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JULY 9, 2010
Meet The Press When you’re out at the Brentwood CornFest this weekend, don’t forget to stop by The Press building at the corner of First and Oak streets and meet some of your hometown newspaper’s hardworking staff. “Whether there’s something you liked in the Press, something you think we could have done better, or something you’d like us to run, we’re hoping you’ll come by and let us know about it,” said Managing Editor Rick Lemyre. “Nearly everything we do is based on what readers tell us they want, or includes things they’ve sent in, so this is the perfect opportunity for us to meet them. If you have something for us, bring it by and drop it off. If you’re just wondering what we’re like in person, stop in and find out. We’re looking forward to meeting you.” While you’re there, you’ll also be able to sign up to be a Press Volunteer Subscriber and be automatically entered to win a high-definition TV. In addition to
Press staff members listed below, some of our advertising reps will be on duty during the festival. See you there! FRIDAY, JULY 9 5:30 to 8 p.m. Production Manager Lonnie de Lambert Staff Writer Ruth Roberts SATURDAY, JULY 10 10:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Staff Writer Samie Hartley 3 to 6 p.m. Managing Editor Rick Lemyre SUNDAY, JULY 11 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Columnist and Copy Editor Ger Erickson 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Photographer Stacey Chance 3 to 6:30 p.m. Publisher Greg Robinson Managing Editor Rick Lemyre
Remember The 2010 CornFest takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday on and around First Street in downtown Brentwood. Although many merchants’ front doors will be located inside the festival, almost all of them will be open for business, and many will be featuring
special promotions. Be sure to check the list of closed streets and parking lots found on Page 15A of today’s paper, and stop by our booth in front of the Press building at the corner of First and Oak streets for a list of CornFest specials the businesses are offering.
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he Brentwood Police Department is looking into what appears to be the deliberate destruction of trees along Balfour Road. According to a memo from the ofﬁce of City Manager Donna Landeros, a routine tree inspection found that ﬁve 20-year-old sycamores near Claremont Drive had turned brown and appeared to be dying. It was discovered that a ¾-inch hole had been bored into the back of four of the trees. According to Landeros’ memo, it appears that the holes were drilled and poison was injected into the trees. Landscape Manager Aaron Wanden said while the leaves have died, the tree itself is still living, and steps will be taken to rehabilitate the trees once the poisonous chemical has been identiﬁed. If the effort fails, the cost to remove and replace the trees is estimated to be $18,600.
JULY 9, 2010
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Workers strain to put up a saddleback stage in preparation for “Guys and Dolls,” the opening show in the Broadway Under the Stars theater series at the Streets of Brentwood. The show opens July 16.
‘Dolls’ to dance in Brentwood Under the starry shimmer of Brentwood’s night sky, the musical “Guys and Dolls” will grace the stage of the Brentwood Playhouse from July 16 to Aug. 1 at the Streets of Brentwood. “Guys and Dolls” is the first installment of the three-part, summer series Broadway Under the Stars sponsored by the Brentwood Art Society in partnership with the Streets of Brentwood and Steve Kinsella, who will direct all three productions, which also include “Auction Gallery” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Kinsella has been rehearsing with his cast for three weeks and expects the Broadway Under the Stars performances to delight guests who are familiar with “Guys and Dolls” or are experiencing it for the first time.
“Guys and Dolls,” a musical that follows the story of New York City gamblers and the ladies who love them, features classic songs such as “Luck Be a Lady” and “I’ve Never Been in Love Before.” A special saddlespan stage has been brought to Brentwood from Los Angeles to give Broadway Under the Stars a polished look that will allow the audience to feel the glitz of Broadway without leaving East County. Shows begin at 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during each show’s run. Tickets are $17 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Refreshments, provided by Code Brew Coffee and More, will be available for purchase. To reserve your tickets, call 925-516-8500, ext. 203.
nightsen Garden Club President Barr Everhart holds the new Knightsen Garden Club Memorial Honor Roll at the club’s inaugural Fourth of July picnic held in Knightsen Park. The Memorial Honor Roll has been instituted as a fundraiser for the organization and holds the names of some of the pioneer families active in the farming community since 1900. Those who would like to participate in this effort or add a name may call Barr at 925-634-9789 or e-mail email@example.com.
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America’s drug habit becomes Mexico’s war by Corey Hunt Correspondent
This is Part Two of Brentwood native Corey Hunt’s visit to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, which is being wracked by drug war violence. For Part One, go to www.thepress. net. As the taxi driver brought me back to the Mexican Federal Police Headquarters, the words of Gustavo Perez – a young Tijuana police officer I had interviewed a few months earlier – came back into my thoughts. He had described to me the situation in Ciudad Juarez, an industrial border city straddled by western Texas – the city I was about to tour in a police convoy. “Its bad there, in Juarez,” he had said, while holding his arms out as if in possession of an AK-47 assault rifle. “There are shootings everywhere … Juarez and Chihuahua are the most dangerous places in Mexico.” These words should have been enough to make the prospect of a police ride-along through the global drug war’s flashpoint seem like a journey through hell, but the professionalism of the federal policemen brought order to any unease I was feeling. Officer Ulises Rodriguez, who had sat down with me for an interview a day earlier, was waiting for me at 9 a.m. He smiled and enthusiastically waved me into the command center. A white-haired commander who held seniority over Rodriguez scrutinized my passport and media credentials for the
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Despite the drug war violence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the above border crossing between that city and El Paso, Texas, remains busy. second time in as many days. Rodriguez wished me luck as I stepped out of the office and into the garages, where an assortment of police vehicles were organized into rows. Police officers strapped on bulletproof vests and helmets as they readied their assault rifles and walked out to their convoys. I was led into a reconfigured Ford F-150 with several commandos in the back,
their faces concealed by balaclava. As unrelenting violence continues, Mexico’s Federal Police have taken the lead in attempting to bring security and the bustle of daily life back to Juarez. The Army, which had arrived in full force in the city almost three years ago, is steadily being phased out of the metropolitan area. Residents, politicians and international ob-
