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

Your Weekly Community Newspaper

Reporters up for Pulitzer for uncovering ‘largest corruption case in LA County’ shine light on community newspapers

“Yellow Roses,” mixed-media collage by Alejandra Vernon

March 15, 2013

Long Beach developing plan to curtail incidences of violence

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During a community meeting at McKenna’s on the Bay on Monday, March 11, (from left) Brian Hews, reporter, owner and publisher of Los Cerritos Community News, Dave Wielenga, publisher of GreaterLongBeach.com, and Randy Economy, investigative reporter for Los Cerritos Community News, discuss how Hews and Economy broke the story about the ongoing investigation of Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez.

Sean Belk Staff Writer

A phone tip about dealings of the Los Angeles County assessor more than a year ago led investigative reporters Brian Hews and Randy

Economy to uncover what former Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley has called “the largest and most significant public corruption case in LA County history.” Hews, owner and publisher of

the weekly Los Cerritos Community News, and Economy, who writes for the newspaper, have been officially nominated for journalism’s top honor, a Pulitzer Prize, for breaking

Political newcomer Lori Woods and veteran incumbents Mike Noll and Ed Wilson will officially become part of the Signal Hill City Council Tuesday, March 19.

Noll, a veteran councilmember who currently serves as vice mayor and has been on the council for 20 years, is entering an unprecedented sixth term after receiving the most votes in the March 5 election, taking 17.7 percent of the total vote, or 633 votes. “Thank God it’s over,” said the retired businessman and real-estate agent who has called himself an “elder statesman.” Woods, a 15-year Signal Hill resident and an entrepreneur in her first run for a government office, came in second, receiving 612 votes, or 17.11 percent of the tally. The clincher, however, was the race for the third spot, which came down to Wilson and incumbent Ellen Ward, who have both been on the council together for three terms. Although unofficial results showed Wilson leading by only one vote, the certified public accountant ended up winning the council seat after the rest of the ballots were counted, taking a total

Newcomer and incumbents to take seats on SH City Council Sean Belk Staff Writer

In a close race for three Signal Hill City Council seats, voters chose experience as well as a fresh perspective.

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From left, incumbent Mike Noll, newcomer Lori Woods and incumbent Ed Wilson have won seats on the Signal Hill City Council.

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During the March 9 Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan conference, the audience broke up into four smaller discussion groups that submitted ideas to city officials on how upcoming community forums should be conducted and what kinds of questions need to be asked during those gatherings. Nick Diamantides Staff Writer

Last Saturday, the City of Long Beach began the process of creating the Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan (LBVPP), which elected officials and community leaders hope will greatly reduce incidences of violence. A conference, conducted in the community center at Caesar Chavez Park, focused on why the plan is necessary, who should participate in it, and what types of questions need to be answered by residents and business people who are concerned about violence in their neighborhoods. Angela Reynolds, deputy director of the city department of development services, introduced the various speakers, beginning with Long Beach Vice Mayor and 1st District City Councilmember Robert Garcia. He told the 150 people in attendance that about one year ago the city council began discussing what could be done to prevent violence. According to Garcia, a few months later the council adopted an ordinance authorizing the creation of the LBVPP. Garcia noted that violent crimes have decreased in the city during the past few years but that doesn’t mean every community is safe. “Every person and every community in Long Beach deserves to be safe,” he stressed. “Our goal is to make Long Beach the safest large city in Califor-

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nia.” The vice mayor explained that city government cannot reduce violence without help from local residents, business people, clergy, faith groups and other organizations in the public and private sectors. “The City has tried for many years to prevent violence, but this is the first official plan that will provide a blueprint to the community on how to prevent violence,” he said. “With help from all of you, we are looking forward to accomplishing great things. This is just the beginning.” The next speaker, Tracy Colunga, program coordinator for the department of development services, has been working with officials and staff for several months to lay the groundwork for formulating the LBVPP. During a 15-minute Powerpoint presentation, she told the attendees that the plan will include all forms of violence, including domestic abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, bullying, gang violence, hate crimes, human trafficking, and any purposeful act that inflicts harm on a person. Colunga explained that recently she helped to establish the LBVPP steering committee, which is made up of city officials and representatives of organizations throughout the city. “We need to look at what’s happening in Long Beach today and at see PLAN page 14

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THANK YOU, SIGNAL HILL

Over 600 voters placed their confidence in me to represent their interests at City Hall. I am humbled, yet emboldened to serve all Signal Hill residents to the best of my ability!

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The MS Queen Elizabeth (above right and bottom right), the newest luxury ocean liner of the Cunard fleet, met up with her sister ship, the RMS Queen Mary, in Long Beach Harbor on Tuesday, March 12, sounding their horns to the sight of fireworks. The event, called a Royal Rendezvous, commemorates a time the original RMS Queen Elizabeth serviced cruise passengers with the Queen Mary, which was retired from service in 1967. Considered the second-largest cruise ship built by the Cunard Line, The MS Queen Elizabeth, launched in 2010, spans 965 feet and can carry up to 2,092 passengers. The last time a Cunard ship met up with the Queen Mary was when the Queen Victoria visited Long Beach in 2011.

