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Goodwill store raises concerns

February 9, 2018

Here Comes The Bride

A glancing blow

by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

The Brentwood Planning Commission will take a second look at plans for a Goodwill store near Balfour Road and Armstrong Way after residents objected to the project during a design review this week. Speakers raised a variety of concerns related to traffic issues, safety, crime and litter, prompting the commission to ask city staff to take a second look at aspects of the project. “If we are just looking at design, then yes, it checks the boxes. But it’s a hard location for me to see it in,” said Planning Commissioner Jodi Marfia. Project plans call for Goodwill Industries to build a 25,000-square-foot building that incorporates a retail store, donation processing area and a job-training facility on an undeveloped 3.61-acre see Goodwill page 26A

Planning a wedding? We’ve got you covered in this week’s special edition. Page 1B

Peace Corps Legislation Photo by Tony Kukulich

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reedom’s Jackie Macedo attempts to deflect a ball off Nicole Schaffer’s foot during Liberty’s 6-0 win over the Falcons on Tuesday. The Lions got 2 goals from senior midfielder Kylie Zentner and a goal each from freshman Alexis Gutierrez, senior Aveena Cline, junior Savannah Boone and sophomore Gabby Colmenares. The win puts Liberty in prime position to at least share the Bay Valley Athletic League title. For a complete recap of the game, see page 19. To view more photos of the event, visit www.thepress.net/multimedia/sideshows

Fire district projects budget savings by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District is on track to save $664,000 this year, said Fire Chief Brian Helmick at this week’s budget update. The bulk of the savings ($365,000) is the result of retirements and attrition. The district had budgeted for 39 personnel but saw a couple of members retire or move to other agencies, reducing the number to 35. “We are on course, and it looks like at year-end we will be under budget,” said Helmick, who indicated that the district’s staffing levels will remain at 35 for the foreseeable future. Another chunk of the savings ($240,000) stems from the

“ The district’s projected revenue for the year – $15 million – is expected to remain steady.

long fire season, which reduced the cost of the district’s contract with Cal Fire to cover the Marsh Creek-Morgan Territory area. The state covers the cost of the Cal Fire station during fire season. “The district’s projected revenue for the year – $15 million – is expected to remain steady,” Helmick said. An estimated $9.9 million will be spent on salary and benefits, while $2.4 million will be used on services and supplies in

conjunction with covering city and county charges. The city and county charges include human resources and accounting services provided by the City of Brentwood; legal services provided by the law firm Hanson Bridgett LLP; and dispatch, fire inspection, permit approval and investigation services provided by the neighboring Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. Additionally, the district will put $800,000 toward a capi-

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tal equipment fund, and $65,000 in a capital facilities account. The two accounts are used to pre-fund major facility maintenance and equipment replacement costs. The district will also pay $330,000 on one-time costs, including an expected $200,000 on a March election to determine if the ECCFPD Board of Directors should switch from nine members to five; $100,000 on special projects; and $20,000 on an other post-employment benefit (OPEB) actuarial study. OPEB benefits are received by an employee upon retirement, including health care and life-insurance premiums and deferred compensation. see Fire District page 26A

Bill named after Liberty grad Nick Castle offers protections for Peace Corps volunteers. Page 5A

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Filling bellies, hearts and souls by Aly Brown Staff Writer

The black van cuts through sheets of fog on a cold Wednesday night and parks beside the Amtrack station in downtown Antioch. From the darkness, figures emerge, materializing as if from nowhere. The van’s presence has summoned them, and one by one they approach the curbside, because they know the vehicle has brought with it two things: a warm meal and human kindness. The figures are those counted among the homeless in Antioch, and Nichole Gardner and her family are ready with a hot dinner, water bottles and personal care items. Gardner knows the people by name, she gives them hugs and even produces a box full of Christmas gifts for those she hadn’t seen since the holiday. “I pride myself in bringing them really good food, so that when they see my van, they think, ‘Oh, here comes Nichole; she’s bringing something good,’” she said. Not affiliated with any area organizations, Gardner began boxing meals and delivering them about a year ago, after Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday when a YouTube video about helping the community inspired her to contribute in a larger capacity. Her mother Angela Butcher and her aunt Rhonda Flanagan, both community volunteers and in-home care specialists, joined the team. The three have made

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Nichole Gardner and her family bring hot meals to homeless people in Antioch every Wednesday night. The rapport she’s established with individuals living on the streets has inspired her to attend community meetings and events to see what can be done to build a shelter in the city, which currently has none. the rounds throughout Antioch each week since, sometimes joined by other volunteers or children from the family, such as Gardner’s young sons or her 12-year-old niece Samiyah McCorkell. They typically feed about 40 people, and she tracks inventory based on how many water bottles they

pass out. “I really enjoy it. The people get so excited when they see Nichole coming,” said Flanagan. Soon after launching the effort, Gardner came to the conclusion that handing out the boxed meals wasn’t enough.

“I thought it would be more personable to serve them the meals and chat – learn their names and get to know their stories,” she said. “Now, they feel like family to me.” At the Amtrack station, a strong familial vibe is in the air as the people line up for food and laugh, while chatting with the women and sitting in circles on the cold concrete beside the van. Many of their stories of homelessness seemed to stem from a history of loss and trauma. Daryl Robinson was only 5 years old when his mother died and he was cycled into the foster-care system. Now, at 29, he said he lives life as a rolling stone, but he’s grateful for people like Gardner and her family. “It’s a mission from God and the heart, the work they do,” he said. “It’s uplifting to see people who actually care.” Kenny Edward experienced the loss of his mother, father and all three brothers in a short span of time before he spiraled into homelessness. He was there on the very first day Gardner arrived with plates of food, and she is currently helping him obtain a shelter voucher. “For Nichole to care as much as she does … she’s got a heart of gold,” Edward said, who is expecting a grandchild this year. “To have someone in my corner, advocating for me is everything. I see Souls page 16A


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Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act named for Liberty High graduate by Tony Kukulich Staff Writer

On what would have been Nick Castle’s 28th birthday, Jan. 10, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was among four senators who introduced the Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act of 2018 (S. 2286), named for the former Brentwood resident who died while serving the Peace Corps in China. “This is something that we’ve been working on for a few years,” said Sue Castle, Nick’s mother. “It’s been five years since Nick died, and we didn’t feel like a lot of progress had been made by the Peace Corps. The bill doesn’t have everything we wanted, but it’s a good framework. We’re glad it’s moving forward.” According to a Senate press release, the legislation seeks to improve access to medical care for volunteers, strengthen accountability and oversight and enhance procedures to reduce the risk of crime in the countries in which the volunteers serve. The bill is named for Nick whose death was, in part, due to inadequate health care he received while on an international assignment in 2013. A report on his death by the Peace

Corps Office of Inspector General cited poor judgement and misdiagnosis by the Peace Corps medical officer as well as “cascading failures and delays in treatment.” “No parent should have to endure the loss of their child due to inadequate health care,” said Feinstein. “In the face of their own loss, the Castles have pushed for reforms that will ensure future Peace Corps volunteers receive the best medical care possible … our bill requires the Peace Corps to review and evaluate all medical staff, gives the inspector general new authorities to investigate volunteer deaths and allows the Peace Corps to provide continued care to returned volunteers for up to six months.” Nick, a 2008 graduate of Liberty High School, attended the University of California, Berkeley where he majored in political science and comparative politics. Shortly after his May 2012 graduation he departed for China to begin a two-year assignment teaching university-level English in Guizhou Province in southwestern China. In October 2012, Nick suffered a gastrointestinal illness and lost a significant amount of weight which he never

regained, though he recovered from the illness after receiving intravenous fluids and antibiotics. Late the following January, symptoms returned while Nick was in Chengdu for a two-week training session. He was seen in his hotel room by a Peace Corps doctor and treated for acute gastroenteritis (stomach flu) but not hospitalized or put on intravenous fluids. A housekeeper discovered him in distress later that day and the same Peace Corps doctor was summoned back to his room. A New York Times article published in July 2014 called the scene in Nick’s hotel room “chaotic” and described a set of circumstances from an inoperative blood pressure cuff to conflicting opinions among the medical personnel regarding treatment to an ambulance that got lost in the streets of Chengdu while trying to find the hotel that ultimately led to Nick’s heart stopping due to severe dehydration. Doctors were able to restore his pulse, but Nick slipped into a coma from which he never recovered. His parents, Sue and Dave Castle, were summoned to China and were by his side when he was removed see Peace Corps page 16A

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Family Matters

by Silky Sahnan, esq. How To Enjoy Being Single on Valentine’s Day Being single on Valentine’s Day can be special and fun instead of a pity party. Why simply tolerate the day when you can enjoy? Life should be enjoyed and embraced - try thinking about this day of love as an “I love myself” day. Here are three tips to have a blissful Valentine’s Day as a single person: Go out with friends. Single adults now outnumber married ones, so you’re bound to have lots of company. Invite your friends to go dancing, out to the newest spot in town, out for a hike, or a nice homemade meal in. Break a sweat. Hiking trails, gyms, and yoga studios are traditionally packed on Valentine’s Day, and for good reason. Exercise is crucial when it comes to self-care, and what better day to start if you’ve been out of the

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An artist’s concept of what the new Interpretive Center at Marsh Creek State Historic Park could look like.

Interpretive center to provide historic benefits It’s been 162 years since the huge sandstone edifice on the edge of Brentwood first became a destination for newcomers to California. Now a part of the largest historic park in the state, a local nonprofit is hoping that pioneer John Marsh’s iconic Stone House will soon be greeting visitors on a regular basis once again. The house is the centerpiece of the Marsh Creek State Historic Park, 3,700 acres of rolling hills and grasslands dotted with oak trees that are the last vestige of the 50,000-acre Rancho Los Meganos that Marsh, the first American settler in what would become Contra Costa County, started in 1838. Established in 2007, the park has remained closed to the public due to a lack of California State Parks resources. The John Marsh Historic Trust is now working with State Parks to change that. The Brentwood-based 501(c)3 nonprofit is raising money to build an interpretive center in front of the house to begin making the unique resources of the park available on limited basis.

“The potential for the park is tremendous,” said Trust Executive Director Rick Lemyre. “In addition to the Stone House, the general plan includes 70 miles of trails, up to 200 camping and day-use sites, RV and equestrian facilities, and protection for a wealth of historic and natural resources. The site was home to Native Americans for thousands of years before and during Marsh’s time, and he played an important role in the transition from the Mexicancontrolled Alta California to American statehood.” The trust was formed in 1994 to preserve and restore Marsh’s 7,000-squarefoot mansion, built in 1856 and once considered the finest home in California. In 2014, the group became an official cooperating association for State Parks, working to benefit not only the house but the entire park. That effort includes working with State Parks, private sector partners and the public to build awareness of the park’s educational, recreational, naturalpreservation and open-space benefits. “We figure that the best way to make people aware of those benefits is to start delivering them,” said Lemyre. “We’re proud to be in a position to help make that happen.” To that end, the trust in recent years has hosted hundreds of local elementary students on educational field trips, taken hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts on hikes, and brought thousands of visitors to the park for an annual Heritage Day event in October. “The lack of facilities has made it difficult to host let alone expand these programs,” Lemyre said. “The center will also allow us to open the park to public dropin visits for the first time. During U-pick season, for example, folks could visit the farms and then stop by for a scenic, historic and comfortable place to have a picnic.” see Historic page 7A


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Historic from page 6A State Parks has begun design work for the center, which will consist of a shade structure, picnic tables, restrooms, parking and informational panels. The trust is hoping to raise $90,000 to cover the initial construction estimate of $75,000, plus provide instructional materials, storage, docent training and to cover any contingencies. The trust is also working with the East Contra Costa Historical Society and the Brentwood Union School District on a curriculum for fourth-grade students studying California history. Currently, students make an expensive bus trip to Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento for the kind of experiential learning that will be available in their own backyard. “We’ve already received significant donations from Shea Homes and the Byron Anonymous Givers Foundation,” Lemyre said. “We’re building momentum and hope to complete the fundraising as soon as possible so construction can begin. We’ve applied for grant funding and are approaching local businesses for support, but the backbone of giving is the individual donor. Gifts of $50 or

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Rick Lemyre, John Marsh Historic Trust executive director $100 are more than appreciated.” To make a donation, use the PayPal button on the Trust website, www. johnmarshhouse.com, or send a check to John Marsh Historic Trust, P.O. Box 1682, Brentwood, California, 94513. To learn more about the interpretive center, the Stone House or the trust or to arrange a presentation for your group, contact Lemyre at 925-286-4591 or Marsh1856@ yahoo.com. To comment, visit www.thepress.net

