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Sweet and Saucy Shop is expected to move into its new storefront at 3722 Atlantic Ave. in Bixby Knolls after relocating from its previous spot on Stearns Street. The grand opening is set for Saturday Aug. 3, noon to 4pm. Staff Writer
The exodus of two big-box retailers– including Ralphs, which shuttered last month, and Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH), which is expected to close by August– was a major blow to the close-knit community of Bixby Knolls. But now, it appears small businesses are taking the lead and are looking to plant roots along the business corridor that extends from 33rd Street to 46th Street along Atlantic Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard, just north of the 405 Freeway. Attracted by a nascent communal spirit of business-friendliness, several small retail shops, including a few new restaurants, are filling up once vacant buildings, creating an eclectic blend of storefronts. Some have been enticed to relocate from other parts of the city, including Long Beach Roller Sport, which has recently opened at 3974 Atlantic Ave. after moving from the Cal State Long Beach area on Palo Verde Avenue, and a bakery known as Sweet and Saucy Shop, which is set to celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Aug. 3 from noon to 4pm. Beth Giles, who moved to the area six years ago, has recently opened a vintage-clothing store called Salvage Life at 3712 Atlantic Ave. after first starting it as an online store. “It’s a beautiful neighborhood,” she said. “This street used to be really popular. Back in the ‘50s, this was like the
place to go. It has kind of slowly died, and now it’s getting this new birth. I’ve been amazed at how many customers come in and have commented about how so many new businesses are coming in, and they’re excited about it.” Giles said she moved to the spot because she heard that Sweet and Saucy Shop was moving next door, hoping that the two businesses would complement each other. The business owner added that Bixby Knolls has been in desperate need of shopping destinations, especially with a new, younger clientele moving in. “I just think that there’s a lot of young families and younger people moving into the area, and there isn’t very much shopping,” said Giles, whose store offers a mixture of modern and vintage clothing. “I wanted to create a store that I would shop at in this neighborhood and not have to drive far.” Blair Cohn, executive director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA), admits that the vacancies left behind by Ralphs and OSH, which have both been located in Bixby Knolls for more than a decade, will be hard to fill. But he said the corporate decisions to close the stores were in the making for years and the circumstances were out of his hands, adding that it’s unclear how the situations will play out. “It’s a bummer, but there isn’t anything we can do,” Cohn said. The BKBIA, however, isn’t skip-
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Second District Long Beach Councilmember Suja Lowenthal announced July 23 that she has entered the race for mayor of Long Beach. “Long Beach is my home. She is home to my family. I am deeply committed to the future of our great city,” Lowenthal said in her press release announcing her candidacy. “Therefore, after serious consideration and the support of my family, friends and close advisors, I have decided to run for mayor of Long Beach.” Currently serving her second term as councilmember, Lowenthal served as vice mayor of Long Beach in 2010-11 and as an alternate to the California Coastal Commission. She presently serves as Long Beach’s representative on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and also serves on the board of Heal the Bay. According to her press release, Lowenthal’s professional background includes her work for the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging and the Los Angeles City twitter.com Attorney’s Office as the Coordinator of its domestic violence unit. She has more Suja Lowenthal than 15 years of experience in the water industry, serving policy roles in the Central Basin Municipal Water District, West Basin Municipal Water District and Water Replenishment District of Southern California. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at California State University, Long Beach and currently works as an urban-planning professional in public transportation.
Former United States Marine Ricardo Linarez announced on July 19 that he will run for the Long Beach City Council to represent the 1st District. “As a longtime resident with strong ties to the Long Beach community, a community activist and U.S. veteran, I will represent the citizens of the 1st District and the city of Long Beach to the best of my abilities,” Linarez said in his announcement statement. “Since returning from active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps over a decade ago, I have contributed to my community. As your next councilmember, I am dedicated to investing on building safe and clean neighborhoods, improving our infrastructure such as streets and sidewalks, and improving our local economy by working with partners to attract jobs for local residents and assisting small businesses to thrive. I look forward to having an open dialogue with my neighbors on how we can improve our neighborhoods for all families.” Linarez works with community groups that include Wilmore Historic District, Washington Neighborhood, Wrigley ricardolinarez.com area, Westside Long Beach Association, and central Long Beach according Ricardo Linarez to his statement. Linarez currently serves as the senior field deputy for 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal, the vice president of programming for the Long Beach Democratic Club and as a state delegate for the 70th Assembly District.
Carl Kemp, who owns a government-relations firm that provides advocacy for entities seeking favorable outcomes at City Hall, has announced he will seek the 5th District Long Beach City Council seat, according to LBReport.com, to whom Kemp this week emailed a business biographical sketch. According to that biography, Kemp served two terms as student body president at California State University, Long Beach, then he became the legislative assistant to the Long Beach City Council. Kemp was then hired by City Manager Jim Hankla to oversee government affairs, where he acted as the go-to support professional on a wide range of issues, including: state and federal grant procurement, the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, and the Long Beach Urban Area Security Initiative. “In addition, [Kemp] was the first to create the federal and state legislative agendas for the City of Long Beach,” reads the biography. lbreport.com “[Kemp] also served as the city manager’s liaison to: neighboring cities, the GateCarl Kemp way Cities Council of Governments, the Southern California Association of Governments, the League of California Cities, the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the Congressional Black Caucus. After his tenure with the City Manager’s Office, [Kemp] was tapped to oversee the Port of Long Beach’s newly created Community Relations and Government Affairs Division. During his time there, [he] was instrumental in securing funding for: the Gerald Desmond Bridge reconstruction, the Port of Long Beach, the Port of Los Angeles, the Green Port Open House, and the Harbor Arbor Urban Reforestation Program.”
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As unemployment stays high, job seekers warned to be cautious of ‘job scams’ in LA County
JULY 26, 2013
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He said Keven Chavez, spokesperson for other schemes job, you are the one that is supposed view. the Los Angeles County Departinclude “mystery shopper” job to be getting paid.” “We suggest people proceed ment of Consumer Affairs. offers. Chavez warned to be cautious with caution and take a better look “With the way things have been, “We suggest consumers and job about giving any individual, at that company,” Chavez said. we’re seeing plenty of job scams,” seekers be particularly cautious whether a potential employer or not, One way to make sure a comhe said. “Generally speaking, whenwhenever there is a situation where personal information, such as bank- pany is legitimate is by working ever unemployment is high and jobs they want you to pay them so you account or Social Security-card with the Pacific Gateway Workare in demand, job scams will folcan eventually find a job,” Chavez numbers, during a job interview. 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Police response to ‘man with gun’ call results in officer-involved shooting
The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) issued a press release Tuesday with information pertaining to an officerinvolved shooting. According to the release, on Monday, July 22 at approximately 6pm, LBPD officers responded to the 800 block of Washington Place regarding a “man with a gun” call, which resulted in the shooting. The LBPD released the following information in bullet points: • Officers were dispatched to the location and advised while en route that a male subject was waving a gun around and threatening to shoot people • Upon arrival, an officer encountered an armed male subject matching the suspect’s description • During the encounter between the officer and the suspect, an officer-involved shooting occurred, and the suspect was
struck by gunfire • After the shooting, the suspect fled into an apartment but surrendered a short time later • The suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is listed in stable condition • A replica firearm was located at the scene • The suspect has been identified as 27year-old Tyrone Davis of Long Beach • Although the suspect does not reside at the location, detectives believe he stays there occasionally • Davis is currently being held without bail on a parole violation while the investigation continues • Investigators will be presenting the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where Davis may face charges of criminal threats, threatening
someone with a replica firearm, and witness intimidation relating to an unrelated investigation
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is conducting an independent investigation of the shooting, as they do with all officer-involved shootings that occur in Los Angeles County that result in injury or death. Those with information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Mark McGuire and Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting lacrimestoppers.org .
