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March 8, 2013

Noll, Woods and Wilson in lead for SH City Council seats; final count due today Sean Belk Staff Writer

Unofficial results of the March 5 Signal Hill municipal election show that political newcomer Lori Woods and incumbents Michael Noll and Edward Wilson are leading in the race for three City Council seats. However, with more than 140 ballots yet to be verified, the final outcome is still anyone’s guess. After polls closed on election night, the unofficial results, which include absentee ballots and polling-place ballots from the city’s three precincts, were delayed for hours at the City Council Chamber because of a ballot-reading machine experiencing technical errors. The unofficial results were broadcast live on LBReport.com

and on the Signal Tribune’s website. Starting at 9am this morning, March 8, city officials are expected to count remaining provisional and vote-by-mail ballots, a process that will be broadcast live as well. The remaining uncounted ballots, which may or may not turn the tables for any of the candidates, were sent to the Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk the day after the election to verify addresses and signatures, ensuring that ballots aren’t counted twice, confirmed Signal Hill Deputy City Clerk Becky Burleson. She pointed out, however, that all remaining ballots might not be counted, since provisional ballots sometimes include errors, such as signatures being

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Signal Hill City Clerk Kathleen Pacheco (far left) and Signal Hill Deputy City Clerk Becky Burleson watch as Glenn Sailor (far right), a consultant for election services firm Martin & Chapman Co., and Kristen Martin, who also works for the company, replace a ballot-reading machine that experienced technical errors, delaying unofficial results for hours on election night.

EDCO recycling and transfer station begins next phase of its operations– household hazardous waste collection

Cory Bilicko Staff Writer

The result of a public/private partnership, the new Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center located at EDCO Recycling and Transfer in Signal Hill will now be open beginning Saturday, March 9 to serve as a one-stop venue for the public to safely and properly dispose of household hazardous, universal and electronic wastes free of charge.

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The City of Long Beach, the City of Signal Hill, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County and EDCO Disposal jointly planned and built the facility, which is located at 2755 California Ave. EDCO hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour for public officials and media on the morning of Thursday, March 7. Steve South, president and

State senators take ‘field trip’ to high school, college in LB to see innovative programs

chief executive officer of EDCO, opened Thursday’s ceremony by referring to the familyowned/operated company as an environmental-solution provider. He said they opened in April of 2012 and has since been incrementally rolling out its operations in phases. After introducing the company’s executives, South presented L.A. County Fourth

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Sen. Ricardo Lara (center) talks with Cabrillo High School Co-principal Alejandro Vega during the California State Senate Policy Conference on Education on March 5.

Sean Belk Staff Writer

When students at Cabrillo High School found that local grocery stores lacked sufficient fruits and vegetables, they not only developed a business plan to sell produce from community gardens on campus to a nearby farmers market but also incorporated the school project into a campaign to advocate for public health.

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During the March 7 ceremony to open the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center located at EDCO Recycling and Transfer in Signal Hill, L.A. County Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe (far right) praised the innovation that can result when public entities and the private sector collaborate.

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MARCH 8, 2013 2 SIGNAL TRIBUNE NEWS North LB residents discover how to get newspapers to publish their issues/events Nick Diamantides Staff Writer

How do you get the local newspaper to cover events and issues that are important to your community? That seemed to be the main question a small group of north Long Beach residents wanted answered last Sunday, and representatives of five different news media were on hand to do just that. The event was arranged by the North Long Beach Community Action Group (CAG) and held at the North Police Substation. News media representatives included Neena Strichart, publisher of the Signal Tribune; Rich Archbold, editor emeritus of the Press-Telegram; Harry Saltzgaver, executive editor of the Gazette Newspapers; Dave Wielenga, publisher of greaterlongbeach.com; Sarah Bennett, executive editor of The Long Beach Post; and Greggory Moore, senior contributor of The Long Beach Post. “To get information to us is relatively easy,” Moore said. “Just email us.” He explained that

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Last Sunday, local media representatives participated in a panel discussion that focused primarily on how residents and organizations can get issues and events covered in the news outlets. Seated from left are: Greggory Moore and Sarah Bennett, senior contributor and executive editor, respectively, of the Long Beach Post; Dave Wielenga, publisher of greaterlongbeach.com; Neena Strichart, publisher of the Signal Tribune; Rich Archbold, editor emeritus of the Press-Telegram; and Harry Saltzgaver, executive editor of the Gazette Newspapers

the email addresses of all Long Beach Post reporters are posted with each online publication. “If you want to communicate with us anonymously, you can always do that too,” he added. Bennett noted that the publication focuses on reporting newsworthy events that happen in Long Beach. “We want to do more coverage of north Long Beach and other areas within the city,” she said. “To us, no issue is

too small, so just email us or contact us through the social media like Twitter and the other social media.” Strichart stressed that the Signal Tribune responds well to tips it gets from local residents. “We get many of our news stories from people like you who phone us or email us to tell us about events and occurrences,” she said, adding that the Signal Tribune welcomes press releases but can-

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not publish all of them. “We have fliers for anyone who wants one that show you how to put together a press release,” she said, motioning to the handouts she had provided. Wielenga said he also distributes fliers on how to write press releases, and Archbold noted that the Press-Telegram has similar instructions on its website. Archbold also outlined a process that can increase the likelihood of a newspaper publishing a press release or covering an event. “The first commandment is know your editor,” he said. “You would be surprised to know how much mail is addressed to editors who are dead or who have not been with the paper for 10 years.” He told the audience to make sure they know the names of the people who edit the paper, address press releases to them, and make follow-up phone calls. “Don’t worry about being a pest,” he said. Saltzgaver added that it’s also important to know what kinds of news a paper reports, and what department handles the type of event that you want covered, so you don’t waste your time sending press releases or news tips to the wrong newspaper or person. “And if you send us a press release, don’t worry if you are not a good writer,” he said. “Just send us the facts, and we will put the story together.” Strichart noted that her editor likes to get press releases and clear photos for genuine news. “But if it’s an ad, pay for it,” she said. “Advertising money is how newspapers pay their bills and continue to be able to cover

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news.” Saltzgaver agreed. “When we have less advertising, we have less room for the news,” he explained. Strichart added that letters to the editor are also a good way to publicize issues and events. “Send us letters,” she said. “Sometimes we get a letter to the editor that causes us to send out a reporter and write an article on the topic described in the letter.” Wielenga told the audience to keep in mind that no one publication in Long Beach can give the city the kind of news coverage it deserves but each news medium contributes something that the others do not. “And now, I want to ask the audience members a question,” he said. “What news are we not covering that you wish we would cover?” Dennis O’Hoyt was the first to raise his hand. “Those of us who live in the neighborhoods adjacent to Jordan High School would like some coverage of the troubles we have,” he said, explaining that traffic congestion, parking problems, noise and litter have plagued the residents in that area for years. “We are also very concerned about how the high school’s expansion plans will impact our neighborhoods, and we keep getting misinformation about that from the school administration and the board of education,” he said. Several audience members agreed with O’Hoyt. Laurie Angel, a local resident and community activist, said she hoped the news media would cover the impacts of the city

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abandoning its redevelopment projects in north Long Beach. “This part of the city was on the cusp of some incredible things happening,” she said. “Now that the redevelopment agency has gone away, a lot of the things we had planned may never happen.” Dan Pressburg, CAG president, suggested another major news story. “The [California] Department of Finance recently denied funding for the completion of the construction of Fire Station

12,” he said. “It is more than half completed, and now they are saying we cannot have the funding necessary to finish it.” Another local resident, Uduak Ntuk, told the media representatives that not enough coverage was being given to the gun violence and other crimes occurring in north Long Beach on a regular basis. None of the news media representatives promised to provide coverage for any of the issues described by audience members, but several agreed the matters were worth looking into. Other topics discussed during the two-

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hour meeting included the Internet’s impact on print media, the lack of a Spanish-language newspaper covering Long Beach news, and the fine line between objective and fair news reporting. Archbold added there are often three or four different sides to a story and to be fair to each can be challenging. More than a dozen people came to “meet the press,” and Pressburg said he was very satisfied with the exchange of information and ideas and he hoped the discussions would spawn more news stories focusing on north Long Beach.

