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“Orange Kitty,” oil on canvas by Curt Miller See page 15

September 13, 2013

SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL

Long Beach City Council takes new direction in regulating medical marijuana

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California law requires that schools protect rights of transgender students, but repeal effort surfaces

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Skyler Clarke, 19, stands in front of his alma mater, Polytechnic High School, where he played on the varsity girls softball team before graduating last year. Though born a female, today Clarke identifies as male and says a new state law, known as AB 1266, will go a long way to keeping transgender children safe from discrimination. Sean Belk Staff Writer

Skyler Clarke today proudly lives as a male, but that wasn’t always the case. Considered the typical “tomboy” during childhood, Clarke, who was born female, enjoyed sports and played on the varsity girls softball team at Polytechnic High School in Long Beach. By the age of 16, however, he began looking into transgender issues, something Clarke didn’t feel comfortable talking about with his peers, especially the girls on the team, he said. “I was still sort of coming to terms with this idea that I maybe was just not a straight woman, but even that, which has become much more widely accepted nowadays, was something I didn’t share with my teammates,” said Clarke, who is now 19. It wasn’t until after graduating last year that he decided to make the full physical transformation, starting with taking male hormones. California is the first state in the country to pass a law requiring that all K-12th-grade schools that receive state funding protect the rights of transgender students by allowing children access to bathrooms, locker rooms and sex-segregated sports activities and programs based on their gender identity rather than their sex at birth. The unprecedented law is intended to clarify existing state legislation that bans discrimination against transgender students in public schools. AB 1266, also known as the School Success and Opportunity Act, was signed into law by Gov. Jerry

Brown last month and goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014. The bill was authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) and co-authored by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens). According to a statement from Ammiano’s office, the new law would “help avoid future complaints and lawsuits.” In one recent case, a transgender student, who was born a female but now identifies as male, at an Arcadia high school filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education after being forced to use a bathroom in the nurse’s office. The school district has since reached a settlement by agreeing to treat all students equally. The statewide law is seen by its supporters as a “victory” for rights of transgender people and the entire lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community. “We were incredibly thrilled when that legislation was signed,” said Porter Gilberg, administrative director of The Center Long Beach, a longtime LGBTQ community organization and advocacy group. “Transgender students face an almost insurmountable amount of harassment and discrimination in public schools. So any law that we can get on the books to increase access and equality for our transgender and gender-nonconforming students is a victory.” At the same time, an effort to repeal AB 1266 through a petition to get a measure on the ballot for the November 2014 election has recently surfaced

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It’s a “do over” moment in the continuing saga of Long Beach’s attempts to regulate pot dispensaries. City officials will begin the process of finding a way to regulate safe access to medical marijuana…again. The City Council voted 8-0 last Tuesday, Sept. 10 to request the city attorney to draft a new ordinance that would regulate dispensaries. Sixth District Councilmember Dee Andrews was not present for the vote. This time City Attorney Charles Parkin and his team have now been charged with developing a conditional-use permit (CUP) process “under the City’s zoning laws.” The full framework of a new ordinance has yet to be hashed out, however the Council did recommend parameters to the ordinance. A draft of the City Council minutes outlines them as follows: •Performance standards which include a security plan •Location restrictions within certain zones such as industrial and no residential and institutional zones

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Adam Hijazi of the Long Beach Collectives Association, seen here at the Sept. 10 Long Beach City Council meeting, says that his advocacy group, along with other marijuana proponent groups and volunteers, collected more than 43,000 signatures for a petition that would require a special municipal election in which voters could determine how to regulate medical-marijuana dispensaries. However, earlier this week, a court did not side with the medicalmarijuana advocates, who had hoped at least to put the issue on the ballot of a general election.

Fresh & Easy grocery stores to be purchased by investor The Yucaipa Companies, some to close see MARIJUANA page 15

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The Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market at 2475 Cherry Ave. in Signal Hill has been open since 2010. Now, investment firm The Yucaipa Companies LLC plans to purchase a majority of the grocery stores, according to a company statement released Tuesday, Sept. 10. It remains unclear which stores will close as a part of the pending agreement.

Sean Belk Staff Writer

Investment firm The Yucaipa Companies LLC, owned by billionaire Ron Burkle, is expected to scoop up financially faltering Fresh & Easy grocery stores, which have been a money pit for British owner Tesco since their

United States debut nearly six years ago. Fresh & Easy representatives announced the purchase on Tuesday, Sept. 10, stating in a message to customers that the company expects to maintain 4,000 jobs and a majority of stores, but some stores will be closing as part

see FRESH & EASY page 6


NEWS

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Officials from state health-benefit exchange tout plans for Affordable Care Act at LB townhall Sean Belk Staff Writer

A new state-run health-insurance marketplace, called Covered California, was trumpeted in Long Beach last week as a plan to provide uninsured citizens with healthcare coverage that officials say will be more affordable than the current system. The health-insurance exchange is the State’s attempt to carry out mandates of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Congress passed the federal healthcare-reform legislation in 2010, requiring that all United States citizens over the age of 18 be covered by the end of next year or face penalties. In the run-up to a statewide advertis-

ing and marketing campaign in coming months that aims to insure millions of people, Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee spoke to a diverse crowd of attendees, including local city councilmembers, college students and senior citizens, during a townhall meeting on Friday, Sept. 6 at The Pointe in the Walter Pyramid of California Station University, Long Beach (CSULB). Lee said uninsured individuals only have a six-month window– from Oct. 1 to March 31– to enroll in the State’s exchange for coverage that starts Jan. 1, 2014, adding that a community-outreach campaign will be in full swing through November and December. “We recognize this is new,” he said.

During the Sept. 6 townhall meeting at Cal State Long Beach on the State’s health-insurance marketplace that aims to carry out provisions of the Affordable Care Act, members of the audience included a wide range of people, from college students to senior citizens.

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“This is the starting line of a historic change– the biggest change in health care in America since Medicare was launched 50 years ago. This is not going to be easy or simple.” Covered California estimates that more than 5 million Californians could benefit from health plans offered through the exchange, with 2.6 million of those individuals, who Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune don’t receive insurance assistance Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee speaks to the crowd at The Pointe in the through their Walter Pyramid of Cal State Long Beach on Friday, Sept. 6 during a townhall meeting employer or the gov- co-hosted by Congressmember Alan Lowenthal to inform the public about the Affordable ernment, eligible for Care Act. federal subsidies. Lee with annual incomes of up to $45,000 a robust safety net of providers like comsaid 1.4 million people in the state are year and families with household munity clinics and public hospitals,” he eligible for benefits through expanded incomes of up to $95,000, Lee said. said. Medi-Cal– the state’s Medicaid proIndividuals and families not offered For businesses, large employers will gram– for citizens over 65 years old. be required to offer all full-time employ- federal assistance because their Congressmember Alan Lowenthal, ees coverage assistance starting in 2015 incomes exceed the threshold or who co-hosted the event, said there are or face penalties. However, small busi- because they are already covered likely to be some hurdles in getting all nesses with less than 50 employees through their employers or the governuninsured people enrolled by the dead- won’t be required to offer assistance ment won’t need to take any action line, but he said the law’s goal of making and instead will be given federal subsi- unless their health-coverage status health care affordable would only work dies that would help them provide cov- changes. Still, Lee said these individuif all citizens are covered, adding that erage through the exchange. als would be offered new healthcare community outreach will be key to the The theory is that getting all citizens plans “anytime they may need it.” law’s success. Under Covered California, individcovered will ultimately make health “We’re trying to get everybody in care more accessible and affordable for uals will be able to purchase a specific society in an insurance policy and cov- all, Lee said. health plan from multiple private insurered– that’s a huge step,” Lowenthal “Health care should be a right, not a ers to fit their specific needs. Health said. “So there will be bumps along the privilege,” he said. “We are all paying plans range in cost, with factors includway, and we’re going to try to answer the costs of people who don’t have ing the out-of-pocket expenses a person every question along the way.” health insurance when they go to the pays for visiting a doctor, the cost of The main incentives for people to emergency room. We’re paying monthly premiums and deductibles. become insured through the new law are because it’s the most expensive way to The exchange offers four levels of not only the penalties that may follow get care, the worst way to get care.” health plans, categorized from cheapest for not doing so but the federal subsidies Still, Lee pointed out that, even to most expensive: bronze, silver, gold provided to small businesses and low- though illegal immigrants won’t be eli- and platinum. income individuals and families as well. gible for benefits, there still needs to be Lee gave an example that, under the For individuals and families, finan- a system in place to maintain care for least expensive tier, a single Long cial assistance is offered on a “sliding the 1 million to 2 million undocu- Beach resident who makes $22,000 a scale” based on income, age, residency mented people in California as well. year would receive a $92 subsidy and household size. Premium assistance “This means we need to have a see CARE ACT page 19 will be offered to uninsured individuals


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SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

USPS official says consolidation of LB mail processing with LA facility went ‘smoothly’

Sean Belk Staff Writer

The consolidation of a mail-processing center in Long Beach with a facility in Los Angeles earlier this summer went according to plan, and any discrepancies in mail service experienced by customers in Signal Hill and Long Beach were not likely a result of the merger, said a United States Postal Service (USPS) official. “Overall, it’s gone pretty smoothly,” said Richard Maher, USPS spokesperson for Los Angeles and Orange counties. “There might have been blips here and there as we adjusted, but, overall, the service has been good… I think overall it’s been pretty transparent to most of the community that you still drop a letter in the collection box, and it still gets delivered.” As a way to cut costs, mail-processing operations at 2300 Redondo Ave. in Long Beach were combined with a center in downtown Los Angeles on July 1. Retail service, P.O. box delivery, mail collection and bulk business-mail acceptance at the post office named after former Congressmember Stephen Horn at the Long Beach site will continue to remain open. The Los Angeles plant now handles all mail for ZIP codes with 900- through 905- as well as 907-(Signal Hill) and 908-(Long Beach), Maher said. Conjoining the operations included transferring equipment over to the Los Angeles site and reassigning some 400 employees from the Long Beach facility to vacant positions, such as carrier jobs. The Long Beach consolidation is one of 140 planned for mail-processing centers across the country due to rising

employee-benefit costs and a decline in mail volume as communication and business transactions continue to move online. The Signal Tribune asked mail customers in Long Beach and Signal Hill via social media whether they had experienced any problems with mail delivery recently. Responses ranged from a few residents stating they received mail a week late to some who stated their mail was sent to the wrong address. Other residents, however, sympathized with USPS, stating it didn’t matter what time they receive the mail.