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MARCH 15, 2013

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Local city leaders featured in exhibit for playing key roles in LGBT history Sean Belk Staff Writer

Gay-rights activist Harvey Milk is known for becoming the first openly gay elected government official in California after winning a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Though he was killed just one year later, his story, which is the subject of the movie Milk, blazed a trail for many elected officials for years to come. As “gay districts” have sprouted up throughout the years in metropolitan areas such as Long Beach, so too has the number of advocates looking to government as the way to make changes and be heard as the voice for a rising constituency. “Back in the early days, you had to hide being gay… you don’t have to do that anymore,” said Mike Noll, who became known as the area’s first openly gay man elected to public office after first winning a seat on the Signal Hill City Council in 1992. Noll said he’s taken on many gayrights causes throughout the years, but being a politician means taking into account the rights of everyone. “When we’re elected we’re there for the residents to make the city better,” he said. “We care about everybody, whatever class of life they’re in or type of person they are.” Noll, who is slated to take an unprecedented sixth term on the Signal Hill City Council next week, is one of many local city leaders featured in an exhibit at the Historical Society of Long Beach that focuses on the local gay-rights movement and the transformation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The recently opened exhibit, titled Coming Out in Long Beach, displays hundreds of items, from pieces of memorabilia to vintage photographs, along with a wall dedicated to openly gay elected city officials. Historians recorded the stories of nine local residents who were active in the LGBT community, involved in various initiatives, organizations and causes as early as the 1960s. Although sometimes eclipsed by nearby Los Angeles, the Long Beach area has played a vital role in expanding gay rights, according to Julie Bartolotto, the historical society’s executive director. She stated that the goal of the exhibit, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Long Beach, is to highlight how Long Beach was “significant to the overall narrative of the national struggle for rights of the LGBT community.”

Inclusive democracy In many ways, politics was one of the main drivers behind the gay civilrights movement as advocates for a more inclusive democracy came forward. The Long Beach Lambda Demo-

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SAY WHAT? 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.

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Ellen Ward, (left) the first openly gay woman to be elected to the Signal Hill City Council, stands behind the bar at The Que Sera with the establishment’s current owner Ilse Benz. Ward used to own the lesbian bar and live-entertainment venue, known as the place where Melissa Etheridge got her start. However, she turned it over to Benz, her former manager, in the mid-1990s.

cratic Club, for instance, successfully lobbied for a city ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. The City of Long Beach, in 1998, also established a human-dignity policy, which mandates a commitment to embracing and valuing cultural diversity. More recently in 2010, the City Council approved the landmark ordinance, equal-benefits requiring contractors that do business with the City to provide the same benefits to registered domestic partners that they provide to their married employees. In terms of elected city officials, Noll has been joined by many others, including Gerrie Schipske, Long Beach’s first open lesbian elected government official, who began serving on the Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees in 1992 and was elected as 5th District Long Beach city councilmember in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. Dan Baker, who later resigned over allegations regarding real-estate dealings, was the first openly gay man elected to the Long Beach City Council in 1999. In 2009, Robert Garcia became the first Hispanic, openly gay Long Beach city councilmember, and the youngest, more recently being appointed as vice mayor for the City Council and to the California Coastal Commission. In Signal Hill, Larry Forester, who has lived with HIV and AIDS since the early 1980s, was appointed to the City Council in 1998, followed by Ellen Ward, considered the first lesbian city councilmember elected in 2001. Ward, whose third Council term ends next week, served on a 15member steering committee for the exhibit and provided comments about her own personal accounts. She is quoted in a display stating that Noll, who Ward met while they both served as boardmembers for the

gay and lesbian center, known as The Center in Long Beach, was elected to the city council after being kicked off the Signal Hill Planning Commission. “So, we decided we needed a change in the city,” said Ward, who is seen in a picture with her wife Pat, to whom she’s been legally married to for 17 years. “He ran, and we all helped him get elected… I was happy the way things were going in the city. There was this one attorney, and he decided not to run at the last minute. I looked at the people running, and they were all pretty bad. So I decided to run. I walked the city, and I worked hard. I got elected, the first lesbian in the area. I was pretty proud of that.”

The music that binds To the LGBT community, however, Ward was more known as the former owner of the Que Sera, a longtime lesbian bar she opened in 1975 that today is celebrated for helping launch the career of Grammy- and Oscar-winning musician and singer Melissa Etheridge in the 1980s. One of the first items collected for display was one of Etheridge’s gold records that the singer gave to the Que Sera. Ilse Benz, who took over the black- and pink-colored bar located at 1923 E. 7th St., after first working as the manager, said it was at the venue where Chris Blackwell of Island Records discovered the now famous musician. Although Etheridge first started by playing cover songs, she later snuck in her originals that became popular among both straight and gay crowds, Benz said, adding that Etheridge’s song “Cherry Avenue” was written about the Que Sera and her time living in Long Beach. “Music brings people together to where you don’t care about whether

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‘WANA’ KNOW WHAT’S UP AT THE PORT? What Monthly meeting Who Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA) Where Veterans Park Social Hall, 101 E. 28th St. When Monday, March 18 from 7pm to 9pm More Info The meeting will feature topics and speakers on the Southern California International Gateway Project (SCIG), a railyard project recently approved by the Los Angeles Harbor Commission and how the port project may impact air quality in the neighborhood. A meet-and-greet will be from 6:45pm to 7pm. The meeting includes coffee, desserts and other refreshments. Call (562) 427-5021 or email wrigleyalliance@gmail.com .

A TOME AND TUNE What 12th Annual “Long Beach Reads One Book” presentation Who Long Beach Public Library Foundation Where Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts, 6200 Atherton St. When Tuesday, March 19 starting at 5:30pm More Info The event will feature Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, and the premiere of composer Sean O’Loughlin’s symphonic piece played by Polytechnic High School Symphony Orchestra. For tickets, call (562) 628-2441.

TRUE CRIME What North Long Beach Leaders Meeting Who Long Beach Police Department Where North Division Police Substation, 4891 Atlantic Ave. When Friday, March 20 at 6pm More Info Residents may join Long Beach North Commander Robert Luman for a community meeting. Topics of discussion will include crime trends in different neighborhoods and how to stay safe and not become a victim of crime. Arthur Cox of the City of Long Beach Graffiti Removal Program will be the special guest speaker. Call (562) 570-9827 or email lbpdnorth@longbeach.gov .

