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

Vol. 35 No. 41

March 14, 2014

Your Weekly Community Newspaper

Long beach prepares to roll out new e-cigarette ordinance

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From his seat at the counter at E-Cig City in downtown Long Beach, customer Bradley Lincoln (right) puffs on his vaping device while Andre Burbridge (left), general manager for the store, reaches into a glass case for supplies. Lincoln, a 31year-old Stanton resident, tried a sample of “2 Berries 1 Bottle” before he ultimately settled on another flavor. In less than a month, a new city ordinance will restrict the use of the e-cigarettes in stores and other public areas, including bars and restaurants. Using a vaping device to sample a flavor in the store will be prohibited. CJ Dablo Staff Writer

The Long Beach City Council unanimously passed an ordinance last week, on March 4, that will regulate e-cigarettes in the same manner as tobacco cigarettes. Signed by Mayor Bob Foster this week, the ordinance will take effect in about one month. The ordinance will make a number of changes to the way e-cigarettes will be regulated. One of the noticeable modifications to the rules will prohibit smoking e-cigarettes or “vaping” in the same areas already off-limits to tobacco-cigarette use. Long Beach’s list of prohibited areas to smokers includes city beaches, parks, movie theaters, bars, night clubs, restaurants and retail establishments. Dr. Mitchell Kushner serves as the city health officer for Long Beach’s Department of Health and Human Services. He said that the Environmental Health Division will be contacting the owners of e-cigarette shops to educate them and explain the new regulations. Kushner said there may be further visits, warnings or fines for those store owners who don't comply with the new rules. Owners of local e-cigarette shops still hope that city officials will consider amending the ordinance to allow customers to use their vaping devices in their stores. Shop owners like Alan Schroeder of Vapin USA say that the ability for customers to sample their products is essential to their business because there are scores of possible flavors for sale and different manufacturers offering their own proprietary blends. Michael Shaknovich, owner of ECig City, agrees with Schroeder. Shaknovich has appeared before the Council during their meetings to advocate for change. At the E-Cig City store in downtown “Our fears are that…our sales are Long Beach, Maya Cornelius, 44, going to go down,” Shaknovich said shows off her vaping device. The Long in a telephone interview on Monday Beach resident credits the device for see E-CIGARETTES page 6 helping her quit tobacco cigarettes.

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Signal hill readies to celebrate 90th anniversary with events, programs and historical display

Sean Belk Staff Writer

Signal Hill turns the big 90 next month, and the City will commemorate its milestone with festivities throughout the year. The public is invited to a birthday celebration and open house at the Signal Hill Park Community Center on April 22, the day Signal Hill was officially incorporated as a city nine decades prior. “This is a reason to celebrate, create community and get to know our neighbors more,” said Signal Hill Councilmember Lori Woods, who is part of an ad-hoc committee, along with Parks and Recreation Commission members Carmen Brooks and Ken Davis, to develop and organize the activities. During a community meeting near City Hall on Wednesday, March 5, Woods said people can still volunteer to help see SIGNAL HILL page 13

Lb Chapter of american red Cross records most veteran interviews in nation Sean Belk Staff Writer

David Lester has military in his blood. As the great-great-grandson of Davy Crockett– the legendary 19th-Century frontiersman, soldier and politician– Lester joined the military as a young man. As part of the 30th Infantry of the “Old Hickory Division,” he fought in World War II after working as an airplane mechanic on B-24 Bombers in San Diego. Today, at the age of 94, Lester remembers the day when he became a leader. It was during the Battle of the Bulge, an offensive campaign from 1944 to 1945 in which United States armed forces launched a surprise attack on the Germans and their allies in the Ardennes region in an effort to free Belgium, Sean Belk/Signal Tribune France and parts of Germany. The crusade is David Lester, 94, shows a photocopy of a medal he was given for known as the deadliest battle in terms of U.S. serving in World War II at his Costa Mesa home. Lester is one of casualties. many veterans who have been able to tell their stories through the In combat, Lester conducted reconnaissance Veterans History Project, a program created by Congress in 2000 to record and preserve the stories of war veterans. see RED CROSS page 13


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Lawsuit claims Signal hill city clerk prepared inaccurate ballot label

Maria Harris, a Signal Hill resident and proponent of the Taxpayer’s Right to Know and Vote measure, filed litigation against the City of Signal Hill on Tuesday, March 11 alleging that the City Clerk prepared a ballot label that is inaccurate, misleading and incomplete, and that it results in bias against the proposed initiative. The City maintains that the ballot language is the exact language on the petitions that were circulated by the petitioners when gathering signatures. The proposed amendment to the City’s Charter would require that all new taxes, assessments and fees be subject to a two-thirds vote of the electorate, as are fee increases. Among other provisions, the proposed charter amendment would expire fees in 10 years and assessments in 20 years. “It is important that any material Signal Hill voters see on the June 3, 2014 ballot on the Taxpayer's Right to Know and Vote initiative be accurate and complete,� Harris said in an emailed statement March 13. “I challenged the City of Signal Hill’s proposed ballot label because it expresses the Citys opinion. That opinion is inaccurate and misleading. The ballot is the first time most voters see information on an issue. The law states that the ballot label is required to contain the main purpose of the initiative, and, has to be true, impartial, and not argumentative. Because the ballot label the City produced does not meet this standard, it necessitated judicial review.� The case was assigned to Judge Luis Lavin (BS147681) with a hearing date of Wednesday, March 19. Source: City of SH, Maria Harris

RUMMAGE AROUND What Rummage sale Who Sponsored by former Signal Hill Councilmember Ellen Ward and the Signal Hill Historical Society Where 2477 Gaviota Ave. When Saturday, March 15 from 7am to 1pm More Info All sales will benefit the Signal Hill Historical Society. Donations can be picked up. Call (562) 597-5963.

PUT YOUR WALKING SHOES ON What Downtown Long Beach Walking Tour Who Hosted by Long Beach Heritage When Saturday, March 15 from 9am to 11:30am Where Meet at WPA mural at 3rd Street and the Promenade More Info Cost is $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance through PayPal at lbheritage.org and will be distributed at meeting site.

WET FUN What Groundwater Festival Who Hosted by the Water Replenishment District Where 4040 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood MA268404 Job No.: When Saturday, March 15 from 10am to 2pm The annual festival includes various activities recognizing the impor’’ x 10’’ Ad More Size: Info3.875 Ontario, CA Engagement City: tance of groundwater as a valuable and renewable resource across the nation. Newspaper Ad - B&W ENTERTAINMENT Visit wrd.org/groundwater-festival-2014.pdf . Media: With the mailing of sample ballot booklets to Long Beach voters beginning March 8, 2014, Long Beach City Section:

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Clerk Insertion Larry Herrera announced March 12 that the names of the authors of the argument for and against Measure Date(s): A were inadvertently not listed in the English-language sample ballot booklets. The author of the argument in favor of Measure A is Jina A. Nam, Esq., attorney for the Long Beach Collective Association, and the author of the argument against Measure A is Long Beach resident Larry King. Both Nam and King also authored respective rebuttal arguments. “The omission came to my attention on March 10, and it is my job to take responsibility for the mistake and make sure that voters are alerted of the omission,� Herrera said. “I have also brought this omission to the attention of Ms. Nam and Mr. King. The integrity of our municipal elections and the rights of voters require full transparency and accountability from my point of view.� The foreign-language sample ballot booklets (published in Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese) have not been mailed out yet and will be corrected to include the names of the argument writers, according to the City of Long Beach. These sample ballot booklets will be mailed out in the next couple of days. Voters can review the corrected sample ballot booklets by: going online at longbeach.gov/elections; downloading the free Vote Long Beach 2014 app now available in the App Store and coming soon to Google Play; or calling the City Clerk Department at (562) 570-6101.

