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Mike Jensen, a Naples resident and president of the real-estate company Pacific Retail Partners, was the sole survivor of the 2011 plane crash that claimed the lives of Mark Bixby, Tom Dean, Jeff Berger, Bruce Krall and Kenneth Earl Cruz. Jensen was among those at the Mark Bixby memorial unveiling last Friday, and he led attendees in a prayer. Managing Editor

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That it is the form of a wave rather than a bicycle may have come as a surprise to some, but Brett Bixby says the swell is indeed an appropriate figure to honor his late brother, Mark Bixby, an avid bicyclist and biking advocate who perished in a plane crash along with four other men last year. Brett was one of about 100 in attendance at the Aug. 10 unveiling of the sculpture that memorializes his brother. The sculpture, called “The Forming Wave,” is now a fixture outside Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. Brett said it is actually the best representation of his brother’s life because Mark loved waves and they are expressions of potential and

regeneration. He described the sculpture’s wave as one at its peak, brimming with energy, direction and grace, driven by the forces of the sea. On the morning of March 16, 2011, a private twin-engine Beech Craft King Air Turbo-Prop plane crashed on the runway at Long Beach Airport during takeoff. Aboard the plane were: Mark Bixby, a member of one of Long Beach’s founding families and a leading bicycling enthusiast; Tom Dean, a developer who lived in Naples; Jeff Berger, a Manhattan Beach resident who was also a developer; Bruce Krall, a banker and Orange County resident; and Kenneth Earl Cruz, who was the plane’s pilot. Also on see MEMORIAL page 5

Not a typical affordable-housing community, Las Brisas finds success through its enrichment programs and police presence Nick Diamantides Staff Writer

Approximately five years after the completion of the Las Brisas affordable-housing community in Signal Hill, programs offered at the site are still succeeding in improving the lives of the people who live there. The project was developed in two phases under the auspices of Los Angeles-based Abode Communities with funding from the now-defunct Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency, as well as financial assistance from other public and private sector entities. According to Robin Hughes, president of Abode Communities, Las Brisas contains approximately 160 rental units, varying in size and number of bedrooms. She was not able to provide the population of the community. Hughes explained the process a person or a family must go through to move into a Las Brisas apartment. “Because of the funding sources that we used to build the property, we do require that households are income-eligible before we place them on our waiting list,” she said. “We are serving individuals and families who are at 30 percent of median income up to about 60 percent of median income. That means that a family of four that’s earning from $20,000 to about $45,000 per

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Signal Hill’s Las Brisas affordable-housing community contains approximately 160 rental units, varying in size and number of bedrooms.

year would qualify.” Hughes also noted that before an individual or family is placed on the waiting list, Abode Communities checks their credit and previous rental history. “We want to make sure that people get into affordable housing and are able to keep it over time,” she said. Valarie Williams-Siler, Abode Communities director of resident services, noted that the organization also has a department that helps residents overcome obstacles in their lives. “Abode Communities Beyond Homes serves low-income families along with the special-needs population consisting

of the formerly homeless, survivors of domestic violence and HIV/AIDS victims,” she said. According to Williams-Siler, Beyond Homes offers the following programs at Las Brisas: on-site case management provides referrals, workshops and other services to help residents find employment, job training, and resources for other issues in their lives; on-site child care is available to residents and the surrounding communities; parents pay a minimal, incomebased fee for the services, which are only available to parents who are

what state lawmakers call “non-violent,” “non-serious” and “non-sex” offenses and is sentenced on or after that Oct. 1 cut-off, he or she shall serve the time in the county jail system, instead of the state prison system. He also noted that not all sentences involve incarceration, but when incarceration is imposed in these types of offenses, the offender would go to county. There have been grave predictions by critics of AB 109 that crime rates would increase. So far, 10 months after AB 109 was implemented, it’s difficult to quantify just how much Long Beach and Signal Hill crime is directly affected by realignment. Crime statistics for the City of Long Beach for the first half of 2012 revealed an overall increase in violent and property crimes when compared to the first half of 2011. For the first half of 2012, violent crimes are up 3.1 percent or 42 crimes,

according to a July memo to the Long Beach City Council from Police Chief Jim McDonnell. Crimes in this category include murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The report noted that property crimes are also up by 11.9 percent, or 749 crimes. Property crimes in this category include residential burglary, garage burglary, petty theft and grand theft auto. Signal Hill’s crime statistics are very different than those of Long Beach. The rates of crimes against property have slightly increased in Signal Hill, according to a report that Langston presented to the Council last week. From January to May 2011, about 167 property-related crimes were reported by Signal Hill. For that same five-month time period in 2012, about 192 property-related crimes were reported. Violent crimes are down for 2012,

Officials weigh in on realignment’s impact on Long Beach and Signal Hill CJ Dablo Staff Writer

The realignment program has been praised by the California governor but disparaged by some key figures in law enforcement. Ten months after it took effect, that program, which aimed to make significant changes to California’s incarceration system, still faces scrutiny in Long Beach and Signal Hill. The realignment program under legislation AB 109 that has been criticized by some law-enforcement officials, and especially by both the Long Beach prosecutor and the Los Angeles district attorney, has been in effect since Oct. 1, 2011. The legislation is complicated, but one of its aims is to reduce the state prison population. Long Beach City Prosecutor Douglas Haubert confirmed in a written statement Wednesday that if a person is convicted of

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Long Beach public health officials issue recommendations to prevent flea-borne typhus

The City of Long Beach is alerting the public about flea-borne typhus, a disease transmitted to humans by fleas. In 2012 to date, 11 cases of flea-borne typhus have been reported among Long Beach residents, as compared to nine reported for all of 2011. Officials conducted an investigation into the cases that have been reported and believe that in all cases, exposure to fleas carried by opossums, cats, or rodents may have been the source of infection. Prior to 2006, flea-borne typhus was not known to be present in Long Beach. Flea-borne typhus (murine typhus) is a disease spread by fleas living on rodents, opossums, cats, and raccoons. People get the disease through the bites of infected fleas. Flea-borne typhus is not spread from person to person. The most common symptoms of flea-borne typhus are high fevers, severe headaches, body aches and a rash. The disease is rarely fatal, but people can become sick enough to be hospitalized. Public health officials will continue to monitor and test for evidence of flea-borne typhus in areas throughout the city, according to a press release issued by 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske’s office. Informational materials will also be distributed to inform the public of this disease and how to avoid it. The information can also be found on the City’s Health Department website at wlongbeach.gov/health. Area veterinarians will receive a letter requesting they educate pet owners on the importance of flea control in preventing fleaborne typhus. Long Beach has also issued letters to area healthcare providers providing guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of this disease. The City’s Health Department urges residents to protect themselves, their families, and their neighbors from flea-borne typhus by following a few simple guidelines: • Consult your veterinarian regarding safe flea control medications for your pets • Keep your home and yard in good repair by removing overgrown vegeta-

tion and debris where rodents, opossums, and feral (wild) cats may hide. Keep screens on crawl space covers and vents in good repair. • Avoid contact with animals that carry fleas. Do not attempt to capture and relocate these animals to other areas. • Eliminate all food and water sources around your home, including open trash cans, fallen fruit around the yard, pet food, and bird feeders • When cleaning nesting areas of rats and opossums, spray area with disinfectant, and wear protective clothing and equipment (i.e., mask, goggles, gloves) • When treating your yard or animal harborage areas with insecticides, only use products labeled for flea control and follow all directions

carefully • Contact the City's Animal Care Services by email at animalcare@longbeach.gov, if you have questions about managing opossums and stray or feral cats on your property. More information on urban wildlife is available online at: longbeach.gov/acs/urban_wildlife/defau lt.asp . • Report dead opossums or cats to Animal Care Services for removal by calling (562) 570-PETS (7387). For more information about fleaborne typhus, contact the Health Department's Epidemiology Program at (562) 570-4302. Information is also available online at longbeach.gov/health .

