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

Vol. 35 No. 31

January 3, 2014

Signal Hill’s community garden moving ahead after ‘streamlined’ design finalized

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Sean Belk Staff Writer

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A building once occupied by Orchard Supply Hardware sits empty after the business closed its doors last summer. For years, the store has been a major retail anchor for the Bixby Knolls Shopping Center on Atlantic Avenue just north of San Antonio Drive, however the property owner is now working with city staff on a plan to redevelop the center and bring in new tenants.

City officials working with property owner to revitalize Bixby Knolls Shopping Center Sean Belk Staff Writer

Following the closure of longtime tenant Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) at the Bixby Knolls Shopping Center last summer, city officials say they are now working closely with the property owner to assist in attracting new businesses and redeveloping the center located off of Atlantic Avenue, just north of San Antonio Drive. Glendale-based GASKA Inc. is planning a $1-million façade improvement to the shopping center this year after OSH closed its doors during a company restructuring that was announced in June. The closure has added to the center’s vacancies, which also include an empty storefront between OSH and Marshalls department store, and smaller spaces that have been vacant for nearly a decade. The hope is that the improvements will help draw the “right” retail establishments, said 8th District Long Beach Councilmember Al Austin, who lives within walking distance of the shopping center. “The right retail establishment could transform this entire shopping center and make it more appealing for other tenants to come in here and really make it competitive,” he said. “OSH was a big loss for us, but I’m optimistic that we’ll be able to find some new tenants here in working with the GASKA owners, because they’re motivated as well.” Half of the façade-improvement project is being funded by a $500,000 matching grant the property owner received from the City’s former redevelopment agency (RDA) in a 50/50 partnership with the City, according to Seyed Jalali, project officer for the Long Beach Development Services Department. He said the City has been working with the property owner for more than 10 years to attract new “quality tenants,” and provide financial assistance to enhance the aesthetics of the center as part of a larger strategic plan to revitalize the north Long Beach community, including the Bixby Knolls neighborhood. GASKA entered into a financial agreement with the City’s former RDA in 2008 to receive a $3.7-million loan, amortized over 25 years at a 2-percent interest rate, in redevelopment funds. The loan, Jalali said, was used to accommodate the demolition of the former Robert’s

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Rising from what was once ashes and rubble, a community garden will sprout up in Signal Hill this year on an empty lot that became vacant after a house sustained severe fire damage. Now covered in weeds, the empty space is wedged in between homes at 1917 E. 21st St., separated from Signal Hill Park by a brick wall. Remnants of the dwelling were demolished after the City acquired the property in late 2011. Both nearby homeowners and city officials agreed that the best “interim use” for the space would be a community garden because of its close proximity to homes though the long-term goal for the area is to expand the park as part of the City’s Parks Master Plan. The conceptual design of the garden has gone through a few changes after the Parks and Recreation Commission conducted a workshop with gardeners earlier this year and city staff reviewed community gardens in the local area. Staff had first proposed adding a gathering space, a trellis, extra trees and landscaping for an additional $13,000, but that plan was nixed this month when the Signal Hill City Council voted unanimously at its Dec. 17 meeting to go with a “streamlined” version of the design. The Council authorized staff to start soliciting construction bids for the project that is now budgeted at $160,600. The new design will enable green thumbs and beginning gardeners to grow plants, fruits and vegetables in the garden that will include a total of 26 plots, but city officials agreed that the “optional features,” such as the community gathering space, were unnecessary. Steve Myrter, the City’s director of public works, told the Council that a community-gathering place would cost $10,000 alone and would encroach on a portion of the park, something that Signal Hill Mayor Michael Noll appeared to be strongly against. “I have a problem when you’re encroaching on our park,” Noll said. “Like, 30 feet deep and 50 feet

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The Signal Hill City Council has approved a new “streamlined” conceptual design (pictured in the rendering above) for the proposed community garden on 21st Street that will include features that provide access to persons with disabilities. see GARDEN page 13

Calif. board pushes for changing eligibility requirements for victim-compensation fund

Those involved in prostitution may soon be eligible for state assistance

CJ Dablo Staff Writer

Addressing concerns that prostitutes may be particularly vulnerable to violent crimes, especially sexual assault and rape, a California board in charge of a victim-compensation fund has determined that these sex workers should be eligible for state assistance. The board announced last month that it has asked for a change in regulations that prohibit individu-

als involved in prostitution from receiving state assistance even if they are victims of a violent crime. It will take a few months to change the rules governing compensation for victims of a violent crime. Jon Myers, a spokesperson for the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, said in an interview Tuesday that the board unanimously approved the initial request to make the necessary modifications, and now the staff will

return with their recommendations for the regulation change. The public will have a chance to comment on the recommendations before the board approves the rule modifications. Thereafter, the board’s recommendations will be forwarded to the Office of Administrative Law. According to a press release from the board, eligibility requirements currently prohibit an applicant’s “involvement in the events leading see ASSISTANCE page 10

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Candidates running in Long Beach nominating 24-year-old suspect gets 33 years in prison for rape and robbery election have until Jan. 10 to file paperwork Sean Belk Staff Writer

Time is running out for candidates seeking elected offices in the upcoming Long Beach nominating election that takes place on April 8. Potential candidates have until 5pm on Friday, Jan. 10 to file paperwork, officially confirming their candidacies. Non-incumbents have a fiveday extension to file, and the Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution to designate the ballot order of candidates on Jan. 28. The filing period for writein candidates is from Feb. 10 to March 25. After the candidate-nomination period began on Dec. 16, a number of new mayoral candidates received papers. According to the City’s election web page, there are now 12 potential candidates for mayor. Those candidates include Bonnie Lowenthal, Damon Dunn, Doug Otto, E.B. Gendel, Gerrie Schipske, Jana Shields, Kareem Muhammad, Richard Camp, Long Beach Vice

Mayor Robert Garcia, Steven Mozena, Jose Rodriguez and Mineo L. Gonzalez. As of Thursday, Jan. 2, however, only two mayoral candidates, Dunn and Shields, have officially filed nomination papers. Other elected offices up for grabs are five City Council seats (Districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9), as well as the offices of city auditor, city attorney and city prosecutor. In addition, there are seats available on both the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education (Districts 1, 3 and 5) and the Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees (Areas 1, 3 and 5). To be eligible to hold an elected office in Long Beach, a person must be a legally registered voter and resident of the city at least 30 days immediately preceding the last day (Jan. 10, 2014) upon which candidates are permitted to file nominating petitions for office with the City Clerk. It is unclear who will offi-

cially file nominating papers before the upcoming deadline, however at least one candidate has dropped out. Larry King, who had announced his intention to run for Council District 7 last year, said in a statement to the Signal Tribune that he is no longer running and has endorsed candidate Roberto Uranga. According to the City’s web page, a runoff election will be held on June 3, coinciding with the Statewide Direct Primary Election. During the statewide primary, one office up for grabs is the 70th Assembly District, which covers Long Beach, Signal Hill, Catalina Island and San Pedro. So far, potential candidates running for the Assembly seat are Patrick O’Donnell, Ed Wilson, Peter Mathews and John Goya. Tonia Reyes-Uranga announced in December that she has dropped out of the race. M ORE INFORMATION longbeach.gov/cityclerk/elections

The Signal Tribune staff wishes all our readers and advertisers a healthy and prosperous new year!

