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SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL
Boeing to end production of C-17 Globemaster III in 2015
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A nearly 14-acre site along Spring Street between California and Atlantic avenues that was owned by the former Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency will be sold to Signal Hill Petroleum, according to city officials. The site, located near Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, is slated for a mixed-use project, including a hotel, medical offices and retail, but it needs extensive environmental remediation.
Signal Hill to sell off redevelopment properties at ‘fire sale’ prices, but oil-well cleanup required Sean Belk Staff Writer
Considered some of the last remaining vacant land in a rather builtout community, nine sites totaling 24 acres in Signal Hill may soon be either sold to developers at historically low prices or transferred to the City for governmental use. As part of the State’s decision to shut down redevelopment, legislation requires that all real property and assets previously owned by redevelopment agencies be liquidated, with pro-
ceeds from property sales dispersed between local taxing entities. Acting as the Successor Agency to the former Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency (RDA), the City Council unanimously approved its long-range property-management plan (PMP) at a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17, taking a critical step to dissolve former RDA properties. (Mayor Michael Noll and Councilmember Lori Woods were absent.) But, before any new development can break ground in Signal Hill, most of the properties still require millions of
dollars worth of environmental remediation, mainly because of the City’s long history of oil extraction that dates back to the 1920s and 1930s. This factor dramatically decreases the value of the properties that total 129 parcels. In addition, newly appraised property values are still lower than they were when the sites were first appraised and purchased by the Signal Hill RDA between 2008 and 2011 since the real estate market has yet to fully recover, city officials noted.
should be released no later than today, Sept. 20. Long Beach Elections Bureau Manager Poonam Davis said in a phone interview that the Los Angeles-based law firm Burke, Williams & Sorensen is providing a ruling in consultation with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to be shared with candidates and their treasurers. A city memo by Assistant City Attorney Michael Mais sent to City Clerk Larry Herrera on Sept. 6 states that, even though campaign finance law was addressed through legal proceedings more than a
decade ago, the City has received inquiries from “several parties” regarding the ability of candidates to transfer over campaign funds in the upcoming election. Currently, the Long Beach Campaign Reform Act that was passed by voters as Measure M in 1994 prohibits the use of contributions outside of an election cycle in which a candidate is running. “No candidate or officeholder or the controlled committee of such a person shall accept any contribution except during an election cycle in which the candidate or officeholder intends to
Long Beach candidates await legal opinion on right to use leftover campaign funds
Sean Belk Staff Writer
Candidates running for Long Beach city offices in the 2014 election will soon learn whether it’s legal for them to tap into funds they banked during past city or state campaigns. Some candidates recently brought up the issue and requested that the city attorney’s office look into the matter. Since Acting City Attorney Charles Parkin is running for city attorney in next year’s election, he has requested that a third-party law firm issue a legal opinion on the query. City officials said the opinion
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Boeing announced Wednesday it will complete production of the C-17 Globemaster III then close the aircraft’s final assembly facility in Long Beach in two years. The company will continue after-delivery support of the worldwide C-17 fleet as part of the Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program Performance-Based Logistics agreement.
Boeing will end its production of the C-17 Globemaster III and close the C-17 assembly facility in Long Beach in 2015, the aerospace company announced on Wednesday, Sept. 18. “Ending C-17 production was a very difficult but necessary decision,” said Dennis Muilenburg, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “We want to thank the highly skilled and talented employees who have built this great airlifter for more than two decades– and those who will help us as we continue to build the remaining 22 aircraft and support and modernize the global fleet for decades to come. The C-17 remains the world’s most capable airlifter with unmatched readiness and cost-effectiveness.” Boeing will continue after-delivery support of the worldwide C-17 fleet as part of the C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP) Performance-Based Logistics agreement. The GISP “virtual fleet” arrangement provides the highest airlift mission-capable rate at one of the lowest costs per flying hour, according to Boeing. “Our customers around the world face very tough budget environments,” Muilenburg said. “While the desire for the C-17’s capabilities is high, budgets cannot support additional purchases in the timing required to keep the production line open. What’s more, here in the United States the sequestration situation has created significant planning difficulties for our customers and the entire aerospace industry. Such uncertainty forces difficult decisions like this C-17 line closure. We will continue to make
tough but necessary decisions to drive affordability and preserve our ability to invest for the future.” Boeing expects a charge of less than $100 million, which will be recorded this quarter, as a result of this announcement. The charge will not impact financial guidance for the year, according to Boeing. Nearly 3,000 employees support the C-17 production program in Long Beach; Macon, Ga.; Mesa, Ariz. and St. Louis. Workforce reductions will begin in early 2014 and continue through closure. Boeing will provide employee assistance including jobsearch resources, financial counseling, retirement seminars and help locating potential jobs within and outside of the company, the company stated in its press release. “We recognize how closing the C-17 line will affect the lives of the men and women who work here, and we will do everything possible to assist our employees, their families and our community,” said Nan Bouchard, vice president and C-17 program manager. Additionally, the C-17 industrial team includes more than 650 suppliers in 44 states. Boeing and its suppliers provide 20,000 jobs in support of C-17 production. Since the first flight on Sept. 15, 1991, the C-17 has amassed more than 2.6 million flying hours supporting airlift of troops and large cargo, precision airdrop of humanitarian supplies and lifesaving aeromedical missions. Boeing has delivered 257 C-17s, including 223 to the U.S. Air Force, and a total of see BOEING page 6
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U.S. Dept. of Education reps visit Longfellow, Hughes schools to learn from their ‘green’ programs
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AID HEARING LOSS What Hearing device exhibit Who The Hearing Loss Association of America Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter When Friday, Sept. 20 from 10am to noon Where Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave. in Lakewood More Info Attendees can view a free hands-on display of devices that help with hearing difficulties and receive information on how the devices work and where they can be purchased. Call (562) 630-6141.
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Longfellow Elementary’s Green Team parent advisor Heather Morrison leads a tour at the elementary school on Sept. 17 during a visit by representatives from the U.S. Department of Education. cultivate or the leniency that charter and private schools enjoy to plant whatever we want and create whatever programs we want…We were chosen because what we’re doing here, anyone anywhere can do. We’re here to tell you that any school, with some hard work and dedicated students and adults, can be a Green Ribbon school.” Andrea Falken, director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program, also expressed her inter-
est in expanding Green Team programs. “The idea with the award and the tour is to spotlight their practices,” Falken said. “The resources they’re using are available on our [website] so that all schools can do what [Longfellow and Hughes] are doing– because it’s not that they’re innately rich, they’re just resourceful.” MORE INFORMATION ed.gov/about/inits/ed/greenstrides/index.html
NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE What Concert Who Hosted by 4th District Councilmember Patrick O'Donnell Where Whaley Park, 5620 Atherton St. When Friday, Sept. 20 at 6pm More Info The event will include a live performance by Hot August Night, a Neil Diamond tribute band. The concert is free and open to the public. Call (562) 570-6918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
LET’S TALK What Forum Who Rancho Los Alamitos Where 6400 E Bixby Hill Rd. When Sunday, Sept. 22 from 1pm to 4:30pm More Info A forum on California’s global diversity and the cultural fusion of place is the subject of “Shadow Landscapes: Hidden in Plain Sight.” Presenters include O.C. Weekly’s ¡Ask a Mexican! columnist and editor Gustavo Arellano, multi-media historian Philip Ethington, authors Wendy Cheng and Susan Straight and Asian hip-hop expert Oliver Wang with D.J. Waldie and Claudia Jurmain moderating. Tickets cost $15 and are available at rancholosalamitos.org .
