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									                                              Volume 46 No.4 April 2006                                                                                    www.ci.commerce.ca.us

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                                                                                                                                                     Title Company. Gomez is active
                                                                                                                                                     in numerous volunteer activities

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                                                                                                                                                     and city youth sports programs.

Municipal Notes
                                                                                                                                                        Miss Galaxy Gia Romero is a
                                                                                                                                                     senior at Bell Gardens High
Council Actions
                                                                                                                                                     School where she also serves
                                                                                                                                                     as the ASB class president. She

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                                                                                                                                                     is a member of the Renaissance

Welcom Back Johnny Jee
                                                                                                                                                     Academic Program and the
                                                                                                                                                     Commerce Youth Advisory
                                                                                                                                                     Committee.
                                                                                                                                                          Miss Fourth of July Rocio
                                                                                                                                                     Rodarte is a junior, also attend-
                                                                                                                                                     ing Bell Gardens High School.
                                                                                                                                                     She is active in numerous clubs
                                                                                                                                                     including MECHA, the California
                                                                                                                                                     Scholarship Federation, the
                                                                                                                                                     Girls League, the French Club,
                                                                                                                                                     the National Society of High
                                                                                                                                                     School Scholars and the John

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                                                                                                                                                     Hopkins University Center for
                                                                                                                                                     Talented Youth.
Arbor Day                                                                                                                                               Miss Cinco de Mayo Daphne
                                                                                                                                                     Campos is a senior at Bell
                                                                                                                                                     Gardens High School and
                                                                                                                                                     works part-time as a barista at
                                                                                                                                                     Kelly’s Coffee and Fudge. Her




                                   Miss Commerce 2006 Crowned
                                    Miss Commerce Emiko Gaspar and her Royal Court. From left to right are Miss Fourth of July Rocio Rodarte, Miss   career goal is to become an
                                    Dodgers Ginelle Gomez, Gaspar, Miss Galaxy Gia Romero, Miss Cinco de Mayo Daphne Campos and Miss Friendship      advanced care paramedic. She
                                    Janet Yanez.
                                                                                                                                                     is the president of the Health
                                                                                                                                                     Occupations        Students    of
                                                                                                                                                     America and enjoys playing the
                                                                                                                                                     violin in the high school orches-
                                        Emiko Gaspar, 20, was            Galaxy Gia Romero, Miss                 Gaspar, who hopes to become         tra.

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                                   crowned Miss Commerce 2006            Fourth of July Rocio Rodarte,         a pediatrician, currently attends        Miss Friendship Janet Yanez

Commerce Gallery
                                   at the annual pageant held on         Miss Cinco de Mayo Daphne             Pasadena City College and             attends Long Beach City
                                   February 25 at Steven’s Steak         Campos and Miss Friendship            works at the Commerce Library         College and works for the Bank

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                                   and    Seafood    House     in        Janet Yanez, were selected            for the AmeriCorps program as         of America. Planning to become
                                   Commerce. She is the daugh-           from a group of 20 participants.      an English tutor. In addition to      a clinical psychologist, Yanez
L.A. County Fire                   ter of Margarito and Lilia              During the year, the six young      her career aspirations, she has       volunteers with the Los Angeles
Service Day                        Gaspar of the City of                 ladies will represent Commerce        a blue belt in Karate.                County/USC Medical Center
                                                                                                                  Miss Dodgers Ginelle Gomez         and      the     Women’s      and
Annual Easter
                                   Commerce.                             at various community events
                                                                                                                                                     Children’s Hospital.
Egg Hunt
                                        Gaspar and the newly             and serve as ambassadors to           attends Long Beach City
                                   crowned royal court: Miss             Commerce’s sister city of             College and works as an execu-
                                                                                                                                                      See Miss Commerce Page 6
                                   Dodgers Ginelle Gomez, Miss           Aguascalientes, Mexico.               tive assistant at Fidelity National


     Student Government Day
                                                                           morning student council meeting.      Karina Valtierra as Student          (2005) and Prison Race (2006).
                                                                           The students, who were invited to     Councilmembers.         Vanessa         Reese encouraged the stu-
                                                                           set aside their text books during     Gomez and Jade Villegar              dents to work on reducing eth-
                                                                           the day, served as City Council       served as the City Administrator     nic distrust and increasing cul-
                                                                           members, City Administrator, City     and City Attorney respectively.      tural tolerance and curiosity. He
                                                                           Attorney     and      Department         After the meeting the young       characterized      the    space
                                                                           Directors.                            leaders of the future recon-         between people as the “bubble
                                                                             During the meeting, the student     vened to Stevens Steak and           of mistrust;” a concept he
                                                                           council and staff discussed the       Seafood House for a luncheon         believed could be reduced and
                                                                           expansion of the Citadel, the         and awards program.                  resolved by individuals making
                                                                           city’s   anti-methamphetamine            California State Polytechnic      an effort to learn more and
                                                                           efforts,     the       Commerce       University, Pomona Professor         understand other cultures.
                                                                           Scholarship Program, the new          Renford Reese addressed the            “Even in simple acts such as
 The 2006 Student Government Day participants.                             Library newsletter and the Annual     student’s at the lunch. Reese        saying hello, thank you, or
     Hoping to increase student         Government Day.                    Student Cultural Excursion.           teaches in the Political Science     you’re welcome in someone’s
 interest in government and citi-         The participants were paired         The student participants fea-     Department and has authored          native language can make a
 zenship, the cities of Commerce        with members of the city council   tured Daniel Larios as Student        three      books:      American      huge difference,” said
 and Bell Gardens welcomed              and staff and given an overview    Mayor along with Maria Chavez         Paradox: Young Black Men
 hundreds of high school seniors        of their “position-for-the-day”    as Student Mayor Pro-Tem and          (2004), Leadership in the             See Student Government
                                                                           Virginia Parra, Gia Romero and        L.A.P.D.: Walking the Tightrope              Day Page 8
 to city hall to take part in Student   before adjourning for a mid-
 From The Desk of Thomas Sykes                                   Municipal Notes
 City Administrator
                                                                     Public Hearing Rescheduled
                                                                   The City Council rescheduled the public hearing on and Grill. The issues will be addressed by the City Council


                                                                     Council Approves Bus Stop Improvement
                                                                 the revocation of licenses issued to Angelica’s Bar on Tuesday, April 18, 2006.
                                  I am honored to pres-
                                ent the 2006 Queen
                                and Royal Court to the               The City of Commerce has submitted an applica-           The Commerce Department of Transportation maintains
                                community this month.            tion to the Federal Transportation Administration          more than 200 bus stops throughout the city and operates
                                Miss Commerce Emiko              (FTA) for a $180,000 grant to upgrade bus stops,           a fleet of 20 buses. The fleet includes 4 compressed nat-
                                Gaspar along with                shelters, benches, signs and information kiosks.           ural gas vehicles.
                                Ginelle, Gia, Rocio,               The application, which has been approved locally, is       The City has plans to purchase seven more CNG buses
                                Daphne and Janet will            currently being reviewed by the FTA. A decision on         this year to replace seven of the high emission, diesel
                                represent the city

                                                                    City Secures Funds for CNG Facility
                                                                 the application is expected in 4–6 months.                 powered buses in the fleet.
                                throughout the year at
                                various special events
                                and functions. I want to
                                congratulate each of               The Commerce Department of Transportation has            small fleet operators who want to purchase clean burning
                                them and extend a sin-           secured two grants from the Air Quality Management         vehicles but can not afford to build a fueling station the
 cere thank you to all of the participants on behalf of          District totaling $600,000 to build a CNG / LNG fuel-      ability to convert to CNG or LNG.
 the city.                                                       ing station that will serve city and public vehicles.        The City of Commerce operates four CNG vehicles and
       I am also honored to announce that the City                 “The combination of these two grants will allow the      has plans to purchase seven CNG powered buses this
 Council has named Nancy M. Ramos, Mayor of the                  City to go forward with the construction of an impor-      year.
 City of Commerce and renamed Robert Fierro as                   tant environmental project,” said Department of                 The filling station will be built at the site of the
 Mayor Pro Tem. I look forward to working with both              Transportation Director Dan Gomez.                         Commerce Refuse to Energy Facility located at 5926
 of them to provide the finest in municipal services to            The goal of the Commerce City Council is to help         Sheila Street.