On Dec. 13, 2013, Jorge Gabriel Barraza, a 24-year-old Downey resident, pled guilty to two counts of forcible rape and one count of robbery, with allegations of great bodily injury and the criminal use of a firearm. After entering his plea in Long Beach court, Barraza was sentenced to 33 years in prison. This case stemmed from an incident that occurred on Jan. 1, 2009, in the area of Cherry Avenue and Artesia Boulevard. The victim was walking home when she noticed a car following her. The victim attempted to get away from the suspicious vehicle, however the suspect eventually grabbed the victim and pulled her into his vehicle. The suspect beat and sexually assaulted the victim before releasing her. The victim sustained major injuries from the assault, including a broken jaw. In November 2009, Long Beach police received a DNA hit, tentatively identifying Barraza as the suspect. A confirmation swab was obtained from the suspect and submitted to the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department Scientific Services Bureau. This matched the evidence collected at the time of the January 1, 2009 assault. In addition, the DNA evidence matched evidence seized after an assault that occurred in the City of South Gate on April 19, 2009. The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) worked with both victims, as well as the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, to bring charges against Barraza. Source: LBPD

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LBPD makes 33 arrests and issues 51 citations during local New Year’s Eve celebrations

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) made 33 arrests and issued 51 citations on New Year’s Eve, according to preliminary statistics the department issued Jan. 2. The numbers refer to citywide enforcement activity from Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 7pm through Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 3am, according to the LBPD. The arrests include nine felonies, six misdemeanors, five DUIs and 13 incidents of public intoxication. The citations include 13 misdemeanors, 36 traffic infractions and two for parking. Additionally, patrol units responded to numerous “shots” calls during this time period, but no shootings against persons were reported.

Source: LBPD

City of Long Beach begins update of Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan

The City of Long Beach has begun a new effort to comprehensively review and update a zoning project historically known as the Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan (SEADIP), which covers 1,500 acres of southeast Long Beach, according to a press release issued by the City this week. “This significant undertaking offers a unique opportunity to creatively balance responsible growth with resource preservation and establish a thoughtful framework to guide strategic changes in this important gateway into our city,” said Mayor Bob Foster. The SEADIP update will combine extensive science, data collection and analysis with an inclusive and transparent publicinvolvement strategy, according to city officials.The three-year

process provides opportunities for the public to provide input on the new plan in various stages of the project and will include an advisory committee representing affected neighborhood groups, natural-resource conservationists and commercial- property owners. The update process will include workshops, community meetings and online community-engagement opportunities. Public involvement activities will begin in early January with interactive pop-up events at various locations in the SEADIP area and online engagement activities intended to raise awareness and encourage citizen participation early in the planning process. “The goal is to develop a plan that will maintain precious natural resources that are in this region, while customizing land uses and

development standards to the area,” said 3rd District Councilmember Gary DeLong. “We are looking to identify locations for improvements and expanded transportation options. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to update this area of Long Beach, and it is essential it is done in a collaborative manner.” The SEADIP update is funded by a $929,000 grant awarded to the City from the State of California Strategic Growth council, primarily after proposals to redevelop the Seaport Marina Hotel site failed to get council approval. The project also includes an update to the City’s Local Coastal Plan. For updated information on the project, visit lbds.info . Source: City of LB

LB Council secures $1.5 million in security upgrades for El Dorado Nature Center

Work on the first of many improvements at the El Dorado Nature Center is underway, according to 4th District Long Beach City Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell. Nearly $1.5 million in security projects at the center are being paid for by City Councildirected, one-time funds and the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy. “As a parent, teacher and City Councilmember, I know the importance of the Nature Center,” O’Donnell said. “It is part of the fabric of Long Beach and a place I spent time as a child and now take my own children. It is time this place of wonder and beauty gets attention and funding to ensure that it stays that way. I am happy to have been able to work to secure the money necessary for the improvements so that children and families can enjoy it for years to come.” Several months ago, O'Donnell held a public meeting at the nature center in order to gather com-

munity input and to best identify the needs of the 44year old public facility located at 7550 E. Spring St. The meeting focused on the future vision of the center and was an opportunity for residents to provide insight and ideas– many of which were incorporated by staff into the plans for the center improvements, according to O’Donnell’s office. While long-term accomplishments for the project include repairing the lake and pond, enhancing the entryway and building a new bridge, residents will first see improvements and enhancements to the fencing line along Willow Street to strengthen facility security, according to O’Donnell’s office. Work was scheduled to begin in December. For more information, visit longbeach.gov/district4 .

The Campaign Trail Source: O’Donnell’s Office

Martha Flores Gibson, candidate for Long Beach City Council’s 3rd District, will host a campaign event at Legends Sports Bar in Belmont Shore at 5236 E. 2nd St. on Wednesday Jan. 8 from 9:30am to 11am. For more information, visit marthafloresgibson.com . • Carl Kemp, candidate for Long Beach City Council’s 5th District, has announced campaign endorsements from the Long Beach Police Officers Association and the Long Beach Firefighters Association Local 372.

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CAUSE FOR PAWS What Free mobile animal clinic Who Fix Long Beach Where MacArthur Park, 1321 E. Anaheim St. When Saturday, Jan. 4 from 7am to 4pm More Info Event will offer free spay and neuter procedures to those who have made appointments. Micro-chipping, de-worming and flea-control products as well as nail-trimming will be offered at discounted prices. Appointments are not necessary to get required shots for dogs and cats. Visit fixlongbeach.com .

TAKE A WALK What Raptor Ramble Nature Walk Who Los Cerritos Wetlands Where Driveway/parking area at the corner of 1st Street 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-toe shoes are required. Kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Email ejlambe@verizon.net . WINTER WONDER What Craft Day Who Rancho Los Cerritos Where 4600 Virginia Rd. When Saturday, Jan. 4 from 1pm to 4pm More Info Participants will be able to create snowflakes, textured bookmarks and more. In addition, children and their families can choose to take a free house or garden tour. Call (562) 570-1755, or visit the website rancholoscerritos.org .

SEE THE SIGHTS ON A BIKE What Sunday Funday: Mini Long Beach Architecture Bike Tour Who Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) Where The Southern Girl Bakery, 401 3rd St. When Sunday, Jan. 5 from 1pm to 4:30pm More Info This 10-mile ride tours architecturally unique buildings in Long Beach. The family-friendly mini tour is led by LACBC board member April Economides. Participants may receive a special discount at a local café 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 discount in-store or online before the ride). To RSVP, email Carol Feucht at carol@la-bike.org . NETWORK YOUR WAY TO THE TOP What Networking group Who The Success Network Where Corner Bakery, 6507 E. PCH When Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 7:30am to 9am More Info The Success Network is a professional networking group that meets for breakfast, discussions or presentations on the second Wednesday of every month. The group is open to small-business leaders who seek networking opportunities with other professionals who are also interested in growing their businesses through relationships and referrals. Contact Katja Jones at katjajns@aol.com or call (562) 685-8532.

