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April 19, 2013

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Dave Kuntz (right), president of the Long Beach-based A Running Experience Club, hands out “race bibs� that are part of a national event to unite runners in remembrance of the victims of last Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. More than 200 runners gathered for the club’s weekly run on Wednesday, April 17. Sean Belk Staff Writer

Nadine Echeverry of Lakewood jogged up and down Signal Hill’s steep streets, considered by athletes a local “training ground,� in preparation for this year’s

Boston Marathon. But what she didn’t prepare for was the mayhem and horror that ensued. Echeverry was one of about 20 runners from the Long Beachbased A Running Experience Club (AREC) who participated in the

26.2-mile race on Monday, April 15. Instead of feeling emotions of joy and victory, however, she was beset with sadness and shock after two bombs exploded, killing three

to City Manager Ken Farfsing. The city’s redevelopment agency was officially dissolved by the State more than a year ago. These two suggestions have been discussed and debated for some time in Signal Hill. The Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury last year recommended these key changes for charter cities like Signal Hill. This particular jury reviewed the administrative and financial structures of charter cities as a response to the problems and charges of corruption and fraud against officials in the City of Bell, another charter city. The Signal Hill City Council scrutinized both of the jury’s rec-

ommendations, particularly that of establishing an audit committee. Councilmember Lori Woods focused on the importance of having an audit committee that was truly independent. “If it’s truly going to be an arm’s length-type of decision-making body, with representation from either staff and council and city treasurer, then I think it’s a good thing,� she said at the Council meeting. Maria Harris was the only resident who spoke on the issue. She also focused on the importance of having independent persons on the audit committee. She said commit-

Signal Hill Council’s first priority: a strategic plan CJ Dablo Staff Writer

The Signal Hill City Council voted April 16 to focus first on developing a new strategic plan for the city and consider two key recommendations for financial reform as part of their strategic planning. The Council members determined Tuesday that during the process of developing a strategic plan they would discuss the recommendations to move to a two-year budget and to establish an audit committee. The current strategic plan is about seven years old, has become outdated and includes the former redevelopment agency, according

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Employee Armida Flores works at Arc Southeast Industries, located at 12049 Woodruff Ave. in Downey. The warehouse operation is owned and operated as part of The Arc of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, a nonprofit that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the local region enter the workforce.

Sean Belk Staff Writer

For the past 20 years, Armida Flores has had a job to go to. After first serving lunch at a local adult school, she now works on an assembly line along with more than 140 fellow employees, packaging products for various companies and suppliers. “I like it here because everybody knows me already and I work hard,� said the 44-year-old Bell Gardens resident who

recently received a special pin for her two decades of service. Her employer is The Arc of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, a nonprofit organization in Downey dedicated to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the local region enter the workforce and become productive members of society. The organization was first formed in 1956 by families in Lynwood to provide services to

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NEWS

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APRIL 19, 2013

Signal Hill Speed Run documentary to screen at Newport Beach Film Festival Sean Belk Staff Writer

Local residents have a chance to see The Signal Hill Speed Run, a documentary about the rise and fall of the legendary downhill skateboarding competition that took place in Signal Hill from 1975 to 1978, during the Newport Beach Film Festival at 8pm on Monday, April 29. The 90-minute film, directed by Michael Horelick and Jon Carnoy and sponsored by the City of Signal Hill, chronicles the skateboarding competition that became worldfamous in its heyday and today is considered “the birth of extreme sports” by many skateboarding enthusiasts. As part of the Guinness World Records TV show, the competition was first staged and promoted by Dine In Take Out

skateboard and hang-glider magazine publisher Jim O’Mahoney, now owner of the Santa Barbara Surf Museum. The contest, which lasted for a brief four years, drew dozens of competitors and crowds of 5,000 people from all over the world, receiving international acclaim and coverage by television news crews and Sports Illustrated magazine. Although today it is illegal to fly down the hill on a skateboard, bike or scooter, the City once permitted the competition, in which daredevil skateboarders launched down the more than 30-degreeangle slope of Shell Hill on Hill Street in Signal Hill and broke world records (and bones), as the first to reach speeds of more than 50

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Four arrested for DUI in LBPD checkpoint

On Saturday, April 13, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) conducted a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Anaheim Street and Gundry Avenue. Long Beach Police Explorers, Public Works and Long Beach Search and Rescue aided police officers at the checkpoint. The eight-hour operation yielded the following results:

• 860 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 549 drivers being screened for impairment • four people were arrested for driving under the influence • one person was arrested for an outstanding domestic-violence warrant • three people were cited for driving on a suspended license • eight people were cited for being unlicensed drivers • three vehicles were impounded because the drivers had suspended licenses • four vehicles were towed •12 drivers were issued traffic citations

This operation was funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Source: LBPD

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APRIL 19, 2013

Shooting on 7th and Alamitos results in death of 23-year-old

On Thursday, April 11, at approximately 7:37pm, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) responded to the area of 7th Street and Alamitos Avenue regarding a shooting incident that resulted in the death of an adult male. Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded, and the victim was

pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has been identified as Prince Carlos Mollett, 23, of Long Beach. It is unknown if the shooting was gang-related. The suspect is outstanding, and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone who may have information regarding this crime is asked to

contact Long Beach Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit LACrimeStoppers.org .

Work begins on ‘undergrounding’ utility lines along Alamitos Avenue in Long Beach Source: LBPD

Sean Belk Staff Writer

Construction crews for Southern California Edison (SCE) have begun work on a project to move all overhead utility lines along Alamitos Avenue between 7th Street and Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach underground. The process, known as “undergrounding,” involves running all electricity, Internet, telephone and cable-television transmission lines underneath the street rather than having them hang overhead from utility poles. The lead agency, SCE, is working with Verizon and Charter Communications on the nearly $8million project funded through utility-user fees charged to ratepayers through a portion of their utility bills, said Sarah Price, capital project coordinator for the Long Beach Public Works Department. The funding was collected from all of SCE’s ratepayers, not just those in the impacted area, through the Rule 20A program of the California Public Utilities Commission, which governs all undergrounding projects in the state. Last week, SCE began work on the initial phase of the project, which involves trenching for main lines where the company will run the utilities underneath the street. Price said all street work will be completed in six to eight months. The second phase of the project that will be done parallel to the first phase involves connecting the utility lines from the street to residents and businesses. The second phase, however, may take longer, about one to two years, since there would be more interaction with consumers to access property, she said. In a statement, city officials said that during the street work “traffic controls will be in place to provide safety for motorists and workers.”