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CHAT WITH THE CANDIDATES What Mayoral candidate meet-and-greet Who Long Beach Branch NAACP Where Sunday, March 16 at 3:15pm When Ernest McBride, Sr. Park, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr Ave. More Info The event will not be a debate or forum; it is formatted to promote voter-candidate interaction. Email mnaacp@gmail.com .

VETTING FUTURE EDUCATIONAL LEADERS What Candidate forum for LBUSD School Board and LBCC Board of Trustees Who Hosted by Long Beach City College Community Engagement Club Where LBCC Liberal Arts Campus, 4901 Carson St., Room T-1200 When Monday, March 17 from 5:30pm to 8pm More Info Refreshments and meet-and-greet with candidates will follow. Contact Jessica at (562) 310-1945.

‘WANA’ KNOW WHAT’S UP? What Monthly meeting Who Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA) Where Veterans Park Social Hall, 101 E. 28th St. When Monday, March 17 from 7pm to 9pm More Info There will be a presentation about street sweeping in Long Beach. A meet-and-greet will be from 6:45pm to 7pm. The meeting will include coffee, desserts and other refreshments. On-site child care provided. Call (562) 4275021 or emailwrigleyalliance@gmail.com . TROUBLE HEARING ON THE PHONE? What CTAP phone informational meeting Who Hearing Loss Association, Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter Where Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave. When Wednesday, March 19 from 1pm to 3pm More Info The event will include free hearing screenings. CTAP phones will be available to attendees for free. Call (562) 630-6141.

GOT STUFF? What Donation drive Who Meals on Wheels and Rock for Vets Where Long Beach Scottish Rite Parking Lot, 855 Elm St. When Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 from 8am to 3pm More Info The donation drive aims to collect clean and gently used furniture, clothing, housewares, accessories, small appliances and toys. Call (562) 4395000.

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WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? What Monthly meeting Who Questing Heirs Genealogical Society Where Resurrection Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 1900 E. Carson St. When Sunday, March 16 at 1pm More Info The event will serve as the Society’s 45th birthday celebration. Attendees will learn the history of the group and learn of upcoming projects. There will be a catered luncheon of sandwiches, salads and cakes.

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JAZZ IT UP What 9th Annual Jazz Showcase Who Millikan High School’s Orch-a-Band parent booster club Where 2800 Snowden Ave. When Wednesday, April 2 from 3pm to 9pm More Info The event will showcase the musical talents of Long Beach students. Entrance fee is $4 per person, and children under 5 are free. Refreshments will be available. Call (562) 425-7441 ext. 4142 or email RBhatia@lbschools.net .


OPINION

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Many of us enjoy a night on the town– especially if it involves some kind of dining experience along with entertainment. Others of us prefer to spend our time going to charity events in order Photos by Neena Strichart/Signal Tribune A barrel holds the ceremonial sake for to feel that we are sharing our Tom Hsu ladling rice wine for his restaurant’s sake ceremony Atun’s grand opening. good fortunes with those in need, and ribbon-cutting on March 11. or being benevolent just trying to earn our wings on the other side. Tuesday evening, March 11, Steve and I had the time to cover all those bases by attending the official grand opening of Atun Restaurant located at 4262 Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls. As part of the celebration, Atun’s owner Tom Hsu made arrangements for Miller Children’s Hospital to be focus of the event. Besides diners receiving a hefty discount on March 11, 12 and 13, (24 percent Mille (the Miller Children’s mascot), Atun restaurant co-own- in honor of the 24 patient beds in the pediatric hematology/oncology ers Fawnia Aragon and Tom Hsu, Micaela (one of the patients unit at the Jonathan Jacques Children’s Cancer Center), Tom donated from Miller Children’s Hospital) and Bixby Knolls Business all dessert proceeds for those three days to Miller Children’s Hospital. Improvement Association executive director Blair Cohn dur- Those of us who were there for the ribbon-cutting on Tuesday evening ing Atun’s grand opening were also favored with rice wine in a box during a very lovely sake ceremony. Of course, the rice wine was only available to those of legal drinking age. Unfortunately, I look every bit of my nearly 59 years, so I was not carded. Not wanting to miss out on any of the fun, my hubby Steve donned one of the ceremonial robes and helped serve the sake. He’s usually a pretty helpful fellow, but I think he was feeling especially festive since he knew that he would be turning another year older the next day. I My husband Steve with Andrea Testa, now realtor and former owner blame his enthusiasm on pre-birthday excitement combined with his of FreeSpirit Yoga in Bixby Knolls overwhelming love of sushi. When diners were presented with their bills, they were also given donation envelopes addressed to Miller Children’s Hospital. I am sure many of those attending were quick to add a bit of folding money to such a worthy cause. We had a wonderful meal and enjoyed seeing so many friends and acquaintances at the surrounding tables. It was also very nice meeting Micaela, one of the patients from Miller Children’s Hospital. She joined the owners Tom and Fawnia in the ribbon-cutting part of the fesOne of the donation envelopes that were passed out to Atun tivities. Also on hand was Mille, the Miller Children’s mascot (a very large plush dolphin). All in all, I must say that I find it refreshing to see a business owner giving back to the community so early in his tenure. The Signal Tribune patrons during the restaurant’s three-day grand opening to a big kudos to Tom and his lovely fiancée Fawnia Aragon for their generosity. offers raise money for Miller Children’s Hospital

LETTERS, EMAILS and WEBSITE COMMENTS

Power trips

The letter to the Signal Tribune by Diana Lejins [“Candid about candidates,” March 7, 2014] regarding our politicians and their ups and downs in the political arena was right-on. I give her 100 percent. However, even the most honest and trustworthy of candidates slips and falls after they hold office for any length of time. It becomes the “I deserve this and more” curse. It touches all people who become obsessed with power and feel invulnerable. I wish I had an answer but, like most of us mortals, I can see it, hear it and feel it but I can’t change it. People in power are the only ones who can do that, and it becomes almost impossible once you gain that place in the sun. John Edward Dalberg Acton (1834-1902) said it best: “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men...There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.” Doesn’t that ring a bell?” Bell, California that is. Vivian C. Nelson Long Beach

Parental discretion is advised

I personally think the [Long Beach City] Council should be more concerned with whether or not citizens actually have jobs to purchase an e-cig [“Passage of LB’s e-cigarette ordinance may simply depend on attendance” Feb. 28]. Please, give children more credit. How many parents let their kids watch [the horror film] Saw on the weekends when they have custody? Do the kids go out and murder? Let’s have a ban on RedBox and Walmart in public places. They promote, distribute and sell mindless violence. That’s okay? Vaping is bad? Just another excuse to tax the middle class once again. Kevin McGovern (website comment)

better to be ‘Safe’

I am pleased to share news that the Safe Surrender program celebrated success for the third time this year. A newborn baby boy was surrendered at a fire station in the city of Los Angeles on March 1. This newborn is the 116th baby to be safely surrendered in Los Angeles County since we launched the program in 2001. While it is difficult to “celebrate” a baby being given up, we must recognize the courage it took for this mother, who found herself in a desperate situation, to make a better choice for her child. Thanks to the Safe Surrender program, this baby boy has a second chance at life. What could have been a tragic situation is instead a decision that allows this child the chance to be part of a loving family. As word continues to spread about the program, desperate mothers in similar situations can make the right choice for their babies and themselves, because of Safe Surrender.