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 .

WHEN THE BLIND MEET THE DEAF What Presentation Who Hearing Loss Association of America Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter Where 5220 Oliva Ave. in Lakewood When Thursday, Jan. 9 at 6:30pm More Info Anthony R. Candela of the Long Beach Blind Rehabilitation Center will share his experiences and insights about hearing and vision and the interaction between visually impaired and hearing impaired people. Reservations are not required, and admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Call (562) 438-0597 or visit hlalongbeachlakewood.org .

TALKING POLITICS What Monthly breakfast meeting Who Long Beach Republican Women Federated Where Lakewood Country Club, 3101 Carson St. When Saturday, Jan. 11 from 9:30am to 11:30am More Info Newport Beach Councilmember Keith Curry will be the guest speaker. For $15, the meeting will include a buffet breakfast. RSVP is required. Call (562) 260-5601 or email tinamthompson@hotmail.com .

CALLING ALL WRITERS What Free writers event Who California Writers Club of Long Beach Where Long Beach Los Altos Branch Library, 5614 East Britton Dr. When Saturday, Jan. 11 from 3pm to 5pm More Info The speaker will be Marcia Lee Harris, author of Fanny Bixby Spencer: Long Beach's Inspirational Firebrand. Call (562) 400-1100 or email info@calwriterslongbeach.org .

MEET AND EAT What Supper Club Who Bixby Knolls Supper Club Where Atun, 4262 Atlantic Ave. When Monday, Jan. 13 at 6:30pm More Info The menu will be primarily sushi and yakitori (skewered and grilled meats). The Bixby Knolls Supper Club supports local restaurants by dining at them on Monday nights, which are typically slow. RSVPs are necessary; email info@bixbyknollsinfo.com .

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happens when we as consumers have a positive experience. Are we just as rapid with happy reportings as we are with their negative counterparts? I recently had the opportunity to discuss the above matter with a local business-owning gal pal of mine that I will refer to here as “Cindy.” I call her Cindy because that’s her name. During a rather intense conversation, we discussed the above matter at length. In her business, as in mine, we both receive contact from customers when things go wrong. In our case, folks call us if they don’t receive the newspaper on Fridays in a timely manner, or if it is rubberbanded too tightly. Some publishers might find those types of complaints a pain-in-the-neck. I, on the other

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Many of us have had less than acceptable experiences at the hands of a merchant’s or restaurant’s careless staff member, dealt with bad customer service or encountered some sort of unsatisfactory situation when we were on the paying end of the bill. In some cases we are quick to complain, however, other times we just seethe quietly and vow to ourselves to never do business with those “so-and-sos” again. Negative circumstances can call for negative reports, but I wonder what

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hand, feel that those types of negative comments are a positive for us. Why a positive? As far as I am concerned, if a reader of ours cares enough to call about a mishap with a delivery, then he or she is a loyal reader who finds value in our publication. Now I call that a real positive. Cindy said that she too receives negative comments once in a while about their customer service, but that it is usually from a new client rather than a long-time patron. Pondering that, she and I came to the conclusion that our ongoing customers may not want to hurt our feelings by telling us when things go wrong. Well, I am here speaking for both Cindy and myself– please tell us if something we are doing in our businesses is not to your liking. We can’t fix it if you don’t tell us. On another note, please also tell us when things go right. Did one of

Five signs emotional decisions are negatively affecting your finances By Michael Sullivan Chief education officer Take Charge America

Many intelligent, capable people have found themselves buried in debt as a result of excessive spending and other poor financial habits. The first step toward improving your finances is simply to recognize when your emotions are influencing your decisions.” [The following are] five warning signs consumers may be making emotional and often costly decisions with their money:

you spend to keep up with the Joneses. This is a common trap impacting purchasing decisions. If you buy an expensive car to impress your friends and neighbors– especially if you must borrow money– you are letting your emotions dictate your decision.

you experience overwhelming anxiety. It’s natural to feel some concern when the stock market drops or real-estate values decline, especially in the aftermath of the recession. However, excessive worrying leads to rash decision-making, and selling low and buying high is a sure path to poverty.

you spend to show love. Most everyone has experienced an urge to overspend or use credit cards to buy gifts for children, grandchildren or a romantic interest. Parents, especially, should remember that a well-funded savings account or college fund will prove much more valuable to children than the latest gadgets.

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Where’s Mr. Rogers when you need him?

I keep asking myself “Why?” People come to America for freedom and the wonderful life they can have here, and the first thing they do is try and take over the country. They get welfare and food stamps, housing and schooling, but that isn’t enough– they want cars and more cars. One family on my street has nine cars and parks one or two of them in front of my house every week. I didn’t even have a place to put out my garbage cans this week because there are two of their cars blocking the place I put out my refuse. As a senior citizen, I have enough trouble just moving those large trash cans, but when my access to the place I put the cans is blocked it makes it even more difficult. How do we teach them respect for their neighbor? That is the 64-dollar question, and I certainly don’t know how to answer it. I’ve lived in this house for 70 years come May, and we never even had a grease spot in the place in front of the house until the one family moved in and started parking their cars there. They are fast-foodies, as well, and throw used cups and food packages in the street instead of taking them home to throw in the proper trash container. I wish I knew the answer to this, but age has its limitations, and I am stumped. Just so Californians won’t think they are the only ones, my sister tells me they have the same problem back East with the newcomers. I would think they would do everything possible to “fit in,” but their mindset is on a different wavelength. Well, I got that off my chest. It doesn’t settle anything, but I feel better sharing it with others.

you seek out retail therapy. Many people say shopping gives them a rush of joy. Others shop to feel better after a hard day or to reward themselves for a job well done. However, such habits are clearly emotionally driven and can lead to buying things you don’t need with money you don’t have.

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you’re stuck in the present. Fifty years ago, people used cash for big-ticket purchases like cars and vacations. Saving money and planning for the future was the norm. Today, many people think only of the present, paying little attention to retirement goals or savings plans. The long-term effects of such behavior could be devastating down the road.

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our employees help you out with customer service that went beyond that employee’s job description? Did we under-promise and over-deliver with the quality of our products? Did we surprise you with the timeliness of our service? The message Cindy and I want to leave you with is to remember to also say “thank you” to those who are directly serving you. And if you want to do something extra special, ask to speak to that person’s direct supervisor. Asking to speak to the boss may scare the heck out of the employee, as he or she may assume that you are going to complain. How surprised will they all be when your comments are to give praise for a job well done! And, for that matter, leaving a nice tip further encourages that positive behavior. If a tip isn’t appropriate, drop off a small gift or sweet treat as a tasty reward.

