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A local legend saves the day

December 14, 2012

59th Annual Daisy Lane Parade carries on neighborhood tradition

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Christian (left) of the Pedaler’s Society with the “Knolls Ranger” (right) wind their way through the historic Daisy Lane Parade. Last Saturday, Dec. 8 marked the 59th year of the historic Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade, which continuing a neighborhood tradition that began in 1953. This year, over 75

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Local legend and notable businessman Mel Pinkham dons a Santa Claus suit while participating in Urban Cottage’s fundraiser for Los Cerritos Elementary School. Long Beach resident Marjorie Grommé (left) reacts as Santa (Mel Pinkham) kisses her hand. Pinkham agreed to participate in the charity event after he was asked by an organizer who read the Signal Tribune’s “Living Legends, Unsung Heroes” feature in the Dec. 7 issue. For the full-story, see Thoughts from the Publisher on page 4.

Hotel workers call on LB City Council to implement new ‘living-wage’ law Sean Belk Staff Writer

In response to claims that some Long Beach hotels are taking steps to dodge a new voter-approved law that requires they pay their workers higher wages, city councilmembers in support of the measure vowed Tuesday night to look into possible legislation to make sure hotels follow the regulation, which goes into effect next week. The Long Beach City Council at its Dec. 11 meeting unanimously certified the results of Measure N, also known as the “living wage” measure, which

passed by 64.32 percent of voters during the general election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder/ County clerk. The initiative, which requires that hotels with 100 rooms or more pay their workers at least $13 an hour and impose a mandatory 2-percent annual pay raise, becomes law next Friday, Dec. 21 and is expected to affect about 17 hotels. The council’s notion comes as a crowd of hotel workers and supporters of the measure made claims that hotel managers are making plans to cut hours and eliminate staff members while

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reducing guestrooms below the 100room threshold in an effort to “undermine” the new regulation. The speakers, who wore buttons and waved signs that read, “The people have spoken!!” called on the City Council to correct any potential loopholes. “I’m very upset and angry about the reaction that the hotel industry here in Long Beach has taken since we’ve won this law,” said Jose Landino, a 13-year cook for Hilton Long Beach in downtown who spoke through a Spanish-tosee COUNCIL page 18

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Seven candidates are vying for three SH City Council seats

Nick Diamantides Staff Writer

Although national election campaigns ended only a few weeks ago, a new, local campaign season has begun. Seven candidates are running for three seats on the Signal Hill City Council. The election is scheduled for March 5, 2013. According to City Clerk Kathee Pacheco, the prospective candidates had from Nov. 13 to Dec. 7 to obtain their official nominating petitions from City Hall, and nine candidates did just that. In order to be placed on the ballot, the candidates had to circulate their petition and obtain 20 certifiable signatures from Signal Hill registered voters. Deputy City Clerk Becky Burleson

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explained that candidates were allowed to get a maximum of 30 signatures. At that point, the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters has to verify that at least 20 of the signatures are valid, she noted. Seven candidates turned in the signatures by the deadline, which was 4:30pm last Friday, Dec. 7. Those candidates are Mike Noll, Ellen Ward and Ed Wilson– and four challengers– Robert Mendoza, Nancy Sciortino, Elizabeth Wise and Lori Woods. Burleson then forwarded the signatures to the County and received them back, all certified, on Tuesday afternoon. On the day the candidates turned in see ELECTION page 18

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Cal Heights Neighborhood Association moves along with latest round of lamppost restorations

California Heights residents may notice work underway on the latest round of restorations for the vintage lampposts gracing the historic neighborhood’s streets.

Throughout the past 13 years, funds raised by the California Heights Neighborhood Association (CHNA) Home and Garden Tours have combined with CHNA’s Lamppost Adoption Program

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and Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association grants to restore 136 of the 284 vintage lampposts in Cal Heights. The first restored post was unveiled in front of an Olive Avenue home at the 1999 Home and Garden Tour. By the end of December, City Light and Power, a private company contracted to maintain the city’s public lighting, will complete the installation of 80 replicate tops. Paved streets and lighting were established in Cal Heights in 1929, but through out eight decades the lampposts deteriorated as various globes replaced the originals and the metal fretting, struts and finials that form the decorative “cages” were removed or rusted away. CHNA’s restoration project includes period-correct cast-aluminum cages, finials and nearly unbreakable, non-yellowing polycarbonate globes. “The vintage posts enhance the unique charm and sense of place enjoyed in Cal Heights and contribute to the significance of the neighborhood’s historic designation. CHNA’s official logo incorporates the lamppost image,” according to a prepared statement from CHNA members. Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson and his staff worked with CHNA to secure plans for repainting. In recognition of CHNA’s $120,000 investment so far, the City’s public works department granted the painting request in August. Painting began last week and will continue for several weeks as weather allows. CHNA funded an additional $2,000 to paint the silver acanthus leaf details at the top of each post. Private adoptions include a dedication plaque to replace the posts’ utility access doors. The 2012 adoptions include a memorial to Laura Costley, a well known Bixby Knolls volunteer at Longfellow

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A worker gets ready to restore an historic lamppost as part of a program in California Heights to restore 136 of the 284 vintage lampposts. Elementary who passed away suddenly this year from cancer. Laura’s Cal Heights and Bixby Knolls area neighbors chose the lamppost at the corner of Bixby Road and California Avenue, a popular crossing spot for students attending Longfellow and Hughes schools. The dedication plaques will be installed by a Cal Heights resident volunteer early next year. In February, CHNA received a

preservation award from Long Beach Heritage in recognition of the program, and California Heights received national accolades, winning the 2012 Neighborhoods, USA Neighborhood of the Year first place and grand prize finishes for its Home and Garden Tours and the ongoing community projects. MORE INFORMATION (562) 424-6727 calheights.org

Cooking for a cause

Team Berlin was named “Ultimate Chefs” at the Cooking for Kids event that took place on Dec. 6 at the Hotel Maya in downtown Long Beach. The event benefitted Miller Children's Hospital and hosted teams in a cooking competition for the best appetizer. Teams had to get the most votes via Facebook, raise funds and please the judges at the event with the best presentation. Members of Team Berlin were Long Beach Fire Chief Mike Duree, Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association Executive Director Blair Cohn, who competed in honor of Berlin Gutenkauf who recently had a brain tumor. Berlin’s parents, Natalie and Eric Gutenkauf, are owners of The Factory Gastrobar in Bixby Knolls. Courtesy of BKBIA

From left, top row, Blair Cohn, executive director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, Dede Rossi, director of the Belmont Shore Business Association, Mike Duree, Long Beach Fire Chief and Berlin Gutenkauf.

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Signal Hill PD receives 2012 award for its National Night Out program

The Signal Hill Police Department has been recognized as a 2012 awardwinner by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) for the department’s National Night Out (NNO) program, a nationwide campaign that promotes involvement in crime/drug prevention activities, strengthens relations between police and communities and encourages neighborhood camaraderie as part of a fight for “safer streets.” This is the second consecutive year that the Signal Hill Police Department has been recognized by NATW, a non-profit organization that sponsors the annual event “dedicated to the development and promotion of

organized, law enforcement-affiliated crime/drug prevention programs.” Members involved in the event include, neighborhood-, crime-, community-, town- and block-watch groups, law enforcement agencies, state and regional crime-prevention associations and a variety of businesses, civic groups and individuals. NATW’s annual NNO program is held on the first Tuesday of each August. Since 1984, ‘“National Night Out—America’s Night Out Against Crime” has grown to involve over 37 million people from more than 15,000 communities. Signal Hill’s NNO event is held at Reservoir Park each year. “Signal

Hill’s NNO program is really a concerted effort by the entire City to build positive community relations,” said Signal Hill Police Chief Michael Langston in a prepared statement. “All of the City’s departments, from public works to community services/parks and recreation are involved in NNO, as are many local businesses through generous financial support.” Langston added that the Signal Hill City Council rescheduled its August 7 council meeting so councilmembers were able to attend the NNO event.

Port of Long Beach and Panama Canal Authority renew accord to promote trade between U.S. and Latin America Source: SHPD

Officials from the Port of Long Beach and the Panama Canal Authority renewed an agreement last Tuesday, Dec. 4 that promotes more trade between Latin America and the U.S. and facilitates the exchange of ideas for seaport engineering, dredging and environmental practices. With the renewal of the memorandum of understanding ― first signed in December 2010 ― the two authorities agreed to continue to share marketing ideas aimed at boosting trade between Long Beach and countries along South America’s east coast and in the Caribbean via the Panama Canal. “The Port of Long Beach is pleased to renew the MOU with Panama Canal as we continue to work together to

increase our trade with the nations in Latin America,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle in a prepared statement from the Port. “We see this pact as a long-term, mutually beneficial agreement.” Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano added, “This is an excellent example of how two institutions, each with more than 100 years of innovation, can share ideas to improve commerce, engineering and environmental sustainability.” The accord with Panama covers marketing activities and the exchange of technical expertise in several areas, including engineering, training and environmental programs. The MOU expands an international network of maritime

entities dedicated to pursuing green, sustainable developments. The Port of Long Beach has similar MOUs in place with several ports in China, Europe and Mexico. Although trade with Latin America accounts for a small percentage of the Port’s annual trade volume, officials hope to expand service to emerging markets to boost future trade, according to the Port. The Panama Canal is currently undergoing a massive expansion project that will allow larger ships to transit to the Gulf and East Coast ports. The canal expansion is expected to be completed by 2015.

The Long Beach Community Foundation, a nonprofit, public charity that helps individuals, families and organizations meet their philanthropic goals, has announced the availability of charity “giving cards.” Giving cards are similar to the more commonly known “gift cards” available at most retailers. The only

difference is that a giving card is redeemable to benefit any 501(c)(3) public charity in the United States (including schools, churches and synagogues) through a donation in the amount of the giving card. Available in various denominations, a charity giving card can be a stocking stuffer or gift for the

hard-to-buy-for people on a holiday list. Private-label and corporatebranding giving cards are also available. To find out more or to order visit longbeachcf.org or call (562) 435-9033.

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) set a new record for the number of applications it received from prospective freshman and transfer students interested in attending the university as the total topped 80,000 for the first time in campus history. CSULB again collected more undergraduate applications than any of the other 22 campuses in the CSU system with 80,622 domestic students seeking admission to the campus for the fall 2013 semester. Including applications from international students, CSULB’s total reached 82,026. “At a time when many people are questioning the value of a college or university degree, students and parents apparently and increasingly recognize the value of a Cal State Long Beach education,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “Our applicant pool is once again among the nation’s largest due to the fact that we continue to provide a high quality and affordable educational experience at a time

when many institutions cannot make this statement.” The priority application period for undergraduate students interested in attending any CSU campus next fall ended on Nov. 30. In its preliminary tally, CSULB officials are reporting that the campus received 56,213 applications from potential first-time freshmen and 25,813 from hopeful transfer students (domestic and international numbers combined). The freshman application total is a 2.6 percent increase over last year and a 13 percent improvement over the 2010 numbers. At the same time, the transfer applications numbers jumped 18.5 percent over last year and are 22.6 percent above the 2010 total. The rise in transfer applications was expected by campus officials because CSULB was closed to transfer students for the spring 2013 semester. Based on the high number of applications, getting into CSULB

continues to be extremely competitive as university officials anticipate enrolling about 4,000 new first-time freshmen for the fall 2013 semester and 3,000 new transfer students. That’s less than 8 percent of the total number of freshman applications received and less than 12 percent of the transfer applications. According to figures from the CSU Chancellor’s Office, CSULB also led the system in the number of domestic credential and graduate student applications received for the 2013-14 academic year with 2,798 submitted, representing a 72.2 percent increase over the previous year.

