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Freshman Congressmember Alan Lowenthal transitions from state to federal arena
Willow Springs Park master plan paves way for wetlands restoration, new park space in LB
Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune
A recently approved master plan calls for returning a 47-acre property to its natural state by restoring degraded wetlands, improving water quality and bringing back a willow-tree forest. The park is expected to also include natural open-space areas and multi-use trails, including a BMX-bike track, small shade structures, a dog park, a visitors center and associated parking.
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U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), who was sworn in as a new member of Congress on Jan. 3, stands in his new Long Beach office downtown in front of a wall full of plaques he has received during his 20-year political career. Sean Belk Staff Writer
Fresh out of the California State Legislature, U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), who was sworn in as a new member of
the 113th Congress on Jan. 3, has moved from one budget conundrum to another. After facing tough choices as a state senator during a financial crisis that led to axing redevelop-
In a territory mostly used for its oil reserves, a 47-acre property owned by the City of Long Beach for more than 130 years, surrounded by Signal Hill, just above Willow Street, has the potential to be tapped for a dwindling local resource– new park space. On Jan. 8, the Long Beach City Council approved a master plan that loosely outlines a multi-phase project to develop Willow Springs Park. The plan is an opportunity for what city leaders say might eventually become “the biggest park in Long Beach since 1952,” which was when the City first opened El Dorado Park in east Long Beach.
ment agencies to stave off cuts to public education, Lowenthal is now weighing options that impact the entire nation. In the federal arena, however, much of the same see LOWENTHAL page 9
Controversial Signal Hill initiative set for June 2014 election
CJ Dablo Staff Writer
The date is now set. It will take just over a year for Signal Hill voters to determine the fate of a proposed initiative that aims to significantly change Signal Hill’s charter surrounding taxes, bonds and fees. City Clerk Kathee Pacheco reported at the Feb. 5 Council meeting that the initiative dubbed “Taxpayer’s Right to Know and Vote” will be on the ballot on June 5, 2014. The initiative has served as one of the clear dividing lines between the three incumbent councilmembers, who have in the past criticized the initiative and are seeking another term in office, and the four challengers, who are major initiative supporters and are hoping for a spot on the Council at the March 5 election. The incumbents are Michael
Noll, Ellen Ward and Ed Wilson. The four challenging candidates are Robert Mendoza, Nancy Sciortino, Elizabeth Wise and Lori Woods. The initiative designed to change the city charter has several components. It will require voters to approve all taxes, assessments and fees with a two-thirds majority. The initiative will also require taxes and fees to expire within 10 years. Assessments will expire in 20 years. Bonds would have to be repaid within 20 years. Proponents who had spent about six months collecting signatures had been successful in gathering enough of them to get the initiative on the ballot. According to the city clerk staff report, 871 signatures were found sufficient, and those signatures qualified the initiative for a special election. The initiative is now set for the statewide primary Friday
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election which will be held in June of next year. The Council took the time to scrutinize the initiative again at its meeting on Feb. 5. City Attorney David Aleshire said that the initiative would not affect sanitation district fees or property taxes. The city attorney, however, was directly challenged by Carol Churchill, a former Signal Hill mayor and major proponent of the “Taxpayer’s Right to Know” initiative. She quoted the city charter, stating that the City has the “full power to enact any taxes and fees.” She identified several of the examples of the taxes and fees noted in the charter, specifically naming property taxes among them. “So perhaps your council was not aware that their charter included see COUNCIL page 14
Seventh District City Councilmember James Johnson said the proposed park has been a pet project of his since taking office nearly three years ago, with a goal to pick up after an abandoned proposal, once called California Gardens, that the City Council approved in 2006. Since the City already owns the property and environmental clearances are approved, any state or federal grant funding would go directly toward developing the new park, without having to worry about land-acquisition costs or lengthy analysis, he said. “I realized [there are] 47 acres of land that the City already owns, which, with the environmental work already done, is see PARK page 15
A hilltop plaza called Longview Point– considered the highest point in Long Beach– located off of Orange Avenue between Willow and Spring streets, includes a 7,850-square-foot topographical map of Southern California and offers panoramic views of the coastline.
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North section of Expo Arts Center to be gutted after major water damage Sean Belk Staff Writer
City officials confirmed this week that the entire north section of the Expo Arts Center on Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls has to be gutted and rebuilt after rain flooded the facility late last month during a roofing project, causing significant water damage. Douglas Orr, who manages the building, said Long Beach Roofing, which was in the middle of replacing
the facility’s roof, rolled plastic over the top of the building as it began to rain. However, the weatherproofing wasn’t secured properly and water flooded the facility, he said. The rain ended up soaking sound equipment, art pieces, an electrical conduit, historic movie-theater seats, floors, walls, scenic materials and storage, Orr said. “The whole north end of the building was just completely flooded and ruined,”
he said, adding that the roofing project was part of a $200,000 overhaul paid for by former redevelopment funds. Also damaged was the Back Room Theatre. The contractor’s insurance company is expected to pay for all damages, said 8th District Long Beach City Councilmember Al Austin, who said the total estimate of the water damage and the cost to rebuild the facility had not been determined. As all parties involved
were assessing damage, Austin reported the incident to City Manager Patrick West and the City’s public works department, and City staff were out about a week later to clean up the waterdamaged area. “Obviously, this is a very important resource to the 8th district and the City,” Austin said. The City of Long Beach has now closed off the north side of the building to make way for extensive renovations.
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The entire north section of the Expo Arts Center in Bixby Knolls has to be gutted and rebuilt after rain flooded the facility last month during a roofing project that caused significant water damage.
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TED Conference leaving Long Beach, moving to Vancouver, Canada in 2014 Sean Belk Staff Writer
TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) an exclusive global set of conferences organized by a private nonprofit promoting “ideas worth spreading,” announced Feb. 4 that it is leaving Long Beach and will move its annual West Coast conference to Vancouver, Canada, starting next year during its 30th anniversary. TED staff said they are planning a “grand finale year” in Long Beach before moving to the new location in 2014. “While we have absolutely loved the past five years there [in Long Beach], we feel ready for a new adventure… and are thrilled to be able to go exploring in 2014,” said a statement on a TED blog post. The event that drew celebrities and moguls of all types to Long Beach was considered one of the city’s largest conventions that brought over $1 million a year in direct economic impact to the City and drew about 6,500 room nights per year, according to Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau staff. According to a statement from TED, the new location was chosen for several reasons, stating that Vancouver is “one of the world’s great cities, recognized for its livability, walkability, sustainability, innovation and stunning natural beauty.” Its new, state-of-the-art Vancouver Convention Centre is built on the harbor with views of water and mountains. TED staff said the center has a space in which TED can custom-design its own theater, adding that world-class hotels, restaurants and event spaces are “immediately next to the convention center.” In addition, TED staff said the move preserves the conference’s West Coast roots, while making it more “global,” and the proximity of Whistler offers “a perfect setting for TEDActive,” which is being moved from Palm Springs. “We thought hard about how to make the 30th-anniversary TED conference truly memorable, and the Vancouver region offers the perfect setting for us," said TED curator Chris Anderson in a statement. “The city happens to be home to TED’s conference operations team, and going there is always an inspiration. It’s cosmopolitan, energetic, innovative, yet with unrivaled natural beauty… We’re predicting this will inspire creative thinking and dynamic ideas.” TED will remain in Vancouver/Whistler for the 2014 and 2015 events, with the option to continue beyond those dates. TED conducted its first conferences in Monterey, Calif., from 1984 to 2008, then moved the event to Long Beach in 2009. TED2013 is to be held there later this month, with TEDActive simultaneously in Palm Springs. Anderson added that both Long Beach and Palm Springs “offer amazing facilities for conference and connection.”
