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

Vol. 35 No. 26

November 29, 2013

Your Weekly Community Newspaper

Officials celebrate dedication of Gov. Deukmejian Courthouse and defend public-private partnership behind the construction project

CJ Dablo Staff Writer

It was another shining moment for George Deukmejian as friends and family members slipped white sheets off of a polished wall plaque that bears the former Calif. governor’s name and highlighted his accomplishments. At the Nov. 21 dedication ceremony of the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach, the elder statesman stopped to think about how much it meant to have a building named after him. “I consider this an honor as great as when I was elected governor,” Deukmejian said in an interview following the exclusive event that included a number of officials including Rep. Former Gov. George Deukmejian (left) at the dedication Alan Lowenthal, State ceremony of the new courthouse on Nov. 21 Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe. “I truly am grateful to all the people that had a role in deciding that my name should be on the building,” the retired politician added, “and, especially, I’m so grateful to the people in Long Beach and Signal Hill who supported me all the years that I was in public office.” He recalled how much he wanted to see construction for the county’s newest courthouse finished quickly. “Yeah, I’m not getting any younger, you know?” he said, laughing at his own often-repeated joke. Deukmejian, now 85, has lived in Long Beach for

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During a political forum on the topic of environment at the Aquarium of the Pacific on Thursday, Nov. 21, 5th District Long Beach City Councilmember Gerrie Schipske (fourth from left) speaks to the audience. Also pictured (from left) are local Sierra Club Chair and moderator Gabrielle Weeks, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, Long Beach Community College Board Trustee Doug Otto and Vice Mayor/1st District Councilmember Robert Garcia.

LB mayoral candidates weigh in on environmental issues in first political forum of election season Sean Belk Staff Writer

Exhibiting the first glimmer of political discourse in what is set to be a jam-packed election season, four candidates for Long Beach mayor fielded questions on a plethora of environmental issues during a forum on Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Long Beach Area Group Sierra Club Chair Gabrielle Weeks moderated the two-hour forum that was sponsored by the local club in partnership with seven other area environmental groups, drawing a crowd of more than 150 people. All mayoral candidates were invited, according to the event’s organizers, but only four participated, including Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, Long Beach Community College Board Trustee Doug Otto,

5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske and Vice Mayor/1st District Councilmember Robert Garcia. Weeks and some audience members posed questions on a variety of environmental subjects, such as air quality, water pollution, green jobs, bike infrastructure, transit-oriented development, the Long Beach breakwater, waste management and “fracking.” Except for a few disagreements, the four candidates agreed on most wide-ranging topics, concurring, for the most part, that the city’s environment should be a key consideration for the next mayor and City Council. “We’re here tonight because we care about our community,” said Lowenthal in opening remarks. “We care about our environment. We care about our future. It’s not just about proclaiming your love for the envi-

LB mayor appoints former chief financial officer to one of two vacant Harbor Commission seats

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Construction on the courthouse, located at 275 Magnolia Ave., began in 2011 and finished last August.

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Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster announced on Monday, Nov. 25 that he is appointing Lori Ann Farrell, the City’s former chief financial officer, to one of two seats on the Long Beach Harbor Commission that have opened up after recent political turmoil. The Long Beach Personnel and Civil Service Committee is scheduled to review the mayor’s appointment on Tuesday, Dec. 3, followed by City Council approval, according to a statement from Foster’s office. Farrell, who worked for the City for five years– first as the city controller and then as the chief financial officer– before leaving in 2010 to serve as the finance director for the City of Huntington Beach, is expected to fill the seat vacated by Nick Sramek, who resigned from the Harbor Commission last week.

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NEWS

NOVEMBER 29, 2013

City of Long Beach announces Thanksgiving holiday closures

The City of Long Beach offices and services will adhere to the following schedule on Friday, Nov. 29 because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Trash and recyclables will be collected as usual. There will be no street sweeping or enforcement of street sweeping violations on Nov. 29. Parking enforcement and all infractions, including time zones, will be enforced as usual. Days and hours of enforcement are posted inside the meters.

The following services and departments will be closed: • Animal Care Services and spcaLA • Career Transition Center • Center for Working Families • City Hall • Citizen Police Complaint Commission • Code Enforcement services • Fire Headquarters, Support Services (ECOC), Fire Prevention, & Operations, including Marine Safety Administration • Gas Services (emergencies: 570-2140) • Health Department and Health facilities

• Libraries • Park offices, Rancho Los Cerritos, & community park facilities • Police administration • Street sweeping • Water Department (Emergencies: 570-2390)

The following services and departments will be open: • El Dorado Regional Park • El Dorado Nature Center • Fire stations and lifeguard stations • Marina offices • Main Police Station front desk • Refuse and recycling collection • Swimming pools

All libraries will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 30. Animal Care Services and spcaLA will re-open Saturday, Nov. 30, at 10am. Field services are always available by calling (562) 570.PETS. Source: City of LB

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CELEBRATE YOUR LOVED ONES What 19th Annual Tree of Love celebration Who Community Hospital Long Beach Auxiliary Where Community Hospital Long Beach Auditorium, 1720 Termino Ave. WhenThursday, Dec. 5 from 3pm to 5pm More Info For $20, residents will be able to place an ornament with the name of a loved one on the Tree of Love. The event will include a tree lighting. Parking is free, and refreshments will be available.

POTLUCK PARTY What Holiday potluck party Who Long Beach Central Project Area Council, Inc. Where ArtExchange, 340 E. 3rd St. When Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6pm More Info The ArtExchange’s second annual Holiday Salon art exhibition will be on display. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share. Call (562) 225-9462.

EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY What Christmas-dinner fundraiser Who Signal Hill Honorary Police Officers Association Where Skylinks Golf Course, 4800 E. Wardlow Rd. When Friday, Dec. 6 from 6pm to 10:30pm More Info The menu will include appetizers and a Champagne/sparkling cider reception. Sit-down dinner will be followed by dessert and coffee. Cost is $50 per person or $90 per couple. Checks should be made payable to SHHPOA Christmas Party and mailed to: SHHPOA, P.O. Box 92111, Long Beach CA 90809. Email RSVP to print14me@msn.com . A BIT OF LONG BEACH HISTORY What Book signing Who Historical Society of Long Beach Where 4260 Atlantic Ave. When Friday, Dec. 6 from 7pm to 8pm More Info Long Beach Press-Telegram columnist Tim Grobaty will be signing copies of his latest book Growing Up in Long Beach at the Historical Society of Long Beach during the Bixby Knolls First Fridays Art Walk. The book will be available for purchase for $20.

AN EVENING WITH THE GRINCH What Holiday performance Who The Act Out Community Theater Where The Community Center at Light and Life Christian Fellowship, 5951 Downey Ave. When Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7pm More Info The Act Out Community Theater program will embark on its fourth holiday production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Ticket cost is $3. The Act Out Community Theater offers tuition-free theater and arts workshops to under-resourced and at-risk individuals in north Long Beach.

SHARE AND SHARE ALIKE What North Long Beach Christmas potluck Who The North Long Beach Community Action Group Where Long Beach Dairy and Creamery, 167 E. South St. When Sunday, Dec. 7 from 3pm to 7pm More Info Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite seasonal dish and an ornament. The North Long Beach Community Action Group hosts informational meetings the first Sunday of every month. Call (562) 428-7710.

PAGE-TURNERS What Monthly community book club Who The Bixby Knolls Literary Society Where Elise’s Tea Room, 3924 Atlantic Ave. When Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7pm More Info This month, the club delves into Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. Parking is available along Atlantic Avenue. Refreshments will be provided. Call (562) 595-0081 or email info@bixbyknollsinfo.com .

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NOW HEAR THIS What Hearing device exhibit Who The Hearing Loss Association of America Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter When Friday, Dec. 13 from 10am to noon Where Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave. in Lakewood More Info Local residents 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. The exhibit will introduce the bone-conduction earphones, which can be used during physical activity and cause no obstruction to the ear canal. Call (562) 630-6141.

GET IN THE SPIRIT What Holiday concert Who The Greener Good North Long Beach Farmers Market Where 609 E. Artesia Blvd. When Friday, Dec. 13 from 5pm to 7pm More Info The concert will feature live performances by Dave Williams, Kesha Ealy, the Gospel Memorial Christmas Choir and the Jordan High School drum line. Food will be available. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets. Courtesy BKBIA

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Nov. 30 is Small-Business Saturday.

We need to support our local “Mom-and-Pop” stores and restaurants so that they stay in business and can keep offering us those unique items and personalized service.

DO YOU KNOW THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS? What Christmas Prince of Peace pageant Who St. Cornelius Catholic Church, Neighborhood Church, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Long Beach Christian Reformed Church and University Baptist. Where St. Cornelius Catholic Church, 5500 E Wardlow Rd When Friday, Dec. 13, Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15 from 7:30pm to 9pm More Info Attendees will hear about the story of Christmas with a candlelit outdoor walk. Attendees will walk past many scenes, complete with actors and animals. Refreshments will be provided.


