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LBCC’s day-long event for undocumented students emphasizes building support systems, speaking up.
NEWS Long Beach aging study shows increasing need for services. Page 3
‘Time to save for our future’
Brown’s budget revision fills Rainy Day Fund and increases education funds to highest amount ever.
Airport closing runway temporarily for repairs.
May 18, 2018
Helping Dreamers turn aspirations into reality
IN THIS ISSUE Senior analysis
Denny Cristales Online Editor
Hailing from low-income and isolated backgrounds, many undocumented immigrants enter the United States idealizing the American Dream, but they instead are faced with prejudice and hardship. At least these are the sentiments of undocumented students such as Karla and Leonidas, both adopting pseudonyms to conceal their true identities, when they spoke with the Signal Tribune Saturday, May 12 at Long Beach City College (LBCC). Collaborating with the group Long Beach Moving Forward, LBCC hosted a day-long event at its Pacific Coast Campus in an effort to educate and support the community regarding immigration, citizenship and higher-education opportunities for undocumented students and community members. Serving as panelists at one of the event’s workshops that Saturday, Karla and Leonidas, students at Cal State Long Beach and Rio Hondo City College, respectively, spoke about their experiences as undocumented citizens. Their motivation in participating was to be the “risk takers” and “mouth pieces” for undocumented students who are timid to speak up for themselves. “It is kind of risky, to be honest, but, at the same time, we need to create some awareness,” Karla told the Signal Tribune. “I think, especially now with the socioposee IMMIGRANTS page 15
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Graph showing a variety of resources for undocumented citizens seeking higher education
‘There is real potential in north Long Beach’
CULTURE The Love Potion by Long Beach Opera reviewed
Proposal for The Uptown retail plaza to reach City planning commission in June.
Potion has minimal flourish, but is vocally and emotionally rich.
Sebastian Echeverry Staff Writer
As condominium and high-rise projects continue to sprout throughout downtown, north Long Beach isn’t falling far behind, as it too has construction developments underway. One project is located within walking distance from Houghton Park in uptown. The current retail center located there, Harding Plaza, will soon be connected to a new retail development expansion-project called The Uptown located on Atlantic Avenue. Westland Real Estate Group owns the land where Harding Plaza is located, and the company is spearheading the development of The Uptown with help from Studio 111 design firm.
Yanki Greenspan, Westland president, said during a phone interview with the Signal Tribune Monday that a proposal for The Uptown is expected to reach the City’s planning commission in June. The process to submit a full proposal to the planning commission encountered some challenges, according to Greenspan. During Monday’s interview, he said that his team was waiting on a third-party traffic report before proceeding toward a proposal. “We’ve had some hiccups with planning and public works departments, in terms of just getting all on the same page, in terms of what everyone was looking for,” Greenspan said. “We seem to have agreed on nearly all of the issues at this point.” The retail center is expected to be a place where local residents can shop and socialize.
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“We hosted a few community meetings in north Long Beach, and we’ve been tracking this property for a long time, more than a decade now,” Greenspan said. “[Residents] have consistently come back with the same response every meeting. They are looking for a grocery store, they are looking for coffee and they are looking for a place where […] people can go have a cup of coffee outside in a nice environment.” Greenspan and his team have entered negotiations with mostly smallscale businesses. He believes that The Uptown retail center will attract larger, national corporations to do business in north Long Beach. “I think as […] the big-name retailers drive through north Long Beach and see what they see, it’s not attractive to them,” Greenspan said. “It’s not a place where they are seeing activity, they are not seeing activation,
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in terms of community engagement. After we build this and get the community to come out and support the retailers that we have on site, that will drive other businesses to want to be in the same neighborhood.” So far, Burgerim, a custom gourmet-burger franchise, has signed a tenant lease, and there are still negotiations happening with other eateries, according to a May 4 newsletter from the Uptown Business Improvement District. Harding Plaza is expected to add a brewery, an ice-cream shop, a coffee shop and possibly a grocery store, the newsletter reads. Tasha Hunter, Uptown Business Improvement District executive director, helped refer possible tenants over to Westland Real Estate Group throughout the leasing process. “We are very supportive of Westsee UPTOWN page 10
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May 18, 2018
New LB aging study shows increasing need for senior-care services Affordable housing and accessible transportation for seniors stand out as most urgent needs.
Anita W. Harris Staff Writer
The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in conjunction with the Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine Department (PRM), this month released a comprehensive report on the city’s older population entitled “Establishing Care Systems for an Age-Friendly Community,” which demonstrates a pressing need to increase senior-care services. Karen Doolittle, a consultant with the nonprofit FUSE Corps., prepared the report for the City with help from a grant by SCAN, a nonprofit senior-health plan provider. Tiffany Cantrell-Warren, bureau manager for DHHS’s community health department, said that while the City had created a strategic plan for older adults in 2005 and updated it in 2016, the grant from SCAN allowed a more comprehensive investigation of challenges facing Long Beach seniors. “[SCAN is] senior-specific,” Cantrell-Warren told the Signal Tribune in a phone interview this week. “We had a shared goal to promote seniors’ independent lives. […] We both wanted to see a deeper dive into the data for aging residents.” Cantrell-Warren explained that the report’s findings will allow the City to make better investments in senior care that will benefit the whole city. “It helps us understand where we are today […] so we can make smart and strategic investments,” she said. “Sometimes people don’t realize the problems of seniors because they may not be as visible.” She said that diving more deeply
into the data yielded new information about the senior population. “There was some data that was surprising to us,” she said. “The percentage of those over age 65 who live alone is higher than in L.A. County as a whole.” She specified that the data showed that 28.7 percent of Long Beach seniors over 65 live alone compared to 22.5 percent in Los Angeles County and 23.3 percent in the state. “We recognize this is something unique to our population,” she said, noting that such seniors are disproportionately targeted for financial abuse and suffer from social isolation, leading to mental-health concerns. According to the report, 25 percent of the city’s current population of 470,000 is over 50 years old, which highlights a need for increasing senior-care services in the key areas of housing, transportation, safety, health and quality-of-life. “Providing quality support to the growing population of seniors is further complicated by the demographic changes underway,” the report states. “Long Beach’s residents are expected to become not only more ethnically diverse, but also older and financially insecure. By 2025, more than 22 percent of Long Beach’s senior residents will be living below the poverty line.” The report provides a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis of local senior-population needs in the key areas mentioned above, as well as trends and case studies of specific senior population groups, such as military veterans facing homelessness and seniors with dementia suffering abuse by caregivers.
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A chart from the “Establishing Care Systems for an Age-Friendly Community” report by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services shows population-age distributions for the city, county and state. While Long Beach has a comparatively lower percent of seniors relative to its overall population than other parts of the state, it has a higher percentage of 45- to 54-year-olds, suggesting increasing future needs.