PARK IT ON THE LOT What Concerts in the Park(ing Lot) Who Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA) Where Turner Chiropractic, 3530 Atlantic Ave. When Monday, Sept. 23 at 6pm More Info The free concert will feature music from The IAN Band, who will play jazz. Dinner will be available for purchase at Baja Sonora. Visitbixbyknollsinfo.com .
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TIP A COP What Special Olympics benefit Who Signal Hill and Long Beach Police Departments When Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5pm to 9pm Where Famous Dave’s BBQ, 300 S. Pine Ave. More Info Police officers will be accepting tips from dinner patrons to benefit local Special Olympics programs. Call (562) 436-9260 or visit sosc.org .
Stay Safe Around Trains September is Rail Safety Month and a good time to remember to be alert near trains. Always look both ways and follow the posted signs at crossings, whether on foot or in a vehicle. And never run to catch your train. More important tips for rail safety at metro.net/safety.
ANY TEENS INTERESTED? What Teen volunteer opportunity meetings Who Rancho Los Cerritos Where 4600 North Virginia Rd. When Friday, Sept. 27 from 4pm to 5:30pm More Info Meeting for teens interested in volunteering at the Rancho. RSVP at (562) 570-1324.
Meet the New LA Metro Transit Watch App Help Metro be more secure by becoming the eyes and ears of the system. The Transit Watch smartphone app allows riders to quickly and easily report any suspicious activity or non-emergency crimes. It’s available for both iPhones and Android devices – download it free at the Apple App Store or Google Play. More information at transitwatchla.org.
RUMMAGE AROUND What Rummage sale Who Los Altos Brethren School Where 6565 Stearns St. When Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8am to 1pm More Info Sale items will include clothing, shoes, household goods, books, toys and more. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for the best selection. Proceeds will help fund school programs including reading enrichment, science, art, music and more. Call (562) 430- 6983.
Safe Routes to School Program Launches Metro is leading a program to help children get active while traveling to school safely. Safe Routes to School will organize activities for schools, parents and students to develop safe options for walking, biking and taking public transportation. More information at metro.net/srts.
A CLEAN SWEEP What Mayor’s Clean-up Who Hosted by the City of Signal Hill When Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9am to noon Where Discovery Well Park, 2200 Temple Ave. More Info The City is seeking volunteers for the clean-up. Volunteers should bring work gloves and extended grippers. The City will provide plastic bags and a limited number of extended grippers. Call (562) 989-7340.
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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 will 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, drop-in program. Call (562) 424-3035 or email email@example.com .
A CALL TO ACTION What Lagoon cleanup Who Organizing For Action and Friends Of the Colorado Lagoon Where Colorado Lagoon, 5119 E. Colorado St. When Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9am to 12pm More Info The cleanup will be held to raise awareness of climate change and support the continued cleanup and restoration of the Colorado Lagoon Urban Wetlands Project. Call (562) 477-4916.
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Although attending a new school can be difficult, Margaret Karteron, parent of a 7th-grade student who attends Hughes Middle School in Bixby Knolls, says she was pleased that her son’s transition was quick and easy. Karteron says her son, Malik, fit in easily in the school’s Green Team program, where he could participate in environmental activities and build relationships. “This school is so big, it’s the largest school in Long Beach for middle school,” she says. “It’s easy [for students] to get lost in the mix, and Green Team provided additional structure besides his classes where he could connect with people and make the transition successful for middle school. Not only did he become a student here, but he became [part of] a particular group and got some leadership roles to do things– in fact, he wound up going and speaking to the people at the City Council.” The Green Team program is implemented in several schools to inspire students and staff to maintain a healthy environment with available resources and hands-on activities. Parents, students, staff and other members of the community work together to reduce waste, recycle, compost, conserve energy and prevent pollution. Hughes Middle School and Longfellow Elementary School are known locally for that thriving program and recognized nationally by the U.S Department of Education as 2012 Green Ribbon Award winners. On Sept. 17, the U.S Department of Education visited the two schools in an “Education Built-to-Last Facilities BestPractices Tour,” which highlighted the achievements of the schools, as well as focused on how to strengthen the quality of environmental education. The tour, which lasted from 9am to 11am, began at Longfellow and ended at Hughes. Longfellow Green Team parent advisor Heather Morrison led the tour at the elementary school, which showcased a bike cage, several labeled recycling bins, a “teaching garden” and a “secret garden.” Students are encouraged to bike or walk to school as part of “Walk-toSchool Wednesday” and recycle everything from pens and paper to organics. In addition, the school has found a way to incorporate composting and gardening in the environmental-science learning curriculum, having students interact and participate in the development of both gardens. According to Morrison, Longfellow has diverted at least 105,000 pounds of waste since 2010, and it has donated 3,652 unused, leftover food items, such as yogurt and veggie snacks, to the Salvation Army from April 2012 to June 2013. Both Longfellow and Hughes work with the Salvation Army and up-cycling company Terra Cycle to further their efforts in reducing environmental impact and to collect much needed supplies for the schools. Showing an enthusiasm about the accomplishments they have made and the knowledge they have gained from taking part in the Green Team, a handful of students provided their expertise in biodiversity and ecosystems in the continuation of the tour at Hughes, which displayed 12 flourishing gardens. One 8th grader, Mary-Kate Shary, says she has been a Green Team participant for three years. “I love [it]. It’s so much fun,” she said. “I've learned to recycle a lot more and how to reuse things to make some pretty cool stuff.” The group hopes to continue their traditions and keep improving, as well as institutionalize what they’ve been doing. Hughes and Longfellow work together to create not only school-specific activities, but also monthly community events, such as used-clothing and book drives, document-shredding events and plant sales. A main goal of the Green Team is motivating other schools to take action, despite limited resources. “We have old buildings, lots of blacktop, overflowing populations, full classrooms and limited resources,” Morrison explained. “We don’t have LEED-certified buildings, large expanses of land to
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. Visitrockforvets.net .
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Thoughts from the Publisher by Neena Strichart
With my mother’s 94th birthday just a few weeks away, I am hard-pressed to convey in words the bliss I feel in having her still happy, healthy and so actively involved in my life. Four years ago we threw a big party for her, and although we’ll save another big bash for her 95th, this year we’ll find a way to shower her with well deserved love and attention for the occasion of her 94th birthday. I’ll keep you posted on the festivities. One of our readers, Paula J. Banda, knows of my close relationship with my mom, and luckily for her she has the same kind of kinship with her mother. In a rather lengthy email, she lovingly shared with me the details of her mom’s 90th birthday party. After reading her words I knew I just had to publish them for you all to enjoy. Happy belated birthday, Paula Rose, from Neena Rose.