BALANCING SAFETY AND INDEPENDENCE What Long Beach Older Adult Taskforce workshop Who 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.

TIME TO TAKE A STAND What Screening of the documentary Bully Who Long Beach Public Library Where Mark Twain Neighborhood Library, 1401 E. Anaheim St. When Saturday, March 23 at 2pm More Info As part of the campaign “A Season for Nonviolence,” residents may join the library at a screening of the award-winning documentary, which examines the issue of peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America. This event is free and open to the public. Call (562) 570-7500.

MEET YOUR CITY AUDITOR What Community meeting Who North Long Beach Community Action Group Where North Division Police Substation, 4891 Atlantic Ave. When Sunday, April 7 from 2pm to 4pm More Info During this event, Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud will provide a presentation on her office and two audits, including one for business licenses and nonprofit Partners of Parks, which help secure corporate funding for parks in Long Beach. To RSVP, call (562) 428-7710.

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open the ongoing case of LA County Assessor John Noguez, who has been arrested on several counts of forgery, fraud and taking bribes. Speaking at a recent engagement at McKenna’s on the Bay in Long Beach, the investigative-reporting duo said that, if they win, they would use the national attention to shine a light on community newspapers. “If we are fortunate enough and blessed enough to win the Pulitzer… we’re going to have a national platform to be able to really talk about the importance of community newspapers,” Economy said. “…Don’t give up on your community, and don’t let a little community newspaper go away.” Longtime investigative reporter Dave Wielenga, who has written for numerous local publications and now publishes GreaterLongBeach.com, arranged the event, which he titled “Reassessing the Power of the Press,” to talk about the significance of traditional journalism in a time when newspapers are suffering from budget cuts, small staffs and dwindling advertising revenue.

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“I think at this point, rethinking the power of the press is what we’ve been doing for the last 20 years, as it seems the power of the press is diminishing, [and] we’ve almost gotten to the point where a lot of people are ready to write it off,” Wielenga said before talking about the 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution, which includes freedom of the press. “I think we need to ask ourselves, before we decide that newspapers and traditional journalism is no longer relevant, if we really know what we’re throwing away.” Transforming the weekly newspaper from what Hews called the “hearts and flowers” version to a more aggressive publication now known for covering regional enterprise stories has created some flak from readers, who have called for more local news, said the publisher of the free, weekly newspaper. “We’re a community newspaper, so our readers don’t like us to cover anything outside of the city, and they’ll let us know,” Hews said. However, Economy added, “We had to basically educate our readers of what the role of a good community newspaper should be, and it’s basically to do what we’ve been

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart

With so much seriousness around me over the last few weeks, I am compelled to share some silliness with our readers. See the puns below. One of our Signal Tribune friends sent them to brighten my day. Enjoy! I tried to catch some fog. I mist. When chemists die, they barium.

Keeping Spam from being a scam

doing for the last year and a half. It’s being able to go ahead and be real raw, but have our facts completely lined up and fact-check, over and over and over again.” The reporters explained that the story began to develop after receiving their first confirmation from a public official that, indeed, the district attorney’s office was investigating Noguez. However, they didn’t stop there. The two reporters continued on their own investigation, making several Public Records Act requests and discovering that the very contributors to the 2010 campaign of Noguez were in fact listed as the property owners or propertytax agents involved in some 177 properties being reappraised at lower values. The lower, reassessed values, which were approved through an appeals process, provided property owners with a lower property-tax obligation. The County would then cut checks for the difference between the old and new property taxes, which went into the millions of dollars per property, that would then be split between the property owner and the property-tax agent, who helped get the lower rate, Economy explained.

OPINION

Jokes about German sausage are the wurst. I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid. He claims he can stop anytime. How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it. I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me. This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore. I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I can’t put it down. I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words. They told me I had Type A blood, but it was a Type O. A dyslexic man walks into a bra.

J.R. Nelson Long Beach

Mea Culpa The article titled “State senators take ‘field trip’ to high school, college in LB to see innovative programs” in the March 8 issue of the Signal Tribune should have stated that the California State Senate has a total of 40 members.

Long Beach always seems to have a difficult time dealing openly with residents. It often talks of transparency, then makes its actions as opaque as possible when doing something it believes might face opposition. Take the additional traffic signal proposed for Wardlow Road at Pacific Avenue as part of a new Pacific Avenue Bike Corridor. Residents of Wrigley Heights have had an increasingly difficult time getting out of our neighborhood onto Wardlow Road since the Blue Line was built because there is only one exit (Magnolia Avenue). Eastbound traffic often backs up for blocks, and the City has known about the problem for many years. So when Long Beach held meetings about the design of the bike path and the additional traffic signal that will cause even longer delays, did our 7th District councilmember, James Johnson, notify any of us? No. In 1993, the MTA was considering relocating the Wardlow Blue Line station to the north, near Los Cerritos Park. Then-City Traffic Engineer Richard Backus sent a March 12, 1993 memo to thenCity Environmental Planning Officer Gerhardt Felgemaker regarding the possible effect on the intersection of Pacific Place and Wardlow Road. (Pacific Place is just a few hundred feet west of Pacific Avenue and already has a traffic signal.) Backus said, “The subject intersection is already operating at an unacceptable level of service (Level E or worse) during the afternoon peak period.” Level E is defined: Severe congestion with some long-standing lines on critical approaches. Level F: Total breakdown with stop-and-go operation. Remember this was in 1993. Blue Line trains, already three cars long, then averaged 36,553 riders each weekday. By September, 2012, that average had climbed to 92,120, requiring more frequent trains. Still Long Beach insists on another traffic signal when bike riders could easily cross at Pacific Place. Jeannie Hoffman Long Beach