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CHOCOLATE, TEA AND CONVERSATION What Culinary class Who Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens When Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10am to 1:30pm Where Rancho Los Alamitos, 6400 Bixby Hill Rd. More Info The event will include a cooking demonstration by Chef Debbi Dubbs, as well as a Valentine tea. Jan Livingston Brady will present â€œTied by the Apron Strings,â€? a discussion regarding the role of women in the American home during the 19th and 20th centuries. Call (562) 431-3541 or visit the Ranchoâ€™s website at rancholosalamitos.org . FEDERAL WORKER? What General meeting Who National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association When Monday, Feb. 11 at 1pm Where Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St. More Info The meeting will include speaker Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. NARFE meetings recur the second Monday of each month.
Photo by Stephen Russo
On Monday, Feb. 4, Long Beach Airportâ€™s Facebook page posted the following message: â€œNoise Alert! The B1 Lancer is taking off from LGB today. ETA between 10:30am and 11am.â€? Local photographer Stephen Russo snapped the above image from his home on Del Mar Avenue in Los Cerritos. The four-engine variable-sweep wing strategic bomber is used by the Air Force and was devised in the 1960s as a supersonic bomber with Mach 2 speed with sufficient range and payload to replace the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. It was later developed into the B-1Bâ€“ primarily a low-level penetrator with long range and Mach 1.25 speed capability at high altitudes.
The Campaign Trail
The Concerned Citizens of Signal Hill (CCSH) and the Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce will cohost a Signal Hill City Council candidate forum at the Signal Hill Police Department Community Room, 2745 Walnut St. on Monday, Feb. 25. The forum will begin with a â€œpublic-candidate meet-and-greetâ€? period from 6:30pm to 7pm, and the actual forum 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. Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce members
and CCSH will provide questions. Each candidate will be asked the same question and given two minutes to answer, allowing for a total of about four prepared questions for each candidate. This session will be followed by a limited number of written questions from the audience, as time allows. For more information, call (562) 375-0761 or (562) 494-6215.
this endorsement was based on an evaluation of the platform information of all of the candidates as enunciated in their campaign literature and at the recent two candidate forums, and by reviewing the record of the successful operation of the City during the tenure of the incumbents.
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The Concerned Citizens of Signal Hill (CCSH) announced this week that it will endorse the three incumbent City Council members: Michael Noll, Ellen Ward and Edward Wilson. CCSH stated that
Signal Hill City Council candidates Mike Noll and Ellen Ward will host a meet-and-greet fundraiser on Monday, Feb. 11 from 5pm to 7pm at Delius Restaurant, 2951 Cherry Ave. Hors dâ€™oeuvre and a no-host bar will be provided. For more information, contact Ward at (562) 597-5963.
For Signal Hill City Council
ED WILSON PLEDGES TO:
â€˘ Represent the people first â€˘ Maintain government accountability & transparency â€˘ Maintain a balanced budget â€˘ Transition to renewable energy sources â€˘ Diversify city revenues â€˘ Enhance residentsâ€™ quality of life â€˘ Invest in Signal Hill â€˘ Promote sustainability
MIXER AT THE MARKETPLACE What Monthly meeting Who The Success Network When Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 7:30am to 9am Where Corner Bakery, 6507 E. PCH in The Marketplace 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 email@example.com .
LIBRARY AFTER HOURS What Night at the Library Who The Signal Hill Public Library When Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6pm to 8pm Where 1770 E. Hill St. More Info The library will present â€œThe Music of Fifty Shades of Grey.â€? A book discussion, music, and a variety of activities related to the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy will comprise the evening. Refreshments will be provided. People ages 18 and older welcomed. Call (562) 989-7323.
ARTWORK AND NETWORK What 2nd Thursdays Mixer Who The Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce When Thursday, Feb. 14 from 5pm to 8pm Where Gina M. Woodruff Gallery, 5555 East Stearns St. #203 in Long Beach More Info The mixer will feature live music, appetizers and desserts, a silent art auction and prizes. Call Gina Woodruff at (562) 519-1614 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
AID HEARING LOSS What Hearing device exhibit Who The Hearing Loss Association of America Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter When Friday, Feb. 15 from 10am to noon Where Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave. in Lakewood More Info Local residents can view a free hands-on display of devices that help with hearing difficulties and receive information on how the devices work and where they can be purchased. Call (562) 630-6141.
ONCE UPON A TIME What Marathon Reading of Grimmâ€™s Fairy Tales Who ArtExchange When Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9am to 9pm Where ArtExchange, 356 E. 3rd St. More Info ArtExchange will host a free family event to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first publication of fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm with a marathon reading of Grimmâ€™s Fairy Tales. The event will include readings by a local book illustrator, a librarian from the Long Beach Public Library, a professor from CSULBâ€™s Theatre Department, and representatives from East Village businesses. Call (562) 999-1482.
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Race for three SH City Council seats heats up Candidates debate initiative, legal fees and development plans during latest forum
Sean Belk Staff Writer
Competitors for three open Signal Hill City Council seats squared off during a second candidate forum Monday, Feb. 4 in a highly contentious race that has formed a clear divide between incumbents defending their track records and political newcomers pushing for a change in leadership. The seven candidates are running in the March 5 municipal election. Co-sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Signal Hill (CCSH) and the Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce, the forum was moderated by Gary Dudley, a longtime community leader, who fielded questions prepared by CCSH and the Chamber. Due to time constraints, audience members were unable to ask questions. The forum, which drew a crowd of more than 50 people in the City Council Chamber, included incumbents Ellen Ward, Edward Wilson and Michael Noll, who have served together on the Council for 12 years, who declared their accomplishments, such as recently completing the construction of a new police station. The mood quickly turned heated, however, as challengers Robert Mendoza, Nancy Sciortino, Elizabeth Wise and Lori Woods, although cordial, presented a different view of the City, making allegations of hidden taxes, ever-rising legal fees and business developments that some of the challengers claim have decreased quality of life for residents. “We are a small town… do we need two strip clubs in our neighborhood?” Sciortino, a 24-year Signal Hill resident, asked the audience during her opening remarks. She also asked, “What about the increased pot holes and pollution in our
neighborhood that came with more trash from the trash-transfer station? … Does foul odors that come from the station improve the quality of life of residents who live near it?” In addition, Sciortino said a radiostation tower poses health risks to residents and that she has heard concerns about rising crime and the need to expand the City’s neighborhood-watch program. Mendoza, who said he wanted to become Signal Hill’s first Latino councilmember, said the Council should “think out of the box” and start partnering with the Chamber to use the City’s cable television channel to offer local businesses free advertising. “We need the tax money, and we need the City of Signal Hill to excel in business,” he said. Vice Mayor Noll, who called himself “an elder statesman,” having served on the Council for 20 years, shot back by saying the existing Council is currently accomplishing many of the suggestions raised by opponents. “Sometimes I sit up and here and hear these people talk, and I wonder what city they live in,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense. We are doing all those things, and that’s why we’re so successful.” Noll added the city is on a positive track and has already secured $8.5 million in redevelopment bond money that the City will be able to use to build a new library. Wise, who claims to have a background in the oil industry and runs her own paralegal business, said she wants to see a more “integrated communication” between the oil companies, residents and local businesses. Wise added that, if elected, she would partner with the Signal Hill Historical Society and sister cities to turn Signal Hill into a tourist attraction, highlighting the City’s
Thoughts from the Publisher
by Neena Strichart
With Valentine’s Day falling on Thursday of next week, this is my last opportunity to remind our readers to shop locally for your gifts and take your sweetheart out dining to one of our area restaurants. Reservations are certainly recommended but not always required at every eatery. Call ahead and make sure. Nothing will get you in hotter water than taking your honey out for dinner and finding that the next available seating is at 10:30pm!