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LB Mayor Bob Foster to deliver 2013 State of the City on Jan. 15

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ety of bands, drill teams and dance groups. “As always, the Daisy Parade was a great event to bring out residents from across Long Beach,” said 7th District City Councilmember James Johnson. “I look forward to celebrating the historic 60th year of the largest holiday parade to run down a residential street in 2013.” The parade is followed by two events as part of the Daisy Avenue Holiday Program: Daisy Entertainment Nights, hosted by the Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance, takes place today, Dec. 14, and continues through Dec. 16, starting each day at 7pm. Residents are invited to attend the night-time event on Daisy Avenue and 20th Street. Live entertainment will be provided for the whole community at no charge. Santa will visit children between 7pm and 8pm each night. The 4th Annual Wrigley Snow Day takes place on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 11am at Veterans Park, 101 E 28th St. The event features more than 15 tons of snow along with games, activities and vendors. MORE INFORMATION (562) 570-7777 longbeach.gov/district7

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

by Neena Strichart

The end of last week was especially busy and fruitful for me. Early Friday morning I received a frantic call at home from one of my co-workers. He said that our advertiser Melissa Zambrano from Urban Cottage was desperately trying to reach me. I quickly called her to see how I could help. When she answered the phone, she shared with me that she was hosting a big fundraising event at her place of business the next day for Los Cerritos Elementary School, but alas, the fellow she had hired to play Santa during the festivities had just been taken ill and was in the hospital. Before I could reply to her dilemma, Melissa blurted out that she had just read our paper, saw the article on Mel Pinkham with Knights of Pythias (a Santa Claus look-alike) and begged me to call him and see if he would help her out. I agreed and called “Uncle Mel.” He said, “yes.” I gave him Melissa’s phone number, and the rest is history. I was there Saturday afternoon when our dear Mel arrived at the event and was absolutely teary-eyed when I saw him emerge from the “dressing room” dressed as Santa. I brought Mother with me and couldn’t resist putting her in the photos you see here and on the front page. I thank Mel for helping out and am so grateful Melissa reached out to us for assistance. What is the moral of the story? It pays to read the Signal Tribune! Immediately following the Urban Cottage event I high-tailed it home to get ready for the Daisy Lane Parade. What a wonderfully well-choreographed event! Kudos go out to all who coordinated and participated in the parade. Steve and I rode down Daisy Lane in our 1971-right-hand-drive postal jeep and loved every minute of it. See the front page and right for a few pictures from the parade.

Boulevards of dreams

How can we improve the retail options in our neighborhoods while creating the walkable communities of the future? I believe the answer is that we need to improve our public boulevards so that they are more inviting to residents and businesses alike. If we build it, they will come. That is exactly what we are doing. We recently obtained a grant of over $2.1 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Federal Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality fund. This grant will allow us to d--aggressively seeking these grant funds, we will improve our neighborhoods, bring more businesses to a pedestrian-friendly corridor and ultimately increase sales tax revenues that will fund vital city services. While many in the region talk about transit and pedestrian-oriented improvements, we are doing it right here in Long Beach, California. James Johnson, 7th District Councilmember Long Beach

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Armed suspect who robbed pizza deliveryman and was shot at by police remains at large On Sunday, Dec. 9, at approximately 7:52pm, a pizza deliveryman was robbed by a male suspect armed with a handgun in the area of 10th Street and Olive Avenue, resulting in an officer-involved shooting. After the robbery, the suspect, identified as a male black, wearing dark clothing, fled on foot. A responding officer located a possible suspect and began a chase. The officer confronted the suspect in a driveway in the 800 block of Lime Avenue and an officer-

involved shooting occurred. The suspect then jumped a fence and continued fleeing out of sight. The suspect was believed to be contained within the established perimeter and SWAT was activated. After a complete and thorough search of the area, the suspect was not located and remains outstanding. It is unknown if the suspect was struck by gunfire. No officers were injured during the incident and the investigation remains

ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident should contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Mark McGuire and Roger Zottneck at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637) or visiting lacrimestoppers.org .

The family of a wheelchair-bound man who was killed by a hit-and-run driver pleaded for the public’s help in finding the suspect during a media event on Wednesday, Dec. 12. On Sunday, Dec. 9, at approximately 5:30pm, Long Beach Police responded to an injury hit-and-run collision in the area of Artesia Boulevard and Rose Avenue. When officers arrived, they learned that the victim, identified as 55year-old Robert Diaz of Long Beach who was in a wheelchair, had attempted to cross Artesia Boulevard at Rose Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle that was traveling eastbound on Artesia Boulevard. Diaz was transported to a local hos-

pital by Long Beach Fire Department paramedics and was initially listed in serious but stable condition. On Dec. 10, the Long Beach Police Department was notified that the vicitm was pronounced deceased. After the collision, a witness saw the suspect vehicle stop on Gardenia Avenue, south of Artesia Boulevard, and get out of the car. When the witness directed officers to that location, both the suspect and vehicle were gone. The suspect’s vehicle is described as a silver four-door sedan, and the suspect is described as a male Hispanic in his 30s, six-feet tall, 190 to 200 pounds with black hair and wearing a white shirt and jeans.

LBPD has released a YouTube video, asking for the public’s help in identifying the person responsible for the fatal accident. The video may be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=GqFvobw4Md4 . Anyone with information on the collision, the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle is urged to call Long Beach Police Accident Investigations Detective Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637) or by visiting lacrimestoppers.org .

On Dec. 6, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), with the assistance of the United States Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspector's Office and the Internal Revenue Service, served search warrants at 32 locations across the Southland, as part of a long and intensive investigation that originally began in November 2009. The original operation was part of a months-long, multi-agency investigation that stemmed from 13 shootings and a murder investigation that spanned over three years. Multiple search warrants were served and numerous arrests were made of gang members from the Baby Insane Crip criminal street gang, and evidence linking this gang, as well as some of their family members and associates, to a large-scale fraud ring. The LBPD, with the assistance of the US Secret Service and the US Postal Inspector’s Office, continued the investigation into the members of the gang. The joint investigation determined that the gang was heavily involved in identity theft and tax fraud. Investigators learned that the suspects were stealing personal identifying information to commit various financial crimes, including the filing of fraudulent tax returns. Through investigative work, it was determined that there had been tens of

thousands of dollars in losses to the federal government, and hundreds of thousands of dollars more of attempted fraud identified, totaling over $1 million in losses combined. The stolen proceeds from these crimes were used to fund the gang’s “extravagant lifestyle,” according to the LBPD. The operation utilized more than 200 detectives and agents from LBPD, the US Secret Service and the US Postal Inspector’s Office. The 32 search warrants were served in Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Harbor City, Van Nuys, Carson, Inglewood, Gardena, Anaheim, Cerritos and Los Angeles. Eleven individuals were arrested, including members of the Baby Insane Crip gang as well as family members and associates. With the assistance of the Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services, eight children were taken into protective custody. Thousands of dollars in cash were seized in addition to several tens of thousands of dollars worth of property that included 10 guns (one assault rifle, one shotgun and eight handguns), major electronics such as numerous large-screen plasma TVs, and stereo and video-projection equipment, multiple cars including several high-end vehicles and a $50,000 boat. “We would like this operation to

serve as another strong message to the gangs in the city of Long Beach and throughout the region that we will not stand for the destruction you bring to our communities and will do everything within our power to stop the violence and corruption that you inflict upon society,” said Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell. “We will continue to unite with our law-enforcement partners at the local, county, state and federal levels and utilize every tool available to us to target, not only you, but those who conspire with you to victimize members of our community for your personal gain.” The LBPD states that residents should be extremely cautious whenever asked to provide any personal information, via Internet, over the phone or in person, and to closely monitor bank-account activity to ensure information hasn’t been compromised. The LBPD states that all parties involved in the operation have “played a vital role in dealing yet another blow to this gang in an effort to reduce criminal activity and violence in our community.”

Family of wheelchair-bound man killed by hit-and-run driver pleads for public’s help Source: LBPD

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LBPD announces crackdown on notorious LB criminal street gang

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Harbor City

Lamartin Patterson

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Edward Winston

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FOLLOW THE STAR TO BETHLEHEM What Holiday Breakfast Who California Heights United Methodist Church Where California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave. When Saturday, Dec. 15 from 9am to 11am More Info The event will include crafts, games, the nativity and activities for children of all ages. Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food item to be donated to the Long Beach Rescue Mission. Visit calheightsumc.org or call (562) 595-1996.

REMEMBERING THOSE WHO SERVED What Wreaths Across America Ceremony Who 5th District Long Beach City Councilmember Gerrie Schipske When Saturday, Dec. 15 at 9am Where Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center’s Armed Services Memorial at the corner of Clark Avenue and Conant Street More Info The ceremony includes a dedication of a hometown-hero banner for U.S. Army Ranger and Sergeant Thomas R. MacPherson, who was recently killed in action in Afghanistan, and an annual laying of the wreaths for branches of services. Pastor Chris Lankford of Long Beach Alliance Church will provide church service. Call (562) 570-6932.

MINGLE AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE What Holiday Party and Membership Drive Who Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club When Saturday, Dec. 15 from 4pm to 7pm Where Paradise, 1800 Broadway Ave. More Info Join the club as they celebrate the past election season and catch up with old and new friends. General admission cost to join the club, which includes fees for membership and the holiday party, is $35.

TOURS OF CHRISTMAS PAST What Centennial Christmas at Rancho Los Cerritos Who Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site When Saturday, Dec. 15 and 16 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Where Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 Virginia Rd. More Info Guests have a chance to tour the decorated adobe home with a history docent and meet the Bixby family, friends and workers on this active sheep ranch, enjoying holiday traditions, music and theatrical vignettes. Cost is $15; RSVP required. Call (562) 570-1755 or visit rancholoscerritos.org LAUGH OUT LOUD WITH A LATTE What Laugh-A-Latte Who Hot Java When Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8pm Where Hot Java, 2101 E. Broadway More Info The free comedy show that takes place every third Saturday of every month is hosted by Jason Dudey. Call (562) 433-0688.

JUST KIDDING What Ugly Sweater Kidical Mass Neighborhood Bike Ride Who Hosted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association Where Georgie’s Place, 3850 Atlantic Ave. When Sunday, Dec. 16 at 1pm More Info After a ride and safety demo by U.S. Olympic cyclist Tony Cruz, kids and adults will bike for roughly two and a half miles, beginning at Los Cerritos Park and stopping at Georgie’s Place for complimentary ice cream. Participants are encouraged to wear an ugly sweater to celebrate the holidays. Email krista@bixbyknollsinfo.com, visit bixbyknollsinfo.com/kidicalmass.html or call (562) 595-0081.

I CAN HEAR MUSIC What Christmas concert Who Friends of Music at California Heights United Methodist Church Where California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave. When Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4pm More Info The church will present an Advent Celebration with Fire Within Us and The Chancel Choir and Orchestra. The program will include the "Messe de Minuit pour Noel" by Charpentier and a selection of holiday favorites. Visit calheightsumc.org or call (562) 595-1996.

GOT CONTACTS? What Business networking breakfast Who The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Where Holiday Inn, 2640 N. Lakewood Blvd. When Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7:30am More Info The monthly “Good Morning Long Beach” luncheon will feature John Morris, head deputy of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who will talk about Worker’s Compensation fraud. Members pay $15 and nonmembers pay $30. Email JPerler@lbchamber.com.

PARTY LIKE IT’S THE HOLIDAYS What Annual Community Holiday Party Who Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association Where Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Avenue When Thursday, Dec. 20 from 7pm to 10pm More Info The community celebration features live music from Hedgehog Swing, food, giveaways and an opportunity for association members and the community to meet, greet, mix, mingle and network. Call (562) 595-0081or email info@bixbyknollsinfo.com.

