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Foster announces he will not seek third term as Long Beach mayor

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Henry Kurland offers his Buff Orpington chickens a handful of feed in the back yard of his home in Long Beach’s Wrigley neighborhood. The president of the Long Beach Beekeepers, Kurland favors the proposed plan to relax some of the city regulations that govern the ownership of chickens, goats and bees.

Signal Hill to form task force to deal with joggers, parking problems and vandalism at hilltop area

Sean Belk Staff Writer

In some respects, popularity can be a good thing, but for Signal Hill’s hilltop community, it seems to be attracting more trouble than accolades. The picturesque views, steep inclines and ocean breezes have brought people from far and wide to the hilltop area of Signal Hill, making it one of the top spots in Los Angeles County for hiking trails. On a daily basis, runners, joggers, walkers, bicyclers, baby strollers and thrill seekers– whether from organized fitness groups or not– take to the area’s highest peak, which is historically known as “Porcupine Hill” since it was once speckled with oil derricks. But residents of hilltop homes and condos have expressed concerns about

the influx of runners and walkers, claiming the roads as their personal training camps in addition to incidents of vandalism and parking problems. Similar issues were raised about two years ago, and in May the Signal Hill City Council passed a new ordinance to regulate conduct in parks and open spaces, requiring fitness groups pay for permits, particularly for using Discovery Well Park and Hilltop Park. Still, residents at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 16 said problems continue to resurface. “I think we need to restart the dialogue about this problem,” said hilltop resident Chan Brainard, who spoke during public comment about the increasing number of people walking and running in streets. “No pun

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Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster issued a statement Tuesday, July 16, announcing that he will not seek a third term. Since Foster is finishing his second term in office, he would have had the option of running as a write-in candidate. Citing a need for time to pursue “private opportunities” such as writing, studying and spending time with family, which he characterized as the most important of the three, Foster said it was not without some regret that he was making the announcement. Although he identified these personal matters as his reasons for not seeking a third term, and he did not state outright that he would campaign for a different seat, there was a hint that another political quest may be on the horizon for Foster. After extending appreciation to Sean Belk/Signal Tribune those who have encouraged him to attempt Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster speaks to the crowd during these personal endeavors while simultaneously his 2013 State of the City address on Jan. 15 at the Center serving a third term, he stated that a mayor Theatre in downtown Long Beach. could not serve well with distractions of a personal or future-political nature. “Many people have urged me to continue and You cannot do the job well encouraged me that I can do all these things in a final if you are distracted by either term,” he stated. “But, in truth, the job of mayor as I know it requires and deserves full attention and focus. private pursuits or a vision of You cannot do the job well if you are distracted by the next political office either private pursuits or a vision of the next political you want to hold. office you want to hold. It is my obligation to the people of this great city to make that honest assessment.” –Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster Foster also emphasized that his announcement is in no way a dismissal of his duties for the balance of his incumbency. “None of this is meant to say my work here is done,” he stated. “I have one year nearly to the day in my term, and I plan to be vigorous in serving the remainder of my tenure giving you full measure until my last hour in office.”

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Long Beach garden enthusiast Henry Kurland did have high hopes for the birds and the bees. At his Wrigley home on July 16, just hours just before the City Council was set to vote on a controversial ordinance that would advance urban agriculture, Kurland opened up the gate that led to his backyard chicken coop and threw handfuls of organic feed to his Buff Orpington hens. The hens in his coop greedily clucked and pecked away at the unexpected treats. Clearly rebuffing any of Kurland’s attempts to hold it in his lap, the hen flapped wildly until Kurland finally released her. Just a few feet away, a couple of hives housing thousands of feral bees hummed softly in the July heat. Kurland knows that his hives (two regular hives and one small “nuclear” hive) near the backyard

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Residents report coyote sightings and attacks on the rise this summer in LB neighborhoods

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TASTES AND TUNES what Monthly fundraising event who Meals on Wheels and Belmont Heights United Methodist Church where 317 Termino Ave. when Saturday, July 20 from 5pm to 9pm more Info Monthly event takes place every third Saturday of the month and features five food trucks and live music.

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In this recent photo, a coyote traipses through a neighborhood on Roosevelt Avenue in Long Beach. Sean Belk Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again, when coyotes are prone to wander into suburban neighborhoods of Long Beach and surrounding cities in search of food, water or shelter, occasionally preying on cats and even small dogs. Theresa Hew, a 21-year California Heights resident, said that within the last two months she has found two cats “mutilated” on her property at Lime and 37th Street, prompting her to post fliers to warn residents about the coyote dangers. “It’s out of control,” she said. “People are getting tired of this. It’s gruesome, and it’s scary.” Kimberly Peterson, also a California Heights resident and owner of Mrs. Doolittle’s PetSitting Service, said it’s best to keep pets inside, adding that her neighbor’s dog was killed by a coyote. Peterson said the pet killings have a lot to do with the prevalence of feral cats in neighborhoods. She attributes the influx

of stray felines to the fact that residents have had to leave their cats behind due to foreclosures, adding that some people are irresponsible by not spaying or neutering their cats as well. “We’ve lost five or six feral cats on our block,” Peterson said. Coyotes and other wildlife, including raccoons, opossums and squirrels, are particularly active in Southern California during warm-weather months that make for suitable breeding conditions, explains Ted Stevens, director of Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS). “It gets really crazy around this time of year, every year,” he said. “As spring comes around and then summer, it’s warm, sunny, stays light longer, and all the animals are breeding.” In Long Beach, there were a few coyote sightings reported in June, and there was at least one pet attack reported this month, Stevens said. No coyote sightings or attacks on pets were reported in Signal Hill in the last few months, he said.

The recent coyote activity comes after similar reports last summer in which residents described at least five pets being attacked in the Naples area. Coyote sightings in neighborhoods are quite common, however, the department will respond if a coyote is spotted threatening a person or a group of people, particularly children, during the day, Stevens said. In general, however, ACS instructs residents to use “hazing” techniques to shoo the coyotes away and instructs residents not to run away from them. According to the ACS website, this practice may involve: standing tall; yelling and waving your arms while approaching the coyote; using a whistle, air horn or other noise device; banging pots and pans together; stomping feet; using a water hose or pepper spray; or throwing tennis balls or rocks at the coyote. Stevens said the goal is to make sure the coyote “maintains see COYOTES page 18

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by Neena Strichart Some of my earliest memories are of helping Mom around the house with dusting, vacuuming, keeping my room tidy and washing dishes while standing on a chair. With both parents working, they made it clear to me that I too had a job– going to school and doing my share of household chores. Always age-appropriate, my tasks were actually lessons in life. If you use the last of the toilet paper, replace it. If you made a mess in the kitchen, clean it up. In other words, be responsible for yourself as much as possible. To this day I am grateful that as a member of the Posner family, my folks had expectations of me. Being taught my role as a family member at such a young age, and understanding that my chores were just part of life, I gave my parents little trouble when it came to doing what was on my to-do list. I’m not saying I was the perfect child, far from it, but when I would tell my mother that I was “bored” she would quickly suggest that I go out and weed the yard or pick up a dust rag. I learned to keep those types of comments to myself and found ways

to stay entertained: Solitaire, television, Elvis records, etc. One of our readers also believes in doling out chores to his children. Rudy Orozco, aka “Kid Rooter,” recently posted information on the Internet about that very subject. After reading his insightful words, I asked him to send me further comments. I have listed both below.