Keeping with the hearts and flowers theme of this week’s column, don’t forget to enter our Sweetheart Sweepstakes! We are now in our second week of the annual promotion, and I encourage all our lucky readers to get those coupons filled out and dropped off before it’s too late. Check out pages 10 and 11 for all the sweet details.
Now, for those of you who receive fine jewelry as gifts during this romantic holiday season, don’t forget to have those gems insured! My gal pal Allstate Agent Brenda Soto Bryan recently sent me a message reminding me how important it is to financially protect those new, sparkling jewels, as well as those special pieces already in our jewelry boxes. Here’s a bit of what she sent me:
oil history. She noted that Signal Hill is centrally located between major theme parks Universal Studios in Hollywood and Disneyland in Anaheim, which is prime for entering into a venture with other cities to bring in more sales-tax revenue to the City. “We’re right in between,” Wise said. “[With] billions of dollars being spent in LA, [we can have] a few million spent here… There’s a lot of wealthy people out there [who] can help, and I believe we can use our past to build our future.” The challengers have based much of their crusade to unseat the existing councilmembers on a decision that was made by the City Council last year to pass an ordinance in light of the State’s move to dissolve redevelopment agencies. Incumbents, however, state that the new ordinance was passed for economic development and City incentives to help spur new jobs and bring in businesses due to the loss of property tax-increment funding. The challengers, on the other hand, claim that the City Council amended the City Charter and have infringed on citizens’ rights by creating what some challengers said is a form of “taxation without representation.” The dispute has led to the drafting of an initiative called “Taxpayer’s Right to Know and Vote,” sponsored by neighborhood-advocacy group Signal Hill Community First. The initiative, for which all challengers have said they have campaigned, aims to amend the City Charter to require that registered Signal Hill voters have a chance to vote on all new city taxes, assessments, property fees and bonds. Woods said she gives the initiative drafted so far a “B-plus” when asked to judge the accuracy of the language in the measure. “I think there are a few elements that
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Lastly, my long-time chum Cristina contacted me and asked if we could help her find a good home for a dog she has rescued. Here are the details and a picture: Amber is a 3-year-old, spayed, female Maltese/poodle. I prefer a retired couple/person. She is calm and well behaved. Call Cristina at (562) 673-7225.
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tax increases.” When the candidates were asked what they would replace redevelopment with, Ward said the City needs to find a way to help developers and businesses with the remediation of abandoned oil wells. Noll later said oil-industry officials have confirmed can cost anywhere from $250,000 to $500,000 or more per well, which was previously paid for by redevelopment monies. She said there are about 100 abandoned oil wells waiting to be cleaned up in the City to create new development, such as a boutique hotel, with about 23 abandoned wells located on the Spring Street property on Atlantic Avenue. Candidates also discussed implications of a lawsuit that Signal Hill has filed against the Water Replenishment District (WRD) to seek a refund for underground pumping charges that the agency assessed without notification. Some of the challengers took aim at City Attorney David Aleshire for advising to go forward with the lawsuit and criticized the City for withholding water-bill payments while in litigation. According to City officials, about
I recently received a call from a Long Beach woman who asked me to help her find her black nylon rain jacket. The last time she recalls having it was when she was leaving Chef Tech Cooking School, 3842 Atlantic Ave. in Bixby Knolls, and she believes she may have dropped it on the sidewalk. I called up to Chef Tech and spoke with Amy (one of the owners) who assured me she’d keep her eyes open for the jacket. If you know where the garment is, please give me a call here at the office
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need to be understood, but I think it is written to the degree of 90 percent of accuracy of what can be done in this city,” she said. “It doesn’t grandfather in all fees and assessments that have already happened. We’re talking about new things… we understand redevelopment money is gone, and we understand that the City will still need money going forward for major projects… we recognize that we want those things. We just want to have the right to know about them.” Wilson, however, said the initiative, if passed, would cause the City substantial sums of money to have to continue holding elections every time a fee in the city is increased. He added that City Council’s ordinance includes nothing about raising taxes without people voting on it. “If anyone up here tells you otherwise, they didn’t read it or are being disingenuous,” he said. Noll, who is also strongly against the initiative, said the City is prohibited from raising property taxes due to the state’s Prop. 13. In addition, he said state Prop. 218 “protects every citizen that you have a right to vote on any fees or
“Many people don’t wear their jewelry because they are afraid they might lose it. Some pieces hold sentimental value that can never be replaced, but when our customers choose proper insurance coverage on jewels it gives them confidence and peace of mind that they are financially protected when the unexpected happens,” stated Brenda. Here are a few tips from Brenda on insuring your jewelry: • Have a detailed appraisal, and be sure to keep the bill of sale. To keep coverage current, have jewelry appraised every five years. • Keep and maintain an inventory of jewelry and individual valuables. This should be part of a broader home inventory to help better understand everything someone owns. • Review your current insurance coverage to determine protection levels. Have questions? Give Brenda Soto Bryan a call at her Bixby Knolls Allstate office (562) 426-1752
In the article “Film immortalizes Signal Hill's downhill skateboarding competition as ‘birth of extreme sports,’” in the Feb. 1 issue of the Signal Tribune, the name of the film’s co-director should have been spelled “Jon Carnoy.” PUBLISHER/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
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Moderator Gary Dudley, top left, starts a forum between Signal Hill City Council candidates, pictured from left, Lori Woods, Elizabeth Wise, Edward Wilson, Ellen Ward, Nancy Sciortino, Michael Noll and Robert Mendoza, at the City Council Chambers on Feb. 4.
