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Signal Hill, Long Beach prepare City Ventures unveils first solar-powered Cherry Avenue for a makeover SH homes built to charge electric vehicles Stephanie Raygoza Staff Writer

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View of southbound traffic along Cherry Avenue CJ Dablo Staff Writer

A main roadway that cuts through the heart of Signal Hill is being readied for a partial makeover in hopes of reducing miserable traffic gridlock for the commuters who travel near the intersection at Cherry Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. Signal Hill officials this week confirmed that, after more than a decade, plans to improve a section of Cherry Avenue are creeping closer to reality. “To me, it’s a 15-year vision finally [becoming] accomplished,”

Signal Hill Councilmember Michael Noll said in a telephone interview Monday. Noll described the complicated process to get work authorized for Cherry Avenue. The plans called for more lanes to improve the traffic flow on Cherry along a stretch of road just south of 19th Street to Pacific Coast Highway. The area actually belongs to Long Beach, and the plans required a partnership between the Cities of Signal Hill and Long Beach, in addition to the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency see eXPAnsiOn page 4

City Ventures Residences is redefining what it means to be a green home with the unveiling of their Signal Hill Collection homes. In partnership with the Nissan LEAF, the “Plug Into History” ceremony on Nov. 17 introduced the first high-tech, solarpowered neighborhood in the US to feature garages pre-wired to accept electric cars. The Signal Hill Collection, part of the company’s earth-friendly neighborhoods that encompass over 190 homes built throughout California cities, features new solar and no-gas residences. Herb Gardner, president of homebuilding for City Ventures, and Russell Vare, electric vehicle regional manager for Nissan LEAF, spoke to attendees about the significance of the partnership and provided a demonstration of how to plug a Nissan LEAF into the charging station. “We made it a company mandate to be innovative,” Gardner said. “We wanted to push the envelope on what it meant to be a homebuilder.” The townhomes, located at 1850

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Electric vehicle regional manager for Nissan LEAF Russell Vare and Herb Gardner, president of homebuilding, address the crowd at the City Venture Residences “Plug Into History” ceremony on Nov. 17.

North Orizaba Ave., were created so that a large portion of the power required to operate each home is generated on-site through built-in solar panels. The LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) Gold level and energy-star certified

residences include hybrid electric water heaters, low-flow faucet and shower heads, high-efficiency dishwashers and low-emission windows to insulate against the cold and heat. see City Ventures page 14

Shell, Adopt a Stormdrain Foundation and Goodyear sponsor clean-up of Dominguez Channel

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Shell Pipeline Company LP partnered with the Adopt a Stormdrain Foundation and Goodyear last week to clean the Dominguez Channel

Shell Pipeline Company LP partnered with the Adopt a Stormdrain Foundation and Goodyear on Nov. 17 to clean the Dominguez Channel on Main Street near the 405 Freeway. The 40-person group picked up debris for two hours in an effort to keep the area litter-free, increase awareness and promote environmental stewardship. “I appreciated the hard work and dedication that was shown by the 40 Shell employees,” said Jessica Neil, Shell’s Operations awareness coordinator. “We look forward to beautifying more areas in need of assistance. Shell is a proud supporter of the Adopt a Stormdrain Foundation. Please do your part to clean the Dominguez Watershed that is severely in need of our attention.”

A 40-person crew picked up trash for two hours in an effort to keep the area litter-free, increase awareness and promote environmental stewardship.

“This type of volunteering really makes a difference to us,” said Don Herman, area manager for Shell. “We would like thank Adopt a Stormdrain and Goodyear for allowing us this

opportunity to clean the Dominguez Channel.” To suggest a volunteer opportunity, contact Jessica Neil at (310) 8162087 or jessica.neil@shell.com.

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Alert resident helps LBPD avert auto burglaries On Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at approximately 4am, officers from the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to the area of 2nd Street and Glendora Avenue in response to a call reporting suspicious activity around parked vehicles. Officers responded to the location where the caller stated that three young men were in the area peering into parked vehicles and trying car door handles. Officers located a vehicle leaving the area, conducted a traffic stop, and questioned the two young men inside. At the same time and a few blocks away, additional officers located the three suspects the caller described. The three suspects were located in the area of Bayshore Avenue and Appian Way, questioned, arrested for loitering on the beach and taken into custody. The continuing investigation

revealed that the two groups of suspects were working together in a preplanned crime spree of that area, targeting vehicles that may contain valuables. The arrested have been identified as: 18-year-old Tyler Rexeisen of Bellflower; 21-year-old Matthew Boudreaux of Cypress; and 20-year-old Michael Schoepf of Long Beach. Since the arrests, detectives have been able to locate two vehicles that members of the group attempted to break into and have added the charge of attempted auto burglary. The investigation is ongoing, and police are asking residents in Belmont Shore and the surrounding neighborhoods to come forward if they have been the victim of an unreported auto burglary. Residents are also reminded to be

vigilant in preventing crime by removing property from their vehicles. One of the vehicles the suspects targeted that night may have been chosen because of a charger being left in the vehicle, as this can imply there are electronic devices inside. Electronics such as GPS systems, mp3 players, and phones are commonly stolen items and temptations to burglars. For additional information on auto burglary prevention, visit the Long Beach Police Department website at longbeach.gov/police and click on “News Room.” Those who have any information regarding these burglaries or who think they may have been a victim should contact Long Beach Police Burglary Detective Jose Yarruhs at (562) 570-5559. Anonymous tips can be sent via text or email to tipsoft.com.