Posted online: Many of you know my son Joaquin. It brings me great sadness to inform all of you that Joaquin has begun his training to move out of our home. Joaquin was introduced to his new friend, the lawnmower. It was not a video game, either. Today, he took over the duties of cutting the grass, which used to be his older brother's responsibility. While many may think he is too young to be preparing to live on his own, I believe it better to be safe than sorry. I have no plans of having him sitting on my sofa watching TV, playing video games or sleeping until noon at age 27, 37 or 47. Now at 7 [years of age], he will begin

training to face the world. He will learn to work with his hands, eat some dirt, breathe a few bugs, shed a few tears, but the end results will be worth the pain now. See, he will not have to move back with Daddy the grouch! Everyone wants a good product, but few are willing to take their children through the process. I’m just doing what every dad should do and teach their kids to work!

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Joaquin Orozco, 7, was handed the baton (lawnmower) from his older brother Moses Orozco this past week. Moses, who is currently preparing to enter the USAF Academy in 2014, has been busy studying. Joaquin has taken over many of his older brother’s duties, which include cutting the grass, taking the trash out and putting the large trash can out for the garbage truck on Thursdays. Joaquin is a student of Connections Academy, which is a public home school.

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Kindred spirits?

The death of Raymond Rodriguez, former columnist for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and educator with the Long Beach Unified School District, and his family history with illegal deportation of Mexican-Americans in the 1930s rekindles memories in our family. Our dad was left a widower with five children; our mother died giving birth to the last two (twins) on Christmas Eve 1931. He fought the government’s attempt to place us in foster homes. Then came the attempt to deport the family to Mexico. We missed the date of repatriation. The five of us came down with the mumps! Dad was told there would be another date. He was told to wait. We waited and waited and waited. We never heard again. (We are still waiting.) The four boys served in the military, one at the end of World War II. He had quit high school at the end of 10th grade at the age of 16 and served on occupation duty in Austria. The other three served during the Korean War– two with the US Marines in some of the major battles: “Iron Triangle,” “Heartbreak Ridge,” “Punchbowl” and “The Hook.” The World War II vet received a bachelor’s in history at CSU-LA in 1957. He taught at Banning High School, Wilmington, for 30 years and now 24 years as a substitute. His sons graduated from Millikan High School. Both were captains of their debate teams: one at Humboldt State, the other at CSULB, and [he also] attended Harvard Law School. His grandfather was a combat veteran in the Mexican Revolution with the forces of Pancho Villa and immigrated to the US in 1917. The family never asked him if he entered legally. After 10 years as a professor of law at Boalt Hall, University of California, he was appointed dean of the law school, University of San Diego. In 2012, he was appointed dean of the law school, University of Northwestern.

will they come?

A local newspaper publisher claims Long Beach will build absolutely anything if our City can obtain a grant to pay for it. An exaggeration? Maybe. But offhand I can think of a couple of real doozies. Remember the yellow low-pressure-sodium street lights which were absolutely awful? Not only did they make everything in town look ugly, police couldn’t tell the color of a vehicle or a suspect’s clothing– a real public-safety nightmare. Still, since they were free, Long Beach installed them widely. The City’s current grant-driven folly is evermore creating bicycle lanes, even though they are rarely used. “Build it and they will come” isn’t always true. When official Long Beach finally realizes this, and the loss of traffic lanes has produced enough traffic jams to put a number of local businesses out of business, let’s hope the City can obtain a grant to restore the traffic lanes. Anita Pettigrew Long Beach

It’s a gas, gas, gas!

This afternoon (Tuesday, July 16), around 3pm, one of the local refineries west of Signal Hill burned off gas for about half an hour. Gas flaring releases CO2 and other sulfuric gasses and other volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere. Isn’t there a better solution? The easterly wind blows the fumes across Long Beach and Signal Hill. I have attached photos of the event (see below). Tony DiPaolo Signal Hill

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LB seeks acting city attorney to serve through July 2014 Sean Belk Staff Writer

The City of Long Beach has started taking applications for an interim city attorney to complete the remaining term of City Attorney Robert Shannon, who retired on July 2. The City Council voted 5-3 in closed session at its July 12 Council meeting to start interviewing candidates for the position. Shannon’s term ends on July 14, 2014, and prospective applicants have until July 26 to apply. Résumés and cover letters are to be submitted to Long Beach Human Resources Director Deborah Mills, who will, along with City Clerk Larry Herrera, review each applicant’s qualifications and recommend five candidates. The City Council will then conduct closed-session interviews. The Council voted against Shannon’s recommendation to keep Acting City Attorney Charles Parkin as the City’s top legal advisor through next year. Parkin, who has a 28-year career with the City and was promoted last year as the assistant city attorney, was appointed to serve as acting city attorney on a temporary basis after Shannon retired. With the 2014 election just around the corner, the Council’s decision to field candidates for the temporary job appears to be an effort to keep an open process and stray from the appearance of political bias. But still, 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, who voted against fielding candidates, said in an emailed statement that whoever is appointed to serve out the term would get a boost in the

election if that person decides to run next year, and opening up the field would only make the situation more political. She said prohibiting applicants from seeking public office if chosen goes against First Amendment rights. “Some argue that whomever the City Council selects will have an advantage in the 2014 election for city attorney,” Schipske stated. “This may be unavoidable, but the City Council should not make this situation any more political by soliciting resumes from potential candidates.” She added that the city attorney is not directly employed by the City Council like the city manager and that selecting an interim city attorney outside of the office would be “asking for trouble,” especially with the list of pending litigation and other legal matters being handled by the attorney’s office. Long Beach is one of only 14 incorporated cities in California in which voters elect the city attorney. In the rest of the 464 cities in the state, the City Council appoints a candidate to the position. In Long Beach, the city attorney is elected every four years and has no term limits. Shannon, who has worked as an attorney for the City for 39 years and was first elected in 1998 and then re-elected three times (in 2002, 2006 and 2010), told the Council in a memo on July 1, however, that publicizing for candidates to fulfill his term would only “send a negative signal to the office and staff.” Shannon stated, “Long Beach is best served by the appointment of an experienced managing municipal attorney from within

the office,” indirectly adding that Parkin is the only existing city attorney that fits the description for the job. Shannon noted that the City is facing more than a dozen “significant” legal challenges in the next year. Upcoming litigation includes: a lawsuit the City filed against the Port of Los Angeles and a railroad company; the disposition of hundreds of properties formerly owned by the City’s redevelopment agency; a $2.4-million claim against the City filed by the

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Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; and legal action brought by the City’s largest employee union. Shannon also noted that, in the last 50 years, city attorneys in Long Beach have taken on the position after first serving in the office for a number of years and have neither held nor sought further political office, in contrast to the political problems that he said have “plagued elected city attorney’s offices in cities such as

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After 39 years working as an attorney for the City of Long Beach, Robert Shannon retired on July 2. The City Council is now looking for a replacement to carry out his term through July 14, 2014.

