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Honoring all those who have served and are currently serving See pages 8–11 for our special Veterans Day section
Vol. 34 No. 23
November 9, 2012
SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL
General Election 2012 results
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Obama re-elected, Alan Lowenthal wins seat in US Congress, Prop 30 and Measure N pass
Sean Belk Staff Writer
Though the big win of the night was President Barack Obama claiming another four-year term and defeating Republican rival Gov. Mitt Romney, a swath of state propositions, local measures and congressional and state races evoked almost just as much political fervor during this year’s General Election on Tuesday. More than 18 million people registered to vote in California, which was a record for the state, while more than 66 percent of registered voters in Los Angeles County turned out, according to the Los Angeles County RegistrarRecorder’s Office. The election culminated several months of campaigning by candidates and groups from both Democratic and Republican parties that sparred against each other in hard-fought battles, brandishing political ads and arguments to persuade voters. Some races for state and congressional offices primarily came out of redistricting following the
2010 Census. With 100 percent of precincts partially reporting as of about 5:30am on Nov. 7, five out of 11 state propositions passed. Registered voters elected to: temporarily raise sales and income taxes to fund public education; increase human-trafficking criminal penalties; weaken the state’s three-strikes law; change the way multistate businesses pay for income taxes to fund cleanenergy jobs; and approve state-senate redistricting maps. Locally, in Los Angeles County, a measure to extend tax increases to pay for infrastructure projects and an initiative to mandate that porn actors wear condoms both succeeded while a city ballot measure to mandate higher wages for hotel workers in Long Beach also passed.
47th Congressional District Arguably the most hotly contested and closely watched political contest in the local area was the race between
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Democratic State Senator Alan Lowenthal celebrates on Election Night after discovering that he had just taken the lead against Republican Gary DeLong in the race for the 47th District of the US House of Representatives. Lowenthal had been trailing the Long Beach city councilmember that evening but managed to come out on top once all the results came in.
LB Harbor Commission votes to temporarily move Port headquarters close to LB Airport see ELECTION page 14
Signal Hill Council gears up for March 2013 election, eliminates Willow Ridge Clubhouse as polling station
Nick Diamantides Staff Writer
In the very near future, the administrative offices of the Port of Long Beach will temporarily move several miles inland to a location just east of the Long Beach Airport. On Monday, Nov. 5, the Board of Harbor Commissioners voted to approve the purchase of an office building once occupied by departments of the Boeing Corporation. “The current Port Administration building at 925 Harbor Plaza was built in 1959, is overcrowded and does not meet today’s seismic standards,” said Art Wong, Port of Long Beach assistant director of communications/public information officer, in a statement issued shortly after the board’s decision. “The Harbor Commission has placed a priority on moving Port staff out of the current location because of overcrowding and safety
see PORT page 15
Art Wong/Port of Long Beach
The Port of Long Beach’s administrative offices are currently located in the seven-story, 125,000-square-foot building located at 925 Harbor Plaza. The edifice was constucted in 1959 and does not meet today’s siesmic standards.
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While the nation’s attention was fixed on this week’s election, Signal Hill Councilmembers Tuesday focused on the municipal election that is scheduled for March of next year. In a vote of 3-1, the Council favored reducing the number of polling places for the March 5, 2013 City election from three polling stations to two. The Willow Ridge Clubhouse will no longer be a voting center, but two voting centers located close to City Hall will continue to accommodate next year’s election. Councilmember Ed Wilson voted
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against the measure. At March’s upcoming municipal election, the terms will be up for Wilson, Ward and Vice Mayor Michael Noll. Wilson, Noll and Ward confirmed to the Signal Tribune this week that they plan on running for re-election. Ward did not respond to a media inquiry by to press time; however she is expected to run for re-election to stay on the five-member Council. At the last municipal election in 2011, the three polling places for Signal Hill voters were located at the Willow Ridge Clubhouse, the First Family
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NEwS 2 SIGNAL TRIBuNE NOvEMBER 9, 2012 LBPD to assign â€˜neighborhood servicesâ€™ specialists to three patrol divisions Staff Writer
The Long Beach Police Department is bringing on three â€œneighborhood servicesâ€? specialists to work with community groups in north, east and the newly consolidated west patrol divisions while shifting other staff around as the department works to maintain its public safety function in the face of recent budget cuts. The department took a total $6.1-million financial hit for the
fiscal year 2013 budget, which began in October. The budget reductions, due in large part to sparse city revenue and increasing employee costs, are part of the nearly $17-million cut to the General Fund approved by the Long Beach City Council on Sept. 17. The cuts, however, were slightly less harsh than originally proposed. During the budget process earlier this year, the city council was able to
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restore millions of dollars in cuts after finding new funding resources. Some were structural restorations and others involved using City oil revenue to pay for â€œone-timeâ€? expenditures. For the remainder of the fiscal year, the new funding is able to restore cuts to library services, parks, recreation & marine services, public works services and police services. The police department, which still had to eliminate 40 swornpolice-officer positions, including 19 police service specialist (PSS) positions, through attrition, received a total of $2.7 million in restoration funding. Much of the one-time funding went to restore four PSS positions to support vice investigations, sex crimes detail, crime lab and the east division, along with funding 10 police officers and one sergeant assigned to gang enforcement. The remainder of the funding went to restore the prisoner transport unit and the departmentâ€™s overtime fund. The city council also budgeted a $2.9-million police
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academy. Braden Phillips, the police departmentâ€™s administrative bureau chief, said the department was able to save three PSS positions, once called â€œneighborhood liaisonsâ€? originally slated for the chopping block, by transferring $270,000 from the Cityâ€™s development services department and converting those positions to a new classification known as â€œneighborhood servicesâ€? specialist or public safety coordinator. He said two employees, who were on a priority list after being laid off due to the elimination of redevelopment, were reassigned to the positions. The newly assigned civil service staff wonâ€™t have the same classification as the police-services staff, but they will have many of the same duties, such as working with neighborhood groups, Phillips said. He said the new staff will be working on more â€œbroader issuesâ€? than the typical â€œcrime focusâ€? provided in the past. â€œI think the community in all areas has expressed concern about the loss of their police services specialists,â€? Phillips said. â€œWe hope that neighborhood services specialists will allow us to provide a very similar service to the community.â€? One of the new specialists will be in charge of the new west division, which will be completely consolidated with the south division within the â€œnext few days,â€? Phillips said. Police officers previously assigned to the south division will deploy out of the west divi-
sion substation at 1835 Santa Fe Ave. instead of police headquarters in downtown. The west patrol division is located north of Anaheim Street up to Wardlow Road, west of Cherry Avenue and along the west border of Signal Hill. The south patrol division is bounded by Anaheim Street to the waterfront, and from Cherry Avenue to Harbor Scenic Drive. The decision to consolidate the divisions was an extensive undertaking that involved months of planning, according to a statement from the police department, that states the consolidation will begin as a pilot project and will be evaluated on a regular basis to â€œassess efficiency and effectiveness, impact on crime, community response, response times, logistics, technological needs, and impact on police personnel.â€? In addition, Phillips said some police staff members were recently â€œbumpedâ€? due to seniority. Marlene Arrona, who previously worked as a PSS for the north patrol division, has now taken a position as one of the departmentâ€™s public information officers (PIO), while Nancy Pratt, who already works as a PIO, is maintaining her position. However, he called the restorations simply a way for the City to â€œforestallâ€? budget cuts, adding that the ability for the department to continue funding the positions on an ongoing basis and next fiscal year is still up for debate. â€œWeâ€™re hopeful that, at least during FY 2013, weâ€™ll be able to meet the communityâ€™s needs,â€? Phillips said. Ă&#x;
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LBPD cites 16 individuals during ‘minor decoy’ alcohol-sales bust NOvEMBER 9, 2012
The Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) Vice Investigations Section, in cooperation with investigators from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), conducted three “minor decoy” undercover operations in Long Beach during September and October 2012. The undercover operations focused on employees inside ABC-licensed businesses such as liquor or convenience stores. These employees were approached by minors under the age of 21, under the supervision of the LBPD, who were attempting to purchase alcohol from the
establishment. Employees from various businesses who allowed the minors to purchase alcohol were identified and subsequently issued misdemeanor citations for unlawfully furnishing alcohol to a minor. The businesses were unaware that an undercover operation was underway. During the course of the three operations, 58 different establishments were visited, and a total of 16 individuals were issued misdemeanor citations. At the conclusion of the operations, detectives notified ownership/management of each business of the successful or unsuccessful attempt by a
minor to purchase alcohol from their establishment. The LBPD will continue to enforce ABC laws at all establishments throughout the city, according to the department. Anyone wishing to report illegal behavior relating to the unlawful sale of alcohol may contact the Vice Investigations Section at (562) 570-7219. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1 (800) 222-TIPS, texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES, or by visiting lacrimestoppers.org .
On Friday, Nov. 2, at 10pm, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to a three-vehicle hit-and-run collision on the southbound 710 Freeway, between the 9th Street on-ramp and the 6th Street off-ramp, which resulted in the death of a female adult and injury to two others. The preliminary investigation determined that the driver of a white 1997 Chevy Tahoe had entered the 710 Freeway at the Broadway offramp, travelling northbound in the southbound lanes. The Tahoe then struck a gray 1987 Honda Accord and a white 2010 Toyota Corolla, that were both travelling in the
southbound lanes of the freeway. The driver of the Tahoe, identified as 33-year-old Derrick Armstrong of Buena Park, then got out of his vehicle and ran from the scene. Witnesses ran after Armstrong and detained him until police arrived. The passenger of the Honda, identified as 27-year-old Tricia Esmond Cade of Long Beach, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver, a 26-year-old female from Long Beach, had to be extricated from the vehicle by Long Beach Fire and was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Toyota, a 26-year-
old male from Long Beach, was transported with nonlife-threatening injuries. Armstrong was booked for driving under the influence, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and hit-and-run causing death or injury, and he is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $100,000 bail. Anyone with information regarding this collision incident is asked to contact the Long Beach Police Accident Investigations Detective David Lauro at (562) 570-7355.
Driver arrested for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run causing death and injury
LBPD arrests man for pedestrian hit-and-run
On Sunday, Nov. 4, at approximately 12:45am, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Junipero Avenue regarding a hitand-run traffic collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian, which resulted in the death of the male adult pedestrian. The preliminary investigation determined the pedestrian was crossing Pacific Coast Highway southbound, west of Junipero Avenue, when he was struck by a green 1997 Geo Prism, which was traveling eastbound on Pacific
Coast Highway. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and determined the victim deceased at the scene. Officers subsequently located the abandoned Geo in the area of Temple Avenue and 17th Street, and they impounded it. LBPD then received information that the driver of the suspect vehicle was at a residence in the 2700 block of E. Spaulding Street. Officers responded to that location at 1pm on Sunday, located the suspect, and arrested him without incident. He is being identified as 48-yearold Robert Alleman of Long
Beach. He was booked for vehicular manslaughter and is being held at the City Jail on $50,000 bail. The pedestrian has been identified as 37-year-old Adolfo LopezPerez of Long Beach. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Long Beach Police Accident Investigations Detective David Lauro at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1 (800) 222-TIPS, texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES, or visiting lacrimestoppers.org .
On May 20, 2012, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to an “unknown trouble” call in the 5900 block of East Pacific Coast Highway. The caller told arriving officers that he had entered the apartment his brother and father shared and found both of them deceased. Based on the circumstances, LBPD homicide detectives and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office responded to conduct an investigation. Preliminary information released by the Coroner’s Office indicated the deaths were possibly the result of a murdersuicide. Since the initial information was released, the coroner’s office conducted autopsies and attributed the cause of death for 53-year-old Steven Warshaw to cardiovascular disease and the death of his father, 78-year-old Lawrence Warshaw, to cardiovascular disease and other undetermined factors. The father was confined to a wheelchair and was dependent upon his son for care. It is believed he passed away soon after his son. After reviewing the coroner’s
findings, processing the scene, and considering all other facts and evidence, homicide detectives are confident at this point that both
deaths were the result of natural causes and have closed their case.