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The color purple – and its many shades of passion In Living Color

Shoshanah Siegel Columnist

you If missed my column introducing you to the world of color, I will give you a little update. I wrote about the ease of decorating when you have a definite idea of the mood you want to create and then using the idea to develop the design and colors of the room. Certain colors evoke memories and images. Preferences toward certain colors are very personal. Colors can change a room from whimsical to carefree and from exotic to classic. Some colors will excite you and some will relax you. In this column, I would like to introduce you to the color “purple.” This color can conjure up images of royalty, but can also add an exotic flair to your décor. Purple can be dramatic or subtle depending on the tone or shade of the color. There are many shades of purple, as purple is defined as a range of hues of color occurring between red and blue– some shades work better than others for specific areas. You can really embrace the color purple and feature it in all of your decorating from floor to ceiling or for just adding a few accent pieces. For continuity, make sure that you bring just a few items that are purple to each of your rooms. New York interior designer Jamie Drake, who has used a vast range of purples dur-

ing his long career, says a powerful purple piece “can add passion to a room.”

The kitchen: The most fun place to use brighter shades of purple. Think of Italian ceramics and color saturated glassware. Benjamin Moore’s Kalamata AF630 is a rich reddish blue color that pairs perfectly with the jeweltones of golden yellows, turquoise, blue and reds.

Bedroom: The bluer purples such as violet work best in bedrooms. Colors such as Sherwin William’s Foget-Me-Not SW6824, or Pratt & Lambert’s Gentility 30-26 are quieter and more serene than the reddish purples. For a nice fresh look pair it with white bedding and pale green accents.

Dining room: This is the best room for grape tones. Sherwin William’s Grape Harvest 6285 is both sophisticated and subtle and suggestive of delicious fruits. Benjamin Moore’s Vintage Claret 1364 has more red than blue and is stunning with dark wood furniture. Bathrooms: To create a serene tranquil color scheme combine a light lavender, like Violet Crush DE5946 by Dunn Edwards with soft blues and greens.

Living room: If you want a lush sophisticated look, deep aubergine (eggplant) purples are really great for a living room. If you would like to keep your living areas light, lavender might work. However,

it is best to combine the lavender with a reddish plum, such as Benjamin Moore’s Plum Perfect 1371, to give a more sophisticated feel.

Dens and libraries: Any purple going toward the reds like Dunn Edwards’ Prize Winning Orchid DE6004 is a shade that is in the warmer purple category and creates a cozy, comfortable feeling. Children’s rooms: Typically, young girls go for lavender, especially if it is paired with pink, light lime green and yellows. Pratt & Lambert’s Marabou 29-4 is the perfect soft shade.

Exterior: Different shades of purple are often used in Victorian architecture, or as they are refered to as “Pink Ladies.” Benjamin Moore’s purple black Chambourd AF-645 adds a hip, sophisticated look to shutters, doors and window boxes on the exterior of you home or business. If you choose the color purple: This hue has an aura of mystery and intrigue. The purple person is enigmatic and highly creative, with a quick perception of spiritual ideas. These people are generous and charming. Shoshanah Siegel provides color consulting as well as space planning, remodeling, upgrading and staging through her firm, Your Color Diva. She can be contacted at (562) 427-0440. or at shoshanah.siegel@gmail.com or yourcolordiva.com .

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First group of all-female bicycle-safety instructors graduate from Women on Bikes SoCal program

Non-profit bicycle advocacy program Women on Bikes SoCal graduated the first group of allfemale bicycle-safety instructors “League Cycling from the Instructor” (LCI) program of the League of American Bicyclists last month. Of the nine women who graduated from the three-day program in Bixby Knolls, four are from Long Beach, including Bernadette McKeever, a professional photographer and Long Beach Cyclists member, Elizabeth Williams, a bicycle advocate and principal of Cali Bike Tours, Jessica Alexander, a Frank Orth and Associates fisheries biologist field manager and a Long Beach Cyclists member, and Krista Leaders, a bicycle advocate and Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association project manager. The idea for the bicycle-safety class came about when Women on Bikes SoCal Program Director Melissa Balmer realized there weren’t any highly trained women actively teaching bicycle-safety classes in Long Beach. Since the League of American Bicyclists LCI program, considered “the most well respected bicycle safety instructor program in the country,” is expensive to

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attend, Balmer realized that potential attendees needed to be offered scholarships to attract “the most diverse and talented group of women,” according to a prepared statement from Women on Bike SoCal. Women on Bikes SoCal was able to host this class with the support of Bikeable Communities, the California Bicycle Coalition, the League of American Bicyclists’ Women Bike initiative, Building Healthy Communities Long Beach, Bike Long Beach, private donations, and special events. The LCI scholarship was the first step in Women on Bikes SoCal’s goal to help make no cost/low cost and time efficient bicycle safety classes available throughout Long Beach, with a focus on underserved parts of the city. In return for their scholarships, these new bicycle-safety instructors will be collaborating with

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Women on Bikes SoCal to host Bike Long Beach’s new “Street Savvy” adult bicycle-safety classes. Developed by internationally known bike advocate Charlie Gandy, “Street Savvy” is a short and completely “hands-on” bikesafety program. Through support of Bike Long Beach and LA Metro, these classes will be made available at no cost to Long Beach residents six times during December 2012 and January 2013. Women on Bikes SoCal is currently connecting with local area non-profits, health organizations and businesses interested in helping to sponsor and expand the availability of “Street Savvy” classes in 2013. Those interested in attending a “Street Savvy” class should send an email to wobsocal@gmail.com. MORE INFORMATION womenonbikessocal.org

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The documentary film For The Next 7 Generations chronicles 13 indigenous grandmothers from around the world who unite and share their visions of healing and a call for change.

The end of the Mayan calendar on Dec. 21 is often associated with Doomsday prophecy, but in Long Beach it is a launching point for discussion about globalization, localization, transition and adaptation. To elaborate on the theme of a consciousness shift rather than an apocalypse, non-profit organization Shift Long Beach presents a multimedia, interactive art, music and film event called “Change of Ages,” taking place the day before the end of the 26,000-year-old Mayan calendar. This free event is open to the public and will take place on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 from 6pm to 10pm at 727/737 Pine Ave. The event will feature the documentary film “For The Next 7 Generations,” which chronicles 13 indigenous grandmothers from all over the globe. Moved by a concern for the planet, they came together to form an alliance: “The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.” This is their story. Four years in-themaking and shot on location in the Amazon rainforest, the mountains of Mexico, North America, and at a private meeting with the Dalai Lama in

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India, “For the Next 7 Generations” follows what happens when these wise women unite. Facing a world in crisis, they share their visions of healing and a call for change. For more information, visit forthenext7generations.com . Also at the event, local musician Martin Espino will engage the audience in an interactive performance with the sounds of ancient Mexico. Since the 1980s, Martin has been a pioneer of interactive performance, using the culture and musical instruments of ancient Mexico as a vehicle for educating, enlightening, motivating and encouraging all people of all ages to gain more self/cultural awareness. Martin is a highly respected, highly experienced performer, scholar and educator in the music of the “Ancient Americas.” For more information, visit martinespino.com . Closing out the night, DJ Omid Walizadeh will perform live world beats. Inspired by the fertile underground hip-hop movement in the early mid-’90s,

Omid (aka OD) made the “Beneath the Surface” compilation, featuring over 30 MCs, mainly from the Los Angeles underground hip-hop scene. Since, Omid has produced many projects, and his current work focuses on sampling rare Iranian vinyl that had been banned after the revolution of 1979 and combining these sounds with modern synthesizers. For more information, visit discogs.com/artist/Omid?anv=O mid+Walizadeh&filter_anv=1 . The event also features a visionary art show about “opening new doors.” This pop-up gallery will treat unhinged doors as canvasses for the imaginations of visual artists from all over Los Angeles County, with unique art installations that may surprise guests with themes of environmental change, technology shifts and community collaboration. “Change of Ages” will also provide an opportunity for every attendee to leave their artistic mark on the show. Source: Shift Long Beach

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LB Councilmember Al Austin, local businesses taking donations through Dec. 19 to help families in need Eighth District Long Beach City Councilmember Al Austin and at least 18 businesses in the 8th District are partnering to collect toys and food for local families during the holiday season. Participating businesses will have collection boxes for people to drop off donations of new unwrapped toys and canned goods through Dec. 19. The donated items will go to local children and food banks. Participating businesses in the 8th District that have toy- and canned-food-collection boxes include: • Averyboo Arts - 3908 Atlantic Ave. • Bella Cosa Boutique - 3803 Atlantic Ave. • BIS Italian American Sports Café - 3819 Atlantic Ave. • Boys & Girls Club of America 700 E. Del Amo Blvd. • Café Bixby & Pizza - 3900

Atlantic Ave. • Dr. John K. Evans, DDS - 4028 Long Beach Blvd. • Edward Jones - 3916 Atlantic Ave. • Jammin’ Music & Arts - 4228 Atlantic Ave. • Long Beach Clothing Company - 4218 Atlantic Ave. • Tang Soo Do Academy - 3914 Atlantic Ave. • Nino’s Italian Restaurant - 3853 Atlantic Ave. • Oh Very Young - 4378 Atlantic Ave. • Pixie Toys - 3930 Atlantic Ave. • Power of One Self-Defense 3821 Long Beach Blvd. • Roy Robbins Gifts and Stationery - 4244 Atlantic Ave. • Sam’s T-Shirts - 5616 Atlantic Ave. • The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf 4105 Atlantic Ave. • The Factory - 4020 Atlantic Ave. • Willmore Wine Bar - 3848

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10 a.m. (HALL) Movie “The Dog Who Saved Christmas” (2009, Comedy) Mario Lopez. A guard dog reaches his full potential when his house is broken into during the holidays. 10:30 a.m. (FAM) A Miser Brothers Christmas It’s up to brothers Heat Miser and Snow Miser to come together and help save Christmas. 11 a.m. (HGTV) Yard Crashers A front yard is decked out with holiday lights. 11:30 a.m. (FAM) The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow A blind shepherd boy is taken in by nuns and participates in a Christmas pageant. (FOOD) Giada at Home Giada De Laurentiis celebrates the season by preparing a beautiful family meal. (FAM) ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas The Noon citizens of a small town learn that Santa has struck their town off his delivery list. (HALL) Movie “Come Dance With Me” (2012, Romance) Andrew McCarthy. A financial executive learns to waltz, but falls in love with his dance instructor. (LIFE) Movie “Deck the Halls” (2005, Family) Gabrielle Carteris. An eight year-old boy begins to think his neighbor may be Santa Claus. 12:30 p.m. (FAM) Frosty’s Winter Wonderland The children build Frosty a companion out of snow after noticing how sad he has become. (FAM) Jack Frost Jack Frost wants to leave his 1 p.m. North Pole existence and become human. (FOOD) Challenge Four cake designers take on classic Christmas tales and carols. (NICK) Power Rangers Samurai The rangers are stranded in the cockpit on Christmas Eve after battling a Nighlok. (FAM) Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July 2 p.m. During a July vacation, Rudolph and Frosty find themselves in danger. (HALL) Movie “Matchmaker Santa” (2012, Romance) Lacey Chabert. A mysterious Santa strands a baker and her boyfriend’s best friend in a small town. (LIFE) Movie “His and Her Christmas” (2005, Comedy) David Sutcliffe. Two loveless columnists wage a war of newspaper supremacy at Christmastime. (FAM) Movie “A Christmas Carol” (2009, Ani4 p.m. mated) Jim Carrey. Spirits visit Ebenezer Scrooge and show him the errors of his ways by revisiting his life. 4:45 p.m. (AMC) Movie “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947, Family) Maureen O’Hara. A Macy’s store Santa Claus causes furor when he claims to be the real Kris Kringle. (HALL) Movie “Annie Claus is Coming to Town” 6 p.m. (2011, Family) Maria Thayer. Santa’s daughter Annie Claus travels to Los Angeles in search of love. (LIFE) Movie “Holly’s Holiday” (2012) Claire Coffee. A woman is knocked unconcious and when she awakens realizes a mannequin comes to life. (AMC) Movie “White Christmas” (1954, Musi7 p.m. cal) Bing Crosby. Entertainers stage a musical show to save their commanding officer’s inn and find romance. (TLC) More Crazy Christmas Lights A search for the best Christmas lights on display from coast to coast. (CBS) Movie “Elf” (2003, Comedy) Will Ferrell. 8 p.m. A man raised as an elf at the North Pole travels to New York to find his true father. (FOOD) Chopped The holiday-themed battle features spiral ham, Italian cookies and eggnog. (HALL) Movie “Baby’s First Christmas” (2012, Romance) Casper Van Dien. Feuding colleagues must learn to get along in time for their nephew’s birth on