Don Knabe Fourth District Supervisor L.A. County

o’neill appeal

I was interested in knowing how Beverly was doing [“Former LB Mayor Beverly O’Neill makes comeback as host of public-access TV show about nonprofits, July 5, 2013]. She was my kindergarten teacher at Emerson in Long Beach. About 10 years back I recognized her at a furniture store in Fountain Valley, and she and I spoke. She was lovely as I remembered her in my first class. So glad she is doing so well. Please give her my best regards! Patricia Fusco (website comment) PUBLISHER/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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This is so ridiculous. [“Passage of LB’s e-cigarette ordinance may simply depend on attendance” Feb. 28] I can’t stand all the fearmongering about [how] glamorizing vaping will lead to kids smoking. I agree kids should not smoke or vape nicotine and when they are adults they can make the decision for themselves. But to disallow us to vape for fear that it will lead to kids vaping is like saying that I can’t wear a T-shirt that says “I love vaping” in public for that same fear! Really? There are substances, like alcohol for example, that we don't sell to minors, so do the same thing for nicotine vape juice. There are things out there that we as adults, even if it’s in the minority, should be able to enjoy without the majority coming along and ruining it because they can’t tell their kids, “Hey, don’t do that.” Maybe there should be a ban on talking, because, after all, bad things can happen from talking– feelings can get hurt, people can get offended, and so on, and if we can’t teach our kids good talking from bad talking, then we should just ban it. Seriously.

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Cal State Long beach to present 2014 regional economic Forum Long beach man succumbs to injuries

The Office of Economic Research (OER) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) will present its 2014 Regional Economic Forum on Friday, March 21, from 7:30am to 10:30am in the Seaside Ballroom of the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. The registration deadline is Friday, March 14. The forum will feature a regional economic overview by Heather Stephens, director of CSULB’s OER, which coordinates and conducts applied economic research on important problems facing the region, state and nation. Stephens’s address will be followed by a panel discussion with local industry experts, including Diana Hendel, CEO, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach; A.J. Moro, acting executive director, Port of Long Beach; and Mario Rodriguez, director of the Long Beach Airport. “Our goal with the format is to provide insight on the local economy to all attendees, no matter what industry they work in,” said Stephens, who joined the university in 2012. “With Covered California and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, health care is very timely. Travel and tourism are also centerpieces of our local economy. And, no discussion of the local economy can ignore the Port of Long Beach. “Each panelist will talk about what’s going on at his or her business or organization and in the industry at large,” she continued. “We’ll provide context about what’s going on in the national and international economies. We’ll talk about regional employment and commuting patterns. While we will provide numbers and data, we will also tell a story about what’s going on politically and economically.” The mission of the OER is the study of the greater

Long Beach region and the state. “We want to understand what’s going on in the local economy,” Stephens said. “This forum gives us the chance to highlight some of the analysis the office is doing and to generate additional resources to support future research.” According to Stephens, one reason the forum draws the level of support it does is that it offers a go-to place to meet a diverse group of leaders from around the greater Long Beach region. Participants can ask the experts questions during the question-and-answer session after the panel, and there is also the chance to mingle. While there are many other events that look at the economy of the overall Los Angeles region or the city of Los Angeles, “we are the only one to focus on the greater Long Beach region,” Stephens said. “Given the size and diversity of the greater metropolitan area, issues that may be relevant to the greater Long Beach region may get hidden in those more macro-level analyses. Thus, they may not provide insight on what is going on at a more local level. With the CSULB forum, we can really focus on what is happening in our region and how Long Beach fits into the greater region’s economy.” Stephens encourages anyone interested in learning more about the local economy to attend the forum. “I can guarantee you that, if you come to this forum, you’ll learn something you didn’t know before,” she said. “You will run into someone you didn’t know before and it will help you to think more about how you fit into the future of the greater Long Beach region.” For more information or to register for the forum, visit the CSULB Regional Economic Forum webpage at csulb.edu/colleges/cla/departments/economics/office-ofeconomic-research/csulb-regional-economic-forum .

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A 79-year-old Long Beach man has succumbed to injuries sustained as he attempted to cross a street outside of a crosswalk, according to police. On March 6, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) received notification from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office that Harold Simmons, 79, died as a result of injuries he sustained in a February traffic collision. On February 24, around 9:20am, officers responded to the 1100 block of New York Street regarding an injury traffic collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. Arriving officers discovered a male adult pedestrian lying beneath the tire of a large International Work truck. The driver remained at the scene. The preliminary investigation revealed that after the collision, the male 31year-old driver, a resident of Winchester, immediately stopped and called emergency personnel for assistance. It appears the pedestrian was attempting to cross New York Street mid-block, outside of a crosswalk, when he was struck. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics transported the pedestrian to a local hospital in stable condition. The driver was interviewed at the scene and found to have a valid drivers license and insurance. The investigation is ongoing. On March 6, 2014, police were notified that Simmons of Long Beach had died on Feb. 24. Those with information regarding this incident are asked to call Collision Investigation Detail Detectives David Lauro and Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit LACrimeStoppers.org . Source: LBPD

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LbPd arrests two and seizes cocaine, cash and guns

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Long Beach police seized approximately 32 kilograms of cocaine and approximately $14,000 cash from a residence in Downey on March 3.

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has arrested two individuals and seized drugs, cash and guns in connection with a drug-trafficking incident. On March 3, an investigation into cocaine trafficking led LBPD officers to a residence in the 9300 block of Telegraph Road in Downey. At that location, Carlos Mendoza Osuna, 34, of Downey, and Mario Coadras Chavez, 31, of Downey, were arrested for possession of cocaine for sale. Approximately 32 kilograms (70.4 pounds) of cocaine and approximately $14,000 cash were recovered. Further investigation led detectives to the 200 block of W. Del Amo in Long Beach, where officers served a search warrant on March 4. Officers recovered: approximately 22 kilograms (48.4 pounds) of cocaine; $80,000 cash; a rifle; and a handgun. No one was arrested, and the investigation continues. Those with information regarding narcotics activity are asked to contact the LBPD Drug Investigations Section at (562) 570-7221. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit LACrimeStoppers.org .

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Setting the Course for the Future...

City of Signal Hill

Strategic Plan Visioning Workshop Please come – your input is important!

Workshop #1

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7:00pm Topics Discussed:

Police Department Public Works

LBPD officers seized approximately 22 kilograms of cocaine; $80,000 cash; a rifle; and a handgun from a Long Beach location on March 4.

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6 SIGNAL TRIBUNE Public forum to focus on proposed Civic Center project

The Downtown Residential Council (DRC) will hold its March forum at The Reef Restaurant, 880 Harbor Scenic Dr. on Monday, March 17 at 7pm. The forum will feature a presentation and discussion on the proposed Civic Center project. Amy Bodek, director of Development Services at the City of Long Beach, will be the guest speaker. The project is of special interest to downtown residents who are part of the DRC, but the general public is welcome to attend the free event. The Reef Restaurant will have St.

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Patrick’s Day bar specials. The Downtown Residential Council is composed of resident leaders from the six Downtown neighborhood associations: Promenade Area Residents Association, Ocean Residents Community Association, North Pine Neighborhood Alliance, West Gateway Community Association, Willmore City Heritage Association and East Village Association. “The DRC has representatives from a cross section of downtown residents within our affiliated neighborhood organization members,” said Joe Ganem, DRC president. “We share a common goal and passion for helping to make our urban neighborhoods a desirable and fun place to live and work. The proposed Civic Center project is important to our residents, and we are pleased that Amy Bodek will be our guest speaker.”