Others said they don’t rely on mail as much since they do most transactions online or electronically. The most common thread, however, was that residents noticed their mail being delivered at later times in the day than normal, in some cases as late as 7pm. Mylissa Graves, a Signal Hill resident who lives on Lemon Avenue, said in a phone interview she has seen mail carriers coming to drop off mail at 5:30pm and 6:30pm. “That’s kind of late for the mailman, don’t you think?” she see MAIL page 17

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AUTHOR TALK What Author talk Who Dana Branch Library Where 3680 Atlantic Ave. When Friday, Sept. 13 at 11:30am More Info David Joseph will discuss his book Exodus from the River Town, a story of growing up isolated and alone because of racial tension and prejudices. Call (562) 570-1042 or visit lbpl.org .

FOR THE ANIMALS Who Fix Long Beach and C&B Real Estate Investments What Free animal mobile-clinic When Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9:30am to 4pm Where Silverado Park, 1545 W. 31st St. More Info Event will offer free spay and neuter procedures to those who have made appointments. Microchipping, deworming and flea-control products as well as nail trimming will be offered at discounted prices, and appointments are not necessary to get required shots for dogs and cats. Visit fixlongbeach.com . FRIDA SATURDAY What Annual Frida Kahlo Artists Exhibit Who Picture This Gallery Where 4130 Norse Way When Saturday, Sept. 14 from 5pm to 9pm More Info Picture This Gallery celebrates National Latino Heritage Month with their annual Frida Kahlo exhibit. Attendees are encouraged to wear Frida attire. Call (562) 233-3726.

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Though mail-processing operations at the United States Postal Service (USPS) facility at 2300 Redondo Ave. were moved to a facility in Los Angeles, retail service, P.O. box delivery, mail collection and bulk business-mail acceptance at the post office will remain open. A USPS spokesperson said the consolidation hasn’t impacted mail service for Long Beach and Signal Hill customers.

Governor signs measure to close rape loophole

AB 65 protects all rape victims regardless of marital status

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 65, by Assemblymembers Katcho Achadjian (R- San Luis Obispo) and Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), clarifying that an attacker who coerces a victim into sexual activity by impersonating somebody else can be prosecuted for felony rape. “Every victim deserves justice, regardless of their relationship status,” said Lowenthal, chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done to make sure that California law will now provide just that.” In 2011, Achadjian introduced AB 765, which would have extended the definition of felony rape to cases in which an attacker coerced a victim into sexual activity by impersonating a co-habitant (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.

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The perpetrator instigated sexual activity with the victim, who believed that he was her boyfriend. Although the suspect was caught, the district attorney 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. “Today’s action by the governor concludes a nearly three-year effort to close this outdated and unconscionable loophole that has denied victims the justice they deserve,”

Achadjian said. “While AB 65 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.” AB 65 was jointly sponsored by Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, and the California District Attorneys Association, and it was supported by a broad coalition of public safety and victim’s rights organizations, according to Lowenthal’s office. In addition to Assemblymembers Achadjian and Lowenthal, the measure had been co-authored by 71 members of the Senate and Assembly, including Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez. Source: Bonnie Lowenthal’s office

23-year-old arrested for breaking car windshields on PCH Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Locust Avenue on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 2:50am regarding a male subject breaking car windows and found that four windshields had been shattered. As a result, 23-year-old Francisco Pimentel of Long

Beach was apprehended. While housed in the Long Beach City Jail, Pimentel also broke a fire sprinkler. The case was presented to the City Prosecutor’s Office, which filed five counts of vandalism against Pimentel. Source: LBPD

In Memor y of

Frank Virga To the many friends, neighbors and colleagues of the late Frank Virga, we wish to extend our sincere thanks for your many kindnesses, and for the condolences and support that we have received. Your cards, letters, floral arrangements and other tokens of affection have touched us deeply and have helped us cope during our time of grief, and the many acts of thoughtfulness and sympathy will continue to be a great comfort to us as we transition through our time of sorrow. We also offer our gratitude to the Signal Hill Police Department for their overwhelmingly gracious act of staging a police car processional outside the Virga home during the memorial gathering in Frank’s honor held last weekend. Your love and compassion is greatly appreciated.

Gratefully, Bonnie Virga and family

A BIT OF LOCAL HISTORY What Author talk Who Gatsby Books Where 5535 E. Spring St. When Sunday, Sept. 15 at 3pm More Info Russell Bradford will be talking about his book Historical Police Department; Long Beach, California, which was written with the help of the Long Beach Police Historical Society and gives a history of the LBPD. Visit gatsbybooks.com .

DOING BUSINESS IN LONG BEACH What Business workshop Who 4th District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell Where WE Labs, 235 E. Broadway When Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 8am to 9:30am More Info The workshop will focus on tech startup companies, however all businesses and entrepreneurs are welcome to attend. The forums are intended to be onestop shops for information and will include open access to city services and mentoring for local community business leaders. Representatives from City departments will be on hand to answer questions for all who attend. Call (562) 570-6918.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT What 31st Annual Leadership Prayer Breakfast Who Long Beach Rescue Mission Hosts Where Hyatt Regency, 200 South Pine Ave. When Thursday, Sept. 19 from 7:15am to 9am More Info The event aims to unite community leaders throughout the City of Long Beach as they serve to strengthen the community. Individual tickets are $40, and a table of 10 is $400. Call (562) 591-1292.

LET’S TALK What Diagonal Toastmasters Open House Who Diagonal Toastmasters #1307 Where A&W Financial, 545 E. Bixby Rd. When Thursday, Sept. 19 from 6:30pm to 8pm More Info The meeting will focus on tackling high-stakes conversations. Corrina Lewis, founder and owner of Professional Sales Advantage, will be the guest speaker. Call (562) 997-9009 or email diagonaltoastmasters@gmail.com .

GOT YOUR LETTERS? What 5th Annual Scrabble Scramble Tournament Who Rising TIDE at Marguerite Kiefer Education Center Where Covenant Presbyterian Church, 607 E. 3rd St. When Friday, Sept. 20 at 5:30pm More Info Event will feature a silent auction, live music and a dessert bar. The Scrabble games begin at 7:30pm. Prizes will be awarded to the winning individual and the winning team. Free child care will be provided. Registration donation is $25 per person. Proceeds will benefit Rising TIDE, a year-round, after school, dropin program. Call (562) 424-3035 or email ksutton@usc.edu . IN HONOR OF OUR VETERANS What Free concert Who Rock for Vets Where Signal Hill Park, 2175 Cherry Ave. When Saturday, Sept. 28 from 3pm to 5pm More Info Event will feature a live performance from a local band. Visit rockforvets.net .

PETS PETS PETS What 8th Annual Pet Fair Who SoCal Animal Response Team Where Marine Stadium Park, 5255 Paoli Way When Sunday, Sept. 29 from 9am to 3pm More Info The event will provide disaster-preparedness information for families and their pets, pet microchipping, dog talent contest, opportunity drawings, food trucks, agility dog demos and more. Visit scart.us .

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OPINION

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Thoughts from the Publisher by Neena Strichart

Well, my 40th Long Beach Woodrow Wilson High School reunion went off last month without a hitch. Although I didn’t attend all of the events planned over the three-day extravaganza, I still certainly did my share of participating. The Friday-evening affair took place at our schoolmate Mark diPiazza’s Italian-style restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway– the place is appropriately named diPiazza’s. I had Steve drop me off so I could indulge in a few adult beverages. After three hours of eventful mixing and mingling, I decided to call it a night and go home for some rest before the next night’s big dinner/dance bash. That’s right, I’m no night owl, and I had Steve pick me up around 9pm. The next evening, after going through my

version of a beauty routine, which is basically squeezing into my new body shaper and piling on more makeup than my face had experienced in quite a while, I finished getting ready for us to head off for the reunion venue– the Long Beach Yacht Club. We arrived just a few minutes after the festivities began. Locating a table to park ourselves, we both enjoyed our seat mates, guys I’ve known since junior-high days. Both Ben Burgess and Bob Hummel were there with their lovely wives. Conversation between us was easy and entertaining as we chatted away during our fabulous dinner. After chowing down, we all sort of went our separate ways, visiting and getting reacquainted with former classmates. Once again, Steve and I headed for home before 10pm.

1973 classmates gathered on the campus of Wilson High School– 40 years after graduation

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In my opinion, the next day’s activities were the best part of the reunion. We arrived at our former school at 11am that Sunday for a potluck picnic and campus tour. At noon, Gonzalo Moraga, one of the two current Wilson High School principals, led us all in a rather elaborate guided tour of well-remembered sights, and also rarely seen passages and secret vaults around campus. The most exciting part of the day was the opening of our 1973 time capsule. Several male classmates attempted Classmates attempting to unearth the time capsule to pry out and then open the metal container that acted as the class of 1973’s reunion was a tremendous success, and I thank time capsule. After lots of digging, banging and all of those who worked so hard to make it a attempts with a crowbar, fellow student Pete reality. I wonder what they have planned for Campbell accomplished the feat. Within the our 45th. rusty patinaed container we found a copy of not only our class’s yearbook, but old issues of 1973 school newspapers and a few playbills featuring productions that had been performed by our theatre class. Note: for future reference, anyone burying a time capsule should make sure that the items are housed in a waterproof/bugproof type of material. The items we uncovered were identifiable, but, boy oh boy, were they moldy and gross! All in all, I think the Close-up of the time capsule’s contents

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Good news first

I am thrilled to announce that on Friday, Sept. 6, a baby girl was safely surrendered at a local hospital. She was the 108th newborn to be safely surrendered in Los Angeles County. Though this was a joyous moment, the week began with some very somber news. Last Thursday, a newborn baby boy was found abandoned in South El Monte. The facts surrounding what happened to this baby are still under investigation, but what is known is that an innocent child was abandoned by a mother who felt like she had no other options. Appalling tragedies like what occurred in the South El Monte are stark reminders to mothers in desperate situations that there is always a choice for their baby. Sadly, the first newborn abandonment of 2013 came at a time when we are preparing to launch a campaign refresh of our Safe Surrender materials. The Safe Surrender program was created to give a mother, no matter what the situation, a safe, secure and anonymous way to get her child into safe hands– at any fire station or hospital, anytime– and to protect a baby from abandonment: no shame, no blame, and no names. Though 108 lives have been saved by the Safe Surrender program, last week’s disheartening news is proof that we have much more work to do. Don Knabe LA County Supervisor Fourth District

What’s the right path?