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Thoughts from the Managing Editor

NOVEMBER 29, 2013

by Cory Bilicko

My friend Hiccups the Clown (who prefers that I not publish his real name) is one of the most selfless and giving people I’ve ever met. He works tirelessly to help others, like no one else I know. I have many, many great people in my life who are compassionate and caring, but Hiccups is one who continuously takes action to provide others with the things they need, when they need them. (And the fact that he doesn’t want me to disclose his name should serve as an indication of his desire to serve and give Cory Bilicko/Signal Tribune with humility.) Hiccups the Clown He’s become well known among Dodgers fans. Appearing at games in full make-up, he’s a crowd favorite. People love to have their picture taken with him, and he’s even shown up in one of the team’s season-opening commercials. An unofficial mascot, I suppose. But it’s his charity work that is so inspiring. A scroll through his Facebook timeline reveals post after post announcing one philanthropic endeavor after another. Most recently, he organized a clothing drive to ensure that homeless people on Los Angeles’s Skid Row have the warm clothes they need as the temperature lowers. There are many needy folks populating that area these days, unfortunately, and Hiccups goes down there time and time again to help them. He’s not doing it alone though. He’s one of those people who attracts other kind, charitable individuals, and the benevolent events he organizes draw a spectrum of people from a variety of walks of life, professions, geographical locations and ethnicities. Upon reading that he was seeking donations and volunteers for the recent drive, I put a request out there for contributions. My friend Jenn Harding donated several big bags of clothing and

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Those in need were given seven minutes to “shop” for 10 clothing items after volunteers provided them with pizza, bananas, cookies and bottled water.

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Me and Jeny after we’d loaded up my car to the hilt with clothing donations we’d gathered from generous friends

hangers, and my friend Shari Blackwell (who owns The Undershirt, Inc. in Signal Hill) donated three large boxes of clothing samples from her company (brand-new things with tags still on them). My friend Jeny Lo not only donated several bags of clothing after collecting them from her friends, she also joined Courtesy Frank Mercado me last Sunday in going down to the Skid Row area to distribute Pizza was one of the food items donated to homeless people on them and help feed homeless people. Skid Row by a group of 100 volunteers on Nov. 24. When we arrived, it became obvious that Hiccups had really rallied the troops and facilitated a very organized operation. children volunteers there were last Sunday; and their families had There were about 100 of us volunteers! We helped unload cars them front and center, literally handing food and water to homeless and trucks full of clothing, then we worked to sort, hang and individuals. I took a moment to observe the kids’ faces while they label everything. Then we gave pizza, cookies, bananas and bot- were participating. Each one had a similar countenance– a mix of tled water to the people in need who had been waiting in line. We apprehension, awe, sorrow and, ultimately, contemplation. My handed them baggies of clean socks (something Hiccups has friend might be a clown, but he’s right. This volunteer effort would learned is a very valuable possession when living on the streets), very likely do more than just provide a day of charity; it seemed to then they were given seven minutes to “shop” and pick out 10 be fostering another generation of compassionate, giving people. articles of clothing. We helped them with sizes and then bagged The second reason Hiccups facilitates these events of kindness the items for them. is that it “brings out good people,” as he puts it. It was so inspiring to see so many parents with their kids out In this crazy, unpredictable society of which we’re all a part, it there on this beautiful Sunday helping the less fortunate, but it was uplifting and reassuring for me to be amidst at least 100 of was absolutely heartbreaking to see other kids, whose parents those “good people.” don’t have a home, coming through the line to get basic things. (Jeny and I later talked about how we were trying to not cry as Keep up the fantastic work, Hiccups the Clown! we helped them.) You could see it in their faces how grateful people were. However, there was one woman at the very front of the line who was getting upset that the people who had strolled up in wheelchairs were going to be allowed to select from the clothes before she could, and she was afraid someone else would take the jacket she had had her eye on. For a moment, I thought about how selfish she was. But then it became clear to me.... how, when you have nothing, and you’re bestowed this rare, golden opportunity to exercise your choice, and then it appears it will be taken away from you again, there is indeed something really upsetting about it. My judgment of her quickly turned from annoyance to pity, and I truly felt sorry for her. But I’m pretty sure she ended up getting that jacket. Hiccups says there are two reasons he does this work. The first is that it gives kids a first-hand experience with helping those in need. He said that, as kids, we’re often told, “Don’t waste that food– there are starving people in the world.” But, when they can see the need and the desperation Cory Bilicko/Signal Tribune themselves, it becomes more meaningful and less People in need line up on 3rd Street and Gladys Avenue in downtown Los Angeles of an abstract idea. I was moved by how many to take advantage of food and clothing donations.

LETTERS AND EMAIL

Criticizing the critics

If the mayor’s office has the prerogative to decide whether a person is or isn’t doing a job to the mayor’s satisfaction, considering the parameter of the job description of the person involved, I would think it is entirely up to the Mayor to decide if he/she should stay or go [“Controversial decision to oust Harbor Commission president drives deep wedge between Long Beach mayor, his critics,” Nov. 22, 2013]. I think this is a good example of politics at its worst on the part of the critics. The $100,000 spent on trips that the mayor doesn’t approve of is taxpayer money, so if it isn’t kosher I think the person the people elected mayor has the duty to judge the situation better than the critics. Vivian C. Nelson Long Beach PUBLISHER/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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Mea culpa

I can’t help but feel [Signal Hill] Community First’s motivation comes from something less than a desire to improve our community, and more for their own self-interests. These are the same people (several of whom were losers in the last City Council election) who decided to form their own Historical Society and consequently confuse the citizens of Signal Hill. How does that benefit the city? These are the same people who sent fliers around saying the plans for the new library were akin to the Taj Mahal. Have they been to our tiny library? The one and only meeting room seats about 20 and is crammed with books that don’t fit on the shelves, and pictures of the city’s history are tacked up on the walls because there is nowhere else to put them! It is my opinion that [The Right to Know and Vote] (TRKV) initiative is a terrible idea, and it will only serve to hinder the progress of Signal Hill. I can’t help but feel afraid for the well-being of our city if TRKV becomes a reality. I would like to see them hire their own independent consultant to analyze TRKV. Would they, for the benefit of the citizens of Signal Hill, be willing to listen?

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NEWS

The Campaign Trail

NOVEMBER 29, 2013

Real-estate agent Bill Ruzgis has joined the race for the 3rd District seat on the Long Beach City Council, according to the City’s Primary Nominating Election page. • Ninth District Long Beach Council candidate Rex Richardson announced Nov. 26 that he has garnered the endorsements of SEIU Local 72, SEIU Local 99, SEIU Local 1000, SEIU United Long-Term-Care Workers, SEIU United Healthcare Workers West, SEIU United Service Workers West and SEIU State Council. • The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 11 has endorsed Sunny Zia in her bid for District 3 Long Beach Community College Trustee, according to a Nov. 26 press release from Zia.

LBPD reports three recent traffic fatalities

Harbor Scenic Drive On Friday, Nov. 22, at approximately 8:05pm, Long Beach Police (LBPD) officers Department responded to the 700 block of Harbor Scenic Drive regarding an injury traffic collision involving a semi-tractor trailer that resulted in the death of an adult male driver, police said. The preliminary investigation indicated that the driver of the semitractor trailer was traveling westbound on Harbor Scenic Drive from the Harbor Plaza exit. He was traveling at a high rate of speed when he apparently struck the south curb of the roadway, causing him to swerve toward and onto the center median, police said. The semi-truck’s tractor struck a pillar and caused the tractor and its trailer’s connection to sever. The tractor overturned, and its diesel fuel tank exploded. The trailer continued westbound where it overturned and came to rest in the westbound lanes of traffic. Paramedics from the Long Beach Fire Department responded and pronounced the driver of the semi-tractor trailer deceased at the scene. The identity of the driver will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and released pending notification of next of kin. Stearns Street/Marwick Avenue On Saturday, Nov. 23, at approximately 9:27am, Long Beach Police responded to the intersection of Stearns Street and Marwick Avenue regarding a vehicle-motorcycle traffic collision that resulted in the death of the male adult motorcyclist, according to LBPD. The preliminary investigation indicated that the rider of a Yamaha motorcycle was traveling westbound on Stearns Street when it collided with a Nissan Altima, driven by a female resident of Long Beach. The driver of the Nissan, who was traveling eastbound on Stearns Street, was attempting to make a left turn into the shopping center when the collision occurred. The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital, where he was pro-

nounced deceased. The investigation remains ongoing. The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office will release the identity of the motorcyclist pending notification to next of kin, according to the LBPD.

