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Early hopefuls throw in hats for state, mayoral elections in 2014

Sean Belk Staff Writer

Although the next election for city and state offices isn’t until next year, political contenders in Long Beach have already advanced campaigns in recent weeks. Tonia Reyes-Uranga, a Democrat and former Long Beach City councilmember who represented the 7th District from 2002 to 2010, has recently formed a campaign-finance committee and filed a statement of intention to run in the 2014 election for a chance to represent the newly drawn 70th Assembly District, according to the California Secretary of State website. Bonnie Assemblymember Lowenthal is now termed out after winning a third two-year term in the November 2012 election against Martha Flores-Gibson, who has announced her intention to run for the Long Beach 3rd Council District. Reyes-Uranga, who has launched a campaign website, may run against

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4th District Long Beach City Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell, also a Democrat, who has also filed paperwork to form a campaign-finance committee in a potential bid for the same assembly seat. Since O’Donnell was re-elected to the City Council last year, he would ultimately leave an open council seat if elected to the state legislature. Democratic 9th District City

Councilmember Steven Neal, who will come to the end of his first term next year after being elected in 2010, has also filed paperwork to form a committee to raise money in a potential run for the 64th Assembly District, which is being vacated by Assemblymember Isadore Hall in November 2014. see CANDIDATES page 4

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Long Beach resident Reggie Kindle takes a short break from his workout at Hilltop Park in Signal Hill. Kindle, like many area residents, takes the initiative to exercise in the city known for its panoramic views. The Riverside Community College student is exercising in Signal Hill during his spring break to stay in shape post-basketball season before he transfers to Johnson & Wales University in Colorado.

expressed concerns with professional trainers and other forprofit exercise groups who have set up shop in the public parks. On any given week, local residents on their regular jog might

Nonprofit’s Just-A-Buck franchise has bottom line of employing people with disabilities

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Possible changes to Signal Hill park ordinance highlight popularity of outdoor fitness programs

Signal Hill may have a good problem with its parks– they’re just too popular with the people who want to stay in shape. City officials are preparing to propose several changes to the current park ordinance at next month’s Council meeting, but there are still outstanding issues of just how to manage the varied interests of the groups, especially among those who have staked their claim on the parks for their exercise routines. Mayor Michael Noll praised the department that is responsible for organizing regular patrols of the city’s green spaces and that regularly monitors activity in the parks all around Signal Hill. “I think the recreation department is doing an excellent job, but we do have to fine-tune some things,” Noll said in a telephone interview this week. The mayor

see boot camps or outdoor yoga classes in session in addition to the kids and adults on the basketball courts for a friendly pickup game. Presently, there is no per-

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The International Symbol of Access, also known as the wheelchair or handicap symbol, is seen next to the entrance of Just-A-Buck, a dollar store franchise that was purchased last year by a nonprofit in Downey that provides services to people with developmental disabilities. The retail store, located at 141 E. Willow St. in Long Beach, hires persons with disabilities to help them enter the labor force.

Sean Belk Staff Writer

At Just-A-Buck, tucked away in the Wrigley Marketplace at Willow Street and Long Beach Boulevard, patrons can browse through a wide selection of seasonal and everydayuse items, all of which are priced at just a dollar apiece. Upon closer inspection, however, customers may also find that it’s not your typical bargain retail outlet. Atop isles packed with cleaning products, party favors and novelty merchandise, signs indicate that the owner is The Arc of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, a nonprofit organization located in Downey that has provided services to individuals with disabilities since 1956. Unlike some nonprofit thrift stores that primarily rely on goods from donations, such as Goodwill, Value Village and The Salvation Army, the twist with Just-A-Buck is that the store runs like a franchise business and purchases its own products like any other retailer. All proceeds from sales then go to The Arc to benefit people with physical and developmental disabilities. What also makes the store unique is that the 3,900-square-foot

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LB Junior Concert Band in search of new home again

Sean Belk Staff Writer

The Long Beach Junior Concert Band (LBJCB) is looking for a new home again after being ejected from two locations and now being forced out of another. For the past several months, the independent youth marching band established in 1952 has been searching for a permanent spot to perform rehearsals and store their equipment, uniforms, instruments, trophies and other belongings. The band had shared space with the Long Beach Gas & Oil Department at 3221 Industry Dr. in Signal Hill for nearly 20 years. But, in 2011, the band was forced to move to a new location at 231 South St. that it split with the Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine

Department’s after-school program and the Long Beach Heritage Museum. The City of Long Beach, which waived rental costs and only required the band to cover utilities, however, terminated the band’s lease last July due to budget cuts. Now, the band is being evicted again after a local property owner had allowed them to stay temporarily in a vacant warehouse at 1290 Gaviota Ave. nearly free of charge while they searched for a new location. So far, the nonprofit band hasn’t been able to find a space cheap enough for their small budget, said Carrie Daquiado, LBJCB’s treasurer and a former band member. “We’re now in desperate search of something that we could utilize… maybe 4,000 to 6,000 square feet… as

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a band-rehearsal facility and possibly small office,” she said, adding that the property owner sent a notice last month, indicating that the band has until May 31 to leave the premises. Jim Morris, who owns the property and JCL Barricade Company, which specializes in Courtesy J L Holmes traffic-control services for parades Drummers from the Long Beach Junior Concert Band perform during the Henderson Heritage and events, said he Day Parade on April 6. offered the space on Gaviota Avenue after reading about the case. Morris said he’s hopeful that be tax-deductible, Daquiado said, the band’s plight in a newspaper article. someone else will now “carry the ball adding that the most LBJCB could pay for the space is about $300 to $500 per But after being “pinched by economic for a while.” The band was in talks last year with month. Currently, the band relies on a circumstance,” he now has to cut expenses by putting the building on the The Salvation Army Long Beach small income from band-member fees Citadel that had offered to donate a and contributions. market. Daquiado said any location with “I thought they were going to go to space located off of Spring Street and another location, but it looks like that Atlantic Avenue, but in October of last enough space for the right price would didn’t pan out,” Morris said. “It’s an year the band was informed that the suffice. “I don’t really care where it is,” she unfortunate situation… It was some- property would be leased out at “fairthing that I didn’t think I was going to market value,” which has put the band said. “It could be in Long Beach. It have to do. It’s magical hearing music back to “square one” again, Daquiado could be in Signal Hill. It could be in said. Since then, no other offers have Lakewood. I just need something that I come out of that place.” can put these kids into.” He added that it was the hope that come up, she said. Since the band is a nonprofit, any the City of Long Beach could “step up see BAND page 15 to the plate,” however that hasn’t been donation, including rental costs, could