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On Feb. 1, 2013 the Long Beach Fire Department honored some of its members for their recent promotions to the ranks of marine safety officer, rescue boat operator, and battalion chief. Members of the community were also honored for their contributions to the department and to the community. Individuals who received promotions will fill positions vacated by retirements and other promotions. Pictured, front row, from left, are: fire boat operator Nick Kraus (promotion), marine safety officer Trevor Wawrzynski (promotion), and rescue boat operator Cameron Abel (promotion). In the back row, from left, are: fire boat operator Eric Yauchzee (promotion), deputy chief Dave Segura, fire chief Mike DuRee, assistant chief Ted Morton, marine safety chief Randy Foster, and battalion chief Darrin Curry (promotion). Also honored were: James Pagnanelli, fire boat operator; Juanita Arias, secretary of Fire Prevention; Kim O’Neill, secretary of Support Services; Leticia Garcia, clerk typist III within Fire Prevention; Robert Cherney, Community Services Award; Bill and Nancy Nash, Community Services Award; Tracy Manzer, Press Telegram, Letter of Appreciation; and Mike Murchison, Clancy Foundation, Letter of Appreciation. Source: LBFD
Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach’s nursing programs honored
Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach have achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. Magnet recognition is determined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, which ensures that rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met. With this credential, Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s join the Magnet community, a select group of 395 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations internationally. “Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality
of patient care,” said Judy Fix, RN, MSN, SVP, chief nursing officer, Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s. “Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. It also is the tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best patient and family centered care to our community, of which we are extremely proud.” Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s are the first hospitals in Long Beach to achieve the Magnet designation. “I would like to recognize the amazing work, determination and effort of our nursing department who worked tirelessly on our journey to excellence,” said Diana
The U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded the City of Long Beach a $61,500 grant to convert two tennis courts into futsal courts at DeForest Park, 6255 De Forest Ave., in north Long Beach. Futsal is a fast-growing, fast-paced variant of soccer. “The creation of these futsal courts will give the community more opportunities to play this exciting sport,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “The new courts will activate an underused area and bring new patrons to DeForest Park.” The word “futsal” is derived from Portuguese and is loosely translated as “hall football” or “indoor football.” The sport traces its roots back over 80 years and is growing in popularity worldwide. “Recreation opportunities are so important to our community as we work to improve the quality of life for our residents,” said 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal. “We welcome this grant and thank the
U.S. Soccer Foundation for their support. The new futsal courts will be a nice complement to other upgrades at DeForest Park, such as the Wetlands Restoration Project this summer, among many other park and open space enhancements in the 9th District.” Futsal can be played on both indoor and outdoor courts instead of a field. It is played on a hard surface, with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular soccer ball. The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique, as well as ball control and passing in small spaces. DeForest Park will continue to feature a basketball court, community center, nature trail, playground, racquetball court, softball field, tennis courts, sand volleyball court, restrooms, youth recreation and adult classes.
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A Matter of Life
What to do with unused graves Kenneth McKenzie
On the average, I meet with 1,100 families a year here at the mortuary. I would guesstimate 50 percent of those people I meet with have already purchased cemetery property. I would say a good 25 percent of those people have now decided to cremate and not utilize the grave(s) previously purchased. So, what do you do with the unused grave? They do not make the nicest
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Workshop to field questions, comments from public concerning Signal Hill sign
The City of Signal Hill will host a workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 13 to receive public comments regarding a proposed Civic Center monument sign with an electronic message center. The meeting will take place in the Signal Hill Park Community Center, 1780 E. Hill St. at 6pm. A mock-up of the monument sign and message board has been installed in the proposed location. The mockup has been created in the actual size of the sign to provide the public with an opportunity to see how it would look once installed. City staff invites comments and/or questions at the workshop, or they may be submited to the City by any of the following means:
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In Living Color
The exciting color red Shoshanah Siegel
time you are in Las Vegas, notice how many red lights there are. There are so If you missed my column entry intro- many other fun facts about the color red, ducing you to the world of color, I will and there are many books written just give you a little update. I wrote about the about the history and the psychology of ease of decorating when you have a def- the color. Now... to get back to the topic at inite idea of the mood you want to create, and then using the idea to develop the hand and how the color red can be incorporated into the design and decorating of design and colors of the room. Certain colors evoke memories and your home. The color red can be as subimages. Preferences towards certain col- tle as a soft pink (a color I will explore ors are very personal. Colors can change in a future article), a vibrant ruby red, or a room from whimsical to carefree, from a deep red burgundy. Whatever the exotic to classic. Some colors will excite shade, it will be noticed. The kitchen and dining room Red has you, and some will relax you. Whether you get swept up in the been featured as the color to rev up one’s Valentine’s Day craze or consider it just appetite. If you are going to use the color another day, it is hard to ignore the excit- red, these are the rooms in which to use ing and complex color red. Leatrice it. However, if you would like to tone it Eiseman, the executive director of the down a bit, consider it as an accent wall, Pantone Color Institute, describes the or add splashes of red. I remember how color as “the color of life and the color amazing a friend’s retro-diner kitchen of evil, the color of danger and the color looked with a red stove and sink, paired of excitement.” Some researchers with teal. There are a variety of reds that believe that we are drawn to red not are connected to healthy and delectable because of conditioning, but because red fruits, veggies and salsas. Just the name is inherently exciting to the human of the colors conjures up images, such as brain. People actually gamble under red Benjamin Moore’s Current Red 1323 or lights more than any other color. Next Pratt and Lambert’s Apple Candy 4-15. Bedroom While we think of red as a sexy color, why not use it in the bedroom? In this day and age, our bedrooms often double as an office or TV room, and large quantities of red might not be the most relaxing. If you do decide to bring in the reds, consider softer tones such as Pratt Lambert’s and Cedar Rose 1-9 or a deep red such as Benjamin Moore’s Mardi Gras 1342. However, adding just a spot of red in your accessories, such as pillows and rugs, can really add freshness to your room. Children’s rooms We are introduced to red from infancy. It is reported that red is the first color that babies see. Red is a primary color and works well with its counterEven though Chinese feng shui states that a red door invites prosperity to your house, it may not always be parts of blue and feasible to paint the door red. Instead, greet your guests green. Be careful about painting chilwith beautiful red pillows in the entry way. Columnist
CULTURE dren’s rooms entirely in red. They might get too stimulated and start bouncing off the walls. Luckily, red is used in children’s toys, bedding, wall coverings, and more. Hallways, entry ways, and bathrooms You might think that these are small areas and that red might be too much. What makes these areas ideal for adding color is the fact that we don’t really live in these spaces for a prolonged period of time. So go for it. It will be a pleasant surprise. Benjamin Moore’s Moroccan Red 1309 or Red Geranium by Glidden, are warmer reds and are perfect for these spaces. Dens and libraries Yes, this is a perfect place to bring in the bluer reds such as Benjamin Moore’s Dinner Party AF-300 or Dunn Edwards’ Deep Crimson DEA 152. Throughout the home For continuity, make sure that you bring just a few items that are red to each of your rooms. Red is a perfect background color for inside of cabinets or niches. It looks great with dark woods. Think Asian. Recently, in a client’s home, we moved a red armoire from her bedroom into the living room to house her TV. In another part of the room we brought in table lamps that had Chinese red ceramic bases. The Asian-themed wallpaper in the adjoining dining room had the same rich red background. The effect was balanced and stunning. Front door It is true. In Chinese feng shui, which is the art of balance and harmony, red is the recommended color for your front door. Not only does it cheerfully greets your guests, it is said that it
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Red vases and pillows in the living room provide continuity with the red accent wall in the adjoining dining room. invites prosperity to the owners of the house. I am all for that, so now my front door is a reddish orange. According to Leatrice Eiseman, “people don’t just like red–they love it.” People whose favorite color is red have a zest for life and need to be involved. They are passionate in their pursuits and
extroverted. Those who love red are exciting, optimistic, and animated.
