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SH Council paves way to sell major portion of former redevelopment property to Signal Hill Petroleum CJ Dablo Staff Writer

The Signal Hill City Council and its Successor Agency, which now manages the City’s redevelopment matters, approved in a vote of 4-0 several actions at Tuesday’s meeting to pave the way for Signal Hill Petroleum to purchase just over 14 acres of land owned by the City’s now dissolved redevelopment agency. Two separate deals that are worth a total of more than $6.2 million will be presented to the Oversight Board, which ultimately will decide the fate of all of the City’s former redevelopment agency real estate. It’s the first, and likely the largest, of many agreements that the City Council and the Successor Agency are handling now that, as of Feb. 1, California has dissolved the Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) and about 400 other similar agencies throughout the state. Redevelopment agencies had been formed years ago to provide affordable housing and to eliminate blight. Now the

Signal Hill officials have to concentrate on the logistics of managing without a critical agency and at the same time handle a significant loss of about 25 acres of real estate. Since legislation required redevelopment agencies to shut down, there are new mandates that the property these agencies had owned now be sold– and sold speedily. City Attorney David Aleshire explained Tuesday night that the entities charged with managing the shutdown of the redevelopment agency had also been responsible for getting rid of the property quickly for as much money as they could get for it. “If they want to dispose of the property as quickly as possible for real money, we’ve keyed this up because that’s kind of the Signal Hill way,” Aleshire said to the Council. “We are out in front of these things trying to deal with these problems and set up a situation to move forward.” Proceeds from both property sales will be legally required to go into the Redevelopsee COUNCIL page 14

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With an eye toward preserving Long Beach’s emergency resources, Schipske hosts public tour of city’s Emergency Communications and Operations Center

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(From left) Mike Sarjeant, interim fire chief; Mike Garcia, deputy fire chief; David Segura, assistant fire chief; Reggie Harrison, deputy city manager; David Honey, bureau administrative manager; Randy Allen, Long Beach police commander; Robert Belcher, Police Communications assistant systems supervisor for the City of Long Beach; and (far right) 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske during Monday’s tour of the Emergency Communications and Operations Center. Cory Bilicko Managing Editor

Al Sirignano (center) is surrounded by his daughter Gina Rodriguez (left) and son Tom Sirignano (right) following the City’s announcement that he will be among the honorees at an event celebrating Older Americans Recognition Day.

The impetus for her hosting a public meeting at the Emergency Communications and Operations Center (ECOC) Monday evening was the fact that Fire Station #18 in her district no longer has a fire engine, but 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske says she is concerned about cuts to the city’s emergencyresponse resources overall. As part of her “Open Up Long Beach” city-government transparency initiative, Schipske conducted the meeting and tour, which was limited to 30 people to prevent disruptions to the facility’s operations, at the ECOC, located at 2990 Redondo Ave. “I’ve been very concerned about the

impact budget cuts pose on Police and Fire in terms of their ability to respond in a timely manner,” she said in the center’s lobby, at the beginning of the tour. “They are doing a fantastic job under the circumstances, but one of the things the Council has rarely ever done since I’ve been there is, after a budget is passed...we never hear back what the impact of that budget was. And so some of us on Council are pushing for that, particularly in public safety, because I hear stories from the people who are out doing this kind of work about what’s going on, but I think officially the City Council needs to hear it before they embark on another round of cuts for the coming year.” Reggie Harrison, deputy city manager

for the City of Long Beach, was also in attendance for the presentation. “This is your facility,” he said to the group. “It’s a magnificent emergency-response operation center, and on this top floor we also have our call center, 9-1-1 dispatch, which also now receives the wireless calls as well, so when you call on your cell phone, it used to go to the CHP...A couple of years ago, we fixed that, so now all those calls come directly to this center, and the dispatch is made a lot simpler.” Harrison then introduced Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) Commander Randy Allen, who explained that he would show the touring group how the communication center operates. “We’re see ECOC page 15

O’Donnell, Supernaw in June 5 runoff for District 4; Watkins considering contesting election results Nick Diamantides Staff Writer

In the April 10 Long Beach municipal election, Daryl Supernaw, candidate for the City Council 4th district seat, got more votes than incumbent Patrick O’Donnell and third candidate John Watkins, but he still did not get a majority of the votes. Now Supernaw and O’Donnell are slated to run against each other for the June 5 runoff election, while Watkins, who placed third, is contemplating challenging the results of the April 10 election in court.

After the initial election night count, the city clerk’s office announced that Supernaw had received the most votes, with only a handful of votes more than O’Donnell, who in turn had only four votes more than Watkins. Later, the city clerk’s office found more than 200 uncounted ballots. When those were added to the tally on Friday, April 13, Supernaw was still the top vote-getter with O’Donnell and Watkins again placing second and third, respectively. see RUNOFF page 13

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Conclusion reached in case of 10-year-old’s after-school death On Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) began a comprehensive investigation into the death of 10-year-old Joanna Ramos, who died several hours after a physical altercation with a female classmate that day after school. On Tuesday, March 13, the detectives pre-

sented all of the facts and evidence of the investigation to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for review, and on Wednesday, April 18, they determined that they would not file any charges in the case. According to a press release issued Wednesday by the LBPD, this case

was a fight between two children that ended with unintended and tragic results, and the LBPD hopes that its conclusion brings some peace to both families involved, as well as the community. Source: LBPD

Traffic accident results in deaths of three passengers Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) units responded to a traffic accident that occurred just before 11pm on Monday, April 16 at the southbound 710 Freeway, south of Long Beach Boulevard. The vehicle had left the road and apparently rolled over several times, coming to

rest on railroad tracks, according to LBFD. Extrication of the three victims lasted approximately 25 minutes. Of the three, one male adult and one female infant were declared deceased at the scene. The remaining female adult was transported to a trauma hos-

pital with serious injuries and was declared deceased at the hospital. The rail system was temporarily shut down, and California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident. Source: LBFD

Dispatcher/jailer named as SHPD’s Employee of the Quarter The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) announced this week that the 2012 Employee of the First Quarter is dispatcher/jailer Robin Sapp, who has worked with the department since March 2006. According to a press release issued by the SHPD Tuesday, Sapp was selected by the department’s supervision staff from among many deserving officers and professional staff and she was selected for her professionalism and courteous demeanor. “In addition to her contributions toward developing a great working environment, dispatcher/jailer Sapp is involved with several ancillary duties including [serving as] Police Explorer adviser and as a member of the department’s Emergency Operations Center and Emergency Preparedness committees,” reads the press release.

LBPD arrests three adults, one minor for rash of recent armed robberies The Long Beach Police Department has arrested four suspects wanted in connection with a series of armed robberies that occurred in the Belmont Shore area during the month of March. The involvement of the victims, who provided eyewitness information, and the work of the detectives with the Robbery Detail

and the Career Criminal Apprehension Team, led to the suspects’ being arrested. Three of them are adults, who have been charged with multiple counts of robbery, while the fourth, a juvenile, was charged with one count of robbery. The first crime occurred on March 13, 2012, at approximately 10pm, when three suspects confronted two women who were walking in the 100 block of Nieto Avenue, and brandished a gun. One of the women was robbed of her purse before the suspect fled in a vehicle. The second robbery occurred on March 27, 2012, at approximately 3:15pm. A woman was walking in the 4100 block of Broadway when a suspect with a gun robbed her of her purse before he fled on foot. On March 28, 2012, at approximately 11:50pm, a third robbery occurred near the Belmont Pool at 4000 Olympic Plaza. Four adult male subjects were on the beach when

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they were confronted by four male suspects, including one armed with a gun. Three of the would-be victims fled, and the remaining victim was assaulted before the suspects robbed him of his phone and wallet before fleeing in a vehicle. A partial license-plate number that detectives acquired from a victim led them to San Pedro. The investigation included multiple search warrants served and resulted in the April 5 arrest of three suspects, who were charged on April 9 by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The arrest of the juvenile suspect was made on April 11, and he was charged with one count of robbery on Monday, April 16. The suspects, all residents of San Pedro, have been identified as 19year-old Anthony Bolden, 20-yearold Victory Miller, 19-year-old Danel Lamar. The identity of the fourth suspect is being withheld because he is 17 years old. In a press release issued Wednesday, the Long Beach Police Department urged all residents to practice the following crime-prevention tips to reduce the odds of becoming a robbery victim, and to minimize their losses if they are robbed: • Always be aware of your surroundings, including who is around you • Only carry what you need in your purse or wallet, removing excess credit cards, and anything with your Social Security number on it, if possible • Make copies of the front and back of all cards and documents that you carry, should you need to cancel them in a hurry • Try to use well-lighted and welltraveled walkways whenever possible • Call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number, (562) 435-6711 to report suspicious activity when you see it happening, such as suspicious people or vehicles Anyone that may have further information regarding this series of crimes is asked to call the Long Beach Police Department’s Robbery Detail at (562) 570-7464. Anonymous tips can be submitted via text and web by visiting tipsoft.com .