Community comes to the rescue of LB nonprofit that aids homeless children

Sean Belk Staff Writer

Local businesses and community members have quickly pitched in to help replace items that were recently stolen from a nonprofit that provides services to homeless children and families in Long Beach. Two to three months’ worth of supplies were taken from one of the facilities operated by Children Today, which offers a safe place for children to play while families transition out of homelessness, providing early care and education services, food programs, counseling and relocation assistance. But, since an email was sent out notifying close supporters and community members about the burglary, all the child-care items, which included diapers, wipes, shampoo, underwear and socks, were replaced within about a week, said Dora Jacildo, the nonprofit’s executive director. Pixie Toys, located at 3930 Atlantic Ave. in Bixby Knolls, provided a drop box for donations, and the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association notified business members in its recent newsletter. “Our supporters are so generous,” she said. “This community is amazing… and the response from the community was so quick… For us, this means seamless operations. We can just keep on going with the work.” The nonprofit did not file a police report, however the organization has since taken “additional precautions” and has become “more vigilant” in light of the recent burglary, Jacildo said. “It’s a little discouraging and makes us feel a little unsafe,” she said. “I just feel like there are a lot of people out there who make choices just out of desperation.” She added that the nonprofit is always taking donations. Children Today operates its Play House West at 525 E. 7th St. and Play House North and administrative offices at 1900 E. South St. MORE INFORMATION childrentoday.org (562) 432-1224


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SHPD screens 313 vehicles during recent checkpoint The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) traffic unit conducted a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 at Willow Street and Cerritos Avenue between the hours of 8:30pm and 2:30am. According to the SHPD, 762 vehicles passed through the

checkpoint, 313 vehicles were screened, two DUI-alcohol suspects were arrested, 16 drivers were cited or arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked, and one driver was arrested on other criminal charges. The SHPD will conduct another

DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Tuesday, April 30. The April 5 checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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71-year-old pedestrian succumbs to injuries after being struck by vehicle

LBPD investigating shooting that left one dead, three injured

On Sunday, April 7, 2013, at approximately 12:05am, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to the 300 block of East Home Street regarding a shooting that resulted in the death of an adult male. Arriving officers discovered four male adult victims who had sustained gunshot wounds. Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded and transported all victims to local hospitals. Randy Chapman, 23, of Long Beach, sustained injury to the upper torso and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Two victims remain hospitalized in critical condition, at press time, and another was treated and released. The preliminary investigation indicated the victims were outside a residence when they were shot at multiple times, and the suspect(s) then fled from the location. The motive for the shooting is unknown, and the investigation remains ongoing. At press time, it is unknown if it is gang-related, and no additional suspect information is available. Those who may have information regarding the crime are asked to contact Long Beach Homicide Detectives Teryl Hubert and Mark Bigel at (562) 570-7244. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus their tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit LACrimeStoppers.org . Source: LBPD

Those with information regarding this incident are asked to contact Long Beach Police Accident Investigations Detective Richard Birdsall at (562) 570-7355. Those wishing to remain anonymous

may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus their tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit LACrimeStoppers.org . Source: LBPD

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AN UNPROHIBITED DISCUSSION What Book talk Who El Dorado Neighborhood Library Where 2900 Studebaker Rd. When Saturday, April 13 at 10:30am More Info Claudine Burnett, local historian and author, will introduce her new book, Prohibition Madness: Life and Death In and Around Long Beach, California, 19201933. Light refreshments will be provided. Call (562) 570-3136 or visit lbpl.org .

FA-L.A.-L.A. What L.A. Opera Series Who L.A. Opera and the El Dorado Neighborhood Library Where El Dorado Neighborhood Library, 2900 Studebaker Rd. When Saturday, April 13 at 2pm More Info The L.A. Opera Lecture Series will provide talks that address history, literature, philosophy and fine arts within the context of opera. L.A. Opera’s Community Educators and a team of trained volunteer experts will present. Attendees will be entered into a drawing for an opera-related gift. Call (562) 570-3136.

NEED ASSISTANCE? What Citizen workshop Who Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition Where St. John's Lutheran Church, 6698 Orange Ave. When Saturday, April 13 from 9am to 2pm More Info First 100 attendees will receive free assistance with the naturalization application, step-by-step application review with an attorney, passport-style pictures, and application and document packaging. Call (888) 839- 8682.

CALLING ALL WRITERS What Free writers event Who Hosted by the California Writers Club of Long Beach Where Long Beach Los Altos Branch Library, 5614 East Britton Dr. When Saturday, April 13 from 3pm to 5pm More Info Wendy Hornsby, Edgar Award winner and author of the Maggie MacGowan and Kate Teague novel series, will speak at the event. Doors will open at 2:30pm for networking prior to the speaker. Visit calwriterslongbeach.org, call (562) 400-1100 or email info@calwriterslongbeach.org .

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STATE OF YOUR HEALTH What Community forum Who Sponsored by 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske Where Houssels Forum at Long Beach Memorial, 2801 Atlantic Ave. When Monday, April 15 at 5pm More Info Schipske, State of California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region 9 Director Herb K. Schultz will examine The Affordable Care Act and its effects on Long Beach. Call (562) 5706932.

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Go Metro To Dodger Stadium Take advantage of a winning combination to reach Dodger Stadium this season. Just Go Metro to Union Station and connect with the Dodger Stadium Express. You’ll avoid tra;c and help reduce air pollution; and your same day Dodger ticket is good for the fare! The Dodger Stadium Express is made possible by Clean Transportation Funding from MSRC. For more information, visit metro.net.

