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“The Six O’Clock News Arizona State” Dryer-lint installation by Slater Barron See page 5 for more works by this artist
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Governor Brown honors Aquarium of the Pacific for role in state’s environment, economy
Original members of funk band War revisit their LB stomping grounds for 25th MLK celebration
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The Aquarium of the Pacific is the first among museum, zoos and aquariums to receive the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award. Pictured is the Aquarium’s “Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific” exhibit.
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Original members of the funk band War, which has re-formed under the name The Lowrider Band, perform one of their hits during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 19. From left are Howard Scott (vocals and guitar), Harold Brown (drums) and Lee Oskar (harmonica). Sean Belk The Lowrider Band, famous for songs Harold Brown, the original drumthat for years have crossed cultural mer for the band who grew up in Long Staff Writer For hundreds of spectators, the barriers. For the original band mem- Beach and later moved to New 25th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. bers, however, the concert was a Orleans, said he first started performPeace & Unity Celebration last Satur- chance to revisit old stomping ing not far from Martin Luther King day, Jan. 19 was an opportunity to see grounds in Long Beach, where the Jr. Park on Lemon Avenue, where last see BAND page 11 the iconic funk band War, now called group got its start.
LA County supervisors postpone protest deadline for ‘clean water’ parcel-tax measure to March 12 Sean Belk Staff Writer
Property owners have some more time to voice concerns about a proposed parcel-tax measure that aims to reduce water pollution caused by storm-water and urban runoff in rivers, lakes, bays and beaches throughout Los Angeles County. During a Jan. 15 public hearing on the proposal, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which serves as the governing body of the Los Angeles County
Flood Control District, approved a motion made by 4th District County Supervisor Don Knabe, an outspoken critic of the measure, to allow more time for protesting the initiative. The board approved extending the public hearing and the deadline an additional 60 days, allowing property owners to submit a protest by March 12. “We continued to hear complaints from residents, businesses, school districts, churches and nonprofits that this process has not
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Gov. Jerry Brown has recognized the Aquarium of the Pacific for its role in California’s environment and economy. The Aquarium of the Pacific is the first among museum, zoos, and aquariums to receive the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA). The award program was established in 1993 and is California’s most prestigious environmental award, according to the California Environmental Protection Agency. The award recognizes those responsible for conserving California’s resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, and building private-public partnerships. “The Aquarium’s project was deemed exceptional for its innovative concept and value to California’s environment and economy,” said Matthew Rodriguez, California Environmental Protection Agency secretary. Under its master plan developed in 2002, the Aquarium has added new facilities and exhibits that demonstrate environmental concepts from climate change to watershed education to empower millions of visitors while minimizing the environmental impact of these new features. Annual attendance also increased 26 percent while the Aquarium’s carbon footprint has decreased by 20 percent, and water use has reduced by 30 percent, according to the Aquarium. “Our master plan demonstrates that ‘greening’ can be sustainable from a business as well as an environmental perspective,” said Douglas Otto, Aquarium of the Pacific Board director and architect of its campus master plan. In 2007, the Aquarium of the Pacific became the first among U.S. aquariums, zoos, and museums to certify its greenhouse gas emissions with a third-party registry and be named as a Climate Action Leader by the Climate Action Registry and continues to register its emissions annually, according to the Aquarium. Its architecture and exhibit plans are designed to help keep carbon see AQUARIUM page 10
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The Long Beach Police Department has released surveillance video of a suspect throwing a brick through the window of Temple Israel, 269 Loma Ave., in the hopes that a member of the public can identify him. The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) issued a press release Wednesday morning seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect who threw a brick through a front window of the Temple Israel at 269 Loma Ave. on Monday, Jan. 7 around 11:30pm, causing it to break. The surveillance video and crime infor-
mation is posted at youtube.com/ watch?v=ANA1-Wq4OOo . The suspect is described as male, white or Hispanic, between 20 and 30 years old, 5’9” to 6 feet tall, 170 to 175 pounds. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a long-sleeved light-colored jacket (Members Only-style) with a dark collar, light-colored
cargo or basketball-type shorts, a white T-shirt and dark-colored (shower-shoe) sandals. Anyone with information is asked to contact Violent Crimes Detective Jackie Bezart at (562) 570-7250 or to report anonymously at lacrimestoppers.org .
Westbound Ocean Boulevard closure postponed; project set to resume Feb. 1 Source: LBPD
Due to a forecast of rain, the second phase of repaving work on Ocean Boulevard between the Gerald Desmond Bridge and downtown Long Beach has been postponed. The repaving project on Ocean Boulevard has been postponed several times due to adverse weather conditions but is scheduled to restart next weekend. The closures on Feb. 1–4 will be the second of three weekend closures that are scheduled for completion Feb. 8–11. The weekend closures were selected to reduce the impact on commuter traffic. Work will generally start Fridays at 10pm and finish by 5am Mondays. Throughout the closures, signs will guide motorists to detours. For updated traffic information, go to polb.com/traffic or follow @portoflongbeach Courtesy Port of LB on Twitter, hashtag #polbtrafAerial image showing the project area for the repaving of Ocean Boulevard. The fic. project has been postponed numerous times because of weather conditions.
