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

A timely play about an untimely death

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Marking 15th anniversary of tragedy, LB man chooses Matthew Shepard as subject for his first formal play

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Mary Zandejas, 42, is one of six Long Beach residents featured in the documentary film The Cost of Living: The Faces of the Housing Crisis in Long Beach, which was produced by Housing Long Beach. The film is part of a campaign that proposes citywide policies in the process of updating Long Beach’s Housing Element in the coming months.

Affordable-housing advocates push for citywide policies in LB planning document

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Julian Comeau (front, center) portrays the titular character in South Coast Chorale’s production of Matthew Shepard: Beyond the Fence. The new play is the first one written by Long Beach resident Steven Davison, and it will make its debut this weekend at the Scottish Rite Event Center.

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Mary Zandejas has resided in a small apartment at 7th Street and Redondo Avenue in Long Beach’s Belmont Heights district for 18 years. Though living with polio since childhood, she was able to manage. But things changed in 2002 when an accident left her wheelchair-bound and unable to use her own bathroom. Now, her biggest challenge, she says, is finding an affordable place to live that accommodates her disabilities. “After my accident, I was no longer able to stand up,” said Zandejas, 42, who lives on a fixed income. “So I was thinking about affordable housing for myself that is wheelchair-accessible,

Haunted by the loss of the RDA, an empty lot in central Long Beach just sits…and waits

see HOUSING page 13

CJ Dablo Staff Writer

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An empty lot on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway is one of the 259 properties that belonged to Long Beach’s former redevelopment agency. The City can’t enter into any contracts for new development on former RDA property without the State’s ultimate approval.

then tied to a fence and left for dead in a rural area in Laramie, Wyoming. The incident gained attention and contributed to the As the vice president of Parades and Spec- international of hate-crimes legislation, in particular, passing taculars for Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, and being responsible for the the 2009 Matthew Shepard Act, which expands overall creative direction of daytime parades, the 1969 United States federal hate-crime law to fireworks displays and nighttime spectaculars at include crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or Walt Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide, perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender Steven Davison oversees some sensational, identity or disability. Several literary projects have shed light on Shepard’s murder, including larger-than-life shows. This weekend, however, he’ll be helming a the play The Laramie Project, which HBO later considerably more intimate production in Long produced as a film. The Laramie Project was Beach about simply one man whose murder has based on hundreds of interviews with residents of the town and focused on their reactions to his had far-reaching impact. killing. Tomorrow, Oct. 12, will be the 15th anniverDavison, however, is taking a different sary of the death of Matthew Shepard, the 21year-old gay college student who was tortured approach to telling the story. Whereas The Laramie Project focused on what occurred after the tragedy, with his play Matthew Shepard: Beyond the Fence, Davison is rewinding to explore the life of Shepard, whom Davison refers to as “Matt.” “Matthew Shepard: Beyond the Fence is about Matt,” Davison said. “You follow him through his life and his ups and downs. You meet his friends and see what life was like for Matt. Most people don’t know that side of him; they only know the gay, 21-year-old college student that was Steven Davison (far left) watches the cast of his play beaten and tied to the fence. Matt was Matthew Shepard: Beyond the Fence perform during a much more than that, as the play will technical rehearsal on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Davison is show.” Davison is producing and directing directing the play, which he also wrote with the input of Romaine Patterson, who was Shepard’s best friend. see SHEPARD page 8 Managing Editor

Bordered by an unassuming white, ranch-style fence, the empty lot on the northwest corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway has a story. The central Long Beach lot used to be home to a liquor store with a notorious reputation for crime. One of 259 properties that belonged to the former Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA), the site is just one example of a vision for the city that has yet to be realized. Long Beach’s redevelopment program was dissolved more than a year ago, and many of the agency’s properties

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NEWS

OCTOBER 11, 2013

Lowenthal Big-Rig Safety Bill signed into law AB 529 modernizes the California Highway Patrol enforcement system

In partnership with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the trucking industry, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (DLong Beach) crafted AB 529, which was signed into law on Oct. 3 by Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill capitalizes on technology and data to modernize the CHP inspection program for trucks into a more focused, performancebased system, according to Lowenthal. “This is about safety,” said Lowenthal, chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee. “With AB 529, authorities can focus their resources on the problem carriers, improving the safety of our roadways for all California drivers.” The current Biennial Inspection of Terminals program requires certain motor carriers operating commercial vehicles

from terminal locations across the state to undergo a safety inspection at least once every 25 months. The inspection includes a sample of the regulated vehicles, maintenance records and driver records. Beginning in 2016, the program will draw from data gathered by the Department of Motor Vehicles and law-enforcement from around the state and nation, allowing the CHP to zero-in on new motor carriers and those that are most likely to be out of compliance or have safety issues. Carriers that are considered non-compliant or new, or those hauling hazardous materials, will have more frequent inspections, while those with clear records will be subject to inspection at least once every six years. The CHP will continue its roadside inspection program for all carriers,

according to Lowenthal’s office. AB 529 extends the new inspection program beyond bigrig trucks to include tow trucks, construction trucks and all companies that transport their products in two-axle trucks. Inspection records will be publicly available, further incentivizing compliance for carriers operating in California. AB 529 was supported by the trucking industry, including the California Construction Trucking Association, the California Tow Truck Association, the California Trucking Association, and the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. The bill received broad, bipartisan support in the legislature, according to Lowenthal’s office. Source: Bonnie Lowenthal’s office

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OCTOBER 11, 2013

LB City Council approves formation of Uptown business district

After about three years of organizing by north Long Beach property owners, the Long Beach City Council voted Oct. 8 to approve the formation of an Uptown Property and Business Improvement District (PBID), according to 9th District Councilmember Steve Neal’s office. The venture is a joint project undertaken by the Uptown Property & Community Association, 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal, 8th District Councilmember Al Austin and the North Long Beach Business Alliance. The intention behind the PBID, which will become effective on January 1, 2014, is to foster economic development, security, and maintenance along the Atlantic Avenue corridor, according to Neal’s office. Specifically, the targeted area will be Atlantic Avenue, between Artesia Boulevard and Market Street, and Artesia Boulevard, between Atlantic and Orange avenues.