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Backbeat tells upbeat and downbeat stories of birth of the Beatles Gregory Spooner Culture Writer
The Beatles are a well-known band; indeed, they are almost certainly the best-known band in the world. Nearly everyone who hasn’t lived under a rock for the last 50 years can even name each member: John, Paul, George and Ringo. (Think for a moment... can you name each member of the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Beach Boys, or any other of rock and roll’s great bands? Unless you’re a serious rock aficionado, probably not... and I think that speaks volumes as to their artistic and cultural impact.) Despite the Beatles’ undeniable fame, most people are unfamiliar with their dramatic backstory. The Fab Four were once the Fab Five: John, Paul, George, Stu (the Beatles’ origi-
nal bassist), and Pete (their original drummer). The quintet left Liverpool for several extended gigs in Germany that spanned two years. This time completely transformed the band; they began as accomplished imitators, covering early blues standards and sporting the rockabilly leathers and D.A. haircuts of their idols. Two years later they had created their own unique sound, look, and stage persona. These changes did not happen in a vacuum, and they are brought to light on the stage in Karl Sydow’s production of Backbeat. “Is this play a musical?” my friend Kevin asked, as we piled into my Prius to head up to the Ahmanson Theatre. “Yes... and no” was the best reply I could think of. Yes... there will be plenty of music, but no, no one will be
singing soliloquies while skipping across the stage! The play takes you back to those legendary days in Hamburg when the early Beatles (who at the time went through several other names such as the Quarrymen and the Silver Beetles) honed their sound by playing six- to eight-hour shifts, seven days a week. The role these gigs had on the Beatles can’t be overstated. Malcolm Gladwell’s 2008 best-seller Outliers specifically mentions this era in the Beatles’ history when he makes his case for the “10,000 hour rule”...the claim that perfection of one’s craft requires roughly this amount of a time investment. Having only a repertoire of two to three hours’ worth of music, the band was suddenly forced to learn and create more. They covered new genres; they rearranged songs with new tem-
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Dan Westwick, Oliver Bennett, Andrew Knott, Daniel Healy, and Nick Blood star as the legendary Beatles in their early, Hamburg days in Backbeat.
pos, harmonies and styles; most importantly, they wrote their own songs. Love them or hate them, there’s no denying the fact– the Beatles paid their dues. And then there was Stu Sutcliffe, the band’s first bass player. Sutcliffe and Lennon met in art college, and Lennon insisted that Sutcliffe join his band. By nearly all accounts, Sutcliffe was an accomplished artist, but only a mediocre bass player. Nevertheless, he and his girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr, made important contributions to the band. In act I of Backbeat, John recruits Stu and introduces him to the rest of the Beatles. It’s obvious John idolizes Stu, and it’s not hard to see why. Stu was devilishly handsome... a near double for the young James Dean, and he knew how to strike the ultracool pose, complete with cigarette and Wayfarer sunglasses. Stu is always ambivalent about his participation. He knows he is not a great musician; his talent is for painting. But John’s importunity wins out. He puts his art education on hold and heads to Hamburg, where he meets the gorgeous Astrid, who is a struggling photographer. Here is one of several moments where Backbeat shines: Stu’s impressive artwork and Astrid’s early candids of the Beatles fill the stage in many scenes, superimposed over the early courtship of the star-crossed lovers. In addition to providing early artistic photography for the Beatles, Astrid is often credited with helping create the Beatles early mop-top and nehru-jacketed look. In early images of the Beatles, they seem squeaky clean, even by the standards of their day. When we see pictures of the band only five years later, with their beards and their hair halfway down their backs, one may naively wonder, “What happened?!” The truth is the suits were the aberration. The squeaky-clean look and image was a creation of their manager and Astrid; it was never more than a veneer that the band soon tired of. Backbeat shows us the “bad boys” the Beatles always were. For those who have heard the bootleg Hamburg tapes, you can detect a raucous energy comparable to the Ramones or Sex Pistols. Rolling Stone magazine called the tapes “raw but extremely powerful.” Backbeat brings that energy back to life. One feels that one has taken a time machine back to those Hamburg days, with the smoke-filled rooms of the back-alley clubs filled with drag queens, prostitutes and their Johns. Today we forget that rock and
roll was truly counter-culture back then... it was not your parents’ soundtrack. In any production involving a well-known vocal icon, one must make a choice: should we cast the role based on looks or voice? It is rare that one will find a Paul McCartney doppelganger who also happens to sing well and play his bass lefthanded! Despite these challenges, casting director Julia Horan managed to find several talented performers who seemed to pull off the impossible. Andrew Knott virtually becomes the angry, young Lennon; the voice, the mannerisms, the wit are all there, and in the tragic scenes, underneath it all, there is the vulnerability. Daniel Healy plays Sir Paul McCartney, and is also a good match for vocals and looks. Daniel Westwick and Oliver Bennett do a good job playing the supporting roles of Harrison and Best (the Beatles’ original drummer). Nick Blood and Leanne Best deftly play the lead characters, Stu Sutcliffe and Astrid Kirchherr. My only complaint about Backbeat is relatively minor. Surprisingly, both my friend Kevin and I were mildly upset that Backbeat’s Paul was right-handed. This may seem exceedingly minor, but the Beatles had a very unique stage presence due to the symmetry of having a leftie (left-handed guitars face the opposite direction). Because of this, the band just didn’t “look right” when playing together. However, having Paul play lefthanded most likely would have necessitated having a proxy bass player off-stage and forcing the actor to mime, which itself is a major compromise. I’m happy to say the band played live and sounded damn good! Other than this trivial issue, the play is surprisingly faithful to the actual history of the Beatles. With history this important, tragic and dramatic, there’s no need to embellish. I’ve been to many plays, but not many of them have ended with a standing ovation. Backbeat did... and deservedly so. If you’re looking for an evening that will literally end with dancing in the aisles, Backbeat is your ticket. Backbeat will play at the Ahmanson Theatre through March 1. The venue is located at 601 W Temple St. in Los Angeles. Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm. Tickets are $20 to $110. For tickets and more information, call (213) 628-2772 or visit CenterTheatreGroup.org .