“Next to housing and transportation, the greatest need lies in affordable in-home care,” the report’s executive study states. “Significant gaps exist due to the rise in demand for caregivers from increases in Alzheimer’s, dementia, or milder cognitive impairment, other disabilities and complexities associated with multiple chronic diseases.” Additional analytic “snapshots” of seniors in Long Beach’s LGBTQ and Cambodian communities in the report show that 34 percent of LGBTQ seniors live alone and 51
percent of Cambodian seniors experience depression as a result of past trauma, cultural isolation and language barriers. “Long Beach’s LGBTQ and Cambodian populations face a unique set of challenges that makes finding appropriate, affordable, safe and trustworthy caregivers yet more challenging,” the executive summary states. To gauge the efficacy of currently available services, the report analyzes how seniors utilize PRM’s senior-center programs, such as lunch-
es, activities and classes, as well as other local agencies and volunteer organizations, such as the Long Beach Police Department’s Senior Police Partners program, the Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) and the Multi-Service Center (MSC), which provides homeless care to about 650 seniors annually. But the report stresses that reliance on volunteer organizations is one of the “threats” to effective policy. “City programs and nonprofit see ANALYSIS page 11
Keep your address up to date By Essie L. Landry Social Security Public Affairs specialist Keeping your address up to date with a “My Social Security” account helps us mail your important documents to the correct place. If you receive benefits, you can use “My Social Security” to update your address. If you’ve moved recently, updating your information sooner rather than later will help us deliver important documents to you, including: your Social Security Benefit Statement (SSA-1099); important notices; and your Medicare card when you first enroll or if you need a replacement. Even if you get your benefits by direct deposit, Social Security must have your correct address so we can send letters and other important information to you. Another important reason to make sure your address is up to date is that new Medicare cards are coming. Medicare is mailing new cards starting April 2018. Your new card will have a new Medicare number that’s unique to you, instead of your Social Security number. This will help protect your identity. For more information about the new Medicare card, visit go.medicare.gov/newcard. If you don’t have a “My Social Security” account already, you can open one at socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. This is the easiest way for you to keep your information up to date. Within minutes you’ll have access to your personal information as well as control over important documents like your Benefit Statement (SSA1099), which can be replaced if you lose it. While you’re there, you can also check to see if your earnings record is correct. Social Security keeps a record of how much you’ve made so that you get the benefits you deserve. We can only pay you your correct benefit if your records are correct. Putting you in control of your future is a key part of securing today and tomorrow, and having your correct mailing address helps us get important documents and payments to you. With my Social Security, we help you receive the information you need, when you need it. Open or access your safe and secure account today at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Landry is the Social Security Public Affairs specialist in west Los Angeles.
LETTERS, EMAILS, WEBSITE COMMENTS AND STATEMENTS No on Measure M
Your [Long Beach] mayor and city council should be ashamed for not telling you: • A brave taxpayer filed a lawsuit to stop them from illegally raiding the water and sewer utilities and required them to return millions of dollars. • The City is spending over one-half million of taxes on this measure so they can re-raid those utilities and the gas utility. • They squandered all the increased property taxes, sales taxes and oil taxes. We still don’t have enough police and fire services. Many sidewalks and streets remain unfixed. • Instead, they spent your money raising bloated salaries and pensions and paying for extravagant and unnecessary projects. Now they want you to give them more because they don’t know how to manage money. Wait. There’s more: • This Measure (M) lets the City increase your water, sewer and gas rates to pay for the massive 12-percent transfers. • A 12-percent transfer is the highest percentage transfer by any city on its utilities. This means utility users pay a huge new tax, which property owners pass along to renters. Thanks to higher utility rates, you will also pay more “utility user” taxes which is a “tax on a tax.” • California is currently considering a tax on your drinking water. • The City collected $600,000 in new “first-responder fees” plus hundreds of thousands more for 9-1-1 emergency services. • The City is expecting millions of dollars in new marijuana taxes. Vote no. Stop the mayor and city council from their reckless spending and mismanagement of your money. Diana Lejins Gerrie Schipske Tom Stout Joe Weinstein
Love for The Lover
Thank you, Anita, for the insightful review and for the Signal Tribune’s support of the arts in Long Beach/Signal Hill! [Theatre review: The Lover at the Found Theatre, May 11, 2018] Virginia DeMoss The Found Theatre
May 18, 2018
Medicare and osteoporosis By Greg Dill Medicare administrator
Brittle bones could shatter your life. Every year, more Americans are diagnosed with osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to weaken and become more likely to break. You may not know that you have this “silent” disease until your bones are so weak that a sudden strain, bump or fall causes your wrist to break or your hip to fracture. Medicare can help you prevent or detect osteoporosis at an early stage, when treatment works best. Talk to your doctor about getting a bone-mass measurement. If you’re at risk, Medicare Part B covers this test once every 24 months (more often if medically necessary) when your doctor or other qualified provider orders it. A bone-mass measurement test helps to see whether you have osteoporosis or should be concerned about your bones. Some people call this test a bone-mineral density (BMD) test. A BMD test uses a special machine to measure the amount of bone mineral you have in a certain area of bone. Bone-density testing can be done on different bones of your body, including your hip, spine, forearm (between the wrist and elbow), wrist, finger or heel. A BMD test is safe and painless, and it provides important information about your bone health. Your healthcare provider uses this information to make recommendations to help you protect your bones. If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, your healthcare provider may order laboratory and other tests. These tests can help your healthcare provider find out if you have another medical condition causing bone loss. Who’s eligible for the bone test? All qualified people with Part B who are at risk for osteoporosis and meet one or more of these conditions: • A woman whose doctor determines that she is both estrogen-deficient and at risk for osteoporosis • A person whose X-rays show possible osteoporosis, osteopenia,or vertebral fractures • A person taking prednisone or steroid-type drugs or is planning to begin this treatment • A person who has been diagnosed with primary hyperpara-
thyroidism • A person who is being monitored to see if their osteoporosis drug therapy is working You pay nothing for a bone-density test if your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider accepts Medicare payment rates for his or her services and agrees not to bill you for anything other than the Medicare deductible or coinsurance. Osteoporosis and the broken bones it can cause are not part of normal aging. And there’s a lot you can do to protect your bones throughout your life. You’re never too young or too old to improve the health of your bones. Osteoporosis prevention should begin in childhood. But it shouldn’t stop there. Whatever your age, the habits you adopt now can affect your bone health for the rest of your life. Now is the time to take action. What can you do to protect your bones? • Get enough calcium and vitamin D and eat a well balanced diet. • Engage in regular exercise. • Eat foods that are good for bone health, such as fruits and vegetables. • Avoid smoking and limit alcohol to two to three drinks per day. Medicare defines medically necessary services and supplies as those needed to diagnose or treat an illness, injury, condition, disease or its symptoms and that meet accepted standards of medical care. Your doctor or other healthcare provider may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. Ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them. Dill is Medicare’s regional administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the Pacific Territories. Those with questions about Medicare may call 1-800-MEDICARE (1800-633-4227).
May and July peak months for grilling fires By the National Fire Protection Association
Grilling season is right around the corner, and grill gurus everywhere are preparing for many family parties and barbecues. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages grillers to pay attention to safety during the spring and summer months when home fires involving grilling incidents occur most often. In 2011–2015, fire departments responded to an average of 9,600 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues each year. That number included 4,100 structure fires and 5,500 outside or unclassified fires. These fires caused an average of 10 civilian deaths, 160 civilian injuries and $133 million in direct property damage per year. July is the peak month for grilling fires followed by May, June and August. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 73 percent of consumers grill on the Fourth of July, 60 percent do so on Memorial Day, 58 percent grill on Labor Day and 45 percent grill on Father’s Day. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Surveillance System, grills caused an average 4,500 non-thermal contact burns in patients seen at emergency departments in 2012–2016. Children under 5 suffered 1,600 or 35 percent of these burns. This type of injury typically occurred when someone bumped into, touched or fell onto the grill, grill part or hot coals. NFPA reminds everyone that all types of grills pose a risk for fires and burn injuries. Place the grill well away from siding and deck railings and out from under eaves and over-
hanging branches, per manufacturer’s instructions. According to NFPA’s most recent fact sheet, 11 percent of home grill structure fires began when an outside wall caught fire and in roughly one of every five fires, the grill had not been cleaned. “As grilling season approaches, it is important that grillers review basic safety tips to ensure they are grilling properly and safely,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy for NFPA. “Failing to properly clean the grill or having the grill too close to something that could burn are the leading causes of fires. Good practice dictates that home chefs check for damage before using the grill for the first time each year, and to check the entire grill regularly.” Here are additional grilling fire safety tips: • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors • Children and pets should be at least three feet away from the grill area • Keep your grill clean by removing grease and fat buildup from the gates and trays below • Never leave your grill unattended For additional information and resources including tips for outdoor cooking with portable grills, visit nfpa.org/grilling. Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.