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EYE ON CRIME

Crimes reported by LBPD Council Districts 6, 7 & 8

Thursday, March 6 Garage/residential burglary 9:30am- 4200 block Linden Ave.

Residential burglary 11:30am- 4100 block Linden Ave.

Residential burglary 1:31pm- 2000 block Golden Ave.

Friday, March 7 Residential burglary 10:05am- 2600 block E. PCH

Residential burglary 7:01pm- 4300 block Elm Ave.

Saturday, March 8 Vandalism ($400 or more) 1:09am- 2200 block Martin L. King Jr. Ave. Assault 6:30pm- 300 block E. 19th St.

Robbery of person 9:12pm- 3000 block Pacific Ave.

Sunday, March 9 Battery 4:50am- 500 block W. PCH

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with the Signal Tribune. Last Tuesday morning, at his shop on Third Street in downtown Long Beach, Shaknovich looked over a vaping device owned by customer Maya Cornelius to make sure everything is working correctly. Just a few feet away from her, a couple of men sat at stools at the store’s glass counter. They freely puffed away on their vaping devices, sampling a few flavors before they ultimately made a purchase. Cornelius, a 44-year-old Long Beach resident, said she has finally been able to quit tobacco cigarettes after smoking for 20 years. She started using an e-cigarette last December. Her favorite flavor is a mix of cherries and French vanilla with a drop of menthol. Cornelius said she started vaping with a flavor that contained six-percent nicotine, but these days, she doesn’t need to have any nicotine in her e-cigarette. “It’s fun to smoke, and it’s healthy,” Cornelius said of the e-cigarettes. In an interview with the Signal Tribune, she described how she is no longer sleepy or sluggish. When asked if she feared whether children are being exposed to e-cigarettes, Cornelius said she worried about kids under the age of 18 who might try anything addictive. “To me, it’s a hobby,” she said of vaping, “but I could see for those [who] are really heavy [smokers], it could be a substitute and become addicting. So I wouldn’t wish that on any child going into the future.” Store owners and other advocates of e-cigarettes have said that the vaping devices have been the best tool to help customers like Cornelius quit tobacco cigarettes. City Health Officer Kushner to acknowledged store owners’ intentions to help users overcome an addiction to cigarettes, but he said that there is still no information on the true ability of these devices to help with that purpose. “It really hasn’t [yet] proven to be an effective cessation strategy for people that smoke cigarettes,” Kushner said in a telephone interview Tuesday. He underscored another problem– that an increasing number of kids are using e-cigarettes. He cited reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from the 2011 and

(LBPD continued) Residential burglary 8:29pm- 3400 block Golden Ave.

Monday, March 10 Grand theft auto 11:30am- W. Del Amo Bl./Long Beach Bl.

Tuesday, March 11 Residential burglary 8:45pm- 2100 block Chestnut Ave.

Grand theft auto 11:30pm- 4800 block Brook Ave.

Wednesday, March 12 Residential burglary 5:54am- 1800 block Pine Ave.

Stolen vehicle recovered 8:25am- 3300 block Cherry Ave.

Battery 1:59pm- 600 block E. Burnett St.

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Thursday, March 6 Annoying/threatening phone calls 10:34am- 1300 block E. Cartagena Dr.

Non-injury hit-and-run 12:31pm- 1800 block Junipero Ave.

Battery 3:20pm- 1900 block Cherry Ave.

Stolen vehicle 5:41pm- 1800 block St. Louis Ave.

2012 National Tobacco Youth Survey that concluded that usage of e-cigarettes has doubled among middle- and high-school students. “And if the youth are ingesting or inhaling a nicotine product because it is so addicting, how do we know it’s not going to be a gateway to cigarette smoking?” Kushner asked. “ And that’s very problematic that there have been no controls.” Even before this ordinance takes effect, kids in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) already risk steep penalties if they are caught with a vaping device on campus. Chris Eftychiou, a spokesperson for the district, said that the board policy has been updated to include a prohibition against e-cigarettes. He added that school-safety officers may cite students for possessing these devices. According to the guidelines available from the school district, students may face suspension or intervention transfer or may be recommended for expulsion if they possess or use tobacco/nicotine products on school property. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet made a definitive ruling on whether e-cigarettes are safe or dangerous. “The devices have not yet been fully studied,” a release on the FDA website stated, “so consumers currently don’t know the potential risks of e-cigarettes when used as intended, how much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are being inhaled during use, or if there are any benefits associated with using these products.” Kenneth Turney, owner of Vapor Underground, is convinced that the vaping devices don’t pose any health risk. He criticized the Council’s decision to move forward with the ordinance. In a telephone interview, he did, however, acknowledge that there are certain places where e-cigarettes shouldn’t be used, especially if it becomes a nuisance. “I don’t truly believe in smoking in restaurants because it is distracting,” Turney said. “I definitely don’t believe in smoking in movie theaters because it is visually distracting. You know, but that’s common sense.” When asked about his policy towards youth who hope to buy e-cigarettes, Turney said he’s personally thrown out kids who didn’t look old enough to buy cigarettes and couldn’t produce identification. A father of a 14year-old boy, he said that he would not object to his son having an e-cigarette,

(SHPD continued) Friday, Feb. 7 Auto burglary 8pm- E. 20th St./Molino Ave.

Saturday, March 8 Injury hit-and-run 7:51am- Orange Ave./E. Spring St.

Petty theft with prior 7:27pm- 1800 block E. Willow St. Two suspects in custody.

DUI 8:16pm- 2600 block Cherry Ave. Suspect in custody.

Sunday, March 9 DUI 5:24pm- 2600 block Cherry Ave. Two suspects in custody.

Monday, March 10 Auto burglary 4:31pm- 3300 block California Ave.

Tuesday, March 11 Petty theft 1:09pm- 2400 block Cherry Ave.

Vandalism 9:31pm- 3100 block E. PCH

Wednesday, March 12 Commercial burglary 3pm- 2400 block Cherry Ave.

DUI 8:17pm- Orange Ave./E. 32nd St.

Injury hit-and-run 9:06pm- 1600 block E. Willow St.

but he does take a stand against his son trying nicotine because that substance is very addictive. Turney said he used to smoke up to two packs of regular cigarettes per day. Turney, Shaknovich and Schroeder all said that they do ask for proof of identification in their stores, especially if a customer looks young. Sixth District Councilmember Dee Andrews sponsored the ordinance. Andrews’s chief of staff, John Edmond, described how, under the new ordinance, store owners would not simply be trusted to voluntarily ensure that youth would not buy their products. “Although the operators said, ‘We’re not going to sell to minors,’ there was nothing on the books that prevented them from doing it, quite frankly,” Edmond said in a telephone interview. He also criticized e-cigarette advocates who insist that vaping devices are safe. “There’s this sort of bullish optimism that this is... not harmful to anybody,” Edmond said, as he described how all of the arguments in favor of ecigarettes sound exactly like the arguments that were made to promote tobacco cigarettes in the 1950s. “So I really hope that this helps people get off nicotine,” he concluded, “but what I’m seeing is more people being addicted to nicotine, people who may have never considered smoking a cigarette ever being exposed to this… unfortunately, I think what the trend will be is that you’ll have more people starting this than stopping it in terms of addiction to nicotine.” Shaknovich said that he and other store owners are circulating a petition in favor of a change in the ordinance to allow sampling. However, other business owners are mulling over other alternatives to fight the new regulations. Turney said that he is considering the possibility of filing a class-action lawsuit and has already consulted with an attorney. He has also thought about closing his shop to the public and serving customers by appointment only. Edmond said that there is always the possibility that in the future, another city councilmember could advocate for a change in the ordinance that could accommodate ecigarette lounges similar to cigar lounges so that users could freely sample their vapor flavors. He said no one has discussed a petition with Andrews’s office. ß


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From far left, Gwendolyn Hill, 8th District Councilmember Al Austin, Laurel Howat, Jim Howat and Kevin Kayse during the March 6 “Celebrate the Eighth!” event

Members of the community take advantage of food provided by local restaurants during the “Celebrate the Eighth!” event on March 6.

