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8th District residents weigh in on LB budget as city officials project $3.5-million surplus

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Expunging a criminal history won’t erase the past, but workshop offers job-seekers chance to move forward

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Eighth District Long Beach City Councilmember Al Austin leads a budget meeting at the Expo Arts Center in Bixby Knolls on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

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or significant reductions in services next fiscal year. On top of that, officials are planning to make $45 million worth of investments in streets, sidewalks, parks and libraries after coming into a windfall of “onetime” revenue. That’s a stark contrast to the sit-

uation last year, when city management was planning to make harsh cuts to General Fund services, including police and fire departments. “What a difference a year makes,” said 8th District Long

according to city staff. The new plan comes after Signal Hill, Cerritos and Downey objected to a proposal brought forward in 2009 by a group of seven water-rights holders in mediation with WRD. The cities claimed that the initial plan would have given large pumpers more control over water-storage projects and essentially driven up water prices. “This has been a long time coming,” said Signal Hill City Manager Ken Farfsing. “If we could move forward with this, we could at least put to bed or put to rest one of the litigations we have against WRD.” Signal Hill City Attorney David Aleshire said the City gave up some entitlements but the new water-storage plan was made as a compromise and, if approved, would be beneficial to all parties involved. “We had to start negotiating with the other side, and we had to make some compromises,” he said. “I think the WRD

role is a little more than what we wanted it to be, but it’s not what it would have been under the old proposal.” Aleshire added that the new agreement doesn’t settle disputes regarding another lawsuit by Signal Hill, Cerritos and Downey against WRD that claims the water agency did not follow state law in establishing its water-replenishment rate in recent years. While a final judgment has not been issued, a judge has so far ruled twice that WRD did not follow Proposition 218, a law approved by voters in 1996 that requires governments to notify property owners and give them the right to protest any proposed increases in assessments and taxes before they’re voted on and approved. Farfsing said WRD tried to add language in the water-storage agreement that would require a “uniform” replenishment-assessment rate for both West and Central Basins– a stipulation that has

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After years of cuts, Long Beach is projecting something that the City’s General Fund hasn’t had in a decade– extra cash. City officials are anticipating a $3.5-million surplus with no layoffs

Signal Hill Council supports agreement that may resolve litigation over groundwater storage

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A long-running legal battle over groundwater storage in the Central Basin of Southern California may soon be resolved after regional water agencies, several local municipalities and private pumpers recently reached a landmark agreement. The Signal Hill City Council gave the go-ahead at its Aug. 20 meeting to authorize the city attorney to initiate a new settlement in court that may end years of disputes over whether to give pumpers access to groundwater storage. The city attorney is expected to submit documents in court during a status hearing today, Aug. 23. After almost two years of negotiations, 26 gateway cities, the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD), the Central Basin Municipal Water District and various private pumpers have come to a tentative agreement on a new groundwater-storage plan,

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Just about every job application asks whether an applicant has a criminal conviction. Workshops like the one offered last Tuesday by Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network help participants understand how to address past criminal history and even how to petition their records to be expunged. CJ Dablo Staff Writer

“Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor?” It’s such a simple question on an employment application for that coveted position, but it can haunt job-seekers with a past, even if they were convicted of a crime decades ago. How to answer that question was on the minds of the participants who joined an Aug. 20 workshop at Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network in Long Beach. The workshop focused on how to expunge criminal records. Luis Reyes, a business-services specialist with L.A. County’s Department of Public Social Services, offered simple advice to the more than a dozen attendees who hoped that getting their cases expunged could help them with their job search since it would essentially mean that their case was dismissed. It’s a simple “yes or no” question, Reyes reminded the group gathered in a conference room at the Pacific Gateway office on Atlantic Avenue. Reyes acknowledged that there is a small space on most applications to fully explain that “yes” answer, but he advised against either offering detailed explanations or leaving the ques-

tion blank. “The issue is not necessarily the offense. It’s how people explain the offense,” Reyes said, as he recalled how some people take a page or two to answer the question. “I’m a believer in the short but sweet.” He advised identifying the offense (e.g. naming the penalcode violation or vehicle-code violation) along with the date and the sentence. Reyes acknowledged that while there are other theories about what it means to expunge a criminal record, he recommended that job-seekers still provide a short summary of the offense and the sentence even if the record is expunged. When a criminal record is successfully expunged, however, job-seekers can add two key words in the explanation line: “case dismissed.” Those key words may make a big difference in how the employer sees a job candidate and also may mean everything to the job seeker’s self-esteem. Reyes explained that expunging a criminal case will not erase a person’s history from public records. By the time a judge reviews an expungement petition, the judge looks to see whether the conditions in the original sentence have been met and if the probationary period has been completed, see WORKSHOP page 15

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2 SIGNAL TRIBUNE Fourth District Long Beach Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell has announced that he has raised $117,000 as a candidate for the 70th Assembly District, according to an email sent by his campaign. The email also stated that O’Donnell has been endorsed by former State Senator Betty Karnette, Signal Hill Councilmembers Larry Forester and Tina Hansen, Long Beach Councilmembers Robert Garcia and Dee Andrews and Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, as well as labor unions and local Democratic leaders. • Acting Long Beach City Attorney Charles Parkin will remain the city’s top lawyer at least through July 2014. He was appointed as the permanent acting city attorney by the City Council in closed session at the Aug. 6 meeting. Parkin will fill the remainder of the term vacated by former City Attorney Robert Shannon, who retired in July. Parkin was one of several candidates to compete for Shannon’s seat after the City Council decided to field applications for the temporary job. Parkin was appointed last year as the assistant city attorney and has a 28-year career with the City of Long Beach. Shannon, who has 39 years of experience with the City, had been city attorney for four consecutive terms, after first being elected in 1998 and then reelected in 2002, 2006 and 2010. Long Beach is one of 14 incorporated cities in California in which voters elect a city attorney. In the other 464 cities in the state, city governments appoint a candidate to the position. In Long Beach, the city attorney is elected every four years and has no term limits. At press time, Parkin is the only candidate who has filed paperwork to run for city attorney in the April 8, 2014 primary election.

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Signal Hill Mayor Michael Noll and Signal Hill Councilmember Larry Forester have endorsed Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia for mayor of Long Beach, according to an email sent by Garcia. “I can't think of a better person to follow Mayor Foster than Vice Mayor Garcia,” said Noll. “Robert understands our regional challenges and is ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work on day one.” Garcia has also been endorsed by State Senator Ricardo Lara and Long Beach School Board President John McGinnis. • The Teamsters Joint Council 42 has thrown its support behind 5th District Long Beach Councilmember Gerrie Schipske as that city’s mayor, according to an email sent by Schipske on Tuesday. “Gerrie Schipske has a long and illustrious history of standing up for working men and women in Long Beach, and she has repeatedly demonstrated that she is a leader who workers can trust,” said Randy Cammack, president of Joint Council 42. “200,000 working people are proud to back Gerrie Schipske, because of her integrity, her decency, and her honesty.” • John McGinnis, president of the Board of Education for the Long Beach Unified School District, has announced he will seek a second term on the Board to represent Area 3. In an emailed statement on Aug. 12, McGinnis said he has been endorsed by: Superintendent Chris Steinhauser; Vice President of the Board Diana Craighead; Board Members Jon Meyer, Mary Stanton and Dr. Felton Williams; Mayor Bob Foster; Vice Mayor Robert Garcia; City Prosecutor Doug Haubert; Congressmember Alan Lowenthal; Assembly-

member Bonnie Lowenthal; Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe; and former colleagues from Cerritos College, including retired Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Adolph Johnson, retired Dean of Fine Arts Charles Tilghman and retired Director of Public Affairs and Governmental Relations Mark Wallace. • Pilar Pinel, founding president of the nonprofit Embracing Latina Leadership AllianceS (ELLAS), has announced she will seek the 1st District Long Beach Council seat. Pinel served as a legislative aide-field deputy for the 1st Council District. According to the ELLAS website, Pinel was the recipient of the 2005 United States House of Representatives Special Congressional Recognition Award for Outstanding and Invaluable Service to Community, the 17th Annual American Business Women' s Associations’ 2004 Women of Vision Award and the Woman of Worth award by L'Ore'al Paris for her work with ELLAS. • Rex Richardson, candidate for the 9th District Council seat for Long Beach, has announced that labor union Unite Here Local 11 and Laborers Local 507 have endorsed him. “Construction workers are proud to endorse Rex Richardson, a true champion for working families,” Laborers Local 507 Business Manager Peter Santillan said. “As our councilmember, we believe Rex will make a positive difference for all of our northern Long Beach neighbors because he has spent his career working to advance our dream of a familysupporting wage, affordable and quality healthcare and a secure retirement.”

AUGUST 23, 2013

State legislature passes bill to close ‘outdated’ rape loophole AB 65, by Assemblymembers Katcho Achadjian (R- San Luis Obispo) and Bonnie Lowenthal (DLong Beach), was given final approval by the California State Assembly on Aug. 19. The Legislature bill will bring parity to state law by clarifying that an attacker who coerces a victim into sexual activity by impersonating somebody else can be prosecuted for felony rape, according to a press release issued by Lowenthal’s office. “It’s been a bumpy ride, but I am pleased that after nearly three years of hard work, we have finally secured final legislative approval and are on track to closing this outdated loophole,” Achadjian said, upon securing a unanimous concurrence vote in the Assembly. “It is unconscionable that in 2013 a rape prosecution hinges on whether or not the victim is married. While today’s vote cannot undo what was done to the victims in the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles County cases, it is my hope that knowing that future victims will be protected will bring them a small amount of comfort.” “This change is long overdue,” said Lowenthal, who serves as chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. “Allowing this to stand in the 21st century would be like applying horse and buggy standards to our freeways.” In 2011, Achadjian introduced AB 765, which would have extended the definition of felony rape to cases where an attacker coerced a victim into sexual activity by impersonation a cohabitant (live-in boyfriend or girlfriend). AB 765 was inspired by a case in Santa Barbara County in which the accused broke into the home of a female victim who had been sleeping. The perpetrator instigated sexual activity with the victim, who believed that he was her boyfriend. Although the suspect was caught, the district attor-

ney could not prosecute him for felony rape simply due to the fact that the victim lived with her boyfriend rather than with her husband. Despite receiving unanimous support in the State Assembly, AB 765 was held in the Senate Public Safety Committee. Earlier this year, the State Court of Appeals overturned a rape conviction in a similar Los Angeles case. In its ruling, the Court stated that the victim had not been raped because she was unmarried and the attacker had impersonated her boyfriend rather than her husband. “Telling a victim that I could not prosecute her attacker due to a loophole in state law was one of the most difficult things I have done as a prosecutor,” said Santa Barbara District Attorney Joyce Dudley upon the Assembly vote. “Today we are one step closer to closing this loophole. While nothing will undo what was done to her, I look forward to calling (victim) Courtney to let her know that her story has inspired the Legislature to act and that because of her bravery we will be able to deliver justice to victims in the future. I am extremely grateful to Assemblymembers Achadjian [and] Lowenthal and Speaker Pérez for their leadership on this issue.” AB 65 is jointly sponsored by Dudley, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, and the California District Attorneys Association, and it is supported by a broad coalition of public-safety and victim’s rights organizations, according to Lowenthal’s press release. In addition to Assemblymembers Achadjian and Lowenthal, the measure has been co-authored by 71 members of the Senate and Assembly, including Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez. Source: Lowenthal’s office

LBPD arrests Wilmington man for murder of 24-year-old LB resident

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Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to the 400 block of Daisy Avenue on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at approximately 6:25pm, regarding a call relating to a stabbing, which resulted in the death of an adult male. When officers arrived, they located the victim on the sidewalk. He had been stabbed in the upper torso and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Long Beach Fire Department paramedics. He has been identified as 24-year-old Raul Sanchez of Long Beach. The preliminary investigation determined that the victim had been involved in a physical altercation with an unknown person(s) prior to the stabbing, and the incident was investigated as gang-related. Over the weekend, LBPD homicide detectives continued with the investigation, and on Sunday, Aug. 18 around noon arrested 43-year-old Francisco Javier Gaytan of Wilmington in connection with the murder. He was booked for murder and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $1,000,000 bail. The investigation revealed that Gaytan and Sanchez had been involved in a physical fight when the stabbing occurred. Detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office Tuesday. Those with information regarding the incident are asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Todd Johnson and Roger Zottneck at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting lacrimestoppers.org . Source: LBPD

SB 146 ensures injured workers have access to necessary medications

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Sen. Ricardo Lara’s (D-Long Beach) bill that protects modern and efficient processing of workerscompensation pharmacy claims was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. on Aug. 19. SB 146 ensures injured workers have access to necessary medications by removing an unnecessary requirement for workerscompensation pharmacy claims to include a copy of a prescription. “I am pleased that Governor Brown signed this common-sense measure,” Lara said. “This bill is a narrow but necessary fix that ensures the real-time processing of prescription medication for injured workers and prevents the denial of claims.”