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Long Beach councilmembers introduce city legislation to let restaurants decide if dogs will be allowed on outdoor patios Long Beach First District Councilmember Robert Garcia, with the support of Vice-Mayor Suja Lowenthal and 3rd District Councilmember Gary DeLong, has introduced legislation to give restaurants the ability to allow pet dogs to accompany their owners dining on restaurant outdoor patios. Currently, dogs other than service animals are legally prohibited from entering eating establishments in Long Beach, including outdoor restaurant patios. The new legislation would leave the decision up to individual businesses to allow dogs on their outdoor patios as long as certain conditions are met to ensure the health and safety of the public. “Allowing pet dogs on outdoor restaurant patios creates community and a dining experience for all members of the family, including the four-legged ones,” said Garcia, whose district includes parts of the downtown dining and entertainment area. “Changing the existing policy will encourage healthy

living, promote business and build community.” In December 2011, Los Angeles County approved a policy to allow pet dogs to dine with their owners on restaurant patios. The County of Los Angeles Environmental Health Department assessed the risk factors involved in the allowance of pet dogs in outdoor dining areas and, after an extensive review of supporting data, they made changes to allow pet dogs on outdoor patios. LA County restaurants now have the option to allow pet dogs on their outdoor patios. Long Beach has its own health department and must adopt any health policy changes independently. The legislation is cosponsored by Lowenthal, whose second district shares the downtown dining district, and DeLong, whose district includes the Belmont Shore neighborhood, which is home to many dining establishments. “This is a common-sense way to increase quality of life and economic activity,” Lowenthal said. “And it falls

in line with our efforts to promote an active, outdoor lifestyle in Long Beach by enabling residents and their dogs to be together.” “Many residents, particularly in Belmont Shore, have requested the ability to bring their dogs onto outdoor patios,” added DeLong. “I look forward to trying out this concept and receiving feedback from local residents after it’s implemented.” The Council motion directs the city manager to “work with the Health Department to craft a policy that gives restaurant owners the flexibility to allow pet dogs on outdoor restaurant patios and return back to Council in 90 days with the proposed new policy.” Restaurants would still be able to prohibit pets if they choose to, and they would be required to provide animalfree areas for dining for patrons who desire it. Source: Councilmember Garcia’s office

Signal Hill police chief visits State Capitol to seek Legislative support for crime-prevention programs Members of a statewide anti-crime organization made up of over 400 police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys and crime survivors visited the Capitol Wednesday to urge legislators and administration officials to protect state-funded programs scientifically proven to steer children away from crime. Signal Hill Chief of Police Michael Langston and other members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California participated in individual meetings with 15 key policymakers and administration officials. “It is interesting in that this organization is composed of police chiefs, sheriffs and district attorneys who have come to the realization that we in law enforcement cannot arrest our way out of the crime problems facing our communities,” Langston said. “This is even more apparent here in California with the prison realignment issue. Oftentimes, police are viewed as being one dimensional when it comes to arrests being the only solution to crime. This group understands that we need to be more proactive. By supporting and investing in childhood education, early education programs like pre-school to programs that keep kids in school until graduation, we are working to fight crime. Kids that are truant from school and who don’t graduate are far more likely to be involved in delinquent acts and ultimately incarcerated. It was nice to meet with our legislatures and discuss this important issue.” “It is an honor to have so many dedicated law-enforcement officials

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with us today because they understand that we must implement proactive and effective strategies today to prevent crime from happening tomorrow,” said Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California State Director Barrie Becker. “Getting kids prepared for school and keeping them in that classroom and on track to graduate are two of the most effective ways to keep our streets and communities safe.” Representing law-enforcement leaders across the state, members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California called on both Republican and Democratic legislators to protect state funding for programs proven to keep kids away from crime. Such initiatives include high-quality early education, such as transitional kindergarten and state-funded preschool, as well as dropout-prevention strategies that work to reduce truancy and out-of-school suspensions. Research shows that kids who receive high-quality early education and care are more likely to graduate from high school and less likely to ever become involved in crime. However, Governor Brown’s proposed 2012-2013 budget would cut preschool spending by $180 million by eliminating 17,000 slots for lowincome 3- and 4-year-olds and reducing per-student funding, after $70 million and 17,000 slots were already cut in 2011. It also would repeal the requirement that schools provide transitional kindergarten programs to older 4-year-olds who miss the cut-off

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? What Hearing device exhibit Who Sponsored by the Hearing Loss Association of Long Beach/Lakewood Where Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave., Lakewood When Friday, April 20 from 10am to noon More info The hands-on display will include a variety of devices to help enhance the quality of life for the hearing-impaired. Call (562) 425-5651. SPLITTING PINS TO SLASH BOOK PRICES What 4th annual Bowling for Books Who Hosted by the Forty-Niner Shops at CSULB Where Cal Bowl, 2500 E. Carson St. When Friday, April 20 from 2pm to 6pm More info The fundraiser will help address the rising cost of books by inviting the community to participate in the bowling tournament. Donations will also be accepted on behalf of the scholarship campaign. Registration deadline is Friday, April 13. Event registration begins at 1pm. Call Linda Welty at (562) 985-7700 or visit ShopTheBeach.com . COME ON, GET HAPPY What Community happy hour Who Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association Where 4100 block of Long Beach Boulevard When Friday, April 20 from 5pm to 8pm More info The community is invited to enjoy this monthly opportunity to meet, greet, mix, mingle and network. Call (562) 595-0081 or email info@bixbyknollsinfo.com . SHREWD SHREDDING What Free e-waste collection and document shredding Who Hughes Middle School and Longfellow Elementary Where 3846 California Ave. When Saturday, April 21 from 9am to 1pm More info Long Beach residents and businesses can safely and securely dispose of two types of “special waste” in one simple trip. Donations of plastic bottles and aluminum cans will also be accepted. KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES What Candidate brunch Who Presented by the Historic Long Beach Dairy and Creamery and Citizens for California Reform Where 167 E. South St. When Saturday, April 21 from 9:30am to 1pm More info Featured guests will include candidates for the 44th and 47th Congressional Districts, the 33rd State Senate District and the 64th and 70th State Assembly Districts. The event will be open to the public and media. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask candidates about their platforms and plans for their respective districts. RSVP at (562) 428-7710.

SHPD Police Chief Langston for kindergarten starting in 20122013, which could deny schools up to $700 million in annual funding and deny 125,000 children the right to transitional kindergarten each year. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California members also urged lawmakers to support a series of bills on school discipline strategies; they specifically encouraged support for SB 1235, a bill authored by Sen. Darrell Steinberg and co-sponsored by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California, that would require schools with excessive levels of student suspensions to adopt school-wide, evidence-based discipline strategies to reduce the use of suspensions and improve academic achievement and attendance. Source: Fightcrime.org

IT’S IN THE CARDS What Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament Who Hosted by Signal Hill Honorary Police Officers Association Where Skylinks Golf Course, 4800 Wardlow Rd. When Saturday, April 21 with a 5:30pm check-in/hors d’ouevres More info Proceeds benefit Signal Hill Police Officers Widows and Orphans fund. Tournament begins at 6:30pm. Admission is $50 donation, which includes two drink tickets and hors d’ouevres. 100-player maximum. Table sponsorships available. Contact Jorge Lopez at (310) 629-0109. CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL What Blessing of the Animals Who Hosted by California Heights United Methodist Church Where 3759 Orange Ave. When Sunday, April 22 from 11:30am to 1pm More Info Attendees may bring pets or their pictures for a blessing by Pastor Amy Aitken. Pets should be properly leashed or caged. There will also be a petting zoo, pet vendors, rescue/shelter information and special doggie treats. Visit calheightsumc.org or call (562) 595-1996. A COLORFUL ACTIVITY What Earth Day mural painting & arts celebration Who Circle Painting arts organization founder Hiep Nguyen will lead children, parents and the community When Sunday, April 22 from noon to 5pm Where California Heights United Methodist Children’s Center, 3759 Orange Ave. More info Cost is $10 per “painter’s pass.” Contact Gina Macias-Overholt at (562) 857-8619. PARADISE FOUND? What California Reads: Searching for Democracy series Who Author Rebecca Solnit Where Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave. When Monday, April 23 at 6pm More info Solnit will discuss and read from her book A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster. Solnit’s stories suggest that communities experience a creative resurgence as a result of facing disaster together. Call (562) 570-7500. LOOKING FOR WORK? What 9th District Employment & Resource Fair Who Sponsored by 9th District Council office Where North LB Community Center, 2311 E. South St. When Thursday, April 26 from 9am to 2pm More info The event will provide information on: access to employment opportunities; workshops and services to find and secure a job; housing, foreclosure, and home ownership; and building financial awareness. Call the 9th District Council office at (562) 570-6137 or email district9@longbeach.gov .