recent grad becomes first rhodes Scholar from CSuLB Stephanie Bryson, a 2011 graduate of California State University, Long Beach, has been named a Rhodes Scholar, and she is the first graduate of the university to receive the internationally renowned award. The Rhodes Trust named a total of 80 recipients worldwide, 32 from the United States, in this year’s class of Rhodes Scholars who will begin their studies at Oxford University in October 2012. Bryson, named the Outstanding Graduate for the College of Liberal Arts at CSULB at the time of her graduation last spring, was a double major who earned bachelor’s degrees in German and international studies, along with a minor in political science and an honors diploma. She is currently a graduate student at Georgetown University, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in German and European studies in the university’s School of Foreign Service. She plans to pursue a career in diplomacy or foreign policy advising. While at CSULB, Bryson acquired some of the most prestigious pre-professional experiences in the international affairs field while maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average and a spot on the President’s List every semester. She studied for a year at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, as one of only 30 international students awarded the annual Remembrance and Future Fund Berlin Scholarship. She also received CSULB’s 2008 Frank Fata Scholarship for Language Studies Abroad and the 2008-09 German Academic Exchange Service Undergraduate Scholarship. While in Germany, she participated in a U.S.German forum for young leaders and served as an American cultural ambassador for the Meet U.S. program at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. In fall 2010, she interned with the U.S. Mission to the European Union

in Brussels, Belgium. At CSULB Bryson was a member of the German Club and served as president and academic coordinator of the campus’ Model United Nations (MUN), moderating panel discussions, participating in seven MUN conferences in four countries, and instructing more than 30 delegates about the function of the United Nations. “My time at Cal State Long Beach and in the California system of public higher education was so instrumental in this process – I would not be a Rhodes Scholar if I hadn’t gone to CSULB,” said Bryson. “I had great faculty support for all of my academic endeavors and I participated in campus clubs like the Model United Nations and the German Club. Participating in these organizations was instrumental in me following my dreams.” “Steffi is a great example of what can be accomplished with determination and hard work,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “Our entire campus community takes great pride in her achievement. She is only one of eight public university Rhodes Scholar awardees in the Class of 2012, and this is a remarkable feat considering that it is the world’s most prestigious international student scholarship.” Beyond Bryson’s studies and extracurricular activities at CSULB, she was a lifeguard and first responder in swift water rescue and SCUBA search and recovery, winning the Joe Shirley Memorial Scholarship for outstanding lifesaving achievement. She also volunteered with the Wounded Warriors Project, teaching U.S. veterans water sports to help them readjust to civilian life. Previous recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship include former U.S President Bill Clinton; author Robert Penn Warren; former Prime Minister of

Australia Bob Hawke; former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley (NJ); social and educational activist Jonathan Kozol; CNN chairman and CEO Walter Issacson; MSNBC political analyst and host Rachel Maddow; 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner Siddhartha Mukherjee; current Kenya presidential candidate Kingwa Kamenco; and Justine Schluntz, 2010 NCAA “Woman of the Year.”

eGGS WiTH THe eLKS What Monthly breakfast Who Bellflower/Long Beach Elks Lodge 888 Where 16426 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower When Sunday, Nov. 27 from 8am to noon more info Breakfast will be open to the public at $6 per person. The meal includes eggs as you like them, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits with gravy, orange juice, assorted fruit, Belgian waffles and coffee. CeLeBrATiNG DoWN memorY LANe What “History, Beautification, Conversation at the Annual E. 7th St. Birthday Party” Who Sponsored by Anderson Real Estate Group When Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 7pm to 9pm Where Rivera’s Mexican Restaurant, 2901 E. 7th St., LB more info The collective neighborhoods of Craftsman Village, North Alamitos Beach and Rose Park along with the E. 7th Street retailers will once again celebrate the 1.5 mile square area that was annexed to the City of Long Beach on Nov. 29, 1909. The event will look back at what has been accomplished over the years and allow for a discussion of recommendations for the future. The event will include a $10 buffet and will be open to the public. CommuNiTY PoTLuCK What Annual Christmas event Who Sponsored by the North Long Beach Community Action Group, South Street Community Watch, Members of the Deforest Neighborhood Association, North Long Beach Association and Long Beach Dairy and Creamery When Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2pm Where Long Beach Dairy and Creamery, 167 E. South St., LB more info The 8th annual Christmas gathering is open to the public. Pictures will be taken and attendees are asked to bring an ornament and their favorite dish. Call (562) 428-7710. SiLeNT NiGHT AuCTioN AND miNGLe What Charity fundraiser and holiday party Who Presented by The Committee of 300 of Long Beach, Inc. When Monday, Dec. 5 from 5:30pm to 9pm Where L’Opera Ristorante, 101 Pine Ave., LB more info The event will benefit the Pacific Sailing Maritime Center and is open to the public. Complimentary appetizers will be served. Funds will be raised by a silent auction and opportunity drawing of prizes donated by local business and organizations. Monetary donations of $20 will be accepted at the door. Call (562) 981-9200 or visit redcoat.com.

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EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by the LBPD Nov. 16 –21 Council Districts 6 (North of PCH) 7 & 8 (East of the L.A. River & North to Del Amo Blvd.) Wednesday, Nov. 16 Robbery 3:30pm– 200 block of West Pacific Coast Highway Officers responded to a report of a robbery after an adult male approached an adult female, threatened violence and stole her property. The suspect fled the scene with the stolen property, and the victim called the police. The victim was not injured during the robbery. Robbery 8pm– 4100 block of Atlantic Avenue Officers responded to a report of a robbery after two adult men walked into a local business, threatened violence and stole money from the clerk. The suspects fled the scene with the stolen money, and the victim called the police. The victim was not injured during the robbery. Friday, Nov. 18 Robbery 11:30pm- 3500 block of Long Beach Blvd. A male adult, brandishing a firearm, entered a local business and assaulted the clerk before taking property from the store. The victim was treated at the hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries. The suspect is outstanding, and the investigation is continuing. Saturday, Nov. 19 Burglary 2:30 am- 3700 block of Rose Ave. Officers responded to a burglary alarm at a private residence. When officers arrived, they discovered evidence of a burglary, but nothing appeared to have been stolen.

DeCemBer DiNiNG What Monthly supper Who Bixby Knolls Supper Club When Monday, Dec. 5 at 6:30pm Where Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave., LB more info The supper is open to the public and costs $20 with tax and gratuity not included. Seating is limited to 70 guests so reservations are required. Meal includes a salad bar, a selection of main entrees and beverages, and dessert will be apple cobbler served with ice cream. RSVP info@bixbyknollsinfo.com. ‘LeT’S GeT ACQuAiNTeD’ What Potluck and mingle Who Presented by the Hearing Loss Association, Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter When Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6pm Where Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave., Lakewood more info The free December potluck dinner will be open to members and their guests with no reservations required. Following the dinner, members will break into small groups in a “Let’s Get Acquainted Session” to learn something they didn’t know about each other. Call (562) 438-0597.