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Her family scurried around, made a room reservation at El Torito's on Atlantic, called a few relatives & friends (34), apologizing for the short notice. Paula Rose plays the piano and has sung all of her life. She loves all genres of music, but her favorites are mariachi, Frank Sinatra songs, and Big Band music of the 40s. It seemed that there should be some music and singing for her party so, on short notice, Cindy Shea of the Mariachi Divas graciously agreed to provide the entertainment for the evening. The Mariachi Divas not only played mariachi classics, they played Big Band favorites, Elvis tunes and other fun songs involving the guests in dancing and song. The Divas were fabulous! Our mother is a wonderful person who is kind, generous and thoughtful. She rarely misses a friend or relative’s birthday. Most often she will not only call and sing “Happy Birthday” to them, but she also sends them a handmade birthday card. All in all she mails cards to about 100 people each year. She enjoys writing letters to friends and relatives and writes poems. She is currently working on her life story. Although disabled, Paula Rose musters up energy, ignores her pain, using a walker or wheelchair, she attends her grandchildren’s performances, the Long Beach Symphony Pops (season tickets), Carpenter Center and MOLAA performances. She is well known at Staples Center, where she has season tickets and sits behind the bench at the WNBA LA Sparks Basketball games. She has attended Sparks games with her daughters for 16 years. Paula Rose Banda has a great sense of humor and a very positive outlook on life. She plans on remaining as active as she can be and living to be 100!
Our mother Paula Rose Banda turned 90 years young on Tuesday, July 23. She is an avid reader who faithfully reads the weekly Signal Tribune. She looks to the Signal for its excellent coverage of current events and enjoys reading Opinion, Community, Culture, and News. The Signal Tribune allows her to feel informed about what’s happening in her community and surrounding neighborhoods. She was born Paula Rose Martinez on July 23, 1923, and was raised and educated in Long Beach. She married Natividad in Holy Innocents Church here in Long Beach. Their four children (Paula J., Elizabeth, Irene and Edward) were also born, raised and educated in Long Beach. Her husband Nat served in the Army Air Forces for four years during World War II. A City of Long Beach employee, he retired and shortly after, passed away at the age of 62. Paula Rose has lived in Long Beach her entire life. She worked for the Navy for 30 years as a supervisor at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, where she received numerous commendations for her outstanding service to the Navy from Naval captains and admirals on active duty. She didn't want a big to-do for her 90th birthday, so her children honored her request, since she Courtesy Paula J. Banda hadn’t been feeling well. However, a few days before During Signal Tribune reader Paula Rose Banda’s (seated center) 90th birthday party at El Torito on Atlantic Avenue, The Mariachi her Big Day, she was feeling better and decided she Divas (standing) performed. Also pictured are (from left) her cousins Ralph and Carmen Gomez and her nephew and niece, Charlie was in favor of dinner with her immediate family. and Anita Reyes.
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If you have Medicare, don’t worry about the new Health Insurance Marketplace Some people with Medicare are asking lately if their Medicare coverage is affected by the new the Health Insurance Marketplace that starts in 2014. The answer is no– the Marketplace won’t have any effect on your Medicare coverage. The Health Insurance Marketplace is designed to help people who don’t have any health insurance. In fact, it’s against the law for someone who knows that you have Medicare to sell you a Marketplace plan. No matter how you get Medicare, whether through Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan, you’ll still have the same security you have now. And you won’t have to make any changes. The Marketplace provides new health-insurance options for many
Americans. If you have family and friends who don’t have health insurance, tell them to visit HealthCare.gov to learn more about their options. If you have Medicare, keep in mind that Medicare’s Open Enrollment season is coming. It begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. Medicare Open Enrollment is the time when all people with Medicare are encouraged to review their current health and prescription-drug coverage, including any changes in costs, coverage and benefits that will take effect next year. If you want to change your coverage for next year, this is the time to do it. If you’re satisfied that your current coverage will continue to meet your needs for next year, you don’t need to do anything. But beware that the Medicare Open Enrollment period is a
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time when there’s a higher risk for fraudulent activities. Do not share your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who knocks on your door or contacts you uninvited to sell you a health plan. Senior Medicare Patrol programs are teaching people with Medicare how to detect and report fraud, and protect themselves from fraudulent activity and identity theft. To learn more about health care fraud and ways to protect against it, visit stopmedicarefraud.gov or the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program in your area. (Locate your SMP at smpresource.org .) Medicare is stronger than ever, with more benefits, better choices, and lower costs to beneficiaries. Expanded Medicare benefits under the health
care law (the Affordable Care Act) are available, including certain free preventive benefits, cancer screenings, and an annual wellness visit. These preventive benefits are available with no cost to patients when furnished by qualified and participating health professionals. The annual wellness visit allows people to sit down and discuss with their doctor their healthcare needs and the best ways to stay healthy. Medicare will notify beneficiaries about plan performance and use its online Plan Finder to encourage enrollment in quality plans. Plans are rated from one to five stars, with five stars indicating the highest-quality plans. Average premiums for 2014 for prescription-drug coverage and
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Medicare health plans will remain stable. People who are in the “donut hole” in Medicare’s prescription drug benefit will enjoy 53 percent discounts on covered brand-name drugs and see increased savings on generic drugs. So don’t be concerned about all the ads you may be seeing for the new Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace won’t affect your Medicare coverage and isn’t part of Medicare Open Enrollment. You don’t need to enroll in the Marketplace to maintain or change your Medicare coverage.
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Health Dept. recommends precautions in wake of LBâ€™s first human case of West Nile this year
Long Beach health officials say residents should take precautions against West Nile virus this year after the Cityâ€™s first human case of the mosquito-borne disease for 2013 was recently confirmed. The Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Vector Control Program announced in a statement on Sept. 11 that an east Long Beach resident in his/her 60s contracted the disease and is now recovering at home after brief hospitalization. The statement did not provide the identity of the person. The announcement comes after a Carson man in his late 70s reportedly died from the disease earlier this summer, marking Los Angeles Countyâ€™s first death linked to the virus. In August, health officials reported there were six dead birds that tested positive for the disease in Long Beach. Birds were discovered in the cityâ€™s 1st Council District in the harbor area, the 4th District near Cal State Long Beach, the 5th District near the Long Beach Airport and the 7th District near the Los Angeles River. Birds with West Nile virus were also found in Downey and San Pedro. Though no infected birds were found in Signal Hill, a mosquito trap located in the 2000 block of Rose
Street tested positive in July. West Nile virus is transmitted through bites from mosquitoes, which feed on infected birds. According to DHHS, signs and symptoms of the virus may include: fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headache. However, most people infected have no symptoms. DHHS states that about one in 150 may develop a more serious disease, such as brain inflammation or paralysis and persons with these symptoms should seek immediate care. As of Sept. 10, there were 117 human cases reported in 23 California counties. In Los Angeles County, 66 cases were reported. Also, there have been six West Nile virus-related deaths this year in California. Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Mitchell Kushner states that, with the recent hot summer weather that has created â€œan ideal environment for mosquito breeding,â€? residents should protect themselves from West Nile virus by taking the following precautions: â€˘ Avoid mosquito-infested areas, especially at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. â€˘ Mosquitoes can breed in standing water. Eliminate standing water on your property by dumping or draining water in neglected ponds, birdbaths, fountains, buckets, old tires or any-
LB city auditor to review Harbor commissionersâ€™ travel expenses
Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doudâ€™s office has begun looking into overseas travel by the five-member Long Beach Harbor Commission in the last two years and will decide, based on the results of that investigation, whether to delve further into those travel expenses. In an email issued by 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, she said she called on Doud to include a review of travel expenses spent by non-commissioners traveling on Port dollars during an audit of travel expenses of the Board of Harbor Commissioners. â€œI think the public needs a full accounting of how the Port of Long Beach has spent funds on travel and who have been the recipients of these funds,â€? Schipske said. â€œHarbor commissioners have a specific duty to help expand trade relations with other countries and the shipping industry, and their travel is justified. Other travel is highly questionable.â€? Schipske added that unless wrongdoing can be proven concerning the current Board President Thomas Fields, â€œit appears there is a witch hunt
thing that can hold water. Dumping or draining water will interrupt the mosquito life cycle. â€˘ Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. â€˘ Use mosquito repellant containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Residents should follow repellant instructions on the label. Consult pediatrician for appropriate concentrations of DEET to be used on children under the age of 2. â€˘ Keep tight-fitting screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering homes and check to make sure window screens are in good condition. â€˘ Maintain all swimming pools in a clean and sanitary manner, with all circulation and filtration equipment operational and chemical levels within recommended guidelines; drain water from pool covers. â€˘ Limit the watering of lawns and outdoor plants to twice a week to avoid runoff to gutters and around sprinklers. Do not overwater plants or lawns to avoid creating pools of standing water. â€˘ Report dead birds and dead tree squirrels to the California Department of Public Health by calling 1-877-WNVBIRD or online at westnile.ca.gov . For more information, call the Long Beach DHHS Vector Control Program at (562) 570-4132, or visit westnile.ca.gov or cdc.gov/ncidod/ dvbid/westnile .