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balancing act applies, said the freshman congressman in his new Long Beach office downtown during an interview with the Signal Tribune last Friday, Feb. 1. “There’s going to be a need for some additional revenues and … additional cuts, and I think that’s not rocket science,” Lowenthal said. “We’re not just going to cut everything, and we’re not just going to cut taxes to solve it… there’s going to be a balance.” Lowenthal, who has a 20-year political career as a Long Beach city councilmember and a state legislator, was elected last November to represent the newly drawn 47th Congressional District, which encompasses Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood, Cypress, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Garden Grove, Westminster, Stanton and Buena Park. The former Cal State Long Beach psychology professor has already cast his first vote, which was approving a billion-dollar relief package for states affected by Superstorm Sandy. Lowenthal has also been appointed to the House Committee on Natural Resources in addition to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, dealing with terrorism and national security– topics that are fairly new ones for the Congressmember to handle. In addition to discussing the nation’s budget woes during the interview, Lowenthal touched on top priorities for the country, including immigration reform, health care and gun control. On the local level, he discussed promoting education and creating green jobs. But, what takes the most precedence now is averting another recession, Lowenthal said. So far, he said the economies of both California and the nation appear to be heading in the right direction, despite “prophesies of doom and gloom,” adding that the State’s budget situation has “stabilized” and its bond rating has jumped back up. “I think the [national] economy is waking up from a deep slumber,” Lowenthal said. “It’s slowly improving and needs to be nurtured, and we need to make sure we invest wisely and watch carefully that we don’t do anything foolish… Growth is not as fast as we would like, and unemployment is still high, but there are very encouraging signs out there. Businesses are hiring more people, and job growth is increasing.” Lowenthal said, as a “moderate,” he voted in favor of a bill that President Barack Obama recently signed that suspends putting limits on federal borrowing until midMarch, even though the move went against his party’s leadership. Democratic leaders decried the bill for continuing to put off the nation’s budget problems with no real solutions while Republican leaders remained critical about raising the debt ceiling at all. Still, he said, the bill’s passage at least showed the first sign of bipartisanship on the issue. “Even though I wasn’t wild about kicking the can down the road and not truly fixing the debt ceiling, I thought it was responsible that the Republican party wanted to focus on the debt issue and did not want the country to … not meet its financial obligations,” Lowenthal said. “I felt like it was the first step in working together.” Federal budget discussions in coming weeks, he said, must take a “responsible, balanced approach”
from both Democratic and Republican parties. So far, President Obama has outlined a “balanced” package of both spending cuts and tax increases. The big question, however, is what will happen to about $1.2 trillion in federal spending for defense and other programs that, through “sequestration,” remains at risk of automatically being cut after the government’s extension expires. “We’re going to need some serious kinds of cuts, and we’re going to seriously need to address new revenues that are appropriate, whether it’s to look at some tax credits [or] whether it’s to look at the overall tax system and reform it,” Lowenthal said. Local governments, schools, nonprofits and even businesses are tied to what federal programs may be cut this year. Boeing, for instance, has had to make hundreds of layoffs at its C-17 production line in Long Beach in recent years due to the military spending cuts and since the United States Air Force no longer requires any new orders. Although Lowenthal doesn’t foresee the federal government securing any new C-17s, he said the production line is expected to stay alive through international sales for the next few years, adding that Boeing’s defense and commercial aviation programs have “stabilized.” Lowenthal added that the Long Beach plant might eventually become the “maintenance capital” for the nation’s existing C-17s. “The C-17 has become such an important part of our ability to move large equipment and to transport soldiers, medical equipment and humanitarian aid all over the globe,” he said. “I think Long Beach has a bright future.” Reducing the federal deficit, however, may also involve investing in infrastructure and cleanerburning technology through the American Jobs Act, Lowenthal said. Investing in zero-emissions goods movement at the ports and renewable energy sources is expected to help generate green jobs, he said. In addition, reducing emissions on a national level, much like California’s cap-and-trade program through the state’s landmark environmental law AB 32, could be achieved through a combination of market forces, federal regulatory controls and government incen-
tives, Lowenthal said. “I think there are ways to increase existing resources and move them around,” he said. “We can renew infrastructure, [but] with that infrastructure having to be clean.” Lowenthal also spoke about reforming the nation’s immigration policy, which he said would help move the economy forward. Providing “law-abiding” immigrants who pay their taxes and go to school with a path toward citizenship would help replace an aging workforce of Baby Boomers who are now retiring, he said. “I think immigration reform is going to be very helpful… because it’s going to provide us with the energy of lots of younger new Americans, who are going to be the entrepreneurs of this century,” Lowenthal said. “… Just as it has always been immigrants [who] have driven this economy in the United States.” He added that “meaningful” immigration reform that provides immigrants with a path toward citizenship is becoming more of a bipartisan issue due to “changing demographics” in cities and states across the country. “You’re now seeing that this is no longer just a Democratic issue,” Lowenthal said. “There’s a large voice on the Republican side also saying, ‘We want to participate in this’… It’s taken a while to get to the table, but I think we’re going to be partners in this.” As a supporter of President Obama’s new healthcare law, Lowenthal brought up the political discussion on universal health care, which he said now focuses on how to contain costs and whether to change certain government incentives. Even though health care is “occupying a larger and larger portion of our national budget,” Lowenthal said, “I don’t think you walk away from your obligation to provide adequate health care for Americans.” In terms of spurring job growth, he said the driving force behind a prosperous economy is an educational system that is affordable, accessible and effective, one that “turns out qualified students who become qualified workers.” Lowenthal added, “the more you invest in education, the more you create entrepreneurs… [And] once they graduate they will create the new jobs and new technology.” ß
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Overnight stay at Quality Inn Signal Hill (with continental breakfast) • Champagne Basket from Wine Country Two $25 gift certificates from Kashiwa Restaurant • Pair of tickets for Long Beach Playhouse “Love in Bloom” original painting by Cory Bilicko • Scented candle from Capital Investment Advisers Two bags of Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers Candies
BEARY COZY VALENTINE PACKAGE Breakfast For Two from Black Bear Diner ($25 Bear Bucks) • Two Black Bear Diner Coffee Mugs Black Bear Diner His & Hers Fleece Jackets • Black Bear Diner Teddy Bear Dinner For Two from Black Bear Diner ($50 Bear Bucks)
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ROMANCE ON YOUR MIND? Dinner for two at Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria • Pair of tickets for Long Beach Playhouse Couples photography sitting plus print courtesy of Vangie Ogg Photography Custom couples framing courtesy of Andazola’s Gallery Fluffy, red, heart-shaped pillow from About U • Two bags of Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers Candies
U LTIMATE PRIZE HIGH ON LOVE!
OH-SO UTTERLY ROMANTIC!
• Fly the skies on this Beaches Day Tour for two courtesy of Sunset Flying (Fly over: Queen Mary, Los Angeles
Two $25 gift certificates from Kashiwa Restaurant • Pair of tickets for Long Beach Playhouse Chocolate-Scented Teddy Bear from Signal Tribune • Avon bubble bath from Kat Evans Box of Truffles from Signal Hill Fresh & Easy • Two bags of Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers Candies
Airport, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes, Trump Golf Course & the Horseshoe, Catalina Island, Ports of Los Angeles & Long Beach, Vincent Thomas Bridge & Sea Launch) $399 value!