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(RDA). “We did a joint venture with them, and they’ve been very cooperative. . .so it’s taken many, many years. We’ve got the grants and the monies secure,” Noll said, explaining that Signal Hill took the lead in getting state and federal funds to pay for the $6.7 million project which also involved the support of local state congressional representatives and lawmakers throughout the project’s development. About 52 percent of the project is going to be funded through the state, and the balance will be paid through federal sources, according to Steve Myrter, who serves as the public works director for Signal Hill. Myrter confirmed that neither Signal Hill nor Long Beach will need to pay for the project from

their Cities’ funds. The public works director stressed that construction dates cannot be confirmed until property issues are fully resolved. In order to build the extra lanes, several pieces of private property had to be purchased by Long Beach. Negotiations are still in progress with one final piece of property before plans can move forward. According to Myrter, after negotiations for that property are complete, the project will be reviewed by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Caltrans oversees the grant money that paid for the project that came from the Federal Highway Administration. Once the project is certified by Caltrans (a process estimated to take about four months), road work can soon begin, Myrter confirmed in an interview Tuesday. The City hopes to begin construction next summer, according to Myrter.

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It’s only a patch of road that extends about one-tenth of a mile, but at the height of rush hour at the intersection of Cherry Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, the traffic can be severely congested. “Especially if you are trying to make a left turn on Pacific Coast Highway, you could be there 20 minutes or more,” Noll said, explaining that some commuters attempt to take alternative routes through neighborhoods. Noll also pointed out that the road improvements are needed at a pivotal time for the Jessie Elwin Nelson Middle School. The new school complex currently under construction near the corner of 20th Street and Cherry Avenue is slated to open next fall. Signal Hill Mayor Larry Forester remembered the long process for Signal Hill to take the lead to secure funding for the project. Forester said that residents have consistently com-

plained about the intersection, especially after the City of Signal Hill years ago had added more lanes to Cherry Avenue in the road north of the newly proposed construction area. “You can’t have a four-lane arterial turn into a two-lane arterial without having a major bottle neck. It has been a bottle neck since Signal Hill widened Cherry,” Forester said. The new design to improve Cherry Avenue includes a number of improvements, according to Myrter. The public works director confirmed that plans include adding lanes for traffic flowing in both directions and a dedicated right-turn lane for the traffic heading south on Cherry Avenue. A landscape median divider will be built near 20th Street, a bus stop will be relocated, pedestrian crosswalks will be reconfigured, and a new drainage system will in place to reduce flooding at that intersection, according to Myrter.

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Nearly every homosapien on this planet is aware that today is “Black Friday.” For those non-shopper types who may be reading this, the definition of “Black Friday,” according to blackfridayandcybermonday.com, is “the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, [and] is historically one of the busiest retail shopping days of the year.” Many consider it the official beginning of the holiday season. Most retailers will open very early and usually pro-

vide massive discounts on their products. Although Black Friday is typically the busiest shopping day of the year in terms of customer traffic, it is not typically the day with the highest sales volume. That is usually either Christmas Eve or the last Saturday before Christmas. Furthermore, information from the above named website declares that the origin of the name “Black Friday” historically comes from the retailers’ shift to profitability during the holiday season. Back in the day when accounting records were kept by hand, red ink indicated financial loss while black ink indicated profit, thus coining the popular fiscal terms of being “in the red,” (losing money) or “in the black” (profitable). With all that said, I want to encourage all of you early shoppers to keep your holiday dollars close to home. Our local retailers have

had a rough couple of years and need all the support they can get. Whether you are looking for restaurant gift cards, furniture, clothing, electronics, jewelry or other gifts for loved ones, please patronize your area merchants. Hate standing in line at the post office? Need stamps or a package mailed? Don’t forget our local UPS store in Bixby Knolls or the Mailbox Plus in Signal Hill. Those folks carry all the boxes and packing material you could possibly need and will get your packages where they need to go quicker than Santa can say “Ho Ho Ho.” In most cases you will find small-business owners to be friendly and just gushing with customer service. Some even gift-wrap. They need your dollars, and you need their services. It’s a marriage made in Heaven, so pop the question already!

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Less is more this holiday season By Tawra Kellam

After laying down my last women’s magazine telling me how to be less stressed during the holidays, I’m even more confused and stressed than ever. On one page I’m told to take time for myself and indulge in a lovely spa bath. As I turn the page, I’m told to give all my friends and family homemade ornaments. Then there are articles telling me how not to gain weight at Christmas parties. Isn’t that like telling a 3-year-old to not get dirty while making mud pies? To top it all off (and the part I like the best) is after they tell us how to get rid of stress and not gain weight, they give us 10 pages of recipes for Christmas cookies made with real butter and cream that are decorated so elaborately in the pictures that it probably took a trained kitchen staff of 10 a week to make one cookie. Doesn’t anyone live in the real world anymore? If you are like me and can’t stand that kind of stress, try some of these Christmas ideas from LivingOnADime.com to help you have a relaxed and merry holiday season. Don’t over-spend It may be tempting to fixate yourself on the sparkling look in little Johnny’s eye when he sees that $300 play car under the tree. Advertising people are really good

at feeding many parents’ fantasies of their children thinking that Mom and Dad are the peaches and cream for shelling out the cash and looking fondly back on the moment for the rest of their lives. In reality, most kids have lost all interest in that particular toy long before the credit cards are paid off. When we were growing up, my mom pulled out all of the stops at Christmas to make it as wonderful for us as she possibly could. The funny thing is that now that we are grown, the things we remember the most fondly are Mom’s red Jell-o salad (made with red hots– yummy!) and sitting together and reading a Christmas story before opening our presents. I can’t remember what presents I received, but I always look back fondly on the Christmas story. Do a few things well Instead of trying to do everything and ending up depressed with how it all turns out, focus your energy on a couple of things that are the most important to you. You may be tempted to extravagantly decorate every room in your house, but if you don’t have the time or energy, focus on one room, like a living or family room. If your entire house is beautiful but you have to go see a therapist when it’s all over, the romantic mystique will be lost.

