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Mrs. Long Beach Kym Cloughesy (with Delaney); Parks, Recreation & Marine Director George Chapjian; Parks and Recreation Commission President Sarah Tong Sangmeister; 5th District Long Beach Councilmember Gerrie Schipske; Vice Mayor Robert Garcia; Parks and Recreation Commissioner Ron Antonette; and Maritime Enforcement Specialist Nick Antis (with his K9 partner Rider) break ground on a new dog park in El Dorado Park on Aug. 24. The offleash area will honor the work of service dogs.

After several rounds of controversy over fiscal and environmental issues, 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske hosted a ground-

breaking for a new off-leash dog area within El Dorado Park on Aug. 24. The 1.5-acre dog park, which has yet to be named, will be located on the north side of Spring Street, across from the El Dorado Nature Center and Animal Care Services. Plans are for it to include double gate entry, separation between large and small dog areas, a drinking fountain and waste-bag dispensers. The new park will be dedicated to the contributions of service dogs. Representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard, one of several area agencies that use service dogs, were present at Saturday’s event, including Coast Guard Lt. Fredrick Pugh and Maritime Enforcement Specialist Nick Antis with his K9 partner Rider. The canine is one of several dogs used to sniff out drugs and bombs at the Port. The initial construction of the dog park is being funded with $65,000 in oil-surplus funds, and expansion and development of the dog park will

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The Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse at 275 Magnolia Ave. in Long Beach will open on Sept. 9.

Long-awaited new courthouse to open in Long Beach next month CJ Dablo

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t’s been a long wait for courthouse staff to get their new building in downtown Long Beach. The glass building on Magnolia Avenue with the sleek, black fountain in the front, a spacious garden atrium in the back and 31 courtrooms is just about a block and a half away from the faded-blue courthouse that faithfully served Los Angeles County from its perch on Ocean Boulevard. Judges James Otto and Michael Vicencia, who serve as the supervising judge and the assistant-supervising judge of the LA County Superior Court, respectively, won’t have many regrets as they prepare for their courthouse to open on Sept. 9. Standing in a spa-

The new courthouse includes courtrooms paneled in blonde wood with numerous technological advancements, Wi-Fi access, a large lobby area with electronic boards displaying the locations of cases daily, a spacious security area, escalators and elevators, flat-panel televisions and monitors, and glass doors and see COURTHOUSE page 4 windows allowing in natural light.

Records show WRD director, lawyers, lobbyists funded campaign to unseat Signal Hill councilmembers Sean Belk Staff Writer

An elected board director, lobbyists and attorneys for a regional water agency were behind a campaign that attempted to unseat three incumbent Signal Hill councilmembers in the last city election, according to public records obtained by the Signal Tribune. Recently released campaign-finance documents list Robert Katherman, board president and a director of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD), as the principal officer of Coalition for Clean Affordable Water,

a political committee that funded campaign mailers to oppose longtime Signal Hill city officials. Reached by email, Katherman said the committee is not affiliated with WRD staff or other board directors, however, he did not respond by press time to several questions posed by the Signal Tribune, merely adding that he could not speak on behalf of the committee. WRD General Manager Robb Whitaker confirmed in a phone interview that WRD staff members were not involved with the committee or the mail-

ers. “WRD staff have nothing to do with that [committee],” Whitaker said. “The District couldn’t be involved in it. That would be against the law… We didn’t work on it. I don’t know who’s contributed or how much. We’re not involved in it at all.” The committee paid for fliers that were sent to registered voters just days before the March 5 election, targeting Michael Noll, Ed Wilson and Ellen Ward, who at the time were running for re-election to the Signal Hill City Council. The mailers contained accusations of

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corruption and compared Signal Hill to the City of Bell, claiming that the city manager and city attorney have wasted public funds while receiving exorbitant salaries. Signal Hill city officials have called the mailers “hit pieces” and “smear tactics” and claim the fliers were a blatant attempt to influence the local election with outside money, connecting the campaign to retaliation for an ongoing legal battle between the City and WRD. For more than three years, One of the mailers targeting see WRD page 6 Signal Hill incumbents

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Long Beach Public Library introducing software AB 722 to allow chiropractors to perform medical evaluations of drivers Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 722 issued new regulations that require all chiropractic to perform these exams for to help improve service and manage resources

The Long Beach Public Library is introducing new software that will enable staff to provide enhanced customer service to patrons and better manage its resources, according to a city press release. “This technology will allow us to be more efficient and track our resources better,� Mayor Bob Foster said. “The new software will monitor circulation levels of titles system-wide and in each library, and better track funds spent on each category or genre.� The automated software system is used to manage and reconcile libraryuser accounts, provide the online catalog, track the purchase of library

resources, integrate the LB Digital Archive and check out library material. In addition, the new software will enable self-checkout, which is expected to soon roll out to the remaining 10 libraries. Another benefit, according to the City, is that the upgrade will put the system on an open platform, which will allow easier customization and configuration without paying additional programming fees. Patrons can manage their account anytime at lbpl.org, or by using the free “Go Long Beach Public Library� mobile app.

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by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), paving the way for chiropractors to perform medical evaluations as part of the certification process for bus drivers, according to Lowenthal’s office. “To comply with federal regulations, we’re going to need thousands of certified examiners in California alone,� said Lowenthal, chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee. “AB 722 will help fill the gap, allowing bus drivers better access to trained and qualified medical examiners in communities across the state.� In April of last year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

providers performing the mandatory U.S. Department of Transportation medical examination to be certified and listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners by 2014. All individuals, regardless of age, who are applying for an original or renewal certificate to drive a school bus, school-pupil activity bus, youth bus, paratransit vehicle or farm-labor vehicle must complete a medical exam by a certified provider. While federal law allows doctors of

all drivers, California law only allows chiropractors to perform medical exams for school bus drivers over the age of 65. AB 722 ends this discrepancy, allowing California chiropractors who are certified under federal regulations to perform the medical exams for all drivers, improving access to qualified providers for the thousands of bus drivers in the state. Source: Bonnie Lowenthal’s office

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Man found deceased in Signal Hill parking garage The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) released information on Monday, Aug. 26, regarding the remains of a man found in a parking garage that day. According to the SHPD, at 9:54am on Aug. 26, the department received a call regarding a dead body found in a parking garage at 701 E. 28th St. in Signal Hill. Officers arrived and confirmed that there was in fact a deceased male adult in the parking structure. The death

appears to be of natural causes, according to the SHPD. The man has not been identified at this time. The Los Angeles County Coroner was called to the scene and took custody of the body. The SHPD said the investigation is ongoing and details will be provided as they become available.