The Uptown Property and Community Association (UPCA) will be the new nonprofit organization that will administer the PBID, which will have an annual budget of $188,367, according to Neal’s office. The Board of Directors of the UPCA, currently in formation, will manage the newly formed district. “We have seen such benefit from the great work of BIDs in Long Beach neighborhoods like Bixby Knolls and downtown,” Neal said. “With the loss of redevelopment, this new district will be a crucial tool to bring economic vitality and a sense of community pride to north Long Beach. I applaud the Uptown Property and Community Association, commercial property owners, businesses and all of the stakeholders on the formation of this historic new PBID.” Yanki Greenspan, principal at Westland Real Estate group and an

uptown property owner, said the PBID’s formation is emblematic of the dedication of businesses in the area. “This district represents the commitment of north Long Beach property owners to the revitalization of our business corridors and the entire community,” Greenspan said. “We had a spirited discussion amongst stakeholders, and [Tuesday’s] vote was a major leap in the right direction.” Austin expressed enthusiasm about the potential of the business district. “I am encouraged by the positive support of the property owners in the Uptown PBID,” Austin said, “and I look forward to the positive accomplishments that our property owners, business, and the City will be able to achieve together along these key commercial corridors.” Source: Neal’s office

Wilmington man found guilty of reckless driving, hit-and-run, evading arrest, filing false police report

A jury has found Marcus Brandon Williams, 33, of Wilmington, guilty of multiple charges stemming from an incident that began with a reckless-driving incident, followed by a police chase in Long Beach last year, according to the Long Beach City Prosecutor’s office. Williams evaded officers that night, but he was caught by police after reporting his car stolen. According to a press release issued by the City Prosecutor’s office, on Aug. 26, 2012, Williams, then unidentified, was speeding and driving recklessly in a 2011 Chevy Malibu at 11:45pm. When he ran a stop sign at PCH and 19th Street, a Long Beach Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop. Williams kept driving at high speeds in an apparent attempt to evade the officer, until he careened into two parked cars. Williams then fled on foot and was able to evade the officer. Three days later, Williams called LBPD to report that his car had been stolen. When detectives ran the vehicle’s identification number, they discovered the incident from three nights prior and conducted an investigation. Williams was identified as the driver who had fled from officers. The Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office filed charges, and on Oct. 7, 2013, Williams was convicted by a jury of reckless driv-

ing, hit-and-run, evading arrest, and filing a false police report. “This is a serious crime,” said City Prosecutor Doug Haubert. “People need to be held accountable for their behavior, and I am glad the jury returned guilty verdicts on all charges.” Deputy City Prosecutor Ryan Sanders is the prosecutor who presented the case to the jury. “What Williams did, by his reckless driving and his running from the police, endangered the public and the officer who was trying to do his job,” he said. “Our next priority is ensuring the victims recover fully from the damages caused by his crime.” At Williams’s sentencing on Oct. 9, prosecutors sought a restitution order requiring the defendant to repay the cost of damages to the cars he hit. According to information Haubert provided to the Signal Tribune on Oct. 9, the following are the conditions of Williams’s sentencing: three years summary probation, 90 days in county jail, 20 days of labor with Caltrans, search-and-seizure conditions and restitution. “The jury listened to all the evidence and returned the right verdict,” Haubert said. “Breaking the law, then lying to cover it up was not a smart move.” Source: LB City Prosecutor’s office

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AN UNPROHIBITED DISCUSSION What Author talk Who Dana Branch Library Where 3680 Atlantic Ave. When Friday, Oct. 11 at 11:30am More Info Claudine Burnett, local historian and author, will introduce her new book, Prohibition Madness: Life and Death In and Around Long Beach, California, 1920-1933. Call (562) 570-1042 or visit lbpl.org .

FOR THE ANIMALS What Free mobile animal clinic Who Fix Long Beach Where Martin Luther King Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. When Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9:30am to 4pm More Info Event will offer free spay and neuter procedures to those who have made appointments. Microchipping, deworming and flea-control products as well as nail trimming will be offered at discounted prices, and appointments are not necessary to get required shots for dogs and cats. Visit fixlongbeach.com .

CELEBRATING EQUALITY AND JUSTICE What 50th annual dinner Who The California Conference for Equality and Justice Where The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St. When Thursday, Oct. 17 at 5:30pm More Info The CCEJ will introduce its officers and new board members at the meeting and report to the community. Tickets are $75 per person. Call (562) 435-8184 or visit cacej.org .

DINNER AND A PARTY What Homecoming Who American Legion Family of Lakewood Post #496 Where 5938 Parkcrest St. When Friday, Oct. 18 at 4:30pm More Info National Auxiliary President Nancy Brown-Park will speak at the event. Dinner will cost $15. Call (562) 425- 3879.

GETTING BACK TO WORK What Getting Back To Work 2013: Summit on Good Job Creation and Small Business in Long Beach Who 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal Where Long Beach Convention Center, 200 E. Seaside Way When Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9am to 4pm More Info The summit will feature a full day of activities to benefit job seekers, small-business owners and general observers. The summit will include a welcome by Mayor Bob Foster, a series of workshops for small businesses and job seekers, and a networking mixer. Call (562) 570-6137 or email district9@longbeach.gov .

JOIN THE WALK What 3rd Annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s Who Alzheimer’s Association Where Rainbow Lagoon Park, Shoreline Drive in downtown Long Beach When Saturday, Oct. 19 at 9am More Info In addition to the 5K walk, Walk to End Alzheimer’s will include entertainment, food, awards and a family festival. Onsite registration will open at 7:30am. Visit alz.org/socal . DINNER AND A PARTY What Networking brunch Who Rossmoor/Los Alamitos Republican Women Federated Where Marriott Courtyard, 5865 Katella Ave. in Cypress When Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9:45am to noon More Info Steve Moeller will be the speaker, and guests will have an opportunity to network and socialize. Cost will be $20. Call (562) 857-3962.

WHO ARE YOU? What Monthly meeting Who Questing Heirs Genealogical Society Where Resurrection Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 1900 E. Carson St. When Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1pm More Info The meeting will feature a talk by speaker Cele Moore, who will talk about DNA testing for genealogy. Visit qhgs.info or call (562) 598-3027.

HONORING SMALL BUSINESSES What 2013 Excellence in Business Awards Who Senator Ricardo Lara Where Office of Keesal, Young & Logan, 400 Oceangate When Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 6pm to 9pm More Info Senator Ricardo Lara will honor local small businesses that continually help the community. Lara will also provide an update on the current state of affairs in Sacramento. Parking is available in the parking structure behind the Union Bank Building at the corner of Golden Shore and Seaside Way. Call (562) 495-4766. CALLING ALL GREEN THUMBS What Plant sale Who Friends of El Dorado Nature Center and Partners of Parks Where El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring St. When Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9:30am to 2pm More Info A wide variety of drought-tolerant, native plants will be available: California buckwheat, coast sunflower, ceanothus species, sages and more. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. Call (562) 570-1745 or visit longbeach.gov/naturecenter .

MYSTERY-FILLED LUNCH What 5th annual “Luncheon Most Deadly” Who American Association of University Women Where Old Ranch Country Club, 3901 Lampson Ave. When Saturday, Oct. 26 at 11am More Info Author Lisa See will be the featured speaker. The fundraiser will benefit fellowships, research and project grants for women seeking education. Cost is $60 per person and includes the luncheon, program, silent auction, book sales and signing. Due to Old Ranch’s dress code, guests are discouraged from wearing jeans or strapless tops. Call (562) 493-4749.

