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Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine partner with private company to develop new El Dorado Dog Park In a continuous and difficult effort to find the ideal location for an off-leash dog park in the El Dorado East Regional Park, 4th District Councilmember Patrick O’ Donnell hosted a “Let’s Meet for the Mutts” community meeting in the proposed parking lot of the new El Dorado Dog Park (EDDP) Nov. 6. “Our objective is to get educated on the proposals,” O’Donnell said at the meeting. Opposing comments made at the meeting by residents and members of the El Dorado Nature Center (EDNC), the El Dorado Audubon Society, the Long Beach Community Gardens (Gardens) and Friends of El Dorado Dog Park (Friends) (the nonprofit organization that will fund the dog park) demonstrated the difficult process of designing the new EDDP.

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reduce the amount of cut-through traffic in their neighborhood. The affected residents gathered on Nov. 3 at the Expo Arts Center to hear an update given by City Traffic Engineer David Roseman where many expressed strong disapproval of the program and the negative

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The part-time “no left turn” restriction that is located on Linden Avenue and Roosevelt Road was installed in April as part of a pilot program.

impact it’s left on the neighborhood. Over 75 people attended the community meeting that included representation from not only Linden Avenue residents, but also those on affected streets, such as Elm Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard. Roseman distributed booklets at the start of the meeting that contained data collected and charts from the pilot program. On several occasions the traffic engineer was interrupted by a number of residents who were quick to point out discrepancies in his presentation and how they were ill informed of the program’s implementation. “We’re just trying to balance the traffic flow on Linden,” Roseman said. “We’re not trying to take Linden down to 500 cars a day– we’re just trying to balance it with the streets that are south of it and the streets that are north of it. So the decision now is to decide whether that solution is one that we

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keep or should we go back to letting people go whichever way they want.” According to the timeline found in the booklet, the first community meeting was conducted in January after Roseman’s team collected traffic counts and conducted a speed study on Linden Avenue. Letters were sent out in March to inform residents of the pilot program, however several attendees voiced their concerns with never having received the letter or never being notified of the meeting.

Based on Roseman’s findings, his team discovered that Linden Avenue carried a large amount of traffic that was detouring through the neighborhood. Three detour routes were initially identified as those that were most traveled on by commuters and other non-residents: Carson Street and Linden Avenue, Roosevelt Road and Linden Avenue, and Bixby Road and Linden Avenue. One resident recommended see LINDEN avENUE page 14

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Former LB councilmember chosen as director of Contreras Foundation Former 7th District Long Beach City Councilmember Tonia Reyes Uranga has been chosen to lead the Miguel Contreras Foundation as its first executive director. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to increase educational access and provide opportunities for immigrant integration while focusing on increasing civic participation in underserved communities. The Miguel Contreras Foundation was named after the labor leader who changed the political landscape of Los Angeles and California. Contreras was the first Latino to lead the

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Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and now his widow, Maria Elena Durazo, the first woman to lead the Federation, is the present executive secretary treasurer of the Labor Federation. Durazo also serves as president of the board for the Miguel Contreras Foundation. “The Miguel Contreras Foundation is training the next generation of economic and social justice leaders, and ensuring a better future for tomorrow’s workers,” said Reyes Uranga, whose position was confirmed by the board last Monday. “This is a vision I am proud to be a part of.”

The Campaign Trail This week Bonnie Lowenthal announced her intention to run for reelection to her Assembly seat. A former Long Beach City Council and School Board member, Lowenthal was first elected to the Assembly in 2008. This would be her final term. “After serious deliberation, I’ve decided I can better serve my constituents and the people of California in the State Assembly,” Lowenthal said. “I will continue my longtime commitment to creating jobs, improving our schools, and protecting the environment in this final term, and hope I can contribute in whatever way possible to getting our state back on track.” Lowenthal currently serves as the chair of the Transportation Committee, as well as chair of the Joint Committee on Emergency Management and Select Committee on Ports. Lillian Kawasaki, Los Cerritos/ Bixby Knolls area resident, this week

announced her candidacy for Long Beach City Council’s 8th District. Kawasaki currently serves as the board director of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) and is chair of the WRD’s Committee on Workforce and Economic Development. “Now is the time for serious leaders with the knowledge and experience to tackle the challenges facing our city,” she said. “I want to bring my three decades of experience in public service to promote local economic development, improve neighborhood quality of life, and increase the efficiency, transparency, and accessibility of our local government.” In 2006, Kawasaki was elected to represent Long Beach and six surrounding cities in WRD’s Division 3, and since then has overseen the management of the area’s groundwater to ensure to a clean, safe and reliable water supply, according to her emailed announce-

ment Wednesday. Previously, Kawasaki has served as the general manager of the Los Angeles Community Development Department, where she oversaw job training and workforce development programs dedicated to economic and community revitalization, and as the head of the Port of Los Angeles’s Environmental Management Division, supporting the Port’s green growth. Kawasaki currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Long Beach Historical Society and as the co-chair of Friends of Manzanar. She has also served on the Long Beach Water Commission, California Bay Delta Public Advisory Committee, the Small Business Development Center Network Advisory Council, and the California Sustainability Alliance. She holds a bachelor’s of science in zoology and a master’s of science in biology from California State University, Los Angeles.

17-year-old Wilmington resident dies after being shot in LB On Monday, Nov. 7, at approximately 7:14pm, officers from the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) were dispatched to a “shots fired” call in the 400 block of West Anaheim Street that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old male. When officers arrived, they located the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body. The paramedics were summoned and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Long Beach Police Homicide investigators responded to the scene. Investigators believe the victim was

standing near an apartment complex when he was confronted by an unknown person who fired multiple shots at him. The shooting is being investigated as possibly gang-related. There is no suspect information at this time. The victim has been identified as 17-year-old Christian Gomez, a Wilmington resident. Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact homicide detectives Malcolm Evans or Todd Johnson at (562) 5707244. Anonymous information can be submitted via text or email by visiting tipsoft.com.

Arrests made in stabbing that resulted in murder The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has made two arrests in the murder of a 34-year-old Rancho Cucamonga man, and charges have been filed. On Oct. 11, 2011, at approximately 8:05am, LBPD officers responded to a “shots fired” call in the 400 block of West Anaheim Street. When officers arrived, they found 34-year-old Antwan Johnson of Rancho Cucamonga, who had been stabbed. Johnson was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced deceased two days later as a result of injuries sustained in the attack. Based on the preliminary investigation, Johnson had been walking down the street with a female companion when he was confronted by three male Hispanic subjects in their 20s who proceeded to assault him. During the attack, he was stabbed with an unknown object before the suspects fled on foot. Homicide detectives diligently worked the case attempting to identify the attackers. Through their investiga-

tion, detectives learned that the suspects were local gang members and subsequently identified two of the three as follows: Michael Contreras, 23, of Long Beach; and Guillermo Parra, 21, of Long Beach. Both suspects were arrested at their Long Beach residences on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, during the execution of search warrants. The third suspect remains outstanding. Last Monday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged both suspects with the murder of Johnson. Both are being held on $1,000,000 bail at the Los Angeles County Jail. Detectives do not believe that Johnson was a gang member; however, they are investigating this incident as a gang-related incident, and the investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact homicide detectives Hugo Cortes and Peter Lackovic at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous information can be submitted via text or email by visiting tipsoft.com.

