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

West Long Beach residents debate impacts of proposed railyard on schools, neighborhoods

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Poly High senior aims for Eagle Scout rank through drought-tolerant garden project at Signal Hill park

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A group of west Long Beach residents who oppose plans for a $500-million railyard to be built near their neighborhood and schools holds up signs with sad faces drawn on them during a public hearing on the impacts of the project at the Silverado Park Community Center located at 1545 W. 31st St. More than 100 people attended the meeting that was organized by 7th District Long Beach City Councilmember James Johnson. Sean Belk Staff Writer

During a packed public hearing at the Silverado Park Community Center on Nov. 7 last week, local residents and stakeholders gave public testimony on a highly contentious proposal

to build a $500-million railyard adjacent to west Long Beach schools and neighborhoods. For the past seven years, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway has been planning to develop a Southern California International Gateway

Jacob Davis Smith (left) is a 17-year-old Boy Scout overseeing a project that involves 30 volunteers who are posting signs in the drought-tolerant demonstration garden in Signal Hill’s Reservoir Park to identify each of the plants. Smith is pictured above with assistant Scoutmaster Robert McClure

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LB City Council allows Dollar Loan Center to move into 4th District and bypass moratorium Sean Belk Staff Writer

The Long Beach City Council has granted Las Vegas-based Dollar Loan Center final approval of a conditional-use permit (CUP) to operate at 2004 Ximeno Ave., Suite 200, in a shopping center near the Traffic Circle in the city’s 4th District. The Council denied an appeal against the Planning Commission’s approval in a 5-3 vote Tuesday night, allowing the company to bypass an existing citywide moratorium on such

“high-interest” lenders. The financial operation, which has a three-year lease term with property owner Equity One to occupy an empty retail space near a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, is licensed under the state’s California Finance Lenders Law to only offer unsecured short-term loans of no less than $2,500. The company, which has been in business for more than 14 years in South Dakota, Nevada and Utah, has opened other California locations, including in Anaheim, Los Angeles, Brea, Huntington Beach, Santa

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Seventeen-year-old Jacob Davis Smith has already done something most adults will never do in their lifetimes– he has organized and supervised a crew of 30 volunteers working together to complete a project that will benefit the community and the environment. Smith, a senior at Long Beach Poly High School, is overseeing the enhancement of the drought-tolerant demonstration garden growing in Signal Hill’s Reservoir Park on Gundry Avenue, just south of Wardlow Road. The successful completion of the project will help Smith achieve Eagle Scout rank. The teenager is now a Scout in Long Beach Boy Scout Troop 29, and most of the volunteers on his crew are also part of that troop. (Troop 29 meets 7pm every Monday at Bixby Knolls Christian Church, 1240 E. Carson St.) see SCOUTS page 19

A volunteer crew, including Scouts from Troop 29, installs weather-proof outdoor signs that identify the drought-tolerant plants at Reservoir Park last Saturday.

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LB might be exempt from county’s ‘safer-sex’ measure restricting porn industry Sean Belk Staff Writer

The city of Long Beach could become Los Angeles County’s next hot spot for the porn industry if the City Council doesn’t enact an ordinance with the same restrictions of a voter-approved county measure that mandates condom use among adult-film actors. During last week’s election, Measure B, also known as the “Los Angeles County Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act,” passed by more than 12 percentage points, with 56.23 percent of voters approving and 43.77 percent voting against. But, according to the county’s legal analysis of the initiative, the law doesn’t apply to the cities of Long Beach, Pasadena and Vernon, since these cities have their own health departments. According to an internal memo that Los Angeles County Counsel John Krattli provided to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on

July 23, these cities would “have to enact a similar adult-film industry condom requirement ordinance and enforce it themselves.” Cities with their own health departments currently do not contract with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH), which would be responsible for enforcing the new law. Instead, these cities have their own health officers, who only enforce state health laws and their own municipal health codes, according to the memo. Long Beach City Attorney Robert Shannon said the City is currently determining whether Long Beach is, in fact, exempt from Measure B, but said he suspects the City will “ultimately agree” with the County’s legal conclusion. He added, however, that it was “disingenuous” of the County to put a measure on the ballot without a requirement that it would apply across the entire

county. “Folks in Long Beach, no doubt, voted on the assumption it would apply to Long Beach,” Shannon said. Although he said the issue is not on the top of the City’s “to do” list, Shannon said that, “On any given Tuesday the City of Long Beach could pass an ordinance that would apply the same restrictions that would apply countywide.” However, Tom Modica, director of government affairs for Long Beach, told the Signal Tribune that, in its “initial review,” the City has a “slightly different interpretation” of Measure B than the County. He said materials on both the measure and the impartial analysis, also drafted by Krattli, imply that the measure “applies countywide.” It was only until after the measure passed, with 53 percent of Long Beach voters in favor, that the City learned about the County’s analysis that Long Beach would be exempt, Modica said. He said city officials have not

made any statements on whether the City supports porn production relocating to the city or not. He added that city officials are aware of only one instance in the last 10 years when a producer pulled permits for adult filming. On Nov. 9, DPH said in a prepared statement that it is in the process of determining a regulatory approach to Measure B, adding that it will be working closely with the Los Angeles County CEO’s office and county counsel on issues regarding implementation, compliance and creation of an infrastructure that meet the requirements of the law. “[DPH] is committed to the health and well-being of all residents,” said the statement. “As such, we continue to take action to address sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV, in the adult-film industry. These actions include monitoring, surveillance and investigation of reportable cases of communicable disease, and promotion of increased education, consistent use of condoms, and testing and treatment within the adult-film industry.” Ged Kenslea, spokesperson for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which sponsored the measure, however, said, for the law to be applicable to Long Beach, the City Council would simply have to advise the Long Beach Health and Human Services Department to follow county code, which was the case with the county’s restaurant inspection and grading system. “There’s a template set up for enforcement,” he said. Kenslea also said that the DPH would closely collaborate with local cities to enforce the law and may opt to outsource the work to a private-duty nursing agency that would be responsible for conducting unannounced “spot inspections” at filming locations. He said Measure B is merely a way to “step up enforcement” of California and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration statutes, such as laws that require that nurses and doctors wear latex gloves. Michael Johnson, spokesperson for the Long Beach Health and Human Services Department, said that, while the City Council has the jurisdiction to adopt an ordinance, he is unsure whether the health department has the resources to enforce such restrictions. “This is not our line of work,” he said. LA County Supervisor Don Knabe said the county board put the measure on the ballot to prevent a lawsuit since the sponsor of