                                                                     City Council Reorganizes, Ramos Named Mayor
 the community. I want to also thank outgoing Mayor
 Hugo A. Argumedo for his service and dedication.
    Late last month, the city learned that a number of
 sex offenders had been placed here by the State.                   Nancy M. Ramos was named Mayor of the City of           was elected in 2005.
 The individuals were moved but I want to assure the             Commerce when city officials reorganized during the           The Commerce City Council reorganizes annually with
 community that the city is working with the Sheriff’s           Tuesday, March 21 meeting of the Commerce City             the mayor and mayor pro tempore generally serving one-
 Department to continue to safeguard the community               Council.                                                   year terms.
 and to provide useful information to protect the pub-             Ramos was elected to the City Council in 2003 and            Mayor Ramos presented outgoing Mayor Argumedo
 lic.                                                            is serving her first term in office.                       with a commemorative plaque for his service to the city
    California’s Megan’s Law also provides the public               At the same time, current Mayor Pro Tem, Robert         from March 2005 to March 2006.


                                                                     Meeting of February 21                                   Council Actions
 with specific information on the whereabouts of sex             C. Fierro was renamed mayor pro tempore. Fierro
 offenders; however, this powerful tool is simply no
 substitute for adult supervision. The more aware
 you are about your child’s environment, and the                 • Held a public hearing regarding the allocation of         • Approved the East Los Angeles Jaycees as a 2006
 more you communicate with your family, the safer
                                                                                                                             • Approved an employment agreement with City
                                                                   the 32nd Year Community Development Block                   City of Commerce Service Organization.
 you and your family will be.
                                                                 • Approved a change in status for the Commerce
                                                                   Grant Funds for Fiscal Year 06/07.
      To view information available on registered sex                                                                          Administrator/Executive Director Tom Sykes.
                                                                                                                             • Received and filed a presentation from Southern
 offenders in your neighborhood, go to                             Evening Lions Club from a civic to a service
 www.meganslaw.ca.gov. When you visit this site,                                                                               California Edison who gave a market update, an
                                                                 • Approved the Youth Education and Service (YES)
                                                                   organization.
 take the time to visit the associated links for tips and                                                                      overview of programs and services and an update on
 information to protect you and your children. For any
                                                                                                                             • Received and filed a status report from the Southern
                                                                   Program for the period of June 2006 to September            the 2006 rate increase.
 further information on Megan’s Law, or other public
                                                                 • Approved Cash Contract No. 0504 in the amount of
                                                                   3, 2006.
 safety issues, contact our Public Safety Division at
                                                                                                                             • Received and filed a presentation from Dr. Doug
                                                                                                                               California gas company.
 (323) 887-4460.                                                   $150,000 to Coast Roof Company, Inc. of Fullerton,
      This month, in addition to our various citywide              California for construction and construction                Loisel, Executive Director of the Bell Shelter on current
 events, we have scheduled a Women’s fitness
                                                                                                                             • Received and filed a status report from the I-710
                                                                   management services to replace the roofs at                 proposed programs for the shelter.
 weekend at Camp Commerce on May 19, 20 and
                                                                 • Approved a two-day Council/Management
                                                                   Bandini, Bristow and Veterans Memorial parks.
 21. If you would like to attend contact the
                                                                                                                             • Adjourned in memory of Gloria Chavez, mother of City
                                                                                                                               Community Advisory Committee.
 Department of Parks and Recreation.
                                                                 • Approved “Classical Partner” sponsorship of
                                                                   Workshop for March 17 and 18 at Bandini Park.
     Commerce now also offers free health screening                                                                            employee Robert Chavez, Jr., Hector Gascon, Sr.,
 on a weekly basis to our senior citizens. You can                 $3,000 toward the 13th Annual 34th Congressional            long time Commerce resident, and George Guerrero,
 have your blood pressure checked on April 5, glu-                 District Student Art Competition, which is open to          former Commerce resident and brother of former City
 cose checked on April 12, and your cholesterol                    students from cities throughout the district including      employee Mike Guerrero and brother-in-law of former
 checked on April 19. The clinics will be held from
                                                                 • Received a presentation regarding recommenda-
                                                                   Commerce.                                                   City employee Becky Guerrero.

                                                                                                                                  Meeting of March 21
 9:30 to11:30 a.m. For information, contact the Senior
 Center.                                                           tions from the Education Commission to resolve
                                                                                                                             • Conducted the annual reorganization of the City
     Have a great month and remember to turn your                  traffic flow, parking and interaction issues at
 clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, April 2.
                                                                 • Continued item on a monument sign to replace the
                                                                   Rosewood Park Elementary School.
                                                                                                                             • Introduced Miss Commerce 2006 and the Royal Court
                                                                                                                               Council.
                                                                   damaged sign at the intersection of Washington
                                                                                                                             • Continued a public hearing on the revocation of licens-
                                                                                                                               to the City Council.
                                                                 • Approved an amount not to exceed $1,500 per
                                                                   Boulevard at the easterly city boundary.

                                                                                                                             • Approved commendations honoring retiring City
                                                                                                                               es issued to Angelica’s Bar and Grill to April 18, 2006.


    Report to the People
                                                                   year to share costs with member cities of the
                                                                   Gateway Cities Council of Governments to fund
                                                                                                                               employees Pamela Cibbarelli, Edward Ildefonso and
                                                                   part-time staff to support the Municipal Board
                                                                                                                             • Approved appropriation of funds and reimbursement
                                                                                                                               Ignacio Noriega.
                                                                   member of the Regional Water Quality Control

                                                                 • Received and filed a status report from the I-710
     Published Monthly and Mailed to Commerce Residents            Board.
                                                                                                                             • Approved appointment of Mary Gibson to the Senior
                                                                                                                               agreement with Dedeaux Properties.
Editor:                                 Writer/Photographer:

                                                                 • Authorized execution and delivery of a lease
                                                Jason Stinnett
                                                                   Community Advisory Committee.
Brian Wolfson                                                                                                                  Citizens Commission.

