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July 12, 2013

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Even though the Long Beach primary nominating election isn’t until April 8, 2014, candidates for City Council, mayor and city prosecutor seats have already jumped into the race. As of press time, 14 potential candidates have filed candidacy-intention statements and have registered campaign-finance committees. Candidates have until July 31 to submit semi-annual

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campaign-finance reports that cover the period from Jan. 1 to June 30. Five odd-numbered City Council seats will be up for grabs next year, and, to date, only two incumbents have filed paperwork, declaring they may seek reelection. Ninth District Councilmember Steven Neal has filed paperwork to seek re-election to a second term, however he has also indicated he may run for the 64th Assembly District seat being

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In what city officials said could bring new jobs and economic growth to Long Beach, a real-estate firm announced this week that a major tenant– Mercedes-Benz USA– is moving into the former Boeing 717-assembly plant that has sat vacant off of Lakewood Boulevard at 4501 E. Conant

St. for nearly seven years. Real-estate agents for CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), which has been marketing the site for Irvine-based Sares-Regis Group since the developer purchased the property last year along with the rest of Boeing’s vacant land, announced on Monday, July 8 that Mercedes-Benz USA has signed a long-term

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In anticipation of its opening in September, Ernest S. McBride High School in Long Beach was previewed by the community in an open house Tuesday, July 9. McBride, named after the late Long Beach civil-rights activist, is the first of many smaller high schools expected to be built as a result of Measure K, a bond measure passed in 2008 that allots $1.2 billion from property-tax revenue to the construction and renovation of schools in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), Leonardo Poareo/Signal Tribune according to the district. In keeping with the Linked At McBride, Long Beach’s newest high school, students will have access Learning initiative in the LBUSD to a CSI lab, rooms resembling hospital wings, and CNC machines. and its emphasis on traditional classes in conjunction with career training, work and being able to do a hands-on application McBride will offer three “pathways”: health/med- of what they’re doing in the classroom,” McBride ical, public services/forensics, and engineering, Principal Steven Rockenbach said when addressing according to LBUSD superintendent Christopher community members during the open house. The school’s first class of 210 freshmen was Steinhauser. “Our school is helping students not only under- admitted to the school on the basis of their interest stand and study…what we call the core curricu- in one of the pathways as expressed in their applilum– English, math, history, and science– but cation essays, according to the LBUSD. Eventually, see SCHOOL page 14 helping them make that connection to the world of

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ming. Johnson said he has also helped the City acquire a grant to plant 6,000 new trees in the Wrigley Heights community, while opening four new parks, including a dog park, adding there may be opportunity to create more open space at the 47-acre Willow Springs Park. Johnson said he has helped bring forward a zero-emissions demonstration

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The nearly 1.1-million-square-foot former Boeing 717-assembly plant located off of Lakewood Boulevard at 4501 E. Conant St. is being leased by Mercedes-Benz USA, according to a local real-estate firm. An official announcement on what the multinational company plans to do with the site is expected soon.

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James Johnson has announced he is also pursuing re-election to a second term, recently launching a campaign website and sending out requests via email for campaign contributions. Johnson said he wants to “keep Long Beach on the right course,” adding that, while on the Council, he has helped put the City in a more fiscally sound position through focusing on pension reform and pushing for critical investments in streets, sidewalks, basic services and tree trim-

vacated by termed-out Assemblymember Isadore Hall. Neal has said that he will either run for the Council spot or the statewide office but won’t run for both, causing a costly special election if he ends up winning both seats. Neal said he plans to officially determine which office he will run for by the end of the year. So far, he is running unopposed for the 9th District Council seat. Seventh District Councilmember

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OC Register officially announces it will distribute first issue of new Long Beach daily newspaper on Aug. 19 Sean Belk Staff Writer

At a time when daily newspapers are shrinking in staff size and number, the Orange County Register is growing with its latest attempt to launch a new six-days-a-week newspaper in Long Beach that will hit news racks, businesses and doorsteps starting Aug. 19. Named the Long Beach Register, the publication will be a two-section broadsheet, averaging about 16 pages. The front section will include local news and feature articles while the back section will include stories on schools, sports and community events. On Saturdays, subscribers will only receive the schools sections, which will include prep sports, according to an Orange County Register article that officially announced the newspaper launch on July 9. For subscribers only, the Long Beach daily will be bound with the regular Orange County Register, providing state, national and international news as well as business, religion and fashion sections. Ian Lamont, who was the publisher of the Press-Telegram from 2001 to 2004, has been hired as the new daily’s publisher, while former Press-Telegram city editor Paul Eakins will become editor, according to the Orange County Register article. Lamont told the Signal Tribune in a phone interview that there are still a lot of things to work out, such as leasing office space for newsroom staff and determining advertising, adding that it’s still early in the process. “Right now, there’s more questions than answers,” he said. Lamont refrained from talking about potential competition with his former employer, however he did say that Long Beach has been in need of a stronger daily-newspaper presence. For decades, the Press-Telegram has been the only daily newspaper in Long Beach, which in 2010 was the seventh largest city in California and had a population of just under half a million people. “Long Beach, on a daily basis, has been an underserved media market,” Lamont said. “Being the size it is with

the diversity it has, it deserves to have city where we really could add tremendous value,” Kushner was quoted as a daily newspaper that covers it.” Lamont, who was also publisher of saying in the Orange County Register. The new daily will now go directly The Santa Clarita Valley Signal and owns an advertising and marketing firm, up against the Long Beach Presssaid the new newspaper’s readership is Telegram, which is currently owned expected to include “anyone who wants by Los Angeles Newspaper Group to know on a daily basis what’s hap- (LANG) and has been Long Beach’s pening in and around Long Beach.” daily newspaper of record for decades. He added, “The foundation is essential Amid financial struggles, however, and valued content… It’s geared to be LANG owners have implemented a number of changes in recent years, a community newspaper.” The newspaper’s distribution area consolidating news staff with its sister will mostly be in Long Beach as well paper, the Daily Breeze, based in Toras parts of Lakewood, Cerritos, Arte- rance while often being criticized for sia and Signal Hill, according to the publishing regional stories instead of article, which notes that the new daily local news. ß will appear at local retail outlets and 450 news racks. At first, issues may be made available for free, the article states. The move goes along with recent efforts by entrepreneurs Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz, who purchased the Orange County Register’s parent company Freedom Communications, Inc. about a year ago. In an attempt to bolster the newspaper’s ties with readers, the company has decided to concentrate on covering specific communities, turning once weekly newspapers into nearly daily publications, most recently in Newport Beach and Irvine. To do this, the new owners have aggressively expanded the company’s print operation, creating new positions, boosting newspaper staff by 70 percent and increasing the regular newspaper’s physical size as well. The owners now see an opportunity to expand into neighboring Long Beach, located on the fringe of Los Angeles County, which the Courtesy OC Register Irvine-based media com- The Long Beach Register is expected to be a twopany seldom covers. “In the section broadsheet newspaper that averages about case of Long Beach, it is a 16 pages six days a week.

Lowenthal bill that cracks down on rogue tow trucks goes to governor

The California State Assembly on July 3 passed Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal’s (D-Long Beach) AB 306, which requires storage yards and others that contract with a tow operator to obtain proof of a valid motor carrier permit (MCP) before allowing the operator to retrieve vehicles from or deliver vehicles to its premises. AB 306 passed unanimously and now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown. According to a statement from Lowenthal’s office, AB 306 closes a loophole in existing law that not only puts the public at risk, but also allows unscrupulous or rogue tow-truck drivers to undercut their competition. While California law requires all motorvehicle carriers to maintain a valid MCP, it does not explicitly require impound or storage yards to verify that the tow operators they contract with actually possess a MCP. “By closing the loophole, we’re leveling the playing field,” Lowenthal said. “AB makes it abundantly clear that all tow-truck operators have to play by the rules and carry the proper permits.” Typically, tow services are provided under contract with an auto club, the California Highway Patrol, a local parking control agency or some other authority. Those contracting for these services ensure that the company operating the tow trucks has a valid motor carrier permit. Once a vehicle is in an impound lot, an insurance company or the registered owner may want the vehicle

moved. In these cases, the storage yard may hire a low-cost tow operator to retrieve the vehicle in an effort to save money. Sometimes these “cut rate” tow operators work cheaply because they are not operating with a valid motor carrier permit, according to Lowenthal’s office. AB 306 is supported by the California Tow Truck Association,

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WHO WAS FANNY BIXBY SPENCER? What Author talk Who Dana Branch Library Where 3680 Atlantic Ave. When Friday, July 12 at 11:30am More Info Marcia Lee Harris will discuss her book Fanny Bixby Spencer: Long Beach’s Inspirational Firebrand. Harris’s book captures the life of Bixby by chronicling her achievements and humanitarianism, in addition to showcasing some of Bixby’s poetry. Harris will be dressed as Bixby to share stories from her book, as well as answer more in-depth questions about Bixby’s life. Call (562) 570-1042 or visit visit lbpl.org . LEARN HOW TO LEAD What Business networking meeting Who Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Where Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport Hotel, 2640 N. Lakewood Blvd. When Wednesday, July 17 starting at 7:15am More Info Corrina Lewis, founder and owner of Professional Sales Advantage, gives a presentation on “The Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Leadership.” Tickets are $15 for members and $30 for non-members. Event will include buffet breakfast and door prizes. Visit lbchamber.com/events .