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that they had accumulated some 1,000 documented sources. He said, at one point, in a bar miles away from their news office, they met a “Deep Throat”-type source, who provided the reporters with a list of Noguez’s campaign contributions. Economy added that Cooley said he “didn’t know the evidence of the case until he started reading our paper.” Asked whether pursuing the story was “good for business,” Hews said, “not so far,” however, he added that the story has put the small newspaper in the spotlight, boosting the readership of the newspaper’s website visits to 1 million per day from all over the world. The reporters have since been interviewed on numerous mainstream radio and television shows, and even 60 Minutes has contacted them for a possible news segment about a community newspaper revival. “I know some things are going to come out of it,” Hews said. “It’s certainly gotten us a lot more notice and the community newspaper in general… I hope that Randy and I are stirring up more community newspapers to do this kind of stuff because we get tips every day that we can’t follow.” ß

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Finally, the authorities have decided to break the back of the Jamaican scam artists who have been ripping off Americans for years with the promise of huge wealth for very little effort. I know how compelling it is to be faced with thousands of dollars of promised wealth for just a small deposit for good faith or something, but remember, older people especially– the money you will send them is real. The check they will send to you for any reason is not. Case in point: I received a check for $30,000 from that scam, and the letter accompanying the check explained why I had received it and how to verify its authenticity. I called the police department in the city I was living in and told them about the check and if they would like to have it for reference. The person I spoke with told me not to do anything and she would send an officer over to check it out. When the officer looked at the check and noticed the telephone number to be called for reference, he suggested I call that number to find out if the check was authentic. (I didn’t say anything, but I realized this must be a very new man on the job to not realize that any number they give me to call would be someone they have in their scam unit.) Anyhow, I wrote “scam” across the check face and sent it to my daughter to see how much money she would have had when I passed away if all I had to do was send a couple of hundred dollars to the addressee. Older people are such targets for these people and, because they are so embarrassed when they discover what really happened to them, it is often not reported to the authorities. Before you send a dime to anyone that promises you huge rewards, call your police department and ask if they are familiar with anything like what you received. Your police should be able to tell you “there ain’t no free lunch,” so be wise and keep your own counsel and money.

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The scheme, in some cases, involved having the reassessments applied retroactively, ultimately leaving the County to lose millions of dollars in tax revenue while refunding money back to property owners. After scouring through stacks of emails and documents, the reporters eventually uncovered what they called “pay for play” politics in the county assessor’s office, where property owners who contributed to Noguez’s campaign were the ones receiving lower property-tax rates, they said. After their first story broke in February 2012, they began receiving threats from attorneys and a major political consulting and public-relations firm known as Englander Knabe & Allen, which represented Noguez in his campaign. However, Hews said the threats only proved that they had hit a big story. “We knew we had something at that point,” said Hews, who said the Los Angeles Times eventually picked up the story but didn’t give the reporters credit for breaking the story. Economy said they had also received calls from people inside and out of the county assessor’s office, praising their work. He added

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Occidental Petroleum makes donation to fund $7.95-million Chittick Field sports-park project in Long Beach Sean Belk Staff Writer

Park-goers can look forward to a better place to play sports thanks to a sizable donation from a local oil company and various public-funding sources. Long Beach city officials announced Monday, March 11 that Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy) gave a $1-million contribution to nonprofit Partners of Parks, which has handed the money over to the City of Long Beach. The donation helps fund a multi-phase project to upgrade facilities and build a new sports park at Chittick Field, which has been in the works in numerous forms for nearly two decades. The private-sector support now puts the grand total of funding for phase 1 of the project at $7.95 million, according to Jane Grobaty, spokesperson for the Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department. The major portion of the project includes adding two youth soccer fields, an adult soccer field, a regulation football field, a 400-meter all-weather trackand-field track, a 136-vehicle parking lot, new restrooms, a bike path connecting to the Pacific Electric Right of Way Bike Path, a low-flow drainage system and a new pump station with storm-water treatment features. “Occidental Petroleum’s donation will go a long ways toward revitalizing Chittick Field and the community as well,” said 6th District Long Beach Councilmember Dee Andrews, who added that he hopes the project will someday be comparable to the Home Depot Center in the City of Carson. “You have to understand, we want the best, and that’s why we’re getting it.” Construction at the 19-acre site, located near Signal Hill, just north of Pacific Coast Highway, between Walnut and Cherry avenues, is expected to start next month, kicking off one of “the largest park projects” in Long Beach in several years, city officials said. The project has been on hold since last October due to restrictions

on development during the “rainy season.” The site currently serves as a Los Angeles County storm-water detention basin. In addition to the $1-million donation, the City has secured a $4.3-million grant from the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District, $50,000 from the City’s fiscal-year 2012 operating funds and $700,000 from the City’s 2006 open-space bond for design, Grobaty stated. She added that a $1.86-million grant from the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District is still pending approval. Previous city staff reports state that the City had first applied for county grants in 1992. Grobaty added, however, that, “currently, no funding source has been identified for future phases of construction.” First developed in the 1930s as a storm-water detention basin, the site, commonly referred to as Hamilton Bowl, has been used for baseball and soccer games during the summer months for close to 60 years. The field, however, has been left in disarray over the years and continues to deteriorate, according to city officials. “Even though it has fallen into dire straits, Chittick Field remains popular with our community,” Andrews said. “They’re still here. They’re still playing. They come every day and every weekend, but this community needs something more, and these 19 acres will soon be another jewel in the city.” The project to build a sports park at Chittick Field was resurrected after a much grander proposal for a Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center, which was first proposed nearly eight years ago, was cancelled in 2010. That project, once estimated to cost nearly $140 million, would have included a gymnasium and swimming pools. In addition, a larger sports park was proposed at a nearby vacant 47acre property at Spring Street and

A maintenance worker picks up trash at Chittick Field, located at 1900 Walnut Ave., where construction is expected to start next month on a $7.95-million project to upgrade facilities and build new athletic fields.

