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Senior services front and Center by Rick Lemyre Staff Writer Bingo scoreboard, check. Extra wheelchair access, check. Comfortable chairs, nutritional programs and Frank Sinatra background music, check, check and check. But in addition to the amenities one might expect to find in a senior center, the brandnew edifice that officially opened last Friday in Brentwood includes some 21st-century extras that make it cutting edge – not just for seniors, but the entire community. There’s a 52-inch plasma TV, Wii video system, Internet connectivity and a sound system that accepts iPod hookups. There’s also an all-stainless-steel commercial kitchen with subzero freezer and eight-burner stove, an expandable hardwood dance floor and cable TV. “It’s endless what we can do,” said Poldina Scherf of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, who spearheaded the 19-contractor, 12-month effort to build the new center. “It’s all ready to go.” The 8,400-square-foot center, completed under its $5.5 million budget, also includes a billiard/games room and classrooms in addition to the main hall. The center is located at Balfour Road and Griffith Lane, next to Veterans Park and the Brentwood Family Aquatic Center, about half as far from the Summerset retirement communities as was the downtown

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Revelers in D.C. are sure to feel a vibe radiating from East County on Inauguration Day.

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Prepping for K-runch time Photo by Richard Wisdom

Brentwood Senior Citizen Club President Bente Peterson, left, gets a hand from Mayor Bob Taylor at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the city’s new 8,400-squarefoot Senior Center on Griffith Lane. Community Center that had previously been home to the city’s senior programming. “This was the ideal spot for this senior center,” Brentwood Senior Citizen Club President Bente Peterson said during the ribboncutting ceremonies. “It is without a doubt the

most beautiful building in Brentwood.” During the tour that followed the ribbon cutting, Gene Brown, a member of the Senior Citizens Club, first said that his favorite part of see Center page 21A

An upcoming Kindergarten Readiness Fair will help parents get their kids ready for that momentous first day of class.

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City balances budget, trims programs by Rick Lemyre Staff Writer The Brentwood City Council slashed $2.6 million from this year’s city budget Tuesday, in part by ceasing funding for a number of Park and Rec activities and an after-school program run by the Police Activities League. Most of the savings were made possible by a freeze on all hiring except police officers, tighter restrictions on travel and purchases of supplies, and changes in the amount set aside for equipment and maintenance. Director of Finance and Information Systems Pam Ehler assured the council that the savings in the latter category reflected a change from an “aggressive” level of set-asides to one more reflective of actual costs, and that maintenance and other internal service funds remain 100-percent funded. A host of Park and Rec programs ranging from adult

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Matthew Erwin, 13, left, and Francisco Aciniega, 12, enjoy a game of cards at PAL’s After the Bell program at Edna Hill Middle School on Monday. While PAL will continue to offer youth services, the after-school program will end Feb. 1 due to lack of funding. basketball and pre-school floor hockey to the Spring to Life Fun Run and Skate Park hours during winter months will no longer be offered unless sponsors from other agencies or the private sec-

tor can be found. Although the programs paid their own direct expenses through participant fees, they did not cover the staffing costs, and will be trimmed as the result of a trio of unfilled staff

positions. Park and Rec Director Craig Bronzan said the affected programs drew a total participation last year of between 15,000 and 20,000, or less than 2 percent of the 900,000 registrants served by the department in 2008. One of the unfilled Park and Rec positions also coordinated PAL’s After the Bell after-school program, which will no longer receive city funding and will be discontinued effective Feb. 1. The program, run on all three Brentwood middle school campuses from 3 to 5 p.m., served an estimated 90 children per day (150 participants in all) at a cost of about $216,000 per year. “The decision is unfortunate, but when there’s no money, there’s no money,” said PAL President Jeff Altman. He emphasized that PAL itself is not going away; it will merely change its focus to a growing list of activities it can pay for through its see Budget page 21A

Liberty and Heritage took the court and their fans took the opportunity to rev up the rivalry rhetoric.

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Brentwood to crash Inaugural bash by Samie Hartley

From left, Merthia Thompson, Yvonne Gamble, Desty Shoemaker and Gloria Hartsough are hoping residents will come to their Inaugural Celebration on Jan. 20 to welcome elected officials, locally and nationally, into office.

Staff Writer Brentwood residents Yvonne Gamble and Merthia Thompson planned to be in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20 for the presidential inauguration, but in keeping with the theme of Barack Obama’s campaign, a plan for change was presented. “We had it all planned,” Thompson said. “We had the hotel and everything, but then we realized that it would be better to bring this historic event to the entire Contra Costa community instead of just the two of us flying out there.” Thompson and Gamble, founders of Women Leading Change Now, an educational non-partisan organization that helps women improve their leaderships and communication skills in order to advance in business and political arenas, decided to create an event to not only celebrate the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, but to honor the newly elected officials in East Contra Costa County. Mayors and city council members from Brentwood, Oakley, Antioch, Discovery Bay and Pittsburg will be recognized during an award ceremony at the end of an inauguration party. Gamble said the event is a time to embrace a turning point in the nation’s history, but it is also a time to thank our local leaders for volunteering to serve the public in these difficult times. “Anyone can be honored after the game

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event is meant to celebrate the incoming president as well as thank our local officials and offer them our support. Our community needs to come together.” Gamble agreed. She said that although the votes have been cast and the elected officials are taking office, the work of the public is still not done. It is important for people to stay involved in the process and make their voices heard. She hopes this event will promote open communication between the public and elected officials. The event will take place at Cortona Park in Brentwood, and the celebration will be telecast live to the gala in Washington, D.C. where footage of parties from around the country will be featured throughout the night.

“This is going to be an exciting event,” said Desty Shoemaker, secretary of the Brentwood Diversity Committee. “This is something big for our community as well as the country.” The event will feature a business vendor’s area where the Brentwood Diversity Committee will operate a booth. Gloria Hartsough, Brentwood Diversity Committee member and operations director of Women Leading Change Now, said the event will provide an opportunity for people to socialize and have fun but also network with local businesses and officials.“This is a unique event, and we want the community to participate. You know everyone is going to be around their TVs watching the coverage, so why not come out and celebrate as a group? It doesn’t matter who you voted for. It is time to come together and embrace this new change.” The Brentwood Presidential Inaugural Celebration will be held at 150 Cortona Way in Brentwood on Tuesday, Jan. 20 from 3 to 7 p.m. The award ceremony to honor local officials will begin at 6:30. Food and wine will be provided. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance at www.theprosperouswoman.com. Proceeds will be donated to Women Leading Change Now. Vendor registration has been extended through Jan 19. To register, call Thompson at 925-435-2783 For more information about the celebration, call Gamble at 925-752-6241.


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Commission gives youth a voice by Samie Hartley

Youth Commissioners (in referee shirts) Matthew Strauss, left, and Austin Boer assist with the City’s Play Day last July as part of the city’s celebration of being named a Playful City USA.

Staff Writer It’s a Wednesday night at City Hall chambers. As the roll call is read, one member chews gum while another twirls hair absentmindedly around her finger. Another member is taking notes with a pen with a flower on the top. It’s the behavior you’d expect from teenagers, which is acceptable since this is a meeting of the Brentwood Youth Commission, an advisory body to the City Council to keep city government up to date with what is on the minds of Brentwood youth. The commission, comprised of Brentwood residents ages 11 to 20, has been a part of the city since 1999. The group consists of 10 youth, three adult advisors and one staff liaison, Recreation Supervisor Barbie Gary. “The Youth Commission is a group of energetic and ambitious people who want to improve the city they live in,” Gary said. “They represent and give a voice to the youth of Brentwood.” Meetings are run with the formality of a city council meeting. An agenda must be posted at least 72 hours in advance, which includes a consent calendar and items up for discussion. All items must be approved with a motion, a second, and a commission vote. Chairman Matthew Strauss is serving his second term on the commission. The Heritage High School sophomore said the commission plays a key role in representing Brentwood’s younger residents.

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“It is so important in this age of politics and government that the voice of the youth is heard in our city and our world,” Strauss said. “I believe our commission does a great job in promoting this youth voice in city government and a great job with the youthoriented events the commission plans and organizes.” Elysia Cook, commission treasurer and a junior at Heritage High School, said the commission is a unique component of city government. “As commissioners, we offer a perspective that no adult on the City Council has. We’re kids, so we know what kids around Brentwood want and need. Our job is to come up with ideas and events that best represent what kids around here would be interested in.”

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To help the City Council know what’s on the minds of Brentwood’s youth, the commission is currently preparing a youth survey to distribute to middle and high school students to get an idea of what activities and services Brentwood youth would like to see. Commissioners hope to distribute and collect surveys in early February, and Gary said she hopes results will be tabulated by the commission by the end of the school year, at which time the commissioners will present the findings to the City Council. In addition to their advisory function, commission members serve as volunteers in the community and participate in local events to promote the commission’s work – events such as Marsh Creek Clean-up, Hometown Halloween, Breakfast with Santa, Liberty

High School Homecoming Parade, the Holiday tree-lighting ceremony, and Tour de Starbucks. The commission receives funding from the Parks and Recreation Department, but commission members organize their own fundraising events in order to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Gary said this year the commission raised enough money to provide four $750 scholarships to Brentwood residents. Applications are currently available at the Parks and Recreation office as well as Liberty and Heritage high schools. In March, Gary said applications will be posted to fill four seats available for the 20092010 commission. Terms last for two years, and seats are available only to Brentwood residents. Strauss said he enjoys serving on the commission because of the difference it makes in the community to “make Brentwood a better place for youth.” Cook agreed: “All of the projects we do don’t necessarily have a humongous impact in the community, but they’re things we do to help out the community, raise money for our program, or provide Brentwood residents, young and old, with fun events to attend.” The Brentwood Youth Commission meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Brentwood City Hall Chambers, 734 Third St. For more information, visit www.ci.brentwood.ca.us/boards/youth_ commission/youth_comm.cfm.


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Assemblyman says California’s economy on perilous flight plan by Dave Roberts

California Assemblyman Jim Silva discusses the state budget crisis at a recent meeting of East Contra Costa Republican Women Federated at Prevot’s restaurant in Brentwood.

Staff Writer California Assemblyman Jim Silva – the guest speaker that the East Contra Costa Republican Women Federated had to import from Orange County last week to discuss the state budget crisis because there are no longer any Bay Area Republican representatives in Sacramento – used an aeronautical analogy to describe the state of the state. “Right now, the state of California is flying upside down,” said Silva in his half-hour discussion at Prevot’s restaurant in Brentwood. “The plane is loaded and going into a mountain and we can’t agree on which way to turn.” According to Silva, the state’s budget crisis – underscored by a $42 billion deficit projected through June of 2010 – is the handiwork of former governor Gray Davis, a Democrat, who signed onto a plethora of social programs passed by a Democratic-controlled state legislature in the late 1990s when money was plentiful due to the high-tech boom. When the dot-com industry imploded early in this decade, the state found itself without enough money to pay for all of the programs that had been passed. The recent economic meltdown has significantly exacerbated the problem. “That’s why my (Republican) colleagues

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are saying, ‘We are not going for a tax increase; we have to see some cuts in the budget,’” said Silva. “That’s tough, because once a program is in place, people don’t want to give it up.” There’s a lot of waste in state government, he said, citing an example of needing to add a shelf in his office. He went through government channels and was told, after waiting four weeks, that it would cost $420. Instead, he went to Home Depot and put up the shelf himself at a cost of $17. Silva faulted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for not following through on his promise when he was elected to “blow up the boxes” of state government. “We haven’t made any cuts,” said Silva. “We haven’t cut the waste out of our budget. I had a meeting with Gov. Schwarzenegger and

brought up the shelf. I said, ‘I met you three years ago and you told me that your numberone priority is to cut the waste in the budget.’ I said, ‘I have been here two years and haven’t seen any cuts at all.’ He wouldn’t make eye contact with me. “I cannot support raising taxes when we have waste in our budget. I would like to see the state legislature set up priorities in the budget the same way you set up your priorities in your budget at home.” Silva said the top priorities for funding should be public safety, education, health and transportation. The lowest priorities should be items like the $90 million spent every year “on a train to nowhere,” the $12 million the see Economy page 7A

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Former Oakley resident Ashley Gesell, left, pictured with her sister Courtney, was recently featured on Playboy Magazine’s All Natural’s Web site.

Ashley Gesell is a busy young woman. Just a year away from earning a degree in marketing from San Francisco State University, the former Freedom High cheerleader works full-time for a hedge fund group, has her eye on an MBA, and was recently featured in the cyber pages of Playboy Magazine. Yep, Playboy. And while the smart, sassy and independently-minded 23-year-old has more to add to her resumé than her measurements, she’ll be the first to tell you she’s proud of her accomplishments – all of them. “I have always wanted to be in Playboy,” said Gesell, who appears on Playboy’s All Naturals Web site. “I mean, I don’t think there is a girl out there that, if she could make it, would say no. I think you should embrace what you have. I’m proud of myself and so is my family.” Mom Rhonda says she is indeed proud of her bright and beautiful daughter, despite the occasional maternal twinge. “We’ve always supported all of Ashley’s ambitions, and this is just one of them,” said Rhonda. “But sure, I’m a little torn. I’m proud of what she’s done, but I’m not sure I want strange men looking at her; that’s just the mom in me.” Gesell’s Playboy adventure began a year ago after she sent in some photos to the magazine and was called back for an interview. The process included a photo shoot that was later posted on the magazine’s Web site. The experience said Gesell, was a bit surreal but certainly not intimidating: “I was just so excited to have made the cuts, I couldn’t believe I was

finally there. They (the crew) were just the sweetest people ever. They spend a lot of time adjusting the lights and making sure your hair and makeup are perfect. I wasn’t embarrassed at all; I was very comfortable.” But how comfortable are her colleagues? Working in a corporate environment where the dress code is decidedly more subdued, how does Gesell feel her peers might view her photos? “Not a problem,” she said. “Maybe back in the day it might have been a bit of a stigma, but I work with almost all men and they have no problem with it. Times are different; look, we have a black president. I don’t think it’s anything to be ashamed of and I definitely don’t see it as a liability. Shyness and confidence are not a problem for me.” And it is that sense of self that has helped the currently single Gesell accomplish much in her young life. A savvy world traveler, she has embarked on a career that is already reaping financial benefits. So much so, says Gesell, that if all goes according to plan, she hopes to retire while in her 40s and spend her time soaking up the sun in Arizona. For now, however, her plans are more immediate – finish up her degree and focus on her career. As for future Playboy work, Gesell says she’s considering auditioning as a Playmate of the Year. “That is something I would love to do down the road; something I would love to continue,” she said. “But for now, I’m just proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish. For all the things I’ve done, I’ve kept my head, I’ve set my dreams and I got here. I have a great career, I have my own place and I’m having fun. My plate is very full and I’m very grateful.”

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LUHSD to consider transfer requests In order to balance enrollment among the comprehensive school sites in the Liberty Union High School District, attendance areas for Liberty, Freedom and Heritage high schools were established. Students who live within the LUHSD boundary but would prefer to attend a school not designated for their residential area must submit an intra-district transfer request during the month of February. The requests will apply to the 2009-2010 school year. Decisions regarding these requests will

Economy from page 5A state gives to small counties to neuter dogs and money spent to train union representatives. He criticized the recent move by Democratic legislators to attempt to skirt the requirement to get two-thirds approval for tax increases by instead calling them fees. “Your billfold doesn’t know the difference between a tax and a fee,” he said. Silva said many of the Democrats’ proposed tax hikes may be counterproductive. Raising the sales tax would further hurt the already ailing retail industry. Raising the income tax would result in more of the rich buying apartments in Florida (which does not have an income tax) and declaring them

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their primary residences. Raising business taxes would result in more businesses fleeing to other states, taking their jobs with them. Silva could not predict how it will all play out as budget negotiations continue in a highly partisan legislature. “Democrats want more taxes and Republicans want more cuts,” he said. “In my desk on the floor (of the Assembly) I have a toothbrush and toothpaste, because they could lock us down. We are on call. They can lock the door and we have to stay there. Maybe that’s what it will take. I don’t know.” At the end of his talk, Silva was presented with a bag of goodies that included a bottle of alcohol. “I might need that,” he said with a smile.