LOUNGE WITH PET LOVERS What 24th annual meeting Who Friends of Long Beach Animals Where Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St. When Thursday, July 18, from 6pm to 8pm More Info Friends of Long Beach Animals will host a meet-and-greet with refreshments, a business meeting and a presentation on caring for pets. Attendees will learn about spay/neuter programs, humane education, fundraising, community activities and educational seminars. Visit friendsoflongbeachanimals.org .

FREE SPEECH ON FREEWAYS What Public hearing on 1-405 Freeway Project Who Caltrans Where Hill Classical Middle School, 1100 Iroquois Ave. When Wednesday, July 24 from 6pm to 8pm More Info The public will have an opportunity to comment and ask questions about the proposed Caltrans project to widen the I-405 Freeway from Costa Mesa to Orange County/Los Angeles County border. The purpose of the project is to ease traffic congestion and improve traffic, interchange operations and road safety to meet state and federal standards. The review period for the environmental impact report is from June 28 to Aug. 12. Visit octa.net/405/improvement .

JAZZ IT UP What Latin Jazz & Blue Festival Who Hosted by the office of 9th District Long Beach Councilmember Steven Neal Where Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave. When Saturday, July 27 from noon to 8pm More Info This free community event will feature The Jazz Angels, New Blues Revolution, Dat EZ Band, Box Car 7, Susie Hansen Latin Jazz, and DW3. There will also be a kids zone, food trucks and a vendor fair. Call (562) 570-6137 or email district9@longbeach.gov .

GET LOST IN A BOOK What Bixby Knolls Literary Society Meeting Where Elise’s Tea Room, 3924 Atlantic Ave. When Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 7pm More Info For the month of August, the Literary Society will read Invisible Man, considered a milestone in American literature since its appearance in 1952. The novel by Ralph Ellison describes the main character’s growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of “the Brotherhood,” and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the invisible man he imagines himself to be. Call (562) 595-0081.


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JULY 12, 2013

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart

Besides a spouse or blood relative, few of us have a more intimate relationship than we do with our primary doctor. Over the past several years I have been blessed to have had my medical needs looked after by local physician Dr. Ronald Bitter. Whether I had an ache, pain, fever or more serious condition, Dr. Bitter was there to see that I was back in perfect health as soon as possible. His gentle ways are so soothing, and his medical expertise, in my opinion, is second to none. A few years back I had simultaneously contracted both H1N1 (Swine Flu) and double pneumonia. Sicker than I had ever been in my life, having him visit me daily in the intensive-care unit gave me hope for recovery. There for over two weeks, my days and nights were spent just struggling to survive. My only respites were my breathing treatments and visits from my darling husband Steve and Dr. Bitter– who were both dressed in what appeared to be full hazmat attire. I was, after all, in what seemed like a double-secret, locked-down, private, highly contagious, sterile bomb shelter/alien observation facility. I was allowed no visitors, except Steve. Heck, I wasn’t even allowed to use a phone. Not speaking with my mother for nearly two weeks was agony. Thanks to Dr. Bitter and the specialists he recommended, I recovered in about two months. I am still grateful for his kindness and medical acumen. For those of you who read my mother’s column a couple of weeks ago, you know that Dr. Bitter is the person who recommended seven years ago that she consult with oncologist Dr. Robert Nagourney after she was diagnosed with stage-four ovarian cancer. I am thankful that recommendation saved her life and she is still totally cancer-free. I know that in Dr. Bitter’s nearly 40 years of practice he touched many people’s lives, and we have all been blessed to have found him. Now, it appears, he is retiring to pursue more personal pleasures. To bid him a proper farewell, his staff and colleagues at Long Beach Internal Medical Group hosted a lovely retirement reception late last month to allow Dr. Bitter’s patients to thank him publicly. It was a bittersweet affair, complete with refreshments, beverages, hugs, kisses, stories, and of course, lots of tears. My family and I wish Dr. Bitter well, and I encourage him to consider part-time doctoring if his wife decides that she married him for better or worse, but not for lunch. I love you, Dr. B. Thank you for all you have done for me and my family.

For those who don’t know Dr. Ronald Bitter, here is a bit of his biography…I found the information on his office’s website, lbimg.com . Although a native Californian, Dr. Bitter grew up on a farm in Idaho. Prior to opening his private practice, he had 18 years of higher education and medical training. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees were received from Brigham Young University, his Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota, and his M.D. From the University of Hawaii. He did his internal medical residency and was chief resident at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Bitter has held the position of instructor in physiology at the University of North Dakota, graduate teaching assistant, and graduate research assistant, political research field supervisor, and clinical teacher at the University of California, Irvine. His interests include participation in church activities, athletics, music, and 20 years of scouting where he received both the Eagle Scout and Silver Explorer awards. He is also a member of Sigma Xi and the California Medical Association.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Silver linings

As you may now know, Ralphs on Long Beach Boulevard closed its doors on June 15, and now Orchard [Supply Hardware (OSH)] is set to close too. The bigbox retailers like Ralphs and OSH have major internal issues within their corporate structure that are far beyond our control. We hate to see these businesses close, but their issues are ones we cannot do much about. However, we are here to tell you that the sky is not falling! There is so much positive momentum in the area, and we are seeing more and more investment in Bixby Knolls than ever before. People are buying buildings and making improvements; businesses are relocating to Bixby Knolls because it’s a “hot” neighborhood; retail spaces are being filled along Atlantic Avenue; service businesses are moving onto Long Beach Boulevard; two new restaurants will open up in the area; the [Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association] (BKBIA) continues the façade improvements, security patrols, and monthly events and programs; Cal Heights Clean Streets keeps the corridors spotless each week; the former Blockbuster space on Roosevelt and Long Beach Boulevard has been leased and will get a major facelift and same for the former Arnold’s property; and a real-estate agent told us that people referring to the April Sunset Magazine article are coming to look for houses in the area. [Long Beach] City Manager Pat West says other parts of the city are looking at Bixby Knolls as a model for community-building. We ask that you continue supporting our smaller businesses that make up the backbone of our area. There is a lot to celebrate and be proud of in Bixby Knolls. You are encouraged to write to the CEO of OSH and show your support for keeping the store in Long Beach. Write to: osh.feedback@osh.com or Mark.Baker@osh.com . Blair Cohn Executive Director Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association

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Retired astrophysicist, former NASA consultant to help residents ‘look up to the stars’ from Signal Hill

Sean Belk Staff Writer

Celestial events happen all the time, such as solar or lunar eclipses, but some astral phenomena are more rare, such as the “supermoon” that occurred last month or a meteorite falling from the sky. Kevin Manning, a retired astrophysicist and former NASA consultant, plans to give local residents a glimpse into our mysterious universe during his program called “Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe” at the Signal Hill Library on Monday, July 15 from 7pm to 8:30pm. “It’s a program about the size and scale of the universe, from the very small to the very large,” he said. “It’s a family program for all ages.” During the nearly hour-and-ahalf-long program, which is part of the library’s free event series “Night at the Library,” Manning will give a Powerpoint presentation, showing video footage of cosmic occurrences. Then, if weather permits, attendees will be able to peer through his powerful 200-millimeter, eight-inch-diameter-mirror reflector telescope, which he says gathers 500 times more light than the unaided eye.

The telescope will be set up outside the library, said Charles Hughes, assistant librarian, who added that the library wasn’t able to set it up on Hilltop Park, the highest peak in the area, because it would have been too difficult to direct residents up the hill and the event would have caused too much noise for nearby residents. That doesn’t bother Manning, however, who said there should be no problem getting a good view of the moon, stars and planets, including the rings of Saturn, from the bottom of the hill. “The moon and planets are bright enough that you don’t have to have a really dark sky to view them easily,” he said. Manning, who founded “Look Up To The Stars,” an educational program about astronomy, has given numerous presentations to libraries across the nation, promoting scientific literacy from coast to coast. He went nationwide with “Star Tour USA” about two years ago after mainly giving presentations on the East Coast, where he is from. Hughes said he expects about 65 people to show up for the astronomy program. The library’s last space-themed event that took place in April was well attended, he said. The event included Signal Hill author Marty Steere, who talked about

his book “Sea of Crisis,” a fiction thriller based around the 1976 Apollo 18 moon mission, and a Downey Space Center specialist, who discussed the Mars rover Curiosity. Manning said space will always be an interesting subject because it’s always changing. “There’s always new things happening in space,” he said. “I think people are innately curious about space science, and that is indicated by the number of people that show up at my programs.” The most recent and noticeable cosmic event that occurred was the supermoon, which is when the moon is closest to Earth during a full-moon cycle, making it the brightest and largest full moon. This occurred on June 23, sending people to take snapshots of the massivelooking lunar disk. The largest supermoons, however, occur when the moon is at its very closest point to Earth, which takes place about every 20 to 30 years, though supermoons that aren’t as quite as large in the sky may occur many times in between, such was the case with the most recent one, Manning explained. An event when the moon is farthest from Earth on its orbital path at the same time of a solar