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The first First Fridays Art Walk of the year will take place on Jan. 3, according to the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA), which hosts the monthly event. Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson will host his “First Books at First Fridays” at the Dana Branch Library at 5:30pm. Eigth District Councilmember Al Austin’s “Council on Your Corner” will be set up at Atlantic Avenue and Carson Street to meet and greet attendees. The Big Red Bus will be available to transport attendees from venue to venue via designated stops at the participating businesses. Bella Cosa, 3803 Atlantic Ave., will have information about First Fridays, maps, business info, and restaurant recommendations from 6:30pm to 8pm. MORE INFORMATION firstfridayslongbeach.com

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Put on an event they won’t forget! Courtesy LB Republican Federated

Newly elected officers of the Long Beach Republican Women Federated are: (back row) Donna Bennett, third VP; Tina Thompson, president; Davina Keiser, first VP; Melina Morgan, treasurer/membership secretary; (front row) Linda Toomajian, second VP/parliamentarian; Linda Eagen, corresponding secretary; Sue Blair, fourth VP; and Lois Ledger, recording secretary.

Long Beach Republican Women Federated hosted an anniversary celebration and installation ceremony for its 2014 elected officers on December 14 at The Grand Event Center, with more than 50 people in attendance, according to Tina Thompson, president of the club. Steve Napolitano, senior deputy from Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe’s Torrance office, presented a scroll in honor of the club’s 60th anniversary to four immediate past presidents (Melina Morgan, Lois Ledger, Linda Toomajian and Dorothy Kistler) and Thompson. Former Long Beach Mayor Eunice Sato led the Pledge of Allegiance. Councilman Keith Curry from Newport Beach and local candidates also attended. Long Beach Republican Women Federated has 150 members and 20 associate members, Thompson said. Club officers encourage men and prospective members to attend their informative monthly meetings. Visit LongBeachRepublicanWomen.com for more information. Source: LB Republican Women Federated

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More than 12,800 fans of Long Beach’s main Facebook page are helping the City count down its top 10 stories of 2013. “The City of Long Beach delivers excellent service to the community day in and day out,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “These 10 stories are worthy of extra notice because they showcase how we are continuing to improve our wonderful city.” To highlight the 10 most significant news items for Long Beach in 2013, the City has been releasing one story per day on its Facebook page, beginning Dec. 22. The number-one story of 2013 was posted on Dec. 31 at 11am.

No. 10 The Pacific Ballroom debuts at the Long Beach Arena The Pacific Ballroom special-event venue made its grand-opening debut as Long Beach’s newest, largest and most innovative meeting and special-event space. With its state-of-the art sound and customizable theatrical lighting, the floor of the Long Beach Arena transforms into a 45,000-square-foot event space. An overhead truss grid, complete with LED lights, stage lighting, sound system and decorative elements, lowers into place to create an intimate venue for up to 5,500 people for dinners, concerts, meetings or other special events. Industry insiders expect the new ballroom to be one of the most desirable venues in the country, according to city staff.

No. 9 The Promenade transformation finished The City of Long Beach celebrated the completion of The Promenade, whose pedestrian-oriented transformation connects the downtown waterfront to three blocks of improved residential, commercial, retail and restaurant venues. Improvements on The Promenade from Ocean Boulevard to 3rd Street transformed a stark, underutilized walkway into a (vibrant, safe, friendly and beautiful space for residents, visitors and business people in the downtown to enjoy), said city staff. Three new residential File photo developments and multiple businesses have opened along The Promenade, along The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center debuted the Pacific Ballroom at the Long Beach Arena on Nov. 20, 2013, with a new and expanded Bikestation Long Beach. with an evening of “reveals” for those in attendance. No. 8 Long Beach’s water quality continues long-term steady improvement More than 90 percent of the city’s beaches received excellent marks in the Heal the Bay 2013 End of Summer Beach Report Card. Factors contributing to improved water quality in Long Beach include infrastructure improvements, grant funding, regional partnerships and technology. Heal the Bay’s annual report noted that water quality in Long Beach improved throughout the year, including the dramatic improvement of water quality in the winter months, which is usually the most difficult time to maintain good water quality due to winter storms, according to city officials.

No. 7 City of Long Beach recognized three years in a row as national leader in using technology to improve service For the third year in a row, the City of Long Beach was named a Top-10 Digital City in a national survey that measures performance and innovation for using technology to enhance service to residents and businesses, while improving internal operations. The City uses technology to better engage the community, improve service and increase efficiencies, according to city staff. The Center for Digital Government and Government Technology focused on identifying the top technology initiatives across four categories: citizen engagement, policy, and technology and data access. The City of Long Beach was recognized for its extensive social-media efforts; mobile-apps adoption and expansion; the Long Beach Police Department’s video monitoring center activation; Wi-Fi internet access expansion in libraries and parks; and cloudcomputing adoption.

No. 6 Significant parks expansion and Gold Medal Park Award The City Of Long Beach completed five major park projects: Craftsman Village Park, Baker Park, Harvey Milk Promenade Park, Clippers Playground at McBride Park and the DeForest Park Futsal Courts. Also, the following park projects are under construction or development: Orizaba Park Community Center, Chittick Field, Willow Springs Park, El Dorado Dog Park and Coolidge Park Improvements. In addition, the Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine was awarded the 2013 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, making Long Beach the largest city to receive a Gold Medal Park Award this year. continued on page 7

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No. 5 Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse opens The Deukmejian Courthouse opened in downtown Long Beach, replacing the old Long Beach courthouse, which was one of the worst in the state due to fundamental flaws, overcrowding and the inability to meet accessibility requirements, City staff said. The new courthouse is the first major civic building in the United States to be delivered through performance-based infrastructure (PBI), a delivery method that involves engaging a private team to finance, design, build, operate and maintain the court building. Under this public-private partnership, the developer makes a substantial equity investment, and the state makes availability payments, allowing for deductions if the infrastructure does not perform to set standards. The PBI arrangement made it possible to deliver a needed civic building with design excellence for the long-term despite the lack of funds to pay for the project up front, according to the City. The Administrative Office of the Courts acquired the site from the former Long Beach Redevelopment Agency in exchange for the existing courthouse and its land. The project was completed “under budget and ahead of schedule,” city staff said.

No. 4 New fire station 12 opens in north Long Beach The opening of Fire Station 12 and the Emergency Resource Center “dramatically enhanced the City’s ability to respond to the needs of the community,” according to city staff. “The state-of-the-art facility demonstrates the City’s commitment to improving public safety for residents and businesses and showcases the City’s commitment to find a way to overcome challenging economical times and continue to improve our communities– creating a more healthier, stable environment where families can thrive,” states a press release from the City. Fire Station 12 is the first new residential fire station in Long Beach in decades, and it was funded by the former Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA).