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Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating anyone who may recognize stolen property seized from the residence of two auto burglary suspects. On Tuesday, Nov. 1, shortly after 3am, LBPD officers were called to the 5300 block of East Canton Street regarding an auto burglary that had just occurred. Within minutes, the first officer arrived and learned that the suspects who committed the auto burglary had fled from the scene in a vehicle. The description of the suspects and their vehicle was relayed to surrounding police units as well as CHP officers. Several minutes later, LBPD officers and CHP officers located the suspects traveling northbound on the 405 Freeway. After the vehicle was stopped, the occupants were identified as the two who had committed the auto burglary. The two arrested were 32-yearold Vincent Benjamin Hamlin and 23-year-old Daisy Serrano, both residents of Long Beach. Officers learned that Hamlin is on parole for burglary and Serrano is on probation for receiving stolen property. Officers searched the suspect’s vehicle and found many stolen items, including cell phones, flashlights, iPods, electronic equipment, jewelry, SIM and SD cards, and GSP

systems. All of these items were seized by the officers in hopes of later finding the owners of this property. The following day, detectives assigned to the East Division became involved in the investigation. Information obtained during their investigation led them to believe that these suspects were possibly responsible for additional auto burglaries. Armed with a search warrant, detectives entered the home of the couple, on the west side of Long Beach, in search of additional stolen property. As a result of the search warrant, detectives found many other stolen items, including property stolen in 2009. Items recovered include a stolen motorcycle, several GPS devices, laptop computers, iPods, cell phones, cameras, jewelry and an extensive amount of gift cards, credit cards, identifications and bank statements belonging to well over 20 victims. Investigators are continuing to search for the owners of the property recovered and to build their case against Hamlin and Serrano. Upon completion of the investigation, detectives will present the case to the District Attorney’s Office for filing of charges. Anyone who has been the victim of an auto burglary recently is encouraged to visit the LBPD’s

Facebook page and view the album “Auto Burglary Property” to see if any of the stolen items belong to them or someone they know. The LBPD would also like to remind the community to take a few simple crime-prevention and safety steps: • Remember to keep windows closed and doors locked. Four percent of auto thefts occur because of unlocked doors or windows left down. • Keep valuable items out of plain sight. It is preferable that nothing of value is kept in the car at all. However, if something must remain inside, ensure it is covered or locked in an interior compartment (glove box, center console) if possible. • Report suspicious activity to the police. If you see anyone looking into cars or residences, call police immediately and let them determine if criminal activity is taking place. Oftentimes people who are caught breaking into cars and homes have a history of auto and/or residential burglary. Anyone with any information regarding these crimes is encouraged to contact LBPD’s East Division Detectives Marcus Briones at (562) 570-5888 or Johnny Dodson at (562) 570-5813.

County Supervisor Knabe nominates LB Police Chief McDonnell to Citizens’ Commission on Jail violence Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe has announced Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell as his appointee to the Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence. The Commission was established by the Board of Supervisors to investigate use of force by sheriff’s deputies in the county jail system and report back with recommendations for a corrective action plan. “Chief McDonnell has had a distinguished career in law enforcement and is a respected leader in policing issues,” said Knabe. “His experience serving in Los Angeles County’s two biggest cities will be vital to formulating new ideas on how to deal with the issues in our jails. Chief McDonnell’s knowledge as a user of jail systems and his understanding of the incredibly difficult job our deputies face will bring a unique perspective to the Commission. I appreciate his willingness to serve.” McDonnell was a 28-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department before taking over as chief of the Long

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DiSCOuNT PET vACCiNATiONS What Low-cost pet clinic Who Long Beach Animal Care Services When Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10am to noon Where Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave., LB More info A state-licensed veterinarian from the Southern California Veterinary Vaccine Clinic (SCVVC) will be onsite to provide shots, and residents can process their license renewals onsite. Visit scvvc.webs.com for a full listing of services and prices. iNCREASiNg AWARENESS OF JOB gROWTH What “Getting Back to Work: A Summit on Job Creation in Long Beach” Who Presented by Office of 9th District Councilmember Steve Neal When Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12:30pm Where Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Dr., LB More info The summit will help facilitate a conversation on responsible job creation in Long Beach. Discussion topics include long- and shortterm strategies to address unemployment, workforce development and growing the Long Beach economy. Dr. Dean Baker, author and director of the Center for Economic and Police Research, will be giving a keynote presentation on the Long Beach jobs environment. Space is limited. RSVP (562) 570-6137 or email district9@longbeach.gov. EARLY HOLiDAY SHOPPiNg What Gift shop holiday preview sale Who Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens When Sunday, Nov. 13 from 3pm to 6pm Where Rancho Los Alamitos, 6400 Bixby Hill Rd., LB More info The event is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served on the back patio. Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged. Call Teresa Barbee at (562) 431-3541. HELP FOR CLEARiNg A RECORD What Expungement education workshop Who Presented by the City of Long Beach When Monday, Nov. 14 from 4pm to 5pm Where Career Transition Center, 3447 Atlantic Ave., LB More info Participants will receive pertinent information from subjectmatter experts on certificates of rehabilitation, expungement of adult convictions and sealing of juvenile records, and assistance with completing required expungement forms. Call (562) 570-9675. CALLiNg ALL BOOKWORMS What Book discussion Who Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association Literary Society When Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7pm Where Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave., LB More info The book selection chosen for November is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Parking will be available along Atlantic Avenue. Refreshments will also be provided. Call (562) 595-0081 or email info@bixbyknollsinfo.com.

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Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell Beach Police Department in 2010. He served as one of former LAPD Police Chief William J. Bratton’s top assistants and was a leader in instituting

reforms to the department. While with the LAPD, he was awarded the department’s highest award for bravery, the Medal of Valor.

Port’s deputy director proposed as new executive director The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners will vote Monday, Nov. 14, on whether to name J. Christopher Lytle, the Port of Long Beach’s deputy executive director and chief operating officer, as the Port’s new executive director. The Harbor Commission announced the decision on Lytle following a closed-door meeting after their regular board meeting on Nov. 7. If confirmed on Nov. 14, Lytle would succeed Richard D. Steinke, the Port’s 14-year executive director, who announced his plan to retire after a brief transition to a new top executive. “After an extensive, nationwide search, the Board of Harbor Commissioners is very pleased to recommend the appointment of Chris Lytle as the Port’s new executive director,” said Harbor Commission President Susan E. Anderson Wise. “Chris’s extensive public and private experience make him the ideal leader for our Port. On the private side, he’s operated shipping terminals around

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the world and fully understands the unique issues facing public ports in California. He has a great rapport with our customers, and while he understands the industry, he’s also very open to new ideas and innovations.” Lytle, a longtime shipping industry veteran, has been the Port’s deputy executive director since March 2008. He joined the Port in September 2006 as one of four managing directors, overseeing the Port’s Trade Relations and Port Operations Bureau, which includes the Communications, Trade Development, Security and Maintenance divisions. As a former vice president with the French-based shipping line CMA CGM, Lytle was responsible for the company’s entire West Coast operations, including significant marine and terminal operations at the Port of Long Beach and similar operations in Oakland, Tacoma and Seattle. He has also held executive positions at P&O Ports North America, Sea-Land Service, Inc. and the Den-