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From left, Partners of Parks Executive Director Drew Satariano, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, Occidental Petroleum Corporation President and CEO Stephen I. Chazen, and 6th District Long Beach Councilmember Dee Andrews during a press conference at Chittick Field, where Long Beach city officials accepted a large check for $1 million provided by Oxy to help fund upgrades and a sports park at the 19-acre site

Orange Avenue. Chittick Field, however, was deemed the most appropriate location after the community and city officials determined the other site, once called California Gardens and now called Willow Springs Park, would be better suited for passive and active uses of wetlands restoration, multi-use trails, a dog park and a BMX bike track. During the donation-announcement ceremony, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster acknowledged Councilmember Andrews’s “tenacity” to keep the project alive and applauded Oxy’s interest in funding a project that would help improve park facilities in a neighborhood that lacks open space. “Occidental Petroleum’s act of great corporate citizenship will benefit families in our community for years to come,” Foster said. “It’s going to turn it into a world-class sporting facility right in the heart of the city that is desperate for open space.” Frank E. Komin, president and general manager of Thums Long Beach Company and Tidelands Oil Production Company, taken over by Oxy in 2000, said the project is consistent with the values of the City and the oil company. Oxy, which currently provides as many as 1,000 local jobs, operates offshore and onshore oil production in the Wilmington Oil Field. “We thought it was a good opportunity to fund what would be a really good cause,” he said, adding that the oil operator has partnered with the City in oil production for more than a decade. “Here’s a situation where you have a place that can advance education, advance youth, advance fitness and advance community development. Those are all things important to the City, and we’re just happy to be a partner … in contributing the money along with the County of Los Angeles.”

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The Long Beach Fire Department Marine Safety Division will host tryouts for non-career ocean lifeguards on Saturday, March 16 to meet the demands of the busier summer months at the beach. Non-career ocean lifeguards are a key component of the Long Beach Fire Department’s publicsafety service during the summer, according to the LBFD. Lifeguards are responsible for watching the water along seven miles of beaches and 22 square miles of waterways. This includes the oceanfront,

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In a prepared statement, Stephen I. Chazen, president and CEO of Oxy, said, “Oxy is proud to be a part of the Long Beach community. Our contribution to Partners of Parks for

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6 SIGNAL TRIBUNE CULTURE MARCH 15, 2013 Local collage artist discusses her classical and modern-day influences

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Since March of 2011, I’ve committed myself to featuring a different local artist in each issue of the Signal Tribune. We’ve used their works to add beauty, vitality and even mystery to our front page, and we’ve dedicated space in our Culture section each week to profile these artistic individuals– shedding light on the creative process, as well as the challenges and satisfaction that come with producing meaningful work. I relish the opportunity to provide encouragement to

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We also discussed how her overcoming breast cancer greatly impacted her life (increased empathy for all living creatures and a heightened sensitization) and her work (the pieces became simpler, more colorful, and some even included a dash of humor that was new to her art). There had also been a devastating fire at her home five years prior that destroyed all but six of her pieces and the records of the hundreds she had sold up to that point. In that first interview, she characterized her lifetime as being in two parts: a “pre-fire” life and a “post-fire” life. Interestingly, in our more recent interview, she still divides her life into two portions, but now it has to do with a particular Russian singer-songwriter.

How would you say your work has changed since you were first profiled for the Signal Tribune two years ago? My life has changed radically, so in some way it must show up in my work. If you had told me that I would feel this well, and would travel twice to Europe (Warsaw and Berlin) two years ago, I would not have believed it.

Where have you shown or what artistic endeavors have you participated in in the last two years? Several exhibits at Gallery Expo and Long Beach Arts, as well as a project to do British authors for Allport Editions, who make greeting cards. I didn’t get back to full productivity until 2012 though…in 2011, I made only seven pictures and later destroyed four of them!

What’s the story with destroying four of your pieces? I just didn’t like them a lot...don’t want to leave behind things that don’t have enough “energy” in them. Hard to explain. The liking or not liking of pieces is so hard to evaluate. I was glad you liked the one of my mother in the chair. It’s actually an older piece– one of the very few I got out of the fire. The “V” is for Vivian...her name. I have always liked that piece. I think I just nailed the way she looked. Her feet. Everything...and it has a lot of symbolism. You are the first person (and I’ve shown this piece a lot) who has SEEN it. People would walk by it like it wasn’t on the wall. So weird! So liking/audience approval/etc. is very, very weird. You just have to be so damned sure of yourself at all times. Saying all this in case there’s a paintsee VERNON page 7

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ing someday you love and no one “sees” it. Just give it time. As for time, and what I leave behind, I must have a couple of thousand pieces scattered around the world. I know, a few years after my death, I may just be “discovered.” So want to keep my last pieces at a fairly good standard (though there are some at the library that don’t quite meet the standard. I had all that wall space to cover!) Allowances must be made for large exhibits.

Tell me about the newest pieces you created for the exhibit at the Long Beach Library. I tried to make a balance between portraits, still lifes and animals. Since my favorite things to do are portraits, it can easily get out of balance. I make a map of how I want the final exhibit to look, and stick to that plan.

What do you use as source material for creating the images in your collages? I cut up books and good-quality mag-

azines. You’ll see me in thrift stores in the book section finding art books to use.

One thing that is different about you from two years ago is your undeniable love for [Russian musician] Vitas. To what degree would you say he has become your muse? My life is divided into “pre-Vitas” and “post-Vitas.” He has brought so much joy, adventure, and peace into my life.