I get calls all the time where someone says, “Hey, I want to go look at this house that’s for sale, it looks really cheap!” When I look it up, I’ll call them back and say, “Oh, that’s a short sale, that’s why it’s priced so low.” Their normal response is to say, “So? It’s cheap. I want to see it.” Let me explain why some short sales are priced at what look to be incredibly low prices. A short sale is where the Seller owes more on the property than what it is worth. In this instance, for a sale to happen, the lender(s) has to agree to take less than a full payoff in order to let the sale move forward. When a short sale closes, one of the lender’s requirements is that the Seller can receive absolutely NO proceeds from the sale. So for many Sellers, they really don’t care what the home sells for, they just want to get it sold. [They would care if they are going to have a 1099 tax issue, or if the lender is going to pursue them for a deficiency.] On top of that, many agents and/or buyers don’t want to even look at short sale

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Getting kids ready for kindergarten by Rick Lemyre Staff Writer A successful start to a child’s academic career means more than just getting them to school on time the first day of kindergarten, and the Brentwood Union School District wants to make sure parents know it. That’s why the district, in conjunction with seven other agencies, is holding the first Brentwood Community Kindergarten Readiness Fair on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. The fair, which is free, will give parents with children 5 and under an opportunity to speak to school principals and kindergarten teachers, apply for a free library card, get a free parenting kit, find out about youth sports and art programs, learn about free tutoring programs, participate in the Ballet Folklorico dancing school, as well as many other fun and valuable activities. “The district recognizes the immense importance of early childhood development and wants to partner with each and every parent and future student from the earliest possible age,” said Dana Eaton, director of student services for the BUSD. “We realize the family is every child’s first teacher and want to provide parents with

free tools, information and support as well as connect them to wonderful agencies that provide ongoing support to families.” The event will include five 20-minute presentations on various aspects of early childhood development. One will be a user-friendly overview on brain development by the Child Care Council of Contra Costa County. “We just want make sure that parents are aware of how important development of the brain is,” said Candy Duperrori, resource referral supervisor for the Child Care Council. She said that 80 percent of a person’s brain has developed by age 3, and that stimulation provided by parents, child care providers and teachers through play, music, arts and crafts, and reading is critical. “Preschool does matter,” said Duperrori. “Children who have attended preschool are able to catch on to reading faster, they can sit in class and socialize better, and do what they need to do in the classroom to thrive.” Other presentations will be on kindergarten curriculum expectations (presented by the BUSD); early literacy (Brentwood see Kindergarten page 21A


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Bridging the gaps Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke the following words in 1964 during his acceptance of the Nobel Prize for Peace: “I accept this award,” he said “with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind.” Forty-five years later, as we celebrate BRENTWOOD Dr. King’s legacy on IVERSITY the holiday honoring COMMITTEE him, the United States prepares to swear in our first president of African-American descent, Barack Obama. This historic moment speaks volumes about the progress our nation DESTY has made in realizing SHOEMAKER Rev. King’s faith in the American people. No matter what political party we belong to, we can all be proud of this collective triumph. Perhaps one of the most positive aspects of this triumph is that the victory is viewed not only in terms of Mr. Obama being the first black U.S. president. Throughout his political career, President-elect Obama has not characterized himself by race, but rather by his ideas of how citizens as a whole need to overcome the nation’s problems. He understands both typically “black” and “white” perspectives, and is therefore able to bring them together to see a larger picture. This is evidenced in his extraordinarily frank “A

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ongratulations to the following Diablo Vista Elementary School Students of the Month, who were awarded certiďŹ cates for displaying the character trait of Fairness for the month of December: in no particular order are Nicole Arroyo, Paiman Arwand, Anthony Bergantino, Anthony Bonilla, Henry Damani Bow, Jacob Dacus, Caden Easter, Chase Easter, Brandon Gee, Melissa Gee, Kyla Geraldo, Christopher Gomez, Leonela Gomez, Taylor Holt, Phillip Huff, Mason Padilla, George Mills, Jorden Montgomery, Jeremy Rolandelli, Francesca Rodriquez, Danny Romero, Amanda Rovner, Anahi Samaniego Aldaba, Jacob Scates, Fernanda Solano, Kiana Steward, Idanea Jacqueline Talbott, Jennifer Vargas, Daniel Valdepena, Mary Gaele Vocal, Justin Williams, Zachary Zulawski and Joshua Zulawski.

ongratulations to the Mission Elementary School Students of the Month of November, 2008, who were recognized for displaying the character trait of Citizenship. In the front row, from left, are Joann Gaytan, Mayra Arellano, Nandi Loving, Jennifer Fung, Maranda Hanshew, Jessica Hernandez, Marco Lozano and Daniel Sedano; middle row: Jasmine Gomez, Alexis Xaysana, Emma Ramos Garcia, Abby Garcia, Derrick Johnson, Jordi Contreras Camarena, Yaneli Aguilar, Nesrine Nekkab, Kayla Houston and Fernando Alarcon; back row: Shea Calvert, Ricardo Padillo, Deiloni Coleman, Frances Mariano, Samantha Grijalva, Jackelyn Rodriguez, Destiney Johnson and Jocelyn Silva. Not pictured is Iziah Williams.

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Oakley resident Dennis Lee Mata’s first novel, “Asoiavan: Enter the Six,” is now available online, and will be available in bookstores later this year.

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Dennis Lee Mata wasn’t expecting a package that day, but the contents delivered by UPS one December afternoon gave him the thrill of a lifetime. In the parcel were two copies of “Asoiavan: Enter the Six,” Mata’s first novel. “It’s very surreal,” Mata said as he held a copy of his novel. “This is what I want, to see my name on the cover, to see my work on bookshelves.” After running out of entertaining things to read, Mata decided it was time to write his own novel. He had been writing short stories since he was in elementary school and attempted to write a novel during his sophomore year of high school before he took an interest in screenplays. After years of kicking ideas around in his head, he began to compile his notes. The end result is part one in a series of six about the first female Paladin named Ijol Halen, who is destined to follow in her father’s footsteps as the King of Uvidalov’s Crown Champion. However, a crew of six evil wizards plots to keep the young warrior from her birthright. Mata, 30, said the book has a flare of “The Lord of the Rings” as it follows the protagonist and her friends as they elude evil while protecting a sacred artifact from the wizards. “It’s a fun adventure with lots of action,” Mata said. “I want to take the fantasy genre to a new level. You don’t often see the girl as the hero. It’s always the dude with the family sword off to fight the battle, so it was important for me to incorporate a strong female lead. It’s rare to find the girl power in fantasy.” Mata makes sure to note that there are also a lot of fighting and battle sequences throughout the book as well. He said while there is violent content in his works, there

isn’t anything too grotesque, so the novel is appropriate for readers at the junior high level and beyond. Mata is already at work on the second part of the story, and hopes to have the entire series published within five years. Mata admits that his first book deal came with a lot of luck. He Googled “publishers” and sent an electronic query letter to Publish America. Within a week, he had a response of interest and a few months later, he received his contract. “I was expecting ‘no,’ but I was surprised by how quickly the process moves. I started typing everything out to prepare sample chapters, but something went wrong with the computer, a bug or something, and I lost it all. Luckily, I hand write everything, so I wasn’t completely lost. My mom and my girlfriend helped type it in to meet the deadline.” He said he has no plans for fame, but wouldn’t hate it if it happened. “I’m not doing this to be famous. If it happens, it happens, but I don’t want to be in magazines or on TV. I just want to be able to write full time, and entertain readers. I want to share the stories going through my head with as many people as possible.” Mata, who currently works part-time at Aaron Brothers, said friends and family have been supportive of his aspirations. “My mom bought 10 copies to hand out to family, and many of my friends have said they will buy a copy. I know some of them won’t read it, but they’ll at least buy it to support what I’m doing.” Mata’s current project is promoting his novel. It is not available in major bookstores yet, but it is available online. “I still need to talk with bookstore managers in the area about setting up book signings. Right now, I’m letting it sink in.” “Asoiavan: Enter the Six” is currently available at the Los Medanos College bookstore in Pittsburg. It is also available online at www.amazon.com. For more information, visit www.publishamerica.com.

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Chiropractor Blamed For Huge Explosion! Brentwood – Local chiropractor, Dr. James Martin D.C. was found to be responsible for a huge explosion in Brentwood. He was going on about his business helping Brentwood men and women eliminate a serious life altering medical condition in his clinic when he unknowingly got himself into a precarious situation. A very slick medical equipment salesman from Florida talked Dr. Martin into buying a very large expensive shiny new machine with lots of digital displays that was supposed to be the next big thing for eliminating a serious medical condition that affects over 80% of the population during their lifetime. This health condition that affects a large portion of the population does not really have a successful treatment. Lots of different treatments are tried only to fail, leaving its victims helpless and hopeless, only to suffer this affliction for the rest of their lives. Local Doctor Duped By Slick Salesman? Dr. Martin thought he had been duped by this fast talking salesman from Florida, when this new medical treatment for a seemingly incurable disease was supposed to be a new miracle treatment showed up in a huge moving truck. The doctor reluctantly looked on as some technician from this Florida based medical equipment manufacturer assembled a mammoth, shiny, metallic spectacle covered in beeping flashing numbers. After a few hours of clanking, ratcheting and drilling Dr. Martin was asked to verify and sign for this huge mechanical beast. Skeptically the doctor signed and the technician left the doctor with an appointment for a Training Doctor who was going to train him and his staff to operate this big machine. Just What Had The Doctor Done?! Dr. Martin could have bought a Ferrari, but instead ended up with this machine! Well, the “Training Doctor” came, did her training and left. Dr. Martin then began treating this seemingly incurable condition with this alleged miracle breakthrough treatment. Dr. Martin then performed these treatments over the course of four weeks and he was absolutely floored by the results of this new medical breakthrough! Dr. Martin Had Found The Biggest Breakthrough In The Treatment Of Back Pain And Leg Pain As Well As Neck Pain And Arm Pain Caused By Herniated, Bulging, And Degenerated Discs! He just could not believe that he was watching hopeless cases of back pain and leg pain that would not get better after chiropractic treatments, physical therapy, pain drugs, epidural pain shots in the spine, and even back surgery GET BETTER! How could this be? And this is why Dr. James Martin has been blamed for the huge explosion in Brentwood. His office has literally exploded with so many people that are suffering with back pain and leg pain he had to hire extra staff and add office hours to keep up with demand for this new treatment! Dr. Martin’s office receives inquiries about his new non surgical treatment for herniated, bulging and degenerated discs

from all over the nation, sometimes over 400 inquiries per month. As a result, he has three non surgical disc machines. Two for low back and leg pain and one to treat neck, arm and hand pain from disc problems in the neck.

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How Do Discs Go Bad? Over time the discs in your back tend to get squashed or compressed, especially if you’ve played certain sports when younger or have a job that requires lots of sitting or standing in one place for long periods of time. Car accidents, lifting things, very physical jobs just to name a few. It’s kinda like a cookie with cream filling, and the cream filling will start to ooze out from between the sides of the cookie if pressure is applied on top of the cookie (like gravity on our spines). Eventually this happens to a lot of us. Statistics are something like over 80% of Americans will suffer with back pain sometime in their life. Back to my new computerized squashed disc machine. You’re probably wondering how this new machine works. How Does This Machine Work? Haven’t you ever had the thought… ”Gosh, if somebody could just pull me apart. I would feel a whole lot better”. Yeah, I know you have. And it kinda makes a bit of sense. Well someone else, actually a medical manufacturer, back pain specialists, neurosurgeons and engineers have come up with just that. A machine that gently pulls you apart, stretches the disc to a certain point that causes a drop in pressure inside the disc (like a little vacuum in the middle the cream filling) causing the cream filling to suck back in! Warning: Decompression is NOT like old fashioned traction or hanging upside down which can send you into severe spasms and squeeze the discs even harder! In my clinic, I’ve successfully treated dozens of patients with spinal decompression so there’s no reason your back problem should be any different. In fact, I’m so confident we can help you, I’m willing to back it up…but not with empty promises. I GUARANTEE you will only be accepted into our program IF YOU QUALIFY for the treatment AFTER having THE MOST THOROUGH AND COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT YOU HAVE EVER HAD or I will buy you lunch! (I haven’t bought one yet!) Yes! I am very confident, but I can’t help EVERBODY. You see, there’s a very small percentage of folks we can’t help. Here’s what a couple applicants said after I told them both I couldn’t help them: “I was treated very nicely. The doctors have listened to me and they didn’t rush me out of the office, despite the fact I wasn’t a candidate. The exam I had was super, the best I’ve had anywhere. The doctor explained things to me that no one else ever has.” Non-Candidate, Brentwood, Ca

“I thought I’d write a note to you and all of those potential patients who have serious doubts (as I had) about your decompression treatments. Actually, I thought your procedure was more of a psychological placebo designed for everyone, instead of a non-surgical process that could repair injured vertebral discs. Imagine my surprise when you advised me that my condition was too severe

for your procedure to correct. To me, that refusal added world’s of credibility to your program. It showed me that you are only there to help patients; not just to take their money. I assure you that I will recommend you to anyone I know or meet that suffers from spine and/or disc pain. I can do this knowing full well that they will be treated right.” Non-Candidate, Antioch, Ca

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“Yosemite Meadow” by Brentwood artist Milt Bullard is part of the current exhibit at Antioch’s Lynn House Gallery.

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Exhibit draws on local artists’ talent Drawing is arguably the most important skill or tool of a visual artist. For some artists, drawing is primarily a means to an end, and they rarely if ever exhibit their drawings. The Lynn House Gallery is hosting an Emphasis on Drawing Exhibit featuring local artists Milt Bullard, Mark Eanes, Mary Lieser and Anthony Riggs. The exhibit runs through Jan. 31. For the four artists in this exhibit, drawing is often an end in itself, a finished artistic statement. Though these artists work in other areas, such as painting and print making, drawings make up a considerable

portion of their exhibited works. Bullard’s paintings and watercolors have been shown in juried exhibitions at the state capitol and in San Francisco. His work has also been displayed in several galleries within Contra Costa County, as well as included in Yosemite National Park’s annual Renaissance. In the park, he teaches pen and ink drawing for Art Center visitors. Milt’s e-mail address is miltbullardart@aol. com. Benicia artist Eanes is a painter and see Exhibit page 15A


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The Emphasis on Drawing exhibit now at the Lynn House Gallery in Antioch includes “Camp Fire,” above, by Anthony Riggs.

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Exhibit from page 14A print maker. He teaches at the California College of the Arts in Oakland and recently served as a juror for the current Soupcon Small Works Show at Arts Benicia. Also from Benicia, Riggs has been an award-winning artist since 1975, though still only in his 30s. He received the Sears Kindergarten Art Award in 1975 and the California College of the Arts Faculty Honors Award in 2003. He is currently earning his master’s of fine art degree at the California College of the Arts in Oakland. Lieser is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she majored in fine art, working in graphite, oils and ceramics. After graduation, she moved to

Hawaii, where she spent time working in art conservation and restoration. Hawaii is where Lieser met her future husband, artist Francis Palermo. Upon returning to the mainland, they took up residence in Pittsburg, where they became the first Seafood Festival commemorative prints artists. Lieser has been involved with the Pittsburg Arts Collaborative, hanging in many of their shows. She works in watercolor and plein-air painting. The Lynn House Gallery is located at 809 W. First St. in downtown Antioch. Gallery hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. during exhibits. For more information, visit www. art4antioch.org or call 925-779-7018.