In a Signal Tribune article on Sept. 6, “LB's network of bikeways slowly coming together, connecting with nearby cities,” City Traffic Engineer Dave Roseman claims the City’s survey showed broad support for a bike lane through Los Cerritos, including roundabouts on Pacific Avenue and a new traffic signal at Wardlow Road and Pacific Avenue. The Los Cerritos Neighborhood Association (LCNA) says their survey showed just the opposite. Which are you to believe? Maybe both. But LCNA counted only the votes of local residents– those who would be impacted by the changes to their neighborhood. Anyone who attended a community meeting could vote in the city's poll, including a lot of bicycle club members. It’s easy to vote yes for a project that’s going to negatively affect someone else’s neighborhood. I call on Councilmember James Johnson, who wants to be our next city attorney, to show some integrity and settle this by conducting an honest vote of actual residents– not just anyone who shows up.

Mea Culpa

The Sept. 6 article titled "Costco gas station gets green light from Signal Hill City Council" should have stated that it was the Signal Hill Parks and Recreation Commission that approved a request to offer a six-month contract for a plot in the proposed community garden.

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The BKBIA recently began a new business-safety program for the district by issuing these stickers to all members. (See below.) The suggestion came from one of our business owners, and we asked Red Eye Media if they could design and print up something for us. We have been delivering them door-to-door with the help of the guys at Red Eye Media and CSI Patrol Service who are out three to four times a week for us. We would like to see the stickers on every location in the district. It’s a district-wide business-watch type of program. The goal is to have every business display the sticker to reinforce the district-wide program and to actually encourage every business owner to look out for his/her neighbors. The Long Beach Police Department (LPBD) really stresses the importance for the businesses to call in anything they find suspicious. How busy the police units are at the time will determine the response time, but we have been very fortunate with North Division to respond immediately to our calls. It’s just one more way of creating safety awareness in the district with the occasional petty incidents that happen along any commercial corridor. We have been working hard to light up the corridors and added the security patrols to keep the district safe. We hire local electrician Kelly Bray to knock on every door and ask business or property owners if we can replace light bulbs, install more lights, or just to have the lights set on timers to stay on later in the night. Lighting, patrols and continued communication with LPBD make up a part of our “clean and safe” line item of our Bixby Knolls work-plan projects. Blair Cohn Executive Director Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association

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After decorated WWII service, Cal Worthington became southern California auto-dealing icon and an often parodied personality

Cory Bilicko

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If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, then one usedcar salesman’s colorful legacy will endure in numerous parodies in movies, television programs, music and even a video game. Calvin Coolidge “Cal” Worthington, whose commercials for his Worthington Ford dealership in Long Beach were West Coast television staples, died on Sunday, Sept. 9 at his home in Orland, Calif. at the age of 92. The white-cowboy-hat donning pitchman was perhaps best known for his ubiquitous “Go see Cal” radio and TV ads, in which he was often accompanied by his “dog Spot,” who was nearly anything but an actual canine. “Spot” appeared as a tiger, a seal, an elephant, a chimpanzee, a bear, a hippopotamus and even an airplane, on the wings of which Worthington stood while it was airborne in one of his zany commercials. Though auto dealers who promote their merchandise on television are known for their theatricality and quirkiness, Worthington, being in the Los Angeles area, was perhaps more favorably situated to gain celebrity status. The Oklahoma native was an occasional guest on The Tonight Show and appeared as himself in the 1973 Jack Lemmon film Save the Tiger and the 1991 B-movie Killer Tomatoes Strike Back! His commercials were featured in the 1972 Bill Cosby crime-drama

Hickey & Boggs, the 1974 action film Gone in 60 Seconds, the 1978 horror film Dracula’s Dog, the 1985 John Landis-directed comedy Into the Night and the 2000 drama Memento, among others. Although his TV spots peppered the backdrops of various Hollywood productions, it will perchance be Cal Worthington parodies that make the most indelible mark on pop culture. Characters who are clearly inspired by him show up in cinema, television and gaming, beginning at least as far back as the early 1970s and continuing into the present day. The 1974 adult-targeted animated film Down and Dirty Duck features a car salesman enduring his foot being bitten by his uncooperative dog while shooting a commercial. Marty Feldman’s 1977 comedy The Last Remake of Beau Geste has a used-camel salesman singing “See Hakkim, see Hakkim, see Hakkim” in a manner similar to the “Go see Cal, go see Cal, go see Cal” jingle of Worthington’s ads. Not surprisingly, a character shown in a TV ad in the 1980 Kurt Russell comedy Used Cars is a salesman of the titular merchandise, and he also wears a white cowboy hat. In the 1988 Tim Burton horror-comedy Beetlejuice, Michael Keaton portrays a cowboy-like salesman in a late-night commercial advertising a bio-exorcist. The late-1990s animated children’s show Histeria! also parodied Worthington’s ads with a character named Loud Kiddington and his dog Fetch in a com-

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Cal Worthington made a name for himself with his car commercials for his Worthington Ford dealership in Long Beach, and he gained fame by being featured and parodied in various films and television shows in the last five decades.

mercial for Wheel-o-Rama, during a playful segment about the invention of the wheel; that spot’s tagline is “Go see Loud, go see Loud, go see Loud.” More recently, a character named Kall Worthaton can be found in the Blizzard Entertainment video game World of Warcraft peddling car-like “trikes.” Before selling cars, which Wor-

thington did from 1945 up until his passing this week, he saw combat in World War II as a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot, flying 29 missions over Germany. He was awarded the Air Medal five times, as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross. He also trained pilots who would become some of the country’s first astronauts.

In an emailed statement to the Signal Tribune, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster sent his condolences regarding Worthington’s death. “I am sorry to hear about the passing of Cal Worthington,” Foster said. “Cal’s iconic jingle and sense of showmanship defined him, and I will miss his exuberance and humor.” ß


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of the pending agreement. “All along we have been hopeful that Fresh & Easy could be sold as an operating business, preserving jobs and

the great shopping trip you’ve come to expect from Fresh & Easy,” the message states. “Rest assured, we plan on working through this transition to new ownership with the same spirit and dedication that we’ve brought to this business since the beginning.” The investment firm hopes to make

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the grocery stores, known for their prepackaged, pre-made meals and selfserve checkouts, profitable like other chains the investor has helped salvage. The announcement from Fresh & Easy didn’t indicate exactly how many stores will close or how many jobs will be eliminated. The company didn’t provide a list of which stores will shutter either, but news reports indicate that Yucaipa is purchasing 150 of the 200 Fresh & Easy stores in the United States, leaving 50 stores slated for closure.

Though it’s still unclear which stores will keep their doors open, managers of the Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market stores at 2475 Cherry Ave. in Signal Hill and at 3300 Atlantic Ave. in California Heights in Long Beach confirmed with the Signal Tribune by phone that they don’t expect the stores to close. There are also three other Fresh & Easy stores in Long Beach located at 1340 E. 7th St., 6436 Spring St. and 450 The Promenade N. Ashley Schaffer, property manager for Signal Hill Petroleum, which owns

the property where the Signal Hill store opened in 2010, said in a phone interview that she hasn’t received an official word yet on which stores will close. “At this point, it’s hard to say what will happen,” Schaffer said. “It may take some time to analyze all of their stores and decide which ones they want to keep open and which ones they want to close down.” Phone calls to Fresh & Easy media relations seeking comment were not returned before the Signal Tribune’s press time. ß

Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) units were called to La Bodega Market, 627 Magnolia Ave., on Monday, Sept. 9 at 9:27pm for a commercial structure fire. According to Will Nash, LBFD public information officer, the first arriving units were onscene within two minutes and found heavy smoke and fire showing from the

roof of the multi-unit strip mall. A second alarm was requested due to the extent of the fire and size of the structure. A large portion of the roof collapsed during the fire fight but did not result in any injuries to firefighters, Nash said. “A strip cut on the roof kept damage to two of the four building units,”

Nash said. “Knockdown (extinguishment) on the main body of fire was called at [10:29pm]. Smaller spot fires in the attic kept crews busy until complete knockdown at [11:21pm]. No injuries were reported. An investigation is currently underway.”

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John C. Goya, candidate for State Assembly 70th District, has announced that he has received the endorsements of Huntington Park Mayor Mario Gomez, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Rick F. Pospisil, M.D. of Huntington Beach, and pop singer Pat Boone. Goya’s campaign will also host a fundraiser at Forbidden City restaurant, 6380 E. Pacific Coast Highway, on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. More information is available at johngoya.com . • Long Beach City College (LBCC) Trustee and Mayoral candidate Doug Otto has announced he has garnered the endorsements of “prominent Long Beach community leaders from diverse backgrounds,” including LA County Supervisor Don Knabe, management consultant Julie Knabe, former Long Beach city manager Jim Hankla, former Long Beach city manager Henry Taboada, community activist Georgia Case, bike-station operator John Case, retired Superior Court Judge Richard Charvat, Long Beach Heritage preservationist and co-founder Peter Devereaux, former Long Beach Deputy Fire Chief Rick DuRee, former LBCC Dean of Students and Athletic Director John Fylpaa, American Gold Star Manor President Terry Geiling, former LBCC Superintendent/President Dr. E. Jan Kehoe, former Long Beach Assistant City Attorney Richard Landes, former 9th District Long Beach Councilmember Val Lerch, former LBCC Athletic Director Chuck McFerrin, former 5th District Councilmember Les Robbins, Long Beach Education Foundation Executive Director Judy Seal, former 3rd District Long Beach Councilmember Renee Simon, former Long Beach Bar Association President Cheryl Lackman Feinberg, retired business owners Mort and Susan Stuhlbarg, financial advisor Rocky Suares, community volunteer Julie Suares, retired Pipefitters Union Local 250 President Nick Monios, and former 8th District Councilmember Rob Webb. • Stacy Mungo, candidate for the 5th District Long Beach council seat, has announced that she has received the endorsements of Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, 3rd District Councilmember Gary DeLong and retired Councilmember Les Robbins. “Stacy has already proven to be a leader in her community,” DeLong said in an emailed statement provided by Mungo’s campaign. “Stacy has served three terms as president of her neighborhood association [and] a decade on the YMCA board and organized the highly successful Long Beach Community Concert Series in El Dorado Park. Fifth District residents will be well served to have Stacy representing them at City Hall.” • Former California Gov. George Deukmejian has endorsed Doug Haubert for re-election as Long Beach city prosecutor. “After nearly 30 years in elected office, including four years as California attorney general and eight years as governor of California, I have met literally thousands of public officials,” Deukmejian said in an emailed statement provided by Haubert’s campaign. “I am supporting Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert because he is an outstanding attorney and prosecutor with integrity and a strong commitment to public service. I know Doug has a very bright future ahead of him in which he will be serving our communities for many years to come.” • Assembly District 64 candidate and 9th District Long Beach City Councilmember Steve Neal has announced that his campaign has received the endorsement of the Compton Chamber of Commerce. “I am honored to have received the endorsement of the Compton Chamber of Commerce in my campaign for Assembly District 64,” Neal said. “The chamber has an outstanding record of aiding the development of Compton and the surrounding community. As Assemblymember, I will continue to build publicprivate partnerships that spur economic growth as I have done on the Long Beach City Council.” • Long Beach City College Trustee Roberto Uranga has entered the race for Long Beach’s 7th district City Council seat, according to the City’s “Potential Candidates Primary Nominating Election” web page. Uranga made the announcement soon after incumbent Councilmember James Johnson said he would seek the city attorney position rather than a second term as 7th district councilmember.

