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Hill Street house that LB wants to demolish damaged by fire VOL. 34 NO. 17

Nick Diamantides Staff Writer

The two vacant houses on Hill Street that sit on the boundary line between Long Beach and Signal Hill are still in limbo, but last week, on Sept. 20, one of them mysteriously caught fire. The upscale homes, which Long Beach officials want demolished, were constructed by developer Wayne Ballinger in 2003 but have never been occupied because he and all subsequent owners have been unable to obtain easements for utilities and driveways. The houses are located at 2910 and 2914 Hill St. in Long Beach, in the 4th City Coun-

cil District. The house at 2910 Hill St. was the one damaged by the fire. The houses are owned by Tarzana-based Six Angels, Inc., which purchased the homes in 2008 for $800,000. Brian Angel, one of company principals, said the fire caused $100,000 to $150,000 in damage, but the houses are insured. “We do not know what caused the fire,” he said. “We have kicked homeless people off the property in the past, but the houses are very secure, and I do not know how someone could have gotten inside.” According to Will Nash, public

information officer for the Long Beach Fire Department, the fire was reported by a neighbor at 4:26pm. “The first units arrived at the scene five minutes later, and the fire was knocked down in six minutes,” he said. “It was a slowburning, smoldering fire, but the firefighters had to tear into the building to get to it.” Nash explained that the fire was probably slowly burning for quite some time before smoke became visible from outside the house. He added that no one was injured by the blaze, and the last of the firefighters left the scene at 5:39pm.

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On Sept. 20, the vacant house at 2910 Hill St. was damaged by fire.

Feud over auto-title loan firm moving into Wrigley area likely heading to LB City Council on appeal

LB City Council agrees to look into pay-cutting ballot measure and bargain for pension reform

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fer” process before proposing any changes to employee contracts and must not interfere with existing contracts. Only if negotiations reach an impasse would the City be allowed to propose such a ballot measure, he said. Consequently, City Manager Patrick West is scheduled to meet with IAM and other employee unions in closed session during a special meeting on Oct. 2. The ballot proposal, however, drew sharp criticism from union members and some city councilmembers, who said the initiative appears to single out non-public safety employees, such as street sweepers, trash haulers, clerks and librarians, for taking pay raises while the City has had to make deep cuts to services during the economic downturn. According to a staff report by Seventh District Coun-

Sean Belk Staff Writer

With few options left to avert continual budget cuts, the Long Beach City Council has agreed to look into an initiative that would ask voters whether to turn back wages for nonpublic safety workers to 2010 levels in the next two fiscal years. The action, approved in a 6-2 vote at the City Council’s Sept. 18 meeting, also directs city staff to immediately start a collective-bargaining process with miscellaneous employee unions, including the city’s largest union, the International Association of Machinists (IAM). But it could be a while before the so-called “compensation reform” proposal ever makes it to the ballot, according to City Attorney Robert Shannon, who said state law requires that public employers go through a “meet and con-

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Georgia-based Pennbrooke Financial Services, LLC has applied for a conditional-use permit to operate out of this empty commercial building on the northwest corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Pacific Avenue in the south Wrigley area. However, the proposal has stalled so far, after the Long Beach Planning Commission reached a deadlock vote on Sept. 20.

Sean Belk Staff Writer

To some Wrigley-area residents, allowing an auto-title loan firm to move into their neighborhood would create “financial blight” in an already fragile community. But representatives of the company see it

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differently, contesting that stopping the firm’s move would crush any chance for the vacant lot to be developed, and that the City doesn’t have any legal grounds to make such a determination in the first place. The Long Beach Planning Commission came to a (3-3) tie vote on

Sept. 20 on whether to grant Georgia-based Pennbrooke Financial Services, LLC a conditional-use permit (CUP) to operate out of an empty commercial building on the northwest corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Pacific Avenue. The

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The bluff in Long Beach became one of the ideal sites for locals to view The Endeavour’s final mission on Sept. 21.

On Friday, Sept. 21, the greater Los Angeles region was treated to a victory lap by the Space Shuttle Endeavour, which made a spin around California before its final stop, and new home, at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The shuttle was bolted to a 747 jumbo jet for its ultimate tour. “Last Friday was a historical day in Los Angeles County as we were treated to a farewell fly-over of the space shuttle Endeavour, as it arrived

at LAX and prepared for its transport to the California Science Center,” said LA County 4th District Supervisor Don Knabe, in his emailed newsletter Monday. “The shuttle, which flew into space on 25 missions, majestically soared over local landmarks such as the Queen Mary, Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign. It was truly an awe-inspiring sight to see.” Saul Villicana, a Long Beach resident, was among the throngs of people

who took advantage of the height of Signal Hill’s Hilltop Park to watch the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s last flight. “Considering that we’re in the midst of an acrimonious election season, the Endeavour sticks out in my mind about what this country can accomplish when we work together,” Villicana said. Crews are now unbolting the shuttle from the jet to put it on a special flatbed trailer.

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A multitude of people took advantage of the altitude of Signal Hill’s Hilltop Park to view the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s

swan-song flight.

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Taken from the roof of the Braille Institute in Los Angeles, this shot shows the Space Shuttle Endeavour soaring above the Hollywood sign during its final flight before being retired to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

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A line of recyling bins sits outside Hughes Middle School Thursday afternoon, ready to be emptied. The school, along with its next-door neighbor, Longfellow Middle School, was among the winners in the Keep California Beautiful California K-12 Schools Recycling Challenge competition earlier this year. The two Bixby Knolls campuses also host free e-waste collection and document shredding events for the public, and, last March, students in Hughes’ environmentally active Green Team produced a four-minute public-service announcement about urban runoff, its causes, and ways to prevent it.


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governor signs legislation to allow potential voters to register right before elections

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 1436, legislation by Assembly Member Mike Feuer (DLos Angeles), to increase voter turnout by allowing potential voters to register in the days preceding an upcoming election, including Election Day. Currently, voters must register at least 15 days prior to the next election. “This new law will help assure that all eligible Californians will have the chance to determine who speaks for them in Washington, Sacramento

and their home towns,� said Feuer. “By recognizing the importance of increasing voter turnout in our state, we are improving the democratic process in California.� Currently in California, voter affidavits must be hand-delivered or postmarked to a county elections office at least 15 days before the election. Exceptions are made for people who become US citizens seven to 14 days before Election Day. These individuals are allowed to register and vote up to seven days

prior to the election. Currently, 10 states allow some form of Election Day registration, including Connecticut, Idaho, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Although the provisions of AB 1436 will go into statute on Jan.1, 2014, the law will take effect when Vote Cal, the state’s federally mandated statewide voter database, is fully implemented by the Secretary of State’s office.

police investigating shooting death of 19-year-old as possibly gang-related

Two men, one juvenile arrested for murder of 20-year-old

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, at approximately 8:50pm, officers from the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to a report of gunshots in the area of 7th Street and Rose Avenue. Responding officers found an adult male lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Long Beach Fire Paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The preliminary investigation determined that the victim, identified as 20-year-old Gerardo Placencia of Long Beach, was walking with his 12-yearold relative, who was riding her scooter just in front of him. The pair walked past the three suspects who happened to be leaving a local business. When the three suspects approached Placencia, they asked him what gang he belonged to. Fearing something might happen, the victim did not respond and tried to quickly walk away. As the suspects followed behind the pair, one of them, without provocation, produced a firearm and fired multiple times. The female relative went into a local business to seek assistance, and the suspects ran away from the scene. Detectives worked continuously since the murder and have arrested three Long Beach residents for this crime. All three suspects live in Long Beach and are identified as 19year-old Montreal Hill, 18year-old Eric Hubbard, and a 15-year-old male juvenile. All of the suspects are currently being held on gang-related murder charges. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact Long Beach Police Detectives Malcolm Evans or Todd Johnson at (562) 5707244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting tipsoft.com .