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Signal Hill Community First will host a candidate forum in the Signal Hill Council Chamber, 2175 Cherry Ave., on Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 6pm to 8pm. The public is invited to attend. The moderator will be Forrest Story, principal at Public Sector Excellence, a Long Beach leadership consulting firm. For more information, call (562) 597-4534 or email email@example.com .
The Concerned Citizens of Signal Hill (CCSH) will host two Signal Hill City Council candidate forums next month. Their first forum will be on Monday, Feb. 4 at the Signal Hill City Council Chamber, 2175 Cherry Ave. Their second one, which will be co-sponsored by the Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce, will be on Monday, Feb. 25 at the Signal Hill Police Department Community Room, 2745 Walnut Ave. Both forums will begin with a “public-candidate meet-and-greet” period from 6:30pm to 7pm. The forums will begin at 7pm and end at 8:30pm. Each candidate will be allowed two minutes for an introductory statement and two minutes for a closing statement. Questions will be provided by the Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce and CCSH. Each candidate will be asked the same question and given one minute to answer, allowing for a total of about eight prepared questions for each candidate. This session will be followed by a limited number of questions from the audience, depending on the time remaining. For more information, call Gary Dudley at (562) 375-0761.
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JANUARY 25, 2013
City of SH invites public to dedication of new police station
GARNISHING YOUR GARMENTS What General meeting Who Hosted by the Long Beach Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America Where California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave. When Friday, Jan. 25 beginning at 10:30am More Info The Chapter meets the fourth Friday of every month. Guests are welcome and requested to donate $2. Call (714) 345-2338.
OPEN HOUSE AT BLAST What Open house Who Long Beach Better Learning for All Students Today (BLAST) When Friday, Jan. 25 from 3pm to 6pm Where 737 Pine Ave., Suite 201 More Info Refreshments will be provided during this free event, which provides a chance for residents to meet the organization’s executive director, Jenifer Finley, and see progress on the BLAST office remodeling. Call (562) 437-7766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
The new, 21,500-square-foot Signal Hill Police Station station at 2745 Walnut Ave.
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A new, 21,500-square-foot station, encompassing two buildings equipped with state-of-the-art technology and environmentally friendly design components, will now be the headquarters of the
Signal Hill Police Department and Emergency Operations Center. The City of Signal Hill will mark the occasion with a dedication and open house on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 1pm to 3pm, at the
new station, located at 2745 Walnut Ave. Tours of the new facility will be offered after the dedication ceremony.
On Saturday Jan. 19, the Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) Traffic Division conducted a drivingunder-the-influence saturation patrol from 8pm to 4am. During the eighthour operation, five officers worked the northern and southern areas of Long Beach looking for impaired
drivers and generated the following results: • Five people arrested for driving under the influence • One citation issued to an unlicensed driver • 15 moving citations issued • Three vehicles impounded
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Safety Administration. For further information, contact Traffic Section Sergeant Ernie Kohagura at (562) 570-5737.
The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) reported Wednesday that its Vice Investigations section, in cooperation with investigators from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), conducted two undercover operations throughout the city of Long Beach on Jan. 22, 2013. The “Minor Decoy” operation focused on employees, and the “Shoulder Tap” operation focused on customers of ABClicensed businesses such as liquor or convenience stores. Minors under the age of 21, under the supervision of the LBPD, either approached employees and attempted to purchase alcohol or approached customers outside the venue and requested alcohol be purchased on their behalf. Employees who allowed the minor to purchase alcohol and customers who purchased alco-
hol for minors were identified and subsequently issued misdemeanor citations for unlawfully furnishing alcohol to a minor. The businesses were unaware that an undercover operation was underway, according to the LBPD. During the course of the “Minor Decoy” operation, 20 establishments were visited, resulting in seven citations issued to employees for selling alcohol to a minor. The seven misdemeanor citations were issued in the following areas: 800 block of East Anaheim Street, 1800 block of East Anaheim Street, 2200 block of East Anaheim Street, 5600 block of Paramount Boulevard, 2900 block of Santa Fe Avenue
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NIGHT ON THE GREEN What Fundraising event Who Long Beach Poly High School baseball program When Friday, Jan. 25 from 6pm to 9:30pm Where Old Ranch Country Club, 3901 Lampson Ave. in Seal Beach More Info This fundraising event includes an auction/dinner in which Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies second baseman and former Jackrabbit, will attend and have his No. 7 jersey retired. A $60-donation includes dinner and parking. Email Coach Toby Hess at email@example.com .
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE What Second District eWaste & Recycling Drive Who Hosted by 2nd District Councilmember Dr. Suja Lowenthal Where Broadway Parking Lot, 335 E. Broadway St. When Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9am to 1pm More Info Rain or shine, public is encouraged to drop off electronic waste, sofas, mattresses, chairs, etc. Call (562) 570-6684.