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the measure met all requirements of the initiative process, including gathering the required amount of signatures. Although the board didn’t take a position on Measure B, Knabe said, looking back, he would have voted against it. “This is confusing,” Knabe said. “With all the enforcement issues, we don’t know what it’s going to cost us... We were sort of forced into a corner.” Sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Measure B requires that all performers in adult films throughout the county use condoms, in addition to mandating that producers of the films obtain a public health permit from DPH. The producers are also required to pay a permit fee set by DPH to offset the cost of enforcement. The Free Speech Coalition, a trade association for the porn industry, which is the main opposition to the measure, however, has expressed its intention to file a lawsuit against the county, stating that the law is “unconstitutional on the grounds of forced expression” and falls within the jurisdiction of the State of California, not local government. The group has requested that the county suspend any implementation until the courts have rendered a decision on the case. The more-than-a-billiondollar industry has also already threatened to leave the county’s San Fernando Valley to possibly Las Vegas or Florida in order to be able to film condom-free, also stating that it would take its 10,000 associated jobs with it. Additionally, the fact that Long Beach remains exempt from the law has now raised questions whether porn producers would relocate to the city. “It could move the entire industry to Long Beach,” said Signal Hill City Councilmember Larry Forester, who has lived with AIDS since 1984. “Could it be an economic engine for Long Beach? Absolutely. Is it an economic engine they should go after? Absolutely not.” The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce has not taken a position on the measure and has declined to comment to the Signal Tribune. Kenslea, however, said it is unlikely the porn industry would relocate into Long Beach. “I don’t think that’s going to be the case ... it’s too entrenched in the industry,” he said, adding that the industry will likely just continue violating the law instead. Forester, who worked with the Yes on Measure B campaign, which brought a large bus through Long Beach even though the city might be exempt from the rules, said Long Beach, Pasadena and Vernon should adopt ordinances as soon as possible. Morally, Forester said he’s not going to make a judgment call for people, but healthwise, the portrayal of unprotected sex could be a dangerous, slippery slope for today’s youth who may feel propelled to act it out. “Dealing with HIV and AIDS myself, I believe that we need to not promote unsafe sex… yes, it is a fantasy world, but for many people, particularly the younger generation, that fantasy world very easily becomes a reality,” he said. “You’re playing with people’s lives.” Michael Buitron, an outreach and intake specialist at the Comprehensive AIDS Resource and Education (CARE) program at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, said there are currently 6,000 people in the city who have tested positive for HIV and 1,500 who have it but don’t know. He said testing continues to be the best way to prevent the spread of STDs, HIV and AIDS but people will always find a way around any safe-sex mandate. Ron Sylvester, chair of the Gay & Lesbian Center of Greater Long Beach, said the organization “advocates condom use to clients as it drastically reduces the chance of HIV and STD transmissions,” but the nonprofit didn’t endorse or contribute to Measure B.


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City of Long Beach streamlining the business of ‘doing business’ novemBer 16, 2012

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Long Beach Development Services announced this week the reorganization of the City’s plan check, permitting and inspection services, which is expected to reduce redundancies, customer wait time and permit fees. “Streamlining the business of doing business is the goal of the Long Beach Development Services Department,” Foster said. “We’re making opening a business here straightforward and sensible. By reducing costs and simplifying the process, Long Beach becomes an even more desirable location for business and job creation.” The reorganization is key to the City’s strategy to grow and strengthen its business community by removing red tape and being smarter with its resources to make Long Beach even more business-friendly, according to a press release issued by the City on Tuesday. The reorganization was accomplished without a budget increase and benefits residents, businesses and the City of Long Beach as a whole. Businesses get to open their doors earlier and start selling goods and services. The increased economic activity generates more tax revenue, which funds vital City services, according to the release. As part of the Fiscal Year 2012

Government Reform, fire and health plan check, permitting and inspection services have been merged into the Development Service process. This consolidation eliminates overlapping reviews and separate approvals from multiple departments. These efficiencies resulted in a targeted reduction of 15 percent in fees. The reorganization also provides more consistency and timeliness for customers. Problems get resolved quicker, and customers get more standardized responses and are happier with the service. Customer-service ratings at the Development Permit Center have risen from 60-percent positive feedback in 2010 to nearly 90 percent in 2012. Tracy Ames, owner of the newly opened Red Leprechaun restaurant and pub, praised the new Development Permit Center process for helping her through the plan check, permitting and inspection process, which can be complex due to the many factors involved, including water, fire, health, building, planning, business license, public works, etc. “The counter experience was great. Having the right people in this department helped me to understand the process, and saved me time and effort,” Ames said. Additional benefits for residential and commercial customers include: • Customers with simple construc-

Eastbound Ocean Boulevard just east of the Gerald Desmond Bridge and the on-ramp from Pico Avenue to the westbound Gerald Desmond Bridge will be closed for repaving from 10pm on Friday, Nov. 16 to 5am on Monday, Nov. 19. The I-710 northbound entrance from Ocean Boulevard will remain open during the project. Motorists going eastbound on the Gerald Desmond Bridge to Pico Avenue or downtown Long Beach during the weekend will be detoured

north on the I-710 Freeway and then may exit at Anaheim Street, either eastbound or westbound, depending on their destination. Traffic on Pico Avenue seeking to cross to Terminal Island will be directed up to West Anaheim Street to bypass the Desmond Bridge. For updated traffic information, go to polb.com/traffic or follow @portoflongbeach on Twitter, hashtag “polbtraffic.”

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tion projects can obtain plan review on the same day of their visit to the Development Permit Center on the 4th floor of City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd. • The service counter was reorganized to reduce wait time. Customer service representatives greet applicants, provide information about the development process and guide them through the necessary station points at the Development Permit Center for their development. • New brochures provide step-bystep guides through the permitting process for various types of businesses, including Retail and Restaurant. The Development Permit Center is open Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm, except on Wednesdays, when it opens at 8:30am. Appointments are encouraged; e-mail lbds@longbeach.gov or call (562) 570-6194. For more information, visit lbds.info . Source: City of LB

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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 and Marine Department and the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation Where El Dorado Park, 7550 E. Spring St. When Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8am to 1pm more info Registration starts at 8am after which the free fishing derby will commence and will go on 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.

GET BACK TO WORK What “Getting Back To Work 2012” Who 9th District Long Beach City Councilmember Steven Neal Where Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. When Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9am to 4pm more info Join job seekers and small-business owners for a day of networking, workshops and comprehensive discussions about employment and business growth in Long Beach. Job seekers call (562) 570-6137 and small businesses call (562) 570-6137.