                                                                                                                             • Advisory Committee to a future meeting.
                                                                                                                               Continued report on the Commerce I-710 Community
                                                                 • Adjourned in memory of Gloria Chavez, mother of
                                                                   related to the City’s Water system.
                                                  PIO Staff:

                                                                                                                             • Firebaugh; Gilbert Rincon, Jr., father of City employee
Graphics/Printing:                                                                                                             Adjourned in memory of former Assemblyman Marco


                                                                    Meeting of March 7
Anthony Aguilar                                Darryl Leyden       City employee Robert Chavez, Jr.
                                                 Marie Hovik
                                               Edward Torres                                                                   Loretta Gutierrez and brother of city employee John

                                                                 • Held a public hearing on the abatement of noxious
                                                                                                                               Rincon; long time Commerce resident and Housing
 We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please call                                                                         Committee member Irene Salazar and former long

                                                                 • Proclaimed Wednesday, March 8 Student
 (323) 887-4453 or (323) 887-4447 Monday through Friday,           or dangerous weeds.                                         time Commerce resident Ruby Stinnett, grandmother
 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. or visit us online at www.ci.commerce.ca.us.
                                                                                                                               of Commerce resident and City employee Jason
                                                                   Government Day in the City of Commerce.                     Stinnett.

  2 • April 2006 • Report to the People
Southern California Edison                                                                                   Spotting Graffiti Vandals
    Rate Update and Cost Saving Tips                                                                             Commerce Graffiti Hotline (323) 887-4444
  Southern California Edison is      •Setting your thermostat at 78      •Use hot water for washing             Graffiti is not art. It is a crimi- being exposed to dangerous
asking consumers to reduce            degrees or higher can save          clothes only when necessary        nal offence when put on proper- toxic fumes from the markers
their use of electricity to offset    between 10 and 20% on cool          and always use cold water for      ty without permission and left and paint.
rate increases caused by a            ing costs. Set the temperature the rinse cycle.                        unchecked, creates many more
                                                                                                                                                    •Tag names might be written
spike in natural gas prices and       at 85 degrees or higher, or turn •Fill the clothes dryer but do not    problems.
                                                                                                                                                     on the underside of the bill
wholesale electricity rates.          your cooling system off when        pack clothes in tightly.              The information provided here
                                                                                                                                                     of a sports cap, visor, or on
    SCE said the rate increase        you are away from home.            •Clean the dryer lint trap and      is provided as a public educa-
                                                                                                                                                     notebooks and other pos
will pay for higher fuel and pur-                                         make sure the dryers exhaust       tion service. If you spot graffiti
                                                                                                                                                     sessions.
chased power costs but will not      •As an inexpensive option,           line is clean.                     vandals or have information
increase company profits.             install a whole house fan to       •Use your microwave as much         about local incidents, please file •A backpack to hide spray
   The increases, which raised        cool your home in the evening as possible in the summer.               a report with the sheriff’s cans.
the average system wide SCE           and reduce your energy con-         You’ll stay cooler and save        department.                            •Baggy clothes with deep
rate by 14.5%, were approved          sumption by 20% compared to energy.                                                                            pockets to hide spray cans.
by the California Public Utilities    the cost of central air condition- •If your refrigerator is 10 years   To identify graffiti vandals
Commission (CPUC) after                                                                                      look for the following signs:          •Spray paint on sneakers or
                                      ing.                                old or older replace it with an
reviewing data submitted by                                                                                  •Paint or marker pen dye                shoes.
                                                                          Energy Star qualified model and                                             If you witness someone in the
SCE. The utility provider, who       Around the House                                                         stains on hands, under the
                                                                          save up to $150 a year on your                                            act of tagging, damaging or
had previously raised rates in       •Replace incandescent light                                              fingernails, or on clothes.
                                                                          electric bill. You may also                                               destroying property, call the
January and February, told the        bulbs with Energy Star qualified qualify for an incentive for recy     •Bulky military jacket,
Commerce City Council that                                                                                                                          East Los Angeles Sheriff’s
                                      compact fluorescent bulbs that cling your old refrigerator.             pull-over or zip-up with a
they would be raising rates for a                                                                                                                   Department at (323) 264-4151.
                                      use up to 75% less energy than          For more information about      hood helps conceal spray
third time this year in April.                                                                                                                      To report graffiti, call the City of
                                      incandescent bulbs.                how you can improve energy           cans and markers.
   Residential customers whose                                                                                                                      Commerce Graffiti Hotline at
                                                                         efficiency in your home contact     •Blood-shot eyes from being            (323) 887-4444.
consumption remains within tier      •Turn off lights not in use or      the following:                       out all night tagging and
one and two levels (those cus-         when leaving a room.
tomers who use less energy)                                              Southern California Edison
throughout the month will see no     •Weather strip and caulk doors (800) 736-4777 or
change in their electricity costs.    and windows to rid your house www.sce.com
     You can help conserve            of drafts and to prevent hot or
California’s energy resources         cold air from escaping.            Energy Star
and save some money by fol-                                              (888) STAR-YES or
lowing these simple steps inside     •Install high performance win-      www.energystar.gov
your home.                            dows when replacing old win-
                                      dows.                              California Energy
Heating and Cooling                                                      Commission
•When heating your home, set         Appliances                          (800) 555-7794 or
 your thermostat at 68 degrees       •Always wash a full load of         www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/in
 during the day and 55 degrees        clothes or use the variable        dex.html
 or lower at night or when your       water level adjustment for



Commerce Figures                                                                                             Commerce Welcomes Back
 home is unoccupied.                  smaller loads.




     Solid Waste and Recycling                                                                                    Johnny Jee
   The State of California Public    transport, and dispose of all       or homeowners association.                                                 said Jee. “I am excited about
Resources Code Section 40061         solid waste produced by                In addition, the total annual                                           having this opportunity and look
requires that when a city does       each residential household is       cost to provide the free curbside                                          forward to returning to work with
not directly charge residential      $15.66.                             recycling service to residential                                           the Commerce community.”
households a fee for the collec-         The City of Commerce            households is $54,915.                                                         Assistant Fire Chief Jee, who
tion of household solid waste,       expends $491,664 each year to          The total annual cost for dis-                                          started his career as a Fire
the city shall inform all residen-   collect, transport, and dispose     posal of Commerce residential                                              Fighter in 1980, served as the
tial households of the following:    of all solid waste produced by      solid waste and residential recy-                                          Emergency          Preparedness
                                     2,615 residential households.       clables is $546,579.                                                       Officer for the City of Commerce
1.The average monthly volume         This figure does not include cer-       The source for the above                                               from 1994 to 1996. During that
  of solid waste produced by         tain licensed apartment units,      information is from the Second                                             time, Jee coordinated the first
  each residential household.        townhouses or condominiums          Amendment to Solid Waste                                                   citywide emergency drill and
  That monthly average equals        where refuse collection is pro-     Management            Agreement                                            developed individual emer-
  387 pounds.                        vided by the apartment owner        between the City of Commerce                                               gency response plans for local
                                                                         and CalMet Services, Inc., 17                                              businesses. He was then pro-
2.The total estimated monthly
                                                                         September 2002. For more                                                   moted to the position of
  cost to the local agency to col
                                                                         information on waste manage-          Former Commerce Emergency            Battalion Fire Chief.
  lect, transport, and dispose of
                                                                         ment or recycling, call the         Preparedness Officer Johnny                 Prior to his current assign-
  all solid waste produced by
                                                                         Public Services Division at         Jee, a 26 year veteran of the LA       ment, Jee served as the
  residential households. The
                                                                         (323) 722-4805.                     County Fire Department, has            Department’s Fire Marshall and
  estimated monthly cost to the
                                                                                                             been appointed to the position         in command of the Fire
  city to dispose of residential
                                                                                                             of Assistant Fire Chief for            Prevention Division. The Fire
  households solid waste is
                                                                                                             Division IX, East Region               Prevention Division focuses on
  $40,972.
                                                                                                             Operations Bureau serving the          educating communities about
3.The average monthly                                                                                        cities of Commerce, Bell, Bell         the benefits of proper safety
   cost to the city to                                                                                       Gardens, El Monte, South El            practices as well as identifying
   collect, transport,                                                                                       Monte, Rosemead and Temple             and eliminating hazardous con-
   and dispose of all                                                                                        City.                                  ditions that pose a threat to life,
   solid waste pro                                                                                               His duties will include man-       the environment and property.
   duced by each                                                                                             agement, personnel training and            In addition to his profession-
    residential house                                                                                        fleet readiness.                       al accomplishments, Jee enjoys
   hold.                                                                                                         “My desire is to continue to       playing tennis, downhill skiing,
      The average                                                                                            promote a harmonious and pro-          music and traveling.
monthly cost to the                                                                                          ductive working relationship with            The Division IX office is
city to collect,                                                                                             the cities served by the division,”    located in the city of Rosemead.


