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SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL

Vol. 34 No. 13

Programs for intellectually disabled people threatened by state funding cuts

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Nick Diamantides Staff Writer

With a 4.25 percent cut in state funding, Advocacy for Respect and Choice (AR&C) needs to raise approximately $200,000 from individual and corporate donations in order to provide the same level of services it has provided to intellectually disabled people for many years. The AR&C facility is located on a four-acre site just east of the northeast corner of Stearns Street and Lakewood Boulevard. The organization leases the property from the City of Long Beach for $1 per year. The campus contains five buildings, which house the organization’s administration and the various programs. Some AR&C clients live with their families, and others live in group homes. Many of them are transported to and from the AR&C campus in busses and vans, or cars driven by family members. Others take public transportation, and a few of them drive themselves. Harry Van Loon, AR&C executive director, noted that approximately 400 individuals depend on the services provided by the organization, which offers four different programs to its clients. “In our supported-employment program, we get the clients to fill out the application and get them hired at various businesses in the area,” Van Loon said. “When they actually start work and are learning the job, we have our staff work-

ing with them 100 percent of the time teaching them the job. As they become more proficient, we start the process we call “fading,” in which we gradually reduce the amount of time the job coaches are present. Debbie Jones, one of the supportedemployment job coaches, explained what she does. “I go out to many of the sites that we have out in the field, and I facilitate for the individuals for whom we have developed jobs,” she said. “We train the clients and build their self-confidence and determination and are there for them in case problems arise.” Clients who are unable to work at stores, factories, and other businesses work at the Work Activity Center on the AR&C campus for five and a half hours per day, five days a week. Much of what

she said. “I come up with tasks that can be done by each individual after I assess the client’s ability.” Van Loon also described another AR&C level of service.“Our specialneeds program, which is part of the work activity center, is designed specially for people who have difficulty performing even the most simple tasks,” he explained. “We develop adaptive equipment to help them overcome their physical limitations so that they have access to the same paid work as those who do not have physical limitations.” According to Van Loon, the specialneeds program provides work and paychecks to people who have cerebral palsy, or seizure disorders, as well as those who are sight- or hearingimpaired. The program has more job

AR&C clients do at the organization’s facility involves the packaging of small items that go on sale at stores throughout the USA. “We have job coaches in the center who walk around and observe the clients,” Van Loon explained. “If a client seems to be having a problem performing his or her task, the job coach helps them to overcome the problem.” Maryanne Peterson, vocational training supervisor, explained an important aspect of the Work Activity Center. “I break down the various jobs into steps,”

coaches per capita than are necessary for clients who can function at higher levels. “Also, because of their physical limitations, we have attendants present also, who help them to use the restroom, to eat during the lunch break, and to do other things that might require assistance,” Van Loon said. According to Van Loon, most AR&C programs have a vocational outcome– paid work. “But we also have a

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Much of what AR&C clients do at the organization’s facility involves the packaging of small items that go on sale at stores throughout the country.

SH Oversight Board and CarMax await state’s final answer on disputed $6 million debt CJ Dablo Staff Writer

Representatives of used-car retailer CarMax haven’t forgotten about that $6 million CarMax paid Signal Hill’s former redevelopment agency (SHRDA) four years ago, long before California state officials and lawmakers decided to shut the redevelopment program down. In fact, they’ve made it clear they want it back. It was an amount highlighted in a special meeting of the City’s Oversight Board last week when board members voted 4-0 to approve an obligation payment schedule that covered the period of January to June 2013. Chair Douglas Haubert and board members Tim Williamson and Alex Cherniss were absent from the meeting on Aug. 23.

That evening, the Oversight Board approved just over $12.2 million in outstanding debts and obligations for the six-month period from January to June 2013. Signal Hill’s Finance Director Maida Alcantara confirmed Wednesday that these financial obligations will be paid in part by redevelopment property tax and in part by bond proceeds. The payment schedule that outlines the recognized obligations will be forwarded to the state’s Department of Finance for ultimate approval. According to a staff report, from late 2007 to mid-2008, CarMax had paid the former redevelopment agency $6 million towards the property acquisition of six acres in Signal Hill. The used-car retailer had proposed to build an auto superstore on the west side of the Signal

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Hill Auto Center, according to a June staff report from Ken Farfsing, who serves as both the Oversight Board’s chief administrative officer and Signal Hill’s city manager. The $6 million amount is one of several debts and financial obligations that the California Department of Finance had previously rejected for payment earlier this year, Farfsing confirmed in his August staff report to the Oversight Board. Out of Signal Hill’s former redevelopment agency’s list of outstanding debts and financial obligations that City officials have asked the Department of Finance to reconsider paying, CarMax’s $6 million is the largest amount under dispute that may be owed back to a prisee OVERSIGHT page 14

Postal service moves ahead with plans to close processing center in SH Some first-class mail service switches from overnight to two-day delivery

Sean Belk

Contributing Writer

In recent months, the United States Postal Service started implementing changes to first-class mail service in which mail delivered outside of a specific service area now arrives in two days rather than overnight, according to postal service officials. The new standards come as a harbinger to major cutbacks to postal operations set to soon go into effect. By early next year, the postal service plans to consolidate 140 of the country’s mail-processing centers, including operations at 2300 Redondo Ave., which serves Long Beach and Signal Hill residents and businesses. The postal service estimates that moving the Long Beach processing and distribution services to a facility in Los Angeles will save more than $16 million annually, while resulting in the reduction of about 680 postal service positions. Earlier this year, the postal service had put the decision to consolidate operations on hold in hopes of Congress enacting legislation to give the organization a more “flexible business model” during current times of: declining first-class mail volumes due to more people making

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transactions online; rising retiree benefit costs; and shrinking revenue. But no such legislation has passed, and, on May 17, the postal service announced that it was going forward with the consolidations. In July, the postal service completed the transfer of mail-processing operations from Pasadena to the Los Angeles facility, located at 7001 S. Central Ave., according to Richard Maher, spokesperson for USPS in Los Angeles and Orange counties. He said no other consolidations in the greater Los Angeles area are to occur until Jan. 1, 2013 to avoid disrupting delivery during the November elections and the holiday mailing season. Mail-processing operations in Long Beach are to be merged with Los Angeles by February, Maher said. However, he added that the Redondo Avenue facility is for now keeping its post office open, continuing to offer P.O. box services, bulk business mail drop-off and retail services, such as postage sales and money orders. Maher said the goal is to maintain existing service levels during consolidations, adding that the transfer of mail processing should be a seamless transition for most regular see POST OFFICE page 15

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By early next year, the United States Postal Service plans to consolidate 140 of its mail-processing centers, including operations at 2300 Redondo Ave. (above), which serves Long Beach and Signal Hill residents and businesses.

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Two arrested for burglary at antique store in Signal Hill

On Sunday, Aug. 19, at approximately 5:17pm, Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) officers were dispatched to the Long Beach Antique Mall, located in the 1800 block of Freeman Avenue, for a robbery in progress. When officers arrived, an employee was detaining one of the suspects inside the store, and a second suspect was reported to be leaving the store on foot. The second suspect was

immediately detained outside of the store by officers. Employees reported that the suspects were seen inside the store near a jewelry display case stealing items from inside and removing price tags from the jewelry. When confronted by a store employee regarding their actions, both of the suspects separated and attempted to leave the store in different directions. A store employee stopped one of the suspects inside the

store and held him there until officers arrived. The employee also recovered store merchandise, including antique jewelry, from inside the suspect’s pockets. One of the suspects had multiple prior arrests for robbery and possession of drugs. Both of the suspects were arrested and housed at the Signal Hill Jail until their court appearance. Source: SHPD

Marijuana dispensary owner arrested; charges pending

The Long Beach Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (LA IMPACT), and the State of California Franchise Tax Board, has made an arrest of an individual after a large scale one-and-a-half-year financial investigation relating to an illegal marijuana dispensary, which also resulted in the seizure of currency, property, narcotics, vehicles, watercraft and firearms. Through a collaborative effort, the investigation allowed for the evaluation of assets belonging to 44-year-old Jon Storms of Long Beach, which indicated that he owned: multiple classic automobiles (some purchased from a high-end classic car company); a riverfront home on the Colorado River; six residential properties in Nevada; one residential property in Mira Loma, California; one residential property in east Long Beach; and the recently acquired El Dorado Restaurant, also located in east Long Beach. On Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, search warrants were served at nine locations that included residences, businesses and warehouses. Five of those locations were in Long Beach, one in Signal Hill, one in Corona, and two in Needles, California. One of those search warrants was served at a Long Beach residence, and it was there that Storms was located and arrested for sales of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sales. An abundance of items was seized at the various searchwarrant locations, which included:

• $806,500 in cash • body armor • 14 rifles • 17 handguns • three shotguns • 17 cars • one truck • one boat • three personal water craft • five motorcycles • one 40-foot RV • seven off-road recreational vehicles

Storms owns and operated Long Beach Quality Discount Caregivers, a marijuana collective located at 1150 San Antonio Dr. in north Long Beach. He originally submitted a City of Long Beach medicinal marijuana collective application on June 14, 2010, although he had been operating the business since 2007. The application was subsequently denied, and no permit was issued; however, Storms continued operating his dispensary regardless, according to the LBPD. As part of doing business, he advertised, offered coupons, offered free marijuana to the first 20 customers on specific days, gave away pipes, and offered discounts on the 1st and 15th of every month. “If he had truly been operating a ‘nonprofit’ collective, there would have been no reason to provide an incentive for members to ‘purchase’ more of what would have already been considered theirs as members,” reads a press release issued by the LBPD Tuesday. Investigators estimate the gross sales from the dispensary to be between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000 annually; however, Storms claimed a very modest annual income, according to the LBPD. “As we worked through this case, we learned about several other properties potentially involved, and we will continue to investigate,” states the LBPD press release. “Although Storms was released after his arrest to allow detectives time to conduct a thorough

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MY BIG FAT GREEK FESTIVAL What 63rd annual Greek festival and cultural event Who Sea and Cultural Event Where Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 5761 E. Colorado St. When Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3 from noon to 9pm More Info There will be Greek food and desserts, wine and beer, dance lessons and performances, games for kids, shops, church tours and Greek cooking classes. Free parking will be at Cal State Long Beach. Admission will be free all day on Sept. 3. For more information, call (562) 494-8929 or visit lbgreekfest.org .

CALLING HISTORY BUFFS What Volunteer opportunities coffee Who Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site Where 4600 Virginia Rd. When Saturday, Sept. 8 at 10am More Info Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is currently recruiting volunteers for its school and living-history programs in mid-September. History enthusiasts are welcome to join a “Q and A” session about programs while enjoying a cup of coffee. RSVP at (562) 5701755.

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LBPD officers seized $806,500 in cash at various search-warrant locations in the arrest of 44-year-old Jon Storms of Long Beach, who police say owned and operated an illegal marijuana dispensary.

SPEAKING OF SUCCESS What American Association of University Womens (AAUW) speakers Who Val Parker, executive director of Power 4 Youth, will be the first of AAUW speakers Where Holiday Inn at the Airport, 2640 N. Lakewood Blvd. When Saturday, Sept. 8 at 11am More Info Power 4 Youth provides academic mentoring for struggling students by connecting youth with adult mentors. The social gathering is from 9:30am to 10am; meeting is from 10am to 11am; program is from 11am to noon; luncheon is from noon to 1pm. The luncheon costs $24. For more information and reservations, call Margy Arthur at (562) 799-8479 by Sept. 1.

WRITE ON THE MONEY What Discussion on “Getting Started in Technical Writing” Who Barbara Giammona, global manager of Technical Publications for Invensys Operations Management, will talk about paid writing opportunities available in the technical writing field. Where Long Beach Los Altos Branch Library, 5614 East Britton Dr. When Saturday, Sept. 8 from 2:30pm to 5pm More Info All writers and the public are welcomed. For information, visit calwriterslongbeach.org or email info@calwriterslongbeach.org .

Police seized 14 rifles, 17 handguns and three shotguns in the arrest of Storms review of the vast amounts of financial documents and other evidence seized, we will continue to work with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to determine what charges will be brought against him. These for-profit dispensaries erode the quality of life in our neighborhoods and attract crime. The City of Long Beach, the Long Beach Police Department, along with our law enforcement partners, will continue to investigate these criminal enterprises with the goal of making our community safer.” To report any illegal narcotic activity, the community should contact the Drug Enforcement Section’s hotline at (562) 570-7125. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting tipsoft.com . Background provided by LBPD: Proposition 215, the Compassionate

Use Act and Senate Bill 420, were enacted in the State of California to allow the use of marijuana for those who are seriously ill and with a legitimate doctor’s recommendation. Law enforcement recognizes and responds to the compassionate cases and the law that makes medical marijuana available to those who qualify. The City of Long Beach attempted to facilitate the spirit of these laws by enacting a local ordinance to regulate collectives. However, the result was a creation of the storefront dispensaries selling marijuana over the counter for a profit. The City of Long Beach has since enacted a full ban on all marijuana dispensaries. Some dispensaries have self-abated, however, many have failed to comply with the law and continue to reap the rewards of their illegal activity. Source: LBPD

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MEET AND EAT What Bixby Knolls Supper Club Who Hosted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association Where The Factory Gastrobar, 4020 Atlantic Ave. When Monday, Sept. 10. Reservations will be taken for every half hour from 5:30pm to 7pm. More Info There will be complimentary chef’s choice tapas for every table, new lunch menu items and 25 percent off bottles of wine. RSVP to info@bixbyknollsinfo.com .

SAFE WALKIN’ What “Making Our City Walkable: An Action Workshop for Long Beach” Who Hosted by the YMCA of Greater Long Beach Where St. Mary’s Medical Center, 1050 Linden Ave. When Thursday, Sept. 13, from 2pm to 6pm More Info The Walking Action Workshop is a free four-hour program that brings national experts to work one-on-one with citizens and community organizations to learn the fundamental steps towards creating a city that is safer and more accessible for pedestrians. For more information visit lbymca.org/walklongbeach or call (562) 279-1700.

HAVE YOU HEARD? What Speaker discusses “The Real Truth: How to Have a Successful Hearing Aid Experience” Who Arineh Khachatoorians, audiologist Where Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter of Hearing Loss Association at the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave. in Lakewood When Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7pm More Info Khachatoorians is an active member of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. No reservations are necessary, and admission is free. For more information, call (562) 438-0597 or visit hlalongbeachlakewood.org . WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? What Monthly meeting Who Hosted by Questing Heirs Genealogical Society Where Resurrection Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 1900 E. Carson St. When Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1:15pm More Info The meeting will feature a talk by speaker Dr. David Karber– “Researching My Russian Ancestors.” A beginning research class commences at 4pm and ends at 5pm. Visit qhgs.info or call (562) 598-3027.

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4 SIGNAL TRIBUNE Thoughts from the Publisher by Neena Strichart

Although the following is funny as heck, and I am writing it as if it really happened to me, it is NOT a true story. I took most of it from a Facebook posting from a well-known gal-about-town who also claims to have plagiarized the tale. I have elaborated on it to make it more “Neena-fied.” I was recently at a big-box store purchasing a large bag of dog food for my greyhounds. While I was in the checkout line, a woman behind me asked if I had a dog. My first thought was, “Why else would I be buying dog chow?” Being in a frisky mood I told her, “No, I don’t have a dog,” and then proceeded to tell her that I was starting the doggie kibble diet again, although I probably

shouldn’t. I continued with my concocted tale that the last time I was on the diet I ended up in the hospital, but that I’d lost 50 pounds before I awakened in intensive care with multiple tubes coming out of my veins, as well as being attached to oxygen hoses allowing me to breathe. As the poor, gullible woman stood there horrified, I continued with my deceptive story. I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and all I needed to do to lose weight was to load my pockets with doggie kibble and simply eat one or two every time I felt hungry. I continued by saying that in my opinion if the dog food is nutritionally complete enough for my dogs, it must be safe for me to eat, therefore I was going to try the diet again, in spite of my previously bad experience. By now, the folks in line behind us were eavesdropping with eyes as big as saucers, further feeding into my dream of being a stand-up comic. Mortified, the woman I was originally addressing asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no– that after several days on the diet I had stepped off a

LETTERS

More to ‘Know’

AUGUST 31, 2012

In August 24th’s letter to the editor, the Civil Service Commissioner questioned: Is the right to vote on new city taxes for Signal Hill residents worth the cost to put that question on the ballot? Know and Vote provides the opportunity for Signal Hill voters to answer that question for themselves. If Signal Hill voters want the right to vote on new city bond issues, property fees, assessments or taxes, they sign the petition. If Signal Hill voters want to put on the ballot whether there should be full city disclosure of who pays, how much, for how long, who gets the money and how the money will be spent, they sign the petition. Like the Founding Fathers, the supporters of Know and Vote trust The People to make reasoned judgment regarding new taxes, fees, and expenditures.

