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Long Beach Council presses for new city ordinance on medical marijuana, prepares for April 2014 ballot measure

CJ Dablo Staff Writer long Beach still hasn’t figured out just how to effectively regulate the medical marijuana dispensaries, but city officials are not giving up on the daunting task, in spite of concerns expressed by the police chief– and in spite of a number of advocates of medical marijuana who don’t like the idea of keeping dispensaries in industrial zones. the Council has also laid the groundwork to put a measure on the april 2014 ballot that would establish a city tax on marijuana dispensaries. last week at its Dec. 17 meeting, the long Beach City Council provided additional direction to the City’s planning Commission in

order for the commission to develop recommendations for a zoning ordinance. (For the specific details of the Council’s directions, see accompanying box). the planning Commission is anticipated to discuss the medicalmarijuana issue in February. Once the commission completes a study and finalizes its recommendations for a draft ordinance, it is expected to report back to the Council within 60 days. Development Services Director amy Bodek initially estimated that the commission would need about six months to return to the Council with its recommendations for an ordinance because the commission is not familiar at all with any of the

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TSA opens PreCheck-application center in Signal Hill for expedited passenger screening Traveleres get on and off flights at the Long Beach Airport on Tuesday, Dec. 24, the day before Christmas.

Sean Belk Staff Writer Just in time for holiday travel, the transportation Security administration (tSa) opened three new preCheckapplication centers in los angeles County, including one in Signal Hill, this month. launched two years ago, tSa preCheck is an expedited screening program that allows travelers to pass certain airport-security checkpoints without having to take off shoes, belt or outerwear. the program also allows an airline passenger to keep a laptop in a case and liquids/gels in a carry-on bag. For a fee of $85 for a five-year membership, travelers may apply for the program by first starting the enrollment process online at tsa.gov and then making an appointment to complete the rest of the preCheck-application process in person at an application center. On Wednesday, Dec. 18, tSa opened three new preCheck-application centers in the los angeles area, including one in Carson at 460 e. Carson -plaza Drive, Suite 114, one in Glendale at 603 South Brand Blvd. and one in Signal Hill at 2501 e. 28th St., Suite 105. tSa spokesperson nico Melendez said the application center in Signal Hill is currently the location to apply for a transportation Worker identification Credential (tWiC) card, which is required for workers at the ports of long Beach and los angeles. the office now offers application services for both tWiC and preCheck. Melendez said, last year, tSa expanded the program to about 40 airports, including long Beach airport, and over the last two months the program expanded to about 107 airports. tSa see TSA page 6

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Randy Adams prepares some dry ice to make ice cream during a tasting/kickstarter event on Saturday, Dec. 21 for Long Beach Creamery, a new startup that specializes in handcrafted ice cream. At Farm Lot 59 at 2714 California Ave. on the border of Long Beach and Signal Hill, tasters were able to help build the Long Beach Creamery business by making mini “kickstarter” pledges of $4 (for a push-up pop) to $10 (for a pint of ice cream). Starting next year, Farm Lot 59, a one-acre mini farm, will be having a Farm Event, featuring local businesses, on the second Saturday of every month.

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Signal Hill, Cerritos and Downey ordered to pay $15 million in water bills withheld from WRD

the cities of Signal Hill, Cerritos and Downey have been ordered by a California appellate Court to pay more than $15 million in water bills they withheld from the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) while in ongoing litigation, but the cities hope to get the money back in a refund. From april 2011 to October 2013, the cities stopped paying replenishment assessment (Ra) payments to WRD, a regional water agency that charges water-rights holders or “pumpers” for replenishing groundwater used by residents and local businesses. the cities, which withheld Ra payments in reserve accounts, won in trial court that WRD illegally raised rates without following procedural requirements of a state law known as proposition 218. the law requires that property owners be notified of any rate changes and given a protest hearing. a los angeles Superior Court judge ruled twice in

favor of the cities that WRD didn’t follow the law, but a final judgment that would determine how much money the cities are entitled to in damages has yet to be heard. in response to cities withholding payments, WRD sought a preliminary injunction to force them to pay, threatening to stop pumping water. in april 2012, however, a trial court denied WRD’s request. patty Quilizapa, an attorney representing the cities, said in an email that the California Supreme Court opined that “payment of an invalid tax by a public agency” amounts to a “gift of public funds,” a legal argument that she said is also supported by the California Constitution. after WRD appealed, however, a California appellate Court panel overturned the previous court decision, ruling on Oct. 30 that the cities would have to follow the “pay first, litigate later” doctrine, which requires that any party disputing see WRD page 13 charges imposed

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Signal Hill holiday outreach program donates $8,450 in gifts to needy families

each year, the Signal Hill police Department (SHpD) and Community Services Department partner with local residents and businesses to share the “holiday spirit” with families in need. this year, the outreach program raised $8,450 to provide gifts to needy families and individuals, according to SHpD. On thursday, Dec. 19, Santa Claus rode in a Signal Hill police patrol car for the special outreach program in Signal Hill and long Beach. there were several dozen donors, but the most significant donations were received from Boulevard Buick, Cadillac & GMC, Mesa environmental Services, Mercedes Benz of long

Beach, aleshire & Wynder, llp, RKa Consulting Group, Signal Hill Councilmember larry Forester, everson Spice Company, Capital investment advisers, accountable Health Care, los angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, eDCO Disposal, Signal Hill Community Foundation, Signal Hill petroleum and the Sultan’s Classic Car Club. the holiday outreach provided gifts to 23 families, which includes a total of 90 people. these families were identified throughout the year via contacts with various Signal Hill programs, according to SHpD. Most of the families included young children, however there were also a few elderly gift recipients. One of the

families consisted of a single mom with two children. the mom expressed that “without the help of the outreach she would not have been able to provide gifts for her children,” stated SHpD. Before heading out to visit the families, police Chief Michael langston had an opportunity to visit with the outreach team. langston thanked each of the workers and donors, large and small. langston emphasized the importance of the holiday outreach and building “productive relationships within the community that benefits the entire community.”

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Tesoro gives Food Finders $10,000 grant to ‘Keep The Trucks Rolling’

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YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A JOYOUS HOLIDAY SEASON!