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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, 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.

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- 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.

RIDING AROUND THE NINTH What “Know Your Neighborhood by Bike” tour Who Councilmember Steven Neal Where Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave. When Saturday, April 20 from 9:30am to 12:30pm More Info Residents are invited to participate in an informative bike tour across the 9th District. Cyclists will stop at key locations to receive updates on latest projects and initiatives. Bikes will be available for residents who do not own bikes. There is space for 25 residents on the tour. RSVP required. Call (562) 570-6137.

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Crews work along a section of Alamitos Avenue between 7th and 10th streets on an $8-million project commissioned by Southern California Edison to run utility lines underground.

At least one lane in each direction will be open at all times, but there will be lane closures of specific blocks as work progresses and traffic delays are expected. Parking and access for some driveways may be impacted during construction hours, which are from 7:30am to 4:30pm on weekdays. Public works officials said motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to use alternative routes when possible. Price said the project was contracted out solely by SCE and the City of Long Beach is merely acting as the liaison for the project. She said all work within the public right-of-way has to receive administrative approval for a public works excavation permit. SCE has done about one undergrounding project every three to

four years, Price said, adding that the south portion of Alamitos Avenue has already been completed. She said putting utility lines underground improves the visual appearance of street corridors and improves safety since drivers would no longer run the risk of crashing into utility poles, causing power outages. Having no utility poles also cuts down on utility companies having to deal with trees, Price said. Long Beach city officials lauded the project in a statement sent out in anticipation of a community information session held last month at Ernest McBride Park’s community center. Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said the project will provide several

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GOURMET-FOOD TRUCK NIGHT What Monthly fundraising event Who Hosted by Meals on Wheels and Belmont Heights United Methodist Church Where 317 Termino Ave. When Saturday, April 20 from 5pm to 9pm More Info Monthly event takes place every third Saturday of the month and features five food trucks and live music.

DO YOUR PART What Community day of service Who Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance Where 900 block of W. 19th Street, between Los Angeles River Trail and San Francisco Avenue When Thursday, April 25 from 8:30am to 4pm More Info Day of weeding and mulching at Wrigley’s Cressa Park. Call (562) 426-5266 or email wrigleyalliance@gmail.com .

WHAT’S IN A GROUP? What Luncheon Who Long Beach Lincoln Club Where 6201 E. Appian Way When Thursday, April 25 at noon More Info Club will have a talk by Srdja Popovic, international freedom fighter and executive director of the Centre for Applied Non-Violent Action and Strategies. Cost is $35 for non-members. RSVP required. Email dkla1@verizon.net or call (562) 439-9390.

SHOP AROUND What Yard/plant sale Who National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Long Beach Chapter 21 Where 6010 Stearns Ave. When Saturday, April 27 from 7am to 1pm More Info Proceeds from sale will be donated to Alzheimer’s research and help cover NARFE’s Long Beach Chapter expenses.

TOUR THE WETLANDS What 6th Annual Dominguez Gap Wetlands Guided Tour Who Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance Where Southern entrance across from 4062 Del Mar Ave. When Sunday, April 28 from 3:45pm to 6pm More Info Refreshments will be served at the shaded pavilion located at the south end of the wetlands. Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash at all times. Suggested donation is $5 per person or $7.50 per family or couple. Call Joan at (562) 355-8679 or send email wrigleyalliance@gmail.com .

GET MOTIVATED What Business seminar Who Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce When Tuesday, April 30 starting at 7:30am Where The Grand, 401 E. Willow St. More Info Chamber will host “A Better Business in 90 Minutes Seminar: Social Media Strategy for CEO's.” Seminar will be presented by Omnibeat, a group that encourages CEO's and business leaders to intergrate technology and social media into their business. Cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Call (562) 590-9234. SPRING GARDEN PARTY OPEN HOUSE What Open house Who Bixby Knolls Towers Senior Retirement Community Where 3737 Atlantic Ave. When Tuesday, April 30 from 2pm from 4pm More Info Tours, refreshments and free parking will be available. Call Pamela at (562) 426-6123.

MEET AND EAT What Supper club Who Bixby Knolls Supper Club Where Blackbird Cafe, 3405 Orange Ave. When Monday, May 6 at 6pm or 7:30pm More Info Bixby Knolls Supper Club promotes the concept of supporting local restaurants on a Monday night, which is typically a slow night. Residents are invited to meet, eat and support the local economy. RSVP required. Email supperclub@bixbyknollsinfo.com .


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APRIL 19, 2013

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The Signal Hill Community Foundation will host its annual community yard sale Saturday, May 4 from 8am to noon at Signal Hill Park,

2175 Cherry Ave., on Jessie Nelson Circle. Antiques, furniture, collectibles, toys, books, clothing, jewelry and

more will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For more information, call the Community Services Department at (562) 989-7330.

When it comes to driving, teenagers are already four times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident, since they’re prone to distractions and poor judgment at a greater level than more experienced drivers. Adding the dynamics of prom nights and graduation celebrations to the mix only increases the risks, leaving nervous parents hoping that their children can celebrate safely and responsibly. While all parents want their child to enjoy these once-in-a-lifetime events, it’s important to take preventive measures to ensure children’s safety during these high-risk times. The risk for teens is heightened during celebrations such as prom and graduations. Increased distractions like boisterous passengers, music, food, drink, nighttime visibility, and general excitement can divert a young driver’s attention from the road, and that could lead to dangerous and even fatal consequences. Statistics show that, under normal

circumstances, the fatal crash rate for teens is four times that for older drivers. And, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 11 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash; this age group had the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted. For those reasons, Allstate Insurance Company offers the following tips as prom and graduation seasons approach: • Plan an alternate source of transportation. Arrange for a cab or a limousine. • Limit the number of passengers in your teenager’s car. More passengers create more potential distractions for the driver. • Prohibit driving under the influence. Underage drinking and driving is against the law. Make it clear to your teens that if they drink or use drugs, driving privileges will be revoked. • Establish an SOS. Teens make

mistakes and sometimes get themselves into dangerous situations. Make sure your teens have a responsible adult they can call if they feel they shouldn’t be driving or are riding with another young driver who shouldn’t be driving. • Reduce distractions. Make sure your teen agrees not to eat, drink, or use a cell phone while driving. • Buckle up. Teens, more than any group of drivers and passengers, don’t use seatbelts. • Check the condition of your teen’s car. Make certain your teen is driving a car in good condition.

