T R I B U N E
Serving Bixby Knolls, California Heights, Los Cerritos, Wrigley and the City of Signal Hill
VOL. 30, NO. 13 Your Weekly Community Newspaper September 4, 2008
Positive changes are
Backpack to School
breathing new life
into Bixby Knolls area
BY NICK DIAMANTIDES reopened, the new traffic
Staff Writer signals at Marshall and
Cartagena Avenues were
For more than a year now, turned on, and our historic
the mortgage meltdown, and light poles were painted.”
the high cost of fuel and Cohn explained that the
food have been hitting the offramp reopening would
retail industry like a gang of bring more customers to
highway robbers. As the Bixby Knolls businesses.
nation’s economic woes con- (See related article.) He
tinue to erode the disposable added that the two new traf-
income of many Americans, fic lights on Atlantic Avenue
restaurateurs and store own- at Marshall and Cartagena
ers look hopefully to any- would slow traffic down,
thing that might bring more making Atlantic Avenue
customers their way. safer and more pedestrian
Several Bixby Knolls friendly.
businesses closed their doors “We want to have more
during the last 12 months people strolling on our side-
Courtesy of Fluor Corporation
and several more are still walks,” he said. “We want
Representatives from Fluor Corporation hand out free backpacks to
struggling to survive, but everyone to discover what
elementary school students as they prepare to head back to school.
recently several events took Bixby Knolls has to offer.”
BY NICK DIAMANTIDES nations all over the world for the past place that could result in He added that the painting
Staff Writer eight years. more people spending of the light poles also makes
Last Thursday, more than 500 children money in the area. the area more pleasant for
About 800 pupils that attend Long came to the Boys and Girls Club in “Just in the last week or walking.
Beach schools got free backpacks and North Long Beach to get their back- so, three very good things “The light poles just
school supplies last week and Monday. packs, and almost 300 more kids got happened here,” said Blair accentuate what’s already
The giveaways were part of the Fluor theirs at Webster Elementary School on Cohn, executive director of here and make the avenue
Corporation’s “Global Building Futures Monday afternoon. the Bixby Knolls Business more attractive to walkers,”
Project,” which has provided assistance Fluor is one of the largest engineering Improvement Association he said. “Special thanks to
to students of low-income families in see FLUOR page 10 (BKBIA). “The Atlantic the City of Long Beach
Avenue north offramp was see BIXBY page 16
Caltrans reopens 405 northbound Atlantic Avenue offramp
BY NICK DIAMANTIDES than was originally envisioned, grading that altered the we had a tunnel fire on I-5, and tons of loose material, rebuilt
Staff Writer but we are confident that there drainage,” Raptis said. “We repairing that tunnel was a very the drainage system, installed
will be no more mudflows on believe that the water’s inability high priority.” reinforcement fabric on the
After seven months of being that ramp.” The agency origi- to drain properly led to the col- She explained that the State slope and filled it back with dirt.
closed, one of the main gate- nally predicted the ramp would lapse of the slope.” of California has an emergency “They rebuilt 100 feet of slope
ways to Bixby Knolls is back in reopen in April or May, but the Raptis said she did not know road repair fund, but the process next to the ramp,” she noted.
operation. The California slope stabilization process was the name of the oil company, of getting money from that fund “Originally the cost of
Department of Transportation delayed for more than one rea- and she did not know whether for specific projects can be repairing the slope was esti-
(Caltrans) reopened the north- son. the firm had reimbursed Cal- slow, especially when other mated at $475,000, but it turned
bound San Diego Freeway Caltrans closed the ramp on trans for the slope’s reconstruc- road repairs are given a higher out that the project only cost
Atlantic Avenue offramp last January 26 because the slope tion. priority. “We awarded the con- about $300,000.”
week. adjacent to it had collapsed dur- “It took some time to get the tract for the Atlantic Avenue Blair Cohn, executive direc-
“We opened it at 9:50 a.m. ing a heavy rainfall causing project going because they had offramp project in May, and the tor of the Bixby Knolls Busi-
last Wednesday (Aug. 27),” said excessive mud and debris to to do geologic boring and an actual work began on June 23,” ness Improvement Association,
Maria Raptis, Caltrans cover the pavement. “An oil environmental assessment Raptis said. said the offramp reopening was
spokesperson. “The slope stabi- company that owns the property before the work could begin,” According to Raptis, the con- see OFFRAMP page 3
lization process took longer uphill from the ramp did some she added. “At the same time, struction crews hauled away
2 SIGNAL TRIBUNE COMMUNITY SEPTEMBER 4, 2008
i Around Town
The Kiwanis Club of Bixby Knolls/North Long Beach will
be having “A Golf Tournament in Miniature” today at
Boomers in Fountain Valley at 16800 Magnolia St., right off
the San Diego Freeway. The event will start with a casual
buffet dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by a 6:30 p.m.
“shotgun” start. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second
and third place winners, plus additional prizes. The cost is
$25 per person, $10 for children under 12. For more info,
contact Susan Cooper via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call (562) 508-1707.
WANA KNOW ABOUT WRIGLEY?
The Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA) will
have a public meeting today from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The
meeting will take place at Pho America Restaurant, 1826
Pacific Ave. WANA is one year old and the State of the
Neighborhood report will be presented. Contact Jill at (562)
SIXTH DISTRICT ON OCEAN BOULEVARD?
Councilman Dee Andrews will be hosting a “Sixth District
Evening” at the Long Beach Museum of Art from 6 p.m. to
8 p.m. Friday, September 5 at the museum, which is located
at 2300 E. Ocean Boulevard. Admission to the museum and
parking are free, but RSVP is required. Call (562) 570-6816.
PROJECT EMBROIDERY In the August 19 issue of Beach Model-T sponsored tions and one of them is just
Long Beach Heritage will host European clothing designer the Signal Tribune, we asked Shell Hill Climb. We have on the Hill Climb. I have a
Elayna Brown-Levine for a six-week embroidery class on readers what they knew identified several in the pic- CD of it as it is on loan from
making Victorian purses. Open to all ages; no experience about the picture above. ture. As chairman for several a member for my use. It
necessary. Cost is $30 for all six classes. Class size will be Long Beach resident Dorlyne years, I am acquainted with would also be a good pro-
limited. For reservations and info about needed supplies, Genrich wrote in, saying: much of the event. An avid gram for any Signal Hill
call (562) 493-7019. Classes will take place 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Long Beach history student, group. There is a wealth of
Saturdays Sept. 6 through Oct. 11 at the Bembridge House, My friend Russ Hunt con- Mr. Dennis Morowski has presentations about our hill
953 Park Circle (at 10th Street in Drake Park). tacted me in regard to your produced over a dozen climb via the Long Beach
I SCREAM,YOU SCREAM..... interest in the famous Long important video presenta- Model-T Club.
WANA is having an Ice Cream Party Sunday, Sept.7 from 1
p.m. to 3 p.m. on the Green at 20th Street and Daisy
Avenue. Come enjoy some Dreyer's ice cream with friends
Bonnie Lowenthal to kick off
and neighbors. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Con-
tact Jill at (562) 599-1822. Assembly campaign open house
READ MY LIPS Bonnie Lowenthal will explore volunteering oppor- 3 primary election, putting
Classes in how to read lips are beginning at the Weingart launch the final stage of her tunities and enjoy light her on the Nov. 4 general-
Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Avenue in Lakewood. Beginners quest for the 54th Assembly refreshments. The campaign election ballot opposite
meet at 10 a.m. every Monday, intermediate meet at 9:30 District seat with an open office is located at 2115 Republican and Libertarian
a.m. every Wednesday. Contact Gail Morrison at (562) 438- house celebration at her Bellflower Blvd. in Long candidates. She has devoted
0597. campaign headquarters on Beach. her time in public service to
BE CONCERNED Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 “I want our campaign the needs of schoolchildren
The Social Concerns Committee of the South Coast Inter- a.m. to noon. headquarters to be a hub of and working families and to
faith Council will meet Monday, September 8 at 7 p.m. in The public is invited to activity and excitement as fighting to protect precious
the Community Center of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 7th come meet the candidate, we work together toward natural resources like the air
Street and Atlantic Avenue. Learn about hunger, homeless- victory in November,” and the ocean.
ness, at-risk children and youth, the environment, peace- Lowenthal said. Along with serving on the
making, and Africa, and participate in the committee’s vital presents...
Currently a member of Long Beach City Council
work in these areas. Guest speaker will be a leading envi- the Long Beach City Coun- for seven years, Lowenthal
ronmentalist related to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long PET OF THE
cil, Lowenthal won the June is a former member of the
Beach. Visit www.scinterfaith.org/SCC%20News.htm. WEEK Long Beach school board.
GET LIT FROM HAMMETT JANIS J Professionally, she is a
The September selection for the Bixby Knolls Literary Soci-
Welcome Back, Olivia!
licensed family counselor,
ety will be The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. Julie Gentle Expert
Groomer Care mental health consultant and
Rivett, one of four grandchildren of Dashiell Hammett, will college-level instructor.
be the special guest discussion leader. Working with Ham- She is seeking the Assem-
mett scholar Richard Layman, she helped to edit both bly seat currently held by
Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett 1921-1960 and her
Betty Karnette, who is not
mother’s memoir, Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remem-
Janis J, in the spirit of her running for re-election
bers. The next Society meeting will be Wednesday, Septem-
famous namesake, is singing, because of term limits. The
ber 10 at 7 p.m. at the Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic
“Oh Lord! Wontcha buy me 54th Assembly District
Avenue. For more info, call the Bixby Knolls Business
Improvement Association at (562) 595-0081. a purr-manent home. I came
from the streets and I’m so
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SEPTEMBER 4, 2008 COMMUNITY SIGNAL TRIBUNE 3
North Long Beach woman celebrates 100 times around the sun
BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Booth. “We are throwing a party in the Long Beach area. “The
Staff Writer for her to celebrate her life and group was organized by the
to show her how much she Weingart Senior Center in Lake-
The world has changed a lot means to us.” Diane, who grad- wood, and they always intro-
since 1908, but it all happened uated from Jordan High School duced her and made her the star
so gradually that Trease Booth in 1953, retired after many years of the show because she was the
took it all in stride. The North as a realtor a few years ago and oldest member of the group,”
Long Beach resident was born has been looking after her Diane said. “She performed at
September 9, one hundred years mother ever since then. the Buffums Center in Long
ago in Salem, West Virginia. According to Diane, Trease Beach when it opened, and per-
“We didn’t have a car when I married William Booth while formed in various malls and
was a little girl,” she said. “We she was still a teenager and they convalescent homes.”
walked everywhere we went, so moved to Arkansas soon after Diane noted that the Senior
I guess you could say life that. William later became a Sensations were very well
moved at a slower pace.” doctor of chiropractic. He and known and brought smiles to Courtesy of the Booth family
During her early years, her Trease eventually settled in many faces. “It made a lot of Long Beach resident Trease Booth, born September
family did not have a phone Long Beach, where Diane was people happy to see some senior 9, 1908, is gearing up to celebrate her 100th birthday.
either, but nobody they knew born. citizens performing,” she said.
had one so they didn’t feel as if “My mom got her diploma “They wore their tutus and their never smoked. I have always a good mother and father, good
they were missing out on any- from Jordan High School after leotards and their boas and they lived a good, clean life.” brothers and sisters and never
thing. “We got a phone eventu- attending night classes for a really looked cute.” She has experienced her share went through any stress,” she
ally,” she said, adding that in the while,” Diane said. “My mom She noted that Trease is alert of grief however. “A couple of said. “Then I had a wonderful
early 1900s not everyone felt was always active in the com- most of the time, but does have my children passed away when husband and wonderful children
that a phone was a necessity. munity and volunteered much of some difficulty with short-term they were small,” she said. One and grandchildren. I have lived a
This Saturday, Trease’s fam- her time to help people; she memory loss. her sons died in adulthood and good life.”