• $100 gift card for dinner from Delius Restaurant • One-time-use camera, film developing and surprises from Tuttle Cameras • Giant Teddy Bear from Signal Tribune • Box of Truffles from Signal Hill Fresh & Easy • Two bags of Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers Candies
All courtesy of The Undershirt in Signal Hill: Cozy plush throw for 2 & Spa Set 2 Mugs & Sleepytime Tea • Ladies’ Bamboo nightshirt & Men’s Bamboo T-shirt Romance Novel, Candle & Bath Salts (packaged in a large zippered tote bag) –Value $180
INSURING YOUR LASTING LOVE All courtesy of Brenda Soto Bryan Insurance Agency: $50 dinner gift certificate Two AMC movie tickets • Gift certificate for a box of candy
GRAND PRIZE RIDING ROMANCE
TASTY LOVIN’ FOR TWO
• PEDIWAGON Belmont Shore excursion for party of 14! (lbpediwagon.com) $370 value! • Energy snack basket from Jumpstarter Bodyfuel Bars • Dozen cupcakes from Alsace Lorraine Bakery • 14 bags of Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers Candies
$25 gift card courtesy of Blackbird Café • Pair of tickets for Long Beach Playhouse Bottle of wine and 4 wine glasses from Signal Tribune • Cuddly Teddy Bear from Signal Tribune Box of truffles from Signal Hill Fresh & Easy • Two bags of Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers Candies
SO HAPPY TO BE IN LOVE! Dinner for two at Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria • Two tickets for Long Beach Playhouse Cuddly Stuffed Tiger from Signal Tribune • Three-month post office box rental at UPS Store #4466 Scented candle from Capital Investment Advisers • Two bags of Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers Candies
SUPREME PRIZE SPA-LIKE SPLENDOR
• Enjoy a 1 hr. couples massage in your home while a chef prepares dinner! Courtesy of G-Spa Massage Clinic (gspa.massagetherapy.com) $300 value! (includes appetizer, main course, dessert, & wine or champagne or love cocktails) • Cuddly Teddy Bear with heart-shaped button from Signal Tribune
A DAY OF DELIGHT Pancake Mix, Maple Syrup & Hot Cocoa Mix from Fresh & Easy • $50 gift certificate for Donato’s Hair Salon Coffee basket courtesy of Starbucks/Signal Hill • Pair of tickets for Long Beach Playhouse Dinner for two at Le Yen Restaurant • Box of truffles from Signal Hill Fresh & Easy Two bags of Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers Candies
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™ Clip out participating merchants’ coupons from the Signal Tribune on Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, 2013. ™ Take each coupon to the store featured on the coupon and deposit into the official entry box. (Don’t forget to fill in your name, address and phone number so that we can call to let you know what prizes you’ve won!) ™ That’s it. Now, isn’t that simple? Winners will be announced in the Feb. 15, 2013 edition of the Signal Tribune.
oFFICIAl RUleS 1. Use the coupon from the Signal Tribune to enter at each participating business. No faxes, photocopies, or mail-ins allowed. 2. Only one (1) entry per store per day. 3. No purchase necessary. 4. Must be at least 18 years old to enter. 5. One winner per family. Winners agree to allow the Signal Tribune to publish their names. 6. Employees and family members of the Signal Tribune, participating businesses and other sponsors are not eligible. 7. Winners chosen by random drawing Feb. 13, 2013. Winners will be notified by telephone and announced in the Feb. 15 edition of the Signal Tribune. 8. Entrants agree to release the Signal Tribune and all participating merchants and sponsors of any liability related to participating in the contest and/or acceptance and use of any prizes awarded. 9. Prizes are not transferable.
FOR A DELIGHTFUL DUO Pancake Mix, Maple Syrup & Hot Cocoa Mix from Fresh & Easy His and Hers gift certificate for Goldhill Hair Salon • Coffee basket courtesy of It’s A Grind/Signal Hill Pair of tickets for Long Beach Playhouse • $25 gift card at Bamboo Teri House Box of truffles from Signal Hill Fresh & Easy • Two bags of Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers Candies
SO UTTERLY IN LOVE! Dinner for two from Patricia’s Mexican Restaurant • Two passes for Museum of Latin American Art Scented candle from Capital Investment Advisers • Box of truffles from Signal Hill Fresh & Easy Chocolate-Scented Teddy Bear from Signal Tribune • Two bags of Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers Candies
LOVING YOU IS SO EASY! Dinner for two from Guadalupe’s Grill Restaurant • Two passes for Museum of Latin American Art Scented candle from Capital Investment Advisers • Box of truffles from Signal Hill Fresh & Easy Chocolate-Scented Teddy Bear from Signal Tribune • Two bags of Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers Candies
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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." 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TST4281 TSG No.: 7354658 TS No.: CA1200248173 FHA/VA/PMI No.: APN: 7148-001-030 Property Address: 3300 CALIFORNIA AVENUE SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 09/15/2003. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 02/21/2013 at 10:00 A.M., First American Title Insurance Company, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 09/22/2003, as Instrument No. 03 2782876, in book , page , , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. Executed by: NICHOLAS L. LIDDI JR. AND DIANE P. LIDDI, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST APN# 7148-001-030 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 3300 CALIFORNIA 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. 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,
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 of Los Angeles County on December 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: January 18, 25, & February 1, 8, 2013.
TST4282 / 2013 005551 FICTITIoUS BUSINeSS NAMe STATeMeNT The following person is doing business as: MIKO'S SPORTS LOUNGE, 3550-B Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: ENAID'S WAY, INC., 622 E. 37th St., Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Damitresse Yancey, 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 January 9, 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: February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013.
TST4283 / 2013 015788 FICTITIoUS BUSINeSS NAMe STATeMeNT The following person is doing business as: BUILDING BLOCKS FOR SUCCESS TUTORIAL SERVICES, 3808 Hathaway Ave. Unit 632, Long Beach, CA 90815. Registrant: MARIA JOHNSON, 3808 Hathaway Ave. Unit 632, Long Beach, CA 90815. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Maria 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 23, 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: February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013. TST4284 / 2013 015776 FICTITIoUS BUSINeSS NAMe STATeMeNT The following person is doing business as: ZIZILU, 2322 Monte Verde Dr., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: RAZAN
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expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $261,482.62. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust has deposited all documents evidencing the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust and has declared all sums secured thereby immediately due and payable, and has caused a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be executed. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (916)939-0772 or visit this Internet Web http://search.nationwideposting.com/propertySearchTerms.aspx, using the file number assigned to this case CA1200248173 Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse. First American Title Insurance Company First American Title Insurance Company 3 FIRST AMERICAN WAY SANTA ANA, CA 92707 Date: FOR TRUSTEE'S SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (916)939-0772 First American Title Insurance Company MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NPP0212616 SIGNAL TRIBUNE 02/01/2013, 02/08/2013, 02/15/2013
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ALJABBAN, 2322 Monte Verde 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: Razan Aljabban. 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 23, 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: February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013. TST4285 / 2013 014780 FICTITIoUS BUSINeSS NAMe STATeMeNT The following person is doing business as: PLUMBING BY EDWARD, 1016 Concord St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Registrant: EDWARD HERNANDES, 1016 Concord St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Edward Hernandez. 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 23, 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: February 8, 15, 22, & March 1, 2013.
TST4286 / 2013 016949 FICTITIoUS BUSINeSS NAMe STATeMeNT The following person is doing business as: GARTH'S JELLY DONUT, 3350 E. 7th. St. #128, Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: CHRISTOPHER KRAMME, 630 Magnolia Ave. Apt. 202, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Christopher Kramme. 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 24, 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: February 8, 15, 22, & March 1, 2013.