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The fruits and veggies will continue to flow in downtown Long Beach, although, for now, at a new, temporary spot. Last Friday, the property manager of the City Place shopping center suddenly ejected the open-air Long Beach Downtown Farmers Market that has operated Fridays in a section of the center at 4th Street and Promenade North for the past eight years. Operators of the farmers market and sellers of handmade arts and crafts were given notices early in the morning to vacate the premises, making it their last day at that location. But now, Harbor Area Farmers Markets (HAFM), which opened in Long Beach more than 33 years ago and now operates six weekly farmers markets, including the one downtown, announced the operation will remain open today, July 19, from 10am to 3pm, at a new, temporary location at 641 Pine Ave., just south

of West 7th Street. HAFM manages approximately 35 farmers and local food artisans that sell to the downtown Long Beach community. “Our goal was to quickly find a temporary solution to avoid the economic and social losses that our market and the downtown community would experience,” said Dale Whitney, HAFM manager, in a statement. “Rather than bringing our problems to City Hall, we’re bringing a solution and our gratitude. We just want to move onward and upward. We appreciate the outpouring of support from the Long Beach community and are pleased to announce that we’ll be open for business on Friday.” HAFM officials stated that Mike Wylie and Nima Nami of Cultural Alliance of Long Beach and Historic Old Pine Avenue offered up the space, adding that a verbal agreement has been reached and the insurance documents are in the process of being settled and acquired. “It’s an honor to have the oppor-

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of condemnation or authority over city zoning laws. The RMC has provided over $50 million in grants for open-space acquisition and restoration, according to Wilson. Wilson was initially appointed to the RMC by then California State Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson in 2003. He was reappointed by Speaker Karen Bass and most recently by Speaker John Perez.

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Megan Kerr, a volunteer and PTA member in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD ) for the past 12 years, has announced her candidacy for the LBUSD school board. According to her campaign website, Kerr has worked in classrooms, offices, music programs, sports programs and green teams at every school her children attended as well as other schools in the LBUSD. She has also served on school site councils as well as district-wide committees as a parent representative. For more information, visit megankerr.com .

Daniel Haro, a political strategist from Sacramento who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, has announced his candidacy for city councilmember to represent Long Beach’s 3rd district. “The 3rd district needs a candidate who is not part of the liberal, elite status quo at City Hall that include City Councilwomen Suja Lowenthal and Gerri Shipske [sic] who have made a mess,” reads a press release issued by Haro’s chief of staff, Jeffrey Benson. “Daniel is the only true conservative in the race running for the first time.” Haro’s campaign video may be viewed at youtube.com/watch?v=cniZmixth_Q .


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a unique city in having this particular continued from page 1 issue,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean, there are so many potenintended, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on a collision course. tials here for problems.â&#x20AC;? Somebody at some point is going to get After direction from hit and killed.â&#x20AC;? Hansen, City Manager Gary Dudley, a Signal Hill parks Ken Farfsing agreed to and recreation commissioner who lives form a task force of on Panorama Drive, also expressed condepartment heads to cerns of people walking and running in address the residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; groups, taking over the roadways. He various concerns. Police Chief Michael Langston noted, however, that about two years ago the same issues came up and the police department initiated a campaign to post signs and encourage people to not walk or run in the streets. File Photo Langston said, unless pedestrians are impeding Pedestrians walk along a street in the hilltop community of Signal Hill. City officials are traffic, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still not looking into forming a task force to address recent concerns by the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents about much that police officers walkers and runners taking over streets and reports of vandalism and parking issues. can do in terms of enforcement or writing not a violation there,â&#x20AC;? Langston said. and knocking over a stop sign. She citations. According to vehicle code, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Even so, Langston said he would added that she struggles to find parking not illegal to walk or run in the roadway look at new ways to address potential and has a hard time pulling in and out of as long as traffic isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t impeded, he said, conflicts between exercisers and driv- her driveway and that the traffic flow adding that there is no data showing ers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to needs to be addressed. joggers have caused injury-related col- look at this from a different perspective At the end of the Council meeting, lisions, which is what the department and take some other action to address Farfsing said he would have City staff Sean Belk/Signal Tribune the problem,â&#x20AC;? he said. look into it. Police Lt. Mel Krizo gives a speech during the Signal Hill City Council focuses on the most. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Certainly a crowd walking up and Not all concerns were related to trafmeeting on Tuesday, July 16 at which he was recognized by Mayor Michael Introductions and presentations Noll and Police Chief Michael Langston for his promotion and formally down the street is not safe, but if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fic, however. not impeding traffic per se, then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Richard Moreno, a Skyline Drive During the Council meeting, Mayor given his a new badge. resident, called for increased police Michael Noll and Chief Langston intropresence to deter neighborhood distur- duced recently promoted Police Capt. bances, including joggers yelling as Chris Nunley and Police Lt. Mel Krizo early as 3:30am and 4am and partiers of the Signal Hill Police Department carrying on at all hours of the night. (SHPD). â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was hoping that maybe we could Nunley, who joined the SHPD in find a way to get some police vehicles 1997 starting as a police cadet and most up there to camp out over night, maybe recently served as the administrative on the weekend, and remind people that lieutenant, assumed his duties on July itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a nightclub and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also not a 12 after former Capt. Ronald Mark gym,â&#x20AC;? Moreno said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a residential retired from the police force after 31 area, not a health club.â&#x20AC;? years in law-enforcement. Some residents reported incidents of Krizo has been with the SHPD since vandalism, including broken mirrors 1991 and previously served as a police and glass. Dennis Petersen, who has officer for the Long Beach Police lived on Skyline Drive for the past eight Department. Krizo, who serves as the years, also called for police to step up Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emergency operations center patrols in the area. manager and was a sergeant for three â&#x20AC;&#x153;More police patrol and random years, will be responsible for leadership enforcement could send the message and oversight of the operations division. that Signal Hill is the place to enjoy but Also recognized during the Council not a place to commit costly vandal- meeting were: Perla Perez, a new, fullism,â&#x20AC;? he said. time police-records clerk; Delia MarLangston said he has already been in tinez, a new police officer; and Ruby talks with the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contracted security Garcia, a Los Angeles County probation company that patrols the hilltop area officer on assignment for the SHPD. and parks from 10pm to 2am. He said Mayor Noll also presented Costco the company has agreed to engage peo- Wholesale the 2nd Quarter Sustainabilple and escort them out of the public ity Award, which the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s warehouse parks after hours, in addition to manager Scott Kirby accepted. installing sensors at specific locations. Other residents said the City has not Solid-waste collection fee properly addressed parking problems. After holding a public hearing, the Pat Bledsoe, who lives at 21st Street Council voted unanimously to approve and Junipero Avenue, said a temporary a rate increase by EDCO Recycling & â&#x20AC;&#x153;no parkingâ&#x20AC;? sign was placed in front of Waste Collection Services for residenher home on July 2 and July 4. 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Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) will host its inaugural Bike Drive-In on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 6pm in the parking lot across from Fingerprints Music (intersection of Fourth and Elm streets) as part of its Summer And Music (SAM), the city’s homegrown, sustainable concerts series. Rand Foster, Fingerprints owner and co-founder of SAM, explained the motivation for the new SAM-sponsored event. “I think everyone has had that magi-