20th Street/Pacific Avenue On Sunday, Nov. 24, at approximately 7pm, officers located a stolen vehicle traveling in the area of 20th Street and Pacific Avenue. Officers attempted to conduct a trafficenforcement stop, however, the driver of the stolen vehicle failed to yield and proceeded to accelerate away from the officers, who initiated a pursuit, police said. During the pursuit, the vehicle traveled westbound on Pacific Coast Highway toward the 103 (Terminal Island) Freeway. The driver attempted to turn southbound onto the freeway, but because of his speed, travelled over the embankment. The vehicle flipped several times, and both the driver and a passenger were ejected. After the traffic collision, the driver attempted to flee the scene but was apprehended by officers a short distance away. The passenger sustained massive head trauma and was determined deceased at the scene. His identity will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office and released pending notification of next of kin. The suspect, identifed as 36-year-old Nolan Campbell of Cerritos, was transported to a local hospital with injuries that appeared to be nonlife-threatening. He was possibly under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the incident, and once he is medically cleared from the hospital, will be booked for multiple felonies. The vehicle, a 2003 black GMC Sierra pick-up truck, had been reported stolen in Long Beach earlier in the day.

Those with information regarding these collisions are asked to contact Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detective

Richard Birdsall at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting lacrimestoppers.org .

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New special-event venue in Long Beach Arena makes debut

NOVEMBER 29, 2013

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The Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center debuted the Pacific Ballroom at the Long Beach Arena on Nov. 20 with an evening of “reveals� for those in attendance.

The Pacific Ballroom special-event venue made its grand-opening debut on Nov. 20 as “Long Beach’s newest, largest and most innovative meeting and special-event space,â€? according to a press release issued by the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. The event, titled “The Sky’s the Limit,â€? included a series of “revealsâ€? intended to showcase the Long Beach Arena ballroom’s versatility. The more than 1,000 guests included professionalmeeting and special-event planners from across the country, according to the press release. The Pacific Ballroom is part of a $10-million renovation Tues.-Thurs.: 5pm to 9pm ÂĽ Friday: 5pm to 9:30pm The Long Beach Convention & VisÂĽ Lunch Tues.-Fri.: 11:30am to Sat.:?Noon to 9:30pm itors Bureau has booked seven groups 3pm with signed contracts, representing an Estimated Economic Impact (EEI) of 2201 East Willow Suite St., G in Signal Hill 562.595.0210 | Sushi, Tempura, & Traditional Favorites $29 million, which includes $494,000 in direct Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT)

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The recently completed installation creates a “loft-style� ballroom which multiplies the utilization of floor space of the Arena’s floor space. One of the largest-ever “flying� steel truss grid systems is now suspended above the 45,000 square-foot Arena floor. The grid system can be raised or lowered in minutes to provide the appropriate ceiling height for an event. Electronically operated curtain walls drop down to cover the Arena’s upper deck seating, completing the creation of the Pacific Ballroom. “Our collaboration with the City of Long Beach and SMG (the Center’s management company) allowed us to use our theatrical custom rigging expertise to craft a unique, high-tech environment for staging a wide range of events,� said Mike Murphy, president of JR Clancy, a stage-rigging equipment and installation company. “We are proud to be a part of a project that is the first of its kind in the country.�

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Family Church in Signal Hill provided 400 dinner boxes with Thanksgiving meals 100 free haircuts during its Thanksgiving Fest on Nov. 24, according to the church’s communications director.

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Family Church in Signal Hill hosted its third annual Thanksgiving Fest on Nov. 24, providing free haircuts for over 100 people and 400 dinner boxes that contained full Thanksgiving meals, according to Oscar Gil, communications director for the church. Together with Family Church’s Whittier location, more than 600 volunteers raised over $60,000 and provided meals for 1,500 families, Gil said. In the last three years, Family Church has partnered with individuals, businesses and other organizations to provide more than 25,000 meals and hundreds of help services to people in Signal Hill and Whittier through Thanksgiving Fest, Gil said. MORE INFORMATION familychurch.co/tgf

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(HALL) Movie “Debbie Macomber’s Trading Christmas” (2011, Romance) Gil Bellows. A man and woman find love at the most unexpected time and have the best Christmas ever. (LIFE) Movie “Dear Santa” (2011, Drama) Amy Acker. A young woman finds a letter from a girl asking for a new wife for her dad. (TBS) Movie “Surviving Christmas” (2004, Comedy) Ben Affleck. A lonely, wealthy executive pays a family to let him spend Christmas with them. 8:30 p.m. (ABC) Shrek the Halls Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Puss In Boots and all their fairytale buddies celebrate Christmas. (CBS) The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story Scout elves help Santa Claus determine who to put on the ‘naughty’ and ‘nice’ lists. 9 p.m. (ION) Movie “My Santa” (2013, Family) Samaire Armstrong. A single mother begins to lose her faith in the magic of Christmas. 10 p.m. (HALL) Movie “A Christmas Wish” (2010, Family) Kristy Swanson. A woman, left destitute by her husband, faces a bleak Christmas with her children. (LIFE) Movie “Love at the Christmas Table” (2012, Comedy) Danica McKeller. Two friends who spend Christmas together realize they are meant to be together. (TBS) Movie “This Christmas” (2007, Comedy) Delroy Lindo. A drama centered around the Whitfield family’s first holiday together in four years. 11 p.m. (ION) Movie “Christmas Town” (2008, Family) Nicole De Boer. A single mother visits her father for the holidays and learns he’s not what she remembers. Midnight (FAM) Movie “Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish” (1998, Comedy) David Gallagher. After he is blamed for spoiling Christmas, Richie wishes he had never been born. (HALL) Movie “Hitched for the Holidays” (2012, Romance) Joey Lawrence. A man and woman agree to pose as each other’s significant other to their families. (LIFE) Movie “Dear Santa” (2011, Drama) Amy Acker. A young woman finds a letter from a girl asking for a new wife for her dad.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 10 a.m. (HALL) Movie “Debbie Macomber’s Call Me Mrs. Miracle” (2010, Drama) Doris Roberts. Mrs. Miracle, a magical lady turns the lives of a group of New Yorkers upside down. 1 p.m. (TBS) Movie “Surviving Christmas” (2004, Comedy) Ben Affleck. A lonely, wealthy executive pays a family to let him spend Christmas with them. 1:30 p.m. (TOON) Movie “Jingle All the Way”

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(LIFE) Movie “The Twelve Trees of Christmas” (2013, Family) Lindy Booth. A woman learns the historic library where she works is scheduled to be demolished. Midnight (HALL) Movie “A Holiday Engagement” (2011, Comedy) Haylie Duff. A woman hires a man to come home and pretend to be her fianc over the holidays. (LIFE) Movie “Dear Secret Santa” (2013, Drama) Tatyana Ali. A woman receives Christmas cards from an admirer she believes to be someone who’s passed.

(1996, Comedy) Arnold Schwarzenegger. A father frantically searches for a last-minute Christmas gift for his son. 2 p.m. (HALL) Movie “Fir Crazy” (2013, Romance) Craig Pryce. A marketing executive discovers a new fondness for the holidays selling Christmas trees. 4 p.m. (HALL) Movie “Annie Claus is Coming to Town” (2011, Family) Maria Thayer. Santa’s daughter Annie Claus travels to Los Angeles in search of love. (LIFE) Movie “Twelve Men of Christmas” (2009, Comedy) Kristin Chenoweth. A highpowered New York public relations executive finds love in a small town in Montana. 6 p.m. (HALL) Movie “Hitched for the Holidays” (2012, Romance) Joey Lawrence. A

man and woman agree to pose as each other’s significant other to their families. 7 p.m. (TOON) Movie “Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat” (2003, Family) Mike Myers. A mischievous cat visits siblings when their mother leaves them home alone. 8 p.m. (LIFE) Movie “Dear Secret Santa” (2013, Drama) Tatyana Ali. A woman receives Christmas cards from an admirer she believes to be someone who’s passed. 9 p.m. (CBS) The Story of Santa Claus A toymaker and his wife are evicted from their small shop by their heartless landlord. 10 p.m. (HALL) Movie “A Boyfriend for Christmas” (2004, Romance) Kelli Williams. A girl tells Santa she wants a boyfriend for Christmas and he turns up 19 years later.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 10 a.m. (HALL) Movie “A Holiday Engagement” (2011, Comedy) Haylie Duff. A woman hires a man to come home and pretend to be her fianc over the holidays. 11 a.m. (LIFE) Movie “Holly’s Holiday” (2012, Comedy) Claire Coffee. A woman is knocked unconcious and when she awakens realizes a mannequin comes to life. 1 p.m. (LIFE) Movie “Christmas in Paradise” (2007, Family) Colin Ferguson. Two families take a vacation to an exotic Caribbean island over Christmas. 3 p.m. (FAM) Movie “A Christmas Carol” (2009, Animated) Jim Carrey. Spirits visit Ebenezer Scrooge and show him the errors of his ways by revisiting his life. (ION) Movie “A Golden Christmas 2” (2011, Family) A woman must decide if she wants to rekindle the love she once had for her ex. 4 p.m. (HALL) Movie “A Boyfriend for Christmas” (2004, Romance) Kelli Williams. A girl tells Santa she wants a boyfriend for Christmas and he turns up 19 years later. (NICK) Movie “A Fairly Odd Christmas” (2012, Children) Drake Bell. Timmy Turner travels around the world granting kids’ wishes, and stealing Santa’s thunder. 5 p.m. (FAM) Movie “The Polar Express” (2004, Animated) Voices of Tom Hanks. A doubting little boy boards a magical train to visit the North Pole on Christmas Eve. (ION) Movie “A Golden Christmas 3” (2012, Romance) Shantel VanSanten. An unlikely couple fall in love during a production of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ 5:30 p.m. (NICK) Movie “Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh” (2008, Comedy) Drake Bell. Drake & Josh inadvertently find themselves helping a family have an unforgettable holiday. 6 p.m. (HALL) Movie “The Christmas Ornament” (2013, Drama) Kellie Martin. A Christmas tree lot owner helps a widow face her first Christmas without her husband. (TOON) Movie “Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat” (2003, Family) Mike Myers. A mischievous cat visits siblings when their mother leaves them

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 2 p.m. (HALL) Movie “The Christmas Ornament” (2013, Drama) Kellie Martin. A Christmas tree lot owner helps a widow face her first Christmas without her husband. 4 p.m. (HALL) Movie “The Santa Suit” (2010, Comedy) Kevin Sorbo. The president of a marketing firm is turned into a Santa lookalike.