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SIGNAL TRIBUNE’S FOCUS ON BUSINESS

OCTOBER 11, 2013

Name of business: Plasticare Surgery Center Address: 920 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach 90807 Phone: (562) 427-8944 Hours: M-Th 9am to 6pm, F 9am to 5pm What type of business: Plastic and reconstructive surgery How long in business: Over 25 years Unique features of your business: Aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery performed by board-certified plastic surgeons with the option of surgical privacy associated with free-standing surgicenter and 23-hour recovery with an attending registered nurse. What do you want new customers to know? Both Dr. Connie Joy and Dr. Donn Hickman are double-boarded by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and American Board of Surgery, assuring quality training and professionalism. Website: Plasticare.com Email: Plasticare@aol.com Social Networks: LinkedIn Plasticare Doctors: Ikonija Connie S. Joy, M.D., F.A.C.S. & Donn Hickman, M.D., F.A.C.S.

OPINION

Thoughts from the Publisher by Neena Strichart

Although we aren’t traveling much these days, I’d still like to think Mom and I might sneak in a short road trip or two before the end of the year. Steve may or may not join us. I’m betting he’d probably rather stay home and do his own thing while I shuttle Mom around for a change of scenery. After all, it has been said that absence makes the heart grow fonder. But, then on the other hand, some say “Out of sight, out of mind.” Nevertheless, I think a hotel stay or two is in my near future. Last week a pal of mine sent me an email with a message warning about a hotel scam that has allegedly taken place more than a time or two. I checked it out at snopes.com, and although I didn’t get much confirmation on the reality of the claim, I still believe it is worth the warning. Please read below and let me know if you’ve ever heard of such a thing.

One arrives at his or her hotel and checks in at the front desk. Typically, when checking in, one gives the front desk a credit card to keep on file for extra charges to the room. The traveler then goes to his/her room and settles in. All is good. The hotel receives a call, and the caller asks for (as an example) room 620. The phone rings in room 620. The traveler answers, and the person on the other end of the phone line says the following: “This is the front desk. When you were checking

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A senior demeanor

Just read Neena’s commentary on celebrating her mom’s 94th birthday. The last time I saw “Mom” was at Trader Joe’s. Mind you, she wasn’t JUST at TJ’s, she was parking IN THE LOT at TJ’s– something I don't even do in my Smart Car! This woman is amazing. Her mind is sharper than mine, she looks younger than I do, and her wit is right up there with anyone’s. One tough lady who speaks her mind– it is easy to see where Neena got her sparks. I’m waiting for the century mark before I go two-out-of-three falls with her. Keep on truckin’, Mom! Mark Hawkins Long Beach

in, we came across a problem with your charge-card information. Please re-read me your credit-card number and verify the last three-digit numbers on the reverse side of your charge card.” Not thinking anything wrong, since the call seems to come from the front desk, the traveler obliges. In actuality, the caller is not a hotel employee but a scammer calling from outside the hotel. The scammer has asked for a random room number, then asks whomever answers for his or her credit card and address information. In most cases the scammer sounds so professional that the traveler believes he or she is actually speaking to someone in authority at the hotel’s front desk. If you ever encounter this scenario on your travels, tell the caller that you will be down to the front desk to clear up any problems. Then, go to the front desk or hang up and call directly to the front desk and ask if there was a problem. If there was none, inform the manager of the hotel that someone posing as a hotel employee had tried to scam you of your credit card information.

Note from Neena: Beware of light-fingered hotel cleaning staff as well. DO NOT leave valuables in your room while you are out visiting, dining, sightseeing or even just going to the pool area for a quick dip. Most hotels have safes in the rooms or a security box you can use near the front desk. I had a necklace stolen from a hotel room more than 30 years ago while I was out at an Elvis concert in Las Vegas. A friend of mine in the room right next door to mine had her watch taken. The police came and took our reports, but we never recovered our stolen property. It still makes me mad. I guess tucking valuables in the toe of a shoe in one’s suitcase doesn’t qualify as a fool-proof hiding place!

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One lot owned by the City of Long Beach’s former redevelopment agency sits on the southwest corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. It is located across the street from the former site of a liquor store that was known to draw crime to the area. Marking the entrance to the Long Beach Polytechnic High School, this lot is slated for government use, according to the City’s proposed property-management plan.

James Johnson, candidate for Long Beach city attorney, has announced that Congressmember Janice Hahn, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, former City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, former Long Beach Mayor Eunice Sato, former Senator Betty Karnette, and former Assemblymember Warren Furutani have endorsed him.

sit in limbo, waiting for the State of California to determine its ultimate fate. The City will be submitting a long-range property management plan to California’s Department of Finance no later than Oct. 23. One of the redevelopment program’s main goals was to transform blighted areas, however, without the State’s approval of the City’s plan, the City can’t enter into any new contracts for development on the properties that belonged to the RDA. Central Long Beach is one of the areas affected by the State’s decision to shut down the redevelopment program. The vacant lot on a busy intersection in the middle of the city represents the neighborhood’s troubled past and its possible future. Sixth District Councilmember Dee Andrews remembers how the property’s old liquor store, an establishment that stayed open until 2am, would attract the already intoxicated crowds who were leaving clubs– people who wanted to get even drunker. He described how police responded to

The Campaign Trail

• The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce political action committee announced Oct. 8 that it is endorsing Stacy Mungo for the 5th District Long Beach Council seat. • Roberto Uranga, candidate for the 7th District seat on the Long Beach City

Council, has announced that State Senator Ricardo Lara and Laborers Local 507 have given him their endorsements. • Rex Richardson, candidate for the 9th District Long Beach Council seat, has announced that 8th District Councilmember Al Austin has endorsed him.

numerous calls to the area. Any crime you could think of, Andrews added, it happened right there. A long-time resident of central Long Beach agrees. “It was just an eyesore,” said Virgia Wade, an active 82-year-old resident in Andrews’s 6th District. In a phone interview, she described how unsafe she felt at that liquor store. She remembers there were so many people loitering at the store both day and night. Some asked for help, but others, she feared, were looking to snatch a purse. Andrews explained how the redevelopment program had been a good thing for his area. The councilmember acknowledged that his district had high crime rates, but he credits the redevelopment program with a lot of improvements to the region that helped foster a sense of community pride. He described how the program not only eliminated the liquor store, but it also developed low-income housing and cleaned up some of the streets and sidewalks. “It just meant a total revitalization of a community…which was

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really so beat down [and] run down,” Andrews concluded. He acknowledged that there were plans in motion for the lot before the redevelopment program ended last year. Willie McGinest, a former NFL player who became a real-estate developer, had expressed serious interest in developing the property into a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, according to Andrews. The councilmember acknowledged that the ambitious plan for the property in an economically depressed area had similarities to Magic Johnson’s vision to create Starbucks coffeehouses in poorer areas in Los Angeles in an effort to improve the neighborhoods. However, plans like the one proposed for a coffeehouse in censee RDA page 12