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GET READY FOR THE BIG ONE What Earthquake preparedness forum Who Office of 5th District City Councilmember Gerrie Schipske Where El Dorado Community Center, 2800 Studebaker Rd. When Saturday, March 9 at 9am More Info Federal, state and local emergency officials will provide presentations on how to prepare for a large earthquake or emergency. The event is being facilitated by KCET anchor Val Zavala. Call 562 570-6932 or email district5@longbeach.gov . THE WRITE STUFF What Free writers event Who California Writers Club of Long Beach Where Long Beach Los Altos Branch Library, 5614 East Britton Dr. When Saturday, March 9 from 3pm to 5pm More Info The open-mic event offers a chance for members and the community to read their work related to The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. All writers and the public are welcome to read. Visit calwriterslongbeach.org .

ART AT THE PARK What Family art-making workshop Who Friends of Signal Hill Cultural Arts Where Discovery Well Park Community Center, 2200 Temple Ave. When Sunday, March 10 from 2pm to 4pm More Info Workshop is designed to give families, with children ages 4-15 years, an opportunity to spend time together while working on a variety of art projects. No reservations required but space is limited to 50 participants. Event is free and all materials will be provided by FOSCHA. Call (562) 9897370.

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Neena Strichart (left) and Harry Saltzgaver (right) listen as Rich Arcbold describes the ongoing decline of print media across the U.S. because of the widespread popularity of Internet news organizations and social media.

LBPD investigating death of woman, arrests 41-year-old male suspect

On Sunday, March 3, at approximately 7:20pm, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to the 6500 block of Falcon Avenue regarding an “unknown trouble” call that resulted in the death of a female adult. The victim was found inside a residence and pronounced deceased at the scene. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office

is in the process of positively identifying the victim as well as determining the cause of death. Long Beach resident Kevin Adonis Forrest, 41, was arrested at the scene in connection with the case. He was booked for murder and is currently being held at the Long Beach Jail on $1,000,000 bail. The investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch or Donald Goodman at (562) 5707244. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus their tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit LACrimeStoppers.org . Source: LBPD

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REASSESSING THE POWER OF THE PRESS What Public forum Who Los Cerritos Community News publisher Brian Hews and reporter Randy Economy Where McKenna's Restaurant, 190 N. Marina Dr. When Monday, March 11 starting at 6pm More Info A public forum featuring Brian Hews and reporter Randy Economy, who will retrace the investigation that revealed unprecedented corruption in LA County government, jailed County Assessor John F. Noguez and transformed the writers into candidates of a Pulitzer Prize. Seating is limited. RSVP to RSVP@GreaterLongBeach.com .

BOOKWORMS, UNITE What Monthly community book club Who The Bixby Knolls Literary Society Where Elise’s Tea Room, 3924 Atlantic Ave. When Wednesday, March 13 at 7pm More Info Next month, the club will delve into The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler. Parking is available along Atlantic Avenue. Refreshments will be provided. Call (562) 595-0081 or email info@bixbyknollsinfo.com .

CALLING ALL HISTORY BUFFS What Monthly meeting Who Signal Hill Historical Society Where Signal Hill Library, 1770 E. Hill St. When Thursday, March 14 at 6:30pm More Info Attendees will learn about local history, as well as get information on how to become a member or volunteer. The Historical Society meets every 2nd Thursday of the month. AID HEARING LOSS What Hearing device exhibit Who The Hearing Loss Association of America Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter Where Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave. in Lakewood When Friday, March. 15 from 10am to noon 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.

BALANCING SAFETY AND INDEPENDENCE What Long Beach Older Adult Taskforce workshop Who Hosted by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal Where Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow St. When Thursday, March 21 starting at 6pm More Info Attendees will learn about issues older drivers face and the options that are available to keep them mobile. Light dinner will be provided. Reservations required by March 14. Call (562) 506-2801.

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Plans for $135.6-million construction project to renovate Jordan High School revealed Sean Belk Staff Writer

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Initial plans for a major overhaul to Jordan High School, an undertaking estimated to cost $135.6 million for construction expected to start early next year, were revealed at the high school’s auditorium at a public meeting on Feb. 28. The project to renovate and rebuild portions of the existing 26.9-acre campus is being completed in multiple phases over the next several years and is considered the “single largest” public-school construction project being funded through Measure K, a $1.2 billion bond measure passed by Long Beach voters in 2008. After the bond measure passed five years ago, the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) and community members developed a School Facility Master Plan and it was determined that renovations to Jordan High School were a top priority. According to materials from the presentation on the project,

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ever served on any of the commissions before seeking elected office. In response, the challengers (one, two, three or all four) commented that he or she either did not see serving on a commission as a prerequisite to running for office or in one case, a challenger made it quite clear that he did indeed apply to be a commissioner but was turned down for the appointment by the majority of the council. Given the above information, I would appreciate it if our readers would take these details into consideration and combine them with my opinion on the subject below. Once both sides have been taken into account, I would appreciate if those of you who care to would please call, write or email me and tell me where you stand on the matter. Neena’s metaphor: Picture this…a young man goes into a job interview with

by Neena Strichart

I have a topic I would like to discuss since it has been on my mind for months; that topic is our local city commissions/commissioners and how the members are selected. To the best of my recollection, during many of the past several Signal Hill City Council elections (I don’t remember the subject coming up during any recent Long Beach elections), the matter of appointments to the three commissions (Planning, Parks and Recreation, and Civil Service) have been part of the contention between the incumbents and the challengers. This election cycle was no exception. During the three candidate forums, the matter was brought up several times. An incumbent or two, or maybe all three, asked why none of the challengers had

What a great surprise to hear that I had won the Ultimate Prize– still can’t believe it. I want to thank you and your staff at the Signal Tribune for all the work that went into this [Sweetheart Sweepstakes] contest, and thanks also to the generous businesses that participated. This is a wonderful way to get acquainted with the new businesses and to renew friendships with the existing ones. Thanks again. Jan Peacock Long Beach

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The ad on page 7 of the March 1, 2013 issue of the Signal Tribune failed to identify that it was placed by the Concerned Citizens of Signal Hill as a paid political advertisement. We regret the oversight.