MEET MARTY What Author discussion and book-signing Who Signal Hill Community Services Department will host local author Marty Steere for its inaugural “Signal Hill Reads Together” program Where Signal Hill Library, 1770 E. Hill St. When Wednesday, April 17 at 6pm More Info Steere will present his fiction book Sea of Crises. His presentation will be followed by a discussion of the Mars Rover curiosity by a Downey Space Center specialist.

Festival of Books April 20–21 At USC Go Metro to the largest book festival in the country the weekend of April 20–21 at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. This free event at the USC North University Park Campus includes author events, storytelling and poetry readings. Enjoy it all without tra;c and parking hassles; just take the Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station.

COMMUNITY RENDEZVOUS What Community happy hour Who Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA) Where About U, 4340 Atlantic Ave. When Thursday, April 18 from 5:30pm to 7pm More Info Monthly opportunity for BKBIA members and the local community to meet, greet, mix, mingle, and network. Call (562) 595-0081 or email info@bixbyknollsinfo.com .

Every Lane Is A Bike Lane Be aware that bicyclists may need to take the full lane to safely navigate certain tra;c situations. There are several situations in which bicyclists are permitted to leave the “as far right as practicable” position on the road, such as avoiding obstacles and unsafe conditions, including the door zone of parallel parked cars.

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, April 19 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.

Celebrate Earth Day April 22 Do your part to improve the environment as we participate in Earth Day 2013 on Monday, April 22. Go Metro to work, shopping or running errands. Or learn about rideshare options such as carpools and vanpools. Plan to reduce your environmental footprint and >nd out how to get started at metro.net.

RACING IN THE SUN What 4th Annual Long Beach Solar Grand Prix Who Sponsored by 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske Where Soccer field 1 at El Dorado Park, 7550 E. Spring St. When Saturday, April 20 from 9am to 3pm More Info Teams of middle school and high school students will race solar-powered model vehicles they designed and constructed after being provided a small solar panel and electric motor. Call (562) 570-6932.

ExpressLanes Users Keep Growing The number of Metro ExpressLanes transponders sold recently hit 135,000 and continues to grow. Join the motorists who are saving time in tra;c on the I-10 and I-110 freeways. All vehicles ® except motorcycles need a FasTrak account and transponder to use the lanes. To get yours, visit metro.net/expresslanes.

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On Tuesday, April 9, at approximately 10am, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to the intersection of Redondo Avenue and 11th Street regarding an injury traffic collision that resulted in the death of a male adult pedestrian. Patrol officers happened upon the scene just after it occurred and discovered a black 2006 Lincoln Mercury near the intersection of Redondo Avenue at 11th Street and a male lying in the roadway. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries at 3pm. The preliminary investigation indicated that the Lincoln was traveling southbound on Redondo Avenue when the pedestrian attempted to cross at an uncontrolled intersection and was struck by the vehicle. The driver stopped to render aid, and a witness to the accident called 9-1-1. At this time, the victim is only being identified as a 71year-old male resident of Long Beach pending notification of next of kin. The driver, an 89year-old resident of Huntington Beach, was released at the scene with no charges pending.

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A HELPING HAND What Transitional young adult group Who Disabled Resource Center, Inc. Where 2750 E. Spring St., Suite #100 When Wednesday, May 8 from 5:30pm to 7pm More Info Group will allow young adults with disabilities to have fun, make new friends, find valuable entertainment, learn and claim their rights, develop more independent living skills and increase their self-confidence. All are welcome. Call (562) 427-1000 ex. 23 or email to aswinton@drcinc.org .


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Neal told the Signal Tribune that he will decide whether he will run for a second term on the City Council or the state office by the end of the year. Neal has filed paperwork to form an exploratory committee to examine the viability of running for the state office. Also in the race for the 64th District is Carson City Councilmember Michael Gipson and Compton Unified School District board member Micah Ali. “I’ve loved the work on the City Council, and I think we’ve made tremendous strides in helping to improve quality of life for residents of north Long Beach, and there’s still a lot more work to be done, but at the same time, there are also challenges in the state,” Neal said. He added that, if elected to state office, he would work to keep business in California through economic development measures and invest in improving highway and water infrastructure. According to the California Secretary of State website, the declaration of candidacy period for all state offices is from Feb. 10 to March 7, 2014, and the statewide primary election will be held June 3. In a phone interview, Reyes-

Uranga said she wants to get the word out early, hoping to bring a boost to women representatives in Sacramento. “It’s a great opportunity with an open seat to represent a district I’ve lived in for well over 50 years,” she said. “I think it’s a good time.” Reyes-Uranga said her political objectives so far include reforming education and developing job opportunities in the 70th District, which includes Catalina Island, Long Beach, San Pedro, Signal Hill and the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. “It’s a tough time for working families right now,” she said. “I would love to work with the assembly members there and the governor to build job creation by transforming the way the educational system works… It’s important for us to keep our business strong, including at the ports.” With experience serving on the governing board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, Reyes-Uranga said she also plans to make the environment a top priority. “I’ve never been known to be very quiet,” she said. “I would love to be up there since there are such monumental changes going on in the State of California.” Reyes-Uranga added that she expects more candidates to enter the race depending on whether

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Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster decides to run as a write-in for another term next year in the April 8 primary election. Although Foster has not announced his candidacy, four other candidates have stepped up to the plate, including, in the order in which they have filed: Damon Dunn, former NFL player and real-estate development firm owner; Jana Shields, a career linguist and educator; 5th District Long Beach City Councilmember Gerrie Schipske; and attorney and Long Beach City College Trustee Doug Otto. All four hopefuls have filed intention statements and have formed campaign-finance committees. So far, other candidates who have filed intention statements for city offices in the primary election next year include: 7th District Long Beach City Councilmember James Johnson running for a second term; incumbent Doug Haubert and Rosemary Chavez running for city prosecutor; Jason Aula running for the 1st Council District; Daniel Haro running for the 3rd Council District; and Joseph Luyben running for the 5th Council District. According to the City Clerk website, if there are no incumbents, all potential candidates have until Jan. 10, 2014 to file an intention to run. ß