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Special election to determine size of fire board On March 6, through a special allmail ballot election, voters in the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District will have an opportunity to approve Measure A, which would decrease from 9 to 5 the number of members of the district’s Board of Directors. If approved by a majority of voters, Measure A will take effect later this year when the district’s directors will be elected for the first time. The district currently has a ninemember board with two members appointed by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, four members appointed by the Brentwood City Council and three members appointed by the Oakley City Council. On Nov. 8, 2016, the district’s voters passed Measure N to transition the board from an appointed board to an elected board. Board elections will be held for the first time Nov. 6, 2018, when all directors’ seats will be up for election. Persons currently serving as appointed directors will be eligible to run for seats as elected directors. On Dec. 7, 2018, the newly elected board members will take office and all of the current appointments to the board will expire. The district placed the measure on the ballot in hopes of increasing competition for directorships and improving the efficiency of district administration. Registered voters of the district will receive ballots and voter information

guides are expected to arrive Feb. 5. Voters can return their ballots by mail to the County Elections Division. Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before March 6 and must be received by the County Elections Division in Martinez by March 9. Ballots may also be dropped off at any of the following locations: •County Elections Division in Martinez by 8 p.m., on or before March 6. •Oakley City Hall, Brentwood City Hall and Discovery Bay Community Center during regular business hours from Feb. 12 to March 6. •County Elections Division’s Voter Services Center at the Brentwood Community Center on March 3, 5 and 6. Voters are not restricted to dropping off only their own ballots. County Elections Division will accept properly completed ballots that are dropped off by a person other than the voter, such as a family member or a friend. The County Elections Division will certify the results of the election no later than April 5. For more information, visit www. eccfpd.org or connect through social media on Facebook (East Contra Costa Fire Protection District), Instagram (@east_contra_costa_fire), Twitter (@ eccfpd ), Nextdoor and YouTube (East Contra Costa Fire Protection District). – Courtesy of ECCFPD


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Construction is underway on a bridge over Balfour Road to replace the current signalized intersection near Highway 4 and Balfour Road. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Photo courtesy of In-Flight Camera

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If motorists near Balfour Road on Highway 4 weren’t already aware that major construction was underway, they now have some very tall clues. Construction officials are preparing to erect large girders or beams in anticipation of adding a bridge over Balfour Road to replace the current signalized intersection near Highway 4 and Balfour Road. The move will allow one lane each of eastbound and westbound traffic to bypass the signal at Balfour Road and Highway 4 on the way to Byron and Discovery Bay. “Once we erect the girders, then we can go on top of the girders to begin the actual roadway or the deck where the traffic is going to be going over,” said Ivan Ramirez, a Contra Costa Transportation Authority construction manager. It is hoped that the $73 million project, expected to be completed by the end of the year, will cut down on traffic backups and improve the safety of that stretch of road. The project is funded with Measure J and East Contra Costa Regional Fees and Financing Authority funds. “This is significant,” Ramirez said. “Once we get the traffic over Balfour and allow a continuous flow without having to stop, it will be a lot of relief. In addition, by virtue of eliminating the at-grade intersection, it improves safety.” The project also calls for crews to build a second bridge over Deer Creek, farther west

on Highway 4 between Balfour and Sand Creek roads, and a third bridge over Deer Creek, creating an on-ramp from Balfour Road onto eastbound Highway 4. A second lane, separated by a median, will be added in each direction from Sand Creek Road all the way to Balfour Road, Ramirez said. By June, crews anticipate motorists coming from Sand Creek Road will be able to go over Balfour Road if they want to continue east toward Stockton. Improvements to the opposite direction are slated for completion by July. “It completes what we started,” said Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor. “My dream was to have the bypass finished. It’s not going to be a half-done project but a completed project.” While motorists are anticipating the project’s completion, it represents the end in a string of planned ventures to ease congestion in East County, Ramirez said. “We are hopeful that we get more funding,” he said. “We know there is a need (for more improvements) out there.” The series of completed projects has included expanding Highway 4 from two to four lanes from Lone Tree Way to Sand Creek; adding a Sand Creek Road Interchange and Sand Creek Road undercrossing; and adding connector ramps from westbound Highway 4 to northbound Highway 160 and from southbound 160 to eastbound Highway 4. For more information on the Balfour Road projects or any of the past improvements, visit www.4Eastcounty.org. To comment, visit www.thepress.net

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The sweet smell of barbeque was thick in the air at Harvest Park Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 4, as the 17th annual BBQ King Cook Off and Fundraiser got underway. Presented by the Brentwood Police Activities League (BPAL) and the East Contra Costa County Historical Society (ECCCHS), the event opened to the public at 10 a.m., but the 13 teams involved in the competition were firing up their grills as the sun rose. At stake were bragging rights and a $150 grand prize and a $50 prize for the best chicken thighs, ribs, tri-tip, chili, appetizer and dessert. The teams each paid a $125 fee to enter the competition, and the nearly $7,000 raised by the event benefited BPAL and the ECCHS. “Brentwood Police Activities League is quickly becoming a very valuable and visible force in the Brentwood community,”

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competition. The real winners were the approximately 1,000 attendees who, for the price of admission, got to sample everything cooked by competitors and were also treated to an acoustic set of music by local blues legend, Jeffrey James. “I have been on the PAL Board going on for 14 years,” said BPAL President Bill Harris. “The PAL BBQ event started with a good-humored argument between Jim Wangeman of Harvest Park Bowl and then Mayor, Mayor McPoland. The event was a success and has grown throughout the years. I have chaired this event for the last 10 years and I can honestly say this was our most successful year.  Special thanks to all of our great sponsors and hardworking board members.  We are looking forward to next year.” Schwenke also said that BPAL honored long-time event donors including Jim Wangeman of Harvest Park Bowl, Greg Robinson of The Brentwood Press, Cedric Moore of Premier Floor Care and Pacific Funding CEO Anthony Viscia. To comment, visit www.thepress.net To view a slideshow, visit www.thepress.net/multimedia/slideshows

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April 24, 2001 – Jan. 29, 2018 Caitlyn Grace Gonzales passed away Monday, Jan. 29 from complications resulting from pneumonia. She touched many lives with her gentle spirit, sense of humor and positive life outlook. Caitlyn is survived by her loving parents, David and Sheri Gonzales; brother, Ryan Gonzales of Tempe, Arizona; grandparents, Bonnie and Ron Steele of Mesa, Arizona; and grandfather, Steve Haney of Tracy, California. Caitlyn was preceded in death by grandparents, John and Edna Gonzales of San Jose; and her great-grandmother, Inez Santa-Marina of Gold Canyon, Arizona. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m., at Brentwood Funeral Home, 839 First St., in Brentwood.

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Aug. 23, 1935 – Jan. 8, 2018 Lillian Paul passed away peacefully with family at her side in Carson City, Nevada, on Jan. 8. Lillian lived in Discovery Bay before retiring in Nevada. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and proud grandmother who would do anything to help a friend and always had a hot meal on the table for any visitors. Lillian was preceded by her son, Lester Paul Jr. She is survived by husband, Lester Paul; daughter, Lisa (Mark) Mason; grandson, Edward Mason; three sisters; and many beloved nieces and nephews.  A celebration of life will be held on  March 3 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Byron, at 11 a.m.

Dec. 4, 1930 – Dec. 24, 2017 Dr. Clinton Lee Sparks, 87, of Discovery Bay was welcomed into Heaven on Dec. 24, 2017. Clinton Lee Sparks was born in Wahpeton, North Dakota on Dec. 4, 1930. His education started in a one-room rural schoolhouse, and he walked approximately 2 miles to school every day. During high school, Clinton was active in student government, drama, debate and varsity basketball and was a baritone soloist for the a cappella choir. During his senior year in high school and after the death of his older brother, Clinton began to take leadership in the operations of his family farm near Alice, North Dakota. Eventually, the Sparks family moved to Fargo, North Dakota, due to the failing health of his father, Lee Arthur Sparks. Clinton had begun to attend the Dakota Business College when he was drafted into the Army and served during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. Upon returning from military service, he completed the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Master of Science at North Dakota State University (NDSU). While at NDSU, he was active in numerous activities including being the state president of the YMCA, commander of the University Veterans, university senator and bass soloist for the Statesman and the University Concert Choir. During Clinton’s junior year in high school, he met Bernadine Lillian Luther. In 1958, Clinton and Bernadine were married in Sheldon, North Dakota. After their wedding, they moved to California

where Clinton taught and served in administrative positions in California public schools. He went on to do graduate study at various California Universities and received a Doctorate in Education from New York University in 1972. Dr. Sparks served as a teaching fellow at New York University; assistant professor of psychology at Westmar College in Le Mars, Iowa; assistant professor of education at San Jose State University; and associate professor of safety education at California State University at Hayward. After 14 years as a full professor of education and as dean of the Simpson Graduate School in San Francisco, Dr. Sparks retired from Simpson University during the summer of 1989. During his tenure at Simpson University, he founded the Graduate School for Education and served as a three-term president of the Independent College and University Deans of Education. Clinton and Bernadine continued to own and manage the Sparks Farms operations near Alice, Enderlin and Horace, North Dakota. Clinton is survived by his wife, Bernadine Lillian (Luther) Sparks of Discovery Bay; two sons, Lee Clinton (Nancy) of Benicia and Glen Edwin (Anita) of Discovery Bay; his four grandchildren, Janelle and Alanna (Glen), Melody and Violet Sparks (Lee); and his sister Marian (Sparks) Koppang of Vancouver, Washington. Funeral services were held at St. Anne’s Church in Byron on Jan. 5. Burial services will be held at a later date in North Dakota. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “The Sparks Family Scholarship Endowment” at www.simpsonu.edu/givenow. Those wishing to sign Clinton’s online guestbook may do so at https://goo.gl/rPvA4Q. Condolences can be sent to Bernadine Sparks at 5615 Berwick Court, Discovery Bay, California, 94505.

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Equestrian star headed for Fresno State by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

When Discovery Bay teen Alexis Steele first jumped on a horse for riding lessons at age 4, it was only supposed to be a short ride. But she got hooked for life. That introductory jaunt marked the start of a lengthy journey that will soon take a new and significant turn. Alexis, the winner of numerous awards in recognition of her technical skills, recently signed her letter of intent to join Fresno State’s equestrian team. “I have wanted to go to Fresno State since my freshman year,” she said. (When I went to visit the campus) I was like, ‘This is home; this is where I want to be.’” Alexis beat a path to Fresno State on the back of her own determination, and by now it is a path well-dotted with key victories, including the 2016 Appaloosa Horsemanship and Showmanship World Championships in Texas, and the European Appaloosa Bareback Championship in Germany. She is also a seven-time youth high-point champion. In scaling a succession of new heights in the sport, she has also banked valuable experience to draw on in the new arena of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition. As a member of the Fresno State equestrian team, she’ll compete head-to-head against opponents with each getting 5 minutes to acclimatize to a specific horse before showing it and putting it through unique

Alexis Steele of Discovery Bay is preparing to take her championship equestrian skills to Fresno State, which has the sixthranked team in the nation. Press file photo

maneuvers, under the watchful eye of judges evaluating how the competitors sit their mounts. The rider with the best score earns a point for their team. “You have to have a game face, concentrate, be able to feel your horse through your seat and your legs, because you are not supposed to make any movements at all or give the horse any cues,” Alexis said. The format will further test her skills since she is mainly used to riding her own horse – an 18-year-old ‘sassy but sweet’ black appaloosa – but she is well-versed in tackling challenges. She learned to ride at 4, picked up the art of showing by 6 and has since retained

an undying passion to advance in her field. She currently rides three to four times a week at Brentwood’s Dal Porto Ranch under the tutelage of famed coach Carol Dal Porto. “It’s always a challenge,” Alexis said. “I am always having to figure new ways to ride different horses, and nothing goes the same way every time you get on your horse.” She was courted by University of Tennessee at Martin and Texas A&M, Texas Christian and Fresno State universities, but in the end the California school won out. “I am super excited to get my feet wet and get going over there,” said Alexis of Fresno State, the sixth-ranked team in the nation and the only West Coast school offer-

ing an equestrian program. “We are very excited about this signing class,” said Fresno State equestrian head coach Eric Hubbard about his new recruits. “Our new coaching staff has done a great job building a relationship with this group of newcomers.” While the young star is certainly eager to embark on a different journey and write new chapters, memories of her special past will endure. Her talent has taken her to Texas, Oklahoma and Germany, conjuring unforgettable moments along the way. For now, however, nothing tops her battling 2016 World Championship triumph. It was her first tilt at the illustrious title in four years, her horse had barely shaken off an injury and her first showmanship run went anything but to plan – all before pulling out one of her best efforts ever to secure a cherished victory. “I just remember looking over after the judges’ places, knowing that we had just won another world title,” she recalled. “I was crying, and my dad was behind me. That was definitely a great moment.” If the past is any indication, Alexis’ list of accomplishments and memorable moments is far from finished. “I am so excited,” she said. “It has been a dream of mine to compete in the NCAA for the last couple of years. Once I found out they had equestrian teams, I was like, ‘I am doing it,’ and now it’s going to happen.” To view a video, visit www.thepress.net/ multimedia

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Why do You Need a Will? by Joan Grimes, Esq.