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curb to sniff a poodle’s behind and was hit by a car! The first woman stood there with her mouth hanging open, still believing my story, while the other folks in line were laughing hysterically. She finally got the joke and turned beet-red! The moral of the story is: Be careful what you ask me when I’m in a frisky mood. You NEVER know what tale I might tell!

Remember, I told you that the story above is NOT true, but feel free to share it with a friend and make someone else smile today!

Special note: Today is that “once in a blue moon” you hear about. A blue moon occurs when there’s a second full moon in one calendar month. It won't happen again until July 2015. According to esciencenews.com, this blue moon falls on the same day of a private memorial service for Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

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Matthew Simmons Member Signal Hill Community First

An attitude of gratitude

Please let Nick know how much all of us here at AR&C (Advocacy for Respect and Choice-Long Beach) love his article [“Local organization provides job training and employment to intellectually disabled persons,” Aug. 24]. Volunteers, staff, family members and of course our program participants are thrilled with it. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Harry Van Loon Executive director

Marion Lieberman President

Picture perfect

Just read the Signal and wanted to say a big “thank you” for the wonderful job with the photos and story on the Everyday Joy exhibit [“Signal Hill gallery to exhibit photographs taken with disposable cameras by orphans in India,” Aug. 24, 2012]. I am very grateful and excited to be able to send some copies of the paper to India.

Kimberly Hocking Director of Greenly Art Space Signal Hill

Photo by Ali Barrett

After several weeks of planning...we created and hosted a “Back to the ‘80s” luau block party and community food drive for the Long Beach Rescue Mission on Aug. 11 at the 400 block of West 31st Street. It was a huge success, with nearly 300 attendees soaking up the sun, fun, food and music, [and yielding] eight barrels of food. Local resident Hector deejayed the event, and there was dancing in the streets for hours after the crowd chowed down on barbequed chicken, hot dogs, fish and a huge assortment of homemade side dishes brought by all the neighbors and guests. Totally 80s provided two sets live music of the greatest ‘80s hits along with other local entertainers who contributed to the festive atmosphere. Vino Direct provided wine tasting of some fabulous imported wines from Italy. We’d like to give special thanks to the local businesses that generously donated their goods and services: Servando at Orozco’s Auto Service; Frank Buono at Buono’s Pizzeria; Ruben and Sylvia at Guadalupe’s Mexican Grill; Michelle and Enrique Perez at Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant; Chad McAskill at Walgreens; Siegfried [Heger of Vino Direct]; John and Naomi of Sweredoski Farms; and Kia at Kia’s Kreations. Darrell and Ali Barrett Long Beach

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Signal Tribune writer’s interview with Supervisor Knabe available on YouTube

Topics of discussion in Signal Tribune writer Michelle Lecours’s recent video interview with Fourth District LA County Supervisor Don Knabe included pharmacy-filled marijuana prescriptions, children being imprisoned by prostitution, and Southland budget woes. While Knabe is not against marijuana being used for medicinal purposes and being distributed from a pharmacy, he says the patients he’s

seen on video in the dispensaries look “pretty happy.� Child sex trafficking is something usually thought to be happening in Third World countries, but with access to the border and LAX, Los Angeles is almost “an ideal situation� for pimps to entrap at-risk children and offer them up for a price several times a night, Knabe says. On budget troubles, Knabe discussed health care and other services provided for county residents suffering

from the recession. Located in Belmont shore, Lecours HQ is the command center for Lecours’s video interviews of local politicians and power-players and her story-writing for the Signal Tribune. To watch Lecours’s video, go to youtube.com/watch?v=q-OQGxKF19E &feature=g-all-u .

City of Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Mitchell Kushner is urging residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes this Labor Day weekend and during the ensuing weeks until temperatures begin to drop. While outside celebrating the unofficial end of the summer season with backyard barbecues and trips to campgrounds, parks and beaches, residents should remember that the warmer weather creates an ideal environment for mosquitoes. West Nile virus (WNV) is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Human cases of WNV have been reported in nearby Los Angeles and Orange counties. Although no human cases have been detected in Long Beach this season, a WNV-infected bird was recently detected in central Long Beach. Additionally, there has been significant WNV activity recently in the mid-west. Avoiding mosquitoes can reduce the risk of exposure to WNV and other mosquito-borne diseases. Long Beach health offi-

cials are advising residents to take the following precautions: • Avoid mosquito-infested areas, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. • Mosquitoes can breed in standing water. Eliminate standing water on property by dumping or draining water in neglected ponds, birdbaths, fountains, buckets, old tires or anything that can hold water. Dumping or draining water will interrupt the mosquito life cycle. • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors at dawn or dusk. • Use mosquito repellant containing DEET, Picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Residents should follow instructions on the label and consult with your child’s pediatrician for appropriate concentrations of DEET to be used on children under the age of 2. • Keep tight-fitting screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering homes and check to make sure your window screens are in good condition.

• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and drain water from pool covers. • Limit the watering of lawns and outdoor plants to twice a week to avoid run off to gutters and around sprinklers.

Public health officials remind residents to not invite mosquitoes to Labor Day celebrations Source: Lecours HQ

Report dead birds and dead tree squirrels to the California Department of Health Services by calling 1-877-WNV-Bird or online at westnile.ca.gov . For further information, contact the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, Vector Control Program at (562) 5704132 or online at longbeach.gov/ health and click on “West Nile Virus.� Join us on Facebook at facebook.com/lbwnv . Further information about the WNV may be obtained at the State of California Department of Health Services website at westnile.ca.gov, or at the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile . Source: City of LB

Department of Veteran Affairs accepting applications for new training program for unemployed veterans

The Department of Veteran Affairs is now accepting applications for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), a new training and education program for unemployed veterans to improve and advance their skills for jobs that are in high demand. VRAP is managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor and allows qualifying veterans to receive up to 12 months of job training and educational assistance, equal to the full-time Montgomery GI Bill– Active Duty rate, currently $1,473. “During my time in Congress, I have been a strong supporter of the VRAP Program and have worked to secure funding for this program and others who aim to help our veterans,â€? said Laura Richardson, U.S. Representative for California’s 37th Congressional district. “It is important for us to give back to our veterans who have given us so much. Veterans today are having a harder time finding jobs than most Americans, and unemployment among veterans is 13 percent, well above the national average. After sacrificing their time and putting their lives on the line for us, the least we can do is ensure them a job upon returning home.â€? To be eligible for the program, a veteran must: • Be 35 to 60 years old, unemployed on the day of application, and not dishonorably discharged • Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment; • Not be enrolled in a federal or

state job-training program within the last 180 days • Not receive VA compensation at the 100-percent rate due to individual unemployability (IU).

The VA hopes to fill 45,000 application slots for the 2012 fiscal year before the Sept. 30 deadline but will continue to process new applications for the 54,000 slots available in the 2013 fiscal year. Potential applicants can learn

more about VRAP and apply online at benefits.va.gov/VOW or call VA toll-free at 1-800-8271000. Information about the Department of Labor’s programs for veterans is available at dol.gov/vets . Veterans can also visit the nearly 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers across the nation, listed at servicelocator.org, for inperson assistance. Source: Richardson’s office

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Signal Tribune writer Michelle Lecours recently interviewed Fourth District LA County Supervisor Don Knabe, who discussed marijuana prescriptions, childhood prostitution, and the Southland’s budget.

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LB residents air concerns about cuts during Eighth District budget meeting

Sean Belk

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Long Beach residents voiced concerns about potential deep and noticeable cuts to community services and public safety that are so far outlined in the proposed city budget for fiscal year 2013, which starts Oct. 1. Newly elected 8th District Long Beach City Councilmember Al Austin organized the two-hour community budget meeting held on Aug. 27 at the Expo Center on

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Atlantic Avenue. Top city officials broke down potential impacts to their respective departments and fielded questions from a full crowd of about 50 attendees. Over the next few months, the Long Beach City Council is tasked with bridging a $17.2 million shortfall. Rising labor costs, increasing employee benefit expenses and declining revenue are driving a “structural” deficit that is expected to continue for the next three fiscal years, said John Gross, Long Beach director of Financial Management. City Manager Patrick West likened the budget process to making harsh “Sophie’s choices.” Many residents, however, said they have concerns about the potential cumulative impacts of budget proposals that include cutting after-school parks/recreation programs, adaptive recreation programs, pool services, and library services, in addition to major cuts to public safety at a time when city departments have already been stripped down to bare bones due to deficits over the last few years. Proposals include: reductions to sports and after-school programs at parks throughout the city, including Deforest and Cherry parks; cutting swimmingpool programs at the Will J. Reid Scout Park, Millikan High School and the Silverado Community Center; and curtailing senior services. Jessica Quintana, an 8th district resident and executive director of Centro CHA, Inc., a Hispanic community association, said the budget cuts proposed are not cost-effective and the impacts to communities may end up costing the City more in the end, since after-school programs for youth often reduce crime.