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10 a.m. (HALL) Movie “Baby’s First Christmas” (2012, Romance) Casper Van Dien. Feuding colleagues must learn to get along in time for their nephew’s birth on Christmas. 10:45 a.m. (AMC) Movie “White Christmas” (1954, Musical) Bing Crosby. Entertainers stage a musical show to save their commanding officer’s inn and find romance. 11 a.m. (FOOD) Sandwich King Jeff is thinking about ways to work some holiday cheer into his sandwiches. (FOOD) Deen Family Christmas It’s Christmas Noon at the Deens and this season is packed with all sorts of delicious wonder. (HALL) Movie “The Christmas Heart” (2012, Drama) Teri Polo. A boy’s neighborhood bands together when he is hospitalized and in need of a transplant. (FAM) The Year Without a Santa Claus Santa 1 p.m. decides to take time off because he feels people have lost the spirit of Christmas. (LIFE) Movie “The Perfect Holiday” (2007, Comedy) Morris Chestnut. A department store Santa helps a young girl find her mother a new husband. 1:30 p.m. (AMC) Movie “All I Want for Christmas” (1991, Comedy/Drama) Jamey Sheridan. A divorced couple’s two children scheme to get them back together for

Christmas. (FAM) Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town Kris 2 p.m. Kringle overcomes an evil ruler and delivers toys to children all over the world. (FOOD) Chopped The holiday-themed battle features spiral ham, Italian cookies and eggnog. (HALL) Movie “Help for the Holidays” (2012, Family) Summer Glau. A woman sets out to teach her employers what it means to be a family at Christmas time. (FAM) Movie “A Christmas Carol” (2009, Ani3 p.m. mated) Jim Carrey. Spirits visit Ebenezer Scrooge and show him the errors of his ways by revisiting his life. (FOOD) Chopped The competitors are challenged to stay in the spirit of the season throughout the meal. 3:30 p.m. (TNT) Movie “The Holiday” (2006, Romance) Cameron Diaz. Two women with romance issues swap homes and fall for men in their new neighbourhoods. (FOOD) Chopped The chefs must keep a holi4 p.m. day theme, and one team gets creative using gingerbread oysters. (HALL) Movie “Silver Bells” (2005, Drama) Anne Heche. A widower and a young woman help each other to put their painful pasts behind them. (TCM) Movie “Carol for Another Christmas” 5 p.m. (1964, Drama) 5:30 p.m. (AMC) Movie “Prancer” (1989, Family) Sam Elliott. A girl finds an injured reindeer and decides to nurse it until she can return it to Santa. (HALL) Movie “November Christmas” (2010, 6 p.m. Drama) John Corbett. Neighbors band together to create Halloween and Christmas moments for a young girl. (TNT) Movie “A Christmas Story” (1983, Family) Peter Billingsley. In the ‘40s, a young boy wants only one thing from Santa: an official Red Ryder BB gun. 6:30 p.m. (TCM) Movie “A Christmas Carol” (1951, Fantasy) Alastair Sim. The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future show a miser the meaning of Christmas. (ABC) America’s Funniest Home Videos High7 p.m. lights the best Christmas videos in ‘AFHV’ history along with funny new clips. (FOX) The Cleveland Show To help pass the time while posing in a nativity scene, Cleveland tells a holiday story. (LIFE) Movie “Finding Mrs. Clause” (2012, Drama) Mira Sorvino. Mrs. Clause heads to Las Vegas to help a little girl with her Christmas wish. (ABC) Wipeout Contestants will show their holi8 p.m. day spirit as they battle the Nutcracker Sweet. (AMC) Movie “A Christmas Carol” (1984, Drama) George C. Scott. An old man who hates Christmas is taught its true meaning and spirit by three ghosts. (TCM) A Night at the Movies (TNT) Movie “Four Christmases” (2009, Comedy) Vince Vaughn. A couple struggles to spend Christmas with all four of their divorced parents. (FOX) Family Guy Peter tells his own version 9 p.m. of the Nativity story. 9:30 p.m. (FOX) American Dad It’s holiday time in Langley Falls and Steve starts acting like a spoiled brat. 10 p.m. (FOOD) Sweet Genius In the first test, competitors face a fabled pudding and a classic yuletide candy. (HALL) Movie “A Dog Named Christmas” (2009, Family) Bruce Greenwood. A developmentally challenged man convinces his family to adopt a dog for Christmas. (TBN) Jesus of Nazareth (TNT) Movie “Four Christmases” (2009, Comedy) Vince Vaughn. A couple struggles to spend Christmas with all four of their divorced parents. 10:30 p.m. (AMC) Movie “A Christmas Carol” (1984, Drama) George C. Scott. An old man who hates

Christmas is taught its true meaning and spirit by three ghosts. (TVLAND) Everybody Loves Raymond A Christmas letter written by Marie and Debra causes problems among the Barones. 11 p.m. (FOOD) Iron Chef America Two Iron Chefs face off in this Holiday Battle: Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon. Midnight (HALL) Movie “A Season for Miracles” (1999, Drama) Patty Duke. A woman leaves with her sister’s children in an attempt to keep them from foster care. (TNT) Movie “A Christmas Story” (1983, Family) Peter Billingsley. In the ‘40s, a young boy wants only one thing from Santa: an official Red Ryder BB gun.

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Downey. Looking to save the orphanage, Jimmy starts a campaign to win the heart of the new owner. (HALL) Movie “November Christmas” (2010, Noon Drama) John Corbett. Neighbors band together to create Halloween and Christmas moments for a young girl. (FAM) Movie “Christmas Every Day” (1996, 1 p.m. Drama) Robert Hays. A 13-year-old must relive Christmas Day until he learns the true meaning of Christmas. (FOOD) Secrets of a Restaurant Chef How to 2 p.m. prepare a special meal for a group, using a few restaurant tips and tricks. (HALL) Movie “The Three Gifts” (2009, Drama) Dean Cain. A couple houses three orphan boys over the holidays as their orphanage gets renovated. (FAM) Movie “Christmas Do-Over” (2006, Fam3 p.m. ily) Jay Mohr. A man is forced to relive one terrible Christmas with his ex-wife over and over again. (FOOD) Giada’s Family Christmas Giada and her family celebrate the holidays at Aunt Raffy’s house in Aspen. (FOOD) Barefoot in London Ina Garten 4 p.m. explores the London food scene, then inspired creates an unmissable feast. (HALL) Movie “A Dog Named Christmas” (2009, Family) Bruce Greenwood. A developmentally challenged man convinces his family to adopt a dog for Christmas. 4:30 p.m. (TBN) Movie “Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith” (1979, Religious) Blanche Baker. Examine the courtship of Mary and Joseph and their early life before Jesus was born. (FOOD) Deen Family Christmas It’s Christmas 5 p.m. at the Deens and this season is packed with all sorts of delicious wonder. (HALL) Movie “A Season for Miracles” (1999, 6 p.m. Drama) Patty Duke. A woman leaves with her sister’s children in an attempt to keep them from foster care. (LIFE) Movie “Holiday Switch” (2007, Drama) Nicole Eggert. A woman wonders what her life would be like if she married her high school boyfriend. 6:30 p.m. (FAM) Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Grinches The Cat in the Hat The Cat in the Hat must save the world from the evil Grinch. (FAM) Movie “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole 7 p.m. Christmas” (2000, Fantasy) Jim Carrey. The Grinch disguises himself as Santa to steal Christmas from the people of Whoville. (ABC) Extreme Makeover: Home Edition The 8 p.m. team helps out the family of a wounded veteran. (AMC) Movie “A Christmas Carol” (1984, Drama) George C. Scott. An old man who hates Christmas is taught its true meaning and spirit by three ghosts.

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(CW) Movie “Noel” (2004, Drama) Susan Sarandon.

Five separate New Yorkers cross paths on Christmas Eve, each seeking their own miracle. (HALL) Movie “A Christmas Wish” (2010, Family) Kristy Swanson. A woman, left destitute by her husband, faces a bleak Christmas with her children. 8:30 p.m. (FOX) Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Sid travels to the North Pole after Manny convinces him he is on Santa’s naughty list. (ABC) Extreme Makeover: Home Edition The 9 p.m. team helps out the family of a wounded veteran. 9:30 p.m. (FAM) Movie “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000, Fantasy) Jim Carrey. The Grinch disguises himself as Santa to steal Christmas from the people of Whoville. 10 p.m. (HALL) Movie “A Town Without Christmas” (2001, Drama) Patricia Heaton. A reporter and a novelist try to locate a child who wrote a disturbing letter to Santa. (LIFE) Movie “Holiday Wishes” (2006, Drama) Amber Benson. After a visit to the mall with Santa, a rich girl and an orphan switch bodies. (TBN) Donnie McClurken Christmas 10:30 p.m. (AMC) Movie “A Christmas Carol” (1984, Drama) George C. Scott. An old man who hates Christmas is taught its true meaning and spirit by three ghosts. Midnight (FAM) Movie “The Mistle-Tones” (2012, Musical) Tia Mowry-Hardict. A young singer creates her own musical Christmas group after losing a spot in another. (HALL) Movie “Eve’s Christmas” (2004, Drama) Cheryl Ladd. An executive about to become a partner in her firm re-evaluates her life on Christmas Eve.

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10 a.m. (FOOD) Down Home With the Neelys Pat and Gina cook up a holiday feast to deliver to the local senior community center. 11 a.m. (FAM) The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus The story of how Santa Claus grew up and devoted his life to making children happy. (FAM) Frosty’s Winter Wonderland The chilNoon dren build Frosty a companion out of snow after noticing how sad he has become. (FOOD) Deen Family Christmas It’s Christmas at the Deens and this season is packed with all sorts of delicious wonder. (HALL) Movie “Anne Tyler’s Saint Maybe” (1998, Drama) Mary-Louise Parker. A teenager becomes the guardian of three children and looks to religion for forgiveness. 12:30 p.m. (FAM) Movie “Santa Who?” (2000, Comedy) Leslie Nielsen. Santa crash-lands in New York City just days before Christmas, and suffers from amnesia. (TBN) The Gift of Christmas Holiday celebration. (FOOD) Barefoot in London Ina Garten 1 p.m. explores the London food scene, then inspired creates an unmissable feast. (HALL) Movie “A Christmas Wish” (2010, Fam2 p.m. ily) Kristy Swanson. A woman, left destitute by her husband, faces a bleak Christmas with her children. 2:30 p.m. (FAM) Movie “The Christmas List” (1997, Comedy) Mimi Rogers. A woman’s Christmas wishes come true, but they all have a slight twist to them. (FOOD) Giada at Home Giada De Laurentiis 3 p.m. celebrates the season by preparing a beautiful family meal. (HALL) Movie “Christmas Magic” (2011, 4 p.m. Drama) Lindy Booth. An angel-to-be must earn her wings by watching over a despondent man and his