servers are hopeful that a force with proper law enforcement training will be able to do what the army could not – halt a growing body count that outstrips both Baghdad and Kandahar combined. “There are still Army patrols in Juarez,” Rodriguez said to me during our interview. “Federal Police have taken the lead in the main city – the metropolitan area. The Army and the Federal Police are conducting joint operations throughout the state of Chihuahua. There has not been any trouble with cooperation.” The convoy pulls out of the station and rumbles through the streets of downtown Juarez. I sit in the back, removing my digital camera from my bag in order to capture as much of the experience as possible. Twenty yards in front of me, I can see a commando, gun in hand, standing and leaning against a bar built into the pickup truck. Despite being well armed, police patrols in Juarez and other border cities are often forced into battle with an enemy that is able to get its hands on some of the most sophisticated and dangerous weapons on the market. While it’s obvious that the worst of these weapons – rocket-launchers, hand grenades, roadside explosives and most machine guns – are making their way up from the cocaine belt in Colombia and Central America, Americans often fail to see War page 19A
JULY 9, 2010
Crops and props FEDERAL TAX CREDIT EXTENDED Seems like the majority of the calls I received this week were in regards to tax credits. It is a confusing topic, to be sure, and the rules keep changing. Well, the rules just changed again, and this time, for the better! The Federal tax credit is up to $8,000 for first-time buyers, and up to $6,500 if you already own a home and are buying another home. Up until just recently, you had to be in contract on your home by 4/30/10, and then close escrow by 6/30/10. There was a huge rush of contracts signed right before the 4/30/10 deadline. Normally, 60 days is plenty of time to close an escrow, so the 6/30/10 deadline seemed entirely reasonable. Well, several factors have made the 6/30/10 deadline impossible to reach for some buyers. First, loans just take longer now. Lenders want to see more and more verification of everything. Second, there was a huge increase in pendings right before 4/30/10, so the lenders/appraisers/title companies are all swamped right now. This is slowing all processing times down tremendously. And third, many of the homes that went pending were short sales, which can take MUCH longer than 60 days
to close escrow. There are estimates that 180,000 home buyers across the nation (17,700 of them in California) were going to miss out on this tax credit by not being able to close escrow by 6/30/10. So the deadline to close escrow was recently extended out to 9/30/10. It is critical to note that they are NOT extended the deadline to QUALIFY for this credit, you still had to be in contract by 4/30/10. They are just extending the deadline to close escrow. And don’t think you can just backdate your contract. They are already auditing the credits that have already been approved, and they ARE prosecuting those that fudged their qualifications (you may have heard about the prisoners and some fouryear-olds that got tax credits). And it’s not just a slap on the wrist, either. It is loan fraud, which carries possible jail time. [See www.IRS.gov and your tax professional for specifics to your situation.] If you have questions on any other real estate topic, call me at (925) 240-MOVE (6683). To search the MLS for free and view virtual tours of homes for sale, go to: www.SharpHomesOnline. com. Sharp Realty – Advertisement
t’s been a long time since biplanes were used for crop dusting around here, partly because small ﬁelds call for a more nimble aircraft. It’s still just as surprising to see today’s choppers ﬂying so close to the ground, though, such as this one recently caught in pixels by photographer Stacey Chance. If one of these appears over a ﬁeld you’re driving past, the most important thing to remember is to keep your eyes on the road, not the whirlybird. Otherwise, you could end up in the cornrows, or worse.
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Gown giveaway for military brides A local business has joined a national effort to help make dreams come true for the members of America’s armed forces. Brides Across America, a nationwide organization dedicated to providing free wedding gowns for military brides, recently announced that His & Hers Formal Wear of Brentwood will be giving away free designer wedding gowns July 15-17. His & Hers Formal Wear owners Annette Beckstrand and Susanne Larson have joined forces with BAA Founder Heidi Janson and partners, who have given away more than 3,000 wedding gowns nationwide. “Every little bit helps,” said Heidi. “Bridal salon owners are very generous in their giving, and it is important as an in-
dustry to pull together and make a difference. With tough economic times, military brides are appreciative to have this opportunity to be able to afford their dream wedding.” To qualify, brides must be engaged, be on active duty in the military, or have a fiancé on active duty in either Iraq or Afghanistan. All military brides must show ID, copy of deployment papers, orders or other qualifying proof. Brides do not need to reside in the area where the giveaway is taking place. To register, visit www.hisandhersformalwear. com. For more information, call 925-6345900 or e-mail info@hisandhersformalwear. com. For more history about Brides Across America, visit www.bridesacrossamerica. com.
Correction A story in last week’s Press reported that the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District would save $1.4 million per year by closing two of its stations. The savings actually came from approval of the entire budget package, of which the station closures were one part. The package also included the elimination
of six firefighter positions previously budgeted but currently vacant, and the cancellation of a contract with Cal Fire to keep the rural Sunshine Station (Marsh Creek/Morgan Territory area) open year-round. The district will save $70,000 in station overhead by closing the two far East County locations.
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A day of family fun REI Brentwood opens its doors to Scouts, American Heritage Girls, youth groups and families on July 10 for an afternoon designed just for them. The event features door prizes, special clinics just for kids and a special appearance by IAG’s favorite character, Chipper. At noon, participants can explore the world of Geocaching Galore as Jo Vaughn and Geomate.jr lead a funfilled clinic for kids that will introduce them to the art and science of scavenger hunting with the use of GPS units. At 1 p.m., Backpacking Mania will introduce kids to the outdoors with a quick backpacking trip right in their own backyard – Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve. REI will teach your kids how to pack their own packs – then put them to the test with a round of backpack packing races.
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At 2 p.m., PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids) will encourage kids to have fun and get dirty – and with a little guidance, turn their endless energy into thoughtful stewardship. This hands-on, interactive program teaches children to have fun outside while learning the seven principles of Leave No Trace. For more information, call 925516-3540. REI Brentwood is located at 2475 Sand Creek Road in the Streets of Brentwood lifestyle center. The public may register at www.rei.com/ brentwoodca.
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Park and Rec input invited The Parks and Recreation Commission of the City of Brentwood will hold its next regular monthly meeting Thursday, July 22 at 7 p.m. in Blue Goose Park, 1765 Adams Lane. The commission welcomes input from the community regarding park and recreation programs and facilities. For more information, call 925-516-5444.