SB 146 provides that a copy of a prescription for pharmaceutical services is not necessary unless required under a written agreement between an employer, insurer, or third-party claims administrator and a pharmacy. SB 146 streamlines processes that are effective and helps to ensure injured workers receive their medications on time, Lara said. Due to the urgency clause in SB 146, this bill will go into effect immediately, the senator said. MORE INFORMATION senate.ca.gov/lara

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AUGUST 23, 2013

SIGNAL TRIBUNE

Signal Hill seeks input on housing needs to update City’s General Plan Housing Element

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GARNISHING YOUR GARMENTS What General meeting Who The Long Beach Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America Where California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave. When Friday, Aug. 23 at 10:30am More Info The Chapter meets the fourth Friday of every month. Guests are welcome at a requested donation of $2. FAMILY FUN What 4th Fridays Street Fair Who Hosted by 5th District City Councilmember Gerrie Schipske Where Parkview Village, 4195 Viking Way When Friday, Aug. 23 from 5pm to 8pm More Info The event will include live music, art displays, live painting, games, fitness obstacles and more. Call (562) 570-6932.

FUN FOR FIDO What Groundbreaking ceremony Who The Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine Where El Dorado Park East Dog Park, 7550 E. Spring St. When Saturday, Aug. 24 at 10am More Info Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and 5th District City Councilmember Gerrie Schipske will be present at the groundbreaking ceremony. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Treats and water will be provided. Call (562) 570-3150.

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Louise Cunningham, top right, a 17-year Signal Hill resident and Parks and Recreation commissioner, points out her house on a city map to Signal Hill Mayor Michael Noll during the Aug. 19 Housing Element workshop. Sean Belk Staff Writer

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

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SUNDAY IN THE PARK What Summer Fun Day and Concert Who 4th District Councilmember Patrick O'Donnell Where Whaley Park, 5620 Atherton St. When Sunday, Aug. 25 at 3pm More Info The event will be free and will feature a performance by the Elm Street Band. Call (562) 570-6918.

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BACK TO SCHOOL What Open house Who Bethany Lutheran School Where 5100 E. Arbor Rd. When Sunday, Aug. 25 at 3pm and 4:15pm More Info The school will allow enrolled and prospective students and families to tour the campus. Email Kathy at ktucker@bethanylutheran.org .

Stay Safe Around Trains September is Rail Safety Month and a good time to remember to be alert near trains. Always look both ways and follow the posted signs at crossings, whether on foot or in a vehicle. And never run to catch your train. More important tips for rail safety at metro.net/safety.

WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE PORT? What Community workshop Who Port of Long Beach Where Luna Solstice Room at Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Dr. When Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 7am to 9am and then from 5pm to 7pm More Info Attendees will learn about ongoing development projects and traffic impacts in the Port, including the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project, Anaheim Street repaving, and Port-wide traffic management. Visit newgdbridge.com .

Meet the New LA Metro Transit Watch App Help Metro be more secure by becoming the eyes and ears of the system. The Transit Watch smartphone app allows riders to quickly and easily report any suspicious activity or non-emergency crimes. It’s available for both iPhones and Android devices – download it free at the Apple App Store or Google Play. More information at transitwatchla.org.

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GET WISE ON GROUNDWATER What Historic signing ceremony Who Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) and Sanitation District of Los Angeles County Where San Jose Reclamation Plant Wet Control Room, 1965 Workman Mill Rd. in Whittier When Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 10am More Info This historic signing ceremony will mark the continuation of a 50plus-year recycled-water partnership between the sanitation districts and WRD, with hopes of ensuring a plentiful water supply through such programs as the WRD’s Groundwater Reliability Improvement Program. Tours of the reclamation plant will be offered after the ceremony. Call (562) 275-4215 or email grip@wrd.org .

Metro is leading a program to help children get active while traveling to school safely. Safe Routes to School will organize activities for schools, parents and students to develop safe options for walking, biking and taking public transportation. More information at metro.net/srts.

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Signal Hill planning staff gathered input from residents on the City’s housing needs during a workshop on Monday, Aug. 19 as part of a process to update the City’s General Plan Housing Element, as required by the State. The Housing Element is one of seven elements in the City’s General Plan that sets acceptable land uses and guidelines for development, however it’s the only element that requires State approval. Planning staff said nearly 15 residents attended the workshop at the Signal Hill Community Center in which residents filled out surveys and received an overview on the City’s proposal for meeting State requirements and addressing the City’s housing needs for the next eight years. The Planning Commission and City Council are required to approve the updated Draft Housing Element plan by Oct. 15, after which it will be sent to the California Department of Housing and Community Development Department for certification. The Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), which is allocated through the Southern California Association of Governments and determined by the State, requires that the City accommodate its “fair share” of housing for projected regional population growth, according to city planning officials. Under the current plan, the City is required to accommodate 169 new units in Signal Hill from 2013 to 2021, with at least 22 extremely low-income units, 22 very low-income units, 27 low-income units, 28 moderateincome units and 70 above moderateincome units. Scott Charney, Signal Hill community development director, said many of the new housing units are already in the process of being developed or are in the planning stages. To meet RHNA requirements on affordable housing, the City has designated 77 low-income units, with five infill/second units on sites throughout the city and 72 units on a site at 1500 Hill St. and 2170 Gundry Ave., which is already zoned for affordable housing. For the latter project, the City has already acquired both properties through the former Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency, and the properties have since been transferred over to the Signal Hill Housing Authority. The project, which would be Signal Hill’s sixth affordable-housing complex, coming after Las Brisas I

CHARI-TEE! What Charity golf tournament Who Help Me Help You nonprofit Where Lakewood Country Club, 3101 Carson St. When Saturday, Aug. 24 at noon More Info The tournament will be in a two-man ball format. Registration is open to the public, and limited spots remain. Team fees are $125 per person, $450 for four, and include cart fees, golf hat, goodie bags and dinner. Golfer registration begins on-site at 10am. The event will conclude with a dinner ceremony. Help Me Help You runs the Food Pantry program in partnership with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. This pantry provides healthy food options to 3,000 homeless and low-income children and families monthly. Call (562) 733-1147 x160 or email info@helpmehelpu.org .

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AUGUST 23, 2013

Thoughts from the Publisher by Neena Strichart

Folks in Signal Hill received heartbreaking news last Thursday when they learned of the passing of their friend and neighbor Frank Virga. I’ve known Frank and his lovely wife Bonnie for many years and have enjoyed working with them at various community events and sitting with them at city meetings. Just three weeks ago, I stopped by Signal Hill’s Concerts in the Park. Instead of listening to the music or visiting with others in the audience, I pulled up a chair next to Frank, who at the time was staffing a table for the Sustainability Committee. We exchanged our usual pleasantries and then chatted about various happenings in our life. Frank mentioned that I looked a little down, and I shared some personal information with him regarding some family challenges I had been facing. He gave me that sweet smile of his and nodded knowingly, stating that he too had been through something similar in his life. I asked him how he dealt with his issues on the subject, and he generously gave me some sage advice about how I should stick to my guns and continue to follow my instincts on the matter. When I left for home that evening, I felt better knowing that someone else had been in my shoes, and I certainly felt a lot closer to Frank. Little did I realize that evening would be the last time I would ever see him. The day before yesterday, I spoke with Frank’s dear wife Bonnie. Through her grief, she was able to communicate to me her deep sense of loss. We spoke of Frank’s kindness, sweet ways and caring nature. Although Bonnie has been asked often about memorial services for Frank, she made it clear to me that she just can’t think about any type of services now. Bonnie also expressed to me that in lieu of flowers, she and the family ask that folks make donations to the Children’s Cancer Center at

I am an Uptown Girl. Not necessarily in the way Billy Joel sang in his 1983 hit with Christie Brinkley in the music video, but from uptown (the place). Located in the northwest portion of Long Beach, uptown is a huge area, generally north of the 405 Freeway to the city limits north, west and (north of Del Amo) at Cherry. With a population close to 200,000 residents, we have nearly every demographic possible represented with multimillion dollar estates in Virginia Country Club– an absolute jewel for the city with beautiful homes of style and grace. But we also have neighborhoods with homes of varying size, including my Jane Addams neighborhood, with over 1,100 homes built mostly in the late 1920s

Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach. For those of our readers who did not know Frank Virga, here are words spoken by Mayor Mike Noll in Frank’s honor at the Aug. 20 Signal Hill Council meeting:

Frank Virga moved to Signal Hill with his wife Bonnie in 2001. Since that time, Frank dedicated himself to our community and to community service. He dedicated thousands of volunteer service hours Photo by Aly Mancini to the city. Frank Virga and me at the July 24, 2013 Signal Hill Concert in the Park. was recently Frank appointed to his third term to Frank took a personal interest in the betterment of Signal the Civil Service Commission, and he served on the Sustainable Hill and attended countless city council meetings and helped City Committee looking to create long-term sustainable goals with the Signal Hill Police Preparedness Fair highlighting the within the city to lessen impacts on the environment. importance of emergency awareness in the event of a major disHis volunteer service included participating on the Art Selecaster. tion Committee, the North Slope Advisory Committee, which Frank was a past president of the Signal Hill Historical Sociadvocates ways to preserve the open space on the north slope of ety and served as treasurer of the Signal Hill Honorary Police Signal Hill, and the Needs Assessment Community Recreation Officers Association, as well as an active member of his homeCommittee. owners association. Frank could always be counted on to help with events such Frank was a loving husband, great friend, neighbor, public as the Spring Fest Egg Hunt and Halloween Carnival. His servant and humanitarian. He, as well as his energy and comheartwarming personality added a special touch to these fesmitment to Signal Hill, will be missed. tivities.

C O M M E N TA RY

Keeping tax dollars close to home By Laurie Angel

ported and sales-tax dollars flowing to the city. Each time I pass the hardware store on the hill I think about what sort of thought went into putting it there– a place with multimillion dollar views. Other than being “freeway close” and looking to capture even more Long Beach tax dollars, it makes no sense at all. I won’t speak to land-use decisions, other than to say that the public often sees how the need for immediate sales-tax revenue drives a lot of decision-making in municipalities, at great expense to other areas and to longerterm fiscal health and success. From my point of view, a lot can be accomplished for the betterment of all by changing the state sales-tax allocation

that are as small as 600 square feet– just cottages. There is literally every size and budget of housing in between in uptown. Uptown is ideally situated and a great place to be because so much of what one might need is here– save a hardware store– with the recent loss of OSH. Sears and Lowes sucked the fiscal life out of OSH and left many communities nationally wanting. Uptown needs a neighborhood hardware store so we can continue to spend our money in Long Beach. Being concerned about the city’s finances, I’ll drive to the Long Beach Towne Center at the 605 Freeway and Carson rather than drive just south on Atlantic to the Home Depot on The Hill to keep Long Beach businesses sup-

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

‘Fair’ thee well

We want to thank the Signal Tribune for your support of New Hope’s 5th annual community health fair held on July 27, 2013, by [publishing the press release] that helped make the fair a tremendous success in benefiting community attendees. Thanks again for supporting us and being there when the need arose, and we look forward to your continuing support next year. Physical, mental, spiritual... community health is everybody’s business. Debbie Sutton Fair coordinator New Hope Baptist Church

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Thank you so much for the wonderful article and photos that you ran on Speak Out! Toastmasters for our 10th anniversary kick-off in June. It was the first time that we have been featured in your publication, so it was especially poignant. We received a lot of positive response, and we really appreciate it. Andrew Palomino Chair Speak Out! 10th Anniversary

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methodology and looking beyond existing terms served into the future five, 10 or 20 years. The hardware store on The Hill is an opportunity lost to build better housing to support even more businesses, restaurants, sales tax and property tax growth, and to provide good homes for doctors, and other professionals in region– for the best possible revenue performance of the entire area.