CELEBRATiNg AN ARCHiTECTuRAL iNFLuENCE What Architects group meeting Who The American Institute of Architects Long Beach/South Bay (AIA) When Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm Where Banning Landing, 100 Water St., Wilmington More info The guest lecturer will be Gregorio Luke who will present the work of the influential Mexican architect Luis Barragan. The lecture is open to AIA members and the general public. The meeting will feature door prizes administered at 8:30pm. Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for non-members and $10 for students. Tickets are available for purchase at aialb-sb.org under “Upcoming Events.” NOW HEAR THiS What Hearing devices exhibit Who Presented by Hearing Loss Association of Long Beach/Lakewood When Friday, Nov. 18 from 10am to noon Where Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Olive Ave., Lakewood More info A hands-on examination of the devices as well as information on how they work and where they can be purchased will be provided. Call (562) 425-5651 or visit hlalongbeachlakewood.org. PiTCHiNg iN FOR A SPORT What Benefit and live entertainment Who Presented by Woodrow Wilson High School When Friday, Nov. 18 from 7pm to midnight Where The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St., LB More info The event will be $50 per person and will include dinner, a live performance from the band The Wilsons, live and silent auctions, raffle prizes and a no-host bar. The event will benefit the Wilson High School baseball team.

J. Christopher Lytle mark-based APM (Maersk) Terminals. Lytle holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound and a bachelor’s in Business Administration from Central Washington University.

CHiPPiNg iN FOR A CAuSE What 3rd Annual Community Casino Night Who Presented by St. Anthony High School When Saturday, Nov. 19 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm Where St. Anthony Gymnasium, 620 Olive Ave., LB More info The event will be organized through the high school’s Parents and Educator in Partnership group. Cost will be $35 per person. All proceeds will benefit St. Anthony High School’s academic and athletic programs. Tickets may be purchased at the door the night of the event or through longbeachsaints.org.

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Mom and I have known for a couple of weeks that she was going to be doing a little speaking engagement Nov. 10 at Mark Twain Elementary School’s Veterans Day event. The topic of discussion was to be her experiences as a “Rosie the Riveter,” and, to illustrate her subject, she planned to bring a copy of a World War II-era poster for which she and her co-workers had posed as an advertisement for her then employer Westinghouse. Figuring she would be speaking for just a few minutes, she did take a few notes from which to read but, otherwise, really did very little preparation for, as she put it, her “little speech.” Well, were we both surprised when we arrived at the school and found dozens of chairs assembled with hundreds of parents, students, teachers, and active and retired military personnel in attendance, as well as quite a few members of the press. When we asked where she should sit, she was shown to the stage and informed that she was to be the keynote speaker! Holy mackerel– neither one of us realized that what we thought was a little Veterans Day program was actually a very BIG annual Veterans Day program that would include songs, bagpipes, poetry, awards, refreshments and, of course, Marjorie Grommé as the keynote speaker. I sat in the audience and watched Cub Scout Pack #23 present the colors, heard students sing songs representing the six branches of the military and listened to two girls read an essay and a poem. We were also favored with a few words from Mr. Braden Phillips, the Long Beach Police Department Bureau Chief. I could hardly contain myself knowing that Mom would be speaking at any moment. She was finally introduced and escorted to a chair at the front of the stage and was seated next to the school’s principal, Ms. Ellen Ryan. Most graciously, Ms. Ryan asked Mom about her time as a Rosie and encouraged her to tell about “the best part and the worst part” of the job. Declaring some of the worse parts as having to give up aluminum cookware in order to donate it to the war efforts and farm women having to work in the fields because of a shortage of men, Mom concentrated more on the telling of what she considers to be the good parts: working afternoon shifts that allowed her to go out dancing after work, and the acceptance of women wearing pants in public. The crowd seemed taken with her remarks and really laughed out loud when she commented with a giggle: “I wish I would have known then what I know now.” Since she’s 92 years of age, with a wealth of knowledge, I’d bet that’s true. All in all, it was a fabulous program, and I am so proud to have been there to see my mom on stage addressing such an enthusiastic audience.

Mom, Marjorie Grommé, being interviewed by Twain Elementary Principal Ellen Ryan

L E T T E R   T O   T H E   E D I T O R Yes to hoops, no to tats The Signal Hill City Council recently made some important decisions about the basketball courts in Signal Hill Park and restrictions on the location of tattoo parlors in our city. We of Signal Hill Community First– a new nonprofit organization– played an important role in soliciting community input on those two issues. With these actions, we introduce Signal Hill Community First. Signal Hill Community First is comprised of local leaders, dedicated to make positive changes based upon the needs of our community. Our goals include improving the quality of life within Signal Hill, protecting property values, and safeguarding the cost of living in this small city from hidden taxes and rate increases. Signal Hill Community First accomplishes this through: • Inspiring and empowering residents to engage in City affairs • Achieving greater transparency and open government • Achieving greater fiscal responsibility to keep public services costs down • Helping create new revenue sources • Ensuring that all impacts of development are included in project costs • Ensuring fairness, responsiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness in City operations Already, we have started the journey to make Signal Hill a better place

to live and work by providing a voice for strong public participation. We surveyed over 500 individuals and asked them their opinions regarding new City plans and ordinances that affect the community’s quality of life. By giving Signal Hill residents a voice, we helped save what the community believes to be an important community asset, the basketball courts, from destruction and demolition. In addition, through the use of informal surveys we gave voice to the community that said it did not want tattoo parlors popping up within 500 feet of our homes. Hundreds of residents made it overwhelmingly clear that they wanted more restrictions on tattoo parlors than were approved by the Planning Commission. Signal Hill Community First presented this information to the Planning Commission and the City Council, and we appreciate the Council listening to the residents and doubling the minimum distance to 1,000 feet from the nearest homes. We believe citizen participation directly leads to ethical and responsible City decisions reflecting the will of the people. Signal Hill Community First welcomes every person to join this effort. To learn more about Community First, please visit our website at signalhillfirst.org. We hope to inspire and empower the community to participate in City affairs and make Signal Hill an even better place to live, work and play. Maria Harris guidance Committee member External Communications Signal Hill Community First

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SH Petroleum donates $250,000 to CSuLB’s environmental geochemistry lab Signal Hill Petroleum recently donated $250,000 to California State University Long Beach for the environmental geochemistry laboratory within the newly built science hall. The grant supports the purchase of new, state-of-the-art equipment that has never before been offered to students by the university. It also covers equipment maintenance, supplies, and student research for the facility, named the Signal Hill Petroleum Environmental Geochemistry Lab, which has already opened to students. “We are proud to be a supporter of this university and investing in our community,” said Debra Russell, director of Business Development and Community Relations at Signal Hill Petroleum. According to Dr. Matt Becker, professor and Conrey Endowed

chair of Hydrogeology at CSULB, the new instruments include a spectrofluorometer, which has recently been used by students to measure chemical diffusion into bedrock, an ion chromatograph, considered to be “the workhorse of environmental water chemistry labs,” as well as other instruments used for low-temperature geochemical analyses. The cost alone for the ion chromatograph is upwards of $100,000, according to Becker. “The laboratory will be a shared space where both undergraduate and graduate students can analyze water and geologic samples with state-of-the-art equipment,” Becker said. “The gift will also provide funding for supplies and travel for students conducting research.” The lab comprises two rooms for a combined 604 square feet that

can accommodate up to six students at one time. Geology is not only important to the mineral and fossil fuel industries, like crude oil, iron and aluminum, but to understanding how the Earth impacts our infrastructure, and there are jobs available in this field, according to Signal Hill Petroleum. The number of geoscience jobs is expected to increase by 22 percent by 2016, more than double the projected growth rate for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of students graduating with degrees in sciencerelated fields has grown significantly over the past decade, according to CSULB President F. King Alexander. Last year, CSULB awarded 3,100 science-based degrees.