LBPD attributes deaths of father and son in May to natural causes Source: LBPD
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MAKING HISTORY what LGBT History Project fundraiser who Local businesses and the Historical Society of Long Beach where Along Broadway between Junipero and Grand avenues when Nov. 9 from 4pm to 7pm More Info Several businesses along Broadway have agreed to donate 10 percent of their proceeds to help fund the Long Beach LGBT History Project to collect and preserve documents, photographs, artifacts and oral and written testimonials to create exhibits and public programs about the LGBT community. Visit hslb.org .
LET’S HEAR IT FOR VETS what Senior Serenade who The Wrigley Association and Stearns Musical Theater Group where Veterans Park Social Hall, 101 E. 28th St. when Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3pm More Info This musical salute features song-and-dance routines in honor of senior veterans. Doors open at 2:30pm. Contact Colleen McDonald by calling (562) 676-7480 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALLING ALL WRITERS what Free writers event who California Writers Club of Long Beach where Long Beach Los Altos Branch Library, 5614 East Britton Dr. when Saturday, Nov. 10 from 3pm to 5pm More Info Sonia Marsh, author of Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family’s Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island, will speak at the event. Doors open at 2:30pm for networking prior to the speaker. Visit calwriterslongbeach.org or email email@example.com .
CAREER COACHING what Business networking lunch who The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce where Forbidden City Restaurant, 6380 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. when Friday, Nov. 13 from 11:30am to 1pm More Info The monthly “Good Afternoon Long Beach” luncheon features Brad Pollak, president of Brak Pollak Company who will talk about marketing and provide career coaching for business professionals and students. Members pay $15 and non-members pay $30. Email firstname.lastname@example.org .
IT’S IN A BOOK what Monthly community book club who The Bixby Knolls Literary Society where Elise’s Tea Room, 3924 Atlantic Ave. when Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7pm More Info This month, the club delves into After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie by Jean Rhys. Parking is available along Atlantic Avenue. Refreshments will be provided. Call (562) 595-0081 or email email@example.com .
GET IN THE MIX what Monthly meeting who The Success Network where Corner Bakery, 6507 E. PCH in The Marketplace when Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 7:30am to 9am More Info The meeting is open to small-business leaders seeking networking opportunities with other professionals. Breakfast is available at the restaurant. Contact Katja Jones by calling (562) 685-8532 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
BABY ON BOARD what Child-passenger safety class who American Automobile Association and Miller Children’s Hospital where Miller Children’s Hospital, Pavilion Conference Room A2, 2801 Atlantic Ave. when Thursday, Nov. 15 from 7pm to 7:30pm More Info This free class teaches parents, grandparents and caregivers how to select the right car seat, how to properly secure their children, and about the California Child Passenger Safety Laws. Visit aaa.com/childsafety or call (714) 885-2312. HELP WITH HEARING what Hearing devices exhibit who Hearing Loss Association of Long Beach/Lakewood where Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave. in Lakewood when Friday, Nov. 16 from 10am to noon More Info The event features free hands-on display of devices that help with hearing difficulties, along with information on how they work and where they can be purchased. Call (562) 630-6141.
FISHIN’ FOR GOOD TIMES what Youth Fishing Derby who Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine Department and the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation where El Dorado Park, 7550 E. Spring St. when Saturday, Nov. 17 More Info Registration starts at 8am, after which the free fishing derby will commence until 1pm, when there will be a special drawing. Free fishing poles and tackle gear will be provided to youth age 15 and under. Participants age 16 and over are required to have a California State Fishing License. Call (562) 570-1765.
WHO ARE YOU? what Monthly meeting who Questing Heirs Genealogical Society where Resurrection Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 1900 E. Carson St. when Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1:15pm More Info The meeting will feature a talk by speaker Barbara Renick. A beginning research class commences at 4pm and ends at 5pm. Visit qhgs.info or call (562) 598-3027.
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4 SIGNAL TRIBuNE
Thoughts from the Publisher
NOvEMBER 9, 2012
by Neena Strichart
For ose Who Served
As the famous song goes, “I love a parade!” Over the years I have attended nearly every one of the Long Beach Veterans Parades. Whether I was there to take pictures of those participating, or waving to the crowd while riding in a vehicle with hubby Steve, I have enjoyed every minute of each of the events. This year we will once more be part of the line-up with Steve behind the wheel of our fabulous Signal Tribune 1971 postal jeep. The event will take place this Saturday, November 10, starting at 10 am on Atlantic Avenue between Harding and 56th streets. After the parade, make sure you stick around for the Vets Fest sponsored by Long Beach’s 9th District Councilmember Steve Neal. That event will take place during and immediately following the parade at Houghton Park, located at the corner of Atlantic Avenue at Harding Street. We hope to see you there!
Those who fought through war and battled without a flinch or being rattled deserve our praise extended hand for making safe our beloved land.
They served on soil and sea and air to protect our country and all we deem fair. And now we bow our heads with tears to remember those through all the years. Written by Neena Strichart 2009
Me in my Signal Tribune 1971 postal jeep
Minding their business
In light of the recent burglaries along the business corridors, including the BKBIA [Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association] office being burglarized twice in one week, the BKBIA has hired a private security company, C.S.I. Patrol Service (a Bixby Knolls business), to patrol the entire district. Patrols include Atlantic Avenue from 33rd to 46th Street, San Antonio between Atlantic and Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach Boulevard from the 405 to 46th Street, and Wardlow between Atlantic and Long Beach Boulevard. All alleys are being patrolled too. Our goal is to have this extra set of eyes around the district as a deterrent for vandalism, burglaries and graffiti. C.S.I. Patrol Service investigates all suspicious behavior and activities each night. The activity log sheets are then shared with the BKBIA, LBPD North Division Commander, and the 7th and 8th council district offices in order to address the issues. We want to make sure the businesses and the neighborhood are safe. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com . Blair Cohn Executive Director Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association
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TO TH E ED I TO R
Today is a new day for America, our state, and our great city. We re-elected President Barack Obama, and whether you supported him or Governor Romney, we now need to unite and move our great country forward. We all love America, and I believe strongly that our best days are ahead. Diversity of people and opinions makes our country stronger, and we don’t always have to agree, but we should always support our country, and each other. I’m proud that we have elected local leaders who are committed to doing just that. Our outstanding new Congressional delegation of Representatives Alan Lowenthal and Janice Hahn, who are both friends and mentors of mine, will bring a strong voice to Washington, D.C. State Senator Ricardo Lara and Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal will also do a terrific job of representing Long Beach in Sacramento. I also want to congratulate my colleague Gary DeLong on his Congressional run. He and his family deserve our thanks for their service to our city, and I look forward to continuing to work together to make Long Beach the best city it can be. Meanwhile, we have so much to look forward to in Long Beach in the coming year. I will be especially focused on three areas:
Economic development Supporting economic development in our downtown and throughout the city, including the creation of an economic development officer, and working to attract high-tech business and green industries. We need to make Long Beach a leader in innovations and new technologies.
Fiscal discipline and pension reform Continuing fiscal discipline with smart budgeting and completing our pension reform process with the city’s largest union, which I am hopeful we will do by early 2013.
A safer city We need to continue enhancing, expanding and modernizing public safety services, including graduating a new academy class, modernizing fire stations, and restoring funding to public safety as much as possible.
Today is a day to put the past behind us and move our city, state and country forward. I’m proud to continue serving you by working to expand economic opportunity, keep our streets and neighborhoods safe, and make government more efficient and responsible. And I’m grateful to all of you for your continued love of our city and all your contributions to the community. Thank you! Robert Garcia vice Mayor Long Beach
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Developer to keep ‘Fly DC Jets’ sign displayed, but preservationists push for its historic status
Irvine-based developer Sares Regis Group has closed escrow on the purchase of 160 acres of vacant property from Boeing, including two former aircraft-production hangars seen in the background. The sale closed out the remaining available land on the market, including at the 261-acre Douglas Park (seen in the foreground) adjacent to Lakewood Boulevard.
Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune
An iconic neon sign with the phrase “Fly DC Jets” and the legendary Douglas Aircraft Company logo has been perched atop a large aircraft-production hangar since 1956. A developer who recently bought the building has agreed to keep the sign on display, but preservationists want it to be a designated landmark. Sean Belk Staff Writer
The new owner of a commercial aircraft-production building that last housed Boeing’s 717 assembly line has agreed to retain the structure’s iconic sign that has been a familiar sight near the Long Beach Airport with the phrase “Fly DC Jets” for 56 years. The developer’s agreements with the City and Boeing, however, aren’t enough for local preservationists, who are pushing for the marker to be designated as an historic landmark. Most visible at night, the red and blue neon sign that includes the legendary McDonnell Douglas Corporation logo has been a symbol of the bygone years of commercial-aircraft manufacturing in Long Beach, according to historians, since the 1950s. Six years ago, the sign became even more significant when Boeing shuttered its 717-assembly plant, closing the last airline passenger-jet factory in California. Boeing had taken over the property from McDonnell Douglas Corporation in 1997 after buying out the company and has been trying to sell the site ever since closing the plant’s doors in 2006. Proposals have come and gone, including plans for a movie studio and a Tesla-automobile factory. City officials even tried to entice Boeing to move its 737-MAX production to the building to bring back airline production. But no such luck. Last year, however, Sares Regis Group, an Irvine-based developer, stepped up to the plate to purchase a majority of Boeing’s vacant land. The developer’s most recent purchase, which closed in October, includes buying 160 acres made up of two 80-acre parcels that consist of two former aircraft-production hangars and Parking Lot D, which once provided offsite parking for the airport. The aircraft production hangars were built at the outset of World War II by Douglas Aircraft Company, whose workers turned out some 15,000 airplanes. Roger Schaufele, a retired Douglas employee who once worked at the site from the early 1960s to the late 1980s as vice president of engineering, said the Long Beach operation at one point employed about 70,000 people. He said the local workforce first built C-47s, B-17s, A-26s and early A-20s when the plant, once owned by the government, was called the “Arsenal of Defense.”