Signal Hill Police Dept. seeking public’s help in reducing false security-alarm system calls permits and work with their alarmmonitoring service companies to ensure that their alarm systems are working properly, the users are properly trained and that they engage the ECV protocol. Reducing the incidence
of police responses to false securityalarm systems calls for service will help us to improve police services overall.” Source: SHPD
Metro M etro Briefs Metro O=ers F Free ree Bike Safety Workshops W All cyclists can benefit from a working knowledge of the Metro is o=ering free rules of the road – which is why M tra;c safety classes throughout Los Angeles County. County. These workshops are open to anyone who wants to learn or fine tune skills for riding in tra;c. Class dates, locations and sign-up information is available at metro.net/bikes.
SWING IS THE THING What Municipal band concert Who Hosted by 8th District Councilmember Al Austin Where 3750 Del Mar Ave. When Wednesday, July 31 at 6:30pm More Info Attendees are encouraged to bring their own dinner, lawn chairs and/or blankets. Call (562) 570-3100.
KNOW YOUR OPTIONS What Divorce Options Workshop Who Alternatives-A Collaborative Divorce Group Where One World Trade Center, Suite 2150 When Thursday, Aug. 1 from 6pm to 9pm More Info The Divorce Options Workshop is presented by familylaw attorneys, mental health coaches, child specialists and divorce financial professionals who will discuss their different roles in litigation, mediation and collaboration. The information provided will allow couples attending the workshop to contrast, compare and intelligently decide which family-law process works best for their family. This free workshop is available for heterosexual and homosexual couples. Email firstname.lastname@example.org .
NIGHT ON THE TOWN What National Night Out Who Signal Hill Police Department Where Reservoir Park, 3315 Gundry Ave. When Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 5pm to 8pm More Info National Night Out is an event that is celebrated nationwide, with a focus on unifying the community with an ultimate goal of crime prevention. Call (562) 989- 7205.
Meet the New LA Metro tro Transit T Watch W App Help Metro be more secure by becoming the eyes Transit Watch W smartphone and ears of the system. The T application allows riders to quickly and easily report any suspicious activity or non-emergency crimes. It’s available for both iPhones and Android devices – Play. download it free at the Apple App Store or Google Play More information at transitwatchla.org.
BOOK TALK What Author talk Who Dana Branch Library Where 3680 Atlantic Ave. When Friday, Aug. 9 at 11:30am More Info Marissa Jones will discuss her books The Melting Pot and Curve Ball. The Melting Pot is a coming-of-age story set in southern Mississippi about two African-American sisters. The novel embraces themes of acceptance, love and loyalty to family. Curve Ball tackles the topic of relationship abuse in the hopes of inspiring others to overcome and move on. Call (562) 570-1042 or visit lbpl.org .
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SUNDAY FUN-DAY What Second Sundays Who Hosted by 8th District Councilmember Al Austin Where Virginia Village, between 53rd St. and 56th St. When Sunday, Aug. 11 from 1pm to 5pm More Info Event will include live entertainment, music, food, community resources and kids activities. Residents are invited to shop and support local businesses and restaurants.
Metro tro Orders First Electric Buses Metro will order up to 25 new all-electric, zero-emission buses as part of a $30 million clean air bus technology low-floor 40pilot project. The initial order will be for five low-floor, year Following foot, all-electric buses to arrive later this year. F testing and evaluation, Metro has the option to purchase up to 20 additional buses. Final assembly of all buses will be completed at manufacturer BYD’s new local facility in Lancaster.
PARK IT ON THE LOT What Concerts in the Park(ing Lot) Who Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA) Where It’s a Grind Coffee House, 4245 Atlantic Ave. When Monday, Aug. 19 at 6:30pm More Info The free concert will feature music from Jungle Fire. The BKBIA has extended its series to four concerts. Visit bixbyknollsinfo.com .
Free ree Service for Passengers in Wheelchairs Metro o=ers ers a free service to help bus riders in wheelchairs safely As part of ongoing board more easily and ride more safely. e=orts orts to serve riders with disabilities, Metro will help find and mark the best spot on each wheelchair for securement T find out and in some cases attach a free safety strap. To more about this free service and make your appointment for a wheelchair strap marking, call 213.922.8800.
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FAIR THEE WELL What Community health fair Who New Hope Baptist Church Where 1160 New York St. When Saturday, July 27 from 10am to 2pm More Info The fair will include free health screenings and referrals, as well as vaccinations, CPR demonstrations and other health-related activities. Participants include the American Red Cross, California Aquatic Therapy and Wellness Center, the Long Beach Fire Department and other local health organizations. The event will have games and prizes for children and free non-perishable foods and clothes.
MEET AND EAT What Supper club Who Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association Where Nino's Italian Restaurant, 3853 Atlantic Ave. When Monday, Aug. 5 at 6:30pm More Info Bixby Knolls Supper Club supports local restaurants on Monday nights, which are typically slow. Residents are invited to meet, eat and support the local economy. The August Supper Club will also have as a 55th anniversary celebration for Nino’s. RSVP at email@example.com .