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Signal Hill Petroleum staff from left: Luke Jensen, Devon Shay, Jackie Chavez, Amanda Barto, with CSULB Professor and Department Chair of Geological Sciences Dr. Robert Francis, David Slater, and Debra Russell.

Local matriarch, champion of the underdog, and LB ambassador to celebrate her 100th birthday When the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA) has its next community happy hour on Thursday at Roy Robbins Gifts and Stationery, the guest of honor will be Robbins’s mother, Thelma, who will be celebrating her 100th birthday. Thelma Robbins was born on Nov. 16, 1911, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but she moved to California when she was young. She has been a

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resident of Long Beach for 70-plus years– the last 62 of them in Bixby Knolls. While head cashier at Desmond’s Department Store in downtown Long Beach, she volunteered for the Red Cross, driving a supply truck during blackouts in World War II. After her husband passed away in 1952, and with a new baby to raise, she went to work for Mottell’s and Peek Mortuary as the garden room hostess. Her love for Long Beach was later on display when she again volunteered her time greeting arriving visitors from overseas at the Port of Long Beach. While most of the tourists wanted to go to Disneyland and Hollywood, Thelma would encourage them also to spend time in Long Beach and offered to take them on tours of the city she loved. As an ambassador for Long Beach, she displayed an enthusiasm that got her hired by the port to continue what she was doing, which meant she was present for the arrival of the Queen Mary. Thelma also championed the gay and lesbian community by starting Long Beach’s first chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). As one of the founding members of Long Beach Lambda

Democratic Club, she traveled to Sacramento to lobby state and local politicians. At the first Human Rights banquet on the Queen Mary, she was honored with the outstanding parent award. After suffering a stroke at 95 and being diagnosed with dementia, she remains what BKBIA Executive Director Blair Cohn describes as “a powerhouse of joy and laughter.” Cohn said, “When asked her age, her reply is always ‘old enough to know better and young enough to try.’” Cohn also said that Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster called Thelma “a pistol” recently, after meeting her for the first time. Thelma will be honored by Foster and the Long Beach City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 15 and at her son’s store, Roy Robbins Gifts and Stationery, 4244 Atlantic Ave., during the community happy hour on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5:30pm to 7pm.

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Long Beach City College becomes major partner in national Latino student success program

Nonprofit to host workshop to help homeowners seeking lower interest rates The nonprofit HPP Cares, a certified NCRC-HUD intermediary housing counseling agency, will host a “No More Lost Paperwork” event on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9am to 4pm at the Carson Community Center, 801 E. Carson St. At this event, homeowners seeking to lower interest rates and modify their current home loans will obtain free, step-by-step assistance from certified counselors. “The knowledge demonstrated by HPPC during their events and individual counseling with residents is what has helped them to distin-

guish themselves as a reputable agency for foreclosure prevention and assistance,” said Compton City Councilmember Dr. Willie A. Jones. “HPP has the aptitude and the passion to advocate for homeowners during these stringent financial times. This combination is pivotal and is what every organization or institution needs when providing direction, education, and assistance for distressed homeowners.” To register for the event, visit hppcares.org. To acquire more information or ask questions, call (562) 424-4477.

Long Beach City College (LBCC) has been selected by the Lumina Foundation for a major collaborative partnership focused on the student success of Latinos. Latinos are the fastest-growing student population in America, and the new effort is focused on leveraging the critical connection between their educational attainment and the future of the national economy. “If California is going to succeed and remain competitive, we must increase Latino graduation and transfer rates at our community colleges and universities,” said LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “Latinos make up the largest population of students at Long Beach City College, and their success is critical to our local and state economy.” The college serves almost

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efficiencies so LBCC can educate more students for less money. The College Promise has been replicated by numerous colleges and universities throughout California and is cited as a model education partnership by several education organizations and foundations, including the Washington DC-based Business Higher Education Forum and the White House Initiative for Excellence in Education for Hispanics. The projected outcomes at LBCC are an increase in student college access and success, increase in transparent collaboration among the partners, and improvement in college knowledge for multiple audiences within the Latino community. “The Latino success project is the culmination of nearly two years of planning and engagement with many foundations and national leaders in the Latino community,” said Lumina President and CEO Jaime Merisotis. “Through these partnerships, we aim to build bridges among leadership groups already working to improve Latino college student success.” The Lumina Foundation, through a national Goal 2025 movement, aims to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025. At more than 50 million, Latinos represent the largest and fastest-growing population group in the United States. By 2025, half of the nation’s workers will be of Latino descent. At that time, 63 percent of all jobs in the United States will require some form of postsecondary education or training, according to labor economist Anthony Carnevale of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

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The Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) on Thursday announced the death of active-duty fire engineer Darren Rockett, a 14year veteran of the department who succumbed to an injury at Los Alamitos Medical Center on Nov. 6, 2011. Rockett was born on Nov. 10, 1963. He graduated from Van Nuys High School in 1981 and attended Santa Ana College, where he studied fire technology. He married his wife Jeanne on July 27, 1989, and together they have been raising their family in Long Beach since 1992. Rockett was appointed to the

department on September 22, 1997. He served as a firefighter at Stations 10 and 11, promoted to fire engineer on June 6, 2002, and then served at fire stations 11-C and 18-C. At the time of his death, Rockett was assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau, where his chief responsibility was as life-safety inspector for all high-rise buildings in the city of Long Beach. During his career at the LBFD, Rockett was recognized for his leadership of the LBFD Rescue youth Program, where he had a positive influence on the lives of dozens of at-risk teenagers. Rockett was awarded nine

LBFD commendations, two LBFD unit citations, two Los Angeles County Unit Citations, and one Los Angeles County Meritorious Award. He was named LBFD Firefighter of the year in 2005. Pastor Wayne Chaney Jr. appointed Rockett as a deacon at the Antioch Church of Long Beach. “Engineer Rockett was only recently assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau, where he quickly established himself as a competent and professional inspector,” said Deputy Chief Jeff Reeb, fire marshal for the City of Long Beach. “His years of experience in fire operations made him uniquely