EGGS WITH THE ELKS What Monthly breakfast Who Bellflower/Long Beach Elks Lodge 888 When Sunday, Jan. 27 from 8am to noon Where 16426 Bellflower Blvd. More Info Breakfast will be open to the public at $6.50 per person. The meal includes eggs as you like them, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits with gravy, orange juice, assorted fruit, Belgian waffles and coffee. Call (562) 426-2478.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! What Film festival Who Junior League of Long Beach When Sunday, Jan. 27 from 2pm to 5pm Where Art Theater, 2025 E. 4th St. More Info For the second year in a row, the Junior League has partnered with the creators of the whole nutrition bar for women, Luna, to create a festival that promotes awareness of women's issues. Lunafest will include 9 short films made by, for and about women. Visit jllb.org .
WANA KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON IN WRIGLEY? What Monthly meeting Who Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA) Where Veterans Park Social Hall, 101 E. 28th St. When Monday, Jan. 28 from 7pm to 9pm More Info Featured speaker will be Richard Rocchi from The Long Beach Police Department West Division. Call (562) 427-5021.
COMMUNITY ASSEMBLY What Community assembly Who Long Beach Councilmembers Al Austin and Steven Neal When Saturday, Feb. 2 from 9am to 11am Where Houghton Park Community Center, 6301 Myrtle Ave. More Info Residents may learn about the design of the new north branch library, meet North Division Commander Robert Luman and learn about other neighborhood issues, events and concerns. Call (562) 570-6685 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org .
SCHOLARLY LUNCHEON What Cultural discussion and luncheon Who The Long Beach branch of American Association of University Women When Saturday, Feb. 2 at 11am Where Long Beach Yacht Club, 6201 Appian Way More Info Emad Samir, an Egyptian native, will speak about Middle Eastern culture and social life with particular emphasis on the status of women and girls. Cost of the luncheon is $32. Call (562) 799-8479 or visit aauwlongbeach.org .
MEET AND EAT What Supper club Who Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association When Monday, Feb. 4 at 6:30pm Where Cafe Bixby & Pizza, 3900 Atlantic Ave. More Info Bixby Knolls Supper Club is the simple concept of supporting local restaurants on a Monday night, which is typically a slow night. Residents are invited to come together to meet and eat and support the local economy. Visit email@example.com .
GET IN THE MIX What Monthly meeting Who The Success Network Where Corner Bakery, 6507 E. PCH in The Marketplace When Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 7:30am to 9am More Info The meeting is open to small-business leaders seeking networking opportunities with other professionals. Breakfast is available at the restaurant. Contact Katja Jones by calling (562) 685-8532 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Thoughts from the Publisher
by Neena Strichart
I have had many opportunities in my 55-plus years to attend some pretty important events. Whether it was a theatre’s opening night, an opulent fundraiser, a spectacular musical affair or even a military ball, I am sure than none will compare emotionally to the event I am to experience this Saturday– the grand opening of the City of Signal Hill’s new police station. Oh, there won’t be any fireworks, Klieg lights, or movie stars walking down a red carpet, but to me this is to be an event of a lifetime. I plan to wear waterproof mascara for obvious reasons. Joined by what sure is to be throngs of Signal Hill residents, dignitaries, city staffers, business owners, police personnel from around the South Bay area and other interested parties, I will be there when they cut the ribbon signifying the start of a new era for the City of
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Signal Hill’s men and women in blue. For decades, these dedicated folks have worked diligently while housed in surroundings that can be described as unsatisfactory at best. I’m sure Chief Langston and the rest of the officers are excited to get moved into their new home– they certainly deserve it! After much hard work, vision and determination, the City has achieved its goal of completing the building of a new police station that city fathers, staffers and residents will be proud to call their own. Tomorrow afternoon they will eagerly present the new state-of-the-art facility for all to see at the open house. The details are as follows: The City of Signal Hill invites the public to attend the Grand Opening of its new Signal Hill Police Station and Emergency Operations Center Saturday, January 26,
Thank you for the prompt follow-up article to my letter regarding the traffic engineering proposed for the Los Cerritos/Country Club neighborhood. Sean Belk did a good job of researching and reporting the issue. Please don’t let this story drop off your radar– you are the only media representative who is making the public aware of the proposed changes. These changes negatively impact our fine neighborhood, and we should have a say in whether or not they are implemented. FYI, I am still awaiting the courtesy of a response from any of the City representatives I contacted: [8th District Councilmember] Mr. [Al] Austin, [7th District Councilmember] Mr. [James] Johnson and [Long Beach Traffic Engineer] Mr. [Dave] Roseman. I requested the results of the survey that was distributed at the Jan. 9 meeting. Their silence tells much about the culture of secrecy prevalent in City Hall.
