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Vol. 34 No. 49
“Coloring My Furusato”
by Emily Tanaka
For more about this artist, see page 9.
SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL
May 10, 2013
Humanitarian Awards Dinner Signal Hill Vice Mayor Ed Wilson announces plans to run for 70th State Assembly district marks CCEJ’s 50th year of included a total of ‘creating change’ in Long Beach 17 candidates, WilYour Weekly Community Newspaper
Sean Belk Staff Writer
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Gene Lentzner, 91, is a founding member and current treasurer of the Long Beach-based California Conference for Equality and Justice. Sean Belk Staff Writer
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ), which for decades has collaborated behind the scenes with various groups and government agencies to confront “bias, bigotry and racism” in the Long Beach area. Originally part of the National Conference for Christians and Jews, CCEJ was founded in 1963 and today considers itself “the premier, nonprofit human-relations organization in Southern California,” dedicated to breaking down social, racial and cultural barriers through advocacy, conflict resolution and educational programs. Over the years, CCEJ has spearheaded various human-relations efforts such as helping to create the Long Beach Human Dignity Program, assisting the Long Beach Police Department with gang-prevention and working with local school districts and charter schools to offer youth-leadership training and educational programs, while providing four human-relations “Building Bridges” camps for children. After assuming the Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego chapters, CCEJ has now expanded its reach throughout the Southland, and the organization has 42 board members and more than 250 volunteers who range from high-school students to senior citizens. “The reason it was called a conference originally was that it really indicated that for the first time there was a dialogue between people who didn’t talk to each other, and the basis was religion,” said Gene Lentzner, founding member and treasurer of CCEJ who turned 91 last month. “Now it’s a conference between different races, different ethnicities, different ways of living your life and so forth.” Continuing a longstanding tradition, CCEJ is hosting its 50th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner on Wednesday, May 15 at The Renaissance Hotel in downtown Long Beach. This year’s honorees include: Cal State Long Beach President F. King Alexander, who was recently hired as the president of Louisiana State Unisee CCEJ page 14
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Sean Belk Staff Writer
The Boy Scouts of America Long Beach Area Council (LBAC) has put its 10-acre Will J. Reid Scout Park in north Long Beach back on the market after ending a deal with The Trust for Public Land, which had assured the property would be kept as open space but struggled to find financial backing. The purchase contract into which both parties entered last year required that The Trust for Public Land, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, assist in finding a public or private entity, or a partnership of both, to finance the acquisition and then have the property turned over to a public steward in a “joint use” settlement. Albert Guerra, vice president of marketing for LBAC, however, said the nonprofit’s ability to come up with the required financing has stalled, and
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son received only 1 percent of the vote. Asked why he decided to run this time, Wilson said in a phone interview with the Signal Tribune on Monday that with his daughter Ashley now attending college, he is more comfortable running for state office. “I’ve considered it for a number of years, and, in fact, in the past looked at it, but, realistically, my daughter was really young at the time, and I didn’t really want to give up her childhood while being in SacraFile photo Signal Hill Vice Mayor Ed Wilson mento,” Wilson said. He added that it’s “The election itself is over a year important to start campaigning early on in statewide elections and that running away, so I work to fulfill the responsifor the Assembly seat won’t affect his bilities I’m elected in,” Wilson said. ability to serve on the City Council.
Signal Hill Vice Mayor Ed Wilson announced last week that he plans to run for California’s 70th State Assembly district next year. Wilson, who narrowly won a fifth four-year term on the City Council just two months ago in the March 5 election, officially made the announcement May 1 on his Facebook page. The statewide direct primary election will be June 3, 2014, and the period in which candidates may file a “declaration of candidacy” doesn’t start until early next year (Feb. 10 to March 7), according to the California Secretary of State website. In 2003, Wilson, a Democrat and certified public accountant (CPA), withdrew from the Democrat primary race against then State Sen. Betty Karnette for the 54th Assembly district seat after not receiving the minimum amount of nominating signatures to file. Republican Assemblymember Steve Kuykendall also ran in the race and ended up winning the election. In 2007, Wilson ran for the 37th Congressional District but was defeated by then Democrat Assemblymember Laura Richardson, who actually won the seat. In the election, which
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Will J. Reid Scout Park is located at 4747 Daisy Ave. in north Long Beach and spans 10 acres with campground facilities, classrooms and a pool house used by troops of the Boy Scouts of America.
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NEWS SH City Council to protest WRD’s proposed new rate increase May 10 2 SIGNAL TRIBUNE
CJ Dablo Staff Writer
The Signal Hill City Council hopes to win another round in their fight against the agency responsible for managing a key area of Southern California’s groundwater supply. At the May 7 Council meeting, Signal Hill councilmembers unanimously voted to formally protest new rate increases under consideration by the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD). The City and both its Housing
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Authority and former Redevelopment Agency received notices that the WRD is currently considering increasing the rate for what’s called a replenishment assessment (RA). The WRD said that it will discuss the possibility of an increase to the RA from $244 to as high as $298 per acre-foot of water at a hearing today, May 10. According to estimates provided by City Manager Ken Farfsing, this amount represents about a 22-percent increase from the previous year. Farfsing further stated that since 2006, the WRD has already increased the RA fee by approximately 96 percent. The battle over water-replenishment fees goes back a few years after Signal Hill and other cities filed a lawsuit against the agency in 2010, claiming that the WRD’s previous attempts at rate increases should have followed the guidelines of Proposition 218 and failed to do so. Proposition 218 requires agencies to get voter approval of proposed new taxes and fees on property owners. It also requires agencies to provide notices and schedule public hearings. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ruled in favor of the cities but has not yet determined how much the WRD should pay the cities, according to the city attorney.
Farfsing’s report included a copy of one of the notices sent to the City. His report outlined a number of reasons why Signal Hill is choosing to protest the WRD’s latest attempt at a rate hike. “We believe that the notice fails to comply with the transparency requirements found in Proposition 218,” Farfsing wrote, “particularly the requirement that the WRD must provide notice of how it calculated the proposed rate. The WRD did not include any such information in the notice.” Farfsing further stated in his staff report that there are “discrepancies” between the number of notices that the City received and the number of parcels that are actually owned by the City, its Housing Authority and the former Redevelopment Agency. Farfsing added in his report that the City received erroneous notices for properties that were not owned by the City and that some city employees who are also Signal Hill property owners also did not receive the notice. “So, again, to us,” Farfsing told the Council, “it raises the question about whether the WRD really knows what they’re doing…or their consultant knows what they’re doing in terms of mailing out notices, and it may point to larger problems with their mass mailing.”
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Signal Hill Mayor Michael Noll (second from left) presented the First Quarter Sustainability Award to Office Depot representatives Brian Garrett, Greg Gonser and Jose Gomez at the City Council meeting on May 7.
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Pictured is Signal Hill’s facility for groundwater treatment. The City is required to pay what’s called a replenishment assessment (RA) to the Water Replenishment District every year on the amount pumped from the groundwater aquifer in the Central Basin area, according to a staff report from the city manager. The Council voted May 7 to formally protest new RA increases. (See related story on page 3.)
ask questions. Vice Mayor Ed Wilson added that the cities wouldn’t have been in a lawsuit if the WRD had listened to the cities in the very beginning when they asked the WRD to follow the requirements of Prop. 218. “If they listened to the people that are paying them, if they allowed us to participate in the process, we wouldn’t even be here today now,” Wilson said. “So it’s not the cities’ lawsuit that is the reason that the rates are going up. The rates were already going up. The cities’ lawsuit is to try to keep the rates down.” Aleshire said in a follow-up interview Tuesday night that at least Cerritos and Downey, two other cities who joined Signal Hill in the 2010 lawsuit against the WRD, will also be formally protesting this new rate increase. “It goes on and on, so [we] can’t tell when the carousel is going to finally stop,” Aleshire said. The public hearing will take place at 2pm on Friday, May 10 at the WRD, 4040 Paramount Boulevard in Lakewood.
Farfsing pointed out other problems with the WRD’s proposed rate hike. After review of the available financial information from the WRD, Farfsing also challenges in his report whether the WRD can truly justify the rate increase. City Attorney David Aleshire agreed with Farfsing’s assessment that the WRD has been making major errors. “And we think on multiple grounds, they’re going to fail again,” Aleshire said of the WRD. “After all these years, they’re still going to be getting it wrong.” No representatives of the WRD were present at the City Council meeting. Farfsing acknowledged Tuesday that it was not clear whether the WRD had sent the hearing notice to all 800,000 parcel owners in the Signal Hill. The WRD could have alternately sent out the notices to only the groundwater pumpers affected by the rate hike instead of all 800,000 parcel owners, according to Farfsing. Signal Hill Community First member Maria Harris was the only resident who spoke during the public-comment period. She spoke out against increasing water fees, but she also talked about the costs associated with Prop. 218 if the WRD were forced to comply with the proposition’s requirements. “Having to go through Prop. 218 obviously is not going to be sustainable in the long term without keeping the pressure on that water-replenishment fee going up and up and up,” Harris said, explaining that the rate could be affected by the cost of mailing 800,000 notices. Councilmember Tina Hansen defended the original lawsuit. She stated that the lawsuit not only intended to keep rates reasonable, but it also required the WRD to justify their rate increases in a forum where anyone can
Other City Council highlights: City Commission appointments The Council appointed the following individuals to its three commissions. (All are incumbents who have been reappointed to their respective commissions, with the exception of Carmen Brooks, who is a new appointee.) Planning Commission: Devon Austin, Thomas Benson and Shannon Murphy. Parks and Recreation Commission: Carmen Brooks, Louise Cunningham and Gary Dudley. Civil Service Commission: Stephen Strichart, Frank Virga and Bill Yochum.