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JULY 9, 2010
Oakley celebrates 11 years as a city by Samie Hartley Staff Writer While some Bay Area cities cut back on their Fourth of July festivities this year, Oakley decided to light up the night sky with a fireworks extravaganza – not only to celebrate the birth of a nation, but to celebrate its own cityhood anniversary. Oakley turned 11 this year, and the party was larger than ever for the July 3 event. According to Cindy Coelho of the Oakley Recreation Division, a crowd of more than 8,000 visited the Freedom High School Basin this year to take part in the festivities. She attributed the large turnout to free admission, the fireworks display – and Antioch’s cancellation of its event this year. “Particularly in these difficult economic times, we thought it was important to continue the Oakley Cityhood Celebration, where everyone in the community could come out and enjoy a fun evening with rides, games, food and fireworks all in their own hometown,” Coelho said. “It’s an event that a lot of people look forward to, planning their holiday weekend around the activities. This is a true community event. Everyone is in good spirits; people run into neighbors and friends and everyone is excited, anticipating the fireworks show.” Councilman Bruce Connelley said Oakley makes the Cityhood Celebration a priority every year so that the community has a fun, summer event to attend: “Many kudos should go to the city staff. As usual, ‘Team Oakley’ put on an unbelievable event. Years ago, we set a long-term budget forecast, and going into our new fiscal year with a balanced budget, we were able to keep the patriotic spirit alive in Oakley. It’s amazing with so little tax revenues that we have to draw on that we could still put on this event when so many other cities have cancelled theirs or cut back on them.”
City Manager Bryan Montgomery was also pleased with the city’s ability to put together a family-friendly event for the entire community to enjoy. “The event was a huge success, and we have received many compliments on the event and some suggestions to make it even better for next year,” said Montgomery. “It does seem like every year we see more vendors, more attendees and more positive comments about Oakley now being a ‘real’ community.” Councilman Kevin Romick said the highlight of the event was the fireworks display, a spectacular way to end the evening – surrounded by neighbors, family and friends all gathered together to enjoy “a little small town magic,” which generated plenty of “ooh”s and “ahh”s from the thousands in attendance. In addition to the fireworks display, this year’s celebration featured a variety of children’s activities, including a surf machine, Gyro Extreme, a horse derby game, a Jurassic Adventure obstacle course, a rock-climbing wall, laser tag, a petting zoo, pony rides and the ever-popular Euro-Bungy ride, which made a return to the celebration this year after being a huge hit with the kids last year. A variety of food vendors were also on hand to provide snacks and treats. However, it’s the fireworks display that still has people talking, according to Mayor Pat Anderson: “The celebration was spectacular! Once again, our fireworks were breathtaking. The coordination of music and colorful fire in the sky made the evening magical, and for me, a wondrous time of pride in a city that was created by the will and determination of its citizens and stands as a testament to civic involvement at its finest. Each celebration I find myself wrapped in memories of where we were, where we are, and what we have accomplished.” To view a video of the festivities or to comment on this story, visit www.thepress.net.
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Happy Half Year! With June officially behind us, we’re officially half way through 2010 … what a scary thought! In a moment of reflection: how is this year treating you, or rather, how are you treating this year? Are you where you wanted to be when the year started, has your annual list of goals been cut in half with the first half of this year? Without going too deep into your personal life, as your lender, my most important question to you is this: Has your Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage payment been made on time for six consecutive months? It’s an important question, as the history on your FHA mortgage payment is one of the only items checked when “streamlining” your FHA loan. According to the United States Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Web site, “FHA has permitted streamline refinances on insured mortgages since the early 1980s. The ‘streamline’ refers only to the amount of documentation and underwriting that needs to be performed by the lender.” In other words, if the rate on your FHA loan is 5.25% or higher, and your most recent six months’ payments have all been on time, an FHA Streamline refinance can only benefit you. The hard part was qualifying for the home; the
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Save Local Freshman Sports Local residents and businesses are banding together to raise $48,000 to save freshman sports at Liberty, Freedom and Heritage high schools in the Liberty Union High School District. Merchants listed here have agreed to donate a portion of their sales or have provided other special incentives to help reach the goal. The deadline for raising the money is Aug. 1. If youâ€™d like to donate, go to www.educationwins.org. To become a participating business, call Jeff Kurtz at 925-207-3331.
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Thanks for not throwing in the towel Editor: I’m probably the wrong guy to give a dispassionate critique of Fourth of July celebrations. I grew up in New York, where in the veritable shadow of the Statue of Liberty we took these things with great zeal. To this day, aside from religious observances, it remains as blessed a day as I can imagine. As for exhilarating, unadulterated fun, what’s there to beat barbecues, hometown parades and fireworks! So with a three-rocket salute, let’s give credit where credit is due for this year’s Antioch festivities, scaled down as they may have been. In the end, the torch of honored birthday was kept lit as well it deserved to be. For this we can thank the venue provider, Somersville Towne Centre; event organizers Sue Davis and Martha Parsons; and the Mormon Temple Choir for its splendid indoor concert. We also should applaud Allen Payton for his valiant college try in raising money for fireworks and attendant police presence. Unfortunately, by the time this private-source fundraising got traction, the police scheduling was impossible. I did my routine this year playing Yankee Doodle Dandy, but my wife took the year off from our family tradition of walking the parade. It’s been our time to shout out red, white and blue and to do what any man or woman needs to do more of in this all-too-serious game of life: have some good old fun. In past years we have reveled as Popeye and Olive, Sonny and Cher, Superman and Superwoman, Bill and Monica and Elvis and Priscilla. We’ve loved every minute of not being afraid to be a bit silly. Robert Frost put it well with a tongue-in-cheek repartée with his Creator: “Dear Lord, please forgive me for the little jokes I have played on Thee as I try my best to forgive Thee for the great big one Thou hast played on me.” In the end it was a decidedly sweet event. Though there were a couple of hundred