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Kevin Manning, a retired astrophysicist and former NASA consultant, will give an astronomy presentation on July 15 as part of the Signal Hill Library’s summer program “Night at the Library.”

eclipse, however, leaves a “ring of fire” around the edge of the moon, he said. Manning said he has footage of this event that occurred on May 10. It could not be seen from the United States but was viewable from Australia, Manning said. He said a sunspot group has recently formed on the sun, stretching to about 40,000 kilometers or 11 times the diameter of the Earth. If this triggers solar flares it could send electrically charged particles to the planet, disrupting radio waves and creating an aurora borealis to migrate south of the North Pole, he said. Upcoming celestial events include the ISON comet, which is expected to be bright enough

Long Beach Harbor Commission appoints new Port director of communications

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has selected Michael Gold as director of Communications and Community Relations for the Port of Long Beach, beginning in mid-July. The Board voted Gold to the post at their July 1 meeting, following a six-month search to replace Heather Morris, who retired after heading the department for more than eight years. Gold has been working in the public affairs and legislative fields for more than 16 years. Prior to joining the Port of Long Beach, he

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Uduak Ntuk has announced his candidacy for the Long Beach School Board. An emailed statement released July 3 states, “As an engineer and public servant, Uduak-Joe Ntuk has developed a pragmatic and inclusive approach to problem-solving and public service. He is a petroleum engineering associate with the City of Long Beach, where his department is part of a public-private partnership that operates the THUMS Islands.” Assembly candidate Tonia Reyes Uranga will have a fundraiser on Thursday, July 25 at Kessal, Young and Logan, 400 Oceangate, from 6pm to 8pm. Uranga served on the Long Beach city council for eight years and is presently serving as the executive director of the Miguel Contreras Foundation. For more information, call (562) 544-7163 or email tonia.reyesuranga@gmail.com .

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and I am eager to be part of this world-class communications team and contribute to the Port’s success,” he said. A native of Los Angeles, Gold holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego. He was recently a Coro Foundation Executive Fellow.

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6 SIGNAL TRIBUNE COMMUNITY JULY 12, 2013 Long Beach City College Rancho inviting public to squish, names new athletics director

Long Beach City College Vice President of Student Support Services Dr. Gregory Peterson has announced the hiring of Joe Cascio as the college’s new athletic director. “I am pleased to announce that after a very competitive hiring process we have selected Joe Cascio as our new athletic director,” said Peterson. “President (Eloy) Oakley, Executive Vice President Lou Anne Bynum, and I were all very impressed by the leadership Joe has provided and the energy and experience he will bring to Long Beach City College.” Cascio will begin his new position at LBCC on Monday, July 15. “I was extremely excited when I first got the call,” Cascio said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. There was no doubt in my mind that I had to go for it, and I couldn’t be happier to join a college with such an impressive athletic tradition.” Cascio comes to Long Beach after serving as project manager at Santa Monica College’s (SMC) athletic department since 2010. While at SMC, Cascio oversaw and directed a 17-team athletic program. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Santa Monica and most recently served as associate head coach of the SMC men’s basketball team from 2007-2010. Cascio brings more than 20 years of coaching experience ranging from high school, the Amateur Athletic Union and college to LBCC. “I am pleased to welcome Joe Cascio to the LBCC athletic department, ” said Connie Sears, dean of Student Affairs, Kinesiology and Athletics. “Joe brings a great deal of experience and knowledge with him to the position. I look forward to working with Joe as we prepare for the upcoming school year and athletic seasons.” Cascio says he is well aware of the

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long athletic tradition at LBCC and looks to add to the college’s 89 state championships, which are currently the most in California community-college history. “I want to honor and respect the rich tradition at LBCC,” he said. “I want to build on that tradition. Eightynine state championships is only the beginning. It’s time to add more championships in multiple sports.” Cascio earned his masters of arts in physical education administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2008 and received his bachelor’s of arts in kinesiology from Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2007. He was also a student in the California community college system and earned an associate of arts degree in physical education from SMC in 2005. Cascio, his wife Yolanda, and their three children currently reside in Redondo Beach. His oldest daughter Jessica will be a junior at Long Beach State this fall while daughter Marissa and son Jackson both attend Redondo Union High School. Cascio replaces Randy Totorp, who served as interim athletic director at LBCC for the past two years. Totorp filled the position that was vacated by Larry Reisbig after he retired in 2011.

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Rotaract Long Beach has opened team registration for the 81st Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest– a free, two-day community festival featuring amateur and professional sand sculpting, arts and crafts, live music and charity fundraising. This year’s event will take place Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11 at Granada Beach, with all proceeds raised at the event benefitting the Long Beach Library Foundation. The theme of this year’s event is “Sculpting Literacy in Your Community.”

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Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site will host its annual Mud Mania event on Sunday, Aug. 11 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Admission will be $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 4 to 12; children 3 years and younger will be admitted free of charge. During Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe, guests will make real adobe bricks, plaster a wall with mud, construct a mini-adobe home, compete in mud relay races, and more as they learn about local adobe soil and its many uses throughout history. Adobe is one of the oldest and most common building materials known to man. Traditionally sun-dried, adobe Courtesy Rancho Los Cerritos blocks are made of sand, Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe will offer various activities, including clay, water and straw and were free play in the adobe pit. used to construct the home at Rancho Los Cerritos, which ities, including cuneiform no showers. was built 168 years ago. At writing on clay tablets, Mud The Rancho is located at Mud Mania, guests young and Mania trivia, and paper crafts. 4600 Virginia Rd., northwest old can squish and stomp mud Also, The Witcher Brothers of the intersection of Long in the adobe pit, where they will be performing lively blue- Beach Boulevard and San will learn all about building grass music throughout the Antonio Drive. Today Rancho homes with adobe bricks. Dig- event, and light refreshments Los Cerritos is one of the few ging through the adobe soil in will be available for purchase. remaining two-story adobes in the archaeology lab, they can For Mud Mania, attendees Southern California and is uncover lost treasures from should park in the overflow lot normally open Wednesdaybygone years: fragments of across from the Rancho Sunday between 1pm to 5pm kitchen pottery, metal cutlery entrance or on the street; car- for free tours; however, the and even bone from the cattle pooling is recommended. The house will be closed on and sheep that once grazed on Rancho requests that there be August 19 because of the the 27,000-acre Rancho. Par- no more than six children per muddiness of the event. Mud ticipants will also have an adult. Shoes are required, Mania is supported by Friends opportunity to see and touch except in the mud pit, and of Rancho Los Cerritos and different insects that live in guests are encouraged to wear Rancho Los Cerritos Historic the soil, make a clay pot, and old clothes and bring a towel Site, Long Beach Parks, play mud-related games. plus a change of attire for the Recreation & Marine. For For those who prefer to ride home. “De-mudding” sta- more information call (562) stay neat and tidy, Mud Mania tions will also be available for 570-1755 or visit ranoffers plenty of “clean” activ- limited clean-up, but there are choloscerritos.org .

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More than 10,000 people attended the contest last year, raising more than $4,000 in prior years for Miller Children’s Hospital of Long Beach and LINC Housing, according to Rotaract Long Beach. Registration for teams, event sponsors and vendors is now open. New to this year’s contest will be several top professional sculptors from around the nation. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best professional sculptors. Proceeds from the Great Sand Sculpture Contest will benefit the Long Beach Library Foundation ( LBPLF), a nonprofit charitable organization raising donations to support the programs, collections, services and programs of Long Beach Public Library. Rotaract Long Beach is asking all event participants and attendees to contribute either a monetary donation or one used or

new book to support the LBPLF in its mission to provide support to enhance the Long Beach Public Library and encourage literacy and education for all members of the community. Rotaract is seeking sponsors, which can include “day of” sponsorships or vending, in-kind donations and more. A number of sponsorship levels are available to help offset the costs of the event, which is staffed entirely by volunteers, and to generate donations for Library Foundation. Registration is free for the community, and there is a nominal fee for corporate sand-sculpting teams. To register as a team, sponsor or vendor, sign up at lbsandcastle.com or contact Rotaract Long Beach at gssc@rotaractlb.org . Source: Rotaract LB

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Proceeds from the Great Sand Sculpture Contest will benefit the Long Beach Library Foundation ( LBPLF), a nonprofit charitable organization raising donations to support the programs, collections, services and programs of Long Beach Public Library.