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In tough economic times, tough choices must be made, and the Brentwood City Council certainly had one of those on its plate Tuesday evening. As it considered how to meet the challenges of a shrinking revenue DITORIAL stream, one of the programs whose continued funding the council was forced to scrutinize was an after-school program offered through the Police Activities League. Currently conducted at all three of Brentwood’s middle schools, the PAL After the Bell program provided a place for about 150 children to go after school and do homework, play games and simply not be alone and at risk of engaging in, or being victims of, crime.

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In the past, the city has provided support for the program through the Parks and Rec Department. By holding fundraisers and getting grants, PAL has reimbursed to the city about $50,000 of the program’s $250,000 annual cost. Unfortunately, grant money is much harder to come by these days and communities with higher crime rates have edged out Brentwood’s PAL in getting cash assistance. (Ironically, if Brentwood’s crime rate were higher – as might have been the case had PAL not existed – Brentwood might have a better shot at grant funding.) There is likely no money forthcoming from PAL this year. As PAL’s reimbursement to the city has diminished and the city’s own coffers have been increasingly strained, the council this week made the hard decision to discontinue funding for

LETTERS Rubbing salt into Delta’s wounds Editor: Our California Delta’s health has made a surprising comeback in the last 20 years. The water quality has improved immensely; the areas that used to smell like sewage no longer do. There is a lot less foam and cloudy water from field drainage. Heavy metals are still present in the water from placer mining 100 years ago, making the consumption of fish in large quantities unhealthy. I have noticed within the last 10 years the decline in fish population. I no longer see schools of smelt around dock pilings or tules; when swimming, I no longer feel fish brushing against my legs. Ducks don’t have any competition from fish when I drop breadcrumbs in the water. The water is beginning to taste salty; I noticed this in the last four years. The brackish water will damage the finish on my boat if I don’t immediately wipe it off after removing the boat from the water. I am not an environmentalist or a scientist. I am an avid water sports enthusiast and have noticed what is happening to our Delta. The peripheral canal idea will not save the Delta; any uneducated person like me can see

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After the Bell, and the program will end Feb. 1. PAL has been an integral part of the city’s emphasis on youth for more than a decade, and it’s important for residents to know that despite the loss of After the Bell, it will continue to be in the future. Numerous activities, from wrestling and skateboard tournaments to martial arts and golf instruction, are either in existence or on the horizon. The expanding list of activities will help PAL continue its primary goal of breaking down barriers between at-risk kids and police officers. There are several ways members of the public can support this important group. First, they can make a direct donation. Second, they can attend fundraisers benefiting PAL, such as the Brentwood Barbecue King Cook-off on Feb. 1 at Harvest Park Bowl.

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that. Wouldn’t the money for the peripheral canal be better spent on desalinization facilities for Southern California? Reduction in pumping water from the Delta is the only option for saving the habitat. There is a lot of water flowing down storm drains. I noticed this on my last trip to Southern California while strolling across a park with lush landscaping. Asking the public to conserve is not working. Water rationing seems to be the only answer. Rationing would be statewide, not just certain areas. We have to save our Delta for the survival and enjoyment of future generations. Christopher Coad Fourth-generation Contra Costa native Antioch

Remarkable roster Editor: Antioch citizenry just underwent two rigorous examinations on its commitment to public service. It passed with flying colors. Fourteen applicants, all top-notch, went through a grueling elimination process for City Council and eight others vied for school board. Happily, the belief that the very breath of life is service to others proved not lost on Antioch. Reaching a consensus was, indeed, a formidable task for the school board. We were determined to choose not only the best of the best but to choose someone fitting the needs of the time. We wanted continuity, someone in the game for years to come. Someone, also, who added a complementary perspective to the collective assets of the other four board members. Might I say, what a diverse board it is! We now have two African-Americans, three women and two men, representing education, the corporate world, criminal justice field, school volunteering and youth mentoring. Our superintendent is an African-American woman. Obviously, we are quality driven and color and gender blind. In truth, in the heat of the intense interviewing process, I honestly didn’t reflect

Third, they can enroll their children in PAL programs such as a wrestling tournament set for Feb. 22. While not specifically fundraisers, increased participation in PAL activities makes them more affordable and broadens the program’s reach. It’s hoped that eventually the city will be able to restore funding for after-school programming, but until that can happen, PAL represents an important asset for our youth, one we can all support simply by participating in. We encourage everyone to do so, and in the process help improve the community in which we live. To learn more about PAL or its activities, contact Officer Roger Wilson at 925-634-6911. For tickets to the Barbecue King Cook-off, call 925-634-1441.

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on this, but in retrospect, how fascinating that we choose a police lieutenant what with next year’s opening of a Law and Criminal Justice Academy and with a community that demographically tops Contra Costa with 38 percent of our population under 18. Congratulations, though, to all eight. Angie Ayers-Smith, certainly we haven’t heard the last of you. After a successful corporate career in San Francisco, you are “back home,” now involved in the Youth Intervention Network. You are modest but savvy, decidedly exemplifying a collaborative demeanor. Diana Bello, six kids and a distinguished business career! Dare say, what vitamin are you taking? You are energetic, determined, skilled at policy and negotiations, and, unmistakably, exemplify resolve. Dale Hudson, you bring unquestioned depth of experience to the table, with previous school board experience and 16 years superintendency. You are affable, composed and strikingly exemplify enduring commitment. Vincent Manuel, kudos on being a finalist in both council and school board appointments. Your resume is stellar, with a doctorate in public administration at grasp and years of agency directorship and chief of staff experience. You surely exemplify cool competence. Joyann Motts, Antioch is blessed to have you. You carry on in the unselfish volunteering spirit of your mom, who served on the board for 20 years. Your work with Antioch High, community clubs, and chairing the successful $61 million older school renovation bond is laudable. You exemplify inspired passion. Larry Osorio, your many years on the Mello Roos Board, Scoutmaster mentoring, and unflagging congeniality bodes well for the future. You perfectly exemplify the Scout motto, “Be Prepared!” Sean Wright, you have a bright future in continued community service ahead of you, building upon school volunteering and

Chamber of Commerce leadership. You vividly exemplify an outgoing, creative, rollup-your-sleeves demeanor. Now, to the last man standing, Wayde Harper. Outlasting eliminations against such a talented field speaks volumes. You complement the board with your master’s in business administration, training in strategic thinking, demonstrated team spirit, and in-the-trenches background rooted in police work, youth development, school volunteering and the faith community. You resoundingly exemplify conviction. Welcome aboard! I can honestly say I would be pleased serving with any of you. Bravo for joining the fray. Stay active. Please run in 2010. Lastly, thank you for echoing, by example, the conviction of Maria Wright Edelman: “Service is the rent we pay for living. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.” Walter Ruehlig President, A.U.S.D. Board of Trustees

Arrogant and thoughtless Editor: I agree with Mr. Blunk. In this present recession, why would the city officials even think of building a $75 million Civic Center project and, as he stated, “putting their own comfort first?” Look around at all of the empty buildings and offices. There are already numerous spaces that the city could use. If they are laying employees off, why would they even need more office space? Take a hard look at the Streets of Brentwood, occupied by “high-end” shops. Who do you think is going to be shopping there? Mervyn’s has closed,; Macy’s will be closing stores and I would safely bet that during 2009, some of those stores at the Streets will be closing also. Homeowners are going to ask for another round of property-tax cuts, which again will slice money from the city budget. see Letters page 18A


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Department obtained additional evidence leading to charges being filed against Green, including a December, 2008 robbery arrest. For information on law enforcement in Antioch, visit www.ci.antioch.ca.us/citygov/ police.

BRENTWOOD Jan. 2, 7:26 a.m. On McHenry Way, a driver stopped for a vehicle code violation provided false information. He was arrested and released on a Notice To Appear. Jan. 2, 11:22 a.m. An unidentified person stole a vehicle parked on Mountain View Drive. Jan. 2, 12:55 p.m. An unidentified person stole items from locked vehicles on Walker Court. Jan. 2, 4:34 p.m. A subject attempted to take several items from a business on Lone Tree Way without paying for them was placed under citizen’s arrest and released on a Promise To Appear. Jan. 4, 1:07 p.m. On Lone Tree Way, an unidentified person used a stolen check to make a purchase at Kohl’s. Jan. 4, 3:35 p.m. An unidentified person used the personal information of a resident of Mericrest Street to open a fraudulent account at The Home Depot. Jan. 4, 4:59 p.m. A subject contacted during a pedestrian stop on Sunset Road was found to be under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant. He was arrested and transported to the Martinez Detention Facility. Jan. 4, 7:53 p.m. On Upton Pine Drive, a subject was inadvertently struck by his own vehicle. Jan. 4, 11:57 p.m. On Lone Tree Way, an unidentified person stole a purse and fled in a vehicle. Jan. 5, 2:25 p.m. Officers responded to the report of a civil dispute on Shady Willow Lane. One of the subjects was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Solano County. He was arrested and transported to the Martinez

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Detention Facility. To view the Brentwood Police Department’s public logs on the city’s Web site, visit www.ci.brentwood.ca.us/department/ pd/reports/index.cfm.

ANTIOCH Jan. 1, 11:11 p.m. Antioch resident Narcico Morales answered a knock on the door of his residence on Aldagrove Road and was forced back inside by two males and a female pointing a handgun at him. Morales was confined to a closet as his house was ransacked. The robbers fled the house with a small amount of cash and property. Morales escaped the closet, went outside and yelled for help. A neighbor called the police as another neighbor observed the robbers run to a vehicle, which he described to Antioch Police. An officer familiar with the suspect vehicle went to the last known address associated with the vehicle: 2201 Sycamore Drive, the site of an apartment complex. Upon arrival, the officer located the suspect vehicle in a carport. Three suspects were removed from the car and arrested: 21-year-old Kirk Davis, a 17-year-old male and a 16-year-old female. A loaded

handgun, stolen property and other evidence were found in the car. The victim identified the three suspects. Officers made contact with a fourth subject, 18-year-old Louis Davis, in the apartment associated with the robbery suspects. A probation search was conducted and a loaded assault rifle was discovered. The fourth subject was also arrested. Both juveniles were transported to the Contra Costa Juvenile Hall, and both adults were booked at the Martinez Detention Facility on robbery and related weapon charges. Jan. 6 The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office filed charges against 29-year-old Maurice Green for the Oct. 11, 2007 murder of 28-year-old Antioch resident Jose Victor Sanchez. Sanchez was the victim of a robbery, during which he was punched, causing him to fall to the ground and strike his head. He died at the hospital several days later. The same night of the robbery, Green was caught a short distance away with Sanchez’s credit cards in his pocket. Green stated he had just bought the credit cards. Green, on parole at the time, was sent back to prison for violating parole. Meanwhile, the Antioch Police

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Dec. 29 Subjects were cited for driving with suspended or revoked licenses on Laurel Road and Bernard Road. Dec. 29 A vehicle accident involving property damage occurred on Laurel Road at O’Hara Avenue. Dec. 30 On Meadow Creek Court, a subject was cited for possession of dangerous drugs. Dec. 30 Incidents of unlicensed driving occurred on Chablis Way, Douglas Road and Empire Avenue. Dec. 30 Arrest warrants were served on the 1700 block of Cedar Court and the 1200 block of Laurel Road. Dec. 30 Residences on the 4600 block of Chelsea Drive and the 100 block of Hill Avenue were vandalized. Dec. 31 On the 4800 block of Edgewood Court, a subject was found in violation of a weapon probation. Dec. 31 Separate incidents of misdemeanor driving under the influence occurred on East Cypress Road. Dec. 31 A misdemeanor battery was reported on Main Street at Miguel Drive. Dec. 31 A business on the 2500 block of Main Street was burglarized. Jan. 1 A stolen vehicle was recovered on Empire Avenue. Jan. 1 On Bayside Way, a subject was found in possession of dangerous drugs. Jan. 1 On the 100 block of East Bolton Road, a subject was found in possession of an unlawful weapon.

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Letters from page 16A But hey, what do we care? Let’s spend $75 million (and you know it will be more) on a new “fancy” city hall for all the unemployed people to be able to look at. No doubt it will make them feel better as they struggle to survive until the economy turns around, which according to financial predictions, will not be until 2010 or possibly later. How arrogant and thoughtless of city officials to even entertain building the new Civic Center during this economic downturn! Diane Blair Brentwood

Music education is no luxury Editor: With the next round of impending state budget cuts upon us, I find it important to raise awareness within our community and send a message to our school board members in regard to the importance of our school music programs. A pro musician myself, and private instructor, I fully support our valued music teachers within the district. People often overlook the importance of the fine arts programs and the individuals who teach them. I have kept five teachers close to my heart over the years, and four of them were music teachers. Science and research have proved that music enhances an individual’s brain development in ways that nothing else can compare to. Students develop stronger social skills, higher test scores, enhanced spatial reasoning and an overall higher intellectual level than those who don’t study music. The list goes on and on. Music in many ways is the fabric of our

lives and the definition of society. Ask yourself what the world would be like without music or any kind of art. Might as well sit down in front of the TV all day and rot your brain out on reality shows. The unfortunate thing about our society is that normal day-today life is so clouded with white noise that we tend to lose site of the things that define us, the past, and the future. The school district will announce budget cuts in February and our music programs are at stake. I am asking for the community’s support by writing letters to the administrators and school board members. Put some heat and pressure on those people. Make some phone calls and do whatever is necessary to steer them toward making the right decisions when it comes to our children’s futures. Unfortunately, we can’t save all the teachers, and good people will lose their jobs. To the state, a teacher is just a number. They fail to recognize that number has a life and a family, or that number is a mentor to your kids, or that number has gone beyond the call of duty to better your kids’ educations. I tell you what: history has shown us that when people stand up for themselves and support others for the greater good, things start to happen. I encourage you to contact the appropriate school officials, find out when board meetings are, and make your voice heard. We all owe it to the teachers in this town. Justin Wilson Brentwood

Votes tallied in public view Editor: This is in response to a letter to the edi-

tor questioning the vote-counting procedure for the bylaws. The procedure for counting the ballots will be open and in public view, as has been done for at least the last 10 years for the election results. The board has appointed an Election Committee made up of community individuals not involved with any association activity, and the chairman in this election does not live within the DBPOA boundaries. The committee’s task is to see that the ballots are distributed, received back by legitimate voters, opened and a result determined at the stated time and place on the ballot, once a quorum has been achieved or at the end of any extended election period. All finalized activities and decisions of the Election Committee are certified and delivered to the board and made a part of the public record of the association. The vote-counting process, time and place, is clearly designated in the voting material distributed to all voters, and anyone is welcome to view the vote-counting process. The only requirement is that non-election committee members must remain in the designated area and not talk or otherwise disturb the process. There is an area away from the vote counting that observer conversation can take place. This process is open, independent and economical, maintaining our continuing effort to keep costs in line. Mark B. Lee President, DBPOA

Reefer sadness Editor: Concerning the article “Oakley says

nope to dope dispensaries” (Oakley Press, Jan. 2, 2009), it’s interesting to see that Oakley is adopting the same “Reefer Madness” attitudes used to outlaw marijuana to begin with: • “Marijuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men’s shadows and look at a white woman twice.” (Hearst newspapers nationwide, 1934). • “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana can cause white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.” • “The primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.” • “Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality and death.” “Marijuana is the most violencecausing drug in the history of mankind.” • “(Smoking) one (marijuana) cigarette might develop a homicidal mania, probably to kill his brother.” (see U.S. government propaganda to outlaw marijuana at www.druglibrary. org/schaffer/hemp/taxact/t3.htm). Perhaps Police Chief Chris Thorsen can tell us which of these threats is most prevalent in the Oakley area. Ralph Givens Daly City