5 p.m. (GAC) Christmas Crazy We dash from coast-to-coast to find the most deckedout holiday homes and stores. 6 p.m. (FAM) Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too! Pooh and Piglet play Santa when their Christmas letter doesn’t make it to the North Pole. (HALL) Movie “A Princess for Christmas” (2011, Family) Katie McGrath. A young woman falls for a dashing prince when she visits England for Christmas. (LIFE) Movie “On Strike for Christmas” (2010, Family) Daphne Zuniga. A mother goes on strike when all her family takes her for granted at Christmas time. 6:30 p.m. (FAM) Mickey’s Christmas Carol The three ghosts of Christmas visit Scrooge McDuck to teach him the spirit of the holiday. 8 p.m. (ABC) A Charlie Brown Christmas Charlie Brown and his Peanut pal, Linus, search for the true meaning of Christmas. (CMT) Movie “A Christmas Story” (1983, Family) Peter Billingsley. In the ‘40s, a young boy wants only one thing from Santa: an official Red Ryder BB gun. (CW) Movie “It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas” (2002, Children) Whoopi Goldberg. Kermit tries to save the Muppet theater from the bank owners who plan to demolish it. (FAM) Movie “The Santa Clause” (1994, Comedy) Tim Allen. When a father mistakenly kills Santa Claus, he is magically recruited to take his place. (GAC) Year ‘Round Christmas Profiling people who are overflowing with the spirit of Christmas all year long. (HALL) Movie “Farewell Mr. Kringle” (2010, Comedy) Christine Taylor. A journalist writes about a Santa Claus impersonator who lives in a Christmas-themed town. (LIFE) Movie “The Twelve Trees of Christmas” (2013, Family) Lindy Booth. A woman learns the historic library where she works is scheduled to be demolished. 9 p.m. (ABC) CMA Country Christmas Country’s biggest superstars join together to celebrate the holidays. (GAC) Christmas Crazy We dash from coast-to-coast to find the most decked-out holiday homes and stores. 10 p.m. (FAM) Movie “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2007, Family) Tim Allen. Santa Claus prepares for a busy Christmas with his in-laws and the mischievous Jack Frost. (HALL) Movie “The Christmas Card” (2006, Drama) Edward Asner. Moved by an anonymous Christmas card, Captain Cody Cullen searches for the card’s sender.

Midnight (FAM) Movie “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2007, Family) Tim Allen. Santa Claus prepares for a busy Christmas with his in-laws and the mischievous Jack Frost. (GAC) Year ‘Round Christmas Profiling people who are overflowing with the spirit of Christmas all year long. (HALL) Movie “Gift of the Magi” (2010, Drama) Marla Sokoloff. A couple decides not to exchange Christmas presents to save money over the holidays. (LIFE) Movie “The Twelve Trees of Christmas” (2013, Family) Lindy Booth. A woman learns the historic library where she works is scheduled to be demolished.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 Noon (CMT) Movie “A Christmas Story” (1983, Family) Peter Billingsley. In the ‘40s, a young boy wants only one thing from Santa: an official Red Ryder BB gun. 2 p.m. (HALL) Movie “Love’s Christmas Journey” (2011, Romance) Ellie Davis. A woman’s brother goes missing while she’s visiting him during the Christmas holiday. 4 p.m. (HALL) Movie “Love’s Christmas Journey” (2011, Romance) Ellie Davis. A woman’s brother goes missing while she’s visiting him during the Christmas holiday. 6 p.m. (FAM) Movie “The Santa Clause” (1994, Comedy) Tim Allen. When a father mistakenly kills Santa Claus, he is magically recruited to take his place. (GAC) Christmas With Scotty McCreery & Friends Hot young country stars join forces in this one-hour Christmas special. (HALL) Movie “Once Upon a Christmas” (2000, Family) Kathy Ireland. Santa’s daughters must infuse a family with holiday spirit or lose Christmas forever. (LIFE) Movie “An Accidental Christmas” (2007, Drama) Cynthia Gibb. Two children formulate a plan to bring their separated parents together over the holidays. 8 p.m. (FAM) Movie “Scrooged” (1988, Fantasy) Bill Murray. A callous executive learns the true meaning of Christmas when he is visited by ghosts. (HALL) Movie “Help for the Holidays” (2012, Family) Summer Glau. An elf sets out to teach her new employers what it means to be a family at Christmas time. (LIFE) Movie “Christmas Angel” (2009, Comedy) K.C. Clyde. A woman in need of work takes a job helping people in distress. 10 p.m. (FAM) Movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989, Com-

edy) Chevy Chase. A man plays host to numerous dysfunctional relatives during the Christmas holidays. (GAC) Christmas With Scotty McCreery & Friends Hot young country stars join forces in this one-hour Christmas special. (HALL) Movie “Hitched for the Holidays” (2012, Romance) Joey Lawrence. A man and woman agree to pose as each other’s significant other to their families. (HIST) A Very Shelby Christmas 11 p.m. (HIST) The Real Story of Christmas Grab some eggnog and learn the true origins of our Christmas traditions. Midnight (HALL) Movie “A Christmas Visitor” (2002, Drama) Meredith Baxter. A visitor enters the lives of grieving parents to help them remember the joy of Christmas. (LIFE) Movie “Christmas Angel” (2009, Comedy) K.C. Clyde. A woman in need of work takes a job helping people in distress.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4 2 p.m. (HALL) Movie “A Christmas Visitor” (2002, Drama) Meredith Baxter. A visitor enters the lives of grieving parents to help them remember the joy of Christmas. 3 p.m. (GAC) Christmas With Scotty McCreery & Friends Hot young country stars join forces in this one-hour Christmas special. 4 p.m. (HALL) Movie “Hitched for the Holidays” (2012, Romance) Joey Lawrence. A man and woman agree to pose as each other’s significant other to their families. 6 p.m. (FAM) Movie “Scrooged” (1988, Fantasy) Bill Murray. A callous executive learns the true meaning of Christmas when he is visited by ghosts. (HALL) Movie “Twice Upon a Christmas” (2001, Family) John Dye. Santa’s daughter, Kristin Claus, has lost her memory and does not know who her father is. 8 p.m. (FAM) Movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989, Comedy) Chevy Chase. A man plays host to numerous dysfunctional relatives during the Christmas holidays. (HALL) Movie “All I Want for Christmas” (2007, Drama) Gail O’Grady. A nine-yearold boy enters a contest to find a new husband for his mother. (LIFE) Movie “Kristin’s Christmas Past” (2013, Family) Shiri Appleby. A woman wakes up seventueen years into her past Christmas day. (NBC) Christmas in Rockefeller Center Celebrate the lighting of the world’s most

famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. 9 p.m. (NBC) Saturday Night Live Christmas A compilation of fan-favorite holiday sketches. 10 p.m. (FAM) Movie “Deck the Halls” (2006, Comedy) Danny de Vito. Two feuding neighbors try to prove to the other that he has more holiday spirit. (HALL) Movie “Fir Crazy” (2013, Romance) Craig Pryce. A marketing executive discovers a new fondness for the holidays selling Christmas trees. (LIFE) Movie “All About Christmas Eve” (2012, Romance) Haylie Duff. A party planner needs to choose between a vacation and a huge event. (TBN) God Came Near Based on Max Lucado’s beloved book, God Came Near. Midnight (HALL) Movie “The Dog Who Saved Christmas” (2009, Comedy) Mario Lopez. A guard dog reaches his full potential when his house is broken into during the holidays. (LIFE) Movie “Kristin’s Christmas Past” (2013, Family) Shiri Appleby. A woman wakes up seventueen years into her past Christmas day.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 1:30 p.m. (TBN) God Came Near Based on Max Lucado’s beloved book, God Came Near. 2 p.m. (HALL) Movie “Karroll’s Christmas” (2004, Comedy) Tom Everett Scott. The Christmas ghosts end up at the wrong house and Allen Karroll is taken on a ride. 4 p.m. (HALL) Movie “The Dog Who Saved Christmas” (2009, Comedy) Mario Lopez. A guard dog reaches his full potential when his house is broken into during the holidays. 6 p.m. (FAM) Rudolph’s Shiny New Year Rudolph must find Happy, the missing baby new year, before midnight on New Year’s Eve. (HALL) Movie “Moonlight and Mistletoe” (2008, Drama) Tom Arnold. A woman must return to her hometown of Santaville to help her father. 7 p.m. (FAM) Movie “The Polar Express” (2004, Animated) Voices of Tom Hanks. A doubting little boy boards a magical train to visit the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Midnight (FAM) Movie “The Polar Express” (2004, Animated) Voices of Tom Hanks. A doubting little boy boards a magical train to visit the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