ily is throwing a birthday bash even started tap dancing when Trease said that a century of one of her grandchildren also “My brother is going all out
for her in Huntington Harbor, at she was 75.” living has not worn her out. “I died. Her husband passed away in to make her birthday party a
the home of her one surviving According to Diane, Trease feel fine. I feel good,” she said. 1976, after 50 years of marriage. really good celebration,”
son, Lloyd. “We just think she is became part of a dance troupe “I don’t know what the secret is Still, Trease cherishes her Diane said. “We are very
a remarkable woman,” said her called the Senior Sensations that to living for a hundred years, but happy memories. “I always had happy and excited that we can
daughter and caregiver Diane performed during many events I never drank alcohol and I a good family,” she said. “I had do this for her.”
continued from page 1
good news to all the business cuitous route to get to Bixby offramp reopening was on that Atlantic Avenue. Cohn and his something to celebrate the fact
owners in the area north of the Knolls. “Any time people have list,” he said. “I am thrilled that assistant, Krista, led the cara- that one of the gateways to
freeway. “You could hear a big to take a detour to get to a desti- it is open.” van. “There was a little bit of a Bixby Knolls was open again.”
collective sigh of relief from the nation, that’s going to nega- On the evening of the traffic jam because so many of Raptis said she was glad too.
whole corridor when the tively impact the businesses,” reopening, about 25 cars packed us got on the offramp all at “Caltrans thanks motorists for
announcement went out,” he Cohn said. “We don’t know with Bixby Knolls residents and once,” he said with a chuckle. their patience and understand-
said. “People felt that we had all how many people decided to business owners traveled in a “But after waiting so many ing during these roadway
this momentum, and the closure shop elsewhere because of the procession on the freeway to months, we felt we had to do repairs,” she said.
was a roadblock to the good inconvenience, but we know
progress being made in Bixby that many did.”
Knolls.” He added that he has a list of
For the seven months that the about 100 items that need to be
offramp was closed, freeway done to get Bixby Knolls to its
motorists had to take a cir- maximum potential. “The
Long Beach Community Improvement League
Signal Hill Child Development Center
State Subsidized Child Care Programs
Full-Time & Part-Time
State Preschool & Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP)
Year-round Program — 6:30-6:00pm
3 Free Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Snack
Call Child Development Center:
2399 California Ave., Signal Hill 90755
w w w. l b c i l . o r g
Rare commercial retail building with
high visibility corner location at
warehouse rates in Signal Hill.
Available for lease call agent:
4 SIGNAL TRIBUNE OPINION SEPTEMBER 4, 2008
Think sensibly, seniors
Submitted by Marjorie Grommé
needs upkeep we can no longer have been here, I have never for wait until they have an illness or meals without assistance of any
handle; it all becomes too much. a moment regretted my decision disability that makes it difficult kind, alert and sharp as can be,
So we muddle along, kind to make the move. to remain in their own homes and a pleasure to have for a
neighbors take us to the grocery Many old timers in the com- instead of planning ahead and neighbor and friend.
store, someone takes us to the munity remember the BKT build- making a move, discarding all So, get out that pencil and
doctor; oh, “ we pay them for ing as the John Brown Tower of the work and cost of main- paper as I did, talk to your fam-
doing these errands, they don’t built in 1962-1964 to provide taining a home that they can no ily, your financial adviser, figure
In the August 14 issue of the mind.” Are these kind neighbors housing for senior Americans. longer do themselves. Quit what it costs you on an average
Signal Tribune Kelly Nielsen licensed and insured to carry Two years later, due to a failure in depending on those gracious every month to live in your own
wrote of “Love, Duty, and Com- paying customers? Probably not. marketing, the John Brown Cor- neighbors and the “kids” who home. Be tough with your fig-
passion.” He wrote of the roller Having had those experiences poration deeded the property to are having their own problems. ures. Then make an appointment
coaster of emotions that goes when I had a disabling bout of HUD in lieu of foreclosure. Keep that independence that you for a tour, a packet with facts
with the job he has undertaken bursitis in February of 2002, I HUD changed the name to so tightly cling to, to a social life and figures for the cost of living
as caregiver for his aging father. got to thinking about my own Bixby Knolls Towers and that living at BKT or other facil- at BKT, and you will probably
In my younger days I worked position, alone and having to offered the property for sale to a ities provide built in. And as find that life at the Towers just
for L.A. County in Long Beach. rely on others. I was then in my non-profit corporation. The your family and friends come to might be a very good idea.
For some nine years I worked early 80s, still driving my car, Retirement Housing Foundation visit, to share a meal, or enjoy a Try not to wait until you
with elderly persons who, for but what if I couldn’t. I loved my (RHF) won the bid, taking title program, they become a part of just have to make a move.
one reason or another, ended up condo with the fantastic views, on October 6, 1966. Plans for the other residents’ extended Selling a house or condo can
badly in need of financial assis- good neighbors, only a few the future of the Tower was as a family and others of us look for- take time in the present mar-
tance and medical care. In the blocks from my daughter and complete “life care” facility for ward to their visits as well. ket, adding stress and strain to
main part these were not irre- son-in-law, a close-by bus stop, the elderly with the sale of “life And that is why it makes me an already difficult situation.
sponsible people, they were hard 47 years residence in Signal Hill. care contracts.” And this is the sad to see families struggle with As the regular readers of the
working and respected in their As for the bus stop, all up/down memory that many in the sur- the question of how best to help Signal Tribune know, because
communities. Having to ask for hill, no level areas for walking, rounding community have of and care for their loved ones. Neena wrote about it, I had a
help was the most embarrassing the nearest grocery store at that this facility. Especially when that person round of chemo this past winter,
thing that could have ever hap- time was two miles away. I Today, BKT is still a part of refuses to recognize that they my cancer now pretty much in
pened to them. finally figured out that the time RHF, but on a month-to-month truly do need help, that they are control. I am feeling better than
Like Kelly’s father, many had come for me to do some rental basis. It is a senior retire- placing hardship and worry on I have in a very long time. I will
owned their own home but were hard planning. So with pencil in ment facility with independent their loved ones. Bixby Knolls tell you that I have been so very
caught in the position of unex- hand and a large tablet I put living in its 169 lovely apart- Towers is NOT a nursing facil- glad that I was living here dur-
pected illnesses. The cost of liv- together the figures. The cost to ments, one of which is desig- ity. Yes, there is such a facility ing this trying time. I had a fan-
ing had risen beyond their maintain my then way of living, nated as an exercise room with on the grounds, in a separate tastic support group all the way
diminishing income. Now came as much as I loved it, would plenty of up-to-date equipment. building, two floors of skilled from the staff to my fellow resi-
the medical bills and their sav- nicely cover the cost of living at Apartments ranging from spa- nursing and four floors of dents. Luckily I was never sick
ings was gone. Many had Bixby Knolls Towers (BKT). cious studios, one-bedroom, to assisted living with 24-hour so that I was able to go to the
depended on their job-related Jay (my late husband) and I two-bedroom with two baths care. It makes it very handy dining room for meals. I did
benefits; many had none at all to had answered an “Open house with spectacular views from any when we have need of such have to give up my volunteer
begin with. by Invitation” to BKT in 1996. window, in any direction, on any care. We are still with familiar work in the garden, which I
Adult children, if they had He would have loved living floor. Three meals a day, cable faces, the same food, and are loved doing, and upkeep on the
any, took their parents into their here. I was enough younger than TV, weekly housekeeping, bed often able to make use of the weekly fresh floral arrange-
own homes, they, too, struggling he at the time and he was still in and bath linens included, a small facilities on short term eventu- ments for the lobby over a year
to raise their own children and pretty good shape so we figured kitchen in every unit, beautifully ally returning to our own apart- ago, and I miss it.
contend with medical problems. that “when the time came” there landscaped grounds, transporta- ment, just as would work if such Like most of you, I did not
This, too, became a problem so would be no question as to what tion for shopping and medical care was needed and we were want to be a burden to my
that the parents were forced into we would do. He passed away appointments and religious serv- living in our own home. Ah, but daughter, my one and only, and I
a position of having to ask for in 1999 after a very short illness ices, to name a few of the this is our home. did not need to be. That was the
financial assistance from the and I continued on in our lovely included amenities. The only Yes, the two elevators get beauty of already being estab-
county (usually when one parent condo until the bursitis episode extra cost is for telephone service pretty crowded at times; unfor- lished here, life went on as
or the other was hospitalized in 2002. and garage space, if you are still tunately, the original use for the before, I was just not as active
and had no money to pay.) How Once my mind was made up, driving, making it easy to budget. building didn’t require more ele- for a few months. Luckily I was
often I heard the remark that the I called my realtor- my lovely I didn’t mean to get off on a vators and we certainly could able to drive myself to my own
kids were getting rich off their daughter-in-law- to come list my long diatribe on the virtues of use more today. Mostly we are chemo treatments after the first
parents, then called Old Age unit for sale, and she did. She living at Bixby Knolls Towers, pretty patient and accept that couple, but knowing that trans-
Security. Oh, how untrue! had an open house five days although I doubt they would “that’s the way it is.” There are portation was available as part
We try so hard to keep our later. The place sold the next day mind my saying nice things ever so many more canes and of my rental agreement if
parents in their own homes. with a 30-day escrow. Every- about them. Neena and I have walkers today than there were needed was invaluable. No need
Aging in Place is today’s motto thing fell into place and I was heard so many comments from six years ago. I swear people are for Neena or Steve, no matter
and is fine in many cases. But as moved into Bixby Knolls Tow- local people who remember the living longer and are more how lovingly willing, to take
caregivers wear out, finances ers 30 days later. True, the mar- early plans for this building and mobile. We had a resident who time from work to take me for
become strained, the home we ket was right, as was the price have no idea of its present-day last month celebrated her 100th my injections... and that’s my
have lived in for so many years and location. In the six years I use. My lament is that people birthday, still coming down to story.
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COMMUNITY SIGNAL TRIBUNE 5
Carol’s Nutrition Nuggets Caribbean Chicken Salad
Extreme Makeover 1 can (10 ounces) chunk white
chicken in water, drained
1 can (8 ouces) pineapple
1 1/2 tablespoons minced
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Family Kitchen Edition chunks, drained
1/2 cup drained, canned
water chestnets, quartered
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 papayas or 2 small melons,
halved and seeded
1/3 cup sliced green onions Lime or lemon wedges
BY CAROL BERG SLOAN of butter or margarine linger over a meal– a prac- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise Preparation Time: 15 mins.