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WomenShelter of Long Beach (WSLB) is joining forces with local sponsors to host its seventh annual candlelight walk and vigil on Friday, Oct. 18 at 6pm “to increase awareness and support for combating escalating domestic violence in California,” according to WSLB. Together with the City of Long Beach’s Human Dignity Program, A Window between Worlds, and the ArtExchange, WSLB will host a walk

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and vigil followed by a survivor art exhibition and workshops. Participants will have an opportunity to create artwork designed to enlighten and empower. In addition, during the We Can community event, participants can view survivors’ artwork and celebrate the lives saved through WSLB’s programs and services. A spoken-word presentation and light refreshments will be included. According to WSLB, local officials who plan to attend include 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, Long Beach Prosecutor Douglas Haubert, Long Beach Police Department Deputy Chief Robert Luna and Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal. The Long Beach Victim Impact Program DA’s and the Victim Witness Assistants will also join the walk. “We’re asking all those who are committed to fighting abuse to join us for an evening of reflection, renewed resolve and gratitude for the success stories,” says Wendy Asman, executive director of WSLB. “The incidents of domestic violence in Greater Los Angeles and Long Beach have increased and worsened in severity since the economic downturn, while funding for services has been sharply reduced. This is a frightening confluence of circumstances which has led to an even greater need for expanded community support.” In recent years, three domestic violence agencies in WSLB’s service area drastically reduced services and/or closed their doors, according to WSLB. Consequently, the agency has experienced a 27-percent increase in unduplicated calls to its hotline, a 37percent increase in the number of unduplicated requests for shelter and a

13-percent increase in unduplicated requests for outreach services, according to WSLB. The 2012 Mount St. Mary's College Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California indicates that 40 percent of the state’s female population experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime compared to a 33-percent rate on the national level. The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV) released a report in May that in just one 24-hour period in 2012, domestic violence programs statewide were unable to meet 1,170 requests for assistance– more than two-thirds of those requests were for emergency shelter or transitional housing. “Domestic violence is a publichealth crisis,” adds Asman. “In human, economic and public-safety terms, abuse across the U.S. takes a staggering toll–$67 billion spent on law enforcement, $6.5 billion on health care and business losses of three-to-six billion. These statistics don’t even begin to account for the lives cut short, families torn apart, unrealized opportunities and scars left on future generations. With a big turnout, we’re hopeful that the fight against domestic violence will be reinvigorated during our Oct. 18 walk, vigil and post-vigil We Can event.” Since 1977, WSLB has provided direct services to more than 13,000 domestic violence victims and their children, serving 1,100 victims every year. To find out more about the upcoming event and to lend your support to WSLB, call (562) 437-7233 or visit womenshelterlb.org . Source: WSLB

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Sheldon and Shell Grossman, owners of Bixby Knolls Car Wash, have been selected as the recipients of the Western Car Wash Association’s award for “Outstanding Service to the Community.” Jerry Nix, former president of the association, recently presented the award to the Grossmans, citing their fundraising efforts for local and national charities. The business was first built by the Exxon Corporation as part of a string of car washes the oil company owned in the greater Los Angeles area during the 1970s. Sheldon, who owned several other car washes at the time, purchased the business after the oil company was running it at a loss, he said. “They knew how to pump gas, but not [run] car washes,” he said. After buying the car wash, Sheldon met Shell through a mutual friend at a business party in Huntington Beach. Discovering they had more in common than just the spelling of their names, they decided to tie the knot and have now been married 35 years. Last year, the car wash celebrated its 35th year of business by hosting a community celebration that featured music and entertainment, food from local vendors, clowns, giveaways, games, prizes and a free photo booth. Some of the numerous philanthropic endeavors the Grossmans have undertaken include fundraising for local schools, sponsoring the March of Dimes Foundation, contributing to the American Cancer Society and the St. Mary Medical Center Foundation, donating to local churches and dedicating service to local nonprofits such as the Long Beach Police Foundation, the Historical Society of Long Beach, Ettie Lee Youth and Family Services, Friends of Long Beach Animals, Children Today, the Signal Hill Community Foundation and Ability First.

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As Long Beach becomes a more bike-friendly place, the City is continuing with its annual Bicycle Count to determine where bicycle and pedestrian improvements need to be made.

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The Western Car Wash Association has recognized Sheldon and Shell Grossman, owners of Bixby Knolls Car Wash, for their philanthropic efforts for local and national charities.

The City of Long Beach is seeking volunteers for its 6th annual Bicycle Count on Thursday, Oct. 17, or Sunday, Oct. 20. “As Long Beach gets more and more bike-friendly, these counts help us acquire a better understanding of bicycle and pedestrian activity, and where bicycle and pedestrian improvements need to be made,” Mayor Bob Foster said. The City of Long Beach and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) are asking for volunteers to help conduct bike and pedestrian counts at more than 35 locations throughout Long Beach. There are multiple volunteer time slots and count locations. High-school students are welcome to participate with parent permission. Those interested may choose from among five training sessions: Tuesday, Oct. 15 CSULB Campus Noon– Building PH1, room 112 2pm– Building PH1, room 108 6pm– Building CBA, room 111

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the play, which is a musical, as a South Coast Chorale (SCC) production. According to its mission statement, SCC is a performance troupe that uses music to entertain, educate, connect and uplift audiences and its members through performances that are distinguished for LGBT diversity and artistic excellence.

“The show is really a play within a musical,” Davison said. “The music brings additional emotion to each of the scenes. You will laugh, you will cry. It is a very emotional piece, in a good way.” In researching for and writing the play, Davison reached out to someone who knew Shepard well. “Romaine Patterson, one of Matt’s best friends, is fantastic,” Davison said. “When I approached her a while

CULTURE back with this idea, I asked if she would help answer some of my questions. Romaine had written a book about Matt, [The Whole World Was Watching: Living in the Light of Matthew Shepard], which really gave an interesting look into his life. She was very receptive to help and answer questions as I developed the story. The cast even had a chance to meet her a few weeks ago when she was out in California. She was won-