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by Neena Strichart

I’ve come across the following story through numerous sources and, considering we’re publishing a special section on pets this week (see pages 10 and 11), I thought this would be the perfect time to pass it along to our readers. I’m sharing it via City of Long Beach Animal Care Services’ Facebook page:

A man down on his luck. A dog. An arrest. An impound. This morning Robert was outside our shelter waiting for it to open, nervous, restless, hopeful. He was here to redeem his dog, the love of his life, his buddy, his best friend, his Cody Bear. We worked with Robert on the minimum fees to redeem Cody Bear. Robert cried in happiness that his dog was here but sadness that he didn’t have enough money. Then a person overheard him and gave him some money...then another person, and through the generosity of two strangers in the lobby, Robert paid his fees. Most reunions between owner and pet can bring tears to anyone’s eyes, but Cody Bear, upon seeing Robert, lunged towards Robert and jumped up on him with such enthusiasm and affection, that he barreled him over, and the two rolled around on the ground in the lobby. Employees cried, customers cried, Robert cried. The love between the two was overwhelming. We gave Robert as many pet supplies as we could gather; to whom much is given, much is expected. Staff purchased some snacks for Robert, employees at the spcaLA saw Robert outside and gathered some items for the pair as well. A concerned citizen went home and came back with a backpacking pack and bike for Robert. Robert has lost everything, but he didn’t lose his Cody Bear. Hours later, while Robert waited for a ride from a friend, he was still tearing up that he had found his Cody Bear. Redeemed. Reunited. Ed. note: At press time, the above story had received 10,775 shares and 23,575 likes. aSSOCIaTE PUBLISHEr

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LB city auditor discusses duties to rid departments of ‘fraud, waste and abuse’ in handling taxpayer money Sean Belk Staff Writer

With outdated accounting systems and city staff stretched thin, millions of dollars in bills owed to various city departments have gone unpaid, contributing to budget shortfalls in recent years, said Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud during a presentation on April 7 to the North Long Beach Community Action Group (NLBCAG). After being elected in 2006, Doud began conducting audit reports with a primary focus on areas that have the greatest impact on revenue streams as the City has struggled with budget deficits and has had to cut nearly 1,000 positions in the last decade. Her office has uncovered outstanding balances in city departments, including $18

million in unpaid parking citations and more than $2 million in uncollected business-license payments. Part of the problem is that, in some cases, employees without proper training are handling books, and records are being kept manually rather than through an automated system, she said. Following the city auditor’s recommendations, Long Beach city management is now working to streamline operations, take steps to upgrade accounting technology to provide a more “uniform system” and more supervisorial oversight, Doud said. “I think any time an auditor comes in, people get nervous,” she said. “I try to let them know our goal is not to embarrass anyone. This is all about accountability and efficiency. Our office is about trans-

parency for the public and how we’re doing as a city… We try to be sensitive and understanding, but at the same time this is taxpayer money, and we can’t just take it lightly.” During the NLBCAG meeting that drew a small group of about 10 people to the North Patrol Substation, Doud gave an overview of her duties and accomplishments during the eight years she’s been in office. Aside from auditing her own department, the city auditor first reviewed the Long Beach Police Department, which alone accounted for 50 percent of the City’s general fund budget when Doud first took office. Since then, the City has implemented a “proportional share” system, which ensures that public safety, including the fire depart-

ment, still accounts for a majority of general fund expenses (68 percent) but preserves funding for other city departments as well. The audit on the police department, however, outlined various inefficiencies that needed correcting, including how the department distributed overtime, she said. After implementing recommendations,

such as using more civilian officers for desk jobs and consolidating technology services, the department was able to save $4 million in police overtime during the first year, Doud said. “We were going to look into finding efficiencies on how we can get more patrol officers out on the see DOUD page 15

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Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud discusses her duties and accomplishments over the last eight years in office during a meeting of the North Long Beach Community Action Group on April 7 at the North Patrol Substation.

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In a telephone interview Wednesday, Howell explained why an outdoor program at Hilltop Park is an essential part of his training sessions. “With the beautiful views, it takes your mind off the pain,” Howell said of the tough workout he prescribes for his clients during his boot-camp sessions. “You don’t really realize how hard the body is pushing it.” Howell sees Signal Hill’s move towards regulation in a positive light. He says he hopes that Signal Hill will provide more structure to their requirements as City officials work out the details surrounding their permitting process. Community Services Director Pilar Alcivar-McCoy confirmed in an interview Tuesday that the public will have a chance to discuss the proposed changes to the park ordinance before the Council votes on the ordinance amend-

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As I groveled in the dirt the other weekend digging and pulling weeds out of my once grass-free front yard, I thought: Why didn’t I maintain the mulch like I was supposed to? The lesson, for me and anyone else who ripped the grass out and went drought-tolerant is that nature abhors a vacuum. If you don’t put down mulch where there once was grass, something else will come to take its place. Like weeds. They come from above. They come from below. They come from your neighbor’s yard. Two and a half years ago, I removed the ratty-looking lawn and put in unthirsty plants and a beautifully curved decomposed granite (DG) walkway as part of the Long Beach Lawn-to-Garden (L2G) Turf Replacement Program. Once approved, homeowners can get $2.50 for every square foot of lawn removed– up to 1,000 feet, or $2,500. It’s a fabulous program with tremendous

resources; check it out at lblawntogarden.com . Everything was fine for about a year. Then things started to go awry. Some plants failed to thrive because they didn’t get enough sun; others got too much. Some plants grew too large and crowded others. So if I had to do it all again– and I probably will, using my own money– here’s what I would do differently. To remove the grass, I’ll solarize it using clear plastic. This takes more time than ripping it out manually, but I think it may do a more complete job of nuking the weeds that lie beneath. And I pledge to maintain the mulch, which blocks weeds, keeps plants cool and unifies the landscape. I will choose different plants– and hire a different landscape designer to help me do so. Oh, sure– I knew the Mexican feather grass that sways so beautifully in the breeze was invasive. But I really didn’t understand what that meant. It means that tiny tufts of Mexican feather grass will infiltrate the DG walkway or any blank space, and you’ll have to dig them out. Repeatedly. If you’d like to see what some successful drought-tolerant land-

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CULTUrE 8 SIgNaL TrIBUNE Local artist pursues dream career in sculpting Brandy Soto Editorial Intern

Using salvaged materials to create one-of-a-kind, free-thinking pieces, Tina Linville lets her art speak for itself. Her sculptures and installations have been displayed in galleries, museums and community spaces in California and Washington. As a child, Linville loved drawing and always showed her appreciation for art in school. She broadened her artistic skills in community college when she studied painting, but it wasn’t until later that she would find her true calling. “Once I transferred to the University of Washington to get my undergraduate degree, I took a 3-D design class and never looked back,” she said. “Working in space was instantly a more natural method of making for me than two dimensions had been.”