The next City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 21 at 7pm in the Council Chamber.
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WRD stands by its notification procedure for increasing water rates despite city protests Sean Belk Staff Writer
Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) officials said the agency was following state law when it sent out more than 800,000 public notices to parcel owners about a proposal to increase waterpumping fees by 22 percent. However, the cities of Signal Hill, Downey and Cerritos, which are leading a contentious lawsuit against WRD about its rate-setting procedure, among others opponents, are planning to protest the agency’s proposal this week. The cities have brought forward “discrepancies” regarding WRD’s budget documents and state the public notices are “confusing” and fall short of complying with state law. The notices were mailed out in late March to inform property owners of a public hearing scheduled for today, May 10, starting at 2pm at the WRD’s headquarters, 4040 Paramount Blvd. in Lakewood, during which the WRD’s five-member board of directors will vote on the proposed fee hike. The public notices indicate that the WRD plans to increase waterpumping fees from its current charge of $244 per acre-foot of water pumped up to $298 per acre-foot. The notifications are the WRD’s first attempt to comply with Proposition 218, a landmark statewide law passed by voters in 1996 that aims to increase accountability and transparency. The law requires, among other stipulations, that local governments notify property owners and give them the right to protest any proposed increases in assessments and taxes rather than simply post them before they’re voted on and approved. WRD’s replenishment assessments (RAs) are imposed on municipal water utilities, water companies
and others, known as “pumpers,” who own rights to use wells for pumping groundwater from aquifers. Many of these pumpers, such as cities, pass RA expenses on to their customers, or parcel owners, who subsequently pay for the RA as a portion of their water bills. WRD, however, does not control how cities pass on RA expenses and does not charge an RA to anyone who does not operate a well and produce groundwater. Proposition 218, however, is at the center of an ongoing lawsuit filed by Signal Hill, Downey and Cerritos against the WRD. The cities claim that the agency has successively increased its RA rates without following the law. After Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ruled twice in favor of the cities in 2011, the cities and others have withheld RA payments (so far totaling about $13 million) and have kept accruing water fee revenues in “liability” accounts. While the litigation, which has spawned other similar lawsuits, has yet to go to trial, WRD sent out its public notices anyway. The opposing cities tried to stop the WRD notices on the eve of their being mailed out, but another judge ruled in favor of WRD. The cities claim that Proposition 218 requires WRD to send the mailers to the nearly 130 pumpers rather than to the more than 800,000 parcel owners within the WRD’s 240-squaremile service area, alleging that the notifications are a “waste of public funds.” Exactly who receives the public notices is critical, since it refers to who has the right to protest any rate increase. Under Proposition 218, 50 percent of all “parcel owners” subject to the fee, plus one, would have to file a protest in writing by the day of the hearing for any increase to be invalidated. City officials, however, said the likelihood for WRD to receive
protests from more than 400,000 parcel owners (versus more than 65 pumpers) would be nearly impossible. “It’s a guaranteed get [for WRD],” said Signal Hill City Councilmember Larry Forester. “If you send it to all these property owners, how many people are going to send it back? There’s no way you reach that number.” Albert Robles, WRD board president, however, told the Signal Tribune in a phone interview that he stands by the agency’s decision to send the notices to parcel owners. He said, under Proposition 218, it’s the parcel owners who have the right to protest. “I can tell you what Prop 218 law states very clear,” Robles said. “It says ‘parcel owners.’ It doesn’t say ‘water-right holders.’ It doesn’t say ‘where the well is located,’ which I understand some people are advocating. It doesn’t say ‘those cities that are suing.’ It says ‘parcel owners.’ That’s very clearly defined in the code. It’s clear to me as to who it should be counted in terms of the protest. It’s the parcel owners. It’s an undisputable fact, in my opinion.” He said that, “The notice complied with each and every requirement of Proposition 218. The ironic thing is, this is what the cities have been demanding.” Still, WRD’s own fact sheet about the public hearing states that “it is not clear who constitutes a ‘parcel owner’ in the context of the RA so, in the interest of public participation and to ensure that everyone entitled to notice receives notice, the [WRD] is widely distributing the notice to all stakeholders.” WRD officials point to Signal Hill City Attorney David Aleshire, who said during a Feb. 19 Signal Hill City Council meeting that it “is not determined” who should receive the public notices, indicating that the issue is
still up for interpretation. WRD General Manager Robb Whitaker said the courts weren’t clear on to whom the notices should be sent, adding that the WRD decided to send them to parcel owners to fully comply with Proposition 218 and prevent any complaints. “That’s how we read Proposition 218, and that’s how we understand the law,” he said. “It was to give the property owners, the parcel owners, a voice, and, if we had decided on our own to limit it to one notification universe versus another, we could have had property owners come in and complain that they weren’t given a voice.” Patty Quilizapa, the lead attorney representing the cities in the case, however, said in the March 29 issue of the Signal Tribune that Judge Chalfant has already ordered WRD to send the notices to the pumpers. “There is nothing to interpret,” she said. “We already know it’s the pumpers, but the WRD has really undertaken this as a sideshow.” City officials also state that the notices have caused “confusion,” adding that a flood of residents, who normally pay much less in water bills than WRD’s RA rates, have called into City Hall asking about the exorbitant fee increases. “Let’s be honest, what does the average citizen know about replenishment assessment?” asked John Oskoui, assistant city manager and director of public works for the City of Downey. “Procedurally, [WRD is] not doing it right.” Oskoui added that he brought forward discrepancies regarding labor costs and other figures in the WRD’s “cost of service” report that don’t match budget documents but has yet to receive a response from WRD. “There are tons of unanswered questions we have,” he said. In addition, a Signal Hill city staff
report for the May 7 City Council meeting states that the WRD notices fail to comply with the transparency requirements found in Proposition 218, “particularly the requirement that the WRD must provide notice of how it calculated the proposed rate.” “Not only are the notices confusing, there are discrepancies between the number of notices that we received and the parcels owned by the City, the former Redevelopment Agency and the Housing Authority,” according to the staff report. The City also received 15 notices that were “mistakenly sent to the City,” including notices for the City of Long Beach, Signal Hill Village Investors, Signal Hill Village Homeowners Association, Brookfield Homes and the Alda Jones Trust, among other mistaken addresses. City employees who are also property owners in Signal Hill have indicated that they did not receive a notice. Meanwhile, WRD officials state that the reason for proposing the RA rate increase is that there are higher water costs that WRD pays in order to replenish aquifers, adding that litigation costs of a little under $2.5 million to fight lawsuits brought by the cities have also contributed to the need to raise rates. “The cost of water has gone up completely beyond our control,” Robles said. “If you look at the costs that we have direct control over, we’ve actually reduced our costs and expenditures. But, in terms of what things are out of our control, like the cost of water [and] the cost of litigation, that’s what’s causing us to pass that through to the rate payers.” As of Wednesday, May 8, Robles said WRD had received about 200 letters regarding the proposed rate increase. Although he couldn’t confirm how many were protests, Robles suspects all are in opposition. ß
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Thoughts from the Publisher
by Neena Strichart
While getting ready to write my column this week, I found that everything I wanted to write about regarding Mother’s Day felt like a giant déjà vu. In doing a search through my computer, I found an article that I wrote three years ago on the subject. Rather than to try to just move the same words around for this week’s message, I am re-running that particular column below. For those of you who haven’t read it before, I hope you enjoy it. For those of you who read it back then, I’m sorry for repeating myself, but hey, why reinvent the wheel? I offer a big Happy Mother’s Day wish to all of you grandmothers, mothers, mothers-to-be, stepmothers or those who have “been like a mother” to someone in need of mothering. In doing a bit of research about Mother’s Day I ran across the website mothersdaycentral.com . There I learned many things about the history of the day we celebrate every year on the second Sunday of May. Here is what I discovered… It appears that Americans can thank Julia Ward Howe, the author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” for starting the ball rolling toward a day dedicated to mothers. As the story goes, Ms. Howe was so dreadfully upset by the deaths of so many young men during the Civil War that she asked our country’s mothers to unite and publically oppose the senselessness of sons killing other mother’s sons– an act which left our country’s mothers inconsolable. Doing her best to stop the bloodshed, Ms. Howe declared
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the need for an international Mother’s Day with the following message:
Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, Whether your baptism be that of water or of tears Say firmly:
“We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage, For caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
“We women of one country Will be too tender of those of another country To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”
From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with Our own. It says, “Disarm, Disarm!” The sword of murder is not the balance of justice! Blood does not wipe out dishonor Nor violence indicate possession. As men have of ten forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war.