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Lowenthal, colleagues introduce bipartisan bill imposing sanctions on Cambodian officials attacking democracy
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Congressmember Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), co-chair of the Congressional Cambodia Caucus (CCC), has joined with Republican colleague Ted Yoho (FL-03), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, to introduce bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for undermining democracy in the Asian nation. The bill is cosponsored by HFAC Chairman Ed Royce (CA-37), HFAC Ranking Member Eliot Engel (NY-16), HFAC Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Ranking Member Brad Sherman (CA-30), and CCC co-chair Steve Chabot (OH-1). Entitled the Cambodian Democracy Act of 2018, H.R.5754 would freeze all assets in the United States, restrict all financial transactions with the U.S., and deny entry to the U.S., of senior Cambodian government, military and security force officials who the U.S. President determines has “directly and substantially undermined democracy in Cambodia.”
“My colleagues and I have warned the Hun Sen government over and over that it must abide by the agreements it signed to hold democratic elections,” Lowenthal said. “Yet, the 30-year regime of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has done away with any and all pretense that it will conduct free and fair elections this year. This regime has threatened, attacked, jailed and then outright banned the nation’s major opposition political party. This regime has destroyed the free and independent press in the country, banished NGO’s and international organizations, and subverted the national judicial system to do its dirty work. It is time that Hun Sen pays a price for his efforts to destroy the burgeoning democracy that was beginning to flower in Cambodia.” The sanctions and travel restrictions would go into effect within 180 days of the President signing the bill being into law.
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‘This is a time to save for our future’ Brown’s budget revision fills Rainy Day Fund, increases school funding to highest ever. Cory Bilicko Managing Editor
California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. last week issued a revised state budget proposal that increases funding for education to its highest level ever, brings the Rainy Day Fund to capacity and allots billions of dollars in one-time surplus funding to address homelessness, boost mental-health services and revamp failing infrastructure. “We’re nearing the longest economic recovery in modern history, and as Isaac Newton observed: What goes up must come down,” Brown said, upon his release of the revision. “This is a time to save for our future, not to make pricey promises we can’t keep. I said it before, and I’ll say it again: Let’s not blow it now.” According to Brown’s office, as California’s economy has recovered from the Great Recession, the last five budgets have greatly increased spending in education funding and brought the state’s first earned income tax credit, a minimum wage that will rise to $15 per hour over time and the expansion of healthcare coverage to millions of residents. The State has also reduced its budgetary borrowing, restored fiscal health to its retirement benefit plans and made significant improvements to the transportation and water systems, according to the governor’s office. January’s budget proposal was projected to have a robust one-time surplus and focused the new funds on growing the state’s Rainy Day Fund to prepare for the next recession. “Since that time, revenues have continued to grow,” states the introduction to Brown’s proposal. “Capital gains are projected to be at an alltime high, and state unemployment is at an all-time low. Despite strong fiscal health in the short term, the risks to the long-term health of the state budget continue to mount– the effects of the 2017 federal tax bill remain uncertain, the nation faces a
host of global risks and the volatility of the stock market has returned.” Four years ago, Californians voted to create a Rainy Day Fund to save money during strong economies to prepare for uncertain times in the future. The revision keeps the January budget commitment to fill the fund completely. By the end of this fiscal year, the fund will have a total balance of $9.4 billion and grow to $13.8 billion by the end of 2018-19. Also, to further protect against the next economic downturn, the revision proposes to direct an extra $3.2 billion into the state’s traditional budget reserve fund. By the end of 2018-19, the country will have matched the longest recovery in modern history, according to the governor’s budget revision. “The best way to buffer against uncertainty and protect against future cuts is to continue building the state’s reserves and avoid making substantial new ongoing obligations,” the proposal continues. “Consequently, the May revision proposes to use the surplus on onetime spending to address long-standing infrastructure needs, homelessness and mental health.” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the revision provides a “prudent framework” for the state’s financial future, while investing in programs that help Californians thrive. “The Department of Justice has a strong track record of efficiently and effectively fighting for Californians: from protecting the health of our people and our environment, to defending the civil rights of our most vulnerable populations, to cracking down on crime so that our communities can feel more secure,” Becerra wrote in a statement after Brown released his revision. “As we continue our work of enforcing California law and promoting public safety, we know that we must evolve with the times– 21st-century forensic tools are necessary to combat 21st-century crimes. These budget resources will support crucial forensic tools that
help stop cybercrime, improve DNA identification and prevent human trafficking. Today’s budget will help the hardworking men and women at the Department of Justice as they work to make our communities safer, but there is always more we can do. I look forward to working with the Legislature and Governor Brown to ensure the Department of Justice can do even more to promote public safety, enforce California’s laws and defend the State’s interests against federal overreach.” However, Beth Miller, a spokesperson for Californians Against Higher Taxes, expressed concern about the number of bills and amendments lawmakers have recently introduced. “While the governor’s budget reflects a state on strong financial footing, the dozens of measures currently making their way through the Legislature tell a different story,” Miller said. “Despite a multi-billion-dollar surplus, legislators have introduced more than 30 bills and constitutional amendments that would add an additional $269 billion in new or increased fees and taxes. Hard-working taxpayers shouldn’t have to endure a 140-percent tax increase to pay for lawmakers’ pet projects. Now is the time to focus on prudent spending in order to boost economic activity and improve an overly burdened business climate in the state, not focus on creating new and higher taxes that will undermine the foundation of the fifth-largest economy in the world.” One local Republican legislator, Assemblyman Matthew Harper of Huntington Beach, commended Brown’s revised budget but emphasized that the State must do more to protect residents. “The governor’s proposal offers some protection from the next economic downturn, but more funding is needed for programs that will protect Californians,” Harper wrote in a statement last week. “I join with my fellow Assembly Republicans
May 18, 2018
EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by THE Signal Hill Police Department
Friday, May 11 10:03am Grand theft– motor vehicle 2700 block Cherry Ave.
Tuesday, May 15 7:04am Grand theft– motor vehicle 3300 block Gundry
3:09pm Forgery 2500 block Cherry Ave.
5:16pm Elder abuse 3300 block Olive Ave.
7:20pm Battery on a spouse/co-habitant 2700 block Cherry Ave. (suspect arrested)
Wednesday, May 16 12:00am DUI Cherry Ave./Spring St. (suspect arrested)
9:45pm Grand theft– motor vehicle 2800 block Cherry Ave. Saturday, May 12 1:35pm Battery 2400 block Cherry Ave. 9:49pm Possessing nitrous oxide 2600 block Panorama Dr. (suspect arrested) 11:26pm Battery 3200 block Lemon Ave. Sunday, May 13 1:47am Burglary 3100 block Orange Ave. 2:28pm Threatening crime with intent to terrorize 2200 block Gaviota Ave. (suspect arrested) 6:27pm Burglary 2500 block Walnut Ave.
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Long Beach Opera’s The Love Potion Anita W. Harris Culture Writer
If you’ve never been to an opera, you’re in luck. Long Beach Opera’s The Love Potion, with one more performance at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro on May 19, is an accessible production, sung in English with minimal flourish, but vocally and emotionally rich. Written by Swiss composer Frank Martin as Le Vin Herbe in 1942 and translated into English by Hugh MacDonald, The Love Potion differs drastically from an earlier Wagner opera on the same story. Martin’s shorter, more ritualistic version is based on a 1900 novel by Joseph Bedier called Tristan and Iseult, which draws from a medieval French poem of two ill-fated lovers, which itself echoes an even older Celtic myth. The Love Potion is thus a deeply rooted tale in which love and death are intertwined from the beginning and you are told how it’s going to end in the first scene. But that’s OK because the opera is really the staging of emotions. Through the vocals, you are plunged into the sharp-toned depths of illicit love, betrayal and loss. Director Andreas Mitisek stages the production sparely so its music and feelings come to the fore. The small chamber orchestra, nimbly directed by Ben Makino, consists only of seven string instruments and a piano. Mitisek also designed video-projected backdrops that set the scenes, the most evocative of which are a night sky through forest trees and the roiling waves of an ocean during a storm.
