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May 25, 2012
Long Beach breaks ground for its first park named after an LGBT public figure
Signal Hill councilmembers among those honored during ceremony
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The lemonade stand staffed last Sunday by 6-year-old leukemia patient Cooper Evans (pictured) turned out to be “a huge success,” according to his father Brandon Evans. The stand, set up for the day at Trani’s Restaurant in Bixby Knolls, was part of Cooper’s efforts to raise money to donate to the Jonathan Jacques Children’s Cancer Center at Memorial Hospital. Cooper raised $5,610 at the event, but Price Transfer Inc. and Anco Maritime Activities Ltd. matched those funds, bringing the grand total to $16,830.
Long-running legal battle surrounding plan for underground water-storage continues CJ Dablo Staff Writer
A legal dispute over an underground water storage plan continues. The battle has pitted plaintiffs that include Signal Hill, Downey and Cerritos against the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD). The WRD, an agency that manages the groundwater supply for more than 40 Southern California cities, may not be well known to Signal Hill residents and businesses who receive their water bills directly from the City of Signal Hill. However, the agency plays a key role in supplying water to the area. According to City Manager Ken Farfsing, Signal Hill owns more than 2,000 acre-feet of ground water that needs to be replenished by the WRD, and if the City needs more than its allotment, Signal Hill can lease or purchase water from several sources, including the WRD, another agency called the Central Basin Municipal Water District, or other entities that own water. Signal Hill joined the two other cities in the lawsuit to fight the WRD on the underground storage
issue, and earlier this month, the California Supreme Court determined that a trial court has the jurisdiction over water storage issues. The cities have also filed another lawsuit that challenges the replenishment assessments imposed by the WRD. The cities insist that Proposition 218 applies to these assessments. Since 2001, water entities had tried to develop a plan for underground-water storage. A court rejected one storage-proposal plan. Later, another plan was discussed in mediation between the WRD and pumpers in the water regional districts called the Central Basin and West Coast Basin, according to Ed Casey, an attorney for the WRD. After this plan was ultimately rejected, another plan was proposed about three years ago, but Signal Hill, Cerritos and Downey objected to that plan for a number of reasons. The plan changes the rules for water-extraction rights and names a new group to serve as the “watermaster.” Casey explained that the watermaster is an oversight entity that enforces see WRD page 14
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Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk and chair of the Harvey Milk Foundation, and First District Long Beach Councilmember Robert Garcia at Tuesday’s groundbreaking for the Harvey Milk Promenade Park, which will be located in downtown Long Beach Cory Bilicko Managing Editor
Thirty-five years after Harvey Milk became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the City of Long Beach has broken ground for a park in his honor– the first in the country to be named after him and the first park in the city to recognize a member of the LGBT community. Last Tuesday morning, which was Milk’s birthday, First District Councilmember Robert Garcia, who spearheaded the project, hosted the groundbreaking ceremony that included various other city officials and leaders from the local LGBT community. The Harvey Milk Promenade Park will be located at 3rd Street and The Promenade, an area of the city that has rapidly
evolved in the last few years with new retail establishments, condominiums and park space. On Nov. 27, 1978, Milk and then-Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned. “Harvey was someone that, not just represented the best of us as a community, as an LGBT community, but represented, really, the best of what being an American is all about,” said Garcia in his opening remarks. “Because being an American, to me and, I think, to most of us, is about fighting for those without a voice. It’s about fighting for the underrepresented. It’s about building coalitions and partnerships and collaboratives. It’s about working with everyone regardless of their race, gender or sexual orientation. That’s what Long Beach is
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about. That’s what we believe in, and that’s what Harvey fought for.” Garcia pointed out that, to him, Milk was not “an LGBT leader,” but rather an American leader. “He is someone that we should celebrate as a community, and we should be proud that his namesake will bear the area that we’re standing on today,” he said. The councilmember also discussed Milk’s emphasis on giving people hope and how he had influenced other significant social movements. Garcia then introduced Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, who called the new park “a beautiful way to honor a civil-rights leader and a person who’s done so much to change life in California and indeed probably around the world.” Foster see paRk page 9
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A list of the nation’s most challenging high schools released recently by the Washington Post includes seven schools in the Long Beach unified School District. Each of these schools also appeared in the Washington Post rankings last year. The 2012 rankings include schools that surpass 91 percent of other high schools nationwide in terms of their ability to offer rigorous college-prep courses. The Post divides the number of advanced placement, international baccalaureate or other collegelevel tests a school gave in 2011 by the number of graduating seniors. Only nine percent of high schools, or about 1,900 schools nationwide, qualified for the list. The report by the Post includes the percentage of students receiving subsidized lunches, a figure illustrating the poverty challenges that schools face. Local schools ranking in the report (with the percentage of students receiving subsidized lunches indicated in parentheses) are: • 849– California Academy of Mathematics and Science (49.4) • 1,097– Wilson (55.9) • 1,212– Avalon (69.8)
• 1,301– Renaissance (65.7) • 1,339– Poly (63.7) • 1,366– Millikan (60.6) • 1,634– Lakewood (52.5) Additionally, the newest ranking of America’s best high schools by U.S. News and World Report includes three schools in the Long Beach unified School District. Among the three is a gold-medal winner, the California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS), and two silver-medal winners. CAMS made a repeat appearance on the list, as did Polytechnic High School. Making the list for the first time was Renaissance High School for the Arts. The three high schools earned high rankings among 21,776 public high schools throughout the united States: CaMS State ranking: 18 National ranking: 111 Gold medal renaissance State ranking: 202 National ranking: 1038 Silver medal
Poly State ranking: 278 National ranking: 1,326 Silver medal CAMS also made the U.S. News list of best high schools for math and science, ranking 76th out of the nation’s top 600 high schools. To determine the rankings, schools were first analyzed on how well their students performed on state assessments, taking into account the test scores of disadvantaged students. High schools that made it through this analysis were then eligible to be ranked nationally in terms of college readiness. U.S. News determines the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work by analyzing student success in advanced placement or international baccalaureate programs, both of which include collegelevel courses. U.S. News awarded more than 4,800 gold, silver, and bronze medals to the top-performing schools. Source: LBUSD
LGB has lowest airfares in state for three quarters in a row, second-lowest in u.S. For the third consecutive quarter, Long Beach Airport (LGB) has the lowest average airfare in California and the second-lowest in the continental united States, according to the u.S. Department of Transportation. The average roundtrip domestic airfare at LGB was $229 during the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to the national average of $368 during the same period. “There are a lot of great changes happening at the Long Beach Airport: a new parking structure and a new concourse on the way,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “But one thing that hasn't changed is that LGB is a very economical airport, with excellent service and a wide range of destinations.” LGB had the third-largest decrease in the country in average airfares from the third quarter to the