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daughter. (LIFE) Movie “Christmas in Paradise” (2007, Family) Colin Ferguson. Two families take a vacation to an exotic Caribbean island over Christmas. 4:30 p.m. (FAM) Disney’s Prep and Landing Elves known as Prep & Landing prepare homes around the world for Santa’s arrival. (TBN) Movie “Love’s Christmas Journey” (2011, Romance) Ellie Davis. A woman’s brother goes missing while she’s visiting him during the Christmas holiday. (FAM) Prep and Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice 5 p.m. Wayne and his estranged brother, Lanny, race to recover classified North Pole technology. (TCM) Movie “In the Good Old Summertime” (1949, Musical) Judy Garland. A music store clerk falls in love with her pen pal who is actually her dreaded boss. 5:30 p.m. (FAM) Movie “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994, Drama) Lord Richard Attenborough. A young girl’s mother hires a department store Santa who proves that he’s genuine. (FOOD) Chopped As an added challenge, the 6 p.m. chefs’ dishes must have a holiday theme. (HALL) Movie “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (2008, Drama) Brooke Burns. A single mom who has lost all faith in Christmas finds answers when her uncle visits. (LIFE) Movie “An Accidental Christmas” (2007, Drama) Cynthia Gibb. Two children formulate a plan to bring their separated parents together over the holidays. (FOOD) Chopped The competitors are chal7 p.m. lenged to stay in the spirit of the season throughout the meal. (ABC) A Charlie Brown Christmas The Peanuts 8 p.m. search for the meaning of Christmas amongst the commercialism. (AMC) Movie “A Christmas Carol” (1984, Drama) George C. Scott. An old man who hates Christmas is taught its true meaning and spirit by three ghosts. (BBC) Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Christmas Ramsay’s ultimate turkey and stuffing, perfectly cooked vegetables and a stunning dessert. (FAM) Movie “Home Alone” (1990, Comedy) Macaulay Culkin. A young boy must fend off burglars after his family accidentally leaves him home alone. (FX) Movie “Deck the Halls” (2005, Family) Gabrielle Carteris. An eight year-old boy begins to think his neighbor may be Santa Claus. (HALL) Movie “A Christmas Song” (2012, Family) Natasha Henstridge. The fate of two music teachers is to be decided in a city-wide Christmas carol contest. (LIFE) Movie “Dear Santa” (2011, Drama) Amy Acker. A young woman finds a letter from a girl asking for a new wife for her dad. (BBC) Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Christmas 9 p.m. Ramsay prepares dishes that include honey-glazed ham, pumpkin soup and others. 10 p.m. (FAM) Movie “The Polar Express” (2004, Animated) Voices of Tom Hanks. A doubting, little boy boards a magical train to visit the North Pole on Christmas Eve. (FX) Movie “Deck the Halls” (2005, Family) Gabrielle Carteris. An eight year-old boy begins to think his neighbor may be Santa Claus. (HALL) Movie “Help for the Holidays” (2012, Family) Summer Glau. A woman sets out to teach her employers what it means to be a family at Christmas time. (LIFE) Movie “Twelve Men of Christmas” (2009, Comedy) Kristin Chenoweth. A high-powered New York public relations executive finds love in a small town in Montana. 10:30 p.m. (AMC) Movie “A Christmas Carol” (1984, Drama) George C. Scott. An old man who hates Christmas is taught its true meaning and spirit by three

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(FOOD) Giada’s Family Christmas Giada and Noon her family celebrate the holidays at Aunt Raffy’s house in Aspen. (HALL) Movie “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (2008, Drama) Brooke Burns. A single mom who has lost all faith in Christmas finds answers when her uncle visits. (TBN) The Perfect Gift Tells the story of the Advent with a cast of talented and anointed singers. (HGTV) Design on a Dime Casey shares cost 1 p.m. saving secrets in a holiday inspired room. (HALL) Movie “Three Wise Women” (2010, 2 p.m. Drama) Fionnula Flanagan. A woman is visited by her guardian angel, her past self and her future self. (HALL) Movie “A Christmas Wedding Tail” 4 p.m. (2011, Comedy) Shawn Ardalan. Two dog owners owners fall in love and it’s up to the pets to perform a Christmas miracle. (FAM) Movie “Home Alone” (1990, Comedy) 5 p.m. Macaulay Culkin. A young boy must fend off burglars after his family accidentally leaves him home alone. (HALL) Jingle and Bell’s Christmas Star Jingle 6 p.m. the husky pup helps make Christmas special for his new friends. (LIFE) Movie “Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus” (2004, Family) Steve Guttenberg. Santa worries about turning over the reigns to his son, Nick, who hasn’t yet found a wife. 6:30 p.m. (HALL) Hoops and Yoyo Ruin Christmas A comical, pink kitty and a green bunny become accidental stowaways on Santa’s sleigh. (FAM) Movie “The Polar Express” (2004, Ani7 p.m. mated) Voices of Tom Hanks. A doubting, little boy boards a magical train to visit the North Pole on Christmas Eve. (HALL) Jingle All the Way A Husky puppy looking for a home at a Christmas tree farm bonds with a young boy. 7:30 p.m. (HALL) Jingle and Bell’s Christmas Star Jingle the husky pup helps make Christmas special for his new friends. (AMC) Movie “White Christmas” (1954, Musi8 p.m. cal) Bing Crosby. Entertainers stage a musical show to save their commanding officer’s inn and find romance. (CW) Movie “Noel” (2004, Drama) Susan Sarandon. Five separate New Yorkers cross paths on Christmas Eve, each seeking their own miracle. (HALL) Movie “A Holiday Engagement” (2011, Comedy) Haylie Duff. A woman hires a man to come home and pretend to be her fiancé over the holidays. (LIFE) Movie “A Nanny for Christmas” (2010, Comedy) Dean Cain. An advertising executive loses her job at a powerful firm just before the holidays. (FAM) Movie “A Christmas Carol” (2009, Ani9 p.m. mated) Jim Carrey. Spirits visit Ebenezer Scrooge and show him the errors of his ways by revisiting his life. 10 p.m. (HALL) Movie “A Princess for Christmas” (2011, Family) Katie McGrath. A young woman falls for a dashing prince when she visits England for Christmas. (LIFE) Movie “A Boyfriend for Christmas” (2004,

Romance) Kelli Williams. A girl tells Santa she wants a boyfriend for Christmas and he turns up 19 years later. (TBN) Movie “Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith” (1979, Religious) Blanche Baker. Examine the courtship of Mary and Joseph and their early life before Jesus was born. 10:45 p.m. (AMC) Movie “White Christmas” (1954, Musical) Bing Crosby. Entertainers stage a musical show to save their commanding officer’s inn and find romance. 11 p.m. (HIST) The Real Story of Christmas Grab some eggnog and learn the true origins of our Christmas traditions. Midnight (HALL) Movie “It’s Christmas, Carol!” (2012, Fantasy) Carrie Fisher. A ruthless tycoon is visited by the ghost of her old boss to help her change her ways.

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11 a.m. (FAM) Movie “Christmas Capers” (2007, Comedy) Shannen Doherty. An infamous jewel thief retreats to her hometown where she finds the holiday spirit. (HALL) Movie “A Holiday Engagement” (2011, Noon Comedy) Haylie Duff. A woman hires a man to come home and pretend to be her fiancé over the holidays. (TBN) Movie “A Christmas Snow” (2010, Drama) Danny Cahill. Christmas has not been the same for a young woman since her father left. 12:30 p.m. (TBS) American Dad The Ghost of Christmas Past visits Stan when his holiday spirit is at an all-time low. (FAM) Movie “Secret Santa” (2003, Drama) 1 p.m. Jennie Garth. A journalist visits a small town to uncover the identity of a mysterious philanthropist. (HALL) Movie “The Christmas Pageant” (2011, 2 p.m. Comedy) Melissa Gilbert. An overbearing theater director begrudgingly takes a job directing a Christmas pageant. (FAM) Movie “The Mistle-Tones” (2012, Musi3 p.m. cal) Tia Mowry-Hardict. A young singer creates her own musical Christmas group after losing a spot in another. (HALL) Movie “It’s Christmas, Carol!” (2012, 4 p.m. Fantasy) Carrie Fisher. A ruthless tycoon is visited by the ghost of her old boss to help her change her ways. (FAM) Movie “12 Dates of Christmas” (2011, 5 p.m. Comedy) Amy Smart. A young woman relives the same first date on Christmas Eve over and over again. (FOOD) Cupcake Wars Four bakers compete to have their cupcakes at the opening night of The Nutcracker. (FOOD) Sweet Genius In the first test, competi6 p.m. tors face a fabled pudding and a classic yuletide candy. (HALL) Movie “Lucky Christmas” (2011, Drama) Elizabeth Berkley. A woman’s car is stolen with a winning lottery ticket inside, and the thief falls for her. (FAM) Movie “A Christmas Carol” (2009, Ani7 p.m. mated) Jim Carrey. Spirits visit Ebenezer Scrooge and show him the errors of his ways by revisiting his life. (ABC) I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie 8 p.m. Brown Linus and Lucy’s younger brother, ReRun, asks Snoopy to invite his brother Spike to visit. (AMC) Movie “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947, Family) Maureen O’Hara. A Macy’s store Santa Claus causes furor when he claims to be the real Kris Kringle. (FX) Movie “Christmas With the Kranks” (2004, Comedy) Tim Allen. Luther and Nora Krank scramble to create the perfect Christmas for their daughter. (SYFY) Movie “‘12 Disasters of Christmas” (2012, SciFi) Ed Quinn. On Christmas Eve, the star of Bethlehem portends natural disasters. (TBS) Family Guy Stewie and Brian travel to the North Pole to teach Santa a lesson in holiday cheer.

8:30 p.m. (TBS) Family Guy Stewie and Brian travel to the North Pole to teach Santa a lesson in holiday cheer. (ABC) CMA Country Christmas Country’s 9 p.m. biggest superstars join together to celebrate the holidays. (FAM) Movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989, Comedy) Chevy Chase. A man plays host to numerous dysfunctional relatives during the Christmas holidays. 10 p.m. (HALL) Movie “The Christmas Heart” (2012, Drama) Teri Polo. A boy’s neighborhood bands together when he is hospitalized and in need of a transplant. 10:15 p.m. (AMC) Movie “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947, Family) Maureen O’Hara. A Macy’s store Santa Claus causes furor when he claims to be the real Kris Kringle. 11:45 p.m. (TCM) Movie “Tenth Avenue Angel” (1948, Drama) Angela Lansbury. A sweet child living in ghastly New York tenements influences a gangster to go straight. Midnight (FAM) Movie “A Very Brady Christmas” (1988, Comedy/Drama) Florence Henderson. The entire Brady family overcomes personal obstacles to spend Christmas together. (HALL) Movie “When Angels Come to Town” (2004, Family) Peter Falk. An angel comes to Earth at Christmas to help two very different families in need.

