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Local public health officials stress that bacterial meningitis is not a gay disease

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April 26, 2013

LBCC student leaders serve four trustees with recall notices over discontinued trade programs

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Gregory Peterson, vice president of student support services at Long Beach City College (third from left), answers questions posed by students and Associated Student Body menbers during a meeting Monday, April 22 at the college’s Pacific Coast Campus. During the meeting, the ASB passed a vote of “no confidence” in the Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees. Also pictured from left are Cindy Vyskocil, associate vice president of human resources, and Ann Marie Gabel, vice president of administrative services.

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The County of Los Angeles’s Department of Public Health announced last week that the meningitis vaccine is available to qualified low-income residents at no charge. CJ Dablo Staff Writer

The media have focused on the number of gay men who have been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, but public health officials warn that there are other

groups of people who should be paying attention to the warning signs and who should talk to their healthcare provider about vaccination. Long Beach’s health department lists on its website a wide range of people who should

get the vaccine: children under 5, college freshmen living in dormitories, military recruits, those living with HIV or compromised immune systems and those who

Sean Belk Staff Writer

Student leaders of Long Beach City College (LBCC) have waged war with the college’s board of trustees over its decision to drop 11 instructional trade programs earlier this year and have submitted notices to recall four of its board members. Student Trustee Jason Troia served members of the Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees with recall-petition notices during the board’s April 23 meeting, after giving a speech in which he accused trustees of violating the Ralph M. Brown Act and coming to a consensus on the program cuts “behind closed doors.” The five-member board of trustees voted 4-1 in January to eliminate auto-body technology, aviation maintenance, audio production, interior design, welding, automotive technology, real estate, photography, air-conditioning/refrigeration/heating, diesel mechanics

Man robbed, pepper-sprayed outside bank in Signal Hill

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Sean Belk Staff Writer

A man about to make a cash deposit was robbed outside of a U.S. Bank branch at 2615 Cherry Ave. in Signal Hill on the morning of April 23, according to a statement from the Signal Hill Police Department. Police officers were dispatched to the scene at approximately 9:10am, according to the statement prepared by Signal Hill Police Sgt. Mel Krizo. A male adult victim was walking into the bank to make a cash deposit when he was approached from behind by a suspect described as a 20- to 25-year-old black male with a thin build, short black hair and dark complexion, wearing a blue plaid shirt, blue jeans and black shoes. While outside the bank, the suspect pulled the victim around without saying anything, grabbed his shoulder and then pepper-sprayed him in the face, according to police. The suspect then grabbed a plastic bag with money out

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A man was robbed outside this U.S. Bank branch at 2615 Cherry Ave. at about 9am on Tuesday, April 23. Signal Hill police investigators are seeking any information about the crime.

of the victim’s hand and ran out of sight, Krizo said. Police officials added that the bank was not robbed. Investigating police officers are currently reviewing surveillance video.

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and carpentry from its curriculum. The board’s decision was protested by faculty and students. Trustee Mark Bowen, who represents Area 3, the only board member who voted against the cuts, was not served a recall notice. The program eliminations, expected to affect about 450 students, according to LBCC staff, were made after a collaborative process involving various meetings of the college’s academic senate to balance a $6.4-million structural deficit. Although voters passed Proposition 30, which averted further reductions, LBCC administrators said the State continues to cut funding. Troia, however, made claims, among other allegations, that administrative staff provided the board with “misleading” data about the discontinued trade programs, and he called for the board to rescind its resolution and restart the discontinuance process. see LBCC page 15

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NEWS 2 SIGNAL TRIBUNE Los Cerritos neighborhood group survey says residents against proposed roundabouts

APRIL 26, 2013

Sean Belk Staff Writer

The Los Cerritos Neighborhood Association (LCNA) has recently conducted an online survey, asking residents whether they would approve of landscaped circular medians, known as roundabouts and traffic circles, being installed at two intersections in the Long Beach community. The results: a majority said they aren’t in favor of it. Out of 115 surveyed residents, whose names and addresses were crosschecked by LCNA, 64 percent said they are against having a roundabout installed at Pacific Avenue, 36th Street and Country Club Drive, according to survey results sent via email. When asked whether they would favor a roundabout at the same intersection if residential parking could be reinstated, 57 percent replied “no,” according to the results. In addition, 76 percent said they object to a traffic circle being installed at Bixby Road and Pacific Avenue. The online-only survey was recently emailed out to the group’s neighborhood list, and only responses that included a resident’s name and address that could be verified were counted, said Bob Gill, LCNA president, by email. Out of 165 responses, only 115 could be verified, he said. “The survey responses clearly indicate the neighborhood is against the

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Roundabouts, such as this one along Vista Street in Belmont Heights, are curbed, landscaped circular medians installed to calm traffic and make roads safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles alike. roundabouts,” Gill said. “A higher response rate is always desired, though these responses do reflect a neighborhood ‘opinion’ and can be quoted in conversations and presentations,” he added. “Your LCNA encourages all of you to continue to express your opinion to your councilmember and other city staff.” The survey’s results are in contrast to the City’s own survey taken during a community meeting on Jan. 9 at the Expo Building in Bixby Knolls. That survey concluded that 68 percent of

those surveyed during the meeting approved of having a roundabout at Pacific Avenue, 36th Street and Country Club Drive and 73 percent voted in favor of having a traffic circle Bixby Road and Pacific Avenue. The City’s survey, however, included responses from residents who live outside of the neighborhood. According to city officials, more than 3,400 public notices were sent out about the meeting and 122 survey forms were received. In response to residents voicing their opposition to the project during an April 2

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A rendering of a proposed roundabout at Pacific Avenue, 36th Street and Country Club Drive in the Los Cerritos neighborhood City Council meeting, Long Beach Traffic Engineer David Roseman said there have been 12 public meetings about the proposal over the last year and the project was given more public notice than any project in recent history. He added that it was the residents who asked for the roundabouts in the first place since the City’s original plan was to

just add bike lanes throughout the neighborhood and a new traffic signal at Pacific Avenue and Wardlow Road. “All of those changes are changes that came to us actually during the public meetings,” Roseman said. “Originally, we were just going to install the bike lanes and traffic signal, but out of public contact in dealing with us we found that expanding the project to include these roundabouts and other traffic-calming elements would be an enhancement to the community.” In a letter sent to residents last month, however, Roseman indicated that he would work with designers and the community to “minimize loss of parking,” which has been the residents’ main objection to the roundabouts. City staff said that each roundabout generally requires the elimination of 30 feet of parking on four legs of an intersection, equivalent to the loss of about 16 parking spaces per roundabout. John Deats, who lives directly in front of where the roundabout is being proposed at Pacific Avenue, 36th Street and Country Club Drive, told the City Council that all residents at the intersection are opposed to the plan and many of them are “retirees” who would have to be impeded by the loss of residential parking. Some residents said the structures would change the “character” of the neighborhood’s wide streets. Bill Kessler, who also lives at the intersection, said the proposal would “exacerbate an already bad parking situation,” since parking on Pacific Avenue is already restricted due to the Blue Line. He added that the current design would also require vehicles to make “abnormal” turns to get around the roundabout. Tom Lafortune, another Los Cerritos resident, said the roundabouts are not something that residents want. “We resent this being pushed upon us,” he said. Still, Roseman said that the City’s main concern is “safety,” adding that the roundabouts are being designed to create a safer passage for “vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.” The nearly $1-million Pacific Avenue Bike Corridor project is being funded mostly through state grants through the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and is part of several projects moving forward to develop a newly integrated bike-infrastructure system that would include new bike boulevards, “sharrows” and other street alterations. The project is currently in the final design phase and construction is expected to begin in early 2014. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, roundabouts are intersections in which entering vehicles must yield to traffic already in the circle. For traffic circles, however, incoming traffic is controlled by stop signs or traffic signals, or it is not controlled at all.