TST4287/ 2013 019221 FICTITIoUS BUSINeSS NAMe STATeMeNT The following person is doing business as: BEACHCRAFTERS, 4350 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: MICHELE WILLIAMS, 36 Gaviota Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Michele Williams. 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 7, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 29, 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: February 8, 15, 22, & March 1, 2013. TST4288 / 2013 020238 FICTITIoUS BUSINeSS NAMe STATeMeNT The following persons are doing business as: 1. CHERRYWOOD PROPERTY SERVICES, 2. CHERRYWOOD PROPERY HOLDINGS, 2201 E. Willow St. Suite D#185, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrants: 1. STEVE LEWIS, 2. JUNE LEWIS, 3265 Orange Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: a Married Couple. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Steve Lewis/June Lewis. The registrants have not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 30, 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: February 8, 15, 22, & March 1, 2013.
TST4291 / 2013 024386 FICTITIoUS BUSINeSS NAMe STATeMeNT The following person is doing business as: DIAL PRINTING, 633 Terrylynn Place, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: HMS INDUSTRIES, INC, 633 Terrylynn Place, Long Beach, CA 90807 This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Phillip Sigman, 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 February 5, 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: February 8, 15, 22, & March 1, 2013.
TST4292 / 2013 024887 FICTITIoUS BUSINeSS NAMe STATeMeNT The following person is doing business as: PROFIT BUSINESS BROKERS, 133 Argonne Ave., Long Beach, CA 90803. Registrant: MITCHELL BARNEY, 5318 E. 2nd St., Suite 640, Long Beach, CA 90803. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Mitchell Barney. 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 February 5, 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: February 8, 15, 22, & March 1, 2013.
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6450001A Signal Hill Park Community Center 1780 E. Hill St. Accessible to Handicapped: Yes Assistance will be provided in: Spanish & Khmer _________________________________________
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Sgt. Russ Hefte (left) received the Meritorious Conduct Medal– Silver Award with Officer Raul Ramirez at the Feb. 5 City Council meeting. The officers were commended for rescuing a girl trapped underneath a car. (Pictured right is Police Chief Michael Langston.)
Roxanna Castro (right) pins the Meritorious Conduct Medal on Senior Officer Raul Ramirez at the City Council meeting on Feb. 5, 2013.
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Sunday, Feb. 3 Assault with firearm 2:50am– 2100 block Olive Ave.
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the power to raise property tax,” Churchill told the Council, “and maybe the Council would like to consider a charter commission to review its charter, find out if it actually includes the things that it intended to include.” At Councilmember Ward’s request for a clarification, Aleshire said that the City has no ability to raise taxes beyond the current property tax and that California Proposition 13 applies to property taxes. The city attorney explained that the City cannot change or repeal Prop. 13. “The property tax is in the charter, but it’s superseded by the constitutional provision of Proposition 13,” the city attorney concluded. Aleshire warned that the initiative’s language did apply the right to vote to other revenue sources including assessment districts. Aleshire’s concerns about the initiative’s language were touched on by Mayor Tina Hansen who acknowledged that there was a “difference of opinion” on the scope of the initiative. She used the example of whether there would need to be a vote of the people to pass an increased fee to rent library DVDs. “However, we made those comments and concerns very loud and clear,” Hansen said, “and we were assured over and over again that that was not the intention, which I would assume in any subsequent lawsuit would certainly be part of any record what the writer’s intention was or was not. But the individuals who circulated petitions chose not to address those concerns, so I don’t really know that negotiating would have ever done anything, but I certainly appreciate the comments about that tonight.” The city attorney added that if there is a lawsuit, a judge could also interpret the meaning of the initiative. Aleshire addressed whether the language of the initiative could be modified or tweaked in any way. He said that if the initiative passes, the only way it can be changed in the future would be through passing another law. “The only way to actually change the language would be through the election process,” Aleshire said. Later that night, Churchill acknowledged that this could be a possibility– that the city leaders could offer their own initiative for a charter amendment if they would like to work with individuals. “So I’d like you to consider that as one option as a win-win for the community,” Churchill said.
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She explained that the efforts last year to push for the charter amendment initiative came after residents raised objections to the Council’s decision to approve an economicdevelopment ordinance. She warned about one scenario for the City under this ordinance. “And if in fact, redevelopment money was gone and if the council chose to promote an economicdevelopment project through this economic ordinance, and they lacked the funding to do so, that there was a possibility that residents would be asked to fund things through special assessment districts,” Churchill said. Aleshire explained the purpose of the economic-development ordinance that was passed last year, stating that it did not increase property taxes or any other kind of taxes on the residents. “It just provided the ability to try and negotiate things with developers in the future,” Aleshire said. “But that ordinance did not provide for any specific tax, assessment, fee increase to anybody,”
Other City Council highlights Cherry Avenue The Council voted to adopt plans for the Cherry Avenue widening project. The City will be requesting formal authorization from Caltrans to proceed with the construction. The project has been budgeted for $6.7 million, and the entire amount is being funded through grants from state and federal sources, according to a report from Steve Myrter, the director of public works. Myrter offered an estimate that the project may be completed by the end of the year. Successor Agency The Successor Agency adopted a resolution that approved an obligation payment schedule for the period of July 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013. The report reflects $5.8 million in tax increment plus $1.7 million in bond proceeds for that period. Change of voting venue Mayor Hansen announced that the voters in a precinct 6450004A located south of Hill Street and between Cherry Avenue and the eastern and southern city boundaries will vote at the Family Church at 2094 Cherry Ave. There was an error in the map in the sample ballot. Hansen said that notices will be mailed to the voters in this precinct. Resident Maria Harris asked that the City take special measures to notify these voters of the change of poll location. Police department awards The Giniewicz family and members of the police department were recognized Tuesday night. ß
continued from page 4 $800,000 in unpaid water bills are being held in an escrow account pending the resolution of the lawsuit. Wise, who said she could translate the City’s “legal mumbo jumbo,” said the situation might come down to the City one day turning the faucet and “no water coming out.” She added that the lawsuit could subject the city to being sued by some 15 other cities that signed on if the case isn’t upheld in court. Mendoza said, in the end, the city may not save any money from the lawsuit because of all the legal fees. He said, if elected, he would put a stop to rising legal fees that he claims cost the city millions of dollars a year. “We’re always in position where somebody is suing us or we’re suing them, and I don’t know how we got there,” Mendoza said. Sciortino echoed claims brought by Mendoza and other challengers, saying, “I think our legal department needs a little… going over.” Wilson, however, said the City is actually protecting the rights of its citizens by going after the WRD that assessed higher fees, which he said oddly enough goes “beyond” the “Taxpayer’s Right to Know and Vote.” The next candidate forum, sponsored by CCSH, is scheduled to take place at the new Signal Hill Police Station on Feb. 25. ß
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The vacant, mountainous gulch seen here once had a thriving willow forest that extended west to the Los Angeles River. The former artesian spring had served as the main water source for Long Beach when it was founded as Wilmore City in 1882. Today, the site is being developed as Willow Springs Park.
would be intended for passive use, the new plans do call for utilizing concrete portions of the property on the northwest corner for active use, sectioned off by a berm. One area could be used for a designated BMX-bike track, which may include dirt jumps, preventing bikers from trampling over natural habitat, he said. “The idea is, if you provide a small area for active use, then you can keep those folks… from destroying the rest of the park,” Johnson said. “… We don’t want BMX people riding their bikes through the wetlands.” He added that restoring the wetlands and improving water quality at
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