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what a cabinet member is to the President of the United States– an advisor. If my logic is sound, why would a city council want to appoint/hire an advisor who finds the entity to be repugnant at best? If you ask me, I would imagine serving on a city council to be a tough job, and, in many cases, quite thankless. One of the saving graces is the perk of hiring whom they want to serve as their advisors, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why they would prefer to appoint/hire those they believe will be effective, fair and open-minded in those roles rather than those who they believe would be constantly confrontational and hold them in contempt. Your thoughts? Disclosure– my husband, Steve Strichart is a Signal Hill Civil Service commissioner.

‘Sig’ alert?

It seems residents must always fight with Long Beach City Hall to get it to do the right thing. Recently, Wrigley Heights residents had to learn about a proposed new traffic signal at Pacific Avenue and Wardlow Road from the Signal Tribune. Even if not required by law, surely the City could have notified those of us in northernmost Wrigley who will be adversely affected by the new signal. (The City says it sent out 3,400 notices, apparently all to residents of Los Cerritos.) Once the Metro Blue Line began operation (1990), getting out of the single entrance/exit of our neighborhood at Magnolia Avenue and Wardlow [Road] became difficult during rush hours, as frequent trains cause traffic to back up to the west well beyond Magnolia, and drivers often block the intersection. Years ago we asked the City for help. We were promised better synchronization between the traffic signals and the approaching trains, but it hasn’t happened. And with such frequent trains and so many cars, it’s difficult to believe better synchronization could ever solve the problem. But please don’t make matters even worse by adding another traffic signal. Anita Pettigrew Long Beach

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his résumé in hand. The document is full of disparaging remarks about the prospective employer, including comments claiming the business owner is a charlatan, liar and law-breaker who more often than not hires corrupt individuals. During the interview process, the interviewee accuses the employer of being of questionable character and knowing nothing about running a business. Furthermore, under questioning by the prospective employer, the young man, who is hoping to be hired, admits that he has done no research on the company, has never spoken with any of the current employees and has based his opinions about the company and the employer on gossip. If this situation were to actually take place, what do you think are the young man’s chances of being hired?

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letic programs; the lack of a central gathering area; the lack of a campus entrance identification; the need for upgraded security; and the need to invoke student pride and campus identity.” Vivien Hao, project community coordinator for the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), told the Signal Tribune that when first proposed, the project was expected We’re just asking for to cost $105 million construction. everyone’s patience and forBut, after renderendurance during this ings and cost estimates were analyzed, the time, because we know construction cost amount was recently ultimately it will be worth updated to an estimated $135.6 million. it. She said soft costs, such as environmental –LBUSD Project Community reviews and designs, Coordinator Vivien Hao are expected to cost an additional $50 million for a total project budget of $185 million. buildings and aging infrastrucSchool officials have so far ture first constructed as far back developed plans primarily for as the 1930s; insufficient land Phase 1, which is to start confor physical education and athsee JORDAN page 5

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the current school site has “undersized classrooms, the lack of a Small Learning Community (SLC) identity, inadequate spaces for career technical-education labs, insufficient parking, poor vehicular access and poor pedestrian circulation.” The school, which has an enrollment of 3,600 students, also has: seismically outdated

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The Signal Tribune welcomes letters to the editor, which should be signed, dated and include a phone number to verify authenticity. Letters are due by noon on the Tuesday before desired publication date. The Signal Tribune reserves the right to edit letters for grammar, language and space requirements. The Signal Tribune does not print letters that refer substantially to articles in other publications and might not print those that have recently been printed in other publications or otherwise presented in a public forum. Letters to the editor and commentaries are the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Signal Tribune or its staff. Although the editorial staff will attempt to verify and/or correct information when possible, letters to the editor and commentaries are opinions, and readers should not assume that they are statements of fact. Letter-writers will be identified by their professional titles or affiliations when, and only when, the editorial staff deems it relevant and/or to provide context to the letter. We do not run letters to the editor submitted by individuals who have declared their candidacies for public office in upcoming races. This policy was put in place because, to be fair, if we publish one, we would have to publish all letters submitted by all candidates. The volume would no doubt eliminate space for letters submitted by other readers. Instead, we agree to interview candidates and print stories about political races in an objective manner and offer very reasonable advertising rates for those candidates who wish to purchase ads. The Signal Tribune is published each Friday with a circulation of 25,000. Yearly subscriptions are available for $45.

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struction in January 2014 and involves installing temporary classrooms on the southeast side of campus where practice fields are now located. The temporary classrooms will be needed so that students can remain onsite while construction takes place in various parts of the campus over the next several years. Phase 2, starting in fall 2014, involves demolition of five existing buildings in the northern part of campus. A new cafeteria will be re-located there, along with four new academy buildings with lab spaces. The timeline for Phases 3-6 has yet to be determined and is dependent on available funding. These phases will include renovation of the media center, music building and gymnasium. New athletic playfields also are planned, as well as renovations to the auditorium, which school officials are hoping will be paid for by state funds for seismic retrofits, Hao said. School officials indicate that the sale of bonds through Measure K, however, is contingent on future assessed value of property. Hao said Phases 2-6 are generally conceived but not designed yet, adding that the projects depend on if the school district can raise enough funds. “Measure K is funded by property taxes and because the tax had lower assessment values for a lot of properties in California including Long Beach, it’s unknown how much

revenue we would be able to raise for those subsequent phases,” she said. Hao added that it’s important to point out that the project will be highly complex because contractors will be building and renovating on campus while students are there, adding that the school district is working on a study to come up with mitigation to traffic impacts. “We’re just asking for everyone’s patience and endurance during this time, because we know ultimately it will be worth it,” she said. “We’re doing everything we can to mitigate the inconvenience to make sure that we don’t disrupt the educational process… We’re going to be doing a traffic study to make sure that, during the construction, there’s not going to be major disruption of traffic along Atlantic or any of the side streets. We will be increasing the parking and tearing down some of the very old portable bungalows, and so ultimately we’ll have better access, better parking and more convenience in and out of the campus as well as improving the campus itself.” Carri Matsumoto, executive director of Facilities, Planning and Development, said in a prepared statement that the new campus will result in a more efficient and practical instructional environment that will serve the school well for years to come. “All the changes planned are aimed at assuring the safety of students and staff, while converting the facilities to meet 21st Century educational needs,” she said.

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LBUSD joins other districts in seeking federal waiver from No Child Left Behind rules

Sean Belk Staff Writer

The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) joined eight other California school districts on March 1 by submitting an application for a waiver to be exempt from federal No Child Left Behind accountability rules. The participating districts are part of the California Office to Reform Education (CORE), and the applications propose to replace the federal rules with a new “higher level of locally driven accountability that will support local districts’ collective efforts to prepare all students for college and careers,” according to a prepared statement from the LBUSD. The participating districts submitted their bundled CORE Waiver applications to the California State Board of Education for review. Following a state review period, the CORE Waiver applications are to be considered by the U.S. Department of Education. LBUSD spokesperson Chris Eftychiou said the State has three weeks after the waiver was submitted to make comments and recommendations on the application. After the waiver is submitted to the federal government, school officials are hoping for an approval by June in order to be able to implement the new waiver for the new school year, he said. “We can’t imagine why the State would have an issue with it, but regardless it’s up to the federal government not the State as to whether the waiver is approved,” Eftychiou said, who added that the new system focuses on “true school reform” based on practices rather than “falsely labeling” schools as “failures.” He said the implementation may affect well over 1 million students from the combined school district should the waiver go through, adding that any school district in California would be allowed to do so as well, as long as they agree to accountability measures and “Common Core” standards in the waiver. “The bar’s actually being set higher here, and we believe it will benefit students and families,” Eftychiou said. “There’s a reason the federal government is allowing these waivers, they’re recognizing No Child Left Behind is in need of an overhaul… Until that overhaul happens, we can’t wait, we need meaningful work and student achievement now… and a more representative system.”