The 8th District Long Beach Council office hosted a “Celebrate the Eighth!” event for the public on March 6. At the event, 8th District Councilmember Al Austin highlighted projects and accomplishments of the last year and gave a preview of upcoming projects. He also recognized local residents who have made contributions to the community. “It was a combination ‘state of the district’ meeting and awards ceremony,” said Heather Morrison, communications deputy for the 8th District Council office. “A Gourmet å Gifting “Around 200 people attended, ate food from 8th District restaurants and then lis& Baking tened to Councilmember Austin’s remarks on what has happened, is happening Company” and likely will happen in the 8th District. Then the councilmember gave out awards to over 40 community groups and individuals who have been active in the district over the last year or so.”

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Long beach Fire department to conduct lifeguard tryouts

The Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) will hold an open test on Saturday, March 15 at 8am for those interested in becoming a seasonal lifeguard. Tryouts will be conducted at the Long Beach Lifeguard Beach Operations located at 2100 E. Ocean Blvd.

Qualifications: • No prior training or experience is required • 17 years of age as of July 1, 2014. Proof of age required at time of conditional employment offer (valid driver’s license or birth certificate). • Any applicant under 18 years of age must possess a valid work permit from his or her high school, a high-school diploma or G.E.D. prior to the start of the training program.

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from 8am to approximately 6pm daily and will include training in lifeguard tactics, lifeguard operations, first aid, D.O.T. first responder, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, mechanical resuscitators, rescue buoys, rescue boards and timed events. Day 8 will include comprehensive written and practical testing. Trainees must successfully complete the training program to continue employment and may be assigned a schedule for the 2014 season. Schedules will be assigned based upon total scores accumulated during the Training Program. The starting pay for a seasonal lifeguard is $19.20 per hour, upon completion of the Lifeguard Training Academy.

Ocean lifeguard duties • Watch a designated section of the beach and water from an assigned station • Answer calls for help and perform rescue and resuscitation work • Warn bathers of beach and water hazards • Administer first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation • Use and maintain rescue equipment • Take charge of lost children • Answer questions of beach visitors • Advise regarding local beach and waterway related ordinances • Serve as a crewmember or ride-along on rescue boats and in lifeguard vehicles • Assist in salvage operations of small boats and their property • Complete and maintain activity records • Perform other related duties as required

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City of Signal hill seeking residents born in 1920s for anniversary events

In honor of its 90th anniversary, the City of Signal Hill is seeking residents who were born in the 1920s, particularly in 1924, who are willing to share their memories. “We are also seeking older adults who lived in Signal Hill for a significant period in their lives, even if they are now living somewhere else,” said Pilar Alcivar-McCoy of the City’s Community Services Department. “We would like to recognize them at the April 1 City Council meeting and interview them for a display to be featured at the April 22 birthday celebration.” Those interested in participating may contact the Community Services Department at (562) 989-7330 or comservices@cityofsignalhill.org by Friday, March 14. Source: City of SH

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On a cool, partly cloudy March afternoon, Dan Crear and Connor White headed out beyond the break wall in one of California State University, Long Beach’s boats to fish out some 25 pounds of kelp from the Pacific Ocean. The two graduate students in CSULB’s marine-biology program were collecting the first samples from Long Beach waters for “Kelp Watch 2014,” a scientific campaign designed to determine the extent of radioactive contamination of the state’s kelp forest from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. The Long Beach sampling was one of more than 40 kelp collections taking place up and down the West Coast– from as far north as Zodiac Island, Alaska to as far south as Baja California– over the last two weeks as individuals, academic institutions and other organizations have volunteered to take part in the study. It is the first of three sample-collection dates set for the project through 2014 (the others are in July and October), and the timing of the first is somewhat noteworthy as the third anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the

Japanese coast is less than a week away. Initiated by CSULB Professor Steven Manley and Kai Vetter, head of applied nuclear physics at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, “Kelp Watch 2014” has two primary objectives: study the extent of the contamination from the Fukushima disaster and make the results and explanations of the research available to the public. The impetus for the project goes back a couple of years when Manley and a CSULB colleague published research on how much contamination from the Fukushima disaster made its way to the California coast through the atmosphere. Manley says he received a number of concerned emails from members of the public who wanted to know if it was safe to swim in the Pacific Ocean and eat the fish and other seafood caught in its waters. “I thought it would be good if someone actually measured the contamination and then could report to the public that it’s not harmful, if that is indeed the case,” said Manley, whose expertise is in marine algae or seaweed. “Then there was a paper that

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The Long Beach Museum of Art will be debuting 41 newly acquired art works in its latest exhibition entitled Enriching and Engaging: Selected Recent Acquisitions. The exhibition will run from March 7 to June 15. Among the artists featured in the exhibition are Keith Haring, Claire Falkenstein and Rafael Soriano, the renowned Cuban artist whose work “Añoranza Idealizada” will be displayed for the first time. In addition, the Museum is the first institution in California to have a Soriano artwork in a permanent collection. The selections are from recent acquisitions to the permanent collection and represent either the work of active Southern California artists or works of art donated by collectors living in Southern California. The selection includes works made between 1967 and 2013, and it features many types of works including sculptures, paintings and lithographs. The two lithographs in the collection were created by Haring and the sculpture is a model of Falkenstein’s “Structure and Flow” fountain that is the centerpiece of Claire’s at the Museum Restaurant located on the Museum campus. The restaurant is named after the artist as her works nearly surround the exterior of the Elizabeth Milbank Anderson home. Soriano is one of the major Latin-American artists of his generation, and his family is pleased that one of his pieces is now at the Long Beach Museum of Art, according to the Museum. “For us it is thrilling to have a new audience viewing and experiencing his work,” said Hortensia Soriano, daughter of the artist. “The work has a certain ethereal quality that I believe is a perfect fit with such a majestic state as California and that the people in the area will value the beauty of his painting.” Ron Nelson, executive director of LBMA said the museum’s staff is honored that the Soriano family donated the piece of art for the Museum’s permanent collection. “We know our members, as well as the general public, will appreciate it and it reflects our commitment to showcasing artists that have made an impact in their respective field,” Nelson said. A smaller, complementary exhibit entitled Boats and Harbors will run from March 7 to Oct. 5. Nearly all of the artworks are from the Museum’s permanent collection, and the subject matter of boats and harbors span the time period of the early 1930s to 2010. Many of the artists whose works are presented in this exhibition either worked, lived, or visited Southern California and painted local waterfront and harbor scenes along the coast and in San Pedro. Source: LBMA

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previous play brought more than 500 people to the 750-seat Downey Civic Theatre, according to Robinson-Williams. Her new play, 2025 Sodium, retells the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah in a not-too-distant future. She and her husband Terry were fascinated by the story. “It is just cause for us to think about obedience, faith, and love,” she said. “The story illustrates a family torn apart when one family member breaks their promise to stick together, no matter what.” 2025 Sodium is Robinson-Williams’s sixth play, and it features a cast of 20 who have been in rehearsal for more than six months. It includes five popular gospel songs which, according to her, helps propel the narrative. The play will be performed on Saturday, March 29 at the The Downey Civic Theatre, 8435 Firestone Blvd. Doors open at 6pm, and the performance begins at 7pm. Tickets are available at the Theatre’s box office on the night of the event, or in advance by calling (562) 861-8211. More information is available at downeytheatre.com .