fourth quarter, two percent, which also was the largest decrease in the state of California. The average fare at u.S. airports increased 2.1 percent in the same time period. “Long Beach Airport is consistently working toward providing service above expectations, and making sure our customers get the best bargain is a big part of it,” said LGB Airport Director Mario Rodriguez. On a year-to-year basis, Long Beach Airport experienced a twopercent drop in the price of airfares from the fourth quarter of 2010 to the fourth quarter of 2011, while the average airfare price rose 10 percent nationally. Again, LGB had the third-largest decrease nationally, and the largest decrease in California. The study also looked at airfares over the long term and concluded
that the average airfare at LGB decreased 23.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to the same quarter in 2000, while the national average increased 8.3 percent. LGB’s decrease was thirdlargest decrease nationally and the largest decrease in California. The study was conducted by the u.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Fares were based on the total ticket value, including taxes and fees at time of purchase price, but did not include other fees such as baggage fees paid at the airport or aboard the plane. The calculations did not include airports in Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico. MORE INFORMATION 1.usa.gov/JaTdO3 Source: City of LB
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CLEAN SWEEP FOR CLEAN STREETS What Neighborhood clean-up Who Wrigley area residents Where Meet up at Burnett & Deforest When Saturday, May 26 at 8am More info Group will clean up areas on and near the Wrigley River Run route to prepare for the 2,000 runners, walkers, volunteers and spectators that show up for the race the following week. Community-service credit available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org . LEST WE FORGET What Viet Nam Veterans Memorial visitation Who Hosted by Long Beach Veterans Day Committee Where Houghton Park, corner of Atlantic Avenue and Harding Street When Monday, May 28 More info To honor the memory of those who gave their lives during the Viet Nam conflict, the gates surrounding the memorial will be unlocked from 9am to 5pm. BEST LAID PLANS What Community meeting about Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan Who Hosted by Mel Nutter, attorney, SEADIP and Coastal Act expert Where Best Western Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 E. PCH When Tuesday, May 29 at 7pm More Info Meeting will cover what Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan is and why it should be updated. Also a representative from the Coastal Commission will be joining Nutter to answer questions about the Coastal Act and its role in updating SEADIP. To RSVP, call (714) 357-8576 or send an email to email@example.com . NO TRASH, ONLy TREASuRES What Annual rummage sale and pre-sale event Who California Heights united Methodist Church Where 3759 Orange Ave. When Friday, June 1 at 5pm (for pre-sale) More info The actual sale will be Saturday, June 2 from 8am to 5pm. The Rancho A Go-Go Barbecue Food Truck will be on site. Visit calheightsumc.org or call (562) 595-1996. RuN FOR yOuR LIFE What 5th annual Wrigley River Run Who Hosted by the Long Beach Neighborhood Foundation Where Holy Innocents Parish, 2500 Pacific Ave., LB When Saturday, June 2 from 6am to 9:45am More info The run will include 5K, 10K and a tadpole trot (1K) for kids. The course remains very flat with a small, short hill to get runners on and off the L.A. River. Music, multiple bounce houses for kids and various awards and certificates will also be a part of the event. Call (562) 234-6821. uNLEASHED FuN What Hounds on the Hill event Who Hosted by City of Signal Hill Where Signal Hill Park, 2175 Cherry Ave. When Saturday, June 2 from 11am to 2pm More info The event will include more than 15 vendors and will feature pet products from custom leash holders, pet food, low-cost vaccines and professional pet photos. There will also be a variety of children’s activities: a jumper, crafts, and food trucks. Food trucks will include Lee’s Philly, Tornado Potato and Longboard Ice Cream trucks. The park amphitheatre will feature demonstrations and music. Visit cityofsignalhill.org or call (562) 989-7330. MAN’S BEST FRIENDS What Trans-denominational pet blessing Who Offered by Living Beyond Limits Where Signal Hill Park, 2175 Cherry Ave. When Sunday, June 3 at 10am More info The event will honor and celebrate animal companions and feature music, a blessing for every pet, a pet contest and prizes. Attendees are encouraged to bring their pet or a photo of aggressive or departed pets and a chair. IN THE EIGHTH What Community meeting Who Hosted by North Long Beach Community Action Group Where North Police Substation, 4891 Atlantic Ave. When Sunday, June 3 from 2pm to 4pm More info Special guest will be recently elected 8th District Councilmember Al Austin. Call (562) 428-7710.
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Since Monday is our country’s Memorial Day, I had been looking for a subject that would be appropriate for my column this week. Most topics that came to mind were fitting, but I found them to be quite somber rather than the uplifting tone I was searching for. Lo and behold, the subject was practically handed to me a few days ago. Last Sunday, Mom and I attended our monthly Susan B. Anthony, Daughter’s of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) meeting. Part of the ritual included a reading from National Defense Magazine. As the words were shared with us, I knew what I would writing about this week. The subject of the magazine article was suitable (the military), and the information, although appropriate, was also pretty darned entertaining. So, thanks to author Eric Beidel and National Defense Magazine (NationalDefenseMagazine.org), I offer you the following:
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Will african rodents Join Hunt for ieDs? By Eric Beidel May 2011 In Tanzania, rats are sniffing out landmines. Eventually they may be able to help the u.S. Army deal with the deadly problem of improvised explosive devices. The Army Research Office recently awarded a $740,000 grant to Oklahoma State university zoology professor Alex Ophir to find out which rat personalities are the best for detecting bombs. Ophir and his team will observe African giant-pouched rats in the wild and perform tests to determine how trainable they are and what traits they display in various settings. Researchers eventually want to identify genetic signatures early enough so they can tell from birth which rats will be good at which tasks. “We really know very little about these animals, yet they are being used in very impressive applications,” Ophir said. Ophir has a partner organization in APOPO, a Dutch acronym that means Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development. The nonprofit has been training rats to detect landmines in Tanzania. During a trip to observe the group’s work, the professor watched rodents attached to harnesses zigzag down roads and dig at the dirt when they came upon buried explosives. African giant-pouched rats are not heavy enough to cause a device to detonate, and they have twice as much brain tissue devoted to smell as similar rodents.
But many of these landmines were buried years ago. The situation in warzones such as Afghanistan is different. u.S. troops must beware of homemade bombs in hostile territory where additional threats such as snipers are present. Ophir’s research will investigate how well the rats would perform in dangerous environments. Dogs have been used to find explosives in theater, but canines are not looked upon favorably in Muslim cultures. “When you’re trying to win hearts and minds, trotting something that’s offensive to them down their streets is probably not the best way,” Ophir said. Covert operations also will be easier with rats, because they don’t bark, he added.