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LB Festival Gay Latino to feature various musical acts The 2nd Annual Long Beach Festival Gay Latino, the Long Beach Latin Gay Pride, will take place Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Marina Green Park on Shoreline Drive, from 11am to 10pm. This year’s musical headliners will include Sonsoles, El Zoruyo, Sambala, Mariachi Fina Estampa, Cumbia Son, Xipe Totec Danza Azteca, Graci, Sah’Shey’s Showcase and Karina. The event celebrates Latin American Heritage Month and Mexican Independence Day. The event is open to the public and is welcoming of the LGBTQ community. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit lbfgl.com .

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Twenty Long Beach middleschool students will have the opportunity to receive a first-hand look at careers in the trades while brandishing hammers and working as a team to construct a planter box that will be a permanent new addition to Rosie the Riveter Park, 4900 E. Conant St., on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9am to 1pm at the park. Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske will host the workshop in partnership with: the Sisters in the Brotherhood; Camp Fire of Greater Long Beach; the United Brotherhood of Carpenters; the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine; and the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation. The participants for the inaugural workshop were recruited by Camp Fire of Greater Long Beach. The public is invited to come out to the event to support the students as they work. “Rosie’s Kids is an amazing opportunity for these students to learn by doing,” Schipske said. “Learning these skills helps young people gain confidence, build selfesteem and create something for their community that will be there for many years. We hope that Rosie’s Kids will grow and take

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on new projects every year, giving more and more young people a chance to learn a valuable skill while creating something for their community.” Rosie’s Kids participants will learn how to use tools, develop and read building plans, and work together as a team to build the planter box. After a tour of the park and a history lesson on Rosie the Riveter in Long Beach from Schipske, the kids will learn from female carpenters about alternative career paths and opportunities. The program will emphasize the importance of the STEM program– science, technology, engineering and mathematics– as they learn to build with the carpenters. “This is a terrific opportunity for young people to have a handson experience learning carpentry skills and through that experience, be able to consider the possibility of the skilled trades as a profession,” said Pat Williams, retired operating engineer and vice president of Blue Collar Women, an organization which encourages women to work in the building trades. “The construction-focused trades are often a ticket out of poverty and a chance at a better life for many, and a career that

Old mortuary stories debunked Kenneth McKenzie Columnist

No matter where I go, and someone finds out what I do for a living, there is always this story shared with me: Yeah, my uncle worked at a funeral home when he was in college, and it was his job to close up the funeral home at night and do the cleanup and vacuuming, etc. One night he was vacuuming the chapel, and the body from the viewing that had just ended was still laid out, and when he went to vacuum near the casket the body sat up, due to the gases that had built up.

Number one: People that are vacuuming and cleaning up funeral homes are typically apprentices, not people that “get a job cleaning a funeral home.” Apprenticeships in California are for a two-year period whereby one works under a licensed embalmer as the trade is learned. This apprenticeship can be served before, during or after mortuary-science schooling. Sounds good, huh? With an apprenticeship comes all the work that nobody else wants to do: cleaning, maintenance, picking

up the deceased in middle of the night, embalming the cases that are decomposed, hauling flowers from the cemetery to the family home when it is 110 degrees while wearing a black suit feeling the sweat roll down your back and drip onto your right butt cheek all the while the 150 people at the house for the reception just watch you, and, of course, being picked to drive the limos for the fighting and problematic families. Number two: There is no scientific reason a body would sit up. After the embalming process the formaldehyde that has been placed within the cardiovascular system fixes the tissue and muscular frame of the body. A secondary procedure of embalming is that of the respiratory and digestive systems, both being treated with a strong formaldehyde solution, which arrests all decomposition within the thoracic and abdominal cavities, so “gases” cannot build up. I will promise this to you though. If the day comes, and my apprentice does not show up for work, and I am vacuuming the chapel, and the body in the chapel sits up... I’m telling you, I will be writing this same column, but its title may be “My life as a sandwich artist.” Kenneth McKenzie is the owner of McKenzie Mortuary in Long Beach.

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In Greenly Art Space’s Scape Shift: A Multi-Media Exploration of Landscape, guest curator Shyanne Grandi has brought together three local artists to offer an experience of landscape that shifts expectations, invites introspection and guides the viewer to observe from the artist’s perspective. “Photography, drawing, watercolor, and oils have a distinct texture and imbue the viewer with a sense of understanding the medium– what it looks like, how it is built up, spread out and captured,” said Grandi, who is intrigued when artworks appear to shift between media. “For the viewer, this shift creates space for an emotional interaction with expectation, creating a nostalgic effect. This show endeavors to offer the viewer a changing perspective, whether images appear to skip between media or by conjuring unpredicted landscapes from ordinary subjects and circumstances.” The exhibit features photographic works by Tien Tienngern, watercolor and assemblage by Chelsea Hipple and paintings by Stefanie Rodewald. As a sculptor and photographer, Tienngern creates images through a dynamic process resulting in a surprising effect. Using a light-box as her canvas, she engages a sculptor’s process of layering overlapping multimedia materials to be captured by the camera. The result is a striking shift toward a painterly appearance. Tien reflects on the influence of the abstract expressionists in her work. “It is the uniqueness of each artist’s choices of colors, multiple layers, the reworking of the canvas, and most importantly, the emotional and psychological impact that their works had upon audiences, that draws me in.” Appearing often as drawings at first

glance, Hipple’s watercolor paintings shift as the viewer draws nearer for a closer examination, and, as such, challenge the viewer’s expectation of media in a subtle manner. She invites the viewer to explore multiple concepts wedged between layers of her assemblage paintings. “These pieces evolved over a three-year period and are symbolic of the nurturance that my family provides, an attempt to find balance between personal development and development in a professional career, and the art of finding and maintaining love,” she said. Chelsea’s paintings strive to embolden viewers to become curious about their own life’s changing landscape. Rodewald paints from perspectives that appear to turn the object itself into a landscape in its own right. “As long as I can remember, I have used art as a way to express something inside of me,” she said. “I always love how I feel after I create a painting. My paintings reflect moments in time and the way I see the world. I can make my own rules, control how much color to use and where. There are no limitations, no right answers– it’s just me, my paintbrush and a blank canvas. Although art is a solitary activity, I don’t feel alone, I feel alive.” Scape Shift: A Multi-Media Exploration of Landscape will open at Greenly Art Space, 2698 Junipero Ave., Suite 113, on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 6pm to 9pm. The exhibit can also be viewed by appointment or during regular gallery hours, which are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am to 2pm. MORE INFORMATION greenlyartspace.com

With its current production of Equus, Long Beach Playhouse (LBPH) is providing a whole new level of entertainment that thrills (and even chills) the audience. As a psychological thriller, Equus contains dramatic, thought-provoking issues regarding humanity, religion, and the question of whether a person’s devotion to his beliefs should be tamed to a degree of “normalcy” to appease the multitude demanding a “politically correct” world. Equus, which premiered in London on July 26, 1973 at the Old Vic Theatre, has been heralded by audiences and critics alike. It premiered in the United States at New York’s Plymouth Theater in 1974, receiving two Tony Awards (including Best Play), and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. This, of course, is just a small taste of the play’s successes. Playwright Peter Shaffer conceived Equus from few details, no confirmation of facts... very little information at all, really. It all began as a story recounted to Shaffer by a friend on a weekend drive down a country road. They passed a stable, which reminded his companion of a story he had heard while attending a dinner party. The story lasted only a minute, consisting of a young man who had committed an unspeakable act of violence against 26 horses in a small town near Suffolk, England. It shocked the magistrates, according to the telling. It also sparked in Shaffer the need to create Equus. Equus is the story of 17-year-old Alan Strang, a boy raised by caring parents in a very religious household. His father, Frank, is against the modern age creeping in on his family and rebukes television as mind-altering thing of evil. Starting in Alan’s early childhood, his mother, Dora, would read the Bible to him hour upon hour, teaching him about God and telling him tales of men arriving in the New World on horseback– seen by the Pagans as one divine being composed of man and horse. Alan grows to develop his own religious connection with horses and comes to worship them as his own true God. This belief and religious fervor lead the boy down a path that ends in an unspeakable, horrific crime, and he is removed from society as a young man with psychological disorders. Enter the psychologist Dr. Martin

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Andrew Nowak (Alan Strang) and Lauren Leone Baker (Jill Mason) kiss as Jacqueline Case (Horse), Tony Sabin Prince (Horseman/Nugget) and Kevin J. Prince (Horse) look on in Long Beach Playhouse’s Equus.

Dysart, who is charged with helping Alan regain his good nature and returning him as a functional, healthy member of society. This leads both physician and patient down a darker road, that Equus himself keeps watch over. Tall in the saddle for LBPH’s production of Equus is director Robert Craig, who has created for us a powerful performance of the play both intimate in the small space of the LBPH Studio Theatre and, at times, appropriately ominous and grandiose. Mr. Craig has received nominations in the past on his talented direction, and this production should be no exception to the continuing kudos. With a very talented cast of actors taking the reins of the four main characters, Andrew Nowak (as Alan Strang), was both powerful and vulnerable as the boy who gives his all to worship in the only way he knows how. Nowak leaves the audience feeling as they should, exhausted, and also heartbroken over Alan’s plight. Noah Wagner’s performance as Dr. Martin Dysart left me wanting more even after the curtain had come down. His energy and creativeness in developing the character of Dr. Dysart is something not be missed. Honestly, as the show ended, I checked my program hoping to find Noah Wagner playing Dr. Dysart in Equus II. But alas, this was not the case.