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In the blink of an eye, what should be a joyful time can turn tragic. By taking a just few small steps, parents can keep their teens safe and make sure the memories they take into the summer are wonderful memories.

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by Neena Strichart

My fondest childhood memories are not of the money spent on me by parents, but of the time they shared with me teaching me things. Mom and I did a little gardening and making games out of doing household chores. I still think of Mom when I vacuum the carpet and remember her saying to do it in an overlapping pattern, “Pretend you are mowing the lawn. That way you will never miss a spot!” I bet green carpeting would have made that task even more entertaining. Dad and I would play gin rummy and “catch” wearing our tattered baseball gloves, and he tried to teach me to putt with an old golf club someone gave him. Our favorite pasttime was our very own private sing-a-longs featuring tunes/lyrics by Stephen Foster. Those times meant more to me then and now than any visits to Disneyland or expensive shopping trips could have. Other than our little bit of baseball antics or attempts at basketball and golf, my dad and I had very little sports interactions. He just wasn’t big into sports stuff. Oh, once in a while he’d watch the final game of a World Series or an occasional wrestling match or golf game on television, but that was about it. Thinking back, I don’t remember any of my friends or their families being much into big sporting events. Nowadays, it seems that family affairs often revolve around televised games, and many families make sure to attend local baseball, basketball or hockey games. I have a gal pal named Vanessa who has been filling me in on the fun she and her hubby are having introducing their little girl Tessa to the world of live sports. In a recent email, Vanessa sent me some darling pictures of Tessa at her first baseball game. All I could think as I viewed them was how lucky they all are to be building such fabulous family memories. Upon further discussion, Tessa’s mom gave me some direct quotes from 3-year-old Tessa, spoken during her first live sporting event– an Angels game: “I can see the whole world from here” (said when seeing the field from her seat); “Albert Pujols is amazing” (referring to his baseball skills… I Googled him, and I have to say I agree. Wow,he sure is handsome!); and finally, “this is the longest game ever” (no doubt stated around the 7th inning). Vanessa tells me that she and hubby Josh have been die-hard Angel fans for years and claim now Tessa is one too. I agree to part of that statement– Tessa is a little angel, a piece of Heaven on Earth.

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In resurgent real-estate market, MBK Homes debuts Aragon in Signal Hill Everybody listened. But there was only silence. One would expect a garagedoor opener to make noise when operated, but MBK Homes decided to install quiet ones in their new townhomes at Aragon in Signal Hill. From installing silent garage-door openers to hand-nailing each nail when stuccoing, MBK Homes wanted to highlight their attention to detail during the media debut of their complex on April 17. “We have all of these little things that we do to end up with a better house, and that’s part of our Japanese tradition,” said Timothy Kane, president of the company, a subsidiary of Mitsui & Co. “We really are delivering a house that we consider to be just superior to the stuff some of our competitors are doing.” After doing those “little things” and facing the challenges of building in Signal Hill, MBK Homes is opening its new townhome complex, Aragon, this month amid industry reports of an improved real-estate market. The new development, between 19th Street and Pacific Coast Highway west of Obispo Avenue, will feature more than 80 units, multiple floor plans, solar panels, and various options, according to MBK Homes representatives. The units start at around $350,000. The median sales price of Signal Hill homes in March was $280,000, according to real-estate brokerage Redfin.

In appealing to buyers, the company tailors each floor plan choice to buyers’ profiles through market and demographic research. “What we’ll do…with each community is look and see, ‘Are our buyers going to be singles? Are they going to be young couples? Are they going to be Gen Y millennials? Is it a move-down buyer? Is it a Boomer? Is it a big family because of the great schools?’” said Rick Fletcher, vice president of sales and marketing at MBK Homes. “Each community in each location is going to appeal to a different category of buyer, so we felt that… in Signal Hill, at our prices, this was a strong first-time buyer profile.” Yet appealing to specific buyers isn’t the only challenge they face. Since Signal Hill lies within a fault zone and is home to numerous abandoned oil fields, building in the city requires a level of care perhaps unnecessary in other cities. While no active faults run through the site of Aragon, the site was close to “oil wells, and the mitigation of that upfront was quite extensive,” said Michael Schmidt, vice president of operations at MBK. The company hired an environmental consulting company to get them in compliance with regulations a few years ago, Schmidt said. However, the City and the State have procedures in place to deal with these obstacles so developers can build in Signal Hill.

“With oil wells, there are state standards, and we have an entire oil code for dealing with building over and/or near abandoned oil wells…because they’re all over the city,” said Colleen Doan, associate planner for Signal Hill. “In this community we’ve lots of buildings built over abandoned oil wells– it’s done commonly.” Doan added that California’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources oversees the process of development regarding oil wells, which Kane affirmed in discussing the construction of Aragon. It’s likely that MBK Homes’s efforts will be worth it, seeing as how, according to recent reports, the real-estate market is improving and favoring sellers. Aragon, whose units can be bought starting on April 20, already has 90 people on its waiting list to buy the six units built during the first phase of construction, Fletcher said. Move-ins start in August, with subsequent phases to be completed over the next two years, Fletcher added. Buyers who miss out on this particular development can look forward to more MBK Homes locations in the future thanks to the resurgent real-estate market. “We really haven’t expanded for the last five years because the market has been pretty tough,” Kane said. “We’ve purchased four new communities in the last 90 days, and we’re planning to grow and expand again.”