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Salvation Army kicking off season of fundraising with special event

The Salvation Army will kick off its 2013 Operation Christmas effort with the Kettle Kick-off on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Nautical Shell Ampitheatre from 11am to 1pm. The event will also include the start of the Buono’s Pizzeria food drive, with an appearance by Ms. Southern California Kym Cloughesy and Santa Claus. The event will also include free coupons for the Aquarium of the Pacific and complimentary gift certificates and meal discounts to various restaurants. Though the 2013 Operation Christmas, the organization anticipates assisting: 1,000 families with food and toys: 95 families through the adopt-a-family program; 900 families through the Angel Tree and Toys of Tots program; 500 families for Christmas at The Reef; and individuals in local rest homes and the VA hospital.

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Eighth District office collecting toys, food for needy families

Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin is once again partnering with local businesses and schools to collect toys and food for local families during the holiday season. “I would like to thank our businesses and schools for participating in this effort,” Austin said. “I was very moved last year by the generosity of our community. The toys and food we collected helped brighten the lives of many local children and families, and we are looking forward to continuing the tradition this year.” Donations of new, unwrapped toys and canned goods may be dropped off in the collection boxes at participating businesses and schools from now until Tuesday, Dec. 17. The donated items will go to local children and food banks. Participating businesses include: • Averyboo Arts, 3908 Atlantic Ave. • Bella Cosa Boutique, 3803 Atlantic Ave. • Café Bixby & Pizza, 3900 Atlantic Ave. • The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 4105 Atlantic Ave. • Dunn Family Chiropractic, 4028 Long Beach Blvd., Ste. 202 • Edward Jones, 3916 Atlantic Ave. • E.J. Malloy's Restaurant and Pub, 4306 Atlantic Ave. • El Cortez Restaurant, 5345 Long Beach • The Factory, 4020 Atlantic Ave. • Gems and Jewels Bixby Knolls, 4130 Atlantic Ave., #102 • Jammin' Music & Arts, 4228 Atlantic Ave.

• Katy's Bakery, 5417 Long Beach Blvd. • La Taverna Cucina Italiana, 3819 Atlantic Ave. • Long Beach Clothing Company, 4218 Atlantic Ave. • Long Beach Tang Soo Do Academy, 3914 Atlantic Ave. • Los Eduardos Restaurant, 5428 Long Beach Blvd. • Maldonado's Barber Shop, 5415 Long Beach Blvd. • Mo's Place II, 4204 Atlantic Ave. • Mirage Café, 539 E Bixby Rd. • Nino's Italian Restaurant, 3853 Atlantic Ave. • Oh Very Young, 4378 Atlantic Ave. • Power of One Self-Defense, 3821 Long Beach Blvd. • Precise Barber, 5223 Atlantic Ave. • Sushi West, 4105 Atlantic Ave. • Willmore Wine Bar, 3848 Atlantic Ave.

Participating schools include: • Longfellow Elementary School, 3800 Olive Ave. • Hughes Middle School, 3846 California Ave. • Dooley Elementary School, 5075 Long Beach Blvd. • Los Cerritos Elementary School, 515 W. San Antonio Dr.

Donations may also be delivered to Austin’s field office at 5641 Atlantic Ave. For more information, contact Austin’s office at (562) 570-6685 or email district8@longbeach.gov .

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NOVEMBER 29, 2013

‘Tis the Season Some unique ideas for spruce-ing up your holidays

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As the countdown to the big ball drop in New York City begins, people across the country will be raising their glasses to toast the new year and down a celebratory drink. But how about ringing in this new year with a glass of champagne you made yourself?

Brewing some bubbly When you tune in to ABC’s classic “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” with Ryan Seacrest on Dec. 31, make sure you have your own homemade bottle of bubbly to start 2014 off right. Brewing your own Champagne or sparkling wine at home can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be. Many wine and beer craft stores have homebrew kits available for purchase, but you can also buy many of the ingredients you’ll need online. The Internet is also a wonderful place to find many simple, tried-and-true recipes from homebrewers that came before you. Usually it takes at least a week, if not a few more, to complete the fermentation process, but once you’re done, nothing will taste as rewarding as a chilled, homemade 2014 Champagne. Reinvent your advent calendar The anticipation leading up to Christmas Day is a feeling rivaled by no other. Advent calendars, most often marked with tiny chocolates, are a great way to liven up your home and count down until Christmas. This year, it’s time to try something a little different and move away from the chocolates to some truly fun, unique ideas. Since 1998, Lego has been putting out its own take on the advent calendars, and this year is no exception. It offers Lego City, Lego Star Wars and Lego Friends advent calendars with plenty of surprise pieces behind little windows.

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Local artist reflects on ‘lost childhood’ in Iran through her current paintings Imitating Life

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Lately, Mojgan EdalatMcClusky is thinking a lot about what she refers to as her “lost childhood.” Knowing her personal history, it’s easy to understand why the Iranian-born minimal-contemporary artist, who now lives with her husband in downtown Long Beach, is focusing on this theme in her current series of paintings. “My mom left us when I was 5, and my brother was just 3 months old,” she said. “But I’m not count-

ing the first time she left me before, when my brother was born and I was 2 years old.” Art history is rife with artists creating homages to their moms. I myself began painting after my mother’s death; it was a tremendously effective form of therapy for me, and doing portraits of her soothed my soul. But when EdalatMcClusky depicts the maternal archetype, there’s a distinct absence of warmth and reverence. In fact, the minimalist approach that she typically takes to her work fits

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appropriately to express her feelings toward the woman who bore her in the mid-1960s. However, she has already made those paintings that directly (or ambiguously) addressed that hurtful and complicated relationship. Now, she’s concentrating on childhood in a broader sense, albeit with her own distinctive point of view. She started her current series of mostly large paintings about two years ago. In her spacious studio on the first floor of the Walker Building, her creations, with predominantly white backgrounds, loom so large they practically become the walls of the room. The black linedrawing form of a nude, faceless young woman with long tresses is a motif that appears in most of the pieces. Her naked body inhabits a world in which perspective is shifted. A hopscotch drawing is turned to face the viewer, and the woman sits on its side, as if to discombobulate the

real world’s spatial relationships. The same figure holds a helium balloon, but it is below her, and she seems to be levitating near the top of the painting. “It’s about how you try and keep in touch with your childhood but it just keeps leaving you, and it just gets distant and distant,” she said. “So this idea came to me somehow of a coloring book, but it’s more of an adult version.” For this series, she has been creating dual pieces. One of them– the first one she creates– is the more abstract one. Through it, she expresses herself emotionally with abandon and essentially does what she wants to do with it; she acts upon an urge to create it. Then, she creates a companion piece for it that is intended to be more accessible to the average viewer. “The abstract paintings are like music, and the

Matt Catingub, who is a saxophonist, woodwind artist, conductor, pianist, vocalist, composer, and arranger, will conduct the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8pm at the Long Beach Arena. The performance will include music by Chicago, Steely Dan and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Currently, Catingub is the artistic director and conductor of the Glendale Pops. He will be joined by vocalist Anita Hall, known for her versatility and for being the wedding songstress for Bill Gates, and drummer Steve Moretti, who toured with Catingub and Rosemary Clooney for six years and recorded two Grammy-nominated CDs with them. Largely self-taught, Catingub began learning the piano at age 7 before switching to the alto saxophone at 16. A year later, he was asked to play at the Monterey Jazz Festival, shortly thereafter becoming the youngest member of the Louie Bellson Big Band and establishing himself as a premiere jazz musician. During this time, he also began earning a reputation as a Big Band arranger and composer. Over the years, he has

formed his own bands and has served as artistic director and founder of the Hawaii Pops in Honolulu. In 2005, Catingub’s work on the soundtrack for George Clooney’s Goodnight and Good Luck led to a Grammy win. The movie features his arrangements and tenor sax playing, as well as an onscreen appearance by him. His music can also be heard in the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind. Born to parents of Polynesian island descent, Catingub is the youngest son of jazz vocalist Mavis Rivers. He was introduced to music through his mother’s albums for Capitol Records and Frank Sinatra’s Reprise label and performed alongside her until her passing in 1992. Long Beach Symphony’s POPS! concerts are indoor picnicking events during which attendees gather to eat, drink and enjoy music. Patrons may bring their own libations or purchase food and beverage from Arena concessionaires. Doors will open at 6:30pm, and the concert will begin at 8pm. The POPS! season is sponsored by F&M Bank, and the Matt Catingub concert is underwritten by Valero

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illustrative paintings are like movies,” she said. Another piece shows ovalshaped, three-dimensional forms that are “candy-colored,” as EdalatMcClusky describes them, adhered onto the woman’s face, perfectly forming the shape of her head without a face. “I made them faceless so that everybody can put their own face to it,” she said. She uses her own daughter, who is now in her mid-20s, as her model– and perhaps as her muse. In addition to utilizing her art to understand and cope with her relationship with her absent mother, EdalatMcClusky has committed herself to fostering a loving, strong bond with her own daughter. She is determined to be the mother that she never had.

