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Vol. 18, No. 49

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Coves set to open in spring

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he City of Oakley and its residents celebrated the season with its annual tree lighting, Dec. 1. The popular event featured refreshments, music, games and a visit from the jolly old elf himself. “We had another outstanding family-friendly event,” said Oakley Mayor Randy Pope. “People of all ages, including Santa Claus came together to enjoy that cheerful and festive feeling that these events provide.” To view a video of the event, visit www.thepress. net/multimedia

by Aly Brown Staff Writer

A new housing development in Bethel Island is ramping up for a grand opening this spring, and officials boast it as a last-of-its-kind Delta-centric development. Located on Bethel Island, the Delta Coves community will feature 560 waterfront homes – each with its own boat dock – and an Island Camp, a 4,500-squarefoot clubhouse with a fitness center, swimming pool and event center. When it comes to homes surrounded by water, East County locals often think of nearby Discovery Bay, but Nick Taratsas, DMB Development executive vice president

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Responding to school threats by Tony Kukulich Staff Writer

Early this year, 19-year-old Tristan Amir Curl made a series of threats against students and staff at Freedom High, and while he was arrested without incident, the potential for violence underscored the need for training and preparation to deal with active-shooter or intruder circumstances on school grounds. At the same time, the Brentwood Police Department (BPD) was working with the Liberty Union High School District and the Brentwood Union School District to implement a program called ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) intended to teach school personnel the latest strategies for responding to a deadly threat on campus.

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“ ALICE is option-based. In the past, teachers have been taught basically one thing and that’s lockdown – turn off the lights, shut the door, lock the door and, sometimes, get under a desk. We need to do more things with how we’re training our teachers to react.

Brentwood Police Officer Mitch Brouillette “ALICE is option-based,” explained BPD Officer Mitch Brouillette. “In the past, teachers have been taught basically one thing and that’s lockdown – turn off the lights, shut the door, lock the door and, sometimes, get under a desk. We need to do more things with how we’re training our teachers to react.”

Brouillette, a school resource officer (SRO) at Heritage High School, said that on his first day as an SRO he began planning how he would respond to a threat on campus. However, he soon realized that the school staff did not know how to face a threat, and he made it his responsibility to find a way to get

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the teachers trained. “Statistically they’ll say seven out of 10 people killed in a school shooting die from a head shot,” said Brouillette. “You talk about these people who do these incidents and how they have no formalized training other than online training – they play these video games. But they’re able to go in and kill seven out of 10 people with a head shot on a school campus, and that’s because all we’ve been trained to do is get down behind a desk.” Greg Crane developed the ALICE training program and is the founder of the ALICE Training Institute. A former police officer and SWAT team member, the school shooting at Columbine High School in 1999 convinced him that a

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Heading To Disney World

One local little girl got the gift of a lifetime thanks to the Make-AWish Foundation. Page 5

Documenting City’s Growth

Liberty High art students depict Brentwood’s growth and change with new mural project. Page 4

Taking It To The Finals

Freedom defeats Cal High to advance to third straight NCS championship game. Page 21 Calendar................................31 Classifieds.............................26 Cop Logs................................29 Education ..............................6 Entertainment.....................13 Food........................................12 Health & Beauty..................16 Milestones............................14 Pets...........................................8 Sports.....................................21

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Regulations on the horizon for tobacco retailers by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

Oakley leaders intend to require all tobacco retailers to obtain new city-issued licenses and follow other requirements aimed at curbing tobacco use by minors. The changes, scheduled for final approval at the city council’s December meeting, would require the city’s estimated 17 tobacco retailers and all future establishments to adhere to stipulations, including that retail workers selling tobacco products must be at least 18; store employees must check the IDs of all tobacco purchasers who appear to be under age 27; and self-service tobacco displays are prohibited. These rules are in addition to all other local, state and federal laws regulating tobacco products, paraphernalia and retailing. The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors recently adopted tobaccorelated regulations covering the county’s unincorporated areas, which prompted

Oakley officials to explore their options. “Typically, what we have found with studies is that when a fine is issued, it’s issued to the person who sold the products not the store owner necessarily,” said Oakley City Clerk Libby Vreonis, a paralegal in the city attorney’s office. “The ordinance would give a little more teeth to the enforcement action if there is a license involved.” Under the proposed regulations, the number of citywide tobacco retailers would also be capped at 25, and future businesses would be prohibited from being located within 500 feet of existing tobacco retailers or 1,000 feet of youth-sensitive areas: parks, playgrounds, libraries, schools and bus stops servicing schools. The city’s five established retailers already inside that 1,000-foot buffer are exempt. If approved, the city’s police department would enforce the regulations that include strict noncompliance penalties, including license revocation for rule violations. Jen Grand, a Contra Costa senior

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health education specialist, said society needs to do everything it can to curb minors’ tobacco use. “Ninety percent of adult smokers started before they were 18,” Grand said. City staff proposed including other licensing regulations, including banning flavored tobacco product sales and instituting cigar and little cigar pack size sales restrictions, but the council opted to wait for an anticipated Food and Drug Administration (FDA) action on certain products before deciding how to proceed. That ruling is expected to include bans on most flavored e-cigarette sales in retail stores and gas stations, Vreonis said. Vice Mayor Claire Alaura, who spearheaded the discussion on new regulations after seeing a Contra Costa Health Services presentation on the county’s new restrictions, approves of not only the license requirement but also the tougher regulations the council opted to hold off on. “I want (Oakley) to be a leader in this,” she said. “I brought it back here for

the sole purpose of protecting our kids.” Jamie Rojas, a National Association of Tobacco Outlets spokesperson, said Oakley tobacco retailers agree to the possible license requirement, but they don’t want to see the city impose bans on flavored tobacco. “In Oakley, the retailers have passed the FDA annual compliance enforcement rate at 97 percent, meaning the FDA has found that Oakley retailers are not the problem for youth accessing tobacco products,” he said. If the license requirement is approved, it’s expected that a license could be obtained by filling out an application. Licenses would need to be approved annually, along with yearly payment of a $300 to $400 fee to offset the city’s costs associated with the program. The council is expected to finalize the license requirement at its Dec. 11 meeting, at 6:30 p.m., inside the Oakley City Council chambers. To comment, visit www.thepress.net


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Liberty High students to create mural on Minnesota Trail undercrossing by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

Brentwood’s growth and change over time will soon be depicted through art – Liberty High School’s Public Arts and Design Academy students (PADA) will create a mural portraying Brentwood’s transformation through time on the Minnesota Trail undercrossing at Sand Creek Road. The 2,000-square-foot art piece depicting dragonflies amongst an array of flowers will be visible at the underpass’s Wassen Court and Yardley Place entrances and throughout its interior. Dragonflies, an insect common in Brentwood and a symbol of change, reflect the community’s continual development. “The purpose of this project is to create a mural that will attract cyclists and people in the neighborhood,” said PADA student Symon Johnson, a member of the high school’s three-year academy for students interested in pursuing visual arts. “With this mural, we want to demonstrate how much our city has changed and grown and will continue to do so. Our goal is to create a welcoming environment where people can stop by to walk, jog or bike.” The project is the latest in a line of yearly artistic creations forged through a

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Liberty High School’s Public Arts and Design Academy students will create a mural portraying Brentwood’s transformation through time on the Minnesota Trail undercrossing at Sand Creek Road. City of Brentwood and Liberty High School partnership dating back to 2011. The students design a series of public-art ideas that the Brentwood Art Commission narrows down, and the selected project is approved by the city council and created over several months. The city’s public-art program, which requires developers and those responsible for public projects either to add art as part of their work or to pay an in-lieu fee to the city, funds the projects. This current endeavor will cost about $9,400. “Every year that we have had these, you look at these excellent projects that have been done with the PADA program and you think, ‘They are not going to be able to top this.’ But they bring something like this this

year and it’s another step forward,” said City Councilmember Joel Bryant. Dragonflies will be significant throughout the latest piece, first flying amongst native California wildflowers into the underpass’s Yardly Place entrance, which will also feature the change-inspired phrase ‘keep growing, keep going,’ along the top. A vortex of north-to-south-moving dragonflies will greet visitors inside the tunnel, before appearing to flutter away at the Wassen Court exit. “This serves as a continuation of the mural and leaves the viewer pondering where their path will lead them,” said PADA student Liana Chavez. The program’s students said a nearby adjacent railroad, symbolic of the once-

primary mode of transportation of goods and people, led them to their theme of change. They are hopeful that the mural on the underpass, which connects two neighborhoods, will promote the city’s change from a rural to a suburban community. “We want to use our art to represent growth in Brentwood as a community and the togetherness our residents share,” Johnson said. The students will also revamp landscaping near Yardly Place and Wassen Court to complement the artistic design. “I think it will be a great addition to the city to see some beautiful artwork,” said City Councilmember Claudette Staton. Other projects academy students have created include an 80-foot mural at King Park, depicting an underwater scene; painted utility boxes, following a local produce theme; a sunflower mural that wraps around the corner of Second Street and Brentwood Boulevard; abstract painted murals at the four underpasses along Sand Creek Road and O’Hara Avenue; five mosaic sculptures of animals playing with various sports balls along the Sunset Athletic Complex walkway; and a mural at Oak Meadow Park. For more information on the PADA program, visit https://bit.ly/2DTWPpp. To comment, visit www.thepress.net

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Rowing for a cause Orangetheory in Brentwood organized a local canned food drive for those in need this holiday season. The Orangetheory Rowathon matches food collected with participants who pledge to log miles on the rowing machine for each item gathered. Oragantheory member Cathy Doiron, seen above, contributed 200 cans in support of the event. The rowathon will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m., at the Brentwood studio.