Registered Dietitian • Buy smaller loaves of tice more common in other
To eat healthier, you have
whole-grain breads (we now
look for day-old and freeze)
cultures than the United
States– family mealtime pro-
1. Toss the chicken, pineapple, water chestnuts
and green onions.
to start at the very begin- • Have meatless meals motes close personal interac-
ning– a healthy kitchen cup-
board. We recently did a
weekly such as macaroni and
cheese with a huge salad or
tion. Benefits go beyond
catching up on the day, 2. Mix the mayonnaise, ginger, lime juice and
salt and pepper. Toss with chicken mixture.
walk-through of our kitchen bean burritos with fresh building family ties and
stock for a couple of reasons: tomato salsa enjoying each other. Regular
1) to get rid of stuff that had
been in the cupboard way too Another key factor in
family mealtime also is
linked to better emotional
3. Cut a thin slice from bottom of each fruit half
to make a flat surface for plating; place halves
on 4 serving plates. Mound the chicken salad in the
long and 2) to be more mind- leading a healthier lifestyle health, fewer risk-taking fruit halves. Serve with lime or lemon wedges.
ful shoppers with the recent is to eat together at dinner- behaviors, such as alcohol
increases in grocery prices. time or on the weekends. It’s and drug abuse and better
difficult in today’s busy school performance.” Nutritional Information
Here’s what we do now: world, but studies have Calories Per Serving: 340 Fat : 12g
• Purchase fresh fruits and shown it makes a difference Duyff also states that we Cholesterol: 40 mg Sodium: 350 mg
Carbohydrates: 41 g Fiber: 6g Protein: 17g
vegetables that are in season on many levels. must make family mealtime
to increase the amount of A colleague of mine, a priority.
antioxidants, vitamins, min- Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RD, Here are a few tips to time together. tic– not so long that the
erals and fiber in our diet FADA, wrote the following help you get started: • Turn off the TV. Turn pleasure goes away.
• Purchase low-fat or non- in an article, “The Family • Set a regular family on the answering machine.
fat dairy products to lower Table: A Place to Nourish mealtime. Pick a time Focus mealtime on family. Enjoy the family-friendly
saturated fat and calories and Nurture” for the Canned together. • Keep table talk positive. recipe above from the
• Purchase lean meats such Food Alliance (www.meal- • Enjoy more table time, Everyone gets to talk and to Canned Food Alliance!
as flank or round steak that time.org) about the impor- less cooking time. Make listen. Sitting around a table,
are on sale and freeze extra tance of “breaking bread” quick, simple meals- canned not side-by-side at the Sloan is a registered dieti-
• Use healthier oils such as together: foods are a convenient time- counter, helps. tian, therapist and consult-
canola and olive oil in place “Especially when families saver - to give more table • Keep table time realis- ant in Long Beach.
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First Fridays to offer diverse new art, live entertainment
Poets, young punks, photog- Atlantic Ave, will feature two their latest Beginning Rock
raphers, painters, politicos, gui- artists: Lynne Scholnick with Band graduates, Punx Hour.
tars, B-boys, Django Reinhardt, her series of paintings on wood, Punx Hour is an all-girl group
and a new art gallery make up and Barry Rothstein with his between the ages of 10 and 14
the September 5 First Fridays three-dimensional photography on guitar, bass, drums, violin
event in Bixby Knolls. Mike the in a relatively new format called and saxophone who will enter-
Poet also returns this month to a “photographic phantogram.” tain with a short but entertaining
make a guest appearance on the Phantograms are the pop-ups of set. The Jammin’ Music Players
Gabelich Trolley, reciting his photography. will round out the evening,
beat poetry for guests riding up Nino’s Italian Restaurant, inviting all audience members
and down Atlantic Avenue. 3853 Atlantic Ave, continuing to participate on hand drums in
Guests can pick up the trolley at the spirit of its 50th anniversary, a communal music making
designated stops at the partici- will be offering an eclectic mix experience.
pating venues. of art and music. Artwork Hensle Acupuncture, 3821
Here’s a peek of what to see includes “Fifth Flyers: A His- Atlantic Avenue, Suite F, will
and hear at First Fridays on tory of Long Beach Punk Fly- feature the photography of Rus-
September 5. To get the detailed ers” by Paul Shara, new works sell Latimer. Live entertainment
venue listings and artist profiles, by Tom Vadakan and Michelle will be provided by Jonah Courtesy of the Historical Society of Long Beach
visit www.firstfridayslong- Vavonese, live music from Fifth Smith and visitors can partake Historical Society of Long Beach will be featuring photo
beach.com. Story Tenants, The Bolides and of some appetizers and refresh- exhibit “Suburban Architecture” during First Fridays.
mysterious Jam cover band Not ments.
Long Beach Arts, 4332 From The Jam. A DJ will be on Historical Society of Long ter, Long Beach Design Forum collection of photography expe-
Atlantic Avenue, invites the hand to drop additional beats on Beach, 4260 Atlantic Avenue, and Studio One Eleven. The riences from his global travels
public to the grand opening of everyone. Music starts at 8 p.m. will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 work of these architects can be over the past 35 years. Carmen,
its new location in Bixby Gallery THOR at THOR p.m. showcasing its latest found throughout the city. will be displaying her portrait
Knolls. LBA recently relocated Antiques, 4122 Atlantic exhibit entitled “Suburban Using photos, plans, and narra- art. Primarily self-taught, she
from downtown and plans to Avenue, will be featuring art by Architecture of Roberts, Jones, tive the exhibit illustrates how has applied her talent and edu-
partner with the community and two local artists; paintings by Power, Lockett, & Poper.” The the city grew and the impact of cation towards “renaissance
showcase new exhibits every Mike Rivero and sculptures by exhibit is arranged in sections, these architects on the city’s quality” portraiture.
First Friday of the month. The Susan Erikson Hawkins, as well focusing on the architects, the commercial and residential It’s A Grind, 4245 Atlantic
inaugural exhibit is “Works on as art by other well known and Elizabethan Studio in which spaces. Avenue, will feature live music
Paper,” which includes 39 listed artists. Wine, light appe- some of the architects worked, Rickter Associates, 3920 from Chris “Hound Dog”
pieces of art. Enjoy refresh- tizers, and homemade desserts the houses of worship they Atlantic Avenue, will feature the Stevens, playing real American
ments and live music from Hot will also be served. designed, and a digital slide artwork of Edward Scott Rick- music (folk and Americana)
Club De Bop. Jammin’ Music, 3972 show celebrating other work in ter and his wife, Carmen Rick- from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
FreeSpirit Yoga, 3910 Atlantic Ave., will be presenting the city compiled by the AIA ter. Edward has a keen eye for L’ Exotique Appeal, 3846
Long Beach / South Bay Chap- photography and has created a Atlantic Avenue, will showcase
a hands-on demo of new cos-
metics and facial art tips from 7
p.m. to 10 p.m., as well as wine,
Modern Problems appetizers and a five-percent
Stop by on First Friday and meet discount in the entire store.
Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Glen Hensle Events start around 6 p.m.
September is Venues can be found on
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7th, 8th and 9th districts to
reach the goal of a 10 percent
Communiqué reduction. The other council
offices and the mayor’s office
were able to quickly reach
By Rae Gabelich, Long Beach 8th District Council Member
their goal because they all had
vacant positions within their
Speaking for the 8th district,
we do not have the benefit of
Recently I took my son to City of Long Beach has been programs that provide struc- unaccounted revenue or a
see Wicked at the beautiful making annual budget cuts for ture and support for our youth vacant position. We also have
Pantages Theatre located on over the past five years. It who are the most in need, to the additional costs related to
the famous corner of Holly- started with the easier levels of the threat of closing our main funding a field office so that
wood and Vine. One of the service, the areas that are not library that serves thousands of our residents may have easier
lines in the play that caught visible to many citizens. citizens every year. These are access to their city office.
my attention was when the For instance, adjustments the most publicly discussed I have a staff of four who
Good Witch Glinda said: “ I were made to the basic levels budget cuts, but there are serve our district’s needs. Our
am a public official. It is my of service that were contracted many more necessary to talented office manager Rose,
duty to speak with encourage- out for landscape maintenance, achieve a balanced budget for who handles all of the schedul-
ment.” the reduction of fleet opera- 2009. ing needs, mailings, event
Well, as your public official, tions, the reduction in tree The legislative department coordination and city hall con-
encouragement is good, but I trimming schedules and the list was asked to join in the effort see RAE page 8
feel my responsibility is to goes on. to realize cost savings as well.
relay the reality of city hall This year, the “low hanging For those of you who are fol-
finances as I understand it.
We are all well aware of the
dilemma that we face with our
fruit” is limited! We are con-
fronted with choosing between
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Lafayette building to return to yesteryears for one night
The Lafayette Historical the Starlight Patio. Proceeds evening. Guests will enjoy “For one evening, focal point of this fundraising
Preservation Group will pres- from the event will benefit the views of the ocean and ‘Starlight Rendezvous’ will activity.”
ent “Starlight Rendezvous”- the restoration of vintage tile downtown Long Beach land- recreate the atmosphere that “Starlight Rendezvous”
an evening of artistic, archi- murals original to the rooftop scape from the solarium and existed 80 years ago,” said will take place at The
tectural, musical and culinary patio. will be served drinks and hors Jack Nendel, president of the Lafayette Building, 140 Lin-
enchantment on Friday, Sep- Reminiscent of yester- d’oeuvres. They will also Lafayettte Historical Preser- den Avenue, in the East Vil-
tember 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 years, guests to the event will learn about the remarkable vation Group. “We are lage Arts District. Price is $40
p.m. at the Lafayette Build- be escorted from the 1920s history of the Lafayette, once pleased to open up the per person tax-deductible
ing in Long Beach. The lobby of the Lafayette, up the part of the Hilton hotel chain rooftop patio to the public donation.
evening will culminate with elevator and into the former and the focal point of Long and give everyone an oppor- For more information call
an outdoor concert by Broad- penthouse ballroom. It will be Beach high life circa 1929- tunity to view the murals, (562) 436-5391 or email
way singer Yoly Tolentino on opened to the public for the 1959. whose restoration are the firstname.lastname@example.org.
continued from page 7
stituent calls. Linda and Veron- started since 2004 for a total many community groups such we will have an intern in a For myself, as your council
ica, who both serve you from today of 58 in the 8th district. as North Project Area Commit- paid position, since those member, I receive an annual
the field office on Atlantic This is a proven program to tee, North Long Beach Com- funds had to be eliminated as salary of $35,000 that trans-
Avenue. In addition to con- defeat criminal behavior and munity Action Group, the well. And that pay was more lates into $1800 take home
stituent needs, they each have strengthen the sense of com- Bixby Knolls Business of a stipend than a salary. Her each month. These jobs are not
their areas of expertise. munity within our neighbor- Improvement Association, work, on the other hand, was about obtaining wealth; they
Veronica takes responsibil- hoods. She also leads the 8th NorthPointe Housing Devel- impeccable- she was depend- are about being a part of creat-
ity for organizing and leading district youth group and helps opment and a number of our able, energetic and responsi- ing change, improving life
the monthly clean ups that we them initiate projects to neighborhood groups. She ble. Maili started with us when within our City of Long
make available to neighbor- improve quality of life within attends many of the events she was a junior in high school Beach.
hoods on request. She has been the 8th, while allowing them to citywide to represent the 8th and returned to us during her If anyone is interested in
instrumental in working with work on their leadership skills district when I am not able to college summer and holiday seeing our line-item budget,
the 38 new Neighborhood within the community. do so, as well as attending breaks and could pick up please contact my office and
Watch groups that we have Linda is our liaison with monthly city commission where she left off. She will be we will make that available to
meetings to keep us on top of missed dearly! you. In the meantime, I will
projects that are under devel- Each staff person provides work with my colleagues and
Car Insurance. opment or consideration. And invaluable service to our dis- attempt to build a better under-
last but certainly not least is trict. Each person gives their standing about the differences
Blind Date. Jonathan, who serves as my 110 percent to improving the among the council districts,
I can take care of the more chief of staff and is the wizard quality of life for our 56,000 having nothing to do with the
with the ways of government- residents and have earned the individual council members!
anxiety-producing of the two. local, state and federal- keep- level of salaries they receive. I Please join us in the
ing me informed and on track do not doubt that in the private process. Let your positions be
Brenda Soto Bryan Phone 562-426-1752
3939 Atlantic Ave, Suite 103 Fax: 595-0806 while managing the dozens of sector, they would be able to known without casting blame.
