California Civil Code §2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: the beneficiary or servicing agent declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner of Corporation a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of Sale is filed and/or the timeframe for giving notice of Sale Specified in subdivision (s) of California Civil Code Section 2923.52 applies and has been provided or the loan is exempt from the requirements. dated 9/16, 9/23, 9/30. 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. 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TST3861/ 2011 103449 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 1. 710 tire Center, 2. PriMo tireS, 21370 S. alameda ave., Carson, Ca 90810. registrant: franCiSCo CrUZ, 5422 olive ave., long Beach, Ca 90805. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: francisco Cruz. the registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. the registrant started doing business under this fictitious Business name on September 23, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on September 21, 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 23, 30, & october 7, 14, 2011. TST3860 / 2011 093097 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: BKM MarKeting, 3801 atlantic ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: BiBxy KnollS Mortgage CorPoration, 3801 atlantic ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. this business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Pamela g. Borcich, Secretary. the registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. the registrant started doing business under this fictitious Business name on June 1, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on September 1, 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 23, 30, & october 7, 14, 2011.

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TST3868 / 2011 092925 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 1. SHarMonly, 2. We HelP yoU do it (WHUdoit), 5139 raton Circle, long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: dana l. andreWS, 5139 raton 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: dana l. andrews. 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 1, 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 30, & october 7, 14, 21, 2011. TST3867 oRDER To APPEAR CaSe no. do-011-07168 in the Matter of rodney Martin loCKHart, Petitioner, and loiS anne loCKHart, respondent. aPPearanCeS: rodney lockhart, Petitioner appeared Pro Per. the Court has reviewed the entire file and based upon the records submitted to the Court, the Court does find that Mr. lockhart has demonstrated due diligence as to why alternative must be effected against the respondent. notiCe: it is ordered setting this matter for Hearing on thursday, november 3, 2011 at 9:00 a.m., sitting in Mohave County Superior Court, lake Havasu City, arizona, Honorable: randolph a. Bartlett, division: 2, Courtroom: K. the respondent is ordered to appear on the date and at the time listed. the name and address of the court is: MoHave CoUnty SUPerior CoUrt, 2001 laKe HavaSU City, ariZona 86404. date: September 22, 2011. virlynn tinnel, Clerk of the Superior Court by Sue ann Seeley, deputy Clerk. Published in the Signal tribune newspaper on September 30, & october 7, 14, 21, 2011.

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liquor cabinet. The side yard was originally just one big slab of concrete, so the couple opted to create pavers from the concrete instead. The patio set and other furnishing and fixtures in the home were also gifts from family members. Arcinue did research on the feng shui of the house and added a couple of items to the hallway to help bring good luck. A tree is located directly in front of the house, which inspired the painting on the stained-glass door, and has long been regarded as bringing bad luck. Hanging from a chandelier in the hallway is a crystal to dilute the energy coming into the home. Horseshoes can be found throughout the house, which are also hanging for good luck. One example of Burik’s ‘do it yourself’ decorating approach can be seen with the fully adorned hallway she decorated to tell a story. She framed illustrations from a children's book she got for $3 at a thrift store. Several of the renovations completed to the home are also eco-friendly, such as the installation of an attic fan as opposed to air conditioning. The landscaping to the front yard was designed by Arcinue and his sister-in-law and completely funded through the City of Long Beach’s low-water grant. In the kitchen, they opted to use Plyboo, a bamboo cutting board, which is a green product. Marmoleum, a linoleum ecofriendly sustainable flooring, was also installed in the kitchen. The remainder of the rooms, including the 5'x7' bathroom, saw additional changes and features added. The bedroom was predominantly left as is, and the office/guestroom received the addition of French doors that lead out to the patio. The guestroom functions as the perfect little nook where anyone can lounge around or pick up a good read. The kitchen needed the most work

done, as there were floor tiles on the counter and ceiling damage from a dropped ceiling that someone had put in. Cabinets and new tile were added, and the countertop was replaced with paperstone, which is paper that’s set in resin. While it appears much renovation was done to the house, Burik said they kept everything that was original and salvageable and just tried to correct some of the unfortunate changes people had made over the years. “The house is simple; we just tried to be respectful,” she said. As far as the stained-glasses door, the two plan to keep it up for as long as they can. “People know us as the house with the stained-glass door. I feel like we can’t get rid of the door because everyone knows the house by this door. We get so many compliments from it,” she said. Arcinue, a psychologist at Cal State University, Long Beach, and Burik, a pyschotherapist, have come to appreciate the little home they’ve nurtured back into good health. Along with their dog, Raisin, and two cats, Burik said the five of them get along there just fine. “For the two of us, it’s perfect. I really love the neighborhood,” she said. “It’s a really sweet house.” rare roses take full bloom in the featured English cottage garden Lori DeBold has a two-part question she likes to always ask people: What’s your favorite rose, and why? The results of those responses have come to shape her English cottage garden by giving it not only its unique charm, but by also breathing an air of romance and sentiment throughout the vast backyard. DeBold moved into her home in 2005. She grew up in Ohio, where she said the family always lived on fiveacre properties, so when it came time for her to finally purchase a home she

