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Protesters and community speak out at Three candidates enter arena Lincoln Park with ‘Occupy Long Beach’ for 8th District council seat Stephanie Raygoza
Long Beach residents and community organizers took to the streets and gathered at Lincoln Park in the city’s downtown district last weekend to protest in solidarity with the Occupy Together movement. The Occupy Long Beach events culminated on Sunday with two arrests and two other citations after a number of participants came to disagreements with the police officers who attempted to usher them out of the public park. The purpose of the non-violent, non-partisan movement, which continues to spread across the country, is to protest corporate greed. Following the Declaration of the Occupation of New York City document and intending to help represent the disadvantaged “99 percent” majority that is suffering from an unfair global economy, the hundreds of signwielding protestors chanted and expressed their concerns over the “one percent” of corporate America that they believe have come to run the government. In light of the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, more than 250 students, community advocates and educators occupied and rallied in
With elections for the second, fourth, sixth and eighth district Long Beach Council seats approaching in spring of 2012, the race for eighth district is shaping up to be the most hotly contested. Three candidates have already filed their 8th district intent-to-run forms as the current councilmember, Rae Gabelich, is terming out after two fouryear terms. In a phone interview with Signal Tribune publisher Neena Strichart Thursday, Gabelich stated that she has not yet decided whether or not she would wage a write-in campaign. The three candidates include: Al Austin II, a political organizer and community leader; Lillian Kawasaki, a member of the board of directors for the Water Replenishment District (WRD) of Southern California; and Mike Kowal, an activist and state-certified real estate broker.
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Protesters march across 4th Street in downtown Long Beach as part of the Occupy Long Beach movement rallies that happened on Oct. 15 and Oct. 16.
the city’s financial district Saturday morning. The crowd then marched to Lincoln Park for the general assembly that continued well into Sunday, as people began setting up temporary shelters at night. In a press release sent to the Signal Tribune by event coordinators, local organizer Tammara Phillips echoed the event’s purpose and said, “We are a grassroots, local movement in solidarity with Occupy Wall
Street…we are the 99 percent.” Cal State Long Beach student and organizer Ben Fisher attended the protests and said he had worked closely with the City beforehand to ensure that participation in the movement was as transparent as possible. Still, Fisher said that he and the other organizers never received the proper cooperation and partnership from the City, and in an email sent to see OCCUPY LB page 4
Al Austin II
Al Austin II Austin said in a telephone interview that he has lived in Bixby Knolls for 10 years and works in the political department for a national union called the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which is see 8th DIStRICt page 14
SH City Council rebukes community organizations, offers key responsibilities to Signal Hill Community Foundation CJ Dablo Staff Writer
During its meeting on Oct. 18, the Signal Hill City Council criticized two nonprofit organizations which had been in charge of a popular summer concert series and a specific library fundraising project. These projects had used City resources and property, raising thousands of dollars in donations every year. The Council determined to make a change last Tuesday. In a vote of 4-0, the Council authorized the city manager to enter into an agreement with the Signal Hill Community Foundation, which will
assume the management of a summer concert series and another fundraiser which sold inscribed memorial bricks installed on City property. Members of the Council emphasized their gratitude to the volunteers who had worked hard for the library projects and had dedicated their time to produce the summer concerts. They did, however, underscore concerns over the administration of these projects and a significant delay in negotiating an agreement with these organizations. “I want to move beyond blame,” Councilmember Michael Noll said of the decision. “I want results. And I
think this is real important. The perception and credibility of the organization is really important.” The move drew sharp comments from members of the two organizations at the heart of the controversy: Friends of Signal Hill Cultural Arts (FOSHCA) and Friends of the Signal Hill Library (FOSHL). For several years, they had been responsible for these key projects in addition to other projects and events that supported the arts and library needs. “People have seen how much money is involved. They want it for see COUNCIL page 13
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On behalf of the Greater Harbor Area Employer Advisory Council and Christian Outreach and Action, La Trice McBride (right) presents a veterans award to Signal Hill Mayor Larry Forester (left) at the Signal Hill City Council meeting on Oct. 18.
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OCTOBER 21, 2011
After departure of Allegiant Airlines, LBG swiftly fills its open flight slots PUTTING AN END TO SCAMMING What Scam stopper seminar Who Hosted by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal When Friday, Oct. 21 from 9:30am to 11:30am Where El Dorado Senior Center, 2800 Studebaker Rd., LB DEVICES DEMONSTRATION FOR BETTER HEARING What Free hearing devices exhibit Who Presented by the Hearing Loss Association of Long Beach/Lakewood When Friday, Oct. 21 from 10am to noon Where Craft Room of the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave., Lakewood More Info The association will host a hands-on examination of the different devices in addition to providing information on how they work and where they can be purchased. Call (562) 425-5651. HEALTHY STEPPING AND FOOD TALK What 21st Annual Beach Walk and Healthy Food Day Festival Who Presented by The Children’s Clinic When Saturday, Oct. 22 at 9am Where The Marina Green on Shoreline Drive, LB More Info Registration for the event is $30 for adults, $15 for students and free for children under 6 years old. The 5K walk begins at 9am with participant and sponsor registration beginning at 8am. The event will include food demonstrations by Primal Alchemy and activities and booths from the Long Beach Alliance for Food and Fitness, Miller Children’s Hospital and Healthy Long Beach. Millikan High School COMPASS students will host the Healthy Kids Zone. Attendees of the festival will be able to take home fruits and vegetables courtesy of Gardikas Produce. Online registration continues through Friday, Oct. 21 at thechildrensclinic.org. LEAFY SALES AT THE NATURE CENTER What California native plant sale Who El Dorado Nature Center When Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9:30am to 2pm Where El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 East Spring St., LB More Info The center recommends buyers to come early for best selection. Vehicle entry fee of $7 will be credited towards the purchase of $75 or more. SUSPENSEFUL BRUNCH AND BOOK SIGNING What Rose Park Book Signing Brunch Who Coordinated by the Rose Park Neighborhood Association When Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10am to noon Where Rose Park on 8th Street and Orizaba Avenue, LB More Info The event’s theme and topic of discussion will be “Mysteries & Crime!” Local authors who’ve written mysteries will read from their works. Books will be available for signing and purchase. COMMUNITY GATHERING AND UPDATES What North Long Beach Community Assembly Who Presented by 8th District Councilmember Rae Gabelich When Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10am to 1pm Where Dooley Elementary School, 5075 Long Beach Blvd., LB More Info The assembly will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about new developments going on in North Long Beach and discuss issues of concern in local neighborhoods.
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JetBlue Airways is one of three airlines that recently filled open flight spots after the departure of Allegiant Airlines from Long Beach Airport (LBG). Delta Air Lines and US Airways were also allocated spots. (Pictured is Dan Sullivan, mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, who was at LBG last May for JetBlue’s inaugural flight from Long Beach to Anchorage.) Long Beach Airport (LGB) announced this week the swift allocation of its three open flight slots to JetBlue Airways, Delta Air Lines, and US Airways. The three airlines submitted requests for over twice as many slots than were available. “The overwhelming demand for these flight slots demonstrates that airlines fully recognize the quality of the Long Beach Airport,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. By allocating the air-carrier slots to airlines currently providing service at LGB, airport executives hope to diversify and add new destinations to provide even more alternatives for travel
to new markets from Long Beach. “Long Beach Airport already provides excellent customer service, and now we’re moving forward to continue exceeding passengers’ expectations,” said 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske. The flight slots became available because of the departure of Allegiant Airlines. “We said we’d immediately fill the slots, and we did,” said Airport Director Mario Rodriguez. “Long Beach Airport has much more demand for slots than what we can provide.” Demand for seat capacity at Long Beach Airport has increased this year
by four percent, a reversal of the current downward trend at many nearby airports in the Southern California region. With the departure of Allegiant Airlines’ MD-80 aircraft, the airport will see a positive net result in the noise compliance initiatives with the quieter aircraft of the airlines awarded the slots, according to a press release issued by the City of Long Beach. Each of the three airlines that requested slots was allocated one slot, in accordance with the Long Beach Municipal Code. The slots will be available for service by the airlines on Nov. 29, 2011.