What is it about him that appeals to you? He is all about love. Just watching him on stage is so delightful it can expand your heart chakra, leading to empathy and touching the lives of others. I’m a little ripple in his ocean of love. He is also the simplest, kindest individual in person. Getting a Vitas hug is like having wings wrapped around you. He’s very special.

How do you feel when people ask you to explain the meaning of your art? So happy they are interested! Do you listen to music or engage in any other activity (watching TV, to listening radio, eating, talking, etc.) while you work? I like to watch a movie, listen to a CD or KUSC. Keeping my mind partially occupied tends to free the intuitive factors and the picture takes on a life of its own. Works better with movies I’ve seen repeatedly... I have some I never tire of.

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CULTURE From where do you typically draw inspiration? From other artists, and people who have had tremendous courage and changed history, like Rosa Parks.

Do you have a favorite piece that you’ve done? My favorite piece of art since childhood has been Botticelli’s “Giuliano de Medici” (which I got to see in Berlin!), and my favorite piece I’ve done is a combination of that Botticelli “Giuliano” and Vitas.

What would you say is the most unconventional material or method you’ve used in your work? In the ‘70s I worked with leaves, petals, and cloth. I occasionally get emails from people who own them and show me the photos. I’m amazed at how well they have maintained their color and texture.

What do you think your life would be like if, for some reason, you couldn’t make art? As a child, what I really wanted to do was be a musician [but] became a dancer instead, then artist. I think I’d be alright, I’m so happy within myself. Maybe I’d take up the piccolo! Vernon’s newest work will be on display at the main branch of the Long Beach Public Library, 101 Pacific Ave., through April 30. MORE INFORMATION avernon.com

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City of SH to host Conference to provide information on identifying and preventing animal cruelty annual event for pets Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert and Long Beach Animal Care Services will join forces to present a free Animal Care & Cruelty Prevention Conference on Thursday, March 21. “This event will educate the public and dispel some myths about animal care,” Haubert said. “It will also teach people how to identify animal cruelty and what to do if they see it.” Free gifts, including vouchers for microchipping, pet supplies, grooming, and other services, will be given away to conference attendees while supplies last. Light refreshments will also be served. “This is our second annual event,” said Animal Care Services Manager Ted Stevens. “The response to last year’s event was so positive, we decided to hold another one and expand the content.” The conference will feature prominent speakers including: Deputy District Attorney Deborah Knaan, who supervises animal-cruelty prosecution for the LA District Attorney’s Office; Long Beach animal behaviorist Alexandra Macias; and shelter veterinarian Margaret Lee, DVM.

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of 546 votes, or 15.26 percent of the vote, just 19 votes ahead of Ward, who took in a total of 527 votes, or 14.73 percent of the vote. All three winning candidates were present at the City Council Chamber as city officials and the election services company Martin & Chapman, which the City contracted, counted the remaining 144 provisional and late vote-by-mail ballots. The release of final results was broadcast live on LBReport.com and the Signal Tribune’s website.

Ballot malfunctions 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 ballotreading machine experiencing technical malfunctions. The machine, provided by Martin & Chapman, was eventually replaced with a new machine, but the unofficial results still included errors, which were discovered after all ballots were recounted. “There’s a human element to elections,” said Dan Pabich of Martin & Chapman, who said he recommended that all ballots be recounted to make sure any errors were rectified. “Tuesday night, a second machine was brought in to count the [vote-bymail ballots]… the first machine

wasn’t getting close,” Pabich said during the final count on March 8. “The second machine came in, and it counted the right amount of ballots, but some of these ballots start hitting each other and start jumbling up … that should have been rectified that night, but I’m going to rectify it today.”

Close race Wilson, who called the election a “tough, interesting race,” said the final results show that he had a “slow start” in the beginning of his campaign but ended up coming in “strong in the end,” receiving more votes from polling places than absentees. “I want to thank everyone who was part of my campaign… all the people who contributed, and most importantly the voters for having faith in me and allowing me to have another four years,” Wilson said. “I’m really, really excited about these next four years and in doing my best to represent everyone here in Signal Hill.” Ward, who was on vacation at press time, said in an email that being on the Signal Hill City Council for the last 12 years has been a highlight in her career. “I believe the city is in good hands and will continue to thrive,” she said. “I look forward to staying active in our community, and I encourage all Signal Hill residents to do the same.” Woods, who came just 21 votes away from Noll’s total, said she plans to focus on what her next steps are as a new city official in the next few days.

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“I’ve got a really steep learning curve here,” she said. “I’m the rookie and the freshman. But so far the comments from the staff, from the city manager and from the incumbents are encouraging, and they are willing to help mentor me. Now the work is just starting.” Signal Hill City Clerk Kathleen Pacheco is required, under the city’s election code, to conduct a final manual tally, or hand count, of ballots from the largest precinct. That hand count took place Tuesday, March 12. The official and final election results were certified Thursday, March 14 and posted on the City’s website. At the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 19, the newly elected councilmembers will be sworn in, and the five-member council will nominate a new mayor and vice mayor.

is 21.29 percent of the 6,143 registered voters in Signal Hill– a city with a population of about 11,000 residents. 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. Both Woods and Wise credited the increase in voter turnout and voter registrants to the recent presidential election in November, adding that it could have helped their campaigns. Wise, who called Lori’s victory a “wake-up

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call,” said that the increase in voter turnout could also be attributed to more residents getting involved with the city. The following are the final election results with total votes as released by the City:

Mike Noll: 633 votes Lori Woods: 612 votes Edward Wilson: 546 votes Ellen Ward: 527 votes Elizabeth Wise: 437 votes Robert Mendoza: 429 votes Nancy Sciortino: 393 votes

Voter turnout According to the final election results, Signal Hill saw a jump in the number of its registered voters and the number of residents who voted. There was a total of 1,308 ballots cast in this year’s city election, which

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Signal Hill Library, Community Foundation to screen SHPD plans DUI Enforcement acclaimed documentary about children and success Team deployment this weekend The Signal Hill Public Library and the Signal Hill Community Foundation will host a screening of the nationally acclaimed documentary Race to Nowhere, a film that calls for a change in current thinking about how to prepare children for success. A panel discussion featuring local educators, parents and community leaders will follow the film. The screening and discussion will take place Friday,

April 19 at 6pm in the Signal Hill Park Community Center, 1780 E. Hill St. Free child care will be provided in the adjacent classroom for children ages 6 to 12 years old. Parents or guardians must register in advance. Call (562) 9897330 for more information. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door the night of the event. Visit racetonowhere.com/epostcard/6799 for tickets.