She is serious about making art her career, and she has dedicated time and education to pursue her dreams. She said she believes in her work and is hoping that it will find a place within contemporary art conversations. “There is no set program of what exactly an art career should [look] like, and I enjoy the freedom that allows me to pursue whatever path the work dictates,” she explained. In 2006, Linville earned her BFA in sculpture from the University of Washington. As of recent, she is close to earning her MFA from California State University, Long Beach, where she has been awarded the John and Flora Olsen Graduate Art Scholarship. Among her recent projects is a collaboration with painter Annelie McKenzie. She is also extremely

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In sculpting, what is the biggest challenge you have faced? One of the bigger difficulties I have with making the kind of work I do is finding the appropriate language to accompany it. As an artist heavily invested in initiative processes, it can be difficult to sift through what is happening as it is happening and make sense of it as quickly and accurately as I’d like to.

Do you think about placement before you begin a project, or do you freestyle in the moment? When I begin each sculpture I have a distinct starting point the work comes out of. This initial idea, problem or concern will aid in how I make decisions as I create the artwork, such as my choices in placement or materials. However, my art practice relies heavily on the intuitive process of making– a kind of call and response between the sculpture and me in the moment of making. Often these starting points are unrecognizable by the time a work is fully realized.

Is there a special technique or theme that has become a staple of your art? I have been using the technique of wrapping to construct my work for many years now. Wrapping is a direct means to turn multiple parts into a unified whole. Requiring only space and material, wrapping allows me to engineer structures in the most elemental way, building slowly as I go. I consider the conceptual activity of wrapping as intimate, innate, and universal to being human.

Is there a process in choosing the materials you will use for your sculptures/installations? I am drawn to everyday objects that are not commonly contemplated

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How has your art shaped who you are today, or who you want to be? Making art has made me a more thoughtful and nuanced person– someone engaged and critical with the world around me– because being an artist isn’t something I can turn off when I leave the studio.

CULTUrE S T 9 arts Council for Long Beach receives grant award to hire getty multicultural summer intern IgNaL

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10 SIgNaL TrIBUNE FOR THOSE THAT MEOW, BARK AND HISS aPrIL 12, 2013 Pet Expo to give attendees opportunity to get hands-on with various animals The 24th annual America’s Family Pet Expo will return Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21 to the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa. With more than 1,000 animals on display– from fish, rabbits, cats, dogs, miniature horses to exotic lizards– show guests can get up close to creatures great and small in a variety of interactive exhibits, educational shows and displays, as well as shop the latest in pet trends and products. To celebrate the all-new Disney film Super Buddies’ Blu-Ray release on Aug. 27, attendees will get the chance to take their photo with Captain Megasis, a four-legged superhero who stars alongside everyone’s favorite talking puppies. Additional pet celebrities attending the Expo include: Mick, who plays Stan on Dog With A Blog; Beatrice, who plays Stella on Modern Family; Lambchop, who plays “Yakult” on Suburgatory; Milo, who plays Baby on How to Live with Your Parents; and Frosty, who plays Larry on Modern Family. The event will also include: Splash

Dogs jumping into a pool; The Amazing Dobermans, who are trained by Neecha Braun; TICA Cat Program, where attendees can learn about the many breeds of cats and their unique personalities; Free Flight Bird Show; and the Repticon Reptile Show and Sale, where participants can touch and hold snakes, lizards and tarantulas in hands-on demonstrations. General admission is $13; seniors 60 and over, $11; children 6 to 12, $8 and 5 years and under, free. Active and retired military free with ID. Show hours are Friday from 10am to 6pm; Saturday from 10am to 7pm; Sunday from 10am to 6pm. The OC Fair and Event Center is located at 88 Fair Dr. in Costa Mesa.Parking is $5. Pets are not allowed. For more information and to purchase tickets visit PetExpoOC.org . The America’s Family Pet Expo is created, produced and managed by World Pet Association, Inc., a 60-yearold nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care.

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The goal of Hounds on the Hill is to raise awareness about responsible Hounds on the Hill will feature vendor booths, pet vaccinations, pet ownership, including current laws regarding pets. activities for children, music, demonstrations and more.

The City of Signal Hill Community Services Department will host its annual Hounds on the Hill in Signal Hill Park on Saturday, June 1 from 11am to 2pm. The event will feature vendor booths, pet vaccinations, activities for children, music, demonstrations and more.

The goal of the event is to raise awareness about responsible pet ownership, including current laws regarding pets. “We want to show that we are a pet-friendly community that appreciates the joy and comfort that a well-cared-for pet can bring to any family,” reads the

press release from the City’s Community Services Department. The City is also still seeking vendors for the event. For more information, call (562) 989-7330.