OCTOBER 21, 2011
LBPD arrest suspect for convenience-store robbery in January One suspect wanted in connection with the Jan. 22, 2011, murder of 53year-old Sor Phouma, who was killed during a convenience store robbery located in the 1900 block of E. 4th Street, is in custody and will be charged with the murder. Surveillance video released by the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) after the murder depicted two male suspects entering the store and approaching the counter. One of the suspects produced a chrome revolver and proceeded to rob the store clerk. During the robbery, a male patron who detectives are still attempting to iden-
Police seeking info in shootings of three men On Saturday, Oct. 15, shortly before 9pm, officers from the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to the area of 53rd Street and Atlantic Avenue regarding a shooting that had just occurred. When they arrived, officers discovered three male victims who had been shot at that location. All three were transported to a local hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds. One of the victims later succumbed to his injuries while another remains in critical condition and the third was treated for a gunshot wound to his lower body and released. The deceased victim has been identified as 24-year-old Corey Banks, a resident of Long Beach. At press time, investigators believe the shootings are gang-related, and the suspects remain at large. Anyone who may have any information about this murder is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Peter Lackovic or Hugo Cortes at (562) 5707244. Anonymous tips may also be submitted via text or on the web by visiting longbeach.gov/police and clicking on “Submit a Tip.”
Uranga elected chair of ACCT
Long Beach Community College District Trustee Roberto Uranga has been elected to serve as the chair of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). Uranga was elected last weekend at the annual Community College Trustee Leadership Congress in Dallas, Texas. Uranga becomes the first Latino to serve as chair of the Association, which represents more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and other countries. “Community colleges continue to make extraordinary and amazing strides in these challenging times,” Uranga said. “I am humbled to be the first Latino to serve in this capacity and honored to bring this recognition to Long Beach.” Uranga is currently the vice president of the Board of Trustees for the Long Beach Community College District Board. He was first elected to serve on the board in 2000. Uranga was unanimously voted president of the Board in 2002 and 2006. “Trustee Uranga is a national leader in community college policy, and we are fortunate to have him as a member of our local governing board,” said LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “I am sure he will bring the same level of passion that we have seen here in Long Beach to the Association of Community College Trustees.”
tify, was also robbed at gunpoint. The armed suspect then shot Phouma before both suspects fled the store. Phouma was pronounced deceased at the scene. Within days of the murder, a reward for information leading to the suspects’ identities and whereabouts was established by business owners. Additionally, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, at the request of Supervisor Don Knabe, offered a $10,000 reward. Initially, detectives received numerous tips, although none of them led to a break in the case. However, in March of 2011, detectives received an anonymous tip that one of the suspects involved in the robbery was in custody in Riverside on unrelated robbery and firearm charges. They immediately
began working with the Riverside Sheriff’s Department and identified 31year-old Edgar Vasquez of Perris as the shooter. Detectives carried on with the investigation, withholding the release of this information until now in an effort to identify the second suspect. They have followed up on all leads, still attempting to confirm the identity of the second suspect, and are hoping that someone will come forward with additional information. Anyone who may have information regarding the second suspect or the male patron who was also robbed is urged to contact Long Beach Homicide Detectives David Rios and Roger Zottneck at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web at tipsoft.com.
Surveillance video showing suspects involved in the Long Beach convenience-store robbery and murder of 53-year-old Sor Phouma on Jan. 22, 2011.
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several news outlets on Oct. 17, he described many instances throughout the evening when police officials would harass protesters over the manner in which they could occupy the park. “Before sundown, the City set up three sets of floodlights running on loud portable generators,” Fisher wrote in the email. “Between the
brightness of the lights, the droning of the generators, and constant harassment by the LBPD, Occupy Long Beach was up all night.” In a press release recapping Saturday’s events, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) characterized the demonstration as a display of mutual respect between police and the demonstrating community with demonstrators able to express their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech while obeying all applica-
OCTOBER 21, 2011 ble laws. The LBPD issued another press release on Oct. 17 to illustrate the outcome of Sunday’s demonstration. Police officials said that as the night neared 10pm, the hour in which the park closed, the group grew to approximately 75 in attendance and were warned to disperse. Most subjects proceeded to exit the park and move onto the sidewalk, however police officials made the decision to arrest 30-year-old Jason James and a
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Protesters march across 4th Street in downtown Long Beach as part of the Occupy Long Beach movement rallies on Oct. 15 and 16.
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minor for failing to comply with the request to vacate the park. According to the press release, the group chanted and yelled in defiance of police while they searched other tents in the park. Lakewood resident Louis Rodriguez and Seal Beach resident Jonathan Allen were issued citations and released at the scene. Colleges also partook in the Occupy Together movement, including Long Beach City College (LBCC), which coordinated Occupy LBCC on Monday evening and established a similar encampment at the Liberal Arts Campus lawn. The Occupy Los Angeles event took place the evening of Oct. 19 when occupiers marched from Olvera Street. At the Oct. 19 Long Beach City Council meeting, five supporters of the Occupy Long Beach movement spoke or stated the reasons for being involved in the movement during the public-comment portion. Voicing their support of the movement, 1st District Councilmember Robert Garcia addressed the noise and pollution of the lighting generators, and 8th District Councilmember Rae Gabelich suggested that some modification of the non-camping statutes be considered, according to Phillips’s email and confirmed Thursday by Gabelich. ----------------------------MORE INFORMATION occupylongbeach.webs.com
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Publisher by Neena Strichart
We’ve all heard about the struggles facing small, medium and large businesses during these tough economic times. Some are barely hanging on while others are getting creative and expanding or “tweaking” their merchandise or services. Lots of folks are finding innovative ways to meet even more of their patrons’ needs. I’ve heard of chiropractors offering more spa-like massages, while some housesitters are including petsitting as part of their services. Many restaurants are adding specialty coffee drinks to their menus to capitalize on the area’s yen for caffeine. The list is as endless as is good old American ingenuity. Besides, meeting a need is good business and creates its own goodwill and word-of-mouth marketing.
Although we have always been primarily a newspaper business, we too have been creative in expanding our horizons. We’ve done some business card, brochure and even menu designing and printing for our clients who appreciate our customer service. During election seasons we have also produced political mailers/handouts for several local candidates. No conflict of interest there, as our newspaper does NOT endorse candidates. As if that isn’t enough, through a pilot program with the City of Signal Hill, we recently added transit shelter outdoor advertising to our list of marketing opportunities for local businesses. Keeping in mind the unique twists and turns businesses are taking these days, I can’t say I was surprised to hear about the latest original idea when it comes to cemetery plots– a new golf-themed memorial site. After reading about the innovative idea online, I contacted the marketing folks for the memorial park and asked them to send me a press release. They responded immediately and even sent a few fabulous photos. Here’s more of the story… According to a press release from Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Funeral Home in the state of Washington, they have recently dedicated their new Memorial Golf Park.
“Golfers understand the simple joys that accompany a day on the course: the smell of a freshly cut green, the sound of a well-hit drive and the satisfaction of watching a long putt fall into the hole. It is with these joys in mind that Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Funeral Home dedicates its new Memorial Golf Park, a complete golf hole which allows committed fans of the game to be buried or placed in a permanent golf setting, the nation’s first golf-themed memorial park,” states the first portion of the release. Located in Bellevue, Washington, this park was created by a professional golf course designer and features several details. The document emailed to us also states the following: “The park includes a tee-box, 820-square-foot green, fairway and sand trap. The green features a custom-made bronze cup, which will be used as a passageway to the ossuary. Further information given tells that Sunset Hills Memorial Golf Park can accommodate more than 1,281 golf enthusiasts, between full-casket plots and cremation placements.” I love the idea of making a final resting place a bit more personal and a touch less traditional. What are your thoughts? To read the entire press release provided by Sunset Hills, see our website- signaltribune.com.
