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Amphitheater Beating the heat project back under review

August 16, 2019

Breaking The Glass Ceiling

by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

The Brentwood City Council has pulled back the curtain on a long-proposed amphitheater project near the intersection of Vineyard Parkway and Marsh Creek Road. But city leaders are waiting to act until more important details can be researched and finalized. The city has about $7.7 million in contributed funds and collected development impact fees thus far, all of which must go toward the project, as dictated in the city’s Vineyards at Marsh Creek development agreement. Little else about the endeavor is concrete, however. City leaders heard the results of an outside consultant’s feasibility and market study this week, in advance of further planned discussions on the project during a city council strategic planning session in October.

East County entrepreneurs share their stories in this week’s coverage of Women In Business. Page 1B

Growth At John Muir Photo by Tony Kukulich

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axton Johnston, 13 months, had a lot of fun while also finding relief from the heat in the City Park fountain in Brentwood, Wednesday, Aug. 14. Triple-digit temperatures hit East County this week, prompting residents to find creative ways to keep cool.

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Disaster planning key to survival by Tony Kukulich Staff Writer

In just the last few weeks, East County residents have experienced a pair of earthquakes along with a fire that burned more than 700 acres before it was extinguished — and incidents like these serve as reminders of the potential for a widespread, critical emergency occurring in the area. “You’re never going to avoid (emergencies) 100%,” said Gus Vina, Brentwood city manager. “Sometimes we get very focused on earthquakes, but then the event is a truck that overturns with chlorine or a shooting. We’re in this environment where a lot of bad stuff can potentially happen. Nobody should ever think they’re immune. It can happen anywhere at any time, for many reasons.” People in the business of responding to emergencies of every

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“ You’re never going to avoid (emergencies) 100% … Nobody should ever think they’re immune. It can happen anywhere at any time, for many reasons.

Gus Vina, Brentwood city manager kind stress the importance of preparation and planning to mitigate risks, improve the odds of survival and reduce the strain on emergency response systems in the event of a city- or county-wide incident. Every household should prepare and maintain a fully-stocked emergency kit that contains items like flashlights, medical supplies and a battery-powered radio. Food and water for each member of the household for three days should also be stored, and the needs of pets should be included in any preparations. The kit should be

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stored in a location that’s easily accessible in the event a quick evacuation is necessary. PG&E has a useful guide for creating an emergency kit at www.bit.ly/thepress_emergencykit. The Red Cross is also a good source of information on disaster preparation, and emergency kits and supplies may also be purchased at www.redcross.org/ store/preparedness. “(Disasters) can strike without warning, at any time of year, day or night,” says Jennifer Lucas, disaster preparedness manager for

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Playing For The Pros

Former Antioch High basketball star Eric Donaldson has signed with a professional team in Italy. Page 15A

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Events Saturday, Aug. 17 St. Jude Children’s Hospital Benefit

A fundraiser benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. at Campos Family Vineyards, 3501 Byer Road in Byron. A BBQ dinner will be served with soft drinks, and wine and beer will be available for purchase. Live music, raffles and games will make it a fun evening for the family. Tickets are $45 for adults, $20 for kids ages 5 to 12, and children 4 and under are free. For more information, tickets or to donate, visit www.bit.ly/stjude_benefit. Tickets will not be sold at the event.  

Kids’ Fishing Derby

Join us for the annual free kids’ fishing derby off the Antioch/Oakley Pier at Bridgehead Road in Oakley. Check-in starts at 8 a.m. and fishing runs from 9 to 11 a.m. The derby is for kids age 15 and under; free bait and a limited number of loaner poles will be available, so bring your own pole, if possible. Preregistration is available at Oakley City Hall, 3231 Main St. in Oakley, or at Hook, Line and Sinker, 3100 Main St. in Oakley. After the derby, lunch will be served and prizes awarded. For more information, contact Cindy Coelho at coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us, 925-625-7044 or visit www.oakleyinfo.com. 

Sunday, Aug. 18 CYO Basketball sign ups

Girls and boys in second through eighth grade can sign up for the Immaculate Heart of Mary CYO basketball teams on Sunday, Aug. 18 from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hall, 757 First St. in Brentwood. Players must reside in Brentwood, and all new players to CYO must bring a copy of a birth certificate to sign-ups. Registration fees are $185 per player. For more information, call Fernando Sanabria at 925-759-0486.