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Art show with some history to it Thank you for getting the story in the paper about the Earth Bones art show last week. We really appreciate it. The artist had a happy reunion with a man she had asked to marry her five years ago– he saw the story in the paper. Kimberly Hocking Greenly Art Space Signal Hill

Trust me– I know about this one from personal experience. Limit activities Think of the holiday season as a triage for activities. Don’t commit to do too many things. One or two parties during the holiday season will make you all tingly in that It’s a Wonderful Life kind of way. One or two parties a week may send you over the edge, especially if you have kids. (Refer to my therapist comments above.) This also applies to all of those appealing-looking activities around town like Victorian Christmas events, Christmas celebrations at the zoo or winter carnivals. One or two can be a lot of fun, but too many will ruin the fun. Limit cookie baking Don’t try to make 15 different kinds of cookies like Martha. She may look like she is Superwoman, but did you know she has a lot of people that help her? How much help do you get with your baking? I mean real help, not your 5-yearold who makes everything twice as difficult for you. This is great for Grandma, but you have to see your daughter every day and Grandma can send her back when the house is sufficiently covered in flour. Again, pick your two or three top favorite cookies to bake

and celebrate the fact that you had few enough priorities that you remembered to put the sugar in them. Everything doesn’t have to be homemade. I know that we advocate making your own stuff, but Marie Callender’s makes some great pies that you can pass off as homemade if you want to soothe your guilty Martha Stewart conscience. In 20 years, your kids will look fondly back on it as the best pie they ever had. But seriously, if you are making things homemade just to save money, remember that some things like candies and pies are often more expensive to make homemade, especially if you cut your finger while slicing the apples. Don’t ask me how I know– just trust me on this one. These aren’t the only things you can do to reduce your stress, but if you stick to doing a few things well, you can truly relax and enjoy the season with your family. In the end, they would rather have fond memories of their time with you than memories of how strung out Mom was after she burned the cookies. Tawra Kellam is the publisher of the website LivingOnADime.com and the author of Dining On A Dime Cookbook.

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Homeboy industries founder to discuss his award-winning book Father Greg Boyle, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, whose award-winning memoir Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion spent more than a year on the Los Angeles Times bestseller charts, will discuss and sign his book as part of the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library Blanche Collins Forum on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2pm. The doors of the Main Library Auditorium at 101 Pacific Ave. will open at 1:30pm. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell will introduce Father Boyle. This free event is open to the public. Homeboy Industries traces its roots to “Jobs For A Future” (JFF),

a program created in 1988 by Boyle at Dolores Mission parish in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. The church sits between two large public housing projects known for decades as the “gang capital of the world.” In an effort to address the escalating problems and unmet needs of gang-involved youth, Boyle and the community developed positive alternatives, including establishing an elementary school, a daycare program and finding legitimate employment for young people. JFF’s success demonstrated the model followed today– that many gang members are eager to leave the dangerous and destructive life on the “streets.”

Homeboy Industries is a series of nonprofit economic development enterprises. The programs assist at-risk and former ganginvolved youth to become positive and contributing members of society through job placement, training, and education. Above all, Homeboy Industries provides the opportunity for rival gang members to work side-by-side, enabling young men and women to redirect their lives. As a nationally renowned expert on gangs and intervention approaches, Boyle relates his experiences working within this neighborhood in his book. Tattoos on the Heart, his first book, was awarded the 2010 Southern California Inde-

pendent Booksellers Association Non-Fiction Award and also named one of the “Best Books of 2010” by Publishers Weekly. Boyle recently received the 2011 PEN Center USA Creative Non-fiction Award. Boyle has received numerous accolades and awards on behalf of Homeboy Industries, including the California Peace Prize granted by the California Wellness Foundation and a Lifetime Achievement Award from MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund). Boyle was honored with the Civic Medal of Honor by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the Irvine Leadership Award conferred by the James Irvine Foundation.

Knowing one’s medications can help ensure safe, healthy holiday and winter travels As the winter travel season approaches, the American Pharmacists Association is encouraging consumers to talk with their pharmacists about their medications before they pack their bags. This will help ensure each person knows the best way to pack their medications, what to do if the medication is lost and anything to be aware of with travel and the medication. The short conversation could save each person a lot of holiday trouble further down the road if they do not prepare correctly. Americans are known to travel a lot during the holiday and winter season. According to the Bureau of Transportation and Statistics, the number of long-distance trips– more than 50 miles– just during the sixday Thanksgiving travel period, increases by 54 percent. Travel disrupts healthcare routines and the normal things consumers do to take care of themselves– such as adhering to a medication regimen– can sometimes fall from the top list of priorities. Here are some tips to help maintain a healthy medication regime throughout the travel season: • Organize a health kit that contains all of your prescription and over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, vitamins and minerals. Ensure that you store medications correctly and pack ample medication and equipment. Some medications have special storage instructions or require specific dosing equipment. If flying to your destination or crossing borders, always carry your medications in the original bottles in your carry-on luggage. • Bring more medication than you expect to use. Talk to your pharma-

cist about the possibility of obtaining a medication “vacation supply” from your insurance company; he/she may be able to help. Being prepared for unexpected extended travel helps ensure safe and effective medication use. It is also good to know your insurance company’s policy on medication transfers and replacement supplies if your medication is lost. • Pack a “preventative medicine” kit. Talk with your pharmacist about any over-the-counter medications you should pack for the area of the world you are traveling to or what you are planning to do. Basics include: anti-diarrhea, anti-nausea, antihistamine, anti-motion sickness, mild laxative or stool softener, medicine for pain or fever and antibacterial/antifungal cream/ointment. • Get up-to-date on any vaccines you may need. Over the holiday season you will run into many people who could possibly be sick. Make sure to get your annual flu shot. If you are traveling overseas, make sure you have met all of the travel vaccine recommendations put out by the CDC. • Beware of “drugged driving.” Certain medications can impair perception, judgment and reaction times causing a hazardous driving situation. Talk with your pharmacist about side effects your medication may cause and whether you can adjust your dosing schedule to avoid times you may need to operate a vehicle. • Carry an updated personal medication and vaccination record with you. This is a list of your prescription, over-the-counter and herbal medications, how you take them, and

why. This list should also contain an up-to-date history of your vaccinations. If you are unexpectedly admitted into a hospital, or must see a healthcare provider while traveling, the list can help them understand your current treatments. To download a personal medication list, visit pharmacist.com/pmr. • Have a plan for adjusting your medication regimen. Travel may require you to adjust your medication regimen, or when you take your medication, for time and routine changes. If you are traveling across the country and would normally take a medication twice a day, for example, you may need to adjust that schedule to take your medications approximately twelve hours apart—which may be earlier or later than your first bedtime or morning on another coast. Ask your pharmacist about how to alter your schedule to fit your health-care needs. • Be careful or avoid drinking alcohol, especially when flying or visiting cities in higher altitudes. Alcohol can interact with many prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

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Local artist utilizes new technology to create illustrations Athena Mekis Staff Writer