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going on against a commissioner who dared disagree with the current mayor about where to locate the Port headquarters. This continual politicization of the Port of Long Beach is causing serious harm in the shipping community and it needs to stop.â€? Doud confirmed, in an emailed statement, that her office will indeed investigate the matter. â€œAs a result of the information the City Council and the Budget Oversight Committee received related to travel expenses at the Long Beach Harbor Department, my office has initiated a review of a sample of international travel taken by each Harbor commissioner during fiscal years 2012 and 2013,â€? Doud said. â€œBased on the results of this review, I will determine if there is cause for an expanded review of travel expenses and will consider a scope of work at that time. I cannot comment on the specifics of this or any other review while it is in progress.â€? Sources: Schipskeâ€™s office, Doudâ€™s office
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WRD selects CSULB adjunct professor to represent Division 3
The Water Replenishment District (WRD) of Southern California Board of Directors has appointed Lynn V. Dymally to fill the vacancy on its board resulting from the passing of WRD Director Lillian Kawasaki on July 18, 2013. Dymally will represent nearly 800,000 residents in Division 3, which includes the cities of Artesia, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, La Mirada, Long Beach, and Signal Hill. Lynn V. Dymally, MA, J.D., resides in Long Beach and is a full-time adjunct associate professor at Cal State University, Long Beach College of Business Administration. “We are pleased to welcome Ms. Dymally to the WRD family, where she will join us in meeting the challenges of providing a safe and reliable water supply to the nearly 4 million people served by the District,” said WRD Board President Rob Katherman. “The loss of Lillian Kawasaki was a terrible blow, and finding someone to carry on in her wake has been a difficult task. The board appreciates the interest of all the outstanding candidates and commends their willingness to serve.” Registered voters residing in Division 3 were eligible for consideration and encouraged to apply via advertisements in local newspapers and postings at city halls and public sites throughout the Division 3 area, according to the WRD. Eleven candidates submitted letters of interest and résumés before the Aug. 16 deadline, and a special Board of Directors meeting was held on Sept. 11 to hear statements from the interested Courtesy CSULB candidates. Lynn V. Dymally, seen in a 2009 photo, is a full-time The Division 3 seat will be subject to election in adjunct associate professor at Cal State University, Long November 2014. Beach College of Business Administration who was recently MORE INFORMATION appointed to represent Division 3 on the Water Replenishment wrd.org District (WRD) of Southern California Board of Directors.
Steve Mozena, president at Mozena Publishing, Inc., according to his LinkedIn profile, has entered as the 10th candidate in the race for Long Beach mayor, according to the City of Long Beach’s “Potential Candidates Primary Nominating Election” page. Online voter information indicates Mozena ran for California governor in 2010 as a resident of Carson, where he also once ran for public office. In Long Beach, he owns a retail strip mall, a copy center, a convenience store and a medical-supplies and equipment company, according to smartvoter.org . • Appointed City Attorney Charles Parkin announced on Sept. 12 that he will run to retain his job during the city election in April 2014. Parkin, an 18-year veteran with the City Attorney’s office, was
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34 to Australia, Canada, India, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations. Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, whose district includes the Boeing facilities, called the decision “the end of an era” that began in the 1940s. “The production of excellent aircraft for military and commercial use has provided thousands of well paying jobs for Long Beach residents and has been the heart of skilled trades jobs in our community,” Schipske said. “I hope that Boeing will provide retraining for their employees for comparable paying jobs in our city.” She said that Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and the City Council had “done everything possible” to convince the U.S. Air Force to continue to purchase the C-17 aircraft, but to no avail. However, she found a few potentially positive results from the cessation of the program. “This is an opportunity for other companies in the area to take very experienced, well-trained Long Beach workers and put them to work in tech and growth industry jobs,” Schipske said. “It’s important to be able to provide new opportunities for these workers while the city of Long Beach has an 11.9-percent
the Signal Tribune Sept. 18 that she has officically entered the Long Beach School Board race. According to her email, Kerr is a lifetime Long Beach resident and parent with 12 years of service to Long Beach schools. • Long Beach City College Trustee Roberto Uranga announced Sept. 17 that 8th District Councilmember Al Austin has become the second councilmember to endorse Uranga’s campaign to represent Long Beach’s 7th District on the City Council, after 9th District Councilmember Steve Neal announced his endorsement of Uranga the week prior. • The Long Beach Police Officers Association has issued press releases indicating that it is endorsing the following candidates: Doug Haubert in his bid for re-election as Long Beach city prosecutor, Charles Parkin for city attorney and Rex Richardson, who is currently unopposed, for the 9th District Council seat.
unemployment rate as of August and a 22-percent poverty rate.” The councilmember also indicated that the C-17 site will most likely be added to the Douglas Park development planned by the developer Sares-Regis Group, which, Schipske said, is doing “incredibly well.” She also said she hopes the company will contribute to the city’s historical preservation. “I’m hopeful that Boeing will give the City of Long Beach the historical archives from the early days of McDonnell Douglas manufacturing on the site to the present,” Schipske said. “It would be a great gift from Boeing to ensure that important history of our city’s role in producing aircraft for our nation and ultimately for the world.” In an email issued by Mayor Foster, he said that, while not unexpected, the announcement closes the chapter on production of a remarkable aircraft. “As work slowed over the last several years, we worked side by side with Boeing to extend the C-17 line for seven additional years,” Foster said. “There’s a sense of sadness to see the end of an institution, but Boeing has grown its commercial aircraft work and announced an engineering design center over the past few years that solidifies the company’s commitment in Long Beach.”