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derful and answered all their questions about people she knew so they’d have a better grasp on their characters.” Patterson will be returning to California this weekend, since Davison is flying her here for his play’s premiere, and she will be participating in a panel discussion on bullying before Saturday’s performance. Also joining the discussion will be Lesléa Newman, author of the book October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard. Someone else who Davison hopes will join in on the discussion and viewing of the play is local highschool students, to whom SCC is offering free admission. “We are inviting any high-school student who would like to attend the show, [offering them] a complimentary ticket,” Davison said. “We are hoping they will come with an open mind and see that bullying is wrong and that we can overcome it if we all work together. My hope is Matt's story will inspire them to take action, to be the difference.” That sentiment was the impetus for Davison’s writing Beyond the Fence in the first place. “I have always been moved by Matt’s story,” he said. “It is very compelling, and I felt it was important to tell his story. It’s been 15 years since Matthew’s passing, and the bullying he endured is still around today. So to produce a play to shed more light on this subject in an anniversary year for Matt was very compelling to me.” Tanya Tines, who plays Romaine Patterson in Beyond the Fence, said marking the 15th anniversary of Shepard’s death is important but she agrees that it also happens to come at the right time. “It seems like bullying is very prevalent in the schools today, especially among middle school and high school, even college-aged kids,” Tines said. “So I

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think even 15 years ago to today, it’s still a very prevalent issue.” Rebecca Blumenfeld, a 32-yearold who is vice president of SCC and a member of the chorus for this production, remarked on the relative obscurity of Shepard’s murder despite the prominent attention to it in 1998. “Unfortunately, my demographic and the younger demographic have no idea who Matthew Shepard was,” she said, adding that she herself is an exception, since having family members and friends who are openly gay has always been part of her life. “When Matthew died, I just happened to know about it, but a lot of my friends, whether gay or straight, have no idea who Matthew was. They barely remember 15 years ago– 1998, we were almost graduating high school, we weren’t really involved in politics very much. So they really don’t know where hate crimes started, and I think it really started with Matthew.” Blumenfeld mentioned the prevalence of bullying today and said she hopes the message that comes across with Beyond the Fence is that it’s not just about Shepard– that people nowadays are singled out for any number of reasons. “I really hope they don’t just see Matthew as a gay 21-year-old, but as someone that they can relate to,” she said. “I hope they learn that this is not just about a tribute to Matthew but [gain] an understanding of what bullying is about and what hate crime is about as well.” Emily McKibben, an SCC board member, is portraying Roni, an ex-girlfriend of Romaine Patterson. She cites social media as a major factor in the high incidence of bullying today, even among adults. She said the themes of Beyond the Fence are still current. “We can’t judge anybody, no matter if it’s sexual orientation, if it’s race, if it’s social status, we still can’t do that to people,” she said. “And this is just a reminder that this is what could happen to somebody. There are kids out there today that are hanging themselves, committing suicide, being attacked on social media. I think it’s a friendly reminder to pay attention to your children and learn to love each other.”

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Julian Comeau rehearses the role of Matthew Shepard in South Coast Chorale’s production of Beyond the Fence during a tech run-through on Sept. 9.

Matthew Shepard: Beyond the Fence will be performed at the Scottish Rite Event Center, 855 Elm Ave., on Oct. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8pm and on Oct. 13 and 20 at 2pm. VIP tickets are $35, and general admission is $25. The Oct. 12 show will feature a gala premiere and reception at 6:30pm; tickets for that evening are $50. Tickets are available at tinyurl.com/sccshepard or at the door before performances. For more information, visit SCCsingers.com .

Artists opening up their studios for tour this weekend

Local painters, illustrators, ceramicists, sculptors and jewelry-makers will expose themselves artistically this weekend during the fourth annual Long Beach Open-Studio Tour. About 40 artists will open up their work spaces to the public in 31 different locations for the two-day event, each representing one of four hubs: Belmont Shore, Wrigley/California Heights, Bixby Knolls and El Dorado Park, which is new to the tour this year. Studios will be open from noon to 5pm on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13 for the self-guided tour. For more information about the tour, including a map with locations, visit LBopenstudiotour.com .

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people the pleasure of seeing and having something beautiful or intriguing. But perhaps seeing such things made of wood will remind them of the value of natural materials.

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In 100 words or less, what do you do as an artist? I am a woodturner. I use a lathe and hand tools to shape wood to make bowls, vases, necklace pendants and other works of art. I strive to combine the natural beauty of wood grain and color with innovative design to make aesthetically pleasing and visually challenging pieces.

What motivates you to create art? I just enjoy doing it. It’s fun creating the designs– and in woodturning, this is often a double challenge, because the artist must must come up with something that is aesthetically pleasing but must also imagine the technical process that will work to produce that result. Then, I enjoy making it. The feel of the tools, the working of the lathe, and finally, seeing the design succesfully realized are very satisfying.

How has your practice changed over time? Woodturning does require learning and practicing a lot of technique. I am still expanding the range and quality of what I can do.

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Do you ever get artist’s block? If so, how do you combat it? Most of the time, I have three or four ideas in mind and feel anxious to get a chance to work on them, rather than the opposite. But if I do have trouble coming up with something, I can revert for a while to routine work like making wine-bottle stoppers. This gets me going again. What do you think your life would be like if, for some reason, you could no longer create art? Woodturning has become my most valued activity since I retired a few years ago. I’m not sure how else I would spend my time without it.

Untitled– avocado, maple and steel

What role does the artist have in society? I can’t claim that woodturning has a great influence as social or political commentary. I primarily aim to give

How do you feel when people ask you to explain the meaning of your art? I don’t get that question much, but people sometimes ask, “What is it?” or “What is it for?” I just tell them it is just to be looked at and enjoyed. Usually such people are a lost cause. 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? No, I haven't been. It’s a little hard to imagine with work of this kind.

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What are one or two factors that, when they’re in place, enable you to really flourish artistically? A nice piece of wood.

What jobs have you had other than being an artist? For 35 years, I was professor of Environmental Engineering at USC. I have been retired for about three years.

What’s your favorite color? The color of wood.

Devinny 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 Devinny’s work, visit facebook.com/DevinnyArts .

Does your artistic life ever get lonely? If so, what do you do to counteract it? I do work alone, but I don’t mind it. I am a member of the El Camino Woodturners Guild. We meet once a month for discussions and demonstrations. I am also a member of The Artists’ Studio cooperative gallery in Palos Verdes. I help staff the gallery and attend meetings, and so I have a lot of interaction with other artists.

What do you hope to achieve with your art? I hope that the work will give people some pleasure.

What are one or two primary areas of fear for you as an artist? I worry that no one will like it. Even though I have sold more than a hundred pieces by now, I still wonder whether the one I have just made will catch someone’s eye. I can never anticipate which ones will sell right away and which will not.