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APRIL 26, 2013

Office Depot, OfficeMax plan to merge by year’s end



Sean Belk Staff Writer

Office Depot Inc., a major sales-tax revenue generator for the cities of Signal Hill and Long Beach, expects to merge with OfficeMax Incorporated by the end of the year, according to a company statement. An April 9 announcement states that the companies are required to submit additional information and materials to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to complete the transaction by the end of 2013. A committee made of existing executives from both companies will oversee the process of selecting a new CEO and other executives for the combined company. “Today’s announcements mark a key milestone in our vision to help shareholders and customers of both companies realize the tremendous value inherent in our proposed combination,” said Neil Austrian, chairman and CEO of Office Depot in a statement, adding that the merger will help both companies better compete in a “rapidly changing industry.” According to the statement, the companies remain “optimistic” about the regulatory process and will continue to work cooperatively with the FTC as it conducts its review of the proposed merger. A spokesperson for Office Depot said “no decisions have been made yet” regarding facilities or if there will be any operational changes due to the merger, adding that more information will be provided once the companies receive approval from the FTC. Ravi Saligram, president and CEO of OfficeMax, stated that the goal is to create an $18-billion

EGGS WITH THE ELKS What Monthly breakfast Who Bellflower/ Long Beach Elks Lodge 888 Where 16426 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower When Sunday, April 25 from 8am to noon More Info Breakfast costs $6.50 per person and includes eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits with gravy, orange juice, assorted fruit, Belgian waffles and coffee. Call (562) 866-3027 or visit .

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Office Depot, which is planning to merge with OfficeMax by the end of the year, recently completed façade improvements to its retail location at 2301 E. Willow St. in Signal Hill.

global office-solutions company. Both companies remain “committed to working toward completion of the proposed combination by the end of calendar [year] 2013,” he stated. For more than a decade, Office Depot has operated a 600,000square-foot distribution center, known as the Business Services Division, at Willow Street and Redondo Avenue– located in both Long Beach and Signal Hill– where products are shipped out to various businesses. The company also has warehouses and offices in the local area in addition to a retail store at 2301 E. Willow St. in Signal Hill. Last year, the cities of Signal Hill and Long Beach entered into a 70-percent sales-tax rebate with Office Depot for a 15-year term as an incentive for the office-supply company to stay at the location, according to a previous article by

the Signal Tribune. The arrangement, which involves a joint-powers authority, allows Signal Hill to receive 60 percent and Long Beach to receive 40 percent of the remaining sales-tax revenue after Office Depot takes advantage of the rebate. Under the agreement, Office Depot is required to generate at least $500,000 in minimum sales-tax revenue for Signal Hill from January to June 2013. Even with the rebate, however, Office Depot remains one of the top 25 sales-tax revenue generators in Signal Hill, said Elise McCaleb, Signal Hill’s economic development manager, who said the retail location in Signal Hill recently underwent major façade improvements. Several years ago, OfficeMax closed its Signal Hill location at 1851 E. Willow St. where there is now a 99 Cents Only store, she said.

GOT STUFF? What Fundraiser Who Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce Where The Undershirt, 931 E. 27th St. When Friday, April 26 through Monday, April 29 More Info The Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce is taking donations for their booth at the Signal Hill Community Garage Sale. All items must be in good, working condition. No undergarments, beds, sofas or large kitchen items. Call 426-8939.

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 the sale will be donated to Alzheimer’s research and to help cover NARFE’s Long Beach Chapter expenses.

BREAKFAST WITH BOOKS What Literacy event Who Junior League of Long Beach Where Long Beach Main Public Library, 101 Pacific Ave. When Saturday, April 27 from 10:30am to 12:30am More Info There will be free breakfast and a variety of activity stations for children through grades K-5, as well a book giveaway. Email .

JUST KIDDING What Kidical Mass Neighborhood Bike Ride Who Hosted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA) Where Georgie’s Place, 3850 Atlantic Ave. When Sunday, April 28 beginning at 1pm More Info After a ride and safety demo by U.S. Olympic cyclist Tony Cruz, kids and adults will bike for roughly two and a half miles, beginning and ending at Georgie’s Place. Email, visit or call (562) 595-0081.

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 . 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.” The seminar will be presented by Omnibeat, a group that encourages CEOs 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.

STREET SAVVY? What Adult bicycle-safety education classes Who Women on Bikes SoCal Where The Workshop, 4250 Atlantic Ave. When Sunday, May 5 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm More Info Women on Bikes SoCal will host a free introductory “Street Savvy” adult bicycle-safety class for 12 participants. This hands-on course will give participants the skills and confidence they need to ride safely and securely. Participants must bring a bike and a helmet. RSVP required. Email or call (562) 221-9672.

INSIDE DISTRICT NINE What Community meeting Who North Long Beach Community Action Group Where North Division Police Substation, 4891 Atlantic Ave. When Sunday, May 5 from 2pm to 4pm More Info During this event, Councilmember Steven Neal will provide an update on the 9th District and the workings of his office. To RSVP, call (562) 428-7710.

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APRIL 26, 2013

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart

Last Saturday, Steve and I set out to have a romantic dinner to celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary. Although the actual date was on Sunday, we decided to go out and “whoop it up” a day early. We ended up going to the Rainforest Café in Downtown Disney. We had a close parking spot, only had to wait 15 minutes to be seated, had the chef come out and take our orders (because of my gluten issues), had a very tasty dinner, and a rather lovely time strolling around Downtown Disney. We were both pretty tired out by 9:30pm and headed back to the car. Just as we stepped into the parking lot, the fireworks exploded overhead, giving us a perfect ending to a perfect evening. Once we got home, I stayed up and read for a while and then watched a bit of television before tucking myself in for the night. For some reason, Steve just couldn’t get sleepy and ended up couch-bound, watching television until about 2:30am. Around 3:30am, our smallest dog Sophie started barking her head off. Steve called out to her to stop barking, and when she wouldn’t stop I got up to see what was going on. Looking out through the patio door with very sleepy eyes, I thought I saw Sophie barking at either a very large rabbit or a very small kangaroo. The creature was hopping around the yard in circles, and I just couldn’t quite focus on what I was seeing. I quickly put on my glasses, looked back out the door and saw what looked like a small, blonde dog caught in some type of harness. At that point, I hollered at Steve to get up and come see what was going on. Sure enough, running around our back yard was a young dog all tangled up in a navy-blue leash, or rather tethered to a leash that had been tied to resemble a harness. Apparently, someone had tied up this puppy and then lifted her by the leash and tossed her over our fence that faces the alley in the rear of our property. Being so early in the morning, 4am by then, we decided to keep our dogs in the house, set up a bed, food and water outside for our visitor and then further tend to the matter when we woke up for the day. Steve and I went back and tried to get a little sleep. After getting up, we called animal control, and they promised to send someone out to help us as soon as possible. Around 1:30pm, animal-control officer Gerry Umbertus arrived and helped us with our newfound canine pal. Carefully lifting the little dog out of a hiding spot in our yard, Gerry comforted the puppy and assured us all that her office would either find the owner or work hard to find her a good new forever home. Believe me, we would have kept her if we weren’t already at our capacity of furry creatures at our house; if we had kept her, I would have named her Peaches because of her soft fur and peachy glow. I can’t figure out why someone would give up such a nice little dog, or why they would choose our yard as a place for her abandonment. Nevertheless, the doggy’s future is in the hands of the nice folks at the Long Beach Animal Shelter. If her owner doesn’t claim her by the end of today, she will be up for adoption. If you are interested, call (562) 570-7387 or go to the shelter at 7700 E. Spring St. Ask for animal ID # A493646. I’ll keep track of what’s happening with “Peaches” and report back to our readers as soon as I can.