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SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
Signal Hill Police Department veteran looks back on 30 years of service
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With the lowest badge number (37), Det. Sgt. Colleen Vincent has more experience working for the Signal Hill Police Department than anyone on the force today. For police, the lowest badge number is often considered “the best” to have, she said. In fact, most Signal Hill officers at the department today have now either worked for her or with her. After 30 years of public service with the police department, which she calls her “second home,” Vincent is now retiring with her last day being today, Sept. 20. “It’s weird for me,” Vincent said. “In so many of my memories, I was the new officer, and you had all the old sergeants… Now, I’m the old sergeant. At times, I did get that nickname ‘Mother Goose,’ or whatever, because I’d look around, and I’d, literally, be old enough to be everybody’s mother on the shift.” Vincent, who has two full personnel files, has taken on nearly every law-
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During the 29th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, tens of thousands of Californians are expected to gather along the beaches, shorelines, and inland waterways of the state to clear away the debris that has accumulated over the past year. This year’s Coastal Cleanup Day, on Saturday, Sept. 21, will come at the end of California Coastal Protection Week, a designation passed by the state legislature in 2012 in
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(In 100 words or less) What do you do as an artist? I work in ceramics, metal, and various forms of assemblage using found objects and organic materials.
What motivates you to create art? I am amazed how diverse art is and became interested in color/design/pattern. After retiring, I joined the local city cultural center and began to work in clay. It was fun, rewarding, and became a good foundation for my art.
How has your practice changed over time? I used to work with more standard materials (clay and glass). But moving forward I have become more interested in representing the spirit through totems and also focus on more abstract print work with the emphasis on color/texture and incorporation of found objects and “tras” printed material.
Do you ever get artist’s block? If so, how do you combat it? I work on several projects at the same time. It allows me to stop and go. If I get blocked on one, I just move to the next.
What do you think your life would be like if, for some reason, you could no longer create art? Unable to create art, I would still enjoy the sharing of information and debate that would encourage others to pursue the arts. What role does the artist have in society? Sharing ideas is necessary for human growth. What more vibrant and exciting way to share than through art?
How do you feel when people ask you to explain the meaning of your art? Art to me is individual, and the only thing that matters is what you take from it. My art makes me happy in its process and creation. If you are pleased by the composition, color, form or whatever, then I am excited by that.
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? I have never been banned or censored. I feel people have a right to their opinion as I do. If they don't like my art, fine– go look at someone else's art. Everyone’s eye is different.
Does your artistic life ever get lonely? If so, what do you do to counteract it? I’m never lonely but sometimes need a change. I attend shows, go to gallery events, drive to new towns to look for galleries that would be a good fit for my type of art.
What do you hope to achieve with your art? I love it when someone is pleased with my art and likes it enough to purchase a piece and place it in their home, and enjoy looking at it every day!
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What are one or two factors that, when they’re in place, enable you to really flourish artistically? I work in silence. There are times when the phone doesn’t ring and it seems to make everything come together more easily. Allowing creative juices to flow without interruptions is a blessing.
What jobs have you had other than being an artist? My career was in retailing. I worked for Bullocks and Bullocks Wilshire for years. I began by teaching selling, became a buyer, and ended by running the everyday operations of the Bullocks Wilshire store on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. What’s your favorite color?
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The contemporary-art gallery Les Jolis Trésors, 3226 E. Broadway, is currently hosting Jardins Secrets (Secret Gardens), a group show in which three artists present artwork that depicts places (mental or physical) that one cultivates in private. The three artists will be Annie Clavel, Ghislaine Gargaro and Karin Swildens. Clavel says emotion is key to her work. “My paintings always show energy and movement,” Clavel said. “While playing with colors, shapes and textures, my intent is to share my emotions.” Gargaro focuses on illumination. “When I get ready to paint, I look for the light line that illuminates my subject, but I also look at the life line that colors every object with beauty and excitement. Then I start.” Swildens finds happiness in bringing the abstract into three-dimensional form. “My bliss is to choose an idea, follow it, track it, catch it, keep it and cover it with layers of clay,” she said, “so it becomes a shape, a solid form, that we can see with our naked eyes.” The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 16. A closing reception will be on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 5pm to 9pm. Les Jolis Trésors opened its doors in the Long Beach Broadway district in December 2009. Clavel, the owner and curator, is a French artist who has lived in Long Beach since 2006. Her gallery specializes in showcasing contemporary art by local artists: paintings, sculptures, ceramics and wearable art. For more information, visit lesjolistresors.com or call (562) 735-4060.
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Butler 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 Butler’s work, visit mountainartsnetwork.org/artists/butler-candy/index.html .
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Through the A LOT inititative, a community-wide project presented by the Arts Council for Long Beach (ACLB) in collaboration with partners throughout the city, residents will have more opportunities to enjoy and engage in the arts. A LOT broadens audience and artist engagement, linking arts and culture with local neighborhoods. Through music, dance, theatre and numerous other art forms, A LOT presents free arts experiences on vacant lots in traditionally underserved areas of the city. During the weekend of Sept. 20, 21 and 22, there will be numerous arts activities throughout the city. A LOT Downtown will be located at Renaissance High School for the Arts, 235 E 8th St., with free arts experiences Friday, Sept. 20 from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday, Sept. 21 from 3pm to 10pm. “I am extremely pleased to partner with the Arts Council for Long Beach
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With a mixture of engineering know-how and cultural pride, a group of five Hispanic engineering students will represent California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and take to the skies over Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor as part of the nationwide Red Bull Flugtag competition on Saturday, Sept. 21. As the nation faces a shortage of technical talent and seeks to gain more graduates in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, the Red Bull Flutag competition is one of numerous creative student endeavors supported by the College of Engineering designed to encourage underrepresented students to persist in college and obtain a degree in STEM fields. The Red Bull Flugtag is an event owned and operated by the popular energy drink maker that features competitors’ attempt to soar in homemade, human-powered flying machines. Photo by David J. Nelson CSULB’s student-made air structure will be Cal State Long Beach engineering students (from left) Ivan Lopez, launched by a team of members from the univer- Anthony Becarril, Marycruz Zelaya, Jesus Enriquez and Ruben sity’s chapter of the Society of Hispanic Profes- Cabral pose in costume with a miniature of their “Phoenix” entry in sional Engineers. Together, they will push off, from this weekend’s Red Bull Flugtag competition. a 30-foot launching pad, their aluSource : Arts Council for LB minum-tubing-and-foam fourwheeled creation dubbed “the Phoenix,” which comes equipped with a coffin for the pilot to ride along. “The Phoenix design is used to symbolize the idea that the Phoenix rises from the ashes after death,” explained Jesus Enriquez, the project manager for the group. “We also will incorporate a skit that uses characters dressed in attire in accordance with the concept of Dia de los Muertos. We hope our project entertains and educates people simultaneously about Hispanic culture.” Aside from Enriquez, CSULB team members include pilot Marycruz Zelaya, and team members Ruben Cabral, Josh Beardsley and Ivan Lopez. The theme of Courtesy CSULB their entry is “Viaje de los Muer- Miniature version of the “Phoenix” entry that will be made by CSULB engineering tos” or “Flight of the Dead” in students and flown in the Red Bull Flugtag competition. honor of the longtime Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos also known as the Day of the Dead. resents more than a fun day at the seashore. It’s also an opporTeam members note that the key to the Phoenix’s success tunity to learn more about engineering, represent their culture is a link between the Hispanic culture and engineering. and serve as positive role models for others in their com“In the name of our organization, the Society for Hispanic munities. They are the future in many respects. Professional Engineers, the most important words are ‘His“For me, participating in this project helped me to betpanic’ and ‘Engineers,’” Enriquez said. “This event was a way ter understand time management and how to make sure for us to look into Hispanic culture. Plus, engineers are prob- that all the tasks are done in a timely fashion. I also learned lem-solvers. We like to draw things then build them. This is a to take advantage of networking opportunities,” Enriquez good experience for us.” noted. “At the same time, we feel we are representing the Hispanic students comprise 33 percent of CSULB’s total Hispanic community. So, this is a big thing for us. undergraduate engineering student population. They are the The team has already found success in part of the comNew hours now in effect: largest ethnic/racial group in the College of Engineering. petition as the group announced it had won the Flugfilm Tues.