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Peace Corps from page 5A from life support 10 days after being admitted to the hospital. A $15 million claim was filed by the Castles against the Peace Corps for failing to provide adequate medical care for their son. Though the claim was ultimately dismissed, Sue believes that it served a greater purpose. “It was never about the money,” Sue said. “The claim brought a lot of attention to the Peace Corps and other volunteers. It got our story on the front page of the New York Times. It got the Peace Corps’ inspector general to conduct an investigation and issue a 300-page report.” The Castles effort to get new legislation to protect volunteers started with Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). After Boxer’s retirement, Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) picked up the torch. Feinstein co-sponsored the bill along with Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). A similar bill was introduced into the House of Representatives (H.R. 2259) in May, and it was co-sponsored by nearly 50 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle. The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) has been supportive of the new leg-

own pocket right now, and my husband and I are not rich people.” With no previous personal experience or connection with homelessness, Gardner said the pull to serve came from above. “I would not be able to physically, mentally or emotionally be able to do this without God,” Gardner said. “I really want to give Him the glory, because I know He has blessed me in order to bless them. I’m not even super religious, but I feel He should definitely get the credit.” The group is always looking for donations of food, hygiene items, blankets, clothing and more. To donate or volunteer, visit https://goo.gl/7JDmV1. To view a video and slideshow, visit www.thepress.net/multimedia

islation. “Consistent with Peace Corps, the health, safety and security of volunteers is a top priority the NPCA and the Peace Corps community,” said Jonathan Pearson, NPCA advocacy director. “While the vast majority of Peace Corps volunteers have a safe and generally healthy experience during their service, the Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act introduces and advances policies and procedures to better support volunteers in the field. This legislation will ensure the Peace Corps upholds the highest medical standards possible; provides stronger transparency, accountability and oversight; and enhances crime prevention and support for volunteers victimized by crime.” The bill was scheduled to be reviewed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee which is chaired by Corker. The outcome of that review was not available at press time. “We didn’t know anything about lobbying or the political process when we got started,” said Sue. “But we met with senators. We met with congressmen. If you have a voice, a passion and an open mind, you can get things done.” To comment, visit www.thepress.net

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Checking one more off my bucket list The year was 2007 – Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman played two terminally ill gentlemen who meet while receiving chemotherapy in a hospital. The movie was called “The Bucket List,” and even if Senior you never saw the orner movie, those three words resonated throughout the hearts and minds of almost everyone. Many people took heed to the fact that if you wait too long and don’t follow Marla your heart, it may Luckhardt just be too late to do what is on your personal bucket list. The movie and its message were brilliant. After the passing of my beautiful mom in April, I listened to my heart and heeded her words to go follow my dream and visit Australia. It had been on my list for as long as I could remember, but the timing was never quite right. Last month, Grandpa and I, along with two of our closest friends, went on the trip of a lifetime exploring New Zealand and Australia, while celebrating our anniversary and Mom’s life. She was with us every step of the way, as we were

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of watercraft to taxi us around the numerous harbors. We walked each morning to the pier and hopped on a boat to the Opera House, Manly Beach and the Taronga Zoo. For a gang of senior explorers, we held our own on the nonstop mission to pack as much in as we could in a short amount of time. As the excursions director, Marcus said each day on the ship, “Be travelers, my beautiful souls, not tourists,” and boy, did we heed those words with a vengeance! The pictures of the Opera House in movies and on television do not do justice to its beauty. I remember feeling such joy that tears welled up, as I climbed the steps to the top. I’m pretty sure I took at least 100 pictures! Smile, Grandpa! Every vacation we have been lucky enough to enjoy made lasting memories. I look back on this trip and giggle at

my winning Bingo and getting such a hot flash that I tore off my sweater as I jumped up and screamed BINGO at the top of my lungs! I think the rest of the passengers thought I was doing my version of a senior strip tease,but I didn’t care. I took $193 back to my cabin with pride and satisfaction. And yes, I had a shirt on under that sweater! We met people from all over the globe and from numerous countries, but one night, we met a couple dining next to us in Sydney, who were from my home town of Long Island. They actually lived in the town where I went to high school, and we had a great chat about places I had not seen in almost 40 years. Small world! The entire time, I kept pinching myself to make sure that I was fully awake and really half a world away from home. I remembered Jack and Morgan from that movie and smiled, deciding I would pull out that bucket list and continue to check off as many things as possible, one by one. Coming home was wonderful, and the icing on the cake was that I could still zip up my pants after three weeks of eating great food. – Marla Luckhardt is a Brentwood resident who works with senior care and advocacy groups. Email her at marla2054@aol.com. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

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Advocates are truly needed This letter is in response to Ms. Buchanan’s letter in the Feb. 2 edition of The Press. First of all, I would like to express appreciation for the dedication, hard work, time and effort of specialeducation teachers and the uest countless others comment who support them and the children they serve. It is a difficult job and often a thankless one. Having said that, I find her letter very disparaging toward parents and advocates. I am an advocate and dyslexia specialist. I have worked with families in the Bay Area for years and most recently in Brentwood, donating my time and energy for the benefit of children. The parents I serve are not ‘economically advantaged or feel entitled.’ They struggle to make ends meet and sacrifice to pay for tutoring so their children can learn to read, because it is not happening in the classroom.

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They are frustrated because they feel they are not being heard. When parents ask for assessments, they are often met with discouragement and resistance by school staff. In many cases, they are told their child “will not meet the criteria needed for specialeducation services,” “he’s too young,” “he will catch up about third grade” or “every child develops in his own time.” During student study team meetings, the staff may offer a response to an intervention program, which may actually harm a child by delaying and denying him what he needs in a timely manner. When and if he does finally qualify for special education, he is much older and it is harder for him to catch up. His self-esteem has tanked, and he is discouraged and feels dumb and inadequate compared to his peers. He is often bullied by both adults and peers, because he is misunderstood. Advocates and lawyers spend countless hours reviewing student records, trying to determine student

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Editor: Miss Byer, I was quite entertained by your recent article in The Press over our beloved Dreamers. I found the article full of ignorance and misconceived talking points. First of all, you said Democrats have lost their minds? Democrats aren’t the ones touting a wall between Mexico and the U.S. where Mexico will wind up paying for it, when in fact, the American taxpayer will wind up flipping the bill. Also, this wall will do nothing to stop illegal border crossings; I guess you have never heard of a rope and ladder? Second, do you know who the Dreamers are? Sounds like to me you have no idea what you’re talking about. The Dreamers were once little children, brought to this country by their parents, having absolutely no idea they had broken any laws. They have grown up in this country – the only country they have ever known. Moreover, Dreamers are business owners, community-service workers, college students and, yes, many serve in

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need and if the student’s needs have been or are being met. Often, many procedural and substantive errors are discovered as well as goals that are not specific, measureable or use action words and are not realistic and time-specific. They often find that assessments are not administered with fidelity or that clues to a student’s weaknesses are not fully assessed. The goal is not to tear down the school district staff but to come alongside and discuss how to meet the child’s needs. These meetings can be tense, but the needs of the child should always take precedence over the feelings of personal persecution. As for ‘entitled and misguided parents,’ they are taxpayers too, and their children are entitled to a free, appropriate public education just as the child of a disadvantaged parent who does not have the time or means to educate themselves on the law and the needs of their child. It is more often the disadvantaged parent who is taken

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our military. At the same time, Dreamers contribute $40 billon in tax revenue every year, and they pay into social security and Medicaid. Yes, Medicaid, the very same program that helps benefit the poor kids and families who can’t afford health care. Most of all, I find it odd that you mention Democrats don’t care about the unfortunate like the homeless. The homeless are the very same group Republican-controlled local governments are waging a war against. The GOP has passed antihomeless laws in 71 cities across the country, making it illegal for people to feed the homeless. Seems to me it was the Republicans using CHIP as a bargaining tool to force the hand of Democrats in negotiations over the Dreamers. What kind of people use poor kids’ health care as a bargaining chip? Finally, back in September, it was Trump who repealed Obama’s executive order nullifying protections for the Dreamers. The bottom line, he is responsible for the problem now facing our country. Maybe next time you can do some research before writing such an atrocious article. Michael DeFazio Brentwood

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Editor: There’s a saying when it comes to traffic enforcement: “You can write wrecks or you can write tickets, but you’re going to write something.”   Some may be aware the Oakley

advantage of by the districts. Most the advocates and lawyers I know and have worked with are not ‘obnoxious’ and do not represent just ‘entitled and privileged’ parents. They are often parents of exceptional children who have fought for a free, appropriate public education for their own children and do not want other parents to experience the same challenges with which they met. They have gone the extra mile to educate themselves on the law and parents’ and students’ rights in order to come alongside and support parents. Many donate their time and expertise. With all due respect, we want to work with you to give all children the education that meets their unique needs, prepares them for further education, employment and independent living. That is the purpose of special education as stated in IDEA law, 2004. All children deserve an education. Lynn Street Brentwood

Police Department has emphasized our traffic enforcement efforts over the last six months. Initially this was dubbed the “Slow Down Oakley” campaign. In addition, we have added a third trafficenforcement position and scheduled at least one dedicated traffic officer on duty seven days per week. The increased effort has resulted in more citations being issued by our staff. For the last half of 2016, 532 citations were issued. For the same period of 2017, 788 citations were issued. During the same period, we experienced a reduction in traffic collisions of approximately 30 percent. Contrary to popular belief, we do not issue citations for the purpose of generating revenue. Fines from traffic citations are split by many entities. The state, county, city and courts all take a “slice of the pie.” Effectively, there is little financial upside to citations for the City of Oakley. We write citations in an effort to enhance and improve safety for those using our roadways.   From time to time members of the Oakley Police Department hear the common saying, “Don’t you have anything better to do than write tickets?” The numbers are clear – those tickets are having the desired impact. We have fewer traffic collisions. As a result, we have fewer injuries and fewer fatalities on our roads. With this in mind, I would say, “No … We have nothing more important to do than protect the residents of our great community.” Please join us in our efforts. Slow down, buckle up and hang up! Chris Thorsen Oakley chief of police


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Heritage boys’ hoops team rolls to win by Nate Smith Correspondent

The battle for first place in the Bay Valley Athletic League boys’ basketball standings didn’t materialize as expected last Friday night, when Pittsburg visited Heritage to start the second trip through league play. The host Patriots (20-2, 6-0 in the BVAL) scored the first 8 points of the game, and caught fire from there, on their way to an 82-45 victory against the secondplace Pirates.  Pittsburg (11-11, 4-2) had battled Heritage in a game decided by single digits to open league play but was never able to truly narrow the gap in this one. After the Pirates got on the board, they cut their early deficit to 6 points, at 8-2, Heritage responded right away. Jacob Williams hit his third 3-pointer of the first quarter, and that was followed by a 3 from Saleem Mahdi for a 14-2 advantage.  Ezra Manjon then drove to the hoop for two more, and Jonathan Ned converted a pair of free throws for an overwhelming 18-2 lead. “You know, as a coach, that there are little things that can turn the switch with a team,” said Heritage coach Pat Cruickshank, referring to his team’s fast start. “When Jonathan (Ned) found Jacob (Williams) for the first 3-pointer, we were just off and running from there.    It was

another 3 the next trip down and then a dunk on the next possession, and we realized what we could do.” Williams and Ned combined for 17 points in the first quarter alone as Heritage led 26-8 after one period of play. The Pirates were more spirited in the second quarter, but a pair of 3s from Williams – who finished the night with 15 points – and key contributions off the bench from Zach Hahn and Joel Webb pushed the lead to 20 at the half, 45-25. “(Pittsburg) made a couple small runs, but we answered before the half.  It was our best execution of the year both offensively and defensively,” Cruickshank said. “We got a lot of great contributions off the bench, and we got everyone in during key situations, and that’s experience we will need down the stretch.” Ned turned in a big third quarter, adding 11 more to his total and finishing with a game-high 19 points. Manjon continued his steady play and finished with 12 points. Webb added 11 points to round out the Patriots’ double-digit scorers. Alfred Njunge led Pittsburg with 9 points before both teams emptied their benches in the third and fourth quarters.  With the loss, the Pirates fell into a second-place tie with Freedom two games behind Heritage.  Pittsburg bounced back on Tuesday night with a 47-41 win over Liberty to take sole possession of second place.

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Heritage’s Ezra Manjon puts up a shot during the Patriots’ easy 82-45 win over Pittsburg. “We preach mental toughness and a ‘next play’ mentality every day,” said Pittsburg coach Carson Padon. “Our players have shown they can bounce back from a game like this, and I am confident they will. In this

league, you have no choice with another tough game right around the corner.” To comment, visit www.thepress.net To view a slideshow, visit www.thepress.net/ multimedia/slideshows

Lions knock off Falcons to avenge loss by Michael Dixon Correspondent

This week’s soccer game between Liberty and Freedom was the penultimate game of the Bay Valley Athletic League (BVAL) season. As the top two teams in the league, the winner would have an inside track to the league title. The showdown was all Lions, who decisively avenged their only BVAL loss by beating the Falcons 6-0. The Lions got two goals from senior midfielder Kylie Zentner and a goal each from freshman Alexis Gutierrez, senior Aveena Cline, junior Savannah Boone and sophomore Gabby Colmenares. Liberty controlled the action from the opening kick. Zentner’s first goal got Liberty on the board 12 minutes into the game with her second coming three minutes later, and the Lions were off and running. “We’ve had trouble scoring,” Zentner said. “So, it was very important for us to get ball across, get on the back post, and put them in. Last time we played Freedom, we were kind of rushed. This time we were settled and played together.” The Falcons were hindered by an injury to senior forward Kaytlin Brinkman

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Freedom goalkeeper Briana O’Dell lunges for a potential save during the Falcons’ 6-0 loss to Liberty on Tuesday. Liberty is on track to at least secure a share of the league title. that kept Freedom’s leading scorer out of the game. Thanks largely to her absence and a swarming Lions’ defense, the Falcons couldn’t sustain any offensive possession. While the loss officially eliminated Freedom from BVAL contention, the Falcons are still positioned for a shot in the

North Coast Section playoffs. The league championship will be decided in the regular season finale between Liberty and Heritage. With a win or tie, the Lions will secure the league title. A Heritage win will result in a shared league championship.