Untitled– maple, cypress, and glass

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TST4474 NoTICE INVITING BIDS A-1 Sealed bids will be received at the office of the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, California, until 10:30 a.m. on october 22, 2013, and on the same day shortly thereafter, they will be publicly opened and read for the “Street and Sidewalk Improvements at 23rd Street, Project No. 686, CDBG Project No. 60157913” project, in accordance with the Specifications therefore. Bids must be made on the forms provided for this purpose, addressed to the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, marked "Bid for “, followed by the title of the project and the date and hour for submitting bids. Bids are required for the entire work as described in the Bid Schedule and the Specifications. The work to be accomplished under this contract includes the rehabilitation and construction of sidewalk, curb & gutter, driveway, concrete block slough wall and parkway drainage along the north side of 23rd Street between orange Avenue and Walnut Avenue. A-2 All work must be completed within twenty (20) working days after receipt by the Contractor of the notice to proceed from the City. The contract documents, which include the Specifications, may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Department of Finance, for $20 or $25 if requested by mail. The documents are entitled “Street and Sidewalk Improvements at 23rd Street, Project No. 686, CDBG Project No. 601579-13.” A-3 Bids will not be received unless they are made on a proposal form furnished in the Contract Documents by the City of Signal Hill. each bid must be accompanied by cash, certified check, cashier's check or bidder's bond, made payable to the City of Signal Hill for an amount equal to at least ten percent (10%) of the amount bid, such guarantee to be forfeited should the bidder to whom the contract is awarded fail to enter into the Contract. A-4 All bids are to be compared on the basis of the lump sum or itemized bid items shown in the Bid Schedule(s). Bids will not be accepted from the Contractors who are not licensed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 9, Division III of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California. The Contractor shall be required to possess a Class A or Class C-8 license at the time the contract is awarded. A-5 Attention is directed to the provision in Section 1777.5, 1777.6 and 1777.7 of the California Labor Code and Title 8, California Administrative Code, Section 200 et 4 seq. concerning the employment of apprentices by the Contractor of any subcontractor under the Contractor. A-6 Before a Contract is entered into with the successful bidder, the bidder shall present evidence in writing to the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, that he has a current combined single limit liability policy with aggregate limits for Bodily Injury and Property Damage in the amount of two million dollars ($2,000,000). A-7 Prevailing Wage Statement: This is a federally-assisted construction project. Federal Labor Standards Provisions outlined in the HUD-4010 form, including the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) will be enforced. The “current Federal Wage Decision” is the one in effect 10-days prior to the bid opening date and can be found on-line at http://www.wdol.gov. In the event of a conflict between Federal and State wages rates, the higher of the two will prevail. The Contractor’s duty to pay State prevailing wages can be found under Labor Code Section 1770 et seq. and Labor Code Sections 1775 and 1777.7 outline the penalties for failure to pay prevailing wages and employ apprentices including forfeitures and debarment. A-8 Attention is directed to Government Code Sections 4590 and 14402.5 permitting the substitution of specified and approved securities for contract retention of funds. All such securities shall be subject to the review and approval of the City Attorney of the City of Signal Hill. A-9 The successful bidder will be required to furnish a payment bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price and a faithful performance bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price, and said bonds shall be secured from a surety company satisfactory to the City Attorney of the City of Signal Hill. A-10 The City of Signal Hill reserves the right to reject any and all bids, or delete portions of any and all bids or waive any informality or irregularity in the bid or the bid procedures and shall be the sole judge of the bids received. A-11 Conflict of Interest: In the procurement of supplies, equipment, construction, and services by sub-recipients, the conflict of interest provisions in 24 CFR 85.36, oMB Circular A-110, and 24 CFR 570.611, respectively, shall apply. No employee, officer or agent of the sub-recipient shall participate in selection, or in the award or administration of a contract supported by Federal funds if a conflict of interest, real or apparent, would be involved. A-12 Federal Contract Clause and Provisions: This is a federally-assisted construction project. Attention is directed to requirements and documents listed in this Notice Inviting Bids, and Appendices A and B of the bid documents including but not limited to the sections regarding the eeo Clause, Notice of Requirement for Affirmative Action, Federal eeo Specifications, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Contracting with Small & Minority Firms, Women’s Business enterprise, Compliance with Clean Air and Water Act, and Conflict of Interest. By order of the City of Signal Hill. Posted at Signal Hill City Hall on: Published in the Signal-Tribune on: oct. 4 and oct. 11, 2013.

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tral Long Beach will have to wait a little longer. The oversight board to Long Beach’s Successor Agency approved the long-range-propertymanagement plan on Oct. 7. It was a crucial step for the City to take before the plan is ultimately turned over to the State’s Department of Finance for approval. The new plan still acknowledges and refers back to the strategic plans that were crafted by the people behind the former redevelopment agency. It offers four possible futures for the 259 properties. The properties could be slated for government use, sold, kept for future development or retained to honor an enforceable obligation that existed before the redevelopment agency was dissolved. The vision that the redevelopment agency had created for the City is not completely lost. If the City wants to promote a particular kind of land use for specific property, the City would seek to competitively bid the properties through an RFP [request for proposal] process, according to Michael Conway, the director of the City of Long Beach’s Business and Property Development Department. Conway had presented an overview of the property-management plan to members

of the Long Beach Central Project Area Council (CPAC) last month. He later explained to the oversight board on Monday that the intent is to promote land uses and community amenities that were supported by the redevelopment plan. The properties are currently valued at approximately $65 million, according to Conway. In the meantime, the former site of a disreputable liquor store in central Long Beach still waits for something to happen. It would mean a great deal to residents who do want to see the community continue to develop. Wade, the 82-year-old neighborhood advocate and member of the Long Beach CPAC, says that she has seen her town change in many ways since she first came to the area in the 1950s. She says that over the years, she watched her neighborhood decline.

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“And then with redevelopment, it was slowly coming back,” Wade said. “With the money from redevelopment, we were able to start bringing it back.” Wade remembers how Long Beach used to be– with hamburger stands and little shops where she could take her children. She describes how she used to feel safe walking anywhere. Wade says that she wants to see her neighborhood look better and have residents take pride in their town again. If the matter is up to Councilmember Andrews, he would like to see redevelopment properties in his district developed quickly. Many of the properties have a white fence surrounding an empty lot. “Every white picket fence I see in my district…I want you to put something in that hole,” Andrews said. “Fill it up, quick.” ß