Animal-control officer Gerry Umbertus arrived at our house the next day to help find a forever home for “Peaches.”


What’s in a word?

Transparency. Long Beach likes to toss the word around, but, except for the windows, very little is transparent at City Hall. If you have any doubt that your councilmember wishes it to remain this way, you need look no further than last week’s vote when seven councilmembers (Steve Neal was absent) refused to even second Gerrie Schipske’s motion to possibly create a little transparency. Her proposal was little more than to have a City Council committee “discuss” several measures to shed a little light on whom councilmembers have received money from, have communicated with, or are communicating with regarding a matter before the council. Pretty tame stuff unless you have something to hide. In the case of my own councilman, James Johnson, such a measure might reveal why he is so unbelievably supportive of an unpopular Los Cerritos bike path and insists on it having ugly roundabouts and an additional traffic signal that will further add to the blocks-long traffic jams already common on Wardlow Road. Anita Pettigrew Long Beach

A not-so ‘roundabout’ letter

Why is Councilmember James Johnson so adamant that a bicycle path must go through the Los Cerritos neighborhood and absolutely has to include two “roundabouts” and a new traffic signal at Wardlow Road and Pacific Avenue? He says surveys taken by the City [of Long Beach] show that most people favor all of these so-called “trafficcalming devices.” Really? I sure can’t find these people. I’m not implying that I don’t trust the City to conduct an honest survey. I’m right out stating it. I’ve participated in a number of Long Beach’s surveys over the last 20 years and can’t remember a single one where the claimed results didn’t leave out votes or statements by some of those opposed to the City’s then-current plan. It appears that most Los Cerritos residents don’t really care one way or the other about having painted bicycle paths on the pavement. They do, however, think it’s a waste of money since Los Cerritos is already a very safe neighborhood for bicycle riding. The proposed roundabouts, though, are ugly and will take away much-needed parking spaces. And the new traffic signal will actually encourage cut-through traffic on Pacific Avenue north of Wardlow. It will also extend the already blocks-long buildup of cars that often occurs because there are just too many trains and automobiles for an at-grade crossing to function effectively. Don’t take my word for this. Come to this area sometime during the evening rush hours. You may add a little to the traffic jam, but you’ll also see how absurd this plan is– that it will further congest Wardlow Road and put unnecessary traffic-calming devices on Pacific Avenue. Richard Gutmann Long Beach



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Signal Hill PD goes greener for Earth Day




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Signal Hill Police Department officers Erik Grove and Don Moreau on bike patrol Saturday, April 20, as part of the department’s Earth Day observance

this is an issue we’ve got going on.’” Moulton added that almost One man pushes another man. every case they encountered that The man who was pushed falls to day involved someone flagging the ground, but he doesn’t think of them down. calling the police– he’s not carryThere are some disadvantages ing a cell phone anyway. to using bicycles, however, such But then he sees two police as having to bike far if there’s an officers patrolling on bicycles, so incident at the opposite part of the he decides to flag them down. He city, and having to call a patrol car tells the officers he would have to take people into the station, normally let it go, but since they Moulton said. were there, he decided to report But the bicycles might have the incident. The officers arrest proved useful when the two offithe perpetrator for outstanding cers, who happened to be in the warrants. area, were the first responders to It’s bicycle patrols like this that an accident that afternoon in the enable the Signal Hill Police parking lot of a Food 4 Less groDepartment to connect more with cery store on Willow Street. Two the community. elderly women, one on a motor“Ever since I’ve gotten into ized scooter and one walking bike detail, I’ve noticed a positive alongside her, were hit by a car difference…it makes us more and then flung to the ground, witapproachable versus a car,” said ness Melissa DeMas said. Detective Alex Gabaldón, one of “The fact that [the officers] the patrolling officers that day, were immediately there was nice, April 22. “I think we make a because by the time I called 9-1-1, much greater connection with the within 30 seconds of it happening, community when we’re out there they had already radioed in,” said with bikes versus patrol [cars].” DeMas, a Long Beach resident The department was able to do who frequently shops in Signal more of this community outreach Hill. when, in celebration of Earth Day, One of the women had a cut on on April 22, it deployed two patrol her foot, and the other one likely officers on bicycles instead of in had a dislocated shoulder, but cars. both were conscious and in stable “This is just an opportunity for condition, Gabaldón said. They were both taken away in ambulances. When asked about the police being on bikes for Earth Day, DeMas was skeptical of their usefulness, saying that it’s more dangerous for them and that they couldn’t respond as quickly. Gabaldón responded by highlighting the fact that bicycles can sometimes be quicker than cars. “If we were in the patrol car, it would probably take us more time to get here because we have to deal with traffic, whereas with bicycles you can maneuver around obstacles,” he said. “And Leonardo Poareo/Signal Tribune we got here really quick– During their Earth Day bicycle patrol, Signal Hill Police Department officers Brandon Moulton (left) and Alex Gabaldón were the first responders to the scene of an accident at Food 4 Less we were the first ones at the scene.” in Signal Hill, where a car had struck two women as they were walking in the parking lot. leonardo Poareo Editorial Intern

us to participate in Earth Day and just deliver a different kind of police service,” Operations Lt. Ron Sagmit said. “By riding bicycles as opposed to driving cars, we’re able to reduce our carbon footprint for the day, which is consistent with the City’s mission of being environmentally friendly.” For this, the first year of the event, two officers were sent out on bikes April 20 in addition to two other officers on April 22, curbing four police cars, Sagmit said, adding that the department only uses the bicycles for certain events. There are many cases in which people approach the bicycling officers about problems that they haven’t reported, said Officer Brandon Moulton, who was on patrol with Gabaldón. “Most people are so polite that they don’t call us about issues they’re having because they assume Signal Hill has the same issues that Long Beach has, which it doesn’t,” said Moulton, a threeyear veteran of the department. “So they come up and they approach us because we’re right there on the bikes, and we usually say ‘hi,’ give stickers to the kids…and while we’re talking to them with that they’re like, ‘Hey,