Local illustrator Charles Clatterbuck, 76, embraced computer programming to modernize his artistic capabilities and was able to publish a children’s book, A Leprechaun Named Big Hat, in the process. Clatterbuck attended Walden School of Multimedia (Walden) in Anaheim for graphic art and earned a degree at 65. At Walden, Clatterbuck learned how to upload his illustrations to Photoshop and now uses a tablet and a tablet-pen to colorize his pencildrawn illustrations. “This technique has taken over for me,” he said. To publish the book, Clatterbuck collaborated with his daughter, Denise Beck. He created a new series of leprechaun illustrations, and Beck wrote the storyline behind all of the characters. Clatterbuck’s past collections of characters have been featured at art shows around Long Beach. During his shows, admirers of his work asked him what the back stories of the characters were, and that’s when the idea for a children’s book began. To develop back stories, Beck gave each leprechaun a name. Then, he began researching leprechaun myths, which snowballed into a story about the main character, Big Hat, who decided to “break the silence between humans and [leprechauns], risking everything,”Beck said. Clatterbuck has several series of characters, including clowns, pirates, trolls, and his upcoming set of jesters. His method of drawing characters starts with one facial feature such as the nose and then continues from that focal point. He never knows what the final character will look like.

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would come by raving and ask, ‘how much is it?’ and she’d say, ‘Oh, a dollar and a quarter, a dollar and a quarter.’ She’d go home with like $200 at the end of the day,” Clatterbuck said. “And I was just standing there saying, ‘Hey, come here, man. Do you want to take a look at this?” Clatterbuck worked in advertising for a short time, producing ad campaigns for Camel cigarettes and used car companies, but playing the drums with a house band at hotels was his most successful and long-term job. He learned how to play the drums at age 5 from a vaudevillian who was a strict mentor and insisted that there was only one right way to play the drums. When Clatterbuck was drafted into the U.S. Army between World War ll and the Korean War, he played drums for funerals. “I hated the Army with a passion, and they wouldn’t let me go,” he said. “They said, ‘No, you’re the head of the drum section, so you’re not allowed to go.’” But the real reason he hated the Army was that he wanted to be a pilot in the Air Force. He had trained to become a pilot in high school in Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), but ultimately wasn’t permitted to fly because of bad eyesight. Instead, he became known to his peers as “the guy who could get you out of the Army,” Clatterbuck said. “I showed them how to write a letter to their congressmen.” To view Clatterbuck’s illustrations, visit artwanted.com and search for Charles Clatterbuck. To purchase the book A Leprechaun Named Big Hat, visit blurb.com/books/784419.

LBo to present Western u.S. premiere of 20th Century opera The Long Beach Opera (LBO) has announced it will present a double-bill with The Breasts of Tiresias and Tears of a Knife as an exclusive engagement at the Long Beach Center Theater/ Long Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 11 at 2pm and Saturday, March 17 at 8pm. The sexes trade places on the French Riviera in Francis Poulenc’s surreal comedy The Breasts of Tiresias, based on the 1917 play of the same name by Guillame Apollinaire. Is it a man’s world? Bored, submissive housewife Therese decides to find out for herself as she dreams of the many wonderful things she could do were she a man. Turning the tables on the Greek myth of Tiresias, a prophet who became a woman for seven years, Therese disengages her breasts, becomes General Tiresias, and leaves home to fight wars on distant battlefields. Meanwhile, her stay-at-home husband copes by making babies on his own, 40,049 of them. Do these marriage partners really need each other? Set in the magical city of zanzibar, this exuberant comedy pits men against women in a wild battle of the sexes with comments on feminism and pacifism thrown into the mix. Of his classical “screwball” comedy, which contains a variety of the-

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atrical and musical styles including jazz, cabaret and dance, Poulenc said, “I do believe I prefer this work to everything else I wrote…If people want to form an idea of my complex musical personality, they will find me quite exactly myself in [The Breasts of] Tirésias.” Opera clichés are twisted around, nothing is as it seems, and the world spins out of control in the rarely performed work Tears of a Knife by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu and French dada, poet, playwright, and artist, Georges Ribermont-Dessaignes. Searching for the perfect husband, Eleonore looks for love in all the wrong places, commits suicide, and spontaneously returns to life. Unswayed, she continues her quest to find the right man. Blocking her way at every turn is Eleonore’s mother, a formidable sexual rival. In a series of surprises, her next-door neighbor, a passing bicyclist, and a hanged man are not whom they appear to be. Regarded as one of the two Czech giants of 20th Century music, Janacek being the other, Martinu was a prolific, internationally known composer in the 1940s and ‘50s, and his compositions were performed around the world. This jazz opera is filled with the rhythms, harmonies and instruments of popular 1920s dance music. Although

written in 1928, the work didn’t premiere until 1969 in Brno, Czechoslovakia, a decade after the composer’s death. In November 2002, the U.S. premiere took place in the French language version, Les Larmes du Couteau, by the Henry Street Chamber Opera (formerly the Gotham Chamber Opera). LBO will present the western U.S. premiere of Tears of A Knife and will be the first U.S. company to perform this dada romp in English. “The Long Beach Opera pushes the boundaries of modern opera once again with their presentation of these this exceptional double-bill,” said Dan Spellens, director of Theaters & Entertainment for the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. “We are very pleased once again to welcome the Long Beach Opera to the Performing Arts Center.” Tickets are on sale now at all TicketMaster outlets and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Main Box Office. Ticket prices range from $29 to $150. To charge by phone, call TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com. The box office is located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd. and is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday from noon to 4pm. For season subscriptions, visit longbeachopera.org or call the LBO box office at (562) 432-5934.

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Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) dedicated a Mayor’s Build House on Friday, Nov. 18. The Lopez family, the recipients of the Mayor’s Build, will move into the home in time for the holidays. “After many months of construction, I’m delighted that we are finally handing the keys to the Mayor’s Build House to the Lopez Family,” Foster said. “I want to thank the many volunteers and sponsors for all of their help. We not only built a home, but also built a stronger community by bringing in people like the Lopez Family to set roots in this neighborhood.” The Lopez Family are longtime residents of Long Beach. Enrique Lopez works for St. Mary Hospital in Long Beach, and his wife Sonia works for the Long Beach Unified School District. They have three children: Angel, Anthony, and Adan. “Habitat for Humanity is grateful for the leadership of Mayor Bob Foster,” said Erin Rank, president and of CEO HFH GLA, at the event. “He has owned this project from the beginning. He helped us raise funds to purchase the materials, brought new community partners to the table and even put in some volunteer hours himself. We dedicate this home today in honor of his leadership.” More than 450 volunteers from the Long Beach community and