knew she wanted a decent-sized backyard. As she started work on the yard, she was certain that she wanted an English garden with plenty of roses and foxglove, and now some of her favorites, amongst the 50 different kinds scattered along her yard, are some she’s never even heard of before. The first thing that catches your eye upon entering the back yard is not a flower, but in fact a giant tree, Freddie the Fig Tree to be exact. A friend purchased a face to spruce up the long standing tree, and it has added a sense of wittiness to the yard ever since. Every rose has its story, and you can never have too many roses, she says. Much of the rose collection consists of obscure European roses that she has at times made it a mission to find. She calls them her little prizes, having driven all the way to San Jose once to find a rose a friend had mentioned she liked, but couldn’t find. Souvenir de la Malmaison is the first rose that opens the garden. The antique French rose is one that Napoleon’s Josephine had in her garden as well. The oldest documented rose, Rosa Mundi, has been pictured in manuscripts in Europe from the 1400s, she says, and its legacy continues to live on in her garden. Her personal favorite is the Yves Piaget, which produces a large, double mauve pink bloom. Several others ranging from potted to planted to Graham Thomas, a rose voted the best of all time by a rose society, to Mr. Lincoln, with its black berry blush, align the walls of the garden. Long Beach landscape designer Kathy Alford helped create the garden that DeBold wanted to have look as if it could be in Mexico to complement the Spanish-style home. Debold frequents Rogers Spring Hill Garden and the H&H Nursery to add variety to the rose garden. The Mon Cheri rose placed along the wall of the garden is a favorite of a garden aficionado she’s encountered on her journey to finding those rare gems. She shares her home with four dachshunds and a cat named Buddy. Her front yard, which comprises more drought-tolerant natives and succulent plants, is a tribute to her late pet, Clyde. She planted and designed the front garden herself, carefully placing a wingeddachshund ornament to hang from an acacia tree, and it has been his garden ever since. The rose garden may provide an esthetically pleasing touch to home, but in fact it serves a greater purpose for DeBold. “This garden has been my saving grace. My house and my garden are like my sanctuary,” she said. With

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Beach, and she also is an attorney and a registered nurse practitioner. In a telephone interview Tuesday, Schipske said, “Our focus should be making certain that government is not in the way of businesses being able to create jobs because government doesn’t create jobs. Government should have policies and procedures that facilitate the growth of jobs in the community.” O’Donnell said that he has crossparty appeal, which is especially important in light of a new state election law regarding open primaries. Now, the top two candidates in a primary could be chosen without regard to party affiliation. In theory, two Democrats could run against each other in a general election. So far, no members of the Republican Party or any other party have filed paperwork to run for Assembly in the 70th district, according to the latest information provided by the Secretary of State’s website at press time. O’Donnell indicated that the open primary will now change who the people select, predicting that “more people will be willing to work together.” “The extremes haven’t moved us forward, so what we need are people who are willing to work with two sides and find solutions,” O’Donnell

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When Maria Elena Carson stepped into the Spanish Mission Revival house she would come to purchase last year, she could tell the house had a lot of history, but it could also be maintained for the future. She remembers walking through and feeling a rich past from it and appreciating the comfort of it all. Carson has always preferred historic, vintage-inspired homes. As a muralist, she has learned how to transform the look and energy of a room by simply switching out a paint scheme or adding a faux finish. The paintwork and distressed furniture found throughout the rooms are what give the home a European design style. The original architecture of the home is still in place and only had cosmetic work done, which she mostly did herself. The arches and barrel ceiling are what drew her into the living room, which has since been furnished with her own personally collected antique furniture and paintings. Stained-glass windows brighten the spacious room, and a hearth surrounded with various potteries gives a warm welcome to guests. The dining room received a lush repainting to give it a Spanish Seville look. She started off with a gold glaze then painted that over with a couple of terracottas and browns, and lastly added a faux finish, which she specializes in. A mural titled “Reflections of the Season” was painted on one of the dining room walls and reflects the start of fall in Tennessee. Most of the paintings throughout the home are done en plein air, which is a French expression that means “in the open air.” She generally paints around the start of autumn, her favorite time of year, as the trees are just changing colors. The warm harvest and copper tones