On Wednesday, April 17, at approximately 4:17pm, officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to an injury traffic collision near the intersection of Carson Street and Los Coyotes Diagonal. Upon arrival, officers found a two-car traffic collision involving a 1991 Isuzu Truck and a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. The preliminary investigation revealed the driver of the Toyota was traveling west on Carson Street when, for an unknown reason, the driver of the

Isuzu, Michael Morell, who was traveling east on Carson, turned left, went over the center median, and collided with the Toyota. Long Beach firefighters advised officers that Morell, a 67year-old resident of Stanton, was transported in stable condition to a local hospital with injuries he suffered in the collision. The other driver, a 41-year-old resident of Long Beach, was also transported to a local hospital in stable condition. Morell was later pronounced

deceased at the hospital. The cause of his death and the collision are currently under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigations Detail Detective David Lauro at (562) 570-7355. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus their tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit LACrimeStoppers.org .

On April 17, at approximately 1:35am, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to a report of a person down in the 2800 block of E. 10th Street. When officers arrived, they located a male adult lying on the sidewalk. He had sustained an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim deceased

at the scene. The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Alfred Enu-Kwesi of Long Beach. Residents in the neighborhood reported hearing gunshots approximately five to 10 minutes prior to looking outside and noticing the victim down on the ground. No suspect information is available at press time, and the investigation remains ongoing.

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19-year-old Long Beach man killed in shooting

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans and Todd Johnson at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting lacrimestoppers.org .

circumstance murder and arson causing great bodily injury for the fatal arson attack that killed Jerry Payne, 63. Authorities said Payne was sitting alone in his vehicle parked near a convenience store in the 5100 block of Pacific Coast Highway when Clark allegedly walked up to the driver’s-side window and tossed a flammable substance inside. The vehicle and the victim were both enveloped in flames. Witnesses extinguished the fire,

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The Board of Directors of County Sanitation District No. 29 of Los Angeles County will hold a public hearing on May 21, 2013, at 6:00 PM, at the Signal Hill City Council Chambers, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill. The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with an opportunity to make comments regarding the Service Charge Report filed with the District Clerk on April 10, 2013. The boundaries of Sanitation District No. 29 are shown below. No increase in the service charge rate is proposed for fiscal year 2013-14. GENERAL INFORMATION Sanitation District No. 29 provides wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal service (operation and maintenance) for the areas shown on the map. In addition, the District also provides for the construction of capital facilities to accommodate the needs of existing users (upgrade) and new users (expansion). The operation and maintenance and upgrade capital expenses are funded through the service charge and surcharge programs. The expansion capital expenses are funded through the connection fee program. The cost of operation and maintenance of the District’s facilities, as well as the construction of upgrade capital facilities, is borne by the existing users of the system. After taking all other sources of revenue into consideration, the remaining revenue required to provide continued services is apportioned to all existing dischargers on the basis of their use of the system. Use is measured in terms of quantity (flow) and strength (chemical oxygen demand [COD] and suspended solids [SS]). The average daily quantity of sewage flow and strength from one single family home is equal to one sewage unit. All other user categories are assessed proportionately. Residential, commercial, and small industrial users pay under the District’s Service Charge Program. Large industrial users pay an annual surcharge rather than a service charge. Some industrial dischargers can elect to pay the annual surcharge using assumed strength parameters established by the Districts (short form rate). Each District also receives a percentage of the one percent general property tax levy on all parcels within that District. Thus, the total annual cost of wastewater treatment service for any given user can be determined by adding either the service charge or surcharge, as applicable, to the property tax received by the District. No change is being proposed for the service charge rate. The surcharge rates for fiscal year 2013-14 were previously approved by the District’s Board of Directors on May 11, 2011. The District’s Connection Fee Ordinance prescribes fees for connecting to the District’s sewerage system or for significantly increasing the quantity and strength of wastewater discharged by an existing user. Revenues from connection fees are used to provide additional capacity in the sewerage system. The connection fee insures that: (1) new users of the sewerage system and (2) those existing users who significantly increase their use of the sewerage system, pay for their proportionate share of the cost of additional wastewater conveyance, treatment, and disposal facilities made necessary by their increased demand on the system. The connection fee is based on the quantity (flow) and strength (COD and SS) of the discharge. The discharge from a single family home is equal to one capacity unit. All other user categories are charged proportionately. Connection fees are applicable only if a user is connecting to the sewer for the first time or is significantly increasing the discharge. The connection fee rate for fiscal year 2013-14 was previously approved by the District’s Board of Directors on May 11, 2011. RATES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012-13: Service Charge:

$339.75 per year per sewage unit

Surcharge Rates:

$764.00 per million gallons of flow $135.10 per 1000 lbs. of COD $382.10 per 1000 lbs. of SS $101.30 per gallon per minute of peak flow $3,243.00 per million gallons of flow (short form)

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ADOPTED RATES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013-14: Service Charge:

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Connection Fee:

$4,530 per capacity unit

Written comments regarding these matters may also be submitted by regular mail to the County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, P.O. Box 4998, Whittier, CA 90607-4998 or by e-mail at Rates@lacsd.org, and must be received by 10:30 a.m., May 21, 2013, to be considered at the hearing. If you would like further information, please call the District’s staff at (855) 240-9506 (toll free), Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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and the victim was taken to a local hospital. He died early Monday. Clark, who was arrested a short time later, is being held without bail. The complaint, NA095380, alleges special circumstances of lying in wait, torture and mayhem. Prosecutors will decide at a later date whether to seek the death penalty. Source: L.A. County District Attorney’s Office