Best wishes! Congressman Alan Lowenthal & Debbie Lowenthal

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From left, Lisa Hoffmaster (Food Finders), Olga Chavez (Tesoro), Brissa Sotelo (Tesoro) and Patti Larson (Food Finders) hold a $10,000 check that was granted by Tesoro to Signal Hill-based Food Finders in support of the nonprofit’s “Keep The Trucks Rolling” campaign.

tesoro Refinery in Wilmington continued its support of Signal Hill-based, multi-regional food bank Food Finders and the nonprofit organization’s “Keep the trucks Rolling” campaign by recently providing a $10,000 grant. an official check presentation took place on Dec. 13 at tesoro grounds. “We greatly appreciate our truck sponsors since our trucks are essential to our business, and fueling and maintaining them has always been a significant expense,” said patti larson, executive director of Food Finders. the 24-foot truck covers much of downtown los angeles and is used to pick up and distribute the bulk of the produce and other food items that are donated. Sponsor logos are placed on either side of the vehicle for maximum exposure. Food Finders had previously partnered with tesoro for a special awareness presentation provided to its “safety council,” in which the company invited contractors and

employees within the refinery business. tesoro employees also volunteered with Food Finders during the holiday food drive, helping to sort and pack items for delivery. “tesoro is a proud sponsor of Food Finders, a local nonprofit organization that relies heavily on volunteers’ time and disposition,” said Olga Chavez, public relations associate for tesoro. “tesoro values the service Food Finders does to better the nutrition and well being of our citizens.” Food Finders is a communitybased food-rescue organization that serves as a conduit for food, education and awareness between donors, volunteers, agencies and people in need. it provides food to more than 210 nonprofit agencies throughout los angeles and Orange counties. its vision is to “eliminate hunger and food waste, while improving nutrition in the communities served,” according to a statement from Food Finders. Source: Food Finders

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Apartment fire on 4th Street in LB displaces five residents

the long Beach Fire Department (lBFD) responded to a reported structure fire on the 300 block of West 4th Street on Sunday, Dec. 22 at approximately 2pm, according to a statement from lBFD. On arrival, units reported smoke coming from one window on the second floor. Fire personnel made an “aggressive attack” to extinguish the apartment fire and confine it to the unit of origin, according to lBFD. three additional units below the unit sustained water damage. no injuries were reported, but five residents were displaced. the american Red Cross is assisting the occupants with lodging, according to lBFD. Source: LBFD

Fire displaces 38 residents from north LB assisted-living facility a fire at an assisted-living facility at the 3100 block of east artesia Boulevard in north long Beach on Sunday, Dec. 22 injured three residents and displaced 38 residents from the structure that sustained heavy smoke and water damage, according to fire authorities. long Beach Fire Department (lBFD) resources responded to the 3100 block of east artesia Boulevard for a reported structure fire at 4:21pm, according to a statement from lBFD. though fire officials couldn’t confirm the

name of the assisted-living facility, the address is of the Chateau, an assisted-living facility for seniors and mentally disabled individuals. lBFD officials said it took approximately 10 minutes to extinguish the fire. On arrival, units reported heavy smoke on the second floor of the facility. the fire was contained to one bedroom, and residents were evacuated. the structure sustained heavy smoke and water damage requiring residents to be displaced to another facility, according to lBFD. three residents were trans-

ported to local hospitals for “minor chief complaints.” the long Health Department Beach responded to evaluate the facility. Matthew Dobberpuhl, spokesperson for lBFD, said a total of 38 residents were displaced from the facility that sustained “extensive damage due to [the] sprinkler system and smoke.” He said residents were displaced to an “unknown” location and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Free system-wide bus service will be available on long Beach transit (lBt) starting at 5pm this new year’s eve. the promotion encourages residents to take public transit to and from festivities in long Beach to avoid drinking and driving. this free service was made available in part by the Downtown long Beach associates in promotion of the new year’s eve events happening in downtown long Beach. the events include a familyfriendly celebration, fireworks display and live music at Rainbow Harbor, as well as a street party on pine avenue and Broadway that ends at 2am. “We want everyone to enjoy a fun and safe celebration, so let us be your designated driver for the night. leave your car at home, avoid parking and ring in the new year,” said Robyn Gordon-peterson, long Beach transit’s chief operating officer and senior vice president.

in addition to free boarding on regular routes leaving the First Street transit Gallery through 12:30am, free extended evening service will be available on new year’s eve to accommodate anticipated high demand in downtown long Beach. the last buses running extended service will leave the transit Gallery, located on 1st Street between pine avenue and long Beach Boulevard in downtown long Beach, at 1:30am and 2:30am. Bus routes during the extended service hours will be abbreviated and outbound only, so residents are encouraged to plan their trip early by calling lBt’s customer-service team at (562) 591-2301 (on Mondays through Fridays from 7am to 6pm, Saturdays from 8am to 3pm), or by visiting the transit & visitor information Center. transit assistance from a live person will be available in downtown long Beach during the new year’s eve festivities and regular route information is available at

lbtransit.com . trips at 1:30am and 2:30am will leave the First Street transit Gallery at the following shelters: Shelter B Route 46: to anaheim at pCH Route 181: to Wardlow Station via Magnolia Shelter C Route 111: to lakewood at Del amo via Broadway Route 191: to Del amo at lakewood via Santa Fe Shelter e Route 94: to Bellflower at Stearns via 7th/CSulB Shelter F Route 173: to lB towne Center via atherton/CSulB Shelter g Route 61: to atlantic at Del amo Shelter H Route 21: to Cherry at Del amo Route 121: to alamitos Bay landing (not CSulB) Route 151: to Colorado lagoon via 4th

On Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, the long Beach police Department’s (lBpD) traffic Section conducted a driving under the influence (Dui) driver license checkpoint on livingston Drive and prospect avenue, from 7pm until 3am. During the eight-hour operation, which was aided by long Beach police explorers and long Beach Search and Rescue, 1,661 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 802 being screened, resulting in two Dui arrests, one citation for unlicensed driving and two citations for suspended licenses. according to the lBpD, Dui checkpoints are a “vital component in the fight against both

impaired and unlicensed driving. nationally, impaired driving caused by alcohol and/or drugs causes one death every 33 minutes. the average american has a 30 percent chance of being killed or injured by a driver under the influence. Sobriety checkpoints have been proven to reduce these types of driving-related collisions by removing such drivers from our streets.” Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of traffic Safety, through the national Highway Safety administration.

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Help SpReaD HOliDay CHeeR What Food and toy drive Who McKenzie Mortuary Where 3843 e. anaheim St. When Friday, Dec. 20 through the month of December More Info McKenzie Mortuary will be collecting donations throughout the holiday season. the mortuary will match donations, based on the monetary value of the donated items. unused gift cards can also be donated. Donations can be dropped off at the funeral home, or pick-ups can be arranged. Call (562) 961-9301.

OveRDue? What library Fines amnesty Month Who Signal Hill library Where 1770 e. Hill St. When Friday, Dec. 20 through the month of December More Info the Signal Hill library will waive all overdue fines during the month of December.

let it SnOW What 5th annual Wrigley Snow Day Who Wrigley association Where veterans park, 101 e. 28th St. When Saturday, Dec. 28 at 11am More Info the event will include snow, sled runs, bounce houses and more. Food trucks and vendors will be on-site.

taKe a WalK What Raptor Ramble nature Walk Who los Cerritos Wetlands Where the driveway/parking area at the corner of 1st St. and pCH in Seal Beach When Saturday, Jan. 4 from 8am to 9:45am More Info Biologists and environmental educators taylor parker and eric Zahn will lead the walk. parking lot gate will open at 7:45am and close at 8:10am. all participants must stay for the entire tour. Closed-toed shoes are required. Kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. email ejlambe@verizon.net .