-Thurs.: 5pm to 9pm ¥ Friday: 5pm to 9:30pm “This shift in demographic landscape anticipates that His- Task of the contest. Their Flugtag film, which was ¥ Lunch Tues.-Fri.: 11:30am to Sat.:?Noon to 9:30pm panics will most likely be a driving force in California’s eco- directed by teammate Lopez, was selected for having the 3pm nomic and political future,” said Lily Gossage for the College most creativity, humor and relevance to its Flugtag entry. of Engineering’s Recruitment and Retention Center. The winning film can be found on YouTube at 2201 East Willow Suite St., G in Signal Hill From these students’ perspective, the daylong flugtag reptinyurl.com/nvq3d3l . 562.595.0210 | Sushi, Tempura, & Traditional Favorites Source: CSULB
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county of los Angeles Department of the Treasurer and Tax collector
Notice of Divided Publication
Pursuant to Sections 3702, 3381, and 3382, Revenue and Taxation Code, the Notice of Sale of Tax Defaulted Property Subject to the Power of Sale in and for the County of Los Angeles, State of California has been divided and distributed to various newspapers of general circulation published in said County for publication of a portion thereof, in each of the said newspapers. Public Auction Notice (R&Tc 3702) of Sale of Tax-Defaulted Property Subject To The Power of Sale (Sale No. 2013A)
whereas, on June 18, 2013, I, MARK J. SALADINO, Treasurer and Tax Collector, was directed by the Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County, State of California, to sell at public auction certain tax-defaulted properties which are Subject to the Power of Sale. Public notice is hereby given that unless said properties are redeemed prior thereto, I will, on October 21 and 22, 2013, at the hour of 9:00 a.m. at the Fairplex Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, 1101 w. McKinley Avenue, Building 5, Pomona, California, offer for sale and sell said properties at public auction to the highest bidder for cash or cashier's check in lawful money of the United States for not less than the minimum bid. If no bids are received on a parcel, it will be reoffered at the end of the auction at a reduced minimum price. The minimum bid for each parcel is the total amount necessary to redeem, plus costs, as required by Section 3698.5 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
Prospective bidders should obtain detailed information of this sale from the County Treasurer and Tax Collector. Pre-registration and a $5,000 deposit in the form of cash, cashier's check or bank issued money order is required at the time of registration. No personal checks, two-party checks or business checks will be accepted for registration. Registration will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., beginning Monday, September 16, 2013, at the Treasurer and Tax Collector's Office located at 225 North Hill Street, Room 130, Los Angeles, California, and will end on Friday, October 4, 2013, at 5:00 p.m.
If the property is sold, parties of interest, as defined by Section 4675 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, have a right to file a claim with the County for any proceeds from the sale, which are in excess of the liens and costs required to be paid from the proceeds. If excess proceeds result from the sale, notice will be given to parties of interest, pursuant to law.
All information concerning redemption, provided the right to redeem has not previously been terminated, will upon request be furnished by MARK J. SALADINO, Treasurer and Tax Collector.
If redemption of the property is not made according to the law before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2013, which is the last business day prior to the first day of auction, the right of redemption will cease.
The Assessor's Identification Number (AIN) in this publication refers to the Assessor's Map Book, the Map Page, and the individual Parcel Number on the Map Page. If a change in the AIN occurred, both prior and current AINs are shown. An explanation of the parcel numbering system and the maps referred to are available from the Office of the Assessor located at 500 west Temple Street, Room 225, Los Angeles, California 90012.
A list explaining the abbreviations used in this publication is on file in the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector, 225 North Hill Street, Room 130, Los Angeles, California 90012, or telephone 1(213) 974-2045.
I certify under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed at Los Angeles, California, on August 22, 2013.
MARK J. SALADINO Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector State of California
The real property that is subject to this notice is situated in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, and is described as follows: PUBLIC AUCTION NOTICE OF SALE OF TAxDEFAULTED PROPERTY SUBJECT TO THE POwER OF SALE(SALE NO. 2013A) 5652 AIN 7211-010-013 MARTIN,MICHELLE LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES $16,131.00 5654 AIN 7215-028-087 CRUz,CONRADO AND CRUz,RADLYNN J LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES $47,407.00 5656 AIN 7217-022-005 RIVERA,LOUIS A JR TR LOUIS A RIVERA JR TRUST LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES $5,998.00 7067 AIN 7211-008-009 KATz,MARIE J LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES $15,336.00 TST4455
TST4458 TSG No.: 7953921 TS No.: CA1300252127 FHA/VA/PMI No.: APN: 7211-026-159 Property Address: 2599 wALNUT AVENUE NO. 340 SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 11/04/2004. 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 10/10/2013 at 10:00 A.M., First American Title Insurance Company, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 11/16/2004, as Instrument No. 04 2963481, in book , page , , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. Executed by: VOTHY C. SOM AND SONY SOM, HUSBAND AND wIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, wILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: AS MORE
FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST APN# 7211-026-159 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2599 wALNUT AVENUE NO. 340, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 he undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $255,790.55. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust has deposited all documents evidencing the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust and has declared all sums secured thereby immediately due and payable, and has caused a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be executed. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OwNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (916)9390772 or visit this Internet web http://search.nationwideposting.com/propertySearchTerms.aspx, using the file number assigned to this case CA1300252127 Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. Date: First American Title Insurance Company 6 Campus Circle, 2nd Floor westlake, Tx 76262 First American Title Insurance Company MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE FOR TRUSTEES SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (916)9390772NPP0221020 To: SIGNAL TRIBUNE 09/20/2013, 09/27/2013, 10/04/2013
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, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN 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 Date of Sale: October 03, 2013 at 09:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Vineyard Ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2502 EAST wILLOw STREET #104, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 APN# 7214-009039 The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Sale is $343,314.21. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said
Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. 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 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 on the Department's website at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
TST4448 / 2013 176393 FIcTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SUPERIOR METAL COMPANY, 1666 Cota Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813. Registrant: GEORGE J. PALLITTO, 5535 Harvey way, Lakewood, CA 90713. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: George J. Pallitto. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on August 22, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: August 30, & September 6, 13, 20, 2013.