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Musical Theatre West offering summer youth conservatory Musical Theatre West (MTW) will offer a three-week summer youth conservatory July 9-29 taught by industry professionals and designed to help students develop and hone skills necessary for future careers in professional musical theatre. In addition to acting, voice and dance training, the program will expand their knowledge of the world of musical theater and create the initial foundation for strong audition package, according to MTW. By the completion of the conservatory, students will be equipped with a fully rehearsed audition song and a wider understanding of how to navigate through the professional field of musical theatre. The conservatory runs Mondays through Fridays. Ages 8-12 meet from 9am to noon. Ages 13-18 meet from 1pm to 5pm. The session will end with a performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for parents, families, friends and the general public July 27 and 28. Enrollment is limited to 25 students per age group (with limited slots still available). Tuition for the program is $425. Applications are available at musical.org, under the “Education and Outreach” tab. For more information, call Ted Watts, MTW Education and Outreach director, at ted@ musical.org or (562) 856-1999, ext. 232. Source: MTW
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The resulting drama is a heady brew of resonant feeling hung on a threadbare but haunting story. In fact, Tristan and Isolde spend much of the time prone due to the concoction, whether asleep on the ship after drinking the enchanted wine, or in the forest to which they escape, or later, when Tristan falls ill and Isolde must rush to his side through a storm. Other characters that emerge from the choir– Isolde’s mother (alto Lindsay Patterson) who makes the wine, maid Branghien (soprano Alejandra Villareal Martinez) who gives it to the lovers, King Mark (baritone
Bernardo Bermudez) to whom Isolde is betrothed, and even another Isolde, with White Hands (alto Kira Dills-DeSura), who feels betrayed and so betrays– movingly play their parts in this forgone-conclusion tragedy. The Love Potion is thus a beguiling blend of emotional intensity and understandable though uncanny story, simply but engagingly staged. Its affective music and harmonic singing transcend even the timelessness of the tale.
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and the children, one of whom is a child of the defendant. However, Jensen violated the order at least 33 times before his arrest in November 2017, officials said. “Not only did Jensen repeatedly harass the victim with no regard for the restraining order, but his emails grew more and more disturbing,” said City Prosecutor Doug Haubert. “If he was not arrested by police, there’s no telling how far he would have gone.” Deputy City Prosecutor Pooja Kumar handled the case. In her closing argument, Kumar noted the repetitive nature of the violations in which Jensen intimidated the victim, attempted to manipulate her and attempted to isolate her from her family. Judge Behar also ordered Jensen to attend domestic-violence classes and pay a fine of $500. In addition, a new protective order was issued that will remain in effect for 10 years. If Jensen violates the order while on probation, he faces up to nine more years in jail. Source: Haubert’s office
Attempted-theft suspect dies during arrest process The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) Wednesday reported the death of a man who was being detained by another man after the former had allegedly attempted to steal a woman’s cell phone. On Monday, May 14, at approximately 11:30pm, officers were dispatched to the area of Granada Avenue and Ocean Boulevard for a call regarding a person screaming. Upon arrival, officers observed a bystander detaining whom they believed was a possible suspect. “An officer, with the help of marine-patrol special-services officers, proceeded to handcuff the suspect without any physical resistance, but they quickly realized he was in medical distress, and immediately removed the handcuffs,” the LBPD stated in a press release. “Officers subsequently started rendering life-saving measures.” The LBPD responded and determined the subject deceased at the scene, police said. The preliminary investigation and witness statements indicates the suspect, a male adult, had approached the victim and taken her cell
phone. The victim, a female adult, screamed for help when the suspect attempted to flee the scene. Bystanders came to her aid and made attempts to detain the suspect, which resulted in a physical altercation until officers arrived. As with any in-custody death incidents, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office was notified and respond to the scene and will be conducting a separate death investigation, according to the LBPD. The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Cause of death will be determined by the Los Angeles Corner’s Office. Those with information regarding the incident are asked to contact homicide detectives Malcom Evans and Robert Gonzales at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to a smartphone or visiting lacrimestoppers.org. Source: LBPD
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The above rendering shows the proposed project site for The Uptown, located on Atlantic Avenue in north Long Beach. An Uptown Business Improvement District newsletter earlier this month stated that The Uptown officials are hoping to lease out spaces for a brewery, ice-cream shop, coffee shop and possibly a grocery store. Yanki Greenspan, Westland president, said that a proposal for the project is expected to reach the City’s planning commission in June.
land,” she said in a phone interview Monday. “When they put a call out for tenants, I was able to engage with some of my businesses that are already in the district. So, I’ve been able to refer them to Westland.” Hunter said the community’s request for a grocery store helped her connect with the Long Beach Grocery Cooperative– a jointly owned grocery. She said they were in negotiations for a lease. Hunter also mentioned that The Long Beach Beer Lab brewery was planning to lease at The Uptown, although that information has not been confirmed. She said the retail center was designed based off of compari-
sons to other social eateries found in downtown and Bixby Knolls. Hunter said that the Uptown Business Improvement District also provides businesses with private security and clean-up crews that collect dumped items on business properties. “North Long Beach has been neglected for a long time, and so many other parts of the city have seen development and infusion of capital,” Greenspan states in the newsletter. “North Long Beach has strong neighborhoods, and we believe that it can sustain this kind of development. Ultimately, we are hoping to lead the way for other developers to
realize that there is real potential in north Long Beach.” The Signal Tribune reached out
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Non-registered voters may take advantage of new conditional deadline May 21 is the deadline to register to vote or update voter registration information for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary for those who want to vote at their regular polling places or vote by mail. However, there is a new safety net for voters. California citizens who do not register or update their voter registration information by the May 21 deadline have a new option called conditional voter registration. Eligible citizens who miss the May 21 deadline can go to their county elections office or a designated satellite location to register and vote. Their ballots will be counted once the county office has completed the voter registration verification process. Voters can complete the conditional voter registration process from May 22 all the way through Election Day on June 5. “If you’ve moved, changed your name or want to change your political-party preference, you’ll need to update your voter registration,” said Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “California citizens can quickly and easily update registration information online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. If you are unsure of your voter registration status, you can verify your information online quickly and easily using the Secretary of State’s My Voter Status tool at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov.”
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Reported sexually Analysis continued from page 3 transmitted diseases in CA reach new high A record number of Californians were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) in 2017, according to a new report released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and early syphilis were reported– a 45-percent increase compared to five years ago. Particularly concerning, health officials say, is that, in 2017, there were 30 stillbirths due to congenital syphilis in California– the highest number reported since 1995. STDs can cause a number of serious health problems, officials say. If left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain. Syphilis can cause permanent loss of vision, hearing and other neurologic problems. Chlamydia and gonorrhea rates are highest among people under age 30. Rates of chlamydia are highest among young women, and males account for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases. “STDs are preventable by consistently using condoms, and many STDs can be cured with antibiotics,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “Regular testing and treatment are very important for people who are sexually active, even for people who have no symptoms. Most people infected with an STD do not know it.” The CDPH is collaborating with local health departments and organizations throughout the state to raise awareness. The CDPH is also working with the California Department of Education and community groups to implement the newly enacted California Healthy Youth Act, which mandates comprehensive STD/HIV prevention education in schools. Other state efforts leverage innovative strategies such as courses for medical providers and teachers, expedited partner treatment to local clinics, and free and low cost online ordering options for home delivery of condoms and STD test kits. More information is available at cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/ Pages/STD.aspx. Source: CDPH
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A table from the “Establishing Care Systems for an Age-Friendly Community” report by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services shows the number of Long Beach seniors by age group and ZIP code. North Long Beach, the 90805 ZIP code, has the highest population of those 55 years and older.