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APRIL 26, 2013

LB Civil Service Commission elects new officers The election of Long Beach Civil Service Commission officers was conducted on April 17, according to Mario R. Beas, executive director of the commission. Unanimously elected were Charles Hicks Jr., as president and Larry Keller as vice president. Other members of the commission are Jeanne Karatsu, Carolyn Smith Watts and Jonathan Gotz. Hicks is an active attorney with a law office located in Los Alamitos. In addition, he serves as the vice dean of Pacific Coast University, School of Law– a Long Beachbased law school. He retired from

the United States Naval Reserves in 1996 and the Federal Aviation Administration in 2006. Hicks has been a resident of Long Beach for more than 12 years and joined the Commission in 2010. Keller is a transportation-management professional who has made a career in the port and ocean-shipping sectors. He is currently an independent transportation consultant specializing in ports, international distribution and shipping. From 1996 to 2004, he served first as chief operating officer and then CEO of the Port of Los Angeles, where he undertook and completed major

engineering, marketing and environmental initiatives. During that period, he was a board member of the Alameda Corridor Project and helped to guide its construction and start-up phases. Prior to his arrival at the Port, Keller held a 21-year career in the container-shipping business as an executive with Maersk Line, where he held a variety of managerial positions on the east coast, Gulf and west coast. Keller is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in anthropology. The Long Beach Civil Service Commission is charged under the City Charter to set policy and to oversee the administration of the City of Long Beach merit system and the Civil Service Rules and Regulations, which govern all classified City positions. The commission also hears appeals of City employees who have been disciplined. Commission members are

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Officers recently elected to the Long Beach Civil Service Commission are (from top left clockwise): Larry Keller, vice president; Jonathan Gotz; Charles Hicks Jr., president; Jeanne Karatsu; and Carolyn Smith-Watts. appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council to serve staggered terms of four years. The Commission meets at 8am on the first and third Wednesday of

each month, on the 7th Floor of City Hall, 333 West Ocean Blvd. Meetings are open to the public.

SHPD to conduct DUI/drivers license checkpoint Source: City of LB

The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1 between the hours of 8pm and 2:30am. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also

check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily, according to the SHPD. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drugimpaired driving. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees,

DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000. Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the SHPD by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

On Saturday, April 20, at approximately 9:10pm, a shooting occurred in the 1200 block of Phillips Street that resulted in the death of a male adult. Officers were in the area of Locust Avenue and Home Street investigating an unrelated incident when a vehicle being driven by a female and containing a male gunshot victim drove up to them. Because of the grave condition of the victim, officers immediately transported him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased, according to the Long Beach Police

Department (LBPD). The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and a male acquaintance were involved in a dispute in the 1200 block of Phillips Street, and when the victim got into a vehicle to leave the location, the male acquaintance fired at the victim, striking him multiple times in the upper torso. A female then got into the vehicle and attempted to drive the victim, identified as 18-year-old Jamal Lindsey of Long Beach, to the hospital, when she came across officers at the other location and stopped for help.

The investigation led police to a residence in the 1200 block of Phillips Street, where 20-year-old Derome Harper was taken into custody. He has been booked for murder and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail without bail. Anyone with information regarding the 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 1800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting .

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S T 7 COMMUNITY U.S. Postal Service to close LB LBPD, LB Memorial to collect mail-processing center on July 1 expired, unused prescription drugs

APRIL 26, 2013

Sean Belk Staff Writer

The United States Postal Service (USPS) plans to cease mail-processing operations at 2300 Redondo Ave. in Long Beach on July 1, though public retail service, P.O. box delivery, mail collection and bulk business-mail acceptance will remain open “for the time being,” according to a statement released by the USPS on Tuesday, April 23. Plans include relocating mail-processing operations and equipment from the Long Beach facility to the Industry Processing & Distribution Center (P&DC) and the Los Angeles P&DC, USPS officials stated. The Redondo Avenue facility, which primarily serves residents and businesses in Long Beach and Signal Hill ZIP codes, is one of 140 mail-processing centers across the country that the USPS has so far identified for consolidation. The mail-processing consolidations are the latest in a series of cost-cutting measures that the USPS has recently implemented mainly because of rising employee-benefit costs and a “drastic decline in mail volume” as communication continues to shift from mail to online. The consolidation is being implemented after a Long Beach-area mail-processing study, initiated in 2011, was approved in February 2012. The USPS postponed the consolidations last year in hopes of Congress passing legislation to help


restructure its business model. But, without legislative help and as mail volumes have continued to plummet since 2007, the USPS says it has no other choice but to shrink operations. The postal service receives no tax dollars to fund its operations and facilities, according to the USPS. “The USPS is facing severe financial challenges and must continue to take action to cut costs and reduce the size of its networks,” said the statement provided via email by Richard Maher, spokesperson for USPS in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Effective with the move, all post offices, stations and branches serving ZIP codes with the first three numbers of 905, 907 and 908 will administratively report to the Los Angeles Postal District and become part of that district’s first-class mail overnight service area, according to the USPS. Postal operations in the 906 ZIP codes will remain part of the Santa Ana Postal District. The Long Beach mail-proconsolidation is cessing expected to result in the reduction of about 600 postal-service positions, according to USPS officials, who have stated that employees will either be shifted to other positions or retire. For now, the post-office operations at the Redondo Avenue facility will remain open, though “no decision has been made as to the future use or possible sale of the facility,” according to the USPS.

Bixby Knolls Car Wash joins WaterSavers program Bixby Knolls Car Wash, 577 E. Wardlow Rd., announced this week that they are participating in the national WaterSavers program sponsored by the International Car Wash Association. Currently, it is the only car wash in Long Beach which belongs to this program, according to Bixby Knolls Car Wash. The Water Savers program’s two main goals are reducing water pollution that could enter into rivers and oceans while reducing contamination in the underground water table. Through the program, a large percentage of water is filtered and reused in subsequent washes. Therefore, at the

most, only 40 gallons of fresh water are used for the final rinse on each vehicle which is less than most washing machines use per wash. When a car is washed at home, the runoff carries grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty into the rivers and ocean. As a participant in the WaterSavers program, Bixby Knolls Car Wash filters most of their water before it goes out into the environment.

The solar company Ameco will offer a free workshop on how to use the Sun’s power to benefit homes and businesses on Wednesday, May 1 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at the Recreation Park Banquet Room, 5001 Deukmejian Dr. The “Solar 101 Community Workshop” will include a panel of experts who will provide an overview on the basics of solar in addition to topics such as how much a solar system will cost, how much it can save homeowners and business owners, and how to finance or lease a solar installation. Specific topics to be covered include: how solar works, rebates and incentives, loans and leases, and choosing a system and installer.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be invited to ask questions during an open forum. “After 39 years in the solar business, we have accumulated a lot of knowledge about solar,” said Patrick Redgate, president and CEO of Ameco. “We want to pass this information on to the community and hope that our session will inspire more people to consider solar, making their homes and business more sustainable.” Registration is free and open to all residents. Those interested should register before Tuesday, April 30 by visiting or calling (562) 633-4400. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. Seating is limited.