                                                                                                                                Report to the People • April 2006 • 3
I-5/I-710 Alternative                                                                                                                      Commerce
     Analysis Study FAQs                                                                                                                       New Businesses
     Copies of the I-5/I-710 Alternative          connectors are not built, the I-5/I-710      addition of a car-pool lane in each           The City of Commerce would like to
Analysis Study summaries are available            interchange can be constructed with          direction.                                  welcome the new businesses listed below
at City Hall, as well as all city parks and       no impact to adjacent residents in             A. The traffic model indicates that       to our community.
libraries. Below is a list of answers to          Commerce.                                    Atlantic Blvd. will require improve-
questions that were addressed at a                                                             ments regardless of whether improve-                   Calpaco Papers
recent community meeting regarding the            4.Q. What are the impacts in the             ments are made to the I-5 or not.                    Printing Paper/Wholesale
study.                                            area     if   the     Bandini/Atlantic
                                                  Interchange and the proposed truck           8.Q. What are the impacts of the
1.Q. What is the impact to the City of            ramps directly into the rail yards are       proposed closure of the I-710                        Castaneda Nursery
Commerce with           and without the           constructed?                                 Washington Blvd. interchange on             Flowers, Nursery Stock, Florist’s Supplies
Slauson Avenue Interchange?                           A. The proposed improvements for         the I-710 Olympic Blvd. Interchange
   A. There is no major impact for                the Atlantic Blvd./Bandini Blvd. inter-      north of the I-5?                                         Celluphone
Commerce with or without the Slauson              change and the truck ramps into the            A. The traffic model does not show               Radio/TV Broadcasting and
Avenue Interchange. The proposal could            rail yards are significant for               any significant impacts to the I-                  Communications Equipment
benefit Commerce by improving access              Commerce.       The      new     Atlantic    710/Olympic Blvd. Interchange as a
and service to the industrial area at the         Blvd./Bandini Blvd. efficiently serves       result of the closure of the I-710
south end of the city and drawing traffic         Commerce and Vernon in the future            Washington Blvd. Interchange.                            D.J’s Drive-In
away from the Atlantic Blvd./Bandini Blvd.        and should be constructed as soon as                                                                     Restaurant
interchange and the Florence Avenue               possible. The study indicates 10,000 to      9.Q. What are the impacts to the pri-
Interchange. The primary benefit of the           15,000 trucks a day will use the truck       mary arterial highways in East L.A.          Dongwon F & B Co., Ltd.Office
interchange is that it provides better serv-      ramps. If they are not built into the rail   due to the closure or changes to the                  Management Services
ice to the communities to the west.               yards this truck traffic will overwhelm      various local interchanges near the
                                                  the nearby arterial highways.                I-5/I-710 Interchange?
2.Q. What is the impact of closing the                                                            A. The traffic model indicates that
                                                                                                                                                    Onsite Staffing, Inc.
I-710/Washington Avenue Interchange               5.Q. What is the impact to the               improvements will be needed to                        Employment Agencies
for both East L.A. and Commerce?                  Garfield Avenue/I-5 Interchange if           Olympic Blvd. and other arterial high-
   A. If the Atlantic Blvd./Bandini Blvd.         the Bandini/Atlantic Interchange is          ways within East L.A. regardless of            Pacific Tri-Port Distribution
interchange is improved there is no               improved but the missing connec-             any improvements to either the I-710                     Medical Uniforms
impact to Commerce or to East LA along            tors from I-710 to I-5 are not con-          or I-5 freeways.
the I-710 from the closure of the                 structed?
Washington Blvd. interchange. However,               A. The I-5/Garfield Avenue inter-
                                                                                                                                                    Rossini Wheel and
                                                                                               10.Q. What are the impacts to the
there is a resulting impact of this closure       change needs to be improved if the I-        arterial highways in Commerce with                   Accessories Corp.
on the I-5/Washington Blvd. interchange           710/Atlantic Blvd.-Bandini Blvd. inter-      the various local interchange pro-               Rims, Wheel for Motor Vehicles
and on the east end of Washington Blvd.           change is improved and the missing           posals?
Traffic improves significantly along              connectors are not built.                      A. The traffic model indicates that all              Secure Fencing
Washington Blvd. near the I-710 with the                                                       of the arterial highway intersections in                Chain Link Fencing
closure of the interchange. One of the            6.Q. What is the feasibility and             Commerce will likely need to be
recommendations would be to construct             impacts of using Bandini Blvd. for           improved in the future.
the interchange improvements along the            truck trips between I-710 and I-5                                                             Springs Global U.S., Inc.
I-710 in Commerce in phases (Atlantic-            (including the possibility of elevat-        11.Q. What are the impacts to local                     Textiles/Wholesale
Bandini being first) and assess the               ed truck lanes on Bandini Blvd.)?            arterial highways if no improve-
impacts to determine and finalize whether            A. The traffic model indicates that       ments are made at the I-5/I-710 inter-               Therien & Co., Inc.
the closure of the Washington Blvd. inter-        special truck lanes are not needed on        change (and two freeways)? This                              Furniture



                                                                                                                                           Bike Racks
change will affect the traffic circulation for    Bandini Blvd. in the future but that         would be a version of a “no-build”
Commerce.                                         improvements to the Bandini Blvd.            alternative.
                                                  intersections between the two free-            A. The no-build option indicates that


                                                                                                                                               Approved for Buses
3.Q. What will be the effects of not              ways will be needed.                         all of the arterial highways will need to
constructing the missing connectors                                                            be improved (mostly at intersections)
from the I-710 to southbound I-5?                 7.Q. What are the impacts to                 regardless of freeway improvements.
 A. There are no traffic circulation impacts      Atlantic Blvd. from the closure of
of not constructing the missing connec-                                                                                                      The Commerce City Council has
                                                  the I-5 northbound off-ramp to                 For more information contact the
tors as the traffic model shows that these                                                                                                 approved funds to equip all city buses with
                                                  Telegraph Road? (East L.A. con-              Community Development Department.
connectors do not attract much traffic.                                                                                                    bike racks. The bike racks will be located
                                                  cern). This assumes that the I-5 is



Commerce Celebrates
The positive impact is that, if the missing       improved to only 10-lanes by the                                                         on the front bumper of each bus and
                                                                                                                                           capable of accommodating 2 bicycles at a
                                                                                                                                           time.