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English language arts and math scores are above the state average, we are definitely stronger in English language arts than math.

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What do Aretha Franklin, Prince, Pablo Picasso, Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln have in common? If you guessed that they all died without a will, you would be correct. The estates of all of these figures have been thrown into chaos and disarray as a result of a failure to plan. Although these are high profile examples that generate headlines, many families are similarly impacted by a loved ones failure to complete an estate plan. I regularly receive calls from clients who tell me their loved one passed away without proper planning. I have asked myself why do people put off such an important life task? One reason I suspect people put off estate planning is that it forces us to face our own mortality. For some it is overwhelming to think about death, incapacity, and whether or not to remain on life support. I have had superstitious clients tell me that they feared making their will would be bad luck. My goal with planning is to make clients as comfortable as possible when dealing with these

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Holiday office party tip, Don’t Skip Meals On Office Party Day It seems logical: Forgo lunch; leave more room for pigs in blankets at the office party later. But arriving starved may result in overeating, and drinking on an empty stomach will give you a quicker buzz, which is more likely to lead to mindless munching. Eat normally during the day, and be strategic at the buffet. Don’t bother with things you don’t absolutely love. Splurge on something special (hint: It’s not those cubes of Cheddar), then stop. Count your bites. Did you know a lot of appetizers are about 60 calories a bite? Just five bites is around 300 calories. That’s about half of what you might eat for dinner. Keep a mental tab-or fill a small plate, once-so you don’t go overboard. Did you know that for about four hours after a high-fat meal (such as a typical holiday dinner) your arter-

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OBITUARIES Kenneth Ray Jones

April 11, 1945 – Nov. 25, 2018 Kenneth Ray Jones, 73, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 25, at the Brigham City Hospital in Utah. Kenneth was born on April 11, 1945, in Martinez, California, a son of Ruby L. Watson and Charlie Ray Jones. He grew up in Brentwood and graduated from Liberty Union High School in 1963. He joined the Air Force in September 1963 and served his country in the Vietnam War. He served for 21.5 years and retired

in 1985 out of Hill Air Force Base. After retiring from the Air Force, he retired from Aerospace after 18 years. He married the love of his life, Carmen Sandra Ruiz, on Jan. 22, 1966, in Carson City, Nevada. They were married for 52 years. He enjoyed camping, being with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving him are his sweetheart, Carmen; children, Jeanette (Steve) Swapp, Michael (Ruth) Jones and Steven (Jen) Jones; seven grandchildren; and nine greatgrandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Ruby Jones; brother, Ronnie Jones; and sister, Elaine Morgan. He is preceded in death by his father, Charlie Jones. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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Donna Lavern Sparks

Throughout her life Donna worked hard, be it as a mother, a state bridge toll collector or fastidious piano student. One of her proudest moments came the day she was able to purchase her very own baby grand. Is it any wonder that much of Donna’s remarkable life can be compared with the Italian word for piano, “pianoforte,” noting her beautiful hands-on ability to live very loudly and yet very softly as well? Donna felt so very blessed to be the mother of her four children: Susette (Max), Louis (Lynn), Sally (Tom) and Troy (Leslie). In addition, she is survived by her brother, Gary (Penny); 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Donna was preceded in death by her sisters, Reba and Phyllis; her half-sisters, Helen and Mary Jo; and her beloved grandson, Jason. A memorial service for Donna will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 1101 McClarren Road, in Brentwood, Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. A reception will follow.

Deborah Burroughs

July 17, 1949 – Nov. 16, 2018 Daughter of Oscar and Genie Burroughs, Deborah was raised on a dairy near Oakley and lived in Orland, California. Deborah peacefully slipped away in the

night in Yuba City. A graveside service for Deborah will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10:30, in the Live Oak Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Sutter North Hospice, Gift Processing, P.O. 160045, Sacramento, CA, 95816.

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March 6, 1931 – Dec. 3, 2018 Donna Lavern Sparks (Sparkie), 87, died Dec. 3, in her Brentwood home with her daughters by her side. Born March 6, 1931, in Hopkins, Minnesota, she was the third child of Jessie and Daisy Sparks. Donna’s father was a hardworking farmer and friend to all who crossed his path. Her dear mother was a resourceful, loving and gracious homemaker. In addition to Montana, Donna lived in many states including Washington, Oregon and Alaska before finally settling down in Northern California. In 1969, she and her husband purchased property in Brentwood, cleared the land and for the next five years, the family – kids included – worked day and night building their dream home.

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Improve life expectancy with some healthy habits “Who Wants to Live Forever” is a song that appeared on the 1986 album “A Kind of Magic” by Queen. The song often sparks conversation about the potential benefits of immortality. Immortality may not be possible, but many people aspire to improve their chances to live a long and prosperous life. A study published in the journal The Lancet analyzed data from the 2016 Global Burden of Diseases project to generate life expectancy predictions from 2017 to 2040 for most countries. The U.S. saw the largest decline in ranking among high-income countries, as life expectancies in the U.S. are projected to fall from 43rd in 2016 to 64th by 2040, with an average life expectancy of 79.8. Life expectancy in the U.S. has dropped in each of the past two years, according to annual reports by the National Center for Health Statistics. But there may be hope for Americans. Doctors and scientists continually study the lifestyles of people who outlive their life expectancies. While genetics can play a role, so can following healthy habits, which have been identified to promote longevity. • Don’t smoke. Many smokers have been told that smoking trims 10 years off their life expectancies, and that statement is corroborated by a study published in 2013 in The New England Journal of Medicine that tracked participants over a span of several years. The good news is people who quit before the age of 35 can usually

regain those lost years. • Avoid drug use. Accidental drug overdoses contributed to 63,600 deaths in the U.S. in 2016, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Usage of prescription opioids and heroin has skyrocketed in recent years. Drug use also may exacerbate mental illnesses, potentially making drug users more vulnerable to suicide. • Maintain healthy body mass. Moderate to vigorous exercise regimens and diets loaded with healthy foods can keep weight in check. Maintaining a healthy weight has a host of positive impacts, including reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, a leading killer in North America. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, nearly 40 percent of adults and 18.5 percent of children in the U.S. are obese. According to the 2015 Canadian Health Measures Survey, 30 percent of adults in Canada are obese and may require medical support to manage their disease. • Limit alcohol consumption. Some evidence suggests that light drinking can be good for cardiovascular health. However, a paper published in The Lancet suggests every glass of wine or pint of beer over the daily recommended limit will cut half an hour from the expected lifespan of a 40-year-old. The paper says the risks are comparable to smoking. Simple, healthy lifestyle changes can help people increase their life expectancies. – Courtesy Metro Creative

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What you need to know about the flu this season With flu season ramping up, now is the time to get your shot to prevent a flu infection. Flu season often peaks as early as mid-December and can last well into May. During the winter months, cold rainy weather leads to people congregating more closely together and staying indoors. That can lead to spreading germs and the flu. Here are answers to some of the most common questions about the flu. What is the flu? Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads through the respiratory tract. Many of the symptoms, like a sore throat and cough, are similar to the common cold but generally more severe. The flu also often causes a high fever, body aches and chills, and fatigue. How can I avoid or reduce the severity of the flu? The most effective step you can take to avoid the flu is to get your flu shot. While the vaccine doesn’t prevent every strain of the flu because the virus is constantly changing, it can help reduce the severity of flu symptoms and prevent the flu in many cases. It is too early to predict the effectiveness of this year’s flu shot, however, a vaccine on average has a 40 percent to 60 percent probability to protect against the flu. Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, using hand sanitizers and disinfecting frequently touched objects (like door handles and desks) throughout the day are also important steps to preventing the spread of illnesses. Why do I need a flu shot? The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention determined that the flu causes

31.4 million outpatient visits and more than $87 billion in total economic burden each year in the U.S. In 2017 alone, there were more than 80,000 deaths and 900,000 hospitalizations due to the flu. Some populations, such as young babies, pregnant women and older adults, are more vulnerable to the flu than others. So you may not be as affected by it, but those around you could suffer greatly. When should I get my flu shot? Since 95 percent of flu infections don’t start until mid-December, now is the optimal time to get the flu shot. Can you get sick from the flu shot? There are a few popular flu-related misconceptions. Some believed the flu vaccine causes the flu and other infections or that the flu vaccine is not effective for the entire season. To the contrary, the vaccine neither causes the flu nor exacerbates flu-like symptoms, and a typical flu shot does last for the entire season (and sometimes even longer). Others claim it’s too early or late to get the flu shot or that you cannot die from the flu. With the peak of winter ahead of us, right now is neither too late nor early to get the vaccine. And sadly, we have already seen a number of flu-related deaths this season. Last year was a bad flu season. This year, the East Bay is already seeing a shortage of the high-dose influenza vaccine for older adults. Thus, it is recommended to get the vaccine now to protect yourself against flu illness. For more information on the flu shot, visit https://goo.gl/HuZrU4. – Robert Eidus, MD,Family Medicine at John Muir Health


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Celebrating the Festival of Lights – Chanukah Chanukah is the Jewish, eight-day, wintertime ‘festival of lights,’ celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers, family and friends. Sunday night at sundown began this year’s celebration, and although all of my immediate Senior biological New York orner family is gone, my beautiful California children put on a wonderful dinner and fun evening for me and my special holiday. Each year is based on the Jewish calendar, so the dates Marla Luckhardt may change from year to year. I am always happy when it is separate from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so I can thoroughly enjoy them both. Several people ask me each year about the history and meaning, and I explain what it is about and the history of this joyous occasion as best I can. In our home, we celebrate both Chanukah and Christmas with gusto, and I share stories of how I celebrated Chanukah as a child. The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication” and is named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple. It is spelled in various ways, but the guttural sound reflects the Chanukah spelling as phonetically correct. In the second century BC, the Holy

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Tori Gregory performed Christmas songs for the crowd of thousands who gathered for the tree lighting.