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11 a.m. (FAM) Movie “Snowglobe” (2007, Family) Lorraine Bracco. A mystical snow globe transports Angela into an idyllic Christmas winter wonderland. 11:30 a.m. (TBN) Jason Crabb Christmas At HLE Seasonal music. (HALL) Movie “The Christmas Heart” (2012, Noon Drama) Teri Polo. A boy’s neighborhood bands together when he is hospitalized and in need of a transplant. (FAM) Movie “Santa Baby” (2006, Comedy) 1 p.m. Jenny McCarthy. Santa’s daughter, Mary Class, tries to makeover Christmas when her father gets sick. (FX) Movie “Christmas With the Kranks” (2004, Comedy) Tim Allen. Luther and Nora Krank scramble to create the perfect Christmas for their daughter. (HALL) Movie “Angel in the Family” (2004, 2 p.m. Drama) Meredith Baxter. Sisters separated by a lifetime of misunderstandings come together for the holidays. (EWTN) TAJCI: Christmas Concert Seasonal 3 p.m. music. 3:45 p.m. (AMC) Movie “All I Want for Christmas” (1991, Comedy/Drama) Jamey Sheridan. A divorced couple’s two children scheme to get them back together for Christmas. (HALL) Movie “Farewell Mr. Kringle” (2010, 4 p.m. Comedy) Christine Taylor. A journalist writes about a Santa Claus impersonator who lives in a Christmasthemed town. (LIFE) Movie “The Real St. Nick” (2012) Torrey Devito. A woman saves a man in a Santa Clause suit during an earthquake. 4:30 p.m. (TBN) Christmas with a Capital “C” A man tries to rid his town of a 50 year old Christmas tradition. (FAM) Movie “Holiday in Handcuffs” (2007, 5 p.m. Comedy) Melissa Joan Hart. A woman kidnaps a handsome guy to take home to her parents during the Christmas holidays. 5:45 p.m. (AMC) Movie “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947, Family) Maureen O’Hara. A Macy’s store Santa Claus

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causes furor when he claims to be the real Kris Kringle. (EWTN) Backstage Christmas Special Mary 6 p.m. Anne LaHood sings a variety of Christmas songs in this special episode. (HALL) Movie “Help for the Holidays” (2012, Family) Summer Glau. A woman sets out to teach her employers what it means to be a family at Christmas time. (LIFE) Movie “Christmas Crash” (2009, Drama) Michael Madsen. A couple on the brink of divorce survives the crash of their plane, but are presumed dead. (SYFY) Movie “‘12 Disasters of Christmas” (2012, SciFi) Ed Quinn. On Christmas Eve, the star of Bethlehem portends natural disasters. (TBN) Jason Crabb Christmas At HLE Seasonal music. (FAM) Movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas 7 p.m. Vacation” (1989, Comedy) Chevy Chase. A man plays host to numerous dysfunctional relatives during the Christmas holidays. (AMC) Movie “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994, 8 p.m. Drama) Lord Richard Attenborough. A young girl’s mother hires a department store Santa who proves that he’s genuine. (CW) The Happy Elf Eubie the Elf, one of Santa’s helpers, tries to bring Christmas joy to a dreary town. (HALL) Movie “Come Dance With Me” (2012, Romance) Andrew McCarthy. A financial executive learns to waltz, but falls in love with his dance instructor. (LIFE) Movie “Holiday Spin” (2012, Drama) Ralph Macchio. A father and son work together to prepare for a dance competition. (NBC) A Michael Bublé Christmas Ring in the holidays with award-winning singer Michael Bublé in his first holiday special. (TNT) Christmas in Washington (CW) Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer 9 p.m. On Christmas Eve, a boy sets out to find his grandmother who mysteriously disappeared. (FAM) Movie “The Santa Clause” (1994, Comedy) Tim Allen. When a father mistakenly kills Santa Claus, he is magically recruited to take his place. (NBC) Christmas at the White House (TNT) Movie “Four Christmases” (2009, Comedy) Vince Vaughn. A couple struggles to spend Christmas with all four of their divorced parents. 10 p.m. (HALL) Movie “Baby’s First Christmas” (2012, Romance) Casper Van Dien. Feuding colleagues must learn to get along in time for their nephew’s birth on Christmas. (LIFE) Movie “Under the Mistletoe” (2006, Family) Michael Shanks. A local radio station takes over Susan’s love life after an innocent call from her son. 10:30 p.m. (AMC) Movie “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994, Drama) Lord Richard Attenborough. A young girl’s mother hires a department store Santa who proves that he’s genuine. 11 p.m. (TNT) Christmas in Washington 11:30 p.m. (EWTN) Mysteries of the Rosary The magic and wonder of the third Joyful Mystery of the Rosary. Midnight (EWTN) The Footprints of God Follow Mary on her extraordinary journey. (FAM) Movie “Holiday in Handcuffs” (2007, Comedy) Melissa Joan Hart. A woman kidnaps a handsome guy to take home to her parents during the Christmas holidays. (HALL) Movie “Moonlight and Mistletoe” (2008, Drama) Tom Arnold. A woman must return to her hometown of Santaville to help her father. (TNT) Movie “A Christmas Carol” (1999, Drama) Patrick Stewart. A miserly old man is visited by three ghosts in order to learn the meaning of Christmas.

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[Ed. note– The following piece, written by Signal Tribune intern Andrea Ciccolini, was only lightly edited in an effort to preserve his “voice” and writing style, as he makes his transition into learning English.]

I’m Italian. I love food, and the first thing that a lot of my Italian friends or relatives told to me when I announced my departure was, “Pay attention to the American food!” All right. In the U.S., there isn’t the best food in the world, but I think there are more dangerous things, like criminality. But how, I said, I’m Italian, and for us food is really the first thing. It is not rare that we judge a country only by its food. An example of a conversation between two Italian friends: Mario: “Hi Luigi! How was London?” Luigi: “The food was terrible!” This is enough to judge London, without any mention of museums, monuments or people, and Mario probably will not go to London. To change which country you live in for a long period of time, for an Italian, can be a “food-shock.” About food, I remember one of my first days in Long Beach. I went to the theater with a girl, and after the movie we were hungry. We walked to a place where there are some restaurants, and I became immersed in the atlas of international food. Our choice was not between a cheap or expensive restaurant or between a classic or modern restaurant. The choice was: in which country do we want to eat today? The choice was among an Argentine restaurant, a Greek restaurant, a Italian restaurant, an Indian restaurant, an American restaurant, an Australian restaurant, a Mexican restaurant and two different Japanese restaurants. Awesome! I love foreign food. Finally, we went to eat in the Far East, and while eating sushi and drinking sake, I made a reflection. I am sure I can predict the result of the following survey. “If I say to an American the word, “Italy,” what is the first thing that comes up to his or her mind?” Almost everybody will answer, “Food” or “Pizza” or “Pasta.” And I am sure I can predict the result of another survey. “If I say to an Italian the word, “Italy,” what is the first thing that comes up to his or her mind?” (The answer will surely be: “Why are your speaking to me using English if we both are Italian?” But I care about the second answer). Almost every Italian will say,

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“Cibo,” (the Italian word for “Food” or “Pizza” or “Pasta”). Why? I think the reason is that Italians have a strong food culture. It is evident in the number of Italian restaurants in Italy, in the number of Italian restaurants scattered all over the world, in the number of non-translated Italian words about food like: pizza, pasta, mozzarella, spaghetti, pesto, broccoli, prosciutto, olive, lasagna, salami, macaroni, zucchini, peperoni, oregano, cappuccino, pistachio. It is evident in the number of people who have eaten an Italian dish at least once in their life, in the number of people who know something about Italian food, in the number of people who have tried to cook pasta at least once in their life. It is evident in the fact that every Italian’s favorite food is Italian food. Here, in the U.S., the relationship with food is totally different. There are international- and fusion-food restaurants everywhere. The feeling is that Americans sometimes fight against their own food. Why do I say that Americans fight against their own food? Because it is impossible to not do that. All over the world, it is sufficient to think that American food is famous for fat, full of chemicals and hormones. In one word: unhealthy. Of course it is not fair to think about U.S. food only in a bad way. Here, there is a great meat knowledge, and the ability that Americans have to cook meat on a BBQ is unique in the world. But, if there is less than one hour to eat the meal, the Italian will eat pasta or pizza, and maybe he will drink one glass of wine or simply water. The American will eat a hamburger with french fries, ketchup, BBQ sauce, a large Coke and maybe fried chicken nuggets. Now, what is more healthy? Why do I say that Americans fight against their own food? Because the U.S. is a country that has one of the highest number of people with alimentation diseases and the largest obesity population in the world. Why do I say that Americans fight against their own food? Because, ever since I’ve arrived here, I’ve had to cook something vegetarian every time I cook for a party, because there is a vegetarian or even vegan at the party. For me, it is not a problem. I love vegetables. I’m not vegetarian, but I respect their choice, and I’m interested in their points. My cousin is a vegetarian, and Italy is the European country with the largest number of vegetarians: 7 million, 10 percent of the population (according to the data from Eurispes research in 2006). So, there are absolutely no problems for me, but here in California I was surprised by the number vegetarians. It looks like an epidemic of vegetarians/vegans, and everyone has told me that the reason for their decision is to be healthy. In the U.S., according to a 2012 study by “Vegetarianism in America,” 78 million people are strictly vegetarian and 22.8 million people

affirm that they largely follow a “vegetarian-inclined” diet. The highest concentration of vegetarians is on the West Coast, and almost half of them affirm that their choice is due to healthy reasons. They are who I call “the food fighters.” They are mostly young, and their population is growing more and more everyday. Why do I say that Americans fight against their own food? Because sometimes I’ve seen Americans who don’t fight against the food, and maybe they are the largest part. I have seen fake health-fanatic Americans. Inside the supermarket, the most important thing was finding fat-free food and sugar-free food. It can be good, but after buying all this “light food,” they started eating and drinking a ginormous bunch of this “light food.” The rule was if it is sugaror fat-free you can ingest it without stopping. According to 2012 nutritional data from Food Facts, the recommended total number of calories a person should intake each day is 2,000, but the average number of calories an American consumes daily is 3,800. Why do I say that Americans fight against their own food? Because, to survive, it is impossible to found a culture on unhealthy food. Here, to forge a food culture is more difficult because there are so many strong foreign influences that it is difficult to be deaf to the calling of a good sashimi or chili with meat. But without this food culture it is easy to have a bad relation with your own food. On the other side, the influence from different food cultures is the best way to know about traditional food from all over the world, and this is a great thing. The U.S. is a new country. Maybe this is why it doesn’t have a food identity yet; it needs time to create a tradition. Maybe, in 200 years, the U.S. will be the country of vegetarians, and I would not be surprised if that happens. My reflection was too long, and I am quite sure that the girl who was with me decided to quit the green-tea ice cream to run away from me as soon as possible. Anyway, I went to the Japanese restaurant again with that girl. This time, I didn’t talk about food, and she also had the green-tea ice cream. I’m Italian. I love food, and the first thing that a lot of my Italian friends or relatives told to me when I announced my departure was, “Pay attention to the American food!” All right. In the U.S., there isn’t the best food in the world, but I think there are more dangerous things, like criminality. But how, I said, I’m Italian, and for us food is really the first thing. It is not rare that we judge a country only by its food. An example of a conversation between two Italian friends: Mario: “Hi Luigi! How was London?” Luigi: “The food was terrible!” This is enough to judge London, without any mention of museums, monuments or people, and Mario probably will not go to London. To change which country you live in