Let women now leave all that may be left of home For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Dog’s best friend
To all of the beautiful people who responded to my plea for help in the case of the three neglected and abandoned pit bulls, here is the update that you have requested: You are a constant reminder that more people are good than bad. We had an overwhelming response of love [and] care, and an outpouring of concern for these sweet and innocent animals. Thanks to the Long Beach Animal Care Services and the treatment that they provided while in their custody, the three pit bulls will never look like they first did upon being rescued. Because of you, they have all left the shelter in good hands. Many of you asked me to update their story, and requested where donations may be sent for their care. All three dogs have a long road ahead of them to recovery and require a lot of medical attention. The female dog was adopted by a lovely lady in San Diego. For both person and dog, it was love at first sight. I had been visiting the dogs in the shelter up to now, and assuring the female that one day she would be beautiful. As she was led on a leash into the shelter lobby, everyone gaped at her, and even in her state of drying sores, new hair sprouting in random spurts, and her wrinkled mouth, onlookers expressed that she was convincingly gorgeous. She will be receiving medical care at: Rancho Mesa Veterinary Hospital, 8710 Miramar Rd., San Diego, CA 92126, (858) 566-0422. You can donate directly to the hospital, by either sending a check in the mail, or calling the hospital with a credit or debit transaction. Specify that it is for the care of Roseanne’s pit bull. The two brothers were thrilled to finally be reunited. We thank Ruffles Rescue organization for taking both and not just one of them. One of the brother dogs is hardier and larger. The other is smaller, possibly more underdeveloped, and will struggle more for renewed vitality. He was anxious and confused, but Christina, the impassioned founder of Ruffles, knew exactly what she was doing to provide the comfort and reassurance that he needed for the car ride back to Exeter, California. She assured us that they will be fostered in a home, not a kennel– something these dogs have probably never known. Their medical care will be provided by Lacey Animal Hospital, 12181 West Lacey Blvd., Hanford, CA 93230, (559) 584-9251. You can donate directly to the hospital, if you prefer, by either sending a check in the mail, or calling the hospital with a credit or debit transaction. Specify that it is for the care of the two pit bull brothers, or the Ruffles Rescue organization. I promise all of you that I will not send you a letter like this every week. But on that promise, and on one of my recent visits to the shelter, a small Cairn terrier was brought in, after being stabbed 12 times, by someone who must have been insane. Yet, the small dog survived and waits for what comes next. This is one more example of the arduous tasks that every animal shelter faces every single day. The shelters are overrun by the tragedy of pet overpopulation, ignorance regarding how to be a responsible pet owner, and the outright abuse of animals. Simultaneously, they are dealing with severe financial cuts and economic constraints that make it very difficult to do everything that is required to change this situation. Thank you all for your generous help in the care of these three dogs, whose lives will get better now, thanks to, for them, a whole new world of kindness. Deborah Turner Long Beach email@example.com wheelywilly.com
These three pitbull mix puppies were abandoned in a fenced area in a dog park on the west side of Long Beach. Photo by Deborah Turner
Neena R. Strichart
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Jennifer E. Beaver Carol Berg Sloan, RD
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask That a general congress of women without limit of nationality May be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient And at the earliest period consistent with its objects To promote the alliance of the different nationalities, The amicable settlement of international questions. The great and general interests of peace.
In 1914, six years after Howe’s death, President Woodrow Wilson signed the holiday into national observance, declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. For more details on the history of Mother’s Day go to your local library, visit mothersdaycentral.com or check out a host of other informational websites. Today we celebrate the day with greeting cards, dinners, long-distance phone calls, visits and sweets for moms. Those who have lost their mothers visit cemeteries and bring flowers by the armfuls. I am lucky to still have my mother well and kicking. She is a true blessing to me and to the rest of our family– we think everyday should be Mother’s Day! Happy Mother’s Day, Mom, and a huge thank-you for all you do for us. With much love. Your kid, Neena Rose
Is it safe?
Pacific Avenue in Los Cerritos is one of the safest streets on which to ride a bicycle in Long Beach. It’s wide and has clear sightlines at every intersection. Those who do not feel comfortable riding their bikes in Los Cerritos now may as well put those bikes on Craig’s List immediately as they will not feel any more comfortable (nor will they be safer) if the traffic light and roundabouts are installed. The City should be using the bike grant money to introduce bike lanes or sharrows to Atlantic Avenue like they did on Second Street in Belmont Shore. Even though there have been scores of bike racks installed on this thriving business corridor over the years, no one in their right mind rides a bike on Atlantic in Bixby Knolls because it isn’t safe. This is where the focus should be and where the money should go. La Vonne Miller Long Beach
A roundabout invitation to speed demons?
Hayim Zadaca [Letters to the Editor: “Bicycle-unfriendly?,” May 3, 2013] says that two roundabouts on Pacific Avenue in Los Cerritos will reduce speeds on that street and make him feel safer riding his bicycle. They may make him “feel safer,” but as far as slowing traffic, roundabouts there won’t be effective– in spite of what Long Beach claims. The two intersections where roundabouts are proposed already have stop signs at all approaches. So a driver going south on Pacific Avenue must stop at Bixby Road before accelerating away, next stopping at 37th Street where there is a stop sign. With a roundabout at Bixby Road having yield signs at the approaches instead of stop signs, a driver wouldn’t have to stop at all– just continue on around the roundabout, hopefully slowly, to the other side of the intersection and then accelerate on down the street. What makes anyone think a driver who likes to speed will go down Pacific Avenue significantly slower than before? The width of Bixby Road is a small fraction of the total distance from Bixby Road to 37th Street. All that’s actually changed is that during the first small part of the drive, instead of taking off in a straight line across Bixby Road, the driver must go around a little curve first, then accelerate. With cars accelerating as quickly as almost all do, this is essentially a meaningless change. Roundabouts may be useful in some places, but Pacific Avenue isn’t one of them. I’ve known people who would find it a real challenge and lots of fun to drive down a nice, wide residential street such as Pacific Avenue and see just how fast they could make it around a roundabout. If the City goes through with this ill-advised plan, I’ll bet the residents on Pacific Avenue will meet some people like that. Jeannie Hoffman Long Beach
The individual mentioned in the May 3 story “Local real-estate market shows signs of improving” should have been identified as Jerry Bowley. MANAGING EDITOR
Stephen M. Strichart
Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means Whereby the great human family can live in peace, Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, But of God.
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Medical emergency possible cause of fatal car collision
On Sunday, May 5, at approximately 6:48am, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to the 3000 block of 70th Street regarding an injury traffic collision involving a vehicle and two parked vehicles, which resulted in the death of an adult male. The preliminary investigation indicated that a 2000 Ford truck, being driven by 72-year-old John Dawson of Bellflower, was traveling eastbound on 70th Street when it veered into two unoccupied parked vehicles, east of Orizaba Avenue. The driver may have suffered a medical emergency at the time of the incident. There were no passengers in the primary vehicle. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded, performed medical procedures and pronounced the driver deceased at the scene. Those with information regarding the incident are asked to contact Long Beach Police Collision Investigations Detective Richard Birdsall at (562) 570-7355. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus their tip to 274637 (CRIMES) or visit LACrimeStoppers.org .
LB deputy city manager to lead new Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communication
Long Beach Deputy City Manager Reggie Harrison will lead the City’s newly created Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications, City Manager Patrick West announced Monday. The department was created by the City Council in the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget to implement the consolidation of emergency communication and dispatch services and to centralize disaster management and preparedness functions in the city. The department also plays a key role in coordinating and managing the city’s Homeland Security nationaluasi.com grant dollars, working closely with police, pire and all other city departments to use those funds to strengthen the City’s preparedness and responsive capabilities. “For several years, the City has thoroughly studied the consolidation of emergency communications and dispatch, and we are ready to implement the consolidation,” West said. “Reggie Harrison has proven time and time again his skills in leading complex efforts, and his oversight of this consolidation is critical to its success. We are excited to create this new department under Reggie Harrison’s leadership to provide more streamlined emergency call taking and dispatch services and an enhanced disaster management focus.” Harrison said he is excited about the new opportunity and challenge. “The creation of this new department will increase the already high level of service we provide to the public,” he said. “Recent national events emphasize the importance of cities being prepared for and responding to emergencies and the ability of our first responders to communicate with one another, as well as with federal and state personnel, is crucial.”