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John Gross, director of financial management for the City of Long Beach, speaks to a crowd of about 50 people during an Aug. 27 budget meeting at the Expo Center in Bixby Knolls.

“I really think [there’s] going to be a domino effect if we don’t keep those programs after school and keep the parks open,” she said. “It’s not going to be costeffective. We are going to see more of a tax to have more police officers out. It’s just really not a good decision…these are the ingredients that really make up the quality of life for our community.” Megan Kerr, also an 8th district resident, pointed out that many Long Beach schools are already expected to take a financial hit from major reductions in state funding this year. Reducing youth programs that the City provides would only make matters worse, she said. “The young people are taking a double hit,” Kerr said. Councilmember Austin said the use of city oil revenue to restore cuts would most likely be an ongoing topic of discussion among council members over the next few weeks. “Long Beach is in a unique position among other cities facing the same problems …we actually have oil revenues,” he said. “I think this is a model

8th District Long Beach City Councilmember Al Austin addresses the audience during a budget meeting held on Aug. 27. Also pictured from left are: Glenda Williams, director of library services; Braden Phillips, the police department’s administrative bureau chief; George Chapjian, director of Parks, Recreation & Marine; and City Manager Patrick West.

we should look at where we create oil price reserves, but use more of the anticipated revenues to restore some of these cuts.” Currently, the city council uses a fixed rate for calculating the price of oil in budgeting how much revenue would be spent on so-called “one time” expenditures versus ongoing costs. The goal of the city council’s policy is to prevent shortfalls if oil revenue comes in below projections. Recently, however, Long Beach city staff, during a special city council budget hearing on Aug. 28, proposed increasing the City’s projected price of oil from $65 to $70 per barrel, in addition to shifting about $1 million previously proposed for sidewalk repairs, to prevent cuts to parks, recreation and library programs. Still, the proposed cutbacks for next fiscal year continue to include major reductions to public safety, including an $8.7 million hit to the Long Beach Police Department, which has already reduced its force by 20 percent over the past decade. Cuts include the elimination of 40 sworn police officer positions that would be reduced through attrition and half of the City’s gang unit, in addition to consolidating north and south divisions into one central division. On the plus side, the Long Beach Harbor Department has agreed to enhance their security division that would allow the City to keep seven sworn police officers, including one commander, that would be assigned to patrol the harbor area as a contract officer, according to Braden Phillips,

the police department’s administrative bureau chief. P.G. Herman, a 6th district Long Beach resident, however, said the port funding to maintain officers is positive but still doesn’t maintain police service levels for neighborhoods and communities. She added that losing half of the City’s gang unit would be a big loss to the department during a critical time. “How are we going to be dealing with all the gang uprisings that we have?” Herman asked. “Gangs aren’t going away. We would have not been able to make that huge gang bust this year with US Marshals if you have a reduction in the division … I understand the work will go out to the other division, but we’re certainly not going to handle that.” Phillips responded by saying, “Is it going to be a challenge to do what we’ve done as effectively as we’ve done it? You betcha. But, again, we have a limited number of resources, and we’re allocating those resources in the best way we think possible to ensure the maximum service for the community. The primary thing we want to ensure is that when you call 911 you’re going to get a timely response.” The Long Beach Fire Department is also looking at cuts, including the possibility of eliminating a yet-to-bedetermined fire engine company and changing to a “one plus one” paramedic service model to reduce costs. Changing to the model would require approval of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.

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Fortunately, that merciless heat wave has passed. What will you do when the next one arrives? Here are five ways to keep you and your plants from wilting. 1. Mulch. A three-inch topping of mulch keeps plant roots cool, conserves water and inhibits weeds. Of course, lugging bags of bark chips or cedar shavings is not what you want to do when it’s hot and humid, so take advantage of the cooler weather and perform this task now. Find all colors and kinds at the big-box stores, or pick up free Long Beach city mulch every Wednesday and Friday from 9:30am to 3pm at 2702 California Ave. This is a self-service operation– bring your own bags, shovels, and gloves. 2. Hydrate. This applies to both you and your plants. When it’s super hot outside, delay planting

seeds or transplants. But if you must do it, soak the plant thoroughly in the pot, then flood the planting hole before you put the plant in the ground. Continue to irrigate consistently during the heat wave. And you? Keep a bottle of water handy and guzzle it frequently; pour some on a bandanna and wrap it around your neck. 3. Cover. Again, this is an activity that both you and your plants can share. Take a tip from intrepid gardener Shoshanah Siegel, who with husband Bill Schecter grows abundant vegetables in two beautiful backyard raised beds. As you can see by the accompanying photo, she uses umbrellas to shade her bounty. And you? Get a big hat, and shelter under it. 4. Move. Shift container plants to shadier areas until the weather cools. 5. Soak. If you haven’t gotten around to #4, your hanging baskets and other containers can fry quickly. If that happens, soak the

whole thing, basket and all, in a bucket of cool water. Submerge it and leave it there for 10 to 15 minutes. Put it in the shade to dry a bit. Trim the scorched bits back to healthy foliage. With a little TLC, it may rejuvenate.

I’m working my way though the Long Beach Public Library’s collection of gardening books. My two latest: The Heirloom Life Gardener by Jere and Emilee Gettle, and What’s Wrong With My Vegetable Garden? by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth. If you’re a fan of Baker Creek, the delightful heirloom seed company, you’ll enjoy the first book. The second takes a vegetable-by-vegetable look at many issues and provides organic solutions and helpful pictures.

Jennifer E. Beaver, a Wrigley resident, is a master gardener and author of Container Gardening for California and Edible Gardening for California.

Historic lampposts (as the one seen above) in California Heights were restored in 2010– the largest installation since the California Heights Neighborhood Association (CHNA) program began over 12 years ago and followed on the footsteps of the 2007 phase that saw every lamppost restored on the Cal Heights portion of Orange Avenue. The above photograph, “Hot August Sunset in Cal Heights,� was taken by CHNA President John Royce earlier this month.

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LBPD solves its oldest cold-case homicide to date

On Friday, Jan. 21, 1972, officers from the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to the 6600 block of Olive Avenue in response to a man who had just come home to find his wife stabbed to death. The case went unsolved until detectives were able to give it a second look and advances in DNA technology allowed them to make a significant break in the case. Homicide detectives who responded at the time conducted an investigation into the murder of the woman, identified as 58year-old Helen Sullivan, who had also been sexually assaulted. They collected evidence, canvassed the area, and interviewed her neighbors and family members, but were unable to identify a suspect. Forensic specialists who processed the scene lifted partial fingerprints from several surfaces inside the residence, and the Los Angeles County Coroner ’s Office also collected biological evidence, which was preserved. Detectives pursued all leads available to them at the time, however the partial fingerprints proved insufficient in identifying a suspect, and DNA technology had not advanced to where it could be used by law enforcement until the mid 1980s. The murder of Sullivan would remain unsolved for 40 years until federal grant funds allowed the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) to reopen their unsolved cold-case murders. In 2008 and 2009, the LBPD received the funds, provided by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), to help solve cold cases through advances in DNA technology. The funding allowed the LBPD’s cold-case unit to focus on unsolved homicides in which

biological evidence was collected and preserved, but had not yet been analyzed with the latest DNA testing methods. Utilizing this funding, coldcase unit detectives regularly conduct detailed research into unsolved homicides and undetermined deaths going as far back as the early 1970s. Cases with biological evidence suitable for DNA analysis are identified, and the grant funds cover the research, as well as the DNA testing of these cases. Investigators located the carefully preserved biological evidence and submitted it for analysis. A profile was identified and submitted for a search in the DNA data bank and returned a match to an individual named Emanuel Miller. Investigators learned that Miller, who was 36 years old at the time of Sullivan’s murder, had a lengthy criminal record. Adding to the senselessness of the crime was the fact that Miller did not have any known ties to Long Beach. He had been paroled to Los Angeles just prior to the murder, and investigators surmise that Miller may have been drawn to north Long Beach due to many vacant homes that were boarded up to make room for the Artesia Freeway, which was under construction. The area was known for attracting crime and transients at the time. Further research revealed that Miller died in 1990, at the age of 54. Investigators delivered the news to Sullivan’s family, and although they would not see Miller prosecuted for the crime, they were grateful to detectives for solving the 40-year old mystery of their loved one’s murder, according to the LBPD. This case is the oldest cold-case homicide to date that has been solved by the LBPD.