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The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) will once again join forces with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Pharmaceutical Take-Back initiative, along with several other law-enforcement agencies around the nation. This initiative seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft through the collection of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The last event in September of 2012 yielded 585 pounds of pharmaceuticals, according to the LBPD. The event will offer a drivethrough service that is free and anonymous. The drivers of the 25th, 50th, 75th, and 100th partici-

pating vehicle will be awarded a pair of tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific. The event will be Saturday, April 27 from 10am to 2pm at Long Beach Memorial, 2801 Atlantic Ave. Drivers should enter the main campus entrance off of Atlantic Avenue, drive through campus on Memorial Medical Center Drive and exit onto Long Beach Boulevard. According to the LBPD, this initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medications that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, LBPD said. Prescription-drug abuse in the United States is increasing, as are the number of accidental poison-


ings and overdoses due to their availability. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medications, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away– both potential safety and health hazards. Once collected, the unwanted pharmaceuticals will be turned over to the DEA, who will safely destroy the drugs, the LBPD says. For more information regarding the National Take Back Initiative, visit or contact the LBPD’s Drug Investigations Section at (562) 570-7221. Source: LBPD


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American Association of Community Colleges names LBCC as finalist for inaugural Awards of Excellence

Long Beach City College (LBCC) Superintendent-President Eloy Oakley and the Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees were recognized April 23 as finalists for Exemplary CEO/Board at the 93rd American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Annual Convention in San Francisco. “During very tough fiscal challenges, Superintendent-President Oakley and the Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees have provided admirable leadership,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg. “The innovative practices that they have developed are helping more students complete key college milestones with clear career pathways to certificates, degrees and meaningful careers. In the greater local community, LBCC also plays a vital role by providing a wide array of services to support the growth of small businesse. In the end, the hard work is all about creating a more promising future for students and a more robust economy. Superintendent-President Oakley and the Board clearly deserve this recognition, and I applaud them for all of their work.” Twenty-four community colleges were named finalists in this new national program designed to recognize innovation and promising practices among two-year colleges. The Award of Excellence, sponsored by AACC, established this program to align with key recommendations of the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, a blue-rib-


bon group that issued its findings last spring. To underscore the association priorities and bring national visibility to promising practices in community colleges across the nation, AACC awards were presented in Emerging Leadership, Student Success, Exemplary CEO/Board, Advancing Diversity and Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership. “On behalf of the Long Beach Community College District and the Board of Trustees, we are honored to be chosen as one of five community colleges across the nation for the Exemplary CEO/Board Award,” Oakley said. “We look forward to continuing our innovative practices to support more students in achieving success in higher education, beginning in elementary school and continuing every step of the way through high school, to community college, and on to the university level, for many more years to come.” Congressman Alan Lowenthal said he could think of no school district or CEO that he’s more proud of than Superintendent-President Oakley and the Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees. “They have worked with the State and with me on many innovative projects. They’ve worked closely to link the unified school district to the community college and then on to the university, through College Promise. They are worthy of this exemplary CEO/Board leadership award.”

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APRIL 26, 2013

Long Beach City College celebrates 85th anniversary by honoring faculty, staff In celebration of its 85th anniversary, Long Beach City College is asking all Viking alumni to name their favorite LBCC faculty or staff member for a donation of $85, symbolic of the College’s 85th anniversary. Honorees will be recognized in the 85th anniversary commemorative book and at a gala. “As we celebrate 85 years of LBCC providing educational opportunities to the community, we are now asking alumni to be pay tribute to faculty and staff who have made a real difference in their lives,” said LBCC Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “This is also a great opportunity for alumni to give back to their alma mater by donating $85 to the Long Beach College Promise Scholarships, which pays the first semester for incoming LBCC students who attended Long Beach-area high schools.” LBCC is asking all Viking alumni, from all walks of life, to take a few minutes to pay tribute to their favorite faculty or staff member while they were students at LBCC. One of LBCC’s most well-known alumni, former Long Beach Mayor Dr. Beverly O’Neill, is giving back to her alma mater, by naming two exceptional LBCC leaders who made a difference in her life as a student. “It’s difficult to pay tribute to only one faculty or staff member at Long Beach City College, so I am paying tribute to two amazing Vikings to be recognized for their leadership at the 85th-anniversary gala: Mrs. Ella Lewis and Dean

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Former Long Beach Mayor Dr. Beverly O’Neill (seen above from when she was an LBCC student in 1968 and from when she was Long Beach mayor in 2002) has nominated Ella Lewis, former Associated Student Body advisor, and Orian Landreth, former dean of Student Affairs, as her favorite Long Beach City College staff members, as part of the school’s 85th anniversary tribute.

Orian Landreth,” O’Neill said. “Mrs. Lewis, who was the Associated Student Body advisor and speech professor at LBCC while I was a student, had a significant influence in my life as a student at LBCC, and beyond. She encouraged me to run for student body office and to be engaged on campus. Mrs. Lewis believed that I was leader. Dean Orian Landreth, former dean of Student Affairs at LBCC, was a role model to me as well. I loved being around him. He inspired me to stay in school and to be involved in all the activities that LBCC had to offer. It was as if both Mrs. Lewis and Dean Landreth knew that if they planted the seed in me to be active in school and run for office on campus, that I would one day give

back to my community and become the mayor of Long Beach for 12 years.” LBCC recently closed nominations for its other major 85th recognition, the Viking of the Decade Award. Officials will soon announce two to three members for each decade, between the 1930s and now, who have demonstrated LBCC spirit, career accomplishments, community service and dedication to LBCC and the community. Honorees from both categories will be recognized during the 85th Anniversary Gala from 5:30pm to 9pm on Thursday, May 30, at the LBCC Hall of Champions. To nominate a faculty or staff member through April 30, visit .

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Local educators, parents discuss controversial documentary on competitive nature of schools Sean Belk Staff Writer

Parents and a diverse panel of educators took part in a discussion about the controversial education documentary Race To Nowhere after a free screening of the film at the Signal Hill Park Community Center on Friday, April 19. The 2009 documentary, produced and co-directed by filmmaker Vicki Abeles, includes various stories from teenage students, including her own, pressured by high standards, while educators are frustrated with the culture of the education system and parents struggle to

help their children do well in school. In the film, students are said to be “overscheduled and tired,” staying up hours into the night after attending school and participating in extracurricular activities to finish heaps of homework for advanced placement (AP) classes. At the same time, teachers say the essence of learning is lost in standardized testing and students’ knowledge of subject matter don’t go past the test. Some students are even resorting to cheating or taking stimulants. Race To Nowhere also takes aim at the No Child Left Behind Act, an

aid program for disadvantaged students signed in 2001 by then President George W. Bush that was developed as a way to support education reform through setting standards and establishing measurable goals to improve education outcomes.

Though the film has been praised for challenging the competitive nature of today’s public-education institutions and posing questions about the meaning of “success,” the documentary also received criticism from some publications for making a narrow narra-

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LBUSD graduation rates continue upward trend Graduation rates continue to rise in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUDSD), according to the district’s website. Data released by the State this month show that six Long Beach high schools have achieved graduation rates of at least 90 percent– a target specified in LBUSD’s 2011-16 Strategic Plan.