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niece Kari and nephew Scott will both be married by year’s end as will his best friend Ralph’s children, R.J. and Julie. Kari and her new spouse John Lee chose the beach as their wedding venue with a non-traditional pajama party reception following the nuptials. Scott’s church wedding to Jen will take place in June, and we hear it will be ultra-traditional as will the reception. It will be fun to dress up and see my hubby in a tie for a change. Who knows, we may even hit the dance floor! Ralph and his wife Nelda are dealing with destination weddings, as their daughter Julie will marry in Tobago next week followed by R.J.’s June ceremony in Paris. Needless to say, although we love those young folks, Steve and I will not be attending either of those weddings. If I’m going to do any traveling it will be for a longdeserved vacation. Steve and I thought about doing something special tomorrow for our 22nd wedding anniversary, but I think we’ll just go

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Publisher by Neena Strichart Looking at the television program listings, it seems as though, as some have said, “love is in the air.” Shows like My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Say Yes to the Dress, Bridezilla, and my favorite– My Fair Wedding with David Tutera– prove the point as countless weddings are played out on the air right in our living rooms. I get a kick out of the destination and theme weddings and love the wedding fashions. Although I’ve swapped my high heels for flats in recent years, and no longer wear two pairs of false eyelashes, I’m still a girly-girl at heart. This year is proving to be big with the wedding theme in our own lives. Steve’s

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out for a bite to eat, drink some wine and reminisce over our wedding pictures. Our wedding was anything but television-worthy, as the venue was the driveway of our home, followed by a reception on the patio. We had a yummy cake from Ramona’s Bakery in San Pedro (at that time I didn’t know I had problems with gluten), sandwiches from Fedco and a family member acting as deejay. This was no fancyschmancy affair, but it was what we wanted and what we could afford at the time. How- Steve and Neena honeymooning at shipboard cocktail party ever, we did have a great honeymoon– a seven-day cruise to Mexico with both sets of parents joining us for the trip. Those are memories that will last forever. Since then, we have renewed our vows twice– once in Maui on our 10th anniversary, and the other at Delius Restaurant on our 20th. I’d love to do something extra special for our 25th and am thinking about either a nice trip or a big party. Why not Home again after seven days at sea with Steve’s parents both? Only time and budget will tell! (far left) Grace and Bill Bierer, Steve and Neena (center), and Neena’s folks (far right) Jay and Marjorie Grommé

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How Medicare covers hospice care By David Sayen, Medicare Regional Administrator

Coping with terminal illness can be very difficult, both for the patient and his or her loved ones. That’s why I wanted to tell you about Medicare’s coverage for hospice care and how it works. Hospice is a program of care and support for people who are terminally ill. The focus is on comfort, not on curing an illness. Hospice is intended to help people who are terminally ill live comfortably. If you qualify for Medicare’s hospice benefit, you’ll have a specially trained team and support staff available to help you and your family deal with your illness. You and your family members are the most important part of the team. Your team may also include doctors, nurses, counselors, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, speechlanguage pathologists, hospice aides, and homemakers.

The hospice team provides care for the whole person. That includes his or her physical, emotional, and social needs. Hospice services are generally provided in the home and may include physical care, counseling, drugs, and medical equipment and supplies for the terminal illness, plus any related conditions. Your regular doctor or a nurse practitioner can also be part of your team, to supervise your care. Who’s eligible for Medicare-covered hospice services? You have to meet several conditions. For one, you must be eligible for Medicare Part A, which is hospital insurance. Also, your doctor and the hospice medical director must certify that you’re terminally ill and have six months or less to live, if your illness runs its normal course. You have to sign a statement choosing hospice care instead of other Medicare-covered benefits to treat your terminal illness. (Medicare will still pay for covered benefits for any health problems that aren’t related to your terminal illness.) And you must get care from a Medicareapproved hospice program. If you qualify, your doctor and the hospice

team will work with you and your family to set up a plan of care that meets your needs. A hospice doctor and nurse will be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to give you and your family support and care when you need it. Medicare’s hospice benefit allows you and your family to stay together in the comfort of your home unless you need care in an inpatient facility. Keep in mind that you have the right to stop hospice care at any time. Medicare will pay for a one-time-only consultation with a hospice medical director or hospice doctor to discuss your care options and how to manage your pain and symptoms. After that, Medicare covers doctor and nurse services, equipment such as wheelchairs or walkers, supplies such as bandages and catheters, drugs to control pain or other symptoms, hospice aide and homemaker services, physical and occupational therapy, and social-worker services. Medicare also covers dietary counseling, grief and loss counseling for you and your family, short-term inpatient care for pain and symptom management, and short-term respite care. Respite care is designed to help the caregiver

for a terminally person. Often a spouse or other family member becomes the caregiver, and at some point they may need a rest. You can get inpatient respite care in a Medicare-approved facility (such as a hospice inpatient facility, hospital, or nursing home) if your caregiver needs a rest. You can stay up to five days each time. You can get respite care more than once, but it can only be provided on an occasional basis. How much do you pay for hospice under Medicare? There’s no deductible. You’ll pay no more than $5 for each prescription drug and similar products for pain relief and symptom control. If you get inpatient respite care, you pay five percent of the Medicare-approved amount. For example, if Medicare pays $100 per day for inpatient respite care, you’ll pay $5 per day. David Sayen is Medicare’s regional administrator for California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Trust Territories. For answers to Medicare questions, call 1800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

Los Angeles County looks to be a national leader in fight against child sex trafficking By Don Knabe, County of Los Angeles, Fourth District The fight to end the horrors of child sex trafficking continues in Los Angeles County. Earlier this year, I directed the County’s probation department to develop a comprehensive plan to support the victims of this horrible crime. They are developing some groundbreaking programs that I hope other communities across the nation can model. In the coming months, you will also see a campaign from Metro, which I asked them to do to build community awareness in the very places where these young girls

are most susceptible– train stations and bus stops. While we do all we can to support the victims, we must also aggressively pursue the criminals who forcibly coerce and manipulate young girls into selling their bodies for their financial benefit. I am one of the first legislators in California to come out and support the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) Act, which would strengthen penalties against human traffickers and protect sexually exploited children. It is my hope that other leaders

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never, to my knowledge, anyone who has been sexuncovered and as unashamed as the new queen of computer porn. I know life in the current era isn’t what it was back when Mom and Pop were pups, but come on, isn’t this a bit too much even for the people who think this is normal? What shall we call her? How about Madam Mayor? Or will she be just one of the girls?

Lord love a duck! This is it, the moment when the unbelievable happens and you are left with open mouth and dimmed senses. What, you may ask, is so Earthshattering? How about this: Kim Kardashian running for mayor of a City in California? Can you imagine the queen of the popular and oftwatched sex tape being mayor of a city? I know we have had a rash of high-handed money-takers uncovered, but

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Australian driver takes second win at Toyota grand Prix Australian Will Power zoomed through the track from the 12th starting position in his Team Penske Chevrolet to win the IZOD IndyCar Series Race at last weekend’s 38th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach– the furthest back any driver had come to win the race since Michael Andretti won in 2002 after starting 15th. Power, who also won in Long Beach in 2008 driving a Champ Car, bested French rookie Simon Pagenaud by 0.8675 seconds in the 85-lap race, with Canadian James Hinchcliffe finishing in third place. Brazil’s Tony Kanaan and American JR Hildebrand finished in fourth and fifth places, respectively.

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LB Police East Division to offer public-safety meeting Long Beach Police East Division Patrol Commander Michael Beckman will host the East Division’s quarterly meeting where crime prevention and safety information will be discussed. The meeting will take place Monday, April 23 from 6:30pm to 8pm at the Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital Conference

Hall, 5901 E. 7th St. Topics will include “What You Can do to Help Protect Yourself from Becoming a Victim” and “Home and Family Safety.” Parking will be available in the hospital parking lot east of Channel Drive. For more information on the meeting, contact Police Services Specialist

The first show of season two of “Long Beach Searches for the Greatest Storyteller” will kick off Sunday, April 29 at 7pm at the Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., where the audience and judges will vote. A cash prize of $100 will be awarded each show to the storyteller with the most votes. The summer, fall and winter shows will follow, culminating on Dec. 30 when the top two storytellers from prior shows compete for the title. This season, six stories will be preselected from email entries, and four stories will be chosen by the audience. There is still time to enter and the rules are simple: Tell a five-minute true story that happened to you on any subject. “When we started out, I didn’t know whether to have two categories, one for the stories read and a separate category for people who told their tale,” said producer Mariana Williams. “I'm a writer, so I wanted to encourage people to use something they wrote. The audience loved both styles, and in the end it never mattered. Read or said, everyone is entertained, and the twohour show flies by.” With the $5 entrance fee, each audience member receives a ballot to choose

their top two favorites. Each judge’s vote counts as five. Judges will be: women’s surfing pioneer Jericho Poppler Bartlow; Long Beach City College literature instructor Char Howard; editor and author Harry Saltzgaver; and community activist/educator Jonathan Schnack. Wine and beer will be available during intermission in the gallery. All ages are invited. To submit a story, go to lbplayhouse.org/mainstage/special events .