BOOKWORMS unite What Monthly community book club Who the Bixby Knolls literary Society Where elise’s tea Room, 3924 atlantic ave. When Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7pm More Info next month, the club will delve into Rabbit is Rich by John updike. parking is available along atlantic avenue. Refreshments will be provided. Call (562) 595-0081 or email info@bixbyknollsinfo.com

tHe paWFeCt eveninG What 2nd annual Cat video Festival Who Walker arts Center Where Federal Bar, 102 pine ave. When Friday, Jan. 24 at 9pm More Info Festival will include cat video screenings, appearances by special guests and “celebricats,” live music and cat-centric art. the Federal Bar’s full menu will be available during the showcase. ticket cost is $20.

See tHe SiGHtS On a BiKe What Sunday Funday: Mini long Beach architecture Bike tour Who los angeles County Bicycle Coalition (laCBC) Where downtown long Beach meeting place When Sunday, Jan. 5 from 1:30pm to 4pm More Info this 10-mile ride tours the many architecturally unique buildings in long Beach, such as those done by Killingsworth, neutra, lautner, Greene & Greene and many other world-famous architects. this two-wheeled mini tour is led by laCBC board member april economides and is family-friendly. participants may receive a special discount at a local cafe along the route. Riders may also get a 15-percent discount on the book Long Beach Architecture at apostrophe Books for saying “Sunday Funday” on the day of the ride (or receive 10 percent off in-store or online before the ride). to RSvp, email Carol Feucht at carol@la-bike.org .

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hAPPy neW yeAr! from neena strichart and the signal tribune

by Neena Strichart

now that Christmas is over for this year, the words “Happy new year!” seem to be coming from everyone i meet. i’m not saying it isn’t expected, but the sentiment behind the phrase appears to be delivered with a bit more fervor this season. the words don’t appear to be said as wishes or prayers, but rather as a statement of fact. Happy neW yeaR. period. My guess is that folks are feeling a bit more settled these days and maybe not quite as stressed about money as they had in days gone by. they may not have more dollars to spend, but i think people have found a new or better way to juggle their finances. Restaurants seem to be a bit busier, my higher-end advertising clients are reporting a bit more business coming their way, and i have a general sense of peacefulness as i drive through our neighborhoods and shopping corridors. true, maybe i am a bit of a pollyanna, but i truly believe that 2014 will be an amazing time for small business and, therefore, amazing for all of us. part of my new year’s resolution will be to work even harder this year to shop and dine locally. although i do a pretty good job as it stands, i believe i can do even better next year. One way to accomplish the task is to get out of the office more often and see what is happening in my own backyard. With publishing duties taking up the lion’s share of my time, i am going to also resolve to do more delegating in 2014. Warning to my husband Steve and assistant tanya, i am finally going to take you up on all those offers to help me run errands and deal with paper work. Frankly, i am looking forward to getting out in “the field” more

often and out from behind the computer. i further resolve to spend more time with the women in my life, including long-time friends, colleagues and Mom too! i definitely need more girls’ nights out! now that i have shared with you my plans for resolutions in 2014, here are a few below that i solicited on Facebook from my “friends”… Melissa Zambrano, owner of urban Cottage : “Dump the negatives!!!!!!!!!” Dyana Dulin of Dynamic Glass: “Quit smoking.” Kate Braid, owner of Hungry Dog printing: “Jump on it.” Linda Conn: “to enjoy every minute possible with the people i love. time is too short.” Steve Strichart, associate publisher of the Signal Tribune: “to stay out of your column...” Debbie King, owner of Willie’s tin Shop: “laugh more.” Blair Cohn, executive director of Bixby Knolls Business improvement association: “i resolve to make [fiance’] alissa Sablan happy; to reenergize my commitment to Bixby Knolls and the City of long Beach; to get down to my fighting weight; and to find the answer to ‘what's the next big thing?’” Kati ennis of Friedmans appliance Center: “to be not only 100% meat free but fish and cheese as well! vegan lifestyle, here i come!” John Royce president of the California Heights neighborhood association: “to find a balance.”

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located in Signal Hill.” Despite the clear disadvantage Signal Hill faces, this initiative would put us at a further disadvantage by requiring that development incentives be approved by a 2/3rds vote in a citywide election. to add insult to injury, the initiative would require the developer to pay for the election, the cost of which has recently been estimated at $39,400. no developer in their right mind would choose to locate in Signal Hill given the problems posed by an unknown vote result and the addition of such onerous financial requirements. the proponents of “Know and vote” keep saying that is not their intention. i’m reminded of an old saying– “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” this initiative will pave the way to economic and financial hell of Signal Hill.

in looking for words to describe the “Know and vote” initiative, several readily come to mind– “confusing” and “unnecessary,” among others. Stronger words might be “ridiculous” and “nuts,” but one word stands out above all the rest and that word is DanGeROuS. Why? Because this initiative would kill any future development in Signal Hill. in order to attract development, Signal Hill and many other cities provide financial incentives to encourage developers to locate in their city. Signal Hill is at a strong disadvantage in attracting developers due to the fact that many pieces of land were involved with one of the largest oil operations in the country. Because of that, development involves extraordinary start up costs related to required clean up of abandoned oil well remains and soil remediation, costs that other cities don't face. according to an independent fiscal analysis contracted by the city, “the Know and vote initiative will result in Signal Hill not being able to compete with surrounding communities that offer economic development incentives, including the City of long Beach. Many of these cities do not have major soil contamination and abandoned oil well issues, which drive up the costs of safely building on a property

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Board of Directors as Secretarytreasurer. “i just wanted to say how thankful i am for the opportunity to serve our community once again. i love this city and i love our community,” Farrell said. “i’m hoping that together with the other commissioners we can really take our port to the next level.” With the seating of Farrell, the board has four members including Susan e. anderson Wise, who will serve as assistant Secretary. the fifth commissioner will be appointed by Mayor Foster and confirmed by the City Council. the Harbor Commission directs the 450-person staff of the City of long Beach Harbor Department in development and promotion of the port of long Beach, which is one of the world’s premier seaports and a primary gateway for trans-pacific trade. a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety and environmental stewardship, the port handles trade valued at $155 billion each year and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in Southern California. Source: POLB

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the long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners elected Doug Drummond as its new Board president on tuesday night, Dec. 17, and welcomed newly appointed Commissioner lori ann Farrell to her first meeting. Composed of long Beach residents, the Board oversees the port of long Beach. the board also voted Rich Dines as vice president and Farrell as Secretary. the election of board officers was conducted following the departures of former president thomas Fields and former vice president nick Sramek last month. Drummond, a former long Beach City Councilman for the 3rd District and retired long Beach police Department Commander, was appointed to the five-member Harbor Commission in 2011 by Mayor Bob Foster. “it’s my goal to promote a spirit of cooperation among the Board

and the staff of the Harbor Department. the port of long Beach (pOlB) is a leading international seaport, and i know that all of the commissioners take our responsibilities here very seriously. We intend to work together to make this port even stronger and better able to compete in the international marketplace,” Drummond said. in her first meeting, Farrell said she looked forward to her new role as a Harbor Commissioner. Farrell, who has a long record of public service, is a former Chief Financial Officer for the City of long Beach and currently works as the City of Huntington Beach Finance Director. She will remain in her position at Huntington Beach. Serving on the Commission is a civic role that offers only a $100 stipend for each meeting. Farrell is a 14-year resident of long Beach and formerly served on the long Beach transit