African-American and Latino students continue to surpass the graduation rates of their counterparts in Los Angeles County and statewide, in some cases by wide margins. Cabrillo and Jordan high schools showed strong gains. Cabrillo’s graduation rate of 83.2

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homeschooling. The event was moderated by Aly Mancini, Signal Hill community services manager, and Gail Ashbrooke, Signal Hill librarian. “I think the film addressed many of the issues regarding student burnout and learning by rote rather than learning for the love of learning or really acquiring information to be able to make sense of it,” said Sab-


reforms. The screening in Signal Hill, presented by the Signal Hill Community Foundation and the Signal Hill Public Library, was followed by a question-and-answer discussion involving a panel of educators from a wide range of education structures that include private, public and charter schools, as well as

percent is up 5.5 percent, and Jordan’s graduation rate of 85.1 percent is up 8.1 percent in just one year. These and other increases have boosted LBUSD’s districtwide graduation rate to more than 80 percent.

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rina Bow, executive director of New City School, a charter school, which she said does not require homework but rather extends learning “into the home and into the community” and is focused on encouraging reading. Lauren Price, principal of Signal Hill Elementary School and a mother of a 12-year-old and a 14year-old, however, said homework helps students learn but only when there is a purpose for it. “Purposeful homework, I do believe, has a place,” she said. “Kids shouldn’t be doing four to five to six hours [of homework]. That’s another work day… In a lot of cases we see teachers sending home homework and they say it’s because you have to practice this life skill of responsibility by taking this home or bringing this back, but then nothing happens with it and it ends up in the round file… I think everyone really needs to adjust their conceptualization of homework.” Chris Rodenhizer, head of Westerly School, an independent school in Long Beach that provides K–8thgrade education, said the school reformed its homework policy about three years ago after realizing that learning isn’t based on the amount of homework given to students. “If a student can prove that they can handle a math concept in five problems, why are we giving them 25 problems?” he asked, adding that it’s up to parents to suggest changes during PTA meetings and parentteacher conferences. “It allows you as family members to say school is important, but when your child’s in tears on the dining-room table for four hours a night, it’s wrong. It’s a bigger conversation than we can have tonight.” Christina Sbarra, administrator for Maple Village Waldorf School, said the private school in Long see DOCUMENTARY page 11

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Beach requires no standardized testing. Signal Hill City Councilmember Lori Woods, who has homeschooled her four children, said her 20-yearold son is now taking classes at Long Beach City College and her 18-yearold daughter is studying to be a dental assistant, even though none of them ever attended a traditional classroom. “I think the purpose of education is that we have a well operating society,” she said. “I don’t think that the purpose of education is to make everybody happy, but it’s about being fulfilled in your life and finding what you want to do… There’s always been a challenge in education of finding out what’s best, so it’s an


ongoing challenge. It needs to change as culture changes. It needs to change as technology changes.” Brett Geithman, principal of Alvarado Elementary School in Signal Hill, however, criticized the film for using high-profile, billionaire “outliers,” such as Bill Gates and Richard Branson, who were noted in the film as having little to no college education. “I do look at success as having an education,” Geithman said, adding that statistics show that having a college education equates to a higher income and better chance of being employed. Price noted, however, that there are many paths to a career, whether it be through the trades, such as plumbing, or academia. “Why are we telling kids that the only way you can be successful is if you go to this four-year college to learn all of these

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Parents, educators and students packed the Signal Hill Park Community Center last Friday, April 19 for a free screening of the documentary film Race To Nowhere, which touches on the pressures of school standards and the culture of today’s education system.

things and maybe not learn them and that’s what’s going to make you successful?” she asked. “Especially when there’s so many college graduates right now without jobs.” Irma Molina, who has an 18year-old daughter graduating from Wilson High School, said her daughter is stressed about what profession to go into and she’s not pressuring her to apply right away. “I think we’re all trapped in a system,” Molina said. “Parents all have high standards because we’re always watching the TV and the media. What is a success: to be a lawyer, a doctor or to have a mansion or a big house? This is not success…Everybody learns at a different pace. Everybody has a different job with a different amount of money to spend.” ß



Lauren Price, principal of Signal Hill Elementary, comments during a discussion about the documentary film Race To Nowhere. Also pictured from left are: Brett Geithman, principal of Alvarado Elementary School; Denise “Sparkle” Peterson, principal of Jessie Nelson Academy; Christina Sbarra, administrator for Maple Village School; and Chris Rodenhizer, head of Westerly School.

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Art exhibit to benefit AIDS Assistance Thrift Store 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. “Partners in Grime” by Deanne Paskil

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Multimedia installation performance to be presented in all-ages and adults-only formats

Greenly Art Space, 2698 Junipero Ave., Suite 113 in Signal Hill, will host Los Angeles-based artist Ivan DeAvy’s latest installment, entitled Story of Birds, on Saturday, May 4. There will be two performances: one oriented to all ages, and the other for an audience of adults 18 and older, which is expected to push the boundaries of urban-art performance. The installation is described as “a simple boy-meets-girl story told by DeAvy using live actors, multimedia video projection, and music.” This will be the sixth time this performance has taken place in front of a gallery audience. DeAvy was born Mexico City. At age 22, he opened his first art studio in Long Beach. Now, at the age of 29, he has established his studio in the heart of Los Angeles and displays his paintings in the LA underground scene. In 2008, he wrote and produced the first of five art performances. Since then, he has staged his unique style in front of a wide range of audiences. Spending his time either working on his art or traveling, he creates paintings, sculptures and art performances that portray “the things that I see and hear day to day,” according to DeAvy. The first performance on May 4, for all ages, will be at 6pm. The second show, for adults only, will be at 8pm. The event is free to the public, and no RSVP is needed. MORE INFORMATION (562) 533-4020

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LB Playhouse announces Studio Theater’s season of edgy, timeless but timely productions On May 4, the Long Beach Playhouse (LBP) will open its 2013 season. Opened in 1963, the Studio Theater upstairs has become LBP’s counterpoint to the more traditional offerings in its Mainstage Theater. According to LBP, this smaller, 99-seat space is intimate and inviting, but there is no less attention given to the quality of its productions. “This season’s plays will challenge, haunt, amuse and entertain,” said Andrew Vonderschmitt, producing artistic director for the LBP. “They were selected for their messages, their edginess and their ability to present stories which are timeless and yet uniquely suited to the 21st century.” May 2–June 1 The season opens with Machinal. Written by Sophie Treadwell in 1928, it is based on the true story of executed murderess Ruth Snyder, a woman who struggles to live within the confines of society’s expectations and ultimately finds that she cannot. Machinal is considered by many to be expressionistic theater at its best. June 15–July 13 The second play of the season, Vigils, is written by twenty-something playwright Noah Haidle. Haidle's story is an eccentric romp through raw and concealed emotions of a young wife and her dead husband’s soul, which she keeps in a box. Eventually, she is forced to make the decision to set him free, and in doing so, set her own soul free as well. July 27–Aug. 24 What can be new about Shakespeare? In the Studio’s third offer-

ing, that question is answered in the title– A Midsummer Night’s Gay Dream. With an Athenian law against gay marriage, the fate of two pairs of same-sex lovers follows a hilarious course. This adaptation shows us that the fight for marriage equality is nothing new and still supremely significant. Sept. 7–Oct. 5 Equus, Peter Shaffer’s masterpiece was inspired by a crime involving a 17-year-old boy who blinded six horses in a small English town. Schaffer created a fictional account that is something of a detective story, involving the attempts of psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart to understand the boy’s actions while wrestling with his own life’s purpose. Oct. 19–Nov. 16 Like the Mainstage, the Studio will this year end its season on a musical note– a queer musical note as the LBP presents Avenue Q, winner of the Tony Triple Crown for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. It is part flesh, part felt and all heart.