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CSULB electronic-arts major captures two top awards with film on Steven Spielberg at CSU Media Arts Festival

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Cal State Long Beach senior Joshua Hoh (center), shown during the commencement scene in his film Steven Spielberg and the Return to Film School, won two awards at the recent Media Arts Festival: first-place honors in the narrative-film category, winning a Rosebud Award and $500, plus $250 for CSULB’s Film and Electronic Arts Department; and the Audience Choice Award, collecting Hoh another $500 and another $250 for the department.

A 21-minute comedic film on Cal State Long Beach’s (CSULB) most well-known alumnus captured two awards for senior film and electronic-arts major Joshua Hoh at this year’s CSU Media Arts Festival, which recently took place at Cal State Fullerton’s Steven G. Mihaylo Hall. Titled Steven Spielberg and the Return to Film School, Hoh’s film took first-place honors in the narrative-film category, winning a Rosebud Award and $500, plus $250 for CSULB’s Film and Electronic Arts Department. Then, the film was announced as the winner of the “Audience Choice Award” at the competition, collecting Hoh another $500 for him and another $250 for the department. Now in its 23rd year, the Media Arts Festival gives film, video and interactive-media students from the 23-campus CSU system an opportunity to present their work for critical review and recognition. Students compete in nine categories: animation, documentary, experimental, interactive, music video, narrative, television, feature screenplay and short screenplay. A panel of CSU faculty and industry professionals reviewed 154 entries representing 16 CSU campuses, from which 37 finalists from 10 different campuses were selected. The student finalists were chosen by panels of CSU faculty members, and the Rosebud Award-winning works (first-place finishers) were selected by a panel of media-industry judges. Movie poster for Steven Spielberg and the Return to Film School “I was very excited when they announced our film as the winner of both the Best Narrative Film and the Audience Favorite,” said Hoh, who will complete his bachelor’s degree with a minor in music in December. “Since we were the last two awards to be announced, it was a relief when they finally called us. It was a great feeling to accept my first awards ever for a film and to represent CSULB.” According to Hoh, Steven Spielberg and the Return to Film School is based on the true story of the legendary director’s return to CSULB in 2001. It follows Spielberg as he ventures back to the film school he once dropped out of and finally earns the degree that he began some 33 years earlier. “I have pursued the creation of this film over the past three years because I believed that there was an important story to tell,” Hoh pointed out. “Our five-day production shoot in January was a very intense and difficult miracle to pull off. We worked with hundreds of CSULB faculty, student filmmakers and professional actors to prepare for the 20 locations, very tight shooting schedule, and dozens of cast and crew necessary for the project. “Following production, I raced to complete the film with the help of my composer. And to top it all off, we had the pleasure of recording the final three-minute piece of the film with the CSULB Symphony Orchestra, made up of 80 of CSULB's finest musicians. As a music minor myself, it was truly a dream come true to bring the film and music departments together for this project. “I will forever be changed and grateful for the gifts that my peers gave to bring this little dream of mine to life, and I hope that the Long Beach community will take pride in what our school and students have to offer.” Hoh, however, wasn’t the only CSULB entry to win an award. Senior film major Viki Lopez won the Rosebud Award and $500 for her first-place finish in the short screenplay category for her submission titled Emotional Coup. Lopez called her winning entry an “eight-page screenplay about not letting your emotions get the best of you.” “I only won one award, but I was not expecting it at all. I went in with an expectation of getting fourth place, and each time they announced a script that wasn't mine my shock and excitement Robert W. Laur, who stars as Spielberg in the CSULB student film Steven Spielberg and the Return to Film School grew,” said Lopez, who will finish her bachelor’s degree in May. “I was so happy that I won and so flattered. My face hurt from smiling so much, but I couldn’t stop.” Finally, CSULB student Mark Ashmore took second place in the short screenplay category for his script titled Bar Again. Hoh’s film can be viewed at Facebook.com/TheSpielbergProject .

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TST4500 T.S. No: A543509 CA Unit Code: A Loan No: 87800855/OZAKWUE/AINA AP #1: 7211-021024 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE EAST WEST INVESTMENTS, INC., as duly appointed Trustee under the following described Deed of Trust WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (in the forms which are lawful tender in the United States) and/or the cashier's, certified or other checks specified in Civil Code Section 2924h (payable in full at the time of sale to T.D. Service Company) all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property hereinafter described: Trustor: FESTUS OZAKWUE Recorded January 31, 2005 as Instr. No. 05-0222515 in Book --- Page --- of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County; CALIFORNIA , pursuant to the Notice of Default and Election to Sell thereunder recorded August 14, 2013 as Instr. No. 20131193579 in Book --- Page --- of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County CALIFORNIA. Said Deed of Trust describes the following property: LOT 20 OF HORTENSE TRACT, IN THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 10 PAGE 196 OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY. PERSONAL PROPERTY (A) ALL PERSONAL PROPERTY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL GOODS, FURNITURE, FURNISHINGS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND (WHERE APPLICABLE) TOOLS AND CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS WHICH TRUSTOR NOW OR HEREAFTER OWNES AND WHICH IS LOCATED ON OR AFFIXED TO THE SUBJECT PROPERTY OR WHICH IS USED OR IS USEFUL IN THE OPERATION, USE, OCCUPANCY OF OR (WHERE APPLICABLE) CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, AND ALL REPLACEMENTS, ADDITIONS AND (OR) SUBSTITUTIONS THERETO; AND, (B) ALL REPLACEMENTS, ADDITIONS, SUBSTITUTIONS, AMENDMENTS, MODIFICATIONS, PRODUCTS AND PROCEEDS RELATING TO AND (OR) ARISING OUT OF THE ITEMS REFERRED TO IN SUBPARAGRAPH (A) ABOVE. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED JANUARY 13, 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. 2352 LEWIS AVENUE, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 "(If a street address or common designation of property is shown above, no warranty is given as to its completeness or correctness)." Said Sale of property will be made in "as is" condition 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 as in said note provided, advances, if any, 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. Said sale will be held on: DECEMBER 12, 2013, AT 10:30 A.M. *NEAR THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED AT 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA POMONA, CA 91766 At the time of the initial publication of this notice, the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the above described Deed of Trust and estimated costs, expenses, and advances is $440,416.07. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. 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

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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 (714) 480-5690 or (800) 843-0260 ext 5690 or visit this Internet Web site: http://www.tacforeclosures.com/sales, using the file number assigned to this case A543509 A. 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 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 a return of the monies paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's attorney. Date: November 15, 2013 EAST WEST INVESTMENTS, INC. as said Trustee, as Authorized Agent for the Beneficiary MARLENE CLEGHORN, ASSISTANT SECRETARY T.D. SERVICE COMPANY 4000 W. Metropolitan Drive, Suite 400 Orange, CA 92868-0000 The Beneficiary may be attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained may be used for that purpose. If available, the expected opening bid and/or postponement information may be obtained by calling the following telephone number(s) on the day before the sale: (714) 480-5690 or (800) 843-0260 ext 5690 or you may access sales information at http://www.tacforecloTAC# 966790 PUB: sures.com/sales. 11/22/13, 11/29/13, 12/06/13

TST4498 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 110101283 Doc ID #0001146133212005N Title Order No. 11-0081922 Investor/Insurer No. 0114613321 APN No. 7216-014-044 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 11/23/2005. 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 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 KEVIN B AUSTIN, A SINGLE MAN, dated 11/23/2005 and recorded 12/7/2005, as Instrument No. 05 2991074, 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 12/16/2013 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom 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: 1984 CHERRY AVE, SIGNAL HILL, CA, 907555824. 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 $602,395.96. 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.