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The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) is seeking the public’s help to reduce the incidence of police responses to false security-alarm system calls for service. “The Signal Hill Police Department responded to over 1,200 false security-alarm calls for service during the past two years,” said SHPD Chief Michael Langston. “For a city the size of Signal Hill, that number is excessive and has negatively impacted police services. These calls prevent, divert and delay police officers from patrolling neighborhoods and responding to legitimate calls for police services, or investigating and solving crimes.” False alarms typically result from faulty or defective systems, improperly trained users and, occasionally, misuse of the system itself, according to the SHPD. Both residential and commercial businesses that have security alarm systems are required by a local ordinance to have an alarm permit issued by the City. The permits help police identify who to contact in emergencies and, in some cases, who is authorized to be on certain premises. Permit fees are $15 and $30, respectively, for residential and commercial permits and are valid for two years. “We are encouraging our securityalarm system users to contact their alarm-monitoring service companies and to adopt the Enhanced Call Verification (ECV) protocol supported by the alarm industry,” Langston said. ECV requires that the alarm-monitoring service make a second call to a second telephone number before requesting a dispatch from lawenforcement agencies. The first call is typically to the premises. The Greater Los Angeles Security Alarm Association indicates on its website that when a dealer implements enhanced call verification, 40 to 50 percent of alarm signals that traditionally would have been dispatched under premises verification were not because the signal was verified as not valid on the second call. According to Langston, alarm users, with or without a permit, will be charged a cost-recovery fee for the second and any subsequent police response to a false security-alarm system call for service within any 12month period of time. The cost-recovery fees of either $50 or $100 are based upon the type of police response: burglary or robbery/panic alarm. Cost-recovery fees are not imposed when officers determine that an actual crime related to the alarm response occurred or when the false alarm is caused by earthquake, hurricane, tornado or other unusual meteorological event. Violations of the local ordinance, including failure to obtain an alarm permit, are infractions and can be enforced through criminal enforcement, civil action or an administrative citation. “Frankly, our interest is not in collecting cost-recovery fees in this matter,” Langston said. “We would prefer to see that all alarm users obtain
CALLING ALL WWII BUFFS What Discussion Who Long Beach Petroleum Club Where 3636 Linden Ave. When Saturday, August 24 at 11:30am More Info Rescued ex-prisioners from WWII will discuss their experiences. The program is open to anyone that is interested. Cost is $29 per person and must be received by Aug. 13. Call (562) 8186580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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JULY 26, 2013
Thoughts from the Publisher
by Neena Strichart I find it hard to believe that my 40th high-school reunion is just weeks away. Attending Long Beach’s Woodrow Wilson High School in the ‘70s was quite an experience. That was where many of us made our longterm decisions on careers, love interests, music preferences and life-long friends. We attended school during the Vietnam War, the tail end of the hippie era, the introduction of the birth-control pill, Beatle tunes vs. the sounds of Simon and Garfunkel, and, of course, the Nixon presidency. We had no cell phones, few of us had our own cars (I sure didn’t) and a big night out was a movie or school football game. Those who attended Wilson in 1973 are in for a heck of a three-day celebration. Please read below for lots of details!
Woodrow Wilson High School Class of 1973 40-year reunion Aug. 9-11 Five different events are scheduled, from a traditional dinner/dance at the Long Beach Yacht Club to a surf gathering at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Along the way there will also be a social mixer at diPiazza’s Italian Restaurant, a golf tournament at Wilson’s home course (Big Rec) and a potluck picnic in the quad where students once had lunch 40 years ago, and where one of the current principals of Wilson promises a tour of some of the secret rooms, passages and vaults that few have seen. We will even be opening the Class of 1973’s time capsule. A lot to celebrate over one weekend. But most importantly the weekend is a chance to greet old friends and make new ones right in the middle of “the old neighborhood” where we all went to school. All for the cost of $100 per person for the “main event” on Saturday night. (The cost rises to $120 per person after July 31, so get your reservations in soon.) Or for the cost of something to eat or drink at diPiazza’s (no cover charge even though there will be a cover band playing tunes of our era). There will be an all-inclusive charge of $85 for those taking part in the golf tourney. And for those rich in memories but poor in pocketbook, there are no charges for the surf tourney or the potluck picnic at Wilson. The ambitious and excited Reunion Committee has been busily putting together the pieces of this puzzle for months. They have many addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of classmates but are still searching for more. If you, or someone you know, was part of the class and has yet to be contacted, please let the Committee know. Register for the dinner or the golf tourney at rsvpbook.com/woodrowwilsonhs1973, where you can pay by credit card or find instructions to pay by check. The events, in chronological order, are: Golf tournament at Big Rec Friday morning For those who sign up to be part of the golf tourney, activities begin at 8am Friday at diPiazza’s Restaurant, 5205 East Pacific Coast Highway, across the street from Wilson’s home course, aka Big Rec or the Recreation Park 18-hole course. The format is four-man scramble. A shuttle will escort players across the street to play. Duffers to par players are welcome. Classmates, family, and alumni from other years can play. Want to play in a particular foursome? Contact Joe Butcher at JoeButcher3@gmail.com . Cost for this portion of the weekend is $85 per person and includes green fees, golf carts, range balls, a goodie bag, on-course beverages, commemorative T-shirts and transportation to and from the course. Awards for best (and yes, some for the worst) will be handed out Friday evening at the alumni mixer. Registration for the golf tourney closes July 26. PUBLISHER/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Neena R. Strichart
Alumni mixer Friday evening at DiPiazza’s Come get a jump on reunion social activities at Wilson’s Class of 1973's alumni mixer Friday night at diPiazza’s Restaurant, 5205 East Pacific Coast Highway. From 6pm to 11pm, the class of ‘73 has the run of the restaurant. There is no cover, and there is a no-host bar. Come enjoy classmates’ company, and feel free to order some of the delicious inexpensive Italian food and beverages diPiazza’s is known for. Owner Mark diPiazza is a member of Wilson’s class of '73. Not only will he be working hard all weekend to make the reunion a success, he has hired a cover band to play for the class’s dancing and listening pleasure from 9pm to 11pm.
Beach bash Time to pull the longboards (or short) out of the garage rafters, wax ‘em up and head down to Bolsa Chica State Beach for some friendly wave-sharing or, if enough surfers show up, maybe some friendly competition. The free gathering begins at 9am Saturday at Bolsa Chica Beach Lifeguard Tower 25. Surfers of all types are welcome, as well as those who just want to once again enjoy some beach bathing and taking in the beauty of our fine Southern California coastline. There will be snacks and beverages provided. Bring a beach chair and beach towel. Official nearby beach parking is $15. Tower 25 is two towers and a mid-length walk south of the Jack-in-the-Box at PCH and Warner, where some free parking is available.
Reunion The big event for the weekend is the Saturday night dinner/dance at the Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC), 6201 E. Appian Way. Enjoy beautiful views of the Long Beach Marina from indoors or outdoors on the Club’s second story. Dance to the music of the official deejay of LBYC’s Congressional Cup– Steve Steiner. Check-in opens at 6pm. The buffet dinner starts at 7pm. Dancing is at 9pm. And things wrap up by 11pm. Dress is listed as “nice casual,” with a light jacket or wrap suggested as the night cools down over the water. Dine from a large array of food stations from salads to carved meats, Mexican and Italian entrees. Coffee, iced tea and water are available as refreshments. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are available from a no-host bar. A professional photographer will be available for individual and group photos. Free parking will be available along the marina adjacent to the club. Wilson High potluck picnic and campus tour On Sunday, Aug. 11, this free event begins at 11am, with the potluck picnic right in the old quad, just like lunch hour on campus 40 years ago. At noon, Gonzalo Moraga, one of the
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Need more details? You can find them at rsvpbook.com/woodrowwilsonhs1973, or contact the Reunion Committee at email@example.com. We hope to see every Class of ’73 alumnus this August!
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Neena’s high-school reunion badge from 2003
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two Wilson principals, leads a campus tour of wellremembered sights, and also rarely seen passages and secret vaults around campus. We will also be opening our 1973 time capsule!