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and I have had no luck. It’s already been almost 10 years of that.” Zandejas is one of six people featured in a documentary called The Cost of Living: The Faces of the Housing Crisis in Long Beach. The film, which debuted during a screening at The Art Theatre on Sept. 21, was produced by Housing Long Beach, a nonprofit group that advocates for “equitable housing policies,” according to the organization’s website. The main goal in producing the 40-minute film is to shed light on how “Long Beach families are challenged to find quality housing that is affordable” in hopes of sparking dialogue about the city’s housing needs. The film was also released just as Long Beach is updating its Housing Element, a State-mandated planning document that sets guidelines for housing development for the next eight years, from 2014 to 2021. Though the State’s new planning period starts on Oct. 15, Long Beach and other cities have a 120day grace period, or until February 2014, to approve and submit a final updated Housing Element. Derek Burnham, Long Beach planning administrator, said dates for the Planning Commission and City Council to vote on approving the 131-page document aren’t scheduled yet, but he expects the City to meet the State’s deadline. The State-approved Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), which is determined by the Southern California Association of Governments, or SCAG, requires that Long Beach accommodate for at least 7,048 new units during the eight-year planning period. Out of the total, the State requires the City to accommodate: 1,773 units for very low income; 1,066 units for low income; 1,170 units for moderate income; and 3,039 units for above-moderate income. Each of the four categories is based on how affordable a unit is in relation to household income, from very low income– defined as a unit that is affordable to a household that earns 50 percent or less of the area median income (AMI)– to abovemoderate income, a unit affordable to a household that earns above 120 percent of AMI. Burnham said he expects the City to exceed the State’s housing requirements. Not being in compliance with state law would put the City at a “disadvantage” for securing state grant funding and would deem the City’s General Plan illegally inadequate, he said. “We are confident we can get the document in compliance with state law, and that certainly is our goal,” Burnham said. “We were able to do that last time and have so in previous documents, so I see no reason why we wouldn’t be able to do so this time. I think we have shown capacity in excess of what the State has required in terms of the aggregate number of units that can be produced.” Burnham pointed out that the City is only required to provide necessary planning to enable development and the housing isn’t necessarily required to be produced. “The important thing to understand about the requirements is that

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they are actual planning requirements rather than production requirements,” he said. “We aren’t required to mandate a certain amount of production of units. We are required to ensure that there are sites available for the production of the number of units that the State sets forward… The City doesn’t control the housing market; we control the regulation surrounding it.” Housing Long Beach, however, questions whether the City will be able to meet the State’s requirements without implementing new citywide housing policies, especially since the State has abolished redevelopment, which for decades has been the City’s sole source of funding for affordable housing. The organization notes that Long Beach is required to demonstrate that it has adequate and appropriate sites available to produce 4,009 affordable-housing units through 2021. Affordable housing is defined as “housing that costs no more than 30 percent of one’s income,” according to Housing Long Beach. For years, redevelopment has “set aside” property-tax-increment funding to give developers an incentive to make a portion of their housing projects affordable. This system was previously carried out through a nonprofit once called the Long Beach Housing Development Company, established by the City in 1989. But now that redevelopment has been wiped out, funding is no longer available to spur affordable housing in the next decade. “We don’t have a housing budget to move forward and don’t have any money for affordable housing,” said Susanne Browne, senior attorney for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles who works with Housing Long Beach. “Having a local source of revenue is imperative, or we’re going to have a really hard time funding affordable housing in the city.” Housing Long Beach’s campaign includes four main city policy priorities. Firstly, the group proposes that Long Beach establish a citywide mixed-income housing ordinance, requiring that developers set aside 10 percent of all new apartments and condominiums as affordable. Though previous attempts to establish a citywide mixed-income housing ordinance in Long Beach failed to pass, Brown said she is “hopeful” the City Council or the Planning Commission will consider it as the update to the Housing Element comes up for approval. Brown said the policy could be used as a “critical tool” to “desegregate” communities and create a relationship between neighborhoods and developers.

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America Aceves, community organizer for Housing Long Beach, said establishing a citywide mixedincome housing ordinance is “completely feasible,” adding that 170 other cities have already implemented such an ordinance. She said, over time, developers would be able to get a “return on their investment,” and the ordinance would provide benefits for the community while addressing the need for affordable housing. Another policy the organization proposes is to establish permanent local revenue sources by having 20 percent of “boomerang funds,” property-tax revenue the city now receives after being distributed to local taxing entities and following the abolishment of redevelopment, dedicated to affordable-housing projects. The organization estimates that this would provide $7.2 million each year for affordable housing. In addition, the group proposes a commercial linkage fee be imposed on commercial developers to also secure funds for affordable housing. Housing Long Beach is also calling for the City to identify ways to address “substandard” residences by developing a “Rent Trust Account Program” that would allow tenants to pay their rent or a reduced rent to the City until their homes are repaired. According to the organization, the program would be “at no cost to the City” and would “repair dilapidated units” and “protect tenants from unfair retaliation” from their landlords. Lastly, Housing Long Beach recommends the City collaborate with community stakeholders to identify “appropriate, healthy sites” for housing development in the new Housing Element plan, adding that housing should be located in “healthy, safe and unsegregated communities with access to parks and public transit.” Asked how Long Beach would meet the State’s requirements, Burnham said the City is more fortunate than some cities since it is a larger city with downtown and transit-oriented areas that provide for a

lot of high-density development. “Both from a standpoint of size and as far as housing programs, I think we are certainly on the outer edges of doing a lot versus not doing a lot,” he said. Burnham added that the City is looking at new and existing programs to address the City’s housing needs. “Certainly, when some of the funding dries up, you have to look at other creative approaches to deal with accommodating housing and making it easier to build housing,” he said. “I think it’s important to note that we’re already doing a lot, and we have a lot of existing programs that are being carried over, particularly when it relates to rehab of existing units, code enforcement and those type of activities that help maintain our existing housing stock.” Zandejas, who was crowned Ms. Wheelchair California in 2012 and serves as a city commissioner for the Long Beach Citi-

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zens Advisory Commission on Disability, said she wanted to share her story in the film to show that not everyone who needs affordable and accessible housing is in the same situation. Though she hasn’t found a suitable place to live yet, Zandejas said she has no intention of leaving Long Beach. “The Housing Element is only one little piece of the puzzle,” she said. “It’s a big puzzle and ultimately a big picture, and what I think is very important is to know that big picture. We want a better Long Beach. We want a happy Long Beach and a healthy Long Beach. One of the ways to actually have that is to have better affordable housing and accessible housing for all residents of Long Beach.” MORE INFORMATION lbds.info housinglb.org

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TST4473 NoTICe oF TRUSTee'S SALe TS No. 120030652 Doc ID #0006110524322005N Title order No. 12-0055147 Investor/Insurer No. 137248089 APN No. 7217-025-001 YoU ARe IN DeFAULT UNDeR A DeeD oF TRUST, DATeD 05/19/2006. 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. Notice is hereby given that ReCoNTRUST CoMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by ReGINA UGALDe, A SINGLe WoMAN, dated 05/19/2006 and recorded 6/7/2006, as Instrument No. 061249550, in Book N/A, Page N/A, of official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 11/01/2013 at 11:00AM, By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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 and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2270 SARAH CoURT, SIGNAL HILL, CA, 907554048. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $866,882.31. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. 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 a 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 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 1-800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 12-0030652. 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. DATeD: 07/18/2012 ReCoNTRUST CoMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-91401-94 SIMI vALLeY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: - Trustee's Sale officer ReCoNTRUST CoM-

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PANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A-4418563 10/04/2013, 10/11/2013, 10/18/2013