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Local artist uses lint as medium, reminisces about relationship with Huell Howser
Long Beach artist Slater Baron, an oil and watercolor painter, sculptor and photographer became known as “The Lint Lady” when she began using the dryer byproduct as a medium. Ariana Gastelum Editorial Intern
A common cliché that is often used says, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Long Beach artist Slater Barron, an oil and watercolor painter, sculptor and photographer, took a similar approach to the quote, but with lint. When Barron used the garage as her art studio, the buzzer of the dryer constantly disturbed her work. “I have this idea where anything that works against you, you need to turn it around and have it work for you,” she said. Barron began using the dryer’s lint to produce portraits, sculptures and installations. “It made it less distracting because the dryer was helping. It was producing something good,” she added. Barron became interested in art while living in France. “I was a military wife,” she said. On the military base, she was offered the opportunity to take an oil-painting class. “They needed enough women to fill the class, or they wouldn’t have [it],” she explained. “But after a couple weeks, I was hooked. The best place to be when learning about art is in France.” Oil paint and lint have become Barron’s two favorite mediums. To many, she is referred to as “The Lint Lady.” “My friends are very good about saving lint for me, especially if they get some really beautiful lint,” she said. “So, people send me lint in the mail. They bring it to parties. They drop it off at my front door sometimes. So, I have big boxes full of lint.” However, there is an important technique in how to preserve the lint. “The lint needs to be saved flat,” she
explained. “Somebody just recently contacted me that had a huge bag full of lint, but it’s all crumpled up. I can’t work with that because it’s too hard to separate. It sticks to itself. So, saving all the lint flat, my lint collectors know that, and it’s usually between sheets of paper.” Lint doesn’t require many tools other than a pair of scissors. However, portraits require glue to spray onto the surface before the lint is applied. “And sometimes I have to use a crystal-clear fixative to put more lint on top of that because, if I’m doing a portrait, I have to peel the lint so it’s gossamer,” Barron said. “So, as I’m doing the flesh tones, I would layer it as [I do with] oil painting.” In creating characters out of lint, like Barron did of her mother and father in a few pieces, she uses wires to shape the figures of the people. “I used a very thin wire armature,” she explained. “And then, I took the lint in armfuls and wrapped it around the wires to form figures.” Barron’s subjects in her art are often very deep. However, there are a number of pieces that have less seriousness to them. “I think life is about the balance of the serious but also the very humorous,” she noted. A few pieces Barron’s made with lint are food plates such as sushi. “I make food out of lint, and there’s hair and Kleenex and yucky stuff in it. And so, it’s almost the opposite of what looks enticing,” she said. “When you really look at it, it’s not.” One topic to which Barron has dedicated some of her pieces is child abuse. “I did child welfare work when I lived in New Jersey,” she said. “I was a social worker, and so,
that part of my early career in life just pops up in my work.” Some of these pieces take the form of bears. “My feeling is that when there is some sort of tragedy, the fireman or policeman sometimes– if there is children involved– will bring a stuffed teddy bear to help the kids relax,” she explained. “But you can’t hug the bears that I make because they are all about child abuse. The bears are covered in newspaper articles about child abuse, and then it is also dressed in what looks like overalls or something depicted by rose thorns from my garden.” Another topic that Barron has frequently focused on is Alzheimer’s disease. “When you photograph lint, it [has] sort of blurred edges,” she said. “I always think about the lint very often as memory– when I’m doing portraits or I’m doing still-life kinds of things with it.” In 1988, when Barron was showing a series focused on Alzheimer’s disease, she met Huell Howser, the television host of the PBS show California’s Gold who passed away on Jan. 7. “He was just so tickled that it
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was lint,” she said. “And I recognized that this is a really wonderful person, and everybody who knew him really liked him. He was so friendly to everybody.” When first asked about Howser, Barron said, “He’s sort of my hero.” As time passed, they remained in touch. “He calls me up,” she said. “He used to call me up every now and then, and I would save the messages of his voice on my answering machine.” In addition to the series that Barron made focused on Alzheimer’s disease, she wrote a book in 2007 titled Remembering the Forgetting. It’s about how making art, the subject of which was Alzheimer’s, helped Barron cope as her parents, who were suffering from the disease, began to forget her. Even as their sickness worsened, they never forgot their love for each other. “I wanted my children and other people that have family with Alzheimer’s disease to know that they weren’t alone in this,” she said. The book is available on Lulu.com . “Lulu was what I was called when I was in college. So I said, ‘Oh yes, this one is for me,’” she added.
Barron sent a copy of her book to Howser. “It was a way to say, ‘Thank you for the support for all these years,’ and to sort of clue him in to what the pieces were about in ’88,” she noted. “And he called me up. It happened to be my birthday. He called me up and said, ‘We should do another episode of that.’” A few weeks later, they made the second episode about lint art. “Because he got clued in by the book, but also because he’s this wonderful person, when we went to the show, and he started to talk about the art, he said to everybody who watched the program, ‘I didn’t catch on to that. I didn’t realize it was Alzheimer’s disease years ago when I saw your show,” Barron said. “And I think that big-hearted person who could admit to somewhat of a mistake and let it be out there [publicly], I just thought even more about him as a wonderful person. And he had been very supportive of me. He showed that lint-art program very often.” MORE INFORMATION slaterbarron.com
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LBCC to show off singing chops of its music students in Evening of Song
As part of the longest-running chamber music concert series in the city, Long Beach City College Music Department voice faculty will present a concert entitled An Evening of Song on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7:30pm. The performers will be Skye Angulo, Nancy Estes,
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at the corner of Harvey and Clark Streets). The campus address is 4901 Carson St. Tickets are $10 in advance and may be purchased at lbcc.ticketleap.com/lbcc. Tickets at the door are $15 (cash only). For more information, call (562) 9384411.