Bypass surgery urgently required Editor: After being a part of the Vasco Road Task Force for the past few years, I have come to the following realization: “Task Forces see Letters page 19A

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Letters from page 18A don’t work.” Now, I am sure that we will hear from our locally elected officials that what “they” have done has resulted in no deaths in 2008. But of course they don’t talk about the accidents that still occur, including head-on crashes, or that injuries still happen, or that speeding still occurs, and even with the plastic dividers, passing still occurs. Their ultimate solution: spend $30 million on a small stretch of the road to construct a concrete divider while the majority of the road remains undivided. During these meetings, I have made two recommendations. The first would have created a barrier for the entire length of the road for under $1 million. The other would have changed the way the lanes compress at the Alameda/Contra Costa County border. This would prevent the same type of accident that killed four men and injured two other people. The cost of that project would be minimal. Yet, both were ignored. I came away from these meetings sensing an attitude from the county and our elected representatives that is – “well, thank you for your input, but

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because we are county workers and/or elected representatives, we know more than you.” So they pat us on the head and return to their thrones back in Martinez. Now we have an issue with the Highway 4 Bypass; specifically, the intersection of the Bypass and Sand Creek Road. I am sure by now we all have seen the congestion that occurs at this intersection and has extended back over the Lone Tree overpass for southbound traffic and created backups for northbound drivers as far back as Balfour Road. There is one major problem: the Bypass’ southbound left turn lane to Sand Creek. The left turn traffic is so long that it backs up the southbound traffic to a point beyond the Lone Tree/Bypass merge, where there is only one lane. The left turn light has to stay on so long in order to relieve this southbound backup that backups occur northbound. So, is there an easy fix that can be achieved now without creating a “Task Force” and at a minimal cost? The fix: We don’t need two southbound lanes at the intersection of Sand Creek and the Bypass. Currently, at that intersection, we have two through lanes and see Letters page 20A

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Laissez-faire 101 Not loosely, but literally translated the phrase laissez-faire is French and means “Let do”, or, “allow to do”. According to the former CEO, and man responsible for taking Salomon Brother’s public, the “King of Wall Street” per Business Week circa 1985 and the definition of an excessive era, John H Gutfreund, the investment banks on Wall Street practice that very economic theory, laissezfaire capitalism: the separation of economy and state, or rather, a free market where production and productivity is controlled by only one of two entities, privately held or publicly traded companies…not the government. “It’s laissez-faire until you get in deep (explicit)…” Gutfreund was quoted as saying in 2008. And now, in 2009, how much more relevant, and to the point, can that statement possibly be when summing up the burst real estate bubble America now finds itself neck deep (and then some) in. Free market and the lack of regulation lead to a gap between interests of those who made their living on Wall Street and the wider population of those that did not, now known as main street. In retrospect and to put it more bluntly, a gap so large the global economy is now forced to share the burden. With more than a $490 billion increase from 2000 to 2005 in subprime loans it’s very easy to see how free market, not regulation, had taken over the financial sector of Wall Street. Where an “F” on Wall Street once stood for fun, now, raised high, an “F” on main street sadly represents foreclosure. No one knows this fact better than the residents of “Foreclosure Alley”, this nation’s hardest hit region; a strip of southern Califor-

nia behind Los Angeles and Orange County where nearly 500 families lose their home to foreclosure daily. Residents of Lake Elsinore, CA can only swallow a very bitter bill and take irony in the once upbeat ad campaigns of now failed financial institutions. Still standing erect are billboards for the now F.D.I.C controlled Indymac, that, as tongue-in-cheek as it sounds, simply state, “You can count on us”. However, both Wall Street and Main Street seem to still be in agreement on one thing; our markets need to bounce back, and that needs to be done almost single handedly by credit, as a whole, again flowing through the arteries of real estate. Said best by Chairman Wilbur Way, of the $8 billion private equity firm Invesco, “The first step is to get banks to where they’ll continue to make new mortgages.” So until banks overcome their own knee jerk reaction, and begin lending again, we as main street America have to sit on the sidelines and wait for the opportunity to do our part. You see in a laissez-faire theory type economy, it’s the consumers not the government that is the lifeboat. Best summed up by Gentleman’s Quarterly, or GQ, journalist Charles Bowdin, “It is not a question of whether or not they deserve a seat on the lifeboat. They are the lifeboat: the family-raising, credit-card spending, American Buying Machine.” As always, I welcome all questions and or concerns pertaining to real estate lending on my cell phone, 510-798-0060, or via email, tfreymortgages@yahoo.com. – Advertisement

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Letters from page 19A one left turn lane. Those two through lanes merge into one lane just past the intersection. Anyone who travels though that intersection knows that there must be at least 10 times as many cars turning left than going straight. The remedy: we convert one of the southbound lanes as a left-turn-only lane (now we have two left turn lanes) and one lane proceeding south. This will permit twice the number of cars into the left turn lanes, thus reducing the backup on the bypass and allowing less time for the traffic to turn left. Northbound traffic therefore will not back up, and with the

Bridging from page 9A spring from a dark and ignorant place that we can rise above. Like Rev. King, President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden believe in each of us as Americans. They are urging Americans to take responsibility for themselves and their brothers and sisters by participating in a National Day of Service on Jan. 19. Schools are closed, and this is a perfect opportunity to volunteer as a family to sponsor

addition of a right-turn-only arrow for the Sand Creek traffic to enter the bypass, traffic through this corridor should flow faster and safer. I am not saying this is the solution or the only solution. But what is apparent is that our local, Bypass or country authorities, who created this problem, have done nothing to correct it. We have already had one death in this corridor and we don’t have the time to “study” this problem for the next few years. Let’s not turn the Bypass into other “Vasco Road Task Force.” Albert Del Grande Brentwood

a cause you believe in. Obama and Biden are challenging us not only to devote this one day to furthering the goals of that organization, but to maintain that support through a continued dedication of time and effort. My family and I intend to proudly honor this challenge, and I hope yours will as well. The Brentwood Diversity Committee meets at 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month in the Delta Room at the Brentwood Police Station, 9100 Brentwood Blvd. Please join us!


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own fundraising efforts. Officer Roger Wilson, who manages PAL and other youth services for the Brentwood PD, said he hoped to add instructional golf, martial arts and ATV riding activities to the PAL roster this year after enlisting the volunteer aid of a half-dozen members of the department. The ramped-up participation of police officers will enable PAL to expand its core mission, he said, which is to break down barriers between potentially at-risk youth and the police. Also as part of the budget adjustments approved this week, the council voted to maintain $176,000 in funding that allows the Brentwood Library to offer extended hours. The county pays for only 29 of the 56 hours the library is now open. Councilman Brandon Richey said he felt the budget adjustments should be sent back to staff for some fine tuning. In particular, he suggested that the city reduce the library funding and use the money to save

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Kindergarten from page 8A Library); building successful habits for school success (BUSD); and preparing for the first day of school (BUSD). The presentations run back-to-back starting at 5:10 p.m. Other agencies on hand to answer questions, share and distribute resources and provide support include Head Start, the Village Community Resource Center, A Place of Learning, First 5 and the City of Brentwood.

the Parks and Rec programs. He pointed to the council’s 2007 decision to cease additional funding for the county-run fire district as precedence. “The county has the responsibility to fund programs in a way that meets the community’s needs,” he said. In response, City Manager Donna Landeros said that although both are run by the county, the library and fire situations are different in that all library branches are supported by their host cities, whereas the additional money for firefighters came only from Brentwood. Councilman Bob Brockman added that the library offers services not available elsewhere and serves residents with fewer resources, while the benefits of Park and Rec programs on the chopping block could be obtained through “other avenues.” Richey also felt additional savings could be realized by reducing the city’s firsttime home buyer program, which he felt would “increase exposure to foreclosures” and potentially increase neighborhood

“We have many amazing agencies in Brentwood that provide free expertise, resources and other support for our families and their young children,” said Eaton. “We want to bring all of these organizations together under one roof so that families can access that support conveniently and thoroughly.” Free items will be distributed and a free raffle with great prizes will take place at the fair. Light refreshments will also be available.

blight and expenses for code enforcement. Councilman Erick Stonebarger countered that the current market was a good time to help people buy homes, and that he rather a house be occupied by “a homeowner who might be struggling a little” than see it turn into another rental. The council voted 4-1 to accept the budget adjustments, with Richey dissenting. The changes balanced the city’s $36 million operational budget without dipping into its 31-percent reserves. Councilman Chris Becnel said that “budget cuts are not an easy thing to do,” but tough economic conditions often require a change of direction. “We are not like the Titanic,” he said. “We’ll turn the ship if we have to.” Stonebarger agreed, and carried the metaphor one step further. “There are going to be some Titanics among municipalities,” he predicted, “but Brentwood won’t even be close to the icebergs.” Nevertheless, Stonebarger added, the ongoing economic crisis could mean that

more painful decisions will need to be made when next year’s budget comes before the council in six months. “The budget adjustments we do in June might be even harder,” he said.

LEGAL NOTICES ORDINANCE NO. 860 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD APPROVING A REZONE (RZ 07-08) FROM R-1 TO PD-33 FOR THE FERRO/RONCONI PROJECT, CONSISTING OF 160 SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES AND RELATED IMPROVEMENTS, LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF BALFOUR ROAD AND GRIFFITH LANE (APN 012-130-006 AND APN 012-130-007). THE FOREGOING ORDINANCE was introduced with the first reading waived at a regular meeting of the Brentwood City Council on the 9th day of December, 2008, by the following vote: AYES: Councilmembers Becnel, Brockman, Stonebarger, Taylor NOES: Richey ABSENT: None ABSTAIN: None And was adopted at a regular meeting of the Brentwood City Council on the 13th day of January, 2009, by the following vote: AYES: Councilmembers Becnel, Brockman, Stonebarger, Taylor NOES: Richey ABSENT: None ABSTAIN: None /s/__________________ Robert Taylor Mayor ATTEST: /s/________________________ Cynthia Garcia, CMC Assistant City Clerk The above is a summary of the major highlights of the ordinance; reading the ordinance in its entirety may be necessary to obtain a full understating of all changes. Copies of the full text of the ordinance is on file and may be read in the City Clerk’s office located at 708 Third Street, Brentwood, and/or a copy may be obtained from that office based on the City’s actual cost for duplicating. Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Date: January 16, 2009

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the new center was the décor, then he said it was the location, then the floor plan. He finally settled on the fact that so many people were involved, with special thanks to the Parks and Rec Department. Club members and other residents were highly involved in the process of building the center, leading Mayor Bob Taylor to say the outcome “shows a lot of people really care for our community. I can tell you for sure, this place will not be a wellkept secret. It will be abuzz with activity.” Sarah Miller, who worked for 20 years in senior centers in several states, wasn’t part of the planning process, but nevertheless found the facility “beautiful. I’ve worked in old ones and new ones, and I’ve not seen one nicer.” In addition to providing a permanent home for the city’s senior activities, Scherf said, the facility will be available to the rest of the community for weddings, parties, meetings and other functions, similar to the way the current Community Center is. The senior programs began moving to the new center this week, starting with the Oldies But Goodies activities program for frail seniors held in conjunction with Liberty Adult Education. Scherf said that within two weeks, all senior programming will be shifted to the new center. The move assures senior activities can continue uninterrupted when the former center is removed to clear the way for the downtown Civic Center. Friday’s ribbon cutting was followed by the center’s first official function, a Black and White Ball. “It was fantastic,” said Peterson. We’ve held other dinner dances in the past few years, but it really takes a lot to dress up that old center. This was so elegant, people didn’t want to go home.”

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Patriots win Battle of Brentwood by Dave Roberts Staff Writer The Liberty High School public address announcer said before the start of the boys basketball game last Friday night against Heritage High, “Welcome to the Battle of Brentwood!” But there were actually several battles taking place in Liberty’s gym. There was the battle of the signs. On the wall at the entrance to the gym, Patriot fans put up a banner reading, “We have more heritage than you!” On the other end of the gym the Lions’ banner read, “Age before beauty, we have 100 years on you!” Advantage Liberty. There was the battle of the fans. On one side of the court, loud Liberty fans chanted “Dee-fense!” and gave the refs a hard time on questionable calls. On the other side, the Heritage faithful engaged in a finger-waving voodoo when one of their players was at the free-throw line, shouting “swoosh!” when the ball went through, thanks to their friendly mojo. Advantage Heritage. There was the battle of the cheerleaders. Both squads put on good halftime shows with the requisite kicks, cheerleaders thrown in the air and hoisted on

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John Moffatt of Heritage goes up with the ball against Aaron Castillo of Liberty. Heritage prevailed in the heated crosstown rivalry. shoulders. But the Liberty squad ended its routine with five cheerleaders held high in the air, two of them upside down. They also outbackflipped Heritage during timeouts. Advantage Liberty. And, by the way, there was also the

battle of the basketball teams, which was advantage Heritage with a 65-54 victory over Liberty. The Patriots led for most of the game, but the Lions hung in close. see Battle page 6B

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Queen of Mat pins hopes on dominance Liberty High School junior Brittany David claimed the title Queen of the Mat recently at Pittsburg High School’s annual girl’s wrestling tournament. David took first place and was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler for the upper weight classes by pinning all five of her opponents, including a decisive first-round pin in the finals over Cisca Harriss of Gunn High School. She followed up that performance with a first-place finish in the 11th annual Asics Napa Valley Girls Classic at Vintage High School, the oldest all-girl

wrestling tournament in the country. Among 265 female wrestlers competing from all over the state, David was voted Outstanding Wrestler for the upper weight classes. This season, David has also taken first place in allgirl tournaments in Fresno, Stockton, San Leandro and Castro Valley. She wrestles in the 146-pound weight class, posting a 24-0 record that includes 18 pins, two tech-falls, two major decisions and two injury defaults. She was chosen Athlete of the Week by California-USA Wrestling for the week of Jan. 1-7. see Queen page 6B

For the third straight year, the Edna Hill cheer squad took home the top trophy at a prestigious competition.

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Liberty High School junior Brittany David is one of the best girl wrestlers in the state.

Don’t see your team? If you’d like to see your favorite team more often in our sports pages, just send us a short write-up, preferably with photos, describing how the team is doing. This could be an article on a recent game or tournament, the season so far, or a description of an outstanding or special athlete. E-mail your articles and photos to sports@brentwoodpress. com. Space limitations might prevent us from publishing every last submission, but we’ll try to squeeze in everything we can.

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Xplosion rips through Winter Classic After losing seven girls from its 2007 squad and losing its starting left forward to a major knee injury, the Delta Xplosion U12 Girls Class 1 Team hasn’t missed a beat. On Dec. 14, the Xplosion, led by Head Coach Mike Rainsford and assistant coaches Tim McCarthy, Nick Howliston and Ed Prieto, played in the Mustang Tournament in Blackhawk, winning the first four games and then beating the Mustangs in the finals 3-1 to capture the championship. On Jan. 10 and 11, the Xplosion girls played in the Castro Valley Winter Classic Tournament against some of the top teams from the state. In its first game, the Delta team faced the home team and tournament-favorite, the Castro Valley Fury. In a fierce battle and behind 1-0 early in the second half, the Xplosion girls never gave up and forced the contest into a 1-1 deadlock. Later that evening, the Xplosion girls beat the Pleasanton Rage 2-0, setting up a semifinal match the following day against rival Diablo FC Shockwave. The Xplosion scored with five minutes left, winning 1-0. The championship game was a tough defensive struggle against the Bay Oaks Breakerz. The Xplosion girls were relentless, scoring the only goal of the game to win the tournament. – Contributed by Ed Prieto

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Players for the Delta Xplosion U12 Girls Class 1 Team, front row from left, are Monica Prieto and Megan Pato; second row: Ale Hinojosa, Siobhan Williamson, Kailee Soares and Rebekah McCarthy; third row: Janis Gamboa, Alyssa Rodriguez and Dominique Guerra; back row: Danielle Dickerson, Jacqueline Laird, Anjelica Yee, Sidne Spencer, Callie Rainsford and Kaylee James. The coaches, from left, are Ed Prieto, Tim McCarthy and Nick Howliston.