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St. Mary Medical Center announces new chief executive officer Hospital network Dignity Health has announced the appointment of Thomas “Tom” Salerno as president and chief executive officer of St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach. Salerno joins Dignity Health with more than 25 years of experience as CEO in California and Arizona hospitals. He is originally from New Jersey but received his MPA from California State University, Long Beach. According to a press release issued by St. Mary, Salerno has a strong track record for leading successful hospital and healthcare system financial turnarounds, system operations, construction projects, capital acquisitions, innovative quality care, safety programs, compliance, and revenue growth. He has also built positive relationships with boards, medical staffs, employees and communities throughout his career, according to the press release. Most recently, Salerno served as CEO at Anaheim General Hospital, where he was recognized by the Senior Care Humanitarian Association of Southern California for Outstanding Hospital Administrator of the Year for leadership and guidance in regaining HFAP Accreditation and CMS Certifi-

cation. Prior to serving Anaheim General, Salerno held CEO roles for Hospital Partners of America, Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as a number of hospitals within ORNDA Healthcare/Summit Health LTD in Nashville, Tennessee, including St. Luke’s Health System, in Phoenix, Arizona; French Hospital/Valley Community Hospital, San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria, California; Whittier Medical Center in Whittier, California; and Santa Ana Medical Center in Santa Ana, California. Salerno also served as regional vice president of Province Healthcare, Brentwood, Tennessee. Salerno is affiliated with the American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals, and he serves as a board member for the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and several chambers of commerce. He is also: a Rotarian; a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity and St. Bernard Pastoral Council; and a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus member in good standing. According to Mark Meyers, Dignity Health SVP Operations, Los Angeles Service Area, the selection process for the president position iden-

Third District Councilmember Gary DeLong will serve as emcee when Long Beach Junior Crew (LBJC) hosts the largest junior rowing regatta in Southern California on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22– the 22nd Long Beach Invitational. Starting at 7:30am, the event will take place in Long Beach

tified internal and external candidates and Salerno emerged as the one that best to fit the needs of St. Mary Medical Center. “I would like to thank the St. Mary Medical Center staff and the Board, as well as Gail Daly who served as interim hospital president since November 2011,” Meyers said. Daly will return to her leadership role as vice president, chief operating officer.

Marine Stadium, with rowing teams from Northern California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Washington and Baja, California. Twenty-four teams are expected to compete this year in the 1,400-meter sprint, making it the largest invitational in LBJC history. LBJC includes rowers from Long Beach Unified School Dis-

trict, Los Alamitos, and many other schools in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. The club’s next event will be the USRowing Southwest Junior Regional Championship, at Lake Natoma near Sacramento May 5–6. Qualifying rowers will be eligible to compete at the USRowing Youth National Championship in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in June.

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James Gilliam recently received the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles’s 2012 Co-Presidents Award in recognition of his work to stop bullying, particularly against LGBTQ students.

James Gilliam, deputy executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU/SC), will be the guest speaker at the 10am Sunday service on April 22 at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach, 241 Cedar Ave. downtown. During the sermon time, he will talk about the bullying of LGBTQ youth and then in a forum after the service he will look at “the state of the law” in relation to the LGBTQ community. Gilliam recently received the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles’s 2012 Co-Presidents Award in recognition of his efforts and work to stop bullying, particularly against LGBTQ students. In September 2010, he launched and serves as the director of the Seth Walsh Student Rights Project, following the suicide of

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13-year-old Seth Walsh of Tehachapi. Gilliam worked with Walsh’s mother to advocate against his school district after Walsh hanged himself to escape years of painful bullying and harassment he had experienced at school for being gay. The project’s mission is to stop unlawful bullying in California schools and to create school communities that promote safety and respect for all students. Gilliam has also been an assiduous advocate of anti-bullying legislation and tolerance education in the Southern California community, leading to the passage this year of Seth’s Law. “I remember those painful years of growing up being bullied and harassed in my home state of Tennessee just because I was gay,” said Gilliam. “No child should have to suffer humiliation or die by his own hand simply because of who he is. I’m proud to direct a project that works to protect LGBTQ students and to serve as an example that they can lead fulfilling, proud lives and not live in fear.” Gilliam has been the deputy executive director of the ACLU/SC since 2010. Before joining the civil liberties organization, he was a litigation associate and pro bono coordinator at Paul Hastings. He served as co-chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Sexual Orientation Bias committee for several years and has served on the board of directors for the National LGBT Bar Association. He teaches seminars on sexual-orientation law and public-interest law practice at Loyola Law School. A longtime activist for the LGBTQ community prior to attending law school, Gilliam served as the executive director of the organization in Nashville, Tennessee that produced the annual gay pride parade and celebration. He graduated first in his class from Middle Tennessee State University and cum laude from Loyola Law School.

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Forbidden Broadway 2 a (forbidden) pleasure at Musical Theatre West Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer

I didn’t see the original Forbidden Broadway, so I don't know which unfortunate shows, producers, or stars of the musical theater stage were lampooned in it. But based on this second show of the same name, I am confident that they received their just desserts. I am also certain it was all done in good fun...that is, nothing too mean-spirited. That said, take cover if, as a creator of a show or a role, you ever overacted, self-indulged, or otherwise took the thing over the top. If so, you likely won’t have dodged the satire of Gerard Alessandrini, creator and writer of the Forbidden Broadway “brand.” He’ll get you. He will. And in many cases, he just did. Directed by William Selby, Musical Theatre West’s Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2 employs a four-member roster that amounts to a marvel of casting wisdom. The uber-talented Larry Raben and David Engel (of Forever Plaid fame!) team up with the delightful likes of Susanne Blakeslee and Valerie Fagan. Matthew Smedal

accompanies each number on piano. This enviable ensemble recreates some of your favorite show numbers and artists as if they occur in an alternate universe in which everything is turned on its head. It reminded me of the Star Trek episode in which a scheming Mr. Spock sports a beard. Annie is a 30-year-old has-been. A Chorus Line’s angst-ridden “I Hope I Get It” depicts a dance audition populated with cats. A much too sugary-sweet Maria from The Sound of Music will have you wanting to remove her from the stage with a giant candy cane. Even The Sound of Music’s von Trapp children don’t escape Alessandrini’s ridicule. Speaking of ridicule, those who arguably suffer the worst at the hands of Alessandrini are Stephen Sondheim for his glaring lack of attention to his shows’ entertainment value, and Les Miz for its dark, depressing theme and other grievances. In some cases, I found myself a little miffed, if it was a show I really loved. In others, such as Phantom of the Opera, which I’d always considered over-rated, I felt vindicated

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In Musical Theatre West’s Forbidden Broadway 2, Larry Raben, Susan Blakeslee, David Engel and Valerie Fagan create some favorite show numbers and artists as if they occur in an alternate universe in which everything is turned on its head.

when Michael Crawford (as passionate in the role as he was) got his fairly well-meaning comeuppance. Highlights of the show are way too numerous to mention. But a number in which Rita Moreno and Chita Rivera have it out, mainly over the public’s tendency to mistake one for the other, had me practically falling out of my seat. Just as riotous is Engel’s depiction of Mandy Patinkin overdoing it in that way that only Mandy can. Even accompanist Smedal gets his moment in the spotlight, singing a solo parody of Marvin Hamlisch’s “They're Playing Our Song” that laments how tiresome it can be “playing their songs.” Others who “made the cut” this time around are A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Raben is adorable), Into the Woods, Rent, Beauty and the Beast, Ethel Merman (Fagan nails her), Robert Goulet (another triumph by Engel), Evita, Wicked, Sunset Blvd. (Blakeslee is right on), and Mary Poppins (Blakeslee becomes Julie Andrews!). By now the show’s one possible downside may have become obvious.

If you have never seen most of these shows, your ability to identify with the multitude of gags will be limited. Still, the show is quite entertaining as a stand-alone evening of fun. What is most fabulous about Forbidden Broadway 2 is the almost entire absence of dud numbers. The entire show is an utterly insightful, belly laugh-inducing line-up of musical theater faux pas mostly deserving of what Alessandrini dishes out. Musical Theatre West’s Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Vol-

ume 2 continues at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 E. Atherton St., on the campus of Cal State Long Beach, through April 29. Performances are Thursday (April 26) at 8pm, Fridays (April 20 and 27) at 8pm, Saturdays (April 21 and 28) at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday (April 22) at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday (April 29) at 2pm. Tickets start at $20 (plus a $3 per ticket service charge) and can be purchased through the MTW Box Office at (562) 856-1999 x4 or online at musical.org.