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[Ed. note– The following piece, the final column entry 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. Ciccolini finished his internship this week and will return to Rome, Italy on Jan. 28.]
As I write this last column, I imagine readers listening to a bittersweet song while they read this...
Time is gone. It is gone too fast. On Monday I will be back in the “Eternal City,” my hometown. I will bring with me a suitcase full of memories about what California is for me. It is surfing. It is friends from all over the world. It is friends I will never meet again. It is the sunset on the ocean. It is the parties organized at the last minute. It is good music on the radio. It is international restaurants. It is my desk, my colleagues and my columns at the Signal Tribune. It is a hope. It is friendly people. It is cooking Italian food because me and everybody love it. It is the friends I have cooked with a lot of time for everybody. It is to have a plan and always change it at the last second. It is Venice Beach, my favorite one. It is Hollywood. It is eating with the “food fighters.” It is the girl I went with in the Japanese restaurant. It is eccentric homeless in front of Walmart in Long Beach. It is the BBQ on the beach. It is to be almost every time sleepy
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LB City Prosecutor’s Office to honor individuals who have made ‘positive, significant impact’ The Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday that it will present awards to individuals and groups who have made “a positive, significant impact in the City of Long Beach in the past year” while working with the city prosecutor. The recipients chosen to receive City Prosecutor Impact awards include:
• Detective Mark Steenhausen of the Long Beach Police Department, for his investigation and personal efforts on the “Baby Maggie” case which was originally reported as a baby found at a gas station, but ultimately proven to be a case of child abandonment by the mother. • Judith Crumpton, local animal advocate, for her efforts to bring to fruition an annual conference on animal care and cruelty prevention. • Long Beach Police Department patrol officers Josh Brearley and Andrew Fox and the North Division Directed Enforcement Team (DET),
LBPD, for their success in combating gang related crime. • Long Beach Police Department criminalist Greg Gossage and police officer Tyrone Anderson, for their technical expertise and work relating to DUI investigations. • Long Beach Police Department Detective David Strohman, of the Narcotics Division, for leadership in the effort to reduce illegal drug activity in Long Beach. “These unsung heroes make a real difference in our city,” said City Prosecutor Doug Haubert. “There are many who deserve
recognition, but these winners stand out for their hard work and dedication.”
Impact awards will be presented at a reception on Thursday, Jan. 31. This is the second year of the city prosecutor’s Impact awards. Last year’s winners included police officers, the executive director of a wetlands protection organization and a school counselor. For information on the Impact Awards and previous winners, visit CityProsecutorDougHaubert.com .
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Signal Hill Community First to host election season’s first candidate forum in SH
The nonprofit group Signal Hill Community First will host the city’s and this year’s first council candidate forum on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at City Hall in the Council Chamber, 2175 Cherry Ave., from 6pm to 8pm. The election will be Tuesday, March 5. Seven Signal Hill residents are seeking to fill three council vacancies. Listed in the order in which their names will appear on the ballot, the candidates are Ellen Ward, Lori Woods, Ed Wilson, Elizabeth Wise, Robert Mendoza, Nancy Sciortino and Mike Noll. According to Maria Harris of Signal Hill Community First, all seven candidates have confirmed they will attend the forum. The candidates
already have received the questions that will be used at the forum, according to Harris. The moderator for the event will be Long Beach resident Forrest Story, founder and principal of Public Sector Excellence, a public-sector consulting firm. The forum will be broadcast on the City’s website, Channel 38 (Verizon) and Channel 3 (Charter). The video is expected to be broadcast immediately after the event. As a public service, the City of Signal Hill is providing the City Hall facility. For more information on the forum, contact Maria Harris at (562) 494-2636. Source: SH Community First
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TST4274 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE File No. 7037.97096 Title Order No. 6933140 MIN No. APN 7216-026-006 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 12/01/86. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in §5102 to the Financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. Trustor(s): JOHN MARKALONIS, AN UNMARRIED MAN Recorded: 12/05/86, as Instrument No. 86 1681079, of Official Records of LOS ANGELES County, California. Date of Sale: 01/31/13 at 1:00 PM Place of Sale: At the Pomona Valley Masonic Temple Building, located at 395 South Thomas Street,, Pomona, CA The purported property address is: 1847-1847A, 1849, 1849A JUNIPERO AVENUE, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90806 Assessors Parcel No. 7216-026-006 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 $47,926.64. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid, plus interest. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the beneficiary, the Trustor or the trustee. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 877-484-9942 or visit this Internet Web site www.USA-Foreclosure.com or www.Auction.com using the file number assigned to this case 7037.97096. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: January 3, 2013 NORTHWEST TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC., as Trustee Bonita Salazar , Authorized Signatory 1241 E. Dyer Road, Suite 250, Santa Ana, CA 92705 Sale Info website: www.USA-Foreclosure.com or www.Auction.com Automated Sales Line: 877-484-9942 Reinstatement and Pay-Off Requests: 866-387-NWTS THIS OFFICE IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE ORDER # 7037.97096: 01/11/2013,01/18/2013,01/25/2013
TST4279 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE T.S. No.: 9985-1077 TSG Order No.: 7272006 A.P.N.: 7216-020-093 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 05/17/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NBS Default Services, LLC, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded 06/01/2006 as Document No.: 061197959, of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: WILLIAM G. COSTA, AN UNMARRIED MAN, as Trustor, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable in full at time of sale by cash, a cashier's check drawn by 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). 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. Sale Date and Time: 02/19/2013 at 11:00 AM Sale Location: By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2600 EAST 20TH STREET #201C, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made in an "AS IS" condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to-wit: $479,759.24 (Estimated). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off