Christian Music Concert

Anthony Blackman Ministries will play a free concert with contemporary Christian music on the lawn at City Park in downtown Brentwood from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, email Anthonyeblackman@ gmail.com or visit www. anthonyblackmanministries.com. 

Tuesday, August 20 Brentwood Community Chorus

The Brentwood Community Chorus will meet on Tuesdays through Dec. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brentwood Community Methodist Church, 809 Second Street in Brentwood. The chorus is open to anyone, regardless of age or experience. The ability to read music is desirable, but not required – only the love of singing. Registration is $50, plus approximately $20 for music. Performances are scheduled for Dec. 15, 21 and 22. For more information or to register, visit www. brentwoodcommunitychorus.com or email brentwoodcommunitychorus@gmail.com.

Wednesday, Aug. 21 Banner Up Tour

Interested parties can join local artists for a free tour of the hand-painted banners that decorate downtown Brentwood. To participate, meet at the gazebo in City Park at the corner of Second and Oak streets at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Frank Littman at agdbannerup@gmail.com or 818-3078918 or visit www.artguildofthedelta.org/ banner-up-2019.

Thursday, Aug. 22 Live Music by Natural Blend

The Natural Blend band will play a variety of music for dancing and fun at the Brentwood Community Center at 35 Oak St. from 7 to 10 p.m. The evening will include refreshments, dance lessons and a no-host bar. Attendees must be 21+. Ample free garage parking is available behind the community center. Cost is $10 for those who pre-register and $12 for everyone at the door. Call 925-516-5380 with questions or to register. Funds raised benefit the Brentwood Senior Center.

Friday, Aug. 23 Back to School Festival

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www.thepress.net/calendar CYO Basketball in Oakley

St. Anthony’s in Oakley will have CYO Basketball signups for girls and boys in third to eighth grade on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to noon; and Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $150 and players must reside within parish boundaries. CYO requires a photocopy of new players’ birth certificates. St. Anthony’s is located at 971 O’Hara Ave. For more information, visit www. saintanthonycyo.org. 

Tuesday, Aug. 27 Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce Mixer

Old River Elementary will host its annual back-to-school festival from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Old River Elementary, 30 Learning Lane, in Brentwood. Come for food trucks, a video game truck, bounce houses, games, raffles, prizes and more. Entrance is free; ride tickets are available for purchase. For more information, contact Courtney Fuentes at 925-584-1487.

The Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce after-hours mixer will be held at Delta Valley Fitness, 1520 Discovery Bay Blvd. in Discovery Bay, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come meet other businesspeople in the community at this fun networking event. For more information, email chamber@discoverybaychamber.org, call 925-240-4144 or visit www.bit.ly/dbmixer.  

Concert at Contra Loma

Thursday, Aug. 29 MOPs Open House

East Bay Regional Parks will host a free concert at Contra Loma Regional Park in Antioch to celebrate its 85th anniversary. The event will feature the David Perez Band, who will play an exciting mix of pop and rock with a Latin flair. Attendees should bring chairs, blankets, food and beverages. No alcohol will be allowed, and no food or drink will be sold. For more information, visit www.ebparks.org/85th. 

Saturday, Aug. 24 Movie Under the Stars: “Ralph Breaks the Internet”

The City of Oakley is hosting Movie Under the Stars, featuring “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” at Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main St. in Oakley. Admission is free and set-up begins at 8 p.m. with the movie starting after sunset. Bring blankets, chairs and snacks and come enjoy a fun movie with your neighbors. For more information, contact Cindy Coelho at coelho@ ci.oakley.ca.us or 925-625-7044 or visit www. oakleyinfo.com.

Kiddie Academy Grand Opening

The Kiddie Academy daycare center will celebrate its grand opening at 2 p.m. at 1620 Neroly Road in Oakley. Bring your child for storytime with Curious George and Pinkalicious. To register, visit www.bit.ly/ka-storytime. For more information, contact Rishu Khare at 925261-6717 or oakley@kiddieacademy.net.

Sunday, Aug. 25 Youth Flag Football

Boys and girls 4 to 16 can participate in a free flag football clinic at Freedom Basin Park. Ages 4 to 8 start at 10 a.m.; ages 9 to 16 start at 11:30 a.m. For more information or to register for the fall season, visit www. californiafootballacademy.com or call 925-625-2222. 