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viewers and not the usual 15,000, it had some nice touches: Congressman Garamendi with a large contingent; a sizeable and enthusiastic group from the Islamic Center of the East Bay; gymnasts, clowns, a County Fair beauty queen, classic cars and firetruck. Granted, it wasn’t folksy, alluring Rivertown. There were no Clydsedale horses, tanks or motorcycles to amaze; no marching bands or darling elementary-age dance troupes to charm; no Pearl of the Orient Filipino, Iwo Jima reenactment or myriad other floats to marvel at; no tri-tip, corn-on-the-cob or peach cobbler vendor stands to salivate over; no blues, country or rock bands to swing to; no rockets red glare aerial showers gladdening the night sky for the townsfolk to oooh and aaah at. Grandma, they won’t take Christmas away, will they? But forgive me; I came to acknowledge and to exult; not to diminish and to whine. The event was the best under the pressing circumstances and the organizers deserve kudos. Thankfully, they didn’t throw the towel in or buy into the argument that this is all useless frivolity. Rituals and civic celebrations are not hollow contrivances; they bind and inspire the collective public body. So next year let’s get an earlier jump on private financing and scheduling. Antioch is, after all, at heart an All-American town. Let’s again put on our full colors for Old Glory. Walter Ruehlig Antioch
Heartbreaking indifference Editor: On Friday night, the incredible Brentwood Community Band played “The Star Spangled Banner” as the first number. How very sad it was for us Americans who feel such pride and emotion when we hear our country’s anthem. We’re older Americans and we stand up and put our hand on our heart. None – literally none – of the young people or their parents showed any respect to our flag. They sat on the ground. They have not taught their children about the traditions. We got all choked up, with tears running down our faces, to hear that song pledging our allegiance and our love to our country. To look around and see others just sitting on the ground talking and paying no respect is heartbreaking. C. Adams Brentwood
Thanks for supporting student art Editor: On behalf of the Brentwood Art Society and Brentwood Union School District, we are proud to say that the eighth annual Community Student Art Show was a big success. From May 22-31, over 120 pieces of art by Brentwood Union School District students from kindergarten through eighth-grade were proudly displayed at Sunset Plaza. We would like to express our gratitude for the contributions and countless volunteer hours of the Brentwood community that helped to make
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the 2010 Student Art Show such a hit. Thank you to the judges, Bill Weber and Ysehak F. Sellassie, who selected the Best of Show and the first-, second- and third-place winners for each grade level. A special thank you to the following businesses for their support and generous contributions: Larry and Bobbi Jackson of Sunset Plaza for donating and preparing the space for the Art Show. CR Framing for donating framing for the Best of Show and first-place winners and matting for the second- and third-place winners. Loards’ Ice Cream for providing a treat to our students with artwork exhibited. We’d like to give special acknowledgement to each school’s Art Show leaders who organized the collecting, framing and transporting all the wonderful artwork to the Student Art Show and after the show returned the artwork to the proud artists: • Amy Aardzrooni for Garin Elementary • Heather Sexton for Pioneer Elementary • Christine Cook for Krey Elementary • Lisa McLaughlin for Edna Hill Middle School • Marisa Castaldini for Ron Nunn Elementary • Erin Roberts for Loma Vista Elementary • Michelle Adams for Marsh Creek Elementary • Taylor Curtis for Adams Middle School • Lisa Slay for Bristow Middle School • Guy Rohlfs for Brentwood Elementary Lastly, we’d like to express our appreciation for the help of over 200 parents and community members volunteer as art docents to bring art to the elementary classrooms throughout the district. Thank you all! Our Art Docent program can always use more hands, so if you would be interested in joining this group committed to arts for our students, contact a school near you or Mary Black at the Brentwood Union School District Office. Mary Black, Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum & Instruction – BUSD Jack Gaughan, Brentwood Art Society Board Bill Weber, Curator, Brentwood Art Society
Bravo, band Editor: The Brentwood Community Band played for us at the Streets of Brentwood on Friday night. They were incredible and we enjoyed every minute of it. A standing ovation to this group of talented people. Thank you so much! Carole Kelley Brentwood
Help us stop the closures Editor: I came to Discovery Bay in 1970 when there were only four houses. I came with my father to build the fifth. When we were finished, we built the original office complex at the entrance to Discovery Bay Boulevard for Discovery Bay Corp. We relocated our business to those offices and from there we helped to build this community. When the 50th house in D.B. was completed, my wife and I moved in. We’ve been here ever since. When we moved to Discovery Bay we knew everyone. Discovery Bay was so iso-
lated that everyone quickly became friends. Now most of those friends are gone. Some have moved, many have passed. In those days, we were part of the Byron Fire Protection District. We were served by that station and its volunteers. We were oblivious to the problems in that relationship until the day one of our neighbors had a heart attack. Help just couldn’t get there in time to make any difference, and with his death, a new realization set in. It was then, in 1975, that a small group of us went to the Byron fire district to enlist. Reluctant to change, the Byron department was hesitant to include us. However, we wouldn’t accept no for an answer. After a lengthy battle, we prevailed and established the first Discovery Bay Fire Station, a 4x8 shed. The “station” housed first-aid equipment and our turnouts without pants. At first, we were satisfied with our success. Then one night at 3 a.m. there was a fire. It started in a kiln in the garage of a house on Discovery Point. The volunteers arrived, only to watch the house burn as we waited for an engine company to arrive from Byron. Byron’s first engine arrived 10 minutes after the alarm was sounded. We couldn’t find fault in their response, but even so, the house was fully involved and lost before they arrived. It was only by the grace of God that no lives were lost. That fire showed us that we had set the bar too low. We needed more than a few volunteers with turnouts. We needed a real station. We needed to make a case and prove our need. Making the case was easy. The saving of lives and property in an emergency situation is dependent upon time of response. Our insurance rates and property values are reflected in those times. There are other factors, of course. However, to put it simply, when we completed our station in 1980, staffed it with 24 trained volunteers and equipped it, our ISO rate was reduced, our insurance rates went down, our lives and property became safer and our property values increased. Closing our station will reverse that course. So, why has the East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District voted to close our station? Simple: just follow the money, your money. The men who made this decision are not from Discovery Bay; they’re not from Byron. They are from the communities where the stations will remain open, and will benefit with increased manpower at our expense. The district chief has stated publicly that the closure of the Byron and Discovery Bay stations will save only $35,000 each. Manpower is only being shifted. That seems like a small price to pay to maintain stations in communities that contribute over one and a half million dollars in taxes to support this district each year. That is 17 percent of the district’s budget. That is your money going see Letters page 19A