all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call, (714)730-2727 for information regarding the trustee`s sale or visit this Internet Web site, https://www.lpsasap.com/, for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, T.S.# 99851077. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Declaration pursuant to California Civil Code, Section 2923.5(a) was fulfilled when the Notice of Default was recorded on 10/11/2012 NBS Default Services, LLC 301 E. Ocean Blvd. Suite 1720 Long Beach, CA 90802 Phone:800-7667751 Fax: 562-983-5379 For Trustee Sale Information Log On To: https://www.lpsasap.com/ or Call: (714)730-2727. NBS Default Services, LLC, Gaby Ospino "We are attempting to collect a debt, and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose." A-4352842 01/25/2013, 02/01/2013, 02/08/2013
TST4273 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 11-0149049 Title Order No. 11-0136821 APN No. 7214-003-008 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 08/10/2004. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by AUSTIN V PLONG, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, dated 08/10/2004 and recorded 8/13/2004, as Instrument No. 20042089829, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 02/13/2013 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: 2424 WALNUT AVENUE, SIGNAL HILL, CA, 90755. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein.The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon
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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 $456,074.22. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state.Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trustee’s Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder’s Office. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1-800281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case 11-0149049. 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., CA6914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone/Sale Information: (800) 281-8219 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. FEI # 1006.169315 1/11, 1/18, 1/25/2013
TST4271 / 2012 247029 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: GET FADED BARBER STUDIO, 2805 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: QUANEIL REECE, 1036 Cherry Ave. #3, Long Beach, CA 90813. This business is conducted by:
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TST4280 NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the City Council of the City of Signal Hill will hold a Public Hearing in the City Council Chamber at City Hall located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, on Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013, at 7:00pm to consider the following: ANNUAL RENEWAL OF THE INSTITUTIONAL PERMITS FOR: Courtyard Care Center 1880 Dawson Avenue Signal Hill, CA 90755 Las Brisas Child Care Center Long Beach Community Improvement League 2399 California Avenue Signal Hill, CA 90755 ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend and express their opinions on the above matter. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED to submit written comments to the Division of Building Safety prior to and at the Hearing. FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Division of Building Safety located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, or by telephone at (562) 989-7348 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. . ________//ss//_________ GIL PETRIS BUILDING OFFICIAL DIVISION OF BUILDING SAFETY Published in the Signal Tribune newspaper on: Posted in accordance with SHMC 1.08.010 on: January 25, 2013 January 25, 2013
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an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Quaneil Reece. 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 12, 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: January 4, 11, 18, 25, 2013.
TST4272 / 2013 000248 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: JIGGII.COM, 1018 E. 45th Way, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: TERRENCE A. JOHNSON, 1018 E. 45th Way, Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Terrence A. Johnson. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 2, 2013. 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: January 4, 11, 18, 25, 2013. TST4275 / 2013 005463 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: CADRE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS, 2622 E. Catalina Dr., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: DARCI FERSCH, 2622 E. Catalina Dr., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Darci Fersch. 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 January 9,
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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 trights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: January 11, 18, 25, & February 1, 2013.
TST4277 / 2013 009008 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: A-1 BEST PLUMBING, 2480 Brayton Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: COASTLINE ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS, INC., 2480 Brayton Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755 This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Vincent Attardo, President/CEO. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on December 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 14, 2013. 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: January 18, 25, & February 1, 8, 2013.
TST4276 / 2012 253147 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: M & D HOLDINGS, 4215 Chestnut Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: KEITH McCARTY, 4215 Chestnut Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Keith McCarty. 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
CITY OF SIGNAL HILL TST4278 CITY OF SIGNAL HILL NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Signal Hill will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, DECLARING ITS INTENTION TO VACATE A PORTION OF STREET ADJOINING 2799 E. 21ST STREET
ALL INTERTESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend a public hearing to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. If you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearing. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED to submit written comments to the Public Works Department or during the public hearing.
FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Public Works Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by calling Anthony Caraveo at (562) 989-7352. //ss//___________ Anthony Caraveo Senior Engineering Technician Published in the Signal Tribune on:January 18 and 25, 2013 Posted at City Hall, City Library, Reservoir Park, Discovery Well Park, and on site on: January 18, 2013
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EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by LBPD • Council Districts 6, 7 & 8
Thursday, Jan. 17 Commercial burglary/shoplifting 1pm– 300 block E. Willow St.
Commercial burglary 3pm– Carson St./Cherry Ave.
Friday, Jan. 18 Residential burglary 8:25am– 500 block W. 38th St.
Commercial burglary 1:15pm– 2300 block Long Beach Blvd.
Sunday, Jan. 20 Auto burglary 12:13pm– 300 block Pleasant St.
Commercial burglary 4:34pm– 800 block W. Willow St.
Crimes reported by SHPD • Citywide Thursday, Jan. 17 Residential burglary 10am– 1800 block Raymond Ave.
Possession of personal ID info with intent to defraud 11:45am– 1800 block E. Hill St. Suspect identified Stolen vehicle 12:23pm– 1900 block Stanley Ave.
Disorderly conduct, under influence 9:25pm– E. Pacific Coast Hwy./Temple Ave. Suspect in custody.
Friday, Jan. 18 DUI 1:41am– Orange Ave./E. 32nd St. Suspect in custody.
Stolen vehicle 9:42am– E. 19th St./Stanley Ave.
Elder Abuse 1:29pm– 700 block E. Willow St.
Petty theft 4:53pm– 900 block E. 33rd St. Suspect cited.
Saturday, Jan. 19 DUI 1:11am– Orange Ave./Spring St. Suspect in custody. Residential burglary 11am– 900 block Nevada St.
Stolen vehicle 11:15am– 2400 block Lewis Ave. DUI 11:05pm– Walnut Ave./27th St. Suspect in custody.
Sunday, Jan. 20 DUI 2:13am– Cherry Ave./Burnett St. Suspect in custody.
Residential burglary 5:43am– 1800 block Redondo Ave.
Residential burglary; restraining-order violation 8:03am– 3200 block Lewis Ave. Suspect identified
Stolen vehicle recovered 8:57pm– E. 32nd St./Cherry Ave.
DUI 11:15pm– Redondo Ave./Stearns St. Suspect in custody. Monday, Jan. 21 Stolen vehicle 8:59am– 3200 block E. Willow St.
Missing juvenile found 2:48pm– 2000 block Dawson Ave.
Tuesday, Jan. 22 DUI 1:17am– E. Willow St./Redondo Ave. Suspect in custody. Auto burglary 7pm– 1400 block E. Willow St.
Stolen vehicle 11:06am– 1100 block E. 32nd St.
Identity theft 4:43pm– 900 block Las Brisas Way
Wednesday, Jan. 23 Residential burglary 3:58pm– 2400 block Gaviota Ave.
Residential burglary 4:20pm– 3200 block California Ave.
Auto burglary 9:43pm– 3000 block California Ave.
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ballot, define a specific list of clean-water projects, specify a sunset date when the tax would no longer be collected, determine the feasibility of an online protest option and address concerns of “double taxation” for those already capturing and treating storm water. The proposed Clean Water, Clean Beaches Initiative proposes to raise over $200 million per year for water projects in cities and unincorporated areas. The funding, however, would be generated through an annual parcel “fee” charged to all property owners within the Los Angeles County Flood Control District, which includes most of Los Angeles County, with the exception of portions of Antelope Valley. Although the County’s website says the charge is considered a fee, Supervisor Knabe and other government officials still call the charge a parcel tax. The fee, nonetheless, would be calculated based on a property’s size and use. According to the County’s website on the measure, most homeowners would pay $54 or less per year, and the majority of condo owners would pay $20 or less per year. However, owners of larger property would have to pay much higher fees. The Long Beach Unified School District, for instance, would be required to pay a fee of about $715,000 per year, according to a December report by school-district officials.