Tom Juarez (as Frank Strang), and Margaret Schugt (as Dora Strang) are wonderful as the helpless parents who don’t want to be blamed for their son’s actions, and find themselves trying to convince the world that it was not their fault. I particularly want to mention Schugt in her role as the Strang matriarch for bringing forth her character with such feeling and verve. She has created an interesting force in this role that stands out onstage. Not to be missed as well is the performance of Tony Sabin Prince (as Horseman/Nugget). Although silent for the majority of the performance, his towering presence brought to the stage the powerful innocence needed from the most vulnerable character in the show. Bravo to Robert Craig and the entire cast for making my first viewing of Equus one to be remembered. Equus is being presented by the Long Beach Playhouse in the Studio Theatre, 5021 E. Anaheim St. Performances run through Oct. 5 at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and Sunday matinees at 2pm. For tickets and information, call (562) 4941014 or visit lbplayhouse.org . (Please be aware that, with any serious production of Equus, there is full frontal nudity in the performance.) ß

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Pre-opera talk, remarkable music highlights of LBO’s King Gesar Gregory Spooner Culture Writer

Saturday, Sept. 7 marked the first performance of Long Beach Opera’s 2013 “Outer Limits Series.” This year Long Beach Opera (henceforth LBO) chose the late Peter Lieberson’s King Gesar as their way of presenting opera “outside of the box,” and it was indeed a pleasant and unique operatic experience. I was unfamiliar with King Gesar, and I’ve found that my enjoyment of a performance is always greatly increased if I’ve done a little research. I learned that King Gesar is the central character of a Mongolian epic saga that dates to about the 12th century. The tale has been passed down orally for almost 1,000 years now and has never stopped being performed since its inception! There are hundreds of different versions of the tale, though most contain certain key plot developments that are found in LBO’s operatic version. My wife Stephanie and I were anxious to learn more about this epic, so we planned to arrive 30 minutes early to hear the pre-opera talk given by the opera’s director, Andreas Mitisek. A stroke of luck led to our babysitter being able to arrive a full hour earlier than expected, so we decided to arrive early and have a drink aboard the majestic Queen Mary, which is adjacent to the opera’s location. We hadn’t been to the Observation Bar for almost a year, and we absolutely love its authentic Art Deco décor, so we walked over to the boat’s entrance, but we were told we must pay $15 each to board. “The fee will be deducted from your dinner or drink bill,” the bellhop added, apologetically. I glanced at my watch; at this point, we had 45 minutes until Andreas would give his pre-opera talk… barely enough time for one drink each. At $30 (not to mention the $15 we were already paying for parking), those drinks sounded pretty steep, so we decided to pass. Over the past few years, I’ve repeatedly heard that the Queen Mary’s finances are in dire straits. I’m no financial guru, but it seems that charging $15 to park and another $15 per person to board might be part of the problem. Just five years back, when my son was younger, he and I would visit the liner at least once a week, walking its historic decks and enjoying French fries or shakes from its vendors. Of course this was when the parking rates were reasonable and there was no “boarding fee.” I wonder how the vendors aboard the ship are faring

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with these new fees? Slightly disappointed, my wife and I headed back to Harry Bridges Memorial Park to sample the gourmet “City Dogs” food truck, which is present for all performances. Though they had a delightful selection of dogs and sides, they informed us that because the performance was in a city park, no alcohol was being served. Now it’s a rare occasion that my wife and I enjoy an evening out without the kids, and we were seriously on a wine hunt at this point. A couple we bumped into in line gave us the lowdown– head over to the Reef! A mere 100 yards past the stage, the Reef restaurant did indeed have a full bar (and, as it turns out, valet parking that is much cheaper– even with a generous tip– than the Queen Mary’s self-service parking.). Two Chablis later (which were, incidentally, much less than the $30 they would have been aboard a certain 1930s steam liner, which shall remain nameless) and we were happily seated, awaiting our pre-opera lecture! (Note to self: Next time, park and enjoy dinner at the Reef before the show.) The pre-opera talk was interesting and informative. Andreas goes beyond the scope of any Wikipedia article, sharing fascinating trivia about the epic and, more importantly, the challenges of adapting it for a modern, Western audience. Andreas deservedly gives much credit to the opera’s creator, the late Dr. Peter Lieberson, a Harvard professor who both studied Buddhism and was an accomplished and renowned composer. Lieberson’s own words best sum up the plot: “King Gesar tells the story of a legendary Tibetan warrior king who rose from obscurity to battle the demons that enslave humankind. The story begins with his early years, his struggle as an indecisive youth, and a significant horse race during which Gesar, with the help of his magical horse, Kyang Go Karkar, emerges as a warrior of the human heart. His final victory ushers in the era of enlightened society and peace.” Lieberson envisioned King Gesar, “...as a kind of campfire opera. I visualized a situation akin to Tibetan ‘performances’: the campfire in a pitch-black night under the dome of an immense starry sky, or, a daytime community gathering in a very large tent or small town square– familiar situations in which people eat, drink, and tell stories. In these kinds of settings the many exploits of the great warrior Gesar are told.… These stories instruct in every

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Performing in Long Beach Opera’s King Gesar are: (back) Kelly Ray, Javier Gonzalez, (front) Danielle Marcelle Bond and Roberto Perlas Gomez.

way, as well as entertain.” By the time the performance began at 8pm, the sun had completely set. The lights of the Long Beach cityscape reflected across the bay, and the stars were starting to show. The stage was flanked with illuminated Tibetan prayer flags, and a small “campfire” was lit; the scene was serene and magical. Act I began with an invocation to King Gesar: the performers, ringing Tibetan bells, slowly marched through the audience and took their places on stage. The story of Gesar was then told by a pair of narrators (Danielle Marcelle Bond and Roberto Perlas Gomez), while two other performers (Kelly Ray and Javier Gonzalez) acted out the scenes described. The narrator’s task is Herculean: the word-per-minute rate is dizzying at times, and hardly gives the performers time to breathe. (The preopera talk had prepared us for the fact that much of the narration may be more akin to 1,000-year-old “Tibetan rap.”) Nonetheless, Bond and Gomez somehow manage to deliver the lines clearly, and at times even soothingly. My only complaint about Bond and Gomez is that they were not able to sing more

often; in the lines which they did, Gomez delivered a rich baritone and Bond emitted a melodious mezzosoprano. For half of the acts, Ray and Gonzalez performed behind a white sheet, creating a live shadow-puppet theatre that greatly added to the magical atmosphere. I was reminded of a classic Greek play, as the narrators seemed to fulfill the function of the chorus, yet this performance was more mystical and otherworldly. No one could view the performance without commenting on the remarkable music. The score was paradoxically both avante garde and accessible. Flavored with Tibetan and Oriental tropes, the composition provides a backdrop that is exotic without being cliché. At times serene and at other times bordering on beautiful chaos, the score accentuates key moments in Gesar’s life and helps unify this epic saga. Kudos to conductor Kristof Van Grysperre and the talented musicians of LBO! The only complaints I have about King Gesar were the following. First, I really liked the idea of a “campfire opera.” I envisioned being part of an ancient lineage of spectators viewing

this epic as it was intended– under the stars. However, the stars in Tibet and the stars in Long Beach are not one and the same. My stars had to compete with the chirping of an emcee for “Lobsterfest” across the bay and the occasional helicopter; though the performance was easily audible, the ambience was somewhat compromised. As “Lobsterfest” was a one-night affair, I’m sure that your night at the park will be much quieter. One more minor gripe: the seats were unpadded. The opera is a mere 55 minutes, so you may not mind, but if you choose to combine it with the preopera talk (another 30 minutes), you might want to bring your own cushion. King Gesar will play at the Harry Bridges Memorial Park through Saturday, Sept. 14. The venue is located at 1126 Queens Highway (between the Queen Mary and The Reef Restaurant). All performances are at 8pm, but a pre-opera talk (highly recommended by this reviewer) begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $29 to $69. For tickets and more information, visit longbeachopera.org . ß


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Theater company settles into its new haunt in Bixby Knolls by taking on Ibsen’s Ghosts Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer

There is a wonderful theater group looking to establish an ongoing presence in Long Beach. They are Chrysalis Stage, and judging from their current production of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, we should welcome them with open arms. Ghosts understandably shocked its late-19th century audiences with its treatment of largely unacknowledged human realities such as incest, out-ofwedlock children and venereal disease. What is curious is that the play still raises eyebrows in the 21st century. Maybe that is because all of these circumstances are still seen chiefly as things that happen to other people, not to us. Ibsen’s well-honed play, a scant hour-and-a-half including intermission, gets right to the point. The highly esteemed Norwegian playwright apparently has no regard for excessive introduction nor extraneous fluff. The setting, the country home in Norway of Mrs. Alving (Andrea Gwynnel Morgan), seems hospitable enough. There is excitement surrounding the opening of a new orphanage, a project overseen by Mrs. Alving and Pastor Manders (Aaron Morgan), whose hyper-vigilance of the community’s upright morality seems at best idealistic. Attractive housekeeper Regina (Courtney Sutton) is generally optimistic, even cheerful, if somewhat no-nonsense. Yet an argumentative exchange between Regina and her father Jacob (Frank Stasio) in an opening scene has left us with a feeling of dread. Stasio gives Jacob such a finely balanced blend of subtle lasciviousness and questionable decency that we can’t quite get a handle on his character. We hope for the best. Mrs. Alving’s handsome son