The following piece is a blog entry written by Jennifer Geller, who is a board member for the Sunny Saints St. Bernard Rescue organization, about her own St. Bernard. Parents know very well that preschoolers, with their not-fullydeveloped immune systems, bring home all kinds of bugs and germs. But did you know that puppies and young dogs can too? I recently tried to wipe something off of Bailey’s tongue, thinking it was a piece of paper, or popcorn, sticking to it. Realizing it was a growth of some kind, I frantically texted a photo of it to my vet, then scheduled an appointment for my 14-month-old saint. Turns out, Bailey had a case of

canine papilloma virus, or warts. The virus strikes puppies and senior dogs because their immune systems are weak or not fully developed. It spreads through direct contact or sharing items such as toys and water bowls. It looks like cauliflower-shaped growths within or around the mouth of the animal. According to Vetinfo.com, “If you have a multi-dog household and a dog with warts, you should keep him isolated for one to two months. However, adult dogs and dogs that have healthy immune systems are very unlikely to get the virus, so you may only keep your pet away from puppies and older dogs to prevent infection. However, the infection cannot be fully con-

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On 04-19-2013 at 9:00 AM, CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 02-09-2006, Book N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 06 0305428, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: MILLICENT DICKINSON, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, as Trustor, WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA, 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 covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(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: PARCEL 1: UNIT NO. 17, AS SHOWN AND DESCRIBED IN THE CONDOMINIUM PLAN FOR TRACT 35227, RECORDED ON DECEMBER 18, 1981 AS INSTRUMENT NO. 811244757. PARCEL 2: AN UNDIVIDED 1/82 INTEREST AS TENANT IN COMMON IN LOT 1 OF TRACT 35227, IN THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 970 PAGES 71 AND 72 OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY. EXCEPT THEREFROM UNITS 1 TO 82, INCLUSIVE, AS SHOWN AND DESCRIBED IN THE CONDOMINIUM PLAN REFERRED TO IN PARCEL 1. ALSO EXCEPT THEREFROM A PORTION OF SAID LAND, THE TITLE TO AND OWNERSHIP OF AN UNDIVIDED 8 PERCENT OF ALL OIL, GAS AND OTHER HYDROCARBON SUBSTANCES UNDER SAID LAND, OR WHICH MAY BE EXTRACTED FROM OR PRODUCED FROM OR UPON SAID LAND, PROVIDED SUCH OIL, GAS OR OTHER HYDROCARBON SUBSTANCES ARE DISCOVERED AND PRODUCTION IS COMMENCED WITHIN A PERIOD OF 10 YEARS FROM JANUARY 30, 1946, AND UPON THE HAPPENING OF SUCH EVENTS, THEN GRANTOR`S RESERVED INTEREST SHALL CONTINUE SO LONG AS OIL OR GAS OR ANY HYDROCARBON SUBSTANCES ARE PRODUCED OR ARE CAPABLE OF BEING PRODUCED FROM SAID PROPERTY, AS RESERVED AND EXCEPTED IN THE DEED FROM MAURICE S. HUBBELL AND RUTH B. HUBBELL, HIS WIFE TO ARGUS MOYLE, A WIDOWER, DOING BUSINESS AS MOYLE OIL COMPANY, DATED JANUARY 30, 1946, RECORDED ONE JUNE 26, 1946, IN BOOK 23389 PAGE 101, OFFICIAL RECORDS. EXCEPT THEREFROM, ALL OIL, OIL RIGHTS, NATURAL GAS RIGHTS, MINERAL RIGHTS, AND OTHER HYDROCARBON SUBSTANCES BY WHATEVER NAME KNOWN, TOGETHER WITH APPURTENANT RIGHTS THERETO, WITHOUT, HOWEVER, ANY RIGHT TO ENTER UPON THE SURFACE OF SAID LAND NOR ANY PORTION OF THE SUBSURFACE LYING ABOVE A DEPTH OF 300 FEET, AS EXCEPTED OR RESERVED IN INSTRUMENTS OF RECORD. PARCEL 3: AN EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT FOR BALCONIES/PATIO PURPOSES OVER THAT PORTION SHOWN AND DESCRIBED IN THE CONDOMINIUM PLAN WITH A LETTER DESIGNATION B'' AND ''C'' C17, AS SHOWN IN SAID CONDOMINIUM PLAN. PARCEL 4: AN EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT FOR PARKING PURPOSES OVER THAT PORTION SHOWN AND DESCRIBED IN SAID CONDOMINIUM PLAN AS P87 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $216,756.16 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 1903 TEMPLE AVE #121 SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 APN Number: 7216-021-062 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". In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by email; by face to face meeting. DATE: 03-26-2013 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee ROSAURA ARMENTA, ASSISTANT SECRETARY California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800-892-6902 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. For Sales Information: www.lpsasap.com or 1-714-730-2727 www.priorityposting.com or 1-714-573-1965 www.auction.com or 1-800-280-2832 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, this information can be obtained from one of the following three companies: LPS Agency Sales & Posting at (714) 7302727, or visit the Internet Web site www.lpsasap.com (Registration required to search for sale information) or Priority Posting &

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TST4338 Title No. 6231292 ALS No. 2011-7006 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 May 8, 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 20120404980, 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: 2140 Bay View Drive, Signal Hill, CA 90755 Assessor's Parcel No. 7215-015-032 The owner(s) of the real property is purported to be: Dominic J. Perera, a single 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 $11,411.96. 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 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: April 2, 2013 Association Lien Services, as Trustee P.O. Box 64750, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (310) 207-2027 By: Laura Sargent, Trustee Officer P1031359 4/12, 4/19, 04/26/2013

TST4327 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No. 127040-11 Loan No. 0193798 Title Order No. 1427735-05 APN 7216-002-026 TRA No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 08/11/1998. 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 04/19/2013 at 10:00AM, MORTGAGE LENDER SERVICES, INC. as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 08/20/1998 as Document No. 98 1478857 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: KURT VAUGHN AND WAYNE LEE, as Trustor, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, 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). Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, California describing the land therein: SEE EXHIBIT "A" ATTACHED HERETO AND MADE A PART HEREOF Exhibit “A” A Condominium Comprised Of: Parcel 1: That portion of lot 1 of tract no. 33939, in The City Of Signal Hill, in The County Of Los Angeles, State Of California, as per map recorded in book 904 page 15 of maps, in the office of the County recorder of said County, shown and defined as unit 1 on that certain condominium plan for said tract (the “ condominium plan” herein) recorded on October 26, 1978 as instrument no. 78-1190217 official records, of said County, and referred to in that certain declaration of covenants, conditions, and restrictions, and easements for Villa Hermosa Vista (the “declaration” herein) recorded on October 10, 1978, as instrument no. 78-1124791 official records of said County, and Amended on October 16, 1978 as instrument no. 78-1147383 official records. Parcel 2: An undivided one-twenty-first interest in and to those portions of lot 1 of tract no. 33939, shown and defined as “common areas” (the “common area” herein) on the condominium plan