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Bobcats are golden The Edna Hill Middle School Competition Cheer Team took first place at the recent UC Davis Jamz cheer competition. This is the third year in a row that the Edna Hill Bobcats have brought home first-place honors at this elite competition. Coaches Lori Abreu, Ashley Abreu and Nikki Hart are proud of how hard everyone worked for this achievement. Competition

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team members are co-captains Katelyn Digiorgio and Jaylyn Glenn, Cheyenne Bell, Aubrey Bradshaw, Sabrina Carasco, Bianca Chan, Samantha Duran, Marcia Fernandez, Esperanza Hernandez, TyTiana Jones, Natalia Maitoza, Ashley Masselli, Whitney McEachin, Lissett Quezada, Mikaela Raimondi, Jewels Rios and Oriana Tumanuao.

The Bay Area Soccer Academy Pitbulls Club, based in Pittsburg, won the 2008 San Francisco Soccer Football League First Division Championship and will move to the league’s Major Division. From left are BASA-PC Marketing and Communications Director Daniel Lopez, SFSFL President Leo Shoomiloff and BASA-PC President Dario Arredondo at SFSFL’s Awards Ceremony. The club specializes in academic youth player and competitive club team development and provides premier high-level competition in multiple divisions of league play.

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Local Doctor Exposes Weight Loss Industry And Saves You Big Money On Your New Years Resolution… Brentwood Doctor gives you the “skinny” on the tactics used by the diet and weight loss industry to help separate you from your hard earned dollars while selling you a pipe dream and tips on how you can lose weight without wasting money on gym memberships, outrageous diets or dangerous pills. Brentwood, Ca – Dr. James Martin D.C. has had it with the diet and weight loss industry and is indeed exposing the diet and weight loss industry and helping guide you to the most direct, fastest, effective and SAFE ways to lose the extra 5, 10, 45 or even 100 lbs. you’ve put on over the last few months or years. This local doctor has had so many of his patients doing everything under the sun to try and lose weight and failing miserably or succeeding at losing the weight only to have it return and then some, that he has just tired of seeing people victimized by these money sucking vampires that prey on innocent consumers at their weakest point. Yeah, they are waiting and salivating for YOU to make your oh so predictable and SHORT LIVED….you know….NEW YEARS RESOLUTION!! Some of you say it every year. This year I will lose the weight. Or for some of you it’s your first year to start the never-ending year after year HOPE that you will succeed at losing the unwanted and unsightly fat hanging around your belly or cottage cheese thighs. For some of you, you really want to lose the weight for the health benefit to avoid diabetes and heart disease associated with being overweight. Whatever your case may be, There is FINALLY HOPE! Dr. Martin isn’t going to be making any friends by giving you the following information, but he is sick and tired of watching people devastated or even depressed by their weight gain and helpless feelings of despair when they fail time and time again. So here goes…. IF you are reading this and you have tried it ALL already, and you really would like to lose the weight and succeed, then pay close attention. If you have tried counting points only to throw your calculator out the window, If you have embarrassed yourself enough with public and humiliating “weigh-ins”, If you are tired of mail order, microwaved and probably unhealthy food, If you are tired of silly

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Battle from page 1B Heritage lead 14-9 at the end of the first quarter with the aid of a couple of three-point shots, and lengthened the lead to nine points just two minutes into the second quarter. At that point, however, Liberty’s star guard Aaron Meeks, who is anything but meek with a basketball, took charge. He hit several three-point shots, including an amazing, crowdrousing desperation throw at the buzzer, and was deadly at the line, notching 16 (of his game-high 26) points at the half. Liberty outscored Heritage 146 in the final six minutes of the first quarter and trailed by just one point at the half, keeping it still anybody’s game. An evenly matched third quarter ended with Heritage holding onto a tenuous 43-39 lead. The Patriots then began to pull away, led by Jordan Knox, who scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter. The Lions were still within striking distance with two minutes to go, however, trailing by only five. But Knox’s clutch 15-foot jump shot followed by a charging call on Meeks pretty much sealed the deal. “It was a hard-fought game,” said Heritage Coach Pat Cruickshank afterward. “I thought both teams played really hard. They kept coming after us. Aaron Meeks had a tremendous game tonight. He played really hard. “But our kids are resilient. A lot of guys on our team chipped in, a lot of guys had big games. Knox did some nice things. Defensively, Jimmy (Enomoto) and Sean Packard really shut down their guys. It was a good, hardfought game. Two teams in the same city playing for pride and bragging rights – and then we play again.” The next showdown promising more playoff atmosphere in this great rivalry takes place Jan. 27 at Heritage. Tonight, Jan. 16, Heritage plays at Freedom High, and Liberty at Deer Valley High. Tipoffs are at 7 p.m.

A Liberty player hits the deck and watches his shot go in. Heritage won the hard-fought contest last Friday night.

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David will be defending her 146pound-class title at the Northern California CIF regional tournament in Sacramento on Jan. 16 and 17. At the end of the month, she’ll compete against girls from Northern and Southern California in the California Girls State Invitational in Hanford – the unofficial girls state championship, where she placed second last year. After the state championships, David plans to raise funds to compete in national tournaments in Oklahoma City, Denver and Fargo. Those who’d like to sponsor Brittany should call 925-308-7089. Sponsors will receive a Team Brittany T-shirt and access to a Web site where they can watch videos of her wrestling matches and keep up with her current stats and information. – Contributed by Eileen David


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OBITUARIES Rebecka Allene Davis Rebecka Allene Davis passed away Jan. 7 in Lamesa, Texas at the age of 95. Allene was born in Lamesa on Sept. 15, 1913 to Elijah and Eva Salser. She married Aubrey Davis on April 6, 1947 at First United Methodist Church in Lamesa. Allene graduated from Texas Tech University in 1937, and was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma fraternal organization for 60 years. In July of 1945 she enlisted in the United States Navy, where she earned the rank Pharmacist’s Mate Second. Allene began her teaching career in Knot, where she taught for two years, then moved to Rotan and also taught for two years. She taught the first through 12th grades in Lamesa and in 1958 began teaching in Hobbs. In August of 1967 she moved to Antioch, where she also taught. In December of 1984 she moved back to Lamesa after retiring in 1979. Allene was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, a member of the Dawson County Retired Teachers Association, the Genealogical Society, Gideon’s Auxiliary and the Medical Arts Hospital Auxiliary. She took pride in gardening and had a great love for flowers, including beautiful iris beds in Lamesa and rose beds in Hobbs.

She is survived by her husband, Aubrey Davis of Lamesa; children, Donna Rafuse (Bill) of Rapid River, Mich. and Michael Davis of Antioch; six grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Elijah and Eva Salser; and five brothers. The family suggests memorials to Gideon’s Auxiliary and Medical Arts Hospital Auxiliary. Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 12 at First United Methodist Church and officiated by Bill Rafuse. Burial followed in Lamesa Cemetery under the direction of Branon Funeral Home.

Guen “Worden” Norris Guen was a true woman of God and beloved wife of Bob Norris, devoted mother of Bobby and Missy Norris, caring Grammy of Dawn and Samantha, and treasured daughter of Arlie and Betty Worden. She was also the sister of Dennis (Kathy) Wo r d e n , Linda (Jack) Hall, Darrell (Cheryl) Worden, Donnie Worden, Gayle (Mark) Littorno and David Worden, as well as the cherished aunt of 12 nieces and nephews. Guen touched many lives with her gentle spirit and giving heart. She was born in Oregon but was raised in Brentwood, graduating from Liberty Union High School. She was a homemaker for 41 wonderful years. She enjoyed cooking, baking, quilting, crafting, reading, gardening, spending time with family and worshiping the Lord. We all have spent many blessed years with Guen. She will be missed for now, but we will see her again in Heaven one day. In lieu of flowers, contact Shepherd’s Gate at 925-308-7507 to make a donation. Family and friends attended a memorial service on Dec. 30. Arrangements were made by the Brentwood Funeral Home.

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Ring in 2009 with some extra income More than 50 million Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will greet the New Year with a little extra in their pocketbooks each month: a 5.8-percent increase, the largest since 1982. Locally, more than 14,708 Social Security and SSI beneficiaries living in Antioch will receive an increase in their 2009 benefit checks. Judy Root, a Bay Area resident, says she’s thrilled to receive the increase: “It couldn’t have come at a better time. I worry about what’s going on with our economy, and this gives me hope. I don’t know how I would manage my expenses each month without my Social Security benefit.” Another Bay Area resident, Miguel Rios, finds some comfort in the good news of the increase. “The last year has been extremely difficult financially,” he said. “The medications I take are very expensive, and I have a lot of monthly expenses, including credit card debts. Every little bit will help.” According to Social Security spokesperson Linda Zamfino, “Sometimes people just don’t realize how important Social Security is to millions of American families, as well as our economy. One in every six Americans receives a Social Security benefit, and for many of them, it’s their only source of income. Without Social Security,

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING 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 January 27, 2009, hold a public hearing to consider the following: An Ordinance adding Chapters 16.050.070, 16.060.050 and 16.166.020 to the City of Brentwood Municipal Code for the purpose of establishing parcel map waiver procedures and a resolution amending the City’ s 2008/09 Cost Allocation Plan to include parcel map waiver fees. Said hearing will be held at the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 734 Third Street, Brentwood, California. Further information may be obtained from the City of Brentwood, Public Works Department - Engineering Division at 118 Oak Street, Brentwood, California 94513. Any court challenge of City Council decisions may be limited to raising only those issues 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. January 16, 2009 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Date: January 16, 2009 AMENDED FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0008068-00 The name of the business (es): Sugimoto Dental Laboratory Located at: 4501 Ohara Ave., #J In: Brentwood, CA 94513, Mailing: 2155 Cypress Pt., Discovery Bay, CA 94505 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Jeffry S. Sugimoto, 2155 Cypress Point, Discovery Bay, CA 94505. This business is conducted by: an Individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. Signature of registrant: Jeffry S. Sugimoto This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: October 31, 2008 By: Courtney Munn, Deputy Expires: October 31, 2013 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish: December 26, 2008, January 2, 9, 16, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0000046-00 The name of the business (es): Delta Dental and Medical Maintenance Located at: 1120 Alder Creek Way In: Brentwood, CA 94513, Mailing: P.O. Box 1387, Brentwood, CA 94513 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Zacharia Willis, 1120 Alder Creek Way, Brentwood, CA 94513. This business is conducted by: an Individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 1/5/09. Signature of registrant: Zacharia C. Willis This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on:January 5, 2009 By: C. Garcia, Deputy Expires: January 5, 2014 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish: January 9, 16, 23, 30, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0008927-00 The name of the business (es): Goodnessology Located at: 224 Mountain View Drive In: Brentwood, CA 94513, Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Ali-Jaffarzadeh, 224 Mountain View Drive, Brentwood, CA 94513. This business is conducted by: an Individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 12/10/08. Signature of registrant: Ali Jaffarzadeh This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: December 10, 2008 By: D. Acuff, Deputy Expires: December 10, 2013 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish: December 26, 2008, January 2, 9, 16, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0008989-00 The name of the business (es): Rock ‘N’ Hess Products Located at: 704 Redhaven Street In: Brentwood, CA 94513 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Barry Strock II and Amber Hess-Strock, 704 Redhaven Street, Brentwood, CA 94513. This business is conducted by: Husband & Wife The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 11/8/08. Signature of registrant: Barry Strock II This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: December 15, 2008 By: C. Sullivan, Deputy Expires: December 15, 2013 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish: December 26, 2008, January 2, 9, 16, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0000152-00 The name of the business (es): Mboya IMPORT-EXPORT MERCHANT Located at: 100 Birmingham Court In: Discovery Bay, CA 94505 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Sheri Bond 9050 Deer Valley RD Brentwood, CA 94513. This business is conducted by: an Individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. Signature of registrant: Arthur M. Perry This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: January 8, 2009 By: C. Garcia, Deputy Expires: January 8, 2014 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish: January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 2009 NAME CHANGE NOTICE PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Robert L. and Carol J. Graves, 1959 Evergreen Avenue, Antioch, CA 94509 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court St., Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Robert L. and Carol J. Graves FOR CHANGE OF NAME ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUM-

BER: N09-0009 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: Robert L. and Carol J. Graves filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Araya Lynn Messer to Proposed Name: Araya Lynn Messer-Graves 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 2/27/09 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept. 60 Room 102 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: BRENTWOOD PRESS b. Petitioner is to bring the minor’s birth certificate to the hearing.Date: 1/2/09 Judith A. Sanders, Pro tem Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02- 1273 Publish Dates: January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0000176-00 The name of the business (es): Johnson Educational Services Located at: 702 Blake Court In: Discovery Bay, CA 94505 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Randy Alan Johnson, 702 Blake Court, Discovery Bay, CA 94505. This business is conducted by: an Individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. Signature of registrant: Randy Johnson This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: January 9, 2009 By: C. Garcia, Deputy Expires: January 9, 2014 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish: January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0000190-00 The name of the business (es): A-Maid For You Located at: 1649 Lillian Street In: Brentwood, CA 94513 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Angel E. Vidana, 1649 Lillian Street, Brentwood, CA 94513. This business is conducted by: an Individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 1/9/09. Signature of registrant: Angel E. Vidana This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: January 9, 2009 By: J. Odegaard, Deputy Expires: January 9, 2014 Brentwood Press No. 021273 Publish: January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0009092-00 The name of the business (es): E Motors Located at: 111 Center Ave., Suite J In: Pacheco, CA 94563 Mailing: P.O. Box 2033, Brentwood, CA 94513 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Fazli Auto Sales Inc., 1006 Natwick Way, Brentwood, CA 94513. This business is conducted by: a Corporation The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. Signature of registrant: Farhad Fazli, CEO This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: December 18, 2008 By: B. Basch, Deputy Expires: December 18, 2013 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish: December 26, 2008, January 2, 9, 16, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0009125-00 The name of the business (es): KR Packaging Located at: 1170 Amanda Circle In: Brentwood, CA 94513. Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Kenneth James Rocconi; Malinda Sue Rocconi, 1170 Amanda Circle, Brentwood, CA 94513. This business is conducted by: Husband and Wife The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. Signature of registrant: Kenneth J. Rocconi This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: December 19, 2008 By: P. Cornelius, Deputy Expires: December 19, 2013 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish: December 26, 2008, January 2, 9,16, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0009055-00 The name of the business (es): The Huang Law Firm Located at: 1767 Diamond Springs Lane In: Brentwood, CA 94513, Mailing: P.O. Box 1783, Brentwood, CA 94513 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Tsz-Hai Huang, 1767 Diamond Springs Lane, Brentwood, CA 94513. This business is conducted by: an Individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 1/2/09. Signature of registrant: Tsz-Hai Huang This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: December 17, 2008 By: M. Oliver, Deputy Expires: December 17, 2013 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish: December 26, 2008, January 2, 9, 16, 2009 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 1515 Clay Street, Suite 2208, Oakland, CA 94612 (510) 622-4970 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Date of Filing Application: January 2, 2009 To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of the Applicant(s) is/ are: VIRK PARAMJIT SINGH The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 41 SAND CREEK ROAD BRENTWOOD,