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Our parks need good neighbors too By Albert Guerra • Long Beach Park and Recreation Commissioner
The little orphaned, homeless and nameless park mentioned in “Thoughts from the Publisher” in last week’s Signal Tribune was put in by the City of Long Beach as part of a new bicycle path and green belt space called the P & E Right-of-Way Park. The new park is composed of two sections. The first section, which was shown in the photograph printed in that issue, is located between Martin L. King Jr. Avenue and Lemon Avenue, and the second section, when completed, will be between Orange Avenue and Walnut Avenue. As a park commissioner for what we often say is the “best park system in the country,” it pains me to see what happens when something in one of our parks goes wrong. The vandalism to this small park is an example of what happens when a park opens without full partnership of all of the
various offices, departments, agencies, community groups and neighbors working together to make it a success. Since opening the park in June, the park department has had the following problems with the location: • Over 150 (and counting) sprinkler heads have been stolen or broken at the location. Crews have had to be on site almost every day since June to repair or replace the sprinkler heads. • Park benches have had graffiti removed at least once a week, with four complete bench repaints. The most recent repaints were last Friday morning. Unfortunately, the paint was not even dry before the benches were tagged that same night, requiring another full repaint. • The lighting in the park has been a challenge for various reasons.
However, we may have worked out a solution with the manufacturer that may have resolved the issue. These are just a few of the challenges that this park is having. But it seems obvious to me that the community needs to work together to find a way to overcome the few people that are ruining it for the others. Here are just a few suggestions: Clean up the alley next to the park. Let’s find a way to get some funding directed to a new paved alley. The current state makes the beautiful park hard to get to and hard to see. Clean up the wash behind the park. I don’t even want to guess what is living or possibly not living in that wash. It looks as if it has not been cleaned in a very long time. I am told that the drainage is maintained by the LA County Flood Control District,
and I am not sure how often they come out to check it, but it’s definitely not enough. Let's hold a waterway clean-up. Develop a park watch program with the local community. I saw several apartment buildings that face the park, along with a large Cambodian community center/temple next to the park. Perhaps they want to adopt the park. Hold a grand-opening event in conjunction with the 6th Council District Office– Dee Andrews. Perhaps a community that celebrates together may work together to keep it clean and safe. A soft opening, in my opinion, does not help garner ownership. I will continue to provide updates as new information is available. Perhaps someday soon we can add this park to the growing list of "true" community parks in our city.
OCTOBER 21, 2011
LBCC student to participate in NASA’s Mars prototype vehicle project Long Beach City College student Heidi Hisu Park is among 48 students from community colleges in 25 states who have been selected to travel to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, to develop prototype vehicles to roam Mars. The students will participate in the three-day experience through the National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program, coordinated at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The students will visit Marshall Nov. 8, 9 and 10, establishing teams and forming fictitious companies pursuing Mars exploration. Each team will create a company infrastructure to design and develop a rover. The experience includes a tour of NASA facilities and briefings from agency scientists and engineers. Participants were selected based on completion of web-based assignments during the school year centered on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content.
“Community colleges are a tremendous source of talented problem-solvers and will help feed skilled scientists and engineers into the nation’s workforce,” said Susan White, director of Education at Johnson. “This program helps inspire students to pursue STEM careers in the future.” NCAS is based on the Texas Aerospace Scholars program, originally created in partnership with NASA and the educational community in Texas. The program is designed to encourage community and junior college students to enter careers in science and engineering and ultimately join the nation's highly technical workforce. For a complete list of the students, their states and the community colleges they represent, visit http://go.usa.gov/0TX. For more information about NASA’s education programs, visit nasa.gov/education.
Counseling agency offering free services to those affected by Seal Beach shootings JFCS of Long Beach/West Orange County, a nonsectarian, community-based agency, is making critical incident debriefing as well as individual counseling available to anyone affected by the recent Seal Beach shootings at no cost. “The acute symptoms of trauma may show up as uncontrollable crying, speaking about the incident and retelling the story, feelings of shock, dismay, detachment or a general inability to function,” said Debbie
Freeman, JFCS clinical director. “These are all normal reactions to what happened.” Trauma research shows that a person does not need to be near the incident itself to have this kind of reaction. If one did have a relationship to the salon, or to any of the victims, it is much more likely that a strong emotional reaction will occur. That being said, simply being a resident of Seal Beach may even cause one to have a feeling of
generalized “numbness” for quite some time, according to a press release issued by JFCS. “Our hearts go out to all those affected by this terrible tragedy,” said Wendy Puzarne, JFCS executive director. “Several members of our community were directly affected, and being a resident of Seal Beach myself, I want to do whatever I can to help.” For more information, call (562) 427-7916.
Job summit to focus on long- and short-term strategies Ninth District Councilmember Steven Neal is inviting the public to the Long Beach Job Summit, entitled “ Getting Back To Work: A Summit on Job Creation in Long Beach,” at Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Dr. The purpose of the summit is to facilitate a conversation on responsible job creation in Long Beach. Discussion topics include long- and short-term strategies to address unemployment, workforce development and growing the Long Beach economy. The summit will feature a keynote presentation on the Long Beach jobs environment by Dr. Dean Baker, author and director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington, D.C. Also featured will be “ Building a Shared Plan of Action for Good Jobs in Long Beach,” a panel discussion on job creation, moderated by Pastor Wayne Chaney, president of Long Beach Ministerial Alliance.
Confirmed panelists include: • Long Beach City Councilmember Steven Neal • Robbie Hunter, executive secretary, Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building Trades Council • Congresswoman Laura Richardson • Assemblymember Warren Furutani– chair, Select Committee on Career Technical Education and Workforce Development • Thomas Fields, Long Beach Harbor Commissioner • Shaun Lumachi, chairman, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board The event is co-sponsored by Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, The Long Beach Ministerial Alliance, and The California Endowment. “It’s about time that we, as leaders, work together to create a shared plan of action to put Long Beach res-
idents to work,” said Neal. “Long Beach residents are struggling, and we all need to keep pushing until we find a solution.” To RSVP, call (562) 570-6137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. -------------------------MORE INFORMATION insidedistrict9.com
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OCTOBER 21, 2011
Long Beach party planner brings an enchanted twist to tea parties Stephanie Raygoza Staff Writer
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Elena Hassan, or Fairy Lulu when she’s in character (far left), has been enchanting little girls with her fairytale tea parties for close to eight years.