and in the declaration. Except therefrom all crude oil, petroleum gas, brea, asphaltum and all kindred substances and other minerals under and in said land, as reserved by Gerson B. Reynolds and Wanda K. Reynolds, husband and wife, in deed recorded October 14, 1977 as instrument no. 77-1137103 official records. Also except all right and interest in and to all oil, gas, minerals and subsurface material below a depth of 500 feet without right of surface entry as reserved by R. B. J. Development Company, a General Partnership, in deed, recorded May 24, 1979 as instrument no. 79-558917, official records. Parcel 3: A non exclusive easement for ingress, egress and support, over, across and through all of the common areas of the project, to the extent provided in article XXIII of the declaration and subject to the limitations set forth therein, which non exclusive easement shall be appurtenant to parcel 1 above and shall be for the benefit of grantee, his successors, assigns, guests, tenants, servants. licensees and invitees. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2621 EAST 20TH STREET UNIT 1, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90804. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, 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: $113,659.16 (Estimated). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. The Beneficiary may elect to bid less than the full credit bid. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (916) 9390772 or visit this Internet Web site www.nationwideposting.com using the file number assigned to this case 127040-11. 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: 03/22/2013 MORTGAGE LENDER SERVICES, INC. 81 BLUE RAVINE ROAD, SUITE 100, FOLSOM, CA 95630 (916) 962-3453 Sale Information Line: (916) 9390772 or www.nationwideposting.com. TARA CAMPBELL, TRUSTEE SALE OFFICER. MORTGAGE LENDER SERVICES, INC. MAY BE A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NPP0215088 To: SIGNAL TRIBUNE PUB: 03/29/2013, 04/05/2013, 04/12/2013

TST4331 / 2013 050756 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: AEH PHOTOGRAPHY, 25735 Perlman Place Unit A, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381. Registrant: ALEXIS EVE HARRINGTON, 25735 Perlman Place Unit A, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Alexis Harrington. 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 25, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on March 14, 2013. TST4332 / 2013 058242 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: PACIFIC OFFICE MANAGEMENT, 5540 El Jardin St., Long Beach, CA 90815. Registrant: DONALD R. YANCY, 5540 El Jardin St., Long Beach, CA 90815. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Donald R. Yancy. 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 25, 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 29, & April 5, 12, 19, 2013.

TST4333 / 2013 060078 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: BELLE'S GIFT SHOP, 6481 Atlantic Ave. #107, Long Beach, CA 90805. Registrant: DAVID ETHRIDGE, 6481 Atlantic Ave. #107, Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: David Ethridge. 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 15, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on March 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 29, & April 5, 12, 19, 2013.

TST4334 / 2013 060079 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: GK MEDIA, 2271 Grand Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815. Registrant: KRIS GRAGSON, 2271 Grand Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815 This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Kris Gragson. The registrant has 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 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 29, & April 5, 12, 19, 2013. TST4336 / 2013 056822 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: DIMENSION 3 MINISTRY, 2418 Arthur MacArthur Road, San Pedro, CA 90731. Registrant: SHELIA LEWIS, 2418 Arthur MacArthur Road, San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Shelia 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 March 21, 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: April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013.

TST4337 / 2013 051891 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SMILESENSATIONS, 11646 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064. Registrant: THE LEWIS GROUP ORGANIZATIONS, INC., 9025 Wilshire Blvd., Penthouse, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Stephen Lewis, 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 March 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on March 15, 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: April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013.

TST4335 / Case No. NP015334 Notice Of Petition To Administer Estate Of: IMA lEE GARNETT To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of IMA LEE GARNETT A Petition For Probate has been filed by MARIA HILL O'DWYER in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. The Petition For Probate requests that MARIA HILL O'DWYER, be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The Petition requests the decedent’s will codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The Petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act with limited authority. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain and very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A Hearing on the petition will be held on April 18, 2013 at 1:30 PM in Dept. 4 located at 415 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. If You Object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections, with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If Your Are A Creditor or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above.You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Petitioner: MARIA HILL O'DWYER, 1132 E. 16th St., LONG BEACH, CA 90813. Attorney for Petitioner: Elizabeth Vozzella, Esq., 3553-A Atlantic Ave. #187 Long Beach, CA 90807. Pub. Signal Tribune, March 29, & April 5, 12, 2013 TST4321 / 2013 040655 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: NAIL BEAUTY 4U, 10732 Arrowood St., Temple City, CA 91780. Registrant: KRISTY TRINH TRAN, 3849 Cypress Ave., El Monte, CA 91731. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Kristy Trinh Tran. 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 28, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the

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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 22, 29, & April 5, 12, 2013.

TST4322 / 2013 034182 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: BETTY SUE NIBBLES, 1405 E. 1st St., Apt. 7, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrant: RACHEL CERDENIO, 1405 E. 1st St., Apt. 7, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Rachel Cerdenio. 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 20, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 22, 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 22, 29, & April 5, 12, 2013. TST4324 / 2013 051657 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: RINCON CHICO CANTINA & GRILL, 2476 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach, CA 90810. Registrant: MARIO L. MIRAMONTES, 3186 Locust Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Mario L. Miramontes. 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 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: March 22, 29, & April 5, 12, 2013. TST4325 / 2013 054753 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: CENTURION JET, 5250 W. Century Blvd., Ste. 617, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Registrant: MICHAEL HENRIQUEZ, JR., 5112 Keynote Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Michael Henriquez. 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 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: March 22, 29, & April 5, 12, 2013.