After the war, the aerospace industry shifted to producing commercial aircraft, he said, adding that the Douglas Company built a series of DC transports. After the company merged to become McDonnell Douglas Corporation in 1967, the line started building MD-80s and later built 717s, a single-aisle version of the DC-9 series 30, once Boeing took over 30 years later. The line built a total of 737 Boeing 717s until the last one rolled off the lot in 2006. Today, however, all that’s left is the sign that remains the only remnant of commercial-airplane production in the state, Schaufele said. The aerospace workforce in Long Beach has dwindled down to just a few thousand employees who work at Boeing’s C-17-manufacturing plant, which is the last remaining large-scale aircraft-production line in California. “All the production of complete airplanes has kind of gone away,” he said. “[The sign] does have historical significance … that’s for sure.” Sares Regis said in a prepared statement that it now plans to develop the 717-hangar property with the potential for about 3.2 million square feet of “office, industrial and retail space.” The recent purchase also completes all land sales at Douglas Park, a 261-
acre master-planned property located across Lakewood Boulevard where Sares Regis is developing north and south portions of a 33.6-acre industrial complex known as Pacific Pointe, where seven industrial buildings are to be sold to potential users for corporate-headquarters. Debby Arkell, spokesperson for Boeing’s Real Property Management Division, said a purchaseand-sale agreement includes a condition that the new owner must come up with a plan to keep the iconic sign displayed if the development calls for the hangars to be demolished. “Should [the new owner] decide to tear those buildings down, [the new owner is] required to work with the city of Long Beach and essentially with Boeing to establish a plan as to what would happen to the sign,” she said. “There will be good care taken of [the sign] if that’s what the buyer chooses to do.” Representatives with the new property owner agree. “We have every intention of keeping the sign,” said Zoe Solsby, spokesperson for Sares Regis. “We want to keep it as much as everybody else does … it’s a part of the property … and our intention is to keep it on the property.” Just months before the undis-
closed sale closed escrow, Long Beach development services department staff worked with Boeing to draft a new permanent zoning ordinance for the area known as PD 19. Derek Burnham, senior planner of Long Beach Development Services Department, said amendments to the ordinance, which were approved by the Long Beach City Council late last year, also included a requirement that the sign “be retained in place, protected and maintained as is.” The new ordinance describes the sign as a “potential” historic resource since the sign currently has no historic-landmark designation. This fact, however, has worried local preservationists, residents and aerospace employees who fear that there are no protections in place to prevent the sign from being demolished or moved. “The sign has no protection,” said Sarah Gilbert, commercial chairperson for the modern committee of the Los Angeles Conservancy, which has been leading an effort to preserve the sign with local preservation group Long Beach Heritage. “We often see things fall through the cracks, because [structures] are not correctly designated … [City officials said] they’ve had a good relationship with the developer, but there’s no guarantee.” Louise Ivers, an art historian and a board member of Long Beach Heritage, said the agreement between Boeing, the developer and the City to safeguard the sign is good news but added that there are still unanswered questions as to exactly how the sign would be pre-
served. “If the City has an agreement, we need to find if they really do,” she said. “We would like to see the sign preserved at that site … It doesn’t have to be on top of the building, [the new owner] can move it someplace on the site.” Ivers, a member of the Long Beach Cultural Heritage Commission, said historical reports show the sign was built in 1956, the same year the hangar building was constructed. She said any member of the public is able nominate a structure to be designated as a Long Beach historic landmark, as long as the structure is at least 49 years old. The city’s cultural heritage commission would then vote on whether to designate the structure as a city landmark. Currently, there are more than 130 designated landmarks in Long Beach. State and federal landmark designations require other procedures. But Ivers said granting historical landmark status can be costly and time-consuming. According to city documents, a city historic-landmark nomination costs more than $863, a charge that she said has increased over the years. Ivers said there hasn’t been any landmark nominations submitted in the three years she’s been on the commission. Gilbert said the fact that the sign hasn’t been given a landmark status yet comes down to a lack of resources. “I don’t think people realize the tools that are available,” she said, adding that speculative plans for the developer “don’t offer the same protection as a landmark designation.”
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American Red Cross Greater Long Beach Chapter volunteer Wilhelmina Mussman gets breakfast ready at a shelter in Greenwich, Connecticut.
The American Red Cross has a huge relief response underway to the region affected by Hurricane Sandy, providing people across a number of states with a safe place to stay, food to eat and comfort during this difficult time, according to the Red Cross. Thousands of people have spent the night in hundreds of Red Cross shelters since the storm began its onslaught on the country. The Red Cross has already served more than 100,800 meals and snacks and mobilized more than 2,300 disaster workers and almost 200 emergency vehicles so far, and more are being deployed. The Greater Long Beach and Rio Hondo chapters of the American Red Cross have deployed eight local volunteers who are helping in feeding, disaster mental health, sheltering and other Red Cross services in New Jersey and New York: Mitch Henry, feeding;
Ralph Ilhe, disaster mental health; Rita Hooker, feeding; Linda Timmons, feeding; Carlos Rodriguez, public affairs; Roy Hanson, logistics; Roland Barnes, sheltering; and Wilhelmina Mussman, sheltering. “This response to Sandy is just getting started. The storm has left devastation in its wake, and we will be helping people for weeks to come,” said Margaret Arbini Madonna, CEO of the Greater Long Beach and Rio Hondo Chapters. “This will be very costly, and the Red Cross needs help now. We ask everyone to support us as we help people recover from this massive storm.” People can make a financial donation by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1800-733-2767) or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the Greater Long Beach
Chapter, 3150 E. 29th St., Long Beach, CA 90806. The storm has also caused the cancellation of hundreds of Red Cross blood drives, resulting in a loss of as many as 11,000 blood products. Those who are eligible are asked to schedule a blood donation now, especially if they live outside the areas impacted by the storm. To schedule a donation time or get more information about giving blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To give blood, an individual must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health. Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID with them. Some states allow 16-year-olds to give with parental consent.
EDCO Waste and Recycling Services issued a press release Tuesday indicating that there will be no delay in its collection serv-
ices on Monday, Nov. 12, despite Veterans Day being the day before. As a result, EDCO will be performing regularly scheduled collection services that week. EDCO’s customer service office, public disposal site and recycling center will
also remain open. This includes Park Waste and Recycling Services and Signal Hill Waste and Recycling Services.
Sixth District Councilmember Dee Andrews will host his 5th annual “Serving With A Thankful Heart” Thanksgiving banquet on Monday, Nov. 19 at Ernest S. McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave. Lunch will be served from 11:30am to 2pm and dinner from 5pm to 7:30pm. The event is co-hosted by Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, Hotel Maya, Hilton and Hyatt Hotels, and the Long Beach Yellow Cab Company, and it provides the community a free traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings served by special guest servers such as City Manager Pat West and Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau President Steve Goodling as well as over 100
volunteers. “I love this particular event because we are able to bring so much joy during this Thanksgiving holiday,” Andrews said. “Being able to give the gift of service is such a rewarding feeling. I am so blessed to have remarkable partners stand beside me year after year as we serve our community with a loving heart. According to Andrews’s office, last year’s event fed more than 1,400 people. Although this is a free function, those interested must RSVP before Friday, Nov. 16, at Ernest S. McBride Park or by contacting Andrews’s office at (562) 570-6816.
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Local Rotary district names its Business Rotarian of the Year District 5320 of Rotary International has selected Terry Geiling as its 2012 Business Rotarian of the Year. The award annually recognizes the Rotarian who has demonstrated the highest standards in his or her profession, in Rotary community and international efforts and in ethical business leadership. Rotary District 5320 supports 45 clubs and approximately 2,000 members in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Geiling was president of the Rotary Club of Long Beach and served as chief of staff for the Rotary district governor. Geiling is currently the president and CEO of the American Gold Star Manor in Long Beach. He resides in the Belmont Heights area of Long Beach with his wife Nancy. Source: Jay Beeler and Assoc.
LBuSD superintendent calls passage of Proposition 30 a ‘vote of confidence’
While the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) still faces budget cuts, California voters’ approval of Proposition 30 this week greatly reduces the severity of cuts in the state’s third largest school district, according to a press release issued by LBUSD. The school district still must trim $20 million this year, but had Prop. 30 failed, LBUSD would have faced a $35-million annual reduction in funding. The school district has already cut more than $330 million and 1,000 jobs since 2008. “Voters have sent a clear message that California must stop the drastic cuts to our public schools,” said LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser. “We deeply appreciate this vote of confidence. We know that money is tight for so many Californians, yet they continue to make education a top priority. The passage of Prop. 30 is a step toward stabilizing funding for public education, and it’s a morale booster for our employees and parents who have felt the brunt of state budget cuts for far too long.” LBUSD’s elected Board of Education will consider where to trim the budget further in the coming weeks and months, but the passage of Prop. 30 means the school district won’t face stunning cuts such as a onemonth reduction in the school year or the elimination of entire programs like high-school sports and elementary music– all items the school board had put on the table before the statewide election, Steinhauser said.
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“We still face lean times. Prop. 30 doesn’t solve all of our fiscal woes, nor does it make up for the billions of dollars of cuts that public education has faced statewide in recent years, but it makes our budgeting and plan-
ning much more manageable,” Steinhauser said. “That means we can continue to provide an outstanding education for our more than 80,000 students.”
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$10K reward offered for info about Jan. 11 murder
The LA County Board of Supervisors has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of 26-year-old Lashown Fils.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, at the recommendation of Fourth District County Supervisor Don Knabe, has issued a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of 26-year-old Lashown Fils of Long Beach. On Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at approximately 3:55am, Long Beach Police responded to a shooting call in the 200 block of W. 14th Street, which resulted in Fils’s death. When officers arrived, they discovered him down in the street. He was transported to a local hospital by paramedics and was pronounced
deceased a few hours later. Detectives do not believe Fils was a gang member, and a motive for the shooting is still unknown. However, detectives are hopeful that someone with information regarding the shooting will come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Terri Hubert and Mark Bigel at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1 (800) 222-TIPS, texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES, or visiting lacrimestoppers.org . Source: LBPD
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HONORING OuR vETERANS A history of our military branches
8 SIGNAL TRIBuNE
According to the National Security Act of 1947, the Air Force’s mission is to prepare the air forces necessary for effective prosecution of war unless assigned otherwise and, in accordance with integrated joint mobilization plans, for the expansion of the peacetime components of the Air Force to meet the needs of war. The Air Force is actually one of three military departments within the Department of Defense. It is managed by the civilian Secretary of the Air Force and under the control of the Secretary of Defense. Their jobs include explosive ordnance disposal, combat rescue, pararescue, security forces, combat control, combat weather tactical air control party and agents who disarm bombs, rescue downed or isolated personnel, call in air strikes and set up landing zones in forward locations. However, other jobs range from flight combat operations to working in a dining facility. These fields include computer specialties, mechanic specialties, communications systems, avionics technicians, medical specialties, civil engineering, public affairs and more. The US Army Signal Corps began the Aeronautical Division in 1907, in the wake of the Wright brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903. The division experimented with aircraft and mostly explored balloons and dirigibles. In 1914, the Army started the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps, and soon thereafter World War I began. However, all the other European combatants’ ariel technology outstripped American technology. President Woodrow Wilson took notice and established the Army Air Service, placed directly under the War Department, on May 24, 1918. The Air Service grew to more than 19,000 officers, 178,000 enlisted men and 11,754 aircrafts. Post-war demobilization and a name change resulted in the Air Corps, a modest peacetime operation. World War II came. The Department of War created the Army Air Forces (AAF), and deemed it equal to the Army Ground Forces. The Air Corps remained a branch of the Army, subordinate to the AAF. The AAF fought in every theater of war and had 80,000 aircraft and 2.4 million personnel at its peak. Again, American demobilized post-war, and the US Air Force finally earned its independence from the Army on September 18, 1947.
The increased power of new aviation technology, the Vietnam War and the Cold War arms race accelerated the capabilities of the US Air Force. The Air Force also began to explore space with the advent of launch vehicles and orbital satellites. In the 1970s, the Air Force focused on modernizing its fleet and missiles. The Iran hostage crisis spurred America to further develop the Air Force. By the 1990s, a collapsed Soviet Union led the US to streamline the Air Force and downsize it overall.
Colors Ultramarine blue and air force yellow Motto “Aim High ... Fly-Fight-Win” Song “The Air Force Song” Off we go into the wild blue yonder, Climbing high into the sun; Here they come zooming to meet our thunder, At ‘em boys, Give ‘er the gun! (Give ‘er the gun now!) Down we dive, spouting our flame from under, Off with one helluva roar! We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey! Nothing'll stop the US Air Force! Minds of men fashioned a crate of thunder, Sent it high into the blue; Hands of men blasted the world asunder; How they lived God only knew! (God only knew then!) Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer Gave us wings, ever to soar! With scouts before And bombers galore. Hey! Nothing'll stop the US Air Force! Here's a toast to the host Of those who love the vastness of the sky, To a friend we send a message of his brother men who fly. We drink to those who gave their all of old, Then down we roar to score the rainbow’s pot of gold. A toast to the host of men we boast, the US Air Force! Zoom! Off we go into the wild sky yonder, Keep the wings level and true; If you'd live to be a grey-haired wonder Keep the nose out of the blue! (Out of the blue, boy!) Flying men, guarding the nation's border, We'll be there, followed by more! In echelon we carry on. Hey! Nothing’ll stop the US Air Force!