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Donning a pink fairy dress, butterfly-inspired wings and a flower crown, 4-year-old Morganne Craig is sipping tea and enjoying mini sandwiches with 10 other fairy friends at her very own enchanted tea party. While most children opt for a Chuck-E-Cheese trip or Disney-themed birthday celebration, these little girls are being transported into a magical fairy world complete with face painting, scavenger hunts and other games, Maypole dancing and fairy crafting. Long Beach resident Elena Hassan, or Fairy Lulu when she’s in character, has been enchanting little girls with her fairytale tea parties for close to eight years. She initially started off creating wings and headbands to be sold in local boutiques, and now her small venture has blossomed into a fullfledged party-planning business that specializes in fairytale themes and even traditional garden parties. Morganne’s birthday is in a backyard setting that has been artfully decorated with hand-painted garden mushrooms, antiqueinspired décor, pastel props and whimsical signs that read “Please Don’t Step on the Fairies.” Another hostess, Fairy Sunshine, is assisting for the day’s events and reads fairytale books to the
girls who now seem to resemble proper little ladies as they sip tea from real, vintage teacups. Later in the day, the girls create fairy dolls and decorate wooden birdhouses to be disguised as fairy houses using items such as fairy dust, glitter twigs and wishing stones found throughout the garden during the scavenger hunt. Although fairy tea parties like Morganne’s are popular choices, Hassan offers several other themed options and can often customize her services to cater to a client’s idea or suggestion. Previous parties she’s hosted include: Alice in Wonderland; Rapunzel; woodland gnomes, a theme ideal for a party with boys; knights and dragons; mermaids and princesses. She has also catered at corporate events and has hosted adult tea parties for groups such as the Ladies Who Lunch and the Red Hat Society. Hassan and her team of 12 fairies have traveled all over Southern California and can average anywhere between four to seven events every weekend. Over the summer, she opens her services during the week when kids are on vacation. She prides herself in hiring hostess fairies that are experienced with children and who may have also worked in the theater. Christina Tran, better known as Fairy Sunshine, discovered the job through Craigslist and was hired in August. With aspirations of run-
ning her own daycare one day, the job allows her to interact with children, and she describes the experience as actually fun. Hassan hopes to one day open up a teahouse where people can come in and do their events. In addition to offering the mobile parties, the teahouse would give people the option of stopping by to enjoy regular tea during the week. She offers loose leaf tea in different varieties as part of the gourmet menu for her adult tea parties and sticks to kid-friendly options such juices, peanut butter and jelly and turkey or ham sandwiches for her children’s events. Much time and dedication goes into planning and setting up several parties throughout the year, however Hassan shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Just seeing the look on children’s faces when they show up and put on their costumes is what she describes as the most rewarding aspect of her job. The picturesque moment of Morganne and her friends running around the back yard with their brightly colored fairy wings resembles a scene straight out of a fairytale book, which is exactly what she accomplishes with her enchanted parties. ---------------------------MORE INFORMATION enchantedfairyteaparties.com
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Four-year-old Morganne Craig, pictured drinking from a teacup, and her friends participate in an enchanted fairy tea party for her birthday hosted by Long Beach party planner Elena Hassan on Saturday, Oct. 15.
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Councilmember Andrews, Cambodia LB Historical Society plotting its next cemetery tour followed them all the way to the grave. Town, Inc. hosting third annual In addition to learning about the perCambodian Arts & Culture Exhibition son’s life, glimpses of early customs, Sixth District Councilmember Dee Andrews and Cambodian Town, Inc. will host the 3rd Annual Cambodian Arts and Culture Exhibition, at 10am on Saturday, Nov. 19, at MacArthur Park, 1321 E. Anaheim St. The open-air festival will have hands-on demonstrations of a variety of art forms from Cambodia’s rich and ancient culture. Local Cambodian artisans and culture bearers will share their expertise through interactive demonstrations. “This event is a jewel in our city,” Andrews said. “It reaches beyond the barriers to bring residents together to
celebrate and educate with the beauty of art.” Among the arts and cultural practices on display will be Cambodian classical dance and costuming, drawing, shadow puppets, music and musical instruments, textiles, dressmaking, weddings, gardening, cooking, and games. This year the exhibition will begin with a traditional Khmer (Cambodian) prayer ceremony at 10am. All of the activities are free and open to the public. For more information call Andrews’s office at (562) 570-6816 or the Exhibition program coordinator, Susan Needham, Ph.D., at (310) 243-3485.
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The Historical Society of Long Beach will present its 16th annual historical tour of the two oldest cemeteries in the city on Saturday, Oct. 29. This year, graveside stories will commemorate several important centennial anniversaries: the Port, the first transcontinental flight, women’s voting rights in California, the Long Beach Day Nursery and the formation of the city’s water department. The cemetery tour is a unique, engaging, educational and entertaining daytime family-friendly event. Visitors will be taken back in time to learn about those whose names are etched in stone– and in some cases, in the streets, parks and neighborhoods that bear their names. Amid the 20,000 tombstones and markers, tour participants stop in at selected graves to hear first-hand narratives of those at rest. Many tell tales of crime, tragedy and scandal which
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What many local Cambodian restaurants serve is actually Thai cuisine. However, true Cambodian cuisine is indeed available here in Long Beach. Cambodia is sandwiched between Vietnam to the southeast and Thailand to the northeast. Due to its proximity, Cambodia shares cultural nuances with both countries, with food being one of
these nuances. Thai food can often be extremely spicy, whereas Cambodian food – while wonderfully flavorful – is not overly spicy. Still, it excites the senses. Monorom Cambodian Restaurant, located at 2150 E. Anaheim St. (just east of Cherry Avenue), stays true to traditional Cambodian roots. Their variation of many better-known dishes will
be familiar, yet with a slight twist. Cambodian food offers another distinct culinary choice to explore, with pleasant results. The word “monorom” is actually two words meaning pleasant / peaceful , and skillful / professional . For years Monorom Cambodian Restaurant has been one of the most visited restaurants in the area for Cambodian tourists. For the past two years, business had quieted so the owners sold to Adam Van. After extensive remodeling and upgrades, Monorom has returned to its former glory. Van has lived in Long Beach for 30 years, attending Millikan High School and graduating from CSULB with a degree in computer sciences. His family members help run the restaurant with classically trained chefs who use exceptional ingredients. They pro-
vide the flavors in some simple and complex dishes, to the delight of their loyal customers. “I am not a trained chef,” says Van. “But I know what I like.” His customers know too. A dish made popular in Southeast Asia, “Student Noodles” is one traditional dish with plenty of history. As the story goes, young college students were unable to afford costly dishes. The street vendors, discovering an untapped market, developed a tasty noodle dish students could buy on a budget. A popular variation of this dish is served at Monorom Cambodian Restaurant with meat, chicken or seafood. The beef stew is served in a light, delicious broth/sauce with tender meat and dipping baguettes. The flavors in the broth meld perfectly with the texture of the crunchy bread. This option is
a nice, light meal that will please any palate. Open for breakfast, Monorom provides tea and porridge, a Cambodian breakfast favorite, although many countrymen will dine on noodles all day long. The restaurant seats 36 comfortably and, when at capacity, is still quiet enough for diners to hold a conversation without raising their voices. The restaurant is available for events and celebrations for up to 36 people; call for more information. October is Cultural Diversity Month in Long Beach, and it has a proud history of being a melting pot of the world. In the spirit of diversity, a visit to Monorom Cambodian Restaurant might be the next great discovery, and friends will thank you for introducing them to a great restaurant just a few blocks away.
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Based on Eudora Welty’s novella, The Robber Bridegroom weds a very tall tale of double mistaken identity to Hee Haw. The only thing missing is the donkey. The high-energy musical features book and lyrics by Alfred Uhry and music by Robert Waldman. Bawdy and vaguely allegorical, this distinctly adult fairy tale introduces a number of tawdry characters– some recognizable stereotypes, others not so much. But even some of the villains among them manage to inspire sympathy, which is not an easy feat. Actress Jamison Lingle exudes stunning charm as Rosamund, a hillbilly Cinderella who falls for the “gentleman robber” Jamie Lockhart (Chad Doreck). Lockhart, in spite of singing of his propensity to pilfer with panache, wouldn’t strike anyone as much of a gentleman. Rather, he is a late-18th Century example of chauvinism, rendering Rosamund’s affection for him comical, given the play’s lessthan-serious nature. That is, no one would assess Lockhart a gentleman except Rosamund’s wealthy father, Clemment Musgrove (Michael Stone Forrest), a jovial plantation owner to whom Lockhart cunningly returns a stolen bag of money. Then, certain that Lockhart is an honest man, Musgrove picks him for his potential son-in-law and invites him for dinner to meet the beautiful Rosamund (not knowing, obviously, that the two are already an item). Doreck’s solo rendition of “Steal with Style,” clearly intended to bring down the house, falls short. Fortunately, this is the only number that disappoints. Lingle plays Rosamund to perfection and delivers two amazing solo performances, first in the quintessential tribute to boredom, the twangy “Ain’t Nothin’ Up,” and later on in the loving and sensitive “Sleepy Man.” No Cinderella story would be complete without a nasty, vindictive stepmother. Sue Goodman resolutely fills the bill with her character’s sex-starved marital status, pitiable jealousy of Rosamund, and strident, cackling vocals. Her expressive performance of “Prickle Pear and Lily Bud” is a highlight of the show. Also outstanding is Adam Wylie’s portrayal of the simpleton Goat. His dim-witted facial expression and exceptional physicality make his character the classic hayseed and a huge asset to the production. Since Rosamund doesn’t at first realize that her beloved robber is the man that her father invites to dinner, she feigns a fuddy-duddy demeanor to forestall the visitor’s affections. Consequently, Lockhart doesn’t recognize her, either. Hence the twofold case of identity confusion. Tatiana Mac does a wonderful job with the roles of Goat’s sister Airie and a talking raven. As Goat and Airie’s mother, Teya Patt ably contributes to several numbers featuring either the women only or the full cast.