cal summer night at the drive-in, and of course, the bicycles and awesome local bands will make this experience uniquely Long Beach,” he said. “It’s going to be a fun night.” Bike Drive-In will feature three live bands: Matteran Ghosts, the Dovelles and Hedgehog Swing. The movie The Triplets of Belleville will begin at approximately 8pm. Organizers chose this 2003 Academy Award-nominated animated comedy because

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its storyline includes bicycles and the Tour de France. “We are really playing up the fact that this is a bike-friendly event,” Foster said. Seating will be lawn-style in the parking lot, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, low back chairs, or even their bicycle seats to sit on. Picnics are welcome, and food vendors will also be on site. Free bike valet will be provided. For more information, call the DLBA at (562) 436-4259 or visit summerandmusic.com .

Food Finders’ summer food drive for out-of-school kids underway

For the third year in a row, Food Finders is hosting its “Summer To End Hunger” food drive. This drive aims to fill in the hunger gaps where school breakfast and lunch programs end. “Summer is a rough time for many of the families with children who receive free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches through the national school-meal programs,” said Diana Lara, vice president of operations for File photo Food Finders. “When Food Finders is hosting its third “Summer To End Hunger” food drive to help fill in the school lets out, these hunger gaps where school breakfast and lunch programs end. children are at a higher risk for these families with boxes that con- whether through a local collection hunger, and family food budgets tain a variety of nutritious food items site or directly, are asked to contact are stretched even further.” that can be prepared as well- Lara at (562) 283-1400 ext. 101 or The food drive kicked off in rounded meals along with healthy dlara@foodfinders.org for more May, with local businesses joining snacks,” said Patti Larson, execu- information. A complete list of the campaign to feed children in tive director of Food Finders. needed items can be found at need. As food arrives and gets Annually, the nonprofit foodfinders.org on the homepage sorted, complete boxes are being receives much of its donated food under “Summer To End Hunger” distributed to Food Finders’ partner from local grocers and restaurants, food drive. agencies and shelters, providing along with produce marts and families with up to a month’s farmer’s markets, with last year’s worth of food. So far, the drive has intake including 5 million pounds helped families and children at of fruits and vegetables. agencies such as Centro Shalom, The “Summer To End New Generations and Clear Founda- Hunger” food drive runs through tion. the end of August. “Food Finders is providing Those interested in donating,

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Sean Belk Staff Writer

Property owner Grace Brethren Church has decided to abruptly evict a private Christian elementary school, preschool and extended day-care of 43 years in Bixby Knolls while agreeing to move in a new public charter middle school on campus. Grace Christian Schools, located at 3601 Linden Ave. on the church’s property, has provided a Christian-based educational program for children in preschool and K through 6th grade, serving Long Beach and surrounding areas continuously since 1969, according to the school’s website. Parents, however, said they received letters last month that the Christian school would be closing its doors and must vacate the church’s premises by Aug. 1. School employees were also given notices. “I am very saddened and disap-

pointed by the school closing,” said Linda Carter, a preschool teacher who has taught at the school for nearly 10 years. “I am currently looking for employment.” Some parents said tensions at the school had been running high for months after a decision by church administrators to allow a new public charter middle school, called Intellectual Virtues Academy (IVA), to move in. All but two members of IVA’s board are members of the church, according to IVA members. The new magnet middle school plans to open by Sept. 6, starting with about 50 students split between two 6th-grade classes. IVA’s plans were approved last year by the Long Beach Unified School District, and the goal is to eventually have 6th through 8th grades. Funded through a $1-million grant project at Loyola Marymount

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Grace Christian Schools, located at 3601 Linden Ave., has closed its doors after being located in Bixby Knolls for nearly 43 years. Property owner Grace Brethren Church has decided to evict the school and has plans to move in a new public charter middle school called Intellectual Virtues Academy, which is expected to open later this year.

University and sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, the charter school considers itself a “grassroots development of parents, educators and community leaders,” and education is based on a set of core “virtues,” such as open-mindedness and curiosity. IVA is a tuition-free public school in which students are accepted on a first-come, firstserved basis. If more students apply than there are spaces available, students will be admitted by lottery. In May, IVA Principal Jacquie Bryant assured that she was planning to meet with school officials to make sure the two schools would co-exist on separate campuses with different bell schedules and lunch breaks to avoid any conflicts. It appears, however, plans have since changed. Grace Christian Schools Principal Pearlie Davis confirmed that the school is closed and would not be reopening, however she did not elaborate further on the subject. “I just wanted to announce that Grace Christian has ceased opera-