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Local kids production examines issues of bullying, acceptance through adaptation of ‘80s teen movie

The Kids Theatre Company’s (TKTC) teen annex will present its first production, The Breakfast Club, the next two weekends at the Expo Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave. TKTC, founded by Kyle P. Becker, is a theatre company based on the premise of “kids theatre, by kids, for kids” and was created as a “bully-free” zone. “TKTC offers a friendly, encouraging and close-knit performance environment to train young actors and backstage crew in the inspiring world of theatre,” Becker said. “This is where kids tell the story, develop their character, and experience larger-thanlife fun. I am especially excited about our first-ever teen annex show because I have been working with most of these kids since they were young children. Watching them transition into the complex teen years is a privilege and an honor. “I struggled as a kid to find a place where I fit in until I discovered theatre. I feel fortunate to be in a position to create a safe haven for kids to explore and challenge themselves at a pivotal time in their lives. Our presentation of The Breakfast Club is heavier material than most of these actors have faced before, and I am incredibly proud of their hard work.” The story, based on the 1985 John Hughes film, examines the uniqueness of individuals and also the perceptions that shape people’s judgments of one another. While the group of teens placed in Saturday detention find they have nothing in common at the start of their day, by the end, they’ve bonded and found their way to a greater understanding of their differences. The Breakfast Club will be presented Friday, March 14 at 7pm; Saturday, March 15 at 2pm and March 16 at 2pm; Friday, March 21 at 7pm; Saturday, March We7pm; thinkSunday, we saw a leprechaun... 22 at 2pm and 7pm; and Sunday, March 23 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 per adult and $8 per child, and they will be available at the door before performances.

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behind enemy lines, deactivating mines and explosive devices. He also built narrow footbridges for U.S. soldiers to cross rough streams. One day, however, German soldiers began throwing grenades. Struck on the leg, Lester kept pressing on while others retreated, showing courage that would garner him two bronze stars. “I’m not a leader. I’ve always been a follower until that day,” said Lester, whose eyes welled up as he told his story at his Costa Mesa home. “The lieutenant treated me a little different from then on.” Lester, who later received a Purple Heart, is one of many veterans who have been able to tell their stories through the Veterans History Project, a directive created by Congress in 2000 to record and preserve the stories of war veterans. The American Red Cross joined in the effort to record the stories as a volunteer operation. In 2010, the Greater Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross became involved and has since conducted more than 316 interviews, the most of any chapter in the nation, said Mike Farrar, an American Red Cross volunteer and Los Angeles Region Veterans History Project director.

“We’ve done more interviews than any other Red Cross chapter in the country, and we take a lot of pride in that because we do try to push this program as much as we can,” Farrar said. “This chapter has just been phenomenal about backing this project.” Farrar said the effort started by word of mouth, hoping to find as many veterans willing to tell their stories as possible, visiting Leisure World, the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Hospital and senior-citizen homes in the area. Each of the video interviews is permanently archived in the U.S. Library of Congress for future generations to see, and each veteran who participates gets a webpage with biographical information, he said. The Red Cross also gives each veteran a DVD copy of the video to pass down to family members along with a special lapel pin and a certificate of appreciation. The purpose of the program is to “collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war,” according to the Long Beach chapter. The project includes veterans from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War as well as Afghanistan and

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sort through artifacts as well as assist in other areas. The City is also seeking historical documents, photos, news articles and any other memorabilia for a new permanent historical display that will be featured during the celebration. She added that the exhibition will be a surprise for the community when finished. “I’m resisting to give any more information,” Woods said. Signal Hill is most famous for its rich oil history that began in 1921, when the first “gusher” was discovered at Alamitos Well #1. Nearly three years later, Signal Hill, which was once an unincorporated part of Los Angeles County, officially became a city in 1924 as a way to avoid Long Beach’s per-barrel tax on oil, according to the City’s website. Throughout the years, Signal Hill became one of the richest oil fields in the world and was once called “Porcupine Hill” for the many oil derricks that dotted the land. It produced 1 billion barrels of oil by 1984, the website states. But oil is not the City’s only claim to fame. After oil production declined in the 1970s, Signal Hill, named after the hilltop being use by Tongva Indians to send smoke signals, became a premiere real-estate market in Southern California for luxurious homes with ocean and landscape views. Also legendary was Shell Hill, now known as Hill Street, which once provided a steep incline for the famous Model-T Hill Climb, in which vintage Ford cars drove up the hill.

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David Lester, a World War II veteran, holds a book about the history of Davy Crockett, his great-great-grandfather, in a room that has a wall filled with plaques and medals, honoring Lester’s military service. Lester was interviewed last February by a volunteer with the Greater Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross as part of the national Veterans History Project.

Iraq conflicts. U.S. civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts are also invited to share their stories. Farrar expressed the importance of recording stories from World War I and World War II veterans, who are now dying off as they enter their 80s and 90s. “Currently, we’re losing our World War II veterans up to 1,400 a day,” Farrar said. “If we don’t capture these stories now, those stories are going to be lost forever.” He said it’s also important that the videos are sent to the Library of Congress completely unedited and uncut, giving veterans free reign on how they want to express their feelings toward their military service. “Nobody is going to Mike Farrar is an American Red Cross volunteer and the Los Angeles Region Veterans History Project director. Since 2010, the Greater Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross has con- come in and say, ‘Cut ducted more than 316 veteran interviews, which is the most of any chapter in the nation, he said. that out,’” Farrar said.

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He explained that each veteran has a different perspective on their service and the wars in which they served. The Long Beach chapter has interviewed veterans who have been anywhere from age 23 to 103 years old, Farrar said. “You can take two veterans that were in the same foxhole, interview them separately and basically get two different perspectives on what they experienced,” he said. With a team of nearly 35 volunteers working on the project, the Greater Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross, which serves 21 cities in the Los Angeles region, has interviewed former prisoners of war, spies and even L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe, who is a veteran, Farrar said. The chapter will soon be interviewing a veteran who served as a “tunnel rat” during the Vietnam War and was awarded a Silver Star, he said. “A lot of the veterans that come in, you would just never think of the stories that they carry with them,” Farrar said. “It makes it really interesting to see these stories firsthand.” Lester, who returned from duty along with thousands of other soldiers

aboard the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, said he continues to tell his story about his World War II service to schoolchildren as a member of the Freedom Committee of Orange County. Lester said he hopes to live past 100 years old, adding “I have good genes.” MORE INFORMATION (562) 490-4003 mike.farrar@redcross.org