CA 94513-7321 Type of license(s) Applied for: 41-ON-SALE BEER AND WINE EATING PLACE Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0009064-00 The name of the business (es): Creative Events By Ashley Located at: 524 Stirling Court In: Discovery Bay, CA 94505 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Creative Solutions By Ashley, LLC, 524 Stirling Court, Discovery Bay, CA 94505. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Co.l The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 12/17/08. Signature of registrant: Ashley Dicksa This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: December 17, 2008 By: M. Oliver, Deputy Expires: December 17, 2013 Brentwood Press No. 021273 Publish: January 9, 16, 23, 30, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0009187-00 The name of the business (es): Cutiedoodles Located at: 1019 Pear Tree Court In: Brentwood, CA 94513 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Lacyne L. Elness and Erik M. Elness, 1019 Pear Tree Court, Brentwood, Ca, 94513. This business is conducted by: Husband and Wife The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Lacyne Elness This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: December 23, 2008 By: Courtney Munn, Deputy Expires: December 23, 2013 Brentwood Press No. 021273 Publish: January 2, 9,16, 23, 2009

COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 2/19/08 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept. 60 Room 102 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: BRENTWOOD PRESS Date: 12/22/08 Judith A. Sanders, Pro tem Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30, 2009 NAME CHANGE NOTICE PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Victoria Marie Holmes, 204 Continente Avenue, Brentwood, CA 94513 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court St., Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Victoria Marie Holmes FOR CHANGE OF NAME ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: N08-2030 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: Victoria Marie Holmes filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Victoria Marie Holmes AKA Poppy Marie Holmes to Proposed Name: Poppy Victoria Marie Holmes 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 2/20/09 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept. 60 Room 102 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: BRENTWOOD PRESS Date: December 22, 2008 Judith A. Sanders, Pro tem Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: January 2, 9, 16, 23, 2009 NAME CHANGE NOTICE PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Po Liu, 10032 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court St., Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Po Liu FOR CHANGE OF NAME ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: N08-2033 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: Po Liu filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Po Liu to Proposed Name: Paul Liu 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 3/2/09 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept. 60 Room 102 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: BRENTWOOD PRESS Date: 1/2/09 Judith A. Sanders, Pro tem Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 2009 SUMMONS NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: Emebet Tegegne; State Farm Insurance Co.; DOES 1-10 YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: Paul Roberson and M. Jelani Roberson CASE NUMBER: C 08 01128 You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online SelfHelp Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/ - selfhelp) your county law library or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you maylose the case by default and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org) the California Courts Online SelfHelp Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/ - selfhelp) or by contacting your local court or county bar association. CASE NUMBER: C 08 01128 The name and address of the court is: SUPERIOR COURT of CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, 725 COURT STREET MARTINEZ, CA 94553 The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’ s attorney, or the plaintiff without an attorney, is: PAUL ROBERSON AND M. JELANI ROBERSON, IN PRO PER, 4528 PAMPAS CIRCLE, ANTIOCH, CA 94531 (925) 776-8344 DATE: April 24, 2008 Clerk, by: D. Wagner, Deputy NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served 1. as

an individual defendant. 2. as the person sued under the fictitious name of: State Farm Insurance Company; DOES 1-10 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 Published: December 26, 2008, January 2, 9, 16, 2009 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE .S. No. 07-20830-SP-CA Loan No. 0010603561 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/22/2006. 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(s) must be made payable to National Default Servicing Corporation), drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, 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 in an “as is” condition, 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. Trustor: MONIQUE FROME, A MARRIED WOMAN AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY Duly Appointed Trustee: NATIONAL DEFAULT SERVICING CORPORATION Recorded 12/29/2006 as Instrument No. 2006-0416683-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California. Date of Sale: 01/23/2009 at 10:00 A.M. Place of Sale: At the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (Corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, CA Estimated amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $522,250.86 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 619 ARMSTRONG WAY, BRENTWOOD, CA 94513 A.P.N.: 010-770-042 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. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The undersigned mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent for the mortgagee or beneficiary pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.5(b} declares that the mortgagee, beneficiary or the mortgagee’s or beneficiary’s authorized agent has either contacted the borrower or tried with due diligence to contact the borrower as required by California Civil Code 2923.5. Date: 12/24/- 2008 NATIONAL DEFAULT SERVICING CORPORATION 2525 East Camelback Road, Suite 200 Phoenix, AZ 85016 phone 602-264-6101 Sales Line 714- 259-7850; as of 6/23/08 714-730- 2727 Sales Website: www. ndscorp.com/sales NICHOLE ALFORD, TRUSTEE SALES REPRESENTATIVE ASAP# 2956682 01/02/2009, 01/- 09/2009, 01/16/2009 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: January 2, 9, 16, 2009 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 08-0079616 Title Order No. 08-8296125 Investor/Insurer No. 781168333 APN No. 035-593- 007-4 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 08/17/2006. 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.” Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by: ROBERT ANGLEY, AN UNMARRIED MAN, dated 08/- 17/2006 and recorded 08/25/06, as Instrument No. 2006-0270048- 00, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Contra Costa County, State of California, will sell on 01/- 22/2009 at 10:00AM, At the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, CA. at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1711 GATEWAY DRIVE, OAKLEY, CA, 94561. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount

of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $357,385.72. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’AS IS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trustee’s Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder’s Office. DATED: 11/02/2008 RECONTRUST COMPANY 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., SV2-202 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 9274399 By:-- Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. ASAP# 2954492 01/02/2009, 01/- 09/2009, 01/16/2009 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish Dates: January 2, 9, 16, 2009 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 08-0095340 Title Order No. 08-8348901 Investor/Insurer No. 138923765 APN No. 037-490- 069-4 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 09/14/2006. 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.” Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by: CARLOS VAZQUEZ AND SONIA VAZQUEZ, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, dated 09/14/2006 and recorded 09/28/- 06, as Instrument No. 2006- 0307742-00, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Contra Costa County, State of California, will sell on 02/05/2009 at 10:00AM, At the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, CA. at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 4796 SNOWY EGRET WAY, OAKLEY, CA, 945611698. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $587,653.27. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’AS IS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trustee’s Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder’s Office. DATED: 12/06/2008 RECONTRUST COMPANY 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., SV2-202 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 9274399 By: Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. ASAP# 2962608 01/16/2009, 01/- 23/2009, 01/30/2009 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish Dates: January 16, 23, 30, 2009 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TRUSTEE’S SALE # 08-3109- CA LOAN NO. 0033704016 TITLE ORDER # Q801334 APN NUMBER: 033-420-026-8 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 01-12- 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. ON 02-06-2009 AT 10:00 A.M., ROBERT E. WEISS INCORPORATED as the duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded 01-22-2007, book , page , instrument 2007-0019071-00 of official records in the office of the recorder of CONTRA COSTA county, California, executed by: RALPH M. BIGGS AND ADRIANA BIGGS, HUSBAND AND WIFE, as Trustor, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. ACTING SOLELY AS NOMINEE FOR LENDER, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION SALE TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Place of sale: AT THE COURT STREET ENTRANCE TO THE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 725 COURT STREET (CORNER OF MAIN AND COURT STREET), MARTINEZ, CA all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust in the property situated in said county, California describing the land therein: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 64 GRAND CANYON CIRCLE OAKLEY, CA 94561 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 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 thereon, as provided in said not(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust, to wit: Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $399,782.75 (ESTIMATED) ACCRUED INTEREST AND ADDITIONAL ADVANCES, IF ANY, WILL INCREASE THIS FIGURE PRIOR TO SALE 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 and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. DATE: JANUARY 07, 2009 ROBERT E. WEISS INCORPORATED, AS TRUSTEE ATTN: FORECLOSURE DEPARTMENT 920 VILLAGE OAKS DRIVE COVINA CA 91724 (626)9674302 FOR SALE INFORMATION: WWW. FIDELITYASAP.COM OR 714) 7302727 CRIS A KLINGERMAN, ESQ. WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT, AND ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. ASAP# 2966116 01/16/2009, 01/23/2009, 01/30/2009 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish Dates: January 16, 23, 30, 2009 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No. GM-164566-C Loan No. 7438794810 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/2/2004. 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. 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. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. TRUSTOR: ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ, AN UNMARRIED MAN Recorded 12/- 14/2004 as Instrument No. 2004- 0478434-00 in Book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Date of Sale:1/30/2009 at 10:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, California Property Address is purported to be: 4625 LA VISTA DRIVEOAKLEY, California 94561 APN #: 041-210-007-5 The total amount secured by said instrument as of the time of initial publication of this notice is $354,377.17, which includes the total amount of the unpaid balance (including accrued and unpaid interest) and reasonable estimated costs, expenses, and advances at the time of initial publication of this notice. ETS Services, LLC Date: 12/30/2008 2255 North Ontario Street, Suite 400 Burbank, California 91504- 3120 Sale Line: 714-7302727 Christine Gomez-Schwab, TRUSTEE SALE OFFICER ASAP# 2960613 01/09/2009, 01/- 16/2009, 01/23/2009 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 2009

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0009206-00 The name of the business (es): Michael DiGuido Photography Located at: 421 Madison Court In: Brentwood, CA 94513 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Michael Anthony DiGuido and Kim Theresa DiGuido, 421 Madison Court, Brentwood, CA 94513. This business is conducted by: Husband & Wife The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 12/24/- 08. Signature of registrant: Michael Anthony DiGuido This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: December 24, 2008 By: H. Franklin, Deputy Expires: December 24, 2013 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish: January 2, 9, 16, 23, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0009195-00 The name of the business (es): whybuynewautos.com Located at: 8111 Brentwood Boulevard In: Brentwood, CA 94513 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Saratoga Vehicle Management, 8111 Brentwood Boulevard, Brentwood, CA 94513. This business is conducted by: a Corporation The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/ A. Signature of registrant: Dave Matarazzo-President This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: December 24, 2008 By: T. Ragsdale, Deputy Expires: December 24, 2013 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish: January 2, 9,16, 23, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0009231-00 The name of the business (es): Ortega’s Yard Maintenance Located at: 828 South Estates Drive In: Brentwood, CA 94513 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Esequiel Z. Ortega and Celia Ortega, 828 South Estates Drive, Brentwood, CA 94513. This business is conducted by: Husband & Wife The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. Signature of registrant: Esequiel Z. Ortega This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: December 29, 2008 By: H. Franklin, Deputy Expires: December 29, 2013 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish: January 2, 9, 16, 23, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0000134-00 The name of the business (es): Books And More Located at: 4492 Silverberry Court In: Concord, CA 94521 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Wilson Currie, 4492 Silverberry Court, Concord, CA 94521. This business is conducted by: an Individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. Signature of registrant: Wilson J. Currie This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: January 7, 2009 By: J. Odegaard, Deputy Expires: January 7, 2014 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish: January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 2009 NAME CHANGE NOTICE PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Wilver Matias/Maricruz Cuevas, 2151 Sand Creek Road, #28, Brentwood, CA 94513 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court St., Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Wilver Matias/Maricruz Cuevas FOR CHANGE OF NAME ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: N08-1489 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: Wilver Matias/ Maricruz Cuevas filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Allisson Nichole Matias to Proposed Name: Allison Nichole Matias Cuevas 2. THE


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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No. GM-153160-C Loan No. 0359506024 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 3/1/2007. 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 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. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. TRUSTOR: ANDREA SANDERS, A MARRIED WOMAN, AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY Recorded 3/8/2007 as Instrument No. 2007-0068686- 00 in Book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Date of Sale:1/23/2009 at 10:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, California Property Address is purported to be: 1644 MARINA WAY BRENTWOOD, California 94513- 0000 APN #: 018-530-044-9 The total amount secured by said instrument as of the time of initial publication of this notice is $547,056.90, which includes the total amount of the unpaid balance (including accrued and unpaid interest) and reasonable estimated costs, expenses, and advances at the time of initial publication of this notice. Date: 12/- 26/2008 ETS Services, LLC 2255 North Ontario Street, Suite 400 Burbank, California 91504-3120 Sale Line: 714-730-2727 Ileanna Petersen, TRUSTEE SALE OFFICER ASAP# 2956015 01/- 02/2009, 01/09/2009, 01/16/2009 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: January 2, 9, 16, 2009 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No. GM-152398-C Loan No. 0601444323 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/22/2005. 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 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. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. TRUSTOR: MARK T. GREENWOOD, A MARRIED MAN, AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY. Recorded 12/30/2005 as Instrument No. 20050500397-00 in Book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Date of Sale:1/30/2009 at 10:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, California Property Address is purported to be: 5132 STRATFORD DRIVE OAKLEY, California 94561 APN #: 034-360- 001-1 The total amount secured by said instrument as of the time of initial publication of this notice is $480,627.70, which includes the total amount of the unpaid balance (including accrued and unpaid interest) and reasonable estimated costs, expenses, and advances at the time of initial publication of this notice. ETS Services, LLC Date: 12/29/2008 2255 North Ontario Street, Suite 400 Burbank, California 91504- 3120 Sale Line: 714-7302727 Christine Gomez-Schwab, TRUSTEE SALE OFFICER ASAP# 2958756 01/09/2009, 01/- 16/2009, 01/23/2009 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 2009 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. 708098 Loan No. 0216060056 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 6/20/2006. 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. On 1/22/2009 at 10:00 AM, Max Default Services Corporation, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 6/28/2006, as Instrument No. 2006-0203220- 00, in book -, page -, of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Contra Costa County, State of California, executed by Emily Hoptry, A Married Woman as Her Sole and Separate Property, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/- CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in

lawful money of the United States), At the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, CA. All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State, described as: FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE DEED OF TRUST. APN # 017-390-024 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1334 Willowood Court, Brentwood, CA 94513 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, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, 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: $540,341.56 The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale. The undersigned caused a Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. The beneficiary or authorized agent has declared that pursuant to the requirements in California Civil Code 2923.5(c), contact was made with the borrower. Dated: 12/23/2008 MAX DEFAULT SERVICES CORPORATION 43180 Business Park Drive, Ste A103 Temecula, CA 92590 Ryan Remington/Authorized Signature FOR TRUSTEE’S SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-259-7850 Max Default Services Corp. is attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. ASAP# 2956452 01/02/- 2009, 01/09/2009, 01/16/2009 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: January 2, 9, 16, 2009 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. 708425 Loan No. 0216060022 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 6/9/2006. 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. On 1/22/2009 at 10:00 AM, Max Default Services Corporation, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 6/19/2006, as Instrument No. 2006-0192433- 00, in book -, page -, of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Contra Costa County, State of California, executed by Edgar Hernandez, An Unmarried Man, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States), At the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, CA. All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State, described as: FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE DEED OF TRUST. APN # 018-470-046-6 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2809 Pristine Way, Brentwood, CA 94513 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, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, 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: $408,028.77 The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale. The undersigned caused a Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. The beneficiary or authorized agent has declared that pursuant to the requirements in California Civil Code 2923.5(c), contact was made with the borrower. Dated: 12/23/2008 MAX DEFAULT SERVICES CORPORATION Ryan Remington/Authorized Signature Max Default Services Corp. is attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. FOR TRUSTEE’S SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714259-7850 ASAP# 2956530 01/02/2009, 01/09/2009, 01/16/- 2009 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: January 2, 9, 16, 2009 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 08-0078081 Title Order No. 08-8292701 Investor/Insurer No. 145703006 APN No. 010-660- 005 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 08/08/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE AC-