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United States citizens will be required to get health insurance. Most residents and business owners, however, still have a vague understanding of the mandates, new healthcare officials stated. At the forum of roughly 100 attendees, only a handful of people raised their hands when asked if they have a complete knowledge of the Sean Belk/Signal Tribune new law. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones answers questions during a public forum about the Schultz, who Affordable Care Act at Long Beach Memorial Hospital on April 15. works for the United States the forum stated that many who ance through an employer. government’s principal agency have insurance plans can only Under the new law, individufor protecting the health of all afford “bare-minimum policies” als with their families and those Americans and providing essen- that may not cover much at all, who work for “small employtial human services, called the adding that the current system ers,” defined as having under forum in Long Beach a “call to has led to a strain on the federal 50 employees, will have access action” to prepare for upcom- budget and higher premium to getting health insurance ing mandates. costs as the country’s popula- through a newly expanded Schipske added that, “It’s tion continues to age. Medi-Cal program or through a probably one of the most signifThe new healthcare regula- new “marketplace” in which icant pieces of healthcare legis- tory policy, however, aims to individuals will be able to lation we’ve had in this country increase health-insurance cov- receive tax credits to assist in since the initiation of Medicare, erage for Americans and lower paying monthly health-insurand, because of it, there are overall costs of health care in ance premiums for “out of going to be substantial changes the country, while competition pocket” expenses. in this country in terms of get- among insurers is expected to Jones said the new healthting affordable, accessible, keep rates competitive, the care law is constructed in a way quality health care.” that will not only allow more video states. According to the U.S. CenSchultz said that, by Oct. 1 people to receive health insursus Bureau, there were just of this year, people will be able ance and make sure they under 50 million people in the to apply for programs that pro- receive care earlier, but will U.S. without health insurance in vide assistance aimed at lower- also reduce the “cost share” 2010. A video produced by the ing coverage costs as an associated with those who pay Kaiser Foundation presented at alternative to receiving insursee HEALTH CARE page 8

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Medi-Cal, while another 2 million to 3 million uninsured Californians will get healthcare coverage through Covered California, a health benefits exchange offered in the state. He added, however, that the Affordable Care Act does not provide any coverage for undocumented individuals. Karen Stahl, 71, a former Signal Hill resident who now lives in Huntington Beach, said she learned

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Long Beach Water Department increases funding for residential, commercial lawn-removal projects Last week, the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners voted unanimously to increase the amount of funding that Long Beach residents and businesses are eligible to receive for replacing their grass lawns with “Californiafriendly” landscapes through the Long Beach Water Department’s Lawn to Garden (L2G) Program. New applicants to the L2G Program will now receive $3 per square foot of lawn grass removed, up from the previous funding level of $2.50 per square foot. The program funds the first 1,000 square feet of lawn removed for each project, meaning that customers who apply for the full incentive amount will receive $3,000 to defray many of the costs associated with removing a grass lawn and installing a drought-tolerant landscape in its place.

“We are very excited to offer our customers increased funding for their Lawn to Garden projects,” said John Allen, president of the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners. “Removing waterthirsty grass from our homes and businesses is one of the most effective and inexpensive things we can do here in Southern California to permanently strengthen the reliability of our water supplies.” Nearly 850 landscape transformations have been completed in Long Beach through the awardwinning and nationally recognized program since it was first introduced three years ago, according to the Water Department, which expects to celebrate the completion of the city’s 1,000th successful project in late 2013 or early 2014. The Department also estimates that hundreds of additional customers

have transformed their landscapes outside of the program. “I highly encourage our customers to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity,” said Kevin Wattier, general manager for the Long Beach Water Department. “As far as we know, there is no other city or water agency in California that comes anywhere close to offering $3 per square foot for turf removal that our program does.” The Board’s action to increase funding for the L2G Program comes on the heels of the driest recorded January and February in California. In a typical year, Long Beach receives an average of 12 inches of rain. So far this year, Long Beach has only received half of that, with about a month left to go in the rainy season. Last year was exceptionally dry as well.

Funding for the program comes through a partnership between the Long Beach Water Department and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). In addition to funding lawn-removal projects for residential and commercial customers, a number of larger-scale projects throughout the city have already been completed or are in the works. The Boeing Company recently completed a landscape conversion project at one of its facilities, while the California National Guard property located on Redondo Avenue is going through the third and final phase of a project that is replacing vast swaths of grass with “California-friendly” plants and walking paths on its site. For customers who are interested in drought-tolerant landscaping and the L2G Program and who want to see how these landscapes look up close, the Water Department will host its second annual Long Beach Lawn to Garden Tour on Saturday, May 18 from 10am to 2pm. More than 30 homes that completed projects through the L2G Program will be on display throughout the city. The tour is free and open to the public. To RSVP for the tour, or to apply for the L2G Program, visit lblawntogarden.com . Source: LB Water Dept.

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Local artist finds inspiration from her past as a factory worker Brandy Soto Editorial Intern

Like many people, Becca Shewmake never anticipated where she would end up in life. It was a seemingly unfortunate event that led her to become an artist in sunny California. Born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Shewmake remembers a wintry childhood in a working-class family. By the time she reached her junior year in high school, she had been to several different schools and found solace in creating art. After high school she went on to become a factory worker, which was the norm in her area. Although she despised her job, she didn't know how to attend college or what else to do. “I toiled away in that factory, and my mind went crazy,” she explained. “For 12 hours a day all

I could think about was how I was going to get out of there. Finally, after a terrible winter and a lot of car troubles, I was fired for being late. That was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I didn’t know it then, but that started the chain of events that led me to college– which led me back to art, to a BFA, and now, an MFA.” The events and the decisions she has made have helped her become who she is today. “Taking the path of an artist has had mostly positive outcomes for me,” she said. “It led me out of the factories, into college, out of Wisconsin and into California, where there are so many more opportunities for artists, or for anyone doing anything. It’s all here.” Shewmake uses a variety of materials to produce vibrant and often bold paintings with a three-

dimensional feel. She experiments with different mediums until her piece begins to form, at which point she refers to her sketchbook, which is mostly used for writing and brainstorming. Fabric, dirt, resin, cotton and

form of thick puddles, discolored resins or furry, hair-like clumps. Hopefully, it comes across as both funny and pathetic.” She also noted that she began working with a lot more texture,

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Musical Theatre West has mounted a production that offers the popular musical, which was created by dancers for dancers, as it was originally intended, running its full two hours without an intermission. I found myself far less inconvenienced by the unusually long stretch with no break than I was impressed by the stamina of the high energy cast. A Chorus Line has it all– a score full of numbers you may well be humming as you leave the theater, and characters that make you care about them. From the beginning the story, depicting a dance audition, generates a suspenseful angst: Who will get the job? What will those who don’t get hired do to support themselves? And what happens to the thirty-somethings among them who won’t be able to make a living as dancers much longer? Roger Castellano directs and choreographs a spectacular roster of almost thirty dancers, at least several of whom are also terrific vocalists. Those with both skills are cast in the formidable roles where it counts– Diana (Ayme Olivo), Cassie (Chryssie Whitehead), Val (Tory Trowbridge), Maggie (Kristen Lamoureux), Mike (Daniel Switzer), Richie (Frank Keith Barber), and Al (Venny Carranza). When I heard Lamoureux sing the high part of the trio in “At the Ballet,� I fought back tears. It was just the way I felt all those years ago when Kay Cole sung the part in the original Broadway production. Wow!