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fornia State University, Long Beach. Dr. Meena Singhal has been appointed associate vice president for the Pacific Coast Campus, effective July 1, 2013. Singhal, who previously served as dean of Academic Services and as interim dean of Language Arts at LBCC, began her career at LBCC as a faculty member in the Department of English as a Second Language (ESL) in 2000. Singhal has taught all levels of ESL and English composition at various colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. She earned her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona, her M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and her B.Ed. in Elementary Education and B.A. in English Literature from the University of Calgary. Tom To has been named interim associate dean of Career Technical Education, effective July 15, 2013. To, previously served as interim dean of Counseling and Student Support Services at LBCC, and he has more than 14 years of experience as a counselor and advisor to students at LBCC, California State University, Long Beach and Cerritos College. He earned his M.S. in Counseling and B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach. Source: LBCC

Marine Stadium to close for special events

The Long Beach Marine Safety Division and the Department of Parks and Recreation has issued a press release to make the public aware of closure dates for Marine Stadium. No speedboats or water-skiing will be allowed on the following dates:

• Friday, July 19– Kid’s Day • Saturday, July 20– Outrigger Regatta • Monday, July 22– The stadium will close to the public at 1pm for

a rowing event • Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28– Dragon Boat tournament

The Long Beach Municipal Band summer concerts have returned to Marine Stadium on Thursday evenings through Aug. 1. The concerts begin at 6:30pm. The waterways will reduce to 5 miles per hour at 5:30pm so that vessels of any size can enter the stadium to enjoy the music. The launching fee is $12. Vehicles up to 23 feet are permitted. Stadium hours are 8am

to sunset. Recorded information is available by calling (562) 570-3203. For answers to questions, call (562) 570-3236. Source: Long Beach Fire Dept.

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Belmont Shore eateries to offer samplings of various cuisine along 2nd Street

The Belmont Shore Business Association will host the 2013 Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor on Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18 from 5:30pm to 9pm. The event, also called “Taste of Belmont Shore,” offers the public the opportunity to stroll 2nd Street and sample cuisine from various Belmont Shore residents. Numerous musical acts will perform at different venues along the street. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Beach on 2nd, La Strada, Olives Gourmet, Roe

Restaurant, Salon Soma, Shore Business Center, Sweet Jill’s and We Olive. Tickets will also be sold in front of Chase Bank on the night of the event. The cost is $10 for a book of 12 tickets. Additionally, the annual Belmont Shore Summer Sale will take place along 2nd Street Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21, offering sale items inside and outside participating stores. For more information, visit belmontshore.org or facebook.com/belmontshore2ndst , or call (562) 434-3066.

How I came to love Italian wine Jackie Townsend Author

American children don’t grow up with wine as an inherent part of meals as Italian children do. We drink milk, and while wine might be at our tables, lumped in with beer or liquor, we inherit almost a fear of it. It is illegal after all; we might be arrested if caught drinking it under 21, our parents might remind us. Not to mention that it tastes horrible. Since an Italian’s taste for wine is absorbed over time, the

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idea of getting drunk on it, as this one teenage American did once, is obtuse. My first exposure to the beverage came not at a table but in my best friend’s bedroom before a high-school party. We passed back and forth one of those jugs of Chianti wrapped in straw until it was empty. I don’t have to tell you how the night ended. I stuck to beer after that. After I graduated college I began to drink wine again, this time as a form of luxury to accompany my new and trendy (at the time) 80-hour work week. It was a welcome change to come home Friday night and relax over a glass (or two) as opposed to being out with my friends getting blotto at happy hour (Margaritas, anyone?), as we young Americans like to do in order to forget the fact that we are living to work and not vice versa. The wines I bought were from corner liquor stores. Screw tops, mostly white, carried out in paper bags filled with cans and boxes of the processed foods I grew up on. I had moved beyond Gallo but still mostly drank California wine because that’s all they had. As my income increased, so did the prices I paid for wine because as a proponent of the American Dream and at the forefront of the dot-com boom, I understood concepts like more, bigger, and higher (as in price) to mean better. But now I know the best Barolo vintage of the last decade (2006); I know why certain years are better than others, and why some years are exceptional. I don’t need to know all the technical details of winemaking, but I know that passion and obsessiveness to detail contribute significantly to consistent, excellent vintages, even when the elements refuse to cooperate. I know that weather, for instance, can wipe out an entire year’s work. The moon, where the

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Now that Independence Day is behind us, the summer is in full swing. Barbeques, hikes and lazy days at the pool abound. And most of us are itching to leave town– eager to spend some time away from work, escaping from it all. Wine enthusiasts are fortunate in that we get to go somewhere virtually every night. How? As food, wine, and spirits expert Anthony Dias Blue once explained, “Wine is a passport to the world.” Consider Muscadet, a French white wine produced around the city of Nantes, where the Loire River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Made from a grape called Melon de Bourgogne, the wines are marked by subtle yet precise aromas of apples, limes and seawater. Thanks to extended contact with the dead yeast cells left over after fermentation, Muscadet is also known for exhibiting a creamy mouthfeel. Nantes’s local cuisine takes full advantage of the Loire River and the Atlantic, so unsurprisingly, these wines are perfect with shellfish and seafood dishes. I’ve never been to Nantes, but every time I open a bottle of Muscadet, I’m taken to the coast of western France–

and find myself craving mussels and fries. Similarly, whenever I sip Australian Shiraz, I picture myself at a campfire in the Outback with a giant slab of beef. The list goes on. Rioja inspires visions of a tapas crawl in the Spanish city of Logroño. When I drink Fiano– a crisp, Italian white– I find myself in southern Italy enjoying a fresh caprese salad. Beer might be the most popular pairing for bratwurst, but when I drink Riesling, I envision myself in Germany enjoying pan-fried sausage over sauerkraut with spicy mustard. Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc takes me back to those perfect evenings I’ve had in wine country dining al fresco with friends. Wine is also a connection to the past. I’ll never forget the evening some friends and I opened a perfectly cellared bottle of Bordeaux from 1919. For starters, the wine still had life in it– savory, dark fruit was backed by notes of roasted nuts, eucalyptus, and cedar. More importantly, though, the wine inspired a conversation about the lives of those who made it. The Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919, officially ending World War I. So that wine was made while cleaning up from the wreckage of the first global war and hoping for a brighter future. That experience can easily be repli-

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Kevin Johnson photographs men and women with washboard abs, perfect derrieres and pretty faces. In those photos, you’re likely to see flawless bodies that are well seasoned to the lens– who know their way around a photo shoot, whose unwanted hair has been removed and whose eyes know how to “speak” to the camera.

But that’s just part of his day job running his public-relations firm Boots Bryant PR, which handles online marketing, social media, press releases, blogging, and product-demonstration videos and photography for, currently, six companies that fall primarily within the sex-accessories industry. As a photographic artist, however, Johnson is more interested in models of a very different type. In the pictures he

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produces for his own pleasure and creative articulation, you’re more apt to see guys who enjoy swigging down a six-pack instead of sporting one. A body covered in hair is one to be appreciated rather than one to be shaved. And what’s being “sold” in those images are provocative ideas, not lubricants. Johnson himself is a walking, talking study of how media can manipulate (or be manipulated) to present desired images that are contrary to their original subject matter. Before meeting him, I saw photos of him online that showed a seemingly tough, possibly even intimidating, dude who might make for an arrogant interviewee; the person I met, though, was polite and easy-going, and he even fed me lunch. For someone who has mastered the art of artifice, he is a man who is quite real. In talking to him about why he makes art and what his approach to it is, some of his replies may sound like the familiar verbiage we so often hear from artists, with notes of “therapy” and “express myself,” but, in being present with him, you see the truth in and behind his blue-gray eyes. When he discusses how, before realizing his artistic abilities, he used food to cope, he’s extremely forthcoming in providing details about his own and his family’s unhealthy lifestyles. When he tells the story behind a self-portrait, in which he is maniacally upchucking a jagged, violent ray of red light, his eyes moisten, and his voice becomes delicate, and it becomes clear that the backstory about being “dumped” last year could have had a very different, and unfortunate, ending. The path he chose, instead of a selfdestructive one, is currently on display at Vivid Framing & Lighting, 501 East Broadway. Bearing Light in the Darkest Hours features long-exposure, lightpainting photography, a new venture for Johnson, who said that, after his breakup in October, he “needed something new that would hit the reset button.” The process involves leaving an SLR camera’s shutter open, with the device in manual mode, shining a light on a model in a pitch-black room to”paint” them in, and moving a small light source around the model, which leaves an impression as if you’ve painted in the air. Johnson, who never went to school for photography and instead learned by assisting professional photographers on their sets, said the technique opens up new possibilities for him. “Sure, I could schedule a hot guy to come to my studio and take pictures, and go through them “A Gourmet Gifting & Baking Company”

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Self-portrait, which the artist did after a disturbing break-up last October

and look at them and gawk at them,” he said. “But then what do I do when I’m sitting on the couch? Light painting gave me something new to think about, like when I’m on the couch, in between photo shoots. So, I just used it as free therapy.” He says he doesn’t think he’ll tire of light painting and instead will build upon what he’s already done. He’s contemplating ideas for his next series, called The Art of Self-Sabotage, which, he says, will explore how we are our own worst enemies and how we can destroy things for ourselves faster than anyone else can. I made his acquaintance at his Long Beach home one Tuesday afternoon. An air of welcomeness was evident there: his accommodating assistant was around to lend a hand; Johnson was dogsitting a black Lab named Lola; and a friend named Coy was visiting from San Francisco, with his Chihuahua Sassafras in tow. Johnson demonstrated his light-painting technique by using me as a model, then we sat and ate pizza and breadsticks as we talked, and our conversation veered easily from creative technicalities to the profound impact that self-image plays in an artist’s work.