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In celebration of Earth Month, Gallery Expo will host an exhibit titled Earthly Treasures from April 20 to May 5. The exhibit features 18 artists from the Long Beach and Los Angeles area showing more than 50 works, from an oil painting named “Chambered Nautilus” by 93-year-old Long Beach artist Rosemary Taggart to a life-size surfboard covered with thousands of pieces of colored plastic trash found on Long Beach beaches created by Long Beach artist Claudio Garzon. Assemblages created from cast-off trash constitute about 50 percent of the show, with works such as Marcus Smith’s “Tribute to Whitney Houston,” created from a tossed-out TV set, and artist Paul Samenfeld’s piece “Starlite,” which features a discarded Therm-a-jug cooler robot lamp.

The opening reception for Earthly Treasures will be Saturday, April 21 from 6pm to 9pm. The event will be free, and young people will be welcome with adult supervision. According to the gallery’s curator, Douglas Orr, the previous two-dayonly exhibit Along the LA River, which features photographs of debris found in and near the local riverbed, received so many great comments and requests to keep the show up longer that it has been moved to the main hall and will be open for viewing for three additional weekends, ending with the Earthly Treasures exhibit on May 5. Gallery Expo is located in the Expo Arts Center in Bixby Knolls at 4321 Atlantic Ave. MORE INFORMATION galleryexpo.net

CSuLB to host lecture on alternative energy The College of Engineering at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) will host “The United States Energy Challenge … Exploring the Alternatives” on Thursday, April 26, at 4pm in the campus’s Walter Pyramid as part of its Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series. The panel of experts discussing the topic will include: Ralph Moran, BP America, Inc.; Gabriel Canto, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems; and Greg Wolfson, senior vice president and chief technology officer, PsomasFMG, LLC. It will be moderated by Kent Peterson (CSULB class of 1986) vice president and chief engineer, P2S Engineering, Inc.

Following a networking opportunity and the presentations, there will be an audience question-and answer-session. The panel will focus on American energy independence, which may be achieved when all vehicles on U.S. highways; boats, ships and barges on U.S. waterways; aircraft flying U.S. airways; trains on U.S. railways; and other vehicles are powered by transportation fuels made in the U.S. from U.S. resources. The Distinguished Engineering Lecture Series is presented free of charge, but space is limited, and reservations are required by Monday, April 23, at coe-dev@csulb.edu .

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City-wide fishing-line recycling program launched on same day gray Whale gets caught in fishermen’s line Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske announced Wednesday at El Dorado East Regional Park the expansion of her fishing-line recycling program that will encompass all freshwater and saltwater locations in the city of Long Beach. The announcement coincided with a breaking-news story that a 40-foot Gray Whale, off the coast of Laguna Beach, had become entangled in more than 50 feet of fishing line and nets. “It is unfortunate to hear about what has happened to the whale and should be acknowledged as a motivating reason to safeguard the natural habitat of our city’s lakes and ocean fronts,” said Schipske. Two years ago, when a 5th district constituent brought samples of fishing line and tackle she had picked up on a morning walk around the fishing lake in El Dorado Park to a meeting called by Schipske, it became clear that something needed to be done. Not only was the City spending money to remove fishing line and tackle from the lakes, trees and garbage cans because of the litter and hazards they caused, but more and more reports of birds being found tangled up in the fishing line or caught on a hook were alarming local environmentalists. That’s when Schipske's Task Force on Lakes, Ponds and Wetlands sprang into action and launched a fishing line and tackle recycle program with Berkley Pure Fishing, a manufacturer of fishing line. “Recycling tubes were placed around the lakes in El Dorado Park,” said Schipske, who patterned the program after the successful Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program in Florida. “In a matter of weeks, the tubes were filled and the contents were sent to Berkley Pure Fishing for recycling. This meant less expense for the City to clean up this problem and greater safety for birds and other wildlife.”

During this week’s press conference, Schipske stressed the importance of the environmental-educational program as being extremely crucial in protecting other marine animals, so that the future entanglement of wildlife in lakes and in the city’s surrounding ocean can be avoided. In addition, she thanked: the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine; various members of the Fifth District Lakes, Ponds and Wetlands Taskforce; and the business community– including Walmart, Kmart, Big Fish Bait and Tackle, Sport Chalet, Turner’s Outdoorsman, Del Amo Fishing Tackle,

and Big 5 Sporting Goods– for their involvement in expansion of the City of Long Beach REEL Recycling Program. According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, it is estimated that fishing line and marine debris result in the death of over one million birds and 100,000 marine animals each year. People carelessly leave these materials in open trash cans, where certain animals reach in and spread the tackle around fresh-water and saltwater areas. As well, fishing lines break off in the water from being stuck in underwater rocks and coral

reefs. Fishing lines and debris left on land also can make their way to sea by being washed out in storm drains. Human inaction is directly to blame for its catastrophic consequences. In 2007, Schipske’s recycling program was launched after members of her Lakes, Ponds and Wetlands Task Force became alarmed when various migratory birds were found entangled by improperly discarded fishing lines and hooks. For more information regarding the expansion of the Reel Recycling program, call Schipske’s office at (562) 570-6932.

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I first ate at Bella Pizza during the First Fridays Art Walk last December. Having met up with a friend who was also hungry, I suggested Bella, although I’d never tried it, since we wanted to have a conveniently located dinner then walk up and down Atlantic to take in the artful festivities. Bella Pizza, being right in the heart of Bixby Knolls, was an ideal choice. Aside from the staff’s friendliness and the restaurant’s cleanliness, the most inviting feature of the place was the satellite-connected TV in each booth.

After placing our order, we sat and enjoyed some wine and casually watched TV as our pizzas were baking. Unless I’m in a sports bar, I don’t usually like the presence of a television in a restaurant. (A few years ago, I had the very unpleasant experience of trying to eat sushi while being exposed to footage of a major surgery on a restaurant’s TV; after I’d asked a staff member there to please change the channel or turn the television off, I was told they couldn’t, for some reason not shared with me, so I asked them to pack my food to go.) However, that’s not a problem at Bella, since each booth is installed with its own TV set, with a

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MillS, HUSBAND AND WiFE, AS JOiNT TENANTS, dated 01/12/2006 and recorded 1/23/2006, as instrument No. 06 0153246, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 05/14/2012 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: 1949 ORiZABA AVENUE, 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 $1,043,683.37. 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. if required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder's Office. NOTiCE TO POTENTiAl BiDDERS if you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. if you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. if you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTiCE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. if you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1-800-281-8219 or visit this internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case NOTiCE OF TRUSTEE'S SAlE TS No. 10-0041228. information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. 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.A-4229384 04/20/2012, 04/27/2012, 05/04/2012 TST4048 NOTiCE OF TRUSTEE’S SAlE T.S. No.: 9980-3974 TSG Order No.: 83624 A.P.N.: 7216-020-116 YOU ARE iN DEFAUlT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 07/19/2006. 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. NBS Default Services, llC, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded 07/26/2006 as Document No.: 06-1652734, of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of los Angeles County, California, executed by: Wayne W. Thornton And Beverly J. Thornton, husband and wife as community property with right of survivorship, as Trustor, Will SEll AT PUBliC AUCTiON TO THE HiGHEST BiDDER FOR CASH (payable in full at time of sale by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by 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). 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 ref-

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erenced Deed of Trust. Sale Date & Time: 05/10/2012 at 01:00 PM Sale location: At the Pomona Valley Masonic Temple Building, located at 395 South Thomas Street, Pomona, California. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2604 East 20th Street #301, 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.  Said sale will be made in an “AS iS” condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to-wit: $510,428.47 (Estimated). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. NOTiCE TO POTENTiAl BiDDERS: if you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. if you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. if you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTiCE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. if you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (877) 778-7237 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this internet Web site, www.rsvpforeclosures.com, for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, T.S.# 9980-3974. information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. if the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Declaration pursuant to California Civil Code, Section 2923.5(a) was fulfilled when the Notice of Default was recorded on 01/13/2012 NBS Default Services, llC 301 E. Ocean Blvd. Suite 1720 long Beach, CA 90802 800766-7751 For Trustee Sale information log On To: www.rsvpforeclosures.com or call (877) 778-7237 NBS Default Services, llC, Mandi Harvey 4/11/2012 “We are attempting to collect a debt, and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose.” (RSVP# 286733, 04/20/12, 04/27/12, 05/04/12) TST4045 NOTiCE OF TRUSTEE'S SAlE TSG No.: 4731102 TS No.: CA1000218749 FHA/VA/PMi No.: APN:7214‑015‑126 Property Address: 2350 ViSTA RiDGE lANE SiGNAl Hill, CA 90755 YOU ARE iN DEFAUlT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 04/08/05. 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. On May 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM, First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, llC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 04/20/05, as instrument No. 05 0912015, in book , page , of Official Records in the Office of the County Recorder of lOS ANGElES County, State of California. Executed by: MARGARETA COlliN, A MARRiED WOMAN AS HER SOlE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY,. Will SEll AT PUBliC AUCTiON TO HiGHEST BiDDER FOR CASH, CASHiER'S CHECK/CASH EQUiVAlENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) inside the lobby of the building located at 628 North Diamond Bar Blvd., Suite B, Diamond Bar, CA. 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 described as: AS MORE FUllY DESCRiBED iN THE ABOVE MENTiONED DEED OF TRUST APN# 7214‑015‑126. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2350 ViSTA RiDGE lANE, 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. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses

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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: April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012.