100 DAYS OF SUMMER What Free concert Who Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine Where Friday, Aug. 30 at 6pm When Blair Field, 4700 Deukmejian Dr. More Info DSB (Don't Stop Believin'), a Journey cover band, will perform. The event will include bouncers and face painting. Visit lbparks.org or call (562) 570-3150.

Distressed swimmer rescued by LBFD lifeguards, ‘good Samaritan’

The Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) released information on Aug. 22 regarding the rescue of a drowning man in Rainbow Harbor that day. At approximately 9:55am, LBFD Marine Safety lifeguards responded to a “distressed swimmer” call in Rainbow Harbor. Upon arrival, LBFD Rescue Boat 2 located two people in the water behind the Grand Romance paddle boat. A distressed male swimmer, who appeared to be in his 40s, was hanging on to the back paddle wheel and was spotted by crew members just prior to engaging the paddlewheel and backing

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out of the slip. Lifeguards tossed a life ring, and a “good Samaritan” entered the water with a lifejacket in an attempt to stabilize the distressed swimmer. Lifeguards entered the water and assisted both people onto the dock. The initial swimmer was thought to be psychologically unstable and hypothermic. He was transported via LBFD Paramedic Rescue to a local hospital, and the “good Samaritan” was released without injury. “Swimming rescues are very dynamic in nature,” said LBFD Marine Safety Chief Randy Foster.

IT’S GREEK TO ME! What 64th Annual Greek Festival Who Sponsored by Assumption Church Where Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 5761 E. Colorado St. When Friday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 2 from noon to 9pm daily More Info Admission is $3 donation; children under 12 admitted free. Greekthemed attractions will include dance groups, free dance lessons, food, cooking lessons, bazaar and more. Free parking and shuttle service will be provided to and from event all three days from CSULB parking structure located at Atherton Street and Palos Verdes Avenue. Proceeds benefit Assumption Church Ministries and outreach programs. Visit lbgreekfest.org .

“As a layperson, remember to call 911 and get the proper resources coming.” LBFD Public Information Officer Will Nash shared the following safety information: “If attempting a rescue, remember the phrase ‘Reach, Throw, Row, Go!’ Entering the water is the last resort. Don’t put yourself in danger and become part of the problem. Frightened victims can often cling on to and overwhelm potential rescuers. In this instance, all ended well.”

PEDALING FOR PEACE What 7th Annual Interfaith Unity Bike-a-thon Who South Coast Interfaith Council Where DeForest Park, 5801 De Forest Ave. When Monday, Sept. 2 at 9am More Info The event aims to bring together people of different cultures and faiths for a day of social bicycling. Food will be available. To register, call (562) 983-1665 or email office@scinterfaith.org .

Governor signs AB 481 to streamline land management for High Speed Rail Authority

Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 481 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) into law on Aug. 26, streamlining property-management practices for the landmark high-speed rail project, according to Lowenthal’s office. “I want our high-speed rail system to run as efficiently as possible,” said Lowenthal, chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee. “By reducing red tape and bureaucracy, we’ll save precious resources and build a better, more responsive system.” For almost all of California’s state agencies, the Department of General Services is responsible for property management. However, in contrast to most state agencies whose property portfolio is limited, Caltrans, as the owner of the state highway system, owns thousands of parcels of property. Given their expansive responsibility, the Legislature has vested Caltrans with the ability to direct its own property-management functions, according

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KICK IT What Annual Karate Carnival in the Park Who Hosted by Power of One Self-Defense Institute Where Los Cerritos Park, 3750 Del Mar Ave. When Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 3pm to 6pm More Info This free event will feature bounce houses, a water-balloon toss, sack races, obstacle jumpers, face painting, music and more. Email blair@bixbyknollsinfo.com .

to a press release from Lowenthal’s office. AB 481 grants the High Speed Rail Authority similar responsibilities, enabling it to effectively manage property acquired for the project and better plan for short- and long-term needs. Under the bill, the Authority will have the ability to negotiate directly with impacted landowners, exchange or lease property, mitigate impacts and sell excess property no longer required for the project. The High Speed Rail Authority is responsible for planning, designing, building, and operating California’s multi-billion dollar high-speed rail system. By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles Basin. In addition to the high-speed rail lines, the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a statewide rail-modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines.

CHAT WITH PAT What Community meeting Who Hosted by 4th District City Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell Where Los Altos Public Library, 5614 E. Britton Dr. When Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 4:30pm More Info Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Christopher Steinhauser will be the speaker. Each month, O’Donnell hosts the meetings to keep residents informed on issues facing the city and what is happening in the district. DISSECTING THE BUDGET What Monthly meeting Who Central Project Area Council and The North Long Beach Community Action Group Where Glenn Room at St Mary’s, 1050 Linden Ave. When Thursday, Sept. 5 from 6pm to 8pm More Info Meeting will focus on the 2014 Long Beach budget. Call (562) 2259462.

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IT'S A PARTY! What Charity event Who Steel Magnolias Where The Grand, 4101 E Willow St. When Friday, Sept. 6 at 6pm More Info The Steel Magnolias’ R & R Lounge event will feature food, dancing, entertainment and more. Tickets are $125 per person. Steel Magnolias is an organization that supports the work done by the Stramski Children's Development Center at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. Visit thesteelmagnolias.org .

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Wi-Fi access, a massive lobby area with electronic boards that continued from page 1 will display the locations of cases cious jury-assembly area, Vicen- from day to day, a spacious area cia earlier this week had just fin- for the security personnel to ished leading a gaggle of check for weapons, escalators reporters and photographers on a and elevators, flat-panel televimedia tour, that began with the sions and monitors in many old courthouse and ended at the areas, and lots of glass doors and windows letting in natural light. new building. The Governor George Deuk- One person compared the feel of mejian Courthouse has plenty of the building’s lobby to an airbragging rights: courtrooms pan- port. On a late Tuesday afternoon, eled in blonde wood with numerous technological advancements, Vicencia and his tour group had just stepped from an outdoor balcony into the jury assembly room. The balcony had offered a view of the Long Beach city skyline, including a partial peek of the old courthouse that has had its share of maintenance nightmares. Vicencia had just been asked if there was anything he might miss about the old building. “I did make a pet of one of the rats,” Vicencia joked. “That building– I don’t want to say served us well– but it did serve us.” Otto interjected, acknowledging that the building on Ocean Boulevard that had been built in Photos by CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune Judges Michael Vicencia (left) and James Otto (right) the late 1950s served will soon be moving with a staff of about 200 employ- the public well for ees into a spacious courthouse on Magnolia Avenue about 10 years. Really, neither between West Broadway and West Third Street. one of these judges