First of all, what’s the story behind the name “Boots Bryant?” And did you know that there’s at least one other “Boots Bryant?” A wedding planner? This one is a middle-aged woman who handles technical support of cellphones for AT&T in Clarksville, Tennessee? That’s funny. She probably hates me– she goes to Google herself and gets an eyeful. “Boots Bryant” started as a joke, and now it’s a business with a bank account and a line of credit. I was at a party in 2006, and everyone was drunk and was like, “What’s your stripper name?” Your first pet and the first street you lived on. So, my first cat was named Boots– all-black cat with white paws, and the white went up, and it looked like boots. And we lived on Bryant Street, up in the Valley. So, that’s how it started, and then the next year I was writing for a magazine, and they sent me out to cover events. What magazine? AVN (Adult Video News). So they would send me out to write about an event, and they would send me with a camera to do the event photography, and they didn’t want my editor name and the photographer’s name to be the same, so I started using “Boots Bryant.” Your art features a lot of nudity and sexual situations. In fact, one of your series is entitled The Art of Cruising, which was made into a very sexy calendar. Why do you think sexuality plays such a strong role in your art? I’m a very sexual person, and I always have been. I mean, since puberty, ever since I can remember. And our PR company, all of our clients are adult toys and personal-care cosmetics, lubes, stuff like that. So, it’s just a big part of me. And my art is what I use as a form of free therapy, you know. It’s how I

express what I have inside, what I need to get out so it doesn’t eat me alive. The Art of Cruising, in particular, I’ve been working on since 2009, and I just Googled “infamous cruising spots Southern California,” and I just went and photographed them all. And then I went back to, not necessarily that spot, but just found a new location where there would be nobody, with models, and we would re-create encounters and scenarios. It was a calendar in 2011, and now I’m working on a coffee-table book. I have 77 pages laid out. How many of those cruising spots are in Long Beach? I think 40 percent of it was shot down here. Are there any in Signal Hill? Not that I know of. I saw an oil derrick in one of the pictures. Yes! I’ve done shoots in Signal Hill, but I don’t know that that’s a real infamous cruising spot. Because usually I would go to the infamous cruising spot and shoot that– like if they would post signs like “Monitored by un-uniformed police officers,” and they warn you, these are infamous spots, the cops know about them. So I would go shoot those spots, and when I re-enacted stuff or shot the actual sexy pictures with the models, it was not the infamous cruising spot, because there would be people there, you know what I mean? And, if you bring out a camera in a place like that, they don’t like you so much. It’s like bringing out a camera at a nude beach. Is it difficult to find people who are willing to be photographed nude? It was in the beginning when I didn’t have a portfolio of work to really show, because, first of all, it sounds like such a pick-up line– (imitating creepy voice) “Oh, I’m a photographer,” you know? They all think you’re Bob Guccione from Penthouse, and you’re going to try to sleep with them. It’s gotten a lot easier, now that I’ve been doing it for a while, and I’ve gotten some work under my belt and in my portfolio. I have more people coming to me... and I keep a bank of potential future models that I go to, and I try to get those people before I post an ad looking for a model. But, even still, now, yeah, there’s a lot of people who are just shy. That’s why the Macherine, the mask series that I’ve been working on (featuring individuals whose identities are concealed by masks), that’s why a lot of people will opt to do that, because they’re anonymous. Nobody’s going to know it’s them. If they have a tattoo or something, I Photoshop it out. The whole point of that series is about anonymity, and, you know, what people will do if they know they’re behind the cloak of anonymity. What do you look for when you seek out models to photograph? It depends on what the project is. Most of my art projects, I shoot different body types, different ages. I don’t really discriminate. When I’m doing it for art, I like all different types of people. When someone hires me to do a shoot see ARTIST page 14


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lease to occupy the space that totals nearly 1.1 million square feet. It remains unclear what the multinational automaker has planned for the site, which includes two large former aircraft-assembly hangars, but city officials said New Jersey-based Mercedes-Benz USA is expected to make an official announcement soon. Long Beach city officials lauded the deal, stating it culminates nearly a year of planning and negotiations between the property owner and the City and will garner new jobs and economic vitality. “This is significant for Long Beach as it will bring needed jobs and property-tax revenue,” stated 5th District Long Beach City Councilmember Gerrie Schipske in an emailed statement, adding that she knew of the deal for several weeks. “This transaction speaks to the excellence of the SaresRegis Group as a developer and the fact that they are marketing the convenience and quality of Long Beach to potential businesses. This also speaks to the fact that Long Beach is a desirable location on so many levels.” Fourth District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell also sent out an email, applauding the transaction. “This is a great thing for Long Beach and an excellent opportunity to put this facility to good use,” he stated. “Thank you to all involved in making this happen.” Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster had worked closely with the property owner to lure the new tenant, said Becky Ames, the mayor’s chief of staff. Although Ames said she couldn’t divulge any further details at the request of Mercedes-Benz, she told the Signal Tribune in a phone interview that the mayor was “intricately involved” along with development services staff in helping to bring together plans for the site after a “substantial number of conversations” and negotiations in the past year. “It was a team effort,” she said. Ames said the property owner has envisioned a “dramatic re-imagining” of the site, which is adjacent to the Long Beach Airport and across the street from a Marriott Courtyard hotel that opened earlier this year and several other developments that are underway. “It’s going to be a very, very positive thing, and we’re very happy to see it come together,” she said. A statement from CBRE states that the deal marks a “significant milestone for the City of Long Beach, as the backfilling of the massive facility” and signifies a “new era for the 52.2-acre site,” which is also located across the street from the 260-acre mixed-use development known as Pacific Pointe at Douglas Park. CBRE real-estate agent John Schumacher stated that the transaction is the “largest infill industrial lease in the Los Angeles area in more than 25 years,” the likelihood of such a transaction happening in the local area again anytime soon would be “virtually impossible.” “There simply is no way to aggregate a [plus or minus] 50-acre site within the infill area of Los Angeles, let alone in such close proximity to the Port of Long Beach,” Schumacher stated. “It’s unlikely that we’ll see another opportunity for a contiguous parcel with these kinds of improvements within a 20-mile radius of the ports in the foreseeable future.” It’s undetermined whether Mercedes-Benz qualifies for tax credits through the enterprise zone after the state Legislature has made substantial changes to the program, but Ames said the City’s recent efforts to streamline permitting processes and

provide easy access to the mayor and city staff helped close the deal. The site’s close proximity to airports, freeways and “great public schools” also made Long Beach a prime candidate, she said. Having close access to the Port of Long Beach, which is where Mercedes-Benz already imports cars through various shipping arrangements, was a major factor as well, Ames added. “In this particular instance, I would say that was certainly a part of it,” she said. Mercedez-Benz, historically a German luxury-automaker that has moved some manufacturing to America, isn’t entirely unknown to Long Beach. According to the company’s website, the automaker already has fuel-cell operations and a tech center at 4035 Via Ora Ave. in Long Beach, located just off the 710 Freeway. The major lease transaction comes after several attempts by city officials and real-estate representatives to reel in a tenant to fill up the massive vacancy. Plans for the former commercialaircraft assembly plant have included a movie studio and a manufacturing facility for Tesla Motors, which decided to move to Fremont. At one point, city officials even tried to entice Boeing to return to the site to build its 737 MAX in an effort to revive airline production in California, however Boeing went with Renton, Wash. instead. The site was left empty after the last 717 commercial airline rolled off the lot in 2006 once Boeing decided to shutter its operations there. Douglas Aircraft Company built the first series of commercial airline DC jets at the site, and then McDonnell Douglas Aircraft built MD 80s and other airline models. Before being used for commercial-airline production, the site was used for assembling military aircraft at the outset of World War II. The plant was once called the “Arsenal of Defense,” turning out nearly 15,000 military aircraft, including C-47s, B17s, A-26s and early A-20s amd employing some 70,000 people. As for the historic “Fly DC Jets” neon sign that has been located on the top of the hangar building for more than 50 years, the landlord entered an agreement with Boeing and the City when the developer bought the property that the sign be “retained in place, protected and maintained as is.” However, preservation groups have called for it to be protected further through a historic-landmark designation. ß

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Woman aviator Barbara Erickson London remembered for playing pivotal role in Long Beach aviation history

Sean Belk Staff Writer

Barbara Erickson London, a heroic aviator who helped pave the way for women pilots and played a pivotal role in Long Beach aviation history, passed away on Sunday, July 7 in Los Gatos, Calif., surrounded by family and friends. She was 93. Born on July 1, 1920 in Seattle, Washington, London enrolled in the Civilian Pilot Training program in her late teens as a sophomore at the University of Washington. This set in motion a path to become a highly regarded pioneering woman aviator. In a class of only four women receiving pilot training at the time, she went on to quickly become a flying instructor and flew both land and sea planes. London then arrived in Long Beach after joining the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS), which was responsible for delivering military aircraft to different parts of the country during World War II. She was the 14th woman to qualify. At age 23, she became the commanding officer of 80 women assigned to the Long Beach 6th Ferrying Group and later the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), which disbanded one year later. But in 1943, she flew 8,000 miles in 10 days, including four 2,000mile trips, transporting P-47s, P-51s and C-47s in less than a week. It was for these intrepid flights that Erickson London was awarded the Air Medal by General “Hap” Arnold. She was the only WASP to receive such a medal during the war.