23-year-old LB man succumbs to multiple gunshot wounds; case possibly gang-related
On Friday, May 3, at around 10:15pm, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to a “shots fired” call in the area of 10th Street and Linden Avenue, which resulted in the death of a male adult. Arriving officers found an adult male who sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso. He was transported to a local hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. However, several hours later, he succumbed to those injuries. The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Brian Johnson Dailey of Long Beach. The suspect(s) remains outstanding, the incident is being investigated as gang-related and the investigation remains ongoing Those with information are asked to contact Long Beach Homicide Detectives Mark McGuire and Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIPLA plus their tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit LACrimeStoppers.org .
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FEDERAL WORKER? What General meeting Who National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association When Monday, May 11 at 1pm Where Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St. More Info Dr. Jack Hewitt will discuss the most common causes of fatigue and the health consequences related to this widespread condition. NARFE meetings recur the second Monday of each month.
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STROLL AND SAVOR What Taste of Belmont Shore Who Sponsored by Glenn E. Thomas Fiat Where 2nd Street at Belmont Shore When Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16 from 5:30pm to 9pm More Info Event will give family and friends a chance to stroll down 2nd Street while they savor the cuisine from different Belmont Shore restaurants. Tickets will be sold one week before the event at Beach on 2nd, La Strada, Olives Gourmet, Salon Soma, Shore Business Center and We Olive. Tickets will be sold in front of Chase Bank on the night of the event. Cost is $10 for a book of 12 tickets. Call (562) 434- 3066.
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THESE OLD HOUSES What Great Homes of Long Beach Tour Who Long Beach Heritage Where Various addresses in Long Beach When Sunday, June 2 from noon to 5pm More Info The tour will feature a look at five distinguished homes that represent the architectural history of Long Beach. Proceeds from the event are dedicated to the restoration and support of the historic Bembridge House, a landmark owned by Long Beach Heritage, a nonprofit organization. The event is expected to sell out with more than 600 visitors and volunteers participating. Visit lbheritage.org or call (562) 493-7019.
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CELEBRATING OUR MOMS
Courtyard Care resident becomes centenarian home from work I told him, ‘Let’s move to California!’ We met some wonderful people along the way. We had so many friends– people like us wanting to get away from the cold weather. We did the right thing at the right time.” The family relocated to California near the end of World War II. “When we moved here, the war was still going on,” she said. “One day, I went to the grocery store, and, outside, I heard all of these horns and cars driving by. Men in service uniforms were in the streets because so many of the husbands and sons were coming home now. It was a happy time. I was out in the crowd, but just because I went grocery shopping. It got pretty crowded. Everyone got in their cars, those who could afford it then. The streets were packed, the sidewalks were packed, you could hear the horns blowing all over the place. We didn’t have
It was 100 years ago that Mae Johnson was born in Chicago, Illinois– in May, on May Street. And not only was she born in 1913, she was born on the 13th. She remembers roller-skating on cobblestone streets, where gas lamps were being lit by hand as evening approached. As a young woman, she worked for Marshall Fields Department Store in Chicago, but her dream was the California journey that she, her husband and young daughter Judy eventually made in their automobile, cross-country to Los Angeles in the early 1940s. “I moved to California because it was too cold in Chicago,” Johnson said. “It was so beautiful with beautiful farms, hills and not very many homes. We had friends who wrote us, telling us how nice California was. It was an icy winter when I fell on the stairs from the ice, and when my husband came
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radios yet– it was that long ago.” The family eventually settled in Bixby Knolls. They were residents there for more than 35 years, which, Johnson said, brought them great joy with many friends and precious neighbors. They then moved to Tanglewood Estates in Cypress. Johnson and her husband Verne had met at a dance in Chicago at the Trianon Ballroom. They loved to dance to the sound of the Big Bands of that era and continued that tradition, often going to venues featuring Lawrence Welk in Santa Monica and other places in Los Angeles. The couple also spent a great deal of time in Las Vegas, “in the day” when big stars performed, and good fortune followed them. Verne created Chief Auto Supply, and of the 12 stores the largest was located in Signal Hill– with a large, fiberglass statue of an Indian chief adorning the building, which could be seen for miles. (The chain of stores was sold to the Southland Corporation and is currently known as Auto Zone.) Johnson said the statue is now somewhere in Texas. Later, Verne picked up where he left off, opening another chain of stores in the Glendale area– not retiring until he was well into his 80s. While raising her daughters Judy and Melody, Mae Johnson was involved with volunteer work at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, was a former member of the Petroleum Club in Long Beach and was very active in the Long Beach GOP Federation of Republican Women (Young Republicans) where she was on the board of directors as record-
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moving to Courtyard Care Center in Signal Hill, where she now resides. Johnson said she loved hosting in her homes, and she wishes she could still be in the kitchen to prepare her “famous” turkey stuffing, spaghetti, meat loaf, Swedish meatballs, Swedish smorgi and appetizers. She said the recipes have been passed on to family and friends– even to a couple of restaurants. Mae Johnson has outlived her soulmate and husband Verne, her daughter Judith Mae MacGilfrey and many friends. Her grandchildren include: Cynthia Silversides, husband Richard and great-grandson Logan; Kimberly Hardy, husband Chance, greatgrandchildren Kailee and Jake; and Steven MacGilfrey, greatgrandchildren Shane and Scarlet. Grandsons Zachary and Michael Bello are the children of daughter Melody Johnson. Courtyard Care will host an open-house 100th birthday party for Johnson on Monday, May 13 from 2pm to 4pm. Her brother Gerry Musgrave from Michigan will be in attendance. Those who would like to may send birthday wishes to Johnson at: Courtyard Care Center, 1880 Dawson Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Source: Courtyard Care
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Grammy winner to conduct Long Beach Symphony Orchestra
Difficult to define yet popular around the world, jazz music has a distinctly American sound whose origins date back more than 100 years. Audiences can embark on a musical jazz journey when conductor Jeff Tyzik and musical guests Brian Scanlon (saxophone) and Alex Iles (trombone) join The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra POPS! for “A Century of Jazz” on Saturday, May 11 at The Long Beach Arena. Jeff Tyzik is recognized as one of America’s most innovative pops conductors, known for his arrangements, original and programming, engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. Audiences may have heard him play the trumpet on many of Chuck Mangione’s albums. Now highly sought after as a guest conductor, Grammy Award-winner Tyzik recently appeared with the Boston Pops and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. “A Century of Jazz” will begin at 8pm at the Long Beach Arena, 300 East Ocean Blvd. Doors will open at 6:30pm for picnicking. Tickets start at $21. Student rush tickets are available for $10 with valid ID. For more informaCourtesy LBSO tion or to purchase tickets, call (562) 436-3203 Grammy Award-winner Jeff Tyzik will conduct the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra’s “A Century of or visit LBSO.org . Jazz” concert on Saturday, May 11.
Schipske’s office seeking donations for community baby shower
Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske began the “Community Baby Shower” several years ago to provide a “basic going-home newborn kit” for lowincome mothers to use after giving birth in local hospitals. This year, Schipske has again partnered with Long Beach Cares and Long Beach public-health nurses to host the benefit. Those interested may help by donating new items for the newborn kits, including: diapers, diaper bags, baby wipes, bibs, onesies, socks, blankets, hats and mittens. Contributions of money (checks made out to Long Beach Cares) are also accepted. Donations can be dropped off on Mondays and
Dinner, auction to benefit nonprofit that assists women in need
New Life Beginnings, Inc. (NLB) was established in 1984 in Long Beach to serve a diverse population of women who are battered, abused, homeless and pregnant. Its mission is to provide physical shelter and spiritual refuge in a compassionate and nurturing environment to thousands of abused and homeless pregnant women and their children. New Life Beginnings relies on community donations and fundraising as NLB receives no government funding. NLB will host its Celebration Dinner and Benefit Auction Thursday, May 23 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm at the Westin Long Beach, 333 E. Ocean Blvd. In honor of this year’s Western theme, there will be a special appearance by Long Beach musician Jeff Severson. MORE INFORMATION newlb.org (562) 590-1538 firstname.lastname@example.org
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LBCC awarded $75,000 to participate in California Two men arrested at Bixby Knolls business for burglary, stolen property Community College Linked Learning Initiative
Long Beach City College (LBCC) has been awarded a $75,000 Career Ladders Project grant to participate in the California Community College Linked Learning Initiative supported by the James Irvine Foundation. The project is a collaborative with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) to collectively ease the transition of high-school graduates from healthcare-related Linked Learning Academies into community college healthcare programs. “We are delighted to receive this grant that will support the efforts of the Long Beach College Promise, an educational institutional partnership that pro-
vides a seamless transition for local students to be collegeready, to complete rigorous college-level courses and to achieve fulfilling careers, including in the healthcare field,” said LBCC Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “We look forward to supporting more students in achieving success in higher education, every step of the way from high school, to college and on to healthcare pathways.” The steps LBCC has taken with LBUSD to promote Long Beach students’ success in college and career pathways align with LBCC’s Promise Pathways initiative by focusing on: K-12 and Community College collaboration; alternative assessment
and placement methods; transitional programming and interventions; career pathway development; and, data-driven decision making. The Career Ladders Project supports a number of large-scale innovative and systematic initiatives that engage with leaders in community colleges to encourage and document practices that lead to increased intentional educational and career transitions from high school, improve college retention and academic achievement, and advance college and career success for graduates of Linked Learning High School programs.