“Without the support of the National Institute of Justice, the cost of reopening cold cases and testing the preserved DNA evidence would be prohibitive,” said Police Chief Jim McDonnell. “NIJ provides the funding that enables us to identify suspects in these cases, hold them accountable for their crimes, and most importantly, we hope that it enables us to bring some measure of peace to the families of the victims.” Anyone who may have information regarding other unsolved murders is asked to contact the Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detail at (562) 5707244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by email or text via tipsoft.com. For more information about the National Institute of Justice, visit nij.gov . Source: LBPD

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Pedestrian succumbs after being hit by van Voyager van that was traveling southbound on Pacific Avenue. The victim is only being identified as a 61-year-old female resident of Long Beach, pending notification to her family. The driver, a 51-yearold male resident of Long Beach, was questioned and released at the scene. The investigation is ongoing, and it is undetermined if any charges are pending. Anyone who may have information about or who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Accident Investigations Detail at (562) 570-5520. Anonymous tips via text or web may be submitted by visiting tipsoft.com .

On Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at approximately 8:08pm, officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to an injury traffic collision near the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 25th Street that resulted in the death of an adult female. When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a female pedestrian lying in the street with multiple injuries. Paramedics from the Long Beach Fire Department transported her to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced deceased. The investigation revealed that the pedestrian attempted to cross Pacific Avenue westbound outside of a crosswalk south of 25th Street when she was struck by a 1990 Plymouth

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LA DA’s office files charges against man for arson and burglary at Signal Hill Target store On June 4, 2012, Signal Hill Police Officers (SHPD) were dispatched to the Target store located at 950 East 33rd St. to investigate a crime of arson. Employees also reported that a group of individuals attempted to steal shopping carts loaded with stolen merchandise. A Target employee attempted to detain the suspects, and they continued walking and immediately exited the store, without the shopping carts and the store merchandise they selected. Two small fires inside the store were discovered immediately after the suspects left, and it was believed that the fires were started by one of the suspects.

SHPD officers and Target employees reviewed surveillance video footage, which showed the male suspect as he entered the diaper aisle during the same time period when the fires were set inside the store. The fires were started by using a disposable lighter that was pinned in the “on” position by using a rubber band and left burning against flammable merchandise. Fingerprints were found on the merchandise inside the shopping carts and collected by SHPD officers. The fingerprints were submitted to the LA County crime lab for review, and the crime lab determined that the

fingerprints left behind matched the fingerprints of a known wanted suspect. SHPD detectives compiled a six-pack photo line-up of a possible suspect. The suspect was positively identified by Target employees as being involved in the arson, which led to his arrest. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed charges against the suspect for 451(d) PC–arson of property, 459 PC– burglary and three arson enhancements based on the device designed to accelerate the fires or delay ignition. Source: SHPD

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9 Long Beach Symphony Orchestra Musical Theatre West announces programs executive director stepping down for its 2012-2013 Reiner Reading Series AUGUST 31, 2012

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Long Beach Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Robert C. Jones is stepping down from his position to return home to Maryland.

Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (LBSO) Executive Director Robert C. Jones will leave the organization effective Sept. 30 to return to his home in Maryland, according to a press release issued Aug. 24 by LBSO. Jones joined the LBSO as a consultant in 2009 and was hired full time as executive director in 2010. Drawing on his extensive experience in orchestra management, he has led the board and staff in eliminating accumulated deficits and alleviating its cash-flow crisis while working to instill confidence and build community support for the Orchestra, according to the press release, which also states that “Jones has worked tirelessly to raise funds for the LBSO along with successfully negotiating the musicians’ union contract and reorganizing LBSO’s business operations to work more efficiently and effectively.” During Jones’s tenure, the organization has battled the challenges facing many arts organizations brought on by the nation’s and the region’s recession. LBSO has survived the crisis. “I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such talented and passionate people along with a tremendously supportive community,” Jones said. “My wife Susan and I have maintained our residence in Maryland, and we each have professional opportunities and family ties calling us home. We have two sons and a grand-

daughter back there. In addition to accepting some recent consulting offers, Susan and I will be joining a growing arts management firm, Chesapeake International Artists.” “I am proud to be leaving LBSO on a positive track,” added Jones. “It’s time to plan the 2013-14 season so it makes sense for the person who will preside over it to lead that process and to take the organization to the next level.” John DiCarlo, the Long Beach Symphony Association Board president, said the organization was very fortunate to have had Jones during such a difficult time in 2009 and restore the organization from its dire financial and operational situation. “We are financially stable and artistically thriving and have a bright future,” DiCarlo said. “LBSO’s mission of enriching the community by providing high-quality traditional and contemporary symphonic music and life-shaping educational experiences has certainly been advanced during Bob’s tenure. We are deeply appreciative of Bob’s contributions and the sacrifice he made to stay on the west coast for the past several years. He will be dearly missed.” In the interim, Steven Bronfenbrenner, a consultant who has been working with the LBSO for the past year, will step in as the acting executive director. He will assist the Board of Directors in a nationwide search for Jones’s successor. Source: LBSO

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Paul Garman, the executive director/producer of Musical Theatre West (MTW), along with Michael Betts and David Lamoureux, producers of the Reiner Reading Series, has announced the line-up for the Reiner Reading Series’s 2012-2013 season. Reiner Reading Series focuses on staged readings of classic musicals by celebrating and preserving musical theater as an art form by exposing audiences to works that might not otherwise be produced on a larger scale. Through the minimalism of the staged-reading format, the audience is encouraged to use their imaginations to explore and enjoy the diverse range of musical theater, both in style and era, including lesser-known shows by noted composers as well as noted shows by lesser-known composers. This series is underwritten by Ken and Dottie Reiner, both Long Beach residents and Musical Theatre West donors, along with the Ackerman Family/Evalyn M. Bauer Foundation. Additional funds come from a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. The season schedule will include staged readings of: Legs Diamond (Dec. 2) This musical from the late ’80s has never been seen since it closed on Broadway. It is about gangster Jack “Legs” Diamond, whose great ambition is to see his name in lights as a song-and-dance man on the Great White Way. MTW favorite David Engel, who also performed in

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MTW’s Forbidden Broadway, Greatest Hits, Volume 1 & 2 and The Producers, is set to star as the gangster turned hoofer.

110 in the Shade (Jan. 20, 2013) Based on the classic drama The Rainmaker, this musical– from the creators of The Fantasticks– is set in a town desperate for a deluge. Enter self-named Starbuck, the man described “to make it all happen– at least for a price,” sweeps the town and town spinster away with his promises of precipitation and romance.

The Secret Garden (March 17, 2013) Mary Lennox, newly orphaned, comes to England to live with her reclusive Uncle Archibald and his sickly son, Colin. While roaming the grounds, Mary discovers a long-forgotten door that leads to the garden her late Aunt Lily reveled in.

Kismet (June 30, 2013) “Stranger in Paradise,” “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” and “Not Since Nineveh” are a few of the songs that contribute to the Middle Eastern-flavored tale with music based on the scores of Alexander Borodin. Hajj, the beggar and poet, spins his rhymes in the court of the Wazir and catches the eye of the Wazir’s mistress, LaLume, while Hajj’s daughter Marsinah, unbeknownst to her, has turned the head of the young Caliph.

City of Angels (Aug. 25, 2013) This Tony-winner is arguably the jazziest score from the pen of Cy Coleman. Close-up: Hollywood in the 1940s. Styne, the writer of a popular detective series, has moved out west to provide the script for an adaptation of his works for the silver screen.

All readings are on Sundays at 7pm. Pre-purchased general admission tickets start at $25, but admission is $30 at the entrance. They are available now through the MTW box office at (562) 856-1999, ext. 4 or at musical.org. Season tickets are still available. Pick any four for $85 or all five for $100. The series takes place at University Theatre at California State University of Long Beach at the 7th Street entrance.