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14 SIGNAL TRIBUNE CULTURE After winning Grammy this year, Long Beach pianist and composer working on new album Ariana Gastelum Editorial Intern

In heartwarming memories, like getting married and having a child, pianist and composer Omar Akram found inspirations for Echoes of Love, his Grammy Award-winning album for Best New Age Album. Akram plans to have a new album released this August. Although untitled, he refers to it as the “Best of” album. “Five tracks will be taken from my previous CDs, and then I am going to make six new tracks,” he explained.

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about his music career when he met Vasilomanolakis in 1996. “Omar came to my office and was open to show me what he had,” Vasilomanolakis said. “He brought a bag full of tapes, and I listened to them, and I thought his music was outstanding. We’ve worked together ever since.” Vasilomanolakis provided Akram with the finances and the expense of his studio. “He has a wonderful personality,” Vasilomanolakis said. “He’s an upbeat person. He’s very funny. So, we clicked from the very beginning. We became best of friends. So, it’s always been fun working with him.” In 2001, Akram was signed with Real Music, an independent record label, and they are still his label to this day. He released his first album in 2002– Opal Fire, which hit the top 15 on Billboard’s New Age Chart, according to his biography on his blog. Akram spent over two years making the album, Echoes of Love. This was around the time he married Merry and had their daughter Aria. “There’s one [song] called “Take My Hand,” which I really love,” he said. “I used it for my first dance for my wedding.”

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“Our board and administration have lost all credibility, and our faculty leadership has failed the students of this college,” Troia said at the board meeting. “The more I read, the more disgusted I become with the questionable, in many cases, plain illegal conduct of some faculty leaders, some administrators and most of our board. I will see to it that whoever has broken the law will be prosecuted and held accountable for their actions. LBCC is in crisis and circling the drain.” Mark Taylor, spokesperson for LBCC, said in a phone interview on April 25 that, although students distributed recall notices during the board meeting, college administrators had yet to receive any word that an actual recall-petition application has been filed or approved. He said for a recall to go on the ballot in a special election still requires a “lengthy process” that involves collecting a certain percentage of signatures from registered voters in each trustee’s district. “They’re a long way away from that happening,” Taylor said. The day before the recall effort was brought forward, the Associated Student Body (ASB) passed a vote of “no confidence” in the board of trustees on Monday, April 22 at a meeting led by ASB President Josh Lorenzini at LBCC’s Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) in which administrative staff answered questions from students and ASB members. At the meeting at PCC, Ann Marie Gabel, LBCC vice president of administrative services, told students that, even with the program cuts, the college is still projecting a $1.3-million shortfall because of reduced State revenue. She said the college had to borrow upwards of $25 million last fiscal year to pay bills and make payroll.

“We have an ongoing budget deficit, and what that means is over the last three years we had budgeted to spend more than the revenue that is coming in,” Gabel said. In response to Troia’s accusations and the ASB’s no-confidence vote, LBCC Board President Roberto Uranga said during the board meeting on Tuesday that he was disappointed. “Well, Jason, again, you have stated quite a mouthful, but I want to say that on behalf of my colleagues on the board of trustees, I want to express our disappointment in the action taken by the ASB yesterday,” he said. “While it is easy to understand why students dislike this decision by the board, ample opportunity was provided to students and other college stakeholders to inform the process.” Area 1 Trustee Jeff Kellogg questioned Troia about where he got his information, particularly regarding claims that LBCC’s aviation maintenance program generates $1 million in “profit” a year, adding “we’re not a business.” He also challenged Troia’s claim that the program is in the top five percent in the country. Troia replied by saying, “check the facts and figures.” Kellogg added, “We had to make a decision based on a long process working with all aspects of the college to make some tough decisions. We’ve done so. I think that it’s the best of a bad situation and to move forward from there.” Area 4 Trustee Doug Otto, who has filed paperwork to run for mayor of Long Beach in the 2014 election, said he had questions about claims that a vote was made in closed session. “Where would you get that information?” he asked. Troia replied by saying that he has “comments that were made at a conference in front of about 300 people that I have on video which I will provide for you if you want to see them.”




Otto added that he felt that communication between administrators and students has not been successful. “I feel like this has been such a failed process,” he said. “I personally feel like I’ve failed in what it is that should have occurred here in process, the because in the end this is an educational institution and, as a student trustee, especially, hopefully, this Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune serves as an educational process for LBCC Associated Student Body (ASB) President Josh Lorenzini (center) and Student Trustee Jason Troia (right) lead a meeting on April 22 when ASB cabinet members passed a vote of “no you as well.” Not all ASB confidence” in the college’s Board of Trustees. members agreed with the “no confido take issue with bullying, personal with the ASB to improve communidence” vote, however. After Troia agendas and forcing issues that have cation. abruptly left the meeting, LBCC not been adequately or fairly exe“I certainly can’t speak to the President Eloy Oakley read a state- cuted.” actions of the ASB cabinet, but I ment from ASB Treasurer Kristen Oakley refuted claims brought by think it’s unfortunate there’s this kind Payne, who said authors of the reso- Troia that the Federal Aviation of division amongst student leaderlution didn’t include the entire ASB Administration (FAA) has suspended ship, and we’ll certainly do everycabinet and that additional input and LBCC’s aviation maintenance pro- thing we can to work with student revisions from ASB cabinet members gram because of a loss of the pro- leadership to resolve that,” he said. weren’t permitted after the resolution gram’s accreditation. He added that “Students have an opportunity to was presented and before a vote was the college is working to resolve voice their concerns whether they’re taken, “further raising the question of issues brought forward by faculty for or against an issue, and certainly its validity.” members regarding certain FAA bullying is never the appropriate She stated that it’s probable that a requirements of other faculty mem- approach whether you agree with a majority of signatures were collected bers. person’s position or you don’t agree before the resolution itself was even Oakley added that ASB President with a person’s position.” made public, adding that the ASB’s Lorenzini “was not present” during Oakley added that all legal matresolution is “clouded with false many of the committee meetings in ters regarding the recall notices and facts, misrepresentations” and pres- which the program eliminations were any other allegations brought forward ents a “total lack of respect for the discussed, and he added that college by Troia will be referred to the student body at large.” administration will continue to work board’s attorney. ß Payne further stated that the ASB vote should be recalled, adding, “I, along with many students at LBCC, OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK do not have an issue with freedom of Artist of the Month: Featured speech or democracy, however, we Breakfast & Lunch Born and raised in LA, photographer Jason Stabile keeps a photographic record of his experiences and relationships by capturing and/or reinterpreting images of SoCal’s rich culture & diverse landscape. His work is influenced by punk rock music and cartoons, and is often laced with subtle humor and sarcasm.