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in charge of administrative matters for the courthouse in Long Beach owned up to any feelings of nostalgia for the building on Ocean Boulevard. Now that they were getting set to move into the county’s newest courthouse, both Vicencia and Otto were very frank about the problems that plagued the old building. Vicencia said that it was well known that they needed a new courthouse since the 1990s. He described how he would often argue with other judges outside the area about who had the worst courthouse. “And, I got to say,” Vicencia said, “between our rats, asbestos, mold, elevators and escalators… I always won the argument. So I’ve never met someone with a worse courthouse than this one. Sort of a sad conversation to have.” Vicencia and Otto took the group of journalists around the old building earlier that day, pointing out leaks coming from mysterious cracks in the ceiling, outdated and inefficient security areas that were well known for causing long lines that snaked around the building. Vicencia was serious about the rat problem, recalling how the cushions in one judge’s bench had been shredded by rodents. He talked about the number of times the elevators or escalators had been broken in the old building. The companies that manufactured them had each gone out of business years ago, and oftentimes, parts had to be newly forged in order to repair them. The elevator and escalator issue was a special sore spot for

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I am ready to blow up the balloons, strike up the band, send out the announcements and drink a toast. Tomorrow I will be seven-years smoke-free! And, since some of us former smokers like to refer to ourselves as being “smober,” that’s how I think of it– I am seven-years smober. Smoking had been part of my life since I was a young teenager when I picked up the nasty and addictive habit during my junior-high-school days. I know that many people reflect on their lives and blame their bad choices on peer pressure. Not me! I made my own decisions, and I hold myself accountable for my actions. During my elementary-, junior-high and high-school years, I was a leader– not a follower. I smoked because I wanted to. I probably started because my dad was a smoker, and although I look like my mother I truly related more to my father’s personality. I can’t remember Dad without a cigarette in his hand. He smoked non-filter brands and sometimes rolled his own, giving him the nicotine he needed without those pesky filters that might have kept his fingers from turning such a gross shade of yellow. He was a very handsome man, always immaculately groomed and dressed to impress, and his silvery hair was so striking– except for the yellow streaks caused by cigarette smoke. Through the years I had tried to stop smoking a time or two, but honestly I wasn’t very dedicated to quitting. I don’t think I ever really thought I’d be a non-smoker. I

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Vicencia. He recalled one time in 2005 when a man on jury duty had suffered a heart attack. Although it only took two minutes for paramedics to arrive at the building, it took another seven minutes for them to get to the man on the sixth floor. The elevators were already crowded at that time of day, and what was worse, the public elevators were only designed to go to the fifth floor. Para- Judge Michael Vicencia points out a number of technology medics had to upgrades in the building, including stations for jurors to plug hike up to the in laptops and other mobile devices while they wait in the jury sixth floor and assembly area. Flat screen televisions and access to WI-FI leave the gur- will also be available throughout the building. ney behind one floor below. By that time, Vicen- ing and the faint smell of urine cia said, the man’s heart had outside. He will sit in a smaller chamslowed considerably. He was pronounced dead 30 minutes ber in this new building, behind a bullet-proof glass window that later at the hospital. “It’s impossible to say also has its own view of the city whether or not those seven min- skyline. “I do think that we’re going utes mattered,” Vicencia said, “but it’s been a black eye to this from the worst courthouse in the state to the best,” he said. “This is courthouse ever since then.” Vicencia, standing in the jury- a state-of-the-art courthouse, and assembly room in his new build- I think the access to justice that ing, seemed pleased to leave [the courthouse] will provide to behind the old courthouse with its this community will be second to bad memories of leaks in the ceil- none.” ß

was a smoker, and that was that. However, after achieving seven years of “smobriety” I believe that I will never pick up another cigarette. As I have written before, in order to quit smoking I had to find the right motivation. My reasons for trying to quit in the past had always been pretty standard: the cost of cigarettes, stinky clothes and hair, fear of cancer, chronic pneumonia and bronchitis, and the unhappiness it caused my husband and mother. Although they were all valid reasons and may be motivators for others, none of them worked for me. Only one event in my life finally pushed me to put down those “cancer sticks,” or “coffin nails,” for good. Below is the story: About eight years ago, I was told that I had periodontal disease. It was painful, and I was afraid to undergo the cutting and suturing necessary to treat the condition. Thanks to my friend Robert Quintero, I went and saw Dr. Gregg in Cerritos, who put me through some pretty intense (although nearly painless) and relatively costly laser dental/gum procedures to cure me of my dental issues. I haven’t had any problems since. How could that be a motivator for me when something as serious as cancer was not? Well, my dear Dr. Gregg informed me that if I didn’t quit smoking I’d have to go through the whole procedure again and again, and if I decided to keep smoking and NOT have it repeated, I would probably lose my teeth. Now there’s MY motivator. With the genetics in my family (I should live to be nearly 100 years old), dying doesn’t scare me, but living without teeth does. Ah, vanity. That was and still is my motivator! Thanks to support from my husband Steve, nicotine patches and a 12-step program, I did it. I am a non-smoker! If you would like to quit smoking, my advice is to find your motivation and then call the Long Beach Health Department’s Tobacco Education Program at (562) 5707950. The folks there will provide you with a free stop-smoking guide with tips to help smokers quit and a list of Long Beach support meetings and resources.

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As fall semester begins, LBCC officials see brighter financial future ahead, but classes at capacity Sean Belk Staff Writer

After a tumultuous year of budget cuts that involved dropping 11 instructional trade programs, Long Beach City College (LBCC) is in a more fiscally sound position, as state revenue has begun to creep back and a ballot measure passed by voters prevented even harsher cuts, according to college officials. Still, a full return to the years of the past won’t happen overnight. As the fall semester began this week, more than 14,000 students were on waiting lists for classes at LBCC, meaning classes are at capacity and many students may not be able to get the specific classes they need at their preferred times, said college officials. LBCC Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley said in a phone interview that the number of students on waiting lists is down from last year but still higher than what the college has had to deal with historically. He said the college had to make millions of dollars in reduc-

tions due to state funding cuts over the past four years while enrollment has increased substantially due to the economy and tougher restrictions at Cal State University campuses. Though voters passed Proposition 30 that prevented LBCC from having to make more cuts, it still will be a while before LBCC can fully recover, Oakley said. “We still have many years of backfills we need to get us back to the levels of four years ago,” he said. “Our capacity funding is still not at the funding level we need to support the students.” Though Oakley said the college is “significantly behind” in meeting the demands of today’s growing student population, he doesn’t anticipate any more budget cuts at this time, adding that college officials are working hard to provide as many course offerings as possible. “At this point, I don’t anticipate that we will need to make any more budget cuts,” Oakley said. “We made all the cuts that we needed to

make to balance the budget. I’m cautiously optimistic that state revenues have stabilized. We’re hopeful the worst of the fiscal crisis is behind us.” Earlier this year in January, the Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees voted 4-1 to discontinue auto-body technology, aviation maintenance, audio production, interior design, welding, automotive technology, real estate, photography, airconditioning/refrigeration/heating, diesel mechanics and carpentry programs from its curriculum. Trustee Mark Bowen representing Area 3 was the lone dissenting vote. The decision was made to balance a $6.4-million structural deficit. Oakley said some classes in these vocational fields, mostly at the college’s Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) are still offered at LBCC,