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A sampling of recent law enforcement activity reported by East County police departments. BRENTWOOD June 25, 1:24 p.m. A resident of Spanish Bay Drive reported that suspicious activity was occurring on her home computer. June 25, 1:39 p.m. On Balfour Road at West Country Club Drive, an unidentified person bent a metal picnic bench in half. June 25, 8:35 p.m. A subject attempting to sell drugs on Summer Circle at Siena Lane brandished a firearm at the buyer, who fled and was later contacted by police. The seller was arrested and taken to the Martinez Detention Facility. June 25, 8:36 p.m. A subject who stole items from a business on Lone Tree Way was arrested and released to her parent on a Juvenile Affidavit. June 25, 9 p.m. On Brentwood Boulevard at Spruce Street, a subject stopped for a vehicle code violation was found to be DUI. He was arrested and taken to the Martinez Detention Facility. June 25, 9:59 p.m. An unidentified person stole a vehicle parked on Second Street. June 25, 10:26 p.m. On Minnesota Avenue, an unidentified person stole a cell phone. June 26, 3:48 a.m. A subject contacted on Walnut Boulevard was found to be intoxicated and on probation. He was arrested and taken to the Martinez Detention Facility. June 26, 6:54 a.m. A driver ran a red light at the intersection of Fairview Avenue and Grant Street and broadsided another vehicle. The driver and a passenger in the second vehicle were transported to Sutter Delta Medical Center. June 26, 2:15 p.m. On Lone Tree Way, an unidentified person threw soda at another subject and pushed her to the ground. June 26, 4:45 p.m. A subject contacted on Balfour Road at Claremont Drive was found to have outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and taken to the Martinez Detention Facility. June 26, 4:48 p.m. An unidentified person stole personal property from a boat parked on Presidio Drive. June 26, 6:45 p.m. On Lone Tree Way at Brentwood Boulevard, a subject was found to be under the influence of a central ner-
LOGS vous system stimulant and in possession of a shaved key. He was arrested and taken to the Martinez Detention Facility. June 26, 10:25 p.m. On McHenry Way at Sunset Road, a subject was found to be in possession of suspected marijuana. June 27, 12:30 a.m. On Lone Tree Way at Canada Valley Road, a subject stopped for a vehicle code violation was found to be driving without a license. June 27, 2:45 a.m. On Sand Creek Road at the Highway 4 Bypass, a subject stopped for vehicle code violations by an off-duty Concord police officer was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and released on a Promise To Appear. June 27, 4 a.m. A stolen vehicle was recovered in a parking lot on Lone Tree Way and released to the owner. June 27, 7:13 p.m. An unidentified person used the personal information of a resident of Corte Vista Street to pass fraudulent checks. June 27, 8:09 p.m. An unidentified person slashed the tires of a vehicle parked on Lone Tree Way. June 27, 10:47 p.m. A subject contacted at a disturbance on Barbara Street at Village Drive was found to be intoxicated. He was arrested and taken to the Martinez Detention Facility. June 28, 4:45 p.m. A driver backed into a vehicle parked on Windhaven Court at Bauer Road. June 28, 5:56 p.m. A stolen vehicle belonging to a resident of Second Street was recovered by Antioch police. June 28, 6:32 a.m. An unidentified person shattered the front window of a business on Chestnut Street. June 28, 9:58 p.m. A subject who was placed under citizen’s arrest for shoplifting at a business on Lone Tree Way was released on a Promise To Appear. June 29, 2:15 a.m. Subjects observed in a skate park on Griffith Lane after hours attempted to flee the scene on foot into Veterans Park, where they were apprehended. All were cited. June 29, 10:33 a.m. On Claremont Drive at Balfour Road, a subject stopped for vehicle code violations was found to be driving on a suspended license. June 29, 12:52 p.m. On Sand Creek Road
A resident of Spanish Bay Drive reported that suspicious activity was occurring on her home computer. June 25, 1:24 p.m., Brentwood at Fairview Avenue, an unidentified driver failed to pull over for a traffic stop. A pursuit was initiated but abandoned due to safety considerations. June 29, 1:01 p.m. On Fairview Avenue at Lone Tree Way, an unidentified driver struck a pedestrian and drove erratically from the scene. June 29, 3:13 p.m. A bicycle was found in a creek in the vicinity of Timberline Terrace. June 29, 5:55 p.m. An unidentified person made purchases on the debit card of a resident of Trail Court. June 29, 5:55 p.m. On Brentwood Boulevard, a subject failed to appear for a child custody exchange. June 29, 6:57 p.m. An unidentified person stole both license plates off a vehicle parked on Brentwood Boulevard at Sims Road. June 29, 11:57 a.m. On Pasco Drive, a subject was found in violation of a restraining order. To view the Brentwood Police Department’s public logs on the city’s Web site, visit www.ci.brentwood.ca.us/department/ pd/reports/index.cfm. OAKLEY June 21 – On Almond Tree Lane at Main Street, a subject was found in possession of dangerous drugs. June 21 – A misdemeanor hit and run occurred on the 1800 block of East Summerfield Court. June 21 – On the 4500 block of Main Street and the 100 block of Privet Court, subjects were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. June 21 – Residences on the 100 block of Dali Court and the 800 block of Almond Drive were burglarized. June 22 – On the 100 block of Red Barn Court, a subject was found in violation of a court order. June 22 – On the 100 block of Rembrandt Court, a juvenile was reported as a runaway. June 22 – An arrest warrant was served on the 5700 block of Bridgehead Road. June 22 – On Main Street at Neroly Road, a subject was arrested for reckless driving. June 22 – A business on the 2400 block of Main Street was burglarized. June 22 – Residences on the 4800 block of Snowy Egret Way and the 4700 block of La Casa Drive were burglarized.
June 22 – Identity theft occurred on the 1000 block of Neroly Road. June 22 – Vandalism was reported on the 1000 block of Neroly Road. June 23 – A vehicle accident with minor injuries occurred on the 1900 block of Gateway Drive. June 23 – A misdemeanor hit and run occurred on Norcross Lane at West Ruby Avenue. June 23 – A vehicle parked on the 1600 block of Chianti Way was burglarized. June 23 – Petty theft of vehicle parts was reported on the 4300 block of Beechnut Lane. June 23 – On Laurel Road at Mercedes Lane, a subject was charged with receiving stolen property. June 24 – On Empire Avenue at Main Street, a subject was found in possession of narcotics. June 24 – An armed robbery occurred on the 3100 block of Main Street. June 24 – On Carol Lane at Main Street, a subject was arrested for DUI. June 24 – A residential burglary was reported on the 1900 block of Santa Fe Street. June 24 – An incident of credit card fraud occurred on the 4300 block of Zinfandel Drive. June 25 – On the 100 block of Malicoat Avenue, a subject was served with an arrest warrant. June 25 – On East Cypress Road at Main Street, a subject was arrested for DUI. June 25 – Domestic battery was reported on the 900 block of Stonegate Circle. June 25 – A residence on the 400 block of Bayview Drive was burglarized. June 26 – An adult was reported as missing from the 4100 block of Sequoia Drive. June 26 – On Main Street at Rose Avenue, a subject was arrested for DUI. June 26 – Domestic battery occurred on the 100 block of Carol Lane. June 26 – Terrorist threats were made on the 100 block of Little Ranch Circle. June 26 – Grand theft was reported on the 2000 block of Main Street. June 27 – A court order was violated on the 100 block of Red Barn Court. June 27 – On Main Street at Neroly Road and on Delta Road at Main Street, subjects were arrested for DUI.