providers operate heavily on fundraising and grants, which is not sustainable,” the report states. “Funding that is often framed in cost-avoidance ignores the cost-benefit of a thriving senior population.” Another major weakness of current services identified in the report is deficient in-home care for seniors. “Staffing constraints facing many providers result in not enough home visits and assessments; home visits allow for a comprehensive assessment of the senior,” the report states. “[There is a] necessity for greater in-home outreach to address issues with self-care, alienation and isolation.” As to why problems in senior care are growing, the report points to cultural changes that have weakened traditional support structures for seniors. “Demographic shifts and other trends […] limit the availability of potential caregivers, including lack of affordable care (especially a growing need for the middle class),
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an increased share of employed women, and caregiving expectations weakened by divorce and alternative lifestyles,” the executive summary states. Looking forward, the report identifies the need for education about senior issues. “Gerontological training and education on the needs of seniors, along with cultural and sensitivity training on equity and aging is needed across the community,” the summary states. The summary also points to the necessity of technological innovation to better coordinate senior services. “A shared online referral system will assist with coordination, collaboration, tracking and reporting on systems of care, thus providing valuable feedback for decision making, and improved sustainability and impact,” the summary states. “Innovative solutions and policies that improve housing, transportation, and long-term health and care services and supports, and reduce un-
met needs, could benefit both older adults, their families and caregivers, for an age-friendly Long Beach.” Cantrell-Warren presented the report’s findings at a May 1 symposium entitled Aging Reimagined 2.0, held jointly by DHHS, SCAN and California State University Long Beach’s College of Health and Human Services, where she discussed the need to shift from systems-centered care approaches to client-centered programs and services, including nurses and social workers addressing seniors’ home environments and psycho-social issues. She announced at the symposium the launch of the Long Beach Healthy Aging Center at the city’s main senior center on 4th Street that will offer quality-of-life programs and provide safe spaces and meals. “We’re going to be making more investments,” Cantrell-Warren said. “Those are changes that will happen over years […] but they don’t take away from everyone else. It takes a village.” ✦
Four months into 2018, the Port of Long Beach has moved 2.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units, an amount more than 17 percent above last year’s record pace, according to port officials. In April, dockworkers handled 618,438 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), a 10.8-percent increase above the same month last year. Import containers grew 8.4 percent to 312,376 TEUs compared to last April. The number of exports moved through Long Beach jumped 22 percent to 141,799 TEUs, and empty containers sent overseas to be filled with goods totaled 164,264 TEUs, up 7 percent. “Both imports and exports are beating expectations so far this year,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “For us, part of that is the shift of services we saw a year ago, but at least some of our strong growth appears to be a result of trade tensions as anxious shippers rush to get their cargo to overseas markets.” The global economy has benefited from a slow yet robust economic expansion, according to Harbor Commission President Lou Anne Bynum. “As long as it continues,” she said, “we expect to play a big role since we’re a natural trade conduit between United States and the China, the world’s two largest economies.” Source: Port of LB
Metro Blue Line to now be open for LB Pride Fourth District Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn announced Tuesday that Metro will reschedule the planned closure of two Blue Line stations originally scheduled to take place this weekend. Hahn asked Metro to reconsider the timing of the maintenance, concerned that the closures would interfere with transportation to and from Long Beach Pride this Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, according to her office. “I want to thank Metro for reconsidering their plans to close Blue Line stations this weekend,” Hahn said. “Long Beach Pride is one of the biggest events of the year, and thousands of people from across the County will rely on the Blue Line to get to and from the festivities.” Until Tuesday morning, Metro had planned to do track maintenance requiring the closure of the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks and Compton stations starting Friday, May 18 at 9pm and continuing through Monday, May 21 at 4am. “If you are heading to Pride this weekend, skip the hassle of parking, leave your car at home and take Metro,” Hahn said. “Stay safe, have fun, and I will see you at Pride!” Hahn and her staff will participate in this weekend’s parade, according to her office. Source: Hahn’s office
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TST5668 SUMMONS CASE NO. 17N12022 NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: Timothy Birmingham. YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: Highlands Premier Acceptance Corporation. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons is served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you; your typewritten response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online SelfHelp Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/ selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is: LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, NORWALK COURTHOUSE, 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney is STEPHEN M. DENNING, ESQ. THE LAW OFFICES OF STEPHEN M. DENNING, A P.C., 6067 N. Fresno St., Ste. 107, Fresno, CA 93710, (559) 438-5600. Date: June 8, 2017. Judicial Officer, Sherry R. Carter, Clerk, Virginia F. Owens, Deputy Published in the Signal Tribune Newspaper on April 27, & May 4, 11, 18, 2018 TST5669 / 2018 083969 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT
The following person is doing business as: BREWING CREATIVITY, 140 W. 220th St., #107, Carson, CA 90745. Registrant: ISABEL MANIMBO ESMILLA, 140 W. 220th St., #107, Carson, CA 90745. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Isabel Manimbo Esmilla. The registrant has begun to use this fictitious business name. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in January, 2018. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on April 5, 2018. 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: April 27, & May 4, 11, 18, 2018. TST5675 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF DONNA MAE SIMPSON, aka DONNA SIMPSON CASE NO. 18STPB03974 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of DONNA MAE SIMP-
SON, aka DONNA SIMPSON A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by DAVID J. DAWSON in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that DAVID J. DAWSON 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 MAY 30, 2018 at 8:30 A.M. in Dept.: “9” located at: 111 N. Hill Street, 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 formal 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. NORMAN RASMUSSEN, SB# 30583 Attorney For Petitioner Law Offices of Norman Rasmussen 11 Golden Shore, Suite 430 Long Beach, CA 90802 Reporter# 107119 Published in: Signal Tribune Pub Dates: May 4, 11, 18, 2018
TST5680 / 2018 104841 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: J.RAY.SHOTS, 3352 Falcon Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: JEFFREY R. COOPER, 3352 Falcon Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: person signing. The registrant has begun to use this fictitious business name. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in April, 2018. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on April 30, 2018. 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: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018. TST5679 / 2018 107234 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: BIXBY KNOLLS WELLNESS CENTER, 4301 Atlantic Ave., #5, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: ANNA S. PEARL, 4301 Atlantic Ave., #5, Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Anna S. Pearl. The registrant has not
begun to use this fictitious business name. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on May 2, 2018. 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: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018.
TST5677 / 2018 105744 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: STRAIGHT LINE TRANSPORT, 2345 Caspian Ave., Long Beach, CA 90810. Registrant: SLT TRANSPORT, INC., 2345 Caspian Ave., Long Beach, CA 90810. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Karen Garza-Pace, Secretary. The registrant has begun to use this fictitious business name. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in July, 2001. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on May 1, 2018. 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: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018. TST5676 / 2018 104194 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: VELOCITY TRADING GROUP, 709 E. 3rd St. Long Beach, CA 90801. Registrant: DARRIN ABNER, 709 E. 3rd St., Long Beach, CA 90801. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Darrin Abner. The registrant has begun to use this fictitious business name. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in June, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on April 27, 2018. 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: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018.
TST5678 / Case No. TS021064 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT OFFICE, 200 W. Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 90220. PETITION OF Morres Lister. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: MORRES LISTER has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing his name as follows: Present Name: MORRES LISTER, to Proposed Name: SONNY MAURICIO LISTER. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: June 5, 2018; Time: 8:30A M; Dept. A. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 1399 E. 28th, Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018 ___//ss//___ Maurice A. Leiter, Judge of the Superior Court Dated May 1, 2018
TST5670 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-14-704988-RY Order No.: 160055931-CA-VOI YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 7/12/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The 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 the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): LILIA LOPEZ, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN Recorded: 7/20/2006 as Instrument No. 06 1599635 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California; Date of Sale: 5/29/2018 at 10:00 AM Place of Sale: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA 91766 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $558,043.46 The purported property address is: 2388 CERRITOS AVENUE, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 7211-019-010 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 this Internet Web site http://www. qualityloan.com, using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-14-704988-RY.