FOLLOW THE MONEY What Campaign finance discussion Who The League of Women Voters of Long Beach Area Where Los Altos Library, 5614 E. Britton Dr. When Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10am to noon more info The League provides information on how much money was spent during this year’s election cycle with topics including PACs, Super PACs, the Citizens United decision and campaign finance reform. Call (562) 438-5478 or email phyllispat@verizon.net . COFFEE AND COMEDY What Free comedy show Who Hot Java coffee shop Where 2101 E. Broadway When Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8pm more info Comedians will include national headliners and up-and-comers. For the American sign-language community, Tom “Hot Fingers” O’Malley will interpret the entire show. Call (562) 433-0688.

TOYS FOR LAUGHS What 12th annual “Toys for Laughs” fundraiser Who For the Child Where 12507 E. Carson St. in Hawaiian Gardens When Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8pm more info This annual fundraiser features entertainment by Alan Katz and other comedians. Admission is a $10 unwrapped toy to be donated to For the Child, a nonprofit that provides child-abuse treatment and family-focused mental healthcare. Call (562) 422 8472 or (562) 427-7671.

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. LEARN ABOUT ABILITY What Open house Who AbilityFirst Long Beach Center and the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Where Long Beach Center, 3770 E. Willow St. When Thursday, Nov. 29 from 5:30pm to 8pm more info The open house event features a social hour, tours and networking, along with a tree lighting and adornment ceremony. Call (562) 426-6161.

MAKE THE HOLIDAYS What 6th Annual Holiday Marketplace Who Newcomb Academy Where 7020 E. Brittain St. When Friday, Nov. 30 from 5pm to 8:30pm more info This year’s holiday marketplace, which supports the NA-PTSA student programs, features holiday tunes by the Millikan High School Jazz Band, warm drinks, desserts and caroling by Girl Scouts. Call (562) 544-2043 or visit newcombptsa.org . RAISE AWARENESS What World AIDS Day Community Forum Who City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Where Miller Family Health Education Center When Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9:30am to 12:50pm more info Titled “Getting to Zero” this community forum features various presentations from health officials about HIV and AIDS. Call (562) 570-4329 or email marina.ohlson-smorick@longbeach.gov .


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Hi, all! Neena went out to dinner and a play with one of her best friends (Shari from the Undershirt) and had a wonderful time. However, Thursday morning the celiac monster grabbed her by the gut, and she --is home sicker than I have seen her in a very long time. So, here I am writing her column and trying to get some ideas to form in my head. By the way, I have a headache. Okay, everyone knows I love animals. The weather is turning colder and wetter so it’s time to look to our four-legged friends. Dogs that spend a lot of time outside need a covered shelter to get out of the rain. If they are short-

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coated dogs like my greyhounds, put a jacket on them to keep them warm. My dogs have matching green sweatshirt-type jackets that when they are wearing them, they look like a little gang. When the weather gets real cold, we have heavier jackets for them. Each has her own color, and they look great on them. As for cats... you all know how I feel about them going outside. They get hit by cars, into fights and pick up diseases from other animals in the neighborhood like skunks and possums. Cats belong in the house. My cats never go outside. The holidays are coming, and we all know

LETTERS

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I feel vindicated after Tuesday’s election results. I wrote to the Signal Tribune on Sept. 7 that a two-thirds vote on local taxes, fees and assessments would create budget uncertainty in our community (the proposed “Know and Vote” initiative would require a two-thirds vote on all future Signal Hill taxes, fees and assessments if it passes). The initiative would include simple fees, like firearm permits and bike licenses issued by the police chief. My main argument was that by relying on the super-majority vote for all taxes, fees and assessments, the will of the majority can be held hostage by the minority. Ms. Maria Harris of Signal Hill [Community] First was critical of my point of view and claimed that 44 percent of tax measures requiring the super-majority vote historically pass in California. I guess she is arguing that this statistic makes it worth gambling our city’s fiscal future on her proposed city charter amendment. So, let’s examine the November election results. There were 15 total special local taxes considered statewide. Only 33 percent were approved. “Know and Vote” is not only riddled with drafting problems, but it will hold Signal Hill’s most important services hostage to the minority.

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I was so incredibly saddened and upset to hear the news of the newly renovated Temple Israel, an SCIC [South Coast Interfaith Council] member faith community in Long Beach, being vandalized on Nov. 12. The Long Beach Police Department was called at about 10:25pm on Monday, Nov. 12, to Temple Israel, which is located at the corner of Third Street and Loma Avenue. Vandals had spray-painted offensive language and symbols on the temple’s white-painted main exterior. Someone walking by the temple at night discovered the vandalism and called the police. Officials said the incident is being investigated as a potential hate crime. As an interfaith council, we pride ourselves in creating communities of compassion among people of diverse faiths and cultures. We, the South Coast Interfaith Council, firmly and unequivocally condemn all forms of violence against any and all faith communities and houses of worship. Appalling instances such as this only remind me of the importance of the work we do as a council and an interfaith community– helping create a society where we honor, cherish, and respect the diversity of faiths and cultures that are existent in our world. Standing together side by side, I am confident that we can– and will– make this world one which is defined by peace and love, not ignorance and hate. Indeed, we are now and will always be united in hope as one interfaith family!

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that chocolate is a deadly poison to dogs and cats. But, did you know that mistletoe and garland are also poisonous. Walk around your yard and see if you have any oleander or sego palms planted out there. They are both poisonous to dogs and cats. Look, I’m not trying to paint a bad picture for this time of year. I have been so ready for winter days, it’s not funny. All I’m saying is that this is a time for family and celebration, and at my house, that includes all the cats and the dogs. I know it’s early, but we at the Signal Tribune want to wish all of you happy holidays! (Were we the first?)

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Election Day in Signal Hill was a wonderful day, and Signal Hill voters should be proud. The County Registrar has the semiofficial results online. These show a full 50 percent of the Signal Hill voting community went to the polls. Final results are still being put together, and that percentage is sure to go up. Nov. 6, 2012 was a great day for the voter. We came out in droves. [Signal Hill] Community First was at the polls talking to voters, and people were truly excited and proud of their right to vote. Voter after voter said it was a good feeling to go to the polls. Let’s give ourselves, all us voters, a grand pat on the back for a job well done.

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Tara Van Deusen, owner of Power of One Self-Defense Institute, shares inspiring words with students, faculty and parents of Longfellow Elementary at a recent student assembly at Longfellow Elementary. Power of One has been chosen as the first recipient of the school’s Business Partner of the Year Award.