TST4034 / 2012 038406 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: DiNNERZONME, 1740 Park Ave., Suite 15, long Beach, CA 90815. Registrant: lASHAWN WilliAMS, 1740 Park Ave., Suite 15, long Beach, CA 90815. This business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: lashawn Williams. 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 March 7, 2012. 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: March 30, & April 6, 13, 20, 2012.

TST4043 / 2012 058133 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: EUROPEAN PiZZA, 4336 South St., lakewood, CA 90712. Registrant: KRYSTiAN WlODARCZYK, 4029 E. 4th St. #B, long Beach, CA 90814. This business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Krystian Wlodarczyk. 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 April 4, 2012. 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: April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012.

TST4035 / 2012 046374 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: XOTl BURRiTO, 4740 E. 7th St., long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: OlSON lEON 11396 llC, 4740 E. 7th St., long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: a limited liability Company. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Gabriel leon, General Manager. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on March 18, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of los Angeles County on March 20, 2012. 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: March 30, & April 6, 13, 20, 2012.

TST4042 / 2012 055879 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SCANNiNG SOlUTiONS, 7803 Salt lake Ave., Huntington Park, CA 90255. Registrant: MARCO SOTElO, 7803 Salt lake Ave., Huntington Park, CA 90255. This business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Marco Sotelo. 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 April 2, 2012. 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: April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012.

TST4036 / 2012 034836 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. SWANN AND ASSOCiATES, 2. SWANN & ASSOCiATES iNSTRUMENTATiON SAlES iNC., 1707-B E. 28th St., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: SWANN & ASSOCiATES iNSTRUMENTATiON SAlES iNC., 1707-B E. 28th 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: Michael Swann, President. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on August 22, 1995. This statement was filed with the county clerk of los Angeles County on March 1, 2012. 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: March 30, & April 6, 13, 20, 2012.

TST4044 / 2012 059867 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. WOMEN OF DESTiNY WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT, 2. WOMEN OF DESTiNY CHRiSTiAN WOMEN'S NETWORK, 2450 Old Zaferia Way, long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: ViCKY l. BROX, 2450 Old Zaferia Way, long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Vicky l. Brox. 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 April 6, 2012. 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: April 13, 20, 27, & May 4, 2012.

TST4031 / 2012 047807 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: lOVE BEYOND liMiTS, 2042 Cerritos Ave., long Beach, CA 90806. Registrant: MAlEKA A. lONG, 2042 Cerritos Ave., long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Maleka A. long. 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 March 21, 2012. 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: March 30, & April 6, 13, 20, 2012.

TST4037 / 2012 053328 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: AASA SiGNAl Hill TRADiNG, 1481 E. 28th St., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: AlEX STYlE AND SPEED, iNC., 1481 E. 28th 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: Yuji Kawakami, President. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of los Angeles County on March 28, 2012. 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: March 30, & April 6, 13, 20, 2012.

TST4032 / 2012 049106 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. lONG BEACH RENTAlS, 2. lB RENTAlS, 4102 E. Jacinto Way, long Beach, CA 90815. Registrant: CHANDRA l. ClEWlEY, 4102 E. Jacinto Way, long Beach, CA 90815. This business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Chandra l. Clewley. 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 March 22, 2012. 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: March 30, & April 6, 13, 20, 2012.

TST4038 / 2012 055082 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: DODOTRUCK1, 1386 Park Ave., long Beach, CA 90804. Registrants: 1. ANNE PARKS, 2. JESSE PARKS, 3. lAURA PARKS, 4. JEFFREY PARKS, 1386 Park Ave., long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Jeffrey Parks. 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 March 30, 2012. 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: April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012.

TST4049 / 2012 064464 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: COMMUNiTY RESTORATiON AND REViTAliZATiON COAliTiON, 1900 Atlantic Ave., 2nd Floor, long Beach, CA 90806. Registrant: lYDiA ANN HOlliE, 176 E. Barclay St., long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: lydia Ann Hollie. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on April 9, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of los Angeles County on April 11, 2012. 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: April 20, 27, & May 4, 11, 2012.

TST4033 / 2012 051634 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. TiME 4 lUBE, 2. TiME4lUBE, 1750 Daisy Ave., long Beach, CA 90813. Registrant: SADA KAROBAR, iNC., 1750 Daisy Ave., long Beach, CA 90813. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Ranbir Sohal, Treasurer. 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 March 27, 2012. NOTiCE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the

TST4041 / 2012 044508 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: ANGElA VENDiNG SERViCES, 5259 Deeboyar Ave., lakewood, CA 90712. Registrant: NiCOlE lOCKHART, 5259 Deeboyar Ave., lakewood, CA 90712. This business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Nicole lockhart. 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 March 15, 2012. NOTiCE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date

and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $858,863.93. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. NOTiCE TO POTENTiAl BiDDERS: if you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. if you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. if you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTiCE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. if you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (916) 939‑0772 or visit this internet Web http://search.nationwideposting.com/propertySearchTerms.aspx using the file number assigned to this case CA1000218749. information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. if the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's Trustee. The beneficiary or servicing agent declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner of Corporations a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the Notice of Sale is filed and/or The timeframe for giving Notice of Sale specified in subdivision (s) of California Civil Code Section 2923.52 applies and has been provided or the loan is exempt from the requirements. Date: 04/11/12, First American Title insurance Company First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, llC 3 First American Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707 Original document signed by Authorized Agent, Chet Sconyers -- FOR TRUSTEE'S SAlE iNFORMATiON PlEASE CAll (916) 939-0772. First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, llC May be Acting as a Debt Collector Attempting to Collect a Debt. Any information obtained may be used for that purpose. NPP0199412 04/13/12, 04/20/12, 04/27/12

TST4050 / 2012 065105 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: lOUiES CUSTOM APPAREl, 17019 Walnut Ct., Bellflower, CA 90706. Registrant: MARlA A. GONZAlES, 17019 Walnut Ct., Bellflower, CA 90706. This business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Marla A. Gonzales. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on January 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of los Angeles County on April 12, 2012. 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: April 20, 27, & May 4, 11, 2012. TST4051 / 2012 065548 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: XPERTFiNANCE MANAGEMENT, 1458 W. 240th St., Harbor City, CA 90710. Registrant: TRACiE TRAN HO, 1015 Newport Ave. #301, long Beach, CA 90804. This business is con-

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ducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Tracie Tran Ho. 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 April 12, 2012. 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: April 20, 27, & May 4, 11, 2012.

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On Saturday, April 14, the city clerk’s office did a full recount, and the tally showed Supernaw with 1,218 votes, O’Donnell with 1,205 and Watkins with 1,166. During its regularly scheduled April 17 meeting, the City Council unanimously certified the April 14 recount. “This election shows that every vote is important; every vote counts,” said Larry Herrera, Long Beach City Clerk. According to Poonam Davis, the city’s election bureau manager, Supernaw’s and O’Donnell’s names will appear on the June 5 ballot. Under the city’s term-limits law, O’Donnell, who has served two terms on the Council, was prohibited from having his name on the ballot for a third term in office. Consequently, he ran as a write-in candidate in the April 10 election. Davis explained, however, that the term-limits law does not prohibit O’Donnell’s name from appearing on the runoff election ballot. If O’Donnell wins on June 5, he will make history as the first incumbent city council member to win an election as a write-in candidate, and the first to serve a third term in office after the term-limits law was adopted approximately 20 years ago. O’Donnell did not return several voicemail messages left for him by the Signal Tribune, but Supernaw was able to discuss the election and his plans for the immediate future. “Nothing will change about my campaign,” Supernaw told the Signal Tribune on Wednesday. “The voters of the 4th district have responded to my message so far,

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TST4054 / 2012 069834 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: EHElPDESK NOW, 3841 Brayton Ave., long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: WilliAM URANGA, 3841 Brayton Ave., long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: William Uranga. 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 April 17, 2012. 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: April 20, 27, & May 4, 11, 2012.