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transported by paramedics to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The preliminary investigation indicated that Rodriguez was walking in the area when he was confronted by two suspects. A motive for the shooting is undetermined, but the incident is being investigated as possibly gang-related. No suspect informa-

tion is available at this time. Anyone who may information regarding this crime is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at (562) 5707244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting tipsoft.com . Source: LBPD

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SaFeTY FIrST What Car-seat safety check at the 5th District Good Neighbor Festival and Picnic Who Miller’s Children’s Hospital Where El Dorado Branch Library parking lot, 2900 N. Studebaker Rd. When Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10am to 2pm More Info Attendees may have their child’s car seat inspected by certified technicians. Technicians will provide consultations and help ensure children are safe before every trip. Spaces are limited. Call (562) 933-9151 or email dluna2@memorialcare.org to schedule a free consultation.

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On Friday, Sept. 21, at approximately 10:10pm, a shooting occurred in the 700 block of Chestnut Avenue that resulted in the death of a male adult. Officers arrived and discovered the victim had sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso. The victim, identified as 19-year-old Estuaredo Rodriguez of Long Beach, was

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CallINg all WrITerS What Free writers event Who Hosted by the California Writers Club of Long Beach Where Long Beach Los Altos Branch Library, 614 East Britton Dr. When Saturday, Oct. 13 from 3pm to 5pm More Info Lisa Napoli, a radio host and columnist for the New York Times and MSNBC, will speak at the event. Doors open at 2:30pm for networking prior to the speaker. Visit calwriterslongbeach.org, call (562) 400-1100 or email info@calwriterslongbeach.org .


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by Neena Strichart

Quite a while back, I had made the ultimate booboo; I accidentally deleted everything in our business email account. When I realized what I had done, I broke out in a cold sweat and thought I was going to faint. As we all know, deleting emails immediately sends them to the Land of Never To Be Retrieved... or so I believed at the time. After I collected my senses, I quickly got on the phone with my computer go-to guy, Mike Mora of Genus Services. He sweetly scolded me for my carelessness and then said he would try to retrieve the discarded files. It took a day or so, but he did it. He will forevermore be my hero. When recently looking through those old files, I came across a commentary meant for my eyes only. It was sent to me by Dianne Theil McNinch more than a year ago. I reread the humorous yet poignant message and was so glad it had not been lost forever. Coincidentally, I ran into her at the Bixby Knolls Car Wash’s 35th anniversary party two weeks ago, and I reminded her about that email she had sent me so long ago. After claiming she still felt the same way now as she did when she wrote the piece, she agreed to let me print it for you

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I absolutely need/require more income than my meager SSI provides. My basic outgo exceeds my income. Basic, really basic: I have not purchased new clothes in two years, and my car is almost as old as my grown children, and it moves as slowly as I do. I am falling more behind in property taxes, and that is a worry. I want to enjoy my self-pity, and yet am unable to properly immerse myself. I’m truly scared about the future. Why can’t you and I just get down and get funky for a while, and stop all this frickin’ Pollyanna outlook about how much we have to be grateful for. I want to mourn the loss of income, the loss of personal travel, the loss of travel to volunteer to create greater good, the loss of opportunity to donate cash to a lot of the good causes in my city, the loss of driving a car that can travel on a freeway, the loss of being able to pay someone to help me with the upkeep of my home, the loss of buying new clothes, the loss of buying nice fragrances. Heck– I want to have a pity party on my level. That is it, just by typing that phrase, I can name it. I want a pity party on my level, on the level of MY discontent. I want a pity party that acknowledges that we don’t have to be reduced to living in a tent by the river to feel sorry for ourselves. Or face tremendous health challenges. We have and deserve the right to feel sorry for ourselves at the level we are in. I don’t want to stay in the well of despair; I just want to go and have a dip for a short while. I want to have, say 20 minutes, of gut-wrenching despair, crying, sobbing, cursing the universe for the inequity of it all. Then I’ll climb out and get back to my Pollyanna self. Want to join me?

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I have read the Signal Hill Community First petition and tried to understand how having two-thirds of the city electorate vote to approve all new taxes, assessments, fees and bonds will improve the way the City currently conducts business and makes decisions. I don’t think a two-thirds vote of the electorate would have passed city improvements like our fabulous residential development, commercial development that generates tax funds to support the city, new parks for our kids and pets, new water reservoirs for the safety of all of us, a new police station to enhance the operations of what has become a top-rate police force and so many more achievements that occurred under the existing laws. Another questionable item about the proposed initiative is the fact that there would be a cost to the City of about $30,000 every time a vote is held. This would get very expensive and probably result in many developments and proposals not going forward. As I understand the existing laws, local general and special taxes are already subject to elections. General taxes must be submitted for a vote and can be passed with a majority vote of the electorate. Special taxes, such as those proposed for the police station, must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the electorate. Assessments don’t require an election but do require a noticed public meeting where a majority protest blocks the assessment. Property-related fees such as water and trash require a public-hearing process similar to assessments, and certain fees require a majority vote of affected property owners. This system has been followed by our city successfully in the past years and has resulted in an excellent fiscal condition of our city when other cities are struggling. The Signal Hill Community [First] initiative requires a two-thirds vote for all taxes, assessments and fees. The initiative appears to apply to all proposed taxes, assessments and fees including such innocuous fees as those for library cards and bike licenses. What the proposed initiative applies to is not clear and could result in a no-progress city. A two-thirds vote is very hard to achieve for any proposal, and not many items that are important to running the city would be approved or developed if the initiative is adopted. The current system works for the city. The information and arguments provided by Community First don’t make me understand why the current system should be changed when so much good has been accomplished by the City following the existing rules. There is an old saying that is very appropriate for helping us conclude how to react to this initiative– if it isn’t broke, why fix it? gary dudley Signal Hill

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Life is tough right now, so many of us cannot get jobs. Many of us are unable to acquire employment because we are: overqualified, too old (they won’t admit it when they hire a younger person), too set in our ways (we won’t admit it), or too discouraged (and having a hard time admitting that). So we turn to “the gratitude solution,” make a list of all that we are grateful for, and concentrate on that. Yeah, yeah, yeah, that works for a bit, and then the reality of the pile of pucky we are dealing with comes back. Some would say we are dealing with events that have a lesson for us to learn. Bullpucky, I just want to wallow in the miasma of my own misery. Okay, I get it. What the heck do I have to complain about? I do have a roof over my head, food in the house, and a car that at least gets me around town. I know a lady who lives in a tent down by the river and recycles out of my dumpster, and I leave special food packages for her. I know many folks that must rely 100 percent on public transport, and a former neighbor just had a leg amputated and now uses a wheelchair. I know folks who are going through tremendous health challenges with cancer. But, dagnabit, I want to wallow in my own problems for a while. I want to cry, to tear up and sob that I cannot get hired for jobs I could do really well. Working for a nonprofit, marrying folks, being a hostess at a restaurant, being a security guard– these and many more are jobs for which I could not get hired.

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Skippy gives 9-year-old nonprofit founder enough peanut butter to make 6,000 pb&J sandwiches

Jonas Corona, the 9-year-old founder of the Long Beach nonprofit Love in the Mirror, got quite a “nutty” surprise last week when he was featured on a segment of the new program The Ricki Lake Show. During the taping, Lake informed Corona, who makes sandwiches to feed the hungry in Long Beach, that Skippy had agreed to donate enough peanut butter to make 6,000 of them. Corona and his mother, Renee Corona, received the donation Tuesday. She said that now they’re just waiting to get enough bread and jelly to go with the peanut butter, then they will set up a sandwich-making event. Renee said the nonprofit Food Finders will assist Love in the Mirror in getting the handmade sandwiches out the same day. Corona had been invited to The Ricki Lake Show by 12-yearold Mary Margaret, co-founder of Kids are Heroes, an organization in Maryland that highlights amazing kids from around the world. The episode included a video of Corona going to Skid Row to feed homeless people. When asked how he felt about that undertaking, Corona said, “It makes me feel like I’m doing a great thing.”