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tions,” she said. “That’s all I wanted to say.” Rebecca Irwin, an IVA spokesperson, said IVA board members and representatives had nothing to do with the Christian school’s closure. “It isn’t within our authority to make any decisions for what they choose to do with their property,” she said. Even though a majority of IVA board members attend the church, Irwin added that religious affiliation is not a requirement for hiring staff or appointing board members at the charter school. “That’s not important to us,” she said. Vivian Malauulu, whose two sons were enrolled at Grace Christian with one in kindergarten and the other going into the 3rd grade, said she was frustrated that the school is being forced out without any commemoration or graduation ceremony for children. “I’m very disappointed,” she said. “Our frustration is not with the school, it’s with the church… There was no conference, no farewell, no goodbye; there was nothing.” Malauulu said Grace Christian’s closure, however, wasn’t entirely a surprise. During meetings with other parents and school officials it became clear that church administrators wanted to change the church’s direction, both financially and philosophically, she said. Malauulu said the reason for the school’s closure was partly finan-

cial since “private schools make much less money” than charter schools that receive both public funds and private donations. Malauulu, who is now transferring her children to another Christian school, also said the church’s pastor Lou Huesmann “does not approve of private schooling” and preaches that Christian children should be out witnessing to other children and shouldn’t be secluded. She added, however, that many children of different Christian denominations attended the school. Nevertheless, Malauulu said the closure is a major loss for the community, adding that her oldest daughter who is now 13 went to Grace from preschool to 6th grade and her second daughter would be attending 6th grade. She said many parents in the local area once went to the school and had enrolled their children. Malauulu said her family has helped with fundraisers and the annual jog-a-thon to raise thousands of dollars each year that helped pay for field trips and classroom supplies. She said 5th-grade tuition was $6,000 a year and 6th-grade tuition was $7,000 a year. “For all of the family, personally, it’s just sad,” Malauulu said. Church administrators, including Pastor Huesmann and Director of Facilities Ben Lozada, did not return phone calls or emails by the Signal Tribune before press time. ß


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Construction has begun on the $1-billion bridge that will, according to a press release by the Port of Long Beach this week, “enhance Southern California's vital link to international trade and dramatically improve an important commuter and trucking corridor at the Port of Long Beach.” In the early-morning hours, crews began demolishing the final sections of a U-shaped freeway off-ramp west of the existing Gerald Desmond Bridge. The ramp removal was needed to clear the path for the first sections of an “iconic” six-lane bridge that will provide a muchneeded, taller clearance of 205 feet. This new bridge, which will also feature cable towers reaching 515 feet above the Long Beach skyline, is being built immediately adjacent to and north of the existing four-lane span that has been deemed obsolete. When completed in 2016, the new bridge will allow a new generation of big cargo ships to reach the inner berths at the Port. The project is part of $4.5 billion in improvements over the next decade aimed at modernizing

Port facilities. “As more big ships enter the Pacific trade routes, the Port of Long Beach must be fully capable to handle these larger vessels with optimum efficiency,” said Port spokesman John Pope. “This new bridge will improve critical infrastructure that will help keep Long Beach competitive in the global markets in the decades ahead.” The new bridge will come at a time when bigger cargo ships are crossing the world’s oceans– and even bigger vessels are under construction. As one of the world’s busiest seaports, Long Beach continues to see steady growth in cargo volumes as shipping lines sign agreements to expand operations, according to the Port. A few months ago, Long Beach received a ship capable of carrying 14,000 container units– the largest container vessel to visit a North American port. But when the Gerald

Desmond Bridge opened in 1968, cargo were ships oneabout sixth the size of what enters harbor the today. The existing bridge height, 155 feet, restricts these new, larger ships from reaching piers within Courtesy Port of LB the inner chan- The bike/pedestrian path and scenic overlook from the new Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement nels. design The new will bridge California will begin to see the carefully designed plans to build raise the clearance over the approximately 8,000-foot-long a major piece of infrastructure Port’s inner harbor channel an bridge emerge in phases over the with the least amount of traffic additional 50 feet, giving it the next three years. disruptions. For construction tallest span height for a cablePhotos and video showing the updates, traffic information and stayed bridge in the U.S. and eas- progress will be routinely posted other details about the Gerald ily allowing big ships to pass on the new bridge website Desmond Bridge Replacement underneath. Project, visit newgdbridge.com . newgdbridge.com . Now that replacement conAt the same time, construction struction is underway, Southern crews will begin to implement Source: Port of LB

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For Long Beach visual and performing artist Renée Bruno, creativity gives her the opportunity to express her beliefs and emotions. After excelling in art and sign-language classes throughout high school, she discovered that she could use these skills to help the deaf express themselves through painting. “Deaf people are really expressive when it comes to visual aspects,” Bruno said. “They’re really sensitive to anything visual…Since they don’t have hearing, all of their other senses intensify. It would just be really cool for them to feel the way I feel when I’m painting.” Bruno now attends Long Beach City College with plans to major in child development and minor in art. Acrylic and oil paint are her favorite mediums. Although Bruno has not been involved in any art shows, one of her favorite pieces, “Eye of London,” was chosen to be displayed in the Bluebird Art Lounge and Gallery in Whittier. “It’s supposed to be kind of like the eye of God looking over a corrupt civilization,” she said.

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guitarist Gage Hulsey, clarinet player Kale Stiles and bass player Benj Clark. “I sing, like, three or four songs with them because I do more like traditional ‘20s Billie Holiday kind of stuff,” Bruno said. “I’m starting to learn more of their style.” Another band with which Bruno is involved is The Moon and I, which plays mostly indie, folk and alternative music. Bruno’s most recent endeavor is performing with her boyfriend Cody Thomas. “We don’t really have a name for our band yet, but we have been writing a lot of songs together, and we are probably going to record pretty soon,” she noted. Bruno started singing at a young age. She remembers her mom playing keys on the piano for Bruno to try and match her voice with the notes. They also enjoyed Karaoke. Before Bruno learned how to sight-read, she was already writing songs. “I had always been into poetry,” she said. “So, I just wrote songs, too.” A large portion of Bruno’s lyrics is spiritual. “Everything that I do is a really cool testimony to what I believe in,” she explained. “I am Christian, so I always give thanks to God in what I do. He Courtesy Renée Bruno gave me the opportunity to Long Beach artist and musician Renée Bruno enjoys performing at open-mic nights. express myself and share it [with] She often duets with her boyfriend, Cody Thomas. They have written several songs others and impact others. A lot of together and plan to record soon. my lyrics are about that. Sometimes, people don’t realize that [the lyrics] are Christian. It’s more subtle, but it’s a big part of it.” It wasn’t until high school that she actually learned musical terms. In her junior and senior year, she qualified for honor choir. Bruno says she has been strongly influenced by her Uncle Danny, who used to own part of a recording studio in Santa Ana. “He always gives me advice because he was in so many bands,” she noted. “He has gotten ripped off so many times in the music business, and he always says, ‘You need a back-up plan because the music business today is just all about connections.’” Bruno started singing at openmic nights about a year ago. “You go, and you never know really [whom] you’re going to meet,” she said. “They’re great because people know about them in the area, and you can just walk in and play.” In addition, Bruno is an active singer in the community. She often performs at open-mic nights in cafés such as Portfolio Coffeehouse, 2300 E. Fourth St., and Viento y Agua Coffeehouse, 4007 Fourth St. On some nights, she sings at Your House Restaurant, 2838 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Bruno is currently involved with three groups. One is called Hedgehog Swing, a gypsy-swing jazz group. Other members include guitarist Luca Pino,