Stephen M. Strichart Jane Fallon
Courtesy Wilson High Class of ‘73 Reunion Committee
Wilson High Class of 1973’s time capsule, which is located on the school’s campus and will be opened on Sunday, Aug. 11.
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Coyote attack on 2-year-old girl at Cypress cemetery spurs fears of a growing problem Sean Belk Staff Writer
An incident in which a coyote attacked a 2-year-old girl at a Cypress cemetery last week has incited fears in some local residents that the coyote population in Southern California has become a growing problem. “They’ve let this go too long, and this is why [coyotes are] attacking human beings now,” said Patty Van Winkle, a Long Beach resident and owner of Bill’s Top Shop in Signal Hill. Van Winkle said she has seen about three coyotes a week on her way to work at 7:00 in the morning and believes some of them are dwelling in the Municipal Cemetery property off of Willow Street in Signal Hill. Van Winkle said she has seen dozens of stray cats killed this year and has heard reports of coyotes becoming more brazen and aggressive toward humans. Still, state and local officials say coyote attacks against humans are “rare” and offer guidelines on how to prevent such incidents from happening in the future. Klarissa Barrera, 2 years old, of Long Beach was with her mother at Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries at 4471 Lincoln Ave. in Cypress last Thursday, July 18 just feet away from where her family was visiting a relative’s gravesite when a coyote attacked the child and dragged her into the bushes, according to the Orange County Register. The mother was eventually able to break the girl free from the coyote’s grasp. The girl is reportedly recuperating after receiving rabies shots and being treated for puncture wounds. The girl received two bites from the coyote in the hip and leg areas, said Mark Michilizzi, a game warden with the California Fish and Wildlife Department. He said the puncture wounds were consistent with wounds from a canine. Witnesses confirmed the incident, and cemetery employees had reported seeing coyotes that evening, Michilizzi said. Game wardens later shot and killed three coyotes at the cemetery. The warden said coyotes in
the cemetery had been described as “extremely bold” and “weren’t afraid of humans.” Officials have reported that it’s the first coyote attack against a human in Orange County. Michilizzi said it’s unclear what sparked the attack but added that it could have been that the coyote was hungry because of a lack of natural food sources or could have become “habituated” or “overexposed” to humans. In some cases, coyotes may start to depend on people for sustenance, feeding on pets or scraps and pet food left outside. Coyotes normally prey on rodents, such as mice and rats, he said. “The bottom line is we’re dealing with wild animals and they’re oftentimes unpredictable,” Michilizzi. Coyotes are abundant in California, and they often forage through urban areas in search of food as their habitats continue to be encroached by development and overpopulation. Michilizzi said coyotes hide in vegetation, riverbeds and large parks with ponds and estuaries that make for suitable dens. He said the predators typically hunt at night and early in the morning. Coyote activity is typically higher during warmer months in the spring and summer, which is the time of year when coyotes are raising their pups. “There are a lot of areas where wildlife corridors intersect with human development,” Michilizzi said. “These conflicts of wildlife are something that happen as a result of that. It’s our mission to minimize [incidents] as much as we can.” After the incident, Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS), which contracts with Cerritos, Seal Beach, Signal Hill and Los Alamitos, issued a press release, offering guidelines for residents to protect themselves and their pets from coming in
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• Never feed wildlife, especially coyotes, intentionally or unintentionally • Don’t keep pet food outside, secure garbage cans and pick up fallen fruit from trees • Keep and feed pets indoors, especially at night • Keep dogs on leashes at all times as required by municipal codes, and, if possible, avoid walking dogs in the early morning or at dusk, which are prime feeding times for coyotes • Keep small pets indoors, especially cats, since they are an easy, favored prey • Educate children on how to recognize a coyote, and train children on what to do if they see a coyote • Remove hiding spaces by keeping brush and weeds from around buildings cleared contact with a coyote. ACS reports that “there has never been a coyote attack on a person in Long Beach,” and The Humane Society of the United States estimates there to be an average of only 10 coyote attacks on people a year in the entire United States and Canada. Last week, the Signal Tribune reported that residents in Long Beach (California Heights and Bixby Knolls areas) and Signal Hill
have seen a rise in coyote sightings in recent months and have seen cats and dogs killed. Coyotes have been known to dwell in these areas as well as El Dorado Park and Naples. Ted Stevens, director of ACS, said he discourages any trapping and killing program to solve the problem since coyotes eventually return to the area. Instead, ACS instructs residents to “haze” the coyotes, a technique that involves: standing tall and
making yourself look big while waving your arms; yelling at them to go away; throwing objects toward them; or spraying them with water. “It is essential that coyotes retain their natural fear of humans,” ACS staff states. “Never run from a coyote. Keep constant eye contact with the coyote and continue to move toward other people, a building or an area of activity.” ß
A 2-year-old Long Beach girl was attacked by a coyote at the Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries at 4471 Lincoln Ave. in Cypress last Thursday, July 18, just feet away from where her family was visiting a relative’s gravesite, according to local media reports.
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JULY 26, 2013
Lillian Kawasaki remembered as environmental leader and ‘brilliant, dedicated and passionate’ public official Sean Belk Staff Writer
Lillian Kawasaki, a director for the Water Replenishment District (WRD) of Southern California for the past six years and a longtime Los Angeles city official who was instrumental in airand water- quality initiatives, passed away July 18. She was 62. Kawasaki, the first Asian-American woman to be appointed as general manager of a city department in Los Angeles, began her career with the City as a marine environmental specialist at the Los Angeles Harbor Department in 1978, later becoming the Port’s chief environmentalist. Kawasaki worked at the Port of Los Angeles for 12 years in the environmental management division, responsible for managing waterquality, air-quality and other port environmental issues. In 1990, Kawasaki was appointed to head the then newly created Environmental Affairs Department (EAD) for the City of Los Angeles and ran it largely on grants from the federal and state governments, according to a statement from former Los Angeles Councilmember Ruth Galanter. The EAD advises the City of Los Angeles on environmental policies and programs. Major environmental initiatives spearheaded during her years at EAD
included: the Los Angeles City Brownfields Revitalization and Job Training Initiative; the City’s Clean Air Plan; and the CEQA Thresholds Guidelines and Environmental Justice program. “Lillian was one of the most creative department heads I worked with,” Galanter said. “She helped the City of L.A. establish its environmental credentials internationally through our participation in the International Congress for Local Environmental Initiatives.” Kawasaki also served as the general manager of the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department for three years, managing 500 employees and more than $300 million annually in federal block grants and other public funds earmarked to promote economic/community revitalization, neighborhood improvements, human services and workforce-development programs for low-income and disadvantaged members of the community. During Kawasaki’s time working for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, she introduced new programs and improved the department’s relationships with state water agencies. In 2006, Kawasaki was elected as a board director for the WRD, which manages groundwater for nearly 4 million residents in 43 cities of southern Los Angeles. She represented 800,000
constituents in Division Three, which includes the cities of Artesia, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Lakewood, Long Beach and Signal Hill. “In the six years Lillian served on the WRD Board, she made an indelible imprint on District policies and programs,” said WRD Board President Robert Katherman in a statement. “Based in part on her distinguished career with the City of Los Angeles and her membership on multiple state and federal water policy committees over the years, she brought to her WRD service extraordinary expertise. Personally, of course, Lillian was a force of nature, continually effervescent, always cheerful, always on the run, always interested in what she could do to help others. Her personality was a constant and welcome presence at WRD.” Geraldine Knatz, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, also issued a statement about her experience working with Kawasaki. “I have never known a person who worked as hard as she did or put in as many hours as she did,” Knatz said. “She was brilliant, dedicated and passionate about her work but a ton of fun to work with. She gave out ‘acts of random kindness’ to everyone constantly,” said Knatz. Both of Kawasaki’s parents were interned during World War II. Kawasaki
was co-chair of the Friends of Manzanar, a national historic site, where Japanese-Americans were interned during the war. A Bixby Knolls resident in Long Beach since 2002, Kawasaki run for the 8th District Long Beach City Council seat in 2012. CounAl cilmember Austin, who ran against her in the election, issued a statement on Facebook, stating that she has been an “inspiration” for him. “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Lillian Kawasaki,” Austin stated. “She was a light of inspiration to me and many others who knew her. Lillian’s generous heart, thoughtful perspective and unyielding commitment to public service will be truly missed. I join with many local leaders and 8th District residents in honoring her memory and expressing sincere condolences to her family. May she rest in peace.”