Corona founded Love in the Mirror at the age of 6. Through his nonprofit, he strives to inspire young people to make a difference through their volunteer commitment of providing disadvantaged youth basic necessities such as food, clothing and learning materials. Corona recently collected 200 backpacks filled with school supplies, which were distributed to students in Los Angeles and Long Beach. In October, they will launch a youth empowerment workshop to give kids between 5 and 15 years old who want to do more in their community a chance to learn how. The nonprofit will also launch its 4th annual sock drive in November. “If you had asked me three years ago what I thought my kids would be doing, I would have told you, playing sports and video games and not wanting to clean their room,” Renee said. “To think the reality is that my son, along with his little brother Maximus and all of his family and friends have helped over 8,000 people in need with clothes and food and shampoo, it is just unbelievable. And that is on a small scale with local donations and help. Now with the opportunities such as Secret Millionaire

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Jonas Corona founded the nonprofit Love in the Mirror when he was 6 years old to help local homeless people, in particular the children in Long Beach who are living without a place to call home. During his recent appearance on The Ricki Lake Show, he found out that Skippy had donated to him enough peanut butter to make 6,000 sandwiches for the homeless individuals he helps.

and The Ricki Lake Show, we are getting donations from big corporations like Skippy and community grants from giants like Walmart and Disney, that 8,000 will quickly turn into 80,000. It is just simply amazing.”

the item for City Council approval last year. To get rewarded for recycling, residents must sign up at Recyclebank.com/Recycle; registration is free. Each time a neighborhood’s recycling is collected, the weight of the collected material is converted to Recyclebank points. Recyclebank members will automatically receive points for their recycling efforts. Residents can also earn bonus points by reporting recycling efforts on the Recyclebank website or on the Recyclebank iPhone and Android mobile apps. Points earned from recycling can be used to “shop” at Recyclebank.com for rewards like discounts and deals from local businesses and national brands. Local reward partners include the Aquarium of the Pacific and many others listed on the Recyclebank website. Additionally, Recyclebank has hundreds of national reward partners, including Ziploc, Coca-Cola, Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Olive Garden and many others. “At Recyclebank, we’ve seen firsthand the incredible collective impact of individual actions, and

The Wrigley Association will host a Q&A session with at least one of the candidates for the newly redrawn State Assembly District 70 on Monday, Oct. 1 at 7pm at the Veterans Park Community Center, 101 E. 28th St. The 70th Assembly district includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina. The two candidates in the race are Bonnie Lowenthal, who is listed on the ballot as “educator/Assembly member” (currently representing the 54th District), and Martha Flores Gibson, a longtime social worker, whose ballot listing is “educator/business owner.”

Gibson has confirmed her participation in the forum, however, Lowenthal has thus far indicated she is unavailable because of scheduling conflicts. The event, intended to be an opportunity for community members to hear candidate qualifications and viewpoints on various issues, will be moderated by Gavin McKiernan of the Wrigley Association, and attendees are welcome to provide questions. For more information, contact Wrigley Association President Colleen McDonald at (562) 6767480.

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Under a new incentive program announced Tuesday between the City of Long Beach and the recycling-rewards company Recyclebank, Long Beach becomes the largest city in California to reward residents for taking everyday “green” actions, such as recycling, with discounts and deals from local businesses and national brands. To kick off the program, Long Beach residents who register for a free Recyclebank account prior to Oct. 15 will be entered to win an Apple iPad. To enter the giveaway and automatically start earning points for recycling, residents should visit recyclebank.com/ join/earnpoints . “Recycling in Long Beach is now even more rewarding with Recyclebank,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “Our partnership with Recyclebank will boost recycling rates in the city and help keep our beautiful community green for generations to come, while at the same time stimulating the local economy and delivering real value to residents of Long Beach.” Second District Councilmember Suja Lowenthal brought forth

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The Signal Hill Police Department will host a Neighborhood Substation for a Day/Coffee with a Cop event in conjunction with a public safety fair at Home Depot, 751E. Spring St. on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 8am to noon. The event will be an opportunity for residents in the area to meet with officers and volunteers of the Signal Hill Police Department and to ask questions about current crime trends in their area and crime-prevention techniques, as well as other questions they may have about the police department. They can also enjoy a cup of coffee with the police officers. There will fingerprinting for kids, along with other displays from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the police department, which will include a fire engine and the Police Mobile Command Vehicle. The event is free and open to the public. Source: SHPD

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

Thursday, Sept. 20 Robbery (weapon) 3:30am– 2700 block of American Way

Commercial robbery 4:20pm– 2100 block of Pacific Avenue Friday, Sept. 21 Garage burglary 5am– 3100 block of Cedar Avenue

Residential burglary 6:30am– 2600 block of Golden Avenue

Residential burglary 9:28am– 4200 block of Boyar Avenue Robbery (person) 4:30pm– 2700 block of Pine Avenue

Assault (not with a firearm) 5:41pm– 200 block of E. Willow Street Saturday, Sept. 22 Battery 3:12am– 2300 block of Lewis Avenue Auto burglary 3pm– 500 block of E. 33rd Street

Sunday, Sept. 23 Auto burglary 1:23am– 1200 block of E. San Antonio Drive Garage/residential burglary 6pm– 3500 block of Locust Avenue

Monday, Sept. 24 Residential burglary 8:10am– 900 block of E. 20th Street

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Thursday, Sept. 20 Terrorist threats 5:42pm– 1900 block of Obispo Avenue

Friday, Sept. 21 Carrying switchblade knife on person 5:36pm– 1900 block of Orange Avenue Suspect in custody. Saturday, Sept. 22 Battery on non-cohabitating spouse 1:09am– 2300 block of Lemon Avenue Named suspect. Battery 3:12am– 2300 block of Lewis Avenue Sexual battery on restrained person 12:55pm– 3200 block of E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Named suspect. Non-injury hit & run 3:54pm– 2300 block of Orange Avenue

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good Neighbor Festival and picnic to honor community leaders, organizations

The sixth annual Good Neighbor Festival and Picnic will honor individuals and organizations whose work in the community embodies the spirit of what it means to be a good neighbor on Saturday, Sept. 29. More than a thousand residents are usually drawn to Good Neighbor Park for the event sponsored by 5th District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske. “The Good Neighbor Festival gives us an opportunity to thank the people who give of themselves to make our community great. In recognizing the individuals and organizations who give so much to our community, we are honoring the bonds that bring us together and what is best about our neighborhoods,” Schipske said. “It is important to thank those who give back to their community.” This year’s festivities are bigger than ever and include an opportunity drawing for two JetBlue tickets, a photo contest sponsored by Sam’s Club at the Towne Center, music, food, games, fire and police equipment, a cooling center courtesy of the Port of Long Beach, a watermelon-eating contest, more than 40 community organization exhibits, prizes and the Good Neighbor honorees. The awardees are individuals and organizations nominated by the community and Schipske for being “a good neighbor.” The annual Good Neighbor Festival, now in its sixth year, is open to the public and will take place at Good Neighbor Park, 2800 N. Studebaker Rd., from 10am to 3pm. The park is at the corner of Studebaker and Barrios, in front of the El Dorado Community Center. Source: Schipske’s office


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For hearty, stick-to-your-ribs comfort food... go vegan! local artists sought for Signal Hill event

Friends of Signal Hill Cultural Arts is now accepting applications from artists wishing to be considered for participation in its sixth annual Show & Sell Art Affair, an exhibition and sale of works by artists from Signal Hill and the surrounding communities. The event will take place from 3pm to 8pm on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Signal Hill Park Community Center, 1780 East Hill St. For applications and additional information, email foshca@verizon.net or call (562) 989-7370. Deadline for applications is Oct. 6.

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The Chick’n Parmesan Sub is so rich and cheesy, but its best component is the ciabatta bread on which it is served.