TST4471 APN: 7216-025-035 TS No: CA08000369-131  To No: 1446379  NoTICe oF TRUSTee'S SALe YoU ARe IN DeFAULT UNDeR A DeeD oF TRUST DATeD october 20, 2005. UNLeSS YoU TAKe ACTIoN To PRoTeCT YoUR PRoPeRTY, IT MAY Be SoLD AT A PUBLIC SALe.  IF YoU NeeD AN exPLANATIoN oF THe NATURe oF THe PRoCeeDINGS AGAINST YoU, YoU SHoULD CoNTACT A LAWYeR. on october 25, 2013 at 09:00 AM, Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA 91766, MTC FINANCIAL INC. dba TRUSTee CoRPS, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on october 31, 2005 as Instrument No. 05 2617105 of official records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by DevoN R. AUSTIN, AN UNMARRIeD WoMAN, as Trustor(s), in favor of LeNDING CAPITAL, INC., A CALIFoRNIA CoRPoRATIoN as Beneficiary, WILL SeLL AT PUBLIC AUCTIoN To THe HIGHeST BIDDeR, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MoRe FULLY DeSCRIBeD IN SAID DeeD oF TRUST  The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1865 STANLeY AveNUe UNIT #7, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $362,486.75 (estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the Trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right.  The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. Notice to Potential Bidders If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a Trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a Trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same Lender may hold more than one mortgage or Deed of Trust on the property.  Notice to Property owner  The sale date shown on this Notice of Sale may be postponed one or more times by the Mortgagee, Beneficiary, Trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The

law requires that information about Trustee Sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call Priority Posting and Publishing at 714-573-1965 for information regarding the Trustee's Sale or visit the Internet Web site address on the previous page for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA08000369-13-1. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site.  The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: September 23, 2013 TRUSTee CoRPS  TS No. CA08000369-13-1 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614  949-252-8300  Joseph Barragan, Authorized Signatory SALe INFoRMATIoN CAN Be oBTAINeD oN LINe AT www.priorityposting.com FoR AUToMATeD SALeS INFoRMATIoN PLeASe CALL: Priority Posting and Publishing at 714-573-1965 TRUSTee CoRPS MAY Be ACTING AS A DeBT CoLLeCToR ATTeMPTING To CoLLeCT A DeBT.  ANY INFoRMATIoN oBTAINeD MAY Be USeD FoR THAT PURPoSe. P1061620 10/4, 10/11, 10/18/2013

TST4472 NoTICe oF TRUSTee'S SALe TSG No.: 7301301706 TS No.: 2001-005906-F00 (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 July 27, 2009. UNLeSS YoU TAKe ACTIoN To PRoTeCT YoUR PRoPeRTY, IT MAY Be SoLD AT A PUBLIC SALe. IF YoU NeeD AN exPLANATIoN oF THe NATURe oF THe PRoCeeDING AGAINST YoU, YoU SHoULD CoNTACT A LAWYeR. on october 31, 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: DANIeL ANGULo, AN UNMARReD MAN Recorded on August 04, 2009, as Instrument No. 20091190766, of official Records, in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, California Date of Sale: october 31, 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: 2201 SAINT LoUIS AveNUe 104C, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 APN # 7215017-021 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 $368,429.53. 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

EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by SHPD Citywide Thursday, Oct. 3 DUI causing injury 12:47am– Cherry Ave./E. Hill St.

Friday, Oct. 4 Wrongful appropriation of lost property 12:27am– 2200 block Stanley Ave.

Non-injury hit-and-run 5:28pm– E. PCH/Orizaba Ave.

Saturday, Oct. 5 Stolen vehicle 9:03am– 2100 block E. 21st St.

Sunday, Oct. 6 DUI 2:05am– Walnut Ave./E. Wardlow Rd.

Monday, Oct. 7 Auto burglary 1:51am– 1000 block E. 32nd St.

Tuesday, Oct. 8 Forged access to credit card 5:15pm– 2200 block E. Willow St. Petty theft 8:26pm– 900 block E. 33rd St.

Wednesday, Oct. 9 DUI 2:30am– E. PCH/Junipero Ave.

Commercial burglary 5:21pm– 700 block E. Spring St.

Residential burglary 6:30pm– 2100 block Orizaba Ave. Commercial burglary 7:04pm– 700 E. Spring St.

Crimes reported by LBPD Council Districts 6, 7 & 8

No crimes reported.

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 2001-005906-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: September 25, 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. A4418346 10/04/2013, 10/11/2013, 10/18/2013 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

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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.

TST4467 / 2013 198745 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: HeART THe MoMeNT, 5308-B e. 2nd St., Long Beach, CA 90803. Registrant: JACoB'S MUSICAL CHIMeS, INC., 5308-B e. 2nd St., Long Beach, CA 90803. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Fern Solomon, 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 June 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on September 20, 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 27, & october 4, 11, 18, 2013. TST4468 / 2013 198747 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: 1. FAMILIeS FoR BIBLe MeMoRY ASSoCIATIoN, 2. FBMA, 11722 209th St., Lakewood, CA 90715. Registrant: 1. eRIC RAINSFoR ARMSTRoNG, 2. DARLeNe RoSe ARMSTRoNG, 11722 209th St., Lakewood, CA 90715. This business is conducted by: a Married Couple. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: eric R. Armstrong. The registrant have 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 20, 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 27, & october 4, 11, 18, 2013.

TST4470 / 2013 199255 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SHoRTCAKeS, 1746 Grand Ave., Unit 4, Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: CYNTHIA SHoRT, 1746 Grand Ave., Unit 4, Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Cynthia Short. 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 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: october 4, 11, 18, 25, 2013. TST4476 / 2013 211465 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: FISHeR'S CATCH, 1025 1/2 Raymond Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: FISHeR'S CATCH, LLC, 1025 1/2 Raymond Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Ma Belle Ammie Fisher. 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 September 28, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on october 9, 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: october 11, 18, 25, & November 1, 2013.

TST4475 Toby B. Hayward, Inc. is requesting subcontractor/vendor bids for HUD Section 3 businesses located in the City of Long Beach for: City of Long Beach, Department of Public Works Tenant Improvements, Multi Service Center Project Bid Due Date: october 16, 2013 

We are seeking all qualified Demolition, Metal Fabrication, Rough Carpentry, Architectural Wood Casework, Aluminum Windows, Flooring Preparation, Gypsum Board Assemblies, Acoustical Ceilings, Resilient Flooring, Tile Carpeting, Painting & Coating, visual Display Boards, Signage, Lockers, Bicycle Racks, Plumbing, HvAC, and Interior Lighting Contractors

We will assist all interested companies in obtaining project plans, specifications, and requirements, Please contact Kathy Coker at Kathy@tbhayward.com Toby B. Hayward, Inc. 1951 S Myrtle Avenue Monrovia , CA 91016 PHoNe: (626)303-5039/ FAx: (626)358-5127

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