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Some faculty and students, however, vehemently protested the cuts. In April, student-body representatives, including now former Student Trustee Jason Troia, attempted to start a recall petition against four trustees on the board with the exception of Bowen. The day before the recall effort was brought to the board, the Associated Student Body passed a vote of “no confidence” in the board of trustees. Jeff Kellogg, who was appointed LBCC Board President in July, said the discontinuance of the 11 trade programs upset some students and

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however, the college is no longer offering certificates for these programs. One impact this year is the cuts to Master Control in the Radio/TV and Music departments, where students are able to check out equipment for classes. Keith Huss, a 34-year-old radio and television major, said he fears that student services won’t be as efficient and equipment might not be as easily obtainable. He added, however, “I am on the other hand looking at the positive side to what is left of Master Control to help the remaining programs that will still remain strong.”

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Signal Hill, Downey and Cerritos have spearheaded a lawsuit against WRD, claiming the water agency did not follow procedural requirements of a 1996 state law known as Proposition 218 when it raised its replenishment assessment rates. Since then, the legal battle has sparked lawsuits by other cities and entities that pay WRD for replenishing water from underground aquifers, and many of these entities have continued to withhold WRD payments. Though a judge has ruled twice in favor of the cities, no damages have been awarded in the case yet. In the meantime, WRD and the cities have doled out millions of dollars in legal fees as proceedings continue to drag on. The Central Basin Municipal Water District (CBMWD) voted 3-2 on Aug. 26 to drop its lawsuit against WRD over Proposition 218 requirements, citing concerns over litigation costs and that

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the water district may have not been able to recoup past WRD charges since CBMWD doesn’t pump water like cities and other pumpers. The political campaign, however, specifically went after longtime Signal Hill incumbents who were on the Council together for more than a decade and have long been supporters of the City’s legal action against WRD. Signal Hill City Manager Ken Farfsing said registered voters should be concerned about outside political interests trying to influence a city election. “I think what [Katherman] thought he could do was influence the local election and prevail politically by unseating local councilmembers,” Farfsing said. “In general, the voters should be concerned about that. It used to be that local politics was pretty much local. It’s very strange in a small city with a little more than 11,000 people to have outside influences that want to buy an election. I think it’s sad that occurred.” In Signal Hill, a race can often

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come down to just a few votes. The only incumbent candidate who lost in the last election, for instance, was Ward, who had just 19 votes less than Wilson. At one point, the unofficial election results showed the spread was only by one vote. In 2011, the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters sent out glossy mailers that criticized incumbent Councilmember Larry Forester’s environmental record, depicting a cartoon figure of the councilmember with a sign that read, “I Protect Polluters.” Farfsing said, however, that Coalition for Clean Affordable Water was not transparent about its motives or financial supporters until it was legally required through campaign-finance laws, months after the election was over and voters had already cast their ballots. According to the campaign-finance records, the committee spent more than $2,300 on the campaign to oppose Noll, Wilson and Ward during the period from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2013. The committee also gave $500 to support Cerritos City Council candidate Frank Yokoyama, $250 to support Compton Council candidate Isaac Galvan and $500 to a bi-partisan political group. In total, Coalition for Clean Affordable Water received $6,500 during the six-month time period, including a $2,000 loan from Katherman’s own company, known as RGM, LLC. The committee collected money from the lead litigators representing WRD in the Proposition 218 case. Those who provided funds included: attorney Edward Casey of Alston & Bird, who gave a personal $500 contribution; his law firm, which gave another $500; and Harris & Associates, which gave $2,500 toward the committee. In addition, WRD’s political consultants also contributed, including: political consultant Michael Gagan, who gave $500; WRD’s PR consultant Kindel Gagan Public Affairs Advocacy, which gave $1,000; and WRD’s Sacramento lobbyist Reeb Government Relations, LLC, which gave $500. Some Signal Hill city officials and attorneys agreed that the campaign raises concerns of a possible “pay to play” atmosphere since WRD’s own consultants, who receive money from the agency for services, were the main contributors. “People basically have a right to form an organization and get their message out, but it does raise a lot of ethical questions when you have an elected official organizing a political action committee with consultants hired by that agency,” Farfsing said. “What are the motivations?” Noll, who is now mayor, brought forward a motion in May for the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would require all political action com-

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be funded by donations and corporate sponsorships, Schipske said. “I’m absolutely thrilled that this dog park will soon be open and serving the community,” Schipske said. “We’re creating a safe, fun area for dogs to run and play, and that will be so much fun for them as well as us.” Although he was not in attendance at the groundbreaking, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster issued a statement prior to the

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mittees to file campaign-finance records with the city clerk in an attempt to increase transparency during city election cycles. “My concern is that people out of the area not involved in Signal Hill have to do something ugly like that,” Noll said in a phone interview this week after the disclosure of records. “Transparency is the most important thing whether it be [WRD] or anybody else, so the residents have an idea of where it’s coming from.” Signal Hill City Attorney David Aleshire, whose law firm Aleshire & Wynder was requested by the City Council after the election to look into Coalition for Clean Affordable Water, said the City has never dealt with this kind of political tactic. “In Signal Hill, we haven’t had this kind of thing before,” he said. Katherman said via email on Friday, Aug. 23 that the committee had met and was planning to release a statement. However, the Signal Tribune had not received it by press time on Aug. 29. Casey did not respond to emails and phone calls seeking comment. WRD Board Director Albert Robles, who was board president at the time of the March election, said he had nothing to do with the committee or the mailers. However, Robles said he doesn’t see any conflict of interest with leaning on WRD’s consultants, who are primarily based in Los Angeles, to form a campaign, since Katherman’s career involves working in local politics. “It wouldn’t surprise me,” Robles said. “That’s what you do. You go to people you know and who are your friends, and you ask them for help… I suspect that there would be some contributors he knows from the city of Los Angeles.” Katherman and his wife Marilyn are partners of RGM, LLC and The Katherman Companies, which are both based in Torrance. According to the company’s website, the Katherman Companies is a consulting firm that “provides clients with a wide variety of consulting services specializing in governmental relations, community outreach, project management and environmental analysis.” ß event. “El Dorado Park East Dog Park is the city’s seventh dog park since our first opened at Recreation Park in 1996,” Foster said. “Dog parks promote responsible pet ownership, give dogs a place to exercise safely, and also provide an area for residents and their pets to socialize.” Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year. To read more about the background of the new dog park, visit lbreport.com/ news/aug13/dogprkgnd.htm .

