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“Why I like Carson”

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           WHY I LIKE CARSON
                                                Carson is a
                                                many things
                                                                    great city, and there are
                                                                    to like about it, but what
                                                                                                   Tune in to the celebration! Find out
                                                                                                   why Carson is on the right track.

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                                                I like most         are its ethnic diversity and   February 1, 8, 15, 22
                                                its friendly,       dedicated people.              March 1, 15, 22, 29
                                                                                                   1:00-5:00 p.m. Saturdays
                                                I am half Japanese and half Filipino                                                                  A Call for Celebration
                                                and my parents came from Hawaii.                   February 3, 10, 17, 24
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Volume #I, Issue 1
                                                Living in a city with such a variety               March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31                            A word from Celebrate Carson
                                                                                                                                                      Honorary Chair Mary Anne O’Neal
                                                of ethnic cultures makes me feel                   Provisional schedule (may change without notice)
                                                comfortable within my surroundings.
                                                                                                                                                                        Dear Friends:
                                                                                                                                                                             Whether    you    are   a       Kickoff Event Strikes the Right Note
           Carson is also great because it has a lot of different kinds
           of ethnic foods like Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Mexican and
                                                                                                                                                                        Carson “old-timer” or a new-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             to Celebrate Carson
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                                                                                                                                                                        comer to our city, I believe
           Island food. My favorite restaurants are Hong Kong                                                                                                           you’ll agree that Carson truly        Display your window decal! WIN PRIZES! See page 4 for details
           Gardens/Bakery and Back Home In Lahaina.                                                                                                                     is a special community. The

                                                                                                                                                                        vision that began with our                    he talent and pride of Carson was in      retail and restaurants; the transformation
           People in Carson are very friendly and easy to get along                                                                                                                                                   the spotlight at the December 17th        that is underway along west Carson Avenue
           with. Even people you don’t know will smile and say,
                                                                                                                                                                        incorporation    in   1968   has

           “Hi” to you.
                                                                                                                                                                        transformed a formerly dilapidated            kickoff event at the SouthBay             to create a lushly landscaped corridor of
                                                                                                                  CELEBRATE                                             landscape into a thriving city,      Pavilion to officially launch Celebrate Carson     new    offices,   shopping        and     housing;

           The people of Carson are also very dedicated to their                                                                                      teeming with progress and opportunity.                 – a community-based drive sponsored by             and, completion of a lengthy period of

           community and seem to stay for generations. They call                                                                                         Yes, our young city has come a long way.            local residents and businesses to promote          environmental review and master planning
           themselves “Carsonites.” Some of our teachers at                                                                                           Supported by our strong business base, Carson          the many great aspects of living and               that will replace the last old dumping site
           Caroldale either grew up in Carson or went to Caroldale as                                                                                 today is fiscally sound, and our residents enjoy a     working in the City of Carson. Several             in Carson with a glittering new complex
           children, I say, that’s some dedication!                                                Show your civic pride!                             wide range of municipal programs and services          hundred residents and supporters turned            of gated residential communities, retail,

                                                                                                   Display your static-cling window                   for an outstanding quality of life. And, we are        out     for    an     exciting   afternoon    of   entertainment and business that is projected
           There are some good schools in Carson. I think my                                       decal on your car, home or business                home to a prestigious university, a world-class        entertainment, presentations and honors            to bring to the city $5.6 million in property
           school Caroldale L.C. is the best. I like it because we                                 window and be eligible to win                      stadium and a major regional shopping center.          that culminated with special Celebrate             taxes, $4.9 million in sales tax revenue, and
           have great teachers and I have lots of good friends there.                              valuable gifts certificates. Our roving                                                                   Carson gifts and refreshments.                     create 2,500 local jobs.
           The students are from all different cultures and get
                                                                                                                                                         There have been challenges, but we’ve
                                                                                                   observers are looking for you. One
           along nicely.
                                                                                                                                                      overcome the setbacks with hard work and a                   People    and     progress    were     the       Recalling a familiar children’s fairytale,
                                                                                                   more reason to Celebrate Carson!
                                                                                                                                                      positive outlook. We are on track for the success      resounding themes of the day, with Mayor           Mayor Dear likened the development of