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TST4510 • NoTICE oF A PUBlIC WoRKSHoP NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, the Planning Commission of the City of Signal Hill will conduct a public workshop at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider the following: SITE PLAN & DESIGN REVIEW 13-05 PRELIMINARY PLANS FOR A 3,629 SQUARE FOOT, FOUR-BEDROOM TWO-STORY SINGLE-FAMILY DWELLING WITH AN ATTACHED 826 SQUARE FOOT THREE-CAR GARAGE ON A PREVIOUSLY GRADED LOT LOCATED AT 2799 E. 21ST STREET IN THE SP-2, HILLTOP AREA SPECIFIC PLAN, ZONING DISTRICT THE PLANS HAVE A SIMILAR BUILDING ENVELOPE, ROOFLINE AND FOOTPRINT AS A PREVIOUSLY APPROVED DWELLING. THE CHANGES INCLUDE REVISED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN WHICH INCLUDES CONTEMPORARY ELEMENTS. Applicant: Bozena Jaworski of RPP Architects for Vivir Properties ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend this public workshop to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. You are encouraged to participate at the workshop to ensure that the applicant has the opportunity to respond to comments prior to finalizing the plans for the public hearing. A public hearing will scheduled after the workshop, and a separate notice will be sent regarding this meeting. If you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public workshop and hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public workshop and hearing. WRITTEN COMMENTS and/or pictures regarding view impacts or any other concerns may be submitted to the Planning Department, no later than Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Comments received will be included as attachments to the Staff Report submitted to the Planning Commission. FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community Development Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by emailing Selena Alanis, Assistant Planner, at salanis@cityofsignalhill.org or calling at (562) 989-7341. November 26, 2013 Published in the Signal Tribune newspaper: November 29, 2013 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: November 27, 2013 Mailed to affected property owners and residents within 500’: November 27, 2013

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 1-800-2818219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 11-0101283. 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: 03/22/2012 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 9274399 By: Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A-4426849

TST4505 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 110149049 Title Order No. 11-0136821 APN No. 7214-003-008 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 08/10/2004. 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. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by AUSTIN V PLONG, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, dated 08/10/2004 and recorded 8/13/2004, as Instrument No. 2004-2089829, 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 12/23/2013 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom 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: 2424 WALNUT AVENUE, 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. 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 $477,227.28. 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 11-0149049. 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: 03/31/2012 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 914-01-94 Phone/Sale Information: (800) 281-8219 By: Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. FEI # 1006.169315 11/22, 11/29, 12/06/2013

TST4495 / 2013 228184

FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

The following person is doing business as: EASTERN BEACON INDUSTRIES, 121 Linden Ave. Suite B-111, Long Beach, 90802. Registrant: RONALD E. WEAVER JR., 4508 Atlantic Ave. Unit 182, Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Ronald E. Weaver Jr. 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 November 4, 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: November 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013. TST4497 / 2013 230310

FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

The following person is doing business as: S&A MARKET, 1639 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813. Registrant: BONUS NHEK, 16113 Orange Ave., Paramount, CA 90723. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Bonus Nhek. 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 October 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on November 6, 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: November 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013. TST4499 / 2013 230578

FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

The following person is doing business as: 1. HUMBLEBRAGS EATERY, 2. HUMBLEBRAGS FINE FOOD, 3. HUMBLEBRAGS AMERICAN DINING, 4. HUMBLEBRAGS AMERICAN EATERY, 5/ HUMBLEBRAGS EAT NOW, 3225 Clubhouse Dr., Lakewood, CA 90712. Registrant: MODI'S CATERING LLC, 3225 Clubhouse Dr., Lakewood, CA 90712. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Anthony Frank Modica, CEO. 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 November 6, 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: November 15, 22, 29, & December 6, 2013. TST4501 / 2013 230221

FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

The following person is doing business as: MANFRED LEATHER, 6325 E. Eliot St., Long Beach, CA 90803. Registrant: BUMPERCAR INC., 6325 E. Eliot 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: Eduardo Cortes, 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 November 6, 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

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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: November 22, 29, & December 6, 13, 2013. TST4502 / 2013 236723

FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

The following person is doing business as: ISABELLE HANDBAGS, 801 S. Garfield Ave. Ste. 318, Alhambra, CA 91801. Registrant: MTC BAGS USA, INC., 801 S. Garfield Ave. Ste. 318, Alhambra, CA 91801. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Gaohua Huang, CEO. 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 November 15, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on November 15, 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: November 22, 29, & December 6, 13, 2013. TST4504 / 2013 237433

FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

The following person is doing business as: Z COMFORT ORTHOPEDIC PROSTHETIC & ORTHOTICS, 2296 Amelia Ct., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: LARRY RADFORD, 2296 Amelia Ct., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Larry Radford. 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 November 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: November 22, 29, & December 6, 13, 2013. TST4512 / 2013 243257

FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

The following person is doing business as: THE BLACKBERRY PATCH COTTAGE, 9753 Flower St., Bellflower St., Bellflower, CA 90706. Registrant: GLORIA J. DYSON, 3313 Maine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Gloria J. Dyson. 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 November 11, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on November 25, 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: November 29, & December 6, 13, 20, 2013.

TST4508 / Case No. NS026913 oRDER To SHoW CAUSE FoR CHANGE oF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, SOUTH DISTRICT, 275 Magnolia Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. PETITION OF David Robert Stein, For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner DAVID ROBERT STEIN, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: DAVID ROBERT STEIN to Proposed Name: DAVID ROBERT MARTIN. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: January 7, 2014; Time: 8:30 A.M.; Dept. S26. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 939 E. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: November 29, & December 6, 13, 20, 2013. ___//ss//___ Michael P. Vicencia, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: November 18, 2013

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Courthouse

court building that will serve the South Judicial District of Los continued from page 1 Angeles County’s Superior Court about 58 years. opened last September. Construction began in 2011 and A media release offered a few finished last August. Located at key details about the silver building 275 Magnolia Ave. in Long that boasts 31 courtrooms in Beach’s downtown district, the new 416,000 square feet of court space. The price tag on the design and construction has totaled $339 million. It’s also the first courthouse that has been built in the U.S. using what has called been “performancebased infrastructure, an innovative partnership between the state and the private sector,” according to the release. This publicprivate partnership underwent scrutiny in the past year when critics pointed to a report from the independent Legislative Analyst’s Office that sugPhotos by CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune gested that the Mayor Bob Foster (left) joined George Deukmejian at the unveilconstruction of ing of a wall plaque honoring the state’s 35th governor.

Former Gov. George Deukmejian (left) speaks at the dedication ceremony of the new courthouse named after him. Also pictured is Michael Vicencia, who serves as the assistant supervising judge of the South Judicial District of LA County’s Superior Court.

CITY OF SIGNAL HILL

TST4511 • NoTICE oF PUBlIC HEARINGS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, the Planning Commission of the City of Signal Hill will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider the Site Plan & Design Review, Zoning Ordinance Amendment and Conditional Use Permits. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, the City Council of the City of Signal Hill will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California to consider the Zoning Ordinance Amendment and Conditional Use Permits. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the Planning Commission of the City of Signal Hill will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider a modification to the Gateway Center’s Sign Program for signs associated with the tenants at the new building. SITE PLAN & DESIGN REVIEW 13-06 A REQUEST TO CONSTRUCT A 6,500 SQUARE FOOT BUILDING FOR A CHIPOTLE RESTAURANT, SPRINT RETAIL STORE, STARBUCKS RESTAURANT WITH A DRIVETHRU AND TWO OUTDOOR DINING/SEATING AREAS AT THE SIGNAL HILL GATEWAY SHOPPING CENTER AT 999 E. SPRING STREET IN THE SP-6, COMMERCIAL CORRIDOR SPECIFIC PLAN, ZONING DISTRICT ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT 13-06: ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT 13-06 AN AMENDMENT TO THE SP-6, COMMERCIAL CORRIDOR SPECIFIC PLAN TO INCLUDE ‘AUTOMATED TELLER MACHINE (ATM)’ AS A CONDITIONALLY PERMITTED USE CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT 13-03: A REQUEST TO OPERATE A WALK-UP AUTOMATED TELLER MACHINE (ATM) KIOSK FOR BANK OF AMERICA CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT 13-04: A REQUEST TO OPERATE RESTAURANT WITH A DRIVE-THRU AND AN OUTDOOR SEATING AREA FOR STARBUCKS CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT 13-05: A REQUEST TO OPERATE A RESTAURANT WITH ON-SITE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE RESTAURANT CHIPOTLE APPLICANT: Perkowitz+Ruth Architects for Signal Hill Petroleum/Signal Hill Gateway LLC ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend the public hearings to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. If you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearings described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearings. AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (EIR) for the subject retail shopping center project (State Clearinghouse No. 2000061137) was certified by the City Council on August 7, 2001. The EIR, as well as material relevant to the proposed project, may be inspected by the public between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Community Development Department located on the lower floor of City Hall. THE FILE and associated documents for the proposed project may be reviewed by the public between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays, in the Community Development Department at City Hall. FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community Development Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by emailing Selena Alanis, Assistant Planner, at salanis@cityofsignalhill.org or calling at (562) 989-7341. Published in the Signal Tribune newspaper per Gov’t Code §65091(a)(4): November 29, 2013 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010 on or before: November 27, 2013 Mailed to property owners within a 300’ radius: November 27, 2013