As the audition unfolds, director Zach (Chuck Saculla) explains that this isn’t the usual chorus job. He needs the show’s roles to be filled with dancers exhibiting certain personality traits. Thus he requires all of the reluctant hopefuls to tell him something about themselves. What transpires is a series of stories that are sad, funny, even heartbreaking, but most of all, intensely interesting. The well-paced show cleverly “interrupts� some of the monologues with dance numbers that take center stage as the storyteller is temporarily muted, returning us to the story in time to hear the meaningful gist. A sub-plot presents itself in the character Cassie, once romantically involved with Zach, and who he claims is far too good for a place in the chorus. Her moving solo number “The Music and the Mirror,� demonstrates her superiorty. After convincing Zach to let her finish the audition and compete for the job, Cassie dances along with the others while Zach issues harsh commands to make her cease being a stand-out and fit in with the others. Our hearts break just a little as she brings herself down to the level of a chorus dancer in order to get herself hired. More memorable numbers are “I Hope I Get It,� “I Can Do That,�

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“Sing!�, “Nothing,� “Dance: Ten, Looks: Three,� “One,� and “What I Did for Love.� Other featured cast members are Camden Gonzales, Theresa Murray, Adam Pellegrine, Steven Rada, Sherisse Springer, Momoko Sugai, and the outstanding Louis A. Williams as Zach’s assistant Larry. I would be remiss not to mention the imperfect sound system that muffled some of the lyrics and made two or three of the voices sound strident. Fortunately, this flaw did not overwhelm the production’s other fine attributes. This dynamic new A Chorus Line brims with fabulous group dance numbers, excellent vocals, and heart wrenching emotion. In most respects, Musical Theatre West’s production honestly rivals the original. Musical Theatre West’s A Chorus Line continues at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, located at 6200 E. Atherton St., on the campus of Cal State Long Beach, through April 28. Performances are Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm; Sundays at 2pm and 7pm; there is also a performance on Thursday, April 25, at 8pm. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased through the MTW box office at (562) 856-1999 ext. 4 or online at musical.org .

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Jason Bowes, winner of last year’s finals in Long Beach Playhouse’s “Long Beach Searches for the Greatest Storyteller� “The Playhouse is for the commuLong Beach Playhouse will present season three of “Long Beach Searches nity,� said Andrew Vonderschmitt, profor the Greatest Storyteller� on Sunday, ducing artistic director of the Playhouse. April 28 at 7pm, with several locals who “We like to host a wide range of the arts care to share a true, five-minute story that and open our doors to the community any chance we get. The stage is not just happened to them. A $100 prize will be awarded to the for actors with scripts, but for storytellers overall winner of the evening, and the of all kinds.� Producer Mariana Williams has top two storytellers will move on to the finals that are held in December. Win- broadened the event this year. Starting ners are determined by audience vote April 28, each of the four shows will be televised on local TV. Edited to a 30and a panel of guest judges. Some stories are pre-submitted to minute segment, every show will feature assure variety, but the rest of the the winning five-minute story with bits evening’s storytellers are chosen “on the of the evening’s festivities, including fly,� straight from the audience. Those pieces from all storytellers. Charter who have a story to tell are encouraged Channel 32 and Verizon Channel 41 will air each show several times. to attend and put their name in the hat. To submit a story directly to Mariana, The judges of the spring event will be: drama teacher Frederick Ponzlov; email her at marianaStoryteller Grunion Gazette Editor Harry Saltz- @gmail.com . Tickets are $5 at the door, online or at gaver; former Naples Improvement Association President Jonathan Schnack; the box office. Long Beach Playhouse is novelist Darlene Quinn; and surfer/ecol- located at 5021 E. Anaheim St. The box office may be reached at (562) 494-1014, ogy activist Jericho Popler. Each judge’s vote counts for five option 1. points and each audience member’s vote MORE INFORMATION is good for one point. The votes are tallied up on the spot, and the winner is lbplayhouse.org/on-stage/special-proannounced to the excited audience. grams/storyteller


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people and injuring 170 others. “Really, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Echeverry said in a phone interview after returning from Boston. “It’s just really hard to get your head around something like that… We were sad, shook up [with] all those emotions you have to go through, but now I’m kind of angry, like ‘how dare you.’” She said all runners and their family members from the Long Beach area who attended the race are safe and accounted for and none were injured. Those who participated in the race included Doug Freeman, who lost his medal in the turmoil, and Karen Hester, a longtime Long Beach employee who works for the city attorney’s office, among others. On Wednesday, more than 200 AREC members joined together to show sympathy and support for the victims of the Boston tragedy. They started their weekly run at 6:30pm from Buster’s Beach House in the Alamitos Bay Marina with a moment of silence before taking off wearing commemorative “race bibs” as part of a national event to unite runners in support of those who took part in the marathon. To participate in the “virtual” run, which has no set time or place, each participant puts on the bib and runs anytime until May 4 in spirit with those who ran during the marathon. AREC is also organizing an upcoming event to allow marathoners who were diverted from the finish line to run the “last mile” as a group, said AREC President Dave Kuntz. There hasn’t yet been a date set for the event, but anyone from the local community will be allowed to join, he said. In an email message sent out to AREC’s more than 500 members this week, Kuntz said he was informed through emails and Facebook that all of the club’s members were accounted for and safe. After feeling “shock, anger, disbelief, dismay, concern, compassion and grief,” local residents felt “relief and thankfulness that those we know and love are safe” and a “deep sense of loss for the victims and their families,” he said. Kuntz called on residents to show “solidarity” with the rest of the running community that is still coping with the tragedy. “If ever

“It’s just a sad

scenario. It’s the world we live in today, and we’re going to always have to be on our toes, I guess.”