Todd Nielsen’s inventive direction and choreography attend to every nuanced detail of posture and movement, every uttered syllable of exaggerated Mississippi drawl, and every opportunity to make the audience laugh or smile. A prime example of Nielsen’s creative choreography is a number called “Two Heads,” in which Little Harp (Michael Uribes) and his decapitated brother Big Harp (Tyler Ledon)– now merely a bloodied head kept in a box (remember, it’s a fairy tale)– sing and “dance” in hilarious homage to the superior outcome attained when the two of them collaborate. Live musicians furnish the excellent bluegrass instrumental accompa-
niment. This show is a heck of a lot of fun. With The Robber Bridegroom, ICT has taken a good musical up at least a notch or two to create a fabulous production. The Robber Bridegroom continues at International City Theatre through Nov. 6. Tickets are $44 for Friday and Saturday evening performances and for Sunday matinees; tickets are $37 for Thursday evening performances. Evening performances are at 8pm; Sunday matinees are at 2pm. ICT is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 300 East Ocean Blvd. Call (562) 436-4610 for reservations and information. Tickets are also available online at ictlongbeach.org.
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Being realistic about food choices of counseling patients and clients, I have found that sharing what they can eat works better than telling them what they can’t eat. Soda? Sure, just drink two to three cans of regular soda a week, buy mini cans of Coke or purchase diet soda. Halloween candy? Of course! But just a couple of bite-size pieces, not bags. Chips? Why not? If you need help with portions, buy single servings or measure out each serving in a large bag. (Trader Joes and Fresh & Easy offer affordable individual bags). Portion control and moderation can work for most people who are trying to manage weight and stave off chronic illness. That is where the “knowledge is power” concept kicks in. If you take the time to read food labels, you will be able to make an informed decision on what is best for your dietary needs. And some brands put calorie information on the front of packages, which makes it easier to find. Becoming an active, informed participant in what you eat and drink each day is a no-brainer, but many of us have fallen into a pattern of convenience and ease, which has led us to an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle. Purchasing fresh produce seems cumbersome when you have the option of stop-
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their organization,” said Sylvia Hopper, a Signal Hill resident and member of FOSHL, who criticized this action as a political move. FOSHCA had been in charge of the summer concert series for years and had partnered with the City to solicit corporate sponsorships and donations worth thousands of dollars. Producing the concert series required numerous volunteer hours as well as City employee time and resources for an event that drew hundreds of visitors to Signal Hill Park every summer. According to an estimate from Denise Damrow, president of both FOSHCA and FOSHL, the cost to produce the summer concerts totaled roughly under $20,000 every year. FOSHL had initiated a fundraiser that sold memorial brick pavers that were installed on Hilltop Park. The City had understood that this fundraiser, known as the Millenial Brick Program, had been dedicated to the City’s library funds, according to a staff report. The Council determined that FOSHCA and FOSHL had not addressed several issues that had been raised by the City staff some time ago. Community Services Director Pilar Alcivar-McCoy noted in a staff report that the City requested a memorandum of understanding agreement from these two organizations in December 2009. A draft version of the proposed agreements required that both organizations provide an accounting of the funds that were raised through donations. In a meeting last September the staff requested the memorandums along with other documentation before a deadline of Oct. 11. The City had asked for a board roster for both of the organizations, insurance certificates and meeting minutes. These documents and more importantly, a signed memorandum of understanding, were not provided by the deadline, according to Alcivar-McCoy. The City Council expressed additional concern that the last summer concert series lacked publicity and that FOSHCA had distributed solicitation requests without the City’s sponsorship, according to the community services director. Further issues surrounding the library’s organization were raised. Alcivar-McCoy said that the City did not know how much donation money had been collected by the organization dedicated to library needs and confirmed that the City had requested an audit of FOSHL’s books. Accord-
ing to the community services director, FOSHL maintained an account separate from the City. The City did not request an audit of the FOSHCA account, Alcivar-McCoy said. Last year, FOSHL raised more than $2,400 through their Millennial Brick Program, according to an estimate provided by Damrow. Damrow took the time to highlight a few successes of FOSHL and FOSHCA at the Council meeting as she defended the decisions of the organizations she has managed. Volunteers of both organizations are “very dedicated residents of this community…very committed to the organizations and to the purposes of those organizations, and they feel that they have done an excellent job,” Damrow said, emphasizing that FOSHL had raised more than $86,000 for the library programs. Damrow noted that FOSHCA is hosting an art show that is scheduled in November and has organized free art workshops that are conducted several times a year. She stated that there is “no issue” with providing transparency to the City and that the insurance certificates had already been submitted to the City. She asked for more time to comply with their request. One individual in charge of the Millennial Brick fundraiser had been on vacation, and although the bookkeeping records had been kept at the library, they wanted time to organize the records, Damrow explained in a follow-up interview Wednesday. Damrow’s plea for more time drew sharp remarks from the councilmembers. “Denise, why then didn’t you… let us know that you were not objecting to an audit? That you would have an audit when you had time to get your records together?” Councilmember Ellen Ward asked.
“Because we had no indication at all that you were in favor of this...my concern is what in the world is happening,” Ward said. Wilson echoed Ward’s concern, noting that FOSHL’s history with the City goes back more than a decade. FOSHL had been selling memorial bricks since 1999. “When someone says that there’s a problem going back to 1999, and this is 2011, I am extremely concerned… because what it’s telling me is that we haven’t had that accounting in all of those years. And I couldn’t, you know, now at this point, couldn’t sit here and say I’m going to give you more time because all that time is used up,” Wilson said, emphasizing that the memorandum of understanding could have already been signed and then the parties could have determined when that audit would take place. “There’s no argument that’s going to convince me differently that some of these things that were asked to be done, 18 months ago, two months ago, one month ago… could not have happened as of today,” Wilson added. During Wednesday’s interview, Damrow said that both organizations will still provide the City with the financial information and other documentation it requires even if her organizations won’t participate in the concert series and the brick fundraiser for the library. She estimated that the information will be provided at least by the end of November, if not earlier. Damrow explained that both organizations had expressed concerns about the terms of the memorandums of understanding that the City had proposed. FOSHCA especially wanted to manage its own funds since it is an independent nonprofit organization, according to Damrow. FOSHCA has a trust account with the City of Signal Hill, and no officers of FOSHCA have signing authority on the account,
Damrow explained. Mayor Larry Forester left the Council Chambers before discussion began on this agenda item and did not vote. Forester serves on the board of directors for the Signal Hill Community Foundation.
and Orange avenues. The project scope includes asphalt repaving and new construction of curbs, gutters, and sidewalks. The City had initially budgeted $250,000 towards the project; however, contractor bids came in higher than what was originally anticipated, according to a staff report.