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Hawaiian gardens gang member arrested for shooting, killing 54-year-old LB resident On tuesday, Dec.17, 2013, at approximately 10:05pm, long Beach police responded to a call in the 3500 block of Monica avenue regarding a report that a person had been shot, which resulted in the death of a female adult and the injuring of a male adult. When officers arrived, they discovered 54-year-old Monica Barboza inside the converted garage, where she had apparently been living. She had sustained a gunshot wound to the upper torso and determined deceased at the scene by long Beach Fire Department paramedics. Shortly thereafter, long Beach police Department (lBpD) was notified that a male adult gunshot victim had been transported to a local hospital by a friend. through our investigation, we were able to determine that the 52-year-old resident of Hawaiian Gardens, who was visiting the location at the time the shooting occurred, was a second victim. He sustained what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries and is listed in stable condition. Detectives immediately began

investigating and following-up on leads. Robert Rubio Jr., 53, of Hawaiian Gardens, was arrested without incident at the home of a friend in Hawaiian Gardens. Rubio, a documented gang-member, is being booked for murder and attempted murder, and will be held at the long Beach City Jail on $1 million bail. He was expected to be arraigned in long Beach Superior Court. Based on the investigation, detectives believe Rubio was involved in an ongoing dispute with other residents who reside in the home, which ultimately led to the shooting. the victims are not married, but are related through marriage. anyone with information is encouraged to contact long Beach police Homicide Detectives todd Johnson and Roger Zottneck at (562) 570-7244. anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800222-tipS (8477), texting tipla plus your tip to CRiMeS (274637), or visiting lacrimestoppers.org .

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plans to have more than 300 application centers operational by the end of 2014. the goal, he said, is to “revolutionize” the way tSa conducts screening at airports, moving away from a “one-size-fits-all” model and recognizing that “not every passenger poses the same threat.” Melendez said the new program enables tSa to be more efficient with its resources. “We’re getting away from the way we’ve been doing things,” he said. “it’s about the efficiency of the security checkpoint. if there is a better way to use our resources and provide an effective security, then that’s what we’ve been going through.” earlier this month, tSa opened application centers in indianapolis and Washington, and, by the end of the year, tSa expects to open additional application centers in new york. at the preCheck application centers, applicants are required to provide biographic information, such as

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medical marijuana issues and needed to conduct a study session. “the public has been ready, so they’re not going to hold this up,” said 2nd District Councilmember Suja lowenthal. She added that there is no need for a commission to conduct a study session, arguing there will be opportunities for the public to comment on the issue and that the commission is already familiar with land-use zoning issues. “none of us want to subvert the planning Commission process,” lowenthal said, acknowledging that the Council has many priori-

name, date of birth and home address, along with fingerprints, payment and valid identity and citizenship/immigration documentation. all tSa preCheck program applicants must visit an application center in person to verify identity and provide documentation to confirm citizenship/immigration status as well as fingerprints, according to a statement from tSa. tSa officials say the new process will allow all u.S. travelers the ability to apply directly to tSa’s expedited screening program as application centers open across the country. “this new application process will greatly increase the availability of tSa [preCheck] benefits to a broader population of travelers nationwide,” said tSa administrator John S. pistole in a statement. “tSa [preCheck] is enabling us to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, as we look for more opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way.” Once approved, travelers will receive a Known traveler number (Ktn) and will have the opportuties for planning staff. She criticized the six-month timetable. “this has been around for five years,” she said. “this is a priority.” More than three years ago, the Council approved an ordinance that allowed and regulated a limited number of collectives and dispensaries to operate in long Beach. the ordinance was updated in 2011 and, in that same year, city officials even conducted a lottery that was intended to pick which dispensaries would qualify for a permit. no permits, however, were ever issued. Moreover, the Council later enacted a ban on dispensaries after the California Court of appeals ruled that parts of the pre-

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vious ordinance conflicted with federal law. although the outline of recommended parameters for a new ordinance won the full support of the Council, not everyone embraced the possibility of another marijuana-dispensary ordinance. police Chief Jim McDonnell urged against allowing medicalmarijuana dispensaries to operate in the city, warning that city resources have been “ill-equipped” and that there has been a negative impact on the quality of life in the city. He said, despite the current ban, six dispensaries are still operating in the city and the department has been spending a vast number of hours dealing with the issues. “Whatever possible good you believe that [the City] would be doing for a small segment of the population would drastically be outweighed by the negative impact on the greater community and a significant strain on already limited city-staffing resources,” McDonnell told the Council last week. He further explained that the state law called the Compassionate use act already provides for caregivers to grow and share marijuana for medical purposes. “allowing dispensaries is not the answer to help those who are ill,” McDonnell concluded. assistant City attorney Michael Mais also reminded the Council that his office is also currently still dealing with 18 active medical-marijuana cases. He indicated that there may be other legal challenges ahead for the City even after city officials finish deliberating over the details of a new ordinance. Mais explained that, in any scenario, there will be dispensaries

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that will be excluded from legally operating in the city. “the people who are excluded, sue,” he said. eighth District Councilmember al austin acknowledged that there a number of other priorities in addition to staff concerns, including the desire to protect neighborhoods and business corridors and the desire to be fair to those collectives and dispensaries who have cooperated with the City. “i think this Council is really struggling to… balance all of the concerns that we hear,” austin said. the Council’s push to ask for a new ordinance has already drawn some criticism from marijuana advocates, especially after the Council requested that the Commission consider limiting dispensaries to industrial areas in the city. “this prohibitionist Council will never give us a fair ordinance. i’m convinced of that,” said 7th-District resident David Zink before the Council. “Some of you are empathetic…it is ridiculous to take them [the dispensaries] away from the neighborhoods because patients live in neighborhoods. they don’t live in industrial zones.” adam Hijazi of the advocacy group called the long Beach Collective association said in an interview that he was happy that the Council was moving in a direction to allow “safe access” to medical marijuana, but he also warned against limiting dispensaries to industrial areas. “Disabled people are going to have a hard time getting [there], and they shouldn’t be treated as if they are substandard,” Hijazi said, explaining that, if disabled patients are forced to go to industrial areas,

they could be going to areas that are empty or dangerous, especially at night. the Council also voted 7-1 to direct the City attorney to prepare documents to put on the april, 2014 ballot a proposed measure for a city tax on medical-marijuana businesses. the proposed tax must coincide with whether there will actually be a marijuana-dispensary ordinance in effect. the Council also asked for the measure to include the ability to create “cost recovery” fees associated with regulating the dispensaries. the State Board of equalization is already taxing medical marijuana at 9 percent. the proposed ballot measure would allow the City to tax medical-marijuana dispensaries an amount in addition to the 9 percent. the staff confirmed last week that it recommended that the City should impose a 6-percent tax. at 4th District Councilmember patrick O’Donnell’s recommendation, the Council also requested that the proposed measure include language that gives the Council flexibility to adjust the tax rate. Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske opposed a city tax on medical marijuana. “i think it’s absolutely cruel,” she said of the possibility that medical-marijuana patients might pay a 15-percent tax. “if you really do believe this is medication and that patients need it, then they’re going to be penalized.” Schipske was the lone vote against the recommendation for the ballot measure. the Council passed the recommendation in a vote of 71. Sixth District Councilmember Dee andrews was not present for the vote.