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–Bob Seagren, Olympic gold medalist who manages the Long Beach Marathon

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Members of A Running Experience Club bow during a moment of silence at the Alamitos Bay Marina in honor of the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon last Monday.

there was a time to send out the ‘runner love’ to those who will have lasting scars and lasting memories of this year’s Boston Marathon, now is the time,” he said. Bob Seagren, an Olympic gold medalist and president of Run Racing, which organizes the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon to be held this October, said the organization will likely work with Long Beach city officials to increase security at the upcoming marathon that draws about 25,000 participants and is now entering its 29th year. “I think everybody’s going to be on heightened alert, and we’ll certainly put different security measures into effect,” he said. “I’m sure the City is going to make certain demands on us in October, and we’ll have to deal with it. But public safety has got to be number one.” Seagren, who participated in pole vault in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich when 11 Israeli team members were held hostage and eventually killed, said the Boston bombing incident, which has been called “an act of terror” by President Barack Obama, will likely change security

measures for “high profile,” televised sporting events. “It’s just a sad scenario,” he said. “It’s the world we live in today, and we’re going to always have to be on our toes, I guess… High-profile events are going to be the key targets and those that are nationally televised, because they want national exposure and impact. Those are the types of events that I would be very cautious of for a while.” This week, law-enforcement agencies in Los Angeles and Orange counties stated that they would increase security measures at area events, including the threeday Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which officially starts today. Both Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said during a press conference on Wednesday that the City’s “multifaceted security” would be increased during the Indy Car race that draws some 175,000 spectators. Foster said the City and local law-enforcement agencies continue to monitor developments of the ongoing investigation into the Boston explosions. He added, however, that in Long Beach there are “neither specific nor credible threats to this week’s activities.” MORE INFORMATION arec-lb.com runjunkees.com

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In the wake of the explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday, safety experts from the company Signal 88 Security are offering a reminder that there are steps that can be taken to protect oneself and loved ones in a crowd. For those who find themselves in crowded areas, Signal 88 Security Vice President of Franchise Standards Tim Conahan points to three keys to safety: be prepared, follow directions and stay aware. “These are simple ways to ensure you stay as safe as possible,” says Conahan. “With so many factors out of your control, take a few seconds to do what you can.” Signal 88 Security draws on its experience overseeing security services for events such as concerts, athletic events, NASCAR and Tough Mudder runs to provide the following personal security recommendations: Be prepared. Before a large event, coordinate with family/friends where to meet if separated. And although it’s unthinkable, Conahan suggests mentally rehearsing how you would react if you were confronted by an act of violence, such as an explosion or active shooter. “Decide what objects you would choose for the best cover,” advises Conahan. “If there is no cover, determine your next step. Run, hide or fight!” Follow directions. When you arrive at a crowded place, help maintain order by parking in designated spaces or as directed. Don't ignore signs or barricades, which are often placed to control a crowd. Once part of the crowd, stay safest by following its flow rather than going against it. Conahan also recommends taking a bathroom break before getting in a long line. Stay aware. Create a habit of scanning a room, event center, or concert hall upon arrival for the nearest emergency exit, in case a quick escape is necessary. Watch out for signs of trouble, including if those nearby suddenly turn to the same direction and the noise level increases. Additionally, if you see someone put down a bag and walk away, notify security personnel, law enforcement or the event organizer immediately. If you find yourself in a situation such as the explosions at the Boston Marathon, leave the area immediately. Leaving will reduce your risk of further injury and allows first responders to properly assist victims. Signal 88 Security stresses while it’s important to be responsible for one’s own safety, by following these guidelines there is no reason to live in fear. However, if you ever do feel uncomfortable or threatened, follow Conahan’s simplest advice– “Go home!” M ORE I NFORMATION signal88.com


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people with disabilities, helping them transition from high school into the real world and advocating on their behalf to enable them to become gainfully employed and a part of the community. While the nonprofit has gone through name changes over the years and other branches of the original group have broken off to develop their own independent operations with similar titles, The Arc of Los Angeles and Orange Counties is part of a national community-based organization. The national group now has 700 local chapters across the country with specific principles and guidelines for providing services for people with various developmental disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other conditions. In Downey, the nonprofit organization has an operating budget of about $3 million annually, receiving about $1.75 million from government support and the rest through private funding and revenue, according to Arc officials. The Arc has several operations at its facilities located at 12049 Woodruff Ave., including an employment center, where people of various ages and spectrums receive training and education before taking a job. The organization also provides services to help its members apply for positions, working with nearly 40 outside employers, ranging from grocery stores to movie theaters to fast-food chains. The Arc also has its own employment opportunities. Depending on their capabilities, members are able to work at Arc Southeast Industries, a 22,000square-foot warehouse developed out of a former airplane-manufacturing hangar where members package and assemble various products that get shipped out directly to local clients or to their suppliers. Also on site is The Reagan Banquet Center, a facility that was fully remodeled through a private donation and where workers can take lunch breaks and some members learn culinary skills. Members also have a chance to work at The Arc’s retail franchise dollar store known as Just-A-Buck that it opened at 141 E. Willow St. in Long Beach last year. Currently, there are four to five employees from The Arc working at the 3,900square-foot establishment, where they are able to gain skills in customer service, cashiering and stocking merchandise. The store operates much like a regular retail business, however, 100 percent of the proceeds go back into the organization. Jeffrey Stephens, director of The Arc’s employment center, said the organization’s warehouse operation provides an opportunity for members to receive real-life work experience in a structured environment. “There are some families who are just not ready for the transition into mainstream employment, so they’ll have their sons or daughters work at a place like this, where the shelters are still working, to have great social interaction,” Stephens said. He added that some employees have been working there for more than 30 years. Still, even though employees have disabilities they have responsibilities and are required to carry out tasks just like employees without disabilities, Stephens said. Employees work shifts from about 8am to 3:30pm and receive paychecks at a rate of little more than

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Employee Edward Roysmith, seen in front of employee Eva Edwards, washes a pan in the The Reagan Banquet Center, a facility where employees with developmental disabilities learn culinary skills.