No. 3 . File photo Long Beach experiences 40-year low for violent crime A crowd looks on as Long Beach Fire Capt. Jackawa Jackson, Fire Chief Mike DuRee and 9th District Councilmember Steven Long Beach achieved a 40-year low for violent crime in 2012, the City announced in January 2013. The overall total of citywide violent crimes decreased by 5.3 per- Neal prepare to push a fire engine into the newly constructed Fire Station 12 during a grand opening of the north Long Beach cent from the prior year, and the violent crime rate in Long Beach was the lowest facility on Sept. 24, 2013. since 1972. No. 2 City Council passes budget with surplus and one-time investments The City adopted a $391 million General Fund budget that contained a surplus of $3.5 million, the first surplus in 10 years– the first time in many years that the City of Long Beach has not been confronted with a General Fund deficit. The City also realized $60 million in one-time General Fund revenues in 2013 that provide an opportunity to replace failing and obsolescent business systems and to reinvest in deteriorating city facilities and infrastructure. Furthermore, the City set aside a significant amount for unfunded liabilities. The City maintained “excellent” bond ratings from Standard & Poors, Moody’s, and Fitch rating agencies, according to city officials. No. 1 The City of Long Beach achieved full pension reform in October after negotiating the final agreements for all City employees to pay their full share of pension costs, making Long Beach the largest CalPERS city to achieve this milestone, according to city officials. This historic pension reform is expected to save the City of Long Beach an estimated $250 million through Fiscal Year 2024, including $130 million in savings to the General Fund. Source: City of LB

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A strip of retail storefronts on the northeast portion of the Bixby Knolls Shopping Center has a number of vacancies, however the property owner hopes to turn it around by upgrading the center with $1 million in façade improvements, including resurfacing the parking lot.

Department Store, which had been vacant for more than 11 years, and to construct a new 43,355-square-foot retail store for the Marshalls store. Jalali said major anchor tenants at the shopping center have also received financial incentives, including OSH, which was given a total of $372,302 in retail sales-tax incentives over a nearly 15-year period, and Vons, which has received a total of $129,834 through a similar sales-tax sharing program that sunsets on Dec. 1, 2014. Regarding the proposed façade improvement, Jalali said city staff have been working with the property owner and their architect on finalizing the design and subsequent submittal for plan check. On Sept. 12, staff had sent correspondence to GASKA, outlining outstanding plan-check corrections, but the City has yet to receive a response, he said, adding that city staff attempted to contact the property owner’s architect this week but their office was

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closed for the holidays. “At this time, we are awaiting GASKA’s architect/representative response to the plan-check corrections,� Jalali said. “We cannot proceed until GASKA comes back to the City with a revised plan, addressing these issues. Further, when plans are submitted, they will be checked to verify all corrections have been fully resolved.� GASKA representatives were unable to be reached for comment before the Signal Tribune’s deadline. Austin said he met with GASKA representatives about three weeks ago and they expressed “challenges� the center has faced throughout the years, such as the configuration of its location off of Atlantic Avenue and the lack of sufficient signage and front access for customers. “These are challenges that they face, and they hear from potential tenants all the time,� he said. “So we talked about some ways in which we can help possibly mitigate that.� Austin said that redeveloping the shopping center is part of a larger plan to continue economic development in Bixby Knolls and

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Uptown, which is getting a new public library farther north down Atlantic Avenue. He said renderings for the proposed improvement project should be released in the next few months. “It’s critical for the economic development to continue,� Austin said. “This center is really in the middle of it all. We have to experience a turnaround here. We’re making progress in the north, and we’re making progress in Bixby Knolls– the bookends. The GASKA property is sitting stagnant. This has to be part of that grander plan.� Jalali noted that financial incentives are sparse after the dissolution of redevelopment agencies across the state, but city staff still have plans to find ways to continue economic development efforts. “Obviously, there are limited financial resources due to dissolution of the agency,� he said. “However, we continue utilizing other economic development tools, namely business loans and federal grant funds, to continue the City’s commitment to business development and neighborhood revitalization efforts.�

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A vacant storefront with a "for lease" sign remains empty between Marshalls department store and the building once occupied by Orchard Supply Hardware at the Bixby Knolls Shopping Center located off of Atlantic Avenue. Property owner GASKA Inc. is moving forward with $1 million in façade improvements in hopes of drawing new tenants to fill in the empty spaces.

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Posing questions to local artist Diana Barnes counteract it? No, I enjoy creating and when possible I will go to galleries, museums or drawing groups.

What do you hope to achieve with your art? I want to continue to grow and explore through my work. I want to work with and help others through my practice of art therapy.

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What are one or two primary areas of fear for you as an artist? Sometimes exposing my work and judgment.

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In 100 words or less, what do you do as an artist? I am an oil painter. I used to teach high school art and [am] currently a graduate student at Loyola Marymount University. I am in the Marriage & Family Therapy program for clinical art therapy.

What motivates you to create art? I love the world we live in, so I always get excited by the environment, the ocean, mountains and sky. I love drawing and painting the figure. Music is a big inspiration– jazz, classical and rock. I try to find my impression of life through the abstraction of reality.

How has your practice changed over time? I have embraced more color and loosened up in my style– try to experiment and express freely.

Do you ever get artist’s block? If so, how do you combat it? Sometimes, of course. I first set up my palette; laying out my paints is a very methodical process. Then I will usually just start painting, do small comps and thumbnail sketches, mixing colors to get in the mood.

What do you think your life would be like if, for some reason, you could no longer create art? I think there are always ways to make art. It might not be what we are used to, but there are always ways. If I couldn’t paint with my right hand, I would paint with my left. I would learn new and different ways to express myself creatively.

What jobs have you had other than being an artist? A mom and a teacher.

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tion dedicated to helping survivors of labor and sex trafficking. The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has partnered with CAST-LA when the department has needed assistance in rescuing victims from prostitution. CAST-LA has a hotline for individuals needing help and provides access to shelter, clothing and mental-health services. The organization also helps to explain the law to those individuals who may be intimidated by the legal process, said Stephanie Richard, who is the policy and legal services director for CAST-LA. Richard said that under the federal and state definitions, minors under the age of 18 who have been “induced” into commercial sex are victims of sex trafficking. She added that anyone who has been engaging in prostitution as a minor would be eligible for their services, even if

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they’re an adult now and have continued to work in prostitution. Those adults who are brought into prostitution through force, fraud or coercion are also eligible for their services, Richard said. The LBPD reported that as of the morning of Dec. 31, between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, the department has rescued 24 individuals from prostitution, including 19 juveniles, according to Nancy Pratt, a police spokesperson. During this time frame, the department has handled 12 cases of human trafficking. All of them are related to prostitution. Pratt said that none of these human-trafficking cases involved forcible rape. As the Signal Tribune reported earlier this year, new laws now offer the chance for police departments to see some of their prostitution cases in a new light– as possible human-traf-

ficking violations which carry stiffer penalties especially for the pimps responsible for forcing victims into the sex trade. Not every case involving prostitution is labeled a sex-trafficking case, and the counts dealing with the number of arrests for prostitution in the last year will be very different than the tally offered for the number of human-trafficking cases which have been handled by the department. Long Beach tallies for the number of general prostitution arrests (those not considered human-trafficking cases) were not available by press time. The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) reported only one citation to an adult for “loitering for solicitation of prostitution.” Chief Michael Langston said that the SHPD participated in joint-enforcement activities with the LBPD in 2013. He said that there were about 10 prostitution-related charges during those operations that were handled by LBPD. These cases would be included in Long Beach’s 2013 statistics when they become available. Richard explained that even before this new provision passed,