Senate Bill 605, authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach), passed out of the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality on May 1. The bill requires the state air board to update and implement its plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to give first priority to reducing pollution within California so that the pollution reduction benefits, as well as the jobs and economic benefits of AB 32, accrue first and foremost to Californians. “I am pleased that my col-
leagues in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee agree that the jobs, investments and economic benefits from AB 32 should stay first and foremost in California,”Lara said. “California has some of the most polluted regions in the country, and it’s time to prioritize those communities that are disproportionately impacted.” In the last few years, it has become common that large corporations like Shell Oil purchase forests in Michigan to meet their AB 32 obligations instead of cleaning up their two oil refineries and hundreds of fueling facilities in California, according to a press release issued by Lara’s office. SB 605 is intended to ensure that AB 32, a California state law, benefits Californians first. SB 605 requires the State Air Resources Board (ARB) to give greater attention to reduction of pollution that produce lower volumes, but higher global warming intensity, than CO2 such as methane and black carbon. These pollutants have greater health impacts and cause the Earth to
warm more quickly. In 2006, the Legislature approved the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the 1990 levels by 2020. This bill requires the ARB to adopt a contingency plan in case measures like cap and trade or the low-carbon fuel standard are delayed or set aside due to litigation, problems with implementation or other issues. This bill creates a cushion by stating that any pollution reductions that cannot be met should be backfilled with funds from cleanenergy funds already available upon appropriation by the Legislature. Lastly, this bill requires the ARB to demonstrate to the JLBC that pollution reductions have been made in the state prior to approving any out of state pollution credits This bill now moves on to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
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A business in the 4200 block of Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls was served with a search warrant on May 5, and two male suspects were arrested, one for burglary and one for receiving stolen property, according to Long Beach police officials. The known stolen property was an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police officials. Jesus Emmanuel Rojas, 28, of Long Beach, was arrested on charges of burglary, and Luis Alberto Orozco, 22, of Signal Hill, was arrested on charges of receiving known stolen property.
Long Beach police spokesperson Cynthia Arrona said she could not confirm how the suspects are connected to the business and whether they are employees or owners. She said detectives are exploring the possibility of any connection to other commercial burglaries in the Long Beach area. The Long Beach Police Department is requesting that those with information about the incident call Police Burglary Detective Johnny Dodson at (562) 570-7351. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling (800) 222TIPS, texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES or visiting lacrimestoppers.org .
LBPD seeking public’s help in identifying store burglary suspect in surveillance video Long The Police Beach is Department again releasing surveillance footage of a male suspect burglarizing a local hardware store last year, in the hopes that the community can assist in providing his identity to police. On Saturday, July 21, 2012, at approximately 8pm, the suspect entered the Ace Hardware store Courtesy LBPD located at 2720 This screen shot of surveillance footage shows a male E. Anaheim St., by cutting a hole burglary suspect just before he spraypainted the secuin a back wall. rity cameras’ lenses in a local hardware store last year. Once inside, he The LBPD hopes that the community can assist in prospraypainted the viding his identity. security cameras’ lenses, but was captured on video during the process. The suspect stole several thousand dollars worth of tools, power equipment and other miscellaneous items, prior to fleeing in a white, 1980s Ford pick-up truck. Those with information regarding the suspect’s identity or whereabouts are asked to contact Long Beach Police Burglary Detective Jennifer Valenzuela at (562) 570-5592. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting lacrimestoppers.org. Source: LBPD
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Long Beach artist uses architecture techniques to create ‘organized doodles’
you’ll be more successful.’” Currently, Tanaka is working on a children’s book called Forty-Eight Buildings. It will be a counting book for those in the first grade and younger. “I hand-make journals,” she explained. “They’re more like DIY, crafty kinds of stuff...I’d like to publish it, maybe have it available online.” Tanaka has also been participating in the Second Saturday Art Walk that takes place every month in the East Village Art District in downtown Long Beach. In addition to Tanaka’s art life, she dedicates a lot of her time to the community. In 2011, she graduated from the City of Long Beach Neighborhood Leadership Program. “I like to do art, and then I do a lot of community organizing,” she said. “So, the goal would be to bring those together somehow.”
After traveling to Japan, India and Mexico, Long Beach artist Emily Tanaka developed the habit of traveljournaling in her sketchbooks. Her pen is her favorite medium. She describes her pieces as “organized doodles.” Tanaka got her bachelor of arts in architecture at California State University of San Luis Obispo. “The creative field I entered has to do with drawing, and the stuff I’m doing now is more for myself than other people,” she said. As a kid, Tanaka would go to Japan every summer. Japanese calligraphy was the first type of art she tried at the Long Beach Japanese Community Center. She continued doing it throughout high school. In college, she took a lifedrawing class. “I also did a lot of journaling for architecture,” she said. “It’s the one way to get your thoughts out.” In college, Tanaka’s professor MORE INFORMATION invited her to go to Mexico for a week emilykiwatanaka.blogspot.com to learn how to do travel-journaling. “Basically, you are recording your thoughts when you’re traveling,” she explained. “It was really fun.” Tanaka also travelled to India for a semester. “During that whole thing, I drew all the time,” she said. Through travel-journaling, Tanaka found a passion to sketch. “Give me a pen. Give me a piece of paper. That’s my favorite,” she added. For someone who has studied architecture, it is no surprise that Tanaka’s greatest inspiration is the city. “I love buildings...and peoplewatching,” she said. Tanaka is also influenced by Jill Sykes, a Los Angeles painter. “She’s been my mentor,” Tanaka said. “I’ll go to her, asking her, ‘What Courtesy Emily Tanaka do you think of this?’ As the scale of these drawings get Long Beach artist Emily Tanaka likes to use a bigger, it can be a bit too pen and sketchbook as her media. Her inspiramuch. She [told me], ‘Well, tion is the city. In the future, she hopes to comif you focus on doing these bine her involvement with the community with small things (sketchbooks), her passion for art.
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LB Playhouse’s sometimes jarring, Machinal focuses on machinery of life Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer
Machinal, written in 1928 in the expressionist style, gets an often jarring treatment in this Long Beach Playhouse production– a strategy that nevertheless serves the play well. The first thing the audience sees upon entering the theater is a set of uncommon visual impact. Scenic designer Fred Kinney has crafted industrial gears and pulleys, vertical and horizontal bars, and other unsettling and highly stylized elements that effectively portend a drama hard and uncompromising. Indeed the set mirrors the circumstances of the play’s main character Helen.
Helen (Tiffany Toner), an attractive misfit, is miserably uncomfortable with seemingly every aspect of her existence, from her job as a stenographer to her plight as a young woman with the responsibility of supporting her elderly mother. She ultimately marries her boss (Mark Coyan), whom she detests, believing it is her only viable choice. It is a “jailbreak” marriage, but not of the usual kind. Helen even bears her husband’s child. And the “prison” she finds in her discordant life as a hapless wife and mother seems to her far worse than the one from which she escaped. Helen finds some temporary relief in an affair with a man (John Conway) with whom she seems to
have a connection. At least she is physically attracted to him, she cares for him, and he listens to her. But ultimately his true affection proves elusive and Helen is even more lost than before. In a fit of passion, albeit premeditated, Helen bludgeons her husband over the head with a bottle filled with stones. He dies and she is tried, convicted, and executed in the electric chair. Why would this reviewer reveal the ending, you ask?! Without even issuing a spoiler alert! It’s because the play’s interest, even its suspense, is not about how it all ends. (Anyway, we already know from reading the Playhouse’s advertising material.) All that matters is how
In Long Beach Playhouse’s Machinal, Tiffany Toner portrays Helen, an attractive misfit who is miserably uncomfortable with seemingly every aspect of her existence, from her job as a stenographer to her plight as a young woman with the responsibility of supporting her elderly mother.