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The sharp hill was also the FO L BA site for the Signal Hill Speed Run, a downhill skateboarding competition from 1975 to 1978 that became world renowned. This year, as part of Signal Hill’s birthday celebration, the community will recognize residents who were born in the 1920s and 1930s. “I used to run around this Pet of the Week: hill as a kid. And then I got wise, and my mother cut that out,” said 89-year-old Keaton It’s hoped that you’ll want more out of King, who has lived in his a dog than a resemblance to Bradley Cooper. Zobi may fill the bill in that home near City Hall for 57 category, but he’s undoubtedly a lot years and was once a Signal sweeter and more playful than the Hill councilmember and actor. And the only award he’ll need is mayor. forever love and care from a human Signal Hill resident Lyn Hutchison looks through artifacts during a community meeting The longtime resident remcompanion. Meet Zobi on the shelter about events and activities planned for Signal Hill’s 90th-anniversary celebration. inisced during the community side of the Companion Animal Village meeting last week about the at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570King, who had served as a plan- Council to ban goats in the city, famous Hancock Oil Refinery Fire ning commissioner, was the first chair- declaring them a public nuisance. PETS. Ask for ID#A517068. Sponsored by: that occurred on May 22, 1958, nearly man of the Signal Hill Redevelopment “This is just one of many things a year after he bought his home on Agency, which was abolished by the that we’re finding that’s really great 15th Street and Legion Avenue. He State nearly two years ago. and fascinating,” she said. “It’s been said winds blew oil-filled clouds clear Without the agency, he said, Signal see SIGNAL HILL page 15 to the Santa Ana River, leaving Hill wouldn’t be what it is today, rooftops, lawns, cars and clothes adding that the property-tax increment GROOMING • FOOD • SUPPLIES • SELF-SERVICE WASH hanging out to dry covered in the funds were the City’s main economic4102 Orange Ave. black tar. development tool to incentivize comSelf-Service #113 “It rained oil,” King said. “I mean, mercial expansion by paying for $ Pet Wash at Carson St. big drops of oil… They spent millions costly oil-well cleanups. Not valid with any other offer. Expires Open Tues–Sun and millions of dollars re-roofing “You can’t afford to clean up a lot 4/6/14. one per customer. BK store only. 562-427-2551 houses.” that’s had an oil well on it and build Another part of Signal Hill’s his- something on it because it’s too Full-Service $ tory includes the creation of the City’s expensive,” King said. Grooming Redevelopment Agency in 1974 that During the community meeting, on first visit or $3 off next visit. $25 min. Not valid with any other offer. Expires helped form major commercial devel- Woods said she hopes to uncover 4/6/14. one per customer. BK store only. opment, filling up vast empty lots with more of the untold history about Sigtax-revenue-rich mega stores, shop- nal Hill as she shared a story in which AS SPACE Expert Care • Gentle Grooming • Walk-Ins Welcome* *PERMITS ping centers and auto dealers. residents once petitioned the City

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TST4586 Trustee Sale No. : 20130210200375 Title Order No.: 8369646 FHA/VA/PMI No.: 1973756825 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 05/08/2008. 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 05/15/2008 as Instrument No. 20080863749 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: BETTY JEAN ROIGUEZ, 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: 03/20/2014 TIME OF SALE: 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: BEHIND THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED IN CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA CA. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1989 DAWSON AVENUE, SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA 90755 APN#: 7216-015-030 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 $325,237.96. The beneficiary

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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 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 for information regarding the trustee's sale or visit Internet Web site this www.nationwideposting.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20130210200375. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected

PUBLIC NOTICE by COUNTY SANITATION DISTRICT NO. 29 OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY of FILING OF A SERVICE CHARGE REPORT; PUBLIC HEARING ON: The Service Charge Report; The Proposed Industrial Wastewater Surcharge Rates

The Board of Directors of County Sanitation District No. 29 of Los Angeles County will hold a public hearing on April 1, 2014, at 6:00 pm, in the Signal Hill City Council Chambers. The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with an opportunity to make comments regarding the Service Charge Report filed with the District Clerk on February 18, 2014 and the proposed industrial wastewater surcharge rates. The boundaries of Sanitation District No. 29 are shown below. Sanitation District No. 29 provides wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal service (operation and maintenance) for the areas shown on the map. In addition, the District also provides for the construction of capital facilities to accommodate the needs of existing users (upgrade). The operation and maintenance and upgrade capital expenses are funded through the service charge and industrial wastewater surcharge programs. The expansion capital expenses are funded through the connection fee program. The cost of operation and maintenance of the District’s facilities, as well as the construction of upgrade capital facilities, is borne by the existing users of the system. After taking all other sources of revenue into consideration, the remaining revenue required to provide continued services is apportioned to all existing dischargers on the basis of their use of the system. Use is measured in terms of quantity (flow) and strength (chemical oxygen demand [COD] and suspended solids [SS]). The average daily quantity of sewage flow and strength from one single family home is equal to one sewage unit. All other user categories are assessed proportionately. Residential, commercial, and small industrial users pay under the District’s Service Charge Program. Large industrial users pay an annual industrial wastewater surcharge rather than a service charge. Some industrial dischargers can elect to pay the annual surcharge using assumed strength parameters established by the Districts (short form rate). No change is being proposed for the service charge rate for fiscal year 2014-15. Service charge rates in subsequent years will be reviewed at the end of fiscal year 2014-15. An increase in the industrial wastewater surcharge rates, as shown below, is being proposed for each of the next three fiscal years. Propose Current

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Written comments regarding these matters may also be submitted by regular mail to the County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, P.O. Box 4998, Whittier, CA 90607-4998 or by e-mail at Rates@lacsd.org, and must be received by 10:30 a.m., April 1, 2014, to be considered at the hearing. If you would like further information, please call the District’s staff at (855) 240-9506 (toll free), Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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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: NATIONWIDE POSTING & PUBLICATION A DIVISION OF FIRST AMERICAN TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY 5005 WINDPLAY DRIVE, SUITE 1 EL DORADO HILLS, CA 95762-9334 916-939-0772 www.nationwideposting.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: 02/17/2014 NPP0226899 To: SIGNAL TRIBUNE 02/28/2014, 03/07/2014, 03/14/2014

TST4595 APN: 7217-013-038 T.S. No. 005932-CA NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 2/11/2009. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER On 4/3/2014 at 9:00 AM, CLEAR RECON CORP., as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 2/24/2009, as Instrument No. 20090256340, in Book N/A, Page N/A, of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of CALIFORNIA executed by: JOAQUIN O. VELASCO, UNMARRIED MAN OSCAR VELASCO AND REGINA VELASCO, HUSBAND AND WIFE WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, 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 FINANCIAL CODE AND AUTHORIZED TO DO BUSINESS IN THIS STATE: VINEYARD BALLROOM, DOUBLETREE HOTEL LOS ANGELES - NORWALK, 13111 SYCAMORE DRIVE, NORWALK, CA 90650 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 ON SAID DEED OF TRUST The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1918 ORIZABA AVENUE SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be held, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, condition, or encumbrances, including fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to pay the remaining principal sums of the note(s) secured 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: $617,924.17 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. 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 mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (800) 280-2832 or visit this Internet Web site WWW.AUCTION.COM, using the file number assigned to this case 005932-CA. 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 SALES INFORMATION: (800) 280-2832 Date: 2/28/20 14 CLEAR RECON CORP. 4375 Jutland Drive Suite 200 San Diego, California 92117 TAC: 968017 PUB: 3/14 3/21 3/28/14

TST4590 NoTICE oF PETITIoN To ADMINISTER ESTATE oF AlBERT BUFoRD ClEMMER aka AlBERT B. ClEMMER Case No. BP143757 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ALBERT BUFORD CLEMMER aka ALBERT B. CLEMMER A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Nancy L. Clemmer in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Nancy L. Clemmer be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent's will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court.

THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on April 1, 2014 at 8:30 AM in Dept. No. 29 located at 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: CYNTHIA R. POLLOCK, ESQ SBN 153298 HAROUN R. NABHAN, ESQ SBN 272273 LAW OFFICE OF CYNTHIA R POLLOCK 109 W TORRANCE BLVD STE 101 REDONDO BEACH CA 90277 Published in the Signal Tribune March 7, 2014.