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I love foreign not vegetarian, but I respect their food. Finally, we went to eat in the Far choice, and I’m interested in their East, and while eating sushi and drink- points. My cousin is a vegetarian, and Italy is the European country with the ing sake, I made a reflection. I am sure I can predict the result of largest number of vegetarians: 7 million, 10 percent of the population the following survey. “If I say to an American the word, (according to the data from Eurispes “Italy,” what is the first thing that comes research in 2006). So, there are absolutely no problems up to his or her mind?” Almost everybody will answer, for me, but here in California I was surprised by the number vegetarians. It “Food” or “Pizza” or “Pasta.” And I am sure I can predict the result looks like an epidemic of vegetarians/vegans, and everyone has of another survey. “If I say to an Italian the word, told me that the reason for their decision “Italy,” what is the first thing that comes is to be healthy. In the U.S., according to a 2012-study by “Vegetarianism in up to his or her mind?” (The answer will surely be: “Why America,” 78 million people are strictly are your speaking to me using English if vegetarian and 22.8 million people we both are Italian?” But I care about affirm that they largely follow a “vegetarian-inclined” diet. the second answer). The highest concentration of vegeAlmost every Italian will say, “Cibo,” (the Italian word for “Food” or tarians is on the West Coast, and almost half of them affirm that their choice is “Pizza” or “Pasta”). Why? I think the reason is that Ital- due to healthy reasons. They are who I ians have a strong food culture. It is evi- call “the food fighters.” They are mostly dent in the number of Italian restaurants young, and their population is growing in Italy, in the number of Italian restau- more and more everyday. Why do I say that Americans fight rants scattered all over the world, in the number of non-translated Italian words against their own food? Because someabout food like: pizza, pasta, mozzarella, times I’ve seen Americans who don’t spaghetti, pesto, broccoli, prosciutto, fight against the food, and maybe they olive, lasagna, salami, macaroni, zuc- are the largest part. I have seen fake chini, peperoni, oregano, cappuccino, health-fanatic Americans. Inside the pistachio. It is evident in the number of supermarket, the most important thing people who have eaten an Italian dish at was finding fat-free food and sugar-free least once in their life, in the number of food. It can be good, but after buying all people who know something about Ital- this “light food,” they started eating and ian food, in the number of people who drinking a ginormous bunch of this have tried to cook pasta at least once in “light food.” The rule was if it is sugartheir life. It is evident in the fact that or fat-free you can ingest it without every Italian’s favorite food is Italian stopping. According to 2012 nutritional data from Food Facts, the recomfood. Here, in the U.S., the relationship mended total number of calories a perwith food is totally different. There are son should intake each day is 2,000, but international- and fusion-food restau- the average number of calories an rants everywhere. The feeling is that American consumes daily is 3,800. Why do I say that Americans fight Americans sometimes fight against their own food. Why do I say that against their own food? Because, to surAmericans fight against their own vive, it is impossible to found a culture food? Because it is impossible to not do on unhealthy food. Here, to forge a food that. All over the world, it is sufficient culture is more difficult because there to think that American food is famous are so many strong foreign influences for fat, full of chemicals and hormones. that it is difficult to be deaf to the calling of a good sashimi or chili with meat. In one word: unhealthy. Of course it is not fair to think about But without this food culture it is easy U.S. food only in a bad way. Here, there to have a bad relation with your own is a great meat knowledge, and the abil- food. On the other side, the influence ity that Americans have to cook meat on from different food cultures is the best a BBQ is unique in the world. But, if way to know about traditional food there is less than one hour to eat the from all over the world, and this is a meal, the Italian will eat pasta or pizza, great thing. The U.S. is a new country. Maybe and maybe he will drink one glass of wine or simply water. The American this is why it doesn’t have a food idenwill eat a hamburger with french fries, tity yet; it needs time to create a tradiketchup, BBQ sauce, a large Coke and tion. Maybe, in 200 years, the U.S. will maybe fried chicken nuggets. Now, be the country of vegetarians, and I would not be surprised if that happens. what is more healthy? My reflection was too long, and I Why do I say that Americans fight against their own food? Because the am quite sure that the girl who was with U.S. is the country with the largest me decided to quit the green-tea ice number of alimentation diseases and the cream to run away from me as soon as country with the largest population of possible. Anyway, I went to the Japanese restaurant again with that girl. This obesity in the world. Why do I say that Americans fight time, I didn’t talk about food, and she against their own food? Because, ever also had the green-tea ice cream.

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Some artists have meaningful reasons behind their art and why it was made. Even their smallest details serve a purpose. Other artists, like Cathy Pavia, rarely have an explanation for their creations. Some of her ideas just appear into her mind at 4 in the morning, and she can’t help but get out of bed and put them on paper. Pavia, an illustrator, painter and teacher from Belmont Heights, has had an interest in art for as long as she can remember. “My mother was really good with being very patient with me,” she said. “I would ask my mom to draw things, and I actually would just draw with her. It was just something that we did together all the time.” Pavia grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. By the time she was about six or seven years old, she joined a children’s program at the Cleveland Museum of Art, which she stuck with until junior high school. Pretty soon, she was also taking weekend classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Later, Pavia got a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a Masters of Fine Arts degree at California State University, Fullerton. Pavia has been an illustrator for over 25 years. She enjoys the storytelling aspects of it. “For years, I was a free-lance illustrator,” she said. Today, she has over 20 books in print. Pavia’s favorite project is from the children’s book, Zen of Oz. “The publisher wanted a very specific style in illustration,” she said. “They wanted the illustration to have the flavor of old Japanese print making.” Pavia had never practiced this style before, so she viewed the entire project as a learning experience. “I had to emerge myself in the culture and the history of that very thing- the 1800s and early 1900s of Japanese woodblock printing.” she explained. “I had to make my watercolor look like that. And also, the

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characters who were from the Wizard of Oz were to look like those characters from Japan, one of my favorite things from art history. So, that was the perfect thing for me. I had to learn all about that. Dorothy didn’t look like Judy Garland. She was completely different. She had to be very tall and willowy.” Pavia added that it is crucially important to be accurate and true to what the story is and its style. “When you’re an illustrator, you may get projects where you go, ‘Oh boy, I don’t know how I’m going to get through this one,’” she said. “But you really have to change your attitude about it and take it as a challenge.” Illustrating picture-books has also inspired Pavia to start writing them. “Writing is another thing that I really enjoy doing– not that I’m good at it,” she said, jokingly. Pavia said she has not written for any children’s picture books yet and has had trouble finding classes regarding them. “There aren’t too many classes in terms of writing for children’s picture books because it is a really specific genre,” she noted. “Because it has pictures with it, there are very few words in it. If you look at a children’s book, there are probably about 700 words in it, if that.”

When she first became interested in writing for children’s books, her first manuscript was 15 pages long, and it was considered too long. Along with illustrating, Pavia also taught and lectured about life-drawing, watercolor and illustration at a number of different colleges such as Rancho Santiago College, California State University, Fullerton, Golden West College and California State University, Long Beach. For the past six years, she has been teaching at Orange County High School of the Arts (OCSA) in Santa Ana. “The high school is really great because it’s like going back in time for me,” she said. “Those high-school kids are exactly like I was in high school. They have to audition to get into the school. So, they are very focused on already being professional, and they are very very very good. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s very business-like.” Lately, Pavia has been working on oil painting and portraits. “I haven’t really done much oil painting in my career as an illustrator because it’s totally impractical,” she explained. “When you’re an illustrator, you have to get things done fast.” One of the images that Pavia enjoys painting is of her dogs. One of her dogs, a Labrador retriever, used to constantly steal pastries off the counter. She decided to paint a portrait of her, but she added some additional details that made the painting more comical. “You see the dog in the background stealing pastries off the counter in the kitchen with a burglars mask on.” Pavia has described her paintings as “very abnormal.” Another favorite of hers is called, “Astroboy meets Alice.” It is an image of the tea party scene in the story of Alice and Wonderland, but Astroboy, the Japanese manga character, is present, hovering over the table and burning the tablecloth. “It’s like he’s the unexpected

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Cathy Pavia is an illustrator, painter and teacher from Belmont Heights. She has had an interest in art for as long as she can remember. By the time she was six or seven years old, she was attending a program at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Today, she has over 20 books in print.

guest,” Pavia said. “When Astroboy came out, it was the most different thing that was going on. When we were all growing up, Walt Disney was the animation that we looked at. That was the norm. And when Astroboy came out, he was this strange, wonderful thing.” Pavia had never worked with portraits before. “It’s like starting from the very beginning,” she described. “As artists, you have to challenge yourself, and you have to try new things.” One of the portraits that Pavia is currently working on is an image of one of her studenta at OCSA. She was particularly fascinated by his hair. “It’s like a sculpture in of itself,” she said. In the picture that she took of him, he is leaning up

against an SUV. In the background, the window of the SUV displays the student’s reflection. Pavia also plans to paint more portraits of her students. “The kids are so wild,” she added. “They are such great kids. And most of them want their portraits done. They’re like, ‘Sure, I’ll pose!’” Although Pavia said she has not had a chance to really get involved with her portraits because she is just starting to recover from kneereplacement surgery, when asked if she plans to have a show, she positively answered, “It may be a while before that happens, but I wouldn’t rule it out.” MORE INFORMATION cathypavia.com

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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 MARK D. BENEDICT, A SINGLE MAN, dated 02/22/2007 and recorded 2/28/2007, as Instrument No. 20070433089, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 12/27/2012 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: 2600 EAST 20TH STREET #302A, 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 $317,124.54. 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. 12-0025680. 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-4332273 11/30/2012, 12/07/2012, 12/14/2012

TST4249 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No. : 20120159902722 Title Order No.: 120291415 FHA/VA/PMI No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 09/19/2005. 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. NDEX WEST, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 10/03/2005 as Instrument No. 05 2376831 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: JOHN DEATHERAGE, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 12/27/2012 TIME OF SALE: 11:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: BY THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED AT 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA, CA 91766. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2599 WALNUT AVE #215, SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA 90755 APN#: 7211-026-106 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 $296,992.17. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being

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TST4236 / 2012 230011 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: PIER MEDICAL AESTHETICS, 415 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. Registrant: DOUGLAS R. MEST, MD INC, 2810 Sunset View, Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Douglas R. Mest, MD, President. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on October 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on November 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: November 23, 30, & December 7, 14, 2012.

TST4239 / 2012 230012 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: G&G HEALTHCARE SERVICES, 1100 E. Mauretania St., Wilmington, CA 90744. Registrants: 1. STEPHANIE MARIE GARCIA, 1100 E. Mauretania St., Wilmington, CA 90744, 2. GLORIANA GONZALEZ, 150 W. Zane St., Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Stephanie M. Garcia. The registrants have not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on . This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on November 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: November 23, 30, & December 7, 14, 2012.

TST4248 / 2012 231850 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: AFFORDABLE TAX SERVICES, 2727 E. Anaheim St. #4097, Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: PATRICIA HARRIS, 2727 E. Anaheim St. #4097, Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Patricia Harris. 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 20, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on November 21, 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 30, & December 7, 14, 21, 2012. TST4243 / 2012 227837 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: RIKA86, 2997 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: 1. DOMINICK EAV, 2. GAURIKA EAV, 2997 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: a Husband and Wife. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Dominick Eav. The registrants have begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrants began using this fictitious business name on November 14, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on November 14, 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 30, & December 7, 14, 21, 2012 TST4244 / 2012 217298 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: LIFE ON THRIVE, 2997 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrants: 1. GAURAV BAJAJ, 2. BRENDA SINGH BAJAJ, 2997 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: a Husband and Wife. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Gaurav Bajaj. The registrants have begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on October 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on October 31, 2012. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the

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TST4246 / 2012 231006 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following pers o n i s d o i n g b u s i n e s s a s : D I R E C T S T O R E DELIVERY, INC., 7400 E. Slauson Ave. Unit ES3, Commerce, CA 90040. Registrant: DIRECT STORE DELIVERY, INC., 7400 E. Slauson Ave. Unit ES3, Commerce, CA 90040. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Wenceslao Zavala. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on September 12, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on November 19, 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 30, & December 7, 14, 21, 2012. TST4247 / 2012 234355 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: ADVOCATES IN ACTION, 2510 E. Willow St. Unit 101, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: ALOHI ENTERPRISES, INC., 2510 E. Willow St. Unit 101, Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Robert M. Schlesinger. 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 26, 2012. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: November 30, & December 7, 14, 21, 2012. TST4251 / 2012 240165 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: DEVLOSTI, 53 Outrigger Ct., Long Beach, CA 90803. Registrant: MICHAEL DAILEY, 53 Outrigger Ct., Long Beach, CA 90803. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Michael Dailey. 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 December 4, 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: December 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012.

TST4250 / 2012 238637 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. EVE INSURANCE BROKERAGE INC., 2. EVA INSURANCEVEHICLE REGISTRATION SERVICES, 4000 E. Anaheim St. #C, Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: EVA INSURANCE BROKERAGE INC., 4000 E. Anaheim St. #C, Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Eva X. Juarez, President. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on November 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: December 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012.

TST4252 / 2012 240821 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: ALFRAY PRODUCTS CO., 13624 Stanbridge Ave., Bellflower, CA 90706. Registrant: PATRICK RILEY, 13624 Stanbridge Ave., Bellflower, CA 90706. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Pat Riley. The reg-

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Commercial robbery 4:48pm– 4400 block Atlantic Ave.

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Saturday, Dec. 8 DUI 3:05am– 2200 block Cherry Ave. Suspect in custody

Auto burglary 6:40pm– 3800 block California Ave.

Auto burglary 6:45pm– 3700 block Lemon Ave.

Arson 7:22pm– 2200 block Lewis Ave.

Saturday, Dec. 8 Auto burglary 8:10pm– 3300 block Atlantic Ave.

Auto burglary 9pm– 2400 block Eucalyptus Ave.

Crimes reported by SHPD • Citywide Vandalism of over $400 worth of property Noon– 2500 block Orange Ave. Suspect in custody

Sunday, Dec. 9 Stolen vehicle 5:29am– 1000 block E. 32nd St.