Live Organ and a Movie: “Dial M for Murder”

The Pittsburg California Theatre presents the next in its Live Organ and a Movie series, “Dial M for Murder.” This series combines live organ music, raffles and a classic movie all rolled into one. Academy Award winners Grace Kelly and Ray Milland star with Robert Cummings in one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest depictions of revenge and murder. The show starts at 1:30 p.m. at 351 Railroad Ave. in Pittsburg and tickets cost $6.50. For more information, call 925-427-1611, email info@pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com or visit www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com/ upcoming-events. 

Mothers Of Preschoolers (MOPs) will have an open house from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Golden Hills Community Church, 2401 Shady Willow Lane in Brentwood. Drop in to learn about meetings, speakers, activities and more. For more information, contact Amanda at 925-642-6794 or morning.mops.ghcc@gmail. com or visit www.bit.ly/mopsopenhouse. 

Ongoing Events Discovery Bay Cars and Coffee

Al-Anon Meetings

Al-Anon meets Mondays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. and Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at Delta Community Presbyterian Church, 1900 Willow Lake Road in Discovery Bay. Al-Anon was made to help friends and families of alcoholics. For more information, call 925-784-8030.

Byron Delta Lions Club

The Byron Delta Lions Club meets the first Friday of every month at 10 a.m. at Delta Community Presbyterian Church, 1900 Willow Lake Road, in Discovery Bay. For more information, visit www.byrondeltalions.org.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support

This group meets the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Church at 50 Birch St. in Brentwood. It is open to any member of the community who is caring for or knows someone caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. No charge, no reservations needed. Speaker varies each month. For more information, call 925-284-7942 or visit www.alznorcal.org. 

Brentwood Chamber Mixer

The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce hosts its mixers on the third Thursday of each month, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at varying locations. Come for an evening of networking, refreshments and raffles. These events are free for members; non-members are welcome twice, then $25 per visit. For more information, contact Laura Young at Admin@ brentwoodchamber.com or 925-634-3344, or visit www.brentwoodchamber.com. 

Free Medical Clinic

East Contra Costa Historical Society

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Family Resource Center hosts a free medical clinic at 2210 Gladstone Drive in Pittsburg on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m., and second and fourth Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Uninsured adults ages 17+ with acute or chronic medical conditions are eligible. For an appointment, call 925-439-2009 on Wednesdays between 1 and 3 p.m. All health care services are free to the patient, including medical exams, diagnostic and laboratory testing. For more information, visit www. svdp-cc.org/programs-rotacare-clinic. 

Grief Support Group

Free yourself from anger, distrust, addictions and regrets. Renewed Life Church, at 1435 Main St. in Oakley, invites all to attend Celebrate Recovery, a 12-step, Christcentered program, Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Live music, a potluck buffet and child sitter are available. For more information, visit www.rlc-church.com.

The Discovery Bay Community Foundation is hosting a community gathering on the third Saturday of each month through October. This free event is an opportunity for car enthusiasts to share their rides. All cars are welcome. Come to the Boardwalk Grill parking lot at 5879 Marina Road in Discovery Bay, from 8 to 10 a.m. to see some neat vehicles and check out the shops at the marina. For more information, contact Jim Mattison at jim@dbcf.info or 925-698-1590. The East Contra Costa Historical Society’s Museum, located at 3890 Sellers Ave. in Brentwood, is open 2 to 4 p.m. every Saturday and third Sunday through October. Tour the 1890s home, one-room school, new resource center and other features from East County’s past. For more information, call Dawn at 925-513-3247. This group is to provide support for adults age 18+ who are grieving the death of someone close to them. No registration is required, but please arrive a few minutes early. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the large conference room in the John Muir Urgent Care Center, 2400 Balfour Road, suite 223. For more information, contact Suzi Spangenberg at 925-887-5678 or suzis@hospiceeastbay. org or visit www.bit.ly/griefsupportgroup.

Soroptimist International of Antioch Meeting

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

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Area Agency on Aging survey

The Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging has launched a survey to gather more information to create services for seniors in Contra Costa County. Seniors and their caregivers may take the Needs Assessment Survey now through September at www. surveymonkey.com/r/olderadultssurvey or request a copy by calling 800-510-2020.