“We’re really looking forward to that,” said senior centerback Ali Bischof. “After that, we’re just looking to take each game as it comes to go as far as we can.” This league championship team is much different than the one who had won the previous four BVAL titles. Most of the key players from those teams have graduated, leaving Liberty coach Tony Martins with a largely untested team at the beginning of the season. But with a 13-5-2 overall record and an 8-1 mark in league play, the Lions have improved from the beginning of the year. That improvement has netted them no worse than a share of the league title, leaving Liberty poised for another trip to the playoffs, of which Martins is quite proud. “I told them that everyone is going to say how much we lost and nobody is going to believe in you,” Martins said. “They’re going to say that we lost Delanie Sheehan, Devyn Gilfoy, all those kids. They were a very talented team. The team is the star for us. We can’t put the ball at Devyn’s foot this year and have her do it. The team is the star. Everyone needs to do their job for us to be successful.” To comment, visit www.thepress.net To view a slideshow, visit www.thepress. net/multimedia/slideshows


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Black Diamond gymnastics squad off to hot start in 2018 The girls of Black Diamond Optionals are making a name for themselves in 2018. The squad took home a first-place banner in a meet last week. “The Black Ops,” as the girls like to refer to themselves, are a strong group of determined young ladies ranging in age from 9 to 17. Under the new leadership with Coach Phil Gomez this year, the girls have gone from a compulsory level 4 team to optional levels 6 and 7. Team officials said Gomez and the girls have proved that where there is a will there is a way. The team trains over 16 hours a week in

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LEGALS NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-17-797040-RY Order No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 4/23/2016. 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): DEVIN N MUN JR, MARRIED MAN Recorded: 4/25/2016 as Instrument No. 2016-0075682-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California; Date of Sale: 2/27/2018 at 9:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Pleasant Hill Community Center, located at 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. In the Auction.com Room Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $344,136.66 The purported property address is: 72 RHINE CT, OAKLEY, CA 94561 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 035430-033-7 NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800-280-2832 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site http://www. qualityloan.com, using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-17-797040-RY. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled

sale. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 411 Ivy Street San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 800-2802832 Or Login to: http://www.qualityloan. com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-17-797040-RY IDSPub #0136530 2/2/2018 2/9/2018 2/16/2018 Oakley Press No.03-0477 75698 Publish Dates: February 2, 9, 16, 2018. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TSG No.: 8709859 TS No.: CA1700280883 FHA/VA/PMI No.: APN: 028-060-018-0 Property Address: 2111 TAYLOR ROAD BETHEL ISLAND, CA 94511 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 12/08/2006. 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 03/01/2018 at 01:30 P.M., First American Title Insurance Company, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 12/20/2006, as Instrument No. 2006-0404820-00, in book , page , , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, State of California. Executed by: WILLIAM LARRY JONES SR., AND JOHNNIE LEE JONES HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, 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 north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565 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: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST APN# 028-060018-0 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2111 TAYLOR ROAD, BETHEL ISLAND, CA 94511 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, 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 $448,283.72. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust has deposited all docu-

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LEGALS ments evidencing the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust and has declared all sums secured thereby immediately due and payable, and has caused a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be executed. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information.

If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (916)9390772 or visit this Internet Web http:// search.nationwideposting.com/propertySearchTerms.aspx, using the file number assigned to this case CA1700280883 Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the

sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. Date: First American Title Insurance Company 4795 Regent Blvd, Mail Code 1011-F Irving, TX 75063 First American Title Insurance Company MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE FOR TRUSTEES SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (916)9390772 NPP0325061 To: OAKLEY PRESS 02/09/2018, 02/16/2018, 02/23/2018 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 75791 Publish Dates: February 9, 16, 23, 2018. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Jimena Diez Salcedo SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Jimena Diez Salcedo CASE NUMBER: N18-0170 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Jimena Diez Salcedo filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name:

a. Jimena Diez Salcedo to Proposed Name: Jimena Salcedo. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 03/23/18 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 Room: 212 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Oakley Press Date: 01/25/2018 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 03-0477 75720 Publish Dates: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018.


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NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT DEER RIDGE & SHADOW LAKES COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT PLAN DATE: February 7, 2018 TO: Responsible agencies and interested parties FROM: Erik Nolthenius, Planning Manager SUBJECT: Deer Ridge & Shadow Lakes Community Improvement Plan The City of Brentwood has completed a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Deer Ridge & Shadow Lakes Community Improvement Plan project, located within the boundaries of the existing Deer Ridge Golf Club and the Shadow Lakes Golf Club, on both sides of Balfour Road and west of State Route 4. The City is the lead agency responsible for conducting the environmental review of the project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). A CEQA lead agency is the California government agency with principal responsibility for carrying out or approving a project, and therefore is principally responsible for preparing the CEQA document. As the lead agency, the City is responsible for coordinating with the project applicant, public, and associated agencies. The project includes a variety of requested entitlements sought by Deer Ridge Golf, L.P. and Shadow Lakes Golf, L.P. (applicant). The requested entitlements are the subject of the DEIR as described below. The project includes reconfiguring the Deer Ridge Golf Club and the Shadow Lakes Golf Club to combine the two existing 18-hole golf courses (36-holes total) into a single, 18 hole golf course. This would be accomplished by closing ten holes in Deer Ridge and eight holes in Shadow Lakes, with the reconfigured course having eight holes south of Balfour Road (currently in Deer Ridge) and ten holes north of Balfour Road (currently in Shadow Lakes). The applicant is also requesting entitlements to develop two new age-restricted communities, with one at Deer Ridge and one at Shadow Lakes. The remaining closed holes would be repurposed to a mix of open space uses. The entitlements requested by the applicant in conjunction with the project are as follows: • A General Plan amendment to change the land use designation for approximately 32 acres (13.77 in Deer Ridge and 18.26 in Shadow Lakes) from Semi-Public Facility to Residential-High Density, allowing for development within a range of 11.1-20.0 dwelling units per acre; • A Development Agreement to, among other things, grant vested rights to the applicant, ensure the long-term operation and maintenance of the golf course and open space, phase completion of the golf course and open space improvements, and relinquish development rights on the golf course and open space; • A rezone to amend the PD-18 (Shadow Lakes) and PD-20 (Deer Ridge) zoning districts by establishing development regulations (uses, setbacks, height, parking, etc.) on the 32 acres that would allow for a combination of multi-family age-restricted uses; • Two minor subdivision maps (one in Deer Ridge and one in Shadow Lakes) to create individual parcels for development of the multi-family age-restricted uses. The Deer Ridge map would also create a 20.71-acre parcel dedicated to golf course and open space areas, while the Shadow Lakes map would also create a 33.25-acre parcel dedicated to golf course and open space areas and a 9.9-acre parcel dedicated to vineyards; and • A design review for a new golf cart bridge over Balfour Road to connect the north and south sides of the reconfigured course. No other design review is proposed as part of the project. The DEIR analyzes potentially significant environmental impacts of the project in the following areas: Aesthetics; Air Quality; Biological Resources; Cultural Resources; Geology & Soils; Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Hazards & Hazardous Materials; Hydrology & Water Quality; Land Use & Planning; Noise & Vibration; Population & Housing; Public Services & Recreation; Transportation & Circulation; Utilities & Service Systems; and Energy Conservation. The project location is not contained in the Cortese list of hazardous materials sites. The DEIR (and all documents referenced in it) is available for public review on the City of Brentwood’s website at the following link: http://www.brentwoodca.gov/gov/cd/ planning/drsl_devprj.asp Copies are also available for review at the Community Development Department at 150 City Park Way, the Brentwood Senior Activity Center at 193 Griffith Lane, and the Brentwood Library at 35 Oak Street. The DEIR is available for review and comment for 45 days, from Wednesday, February 7, 2018 through Friday, March 23, 2018. All comments on the DEIR must be received no later than 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 26, 2018. Written comments may be e-mailed

to Planning Manager Erik Nolthenius at enolthenius@brentwoodca.gov, or mailed to his attention at 150 City Park Way (Brentwood, CA 94513). For additional information about this project, please visit the information webpage on the Community Development Department/ Planning Division website at the link included above. Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75807 Publish Dates: February 9, 2018.

ments. 3.1 License. This Project requires a valid California contractor’s license for the following classification(s): Class “A” or combination of Class “C” Specialty Contractor’s License(s). 3.2 DIR Registration. City will not accept a Bid Proposal from or enter into a contract with a bidder without proof that the bidder and its subcontractors are registered with the California Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”) to perform public work under Labor Code Section 1725.5, subject to limited legal exceptions. 4. Contract Documents. Bidders must obtain an electronic copy of the Contract Documents directly from the City of Brentwood. The Contract Documents may be obtained at no charge by sending an email to: engineering@brentwoodca.gov or by calling 925-516-5420. The City may reject a bid submitted by a bidder that did not obtain the Contract Documents from the City as required. 5. Bid Proposal and Security. 5.1 Bid Proposal Form. Each Bid must be submitted using the Bid Proposal form provided with the Contract Documents. 5.2 Bid Security. The Bid Proposal must be accompanied by bid security of ten percent of the maximum bid amount, in the form of a cashier’s or certified check made payable to the City of Brentwood, or a bid bond executed by a surety licensed to do business in the State of California on the Bid Bond form included with the Contract Documents. The bid security must guarantee that upon award of the bid, the bidder will execute the Contract and submit payment and performance bonds and insurance certificates as required by the Contract Documents within ten days after issuance of the notice of award. 6. Prevailing Wage Requirements. 6.1 General. This Project is subject to the prevailing wage requirements applicable to the locality in which the Work is to be performed for each craft, classification or type of worker needed to perform the Work, including employer payments for health and welfare, pension, vacation, apprenticeship and similar purposes. 6.2 Rates. These prevailing rates are available online at http://www.dir.ca.gov/DLSR. Each Contractor and Subcontractor must pay no less than the specified rates to all workers employed to work on the Project. The schedule of per diem wages is based upon a working day of eight hours. The rate for holiday and overtime work must be at least time and one-half. 6.3 Compliance. This Contract is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the DIR, under Labor Code Section 1771.4. 7. Performance and Payment Bonds. The successful bidder will be required to provide performance and payment bonds for 100% of the Contract Price. 8. Substitution of Securities. Substitution of appropriate securities in lieu of retention amounts from progress payments is permitted under Public Contract Code Section 22300. 9. Subcontractor List. Each bidder must submit the name, location of the place of business, and California contractor license number, DIR registration number, and percentage of the Work to be performed for each Subcontractor who will perform Work or service or fabricate or install Work for the prime contractor in excess of one-half of 1% of the bid price, using the Subcontractor List form included with the Contract Documents. No more than 50% of the Work may be performed by Subcontractors. 10. Bidders’ Conference. A bidders’ conference will be held on February 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., at the following location: 2251 Elkins Way, Brentwood, CA, for the purpose of acquainting all prospective bidders with the Contract Documents and the Worksite. The bidders’ conference is not mandatory. 11. Instructions to Bidders. Additional information is provided in the Instructions to Bidders, which should be carefully reviewed before submitting a Bid Proposal. City of Brentwood /s/ Margaret Wimberly MMC, City Clerk; Dated: February 5, 2018 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75792 Publish Dates: February 9, 16, 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000305 The name of the business: Illuminated Productions Located at: 1216 Botelho St In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner: Miguel Venegas Jarillo. 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: Miguel Venegas Jarillo. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 16, 2018 by Deputy J Crawford Expires 1/16/2023 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 75680 Publish dates: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 2018.