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If you’re like my dad, you’re probably snickering as you reluctantly begin to read this... a restaurant review of (gasp!) a vegan establishment. Although Dad and I are both Southerners (and he now calls Colorado home), he lovingly (but relentlessly) refers to me as “a bleeding-heart, tofu-eating California liberal.” Well, of course, I’m compassionate. Yep, I live in Cali now, dude. Indeed, I am a registered Democrat. But I actually don’t eat tofu that often. If you’ve gotta put a label on it, I suppose I’m what you might (but probably wouldn’t) call a pollo-pescatarian; I do consume dairy and poultry, but I don’t eat any other type of meat. However, I do try to have vegetarian and vegan meals as much as possible. The primary reason for this choice is health, but I’m also motivated and excited by the potential– the possibility of being amazed that a scrumptious and satisfying meal could actually be non-carnivorous. That’s why I like Long Beach Vegan Eatery, “affectionately” abbreviated as LBVE. When I dine there, I don’t feel as if I’m consuming something so light and nutritious that it’s going to render an empty-stomach feeling half an hour later. Despite what good ol’ Pop might imagine, you won’t find a bowl full of alfalfa sprouts and wheat germ at this place. Quite to the contrary, their food is actually surprisingly satisfying– but not just in terms of portion size. I’m talking hearty, flavorful dishes that make you forget you’re eating vegan-style. In fact, the front page of their menu says it all: “Our principles are simple– to offer stick-to-your-ribs comfort foods which are dairy- and cruelty-free and contain absolutely no animal products or bi-products.” Naturally, it took some cajoling to get my alarmingly carnivorous pal David to join me for a dinner at a vegan place, but I somehow managed to do it. (I think the agreement involved a first-born child or something to that effect.) Despite his meateating inclinations, David is an impressive cook who, like me, takes pleasure in experiencing various types of cuisine. He has a sophisticated palate, and I was confident that, once he gave in to it, he’d find LBVE as delectable as I do. I got my go-to favorite, the Drumsticks, which you can order with sweet-and-sour, barbecue or buffalo sauce, as well as two sides of your choice. They offer numerous sides, but I especially like the sweet-potato tots– just like those tater tots you enjoyed when you yourself were a tot, but made with the sweet-tuber variety, of course. They’re a particularly good choice for those who enjoy a savory-

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sweet dish. And LBVE gives you plenty of them; I usually eat half during my meal and take the rest home to snack on in front of the TV later. Another side worth mentioning is the Southern Style Baked Beans, which are cooked with onions, brown sugar and imitation bacon. It’s another one that is so fulfilling that you’ll probably need to finish half of it during your next meal. David ordered the beans, and he was equally impressed with their tastiness and satisfaction factor. As his entrée, he had the Chick’n Parmesan Sub. (For the uninitiated: “chick’n” is used to refer to vegetarian forms of chicken dishes.) He liked it so much that he insisted I taste it. I too liked it so much that I ended up ordering it on my subsequent visit to LBVE. Neither one of us could believe that what we were eating was indeed vegan. The Chick’n Parmesan Sub is so rich and cheesy, but its best component is the ciabatta bread on which it is served. Believe it or not, this sandwich is the best of its kind I’ve ever had, and I’ve had many a chicken parmesan sandwich. These dishes are but a fraction of what is on their menu. Other sandwiches they offer are the Vegan Burger, the Mock Meatball Sub, the LBV Beefless and Cheese Sub, the Chick’n Sammich, the California Chick’n, the Tuna-Free Salad, the Waldorf, the Crispy Chick’n Wrap, the Sloppy Joe and the Eggless Egg Salad. In addition to the entrées that David and I ordered, LBVE has: Stuffed Shells, which are filled with ricotta-style tofu, covered in tomato-basil sauce and served with garlic bread; Meatless Meatloaf, made with onions and peppers, and covered with marinara sauce; Vegan Dogs; Burritos; Quesadillas; Tacos; Pineapple and Mandarin Chick’n; Stir Fry; and BBQ. Their kids’ menu offers up Mac & “Cheeze,” Vegan Dogs, Spaghetti and Meatless Meatballs, Chick’n Nuggets,

and Grilled “Cheeze.” Don’t leave this place without trying one of their desserts. Even those who can stubbornly refuse LBVE’s savory meals won’t believe they’re eating vegan when they try a Whoopie Pie or Blondie (which also come in a glutenfree version). They’ve also got Donuts, Chocolate Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Carrot Cake, Coconut Cake, Rice Crispies (also available in gluten-free form), Cupcakes and Vegan Heaven Ice Cream. Seriously, if you’ve never eaten a meal that is void of anything with a mother or a face, Long Beach Vegan Eatery is the place to do it. LBVE is located at 2246 N. Lakewood Blvd. and is open Mondays from 11am to 2pm and Tuesdays through Sundays from 11am to 8pm. To find out more, visit lbveganeatery.com or call them at (562) 986-LBVE (5283).

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“The cause of the fire is unknown at this time,” Nash said. “An investigator is conducting a review, but I do not know when he will reach a conclusion.” Angel said that while the easements have been obtained, neither of the houses is connected to gas or electric lines. Signal Hill City Councilmember Larry Forester arrived at the scene shortly after the firefighters left. “It looked like the back upper bedroom and part of the garage area was burned,” he said. Nash said he could not confirm Forester’s statment. The fire added a strange twist to Six Angels’ four-year effort to bring the houses up to code and put them on the real-estate market. According to Deputy Long Beach City Attorney Kendra Carney, several months ago, the City of Long Beach filed a lawsuit seeking a court order for the demolition of the two houses. The hearing, which had been scheduled for Aug. 22 in San Pedro, is now scheduled for March 12, 2013. “The trial date that we originally had was changed because the judge assigned to the case, for reasons we do not know, could not be there on the August date, and a new judge had to be assigned,” Carney explained. Carney noted that she and the

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The two vacant homes at 2910 and 2914 Hill St. in Long Beach are still in limbo, and last week one of them mysteriously caught fire.

attorney for Six Angels have had two status conferences with the new judge since August. “In our last conference, the judge determined that she would like to find out whether or not the other public entities involved were planning on giving will-serve letters for utilities to the property owners,” Carney said. “We have another status conference scheduled for October 26 in San Pedro, at which time the attorney for the property owner will provide that information.”

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The status conference and the trial will take place in Department 85 of the San Pedro branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, 505 South Centre Street, in San Pedro. Carney noted that the same issues that have plagued the two properties for the past nine years have yet to be resolved. “The two houses still do not have utilities and still do not have easements for driveway access,” she explained. Fourth District Long Beach City Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell said he was very unhappy with the trial date continuence. “You can be sure that I am pushing the city attorney’s office to move this forward as quickly as possible,” he stressed. “The houses need to be demolished, and every time we seem to be getting close to having them torn down, something happens to delay the process.” O’Donnell added that he doubted Six Angels could prove in court that local utility companies would provide services to the houses. “Of course, anything is possible,” he acknowledged. “But, so far, the owners have made nothing but empty promises.” He explained that, at several hearings, Six Angels representatives have told the court that they were on the verge of obtaining easements for driveways or utilities, but so far have not provided proof that they have succeeded in those efforts. “To me, the best solution is to scrape the houses off of the face of the Earth,” O’Donnell said. Angel sharply disagreed with O’Donnell. “We have the will-serve letters for electricity and gas,” he said. “The only thing holding us up is that we do not have a will-serve letter for water from the City of Signal Hill, and I am still working on getting that before the October 26 hearing.” Angel explained that the City of Signal Hill cannot issue the will-serve letter until the City of Long Beach requests it, and that has not happened yet. “Unfortunately, the City of Long Beach has not been as cooperative as we had hoped,” he said. “But we are still doing everything we can to move this project forward.” Angel added that the company purchased two lots for driveways behind the houses about a year ago and has prepared the plans for the grading and paving in order to connect the house lots to Orizaba Avenue. “As far as I know, we have already shown Long Beach that we have the will-serve letters and the land necessary for driveway easements, so I do not understand why anyone in Long Beach is saying we have not done that,” he insisted. O’Donnell said that although he did not know the cause of the fire, he believed it was very possible that a homeless person started it accidentally. “The fact that the houses have been obviously vacant for so long attracts undesirable elements to the neighborhood,” he noted. “I hope the fire causes the judge to realize this is not just a cosmetic issue, but it’s a public-safety issue.” Nash said that, so far, neither the fire department nor the city building department have made an official pronouncement as to how the houses impact public safety.


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Members of the Signal Hill Rotary Club assembled 1,150 individual school-supply packets and distributed them to students at Signal Hill Elementary School on Sept. 18. Pictured are: Aldrich Famisaran, Cruz Lorman, Seve Gilpin, Signal Hill Elementary Principal Lauren Price, Dave Swidrak, Pamela Famisaran, Bob Long, and Jim Lorman.