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Oswald (ZackaRya Santoro), an artist, has returned home after growing up away from the influence of his desperately unhappy, self-destructive and now deceased father. But Oswald complains of mental deficiencies and pain wholly uncharacteristic of a vital young man. Santoro is mesmerizing as Oswald and makes his character’s obviously immense physical and mental suffering palpable. As the story unfolds, it turns out nothing is as it seems. But we knew that already. For years Mrs. Alving has kept terrible secrets that, if exposed, had the potential to disrupt everyone’s lives. But when she finds Regina and Oswald on the brink of romantic involvement, Photo by Henning Fischer she knows she must reveal the Mrs. Alving (Andrea Gwynnel Morgan) embraces Oswald (ZackaRya Santoro) in Chrysalis Stage’s production of Ibsen’s Ghosts. truth, in spite of Pastor Manders’ protestations. A doubly tragic ending seems fitImitating Life ting, given the scandalous state of affairs. Still, we can’t help thinking it is all such a waste of promising lives. It is tempting to be more specific, Cory Bilicko but better not to be, lest some readers Managing Editor wisely decide to clear a small window In 100 words or less, what do you of time these next two weekends to do as an artist? Eighty-five percent of my work is in attend a performance of this fine prooil, the rest pen and ink, and on occaduction. sion, sculpting. Ghosts, a production of Chrysalis Stage, continues at the Expo Arts What motivates you to create art? Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave., through I get such a hoot when I can put my Sunday, Sept. 22. Ticket costs are: inner vision onto canvas, to create an art piece out of only raw materials. $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $12 for students. How has your practice changed Remaining performances are Sept. over time? 13, 14, 15, 19, 21, and 22. ThursBig-time changes! Like any muscle, day, Friday, and Saturday performart ability grows with usage. My curances are at 8pm; Sunday rent work makes my older work grim and pale in comparison. I want to performances are at 7pm. Email “Orange Kitty,” oil on canvas break into my customers’ houses and boxoffice@chrysalisstage.com for steal stuff I did 10 years ago and What do you hope to reservations. For more information replace with better examples. achieve with your art? go to chrysalisstage.com . ß To make someone smile Do you ever get artist’s block? If for a moment, and hopeso, how do you combat it? fully, after I am gone, On occasion. If I do, it’s usually mid- some future person may stream, so I set it aside and wait for smile at my work again. the log jam of artist’s block to clear to return to work on it. What are one or two primary areas of fear What do you think your life would for you as an artist? be like if, for some reason, you That my clumsy hands could no longer create art? can’t do what I see Much darker, and a dreary shade of internally. Or, being ordinary. rejected or dismissed.

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art? I heave a big sigh. When my mom used to serve something “icky,” her take was “Eat it and enjoy it!” That was NOT an option. That’s my work. It’s art, not anything more or less.

Have you ever been banned or censored to any degree as an artist? If so, how did you react? If not, how do you think you would react in that situation? Fortunately, no. However, if I ever were, it would make me want to push the “offensive” envelope much further.

Does your artistic life ever get lonely? If so, what do you do to counteract it? Lonely? Nope. I don’t think of my art creation as a spectator sport and Hill resent being interrupted. It’s tough to get back into the moment.

What are one or two factors that, when they’re in place, enable you to really flourish artistically? When I realize that it is all coming together, when I realize I am “getting it” and my vision is accessible.

What jobs have you had other than being an artist? I spent a couple of “Palm Springs Old & Rich,” oil on canvas happy years of the young guy’s job as bartender. However, my career was as television engineer. Also, camera operator, lighting tech, and stage manager. What’s your favorite color? Green.

Miller will be one of the artists participating in the Long Beach Open Studio Tour on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13. For more information, visit lbopenstudiotour.com . To see more of Miller’s work, visit curt-miller-artscapes.com .

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No longer needed for inmate transport, underground Long Beach tunnel to be securely fenced off CJ Dablo Staff Writer

It’s just a slab of concrete sunk below downtown Long Beach, but it used to be a major convenience for the City’s police department. A tunnel that runs between the Long Beach Police Department headquarters and the former courthouse at 415 W. Ocean Blvd. will soon be fenced at the border between the two properties, a police official confirmed this week. The tunnel was a key passageway for the police department to safely ensure that their jail inmates would make it to their day before a judge. For years, jailers used the tunnel to escort inmates who walked from the police department for a few hundred feet along a passageway that led to an elevator to the court building. Now that a new building for the Los Angeles County Superior Court has opened on Magnolia Avenue, there isn’t much need for a tunnel that leads from the police department to the former courthouse, a largely vacated building. Last Tuesday, the tunnel stood empty, for the most part. Only a few items along the passage hinted at the stories the shiny concrete walls could tell. There was a small office cabinet that had been discarded along the path. A few blue rubber gloves had been dropped in random corners. Starting this week, detainees held at the Long Beach Police Department will have to be securely shuttled using two prisoner-transport vans to and from the new Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse on Magnolia Avenue. It will still be a very short distance that the jail

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•Include a cap to two per Council District and no more than 18 citywide •Consider distances from schools •Describe the CUP process Second District Councilmember Suja Lowenthal acknowledged Tuesday that the Council has wrestled with the pot-dispensary issue for more than four years. In the meantime, dispensaries have popped up all over the city. Some dispensaries were forced to shut down. Still others continue to operate even after the Council decided to make the dispensaries illegal. The City Council voted to ban medical-marijuana dispensaries last year after a court ruled that parts of the city’s former ordinance that attempted to regulate the pot industry violated federal law. However, that ban did not deter medical-marijuana advocates who then launched a campaign to request that a ballot initiative regulating dispensaries should be voted upon by the people in a special election. Although proponents of medical marijuana claim that more than 43,000 registered voters signed their petition, the city clerk’s office invalidated a key number of the signatures. According to a staff report to the Council, the city clerk determined that only a little more than 31,000 signatures were valid, a number below the threshold needed to call for a special election. Earlier this week, a court did not side with the medical-marijuana advocates, who claimed that they had at least gathered enough signatures to get the issue on the ballot for a general election. Despite the court ruling, Lowenthal urged the Council to pay attention to the supporters who are pressing for safe access to medical marijuana. “As I have mentioned before,” Lowenthal told the Council, “expecting patients with painful conditions to get their medical-marijuana prescriptions through drug dealers and back alleys is not the solution.” Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin agreed, indicating he wasn’t comfortable with banning dispensaries altogether, explaining that an outright ban assumes that medical-marijuana dispensaries would just go away. “It’s going to be in our alleys. It’s going to be dealt out of apartments,” Austin said. “It’s going to serve an underground economy, and it’s not

inmates will have to travel. The new courthouse is only about a block away from the police department. Perhaps it’s as far as one and a half blocks away, depending on which side of the building an inmate had to enter. Either way, it’s not far. According to Deputy Chief Laura Farinella, who runs the police department’s support bureau, police used the tunnel to escort about 50 to as many as 70 inmates to the courthouse. In a telephone interview Monday, Farinella acknowledged that the change in jailinmate-transportation protocol won’t be much trouble for the department. “I don’t think it will be [an] inconvenience,” Farinella said. “But I do think the tunnel that we currently had in place was an extreme convenience, because you could usually run back if a security officer needed to get something. They could easily come back through the tunnel, not have to get into a car and drive over. But I wouldn’t call the van and transporting this way an inconvenience, by any stretch.” Farinella said that the annual cost to transport the inmates utilizing two additional security officers and two transport vans has been estimated to be about $250,000 a year. The decision to use vans instead of tunnels for transporting inmates will save the City of Long Beach a significant amount of money, at least in the immediate future. Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske says that it would have cost anywhere between $8 million to $10 million to build the tunnel. She acknowledged in a telephone interview

that the new courthouse was designed with the tunnel in mind, but building the tunnel wasn’t pursued early enough by the City. She added that cost wasn’t the only factor, indicating that the tunnel would have to be built under the water table, which would have caused flooding, and she said there were numerous oil and utility lines. “Had it been…kept in the design, pushed a little earlier by the City of Long Beach, there would have been a tunnel because it was designed that way,” Schipske said. “But, you know, for some reason, the ball was dropped, and it wasn’t pursued until it was so late that it [was] just financially impossible to do it.” The future of the area’s former courthouse on Ocean Boulevard is uncertain now that the State of California has dissolved the redevelopment program last year. The City owns the tunnel, Jacqueline Medina, a spokesperson for the City of Long Beach’s Development Services, confirmed this week. However, since the City of Long Beach must comply with the State’s mandate to dissolve the redevelopment program, there are a lot of questions that have no answers about the future of the vacant courthouse and its tunnel. Medina confirmed that the City’s former redevelopment agency owned the building, and this piece of real estate is part of a long-range property management plan that will be submitted to the State’s Department of Finance in October. It’s unknown how long the State’s Department of Finance will take to

going to serve the best interests of the city.” Austin concluded that he could support an ordinance from the City Council since it could give officials “optimal control” of the issue. The Council ultimately agreed with Lowenthal and Austin. They voted 8-0 in favor of requesting the city attorney to initiate the process of developing an ordinance that would address regulating dispensaries through zoning codes. About 10 members of the public spoke out in favor of allowing safe access to medical marijuana and for some regulation of dispensaries. No one in the public spoke out against marijuana dispensaries. One advocate said that he had suffered from a back injury and damaged nerve endings in his leg. “Cannabis actually allows me to function,” he said. At times, the discussion grew heated and wandered off topic. Some speakers yelled insults at the Council if the speakers’ allotted three minutes of public comment were interrupted. Other public-comment participants enjoyed an

approve the overall property-management plan in order for anyone to really know the final fate of the old courthouse. Michael Conway, who serves as the director of business and property development for the City of Long Beach, suggests there is a new possibility for the old courthouse. That building is considered part of the “Mega Block,” a 15-acre site in downtown Long Beach that may be a part of a new vision for the civic center. “We are at the very early stages of identifying a partner to create concept alternatives for developing a new civic center,” Conway said. He confirmed that once the court has completely moved out of the former building, the property will be secured with life-safety systems in place. The building won’t be used. Conway added that the City is not anticipating any uses for the tunnel that led from the former courthouse building elevator into a hundred or so feet of concrete passageway. Since the police plan to fence off the tunnel at the border between the two properties, the former courthouse’s side of the tunnel will lead to a dead end. Farinella suggested that the portion of the tunnel that belongs to the police department may eventually be used for storage. “We will have to gate it up,” Farinella said, “because I don’t know what will be built on the other side of it, and obviously we can’t compromise our safety and security to have access to that tunnel from the opposite side.” ß

easy dialogue with the council members. Adam Hijaya, a board member with the Long Beach Collectives Association, urged the Council to still put the issue to a vote in an election so that residents could determine whether the City would regulate marijuana dispensaries. Fourth District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell asked Hijaya a pointed question. “If we could, in fact, craft another [ordinance],” O’Donnell began, “–and I don’t know if we can, wouldn’t that be a better route to go than waiting for another initiative? Would you agree?“ “I would agree, but I would love the opportunity to sit and talk,” Hijaya replied. After the Council meeting, Hijaya said he was grateful to the Council for its leadership. “I think ultimately, at the end of the day, they always knew that this was the right thing to do,” Hijaya said. “They were just finding the best way to do it.” Lowenthal also said after the meeting that she was pleased with the outcome.