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From left: Erin Rank, Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles president; the Lopez Family; and Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster before last Friday’s dedication.

corporate sponsors donated 6,000-plus hours during the eight months of construction. The mayor recalled his trade skills by installing the carpet for the entire second floor of the house, as well as hanging drywall. The Lopez Family found out they were the recipients of the Mayor’s Build during a surprise visit to their one-bedroom, onebathroom apartment in July 2010. The wall-raising ceremony for their new four-bedroom, twostory house took place in March 2011. The Lopezes qualified for homeownership by meeting

income guidelines, demonstrating need and agreeing to give 500 hours of “sweat equity,” which include building their home and volunteering at other Habitat for Humanity locations. Mayor Foster led the fundraising efforts and also helped build the house alongside volunteers from the community and corporate sponsors, which include: Southern California Edison; Union Bank; Oxy Long Beach, Inc.; AECOM; BNSF Railways; Jet Blue; and Meridiam Infrastructure. Sixth District Councilmember Dee Andrews also attended the celebration.

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Village market to feature 75-plus local independent artists, crafters Gallery Expo, Bella Cosa Boutique and Inspired Adornments will present their Uptown Village Market, a place to shop for unique, handcrafted items this holiday season on Friday, Dec. 2 from 5pm to 10pm, and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10am to 4pm at the main hall of the Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave., in Bixby Knolls. Independent artisans will be displaying their distinct, often one-of-a-kind creations ranging from jewelry, ceramics, candles, baked goods, beauty products, fashion and accessories, and home and garden décor items. The gift market will showcase more than 75 local independ-

ent artists, crafters and designers. From edgy d’assemblage to vintageinspired items, the show will offer: clothing for men, women and kids; handbags; accessories; art; ceramics; home goods; garden finds; plushies; jewelry; paper goods; edible treats; pet gear; bath & body products; and more. Shoppers will have the opportunity to meet the artists behind the creations. The event will also offer a gift-wrapping station, informative workshops designed to make holiday entertaining easier and more enjoyable, and a booth with homemade chili. The event is free to the public, how-

ever donations will be accepted at the door for the Long Beach Rescue Mission. Opening night will be held in conjunction with the First Fridays Art Walk on Dec. 2, with live music from The Long Beach Chorale and a deejay. Saturday Dec. 3 will feature live arts demonstrations hourly and hot chili served in handcrafted ceramic bowls. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go toward paying the remaining funds needed to get a marquee for the Expo Arts Center. ----------------------MORE INFORMATION uptownvillagemarket.com

ice show inspired by all-time top-grossing animated film coming to LB Arena The Long Beach Arena, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., will host Disney on Ice’s Toy Story 3 from Wednesday, Jan. 4 through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. An accomplished creative team and a cast of world-class skaters are bringing to life: Woody, the pull-string cowboy; space ranger Buzz Lightyear; Jessie, the yodeling cowgirl; and the rest of the Toy Story gang. Inspired by the highest-grossing animated movie of all time, Toy Story 3, and memorable moments from Toy Story and Toy Story 2, this live pro-

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Glacial Garden Skating Arena, 3975 Pixie Ave., will present its second annual holiday skating show, entitled “Holidays Around the World” and starring national and international local competitors, on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7pm and Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1:30pm. The show is directed by Necia Krueger, who also manages the

Knott’s Berry Farm Ice Show. “Up close and personal” on-ice seating is available for $20, and general admission grand stand seating is only $15, and tickets may be purchased online at showtix4u.com or at the door. -----------------------MORE INFORMATION (562) 429-1805 ext. 228

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There are many ways to tell of an historical event. In one person’s recount there may lay the villain, who in his arrogant need to show off causes ill fate and even death to befall those around him. Now, take that same historical event, and in another’s recounting of the details the villain becomes the hero, having made the ultimate sacrifice in an attempt to save the lives of the very same victims who suffered at his hands in the first telling. Can a person be deemed devil and angel in the same historically “true” story? Of course he can…just ask Louis Slotin. California Repertory Theatre (Cal Rep) continues to part two of its “nuclear bill” for its 2011-12 season with a presentation of Louis Slotin Sonata by Paul Mullin, as helmed for production at the Queen Mary by internationally renowned director Eberhard Koehler. Trust me when I admit I had absolutely no interest in Louis Slotin or his story when I woke up the morning of Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, rolled out of bed and grabbed my first cup of coffee. On that day I couldn’t tell you who Louis Slotin was or knew anything of how he and his fellow scientists impacted all our lives back in the 1950s when the race for dominance over atomic power was a far more important race to run for mankind than any found in a NASCAR event. And if the name Louis Slotin appeared on any history test I’ve taken in my long school career, I have a feeling my answer was covered with a giant red ‘X’. Please allow me to enlighten you about this man, and about Cal Rep’s performance of his fate. Louis Slotin was born in 1910, in Winnipeg, Canada, to Jewish refugees from Russia. Even at an early age he showed great potential in mathematics and science, and earned his bachelor's of science degree in 1932, followed by a

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master’s of science in 1933. His work in nuclear chemistry, and his research into nuclear biology and physics soon gained interest from the United States government. In 1944, he joined the team of scientists at Los Alamos, New Mexico, to perform critical testing for which eventually led to his building the core of Trinity, the first ever detonated atomic bomb. In a freak accident caused by the scientist himself, Mr. Slotin and his team witnessed the blue glow that enveloped the beginning of the end of his work and his life. Allow Cal Rep to now present for you the rest of this tale. This is a wonderful production as directed by Eberhard Koehler, infused with thought-provoking moments, combined with those hilarious and shocking as well. There is no way to say bravo enough to Josh Nathan (as Louis Slotin) for keeping me riveted to the stage and to his energetic and on-point performance as the title character. Nathan brought to Mr. Slotin both a sense of sympathy and a great helping of self-criticism. It cannot be easy to infuse such energy into a character that happens to be present on stage for most of the show’s runtime, but not once did I note Josh Nathan letting it wane. Another task for an actor that is not so easy is performing several characters for a production in one night. In this production the rest of the cast is charged with playing multiple characters to fill the story. Other notable performances enjoyed were by David Vegh, as Slotin’s boss, who brought a sense of older-brother protectiveness to his performance as the man in charge of the critical testing project at Los Alamos. Louis Slotin’s father was wonderfully interpreted by John Prosky, who, I have to admit, had me pulling out the Kleenex, darn him. I also enjoyed, once again,