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Amp up ‘curb appeal’ by accessorizing the front of your home Shoshanah Siegel Columnist

Recently, I have had a chance to work with quite a few clients who have wanted a facelift for the outside of their homes. If you are now ready to do the same, or perhaps do so in the future, here are some items you might want to start considering. Of course, my approach is always to be aware of your budget while still getting great results. Also, know that these “curb appeal” makeovers can be done in stages.

Get a new perspective The first thing I would suggest doing is to go across the street from your home and look at the front of your house. Take some photos. This will allow you to review what you saw or may not have seen, and will possibly give you a new perspective. Try and be as objective as you can. Your home’s front entry should be the focal point of its curb appeal. I suggest looking at various elements such as: house numbers, front door, mailbox, lighting, doorbell and entry door lockset. All of these can add interest to your

home’s exterior, but in their current state, might not be conveying the aesthetics you want. These elements need to work together, creating a harmonious look while enhancing the style of your home. You might not even need to purchase all new items, especially if all they need is a good metal polish and/or paint. So that your task at hand is not too daunting, let me break it down, step-by-step.

Shut the front door I look at the front door as the cherryon-top. In order to create interest and depth, I like to add a pop of color to various parts of the exterior of the home. The front door is one of these places to do just that. Paint is one of the most inexpensive ways to freshen and liven up an area. Because it is so cheap and easy to do, you might even consider changing your door color with the seasons.

Is your front door working for you? Ask yourself if the current door matches the style of your home? What other materials might you consider? First, determine your needs. Doors now come in steel, fiberglass, aluminum, vinyl and composite. How is it functioning? Do you want to let more light into your home? If the answer is yes, consider purchasing one with windows. If privacy is not an issue, you might select one that has vertical panels of glass that flank one or both sides of the door. Also, most come with various types of glass, some obscuring the view more than others. Looking from the inside out is important as well. A recent client of mine, who has a post-modern home, found the perfect door. It has staggered Photos by Shoshanah Siegel/Signal Tribune square windows running Size does matter when it comes to lighting fixtures for vertically down the right the outside of your home. However, B&B Hardware, side of the door. In located in Long Beach, takes it to a fun extreme..

keeping with the architecture, we selected a bright chartreuse color to paint the new door. Craftsman homes are often made of high-quality wood and have windows and detail moldings. Do your homework. Research and narrow down your options and then determine where might be the best selection and prices. I like looking at the Habitat For Humanity stores. You could get a great door while contributing to a great cause. Visit habitatla.org/restore/products .

When one door opens… From a practical point of view, exterior doors and their hardware need to keep occupants and property safe inside the building and also need to allow people to quickly get out in an emergency. Door hardware is considered the handshake of the home because it is one of the first things that greet a visitor. As mentioned previously, check to see what condition your hardware is in. It may just need a cleaning. Stay true to the architecture of your home. Ones for Craftsman-style homes are often made of brass with stylized shapes. Postmod-

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How many artistic opportunities are available to LB residents?...A LOT

Beginning on Saturday, Sept. 7 and extending weekends through October, Long Beach residents will have the opportunity to participate in arts experiences on vacant lots throughout the city. Through the A LOT inititative, a community-wide project presented by the Arts Council for Long Beach (ACLB) in collaboration with partners throughout the city, residents will have more opportunities to enjoy and engage in the arts. A LOT broadens audience and artist engagement, linking arts and culture with local neighborhoods. Through music, dance, theatre and numerous other art forms, A LOT presents free arts experiences on vacant lots in traditionally underserved areas of the city.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our hope is that Long Beach will become just a bit smaller and more intimate, drawing residents together to celebrate the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich culture,â&#x20AC;? said ACLB executive director John Glaza. Each A LOT event offers a distinctly different arts experience for the community created by a pool of 26 artist and arts organizations. The diversity of A LOT performers spans the spectrum of arts and culture including: Spanish-language theatre, an interactive drum circle, medieval music, traditional Cambodian dance performance, a Zombie film festival, art installations and a Samba dance party. A LOT performer Katina Mitchell believes all people have creative potential within themselves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When people have the chance to observe oth-

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Patrick Stafford (left) is assistant and Tony Abatemarco is the renowned artist Rothko in ICTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Red Daniel Adams Cultuire Writer

International City Theatre (ICT) is presenting us with the opportunity to eavesdrop on a powerful artist at work with John Loganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Red, winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Play. At the helm as producer/director of this wonderful production for ICT is award-winning director Caryn Desai.

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all heard that successful paintersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; creations are their babies, the results of outwardly expressed feelings and fate-granted talent lovingly caressed onto canvas. Their works are observed, admired and adored by us, the masses, because such talent comes from an often-envied place inside the artist. It is a place hidden behind doors only a randomly chosen few are granted the keys to open. We, as the common multitude, do not often get the opportunity to visit that place, feel its pulse, or hear its cries for attention or its screams to be released. But, what if we could eavesdrop, for a moment, into it? Red is the fictional account of the events that may have taken place in the converted studio at 222 Bowery in New York City when non-fictional Abstract Impressionist Mark Rothko was commissioned at great expense to create a series of murals for the newly built, luxurious Four Seasons restaurant in the Seagram Building in 1958. This series of paintings is still viewed, and wondered upon today in galleries around the world, though neither the Four Seasons nor the Seagram Building was ever granted a viewing. Red tells us why. In Red, Rothko (played by Tony Abatemarco), now in his 50s, hires an assistant, 20-something Ken (played by Patrick Stafford), an aspiring painter himself, to take on the mundane acts of a painter such as building the canvases, mixing the paints, cleaning brushes, and applying the ground color for Rothkoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magnificent works. Before even one of his duties begins, however, Rothko presents Ken to the audience to observe one of the yet uncompleted commissioned paintings and asks: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you see?â&#x20AC;? As the audience, we are led to believe, as Ken believes, that his opinion matters. But this is not the case as Rothko makes this point perfectly clear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Consider: I am not your rabbi, I am not your father, I am not your shrink, I am not your friend, I am not your teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; I am your employer. You understand?â&#x20AC;? As Ken takes on the position as Rothkoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant, he gets far more than a job or the opportunity to learn the craft from the heralded painter. Ken gets lessoned in what life becomes for an artist after years of putting paint and blood and soul to canvas while finding oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way to fame in a world filled with those with no vision or appreciation for what is significant, according to Rothko. Tony Abatemarco is brilliant as the grandiose, self-described genius of the painting world. He illuminates the character of Rothko as a man on a mission to earnestly and feverishly drive his assistant Ken, as a part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;next generationâ&#x20AC;? (as well as the rest of the uncaring/unknowing/unseeing world), see REVIEW page 14

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Local photographer takes inspiration from her community and everyday life

theme that had become a staple of your photos? I am a firm believer in the idea that beauty surrounds us every day– the trick is to notice. I like the idea of creating images that celebrate the extraordinary within the ordinary. I also love natural light and the dramatic play of light and dark. Some of my favorite photos are the ones that are sometimes mistaken as paintings, and that’s because of the light, it’s magical.