Mea Culpa The story “At SH Council meeting, residents of Catalina Drive lobby for parking zone” [May 18, 2012] should have identified the Signal Hill Police Department captain as Ron Mark.
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Kathryn (Kathy) A. Wade (above) was installed as the 72nd president of Assistance League of Long Beach on May 21 at its annual meeting and luncheon at The Grand in Long Beach. In her speech to 250 members attending the meeting, she outlined her goals and introduced her theme for the year, “Many Minds, One Heart.” Wade joined Rick Rackers Auxiliary of Assistance League of Long Beach in 1979, eventually becoming chair. In 2005, she became an active member of the chapter. She developed and chaired Assistance League of Long Beach’s major fundraising event, Destination, and served as third vice president special events from 2008 to 2010. This past year she has been president-elect. Wade has also been a member of Junior League of Long Beach since 1985. She has been affiliated with Long Beach Cancer League, Long Beach Day Nursery, Steel Magnolias, Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, Casa youth Shelter, and TIPPERS. She and her husband Bill own William Wade Fine Photography, and she is the owner of Kathryn Wade Fine Framing.
Local artisans to sell their unique creations at uptown Village Market Independent artisans will once again converge on Bixby Knolls as part of the uptown Village Market to display their distinctly unique, handcrafted, often one-of-a-kind creations ranging from jewelry, ceramics, candles, baked goods, beauty products, fashion and accessories, and home-and-garden décor items. The gift market will take place Friday, June 1 from 5pm to 10pm, and Saturday, June 2, from 10am to 4pm, at the Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave. The two-day event will showcase more than 60 local independent artists, crafters and designers in a butterfly-themed indoor setting. From edgy assemblage-art creations to vintage-inspired items, the show will offer items that include: clothing for men, women and kids; handbags; accessories; art; ceramics; home goods; garden finds; plushies; jewelry; paper goods; edible treats; pet gear; bath & body products; and more. The event will also offer craft workshops, a wine-tasting room, a book-signing and a booth offering homemade chili. The event is free to the public, and opening night will be held in conjunction with the First Fridays Art Walk on June 1. Organizers are encouraging those who want to enjoy a more personable and relaxing experience to come out on Saturday, so they can truly take in all the offerings of the event.
uptown Village Market will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from the event to the Expo Arts Center to help fund other community arts events. The event has been organized by Gallery Expo, Bella Cosa Boutique, and Inspired Adornments. MORE INFORMATION uptownvillagemarket.com
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El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring St., will present an exhibition of nature photographs by Cecilia Taibo Rahban titled Summer Vibrations. The exhibition will open Friday, June 1 and continue through Saturday, June 30. An opening will take place Saturday, June 2 from noon to 3pm at the Nature Center. From her childhood in uruguay, Rahban’s love of art has taken many forms, from music to over 20 years of photography. She has always been fascinated with color and the way its vibration affects how we feel. Her series of nature photography, Slices, takes the viewer up-close-and-personal to the colors and textures in nature and is intended to bring us in tune with its vibrations. “The larger-than-life works offer an opportunity to really appreciate the majesty and wonder of nature’s creations,” Rahban said. For more information about the El Dorado Nature Center, visit longbeach.gov/naturecenter/general_information.asp . To view more of Rahban’s work and learn more about her, visit energyartatelier.com .
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6 SiGnaL TriBune LBPD traffic stop ends in officer-involved shooting On Thursday, May 17, at approximately 11:55pm, an officerinvolved shooting occurred in north Long Beach when a Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officer attempted to stop a speeding vehicle and the driver produced a handgun. The preliminary investigation revealed the officer was driving his patrol vehicle when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of Atlantic Avenue and E. 51st Street. The officer was preparing to initiate a traffic stop when the driver stopped, suddenly exited his vehicle, and began to walk away, according to a press release issued by the LBPD. “The officer ordered the driver, who acted as if he was going to run, to stop,” states the press release. “Without warning, the suspect produced a handgun. The officer was forced to protect himself and an officer-involved shooting occurred. There were no other occupants in the suspect's vehicle.” The officer notified the Police Communications Center that he was involved in a shooting and
requested medical assistance for the suspect. Long Beach Fire personnel responded and transported the suspect, who sustained gunshot injuries to his lower torso, to a local hospital. He was listed in stable condition, remains hospitalized, and is expected to survive. The suspect, who at this time is only being identified as a 26-yearold Long Beach resident, is in custody and is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, ex-felon with a firearm, and gang enhancements. In addition to the LBPD’s ongoing investigation, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is also conducting an independent investigation, as is routine with all officer-involved hit shootings that occur in Los Angeles County. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call LBPD Homicide Detectives Terri Hubert and Mark Bigel at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips can also be submitted via text or web by visiting tipsoft.com. Source: LBPD
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Rancho Los Alamitos will honor Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and his wife Julie on Thursday, May 31 with the inaugural Cottonwood Award for their leadership and support of historic, cultural and environmental preservation. The Cottonwood Award references the meaning of the historic site’s name, Rancho Los Alamitos or “Ranch of the Little Cottonwoods,” as the cottonwood was once plentiful in the area due to natural springs. Today, these trees can be seen in the Native Garden, with the newest “little cottonwood” in the restored Barns Area. Don and Julie Knabe will receive the award during a fundraiser luncheon at Rancho Los Alamitos (RLA), 6400 East Bixby Hill Rd., where guests will get a sneak-peek tour of the new Rancho Center featuring the exhibition Rancho Los Alamitos: Ever Changing, Always the Same, and the restored historic Barns Area. Proceeds will support the Rancho’s commitment to keeping the site free and open to the public and providing ongoing educational programs. “The Cottonwood Award is a symbolic way to recognize leaders such as Don and Julie Knabe who have made significant cultural contributions to the Southern California historic and contemporary landscape,” said RLA Executive Director Pamela Seager. “For cottonwoods grow near water, an element essential to all life, and the Cottonwood Award recognizes the vital contributions made by these individuals in order to nurture our most important cultural and community resources for future generations.” The Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation, which operates the city-owned historic landmark, has instituted the Cottonwood Awards to recognize cultural and community leaders for their support of the Rancho and regional
educational programs and cultural preservation efforts. Along with the 2012 Conversations in Place series, which brings together important thinkers for discussions about how experiences at the Rancho can travel through contemporary issues, the Cottonwood Awards are part of Rancho Los Alamitos’ commitment to supporting critical dialogue that illuminates the region’s rich history while championing the cultural present. “Julie and I are very honored to receive the first Cottonwood Award from Rancho Los Alamitos,” Knabe said. “We are proud to have supported the Foundation’s restoration of this amazing Los Angeles County landmark. The new Rancho Center and Barns Area restoration are a terrific
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Large windows frame an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina in this 1913 two-story English Arts and Crafts home overlooking Bluff Park.