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CSULB sees the most applications in the CSU system for fall 2014 semester

California State university, long Beach (CSulB), again, leads the way among California State university (CSu) campuses in the number of applications received from prospective first-time freshmen and transfer students interested in attending classes at the university next fall. the initial filing period for undergraduate students to electronically apply to any CSu campus next fall ended nov. 30. according to figures released by the CSu system, CSulB received 56,281 first-time freshmen applications, which was about 500 more than the next highest CSu campus. long Beach also received 25,910 transfer student applications, which was more than 3,500 applications higher than the next CSu campus. Both CSulB figures represent modest increases over the previous year. Factoring in international and other applications sent directly to the campus, CSulB has a total applicant pool of 83,594 new students interested in attending the university in fall 2014. “We are very pleased that Cal State long Beach continues to be a destination campus for so many California students. it is humbling to note that we will again be among the top few campuses nationally in the number of applications received,” said CSulB interim president Donald para. “this increase is especially meaningful since the national demographics show a decline in the number of high school graduates leading to a declining num-

ber of applications. “We are a student-centered, datedriven campus,” para added. “Our success as demonstrated by the amazing number of applications we received coupled with our significant and rapid increase in graduation rates in the last 10 years is a testament to the entire campus community – staff, faculty, and administration.” Compared to the number of applications received electronically last year, CSulB’s first-time freshmen total rose by 667 (1.2 percent). its transfer application total increased by 902 (3.6 percent) from a year ago. “the record number of applications indicates that prospective students and their parents recognize that CSulB offers a great educational value–a high quality, low cost education,” the president added. “at the same time, it is a harsh reality that we will likely not admit more than 30,000 qualified students. From the 83,500 applications we received, we will enroll fewer than 8,000 new students.” Based on the high number of applications, getting into CSulB continues to be extremely competitive. university officials anticipate enrolling about 4,000 new first-time freshmen for the fall 2014 semester and 3,500 new transfer students. that’s only about 7 percent of the total number of freshman applications received and about 13.5 percent of transfer applications.

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long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, who has stated that he is not seeking re-election next year, will deliver his final State of the City address on tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7:30pm at the pacific Ballroom at the long Beach arena. the venue is located at 300 east Ocean Blvd. all long Beach residents are invited to attend the free event, but all attendees must reserve a ticket for admission. “i am looking forward to delivering my last State of the City address at the pacific Ballroom,” Foster said in a statement. “this event has always been a great opportunity for our City to come together and reflect on the past year, as well as celebrate our future to come.” attendees may reserve tickets by calling (562) 570-5089 or by visiting mayorbobfoster.com . up to two tickets may be reserved per address. Residents are encouraged to reserve tickets as soon as possible as seating is limited. last year, all tickets were distributed within two weeks of announcing the event. a live web cast of the State of the City will be available at longbeach.gov .

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employers what it means to be a family at Christmas time. 9 p.m. (FAM) Movie “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2007, Family) Tim Allen. Santa Claus prepares for a busy Christmas with his inlaws and the mischievous Jack Frost. 10 p.m. (HALL) Movie “Matchmaker Santa” (2012, Romance) Lacey Chabert. A mysterious Santa strands a baker and her boyfriend’s best friend in a small town. Midnight (FAM) Movie “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2007, Family) Tim Allen. Santa Claus prepares for a busy Christmas with his inlaws and the mischievous Jack Frost. (HALL) Movie “It’s Christmas, Carol!” (2012, Fantasy) Carrie Fisher. A ruthless tycoon is visited by the ghost of her old boss to help her change her ways. Saturday December 28 10 a.m. (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. Noon (HALL) Movie “Silver Bells”

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Big dreams and miniature trains– The Disneyland Story

Daniel Adams Culture Writer What is, or was, your biggest seemingly unattainable dream? C’mon. What was it? everyone has a dream at one point or another in their lives. as a child, did you dream of one day driving the city fire engine, honking its air horn and spinning those red and white lights and stopping traffic? Or, did you dream of stepping off rockets in oversized boots on moon landings or perhaps one day building your own empire? those who are lucky enough to see their dreams fulfilled become legends in their own time. Walt Disney was one such legend, a man of ideas and imagination and an unwavering drive unsurpassed in his time. The Disneyland Story by Sam Gennawey and published by Keen Communications may be titled “The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream,” but please don’t let the word “unofficial” deter you from reading one of the most fascinating and exhaustively researched books on Walt Disney and his creations available. admittedly, the very best part about The Disneyland Story is that it is filled, filled, FilleD with quotations by Walt Disney and those individuals who surrounded him before, during and after Disneyland became a reality. and, for you detail lovers out there, every single quote in the book has been cited to provide that extra detail that i, myself, cannot

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as Gennawey explains, Disneyland would not have been built at all if it weren’t for Walt Disney’s drive and passion for creating an park amusement where not only the children would have a wonderful time, but their parents would enjoy the experience just as much. “Frequently, Walt and [his two daughters] would visit nearby Griffith park. ‘i’d take them to the merry-goround, sit on a bench, you know, eating peanuts. i felt there should be something built where the parents and the children could have fun together.” But where was a man to get the kind of money that it would take to build such a dream? Walt Disney was just starting out his success story with his wonderful cartoon work and animations. as explained in The Disneyland Story, in 1937, with the success of his movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney took 3 million dollars of the film’s profits