TION 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.” Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by: JUANITO I. RELOVA III, AN UNMARRIED MAN, dated 08/08/2006 and recorded 08/16/06, as Instrument No. 20060259312-00, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Contra Costa County, State of California, will sell on 01/22/2009 at 10:00AM, At the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, CA. at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 200 CONTINENTE AVENUE, BRENTWOOD, CA, 94513. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $692,867.25. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’AS IS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trustee’s Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder’s Office. DATED: 10/31/2008 RECONTRUST COMPANY 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., SV2-202 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 9274399 By: - Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. ASAP# 2954262 01/02/2009, 01/- 09/2009, 01/16/2009 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: January 2, 9, 16, 2009 AMENDED FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0009130-00 The name of the business (es): Star Castle Daycare Located at: 4175 Brown Road In: Oakley, CA 94561 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Alexis Kuhn, 4175 Brown Road, Oakley, CA 94561. This business is conducted by: an Individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. Signature of registrant: December 19, 2008 This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: December 19, 2013 By: J. Odegaard, Deputy Expires: December 19, 2013 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 2009 NAME CHANGE NOTICE PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Desiree Lai and Don Huey, 28 Puffin Circle, Oakley, CA 94561 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court St., Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Desiree Lai and Don Huey FOR CHANGE OF NAME ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: N08-2025 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner: Desiree Lai and Don Huey filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Kaylee Allison Lai to Proposed Name: Kaylee Allison Huey 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 2/17/09 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept. 60 Room 102 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: OAKLEY PRESS Date: 12/19/08 Judith A. Sanders, Pro tem Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 021273 Publish Dates: January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0000031-00 The name of the business (es): Coffee and Gelato Located at: 2170 Main Street, Suite B In: Oakley, CA 94561 Mailing: 1589 Cornell Drive, Brentwood, CA 94513

Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Brentwood Coffee, LLC, 1589 Cornell Drive, Brentwood, CA 94513. This business is conducted by: a Limited Partnership The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 1/2/09. Signature of registrant: Sheri Bond This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: January 2, 2009 By: H. Franklin, Deputy Expires: January 2, 2014 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish: January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0009247-00 The name of the business (es): Cypress Cleaners Located at: 2927 Main Street In: Oakley, CA 94561 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Choonwon Cho, 5100 Vista Grande Drive, Antioch, CA 94531. This business is conducted by: an Individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. Signature of registrant: Choonwon Cho This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: December 29, 2008 By: Courtney Munn, Deputy Expires: December 29, 2013 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish: January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0009315-00 The name of the business (es): Allitech Services Located at: 2063 Main Street, Suite 244 In: Oakley, CA 94561 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Marianne Allison and Darrin Allison, 67 Sun Chase Court, Oakley, CA 94561. This business is conducted by: Husband & Wife The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 12/31/08. Signature of registrant: Sheri Bond This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: December 31, 2008 By: D Acuff, Deputy Expires: December 31, 2013 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish: January 9, 16, 23, 30, 2009 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No. GM-149562-C Loan No. 7426438305 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/27/2005. 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 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. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. TRUSTOR: PAUL E. ECHEVARRIA AND TONYA M. ECHEVARRIA, HUSBAND AND WIFE, AS JOINT TENANTS Recorded 12/30/2005 as Instrument No. 2005-0498966-00 in Book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Date of Sale:1/23/2009 at 10:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, California Property Address is purported to be: 1769 PONDEROSA DRIVE OAKLEY, California 94561 APN #: 035552- 040-4 The total amount secured by said instrument as of the time of initial publication of this notice is $368,776.52, which includes the total amount of the unpaid balance (including accrued and unpaid interest) and reasonable estimated costs, expenses, and advances at the time of initial publication of this notice. ETS Services, LLC Date: 12/18/2008 2255 North Ontario Street, Suite 400 Burbank, California 91504- 3120 Sale Line: 714-730-2727 Ileanna Petersen, TRUSTEE SALE OFFICER ASAP# 2952138 01/02/2009, 01/09/2009, 01/16/2009 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish Dates: January 2, 9, 16, 2009 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No. GM-152680-C Loan No. 0359296673 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 5/4/2006. 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 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. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. TRUSTOR: JANET S. RAYO

AND MICHAEL T. RAYO, WIFE AND HUSBAND, AS JOINT TENANTS, WITH RIGHT OF SURVIVORSHIP Recorded 5/- 11/2006 as Instrument No. 2006- 0148624-00 in Book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Date of Sale:1/23/2009 at 10:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, California Property Address is purported to be: 4651 BIG BEAR RD OAKLEY, California 94561 APN #: 033-380- 007-6 The total amount secured by said instrument as of the time of initial publication of this notice is $599,381.77, which includes the total amount of the unpaid balance (including accrued and unpaid interest) and reasonable estimated costs, expenses, and advances at the time of initial publication of this notice. ETS Services, LLC Date: 12/22/2008 2255 North Ontario Street, Suite 400 Burbank, California 91504- 3120 Sale Line: 714-7302727 Christine Gomez-Schwab, TRUSTEE SALE OFFICER ASAP# 2952445 01/02/2009, 01/- 09/2009, 01/16/2009 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish Dates: January 2, 9, 16, 2009

91504- 3120 Sale Line: 714-730-2727 Ileanna Petersen, TRUSTEE SALE OFFICER ASAP# 2952078 01/02/2009, 01/09/2009, 01/16/2009 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish Dates: January 2, 9, 16, 2009 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No.: 2008-00505 Loan No.: 1006895014 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 3/15/2006. 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 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. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor: MANUEL VELASQUEZ, AN UNMARRIED MAN Duly Appointed Trustee: Atlantic & Pacific Foreclosure Services, LLC Recorded 3/30/- 2006 as Instrument No. 2006- 0097752-00 in book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Date of Sale: 2/6/2009 at 10:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, California Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $471,399.71 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 4457 PAMPAS CIRCLE ANTIOCH, California 94531-000 A.P.N.: 055- 090-011 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. We may report information about your account to credit bureaus. Late payments, missed payments or other defaults on your account may be reflected in your credit report. This communication is for the purposes of collecting a debt, and information obtained will be used for that purpose. This notice is required by the provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and does not imply that we are attempting to collect money from anyone who has discharged the debt under the bankruptcy laws of the United States. If you have been discharged from personal liability on the mortgage because of bankruptcy proceedings and have not reaffirmed the mortgage, this letter is not an attempt to collect a debt from you, but merely provides informational notice that foreclosure proceedings to enforce the lien against the property to satisfy some or all of the debt are commencing. Date: 01/13/2009 Atlantic & Pacific Foreclosure Services, LLC 1610 E. Saint Andrew Pl., Suite 150F Santa Ana, CA 92705 Automated Sale Information: 714-730-2727 or www. lpsasap.com for NON-SALE information: 888-313-1969 Tai Alailima, Foreclosure Manager ASAP# 2967988 01/16/2009, 01/- 23/2009, 01/30/2009 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 Publish Dates: January 16, 23, 30, 2009 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No.:08-02094-5 Loan No.: 7509482 TSG No.: E834837 APN: 076-424-005-7 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED July 8, 2005. 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On January 22,2009 at 10:00 AM, Fidelity National Title Company as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on July 21, 2005, as Instrument No. 2005- 0268923-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, CA, executed by: MATTHEW PIERCE AND STACEY PIERCE, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, as Trustor, and CBSK FINANCIAL GROUP, INC., DBA AMERICAN HOME LOANS AS LENDER AND MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state): at the Court Street entrance to

the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, CA , all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, California describing the land therein: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold “as is” The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 3114 PINE STREET, ANTIOCH, CA 94509 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, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to-wit: $315,559.92 (Estimated) Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. FOR REINSTATEMENT OR PAYOFF QUOTES, PLEASE CONTACT THE LOAN RESOLUTION DEPARTMENT AT: 877-596-8580 Beneficiary: HSBC BANK USA, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF ACE SECURITIES CORP. HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2005-ASAP1, ASSET BACKED PASS- THROUGH CERTIFICATES C/ O Fidelity National Title Company 3075 Prospect Park Dr, Ste 100 Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 916- 636-0114 SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.fidelityasap.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-259-7850 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 and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. DATE December 22, 2008 FIDELITY NATIONAL TITLE COMPANY AS TRUSTEE Rozalyn Tudor Authorized Signature The undersigned mortgagee. beneficiary or authorized agent for the mortgagee or beneficiary pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.5(b) declares that the mortgagee, beneficiary or the mortgagee’s or beneficiary’s authorized agent contacted the borrower to assess the borrower’s financial situation and to explore options for the borrower to avoid Foreclosure. Fidelity National Title Company, authorized agent for the mortgagee or beneficiary By: Rozalyn Tudor, Authorized Signature ASAP# 2955464 01/- 02/2009, 01/09/2009, 01/16/2009 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 Publish Dates: January 2, 9, 16, 2009

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No. GM-153095-C Loan No. 0359142653 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 3/21/2005. 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 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. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. TRUSTOR: VERONICA HURTADO, A MARRIED WOMAN, AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY Recorded 3/24/2005 as Instrument No. 2005-0100371- 00 in Book -, page - of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Date of Sale:1/23/ 2009 at 10:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, California Property Address is purported to be: 215 DOUGLAS RD OAKLEY, California 94561-0000 APN #: 033-070-050-1 The total amount secured by said instrument as of the time of initial publication of this notice is $503,643.47, which includes the total amount of the unpaid balance (including accrued and unpaid interest) and reasonable estimated costs, expenses, and advances at the time of initial publication of this notice. ETS Services, LLC Date: 12/24/2008 2255 North Ontario Street, Suite 400 Burbank, California 91504-3120 Sale Line: 714-7302727 Emerlita Medrano, TRUSTEE SALE OFFICER ASAP# 2955485 01/02/2009, 01/- 09/2009, 01/16/2009 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish Dates: January 2, 9, 16, 2009 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No. GM-162034-C Loan No. 0713914393 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/13/2005. 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 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. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. TRUSTOR: ISMAEL RIVERA AND MARIA RIVERA, HUSBAND AND WIFE Recorded 12/21/2005 as Instrument No. 2005-0487761-00 in Book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Date of Sale:1/23/2009 at 10:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, California Property Address is purported to be: 539 5TH ST OAKLEY, California 94561-0000 APN #: 035-300-027- 6 The total amount secured by said instrument as of the time of initial publication of this notice is $388,474.73, which includes the total amount of the unpaid balance (including accrued and unpaid interest) and reasonable estimated costs, expenses, and advances at the time of initial publication of this notice. ETS Services, LLC Date: 12/18/2008 2255 North Ontario Street, Suite 400 Burbank, California

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0009122-00 The name of the business (es): Ralph Farber Hauling Located at: 4285 Pacheco Boulevard In: Martinez, CA 94553 Mailing: 5855 Yawl Street, Discovery Bay, CA 94505 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Ralph David Farber, 5855 Yawl Street, Discovery Bay, CA 94505. This business is conducted by: an Individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 12/19/- 08. Signature of registrant: Ralph D. Farber This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: December 19, 2008 By: J. Odegaard, Deputy Expires: December 19, 2013 Brentwood Press No. 021273 Publish: December 26, 2008, January 2, 9, 16, 2009 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY (CIVIL CODE ‘a7 1988) Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to Civil Code ‘a7 1988, on the 28th Day of January 2009 Litton Loan Servicing, shall sell at public auction at 10:00 AM at 2314 Mandarin Way Antioch CA 94509 the following personal property: Washer, dryer, refrigerator, miscellaneous furniture, televisions, and miscellaneous household contents. Property to be sold in bulk to the highest bidder. All property must be removed at the conclusion of the sale at the expense of the highest bidder. All payments to be in cash or cashier’s check or some combination thereof. Seller reserves the right to cancel the sale without notice or, if per agreement with the owner of the above property, to sell a portion of the above the property. Public Sale conducted by Auctioneer Forrest O’ Brien: CA Bond # 00104533207. Antioch Press No. 06-1617 Publish Dates: January 16, 23, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0000116-00 The name of the business (es): LightHeaded Designs Located at: 28 Chelsea Court In: Oakley, CA 94561 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Nathaniel Lopez, 28 Chelsea Court, Oakley, CA 94561. This business is conducted by: an Individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 1/7/09. Signature of registrant: Nathaniel Lopez This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: January 7, 2009 By: J. Odegaard, Deputy Expires: January 7, 2014 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish: January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 2009


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ENTERTAINMENT OUT & ABOUT IN EAST COUNTY

Volker Strifler Band will perform at The El Campanil Theatre in Antioch at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, call 925-7579500.

Music Friday, Jan. 16 Jazz Piano

Life in Song

Delta Jazz Trio pianist Dave Roberts plays tunes from the Great American Songbook made famous by Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall and others from 6-8 p.m. at Shutters Brasserie, a French-American pub/bistro at 2013 Elkins Way at Sunset Road in Brentwood. There is no cover charge. For reservations, call 925-516-4131. For more information, go online to shuttersbrasserie. com or deltajazztrio.com.

Wednesday, Jan. 21 Ingrid Noyes Ingrid Noyes will perform bluegrass, folk, country and old-time mountain music at a free event in the Antioch Library at 3 p.m. For more information, call 925-757-9224.

Saturday, Jan. 24 Michael Paul Band If you like new country and southern rock, don’t miss The Michael Paul Band at Tugs in Bethel Island. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 925-852-7915.

The husband and wife team of Jacovia and Seracy, who will amaze you with their pop and R&B talents, will be performing at Tugs in Bethel Island at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.lifeinsong.com.

Sunday, Feb. 8 Voices in Harmony The Liberty High School singers welcome Voices in Harmony to Brentwood at 2 p.m. for a joint concert. Voices in Harmony is an award-winning a cappella chorus of 90-plus men based in San Jose. For more information, call 925-550-3582.

Events

Or post your event online at www.thepress.net. celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday at an event beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the El Campanil Theatre and concluding at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit ci.antioch.ca.us/ mlk.

Tuesday, Jan. 20 Finding Your Roots The Delta Women’s Connection of Brentwood invites you to begin finding your roots at a luncheon held at Nines in Brentwood at 11 a.m. Virginia Kysh and Jan Villott will be there to answer questions. Tickets are $18. For more information and reservations, call 925-634-7540 or 925-5137644.

Monday, Jan. 26 Body for Life Challenge Susan Emmett, a certified A.F.A.A. personal trainer, is sponsoring the next fitness and nutrition event. Lose those holiday pounds and meet past winners. Reservations are limited. Call 925-240-5123 for more information.

Saturday, Jan. 17 and Sunday, Jan. 18 Wine Tasting

The El Campanil Theatre will host James Clark in a Tribute to Elvis at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, call 925-757-9500.

Hannah Nicole Vineyards, 6740 Balfour Road in Brentwood, holds a wine tasting every weekend. Enjoy award-winning wines in the indoor tasting room surrounded by the beautiful vineyards and a view of Mt. Diablo. The tasting runs from 1-5 p.m. For more information, call 925-513-0769.

Saturday, Jan. 31 Chris Cain

Monday, Jan. 19 Martin Luther King Celebration

Blues guitarist Chris Cain and special guest

The City of Antioch will hold its inaugural

James Clark

To have an entertainment event listed, email information to calendar@ brentwoodpress.com by noon, Friday, at least one week prior to publication.

Friday, Feb. 13 Romancing the ’20s Fil-Am of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church will present Romancing the ’20s, a Valentine’s Dinner Dance held from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. at Resurrection Ministries, 1275 Fairview Ave. in Brentwood. Tickets are $35 and proceeds will benefit the church parking lot. For more information and tickets, call Jan at 925-354-1999 or Emma at 925-325-5249.

Shows Friday, Jan. 16 Local Artists Show Fridley Art Gallery, 613 First St. in Brentwood, will host the works of local artists Byron Elmore, Tiffany Galer, Gwenn Spratt, Edward Lott Jr. and Scott Perry. The show runs through Saturday.