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Bonnie McCarthy seems to take advantage of every opportunity that knocks on her door. Aside from photography, she is a writer, member of the Long Beach Arts Council, contributor to the Stylelist Home Blog for the Huffington Post and a blogger in her own right. Although she was busy on the East Coast, she graciously took some time from her busy schedule to talk about her career and inspirations. Here are some highlights from our online conversation:

How did you get started in photography? Did you receive any education in this field? I have been interested in photography for as long as I can remember. However, when I was younger, and dinosaurs walked the earth, cameras, film and developing were really expensive– which made experimenting a pricey hobby. It wasn’t until I studied art and design in college that I borrowed a camera from a friend and was able to take courses. After graduating from college with a degree in fashion design, I began working in fashion editorial and spent the next 12 years producing photo shoots and watching professional photographers in action. I learned a lot. My own foray into exhibiting my photography came about when I decided to answer a call for artists that had been posted by artist and entrepreneur Doug Orr, then coowner of a local Bixby Knolls restaurant. It was a big leap and, to be honest, more than a little scary. It’s one thing to show photos to a supportive husband and another to hang them out for all the world to see. Worse yet, to call myself “an artist” seemed incredibly presumptuous. As luck and grace would have it, however, my work was graciously received, and I discovered I was living in a community that is extremely supportive of emerging local artists. I joined the Long Beach Arts Council and began participating in events. It was the start of a journey that has enriched my life and shows no signs of stopping. I will never be Ansel Adams, but that life was never mine to begin with; on the other hand, he doesn’t get to live my life either, which probably kept him up nights, but I digress...

In photography, what is the biggest challenge you have faced? I believe the biggest challenge I have faced in regard to photography is creating images that are strong enough to stand out in a world filled with iPhone cameras and Instagram (an online photosharing service). Most importantly, I want to create images I would be proud to hang on the wall of a restaurant, in a gallery, or in the home of an art collector– with their permission of course… in case you were imagining guerilla art hanging.

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After that, I would say it is simply believing in myself and putting my work– and therefore, myself– “out there.”

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What artists have influenced you? I am grateful for the inspiration of so many artists. I am thankful for Grandma Moses and all the artists who picked up their first pencils, or brushes or cameras later in life, then learned their craft and followed their passion.

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I am inspired by William Wegman, the photographer who got his start right here in Long Beach and rose to worldwide popularity for photographing his beloved Weimaraner dogs– if I could just get my dog to sit still. I am also inspired by the imagery of Margaret Bourke-White, Annie Leibovitz, Scott Schuman and Bill Cunningham. Honestly, the list goes on, although I don’t

think you have to be famous to inspire someone, or to create something absolutely amazing that may never see the inside of a gallery or museum. In fact, the most inspiring people perhaps are the anonymous ones who don’t let that stop them. I hope I’m in that category. One of my favorite quotes is by Pablo Picasso, who said, “Every see ARTIST page 14

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NoTICE oF DIVIDED PUBlICATIoN oF THE PRoPERTY TAX DEFAUlT (DElINQUENT) lIST Made pursuant to Section 3371, Revenue and Taxation Code Pursuant to Sections 3381 through 3385, Revenue and Taxation Code, the Notice of Power to Sell Tax Defaulted Property in and for Los Angeles County, State of California, has been divided and distributed to various newspapers of general circulation published in the County. A portion of the list appears in each of such newspapers. I, Mark J. Saladino, County of Los Angeles Tax Collector, State of California, certify that: Notice is hereby given that the real properties listed below were declared to be in tax default at 12:01 a.m. on July 1, 2011, by operation of law. The declaration of default was due to non-payment of the total amount due for the taxes, assessments, and other charges levied in 2010-2011 tax year that were a lien on the listed real property. Property upon which a nuisance abatement lien has been recorded and non-residential commercial property shall be subject to sale if the taxes remain unpaid after three years. If the 2010-2011 taxes remain unpaid after June 30, 2014, the property will be subject to sale at public auction in 2015. All other property that remains unpaid after June 30, 2016, will be subject to sale at public auction in 2017. The name of the assessee and the total tax, which was due on June 30, 2011, for the 2010-11 tax year, is shown opposite the parcel number. Tax defaulted real property may be redeemed by payment of all unpaid taxes and assessments, together with the additional penalties and fees as prescribed by law, or it may be paid under an installment plan of redemption. All information concerning redemption of tax- defaulted property will be furnished, upon request, by Mark J. Saladino, Treasurer and Tax Collector, 225 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90012, 1(888) 807-2111 or 1(213) 974-2111. I certify under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed at Los Angeles, California on August 9, 2013.