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Local family literacy program receives $500 mini-grant from educational website The Long Beach Family Literacy Program has received a $500 mini-grant from the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) and Better World Books. It is one of only 20 winners nationwide to receive the award, which will promote creative ideas for using Wonderopolis with families. Wonderopolis.org was created by NCFL in 2010 to provide free, family-friendly content that is practical, easy to use and designed to engage children’s natural curiosity and transform it into a lifelong love of learning. It was one of only five family websites that Time Magazine named the 50 best websites in 2011. “Parent Education is a key component in family literacy programs,” said Roberta Lanterman, program facilitator. “Being able to integrate online learning opportunities like those available on Wonderopolis.org not only teaches parents about resources available to them outside of the classroom, but also provides them with a resource to use to help their child’s language and literacy skills grow.” The funding will be used to bridge technology gaps that exist within families, as well as provide parents with an online, valuable resource to obtain information, engage with their children, and create ways to continue to solidify family bonds. “Wonderopolis is a free resource for families and schools,

so hundreds of educators across the country already are using it to generate excitement for learning in schools, libraries and homes across the country,” said Emily Kirkpatrick, vice president of NCFL. “But these mini-grants will help the Long Beach Family Literacy Program magnify the reach and impact of this 21st Century online learning tool. Other programs and communities also will learn from the Long Beach Family Literacy Program on how they can maximize the use of Wonderopolis.” The Long Beach Family Literacy Program serves 100 students ages 1 to 8 and their families by providing a four-component program that includes adult education, parent education, early-childhood or school-age education, and parent and child together time. The Long Beach Family Literacy Program serves low-income families who reside in the highest-poverty, highest-crime areas of Long Beach. Most parents are engaged in English-as-a-Second Language or Adult Basic Education courses at the Long Beach School for Adults or local elementary school campus while their children are in another classroom learning age and developmentally appropriate skills. “Educators in schools, libraries, community centers, yMCAs and other community-based organizations are facing budget cuts and other challenges in reaching families,” said John Ujda, vice presi-

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NEWS N 11, 2011 Long Beach Water Department announces completion of its 500th water-conserving lawn OvEMBER

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The Long Beach Water Department celebrated the most successful turf-removal program in California Wednesday at one of the city’s 500 homes that converted a water-wasteful lawn into a water-conserving garden. The Lawn to Garden Incentive Program, introduced in April 2011, gives Long Beach residents a rebate worth $2.50 per square foot of turf removed once the lawn is fully converted, according to the Long Beach Water Department website. The Water Department’s goal is to minimize energy costs of irrigation, save potable water and eliminate pollu-

tion from our oceans, 2nd District Councilmember Suja Lowenthal said. Marianne Fried, owner of the converted lawn where the celebratory announcement took place, said that she took an interest in the Lawn to Garden program after taking several horticulture classes. California native plants that Fried used include the Little John bottlebrush, California Lilac shrubs and Dymondia ground cover, and she sprinkled color throughout with white roses and purple-flowered Globe Artichokes. Unlike Fried’s grass lawn, her new garden has texture, which counters the misconception that native landscapes are barren with only rocks and pebbles, Lowenthal

said at Wednesday’s celebratory announcement. “People always stop to look at it,” Fried said. The process to convert her lawn took six months, which is the longest possible timeframe that it would take to transform a lawn into a native garden. Fried said she had to kill her lawn, remove it, and then water the lawn again to make sure that no grass survived. The City of Long Beach developed water-conservation regulations several years ago to prepare for a continuous drought. According to the Water Department website, southern California has been in a drought state for the past two years. Lowenthal said that the City has decided to view

California as being in a continuous drought state to prepare for watershortage emergencies. As a result, the City has achieved a 17-percent reduction of water use in the last four years, she said. Long Beach only has two percent of the voting power at the Metropolitan Water District, which supplies all water to southern California and 40 percent to Long Beach in particular, but “we’ve moved mountains on [water] standards,” Lowenthal said. Matthew Veeh, Director of Government and Public Affairs, said the highest concentration of converted lawns is in Bixby Knolls. Visit the Lawn-to-Garden website at lblawntogarden.com.

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The Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) has been hosting meetings to address potential impacts and gather feedback since March 2011, according to the PRM staff report. A list of pros and cons for each proposed site can be seen in that report. The PRM’s two main concerns are replacing public park space for limited park space and developing in an underdeveloped area, according to the PRM staff report. Staff at the PRM developed three possible sites, but after much opposition, they developed and recommended a fourth possible site to the Parks and Recreation Commission (Commission) at the El Dorado Park West Community Center’s Senior Center Library Nov. 10 where the Commission made a decision on the new EDDP. According to the PRM staff report, the newest site satisfies many concerns of those opposed. The fourth site, the Tree Farm

site, is their leading option because it does not border the Gardens, the EDNC or the Opossum Patch picnic area, and it turns an undeveloped area into a utilized city asset. The Tree Farm option was created “within the last week,” according to Bob Livingstone, the PRM’s head of staff for the EDDP. “The process is moving too fast,” Phil Peterson, resident and previous supervisor of Outdoor Recreation in 1967, said at the “Meet for the Mutts” meeting. About 50 people filled out and submitted comment cards at the community meeting to voice their opinions before the Commission made its final decision. Last Thursday, the commission unanimously voted to use the Tree Farm site. Friends of El Dorado Dog Park “[Friends is] one of the first private companies to pay to improve a city asset,” Livingstone said. “Because the City doesn’t have the budget to do that.” The City is requiring that Friends fund, develop and main-

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Bob Livingston, the Parks, Recreation and Marine Department’s head of staff for the El Dorado Dog Park, explained the pros and cons of the four proposed dog park sites.

7th District Council office to conduct California gardens tour The office of 7th District Councilmember James Johnson will host its next California Gardens tour on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10am to noon, at 2745 Orange Ave. The tour will be led by volunteers and will focus on the history, wildlife, plants, and new developments of the property. “The need for recreation opportunities and open space continues to grow in northern, central, and western portions of Long Beach,” Johnson said. “California Gardens is an opportunity to develop 40 acres of City-owned land into a natural oasis

the whole region can enjoy. The proposed park at California Gardens is located at the highest accessible point in Long Beach, offering a 270-degree view of the Pacific Ocean to Palos Verdes to the mountains and Downtown Lost Angeles. After more than 100 years of City ownership, the time has come to start opening this property to the public to enjoy this natural open space in the middle of our city.” The monthly tours are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Johnson’s office at (562) 570-7777 or district7@longbeach.gov, or visit facebook.com/CAGardens.