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Tara Van Deusen, owner of Power of One Self-Defense Institute, and Dr. Rima Hosn, school counselor, during a recent student assembly at Longfellow Elementary Longfellow Legacy Foundation, which was created by parents of students at Longfellow Elementary School in response to drastic budget cuts that threaten programs at the school, has selected Power of One Self-Defense Institute as the recipient of its first Business Partner of the Year Award. With continued budget cuts throughout the state, programs such as technology, arts, and science are often the first to go. The business community has been supportive in providing financial and participatory support to help sustain these programs despite a tough economic environment, according to a press release issued by the Longfellow Legacy Board. The Longfellow Business Partner of the Year Award is awarded to a business or corporation in good standing that has demonstrated its support, commitment and dedication to academic excellence at Longfellow and meets the following criteria: an active participant and/or sponsor at school events; significant contribution(s) that support academic or enrichment programs; and other exceptional action in supporting the general wellbeing of the student population. The award includes an award certificate, a formal presentation by principal Laurie Murrin and Legacy Board members during a school assembly, and the business name’s placement on a perpetual plaque on permanent display at the school.

Power of One’s recent actions of note include: significant monetary donations, including one that allowed the purchase of a SMART Interactive White Board, allowing classrooms to be updated on current technology; sponsorships of events such as the Harvest Festival and Joga-Thon; and presentations at the last three years’ annual Red Ribbon Weeks, encouraging healthy and positive living. Power of One has also offered free clinics for students at their studio on topics such as bullying prevention. “[Longfellow] Legacy is excited to honor Power of One with this award and to show how much Longfellow Elementary appreciates their support,” said Kathleen Nemeth, Longfellow Legacy Board member. Tara Van Deusen, owner of Power of One, said she believes in the importance of supporting a community, and particularly the school system. “Educating, nurturing and developing the minds of today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders still takes a village,” Van Deusen said. “We teach our children and students to make a positive difference in the world whenever they can, and we want to lead by the best of examples.” MORE INFORMATION facebook.com/longfellowlegacy lbschools.net/Community/Education_Foundation

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Contract for electrical-vehicle charging stations approved at no cost to city The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday evening approved a nocost contract for the installation of electrical-vehicle charging stations at City-owned parking lots and facilities. “Long Beach has a strong commitment to promoting sustainability and alternative fueled vehicles, and this partnership will provide additional electrical charging infrastructure throughout Long Beach at no additional cost to the City,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “We are making it easier for residents and visitors to operate alternative fuel vehicles and improving air quality.” ECOtality North America, of Phoenix, Arizona, plans to install and maintain the approximately 12

stations throughout Long Beach, including City-owned parking lots and facilities such as the Convention Center, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach Airport, Queen Mary, City Place Parking Structure, and a parking lot near Long Beach Boulevard and Market Street. The chargers are expected to be operational beginning in early 2013. Additional locations may be added in the future, depending on customer demand. The proposed chargers will be Level 2, 240-volt and DC Fast Chargers, and users will be able to search for their locations through a cell-phone application. Source: City of LB

Local tire store aims to feed 1,000 families with its 15th food drive Performance Plus Tire and Auto Superstore is in the final stages of preparing for its 15th annual food drive. What began 15 years ago as a joint project with a Cub Scout troop to feed 10 families has morphed into what the store calls “a massive company-sponsored event that fed 750 families last year.” The goal this year is to feed 1,000 families. The food will be packed into boxes at the Hot Rod Happening at Performance Plus on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 8am to noon. Volunteers are

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needed for the undertaking, and non-perishable food may be donated until the event. The drive supports local schools and charities, and the food will be delivered to homes the day before Thanksgiving. No food boxes will be available at the store for distribution as the families have already been preselected. This year, as an added incentive for the community, Performance Plus is holding a drawing for an iPod, an iPad, an iPhone and an iMac. Those

interested may purchase a ticket for $1 each or may acquire one for each non-perishable food item they donate. The drawing will be conducted on Nov. 18, and the winner will receive the package that includes all four items. The event will also include a performance by the local act the Jazz Angels and a car show that highlights vintage and custom vehicles. MORE INFORMATION (562) 972-7640

Long Beach, signal Hill to kick off holiday season with annual tree-lighting on the hill

The public is invited to attend when the cities of Long Beach and Signal Hill conduct their annual tree-lighting ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30pm at Discovery Well Park, 2200 Tem-

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ple Ave. Santa Claus will make a guest appearance, and the organizers will accept unwrapped gifts for children ages infant to 17 for the Signal Hill Holiday Outreach.

(Inclement weather will cancel the event.) For more information, contact the Signal Hill Community Services Department at (562) 9897330 or visit cityofsignalhill.org .

musical Theatre West wins four ovation awards out of its 16 nominations

Musical Theatre West won top honors for its 2011/2012 productions of Hairspray, Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2 and Man of La Mancha in the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. Davis Gaines took home the award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Cervantes/Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. Susanne Blakeslee won Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance as Woman 1 in Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2, and Todrick Hall won the award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as Seaweed in Hairspray. Paul Garman, MTW executive director/producer accepted the award for Best Musical (Large Theater) for Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2 at the ceremony on Nov. 12 at the annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards for the 2011-2012 awards season held at the Los Angeles Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Musical Theatre West garnered 16

nominations this year for the 2011/2012 season: Best Season– Hairspray, Winter Wonderettes, Man of La Mancha, Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2, and Monty Python’s Spamalot Production of a Musical (Large Theatre)– Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2 and Hairspray Acting Ensemble of a Musical– The cast of Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Music Direction– Matthew Smedal, Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Director of a Musical– William Selby, Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Lead Actor in a Musical: Davis Gaines, Man of La Mancha David Engel– Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Larry Raben– Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Lead Actress in a Musical: Susanne Blakeslee – Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2

Valerie Fagan– Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Lesli Margherita– Man of La Mancha Tami Tappan Damiano– Monty Python’s Spamalot Featured Actor in a Musical– Todrick Hall, Hairspray Featured Actress in a Musical– Tracy Lore, Hairspray Costume Design– Alvin Colt, Forbidden Broadway” Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Established in 1989, The Ovation Awards were established to celebrate artistic excellence in theatre production, design and performance and to bring attention to the Greater Los Angeles theater community. The LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theater awards in Los Angeles. The Ovation Awards season runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 each year and culminates in a black-tie awards ceremony.

The nonprofit Food Finders’ annual holiday food drive is underway. Each year the drive is held across Long Beach and surrounding areas to collect food for those who are food-insecure.