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CAST-LA’s clients have been able to receive victim compensation, even if they were involved in sex trafficking. She pointed to a key reason for their eligibility for the state aid– clients of CAST-LA who were survivors of sex trafficking weren’t willing participants in prostitution. There may be other details that still need to be pondered before the board fully approves the change in eligibility requirements for the victim-compensation fund. The fund can often reimburse for back wages, but Richard says that trafficking victims aren’t able to apply for those wages because they don’t have the documentation that’s required for employment. She argued that trafficking victims, whether or not it’s in the sex- or labor-trafficking context, should be entitled to back wages since they were in a forced-job relationship. She recognizes that this request may prove controversial. “It does seem like there needs to be changes made so that trafficking victims can recover back wages in the way that other crime victims can today,” Richard said.

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Following the normal seasonal pattern, influenza activity is on the rise in California and nationwide, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), which reported Dec. 31 that many California counties, and areas in other states, are reporting patients who are critically ill with influenza, including otherwise healthy young adults. The H1N1 strain appears to be the predominant one circulating so far in California and in the rest of the United States this flu season. The H1N1 virus, which emerged during the 2009 pandemic, causes more illness in children and young adults, compared to older adults. It causes severe illness in all age groups, including those younger than 65 years of age. This year’s influenza vaccine protects against the strains circulating in the state, including H1N1. “It is not too late to get the flu vaccine,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, state health officer and director of the CDPH. “A yearly flu vaccine is the most important step in preventing influenza. It’s important to remember that unlike other vaccine-preventable diseases, it is necessary to get a flu shot every year.” The vaccine is available now. Once vaccinated, it takes approximately two weeks to be fully protected against the flu. An influenza vaccine is especially important for pregnant women and other people at higher risk for severe influenza, according to the CDPH. “It’s impossible to predict the severity of a flu season, but the best way to prevent spread of the flu is to get vaccinated,” Chapman said. THe CDPH recommends the following actions to stop the spread of germs: • Stay home when sick • Cover coughs and sneezes • Wash hands with soap and water • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth • Eat nutritious diet • Get enough sleep

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MOLAA gearing Friday-night events to adults

The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) will be open until 9pm on Fridays beginning this month, featuring special programs, mainly geared towards adults, that are intended to educate, stimulate the senses and provide an interesting way to begin the weekend in a social setting, according to a press release from MOLAA. Participants will be able to hear art lectures, participate in book discussions, learn about Latin-American cultural traditions and current lifestyle trends and take part in art and cooking workshops. Programs are included with paid admission to the museum.

first friday: All About Art Events on this night will include book discussions as well as guest speakers that range from artists to scholars and docents.

Second friday: Latin American Lifestyles Participants will learn how to incorporate Latin-American foods and cuisine, as well as cultural traditions and current trends, into their own lifestyle.

Third friday: En La Noche Attendees can kick-start the weekend at En La Noche by enjoying an evening of art, food and drink, music and more with friends and other-like minded cultural enthusiasts. (There will be one larger En La Noche event per quarter for which there will be an admission charge for non-members.)

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Finally, staff training opportunities will be offered to develop staff competencies and professional networks in support of strategic plan implementation. “The grant from The James Irvine Foundation’s Fund for Leadership Advancement is a strong vote of confidence and support for MOLAA’s efforts to attain its goal of becoming a selfsustaining organization that serves its community,” Ashman said. “Upon learning that we had received the grant, I felt that the Foundation had understood our efforts and was gratified that they came forward to provide the Museum with both moral and financial support.”

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Report shows 41-year low in overall violent crime in Long Beach for 2013

Based on preliminary crime data, Long Beach ended 2013 poised to achieve the lowest number of reported violent crimes in 41 years, according to a statement from the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) on Jan. 2. When compared to 2012, statistics for 2013 reflect a more than 13.5-percent decrease in violent crime, an 8.5-percent decrease in property crime and a 9.3-percent decrease in total Part 1 crimes, according to LBPD. “The continued downward trend in overall crime reflects the City’s ongoing commitment to public safety,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “I am thrilled that

we are experiencing some of the lowest crime rates in the history of our city, and I want to commend the police department, its employees and our entire public-safety continuum for their exceptional efforts.” LBPD anticipates the final 2013 statistics, which will be available to the public later this month, will reflect decreases in the violent-crime categories of rape (11.3 percent), robbery (10 percent), and aggravated assault (17.4 percent) as compared to 2012. Murder is the only violentcrime category reflecting an

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Murder is the only violent- crime category reflecting an increase– 6.7 percent over the prior year. –LBPD statistics

Of the 32 murders, 19 were investigated as gang-related. The total number of rapes (102 crimes) and robberies

(1,114 crimes) are the lowest on record, according to LBPD. As for property crime, which includes larceny (theft), burglaries, grand-theft auto and arson, the greatest decreases are projected in bike theft (25.6 percent) and petty theft of over $50 (20 percent). Throughout the year, auto burglaries trended down, with an expected year-end decrease of 18.4 percent (450 crimes). Slight increases are expected in the petty theft of under $50 (5.5 percent) and residential burglary (1 percent) categories. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said in a statement that he attributes the propertycrime reductions to an increase

EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by LBPD Council Districts 6, 7 & 8

Thursday, Dec. 26 Grand theft auto 8:30pm– W. 23rd St./Pacific Ave.

friday, Dec. 27 Assault 4:52am– 1800 block Henderson Ave.

Saturday, Dec. 28 Commercial burglary 6:30am– 2500 block Long Beach Blvd.

Battery 9:31pm– 200 block Nevada St.

Sunday, Dec. 29 Assault 1:55am– Long Beach Blvd./E. Bixby Rd.

Residential burglary 4pm– 2100 block Elm Ave.

Grand theft auto 7:30pm– W. 19th St./Oregon Ave.

Battery 3:55pm– 500 block E. PCH

Robbery 4:49pm– 1800 block Long Beach Blvd.

Monday, Dec. 30 Recovered stolen vehicle 2:55am– 3200 block Cherry Ave.

Robbery of person 3pm– Atlantic Ave./E. PCH

Tuesday, Dec. 31 Recovered stolen vehicle 1:50pm– 500 block E. 25th St.

4:41pm– 2700 block E. PCH

DUI 7:01pm– E. PCH/Orizaba Ave.

Attempted commercial burglary 10:35pm– 2300 block E. Spring St.

Battery 11:16 pm– 2500 block Palm Dr.