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Local photographer seeking to reach out to the community while capturing it Stephanie Raygoza Staff Writer

Matt Simmerman has been immersed in the world of photography ever since he was old enough to use a camera. Having started out using a film camera for his first class in the 9th grade, he has come to appreciate life on manual focus and now, with a more stabilized mindframe, is setting out to document the community. Simmerman’s approach to photography and life is free-spirited and not structured at all. Recently meeting with a close friend and fellow photographer resparked his interest in the hobby, made him more passionate about his pictures and gave him a better sense of direction. “I like to showcase all the positivity and great things in life,” he said. “At the same time, I like to mix it up and take some of the pictures where it kind of brings us back to reality and lets us know that not everything is perfect.” His photography showcases the different cities he works and plays in, from Long Beach and Signal Hill to the urban, devastating streets in Los Angeles, when he makes trips for his multi-faceted clothing company, Dubtree. Through his company’s blog, he is able to infuse his photography with the brand and help create a lifestyle for Dubtree. “I try to showcase again what I go through every day to do Dubtree and let [the community] see my company through my eyes,” he said. “It’s not uncommon to see me in cities all over taking photos.” His photos, such as the ones taken on Hilltop Park, show an ability to work with depth of field and a style known as bokeh, which is the ability to

focus the camera on a specific object and blur out everything behind it. With the recent upgrade to a Nikon DSLR, he favors taking eccentric photos using a tripod late at night and creating a time-warp effect with the varying shots. The hilltop set of photos was produced on a whim on a day when he was running errands and simply took the time to look up at the clouds. “I just had this idea, if the sun starts to peak through the clouds it’s going to look amazing,” he said. “On my way up there, it started opening up and everything I thought was going to happen, happened. That set was really fun to shoot because it was the first time I kind of guessed the weather and really put myself in a good position. Just being up on top of the hill and looking down on the city, it was just too perfect.” Having studied video and film production in college, the idea of taking his hobby to a professional level is a step forward he says he can definitely see himself taking. Simmerman has and still continues to shoot and spotlight musicians, and even disc jockeys, and he will often snap pictures of individuals modeling his latest clothing designs, all of which can be found on his blog website. And while photography may be his passion, his heart and ambitions are deeply rooted in the Dubtree community. Started last year as a Myspace page, the T-shirt business that started out at as hobby has evolved into a lifestyle that only continues to grow more with each day. The merchandise menu is based on band mentality, which he picked up during the years he toured as a musician with his former band, and prices start at $11 for T-shirts and range up to $25 for hooded sweatshirts.

“I’m not in it to try to make trillions of dollars. If I could just make back what I put into it so I can make more, I’m happy,” he said. “Each line that we release, we’re able to add something new to it, like a new sweatshirt or a hooded sweatshirt or a zip-up sweatshirt. Each collection has something a little more elaborate.” His idea for the company stems from his struggles growing up in a single-income family in Long Beach and the years having to shop at thrift stores and second-hand stores for clothing. Dubtree is catered toward single-income and economically challenged families and produces clothing with new designs released every season. With his fall and winter clothing collection release and the holiday season fast approaching, Simmerman hopes to launch a fully functioning online store by late November or early December. He plans on having skateboard contests and events for kids, arts-and-crafts seminars and various other activities that pay tribute to the grassroots following the business has developed over the months. Dubtree takes 20 percent of their profit and gives it back to the community, and, as an acronym, the name stands for: driven unstoppable belief towards reaching environmental elegance. “A lot of it is just developing a stronger community within our website and making it again just functioning for all the photography people or those just looking for something good to do within their community,” he said. “It’s the ability to want to clothe the community, and that’s what we do.” --------------------------------MORE INFORMATION dubtreecollection.com

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gallery Expo hosting two exhibits that show effects of warfare The Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave., is now hosting two new photography exhibits that reflect on the consequences of war. Conflict Zone was the inspiration of New York Times photographer Joao Silva, who lost both his legs in a landmine blast in October of 2010. Brought together by the nonprofit Independence Fund, Silva’s colleagues from the press corps donated their images for this groundbreaking photography exhibit that features some of the most celebrated combat journalists and photographers of this generation. Proceeds raised through Conflict Zone will be donated to the Joao Silva Fund and the Fisher House and will help to support the Independence Fund, a volunteer organization that helps meet some of the long-term

financial and equipment needs of severely injured troops and their families. The Art of Debriefing is a collection of more than 200 gelatin silver photographs depicting candid reflections of imprints on those touched by war. Presented by four photographers through the nonprofit organization America’s Veterans, the exhibit explores the life of veterans and their personal experiences of re-entry into civilian life. The Art of Debriefing was hosted aboard the Queen Mary and was hosted under the name of Debriefing by the Museum of History and Art in Ontario, California, the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago, and LAAVAA in Culver City, California. The black-and-white photographs

in the exhibit portray veterans from World War II through soldiers serving today, images from Vietnam shot between 1965-1968, images of the people from the Cheo Reo Province and images from Saigon, Vietnam circa 1969-1970. The four featured photographers are Peggy Fontenot, James K. Johnson, Jerry Kykisz and Michael Burr. Proceeds raised will help individual veterans meet their immediate needs. The two shows will be on display through Nov. 25 at Gallery Expo, and are free to the public. The gallery will host an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, from 6pm to 10pm, with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. --------------------------MORE INFORMATION (562) 208-4226

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aM, California reConveyanCe CoMPany as the duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded 10-12-2005, Book n/a, Page n/a, instrument 052455590, of official records in the office of the recorder of loS angeleS County, California, executed by: franCeS C BUrt, an UnMarried WoMan, as trustor, Mortgage eleCtroniC regiStration SySteMS, inC. (MerS) Solely aS noMinee for lender, enCore Credit CorP, a California CorPoration, itS SUCCeSSorS and aSSignS., as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the deed of trust. the sale will be made, but without  covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the deed of trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. the amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: BeHind tHe foUntain loCated in CiviC Center PlaZa, 400 CiviC Center PlaZa, PoMona, Ca legal description: as more fully described in said deed of trust amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $388,230.71 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 2277 oHio avenUe Signal Hill, Ca 90755 aPn number: 7215-025-043 the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common  designation, if any, shown herein. the property heretofore described is being sold "as is". in compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. date: 1021-2011 California reConveyanCe CoMPany, as trustee CaSiMir nUneZ, aSSiStant SeCretary California reConveyanCe CoMPany iS a deBt ColleCtor  atteMPting to ColleCt a deBt. any inforMation oBtained Will Be USed for tHat PUrPoSe. California reconveyance Company 9200 oakdale avenue  Mail Stop: Ca2-4379  Chatsworth, Ca 91311 800-892-6902 for Sales information: (714) 730-2727 or HyPerlinK "http://www.lpsasap.com" www.lpsasap.com (714) 573-1965 or HyPerlinK "http://www.priorityposting.com" www.priorityposting.com P886064 10/28, 11/4, 11/11/2011  TST3904 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale tS no. 11-0066807 title order no. 11-0054119 investor/insurer no. 0113271104 aPn no. 7215-017-023 yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt, dated 07/25/2006. 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." notice is hereby given that reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the deed of trust executed by tiMotHy neil roBinSon, a Married Man, aS HiS Sole and SeParate ProPerty, dated 07/25/2006 and recorded 8/3/2006, as instrument no. 06 1720290, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 12/02/2011 at 11:00aM, By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, Ca 91766 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: 2261 Saint loUiS avenUe 202a, Signal Hill, Ca, 90755. 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 $407,766.14. 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