Helen gets to the point where she would commit murder. And what is most stunning of all is that we can all envision ourselves getting to that point, too. Or can we? Sophie Treadwell penned Machinal obviously long before it became fashionable to sympathize with murderers at the expense of their victims and the victims’ surviving kin. But maybe this counterintuitive phenomenon has always occupied some niche. More relevant, maybe in the case of Machinal it is beside the point. The play’s title represents a double entendre, the most obvious of the two signifying Helen’s life ending by way of an electro-mechanical device. But this production also clearly delineates the mechanization of life in its sometimes harshly imposed limitations, and how some are better cut out to fit society’s expectations than others. Unfortunately, Helen is a statistical outlier in the wrong direction. One of the things that makes this production work so well is the casting of Toner as Helen. She has a gentleness and innocence, indeed a refinement, that makes her about as sympathetic a character as any murderess could possibly be. Her performance forces our emotions to oscillate between understanding her plight, to a far greater degree than we would probably like, to being confounded by her inability to adjust to life in a society that has offered all of us the chance to make a reasonably agreeable go of it. As Helen’s somewhat self-cen-
tered husband, Coyan’s character is a decent enough sort. As such, one wonders if he is as unsuitable a husband as he seems, or if he merely can’t accomplish the impossible– that is, be a satisfying husband to the troubled Helen. Sherry Denton-Noonan ably handles the role of Helen’s dowdy, nagging mother, who refuses to take seriously her daughter’s pleas for help. Other cast members, who all ably handle their caricatured or stereotyped roles, are Robert Adams, Lindsay Roman, Madeleine Cheezum, Jeff Rice, Alex Bennett, and Jason Kalani Wong. Admittedly, Machinal’s dialogue often amounts to a series of words or short phrases delivered more loudly and disjointedly than we would like. But director Katie Chidester has all the right instincts in knowing where stridency is appropriate, and in mounting a production that could hardly be more compelling. Machinal continues at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre through June 1. General admission tickets are $24, $21 for seniors. Student tickets are $14 with valid student ID. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with Sunday matinees at 2pm. The Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St. Call (562) 494-1014, option 1, for reservations and information. Tickets are also available online at lbplayhouse.org .
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Signal Hill City Manager Ken Farfsing, Councilmember Tina Hansen, Councilmember Ed Wilson, Deputy City Clerk Rebecca Burleson, Councilmember Michael Noll, Councilmember Larry Forester, Signal Hill City Clerk Kathee Pacheco and Councilmember Lori Woods at the Long Beach Hilton on April 25
Rebecca Burleson, who is the assistant to the Signal Hill city manager and a deputy city clerk, was awarded the City Clerk of the Year award by the City Clerks Association of California on April 25 at the organization’s 40th annual conference in Long Beach. The City Clerks Association was founded in 1977 with a mission of promoting the profession of city clerks through education, support and communication. “She is conscientious, well organized, and trustworthy,” said Signal Hill City Clerk Kathee Pacheco. “These hallmarks have enabled the city clerk’s office to retain the general public’s trust in the City’s municipal election process.” Long Beach City Prosecutor Douglas Haubert said, “What I
learned is that Ms. Burleson has the experience to handle important tasks expertly, but all the flexibility and capability to undertake just about any city-related assignment given to her. Such skills are especially important in the current environment in which cities find themselves, where cities rely heavily on those who can roll up their sleeves and get the job done, regardless of the job needed.” Burleson worked as deputy city clerk for the City of Long Beach from 1999 to 2007 and for the City of Signal Hill from 1988 to 1999 and from 2007 to the present. She also served as interim city clerk for the City of Long Beach from 1992 to 1994. Burleson’s deputy city clerk duties include administering the City of Signal Hill’s location
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municipal elections, having managed a total of 14 elections between Signal Hill and Long Beach. She also prepares and administers the city clerk’s department budget, including the election budget. She is responsible for the City’s recordsmanagement system, the City Council’s and Successor Agency’s agendas and materials, Council and Commission compliance with FPCC regulations, all public-records requests, the City’s website and supervising citywide clerical standards. Burleson is a certified municipal clerk and a member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, City Clerks Association of California, Southern California City Clerks Association and California Association of Clerks and Elected Officials. Source: City of SH
Michael James Bartlett, DMD
March 14, 1946 – April 25, 2013
Michael James Bartlett, DMD, a resident of Seal Beach for 40 years, passed away peacefully in Long Beach on April 25 after a year-long bout with gastric cancer. Mike was born March 14, 1946, in Burbank to George and Imogene Bartlett. At the age of 6, the family moved from North Hollywood to Phoenix, Arizona. After graduating from Arcadia High School in 1964, Mike attended Arizona State University in Tempe and became active in the Sigma Nu fraternity. In the fall of 1967, having completed all the required pre-dental chemistry classes, Mike began classes at the University of Oregon Dental School (UODS). Life at dental school was an interesting life experience– lots of hard study, with just enough time to squeeze in a Spartan social life, but he loved it. During these four years, he spent so much time in and out of class with members of the UOSD Class of ‘71 that they became like brothers and sisters. Mike enjoyed staying in touch with his classmates, planning reunions and ‘being the glue that held the class together.’ Mike joined the Air Force Reserve in his sophomore year of dental school and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He became Captain upon completing his dental degree and entering active duty. Mike was assigned to Edwards AFB Medical Squadron near Palmdale after attending “medical officer boot camp” at Sheppard AFB near San Antonio, Texas. During his two years of active duty, Mike was pleased to serve his country and to gain professional experience without the burden of the “real world” responsibilities of a private dental practice. Five years as an “associate” for a dentist in Santa Ana provided Mike with the resources to start his own practice, which he did in 1978. He built a very successful practice at the Marketplace Shopping Center in Long Beach and enjoyed “being his own boss.” In 1988, Mike moved his practice to the Naples area of Long Beach. He stayed there until 1994, when he sold his practice in order to have more time to assist his elderly mother. Once she was comfortably settled into a new place, Mike accepted a position as an associate of Dr. Gil Unatin in Seal Beach, where he worked until his death. Mike is survived by the love of his life, Sharon Meigs, and countless cousins, friends and associates. Mike and Sharon met in a Sierra Club mountaineering course in 1979, kept in touch over the next 10 years, became a couple in 1989 and purchased a home together in 1999. Together ever since, they enjoyed many adventurous and interesting trips throughout North America. Mike touched the lives of all those with whom he came into contact. He enjoyed people, always saw the good in them and continually emanated a sense of well-being. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all who knew him. Family and friends are planning a “Celebration of Life” in memory of Mike. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in memory of Michael J. Bartlett for the Patient Assistance Program to: Oregon University of Health & Science (OUHS) Foundation, 1121 SW Salmon Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97205.
Rest in Peace
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TST4348 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 120030652 Doc ID #0001372480892005N Title Order No. 12-0055147 Investor/Insurer No. 137248089 APN No. 7217-025-001 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 05/19/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by REGINA UGALDE, A SINGLE WOMAN, dated 05/19/2006 and recorded 6/7/2006, as Instrument No. 06-1249550, in Book N/A, Page N/A, of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 06/06/2013 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2270 SARAH COURT, SIGNAL HILL, CA, 907554048. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $858,202.48. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. 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 a 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 lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1-800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 12-0030652. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. DATED: 07/18/2012 RECON-
TRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: - Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A-4381722 05/03/2013, 05/10/2013, 05/17/2013 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 10, 2013.
TST4341 / 2013 068591 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. GIFT A LEI, 2. GIFTALEI.COM, 514 N. Gulf Ave. Apt. B, Wilmington, CA 90744. Registrant: LISI LETALIA MASALOSALO, 514 N. Gulf Ave. Apt. B, Wilmington, CA 90744. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Lisi Letalia Masalosalo. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on March 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on April 5, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: April 19, 26, & May 3, 10, 2013.
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,
Crimes reported by SHPD • Citywide
Thursday, May 2 Auto burglary 3:15am– 2500 block Temple Ave.
Threatening phone calls 11:36am– 2200 block E. Willow St.
Rape 6:32pm– 2800 block E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Commercial burglary 7:30pm– 2400 block Cherry Ave.
Residential burglary 10:30pm– 2000 block Orizaba Ave.
Friday, May 3 Attempted arson– inhabited structure 12:07am– 1800 block Raymond Ave.
Attempted residential burglary 7:27am– 1900 block Crescent Dr. Three juvenile subjects
Stolen vehicle 7:55am– 1800 block Molino Ave.
Commercial burglary 1:02pm– 900 block E. 33rd St. Suspect in custody
Saturday, May 4 Identity theft 1:25pm– 2200 block E. Willow St.
Garage, residential burglary 2pm– 1800 block Coronado Ave. Sunday, May 5 Auto burglary 11am– 1500 E. 23rd St.
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.
TST4346 / 2013 082852 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: HARBOR GENESIS CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, 627 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731. Registrant: THE POWER OF THE POTTER'S CHRISTIAN CENTER INC., 627 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Norma Hamud, CEO. 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 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 state- ment 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.