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LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE What US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for children Who Sponsored by the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine Where Various Long Beach parks and facilities When Now through Friday, Aug. 17 More Info SFSP intends to feed children from low-income areas who often go hungry during the summer. Children ages 1 to 18 in an eligible area can go to their school, a park or another approved SFSP site to receive free lunches during the school break. See tinyurl.com/LBfood for the schedule, locations and available meals. THE CRYING GAME What Youth theater performance workshop Who Hosted by Public Theatre of Long Beach Where Bungalow Arts Building, 737 Pine Ave. When Monday through Friday between now and Aug. 19 from 3pm to 7pm More Info The workshop covers theater games, stagecraft, and vocal technique; it culminates with a two-day performance of comical melodrama Dogsbreath Deveraux, the Dastardly Doctor. Participation costs $125, and ages 10 to 17 are welcomed. Performances are Aug. 17 through 19. Visit publictheatrelb.org . LET’S GO TO THE BEACH, EACH What Beach cleanup Who Hosted by the South Coast Interfaith Council (SCIC) Where 1 Granada Ave. When Saturday, Aug. 18 at 9:30am More Info The SCIC is joining Justin Rudd for his monthly “30-Minute Beach Cleanup.” Parking becomes available at 9:30am, with the clean-up itself at 10am. Meet next to the public restrooms. Bags, gloves, door prizes and refreshments will be provided. Email justin@justinrudd.com .

NO OOPS IN THESE ALLEYS What Alley cleanup Who Hosted by the Cal Heights Clean Streets (CHCS) team Where On 36th Street between Brayton and Orange avenues When Saturday, Aug. 18 from 9:30am to 11:30am More Info Join the CHCS team as they clean up alleys and free them from weeds and trash, as per Municipal Code regulations that require clean alleys. After meeting on 36th Street between Brayton and Orange, participants will clean the alleys from Wardlow Road to Bixby Avenue. Light snacks, bags and gloves will be provided. The CHCS team would appreciate participants bringing their own shovels, brooms, weed cutters and other tools. Call Stacey at (562) 981-3257 or email newsletter@calheights.org to RSVP.

EXPAND THE CONVERSATION What 710 Freeway expansion meeting Who Hosted by 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal Where Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave. When Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10am to noon More Info The meeting will inform residents about the environmental impact of the freeway expansion. Ninth district residents will also receive priority registration for the 9th District Harbor Cruise. RSVP at (562) 570-6137 or district9@longbeach.gov .

BE PETTY What 7th annual pet fair Who Hosted by SoCal Animal Response Team (SCART) Where Long Beach Marine Stadium When Sunday, Aug. 19 from 8:30am to 2:30pm More Info This year’s Pet Fair in the Park will newly include the Walk for Pet Preparedness, which begins at 9am and costs $20 (the price includes a goodie bag). The fair will feature disaster-information vendors, pet products, pet foods, opportunity drawings, low-cost dog and cat vaccinations and deworming, microchipping, agility dog demonstrations, food trucks and more. Last year had approximately 50 booths and over 300 attendees. All proceeds support the hosting nonprofit SCART. YOU DON’T KNOW JACK What Book signing Who Hosted by Jack Roberts When Sunday, Aug. 19 from noon to 2pm Where Apostrophe Books, 4712 E. 2nd St. More Info Author Jack Roberts will be signing copies of his new book, The Science of Affirmations.

BABY GOATS GO FOR A RIDE? What Kidical Mass Neighborhood Bike Ride Who Hosted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA) Where Los Cerritos Park, 3750 Del Mar Ave. When Sunday, Aug. 19 from 1pm to 3pm More Info After a ride and safety demo by US Olympic cyclist Tony Cruz, kids and adults will bike for roughly two and a half miles, beginning at Los Cerritos Park and heading to Somerset Park for the free 7th District Council Office BBQ and Croquet Tournament. Participants are encouraged to creatively decorate their bikes for a potential prize. Email krista@bixbyknollsinfo.com, visit bixbyknollsinfo.com/kidicalmass.html or call (562) 595-0081.

GEE, GENEALOGICAL? What Monthly meeting Who Hosted by Questing Heirs Genealogical Society Where Resurrection Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 1900 E. Carson St. When Sunday, Aug. 19 beginning at 1:15pm More Info The meeting will feature two talks by speaker Kerry Bartels on military records. A beginning research class commences at 4pm and ends at 5pm. Visit qhgs.info or call (562) 598-3027. ROCK THE ROCK What Recognition and celebration Who Hosted by the Long Beach Branch of the NAACP When Sunday, Aug. 19 at 3:30pm Where McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. More Info The Long Beach Branch of the NAACP will recognize THE ROCK Christian Fellowship Senior Pastor Gregory Sanders for his work in Long Beach.

A GOOD CASE OF THE BLUES What Concerts in the Park(ing Lot) Who Hosted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA) When Monday, Aug. 20 at 6:30pm Where Turner Chiropractic, 3530 Atlantic Ave. More Info The BKBIA has planned two concerts for this summer. This one will feature live music from The Bernie Pearl Blues Band, featuring Sista Sherry Pruitt. Baja Sonora will provide dinner. The concert is free and open to all ages. Bring a chair and park on the north side of Turner Chiropractic. RVSP at info@bixbyknollsinfo.com .


4 SIGNAL TRIBUNE NEWS Fledgling Polaris Arts Academy to perform its first production with the musical Annie Adam Buchsbaum Editorial Intern

The sound of kids yelling in unison reverberates through Polaris Arts Academy. It’s one of the rehearsals for Annie, surely. The stage is wide here. The academy is less than two months old. Kids and parents are shuffling in and out, while a choreographer helps move objects in and out. They’re all gearing up for the academy’s upcoming production– the first public show by the academy– of the musical Annie. The academy provides lessons in basic dance forms, singing, acting and music– the unison of which perfectly matches their musical production. The troupe, composed of students of the academy and a few adult actors, rehearses quite often. The summer-camp children rehearse daily, while the rest rehearse twice a week, each group in roughly two-hour sessions. Saturdays,

the whole cast comes together for fourhour rehearsals. Dress rehearsals begin this weekend. Kymberli Gentile, the owner of Polaris, will be there every step of the process. Karen McCullah and her daughter Madison are each cast members. Karen is an ensemble member, while Madison is little orphan Annie, the lead, herself. Madison has been acting for about the past four years. “You get to be with people, and it’s a lot of fun,” Madison said. “I’ve never been in a lead role before, so it’s actually really cool for me.” Karen joined up with Polaris after seeing Gentile, her old college sorority sister, mention it on Facebook. “I just thought, ‘What a great opportunity for children.’ And, of course, I thought about my child,” Karen said. “I need to share with everybody because this is always a great opportunity for children to just be able to explore their talents.”

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With Wilson High School’s class of 1972 reunion now behind them, I’m suddenly hearing a loud ticking sound reminding me that my 40-year high school reunion is probably less than a year away. No doubt my Wilson class of 1973 reunion committee will probably be reaching out to all of us classmates within a matter of just a few months, so I guess I’d better get started on the diet, facial rejuvenation, personality tune-up and various other necessities before the big day creeps up on me! Members of Long Beach’s Jordan High School class of 1997 don’t have much time to do much more than just grab a can of spray tan, suck in tummies or throw on a pair of Spanx as their reunion is taking place tomorrow, Aug. 18 from noon to 6pm.