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He said the waiver also fits in with Gov. Jerry Brown’s new education funding proposal that aims to give more local control and flexibility to school districts on how they spend their funding. The CORE Waiver proposal outlines a plan for participating districts to collect and share data far beyond what is necessary for federal accountability purposes, according to a prepared statement. The additional data elements are to be shared so that school districts can work together and share responsibility and accountability for preparing students for college and careers. To be eligible for the waiver, LBUSD and other participating CORE districts commit to implementing the Common Core State Standards by the 201314 school year and transitioning to aligned assessments by the 2014-15 school year. The Common Core Standards are part of a national movement to adopt common standards and assessments for English and math. LBUSD is also adopting the shared-data system to “strengthen teaching and learning,” working with other CORE districts to identify elements that school officials say will be “common among educator effectiveness and evaluation systems.” Each district is expected to develop these elements individually by the 2013-14 school year and implement them by the 2014-15 school year. To ensure that schools are succeeding on these measures, LBUSD will participate in a school-support system and professional-learning community with the other CORE districts focused on supporting a “culture of excellence, collaboration and continuous improvement at each school,” according to a statement. The CORE Waiver proposal is built upon four foundational goals that align to and extend beyond the three principles of the waiver guidelines, including: college and career-ready expectations for all students; focus on collective responsibility, accountability, and action that emphasizes capacity building; the development of intrinsic motivation for change through differentiated recognition, accountability, and support for schools; and focused capacity building for effective instruction and leadership MORE INFORMATION coredistricts.org


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Report, also known as the CAFR, Marsh summed up a few key areas Despite rough times after a key contained in the 154 pages of the inderedevelopment program came to an pendently audited report. The finance end, Signal Hill’s general fund oper- director highlighted good news about ated in the black last fiscal year. Signal the general fund which accounts for Hill councilmembers pored over their the local tax revenues and also copies of the city’s latest annual finan- accounts for various municipal departcial report at the March 6 council ments including police, public works, meeting while Terri Marsh, the city’s parks and recreation, planning and administrative services officer and building. The fund’s operating revenues finance director, reviewed the numbers for the last fiscal year that ended exceeded its operating expenditures last fiscal year by more than $1.038 June 30, 2012. “Recovery from the Great Reces- million. During the last fiscal year, the sion has been slow and steady,” Marsh City generated over $16.96 million in told the Council, “but we still have a revenue and recorded expenditures of way to go. With the continued dissolu- over $15.9. The full financial report notes a tion with the redevelopment agency, number of hurdles that the City faced there has been so much uncertainty.” Citing numbers available from the in the fiscal year. Even after the State Comprehensive Annual Financial of California eventually eliminated the City’s redevelopment “Recovery from the Great agency in February 2012, a number of development Recession has been slow and projects were still comlast fiscal year. The steady, but we still have a pleted list of projects included the way to go.” completion of a recycling and transfer station, adminoffices and truck –Signal Hill Finance istrative service facilities for EDCO. Director Terri Marsh That year also saw the Staff Writer

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opening of the Boulevard Cadillac auto dealership and the Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, according to the CAFR. But in addition to the good news, Marsh also reported on a specific liability amount that has climbed to about $1 million in the last month. The finance director said that the City has set up a liability account to set aside the money eventually owed to the Water Replenishment District of

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She offered it when she ran for reelection in 2006 and now that she will be termed out in 2014, Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske will again host a workshop for those interested in running for the 5th Council District seat. “I love the 5th District and want to help recruit quality candidates and make sure our residents have some good choices,” said Schipske, who was first elected to the seat in 2006 and is serving in her second term. “With the election just 12 months away, anyone thinking of running should be starting his or her campaign.” Schipske will brief potential candidates about the issues impacting the 5th District and discuss the system she and her staff use to respond to residents. She will also review the seven years of projects she has initiated and will also cover the basics of what she believes a candidate needs to do in order to be successful in the 5th District. “The residents of the 5th District have come to expect information, contact and follow-up from their elected officials,” Schipske said. “They also expect candidates to walk door to door

so they can get a chance to talk with you one-on-one. That takes a lot of work to win a campaign in this district because, geographically, the district is spread out across 11.5 square miles.” Schipske notes that she will not seek a third term on the City Council by running as a write-in candidate. “I am concerned that term limits have resulted in so much turnover down at City Hall that major decisions and power gets placed in the hands of longtime employees instead of elected officials. But the voters approved term limits, and I respect that decision.” Schipske will not make an endorsement for the 5th District but pledged that once her replacement is elected, she will make the transition as “smooth as possible so that residents won’t see an interruption in service.” Residents of the 5th Council District interested in running for the council seat in 2014 are invited to attend the workshop on Wednesday, March 20, from 5pm to 6:30pm in the large conference room of the Parks and Recreation Administration Building at 2760 Studebaker Rd.

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Long Beach Council of Boy Scouts had their annual recognition dinner at The Grand on Feb. 21, when Eagle Scouts, Venturing Scouts and Silver Beaver recipients were honored for their scouting. There were 280 people in attendance for the Italian buffet dinner and program. There were 56 Eagle Scouts, two Venturing and five Silver Beaver Awards distributed. Eagle Scouts range from 14 to 18 years of age. They have earned more than 25 Merit Badges and completed a final community project. Eagle is the highest rank in Scouting. The Silver Beaver award is the highest adult recognition for service to a local council and given upon recommendation from the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The award is identified by a blue-and-white striped ribbon with a beaver symbol. Silver Beaver recipients for 2012 were Lauren Ansorge, Michael Devine, Tova Gottesmann, Beverly Hadley

and Rosemarie Talag. Venturing Silver Awards were presented to Sean Gray and Luis Bryan Santiago. The awards are the highest award presented to a youth member in the Leadership Venturing program. Eagle Scout Ryan Mace spoke of his experiences in Scouting and earning his award, and Scout executive John Fullerton welcomed and congratulated Eagles, Venturing and Silver Beaver recipients and commissioners. Among other accomplishments this year, there have been 35,000 hours of service to the community. Past Council President, Jim Jeffery received a Golden Eagle for his service, financial contributions and service to the Council. The Long Beach Area Council serves more than 4,500 Scouts in Avalon, Bellflower, Lakewood, Long Beach and Signal Hill. Source: LB Boy Scouts Council

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Cal Heights artist’s background in dance and sewing informs her work as sculptor

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After delving into various other art forms, Susan Hawkins began sculpting in college.