Long Beach, CA 90807 CA Insurance Lic. 0592677 projects that we commit to demand significant income Be a part of the solution, not
throughout the year. increases with less demands on the catalyst for more problems.
This is the last month that their time. Stay Involved! Rae
SEPTEMBER 4, 2008 COMMUNITY SIGNAL TRIBUNE 9
New spins on retro music keep Gaslamp patrons coming back
BY ATHENA MEKIS work T.V. station. Finally, Knyght Ryder is extremely
Contributing Writer the headliner finishes the popular among The Gaslamp
show by 10 p.m. with hilari- crowd. Reservations are
The Gaslamp Restaurant ous observations and per- strongly recommended so
and Bar entertains family and sonal experiences. Simpson that customers may sit level
friends with a load of activi- said, “We view this as a civil with the stage and view the
ties every day of the week. jury. We ask for the majority energy on the dance floor.
The owners Alicia Shelton to laugh.” New comics do Ladies are in heels and gen-
and Jennifer McDonald are stand-up every six months so tlemen wear collared tees.
continually changing people’s there will always be new Everyone appears as if they
opinion of The Gaslamp. material to titillate cus- were models. That’s why
The previous owners had tomer’s minds. they have a photo booth
received complaints because Wednesdays (5 p.m. to 1 titled “You Ought to Be in
of their customers’ boister- a.m.): The wine meeting is Pictures.”
ous behavior, but Shelton held in the dining section Saturdays (5 p.m. to 1
and McDonald fashion each from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enter- a.m.): DJ DeLa spins top 40
event respectfully. “I want tainment changes every week hits from the ‘80s, ‘90s and
people to keep an open mind with DJs and live acoustic today. The DJ and his equip- Heather Posey/Signal Tribune
and come experience for rock. Although soon there ment glow neon blue. The The Gaslamp Restaurant, located on the corner of
themselves,” Shelton said. will be a Las Vegas-style dance floor illuminates with Loynes and Pacific Coast Highway.
Stained wood, stucco walls hypnotist show where every- spinning lights and the bass
and dim chandeliers give it a one will be part of the fun. thumps deep into the crowd and banquets. through Saturday 5 p.m. to 1
European elegance. The Thursdays (5 p.m. to 1 on the dance floor. The ‘80s The Gaslamp Restaurant a.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. to 8
décor is sophisticated and a.m.): The socialites arrive and ‘90s songs were origi- & Bar is located at 6251 E. p.m. Contact The Gaslamp at
formal yet comfortable and for the wine tasting between nally rock, but, by the time Pacific Coast Highway. (562) 833-7026 or www.the
friendly. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. It is $20 DJ DeLa plays them, the beat Business hours are Tuesday gaslamprestaurant.com.
Happy hours are 5 p.m. to for 6 tastes (2-3 oz.) of wine. parallels his dance music.
7 p.m. Tuesday through Sat- Many attendees are over 40, Sundays (2 p.m. to 8
OF THE WEEK
T H E
urday, but the fun doesn’t but a few younger people p.m.): Different live bands
start until after 8 p.m. They take part in the adult recre- play for what looks like a 7 Nights
serve burgers two for $1 as ation. Guitar virtuoso Frank family reunion BBQ. One FREE PLAY
well as $3 Bud Lights and Potenza has a classic voice band, Big Noise, plays vin-
to 2 Lucky
Coronas, and they never
charge a cover. Depending
like Sinatra. He plays for the
audience from 7 p.m. to 8:30
tage rock-n-roll covers from
artists such as Creedence and Winners! C L U B
on the customers, the kitchen p.m. By 9 p.m. most of the The Stones. There is an all- HAWAIIAN GARDENS
usually closes around 10 wine tasters leave and Gen- BBQ menu ranging from $6
p.m. so there is always eration Y sits around the bar tri-tip sandwiches to a $15
p for o
plenty of time to grab a deli- to listen to ‘90s covers from plate of BBQ favorites. Take
cious appetizer like the gnoc- the band 90s210. advantage now because in Sign u CLUB CA
chi, or go all out with a Fridays (5 p.m. to 1 October Sundays will be
EQUENT le to enter Drawing!
cowboy steak and enjoy the a.m.): The ‘80s tribute band reserved for private parties FR ligib lar
show. & be e r Spectacu
0 D R N IG HT
Mondays (Closed): Pri-
$50 E A
vate parties and banquets
only. Call (562) 596-4718 to 12AM
make a reservation. TWIC THUR
Y @ 2AM
Tuesdays (5 p.m. to 1 MONDAY – Y @ 10:30 PM & 2AM
FRID AY @ 7:30 & 12AM
a.m.): Comedy night is not RD PM
SATU Y @ 6:30
for the faint of heart or the SU NDA
easily offended. Chris Simp-
son hosts and organizes the
Electronic Bingo Machines Available!
show. It begins at 8:30 with a
Mon-Thurs 5:45pm-Midnight, Fri 4:15pm-2am Sat 12:45pm-2am
novice comedian. The MC, Sun 12:45pm-Midnight
usually Simpson, follows. *Doors open at 3:30pm Mon-Fri & 11am Sat-Sun
Then, a nationally recog-
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10 SIGNAL TRIBUNE COMMUNITY SEPTEMBER 4, 2008
Bill Keichline named continued from page 1
July’s Elk of the Month construction, procurement
and management companies
in the world. Locally, the
company renovates and
maintains several oil
refineries, engineers and
manages freeway construc-
tion, and undertakes large
construction projects in the
public and private sectors.
In the United States, the
Global Building Futures
Project operates out of dif-
ferent locations each year. manager for Fluor ’s Long taged students get a better
“We normally rotate the Beach office. “Supplies for education.”
schools,” said Margarita the younger kids cost about “We get letters from the
Miranda, Fluor spokesper- $15 per pupil.” She noted kids that tell us how grateful
son. “We look for schools in that the supplies are also they are for the backpacks
the U.S. Department of Edu- purchased in bulk quantities and supplies,” Miranda-
cation’s Title One category,” and if a parent were to buy Whitney said. “That’s what
she said. “Those are schools the items, they would spend motivates us to keep doing
William G. "Bill" Keich- and served on the merging where the majority of the $35 to $50 depending on the this.” She explained that the
line has been chosen as the committee for Bellflower kids live under the poverty grade level of their child. Long Beach office has been
Elk of the Month for July and Long Beach Lodge in level.” Miranda-Whitney added supplying free backpacks
for the Bellflower/Long 2005-2006. He has been Miranda noted that the that the Long Beach Fluor and supplies to needy stu-
Beach Lodge #888. chairman of the fireworks contents of the backpacks office tries to reach out to dents for six years.
He joined the Bellflower stand for several years and vary with the grade. “For the local community in a Ten-year-old Anissa who
Lodge No. 2003 on March works all four days putting the younger students, we put variety of ways. “We want attends Barton Elementary
26, 1997, where he super- in many hours and works spiral notebooks, pencil, the people who live here to School said she was very
vised retro fitting. He very hard at it, earning pencil boxes and sharpeners, know that we are here to glad to get the supplies.
served on breakfast com- more than $1,000 more and all of the basic supplies help in any way we can,” “This will help me do my
mittee there for six years, than last year. that children need in she said. “The backpack dis- work,” she explained.
was a trustee for five years, He's also been a member school,” she explained. “The tribution is one of our more Another Barton student,
and was chairman for rede- of the house committee for older children– the ones successful projects.” She eight-year-old Tina, said, “I
velopment of Elks property the past three years. who are in fourth grade on noted that the approximately am very glad I got this back-
up– get backpacks with 400 employees of the Long pack because I need every-
binders, papers, pens, mark- Beach office donated their thing that is in it.”
Authentic Brick Oven Pizza, ers and other items that own money to purchase the “It’s cool that we get all
GOURMET PIZZA, PASTA, SALADS AND MORE older students use.” supplies. “Our employees these things without having
“Favorite Pizzerias” The backpacks them- provided the funds, but if it to pay for them,” added 12-
– L.A. Times Critics selves cost the company was not for the Office Depot year-old Kimiesha, a student
and Food Writers about $14 each, but that is a in Norwalk we could not at Stevens Middle School
wholesale price. “We buy have afforded to buy such a “It’s a good program that
Italian Spoken Here! them in large quantities large quantity,” she said. “If helps a lot of kids,” said
“Named One of Four because we buy them for
Best Pizza Places it was not for their willing- Joseph Norman, game room
in So. CA!” kids all over the world,” ness to sell us the supplies supervisor at the Boys and
K-Cal 9 News Miranda explained. at less than wholesale Girls Club. “Most of the
The company donates the prices, we could not have kids that come to our facil-
backpacks, and Fluor filled as many backpacks.” ity cannot afford to buy the
employees all over the world “We have employees in school supplies they need,
250 W. Ocean Blvd., Downtown Long Beach • (562) 432-2211 buy the school supplies and Chile and other parts of much less a nice backpack.”
401 W. Willow St., Long Beach • (562) 595-6138 other materials needed by South America doing the Don Rodriguez, executive
students in their regions. same thing,” Miranda director of the Long Beach
“The supplies for the added. “Our employees in chapter of the Boys and
older kids cost us about $20 China, the Philippines and Girls Clubs, said he was
per student,” added Julie India are involved in other glad that the North Long
Mianda-McWhitney, office projects that help disadvan- Beach club was used as a
backpack distribution cen-
ter. “The mission of the
Boys and Girls Clubs is to
offer opportunities to kids
from disadvantaged circum-
stances, to have a safe place
to go after school, to
involve them in fun activi-
ties that will help them
make wise choices, and to
help them do well in
school,” he said. “Certainly,
giving them the supplies
they need for class work and
homework is going to bene-
The Fluor Corporation
also conducts Adopt a Pla-
toon and Adopt a Family
for military personnel sta-
tioned overseas and their
families during the Christ-
SEPTEMBER 4, 2008 ENTERTAINMENT SIGNAL TRIBUNE 11
Orange County Children’s Theatre
takes audiences to musical ‘Island’
Orange County Chil-
dren’s Theatre (OCCT) is
presenting its production of
Once on This Island, with
wall-to-wall dancing, move-
ment and mime. From the
first number, titled “We
Dance,” the audience is
drawn into the evening’s
telling style and Caribbean
Directed and choreo-
graphed by Edward Ban-
gasser, with assistant Courtesy of OCCT
choreographer Jene’a Once on This Island is based on Hans Christian
DeCastro, and vocal direc- Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid.”
tion by Mary DiCamillo, the
The show takes place on a songs titled “Mama Will
show will be performed at
beautiful island in the Provide,” “Rain,” and “Why
Stanton Civic Center, 7800
French Antilles, on the night We Tell The Story,” plus
Katella Avenue in Stanton
of a terrible tropical storm. many more, audiences will
through Sept. 7. Tickets for
All the villagers are gath- be transported to an island
all shows are $10 online,
ered in the tribal hut, seek- of two different worlds,
$12 at the door. All tickets
ing shelter from the storm. where peasants pray to their
can be purchased online at
To ease the fears of one lit- gods for survival, where
tle girl, the villagers begin rich people live behind high
Once On This Island is an
to tell the story of a young walls, and where the power
exciting American musical
orphan girl named Ti of love is tested against the
with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Moune, the story of a peas- power of death.
and music by Stephen Fla-
ant girl who has fallen in For more details about
herty, the same artistic duo
love above her class. Once on this Island or how
who won the Tony Award for
The music of the show to get children involved in
Ragtime. It is based on Rosa
weaves themes heavily OCCT’s next production,
Guys’ novel My Love, My
influenced by the instrumen- call the OCCT hotline at
Love, which was inspired by
tation and rhythms of the (714) 502-2244 or visit
Hans Christian Andersen’s
Caribbean Islands. With www.occt.org.