Please be advised that the legal description set forth on the Deed of Trust is in error. The legal description of the property secured by the Deed of Trust is more properly set forth and made part of Exhibit “A” as attached hereto. LOT 64, AS SHOWN ON THE MAP OF SUBDIVISION 7498 BLACK DIAMOND KNOLLS II, FILED JULY 23, 1991, IN MAP BOOK 357, PAGE 50, CONTRA COSTA COUNTY RECORDS. EXCEPTING FROM A PORTION ALL OIL, GAS, CASINGHEAD GASOLINES AND OTHER HYDROCARBON AND MINERAL SUBSTANCES BELOW A POINT 500 FEET BELOW THE SURFACE OF SAID LAND TOGETHER WITH THE RIGHT TO TAKE, REMOVE,MINE, PASS THROUGH AND DISPOSE OF ALL OIL, GAS, CASINGHEAD GASOLINE AND OTHER HYDROCARBON AND MINERAL SUBSTANCES, BUT WITHOUT ANY RIGHT WHATSOEVER TO ENTER UPON THE SURFACE OF SAID LAND OR UPON ANY PART OF SAID LAND AS RESERVED IN THE DEED FROM MARY M HINES, ET AL, RECORDED OCTOBER 5, 1977, BOOK 8536, PAGE 172, OFFICIAL RECORDS EXCEPTING FROM THE REMAINING PORTION AN UNDIVIDED 1/2 INTEREST IN AND TO ALL OIL, GAS, CASINGHEAD GASOLINE, AND OTHERHYDROCARBON AND MINERAL SUBSTANCES BELOW A POINT 500 FEET BELOW THE SURFACE OF SAID LAND TOGETHER WITH THE RIGHT TO TAKE, REMOVE, MINE, PASS THROUGH AND DISPOSE OF ALL SAID OIL, GAS, CASINGHEAD GASOLINE AND OTHER HYDROCARBON AND MINERAL SUBSTANCES, BUT WITHOUT ANY RIGHT WHATSOEVER TO ENTER UPON THE SURFACE OF SAID LAND OR UPON ANY PART OF SAID LAND WITHIN 500 FEET THEREOF, AS RESERVED IN THE DEED FROM MARY HINES, ET AL, RECORDED AUGUST 12, 1964, BOOK 4680, PAGE 338, OFFICIAL RECORDS. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 916-939-0772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site http://www.qualityloan.com, using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-17-784534-BF. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 411 Ivy Street San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 916-939-0772 Or Login to: http://www.qualityloan.com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-17-784534-BF IDSPub #0136331 2/9/2018 2/16/2018 2/23/2018 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 75653 Publish Dates: February 9, 16, 23, 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000021 The name of the business: Young Legendz Music Group Located at: 108 Medburn St In: Concord, CA 94520, is hereby registered by the following owner: Madiou Diouf. This business is conducted by: A Limited Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Madiou Diouf. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 02, 2018 by Deputy L Fallas Expires 1/2/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75691 Publish dates: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 2018.

Anooshiravan Jadali. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 12, 2018 by Deputy J Crawford Expires 1/12/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75633 Publish dates: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 2018.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission of the City of Brentwood will, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the normal course of business permits, on February 20, 2018, hold a public hearing to consider the following: An application for a conditional use permit (CUP 17020) for an outdoor storage yard, to be located on a 10,271 square foot site located at 4509 O’Hara Avenue (APN 013-010-034). Applicant: Robert Wellington Said hearing will be held at the City Council Chambers, 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, California. Further information may be obtained from Associate Planner Debbie Hill ((925) 516-5135 or dhill@brentwoodca.gov) in the Community Development Department of the City of Brentwood, 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, California 94513. Before any court challenge of Planning Commission decisions, you are required to appeal the decision to the City Council no later than the time period provided under the City’s Municipal Code. In addition you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Brentwood Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75806 Publish Dates: February 9, 2018. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission of the City of Brentwood will, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the normal course of business permits on February 20, 2018, hold a public hearing to consider: An application for a conditional use permit (CUP 17-012) to allow First Stop Wheels & Tires to sell, fix, and install tires and wheels and provide alignments, oil changes, and brake repairs, located at 7935 Brentwood Boulevard. (APN 016-213-040). Applicant: Elyas Khan Said hearing will be held at the City Council Chambers, 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, California. Further information may be obtained from Senior Planner Jeff Zilm [(925) 516-5136 or jzilm@brentwoodca.gov] in the Community Development Department of the City of Brentwood, 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, California 94513. Before any court challenge of Planning Commission decisions, you are required to appeal the decision to the City Council no later than the time period provided under the City’s Municipal Code. In addition you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Brentwood Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75808 Publish Dates: February 9, 2018.

LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE INVITING BIDS 1. Bid Acceptance. The City of Brentwood (“City”), will accept sealed bids for its WWTP Biofilter Media Replacement and Fan Room Modification, CIP Project No. 592-59203 (“Project”), by or before Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at its City Clerk’s office, located at Brentwood City Hall, Third Floor, 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, California 94513. The bids will be publicly opened and read aloud in a conference room on the First Floor at Brentwood City Hall, 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, CA 94513. 2. Project Information. 2.1 Location and Description. The Project is located at 2251 Elkins Way, Brentwood, CA 94513, and is described as follows: remove four existing fans, concrete pads, supports, and ductwork, install new fiberglass reinforced plastic ductwork, install new common header from existing ducts, install new single fan, install measuring equipment on all four ducts, install re-used dampers, and all other work necessary to complete the project as shown on the plan. 2.2 Construction Time. The planned timeframe for beginning and completion of construction of the Project is: 30 working days. 2.3 Engineer’s Estimate. The City Engineer’s estimate for the cost of construction is: $70,000. 3. License and Registration Require-

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000213 The name of the business: Afrique Restaurant & Entertainment Located at: 2370 Buchanan Rd In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner: Afrique Restaurant & Entertainment, LLC. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Co. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Olakunle Flash Ayodeji, Manager. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 11, 2018 by Deputy L Ferm Expires 1/11/2023 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 75743 Publish dates: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000511 The name of the business(es): Newby Elevator Consulting Company Located at: 301 Redrock Dr In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner: Verna Mae Newby. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 8/19/2002. Signature of registrant: Verna Mae Newby. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 23, 2018 by Deputy A Gnecco Expires 1/23/2023 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 75718 Publish dates: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000666 The name of the business: Elite Energy Expansion Located at: 1104 Buchanan Rd Ste B3 In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner: 1. Zaireen K. Aiyub 2. Daxton J. Tardif 3. Shelby L. Freeman. This business is conducted by: A General Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/27/18. Signature of registrant: Zaireen Aiyub. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 29, 2018 by Deputy H Franklin Expires 1/29/2023 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 75753 Publish dates: February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000745 The name of the business: Little Charlie’s Gourmet Cookies Located at: 5008 Star Mine Way In: Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby registered by the following owner: Maria A Bagain. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 12/1/17. Signature of registrant: Maria A Bagain. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: February 1, 2018 by Deputy C Pittman Expires 2/1/2023 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 75797 Publish dates: February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 2018. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-17-784534-BF Order No.: 8718364 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 9/15/2006. 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 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): JASON GIORDANO AND DEBRA L GIORDANO, HUSBAND AND WIFE Recorded: 9/26/2006 as Instrument No. 2006-0303921-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California; Date of Sale: 3/5/2018 at 1:30PM Place of Sale: At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $411,980.96 The purported property address is: 1940 KETTLE ROCK CT, ANTIOCH, CA 94531-8328 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 055-030-035-4 Legal Description:

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000108 The name of the business: A Town Pizza & Kabob House Located at: 2468 San Ramon Valley Blvd In: San Ramon, CA 94583, is hereby registered by the following owner: Mohan & Shelly Inc. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 8/16/2017. Signature of registrant: Mohan Lal, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 4, 2018 by Deputy A Gnecco Expires 1/4/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75740 Publish dates: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000139 The name of the business: Johnny’s Yard Service Located at: 5 Almond St In: Brentwood, CA, 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Juan M. Pinon. 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: Juan M. Pinon. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 8, 2018 by Deputy P Cornelius Expires 1/8/2023 Brentwood Press No. 021273 75596 Publish dates: January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000195 The name of the business: 1. Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust 2. Central Valley Farmland Trust Located at: 8788 Elk Grove Blvd, Bldg 1 Ste I In: Elk Grove, CA 95624, is hereby registered by the following owner: California Farmland Trust. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/1/2018. Signature of registrant: Ken Oneto, Treasurer. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 10, 2018 by Deputy M Favro Expires 1/10/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75675 Publish dates: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000223 The name of the business: In Compliance Services, LLC Located at: 7255 Piper Rd In: Bethel Island, CA 94511, is hereby registered by the following owner: In Compliance Services, LLC. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Co. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/11/2018. Signature of registrant: Lucas Jones, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 11, 2018 by Deputy L Ferm Expires 1/11/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75618 Publish dates: January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000262 The name of the business: Fit In Her Kitchen Holistic Transformation & Health Coach Located at: 3018 Gratton Way In: Concord, CA 94520, is hereby registered by the following owner: MEALPREP Candy’s Kitchen, LLC. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Co. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Candyce Pirtle Smalls, Managing Member. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 12, 2018 by Deputy M Favro Expires 1/12/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75750 Publish dates: February 2,9,16, 23, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000266 The name of the business: Kite Hawk Farms Located at: 103 Kite Hawk Lane In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: 1. Lindsey D’Accardo McCord 2. Sean Kerry McCord. This business is conducted by: Married Couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Lindsey D’Accardo McCord. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 12, 2018 by Deputy L Arosemena Expires 1/12/2023 Brentwood Press No. 021273 75777 Publish dates: February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000269 The name of the business: Arkwright Arts Located at: 2401 Santa Cruz Court In: Discovery Bay, CA 94505, is hereby registered by the following owner: Susan J Arkwright. 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: Susan J. Arkwright. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 12, 2018 by Deputy L Arosemana Expires 1/12/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75711 Publish dates: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000288 The name of the business: 1. Pixels & Lead Designs 2. Pixel & Lead Designs Located at: 1796 Sumac Court In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Cassondra Williamson. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/1/2017. Signature of registrant: Cassondra Williamson. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 16, 2018 by Deputy J Crawford Expires 1/16/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75742 Publish dates: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000364 The name of the business: Subway 18529 Located at: 6654 Alhambra Ave In: Martinez, CA 94553, is hereby registered by the following owner: Chukwuma Uzoma Duru. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/2/2018. Signature of registrant: Chukwuma Uzoma Duru. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 17, 2018 by Deputy A Gnecco Expires 1/17/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75798 Publish dates: February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000235-00 The name of the business: ORU Located at: 21 Orinda Way #C410 In: Orinda, CA 94563, is hereby registered by the following owner: Lori Cesario. 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: Lori Cesario. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: FICTITIOUS BUSINESS January 12, 2018 by Deputy J Crawford ExNAME STATEMENT pires DATE 1/12/2023 Brentwood Press No. File No. F-0000386 The name of the busi02-1273 75634 Publish dates: January 26, ness: Carol Carey Couture Hair Located February 2, 9, 16, 2018. at: 3181 Balfour Rd Ste H In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the folFICTITIOUS BUSINESS lowing owner: Carol Carey. This business is NAME STATEMENT conducted by: An Individual. The registrant File No. F-0000260 The name of the busi- commenced to transact business under the ness: Jadali Empire Designs Located at: fictitious business name or names listed 2420 Sand Creek Rd # 154 In: Brentwood, above on 1/17/18. Signature of registrant: CA 94513, is hereby registered by the fol- Carol Carey. This statement was filed with lowing owner: Anooshiravan Jadali. This the County Clerk of Contra Costa County business is conducted by: An Individual. The on: January 17, 2018 by Deputy P Cornelius registrant commenced to transact business Expires 1/17/2023 Brentwood Press No. under the fictitious business name or names 02-1273 75676 Publish dates: January 26, listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: February 2, 9,16, 2018.


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000415 The name of the business: Banter Located at: 50 Sand Creek Rd. #60 In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Unity Center for Inspired Living. 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: Gregory Barnes, Vice President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 18, 2018 by Deputy L Barajas Expires 1/18/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75707 Publish dates: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018.

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: Samantha E. Lucas. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 26, 2018 by Deputy J Crawford Expires 1/26/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75799 Publish dates: February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 2018.

the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded 06/05/2007 as Document No.: 2007-0163282-00, of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, executed by: SHERA M. JOHNSTON, A MARRIED WOMAN , as Trustor, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable in full at time of sale 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). 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 attached legal description. Sale Date & Time: 03/05/2018 at 01:30 PM Sale Location: At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 738 BELLMEADE CT, BRENTWOOD, CA 945131927 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 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 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: $477,932.28 (Estimated) as of 02/09/2018. Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call, 916-9390772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site, www. nationwideposting.com, for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, T.S.# 9987-5720. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. 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. Affinia Default Services, LLC 301 E. Ocean Blvd. Suite 1720 Long Beach, CA 90802 833-2907452 For Trustee Sale Information Log On To: www.nationwideposting.com or Call: 916-939-0772. Affinia Default Services, LLC, Omar Solorzano, Foreclosure Associate This communication is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. However, if you have received a discharge of the debt referenced herein in a bankruptcy proceeding, this is not an attempt to impose personal liability upon you for payment of that debt. In the event you have received a bankruptcy discharge, any action to enforce the debt will be taken against the property only. LEGAL DESCRIPTION LOT 107, AS SHOWN ON THE

MAP ENTITLED “SUBDIVISION 7369, ROSEGATE”, FILED JUNE 29, 1992, IN BOOK 361 OF MAPS, PAGES 45-55, CONTRA COSTA COUNTY RECORDS, AND AS AMENDED BY CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION RECORDED FEBRUARY 8, 1993, IN BOOK 18259, PAGE 67, OFFICIAL RECORDS, INSTRUMENT NO. 93-32046. NPP0325106 To: BRENTWOOD PRESS 02/09/2018, 02/16/2018, 02/23/2018 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75790 Publish Dates February 9, 16, 23, 2018.