Race to Nowhere is a film with stories of young people across the United States who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their children.

Officers from the Signal Hill Police Department’s (SHPD) DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol- and drugimpaired drivers in the department’s ongoing traffic-safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 between the hours of 8pm and 2am in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests. According to a press release issued by the SHPD, DUIs can impact the economy in addition to inflicting pain and suffering on those immediately affected. Conservatively, a fatality has a $1.4-million impact, an injury $70,000, and a crash that only damages property averages

nearly $9,000, according to the SHPD. “Despite the recent increases, California’s roadways are still very much safer than they were before 2006,” said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy. “The Signal Hill Police Department will be keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue saving lives and reach the vision we all share– toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.” Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drunk drivers may be reported by calling 9-1-1. Source: SHPD

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you stand next to a lesbian and that a woman maybe has her arm around another woman,” Benz said. “They listen to the music, and it makes them happy, and we all have that in common so that sexual orientation thing went by the wayside.” The bar scene in Long Beach, however, was not always harmonious, recalls Noll, who said there was a time when dancing with a partner of the same sex in a club was nearly illegal, which he said is somewhat inconceivable by today’s standards. “You could dance with your partner if the light was green, but if it turned red we were being invaded by the police department, and you’d have to dance with the opposite sex,” he said. Ward too recalls a time when her bar was on watch by “vice officers,” who often created a stressed situation. “The police would come in, especially with rookies, and they’d walk through the bar in their uniforms just to try to intimidate people,” she stated. “Professional people– customers at the bar– got all tense.” Ward, who is also known for serv-

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ing nine years as the executive director of the AIDS Walk, added that the bar, known at the time as “The Que,” eventually became more and more involved in political causes and the community, organizing fundraisers and even ball games. Although “a lot of progress” has been made, Noll said, “We still have more to do until equality is everywhere.”

The LGBT history exhibit is on display through March 1, 2014. In addition, events related to the exhibit are being organized all year long. The Historical Society of Long Beach is located at 4260 Atlantic Ave. and is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 1pm to 5pm, Thursday from 1pm to 7pm and Saturday from 11am to 5pm. For more information, visit hslb.org or call (562) 424-2220.

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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 NumAmount of unpaid balance ber: 7211-021-014 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 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 

TST4315 Title No. 6231293 ALS No. 2011-7007 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT OF A LIEN, DATED MARCH 12, 2012. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: On April 10, 2013, at 9:00 AM, ASSOCIATION LIEN SERVICES, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to a certain lien, recorded on March 15, 2012, as instrument number 20120404979, of the official records of Los Angeles County, California. WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR LAWFUL MONEY OF THE UNITED STATES, OR A CASHIERS CHECK at: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA. The street address and other common designations, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2209 Bay View Drive , Signal Hill, California 90755 Assessor's Parcel No. 7215-014-065 The owner(s) of the real property is purported to be: Steen D. Sprouffske, unmarried man The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designations, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of a note, homeowner's assessment or other obligation secured by this lien, with interest and other sum as provided therein: plus advances, if any, under the terms thereof and interest on such advances, plus fees, charges, expenses of the Trustee and trust created by said lien. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $17,634.06. Payment must be in cash, a cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state bank or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings & loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. The real property described above is being sold subject to the right of redemption. The redemption period within which real property may be redeemed ends 90 days after the sale. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest

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bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may contact Priority Posting & Publishing for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit its website www.priorityposting.com for information regarding the sale of this property. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the website. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The beneficiary of said Lien hereto executed and delivered to the undersigned, a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. Date: March 8, 2013 Association Lien Services, as Trustee P.O. Box 64750, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (310) 207-2027 By: Alvin Okoreeh, Trustee Officer P1026742 3/15, 3/22, 03/29/2013

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

TST4316 APN: 7216-018-018 TS No: CA05002533-12-1 TO No: 1325084 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE  YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED December 11, 2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.  On April 8, 2013 at 09:00 AM, Vineyard Ballroom at Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, MTC FINANCIAL INC. dba TRUSTEE CORPS, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on December 20, 2006 as Instrument No. 06 2830189 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by DANIELA

VLNKOVA, AND IGOR VLNKA, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, as Trustor(s), in favor of AMERICA`S WHOLESALE LENDER as Lender and MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. as nominee for Lender, its successors and/or assigns, 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: 1916 JUNIPERO AVENUE, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755-6012   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 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.  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 $373,127.77 (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.  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. 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 Auction.com at 800.280.2832 for information regarding the Trustee's Sale or visit the Internet Web site address www.Auction.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA05002533-12-1. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale.  Date: March 9, 2013 TRUSTEE CORPS TS No. CA05002533-121  17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614  949-2528300  Stephanie Hoy, Authorized Signatory    SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ONLINE AT www.Auction.com FOR AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL  AUCTION.COM at 800.280.2832  TRUSTEE CORPS MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.  P1026562 3/15, 3/22, 03/29/2013         

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 Beach, CA 90803. This business 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 as: BRAWNY BUILT, 1441 E. 28th St., 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 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: BC.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

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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.