This year, Food Finders is once again partnering with Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster’s office, We Love Long Beach and Friends of Long Beach Animals, to reach as many donors as possible. “The holiday season is when we see our highest need, and we get plenty of volunteers to help collect, but funding for items like turkeys is also crucial to meet the high demand,” said Patti Larson, interim executive director of Food Finders. In addition to collecting holiday meal staples, such as canned vegetables, soups, canned meats, pasta, pasta sauce, stuffing, bread, cookies and more, Food Finders will also be

accepting pet food to help out pet owners and their animal friends. A major part of the drive is the Thanksgiving Packing and Sorting event on Friday, Nov. 16 (the Friday before Thanksgiving each year) at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 11600 Los Alamitos Blvd., in Los Alamitos. Volunteers gather at 5:30pm in the church gym to sort canned items and pack the boxes of food that will be delivered to families on the following Saturday, along with a turkey. Community members are invited to participate. RSVPs are requested to Diana Lara at (562) 598-3003, ext. 101.

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In observance of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, EDCO Recycling and Waste-Collection Services will not be performing any collection services and the Signal Hill public disposal site and buyback center and all customer-service offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22. As a result, all regularly scheduled collection services for Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23 will experience a one-day delay in service, including park and Signal Hill waste and recycling services. MORE INFORMATION edcodisposal.com


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Local Cub Scouts from Pack 62 worked with the Salvation Army on Saturday, Nov. 10 to collect canned food for their food bank. Scouts worked the early-morning shift in an effort to collect as many items as possible to help feed families in need. The food collected will be distributed to locals in the community for the holidays. The boys collected 168 bags of canned food over the course of two days.

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Family Church in Signal Hill will be hosting its second annual Thanksgiving Fest at its campus in that city on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 9am. Following a message of hope, 500 Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed to the community. Each basket, which is made up of a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, will contain enough food to feed a family of four. Last year, Family Church provided meals for over 1,000 people

at its inaugural Thanksgiving Fest in Signal Hill, according to a press release issued by the church. This year, the church has increased its outreach for the event in order to inform its surrounding communities about its programs, which include weekly food and clothing giveaways, exercise classes, and individual and family counseling. “Our goal is to continue to grow this event each year in the

Signal Hill and Long Beach areas by connecting with our communities, identifying the needs and filling them,” said Site Pastor Matt Ansell. Thanksgiving Fest began eight years ago in Whittier, Calif. when Family Church noticed an overwhelming need in the communities surrounding its Whittier campus. In the last eight years, the church has partnered with individuals, businesses and other

organizations to provide more than 20,000 hot meals and hundreds of health and wellness services to the people of Whittier the Sunday before Thanksgiving, according to its press release. For information on how to donate to the event or for information on attending, contact Family Church at (562) 698-6737. MORE INFORMATION familychurch.com

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8 signaL TriBune CommuniTY Long Beach honors its local heroes who have served Children, families and onlookers cheered on the men and women from every branch of the US military during this year’s 16th annual Veterans Day parade in north Long Beach. Marching bands and government officials joined war veterans who rolled down Atlantic Avenue, from Harding Street to 56th Street, greeting a throng of community members waving American flags on Saturday, Nov. 10. This year’s parade was themed “A Salute to Those Who Served” and was following by Vets Fest 2012, which featured food trucks, live music, vendors and services for Military veterans and families at Houghton Park.

Before the parade, there was a one-mile Veterans Classic run. Serving as the parade’s grand marshal was Thomas M. Murphy, a retired assistant principal for Wilson High School, who has served in the US Army, the Army National Guard and the California Military Reserve in addition to serving in Vietnam and Iraq, flying helicopters. Honorary grand marshals were: Mitchell T. Key, who served as a marksmanship instructor in Korea and Vietnam; William “Jack” McDowell, who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War; and Robert Stanley Hammond, who served in World War II as a hospital corpsman.

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Members of the Jordan High School Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) march in lockstep as onlookers cheer them on during the annual Veterans Day parade.

Photos by Sean Belk/ Signal Tribune

Veterans from different branches of the US military, who have served in various wars and foreign occupations, greet the community while waving American flags during this year’s Veterans Day parade in north Long Beach. The Navy Junior ROTC of Cabrillo High School participates in the Veterans Day parade.

A line of US military veterans meets crowds of people along Atlantic Avenue, from Harding Street to 56th Street, during the annual Veterans Day parade in north Long Beach. Representatives from every branch of the US military participated.

US military veterans make their way down Atlantic Avenue in vehicles during the 16th annual Veterans Day 2012 Parade.

Parade Grand Marshal Thomas M. Murphy, a Southern California native and Lakewood High School graduate who has served in the US Army, the Army National Guard and the California Military Reserve, greets the public during the 16th annual Veterans Day parade.


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LB naaCP branch to honor local veterans The NAACP Long Beach Branch will conduct a special tribute to veterans on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3pm at Ernest McBride Sr. Park, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Veterans, as well as family and friends of those on active duty, are asked to attend. The purpose of the event is to thank the men and women who served the US Military and to keep the stories, issues and plight that veterans face every day in the community’s consciousness. In addition, the Long Beach Branch NAACP is thanking the veterans and their families for the sacrifices they make for the security of our country. The meeting is open to the public. Among those honored during the program will be: • John Walter, who served in the Army and now owns the local company Papa’s Chocolates. • Dr. Douglas Robinson, the vice president of Student Services at Cal State University of Long Beach, who also served in the Army. • Dr. Frederick James, who served as a major in the Army Medical Corps and is a retired pediatric cardiologist. • Frank Clark, the former chair of the Long Beach Water Commission, who served as a captain in the Army and is a well-known community supporter. • Ernest McBride Jr., son of the founder of the Long Beach NAACP, was an electronic engineer for the Navy at the shipyards and served in the Army.

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In Living Color

got the blues? Being a bit moody can be a good thing Shoshanah Siegel Columnist

The first step in decorating with color is usually the most difficult; where to begin? It is much easier to decorate when you have a definite idea of the mood you want to create and then develop the design of the room around the mood. Color preferences are very personal. Find the ones that evoke memories and elevate your mood, and you’ll find that decorating is much easier– and more fun. Through my column you will be introduced to different colors, what they symbolize, and what feelings or moods they evoke. I love color, but my all-time favorite is blue. So when I recently saw an exhibit at the Min Gei International Museum in San Diego, called True Blue, I was thrilled. With inspiration from the exhibit, and the desire for cooler weather, here is an exploration of the color blue.

illustrious blue Worldwide, blue is the most sought-after color. It is truly the world’s color– blue sky, blue sea, blue jeans, and all other things dependable and consoling. exterior colors The first image that comes to mind is white colonial homes with blue shutters. There are

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historic and non-historic colors of blue. Try the lighter tones of Dunn Edwards’ Two Harbors, or the darker accent of Sherwin Williams’ Indigo Batik.