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and MGM Studios and Warner Brothers studios taking away some of the animation movie profits with their own hits. But Walt Disney never forgot, or gave up on, his dream. Some of you may not know that originally Walt intended to build his amusement park in a corner of the Disney Studio lot. the City of Burbank, however, had other thoughts on the subject. Sam Gennawey writes “in September 1952, the Burbank city council rejected Walt’s amusement park project. One lawmaker proclaimed, ‘We don’t want the carny atmosphere in Burbank! We don’t want people falling in the river, or merry-gorounds squawking all day long.’ at this point, Burbank’s approval didn’t matter to Walt. His ideas were getting bigger, and he started to consider other properties. He would not be deterred.” i have to wonder how many City of Burbank council members were fired once Disneyland broke ground (in anaheim of course) and started to thrive. The Disneyland Story pro-

vides wonderful detail and stories to the reader regarding Walt Disney’s methods, thoughts, feelings, and disappointments in bringing his dream to life. the book not only goes into details of the creation of the Magic Kingdom, but also tells of the stories behind each ride from the 999 happy haunts in the Haunted Mansion, to those darn tootin’ singing bears from Country Bear Jamboree, which debuted in the park in 1971, and onward to the creation of the full Disneyland Resort in 1996, and beyond. When it comes to fulfilling one’s dreams, Walt Disney certainly succeeded to the delight of everyone who has had the good fortune to visit the results of his hard work and imagination. He built an empire, complete with his own fire engines, life-sized miniature trains, and a group of world-beloved talking animals that still thrives long after Walt Disney himself left us for a better place. that empire had only just begun with Disneyland, and there is no doubt for anyone who enters its gates, it remains even today one of the most magical places on earth. as stated, The Disneyland Story must have been an exhaustive work to research and create in its own right on the part of Sam Gennawey, and his work pays off as it doesn’t disappoint. i recommend this read to all fans of Walt Disney and of Disneyland. this should truly be an addition to your own collection at home on your bookshelf. i have mine. Where’s yours?

lB Symphony Orchestra’s free concert at Farmers & Merchants Bank building postponed

a free performance by the long Beach Symphony Orchestra (lBSO) at the Farmers & Merchants Bank building in downtown long Beach has been postponed to June 8, 2014. lBSO’s other free performances, as part of its “Sounds & Spaces” series, will take place as scheduled, including at St. luke’s episcopal Church on Feb. 23, temple israel on March 23 and the Homeland Cultural Center on May 18. the Farmers & Merchants Bank building performance is called “Classic american 2” and will include stringquartet music performed by the lBSO’s Roger Wilkie and Carrie Kennedy (violins) Colleen Sugata (viola) and trevor Handy (cello). Sounds & Spaces presents Joseph Haydn’s late Quartet in G Opus 76, No. 1, written during Haydn’s return to musical life at prince esterhazy’s gilded austrian palace, and antonín Dvořák’s lyrical String Quartet No. 12, The American. according to lBSO, the historic Farmers & Merchants Bank building at 302 pine ave. is “one of long Beach’s most stunning architectural and acoustical treasures” and the musical works will be “right at home in the exquisite architectural detail of the interior of the bank.” MORe inFORMatiOn lbso.org

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were unable to agree to a plan that properly served all of the various interests. after the series of starts and stops, long Beach and Signal Hill began discussions early in 2011 on a negotiation framework, bringing in Cerritos, Downey and lakewood to reach consensus. the consensus effort involved negotiations with the 26 cities in the southeast los angeles County, private water companies, county water districts, regional agencies, the California State Department of Water Resources, small water producers and others. the new groundwater-storage agreement includes a representative governance structure comprised of pumpers and the WRD and places economic controls on the lease market. the agreement also recognizes new sources of groundwater supplies, including the capture and infiltration of stormwater. included in the plan is a program for disadvantaged communities in need of watersystem improvements, waterquality projects and rate stabilization. Signal Hill Mayor noll said in a statement, “this is a water storage agreement that will provide valuable benefits to our community and the entire region for a long time to come.”

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in charge of replenishing water taken from underground aquifers, have also praised the agreement, adding that the court’s ruling would help insure the sustainability of the water supply for millions of residents in southeast los angeles County. according to city officials, groundwater began to dry up in the late 1950’s with the explosive regional growth in southeast los angeles County. as new communities, like lakewood, incorporated, the need to supply water soared. By 1964 the groundwater table was close to collapse and major land subsidence was taking place, as the groundwater table dropped. the water-rights holders at that time, including many cities, agreed to limit their pumping in a 1965 court order, Signal Hill city officials said. However, the 1965 agreement did not allow for the storage of ground water. the allocation plan was like having a bank account, where you could only put money in but not take it out, said Kevin Wattier, general manager of the long Beach Water Department. the water-storage plan permits cities to invest in storing water, knowing that they can take it out when needed. the Cities of Cerritos, Downey and lakewood purchased water several years ago, placed it into the underground water table, but were prevented

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the los angeles Superior Court approved a new groundwater-storage plan for southeast cities of los angeles County on Wednesday, Dec. 18, according to a statement released by the City of Signal Hill. the groundwater-storage plan stands to benefit more than 2 million residents and thousands of businesses that rely on groundwater supplies in the region, according to the city. the plan permits the storage of water during wet periods and for use during droughts, effectively “protecting the region’s economy,” city officials said. “this plan comes at just the right time as our climate is getting more unstable,” said Signal Hill Mayor Michael noll. Signal Hill joined Cerritos, Downey, lakewood and long Beach to forge a consensus on the storage plan with other cities, public water agencies, private water companies and individual water-rights holders. the complex storage agreement was negotiated over a three-year period by the cities, including over 140 water-rights holders. Regional water managers praised the ruling, which had limited opposition in court, according to Signal Hill city officials. Officials with the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD), which is

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by a public taxing entity must first pay the bills and then seek a refund later so as to not interrupt operations. “the money paid to WRD by the cities will make up for replenishment that could not be accomplished while the cities continued to pump groundwater without paying for it,” said WRD General Manager Robb Whitaker in an email. Quilizapa said the cities won’t challenge the ruling in court since they will be adding the Ra payments to their refund claim. “Since the Court of appeal ruled that the cities must pay and pursue a refund, that is what they will do,” she said in an email. “if the Court of appeal had ruled that the cities must pay and never see their money again, it would have made more sense to attempt an appeal to the

Supreme Court. the cities are attempting to pursue the most costefficient way to obtain the relief they are entitled to under the law.” WRD tried to request that the cities pay interest as penalties on top of the withheld Ra payments, but that request was denied by the court, Quilizapa said. “What this means is that the cities are ordered to pay what they would have been paying over the last few years– nothing more– and to pursue the refund,” she said. Whitaker confirmed that WRD is owed a total of more than $19.1 million in withheld payments, not including interest at the time of the ruling. He said that, as of Monday, Dec. 23, WRD had received a total of $5,286,007. WRD has also spent roughly $2 million on litigation costs fighting the cities in court, Whitaker said. Quilizapa said the total amount in

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withheld Ra payments for Signal Hill, Cerritos and Downey is a little more than $15 million, which will now be added to the cities’ refund claim. On Dec. 12, the Cerritos City Council unanimously approved paying WRD more than $5.6 million, which includes past-due Ra payments of $4.9 million and associated penalties of $748,022. according to a staff report, the payments were not included in the Fiscal year 2013-14 budget since costs were “unforeseen.” the City, however, plans to include the amount in its refund claim. Signal Hill withheld $1,160,205.72, which was scheduled to be paid to WRD on nov. 26, Quilizapa said. Signal Hill City Manager Ken Farfsing said the money was set aside in a reserve account and the City Council authorized the payment in an executive order in closed session. Farf-