Thinking About a Short Sale or Foreclosure? The Law You Should Know by Joan Grimes, Esq. Before you consider a short sale or foreclosure, here is the law you should know. First, there are two types of debts. They are unsecured and secured. Unsecured debt is the bare promise to pay. The most common form is credit card debt. Secured debt, on the other hand, has two parts. The first part is the bare promise to pay which on a car loan or real estate loan is the Promissory Note. What makes secured debt different than unsecured debt is the security given by the borrower to ensure the promise is kept. This security on real property is called a Deed of Trust and on a car loan it is the lienholder on the Certificate of Title. Second, on a real estate loan, there are two different types of promises to pay. Non-Recourse or Recourse. A Non-recourse loan is (1) the loan or loans obtained to purchase a 1-4 unit property in which the borrower occupies at least one unit or (2) seller carry back. Everything else is recourse debt i.e. the refinance of the real property, lines of credit, the loan or loans used to purchase a rental property. Third, under California law, a short sale or foreclosure can stay on a credit report for up to 7 years. Fourth, personal liability depends on whether you do a short sale or foreclosure. If you do a short sale, you can have personal liability unless it is waived by the lender. Remember, a short sale is just like any other sale and if you don’t pay the full amount, the lender can request payment. If you allow your property to be foreclosed in a non-judicial foreclosure sale, you will not have any personal liability as to the loan that is foreclosed on because California is an anti-deficiency state i.e. the lender waives its right to come after you on the loan that they foreclosed on. However, if there are junior liens to the foreclosing lien, they will have the right to sue you after the foreclose. They are called “sold out” juniors i.e. they
lost their lien, but they still have the promise to pay and thus have the right to sue you on the promissory note. Fifth, in every short sale or foreclosure, there are tax implications. The IRS wants to know two things. They are (1) did you make any money on the deal and (2) did you borrow any money which was not repaid. If you made money on the deal including taking out cash to buy another house, buy another car, pay off a credit card, you may have gain. If you borrowed money which is not repaid either through a short sale or foreclosure, you may have Cancellation of Debt Income (“CODI”). There are exceptions to the CODI, but be very cautious of tax implications because it is a very complicated area of the law. In conclusion, a short sale or foreclosure without tax and legal advice is like jumping into the middle of the ocean with no life vest. Don’t do it. The California Association of Realtor is so concerned about this issue that the Short Sale Addendum specifically tells sellers to obtain tax and legal advice prior to proceeding with a short sale. Help is available to you. Do not take on personal liability or tax liability which could have been eliminated through a bankruptcy or reduced with first obtaining tax and legal advice. WE ARE A DEBT RELIEF AGENCY. WE HELP PEOPLE FILE BANKRUPTCY RELIEF UNDER THE BANKRUPTCY CODE. THIS INFORMATION IS NOT PROVIDED AS LEGAL ADVICE AND SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON IN MAKING ANY DECISION REGARDING A VOLUNTARY DEFAULT, SHORT SALE, FORECLOSURE OR BANKRUPTCY. THIS INFORMATION IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR OBTAINING TAX & LEGAL ADVICE REGARDING AN INDIVIDUAL SITUATION. © 2010 Joan M. Grimes. 8660 Brentwood Blvd., Suite B, Brentwood, California 94513 (925) 323-7772 – Advertisement
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Political writer to speak at Trilogy Carla Marinucci, the award-winning senior political writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, will be the featured speaker on Saturday, July 17 at 1 p.m. at the 2010 Keynote Lecture Series in the Mt. Diablo Events Center at Trilogy at The Vineyards in Brentwood. Marinucci, who has covered national and state politics for the Chronicle since 1996, has been the paper’s senior political writer for four California gubernatorial elections and four presidential elections. The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza recently named her one of the nation’s best state-based political reporters. In her first job as a political reporter for the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner in 1991, Marinucci covered the downfall of the Soviet Union from Moscow and interviewed Boris Yeltsin and Mikhail Gorbachev. Since that time, she has traveled with and covered Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama on dozens of official visits to California, and accompanied Gov. Schwarzenegger on trade missions to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing and Mexico. Marinucci was named a 2003 and 2007 Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. She has been a Casey Journalism Fellow at the University of Maryland. She was also the recipient of a Rotary International Journalism Scholarship at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City, where she studied Latin American economics and history. Active adults age 55 and over are invited to attend. A limited number of complimentary tickets may be reserved by calling 925-809-7100. For additional information, visit www. bayareaevents.com/events/. The 2010 Keynote Lecture Series was developed as a result of Trilogy’s understanding of the active adult’s need for exploration. “Boomers have a tremendous curiosity about such a
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San Francisco Chronicle political writer Carla Marinucci will speak in Brentwood next Saturday as part of Trilogy at the Vineyards’ 2010 Keynote Lecture Series. wide variety of interests and issues,” said Dan O’Brien, a member living in Trilogy at The Vineyards and area president for Shea Homes Active Lifestyle Communities. “For much of their adult lives, they’ve put off pursuing these interests, as their primary focus has been on family and career. The 2010 Keynote Lecture Series at The Vineyards has already shown us first-hand the large numbers of active adults who are seeking to expand their knowledge base around an amazingly diverse range of topics.” Upcoming speakers in Trilogy at The Vineyards 2010 Keynote Lecture Series include leading Bay Area chef Linda Carucci on July 24, and former Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres on July 31.