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A downtown Long Beach prisoner-transport tunnel runs between the Long Beach Police Department and the building on Ocean Boulevard that served for many years as the Los Angeles County Superior Courthouse until the Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse opened earlier this week. A police department spokesman said that the City will soon install a fence in the tunnel on the border between the two properties in order to block access to the former courthouse.

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A court determined earlier this week that medical marijuana advocates in Long Beach did not gather enough petition signatures that would require a city election for pot-dispensary regulations. Despite the court ruling, 2nd District Councilmember Suja Lowenthal (left) urged the Council to pay attention to the supporters who are pressing for safe access to medical marijuana. The Council ultimately agreed with Lowenthal, voting 8-0 in favor of requesting the city attorney to initiate the process of developing an ordinance that would address regulating dispensaries through zoning codes. Sixth District Councilmember Dee Andrews was not present for the vote. “I do think in our heart of hearts,” Lowenthal said, “this Council wants to be sure that there is safe access for people who need medical marijuana.” The 2nd-district councilmember seemed confident that city officials would be

able to navigate through the legal hurdles ahead of them. “We are a very sophisticated city,” Lowenthal concluded. “We have a very sophisticated city attorney’s office. We can figure it out.” ß

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The this notice is subject subject to th is noti ce The real real property that is real property that is subject notice is is in Angeles, ated in the the County Co unty of Los to A nthis geles, State iThe s situated situ situated inia, thean County of Los State of of California, and described follows: d iis s descri bedAngeles, as foll ows: Californ California,AUCTION and is described as OF follows: PUBLIC NOTICE SALE SALE OF PUBLIC AUCTION NOTICE OFYSALE OF TTAXTAX-DEFAULTED PROPERTY SUBJECT TO DEFAULTED PROPERT SUBJEC DEFAULTED SUBJECT TO )THE THE POWER OF SALE(SALE NO. 2013A) 2013A POW ER PROPERTY POWER OF7211 SALE(SALE 2013A) HELLE 7211-010-013 MARTIN,MICHELLE -010-013NO. MARTIN,MIC 5652 AIN LOCATION COUNTY ANGELES COUNT Y OF LOS AN GELES 5652 AIN 7211-010-013 MARTIN,MICHELLE $16,131.00 LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES 7215-028-087 CRUZ,CONRADO -028-087 CRUZ,CO NRADO 5654 AIN 7215 $16,131.00 AND CRUZ,RADLYNN LOCATION CRUZ,RADL YNN CRUZ,CONRADO J LO CATION 5654 AIN 7215-028-087 COUNTY $47,407.00 TY OF LOS ANGELES $47,407. 00 COUNT AND CRUZ,RADLYNN J LOCATION COUNTY 7217-022-005 RIVERA,LOUIS 7217 -02 2-005 RIVERA ,LOUIS A 5656 OF LOSAIN ANGELES $47,407.00 JR TR LOUIS A RIVERA JR TRUST 5656 AIN 7217-022-005 RIVERA,LOUIS A JR LOCATION COUNTY TION COUNT Y OF LOS ANGELES ANGELES TR LOUIS A RIVERA JR TRUST LOCATION $5,998.00 COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES 7211-008-009 KATZ,MARIE 7211 008 009 $5,998.00 KATZ,MARI E J -0087067 AIN 7067 AIN 7211-008-009 KATZ,MARIE LOCALOCATION COUNTY LOS ANGELES CATION COUNTY OF ANJGE LES TION COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES $15,336.00 $15,336.00 TST4456

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The fil undersigned Trustee rer and and Tax Tax Collector, Collector, 225 Nort h Hi Treasu Treasurer North Hillll claims any liability for any incorrectness of the ngeles, Cal ifornia Street, Room 130, Los A Angeles, California property common designation, tel ephoor neother 1(21 3) 974 -204 5. 90012, oraddress telephone 1(213) 974-2045. if any, shown herein. All right, title and interest to and now held under conveyed penal ty by of itperj ury said tthat hatDeed tthe he I certify certify under penalty perjury of Trust situated in said sthe tr uproperty ea nd correct. E xec utedCounty at Los fore goinginiis foregoing true and Executed and State described as: AS MORE FULLY 13. fornia, on A ugust 22, 20 An geles, Cali Angeles, California, August 2013. DESCRIBED IN BELOW MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST Executed by: JOSE LUIS BAUTISTA, A SINGLE MAN Recorded on June 28, 2010, as Instrument No. 20100878500, of Official Records, in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, California October 03, 2013 Date of Sale:MARK SALADI NO at 09:00 AM J. SALADINO A ngel es Co unBallroom ty County Place of Sale:Los At Angeles the Vineyard of the Treas urer anAngeles-Norwalk, dT ax Col lector 13111 Treasurer and Tax Collector Doubletree Hotel Los of Cal iCA forn90650 ia State California Norwalk, The street Sycamore Drive, address and other common designation, if any, property thatdescribed iis s subject subjectabove to th isisnoti ce Thethe real The real this notice of real property puriin n tthe h2502 e County County of Los A ngelSTREET es, State is situated situated is Angeles, to be: EAST WILLOW ported d iis s descri bed as foll ows: California, an of California, and described follows: #104, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 APN# 7214-009SALE OF PUBLIC AUCTION NOTICE OF SALE 039 The total amount of the unpaid balance of DEFAULTED PROPERT Y SUBJECT SUBJEC T TO TAX-DEFAULTED PROPERTY secured by the NO. property the POW ER OF 2013Ato) be THEobligation POWER SALE(SALE 2013A) sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses -010-013 MARTIN,MIC HELLE 5652 AIN 7211 7211-010-013 MARTIN,MICHELLE and advancesCOUNT at the time of the initial publicaY OF LOS AN GELES LOCATION COUNTY ANGELES of this Notice of Sale is $343,314.21. The tion $16,131.00 beneficiary said Trust heretofore 7215 -028-Deed 087 of CRUZ,CO NRADO 5654 AINunder 7215-028-087 CRUZ,CONRADO CRUZ,RADL YNN LO CATION AND CRUZ,RADLYNN LOCATION executed and delivered to theJ undersigned a TDeclaration Y OF LOS ANGELES $47,407. 00 for COUNT COUNTY of Default $47,407.00 and Demand written AIN 7217 02 2 005 RIVERA ,LOUI S A 5656 7217-022-005 RIVERA,LOUIS Sale, and a written Notice of Default and ElecJR to TR Sell. LOUIS A RIVERA caused JR TRUST tion The undersigned said TION COUNT Y Election OF LOSto ANGELES AN LOCATION COUNTY of Default and SellGE toLES be Notice $5,998.00 recorded in the County where the real property -008E J 7067 AIN 7211 008 009 KATZ,MARI 7211-008-009 KATZ,MARIE is located. If the Trustee is unable to convey CATION COUNTY COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES ANGELES LOCATION for any reason, the successful bidder's sole title $15,336.00 and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to the return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the Mortgagee's Attorney. 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 (800) 280-2832 or visit this Internet Web site WWW.AUCTION.COM, using the file number assigned to this case 2001-004522-F00. 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: August 27, 2013 Sage Point Lender Services, LLC 400 Exchange, Suite 110 Irvine, CA 92602 949-2659940 Iuliia Calloway FOR TRUSTEE'S SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (800) 280-2832 or visit WWW.AUCTION.COM SAGE POINT LENDER SERVICES, LLC MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. A4411980 09/06/2013, 09/13/2013, 09/20/2013

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TST4451 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TSG No.: 7301300991 TS No.: 2001-004522-F00 APN: 7214-009-039 Property: 2502 East Willow Street #104, Signal Hill, CA 90755 (THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY IS APPLICABLE TO THE NOTICE PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR ONLY) NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED June 11, 2010. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On October 03, 2013, Sage Point Lender Services, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT drawn on a state or national bank, cashier's check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty,

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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 Published in the Signal Tribune 8/30/13, 9/6/13, 9/13/13

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.

TST4456 NoTICE oF A PUBlIC HEARING NoTICE oF INTENT To ADoPT A NEGATIVE DEClARATIoN CoUNTY oF loS ANGElES HoUSING ElEMENT UPDATE Notice is hereby given that the Regional Planning Commission of Los Angeles County will conduct a public hearing concerning the revision to the Housing Element of the General Plan. Date: October 9, 2013 (Wednesday) Time: 9:00 a.m. (Hearing room will open to the public at 8:50 a.m.) Location: Room 150, Hall of Records 320 West Temple Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 As required by the State Housing Element Law, the proposed revision is a periodic update to the County's existing Housing Element to address the changing housing needs of the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. A Negative Declaration has been prepared for the proposed revision pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and State and County Environmental Reporting Guidelines. Copies of the Draft Housing Element, including the environmental documentation, will be available for review beginning September 9, 2013 the Department's website at on http://planning.lacounty.gov/housing. Hardcopies will be available at the Department's main office and field office locations listed at the following link: http://planning.lacounty.gov/locations; all County libraries; Calabasas Library located at 200 Civic Center Way, Calabasas, CA 91302; and Altadena Library (Main Library) located at 600 East Mariposa Street, Altadena,

CA 91001. Written comments may be sent to the General Plan Development/Housing Section at the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning: 320 West Temple Street, Room 1356, Los Angeles, California 90012 or via email at housing@planning.lacounty.gov. If you do not understand this notice or need more information, please call Mr. Troy Evangelho at (213) 9746417. Si no entiende esta noticia o necesita mas información, por favor llame este numero: (213) 9746417. 9/13, 9/20/13 CNS-2528201# THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE

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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. TST4450 / 2013 178219

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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.

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FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

The following person is doing business as: TAMBULI SUPERMARKET, 2520 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach, CA 90810. Registrant: D.CHONG CORPORATION, 2520 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach, CA 90810. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Arlyn Harve, Secretary. 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 23, 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: September 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013. TST4457 / 2013 183421

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The following person is doing business as: FARM LOT 59, 2076 Eucalyptus Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrant: LONG BEACH LOCAL, 2076 Eucalyptus Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Sasha Kanno, President. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on September 3, 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: September 13, 20, 27, & October 4, 2013. TST4452 / 2013 178028

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The following person is doing business as: SMITTLE & ASSOCIATES, 3836 Elm Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: MARK ROBERT SMITTLE, 3836 Elm Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Mark R. Smittle. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on July 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: September 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013.