Once a year, Long Beach Heritage invites the public to get a closer look at some of the unique homes that make up the city’s rich architectural history. For the 2012 Great Homes Tour on Sunday, June 3 from noon to 5pm, five distinguished homes of distinctive architectural character and one garden will take the spotlight. Docents will highlight the interior and exterior features and the history of the homes. The homes include: •An authentically detailed 1932 Andalusian style house that was designed to take full advantage of the lot. •A large 1913 two-story English Arts and Crafts home overlooking Bluff
Park. Large windows frame an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina. •A rambling Southern California interpretation of an Italian country villa. The second floor is set back, providing a wrap-around terrace. •A New England-style home of shingles and board, and batten takes full advantage of its elevated site. •A neo-traditional home in Belmont Park. The whimsical front garden leads to a unique hand-crafted door which opens to a completely repurposed interior. An added feature will be a visit to the formal gardens of an estate in the Virginia Country Club neighborhood.
Light refreshments will be served in the garden. This tour allows a limited number of people and often sells out early. The tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members through PayPal (via lbheritage.org), or checks can be mailed to Long Beach Heritage, PO Box 92521, Long Beach, CA 90809 with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Tickets, maps and instructions will be mailed if the order is received by May 26. Thereafter, paid tickets will be held in "will call," where they may be picked up between 11:30am and 2pm on Sunday, June 3. Proceeds benefit the historic Bembridge House.
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Festival to focus on unifying communities with music, arts
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Participants in Long Beach’s 29th annual Pride Parade carry a giant rainbow-colored flag along Ocean Boulevard at Lindero Avenue last Sunday morning.
annual Pride festivities bring diversity to LB for 29th year Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, Inc. presented a number of special events last week, concluding with the 29th annual Pride Parade and Festival during the weekend. The events included: lectures; a teen picnic; HIV testing; Mr., Miss & Ms. Gay Pride Long Beach Contest; a “Laugh Til you Tinkle” comedy show; a Starlette Review Pride Show; the 5th Annual Pink Party; and a Communion on the Bluff presented by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. On Saturday, Grammy Award-winner Queen Latifah headlined the weekend Festival’s entertainment, which also included The Village People, Shannon, Blackbox, Evelyn Champagne King and Omar Perez, among others. According to the Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, Inc. website, over the past several years, the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration has become one of the premiere Pride events nationwide and now attracts more than 80,000 participants over two days. MORE INFORMATION longbeachpride.com
The community will be welcome free of charge at the Long Beach unity Festival (LBuF) at Admiral Kidd Park, 2125 Santa Fe Ave., on Saturday, June 9 from 10am to 5pm. Pre-festival kick-off activities will include a 9am unity March/Walk led by Westside residents, Long Beach Police Department Explorers, Cabrillo High School Junior ROTC, Junior Beach Runners, Let’s Move Long Beach, and LBuSD students, along with live music and dance. With the support of LBuSD Superintendent Chris Steinhauser and Board President Dr. Felton Williams, LBuF will continue its tradition of hosting the unity High School Star Search Competition, which will highlight 10 finalists from Long Beach high schools. Special guest judge for the competition is Barry Fasman, multi-platinum music producer and CEO of Shelter from the Storm Records, and other music-industry professional artists and entertainers. (Final auditions will take place at Admiral Kidd Park from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, May 26.) The unity Festival stage will feature a full line-up of local artists, bands, dance troupes, choirs, and community performers throughout the day including: R&B vocalist Cheron, NeverWonder, Spanish Rock, COR-Ale Church Choir, Thy Squid, Boys & Girls Club Band, and the LBuF Dance Spectacular, which highlights local
dance ministries, professional dance companies and special guest artists. There will also be special performances from the LB WRAP after-school enrichment program, the Long Beach Community Action Partnership’s MMAC (Men Making A Change), and the San Do Kai Martial Arts Troupe, which together represent hundreds of local students and families across 68 LBuSD schools. This year’s Festival will also include: a pet zone hosted by Long Beach Animal Control, who will provide low-cost animal vaccinations; a kids zone hosted by Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine in partnership with the Long Beach Boys & Girls Club, who will provide fitness games, sporting competitions, and bouncers; and a wellness zone hosted by Charter College Downtown Long Beach and the Long Beach Health and Human Services Department, who will provide nutrition/health stations and food sampling, career counseling, free massages, and medical screening to promote Healthy Active Lifestyles. The newly formed Westside Green Goods Farmers Market will also be on-site at the Fest, along with food trucks and local vendors with a variety of cultural dishes. MORE INFORMATION lbunityfestival.com
LB to host LGBT global conference The country’s largest annual gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender leaders will be held in Long Beach this year, according to a press release issued by First District Councilmember Robert Garcia’s office. The 28th International LGBT Leadership Conference will take place at the Renaissance Hotel and surrounding venues in downtown Long Beach from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. Attending the gathering each year are openly LGBT elected and appointed officials from around the world, including members of Congress, state legislators, city councilmembers, commissioners, presidential appointees and judges. The conference also draws the leadership of national and state LGBT nonprofit organizations, as well as media and business professionals. “Long Beach is proud to host LGBT Leaders 2012,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. “This conference, aimed to increase visibility and representation of openly gay candidates at all levels of public service, will be right at home in one of the most diverse cities in the country.” The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute, which produces the annual conference, is the nation’s leading organization that identifies, trains and supports openly LGBT public officials. Garcia, who has attended the last three conferences, pitched Long Beach as the host city along with Signal Hill Mayor Larry Forester. “We are honored to host the most important and influential conference for LGBT leaders in the country,” Garcia said. “Having attended the conference the last few years, I can say with certainty that this gathering will be a boon to the downtown economy.” The Victory Institute is one of the most influential LGBT organizations in the united States, according to the press release from Garcia’s office, and its annual convention is considered extremely important to the political progress of the LGBT community. For more information, visit the Victory Institute website at victoryinstitute.org or contact Garcia’s office at (562) 570-6919.