The Rotary Club of Signal Hill made its first annual presentations of The Nancy Long Education Project to students at Signal Hill and Alvarado Elementary Schools during their Back to School Night events on Sept. 19. The mission of The Nancy Long Education Project is to provide much needed school supplies for the elementaryschool students in the Signal Hill area.

The Rotarians assembled 1,150 individual school-supply packets from over 13,000 items provided by Bob Long in honor of his wife, Nancy Long, an avid supporter of elementary school education in the Signal Hill area. Rotary Club members gave packets to each student in kindergarten to fifth grade.

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bara Winkler read about the Quilts of Valor Foundation, whose mission is to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing “quilts of valor,� and it touched her heart. With material ready and friends to help, Winkler organized the Southern California Quilts of Valor, which has since created more than 1,500 quilts to send to active military soldiers and veterans. During the last several years, the organization has teamed up with students at Wilson High School to make the quilts. This month, Winkler was honored by Cabot Creamery Cooperative for her volunteerism in creating those quilts. She joined more than 41 other winners and their guests along with representatives from Cabot Creamery on an eight-day, sevennight Alaskan cruise to honor them for the volunteer work they do in their communities. They departed from the Port of Seattle on Sept. 14 and returned on Sept. 21, after visiting Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Skagway and Alaska Inside Passage, as well as Victoria, British Colombia. To find out more about Southern California Quilts of Valor, or to make a donation of cash or supplies, visit socalqov.com .

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Laura Wingfield (Darri Kristen), the narrator Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s older sister, is a high-school and business-school dropout who let her insecurities keep her from fulfilling her education. She escapes her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harassment about a gentleman caller by spending most of her time admiring her glass menagerie.

have to push with something, the thing to push with is a crust of bread. And chew. Chew!â&#x20AC;? she tells him. Finally, Tom exclaims that he cannot enjoy one bite of his meal with her endless nagging. As her and Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arguments get increasingly worse, Tunisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pained expressions become more powerful. As she yells in frustration, her voice breaks, making her pleas sound like hopeless cries rather than harsh demands. Laura, played by Darri Kristen, lets her insecurities keep her from fulfilling her education. Laura has a handicapped leg. At school, she had to wear a brace. Although the sound of it hitting the ground was subtle, to her, she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It sounded like thunder!â&#x20AC;? Kristen plays her character with a persistent stutter, making her seem timid and self-doubting. Laura escapes her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harassment by spending most of her time admiring her glass menagerie. Her favorite glass animal is a tiny unicorn, which she places by other horses. In a way, the unicorn is a representation of Laura because they both have a physical difference between them and the others around them. In the glass menagerie, the unicorn gets along with all the other horses, according to Lauraâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; probably what Laura wishes she could do with other people. Jim, played by Darren Bailey, works at the warehouse with Tom. He is also a high-school friend of Tom

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Amanda (Carmen Tunis), the mother of Tom and Laura, is constantly worried about her childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life choices. She nags about their small actions to the point that they begin to resent her. Tom, especially, has little patience for Amandaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frequent harassment.

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A group of 39 people met up outside Café Bixby Wednesday night. They knew why they were at the Bixby Knolls restaurant, but they had no idea where they would be headed minutes later. Each was ready to spend 20 bucks but didn’t know which local business would be the recipient of those dollars. Without knowing which retail establishment they would be patronizing, the shoppers were mostly clueless as to what item or items they would be purchasing. Yet, at 7pm, there they stood, waiting for someone, perhaps Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA) Executive Director Blair Cohn, who had organized the event, to fill them in. Those willing participants were not only good sports– they were folks eager to help a local business in their neighborhood. The meet-up, which was an experiment of sorts, is what Cohn and others call “a cash mob,” a group of individuals who congregate at a designated place at a designated time, with a particular amount of money in pocket, ready to be informed the store they would target. The cash mob is not unlike a flash mob, which is a group of people who abruptly congregate in a particular location, present a performance (usually a dance), then go their separate ways. Cohn said he first heard about cash mobs from an article he’d read. “At the beginning of the year, I read an article about what may have been the first cash mob organized in Ridgewood, New Jersey,” he said. “Locals got together to support an ailing local hardware store that had been in the neighborhood for years. The organizer called all his friends and got about 40 people together and went to spend money in the store. Simple concept that makes a lot of sense.” Cohn emphasized that he’d like the mobs to be fun, and he has decided to amp up the surprise factor to do so. “Most mobs already know where they are going,” he said. “We have decided just to say where we are meeting and not where we are going, so there is more of the element of surprise for both the participant and business owner.” Choosing that business owner is likely the most difficult part of this undertaking for Cohn. “This is a tough one,” he said. “We throw all types of factors into our blender to make the choice: products/services offered, price points in the business, how engaged in the community the business is, time of year, and a few other ingredients. We will want to mix it up and give all different types of businesses the opportunity to be supported in this type of way. It’s a tough decision, but we hope we can keep doing these things and move it all around the district. We already have businesses contacting us that want to be the next location.” Although the cash-mob concept is a new one for Cohn and the BKBIA, it is similar to the Supper Club gatherings that they organize on Monday nights, which are typically the slowest times for eateries. “Our programs are all tied to helping out the businesses,” Cohn said. “First Fridays [art walk] is a district-wide type of showcase focused along Atlantic. Supper Club is specifically for restaurants. Cash mobs open the door to potentially reach a retailer or two and a service business at the same time. This is an event that targets the specific location like Supper Club but is available to all BKBIA members.”

Last Wednesday, among those standing outside the restaurant was Maria Weston, a California Heights resident and certified massage therapist. “I’m here for the cash mob,” she said enthusiastically. “I’ve heard about them, but this is my first one, and it’s in my neighborhood!” Shortly thereafter, it was Scott Jones from the business-consulting company Living Long Beach who commanded the group’s attention. Jones had recently started to organize mobs in Belmont Shore, so Cohn asked him to assist with the Bixby Knolls endeavor. Sporting a marching-band-leader hat, Jones thanked those who had shown up and provided a bit of history surrounding cash mobs. He mentioned that the first one he knew about had been in Chicago, and it resulted in, ironically, looting. Its organizers then set out to try to foster “a peaceful mob.” “The purpose of this cash mob is: we’re going to support a local business within this corridor,” Jones said, referring to the Atlantic Avenue corridor that includes numerous restaurants and retail stores. “But we want to support local businesses no matter where they’re at.” He then announced that the chosen store would be Pixie Toys, which is about a block north of Café Bixby, and asked the assembled mob to follow him down the sidewalk. About 20 minutes later, there was a line of shoppers formed at the cash register at Pixie, and it almost reached the back of the store. Unlike the queues of impatient, stressed folks seen during the holidays, the mobbers took advantage of the time waiting in line to get to know each other and tell what they were buying and for whom. Some of the purchases included toy trucks made of recycled milk jugs, a miniature game of Uno and kids’ eating utensils, also made of recyled plastic. Weston bought an “A to Z Magnatab,” which helps children 3 and older to practice capital-letter formation. She said it will be a Christmas gift for her granddaughter, who is just learning to write letters. The next day, Heather Rasmussen, owner of Pixie Toys, said she had made $1,000 in the hour during the cash-mob shopping. She said she garnered 30 sales from the event, which averages out to $34 a person– $14 more than the suggested amount. “I think it’s a really great opportunity to be a part of this and that I was the first business chosen,” Rasmussen said Thursday. “That people would come out one night and supprt a business and not know who it would be is really awesome. I really hope that because of this event it will change the way people look at small businesses and that they will want to also be a part of it.” Cohn indicated that it’s still too early to decide if the cashmob idea is one that will stick. “It will all be based on how many people show up, if they have a good time, if the business owner is happy,” he said. “We will want to try it at least two to three times and then will decide about making this a regular thing. If we get the type of crowds we get at Supper Club, Strollers [walking group], Literary Society, Happy Hour, or Kidical Mass [bicycling group], then the business owner will definitely be happy. It’s such a simple concept and so easy for people to get involved. A small investment from each individual adds up to such a major impact within our district.”

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Scott Jones from the business-consulting company Living Long Beach leads the “cash mob” that assembled Wednesday night outside Café Bixby. The group of people were there to spend $20 at a local store, but they didn’t yet know which retail establishment it would be.