When you look at Susan Hawkins’s life choices leading up to her becoming a sculptor, it all makes sense. It was a life of movement and body awareness. It was tactile experiences and an appreciation of layers of dimension. Before Hawkins began college, she had been entrenched in the world of dance since the age of 4 and had indulged her love of fashion by engaging in a great deal of sewing and apparel designing, since

the age of 5. Entering college, she decided to major in art and chose graphic design as a major since that field produced jobs. However, she hated those classes while enjoying her life-drawing courses. She applied for Cal State Long Beach’s BFA program in drawing and painting and was accepted. “The more I painted, the thicker the paintings got,” she said. “I loved the bulk of thick, juicy paint– the feel of it on the brush and the way it gives the surface of the painting a lush, supple depth.” It was a trip to France that further “shaped” her into a sculptor. “The summer before my senior year, I was fortunate to be able to go to Europe,” Hawkins said. “I visited a lot of museums and saw a lot of art, but my favorite was the Rodin museum in Paris. I loved how much movement and emotion Rodin captured in his sculptures and how tactile they were. They have a very different quality from classical sculptures.” Coincidentally, when she returned to school that fall, she was already signed up to take beginning life sculpture, a course required in the BFA program. “From the first moment of working with clay, I knew I had found where I really wanted to be,” she said. “I decided then to pursue the MFA in sculpture, which I completed in 1998. As a graduate student, I was also given the opportunity to teach sculpture and discovered that I really liked it.” Since then, she has taught at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and Fullerton Community College. Originally from Laguna Niguel, Hawkins moved to Long Beach in 1986, halfway through her sophomore year, when she transferred to Cal State Long Beach. She has lived in Cal Heights since 1995. When asked whether she’s

received any awards for her work, she mentioned one she garnered at a very young age. “I won an award for a painting of an orange in an Orange County regional art exhibit when I was around 8,” she said. “I think I won an honorable mention even though they hung the painting upside-down.” In 1997, she earned the Marylin Werby Memorial scholarship for graduate students in art at Cal State Long Beach. She has shown her work at various galleries and art events in Southern California throughout the years, including several in Bixby Knolls: Gallery Thor, Gallery Expo, and Freespirit Yoga during the First Fridays Art Walk. She participated in the Long Beach Museum’s Auction XIV in 2011 and was shown in LACMA’s Art Rental and Sales Gallery in 2012. For the last three years, she’s also been one of the artists featured during the Long Beach Open Studio Tour. For the last seven years, Hawkins has worked full-time for another artist on one sculpture. That project was recently finished, so she is now in her own studio full-time. She describes her work as “figurative sculpture, all from and inspired by the human form. It’s realistic in that you would have no trouble recognizing it as a human body, but the surface treatments and materials make it more expressionistic.” What drew you to sculpting? The feel of the clay. I loved the pliability and being able to mush it around with my hands. It has a nice density also, very similar to the density of muscle. When you are making a figure, it actually feels like you are making a real body. Also, I love being able to work in three dimensions– being able to go around the form instead of just creating an illusion. It’s like making a lot of drawings of the same thing from different views and being able to connect them all into one.

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today’s world? Has it changed since you first started? Hmmm. That’s a tough one. I would say that sculpture is a world of opposites. You see big, shiny and intensely colored pieces alongside those that are small, intimate and earthy. All types of materials are acceptable. The one thing that seems to be consistent, ironically, in the art world is constant change, and that was happening way before I started, so, in a broad sense, I wouldn’t say that it has changed so much since I started. That’s just what it does. Having said that, I see a lot more work that is influenced by animation.

How is sculpting more satisfying than other forms of art you’ve worked with? I like the tactile quality of threedimensional materials because I like working directly with my hands. It’s different than painting because you are really pushing and pulling something with your hands. Then there’s the issue of actual dimensional space. In sculpture you are working with actual space, not the illusion of it. Richard Serra’s sculptures are a great example of how form and space interact to define each other. The viewer physically participates in that as opposed to being outside of it as when one looks at a painting. One of the things that drew me to sculpture was my background in dance. Dance is the physical embodiment of movement as an art form. When you are watching it, it’s like a moving painting– shifting and recomposing itself within a picture plane. But when you are doing it, it becomes a moving sculpture. You are the sculpture-shaping space and being shaped by space, as well as by the other dancers around you.

How do you feel when people ask you to explain the meaning of your art? Anxious. It’s a very loaded question. The human body as a subject for art is a very loaded image. People have very deeply attached ideas about the human body. Regardless of whatever my intentions are, people are always going to bring their own meaning to the work based on their own experiences with that imagery. But that can be said for any type of artwork, not just figurative.

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Do you enjoy having company while you work, or do you prefer to be alone? I enjoy having company, but I do my best work when I’m alone. However, on my last job, I got really used to working with with a team of artists so now it’s a little weird to be totally by myself again. But either way, when you are totally focused on the work, you are really alone in your own head space. You learn to block everything else out. The bigger difference is that now if I want to say, “Hey, what do you think of this?” I have to call someone on the phone or send a photo. But isn’t that just the great thing about technology? When you need them, you friends are really just a phone call, text, or email away.

From where do you typically draw inspiration? My primary inspiration has always been the human body. It can be from myself, friends and family, or even people I don’t know. Sometimes it’s a movement or gesture. It can also be the shape of something, say the shape of the back where it connects to the hip, for example, or the way the muscles and bones in the hand move.

Who are your favorite artists, or what is your favorite type of art? I can’t say that I have a favorite type of art. I tend to be partial to threedimentional artworks, but I also love painting. I am actually partial to a lot of old masters, but I also really love the expressionists too. Some of my favorite artists? Rodin, Degas, Stephen DeStaebler, Deborah Butterfield, Manzù, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Francis Bacon, to name a few.

Do you have a favorite piece that you’ve done? I can’t say that I have a singular favorite, but “Narcissus” would be one of them. It’s one of the first plaster and shellac pieces I did.

Do you ever use any unconventional materials in your work? Considering that almost any material is acceptable to use now, it would be hard to call any of my materials unconventional, but I

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What do you think your life would be like if, for some reason, you couldn’t sculpt? My first response was “sad,” but I think that if I had gone into another field, I would have done so because it was something I loved and was passionate about. For the same reason that I chose not to go into graphic design, I would have chosen something that I could be happy doing even if it wasn’t sculpture or even art. There are times when I still really miss dance, as well as making and designing clothes, but I’m never sorry that I switched. I could never have chosen to do something practical over something that I really loved doing. I would just be miserable and make everyone else around me miserable too.