Ariana Nasser, another child student, is acting for the first time through Polaris and this production. “I really like it,” she said. “I’ve been wanting to do this for a while.” She likes that she sings, dances, and acts all together, preferring singing the most because, she says, it helps her express herself. Nasser described her character, July. “She’s helpful. She’s nice, and she helps people when they need help or are hurt,” Nasser said. She enjoys rehearsals partly because she can spend time with all her fellow castmates– she says she has befriended all of them. Karen helped recruit children for the new academy. “For me, as a parent, I would really like to see more families get to know Polaris Arts,” Karen said. “I think the children already here are having a great time and learning new things, and it would be great to have other children have the same opportunity.”

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Bargain shoppers rejoice, for this month marks the 30th birthday of the 99 Cents Only Stores®. According to a recent press release, to celebrate this milestone, the 99 Cents Only Stores® will offer a free reusable shopping bag to customers who visit one of their stores Friday, Aug. 17, Saturday, Aug. 18 or Sunday, Aug. 19 and purchase at least $9.99 worth of merchandise. In that three-day period all 302 stores will also feature deals on produce, including three pounds of plums, pears, Persian limes and/or nectarines for $0.99 each. According to some pretty reliable sources, it looks like Signal Hill will soon be the home of a new location for 99 Cents Only Stores®. I’ll keep you posted!

There will always be a handful of residents who demonize city government for the use of “bureaucratese and legal jargon” (see the letter from Maria Harris “Taxation vexation,” August 10, 2012). The cynical, potentially destructive opinions of the Signal First might be a reflection of tough economic times. However, I can see no good reason to jeopardize the decades of hard work and careful management to develop today’s city services with their so-called “Know and Vote” petition. The petition would subject all City fees and taxes to a supermajority vote and eliminate all City fees and taxes in 10 years. I can’t believe that this reflects the opinion of the typical hard-working resident of Signal Hill. You won’t find me disappointed in Signal Hill. I am NOT dissatisfied with our City services. I AM grateful for the stability and leadership that our city provides in these tough times. My appreciation for our police department is at an all-time high, as is my gratitude for our fire department, paramedics and other municipal services that we take for granted each day. As this excellent service has been developed and refined over the decades, I have found the fees and taxes acceptable as my fair-share contribution to maintain our community’s quality of life and safety. Ms. Harris’s letter is critical of local residents allowing the County Sanitation District to assume ownership and maintenance of our local sewers. The District has been providing excellent services, reliably and safely for the past nine years. Ms. Harris blames current State law which regulates fee increases and then intonates that their petition will “improve” this system. Intentionally misstating known facts is at best disingenuous, but I for one am just tired of “facts” being manipulated for self-serving political grandstanding. For the record, I received easy-to-read/understand information on the sewer change, attended workshops [and] public hearings and participated in the vote in 2003. I believe that the District mailed out letters to over 2,000 property owners and businesses informing them of the change and their right to vote on the change. The current system is working with success, satisfaction, and stability. Our sewer fees, like the rest of our City fees, are among the lowest in the region. At the May 15 public hearing, a sewer fee increase of $.50 per month was approved. After public posting and hearing no protest, votes were received regarding the increase. Ms. Harris’s “Know and Vote” petition, though possibly well intentioned, is reckless and unnecessary, as fees and taxes are regulated by State laws designed to protect the public. I am NOT signing the Signal Hill First petition and thoughtlessly jeopardizing the quality of life in Signal Hill. I strongly urge residents to reject signing this petition, and I encourage those who may have already signed this petition to request that their signatures be withdrawn. Thomas R Benson Signal Hill

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years have passed, my memories are still sweet, and I cherish his dozens of movie roles and amazing music and will forever be grateful for the 40 live performances I had the opportunity to attend. Elvis will live in my heart forever. For those who want to satisfy their Elvis craving, hop on over to Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Garden Grove– great food, great margaritas, and all ELVIS all the time!

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Kymberli to close down the studio. She met Marlene Dove, the aunt of Whitney Houston, around 1989 by sheer happenstance and after some conversation found herself hired by Dove. “She actually is the one who inspired me to do all this because she took me under wing, and I was only 21 at the time. She

Gentile was always into dance. She once had a studio in Long Beach on the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Willow Street, which she was forced to close down after the Los Angeles Riots of 1992. It was more the curfews in its aftermath than window damage that sapped away customers and forced

On a totally different subject, yesterday was the 35th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. In high school, I was pretty much alone in my Elvis fanaticism, as most of my female peers were die-hard followers of the Beatles, Three Dog Night (Becky, I’m talking about you), Bobby Sherman, The Monkees or some other musical phenomenons of the time. Although the

I, for one, will vote “no” on any measure on the ballot that asks for a tax increase for anything. There is so much corruption that has been finally exposed in government accountability of funds, that the citizens’ tax dollars contribute to, that I say “show me your statements and bank accounts” before I contribute a dime to any new taxes. Where did/does all the income go from all those tax dollars our California lottery brings in? Wasn’t that supposed to be a panacea for all of the ills our education system was crying about? How could a system of checks and balances overlook money in accounts that were for a special purpose and simply forgotten? It does give one pause to consider the quality of government accounting practices. Any private firm would be in jeopardy of being closed down by this same government that can’t control its finances honestly. Vote NO!

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The event will consist of a potluck-style gathering as well as a bake sale to benefit fundraising efforts for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. According to Sarah Gray, the committee chairperson, the fundraiser has been inspired by Angela Hodges, a Jordan class of 1997 graduate and longtime Long Beach resident, who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in August of 2011 and has been bravely fighting a difficult battle since her diagnosis. The reunion and bake sale will be located at the Scherer Park 46th Street entrance, between the duck pond and the playground. More information on both events can be found at the reunion event page on Facebook– search “Jordan High School c/o 1997– 15-Year Reunion” or email Sarah Gray at sarahjane562@yahoo.com for more details.

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board was Mike Jensen, a Naples resident and president of the real-estate company Pacific Retail Partners. Jensen was the only one to survive the accident, and he was among those at the memorial’s unveiling last Friday, leading the group in a prayer. “Mark always enjoyed the ‘now,’” Jensen said. “May we serve you, God, with the way Mark reached out and found common ground for everything Mark did for others. Mark truly found a way to make all things we did positive.” In his prayer, Jensen mentioned Mark Bixby’s active lifestyle and recounted numerous experiences the two had shared throughout California, including camping, kayaking and biking– even an instance of dancing on top of a moving locomotive with several others during a trip from Mammoth to Long Beach. “Let us remember what a force he was,” Jensen said. “Let this wave...remind us of Mark’s strength, fluidness and the shape of his consistency in all he touched.” Martin Howard, a friend of the Bixbys, spoke after Jensen, saying that his responsibility at the memorial’s dedication was to “thank everybody that had a hand in” making the sculpture a reality, a group of individuals which he described as “a long list.” Howard explained that the memorial had to be approved by five different departments: the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine; the Marine Advisory Commission; the California Coastal Commission; Public Works; and the billing department. The primary person Howard thanked was the artist Patrick Vogel, who designed the sculpture, but his appreciation speech began with a bit of a roast of the sculptor. “He drove me insane– absolutely insane,” Howard said of Vogel. “He never

Patrick Vogel, who designed “The Forming Wave” to honor Mark Bixby, shares some thoughts about the memorials namesake, saying, “Mark always saw the goodness in people. He always gave you the benefit of the doubt.”