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Freedom football team’s never-say-die attitude was on full display in its 35-34 win over California in a North Coast Section (NCS) Division 1 semifinal last week. The Falcons stormed back from a 21-point second-quarter deficit to secure its third straight trip to a NCS championship game. “I have done this a long time,” said firstyear Freedom head coach Andrew Cotter. “This is one of the most emotional games I have been a part of, and that is a beautiful thing.” Freedom (9-3) will clash with San Ramon Valley (8-4) for the North Coast Section Division 1 championship at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8

at Heritage High School. Freedom’s offense outscored California 28-13 in the second half to secure the victory, but the Falcons defense also played a key role in the win. A wall of Falcons met California’s Jahmal Cornwell short of the goal line on an attempted game-winning two-point conversion with 15 seconds left and the Falcons clinging to a 35-34 lead. California recovered the onside kick, and after Cameron Fitzpatrick hauled in a 28-yard reception, Tyler Bush’s 46-yard game-winning field goal attempt fell short, eliciting a wild Falcons’ celebration. “I just knew we had to work harder and fix all out mental mistakes,” said Freedom quarterback Joey Aguilar, who finished 20 of 34 with 260 yards and four touchdowns. “Once we did that, they couldn’t stop us.” California outgained Freedom 534 to

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The Freedom football team celebrates after defeating California High during the North Coast Section Division 1 semifinals. 486 in total offense and took what appeared to be a commanding 21-0 lead early in the second quarter, but Freedom miraculously hung around despite committing four turnovers (three fumbles and an interception) before striking even on Mekel Ealy’s 7-yard touchdown reception with 7 seconds left in the third quarter. The Falcons eventually pulled ahead 28-

21 on Giles Jackson’s 66-yard catch and run midway through the fourth quarter, but the Grizzlies didn’t go down easy. Cornwell’s 19-yard touchdown catch evened the score at 28 with 4:14 left in the fourth, but less than three minutes later, Freedom’s Diego Fratus burst through the Calisee Freedom page 23

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De La Salle knocks off Liberty for postseason title by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

The Liberty football team landed the first strike in its North Coast Section (NCS) Open Division championship game against vaunted De La Salle Dec. 1. But the undefeated Spartans connected on the knockout punch. The Spartans (12-0) scored 42 unanswered points after falling behind 7-0 midway through the first quarter to roll to a 42-7 win, the Spartans’ 27th NCS title. “I thought we had a chance. I mean we did have a chance, but we made mistakes,” said Liberty head coach Ryan Partridge. Liberty (11-1) still advances to play San

Jose’s Valley Christian (12-2) at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 for the right to clash with Southern California’s Sierra Canyon for the California Interscholastic Federation Division 1-A state title Dec. 15. Meanwhile, De La Salle will clash with Southern California powerhouse Mater-Dei for the Open Division state title on Dec. 8 at Cerritos College in Norwalk. The Spartans, playing for the first time since their Nov. 9 38-0 win over Pittsburg in the North Coast Section Open Division first round, took a while to shake off the rust against Liberty. But once they did, they were tough to stop. see Liberty page 24

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Heritage brings home tournament crown by Michael Dixon Correspondent

In recent years, the Heritage boys’ basketball team has known nothing but success at the McKinleyville Rotary Tip-Off. This year was no different. The Patriots posted a perfect 3-0 record to win the tournament for a sixth-straight year. The Patriots got the tournament going with a 70-51 win over San Francisco’s Lincoln High School. They followed that up with a dominant 81-37 win over Yuba City’s River Valley and closed with a 78-69 win over the host, McKinleyville, in the final. “On the defensive side, we executed our game plan,” coach Carly Perales said. “The guys really started to understand how the team defensive system would work. On the offensive side, it was just a matter of playing good team basketball. Any time you score 70 plus three games in a row, you’re doing things well on the offensive side.” Heritage was led by tournament senior guard Ezra Manjon, who was named tournament MVP. He averaged 21 points a game, including a monster 32-point performance in the final. But Manjon was far from the only standout from the Patriots. Senior guard Saleem Mahdi and junior center Mitch Herode were both named to the all-tournament team. Herode’s performance was particularly notable, as it came with fellow big man, senior Charles Stanford, out with an ankle injury. “He really had to step up in the first game without Charles,” Perales said. “Mitch really had to carry the load for our big men down low. Mitch had three really solid games. It was on both offense and defense. He did really well guarding some big guys and anchoring.”

Another notable Heritage performance came from senior guard Joel Webb who had 11 in the final game. The Patriots scored only 14 points in the opening quarter. Seven of those came from Webb whose early strong play helped keep his struggling team afloat until the rest of the players found more offensive rhythm. Stanford and senior guard Carson Borrelli both had big games against River Valley, scoring 16 and 17, respectively. That game saw Heritage meet and exceed a sizable goal. Entering the game against River Valley, the Patriots’ goal was to hold their opponent in the 40s. As it turned out, that wasn’t ambitious enough. One particularly significant note about this tournament is that it came after a completely forgettable first game. Heritage lost its opener to Granada, 60-46. But Perales was pleased with how well his team recovered from that game and fixed what went wrong. “We didn’t play well that night,” the coach said. “We were able to focus on some things in practice. We really saw those things come through in the tournament. The more that we saw those things, the more encouraging it was.” The Patriots continued to play well after the tournament. In the first game after McKinleyville, Heritage defeated San Ramon Valley 72-60. Perales, who is in his first year replacing longtime coach, Pat Cruickshank, saw the McKinleyville Tournament as a clear positive for his team – both on and off the court. “It’s a really good bonding experience,” he said. “To come out with a victory for the tournament really picks up everybody’s spirit. When you’re teaching a new system and see results early, that’ll only help their confidence.”

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Freedom’s Brett Bausola changes off the field in jubilation during the Falcons 3534 win over California.

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Liberty from page 21 Dorian Hale’s 24-yard run tied the game at 7 midway through the second quarter, and Taveis Marshall’s interception of Liberty’s Jay Butterfield — the first of four on the night for the Spartans’ defense — set up Matthew Oertli’s 39-yard touchdown run to give De La Salle a 14-7 lead late in the first half that it wouldn’t relinquish. Grant Daley’s 33-yard catch and run about two minutes later pushed De La Salle’s lead to 21-7 right before halftime. “We made some big mistakes,” said Liberty two-way player Sione Vaki. “We need to learn from this.” Liberty’s  Tyerell Sturges-Cofer opened the second half with a 55-yard run on the Li-

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Martin Madera SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Martin Madera CASE NUMBER: N182443 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Martin Madera filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Martin Madera to Proposed Name: Martin Manuel Madariaga. 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. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 01/22/19 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 Room: 212 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: 11/21/18 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78173 Publish Dates: November 30, December 7, 14, 21, 2018. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Trey Manuel Perez SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Trey Manuel Perez CASE NUMBER: N18-2187 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Trey Manuel Martinez filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Trey Manuel Perez to Proposed Name: Trey Royce Martinez. 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. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is

scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 1/4/19 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 Room: 212 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: November 5, 2018 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78110 Publish Dates: November 23, 30, December 7, 14, 2018. ADVERTISEMENT OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned intends to sell the personal property described below to enforce a lien imposed on said property pursuant to Sections 21700-21716 of the Business & Professions Code, Section 2328 of the UCC, Section 535 of the Penal Code and provisions of the Civil Code. The undersigned will sell at public sale by competitive bidding on or after December 21, 2018, at 9:00 am using an online auction at www.storagetreasures.com Property to be sold as follows: misc. household goods, personal items, furniture, clothing, toys, and or business fixtures belonging to the following: Customer Name Unit No. Gary Roberts A108 Tim Vierra A110 Amanda Channcellor A119 Lori Davis A127 Suzanne Pamphile A205 Gary Martinez A218 Jessica Ingroff A281 Brandy Parker B463 Alan Cochnauer B532 Phil Ballesteros C631 Rick Gonzalez D735 Robert Calica F951 Sale subject to cancellation in the event of settlement between owner and obligated party. Oakley Press No. 03-0477 78222 Publish Dates: December 7, 14, 2018. Diablo Water District Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Water Charges Increase of Up to 5.8% for the Average Customer Diablo Water District (DWD) will conduct a Public Hearing on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. at Diablo Water District’s office, 87 Carol Lane, Oakley, where an increase in the District’s water charges of up to 5.8% for the average