TST4320 / 2013 040703 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name: NAIL BEAUTY 4 U, located at 10919 Freer St., Temple City, CA 91780. The fictitious business name referred to above was filed on February 9, 2010, original File No. 2013 040636, in the County of Los Angeles. Registrant: HUA PHUONG, 9746 E. Loftus Dr., Rosemead, CA 91770. This business is conducted by: an Individual. Signed: Hua Phuong. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 28, 2013. Pub. The Signal Tribune: March 22, 29, & April 5, 12, 2013.

TST4339 / 2013 065780 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: OCEAN LIMOUSINE SERVICES, 400 E. Arbor St. #219, Long Beach, CA 90805. Registrant: GABRIEL MOJICA, 400 E. Arbor St. #219, Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Gabriel Mojica. 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 April 2, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on April 2, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: April 12, 19, 26, & May 3, 2013.

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The advantage of venturing with a for-profit business is that employees who come from The Arc looking for general retail experience are able to gain skills needed in a regular forprofit business environment and are able to take home a paycheck. All employees start out earning $8.05 an hour, which is just above minimum wage, Stephens said. “The important part of the store is that we’re able to help adults with intellectual disabilities get employment training and eventually go off and find bigger and better jobs,” he said. “This is where you can really get those cashiering skills… develop your social voice and learn how to greet a customer, handle customer

service and problem-solve on the spot. For someone with an intellectual disability, those are challenging things.” Howard Morck, store manager, said there are about four to five people from the employment training program who work at the store, while he and two assistant store managers, hired outside of The Arc, open and close the shop and take care of dayto-day operations. He said associates work a minimum of 12 hours and a maximum of 24 hours a week. Since the store opened in July 2012, employees have learned “responsibility,” such as stocking a mixture of brand-name products and California-specific items, Morck said. He added that three associates now know how to run the cash register, including handling

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credit-card purchases. “You and I would take stuff like that for granted, but it’s those little things that kind of get you going,” he said. “We’re doing some good things here… Every other week they get to take home a paycheck just like their mother or father… and it gives them a sense of pride. All around, it’s a help.” Being located in a strip mall has brought in customers from nearby anchor stores, though Morck said he hopes to attract even more patrons by sending out mailers to residents and local businesses within the store’s four- to five-mile radius market area. For many people with disabilities, the retail job is considered a “résumé builder,” in which employees may work at the store for a year or two with the intention of eventually moving on to other employers, Stephens said. “It’s a really good platform to show that they’ve consistently worked somewhere, but it’s also to say, ‘Hey, I survived,’” he said. Natali Hernandez, who was one of the first associates employed at JustA-Buck after receiving months of training, said she has learned how to use the cash register and greet customers on a regular basis. “I didn’t know how to work the register until somebody showed me,” said the 22-year-old employee who takes the Metro rail system from Downey to Long Beach each workday. She said she hopes to someday take her cash-register skills to another store or possibly a restaurant. Stephens said the job market for people with disabilities, especially during the economic downturn, has been tough. He said in Los Angeles County alone the unemployment rate

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A front display is filled with seasonal items for school graduations at Just-ABuck dollar store located at the Wrigley Marketplace at Willow Street and Long Beach Boulevard. All proceeds from sales at the store go to a nonprofit to benefit people with physical and developmental disabilities.

for people with disabilities is above 80 percent versus the jobless rate for people without disabilities, which is about 9 percent. The Arc’s employment, training and coaching programs, however, have helped open doors for job opportunities that otherwise might not exist. Besides Just-A-Buck, The Arc’s employment program works with other employers, as an “advocate” for disabled persons, he said. There are many people with disabilities who often want to work and are capable of working, but are relegated to at-home or day programs out of fear of rejection, Stephens said. Still, he said the retail store runs as a business and doesn’t tolerate “laziness, bad behavior” and not showing up for work, regardless of disabilities. Since first opening last year, The

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over an 11-month period. The employee, who is currently in prison after pleading guilty in August last year, eventually admitted to taking $600,000 of which she now has to pay back to the City of Long Beach. She said the incident occurred primarily because the employee was the only person in charge of handling the department’s financials. “It was just a perfect storm for a terrible thing to happen,” Doud said. She added that the auditor’s office is providing training to managers on a “limited” basis and is also responsible for “enforcement” of recommendations by following up with departments. Doud said that departments are required to report back to the city auditor on their progress within 60 days of a report being released. Unlike other city departments that have many layers of bureaucracy, the city auditor’s office only “works for the taxpayer,” Doud said. “I’m certainly open to ideas and paths for us to look into, and we’re doing our best to improve and streamline operations and get rid of fraud, waste and abuse,” she said. Anonymous tips of potential fraud may be submitted by calling the city auditor’s fraud hotline at (888)-FRAUD-07. ß

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continued from page 2 The space is needed for office desks and computers, and storing 50 to 60 uniforms, a conference table, file cabinets, trophies, booths, instruments, amplifiers, music stands, recording equipment and other items. While the band has been able to utilize the space on Gaviota Avenue for storage, they haven’t been able to conduct rehearsals at the building because of its proximity to nearby apartments. Daquiado said, fortunately, however, EDCO, a recycling and waste-collection services company in Signal Hill, has allowed the band the use of an enclosed parking lot at 2755 California Ave. for drum rehearsals. She said the band also has been able to practice at Boeing’s parking lot at the northwest corner of Wardlow Road at Globemaster Way. In addition, LBJCB was able to buy a new truck at a discounted price from a Chevrolet dealership after an engine fire destroyed the band’s former truck last year. So far, the band has been allowed to store their trucks and some other equipment at Price Transfer Group in Rancho Dominguez. Still, without a permanent space for rehearsals and storage, Daquiado said she’s not sure what the band will do at this point. “We’ve got great kids and a great group of parents who help wherever they can,” she said. “We’ve got to keep this going. These kids need this music so bad, and I just need a place for a roof over their head.” To lend assistance or make a donation to the LBJCB, email lbjcb@aol.com, visit lbjcb.org or call Daquiado at (310) 6989815. ß

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The Long Beach Junior Concert Band, which is looking for a permanent space to conduct rehearsals and store band equipment, performs during the annual Henderson Heritage Day Parade on April 6.

Sean Belk/Signal Tribune

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