TST4317 / 2013 049167 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: CS PAUL, 627 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrant: PAULA A. ELIAS, 627 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Paula A. Elias. 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 March 12, 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 15, 22, 29, & April 5, 2013.

TST4314 / 2013 046278 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. TOM AND JERI FLORIST, 2. CHRISTENSENS, 5353 Cherry Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805. Registrant: POPATIA CORPORATION, 9573 Cedar St., Bellflower, CA 90706. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Sheila Mamdani, 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 July 11, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on March 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: March 15, 22, 29, & April 5, 2013.


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In Living Color

You will be green with envy! Shoshanah Siegel Columnist

If you missed my column introducing you to the world of color, here is a little update. I wrote that it is much easier to decorate when you have a definite idea of the mood you want to create then develop the design and colors of the room around the mood. When you select colors remember that we all have preferences towards certain colors, and it is very personal. In honor of St. Patty’s Day, I would like to introduce you to the color green. Even if you have no Irish blood, the color green is sure to evoke a negative or positive response. Kermit the Frog knew how complex the color green is when he said: “It’s not easy being green.” Of all the colors in the universe, the widest range distinguishable is in the vast variety of greens. On the negative side, the color green has been perceived as being eerie, supernatural, or sick. However, for this column, I will focus on the color as being natural and pleasant. On a side bar… Right about now you might be thinking to yourself, “Didn’t Shoshanah feature the color green in a past column?” The answer would be yes. However, green was grouped in with three other colors that were selected as the color of the year by trend forecasters. Now, I

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Dens or offices Green is not only the color of nature, it is also the color often identified with money. Medium or dark greens such as Pratt and Lambert’s “Thyme Green” (1679) or Benjamin Moore’s “Caldwell Green” (124) are great to pair with warm red tones of wood paneling or furniture. These colors would be perfect for waiting rooms for accountants, stockbrokers, or banks.

Exterior Green is the perfect color for most architectural styles. In a future article I will be going into more detail about exterior colors. One fun fact is that in Long Beach we have seven historical districts. Painting Craftsman and California Bungalow style homes green is still one of the favorite choices of homeowners. The combinations are endless, but here is one: Benjamin Moore’s “Wethersfield Moss” (HC110) along with “Shaker Beige” (HC-45) and “Quincy Tan” (HC25). Choosing green As a green person, you are a balance of warmth and coolness, which means that you are usually stable and balanced. You are a good citizen, concerned parent, involved neighbor, and a joiner of clubs and organizations. You are fastidious, kind, and generous.

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what’s been happening in the past few years so we can make informed decisions on how to reduce violence,” Colunga said. “We also want to look at what other cities are doing to reduce violence.” Echoing Garcia, Colunga stressed that getting input from local residents is perhaps the most important factor in coming up with strategies that will make Long Beach a safer place to live, learn, play and do business. “We will be hosting a series of community forums,” she said, explaining that the as-yetunscheduled gatherings will delve deeper into problems experienced in specific communities and possible solutions for those problems. “From this day forward, I can come out and do presentations (on the LBVPP) to community groups, local PTAs and any organization that wants to know more about what we are trying to accomplish,” she said. Colunga noted that, to develop the plan, Long Beach is consulting with representatives of the National League of Cities (NLC). She then gave the microphone to one of those representatives, Jack Calhoun, internationally renowned public speaker, founder and past president of the National Crime Prevention Council and director of the NLC’s 13 (California) Cities Gang Prevention Network. Calhoun told the attendees that the LBVPP will not just aim at stopping crime but will also focus on building healthy communities. He explained that violence hurts individuals, shatters dreams, and destroys communities. “People are afraid to go out, be in parks, or coach kids in unhealthy communities,” he said, adding that after meeting city officials and residents who want to be involved in the LBVPP, he is convinced that Long Beach has the human resources, the energy and the determination to significantly build healthy communities and reduce the incidences of violence in the city. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell also addressed the audience. “The strength of the city is its people,” he said. “Faith communities, nonprofits, and city agencies all need to work together. We need to take the resources that we have and build them together as a web rather than silos.”

McDonnell explained that the goal of the LBVPP is to make Long Beach a place of respect and nonviolence, and a place where young people can reach their potential. “The City needs to get input from the youth,” he added. “We need to have them say, ‘This is how we see things, and this is how we can fix the problems.” The chief also thanked the many young people who have expressed a desire to participate in the formulation of the plan. Later, two other representatives from the National League of Cities, Georgina Mendoza, community safety director for the City of Salinas, and Mario Maciel, superintendent of the San Jose Mayor’s Gang Task Force told the audience of how a violence-prevention plan has been effective in their respective cities. After making his comments, Maciel helped the audience members organize into four separate groups that each reached a consensus on the general parameters of the upcoming community forums. Then Colunga received the consensus from each group, and Maciel addressed the audience again. “This plan is made by you and owned by you,” he said, “Future city councils will not be able to terminate the plan as long as citizens stay involved in making it happen.” He also admonished the attendees to be looking for announcements on the times and places of the community forums on the LBVPP that will be taking place in the next 18 months, and he asked them to invite their neighbors and friends to the events. “This is about the future of Long Beach. It’s in your hands,” Mendoza added. “It’s your responsibility to continue with the process.” In his closing comments, Calhoun added that there is no guarantee that funding will be available to implement the LBVPP after it is developed, but governmental agencies and nonprofit foundations are more willing to give grant money to plans and programs that are backed by a wide range of organizations. Reynolds stressed that funding for the 18-month LBVPP planning process has not come from the City of Long Beach General Fund. “We received a grant of about $400,000 from the California Endowment Foundation,” she said. MORE INFORMATION (562) 570-4413

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