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customer will be discussed. The purpose of the increase is to cover the expected February 2019, Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) water rate increase of 7.4% overall; which includes a 623% increase in the monthly fixed operation cost portion of our water purchases and a 6% reduction in the water charge. DWD must also pay the cost of renewal and replacement projects at the 26-year-old Randall-Bold Water Treatment Plant and increases in water system operation and maintenance costs. Public comments and written protests from property owners or ratepayers will be accepted at the Public Hearing or by delivery to the District at 87 Carol Lane, P.O. Box 127, Oakley, CA 94561, prior to the hearing date. If the 5.8% increase is adopted, the typical residential Monthly Service Charge would go from $11.61 to $16.61; however, the Tier 1 - Water Charge would be lowered 4% from $3.35 per Hundred Cubic Feet (HCF) to $3.22 per HCF for the first 8 HCF; and the Tier 2 - Water Charge would remain the same at $3.60 per HCF for water use over 8 HCF during each billing period. Monthly Service Charges for all meter sizes as described in Regulation No. 1, would also increase by $5.00. Monthly charges for check valves over 2”, fire services 4” to 6” in size, and fire hydrant meters would each be increased by $1.00. The effective date of the new rates would be February 1, 2019. If you have any questions please call (925) 625-0588. DIABLO WATER DISTRICT Daniel Muelrath, General Manager & Secretary Posted in the Oakley Press: Friday, December 7, 2018, and Friday, January 11, 2019. Oakley Press No. 02-1273 78229 Publish Dates: December 7, 2018, January 11, 2019.

where said property has been stored and which are located at Oakley Self Storage, at 4700 Main Street Oakley, California, on or after the 12th day of December, 2018, at 9:30 A.M. Self-storage liened units generally include miscellaneous household goods, office or business equipment, furniture, furnishings, clothing and personal effects. In addition to those general contents, the pre-lien inventory revealed the following described goods: Bowers, Yolanda Unit 2500 Household goods Maxon, Kimberly Unit 2516 Household goods Aquilar, Adirann Units 1403 & 1405 - Household goods Zittel, Eric Units 3016 & 3608 Household goods Ernesto Gabriel Unit B153 Household goods Dillan Robinson Unit 3515 -Household goods Tina Trail Unit B140 Household goods Melissa Herrera Unit 3102 Household goods Dillan Robinson Unit# 3516 Household goods Purchases must be paid for at the time of purchase (if cash only, state so here). All purchased items sold as-is, where-is, and must be removed at the time of sale. Sale subject to cancellation in the event of settlement between owner and obligated party. Call ahead to make sure sale is still scheduled. Contraband, or items subject to regulation or registration will not be transferred with the liened unit unless otherwise noted. Auction to be conducted by Forrest O’Brien Ca Bond No 00106386718 or Donna Wilson Ca Bond No. 0562039 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS of Sale Maker Auctions 925.392.8508 NAME STATEMENT Run: 11/23/18 & 11/30/18. Dated this 6 File No. F-0006738-00 The name of the day of November, 2018 Oakley Press No. business: Stepz Dance Fitness Studio 03-0477 78075 Publish Dates: November Located at: 3563 Main Street In: Oakley, CA 30, December 7, 2018. 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner: Stephanie Nelson. This business ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE is conducted by: An Individual. The regisFOR CHANGE OF NAME trant commenced to transact business un- PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Kiara Mader the fictitious business name or names cias SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, listed above on N/A. Signature of regis- COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court trant: Stephanie Nelson. This statement Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Kiara Macias CASE NUMBER: N18Costa County on: November 8, 2018 by 2351 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Deputy J Celestial Expires 11/8/2023 Oak- Petitioner Kiara Macias filed a petition with ley Press No. 03-0477 78093 Publish dates: this court for a decree changing names November 23, 30, December 7, 14, 2018. as follows: Present Name: a. Camille Adilynn Cerda to Proposed Name: FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Camille Adilynn Macias. 2. THE COURT NAME STATEMENT ORDERS that all persons interested in this File No. F-0006905-00 The name of the matter shall appear before this court at the business(es): Sunrise Vine View Located hearing indicated below to show cause, if at: 3050 Anderson Lane In: Oakley, CA any, why the petition for change of name 94561, is hereby registered by the follow- should not be granted. Any person objecting owner(s): 1. Desiree Murray 2. Michael ing to the name changes described above Murray. This business is conducted by: must file a written objection that includes Married Couple. The registrant commenced the reasons for the objection at least two to transact business under the fictitious court days before the matter is scheduled business name or names listed above to be heard and must appear at the hearing on N/A. Signature of registrant: Michael to show cause why the petition should not Murray. This statement was filed with the be granted. If no written objection is timely County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: filed, the court may grant the petition November 19, 2018 by Deputy P. Cornelius without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Expires November 19, 2023 Oakley Press a. Date: 1/8/19 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: No. 03-0477 78228 Publish dates: Decem- 14 Room: 212 b. The address of the court ber 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018. is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at NOTICE OF LIEN SALE least once each week for four successive SELF STORAGE AUCTION weeks prior to the date set for hearing on NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the under- the petition in the following newspaper of signed intends to sell the liened personal general circulation, printed in this county: property described blow, pursuant to the Brentwood Press provisions of the California Code of Civil b. Father to be personally served 30 days Procedure and the provisions of the Cali- prior to the hearing. Bring proof of resifornia Self-Storage Facilities Act, Business dency to hearing. and Professions Code Sections 21700 et Date: 11/8/2018 Judge of the Superior seq.. The undersigned will sell the con- Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78080 tents of liened storage units by public sale Publish Dates: November 16, 23, 30, Deby competitive bidding on the premises cember 7, 2018.


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LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO AMEND CITY OF BRENTWOOD 2018/19 COST ALLOCATION PLAN SCHEDULE OF CITY FEES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Brentwood will, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the normal course of business permits on December 11, 2018, hold a public hearing on, and take actions on the following matter: Resolution amending the City of Brentwood 2018/19 Cost Allocation Plan and Schedule of City Fees related to: 1) new fees associated with the Brentwood Library Community Room, and 2) existing fees associated with the Brentwood Senior Activity Center; and finding that the proposed amendments do not constitute a project for the purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act” This hearing will be held at the City Council Chambers, 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, California. Information regarding the revised fee schedule may be obtained from the Parks & Recreation Department, City of Brentwood, 35 Oak Street, Brentwood, California 94513, (925) 516-5444. If you challenge the City Council’s action in court, 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 City Council, at or prior to, the public hearing. Dated: November 14, 2018 Margaret Wimberly City Clerk Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78161 Publish Dates: November 30, December 7, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006483-00 The name of the business(es): Morgan Legal Services Located at: 3775 Main Street, Suite D In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Susan Morgan. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on September 26, 2012. Signature of registrant: Susan A. Morgan. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 29, 2018 by Deputy J. Celestial Expires October 29, 2023 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 78078 Publish dates: November 16, 23, 30, December 7, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006677-00 The name of the business: Our Learning Playgrounds Located at: 1960 Calaveras Circle In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): 1. DeeAnna Marie Granata 2. Kristina Denise Merlini. This business is conducted by: A General Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: DeeAnna Granata. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 6, 2018 by Deputy J Crawford Expires 11/6/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78114 Publish dates: November 23, 30, December 7, 14, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006855-00 The name of the business(es): Delta Parking Review Located at: 5356 Navajo Way In: Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Kent V. Vosburg. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on November 6, 2018. Signature of registrant: Kent V. Vosburg. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 16, 2018 by Deputy L. Arosemene Expires November 16, 2023 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 78162 Publish dates: November 30, December 7, 14, 21. 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006944-00 The name of the business(es): Pringle’s Christian Child Care Home Located at: 4697 Matterhorn Way In: Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): 1. Nina Pringle 2. Casey Lee Pringle, SR. This business is conducted by: Married Couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on January 31, 08. Signature of registrant: Nina P. Pringle. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County