“The Little Mermaid.”
12 SIGNAL TRIBUNE COMMUNITY SEPTEMBER 4, 2008
Film forum offers full program to entice even couch potatoes
BY CORY BILICKO our patrons.” Sierra Madre.” says being principal and
Managing Copy Editor Their opening film in The John Huston-directed then director of the School
April of 1995 was The Great film with Humphrey Bogart, for Adults allowed him a
When, 14 years ago, Max Dictator with Charlie Chap- based on the 1927 novel door to explore school cur-
Fraley, the director of Adult lin, which was followed by became an obvious choice to riculum opportunities with
Education for the Long The Quiet Man with John usher in the forum after the acceptable standards and
Beach Unified School Dis- Wayne. “It took a while, but panel had made a collective format in the use of com-
trict, hired former actor and before long, our numbers epiphany. “We looked at mercial movies. But he cred-
stunt man Ray Sharp to started to increase, and we each other in the planning its Sharp as the catalyst for
teach a film analysis class have developed a loyal fol- session and no one could the forum’s success. “His
for the district’s School for lowing that seems to be ever believe we hadn’t shown it enthusiasm, personality and
Adults, he may not have evolving,” Fraley said. before. Since it was restored subject knowledge have
realized he would soon be Sharp says the 14-foot- a while back, we knew it had blended with our original
fulfilling a lifelong ambi- wide screen presents a vivid to be first on the list,” he intent to have a good time
tion. After word got out image that marks a contrast said. “Of course, the quality with a good thing that we
about the superb projection to his childhood movie- of that picture qualifies it to both enjoyed and to share it
system and a film series going experiences. “As centered on a different be first on any list. Everyone with the general public,”
through which people could someone who grew up in theme each semester. How- knows about the father-son Fraley says. Rob Ray is the
see classic movies on a big revival movie houses with ever, Sharp points out that a connection with director lead programmer. He has
screen with other film enthu- grainy 16mm films, I feel theme can sometimes over- John Huston and actor Wal- been a member of the Soci-
siasts, the class quickly very satisfied with our pro- whelm the quality of the ter Huston, but co-star Tim ety for Cinephiles since
gained distinction as a jection and sound,” he said. films when a less-than-won- Holt’s father Jack Holt also 1992, wrote laserdisc and
revival house with consis- “Our auditorium is some- derful choice is included just makes a dynamic cameo in DVD reviews for Past Times
tently satisfying programs. what intimate, and we max because it fits a particular the picture.” newsletter for five years in
“One thing led to another out at about 60 people. So theme and, perhaps as a This profound apprecia- the late ‘80s and early ‘90s,
and a longtime dream of it’s the best of both worlds result, better movies have tion and abstruse knowledge and has amassed a laserdisc,
mine of having a film forum because we are pretty full been excluded. “This semes- that shape the film forum DVD and VHS collection of
or society seemed possible every week, although we can ter’s theme is a lighthearted seem fueled by the combina- tens of thousands of fea-
with a partner like [Sharp] to excuse to show some great tion of the four men behind tures, shorts and cartoons
always handle a few more.
lead the program,” he said. films that have somehow not it; there’s the sense that their from the Golden Age of Hol-
But everyone has lots of
“I obtained a license to show individual cinematic admira- lywood. Randy Skretvedt,
elbow room.” been shown before in our
the films on the school site. tion and scholarship inform the resource specialist, wrote
Fraley and Sharp make up previous 13 years,” he said.
We planned our first series and feed off each other ’s. the book Laurel & Hardy:
one half of the four-person “It’s called ‘no stinkin’
of films to test the waters Fraley, the director of the The Magic Behind the
board of directors that films’ as a salute to our first
and relied on word of mouth forum, is a self-described Movies.
selects the films, which are feature, The Treasure of the
and free publicity to bring in “longtime film fanatic” who see FORUM page 15
SEPTEMBER 4, 2008 COMMUNITY SIGNAL TRIBUNE 13
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune poses
some interesting existential questions
Wasn’t there an old song when Frankie finally decides it remind us of the strictly urban
about a Frankie and Johnny is time for Johnny to leave. But setting.
who were lovers? And in that he won’t leave, leading to Johnny calls a no-request
song didn’t Frankie murder some tense, even creepy, late night radio station to
Johnny for his infidelity? I fig- moments. request “beautiful music” to
ured Frankie and Johnny in the The play builds slowly, make love by, and the intrigued
Clair de Lune would at least almost painfully so in places. DJ complies with Debussy’s
loosely follow the song’s tragic But McNally’s audience is gorgeous “Clair de Lune.”
tale of jealousy and love gone called upon to exercise Hence the title’s reference.
wrong. But instead it takes a patience, as the nuances in I’ve always felt that there
much different turn, one far Johnny’s motivations require are two types of people– those
less physically destructive but time and maneuvering to who choose, and are able, to
arguably just as riveting. thoroughly play out and be accept their lot in life, and oth-
Veteran playwright Terrence understood. ers who simply cannot, even
Courtesy of Shashin Desai
McNally does draw on the The attractive but resigned though they might, in fact, Libby West and Thomas Fiscella star in Frankie and
“legendary” couple of song to Frankie seems so real, almost want to. For the latter type, Johnny in the Clair de Lune.
the extent that his two charac- likable, as portrayed by actess giving up the crusade amounts
ters are modern-day losers– Libby West. Enough vulnera- to existing in constant fear and days at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 visit ICT’s website at
Frankie, a diner waitress, and bility pokes through the char- anxiety. So for me, McNally’s p.m. Tickets are $32 and $37 http://www.ictlongbeach.org.
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Cal Heights Neighborhood Group active since WWII
BY RACHAEL RIFKIN a month except during the of original member Mar-
Memoirist summer. It’s a nice group jorie Reese, who lived on
to belong to. The original Walnut Avenue.
In California Heights, members were really close. “There were about 18
there is a women’s group T h e y l i v e d e a c h o t h e r ’s women when the group
that has been active for lives. They were a close- started. The Neighborhood
more than 60 years, with knit group for a lot of rea- Group would collect 25
members from all age sons. People were home cents a meeting. If there
groups and all walks of life. then. The wives took care of was a birth or a death in the
But you won’t find this club the children. Everybody f a m i l y, t h e y w o u l d s e n d
advertised in any local knew everybody. But all of flowers, and they still do
newsletter or posted on any the original people are gone that today,” said Bob. “They
bulletin board. In fact, orig- n o w, ” said Charlene also saved up and went out
i n a l l y y o u c o u l d n ’t e v e n Hughes. to dinner once or twice a
belong to the Neighborhood Today’s members were y e a r. T h e y u s e d t o g o t o
Group unless you owned a either invited in by other Welch’s Restaurant, which
home in the Jotham Place members or live in the cir- was on the corner of
cul-de-sac, or “the circle” cle. Atlantic and San Antonio.” Rachael Rifkin/Signal Tribune
as locals call it. “The group started on Several other traditions Members of the Cal Heights Neighborhood Group,
During WWII, the Jotham Place and branched came out of the camaraderie which has been active for more than 60 years.
women of Jotham Place out through friends and rel- the Neighborhood Group
began meeting to wrap atives in the neighborhood. created. During Christmas, they sold the house, we n i t y. I l i k e t h e p e o p l e .
bandages for the soldiers. I think I’m the only one everyone in the circle puts asked the kids that moved After my husband died, I
Jotham Place was still new who still lives on Jotham up decorations, some of in if we could continue to was here by myself, so I
then; the first homes in the P l a c e , s o i t ’s m o r e o f a which have been passed have the pancake breakfast. was always glad to go and
circle were built in 1939, neighborhood group now,” down from former owners. And they’ve been kind see them,” said Leta.
with most of the other said Joanna Williams. “We “When we moved in, we enough to allow us to do Neighborhood Group
homes following within the get together at each other’s inherited reindeers and that ever since. We had 38 member Jan Deggendorf
next few years. The women homes and talk and visit. Santa’s sleigh, and that was people attend this year. And looks forward to the
enjoyed their get-togethers It’s a chance to catch up and what our house was sup- it all started because of the monthly meetings as well.
so much that they continued compare notes on what’s posed to do. Our next door neighborhood group,” said “I had never been
to meet even after the war going on in the neighbor- neighbor has snowmen. The Bob. friendly with my neighbors
was over. hood. I don’t know if this is people who don’t have a set 94-year-old Leta Donkle before. It’s a great way to
Charlene Hughes was common in other places, but can do anything they want, is the oldest active member. know what’s going on in the
invited into the group it’s sort of neat that there is but almost everybody deco- Although she doesn’t attend neighborhood. The neatest
through her cousin, who some history here. We’ve rates,” said Joanna. every meeting anymore, she part for me is getting to
lived in the circle. Locals all known each other for Another neighborhood makes sure to go to the know all these women from
will remember her husband q u i t e a w h i l e . To d a y w e favorite is the Fourth of Fourth of July pancake different age groups,” said
Larry, a WWII submarine have 12 members, although July pancake breakfast. breakfast. Jan.
veteran, as the “waving for the longest time there “When I was about nine “I moved into my house
man,” a name he earned by were just six of us.” years old, my parents built a in 1968 and my next-door Rachael Rifkin is a mem-
sitting outside their house Bob Seymour is the son barbeque in their backyard. neighbor invited me to go. oirist with a background in
and waving at people who of Gertrude Seymour, one My folks started having a My husband and the other journalism. She can be
passed by. of the original members of neighborhood Fourth of fellows would shoot pool reached at
“It’s just hung together the group. He also married July breakfast, which we when we had meetings. I email@example.com or
through the years. It’s once Joan Seymour, the daughter still continue today. When enjoy the sense of commu- (310) 612-4183.