Recovered stolen vehicle 4pm– 2400 block Cedar Ave.

Crimes reported by SHPD Citywide

friday, Dec. 27 Prohibited person owning ammunition 12:51am– E. 19th St./Junipero Ave.

Stolen vehicle 7:55am– 1900 block Obispo Ave.

DUI 11:02pm– E. 28th St./Raymond Ave.

Sunday, Dec. 29 DUI 3:28am– Orange Ave./E. 29th St.

Battery

Monday, Dec. 30 Grand theft from auto 12:01am– 3200 block Cerritos Ave.

Stolen vehicle 6:55pm– 2400 block California Ave.

Tuesday, Dec. 31 Vandalism, defacing property 2:20pm– 900 block E. 27th St.

Wednesday, Jan. 1 DUI 3:28am– 3300 block E. PCH

Stolen vehicle 12:50pm– E. Burnett St./Lemon Ave.

Battery of spouse, cohabitant and date 9:05pm– E. PCH/Obispo Ave.

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in community awareness, participation in crime-prevention efforts, and professionalism and hard work of the men and women of the Long Beach Police Department. “Although we’ve experienced reduced staffing levels in the last several years, I am tremendously proud of and impressed with the outstanding performance and commitment our employees demonstrate to the people we serve,” McDonnell said. “We also welcomed 40 new officers to the field last month and look forward to another academy class to continue our community partnerships and crime-fighting efforts in 2014.” LBPD says it is working with law-enforcement agencies in the local, county, state and federal levels to leverage available resources to impact crime in Long Beach. In 2013, the department focused attention on using social media as a conduit to improving communication with the community and introduced a new mobile application to “streamline the community’s access to the police departsocial-networking ment’s tools,” according to the LBPD statement. The final year-end statistics will be available in mid-January on the Police Department website. Source: LBPD

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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 File photo opportunity for our City to come together and reflect on the past Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster deliveryear, as well as celebrate our future ing his seventh State of the City address last January 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 webcast of the State of the City will be available at longbeach.gov. Source: City of LB

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wide is a lot of park, especially during Concerts in the Park. There are several picnic tables around that area. If you think you need more, you can always put another picnic table around there so somebody can sit and talk and do whatever.” The Council agreed, however, to make the entire garden Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant, which will cost an additional $35,000. Two of the plots will have raised beds to provide access for disabled persons, and a handicapped parking space will be added adjacent to the curb on 21st Street. The Council is required to approve a budget adjustment for Fiscal Year 2013-14 to cover the project modifications, including a 10-percent contingency. According to the city staff report, Pilar Alcivar-McCoy, the City’s director of community services, said making the garden ADA-compliant was recommended primarily because of the

property’s down-sloping surface. “This is a very sloped lot, so, in order to meet the grading requirements for someone with limited mobility, you’d have to really ramp it,” she said. Alcivar-McCoy said the gardeners would be given parking passes to allow them to park on the street to haul heavy materials on specific days, of which nearby residents would be notified in advance. For the most part, however, gardeners would be parking in the parking lot near Spud Field, she said. “The residents on 21st are very concerned about poor parking, and so we’re trying to minimize the amount of parking,” Alcivar-McCoy said. “But we’d have scheduled days where [residents] would know in advance and we would have a certain amount of time in the morning, let’s say Saturday, where gardeners can all bring their heavier materials and then come in through 21st Street for that time

period.”Alcivar-McCoy also assured that there would be security gates with key codes on both sides of the garden that would only be accessible to staff and plot renters. In addition, she said the City hopes to use the nearby Community Center and the park to organize gardening-themed workshops and educational programs. Alcivar-McCoy also noted that a portion of annual fees would go toward paying for a part-time staff person on site. “We have a lot of options that we are aware of that we can talk about,” she said. “As it develops and as it goes along, we’ll find out more.”

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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# 7217-015-077 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 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,

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or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1-800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 12-0080507. 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.

TST4527 Trustee Sale No. : 20130134000609 Title Order No.: 1514234 FHA/VA/PMI No.: 197-566310 2 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 11/18/2011. 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. NDEx West, L.L.C., as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 11/30/2011 as Instrument No. 20111617445 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: BARBARA J. DUFFY, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by California Civil Code 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 01/23/2014 TIME OF SALE: 9:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: DOUBLETREE HOTEL LOS ANGELES-NORWALK, 13111 SYCAMORE DRIVE, NORWALK, CA 90650. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2510 EAST WILLOW #108, SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA 90755 APN#: 7214-009146 Exhibit A Legal Description The Land Referred To Herein Below Is Situated In The County Of Los Angeles, State Of California, And Is Described As

Follows: A Condominium Comprised Of: Parcel No. 1: That Portion Of Lot 2, Of Tract No. 34974, In The City Of Signal Hill, County Of Los Angeles, State Of California, As Shown On A Map Recorded In Book 941 Pages 20 To 21 Of Maps, In The Office Of The County Recorder Of Said County, Shown And Defined As Unit No. 8, On That Certain Condominium Plan (The ''Condominium Plan'' Herein) Recorded On December 21, 1983 As Instrument No. 83-1510618, Of Official Records Of Said County And As Said Condominium Plan Was Amended By An Agreement Recorded November 3, 1986 As Instrument No. 86-1496625, Of Official Records, And Referred To And Incorporated By Reference In That Certain Notice Of Annexation Of Addition Territory And Supplemental Declaration Of Covenants, Conditions And Restrictions And Easements For Willow Ridge-Phase Ii, Recorded On December 21, 1983 As Instrument No. 831510617, Of Official Records Of Said County (Such Instrument As From Time To Time Amended In Accordance With Its Terms Being Referred To Herein As The ''Supplemental Declaration'') Which Supplemental Declaration Refers To And Incorporates By Reference The Provisions Of That Certain Master Declaration Of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions And Easements For Willow RidgePhase I, Recorded On December 9, 1980 As Instrument No. 80-1231815, Of Official Records Of Said County (Such Instrument As From Time To Time Amended In Accordance With Its Terms Being Referred To Herein As The ''Master Declaration''), The Provisions Of The Master Declaration And The Supplemental Declaration Are By This Reference Incorporated Herein And Made A Part Hereof. Parcel No. 2: An Undivided 1/104th Interest In And To That Portion Of Lot 2 Of Tract No. 34974, Shown And Defined As ''Common Areas'' (''Common Areas'' Herein) On The Condominium Plan And In The Supplemental Declaration, Which Definition Excludes Units 1 To 104 Inclusive, From The Common Areas. Except Therefrom Those Portions Of Said Lot 2, Included Within The Lines Of The West One-Half Of Farm Lot 81 Of The American Colony Tract, As Per Map Recorded In Book 19 Page 89 Et Seq., Of Miscellaneous Records, All Petroleum Oil, Gas And Other Hydrocarbon Substances As Conveyed And Reserved In Various Deeds Of Record, Among Them Being A Deed Recorded As Instrument No. 1086 On June 3, 1927 In Book 6731 Page 36, Of Official Records. Also Except Therefrom Those Portions Of Lot 2 Included Within The Lines Of The West One-Half Of The East OneHalf Of Said Lot 81 Of The American Colony Tract, Any And All Oil, Gas And Other Hydrocarbon Substances In, Under Or Which May Be Produced From Said Real Property Without Any Right Whatsoever To The Use Of The Surface Of Said Land To A Depth Of 500 Feet, An Undivided One-Half Interest Thereof Being Excepted By John B. Haas, Jr., In The Deed Recorded August 1, 1955 In Book 48511 Page 328, Of Official Records, And An Undivided One-Half Interest Thereof Being Excepted By Cliff Le Vern Downer, Et Al., In The Deed Recorded August 1, 1955 In Book 48511 Page 354, Of Official Records. Also Except Therefrom Together With The Right To Grant And Transfer All Or A Portion Of The Same, Subject To Any Rights Of Others Under Prior Reservations Or Exceptions Of Record, As Follows: Any And All Oil, Oil Rights, Minerals, Mineral Rights, Natural Gas Rights And Other Hydrocarbons By Whatsoever Name Known, Geothermal Steam, And All Products Derived From Any Of The Foregoing, That May Be Within Or Under The Said Property, Together With The Perpetual Right Of Drilling, Mining, Exploring And Operating Therefore And Storing In And Removing The Same From The Property Or Any Other Property, Including The Right To Whipstock Or Directionally Drill And Mine From Properties Other Than Those Conveyed Hereby, Oil Or Gas Wells, Tunnels And Shafts Into, Through Or Across The Subsurface Of The Property, And To Bottom Such Whipstocked Or Directionally Drilled Wells, Tunnels And Shafts Under And Beneath Or Beyond The Exterior Limits Thereof And To Redrill, Retunnel, Equip, Maintain, Repair, Deepen And Operate Any Such Wells Or Mines, Without, However, The Right To Enter, Drill, Mine, Store, Explore And Operate On Or Through The Surface Or The Upper 500 Feet Of The Subsurface Of Said Property. Parcel No. 3: An Easement For The Exclusive Right To Use, Possess