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on: November 21, 2018 by Deputy L. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Mae Expires November 21, 2023 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 78165 Publish dates: File No. F-0006823-00 The name of the business: Brentwood Craft Beer November 30, December 7, 14, 21. And Cider Located at: 234 A Oak Street FICTITIOUS BUSINESS In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby NAME STATEMENT registered by the following owner: 1. File No. F-0007024-00 The name of the Joseph Nardone 2. Suzanne Nardone. business(es): Ocho’s Landscaping This business is conducted by: Married Located at: 5117 homestead Court In: Couple. The registrant commenced to Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby registered transact business under the fictitious by the following owner(s): Jose G. Ibarra. business name or names listed above on This business is conducted by: An Individ- 11/14/18. Signature of registrant: Joseph ual. The registrant commenced to transact Nardone. This statement was filed with business under the fictitious business the County Clerk of Contra Costa County name or names listed above on November on: November 14, 2018 by Deputy L Fallas 26, 2018. Signature of registrant: Jose G. Expires 11/14/2023 Brentwood Press No. Ibarra. This statement was filed with the 02-1273 78111 Publish dates: November County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: 23, 30, December 7, 14, 2018. November 26, 2018 by Deputy C. Pittman Expires November 26, 2023 Antioch Press FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT No. 06-1617 78170 Publish dates: DecemFile No. F-0007099-00 The name of the ber 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018. business(es): Tide-In Entertainment ADVERTISEMENT OF SALE Located at: 974 Princess Way In: BrentNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the un- wood, CA 94513, is hereby registered dersigned intends to sell the personal by the following owner(s): Thomas Leon property described below to enforce a Swayne. This business is conducted by: lien imposed on said property pursuant An Individual. The registrant commenced to Sections 21700-21716 of the Business to transact business under the fictitious & Professions Code, Section 2328 of the business name or names listed above UCC, Section 535 of the Penal Code and on N/A. Signature of registrant: Thomas provisions of the Civil Code. The undersigned will sell at public sale by com- L Swayne. This statement was filed with petitive bidding on or after December the County Clerk of Contra Costa County 5th, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. using an online on: November 28, 2018. by Deputy L. auction at www.storagetreasures. Fern Expires November 28, 2023 Brentcom Property to be sold as follows: wood Press No. 02-1273 78195 Publish misc. household goods, personal items, dates: December 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018. furniture, clothing, toys, and or business NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERfixtures belonging to the following: SONAL PROPERTY Tenant Name Unit No. Notice is hereby given that pursuant Brandon Brown A144 to Section 21700 of the Business and Cindy Espinoza A241 Professions Code, State of California, Wenche Anderson B306 the undersigned will sell at public sale Nishtha Wright B412 by competitive bidding on WednesYsidro Valdez C631 day December 12th 2018 at 10:00 Amy Wilson C643 A.M. at Brentwood Self Storage, Hector Hernandez D776 190 Sand Creek Rd. Brentwood, CA Juan Rodriguez D819 94513. County of Contra Costa, State of Christina Rivorgkham E1293 California, the goods, chattel or other Andrea Sarimento E1057 per¬sonal property including but not Michael Johnson E1331 Sale subject to cancellation in the event limited to furniture, clothing, tools and/ of settlement between owner and ob- or other household items. ligated party. Brentwood Press No. 02- Stored by the following person(s): 1273 78225 Publish Dates: November Joe Simoni David Kandel 7, 14, 2018. Judith Higareda Mark Vaquera FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Henry Lonsdale NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006601-00 The name of the Jesmarie Avila business: Bay Area Muscle Located at: Anitra Billops 649 Tain Ct In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is Juanita Esquer hereby registered by the following own- Tayadi Bush er: Joe Pulizzi. This business is conducted Jaime Bennett Michelle Shalar by: An Individual. The registrant com- Luciano Flores menced to transact business under the All purchased goods are sold as is and fictitious business name or names listed must be paid for at the time of purchase. above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Cash Only. Management reserves the Joe Pulizzi. This statement was filed with right to set a minimum bid and/or rethe County Clerk of Contra Costa County fuse any bids. This notice is subject to on: November 2, 2018 by Deputy C Dias cancellation without notice in the event Expires 11/2/2023 Brentwood Press No. of a settlement between owner and 02-1273 78113 Publish dates: November obligated party. All sales are subject to prior cancellation. Terms, rules, and 23, 30, December 7, 14, 2018. regulations are available at sale. Auction FICTITIOUS BUSINESS to be conducted by Auctioneer Forrest NAME STATEMENT O’Brien Ca Bond # 00106386718 and/or File No. F-0006623-00 The name of the Donna Wilson Ca Bond # 0562039 Sale business(es): Sandoval Consulting Maker Auctions 925-392-8508. Legal EC Located at: 701 Almond Drive In: Brent- 8976 Publication Dates: Nov. 30th & Dec. wood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by 7th 2018 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 the following owner(s): Maria De Jesus 78166 Publish Dates: November 30, DeRodriguez Montes. This business is con- cember 7, 2018. ducted by: An Individual. The registrant NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE commenced to transact business under T.S. No. 18-0343-11 NOTICE OF the fictitious business name or names TRUSTEE’S SALE NOTE: THERE IS A SUMlisted above on N/A. Signature of regis- MARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS trant: Maria De Jesus Rodriguez Montes. DOCUMENT ATTACHED 注:本文件 This statement was filed with the County 包含一个信息摘要 참고사 Clerk of Contra Costa County on: Novem- 항: 본 첨부 문서에 정보 요 ber 02, 2018 by Deputy C. Dias Expires 약서가 있습니다 NOTA: SE November 02, 2023 Brentwood Press No. ADJUNTA UN RESUMEN 02-1273 78079 Publish dates: November DE LA INFORMACIÓN DE 16, 23, 30, December 7, 2018. ESTE DOCUMENTO TALA: MAYROONG BUOD NG IMFICTITIOUS BUSINESS PORMASYON SA DOKUNAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006713-00 The name of the MENTONG ITO NA NAKAbusiness: B&J Landscaping Located LAKIP LƯU Ý: KÈM THEO at: 159 Madoline St Apt D In: Pittsburg, ĐÂY LÀ BẢN TRÌNH BÀY CA 94565, is hereby registered by the TÓM LƯỢC VỀ THÔNG following owner: Bryan A Basurto. This TIN TRONG TÀI LIỆU NÀYbusiness is conducted by: An Individual. PLEASE NOTE THAT PURSUANT TO CIVIL The registrant commenced to transact CODE § 2923.3(d)(1) THE ABOVE STATEbusiness under the fictitious business MENT IS REQUIRED TO APPEAR ON THIS DOCUMENT BUT PURSUANT TO CIVIL CODE name or names listed above on 11/07/18. § 2923.3(a) THE SUMMARY OF INFORMASignature of registrant: Bryan Basurto. TION IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE RECORDED This statement was filed with the County OR PUBLISHED AND THE SUMMARY OF Clerk of Contra Costa County on: Novem- INFORMATION NEED ONLY BE MAILED TO ber 8, 2018 by Deputy A Vasquez Expires THE MORTGAGOR OR TRUSTOR YOU ARE 11/8/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST 78176 Publish dates: December 7, 14, DATED 4/17/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE AC21, 28, 2018. TION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY

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BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. SEE EXHIBIT “A” ATTACHED HERETO AND A MADE A PART HEREOF EXHIBIT “A” PARCEL ONE: LOT 24, AS SHOWN ON THE MAP OF SUBDIVISION 8578, THE LAKES AT DISCOVERY BAY LAKES 5 FILED JANUARY 23, 2004, IN MAP BOOK 461, PAGE 1,CONTRA COSTA COUNTY RECORDS, AND AS CORRECTED BY CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION RECORDED APRIL 15, 2004, AS INSTRUMENT NO. 2004-0134598, CONTRA COSTA COUNTY RECORDS. PARCEL TWO: A RIGHT OF WAY (NOT TO BE EXCLUSIVE) AS AN APPURTENANCE TO PARCEL ONE ABOVE, AND ANY SUBDIVISION OR SUBDIVISIONS THEREOF, FOR USE AS A ROADWAY FOR VEHICLES OF ALL KINDS, PEDESTRIANS AND ANIMALS, FOR WATER, GAS, OIL, AND SEWER PIPE LINES, AND FOR TELEPHONE, CABLE, ELECTRIC LIGHT AND POWER LINES, TOGETHER WITH THE NECESSARY POLES OR UNDERGROUND CONDUITS TO CARRY SAID LINES, OVER, UNDER AND UPON FALLMAN BOULEVARD, SOUTH LAKEFRONT LOOP, COTTAGE GROVE DRIVE, OROVILLE COURT, CARYLE DRIVE, TAHOE COURT, HAVASU COURT, ALMANOR DRIVE, ALMANOR COURT, HAWTHORNE COURT, BIXLER ROAD WIDENING, FERN RIDGE CIRCLE, GOLD CREEK CIRCLE, NEW MELONES CIRCLE, YELLOWSTONE CIRCLE, CRYSTAL SPRINGS CIRCLE, SENECA CIRCLE AND GREEN CASTLE CIRCLE, AS SHOWN ON THE MAPS OF SUBDIVISION 8570, FILED OCTOBER 8, 2003, IN BOOK 457 OF MAPS, PAGE 18, SUBDIVISION 8571, FILED JANUARY 22, 2004, IN BOOK 460, PAGE 27, SUBDIVISION 8577, FILED JANUARY 23, 2004, IN BOOK 460 OF MAPS, PAGE 42, SUBDIVISION 8578, FILED JANUARY 23, 2004, IN BOOK 461 OF MAPS, PAGE 1 AND SUBDIVISION 8579, FILED JANUARY 23, 2004 IN BOOK 461, PAGE 5, CONTRA COSTA COUNTY RECORDS. Trustor: ANTHONY GRAYSON, AND, MICHELLE GRAYSON, HUSBAND AND WIFE Duly Appointed Trustee: The Wolf Firm, A Law Corporation Recorded 4/28/2006 as Instrument No. 2006-0133390-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Street Address or other common designation of real property: 6583 GREEN CASTLE CIRCLE DISCOVERY BAY, CA 94514 A.P.N.: 011-540-024-4 Date of Sale: 1/2/2019 at 9:00 AM Place of Sale: Auction.com Room, Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $748,140.59, estimated The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title in-

surance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (800) 280-2832 or visit this Internet Web site www.auction.com, using the file number assigned to this case 180343-11. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: 11/27/2018 The Wolf Firm, A Law Corporation 2955 Main Street, 2nd Floor Irvine, California 92614 Foreclosure Department (949) 720-9200 Sale Information Only: (800) 280-2832 Auction.com Sindy Clements, Foreclosure Officer PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE WOLF FIRM MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR, ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NPP0344676 To: BRENTWOOD PRESS 12/07/2018, 12/14/2018, 12/21/2018 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78196 Publish Dates: December 7, 14, 21, 2018.