     Arbor Day
                                                                                                                                              The racks are considered a healthy,
                                                                                                                                           economical and environmentally friendly
                                                                                                                                           way to improve the commute to work and
                                                      Recently crowned Miss Commerce                 There was also an Arbor Day           a popular addition for anyone who bikes or
                                                 Emiko Gaspar and members of her               Poster contest held at each school.         wants a faster way to the nearest bus
                                                 royal court attended the events and told      The winners from each school are            stop.
                                                 the students the history of Arbor Day.        listed below:                                   When using the bus bike racks please
                                                        Tree and Street Maintenance                                                        follow these steps.
                                                                                               Bandini School
                                                 Supervisor Hector Orozco talked to the
                                                                                               1st Marifer Mora
                                                 kids about trees and why they’re impor-                                                   1) Signal the bus driver.
                                                                                               2nd Victor Zapien
                                                 tant.                                                                                     2) Lower the rack to release the rack
                                                                                               3rd Edgar Almodovar
                                                     “I want students to think about all of                                                   and then swing it forward.
                                                 the things trees give us and to under-        Laguna Nueva School                         3) Lift the bicycle onto the rack.
                                                 stand that we need to take care of the        1st  Dolores Gamino                         4) Lift the support arm and hook it over
Tree and Street Maintenance Supervisor           trees in our forests and our cities so        2nd Erika Davalo                               the front tire at a diagonal
Hector Orozco looks on as Kin Tan of the         they continue to grow,” said Orozco.          3rd  Elizabeth Ayala                           (45 degree angle).
L.A. County Forestry Division demonstrates             The kids were given Italian stone                                                   5) After removing the bicycle from the
to students how to plant their tree saplings     pine tree saplings to plant at home.          Rosewood Park School                           rack, place the rack in the upright
at home.                                                                                       1st     Elizabeth Aguilar
                                                 There to demonstrate how to plant them                                                       position if there is not another bicycle
   To teach Commerce students the                was Kin Tan of the Los Angeles County         2nd Ivan Carlos                                on it.
importance of trees in the environment           Forestry Division.                            3rd     Laura Jimenez
and in the community, the City of                    West Coast Arborists, the company          Arbor Day was founded by J. Sterling          The first bike racks were installed on
Commerce sponsored the Annual Arbor              that provides contracted tree trimming        Morton of Nebraska City, Nebraska in        buses in the late 1970s. Today, the racks
Day Celebration at Bandini, Laguna               services to the City of Commerce partic-      1872 after he and his wife moved from       are found on buses in more than 400
Nueva and Rosewood Park Elementary               ipated by donating and planting a tree at     Detroit, Michigan into the treeless         cities.
schools in March.                                each school.                                  prairie of Nebraska in 1854.


   4 • April 2006 • Report to the People
                                                  Commerce Gallery
Miss Commerce
    Crowned
   Commerce resident, Gerardo Jonathan
Gomez received the city’s “Young Man of

                                                  Joe Costigan Retires                                        Student Government Day
the Year” award. Gomez was presented
with a $400 check from the Commerce
Casino for his essay on his future goals
and aspirations. The runner-ups were
Jacob Cadenas, Robert Garza and
Raymond Saucedo.
   The Miss Commerce Pageant has been
a longstanding tradition in the City of
Commerce since 1960. The program is
sponsored by the city with help from the
city’s Pageant Steering Committee and
generous donations from businesses locat-
ed in the city.
  The Queen received a wide range of gifts
including a $2,500 scholarship donation
from the Commerce Casino, a $200 sav-             Community Safety Specialist Joe Costigan retired in         Guest Speaker Professor Renford Reese at the Student
                                                  February. Costigan was devoted to the community and         Government Day luncheon.
ings bond from the City of Commerce, a

                                                                                                              Sister Cities Donation
                                                  always willing to help out.


                                                   Arbor Day
$250 gift certificate from Unified Western
Grocers, and a $250 gift certificate from
Paramount Fitness Equipment.
  The pageant was aired live on Commerce
cable channel 12.



Events and Excursions
    Parks & Recreation
Family Excursions
Poppy Festival
Saturday, April 22, 2006
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
                                                   The winners of the Arbor Day Poster Contest are pic-       Commerce Sister Cities President Al Gonzalez is pictured
$6 Adults, $3 Children 6 – 12                      tured here with (from l. to r.) Miss Dodgers Ginelle       here presenting checks to Adult Literacy Coordinator
5 and under free                                   Gomez, Tree and Street Maintenance Supervisor Hector       Beatriz Sarmiento and Library Director Evelyn Fullmore for
Join us for an excursion to Palmdale to see        Orozco, Program Coordinator Lisa Moran and Kin Tan         the Adult Literacy Program.
                                                   of the L.A. County Forestry Division.
the poppies burst into bloom along the hill-

                                                   Metro Section Spring                                       Metro Section Spring Swimming
sides. Enjoy top-name musical entertain-


                                                   Swimming Championships                                     Championships
ment, more than 200 crafts/fine arts ven-
dors, a flower and farmers market, aero-
space and aviation displays, extraordinary
oversized and custom vehicles and local                                                   Irma Gorricino
wildflower information on more than 55                                                    jumps in head
acres. Registration starts Thursday, April                                                first in one of
                                                                                          her events at the
13 at the Department of Parks and                                                         Metro Section
Recreation.                                                                               Spring
                                                                                          Championships.
Rancho Oso Family Camping Trip
Saturday, April 29 to Sunday,
April 30, 2006
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$64 per cabin (sleeps four)
Spend the night in the heart of the Los
Padres National Forest at Rancho Oso and
experience the spirit of the old west. Enjoy
hundreds of riding trails, mountain hikes                                                                     Two Commerce swimmers lined up on the blocks with the
and the unmatched scenery of Santa                                                                            opposition.
Barbara County. Registration begins


                                                   Commerce Boxer Quevedo wins 4th National Title
Thursday, March 30, 2006. Nonrefundable.


Active Adults                                                                                Elizabeth Quevedo, a 21-year-old        The article talked about some of her
Shoreline Village in Long Beach                                                           who came out of the Commerce               past accomplishments, including her
5 p.m. – 1 a.m.                                                                           Boxing Program won her fourth              effort to win her first U.S. Amateur
Saturday, April 8, 2006                                                                   National Amateur title in March by         title four years ago at age 17.
$2 refundable deposit                                                                     defeating New York’s Angelique                 Quevedo’s goal, similar to that of
Shoreline Village in Long Beach is located                                                Bovee in the 138-pound junior wel-         other Commerce boxing hopefuls,
in the harbor next to the Long Beach                                                      terweight division.                        was to compete in the 2008
Convention Center. Restaurants include                                                       Quevedo, who is known for her           Olympics. Unfortunately, the Olympic
The Yard House, Tequila Jack's, Stefano's                                                 imposing height and aggressive             Committee decided not to include
Pizza, Simmering Pot and Parker's                                                         fighting style, added her most recent      women’s boxing.
Lighthouse. At night both The Yard House                                                  accomplishment to a very impres-               Quevedo is still undecided about
and Tequila Jack's are hopping bars serv-                                                 sive 3 consecutive welterweight            turning professional, however she
ing hundreds of beers and tequilas.                                                       National Amateur titles.                   plans to participate in the upcoming
Register at the Department of Parks and                                                      Following the win she was profiled      District Golden Gloves competition.
Recreation by April 3.                         Boxer Liz Quevedo poses with Commerce      on a boxing website called
                                               Boxing Coach Robert Luna.                  thesweetscience.com for her efforts.