The Army is the oldest branch of the US military that provides land-based military operations. Their mission is to fight and win wars by providing prompt, sustained land dominance across the range of military operations and spectrum of conflict in support of commanders. They accomplish missions assigned by the President, Secretary of Defense and combatant commanders. The Army is divided into major branches: Air Defense Artillery, Infantry, Aviation, Signal Corps, Corps of Engineers and Armor. The Army is made up of three components. The active component is the Regular Army. The two reserve components are the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve. These are part-time soldiers who train once a month. These are known as unittraining assemblies. They conduct two to three weeks of annual training each year. The Army is led by a civilian Secretary of the Army, who conducts all affairs of the Army under the authority, direction and control of the Secretary of Defense. The Chief of the Staff is the highest-ranked military officer in the Army. This person is the military advisor and executive agent for the Secretary of the Army along with a Joint Chiefs of Staff member, a body of the service chiefs from each of the Department of Defense military services who advise the President, Secretary of Defense and National Security Council. The Army also has both an operational and institutional portion. The operational Army consists of armies, corps, divisions, brigades and battalions that conduct a full spectrum of international operations. The institutional Army trains, equips, deploys and ensure readiness to support the operational Army. It began as the Continental Army in 1775, formed by The Second Continental Congress in response to the Revolutionary War. George Washington was its commander-in-chief. Prior to this formalized national army, there were only cobbled-together, local militias without a chain of command. Washington described his new army as, “A mixed multitude of people under very little discipline, order or government.” With the Revolutionary War over, the Continental Congress disbanded the Continental Army in 1784. Congress did not wish the United States to have a standing army during peacetime. However, conflicts with Native Americans
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spurred Congress to allow and create The Legion of the United States. Its four sub-legions would go on to become the first four regiments of the US Army. The Army went on to fight the British in the War of 1812, then afterwards was heavily involved in US western expansion, fighting Native Americans and winning the MexicanAmerican War in 1848. The Civil War began in 1861 and split the nation, and the Army. The Army re-combined in its aftermath and won the Spanish-American War in 1898, followed by victory in the Philippine-American War, which lasted from 1899 to 1902. As America entered the 20th century, it entered both World War I and World War II. Next came the Korean War amid the larger Cold War, followed by the Vietnam War. The 1990s saw the Persian Gulf War in response to the invasion of Kuwait. The 2000s witnessed the military occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of 9/11. Motto “This We’ll Defend” Official song of the Army “The Army Goes Rolling Along” Intro: March along, sing our song, with the Army of the free Count the brave, count the true, who have fought to victory We’re the Army and proud of our name We’re the Army and proudly proclaim
Verse: First to fight for the right, And to build the Nation’s might, And The Army Goes Rolling Along Proud of all we have done, Fighting till the battle’s won, And the Army Goes Rolling Along.
Refrain: Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hey! The Army’s on its way. Count off the cadence loud and strong (TWO! THREE!) For where e’er we go, You will always know That The Army Goes Rolling Along. Verse: Valley Forge, Custer’s ranks, San Juan Hill and Patton’s tanks, And the Army went rolling along Minute men, from the start, Always fighting from the heart, And the Army keeps rolling along.
Verse: Men in rags, men who froze, Still that Army met its foes, And the Army went rolling along. Faith in God, then we’re right, And we’ll fight with all our might, As the Army keeps rolling along.
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George Washington authorized and began the Coast Guard, then known as the “cutters,” on Aug. 4, 1790 as part of the Tariff Act. Ten vessels would enforce federal and tariff laws, and stop smuggling. As the infant nation grew, the scope of the “Revenue Cutter Service” grew. The US Coast Guard was founded then, but it was established on Jan. 28, 1915 to be an official military branch. There are 11 missions dealing with ports, waterways and coastal security, drug interdiction, aids navigation, search and rescue, living marine services, marine safety, defense readiness, migrant interdiction, marine environmental protection, ice operations and other law enforcements. There are 38,000 active-duty men and women, 8,000 Reservists, and 35,000 Auxiliary personnel who serve in a variety of job fields ranging from operation specialists and small-boat operators and maintenance specialists to electronic technicians and aviation mechanics. The Coast Guard was created after five separate federal services were combined: the U.S. Lighthouse Service, the Revenue Cutter Service, the Steamboat Inspection Service, Bureau of Navigation and the U.S. Lifesaving Service. In 1915, a congressional act combined the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service to form the Coast Guard. The Service was placed under the control of the Treasury Department until 1967, when an executive order transferred the Coast Guard to the newly formed Department of Transportation. Currently, the Coast Guard operates under the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime and under the Navy during wartime, or by special presidential order. In addition to protecting our nation’s waterways, the 43,327 active-duty members of the Coast Guard perform search and rescue, law enforcement and environmental cleanup operations. The US Coast Guard Academy is a four-year service academy located in New London, Conn. Around 225 cadets graduate each year. They receive a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as an Ensign in the Coast Guard. These graduates must serve a minimum of five years on active duty. Some become Desk Watch Officers or Engineer Officers in Training. Others can be assigned directly to the Naval Air Station Pensacola for flight training. The Coast Guard’s Research Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) program works on more than 80 projects that support Coast Guard requirements at any given time. This program is made up of the Office of RTD&E at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC and the Research and Development Center (RDC) at New London, Connecticut. In 1915, a Congressional act merged the Revenue Cutter Service with the US Life-Saving Service, another government agency devoted to saving the shipwrecked, and thus made the Coast Guard. The Lighthouse Service joined the Coast Guard in 1939, and Congress moved the Commerce Department's Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation to the Coast Guard in 1946. The Coast Guard has been involved in wars such as War of 1812, the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War. The last time the Coast Guard operated as a whole within the Navy was during World War II. Usually, military and combat units within the Coast Guard will operate under Navy or joint control while others remain under the Department of Homeland Security.
Colors White, Coast Guard blue, Coast Guard red Motto Semper Paratus (Always Ready) Song “Semper Paratus” From North and South and East and West, The Coast Guard’s in the fight. Destroying subs and landing troops, The Axis feels our might. For we’re the first invaders, On every fighting field. Afloat, ashore, on men and Spars, You'll find the Coast Guard shield.
We’re always ready for the call, We place our trust in Thee. Through howling gale and shot and shell, To win our victory. (continued on page 9)
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“Semper Paratus” is our guide, Our pledge, our motto, too. We’re “Always Ready,” do or die! Aye! Coast Guard, we fight for you. From Aztec shore to Arctic zone, To Europe and Far East. The Flag is carried by our ships, In times of war and peace. And never have we struck it yet, In spite of foe-men's might, Who cheered our crews and cheered again, For showing how to fight. We’re always ready for the call, We place our trust in Thee. Through howling gale and shot and shell, To win our victory. “Semper Paratus” is our guide, Our pledge, our motto, too. We’re “Always Ready,” do or die! Aye! Coast Guard, we fight for you. Surveyor and Narcissus, The Eagle and Dispatch, The Hudson and the Tampa The names are hard to match; From Barrow's shores to Paraguay, Great Lakes or ocean’s wave, The Coast Guard fought through storms and winds To punish or to save.
We’re always ready for the call, We place our trust in Thee. Through howling gale and shot and shell, To win our victory. “Semper Paratus” is our guide, Our pledge, our motto, too. We're “Always Ready,” do or die! Aye! Coast Guard, we fight for you.
Aye, we’ve been “Always Ready” To do, to fight, or die Write glory to the shield we wear In letters to the sky. To sink the foe or save the maimed Our mission and our pride We'll carry on ‘til Kingdom Come Ideals for which we’ve died.
We’re always ready for the call, We place our trust in Thee. Through howling gale and shot and shell, To win our victory. “Semper Paratus” is our guide, Our pledge, our motto, too. We're “Always Ready,” do or die! Aye! Coast Guard, we fight for you.
HONORING OuR vETERANS Marine Corps
The United States Marine Corps (USMC) serves as an expeditionary force-in-readiness. Their mission is primarily responsible for: the seizure or defense of advanced naval bases and other land operations to support naval campaigns; the development of tactics, technique and equipment used by amphibious landing forces in coordination with the Army and Air Force; and other duties directed by the President. The USMC fulfills the role in national security as an amphibious and expeditionary force, capable of forcible entry from the air, land and sea. It is capable of asymmetric warfare with conventional, irregular and hybrid forces. A committee of the Continental Congress formed two Marine battalions on Nov. 10, 1775 to combat the British– and so began the Continental Marines. In the peacetime that followed the end of the Revolutionary War, the Continental Marines were dissolved, as were other branches of the US Armed Forces, in 1783. The US agreed with Britain to remain a neutral trader in Britain’s war with revolutionary France; France, though a former ally, was furious and seized American ships trading with Britain. An attempt at negotiation began with French diplomats attempting to extort America via bribery in the infamous XYZ Affair. This incensed the American public and sparked the Quasi-War with France, so-called because never was a formal war declared. Congress mobilized the Armed Forces, such as the Navy, and in 1798 established the Marine Corps. A treaty ended the Quasi-War in 1800. The First Barbary War tested the new republic. Pirates from the Barbary Coast (Algiers, Tunis, Morocco, and Tripoli) captured American merchant ships and enslaved their crews. America paid off all the countries to stop the piracy and restitute prisoners save for one country, Tripoli– and the two nations went to war. In 1805, a force combining Marines and mercenaries successfully captured the Tripolitan city of Derna, forcing the ruler to agree to end hostilities and return captured Americans in exchange for ransom. The Mexican-American War further cemented the Marine Corps reputation. The two wars brought the Marines glory now immortalized in the opening lines of the Marines’ Hymn: “From the Halls of Montezuma/To the shores of Tripoli.” The Barbary War also began another Marine Corps tradition, the Mameluke sword. Worn by Marine Officers today, the first Mameluke sword was a present from Prince Hamet Bey for the Marines’ victory at Derna; Bey was rightfully restored as ruler of Tripoli from the victory. The Marines were not strongly involved in the Civil War. In its aftermath, they spent time leading American forces abroad and ashore in the Philippines, Cuba and Puerto Rico. John Philip Sousa joined the Marine Band at age 13 and headed the Marine Corps band in 1880. He would go on to compose the official
march of the Marines, “Semper Fidelis,” and the National March of the US, “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” The Marines also quelled the Boxer Rebellion in China. Marine Corps aviation began in 1912 with the nation’s earliest aviation camp. World War I struck soon after, and the Marines began Parris Island, their first base dedicated solely to training, which remains today. In 1918, Opha Mae Johnson became the first enlisted female Marine, though she did not serve in a war zone. That same year, Marines legend says they earned the nickname “Devil Dogs” from their German enemies after victory at Battle of Belleau Wood. Next came World War II. Between 1942 and 1949, the first wave of black Marines enlisted as America slowly desegregated. Women made further strides with 1943’s formation of the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve– their roles were expanded into manufacturing and assembly. Photographer Joe Rosenthal froze the Marines and The Battle of Iwo Jima in time with his iconic photo featuring five Marines and a Navy corpsman mounting the national flag. The Marines went on to fight in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War; more Marines were deployed in service during the Vietnam War than World War II. The Marines joined the other branches of the armed services post-9/11 in US operations in the Middle East, especially the Iraq War.