with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $211,238.16. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800758-8052 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site www.homesearch.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 00000007773112. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: XOME 800-758-8052 www.homesearch.com BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER and WEISS, LLP as Trustee 20955 Pathfinder Road, Suite 300 Diamond Bar, CA 91765 (866) 7951852 Dated: 11/09/2018 BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER and WEISS, LLP IS ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. A-4675753 11/23/2018, 11/30/2018, 12/07/2018 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 78073 Publish Dates: November 23, 30, December 7, 2018.

for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor (s): Betty Lou Jackson and Fred Jackson Sr, wife and husband as community property with right of survivorship Recorded: 4/27/2007 as Instrument No. 2007-0123913-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California; Date of Sale: 1/8/2019 at 9:00 AM Place of Sale: At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $850,058.21 The purported property address is: 586 FLOWERING PLUM PLACE, BRENTWOOD, CA 94513-1990 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 010-770-030-4 -01 NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 855 238-5118 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site http://www.qualityloan.com, using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-18-828489-AB. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 2763 Camino Del Rio South San Diego, CA 92108 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 855 238-5118 Or Login to: http://www. qualityloan.com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-18-828489AB IDSPub #0147649 11/30/2018 12/7/2018 12/14/2018 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78163 Publish Dates: November 30, December 7, 14, 2018.

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. : 00000007773112 Title Order No.: DS7300-18001000 FHA/ VA/PMI No.: ATTENTION RECORDER: THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY APPLIES ONLY TO COPIES PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR, NOT TO THIS RECORDED ORIGINAL NOTICE. NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 03/29/2004. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER and WEISS, LLP, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 04/13/2004 as Instrument No. 2004-0128735-00 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: NICKI CANNON, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by California Civil Code 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 12/28/2018 TIME OF SALE: 9:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1608 WILDCAT WAY, OAKLEY, CALIFORNIA 94561 APN#: 035453-028-9 The land referred to in this Report is situated in the City of Oakley, County of Contra Costa, State of California, and is described as follows: Lot 70 of Subdivision 6055, filed September 16, 1981, in Book 257 of Maps, at Page 38, Official Records of Contra Costa County. Excepting from Lot 70 an undivided 1/2 interest in all oil, gas, casinghead gasoline and other hydrocarbon and mineral substances below a point 500 feet below the surface of said land, together with the right to take, remove, mine, pass through and dispose of all said oil, gas, casinghead gasoline and other hydrocarbon and mineral substances, but without any right whatsoever to enter upon the surface of said land or any part of said land within 500 feet thereof, as reserved in the deed from Edward Joseph Duarte and Mary Magdalen Duarte, recorded August 12, 1968, in Book 5686, Page 511, Official Records, Instrument No. 58861. APN: 035-453028-9 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust,

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-18-828489-AB Order No.: 730-1804121-70 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 4/16/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee


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Nov. 18, 6:31 a.m. A burglary was reported at a residence on Buckeye Way. The suspect was believed to have left through the window. Nov. 18, 6:56 p.m. Authorities received reports of a man who was bothering customers at a place of business. One of the customers punched him, and the suspect tried to fight. This was reported on East 18th Street. Nov. 19, 1:04 a.m. A man got into a confrontation with a subject. The subject then told him to empty his pockets and stole the reporting person’s cell phone and car keys. There were no weapons involved. This was reported on Walter Way. Nov. 20, 6:07 p.m. A burglary was reported on McFarlan Ranch Drive. Nov. 20, 6:28 p.m. A woman told authorities someone tried to break through her front door. She said there was a large hole on a window next to the front door. This was reported on Horseshoe Circle. Nov. 20, 10:23 p.m. A person was watching television when they heard noises coming from the front of the residence. When he went to check, he saw a car speed off and found the window cracked. It is believed that the subject used a screwdriver. This was reported on Spire Street. Nov. 20, 10:25 p.m. A burglary was reported on Ebbetts Way. A woman said that she went out for a few hours and when she returned, she found her house burglarized. The entry was made through a broken window and stolen items were a printer, a Chromebook, a camera and television. Nov. 20, 11:02 p.m. A subject in an SUV, either a Lexus or an Acura, came into the reporting person’s residence then fled and dropped a box in the middle of the road. The person came back then headed toward Deer Valley Road. Nov. 20, 11:40 p.m. Authorities were notified of a suspicious circumstance on Lone Tree Way. A patient in the ER did not want a police report and was evasive. He said that he was walking home on Cavallo Road and East 18th Street and was hit with something, lost consciousness and woke up to an altercation. He said he did not know if he was part of the argument or not. He had some facial injuries according to doctors. Nov. 21, 1:42 p.m. A robbery was reported at Macy’s on Somersville Road. There were two females seen running in the parking lot of Macy’s toward their car parked in the Star-

bucks parking lot on Somersville. Nov. 21, 9:54 p.m. A woman reported she was staying at her friend’s house on Grassvalley Way when her friend’s brother punched her several times. Nov. 21, 10:17 p.m. A woman told authorities that she was not home but saw someone handling her security camera. She said that she saw arms taking down the camera and opening the door. She said that she could see four males inside the house. This report came from Rockrose Court. Nov. 21, 11:09 p.m. A woman returned home and believed someone entered her house through her window. This report came from Willowhaven Way. Nov. 21, 11:21 p.m. A woman told authorities that a group of boys ages 16 through 18 approached her and asked for her granddaughter. They then broke the front house window with a rock. They left but the woman did not know who they were and had never seen them before. This report came from Buck Mountain Court. Nov. 23, 8:06 a.m. A burglary occurred in a residence on Mount Powell Court. The entrance was said to have been made through the back or the garage door. Nov. 23, 9:57 a.m. A person told authorities that while he was walking through L Street, a group of subjects was hanging out. They then pulled a gun on him and took his wallet, keys, phone, and he was locked in a garage for four hours. Nov. 24, 12:28 a.m. A person told authorities that there were subjects in the residence trying to jump the reporting person’s son. She said that she was not able to enter the house. This report came from G Street. Nov. 24, 8:37 p.m. A man returned home and found his house destroyed. This report came from Asilomar Drive. Nov. 24, 8:55 p.m. A person told authorities that she could see a man inside her house wearing a mask through her surveillance camera. This was reported on Plumbridge Way.

OAKLEY Nov. 18, 12:24 a.m. Authorities received complaints of loud music on the 2600 block of Manresa Shore Lane. Nov. 18, 9:16 p.m. A domestic disturbance was reported on the 4400 block of Empire Avenue. Nov. 19, 7:57 a.m. A vehicle theft was reported on the 50 block of Carol Lane. Nov. 19, 1:01 p.m. Threats were made on the 30 block of Douglas Road. Nov. 20, 2:11 a.m. A vehicle was towed on the 30 block of Hill Avenue.

Nov. 20, 4:18 p.m. A case of shoplifting was reported on the 2000 block of Main Street. Nov. 21, 10:19 a.m. A person was reported trespassing on the 2000 block of Main Street. Nov. 21, 3:55 p.m. A public nuisance was reported on the 300 block of Lakespring Plaza. Nov. 22. 9:51 a.m. An audible alarm was reported on the 5000 block of Neroly Road. Nov. 22, 11:21 p.m. Complaints of a loud party were reported on the 60 block of Malicoat Avenue. Nov. 23, 2:01 a.m. A verbal dispute was reported on the 800 block of Weibel Circle. Nov. 23, 8:49 p.m. A suspicious person was stopped at Subway. Nov. 24, 6:17 a.m. Suspicious circumstances were reported on the 5000 block of Winchester Drive. Nov. 24, 7:26 p.m. A vehicle was blocking the driveway on the 100 block of Amberwind Circle.