Saturday, Jan. 17 Standup Comedy The best of the San Francisco international standup comedy competition will be onstage at Antioch’s El Campanil Theatre at 8 p.m. For more information, call 925-7579500.

Sunday, Jan. 25 ‘Roman Holiday’ El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., will screen the classic film “Roman Holiday,” starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and $6. For more information, call 925757-9500.

Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7 ‘Meet Me In St. Louis’ Stage Right Conservatory Theater will present “Meet Me In St. Louis” at 7 p.m.; 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8. Performances take place at the Nick Rodriguez Theater in Antioch. For ticket prices and more information, call 925-550-0318.

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No.: 2008-00241 Loan No.: 7000015476 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 3/13/2006. 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 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. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor: RUBEN CALDERON AND GUADALUPE CALDERON, COMMUNITY PROPERTY Duly Appointed Trustee: Atlantic & Pacific Foreclosure Services, LLC Recorded 3/20/2006 as Instrument No. 2006-0083544-00 in book , page and rerecorded on --- as --- of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Date of Sale: 1/30/2009 at 10:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, California Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $395,564.08 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 205 SPINDRIFT CT OAKLEY, California 94561 A.P.N.: 035-600- 024 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. We may report information about your account to credit

bureaus. Late payments, missed payments or other defaults on your account may be reflected in your credit report. This communication is for the purposes of collecting a debt, and information obtained will be used for that purpose. This notice is required by the provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and does not imply that we are attempting to collect money from anyone who has discharged the debt under the bankruptcy laws of the United States. If you have been discharged from personal liability on the mortgage because of bankruptcy proceedings and have not reaffirmed the mortgage, this letter is not an attempt to collect a debt from you, but merely provides informational notice that foreclosure proceedings to enforce the lien against the property to satisfy some or all of the debt are commencing. Date: 01/05/2009 Atlantic & Pacific Foreclosure Services, LLC 1610 E. Saint Andrew Pl., Suite 150F Santa Ana, CA 92705 Automated Sale Information: 714-730-2727 or www. lpsasap.com for NON-SALE information: 888-313-1969 Tai Alailima, Foreclosure Manager ASAP# 2955929 01/09/2009, 01/- 16/2009, 01/23/2009 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 2009

as Instrument No. 2007-0171493-00 in book xxx, page xxx of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California; Date of Sale: 1/- 29/2009 at 10:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, CA. Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $598,873.32 The purported property address is: 1302 PORTSMOUTH ST OAKLEY CA OAKLEY, CA 94561 Assessors Parcel No. 034-380- 021-5 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. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.5 ( c), the beneficiary or authorized agent declares as follows: In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. Date: 12/24/2008 Quality Loan Service Corp. 2141 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619-645- 7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 714730-2727 or Login to: www.fidelityasap. com Reinstatement Line: 619-6457711 Erik Rasanen 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 holder’s rights against the real property only. THIS NOTICE IS SENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING A DEBT. THIS FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDER AND OWNER OF THE NOTE. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED BY OR PROVIDED TO THIS FIRM OR THE CREDITOR WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. As required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. ASAP# 2956382

01/- 09/2009, 01/16/2009, 01/23/2009 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 2009

fault 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 and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Date: December 17, 2008 Robbie Weaver Assistant Secretary & Assistant Vice President Aztec Foreclosure Corporation c/o 3350 Country Club Dr., Suite 202 Cameron Park, CA 95682 Phone: (800) 731- 0850 or (602) 222-5711 Fax: (847) 627-8803 For Trustee’s Sale Information Call 714-730-2727 www.fidelityasap.com ASAP# 2954184 01/09/2009, 01/16/2009, 01/23/2009 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 2009 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File #F-0009065-00 The name of the business (es): Ferrel Custom Design Pools & Spas Located at: 3860 Balfour Road In: Brentwood, CA 94513 Is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Dellinger & Ferrel, Inc., 2426 Chestnut Street, Brentwood, CA 94513 Brentwood, CA 94513. This business is conducted by: a Corporation The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 12/17/- 08. Signature of registrant: Jerry Dellinger-President This statement was filed with Stephen L Weir, County Clerk Of Contra Costa County on: December 17, 2008 By: M. Oliver, Deputy Expires: December 17, 2013 Brentwood Press No. 021273 Publish: December 26, 2008, January 2, 9, 16, 2009

state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state): at the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, CA . all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, California describing the land therein: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold “as is” The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 3842 HARVEST CIRCLE, OAKLEY, CA 94561 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, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees. charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to-wit: $407,708.20 (Estimated) Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. FOR REINSTATEMENT OR PAYOFF QUOTES. PLEASE CONTACT THE LOAN RESOLUTION DEPARTMENT AT: 877-596-8580 Beneficiary: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF STRUCTURED ASSET SECURITIES CORPORATION MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007- OSI C/O Fidelity National Title Company 3075 Prospect Park Dr., Ste 100 Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 916-636-0114 SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.fidelityasap.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-2597850 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 and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. DATE December 19, 2008 FIDELITY NATIONAL TITLE COMPANY AS TRUSTEE Rozalyn Tudor Authorized Signature The undersigned mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent for the mortgagee or beneficiary pursuant to California Civil

Code 2923.5(b) declares that the mortgagee, beneficiary or the mortgagee’s or beneficiary’s authorized agent contacted the borrower to assess the borrower’s financial situation and to explore options for the borrower to avoid foreclosure. ASAP# 2953865 01/- 02/2009, 01/09/2009, 01/16/2009 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish Dates: January 2, 9, 16, 2009

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS # CA-08-183874-ED Loan # 3017678115 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 6/5/2007. 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 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): MOHAMMAD KESSER JAWED, A MARRIED MAN Recorded: 6/13/2007

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. 06-7722 Title Order No. E710350 APN 33-070- 049 You are in default under a Deed of Trust dated 08/11/08. 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 proceedings against you, you should contact a lawyer. On 01/29/- 09 at 10:00 a.m., Aztec Foreclosure Corporation as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 08/22/05 in Instrument No. 2005-0315072-00, Book - Page - of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, executed by: Luis Ruben Mendoza and Griselda Mendoza, husband and wufe, as Trustor, Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for the registered holders of New Century Home Equity Loan Trust, Series 2005-B, Asset Backed Pass- Through Certificates., as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). At: the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse at 725 Court Street (corner of Main & Court Streets), Martinez, CA., all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, California purported to be: 219 Douglas Road, Oakley, CA 94561. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. 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, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, towit: $592,090.98 (Estimated) Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. 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 De-

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No.:071261JV Loan No.: 40885196 TSG No.: E734262 APN: 034280-018-2 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED. OF TRUST DATED October 25, 2006. 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On January 22, 2009 at 10:00 AM, Fidelity National Title Company as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on October 31, 2006, as Instrument No. 2006-0348455-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, CA, executed by: LEOPOLDO ORTIZ, A SINGLE MAN AND YERALDIN HERNANDEZ, A SINGLE WOMAN AS TENANTS IN COMMON, as Trustor, and RESMAE MORTGAGE CORPORATION AS LENDER AND MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS INC. (MERS) as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No. GM-153003-C Loan No. 0359168308 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 4/20/2005. 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 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. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. TRUSTOR: JOSEPHINE DOLLENTE FERREIRA, A MARRIED WOMAN AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY Recorded 4/27/2005 as Instrument No. 2005-0147921-00 in Book -, page - of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Date of Sale: 1/23/2009 at 10:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Court Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 725 Court Street (corner of Main and Court Street), Martinez, California Property Address is purported to be: 2838 PRISTINE WAY BRENTWOOD, California 94513- 0000 APN #: 018-480-033-2 The total amount secured by said instrument as of the time of initial publication of this notice is $648,009.60, which includes the total amount of the unpaid balance (including accrued and unpaid interest) and reasonable estimated costs, expenses, and advances at the time of initial publication of this notice. ETS Services, LLC Date: 12/26/2008 2255 North Ontario Street, Suite 400 Burbank, California 91504- 3120 Sale Line: 714-730-2727 Ileanna Petersen, TRUSTEE SALE OFFICER ASAP# 2955901 01/02/2009, 01/09/2009, 01/16/2009 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: January 2, 9, 16, 2009


JANUARY 16, 2009

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CALENDAR LOCAL EVENTS & SERVICE CLUBS

Events Saturday, Jan. 17 Book Club for ‘Little Women’ The Liberty High School POPs announces a Book Club for Little Women of all ages. Members will read the classic “Little Women” and meet at Liberty to discuss it on six consecutive Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. New members are encouraged to join at any time. For more information, e-mail PLY_little_women@hotmail.com.

Winter Basketball Children in preschool through fifth grade can play winter basketball at the Delta YMCA in Oakley through March 7. For more information, call 925-625-9333.

Delta Strikers Crab Feed The third annual Delta Strikers crab feed will be held from 5-11 p.m. at the flower building at the Contra Costa Fairgrounds in Antioch. Tickets are $35. For more information, call Tim or Cindy at 925-757-5424.

To have a community event listed, e-mail information to calendar@ brentwoodpress.com by noon, Friday, at least one week prior to publication. Or post your event online at www.thepress.net.

Job Training & Placement Opportunity Junction, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd. in Antioch, will help you with job training, placement information and application sessions during the month of January. For times and dates, call 925-776-1133.

Books for the Homebound Volunteers are needed to provide this service to homebound Brentwood, Antioch and Pittsburg residents. The service is provided by the Contra Costa County Library. To become a volunteer, call Susan at 925927-3211.

Weight Loss Challenge The 12-week program provides advice on proper nutrition and food choices, and encourages exercise. A $29 entry fee creates the jackpot and is paid out in weekly prizes and cash to the three biggest weight losers. The weekly nutrition class is free. For more information, call Nicole at 925-418-5635.

On the Horizon

Crochet with Chris Chris always has ideas up his sleeve. Join the group at the Antioch Library at 3:30 p.m. and work on a project you need help with, or come and learn how to crochet. For more information, call 925-757-9224.

Tuesday, Jan. 20 Parenting Workshop The Brentwood Union School District invites parents of Brentwood K-5 students to LEAP – Learning Excellence About Parenting – a free workshop on Jan. 20 at Krey Elementary School. For more information, email schurch@brentwood.k12.ca.us.

Flames Before Bulbs Explore how miners lit the underground in the days before electricity. The event takes place Saturday, Jan. 24 from 10-11 a.m. and 2 -3 p.m. at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch. For more information, call 925-757-2620.

Crab Feed East County Youth Football will host its fourth annual Crab Feed Saturday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at Veterans Hall in Brentwood. Tickets are $35. For more information, call Mario at 925-625-1698 or Jim at 925-206-9580.

First-time Homebuyer Seminar

Delta Informal Gardeners

Cherry Creek Mortgage Company is holding a First-time Homebuyer Seminar at Humphrey’s on the Delta in Antioch from 7-8 p.m. Learn everything you need to know about buying your first house. For more information, call 800-325-2062.

Mike Moran of the East Bay Regional Park District will be the guest speaker at DIG’s monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 26 at the Brentwood United Methodist Church Social Hall in Brentwood. For more information, call Jon at 925-240-6060 or visit www.deltainformalgardeners.org.

Children’s Health Alliance The Antioch Children’s Health Alliance would like to help you improve the health of your family and the Antioch community. Meetings are held at the Reach building, 1023 W. Second St., at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. For more information, call Mickie at 925-779-6908.

Wednesday, Jan. 21 Adult Literacy Project Second Chance, the Contra Costa County Library adult literacy program, is looking for volunteer tutors. Training begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 925927-3250, or e-mail psc@ccclib.org.

Thursday, Jan. 22 Food Addicts in Recovery A new group meeting in East Contra Costa County will be held on Thursdays from 6:45-8:15 p.m. in the John Muir/Mount Diablo Medical Center’s second-floor conference room, 2400 Balfour Road in Brentwood. For more information, call Steve at 925-513-3015.

Sign-ups

Parents of Eighth-graders On Tuesday, Jan. 27, Freedom High School will host an event for parents of eighthgraders about to enter high school. Englishspeaking sessions are scheduled for 5-6 and 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room; Spanish-speaking session at 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the staff lounge of the A Building. For more information, call 925-625-5900.

Do-It-Yourself Tax Assistance

wine and entertainment. Proceeds provide free tutoring for underprivileged children in Brentwood. For tickets ($40), call Bill at 925783-6147. For sponsorship information, call Dave at 925-634-1812.

Crab Feed and Auction Krey Elementary will hold a Crab Feed Dinner and Auction on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. at Veterans Hall in Brentwood. Tickets are $35. For more information, email kreycoyote0708@yahoo.com.

Jewelry Making for Older Adults Learn to make many kinds of jewelry at the Brentwood Senior Center, 740 Third St., on Tuesdays, Feb. 3-24 at 9:30 a.m. The fee is $30. For more information, call 925-634-2565.

Hurricanes Crab Feed The Harvest Park Bowl Hurricanes boosters club will host its ninth annual Crab Feed at Veterans Hall, 757 First St. in Brentwood, on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. For tickets and more information, call 925-516-1221.

Reno Bus Trip Fundraising for East County Arts is a nonprofit organization sponsoring a Reno Bus Trip on Saturday, Feb. 14. Tickets are $40 and include roundtrip transportation via charter bus from Oakley’s Raley’s to Silver Legacy in Reno. For more information, call Gina at 925679-1954 or Tracy at 925-625-2063.

One-day Jewelry Workshop Learn how to create your own custom jewelry at a one-day workshop held at the Liberty Adult Education Center, 929 Second St. in Brentwood, on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The fee is $25. For more information, call 925-634-2565.

Ongoing Events Hospice of the East Bay Hospice of the East Bay is pleased to offer a variety of support groups and workshops for adults, children and teens experiencing grief after the death of a loved one. Classes are offered at Hospice’s administrative offices, 3470 Buskirk Ave. in Pleasant Hill, and 650 John Muir Parkway in Brentwood. For more information, call 925-887-5678.

Special Kids Foundation Come and meet parents facing similar challenges in an atmosphere of support and encouragement at the Black Bear Diner, 3201 Main St. in Oakley, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, call 925-516-9690.

Those whose income is $52,000 or less can electronically file their 2008 tax returns for free at a tax assistance event held Friday, Jan. 30 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information and to sign up, visit www.opportunityjuction.org/taxes or call 925-776-1133.

4-H Meetings

Credit Repair and Savings Strategies

The Lions Club of Brentwood and Delta Community is helping low-income seniors, children and persons in need obtain eyeglasses and hearing aids. The glasses are free and the co-pay for a hearing aid is $150. For more information, call 925-6348275 or visit www.delta-comm.org.

What do you do when your job doesn’t pay the bills? A free workshop and pizza will be available Saturday, Jan. 31 from noon-1 p.m. at Opportunity Junction, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd. in Antioch. For more information, call 925-776-1133 or visit www.opportunityjuction.org.

Weight Loss Challenge

School House Rock

Meetings will be held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. through March 30 at the Church of Christ building, 1020 E. Tregallas Road. For more information, call Jeff at 925-783-4043.

A Place of Learning invites you to the Shadow Lakes Golf Club Event Center in Brentwood on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. for a fundraiser featuring a tapas-style dinner,

4-H Community meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at Veterans Hall in downtown Brentwood at 7 p.m. For more information, call 925-381-6729 or e-mail juliecarter31@yahoo.com.

Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids

Brentwood Holiday on Ice The Streets of Brentwood invites everyone to lace up those ice skates on a rink protected from the elements by a gigantic outdoor tent. Skating runs through Sunday, Jan. 31. Admission is $10; skate rental is $5. For more information, visit www.brentwoodholidayonice.com.

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