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said the park is a great redevelopment project that represents the revitalization and rebirth of the city and that having a park there named in honor of Milk is truly remarkable. “I talk a lot about founders, because, whether it’s the founding of this country or the founding of a movement, or civilrights leaders, whatever you want to look at, the founding process is very difficult,” Foster said. “When I was over at [The Gay and Lesbian Center of Greater Long Beach], I talked about, always honor people that started this movement, that built The Center, that started the LGBT movement, because... today, we all think of it in a different light, we have a different perspective. But back then... certainly you had risk to your own personal safety, you had risk to your family, you had risk to your employment, you had cat calls and the calumny that was leveled at you, all over, and people stood up and took that, and they stood up because, not only did they have hope, they stood up because they saw that it was necessary to make things better. In my view, the sweep of Western history is to be able to improve the lot of the common person to increase personal freedom within the bounds of the law, and they saw that it was necessary to put a slot in there for civil rights of all varieties. So, you really do need to have a lot of respect and admiration for those who took all the blows early on and really took a lot of heat for the benefits that all of us enjoy today.” One significant individual among those at the ceremony was Stuart Milk, Harvey’s nephew who is chair of the Harvey Milk Foundation, which, according to its website, “envisions governments that celebrate the rich and universally empowering diversity of humanity, where all individuals– gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly, the young, the disabled– all who had
CeLeBraTinG DiVerSiTy been excluded, can fully participate in all societal rights without exception.” Stuart Milk opened his remarks by telling those in attendance that he comes from a Jewish family and when he’d mentioned to his mother that he was coming to Long Beach at the request of “Dr. Robert Garcia,” she asked, “Is he single?” Stuart said he replied by telling her, “He could be my son.” Stuart said the local park honoring his uncle is an inspiration to his family. He also mentioned that the Harvey Milk Foundation had already
received numerous calls from around the world that day to commemorate his uncle’s birthday. “Interestingly enough, Harvey Milk Day started with phone calls coming in late last night where May 22 began in Sydney and then followed into the subcontinent of Asia and then calls from Istanbul and Rome because Harvey’s message and legacy is something that’s enduring,” he said. “I love the way Mayor Foster talked about the progress we have made, and the world is watching that progress. And I do have to point out, because so much of our work is global, that 75
percent of the world’s population live in an environment like Harvey had when he ran for office, so we do have work to do, and this is part of that work.” Stuart said that, at public events, he often mentions the fact that, when Harvey was running for public office, it was both a crime to have a samesex relationship in 1972 in California and it was listed as a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association. “Harvey was told by many people...that he was crazy, that ‘you can’t get elected and you’ll be killed,’” he said, noting that his foun-
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Stuart Milk, Long Beach Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, First District Councilmember Robert Garcia, Harvey Milk Promenade Park Committee Chair Raul Añorve, Signal Hill Councilmember Ellen Ward, Signal Hill Councilmember Michael Noll, activist and artist Ray Lowen (seated), longtime activist Patty Moore, and current Long Beach Pride vice president Frank Rubio at Tuesday’s groundbreaking for the Harvey Milk Promenade Park
dation still has the threat letters that Harvey had received. “[They] were not, by the way, anonymous,” he said. “They were signed. People said, ‘If you come into my town, you’ll be shot.’ So, that wasn’t ‘Hollywood’ that he knew that he was going to be killed. He knew the first of any civilrights movement who proudly and loudly proclaim their authenticity often does take a bullet, but he did that because he believed in a dream.” Garcia also introduced and thanked Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, who he referred to as “one of my strongest allies, all the time, particularly on any issue that has to do with the LGBT community.” He also recognized Raul Añorve, who was Garcia’s first choice to head the Harvey Milk Promenade Park Committee. Garcia then introduced a number of local leaders who have been pioneers in the LGBT community: Robert Crow, co-founder and current president of Long Beach Pride; Ray Lowen, founding member of The Center who is also an artist and activist; Patty Moore, former chair and assistant director of The Center and a longtime activist; Signal Hill Councilmember Michael Noll, who was the first openly gay member on the Signal Hill City Council; Frank Rubio, former president and current vice president of Long Beach Pride; and Signal Hill Councilmember Ellen Ward, who had served as the executive director of the local AIDS Walk. The ceremony also included a posthumous honoring of several individuals who made significant contributions to the LGBT community on a local level: Pastor Michael Cole, founder of both Christ’s Chapel Long Beach and the AIDS Food Store; Ellen “Mary” Martinez, who was a 25-year member of Long Beach Pride and a board member at The Center; and Jean Harris, former executive director of the California Alliance for Pride and Equality. After those acknowledgements were made, the actual groundbreaking took place, then cake was served in honor of Milk’s birthday.
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Camerata Singers to honor Great White Way in their last performance of current season
The Camerata Singers at a performance last year The Long Beach Camerata Singers will “go Broadway” in the last concert of their current season on Saturday, June 9. MEXICAN The choir, soloists, pianist NaGRILL #2 young Moon, and the Long Beach SERVING HOMESTYLE MEXICAN FOOD SINCE ‘75 Camerata Band are coming together BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER • CATERING under the direction of Robert Istad to perform songs from Broadway musicals past and present, including Wicked, Funny Girl, Sweet Charity, Pippin, A Chorus Line, Rent, and many more. Camerata is even throwing in a little choreography. The concert will be preceded by a reception and silent auction at 6:30pm, and Camerata will begin its three-part performance at 7:30pm. Camerata’s annual silent auction will feature a wide variety of items on
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May 25, 2012
Local chorale to present parody that’s Sound-of-Music-meets-Sister-Act parody South Coast Chorale will present The Sounds of Muzak at 8pm on Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, at the First Congregational Church in Long Beach, 241 Cedar Ave. The Sounds of Muzak is a parody of The Sound of Music and Sister Act directed and written by Steven Davison and musically directed by Ron Colvard. It is a big, campy, musical comedy bringing the 1960s’ much loved classic into a present-day shopping-mall setting, according to South Coast Chorale. Maria’s childhood convent home has turned into a mall run by the sisters, but an evil jeweler wants to close the mall. Will the nuns win the singing contest to prevent the mall shutdown and save their home? Tickets for The Sounds of Muzak are $25 and available at sccsingers.com. Tickets can also be purchased in person on the day of the event at the church. MORE INFORMATION sccsingers.com Courtesy SCC
The Sounds of Muzak brings the 1960s’ much loved Julie Andrews classic into a present-day shopping-mall setting.
Musical Theatre West to offer conservatory for kids Musical Theatre West (MTW) is offering students ages 8 to 18 a twoweek musical theatre conservatory taught by working theatre professionals in the month of July. Students will receive in-depth training in singing, dancing, and acting with an understanding and exposure to different genres of musical theatre and its history. The session will end with a performance showcase for parents and families on Friday, July 20.