According to city staff, based on current costs, future savings would have been as much as $11,600 per year, per new councilmember (for medical and dental coverage) and as much as $10,620 per year for every new councilmember eligible for CalPERS benefits. The ordinance would not have affected current councilmembers who already receive medical benefits and have already opted into the CalPERS program. City staff said councilmembers are only eligible for retiree health benefits if they serve for at least five years. The results of a study presented by Deputy City Manager Charlie Honeycutt during last week’s meeting concluded that only two cities (Seal Beach and Downey) out of 13 surveyed cities surrounding Signal Hill don’t provide their elected city officials with pension plans. The two cities, along with La Palma, also don’t provide elected city officials with medical benefits. Signal Hill City Treasurer Emerson Fersch said he was unable to
attend the Nov. 20 meeting in which the initial ordinance was proposed, but he added that he believes providing elected city officials with medical benefits even though they are no longer in office raises ethical questions. “I just personally think that, for me, there’s an ethical issue with that, and, this is just my opinion, but once the service ends, the liability should end,” he said. “I think, generally, these positions aren’t meant to be a primary source of one’s financial security. Quite honestly, anybody who comes here seeking that probably isn’t a person who should be making decisions on how to spend millions of dollars on taxpayer’s money in the first place.” Fersch suggested merely bumping up councilmember stipends, such as in Seal Beach, which he said is the “closest in size to Signal Hill in the area.” He proposed increasing stipends up to $1,000 a month, which Fersch said would be able to cover any health-insurance premiums. “To me, that would make more
sense,” he said. City Attorney David Aleshire said such a proposal would require a change to the City Charter and would need majority voter approval in an election. The Council, however, gave no support to the proposal. Vice Mayor Ed Wilson objected to Fersch’s comments, adding that the practice of providing councilmembers and elected city officials with retirement benefits is commonplace in California and in many other states. Wilson said continuing benefits for councilmembers might be perceived as unethical if the City were running a deficit, but he said that is not the case. “I think this is a policy issue; I do not think it’s unethical in any sense of the matter,” Wilson said. “I think in our case it may be symbolic. If you want to do something symbolic, that’s one thing, but to claim it to be unethical is not, in my opinion, an appropriate statement.” At the time the ordinance was proposed last year, the Signal Tribune reported that the recommendation to eliminate benefits for future councilmembers and elected city officials had the support of at least two councilmembers– Mayor Michael Noll and former Councilmember Ellen Ward, who was
Kawasaki is survived by her husband, Craig Carter, her father, Toshio Kawasaki, her brother, Glenn Kawasaki, and her sister, Nancy Kawasaki. Services are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3 at 10am at Long Beach Forest Lawn. In lieu of flowers, people are encouraged to direct any tribute donations to the Todd Cancer Center at Long Beach Memorial Hospital in her memory. ß
SH Council agrees to continue retirement benefits for future councilmembers, elected city officials
Sean Belk Staff Writer
The Signal Hill City Council voted unanimously last week to stay with the “status quo” and allow future city councilmembers and elected city officials to reap medical coverage and retiree health benefits. The motion passed during the Council meeting on July 16, after city staff proposed an ordinance last year to exclude future councilmembers and elected city officials from receiving medical benefits while in office and from enrolling in CalPERS (California Public Employees’ Retirement System). The ordinance was initially proposed as a way to save the City money and put a dent in rising employee costs.
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already on another retirement plan after retiring from the City of Santa Ana. Wilson had indicated that taking away benefits for future elected city officials may discourage “good people to run” for office and would require a councilmember to be independently wealthy. During last week’s Council meeting, Councilmember Tina Hansen agreed with Wilson, adding that she has been on-call 24 hours a day throughout her nearly 20-year career on the Council. “This is a job, and I believe that, as an employee in this job, I have a right to compensation, and this is how our City has chosen to give it,” she said. Councilmember Larry Forester noted that he has been off the City’s medical-benefits plan for the past 15 years because he receives Social Security disability benefits. Forester added, however, that he sees, “no reason to change it for future councilmembers.” City staff concluded that retirement plans offered by most local cities are “equal to or more generous than” plans offered by Signal Hill. In addition, five of the 11 cities that offer pension plans in the area require an employee contribution. Currently, Signal Hill requires its employees to contribute four percent to six percent of their salaries toward their pension costs, depending on when they were hired or took office, according to a city staff report. As for health benefits, the amount most local cities contribute to medical premiums ranges from approximately $600 per month to nearly $2,600 per month, city staff said. Signal Hill provides up to $900 per month for medical benefits. The survey also concluded that, on a statewide basis, 31 of 42 cities in California that responded to the City’s survey indicated that they provide pension programs to their councilmembers, while 33 surveyed cities provide medical benefits. City staff noted that newly elected councilmembers and city officials have a right to opt out of the CalPERS plan but, once a councilmember is enrolled in CalPERS, the councilmember must remain enrolled. ß
JULY 26, 2013
Phil Trani’s restaurant in Long Beach featured on episode of Food Network Star
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Phil Trani’s, located at 3490 Long Beach Blvd., will be the setting for this Sunday’s episode of Food Network Star. Sean Belk Staff Writer
Phil Trani’s Restaurant, a place frequented by socialites and sports superstars for years, will be featured on an episode of the reality TV show Food Network Star that will air this Sunday, July 28, at 6pm. The Bixby Knolls restaurant, located at 3490 Long Beach Blvd., will set the stage for a challenge as five remaining contestants on the ninth season of the show battle it out for a chance to earn his or her own spot on Food Network. Long Beach restaurateur and chef Phil Trani started his own restaurant that has been in business for nearly 25 years after his father first opened an Italian family restaurant in San Pedro in 1925. Trani’s connection to sports goes as far back as the 1950s, when his family once prepared food for major-league football, basketball and baseball players. In fact, his father’s restaurant was once considered a hangout for the Rams football team and coaching staff before the team left Los Angeles. Once Trani opened his own restaurant, many college and major league athletes followed, and some have even worked there, including New York Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez, according to the restaurant’s staff. Today, walls of the restaurant’s front entrance are filled with autographs and sports memorabilia. With live entertainment throughout the week, the dimly lit restaurant serves up seafood and steak dishes for lunch and dinner. Competing against 12 other restaurants for a chance to be on the show, Trani said he first wanted to turn down the Food Network but was later convinced by his staff to go through with it. Once filming commenced, however, Trani said he was “blown away.” He said the restaurant was packed with cameras and a crew of about 150 people. Co-manager Amber Jacobson said the show’s remaining contestants were tasked with revamping five of the restaurant’s dishes, with each contest-
ant “throwing their own spin on it.” She said the show’s producers liked the fact that Trani is “old-fashioned” and “set in his
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Though both Japan and Thailand are Asian countries, they’re separated by more than 2,000 miles of the China Sea and parts of China itself. Restaurants that present the fare of both cultures may not seem like intuitively
obvious options, but they’re popping up across our country anyhow– from Miami, Florida to Chesapeake, Virginia to Long Beach, Calif. With a name that’s sure to contribute to some humorous confusion among those who utter it, Your House, at 2838 E. PCH, is a casual and cozy
The Pad Kee Mao is spicy flat noodles with bell pepper, onion and basil, with a “spicy” level that’s just right.