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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 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

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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: 07-012013 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee FRED RESTREPO, ASSISTANT SECRETARY California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800892-6902 For Sales Information: www.lpsasap.com or 1-714-730-2727 www.priorityposting.com or 1-714-573-1965 www.auction.com or 1-800-280-2832 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, this information can be obtained from one of the following three companies: LPS Agency Sales and Posting at (714) 730-2727, or visit the Internet Web site www.lpsasap.com (Registration required to search for sale information) or Priority Posting and Publishing at (714) 573-1965 or visit the Internet Web site www.priorityposting.com (Click on the link for "Advanced Search" to search for sale information), or auction.com at 1-800-280-2832 or visit the Internet Web site www.auction.com, using the Trustee Sale No. shown above. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. A-4398803 07/12/2013, 07/19/2013, 07/26/2013

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 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                

TST4422 Trustee Sale No. 20697CA Title Order No. 110392828-CA-MAI NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 2/21/2009. 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. On 9/16/2013 at 9:00 AM, MERIDIAN FORECLOSURE SERVICE f/k/a MTDS, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION DBA MERIDIAN TRUST DEED SERVICE as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 03/04/2009, Book , Page , Instrument 20090302818 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: MILDRED MELENDEz AND MICHAEL MELENDEz HUSBAND AND WIFE AS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY as Trustor, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR INDYMAC BANK, F.S.B., A FEDERALLY CHARTERED SAVINGS BANK, 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 convenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possesssion, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the notes (s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA Legal Description: As more fully described in said Deed of Trust The street address and other common designation of the real property purported as: 2281 AMELIA STREET, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 APN Number: 7217-028-005 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $913,276.79 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 the property itself. Placing the highest bid at 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 may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (714) 573-1965 or visit this Internet Web site www. Priorityposting.com, using the file number assigned to this case 20697CA. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. In addition, the borrower on the loan shall be sent a written notice if the sale has been postponed for at least ten (10) business days. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. 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”. DATE: 7/12/2013 MERIDIAN FORECLOSURE SERVICE f/k/a MTDS, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION DBA MERIDIAN TRUST DEED SERVICE 3 SAN JOAQUIN PLAzA, SUITE 215, NEWPORT BEACH, CA 92660 Sales Line: (714) 573-1965 OR (702) 586-4500 STEPHANIE GARCIA, FORECLOSURE OFFICER MERIDIAN FORECLOSURE SERVICE IS ASSISTING THE BENEFICIARY TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. P1050174 7/19, 7/26, 08/02/2013

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

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 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. 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.

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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 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. 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 NAM 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. TST4423 / 2013 142697 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAM STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: MY BABY LOVES VINTAGE, 5485 Orange Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805. Registrant: JANET BOYLE, 5485 Orange Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Janet Boyle. 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 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on July 10, 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 19, 26, & August 2, 9, 2013. 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cITY OF SIGNAL HILL TST4429 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE ADoPTIoN

Ordinance No. 2013-07-1460 was adopted by the City Council as an urgency ordinance at their meeting of Tuesday, July 16, 2013. A summary of the ordinance is as follows:

AN URGENCY ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING TITLE 16 OF THE SIGNAL HILL MUNICIPAL CODE ENTITLED “OIL CODE” AND CHAPTER 20.52 ENTITLED “SITE PLAN AND DESIGN REVIEW” TO ESTABLISH REGULATIONS REGARDING DEVELOPMENT ON PROPERTIES WITH ABANDONED OIL WELLS AYES:

The ordinance was adopted by the following vote:

Mayor Michael J. Noll, Vice Mayor Edward H.J. Wilson, Council Members Larry Forester, Tina L. Hansen, Lori Y. Woods NOES: None

ABSENT: None

ABSTAIN: None

Pursuant to Signal Hill City Charter Section 315, this ordinance shall become effective immediately upon adoption by the City Council. A certified copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s Office. Kathleen L. Pacheco City Clerk

Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on July 19, 2013. Posted at City Hall, Library, Discovery Well Park, and Reservoir Park on July 19, 2013.

cITY OF SIGNAL HILL TST4426 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE ADoPTIoN

Ordinance No. 2013-07-1457 was introduced by the City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, July 2, 2013, and adopted by the City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, July 16, 2013. A summary of the ordinance is as follows:

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING zONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT 13-01 ADDING CHAPTER 20.23 “TRUCKING YARD PERFORMANCE STANDARDS,” TO THE SIGNAL HILL MUNICIPAL CODE, AMENDING FOOTNOTE (LL) SECTION 20.20.020, “USE CLASSIFICATIONS” AND REPLACING THE 2006 LIST OF ExISTING TRUCKING YARDS WITH A REVISED LIST The ordinance was adopted by the following vote:

AYES: Mayor Michael J. Noll, Vice Mayor Edward H.J. Wilson, Council Members Larry Forester, Tina L. Hansen, Lori Y. Woods NOES: None

ABSENT: None

ABSTAIN: None

Pursuant to Signal Hill City Charter Section 315, this ordinance shall become effective 30 days from and after the date of its adoption. A certified copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s Office. Kathleen L. Pacheco City Clerk

Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on July 19, 2013. Posted at City Hall, Library, Discovery Well Park, and Reservoir Park on July 19, 2013.

cITY OF SIGNAL HILL TST4425 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE ADoPTIoN

Ordinance No. 2013-07-1456 was introduced by the City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, July 2, 2013, and adopted by the City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, July 16, 2013. A summary of the ordinance is as follows:

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING CHAPTER 8.48 OF THE SIGNAL HILL MUNICIPAL CODE, ENTITLED “SECURITY ALARM SYSTEMS,” TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF FALSE ALARMS BEFORE A FEE IS ASSESSED The ordinance was adopted by the following vote:

AYES: Mayor Michael J. Noll, Vice Mayor Edward H.J. Wilson, Council Members Larry Forester, Tina L. Hansen, Lori Y. Woods NOES: None

ABSENT: None

ABSTAIN: None

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its fear of humans.” Some residents have recommended using wolf urine, which ranchers use to protect livestock. Hew notes that the substance can be purchased online at predatorpee.com and vials may be strategically placed at the perimeter of a person’s property. According to ACS, other suggestions for deterring coyotes include: never feeding coyotes or any other wildlife; keeping pets and pet food inside; removing fallen fruit from the ground; bagging food wastes such as meat scraps or leftover pet food; and keeping trash in containers with tight-fitting lids. ACS also recommends: feeding pets during the day for no