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left out, which are grounds for disqualification. Burleson confirmed that a provisional ballot is issued at a polling place when a voter’s registration cannot be verified, such as when a voter is at the wrong polling place or isn’t registered to vote, or if the record shows that the voter applied for a vote-bymail ballot but cannot produce the ballot to give to precinct workers. According to unofficial results, Noll, the longest tenured incumbent who has served on the council for 20 years, is in the running for a sixth term. So far, the veteran councilmember has received the most votes, coming away with 17.98 percent of the vote (573 votes), followed by Woods, a 15year Signal Hill resident in her first run for a government office, who received 546 votes, or 17.13 percent of the total vote. Taking the third council spot so far is incumbent Wilson, who received 475 votes (14.9 percent of the vote). However, Wilson is just three votes ahead of incumbent Ellen Ward, who took 472

votes, or 14.81 percent of the vote. Ward is so far followed by challengers: Elizabeth Wise, who received 393 votes, or 12.33 percent of the vote; Bob Mendoza, who took in 377 votes, or 11.83 percent of the vote; and Nancy Sciortino, who came away with 351 votes, or 11.01 percent of the vote. After all ballots are verified by the Los Angeles RegistrarRecorder/County Clerk, the official and final election results will be certified on March 13 by Signal Hill City Clerk Kathleen Pacheco, who is required, under the city’s election code, to conduct a final manual tally, or hand count, of precinct ballots, Burleson said. She said the newly elected or reelected councilmembers will be sworn in at the March 19 council meeting, after which the five-member council will nominate a new mayor and vice mayor. During the highly contentious, two-month election season that included three candidate forums, a clear divide formed between the three incumbents and the four challengers. The incumbents

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“Obviously, [residents] think I can work with the existing council,” Woods said. “New ideas and new thinking and bringing in new blood is good for any organization… that was kind of my platform in walking and talking to people… at the same point, if residents want to see something change, I’m a single vote on a five-person council.” Ward, who has been on the council for three terms, predicts it will be “very close” between her and incumbent Wilson for the third council seat. However, she added that, “Either way, it’s the will of the city.” She said, “I don’t think the city is going to be hurt, and that’s my main concern.” Both Woods and Wise noted the increase in voter turnout and credited it to the recent presidential election in November, adding that challengers had hoped to use the rise in voter registrants to their advantage. According to the unofficial election results, there were a total of 1,164 ballots cast in this year’s city election, which is 18.95 percent of the 6,143 registered voters in Signal Hill, which has a population of about 11,000 residents.

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The voter turnout percentage increased over the city’s last election, which was in March 2011, when 16.64 percent (or 986 voters) of the city’s registered voters at the time (5,923) cast ballots. Wise, a paralegal, added that the increase in voter turnout could also be attributed to more residents “stepping up” and wanting to be involved in the political process. “I think all four of us accomplished exactly what we wanted to do, which is wake up the community,” she said. “I think it’s pretty surprising that one of the challengers got as many votes as she did … I think that says something… I think that’s a wake-up call.” Sciortino, who added that “it’s not over yet,” said she hopes whomever is elected to the council will “pick up” on issues that were brought up during the campaign to make “Signal Hill a better place for everybody.” Phone calls seeking comments from Wilson and Mendoza were not immediately returned before press time.

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TST4298 Trustee Sale No. 12-00774-5 Loan No. 0030209944 APN 7216-002-028 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED April 22, 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On March 14, 2013, at 09:00 AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom, Power Default Services, Inc., as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on May 4, 2004, as Instrument No. 04 1107769 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA, executed by: STEVE G. BLASKO, ANDREA M. BLASKO, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, as Trustor, in favor of AMERICAN HOME MORTGAGE ACCEPTANCE, INC. as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2621 EAST 20TH STREET #3, SIGNAL HILL, CA 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 without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining unpaid balance of the obligations secured by and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust (together with any modifications thereto). 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 1-800-280-2832 or visit this Internet Web site www.auction.com, using the file number assigned to this case 12-00774-5. 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. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $344,025.94 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check 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 California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. DATE: 02/19/2013 POWER DEFAULT SERVICES, INC., Trustee By: Fidelity National Title Company, its agent 11000 Olson Drive Ste 101, Rancho Cordova , CA 95670, 916-636-0114 By: Megan Curtis, Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT HYPERLINK "http://www.auction.com" www.auction.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 1-800-280-2832 P1021983 2/22, 3/1, 03/08/2013

TST4307 Trustee Sale No. 25657CA Title Order No. 1315793 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE  YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 11-162006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.   On 03-222013 at 9:00 AM, MERIDIAN FORECLOSURE SERVICE f/k/a MTDS, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION DBA MERIDIAN TRUST DEED SERVICE as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 11-30-2006, Book , Page , Instrument 20062652606 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: MARGARITA URIBE AND DANIEL URIBE WIFE AND HUSBAND AS JOINT TENANTS as Trustor, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR PROFESSIONAL CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL GROUP, INC., as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s 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. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without convenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possesssion, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the notes (s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale.  Place of Sale: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza Pomona, CA   Legal Description: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST  The street address and other common designation of the real property purported as: 2325 LEWIS AVENUE, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 APN Number: 7211-021-014 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges:$378,995.49  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 the property itself. Placing the highest bid at trustee auction does not automatically entitle

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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 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) 573-1965 or visit this Internet Web site www. Priorityposting.com , using the file number assigned to this case 25657CA. 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. In addition, the borrower on the loan shall be sent a written notice if the sale has been postponed for at least ten (10) business days. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale.    The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”.   DATE: 02-27-2013   MERIDIAN FORECLOSURE SERVICE f/k/a MTDS, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION DBA MERIDIAN TRUST DEED SERVICE  3 SAN JOAQUIN PLAZA, SUITE 215, NEWPORT BEACH, CA 92660 Sales Line: (714) 573-1965 OR (702) 5864500 JESSE J. FERNANDEZ, PUBLICATION LEAD MERIDIAN FORECLOSURE SERVICE IS ASSISTING THE BENEFICIARY TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. P1023670 3/1, 3/8, 03/15/2013 

TST4297 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE T.S. No.: 9985-1653 TSG Order No.: 93736 A.P.N.: 7217-027-005 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 08/02/2007. 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 08/10/2007 as Document No.: 20071882190, of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: JOSEPH E. PECOT, JR., A MARRIED MAN, AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, 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: 03/25/2013 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: 2421 AMELIA COURT, 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: $575,970.15 (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.# 9985-1653. 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 11/13/2012 NBS Default Services, LLC 301 E. Ocean Blvd. Suite 1720 Long Beach, CA 90802 Phone:800-766-7751 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-4362432 03/01/2013, 03/08/2013, 03/15/2013

TST4296 TSG No.: 7447819 TS No.: CA1200248841 FHA/VA/PMI No.: APN: 7148-018-022 Property Address: 3310 GUNDRY AVENUE SIGNAL HILL, CA 90807 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 07/10/2003. 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 03/14/2013 at 10:00 A.M., First American Title Insurance Company, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 08/01/2003, as Instrument No. 03 2207988, in book , page , , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. Executed by: LA TAUSHA C. BOWLER AND GERALD W. BOWLER, WIFE AND HUSBAND, 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# 7148-018-022 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 3310 GUNDRY AVENUE, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90807 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $167,388.07. 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 CA1200248841 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 FOR TRUSTEE'S SALE ANA, CA 92707 Date: 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.NPP0213623 SIGNAL TRIBUNE 02/22/2013, 03/01/2013, 03/08/2013

TST4294 / 2013 021829 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person is doing business as: 1. DDR PROJECTS, 2. DEVIL DOLL RECORDS, 3546 Gaviota Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: JOHN GELDBACH, 3546 Gaviota 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: John Geldbach. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in J a n u a r y, 1 9 9 6 . T h i s s t a t e m e n t w a s f i l e d with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 31, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was f i l e d i n t h e o ff i c e o f t h e c o u n t y c l e r k . 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, o r c o m m o n l a w ( s e e s e c t i o n 1 4 4 11 e t seq., Business and Professions Code). P u b . T h e S i g n a l Tr i b u n e : F e b r u a r y 1 5 , 22, & March 1, 8, 2013. TST4300 / 2013 027860 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. CHARIS LONG BEACH, 2. CHARIS NONPROFIT, 2701 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803. Registrant: JAMES K. LEWIS, 2701 E. Ocean Blvd., Long B e a c h , C A 9 0 8 0 3 . T h i s b u s i n e s s is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: James K. Lewis. 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 8, 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 22, & March 1, 8, 15, 2013.