eatery that indeed offers what they call “fusion sushi” and Thai cuisine. Before actually eating at Your House, I was a bit apprehensive that the two cooking styles would negatively influence each other: either each would take on aspects of the other and result in a strange amalgamation, or the uniqueness of each would be lost amid the effort to create the two very different food types. I was pleased to discover that my fears were unwarranted. The Japanese offerings easily rival those of any reputable sushi place in So Cal. And their Thai dishes hold up against my comparisons to the numerous Thai establishments I’ve patronized in U.S. locales as varied as New Orleans, New York and Los Angeles. (Nope, I haven’t made the journey to Thailand itself... yet.) Let’s talk sushi first. I’m not a huge fan of sashimi; I go more for the rolls. So I ordered the Candy Roll, which, according to Your House’s website, was their most popular dish of 2012. Shrimp tempura, avocado and a spicy crabmeat topping comprise this one. Though it’s hard to deny the appeal of its name, “Candy
Roll” seems, to me, a misnomer, since it’s not that sweet and its texture is more reminiscent of a crab salad than any kind of candy I’ve had. The roll itself actually seems more “grownup” than playful. The punch of the mildly spicy crabmeat is a fitting complement to the meaty shrimp inside, and, to this spicy-food lover, it’s a win. However, the Kryptonite Roll, with its perhaps more suitable name considering it’s predominantly green, is my favorite. First of all, it’s a pretty roll; the thinly sliced avocado overlaying it makes it a work of art. And the pleasure it brings to your palate comes from the texture as much as its flavor. Its “chef's special sauce” introduces itself as sweet with notes reminiscent of fish sauce, but its afternotes are decidedly, but subtlely, imbued with some heat. Time for Thai. Unlike restaurants I’ve been to that were exclusively Thai, I wasn’t asked my choice in level of heat/spiciness when I ordered the Pad Kee Mao– spicy flat noodles with bell pepper, onion and basil. Luckily for me, the “spicy” level was just right. And the basil, which was well highlighted, contributed a sweetness that brought that balance of various fla-
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“Team USA,” mixed media on plywood by Hugh van der Linden and Jill Hunter
Picture This Gallery, 4130 Norse Way, is currently hosting an exhibit entitled In God We Tru$t, in which local artists have been invited to express their political views. One of the pieces, called “War Criminals,” is a digital image created by Preston Craig that depicts seven key members of the Bush administration blatantly labeled as the perpetrators of the Iraq War. “‘War Criminals’ is a piece I created to depict my outrage that none of the people responsible for getting America into a needless conflict that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives, both domestic and internationally, and which has left that part of the world in political turmoil, which has helped generate more terrorists, have been criminally charged or brought to justice for the lies they perpetrated on the American public,” Craig said. “That there are still people who support those lies and the decisions that caused so much pain and suffering in the world, is mind-boggling.” “Team USA” is a mixed-media piece on plywood that was a joint creation by Hugh van der Linden and Jill Hunter. It is an unorthodox re-imagining of the portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson and Alexander Hamilton, who appear on the five-, 20- and 10-dollar bills, respectively. The show will be on display through Saturday, July 27. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 7pm and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free. MORE INFORMATION picturethisgallery.weebly.com (562) 233-3726
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might bring with you on your shopping adventures. Tools of the trade • Tape measure. Before you go shopping, measure the area where the new item would be placed. Also, measure your vehicle to check to see if you indeed have room for what you are looking to buy. These two details might influence what you purchase. • Be sure to note where you bought your new item. The larger the event or venue, the more you can lose track of where you were. I learned this lesson just last week when I couldn’t find my
These cobalt-blue vases and other vessels are among the finds at local flea markets.