TST4450 / 2013 178219 FIcTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: CARTRIDGE DISTRIBUTION CENTER, 320 Pine Ave., Suite 600, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrant: ORDER DISTRIBUTION CENTER, INC., 320 Pine Ave., Suite 600, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Holly Le Blanc, Vice President. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on August 24, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on August 26, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: August 30, & September 6, 13, 20, 2013.
TST4454 177389 2013 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 FIcTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT 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 FIcTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT 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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TST4459 / 2013 192114 FIcTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: wAKKLE wAKKLE, 209 E. N Street, wilmington, CA 90744. Registrant: MARYLET B. CAMOU, 209 E. N Street, wilmington, CA 90744. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Marylet B. Camou. 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 12, 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 20, 27, & October 4, 11, 2013. TST4461 / 2013 191122 FIcTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: KINDRED SPIRITS REHAB, 11239 Bos St., Cerritos, CA 90703. Registrant: MARIE VINAS, 11239 Bos St., Cerritos, CA 90703. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Marie Vinas. 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 11, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: September 20, 27, & October 4, 11, 2013.
TST4463 / 2013 196243 FIcTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: M SHANTI PHOTO, 3109 Roxanne Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. Registrant: MIRANDA STRATFORD, 3109 Roxanne Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Miranda Stratford. 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 18, 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 20, 27, & October 4, 11, 2013.
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“This is sort of a fire sale,” said Councilmember Larry Forester. “We hope that we can get an approval and work with somebody to come in and develop it.” Under the PMP, which still requires approval by the Successor Agency’s Oversight Board and the State Department of Finance, plans call for keeping four of the sites for governmental use, such as the newly built Signal Hill Police Department headquarters, the Signal Hill Auto Center freeway sign and public parking lots. Three of the sites are to be sold to specific buyers, and two will be put on the market. Many of the sites, however, still require environmental remediation, including a process known as oil-well re-abandonment. This process involves removing “junk” from inside oil wells, soil remediation, installation and operation of vapor-recovery systems, pipeline removal and clearing contaminated properties. Property-tax-increment funds have helped pay for environmental remediation for years, making possible the Signal Hill Auto Center, Costco, Home Depot and many other developments,
but those funds are no longer available, city officials said. “We do not have any funds as a Successor Agency for environmental remediation,” said Elise McCaleb, Signal Hill redevelopment and economicdevelopment manager. “So, in the appraised value, we have made reductions in the environmental-remediation costs, as estimated offsets.” The largest property to be sold to a specific developer is a nearly 14-acre site along Spring Street between California and Atlantic avenues near Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. This site, which the City plans to sell to Signal Hill Petroleum, is slated for a mixed-use project, including a hotel, medical offices and retail. The Signal Hill RDA first purchased the site for more than $8.2 million, but, given environmental-remediation costs and current market conditions, city officials now estimate the current fair-market value of the site at $3.3 million. According to the PMP, environmental remediation of the site may cost the developer up to $4.8 million. The site currently has five active wells, seven idle wells and 28 abandoned wells. However, 18 of the abandoned wells need to be excavated, leak-tested
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sold “too cheap.” Additionally, city staff noted in the PMP that developers would also have to contend with state policy changes in how oil wells are to be re-abandoned and how the City is dealing with such developments. In November 2010, the State Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) terminated its methane-leak testing of oil wells and its development review, abruptly ending a 22-year-old program. City officials have said this has created uncertainty and a lack of guidance in the oil-well abandonment process, since the State has taken a more hands-off approach to the procedure, leaving developers and cities to carry out the process on their own. After Signal Hill put a moratorium on all development near or on top of abandoned or re-abandoned oil wells in 2011, the City Council adopted an ordinance earlier this year to allow for development near abandoned oil wells but not over them. These new requirements could “further complicate” development on many sites, city staff states. The PMP comes after Signal Hill recently received a “finding of completion” from the State regarding the duediligence process for housing and non-housing assets. If the Oversight Board and the State eventually approve the PMP, the Successor Agency would be able to start
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marketing the properties through a request-for-proposals and begin negotiations for purchase agreements, which would require State approvals as well. Many cities, including Long Beach and Signal Hill, have recently received a boost in property-tax income as a result of the abolishment of redevelopment that has helped ease budget shortfalls. But Vice Mayor Ed Wilson noted that the State’s decision to end redevelopment has created a “mess” in “future economic development,” and the State and taxing entities will receive “pennies on the dollar” for the property acquisitions. • In other Council news, Vice Mayor Wilson presented the 3rd Quarter Sustainability Award to MBK Homes for the Aragon Town Homes at Orizaba Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. Wilson presented a proclamation to Det. Sgt. Colleen Vincent in recognition of her retirement from the Signal Hill Police Department, for which she has worked since November 1983. In a second reading, the Council voted 3-0 to approve a zoning ordinance amendment to allow Costco to build a gas station at 2198 E. Willow St. In new business, Wilson asked city staff to look into whether the two separate versions of the Signal Hill Historical Society are operating under the same 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. ß
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to seek a job in law-enforcement with the thinking that it would be a better fit for her personality, she said. Vincent’s first choice was to work for the Signal Hill Police Department, hoping to work for a small town with a lot of history. After graduating 15th in her class at the police academy, Vincent became a police officer in 1983. It was at the police department where she “grew up” not only as a police officer but as an adult as well, Vincent said. In the last three decades, Signal Hill has “changed tremendously,” she said, transforming from a “rough” town with nothing more than oil wells, prostitutes and “dopers” to a “civilized and cultured” community with “nice homes,” stores and gas stations. “The population has changed, the environment has changed, so we kind of have to change with it,” Vincent said. Throughout her career, Vincent has had “lots of adventures,” she said, including once taking a stint to go after marijuana fields in northern California. Vincent has also been a highly athletic individual, both in her career and personal life. As a long-distance runner, she received 11 medals in the California Police Olympics, the World Police Olympics and the Police and Fire Games for running the 1,500-meter and 800-meter races and the team triathlon. Vincent said, however, she had to stop running after being struck by a drunk driver that totaled her police vehicle, leaving her with back injuries. Today, however, Vincent’s service to the public is what has garnered her the awards and accolades. During the last City Council meeting on Sept. 16, a packed room of police personnel, family and friends filled the Signal Hill Chamber to honor Vincent for her long career with the police department. Signal Hill Police Chief Michael Langston said Vincent will be “sorely missed” and hopes she will return to serve as a reserve officer. “Thirty years in any profession is a long time; 30 years serving the public in public safety is exceptional,” Langston said.
The formal bid prequalification period will be for calendar year 2014.