TST4355 / 2013 095600 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: MANNY'S AUTO CARE, INC., 1441 E. Anaheim St., Wilmington, CA 90744. Registrant: MANNY'S AUTO CARE, INC., 1441 E. Anaheim St., Wilmington, CA 90744. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Manuel Medina Castillo, President. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on January 8, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on May 9, 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: May 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013. TST4354 / 2013 092701 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SQUARE ONE FINANCIAL SVCS, 5700 Ackerfield Ave. Apt. 246, Long Beach, CA 90805. Registrant: TYRONE GREGORY, 5700 Ackerfield Ave. Apt. 246, Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I
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Wednesday, May 8 Commercial burglary, shoplift 8:40am– 700 block E. Spring St.
Recovered stolen vehicle 11:59pm– E. Anaheim St./Termino Ave.
Ordinance No. 2013-05-1453 was introduced by the City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, May 7, 2013. A summary of the ordinance is as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING CHAPTER 9.08 OF THE SIGNAL HILL MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING CONDUCT IN PUBLIC PLACES
A copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s Office and on the City’s website www.cityofsignalhill.org. Second reading and adoption of this Ordinance is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Kathleen L. Pacheco City Clerk
Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on May 10, 2013. Posted at City Hall, Library, Discovery Well Park, and Reservoir Park on May 10, 2013.
CITY OF SIGNAL HILL TST4352 NoTICE oF INTENT
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, DECLARING ITS INTENTION TO LEVY AND COLLECT ASSESSMENTS FOR LANDSCAPE AND LIGHTING MAINTENANCE DISTRICT NO. 1 FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013-2014 AND APPROVING THE ENGINEER’S REPORT On May 7, 2013, the City of Signal Hill City Council adopted Resolution No. 2013-05-6019 and declared its intention to levy and collect assessments for the Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District No.1. Resolution No. 2013-05-6019 is on file with the City Clerk’s office located at City of Signal Hill City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, CA 90755.
On July 2, 2013, at a scheduled City Council meeting, the City of Signal Hill City Council will hear any and all persons having any objections to the work or intent of the assessment district may appear and show cause why said work should not be done or carried out, or why said assessments should not be levied in accordance with this Resolution of Intention for the Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District No. 1 for the Fiscal Year 2013-2014. The following person is designated as the official to receive any inquiries: Steve Myrter Director of Public Works 2175 Cherry Avenue Signal Hill, CA 90755 Telephone:(562) 989-7356 ______ss___________ Joshua Rosenbaum Public Works Management Analyst
Assault 7:55pm– 3900 Long Beach Blvd. Friday, May 3 Residential burglary 1am– 1900 block Chestnut Ave.
Petty theft 5:41pm– 900 block E. 33rd St.
TST4353 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE INTRoDUCTIoN
TST4351 BID INVITATIoN FoR HUD SECTIoN 3 SUBCoNTRACToRS IN THE loS ANGElES / loNG BEACH AREA
Identity theft 10:25am– 2700 block Panorama Dr.
Tuesday, May 7 Stolen vehicle 11:10am– 2700 block Cherry Ave.
CITY OF SIGNAL HILL
Published in the Signal Tribune - May 10, 2013 Posted at Signal Hill City Hall, Discovery Well Park, Reservoir Park and the City Library - May 10, 2013
Thursday, May 2 Residential burglary 10am– 3200 block Eucalyptus Ave.
Recovered stolen vehicle 11:53am– 2300 block California Ave.
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: May 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013.
Crimes reported by LBPD Council Districts 6, 7 & 8
Monday, May 6 Auto burglary 9:58am– 1800 block Coronado Ave.
Residential burglary 10:02am– 2100 block Cherry Ave.
declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Tyrone Gregory. 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 May 6, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new
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Saturday, May 4 Garage, residential burglary 5pm– 2100 block Chestnut Ave.
Commercial burglary 11:30pm– 4200 block Atlantic Ave.
Sunday, May 5 Commercial robbery 7:39am– 2600 block Pacific Ave.
Auto burglary 11pm– 800 block Sunrise Blvd.
Monday, May 6 Robbery of person 5:15pm– 2300 block Eucalyptus Ave.
Bidding Wednesday May 22, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., City of long Beach Contract No. R6959, ocean Blvd. Erosion and Enhancement Project, Phase 2
Condon-Johnson is willing to further break down items into economically feasible units to facilitate and encourage Section 3 participation. We are requesting quotes on the following, including but not limited to: Concrete saw cutting, concrete demo export & disposal, concrete sidewalk, grading, landscaping planting & irrigation, reinforced concrete grade beam, repair existing hot dipped galvanized steel hand railing, soil export & disposal, survey, temporary construction fencing, temporary relocation & irrigation of existing trees, traffic control and trucking. Plans and specifications are available on-line at www.longbeach.gov/purchasing/default.asp. We are available to assist in questions regarding the scope of work, bid preparation, obtaining bonds, lines of credit, or insurance as required by contract. Must be properly licensed for the type of work performing and may be required to furnish bonding for insurance, equipment, material and/or supplies. For assistance or if there are questions please contact us. Condon-Johnson & Associates, Inc., 9685 Via Excelencia, Suite 106, San Diego, CA 92126, Phone (858) 530-9165, Fax (858) 530-9171 (An Equal Opportunity Employer)
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versity; Ivy Goolsby, marketing director and manager of the Long Beach Division of International Realty & Investments, Inc.; J. Christopher Lytle, executive director of the Port of Long Beach; and Judy Ross, executive director of the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership. Philanthropists Barbara and Ray Alpert are being honored with the “Building Bridges” Award, which is given to organizations or institutions that have shown continued commitment to CCEJ and have made financial contributions to the organization and its programs over the years. “When you look at the list of honorees over the last 50 years, they are an extraordinary group of human beings,” said Wendelyn R. NicholsJulien, president of CCEJ. “They are representative of the community in terms of their leadership skills and their high profile… So, this year is no different.” A selection committee made up of the CCEJ board president and past Humanitarian Award recipients selects honorees. All members of the CCEJ Board (active and sustaining) as well as representatives of social-
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service agencies and clubs in the greater Long Beach area and past honorees are able to submit nominations. Nichols-Julien said, even though Alexander is leaving Long Beach for LSU, it’s the right time to honor him for his service to the community before he departs. “It’s interesting we chose F. King Alexander before knowing he was leaving the university, but it’s really a wonderful, timely opportunity and a tribute to him for what he’s done for the community,” she said. “Cal State Long Beach, of course, is a great partner of ours. They’re the best in the Cal State system… for what they do for diversity, internally with their staff, and the way they treat students and the way students treat each other.” Ross was selected as an honoree for her many years helping nonprofits assist “the most vulnerable people in our community,” with work centered around children, poverty and health issues, Nichols-Julien said. Goolsby, who works in real estate, is being awarded for playing an active role in the community, serving on several boards and being involved with business organizations, such as leading women businesses through the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Lytle, who has been the Port of Long Beach’s executive director for a little more than 18 months, is being honored for his service as a “humanitarian leader,” and his recognition allows CCEJ to acknowledge the Port sponsorship and support, NicholsJulien said. Lentzner, who was once the victim of discrimination as a Jewish child growing up in a predominantly Italian and Catholic neighborhood in St. Louis, said the history of CCEJ goes back decades to a time when diversity was looked down upon even though Long Beach had started to become more and more of a cultural
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melting pot. Expanding from the original focus on religious differences, CCEJ started developing various conferences on different ethnicities, such as Cambodian, Hispanic and AfricanAmerican, he said. Although just hosting an annual dinner that brought together different religions, races and classes of people today might seem trivial, back then it created a “sea change,” Lentzner said. “The attitude was that everybody had to be of the American culture,” he said. “You have to describe that to me, but everybody had a vision of that. So we started discussing what it would be to embrace other cultures at the same time and make the country even richer than it was at that time.” Unlike most Conference for Equality and Justice chapters, however, CCEJ’s annual awards dinner isn’t its only fundraising function. Partnerships, large financial contributions, an interfaith/intercultural breakfast and grants have enabled CCEJ over the years to expand its services while the organization has focused more on education in schools and local communities to “create systemic change,” NicholsJulien said. “We all grow up with prejudice because it’s transported to us from our parents, it’s transported to us from our friends, the people we really like and most importantly from the people who we respect, our ministers and our religious counselors, who are just carrying it from generation to generation,” Lentzner said. CCEJ partnered with the City of Long Beach to create the City’s Human Dignity Program in 1998, the year when two horrific deaths based on hate crimes occurred. That year, James Byrd, an African-American, was murdered in Texas by being dragged behind a truck, and Matthew Shepard, a gay college stu-
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dent, was killed not far from the University of Wyoming by being strung up and left to die in a field. Lentzner said the City no longer fully funds the Human Dignity Program and the school district no longer pays for human-relations camps, adding that both programs are currently being backed by CCEJ. However, he said he expects the City and the school district to eventually restore their investments. CCEJ has also stepped in and intervened to help moderate tensions during times of crisis and criminal acts or incidents surrounded by discrimination. One such example is the racially charged attack by a group of African-American men and women against three white, young women in 2006 on Halloween in Bixby Knolls, which, he said, “almost became a national incident.” Lentzner said CCEJ represented the adjudication between the perpetrators, the victims and the City. He said CCEJ helped come up with a “solution” by having the suspects’ sentences suspended so they could go to one of CCEJ’s human-relations camps to learn about what they had done, while raising money to help the victims. Today, CCEJ has broadened its