           I like Carson because of its ethnic diversity and friendly                                                                                 that is apparent throughout our city.                  Jim Dear citing several recent developments        Carson to the transformation of the “Ugly

           dedicated people. These things make it a great city to live                             “Show Your Pride”                                     We are proud of our city, and we should             that signal continued prosperity for Carson:       Duckling” to the “Beautiful Swan,” and
           and go to school in.                                                                      WINNERS for the                                  celebrate our success. Celebrate Carson is a           the completed expansion and renovation of          acknowledged the role of “many people who
                                                                                                                                                      collaboration of local businesses and residents        the SouthBay Pavilion with exciting new            work to make Carson a better place to live.”
           Jennifer Baysa
                                                                                                     month of January                                 who believe in Carson as a great community                                                                                                 [Continued on page 2]
           4th Grade, 1st Place                                                                                                                       and want to share the pride. Over the next
                                                                                                   Rosie Fuentes, a senior at Carson High             several months there will be a number of
                                                                                                   School has been seen sporting her Celebrate
                                                                                                   Carson draw string back pack; Roosevelt &          opportunities to Celebrate Carson.
                                                                                                   Sydney Miller are displaying the decal on             In addition to this newsletter, look for
                                                                                                   the front window of their home; Marcelino
                                                                                                   Ines is showing his pride with the decal on        our website at,
                                                                                                   his car window; and Flores Café owner (and         a cable program, and other community
                                                                                                   Carson resident) Angelina Ocampo has her
      Celebrate Carson • P.O. Box 11228 • Carson, CA 90749                                         decal on the front door of the Carson street       activities. A special Celebrate Carson
                                                                                                   restaurant known for great Mexican food.           decal went out to every household

                                                                                                   Each will receive $100 value in gift cards         last month – if you haven’t already,
                                                                                                   and/or sporting event tickets at the Home          please display the decal in the
                                                                                                   Depot Center. Each winner can select their
                                                                                                   personalized gift from among local                 window of your vehicle, home
                                                                                                   restaurants, retail shops, or products such as     or business and be eligible for
                                                                                                   Target, Chili’s, South Bay Pavilion,
                                                                                                   ConocoPhillips and BP gas cards, or Galaxy,        the monthly drawing for
                                                                                                   Kings, Lakers or Clipper tickets.                  prizes,   gift   certificates
                                                                                                                                                      and products.
                                                                                                   Be a winner in February by
                                                                                                   showing your pride!                                   Please join us as we
                                                                                                                                                      Celebrate Carson.
                                                                                                   Visit our website for more information
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Celebrate Carson is sponsored by local businesses and residents who appreciate
and are proud to be part of such a great community and want to spread that pride!
                                         Local Favorite: Only the Best at Carson’s                                                                  Chili’s is a Red                           New Dining, Shopping and Entertainment
                                          Farmers Market                                                                                            Hot Hit                                    Choices at Planned Carson Marketplace
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     area will be addressed.

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                                                                                                  favorites as well as some varieties you                        ot yet six months old, the            he largest and last of the old dumping

                                                      f you made a New Year’s resolution
                                                      to      serve     your    family     the    probably won’t find at your regular                            new Chili’s Grill & Bar               sites that once dotted the landscape in           The City of Carson stands to realize a major

                                                      recommended five or more fruits             supermarket. Like a change from the                            located in a prominent                Carson will soon be a fading memory           return from the project in terms of local jobs and

                                                   and vegetables every day, the Carson           traditional zucchini? Look for the pumpkin-       corner of the SouthBay Pavilion, has       as the site is replaced by a glittering new           the fees and revenues that will flow to the city.

                                                    Farmer’s Market offers a variety of           like Calabaza Squash or a Chayote, a small        proven to be a big hit with Carson         complex of residential, entertainment, retail and     City planners estimate that the Marketplace will

                                                     tasty options. Sponsored by the City         squash that was a favorite among the                                                         commercial uses. The Carson Marketplace is the        generate $5.6 million annually in redevelop-

                                                      of Carson, local fruit and vegetable        Aztecs and Mayans. Apples, peaches and                                                       culmination of years of planning and lengthy          ment funds from property taxes, $4.5 million in

                                                       growers set up their stalls in             apricots are delicious mainstays, but you                                                    environmental review to restore this vacant area      new city sales taxes, and 2,500 local jobs.