Her aviation accomplishments, however, didn’t stop there. After World War II, London married Jack London Jr., also a pilot whom she met in the Ferry Command. Together with other pioneering aviators, she ran a flight school, charter service and aircraft-parts sales business. She later continued her aviation business at the Long Beach Airport. London also helped to found the All Woman Transcontinental Air Race, also known as the “Powder Puff Derby,” and established the Long Beach Chapter of the Ninety Nines, a now international organization of women pilots. The organization’s first president was famed woman aviator Amelia Earhart. The local chapter helped Long Beach, Torrance and Orange County to host the transcontinental air race many times through its 30-year history. Iris Critchell, who served with London in the WAFS for two years, sent the Signal Tribune an emailed statement about her passing. “Barbara was a rare and wonderful friend for me, and we shared in many different phases of our lives,” she said. “Her grace and poise, as well as strength and quiet leadership, was a privilege to work with and know as a close friend since 1943. I hope that some of her major contributions to aviation, women pilots and the community can be brought to light to inspire others in to the future.” London and Critchell are both memorialized on the wall of the top floor of the historic terminal building at the Long Beach Airport. The airport

named a street after London in 2005, and in 2010 she received the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, D.C. Long Beach Airport staff issued the following statement on London’s passing. “Barbara London served our nation, ferrying airplanes to our troops in the battlefields of WWII,” the statement read. “She has been recognized as an American hero and is known for her groundbreaking role as a woman aviator in our armed forces. Long Beach Airport chose to name a street after her legacy because we are so proud that she is part of the airport’s history. More importantly, we are proud that she is part of the LGB family. We extend our prayers to her loved ones and to all those who admire her bravery and heroism.”

in Memoriam

Betty Jean Rodriguez (Dec. 7, 1928–June 23, 2013) Betty Jean rodriguez died peacefully on June 23, 2013 at Providence little Company of Mary Medical Center, Torrance from kidney failure. Betty was born on December 7, 1928, in Sentinel, oklahoma and later came to long Beach with her parents hazel and leroy Delk during the Dustbowl of the 1930s. She is a graduate of Wilson high School. Betty is known to her daughters as “Betty Bowl,” since for 45 years she was a childcare worker at Java lanes Bowl, long Beach. At Java, you could always find Betty chatting with her fellow coworkers telling them the history of the bowling alley when it first opened its doors. if you were lucky, she would give you coupons for free games of bowling. Betty held others positions as well from coffee-shop waitress to front-

desk customer service. Betty was actively involved in her daughter’s and grandson’s educational journeys and supported their classmates as well. While her grandson was at Alvarado elementary School, she provided reading and writing assistance and never missed the opportunity to chaperone one of his class field trips. When he moved onto middle school at Tincher Preparatory School, she won the volunteers in Public Schools (viPS) volunteer of the Month award for her dedication of service fundraising to provide students with new school uniforms. is shows how Betty was dedicated in seeing up and coming youth get a proper education.

Betty will be greatly missed and remembered by all whom new her for her hard work, dedication and sweet soul. She is survived by her daughters, Cheryl, Joy and lori; grandson Tyler. A small family/close friends memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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TST4409 Title No. 7396595/4103985 ALS No. 2012-6542 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT OF A LIEN, DATED AUGUST 13, 2009. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: On July 31, 2013, at 9:00 AM, ASSOCIATION LIEN SERVICES, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to a certain lien, recorded on August 20, 2009, as instrument number 20091281885, of the official records of Los Angeles County, California. WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR LAWFUL MONEY OF THE UNITED STATES, OR A CASHIERS CHECK at: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA 91766. The street address and other common designations, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2599 Walnut Ave No. 206, Signal Hill, CA 90755 Assessor's Parcel No. 7211026-097 The owner(s) of the real property is purported to be: Vanessa Davis, a single woman The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designations, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of a note, homeowner's assessment or other obligation secured by this lien, with interest and other sum as provided therein: plus advances, if any, under the terms thereof and interest on such advances, plus fees, charges, expenses of the Trustee and trust created by said lien. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $32,751.42. Payment must be in cash, a cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state bank or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings & loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. The real property described above is being sold subject to the right of redemption. The redemption period within which real property may be redeemed ends 90 days after the sale. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or

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may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may contact Priority Posting & Publishing for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit its website www.priorityposting.com for information regarding the sale of this property. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the website. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The beneficiary of said Lien hereto executed and delivered to the undersigned, a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. Date: June 25, 2013 Association Lien Services, as Trustee P.O. Box 64750, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (310) 207-2027 By: Alvin Okoreeh, Trustee Officer P1048377 7/5, 7/12, 07/19/2013

TST4416 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No. 736965CA Loan No. 1024243702 Title Order No. 3206-243385 ATTENTION RECORDER: THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY IS APPLICABLE TO THE NOTICE PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR ONLY. PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE 2923.3 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 07-122006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 08-02-2013 at 11:00 A.M., CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and

pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 07-202006, Book N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 06 1599635, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: LILIA LOPEZ, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, as Trustor, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., (MERS), SOLELY AS NOMINEE FOR LENDER, ALLIANCE BANCORP, IT'S SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: BY THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED AT 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA, CA 91766. Legal Description: LOT 11, OF ORANGE BOULEVARD VIEW TRACT, IN THE CITY OF LONG BEACH, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MA RECORDED IN BOOK 11, PAGES 55 OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $429,854.45 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 2388 CERRITOS AVENUE SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 APN Number: 7211-019-010 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by email; by face to face meeting. DATE: 07-01CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE 2013 COMPANY, as Trustee FRED RESTREPO, ASSISTANT SECRETARY California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail

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PACIFIC CREST III HOA VS BEARD, KIRK CASE NO: 12C00104 R

Under a writ of Sale issued on 04/24/13. Out of the L.A. SUPERIOR COURT, LONG BEACH, of the SOUTH DISTRICT, County of Los Angeles, State of California, on a judgment entered on 07/03/12.

The described property is sold subject to the right of redemption. The amount of the secured indebtedness with interest and costs is $ 18,742.38 (Amount subject to revision)

In favor of PACIFIC CREST III HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, A CALIFORNIA NON-PROFIT CORPORATION and against KIRK BEARD, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; L.T. WILLIS, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; GABRIELA VALENCIA, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; MARCO V. GARCIA, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; SHIRLEY ANN BELL, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; GEMMA GUISAR, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; ANGELA ARANGO, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; GREGORIA DIAZ, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; LOC LE, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; CYRK KELLOGG, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; MARINA RODRIGUEZ, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; JOSE AVALOS, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; DAVID LE, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; MARIA AGNES BLANCO, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; MARIO RENE CORTEZ, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; SUN KYUNG JIN, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; CONCEPCION P. LOZANO, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; JEANIE NAM, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST. I have levied upon all the right, title and interest of said judgment debtor(s) in the property in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, described as follows:

UNIT 7 LOT 1 OF TRACT NO. 61054, IN THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 1308, PAGES 44 TO 45, INCLUSIVE OF MISCELLANEOUS MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. APN# 7216-014-037

Commonly known as: 1900 CHERRY AVENUE, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755-5824

Public notice is hereby given that I will sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash in lawful money of the United States all the right, title and interest of the debtor(s) in the above described property or so much as will be sufficient to satisfy said writ or warrant with interest and all costs on 07/24/13, 10:00 AM at the following location. STANLEY MOSK COURTHOUSE

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Prospective bidders should refer to sections 701.510 to 701.680, inclusive, of the Code of Civil Procedure for provisions governing the terms, conditions and effect of the sale and the liability of defaulting bidders. Creditor's Attorney

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TST4420 Title No. 7072464 ALS No. 2012-5974 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT OF A LIEN, DATED NOVEMBER 7, 2012.. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.   NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: On August 2, 2013, at 9:00 AM, ASSOCIATION LIEN SERVICES, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to a certain lien, recorded on November 14, 2012, as instrument number 20121725087, of the official records of Los Angeles County, California. WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR LAWFUL MONEY OF THE UNITED STATES, OR A CASHIERS CHECK at: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA 91766. The street address and other common designations, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2514 E. Willow St # 310, Signal Hill, CA 90755 Assessor's Parcel No. 7214009-212    The owner(s) of the real property is purported to be: Jesse M. Bill, a single man The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designations, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of a note, homeowner's assessment or other obligation secured by this lien, with interest and other sum as provided therein: plus advances, if any, under the terms thereof and interest on such advances, plus fees, charges, expenses of the Trustee and trust created by said lien. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $16,046.35. Payment must be in cash, a cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state bank or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings & loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. The real property described above is being sold subject to the right of redemption. The redemption period within which real property may be redeemed ends 90 days after the sale. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may contact Priority Posting & Publishing for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit its website www.priorityposting.com for information regarding the sale of this property. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone

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information or on the website. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The beneficiary of said Lien hereto executed and delivered to the undersigned, a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. Date: July 8, 2013 Association Lien Services, as Trustee P.O. Box 64750, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (310) 207-2027 By: Alvin Okoreeh, Trustee Officer P1049333 7/12, 7/19, 07/26/2013                

TST4399 / 2013 127517 FIcTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: HOT n SPICY GOURMET, 412 W. 35th Court, Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrant: MICHAEL SHERMAN JONES, 412 W. 35th Court, Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Michael Sherman Jones. 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 June 19, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: June 21, 28, & July 5, 12, 2013.