May 18, 2018 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. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 411 Ivy Street San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 916-939-0772 Or Login to: http:// www.qualityloan.com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-14-704988-RY IDSPub #0139805 5/4/2018 5/11/2018 5/18/2018 TST5681 / 2018 097645 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: URBAN RE-LEAF, 409 North Pacific Coast Highway 691, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Registrant: DENISE SMITH, 409 North Pacific Coast Hwy 591, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: person signing. The registrant has not begun to use this fictitious business name. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on April 20, 2018. 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: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018.
TST5687 SUMMONS CASE NO. NC061625 NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: American Bible Society; Carol Brandt Wilson; W. Patton Wilson, Inc.; United California Bank, successor in interest by merger to First Western Bank and Trust Company, as substitute Trustee of the trust created by W. Patton Wilson and Ella M. Wilson by agreement dated December 23, 1932; Robert C. Troost; the Testate and Intestate Successors of Robert C. Troost, believed to be deceased, and all persons claiming by, through or under such Robert C. Troost; Kathleen Leix, Troy Troost; Samantha Spor; Braden Troost; Keri Madrid; Kristina Spor; Heather Troost; Virginia Beilfuss; the Testate and Intestate Successors of Virginia Beilfuss, believed to be deceased, and all persons claiming by, through or under such Virginia Beilfuss; Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church of the United States of American; Mary Ella Carnahan; Clarissa B. Clark; the Testate and Intestate Successors of Clarissa B. Clark, believed to be deceased, and all persons claiming by, through or
May 18, 2018 under such Clarissa B. Clark; Ted Irving Sawyer; the Testate and Intestate Successors of Ted Irving Sawyer, believed to be deceased, and all persons claiming by, through or under such Ted Irving Sawyer; John Marschall Sawyer; Jennifer Shea; Jennifer A. Sawyer; Jane Sawyer Bickel; the Testate and Intestate Successors of Jane Sawyer Bickel, believed to be deceased, and all persons claiming by, through or under such Jane Sawyer Bickel; David Bickel; Nancy Bickel; Linda Bickel; Stephen Bickel; Alexandra Bickel; Loretta Bickel; Valerie Bickel; Eric Lord; Stephanie Bingham; John Bingham; J. Tom Sawyer; the Testate and Intestate Successors of J. Tom Sawyer, believed to be deceased, and all persons claiming by, through or under such J. Tom Sawyer; Jay Sawyer; Damaris Sawyer; Johanna Sawyer; Aaron Sawyer; Leah Sawyer; Matthew Baker; Brindin Sawyer; Donna Hill; Kenneth Hill; Timothy Marschall Sawyer; Barbara Bertling; the Testate and Intestate Successors of Barbara Bertling, believed to be deceased, and all persons claiming by, through or under such Barbara Bertling; Barbara Hamilton; Christopher Hamilton; Donald Hamilton; Jonathon Hamilton; David Hamilton; Aimee Hamilton; Elinor G. Barrows; Alice W. Barros; Joan L. Bordner; Dalton W. Bordner and Susan W. Bordner, as Trustee of the Bordner Family Trust dated June 3, 1999; J.T. Bogle; the Testate and Intestate Successors of J.T. Bogle, believed to be deceased, and all persons claiming by, through or under such J.T. Bogle; Bonnie Hall; Richard R. Clements & Sons; Helen M. English; the Testate and Intestate Successors of Helen M. English, believed to be deceased, and all persons claiming by, through or under such Helen M. English; Mable G. Evers; Clara E. Edgington; Cora U. Edington; Bonnie G. Summar; Joan Nelson Morris, as Trustee of the Thomas Joseph Morris and Joan Nelson Morris Family Revocable Living Trust created under Trust Agreement dated June 11, 1992; John G. Morris, Jr and Elizabeth H. Morris, as Trustees of the Morris Family 2003 Trust created under Declaration of Trust dated June 27, 2003; Lillian Padgitt Morris, as Trustee of Robert S. Morris Marital Trust u/w/o Robert Selig Morris dated December 19, 1986; E.S. Finney; Ettie M. Hinckley; J.H. Hinckley; Blind Children’s Center; Hathaway Children and Family Services; Union Rescue Mission; Shiners Hospital for Children; United Cerebral Palsy/Spastic Children’s Foundation of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties; Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Foundation; Claremont School of Theology; Nelle Brower Hyland and Rosemann Mahoney, as the heirs to the Estate of E.F. Hyland; H.L. Knauss; Mary M. Meeker; Margaret P. Mense; John A. McQuilkin; M.A. McDonnell; Harriet A. McQuilkin; Mark J. McQuilkin; Betty Garfinkel Zucker, also known as Betty Fern Garfinkel; A.L. Garfinkel; Mary R. Garfinkel; Mary R. Garfinkel and Abe Garfinkel, as Trustees of the J.B. Garfinkel Trust No. 1; Elsie Wilkinson; Esther Veatch; the Testate and Intestate Successors of Esther Veatch, believed to be deceased, and all persons claiming by, through or under such Esther Veatch; Mary Jo Turnbull; Helen T. Roberts; Virginia Mae Harris; the Testate and Intestate Successors of Virginia Mae Harris, believed to be deceased, and all persons claiming by, through or under such Virginia Mae Harris; Judy Albert; Walter William Turnbull, Jr.; Charles Elbert Turnbull; Leslie Mae Turnbull; the Testate and Intestate Successors of Leslie Mae Turnbull, believed to be deceased and all persons claiming by, through or under such Leslie Mae Turnbull; Thomas Eugene Turnbull, Jr.; Thomas Turnbull; Jean Turnbull; the Testate and Intestate Successors of Jean Turnbull, believed to be deceased, and
all persons claiming by, through or under such Jean Turnbull; Matthew Turnbull; Gloria Barahona; Debra Turnbull; Pamela Freemand; John R. Turnbull; Jane T. Mitchell; the Testate and Intestate Successors of Jane T. Mitchell, believed to be deceased, and all persons claiming by, through or under such Jane T. Mitchell; Kenneth Mitchell; Van Harrison Mitchell; John Mitchell; Bradley Mitchell; Robin Briggs; Jeffrey Briggs; Michael Small; Michael Mitchell; Elliott Mitchell; Cathryn Jean Turnbull Mongiat; Susan Turnbull; Sheryl Sandersfeld; Oliver Turnbull; the Testate and Intestate Successors of Oliver Turnbull, believed to be deceased, and all persons claiming by, through or under such Oliver Turnbull; Krisma McInroe; Jeffrey L. Sparks; Jacqueline Sparks; Samuel Sherwood; Thelma Clift Simmons, as heir to the Estate of Rouse Simmons; Sarah Ruth Shambeau; Lulu Sponseller; Polaris Holding Company LTD; Landowners Royalty Company; Helen M. Jenks; James Fraser, as heir to the Estate of Getrude Annie Gorvin; Ian Fraser; Amanda Fraser; David Transky; Joshua Fraser; James Fraser; the Testate and Intestate Successors of James Fraser, believed to be deceased, and all persons claiming by, through or under such James Fraser; Erin Fraser; Jimmie White; Sharon White; Janet Anderson; Annie Anderson; Jennie Davis; Wallace M. Davis; Lucille Davis; Julia M. Beck; Belle Christenson; John E. Zeihan, also known as Jack E. Zeihan; Mildred Zeihan Parsons; S.D. Roderick; William Sellers; Mattie E. Wunderlin; Board of Foreign Missions of The Presbyterian Church of the United States of America; All Persons Unknown, Claiming Any Legal or Equitable Right, Title, Estate, Lien, or Interest in the Property Described in the Complaint Adverse to Plaintiff’s Title, or Any Cloud On Plaintiff’s Title Thereto; and Does 1 through 2880 YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: Signal Hill Petroleum, Inc. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons is served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you; your typewritten response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is: LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT , GOVERNOR GEORGE DEUKMEJIAN COURT, 275 Magnolia, Long Beach, CA 90802. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney is ERNEST J. GUADIANA, 2049 Century