minimum wage, he said. The organization provides job coaching and counseling services as a nonprofit, but the warehouse operation runs strictly as a business, Stephens said. “These guys really work,” he said. “They have a deadline to meet, and they get paid real dollars… There’s nothing artificial or nonprofit about it.” Ashvin Patel, director of production who oversees The Arc Southeast Industries and the Vocational and Educational Center, said the warehouse puts out an average of about 300,000 packaged items per month and provides assembly services for longtime clients that sell items ranging from skin-care products to emergency kits. For some employees, the job can determine a person’s capabilities and be a bridge to outside employment, Patel said. “It’s a good stepping stone,” he said. “Can they work fast enough? Can they concentrate? Are they on time? Can they come to work every day? Those are the key things that when they want to work in a community they need.” The Arc also provides services for some of its members who are born with more severe developmental disabilities by providing educational support for cognitive functioning and day programming for outside activities. “In the world of intellectual disabilities it really is ‘use it or lose it,’” Stephens said. “You’ve got to constantly be learning and educating and talking and interacting, because if you’re sitting at home watching TV, your skills will regress extremely quickly; faster than somebody who doesn’t have a disability.” For other members who are able to be more independent, and even live in their own apartment, The Arc staff members, including job coaches and employment counselors, are critical to work with both families and employers as an advocate during the job-interview process, Stephens said. In Los Angeles County alone the unem-

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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 high-

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est 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

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

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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. 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.

TST4341 / 2013 068591 FiCTiTioUS BUSiNESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. GIFT A LEI, 2. GIFTALEI.COM, 514 N. Gulf Ave. Apt. B, Wilmington, CA 90744. Registrant: LISI LETALIA MASALOSALO, 514 N. Gulf Ave. Apt. B, Wilmington, CA 90744. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Lisi Letalia Masalosalo. 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 April 5, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: April 19, 26, & May 3, 10, 2013.

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From left: Connie Sziebl, who serves as a field representative for LA County Supervisor Don Knabe, joined Signal Hill Mayor Michael Noll, Capt. Ron Mark and Councilmember Larry Forester at the April 16 Signal Hill Council meeting. Together, they honored Signal Hill police dispatchers in honor of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

tee members needn’t be certified public accountants to serve. “What I’m concerned about,” Harris said, “is that the person be able to exert an independent judgment…have the sufficient honesty and integrity to do that, be able to do their homework and ask those important questions that need to be asked and do not shy from them.” However, Vice Mayor Ed Wilson argued in favor of audit committee members who have the expertise to understand the auditing process. “It isn’t something that you just pick up, unfortunately,” Wilson said, as he described how the auditing process is very technical. He stressed that members of the audit committee need to be able to ask specific questions. “Otherwise, we’re filling seats with warm bodies, and that’s just an exercise that’s not really getting

us anywhere,” Wilson said. Wilson is also a CPA. City Attorney David Aleshire agreed with Wilson’s concerns that the members of an audit committee should have the technical expertise to understand an auditor if a committee is eventually established. He said that at least the experts like the city attorney and the auditing firm should be independent and explained that the committee should be focused on the “technical mission of the audit.” Aleshire acknowledged in an interview after the Council meeting that Bell had an “unprecedented level of corruption.” Signal Hill’s city attorney has a unique perspective of where the officials in the City of Bell went wrong. Aleshire is now the city attorney for Bell and has been handling the litigation matters for that city since 2011.

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Aleshire told the Council that at Bell, there were entities who could have provided a key outside perspective, who had been working with the City for a long enough time. Aleshire said during the Council meeting that “in the critical moments, they chose not to do that.” “I think that if you set up an audit committee like this,” the city attorney added, “that they should be charged with demanding that the audit firm bring that perspective into its work and isn’t able to just retreat to presenting information in a way that basically people don’t understand it and don’t know what’s going on.” The next City Council meeting will take place in a special session of the Council on April 30 at 7pm in the Council Chamber where the Council will be conducting Commission interviews. ß

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while utilizing space for larger works. Although her artwork and technique have developed dramatically over the years, the ideologies remain the same. Her pieces are often conceptual and reflective of pollution and her background as a factory worker. “My paintings explore the dark side of the human psyche but, through a lens of humor,” she said. “I work with themes of ugliness and beauty, and tragedy and comedy, to create dysfunctional worlds that reflect our own realities. Environmental issues emerge in the form of polluting biomachines and acid-rain clouds, while societal problems appear through various manifestations of oppressed-versus-oppressor themes, such as experimenter versus subject, hunter versus prey or consumer versus consumed.” She said the biggest challenges she faces as an artist begin when she enters the studio, her work evolving slowly (for months to years) until she can complete it. The process of completion may be gradual, but she is appeased when she observes people’s responses to her work. “It’s satisfying when people laugh initially but then find reasons in the work to question their laughter,” she explained. “The forms in my works are abstract,

“Died and Liquified,” mixed media on canvas

but their multitude of visual associations open up opportunities for narrative while never pinning one down. I find it interesting to hear interpretations of the work, especially when the interpretation is one that hadn’t occurred to me. I am open to any interpretation. They are all valid.” Currently Shewmake is working on pieces for her MFA thesis show, titled Uncombed, which will be open to the public at California State University, Long Beach on Sunday, April 28. M ORE I NFORMATION beccashewmake.com

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The Long Beach AIDS Assistance Thrift Store, 2011 East 4th St., will kick off its annual spring art fundraiser with an opening reception on Friday, April 26 from 6pm to 9pm. From that day through Friday, May 31, the store will display artwork donated by local artists, which include Dennis Asbury, Richard Bartoletti, Bigtoe (AKA Tom Laura), Cory Bilicko, Boots Bryant, Tim Butts, Colleen Funck, Help Desk, Deanne Paskil, Charles Phoenix, Johnnie Velour & Ken Wagar. The event will also include a large selection of unique art donations from the past year, including paintings, sculpture, folk art, mixed media, photography, and more. Live music, refreshments and appetizers will also be part of the reception. The suggested donation at the door is $10. AIDS Assistance Thrift Store is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity dedicated to helping men, women and children living with HIV & AIDS in Long Beach.


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