Cal State Long Beach welcomes new UCES Dean
California State Univer- from Cal State San ally, establishing the Ameri- that University College and
sity, Long Beach (CSULB) Bernardino (CSUSB), where can Culture and Language Extension Services will con-
welcomed its newest dean to for the last three years he Program Center in Seoul, tinue to thrive and will help
the fold on Monday, Aug. served as dean of the Col- South Korea, the first over- move the university forward
18, as Jeet Joshee began his lege of Extended Learning seas center of its kind for in new and exciting ways.”
tenure as dean for Univer- and professor of education. CSUSB. While at CSUSB, Joshee
sity College and Extension During that time he “Dr. Joshee is highly also created the China Pro-
Services (UCES). expanded the college’s pres- regarded as a creative and grams Office at CSUSB to
Joshee comes to CSULB ence locally and internation- very able administrator. He provide specific manage-
is eager to work with our ment training and education
sector employers and
faculty, students and univer- programs for Chinese gov-
Charles Hicks, Jr., Esq. sity community as well as ernment officials, as well as
employees, secured a $1
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our many extension partners public and private sector
Bernard Osher Foundation,
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and expanded the Osher
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Lifelong Learning Institute
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SEPTEMBER 4, 2008 COMMUNITY SIGNAL TRIBUNE 15
Long Beach police asks public’s Naturalist to lead tour
help identifying rescued swimmer of local wetlands
On Fr iday, August 29, to identify the swimmer. She magenta bathing suit. She
2008, at approximately 2:00 had no identification and no also has a religious necklace
p.m. Long Beach lifeguards one was at the beach loca- on that is made of black fab-
rescued a female swimmer tion with her. ric that reads “Our Lady of
who was in distress in the The female is described Mt. Carmel” and “Our Lady
ocean water in the area of as an adult in her mid to late Scapular Promise.” She has
56th Place and Ocean 20’s, 5’4”-5’6” tall, 130-150 a birthmark on the outside
Boulevard. The female was pounds, with shoulder- of her left knee.
in full arrest and the life- length hair that has brown If anyone has information
guards performed CPR. She roots and has a reddish tint about the identity of the
was transported to a local color. She appears to possi- female swimmer, please call The Long Beach Sierra young fish, while exploring
hospital where she remains bly be of Filipino or His- the Long Beach Police Club and the Los Cerritos this area that is under attack
in critical condition. panic descent and was Department at (562) 435- Wetlands Land Trust are by commercial and residen-
Police have been unable wearing a one-piece 6711. sponsoring a free, guided tial development.
tour through the Los Cerri- The wetlands are adja-
tos Wetlands on Saturday, cent to the intersection of
Forum Sept. 6 with naturalist Erik Studebaker Avenue and
continued from page 12 Zahn. Westminster Boulevard
To those who might dis- gram every week that is sim- Zahn, a graduate of the where Long Beach and Seal
Sept. 5 with The Treasure of
biology program at Califor- Beach meet.
miss the forum as pointless ilar to those of that Golden the Sierra Madre and contin-
nia State University Long The two-hour walk starts
in today’s world of Netflix, Age of which each of them ues through Jan. 23 with
Beach, did his field work at 9 a.m. from the Market-
Turner Classic Movies and speaks so fondly. “We Gunga Din. There is a $1 research on the wetlands place parking lot to the east
Tivo, Sharp has some very always present short subjects materials fee, but parking is and knows every part of of Trader Joe’s.
specific reasons why folks and cartoons along with free. Long Beach School for this once extensive natural Reservations are neces-
should attend. “Well, few trailers before the feature, so Adults auditorium is located habitat. sary and may be made by
people have 14-foot screens it’s not just a movie- it’s a at 3701 E. Willow St. Each Participants will learn calling (562) 498.2690. For
at home, but more than that, cinematic experience,” program begins at 7 p.m. how wetlands provide nest- more information, visit
film is meant to be a com- Sharp said. Special guests For more information, ing areas for an array of http://angeles.sierraclub.org
munal experience,” he said. occasionally highlight the contact Ray Sharp at (562) seabirds and safe haven for /longbch.
“It’s an even better experi- evening. In the past, they’ve 997-8000, ext. 7198.
ence with commentary from included historian Miles
experts and stimulating dis- Kruger, Detour star Ann
cussion. I briefly introduce Savage and MGM star Betty
the films with elements of Garrett.
film study that they are “Unless you’re pretty well
about to experience. For connected, you won’t see
instance, we will be talking them at your house,” Sharp
about mise-en-scene before said.
we view Treasure. After- Although the forum is
ward, all four of us congre- technically still a class that
gate on the stage, dissect the students take for credit, it is
art we’re just experienced, open to the public.
and then hold a discussion “I feel safe in saying that
with the audience.” the Friday Film Forum is
Ray agrees that the pro- educating and entertaining
gram offers an experience that the Long Beach area in a
watching at home cannot. “It’s very unique way,” Sharp
a great way for those who love said. “We’re like a neighbor-
the old classics to meet others hood movie theater, a classic
who share their enthusiasm for film series, and a movie club
solid, old-fashioned entertain- where you know people and
ment,” he said. have a great time discussing
Aside from the discus- historical film artists.”
sion, they present a film pro- The forum begins Friday,
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SUPPORT continued from page 1
YOUR LOCAL Public Works Department, fornia. Cohn said the at that location.
Cohn noted that other
“The Literary Society is
NEWSPAPER City Manager ’s Office,
LBA’s new location will
attract artists and art portions of the Bixby
Knolls landscape and
another opportunity for
business owners and resi-
Sign up for your annual and City Light and Power lovers from near and far, dents alike to come
voluntary subscription! for painting our historic adding to the synergy of streetscape are also show- together to create our
light poles.” Bixby Knolls and increas- ing signs of improvement. active vibrant commu-
__________________ The BKBIA publishes ing the enthusiasm of shop “Long Beach Boulevard nity,” Cohn said. “The
an online newsletter that owners and shoppers alike. received some attention books are all five-star
__________________ from Public Works last
ADDRESS updates members on what In the newsletter, Cohn selections. Every few
__________________ is going on in Bixby also noted that soon week with a tree trimming months, authors will be at
Knolls. In the most recent enhanced landscaping will and sidewalk repair,” he the meetings to discuss
__________________ issue, Cohn welcomed grace a portion of the noted. “In early fall, eight their books.”
Long Beach Arts (LBA) to Bixby Knolls business new trees will be planted The Strollers have been
No Paper Will Be Mailed.
its new location at 4332 district. on the parkway between meeting every Saturday
I already receive the
Signal Tribune at my home. Atlantic Avenue (next to “Plans are now under- Carson and Roosevelt morning for several months
Please accept this voluntary the new location of Alsace way to develop the empty avenues. Additional to go on walking tours of
subscription of: streetscape improvements
Lorraine Bakery). parkway on Carson Street the area. So far they have
$45 “Long Beach Arts was just west of Atlantic,” he continue to upgrade the walked to Rancho Los Cer-
founded in 1924 for the said. “New trees and business corridor.” ritos, the Cliff May Homes,
SIGNAL TRIBUNE While streetscape and
2669 Myrtle Avenue #111 purpose of advocating arts plants will help to com- the Wardlow Station of the
Signal Hill, CA 90755 in everyday life,” Cohn plete the development of landscape improvements Blue Line, Dominguez Gap
said. “It is a nonprofit three corners at Carson.” are vital to the prosperity Wetlands and many other
SELF HELP organization devoted to He added that the of Bixby Knolls busi- interesting places and
bringing the work of cur- northeast corner of that nesses, Cohn also places neighborhoods. Walking
Help For Pee-Shy Syndrome great importance on activi-
rent artists to public intersection is next in line routes are usually 3.5 miles
www.shybladder.org ties that draw people to
view.” for a facelift. That corner long and change each
He noted that it began currently contains a the area. Two activities he week. Dogs are welcome.
GREYHOUNDS as a constituency of artists liquor store and flower has initiated since taking For more information on
associated with the Way- shop. Many business the BKBIA helm are the events and activities in the
side Art Colony in 1923, owners and residents Bixby Knolls Literary Bixby Knolls area, phone
Greyhound Pets of America
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art organizations in Cali- streetscape improvements Knolls Strollers. www.bixbyknollsinfo.com.
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nal Tribune: Aug. 14, 21, 28, & Sept. 4, 2008. Aug. 21, 28, & Sept. 4, 11, 2008.
TST2791 / 20081410875 TST 2804
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 08-54249 Title Order No.
City of Signal Hill The following persons are doing business as: CHRYSALIS
STAGE, 4682 Rio Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805. Registrant: 1.
08-8-202905 APN No. 7216-025-029 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT
UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 09/25/06. UNLESS YOU
AARON MORGAN, 2. ANDREA MORGAN, 4682 Rio Ave., TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE
Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: a SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF
Husband and Wife. I declare that all information in this state- THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU
ment is true and correct. Signed: Aaron Morgan. The regis- SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that
trant has begun to transact business under the fictitious RECONTRUST COMPANY, as duly appointed trustee pursu-ant
business name or names listed herein. Date started business to the Deed of Trust exe-cuted by YOLANDA GONZALEZ, A SIN-
was August 6, 2008. This statement was filed with the county GLE WOMAN dated 09/25/06 and re-corded 10/02/06, as Instru-
clerk of Los Angeles County on August 6, 2008. NOTICE: This ment No. 06 2182090, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the
fictitious business name statement expires five years from the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County State of Cal-
date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new ficti- ifor-nia, will sell on 09/25/2008 at 1:00PM, At the front entrance to
TST 2808 tious business name statement must be filed prior to that the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd.,
NOTICE OF SCOPING MEETING FOR A PROJECT EIR FOR THE date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize Pomona at public auction to the highest bidder for cash or check
the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation as described below, pay-able in full at time of sale, all right, title,
EDCO WASTE SERVICES SOLID WASTE MATERIALS RECOVERY of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of
FACILITY/ TRANSFER STATION (MRF/TS) (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as
SIGNAL HILL, CA Pub. The Signal Tribune: Aug. 14, 21, 28, & Sept. 4, 2008. more fully de-scribed in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The
street ad-dress and other common desig-nation, if any of the real
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property described above is purported to be: 1865 STANLEY
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Signal Hill, California, will hold a Scoping Meeting The following person is doing business as: THE DIRECT
AVENUE, 1, SIGNAL HILL, CA, 90755. The undersigned Trustee
for a Draft Project EIR for the EDCO Waste Services Solid Waste Materials Recovery Facility/ Trans- disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address
SOURCE, 172 St. Joseph Ave., Long Beach, CA 90803. Reg-
and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total
fer Station (MRD/TS) on Thursday, September 11, 2008 from 6:30 PM to 8:00PM, at the City Hall istrant: GERALD BROWN, 172 St. Joseph Ave., Long Beach,
amount of the unpaid balance with inter-est thereon of the obliga-
CA 90803. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I
Council Chambers located in City Hall at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, CA. declare that all information in this statement is true and cor-
tion se-cured by the property to be sold plus reasonable esti-
mated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial
rect. Signed: Gerald Brown. The registrant has not begun to
publication of the Notice of Sale is $311,948.71. It is possible that
Project Location transact business under the fictitious business name or
at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total in-
names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county
The 3.75 acre proposed site is located at the northwest corner of California Avenue and Patterson clerk of Los Angeles County on August 12, 2008. NOTICE:
debtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept
Street and includes the entire block bounded by Patterson Street to the south, California Avenue to the cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check
This fictitious business name statement expires five years
drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a
east, and the 28th Street and Olive Avenue rights-of-way (unimproved) to the north and west, respec- from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A
state or federal savings and loan association, savings association,
new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to
tively. The project site is in a blighted condition due to past oil field operations with former sumps, that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself author-
or savings bank specified in Sec-tion 5102 of the Financial Code
pipelines, abandoned and active oil wells, and significant environmental contamination. and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be
ize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in viola-
made, in an “AS IS” condition, but with out covenant or war-ranty,
tion of the rights of another under federal, state, or common
express or implied, re-garding title, possession or en-cum-
law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions
Project Description Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: Aug. 14, 21, 28, & Sept. 4,
brances, to satisfy the in-debtedness secured by said Deed of
The Proposed Project is the development of a +/- 62,000 square foot (+/- 20%) recycling and transfer Trust, advances there-under, with interest at provided, and the
unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with
facility on a 3.75 acre site in the City of Signal Hill. The state-of-the-art facility will serve as a point TST2794 / Case No. NS020251 interest thereon at provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and
to accept, process, recover and transfer mixed municipal waste and residue following diversion activi- ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME expenses of the Trustee and of the Trusts cre-ated by said Deed
SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS of Trust. DATED: 08/31/08 RECONTRUST COMPANY, 1757 TAPO
ties to an appropriate permitted disposal facility.