Park East, Suite 2700, Los Angeles, CA 90067 (310) 746-4425. This lawsuit pertains to the following subject property: 3090 California Avenue, Signal Hill, California. The property consist of one tax parcel, bearing Assessor Parcel Number 7212-001-049. The property consists of two parcels, namely Parcels A and B, bearing the following legal description: Parcel A: The West 260 feet of Farm Lot 32 and that portion of the East 30 Feet of California Avenue 60 Feet wide, as shown on the map of The American Colony Tract adjoining said land on the West which would pass with a legal conveyance of said land; also that portion of the North 30 feet of Spring Street 60 feet wide, as shown on the map of the American Colony Tract adjoining said land on the South which would pass with a legal conveyance of said land, of the American Colony Tract, in the City of Signal Hill, County of Los Angeles, State of California, as per map recorded in Book 19, Pages 89 and 90, Miscellaneous Records of Los Angeles. Parcel B: The West Half of Farm Lot 32 of the American Colony Tract, in the City of Signal Hill, County of Los Angeles, State of California, as per map recorded in Book 19, Pages 89 and 90, Miscellaneous Records of Los Angeles, excepting therefrom that portion of the Southeast Corner thereof conveyed to the Los Angeles Terminal Railway Company by Deed recorded in Book 1382, Page 1, of Deeds, Records of said County, and shown upon map attached to deed recorded in Book 737, Page 117 of said Deed Records. Date: February 13, 2018. Judicial Officer, Sherri R. Carter, Clerk, E. Carter, Deputy Published in the Signal Tribune Newspaper on May 11, 18, 25, June 1, 2018 TST5683 / 2018 111312 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: B&B ANTIQUE HARDWARE, 2650 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803. Registrant: THOMAS BARNES, 2650 E. Broadway, Long Beach, Ca 90803. This business is conducted by: an Individual.. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Thomas Barnes. The registrant has begun to use this fictitious business name. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in January, 2005. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on May 7, 2018 . 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: May 11, 18, 25, & June 1, 2018. TST5684 / 2018 110007 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: VETERAN EXPRESS, 3835 Olive Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: FRANKLIN ENTERPRISE, LLC, 3835 Olive Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Herbert Wayne Franklin, President. The registrant has not begun to use this fictitious business name. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on May 4, 2018. 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: May 11, 18, 25, & June 1, 2018. TST5685 / 2018 091567 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: LB HOLISTIC TREE, 548 West 5th St., Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrant: LB HOLISTIC TREE LLC, 548 West 5TH St., Long Beach, Ca 90802. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Benjamin J. Fisher, President. The registrant has begun
to use this fictitious business name. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in April, 2018. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on April 13, 2018 . 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: May 11, 18, 25, & June 1, 2018.
TST5686 / 2018 110538 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SOLO SLING, 1590 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite D410, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Registrant: TOKAMAK CORPORATION, 1590 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite D410, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Theodore Lunsford. The registrant has begun to use this fictitious business name. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in May, 2018. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on May 4, 2018. 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: May 11, 18, 25, & June 1, 2018.
TST5688 Case No. 18STPB03172 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: KAY GARWOOD 1. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of KAY GARWOOD 2. A Petition For Probate has been filed by LINDA GARWOOD in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. 3. The Petition for Probate requests that Linda Garwood be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. 4. 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. 5. 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 and 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. 6. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: a. June 15, 2018 at 8:30 am in Dept. 2D; located at b. Stanley Mosk Courthouse 111 No Hill St.,
Los Angeles, CA 90012. 7. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objection or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. 8. If you are a creditor or 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 with the later of either (1) four months from the date of 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 effect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. 9. 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. 10: ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER: Davis R. Zellmer, Esq. 5150 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Ste 775 Long Beach, CA 90804 562-760-1630 Pub. Signal Tribune, May 18, 25, & June 1, 2018 TST5690 / 2018 115926 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: JUST BECAUSE PHOTO BOOTH, 754 East Sunrise Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrant: BRENDA M. ESTRADA, 754 East Sunrise Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Brenda M. Estrada. The registrant has begun to use this fictitious business name. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on May 11, 2018 . 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: May 18, 25, & June 1, 8, 2018. TST5691 / 2018 114211 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: RABAR FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS, 5250 Hayter Ave., Lakewood, CA 90712. Registrant: 1. BARBARA LEAKS, 2. Rabin T. Woods, 5250 Hayter Ave., Lakewood, CA 90712. This business is conducted by: Copartners. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Barbara Leaks, Partner. The registrant has not begun to use this fictitious business name. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on May 9, 2018. 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: May 18, 25, & June 1, 8, 2018.
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in asking to provide funds to the Armed & Prohibited Persons System– a program to get guns out of the hands of criminals. I am also seeking funds to hire more school psychologists to prevent violence in our schools and to give law enforcement the tools they need to go after dangerous criminals, as well as human traffickers.” Education The new budget proposal boosts K-12 school funding by about $4,600 per student compared to 2011-12 levels, and the State will fully implement the Local Control Funding Formula, correcting historical inequities in school-district funding, and permanently increase the minimum per-pupil funding that school districts receive to help offset rising costs. The May revision sustains the 3-percent increase in funding for higher education that the January budget proposed, while continuing to keep tuition levels consistent in both the University of California and California State University systems. Since the Great Recession ended, the UC system has received $1.2 billion in new funding, the California State University system has received $1.6 billion and community colleges have received $2.4 billion, according to state officials. The revision also gives each university system $100 million in new, one-time funding for deferred maintenance. It also refines the state’s California Online College plan and the new funding formula for community colleges. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D–Long Beach), who serves as chair of the Assembly Education Committee, said he appreciates and applauds Brown’s commitment to preparing the state for future dips in the economy, adding that he shares the governor’s perspective that California must live within its means. “We have a significant budget surplus, and we are in a position to pay down long-term debt and put California in a more fiscally responsible place,” O’Donnell said. “The governor’s revised budget proposal is cautious and holds on to the majority of our surplus. A reserve is responsible, but paying off debt is both responsible and strategic.” O’Donnell added that, as a parent, teacher and Education Committee chair, he strongly supports increased funding for education because investing in students means investing in the future of California. “I applaud the governor for understanding the importance of K-12 vocational ed/career technical education, and I look forward to further discussion on how the funds will be allocated,” O’Donnell said. “These programs not only reduce drop-out rates, but they also strengthen the California workforce and economy
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litical climate and the way things are, that people are furthermore just afraid to come out of their shadows and share that, ‘Yeah, I’m a Dreamer.’ I think it’s important for us to [...] let them know that they are not alone. It establishes that support system for those that feel like they don’t have a chance here or feel like they don’t belong here or feel like they don’t understand their experience.” Karla and Leonidas both are Dreamers, the name given to those who receive help through the California Dream Act. The act allows students enrolled in eligible California colleges, universities and career-education programs to apply for state financial aid, according to CA.gov. This state resource is not to be confused with the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects eligible immigrant youth who arrived in the United States when they were children from deportation. For a full list of resources discussed at the event, refer to the infographic on Page 1. Yadira Ortiz, assistant director for the Dream Success Center at Cal State Long Beach, shared information about her department during her workshop. The success center accepts students on a walk-in and appointment basis and provides answers about legal resources, financial aid, income verification, events and other information. She also said the center will take calls from students who are even off-campus.