                                                                                                                         Report to the People • April 2006 • 5
Channel 12 Guide                                                                                                            Library News
April 2006                                                                                                                      “How to Get to College: The Roadmap of Success”
                                                                                                                                Although the City of Commerce College           outlines the steps your child will need as
Mondays
   6:00 a.m. – ALOUD William McDonough                                                                                      Scholarship Program was started in 1984             they work their way through school and it
   7 : 0 0 a . m . – C o ff e e B r e a k w i t h P a u l a & B o b G u e s t :
                                                                                                                            and continues today to help college students        contains valuable information for you as a
                                                                                                                            meet their financial needs, the City of             concerned parent.
                     O r r i n Tr o u m M . D .
   8 : 0 0 a . m . – L A I N A D AY Vi a M e t r o M e t r o F i t

                                                                                                                            Commerce understands that there is a need               Commerce Scholarship Coordinator,
   9 : 0 0 a . m . – Tw i l i g h t D a n c e S e r i e s “ T h e E a s y S t a r A L L - S t a r s ”
 1 0 : 0 0 a . m . – Yo g a b y Yo g i

                                                                                                                            to prepare our school-age children for col-         Beatriz Sarmiento said the posters are
 11 : 0 0 a . m . – F i r s t A m e n d m e n t
 1 2 : 0 0 p . m . – Yo u ’ r e t h e C h e f s h o w # 7 0 2

                                                                                                                            lege long before they enter high school.            helpful because they are easy to under-
   1 : 0 0 p . m . – TO W N H A L L L o s A n g e l e s R o b i n R a p h e l
   2:00 p.m. – Sonora Style # 3

                                                                                                                                 In this month’s edition of Report to the       stand, arranged by grade level from 6th
   3 : 0 0 p . m . – N A S A D e s t i n a t i o n To m o r r o w
   4:00 p.m. – Army Newswatch

                                                                                                                            People, the Commerce Public Library is              grade to 12th grade and contain both
   5:00 p.m. – U.S. Dept. of Education “Preparing Students
                     for the Global Economy”

                                                                                                                            happy to make the enclosed poster available         California State University and University
   6 : 0 0 p . m . – Wa t e r w i s e “ O C S a n i t a t i o n D i s t r i c t ”
   7:00 p.m. – Movie Classic

                                                                                                                            to all households in the city.                      of California entry requirements.
   9 : 0 0 p . m . – L i v e a t T h e F o r d T H E L AT I N O T E N O R S
 10:00 p.m. – City Cinema

                                                                                                                                  It was designed as a roadmap to ensure           “Even though many of our students have
 12:00 a.m. – First Amendment
   1:00 a.m. – Pages from the Past “Fight of the Snowbirds to

                                                                                                                            your child’s success by California State            struggled to stay in school, we know that
                     Lasers 1935-2005”


Tuesdays                                                                                                                    University Chancellor Charles B. Reed along         given the necessary tools to succeed that
  6:00
  7:00
            a.m.
            a.m.
                   –
                   –
                       I M PA C T w i t h M i c h e l l e R a b i n o w i t z
                       First Amendment Center                                                                               with a generous contribution from the Boeing        they can make the grade and earn a col-
  8:00
  9:00
            a.m.
            a.m.
                   –
                   –
                       Yo g a b y Yo g i
                       Tw i l i g h t D a n c e S e r i e s “ T h e K n a c k ”                                             Company.                                            lege degree,” said Sarmiento. “By giving
 10:00      a.m.   –   U C T V O p e r a Ta l k ! W i t h N i c k R e v e l e s : D o n C a r l o
                                                                                                                                “One of the California State University’s       them a step by step plan from the sixth
                                                                                                                            critical goals is to work with the state’s K-12     grade on, this poster can make their dream
 11 : 0 0   a.m.   –   “SIT and be FIT” show # C-3
 12:00      p.m.   –   City Cinema

                                                                                                                            schools because their students become our           of earning a college degree a reality.”
  2:00      p.m.   –   JAZZ NOTES with Dough McIntyre Guest:
                       Jack Sheldon

                                                                                                                            students,” said Chancellor Reed. “These                Additional copies of the poster are avail-
   3:00 p.m. –         M i g r a n t E d u c a t i o n … A Wa y o f L i f e
   4:00 p.m. –         First Amendment Center

                                                                                                                            posters give clear steps to parents and stu-        able online at www.calstate.edu by clicking
   5:00 p.m. –         G e n o ’s K i t c h e n S h o w
                       ( a n e w s p e c i a l t y d i s h e v e r y Tu e s d a y )

                                                                                                                            dents so they know what classes to take,            on the “How to Get to College” guides or
   7:00 p.m. –         Commerce City Council Meeting Broadcasting
                       L I V E t h e 1 s t & 3 r d Tu e s d a y o f e v e r y m o n t h

                                                                                                                            when to take required tests and when to             by calling the CSU Public Affairs Office at
 11 : 0 0 p . m . –    Movie Classic
  1:00 a.m. –          Tr o j a n Vi s i o n p r e s e n t s “ T h e C u t t i n g E d g e ”


Wednesdays                                                                                                                  apply to college. It’s all here, and it’s in        (562) 951-4800 or the City of Commerce
   6:00 a.m. – UCTV Conversations with History                                                                              English and Spanish.”                               Literacy Coordinator at (323) 722-7323.
                                                                                                                                  Please read and share the poster with
                     “The Military & U.S. Foreign Policy”
   7 : 0 0 a . m . – L A I N A D AY Vi a t h e M e t r o G r e e n L i n e

                                                                                                                            your children. Attach it to a bedroom wall. It
   8 : 0 0 a . m . – Yo u ’ r e t h e C h e f s h o w # 7 0 2
   9 : 0 0 a . m . – Wa t e r w i s e O C S a n i t a t i o n D i s t r i c t
 10:00 a.m. – Commerce City Council Meeting (replay)
   1 : 0 0 p . m . – Tw i l i g h t D a n c e S e r i e s “ M A R C C O H N ”
   2 : 0 0 p . m . – F r e s h f r o m t h e FA R M E R S ’ M a r k e t s h o w # 3



                                                                                                                            34th Annual Creative
   3:00 p.m. – U.S. Department of Education “Science Education:
                     Preparing Studentsfor the Global Economy”