TST4591 / 2014 050923 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: CASA LA DERA, 1106 E. La Dera Dr., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: BRUCE G. ALTON, 1106 E. La Dera Dr., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Bruce G. Alton. 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 February 25, 2014. 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: March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014.

TST4579 / 2014 040247 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: C.R. TIRES, 8211 Circle M, Buena Park, CA 90621. Registrants: CELICA RUIZ SAYACHACK, 8211 Circle M, Buena Park, CA 90621. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Celica Ruiz Sayachack. 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 February 13, 2014. 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: February 21, 28, & March 7, 14, 2014.

TST4582 / 2014 044188 STATEMENT oF ABANDoNMENT oF USE oF FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name: DUNN FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC, located at 4028 Long Beach Blvd. #202., Long Beach, CA 90807. The fictitious business name referred to above was filed on February 19, 2014, original File No. 2010 1840146, in the County of Los Angeles. Registrant: HAROLD M. WEXLER, D.C., 5931 Oakdale Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367. This business is conducted by: an Individual. Signed: Harold M. Wexler, D.C. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 19, 2014. Pub. The Signal Tribune: February 21, 28, & March 7, 14, 2014.

TST4576 / 2014 040061 STATEMENT oF ABANDoNMENT oF USE oF FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME. The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name: EUROPEAN PIZZA , located at 4336 South St., Lakewood, CA 90712. The fictitious business name referred to above was filed on April 4, 2012, original File No. 2012 058133, in the County of Los Angeles. Registrant: KRYSTIAN WLODARCZYK, 4029 E. 4th St. #B, CA 90814. This business is conducted by: an Individual. Signed: Krystian Wlodarczyk. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 13, 2014. Pub. The Signal Tribune: February 21, 28, & March 7, 14, 2014.

TST4577 / 2014 039011 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAMESTATEMENT The following person is doing business as: PEPUL & ASSOCIATES MORTUARY SERVICES, 921 Hedgepath Ave., Huntington Park, CA 91745. Registrants: 1. LUPE PULIDO, 921 Hedgepath Ave., Huntington Park, CA 91745, 2. PEDRO PULIDO JR., 3125 Folsom St., Los Angeles, CA 90063. This business is conducted by: a Married Couple. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Lupe Pulido. 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 February 12, 2014. 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: February 21, 28, & March 7, 14, 2014.

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TST4578 / 2014 037526 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. CONFIDENT DENTAL LABORATORY, 2. CONFIDENT DENTAL LAB, 2559 Eucalyptus Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrants: SALVADOR AYALA, 2559 Eucalyptus Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Salvador Ayala. 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 February 11, 2014. 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: February 21, 28, & March 7, 14, 2014.

TST4583 / 2014 042368 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: LONG BEACH YOGA CENTRE, 15 Mira Mar Ave., Long Beach, CA 90803. Registrants: IRENE PHILOMENA HOLSTERS, 15 Mira Mar 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: Irene P. Holsters. 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 February 18, 2014. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 18, 2014. 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: February 28, & March 7, 14, 21, 2014.

TST4584 / 2014 046683 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: ALL OF YOU HEALTH COACHING, 1040 E. Bixby Rd., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrants: SUSAN HARVIE SMAITH, 1040 E. Bixby Rd., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Susan Harvie Smith. 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 February 21, 2014. 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: February 28, & March 7, 14, 21, 2014.

TST4587 / 2014 040754 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: INFOSENSE CONSULTING, 17116 Michaels Ave., Cerritos, CA 90703. Registrants: PRAM KUMAR NAAYAR, 17116 Michaels Ave., Cerritos, CA 90703. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Pram Kumar Naaya. 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 February 13, 2014. 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: February 28, & March 7, 14, 21, 2014.

TST4588 / 2014 044198 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: DUNN FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC, 4028 Long Beach Blvd., Suite 202, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrants: MYRON J. BUTTS, 4028 Long Beach Blvd., Suite 202, Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Myron J. Butss. 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 February 19, 2014. 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: February 28, & March 7, 14, 21, 2014.

TST4585 / 2014 048562 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: COCAH JEWELS, 2147 1/2 Myrtle Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrants: SHAMEKA LATISH ANDERSON, 2147 1/2 Myrtle Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Shameka Anderson. 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 February 24, 2014. 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: February 28, & March 7, 14, 21, 2014.


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a lot of fun.” The City has set aside $9,000 from its Fiscal Year 2013-14 budget for the anniversary celebration, which is seen by some city officials as a trial run for the City’s 100th Anniversary in 10 years. Woods said one of the City’s goals in organizing the events is to promote Signal Hill businesses. Aside from the birthday party next month, Signal Hill is planning a picnic and carnival on June 21. The event will include dance performances, old-fashioned family-style games, music, contests, historic vehicles and a movie in the park with a showing of the documentary film Signal Hill Speed Run, which debuted last year. Some activities will go along with ongoing events but will have a 90thanniversary theme, such as a Roaring ‘20s at Concerts in the Park on July 23, a Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce Mixer on Sept. 11 and an Old-Fashioned Tree Lighting at Discovery Well Park on Dec. 3. Additionally, the City is organizing a student art and essay contest in which Signal Hill elementary- and middle-school students and other residents age 5 to 13 will write an essay and make art with the theme, “What I love about Signal Hill.” The contest will be conducted in September and October. Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune

Signal Hill resident Larry Blunden looks through Signal Hill memorabilia. TST4589 / 2014 529310 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: PINOY DIRECT, 3109 Springdale Dr. #104, Long Beach, CA 90810. Registrants: FERNANDO CUADRA ROXAS, 3109 Springdale Dr. #104, Long Beach, CA 90810. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Fernando C. Roxas. 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 February 27, 2014. 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: February 28, & March 7, 14, 21, 2014. TST4596 NoTICE oF PETITIoN To ADMINISTER ESTATE oF CANDY D. NAll aka CANDICE D. NAll Case No. BP150083. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of CANDY D. NALL aka CANDICE D. NALL A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Edward H. Nall in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Edward H. Nall be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent's will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court.THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on April 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM in Dept. No. 5 located at 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: DAVID D. HISKEY, ESQ. SBN 110679 HISKEY LAW FIRM A PROF CORP 414 N PLACENTIA AVEPLACENTIA CA 92870 TST4592 / 2014 055971 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: RABID BLACK, 2116 E. 64th St., Long Beach, CA 90805. Registrants: 1. BRITTNEY YUEN, 2. REGINA DELREAL, 2116 E. 64th St., Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: a Joint Venture. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Brittney Yuen. The registrants have not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on March 3, 2014. 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

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A picture of oil workers (top left) is seen amongst various artifacts that are being prepared for several events planned for Signal Hill’s 90th anniversary, including the installation of a new permanent historical display.

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rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014.

TST4597 / 2014 040370 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: HALCON CATERING, 818 W. Gardena Blvd., Gardena, CA 90247. Registrant: SUYAPA A. FLORES, 1602 W. 218th St. #15, Torrance, CA 90501. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Suyapa A. Flores. 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 February 13, 2014. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 13, 2014. 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: March 14, 21, 28, & April 4, 2014.

TST4598 / 2014 066173 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: BILL'S TOP SHOP, 1929 E. 28th St., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrants: PATRICIA VANWINKLE, 1929 E. 28th St., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Patricia Vanwinkle. 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 1929. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on March 12, 2014. 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: March 14, 21, 28, & April 4, 2014.

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