“It’s really a place of centralized information, but it’s also a way for us to create bridges from us to resources and departments for the students,” Ortiz told the Signal Tribune. Ortiz said students seeking counsel should always talk to more than one person to make sure the advice is accurate. She told of a student who quit his job last winter, per his counselor’s advice, because of the incorrect belief that DACA resources were already gone. The student never consulted a second or third source and never kept up with the constantly changing developments of DACA. As a result, he lost his job for no reason, she said. “You want to go and talk to different people to see what they are saying,” she said. “If they’re not all giving you the same answer, there is something wrong there. It’s fact-checking, right? When you’re doing research, you want to fact-check all the information you are receiving. And, you have to understand, things are constantly changing. Laws are changing, the way you submit documentation is changing, [...] so that can confuse, and that’s easy for a lot of people to misguide students with. It’s always very important to tell students that, when you’re applying to colleges, when you’re applying to universities and there’s something that you don’t know, ask, but ask somebody else again. Just to make sure.” Karla said she identifies with the struggles of undocumented immigrants with her similar background. Seven-year-old Karla would often
work with her mom, a house cleaner who owns a business. It’s her mother’s hard work that has led to her own personal success, Karla said. “I knew, if I really wanted to do something, I actually needed to work and go for it twice as hard as other people,” she said. “In my mom’s work, I was really able to see how she not only wanted us to go to college, but also see her sacrifices through her hard work and her labor. That’s something that empowered me and motivated me to not give up in my dream of higher education, regardless of how many difficulties and disadvantages I was going to face along the way.” Leonidas is empowered in a similar fashion. His role models come in the form of not only his mom, but his sisters. “I have endured so many things personally, emotionally, psychologically– you name it,” he said. “And, because of them, I was able to persist. I do all those things with love in order for me to have a better life and for my sisters and my mom. [...] Because of them and my experiences as an undocumented student, [...] it made me realize the struggles many immigrants have and, because of them, I want to be their voice. I know that some of them are afraid.” As a construction worker, Leonidas has also seen “exploitation at its highest” in his profession. He hopes to see an improvement in labor conditions for undocumented workers in the future.
Ortiz emphasized the importance of finding a support system. On school campuses, the networks can differ, but she said locating people or organizations in the same situation could provide new opportunities. “Undocumented students in one campus are not like undocumented students in another campus,” she said. “So, it’s important that we don’t generalize their needs, either. There are some similarities, but some campuses are different about how a student is going to voice it. [...] ‘How are we going to make campus better?’ That’s important for any student, regardless of their immigration background. Create something or make change happen that’s going to help others.” Karla said a significant trait undocumented students should adopt is choosing people who will provide a sense of belonging and empathy about their current situation. Immigrants lifting each other up will lead to overall success, she said. “Nothing is worse than sitting back and relaxing and waiting for something to come upon you in life,” Karla said. “I think the key thing is being informed. If you’re in this, you’ve already been doing triple the amount of work compared to everyone else, so continue to go out of your way to be informed, getting resources, identifying who is your support system and knowing that you are not alone. I think it’s important to find people who have similar backgrounds as you.” ✦
Obituary Debra Carole Haines Seccombe July 3, 1956 - March 4, 2018 Born in Long Beach, California
ebra Carole Haines Seccombe, 61, of Fox Island Washington passed away March 4, 2018 at the Franciscan Hospice House in University Place after struggling with pancreatic cancer for nearly a year and a half. Debbie was born in Long Beach, California to Alfred Benton Haines and Edith Rose Fioretti Haines on July 3, 1956, growing up on Molino Avenue near 7th. After graduating from Wilson High School she attended Pepperdine University including a year studying German in Heidelberg Germany; Debbie then transferred to the University of California Irvine and graduated in 1979 with a degree in Linguistics. From 1976 to 1978 Debbie was Miss Port of Long Beach, having been chosen out of a contest for her first term and the Port liked her so much they just asked her to stay a second year and didn’t bother to hold a contest. Debbie turned her passion for history, languages, and travel into a career when shortly after graduating she was hired by Air California Airlines as a Flight Attendant and worked in that capacity for 35 years retiring from American Airlines, after its takeover of AirCal in 1987, which allowed her to fly many years internationally. As a little girl her father took her to baseball games often which she
enjoyed very much and she remained a real fan all her life. While she was at UC Irvine she kept score for the Anteaters ball team, and after she retired from flying she was a concierge for a season for the Seattle Mariners in the VIP Suites at Safeco Field. Her love for animals proved boundless, always surrounding herself with cats and dogs, while volunteering her time to help those unfortunate enough to lose their furry family members as part of the Missing Animal Response Network and the Washington State Animal Response Team. As well, Debbie was an avid proponent for the adoption of dogs and cats through the various animal rescue organizations. She was always cheerful and giving, selfless and friendly to those whom she had just met or the oldest friends. As the loving and dedicated Wife, Mother, and Grandmother Debbie is survived by her husband Robert Charles Seccombe, “Her boys” Benton Haines Seccombe and Evan Robert Seccombe, granddaughter Michaela Alice Corso and Brother John J. Hardman. A celebration of Debbie’s life will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress at the Church of Our Father, June 2, 2018 at 11:30am followed by Interment alongside her father. Afterwards we will be gathering at Spaghettini in Seal Beach to share memories.
Lowenthal, Correa lead letter calling on Vietnamese government to end activist crackdown, release prisoners of conscience Congressional Caucus on Vietnam Co-Chair Congressmember Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) on Wednesday joined with Congressmember Lou Correa (CA-46) and other Members of the caucus in urging the Vietnamese government to end its recent crackdown on activists and journalists in Vietnam. The letter, addressed to Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, also calls on the government in Hanoi to release human-rights attorney Nguyen Van Dai, members of the Brotherhood for Democracy and all prisoners of conscience currently in custody. In the letter, the Members wrote, “We write to express our deep concerns regarding the ongoing crackdown on human-rights defenders and journalists in Vietnam. Particularly, the severe sentences given to members of the Brotherhood for Democracy (BFD). In the span of a week, 10 human-rights defenders were sentenced to over 100 years in prison and house arrest.” On April 5, activists Nguyen Van Dai, Le Thu Ha, Nguyen Bac Truyen, Nguyen Trung Ton, Pham Van Troi and Truong Minh Duc were each sentenced to between seven and 15 years in prison for what the Vietnamese government vaguely called “carrying out activities that aim to overthrow the state.” On April 10, another BFD member, Nguyen Van Tuc, was sentenced to 13 years in prison, and two days later Tran Thi Xuan was sentenced to nine years in prison along with Vu Van Hung, who received a one-year prison sentence. On the same day, another political activist, Nguyen Viet Dung (not affiliated with the BFD), was also sentenced to seven years in prison and five years of house arrest. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the U.S. State Department and numerous human-rights organization around the world have all called these sentences arbitrary and urged the Vietnamese government to release these activists, according to Lowenthal’s office. The Members point out in the letter that Vietnam is a signatory of the International Covenants on Human Rights. The terms of this treaty commit the Vietnamese government to respecting individual freedoms of belief, speech, association and press and the right to uphold assembly and political expression. However, the Members conclude, “the recent trials and continued criminalization of peaceful political activities clearly contradict Vietnam’s own commitment to internationally accepted standards of human rights. We urge the Government of Vietnam to release the activists and bloggers mentioned above as well as all other prisoners of conscience in Vietnam.” Last month, the three co-chairs of the Congressional Vietnam Caucus (Lowenthal, Congressmember Chris Smith and Congresswomember Zoe Lofgren) led the introduction of the Vietnam Human Rights Act. The legislation would make it U.S. policy to assess and sanction Vietnamese officials and others complicit in gross violations of internationally recognized human rights or particularly severe violations of religious freedom. Source: Lowenthal’s office
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This week's issue is headlined with stories about a undocumented-student workshop at Long Beach City College about resources and a proposal...
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This week's issue is headlined with stories about a undocumented-student workshop at Long Beach City College about resources and a proposal...