TST4301 / 2013 031522 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business a s : B R AW N Y B U I LT, 1 4 4 1 E . 2 8 t h S t . , Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: BRANDON HOLSTEIN, 5833 Gaviota Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Brandon Holstein. 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 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: February 22, & March 1, 8, 15, 2013. TST4302 / 2013 033106 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: LOS ANGELES ROBOTICS CLUB, 4619 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712. Registrant: ANNIKA O'BRIEN, 4619 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Annika O'Brien. 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 February 19, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 19, 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 22, & March 1, 8, 15, 2013. TST4303 / Case No. NS026435 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 415 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. PETITION OF NhatVy Nu Ton For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner NHATVY NU TON, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: NHATVY NU TON to Proposed Name: JANET NU TON. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: March 27, 2013; Time: 1:30 P.M.; Dept. H, Room 53. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 939 E. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: February 22, & March 1, 8, 15, 2013. ___//ss//___ Joseph E. DiLoreto, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: February 13, 2013

TST4308 / 2013 034294 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: HD TANDEM, 4300 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: HDPSTN, LLC, 4300 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: David Erickson, President. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on October 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 20, 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: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013.

TST4309 / 2013 039744 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: 1. GUTIERREZ FAMILY TRUST, 2. EZ DOCUMENTOS, 3. DOCUMENTOSIMPLES, 4. PERSONAL CONSIGLIERE, 1951 Snowden Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815. Registrants: 1. GERARDO MARLON GUTIERREZ, 2. GERARDO GUTIERREZ, 3. MARTHA GUTIERREZ, 4. BRIAN GUTIERREZ, 1951 Snowden Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815, 5. HERIBERTO GUTIERREZ, 6. JENNIFER ROCCO, 2711 Fanwood Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Jennifer Rocco. 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 February 27, 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

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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: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013.

TST4306 / 2013 038575 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: B-C.H.I.L., 3308 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90808. Registrant: BEATRIZ NIEVES, 3308 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90808. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Beatriz Nieves. 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 26, 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: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013.

TST4311 044414 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: UNITED SECURITY TRAINING CENTER, 3639 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: UNITED SECUITY SERVICES, 3639 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Candice L. Wright, CFO. 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 March 5, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 6, 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: March 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013.

TST4312 / 2013 025235 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: LEVEL UP ENTERTAINMENT, 1066 E. 46th St., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: STELLAR EVENT SERVICES, LLC, 1066 E. 46th St., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Dianna Manson, President. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on January 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 6, 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: March 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013.

TST4313 / 2013 044097 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: EAST LONG BEACH CURVES, 6536 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90815. Registrants: 1. ROBERT E. GREEN, 2. ROSE MARIE J. GREEN, 2945 Ladoga Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815. This business is conducted by: a Married Couple. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Robert E. Green. 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 February 6, 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: March 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013.

TST4310 / 2013 028797 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: LITTLE ENCOURAGEMENTS, 4580 Atlantic Ave. #7123, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: ITORO ESEME UDOFIA, 4482 N. Banner Dr. #1, Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Itoro Eseme Udofia. 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 February 11, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 11, 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: March 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013.


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and Long Beach City College this week as part of the Senate’s Policy Conference on Education. The senators were able to visit students and teachers in classrooms to get a glimpse of such innovative education programs that are now seen as a model for school districts across the state and the country. “I’m excited, more than anything, to just showcase the students and the great work they’re doing,” said Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) during opening remarks. “They have a clear direction in terms of what they want to do with their life. They’re excited about learning. And a lot of the students actually hang out after school because they want to continue working on projects… that was very encouraging to me.” The two-day policy conference, held from March 5-6, focused on the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), one of the first school districts in the country to start using the Linked Learning model by incorporating Small Learning Communities (SLCs), also known as a “schoolwithin-a-school,” at some of its high schools. At Cabrillo High School, which has an enrollment of about 3,000 students in west Long Beach, students as early as freshmen must choose one of seven academies, which include: the Cabrillo Engineering & Design Academy; the Cabrillo Academy of Business; the Specialized Academy of Computer Media, Arts and Animation; the Academy for College and Career Exploration for Student Success (for 9th grade transition); the Cabrillo Academy of Law and Justice; Cabrillo Health Occupations and Careers; and the Female Academy and the Male Academy. Cabrillo High School Co-Principal Alejandro Vega equated the school’s academies, which are signified by logos and flags, to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the Harry Potter children’s book series. “We’re not a perfect school, but we’re a school that’s made a lot of changes,” he said Vega and other school officials said, since implementing the education reform, graduation rates have increased, truancy rates have dropped, school perceptions have improved and more students have expressed an interest in school. “We’ve really shifted the culture of Cabrillo High School,” he said. Jenny Brown, SLCs coordinator for Cabrillo High School, said each September, freshmen have a chance to choose a “career pathway” that includes “every single student” from AP students to special-needs students. She said students take core subjects, such as English, math, science, history and art, however learn to solve problems through “common solutions,” using career-specific examples and projects, which gives students something to attach to and identify with, while keeping them engaged. “Our main role, at the end of the day, is to create opportunities for all kids,” Brown said. “Not only is it a safe school, but they find a home, they find an affiliation and they feel like they belong to a program.” One senator, however, questioned whether the educational model still implements “critical learning” skills that are used in more traditional public-education models and whether the academies allows students to explore multiple fields. “What if they don’t know what they want to be and don’t have a clue?” the senator said. “I hope you don’t expect them all to know that they want to be X, Y or Z at this age. How do you give them the opportunity to really find out?” Brown pointed out, however, that the goal of the academies isn’t to make students beholden to a particular career, but to build confidence and prepare them for “any profession.” For instance, she said one student joined