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stops talking, and he complains every chance he gets.” Regarding the brick on which the sculpture sits, Howard said that, after the art piece had been mounted, it didn’t meet Vogel’s liking. “So, about six days ago, we tore it all off and started all over again,” he said. However, Howard then praised Vogel for being the driving force behind the memorial, as well as his perfectionism. “He pushed everybody hard. He wanted to make it perfect. If you know anything about him, everything he does is perfect. He’s an engineer. It’s got to be precise. It’s got to be actual. And so he’s very passionate about what he does, and he’s very passionate about this project.” Howard cited Long Beach City Manager Patrick West as the second driving force behind the project. West was there, as part of the crowd, as was Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, 3rd District Councilmember Gary DeLong (whose district includes where the memorial is located), Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, 2nd District Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, as well as numerous members of the Bixby Family. After he concluded his prayer, Jensen asked Vogel to step up and discuss the sculpture. “Great men leave great impressions. Great men do more than what is asked. Great men lead by example. Great men are humble and respectful. We are here today to remember Mark Bixby. He is a great man,” Vogel said. “Mark had a way with people, and I truly learned a lot from him. Once, I went on and on about a contractor I disliked. I said a lot of bad things about him. Mark was right there listening to me. After I was done, Mark looked at me, real calm, and said, ‘Maybe he’s had a bad day. Maybe he’s married to the wrong woman.’ Anyway, Mark always saw the goodness in people. He always gave you the benefit of the doubt, would never judge you, nor would he be disrespectful.”

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The sculpture “The Forming Wave” was designed by artist Patrick Vogel as a tribute to Mark Bixby, a member of one of Long Beach’s founding families who perished in a plane accident last year.

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6 SIGNAL TRIBUNE COMMUNITY Long Beach Police Department unveils new cutting-edge video technology to fight crime Michelle lecours Staff Writer

Long Beach’s newest crime-fighting video technology, Long Beach COP, was unveiled by Police Chief Jim McDonnell and Mayor Bob Foster on Monday. Two years in the works, Long Beach Common Operating Picture, a state-ofthe-art technology and real-time crime analysis center, integrates camera systems from around the city including police helicopters, parks, businesses and residences, to relay information to officers responding to critical incidents. Accessing diverse databases, criminal intelligence and video feeds, LBCOP can keep officers informed as a criminal situation is unfolding, McDonnell said. This can include a suspect’s license plate number, description and address, as well as guns registered to that

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defining location parameters, and knowing the scope of a fire can be assisted by the images received via LBCOP. Foster said a much higher level of safety may be possible for residents, especially during large events like the Long Beach Grand Prix. “This is a great tool for us in the event of an earthquake to be able to use this with the emergency operations center downstairs,” McDonnell said. “[We will be] able to get a situational assessment as to the condition of bridges and other critical infrastructure sites throughout the city, [including] railways.” LBCOP is in its “infancy” and not fully operational yet but proven its value to us already, McDonnell said. “We expect the system to run at its full potential in the coming months, and it will continue to develop and improve as technology does.” An optimally staffed LBCOP system would include an analyst, a police officer and a dispatcher. The system, including standard and high-definition cameras, was purchased primarily with state and federal grant funding, homeland security funds, and “a small amount” of LBPD’s general fund. Moving forward, the City will be responsible for a portion of the system’s maintenance, but police will continue to seek grant funding to offset those costs.

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search assistance to adults; GED and English-as-a-second-language distant learning classes are held every Tuesday evening at the Las Brisas One Community Center through the Gardena/Carson Adult School; the Senior Joyful Hour (which includes games, prizes, refreshments and field trips) at the Las Brisas Two Community Center happens every Monday afternoon and is available to Las Brisas residents who are 55 years old and up; and the residents’ meeting takes place the third Wednesday of every month at the Las Brisas Two Community Center, giving residents the opportunity to discuss issues and concerns. “We also have a scholarship program within our organization,” Hughes said. “We provide scholarships to the high-school seniors who live at one of the Abode Communities and are getting ready to go to college.” She explained that each year three students get the scholarship, which guarantees they will receive $2,500 every year for the four years they are attending college. She added that the scholarship money comes from individual and corporate donations. Hughes noted that several nonprofit organizations also provide services to Las Brisas residents. “For example, Goodwill Industries brings a workforce development team to Las Brisas occasionally to help people find employment or training that will enable them to find a job,” she said. “The Urban League also sends people to Las Brisas to help

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McDonnell said the HD cameras will allow police to read a license plate from a helicopter and he hopes for future grant funds to purchase video streaming technology in patrol cars. With respect to privacy, the areas monitored by participating cameras are open to the public and where citizens cannot expect a reasonable expectation of confidentiality. “We’re very sensitive to the fact that we’re not sitting here monitoring any particular location unless there’s a reason to monitor that from a crime or Homeland Security perspective,” McDon-

nell said. The installation of LBCOP is not intended to replace personnel but to maximize efficiency and technologies to ensure greater community and officer safety. “As much as we can monitor things from here and the benefit that gives us, we still need the people in the field to be doing the investigation, the follow-up, the apprehension and providing that community level of service,” McDonnell said.

residents with career and job development, and we have a host of other service partners that come out periodically and deliver services to Las Brisas residents on site.” In addition, the residents have the benefit of having a park a short walk away from their front door. Calbrisas Park is a City of Signal Hill park, which is open to the public but located on the campus of Las Brisas. “It's great to have the park there,” Hughes said. “It's part of the recreational opportunities available to Las Brisas residents. I love to go there and see the kids having fun in the playground.” The City of Signal Hill Department of Parks and Recreation also offers dropin, after-school recreational programs for children who are six to 12 years old, as well as recreational programs and outings for teens. To top it off, the Signal Hill Police Department maintains a substation in the Las Brisas complex. A police officer works in the office there at intermittent hours Monday through Friday. “The police have built a very strong relationship with the kids there,” Hughes said. “The residents view the police as protecting them from criminals, and the strong police presence discourages outsiders from trying to make trouble.” Hughes noted that before Las Brisas was developed, the site was occupied by dilapidated buildings, which housed drug dealers and other types of criminals. “The physical environment has

been completely transformed from a blighted community to attractive buildings that families can now proudly call their homes,” she said. “And there is not anywhere near the same level of criminal activity that was there before Las Brisas. I can only think of one major incident that happened there. That was a shooting that involved a non-resident who was visiting Las Brisas.” Williams-Siler added that Abode Communities monitors the success of its programs by communicating with the residents. “In our efforts to provide ongoing quality services, we solicit feedback from our residents, using surveys to assess needs,” she said. “In the survey conducted in August of this year, we received responses from 31 households, and the majority of them were happy with the current structure of services provided.” Williams-Siler acknowledged, however, that residents responding to the survey did ask for more tutoring and homework assistance to help improve their children’s grades. “Las Brisas has been a real success,” Hughes concluded. “Our goal is to simply maintain the buildings the grounds and the programs that we have there, which have worked so well over the past few years.” Las Brisas is located on California Avenue, about one block south of Willow Street.