GSMOL Biweekly Class

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


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Agency: Independence High School Guy Rognlien fulfills two important roles in Brentwood — he is the principal of Independence High School (IHS) and the director of community education. In his primary role as principal, Rognlien has spent his days at IHS since 2015 helping students find an educational path to fit their needs and lead them to graduation. As director of community education, he oversees adult education, summer school for the Liberty Union High School District (LUHSD) and learning centers for credit recovery. An average day for Rognlien includes conversations with his students and their teachers to ensure everyone is on track. “I really enjoy seeing kids get some-

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thing for the first time, or when families come to me at the end of the year and tell me that without our teachers and staff, (their student) would never have got here,” Rognlien said with a smile. Rognlien described IHS as an alternative educational option school, where students who aren’t finding success at a

larger school site, such as Heritage High School, can get the individualized attention and schedule they need to succeed. Rognlien didn’t always see himself in educational administration. He originally planned on doing public relations work, and after earning a bachelor’s degree in communications, went to work for the Sacramento Kings. When the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in sports management presented itself, he took it, and began coaching at Pittsburg High School. “While I was coaching, I had the opportunity to teach, and I got my teaching credential,” Rognlien said. His career path kept moving forward, and he moved on to become athletic director, and eventually, assistant principal. During this time, he also earned his administrative credential. He has worked in administration since 1999 and been a part of LUHSD for the past 15 years. When he isn’t working, Rognlien enjoys coaching his kids’ sports teams or cheering them on at games. A Brentwood resident, he can be seen all over town at community events and supporting local businesses. To comment, visit www.thepress.net

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Resident tries to put a lid on illegal dumping by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

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Fed up with the continual illegal trash dumps on her street, unincorporated county resident Launa Stach has launched a public Facebook album to publicly shame alleged offenders and chronicle the ongoing problem near her home on Camino Diablo, between Walnut Boulevard and Vasco Road.

Visitors who use a certain unincorporated Brentwood street as their personal garbage dump might want to think twice about their illegal activity — their actions could now end up broadcasted across social media. Unincorporated Brentwood resident Launa Stach, with help from neighbors and friends, is confronting illegal dumpers near her home on Camino Diablo — between Walnut Boulevard and Vasco Road — and putting the video footage in a public Facebook album. “I am working off of guilt, because people know they are doing something they shouldn’t be doing,” said Stach. Stach, a 15-year owner of her property and former Fremont Police reserve sergeant, launched her multifaceted street pride campaign in March after returning home from a ski trip to find piles of illegally dumped garbage blowing down her street. The trash, which appeared to have broken free from discarded bags, added to Stach’s growing anger over her street’s ever-increasing illegal dumping problem that has grown from intermittent to daily. She organized a slew of her neighbors to help clean up the mess, installed cameras on her property and hasn’t stopped trying to dispose of the problem since. When probable dumpers arrive, so does Stach, asking if they need help, while capturing suspect images and glimpses of their

license plates. The footage — so far including about 35 pictures and videos of ditched trash, alleged perpetrators, their vehicles and license plates — is now featured on her public Facebook page and an accompanying album. “Usually, as long as people have a guilty conscience, they are like, ‘Oh crap, I have to go!’” she said. Her campaign extends beyond public shaming, too. When Stach is not trying to curtail the activity, she routinely cleans up after it, using litter to create garbage mountains that are meant to be easily picked up by the county cleanup crews she alerts. Contra Costa County Sheriff Lieutenant Matt Foley confirmed this week that the confrontation tactic is dangerous and not recommended. “If she is collecting the garbage and calling public works, that is great,” Foley said. “I would not take people on, and make it known you are taking them on and give them any idea where you live.” Stach contends she’s not afraid — and it appears her trash battle is just heating up. Aside from daily litterbugs, she claims county cleanup crews don’t always pick up the full garbage mounds she stacks up. She’s also irked over at least one alleged, egregious littering case against a supposed local hauling and cleanup service that county law enforcement hasn’t acted on, despite the piled-up evidence she’s collected, she said. The illegal dumping case popped up after Stach tracked down the owner of gar-

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bage dumped on her street, only to find out — through what she claims are corroborating images — that the owner had hired an established local hauling company to properly dump the trash. Foley said a deputy visited Stach to look into her complaint and viewed her pictures, including one of a trailer capable of dumping materials, but the supposed evidence isn’t strong enough to proceed in the investigation. Foley added that the deputy has also attempted to contact a phone number on the side of the trailer in at least one of the images but has not received a return call. As Stach’s daily war marches ahead, county officials are renewing their own efforts to tackle the countywide problem. The board of supervisors recently approved 56 recommendations, including approximately 25 new ideas aimed at curbing the activity. Key maneuvers target education, prevention, cleanup and enforcement. “I appreciate Ms. Stach’s frustration that people are doing this in her community,” said District 3 Supervisor Diane Burgis. “Installing video surveillance cameras and giving that footage to law enforcement, as she’s doing, is helpful. However, posting images to social media can lead to retaliation, and I’d encourage everyone to report incidents to law enforcement instead of trying to confront people in person or online.” Burgis added county cleanup crews will sometimes leave items behind to be addressed by hazerdous material officials. To view Stach’s album, visit www.bit.ly/Streetpride.