                                                                                                                            Youth Art Festival
   4:00 p.m. – First Amendment                                                                                                                                                   While these videos are not a substitute for
   5:00 p.m. – City Cinema
   7:00 p.m. – Army Newswatch                                                                                                                                                    advice from your medical provider they
   8 : 0 0 p . m . – N A S A D e s t i n a t i o n To m o r r o w
   9 : 0 0 p . m . – S t r a i g h t f r o m t h e Ta p “ T h e L a t h r o p S c i e n c e F a i r ”
                                                                                                                                                                                 are a good reference tool for general infor-
   9 : 3 0 p . m . – T h e Vi n t a g e Ve h i c l e S H O W: V I N TA G E T R A I L E R S                                     To honor the creativity of local youth from
 1 0 : 0 0 p . m . – C o n n i e M a r t i n s o n Ta l k s B o o k s
                                                                                                                                                                                 mation on diseases, conditions, and treat-
                     (a new author every week)                                                                              Bell Gardens and Suva Intermediate, as well          ment methods.
 11 : 0 0 p . m . – M o v i e C l a s s i c
   1 : 0 0 a . m . – M i g r a n t E d u c a t i o n … A Wa y o f L i f e                                                   as the participants in the Bandini Park
Thursdays
                                                                                                                                                                                    This information can be accessed
                                                                                                                            Children’s Ceramic class, the Commerce               via the Internet at www.ci.commerce.
   6 : 0 0 a . m . – I D M PA C T w i t h M i c h e l l e R a b i n o w i t z                                               Central Library will host the 34th Annual            ca.us/library.asp from your personal com-
   7 : 0 0 a . m . – Tr o j a n Vi s i o n p r e s e n t s P e t e C a r r o l l
   8:00 a.m. – UCTV Conversations with History                                                                              Creative Youth Art Festival through April 14.        puter or one of the library’s public access
                     “The Military & U.S. Foreign Policy”
   9:00 a.m. – Movie Classic                                                                                                     The ceramics, which are new to the art          computers. The videos can be viewed
 11 : 0 0 a . m . – G e n o ’s K i t c h e n S h o w ( a n e w s p e c i a l t y d i s h e v e r y T h u r s d a y )
 1 2 : 0 0 p . m . – E a r t h t a l k To d a y w i t h A l e x a n d r a P a u l & P e t e r K r e i t l e r               festival this year, will be on display in the        with either Windows Media Player or Real
   1 : 0 0 p . m . – C o m m u n i t y C o o k i n g G u e s t C h e f - To n y G o n z a l e s
   2 : 0 0 p . m . – N A S A D e s t i n a t i o n To m o r r o w                                                           library foyer, while the rest of the pieces will     Player, or you can read the transcripts.
   3 : 0 0 p . m . – To w n h a l l L o s A n g e l e s w i t h R o b i n R a p h e l




                                                                                                                                                                                 National Library Week, April 2-8
   4:00 p.m. – Army Newswatch                                                                                               be on display throughout the library.
   5:00 p.m. – Commerce City Council Meeting (replay)
   8:00 p.m. – First Amendment Center
                                                                                                                                The exhibit, which opened March 1, was
   9 : 0 0 p . m . – Tw i l i g h t D a n c e S e r i e s ( a n e w c o n c e r t e v e r y a i r i n g )
 1 0 : 0 0 p . m . – D r. M a g i c S h o w
                                                                                                                            coordinated by the staff of the Commerce
 11 : 0 0 p . m . – M o v i e C l a s s i c                                                                                 Central Library, Ceramics Instructor Bonnie              The Commerce Public Library System
   1 : 0 0 a . m . – M i g r a n t E d u c a t i o n … A Wa y o f L i f e
                                                                                                                                                                                 will celebrate National Library Week from
Fridays
                                                                                                                            Lopez and teachers from the Montebello
                                                                                                                            Unified School District.                             April 2 to April 8 with the theme for 2006:
  6:00      a.m.   –   I M PA C T w i t h M i c h e l l e R a b i n o w i t z                                                    For more information on the program,            “Change the World @ Your Library.”
  7:00      a.m.   –   Yo u ’ r e t h e C h e f s h o w # 7 0 2
  8:00      a.m.   –   S t r a i g h t f r o m t h e Ta p “ T h e L a t h r o p S c i e n c e F a i r ”                     contact the Commerce Central Library at                    During National Library Week, each
  9:00      a.m.   –   L A I N A D AY Vi a t h e M e t r o G r e e n L i n e
 10:00      a.m.   –   T h e R o a d t o R e c o v e r y : H o w S t a t e s Tr a n s f o r m S y s t e m s o f C a r e     (323) 722-6660                                       library will provide a free book distribution
 11 : 0 0   a.m.   –   City Cinema



                                                                                                                            Commerce: One City, One Book
  1:00      p.m.   –   Pages from the Past                                                                                                                                       at the regularly scheduled Storytimes,
                       “Fight of the Snowbirds to Lasers 1935-2005”
  1:30      p.m.   –   L i v e a t t h e F o r d “ T H E L AT I N O T E N O R S ”                                                                                                which will feature special guest readers
  3:30      p.m.   _   Army Newswatch
  4:00      p.m.   –   M i g r a n t E d u c a t i o n … A Wa y o f L i f e                                                                                                      from the local community. National Library
  5:00      p.m.   –   First Amendment Center                                                                                      To celebrate the Fourth Annual
  6:00      p.m.   –   Tr o j a n Vi s i o n p r e s e n t s “ P e t e C a r r o l l ”                                                                                           Week was founded to acknowledge the
  7:00      p.m.   –   UCTV Health Matters: Stress & Pain Management
                                                                                                                            “Commerce: One City, One Book Program,”
  7:30      p.m.   –   Wa t e r w i s e O C S a n i t a t i o n D i s t r i c t
                                                                                                                                                                                 important services provided by libraries
  9:00      p.m.   –   Tw i l i g h t D a n c e S e r i e s “ S U Z A N N E V E G A ”
                                                                                                                            which will focus on the novel “The Alchemist”
 11 : 0 0   p.m.   –   Movie Classic
                                                                                                                                                                                 and to recognize the many benefits that
  1:00      a.m.   –   Sonora Style # 3
                                                                                                                            by Paulo Coelho, the Commerce Central
                                                                                                                                                                                 libraries have had on the lives of individu-

 Saturdays
                                                                                                                            Library will sell copies of the book for six dol-
                                                                                                                                                                                 als, families and the community.
                                                                                                                            lars and host a series of discussions starting
 6 : 0 0 a . m . – F r e s h f r o m t h e FA R M E R S ’ M a r k e t s h o w # 3
                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, as part of the festivities the very
 7:00 a.m. – U.S. Department of Education
                                                                                                                            in May.
                   “Preparing Students for the Global Economy”
                                                                                                                                                                                 popular Swazzle Puppets are returning to
                                                                                                                                 The book discussions will be held in
 8:00 a.m. – Army Newswatch                                                                                                                                                      Commerce at the Central Library on
 8 : 3 0 a . m . – Yo u ’ r e t h e C h e f s h o w # 7 0 2                                                                 English or Spanish, as detailed below, at
 9:00 a.m. – Commerce City Council Meeting (replay)                                                                                                                              Monday, April 3 for a Special Story Time
12:00 p.m. – “SIT and be FIT” show # C-3                                                                                    Central and the branch libraries from 5:45 to
 1 : 0 0 p . m . – U C T V O p e r a Ta l k ! W i t h N i c k R e v e l e s : d o n C a r l o                                                                                    performance of “Hazel and the Dragon.”
 2:00 p.m. – Community Cooking Guest Chef: Pitsa Captain                                                                    7:30 p.m. on the following dates:
 3:00 p.m. – The Road to Recovery “How States Transform Systems of Care”                                                                                                         After the show the performers will give a
 3:30 p.m. – First Amendment Center                                                                                                    May 3 @ Central Library
 4 : 3 0 p . m . – C o m m u n i t y C o o k i n g G u e s t C h e f : To n y G o n z a l e s                                                                                    demonstration showing how they operate
 5:30 p.m. – Migrant Education …A Way of Life                                                                                             (English discussion)
 6:00 p.m. – City Cinema                                                                                                                                                         the puppets. Local officials will be on hand
 8:00 p.m. – First Amendment Center                                                                                                    May 9 @ Atlantic Library
 9:00 p.m. – Movie Classics                                                                                                                                                      to read their favorite books to children.
11 : 0 0 p . m . – T w i l i g h t D a n c e S e r i e s “ T h e E a s y S t a r A L L - S t a r s                                        (English discussion)
12:00 a.m. – JAZZ NOTES with Doug McIntyre Guest: Jack Sheldon                                                                                                                   No registration is required.