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sing added, “there’s no intent to appeal.” the City of Downey, which owes about $9 million, has issued a check that is currently being processed, said John Oskoui, Downey’s assistant city manager and public works director. He said the City will not appeal and will seek a refund instead. Whitaker said, however, that he disagrees with a statement issued in a press release by the cities that the recent court ruling “affirms” that WRD is required to return money it had “overcharged” the cities in past years. “Despite the statements from the litigant cities to the contrary, the appellate court did not affirm that WRD owes the cities anything,” he said in an email. “the court opinion held that the cities must pay for their pumping while they continue to litigate... there was simply no statement by the court that WRD will owe the cities anything.” Whitaker said WRD is holding steadfast to its claim that the cities aren’t entitled to a refund. “i don't see why the litigant cities should get a refund of the replenishment assessment for water they’ve pumped and served to their residents because of a technicality due to a change in the law,” he said. “and we are not even sure if that change in the law applies to us since we can’t appeal the lower court ruling until the cities’ damages case is heard. On the other hand, Quilizapa said that every court, including the Court of appeal, has confirmed that the cities have a right to a refund. the question, she said, is “how much?” For now, with the withheld Ra payments added, the total refund amount (for 2006 through 2013) the cities will be requesting is more than $37 million, Quilizapa said. “proposition 218 requires a protest hearing of the pumpers and the Court has now twice ruled WRD completely ignored that and other requirements,” she said. “... therefore, to the extent it did so in violation of proposition 218 in any year, it had no

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authority to collect any part of the Ra.” Quilizapa said the cities also argue they are entitled to “the difference between what they paid and the amount they should have paid,” since studies have concluded the Central Basin pumpers are overcharged to subsidize West Coast Basin pumpers. this overcharge is approximately 40 percent, which would result in a nearly $14 million refund claim, she said. WRD officials, however, deny the claim that rates are unproportional and don’t support a uniform Ra-rate structure. “WRD has always refused to charge an Ra that is proportional to the replenishment costs of each basin,” Quilizapa said. “after the Court rulings, they undertook a 2013 Cost of Service Study that simply concluded a uniform Ra in both basins is proportional.” Quilizapa said the cities’ litigation is aimed at “ensuring accountability and transparency” at WRD. By requiring that the water agency follow proposition 218, cities will be able to protest Ras that Quilizapa said “are not justified by the actual replenishment needs of the basin.” She said Ra payments make up on average about 40 percent of the water bills that are paid by residents and businesses. “the objective is to reduce our residents’ water costs through an open and transparent process,” she said. “Other water districts, such as pajaro valley Water Management agency and Santa Clara valley Water District, have complied with the law and adopted proportional pumping fees. it is time for WRD to do the same.” RA payments owed to WRD (now part of refund claim): Cerritos: $4,908,733.32 Downey: $9,018,781.65 Signal Hill: $1,160,205.72

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TST4524 TSG No.: 6673159 TS No.: CA1200244243 FHA/vA/PMI No.: APN: 7217-015-077 Property Address: 2075 FREEMAN AvENUE SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 10/07/2005. 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. On 01/16/2014 at 10:00 A.M., First American Title Insurance Company, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 10/19/2005, as Instrument No. 05 2516418, in book , page , , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. Executed by: ANDREW MAGGIOTTO AND JANINE MAGGIOTTO, HUSBAND AND WIFE, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIvALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOvE MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST APN# 7217-015077 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2075 FREEMAN AvENUE, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 he undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $1,045,434.14. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust has deposited all documents evidencing the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust and has declared all sums secured thereby immediately due and payable, and has caused a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be executed. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (916)939-0772 or visit this Internet Web http://search.nationwideposting.com/propertySearchTerms.aspx, using the file number assigned to this case CA1200244243 Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. Date: First American Title Insurance Company 6 Campus Circle, 2nd Floor Westlake, TX 76262 First American Title Insurance Company MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE FOR TRUSTEES SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (916)939-0772NPP0224934 To: SIGNAL TRIBUNE 12/27/2013, 01/03/2014, 01/10/2014 TST4521 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 120080507 Doc ID #000144460582005N Title Order No. 12-0144187 Investor/Insurer No. 4000486999 APN No. 7215-026-053 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 01/18/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by ANGEL PULEX AN UNMARRIED MAN., dated 01/18/2006 and recorded 2/3/2006, as Instrument No. 06 0261893, 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 01/14/2014 at 11:00AM, By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common

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designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2218 OHIO AvE, 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 $935,776.42. 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 c o v e n a n t o r w a r r a n t y, e x p r e s s o r i m p l i e d , regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness s e c u r e d b y s a i d D e e d o f Tr u s t , a d v a n c e s thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1-800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 12-0080507. 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: 12/28/2012 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI vALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 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-4432477 12/20/2013, 12/27/2013, 01/03/2014 TST4520 APN: 7216-017-016 TS No: CA08000815-131 TO No: 1470214 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE  YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED April 27, 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.  On January 7, 2014 at 09:00 AM, behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA 91766, MTC Financial Inc. dba Trustee Corps, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on May 7, 2004 as Instrument No. 04 1153794 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by JUAN M. GOMEZ, JR AND CORINNA GOMEZ, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS COMMUNITY PROPERTY WITH RIGHT OF SURvIvORSHIP, as Trustor(s), in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. as nominee for AMERICORP CREDIT CORP as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST  The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2315-2317 EAST 19TH STREET, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755   The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein.  Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust.    The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee’s Sale is estimated to be $378,936.21 (Estimated). However, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary’s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the Trustee. In the event ten-

der other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee’s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable.    If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse.  Notice to Potential Bidders    If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a Trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a Trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same Lender may hold more than one mortgage or Deed of Trust on the property.  Notice to Property Owner  The sale date shown on this Notice of Sale may be postponed one or more times by the Mortgagee, Beneficiary, Trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about Trustee Sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call Priority Posting and Publishing at 714-573-1965 for information regarding the Trustee's Sale or visit the Internet Web site address listed below for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA08000815-13-1. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale.    Date: December 4, 2013  TRUSTEE CORPS  TS No. CA08000815-13-1  17100 Gillette Ave  Irvine, CA 92614  949-2528300    Joseph Barragan, Authorized Signatory    SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.priorityposting.com  FOR AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: Priority Posting and Publishing at 714-5731965  TRUSTEE CORPS MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED BE USED FOR THAT MAY PURPOSE.  P1073584 12/13, 12/20, 12/27/2013 

TS-T4515 / 2013 247745 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: MOONLIGHTNING MOTORIZED & PEDAL BIKES, 150 W. Lomita Blvd., Wilmington, CA 90744. Registrant: CARL BALLANTYNE, 150 W. Lomita Blvd., Wilmington, CA 90744. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Carl Ballantyne. The registrant has begun to transact business

under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in December, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on December 3, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013. TST4519 / 2013 252169 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: OLYMPIC CLEANERS, 2063 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrant: 1. JAE SIK KIM, 2. KYUNG JA KIM, 19506 Fagian Way, Cerritos, CA 90703. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Jae Sik Kim. 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 March 15, 1990. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on December 10, 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: December 13, 20, 27, 2013 & January 3, 2014. TST4523 / 2013 256272 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: GREAT COMMISSION BAPTIST MISSIONS, 3332 Magnolia Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrant: PACIFIC BAPTIST CHURCH, 3332 Magnolia Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Steve Meyers, President. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on November 5, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on December 16, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: December 20, 27, 2013 & January 3, 10, 2014.