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CiTY Of SigNAL HiLL TST1452 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE ADoPTIoN Ordinance No. 2012-04-1446 was introduced at the City Council meeting of April 3, 2012, and adopted by the City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, April 17, 2012. A summary of the ordinance is as follows: AN ORDiNANCE OF THE CiTY COUNCil OF THE CiTY OF SiGNAl Hill ADDiNG CHAPTER 3.32 OF THE SiGNAl Hill MUNiCiPAl CODE ADOPTiNG A COMPREHENSiVE SET OF ECONOMiC DEVElOPMENT iNCENTiVES AND PROGRAMS TO PROMOTE THE DEVElOPMENT OF SiGNAl Hill iN THE FACE OF UNiQUE ENViRONMENTAl CONSTRAiNTS, TO CREATE JOBS FROM NEW BUSiNESSES AND TO PRESERVE THE SOUND FiSCAl BASiS OF THE CiTY iN liGHT OF THE EliMiNATiON OF REDEVElOPMENT iN CAliFORNiA The ordinance was adopted by the following vote: AYES: Mayor larry Forester, Vice Mayor Tina l. Hansen, Council Members Michael J. Noll, Ellen Ward NOES: None ABSENT: Council Member Edward H.J. Wilson

and I have no plans to change it.” He explained that his campaign has focuses on what he calls “the ABCs” of the 4th district. “‘A’ would be for airport,” he said. “We must preserve our airport noise ordinance, which is very important to the residents of the Los Altos area.” He added that he also wants to do whatever is necessary to ensure that the new airport terminal, now being built, will serve as an economic engine for the entire city. “The ‘B’ item is business, and it is twofold,” he said. “Number one, we have to attract more retail to our business corridors, and number two is business in terms of our city budget.” Supernaw explained that his background in business could be a valuable asset to the Council. “Being able to scrutinize and, if necessary, rework our city budget is necessary because we have some major challenges there,” he said. “You need to have Council members with business acumen.” He stressed that attracting more retail businesses and reworking the city budget would result in more jobs for Long Beach residents. “The ‘C’ item is what I call the sense of community,” Supernaw noted. “We need that throughout the entire 4th district so that the residents are really plugged in.” He explained that if elected he would work hard to improve communication between his office and district residents. “Crime is also always an issue, but I believe there are a multitude of elements that go into preventing crime,” he said. “Those elements include good schools, parks, libraries and a police department

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ABSTAiN: None Pursuant to Signal Hill City Charter Section 315, this ordinance shall become effective 30 days from and after the date of its adoption. A certified copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s Office. Kathleen l. Pacheco City Clerk Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on April 20, 2012. Posted at City Hall, library, Discovery Well Park, and Reservoir Park on April 20, 2012.

CiTY Of SigNAL HiLL TST4053 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE ADoPTIoN Ordinance No. 2012-04-1447 was introduced at the City Council meeting of April 3, 2012, and adopted by the City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, April 17, 2012. A summary of the ordinance is as follows: AN ORDiNANCE OF THE CiTY COUNCil OF THE CiTY OF SiGNAl Hill, CAliFORNiA, APPROViNG ZONiNG ORDiNANCE AMENDMENT 12-02, AMENDiNG SiGNAl Hill MUNiCiPAl CODE SECTiON 20.39.060 “SETBACKS” FOR AREAS 3 AND 4 OF THE SP-19, GENERAl iNDUSTRiAl SPECiFiC PlAN, BY REDUCiNG THE SETBACK STANDARDS AlONG CAliFORNiA AVENUE FROM 20 FEET TO 15 FEET The ordinance was adopted by the following vote: AYES: Mayor larry Forester, Vice Mayor Tina l. Hansen, Council Members Michael J. Noll, Ellen Ward NOES: None ABSENT: Council Member Edward H.J. Wilson ABSTAiN: None Pursuant to Signal Hill City Charter Section 315, this ordinance shall become effective 30 days from and after the date of its adoption. A certified copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s Office. Kathleen l. Pacheco City Clerk Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on April 20, 2012. Posted at City Hall, library, Discovery Well Park, and Reservoir Park on April 20, 2012.

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14 SigNAL TriBuNE Council continued from page 1 ment Obligation Retirement fund, according to staff reports. The Oversight Board will ultimately have to approve these agreements that are worth several million dollars along with any other agreement that City officials may negotiate. Although the Oversight Board has not yet initiated meetings, City Manager Ken Farfsing explained in an interview Tuesday night that the City must follow the law but still wants to match the right developers to the properties that are now up for sale. “Part of our goal is basically to make sure we can implement our gen-

eral plan and…continue to revitalize the community,” Farfsing said. “I don’t think we want to sell properties to someone who’s just going to sit on it as a vacant property and, you know, 30 years from now, maybe develop it.” Farfsing added that the City is “being proactive.” Both agreements cover two major properties that are deeply affected by problems largely attributed to its deep ties over decades to the oil industry. Sale of the 700 block of Spring Street and Anastasi Property: $5,562,500 Under the terms of the purchase and sale agreement between the City and Signal Hill Petroleum, 12.99 acres that span about four blocks will be sold for

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over $5.5 million, or $10 per square foot. Signal Hill Petroleum agrees to eventually transform the area that’s bounded by Spring Street to the north, California Avenue to the east, 29th Street to the south, and Atlantic Avenue to the west. The site is close to Long Beach Memorial Hospital, and the plans will divide the area into three parcels with three distinct project phases: a gateway retail parcel for businesses that include general goods, grocery and ancillary retail over seven acres; a parcel for a “suite-style” hotel that will cover three acres; and an office/retail parcel where a mixed-use plan will build medical and administrative offices and a support retail area over three acres. However, before any development takes place on this land, Signal Hill Petroleum will have to closely study the downside of the real estate deal, and there is some leeway for this buyer to back off from the final sale. A report from the city manager’s office indicates that the property has 20 abandoned oil wells in addition to three active and five idle wells. In addition, safety and environmental standards weren’t always in place or enforced. The purchase and sale agreement outlines a list of tasks needed to handle soil remediation, well re-abandonments, and abandoned pipeline removal in addition to other issues. What’s more, earthquake faults in the area need to be studied. There are also other oil interests and surface rights with third-party oil operators. The estimate so far for the remediation work needed for the property totals $4.83 million. Assuming that the Oversight Board approves the agreement, once the sale is finalized, Signal Hill Petroleum has one year to fully study the issues related to the land development and perform due diligence, and then it is given an additional year to get its development plans approved. According to the agreement, project development should be completed by Dec. 31, 2020. David Slater, chief operating officer for Signal Hill Petroleum, acknowledged at Tuesday night’s Council that the deal will require a lot of work. “The City, through its vision and through its redevelopment agency, has really created a tremendous opportunity here, but it’s an opportunity with a lot of challenges,” Slater said. “Our company is committed to working to evaluate those challenges and figure out how to bring a great development and great amenities to the community through this property.” Signal Hill Petroleum is responsible for many key development projects throughout the city. The Signal Hill Gateway Center, which has retailers Home Depot, Petco and Dollar Tree, is just one of the many projects where Signal Hill Petroleum takes credit for the development. Councilmember Ellen Ward expressed her enthusiasm for Signal Hill Petroleum’s involvement when she voted positively on the actions to approve the sale. Ward said the City is “so blessed to have Signal Hill Petroleum” and praised the company’s experience with both the oil industry and development. “Because I think it would have cost us a lot more in the long run,” Ward said, “and so I am very much for this project. It’s going to bring in sales tax and services to the city, which we’re going to need.” Like Ward, the other three present council members voted to approve the actions that will eventually get the sale agreement on the Oversight Board’s agenda. They each had to vote both as councilmembers and as members of the City Council as Successor Agency. Councilmember Ed Wilson was absent

APriL 20, 2012 Tuesday night. Signal Hill Petroleum does have an advantage of flexible terms where the agreement allows the company a year to perform due diligence and still walk away from development, especially if it determines that remediation costs likely exceed the $4.8-million estimate. “We had to give them [Signal Hill Petroleum] the flexibility on the due diligence and flexibility on when it got built to induce them to go forward on this transaction,” the city attorney said as he explained the agreement, “because otherwise, there are just too many unknowns.” Sale of the 3100 California Avenue property: $730,132.04 (paid through a release of surface rights and a cash payment) The City Council and Successor Agency approved a separate deal with Signal Hill Petroleum involving the fate of property in the odd shape of a trapezoid. About 1.6 acres on 3100 California Avenue will be divided, according to the purchase agreement. Signal Hill Petroleum will buy about 58,000 square feet. The City will still hold on to about 11,000 square feet of real estate for a freeway sign that advertises for the Auto Center and also flashes public service announcements off the 405 Freeway. In return, Signal Hill Petroleum will release surface rights over the sign’s parcel of land (valued at just over $55,000) and surface rights for the new police station property on Walnut Avenue. Farfsing explained that although the City had purchased the Walnut property, it still needed Signal Hill’s cooperation in order to build on the property since the surface rights were controlled by an agreement for oil production. Those surface rights for the police station were valued at an amount over $530,000, according to the agreement. Signal Hill Petroleum will also pay an additional amount that totals over $143,000. This agreement is also subject to the approval of the Oversight Board. Other Council highlights Concerts in the Park Gary Dudley of the Signal Hill Community Foundation presented a report on the Concerts in the Park series scheduled for this summer on Wednesdays from July 11 through Aug. 15. Concert T-shirts will be available for $14 through the City Community Services Department. They will also be sold during the concerts while supplies last.