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AUGUST 23, 2013

Rick Rakers selects Bell as Woman of the Year

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Long Beach resident Susan Bell has been selected as Rick Rakers’ Woman of the Year. Bell was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, and she attended college in Colorado, where she met her future husband Dick Bell. After college, Susan and Dick moved to Long Beach, where they raised their three children: Latham, Bryant, and Katie. The Bells now have three grandchildren. Last month, Rick Rackers Woman of the Year Chairman Katey Conley, Rick Rackers Chairman Nancy Smith, Press and Public Relations Chairman Katy Wade and Assistance League of Long Beach President Bonnie Dorrans made a visit to Bell’s home, where they surprised her with the award, a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of Champagne. Source: Rick Rakers

Susan Bell in her home, after a surprise visit during which she found out she was chosen as Rick Rakers Woman of the Year

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LBPD warns public, businesses about trend in copper-wire thefts

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has released information stating that its burglary detectives are seeing an increase in copper-wire theft, which is consistent with what appears to be a growing national trend, and the LBPD is cautioning businesses to take proactive measures. Since the beginning of 2013, there have been at least 74 reported incidents of copper-wire theft in Long Beach. These thefts have occurred to schools, park light poles and commercial buildings, as well as vacant buildings. According to detectives, the suspects involved in these incidents have become more sophisticated by scouting out locations that may be considered vulnerable due to lack of security or vacancy, and they are using tools and equipment to carry out the thefts. A recent incident occurred at Coolidge Park in north Long Beach whereby suspects were cap-

tured on video. In the video, the suspects are seen approaching a light pole and then returning to their vehicle, placing what appears to be copper wiring in the trunk. Copper wiring was also stolen from a second light pole. The suspects, whose descriptions were undecipherable in the video, were driving a late 1980s, light-blue four-door Cadillac DeVille. The LBPD is encouraging businesses to practice the following safety tips, which may prevent them from becoming victimized:

• Install a security alarm and camera, and ensure they are working properly • Consider participating in the Community Camera Partnership program by registering cameras with LBPD (visit longbeach.gov /police/lbcop) • Post signage that makes known the security measures that are in place

• Check on property regularly, especially if the property is vacant • Secure any exterior electrical or utility boxes that may house wiring • Report any suspicious activity immediately by calling 9-1-1 • Suspicious activity may include: vehicles parked around vacant buildings for extended periods of time and usually in the lateevening or early-morning hours, subjects on school or park grounds after hours or on the roofs of buildings, subjects loitering around cell phone towers or tampering with any electrical/utility boxes or covers without identifiable uniforms or service vehicles

Anyone with information regarding the Coolidge Park incident or any other copper wire theft incident are urged to contact the Long Beach Police Burglary Detail at (562) 570-7351. Anonymous tips may be submitted by

Several defendants plead guilty after lengthy investigation

Several defendants who were members or associates of the Baby Insane Crip gang, who were connected to a burglary ring that targeted electronic stores, have pled guilty, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). These convictions stemmed from a two and a half year investigation involving a murder and multiple shooting series’ that began in November 2009. On Aug. 19, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced as follows: Donovan Halcomb, commercial burglary (with a gang allegation), sentenced to 10 years plus a strike; Sabrille Acklin, commercial burglary (with a gang allegation), seven years 8 months plus a strike; Durell Shell, commercial burglary (with a gang allegation), seven years 8 months; Darwin Cardova, residential burglary, five years plus a strike; Wynton White, residential burglary, five years four months; Lonnie Warren, possession of a firearm, three years plus a strike; and Milton Harris, commercial burglary (with a gang allegation), three years four months plus a strike. On a previous date, the following defendants also pled guilty to charges relating to the burglary ring and were sentenced to the following: Tearza Edwards, commercial burglary, three years probation; Rachel Williams, accessory to commercial burglary after the fact, three years probation; and Karessa Williams, receiving stolen property, three years probation. A restitution hearing will be held

in October 2013 regarding a $100,000-plus loss to Radio Shack and T-Mobile. Defendants Sabrille Acklin and Donovan Halcomb are still facing accessory-to-murder charges in the 2009 murder of Frank Castro. The primary suspects in Castro’s murder, Johnney Smith and Davin Daniels, both of Long Beach, were charged with the murder in 2012 and are

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awaiting trial. The LBPD extended its gratitude to Deputy District Attorney Jodi Castano, who worked closely with LBPD Homicide Detectives Todd Johnson and Malcolm Evans in the investigation. Source: LBPD

calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org. Source: LBPD

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Andrews, Pacific Gateway offering free information session on construction jobs

Sixth District Councilmember Dee Andrews, along with the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, will host a Sixth District Construction Apprenticeship information session on Friday, Aug. 23, from 8:30am to 10:30am at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Social Hall, 1950 Lemon Ave. The free session will provide information about job opportunities through current and upcoming construction projects at the Port of Long Beach, including the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project and the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement, as well as other projects throughout Los Angeles County. “I am excited to be able to reach out to talented applicants in Long Beach to assist them in understanding the apprenticeship opportunities that the Port of Long Beach projects and others will offer,” Andrews said. “In order to be a part of these construction jobs, you must be in unions. Therefore, I’m trying to help individuals do whatever it takes to move to the next level of employment.” For more information, call Andrews’s office at (562) 570-6816.

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Lengthy LBPD investigation, trial result in murder convictions After a six-week trial, on July 31, three defendants were found guilty for the 2010 murder of 33-year-old Franklin Robles of Lake Elsinore, in addition to other charges, according to information released by the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). Luis Orozco of Norwalk, Shawn Verette of Bellflower, and Frank Ervin of Compton were all found guilty of murder, robbery, burglary, and conspiracy with special circumstances. They are now awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled for Sept. 26 in Long Beach Superior Court. Deliberations resulted in a hung-jury outcome for a fourth defendant, Rosa Orozco of Lake Elsinore.

On Aug. 9, 2010, at approximately 2:40pm, LBPD officers responded to a shooting in the 1400 block of West 16th Street, which resulted in Robles’s death. When officers arrived, they found that Robles had been shot in the upper body. He was transported to a local hospital and pronounced deceased a short time later. Through their investigation, homicide detectives learned that the victim’s home in Lake Elsinore was subsequently burglarized by four suspects who were seen occupying a tan Chevy Suburban parked at the location, within hours of the murder. Detectives believed the four subjects may have also been connected to Robles’s death. During their investigation, detectives Malcolm Evans and Todd Johnson analyzed surveillance video and released updates through the media that provided vehicle descriptions, photos and composite sketches of the four individuals believed to be involved in the murder and/or the subsequent residential burglary. They also canvassed the neighborhood where the crime occurred, passing out fliers to the community regarding the murder in hopes of generating new leads in the case. On Oct. 6, 2011, with the assistance of Gang and Violent Crimes detectives, Directed Enforcement officers and LBPD SWAT served search warrants at six locations in the cities of Norwalk, Compton, Bellflower and Perris. On Oct. 7, 2011, an additional search warrant was served in Lake Elsinore. Those arrested include:

• Shawn Verette, convicted Aug. 31, 2013 • Luis Orozco, convicted Aug. 31, 2013 • Rosa Orozco, received hung jury Aug. 31, 2013 • Gabriella Orozco, charges dismissed • Nancy Acevedo, charges dismissed • Frank Ervin, convicted Aug. 31, 2013 (was already in custody on unrelated charges)

Luis Garcia was the fourth male suspect involved in the residential burglary; he had fled to Mexico after the murder and prior to arrest. He was killed in Mexico in June of 2011, however, there is no indication his death was related to this case. The overall investigation determined that Robles had gone to the autorepair shop with a large sum of cash to make the final payment on the purchase of a vehicle. Once at the shop, he was approached by Verette and Ervin. They showed him a star badge, shot him, took his cash, and fled the location. A few hours later, Verette, Ervin, and Luis Orozco, along with Garcia, broke into the Robles home, stealing additional cash and electronics, and fled. Rosa Orozco, Gabriella Orozco and Nancy Acevedo were believed to be accessories to murder after the fact. In its press release regarding this case, the LBPD thanked Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Steven Schreiner for his assistance with the investigation. Source: LBPD

LBPD’s DUI patrol results in 12 arrests, 16 traffic citations

The Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) Traffic Section conducted a DUI saturation patrol on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 7pm to 3am, during which time motor officers patrolled the city looking for impaired drivers and took the following enforcement actions: 10 DUI arrests, one felony drug arrest, one DUI warrant

arrest and 16 traffic citations for unsafe driving. Funding for the program is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Source: LBPD

SHPD checkpoint screens 234 vehicles, yields four arrests

The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) traffic unit conducted a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at Willow Street and Lemon Avenue between the hours of 8:30pm and 1am. According to SHPD, checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public. The following are the results the SHPD released for the Aug. 20 checkpoint: 234 vehicles screened 1 DUI-alcohol suspect was arrested 17 drivers were cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked 3 arrested on other criminal charges 1 citation was issued The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Signal Hill Mayor Michael Noll, right, presents Tony Virga, the son of late Frank Virga, with a certification of memoriam during the City Council meeting on Aug. 20 in honor of his father’s many years of service to the community. The Council meeting was also adjourned in his memory.

Other Council highlights Recognitions At the beginning of the meeting, the Council expressed heartfelt sympathy over the recent passing of Frank Virga, who was recently reappointed to a third term on the Signal Hill Civil Service Commission and has been a longtime community leader. The Council adjourned the meeting in honor of Virga, and Signal Hill Mayor Michael Noll presented Tony Virga, Frank Virga’s son, with a certificate in honor of his father’s dedicated service to the community. The Council also recognized major sponsors of the 2013 Concert in the Park series and presented Ted Georges, owner of the Golden Eagle Restaurant, with a proclamation, celebrating the restaurant’s 25th anniversary.

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tional flexibility as a community to do storage projects,” Farfsing said. “Maybe you don’t have to purchase any additional water rights for decades into the future.” He said, in total, the Central Basin has space for up to 233,000 acre-feet of water in underground reservoirs that pumpers throughout the basin may be able to tap, adding it’s important for cities to plan for upcoming water shortages as water is expected to become a more expensive commodity. “We’re really going to have to become more self-reliant as regions and as communities to deal with what could be some pretty major groundwater shortages or drinking-water shortages in the future,” Farfsing said. He added, however, that the new water-storage agreement, which includes a framework of 19 key elements, is still a “living document” and may need to be “fine-tuned” in court after it’s implemented.

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Though some large, private pumpers, including the Golden State Water Company and Tesoro refinery, may still have objections, Farfsing said the new agreement is the best shot at developing a “consensus proposal” that is more representative of all pumpers in the basin rather than the last water-storage plan. He said the new agreement establishes a “pumper panel” of water-rights holders, superseding a “watermaster,” to determine whether to allow cities and other pumpers to store water in underground aquifers and enable them to purchase additional groundwater. Pumpers would also be able to carry over stored water to the next year if it goes unused. The water, however, wouldn’t come for free. Cities would still have to pay WRD’s water-replenishment rate of $268 per acre-feet of water. The rate, however, is much less than purchasing imported water from the MWD at $987 per acrefeet of water. Farfsing said the new set-up would provide more “flexibility” for pumpers to conduct water-storage projects within the Central Basin, which extends from Commerce to the Long Beach coast and the Newport-Inglewood Faultline to the Orange County border. According to a city staff report, the new agreement guarantees Signal Hill space to store up to 1,011 acre feet of water either through purchasing imported water or converting unpumped water into stored water. The plan also provides additional space, on a first-come, first-served basis, for Signal Hill to store an extra 1,011 acre feet of water. “It basically provides us with addi-

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Grassroots neighborhood organization planning its second Friend Fest event to unite residents

The Friendship Neighborhood organization will host its second Friend Fest event Saturday, Aug. 31 from 11am to 4pm in Drake Park, 951 Maine Ave. The intention of its series of outdoor community events is to create a viable network of friends within “the underserved Willmore City/Drake Park area of Long Beach and, through these relationships, find a sustainable way to counteract and reduce the incidents of violence in this area,” according to a press release from the organization. The idea for a series of Friend Fests came after the neighborhood was rocked by gun violence that ended the life of a 23-year-old Willmore City resident named Nelson Suarez. A second incident of gun violence six days later prompted homeowners, property managers and renters to join together at a community meeting featuring the district’s City Council member, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) West Division Commander and their local gang unit. “A lot of the rhetoric that has existed is more about enforcement, and that can be problematic because, if that’s the only tool that we have, maybe you’ll create an environment eventually that’s safer, but it won’t be as diverse,” said Ben Fisher, one of the organizing members of The Friendship Neighborhood. “It won’t have the flavor and interesting things that have drawn me to the neighborhood.” The organization’s latest press release states that “Friendship Neighborhood is sensitive to the problems that can accompany gentrification and well-meaning but sometimes exclusionary attempts to ‘clean up’ an area. Instead, they hope to create a safe space where

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neighbors can become friends and get to know each other, where talents can be celebrated, and where ways to help each other can be realized. The series of Friend Fests is intended to help work toward the mission of celebrating the diversity of the residents in the area while finding ways to connect and improve communication between neighbors.” Micky Salatino, a founding member of the Friendship Neighborhood says, “We have gone canvassing door-todoor and received a good response from our neigh- The Friendship Neighborhood organization hosted its first Friend Fest event in Drake Park last June. bors. Doing the groundwork of The musical group Romero Y canvassing is what really counts, Neighborhood is helping to spread the word about their work.” Perez will return to entertain attenbecause you get to meet your neighGroups such as Centro CHA, dees with their Spanish guitar. The bors. Besides getting to know them by name, you also get a glimpse of East Yard Communities for Envi- Long Beach Free Store Book and who they are, what their wishes are, ronmental Justice, Foodscape Long Clothing Swap, face-painting by what they like, what their fears are Beach, Green Long Beach!, The The Painted Life and a community and, on those grounds, we connect Long Beach Time Exchange, The potluck will also be featured once and we can start to help each other. Long Beach Depot for Creative again. The festival will provide a Some of the neighbors we con- Reuse, Willmore City Heritage variety of interactive opportunities nected with are families with chil- Association, Friends of Drake Park, and skill-share workshops, including dren looking for activities, Housing LB, and Building Healthy one on seed planting by Foodscape especially since summer school and Communities: Long Beach will pro- Long Beach, a creative reuse arts other programs have been cut. vide flyers and other informational and crafts station by LB Riot Grrl Friend Fest is not just one of these pieces to let people know what and a DIY non-toxic cleaning prodevents that will bring activities, but, these groups are doing or offering, ucts workshop by sisters Micky and from our outreach efforts, we have and how one can get involved. As Ana Belen Salatino, with supplies connected to wonderful organiza- they did for the inaugural event, The provided free for all of the above tions doing activities in our neigh- Miguel Contreras Foundation will while they last. There will also be borhood as well, so the Friendship once again be on-site, registering several raffles open to all attendees. voters. Attendees are encouraged to