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Feminists may hate (or love) The Taming of the Shrew

Gregory Spooner Culture Writer

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Eric Snyder is Petruchio and Adrienne Marquand is Katherine in Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s production of The Taming of the Shrew

Feminists might not like the Taming of the Shrew. And by “feminists,” I don’t mean over-the-top, Andrea Dworkin “all sex is rape” feminists. I mean anyone, man or woman, who believes women deserve equal rights. Actually, it might be more accurate to say that anyone other than extreme misogynists are going to have at least some problems with Shakespeare’s most controversial play. Indeed, George Bernard Shaw described it as “one vile insult to womanhood and manhood from the first word to the last!” The Taming of the Shrew is the story of Katherine, the ill-tempered “shrew.” Her father arranges for her to be wed to Petruchio, a man she has just met whose motives seem, especially at first, to be

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merely to acquire her dowry. Katherine and Petruchio verbally– and even physically– spar, but Petruchio begins the process of “taming” (some may say “breaking”) her. His methods would be frowned upon by the Geneva Convention: sleep deprivation and starvation are his primary means. By the play’s end, Katherine has been completely transformed; she even delivers an infamous speech on the duty of women to submit to their husbands. I have not had so ambivalent a reaction to a plotline since seeing Russ Meyer’s Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Is this serious or farce? Good or bad? Funny or embarrassing? As it turns out, it’s all that... and more! Nearly all scholars agree that Shakespeare did indeed write all or most of the works attributed to him, but of the entire canon, The Taming of the Shrew is perhaps the most doubted work. One may wonder whether this doubt is the result of wishful thinking (Who wants the Bard to be an unabashed sexist?!), but there are at least several serious, academic theories that question Shakespeare’s authorship of this well-known version of the play. Most of these theories claim that the play’s current version differs from some earlier, lost version (which is presumably less offensive). While the jury may be out on Shakespeare’s role in crafting Shrew, there can be no doubt that watching it is a guilty pleasure. Where else can one watch two beautiful women wrestle in their underthings, pulling hair and spanking each other?! Granted, there are other places one could see this, but you wouldn’t want to take your mother there! Like some disparaging epithets, this play has been co-opted and embraced by those one would least expect: many feminists (and also many Shakespearean scholars) interpret the play as an ironic or farcical critique of male dominance. Some suggest that Katherine has only duped Petruchio and that she is actually the one who controls him. Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s (LBSC) artistic director Helen Borgers boldly and brilliantly chooses a middle way: “I don't think it’s the anti-feminist play that [many] frequently rail against. It’s about

compromise and discovering that one wants to do that in order to have a happy relationship. Rather than being anti-feminist, I think it is pro-equality. Katherine and Petruchio have each shown each other at their best and worst... [they] know themselves and each other and have found common ground.” Borgers also dispenses with the traditional “induction” in the original play; this induction presents the play within another play– a device which some find confusing and/or unnecessary. Borgers adds, “I left it out because I like to have the romance live on its own, as a story that is unfolding before our audience’s eyes. We try to include our audience as much as possible, speaking to them directly, building a fire among them, letting them in on all the ‘inside’ action.” The play’s controversial theme presents a peculiar challenge for the lead characters, Katherine and Petruchio, played expertly by Adrienne Marquand and Eric Snyder. Marquand’s Katherine is a fork-tongued spitfire who seamlessly transforms through sarcasm, irony, and finally blissful acceptance of her “taming.” Snyder’s brash Petruchio commands nearly every scene, but is (perhaps) subtly controlled by her at crucial moments. The entire supporting cast does a great job of injecting exuberance into their comedic roles to help keep the entire performance feeling playful rather than disturbing. The LBSC’s venue is an intimate setting, seating about 50, and the cast takes full advantage of this proximity. Regardless of your own views on gender equality, the Long Beach Shakespeare Comany’s latest production deserves a look. Go with a co-ed group and stop in at a local pub afterwards (E.J. Malloy’s is just a couple storefronts away)... you will have a lot to talk about, and you may need some spirits to temper your tongues! The Taming of the Shrew will play at the LBSC through Sept. 9. The venue is located at 4250 Atlantic Ave. All performances are at 8pm except Sunday matinees at 2pm. Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for students. For tickets and more information, call (562) 9971494 or visit lbshakespeare.org .

This weekend, the Long Beach Playhouse will begin presenting the works of the four winners and four finalist from its New Works Festival, which invites novice and experienced playwrights from all over the world to submit their unproduced plays to the Playhouse’s New Works Literary Com-

mittee. During the two-week festival, the winners’ plays receive a staged reading and the finalists receive a cold reading. The playwrights hear their words brought to life by actors and receive feedback from the audience. Winning playwrights receive detailed written critiques by professional theatre critics. This year’s lineup is as follows: • Friday, Aug. 17 at 8pm: Refuge by Marc Kornblatt (staged reading) • Saturday, Aug. 18 at 2pm: Lost in History by Adam Siegel (cold read) • Saturday, Aug. 18 at 8pm: The Salt Prince by Ernest Kearney (staged reading) • Sunday, Aug. 19 at 2pm: American Dames by Susan Hefti (cold read) • Friday, Aug. 24 at 8pm: Yellow Jack by William Baer (staged reading) • Saturday, Aug. 25 at 2pm: Provenance by Daniel Weber (cold read) • Saturday, Aug. 25 at 8pm: The Polish Book of Karma by William Missouri Downs (staged reading) • Sunday, Aug. 26 at 2pm: Fifteen Men in a Smoke-Filled Room by Collin Crowley (cold read)

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The four winners will be given staged readings at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and the four finalists will be given cold reads on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. In addition to the professional critiques, a Q&A will take place at the end of each showing. Admission is a suggested $10 donation. Playwrights interested in submitting a script for next year’s New Works Festival may check out the “New Works” page at lbplayhouse.org, located on the Special Events drop-down menu under The Shows tab.


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Dressed to Kill exhibit highlights the artistic side of fashion

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Gallery Expo, 4321 Atlantic Ave., will open its Dressed to Kill fashion exhibit, a blend of art and fashion, on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 6pm to 9pm. Curators David Rodriguez and Douglas Orr have challenged artists to design their own fashion pieces and accessories out of materials of their own choosing. As a result, the exhibit will feature some unique installations, assemblages, renderings and actual fashion designs. “I’ve always thought of fashion as an art form,” Rodriguez said. “You might call it a decorative or applied art, as opposed to fine art, but what's the distinction? The same amount of artistic expression goes into clothes, a piece of jewelry, or in the act of blending textures and patterns.” The submissions were from Long Beach area artists as well as

professional and emerging fashion designers and range from whimsical art to crafted fashion. “We wanted to do something entirely different and something that would garner fascinating entries,” some Rodriguez said. “I think people will be intrigued by what they will see here.” The Dressed to Kill fashion exhibit will run from the opening reception on Aug. 18 through the Sept. 7 First Fridays art walk. The exhibit will be available for viewing from 4pm to 8pm on: Friday, Aug. 24; Saturday, Aug. 25; Friday, Aug. 31; and Saturday, Sept. 1. Gallery Expo is located at in the Expo Arts Center. The opening reception is free and open to the public. Dogs, strollers or children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the gallery.

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Electrical engineer uses his training to create show that bridges science and art

The Long Beach Arts Council and the Collaborative Gallery, 421 West Broadway, are hosting the newest show by local artist Ben Phipps now through Oct. 31. Phipps is an electrical engineer by training and a lighting and optics specialist by trade. His works narrow the divide between science and art through his use of sustainable technology. His current show, Lightspiel, engages the viewer to move through space, challenge perspective and create dialogue between architecture, light and linen. “My work strives to create a dialogue about the beauty and dynamism of science through a visual integration of sustainable processes, natural phenomena, and technical manipulation,” Phipps said. “It is most effective in public spaces with changing diurnal and seasonal light, and where inquisitive visitors are inclined to question, explore, and interpret their surroundings. There exists a fantastic opportunity to explore natural conditions of light and color in my work: hanging plastic diffuser tubes, and backlit optical panels. The tubes hang in daylight like prisms, projecting dramatic colored shadows. By night, the LED illuminated lanterns create centerpieces as brilliant chandeliers. The panelized art can be secured above high-efficiency LED bulbs, creating dynamic and interactive surfaces that ‘move’ as viewers pass near it. Natural light cast through these panels