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educational scope to cover incidents of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as well. Christopher Covington, who, as a teenager, was called anti-gay slurs that caused him to drop out of Lakewood High School, said attending one of CCEJ’s camps has helped him see the meaning of “social constructs” and how to deal with forms of discrimination, such as derogatory remarks. He said CCEJ helped him start a campaign on campus to discourage the use of discriminatory terms. Today, the 22-year-old Long Beach City College student volunteers for CCEJ as a community leader at local schools and is working toward a degree in either public policy or business administration. “What it really comes down to is creating a conversation and dialogue around certain core issues rather than automatically jumping to the gun and starting a fight or pulling out a gun or shanking somebody or going to the extreme,” Covington said. “What CCEJ really does within our community and what it’s taught me is to have that conversation because that conversation can save a life.” MORE INFORMATION cacej.org
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“Because it is an open seat and it is on the state level, people have to know that you’re interested in it well in advance. The process starts really, really, really early. It’s timing.” Termed-out Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, who was re-elected to the newly redrawn 70th State Assembly district last year, will vacate the seat in November 2014. On his Facebook page, Wilson stated, “After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to run for the 70th Assembly District in California. This is a tremendous effort, and [I] appreciate any and all support! As I did not follow in my father’s and mother’s footsteps and join the military this is my way of giving back to make my community better. Thank you all!” Wilson provided a link to his campaign website, edwilson4assembly.org, which the Signal Tribune has verified
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was registered on March 19, the day he was sworn in to the City Council and appointed vice mayor. Wilson, who was first elected in 1997 as the first African-American to be elected to any position in Signal Hill, won the Council seat this year over incumbent Ellen Ward by a margin of 19 votes, according to final election results announced on March 8. At one point, unofficial results showed that the spread between the two candidates was only one vote. The election included seven candidates for three open seats on the City Council. Wilson’s campaign website includes a bio and information about an upcoming campaign fundraiser “meet & greet” to be held May 23 at the Grand Havana Room, a “high-end” cigar club, in Beverly Hills. The requested campaign sponsorship costs to attend the exclusive event run $500, $1,000 (Silver), $2,500 (Gold) and $4,100 (Platinum). On May 2, an “opportunity drawing” was posted on the website, promot-
LBAC on April 24 decided to not renew the “option” agreement term that expired last month. Under the contract, the property was appraised at $4.85 million. “There just wasn’t enough traction recently with the property,” he said. “We just decided to not renew that agreement.” Guerra said LBAC has decided to “look at other options” given the improved real-estate market that now favors sellers. He said the decision was based on the advice of several board members, many of whom are involved in real estate. John Fullerton, LBAC executive director, said the Council is pursing interested parties with the goal to have all or a portion of the land used as open space for public access. At the same time, however, he said the Council is committed to moving forward with a deal to help alleviate LBAC’s own financial troubles. “Our objectives remain the same: we want to sell it, and we want to preserve some or all of it for open space for access, and we want to somehow keep the name of Will J. Reid associated with it,” he said. “…We’ve sought to do that, but nobody has really stepped forward to say, ‘Hey, we are going to do this, and we are going to do it quickly.’ “With the financial condition of the Council, we need to move on, and we hope that in this period, as we begin to remarket it, somebody will step forward and say, ‘Listen, we think it’s a great asset, and we’d love to plan it as either all or some portion of it some sort of public access’ because that side of the town really needs something like this, and we feel that it’s really a great asset.” Alex Size, project manager for The Trust for Public Land, said the nonprofit typically partners with public entities to acquire property, but he acknowledged that public funding has been stretched thin in recent months. “I would say the economic downturn is kind of like a double-edged sword in that there are amazing acquisitions to be had at near historic levels in terms of purchase price and very willing sellers at that, but there’s also less public funding for these types of conservation acquisitions,” Size said. He said the job of The Trust for Public Land was to put together a “fundraising component,” utilizing a myriad funding sources, including private, but mostly public, sources. Receiving backing from such public entities as Los Angeles County or the City of Long Beach, however, requires a public process that may take longer than usual, Size added. “There’s a public process that needs to unfold in order for that money to be placed and recognized for us for certain projects,” he said. “So that process takes a little bit of time, and we recognize that, and we were needing some additional time in order to move forward on this acquisition. Unfortunately, that time was not given.” Though the Council has denied a proposed contract extension, Size said he was confident The Trust for Public Land would be able to close the deal by the end of the calendar year. He added that “the door is certainly open” for LBAC to reinstate the original contract. But, in order for that to happen, Size said LBAC would have to be “willing” to allow for additional time. “I would hope that, potentially, we could continue the transaction as it was stated in terms of getting an acquisition completed by the end of the calendar year,” he said. “But that would take some willingness on the seller’s part in order to be reengaged and move forward… I think the Scouts might be open to that, but they are looking for the assurance that the project would move forward, and no buyer can give 100-percent assurance of anything.” The property at 4747 Daisy Ave. has been owned, maintained and operated by the Boy Scouts for more than 65 years and is used primarily as a private camping ground for local Boy Scout troops. The property also has buildings for classrooms and meeting rooms and has a pool house that has been contracted by the City of Long Beach for public use in recent years. Since the park is located next to the Dominguez Gap Wetlands and the Los Angeles River, one proposal was to use the property as a “water-recharge demonstration site,” a project that would involve “bio swales,” educational kiosks and trails, Size said. “It would be an amazing addition to the trails along the Dominguez Gap as well as the park space,” he said. “It’s rare that you find a property this large directly adjacent to the L.A. River.” Fullerton said LBAC has been in talks with the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) as a potential partner for the project. Though he still considers the WRD an “interested” party, recent studies have shown that water doesn’t “percolate” through the property as originally envisioned, Fullerton said. He added that LBAC’s main reason for selling the property is to be able to use the proceeds from the sale to fund improvements and create new programs at LBAC’s two other properties: the square-mile Camp Tahquitz in Angelus Oaks and the Aquatics Sea Base at 5875 Appian Way in Long Beach. Fullerton said in the past 60 years, LBAC has seen a two-thirds drop in membership (decreasing from 12,000 members to 4,700 members) while other Councils have developed state-of-the-art camp facilities with which Will J. Reid is unable to compete. The Orange County Council, for instance, has recently built a new $30-million campground at the end of the 22 Freeway, he said. “If we’re spending all of our time just trying to hold all [three properties] together, we’re not doing much then in the way of operating programs for kids, especially when they can drive 30 miles down the road to the end of the 22 Freeway to a world-class facility and get really some great program,” Fullerton said. ß
ing $100 tickets for a campaignfundraising raffle in which entrants have a “1 in 1,000 chance of winning” $100 cash (seven runners-up), $500 cash (three runners-up) or the grand prize: a 2013 Mercedes Benz C300. Winners will be announced on Sept. 7. Tara Stock, legislative coordinator for the California Fair Political Practices Commission, said in an email that the Political Reform Act does not restrict political-campaign raffles, although some are prohibited under Penal Code Section 319, interpreted and enforced by the local district attorney. In addition, receipts from the sale of raffle tickets are reported as contributions. Items donated for raffle prizes are reported as nonmonetary contributions. Wilson’s website also includes a video of him speaking at a Signal Hill City Council candidate forum that he
attended before the March election. Wilson told the Signal Tribune that his political platform will be based on his past public and private experience. “I think people believe that I’m doing a good job for the City and on their behalf,” Wilson said. “I think I’m balanced. I listen to all sides of every issue to come up with the best alternative, the best decision to move forward, and I think that’s needed on the state level. I think we need an individual who has the finance, accounting, economic, business background, and, as a Democrat, that can help really balance the budget… If we just keep electing the same people that are doing the same things, we’re going to keep getting the same results.” Wilson said he has filed a “statement of intention” to indicate he has opened a political-finance committee that allows him to start fundraising.
Tonia Reyes-Uranga, former 7th District Long Beach city councilmember, has also announced her intention to run for the 70th State Assembly District with a campaign website and has filed paperwork with the state to form a political finance committee. Current 4th District Long Beach City Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell, who has also filed paperwork, has not made an official announcement whether he will run. If O’Donnell is elected, the City of Long Beach would be required to hold a special election to fill his seat. Wilson, however, said the Signal Hill City Council has the option of appointing his replacement if he is elected. The 70th Assembly District covers Catalina Island, San Pedro, Signal Hill, portions of Long Beach and the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. ß
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