Motto Semper Fidelis Mascot English Bulldog Colors Scarlet and gold Song “Marines’ Hymn” From the Halls of Montezuma, To the shores of Tripoli; We fight our country’s battles In the air, on land, and sea; First to fight for right and freedom And to keep our honor clean: We are proud to claim the title Of United States Marine. Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze From dawn to setting sun; We have fought in every clime and place Where we could take a gun; In the snow of far-off Northern lands And in sunny tropic scenes; You will find us always on the job The United States Marines. Here’s health to you and to our Corps Which we are proud to serve; In many a strife we’ve fought for life And never lost our nerve; If the Army and the Navy Ever look on Heaven’s scenes; They will find the streets are guarded By United States Marines.
The mission of the Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas. The Department of the Navy has three principal components: The Navy Department, consisting of executive offices mostly in Washington, D.C.; the operating forces, including the Marine Corps, the reserve components, and, in time of war, the US Coast Guard (in peace, a component of the Department of Homeland Security); and the shore establishment. The Department of the Navy is under civilian leadership of the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV). The most senior naval officer is the Chief of Naval Operation, a four-star admiral who reports to SECNAV. The Chief of Naval Operations is also one of the Joint Chief of Staff, the second-highest body of the armed forces after the US National Security Council. They are responsible for organizing, recruiting, training and equipping the navy. There are nine components in the operating forces of the U.S. Navy: the US Fleet Forces Command, US Pacific Fleet, US Naval Forces Central Command, US Naval Forces in Europe, Naval Network Warfare Command, Navy Reserve, US Naval Speachial Warfare Command, Operational Test and Evaluation Force and Military Sealift Command. The Navy has six active numbered fleets. These fleets are further grouped under Fleet Forces Command, Pacific Fleet, Naval Forces Europe Africa and Naval Forces Command. The third, fifth, sixth, seventh and tenth fleets are each led by a three-star vice admiral, and the fourth fleet is led by a rear admiral. Most of the bases are located in the US. However, there are a number of facilities maintained abroad. They are under a Status of Forces Agreement,an agreement between a host country and a foreign nation stationing military forces in that country. The largest overseas base is in Yokosuka, Japan. The names of commissioned US Navy ships are prefixed with the letters “USS,” which stands for United States Ship. Each ship also has a letter-based symbol for classification to indicate the vessel’s type and number. The Navy began as the Continental Navy. Soon after the end of the Revolutionary War, the last ship was sold, and the Continental Navy was disbanded. The Continental Navy was founded on Oct. 13, 1775 which was the day of the passage of the resolution of the Continental Congress at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This was also the day Congress
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Author and vietnam war correspondent compiles wwII personal stories, touches lives of citizens and troops Ariana Gastelum Editorial Intern
After Jerry Jackson, an airman in 1959 and 1960 in Taiwan, Korea and Okinawa, Japan and a Vietnam War correspondent in 1965 and 1966, recovered from liver failure that resulted in a transplant in May of 1997, he exited the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center with the aspiration to publish a book. That book would be Remembering: Stories From the World War II Pacific, made up of 23 chapters full of firstperson accounts of American men’s and women’s experiences from the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the American occupation of Japan.
Jackson discovered most of his sources on a cruise to the World War II Pacific battle site 10 years ago. “We sat at a table of WWII veterans, and we became friends,” he said. “They all had a personal story that was very interesting.” Although none of the memories are told by Jackson, there is one story that connects to him especially. It is written by Jackson’s cousin about his friend Major Richard Bong, a pilot during WWII who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroics. “He shot down 40 Japanese planes, and they actually sent him home to sell war bonds and to protect him because he had risked his life so many times,” Jackson noted.
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Bong later became a test pilot when the jet was first introduced. On Aug. 6, 1945, he was assigned to Lockheed’s Burbank plant where he flew P-80 Shooting Star jet fight-
ers at the Lockheed Air Terminal. One of the plane’s fuel pumps malfunctioned during takeoff, but Bong refused to bail from the plane because he had spotted a school below him. The plane landed into a narrow field at Oxnard Street and Satsuma Avenue in North Hollywood, next to Oxnard Street Elementary School, where Jackson was currently learning. “I heard a loud explosion and there was a flash fire,” Jackson said. “I was a 10-year-old boy sitting in the classroom 25 yards from where this plane crashed and killed him.” When Jackson first decided to follow through with the book’s production, he figured the process would take only a short amount of time. “It surprised me,” he said. “It took me two and a half years to go through the entire process of getting the stories sent to me, all typed, photographs included.” It
Jerry Jackson was a war correspondent in the Air Force in 1959 and 1960. He spent those years overseas in Taiwan, Korea and Okinawa, Japan.
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Now in its fifth year, the “Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet” job fair is a governor’s initiative continued by Governor Jerry Brown to provide a wide range of job services in one spot for veterans, many of them recently returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The fairs offer veterans a unique opportunity to meet with employers who have job openings and resource agencies that offer a wide range of employment services. Veterans can learn about career opportunities, education and training options, apprenticeships and other services of public and private agencies. The fair is free and open to all. Employers attending the job fair include: Allied Barton Security Services, Anheuser Busch Inc., Express Employment Professionals, Johnson Services, Kaiser Permanente, Quest Diagnostics, Vons, Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, Quallion LLC, The Art Institutes, and CallSource. Also present will be public and private employers and representatives from
state and local government agencies and private service organizations. This event is sponsored by California state agencies that offer veterans the help they need to transition from military life to civilian careers: the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Employment Development Department, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Apprenticeship Standards, and California Community Colleges. The event will take place at Proud Bird Event Center, 11022 Aviation Blvd., in Los Angeles on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 10am to 3pm. For more information, call (916) 654-9029.
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Long Beach will celebrate Veterans Day 2012 with its annual Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 10. Themed “A Salute to Those Who Served,” the parade is in its 16th year of honoring men and women who have served in all branches of the United States military. This year’s parade will step off from the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Harding Street, proceed south on Atlantic Avenue to 56th Street, make a U-turn and return to the step-off point. The activities will begin at 10am. “We are expecting a really great parade for this year,” said Martha Thuente, event coordinator. “This is the first time in recent years that we have had representatives from every branch of the military participating. We have a stellar line-up of bands and other types of units in the line of march. This is one parade not to be missed.” Chief Warrant Officer 4 Thomas M. Murphy has been named grand marshal for this year’s parade. Murphy is a native of Southern California and graduated from Lakewood High School in 1967. His military career includes service in the US Army, the Army National Guard and the California Military Reserve. Murphy served in Vietnam and Iraq, flying helicopters. After retirement
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from active duty, Murphy held various posts in the Long Beach Unified School District and retired as an assistant principal of Wilson High School. At the age of 17, Honorary Grand Marshal Rudy Rios enlisted in the United States Army. He has held numerous leadership roles, currently holding the rank of First Sergeant. He also is a Long Beach police officer. Rios was called to active duty and served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Security Team in Washington, D.C. He has recently returned from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. During the 1940s, the United States Armed Forces were strictly segregated; African-American men who enlisted were sent to separate training bases, away from their peers of other racial backgrounds. One of those separate facilities was known as Montford Point Marine Training Center. Three distinguished graduates of the Montford Point facility have been chosen as honorary grand marshals of the 2012 Long Beach Veterans Day Parade. Honorary Grand Marshal Mitchell T. Key graduated from Montford Point in 1945 and served as a marksmanship instructor in Korea and Vietnam. Also named as an honorary
grand marshal, William “Jack” McDowell served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a marksmanship instructor and drill sergeant at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, where he was named Drill Instructor of the Year in 1958. Honorary Grand Marshal Robert Stanley Hammond enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 and served during World War II as a hospital corpsman. For more information, visit lbveteransdayparade.com .
In honor of our nation’s military heroes, Forest Lawn Memorial–Parks & Mortuaries–Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr., will celebrate its 53rd annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 11am to noon. More than 1,500 people are anticipated to attend. Captain Justin L. Babcock, company commander of the US Army Recruiting Company, will serve as the keynote speaker at this free community event, joined by special military guest speaker, Michael Johnson, president of the Montford Point Marines Association. In addition, the program will feature the reading of the Presidential Procla-
mation by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. The event will also feature an aerial performance by the Golden Stars Skydiving Team, performances by soloist Victoria Gordon and patriotic musical arrangements by the Band of the California Battalion, under the direction of Dr. Gary Scott. Representatives from branches of the US military will participate and will be given special acknowledgments. Complimentary souvenirs will be presented to all attendees. For more information on the Veterans Day event, call 1 (800) 2043131 or visit forestlawn.com .
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was finally published in August of 2005. Remembering: Stories From the World War II Pacific touched numerous readers as well as troops. On March 26, 2006, David Vankuran, a soldier in the US Army who was serving in Iraq, messaged Jackson. “I thank you, as a member
of the armed forces, for creating a medium in which the rest of America can see what transpired not so long ago,” he wrote. “Many of the younger generation have no appreciation for the sacrifices that these men and women went through, so they could be free today. Authors, like [you], help us to remember that the freedom we so clearly cherish is not free. More importantly [are] those
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who provided it will not be forgotten.” Soon after Jackson had a liver transplant, his kidneys failed due to the strong medications. After a five-year wait, he received a kidney transplant in May of 2010. Today, he lives in Malibu and is involved with an organ-transplant organization. Jackson said, “I decided since God spared me twice, I needed to give back.”
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After Jerry Jackson recovered from liver failure, he focused on publishing the book Remembering: Stories From the World War II Pacific, made up of 23 chapters full of first-person accounts of American men’s and women’s experiences from World War II.