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car in a huge parking lot. Had to have security assist in finding it. Embarrassing, and preys on the notion that I am losing my mind. Better yet, take a picture of the location. • Magnifying glass or loop (as I get older this is a must). • Flashlight (for the early or late birds). As the saying goes “the early bird gets the worm.” This is often true, but you can get some great deals at the end of the day, as well, because Photos by Shoshanah Siegel the sellers don't want to have to haul their Whether you are a treasure seeker on the weekends or you make it part of your vacations, there are endless places and items to buy nationwide. stuff back home. • Wear a hat, and put on sunscreen & Flea Market Annual. Have a rough chases. I have both a fanny pack that I • Wear comfortable shoes idea of how much the item you’re con- can rotate to the front of my waist, and • Always bring food and water. Noth- templating sells for in different venues. a purse that has a long strap that goes ing ruins a day of fun if you’re hungry Also, use your phone to access the across my chest. Both allow me to be and parched. Internet or call a friend for advice. If hands-free and, I hope, will prevent • Have a list of items you are looking you or anyone in your party go their theft. for. If not, you might get over- own way stay in touch by cell phone or • If you see something, and you really whelmed. love it, buy it. This is a lesson I learned a walkie-talkie. • Be sure to do your homework. This • Bring bags to hold your purchases. from experience. I ask myself, if I buy is especially true if you are looking for Planning on getting some bigger this item how will I feel? Or more a specific item. I like reference materi- items? I have seen people with small importantly, how will I feel if I don’t als such as the book The Garage Sale shopping carts and wagons. Have buy it? I have also noticed other shopsome small towels, newspaper or bub- pers waiting to see if I will purchase ble wrap to keep your finds separate the item or put it back, so they can snag it for themselves. and safe. • Bring cash, preferably small denominations. Most vendors do not accept How to haggle I have to admit, this is one area that personal checks or credit cards. Have a place to stash the cash and small pur-
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California Writers Club names local author as recipient of Jack London Award
The 104-year-old California Writers Club (CWC) presented its Jack London Award to local author Liv Haugland, a member of the CWC’s Long Beach branch. Established in 1973, the award recognizes outstanding service and dedication “above and beyond” to the organization. The governing body of the CWC presents the award to exceptional members nominated by their branch peers. According to CWC, Haugland’s major contributions include the fact that her contacts with the City have led to special programs such as forming a closer relationship with the 12branch library system and she was instrumental in the CWC Long Beach branch’s first fundraising offsite luncheon at Rancho Los Alamitos. The luncheon was part of “Long Beach Reads One Book” for Isabel Allende’s Zorro, set in early California. Haugland also arranges for distribution of monthly program fliers in coffee shops around the city and has contributed refreshments and hosted board meetings in her home. She majored in cultural anthropology at the University of Oslo, Norway, and spent many years in Asia and Europe. A published writer, she is now focusing on her ghostwriting clients. As branch vice president, Haugland welcomes members and visitors during the opening minutes of monthly meetings. “I first learned about the wonderful world of ghostwriting from a guest speaker at a California Writers Club meeting and as a result,
changed careers,” Haugland said. “The caliber of speakers at CWC meetings is impressive, and the chance to mingle with fellow Long Beach writers, invaluable.” The Long Beach branch meets the second Saturday of every month at the Los Altos branch of the Long Beach library, 5614 E. Britton Dr. Networking begins at 2:30pm, and the program runs
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The Child Welfare Initiative (CWI) has developed a collaborative network of resources to facilitate the recruitment, training and ongoing support to foster parents of children who require therapeutic foster care– children who have greater behavioral and emotional needs and require a greater level of care from the parents. The CWI is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to implement programs and practices that produce measurable improvements in the lives of children and families involved in child-welfare systems. Collaborating with six respected foster-family agencies in the greater Los Angeles area (Aviva, ChildNet, Children’s Institute Inc., Five Acres, Hathaway-Sycamores and Olive Crest), the Children’s Welfare Initiative has created an interactive community of resources housed at extraordinary-families.org. The site, which launched this week, serves as a means to inform interested parents on the level of care needed to successfully parent one of these children. Once the foster parents are committed to becoming certified, extraordinary-families.org serves as a gateway for peer mentoring through forums, articles and studies from experts in the field, and general helpful information.
“With approximately 19,000 children in foster care in Los Angeles, there are fewer than 100 certified families to help the children who have been identified as needing therapeutic foster care,” said Andrew Bridge, executive director of CWI who grew up in Los Angeles County foster care. “As more children are identified as requiring therapeutic foster care, the call for more parents will also grow, and we want to ensure that the needs of those children are being met. First and foremost, we want to recruit the necessary number of qualified families to help these children reach their potential.” In addition to the Extraordinary Families website, the six agencies in the collaborative will help with recruitment through foster-family referrals and information meetings to answer questions and share experiences with interested parents. The agencies have also committed to upgrading their practices to improve retention including creating more support groups, increasing respite and childcare opportunities, and creating systems for gathering parent feedback. The CWI conducted seven focus groups earlier this year and found that the foster parents of these identified children are looking for a
resource to help them in their daily challenges, according to the organization. Peer support, guidance and education were the requests that were repeated most often in the focus groups, and that input has helped to form the framework for the Extraordinary Families program, CWI staff shared. “Making a difference in the life of a child was cited in the focus groups as the most rewarding benefit these foster parents experienced,” said Greg Srolestar, CWI program associate. “This collaborative online community seeks to make this reality true for more families. Therapeutic foster care uses a team-oriented approach where each parent is surrounded by professional support available at any time, day or night. Add in forums and support groups, and the parents who join our collaborative will be surrounded by assistance. We recognize the commitment required of these parents and want to make sure they feel supported the entire time the child is in their home.” For more information visit extraordinary-families.org or call (323) 549-3426. Extraordinary Families can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
During a recent meeting of the US-China Peoples Friendship Association of Long Beach, five local students of Mandarin and Chinese studies were awarded scholarships. From left, Thandizar Easley and Christopher Wu of Poly High School, and Chang-Han Lee, Richard Christz and Annita Kuo of Long Beach City College each received a scholarship worth $400. The students were chosen for their overall scholarship, participation in school activities related to Chinese studies and essays on “Why Study the Chinese Language?”
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TST4416 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No. 736965CA Loan No. 1024243702 Title Order No. 3206-243385 ATTENTION RECORDER: THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY IS APPLICABLE TO THE NOTICE PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR ONLY. PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE 2923.3 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 07-122006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 08-02-2013 at 11:00 A.M., CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 07-202006, Book N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 06 1599635, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: LILIA LOPEZ, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, as Trustor, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., (MERS), SOLELY AS NOMINEE FOR LENDER, ALLIANCE BANCORP, IT'S SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: BY THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED AT 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA, CA 91766. Legal Description: LOT 11, OF ORANGE BOULEVARD VIEW TRACT, IN THE CITY OF LONG BEACH, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MA RECORDED IN BOOK 11, PAGES 55 OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $429,854.45 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 2388 CERRITOS AVENUE SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 APN Number: 7211-019-010 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by email; by face to face meeting. DATE: 07-01CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE 2013 COMPANY, as Trustee FRED RESTREPO, ASSISTANT SECRETARY California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail 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. 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TST4431 TSG No.: 8138420 TS No.: CA1300253427 FHA/VA/PMI No.: APN: 7215-019-076 Property Address: 2101 EAST 21ST STREET #312 SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 02/18/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST
YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 08/15/2013 at 10:00 A.M., First American Title Insurance Company, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 03/03/2005, as Instrument No. 05 0482836, in book , page , , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. Executed by: FRANCIS P SWENTON AN UNMARRIED MAN, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST APN# 7215-019-076 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2101 EAST 21ST STREET #312, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, 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 the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. 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 $217,780.16. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust has deposited all documents evidencing the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust and has declared all sums secured thereby immediately due and payable, and has caused a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be executed. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. 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 call (916)939-0772 or visit this InterWeb net http://search.nationwideposting.com/propertySearchTerms.aspx, using the file number assigned to this case CA1300253427 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. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse. First American Title Insurance Company First American Title Insurance Company 3 FIRST AMERICAN WAY SANTA ANA, CA 92707 Date: FOR TRUSTEE'S SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (916)939-0772 First American Title Insurance Company MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.NPP0218421 To: SIGNAL TRIBUNE 07/26/2013, 08/02/2013, 08/09/2013
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
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TST4410 / 2013 136016 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: PLANT LB, 3936 Woodruff Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. Registrant: PARKCREST CHRISTIAN CHURCH INC., 3936 Woodruff Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Michael Goldsworthy, Lead Pastor/President. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on July 1, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: July 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013. TST4411 / 2013 136017 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: ALPINE ANTIQUE CLOCK, 833 W. Torrance Blvd. #204, Torrance, CA 90502. Registrant: RUBIO ANTONIO PORTILLO, 909 Orizaba Ave. Apt. *, Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Rubio Portillo. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on June 24, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on July 1, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: July 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013.