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DAVIS, A SINGLE MAN, as Trustor, in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS INC., AS NOMINEE FOR METROCITIES MORTGAGE, LLC, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2145 CRESCENT 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. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining unpaid balance of the obligations secured by and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust (together with any modifications thereto). 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 714.730.2727 or visit this Internet Web site www.lpsasap.com, using the file number assigned to this case 12012385. 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. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $700,498.59 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. DATE: 09/11/2012 FIDELITY NATIONAL TITLE COMPANY, TRUSTEE 11000 Olson Drive Ste 101 Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 9166360114 Tracye Prescott Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.lpsasap.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714.730.2727 A-4299687 09/14/2012, 09/21/2012, 09/28/2012 TST4188 TSG No.: 6673159 TS No.: CA1200244243 FHA/VA/PMI No.: APN: 7217-015-077 Property Address: 2075 FREEMAN AVENUE SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 10/07/2005. 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. On 10/04/2012 at 11:00 A.M., First American Title Insurance Company, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 10/19/2005, as Instrument No. 05 2516418, in book , page , , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. Executed by: ANDREW MAGGIOTTO AND JANINE MAGGIOTTO, HUSBAND AND WIFE, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) Inside the lobby of the building located at 628 North Diamond Bar Blvd., Suite B, Diamond Bar, CA All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST APN# 7217-015-077 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2075 FREEMAN AVENUE, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. 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TST4194 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE T.S. No. 12-30811-JP-CA YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 03/02/2004. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, (cashier's check(s) must be made payable to National Default Servicing Corporation), 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; 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 a Deed of Trust described below. The sale will be made in an "as is" condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, 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. Trustor: SOPHAN THAI, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN Duly Appointed Trustee: NATIONAL DEFAULT SERVICING CORPORATION Recorded 03/09/2004 as Instrument No. 04 0555572 (or Book, Page) of the Official Records of LOS ANGELES County, California. Date of Sale: 10/19/2012 at 11:00 a.m. Place of Sale: By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 Estimated amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $828,177.27 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 2154 RIDGE VIEW TERRACE DRIVE, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 A.P.N.: 7217-029-014 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The undersigned mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent for the mortgagee or beneficiary pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.5(b) declares that the mortgagee, beneficiary or the mortgagee's or beneficiary's authorized agent has either contacted the borrower or tried with due diligence to contact the borrower as required by California Civil Code 2923.5. 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 avail-

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TST4191 T.S. No.: 2012-00148 Loan No.: 4000396368  NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 8/23/2003. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.  A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state 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 a Deed of Trust described below. 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, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, 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. Trustor: TRACI N. MORALES, A MARRIED WOMAN, AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY Duly Appointed Trustee: Power Default Services, Inc. Recorded 9/3/2003 as Instrument No. 03 2555943 in book , page  of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California. The subject Deed of Trust was modified by Loan Modification effective on 11/1/2009. Date of Sale: 10/18/2012 at 9:00 AM Place of Sale: Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom  Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $188,032.30 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 2254 Gaviota Avenue Apt./Unit10 Signal Hill, California 90755  A.P.N.: 7215-007-028 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. 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 or visit this Internet Web site www.auction.com using the file number assigned to this case 201200148. 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. Date: 9/14/2012 Power Default Services, Inc. 1525 South Beltline Coppell, Texas 75019 Sale Line: (800)-2802832 Website: www.auction.com LaTricia Hemphill, Trustee Sales Officer P984615 9/21, 9/28, 10/05/2012

TST4190 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF DANIEL PATRICK O'GARA, AKA DANIEL P. OGARA, AKA DANIEL P. O'GARA, AKA DANIEL O'GARA

Case No. NP015114 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of DANIEL PATRICK O'GARA, AKA DANIEL P. OGARA, AKA DANIEL P. O'GARA, AKA DANIEL O'GARA A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Bonnie Phelps in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Bonnie Phelps be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent.

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THE PETITION requests the decedent's will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on Oct. 11, 2012 at 1:30 PM in Dept. No. 4 located at 415 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: JOHN T. ANDERSON, ESQ. SBN 65050 LAW OFFICE OF JOHN T ANDERSON 1741 E WARDLOW RD LONG BEACH CA 90807

TST4181 / 2012 167273 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: BOARD & BARKFEST, 8116 Byron Road, Unit D, Whittier, CA 90606. Registrant: DANIEL L. GUESS, 5418 Premiere Ave., Lakewood, CA 90712. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Daniel L. Guess. 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 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on August 20, 2012. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012. TST4182 / 2012 175413 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: 1. POWERFLEX LICENSING, 2. POWERFLEX SOFTWARE SYSTEMS, 2420 E. 28th St. #11, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: 1. ROBERT E. SCHAUER, 2. PATRICIA A. SCHAUER, 3508 Maple Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. This business is conducted by: a Husband and Wife. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Robert E. Schauer. 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 30, 2012. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012. TST4183 / 2012 177197 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: "IN GOOD HANDS" QUALITY HOME HEALTH CARE, 17439 Virginia Ave. Unit U, Bellflower, CA 90706. Registrant: DANIELLE SNEED, 17439 Virginia Ave. Unit U, Bellflower, CA 90706. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Danielle Sneed. The reg-

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TST4184 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: CIRCLE OASIS ASSISTED LIVING, 119 Termino Ave., Long Beach, CA 90803. Registrant: SHORE LIVING LLOC, 119 Termino Ave., Long Beach, CA 90803. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Eric Schriver, Manager. 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 29, 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: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012.

TST4189 / 2012 180723 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: SPARKICREATIVE, 3553 Atlantic Ave. Ste. 149, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrants: 1. JULIE FOGG, 2. DAVE ORTEGA, 3640 Myrtle Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Julie Fogg. The registrants have begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrants began using this fictitious business name on August 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on September 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: September 14, 21, 28, & October 5, 2012.

TST4192 / 2012 183936 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: ENTERPRISE ELECTRONICS, 22826 Mariposa Ave., Torrance, CA 90502. Registrant: ROBERT BURCHETT, 22826 Mariposa Ave., Torrance, CA 90502. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Robert Lee Burchett. 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 September 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: September 21, 28, & October 5, 12, 2012.

TST4193 / 2012 183942 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SB AUTO, 2109 E. Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. Registrant: HOWARD MONTES DE OCA, 1110 S. Fresno St., Los Angeles, CA 90023. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Howard Montes De Oca. 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 September 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: September 21, 28, & October 5, 12, 2012.

TST4197 / 2012 175226 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. TITAN METALS INCORPORATED, 2. TMI, 3242 E. 59th St., Long Beach, CA 90805. Registrant: TITAN METALS INCORPORATED, 3242 E. 59th St., Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Colleen E. Daly, CFO. 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 December 1, 1995. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on August 30, 2012. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: September 28, & October 5, 12, 19, 2012. TST4198 / 2012 185509 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: MASONRY & TILE TOOL, 7033 McManus St., Lakewood, CA 90713. Registrant: DENISE ANDRE, 7033 McManus St., Lakewood, Ca 90713. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Denise Andre. 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 September 14, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on September 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: September 28, & October 5, 12, 19, 2012.


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TST4200 / 2012 192544 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: 1. THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 2. POSH ENTERPRISES, 939 E. 27th St., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: 1. STEPHEN M. STRICHART, 2. NEENA R. STRICHART, 1918 Raymond Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: a Husband and Wife. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Stephen M. Strichart. 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 February 9, 2000. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on September 26, 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: September 28, & October 5, 12, 19, 2012.