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TST4147 APN: 7211-026-079 TS No: CA09007389-11-1 TO No: 1025436 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED February 10, 2011. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On August 29, 2012 at 09:00 AM, behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza Pomona, CA, MTC FINANCIAL INC. dba TRUSTEE CORPS, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on February 17, 2011 as Instrument No. 20110265764 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by MARITTA M. LANTO, A SINGLE WOMAN, as Trustor(s), in favor of JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2599 WALNUT AVE UNIT 103, 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 without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest 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. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $222,865.11 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check 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 California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. 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. DATE: July 26, 2012 TRUSTEE CORPS TS No. CA09007389-11-1 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 949-252-8300 Jose Hernandez, Authorized Signatory SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.priorityposting.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-573-1965 TRUSTEE CORPS MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. 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 telephone number for information regarding the Trustee's Sale or visit the Internet Web site address on the previous page for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA09007389-11-1. 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. P970491 8/3, 8/10, 08/17/2012

TST4158 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No.: 20120028700564 Title Order No.: 464177 FHA/VA/PMI No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 09/26/05. 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. NDEx West, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 10/04/05, as Instrument No. 05 2388743, as Book No. and Page No. , of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. EXECUTED BY: WILLIAM ALLEN DAVIS, 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) DATE OF SALE: September 6, 2012 TIME OF SALE: 11:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: Inside the lobby of the building located at 628 North Diamond Bar Blvd., Suite B, Diamond Bar, CA STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2119 RIDGEVIEW TERRACE DRIVE, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90806. APN# 7217‑029‑007 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 and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $1,024,428.43. 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

EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by LBPD Council Districts 6, 7 & 8

Friday, Aug. 10 Residential burglary 1am– 2100 block of Earl Ave.

Auto burglary 5pm– 1000 block of E. Wardlow Rd.

Commercial burglary 7pm– 2000 block of E. Del Amo Blvd.

Saturday, Aug. 11 Commercial burglary 2:50am– 2000 block of Pacific Ave. Crimes reported by SHPD Citywide

Thursday, Aug. 9 Auto burglary 5:30am– E. Hill St. and Redondo Ave.

Petty theft with prior 6:02pm– 900 block of E. 33rd St. Named suspect.

Garage/residential burglary 8:47pm– 1700 block of E. Hill St. Named suspect.

Commercial burglary 8:39pm– 900 block of E. 33rd St.

Friday, Aug. 10 Auto burglary 2:20am– 2200 block of Ohio Ave.

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Saturday, Aug. 11 DUI alcohol/drugs 2:17am– Orizaba Ave. and E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Suspect in custody.

Robbery (inhabited dwelling/common carrier) 10:10am– 3500 block of E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Suspect in custody.

Sunday, Aug. 12 DUI alcohol/drugs 12:31am– Orizaba Ave. and E. 20th St. Suspect in custody.

DUI alcohol/drugs 2:07am– E. Spring St. and 405 Fwy. Suspect in custody.

Auto burglary 4am– 2200 block of Legion Dr.

Grand theft (property) 5pm– 3100 block of E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Commercial burglary 5:33pm– 2200 block of E. Willow St.

DUI alcohol/drugs 11:51pm– 1000 block of E. Wardlow Rd. Suspect in custody.

Monday, Aug.13 Auto burglary 8:44am– 1300 block of E. 29th St.

Tuesday, Aug. 14 Rape 10:59am– 1800 block of Obispo Ave. Commercial burglary 11:10am– 900 block of E. 33rd St. Suspect in custody.

Burglary 1:51pm– 700 block of E. Spring St.

Identity theft 3:27pm– 2300 block of Promontory Dr.

Unauthorized use of ID to obtain credit/goods 8:03pm– 2600 block of Cherry Ave. Wednesday, Aug. 15 Forgery 1:56pm– 2600 block of Cherry Ave.

Grand theft 3:33pm– 3300 block of E. Willow St. Petty theft with prior 5:10pm– 700 block of E. Spring St. Suspect in custody.

Mental disorder (danger to others) 7:33pm– 2700 block of E. Willow St.

Battery/spouse, cohabitant 10:08pm– 3200 block of Orange Ave.

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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 for information regarding the trustee's sale or visit this Internet Web site www.nationwideposting.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20120028700564. 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. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: NATIONWIDE POSTING & PUBLICATION A DIVISION OF FIRST AMERICAN TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY 5005 WINDPLAY DRIVE, SUITE 1, EL DORADO HILLS, CA 95762-9334 916-939-0772, www.nationwideposting.com NDEx West L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L.L.C. as Trustee, BY: Ric Juarez Dated: 08/13/12 NPP0205771 08/17/12, 08/24/12, 08/31/12

TST4146 APN: 7215-019-110 TS No: CA05003061-11-1 TO No: 1058680 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED February 14, 2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.  On August 28, 2012 at 09:00 AM, behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza Pomona, CA, MTC FINANCIAL INC. dba TRUSTEE CORPS, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on February 20, 2007 as Instrument No. 20070361400 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by JAMES C. PREISACH, TRUSTEE OF THE JAMES C. PREISACH REVOCABLE TRUST, as Trustor(s), in favor of WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as:    AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST  The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2001 EAST 21ST ST UNIT 229, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755-0000   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 without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest 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.    The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $221,427.26 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check 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 California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable.  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.    DATE: July 24, 2012 TRUSTEE CORPS TS No. CA05003061-11-1 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614  949-252-8300      Tina Godoy, Authorized Signatory    SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.priorityposting.com  AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-573-1965 TRUSTEE CORPS MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. 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

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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 telephone number for information regarding the Trustee's Sale or visit the Internet Web site address on the previous page for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA05003061-11-1. 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. P969958 8/3, 8/10, 08/17/2012               

TST4145 Trustee Sale No.: 20120015001613 Title Order No.: 120114187 FHA/VA/PMI No.: NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE  YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 3/22/2004. 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.  NDEX WEST, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 03/30/2004 as Instrument No. 04 0745385 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: TIMOTHY A. LANKFORD, 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).  DATE OF SALE: 8/23/2012 TIME OF SALE: 09:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles - Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650 STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2599 WALNUT AVENUE #213 , SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 APN#: 7211-026-104  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 and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $288,937.27. 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 800-280-2832 for information regarding the trustee's sale or visit this Internet Web site www.auction.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20120015001613. 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. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: AUCTION.COM, LLC  ONE MAUCHLY  IRVINE, CA 92618  800-2802832 www.auction.com NDEx West, L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT  COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A  DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L.L.C. as Trustee Dated: 7/18/2012 P967894 8/3, 8/10, 08/17/2012

TST4152 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 12-0041883 Title Order No. 12-0073466 APN No. 7211-026-053 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 01/12/2009. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by KWABENA BOAKYE, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, dated 01/12/2009 and recorded 1/22/2009, as Instrument No. 20090083644, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the


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office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 09/04/2012 at 1:00PM, At the Pomona Valley Masonic Temple Building, located at 395 South Thomas Street, Pomona, California 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: 1460 EAST WILLOW STREET #201, 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 $334,431.06. 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 12-0041883. 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., CA6914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone/Sale Information: (800) 2818219 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. FEI # 1006.164431 8/10, 8/17, 8/24/2012

TST41444 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 12-0035923 Doc ID #0008750556312005N Title Order No. 12-0066126 Investor/Insurer No. 203157957 APN No. 7216-021-094 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 09/16/2009. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by SHAUNA R ROSEBOROUGH, A SINGLE WOMAN, dated 09/16/2009 and recorded 9/18/2009, as Instrument No. 20091423249, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 08/27/2012 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: 1903 TEMPLE AVENUE 215, 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 $310,065.31. 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

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TST4148 / 2012 153735 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: VILANDER STONE & TILE, INC., 7886 Tarma St., Long Beach, CA 90808. Registrant: VILANDER STONE & TILE, INC., 7886 Tarma St., Long Beach, CA 90808. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Donovan Lee Vilander, 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 January 1, 2007. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on August 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: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012.