The conservatory will take place July 9 –20 Mondasy through Fridays from 9am to noon for 8- to 12-yearolds and from 12:30pm to 3:30pm for 13- to 18-year-olds. The conservatory will be offered at the Musical Theatre West offices, 4350 E. 7 th St. Since the inception of MTW's Education and Outreach program in 1991, it has reached well over 100,000 local youth, exposing them to musical theatre through special day-
time matinees and school tours, according to MTW. This summer, in an effort to expand its educational opportunities, MTW will offer a Musical Theatre Intensive Conservatory designed to develop and hone skills necessary for future careers in professional musical theatre. Students, ages 8 to 18, will work with professionals in the areas of acting, voice and dance to expand their knowledge of the world of musi-
cal theatre and create the initial foundation for a strong audition package. Tuition is $200 per student ages 8 to 12 and $250 per student ages 13 to 18. For more information or to book a child in the workshop, contact Sari Rose Poll at firstname.lastname@example.org or (562) 856-1999 x 225. For more information on Musical Theatre West, visit www.musical.org .
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LB Chorale will Sing Out! in its season’s final performance
City of LB gets ready for ‘100 Days of Summer’ From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the City of Long Beach offers hundreds of free or low-cost cultural programs, sports activities and special events throughout the city through a program called "100 Days of Summer," as a partnership between the Parks, Recreation & Marine Department and the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. ”With over 800 events this summer in Long Beach, you will have plenty of fun and exciting activities to choose from to stay entertained,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “The City of Long Beach is pulling out all the stops to provide something for everyone this summer.” “100 Days of Summer” kicks off on Friday, May 25, with a performance by 80Z Allstars, an ‘80s tribute act. The band covers music from the decade that includes Devo, Bon Jovi,
Rick Springfield and Duran Duran. The event will take place at Marine Stadium, on Appian Way between Second and Colorado streets, beginning at 5pm with bouncers, face painting, caricaturists, balloon artists and family games leading up to the 80Z Allstars performance at 6pm. Admission is free. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnic dinners and relax on the lawn for the show. The “100 Days of Summer” campaign encourages residents to “stay and play” in Long Beach. The website 100daysofsummer.org is a onestop information source for detailed suggestions of great summer activities happening every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For more information, call (562) 570-3150. Source: City of LB
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The Long Beach Chorale will give its final performance of the season with Sing Out!, a lively celebration of song, on Sunday, June 10 at 4pm at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 N. Studebaker Rd. Bob Gunn will guest-conduct. The program for this concert features a wide variety of musical selections, from the upbeat Renaissance madrigal “Sing We and Chant It” by Thomas Morely, to Morton Lauridsen’s “Sure on this Shining Night,” to the energetic “The Tortoise and the Hare” by Darmon Meader. The program also features gospel selections and pop numbers.
“This is my third concert directing the Long Beach Chorale, and I am thrilled every time I get the chance to lead this talented group,” said Gunn, Long Beach Chorale accompanist and guest conductor. “Our program takes our previous performance of Haydn’s The Creation as a jumping-off point, with musical selections that reference the stars, earth, rivers, sky, and all living things. This concert will leave the audience feeling a sense of wonder and joy.” Audience members are invited to join the Long Beach Chorale for a reception after the performance. Refreshments and desserts will be
available, and guests can bid on raffle prizes. The Long Beach Chorale’s singers represent a cross-section of the city, including a wide range of ages, professions and backgrounds, and it is the chorale’s mission to foster a stronger and more peaceful community through musical experiences, according to a press release issued by the musical group. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, and they are available online or at the door. MORE INFORMATION longbeachchorale.org
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Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by VANESSA DAVIS, A SINGLE WOMAN, dated 11/29/2006 and recorded 12/11/2006, as Instrument No. 06 2737664, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 06/11/2012 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: 2599 WALNUT AVENUE U 206, 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 $254,395.17. 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 Notice of Trustee's Sale 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 TS No. 09-0103666. 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. 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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 Notice of Trustee's Sale 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 1800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 11-0121582. 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-FN4239500 05/11/2012, 05/18/2012, 05/25/2012 TST4070 / 2012 066085 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. AMERICAN SYSTEM INSTITUTE, 2. AMERICAN SYSTEM GROUP, 3. AMERICAN SYSTEM FINANCIAL, 4. AMERICAN SYSTEM ADVISORS, 5, AMERICAN SYSTEM BANK, 6. AMERICAN SYSTEM CONSULTANTS, 1220 1/2 Bennett Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: ROBERT GEORGE LUCERO, JR., 1220 1/2 Bennett Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Robert G. 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CiTy OF SiGnaL HiLL TST4085 NoTICE oF A PUBlIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Signal Hill will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider the following: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, DECLARING ITS INTENTION TO GRANT NONEXCLUSIVE TOWING AND STORAGE FRANCHISES TO MR. C’S TOWING, INC., AND KRUGER TOWING, INC. ALL INTERTESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend a public hearing to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. If you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearing. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED to submit written comments to the Police Department or during the public hearing. FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the Signal Hill Police Department located at 1800 E. Hill Street, Signal Hill, California, or by calling Chief Michael Langston at (562) 989-7208. //ss//___________ Michael S. Langston Chief of Police Published in the Signal Tribune on: May 25, 2012, June 1, 2012 Posted at City Hall, the Library, and Reservoir Park: May 21, 2012
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14 SiGnaL TriBune CiTy OF SiGnaL HiLL TST4083 NoTICE oF PUBlIC HEARING June 5, 2012 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Signal Hill will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider: THE PROPOSED PREFERENTIAL PARKING ZONE ON CATALINA DRIVE ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend a public hearing to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. If you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearing. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED to submit written comments to the Public Works/Engineering Department or during the public hearing. FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Public Works/Engineering Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California or by calling Steve Myrter at (562) 989-7356. //ss// Steve Myrter, P.E. Director of Public Works Published in the Signal Tribune on: May 18 and May 25, 2012 Posted at City Hall, the Library, Reservoir Park, and Discovery Well Park on: May 18, 2012 NoTICE oF DIVIDED PUBlICATIoN Made pursuant to Section 3381, Revenue and Taxation Code Pursuant to Sections 3381 through 3385, Revenue and Taxation Code, the Notice of Power to Sell Tax-Defaulted Property in and for Los Angeles County, State of California, has been divided and distributed to various newspapers of general circulation published in the County. A portion of the list appears in each of such newspapers. NoTICE oF IMPENDING PoWER To SEll TAX-DEFAUlTED PRoPERTY Made pursuant to Section 3361, Revenue and Taxation Code Notice is hereby given that real property taxes and assessments on the parcels described below will have been defaulted five or more years, or, in the case of nonresidential commercial property, property on which a nuisance abatement lien has been recorded or that can serve the public benefit by providing housing or services directly related to low-income persons when three or more years have elapsed and a request has been made by a city, county, city and county, or nonprofit organization that property will become subject to the Tax Collector's power to sell. The parcels listed will become subject to the Tax Collector's power to sell on July 1, 2012, at 12:01 a.m., by operation of law. The Tax Collector's power to sell will arise unless the property is either redeemed or made subject to an installment plan of redemption initiated as provided by law prior to 5:00 p.m., on June 29, 2012. The right to an installment plan terminates on June 29, 2012, and after that date the entire balance due must be paid in full to prevent sale of the property at public auction. The right of redemption survives the property becoming subject to the power to sell, but it terminates at 5:00 p.m. on the last business day before actual sale of the property by the Tax Collector. All information concerning redemption or the initiation of an installment plan of redemption will be furnished, upon request, by Mark J. Saladino, Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector, 225 North Hill Street, First Floor, Los Angeles, California 90012. The amount to redeem, in dollars and cents, is set forth opposite its parcel number. This amount includes all defaulted taxes, penalties, and fees that have accrued from the date of tax-default to the date of June 29, 2012. I certify, under penalty of perjury, that the foregoing is true and correct. Dated this 2nd day of May, 2012.