Other City Council highlights: Veteran Stand Down Day On behalf of the Greater Harbor Area Employer Advisory Council and Christian Outreach and Action, La Trice McBride presented a veteran’s award to the City. The award recognizes the City of Signal Hill for its support of Veteran Stand Down Day. Mayor Forester accepted the award on behalf of Signal Hill, acknowledging that the City had participated in the event held on Sept. 24 in Long Beach. The event focused on helping homeless veterans and supporting other veterans and their families as they transition to civilian life. Redevelopment Agency The City Council voted 4-1 (Wilson dissenting) to adopt two ordinances that state an intention to comply with the voluntary redevelopment alternative program. A staff report from the city manager’s office indicates that the Agency may need to borrow more than $2.5 million from the City. Earlier this year, the California legislature passed two laws that would dissolve redevelopment agencies across the state unless they opted into a voluntary redevelopment program. Currently, the laws are being challenged in the courts, and a ruling is expected before Jan. 15, 2012. 25th Street improvements The City Council voted to authorize the city manager to award a contract worth more than $241,449 to FS Construction for a street-improvement project on 25th Street between Lewis
Cerritos Avenue Improvements Project The Council voted to transfer $25,000 from the Cerritos Avenue Improvements Project to cover construction contingencies. The new project is slated to begin construction within about a month. Tattoo/body-piercing studios The City Council voted in a first reading to change a zoning ordinance to allow tattoo and body piercing studios to operate in specific commercial and industrial zones. The ordinance also prohibited these businesses from operating within 1,000 feet from designated “sensitive” areas that include residential zones, churches, parks and schools. They also voted unanimously to introduce another ordinance that incorporates by reference county health codes that regulate tattoo and body-piercing studios. The ordinance would give both the County and the City the authority to enforce these codes. Both ordinances will be voted on during a second reading, and the county health code issue will be discussed in a public hearing at that time. Shell Pipeline Company The Council voted unanimously in a firstreading vote to pass an ordinance that would allow Shell Pipeline Company to operate their pipeline facilities in the City’s right-of-way areas. The next City Council meeting will take place on Nov. 1 at 7pm in the Council Chambers.
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responsible for giving its 1.6 million members in 11 western states a voice in federal legislation. “As a political representative, I’m very in-tune with budget municipalities on the local, state and federal level,” Austin said. “I deal with people, problems, [legislative] resolutions, conflict resolutions, and public policies.” He is also currently an executive board member for the California Democratic Party, a founding member for the Long Beach Young Democrats and is most notably a recent recipient of Long Beach’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Advocacy Award. Austin has been involved with the Fairfield Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and the Los
Cerritos Parent Teacher Association, and he has been the general manager for the Long Beach Browns Youth Football team. “I am way more community-oriented than the other candidates,” he said. Austin has a bachelor’s of arts in organizational management from the University of La Verne, located about 40 miles north of Long Beach. Lillian Kawasaki Kawasaki said that she would not speak with the media until she makes her formal announcement to run for the eighth district seat, but she did supply a copy of her biography, which states that she lives in the Los Cerritos/Bixby Knolls area and has worked for the WRD since 2006. According to Kawasaki’s biography, she has more than 35 years
of public service experience at the federal, state, regional and local levels “as a local elected official, policy maker, agency manager, scientific researcher and educator with more than 20 of those years in executive municipal management and administration.” A few of her past positions include: assistant general manager of Environmental Affairs for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; general manager for the Los Angeles City Environmental Affairs Department where, for nearly 12 years, she “managed environmental programs at the Port of Los Angeles and proactively supported its green growth;” and general manager of the Los Angeles Community Development Department, “managing 500 employees and over $300 million annually in public grant funds to promote economic/community revitalization,
OCTOBER 21, 2011 neighborhood and infrastructure improvements, social services and job training/workforce development.” Her biography also indicated that she is active in community service and is the co-chair of Friends of Manzanar, a nonprofit California Corporation that promotes awareness of the national historic site where Japanese-Americans were interned during World War II, according to the National Park Service website. “She is [also] a board member of the Asian American Education Institute [and a] charter member of the Women's Foundation Donor Circle, which provides grants to foster financial literacy for women and girls,” according to her biography. Kawasaki holds a bachelor's of science in zoology and a master's of science in biology from California State University, Los Angeles. Mike Kowal Kowal, who was recently redistricted from the 8th District into the 7th District, said in a telephone interview that he is still deciding what to do about his housing situation since each candidate must live in the district for which they are running. A strong possibility, he says, is that he will live with one of the five 8th District residents who have offered him habitation if he wins. Kowal said that he became aware of his desire to influence local politics when construction of “crackerbox” apartments, typically an eight-unit building, dominated the Long Beach housing market in
the 1980s. To accommodate the mass demand for housing in Long Beach, the city council legalized such development through zoning ordinances. It was during this time that he began to focus on the city council and its legislation. According to Kowal, of the numerous community organizations and political acts that he has been a part of, his most important contributions have been: establishing and being chairman for the citywide group Long Beach Neighborhoods First; being head of the board of directors for and rebuilding the Los Cerritos Improvement Association; and being a leader for the airport monitoring group LBHUSH2, which advocated the enforcement of the Long Beach Airport’s Noise Compatibility Ordinance, which passed in 1995, “giving Long Beach one of the strictest noisecontrolled airports in the United States,” according to the Long Beach Airport website. His activist efforts, he says, have made him more aware of social politics and the corporate influence on city council members. Therefore, he is searching for many smaller donations for his grassroots campaign from the community and has limited funding because he has no special-interest backing. The election for the 8th District will be April 10, 2012. As of June 27, 2011, there are 23,431 registered voters in the 8th district. If there is no need for a runoff election, the elected councilmember will take office on July 10, 2012.
Wrigley couple using their Halloweendecorated home for a good cause
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Darrell and Ali Barrett are asking community members who view their decorated home to make food donations for the Long Beach Rescue Mission.
Darrell and Ali Barrett, who have lived in their Wrigley home at 434 W. 31st St. since 1993, have once again given their property its annual spooky flair, this time with a special cause in mind. The Barretts have been decorating their home each year for Halloween and Christmas but this year decided to find a way to provide some fun as well as benefit the community somehow. “We have done our Halloween and Christmas displays for years. People come from all over to view and enjoy,” Ali said. “We have wanted to connect our hard work and passion to benefit a local charity, and Long
Beach Rescue Mission fits the bill.” The couple is asking the public to view the list of needed items at lbrm.org and then take donations to their home to be given to Long Beach Rescue Mission. “Please use the link to see the list of items needed at Long Beach Rescue Mission on a continual basis and items needed for the upcoming holidays,” Ali said. “We will have a barrel at our home through the holidays. Please show your appreciation for our hard work and your enjoyment by donating as many canned goods and non-perishables as you can to help the less fortunate through their tough times.”
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Applications now being accepted for Daisy Avenue Parade Applications are now available for the 58th Annual Daisy Avenue Parade, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 10 at 5pm. As always, parade participation is free of charge. The application deadline is Thursday, Nov. 17. “The Daisy Avenue Parade is special in that it is the only holiday parade that runs down a resi-
dential street and not a commercial corridor,” said 7th District Councilmember James Johnson. “Last year’s parade was a resounding success as we had more entries than the parade had seen in many years and over 15,000 spectators. This year, neighbors are coming together again to continue the tradition of
bringing outstanding entertainment to the Wrigley area and to Long Beach.” To get application information or information on all Daisy Lane events, visit longbeach.gov/district7 or call Johnson’s office at (562) 570 –7777.