TST4417 / 2013 124572 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. SO CAL PRIDE WEDDINGS, 2. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PRIDE WEDDINGS, 3. PRIDE AND JOY WEDDINGS, 4. PRIDE AND JOY WEDDINGS SO CAL, 5. PRIDE WEDDINGS SO CAL, 6. SO CAL PRIDE AND JOY WEDDINGS, 7. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PRIDE AND JOY WEDDINGS, 3315 Knoxville Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. Registrant: LINDA BARRA, 3315 Knoxville Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Linda Barra. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on June 14, 2013. NOTICE: This 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
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authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: July 12, 19, 26, & August 2, 2013.
TST4418 / 2013 136556 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: COMPTON YOUTHBUILD, 477 E. Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 90221. Registrant: ENTRENOUS YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SERVICES, INC., 4005 Virginia Road Unit 3, Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Sara A. M. Silva, CFO. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on May 28, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on July 1, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: July 12, 19, 26, & August 2, 2013.
TST4423 / 2013 142697 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME 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.
TST4424 / 2013 144346 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. FADDY'S FASHION, 2. FADDY'S FASHIONS, 19514 Campaign Drive, Carson, CA 90746. Registrant: FADDY'S FASHION, 19514 Campaign Drive, Carson, CA 90746. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Stacey Nettles, President. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on July 11, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on July 11, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: July 19, 26, & August 2, 9, 2013.
TST4432 / 2013 151669 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: TURBO PRINTS LLC, 1345 W. 14th St., Long Beach, CA 90813. Registrant: TURBO PRINTS LLC, 1345 W. 14th St., Long Beach, CA 90813. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Naturbo Ayala. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on April 22, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on July 22, 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 26, & August 2, 9, 16, 2013.
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search of any criminal activity. Events such as Concerts in the Park(ing Lot) have drawn large crowds and businesses have been able to reap the benefits, he added. “When you get businesses to participate, and you get people dancing in the parking lot of an automotive repair [shop], it’s like we can have fun anywhere,” Cohn said. “Those are the things we focus on.” Another event this summer was the third annual photo contest called Summer Shutters in which people take photographs of the Bixby Knolls community. He said all photographs, including the winning pics, will be displayed during the next First Fridays.
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Stolen vehicle 11:07am– 1700 block E. Spring St. Friday, July 19 Injury hit-and-run 12:59am– E. Pacific Hwy./Obispo Ave.
Tuesday, July 23 Disorderly conduct while under the influence of drugs or alcohol 12:25aqm– E. 19th St./Cherry Ave.
DUI 1:54am– California Ave./E. Willow St. Suspect in custody
Recovered stolen vehicle 8:40am– 3200 block E. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Saturday, July 20 DUI 12:42am– Temple Ave./PCH
DUI 2:49am– Atlantic Ave./E. 33rd St. Assault with a firearm 4:52am– 2300 block Skyline Dr.
Battery 12:47pm– 2500 block Cherry Ave. Petty theft with prior convictions 2:10pm– 2400 block Cherry Ave. Identity theft 4:02pm– 2600 block E. 28th St.
Wednesday, July 24 Parole violation 4:15am– 1800 block Cherry Ave.
Monday, July 22 Auto burglary 5:17pm– 700 block E. 28th St.
Disturbing the peace 12:06pm– 2200 block E. Willow St.
Crimes reported by LBPD Council Districts 6, 7 & 8
Thursday, July 18 Assault 8:47pm– 2300 block Olive Ave.
Friday, July 19 Robbery of person 4:04pm– 4400 block Atlantic Ave.
Residential burglary 8pm– 2100 block Pine Ave.
Saturday, July 20 Robbery of person 10:30pm– Cedar Ave./W. Wardlow Rd. Sunday, July 21 Battery 5:50pm– 1900 Pacific Ave.
Tuesday, July 23 Commercial burglary 12:01am– 3500 block Atlantic Ave.
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Melody Brandon, who owns Sweet and Saucy Shop with her mother, said she decided to relocate to 3722 Atlantic Ave. from her previous location of four years on Stearns Street because of the new spot’s size and prime location. She said the building, which previously housed a continuation school, is three times the size of her previous store and has plenty of parking. Brandon said the new Bixby Knolls spot is now one of two locations after she opened another store in Newport Beach, where the idea of local residents stopping by for a “mini dessert,” such as small cupcakes, cake lollipops, French macaroons, mini cheesecakes and key-lime pies, has taken off. She also plans for the store to be the primary spot for residents to pick up “high-end” cakes and cake platters for weddings, parties and special events, which is the operation’s main business. “We’re basically hoping to be your neighborhood bakery where you can get a treat on an everyday basis and your high-end dessert shop, where you can go for your weddings and your parties and your special events,” Brandon said. The bakery, she said, has been frequented by celebrity clientele, including Tori Spelling, and has been featured in pop-culture magazines and on TV shows such as TLC’s Fabulous
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continued from page 10 has always caused me a little stress. Here are some tips on getting what you want at a fair price and what will be a win-win for seller and buyer. • In all situations, from flea markets to big-city antiques shows, simply ask the dealer, “Is this your best price?” Neither buyer nor seller should be embarrassed, and 75 percent of the time you can, in fact, get a better buy. • “Firm” on the ticket means the dealer must have that amount. • Multi-item purchases may bring a better price for the entire lot.
Where to find great stuff Locally There are so many places to go for treasures. I try to go once a month to either yard sales, or stores, in my area. I love supporting my local vendors. The following are some antique and flea markets in our area:
• RG Canning Attractions– Rose Bowl, San Bernardino, Beaumont (rgcshows.com) • The Groves Antique Market in Irvine– ocgp.org • Pasadena City College Flea Market– pasadena.edu/fleamarket • Santa Monica Airport Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market– santamonicaairportantiquemarket.com/h ome
Throughout the country Because my cousins are antique jewelers in New York, I have gone to some great places with them to buy and check out stores in different areas of the country. If you ever watch Antiques Roadshow on TV, you know that each area of the country features items from that region. Here is a list of some of the largest garage or flea markets in the country. Whatever your destination, check out the local events and the location of stores.
• World’s Largest Garage Sale– Warrensburg, NY, on the Schroon and Hudson rivers (warrensburgchamber.com) • 46th Annual Fall Antiques Fair– Smithville, Texas (roundtoptexasantiques.com) • Renniger Antique Fairs– Kutztown and Adamstown, Pennsylvania; Mt. Dora and Melbourne, Florida (renningers.com) • Michigan’s Longest Garage Sale (us12heritagetrail.org/garagesale.asp) • Brimfield Antique Show, Brimfield, Massachusetts (brimfieldshow.com)
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Flea markets may be excellent places to replace pieces in a china collection or to find mix-and-match cups and saucers for a unique set.
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