of her art complement the ambiance and color schemes throughout each room. The home was built in 1939 and saw the addition of a den and third bathroom in the 1970s. Carson noticed the bathroom was awkwardly situated within the den and didn’t look natural, so it was removed, and the den was later expanded. The patio deck was expanded as well and now oversees a large back yard where she built a playhouse for her grandson, Drake. Her guest room was transformed into Drake’s room, which was painted using colors she blended to create an almost powder-blue hue. The Marie room was inspired by Marie Antoinette’s bedroom. The room is filled with aqua colors, silks and satins. She used a stencil to add flowers within the mint blue paintwork and added a chifferobe to add an antique touch. Carson repainted the cabinets to give the kitchen a warmer feel and added leaded glass to the cabinet doors. The side patio located just right outside the kitchen area is perfectly designed for entertaining or enjoying a morning cup of coffee. Mexican pottery pieces are on display including a roadrunner plate from New Mexico, where she grew up. The master bedroom is tastefully designed to incorporate every element of her creativity from painting to upholstery to creating pillow throws for a banquette. From an antique store she purchased a hand-painted French basin, which she had previously used for potpourri and reused it as a sink for her master bathroom. With a newly installed vessel pump faucet flowing water into the basin, she fell in love with the one of a kind piece all over again. The theme of her home is “House of Dreams,” which is also the name of her business. The idea of restoring and recycling furniture has always intrigued her, and the activity goes hand-in-hand with her profession. “I’ve always liked the mission Spanish style house, so to me it is worth it,” she said.

added. Schipske also emphasized her cross-party appeal and her reputation with the fifth city council district, which she says usually has a high voter turnout. And when she drew a comparison to O’Donnell’s district, she said her city council district tends to vote more often on the moderate to conservative side. “To win this race, because this is an open primary, really it’s going to take somebody who is far more moderate,” Schipske said in Tuesday’s interview. Long Beach’s City Council is usually set to see some changes every two years, since councilmembers are generally limited to running for two terms and since the elections will be held for the second, fourth, sixth, and eighth council district seats in 2012. O’Donnell was set to finish his second and final term in 2012, however Schipske’s second and final term was scheduled to finish in 2014. Schipske had been a key vote with Eighth District Councilmember Rae Gabelich on a number of controversial issues where they have opposed others on the Council. There was a battle over maps that drew new council district lines and another fight over whether the City should use its oil surplus funds to reduce the amount of budget cuts to

the fire and police departments. Gabelich, whose second term ends in 2012, said that she will not at this time endorse any candidate for the assembly district seat, however she did say that she would feel the absence of her fifth district colleague if Schipske leaves the City Council before she finishes her term in 2014. “I think it will be a terrible loss,” Gabelich said of Schipske’s possible departure from the Council. “I’d hate to see the Council go back to a 9-0 vote just because the mayor wants it that way. Each councilmember has to remember that they were elected to represent their communities and each one of them has a vote. No matter who the mayor is, the mayor does not have a vote. And so I would hate to see it return to that flavor, if you will. It’s been there before, and the community does not benefit from that kind of politics.” The Council may see changes in the other remaining council seats that usually are scheduled for an election in 2014. Third District Councilmember Gary DeLong announced in August that he intends to run for the local Congressional seat. In addition, a community effort to recall Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson has begun to collect signatures for its campaign.

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Floyd Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers of all time. Period. Seven world titles in five weight classes is a statement within itself, and he has proved to the world that he deserves the title “the undisputed champion of the world.” Mayweather threw several haymakers in the first, second, and third round, but the fourth seemed to be owned by Victor Ortiz. After landing several punches, it turned

out that Ortiz’s punches weren’t fair. He head-butted Mayweather several times before he was finally warned by referee Joe Cortez for intentional headbutting. Ortiz’s style of fighting is known as “dirty fighting.” After the call by the referee, he attempted to apologize to Mayweather with a sincere hug. Unfortunately, his apology wasn’t accepted. This was a day to remember. On Sept. 17, 2011, Mayweather silenced all his critics, and it only took him one hour to do it. Ortiz’s stint was so short in the ring with the Champ that he

was unable to complete the plan that he and his team spent months putting together. The plan was to get more physical with Mayweather in the fifth round, but Ortiz didn’t last past the fourth round, after being hand-delivered two right punches that resulted in a knockout. Talks in the air remain on whether or not Mayweather “sucker punched” his way to a victory. However, many still agree that in the sport of boxing that you have to protect yourself at all times. We can question Ortiz’s boxing skills. Why wasn’t he paying attention or focused? Did he

take the fight as seriously as his opponent? There will always be questions and concerns that will never be answered. If Mayweather’s punches were illegal or the fight wasn’t officially commenced, further actions would have taken place. Boxing is one of the most belligerent sports in the world, and it takes a man with mental and physical strength to compete in that profession. After watching Mayweather live for the second time, I have to say he masters the science of boxing. You can like, dislike, or despise Mayweather, but you have to accept and respect his work