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The City of Long Beach is competing for the $5 million grand prize in the nationwide Mayors Challenge organized by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Bloomberg Philanthropies. “Long Beach is filled with thought-leaders,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. “The Mayors Challenge is an incredible opportunity to channel that innovation into bold ideas that solve real problems, not just here but in cities across America.” Submissions must address at least one of the following criteria: • Serious social or economic problems • Improve customer service for residents or businesses • Enhance accountability to or engagement with the public • Efficiencies that make government work better, faster and cheaper. “Collaboration and scalability are two important facets of any great proposal,” added Foster. “But the prize rules are broad enough that nearly any great idea will have a chance to win.” Long Beach residents may enter ideas through the contest website at longbeach.gov/mayor/mayorschallenge. Photos and YouTube videos to supplement applications will be accepted but are not necessary. Foster will choose one idea received by 5pm on Friday, Aug. 31 to forward to the national competition as the Long Beach entry. More than 390 cities nationwide have accepted the Bloomberg Philanthropies challenge. In addition to the grand prize, the Mayors Challenge will also award four runner-up cities with $1 million each. All five winners and finalists will have access to experts and resources to transform their idea into reality. M ORE I NFORMATION mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org Source: City of LB

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Fest to offer Greek culture all Labor Day weekend Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 5761 East Colorado St., will host the 63rd Annual Long Beach Greek Festival and Cultural Event Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3 from noon to 9pm. Admission is $3. Kids under 12, seniors and members of all branches of military, fire and police with proper ID are free all three days. Entrance is free for everyone on Monday. The festival will include: live Greek music and awardwinning Greek dance performances; authentic Greek food, appetizers and pastries; Greek wine, ouzo, Greek beer and Greek coffee; free Greek cooking demonstrations; souvenir “Agora” market with unique vendors; Hellenic cultural DVD display booth; and carnival rides, games and prizes. Free admission tickets are available for download at lbgreekfest.org . For directions and more information, call the church office at (562) 494-8929.

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A-1 Sealed bids will be received at the office of the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, California, until 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 10, 2012, and on the same day shortly thereafter, they will be publicly opened and read for the “Reservoir Park Restroom Replacement Project, No. 797”, in accordance with the Specifications therefore. Bids must be made on the forms provided for this purpose, addressed to the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, marked "Bid for," followed by the title of the project and the date and hour for submitting bids. Bids are required for the entire work as described in the Bid Schedule and the Specifications.

A-1 Sealed bids will be received at the office of the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, California, until 10:00 a.m. on September 20, 2012, and on the same day shortly thereafter, they will be publicly opened and read for the “2013 Pavement Management Project, No. 688”, in accordance with the Specifications therefore. Bids must be made on the forms provided for this purpose, addressed to the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, marked "Bid for," followed by the title of the project and the date and hour for submitting bids. Bids are required for the entire work as described in the Bid Schedule and the Specifications.

TST4172 NoTICE INVITING BIDS

The work to be accomplished under this contract includes the demolition of the existing restroom, the roughin plumbing and electrical, the final connection of plumbing and electrical, the construction of a gravel pad, and the construction of concrete walking ways all for the installation of a precast CXT restroom (by others). A-2 All work must be completed within thirty (30) working days after receipt by the Contractor of the notice to proceed from the City excluding necessary time for CXT to deliver and set up precast restroom. The contract documents, which include the Specifications, may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Department of Finance for $20, or $25 if requested by mail. The documents are entitled “Reservoir Park Restroom Replacement Project, No. 797.”

A-3 Bids will not be received unless they are made on a proposal form furnished in the Contract Documents by the City of Signal Hill. Each bid must be accompanied by cash, certified check, cashier's check or bidder's bond, made payable to the City of Signal Hill for an amount equal to at least ten percent (10%) of the amount bid, such guarantee to be forfeited should the bidder to whom the contract is awarded fail to enter into the Contract. A-4 All bids are to be compared on the basis of the lump sum or itemized bid items shown in the Bid Schedule(s). Bids will not be accepted from the contractors who are not licensed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 9, Division III of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California. The Contractor shall be required to possess a Class A or Class B license at the time the contract is awarded. A-5 Attention is directed to the provision in Section 1777.5 of the labor Code concerning the employment of apprentices by the Contractor of any subcontractor under the Contractor. A-6 Before a Contract is entered into with the successful bidder, the bidder shall present evidence in writing to the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, that he has a current combined single limit liability policy with aggregate limits for Bodily Injury and Property Damage in the amount of two million dollars ($2,000,000).

A-7 Pursuant to the provisions of Section 1773.2 of the Labor Code of the State of California, the minimum prevailing rate of per diem wages for each craft, classification or type of workman needed to execute the contract shall be those determined by the Director of Industrial Relations of the State of California which are on file with the City Clerk of Signal Hill and copies will be made available to any interested party on request. A copy of the Contractor's certified payroll, as well as those of all subcontractors shall be submitted with each invoice. A-8 Attention is directed to Public Contract Code Section 22300 permitting the substitution of specified and approved securities for contract retention of funds. All such securities shall be subject to the review and approval of the City Attorney of the City of Signal Hill.

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A-9 The successful bidder will be required to furnish a payment bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price and a faithful performance bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price, and said bonds shall be secured from a surety company satisfactory to the City Attorney of the City of Signal Hill. A-10 The City of Signal Hill reserves the right to reject any and all bids, or delete portions of any and all bids or waive any informality or irregularity in the bid or the bid procedures and shall be the sole judge of the bids received. By order of the City of Signal Hill.

Posted at Signal Hill City Hall on: August 22, 2012 Published in the Signal Tribune on: August 24 and 31, 2012

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The work to be accomplished under this contract includes the rehabilitation of various streets in the southeastern portion of the City per the Vicinity Map, Exhibit ‘B’ with the application of Type II slurry seal, cold planing and construction of asphalt concrete pavement, removal and reconstruction of failed pavement sections, replacement of an alley intersection, and installation of street traffic striping, pavement legends, and pavement markings. Specific construction activities are described in the quantity sheets for each street segment following the project.

All work must be completed within thirty (30) working A-2 days after receipt by the Contractor of the notice to proceed from the City. The contract documents, which include the Specifications, may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Department of Finance for $25, or $35 if requested by mail. The documents are entitled “2013 Pavement Management Project, No. 688”

A-3 Bids will not be received unless they are made on a proposal form furnished in the Contract Documents by the City of Signal Hill. Each bid must be accompanied by cash, certified check, cashier's check, or bidder's bond, made payable to the City of Signal Hill for an amount equal to at least ten percent (10%) of the amount bid, such guarantee to be forfeited should the bidder to whom the contract is awarded fail to enter into the Contract.

A-4 All bids are to be compared on the basis of the lump sum or itemized bid items shown in the Bid Schedule(s). Bids will not be accepted from the contractors who are not licensed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 9, Division III of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California. The Contractor shall be required to possess a Class A or Class C-12 license at the time the contract is awarded.

A-5 Attention is directed to the provision in Section 1777.5 of the labor Code concerning the employment of apprentices by the Contractor of any subcontractor under the Contractor. A-6 Before a Contract is entered into with the successful bidder, the bidder shall present evidence in writing to the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, that he has a current combined single limit liability policy with aggregate limits for Bodily Injury and Property Damage in the amount of two million dollars ($2,000,000).

A-7 Pursuant to the provisions of Section 1773.2 of the Labor Code of the State of California, the minimum prevailing rate of per diem wages for each craft, classification or type of workman needed to execute the contract shall be those determined by the Director of Industrial Relations of the State of California which are on file with the City Clerk of Signal Hill and copies will be made available to any interested party on request. A copy of the Contractor's certified payroll, as well as those of all subcontractors shall be submitted with each invoice. A-8 Attention is directed to Public Contract Code Section 22300 permitting the substitution of specified and approved securities for contract retention of funds. All such securities shall be subject to the review and approval of the City Attorney of the City of Signal Hill.

A-9 The successful bidder will be required to furnish a payment bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price and a faithful performance bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price, and said bonds shall be secured from a surety company satisfactory to the City Attorney of the City of Signal Hill. A-10 The City of Signal Hill reserves the right to reject any and all bids, or delete portions of any and all bids or waive any informality or irregularity in the bid or the bid procedures and shall be the sole judge of the bids received. By order of the City of Signal Hill.