Children’s rooms Forget the stereotypical pink for girls and blue for boys. Blue or a blue-green are quiet and serene. They can also be used for an accent wall or as an accessory.

adult bedrooms Blue has long been a favorite for bedrooms because of its relaxing feel. If your bedroom is where you unwind, blue is a good choice.

Bathrooms Blue is a natural in an area where water is present. But the blue needs to be balanced with some warm colors. Try Pratt and Lambert’s Scrim of Mist with the warm tones of their Glamorous.

The family room This is an ideal place to use blue. Choose a blue that leans a bit to periwinkle, such as Blue Heather from Benjamin Moore, which has a warm undertone.

Dens and studies These are the rooms that are perfect for deeper blues, as they encourage relaxation and contemplation. Don’t forget to use accents of orange. Using a shade of these colors together will enhance the other.

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The combination of an antique dresser and soft blue walls My Frida Kahlo-inspired blue wall with its perfect comcreates a relaxing and peaceful bedroom. plement– an orange-red door and artwork.

Kitchens and dining areas Blue china is a special favorite in everything from traditional Spode Blue Italian Dinnerware or modern Noritake Colorwave Blue. If you choose the color blue,

you are trusting and need to be trusted. You are sensitive to the needs of others and form strong attachments. You are generally even-tempered and reliable. Or true blue!

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“A Chimp and a Cholo,” acrylic on canvas, by Cory Bilicko

The connection that individuals have with their pets often serves as subject matter in pop culture. There’s the TV commercials’ suburban, nuclear family in their huge yard with the happy, galloping golden retriever trying to sell you that dog food that isn’t made with corn. Then there’s the elderly but active Park Avenue socialite (who is just a bit more friendly than the three little pooches at the ends of their leashes), serving as the judgmental or old-fashioned character to contrast against a romantic comedy’s modern-day, free-spirited gal. And there’s the homely “cat lady,” living with her 23 felines and making the camera crew of Animal Hoarders have to watch their step (after taking their Benadryl) in her cramped, dan-

der-covered apartment. These character archetypes are not ones that local artist Cory Bilicko will be casting in his paintings during his next show, On the Verge, at Long Beach Vegan Eatery. Instead, he has focused his attention on less conventional people, their pets and the offbeat relationships they develop with each other. The eponymous piece for this exhibit, and the show’s largest, is one that depicts a man of advanced age on top of a skyscraper, standing at one of its corners, peering down into the vast space below. He is gripping his dog’s leash, but, unbeknownst to him, the canine is chasing after a ball that has just gone over the edge of the building. Another image shows a Los

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Independent artisans will once again converge on Bixby Knolls as part of the Uptown Village Market to display their distinctly unique, handcrafted, often one-of-a-kind creations ranging from jewelry, ceramics, candles, baked goods, beauty products, fashion and accessories, and home and garden décor items, The Uptown Village Market will be Friday, Dec. 7, from 5pm to 10 pm, and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10am to 4 pm, at the Expo

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Photos left and above show images from last year’s Uptown Village Market. The idea behind the market is to create an event that promotes new artistic talent and allows independent artisans to build an independent craft business, all under a warm, comfortable and inviting setting in one location. The market is designed to emphasize that artistic, handcrafted items make personable gifts and are an alternative to big-box store gifts.

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Conducting an environmental review of the project is the Port of Los Angeles, which states that the proposed near-dock rail facility would help the Port take advantage of the Alameda Corridor rail system, meet anticipated intermodal demand, increase capacity and move cargo closer to port docks, which would reduce the need to haul containers 24 miles up the I-710 Freeway to the Hobart Yard in the City of Commerce. BNSF, meanwhile, contends that the SCIG would be the “greenest intermodal transfer rail facility in the nation” and states that the company plans to invest $100 million into electric gantry cranes and low-emission locomotives and equipment, while committing $3 million toward the Port’s technology advancement program. However, in recent years, disputes over the project’s potential economic, health, traffic, noise and environmental impacts have

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Harbor Commission would vote on whether to approve the project. “We don’t treat anybody differently, but we’ll respond to every comment,” said Chris Cannon, the Port’s director of environmental management. The Port has revised its DEIR on the project after being criticized last year for using what opponents said was “outdated” and “flawed” baseline statistics from 2005 to calculate environmental impacts. The Port has since updated the data to reflect 2010 statistics and most recent cargo projections. Johnson, however, said the new report is still “lacking.” Though the report was revised, he said the recirculated DEIR still doesn’t lay out a “feasible roadmap” for zero-emissions container-movement technology, doesn’t adequately accommodate existing local businesses that would be displaced and provides “zero” funding to mitigate potential health impacts on the west Long Beach community. Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) officials also expressed concerns about the Port’s revised analysis, particularly since the railyard would be located close to schools, many of which already have a high prevalence of children with asthma due to being located near the local ports, refineries and highly congested freeways. During the meeting, a group of children from the Century Villages at Cabrillo, a shelter for veterans, the homeless, families and youth also located near the project site, held up signs alternating happy and sad faces that repre-

sented the two possible outcomes of the project. In a letter dated Nov. 9 obtained by the Signal Tribune, Carri Matsumoto, executive director of LBUSD’s facilities development and planning branch, states that the Port’s recirculated DEIR is based on what the district calls a “fundamental flaw” and an “unrealistic and unsubstantiated assumption” that trucks currently going to the Hobart Railyard would instead go to the SCIG facility once it’s built. She also states that the report makes assumptions that violate the California Environmental Quality Act, “hides the need for mitigation,” “improperly rejects and fails to adequately analyze a reasonable range of alternatives” and provides “misleading and incomplete health-risk assessment” that “masks impacts.” Matsumoto states that LBUSD is not alone in its concerns, adding that the South Coast Air Quality Management District has also identified problems with the Port’s analysis. “The health and welfare of our children and the health and welfare of the community is vitally important to the school district,” said Felton Williams, a member of the LBUSD Board of Education, during the public hearing. “The kids can’t really speak up for themselves, so it’s important that we understand and recognize that and to mitigate some of the health impacts occurring for our children… whatever we can do at the school district to protect our kids, we’re going to do that.” Some Long Beach residents