ANGELES, 415 West Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802, CANYON ROAD, SVW-88 SIMI VALLEY, CA. 93063 Phone: (800)
SOUTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT. 281-8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: Trustee’s Sale
Purpose of Scoping Meeting PETITION OF Kyle Joseph Jerger, For Change of Name. Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, is a debt collector attempting
TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: to col-lect a debt. Any information ob-tained will be used for that
The purpose of a Scoping Meeting is to provide opportunity for early consultation with persons or
1. Petitioner KYLE JOSEPH JERGER, filed a petition with this pur-pose. FEI # 1006.34658 9/04, 9/11, 9/18/2008
organizations that may be concerned with the environmental effects of the project. Scoping has been court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name:
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helpful to agencies in identifying the range of actions, alternatives, mitigation measures and signifi- KYLE JOSEPH JERGER to Proposed Name: KYLE JOSEPH
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT
cant effects to be analyzed in depth in the Draft Project EIR. The following person is doing business as: J & R BUILDERS,
2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this
4123 Walnut Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: JEFF
matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated
GUNDRY, 4123 Walnut Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. This busi-
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are invited to attend this Scoping Meeting to present written informa- below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of
ness is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information
name should not be granted.
tion, express their opinions, or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Jeff Gundry. The
NOTICE OF HEARING
registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious
Date: September 16, 2008; Time: 1:30 P.M.; Dept. G, Room
business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed
FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained online at www.edcodisposal.com/public- 51. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of
with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on September 2,
this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once
disposal/ert/index.htm or at the City of Signal Hill Community Development Department located at 2008. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires
each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for
2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by calling Gary Jones, Director of Community Devel- five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county
hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general
clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed
opment at (562) 989-7345 or by email at email@example.com. circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE,
prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself
2669 Myrtle Ave., Ste.111, Signal Hill, CA 90755: August 14,
authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in
21, 28, & September 4, 2008.
Published in the Signal Hill Tribune newspaper: September 4, 2008 violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common
law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code).
Douglas M. Haigh, Judge of the Superior Court
Pub. The Signal Tribune: Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2008.
Dated August 6, 2008
SEPTEMBER 4, 2008 LEGAL NOTICES SIGNAL TRIBUNE 17
City of Signal Hill
Signal Tribune Classified Ad Form
Category:__________________ (example: For Sale, Employment, etc) Date(s) to Run:________________________
* for auto sales license plate number must be included within the ad
NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING
ORDINANCE NO. 2008-08-1384
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING ZON-
ING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT 08-06, A REQUEST TO AMEND THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP BY CHANGING
THE DESIGNATION OF AN APPROXIMATE 1.41-ACRE SITE LOCATED AT 1500 HILL STREET FROM “LI,
LIGHT INDUSTRIAL” TO “SP-7, SPECIAL PURPOSE HOUSING SPECIFIC PLAN”
WHEREAS, the City of Signal Hill is proposing a Zoning Ordinance Amendment to amend the Official Zoning Map of the
City of Signal Hill, California, by changing the designation of an approximately 1.41-acre site at 1500 Hill Street located on
the south side of Hill Street between Gundry and Walnut Avenues from “LI, Light Industrial” to “SP-7, Special Purpose
Housing Specific Plan” to allow the site to be listed as an affordable housing site on the City’s housing inventory site
included in the current Update to the Housing Element; and
WHEREAS, the rezoning of the site to SP-7, Special Purpose Housing Specific Plan,” is consistent with the “1.4,Very
High Density Residential” designation on the General Plan’s Land Use Element Generalized Land Use Map; and
5 line minimum. All classifieds start at $18. ADD $1 for additional lines.
Prices are based on 1 week. Multiply price by number of weeks the ad will run. Total:________ WHEREAS, on April 14, 2008, the City conducted a noticed community workshop to discuss the City’s housing needs,
goals and objectives and all interested parties were given an opportunity to comment on the proposed use of the site as an
Name: __________________________________________________________________________ affordable housing project; and
Phone:__________________________________________________________________________ WHEREAS, on June 17, 2008, after proper notice and public hearing, the Planning Commission recommended City Coun-
cil approval of Zoning Ordinance Amendment 08-06; and
City/State/ZIP: __________________________________________________________________ WHEREAS, on July 31, 2008, notice of a City Council public hearing regarding the proposed Zoning Ordinance Amend-
ment was mailed to all property owners within three-hundred (300) feet of the subject property, was published in The Signal
Tribune newspaper and was posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010; and
To place a classified ad complete this form and fax to: (562) 427-1272 or WHEREAS, the City Council has approved Negative Declaration 06/05/08(2) relative to Zoning Ordinance Amendment
08-06, in satisfaction of requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act; and
mail to: Signal Tribune 2669 Myrtle Ave., #111, Signal Hill, CA 90755
WHEREAS, on August 12, 2008 the City Council held a public hearing and all interested persons were given an opportu-
City of Signal Hill nity to be heard regarding the proposed rezoning of the property.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, DOES HEREBY
ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
1. That the City Council has reviewed Zoning Ordinance Amendment 08-06 and found the proposed amendment to be in
the best interest of the community and its health, safety and general welfare in that it is consistent with the following Goals
and Policies of the Signal Hill General Plan:
Land Use Policy 1.2 - Provide opportunities for a variety of residential densities and housing styles.
TST 2805 Land Use Policy 1.4 - Provide for density bonuses, which exceed maximum densities specified in the land use plan and clas-
PUBLIC HEARING - NOTICE OF INTENT sification system, for development projects for low and very-low income or "special need" households in low, medium, and
TO ADOPT NEGATIVE DECLARATION 09/04/08 (1) high-density land use classifications.
FOR CONDITONAL USE PERMIT NO. 08-03
Land Use Policy 3.7 - Maintain and enhance the quality of residential neighborhoods.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Signal Hill, California, will hold the following public Land Use Policy 3.12 - Encourage and promote high quality design and physical appearance in all development projects.
Land Use Policy 3.13 - Reinforce Signal Hill's image and community identity within the greater Long Beach Metropolitan
September 16, 2008: Planning Commission at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at City area.
Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California
Housing Element Policy 2 - Plan for a housing supply that contributes to meeting the needs of all household types, income
groups and special needs.
October 14, 2008: City Council at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at City Hall, 2175
Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California Housing Element Policy 4 - Continue the implementation of working partnerships with private developers and nonprofit
housing corporations to ensure the development of affordable housing.
SUBJECT: Negative Declaration 09/04/08 (1)
Conditional Use Permit No 08-03 The proposed zone change will encourage the development of up to 60 multi-family dwellings for very low and low-income
households at 1500 Hill Street on the south side of Hill Street between Walnut and Gundry Avenues. Approval of the
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: A REQUEST TO CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE A WIRELESS Amendment and associated General Plan Amendment are necessary to secure State Department of Housing and Commu-
nity Development approval of an Update to the Housing Element as it is necessary to demonstrate that the City will have
TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACILITY ON THE ROOFTOP AT AN EXISTING OFFICE/INDUS-
enough affordable housing sites to achieve the City’s fair-share of housing growth through 2014. The site is 1.41-acres in
TRIAL BUILDING LOCATED AT 1855 CORONADO AVENUE IN THE LI, LIGHT INDUSTRIAL size and is located south of Signal Hill Elementary School and north of vacant land formerly home to a refinery. There are
ZONING DISTRICT (see attached map) industrial uses in dated and unattractive buildings that will be demolished for the project. The property owner is a willing
seller and has entered into a Purchase Sale Agreement with the Redevelopment Agency. The site is considered appropriate
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend Public Hearings to present written infor- for affordable housing in that nearby amenities include proximity to: a bus stop; the Civic Center including Signal Hill Park,
mation, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. If you wish to the Community Center and Library; a grocery store and pharmacy; and school. Upon acquisition, the Agency will identify a
legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only developer and a site plan and building elevations will be brought to the Planning Commission for review and approval.
those issues you or someone else raised at the Public Hearings described in this notice, or in written
2. That the amendment is consistent with applicable State law in that the State law and Signal Hill Municipal Code provide a
correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the Public Hearings.
process for amending the zoning ordinance and specific plans.
A NEGATIVE DECLARATION has been prepared in conjunction with the subject project based on 3. That the amendment is in conformity with the Redevelopment Plan and regulations of the Redevelopment Agency.
an initial study that found no significant environmental impacts associated with the proposal that are
not addressed by the design of the proposed improvements. 4. That the Zoning Ordinance Amendment is in the best interest of the community and its health, safety and general welfare.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL DOES HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOL-
THE FILE containing Negative Declaration No. 9/4/08(1) relevant to the proposed project may be LOWS:
inspected by the public between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 1. That Zoning Ordinance Amendment 08-06 hereby amends the Official Zoning Map of the City of Signal Hill
as shown on Exhibit A attached hereto.
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays, in the Community Development Department at City Hall.
PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED at a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Signal Hill, California, on
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED to submit written comments to the Community Development Depart- this 26th day of August, 2008.
ment, during the review period from September 4, 2008 – September 25, 2008 prior to the adoption of
the Negative Declaration. Written comments may also be submitted at the public hearing. MICHAEL J. NOLL
FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community
Development Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by emailing
Reina Schaetzl, Assistant Planner at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling at (562) 989-7341.
KATHLEEN L. PACHECO
Published in the Signal Hill Tribune newspaper: September 4, 2008 CITY CLERK
Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: September 4, 2008
Mailed to property owners within 300 feet on or before: September 4, 2008 STATE OF CALIFORNIA )
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES ) ss.
CITY OF SIGNAL HILL )
I, KATHLEEN L. PACHECO, City Clerk of the City of Signal Hill, California, do hereby certify that the fore-
going Ordinance No. _2008-08-1384_ was duly introduced at a regular meeting on the 12th day of August 2008, and
adopted by the City Council of the City of Signal Hill, California, at a regular meeting held on the _26th_ day of _August_
2008, by the following roll call vote:
AYES: MAYOR MICHAEL J. NOLL, VICE-MAYOR ELLEN WARD, COUNCILMEMBERS LARRY
FORESTER, TINA L. HANSEN, EDWARD H.J. WILSON
KATHLEEN L. PACHECO
18 SIGNAL TRIBUNE LEGAL NOTICES SEPTEMBER 4, 2008
City of Signal Hill
ORDINANCE NO. 2008-08-1385
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT 08-07, A REQUEST TO AMEND CHAPTER 20.41, “SP-7, SPECIAL PURPOSE HOUSING SPECIFIC PLAN,” BY ADDING A NEW PLAN-
NING AREAAND ADDING DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS TO REGULATE THE USE AND DEVELOPMENT OF UP TO 60 RESIDENTIAL UNITS FOR LOW AND VERY LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS AT 1500 HILL STREET
WHEREAS, the City of Signal Hill is proposing to facilitate the development of up to 60 dwellings for low and very low income households at an approximately 1.41-acre site at 1500 Hill Street as part of the City’s Update to the Housing Element; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Signal Hill Municipal Code, Chapter 20.86, entitled “Amendments,” the subject is properly a matter for Planning Commission review and recommendation for City Council adoption; and
WHEREAS, on April 14, 2008, the City conducted a noticed community workshop to discuss the City’s housing needs, goals and objectives and all interested parties were given an opportunity to comment on the proposed use of the site as an affordable housing project; and
WHEREAS, on June 17, 2008 after proper notice and public hearing, the Planning Commission recommended City Council adoption of Zoning Ordinance Amendment 08-07; and
WHEREAS, on July 31, 2008, notice of a City Council public hearing regarding the proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment was mailed to all property owners within 300 feet of the subject property, was published in The Signal Tribune newspaper, and was posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section
WHEREAS, the City Council has approved Negative Declaration 6/5/08(2) relative to Zoning Ordinance Amendment 08-07, in satisfaction of requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act; and
WHEREAS, on August 12, 2008 the City Council held a public hearing and all interested persons were given an opportunity to be heard.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, DOES HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
1. That the City Council has reviewed Zoning Ordinance Amendment 08-07 and found the proposed amendment to be in the best interest of the community and its health, safety and general welfare in that it is consistent with the following Goals and Policies of the Signal Hill General Plan:
Land Use Policy 1.2 - Provide opportunities for a variety of residential densities and housing styles.