The LBUSD Board of Education, in addition to other school boards, has already taken a stance against the measure, adding that the fee would cause the district to make more cuts, including possibly eliminating teacher positions. According to the County, it is required by law that 40 percent of the fee revenues collected will be allocated to the City in which the properties are located, or to the County of Los Angeles for the unincorporated areas, for the water-quality improvement programs as determined by each city or the County. Another 50 percent of the fee revenues are to be allocated to watershed authority groups. The City of Long Beach would be required to pay a parcel fee as well, which City officials estimate would be about $1.6 million per year. Still, Long Beach stands to receive about $5.1 million in revenue and would possibly be able to apply for $29.7 million from watershed authority groups toward project and program funds, according to a report from City staff. The Long Beach City Council at its Jan. 8 meeting voted 6-2 to support the measure, acknowledging concerns about the new taxes on property owners, but stressing the need to clean up the shoreline in Long Beach. The County states that pollution in waterways throughout Los Angeles County have been found to be “well above established public health standards, and the requirements of the Clean Water
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Act.” County officials add that polluted water runoff, including bacteria that come down the Los Angeles River, causes health risks at local beaches and has created an oxygen-starved “dead zone” off of the Los Angeles County coastline at the outlet of the San Gabriel River. In addition, deaths of seals, sea lions and dolphins that number in the hundreds are attributed to pollution and reduced food sources, according to the County. Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, who voted against supporting the measure along with 8th District Councilmember Al Austin, praised Knabe for pushing to extend the protest period. “A majority of my residents who responded to a poll on the parcel tax are in opposition… It would be grossly unfair for the board to move forward on a measure with inadequate feedback from constituents,” she said in a prepared statement. “I’m glad that Supervisor Knabe understands that this may be a double tax for many of our property owners and renters.” The County notes that fees cannot be raised without voters approving such action through an election. In accordance with Proposition 218, if a majority of property owners in the county do not submit written protests by the close of the hearing, the board may place the initiative on an election ballot. MORE INFORMATION lacountycleanwater.org
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emissions down each year. In 2008 the Aquarium opened its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-platinum watershed education classroom and exhibit, which is the first carbon-neutral building of any aquarium in the nation and encourages visitors to conserve California’s precious water resources. The Ocean Science Center is designed to LEED-gold standards and features climatechange programming. The Aquarium issued a press release this week stating that its retail expansion opens this summer and that it is targeted to meet the stringent 3 Green Globes rating. Sustainable design and operation are integral components of all future building projects, according to the press release. Since its inception, the Aquarium has provided environmental education to over 20 million visitors and millions more through offsite programs and national, statewide, and regional partnerships, according to the press release. “It is by building relationships between and among people that we can deal with the most pressing environmental issues,” said Dr. Jerry Schubel, Aquarium of the Pacific president. “Our goal is to connect people to nature through entertaining, educational, and empowering programs and exhibits.” MORE INFORMATION aquariumofpacific.org
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week’s celebration took place. “When I was growing up, Long Beach was a cornucopia of all different nationalities,” he said. Brown and Howard Scott, a singer and guitarist, both formed a group called The Creators while attending Poly High School in the 1960s, Brown said. After covering popular songs of the time while adding their own extended instrumental “jams” at small venues around town, the band became known among music circles, and the group started opening up for such acts as The O’Jays, Ike & Tina Turner and The Righteous Brothers, he said. “We grew up with a plethora of music,” Brown said, adding that he turned down a college scholarship after graduating from high school in
1964 to continue the band that would later become War. “When we started to put our band together, we started emulating what we would hear on the jukebox… We would play the main motif of a song, and then we would just start jamming… Our dancers would start emulating dancers, like James Brown.” Officially forming in 1969, just as anti-war protests broke out across the country to oppose the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, the band War went on to collaborate with Eric Burdon of The Animals, producing “Spill the Wine,” which became a big hit and helped bring the band into the limelight. The original War band included Brown, Scott, Charles Miller (saxophone and flute), Morris “B.B.” Dickerson (bass), Lee Oskar (harmonica), Lonnie Jordan (guitar and vocals) and Papa Dee Allen (piano vibes and soprano saxophone). Many of the band members, however, were musically versa-
tile and able to switch off to different instruments. The band, which played through the ‘70s and ‘80s, became best known for songs such as “Lowrider,” “The Cisco Kid,” “The World Is a Ghetto” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” Through the years, they went through a series of lineup changes. In 1996, Brown and Scott formed a new group under the name The Lowrider Band after Jordon had left and its members became embroiled in a dispute with original producer Jerry Goldstein who, with Far Out Productions, took ownership of name War. Nevertheless, the band War was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 and 2012. Using a mixture of Latin, jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and funk, the band has been recognized for songs that are relatable to different cultures. Brown said the song “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” was inspired by a trip the multi-cultural band took to Japan.
“We all speak the same common language,” Brown said. “We’re more alike on the inside then we are on the outside. And all the individual powers that be, the political sources and the people at the top, try to divide us, because they can divide us and then conquer us and have us work against each other.” Brown, a self-described historian, said it’s important to teach children about “peace, not war,” adding that it’s imperative to maintain creative avenues for children to express themselves through such courses as music, woodshop and the arts in schools. “We have got to start making sure our kids are educated,” he said. “We need to start teaching our kids to get along… and start teaching them the teachings of Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and
Mahatma Gandhi… We need to keep the arts in the schools… because, if we take the arts out, then we stop creating.” Sixth District Long Beach City Councilmember Dee Andrews, who hosted the annual MLK celebration and parade, said the event brought together close to 1,500 to 2,000 people of different nationalities, paying tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He added that the event was fitting since it took place just two days before the inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama, the country’s first black president. “Dr. Martin Luther King always talked about... that you can be anything you want to be, and don't let anybody steal your hopes and dreams,” Andrews said. “We’ve got a lot of peace and love running through this place.” ß
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