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Letters from page 16A into their stations. They will argue that they are leaving the Bixler station open and increasing its manpower. That should be of little comfort to you if you live east of Newport Drive. Just ask any firefighter. So, is there a better solution for the district? Certainly: volunteers. The union will object, but the simple fact is that before we had a paid department, volunteers did a better job protecting your property. I urge you, set aside this liberal agenda and bring back volunteers or paid-on-call personnel. Keep our stations open. If the district persists with the closures what can we do? First, we should seek an injunction, and pursue the matter in court. Second, we fight to reestablish our own fire district. We take back our stations, we take back our equipment, and we staff our stations with paid-on-call volunteers who are prepared to save lives and property, not just foundations. In closing, I would like to say this is not a fight I wanted to join. For 18 years I led the fight to establish a viable fire department in Discovery Bay. From its beginning, I was the officer in charge. I left 17 years ago, after 18 years of service, 13 years as a battalion chief of Byron and East Diablo fire districts. I left wanting to put the politics of the fire district behind me. I thought I had, until two days ago when an old friend who had stood beside me as we fought to establish the department in Discovery Bay asked for my help. So, here I am. Will you join us? Greg Peterson with Bob Anderson, Bob McDonald and Stan Silva Discovery Bay
McCurdy; Nancy Deacon; Nikki Dutcher; Panda Express; Phyllis Thivierge; Robert Sheffield, DDS, Inc.; Richard and Denise Barrios; Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill; Susan Knoll; Sue Schnittker; Scrumdillyumptious; Stacy Subocz; Straw Hat Pizza; Taryn Vineyard; Vornhagen Body and Paint, Inc.; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Willy’s Bagels and Blends; and Yogurt Pizazz. We would also like to thank everyone in the community who participated in the “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” fundraiser, as well as everyone who contributed to our donation cans throughout the city. There was a tremendous amount of support at several Farmer’s Markets, as well as in the pick-up loops at Brentwood Elementary School. The Rubber Bandits and The Apple Dumpling Gang
War from page 6A realize that the gun market, like the American drug consumers who give the drug lords billions of dollars each year, is linked to Mexico’s struggles and has allowed the cartels to bring something back with them after smuggling drugs and people across the border. Having crossed the border a number of times, I have little doubt that I – or anyone – could stuff a dozen semi-automatic pistols into a small backpack while in the United States and walk across the bridge connecting El Paso, Texas, to Ciudad Juarez, without any difficulty. The police convoy came to a stop at a station on the other side of town. I stepped out of the vehicle, holding onto the conclu-
sion that for all its struggles, Mexico and its Federal Police forces are doing something noble – even if they are engaged in a fight not only against militant drug traffickers, but also a growing and seemingly endless American lust for drugs. This police patrol shift had been safe, but every day brings something different. Just over a week after I left Ciudad Juarez, a routine Federal Police patrol came under fire, resulting in a shootout that left a number of people dead and sprayed a hail of gunfire across the border into El Paso’s city hall, a disturbing reminder to Americans that the brutality of the drug cartels will not always be contained in the border towns and slums of our southern neighbor. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.
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Thanks for Odyssey aid Editor: On behalf of the two Odyssey of the Mind State Champion teams from Brentwood Elementary School; we would like to thank the following sponsors and donors. We realize that we would not have been able to represent the State of California; or the City of Brentwood; in Michigan without all of their help: Alan and Cathy Richardson; Ann-Cecile and Scott Jenkins; BUS District Foundation; Brentwood School Parents Club; Barry and Kathy Gursky (Team #8); Brentwood Rotary Club; Brentwood Kiwanis Club; Bruce and Susan Stuart; Bank of Agriculture and Commerce; Crosley Gracie-Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu; Charlene Caruso and Edwin Hill; Christine Williams; Carrol Elkins Family Fund; Cathy Richardson (Independent Consultant); Cheryl Breitenbucher; David Schmalenberger and Eve Lednicky; Dr. John Esterkyn; David and Marilyn Tamura; Mary Ann and Gary Isaacson; Michelle and Phillip Sharp; Edna Hill Parents Club; Edward and Janice Potter; Ed Fox; Fred Ehler; Gayle and Marc Crockett; Gene and Gretchen Clare (Team #8); Gliedt’s Boat Shop; Guy Rohlfs; Heather and William Cannan; John and Lynette Herrera; Janell and Michael Ligon; James and Barbara Macedo; Jan Steed; Jane Rodriguez; Jerry and Mary Black; Jerry and Mary Black (Team #8); Julie Dooley; James and Kathleen Toelkes; Jason Gonzales; Johnny and Sharon Welton; Kurt and Kathryn Risoen; Karen Neilson; Kyle and Shannon Morton; Kenneth and Suzanne Delagado; Kara Frederickson; Loma Vista School; Linda Hanson; Lisa McLaughlin; Linda Hamm (Soroptomist of ECCC); Margaret Kruse; Margo Olson; Maria Mara Muniz; Merrill and Kathy Grant; Michael and Diana Beal; Rebecca St. Michel; Marilyn
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Music from page 1A (funding) cushion for the following year. Using last year’s cushion and this year’s donations, we are able to put on this year’s event. Next year’s event is questionable.” Next year’s event may depend on the turnout at the July 17 benefit concert at the El Campanil Theatre. Tickets are available at 604 W. Second Street or by phone at 925-757-9500. The lineup for this year’s Blues Fest includes E.C. Scott, Mitch Woods & his Rocket 88s, Pat Wilder, Terry Hanck, Ron Hacker, and Rhythm Doctors. For more information, go to www.deltabluesfestival.net. Like the Blues Festival, the summer concert series is free. And this year it’s in a new location: Waldie Plaza, a scenic waterfront area across from City Hall. The Arts and Cultural Foundation of Antioch (ACFA) decided to move the concerts from Prewett Park to save the $1,200 per concert cost of renting the city’s stage. The stage will still be used for the Delta Blues Festival, but for the summer concert series the bands will set up at the foot of the plaza in front of a great view of the river and passing trains. “You have to look for the silver lining in everything,” said ACFA Executive Director Diane Gibson-Gray. “It would be great to have a stage, but we can make it work on the sidewalk. (It’s got) the river, the Delta breeze. The trains coming through can be frustrating, or part of the whole event. The Delta Blues Festival has a great time when the trains come through. I think it’s going to be great.” Music fans who have been regularly attending the Antioch concerts will be happy to see many favorites returning again this year, and that there’s a nice variety of music. The series kicks off July 24 with Vocal-Ease & The Boogie Men performing music from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. The
Fourth from page 1A (including school board member Walter Ruehlig), kids and free flags for those who needed something to wave. The Knights of Columbus sported their plumed hats and sharp suits, and the Four Star Gymnastic Academy leaped and tumbled its way along the route. The 2010 Contra Costa County Fair Queen Meghan Wris-
Photo by Diane Gibson-Gray
The Antioch summer concerts, seen here last year in Prewett Park, will be moving to Waldie Plaza in downtown Antioch this summer, kicking off July 24. one new band, the Bell Brothers, will play country music on July 31. The following Saturdays feature Special Request (R&B, pop, urban jazz), The Floorshakers (funk, soul, rock), The Love Handles (pop, rock) and The PhDs (Latin jazz). “I wanted people to be able to stay in town and enjoy bands that have a following,” said Gibson-Gray. “Vocal-Ease has played for us forever. They’ve always been the kickoff band; it’s kind of like a tradition.” Another potential silver lining with
the relocation to Waldie Plaza is that it could lead to larger turnouts. Past summer concerts have averaged 200-400, while the Blues Festival attracts about 5,000 in the course of the daylong showcase. The concerts start at 6 p.m. and end around 8 p.m. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, picnic dinners. Alcohol and smoking are not permitted in Waldie Plaza. For more information, call Diane Gibson-Gray at 925-325-9897, e-mail email@example.com. or visit www. art4antioch.org.