Land Use Policy 1.4 - Provide for density bonuses, which exceed maximum densities specified in the land use plan and classification system, for development projects for low and very-low income or "special need" households in low, medium, and high-density land use classifications.
Land Use Policy 3.7 - Maintain and enhance the quality of residential neighborhoods.
Land Use Policy 3.12 - Encourage and promote high quality design and physical appearance in all development projects.
Land Use Policy 3.13 - Reinforce Signal Hill's image and community identity within the greater Long Beach Metropolitan area.
Housing Element Policy 2 - Plan for a housing supply that contributes to meeting the needs of all household types, income groups and special needs.
Housing Element Policy 4 - Continue the implementation of working partnerships with private developers and nonprofit housing corporations to ensure the development of affordable housing.
The proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment will encourage the development of up to 60 multi-family dwellings for very low and low-income households at 1500 Hill Street on the south side of Hill Street between Walnut and Gundry Avenues. Approval of the Amendment and associated General Plan
Amendment are necessary to secure State Department of Housing and Community Development approval of an Update to the Housing Element as it is necessary to demonstrate that the City will have enough affordable housing sites to achieve the City’s fair-share of housing growth through 2014. The site
is 1.41-acres in size and is located south of Signal Hill Elementary School and north of vacant land formerly home to a refinery. There are industrial uses in dated and unattractive buildings that will be demolished for the project. The property owner is a willing seller and has entered into a Purchase Sale
Agreement with the Redevelopment Agency. The site is considered appropriate for affordable housing in that nearby amenities include proximity to: a bus stop; the Civic Center including Signal Hill Park, the Community Center and Library; a grocery store and pharmacy; and school. Upon acquisition, the
Agency will identify a developer and a site plan and building elevations will be brought to the Planning Commission for review and approval.
2. The amendment is consistent with applicable State law in that the State law and Signal Hill Municipal Code provide a process for amending the zoning ordinance and specific plans.
3. The amendment is in conformity with the Redevelopment Plan and regulations of the Redevelopment Agency.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL DOES HEREBY FURTHER ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
1. That Chapter 20.41 of the Signal Hill Municipal Code be amended to read as follows:
SP-7 SPECIAL PURPOSE HOUSING – AREA 6
20.41.930 Adoption of SP-7, Special Purpose Housing Specific Plan Area 6.
20.41.935 Use Classifications.
20.41.940 Dwelling unit density.
20.41.945 Development standards.
20.41.950 Building height.
20.41.955 Required setbacks.
20.41.960 Fences, walls and hedges.
20.41.965 Off-street parking.
20.41.970 Trash and recycling storage area.
20.41.980 Mechanical equipment.
20.41.985 Utilities, public facilities and services.
SP-7 Special Purpose Housing Specific Plan
A. Application of the Specific Plan Concept. A Specific Plan and its function may be described by comparison with the General Plan. The General Plan expresses, in very broad terms, the City’s planning of its future environment, generally on a long-term basis. Adopted by the
City as a legislative act, the General Plan may be amended, as required by changing circumstances. The Specific Plan, on the other hand, is a device used to implement the General Plan by focusing on a particular parcel or parcels. The Specific Plan sets standards, against which developments can be
judged, and imposes controls on the use of the subject parcels. The Specific Plan is more detailed than a General Plan and can be viewed as a bridge between the General Plan and individual project submittals.
The intent and purpose of this Chapter is to establish a Specific Plan to guide the physical development of a particular geographic area within the City of Signal Hill. In an effort to accommodate the City’s diverse housing needs, the concepts, regulations and conditions set forth in the Special
Purpose Housing Specific Plan, Area 6 is added to provide for the development of an affordable multi-family housing project for both senior and family households. The City does not contemplate development of a facility that relies on extensive City services and the operator shall be responsible for provid-
ing services to the residents.
The Special Purpose Specific Plan has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the State Government Code (Section 64540 through 65507) and addresses all of the issues and topics specified in that code.
B. Location and Boundary of Area 6. The Specific Plan Area 6 is an area of approximately 1.41-acres located south side of Hill Street between Gundry and Walnut Avenues and shown on the Official Zoning Map.
C. Goals and Objectives. Goals for the development within the SP-7,
Area 6, Special Purpose Housing Specific Plan include the following:
1. Assure that low-income households have access to adequate and affordable housing opportunities.
2. Support development of dwelling units expressly designed for the special needs of low-income families including both two-and three bedroom living rental units.
3. Encourage the development of privately sponsored housing developments intended to be occupied by low- and moderate- income families.
4. Apply design standards which result in the highest quality development and achieve streetscapes with pedestrian scale and ambiance consistent with Signal Hill’s small town character.
5. Provide architectural diversity and avoid uniformity of appearance.
20.41.930 Adoption of SP-7, Special Purpose Housing Specific Plan Area 6.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all property shown as SP-7, Special Purpose Housing Specific Plan, Area 6, on the official zoning map.
20.41.935 Use Classifications.
A. Principal Uses. The following uses shall be permitted within the SP-7, Special Purpose Housing Specific Plan, Area 6. Unlisted uses shall be prohibited.
1. Multi-family dwelling units available for sale or rent by right
B. Accessory Uses. The following Accessory Uses shall be permitted, in conjunction with the development of a multi-family housing project at the site.
1. Community meeting room with associated support spaces;
2. Property management offices;
3. Laundry facilities for the sole use of the residents;
4. Open space;
5. Garages, carports and uncovered parking lots.
C. Occupancy Restrictions. Except for the units occupied by on-site property management staff, occupancy of the dwelling units developed pursuant to the Special Purpose Housing Specific Plan (SP-7), Area 6 shall be restricted to low-income households, consistent with the terms of a Dispo-
sition and Development Agreement executed between the City of Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency and the developer/operator. Upon expiration of the Agreement, the Developer, or subsequent Property Owner(s) shall have the option of:
1. Entering into a new Agreement with the City, which would restrict occupancy of the project to low-income households; or
2. Upon the construction of additional parking, as may be required pursuant to Section 20.41.965, offer the units for sale or rent to the general public.
20.41.940 Dwelling Unit Density.
A maximum of sixty (60) multiple-family dwelling units in buildings distributed and located on a site plan to be approved by the Planning Commission pursuant to Chapter 20.52.
20.41.945 Development Standards.
A. All property within the Special Plan, Area 6, shall be developed and maintained in accordance with all provisions of the Special Purpose Housing Specific Plan and applicable ordinances and policies of the City of Signal Hill. In the event of inconsistency between the Specific Plan and any other ordi-
nance or regulation of the City, the Specific Plan shall prevail.
B. Substantive changes to the physical improvements on the site may be made only after review and approval by Resolution of the Planning Commission, and in compliance with Chapter 20.52, “Site Plan and Design Review,” of the Signal Hill Municipal Code, and this Chapter. Determination of “substan-
tive change” hereunder shall be made at the sole discretion of the Director of Community Development.
C. Site Plan. Site development shall substantially conform to the site plan as approved by the Planning Commission pursuant to Chapter 20.52.
D. Building Design. The design theme and facade treatment shall be consistent with the contemporary architectural theme, as generally shown on the building elevations as approved by the Planning Commission pursuant to Chapter 20.52. Design elements including, but not limited to, the use of offsets and
recesses, staggered roof-lines, and balconies shall be provided consistent with the approved building elevations. Materials and colors shall be consistent with those shown on the sample board on file in the Community Development Department. The floor plans shall substantially conform to the floor plans
as shown on the approved floor plans.
20.41.950 Building Height.
A. The maximum height of each structure shall not exceed forty-eight (48) feet. Measurement and determination of building heights shall be as in Section 20.04.102, “Building Height,” of the Signal Hill Municipal Code, except that “natural ground elevation” referenced therein, shall be the ele-
vation(s) of each building pad as established on the grading plan.
B. The maximum permissible number of stories shall be four.
20.41.955 Required Setbacks.
The setback lines shall substantially conform to the approved site plan.
20.41.960 Fences, Walls and Hedges.
A. Permitted Fences, Walls and Hedges. Fences, walls and hedges not greater than six (6) feet in height shall be permitted at all rear or side yards. Fences, walls and hedges along the street frontage shall be setback four (4) feet from the property line and shall not exceed six (6) feet in height.
The design and appearance of fences and walls in the front yards shall be of a design consistent with architectural elevations.
20.41.965 Off-Street Parking.
A. On-site parking shall be provided as follows:
One bedroom/Studio unit .5 spaces
Two bedroom unit 1 space
Three bedroom unit 2 spaces
Prior to the project's conversion to non-restricted occupancy, pursuant to Section 20.41.935(c), additional off-street parking shall be provided in conformance with the requirements of chapter 20.70 of the Signal Hill Municipal Code and Title 24.
B. The number of parking spaces and the design, construction and striping of the parking areas shall be consistent with the site plan.
C. Parking stalls shall measure nine (9) feet in width by eighteen (18) feet in depth. Aisle widths shall measure twenty-four (24) feet in width. The maximum vehicle overhang for any parking space shall be three (3) feet.
20.41.970 Trash and Recycling Storage Area.
A. Trash and storage and recyclable materials enclosure areas shall be provided of sufficient size to ensure containment of all solid waste materials generated from each dwelling, and to promote the City's recycling program. The number and size of the enclosure(s) shall be consistent with
those shown on the approved site plan.
B. Provided enclosures shall accommodate bins, each with a three (3) cubic yard capacity. The number and size of the bins) shall be consistent with those shown on the approved site plan. Adequate access at the ground level shall be provided to facilitate ease of trash/recyclable removal.
C. The developer shall be responsible to schedule additional trash removal pick-ups if necessary.
A single nameplate with the project address is permitted. All other signs, except for signs identified in Chapter 20.52.120 of the Signal Hill Municipal Code as being permissible in any zoning district without a sign permit are prohibited.
20.41.980 Mechanical Equipment.
Roof appurtenances, such as vents or flashing, shall be positioned away from the street side of the structures or finished to match the roof color, in order to minimize the visual impact. Exterior air-conditioning vents shall be oriented to face the interior courtyards whenever possible. All exte-
rior air-conditioning vents shall be finished to match the building color. Landscape screening shall be provided for those exterior air-conditioner vents provided on the first floor.
20.41.985 Utilities, Public Facilities and Services.
A. All on-site water supply, wastewater collection and sewage lines and facilities shall be provided by the developer in accordance with the City of Signal Hill Standard Plans. Storm drainage facilities shall be provided in accordance with Los Angeles County Flood Control District Stan-
dards. Sewage facilities must also be consistent with the Los Angels County Sanitation District requirements.
PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED at a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Signal Hill, California, on this _26th Day of August, 2008.
MICHAEL J. NOLL
KATHLEEN L. PACHECO
STATE OF CALIFORNIA )
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES ) ss.
CITY OF SIGNAL HILL )
I, KATHLEEN L. PACHECO, City Clerk of the City of Signal Hill, California, do hereby certify that the foregoing Ordinance No. _2008-08-1385_ was duly introduced at a regular meeting on the _12th Day of August, 2008, and adopted by the City Council of the City of Signal Hill, Cali-
fornia, at a regular meeting held on the _26th day of _August_ 2008, by the following roll call vote:
AYES: MAYOR MICHAEL J. NOLL, VICE-MAYOR ELLEN WARD, COUNCILMEMBERS LARRY FORESTER, TINA L. HANSEN, EDWARD H.J. WILSON
KATHLEEN L. PACHECO
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