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the courthouse could have been done less expensively. Its report, entitled “Maximizing State Benefits from Public-Private Partnerships,” explained how the public-private partnership worked in the case of the Long Beach courthouse. The Administrative Office of the Courts entered into a public-private partnership that required the “private developer to finance, design, build, operate, and maintain the Long Beach courthouse over a 35-year period in exchange for payments from the State totaling $2.3 billion.” The Legislative Analyst’s Office challenged the findings of another report that seemed to favor the partnership. The office itself concluded that the price of the Long Beach courthouse project could have been $160 million less had the project been procured using a traditional method instead of a using this public-private partnership. The report stated that the office operated under different assumptions when it considered issues surrounding tax adjustments, cost overruns, leasing of additional space and the project completion date when it drew its conclusions. James Otto, who serves as the supervising judge of the Superior Court, acknowledged in an interview that there are critics of the public-private partnership for the Long Beach courthouse, but he also credited this new partnership for making the building a reality. He compared Long Beach’s construction project to the San Bernardino courthouse project, which, he says, the State began to build with public funds around the same time that it began construction for the courthouse in Long Beach. To date, the San Bernardino courthouse has not yet opened. It is scheduled to open in May, Otto said, and by that time, he pointed out, the Long Beach courthouse will have been opened for nearly a year. “This would still be just a hole in the ground if it wasn’t for the wonderful things that the publicprivate partnership did,” Otto said,

as he described briefly how the process included the involvement of the Administrative Office of the Courts and all of the justice partners in the design. He also emphasized how the building was completed $11 million under-budget and 11 days before a key deadline before the people behind the construction would be penalized if the building was not ready. “So I think it worked very well,” Otto concluded. “It’s proba-

Commercial burglary 11:09pm– 1700 block E. 28th St.

Saturday, Nov. 23 Commercial burglary 2:15am– 900 block E. 33rd St.

Petty theft 4:50am– 3500 block E. PCH Named suspect. Non-injury hit-and-run 3:51pm– 2200 block E. Willow St.

bly not for every public building. I’m afraid there [are] some things out there that will make it tougher to do in the future, but here it worked very well.” Michael Vicencia, who serves as the assistant supervising judge for the Superior Court, agreed with Otto. He also acknowledged that there are critics who question whether California should have see COURTHOUSE page 19

TST4509 • NoTICE oF PUBlIC HEARINGS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, the Planning Commission of the City of Signal Hill, California, will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider a recommendation on the following: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT on Tuesday, January 7, 2013, the City Council of the City of Signal Hill will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California to consider the following: ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT 13-05 IN ORDER TO SATISFY STATE LAW AND REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION OF THE HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE, AMENDMENTS TO TITLE 20 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE AS FOLLOWS: TITLE 20.04 (DEFINITIONS) - ADD THE STATE DEFINITION • FOR EMERGENCY SHELTERS FOR THE HOMELESS SECTION 20.20.020 (USE CLASSIFICATIONS) - ALLOW EMER• GENCY SHELTERS BY RIGHT IN THE COMMERCIAL GENERAL (CG) ZONE AND ESTABLISH MINIMUM DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATIONS STANDARDS AS ALLOWED BY LAW INCLUDING: Design Standards 1. Maximum number of beds 2. Parking 3. Exterior and interior waiting and client intake areas 4. Security lighting 5. Minimum separation distance 6. Established CG development standards 7. Voluntary or incentive based standards Operations Standards • Length of stay • On-site Management • On-site security Applicant: City of Signal Hill A MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION 11/29/13(1) has been prepared in conjunction with the subject project based on an initial study finding of potentially significant environmental impacts unless mitigated. The identified mitigation measures to address potential Aesthetics impacts are the new design and operations standards which are specifically applicable to Emergency Shelters and reduce impacts to less than significant. The Mitigated Negative Declaration, as well as relevant material, may be inspected by the public between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Community Development Department located on the lower floor of City Hall. Written comments may be submitted to the Community Development Department during the public review period from November 29, 2013 to Jan 7, 2014. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend the hearings to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. If you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearings described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearings. FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community Development Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by emailing Colleen Doan, Associate Planner, at cdoan@cityofsignalhill.org or calling at (562) 989-7344. Published in the Signal Tribune newspaper per Gov’t Code §65091(a)(4): November 29, 2013 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010 on or before: November 27, 2013

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Crimes reported by SHPD • Citywide

Friday, Nov. 22 Commercial burglary 3:15pm– 2400 block Cherry Ave.

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EYE ON CRIME Thursday, Nov. 21 Stolen vehicle 12:18pm– 1900 block Temple Ave.

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Non-injury hit-and-run 3:55pm– 900 block E. 33rd St.

DUI 9:55pm– Cherry Ave./E. 28th St. Suspect in custody. Sunday, Nov. 24 Possession controlled substance without valid prescription 2:09am– E. PCH/Cherry Ave. Two suspects in custody.

Stolen vehicle 10:49am– 2100 block Ohio Ave.

Tuesday, Nov. 26 Grand theft 4:18pm– 2300 Redondo Ave.

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Crimes reported by LBPD Council Districts 6, 7 & 8

Thursday, Nov. 21 Grand theft auto 11:10am– 3900 block Cerritos Ave.

Robbery 4:13pm– 2000 block Long Beach Blvd.

Commercial burglary 6:35pm– 700 block E. Willow St.

Grand theft auto 9pm– E. 21st St./Long Beach Blvd.

Friday, Nov. 22 Residential burglary 6:20pm– 4400 block Goldfield Ave.

Grand theft auto 6:30pm– 100 block E. 31st St.

Saturday, Nov. 23 Recovered stolen vehicle 2:40pm– 200 block E. 21st St.

Commercial burglary 10:44pm– 100 E. Willow St.

Sunday, Nov. 24 Recovered stolen vehicle 3:08am– 3200 block Cherry Ave.


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leader” for the 5th District, Schipske noted that she put together a task force to protect wetlands habitats and birds during nesting season at El Dorado Park and has hosted the first Solar Grand Prix in which middle-school and high-school students compete in a race of solar-powered model cars. Garcia also lauded his own political record on environmental issues in the 1st District, stating that in the last few years, the City has opened up new parks and community gardens. Garcia also noted that he was one of three co-authors of the City’s plastic-bag ban and continues to push efforts of “reclaiming back our urban space” by promoting pedestrianand bicycle-friendly infrastructure. Otto, who said he’s an avid backpacker and hiker, called attention to his stint as an environmental lawyer working for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, taking on cases for the South Coast Air Quality Management District against air polluters. Otto, who is also a founding member of the Aquarium Board, said being an “environmental steward” is paramount to the city’s future. Still, differences of opinion arose on some subjects. Otto, for instance, lauded the establishment of the Long Beach Sustainable City Commission, but he said the City should still be more “proactive” on sus-

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Sramek’s resignation came just two days after a heated City Council meeting in which the Council voted 6-3, in an unprecedented action, to remove Harbor Commission President Thomas Fields from his post at the mayor’s request. During the Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19, Foster cited years of disagreements between him and Fields as the reason for the dismissal, expressing concerns about disputes over Port security, the location for the Port’s headquarters and Fields’s travel expenses. The mayor claimed Fields has spent in excess of $100,000 on travel during Port business while other commissioners spent $40,000. Fields, however, defended his 15-year record serving the City, including on the City’s planning commission. He said his decisions while on the Harbor Commission have been “based on what is best for the Port and the City.” Fields requested the Council hold off on taking any action before the city auditor releases a report on harbor commissioners’ travel expenses. Fields’s supporters, including international-trade-industry representatives, voiced strong opposition

to the mayor’s recommendation, some stating that it would impact the City’s business relations with Port of Long Beach tenants. Just two days after the Council meeting, Sramek, who was serving as the Harbor Commission vice president and has also served as a planning commissioner for the City, resigned from the Harbor Commission. In his resignation letter sent on Thursday, Nov. 21, Sramek thanked Foster for the opportunity to serve on the Harbor Commission, stating that it’s been a “great honor” to oversee policy for the “sixth-largest port complex in the world and the second-largest in the country.” Sramek added, however, that he has “great concerns about the Port and its politically charged dealings with the City.” Sramek said, “I feel that the direction undertaken by the City could have potentially dire effects on the Port and its customers, and consequentially, our local economy.” Sramek told the Los Angeles Times that the removal of Fields from the Harbor Commission was “the final straw” and “should never have been in public.” Foster stated that he appreciates

Sramek’s many years of service on the Harbor Commission. “I deeply appreciate the time and contributions he’s given to the City and the residents of Long Beach,” Foster said. The mayor also stated that he has confidence in Farrell, a 5th District resident who has lived in Long Beach for 14 years and serves on the Long Beach Transit Board as the secretary/treasurer. “Lori Ann is the ideal candidate who demonstrated financial discipline while she served as the City of Long Beach chief financial officer,” Foster said. “I’m confident that she will serve the Harbor Commission well during a time when the Harbor Department will be going through several new changes.” According to Foster’s office, Farrell is a recipient of several awards, including the Government Finance Officers’ Association Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the City of Long Beach, recognizing her financial-management skills. Farrell received her master’s of public administration degree from Columbia University. Foster said he is still searching for a candidate to fill the Harbor Commission vacancy left by Fields. ß

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