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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 authorized 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

TST4232 Title No. 6490235 ALS No. 2012-4522 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT OF A LIEN, DATED APRIL 2, 2012. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: On 12/12/2012, at 9:00 AM, ASSOCIATION LIEN SERVICES, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to a certain lien, recorded on April 5, 2012, as instrument number 20120513842, of the official records of Los Angeles County, California. WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR LAWFUL MONEY OF THE UNITED STATES, OR A CASHIERS CHECK at: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA 91766. The street address and other common designations, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1999 Stanley Ave No 13, Signal Hill, California 90755 aka 1999 Stanley Ave. #13, Signal Hill, California 91307 Assessor's Parcel No. 7216-018-048 The owner(s) of the real property is purported to be: Lori B. Herbison, as joint tenant The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designations, 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 a note, homeowner's assessment or other obligation secured by this lien, with interest and other sum as provided therein: plus advances, if any, under the terms thereof and interest on such advances, plus fees, charges, expenses of the Trustee and trust created by said lien. 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 $36,916.64. Payment must be in cash, a cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state bank or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings & loan association, savings association, or savings

www.kathyalford.com bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. The real property described above is being sold subject to the right of redemption. The redemption period within which real property may be redeemed ends 90 days after the sale. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may contact Priority Posting & Publishing for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit its website www.priorityposting.com for information regarding the sale of this property. 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 website. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The beneficiary of said Lien hereto executed and delivered to the undersigned, a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. Date: November 6, 2012 Association Lien Services, as Trustee P.O. Box 64750, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (310) 207-2027 By: Brian Gladous, Trustee Officer P1002209 11/16, 11/23, 11/30/2012 TST4226 T.S. No.: 2012-21082 Loan No.: 706526662 NoTICE oF TRUSTEE'S SAlE

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.

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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

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 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

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,

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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 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 postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse. First American Title Insurance Company First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, LLC 3 FIRST AMERICAN WAY SANTA ANA, CA 92707 Date: FOR TRUSTEE'S SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (916)939-0772 First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, LLC MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.NPP0209668 SIGNAL TRIBUNE 10/26/2012, 11/02/2012, 11/09/2012

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

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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. Mamnoon. 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 i s d o i n g b u s i n e s s a s : 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 vio-


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TST4230 / 2012 XXXXXX FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: O N - S I T E C O M P U T E R C O N S U LT I N G , 2 6 6 7 E. 28th St. Suite 518, Signal Hill, CA 90755. R e g i s t r a n t : A N G E L I N A S TA H L , 4 2 3 4 M a y bank 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 LANDG R A F, 5 2 11 E l R o b l e S t . , L o n g B e a c h , C A 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 R a y m o n d Av e . , S i g n a l H i l l , C A 9 0 7 5 5 . T h e 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 Raym o n d Av e . , S i g n a l H i l l , C A 9 0 7 5 5 . T h i s 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.

TST4231 NoTICE oF APPlICATIoN To SEll AlCoHolIC BEVERAGES lICENSE Date of Filing Application: October 24, 2012 To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of the Applicant(s) is/are: Blackbird Cafe Inc The Applicant(s) listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 3403 & 3405 Orange Ave., Long Beach, CA 908074826. Type of license(s) applied for: 41 - On-Sale Beer and Wine – Eating Place. Published in the Signal Tribune Newspaper: November 16, 23, 30, 2012

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Auto burglary 2:30pm– 4000 block Orange Ave. Friday, nov. 9 Garage and residential burglary 4:30am– 4500 block Banner Dr. Residential burglary 7:15am– 100 block E. 23rd St.

Residential burglary 7:15am– 2300 block Long Beach Blvd.

Thursday, nov. 8 DUI 12:52am– Cherry Ave./E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Suspect in custody. Battery from spouse– cohabitant 2:09am– 1900 block Junipero Ave. Suspect identified. Residential burglary 7am– 1900 block Dawson Ave. Friday, nov. 9 Commercial burglary 4:15am– 2800 block E. Pacific Coast Hwy.

Commercial burglary 9am– 4300 block Atlantic Ave.

saturday, nov. 10 Auto burglary 9am– 4300 block Atlantic Ave.

sunday, nov. 11 Commercial burglary– shoplift 8:58am– 800 block W. Willow St.

Vandalism of property worth over $400 5:10pm– 1800 block Maine Ave.

Tuesday, nov. 13 Commercial burglary 2:30am– 3800 block Cherry Ave.

Battery 1:42pm– 2100 block Linden Ave.

Commercial, apartment/condo burglary 3:18pm– 100 block E. Canton St.

Residential burglary 3:30pm– 4400 block Banner Dr.

Auto burglary 8pm– E. Bixby Rd./California Ave.

Crimes reported by SHPD • Citywide Auto burglary 9am– 1400 block E. 28th St.

saturday, nov. 10 Commercial burglary 9:09am– 900 block E. 33rd St. Two suspects identified.

sunday, nov. 11 Identity theft 2:57pm– 2700 block Cherry Ave. Commercial burglary 3pm– 2900 block Gardena Ave.

Hit and run/giving false information to peace officer

5:55pm– 1600 block E. Willow St. Suspect in custody. monday, nov. 12 Contempt of court/disobeying court order 3:48am– 900 block E. 25th St. Suspect identified.

Tuesday, nov. 13 Stolen vehicle 5:49pm– 800 block Walton St. Commercial burglary 6pm– 900 block E. 33rd St. Suspect in custody.

Wednesday, nov. 14 DUI 12:49am– E. Spring St./Junipero Ave. Suspect in custody.

Stolen vehicle 1:19pm– 2600 block Cherry Ave.

Stolen vehicle 2:08pm– 2600 block Cherry Ave.

Commercial burglary 6:15pm– 700 block E. Spring St. Two suspects in custody.


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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. 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.