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C.A.R.E. to Dine Committee seeking participating restaurants One-night event benefits St. Mary’s AIDS-patient assistance program

The idea behind the C.A.R.E. to Dine event is simple: dine out, and fight AIDS. Participating restaurants will donate 20 percent or more of food, beverage and alcohol sales on Sept. 26 to benefit clients of the Comprehensive AIDS Resource & Education Program (C.A.R.E.), the only full-service AIDS-patient assistance program in Long Beach and the South Bay; it is a department of St. Mary Medical Center. C.A.R.E. to Dine participants will patronize participating restaurants on Thursday, Sept. 26, inviting their friends, family, coworkers, and personal contacts. Restaurants will benefit from increased sales and exposure to new customers, and donated funds will stay in the Long Beach community to be used for local medical and dental care, case management, food pantries, and other essential AIDS services. Founded in 1986 by a St. Mary Medical Center Emergency Department social worker, the C.A.R.E. Program has provided specialized care for people with HIV, regardless of their ability to pay. The C.A.R.E. to Dine Committee is still looking for participating restaurateurs and people who would like to dine out the evening of Sept. 26. For more information about C.A.R.E. to Dine 2013, contact Jay Villarreal at (562) 6244987 or John Blasco at (562) 624-4915. The Long Beach Museum of Art will host a kickoff party on Sunday, Aug. 25 from 4pm to 7pm. For more information and to view a list of particito pating restaurants, visit careprogram.org/events/dine .

The C.A.R.E. to Dine event raises funds for the Comprehensive AIDS Resource & Education Program, the only full-service AIDSpatient assistance program in Long Beach and the South Bay.

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Signal Hill author’s third book is LB Rescue Mission seeking nominations for its annual awards influence; awareness of, and involveLong Beach Rescue Mission ership experience and mentoring. his first foray into mystery-writing willThe The 2012 Community Award was ment in, local community issues; excelpresent its Emerging and Community Leader awards at its Sept. 19 Leadership Prayer Breakfast and is seeking nominations. “Many individuals and organizations serve Long Beach, and we want to highlight those that may not receive recognition for their selfless effort,” said Robert Probst, newly appointed executive director of Long Beach Rescue Mission. Last year the Emerging Leadership Award was presented to the Long Beach Police Explorer Post #295 for its commitment to developing young people as leaders by providing insight, lead-

presented to Ken Sem Kong. He grew up in challenging circumstances that were inherent in the Cambodian refugee community, and he was chosen for his work healing families both here and abroad and for bringing awareness to cross-cultural community issues. Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe has presented the awards since they were first introduced in 2009. Nominations can be submitted online at lbprayer.com through Wednesday, Aug. 28. All awardees should fit these basic qualifications: demonstrated ethical leadership in their sphere of

lent performance in school and/or work; and strong communication skills. The Emerging Leadership category is for nominees under 28 years of age. The breakfast and awards ceremony will take place at The Hyatt, 200 South Pine Ave., on Sept. 19. Breakfast will be served at 7:15am, and the program will end at 9am. Individual tickets are $40; a table of 10 is $400. Sponsorships are also available and may be tax-deductible. Tickets may be purchased and nominations submitted at lbprayer.com or by calling (562) 591-1292.

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The Final Checkpoint takes readers for a ride through Southern California with Ben Di Castro, a professional photographer, volunteer firefighter and weekend carrally enthusiast.

If a rally car breaks down during an event, it’s call a DNF (did not finish), but if a body is found in the trunk, it’s called murder. Signal Hill author Will Zeilinger’s latest and third novel, The Final Checkpoint, takes the reader for a ride through Southern California with Ben Di Castro, a professional photographer, volunteer firefighter and weekend carrally enthusiast. “Who wouldn’t want to live by the beach and photograph beautiful people?,” Zeilinger asks. “It sounds like a dream life, but it can just as easily turn into a nightmare.” The Final Checkpoint is the author’s first mystery. Zeilinger’s debut novel, The Naked Groom, was a romantic comedy told through the eyes of the man, and his second, Something’s Cooking at Dove Acres, was a young-adult romantic mystery. Zeilinger’s stories are set in and around Southern California. He drove in amateur sports-car rallies while attending Golden West College during the early ‘70s. After receiving his degree in graphic design from Cal State Long Beach, he worked as a graphic designer in marketing and advertising for more than 30 years. Most recently, Zeilinger retired from the office of Community Relations and Market-

ing at Long Beach City College after almost 18 years. All three of his novels started as e-books and are available through Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, the iTunes Store, Sony Ebooks and Smashwords.com for all other formats. The print version of The Final Checkpoint can be purchased directly from Zeilinger at his blog, booksbywilzeilinger.blogspot.com .

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Audit reveals bullying, harassment still problems in schools

As chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee in the Assembly in 2012, Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) requested an audit of the school safety and nondiscrimination laws in the state. This week, on Aug. 20, the state auditor released its findings. “Though California has moved in a progressive direction to pass laws to protect our youth from bullying and harassment, the audit highlights the gap between policy-making and the implementation of effective bullying prevention programs in our schools,” Lara said. “To ensure we maximize our efforts, I will be working through the interim on legislation to implement the auditor’s recommendations with due haste.” The state auditor determined that despite the various regulations and laws in California, bullying and harassment are still problems in and out of schools. Though local educational agencies (LEAs), which include school districts, charter schools and county offices of education, have implemented policies

and programs to comply with recent laws, most are not evaluating their effectiveness which is a key component to reducing bullying in our schools, Lara said. Though the California Department of Education has been tasked with evaluating and monitoring LEA’s compliance with laws in effect since 2008, it has failed to do so, according to a press release issued by Lara’s office. “The Department of Education has also delayed the appeals process of an LEA decision regarding discrimination complaints,” the press release states. “In fact, 11 of the 18 appeals reviewed were between one and 305 days late.” The audit also noted that it would be in California’s interest to include provisions of anti-bullying legislation that the U.S. Department of Education has identified. For more information from the state auditor on this report, visit bsa.ca.gov .

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Ready for reading, writing and ‘rithmetic The Salvation Army’s Long Beach Citadel Corps distributed free backpacks, school supplies and books to more than 100 school-aged youth from the greater Long Beach area on Aug. 17 at the organization’s Spring Street offices. Volunteers included Adrienne Baber from the Long Beach Downtown Lions Club, longtime Salvation Army volunteer Flo Earle and soldiers of the Long Beach Citadel. New books were provided courtesy of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation. This is the second year for this event for which funds are raised from the community to purchase backpacks and supplies. For more information about Salvation Army programs and services in Long Beach, call (562) 426-7637.

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After noon, buses will layover on Atherton at Ximeno. To improve efficiency, the route will also no longer travel to Ocean and Termino but instead veer north from Ocean Boulevard and travel directly onto Livingston Drive towards Belmont Shore. There will also be minor weekend schedule adjustments. Route 151 (4th Street) Route will have minor weekday schedule changes. The timepoint at Alamitos Avenue has been moved to Atlantic Avenue to improve connections. Route 171 (PCH/CSULB) Service returns to fall/winter schedule with more frequent bus service. Fifteenminute service frequency will operate later in the afternoon. Passport– Queen Mary/Pine Avenue Route will return to a fall/winter schedule and will operate less frequently due to lower ridership during these seasons. It will operate every 14 minutes on the weekday and 10 minutes on the weekend. AquaLink & AquaBus Water Taxis The last day of service will be Sunday, Sept. 29. Service will commence again in summer 2014.

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Choosing the right tutor for a student

The following article was submitted by Belinda Watson, Tutor Doctor franchise owner. Struggling academically or doing a little extra tutoring to bring up a gradepoint average is a natural part of growing up. Most students need a little extra help from time to time, and getting a professional in-home tutor is the best choice for improving grades. One-on-one tutoring will mean that a student gets all the help he or she needs. There are so many benefits to tutoring, but finding the right tutor to suit a student will help them get the best out of the situation. Benefits of effective tutors • Effective tutors are able to identify the gaps in student’s knowledge and fill in the building blocks for them. • Effective tutors focus on teaching the skills students need to excel, rather than just disseminating information. • Each student has a learning style. Effective tutors are able to identify the learning styles of each student and then present information in ways that the student understands. • One-on-one tutoring gives students the opportunity to answer without fear of embarrassment, which helps them to build confidence and improves performance. • Effective tutors teach students study methods that work for them. They can help students to study for exams and tests, help with homework, help them to effectively manage their time and compile study schedules that leave enough

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Nutrition

Brown-bagging it this school year? On a student budget? Consider the many options of the modern-day sandwich Carol Berg Sloan RD Nutritionist

I really like sandwiches. Peanut butter, turkey and tuna top my list. But sandwiches have changed. My (and a dictionary’s) definition: two or more slices of bread or the like with a layer of meat, fish, cheese, etc. between each pair. Boring. Go to Subway and choose from five types of bread and cheese, an array of meats (several of which are turkey-based) and a dozen or more toppings and condiments. Our local Vons or Ralphs will also make sandwiches with fancy cheeses (Havarti or horseradish cheddar), press them for you (paninis) or roll them up like burritos (wraps). Sometimes more choice can lead to more calories, so here are some helpful, healthy hints when you cozy up to the sandwich bar.

Bread Choose whole-wheat when you can. Cheese that is baked in adds extra calories, and white bread is low on fiber. Meat Most meats (roast beef, turkey and ham) are quite lean these days, so they are your best choice. Italian coldcut combos (my husband’s favorite) can add up quickly with extra saturated fat as do pastrami or salami. Watch the amount as well. Sometimes I order a veggie sandwich and ask for one or two ounces of meat or half the amount of tuna. Togo’s will give me a price break on this request. Veggies Pile ‘em on, but watch the olives and avocado. Even though they are full of good unsaturated fat, the calories can add up quickly with a quarter of an avocado providing about 100 calories and an ounce of sliced black olives about 50 calories.

Condiments Mustard and vinegar are pretty much calorie-free. Mayonnaise, oil, olive spreads or hummus can put your sandwich over the top with saturated fat, calories and sodium. Ask for “light” if you must have them. Sides Skip the chips and cookies, and get a low-cal drink or, even better, water.

If you like to make your sandwiches at home, stock up on the items above, and really control your intake. Try this recipe for a delicious, satisfying tuna salad, which is best on crusty artisan whole-wheat rolls or “scooped up” with homemade wholewheat pita chips. Scoop-It-Up Tuna Salad (serves two)

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LBUSD provides information on registration, meals and bus routes

School will start Wednesday, Sept. 4 for about 80,000 students in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), which has provided the following information about the new academic year. Some schools have adjusted their morning start times due to the Board of Education’s approval last March of revised school schedules for 2013-14. School schedule information has been communicated to parents, who may contact their local school if they have questions. School offices will reopen Tuesday, Aug. 27. Individual school websites will provide additional backto-school information. Those school websites may be accessed by finding individual schools in the A-Z index or in the School Finder drop-down menus at lbschools.net.

Registration and immunizations Last-minute pre-registration for students new to the LBUSD began Aug. 20 for high schools and will begin Tuesday, Aug. 27 for middle and elementary schools. Pre-registration of students new to the school district is done on a firstcome, first-served basis at each school. If classes fill up at a neighborhood school, parents will be advised of the options available for their children to attend other schools in the district, according to LBUSD. To be eligible to enroll in kindergarten, children must be 5 years old by Oct. 1, according to state law. The school district has some openings in its transitional kindergarten program, which provides extra support for the youngest kindergartners who will turn 5 between Oct. 2 and Dec. 2. Transitional kindergarten classes are a response to state legislation bumping the Dec. 2 requirement for 5-year-olds back to Sept. 1 (over the course of three years starting in 2012-13 with full implementation by 2014-15). As part of the legislation, once the age requirement completely changes, students whose 5th birthday is between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2 will be required to take one year of transitional kindergarten followed by one year of standard kindergarten. The school district has implemented its transitional kindergarten early

thanks to grant funding from the Packard Foundation. Those interested may call (562) 997-8247. For all other registration, each school provides a registration packet with the required forms. A birth certificate, immunization record and two proof-of-residency documents (such as a current utility bill, rental agreement, rent receipts,

paycheck stub with name and address) are required. Schools can provide assistance in obtaining a birth certificate if it has been lost. Low-cost immunizations are available from the Long Beach Health Department. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (562) 570-4221. see LBUSD page 18

CULTURE A 23, 2013 Local Native-American artist captures personal background and environment in pieces

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Long Beach artist Gail Werner creates pieces that are inspired by nature and her Native American heritage. She uses oil paints, gouaches, monotype prints and encaustics as mediums.