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. Father to be personally served 30 days prior to the hearing. Minor to appear or file his consent. Date: 1/12/2018 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75672 Publish Dates: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 2018.

filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 19, 2018 by Deputy A Gnecco Expires 1/19/2023 Oakley Press No. 02-1273 75668 Publish dates: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 2018.

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): MARC FITZGERALD AND ALISHA FITZGERALD, HUSBAND AND WIFE, AS J/T. Recorded:8/25/2006 as Instrument No. 2006-0270609-00 in book xxx, page xxx of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California; Date of Sale: 2/27/2018 at 9:00 AM. Place of Sale: Auction.com Room of the Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $485,249.29. The purported property address is: 324 DEER PARK WAY OAKLEY, CA 94561. Assessor’s Parcel No. 037-382-029. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (800) 280-2832 or visit this Internet Web site WWW.AUCTION.COM, using the file number assigned to this case CA-17-8830-CS. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the 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. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the Mortgagee’s Attorney. Date: 1/25/2018 SUMMIT MANAGEMENT COMPANY, LLC 16745 W. Bernardo Dr., Ste. 100 San Diego, CA 92127 (866) 248-2679 (For NON SALE information only) Sale Line: (800) 280-2832 or Login to:WWW.AUCTION.COM Reinstatement Line: (800) 401-6587 Cecilia Stewart, Trustee Sale Officer. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. 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. A-4645133 02/02/2018, 02/09/2018, 02/16/2018 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 75727 Publish Dates: February 2, 9, 16, 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0007594 The name of the business: S.W Professional Cleaning / Adriana’s Professional Cleaning Service Located at: 1320 Arnold Dr Ste 167 In: Martinez, CA 94553, is hereby registered by the following owner: Service Joy Corporation. 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: Ashika Reddy, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: December 29, 2017 by Deputy S Alvarez Expires 12/29/2022 Brentwood Press No. 021273 75594 Publish dates: January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000435 The name of the business: Tonsor Realm Barbershop Located at: 5541 Lone Tree Way In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Cesar Ignacio Gutierrez. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/18/2018. Signature of registrant: Cesar Ignacio Gutierrez. This statement was filed with the County Clerk FICTITIOUS BUSINESS of Contra Costa County on: January 18, 2018 NAME STATEMENT by Deputy H Franklin Expires 1/18/2023 File No. F-0007601 The name of the busiBrentwood Press No. 02-1273 75796 Pub- ness: Oracle Realty And Lending Located lish dates: February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 2018. at: 2751 Placer DR In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner: FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Olaolu A. Fakayode. This business is conNAME STATEMENT ducted by: An Individual. The registrant File No. F-0000488 The name of the busi- commenced to transact business under ness: Booty and the Beast Personal the fictitious business name or names Training Located at: 356 Turnstone Cir In: listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Pittsburg, CA 94565, is hereby registered Olaolu A. Fakayode. This statement was by the following owner(s): 1. Donesha A. filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa Thomas 2. Jeremy Ruelos. This business is County on: December 29, 2017 by Deputy L conducted by: A General Partnership. The Ferm Expires 12/29/2022 Oakley Press No. registrant commenced to transact business 03-0477 75693 Publish dates: January 26, under the fictitious business name or names February 2, 9, 16, 2018. listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Donesha Thomas, Co-Founder. This stateNOTICE OF PETITION TO ment was filed with the County Clerk of ADMINISTER ESTATE Contra Costa County on: January 22, 2018 OF: Chlora Vee Cook, deceased CASE by Deputy H Franklin Expires 1/22/2023 NUMBER P18-00076 To all heirs, benBrentwood Press No. 02-1273 75716 Pub- eficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and lish dates: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018. persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: Chlora Vee FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Cook, deceased. A Petition for Probate has NAME STATEMENT been filed by: Joyce Wallace in the Superior File No. F-0000560 The name of the busi- Court of California, County of: CONTRA COSTA. ness: KIPCEP Located at: 101 Almond Dr In: The Petition for Probate requests that: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered Joyce Wallace be appointed as personal by the following owner: Sayra Leticia Reyes. representative to administer the estate of the This business is conducted by: An Individual. decedent. The petition requests authority to The registrant commenced to transact busi- administer the estate under the Independent ness under the fictitious business name or Administration of Estates Act. (This authority names listed above on N/A. Signature of will allow the personal representative to take registrant: Sayra Reyes. This statement was many actions without obtaining court apfiled with the County Clerk of Contra Costa proval. Before taking certain very important County on: January 24, 2018 by Deputy A actions, however, the personal representative Vasquez Expires 1/24/2023 Brentwood will be required to give notice to interested Press No. 02-1273 75738 Publish dates: persons unless they have waived notice or February 2, 9,16, 23, 2018. consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be FICTITIOUS BUSINESS granted unless an interested person files an NAME STATEMENT objection to the petition and shows good File No. F-0000570 The name of the busi- cause why the court should not grant the ness: 1. California Watch Co. 2. Xeric authority. A hearing on the petition will 3. California Watch Company Located be held in this court as follows: a. Date: at: 4155 Blackhawk Plaza Cr. Suite 101 In: March 15, 2018 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept: Danville, CA 94506, is hereby registered by 14. b. Address of court: 725 Court Street, the following owner: Andrew Greenblatt. Martinez, CA 94553. If you object to the This business is conducted by: Watchismo granting of the petition, you should appear LLC. The registrant commenced to transact at the hearing and state your objections or file business under the fictitious business name written objections with the court before the or names listed above on N/A. Signature of hearing. Your appearance may be in person or registrant: Andrew Greenblatt, Managing by your attorney. If you are a creditor or Member. This statement was filed with the a contingent creditor of the decedent, County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: you must file your claim with the court and January 25, 2018 by Deputy L Ferm Expires mail a copy to the personal representative 1/25/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 appointed by the court within four months 75773 Publish dates: February 9, 16, 23, from the date of issuance of letters as proMarch 2, 2018. vided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four FICTITIOUS BUSINESS months from the hearing date noticed above. NAME STATEMENT You may examine the file kept by the File No. F-0000612 The name of the busi- court. If you are a person interested in the ness: Branches of “Hope” “Healing” estate, you may file with the court a Request Center Located at: 2400 Nevin Avenue for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing Ste 612 In: Richmond, CA 94804, is hereby of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets registered by the following owner(s): 1. or of any petition or account as provided in Amy Lee Anderson 2.Gloria Welburn. This Probate Code section 1250. A Request for business is conducted by: Co-Partners. The Special Notice form is available from the registrant commenced to transact business court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Michael under the fictitious business name or names J. Amthor, ESQ. 181687, 1120 Second Street, listed above on 1/26/2018. Signature of reg- Suite C, Brentwood, CA 94513. 925-516-4888 istrant: Amy Lee Anderson. This statement Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75741 Publish was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Dates: February 2, 9, 16, 2018.\cs2 Costa County on: 1/26/2018 by Deputy T Lawson Expires 1/26/2023 Brentwood NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Press No. 02-1273 75736 Publish dates: T.S. No.: 9987-5720 TSG Order No.: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018. 170253147-CA-VOI A.P.N.: 010-300-035 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN FICTITIOUS BUSINESS DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED NAME STATEMENT 05/09/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO File No. F-0000628 The name of the busi- PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD ness: Sammy’s Sweets Located at: 9956 AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLAPyramid Way In: Discovery Bay, CA, 94505 NATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDis hereby registered by the following owner: ING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT Samantha Elizabeth Lucas. This business is A LAWYER. Affinia Default Services, LLC, as

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Barbara Andrade SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Barbara Andrade CASE NUMBER: N18-0187 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Barbara Andrade filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Barbara Andrade AKA Barbara Lynn Schmidt to Proposed Name: Barbara Lynn Andrade. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 3/27/18 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 Room: 212 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Brentwood Press Date:1/26/2018 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75748 Publish Dates: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Heather Fox SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Heather Fox CASE NUMBER: N18-0089 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Heather Fox filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Harper Jamison Sheehan-Fox to Proposed Name: Harper Jamison Fox. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 03/15/18 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 Room: 212 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Brentwood Press Date: 01/18/2018 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75673 Publish Dates: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 2018. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Maria Zemskaya SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Maria Zemskaya CASE NUMBER: N18-0095 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Maria Zemskaya filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Ivan Maximovich Kotchetkov to Proposed Name: Ivan Max Zemsky. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 3/13/18 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 Room: 212 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Melissa Davis SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Melissa Davis CASE NUMBER: N18-0049 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Melissa Davis filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Emilee Ann Bray to Proposed Name: Emily Ann Davis. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 3/12/18 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 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. Must be served on father. Date: 1/12/2018 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 75615 Publish Dates: January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000543 The name of the business: Position Pros Located at: 370 Maude Court In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner: Larry Lagano. 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: Larry Lagano. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 24, 2018 by Deputy L Ferm Expires 1/24/2023 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 75717 Publish dates: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000558 The name of the business: Papou’s Located at: 1049 W. Cypress Rd In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner: Nigel Olin Piercy. 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: Nigel Piercy. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 24, 2018 by Deputy L Ferm Expires 1/24/2023 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 75747 Publish dates: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000584 The name of the business: La Bonita Market & Convenience Store Located at: 3513 Main Street In: Oakley, CA 94561-6022, is hereby registered by the following owner: Wajdan S. Shaaibi. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/25/18. Signature of registrant: Wajdan S Shaaibi. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE Contra Costa County on: January 25, 2018 by OF FICTITIOUS Deputy H Franklin Expires 1/25/2023 OakBUSINESS NAME ley Press No. 03-0477 75768 Publish dates: The following person(s) has abandoned the February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 2018. use of the fictitious business name Commodore Canvas at 5901 Marina Road, FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Suite B, Discovery Bay, CA 94505. The fictiNAME STATEMENT tious business name referred to above was File No. F-0000651 The name of the busifiled in Contra Costa County on 2/16/2016 ness: Williams Services Located at: 43 under File No. 2016 F-0000928-00 (*1) Prescott Cir In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby Erlyn Lucas-Payne, 1530 Trawler Street, registered by the following owner: Marc A Discovery Bay, CA 94505 (**) This business Williams. This business is conducted by: An was conducted by: An Individual. Signature: Individual. The registrant commenced to Erlyn Lucas-Payne. This statement was transact business under the fictitious busifiled with the County Clerk of Contra Costa ness name or names listed above on N/A. County on: January 16, 2018 Brentwood Signature of registrant: Marc A Williams. Press No. 02-1273 75624 Publish dates: This statement was filed with the County January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 2018. Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 29, 2018 by Deputy L Ferm Expires 1/29/2023 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Oakley Press No. 03-0477 75774 Publish NAME STATEMENT dates: February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 2018. File No. F-0000001 The name of the business: Fer Construction Located at: 504 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Arrowhead Way In: Oakley, CA 94561, is NAME STATEMENT hereby registered by the following owner: File No. F-0000726 The name of the busiFernando Damian Palomares. This busi- ness: Cousin P Clean Cutz Located at: 1049 ness is conducted by: An Individual. The Vineyard Dr In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registrant commenced to transact business registered by the following owner: Parrish under the fictitious business name or names Grayson. This business is conducted by: An Inlisted above on N/A. Signature of registrant: dividual. The registrant commenced to transFernando Damian Palomares. This state- act business under the fictitious business ment was filed with the County Clerk of name or names listed above on 11/12/17. Contra Costa County on: January 2, 2018 by Signature of registrant: Parrish Grayson. This Deputy A Ramirez Expires 1/2/2023 Oakley statement was filed with the County Clerk of Press Press No. 03-0477 75617 Publish Contra Costa County on: January 31, 2018 by dates: January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 2018. Deputy H Franklin Expires 1/31/2023 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 75800 Publish dates: FebFICTITIOUS BUSINESS ruary 9, 16, 23, March 2, 2018. NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000240 The name of the busiNOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE ness: D.E.N. Builders Located at: 5575 TS # CA-17-8830-CS Order # Sandmound Blvd In: Oakley, CA 94561, 170347478-CA-VOI Loan #9804338789 is hereby registered by the following [PURSUANT TO CIVIL CODE Section owner: Douglas Napoletano. This busi- 2923.3(a), THE SUMMARY OF INFORMATION ness is conducted by: An Individual. The REFERRED TO BELOW IS NOT ATTACHED TO registrant commenced to transact busi- THE RECORDED COPY OF THIS DOCUMENT ness under the fictitious business name BUT ONLY TO THE COPIES PROVIDED TO THE or names listed above on 1/12/2018. TRUSTOR.] NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY Signature of registrant: Doug Napole- OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT tano. This statement was filed with the ATTACHED. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: A DEED OF TRUST DATED 8/24/2006. UNJanuary 12, 2018 by Deputy A Vasquez LESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR Expires 1/12/2023 Oakley Press No. 03- PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC 0477 75616 Publish dates: January 19, SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF 26, February 2, 9, 2018. THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS public auction sale to the highest bidder for NAME STATEMENT cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or naFile No. F-0000450 The name of the business: tional bank, check drawn by state or federal MITCHEL SMITH Located at: 4525 LARIAT credit union, or a check drawn by a state or LANE In: OAKLEY, CA 94561, is hereby regis- federal savings and loan association, or savtered by the following owner: Mitchel Smith. ings association, or savings bank specified This business is conducted by: An Individual. in Section 5102 to the Financial code and The registrant commenced to transact busi- authorized to do business in this state, will ness under the fictitious business name or be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale names listed above on N/A. Signature of will be made, but without covenant or warregistrant: Mitchel Smith. This statement was ranty, expressed or implied, regarding title,