                                                           the east parking lot of the            might also find such exotic fruits as Asian                                                  adjacent to the 405 Freeway and Del Amo                   The Marketplace site replaces an old, 157-

                                                           Carson Community Center every          pears, lychees, and chirimoyas at the                                                        Boulevard in the northwest part of the city.          acre, landfill that once received solid and liquid

                                                           Thursday, rain or shine, from 9        Farmer’s Market.                                                                                 As envisioned, the Carson Marketplace will        waste from other communities in Los Angeles

                                                            a.m. to 1 p.m., to offer a colorful       With all products certified to be grown or                                               add a vibrant new center to the City of Carson        County. The landfill was closed in 1965, and the

                                                            array of freshly picked products.     produced in California, the Farmer’s Market                                                  with an expansive layout of open space, a             area became part of Carson when the city was

                                                               Although the selection changes     is also a good source for the homemade                                                       variety of residential options, retail shopping       incorporated in 1968. Barren and desolate, the

                                                            seasonally, the Farmer’s Market       flavor of baked bread or pastries, cut flowers,                                              and dining, and commercial offices and other          site has been a decades-long challenge to city

                                                             features   both    the   familiar    nuts and eggs.                                                                               business uses. A key objective of the project is to   officials and planners as they sought the best way
                                                                                                                                                                                               take advantage of its proximity and visibility        to rehabilitate the land and attract the substantial

                                                                                                                                                    diners attracted to the southwestern       from the 405 Freeway to create “Gateway”              investment required to develop the land.
                                                           Kickoff Event Strikes the Right Note                                                     flair of the city’s newest full-service    impact – an impressive view and entry to the              After several fitful starts, with proposals
                                                           to Celebrate Carson                          [Continued from page 1]                     restaurant.                                city with distinctive architectural design,           ranging from football stadiums to a cemetery,
                                                                                                                                                       “The City of Carson has really          landscaping and street-level amenities.               the city has pulled together an $800 million
                                                            A program that was         international competition in Barcelona, Spain; the           welcomed us,” said Chili’s manager             Plans for the Marketplace also include a          package of mostly private investment to
                                                       both inspirational and          Bread of Life Choir, from Bread of Life Christian            Annalyn Andres. “We’ve had some            long-desired local movie theater, and a major         develop the long-neglected acreage. Although
                                                      entertaining        featured     Church, pastored by Rev. Major Johnson; and, Charles         great feedback, and we’re seeing a lot     hotel that will serve the city’s active visitor and   the city will contribute to the cost of clean-up
                                                      presentations to Joni Badar,     Turner, a young award-winning vocalist whose                 of repeat customers, which is always a     business clientele, and increasing numbers of         and    remediation     of   the    site   from      its
                                                     an English teacher and            soaring voice stopped passersby and commanded rapt           good sign.”                                tourists drawn to the city by events at the Home      redevelopment fund, the project will not receive
                                                    former student at Stephen          attention from the listening crowds.                            Chili’s opened to great fanfare this    Depot stadium. Traffic and circulation in the         any money from the city’s general fund.
                                                   White Middle School and                 But, the entire show was stolen by three of our          past Fall.    With its “spicealicious”
                                                   2006 “Teacher of the Year” for      youngest Carsonites who won applause and gift                menu of Tex-Mex inspired dishes, and
                                                 the Los Angeles Unified School        certificates from the SouthBay Pavilion and See’s            up-to-date     décor,   its   an   added                                                         New Magic Johnson Fitness
                                                District; Captain Todd Rogers, a       Candies for recitations of their first-place winning         dimension to the culinary variety                                                                Center Open 24 Hours
                                               Carson native and head of the           entries in the City of Carson’s annual “Why I Like           available in Carson. The restaurants
                                             Carson sheriff’s station; and, Maria      Carson” essay contest. Dennis Phipps (3rd Grade,             signature dishes usually include tangy                                                           20700 Avalon Blvd.
                                            Garcia, champion speed skater who          Carson Christian School); Jennifer Baysa (4th Grade,         chipotle and black beans with your                                                               Carson, CA 90746
                                          represented Carson and the United            Caroldale Learning Community); and, Isaak Manai              choice of steak, seafood, chicken or                                                             (310) 323-1424

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          . V!
                                         States in the 2006 Winter Olympics.           (5th Grade, Bonita Street Elementary School) proved          vegetarian fare.

                                          More homegrown talent was demon-             the wisdom of the young by citing Carson’s                      Carson residents have found

Mayor Jim Dear salutes youth         strated in live performances by several of        friendliness, cleanliness, diversity and “fun places to                                                                                                                                               ag

                                                                                                                                                    another reason to be fond of the new
essay contest winners.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ePn
                                   Carson’s own: Grupo Folklorico Sabor de             go” as reasons to appreciate the community.                  eatery: the restaurant made of point                                                                                                (Se O
                                 Mexico, a dance troupe of growing renown                  See Jennifer Baysa’s winning essay on our back           of recruiting locals for its full- and
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                               which last year captured the Grand Prize in an          page, pg. 4.                                                 part-time jobs.                                                                                                              Ca

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