Birds have often been recognized as symbols of freedom or the future. Long Beach artist Gail Werner includes birds in her work for a number of reasons. As a NativeAmerican who is affiliated with three tribes– the Cupeño, Luiseño and Diegeño– she finds that birds represent a journey. Werner says that many of the tribes have “bird songs.” These are songs that are performed with a gourd rattle by the men and boys of a tribe. In the songs, the birds’ seasonal migrations symbolize their ancestors’ journey to southern California. These songs

include descriptions of places, animals, mountains, deserts and stars. Werner’s mediums include oil paints, gouaches, monotype prints and encaustics. Landscapes and artifacts also connect with her Native-American heritage and are often displayed in her works. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is one of Werner’s favorite places to hike. “It’s about two and a half hours away,” she noted. “Actually, that had been land that was used back in time as places to hunt and gather food for the native people.” While hiking, Werner tries to find rock pictographs. “They are sometimes painted or etched out

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QFilm Festival celebrating its 20th year of screening LGBTQ cinema titles

The Long Beach QFilm Festival, which is in its 20th year, will take place the weekend of Sept. 6–8 at the Art Theatre, 2025 East 4th St. and the neighboring Center Long Beach, 2017 E. 4th St. Long Beach’s longest-running film festival, the QFilm Festival annually presents narrative features, documentaries and short films that embody the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Last year’s event was the most successful yet with over 1,200 attendees, a 20-percent increase over the previous year, according to Chris Carpenter, senior executive programmer for the festival. Submissions are received each year from both student and professional filmmakers from around the world. Many filmmakers and cast members of the films to be shown will be present for audience discussions after each screening. Festival events will feature numerous parties and opportunities for attendees to meet and mingle divinemovie.com The drag-queen performer Divine is examwith filmmakers, actors, critics and other industry professionals. The 2013 ined in the doc I Am Divine, which will be QFilm Festi- one of the titles at the QFilm Festival at Long val will open Beach’s Art Theatre. at the Art Theatre the evening of Sept. 6 with the Long Beach premieres of the award-winning feature Reaching for the Moon, about lesbian poet Elizabeth Bishop, and Darren Stein’s comedy G.B.F., starring Megan Mullally, Natasha Lyonne, Horatio Sanz and Jonathan Silverman. An opening-night party will take place between screenings at the LGBTQ Center of Greater Long Beach. Other narrative and documentary features selected to screen on Saturday and Sunday are: the documentary I Am Divine, about the late drag star of such films as Pink Flamingos and the original Hairspray; James Franco’s and Travis Mathews’s controversial Interior. Leather Bar.; and the romantic satire Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf? These initial five features are being presented through special arrangement with program sponsor The Film Collaborative. In addition, Getting Go: the go doc project, a new film from the award-winning producer of Were the World Mine, will be screened, and the fest will present an advance sneak-preview screening of Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption, a documentary about Terrence McNally’s frequently condemned play that depicts Jesus Christ as a gay man living in rural Texas. A variety of short films will also be screened during the weekend. Jury awards will be given to films in several categories. All net proceeds from the festival will benefit The Center Long Beach and its community-outreach programs. Passes and tickets are available for purchase through Photo by Allison Michael orenstein the QFilm Festival page at qfilmslongbeach.com . Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini

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Theatrical production of kids to tell the stories of Signal Hill– melodrama style

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Mixed Signals from Signal Hill features a kids-only cast in its melodramatic portrayal of Signal Hill’s history.

Go-Fame Youth Theatre Company, a nonprofit theatrical producing and training program for youth ages 8 to 18, will present their production of Mixed Signals from Signal Hill on Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25. The year is 1921, and the Jazz Age is just beginning. Suzy and her mother are happily farming on Signal Hill, when they are invaded from two directions: an oil prospector who wants their land and a silent-film company that finds peril in every pasture. Characters include low-down, no-good villains, sweet and feisty heroines and a brave, if not too bright, hero. Add historical figures such as Jessie Nelson (Signal Hill’s first mayor and California’s first female mayor), Kid Mexico (a boxing champion and Signal Hill businessman), the Keystone Kops, and a bevy of bathing beauties, and the result is a history-based, slapstick comedy complete with chases, damsels in distress and gushing oil wells. Mixed Signals from Signal Hill will be performed on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 3pm and 7pm and on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 3pm at the Go-Fame Studio, 7378 Carson Blvd. in the Long Beach Towne Center, next to Staples. Tickets are $10 for general admission, seating at tables of four, and are available at go-fame.org or at the box office 30 minutes prior to show time. Parking is free. The show is approximately 75 minutes long in one

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art program. Over time, Werner found interest in several artists such as French impressionist painter Claude Monet and Dutch PostImpressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. When Werner attended San Diego State University for her bachelor’s of fine arts, she was fortunate to then travel to Europe, where she discovered the work of Joseph Mallord William Turner, a British romantic landscape painter and printmaker. Werner used to teach special education in the Long Beach Unified School District. Today, she works full-time in her studio. “Right now feels like my second chance because life gets in the way,” she said. “I was teaching for a long time, and it’s harder to get things done…This is really what I want.” ß

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housing projects in Signal Hill have been “successful.” To accommodate for moderateincome housing, the City has designated 35 units. The plan calls for 20 units as part of the Aragon residential development that are currently under construction north of Pacific Coast Highway at Orizaba Avenue (out of the 81 townhome-style units), six units at 32nd Street near Walnut Avenue and nine infill/second units on sites throughout the city. For above-moderate-income housing, the City plans for 86 units, including 55 units at the Aragon project that have already been developed, 25 single-family homes being proposed as part of the “Crescent Heights” development on property owned by Signal Hill Petroleum at Walnut Avenue and Crescent Heights Street, and six infill/second units on sites throughout the city. The City’s updated Housing Element plan is also required to meet new state mandates, including providing accommodations for emergency home-

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less shelters, special housing, transitional housing and supportive housing. Colleen Doan, Signal Hill associate planner, said state mandates don’t require that the City actually build an emergency homeless shelter, which would provide temporary housing of six months or less, but it does Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune require that the City at least pro- The 81-unit Aragon residential development along Pacific Coast Highway at Orizaba Avenue includes 20 vide zoning moderate-income units that are currently under construction and 55 above moderate-income units that accommodahave already been developed. These units enable the City to meet its housing requirements set by the tions for an Regional Housing Needs Assessment. applicant to do happy about that.” family home. so. Louise Cunningham, a 17-year Carmen Brooks, a 12-year Signal While some officials have suggested that Signal Hill provide home- Hill resident and a Signal Hill Parks resident and also a Signal Hill Parks less-shelter accommodations for 76 and Recreation Commissioner who and Recreation commissioner who people, Doan said that figure is inaccu- works with the homeless population lives on Panorama Drive, said it’s rate because the city is often counted for the City of Glendale, said she was better for residents to understand glad to see a plan in place for afford- the kinds of developments the along with Long Beach. State is mandating before it She said a one-day survey of the able housing and the homeless. “If you look at the median becomes an issue. “I think the more homeless population in Signal Hill conducted by the Signal Hill Police income and the average price of you can educate people about Department, city staff and the Los housing, without an intentional plan what’s going on the less problems you Angeles Homeless Services Author- to bring in affordable housing, it have with people getting all irate,” she ity in January concluded that there wouldn’t be here,” she said. “So I’m said. ß were three people deemed to be homeless in the city during that day. Therefore, the City is planning to adopt zoning that would allow for an emergency homeless shelter with up to 16 beds without a conditional-use permit. Doan said the City is required to select an area in the city, whether industrial, commercial or residential, where the homeless-shelter zone would be best suited. She added that a residential unit with six people or less is currently considered a single-

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Scott Charney, left, Signal Hill community development director, explains the City’s plans for updating the General Plan Housing Element to Signal Hill resident Bob Mendoza during a workshop at the Signal Hill Community Center on Monday, Aug. 19.

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according to Reyes. He explained that a judge at this stage is not determining whether a person is guilty or innocent. Expungement is “not the magic bullet,” he concluded. “It will not solve all your headaches, but it will alleviate some of them.” It’s not a cheap alternative either, particularly if there are multiple cases that a job-seeker would like to see expunged. The fee to have a case considered for expungement is $120 per case. Some may be eligible to forego this amount. There is an application to waive the fee. Not everyone can expunge their criminal record in California. If someone has served state prison time for an offense, that record cannot be expunged. Expungement is only limited to those cases in which there was a probationary period, Reyes said, explaining that there might be county jail time served, but not state prison time. Reyes handed participants a thick packet that explained the steps of expungement in addition to the forms that must be completed. Reyes recalled how some of the individuals he has helped have added their own written statements to the judge when filing for expungement. He warned against the temptation to “pass the

buck” or claim innocence of any crime when filing to expunge a criminal record. “Judges are looking for an assumption of responsibility and a bit of remorse for what happened,” Reyes told the group, acknowledging that some filers pled guilty when they first went before a judge after they were initially charged with a crime. “Cop to it,” Reyes said. “You already did years ago.” Pacific Gateway has offered the expungement workshop about one time every month as part of its efforts to help local job-seekers with finding the right job. In partnership with the Employment Development Department, Pacific Gateway is administered by the City of Long Beach and is known for its employment-assistance resources and available training for job-seekers. “Expungement services can be an invaluable aid to gaining employment, and that’s why Pacific Gateway supports it,” said K.C. Nash in a released statement. Nash serves as the interim executive director for Pacific Gateway. The purpose of the workshop seems to focus on what to do to move forward, once mistakes are readily acknowledged and a criminal history is really…history. Reyes acknowl-