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EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by SHPD Citywide

Thursday, Sept. 5 Grand theft of property 12:01am– 2700 block Olive Ave.

Grand theft 10:15am– 2800 block Walnut Ave. Non-injury hit-and-run 3:13pm– 900 block E. 33rd St.

Auto burglary 3:55pm– 1900 block Temple Ave.

Threatening phone calls 5:03pm– 1500 block E. Hill St.

Friday, Sept. 6 Terrorist threats 4:17pm– 2100 block E. 21st St.

Saturday, Sept. 7 Battery of spouse, cohabitant or date 12:30am– 2700 block E. PCH

Auto burglary 1:49am– 1800 block St. Louis Ave.

DUI 11:30am– E. Willow St./Cherry Ave.

Non-injury hit-and-run 2:29pm– 1600 block E. Willow St.

Sunday, Sept. 8 Parking, hours of overnight closure 11:35pm– 2300 block Dawson Ave. Monday, Sept. 9 Commercial burglary 12:30pm– 700 block E. Spring St.

Forgery 1:24pm– 1200 block E. Hill St.

Non-injury hit-and-run 1:30pm– 2500 block Palm Dr.

Auto burglary 8:04pm– 1900 block E. Willow St.

Tuesday, Sept. 10 Commercial burglary 10:25pm– 700 block E. Spring St.

Non-injury hit-and-run 5:20pm– 1600 block E. Willow St.

Wednesday, Sept. 11 Obstructing, resisting officers 11:33am– 2200 block E. Willow St. Residential burglary 1:34pm– 2100 block Sea Ridge Dr.

Residential burglary 3:30pm– 2100 block Bay View Dr. Crimes reported by LBPD Council Districts 6, 7 & 8

Thursday, Sept. 5 Commercial robbery 12pm– 4500 block Atlantic Ave.

Assault 7:18pm– Cedar Ave./W. 19th St.

Assault 11:30pm– 2300 block Cedar Ave.


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asked. Though she doesn’t receive as much mail as in the past, since she now makes most transactions online, Graves said she still relies on the mail for some bills. Maher said the Long Beach post office and Los Angeles District management confirmed that letter carriers in the Long Beach area have been delivering mail late into the evening the Tuesday after the Labor Day holiday due to “unforeseen staffing issues and double mail volume from the holiday.” He said this was an “isolated anomaly” and had nothing to do with the consolidation of mail-processing operations. In fact, he said the consolidation has enabled carriers to deliver mail earlier than in the past since they are spending less time in the office and more time in the field. Carriers handling Signal Hill now operate out of the Redondo Avenue facility, while carriers for Long Beach work out of post offices throughout the city. Other than that, Maher said sometimes during summer months mail may be delivered later. He said a lot of the time the reason for mail being delivered in the evening hours is adjustments in routes. Since USPS has to keep carrier routes at eight hours per carrier, specific routes are constantly being “pivoted” as mail volume fluctuates, Maher said. Staffing is also adjusted due to workers taking sick days and vacation time. “As we adjust these routes, people get their mail at different times of the day,” Maher said. “That’s just a temporary blip in the service as we have to adjust staffing to cover these routes during the course of business situations where we don’t have a carrier on every

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late, Maher said the only recent change for customers is that last September the USPS shrunk its overnight mail-delivery range for first-class mail coming from Orange County. Before the change, service areas in nearly all of Southern California, from Los Angeles down to the border of Mexico, had overnight first-class mail, but the service standard now is that mail from Orange County into the Long Beach area and vice versa takes two days, he said. Any mail going to the East Coast, such as New York, now takes three days. “Because of the cost of maintaining this huge infrastructure for first-class mail, it’s no longer financially sustainable because of our financial problems and lack of any type of legislation from Congress to address the financial problems that we’re having,” he said. “There was an adjustment made to that.” Maher added, however, that the change shouldn’t have caused mail to be more than a day late. “Some people over the course of the year during their regular correspondence may have noticed mail taking a day longer because of that change in the overnight area for firstclass mail but certainly nothing more than one day,” he said. Maher said customers should check with their local post office to see if overnight or two-day delivery is offered for a specific destination. He said nextday delivery varies for mail-service areas of San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Gabriel Valley. Maher said the current overnight service area for first-class mail deposited in the Long Beach and Signal Hill area includes ZIP codes beginning with 900to 905- as well as 907- and 908-.

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abuses of the policy and will result in school districts being sued by parents form both sides. Others have said the law may create a form of â&#x20AC;&#x153;reverse discriminationâ&#x20AC;? in school sports and may allow some students to exploit the situation, particularly with regard to boys in girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; restrooms and changing facilities. Gilberg, however, says the concerns come from a lack of understanding and first-hand knowledge of transgender and gender-nonconforming students. In terms of school safety, surveys by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network indicate that harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity is still â&#x20AC;&#x153;through the roofâ&#x20AC;? for many students in the United States, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The transgender community is an incredibly marginalized community even within the LGBTQ community,â&#x20AC;? Gilberg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of misinformation out there, and a lot of that information is made more clear when people have the opportunity to get to know somebody who identifies as transgender or gender nonconforming.â&#x20AC;? Clarke, who is now studying earlychild education at Long Beach City College, agreed that hate-crime statistics show transgender individuals are â&#x20AC;&#x153;much more threatenedâ&#x20AC;? than they are â&#x20AC;&#x153;a threat.â&#x20AC;? Looking back, Clarke said he feels somewhat lucky he made the transition after high school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was in locker rooms a lot because I was an athlete, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an issue because I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start transitioning until after high school,â&#x20AC;? Clarke said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was very fortunate in that way, but it is something I know that many of my friends go through.â&#x20AC;? Gilberg said the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) has been an â&#x20AC;&#x153;incredibly strong allyâ&#x20AC;? to the LGBTQ community, adding that the district recently passed a comprehensive

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first generation where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have young people coming up through the school system even as young as elementary school. This legislation really protects them from a dangerous situation.â&#x20AC;?

Transgender-inclusive benefits Public agencies and governments in California are also looking at protecting the rights of transgender individuals. The Board of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), for instance, voted in June to include transgender â&#x20AC;&#x153;transitionrelatedâ&#x20AC;? care, such as mental healthcare, hormones, and sex-confirming surgeries, in all of their health plans starting Jan. 1, 2014. The historic decision by the board follows a trend in the private sector for employers to offer â&#x20AC;&#x153;transgender-inclusiveâ&#x20AC;? healthcare benefits. Though Long Beach received a perfect score of 100 percent on its Municipality Equality Index (MEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Torey Carrick, a board member of HRC, noticed the City wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offering these specific benefits for employees who may identify as transgender. In an Aug. 2 memo, however, Long Beach Director of Human Resources Deborah Mills states that the City of Long Beach will soon offer its employees transgender-inclusive benefits through Anthem Blue Cross, the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s healthcare provider. The benefit will be offered through their HMO plan and will be implemented by Anthem when the State of Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Managed Care and the providerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s internal contracts division have added transgender benefits to their approved list of services and eliminate the exclusion of sexchange procedures from being covered. Long Beach, which is the largest member of CalPERS, is on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;forefrontâ&#x20AC;? of adding transgender-inclusive benefits in its insurance policy with the help of Carrick, Vice Mayor Robert Garcia and city management, Gilberg said. However, she said this is the direction that most cities are now legally required to take in the State of California. Gilberg said offering transgenderinclusive benefits not only makes it possible for employees to get coverage for their transition-related care but primary care as well. She described a scenario in which a transgender man broke his leg and went to the emergency room, but after leaving the hospital, his provider denied him coverage based on the fact that he is transgender even though he had health insurance. Gilberg added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This goes way above and beyond transition-related care and says that, for a transgender person, your health insurance cannot exclude coverage to you simply because of who you are.â&#x20AC;? Ă&#x;


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from the federal government for a $176 monthly premium. Under the same level, a family of four and a household income of $65,000 would receive a $380 subsidy out of a nearly $600 monthly premium. “We have not made healthcare free,” Lee said. “We have not made healthcare costs in America cheap. What we’ve done is given tools to give a financial leg up to make healthcare affordable.” All plans purchased through the exchange are required to cover “essential health benefits,” which include doctor visits, hospitalization, emergency care, maternity care, pediatrics, prescriptions drugs, medical tests, mental health care and others. Plans must also provide preventivecare services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, for free. Another major change is that healthcare-insurance rates will no longer be based on a person’s health history, referred to as preexisting conditions. The move is expected to encourage more people to seek care since their past won’t be a factor in the cost, he said. “Why do people not have health insurance?” Lee asked. “With the current health insurance you can be turned away if you sneezed in the past. You can be turned way if you have cancer. You can be turned away if you have diabetes. So millions of Americans aren’t insured with a preexisting condition.” Those who oppose Obamacare, however, claim that the new mandated system will actually make healthcare insurance more costly for young people, since they will be paying higher fees that will go to pay for the cost of elderly people who often need more expensive care and treatments. During the forum, a majority of

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the audience members indicated they are already covered, but some questioned how the cost of the federal subsidies would impact taxpayers and the national debt and whether the country’s healthcare system will be able to handle such a large volume of insured customers all at once. Though Lee replied to questions and Covered California representatives provided attendees with fact sheets in several different languages, some college students said they still weren’t satisfied with the answers. “Where are we going to get the money to pay for all the doctors and nurses, because it’s expensive care,” said one CSULB nursing student after the townhall meeting. “Where is the extra money going to come from?” Daniel Gonzalez, also a nursing major, said he has yet to see how the new law will put more money into preventative care rather than just getting people insured. “I do think it’s good that we are actually getting coverage because, I mean, it will help people,” he said. “I’m just hoping that it will help people make better choices.” Lee said college campuses are “ground zero” for making sure the Affordable Care Act works, since thousands of students will be required to enroll after they leave their parents’ coverage. He added that making sure all ethnicities get the care they need is also important, especially in Los Angeles County, where he said there are 780,000 people eligible for federal subsidies. “If the Affordable Care Act does not work in LA County, it’s not going to work in California, and it’s not going to work in America,” Lee said. “If we aren’t addressing the diversity of California, we will not be successful.”

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