City of LB offering workshop on rainwater harvesting Residents who want to learn how harvesting rainwater can lower water bills and reduce stormwater pollution are invited to attend a free presentation at the Long Beach Main Library, 101 Pacific Avenue, on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 2pm to 4pm. “Rainwater harvesting is an innovative way to conserve water, irrigate landscaping and reduce the amount of pollutants that stormwater brings to our beaches and shorelines,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. Co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, the Long Beach Water Department and the Long Beach Permaculture Guild, the event will feature information about innovative water-conservation programs. Permaculture design emphasizes patterns of landscape, function, and sustainable systems that produce a high density of food and materials with minimal input. Nate Downey, a permaculture landscape designer, will discuss low-tech approaches to implementing rainwater-harvesting designs that require little time and money. Downey will also highlight the use of cisterns, gray water and earthworks, in addition to tips on how to protect the local watershed. The Office of Sustainability will also give away a rain barrel
during a free opportunity drawing. The City of Long Beach offers numerous programs intended to conserve, manage and protect water, including: • Lawn to Garden Incentive Program rebates up to $2,500 for replacing grass lawns with California-friendly, drought-tolerant gardens • Free residential landscape classes for creating beautiful urban gardens that save water, time and money • A newly launched Laundry to Landscape Program, which uses graywater from clothes washers for backyard landscapes, rather than flowing into the sewage system. -----------------------------MORE INFORMATION sustainablelb.com lbwater.org meetup.com/Long-Beach-Permaculture
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Will Sell at PUBliC aUCtion to HigHeSt Bidder for laWfUl Money of tHe United StateS, or a CaSHierS CHeCK at: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona Ca the street address and other common designations, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1329, 1339 e. 28th St, Signal Hill, Ca 90755 as to Parcel’s 1 and 2 assessor's Parcel no. 7212008-060, 7212-008-061 the owner(s) of the real property is purported to be: Bubba & rocco, llC, a California limited liability Company the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designations, 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 a note, homeowner's assessment or other obligation secured by this lien, with interest and other sum as provided therein: plus advances, if any, under the terms thereof and interest on such advances, plus fees, charges, expenses of the trustee and trust created by said lien. 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 $24,856.96. Payment must be in cash, a cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state bank or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings & loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. the real property described above is being sold subject to the right of redemption. the redemption period within which real property may be redeemed ends 90 days after the sale. the beneficiary of said lien hereto 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. date: 10/6/2011 association lien Services, as trustee P.o. Box 64750, los angeles, Ca 90064 (310) 207-2027 By: alvin okoreeh, trustee officer P885960 10/14, 10/21, 10/28/2011 TST3873 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale tS # Ca-09-252030-ed order # 090133096-Ca-dCi yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt dated 7/21/2006. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer. a public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by 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 to the financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. 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. BenefiCiary May eleCt to Bid leSS tHan tHe total aMoUnt dUe. trustor(s): SereivUdtH eUng, a Married Man aS HiS Sole and SeParate ProPerty recorded: 7/27/2006 as instrument no. 06 1665370 in book , page of official records in the office of the recorder of loS angeleS County, California; date of Sale: 11/7/2011 at 10:30 aM Place of Sale: at the West side of the los angeles County Courthouse, directly facing norwalk Blvd., 12720 norwalk Blvd., norwalk, Ca 90650 amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $653,071.81 the purported property address is: 1876 Stanley ave Signal Hill, Ca 90755 assessor's Parcel no. 7216-024-004 the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. if no street address or other common designation is shown, please refer to the referenced legal description for property location. in the event no common address or common designation of the property is provided herein directions to the location of the property may be obtained within 10 days of the date of first publication of this notice of Sale by sending a written request to JPMorgan Chase Bank, n.a. 7301 Baymeadows Way Jacksonville fl
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32256. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: [ 1 ] the mortgage loan servicer has not 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; [ 2 ] the timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does apply to this notice of sale. if the trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. if the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. the Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the Mortgagee's attorney. date: Quality loan Service Corp. 2141 5th avenue San diego, Ca 92101 619-645-7711 for non Sale information only Sale line: 714-730-2727 or login to: www.lpsasap.com reinstatement line: 619-645-7711 Quality loan Service, Corp. if you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right's against the real property only. tHiS notiCe iS Sent for tHe PUrPoSe of ColleCting a deBt. tHiS firM iS atteMPting to ColleCt a deBt on BeHalf of tHe Holder and oWner of tHe note. any inforMation oBtained By or Provided to tHiS firM or tHe Creditor Will Be USed for tHat PUrPoSe. as required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. aSaP# 4104247 10/14/2011, 10/21/2011, 10/28/2011 TST3878 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale tS no. 10-0056186 title order no. 10-8-227073 investor/insurer no. 114984247 aPn no. 7214-017-132 yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt, dated 10/21/2005. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer." notice is hereby given that reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the deed of trust executed by deniSe C SMitH, a Single WoMan, dated 10/21/2005 and recorded 11/1/2005, as instrument no. 05 2632439, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 11/14/2011 at 10:30aM, at the West side of the los angeles County Courthouse, directly facing norwalk Blvd., 12720 norwalk Blvd., norwalk, Ca 90650 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced deed of trust. the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2263 WeStWind Way, Signal Hill, Ca, 907553865. the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability
for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. the total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is $1,208,262.13. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. in addition to cash, the trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''aS iS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said deed of trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the note secured by said deed of trust with interest thereon as provided in said note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. dated: 08/07/2010 reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. 1800 tapo Canyon rd., Ca6-914-01-94 SiMi valley, Ca 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale information (626) 927-4399 By:-- trustee's Sale officer reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. aSaP# 4109760 10/21/2011, 10/28/2011, 11/04/2011 TST3865 / 2011 102543 FiCTiTioUS BUSiNESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: long BeaCH CoUrier xPreSS, 3801 e. Pacific Coast Hwy. Unit 332, long Beach, Ca 90804. registrant: roBerto floreS Jr., 3801 e. Pacific Coast Hwy. Unit 332, long Beach, Ca 90804. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: roberto flores Jr. 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 20, 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. TST3866 / 2011 104347 FiCTiTioUS BUSiNESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: SCoUt Coffee Co., 2148 e. 10th St., long Beach, Ca 90804. registrant: traviS Head, 2524 e. 10th St., long Beach, Ca 90804. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: travis Head. the registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. this statement was filed
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TST3884 NoTiCE oF oRDiNANCE iNTRoDUCTioN
TST3885 NoTiCE oF oRDiNANCE iNTRoDUCTioN
ordinance no. 2011-10-1439 was introduced at the City Council meeting on october 18, 2011. a summary of the ordinance is as follows:
ordinance no. 2011-10-1440 was introduced at the City Council meeting on october 18, 2011. a summary of the ordinance is as follows:
an ordinanCe of tHe City CoUnCil of tHe City of Signal Hill, California, granting to SHell PiPeline CoMPany lP tHe rigHt, Privilege, and franCHiSe to lay and USe PiPeS and aPPUrtenanCeS for tranSMitting and diStriBUting oil and PetroleUM ProdUCtS for any and all laWfUl PUrPoSeS Under and along tHe PUBliC StreetS, WayS, alleyS, and PlaCeS, aS tHe SaMe noW or May Hereafter exiSt, WitHin Said City
an ordinanCe of tHe City CoUnCil of tHe City of Signal Hill, California, aPProving Zoning ordinanCe aMendMent 11-04, a reQUeSt to aMend Signal Hill MUniCiPal Code CHaPter 20.20, entitled “CoMMerCial diStriCtS,” to inClUde “tattoo and/or Body PierCing StUdio” aS a PerMitted USe in Certain CoMMerCial and indUStrial Zoning diStriCtS, SUBJeCt to a SeParation diStanCe of 1,000 feet froM Certain SenSitive land USeS, and a MiniMUM diStanCe of 1,000 feet froM otHer tattoo and/or Body PierCing eStaBliSHMentS
a copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s office and on the City’s website www.cityofsignalhill.org. Second reading and adoption of this ordinance is scheduled for tuesday, november 1, 2011. Kathleen l. Pacheco City Clerk Published in the Signal-tribune newspaper on october 21, 2011. Posted at City Hall, library, discovery Well Park, and reservoir Park on october 21, 2011.
a copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s office and on the City’s website www.cityofsignalhill.org. Second reading and adoption of this ordinance is scheduled for tuesday, november 1, 2011. Kathleen l. Pacheco City Clerk Published in the Signal-tribune newspaper on october 21, 2011. Posted at City Hall, library, discovery Well Park, and reservoir Park on october 21, 2011.