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NOT ICE OF DIVID NOTICE DIVIDED OF ED PUBLICATION PUBLIC ATION DEPARTMENT oF THE T HE PROPER THE PROPERTY TAX DEFAULT TY T AAXRDEF AAND ULOF T TAX TREASuRER THE DEP TMEN T DEPARTMENT HE (DELINQUENT) (DELINQUE NCollECToR T LI ST AND TREASURER TAX T RE A)SLIST URER AND TA X Made p ursuant tto pursuant Section Revenue and o Secti on 3371, Reve nue an d COLLECTOR COLLEC TOR Taxation Tax ation Code Notice of Divided Publication Notice of Divided Divided Pu rsuant to Se Pursuant Sections 3381 3385, ctions 338 1 tthrough hrough 3 385, Publication NoTICE oF THE Reve nueoFa nDIVIDED d Ta Revenue and Taxation Notice xationPuBlICATIoN Code, tthe he Noti ce of Power Sel l to Sell Defaulted in Tax De fa u l ted Property i n and PRoPERTy TAX DEFAulT (DElINQuENT) ED PUBLICATION PUBLIC ATION lIST NOT ICE OF DIVID NOTICE DIVIDED OF for Los A nHE gelto esSection Angeles County, California, Co unty, State of A Cal forn a, TY T AXRevenue DEF ULiand T iTaxaT PROPER THE PROPERTY TAX DEFAULT Made pursuant 3371, h as been di vided has been divided and distributed various an d di stri ted rious NTbu ) LI STto va (DELINQUE (DELINQUENT) LIST tion Code n ews papers newspapers general circulation published nd erSecti al ci rcu ation publ ish ed an iin on l3371, Reve nue Made ursofuage nt ntto o pursuant Section Revenue and Pursuant top Sections 3381 through Revenue th e County. Coun ty. the A p portion appears orti on tthe he llist ist3385, appea rs iin n atioofn Code Tax Taxation and Taxation Code, the Notice of Power to Sell Tax each such n ewspapers. of such newspapers. Defaulted Property incti and Los onsfor3381 338 1 Angeles tthrough hrough County, 3 385, Pu rsua nt to Se Pursuant Sections 3385, I, Mark J.e Saladino, Sa County of and Angeles no,been ty Los ANoti ngel esofto xaCoun tiondivided Code, tthe hedistributed ce Reve nu a nladi dhas Ta Revenue and Taxation Notice State of California, Collector, California, certify TaxPower C ollector, State ofDefaulted Cali ia,Property certi fy that: De faforn ucirculation lted iin n andin l Tax to Sel Sell various newspapers of general published Co un ty, State Cal i forn ia, for Los A n gel es Angeles County, of California, the County. A portion of the list appears in each of such Notice hereby given properties Noti ce is ib see h ereby gi venan tthat hdatdi tthe he bu real rtiries stri tedprope to va ous h as n di vided been divided and distributed various has newspapers. below declared default lilisted sted be low were decl to be iin n tax de fau nerared al ci rcu lation publ ish edlt iin n n ews papers of ge newspapers general circulation published I, Mark Saladino, County of Los Angeles TaxonCollecof th e list lioperation st appea rsof iin n th eJ. County. Co un ty.o the portion appears a.m. on 2011, by at 12:01 a. m. nA JJuly up lorti y 1,on 20 11,the operati tor,llaw. State ofofeCalifornia, certify eachTh ssuch uch arati newspapers. newspapers. The declaration default aw. decl on of that: defa ult was due to non-payment total due no n-payme nt ofgiven tthe he that to talthe amount d ue ffor or the Notice is hereby real properties listed o,ndin Coun ty A ngel es I,es Mark J. me Salnadi Saladino, County of Los Angeles taxes, assessments, and other tax , assess ts, a ot her ccharges harges llevied evi ed below were declared tonbe tax default at 12:01 a.m. Tax C ollector, State Cali fornia, certi fy California, certify 2010-2011 tax on nJuly 2010 -2011 ta xoperation yyear ear of tthat hat a llien ien o nthat: tthe he of oniin 1,Collector, 2011, by of were law. The declaration reall property. Property u upon which lilisted sted rea pon w hich a default to non-payment of amount idue s hereby hereby hh at hbee e the real prope rties Notice given properties nuisance abatement has been recorded nu iNoti sawas nce is aba teme ngi t ven llien ien tthat astthe n total re corded due for the taxes, other sted low decl ared to iin n tax charges de fau below declared default and non-residential commercial shall an dlilisted no n-be resi dewere nassessments, tial commerci aand l be property sh al l lt a.m. o lye1,taxes 2011, operati ondthe of a.m. on 2011, by operation levied in12:01 year that were an lien on subject sale the remain unpaid be atsu bj2010-2011 ect to sal entax iifJJuly f uth remai unpai llaw. aw. Theyears. declProperty aratiIfonthe ofupon defa u-l20 t was due The declaration default 2010-2011 after tthree hree the 2010 11a nuisance ttaxes axes to listed real property. which no nn-payme ndt of therecorded to tal amount due ffor otthe rhethe non-payment the total due remain unpaid re mai un pai after JJune une 30, 2014, abatement lien has been and non-residential tax es, assessments, assess nts, a nd to other ceharges evi taxes, and other charges will subject sale public property wi ll bemesu bject sal at sale p ullevied bl iced commercial property be iin n o2010 ta x shall yyear ear hatsubject atollien ien o nif hthe e 2010-2011 tax on auction Alll tthat other that au cti n iin n-2011 2015. Al oth erwere property th attthe taxes remain unpaid after three years. Ifu then 2010-2011 lilisted sted l property. Property po w real upon which remains unpaid will remai ns rea un pai d after JJune une 30, 2016, wi llhich be a taxes remain unpaid after 30, property nu isato ncesal aba teme ntiJune ien h as2014, bee nthe re co rded nuisance abatement has been recorded subject sale public auction 2017. The su bj ect e at p ubl cllien au cti on iin n 20 17. Th e an dofno n-resi de ntiee al atal l property l and non-residential commercial shall willn be tossess sale at commerci public in, wh 2015. name the assessee and total tax, which am esubject the a sess a nd tthe heauction to tax ish chalAll be su ect toesale sal e 2011, iiff the the unpaid remai d subject taxes unpaid due on 2010-11 was du e bj o n JJune un 30, for tthe he remain 2010 1unpai tax30, other property that remains after-n1June afteriis tthree hhree years. th he 2010-20nu 11mbe ttaxes axr.es If tthe the 2010-2011 shown opposite number. year, s s ow n opposi te e parcel 2016,re will be subject sale atJJune public30, auction in 2017. mai nulted un preal aid toproperty after une 2014, tthe he remain unpaid defaulted redeemed Tax d efaof maytotal be tax, red ee med The name thewi assessee and the which was e at p ubl subject sale public payment unpaid and by property payme nwill t ll ofbe all alsu l bject un paitod sal taxes an d ic due on June 30, 2011, for the 2010-11 tax year, au cti o n i n 2015. Al l oth er property th auction in All other that assessments, together with additional assessme nts, toge ther wi th tthe he ad ditional atis remai un pai dparcel after JJune une 30, 2016, remains unpaid will shown opposite number. Tax defaulted real penalties and prescribed penal tiesnsan d the fees as pres cribed by llaw, aw, wi orll iittbe su bjbe ectpai e at p ua bl ciinstallment ctilon iin nt of 20 17.unpaid Th e subject tobe sale public auction 2017. The property may redeemed payment all paid an plan may dsal under niby nau stal men pl an of n ametiassessments, the assessee assess sessee a nd tthe he to tal tax , wh ich name of .the and total tax, which redemption. redemp on taxes and together with the additional was du eo n JJune une 30, 2011, for tthe he 2010 -11 tax due on 2010-11 penalties and as prescribed law, or nu it may be year, iis s fees son how nncer opposi tthe hby e parcel mbe shown opposite number. information taxAllunder informati cconcerning o nplan ingterredemption on of tax - r. paid ofedempti redemption. Tax dean faproperty uinstallment lted real wi property may beed, red ee defaulted redeemed defaulted will furnished, upon defa ulted ll be fu rnish u pomed n by payme n t of al l un pai d taxes an d payment all unpaid and Allre information concerning redemption of taxdefaulted request, Saladino, Treasurer and quest, by Mark J. Sal adino, Treas urer a nd toge ther wi th he ad tionalJ. assessments, together with additional property willlector, bents, furnished, upon request, bydiMark Collector, Hill Taxassessme Col 225 North Hi ll tthe Street, Los penal ties an d fees as cribed 225 by llaw, aw, or Hill iitt and prescribed penalties Saladino, and Taxpres Collector, North Angeles, California 1(888) 807-2111 An g eles,Treasurer Cali forn 90012, 8) l807 11 may be pai d iaunder a n1(88 iinstallment nstal men-21 t pl anor of paid an plan 974-2111. 1(213) 211 Street, Los974Angeles, redemp tion . 1. California 90012, 1(888) 807-2111 redemption. or 1(213) 974-2111. under pcconcerning e -is I certify certi eonof ty niof perj ury hat oftthe htax I certify penalty perjury that the tthat foregoing All under ify nformati on penalty nalcer ng perjury rredemption edempti on information taxforegoing true and Executed fore goinuglted iis s tr ue a nd correct. xec at Los defa property wi ll Los beE fu rnuited shed, u pon defaulted will furnished, upon true and correct. executed uat gust 9,Angeles, 201 3. uCalifornia An g elquest, es, Cali forn ia onJ.A Angeles, California August 2013. re by Mark Sal adi n o, Treas rer a nd request, Saladino, Treasurer and on August 9, 2013. Tax Collector, Collector, 225 North Hi Hillll Street, Los An geles, Cali fornia 90012, 1(88 8) 807 -2111 or Angeles, California 1(888) 807-2111 1(213) 9742111. 974-2111. I certify certify under penalty penalty of perjury perjury tthat hat tthe he going iis s tr ue a nd correct. E xecuted at Los fore true and Executed foregoing Angeles, August 2013. An geles, California California on A ugust 9, 201 3. MARK J. SALADINO SALADINO MARK J.DSALADINo TREASURER AN TAX COLLECTOR COLLECTOR AND TAX OF CoLLeCToR LOS ANGELES COUNT COUNTY TReASUReR ANDYTAx CoUNTY oF STATE OF CALIF ORNIA CALIFORNIA LoS ANGeLeS STATe oF CALIFoRNIA

Assessees/taxpayers, who have disposed of real propho h ave di sposed of Assessees/ta xpayers, w Assessees/taxpayers, who have disposed since January find200 their erty ce2009, Ja numay ary 1, 9, names may fifind nlisted d real si n1, property since January 2009, the reason aforchange in has forth th rea soownership n NO tthat hat a cchange han genot eir n ames llisted ithat sted their names the reason J.eSALADINO MARK SALADI reflected the roll. been as assessment n oAND t bee n Xrefl ected o n th e iin n owners hiponh ownership has not been reflected on the COLLECTOR TREASURER AN D TAX TA COLL ECTOR as sessmenCOUNT t IDeNTIFICATIoN rol l. Y OF LOS ANGELES assessment roll. NUMBeRING SYSASSeSSoR'S COUNTY CALIFORNIA STATE OF CALIF ORNIA TeM exPLANATIoN ASSESSOR'S IDENTIFICATION A SS ESSOR'S IDE NTIFIC ATION (APN), when used to The Assessor's Parcel Number SYSTEM NUMBERING INGxpS YSTEM EXPL AN A TION who have disposed Assessees/taxpayers, Assessees/ta ayers, w hEXPLANATION o h ave di sposed of list, the describe property in since January 2009, real property si nthis ce Ja nurefers ary 1, to 9,Assessor's may fifind nd 200 book, the map page, the block on map The Assessor's Parcel Number when Th eth Asse ssor'sllisted Nu ber wh enge(if their names the reason ei rn ames isted for th em rea son(APN), tthat hatthe a cchange hmap an andhthe applicable), used u sed tto o describe descri property iin n tthis lilist, st , refers ownership has not been reflected on the iin n owners ibe p h as n ot bee nhisrefl ected o n to th e assessment roll. sessme rol lap . map the Assessor's map book,page the map page, the mthe eThe th eas Ass essor'nston the or p age , th parcel in the block. individual block the (iff applicable), and the bl ock onmaps th e and mapfurther (i appli cable), of an d th e explanation the parcel Assessor's SSESSOR'S IDE NTIFIC ATION ASSESSOR'S IDENTIFICATION system are available in the Assessor's numbering A NUMBERING ING S YSTEM EXPLANATION EXPLAN ATION SYSTEM office. property tax defaulted on July 2011, The following Th e Asse ssor's Parcel Number Number (APN),1,wh en The Assessor's when u sed tto o describe descri be property n tthis hischarges lilist, st, refers used taxes, assessments, and iin other for to the for the e Assessor's Ass essor's LISTeD the map age, th map book, e map the page, the the year 2010-11: BeLow ARep PRoPeRfiscalth ock onDeFAULTeD th e map (i cablFoR e), an d th e the (iff INappli applicable), and the block THAT 2011 TAxeS, TIeSbl ASSeSSMeNTS AND 0THeR CHARGeS FoR THe FISCAL YeAR 2010-2011. AMoUNT oF DeLINQUeNCY AS oF THIS PUBLICATIoN IS LISTeD BeLow. 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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 9/10/2013 at 9:00 AM S.B.S. LIeN SeRvICeS As the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Notice of Delinquent Assessment, recorded on 11/13/2008 as Document No. 20082002148 Book Page of official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California,  The original owner: BLAKe HUTToN  The purported new owner: BLAKe HUTToN, eDUARDo CARReRA, eLvIRA RAMIRez,  JULIANA TeRAN, ReNe JURADo  , wILL SeLL AT PUBLIC AUCTIoN To THe HIGHeST BIDDeR FoR CASH, (payable at the time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a State or National bank, a check drawn by a state of federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in