TST4149 / 2012 153736 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. DWS MAINTENANCE & REMODELING, INC., 2. CLASSIC COUNTERTOPS, 3. DWS CONSTRUCTION, 5066 Raton Circle, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: DWS MAINTENANCE & REMODELING, INC., 5066 Raton Circle, Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Dwight W. Schmalried, 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 June 14, 2007. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on August 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: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012.

TST4135 / 2012 129994 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: KATERINE'S DELICATES, 1922 Dawson Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: KATHERINE WARREN, 1924 Dawson Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Katherine Warren. 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 June 27, 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: July 27, & August 3, 10, 17, 2012.

TST4136 / 2012 148197 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: PACIFIC COLLISION EQUIPMENT CO., 2424 Brayton Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: HORNEDO INC., 2424 Brayton Ave., Signal Hill, CA 907655. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Robert Hornedo, 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 July 23, 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: July 27, & August 3, 10, 17, 2012. TST4150 / 2012 154278 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: COMSTOCK COMMERCIAL PLUMBING, 3654 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: EARL RONALD COMSTOCK, 3654 Pacific 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: Earl Ronald Comstock. 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 August 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

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TST4151 / 2012 156531 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: CLARION, 1932 Grace Ave. #2, Los Angeles, CA 90068. Registrant: 1. MICHAEL NISBET, 1932 Grace Ave. #2, Los Angeles, CA 90068, 2. OJAN MISSAGHI, 1853 Whitley Ave. #210, Los Angeles, CA 90028. This business is conducted by: a Limited Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Michael Nisbet. 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 3, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on August 3, 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: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012.

TST4153 / 2012 158319 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: PIER MEDICAL AESTHETICS, INC., 415 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. Registrant: METROPOLITAN PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL GROUP, INC., 2810 Sunset View, Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Douglas R. Mest, MD. 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 August 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: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012. TST4154 / 2012 158320 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SREYRAT SUPER MARKET, 1133 McFarland Ave., Wilmington, CA 90744. Registrant: RATANA SO CASTILLO, 1133 McFarland Ave., Wilmington, CA 90744. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Ratana So Castillo. 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 August 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: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012.

TST4155 / 2012 158321 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: KOINONIA MASS CHOIR, 6346 Droxford St., Lakewood, CA 90713. Registrant: 1. LORENDA JAMISON, 6346 Droxford St., Lakewood, CA 90713, 2. FLORASTENE GRANT, 309 W. Tichenor St., Compton, CA 90220. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Lorenda Jamison. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in September, 2002. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on August 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: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012.

TST4156 / 2012 159752 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: EDGEHILL RENTAL, 3043 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814. Registrant: 1. SATI AH, INC., 3043 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814, 2. MU ZHANG TRUSTEE OF MU ZHANG TRUST, 1344 Newport Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: a Joint Venture. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Sati Ah. 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 August 8, 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: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012.

TST4162 / 2012 162796 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SAR CONSULTING, 2520 Gundry Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: SYLVIA ALLEY ROBINSON, 2520 Gundry Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Sylvia Alley Robinson. 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 August 13, 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: August 17, 24, 31, September 7, 2012. TST4163 / 2012 162797 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: ROBERT SCOTT COMPANY, 1554 Seabright Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813. Registrants: 1. MALCOLM SCOTT KENNEDY, 2921 Senasac Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815, 2. ROBERT T. BROWN, 1961 E. Lemon Heights Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92705. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Malcolm Scott Kennedy. The registrants have begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrants began using this fictitious business name in September, 1997. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on August 13, 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: August 17, 24, 31, September 7, 2012. TST4159 / 2012 154251 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: SAINT MICHAEL HOME CARE SERVICES, 11423 216th St. Unit A, Lakewood, CA 90715. Registrants: 1. DANIEL P. PAGUIA, 2. MYRA JOSEPHINE B. PAGUIA, 11423 216th St. Unit A, Lakewood, CA 90715. This business is conducted by: a Husband and Wife. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Myra Josephine B. Paguia. 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 August 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: August 17, 24, 31, & September 7, 2012.

TST4160 / 2012 159180 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. REFINER'S FIRE FELLOWSHIP, 2. RFF, 3. WCRC, 4. WEST COAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE, 10711 Felson Circle, Cerritos, CA 90703. Registrant: REFINER'S FIRE FELLOWSHIP, INC., 10711 Felson Circle, Cerritos, CA 90703. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Bonnie Radden, 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 May 9, 1997. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on August 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: August 17, 24, 31, & September 7, 2012. TST4161 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. P&V PRODUCTIONS, 2. P&V TECH SOLUTIONS, 2239 Virginia Ave., Pomona, CA 91766. Registrant: CELIDON, PATRICIA, 2239 Virginia Ave., Pomona, CA 91766. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Celidon, Patricia. 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 July 30, 2008. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on August 10, 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: August 17, 24, 31, & September 7, 2012.

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NOTICE OF A PUBLIC WORKSHOP NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, the City Council of the City of Signal Hill, will conduct a public workshop at 4:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to receive and review the following: TOUR OF SEVEN DRILL SITE FACILITIES REPRESENTATIVES FROM SIGNAL HILL PETROLEUM WILL CONDUCT A TOUR OF THE SEVEN DRILL SITES LOCATED AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN THE CITY. THE TOUR WILL TAKE APPROXIMATELY 1.5-HOURS AND IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. TOUR PARTICIPANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO WEAR SENSIBLE CLOTHING AND CLOSED-TOE SHOES. HARD HATS AND SAFETY GLASSES WILL BE PROVIDED. THE TOUR WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 4PM. - MEET IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBER ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend this public workshop to tour the facilities. FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community Development Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by emailing Colleen Doan, Associate Planner at cdoan@cityofsignalhill.org or calling at (562) 989-7344.

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURER AND TAX COLLECTOR Notice of Divided Publication

NOTICE OF DIVIDED PUBLICATION OF THE PROPERTY TAX DEFAULT (DELINQUENT) LIST Made pursuant to Section 3371, 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.

I, Mark J. Saladino, County of Los Angeles Tax Collector, State of California, certify that:

Notice is hereby given that the real properties listed below were declared to be in tax default at 12:01 a.m. on July 1, 2010, by operation of law. The declaration of default was due to non-payment of the total amount due for the taxes, assessments, and other charges levied in 2009-2010 tax year that were a lien on the listed real property. Property upon which a nuisance abatement lien has been recorded and non-residential commercial property shall be subject to sale if the taxes remain unpaid after three years. If the 2009-2010 taxes remain unpaid after June 30, 2013, the property will be subject to sale at public auction in 2014. All other property that remains unpaid after June 30, 2015, will be subject to sale at public auction in 2016. The name of the assessee and the total tax, which was due on June 30, 2010, for the 2009-10 tax year, is shown opposite the parcel number. Tax defaulted real property may be redeemed by payment of all unpaid taxes and assessments, together with the additional penalties and fees as prescribed by law, or it may be paid under an installment plan of redemption.

All information concerning redemption of tax-defaulted property will be furnished, upon request, by Mark J. Saladino, Treasurer and Tax Collector, 225 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90012, 1(888) 807-2111 or 1(213) 974-2111. I certify under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed at Los Angeles, California on August 2, 2012.

MARK J. SALADINO TREASURER AND TAX COLLECTOR COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Assessees/taxpayers, who have disposed of real property since January 1, 2009, may find their names listed for the reason that a change in ownership has not been reflected on the assessment roll.