TST4400 / 2013 127518 FIcTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: BONIFACIA INDIVIDUAL COACHING, 733 Junipero Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: BONNIE R. SHAW, 733 Junipero Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Bonnie R. Shaw. 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 June 6, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on June 19, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: June 21, 28, & July 5, 12, 2013.

TST4401 / 2013 127519 FIcTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: PAICITAS TACOS, 154 W. Market St., Long Beach, CA 90805. Registrant: JOAQUIN CASTANEDA, 154 W. Market St., Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Joaquin Castaneda. 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 June 19, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: June 21, 28, & July 5, 12, 2013.

TST4398 / 2013 127159 FIcTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: ZENSATIONS, 1777 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90815. Registrant: JANET COLE, 3613 Monogram Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Janet Cole. 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 June 18, 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: June 21, 28, & July 5, 12, 2013. TST4393 / 2013 117361 FIcTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SIGNAL HILL NAILS, 2201 E. Willow St. Ste. A, Signal Hill, CA 90755 . Registrant: THAM NGOC TRAN, 1022 S. Shannon St., Santa Ana, CA 92704. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Tham Ngoc Tran. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on June 6, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: June 21, 28, & July 5, 12, 2013. TST4374 / case No. VS024592 oRDER To SHoW cAUSE FoR cHANGE oF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650. PETITION OF Karina Hernandez For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner KARINA HERNANDEZ, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: KARINA L. HERNANDEZ PEREZ to Proposed Name: KARINA L. RODRIGUEZ. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: July 24, 2013; Time: 1:30 P.M.; Dept. C, Room 312. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 939 E. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: June 28, & July 5, 12, 19, 2013. ___//ss//___ Yvonne T. Sanchez, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: May 29, 2013


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TST4407 / 2013 131889 FIcTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: UNCRAYCRAY SPRAY, 1728 E. 3rd St. Apt. 20, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrant: REBECCA CHERKOSS, 1728 E. 3rd St. Apt. 20, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Rebecca Cherkoss. 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 June 24, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on June 24, 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: June 28, & July 5, 12, 19, 2013. TST4404 / case No. NS025084 oRDER To SHoW cAUSE FoR cHANGE oF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 415 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. PETITION OF Lyudmila Esfeller, For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner LYUDMILA ESFELLER, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: LYUDMILA ESFELLER to Proposed Name: LYUDMYLA CHERNOGALOVA. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: August 6, 2013; Time: 8:30 A.M.; Dept. G, Room 51. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 939 E. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: June 28, & July 5, 12, 19, 2013. ___//ss//___ Michael P. Vicencia, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: June 20, 2013 TST4408 / 2013 131732 FIcTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: FARM LOT 59, 2076 Eucalyptus Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrant: SASHA KANNO, 2076 Eucalyptus Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Sasha Kanno. 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 June 24, 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

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TST4410 / 2013 136016 FIcTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: PLANT LB, 3936 Woodruff Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. Registrant: PARKCREST CHRISTIAN CHURCH INC., 3936 Woodruff Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Michael Goldsworthy, Lead Pastor/President. 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 July 1, 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: July 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013.

TST4411 / 2013 136017 FIcTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: ALPINE ANTIQUE CLOCK, 833 W. Torrance Blvd. #204, Torrance, CA 90502. Registrant: RUBIO ANTONIO PORTILLO, 909 Orizaba Ave. Apt. *, Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Rubio Portillo. 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 June 24, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on July 1, 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: July 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013.

TST4417 / 2013 124572 FIcTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. SO CAL PRIDE WEDDINGS, 2. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PRIDE WEDDINGS, 3. PRIDE AND JOY WEDDINGS, 4. PRIDE AND JOY WEDDINGS SO CAL, 5. PRIDE WEDDINGS SO CAL, 6. SO CAL PRIDE AND JOY WEDDINGS, 7. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PRIDE AND JOY WEDDINGS, 3315 Knoxville Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. Registrant: LINDA BARRA, 3315 Knoxville Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Linda Barra. 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 June 14, 2013. NOTICE: This

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TST4388 / 2013 121305 FIcTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: RED DOOR LIVING, 5612 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, CA 90803. Registrant: DORIAN BOLICK, 615 Avery Place, Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Dorian Bolick. 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 November 11, 2009. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on June 11, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: June 14, 21, 28, & July 5, 2013. TST4419 / 2013 140706 FIcTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: COLLEGE FINANCIAL PLANNING, 2005 Palo Verde Ave. #118, Long Beach, CA 90815. Registrant: S & S HOLDINGS CO., INC., 2005 Palo Verde Ave #118, Long Beach, CA 90815. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all

information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Harry V. Dawson III, President. 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 July 8, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: July 12, 19, 26, & August 2, 2013.

TST4418 / 2013 136556 FIcTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: COMPTON YOUTHBUILD, 477 E. Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 90221. Registrant: ENTRENOUS YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SERVICES, INC., 4005 Virginia Road Unit 3, Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Sara A. M. Silva, CFO. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on May 28, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on July 1, 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: July 12, 19, 26, & August 2, 2013.

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project for cargo movement on the border of west Long Beach, supports the Port’s clean-trucks program and advocates for a “green wall” to soon be built as a pollution buffer along the Terminal Island Freeway. Larry King, a former medical-marijuana dispensary owner and longtime businessman in Long Beach, has filed paperwork to run against Johnson for the 7th District seat. Previously the owner of 30 retail cellular stores, King first opened a medicalmarijuana dispensary in the 7th district after his mother had contracted cancer, putting his life savings into the business. After the City Council passed an ordinance that “changed the rules,” he then relocated the dispensary to the 5th district, however he was unable to open after the City wouldn’t allow him to turn on the electricity, King said. King has since become an advocate for providing patients access to medicalmarijuana and has filed lawsuits against the City over what he claims are personal damages and civil-rights violations, he said. “The system is broken,” King said. If elected, King said he wants to focus on making the City businessfriendly and plans to listen to all residents in the district about their concerns and needs. “In my 7th district, most people have no access to representation,” he said. Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske is coming to the end of her second term and has indicated she will not seek a write-in campaign for a third

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the school will have around 1,080 students, Steinhauser said. At McBride, like other high schools in the LBUSD, the core curriculum will mesh with the students’ particular pathways, Steinhauser said. “They’ll be learning at the same time, when they’re studying English and science and math, how to apply these content areas in those pathways, and so they’ll have classes on how to– in the health/medical pathway, for example– take blood pressures and do capillarization on mannequins and all that kind of stuff,” Steinhauser said. “They’ll have opportunities for

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term. Instead, she has launched a mayoral candidacy. Three other candidates have so far thrown their hats into the ring for the mayor’s seat, including real-estate investor and former NFL player Damon Dunn, Long Beach Unified School District Boardmember and lawyer Doug Otto and Jana Shields, who is the owner of a nonprofit education program and has run twice for the 1st District. Mayor Bob Foster has yet to announce whether he will pursue a write-in campaign for a third term. The only mayoral candidate to accomplish that feat was former Mayor Beverly O’Neill. Meanwhile, two candidates for the 5th District have come forward. Joseph D. Luyben, who owns JDL Packaging, a packaging-materials and office-supplies distributor, which he started out of his garage 24 years ago, was the first to file a candidacy-intention statement on Jan. 11, the day of his father’s birthday. The son of parents who started the Luyben Family Mortuary in Long Beach more than 50 years ago, Luyben said he plans to launch his campaign website on Monday, July 15 and intends to start walking door-to-door to encourage people to vote. As a lifelong 5th District resident, Luyben said he would be able to apply his knowledge of the area, business sense and community involvement if elected. “What the people of the 5th District are interested in are they want their potholes fixed, they want their parks clean and they want to be more in tune with the fire and police departments,” he said. “I feel I can be the guy who can pull the

whole thing together.” Luyben, who has volunteered as a basketball coach at Bancroft Middle School and St. Anthony High School, said he anticipates leaving his business for the four-year term, working full-time as a councilmember, adding that he has no aspirations for monetary gain or seeking a higher office. “Just filled with my heart and soul, it’s something that I have to do,” he said. “I know it sounds crazy but, in my opinion, it’s kind of a ministry.” Stacey Mungo, budget officer for Los Angeles County Department of Community and Senior Services and president of the El Dorado Park Estates Neighborhood Association, filed her intention to run for the 5th District Council seat last month. She said her involvement as a community leader over the years will give her an edge in the race with a strategy of “building better communities one neighborhood at a time.” Mungo, who will also start walking the district in coming months, said that “each different neighborhood has different needs,” whether it be addressing property crime or traffic issues. Mungo said she has “successfully” organized the summer concert series in the 5th District and has also worked as a boardmember of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach as well as for the California State University system and private industry. She said she also volunteers and donates to the St. Mary Medical Center. Managing a $130-million budget of federal, state and local funds that primarily goes toward providing services for seniors and workforce development in the county, Mungo said she plans to

apprenticeships and internships.” Students will “have access to state-of-the-art equipment,” Rockenbach said. Public-services students will have a CSI lab, medical students will have two rooms that resemble hospital wings, and engineering students will be using CAD (computeraided design) software and computerized numerical-control (CNC) machines, Rockenbach added. The school is also eco-friendly, as it has solar panels on most of the buildings, numerous windows, and greenery, Rockenbach said, adding that the public will be able to use the green space when McBride’s out of session.