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Willow Ridge Clubhouse from the 2011 election that some voters were disenfranchised. Pacheco also acknowledged Burleson’s concern in her report. At last year’s election, City staff received calls from both residents and poll watchers who complained about the difficulty of entering Willow Ridge’s private complex, according to Pacheco in her Tuesday report to the Council Tuesday. Councilmember Larry Forester initially favored the move to con-
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solidate all three polling stations Crawford, at Tuesday’s Council meeting. Officer Crawford was introduced as into one voting center at the comone of the Signal Hill Police Department’s new hires that night. munity center. He underscored the fact that Signal Hill only spans 2.2 Forester added, indicating that the Family Church. He confirmed with square miles. “I think having one consoli- community center has adequate the deputy city clerk that both dated voting center is consistent parking if the suggested additional facilities are handicap-accessible. “The church has a large facility, and in favor of the voters,” space at the back parking lot is available to the community center has a large parking lot,” Noll said. Forester said. The councilmember voting center. “And I think that would be the next noted that voters know the commuNoll agreed with Forester’s prestep.” nity center. Shortly after Noll’s statement, “I honestly believe the route to diction that eventually more people will be voting by mail and voting Forester changed his mind and go is mail, but for now I would like be consolidated at the comcould in favor of consolidating the voted to see a single voting center,” munity center. voting facilities to two centers. “It makes sense,” Noll said, but Wilson, however, did not change he said he hesitated to make his mind and still voted against furanother change since voters at both ther consolidation of the polling the north end and the west end of locations. the city already vote at the commuMayor Tina Hansen said she nity center. He recommended that favored a proposal to consolidate the Willow Ridge Clubhouse voting to two locations and voted should be eliminated as a polling in agreement with Noll and station and that the voters who nor- Forester. Hansen acknowledged mally go to Willow Ridge should that voting by mail is not under be redirected to vote at the First
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Church on 21st Street and Cherry Avenue and the Signal Hill Park Community Center. The last City election saw low voter participation. The number of registered voters for the 2011 election totaled 5,580, but only a little more than 17 percent of them voted, according to a report tally available from Deputy City Clerk Rebecca Burleson. The report also shows that only 376 voters turned out at the polls while the remaining 610 voters decided to vote by mail. City officials had originally recommended Tuesday to consolidate all three polling places into one neighborhood voting center at the Signal Hill Park Community Center, which is close to City Hall. City Clerk Kathee Pacheco cited the low voter turnout and the greater participation of residents who chose to vote by mail as one the reasons behind the recommendation. According to her report, about 29 percent of the city’s active registered voters have opted to permanently vote by mail. “Because of the increase in voting by mail, it may be time to look at reconfiguring and/or consolidating some precincts for City elections to make the most of the poll workers’ time,” Pacheco said Tuesday, adding that it would allow the City to recruit bilingual poll workers. Pacheco highlighted the potential to hire bilingual poll workers who speak Spanish or Khmer (Cambodian) if the three voting centers could consolidate into one location. Pacheco spoke about the possibility of reserving available parking near Spud Field for additional parking needed for rear access to the community center. The decision to eliminate the polling station at the Willow Ridge Clubhouse fostered some debate among the councilmembers. Wilson picked apart the proposed plan. “And, truthfully, I really have to ask, how does that benefit the voters? Because it shouldn’t be necessarily about staff time and polling workers and what it takes to do it,” Wilson said at Tuesday’s meeting. “Even though the numbers of people voting by mail are increasing,” he continued, “you still have a number of people that go to the polls, and the important thing is to continue to get people to vote… if we start doing things that actually make it more difficult for people to vote, we’re actually moving in the wrong direction.” Only Maria Harris, a resident and a member of a community organization called Signal Hill Community First, commented on the proposed change. She spoke out against consolidation into a single voting center at the community center, stating that the proposal would create “barriers to voter access and participation.” She also opposed the idea of using a city facility for a central voting location. “It should be a readily accessible public place with plenty of parking and where a car can be easily maneuvered into and out of parking spaces,” Harris said, stressing that the facility should have ample room for the disabled, the infirm and the elderly to conveniently access the voting location. She added that the facility should be on a major traffic route and suggested an alternative space for a voting center– a tent set up at one or two of the Home Depot parking lots. Rebecca Burleson noted the benefits of bringing the operations under one roof in close proximity to City Hall and staff. She added there were a few concerns at the
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Democratic Sen. Alan Lowenthal and Republican Long Beach City Councilmember Gary DeLong, who both fought for the newly drawn 47th Congressional District seat. The district spans both Orange and Los Angeles county cities, including parts of Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood, Cypress, Rossmoor, Los Alamitos, Stanton, Garden Grove and Westminster. Although the race came close, Lowenthal, a 20-year politician as a Long Beach City Councilmember, state assembly member and, most recently, a state senator, ended up winning with 55.3 percent of the vote (93,634 votes) over DeLong, a two-term city councilmember and the owner of a small telecommunications company, who received 44.7 percent of the vote (75,570 votes). Although agreeable on certain issues, the two candidates extensively debated their positions on various federal matters. At one point, tensions mounted when DeLong grabbed a cell phone from a political tracker of the California Democratic Party who was seen several times video-recording his every move, an incident that turned into a scuffle and was widely reported. At Lowenthal’s election party at a restaurant in downtown, the mood was that of elation after it was announced that Obama had been re-elected. Lowenthal, a local professor and community activist, said it was the “outpouring” of volunteers and constituents who “believed” in his campaign that helped him win the seat in the US House of Representatives. He added that, while DeLong, who has campaigned as a moderate Republican who is pro-gay marriage, pro-choice and doesn’t support entirely repealing Obama’s healthcare law, was a “formidable” opponent, Lowenthal said it was primarily his “record” as a local politician for so many years that helped him pull away with the victory. “I have a special relationship with my community,” Lowenthal said. “Nothing against [DeLong], but I think people just believed in me more.” DeLong, who said he was “cautiously optimistic” while watching the returns come in during his election party at the Long Beach Yacht Club, could not be reached for final comment before press time. 44th Congressional District Another race formed out of redistricting was between Janice Hahn and Laura Richardson, two incumbent
Democratic candidates who ran for one seat to represent the newly shaped 44th Congressional District that now includes cities in the South Bay area, including Carson, Compton, Lynwood, parts of Long Beach, San Pedro, South Gate, Watts, Walnut Park and Wilmington. Hahn, who was endorsed by the California Democratic Party and the California Labor Federation, won with 60 percent of the vote (75,678 votes) over Richardson, who earned 40 percent (50,393 votes) after being endorsed by current and former Long Beach city council members and a faction of African-American politicians. Richardson, who trailed behind Hahn by the same 20-percent margin in the June primary election, was dealt a blow mid-race when the House Ethics Committee reprimanded and fined the congresswomen $10,000 after determining in August that she violated House rules by pressuring her congressional staff to work on her reelection campaign. Richardson also had a hard time financing her campaign. Campaign finance reports showed she was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt just weeks before Election Day. Before serving as a member of Congress for five years, Richardson was elected to the state assembly for the 55th district and the Long Beach city council. Hahn, who is a member of the US House of Representatives as well, previously was a Los Angeles city councilmember.
33rd State Senate District A race for the newly drawn State Senate office of the 33rd District, which includes a strip of Los Angeles County cities, spanning from Maywood to Long Beach, came between Ricardo Lara, state assemblymember who currently serves the 50th district, and Lee Harrison Chauser, a member of the Peace and Freedom Party. Lara, who was endorsed by the California Democratic Party and several fellow Democratic state legislators, pulled off with an easy win, earning 80.5 percent of the vote (115,951 votes) over Chauser’s 19.5 percent (28,031 votes). The Peace and Freedom Central Committee had endorsed Chauser, a teacher and educator. 70th State Assembly District Also up for grabs was a seat to represent the newly drawn 70th District of the California State Assembly. The district encompasses cities primarily surrounding the ports of Long Beach and
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Democratic California State Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, left, gives a “thumbs up” during an election party in downtown Long Beach as initial voting results showed she was outpacing her opponent Republican Martha Flores-Gibson in Lowenthal's re-election bid to represent the 70th District of the state assembly. Republican Long Beach City Councilmember Gary DeLong, far right, is seen with campaign staff member Cortland Mercer, both watching votes come in online on Election Night at the Long Beach Yacht Club.
Los Angeles, including Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island. Bonnie Lowenthal, the ex-wife of Sen. Alan Lowenthal and a current assemblymember, handily won a second term with 65.2 percent of the vote (70,508 votes), defeating Republican candidate Martha Flores-Gibson, a teacher and business owner who had no previous political experience. Flores-Gibson received 34.8 percent of the vote (37,561). Bonnie Lowenthal, who attended her ex-husband’s election party, said her victory shows that constituents believe she represented her district well. “They want me back for two more years,” she said. “...and I’m honored by that.” In a prepared statement, Flores-Gibson thanked her supporters. “We will come together as one voice and united to make our neighborhoods prosperous again,” she said. “I will do my part and do my best so that we can all dwell together with the opportunities for all.”
California propositions Although propositions to repeal the death penalty, ban unions from using payroll deduction funds for political campaign contributions and require that genetically engineered foods be labeled failed to pass, registered voters
did, however, approve of five state propositions. Prop. 30, brought forward by Gov. Jerry Brown, which prevents a $6-billion cut to K-12 schools, community colleges, universities and other statefunded programs by temporarily increasing sales and income taxes, passed with 53.9 percent of voters voting in favor over 46.1 percent of voters who voted no. The one fourth of a cent rise in the sales-tax rate, which currently averages in the state at 8 percent, is expected to now go into effect Jan. 1 and will last for four years. The proposition also increases personal income tax on taxpayers with annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years. Locally, Long Beach Unified School District, Cal State Long Beach and Long Beach City College education leaders said the measure allows the institutions to prevent a collective $72-million budget cut that they otherwise would have had to make. Prop. 38, a separate tax initiative that tried to override Prop. 30 by coming up with its own way to pay for public education, failed 72.3 percent over 27.7 percent. Prop. 35, which increases human-
trafficking criminal penalties to sentences up to 15-years-to-life and fines of up to $1.5 million, passed by 81.1 percent over 18.9 percent. Prop. 36, which revises the three-strikes rule so that a life sentence would only be imposed when a third felony conviction is serious or violent, won, receiving 68.3-percent yes votes over 31.4-percent no votes. Prop. 39, which requires that all multistate businesses in California calculate their state income-tax liabilities based on the percentage of their sales in California, passed with 60 percent of voters voting yes over 40 percent voting no. This measure annually dedicates $550 million of anticipated revenue increases for five years to fund projects that would create clean-energy jobs in the state. Lastly, Prop. 40, which approves redrawn state-senate district lines, passed 71.4 percent to 28.6 percent.
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appointed position rather than elected, was shot down with 64.72 percent of voters voting no and more than 35 percent of voters in favor. Two other measures, however, did receive approval. Measure J, which extends a previous voter-approved sales-tax measure, known as Measure R, for an additional 30 years in order to pay for various transportationrelated projects, passed with more than 64 percent of voters in favor and more than 35 percent of voters against. The measure, proposed by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, maintains the current .5-percent sales-tax increase in the county until 2069. Measure B, which requires that those in the county’s adult entertainment industry use condoms, passed with 55.85 percent of voters in favor and 44.15 percent opposed. The initiative requires that producers of adult films obtain a public health permit from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in order to engage in the production of adult films for commercial purposes and to pay a permit fee set by the department to offset the cost of enforcement. Long Beach measures Measure O, a proposal to move the city’s election schedule so that municipal elections would coincide with state and federal races, failed to pass with
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concerns.” According to Wong, the Port’s administrative staff currently operates in the offices contained in the seven-story, 125,000-square-foot building at Harbor Plaza. Staff will move to the offices of the eight-story, 175,000-square foot building, located at 4810 Airport Plaza, sometime next year. That building was constructed in 1987. “I am relieved that we have identified a secure, temporary home,” said Board President Susan Anderson Wise. “Regardless of what address we have, this port will continue to be a leader in the shipping industry.” Wise and commissioners Rich Dines, Doug Drummond and Nick Sramek voted in favor of purchasing the Airport Plaza building. Board Vice President Thomas Fields voted against it. Wong noted that the Port of Long Beach encompasses 3,200 acres of land, and about 30 companies currently lease parcels of that acreage. “They have to be US-based companies to lease land from the Port, but they can be owned by another entity outside this country,” he said, adding that the Port does not maintain a count as to how many of the companies are owned by foreign entities. He further explained that about 5,000 ships visit the Port each year, and about six million cargo container units moved through the Port in 2011. “More than 40 percent of the imports coming from overseas comes through the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles,” Wong said. “Nearly half of those (or about 20 percent of all imports) come through the Port of Long Beach.” Wise stressed that the move is temporary and discussions will soon begin on building a permanent headquarters near downtown Long Beach. That announcement seemed to reassure Long Beach Vice Mayor/1st District City Councilmember Robert Garcia and 2nd District Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, who very much want the Port’s permanent administrative offices to be located in downtown Long Beach. “While we are disappointed that the Port of Long Beach will temporarily relocate out of downtown, we strongly support the Harbor Commission’s intention to build a new, world-class port headquarters in downtown,” the two councilmembers declared in a joint statement issued three days before the board’s decision. “It is essential that our new port headquarters be located in close proximity to the Port and other related maritime businesses and organizations currently found downtown.” Lowenthal later contacted the Signal Tribune by phone to elaborate. “It’s very
45.04 percent of voters in favor and 54.96 percent voting against. However, Measure N, which requires that hotels with 100 rooms or more pay their workers at least $13 per hour or enter collective bargaining, passed with 63.22 percent of voters in favor and 36.78 against. Measure N, referred to as the “living wage” initiative, applies to all employees, such as maids, bellhops, cooks and bartenders, at 17 hotels in the city and was added to the ballot after receiving 30,000 signatures. The measure, which also requires that such workers be given at least a two-percent annual pay raise and a minimum five paid sick days per year, becomes law 10 days after certification by the Long Beach City Council, which can happen as soon as 28 days after the election. Christine Petit, a leading member of the measure’s sponsor, the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community, said via email that the election results show that a majority of Long Beach residents support higher pay for hotel workers. “It’s clear that Long Beach voters feel good about raising the minimum wage and improving working conditions for our city’s hotel workers,” she said. “Measure N means a lot to hotel workers and their families who will hopefully see this increase in time for the holidays. In addition to being the right thing to do for workers, we know that this will be good for Long Beach and our economy as a whole.”