MARK J. SALADINO TREASURER AND TAX COLLECTOR COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES STATE OF CALIFORNIA Assessees/taxpayers, who have disposed of real property since January 1, 2009, may find their names listed for the reason that a change in ownership has not been reflected on the assessment roll. ASSESSOR'S IDENTIFICATION NUMBERING SYSTEM EXPLANATION The Assessor's Parcel Number (APN), when used to describe property in this list, refers to the Assessor's map book, the map page, the block on the map (if applicable), and the individual parcel on the map page or in the block. The Assessor's maps and further explanation of the parcel numbering system are available in the Assessor's Office. The following property tax defaulted on July 1, 2011, for the taxes, assessments, and other charges for the fiscal year 2010-11: LISTED BELOW ARE PROPERTIES THAT DEFAULTED IN 2011 FOR TAXES, ASSESSMENTS AND 0THER CHARGES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2010-2011. AMOUNT OF DELINQUENCY AS OF THIS PUBLICATION IS LISTED BELOW. BIG R LLC SITUS 2292 ATLANTIC AVE LONG BEACH CA 90806-4428 7211-012-013 $15,571.36 BONNESS,NICHOLAS S DECD EST OF SITUS 2510 E WILLOW ST NO 209 SIGNAL HILL CA 907556309 7214-009-157 $53.02 BROWN,TINA L SITUS 3345 PASADENA AVE NO 33 LONG BEACH CA 90807-4525 7148-014-098 $7,332.47 BUENO,IMELDA C SITUS 3304 ELM AVE LONG BEACH CA 90807-4457 7148-014-138 $1,421.40 CHERRY BANK LLC SITUS 2679 CHERRY AVE SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-2008 7212-011- 027 $407.01 E S BILLS INC SITUS 3390 ATLANTIC AVE LONG BEACH CA 90807-4512 7148-012-033 $17,586.22 EMMONS,RANDALL AND JANE M TRS EMMONS FAMILY TRUST SITUS 2506 E WILLOW ST NO 101 SIGNAL HILL CA 90755- 2225 7214-009-086 $2,225.95 FARIA,LISA F SITUS 2275 OHIO AVE SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-3912 7215-025- 044/S2009-010/S2010010 $574.55 FLIPPEN,ROBERT F AND KATHRYN TRS R F AND K A FLIPPEN TRUST 7217-020-036 $8,525.01 HOLMESLEY,STEPHEN G TR HOLMESLEY TRUST SITUS 2715 SAINT LOUIS AVE SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-2025 7212-013-020 $5,028.02 SITUS 2705 SAINT LOUIS AVE SIGNAL HILL CA $7,671.62 7212-013-021 90755-2025 KENNEDY,ROY V AND RAMONA SITUS 2261 SAINT LOUIS AVE NO 102A SIGNAL HILL CA 907553707 7215-017-011 $3,237.48 MARKALONIS,JOHN SITUS TR JOHN MARKALONIS TRUST 1815 JUNIPERO AVE SIGNAL HILL CA 907556009 7216-026-010 $13,946.40 MARTINEZ,JESUS SITUS 825 E EAGLE ST LONG BEACH CA 90806-3265 7211-010- 007/S2010010 $531.62 MCLUCAS,SHARON S AND DAVID H SITUS 2330 VILLAGE WAY SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-5995 7216034-038 $3,782.23 PECOT,JOSEPH E JR SITUS 2421 AMELIA CT SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-4061 7217-027- 005 $5,595.90 SANTORO JAMES T CO TR SANTORO FAMILY LIVING TRUST SITUS 2600 E 20TH ST 107A SIGNAL HILL CA 90755-1001 7216- 020-085 $6,022.58 ST ARGA TE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION SITUS 643 E WILLOW ST SIGNAL HILL CA 907552732 7207-014-028 $13,255.25 TST4443 TST4441 Title Order No. 92102-932206-09 Trustee Sale No. 2007-2443 Reference No. HOA118-218OV APN No. 7216-035-011     NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE UNDER A NOTICE OF A NOTICE OF DELINQUENT ASSESSMENT AND CLAIM OF LIEN YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A NOTICE OF DELINQUENT ASSESSMENT DATED 11/6/2008. 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.    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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this state.): Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA 91766. All right, title and interest under Notice of Delinquent Assessment in the property situated in said County, as more fully described on the above referenced assessment lien. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2180 VILLAGE WAY SINGAL HILL, CA 90755 The undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum due under said Notice of Delinquent Assessment, with interest thereon, as provided in said notice, advances, if any, estimated fees, charges, and expenses of the Trustee, to-wit: $11,245.49 accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. The claimant, SIGNAL HILL VILLAGE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION under said Notice of Delinquent Assessment heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks invovled 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 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 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      TST4444 NoTICE oF PETITIoN To ADMINISTER ESTATE oF JESSE WEBB JACoBS Case No. BP144242 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of JESSE WEBB JACOBS A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Donald Hughes in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Donald Hughes be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on Sept. 17, 2013 at 8:30 AM in Dept. No. 11 located at 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: REBECCA BIRMINGHAM ESQ SBN 192383 LONG BEACH LAW INC APLC 782 PACIFIC AVE LONG BEACH CA 90813

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.

TST4448 / 2013 176393 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SUPERIOR METAL COMPANY, 1666 Cota Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813. Registrant: GEORGE J. PALLITTO, 5535 Harvey Way, Lakewood, CA 90713. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: George J. Pallitto. 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 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 30, & September 6, 13, 20, 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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TST4450 / 2013 178219 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: CARTRIDGE DISTRIBUTION CENTER, 320 Pine Ave., Suite 600, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrant: ORDER DISTRIBUTION CENTER, INC., 320 Pine Ave., Suite 600, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Holly Le Blanc, Vice President. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on August 24, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on August 26, 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 30, & September 6, 13, 20, 2013.

CITY OF SIGNAL HILL TST4449 NoTICE oF A PUBlIC WoRKSHoP

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, the Planning Commission of the City of Signal Hill will conduct a public workshop at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to invite public input and provide direction on the following: 2013-2021 Housing Element Update Workshop

• AN OVERVIEW OF THE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP HELD AUGUST 19, 2013 • THE HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND LEGAL MANDATES FROM THE STATE • THE SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION OF THE FINAL DOCUMENT

ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend this public workshop to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. If you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public workshop described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public workshop. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED to submit written comments to the Community Development Department, prior to the Planning Commission workshop. Written comments may also be submitted at the public workshop. FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community Development Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by emailing Colleen Doan, Associate Planner at cdoan@cityofsignalhill.org or calling at (562) 989-7344.

Published in the Signal Tribune newspaper: (per Govt. Code (§65091(a)(3)(1)) August 30, 2013 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: August 30, 2013

EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by SHPD Citywide

Thursday, Aug. 22 Grand theft of property 6:20pm– 2200 block Stanley Ave. Friday, Aug. 23 DUI 2:15am– E. PCH/Temple Ave.

Petty theft 10:17am–1800 block Dawson Ave. Commercial burglary 3pm– 900 E. 33rd St.

DUI 11:21pm– E. Willow St./Lewis Ave. Saturday, Aug. 24 Non-injury hit-and-run 6:36am– 2700 block Gundry Ave.

Non-injury hit-and-run 12:42pm– 2200 block E. Willow St.

Sunday, Aug. 25 Non-injury hit-and-run 1:01am– 2700 block E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Battery of spouse, cohabitant or date 2:57am– 2700 block E. PCH Monday, Aug. 26 Forgery 11:09am– 1800 block Dawson Ave. Tuesday, Aug. 27 DUI 12:11am– 2800 block Lemon Ave.

(continued) Grand theft, property 4:20am– 1800 block Redondo Ave.

Residential burglary 11:34am– 1800 block Freeman Ave.

Commercial burglary 12pm– 700 block E. Spring St.

Grand theft 1:55pm– 2600 block E. 28th St.

Auto burglary 2:08pm– 2200 block E. Willow St. Grand theft from auto 6:30pm– 2400 block Lemon Ave.