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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: 11/06/2011 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# 4113244 11/11/2011, 11/18/2011, 11/25/2011 TST3902 loan no. title order no. 05902167 trustee’s Sale no. 11100179 notiCe of trUStee’S Sale yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt dated 3/1/2007, UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProP- erty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe of tHe ProCeedingS againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer. on 11/28/2011, at 9:00 a.M., C&H trUSt deed ServiCe, as the duly appointed trustee, or substituted trustee, under the certain deed of trust executed by: raJaniKant n. Patel and alKaKUMari Patel, HUS- Band and Wife aS Joint tenantS, as trustor, to secure obligations in favor of george e. PaPadaKiS and Colleen PaPadaKiS, HUSBand and Wife aS CoMMUnity ProPerty, as beneficiary, recorded on 11/12/2010, as instrument no. 20101626670 in Book --, Page --,of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County. Will Sell at PUBliC aUCtion to tHe HigHeSt Bidder for cash, or cashier’s check (tHiS trUStee reQUeStS tHat all CaSHier’S CHeCKS Be Made PayaBle to C&H trUSt deed ServiCe) (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a state or federal credit union, or a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the financial code and authorized to do business in this state) BeHind tHe foUntain loCated in CiviC Center PlaZa, 400 CiviC Center PlaZa, PoMona California. all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by in under said deed of trust in and to the following described real property situated in said the aforesaid County and State, to wit: the Street address or other common desig- nation, of the abovedescribed property is purported to be: 2280 oHio avenUe Signal Hill, Ca aSSeSSor’S ParCel no. 7215-026-051 the undersigned trustee dis- claims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and/or other common designation, if any, shown hereinabove. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encum- brances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said deed of trust, with interest thereon, as pro- vided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the deed of trusts, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust, to wit: Said property is being sold for the express purpose of paying the obligations secured by said deed of trust, including, fees and expenses of sale. the total amount of the unpaid principal balance, interest thereon, together with reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publi- cation of the notice of trustee’s Sale is $223,588.15. Bene- fiCiary May eleCt to Bid leSS tHan tHe aBove deBt aMoUnt at tHe tiMe of Sale. the beneficiary under said deed of trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written declaration of default and demand for Sale, and a written notice of default and election to Sell. the undersigned trustee caused said notice of default and election to Sell to be recorded in the County were the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. for Sale inforMation, PleaSe Call (714) 5731965 or online at www.priorityposting.com. dated: 10/31/2011 C&H trust deed Service, as trustee By: Heather Halavais, trustee Sale officer 1 orchard rd. Suite 110 lake forest California 92630 P894093 11/4, 11/11, 11/18/2011 TST3905 notiCe of trUStee’S Sale t.S. number : 1035004458 title number : 725136125 aPnS : 7217-009-036 & 7273012-011 iMPortant notiCe yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt, dated 5/10/2006. 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. farMerS and MerCHantS trUSt CoMPany of long BeaCH as duly appointed trustee under the following described deed of trust will sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash and/or the cashiers or certified checks specified in civil code section 2924h (payable at the time of sale in lawful money of the United States) all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust in the property hereinafter described: original trUStor: david neary and aliSa neary, HUSBand and Wife and Parrot Head PartnerS, a California general PartnerSHiP original BenefiCiary: farmers & Merchants Bank of long Beach, a Ca Corp original trUStee: farmers & Merchants trust Company of long Beach, a California Corporation recorded 05/17/2006, as instrument no. 06-1084717 of official records in the office of recorder of los angeles County. Said deed of trust describes the following property: See exhibit “a” attached hereto and made a part hereof. exHiBit "a" tHe land referred to Herein BeloW iS SitUated in tHe City of Signal HillS, CoUnty of loS angeleS, State of California, and iS

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Said sale will be held on: 12/6/2011, at 09:00aM behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, Ca. at the time of the initial publication of this notice, the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the above described deed of trust and estimated costs, expenses, and advances is approximately $462,752.31. the total indebtedness being an estimate on which the opening bid is computed and may be obtained by calling (562) 437-0011 ext 5064 the day before the sale, if available. in addition, should the property described in the above referenced deed of trust be vacant land, directions may be obtained from the beneficiary by request, in writing, and submitting such request to the Beneficiary within 10 days from the first publication of this notice of trustee’s Sale. the address for said Beneficiary may be obtained by calling the trustee listed herein. the Beneficiary of its designated agent declares that it has contacted the borrower, tried with due diligence to contact the borrower as requested by California Civil Code § 2923.5, or its borrower has surrendered the property to the beneficiary or authorized agent, or is otherwise exempt from the requirements of California Civil Code § 2923.5. the Beneficiary or its designated agent also declares that it did not obtain from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to California Civil Code § 2923.53 and that the timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of § 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to § 2923.52 or § 26923.55. We are aSSiSting tHe BenefiCiary to ColleCt a deBt and any inforMation We oBtain Will Be USed for tHat PUrPoSe By eitHer oUrSelveS or tHe BenefiCiary, WHetHer reCeived orally or in Writing. date: 11/4/2011 farMerS and MerCHantS trUSt CoMPany of long BeaCH, as said trustee thylan nguyen, foreclosure officer 302 Pine avenue - 2nd floor long Beach, Ca 90802 (562) 437-0011 ext. 5064 P896019 11/11, 11/18, 11/25/2011 TST3882 / 2011 113792 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: aCe MoBile notary ServiCeS, 407 Shea lane, long Beach, Ca 90803. registrant: SPring P. roBBinS, 407 Shea lane, long Beach, Ca 90803. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. 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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. TST3895 / 2011 122138 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following persons are doing business as: rPM enterPriSed, 3847 Mcnab ave., long Beach, Ca 90808. registrant: 1. roBert KirK PalMer, 2. Mary Jo lUdKa, 3847 Mcnab ave., long Beach, Ca 90808. this business is conducted by: a Husband and Wife. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Mary Jo ludka. 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 25, 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 28, & november 4, 11, 18, 2011. TST3896 / 2011 123354 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 1. a.l.M.a WeStern, 2. alMa WeStern, 2151 norema St., el Monte, Ca 91733. registrant: arMando gaMeZ, 2151 norema St., el Monte, Ca 91734. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: armando gamez. 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 august 11, 2010. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on october 27, 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 28, & november 4, 11, 18, 2011. TST3892 / 2011 108833 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: online SPortSanSHiP, 2000 Park ave. #35, long Beach, Ca 90815. registrant: KeitH danielS, 2000 Park ave. #35, long Beach, Ca 90815. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Keith daniels. 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 30, 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 28, & november 4, 11, 18, 2011. TST3893 / 2011 119736 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 1. tHe KaiZen doJo, 2. KaiZen doJo, 1824 W. 182nd St., torrance, Ca 90504. registrant: WilliaM ford, 3225 Cricklewood St., torrance, Ca 90505. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: William ford. 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 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: october 28, & november 4, 11, 18, 2011.

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TST3906 / 2011 115468 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: City net, 1965 e. 21st St., Signal Hill, Ca 90755. registrant: KingdoM CaUSeS, inC., 1965 e. 21st. St., Signal Hill, Ca 90755. this business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Brad fieldhouse, executive director. 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 20, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on october 13, 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: november 11, 18, 25, & december 2, 2011. TST3907 / 2011 125063 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: HaPPy MedS, 3761 rose ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: tHe Kind and tHe CoMPaSSionate ColleCtive, inC., 3761 rose 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: lawrence d. King, director. 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 31, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: november 11, 18, 25, & december 2, 2011.