According to a statement released from the campaign supporting the measure, economists anticipate that Measure N will add about $7 million annually into the local economy, creating and sustaining 85 jobs and generating an estimated $800,000 in tax revenues. Randy Gordon, president and CEO of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, which is one of the most vocal opponents to the measure, however, said via email that the measure’s victory shows an increasing “pro-labor” voting base in Long Beach. Measure N is heavily supported by hotel labor unions, specifically UNITE HERE Local 11, which has failed to unionize downtown hotels the Hyatt and Hilton, since workers there refused to sign labor agreements. A clause in the measure states that, if any of the hotels enter collective-bargaining agreements with employees, the wage mandates would be void. Gordon said the measure is a “backdoor way to force collective bargaining” and unionize hotels in Long Beach. “I don't think many voters understood the entire measure,” he said. “Measure N was passed off as a minimum wage for housekeeping, and not a lot of voters looked beyond that to see the myriad of requirements that it actually held.” As a result of the measure passing, Gordon said Long Beach will become less competitive in the tourism market, costs will go up
clear that with modern communications technologies, we can do our jobs from anywhere in the world, and that is certainly true for the administrative staff of the Port of Long Beach,” she said. “But it is important symbolically for the port administration to be near its customers and near City Hall.” The 2nd District councilmember explained that having port administrative staff geographically close to the shipping companies and terminal operators that use the port creates a synergy and a sense of community which almost always result in more efficient operations. “We also want to include the Port’s administrative offices in our civic corridor,” she added. “We should have City Hall, the police department, the fire department, and the court building all in the same corridor, and having the Port’s offices in that corridor is important because the Port is really a part of our municipal family.” Lowenthal noted that having the 350 Port employees working downtown would also be good for businesses in that area. “The downtown restaurants
and other retail establishments need a critical mass of customers in order to really be successful,” she said. “Right now, we do not have that critical mass, and having those Port employees working downtown during regular business hours would move us closer to having a thriving downtown.” She added that Port employees also have the option of moving into any of the recently completed downtown residential developments. “That would eliminate the need for them to commute to work,” she said, adding that even employees who lived elsewhere could avail themselves of the Blue Line and Long Beach Transit buses that go directly to downtown Long Beach. “That would help ease traffic congestion,” she said. “There are just a lot of good reasons for the port headquarters to be located downtown.” According to Wong, the purchase price for the new building is $14.25 million, and the board expects to spend another $9 million in renovations. He added that the closing date for escrow is Dec. 27.
and “hotels won’t be able to offer the same competitive packages to convention businesses, which means less visitors and less revenue.” He added, “It could also cause layoffs for the hotels that
refuse to collective-bargain. They will merely cut staff and run leaner to make up for the financial loss. Small businesses that rely on tourism will be hurt from fewer visitors to the city.”
CITY OF SIGNAL HILL TST4228 Signal Hill, California 90755 NoTICE INVITING BIDS
A-1 Sealed bids will be received at the office of the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, California, until 10:00 a.m. on December 11, 2012, and on the same day shortly thereafter, they will be publicly opened and read for the “ADA IMPROVEMENTS AND TRAFFIC SIGNAL UPGRADES AT WALNUT AVE AND WILLOW ST, PROJECT, NO. 616”, in accordance with the Specifications, therefore. Bids must be made on the forms provided for this purpose, addressed to the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, marked "Bid for," followed by the title of the project and the date and hour for submitting bids. Bids are required for the entire work as described in the Bid Schedule and the Specifications. The work to be accomplished under this contract consists of installation of new conduits, pull boxes, conductors into existing conduits and new conduits, loop detectors, countdown pedestrian heads, pedestrian push buttons, traffic signal signs, 3section vehicle heads, 5-section vehicle heads, traffic signal poles with mast arms foundations, service enclosure, PCC sidewalk and ramps, truncated domes and traffic stripes for intersection of Willow Street and Walnut Avenue. The project also include removal of existing loop detectors, pedestrian heads, 3section vehicle head, traffic signal poles & mast arms, foundations, pull boxes, service box, existing landscaping, and traffic stripes.
A-2 All work must be completed within one hundred and twenty (120) working days after receipt by the Contractor of the notice to proceed from the City. The contract documents, which include the Specifications, may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Department of Finance for $20, or $25 if requested by mail. The documents are entitled “ADA IMPROVEMENTS AND TRAFFIC SIGNAL UPGRADES AT WALNUT AVE AND WILLOW ST. PROJECT, NO. 616.”
A-3 Bids will not be received unless they are made on a proposal form furnished in the Contract Documents by the City of Signal Hill. Each bid must be accompanied by cash, certified check, cashier's check or bidder's bond, made payable to the City of Signal Hill for an amount equal to at least ten percent (10%) of the amount bid, such guarantee to be forfeited should the bidder to whom the contract is awarded fail to enter into the Contract. A-4 All bids are to be compared on the basis of the lump sum or itemized bid items shown in the Bid Schedule(s). Bids will not be accepted from the Contractors who are not licensed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 9, Division III of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California. The Contractor shall be required to possess a Class A or Class C-10 license, with subcontractors possessing appropriate licenses, at the time the contract is awarded.
A-5 Attention is directed to the provision in Section 1777.5 of the labor Code concerning the employment of apprentices by the Contractor of any subcontractor under the Contractor. A-6 Before a Contract is entered into with the successful bidder, the bidder shall present evidence in writing to the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, that he has a current combined single limit liability policy with aggregate limits for Bodily Injury and Property Damage in the amount of two million dollars ($2,000,000).
A-7 Attention is directed to Government Code Sections 4590 and 14402.5 permitting the substitution of specified and approved securities for contract retention of funds. All such securities shall be subject to the review and approval of the City Attorney of the City of Signal Hill.
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A-8 The successful bidder will be required to furnish a payment bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price and a faithful performance bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price, and said bonds shall be secured from a surety company satisfactory to the City Attorney of the City of Signal Hill.
A-9 The City of Signal Hill reserves the right to reject any and all bids, or delete portions of any and all bids or waive any informality or irregularity in the bid or the bid procedures and shall be the sole judge of the bids received. A-10 Conflict of Interest: In the procurement of supplies, equipment, construction, and services by sub-recipients, the conflict of interest provisions in 24 CFR 85.36, OMB Circular A-110, and 24 CFR 570.611, respectively, shall apply. No employee, officer or agent of the sub-recipient shall participate in selection, or in the award or administration of a contract supported by Federal funds if a conflict of interest, real or apparent, would be involved. By order of the City of Signal Hill.
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TST4215 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 12-0058360 Doc ID #0008720665082005N Title Order No. 12-0105600 Investor/Insurer No. 1701698928 APN No. 7216-002-042 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 06/29/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by TEGAN ANN SHANELEC, dated 06/29/2006 and recorded 7/14/2006, as Instrument No. 06 1557143, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 11/19/2012 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2621 EAST 20TH STREET #17, SIGNAL HILL, CA, 90755. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $435,269.68. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or author-
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Anchors Aweigh Farewell to college joys We sail at break of day, 'ay 'ay 'ay Thou our last night ashore Drink to the foam Until we meet once more Here's wishing you a happy voyage home! Bridge Heave a ho there! sailor Ev'rybody drink up while you may Heave a ho there! sailor For you're gonna sail at break of day Drink a-way, Drink a-way, For you sail at break of day, Hey! Verse 2 Stand Navy, down the field, sails set to the sky. We'll never change our course, so Army you steer shy-y-y-y. Roll up the score, Navy, Anchors Aweigh Sail, Navy, down the field and sink the Army, sink the Army Grey. The current lyrics include three verses and two bridges; the second verse is the one most commonly sung. Stand Navy out to sea Fight our battle cry: We'll never change our course So vicious foes steer shy-y-y-y Roll out the T. N. T.
Anchors Aweigh Sail on to victory And sink their bones to Davy Jones, hooray! Bridge Yo ho there shipmate Take the fighting to the far off seas Yo ho there messmate Hear the wailing of the wild banshees All hands, fire brands Let's Blast them as we go. So Verse 2 Anchors Aweigh my boys Anchors Aweigh Farewell to foreign shores (or "Farewell to college joys") We sail at break of day 'ay 'ay 'ay O'er our last night ashore Drink to the foam Until we meet once more Here's wishing you a happy voyage home! Bridge Heave a ho there sailor Everybody drink up while you may Heave a ho there sailor For your gonna sail at break of day Drink away, Drink away, For you sail at break of day, Hey! Verse 3 Blue of the Mighty Deep Gold of God’s Sun Let these our colors be
Till all time be done By Severn Shore we learn Navy’s stern call Faith, Courage, Service True With Honor Over, Honor Over All. As of the Summer of 2004, the verses taught at Navy Boot Camp are: Verse 1 Stand, Navy, out to sea, Fight our battle cry; We'll never change our course, So vicious foe steer shy-y-y-y. Roll out the TNT , Anchors Aweigh. Sail on to victory And sink their bones to Davy Jones, hooray! Verse 2 (most widely sung) Anchors Aweigh, my boys, Anchors Aweigh. Farewell to foreign shores, We sail at break of day, of day. Through our last night on shore, Drink to the foam, Until we meet once more. Here's wishing you a happy voyage home! The bridge is kept, and that the references to college are completely dropped.
ized agent is attached to the duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder's Office. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1-800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 12-0058360. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A-FN4317151 10/26/2012, 11/02/2012, 11/09/2012
Trust executed by KEVIN B AUSTIN, A SINGLE MAN, dated 11/23/2005 and recorded 12/7/2005, as Instrument No. 05 2991074, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 12/06/2012 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1984 CHERRY AVE, SIGNAL HILL, CA, 907555824. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $585,893.89. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trustee's Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder's Office. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may
charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1-800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 11-0101283. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A-4322259 11/09/2012, 11/16/2012, 11/23/2012
above is purported to be: 2365 PROMONTORY 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, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $745,470.57. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust has deposited all documents evidencing the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust and has declared all sums secured thereby immediately due and payable, and has caused a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be executed. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (916)939-0772 or visit this Internet Web http://search.nationwideposting.com/propertySearchTerms.aspx, using the file number assigned to this case CA1000218394 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 post-
Colors Blue and gold Motto “Not for self, but for country” March “Anchors Aweigh” Stand Navy down the field, sails set to the sky. We’ll never change our course, so Army you steer shy-y-y-y. Roll up the score, Navy, Anchors Aweigh. Sail Navy down the field and sink the Army, sink the Army Grey. Get underway, Navy, Decks cleared for the fray, We'll hoist true Navy Blue So Army down your Grey-y-y-y. Full speed ahead, Navy; Army heave to, Furl Black and Grey and Gold and hoist the Navy, hoist the Navy Blue Blue of the Seven Seas; Gold of God's great sun Let these our colors be till all of time be done-n-n-ne, By Severn’s shore we learn Navy's stern call: Faith, courage, service true with honor over, honor over all. The Lottman-Savino version published around 1950 in London by Francis, Day & Hunter is: Verse 1 Anchors Aweigh, my boys
TST4227 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 11-0101283 Doc ID #0001146133212005N Title Order No. 11-0081922 Investor/Insurer No. 0114613321 APN No. 7216-014-044 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 11/23/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of
TST4216 TSG No.: 4750464 TS No.: CA1000218394 FHA/VA/PMI No.: APN: 7214-015-091 Property Address: 2365 PROMONTORY DRIVE SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 07/21/2005. 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 11/15/2012 at 10:00 A.M., First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 07/28/2005, as Instrument No. 05 1787699, in book , page , , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. Executed by: CATHERINE A. OLWENY, A MARRIED PERSON, 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) Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST APN# 7214-015-091 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described
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TST4214 / 2012 206012 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. DON & HAROLD'S AUTOMOTIVE & EVALUATION CENTER, 2. DON & HAROLD'S AUTO SERVICE, 500 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: DK AUTOMOTIVE, INC., 500 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Kenneth M. Herzog, CFO/Sec. 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 October 15, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on October 16, 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: October 19, 26, & November 2, 9, 2012.