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Following Foster’s announcement, 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, who is one of four contenders so far in the race for the city’s mayor in the 2014 election, released a statement Tuesday. “I join residents from throughout Long Beach in saying ‘thank you’ to Mayor Bob Foster for his many years of public service,” Schipske stated. “Although we haven’t always agreed on every

more than one hour and then removing the food and water bowls when finished; staying close to your pet when taking them outdoors and always keeping them on a leash, especially from dusk through early morning hours. Stevens said coyotes often spread out into neighborhoods from the flood channels, riverbeds and other natural open spaces in the area. Coyotes are most commonly seen in neighborhoods near El Dorado Park, wetlands areas and vacant land in Signal Hill in addition to cities in southeast Orange County near the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, which is breeding ground for coyotes, he said. Los Alamitos implemented a trapping program nearly three years ago in which coyotes were

trapped and eventually killed, but Stevens said the method is ineffective since the City has already reported coyotes returning. Stevens added that despite fears of coyotes biting children, a coyote attack on a human is “extremely rare” and he hasn’t heard of it ever happening locally. In all of California, last year there were only two reports of coyotes attacking humans and both were in Palm Springs, Stevens said. While it’s advised to keep cats indoors, he added that it’s important to note that cats have a higher chance of being hit by a car than being killed by a coyote.

issue, no one can question Mayor Foster’s commitment to our city. I look forward to continuing to work with him throughout the remainder of his term to improve our local neighborhoods, and I hope he will find ways to continue to advocate for our region after he leaves office.” In addition to Schipske, four other candidates have thus far announced their intention to run for mayor of Long Beach: real-

estate investor and former NFL player Damon Dunn; Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia; Long Beach Unified School District Boardmember and lawyer Doug Otto; and nonprofit education program owner Jana Shields, who has twice run for the 1st District Council seat. In an emailed response to the Signal Tribune’s request for a statement regarding Foster’s decision, Vice Mayor Robert Garcia said, “Mayor Foster had been an incredible leader and friend. He and [Foster’s wife] Nancy have made our city a better place, and I look forward to working with them in the future.” It wasn’t until about two hours after Garcia sent his reply that he issued another email with a subject line of “I Have a Big Announcement.” In the email was a brief statement and a link to a YouTube video in which he announced his candidacy for mayor. (See sidebar on page 1.

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TST4428 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE INTRoDuCTIoN

Ordinance No. 2013-07-1459 was introduced by the City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, July 16, 2013. A summary of the ordinance is as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING TITLE 16 OF THE SIGNAL HILL MUNICIPAL CODE ENTITLED “OIL CODE” AND CHAPTER 20.52 ENTITLED “SITE PLAN AND DESIGN REVIEW” TO ESTABLISH REGULATIONS REGARDING DEVELOPMENT ON PROPERTIES WITH ABANDONED OIL WELLS

A copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s Office and on the City’s website www.cityofsignalhill.org. Second reading and adoption of this Ordinance is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Kathleen L. Pacheco City Clerk

Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on July 19, 2013. Posted at City Hall, Library, Discovery Well Park, and Reservoir Park on July 19, 2013.

cITY OF SIGNAL HILL TST4427 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE INTRoDuCTIoN

Ordinance No. 2013-07-1458 was introduced by the City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, July 16, 2013. A summary of the ordinance is as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING SIGNAL HILL MUNICIPAL CODE 2.08.040 TIME OF MEETINGS

Pursuant to Signal Hill City Charter Section 315, this ordinance shall become effective 30 days from and after the date of its adoption. A certified copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s Office.

A copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s Office and on the City’s website www.cityofsignalhill.org. Second reading and adoption of this Ordinance is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, 2013.

Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on July 19, 2013. Posted at City Hall, Library, Discovery Well Park, and Reservoir Park on July 19, 2013.

Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on July 19, 2013. Posted at City Hall, Library, Discovery Well Park, and Reservoir Park on July 19, 2013.

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fence are too close to the property line, out of compliance with the current city regulations. The rules right now require that hives be kept at least 100 feet away from residences. “I outed myself to the City,” Kurland said in an interview Tuesday, “so I have no secrets.” He serves as the president of the Long Beach Beekeepers, an association that serves to educate the public about the hobby of beekeeping. The group also touts its ability to perform rescues, where the public can request the group to remove bees safely and find homes for unwanted hives. While Kurland focused on the plight of bees, on the other side of town, Donna Marykwas, a resident of Rose Park, pondered goats and chickens. Marykwas has fond memories of her chickens and especially those of her Nigerian Dwarf goats that she had to give up. The Rose Park resident said she was cited in 2009 for keeping hens and goats in her home. In a telephone interview Monday, she recalled how she would start her day by feeding organic food to her hens and caring for them in her yard. “It’s just a lovely experience watching the birds just go about being healthy, happy [chickens],” said Marykwas, “instead of having to go to the grocery store and buy eggs from chickens that have probably lived a miserable life.” Marykwas serves as the founder for an advocacy group called Long Beach Grows. Her organization promotes urban agriculture. She and Kurland have both been active in advocating for a change in the rules as they relate to chickens, goats and bees, but they and numerous other advocates walked away in disappointment from the July 16 City Council meeting. The votes were very close, but a proposal to ease the city regulations governing the ownership of chickens, goats and bees ultimately could not get enough support from the majority of the Council on Tuesday. Current city regulations now remain unchanged, despite 2nd District Councilmember Suja Lowenthal’s passionate advocacy on behalf of a modification in the city rules. She requested that the Council adopt an ordinance that focused on changes for the three animals as a group. She didn’t support a substitute motion that would have solely focused on changing the rules only for chickens. The ordinance to ease some of the rules needed five votes to pass. Both the motion in support of the ordinance and two other substitute motions received only four favorable votes and three opposing votes. The lack of enough support for any of the motions means that the rules surrounding chickens, goats and bees remain unchanged. Two councilmembers, Gary DeLong and Gerrie Schipske, who represent the third and fifth districts respectively, were not present for the vote. At the July 16 meeting, more than 20 proponents of the ordinance spoke before the Council or held up kelly-green signs that simply read “urban agriculture.” These advocates outnumbered opponents to the ordinance. Less than 10 residents spoke out against making changes to the city rules. Ted Stevens, who serves as the bureau manager for the City’s Animal Care Services department, explained Tuesday that the current rules already allow people to own chickens, goats and bees. The proposal that came from the City’s Environmental Committee (which Lowenthal chairs) would have made significant changes to setback requirements that spelled out how far away these farm animals could be kept relative to neighboring residences. Here are some of the highlights from Stevens’s explanation of the current rules. • Up to 20 chickens may be kept a minimum of 50 feet away from one- and two-family homes or 100 feet away from multi-family residences and hotels without any required permit or City inspection. • One chicken may be kept a minimum of 20 feet from any dwelling without any permit or inspection. • No more than one goat may be kept at least 100 feet away from neighboring residences. They did not require a permit. • No goats may be kept south of Anaheim Street. • Beehives are required to be kept at