By the way, although the ACFA budget has been cut severely, putting the future of the organization in jeopardy, Gibson-Gray plans to continue providing art shows, particularly with volunteer help and outside funding. The sixth annual Celebration of Art, one of ACFA’s most popular exhibits, will wrap up this Saturday, July 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Antioch Historical Society Museum (1500 W. Fourth St.), featuring the works of more than 55 local artists. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.
ten was there, too, doing her stately wave from a convertible. One of the largest contingents was the Islamic Center of the East Bay, whose members proudly carried their group’s banner. Almost as big was East County Military Families and Friends, whose members carried a giant “care package” representing the group’s primary troop-
support function. When the procession around the mall was complete, everyone headed inside to take refuge from the scorching sun and enjoy the Temple Hill Choir, which presented a patriotic music program. As the event drew to a close and the attendees headed off for barbecues and swimming pools, it was clear that the idea
of a small-but-heartfelt observation actually had some advantages. “Mommy,” one tot was overheard to say as she walked, waving the small flag she’d been given. “I think we should do this every year. Daddy always says bad words when we take the car to the fireworks.” To comment, visit www.thepress.net.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission of the City of Brentwood will, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the normal course of business permits on July 20, 2010, hold a public hearing to consider the following: An application for an amendment to conditional use permit (CUP 95-03A2) to allow La Fuente Mexican Restaurant to serve alcoholic beverages after 10:00 p.m. ina the Downtown Zone, located at 642 First Street (APN 013-110-016). Applicant: Oscar Olvera Said hearing will be held at the City Council Chambers, 101B Sand Creek Road, Brentwood, California. Further information may be obtained from Senior Planner Jeff Zilm [(925) 516-5136 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ca.us] in the Community Development Department of the City of Brentwood, 118 Oak Street, Brentwood, California 94513. Before any coaurt challenge of Planning Commission decisions, you are required to appeal the decision to the City Council no later than the time period provided under the City’s Municipal Code. In addition you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to
the Brentwood Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Date: July 9, 2010
period provided under the City’s Municipal Code. In addition you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Brentwood Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Date: July 9, 2010
HEARING a. Date: 8/9/10 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept. 60 Room 102 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: BRENTWOOD PRESS Date: May 24, 2010 Judith A. Sanders, Pro tem Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010
Council Chambers, 101B Sand Creek Road, Brentwood, California. Further information may be obtained from Assistant Planner Tim Nielsen [(925) 516-5151 or tnielsen@ ci.brentwood.ca.us] in the Community Development Department of the City of Brentwood, 118 Oak Street, Brentwood, California 94513. Before any court challenge of Planning Commission decisions, you are required to appeal the decision to the City Council no later than the time period provided under the City’s Municipal Code. In addition you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Brentwood Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Date: July 9, 2010
events for Brentwood Spice & Olive Oil, within an approximately 1,245 square-foot tenant space, located at the southeast portion of Vic Stewart’s Plaza at 70 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite “A” (APN 010-840-021). Applicant: David Navarrette Said hearing will be held at the City Council Chambers, 101B Sand Creek Road, Brentwood, California. Further information may be obtained from Senior Planner Jeff Zilm [(925) 516-5136 or email@example.com. ca.us] in the Community Development Department of the City of Brentwood, 118 Oak Street, Brentwood, California 94513. Before any court challenge of Planning Commission decisions, you are required to appeal the decision to the City Council no later than the time period provided under the City’s Municipal Code. In addition you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Brentwood Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Date: July 9, 2010
wood will, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the normal course of business permits on July 20, 2010, hold a public hearing to consider the following: An application for a variance (V 10006) to allow encroachments into the required side yard setbacks for Lot 59 of Subdivision 8601, located at 2254 Black Stone Drive in the Brighton Station Subdivision (APN 019-850-049). Applicant: Discovery Builders Inc. Said hearing will be held at the City Council Chambers, 101B Sand Creek Road, Brentwood, California. Further information may be obtained from Associate Planner Debbie Hill [(925) 516-5135 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ca.us] in the Community Development Department of the City of Brentwood, 118 Oak Street, Brentwood, California 94513. Before any court challenge of Planning Commission decisions, you are required to appeal the decision to the City Council no later than the time period provided under the City’s Municipal Code. In addition you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Brentwood Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Date: July 9, 2010
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission of the City of Brentwood will, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the normal course of business permits on July 20, 2010, hold a public hearing to consider the following: An application for a conditional use permit (CUP 10-010) to allow the placement of a security guard trailer on the Harvest Time Assembly of God church site, located south of Ventura Drive and west of John Muir Parkway at 2200 Ventura Drive (APN 010-010040). Applicant: Scott DeMaskey Said hearing will be held at the City Council Chambers, 101B Sand Creek Road, Brentwood, California. Further information may be obtained from Assistant Planner Tim Nielsen [(925) 516-5151 or tnielsen@ ci.brentwood.ca.us] in the Community Development Department of the City of Brentwood, 118 Oak Street, Brentwood, California 94513. Before any court challenge of Planning Commission decisions, you are required to appeal the decision to the City Council no later than the time
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Jarren Patrick Williams, 29 Cedar Hollow Drive, Danville, CA 94526 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court St., Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Jarren Patrick Williams FOR CHANGE OF NAME ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: N10-0866 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: Jarren Patrick Williams ﬁled a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Jarren Patrick Williams to Proposed Name: Jarren Patrick Nagy 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission of the City of Brentwood will, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the normal course of business permits on July 20, 2010, hold a public hearing to consider the following: An application for a time extension for a conditional use permit (CUP 08-31A1) and design review (DR 08-20-A1) for a 20,687 square-foot church use including a multi-function gymnasium/sanctuary building and a 3,915 square-foot parsonage on a 5.64-acre parcel, located south of Grant Street between Adams Lane and Lone Oak Road (APN 016-040-007). Applicant: Mark Duke / Fremont Apostolic Church, Inc. Said hearing will be held at the City
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission of the City of Brentwood will, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the normal course of business permits on July 20, 2010, hold a public hearing to consider the following: An application for a conditional use permit (CUP 10-011) to allow the on and off-site sale of wine, and to allow the serving of wine at on-site tasting
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission of the City of Brent-
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