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The following property tax defaulted on July 1, 2010, for the taxes, assessments, and other charges for the fiscal year 2009-10: LISTED BELOW ARE PROPERTIES THAT DEFAULTED IN 2010 FOR TAXES, ASSESSMENTS AND 0THER CHARGES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2009-2010. AMOUNT OF DELINQUENCY AS OF THIS PUBLICATION IS LISTED BELOW. ANDRADE MANAGEMENT INC SITUS 2457 MAXSON CT SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-4040 7217-026-005 $26,657.03 BLASDELL,MICHAEL SITUS 2340 ORANGE AVE SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-3532 7211-030-003 $2,487.06 BROOKS,ERIKA SITUS 1460 E WILLOW ST UNIT 304 SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-3554 7211-026-068 $7,448.88 CARSON,JANET A SITUS 2244 E 21ST ST SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-5925 7216-007-031 $135.37 FELIX TRICE,SHARON ET AL ALLEN,MATTHEW G SITUS 2120 E HILL ST 308 SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-3766 7215-018-038/S2008-030 $724.24 FOSTER,LEON D JR TR LEON FOSTER SR TRUST SITUS 2341 OLIVE AVE LONG BEACH CA 90806-3236 7211-009-016 $4,775.48 GRAHAM,RUDOLPH SITUS 1923 MOLINO AVE UNIT 404 SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-1032 7216-019-099/S2008-020/S2009-020 $3,760.10 HARPER,GREGORY S AND TAMMY SITUS 2240 WESTWIND WAY SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-3865 7214-017-143 $21,702.37 HUL,NICHOLAS AND ETHEL V SITUS 2178 DUDLEY CIR LONG BEACH CA 90755-1282 7217-017-012 $16,871.78 MORA,JOSE S AND SANTILLAN,MARIA D SITUS 1140 E WILLOW ST SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-3433 7211-025-032 $71,418.37 SALVATION ARMY 7207-020-024 $649.40 SIGNAL HILL HOUSING AUTHORITY 7215-007-005 $44.65 7215-007-006 $44.65 SIGNAL HILL SELF STORAGE LP SITUS 2901 E PACIFIC COAST HWY SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-1633 7217-012-015 $54,956.83 TIMNEY,MELINDA A SITUS 1143 E 25TH ST SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-3405 7211-025-021 $4,920.03 WISE,ALFRED JR TR ALFRED WISE JR TRUST 7207-017-012 $1,918.30 7207-017-013 $1,918.30 7207-017-013 $1,918.30 7207-017-020 $1,918.30 7207-017-014 $1,918.30 7207-017-021 $1,918.30 7207-017-015 $1,918.30 7207-017-048 $2,942.24 7207-017-017 $1,918.30 7207-017-051 $3,251.32 7207-017-018 $1,918.30 7207-017-052 $3,251.32 7207-017-019 $1,918.30

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Langston said. For Long Beach, Haubert says that realignment came at a time when his staff and resources were already severely reduced. The city prosecutor said that four years ago, there were 21 prosecutors on his staff, and now there are only 14. His department has had to “target their priorities,” he said. In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Haubert explained that this would mean that the focus would be on gangs. “My office is focusing on the worst offenders, particularly those who are in gangs and the gang leaders,” Haubert said. “Our office has been using gang injunctions to focus on the gang problem because, according to FBI statistics across the country, about half of all violent crimes are gang-related, and in some communities it’s as high as 90 percent of all violent crimes [that] are gang-related. In Long Beach, I believe the vast majority of violent crimes are gang-related, and so focusing on the small population of gang members is the most efficient way to direct my attention when resources are so small.” He has criticized AB 109 and particularly attacked the timing of the plan, stating that Long Beach has made great strides to reduce crime since the 1980s and 1990s. “The crime rate has dropped every decade and has essentially dropped to an all-time low in 2010. So this is kind of a retreat on the gains that we’ve made over the years,” Haubert said. “Long Beach has become a much safer place to live, but the last two years, we’ve lost a lot of the traction on getting a hold of our crime problem.” In addition to the city prosecutor’s focus on gangs, there are some new innovations in law enforcement locally. One was announced this week by the Long Beach Police Department. In a media statement, the department released some details of the City’s program called Long Beach Common Operating Picture (LBCOP). According to the statement, the LBCOP uses both existing law-enforcement data and video camera feeds obtained from business corridors, parks, beaches and other locations. The department explained in its release that the data is combined to give officers specific background information on calls. (See story on page 5.) In his report to the Signal Hill Council on Aug. 6, Police Chief Michael Langston offered his analysis of realignment and its effect on the city his department covers. “As your chief of police, I can’t say with any good conscience right now that there has been a real impact related to the realignment because we’ve always arrested people that were on parole and probation, and we’re still doing that,” Langston told the Council last week. Langston emphasized to the Council the importance of crime prevention, particularly as it relates to property crimes. Langston explained in a follow-up interview last Wednesday that one of the primary concerns with realignment was that the recidivism rate has usually been “relatively high” for parolees who have gone to state prison. He said that his department has regularly arrested people who have been on felony probation in the court system and people who have violated their parole. “These people have always been in the public, and we’ve always arrested them,” Langston said Wednesday. “And so right now at this point in time, the changes relative to realignment aren’t fully realized here in Signal Hill…Enough time hasn’t passed, and there’s not enough data to determine whether realignment has specifically caused an impact here in Signal Hill.” In light of concerns that the Los Angeles County jails are overcrowded, Langston was asked about the “pay-to-

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but, she left Vegas in 2007 after her home’s fixed rate expired, and with that came a much higher, unaffordable rate. Gentile shut down Polaris when she moved back and only revived Polaris this year, with the grand opening on June 25. “It wasn’t the right time to reopen here until…the school system started cutting all the performing arts programs,” Gentile said. “So, I thought, ‘Okay, you know what, we need performing arts.’ Because they kept all the sports.” The academy had its first day of summer camp on June 28. The location is a former auto-body

shop. “When we took this over, we literally came here the day [the previous owner] was moving out, and this place was grease. Imagine a body shop being here since 1977,” Gentile said. “In two weeks we turned this whole place around. We painted everything…my husband built the whole stage himself.” Gentile described her husband as having built the stage over three sleepless nights to prepare it in time for the grand opening, and all the while her husband was still working full-time. Gentile’s daughters, Kaitlyn and

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“I’m very proud of what Polaris is doing and that she is continuing the mission to serve the underserved children in the performing arts,” Dove said. “And I also am very pleased with what we had generated as a way to get music into our children and give them the structure of music as a discipline and as an academic achievement.” Gentile has used the space at Polaris Arts for community events, such as a teen nightclub for the weekend or a family movie night spot, instead of musical-the-

Amanda, are helping choreograph– as well as a friend of Amanda’s with experience in choreography, David Murphy. They scurry in and out of the lobby and the theater space. One aspiring adult actor, Alexis Rosseau, is at the academy today as well. He plays Rooster. Each person at the academy today is readying for the show. Dove will visit the opening night in a show of support, and she plans to partner up with Gentile to provide students a chance to work with celebrities, take even more classes and receive scholarship monies.

stay” programs that some cities have embraced in the past. These pay-to-stay programs allow offenders who are sentenced to serve time in the county jail to choose an alternative to the county jail system. They could pay a fee to serve their time in the city jail system. Langston said that the City is not currently considering the possibility of pay-to-stay programs. The police chief said the entire system has changed and described how some offenders who are sentenced to serve time in the county jail are released after a short time, sometimes just hours later. “The demand is just not there anymore,” Langston said. Media inquiries into whether or not Long Beach participates in any kind of pay-to-stay program had not been answered by press time.

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