Monday, Dec. 10 Commercial burglary 12:20pm– 2400 block Cherry Ave.

Auto burglary 4:06pm– 3200 block Walnut Ave.

Mental disorder; danger to others 6:50pm– 2000 block Raymond Ave.

Monday, Dec. 10 Residential burglary 3:40am– 1 block W. Pleasant St.

Residential burglary 7:30am– 4600 block Goldfield Ave. Tuesday, Dec. 11 Auto burglary 1am– 1200 E. San Antonio Dr.

Residential burglary 9:15am– 1100 Claiborne Dr.

Tuesday, Dec. 11 DUI 2:38am– Orange Ave./29th St. Suspect in custody.

Auto burglary 12:41pm– 2500 block Temple Ave.

Non-injury hit-and-run 3:36pm– 2500 block Cherry Ave.

Unauthorized use of ID to obtain credit and goods 5:55pm– 3300 block California Ave.

Wednesday, Dec. 12 Unauthorized use of ID to obtain credit and goods 1:38pm– 1900 block Junipero Ave.

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their signed petitions, every prospective candidate paid a $25 filing fee with the City, as required by the municipal code, Burleson explained. “There is also an optional $850 candidate’s statement fee, for candidates who want their statement to be published in the voters’ pamphlet, and another optional $50 fee for candidates that want their photograph published in the pamphlet,” she said, adding that the candidate statements are published in English and Spanish. She noted that all seven candidates have paid the fees for their statements and photographs to be published. Burleson said the candidates are also required to report campaign contributions to the City on a regular basis. “The next statement on campaign contributions will be due on January 31 and that covers the period from July 1 to December 31,” she said. “The first pre-election statement will cover the period from January 1 to January 19 will be due on January 24, so there is a little bit of an overlap as to when the statements are due, but no overlap as to the periods when contributions are received.” According to Burleson, the municipal code does not allow candidates to collect more than $500 in contributions from any one individual, business or other organization. According to the County Registrar’s office, in the Nov. 6 election, Signal Hill had 5,712 registered voters and 4,036 or 70 percent of them voted on November 6. “That is quite a voter turnout,” Burleson

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exclaimed, adding that municipal elections normally have very low voter participation. “In 2011, the turnout for Signal Hill’s municipal election was about 17 percent, with just under 1,000 ballots cast,” she said. Pacheco, who has been city clerk for 18and-one-half years, explained that, in her observation, only a small number of residents get involved in issues regarding the city, and that translates into a definite lack of interest when it comes to selecting city government officials. “Many people have opinions, but when it comes to voicing them, they tend not to participate,” Pacheco said. “Therefore there is a low voter turnout.” Pacheco said Signal Hill’s elected officials and city hall staff work hard to publicize the municipal elections throughout the city by running notices in newspapers, television, the internet, and word of mouth. She added that city officials also encourage the convenience of voting by mail. Pacheco and Burleson said that interested persons may read the candidate statements at City Hall prior to receiving voter pamphlets in the mail. The candidates’ financial statements will also be open to the public, but only at city hall. The City does not publish those or post them on the City’s Website. According to Pacheco, the voters pamphlet will probably be mailed out to registered voters in the city in the last days of January. She added that the City has budgeted a maximum of $35,000 for the total cost of the election including printing and mailing the voters pamphlet. Pacheco said voters must register to vote by Feb. 18. ß

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English translator. “The hotel industry has an obligation to respect when the people have spoken.” Long Beach City Attorney Robert Shannon, however, said the initiative as currently written gives no law-enforcement authority to the City Council. Instead, the city measure states that a hotel worker or workers are the ones responsible for carrying out enforcement of the provisions in court through an individual or a class-action lawsuit against an employer, he said. “Within the four corners of the measure, it leaves only to the workers themselves the authority to enforce the measure,” Shannon said. Still, some city councilmembers, including 2nd District Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, a strong supporter and a signatory of the ballot measure, promised to look into any legislative action the council could take, if any, to enforce the new law. “For every evading tactic that we would find that perhaps industry would engage in … I think this council has to look at opportunities to correct that and remedy that,” Lowenthal said. “We are watching, and I think we’ll be prepared to come back and correct that incase there is an effort to evade voterintent.” Though Landino didn’t speak about the hotel he works for, he said employees from other hotels, including Best Western’s 173-room Golden Sails hotel, were “informed they would be closing rooms in order to not have to pay the $13 an hour.” Landino added that management has also told employees to not talk about Measure N and have threatened to start cutting hours and staff “as a way of getting back at the workers.” Romeo Trinidad, who said he has worked for Hilton Long Beach for 12 years and makes $10.81 an hour, also made allegations about other hotels, stating that housekeepers are reporting they have to “clean

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five more rooms per shift,” and some hotel managers have called the new law “a lie” that will only end up “hurting employees.” He added that Hotel Current located on Pacific Coast Highway has publicized for years having 143 guestrooms but now “suddenly” has only 99 rooms, implying that the hotel made the change in order to avoid having to comply with Measure N. “This is wrong,” Trinidad said. “Voters passed this law, fair and square.” Sheri Blackwood, general manager of Hotel Current, however, told the Signal Tribune on Wednesday morning that the hotel had decided to “downsize” nearly three years ago during renovations and rebranding of new “lifestyle rooms.” She said the measure is “only one of many economical concerns” that have hit the hotel. “This isn’t something that just came out because of Measure N,” Blackwood said. Additionally, some speakers said hotels have stopped serving lunch at conventions and are now looking to employ outside hiring agencies for banquets and special events so they would only have to pay the state’s $8-an-hour minimum-wage rate. Phone calls made by the Signal Tribune to Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Golden Sails hotel and Holiday Inn were not returned before press time. Supporters of Measure N, however, including local churches and the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community, have said the wage mandate is about “fairness” and would raise standards for the industry and the community at large, adding that workers would use their extra cash to shop at local businesses. Supporters also have stated that the local hospitality industry can afford to pay the wages since they receive millions of dollars in “subsidies” and benefit from a static customer base. Such wagecontrol mandates have been passed in other tourism areas in California, including in San Diego and near Los Angeles International (LAX)

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Airport. Fourth District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell praised the “Yes on Measure N” campaign for organizing support and getting a 71-percent approval from voters in his district. “The fact of the matter is, a rising tide lifts all ships,” he said. “A stronger and wider middle class makes a better America, so I think you did a good thing.” No hotel representatives or anyone against the measure spoke during the council meeting. During election season, however, the initiative was strongly opposed by hotel companies and the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, which has called the initiative a “strong-arm” attempt to unionize Long Beach hotels, mainly because a clause in the measure states that, if any of the hotels enter collective-bargaining agreements with employees, the wage mandates would be void. Currently, only the Hotel Maya – A Doubletree by Hilton and the Queen Mary hotel are unionized. UNITE HERE Local 11, which represents more than 20,000 workers throughout Southern California, has tried for years to get workers at both the Hyatt and Hilton hotels downtown to join a union, but so far workers have refused to sign labor agreements. In an online-column just days before the election, Randy Gordon, president and CEO of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce who has called the city councilmembers’ support of the unionbacked measure a campaign push for re-election, stated that Measure N would setback the Long Beach tourism industry and will cause workers to be laid off and room rates to go up as much as 20 percent. He also said the intiative will give the City a less competitive edge to attract conventions and tourism, adding that Long Beach is “the only city in Southern California where the hotel business has not rebounded to the same rate it was at prior to 2007.” ß

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Ariana Gastelum Staff Writer

If this past year has turned you into a miserable pessimist like Ebenezer Scrooge, the positive lesson in A Christmas Carol, a novella by Charles Dickens, just may influence your New Year’s resolution of 2013. But additional effects such as the music and sound design of the Long Beach Playhouse’s performance made the plot dramatic, festive and even spooky. The play takes place in London in 1843 on the night of Christmas Eve. Scrooge (Dan Rodgers) a wealthy, mean-spirited, greedy man is working at his place of business when his nephew Fred Hallowell (Robert Jewell) pays a visit to invite Scrooge to a dinner party. He coldly refuses. When Hallowell wishes him a Merry Christmas, Scrooge cries out with disgust, “Bah! Humbug!” Humbug is another term for nonsense or fraud. Two brokers (Nicholas Woodall and Dax Geary) also visit to ask for a charity donation. Scrooge replies that the only charities he supports are prisons and workhouses. He refuses to give any money away. Soon after, Scrooge’s clerk Bob Cratchit (Rick Reischman) requests to have Christmas day off. Although Scrooge is very dissatisfied, he allows Cratchit to spend that day with his family. As soon as Scrooge is ready for bed, he is abruptly visited by his deceased business partner Jacob Marley (Steven Shane). Marley is covered in chains that are symbolic for his greed and selfish acts he made when he was alive. He warns Scrooge that his fate will be the same unless he redeems himself from this moment forward. Scrooge is then visited by three

Jacob Marley (Steven Shane), Ebenezer Scrooge’s old business partner, made a dramatic appearance covered in chains and makeup that made him look deadly. In each step he took, loud wails would cry out, his chains would shake and loud drums would sound to emphasize his spookiness. In this particular scene, Marley is warning Scrooge (Dan Rogers) to change his selfish and pessimistic ways, or else his fate will be the same.

spirits: the Spirit of Christmas Past (Taylor Magee), the Spirit of Christmas Present (Skip Blas) and the Spirit of What is Yet to Come. These three spirits take Scrooge to his past memories that explain how his personality molded over time, how people currently view him and what will occur if he does not change his ways. Other characters include Cratchit’s family: Tiny Tim (Jaren Rhodes), Belinda (Hannah Smith), Mrs. Cratchit (Kellee Elizabeth) and Martha (Emily Ludlow); Mr. Fezziwig (Nicholas Woodall), the jovial merchant whom Scrooge apprenticed; Fan (Hannah Smith),

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Scrooge’s sister and Belle (Emily Ludlow), Scrooge’s ex-fiance. The actors were a combination of Playhouse veterans and those making their first appearances on its stage. Rhodes and Ludlow had never been a part of a production at the Playhouse, but they performed as if they’d been there for years. Rhodes, age 11, had a lot of enthusiasm as the hopeful child he was portrayed to be. Ludlow played multiple characters with very different personalities. If I hadn’t glanced at the cast list, I would never have noticed they were all performed by one talented actress. Director Gregory Cohen had the unique idea to have the characters interact with the audience, making it more comical and celebratory for people of all ages. Sometimes, we were directed to sing Christmas carols. Other times, the characters would be in the middle of a conver-

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While Bob Cratchit (Rick Reischman) walked home from his job as a clerk for Ebenezer Scrooge (Dan Rodgers), he would carry his son, Tiny Tim (Jaren Rhodes), who had a crippled leg, on his shoulder.

sation when they’d interrupt the scene and ask an audience member a question like, “Have you seen my Tiny Tim?” or “Did you understand any of that?” Musical Director and Choreographer Kysa Cohen had the characters, at one point, bring up several audience members to come onto the stage and join the scene where Scrooge is looking back on the party he danced at with Belle. Although some of them had obviously stepped out of their comfort zones, everyone was wearing a smile- whether they were enjoying the moment or they were absolutely embarrassed. When Marley appeared on the set, he was covered in chains, wearing make-up that looked deadly.

Sound Designer Sean Gray made his appearance stand out by having the cast back-stage scream and wail while shaking chains and beating drums after every step he took. Since he first entered right behind my seat, which was in the back, I was the first to be terrified by his horrendous scream, “SCROOOOOOGE!” Lastly, the Spirit of What is Yet to Come was done ingeniously, but I don’t want to ruin all the surprises. Performances are at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays up until Dec. 23 at the Long Beach Playhouse, 5201 E. Anaheim St. Adult tickets are $24, seniors are $21 and students are $14. Tickets are available by visiting lbplayhouse.org or calling (562) 494-1014, option 1.

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