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BRENTWOOD Jan. 1, 1:02 p.m. A person reported mail theft taking place on Marjoram Drive for the two prior weeks. Jan. 2, 5:45 a.m. Two subjects stole items from a City of Brentwood driver on Sycamore Avenue and fled on foot. Jan. 2, 11:48 a.m. An accident was reported on Santa Margherita Way and Corniglia Lane. The report was that a child fell off a dirt bike and was in the street in need medical attention. Jan. 3, 12:47 a.m. A vehicle was reported with its lights turned off and its doors opened at a stoplight. The owner reportedly got out of the car and started yelling at someone on Atherton Boulevard. Jan. 3, 7:41 p.m. A person told authorities that they heard a loud fight on Demartini and Amber Way and believed that it was physical. Jan. 4, 7:55 p.m. A suspicious person with a bandana covering his face was reported on Brentwood Boulevard. The reporting person stopped at a light when the man came up to him like he had a weapon on his waistline and said, “What’s up, bro.” Jan. 5, 9:36 p.m. A fight between 30 to 40 juveniles was reported on Sand Creek Road. Jan. 7, 10:14 a.m. A person told authorities that someone used her information to open accounts and rent an apartment in Los Angeles. Jan. 8, 8:39 p.m. A family dispute was reported on Birch Street.

Jan. 9, 11:32 a.m. A suspicious person was reported on Mills Drive and Carnegie Lane. The reporting person followed a man riding a bike after the suspect stole a package from the reporting person’s porch. Jan. 10, 11:07 a.m. Checks were stolen from a mailbox on Valdry Court. Jan. 11, 6:38 p.m. A group of six suspicious people was seen in a store on Lone Tree Way. The reporting person believed they were going to steal something. They split up and walked around in the store for 10 minutes. Their vehicle was a white Chrysler. Jan. 12, 6:52 p.m. A man threw a soda at the reporting person on Lone Tree Way, but the reporting person does not know why. Jan. 13, 5:09 p.m. Authorities received a secondhand report from a child that there was a man with a gun in the area. This was reported on Coventry Circle. Jan. 14, 8:11 p.m. A man who had been admonished for trespassing was in front of a store and continued trying to get in. The suspect was reported to be tall and wearing a grey jacket. The report came from Lone Tree Way. Jan. 15, 3:57 p.m. A couple paid an innkeeper on Lone Tree Way with a fake $100 bill and left. Jan. 16, 1:30 p.m. A person reported their stepdaughter missing on Silvermere Court. Jan. 17, 8:17 p.m. A suspicious woman was reported yelling and screaming in a lot on Walnut Boulevard. Jan. 18, 9:17 a.m. A woman was seen trying to pry a door open of an Acura on Lone Tree Way.

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Jan. 19, 12:06 p.m. A person told authorities that there were multiple employees harassing his son on Lone Tree Way. Jan. 20, 11:39 p.m. A person reported loud music coming from a vehicle in Amanda Circle. The reporting person believed the people inside were drinking. Jan. 21, 5:05 p.m. A man told authorities that there was a man in front of a store on Balfour Road acting erratically and chasing people. The reporting person was not able to give a description of the man because he was too far away. Jan. 22, 3:02 p.m. A man was reported walking around talking to himself at Vineyards Parkway and Latour Avenue. He was reported wearing a black hoodie and red beanie.

OAKLEY Jan. 21, 1:46 a.m. Authorities reported reckless driving on O’Hara Avenue and Francisco Villa Drive. Jan. 21, 5:45 p.m. Suspicious circumstances occurred on Main and Second streets. Jan. 22, 3:09 a.m. An abandoned vehicle was reported on Gateway Drive and Grove Court. Jan. 22, 3:43 p.m. A traffic hazard was reported on Neroly Road and Live Oak Avenue. Jan. 23, 7:02 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was halted at the 5200 block of Neroly Road. Jan. 23, 11:47 p.m. A false alarm went off at Carl’s Jr. Jan. 24, 11:18 a.m. A disturbance of the peace was reported at the 300 block of La Dunas Avenue. Jan. 24, 2:36 p.m. A suspicious person was

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ANTIOCH Jan. 21, 12:01 p.m. A person told authorities that his ex-girlfriend was sitting in front of the house on Fraser Road with a loaded gun which she was pointing at him. Jan. 21, 7:16 p.m. A person told authorities that his brother’s ex-girlfriend was at the location on Sherman Court and tried to fight with his brother. He held her down. It was unknown whether there were weapons, alcohol or drugs involved. She arrived in a white Dodge Journey. Jan. 21, 7:23 p.m. A man was in a vehicle on Mark Twain Drive and Pismo Court with three other people when three people in black masks carry guns approached and stole three phones and two purses. Jan. 23, 12:28 p.m. A woman was tracking her phone online to Pismo Court. Her boyfriend broke her arm while she tried to grab her phone.

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lot south of Balfour Road, between Armstrong Way and the Union Pacific railroad right-of-way. Planning commissioners and nearby residents agree that traffic from the location could severely affect residents, since the project is bordered by residential areas, including the Belvedere and Mission Grove neighborhoods to the south and the Woodgate Mobile Home Park to the north. Since the proposed store is a retail use, which is permitted in the area, only designrelated changes can be made to the project, including how traffic will flow to and from the location. “The traffic does concern me,” said Planning Commissioner Jamie Tobin. “The other concerns, unfortunately, do not go under the design review, so I can’t really comment on those.” Just a handful of the proposed traffic concerns include a truck and automobile entry in the area of a residential neighborhood near Armstrong Way; a tight roundabout that delivery trucks would have to traverse; large amounts of potential traffic flowing through a residential neighborhood near Rockwell Street; and the fact that no traffic study was conducted prior to the design review. The store would operate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with two pickups and two to four deliveries every day. Current plans already incorporate a loading dock capable of accommodating two delivery trucks at a time. The project’s applicant, Lance Crannell, said that he agrees the concerns merit a return look at the project. “We certainly agree with taking another look at the traffic study,” he said. “I think the concerns are valid and should be reviewed.” A chorus of applause broke out in the audience when word of the delay was announced. “It seems like this is moving really fast,” said resident Derek Frazier. “We haven’t really even stopped and looked at everything. If this goes through, I am moving.” Fellow resident Anthony Garcia  expressed similar sentiments. “I personally don’t see how building this brings any value to the neighborhood at all,” said Garcia, who suggested the city build a community garden at the location. City staff openly agreed to take a second look at the project but pointed out that certain aspects were included or left out of

taking another look at the traffic study,” he said. “I think the concerns are valid and should be reviewed.

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project applicant the plans for specific reasons. The potential traffic impacts didn’t merit an automatic traffic study prior to the design review, said Brentwood Associate Planner Tim Nielsen. Traffic engineer Steve Kersevan added that roundabouts are built for safety purposes since they cut down on points of conflict at intersections. “There is a possibility the traffic study could come back and say the current arrangement is, in fact, for whatever reason, the best option,” Nielsen said. For many residents, however, their issues with the proposed location run deeper than traffic and include blight, discarded donations outside the establishment, and felons frequenting the location. “Who will be assigned to litter pickup along Balfour and Armstrong Way?” asked resident Lauretta Aldridge. “How will the illegal dumping be managed?” Once the traffic issues are settled, it’s expected that the company will then move forward on plans to build the 25,000-squarefoot center, comprising a 14,629-squarefoot retail store; 9,228-square-foot production and donation processing area; and a 1,618-square-foot career center that will offer vocational training. At maximum operating level, the center is slated to employ up to 45 workers with 15 to 25 on-site at any given time. Goodwill Industries of Greater East Bay currently operates 30 retail stores in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties, including a 7,000-square-foot location on the border of Antioch and Brentwood in the Shady Willow Plaza on Lone Tree Way. That location is expected to remain open, despite the eventual opening of the second Brentwood location. The project will return to the planning commission at a yet-to-be-determined date. For more information on the project, visit bit.ly/2E5MQu5.

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Thrift store grand opening St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) will host a grand opening for its new thrift store and resource center in Brentwood, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m., at its 8890 Brentwood Blvd. location. The center will be called the Help & Hope Thrift Center and provide inexpensive used items in addition to free food, clothing, medical assistance and professional development for those in need.

Professional development will entail employment at the thrift store for people trying to return to the workforce. Starbucks coffee will be available at the grand opening, and light sandwiches will be provided the next day, Saturday, Feb. 17. For more information, call 925439-5060, visit www.svdp-cc.org or email info@svdp-cc.org.

Finding forever homes In part of National Adoption Weekend, the Homeless Animals Lifeline Organization (HALO) will be at Petsmart Slatten Ranch in Antioch Feb. 17 and 18. The crew will be present with animals for adoption on each day from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday will feature cats and dogs,

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The budgeted special projects include strategic planning and funding studies and promotional testing for engineers and captains. Also in the budget are plans to hire a business services manager, responsible for supervising or performing many of the district’s budget functions, including budget preparation, tracking of revenues and expenses, and financial operations and reporting. This yet-to-be-hired employee will earn a yearly salary of between $100,000 and $120,000.

and Sunday will feature only cats. HALO is also looking for more volunteers to help foster, transport animals, run events and more. For more information or to volunteer, call 925-473-4642 or email contacthalo@yahoo.com.

“Over the early months of being chief, we have identified a lot of system challenges; a lot of our processes are challenged,” Helmick said. “They need to be refined.” Board Member Susan Morgan agreed that the new position is essential to the organization going forward. “Finances are critical,” she said. “We have to have someone in charge. It’s a huge hole that we absolutely must fill.” For more information on the district’s mid-term budget review, visit bit. ly/2Ea0dJS. To comment, visit www.thepress.net

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Sunday, Feb. 11 A Broadway Valentine

Summerset Orchards Lodge will present “A Broadway Valentine” with the event opening at 2 p.m., at Summerset Orchards Lodge, 770 Centennial Place. Vocal duo Laurie and Don Roldan along with pianist Joan Cifarelli will perform romantic show tunes. Tickets are $15 per person. For more information, call 925-513-2640.

Tuesday, Feb. 13 Brentwood Community Chorus

The Brentwood Community Chorus will have rehearsal every Tuesday, from Feb. 13 to May 15, in the Liberty Adult Education multipurpose room. There are no auditions, and reading music is not required, but singers must be able to match the pitch. For more information or to register, call 925-634-2565 or visit www. libertyadulted.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 14 “All Hands on Deck Show!”

El Campanil Theatre presents “The All Hands on Deck Show!” currently on tour from Branson, Missouri, at El Campinil Theatre, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Come watch this authentic American roadshow and radio broadcast from a 1942 re-creation. Prices range from $30 to $40 per person. For more information, visit www. elcampaniltheatre.com/All-Hands-On-Deck. html.

Thursday, Feb. 15 Book Sale

The Friends of the Brentwood Library will have a book sale at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find books in many genres for all ages. For more information, call 925-513-0384.

Share the Love Bunco Tournament

Soroptomist International will hold a Share the Love Bunco Tournament at the Shadow Lakes Event Center, 401 W. Country Club Drive, from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, contact Mary Landski at 925-234-8318.

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Brentwood Rotary will hold its ninth annual poker tournament at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. Doors open at 6 p.m. for dinner and tournament play begins at 7 p.m. The cost is $75 per player and includes a buffet dinner, a drink ticket and tournament play. For more information, contact Steve Gursky at sgursky@sbcglobal.net or 925-584-8708.

Saturday, Feb. 24 Sock Hop 2018

The Furry Friends Food Relief presents Sock Hop, a benefit dinner, at Shadow Lakes, starting at 5 p.m. There will be an auction, a raffle and dinner. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased online at https://fffrbenefit2018sockhop. eventbrite.com. A complimentary bottle of wine will be given to those who purchase a table for eight to 10 people. For more information, contact furryfriendsfoodrelief@gmail.com.

Celebration of Wishes

An Elderly Wish Foundation will host its 16th annual Heart to Heart Ball, “Celebration of Wishes,” at Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch, starting at 5:30 p.m. There will be auctions, dinner and dancing. The cost is $65 per person. For more information, email info@elderlywish.org or visit www. elderlywish.org.

Sunday, Feb. 25 Football Clinic

There will be a free football clinic at Freedom Basin Park Oakley, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for ages 4 to 8, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 9 to 15. Register online or in person from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 925-625-2222 or visit www.californiafootballacademy.com.