The District is interested in local business participation for their bond construction projects. Cerritos College, with the assistance of its program manager Tilden-Coil Constructors, Inc., will be hosting three contractor outreach seminars in 2013. The seminar will be a workshop to assist contractors on key points in turning in a successful prequalification package. The outreach seminars will be held at Cerritos College in the Teleconference Center (LC155). The Contractor outreach events are scheduled as follows: Friday, October 25 from 10:00 – 11:30 am Thursday, October 31 from 10:00 – 11:30 am Friday, November 15 from 10:00 – 11:30 am
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and potentially re-abandoned to meet State standards. At about $150,000 to $500,000 per well, city officials estimate oil-well re-abandonment alone may cost $2.7 million. Another site, which city staff plans to put on the market, is a property located at Cherry Avenue and 27th Street where Giant Grinder Deli was once located before closing its doors due to financial reasons in March. City staff proposes to market the entire site for sale to a retail developer or an auto dealership. Signal Hill RDA originally bought all properties on the site for $5.2 million, but city staff estimates the current value of the site to be from $1.2 million to $2.1 million. However, when environmental-remediation costs (projected at $1.2 million to $3.4 million) are added, the value dips to a range of $1,600 to $1.2 million. Even with such steeply discounted prices, it’s hard to tell if the properties that will be sold to developers are a bargain or a bust because of the cleanup costs associated with many of the sites, city officials point out. “Redevelopment was eliminated, so we don’t have anything or any funds,” McCaleb said in a phone interview. “[Developers] will have to do their own financial analysis to determine if it makes sense.” Forester said he hopes the State Department of Finance doesn’t reject the PMP because the properties may be
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During the Sept. 16 Signal Hill City Council meeting, Det. Sgt. Colleen Vincent, left, gives a speech while being commemorated for her 30 years of service to the Signal Hill Police Department. Vice Mayor Ed Wilson, third from left, presented her with a proclamation in addition to Cory Allen, field representative for Sen. Ricardo Lara. Signal Hill Police Chief Michael Langston also shared remarks about Vincent’s service.
Vincent was then handed a bouquet of flowers. She also received proclamations from the City of Signal Hill, Sen. Ricardo Lara’s office, Congressmember Alan Lowenthal’s office and Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal’s office. Senior Det. Alexander Gabaldon, who has been with the police department for 11 years, said in a phone interview that his experience working with Vincent has been “a pleasant one." He added, “she’s one of the sweetest persons anyone can meet and cares for the
people she works with. We’re going to miss her. That’s for sure. She’s one of those people you can rely on and count on. Everybody here just wishes her the best.” As for what Vincent has planned now, the veteran police officer said she is hoping to volunteer at a horse ranch in Lancaster where they rescue wild horses for them to be adopted. “That’s my next path,” Vincent said. “A new adventure.” ß
CITY OF SIGNAL HILL TST4462 NoTIcE oF oRDINANcE ADoPTIoN
Ordinance No. 2013-09-1461 was introduced at a regular meeting of the Signal Hill City Council held on September 3, 2013, and adopted by the City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, September 17, 2013. A summary of the ordinance is as follows:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING zONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT 13-03 AMENDING CHAPTER 20.40 SP-1 TOwN CENTER EAST SPECIFIC PLAN TO INCLUDE “GASOLINE SERVICE STATION” AS A CONDITIONALLY PERMITTED USE The ordinance was adopted by the following vote:
AYES: Vice Mayor Edward H.J. wilson, Council Members Larry Forester, Tina L. Hansen NOES: None
ABSENT: Mayor Michael J. Noll, Council Member Lori Y. woods ABSTAIN: None
Pursuant to Signal Hill City Charter Section 315, this ordinance shall become effective 30 days from and after the date of its adoption. A certified copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s Office. Kathleen L. Pacheco City Clerk
Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on September 20, 2013. Posted at City Hall, Library, Discovery well Park, and Reservoir Park on September 20, 2013.
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run for or be a write-in candidate for the office for which the contribution is made,” the code states. According to the code, individual contributions for mayoral candidates are limited to $750, contributions for city attorney, city prosecutor and city auditor candidates are limited to $500 and contributions for City Council candidates are limited to $350. The Long Beach code also only gives candidates 12 months before the election to start raising funds. However, the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce sued the City, challenging the legality of its election code. The lawsuit resulted in the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals making a ruling that certain portions of the City’s campaign-finance law were “unconstitutional and not enforceable by the City,” according to the city memo. Now, some candidates continue to question the legality of the City’s election rules and whether they violate First Amendment rights. Others say money being transferred from one city campaign to another is legal but state campaign funds can’t be moved into city elections because state offices have far less restrictions than city offices. For instance, in state campaigns for Senate and Assembly, individual contributions are capped at $3,600 and smallcontributor-committee contributions are limited to $7,200, while political parties have no contribution limits, according to the FPPC. Individual contributions for candidates running for governor are limited to $24,100. Candidates for state offices also have no set time of when they’re allowed to raise funds. At the center of the quandary is Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, who announced on Sept. 5 she is running for mayor of Long Beach in the April 8, 2014 primary election. According to the California Secretary of State’s website, Lowenthal, who won her third and final term on the state Assembly last year, has three active campaigncontribution accounts with ending cash balances totaling more than $300,000, which includes more than $29,000 from a campaign for Senate that she dropped out of to run for Assembly. In a campaign email that included a subject line of “Trying to get around the law,” 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, who is running for mayor, said allowing state funds to enter a city election would give power to “special interests” and would disregard the City’s established campaign contribution limits. “If money raised for a state Assembly or state Senate campaign is allowed to be flipped into a local campaign account, then there will be no more limits on how much can be contributed at one time to a campaign for mayor or City Council,” she stated. “And once again, big donors from special interests will control our local elections. The special interests and their candidates are counting on that you won’t notice their attack on our campaign-finance-reform law here in Long Beach.” Lowenthal’s campaign, however, states that it was never planning on using funds left over from state campaigns. “We never requested the opinion and never intended on using state funds for this race,” said Mike Shimpock,
Lowenthal’s campaign consultant. “As an advocate for and author of campaign-finance reform, Bonnie always intended on following those rules.” Still, a ruling could change things up a bit in terms of who is leading in contributions for the mayoral race. At the moment, former NFL player and entrepreneur Damon Dunn has led with a total of $241,432 in contributions during the period from Jan. 1 to June 30, with the largest single contribution, $150,000, from himself, as candidates are unlimited in their own personal contributions. A separate issue, however, is whether a candidate for a city office has a right to transfer funds from one campaign to another campaign for a different office in the same election cycle. Such is the case for James Johnson, who originally raised funds earlier this year for a second term as 7th District councilmember but changed his mind to instead run for city attorney. According to online documents, Johnson had raised a total of $71,297 for the council campaign during the last reporting period. In a phone interview, Johnson said he believes he has every right to now use that money in his campaign for city attorney since the issue has already been addressed. “Certainly, it is legal,” he said. “Certainly, I do plan on using that money… For whatever reason, they decided they needed to re-examine the issue.” Johnson cited a letter from attorney Stephen Kaufman and oral and written opinions from the city attorney’s office in 2010 brought up in questioning Mayor Bob Foster’s transfer of $147,732 in campaign funds from his mayoral campaign to a bid for California State Treasurer in 2014. Johnson noted that proposed transfers from state to city accounts versus city to state or city to city are “more complex,” as they would involve “an analysis of compliance with Long Beach contribution limits.” Davis said Long Beach candidates were concerned about Lowenthal,
Johnson and Doug Otto, a local attorney and current member of the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees. Jeff Adler, a Signal Hill-based political consultant, said in a phone interview that he predicts the ruling will conclude that money from past state campaigns to city campaigns will be banned or nontransferable, but he added that, in the long scheme of things, the decision won’t “make or break” the election for any candidates either way. “I see it as being one small step along a very long campaign trail,” Adler said. “I suspect that money will be banned but it’s certainly not illegal.” ß
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