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ethic. Sure, he’s a little cocky, arrogant, flashy and most of all confident that no other boxer alive can challenge him for his belt. Mayweather’s public personality is very sporadic; however, everyone is entitled to live life the way they want to, and most of the hatred towards him comes from the way he presents himself in the public eye. If championships erased intense animosity, then Mayweather would be the world’s favorite athlete-yet he’s not. The more he wins, the more hate mail he receives. Fame doesn’t always entail a happy life; being a successful athlete is like battling in a war– you have to keep your bullet proof vest on to survive. We can hate it or love it, but Mayweather is still the champ with a 42-0 record.

First annual LA County Bike Summit to meet in Long Beach Los Angeles County officials and city staff will convene in Long Beach on Friday, Sept. 30 for the first-ever Creating a Bicycle Friendly LA County Summit. Coordinated by the LA County Department of Public Health’s RENEW LA County initiative and the LA County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), the summit will explore successful bicycling infrastructure, including new roadway design manuals, education programs, bicycle master planning and enforcement efforts. “Our mission is to create a better, more bikeable LA County, and this event gives city staff and elected leaders an opportunity to learn about the tools, funding opportunities, and benefits of creating communities that are better for bicycling,” said Jennifer Klausner, executive director of the LACBC. “Even people who may never ride a bicycle benefit from communities that are safer for bicycling.” Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster will kick off the summit at 9am at the Long Beach Convention Center and will recognize local elected officials who have made a commitment to creating bikefriendly communities. Featured presenters include: Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Cyclists; Dr. James Sallis, director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living

Research Center; and Long Beach Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, who will discuss why these policy and infrastructure improvements are important. “Communities across the country are realizing that being bikefriendly is more than just a nice thing to do– it’s a critical part of creating livable, sustainable communities in which people want to live and companies want to locate,” Clarke said. The host city of Long Beach, working toward a goal of becoming the “most bicycle friendly city in America,” has installed amenities throughout the city, including a world-class Bikestation– a new facility that provides 24-hour bike parking and offers: lockers for commuters; bicycle rental and repair; classes; restroom and changing facilities; a bicycle boulevard; and the region’s first separated single track bikeway, with special bicycle traffic signals. “Long Beach is proud to host the first bicycle summit of its kind for Los Angeles County,” Foster said. “This is a great opportunity for cities to exchange ideas on how to create more bike-friendly communities.” -------------------------MORE INFORMATION la-bike.org/LACountyBikeSummit ChooseHealthLA.com

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Free the hidden musician, artist or thespian within at Jammin' Music

Co-owners Geoff Parry and Kerri Hikida in their new expanded studio in Bixby Knolls

It’s nice to see small business growth in this current economy, and in Bixby Knolls, Jammin’ Music rocks on. Since 2004, Jammin’ Music has taught hundreds of students the joy of playing the instrument of their choice, including strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, amd percussion, as well as vocal training. In 2011 they relocated to a larger facility and added art, drama and musical theater instruction to become a full-fledged creative learning center. With his business now located at 4228 Atlantic Ave., Jammin’ Music co-owner Kerri Hikida comments on their continued growth. “We offer the same fun approach to the arts as to our music programs,” she says. “Learning always comes easier when it’s fun.” Fun was the key ingredient this summer, as dozens of school-age prodigies tackled the nuances of a new musical instrument, or developed artistic skills during the Jammin’ Music summer camp sessions. Weeklong courses were entertaining while providing the structured learning approach necessary to achieve tangible results. Hikida and co-owner Geoff Parry will offer more classes after school and on weekends this fall. Rock

School, Keyboard Kids and Mommy and Me classes offer basic and advanced lessons during and after school hours. Jammin’ Music supplies band instruments to dozens of schools and hundreds of musicians each year, as well as music instruction as needed. Other classes are in development and should be available soon. Young actors, hams and divas-in-training will enjoy the theater arts program. Past classes have co-produced original musicals, utilizing singing and improvisational skills learned during the class. The musicals were performed on the new stage area in the front of the store, to the enjoyment of parents and visitors alike. Art classes will teach your child basic art skills and appreciation. Drawing and painting classes teach basic shapes and styles. Adults benefit from individual music classes taught by quality instructors. Jammin’ Music is a proud sponsor of Bixby Knolls’ First Fridays art walk. Visitors on those nights might enjoy a drum circle, student recitals or jam sessions. Guest artists and local musicians lend their talents for a fun evening out. Call (562) 490-0222 or visit jamminmusic-lb.com for more information and class sign-ups.

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