MARK J. SALADINO TREASURER AND TAX COLLECTOR COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES STATE OF CALIFORNIA PARCEl NUMBERING SYSTEM EXPlANATIoN The Assessor's Identification Number (AIN), when used to describe property in this list, refers to the Assessor's map book, the map page, the block on the map, if applicable, and the individual parcel on the map page or in the block. The Assessor's maps and further explanation of the parcel numbering system are available in the Assessor's Office, 500 West Temple Street, Room 225, Los Angeles, California 90012. The real property that is the subject of this notice is situated in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, and is described as follows: PROPERTY TAX DEFAULTED IN YEAR 2009 FOR TAXES, ASSESSMENT, AND OTHER CHARGES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2008-2009 5637 $79.95 VAN AUSDALL,KRISTEN ET AL VAN AUSDALL,JOHN AIN: 7207-002-053 5653 $12,407.28 JALALLIAN,HUSSEIN AND HARLEY,KENNETH AIN: 7215-001-008 5656 $4,053.42 RIVERA,LOUIS A JR TR LOUIS A RIVERA JR TRUST SITUS:1831 REDONDO AVE SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-1225 AIN: 7217-022-005 PROPERTY TAX DEFAULTED IN YEAR 2007 FOR TAXES, ASSESSMENT, AND OTHER CHARGES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2006-2007 5612 $1,791.85 GENTILE,PHILLIP L AND DIANE SITUS:3322 ELM AVE LONG BEACH CA 90807-4458 AIN: 7148-014-135 5652 $9,232.33 MARTIN,MICHELLE SITUS:2318 OLIVE AVE LONG BEACH CA 90806-3237 AIN: 7211-010-013 5654 $30,467.96 CRUZ,CONRADO AND CRUZ,RADLYNN J SITUS:2125 OHIO AVE APT 0006 SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-1015 AIN: 7215-028-087 5655 $24,450.35 GORDON,CARMEN AIN: 7217-015-044 5657 $6,023.83 BENAVIDES,JASON AND CINDERELLA P SITUS:2451 AMELIA CT SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-4061 AIN: 7217-027-010 Published in the Signal Tribune on May 18 & 25, 2012. TST4081
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the water rights judgment and ensures that water entities stay within their rights allocated within the judgment. However, under the new plan, the watermaster will also make crucial decisions on new water-storage projects, according to Patty Quilizapa, an attorney who represents the cities against the WRD. The water-extraction rights issue is a key topic for Quilizapa. She explained in an interview Wednesday night that the cities were concerned that the program would allow entities to bank their water-extraction rights, which could lead to speculation of water prices and hoarding in times when the prices of water do increase. “under the proposal,” Quilizapa said, “parties would have the ability to save every single year of annual pumping allocation up to 100 percent and save it for a long period of time and sell it to the highest bidder whenever the price is up. …. So it’s basically converting native water to stored private water and keeping it to drive the prices up that concerns the cities.” Quilizapa also warned against the plan that would allow the WRD to take on an expanded role as part of the watermaster body. She described how the agency would assume major oversight responsibilities over storage, an area where the WRD already had a significant stake. “The WRD under this plan receives an allocation of 125,000 acre-feet of storage space. So, they are a party with an interest in the storage space, and they would also be a primary part of the watermaster group that would be charged with approving storage projects,” she said. When Farfsing was asked about the watermaster role in an interview Tuesday, the Signal Hill city manager agreed that the watermaster should be a neutral third party. Earlier this month, the Califor-
May 25, 2012 nia Supreme Court ruled on the jurisdiction issues that pertained to the storage program and determined that a trial court would hear the merits of the case. The WRD issued a press release last week that called this ruling a victory. Casey explained why his client, the WRD, hailed this as good news, even though the case still has to go before a judge. “So, the victory that we claimed was exactly what we’ve been saying for three years– let us decide the merits of the proposal,” Casey said in an interview Tuesday. “Maybe we won’t win the merits. Maybe we won’t, but for God’s sakes don’t take another three years of taxpayer money raising procedural obstacles to hearing the merits of the proposal.” Farfsing disputed whether there was any victory yet when it came to storage. “I don’t think we’re any closer to a solution than we were three or four years ago,” the city manager said. “Other than we’re working with the group of cities. Lakewood, Long Beach, Downey, Cerritos and Signal Hill have been meeting to basically see if we can come to a storage plan resolution.” Casey further described how the WRD and most of the other entities in the West Coast and Central Basin have thrown their overall support behind the storage plan. He said that only two pumpers in the West Coast region opposed the storage plan while the rest in the West Coast and the majority of the Central Basin region (with exception of the Signal Hill, Downey, Cerritos and one other entity) favored the storage plan. The WRD’s attorney also defended how the watermaster body would be structured, since not all the power of the watermaster would belong to the WRD. He explained that the watermaster body could be compared to a “bicameral” structure– one half of each watermaster body from each basin would include representatives appointed by the water association for that basin, and the other
CiTy OF SiGnaL HiLL TST4088 NoTICE INVITING BIDS A-1 Sealed bids will be received at the office of the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, California, until 10:00 AM on MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012 and on the same day shortly thereafter, they will be publicly opened and read for construction of MAINTENANCE PAINTING PROJECT, NO. 354, in accordance with the Specifications and Construction Drawings therefore. Bids must be made on the forms provided for this purpose, addressed to the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, marked "Bid for," followed by the title of the project and the date and hour for submitting bids. Bids are required for the entire work as shown on the Construction Drawings and as described in the Bid Schedule and the Specifications. The work to be accomplished under this contract consists of preparation and painting of metal railing, metal carport structures, metal doors, and exterior wood trim at various City facilities. The Contract duration is Thirty (30) calendar days. A-2 The contract documents, which include the Specifications and Construction Drawings, may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Finance Department for $15.00 or $20.00 by mail. The documents are entitled “MAINTENANCE PAINTING PROJECT, NO. 354" A-3 Bids will not be received unless they are made on a proposal form furnished in the Contract Documents by the City of Signal Hill. Each bid must be accompanied by cash, certified check, cashier's check or bidder's bond, made payable to the City of Signal Hill for an amount equal to at least ten percent (10%) of the amount bid, such guarantee to be forfeited should the bidder to whom the contract is awarded fail to enter into the Contract. A-4 All bids are to be compared on the basis of the estimate of quantities shown in the Bid Schedule(s) and as stipulated herein. Bids will not be accepted from the contractors who are not licensed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 9, Division III of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California. The Contractor shall be required to possess a currently active Class “A”, or “C-33” license at the time the bid is submitted. A-5 Attention is directed to the provision in Section 1777.5 of the Labor Code concerning the employment of apprentices by the Contractor or any subcontractor under the Contractor. A-6 Before a Contract is entered into with the successful bidder, the bidder shall present evidence in writing to the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, that he/she has a current combined single limit liability policy with aggregate limits for Bodily Injury and Property Damage in the amount of two million dollars ($2,000,000).