watching Alex Billings (Slotin’s nurse) perform her roles within the production as she has a presence onstage that has me watching everything that she does. Rounding out the rest of this great cast were Craig Anton (whom I thankfully got to enjoy as J. Robert Oppenheimer in Cal Rep’s first show in their “nuclear bill”), Robert Prior, Simon Brooke and Jerry Prell. It is both exciting and comforting to see that Cal Rep has determined to raise the bar even higher in its choice of productions and in its ability to obtain talent like the individuals here who sacrificed their time to bring Louis Slotin Sonata to us all. Not surprisingly, come the close of that same day, Nov. 18, 2011, I was driving home from the Queen Mary with the performance of Louis Slotin Sonata fresh in my mind and a need to know more about this ill-fated man. I have a great feeling you will do the same. My advice is to head to the Queen Mary to experience Cal Rep’s production. I have now formulated my own conclusions about this scientist genius. Villain or hero? Decide for yourself. Louis Slotin Sonata performances will continue in the Royal Theatre on board The Queen Mary Tuesdays through Saturdays through Dec. 10 at 8pm. No performances will be given Nov. 22–26 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Tickets are $20 general admission, and $15 for students, military and seniors (55 and older). Parking at the Queen Mary is $8 for those viewing the Cal Rep performance, and $6 for CSULB students and for those who dine on the ship. As an alternative, Long Beach Public Transit also runs directly to the Queen Mary to drop off and pick up of passengers. Check their listings for times. For more information, call (562) 985-5526 or visit calrep.org.

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museum of Latin American Art, Grammy museum to present free performances of two significant L.A. musicians The Museum of Latin American Art will offer free admission and free musical performances in celebration of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 on Sunday, Dec. 4. From 2pm to 3:15pm, The

East L.A. Chicano vocalist, composer, songwriter, producer, and poet Rubén “Funkahuatl” Guevara and his new band The Eastside Luvers will perform selections from their new CD The Tao of Funkahuatl during the Museum of Latin American Art’s free-admission day on Dec. 4.

Grammy Museum, along with the Museum of Latin American Art, will present vocalist Little Willie G in an intimate discussion and performance. Little Willie G began his career in the mid ‘60s as the lead singer for Thee Midniters, an R&B group from Los Angeles that become one of the first Chicano rock bands to have a hit in the United States. Little Willie G will discuss his fivedecade career and his commitment to spread a message of hope and love through music. After the interview, moderated by Josh Kun, curator of the Grammy Museum’s Pacific Standard Time exhibition Trouble in Paradise: Music and Los Angeles 1945-75 and professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Little Willie G will take audience questions and perform a selection of songs. East L.A. Chicano vocalist, composer, songwriter, producer, and poet Rubén “Funkahuatl” Guevara (Ruben & the Jets, Frank zappa, Con Safos ) and his new band The Eastside Luvers will be performing selections from their new CD The Tao of Funkahuatl from 3:15pm to 4:15pm. Rubén Guevara is perhaps most

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562-912-4657 InkPeace.com PuBLiC NoTiCeS 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 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 TST3905 notiCe of trUStee’S Sale t.S. number : 1035004458 title number : 725136125 aPnS : 7217-009-036 & 7273-012-011 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 deSCrlBed aS folloWS: ParCel 1: lot 1, of

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traCt no. 37239, in tHe City of Signal Hill, CoUnty of loS angeleS, State of California, aS Per MaP reCorded in BooK 960 Page(S) 88 and 89 of MaPS, in tHe offiCe of tHe CoUnty reCorder of Said CoUnty. togetHer WitH tHat land deSCriBed in deed reCorded 1/3/92 aS inStrUMent no. 92-6730, offiCial reCordS of Said CoUnty alSo togetHer WitH tHe SoUtH 5.00 feet of lotS 54 and 55 of traCt no. 48512 aS Per MaP reCorded in BooK 1189 PageS 70 tHroUgH 78 inClUSive of MaPS, reCordS of loS angeleS CoUnty BoUnded on tHe eaSt By tHe eaSt line, Prolonged nortHerly and on tHe WeSt By tHe WeSt line, Prolonged nortHerly of Said lot 1. aSSeSSor'S ParCel no. 7217-009-036 ParCel 2: a Portion of lot 2 in BloCK 7 of toWnSite of long BeaCH, aS Per MaP reCorded in BooK 19 PageS 91 to 96 inClUSive of MiSCellaneoUS reCordS, in tHe offiCe of tHe CoUnty reCorder of Said CoUnty, deSCrlBed aS folloWS: Beginning at tHe SoUtHeaSt Corner of Said lot 2, tHenCe WeSt along tHe SoUtHerly line of Said lot, 150 feet, tHenCe nortH Parallel WitH tHe eaSterly line of Said lot, 50 feet, eaSt Parallel WitH tHe tHenCe nortHerly line of Said lot, 150 feet to tHe eaSt line tHereof, tHenCe along Sald eaSt line 50 feet to tHe Point of Beginnlng. aSSeSSor'S ParCel no. 7273012-011 CoMMonly KnoWn aS: 2855 eaSt 19tH Street, Signal Hill, Ca 90755 and 927 long BeaCH BoUlevard, long BeaCH, Ca 90813 also known as: 2855 e 19tH Street, Signal Hill, Ca 90755 and 927 long BeaCH Blvd., long BeaCH, Ca 90813. if a street address or common designation of property is shown above, no warranty is given as to its completeness or correctness. the Beneficiary under said deed of trust, by reason of a breach or default in the obligations secured thereby, has executed and delivered to the undersigned a written declaration of default in demand for Sale, and written notice of breach and of election to cause the undersigned to sell said property to satisfy said obligations, and thereafter the undersigned caused said notice of breach and of election to be recorded 7/29/2011 as instrument no. 20111019865, of official records of los angeles County; Said sale of property will be made in "as is" condition without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said deed of trust, with interest as provided in said note, advances, if any, under the terms of said deed of trust, fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. Said sale will be held on: 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