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TST4519 / 2013 252169 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: OLYMPIC CLEANERS, 2063 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrant: 1. JAE SIK KIM, 2. KYUNG JA KIM, 19506 Fagian Way, Cerritos, CA 90703. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Jae Sik Kim. 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 March 15, 1990. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on December 10, 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: December 13, 20, 27, 2013 & January 3, 2014.

TST4525 / 2013 258402 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: vIvA vERDE WORDS, 220 Termino Ave., Long Beach, CA 90803. Registrant: HAROLD HERNANDEZ, 220 Termino Ave., Long Beach, CA 90803. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Harold Hernandez. 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 December 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 fede ral, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: December 27, 2013 & January 3, 10, 17, 2014.

Run your fictitious business names with us! Call Steve: 562-595-7900

CITY OF SIgNAL HILL TST4526 NoTICE oF INTE-NT To ADoPT A NEGATIVE DEClARATIoN

In compliance with section 15072 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines notification is hereby given to responsible agencies, trustee agencies, interest groups and the general public that the City of Signal Hill, having completed an Initial Study and finding no significant environmental impacts associated with the project, shall adopt Negative Declaration 12/27/13(1). PROJECT DESCRIPTION To satisfy State requirements, the City of Signal Hill has prepared a draft Housing Element Update for the planning period of 2014-2021 that includes six major components: An assessment of the Signal Hill housing needs including existing and projected needs.

An inventory of sites to accommodate the City’s Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) of 169 housing units.

An analysis of housing market and governmental constraints that impede public and private sector efforts to meet the need. A progress report describing actions taken to implement the 2008-2014 Housing Element.

A statement of the City’s goals, quantified objectives and policies relative to the construction, rehabilitation, conservation and preservation of housing for the period 2014-2021. An implementation program which sets forth a schedule of actions which the City is undertaking or intends to undertake to implement the policies and achieve the stated goals and objectives of the Housing Element. PROJECT LOCATION Citywide - City of Signal Hill

PUBLIC REvIEW The proposed Negative Declaration is being circulated for public review. The dates of this review are from December 27, 2013 to January 20, 2014. The Negative Declaration and supporting materials relevant to the CEQA finding are available in the Community Development Department located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue during the hours of 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Friday.

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Posing questions to local artist Tina Burnight and fun.

Do you ever get artist’s block? If so, how do you combat it? Occasionally, but when i do, i find that i get my best ideas while swimming, which i do regularly for both exercise and enjoyment. also, i’ll go out to the studio and just look around at all the glass and supplies. Something will spark an idea!

Tina Burnight

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In 100 words or less, what do you do as an artist? i work in ceramics and mosaics. in my ceramic work, i prefer to handbuild my pieces. the free-flowing aspect of this process appeals to me. With my mosaics, i like to work with glass. Being able to cut and then grind each piece to the exact size and shape i need enables me to have a precision in my work that then allows me to play. it’s a time-consuming process– one piece of glass can take five minutes or more– but the results are well worth the time and effort.

What do you think your life would be like if, for some reason, you could no longer create art? that’s just not possible! art is everywhere and in everything and everyone. if one medium is taken from you, you find another, whether it’s music, dance, or just how you present yourself to the world.

What role does the artist have in society? More roles than one! Some artists are able to show how we appear to other cultures, both within and without the boundaries of our country and our many societies. Some show the beauty of the natural world, some the beauty of the inner spirit. i believe our role is to show

How do you feel when people ask you to explain the meaning of your art? i’m always happy to talk about my art and the process i use to create it– what inspired me and why i chose the materials in a particular piece. i love to talk about the details!

Have you ever been banned or censored to any degree as an artist? If so, how did you react? If not, how do you think you would react in that situation? i’ve never been in that situation; my work is not very controversial. i believe it’s important to embrace controversy in art as a way to begin a conversation that can lead to understanding other cultures, other ideas, other realities. Does your artistic life ever get lonely? If so, what do you do to counteract it? no, many of my friends are artists, as well. and when i’m working, i don’t feel lonely at all!

Genfodelse (Rebirth),” tile mosaic on planter

What do you hope to achieve with your art? i hope to bring a sense of playfulness and whimsy to the world. We all need to have some fun! What are one or two primary areas of fear for you as an artist? that i won’t be taken seriously; that my work will be regarded as “fluff” and not worthwhile.

What motivates you to create art? My inspiration comes from many things. i like to incorporate a sense of movement in my work. the spin of the galaxies, the dance of sea turtles as they swim, water weaving itself as it flows, how the vines in my garden twist as they grow. How has your practice changed over time? i originally worked with glass in the more traditional medium of leaded or foiled glass windows. While this process was gratifying, i find incorporating the glass into mosaic pieces much more pleasing

the myriad aspects of human existence.

What are one or two factors that, when they’re in place, enable you to really flourish artistically? it may seem counterintuitive, but i like having a deadline.

What jobs have you had other than being an artist? i worked in telephony for over 20 years, “troubleshooting” in different capacities. i’ve also worked as an office manager.

“Matt's Uke” glass mosaic on wood

What’s your favorite color?

“RenOlive,” glass mosaic on wooden lazy susan

Royal blue, but i’ve recently become enamored of orange’s many wonderful hues.

To see more of Burnight’s work, visit burnight-art.com .

Disney On ice presents Rockin’ Ever After holiday show

Disney On Ice is presenting its Rockin’ ever after show, which features world-class skaters bringing together moments from Disney Pixar’s Brave, tangled, the little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast movies. During the show, a group of royal contenders from Brave perform a Scottish jig and compete to win the heart of adventurous, sharpshooting Merida, who makes her on-ice debut. Disney On Ice, which is produced by Field Entertainment, is being performed in Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire and Long Beach. Performances at the Long Beach Arena are from Jan. 1 to Jan. 5. Ticket prices range from $22 to $55. Opening-night tickets are $15 each for select seats. MORe inFORMatiOn disneyonice.com (800) 745-3000

Approved Watering Schedule

Watering is approved on the following days:

Monday, Thursday, and Saturday before 9:00 am and after 4:00 pm

For more information, call the Water Conservation Hotline:

562-989-7350

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