BRENTWOOD Nov. 6, 6:58 p.m. Authorities received a report saying that a person the reporting person knew was trying to break in. This was reported on Rapallo Court. Nov. 7, 8:25 p.m. A person told authorities that his cell phone was snatched from his hands on Brentwood Boulevard. Nov. 8, 8:26 a.m. A person told authorities that her sons were shot at on their way to school with a BB gun. This was reported on Brentwood Boulevard and Sand Creek Way. Nov. 9, 11 p.m. A fight was reported on First Street. Nov. 10, 12:02 a.m. Authorities received a report saying that a subject in a sobriety meeting made threatening statements. This was reported on Shady Willow Lane. Nov. 11, 6:50 p.m. A petty theft was reported on Sand Creek Road. Authorities received a report saying that two teen boys stole the tip jar from a business. Nov. 12, 4:21 p.m. A petty theft was reported on Brentwood Boulevard. A person allegedly stole alcohol and another item. Nov. 13, 5:18 p.m. A woman told authorities that she was in a verbal dispute with her husband on Second Street. Nov. 14, 12:11 p.m. Authorities were notified that someone created checks with business bank information and cashed them. The reporting person had the suspect’s information. This was reported on Brentwood Boulevard.


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and Delta Coves general manager, said Delta Coves will have its differences. “Delta Coves, while it’s not a gated community, is definitely more of a club community,” Taratsas said, noting the club will be highly programmed. “It’s much smaller – only about a quarter of the size (of Discovery Bay) … and it’s a little less residential in its feel. It’s not like a normal neighborhood.” Locals have anticipated an opening on this project for several years. Taratsas explained that the area’s history involved a zoning battle about 30 years ago. After the matter of zoning was settled, however, improvements launched in the midst of the Great Recession and things came to a halt. In February 2017, the owners – Dune Real Estate LLC, Colony Capital and SunCal – contracted DMB Development with the task of revisioning and rebranding. Taratsas said that’s when he and his team hit the ground running and tossed around ideas for what the community would look like. “When we first stepped on the project, there was talk of ‘yacht’ and that kind of blue blazer (society), but it wasn’t authentic to the location,” he said. “This is the Delta. It’s got 100 some odd years of country heritage. The vibe out here will be a Delta laid-back community. It’s a refined club, but it’s cut-offs in a $100,000 wakeboarding boat – a little bit of a dichotomy but very laid back.” Taratsas described the homes to have colors and architecture to match the surrounding landscape of the Delta. The houses will range from 1,800

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new strategy for responding to active-shooter situations was needed. Columbine proved to Crane that the common practice of locking down and waiting for a police response was no longer an adequate reaction to a deadly threat. “Columbine was a smack in the face of reality,” said Crane. “The police actually have a very hard time getting there in time to have a significant impact on the outcome of these events. No matter how hard you train, you have to get there ... We pioneered the movement from a static, passive response plan to a proactive, options-based program.” Under the ALICE methodology, reac-

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“The vision of Delta Coves is truly a one-of-a-kind offering in the region.

Brent Herrington to 4,000 square feet, offering anywhere from three to six bedrooms, with current prices ranging from $700,000 to the $1.1 million mark. The island will also have condos available, each with their own boat dock as well, making the housing total comprised of 494 single family detached homes and 66 condos and cottages. In addition to the homes’ personal docks, a community marina will hold potentially as many as 230 slips for those residents with additional or larger boats. The mouth of the lagoon where the community is situated is about four minutes from fast water, in what Taratsas called the area’s best kept secret he hopes to share with just 560 people. “The vision of Delta Coves is truly a one-of-a-kind offering in the region,” said Brent Herrington, DMB Development CEO. “It’s a celebration of the laidback boating lifestyle of the California Delta, featuring an opportunity to purchase a waterfront residence with a private boat dock and access to club-style amenities, all located at the gateway to 1,000-plus miles of waterways.” In regard to the grand opening slated spring 2019, Delta Coves will have seven model buildings available for show, at which time, sales will launch. The Island

Camp will be about 50 to 75 percent built at that time and ready for use by summer when some of the first homes will reach completion. Taratsas said one of the unique things about this development is that the infrastructure, docks and lots are 100 percent complete and build out will be dependent upon sales, though the team expects to have all 560 homes built within the next four to five years. “If I can’t get you interested in a

home within 20 minutes, then you might as well live in a normal subdivision, because this is the last of its kind,” Taratsas said. “You just can’t get entitlements with your own personal residence in a small pocket like this in a small lagoon. If you have any passion for water, you’re going to have your socks knocked off.” For more information, visit www. deltacoves.com. To comment, visit www.thepress.net

tion to a threat is dynamic based on the particular circumstances faced by each teacher. If a shooter is close, the best response may be to lock down, barricade the door and, in a worstcase scenario, prepare to confront the shooter. If a shooter is on a different part of campus, the teacher may move students away from the threat without relying on fixed rendezvous points. “The biggest thing we have to realize is more important than our evacuation point is (the need) to get away from the threat,” said LUHSD Superintendent Eric Volta. “We’ll round up the kids later. We’ll find the kids eventually. We just need to make sure they leave campus, they leave where the threat is.” While Crane reports that ALICE training has been conducted in more than 4,000 school districts, the program does have its detractors. Much of the criticism pertains to the program’s reference to countering active threats. Critics have questioned the wisdom sending elementary or middle school students to confront an armed intruder. “ALICE may be well intended, but it’s not well thought out,” said Ken Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Service in a Mother Jones article by Deanna Pan. “You can’t get a group of middle-school kids to simultaneously agree on chicken nuggets or pizza in the cafeteria for lunch, much less make a split-second decision to start throwing items at an armed intruder.” Crane argues that in a desperate situation like a shooter in a classroom, students creating chaos makes it more difficult for a

shooter to operate effectively, and that may save lives. Essentially, doing something is better than doing nothing. ALICE training for the staff of both districts is comprised of three modules. The first is a lecture that describes the evolution of response strategies and uses video and audio samples to illustrate real-world examples of school shootings that can be difficult to watch or hear and Brouillette admitted that the training pulls no punches. The second module is an online training component. “It’s the best online training I have ever seen in all of my time in education and the military because it was very interactive,” said Liberty Principal Heather Harper. “It wasn’t just sit and listen to somebody read what was on the screen. You had to interact with it. You had to select options. It was scenario based. It was great training.” Only Liberty has completed the final module to date, though all Brentwood schools will complete it before the end of the year. In the last module, small groups of teachers are taken through five activeshooter scenarios by BPD officers who have been certified as ALICE trainers. In each scenario, one teacher plays the role of the shooter and is armed with a gun that fires marble-sized foam pellets. The rest respond to the scenarios in ways ranging from simply locking down the classroom to more proactive solutions including evacuation and barricading the classroom door to countering the shooter by barraging him or her with objects, in this case, foam balls. At the conclu-

sion of each scenario, the instructor records the number of victims and collects feedback from the participants. “The training definitely made me feel better prepared for an active-shooter event,” said Patty Galindo, a teacher at Liberty who participated in the ALICE training simulation. “It made me think critically of my surroundings, possible escape routes, items to use for barricading the door, and ways to distract a shooter. These are all things I have thought of in the past, but physically participating in the simulations made it feel more real.” Brentwood City Manager Gus Vina said that, in today’s environment, the city has a responsibility to ensure that its employees are prepared to deal with activeshooter situations. To that end, Brentwood has committed to providing ALICE training to approximately 400 city workers. Additionally, the Oakley Union Elementary School District is partnering with the Oakley Police Department to do similar training in all of its school sites. “We care about the community,” said Brouillette. “That’s what it is. We’re ahead of the game. We’re in a good place compared to a lot of other communities. That says something about the superintendents, Dana Eaton and Eric Volta. They’re not cutting any corners. I just thinks it’s so beneficial for everyone.” For more information, visit www.alicetraining.com or https://bit.ly/2APDXEG. To comment, visit www.thepress.net

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Delta Coves, located on Bethel Island, will hold a grand opening this spring, at which time sales for 560 homes will launch.


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For print, email your events to calendar@brentwoodpress.com one week prior to publication. For online, post your events for free on The Press Community Calendar www.thepress.net/calendar.

Events Friday, Dec. 7 Narnia

The Stage Right Conservatory Theatre presents “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15, at 7 p.m., and Dec. 9 and 16, at 2 p.m., at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center Theatre. Price is $10 for adults and $8 for students and teachers and $5 for children under 5 and for seniors on both Sunday matinees. For more information, call 925-2164613 and www.srctgrp.org.

Saturday, Dec. 8 NARFE Meeting

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will meet at noon, at Mimi’s Restaurant, 5705 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. All active federal employees, retirees and their dependents are invited to attend. For more information, contact Sharon Johnson at 925-753-5419 or sharonwjohnson1@att.net.

Kids Night Out

Black Diamonds Center presents Kids Night Out, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Black Diamond Kids Center. The cost is $45. For more information, contact Jessica at marketing@ bdgym.com or 925-516-6619.

Thursday, Dec. 13 Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group

The Brentwood Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet at 7 p.m., at the Neighborhood Church, 50 Birch St. Come join this discussion to share concerns, tips and successes about caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s. For more information, contact Linda Hughes at 925-202-0345.

Open Mic

The Brentwood Writes presents Open Mic, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the new gazebo located in front of the Brentwood City Hall, 150 City Park Way. Bring any piece of literature to share as long as it is neither insulting nor abusive. For more information, contact Kati Short at katishort@yahoo.com or call 925-634-6655.