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Lumpy’s Diner will host a paint night to benefit Veterans of Oakley, at 7 p.m., at 5891 Lone Tree Way. The event is open to ages 21 and over and the cost is $45 per person. For more information, contact danielle@stonecrestlending.net or visit https://goo. gl/pLM6MM.

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The California Football Academy is accepting registration for the spring flag football league. The season is from March to June, for ages 4 to 15. Register online at www.californiafootballacademy. com. For more information, call 925-625-2222.

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The Liberty High School Choir will have a painting fundraiser, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Starry Nite Studios, 2545 Sand Creek Road. Light appetizers, water and a glass of wine will be served. Tickets are $55 per person. For more information, visit www.starrynitestudios.com/event/lion.

Soroptomist International will hold a Share the Love Bunco Tournament at the Delta Villa Estates Clubhouse, 1900 Venice Lane, Antioch, from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. For more information, contact Mary Landski at 925-757-5605.

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Sustainable Contra Costa will be having a workshop on water-smart gardens, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Pittsburg Library, 80 Power Ave. The price is $20 per person. For more information, visit https://goo.gl/2gYqx7.

Oakley Senior Citizens offers a Casino Bus Trip to Jackson Rancheria Casino and Hotel with the bus leaving at 8 a.m. from the senior center parking lot. The cost is $30 for the round trip transportation and a bonus $20 on card or $25 for table games. For more information, call Tim at 925-679-8636, Beverly at 925-626-7413 or the Oakley Senior Center at 925-626-7223.

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The Bethel Island Lions Club will host a Valentine’s Crab Feed at Scout Hall, 3090 Ranch Lane, Bethel Island, starting at 4 p.m. There will be dancing, raffles, prizes and more. Tickets are $50 a person. For more information, contact Ivy at 925-625-8163, Dave at 925-5951451 or Peter at 415-599-6620.

Brentwood PAL presents Birria Cookoff 2018, at the Dollar General Plaza, 7820 Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come enjoy birria served on tortillas or as soup in addition to music, dancing and more. The cost is $10 per person or $30 for a family of four. For more information, contact mrucker@brentwoodca.gov or call 925-695-6467 or visit www.brentwood-pal.com.

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Brownstone Gardens in Oakley offers a lush, romantic venue for weddings and special occasions. 2017. “The grounds were incredibly magical. As a little girl, I always wanted my wedding day to be like a fairy tale, and that is exactly what this location gave us.” Since 2006, over 1,000 couples have said “I do” at Brownstone Gardens and have celebrated their reception there as well amongst a sanctuary of towering

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trees and twinkling lights. The property features paved pathways throughout the grounds and areas that create stunning backdrops for events. The rose garden is a patio sanctuary surrounded with multicolored roses, trees and shrubs that wedding parties can use for multiple purposes. Brides and grooms

have used the space for everything from a drink bar area to a s’mores bar, photobooth area and comfortable sitting area for guests to mingle. The koi garden is another area where guests can gather before the ceremony or during the reception. The pond, waterfall, wooden footbridge and old-fashioned wooden swing create magical photo opportunities. Guests describe the bridal falls area as paradise. The intimate space features a recessed dance floor and canopy of natural trees and picturesque lighting. The sound of water cascading down the nearby 12-foot waterfall combined with the sparkling lights and surrounding trees creates a dreamy and ethereal setting. The grand courtyard is where most couples exchange their vows. Brides can walk down a stone aisle surrounded by a lush, green lawn to a classic temple pavilion supported with beautiful sandstone columns. The nearby perimeter wrought-iron fence is covered with vinelike miniature roses and surrounded by crepe-myrtle trees, which have delicate pink and white blossoms during the peak wedding season. see Gardens page 4B

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“My favorite area is definitely the grand courtyard,” said Kay-Kay Hines, managing partner of Brownstone Gardens. Hines’ family operates the venue and her father, Bob Wiemholt, designed the magical grounds. “My dad built the grand pavilion with weddings in mind,” said Hines. “He positioned it for good lighting for photos, and the crepe myrtle trees are just gorgeous when they are in bloom.” According to Hines, besides Brownstone Gardens’ beautiful grounds, one of their best assets is the staff. “You don’t want to put together a bunch of rookies to pull off an ‘A’ game,” said Hines. “You need an ‘A’ team. It’s a big day, and you deserve the best. Our staff has been working together for years. We can make our couples’ vision a reality!” Couples are assigned a coordinator from Brownstone Gardens who will work with them to plan their event. “One of the great things about Brownstone Gardens is that we do not have a set way to use the venue,” said Barbara DuMont, coordinator. “The couple gets to decide how they want to use it. We help the couples figure that out then, using our seating charts, design the event.” The venue works with four different caterers and after the couple selects one, their coordinator will follow up and make sure the wedding is on the selected caterer’s schedule and will also take over management. “There is no limit on the amount of contact that a couple has with us,” said DuMont. “We say that we have new best friends every year! The attention to detail and availability helps to ensure the bride and groom’s big day goes smoothly. “The staff at Brownstone Gardens was incredible,” said Johansson. “The team goes above and beyond to make sure that your day is all about you.” Brownstone Gardens is located at 91 Brownstone Road, in Oakley. For more information, visit www. brownstonegardens.com or call 925-418-4532. To comment, visit www.thepress.net

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hoosing a venue is one of the biggest decisions in planning a wedding.

If you love the vibe of Brentwood’s historic and charming downtown, a hometown wedding might be the perfect venue for your big day. Hometown weddings take place close to where the bride or groom grew up and are often convenient and sentimental ceremonies that create a lifetime of memories. Brentwood Community Center, located in the heart of downtown Brentwood, is the perfect location for a hometown wedding. Brides and grooms can exchange their vows in the beautiful community center with a design inspired by the historic 1913 Brentwood Hotel or in Brentwood’s City Park surrounded by tall sycamores, oaks, pines, magnolias and palm trees amongst the fragrant bloom of antique roses and

day lilies. “My husband and I are both from Brentwood, so the community center was perfect,” Amber Zulawski, who was married at the community center. The community center has been hosting weddings and wedding receptions since summer 2012. The 32,000-square-foot center offers the latest modern amenities mixed with the charm and romance of a historic hometown venue. “For those who have grown up in Brentwood, getting married at City Park is a memorable experience, as the park is a place they have frequented at all stages of life,” said Barbie Gary, City of Brentwood recreation supervisor. According to Gary, brides and grooms can reserve the community center for their wedding ceremony, reception or both. The community center can host receptions in the main hall for up to 330 guests seated at round tables, or smaller recep-

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Brentwood’s Community Center, located in the heart of downtown Brentwood, is the perfect location for a hometown wedding. tions can utilize just half of the main hall for groups under 130 guests. The center also has a full catering kitchen where meals can be prepared from start to finish or delivered and served by a caterer. “City staff works diligently to help you plan your use of the facility,” said Gary. “We work with couples to set a floor plan, discuss best practices and answer questions about the facility so the day of the event everything goes smoothly.” Facility attendants are also on hand during the event to assist with audio, visual, kitchen use or to modify room set up. “Bridal couples are welcome to plan their own décor or bring in a decorator to

turn their event into a masterpiece,” said Gary. The venue also presents stunning photo opportunities from the arches that wrap around the community center and neighboring city hall to the wooden wall just outside the community center and City Park, which boasts a beautiful rose garden, mature trees and the backdrop of historic downtown Brentwood. The community center is currently taking reservations. Spaces fill quickly with bookings taken 12 to 18 months in advance. For more information about the Community Center visit https://goo.gl/ CMTQxw or call 925-516-5444. To comment, visit www.thepress.net

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or converted silos or town factories. In fact, Bridal Guide noted barn weddings have never been more popular – among both urban and rural couples alike. Coordinating a rustic wedding may mean letting go of perceived notions of how everything from food to favors to flowers should be. In fact, one way to describe rustic weddings – and especially the floral arrangements that adorn them – is “purposely imperfect.” Rustic wedding bouquets may seem like they were plucked right out of the garden or grabbed through a stroll in a meadow. They’re rarely symmetrical or feature the customary flowers of more formal wedding celebrations. When designing rustic bouquets, florists may keep the stems of wildflowers or other blooms untethered for a relaxed look. Long-

stemmed arrangements are quite popular, and trends point toward bouquets that are loosely tied with raffia, twine, vines and other natural materials rather than more refined ribbon. Another way rustic bouquets set themselves apart is with the introduction of other elements into the arrangements. Not merely blooms and greenery, rustic pieces may feature twigs, vines, berries, scabiosa pods, ivy and feathery ferns. The heights of elements in the bouquet are varied, and the bouquets will not have an overly uniform shape. Rustic bouquets are far from pretentious, but brides shouldn’t feel that these bouquets are delicate or will fall apart when handled. When planning a rustic wedding, couples can work with their florists to create bouquets and arrangements that fit with their visions. – Courtesy Metro Creative

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the food. Whether it was fun, tasty or something entirely new for guests, food tends to leave a lasting impression. The experts at Boho Weddings say that, more than ever before, couples are seeking menu ideas that reflect their personalities as a couple as they seek to make a statement at their events. Celebrating with delicious, unique foods can make receptions that much more amazing. ♦♦ Bite-sized bursts. Tapas and a movement toward small bites have started to take hold at wedding receptions. Such a choice allows guests to try many different flavors without filling up too quickly. From sliders to mini grilled cheese to soup shots to bite-sized pizzas, many of these small bites feature flavors borrowed from familiar comfort foods – just presented on a miniature scale.

♦♦ Comfort stations and bars. Couples who love comfort food can put it on display with a crostini station, a mashed potato bar, a chicken and waffles station, a gourmet popcorn snack station or a ramen noodle bar. ♦♦ Food trucks, carts. Outdoor weddings can be enhanced with the addition of trendy food trucks. These restaurants on wheels can inject burgers, sandwiches, international delights, crêpes, noodles and so many more flavors into a wedding. ♦♦ High-end options. Couples may want to give guests a lavish taste with olive oil and vinegar tasting stations, whiskey bars, French hors d’oeuvres, Kobe beef sliders, lobster tails, risotto stations and more. ♦♦ Childhood favorites. When it comes time for dessert, some couples opt to avoid or downplay wedding cakes in favor of something simpler. A cookie-and-milk bar, doughnut holes, soft pretzel stations, pie pops or dessert shot jars push creativity and sweetness to new levels. Do-it-yourself dessert stations, such as s’more-making and ice cream sundae stations can be big hits. – Courtesy Metro Creative


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hristmas Day, Valentine’s Day and Christmas Eve top the list of the most popular dates to get engaged.

If you’re amongst those rocking a new engagement ring, chances are you’ve already begun planning your wedding. Brentwood’s upcoming ninth annual Bride’s Day Out should be at the top of every soon-to-be bride’s list. The event, sponsored by the Downtown Brentwood Coalition (DBC) on Saturday, Feb. 24, is a one-stop shop for wedding planning, showcasing the areas finest wedding professionals and everything brides and grooms need to plan their once-in-a-lifetime event. “We have more than 50 businesses participating in this unique bridal fair,” said Donna Ross, owner of Crème dela Gem Jewelry. From florists, to caterers, wedding venues, wedding gowns, tuxedo rentals, cakes, wedding planners and more, wedding professionals will showcase their exceptional services and offer discounts for attendees. “This event is extremely helpful,” said Julie James, owner of J. James Bridal and organizer of the event. “It gives brides the ability to save hours from researching vendors, attending appointments and making more phone calls than needed.” The event is also fun. Each ticket includes a complimentary mimosa from Co. Co. County Wine Company, a bingo card entry for a grand-prize raffle of $1,000, an entry to the additional secondplace raffle of $500 and a sash for the bride or “bride tribe.”

After checking in, each attendee is given a bingo card filled with squares representing the wedding businesses at the event. The object is to visit every vendor to get your bingo card stamped, then turn your bingo card in to the DBC check-in station outside J. James Bridal, before you leave. At 3 p.m., the DBC will pull two completed cards at random and will call the winner of each prize. The prize money can used at any of the participating vendors of the event. In addition, each vendor offers a raffle prize from their business, and over 50 prizes are given out. “I raffle a $200 gift certificate, because many brides come in looking for men’s wedding bands,” said Ross. Local businesses enjoy the event as much as the attendees. “This is our favorite bridal-type show,” said Stacey Chance, owner of Discovery Bay Studios. “We love the small-town feel of downtown Brentwood and have so much fun meeting so many brides-to-be.” Discovery Bay Studios, known for its premium wedding photography and videos, will be located inside TLCakes, 647 First St. “We stress fun at every wedding and are so proud of our team,” said Chance. Bride’s Day Out is Saturday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with parking located at the parking structure on Second Street in downtown Brentwood. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. To order, visit https://goo.gl/6qcyUc. All attendees should check in at the DBC station in front of J. James Bridal, 625 First St., to pick up their bingo card and sashes. For more information, visit www. brentwooddowntown.com/bridesdayout2018.html. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

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Brentwood Press 02.09.18  

Your Hometown Weekly Newspaper

Brentwood Press 02.09.18  

Your Hometown Weekly Newspaper