TST4218 / 2012 212410 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: STAR LINE SERVICES, 1034 E. San Antonio Dr., Apt. B, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: 1. CLAUDIA DUARTE, 2. JAVIER CRUZ–PINA, 1034 E. San Antonio Dr., Apt. B, 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: Claudia Duarte. 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 October 24, 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: October 26, & November 2, 9, 16, 2012.
TST4220 / 2012 212412 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: 1. THE SPELL SHOW, 2. THE SPELL, 2599 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: 1. ANTHONY WEIDNER, 2826 E. 4th St. #3, Long Beach, CA 90814, 2. ANDY KIDDOO, 3. JOSH BROWN, 4. BRANDEN MURRAY, 2599 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Anthony Weidner. 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 October 24, 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: October 26, & November 2, 9, 16, 2012.
TST4221 / 2012 206342 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. BEST BUY MOTORS, 2. SIGNAL HILL AUTO CARE, 1865 Redondo Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: HAMID R. MAMNOON, 1865 Redondo Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Hamid R. Mam-
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noon. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on July 6, 1989. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on October 16, 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: October 26, & November 2, 9, 16, 2012.
TST4223 / 2012 215753 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: 3D HORIZONS, 2201 E. Willow St. Suite D #320, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrants: 1. DIANE LEE AAGESEN, 3323 1/2 Walnut Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755, 2. ARASH ZAHABI, 29 Fox Hollow, Irvine, CA 92614, 3. DALE RICHARD WHITE, 11252 S. Espanita, Orange, CA 92869, 4. BRUCE SCOGGIN SPARKS, 24246 Hayes Ave., Murrieta, CA 92562. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Diane Lee Aagesen. 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 October 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: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012.
TST4225 / 2012 218188 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: AMS LOGIX, 2699 E. 28th St. Unit 412, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: DEWEY JOHNSON, 3200 E. South St. Apt. 101, Lakewood, CA 90712. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Dewey Johnson. 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 November 1, 2012. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012.
TST4230 / 2012 XXXXXX FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: ON-SITE COMPUTER CONSULTING, 2667 E. 28th St. Suite 518, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: ANGELINA STAHL, 4234 Maybank Ave., Lakewood, CA 90712. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Angelina Stahl. 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 November 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on November 6, 2012. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012.
TST4231 / 2012 222379 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SIGHTLESS MUSIC, 5211 El Roble St., Long Beach, CA 90815. Registrant: SEAN LANDGRAF, 5211 El Roble St., Long Beach, CA 90815. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Sean Landgraf. 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 November 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: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012.
TST4229 / 2012 221893 STATEMENT oF ABANDoNMENT oF USE oF FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name: ON-SITE COMPUTER CONSULTING, located at 1975 Raymond Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. The fictitious business name referred to above was filed on January 19, 2012, original File No. 2012 010525, in the County of Los Angeles. Registrant: CHARLES STAHL, 1975 Raymond Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: an Individual. Signed: Charles Stahl. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on November 6, 2012. Pub. The Signal Tribune: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012.
EYE ON CRIME Thursday, Nov. 1 Battery 8am– 3400 block Pacific Place
Crimes reported by LBPD • Council Districts 6, 7 & 8
Robbery of person 9:20am– 1900 block Henderson Ave. Attempted residential burglary 9:34am– 2300 block Daisy Ave. Residential burglary
Thursday, Nov. 1 DUI 2:03am– E. Burnett St./Gardena Ave.
Friday, Nov. 2 Disorderly conduct (under the influencealcohol/drugs) 1:07am– 3500 block E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Suspect in custody. Auto burglary 6:30am– 1800 block Dawson Ave.
Residential burglary 8am– 1400 block E. Willow St.
Stolen vehicle 1600 block E. Willow St.
Residential burglary 9:33pm– 2600 block St. Louis Ave.
1:30pm– 4700 block Brayton Ave.
Friday, Nov. 2 Grand theft of property Noon– W. Pacific Coast Hwy./Pacific Ave. Saturday, Nov. 3 Residential burglary 2am– 800 block W. 19th St.
Crimes reported by SHPD • Citywide Saturday, Nov. 3 DUI 1:28am– Cherry Ave./E. Hill St. Suspect in custody. Stolen vehicle 1:46am– 1400 block E. 23rd St.
Burglary 2:39pm- 1400 block E. Willow St. DUI 10:29pm– Cherry Ave./E. Hill St. Suspect in custody. Monday, Nov. 5 Non-injury hit-and-run 11:21am– 2100 block E. Hill St.
DUI 10:32pm– Cherry Ave./E. Crescent Heights
Commercial burglary–shoplift 5:04pm– 1200 block E. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Sunday, Nov. 4 Residential burglary 6pm– 500 block E. 20th St.
Monday, Nov. 5 Robbery of person 6:08pm– 1900 block Atlantic Ave.
Tuesday, Nov. 6 Residential burglary 12:10pm– 2000 block Dawson Ave.
Stolen vehicle 1:43pm– 700 block E. Spring St.
wednesday, Nov. 7 DUI 2:29am– E. Pacific Coast Hwy./Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Suspect in custody.
Identity theft 9:05am– 2400 block of Cherry Ave.
Strong-arm robbery 1:39pm– 2700 block Cherry Ave.
Vandalism; defacing property 5:20pm– Orange Ave./Hill St. Juvenile suspect in custody.
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YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/22/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.
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: LESLIE A MARTINEZ, A MARRIED WOMAN AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY Duly Appointed Trustee: Western Progressive, LLC Recorded 12/30/2005 as Instrument No. 05 3227195 in book ---, page --- and rerecorded on --- as --- of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, Date of Sale: 12/7/2012 at 9:30 AM Place of Sale: By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $432,648.78 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 12310 BRINK AVENUE, NORWALK, CALIFORNIA 90650 A.P.N.: 8024-022-022 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. Pursuant to California Civil Code §2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: The beneficiary or servicing agent declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner of Corporation a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the Notice of Sale is filed and/or the timeframe for giving Notice of Sale Specified in subdivision (s) of California Civil Code Section 2923.52 applies and has been provided or the loan is exempt from the requirements. 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 my hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on this 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 (866)-960-8299 or visit this Internet Web site HYPERLINK "http://www.altisource.com/MortgageServices/DefaultManagement/TrusteeServices.aspx" http://www.altisource.com/MortgageServices/DefaultManagement/TrusteeServi ces.aspx, using the file number assigned to this case 201221082. 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: 10/24/2012 Western Progressive, LLC, as Trustee c/o 18377 Beach Blvd., Suite 210 Huntington Beach, California 92648 Automated Sale Information Line: (866) 960-8299 http://www.altisource.com/MortgageServices/DefaultManagement/TrusteeServices.aspx For Non-Automated Sale Information, call: (866) 240-3530 __________________________________ Laterrika Thompkins , Trustee Sale Assistant
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Mayor Tina Hansen (second from right) with members of the Community Development Department and members of the Sustainable City Committee
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consideration at this time, but she said she couldn’t support the idea, explaining that children should see the “physical act of voting” so they can get “excited about it.”
Other City Council highlights New employees Hansen introduced four employees who are beginning new positions with the Signal Hill Police Department: Barbara Sanchez, who serves as the new dispatcher and jailer; Officers Clayton Crawford and Hayley Mammen; and newly promoted Tom Neinast, who serves as the police records supervisor.
Spotlight on small business The owners of Signal Hill Florist and Ele-
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Environmental certification The City Council voted to approve a resolution that self-certifies Signal Hill as a One-Leaf Green City. A report from the Community Development Department highlighted where the City achieved or exceeded nine sustainability goals. Hansen presented a proclamation to the members of the Sustainability Committee.
Street-sweeping The Council voted 4-0 to approve a contract agreement extension with CleanStreet for a three-year term. Since 2005, CleanStreet has been providing street sweeping services for Signal Hill, according to a staff report from
Public Works Director Steve Myrter. The contract amount should not exceed $150,400 per year. Police data network Police Chief Michael Langston reported that his department will consolidate the data network into a single secure network.
Arch Insurance Company The Council and the Successor Agency voted to approve a new takeover agreement with Arch Insurance, who is taking over the construction of the police station. Earlier this year, FTR International abruptly stopped construction on the station.
The next Council meeting takes place on Tuesday at 7pm in the Council Chamber.
Police Chief Michael Langston (left) with Tom Neinast (center), who has been recently promoted to police records supervisor, and Mayor Tina Hansen (right).
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42nd Street a tap dancing spectacular at Musical Theatre west
42nd Street at Musical Theatre West
Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer
42nd Street is a musical from a more innocent time. The 1930s story line goes something like this: Small-town girl comes to the Big Apple to join the chorus line of a production loaded with dance numbers. She is too late but somehow the show’s producers discover she possesses huge talent. And of course, girl meets boy. Meanwhile, circumstances force the producers to cast a dance-challenged aging star in the lead role. On opening night, said star breaks her ankle. Now the show must close, putting the entire cast out of work in the middle of the Depression. Unless…
I don’t know if 42nd Street is dated, or if instead it offers its modern audiences a welcome reminiscence of the past. I do know that in the hands of Musical Theatre West the show is a high-energy clinic in tap-dancing expertise, the likes of which I don’t believe I’ve ever seen before, not even as a child when tap dancing was something performers still did. The curtain rose to the jawdropping spectacle of what must have been at least 30 hoofers– what seemed like a veritable army of tap-dancing wonders. The scene turns out to be the audition for the show-within-a-show. Just arrived from Allentown,
Pennsylvania, main character Peggy Sawyer, who gets a sweet freshness from actress Tessa Grady, initially makes the requisite clumsy missteps that will boldly contrast with the eventual steely nerves and performing excellence of a star in the making. Grady is a dancing phenom with a lovely singing voice. Damon Kirsche is thoroughly tyrannical in the no-nonsense role of producer Julian Marsh. A rare romantic scene in the second act positively sizzles. As the hard-working stage hand, Jamie Torcellini is earnest and kind. Torcellini, a talented MTW regular, always delivers a
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terrific performance. Zach Hess is a strong, self-confident and very likable Billy Lawlor. Tracy Lore gives fading star Dorothy Brock an emotional complexity that lends the production much of its color and depth. She sings her several solo numbers with beauty and ease that bely her supposedly has-been status. So what? It’s a musical! 42nd Street features a few wellknown songs that have undoubtedly stood the test of time– numbers such as “We’re in the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” and, of course, the title song. Director/choreographer Jon
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Kalish’s subjects mostly include landscapes, still lifes and portraits. “I do a lot of en plein air,” she added. “En plein air” is a French expression that means “in the open air.” It is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Kalish enjoys painting at Rancho Los Alamitos. “The barns, the beautiful gardens, the old ranch house...it’s just beautiful,” she said. Kalish is a member of the Southern California Plein Air Painters Association (SoCalPAPA), an organization that is made up of beginning art students, leisure-time painters and professional artists who hold critiques
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