Sunday, Dec. 16 Marsh Creek Democratic Club

The Marsh Creek Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting, on the third Sunday of every month, at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, 380 W. Country Club Drive, Brentwood, at 2 p.m. Learn how to get involved in the politics of Brentwood and neighboring cities. For more information, visit www.marshcreekdems.org.

Monday, Dec. 17 Kaleidoscope Connection Circle

The Kaleidoscope Connection Circle meets the third Monday of every month at Kaleidoscope Cancer Connection Center, 14671 Byron Highway, in Byron, from 10 a.m. to noon. Acquaint yourself with Kaleidoscope’s programs and meet its leaders and volunteers. For more information, email info@ kaleidoscopehope.org or call 925-550-8021.

The Brentwood Concert Band

The Brentwood Concert Band holds rehearsals every Monday, from 7 to 9 p.m., at 400 Guthrie Lane, Brentwood. New members of all ages who play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments are welcome. For more information, contact info@ brentwoodconcertband.com.

Sunday, Dec. 30 The African Children’s Choir

The African Children’s Choir will be at the Antioch Church Family, 55E. 18th St., in

Antioch, at 7 p.m. Come listen to beautiful voices and lively African songs and watch the dances. There is no entrance fee, but donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, visit www.africanchildrenschoir. com.

Sign-ups

Girl Scouts of NorCal

The Girl Scouts of NorCal are looking for girls and adults to join a leadership team. For more information, contact infogirlscouts@yahoo. com with the girl’s name, grade and school. Parents please indicate if you also have adult leadership interest.

Art Classes at Delta Gallery

The Delta Gallery offers a wide variety of creative art classes for all ages, including oil and acrylic painting, drawing and jewelry design. The classes will be at the Delta Gallery. For more information, visit www.deltagallery. com.

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts

Join the Cub Scouts, for kindergarten to fifthgrade boys, or Boy Scouts, for boys ages 11 to 18. For more information and to find a Pack or Troop visit www.BeAScout.org. You can also email membership@pack1155.org with questions.

Ongoing Events

The Oakley 4-H Club Meeting

The Oakley 4-H Club will be meeting the second Thursday of every month at the Daub 4 Kids Bingo Hall, starting at 7 p.m. For more information, contact oakley@contracosta4h.org.

Ancient Languages, History and Culture of the Bible Class

To learn about the ancient languages, history and culture of the Bible, come to the class held at the Raley’s community room, 2400 Sand Creek Road, starting at 7 p.m., every Wednesday. For more information, contact Janelle Larsen at 209-642-0278.

GSMOL Biweekly Class

Golden State Manufactured Home Owners League Chapter 196 hosts an education class the second and fourth Thursday of each month in Oakley, from 5 to 6 p.m. Facilitator Glorie Illian discusses important topics related to mobile-home living, such as emergency preparedness for pets and humans, mobilehome maintenance and more. Attendees should come prepared to take notes. For more information or to RSVP, call 925-625-6251.

Mobile Homeowners Advocacy Group

Golden State Manufactured Homeowners League Chapter 196 is hosting a monthly meeting in Oakley, on the first Saturday of each month – not including December – from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The league teaches mobile homeowners their legal rights and how to defend themselves when rights are violated. Mobile homeowners living in Oakley, Bethel Island, Knightsen, Byron, Brentwood, Antioch or Pittsburg are welcome to the invitation-only meeting. For more information, visit www. GSMOL.org. To RSVP, call 925-625-6251.

Soroptimist International of Antioch Meeting

The Soroptomist International of Antioch will be meeting on the first Wednesday of the month, at 6 p.m., and the second, third and fourth Wednesday at noon, at the Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. For more information, contact Mary Ann Redden at 925-757-5605 or visit www. si-antioch.org.

Friday, Dec. 7 Brentwood Holiday Parade

After a cancellation due to smoke from the Butte County fire, the Holiday Parade has been rescheduled for an evening of seasonal magic. The parade will take place downtown, featuring businesses, performers, nonprofit groups and more, beginning at 6 p.m., on First Street. For more information, contact the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce at 925-634-3344.

Posh’s Sip & Shop Party

Posh Salon will host its annual Sip & Shop Party, from 5 to 8 p.m. Sip your favorite wines while completing some holiday shopping. For more information, call 925-516-9996.

Tess’ Sip, Shop & Stroll

Tess’ Community Kitchen will offer visitors the chance to sip wine, taste chili, stroll vendors and shop for the holidays, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., at 8091 Balfour Road, in Brentwood. The event is free to attend, however, tickets for wine, chili and s’mores range from $5 to $15. For more information, call 800-800-5373.

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hands-on kids’ holiday pizza baking class, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at 8091 Balfour Road, Brentwood. The cost is $35 to $42. For more information, contact Barbara Frantz at barbara@communityfarmkitchen. com 800-800-5373 or visit https:// communityfarmkitchen.com/event/ kids-holiday-pizza-baking-class.

Friday, Dec. 14 “The Nutcracker”

Dancers from The Ballet Company of East County will perform this classic holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker,” in various shows from Dec. 14 to 16 at the historic El Campanil Theatre in downtown Antioch. For ticket prices and information, visit https://bit.ly/2Di3QQc.

“Bah Humbug!” the Musical

Share in the magic of this musical adaptation of everyone’s favorite Christmas classic. Put on by Black Diamond Theatre Company, the show will run from 7 to 8:15 p.m., in the Edna Hill Middle School theater. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 925-216-0851.

Saturday, Dec. 15 Wreaths Across America

Santa Brunch

In its fourth year, Wreaths Across America will honor veterans with a wreath-laying ceremony at Union Cemetery, 11545 Brentwood Boulevard, Brentwood, beginning at 9 a.m., rain or shine. The public is invited to pay respects to veterans of all wars who are buried in this cemetery by laying a holiday wreath on each grave. For more information, contact Sarah McLean at smclean21@gmail.com.

Cookie Decorating Class

The Willow Lake annual Lighted Boat Parade begins at 5:30 p.m., at Willow Lake in Discovery Bay. Boats of all sizes with any amount of decorations are welcome. For more information, contact Shanon Marlin at deltadogs@comcast.net or 925-383-8728.

Discovery Bay Lighted Boat Parade

Discovery Bay’s annual Lighted Boat Parade, sponsored by the Discovery Bay Yacht Club, will take place from 5:30 to 11 p.m. It will end at the Discovery Bay Yacht Club where awards for the best decorated boats will be given. For more information, contact Nancy at cmmsys@aol.com. Zephyr Grill & Bar will host Santa Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the restaurant’s location, 613 First St. During this holiday season, Zephyr will donate $1 to help Butte County Camp Fire victims. For more information, call 925-418-4708. Come learn tricks of the trade at Zephyr Grill & Bar’s cookie decorating class. The class begins at 9 a.m. at Zephyr, 613 First St. For more information, call 925-418-4708.

Monday, Dec. 10 Toys for Tots Concert

Support families in need this season by attending the Brentwood Concert Band Toys for Tots Concert at 7 p.m. The band will perform in the Brentwood Veterans Memorial building, 757 First St. Admission is an unwrapped toy for a child. Delta Diablo Marine Corps League Det. 1155 will distribute them to local children. For more information, email brentwoodconcertband@gmail.com.

Free Ice Skating

Brentwood On Ice, 725 Second St., will now offer free ice skating every Monday night, from 4 to 6 p.m., from now until Jan. 6. Skates are available to rent, and a snack bar is on-site, offering treats and hot cocoa. For more information, contact Tom Gregory at gparty@pacbell.net.

Tuesday, Dec. 11 Holiday Pack for the Troops

Annual event to provide care packages for troops overseas for the holidays. Volunteer packing event is at 6 p.m. at Veterans Hall, 7881 Brentwood Blvd. For more information or to donate or volunteer, call 925-634-3952 or email, naparick@sbcglobal.net.

Wednesday, Dec. 12 Kids Holiday Pizza Baking Class

Tess’ Community Farm Kitchen will host a

Willow Lake Lighted Boat Parade

Cookies & Cocoa with Mrs. Claus

Bring the kids for cookies and hot cocoa with Mrs. Claus at Tess’ Community Farm Kitchen, 8091 Balfour Road, in Brentwood, from 2 to 4 p.m. Mrs. Claus will read a special story to guests, and parents can shop for stocking stuffers while the little ones enjoy the fun. For more information, call 800-800-5373.

Tuesday, Dec. 25 Brentwood Rocks on Christmas Night

Harvest Park Bowl will host a family bowling event from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, visit www. harvestparkbowl.com.

Monday, Dec. 31 Brentwood Red Carpet New Year’s Party

Ring in 2019 in style at Brentwood’s New Year’s party in the community center, 35 Oak St. Hosted by Dan Ashley (News 7 Anchor) and produced by 925 Entertainment, The Brentwood Press and Got A Party, this evening will feature party favors, food, alcohol, live music, a guest performer and more. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2JZ7kZx.

New Year’s in Paris

Come and join the party to ring in 2019 with lunch at the Brentwood Community Center. Doors open at noon with lunch ready at 12:30 p.m. in a French-themed buffet. There will be live music, favors, champagne toast and more. For more information, call 925-516-5444.


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