half of the watermaster body would include the WRD board to cover storage issues. Casey acknowledged that legal disputes over water do tend to last longer than other disputes. “But I will tell you, in my opinion, this is probably one of the longest running [ones] concerning storage,” Casey added. “Most other people work it out because they understand the win-win nature of it all, and that’s why…the vast majority of folks stuck with that mediated process that took [a] combined five years…the vast majority of people got it.” The dispute with the three cities is not the only legal battle that the WRD is fighting, but the cost to hire lawyers to defend the agency against the cities’ suits has especially irked Albert Robles, who serves as the board president for the WRD. In an interview Wednesday morning, Robles lamented that both sides have spent an extraordinary amount to retain legal services. “I believe that if the citizenry of Signal Hill, Cerritos and Downey were thoroughly informed as to what was going on and not given the spin that these attorneys and that these representatives are somehow so good at, that they would be shocked, that they would be absolutely shocked, as to what their cities are doing ‘in their best interest,’” Robles said, adding that only the attorneys are benefitting by earning “millions and millions of dollars.” Casey emphasized the importance of the storage program. “It is by far the most cost-effective, by far the most environmental-friendly way to store water when we have wet years and pull it out during dry years,” he said, adding that “we need to have better storage mechanisms in this state if residents of Signal Hill or residents of any city want to be assured of a safe, reliable high-quality supply of water for years and years and years.” While he criticized the plan that the WRD supports, Farfsing did acknowledge the importance of water storage for Signal Hill. “Water is becoming more expensive and more unreliable in California,” he said in an interview Thursday. “I think having additional storage would be beneficial to the community during rainier periods where we’d be able to store water to use during droughts.”
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15 Bixby Knolls resident to launch her second book at First Fridays art walk May 25, 2012
The Day the Stars Stood Still is a memoir about the career of Logan Fleming, top wax artist and creative director of Movieland Wax Museum and the Palace of Living Art in Buena Park.
Long Beach achieves ‘Silver Bike Friendly City’rating from the League of american Bicyclists Long Beach has been upgraded to a “Silver Bicycle Friendly City” by the League of American Bicyclists, putting Long Beach in a select group of cities across the nation; only five other cities were upgraded from Bronze to Silver, and only 39 cities have Silver status. “This is truly a citywide recognition, as our Bike-Friendly initiatives are promoting economic development and sustainability as well as increasing ridership,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. “As a result of our investment in bicycling-related infrastructure, Long Beach is becoming an even more attractive place to live, work and visit.” This award recognizes: bikesafety educational programs in each of the city’s elementary and middle schools; the creation of the nation’s first bike-friendly business districts, which has resulted in an increased number of visitors and residents “biking to shop and dine locally;” and investment in bike-related infrastructure. More than 20 bike-related businesses have opened or significantly expanded in Long Beach in the past 18 months. Since being award Bronze status in 2009, Long Beach has increased the number of miles of bike lanes by 25 percent. The City has instituted
bike-friendly business district programs in the Bixby Knolls, Retro Row, East Village and Cambodia Town business districts. More than 175 businesses have enrolled in the Bike Saturday business program, and more than 60,000 elementaryand middle -school students have participated in the City’s Safe Routes to School educational program. In addition, the Bike Fest and Tour of Long Beach have grown into major events for the city and region, as well as being a charity sponsor for Miller’s Children’s Hospital. In the next year, an additional 15 miles of bike facilities are planned throughout Long Beach, many in the northern and western portions of the city. A bike-share program similar to those in many European cities, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, and Denver, will soon offer residents and visitors the opportunity to rent bikes in one location and return them to another. The League of American Bicyclists Bicycle-Friendly Community program evaluates and recognizes investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. For more information, visit bikelongbeach.org or contact Allan Crawford at Allan.Crawford@longbeach.gov or (562) 570-6618.
Long Beach has been upgraded to a “Silver Bicycle Friendly City” by the League of American Bicyclists
Bixby Knolls resident Suzanne Ferry will host a book-signing for her second book, The Day the Stars Stood Still, on Friday, June 1 from 6pm to 8pm at The Expo Arts Center, in The Back Room Theatre, 4321 Atlantic Ave. The Day the Stars Stood Still is a memoir about the career of Logan Fleming, top wax artist and creative director of Movieland Wax Museum and the Palace of Living Art in Buena Park. During Movieland’s life span, Allen Parkinson, who created the attraction, saw traffic of more than one-million visitors per year, showing up to see the 200-plus wax figures of Hollywood’s most popular, beloved movie stars that graced the museum building (and the silver screen).
Fleming was extremely instrumental in making these stars come to “life” within the Movieland arena, as well as bringing the pieces to life in the Palace of Living Art. It was Fleming’s eyes, hands, personality and artistic vision that created the eternal wax likenesses of some of the most beloved movie stars of Old Hollywood. To have one’s wax figure created for Movieland was an honor for a movie star back then. Ferry’s first book, Corinna, the Christmas Elf, was published in 2009. She embarked on The Day the Stars Stood Still when her next-door neighbor and friend, Logan Fleming, approached her about the idea. Ferry has been a member of the Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators since 2006. She is currently working on
another Old Hollywood memoir. angelman.org . According to Ferry, actor Daniel Roebuck will be attending the book launch and most likely filming it for the documentary he is making about Movieland wax museum. There will also be a wax figure at the event from the collection of David Reedy, who is the largest collector of wax figures in the world. It's a secret which wax work will be there, but Ferry says all will be revealed on the night.
May 25, 2012