                                                                                                                                                                                 Atlantic Branch Library
Sundays
                                                                                                                                    May 17 @ Greenwood Library
                                                                                                                                         (Spanish discussion)

                                                                                                                                                                                 Welcomes Easter Bunny
  6:00      a.m.   –   F r e s h f r o m t h e FA R M E R S ’ M a r k e t s h o w # 3
  7:00      a.m.   –   M i g r a n t E d u c a t i o n … A Wa y o f L i f e                                                          May 18 @ Central Library
  8:00      a.m.   –   SIT and be FIT show # C-3
  9:00      a.m.   –   Tr o j a n Vi s i o n p r e s e n t s “ T h e C u t t i n g E d g e                                               (Spanish discussion)
 10:00      a.m.   –   F r e s h f r o m t h e FA R M E R S ’ M a r k e t s h o w # 3
 11 : 0 0   a.m.   –   First Amendment Center                                                                                        May 24 @ Bristow Library                       The Atlantic Branch Library will host a
 12:00      p.m.   –   L A I N A D AY Vi a t h e M e t r o G r e e n L i n e
  1:00      p.m.   –   U.S. Department of Education “Preparing Students
                                                                                                                                         (Spanish discussion)                    visit from the Easter Bunny on Tuesday,
                       for the Global Economy”



                                                                                                                            New Health and Wellness
  2:00      p.m.   –   S t r a i g h t f r o m t h e Ta p “ T h e L a t h r o p S c i e n c e F a i r ”                                                                          April 11 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The big
  3:00      p.m.   –   E a r t h t a l k To d a y w i t h A l e x a n d r a P a u l & P e t e r K r e i t l e r
  4:00      p.m.   –   Army Newswatch                                                                                                                                            bunny will lead an Easter Egg hunt, read

                                                                                                                            Info On The Internet
  5:00      p.m.   –   City Cinema
  7:00      p.m.   –   T h e R o a d t o R e c o v e r y “ H o w S t a t e s Tr a n s f o r m S y s t e m s o f C a r e ”                                                        to children and conduct a craft.
  8:00      p.m.   –   Tw i l i g h t D a n c e S e r i e s ( a n e w c o n c e r t e v e r y a i r i n g )
 10:00      p.m.   –   C o n n i e M a r t i n s o n Ta l k s B o o k s ( a n e w a u t h o r e v e r y w e e k )
 11 : 0 0   p.m.   –   Movie Classics
 12:30      p.m.   –   Community Cooking Guest Chef: Pitsa Captain
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   L.A. County Fire
  Service Day Free to
       the Public
The Los Angeles County Fire Department will be hosting the East
Region Fire Service Day for the public on Saturday, May 13 from
 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fire Station 118 (a.k.a. “The Big House”),
           17056 Gale Avenue in the City of Industry.




This free all-ages event will feature fire engine rides, station tours,
 fire fighting and Jaws of Life demonstrations, fire equipment dis-
     plays and activities for the kids. For more information, call

                Inspector Ed Osorio, East Region
           Public Information Officer at (626) 854-0100.




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                                                                     City of Commerce
                                                                         Student Government Day
                                                                                                                               ty towns. People are living on $1 day and a
                                                                                                                               great many are HIV positive. Yet, you see peo-
                                                                                                                               ple working and playing soccer in the fields. I
                                                                                                                               asked one man how he continued on in the
                                                                                                                               face of everything and he said, ‘umbutu.’ I
                                                                                                                               asked him what ‘umbutu’ was and he said,
                                                                                                                               ‘When my neighbor is hungry I feed him. When
                                                                                                                               I am hungry he feeds me.’”
                                                                                                                                   Reese continued with poignant comments
                                                                                                                               that not only embodied the tenets of Student
                                                                                                                               Government Day, but characterized a greater
                                                                                                                               social responsibility.
                                                                                                                                  “This concept stands for the community you
                                                                     Student Mayor David Larios with student coun-             take care of as leaders,” he said.
                                                                     cilmembers (l. to r.) Gia Romero, Virginia Parra, Maria       The students responded to his words of
                                                                     Chavez, Karina Valtierra and student city attorney        advice with enthusiasm and as demonstrated
                                                                     Jade Villegar.
                                                                                                                               by these young leaders the future of this com-
                                                                     Reese.Reese said he experienced an                        munity is in good hands.
                                                                     epiphany during a visit to the Grand Canyon.                   The Annual Student Government Day
                                                                         “I thought about how many millions of years           Program has been in existence for 40 years
                                                                     it took to form the Grand Canyon. When I real-            having been established first in Bell Gardens,
                                                                     ized the lifetime that we’re here is only a blink         then later in Commerce.
                                                                     of an eye, two things occurred to me. How can                This year’s program was sponsored by the
                                                                     I get caught up in trivial matters like someone           Commerce Department of Parks and
                                                                     else’s race, religion or sexual orientation? The          Recreation and coordinated by Teen Center
                                                                     other was, What kind of impact did you make?”             Supervisor Lucinda Blancarte in conjunction
                                                                          He then spoke of “umbutu,” a concept he              with the city of Bell Gardens and the
                                                                     learned about while studying in South Africa.             Montebello Unified School District. The Los
                                                                         “I went to Capetown, which is a modern city.          Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Fire
                                                                     A beautiful city. One has only to go 20 to 25             Department and Court System also participat-




Dates to Note
                                                                     minutes outside of Capetown to see the shan-              ed in the program.




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                                            I-710 Community
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                                                                                          Garden Show                                                  May
 2                                          Advisor Committee                             Rosewood Park Community Center
                                                                                                                                                       2
 Daylight Saving Time                       Council Chambers
                                                                                                                                                       City Council Meeting
 (turn clocks ahead one hour)               6:30 p.m.                                     25
                                                                                                                                                       Council Chambers
                                                                                          Railroad Task Force
                                                                                                                                                       7 p.m.
 4                                          15                                            Council Chambers, 10 a.m.
 City Council Meeting                       Easter Egg Hunt, 11 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                       5
 Council Chambers                           All Parks                                     30
                                                                                                                                                       Community Dodger Night
 7 p.m.                                                                                   Cinco de Mayo Celebration
                                                                                                                                                       7:40 p.m. Game Time
                                            18                                            12 noon Bristow Park
 8                                          City Council Meeting
 Baby Show                                  Council Chambers                              I-710 Community Advisory
 10 a.m. All parks                          7 p.m.                                        Committee Council Chambers
                                                                                          6:30 p.m.




  COMMERCE CITY COUNCIL
Where Quality Service Is Our Tradition
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                                       Nancy M. Ramos, Mayor                                                                                                    Los Angeles, CA 90040
                                                                                                                                                                Permit No. 23291
                                   Robert C. Fierro, Mayor Pro Tem

                                  Hugo A. Argumedo, Councilmember

                                  Tina Baca Del Rio, Councilmember

                                  Rosalina G. Lopez, Councilmember


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    Deadline for submission is the first of each month for publication
 the following month.
    For more information, call 323•887•4447 - www.ci.commerce.ca.us

 2535 Commerce Way • Commerce, CA 90040                                                                                            Photo by Patricia Gonzalez




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