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BROWN,TINA L SITUS 3345 PASADENA BRO W N,TINA PASAD claims anyOF liability for any incorrectness DELINQUENC Y AMOUNT DELINQUENCY AS OF ENA THISof the LONG BEACH 90807-4525 AVE NO 33 LO NG BE ACH CA 9080 7 -4525 LISTED LOW . PUBLICATION BELOW. addressISand otherBE common designation, street 7148-014-098 $7,332.47 7148-014 014098 S ITUS7 Said 2292 sale A TLANTIC AVE but R LLC$7,332.4 SITUS 2292 ATLANTIC if BIG any, shown herein. will be made, SITUS 3304 BUENO,IMELDA SI TUS 3304 ELM -4428 7211 -012AVE -013 LONG BEACH CAC 90806 90806-4428 7211-012-013 without covenant or warranty, expressed or 90807-4457 7148-014-138 BEACH CA 90807 -4457 7148 -014-138 LONG $15,571.36 regarding title,Spossession encumimplied $1,421.40 BONNESS,NICH OLAS DEC D ESTor OF BONNESS,NICHOLAS DECD CHERRY SITUS CHERRY Y BANK LLC SITU S NO 2679 C HE RRY CHERR EW ILLOremaining W ST SIG NAL WILLOW 209 SIGNAL SITUS 2510 brances, to pay the principal sum due SIGNAL CA of 90755-2008 7212-011L HILL 90755 -2008 12 -011AVE SIGNA 90755 -6309 721 4-00915772 $53.0 2 HILL CAsaid 90755-6309 7214-009-157 $53.02 under Notice Delinquent Assessment, W N,TINA L SITUS 3345 PASADENA PASADENA BROWN,TINA 027BRO $407.01 interest thereon, as provided in said with LOSITUS NG BEACH BE3390 ACHATL CAANTIC 90807-4525 NO 33 90807-4525 INCLONG ATLANTIC AVEnotice, EAVE S BILLS advances, if CA any, estimated fees,-0charges, 7148-014 014-098 $7,332.4 7-4512 7148 7148-014-098 $7,332.47 90807-4512 7148-012-033 BEACH 90807 12-033 and LONG expenses of the CTrustee, to-wit: BUENO,IMELDA SITUS 3304 33 04 ELM$11,245.49 AVE SITUS $17,586.22 -4457 7148 -advances, 014TRS -138 LONG BEACH 90807-4457 7148-014-138 EMMONS,RANDALL JANE DCA ALL90807 AND JA NE M EMMONS,RAN interest and additional if accrued $1,421.40 FAMILY E The FAMIL Y TRUST TRUS T SITUS 250 EMMONS any, will increase this figure prior2506 to6sale. CHERR Y BANK SITU 2679 HE755 RRY CHERRY SITUS CHERRY WILLOW NO 101LLC SIGNAL HILL CAC 90755W ST SIGN AL S 90 W ILLO claimant, SIGNAL HILL vILLAGe HoMeowNSIGNA L HILL -2008 72 12-01190755 SIGNAL CA 25.95 90755-2008 7212-011AVE7214 7214-009-086 $2,225.95 7214-009086 $2,2 2225 ASSoCIATIoN Notice of DelineRS 027 $407.01 F SITUSunder 2275 OHIO AVE 2275said FARIA,LISA ENAL S BILLS ATL ANTIC SITUS 3390 ATLANTIC AVE and quent Assessment heretofore executed 90755-3912 7215-025HILLINCCA 90755 -3912 72 15-025SIGNAL CAundersigned 90807 4512 7148 -012-033 LONG BEACH 90807-4512 7148-012-033 044/S2009-010/S2010-010 $574.55 044/S2009010 -010 -$574.5 044/S2009 delivered to /S2010 the a5 written Declara$17,586.22 ERT F AND KATHRYN FLIPPEN,ROBERT KATHR YN TRS FLIPPEN,ROB of Default and Demand forNE Sale, tion DALL AND JA M and TRSa writEMMONS,RANDALL JANE TRUST 7217-020-036 7217-020-036 R FEMMONS,RAN AND K A FLIPPEN ten Notice FAMIL of Default andT election to 6Sell. EMMONS Y TRUST TRUS 250 FAMILY SITUS 2506 E The $8,525.01 W ILLOW STYNO SIsaid GN 90 755- and WILLOW 101 SIGNAL HILL CA 90755undersigned Notice ofES Default HOLMESLEY,STEPHEN GAL TR HOLMESLEY ,Scaused TEPHEN HOLM LEY HOLMESLE 7214 2225 7214-009086 25.95 7214-009-086 $2,225.95 TRUST SITUS 2715 SAIN T LOUIS SAINT AVEcounty to Sell to$2,2 be recorded in the election FARIA,LISA 2275 F 90755 SITUS-202 2275 OHIO AVE NAL HILL CA 5 7212 -013-020 SIGNAL 90755-2025 7212-013-020 where real property located and more NALthe HILL CA 90755 -is 3912 72 15-025SIGNAL 90755-3912 7215-025$5,028.02 than three010 months have elapsed since such 044/S2009 044/S2009/S2010 01 0 $574.5 5 044/S2009-010/S2010-010 $574.55 UIS AVE SIGNAL SIGNAL SITUS 2705 SAINT LO LOUIS NoTICe ToKATHRYN PoTeNTIAL recordation. FLIPPEN,ROB ERT7212-013-021 F 2AND KATHR YN1.62 FLIPPEN,ROBERT TRS BID90755-2025 721 -013021 $7,67 HILL CA 90755-2025 $7,671.62 A FLIPPEN 7217 -020-036 R F ANDIf TRUST 7217-020-036 DeRS: you considering bidding YK,RO Y are V AND RAMONA SI TUSon this KENNED KENNEDY,ROY SITUS $8,525.01 AVE NOunderstand SIGNAL 2261 SAINT LOUIS 102A SIGNAL property lien, you should that there HOLMESLE Y ,STEPHEN HOLM ES LEY HOLMESLEY,STEPHEN G TR HOLMESLEY 90755 -3707 721 -017011 7.48 HILL CA 90755-3707 7215-017-011 $3,237.48 risks invovled in 5bidding at$3,23 a trustee are TRUST SITUS 2715 SAIN T LOUIS SAINT AVE aucNIS,J OHN JOHN MARKALO MARKALONIS,JOHN TR JOHN tion. YouHILL will be bidding on a lien, not on the SIGNAL NAL -202 5 7212 -013 -020 90755-2025 7212-013-020 90755 MARKALO NIS CATRUST TRUST MARKAL MARKALONIS SITUS 1815 $5,028.02 itself. property Placing HILL the highest bid 90755 - at a JUNIPERO AVE SIGNAL CA 90755SITUS 2705010 SAINT LO UIS SIGNALentitle LOUIS AVE SIGNAL auction does not automatically trustee 7216-026$13, 946.40 6009 7216 7216-026-010 $13,946.40 HILL CA 90755-2025 90755-2025 7212-013$7,67 1.62 7212-013-021 $7,671.62 S SITUS MARTINEZ, MARTINEZ,JESUS 825 021 E EAGLE ST you to freeYJESU andYclear ownership of the property. KENNED AND RAMONA TUS KENNEDY,ROY SITUS BEAC,RO H CAVbe 90806 -32 65 72 11SI -010LONG BEACH 90806-3265 7211-010You aware 2261 should SAINT also SIGlien LOUIS AVE NO that 102Athe SIGNAL NALbeing 007/S2010010 $531.62 007/S2010 007/S2010-010 HILL CA 90755-3707 -3707be 721 5junior -017-011 $3,23 7.48 7215-017-011 $3,237.48 90755 off may a lien. If you auctioned SHA RON DAVIDJOHN MCLUCAS, MCLUCAS,SHARON S AND DAVID Hare the MARKALO NIS,J OHN MARKALONIS,JOHN TRyou highest bidder atGE theWAY areLJOHN or VILLA Wauction, AY SIGNAL HIL SITUS 2330 VILLAGE HILL CAmay be MARKAL MARKALO NIS T RUST MARKALONIS TRUST SITUS 1815 responsible for-034paying all liens senior to the 16 5995 72 038 off $3,782 90755-5995 7216-034-038 $3,782.23 JUNIPERO AVE SIGNAL HILL.23CA 9075590755PECOT,JOSEPH E JR SIT US 2421 AM ELIAreceive SITUS AMELIA auctioned off, before you can lien 6009being 7216 7216-026010 $13, 946.40 7216-026-010 $13,946.40 CT SIGNAL HILL 90755-825 4061 72 17encouraged -02790755-4061 7217-027clear title to theCA property. YouE are MARTINEZ, JESU S SITUS MARTINEZ,JESUS EAGLE ST 005 $5,595.90 LONG BEAC Hthe CA -3265 72 11and -010-size of BEACH 90806-3265 7211-01090806 to investigate existence, SANTORO JAMES SANTORO JAMES T CO TRpriority, SANTORO 007/S2010 007/S2010010 007/S2010-010 $531.62 liens that may exist onEthis property outstanding FAMIL Y LIVING LIVING TRU ST SITUS SIT 2600 2D 0TH FAMILY TRUST 2600 MCLUCAS, SHA RON DAVI20TH MCLUCAS,SHARON S US AND DAVID H by contacting the county recorder’s office ST 107A SIGNAL C AAY 90755 -1001HILL 7 216 - or a HILL CA 90755-1001 7216SITUS VILLA GE W HIL L CA 2330 VILLAGE WAY SIGNAL 020-085 085 $6,02 2.58 $6,022.58 title insurance company, either of which may 90755-5995 5995 72 .23 7216-034-038 $3,782.23 16-034-038 $3,782 STARGATE ENT DEVELO DEVELOPMENT PECOT,JOSEPH E JR SIT US 2421PM AM SITUS AMELIA you a fee for this information. IfELIA you concharge CORPOR CORPORA TION W ILLO W-027CORPORATION SITUS 643 E WILLOW ST SIGNAL 90755-4061 7217-027HILL CA 90755 4061 72 17 CT sult either these resources, you should be SIGNAL HILLofCA 90755 -2732 7207 -014-028 90755-2732 7207-014-028 005 $5,595.90 aware that the same T lender hold more than $13,255.25 JAMES CO may TR SANTORO JAMES SA NTORO SANTORO mortgage or deed of trust on the property. one FAMILY LIVING TRUST TRUST SITUS SITUS 2600 2600 E 20TH 20TH FAMIL Y LIVING NoTICe To PRoPeRTY owNeR: The- sale 90755-1001 7216HILL CA CA 90755 -1001 7 216 ST 107A SIGNAL $6,022.58 085 $6,02 2.58 020-085 date shown on this notice of sale may be postDEVELOPMENT STARGATE ENT poned one or more timesDEVELO by the PM mortgagee, CORPORATION CORPORA TION SITUS 643 E WILLOW W ILLOW ST CORPOR trustee, or a-2732 court,7207 pursuant to Secbeneficiary, 90755-2732 7207-014-028 SIGNAL HILL CA 90755 -014-028 tion 2924g of California Civil Code. The law $13,255.25 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 FoR SALeS INFoRMATIoN, PLeASe CALL (714)573-1965 or LoG oNTo or visit this Internet web site www.priorityposting.com using the file number assigned to this case 2007-2443. 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. THe PRoPeRTY IS BeING SoLD SUBJeCT To THe NINeTY DAY RIGHT oF ReDeMPTIoN CoNTAINeD IN CIvIL CoDe SeCTIoN 1367.4(C) (4). PLeASe NoTe THAT we ARe A DeBT CoLLeCToR AND ARe ATTeMPTING To CoLLeCT A DeBT AND ANY INFoRMATIoN we oBTAIN wILL Be USeD FoR THAT PURPoSe. FoR SALeS INFoRMATIoN, PLeASe CALL (714) 573-1965 or LoG oNTo www.priorityposting.com. Date: 8/8/2013 S.B.S. Lien Services, 31194 La Baya Drive, Suite 106 westlake village, CA 91362 Annissa Young, Trustee Sale officer we ARe ATTeMPTING To CoLLeCT A DeBT, AND ANY INFoRMATIoN we oBTAIN wILL Be USeD FoR THAT PURPoSe. P1054748 8/16, 8/23, 08/30/2013     

TST4442 T.S. No.: 2013-27838 Loan No.: 7110581290 NoTICe oF TRUSTee'S SALe PURSUANT To CIvIL CoDe § 2923.3(a), THe SUMMARY oF INFoRMATIoN ReFeRReD To BeLow IS NoT ATTACHeD To THe ReCoRDeD CoPY oF THIS DoCUMeNT BUT oNLY To THe CoPIeS PRovIDeD To THe TRUSToR. NoTe: THeRe IS A SUMMARY oF THe INFoRMATIoN IN THIS DoCUMeNT ATTACHeD 注:本文件包含一个信息摘要 참고사항: 본 첨부 문서에 정보 요약서가 있습니 다 NoTA: Se ADJUNTA UN ReSUMeN De LA INFoRMACIÓN De eSTe DoCUMeNTo TALA: MAYRooNG BUoD NG IMPoRMASYoN SA DoKUMeNToNG ITo NA NAKALAKIP LƯU Ý: KÈM THeo ĐÂY LÀ BẢN TRÌNH BÀY TÓM LƯỢC vỀ THÔNG TIN TRoNG TÀI LIỆU NÀY YoU ARe IN DeFAULT UNDeR A DeeD oF TRUST DATeD 2/19/2007. 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. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state 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 a Deed of Trust described below. 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, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, 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. Trustor: JUAN F. eSCoBAR, A SINGLe MAN. Duly Appointed Trustee: western Progressive, LLC Recorded 3/1/2007 as Instrument No. 20070446735 in book ---, page --- and rerecorded on --- as --- of official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, Date of Sale: 9/18/2013 at 11:00 AM Place of Sale: By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center

Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $431,969.35 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 14506 eLAINe AveNUe, NoRwALK, CALIFoRNIA 90650 A.P.N.: 8073-015-005 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. Pursuant to California Civil Code §2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: The beneficiary or servicing agent declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner of Corporation a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the Notice of Sale is filed and/or the timeframe for giving Notice of Sale Specified in subdivision (s) of California Civil Code Section 2923.52 applies and has been provided or the loan is exempt from the requirements. 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 my hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on this 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 (866)-960-8299 or visit this Internet web site HYPeRLINK "http://altisource.com/resware/TrusteeServicesSearch.as px" http://altisource.com/resware/TrusteeServicesSearch.aspx using the file number assigned to this case 2013-27838. 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. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale Date: 8/7/2013 western Progressive, LLC, as Trustee c/o 2002 Summit Blvd., Suite 600 Atlanta, GA 30319 Automated Sale Information Line: (866) 9608299 http://altisource.com/resware/TrusteeServicesSearch.aspx For Non-Automated Sale Information, call: (866) 240-3530 __________________________________ Laterrika Thompkins , Trustee Sale Assistant            TST4438 APN: 7214-009-223 TS No: CA07000343-11-1 To No: 1052658 NoTICe oF TRUSTee'S SALe    YoU ARe IN DeFAULT UNDeR A DeeD oF TRUST DATeD october 28, 2008. 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 August 30, 2013 at 09:00 AM, behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA 91766, MTC FINANCIAL INC. dba TRUSTee CoRPS, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on November 3, 2008 as Instrument No. 20081943774 of official records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by RANDALL SUMMY, AND, SIvYU CHIA, HUSBAND AND wIFe AS CoMMUNITY PRoPeRTY wITH RIGHT oF SURvIvoRSHIP, as Trustor(s), in favor of SUNTRUST MoRTGAGe, INC. as Lender and MoRTGAGe eLeCTRoNIC ReGISTRATIoN SYSTeMS, INC. as nominee for Lender, its successors and/or assigns, wILL SeLL AT PUBLIC AUCTIoN To THe HIGHeST BIDDeR, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MoRe FULLY DeSCRIBeD IN SAID DeeD oF TRUST  The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The

street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2516 e. wILLow ST 201, 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 without covenant or warranty, express 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 if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated 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 obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $390,308.35 (estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the Trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable.  If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse.  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 Priority Posting and Publishing at 714-573-1965 for information regarding the Trustee's Sale or visit the Internet web site address on the previous page for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA0700034311-1. 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.  Date: July 30, 2013 TRUSTee CoRPS  TS No. CA07000343-111 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 949-2528300   Karen Talafus, Authorized Signatory   SALe INFoRMATIoN CAN Be oBTAINeD oN LINe AT www.priorityposting.com FoR AUToMATeD SALeS INFoRMATIoN PLeASe CALL: Priority Posting and Publishing at 714-573-1965  TRUSTee CoRPS MAY Be ACTING AS A DeBT CoLLeCToR ATTeMPTING To CoLLeCT A DeBT. ANY INFoRMATIoN oBTAINeD MAY Be USeD FoR THAT PURPoSe. P1053128 8/9, 8/16, 08/23/2013  TST4435 / Case No. NS027392 oRDER To SHoW CAuSE FoR CHANGE oF NAME SUPeRIoR CoURT oF CALIFoRNIA, CoUNTY oF LoS ANGeLeS, 415 w. ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. PeTITIoN oF Marilyn Mangini, For Change of Name. To ALL INTeReSTeD PeRSoNS: 1. Petitioner MARILYN MANGINI, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: LIBeRTY LUCIA MANGINI to Proposed Name: DANIeL LIBeRTY MANGINI. 2. THe CoURT oRDeRS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. NoTICe oF HeARING: Date: September 3, 2013; Time: 8:30 A.M.; Dept. G, Room 51. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THe SIGNAL TRIBUNe, 939 e. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 2013. ___//ss//___ M. vicencia, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: July 23, 2013

AUGUST 23, 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 16, 2013.

TST4434 / Case No. NS027378 oRDER To SHoW CAuSE FoR CHANGE oF NAME SUPeRIoR CoURT oF CALIFoRNIA, CoUNTY oF LoS ANGeLeS, 415 w. ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. PeTITIoN oF Donnie Keith Freeman, For Change of Name. To ALL INTeReSTeD PeRSoNS: 1. Petitioner DoNNIe KeITH FReeMAN, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: DoNNIe KeITH FReeMAN to Proposed Name: DoMeNIQ x. 2. THe CoURT oRDeRS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. NoTICe oF HeARING: Date: August 26, 2013; Time: 8:30 A.M.; Dept. 11, Room 31. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THe SIGNAL TRIBUNe, 939 e. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 2013. ___//ss//___ Ross M. Klein, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: July 15, 2013 TST4439 / 2013 151968 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. TooLLoDGe, 2. TooLLoDGe TooL DRAweR oRGANIzeR, 1061 Park Ave. Suite 107, Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: CoNFIDeNCe INTeRvAL LLC, 1061 Park Ave. Suite 107, Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Melinda A. Young, Managing Member. 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 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: August 9, 16, 23, 30, 2013.

TST4440 / 2013 162537 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: CoNSTRUCTIoN ACCoUNTING SeRvICe, 2450 orange Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: 1. ALFReDo PeRALeS JR., 2. DeBRA RAe ToDD, 1551 Ravenna, wilmington, CA 90744. This business is conducted by: who or what. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Alfredo Perales Jr. 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 August 5, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on August 5, 2013. NoTICe: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: August 9, 16, 23, 30, 2013.

TST4445 / 2013 172012 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 7 DAYS AUTo PARTS, 840 e. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90813. Registrant: PICHMoNYCHAN PAN, 2014 Cherry Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Pichmonychan Pan. 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 August 16, 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: August 23, 30, & September 6, 13, 2013.

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CITY OF SIGNAL HILL TST4447 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE ADoPTIoN

ordinance No. 2013-07-1459 was introduced at a regular meeting of the Signal Hill City Council held on July 16, 2013, and adopted by the City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, August 20, 2013. A summary of the ordinance is as follows: AN oRDINANCe oF THe CITY CoUNCIL oF THe CITY oF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFoRNIA, AMeNDING TITLe 16 oF THe SIGNAL HILL MUNICIPAL CoDe eNTITLeD “oIL CoDe,” AND CHAPTeR 20.52 eNTITLeD “SITe PLAN AND DeSIGN RevIew,” To eSTABLISH ReGULATIoNS ReGARDING DeveLoPMeNT oN PRoPeRTIeS wITH ABANDoNeD oIL weLLS

AYeS: NoeS:

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ABSTAIN:

The ordinance was adopted by the following vote:

Mayor Michael J. Noll, Council Members Larry Forester, Tina L. Hansen, Lori Y. woods None

vice Mayor edward H.J. wilson None

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

Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on August 23, 2013. Posted at City Hall, Library, Discovery well Park, and Reservoir Park on August 23, 2013.

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Beach Councilmember Al Austin during a budget hearing he presented with top city management on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Expo Arts Center on Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls. With an attendance of about 25 residents, there were a lot more empty chairs compared to the packed budget meeting a year ago when the City was in a much tougher, cash-strapped position. Still, a number of 8th District residents filled out surveys, providing the Council office with recommendations on the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014, which starts Oct. 1. Residents also voiced concerns about a number of issues that may affect the local community, including scaled-back gang enforcement, slight reductions to code enforcement and graffiti abatement, and the lack of a fire engine and paramedic unit at Fire Station 12 in north Long Beach that is expected to celebrate its grand reopening on Sept. 24. “You don’t want this area to slip,” said 8th District resident Laurie Angel, who cautioned that gang enforcement, graffiti abatement and code enforcement are critical for preventing further degradation of the community. “It’s extremely important that funding for those programs is not one time but it’s continuous and that we maintain and improve services that we have.” John Sullivan, a seven-year 8th

District resident, agreed with other residents and the councilmember that the City’s graffiti-abatement program has been quick to respond to reports of graffiti. Sullivan added, however, that the City needs to “hold the line” on taggers and not cut the graffiti-abatement service, since Union Pacific doesn’t do enough to wipe away graffiti on overpasses, bridges and railroad infrastructure in north Long Beach. “They’re graffiti-taggers, and they’re either gang members or divided gang members, and they’re proving their point,” he said. “We can’t cut that because it’s going to lead to more problems.” John Gross, Long Beach director of financial management, said the loss of redevelopment funding has left the city short on funds to maintain code enforcement and graffiti abatement at the same level as the current fiscal year. As a result, code enforcement will be cut by $196,000, and graffiti abatement will be slashed by $150,000, which means there will only be funding for four graffiti-abatement trucks instead of five, he said. He said the city manager and mayor both recommend using the $3.5-million surplus to combat deficits in fiscal years 2015 and 2016. Gross added that the general fund surplus came about through fiscal prudence, major pension reforms, and an increase in property tax revenue due to the loss of redevelopment.

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CITY OF SIGNAL HILL TST4446 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE ADoPTIoN

ordinance No. 2013-07-1458 was introduced at a regular meeting of the Signal Hill City Council held on July 16, 2013, and adopted by the City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, August 20, 2013. A summary of the ordinance is as follows: AN oRDINANCe oF THe CITY CoUNCIL oF THe CITY oF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFoRNIA, AMeNDING SIGNAL HILL MUNICIPAL CoDe SeCTIoN 2.08.040 TIMe oF MeeTINGS

AYeS: NoeS:

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ABSTAIN:

The ordinance was adopted by the following vote:

Mayor Michael J. Noll, Council Members Larry Forester, Tina L. Hansen, Lori Y. woods None

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Another issue brought up was the fact that the City Council just this week ended a maintenance contract with Anaheimbased Marina Landscaping Inc. after the City received a number of complaints about the level of maintenance service for and medians parks, including those in north Beach, Long such as Scherer Park and Los Cerritos Park, within the last Sean Belk/Signal Tribune three months. John Gross, Long Beach director of financial management, answers questions posed by 8th District City officials residents about the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget during a community meeting in Bixby Knolls pointed out that on Aug. 21. conditions at the parks have Austin said Ralphs management include raises for management,” she become a mess, with withering iterated. is looking for a new buyer for the plants and grass, adding that there Ken Cordua, who has lived in property, while representatives for may be monetary damages. the 8th District for 14 years, said he Glendale-based Gaska, Inc., which Meanwhile, some residents, wanted the Council to focus on owns the Bixby Knolls Shopping including former 8th District Coun- coming up with an economic- Center, where OSH is located, plans cilmember Rae Gabelich, expressed development strategy to fill retail to develop the east portion of the concerns that top city management vacancies throughout the city, center, which he said has been long may not be doing enough to restore including the Bixby Knolls Ralphs, overdue. cuts to city services, bringing up which has already closed, and the “Once that is done, they believe rumblings that a 15-percent pay Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH), they will be in a position to recruit raise for city management is in the which is in the process of closing. the right type of retailers to make works. “We’re having this big windfall, that shopping center successful,” “When are the restorations com- but what is the City doing to … said Austin, who added that the ing?” asked Gabelich, who added [fill] in the Ralphs grocery store or owners of a shopping center that city management is “mislead- Orchard or other vacancies in the nearby where a post office is ing” the public regarding the city that will help generate rev- located have some “ambitious budget. plans” as well. enue?” he asked. Assistant City Manager Suzanne Before the proposed Fiscal Year Frick said the City has already Frick denied any such claim but established a position in the city 2014 budget is approved next added that the City is currently in manager’s office being filled by month, the Council is conducting discussions with bargaining units Mike Conway to deal with the sale budget hearings with various preand an employee-contract proposal of leftover redevelopment-owned sentations on Sept. 3 and Sept. 10, will be coming forward to the City properties, in addition to working while the Budget Oversight ComCouncil for approval in late Sep- with landowners to fill other vacant mittee will meet on Sept. 3 and tember. “This budget does not property. Sept. 9 at City Hall. ß

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Free and reduced-price meals According to the LBUSD, its meal program is ranked among the best nationally for serving healthful lunches. Under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program, family size and income are used to determine eligibility. Children from families whose income is at or below certain levels are eligible. Children who receive CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps), California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKS), Kinship Guardian Assistance Payments (KinGAP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits are automatically eligible regardless of the income of the household in which they reside. Foster children residing with families are now considered as part of the family with which

they reside. A separate application for each foster child is no longer needed. Free and reduced-price meal applications are mailed directly home via U.S. Mail. Only one application per household is required to participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. For households that do not receive one in the mail, applications are also available at Nutrition Services, which can be reached at (562) 427-7923. Applications will be available at schools during registration. Completed applications may be returned to any school site during registration or to the Nutrition Services office. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. At the beginning of the school year, approved applications from the prior year are valid for a maximum 30 operating days or until a new application is processed. A PIN, or a meal card with a corresponding bar-code for scanning pur-

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Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on August 23, 2013. Posted at City Hall, Library, Discovery well Park, and Reservoir Park on August 23, 2013.

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poses, is required for all students to be served a reimbursable meal. Students not qualifying for free or reduced-price meals must pay for their meals. A prepayment option, using their PINs or meal cards, is available to all paid students. Parents now have the opportunity to prepay for student meals and/or monitor their students’ cafeteria accounts online at the Payment Center with MySchoolBucks. The Nutrition Services web page has more details. More information is included in the meal information packet mailed to households. At the elementary level, paid students who do not have money for their meal will be given a meal and have the meal charged to their pre-pay account. This service will be discontinued once a negative balance of $10 is reached. Notification outlining the repayment process will be sent to each student's parent or guardian. To find out what is planned for lunch in the school cafeteria, parents may call the Lunch Line at (562) 427-7923, ext. 400 on any school day before 11:30am or after 2:30pm or visit the Nutrition Services menu web page. Parents of students with special dietary needs may contact a child nutrition specialist in Nutrition Services at (562) 427-7923.

Bus stops and routes Parents who have already registered their children should receive a letter containing information about transportation. Anyone who is unsure of their child’s bus stop should contact the school where their child will be attending. If bus service has been discontinued at a particular school, notice should have already been sent to parents from that school. Students are subject to school rules while riding public transportation to and from school. For more back-to-school information, contact the following offices: for elementary schools (includes K-8 schools), call (562) 997-8247; and for secondary schools (includes middle and high schools), call (562) 997-8115.

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