Outstanding Older American The Los Angeles Commission on Aging and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will celebrate the 47th anniversary of Older Americans Recognition Day in May. Outstanding older persons from L.A. County’s 88 cities will be honored at that time. Hansen and Pilar Alcivar-McCoy of the Community Services Department congratulated Al Sirignano, who will be among the honorees at the celebration next month. Signal Hill honorees Mayor Tina Hansen recognized Carol Yochum as a Signal Hill nominee for Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal’s 2012 Woman of the Year Award. Hansen also issued a proclamation recognizing Terry Rogers as a Signal Hill nominee for Senator Alan Lowenthal’s 2012 Woman of Distinction Award.

Mayor Tina Hansen (left) recognized Carol Yochum (right) for her nomination to receive Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal's 2012 Woman of the Year Award.

Terry Rogers (left) is proclaimed by Mayor Tina Hansen (right) as Signal Hill’s nominee for Senator Alan Lowenthal's 2012 Woman of Distinction Award.

Economic development In a second reading, the Council voted 4-0 to approve an ordinance that adopts a set of economic development incentives and programs that aim to attract businesses to the city and develop property. Aleshire addressed concerns voiced by three Signal Hill residents about the language of the ordinance.

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EDCO Transport Services In a second reading, the Council voted 4-0 to adopt an ordinance that approves a zoning ordinance amendment. The zoning ordinance amendment reduces the setback standards for specific areas along California Avenue as requested by EDCO Transport Services. The next Signal Hill Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 1 at 7pm at the Signal Hill Council Chambers.

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ECOC continued from page 1 going to show you the tough job that the dispatchers do and let you know the amount of work that we have going out of this center, both from the police dispatch side and the fire dispatch side,” Allen said. Attendees were eager to ask questions, and, before the actual tour had gotten underway and the group was still in the lobby, one man asked Allen how many calls the center receives each week. Allen redirected that question to Robert Belcher, Police Communications assistant systems supervisor, who Allen described as “our right-hand man that keeps all of our stats.” Belcher said the center answers approximately 55,000 to 60,000 calls a month. “That’s about the average, and of course it fluctuates [depending on] the time of year,” Belcher explained. “Summer being the busiest time. Of course, in the winter it slows down considerably.” When asked by another tour participant how many of those are “emergency” calls, Belcher said, “Of the close to 270,000 9-1-1 calls we took last year, we had probably, I would say, about 60,000 of those would be in the top priority. We dispatched just a fraction– about a third of all of our inbound calls result in a call to service where we actually dispatch a police officer.” Another inquiry posed was how many calls are taken from surrounding areas and if an out-of-city driver on the 405 Freeway calling from a cell phone, for example, would reach the Long Beach center. “The way the cell towers are set up, we will get a lot of cellular 9-1-1 [calls]. But the hard-line calls from an old-fashioned style [phone], we cover the city of Long Beach,” Allen said. “We only serve the city of Long Beach. Signal Hill has their own dispatching center as well.” Deputy Fire Chief Mike Garcia then explained that if a call does indeed come in from a freeway, that call goes to California Highway Patrol’s dispatch center, which will respond with an officer as well as transfering the call to Long Beach. “We will also respond to that incident,” Garcia said. Allen added that there are now more calls from cell phones than landlines. He also mentioned that the City of Long Beach prefers that callers use 9-1-1, even if an incident is not an actual emergency. “You’ve heard many times, in Long Beach, if you’ve been to any of the community meetings, we encourage our citizens to call 9-1-1,” Allen said. “Some other cities don’t like when you use 9-11. We actually appreciate it because we can immediately get the address. It helps us put the call in faster...it verifies where the call is coming from, and that helps us with our response times as well, and getting there faster.” Shortly thereafter, the tour proceeded from the lobby area of the center to the second floor, where the dispatchers are located. Allen escorted the group

Underground at the Emergency Communications and Operating Center, Long Beach Police Commander Randy Allen describes to a tour group the structure’s ability to withstand earthquakes of great magnitude. through the areas where the dispatchers work. Taking photos was not permitted in the dispatch area, which is divided into two sections: one for police, and one about a third of that size for the fire department. Each dispatch area includes a supervisor positioned in the middle section, nicknamed “the bull pen,” with six to 14 dispatchers surrounding her, depending on the shift; each worker, equipped with an earpiece, sits at a large desk with at least four computer monitors on it. The police dispatch area also has several television sets that broadcast national news networks as well as local network affiliates, to help the center’s employees stay abreast of what is happening nationally and locally. Through large windows, the dispatch areas also have expansive views of the northern and eastern parts of the city. Allen pointed out a new system that is currently being installed in the dispatch center– Long Beach COP, which stands for Common Operating Picture. “It’s a real-time, crime-analysis center that is going to enable us to provide prearrival intelligence to the officers responding to the scene. It’s an outstanding concept. It’s cutting-edge, and it’s going to help us get there faster– more intelligence to help us put more people in handcuffs, that are inside someone’s house or that are creating a problem or doing something like that.” Allen said that 90 percent of the 9-1-1 calls are answered within 10 seconds. “That’s how we qualify to keep our 9-1-1 status and to receive the 9-1-1 dollars that we receive,” he said. “Of the seven-digit calls (those that are made to 435-6711, the LBPD’s police dispatch number), we had 270,000 of those calls, we answered 93.4 percent of those within 10 seconds... In some cities, you will have dispatch centers set up where you’ll have

9-1-1 dispatchers [that are in] a totally different center than the person that’s handling the non-emergency line. Sometimes it will be sent to a front desk, or something along those lines. In the city of Long Beach, our dispatchers, both the emergency 9-1-1 and the seven-digit (number) dispatchers are the same person.” Allen explained that, for that reason, sometimes when a resident calls one of those numbers, the operator will ask whether or not it is indeed regarding an emergency. “If you say it’s not an emergency, then they will ask you if you can be put on hold for a moment, and then they will get back to the emergency calls...so, we are always trying to get the calls answered within 10 seconds of the call, regardless of whether it’s a 9-1-1 call or seven-digit.” Both Allen and Garcia stressed that, despite the operators’ asking the callers questions during the phone call, those operators have indeed directed emergency personnel to respond to the incident. “While they’re talking to you, they’re going to dispatch the units,” Garcia explained, regarding the fire department’s dispatch area. “They have a run order– who’s closest, who’s available, who’s not. They put in that request, and they start dispatching. A separate person’s dispatching than the person that’s talking to you. So, many times you’re sitting there going, ‘Why are you asking me questions? Just send me somebody.’ They’ve already sent that call to somebody, and they’re on their way, but they’re getting more information...so that our personnel are more prepared when they arrive at your house.” For the next portion of the tour, Allen escorted the group underground and explained that the center is positioned on a foundation akin to a giant concrete bathtub. “The entire building is suspended on 24 of those base isolators,” he said, pointing to the structure’s pillars. Allen said that, because of the building’s design and construction, the emergency center would be able to operate even during an earthquake of a magnitude of 8.0. The tour then moved back to the first-floor meeting room, where, once a month, members of the different emergency-response bureaus reconnect. The primary topic of discussion then was emergency-response times. Sarjeant also shared a PowerPoint presentation that covered: types of disasters and emergencies; the roles of non-governmental organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and local hospitals; the importance of personal responsibility and emergency preparedness; the fire department’s chain of command and organization; the locations of fire stations around the city; fire department response times; and the types of fire department vehicles, including the aerial ladder truck, paramedic rescue ambulances, basic life-support ambulances, marine safety units, swiftwater rescue, fire boats, airport response units, and urban search and rescue. Schipske thanked the fire and police departments for their participation in the tour and commended them on their “phenomenal job,” but she shared her

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We have fires. We just had a fire that was very close to Station 18. That’s happened in several of the fire stations throughout the city for cost cuts, and, as a consequence, it’s getting very seriously, I would say, dangerous.”

worry regarding one component of Sarjeant’s slide presentation. “One of the things you all need to be very concerned about is the slide that showed you that you only have 117 firefighters on duty during the day. We had 137. We’re down to 117. This is a huge city,” she said. “Equipment has been taken out of the different stations. Station 18 doesn’t have an engine there anymore.

More information about Schipske’s citytransparency meetings for the public can be found at openuplongbeach.com .

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$333.75 per year per sewage unit

Surcharge Rates:

$755.00 per million gallons of flow $133.50 per 1000 lbs. of COD $377.40 per 1000 lbs. of SS $100.10 per gallon per minute of peak flow $3,203.00 per million gallons of flow (short form)

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ADOPTED RATES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012-13: Service Charge:

$339.75 per year per sewage unit

Surcharge Rates:

$764.00 per million gallons of flow $135.10 per 1000 lbs. of COD $382.10 per 1000 lbs. of SS $101.30 per gallon per minute of peak flow $3,243.00 per million gallons of flow (short form)

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