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TST3894 / 2011 120078 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following persons are doing business as: yoUng aCtorS tHeatre WorKSHoP, 3200 Monogram ave., long Beach, Ca 90808. registrants: 1. Marie ConreraS roMero, 6747 Huntdale St., long Beach, Ca 90808, 2. SUZette Maria PiCaZo, 7227 rosebay St., long Beach, Ca 90808. this business is conducted by: a Joint venture. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Marie Contreras romero. the registrants have not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on october 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: october 28, & november 4, 11, 18, 2011.

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TST3908 / 2011 127783 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: rUiZ engineering Co., 1344 temple ave., long Beach, Ca 90804. registrant: rUiZ ConCrete and Paving inC., 1344 temple ave., long Beach, Ca 90804. this business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Jose alomias ruiz, Cfo. 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 november 3, 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: november 11, 18, 25, & december 2, 2011. TST3909 / 2011 130646 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: PaCifiC CaPital ManageMent, 1516 e. 2nd St. #6, long Beach, Ca 90802. registrant: david J. CHan, 1516 e. 2nd St., long Beach, Ca 90802. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: david J. Chan. 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 november 9, 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: november 11, 18, 25, & december 2, 2011. TST3910 / 2011 130647 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 1. a&W finanCial, 2. BixBy KnollS realty, 545 e. Bixby rd., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: CUyler Wade andreWS, 5082 e. atherton St., long Beach, Ca 90815. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Cuyler Wade andrews. 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 april 1, 1997. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on november 9, 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: november 11, 18, 25, & december 2, 2011. TST3903 / 2011 124197 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: WindCHaSer PiCtUreS, 28328 Constellation road, valencia, Ca 91355. registrant: Cort HoWell ProdUCtionS, inC., 28328 Constellation road, valencia, Ca 91355. this business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Cort Howell, Ceo. 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 october 20, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on october 28, 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: november 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011.

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that a much wider pool of interest be examined rather than what the actions are being based on. In April the decision was made to install a full-time “no left turn” restriction on Linden Avenue heading eastbound on Carson Street, a part-time “no left turn” restriction on Linden Avenue heading westbound on Roosevelt Road, and a “right turn only” restriction on Roosevelt Road heading eastbound onto Linden Avenue. Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) went out to enforce the turn restrictions shortly afterwards and issued a number of violations over the following months. Based on the LBPD statistics and high-violation rates, the “right turn only” restriction was removed on Aug. 3. Roseman noted that such a high violation rate was undesirable from a traffic safety perspective and could lead to an increased accident rate for the intersection. The move also allowed the team to investigate whether or not the “right turn only” restriction did what had been intended or if it had never been needed. Several recommendations were given by attendees regarding the pilot program, including exempting residents from having to abide by the restrictions, installing speed bumps, conducting a larger study that focuses on more than just a three-block area and suggesting doing a better job of notifying people of future changes and initial meetings regarding Linden Avenue.

Roseman also said 120 contacts were made by citizens to his office, with about 80 regarding citations. Common issues collected from the contacts were given as follows: Linden is a public street and should not be restricted; traffic was deliberately slowed down on Atlantic Avenue for the sake of merchants; speeding is a problem, and the pilot program either created the problem or it was one to begin with; there was an increase in traffic in the alleys; people bypassed the “no left turn” sign on Carson Street; there should be a focus back on Carson Street and Linden Avenue; and speed bumps should be installed. Eighth District Councilmember Rae Gabelich observed the community meeting from the back of the discussion area and provided closing remarks as the meeting extended past its scheduled time and as attendees began talking over each other. To calm the audience she repeatedly reminded attendees that the meeting was a democratic one and mentioned that the traffic on Atlantic Avenue that is causing drivers to use Linden Avenue as a detour route is also in part due to the business growth over the years on Atlantic Avenue. Gabelich and Roseman said they will utilize the feedback gained from the meeting to make a final decision on the fate of the pilot program and to explore and potentially conduct studies on the neighboring streets suggested by the residents, including Elm Avenue.

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Linden Avenue residents impacted by the recent addition of turn restrictions gave their feedback on the signs at a Nov. 3 meeting presented by City Traffic Engineer David Roseman.

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to property and evidence storage. Langston described how the challenge of evidence storage is a concern for his department. “Well, right now our property and evidence [storage] is not much larger than a closet, and it’s just overcrowded…it doesn’t meet the design standards you would expect in a public safety facility,” said Langston, explaining that the department is required to keep evidence for a certain amount of time. “you just make do with what you have.” Next year, the police department will house its property and evidence storage in a secure facility separate from the main building, he said. There are other advantages of the new site. The police facility will feature updated jail technology. The current facilities use the old jail-style bars to house inmates, which the police chief said wasn’t always safe. The new jail will have enclosed walls with a hard door so there will be less of a possibility for people to injure themselves, according to Langston. “We’re going to be stepping up to current standards, not standards that were in place 30, 40, 50 years ago," the police chief added, "and you’re trying to adjust to meet the needs based on a facility that doesn’t really meet the current standards. They’ve changed dramatically.” The department is already preparing for the big move, planning to ensure that the telephone systems will be working correctly for both 91-1 and non-emergency phone calls. Langston confirmed that police personnel are developing a detailed logistical plan for the move. Jessie Elwin Nelson Middle School The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) is making significant progress with its construction plans for the new middle school on Cherry Avenue and 20th Street. “It’s going to be a great middle

Jessie Elwin Nelson Middle School will feature about 31 classrooms that will take up more than 89,000 square feet.

school that makes the very best use of a relatively small piece of property,” said Karen T. Hilburn, chair of the Measure K Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The committee reviews all the expenditures that have been used with funds provided through Measure K. The voter-initiative bond through Measure K used local property tax dollars to fund school building projects in the LBUSD. This is the first full school facility closest to completion that has been built with money from Measure K, according to Hilburn. Other state funds also helped to pay for the school’s construction. The facility that sits on approximately eight acres is scheduled to open around September 2012. Signal Hill Councilmember Michael Noll expressed excitement over the school that was named after the city’s first mayor. Noll also serves on the Measure K Citizens’ Oversight Committee and recently toured the construction site. “It’s going to be a fabulous school,” Noll said, explaining that the school will have “state-of-theart” facilities. Construction is about 85-percent complete, according to Vivien Hao, communication coordinator for the Measure K program. The school’s total project budget is $60.9 million including about $45 million for construction costs, according to figures provided by Hao. So far, the school district has spent $44.7 million, Hao confirmed Wednesday.

pipelines. However, the construction will now be moving forward with road paving, building the curb and gutters, and relocating the utility equipment, Public Works Director Steve Myrter confirmed in an interview Wednesday. Myrter said that the entire roadimprovement project should be completed no later than Dec. 15. Construction continues for EDCO’s transfer station on Patterson Street, and plans are still in the approval process for the administration facilities on 27th Street and California Avenue, according to Community Development Director Scott Charney.

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Construction on EDCO’s transfer station on Patterson Street is underway, and plans are still in the approval process for the administration facilities on 27th Street and California Avenue.

Road construction near EDCO Waste-management and recycling company EDCO is still continuing with plans to build facilities on the west side of Signal Hill, but there has been a delay in moving forward with street improvement plans. The public works department of Signal Hill confirmed Wednesday that portions of California Avenue will remain closed for a few more weeks due to street construction delays associated with problems with abandoned oil

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