the school’s film academy because it was exciting even though the student really wants to eventually go to college to become a registered nurse. “It’s not that we expect that every student in our law and justice [academy] will become a lawyer or a judge or a paralegal or any of those things,” she said. “Really, this is about excitement and bringing some meaning to what they’re learning.” Brown said integrating the program into the school also involved professional development of the various “teacher teams” by working closely with local business partners. She said teachers, many of which have no industry background, took “externships” and job shadowed in different fields, which enabled educators to bring back to the classroom the entry-level skills that employers are looking for in today’s workforce. High schools students also get an edge up by using industry-level software that most students don’t see until college, Brown added. “My experience with medical school was ER, Grays Anatomy and whatever I saw on television,” she said. “I didn’t have a lot of career experience outside of the classroom. I went to school to become a teacher. And so, with that, it really took a combination of our business advisory partners as well as our teachers to sit back and go, ‘what do we expect our students to be able to do?’” Another senator, however, questioned whether such an educational system would be financially feasible on a larger scale without foundation support since the program was funded through a $3.5-million SLC grant and about $2 million in grants through the Irvine Foundation. LBUSD Superintendent Christopher Steinhauser replied by saying that many school districts, such as in Garden Grove, San Diego and San Bernardino, are already taking note and catching on to the new model, especially as school districts are looking to reallocate school resources in new and innovative ways as the state recovers from its budget crisis. He added, however, that every community is different, and encouraged state lawmakers not to “come up with the prescription,” but to leave specific instruction to local school districts. Steinhauser said LBUSD, which has had to cut $320 million from its budget in the last five years and has had to lay off about 1,000 teachers and numerous support staff, the school district has used the painfully tough financial times as a way to redirect resources toward a new educational model. “The one positive that’s come out of the budget crisis is that it has forced us to look at things differently,” he said. “Now that we’re getting out of that dark tunnel and going to a better place, we are not going to just bring back everything that we had to give up. We’re going to be very strategic … to make sure that it meets our mission of what we’re about.” Senators heard presentations and perspectives on the State’s transition to “common core standards,” and discussed the Governor’s proposed Local Control Funding Formula and the implementation of SB 1458, which aims to change the criteria for California's Academic Performance Index (API) to better measure a school’s ability to prepare students for college and careers. LBUSD, the state’s third largest school district, has earned the national Broad Prize for Urban Education and has been named among the world's 20 leading schools systems in sustained and significant improvements. More than 1,200 businesses, agencies and organizations have also formed education partnerships with LBUSD schools. The senators also visited LBCC, which is recognized throughout California and the nation as a leader in efforts to improve college preparation, access and success. The community college has partnered with LBUSD and California State University, Long

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California State senators gathered at Long Beach’s Cabrillo High School this week as part of the Senate’s Policy Conference on Education. Beach (CSULB) to form the “Long at CSULB. we have a debate about what we’re Beach College Promise,” which Senate President pro Tempore teaching and how we’re teaching it, emphasizes student readiness for both Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), especially in high school,” he said. college and careers. Under this agree- who organized the $27,000 trip with “Linked Learning may not be the sinment, all graduates of Long Beach Senator Lara, said his goal for hosting gle answer, but I can tell you, if there high schools are provided a tuition- the conference was to “inspire a new is an answer, it is this. We have too free first semester at LBCC. All stu- bipartisan, education reform agenda” many kids dropping out of school in dents who complete minimum in the state legislature. large part, the studies show, because college preparatory or minimum “Agree to disagree or fight on a they’re not engaged [and] they don’t community college transfer require- whole set of issues and that’s fine, but understand the relevance of … what ments are also guaranteed admission come together and actually insist that they might do in their lives.”

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edged that the City will be attempting to submit this report to win the award for an 18th time. “We have prepared our CAFR to meet the highest standards in governmental and financial reporting,” the finance director said, explaining that the City has submitted the financial report to the government accounting association known as Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) to determine whether the report is eligible to receive another award. The Council will eventually discuss in April the possibility of estab-

lishing an audit committee to work with the Council to administer future audits, according to Farfsing. The idea of establishing an audit committee came as a recommendation from the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury in a report the jury submitted that addressed financial management and government practices in charter cities throughout LA County. The possibility of eventually adopting a two-year budget for the city would not eliminate a yearly CAFR report, according to both the city manager and the finance director. Farfsing

and Marsh confirmed Tuesday that if a two-year budget is adopted, a yearly financial report would still be completed. The Signal Hill City Council voted 4-0 to receive and file the city’s annual financial report for the last fiscal year. The full financial report can be found on the Finance Department’s page at the Signal Hill’s website at cityofsignalhill.org . The next Signal Hill City Council meeting will take place on March 19 at 7pm in the Council Chamber at City Hall.

EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by LBPD Council Districts 6, 7 & 8 Thursday, Feb. 28 Commercial burglary 11:30pm- 4200 block Atlantic Ave.

Robbery (person) 5:57pm- E. Pacific Coast Hwy./Lime Ave. Friday, March 1 Auto burglary 5:30pm- 2000 block Pasadena Ave.

Saturday, March 2 Residential burglary 4:43pm- 1000 block E. San Antonio Dr.

Attempted garage/residential burglary 11:57pm- 2100 block Pacific Ave. Sunday, March 3 Residential burglary 12pm- 1200 block Wesley Dr.

Petty theft 12:20am- 2500 block Palm Dr.

Carrying concealed weapon 7:05pm- E. Hill St./Gundry Ave.

Forging official seal 11:47am- 2700 block E. Willow St.

DUI 10:55pm- Redondo Ave./Hill St.

Friday, March 1 DUI 1:24am- Cherry Ave./E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Contempt of court 7:11am- 1500 block E. Burnett St.

Saturday, March 2 DUI 12:20am- Orange Ave./E. 25th St.

Auto burglary 11:15am- 4600 block Long Beach Blvd.

Crimes reported by SHPD Citywide

Thursday, Feb. 28 DUI 12:10am- E. Willow St./Palm Dr.

Residential burglary 11am- 3300 block California Ave.

Monday, March 4 Residential burglary 2pm- 2600 block Golden Ave.

Stolen vehicle 6:09am- 1400 block E. Willow St.

Identity theft 3:56pm- 2300 block Redondo Ave.

Riding bike under influence 10:45pm- Gundry Ave./E. Wardlow Rd.

Sunday, March 3 Commercial burglary 2am- 3200 block E. Pacific Coast Hwy. DUI 3:28am- E. Bixby Rd./Cherry Ave.

Possession of controlled substance w/o valid prescription 7:15pm- 3500 block E. Pacific Coast Hwy.

Monday, March 4 DUI 4:11am- 2800 block Cherry Ave.

Tuesday, March 5 Stolen vehicle 8:39am- 3300 block Industry Dr. Wednesday, March 6 Non-injury hit-and-run 11:02am- 3300 block E. Willow St.

Garage-residential burglary 5pm- 1800 block Raymond Ave.


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Steve South, president and chief executive officer of EDCO, during the March 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony for his company’s new Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

District Supervisor Don Knabe to the audience. “Being in kind of a unique place, we were able to bring together a number of partners to put this...together in terms of the design and the funding for it on a sustainable basis for the benefit of Los Angeles County residents,” South said, “and when you speak of Los Angeles County, and certainly when you speak here in Signal Hill, you’re speaking of the leadership of Supervisor Don Knabe.” Knabe called Thursday “a great day for residents, for the county, as well as the environment” since many residents typically have a difficult time finding the means to dispose of harmful waste products. “We need to find new, inno-

vative ways to do things, so this center, thank you to EDCO and all our partners, is an example of innovation and collaboration between a public entity and the private sector,” Knabe said. “I want to again applaud EDCO for being a great corporate citizen.” Others on hand to welcome the new disposal center were: Gail Farber, director of Los Angeles County Department of Public Works; Grace Chan, chief engineer and general manager for Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County; and Signal Hill Mayor Tina Hansen, who acknowledged that the prospect of bringing a waste-disposal company to her city had not always been an easy sell. “When EDCO first came to [the City] with the idea for a trash-transfer station, it’s not

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