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is true and correct. Signed: Spring P. robbins. the registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on october 11, 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: october 21, 28, & november 4, 11, 2011. TST3883 / 2011 114747 FiCTiTioUS BUSiNESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: CritiCal PatH ConSUlting, 1957 temple ave. #107,
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Signal Hill, Ca 90755. registrant: lUann CroWley, 1957 temple ave. #107, Signal Hill, Ca 90755. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: luann Crowley. the registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on october 12, 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: october 21, 28, & november 4, 11, 2011.
CITY OF SIGNAL HILL TST3886 PUBliC HEARiNg NoTiCE notiCe iS HereBy given that on tuesday, november 1, 2011, the City Council will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry avenue, Signal Hill, California to review the items described below. ordinanCe no. 2011-10-1438 an ordinanCe of tHe City CoUnCil of tHe City of Signal Hill, California, adding CHaPter 8.56 to title 8 of tHe Signal Hill MUniCiPal Code, and adoPting By referenCe PortionS of CHaPter 11.36 of tHe loS angeleS CoUnty Code, entitled “Body art eStaBliSHMentS,” and PortionS of Part 1, CHaPter 36, of tHe loS angeleS CoUnty Code environMental HealtH regUlationS, entitled “Body art regUlationS,” relating to regUlation of tattoo and Body PierCing StUdioS applicant: City of Signal Hill all intereSted PerSonS are hereby invited to attend public hearings to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. if you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearings described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearings. tHe file containing one copy of the la County Body art Codes, described in this section, has been deposited in the office of the City Clerk and shall be at all times maintained by the City Clerk for use and examination by the public. it may be inspected by the public between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on fridays, at City Hall. tHe PUBliC iS invited to submit written comments to the Community development department, during the review period from october 21, 2011 – november 1, 2011 prior to City Council adoption of the negative declaration. Written comments may also be submitted at the public hearings. fUrtHer inforMation on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community development department located at 2175 Cherry avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by emailing James Kao, associate Planner at HyPerlinK "mailto:email@example.com"firstname.lastname@example.org or calling at (562) 989-7344. Published in the Signal tribune newspaper october 21 and 28, 2011 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: october 21 and 28, 2011
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CITY OF SIGNAL HILL TST3880 NoTiCE oF oRDiNANCE ADoPTioN ordinance no. 2011-10-1436 was introduced at the City Council meeting of october 4, 2011, and adopted by the Signal Hill City Council on october 18, 2011. a summary of the ordinance is as follows: an ordinanCe of tHe City CoUnCil of tHe City of Signal Hill, California, deterMining it Will CoMPly WitH tHe volUntary alternative redeveloPMent PrograM PUrSUant to Part 1.9 of diviSion 24 of tHe California HealtH and Safety Code in order to PerMit tHe ContinUed exiStenCe and oPeration of tHe Signal Hill redeveloPMent agenCy the ordinance was adopted by the following vote: ayeS: Mayor larry forester, vice Mayor tina l. Hansen, Council Members Michael J. noll, ellen Ward noeS: Council Member edward H.J. Wilson aBSent: none aBStain: none Pursuant to Signal Hill City Charter Section 315, this ordinance shall become effective 30 days from and after the date of its adoption. a certified copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s office. Kathleen l. Pacheco • City Clerk Published in the Signal-tribune newspaper on october 21, 2011. Posted at City Hall, library, discovery Well Park, and reservoir Park on october 21, 2011.
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LBUSD, CSU Chancellor’s Office helping unemployed teachers continue professional development For a teacher who is new to the profession, a layoff caused by the state budget crisis can bring a career to a halt. Teachers with the least seniority are the first to be laid off, often as they are still progressing from a preliminary credential to the coveted professional clear credential. Without a job, they cannot complete the classroom field work needed to earn the clear credential. But a new Alternative Induction Pathway initiated by the Long Beach Unified School District and the California State University Chancellor’s Office is trying to change that. With the help of $850,000 committed over the next two years by private foundations (and possibly more private funds on the way),
nearly 100 out-of-work teachers this fall are continuing their professional development, including field work in LBUSD classrooms. The result is that these teachers are working toward their clear credential without having to pay the $4,000 or so per teacher it would otherwise cost. “Many of the participating teachers, who were discouraged and unsure where to turn after being laid off, have expressed deep appreciation for this opportunity to remain engaged in the profession,” said Lori Grace, program coordinator for LBUSD’s Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program. “We hope that when our schools eventually hire more teachers, these participants
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will remember Long Beach, and in turn Long Beach will gain many highly trained professionals.” Participants include teachers who were recently laid off, day-today substitutes and others who have just graduated from the College of Education at Cal State Long Beach but haven’t found a job. Funding for the Alternative Induction Pathway comes from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation. Bechtel is focused on elementary and middle school, emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math. Irvine is focused on secondary single subject teaching, emphasizing the Linked Learning effort that combines college prep
academics with real-world career experiences. The idea for the Alternative Induction Pathway originated in a meeting between LBUSD and CSU officials, where school district leaders lamented the potential loss of a generation of enthusiastic new teachers who had already invested considerably in their education and on-the-job training. Within a few weeks during the summer, CSU worked with LBUSD and private foundations to secure funding for this fall. “We were so thankful that CSU understood the urgency,” said LBUSD Deputy Superintendent Christine Dominguez, “and they trusted that Long Beach would implement a high quality program.
EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by the LBPD Oct. 12 - 18 Council Districts 6 (North of PCH) 7 & 8 (East of the L.A. River & North to Del Amo Blvd.) Wednesday, October 12 Felony suspect arrested 6:30pm– 400 block of West Pacific Coast Hwy. Officers were dispatched to a report of a robbery, which occurred outside of a local business. The suspect approached the victim, threatened violence and stole the victim’s property. A sergeant canvassing the area located the suspect and was able to take him into custody without incident. The victim was not injured in the robbery. Monday, October 17 Robbery 12:30pm– 200 block of West Pacific Coast Hwy. An adult male suspect approached an adult female victim outside of a local business and demanded her property under the threat of violence. The victim complied and gave the suspect her property. The victim was not injured during the robbery.
That speaks volumes about the good reputation of our schools.” As part of Alternative Induction, participants are paired with a mentor teacher. This helps reduce student-to-teacher ratios at a time when class sizes have swelled due to budget cuts. Participants teach in an induction mentor’s class for 60 hours over three months, completing assessments and submitting portfolios. Participants also attend workshops and seminars provided by LBUSD, and they have access to online professional development and other support. For more information, visit lbschools.net/Main_Offices/Curriculum/Professional_Development/btsa.cfm.
Power outages planned this weekend Southern California Edison crews will be conducting repairs on Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22, and a large portion of the eastern half of California Heights, portions of Bixby Terrace and Signal Hill will be affected by power outages. The area to be affected will be: north of 33rd Street, south of Marshall, east of Orange and west of Walnut. The expected duration of outage will be from 11:30pm Friday to 8am Saturday. Residents to be affected should receive notices on their front porches, and the Long Beach Police Department has received notification of the outage. Community members are asked to share this information with neighbors, especially the elderly or those who will not be able to check their front porches for the official SCE notice.
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