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least 100 feet away from neighboring homes, streets and alleys. The hives must be kept 10 feet above the ground. The City already prohibits backyard animal slaughter, and no roosters are allowed anywhere in Long Beach, Stevens later confirmed. Stevens outlined proposed changes as recommended by the Environmental Committee that were ultimately not passed by the Council. Here are a few of the changes: • Up to four chickens could be kept at least 10 feet away from other homes, and no permit would be needed. Keeping five or more chickens would have had larger setback requirePhotos by CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune ments and would have Wrigley resident Henry Kurland says his neighbors required City inspection have not complained about his bees– or for that and a permit. his chickens. matter, • Two goats could be kept at least 10 feet away from neighbor- He reminded the Council and the audiing homes. Owners would have been ence that chickens are already allowed as well as goats and bees. required to obtain a permit. One councilmember agonized openly • Up to four hives could be kept at least 10 feet away from the property line. over the number of urban agricultural Beekeepers would have been required to supporters in the Council Chamber Tueserect a six-foot barrier that would force day night and the number of supporters who wrote numerous letters against bees to fly vertically over the barrier. Fourth-district resident Judy Crump- change. “As one who grows their own food ton was among a number of residents who opposed these proposed changes to in their own garden, I understand sustainability,” said 9th District Councilmember the city’s current rules. “I moved to a city to live in a city,” Steven Neal. “I can see by the testimony Crumpton told the Council. “I don’t like that was provided here tonight that this living around agriculture. I did that once, community represents the best and the and I found it to be very upsetting. So we brightest as far as adhering…and wanting are a city, and we need to remember that.” to move forward, but at the same time, Crumpton wasn’t alone. Others who the overwhelming correspondence that I said that they loved animals and were received in my office– not from folks that concerned about the humane treatment of are here tonight but from my district animals also voiced their opposition to members– are in complete opposition to this.” the proposed changes. Eighth District Councilmember Al Deborah Turner, a humane educator who visits schools within the Long Beach Austin acknowledged the strong feelings Unified School District, picked apart the on both sides of the issue. He, however, ordinance. She specifically criticized the added that more public education is proposal to change the setbacks to 10 feet needed. Austin said he favored a motion that only changed the rules on chickens. for the animals in question. “I understand the value of chickens “We just can’t see loosening up the code so that just anyone who has 10 feet and producing eggs,” Austin said. “I of space in Long Beach can begin to cre- don’t see that they are going to create the ate a farm…of animals,” Turner said in a nuisance and the fear from many of the residents.” Monday-night telephone interview. Lowenthal disagreed. The 2nd-disTurner says that she teaches children and adults about responsible pet owner- trict councilmember continued to ask that ship. She expressed concerns about the Council pass the ordinance which whether the City’s staff in Animal Care addressed chickens, goats and bees Services could handle the additional together instead of supporting O’Donnell’s proposition to change only the workload if the ordinance had passed. “We cannot even handle the crisis municipal rules on chickens. She supthat we have right now in Long Beach in ported Vice Mayor Robert Garcia’s recregard to pet overpopulation,” Turner ommendation to pass another substitute said, adding that the City would now take motion that would allow a six-month on chickens, goats and beehives. “We’re review of the ordinance. Lowenthal not set up to do that here in Long highlighted the benefits of the urbanBeach…we can’t even enforce the rules agricultural movement. “What we’ve learned,” Lowenthal that we have right now.” Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell said, prior to the Council’s vote, “is that did not favor an ordinance that would people are interested in food security and relax the rules on all three animals. The really being able to ensure that they can 4th-district councilmember said he was grow their own food, even though we’re “sticking with the chickens” and proposed a substitute motion that would concentrate only on changing the rules for chickens. O’Donnell said he wasn’t comfortable moving forward on goats and bees at this time. Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson toyed with the idea of focusing only on the chickens. Before O’Donnell presented a substitute motion that did just that, Johnson emphasized how the discussion was not about “relaxing the rules, but getting the right rules.” “And I think, frankly,” Johnson added, “if you have 19 chickens at home, you should get a permit, and you should pay the Henry Kurland’s backyard garden boasts two full beeproper fees, which is not currently the case hives and one small (nuclear) hive that currently don’t under the ordinance.” adhere to the City’s current setback requirements.

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Nearly 40 residents on both sides of the urban-agriculture issue queue up to speak at the July 16 Council meeting. not talking about actual landscape-type architecture.” She further explained that residents are attempting to build a community experience through their gardens. “It’s harkening back a little bit to this inner desire that we have to be a group, to be part of a tribe of sorts,” Lowenthal concluded. Garcia agreed with Lowenthal. He linked the issue of urban agriculture with the need to create a sustainable community and increase access to fresh food. “I think there’s also room for us to look at how urban [agriculture] can evolve in our city,” Garcia said just before the Council voted. He explained that this movement could create a space for people to learn from one another. He said that Long Beach could be a “leader in animal care.”

Four councilmembers– Garcia, Lowenthal, Johnson, and 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews– all voted in favor of a motion that changes the ordinance for chickens, goats and bees as recommended by the Environmental Committee. They also voted in favor of a substitute motion offered by Garcia that would require the City Council to return to the issue after a sixmonth review. O’Donnell, Austin and Neal all voted against these two motions. The substitute motion offered by O’Donnell that amended the city regulations for chickens received only four votes from O’Donnell, Johnson, Austin and Neal. That substitute motion was opposed by Garcia, Lowenthal and Andrews.

In the end, advocates of urban agriculture lost this battle. The Council

quickly moved on to the next agenda item in what was already a long Council meeting. Dozens of people filed out of the Council Chamber. A few groups lingered in the lobby to mull over the events of the evening. Among them, Deborah Turner, one of the staunch advocates against the ordinance, said that she was happy with the outcome. Turner then lowered her voice slightly when she acknowledged she had something in common with the people on the other side of the issue. In her earlier interview, she stressed her love for animals. The advocates in support of urban agriculture also stressed their love of animals during the Council meeting. Others, signs in hand, filed away and made their way home. Kurland and others like him would arrive that evening to a home with a back yard full of hens or bees or both. The computer teacher and bee expert says that he’s been stung hundreds of times by the tiny yellow insects that fascinate him. He says the stings hurt but don’t really bother him. The following day, he would see the blond hens that belong to his wife Selene emerge from the coop that’s conveniently located under the shade of a thick grapevine. The hens require work, Kurland and his wife readily acknowledge, and it is cheaper to buy eggs from a grocery store. They can laugh a little now about how the hens loved and destroyed the expensive Italian kale that used to grow in the back yard. The next morning and every day after that, the hens would demand another round of organic grain, another walk in the sunshine. ß

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