During the open house, members of the public, including parents and new McBride students, were able to tour the campus and listen to staff members in different areas of the school discuss those particular areas. One incoming student, Jimmy Aguilar, was impressed by McBride and glad that every student, since all will be freshman, is going to be a “newbie.” “I’m amazed with how everything looks and the academics– the three groups,” said Aguilar, whose pathway will be engineering. “They’re focusing on things that people are going to use.” ß

EYE ON CRIME

Thursday, July 4 Non-injury hit-and-run 7:51am– E. 28th St./Walnut Ave.

Tuesday, July 9 Auto burglary 9am– 1800 block Temple Ave.

Friday, July 5 Stolen vehicle 7:11am– 1100 block E. 32nd St.

Stolen vehicle 1:38pm– 2700 block Cherry Ave.

Commercial burglary 2pm– 1800 block Redondo Ave.

Commercial burglary 9:01am– 900 block E. 33rd St. Suspect in custody

Residential burglary 3:15pm– 1900 block St. Louis Ave.

Monday, July 8 Battery 8:54am– 2200 block Walnut Ave.

Residential burglary 12:41pm– 2100 block Ridgeview Terrace Dr.

Forgery 5:21pm– 2500 block Cherry Ave.

Non-injury hit-and-run 11:59am– 2000 block E. 19th St.

Robbery 2:01pm– 2000 block E. Willow St. Commercial burglary 5pm– 2800 block Gundry Ave.

Wednesday, July 10 Stolen vehicle 10:19am– 1800 block E. Spring St. Non-injury hit-and-run 4:12pm– 2500 block Cherry Ave.

Crimes reported by LBPD Council Districts 6, 7 & 8

Thursday, July 4 Non-injury hit-and-run 7:51am– E. 28th St./Walnut Ave.

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bring her fiscal knowledge to balancing the City budget as well. “It all comes down to ethics,” Mungo said. “If every day you come in to do a great job and do what’s right, people will support you. It sounds fluffy, but it’s not just a sound bite.” Third District Councilmember Gary DeLong is reaching the end of his second term next year and has not filed paperwork, indicating he will run for a third term in a write-in campaign. Martha Flores-Gibson, who runs a home-based business called the Legal Shield, which provides members access to legal services and identity-theft protection, has filed her intention to run for the 3rd District seat and has launched a campaign website. Flores-Gibson, who lost in the last statewide election for the 70th Assembly District seat that was won by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, said she plans to lure new businesses to the district and build strong relationships with various associations and community groups. “I think this is a really crucial time for Long Beach, and with the 3rd District being one of the main components in Long beach, I really believe that we need to focus on the community and on the needs,” she said. “I believe by that we can lead by example.” Flores-Gibson has worked at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services as a social worker before working for the Long Beach Unified School District to implement special programs to respond to various needs of students. She said a strong business community ultimately leads to a safer community by putting residents back to work who are unemployed. “I believe that we really need to build strong businesses that in turn will continue to grow the economy,” Flores-Gibson said. “We need to be about

promoting Long Beach as a spot where people can come, spend, have a good time, and grow our economy in that. So it’s a win-win situation, and I believe that I can do that.” Daniel Haro, who has also filed a candidacy-intention statement for the 3rd District Council seat, was unable to be reached for comment before the Signal Tribune’s deadline and campaign information was unable to be obtained. First District Councilmember and Vice Mayor Robert Garcia has not filed paperwork to run for a third term. So far, however, one candidate has emerged for that Council seat. Jason Aula, a political director of the Long Beach Young Republicans, a California State University, Long Beach alumni and Ronald Reagan Leadership Scholar. Aula said he is in favor of upgrading the Long Beach Arena to NBA standards to lure a pro basketball team to the city. He proposes to pay for the upgrades through a ballot measure that would increase the City’s sales and use tax and raise parking-lot fees. Aula also supports bringing back the 49er football ballot measure and pledges to increase voter turnout in the 1st District. “I believe in small government, free enterprise, economic freedom, personal empowerment and individual liberty,” he said in an emailed statement. “I pledge to create jobs, increase the city tax base and pledge a business-friendly Long Beach.” Other elected city offices up for the taking next year include city prosecutor, city attorney and city auditor. So far, current City Prosecutor Doug Haubert has filed his intention to run for a second term, while Rosemary Chavez, a Los Angeles city attorney, has filed paperwork to run for city prosecutor as well. Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education and Long Beach Community College District seats will also be on the 2014 election ballot. ß

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do more to make up for what they lack physically. I used to weigh 350 pounds. Wow. How tall are you? 6’1”. I had a 54-inch waist. So, I’ve lost, like, 150 pounds, but I’m never going to have a porn star’s body. I mean, once you’ve destroyed your body by being over 300 pounds, you have problem zones. I, for sure, know that I’m doing whatever I can to keep you distracted from looking at my body and make sure you have a good time. So, I’ve just kind of found that to be the case with other people I’ve met– that the chemistry’s better with other Average Joes than the models who just want to be looked at and admired. May I ask how old you are? 36. How long did it take you to lose that weight? I was 350 when I was 19, and six months after I discovered crystal meth, I had lost a hundred pounds, and I stopped doing that, and then I gained some back. And then I slowly tried to [lose weight healthfully] over time and make it more of a lifestyle. So, between [the ages of] 20 and 25 it took me to really balance out and stop yo-yo-ing. But, once I lost the 100 pounds, I never went back past 250. How did you gain that weight to begin with? My whole family is over 300 pounds. Actually, I just saw my folks, and they each lost over 60 pounds. My brother has too, and they’re looking really good, and I’m really proud of them. It just comes from– it’s your family. Their family raised them to eat comfort food, and mine raised me to eat comfort food. It gets passed down, and somehow you’ve just got to break the cycle. My brother seems to have broken the cycle with his daughter, my niece. She’s thin, and she’s a beautiful little girl. She’s a great kid. I think it’s part genetics; some of us, we can smell food and gain weight.... I think, with all the emotional problems I had as a teenager, I didn’t do art. I didn’t have the outlet, so I ate when I was upset, and I was upset a lot of the time. So, now, instead of trying to fix a problem with a Hoagie, I try to fix the problem with doing, you know, a photo shoot or art of some sort.

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for their catalog or something, then it’s up to the client. All of my clients are really picky. They want six-pack abs. They want a perfect butt. They want a cute face. They want someone who’s not going to stand there and look like a deer in headlights. So, usually that’s when I go to modeling agencies, and I pick from what they have to offer. I noticed that one of your images online has a “censored” box over it. How do you decide where to draw the line, in terms of what is too much? Well, I’m on my fourth Facebook account because I [thought], “Well, it’s art. I’m not shooting porn. So what if there’s nudity?” And I would just post it, and they kept deleting my account. So now I just censor stuff that’s pretty much for Facebook...It takes you a long time to build up, like, a fan base, and then for all of that to just go away, it’s like, how do you go find all those people? Being a photographer, as opposed to, you know, a painter, do you ever have bouts of artist block? Oh, yeah, just like writer’s block. In fact, when I first started doing photography, I was a writer, and I had creative writer’s block because I was writing for a magazine during the day, and I wrote all day for the magazine, so when I got home, I didn’t feel like writing anymore. So, I started picking up my camera to express myself artistically. As an artist, what would you say is your “point-of-view?” “Sexy comes in all shapes and sizes.” And people I want to sleep with and date is not the same as who I want to photograph a lot of times. A lot of times, if you’re shooting for a catalog, you’ve got to have that perfect model with six-pack abs and all that– that’s not what I’m attracted to. I like regular Average Joes. I’m in the bear community. I just like real guys, for me. I’ve always found that an Average Joe is a whole lot more fun than someone who looks perfect and has a six-pack, and they just lay there and, you know, just look pretty. What do you think it is that makes someone– and this is a generalization, but I’m playing off of what you just said– what do you think it is that makes someone who has more of a perfect body, with a six-pack, not as much fun in bed, as opposed to someone who isn’t that way? Well, I think that the person who’s just a little bit out of shape probably wants to

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