TST4201 / 2012 188833 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: WESTERN FRAME ART, 14110 Gannet St. #103, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670. Registrant: ARNOLD JAMES, 14110 Gannet St. #103, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Arnold James. 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 14, 1978. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on September 20, 2012. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: September 28, & October 5, 12, 19, 2012. TST4202 / Case No. NP015130 Notice Of Petition To Administer Estate Of: BEA FAGAN To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of BEA FAGAN. A Petition For Probate has been filed by ANNE MEGLI, in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. The Petition For Probate requests that ANNE MEGLI, be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The Petition requests the decedent’s will codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The Petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act with limited authority. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain and very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A Hearing on the petition will be held on October 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM in Dept. 4 located at 415 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. If You Object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections, with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If Your Are A Creditor or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Petitioner: ANNE MEGLI 3826 OLIVE AVE. LONG BEACH, CA 90807 Pub. Signal Tribune, September 28, & October 5, 12, 2012

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CITY OF SIgNal HIll TST4196 NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, October 9, 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 APPEAL OF A ZONING DETERMINATION

AN APPEAL OF A DETERMINATION MADE BY THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT THAT AN APPROXIMATELY 96 SQ. FT. METAL BUILDING IS CONSIDERED AN ACCESSORY STRUCTURE AND NOT A GARAGE FOR THE PURPOSE OF CALCULATING FLOOR AREA RATIO AT THE PROPERTY AT 2047 NORTH TERRACE DRIVE. THE DIRECTOR’S DETERMINATION REQUIRES THAT THE STRUCTURE BE REMOVED FROM THE BACKYARD OF THE PROPERTY. THE PLANNING COMMISSION MAY SUSTAIN, MODIFY OR OVERRULE THE DIRECTOR’S DETERMINATION. Appellant: Thomas Fischetti, Owner Representative

ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend the public hearing to present written information, express their opinions, or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. If you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing as described in this notice or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearings. Written comments may be submitted to the Community Development Department prior to or at the public hearings. You may also email us with your comments and/or concerns at cdoan@cityofsignalhill.org. FURTHER INFORMATION on these items may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community Development Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California or by calling Associate Planner Colleen Doan at (562) 989-7344.

Published in the Signal Tribune newspaper: September 28, 2012 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: September 28, 2012 Mailed to affected property owners within 100’ on or before: September 28, 2012

TST4195 NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, October 9, 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 SITE PLAN AND DESIGN REVIEW 12-03

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A REQUEST TO APPROVE A 2,100 SQ. FT. MOBILE SHOWROOM WITH A HIGH QUALITY FAÇADE FINISHED WITH ALUMINUM COMPOSITE PANELS TO SERVE IN A TEMPORARY CAPACITY FOR A NEW AUTOMOBILE SALES FACILITY AT THE EXISTING GLENN E. THOMAS AUTO SALES SHOWROOM AND SERVICE FACILITY LOCATED AT 2100 EAST SPRING STREET IN THE SP-4, AUTO CENTER SPECIFIC PLAN, ZONING DISTRICT.

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ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend the public hearing to present written information, express their opinions, or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. If you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing as described in this notice or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearings. Written comments may be submitted to the Community Development Department prior to or at the public hearings. You may also email us with your comments and/or concerns at scharney@cityofsignalhill.org. FURTHER INFORMATION on these items may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community Development Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California or by calling Associate Planner Colleen Doan at (562) 989-7344. Published in the Signal Tribune newspaper: September 28, 2012 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: September 28, 2012 Mailed to affected property owners within 100’ on or before: September 28, 2012

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Pursuant to Sections 3702, 3381, and 3382, Revenue and Taxation Code, the Notice of Sale of Tax Defaulted Property Subject to the Power of Sale in and for the County of Los Angeles, State of California has been divided and distributed to various newspapers of general circulation published in said County for publication of a portion thereof, in each of the said newspapers.

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Whereas, on June 19, 2012, I, MARK J. SALADINO, Treasurer and Tax Collector was directed by the Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County, State of California to sell at public auction certain tax-defaulted properties which are Subject to the Power of Sale. Public notice is hereby given that unless said properties are redeemed prior thereto, I will, on October 22 and 23, 2012, at the hour of 9:00 a.m. at the Fairplex Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue, Building 6, Pomona, California, offer for sale and sell said properties at public auction to the highest bidder for cash or cashier's check in lawful money of the United States for not less than theminimum bid. If no bids are received on a parcel, it will be re-offered at the end of the auction at a reduced minimum price. The minimum bid for each parcel is the total amount necessary to redeem, plus costs, as required by Section 3698.5 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.

Prospective bidders should obtain detailed information of this sale from the County Treasurer and Tax Collector. Pre-registration and a $5,000 deposit in the form of cash, cashier's check or bank issued money order is required at the time of registration. No personal checks, twoparty checks or business checks will be accepted for registration. Registration will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., starting Monday, September 24, 2012, at the Treasurer and Tax Collector's Office located at 225 North Hill Street, Room 130, Los Angeles, California, and will end on Friday, October 5, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. If the property is sold, parties of interest, as defined by Section 4675 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, have a right to file a claim with the County for any proceeds from the sale, which are in excess of the liens and costs required to be paid from the proceeds. If excess proceeds result from the sale, notice will be given to parties of interest, pursuant to law.

All information concerning redemption, provided the right to redeem has not previously been terminated, will upon request be furnished by MARK J. SALADINO, Treasurer and Tax Collector. If redemption of the property is not made according to the law before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2012, which is the last business day prior to the first day of auction, the right of redemption will cease.

The Assessor's Identification Number (AIN) in this publication refers to the Assessor's Map Book, the Map Page, and the individual Parcel Number on the Map Page. If a change in the Assessor's Identification Number occurred, both prior and current Assessor's Identification Numbers are shown. An explanation of the parcel numbering system and the maps referred to are available from the Office of the Assessor located at 500 West Temple Street, Room 225, Los Angeles, California 90012.

A list explaining the abbreviations used in this publication is on file in the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector, 225 North Hill Street, Room 130, Los Angeles, California 90012, or telephone 1(213) 974-2045. I certify under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed at Los Angeles, California, on August 22, 2012.

MARK J. SALADINO Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector State of California

The real property that is subject to this notice is situated in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, and is described as follows:

PUBLIC AUCTION NOTICE OF SALE OF TAX-DEFAULTED PROPERTY SUBJECT TO THE POWER OF SALE (SALE NO. 2012A) 4417 AIN 7211-008-009 KATZ,MARIE J LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES $27,195.00 4420 AIN 7212-007-056 2800 WALNUT LLC C/O C/O CHARLES G WESTLUND JR LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES $139,056.00 4422 AIN 7212-009-017 COVENANT CONNECTION MINISTRIES INC LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES $44,652.00

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Local civic leaders and school administrators turned up Thursday morning for the official dedication ceremony for the newly built Jessie Elwin Nelson Academy– Signal Hill’s first-ever middle school. On hand for the plaque-dedication ceremony were (pictured, from left): Signal Hill Police Chief Michael Langston, Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Chris Steinhauser, Signal Hill Councilmember Ed Wilson, Mayor Tina Hansen, Nelson Principal Sparkle Peterson, Councilmember Michael Noll, Councilmember Ellen Ward and School Board Member Felton Williams. Nelson Academy is the first school to be built with Measure K funds. The school has 31 classrooms, five basketball courts, a regulation-sized soccer field, a gymnasium, locker rooms, a multi-purpose room, a library and 89,288 square feet of indoor space.

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cilmember James Johnson, nonpublic safety workers took as much as 15-percent pay raises while city management employees accepted a “wage freeze” since the recession hit in 2008– an assertion IAM union members refuted. The ballot proposal comes as both city officials and IAM have failed to come to an agreement on pension reform in recent weeks. Police and fire department unions have already agreed to start paying more toward their retiree benefits, a move expected to save the city more than $100 million over the next decade. Johnson warned, however, that, if further labor cost-cutting measures aren’t taken, city services will continue to be reduced for the foreseeable future. “For the last nine years… we’ve cut $209 million and 857 positions in our General Fund alone, eliminating 25 percent of our workforce and even laying off city employees…yet we are still faced with cuts, year after year,” he said. “The answer is simple. Until we control the growth of total compensation, such as skyrocketing pension costs, we will continue to cut services every year with no end in sight.” Councilmember Al Austin, who was sworn in just two months ago to represent the 8th district, coined the proposal brought by Johnson, co-sponsored by three other councilmembers and backed by Mayor Bob Foster as “political grandstanding.” Austin insisted city staff should instead continue bargaining with IAM members in closed session to reach an agreement. Ninth District Councilmember Steve Neal, who made a friendly amendment requiring that the City “immediately and concurrently” start negotiating with unions, voted against the proposal, along with Austin. Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, who also spoke out against the action but ended up voting in favor of it, said the drafted proposal “demonizes” non-public safety workers, who