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John Muir center undergoing expansion by Chris Campos Correspondent

Brentwood’s John Muir Health Outpatient Center is in the midst of a $25 million expansion and remodeling plan that will triple the local urgent care facility’s capacity to treat patients. When complete in early 2020, the expansion will also include extended hours of service, according to Ben Drew, the health system’s director of communications. “Our hope is to be serving patients up to midnight,” Drew said, “up from the current 9 p.m. closing time.” The Brentwood clinic currently operates 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. John Muir’s expansion involves a redesign of their facilities, with an emphasis on primary care and preventive care, Drew went on to explain. Besides the facility remodel, the health center will also add three main primary care doctors, a cardiology therapist, an obstetrician/gynecologist and 25 to 30 support workers. Drew estimates the urgent care center currently sees about 2,500 patients per month. Mayor Bob Taylor considers the expansion a very big deal for the city of Brentwood and local area. “It’s a boon for the health and welfare of our great community,” Taylor said. “It’s good for health care, for jobs, for our growth.” Drew noted that John Muir Health continues to hear from the community

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John Muir Health Outpatient Center in Brentwood is undergoing an expansion that will triple the facility’s ability to treat patients. The project is expected to be complete by 2020. about the company’s plans in East Contra Costa County. Many from said community are curious whether there are any plans for a full, acute care hospital. “We continue to evaluate our longterm plans as the community grows,” Drew said. “The new services they will be offering there mean you can go in, get a hip replacement and be back home for dinner,” Taylor said. On the subject of a full-service

hospital, the mayor noted the current trend toward urgent care centers, observing, “I’m not sure they would want to or intend to build big hospitals anymore.” John Muir Health now operates three hospitals in Concord, Walnut Creek and San Ramon, and seven urgent care centers in Brentwood, Berkeley, Concord, Orinda, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek and San Ramon. The health system’s annual income is about $1.8 billion, according to Drew. The three-

story, 108,000-square-foot Brentwood facility on Balfour Road opened in 2005. “The goal of urgent care is to allow patients to have access to high-quality health care without having to go out of their home area,” said Chris Taylor, executive director of John Muir Health East Region Practice Operations, adding that Brentwood’s remodel will also include expanded diagnostic services, like radiology, MRI and CT scans as late as 9 p.m. Drew and Chris Taylor also emphasized the importance of the system’s mobile health clinic, operating at the Village Community Resource Center, 633 Village Drive, Brentwood, on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. John Muir also signed a partnership with Stanford Children’s Health in 2012, which should also lead to expanded pediatric services in Brentwood. Terrence Grindall, Brentwood’s assistant city manager, said, “We’re excited for John Muir making this investment, and we’ve been in full support of the hospital expanding its services.” He said John Muir has been in close contact with the city manager’s office. “We’ve been encouraging them to do an emergency room, and been urging them to do more.” Although Grindall declined to predict when East County might see a full-service hospital in the area, he said, “I try to avoid looking into a crystal ball, but I hope it’s soon.” For more information, visit www.bit. ly/johnmuirbrentwood.

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When the annual Delta Quilters Guild Quilt Show opens at the Brentwood Community Center Saturday, Aug. 17, the work of local quilter Julie Bretz will be featured along with 180 quilts expected to be on display. This is the first year the guild has featured an individual quilter, and as a past guild president and the winner of the guild’s best-in-show award for the last two years, Bretz was an obvious choice. “Julie is our featured quilter,” said Mary Black of the Delta Quilters Guild. “First of all, she exports every type of quilting. She enjoys all of it. She just does it all. She’s a beautiful quilter, and she’s always willing to share with everybody what she’s learned.” Sharing her knowledge comes naturally for Bretz. A resident of Brentwood since 1976, she’s a retired educator who spent her career teaching in the Livermore area. Bretz has sewed most of her life, and got her start as a child when she found her $12 monthly clothing allowance didn’t go very far. Bretz was introduced to quilting nearly 30 years ago. “In 1990, I visited a friend who had just made a little wall hanging,” explained Bretz. “I looked at that and said, ‘I want to learn how to do that.’ I started quilting, and I haven’t stopped.” The quilting process is comprised of two separate activities, said Bretz. Piecing is