Posted at Signal Hill City Hall on: November 9, 2012 Published in the Signal Tribune on: November 9 and 16, 2012

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$50,000 a year, according to company officials. Dollar Loan Center’s CUP request was one of three applications already in the “pipeline” that the City Council agreed in October to exempt from a one-year moratorium on land-use permits for auto-title, payday and shortterm consumer finance loan companies. The City Council must base their decision on the merits of each application alone. The Planning Commission and development services staff are meanwhile currently conducting a citywide study on the relatively new financial institutions. Lee Fukui and Mauna Eichner appealed the Planning Commission’s unanimous approval of a CUP application for Dollar Loan Center in July because they said an influx of so-called “predatory lenders” in Long Beach has become a broader citywide issue. The residents both live in the Wrigley neighborhood in the 6th District, where another company known as Pennbrooke Financial Services, LLC plans to open a store on Pacific Coast Highway and Pacific Avenue to offer autotitle loans. Fukui added that Dollar Loan Center has strategically positioned the Ximeno Avenue location as a way to prey on college students and low-income residents of east Long Beach. He said the company offers an interest rate of 196.9percent APR, which can force a client to pay almost triple the original $2,500 loan by the time

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it’s paid off. “That’s predatory any way you look at it, and it affects those people who can least afford it,” Fukui said, adding that credit unions, on the other hand, typically have interest rates of about 11.65 APR. “Being business-friendly doesn’t mean that a predatory lender from Las Vegas should be able to occupy our prime retail spaces. If our city is to prosper, then we need to set our sights and our expectations higher. Long Beach citizens deserve better.” Long Beach Assistant City Attorney Michael Mais, however, told the Council that cities aren’t allowed to outright ban high-interest lenders from operating since they are permissible under state law, but he said jurisdictions are able to regulate the operations like any other commercial business. “You can’t turn them down based on the interest rate that [they] charge, but you can regulate them just like you do other uses,” he said. Fukui also claimed that Dollar Loan Center sometimes offers loans less than $2,500 by allowing clients or businesses to pay back a portion of the loan within 24 hours, which would be against state law. Dave Galyen, national director of technology for the company, admitted to the practice, however, he said the firm doesn’t particularly solicit it to customers. Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, who voted against granting the company a CUP along with Councilmember Suja Lowenthal and Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, however, said that this practice violates the state’s

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law under which the business is licensed. “I’m sure the Attorney General would be very interested in that because they’re trying to crack down seriously on this kind of inrunning the game,” she said. Some residents expressed a concern about “clusters” of such high-interest financial institutions forming in the city. However, 4th District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell said he conducted a meeting in his district about Dollar Loan Center moving in and that the proposal received overwhelming support from residents. Although a credit union is located at 10th Street and Ximeno Avenue, city officials said the area doesn’t appear to have other financial institutions located close by like other areas of the city. City staff added that there are about 40 financial institutions in Long Beach. O’Donnell, who said he’s “torn” on the issue of predatory lending practices, reiterated, as did 8th District Councilmember Al Austin, that the company had already spent $200,000 on lease negotiations and other expenses for the company to take up the space. “My concern is, what kind of message does this send to the business community?” he said. “Do they come and invest a lot of money and then we say no?” Lowenthal and Garcia both disagreed with those assertions, adding that each CUP should be granted solely on its own merits and whether the proposed land use is right for the community, not based on how much an applicant has invested in the project.

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Boy Scouts from Troop 29 install a post for a sign in Reservoir Park.

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“The garden was created before I started this project, but it did not have signs saying what the plants were,” he said. “I felt it was important for visitors to the garden to know the names of the plants so they could order them from nurseries if they want to plant them in their yards.” With the help of his father, Philip, Smith had the signs manufactured by a New York sign company that specializes in weather-proof outdoor signs and plaques. His volunteer crew installed them last Saturday, Nov. 10. This Saturday, Nov. 17, a smaller group of volunteers will construct an educational kiosk– designed by Smith, his father, and his mother, Robin– in the park. “Each sign has the plant name and a code number,” Philip Smith said. “Visitors will be able to go to the kiosk with the code numbers to get information on the plants they are interested in.” He added that the kiosk will also have a QR code that can be scanned by a smartphone and will link visitors to the City of Signal Hill website. The City provided a small portion of the funds for the project, but Jacob raised $1,350 for it himself, and he is still in the process of generating funds to pay for it. “I raised the money by selling plants,” he explained. In fact, anyone driving through the 3600 block of Lewis Avenue in Long Beach will probably notice the ongoing plant sale taking place at the Smith house. “The money from all the plants we are selling is going into the project,” Philip said. Before the project began, Jacob had to submit a detailed, four-page “Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal” to the Long Beach Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The proposal included: the project plan; lists of materials, supplies and tools; safety issues; and planned fundraising activities. The Boy Scout Council approved the proposal, and Smith began working on the project about two months ago. The work included getting

the approval of the Signal Hill Parks and Recreation Commission. Smith made a presentation of his plan to that body during its regularly scheduled Oct. 10 meeting, and the commission gave him its unanimous approval. “It’s a very worthwhile project,” said Gary Dudley, commission chairperson. “The City of Signal Hill tries to encourage residents and business owners to have landscape that does not require a lot of water, and Jacob’s project will help people understand that they can have attractive yards with vegetation that grows with little water and low maintenance.” Pilar Alcivar-McCoy, director of community services for the City, elaborated. “We dedicated the demonstration garden and some fitness equipment in Reservoir Park in April 2011,” she said. “The purpose of the garden is to have people look at plants that use less water and are more adaptable to the climate and environment of Southern California.” She added that the total cost of the design and installation of the garden and

the fitness equipment was approximately $150,000 but that $144,000 of that came from a state grant to the City. “The public works department purchased some of the material that was used to make the signs for Jacob’s project,” Alcivar-McCoy said. “Other than that, he has raised all the funds for the project himself.” She noted that she was very pleased with how Smith has enhanced the garden. “It will give us the opportunity to get more information to the public,” she said, adding that the signs and kiosk will tend to inspire more people to replace lawns with drought-tolerant plants. The demonstration garden was designed and installed by Long Beach-based Jon Cicchetti Landscape Architects, with Laurie Martz serving as lead designer. “The garden has two sections,” Cicchetti said. “One section features different types of grasses that don’t require as much water and mowing as most lawns. The other section features droughttolerant plants that people can

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Thanks to the enhancement project led by local Boy Scout Jacob Smith, the plants in Reservoir Park will now be labeled with signs that identify them.

put in their yards instead of grass.” Cicchetti had nothing put praise for Jacob. “He is an amazing, engaging, energetic young man, and his smile says it all,” he said. “He has done a remarkable job in the garden.” Dudley agreed. “All of us on the commission were very impressed by the way he presented his plan to us, and we were also very impressed by the plan he created,” he said. “He is a remarkable young man.” Smith, who hopes to become a veterinarian, said he feels very good about the signs and the kiosk. He added that he couldn’t think of a better way to earn his Eagle Scout rank. “I feel that this project is important to the community because we are in a drought and we do overuse water because we want to keep our lawns green,” he said. “Drought-tolerant plants are the best alternative to hav-

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