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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


TST4347 NOTICE OF PUBlIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, the City Council of the City of Signal Hill will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider the following: ORDINANCE AMENDMENT RELATED TO CONDUCT IN PUBLIC PLACES REVISIONS TO THE EXISTING MUNICIPAL CODE CHAPTER 9.08 ENTITLED “CONDUCT IN PUBLIC PLACES” RELATED TO CONDUCT IN PUBLIC PARKS, BUILDINGS AND ENCLOSURES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO: CLARIFICATION OF PROHIBITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS REGARDING ANIMALS AND FOWL, VANDALISM, FIREMAKING, SALE OF GOODS, POSTING OF SIGNS, ORGANIZED SPORTS AND FITNESS ACTIVITIES, TENT USE, NOISE AND SPECIAL EVENTS PROVIDING THE CHARGING OFFICER OR CITY ATTORNEY WITH THE DISCRETION TO CHARGE VIOLATIONS OF CHAPTER 9.08 AS INFRACTIONS OR MISDEMEANORS Applicant: City of Signal Hill THE PROJECT IS CATEGORICALLY EXEMPT from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act pursuant to Section 15323, Normal Operations of Facilities for Public Gatherings contained in the Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend the public hearings to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter, or to submit written comments, prior to the meeting. IF YOU WISH TO LEGALLY challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearings described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearings. FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community Development Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by emailing Pilar Alcivar-McCoy at or calling at (562) 989-7320. Published in the Signal Tribune newspaper at a minimum of 1/8 page: April 26, 2013 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: April 26, 2013

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 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

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. 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.

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. 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.

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

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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.

TST4342 / 2013 062774 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: THE CANDY APPLE LADY, 4922 Grisham Ave. #101, Long Beach, CA 90805. Registrant: VANISHA ANDERSON, 4922 Grisham Ave. #101, Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Vanisha Anderson. 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 28, 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 26, & May 3, 10, 17, 2013. TST4343 / 2013 080306 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: 1. FELIX AUTO DETAILING, 2. FELIX MOBILE DETAILING, 2125 Ohio Ave Unit G, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: 1. LUIS DONINGO FELIX JR., 2. PAULA RAE FELIX, 2125 Ohio Ave. Unit G, Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: a Married Couple. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Luis Domingo Felix Jr.. 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 April 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: April 26, & May 3, 10, 17, 2013.

TST4344 / 2013 082850 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: CRAIG & SON WOODWORKING, 1976 Freeman Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: JAMES H. CRAIG II, 3031 Rowena Dr., Los Alamitos, CA 90720. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: James H. Craig II. 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 28, 2008. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on April 23, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: April 26, & May 3, 10, 17, 2013.

TST4345 / 2013 082851 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: THE HAMUD RESIDENTIAL HOMES, 2517 E. 219th Pl., Carson, CA 90810. Registrant: NORMA HAMUD, 2517 E. 219th Pl., Carson, CA 90810. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Norma Hamud. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the 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 26, & May 3, 10, 17, 2013.

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18 SIGNAL TRIBUNE Police investigating shooting death of 31-year-old woman

On Tuesday, April 23, at approximately 11:40pm, a shooting was reported to have occurred in the 1600 block of Cherry Avenue that resulted in the death of a female adult. When officers arrived, they discovered a female who had sustained a gunshot wound to the upper body down on the sidewalk. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene. The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Samantha Hollins


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Pharmacies like Walgreens have advertised that staff can administer the meningitis vaccine to retail customers. At this Walgreens on Pacific Avenue in Long Beach, the retail cost is $133.99.

are already exposed to patients suffering from meningitis. Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, who serves as the director of public health for Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Health, emphasized one key point at an April 17 press conference about the reach of bacterial meningitis. “Let me very clear. This is not a gay disease at all,” Fielding said. He announced at that conference that his department has reported 13 cases of bacterial meningitis in the county since November 2012. Four of the cases were fatal. Among the 13 cases, four of the patients were men who had sex with men (MSMs). Of those four patients who identified as MSMs, two lived and two died. Fielding also stressed that this is a rare disease and that there is no geographic or behavioral connection that has so far been found between the cases of bacterial meningitis in Los Angeles County and the cases in New York City. The County did not recommend a vaccination campaign at this time, and Fielding said that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) said that the numbers did not meet the criteria that defined an outbreak. So far, the local area has not been directly affected by meningitis. The service planning area that covers a number of cities including Signal Hill and Lakewood has no confirmed cases of meningococcal disease since Nov. 1, 2012, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Long Beach reported zero cases in the last two years, according to the city’s Health and Human Services Department. Prior to that time, two cases of bacterial meningitis were reported in 2009 and again two cases were reported in 2010 in Long Beach, according to Dr. Mitchell Kushner, who serves as a city health officer for Long Beach. This particular strain of meningitis has been described by numerous health advisories and public health officials as an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. It can prove fatal. The symptoms include a sudden onset of fever, severe

headache, stiff neck, rash, low blood pressure, and generalized muscle pains. It is treatable with antibiotics if caught early. The incubation time is anywhere between two and 10 days. The disease can be transmitted through droplets and saliva. This means that it could be spread through kissing, but health advisories note that the disease could also be contracted through other forms of close contact like sharing a glass or cigarette. Bacterial meningitis garnered media attention after New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported 22 cases and recommended vaccinations for all men who often have “intimate contact” with other men that they’ve met online, through a digital application or at a bar or party. Officials from both Long Beach’s Department of Health and Human Services and the county’s Department of Public Health have started to ask more in-depth questions from men who say that they have sex with other men to assess their risk for getting the disease. The questionnaire from the County’s Department of Public Health asks about travel to New York and details about sexual contact and partners. Ged Kenslea, who serves as the communications director for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, acknowledged in a telephone interview that this strain of meningitis should not be considered a gay disease, but he also stressed that the number of gay men who have been affected is unusually high. “There are still unanswered questions about what is going on in Los Angeles,” Kenslea said, “and why are gay men possibly becoming exposed or infected with bacterial meningitis at a higher rate than they represent in the general population.” The AIDS Healthcare Foundation offered free vaccinations earlier this month. The County’s Department of Public Health also offered free vaccinations to low-income or uninsured residents. Pharmacies like Walgreens have begun to advertise the availability of meningitis vaccinations for a fee.

Kenslea compared the news of how meningitis has affected the gay community now to a time when gay patients affected by the AIDS epidemic were originally ignored by politicians and public health providers. He stressed there is already a precedent of a New York outbreak, but he also acknowledged that the health officials have so far found no geographic or behavioral similarities that link meningitis cases in Los Angeles County to New York. The Center, an organization dedicated to LGBT issues, has also addressed the concerns in the gay community over meningitis. Ismael Morales serves as the director of health services for The Center. He says that while vaccination is not currently available at The Center, the organization’s focus is on providing information and addressing those concerns through education. They are focusing on prevention of not just meningitis, but also STDs and HIV. Morales said The Center is waiting to hear from Long Beach’s Department of Health, which will determine whether the organization can be a site to administer vaccinations. Morales compared how meningitis is treated in the media now and how AIDS was treated in the media when the disease was new and not well understood. He said this attention on meningitis reminded him of the experiences with AIDS and HIV back when AIDS was called GRID (GayRelated Immune Deficiency) at a time when only gay men were testing positive for HIV and AIDS in the 1980s. He emphasized his organization’s focus on clients. “We’d like to make sure that if our clients have a need, we kind of fill that need,” Morales said in a telephone interview on April 19. “So we definitely jumped on being more of an education center…being able to educate our community about what meningitis is and what they should look for in terms of signs and how they can access care better.” ß

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