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NDEX WEST, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 05/25/2007 as Instrument No. 20071273184 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: DONALD J KOZIL, 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: 9/13/2012 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: 2001 EAST 21ST STREET 235, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 APN#: 7215-019-116 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 $448,343.68. 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 20120159900742. 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: 8/16/2012 P977416 8/24, 8/31, 09/07/2012     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,

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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 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       

TST4165 Trustee Sale No. 736965CA Loan No. 1024243702 Title Order No. 3206-243385 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 7/12/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 9/14/2012 at 09:00 AM, CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 07/20/2006, Book N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 06 1599635, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: LILIA LOPEZ, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, as Trustor, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., (MERS), SOLELY AS NOMINEE FOR LENDER, ALLIANCE BANCORP, IT'S SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA Legal Description: As more fully described in said Deed of Trust Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $402,012.99 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 2388 CERRITOS AVENUE , SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 APN Number: 7211-019-010 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. DATE: 8/21/2012 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee DEREK WEAR-RENEE, ASSISTANT SECRETARY CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800-892-6902 For Sales Information: (714) 7302727 or www.lpsasap.com (714) 573-1965 or www.priorityposting.com 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, this information can be obtained from one of the following two companies: LPS Agency Sales & Posting at (714) 730-2727, or visit the Internet Web site www.lpsasap.com (Registration required to search for sale information) or Priority Posting & Publishing at (714) 573-1965 or visit the Internet Web site www.priorityposting.com (Click on the link for “Advanced Search” to search for sale information), using the Trustee Sale No. shown above. 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. P974131 8/24, 8/31, 09/07/2012

TST4173 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 10-0141714 Doc ID #0001001886442005N Title Order No. 10-8-508633 Investor/Insurer No. N/A APN No. 7215-020-021 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 04/22/2005. 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 LATEEF T FRANKS, A SINGLE MAN, dated 04/22/2005 and recorded 5/2/2005, as Instrument No. 05 1017867, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 09/24/2012 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: 2244 SEA RIDGE DRIVE, SIGNAL HILL, CA, 90755. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $1,303,080.30. 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 1-800281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 10-0141714. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.A-4290942 08/31/2012, 09/07/2012, 09/14/2012 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 reg-

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istrant 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

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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.

TST4168 / 2012 159909 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. WHOLESOME WHOLESALE CLUB, 2. SOOZIE Q WORKS FOR YOU, 315 W. 3rd St. Unit 206, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrant: LOUIE DO IT ALL INDUSTRIES, INC., 315 W. 3rd St. Unit 206, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Susan M. Arete, Vice 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 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 24, 31, September 7, 14, 2012. TST4169 / 2012 166621 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: ALLINGTON COMPANY, 36323 El Camino Dr., Palmdale, CA 93551. Registrants: 1. RICHARD ALLINGTON, 2. MARGARITA ALLINGTON, 36323 El Camino Dr., Palmdale, CA 93551. This business is conducted by: a Husband and Wife. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Richard Allington. 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 17, 2012. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: August 24, 31, September 7, 14, 2012. TST4176 / 2012 169457 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: MR. B'S BOX, 2059 W. Jefferson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90018. Registrant: MARK E. GALLOWAY, 2933 Eucalyptus Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Mark E. Galloway. 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 22, 2012. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk.

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TST4178 / 2012 171848 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. SUNBELT REALTY, 2. SUNBELT ASSOCIATES, 4429 Village Rd., Long Beach, CA 90808. Registrant: INTERNATIONAL SUNBELT PROPERTIES, INC., 4429 Village Rd., Long Beach, CA 90808. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Joan McCormick, Vice-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 August 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: August 31, & September 7, 14, 21, 2012.

TST4175 / Case No. NS025773 oRDER To SHoW CAUSE FoR CHANGE oF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 415 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. PETITION OF Svapnaben Trivedi For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner SVAPNABEN TRIVEDI, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: SVAPNABEN TRIVEDI to Proposed Name: SVAPNA ALAN TRIVEDI. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall

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appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: October 5, 2012; Time: 8:30 A.M.; Dept. 11, Room 31. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 939 E. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: August 31, & September 7, 14, 21, 2012. ___//ss//___ Ross M. Klein, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: August 28, 2012

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, the Planning Commission of the City of Signal Hill will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider the following: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, the City Council of the City of Signal Hill will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California to consider the following: COMMUNITY GARDEN USE

A ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT TO FACILITATE FUTURE COMMUNITY GARDEN IMPROVEMENTS BY • RECLASSIFYING A 6,750 SQUARE-FOOT PARCEL AT 1917 21ST STREET FROM THE “RLM-1,” RESIDENTIAL LOW-MEDIUM 1 ZONING DESIGNATION, TO THE “OS,” OPEN SPACE ZONING DESIGNATION, • UPDATING THE DEFINITION OF “COMMUNITY GARDEN” IN CHAPTER 20.04 OF THE SIGNAL HILL MUNICIPAL CODE TO REFERENCE PUBLICALLY-OPERATED COMMUNITY GARDENS • ADDING COMMUNITY GARDEN AS A PERMITTED USE IN THE OPEN SPACE ZONING DISTRICT Applicant: City of Signal Hill

THE PROJECT IS CATEGORICALLY EXEMPT from requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act pursuant to Section 15304, Minor Alterations, of the Guidelines for implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend the public hearings to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. If you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearings described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearings. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED to submit written comments to the Community Development Department, prior to the public hearings. Written comments may also be submitted at the public hearings. 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 Reina Schaetzl, Assistant Planner at rschaetzl@cityofsignalhill.org or calling at (562) 989-7341. Published in the Signal Tribune newspaper: August 31, 2012 (per Gov’t Code (§65091(a)(3)(1)) Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: August 31, 2012

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vate developer, Farfsing confirmed in an interview Wednesday. The latest payment schedule indicates that the amount of redevelopment’s outstanding financial obligations total over $225.5 million which includes nearly $17 million in debts and obligations that were previously rejected by the Department of Finance. Farfsing’s June staff report outlined the history of the used-car retailer’s development project, which had been moving along from its initial proposal in 2005 up until October 2008. At that time, CarMax failed to obtain building permits and then a month later requested a “time out” from their development schedule, Farfsing reported. Progress on the development of the new dealership had been effectively put on hold after that time, and last year, California lawmakers passed legislation to end the redevelopment program throughout the state. CarMax’s attorney has told Signal Hill city officials that CarMax expects most of the

money back, however California’s Department of Finance did not approve the $6 million as a recognized obligation of the former redevelopment agency program. Farfsing’s June report indicated that the Department of Finance offered no written statement to explain the rationale of their decision. Although the Department of Finance previously rejected the used-car retailer’s request for a refund, there is a possibility that the department can reconsider approving CarMax’s claim to millions of dollars under the guidelines of a new California law. AB 1484 modifies some of the existing provisions related to the process of dissolving the redevelopment programs and also outlines new requirements for the obligation payment schedules. Farfsing explained in a telephone interview Wednesday that Cities may now be able to retain some of the assets or sell them. In addition, under the new law, the Successor Agency, which is charged with the former redevelopment agency’s administration matters, may address disputed amounts with the Department of Finance through a specific process called the “meet and confer.” Signal Hill’s Successor Agency can “meet and confer” with the Department of Finance for disputed amounts, according to Farfsing’s June staff report. That official meet-and-confer session has not yet been scheduled. Signal Hill officials and the Department of Finance have only met and discussed their issues. Alcantara said at last week’s Oversight Board meeting that it

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had been recommended during a “meet and discuss” session that the CarMax line item should be listed on the January through June 2013 obligation payment schedule. The director of finance explained in a telephone interview Wednesday that the “meet and discuss” sessions were different from the “meet and confer” sessions. Alcantara confirmed at the Aug. 23 meeting that the $6 million has been spent and had therefore been listed as an “enforceable obligation.” The payment schedule notes do highlight the line item as a denied amount that is currently under appeal. Farfsing told the Oversight Board members at their August meeting that he hoped that the Department of Finance can resolve the disputed amounts within the next review period. He reiterated that the attorney for CarMax said that the company feels that the $6 million is “a legitimate realestate deposit that they should have back.” “So we’re really depending on the Department of Finance to kind of give us their direction,” Farfsing said. He then explained what could happen should CarMax sue the Successor Agency of the City. “We would tender any litigation that CarMax brought against us to the State. We made them clear of that, so they’re going to have their attorneys take a look at it,” Farfsing said. “I think, to some extent, the Department of Finance is just unfamiliar with how our real-estate transactions are put together.”