account for 20 percent of the General Fund and are paid the least of all city employees. “These people are not the problem,” she said. “You open this door, and you’re going to have citizens saying, ‘Why aren’t we rolling everybody’s salaries, pensions and skill-pays back?’” Foster said he has faith in the collective-bargaining process but stressed that negotiations with IAM in recent years have fallen flat and promoted the idea of putting the decision to voters. “We’ve been through a lot of discussions, we’ve been through negotiations, and they have not been successful,” he said. “I think we need to move this along.” Dan Gonzalez, president of IAM Local 19, said union members voted down an offer by city officials last month because the City provided no information on how many employees would be let go if the union agreed to the City’s terms. “The only guarantee we were given was that layoffs would continue,” he said. “It seems to us that the sentiment has been: if you don’t give us what we want, we’re going to lay you off, and you’re going to pay. If you do give us what we want, we’re going to lay you off, but we’ll feel bad about it.” Furthermore, it was confirmed that the City turned down a counter offer made by IAM that would have created $3.9 million in savings for the city’s General Fund and $12.2 million in savings across all city departments. Janet Wright-Schabow, a representative for IAM, said proposing a ballot measure without conforming to the state’s collective-bargaining laws would be considered “unfair labor practices,” similar to the City’s previous action in 2009, when it imposed a furlough initiative. Even though unions and city officials are expected to negotiate terms next week, WrightSchabow told the Signal Tribune that “there’s a potential where nothing could happen, if [city officials] decide they really don’t want to save jobs.”

Some city councilmembers, however, pointed to new state legislation, known as AB 340, which Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law. The legislation mandates that public workers pay half of their pension costs by 2018, instead of having public employers or taxpayers pick up the tab. The landmark legislation, which primarily applies to new employees hired after Jan. 1, 2013 but also includes provisions for existing employees, is an attempt to sort out unfunded pension systems that are financially burdening the state and local jurisdictions. Major state pension funds, such as the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, known as CalPERS, are dealing with massive shortfalls after being hit by low rates of returns on investments during the recession, causing the state to force employers to pay a higher percentage toward retiree benefits. In Signal Hill, city officials negotiated deals in July 2011 with both miscellaneous and police unions, where existing employees now pay 5 percent of their retiree benefits, instead of having the City pay for their share, according to Charlie Honeycutt, Signal Hill’s deputy city manager. The City has also negotiated one-year contracts with employee unions, which allowed the City to make contract changes more gradually, he said. Honeycutt added that the City has not granted any cost-of-living increases in the last three years and has been “responsible in hiring” by leaving about seven full-time positions unfilled. As for Long Beach, Schipske stated in a press release that the City should be focusing on implementing the state’s new mandate of “full pension-costsharing” rather than studying proposals to roll back employee salaries. She said gradually imposing pension reform over the next six years would produce savings that could eventually be used to pay off the city’s $1.2billion unfunded liability.


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Long Beach City Council will now most likely take up the item in the next few months on appeal. Unlike a check-cashing or payday-loan company that offers cash advances of up to $255, the car-title loan company allows individuals to take out a minimum $2,500-loan worth half the Blue Book value of any vehicle owned free and clear. The loan is paid back with a .33percent per-day interest rate. Pennbrooke representatives said the firm, which primarily markets for startups and individual business owners, has a track record of only having 5 percent of the loans end in default or vehicle repossession. The company has more than 500 locations under different names, including Loan Max, in 22 states, as well as in Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom. Ken Waco, CEO of Pennbrooke, said the company is planning to open six locations in the greater Los Angeles area, including two in Long Beach: one at the Wrigley-area site and another at South Street and Paramount Boulevard, neither of which has yet to receive permits. But, the business has been met with strong opposition from community groups that have sent responses and letters, “overwhelmingly” in opposition to the use, calling the company a form of “predatory lending” for imposing exorbitantly high interest rates. Community groups also claim the use would detract from an improving community that is still struggling to build itself after the state’s shutdown of redevelopment agencies (RDAs). “I'm not sure that this is a good thing for the community,” said Annie Greenfeld, co-chair of the South Wrigley Neighborhood Advisory Group and president of the Central Project Area Council, during an Aug. 2 commission meeting. “I feel that this business is loansharking…This is planning blight at its finest…Wrigley neighborhood is too fragile to bring in this type of questionable business and bad land use.” Concerns about the company moving into the area cropped up several months ago, after the City requested the firm conduct outreach to nearby community groups since the type of business is relatively new to the state of California and the city of Long Beach. The business is proposing to occupy a one-story commercial building at 201 W. Pacific Coast Highway that has been vacant for close to a decade on a site that was previously slated for an RDA project that never got off the ground. The empty lot is adjacent to another

small loan company called Nix Financial. In its May 11, 2012 issue, the Signal Tribune reported that the Long Beach RDA tried to attract new retail to the site, including Shoe City, Prepaid Cell Phone Store, Indoor Swap Meet and Family Saver, but those proposals were declined by the property owner as not being suitable for the location. The article also reported that Pennbrooke, under the name Loan Max, and a lender named Cash Point agreed to a $1 million settlement in a lawsuit brought by hundreds of District of Columbia residents who had lost their cars and had paid thousands of dollars in interest for auto loans. In California, at least one state legislator has tried to pass a bill, known as AB 336, that would put requirements on “high-interest auto-title loan” companies, but so far no such legislation has passed. Still, despite the overwhelming negative response from the community, Long Beach Department of Development Services staff recommended approval of Pennbrooke’s request for a CUP, requiring a condition that the permit would only last five years, after which the City would assess whether the business was a good fit for the neighborhood. According to city staff, the title-loan company is licensed with the state, but the type of business is not regulated under the state’s resources code and is not listed under the City’s commercial-use index. Assistant City Attorney Michael Mais said, until a “moratorium” is put on the commercial use so the City can conduct a study on such title-loan companies, the Planning Commission must base its findings on the City’s existing policies for land use and could not make findings based on conjecture about the type of business. The Planning Commission, however, ended up denying the requested CUP in a 3-2 vote at an Aug. 2 meeting, indicating that the business would have a “low impact” to the community and wouldn’t generate enough economic activity as originally envisioned. Some planning commissioners, however, said the business would provide an improvement to the property that would otherwise be vacant. Commissioner Mark Christoffels made a motion to deny the CUP, claiming the negative findings were made based on “the proposed land use would be detrimental to the future development of the adjoining parcels and is not necessarily in conjunction with the anticipated vision of what was planned for the redevelop-

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A one-story commercial building at 201 W. Pacific Coast Highway has been vacant for close to a decade, and now an auto-title loan company is proposing to move in and develop the site.

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ment of that corner.” Development services staff was then directed to return with revised findings to support the denial of the CUP. However, upon revising the findings, staff determined that the City had provided the wrong general plan designation for a portion of the property, which required an additional approval. As it turned out, the Planning Commission eventually came to a deadlock vote on approving the CUP with Commissioner Molly Campbell recusing herself. Both the applicant and appellants have now indicated they are appealing that decision to the City Council, which is required to take up the matter during a hearing within 60 days of the appeal.

David Carlat, a lobbyist representing Pennbrooke and property owner Kay Mendoza, said the Planning Commission’s actions were unfounded and illegal since a previous case had already been determined in state appellate court. “You can’t just deny an application … You have to make it based on city code or legal grounds, none of which was done,” Carlat said, adding that calling the business a “nuisance” is an “absurd claim.” He also said the company’s offer to develop the site is considered the only chance for the property owner to turn around the vacant lot. Carlat added that the company may have better success with the City Council, indicating

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that Councilmember Dee Andrews, whose 6th district encompasses the site, has already expressed support of the project. Phone calls to Andrews’s office requesting comment were not returned. Greenfeld, however, said the community is not backing down from its fight against the proposed commercial use and is appealing the Planning Commission’s decision as well. “The reason for the CUP zoning is to revitalize the area and to make it a pedestrian walk … This business will not do that,” she said. “We’re going to be putting up gateway signs within the next six to eight months, and to have that as our anchor business is ridiculous.”


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