Wednesday, Aug. 28 Unauthorized use of ID to obtain credit/goods 8pm– 2300 block Dawson Ave. Non-injury hit-and-run 8:04pm– Gundry Ave./E. Wardlow Rd. Crimes reported by LBPD Council Districts 6, 7 & 8

Friday, Aug. 23 Residential burglary 1am– 2100 block Linden Ave.

Sunday, Aug. 25 Vandalism of $400 worth of property or more 2:50am– Locust Ave./E. PCH Tuesday, Aug. 27 Residential burglary 1pm– 10 block W. 48th St.

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faculty, but he said it was a necessary decision that was made through a collaborative process involving various meetings of the college’s academic senate, fulltime faculty and other groups. “We accepted the recommendations of the process, and the process included faculty, students, administrators and everyone affected at the college,” Kellogg said. “As that process moved forward, it was looked at openly and fairly, based on data, and by the time it reached the board it was the recommendation of the process.” Asked whether the trade programs may return to LBCC, Kellogg said he doesn’t see that happening. Kellogg added that data compiled through the budget process concluded that the 11 trade programs only produced 83 certificates in the past six years, and it was determined that cutting the programs would have the least impact on students. “We’re not going backwards, and we can’t go backwards,” he said. “I don’t want to give anybody any false hopes. We made some changes, and now the college is moving on.” Andrea Donado, who was recently appointed as the new LBCC Student Trustee, said in a phone interview that she didn’t want to discount ever bringing the programs back but the focus now is to lift the spirits of students who lost their vocational programs. “We will have to work a lot on the morale of the students, at least at Pacific Coast Campus (PCC),” she said. “We have a really low morale in the students who had their programs discontinued, and

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Jeff Kellogg, the newly appointed president of the LBCC Board of Trustees in front of the remodeled Student Services Center of Building A

we are trying to bring them all back to the college. There’s definitely some tension among the students, mostly in the trade programs that were discontinued.” Kellogg, who is running for reelection to the LBCC board next April, said he plans to focus on “team building” this academic year to help the college get back on track, adding that he foresees “big things” in the college’s future. “Besides fiscal issues that always come and go, we need everyone to feel a part of the college and to really start to make a conscientious effort to start to get people back on board with a little bit more spirit,” he said. “That’s an important part for me in the next 12 months.” Donado added that she is “willing to work with the board for the best of our students.” Despite the cuts, however, major

construction projects have continued to transform both of LBCC’s college campuses as a result of bond measures passed by voters in 2002 and 2008. Most recently, the historic, 1940s-era Building A, which serves as a onestop-shop Student Services Center at the Liberal Arts Campus, was rededicated last month after being remodeled with additional space and a rose garden in the courtyard. In addition, various buildings are still under construction on the PCC. Oakley said the only new building that may be repurposed due to the discontinuation of the trade programs would be the aviation-maintenance facility at PCC. He said the college is in the process of exploring options on what career technical programs may be a good fit for the facility, adding that a decision may be made in the next four to six weeks. ß

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front door. Depending on your architecture, or how you want visitors to announce their presence, why not make it fun? You are only limited by your imagination. I have seen them made of tile, metal and wood. We have a doorknocker made of wood in the shape of a woodpecker. There are many styles from which to choose. Let your tastes and interests be your guide.

Wall lights, lanterns, ceiling lights or pendants? Depending on the architecture of your home, it might be possible to use wall sconces or lanterns flanking the doorway or lights mounted to or recessed into the ceiling– or a combination of both. (In a future article I will be going into more detail about lighting for porches and how to coordinate the porch lighting with lighting for the rest of your landscaping.)

Size matters! According to Lette Birn, on her blog Form + Function, wall fixtures should be anywhere from one fourth to one third the height of the door. She mentions that if you are using two sizes of sconces for your front door as well as your garage, you’ll want to use the larger sconces at the front door, since this is where you want to create the focal point. Also, as a rule of thumb, outdoor sconces or lanterns should be mounted with the center of the light source about 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet from the ground and 8 to 10 feet apart.

If you'd prefer not to have a mailbox at all, a mail slot in your front door is always an option. Many homeowners choose the color of their mailbox based on the color of their home and the other accessories on their porch and in their front yard. Black is one of the favorite choices for adding contrast and curb appeal. It is classic and clean, and it stands out. However, if black is too harsh of a color, you might consider copper and other metals. Your mailbox can make an artistic statement. The sky is the limit.

We’ve got your number Selecting house numbers follows pretty much the same process as selecting the other elements previously mentioned. The selection of the fonts, materials and colors of your house numbers should enhance the curb appeal of your home and work in tandem with the style and other items selected. Check out these sites for some fun alternatives: accurateimageinc.com; Neutra numbers from homedepot.com (cheap); and Ebay.com (specify what architectural style you are looking to buy).

of the numbers can affect their visibility, so make them larger. Once you’ve got a good idea, cut a piece of paper out to size and place it in the window. Does it look right? If so, go with it. If not, try something else. Keep a lookout for future articles in

How to choose the right size number? According to The House Number Lab, a manufacturer and site for purchasing house numbers, the general rule of thumb is that your number will be as wide as it is tall. So if you order a number that’s 4 inches tall, you can expect that three digits will be approximately 12 inches wide (not accounting for the space between the numbers). This is true for most numbers that are neither wide nor condensed, which would be 20 percent wider or narrower than the average number. Some consideration: • Distance from street. Homeowners that are far from the street may want to choose numbers a little bigger. • Angle. If a home sits on a hill, the angle alters how someone sees the size of the number. • Interferences. Things that block view

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Lighting the way Outdoor lighting has three purposes. You want to create a welcoming entrance to your home as well as be able to walk safely up the steps and, from the inside, clearly identify who’s coming to visit. Since your front door is usually what most guests approach first, the front-entrance door is the place to choose to make a statement! Lighting is one very important way to create a great first impression. A pair of wall sconces or lanterns flanking the entryway can complete the look you want, whether it’s contemporary, rustic or artistic, the lighting needs to fit the style of your home.

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Is your mailbox delivering the right message? Whether it’s hanging on the front porch, the garage or the wall surrounding the home, the right mailbox is one of those details that can’t be overlooked. Once again, mailboxes can enhance the architecture of your home, and they need to coordinate with the other items near your front door and the rest of your home. Be sure you check with your homeowners association or check with the U.S. Postal Service before you decide what kind of mailbox to purchase and where to put it. When it comes to picking the size, there are really no rules (except for those set by the USPS). If you’re the type of person who gets larger packages and likes your accessories to make a statement, then a larger, bolder-color box is probably right for you. If you would rather your design elements blend together, then a smaller box might be just right. I find it helpful to tape off the measurements of the box to see how it would look and if the size meets your needs.

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