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Friday, Aug. 24 Commercial burglary 11:51am– 200 block of E. Willow Street

Saturday, Aug. 25 Commercial burglary 9:45am– 900 block of E. 33rd Street

Sunday, Aug. 26 Auto burglary 11:45am– 3900 block of Orange Avenue Commercial burglary Noon– 2500 block of Chestnut Avenue Monday, Aug. 27 Battery 8:45pm– 1900 block of Pine Avenue

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Burglary (commercial shoplifting) 10:51am– 900 block of E. 33rd Street Burglary 2:53pm– 1800 block of Molino Avenue

Residential burglary 7:30pm– 1900 block of Crescent Drive

Rape 5:46pm– 3300 block of California Avenue

Grand Theft; Property 6:45pm– 2200 block of E. Willow Street

Saturday, Aug. 25 Identity theft 9:19am– 1600 block of E. Willow Street

Burglary (commercial petty theft) 9:45am– 900 block of E. 33rd Street Suspect in custody.

Monday, Aug. 27 Carry concealed dirk or dagger 12:58am– Cherry Avenue/E. Pacific Coast Highway Suspect in custody. Mental disorder (danger to others) 1:36pm– 3000 block of California Avenue Non-injury hit & run 2:18pm– 2500 block of Cherry Avenue

Non-injury hit & run 4:21pm– 2200 block of E. Willow Street

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Stolen vehicle 5:18pm– 3200 block of Lewis Avenue

Residential burglary 6:21pm– 2300 block of Lewis Avenue

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where deliveries to locations out of prescribed service areas now take two days– customers should adjust to the changes accordingly and send in payments earlier, he added. In addition, if the Redondo Avenue post office has to be relocated, the postal service would make sure the new location would be “as close as possible” to the existing facility, since many Signal Hill residents rely on the station for public retail and P.O. box delivery, Maher said. The Long Beach facility was named after Congressman Steve Horn, who fought for decades to get the City of Signal Hill its own ZIP code, 90755, which the city received in early 2002. Etchepare said that the case might be that P.O. box services for Signal Hill residents are spread out among different post office locations throughout Long Beach. Meanwhile, the Long Beach City Council continues to oppose the closure of the Redondo Avenue facility, while staying in communication with Senator Barbara Feinstein on the matter. Tom Modica, director of government affairs and strategic initiatives for Long Beach, said city officials are continuing to monitor the situation and will voice concerns of local impacts. “This is not an issue unique to Long Beach,” Modica said. “There are facilities throughout the nation that are dealing with this issue, as the post office restructures to save money … Our position has been to voice our concern about the local impact in making sure there’s appropriate mail service delivery to our residents.”

sources.” “My hope is that my son can continue coming here,” Lieberman said. “It’s a good quality of life for him and something he enjoys. I hope we can sustain these programs for many years to come.”

building it for many years, but after drawing from it for three years, it’s just about gone,” he said. Van Loon said that while he and the AR&C board of directors would like to expand the organization, right now they are struggling to just keep it at the same level. “We would love to be able to serve additional clients who are now wandering the streets or just staying at home,” he said. “It does not look like the State will increase its funding for our programs in the foreseeable future, so we are having to look for other funding

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the transfer of Pasadena’s mail processing to Los Angeles has caused delays in the mail system. Moving processing from the Long Beach facility, which handles even more mail volume than Pasadena, will only compound the problem, Etchepare said. In a letter sent to the postal service last year, he cited a previous closure in which a processing plant in Marina del Ray was merged in January 2005 with Los Angeles and Long Beach facilities. The closure, Etchepare said, resulted in “widespread delivery disruptions,” complaints and lengthy delays, adding that the postal service has not properly analyzed the impacts of consolidating operations on a local basis. “The impacts that we suffered from the Marina del Ray closure are going to be magnified tremendously, just because of the fact that the country is losing so much of its postal plant facilities,” he said. “I personally believe this is not downsizing as much as it is dismantling the postal service.” Still, Maher said, without Congress enacting any legislation, the organization has no other option but to take such cost-cutting measures. He said current laws force the postal service to make “prepayments” of up to $5.5 billion each year to fund retiree benefits, adding that the postal service has already defaulted on its payment to the federal government for the first time in history. Maher said hopes are that legislation would change that law to allow the postal service to carry out a more feasible business model. As the postal service has now implemented a new service standard of maintaining only 80 percent of first-class overnight mail delivery–

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mail customers. “The consolidation from Pasadena to Los Angeles has gone very smoothly,” he said. “As we implement these changes, we make every effort to maintain service … and these facilities are not that far apart. Transportation could easily get mail within the prescribed period.” The postal service has not made a determination yet as to the long-term future of the property on Redondo Avenue, Maher said, adding that plans may involve either relocating the facility, subdividing the property or moving in other operations. “We have not made a determination of what we will do with that property,” he said. “But, if we decide to relocate public services to a nearby smaller facility, we would involve the public with public meetings and notifications.” Some former, now retired postal employees, however, foresee a perfect storm on the horizon, adding that merging so many mail-processing centers to one facility will inevitably cause longer delays in mail delivery. “If you’re waiting until the last possible moment to mail your payment back to a company, it’s going to be delayed … more than two days,” said Martine Etchepare, a retired, 21-year postal employee who worked as labor relations manager for the Long Beach district up until 2003. “Mail is going to take a week or longer to get where it’s going and it’s going to be a real ugly situation … People are going to be receiving late payment fees, penalties and companies are going to be badly impacted.” Regarding the postal service’s notions of a smooth transition, he said news reports have already shown that

a cost statement to the State so that it can determine the funding it will supply per capita,” he said. “We have been getting a certain amount of money for each of our clients, but the last time we went through that process was 1998. So, while inflation has increased the cost of everything, the State has been giving us funding based on how much things cost 14 years ago.” He added that matters have gotten worse in the past few years as the State has initiated across-the-board funding reductions in order to deal with the continuing state budget crisis. “The lack of funds has forced us to lay off some of our staff,” Lieberman lamented. “We now have such a large deficit that we recently had to re-do our budget and we are looking at the possibility of more staff layoffs, which will impair our ability to provide the same level of service to our clients– the people who so desperately need our help.” “We are anticipating $4.6 million in revenues from all sources, including state funding for next year,” Van Loon said. “Our expenses this year are $4.8 million. That means that next year we anticipate a budget shortfall of approximately $200,000. That’s on top of the approximately $158,000 budget shortfall we had this year, and the $200,000 deficit of last year and the $300,000 deficit we had two years ago.” Van Loon noted that AR&C had a reserve fund to ensure continuity of funding, but now the fund is almost completely depleted. “We had been

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program for individuals who are severely intellectually disabled and will probably never be able to work, he said. He noted that the AR&C Day Training Activity Center (DTAC) provides adult day care and enjoyable activities to severely intellectually disabled individuals. “We teach them how to socialize and offer them a variety of activities like gardening, arts & crafts, dancing, fashion shows, community outings, field trips, picnics and other activities and let them choose the ones they prefer,” he said. He added that in the DTAC, AR&C staff also teach clients how to prepare their own food, pick up after themselves and groom themselves according to their abilities. Charlotte Schneider, DTAC program manager, elaborated on Van Loon’s comments. “The clients that come in for the day program range from pretty high mentally retarded to profoundly mentally retarded,” she said. “We have some people that have physical disabilities as well. We have several people who have cerebral palsy or are in a wheelchair for other reasons. The main reason that they come to us between 8:30 and 2:30 is just to have meaningful activities during their day instead of just having to stay home.” She noted that about 40 clients participate in DTAC activities. “Most of our funding comes through the California Department of Developmental Services, which contracts with

21 regional centers throughout the state,” Van Loon said. He explained that AR&C works with several regional centers in southern California but most of its clients are processed through Harbor Regional Center. Van Loon explained that in order to be admitted into one of the AR&C programs, a person must be diagnosed as having an intellectual disability, and they must be a regional center client. “If they are not a regional center client, I give them, or their family member or caregiver, the phone number of the regional center that serves the area in which they live,” Val Loon said. He explained that becoming a regional center client is usually as simple as filling out paperwork and being assessed by a medical professional. According to Van Loon, AR&C, as a nonprofit organization, also gets funding from individual and corporate donors, as well as grants from a variety of organizations. He added that on Oct. 13 AR&C and CSULB Disabled Student Services will host a fundraising dinner at The Grand to benefit both organizations. “We need the private and corporate donations now more than ever before,” said Marion Lieberman, AR&C president. “The State has severely cut back its funding to our organization, and if we are to continue doing what we do, we are going to have to make up that shortfall from other sources.” Van Loon elaborated. “We go through a process in which we submit

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