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TST3912 notiCe of trUStee’S Sale file no. 7023.96184 title order no. 110400124 Min no. aPn 7216-018-037 yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt, dated 01/24/02. 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 §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 satisfy the obligation secured by said deed of trust. the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. trustor(s): alberta a. Souseda, a married woman recorded: 02/01/02, as instrument no. 020253011,of official records of los angeles County, California. date of Sale: 12/14/11 at 1:00 PM Place of Sale: at the Pomona valley Masonic temple Building, located at 395 South thomas Street,, Pomona, Ca the purported property address is: 1999 Stanley avenUe 2, Signal Hill, Ca 90806 assessors Parcel no. 7216-018-037 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 $112,816.45. 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, plus interest. the purchaser shall have no further recourse against the beneficiary, the trustor or the trustee. date: november 16, 2011 nortHWeSt trUStee ServiCeS, inC., as trustee Morgan armstrong, authorized Signatory 1241 e. dyer road, Suite 250, Santa ana, Ca 92705. Sale info website: HyPerlinK "http://www.USa-foreclosure.com" www.USa-foreclosure.com or HyPerlinK "http://www.auction.com" www.auction.com automated Sales line: 714-277-4845 or 800-280-2832 reinstatement and Pay-off requests: (866) 387nWtS tHiS offiCe iS atteMPting to ColleCt a deBt and any inforMation oBtained Will Be USed for tHat PUrPoSe fei # 1002.204589 11/18,11/25,12/02/2011 TST3918 trustee Sale no. 20697Ca title order no. 110392828-Ca-Mai notiCe of trUStee’S Sale yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt dated 02-21-2009. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeedingS againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer. on 12-16-2011 at 9:00 aM, Meridian foreCloSUre ServiCe f/k/a MtdS, inC., a California CorPoration dBa Meridian trUSt deed ServiCe as the duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded 0304-2009, Book , Page , instrument 20090302818 of official records in the office of the recorder of loS angeleS County, California, executed by: Mildred MelendeZ and MiCHael MelendeZ HUSBand and Wife aS Sole and SeParate ProPerty, as trustor, Mortgage eleCtroniC regiStration SySteMS, inC., aS noMinee for indyMaC BanK, f.S.B., a federally CHartered SavingS BanK, 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 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 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: $815,956.54 the Street address and other common designation of the real property purported as: 2281 aMelia Street, Signal Hill,

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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. 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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.

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TST3913 / 2011 129988 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following persons are doing business as: ld integrated teCHnologieS, 338 W. Willow St., long Beach, Ca 90806. registrant: 1. JoSe loPeZ-dee, 2. Marie loPeZ-dee, 338 W. Willow St., long Beach, Ca 90806. this business is conducted by: a general Partnership. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Jose lopez-dee. 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 8, 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 25, & december 2, 9, 16, 2011. TST3914 / 2011 135134 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: SPS finanCe, 1900 e. 27th St. #104, Signal Hill, Ca 90755. registrant: Steven P. SCHiro, 2150 e. Hill St., Signal Hill, Ca 90755. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Steven P. Schiro. 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 18, 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 25, & december 2, 9, 16, 2011. TST3916 / 2011 135128 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following persons are doing business as: 1.tHe liMo CoMPany, 2. We roCK liMoUSine, 4212 lomina ave., lakewood, Ca 90713. registrant: 1. george e. lUevon, 4212 lomina ave., lakewood, Ca 90713, 2. leonard linareS, 3945 Walnut ave., long Beach, Ca 90807, 3. feliPe Serrano, 20381 Meander ln., Huntington Beach, Ca 92646. this business is conducted by: a general Partnership. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: george e. luevon. 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 18, 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 25, & december 2, 9, 16, 2011. TST3917 / 2011 131570 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following persons are doing business as: Bella PiZZa lB, 4085 atlantic ave. #B, long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: 1. iffat KariM, 2. iSHtiaQ CHiSti, 812 e. 37th St., long Beach, Ca 90807. this business is conducted by: a Husband and Wife. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: iffat Karim. 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 14, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: november 25, & december 2, 9, 16, 2011.

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For the second year in a row, friends, families and community members will join together for the Palliative Care Program Pursuit Walk. The walk is being organized to raise awareness of palliative care, a specialized area of care offering physical and emotional support and comfort to pediatric patients with chronic or serious illnesses, as well as to raise funds to expand the supportive/palliative care program at Miller Children’s. The palliative care program improves “quality of life” for children with life-threatening illnesses and strives to better address the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of pediatric patients and families. “Our goal is to assure that every child has a meaningful life and that they have the opportunity to live that life free of pain or other symp-

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The Palliative Care Program Pursuit Walk is organized to raise awareness of palliative care, a specialized area of care offering physical and emotional support and comfort to pediatric patients with chronic or serious illnesses, as well as to raise funds to expand the supportive/palliative care program at Miller Children’s Hospital.

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The Nissan Americas and City Ventures partnership on the project was announced over the summer, and, as part of the ceremony, LEAF owners from around Southern California were invited to recharge their vehicles at no charge at the Signal Hill and Santa Barbara developments on Nov. 19. “You have a sustainable transportation system integrated into the home, and that’s where this connection is and why we wanted to recognize City Ventures,” Vare said. At the unveiling, Gardner said 13 of the 18 homes were already sold and progress was underway for the projects in downtown Long Beach. The additional eco-friendly communities are located in Brea, Santa Barbara and Alhambra. “For the first time we have the option of saving thousands of dollars a year from money that usually goes to buying gasoline,” Gardner said. “We can save money while saving the environment.” The Nov. 19 follow-up event featured demonstrations for current LEAF owners, test drives, pre-sale opportunities from Hooman Nissan,

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toms of discomfort engulfed by the families and communities that love them, for as long as possible,” said Joetta Wallace, NP, Pediatric Supportive Palliative Care Program at Miller. The walk was founded by Rachel Llanos, who is one of more than 100 parents whose family has benefited from the supportive/palliative care program. Her daughter, Kellie, had a rare chromosomal abnormality called Trisomy 13 that led to heart problems and the need for constant care at Miller Children’s throughout her life. Although Kellie has passed away, the Llanos Family was deeply touched by the supportive/palliative care program, which provided comfort to Kellie and her family. When it was time, Kellie was able to pass away peacefully at

home surrounded by family. Her mother’s goal is to raise funds to support the supportive/palliative care program so they can continue to provide future patients and families with the same compassionate care. “I was so touched by palliative care, I wondered why more people in the community didn’t know about it,” Llanos said. “I want to be able to help other families have access to a program that ensures a child’s comfort and needs are met.” The Palliative Care Pursuit Walk will be Saturday, March 10, starting at 10am, at El Dorado Park East. Registration is $20 and benefits the palliative care program through online fundraising. Visit MillerChildrens.org/pursuit to register online or support a walker.

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