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the Planning Commission of the City of Signal Hill, California, will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider the recommendation of the following: EXTENSION OF CUP 97-03 N 2013, A REQUEST FOR A SIX MONTH EXTENSION OF CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT (CUP) 97-03 WAS GRANTED AFTER A ONE YEAR EXTENSION HAD BEEN GRANTED IN 2012. THE CUP WAS FIRST APPROVED FOR A 10 YEAR TERM IN 2002. THE CUP COVERS FACILITIES AND OPERATIONS AT SIGNAL HILL PETROLEUM’S SEVEN CONSOLIDATED DRILL SITES (DESCRIBED BELOW). SIGNAL HILL PETROLEUM IS REQUESTING AN ADDITIONAL SIX MONTH EXTENSION TO ALLOW TIME FOR FURTHER STUDIES TO BE COMPLETED.

East of N. Olive Avenue at Gateway retail center (3051 California Avenue) Southeast corner of Spring St and Orange Avenue (1251 E. 29th Street) North of Willow Street, south of 27th Street, between Walnut and Gardena Avenues South of Combellack Drive between Cherry and Junipero Avenues Southwest of Junipero and Combellack behind Office Depot South of 20th Street between Redondo and Obispo Avenues South of Grant Street between Redondo and Obispo Avenues Applicant: Signal Hill Petroleum Inc. AN INITIAL STUDY AND MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION 9/18/97 (1) for the subject CUP was approved and certified by the City Council under Resolution 98-06-4831 in 1998. On October 1, 2002 an Amended CUP 97-03 and Supplemental Mitigated Negative Declaration 8/12/02 (1), were approved for a term of 10 years and certified by the City Council under Resolution 375-09-02. The request is for an additional 6 month extension of the current CUP to allow time for further studies relevant to the CUP to be completed. In accordance with California Code of Regulations Section 15162 no subsequent Negative Declaration is required for the extension of CUP 97-03 in that no changes to the previously approved project are proposed. The Mitigated Negative Declaration, as well as material relevant to CUP 97-03, 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. 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 January 3, 2014 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010 on or before: January 3, 2014 Mailed to affected property owners within 300’ on or before January 3, 2014

And Occupy Those Portions Of The Common Areas Of Lot 2 Of Tract No. 34974, Shown, Defined And/Or Designated On The Condominium Plan And/Or The Supplemental Declaration As Being Parking Spaces (Ps) Appurtenant To Parcel 1 Above And Constituting Restricted Common Areas. Parcel No. 4: An Easement For The Exclusive Right To, The Extent Provided For In The Condominium Plan And In The Supplemental Declaration, To Use, Possess And Occupy Those Portions, If Any Of The Common Areas Of Lot 2 Of Tract No. 34974, Shown, Defined And/Or Designated On The Condominium Plan And/Or In The Supplemental Declaration As Being Interior Building Courtyards, Stairways, Landings, Corridors, Hallways And Walkways Appurtenant To Parcel I Above And Constituting Restricted Common Areas.. 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, 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 $348,190.60. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. 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

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mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800-280-2832 for information regarding the trustee's sale or visit this Internet Web site www.auction.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20130134000609. 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. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: AUCTION.COM, LLC 2 ONE MAUCHLY IRVINE, CA 92618 800-280-2832 www.auction.com NDEx West, L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L.L.C. as Trustee Dated: 12/20/2013 NPP0225012 To: SIGNAL TRIBUNE 01/03/2014, 01/10/2014, 01/17/2014. TST45533 / Case No. VS025337 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650-3188. PETITION OF Ilana Victoria Fine, A Minor Child. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner ILANA VICTORIA FINE, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: ILANA VICTORIA FINE to Proposed Name: RYAN VICTOR FINE. 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: February 26, 2014; Time: 1:30 P.M.; Dept. C, Room 312. 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: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014. ___//ss//___ Yvonne T. Sanchez, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: December 30, 2013

CITy Of SIGNAL HILL TST4528 NoTICE oF A PUBlIC HEARING

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 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 Applicant: Bozena Jaworski of RPP Architects for Vivir Properties

THIS PROJECT IS CATEGORICALLY EXEMPT from requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act pursuant to Section 15303 Class 3(a), New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures, of Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend this public hearing 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 hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearing. 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: Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: Mailed to affected property owners and residents within 500’:

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CITy Of SIGNAL HILL TST4530

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING

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 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 Applicant: Bozena Jaworski of RPP Architects for Vivir Properties

THIS PROJECT IS CATEGORICALLY EXEMPT from requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act pursuant to Section 15303 Class 3(a), New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures, of Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend this public hearing 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 hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearing. 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: January 3, 2014 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: January 3, 2014 Mailed to affected property owners and residents within 500’: January 3, 2014

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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: January 3, 2014 & January 3, 10, 17, 2014. 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

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