the process of creating the top of the quilt, while quilting involves stitching of the top piece to the back, with batting sandwiched in between. The weight of the batting determines how warm a quilt will be, and Bretz said, in the past, old wool blankets were sometimes used as batting. The top, back and batting are often sent to a commercial operation to complete the quilting on what’s known as a longarm machine, though the process can be done on a sewing machine, or even by hand. “I kind of decided I will machine-quilt smaller quilts, up to twin size,” Bretz said. “If it’s much larger than that — like a queen size — I will generally send it out and pay somebody to do it. It’s a lot cheaper than buying the (longarm) machine.” True to her roots as a teacher, Bretz taught her mother to quilt, reversing the traditional process through which the skill is handed down from one generation to the next. “At the age of 70, I started teaching my mom how to quilt — kind of like the tables were turned,” said Bretz. “She became quite an avid quilter. At her funeral 18 years later, there were quilts everywhere. That was a really special time.” The Delta Quilters Guild Quilt Show will run Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors to the show on Saturday will have a place to store their farmers market purchases while they browse through the

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Local quilter Julie Bretz will be the featured quilter at the Delta Quilters Guild show on Saturday, Aug. 17. displays. Awards will be determined solely by the votes submitted by visitors, who are encouraged to cast votes for as many quilts as they like. Raffle tickets will be on sale, with prizes including an opportunity quilt, Disney admission tickets and a sewing machine. Admission to the show is $10, good for both days of the event. Visitors under age 8 and over 80 are admitted for free. “Our theme this year is ‘Journey of the Quilter,’” said Black. “So we have a display on beginning quilts — first quilts — by many of our members. We also are incorporating a presentation this year of quilts honoring veterans, which we do through

our guild. We make quilts for local veterans. We typically present one to two per month to local veterans. We’re going to present four quilts on Saturday at 2 p.m. It’s going to be great. The VFW color guard will be there. We’ll have a really nice presentation. That’s added this year.” In addition to donating quilts to local veterans, the guild also makes quilts for children staying at Shepherd’s Gate and fidget quilts for patients with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Funds raised during the event will help pay for the materials to support these donations. To comment, visit www.thepress.net

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The newest addition to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office has a couple more legs and a lot more fur than the rest of his colleagues. Bear, a 2-year-old black Labrador retriever, was sworn in by District Attorney Diana Becton during a ceremony in Martinez earlier this month. And while having a dog around the office sounds like fun, his job will be a serious one. Bear’s role will be to provide support to crime victims and witnesses, particularly juvenile victims of sexual assault. “Bear is going to work a lot with our victim assistance program, because our advocates are assigned to every case in the office where there is a victim of crime,” said Shannon Mahoney, victim assistance program manager for the district attorney’s office. “Specifically with kids, we’re going to have an advocate working with those families. The advocates build strong relationships with the families, and we’re going to add Bear into that dynamic when kids are comfortable with that. He’ll be part of the team to help support them through our criminal justice system, which can be scary for people ... We can make this a safe place and a safe environment for them to go through this tough process.” Earlier this year, Assistant Inspector Janet Era applied for and was accepted by Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) for a facility dog placement. She was trained by CCI during an intensive two-week program in Santa Rosa. The cost of training — estimated at more than $50,000 — was donated to the county by CCI. Era was eventually paired with Bear based on her interactions with the dog, and his interactions and responses to her

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Navigating the milestones Well, it finally arrived: the first of the lasts. Last week, I registered my fifth and final child at Deer Valley High School. It didn’t hit me until we pulled into the parking lot that I would never do this again. Checkbook in hand, we walked to the gym, saying hello to many Hangin’ in parents I have known over the years, also here acknowledging this bittersweet milestone. During previous registration days, we would greet each other, rolling our eyes and complaining about the crowds or how hot the Vicki gym was, but not on McKenna this day. While filling out the paperwork — which I made Haley complete because I’m near-legally blind and never bring glasses — I looked around and saw some of the incoming students. They looked so young! Meanwhile, their parents were sitting there rifling through the piles of forms and emergency contact cards, looking a bit overwhelmed. I’m a pro at this now. I can navigate those forms in record time. But I was strangely envious. Yes, it was hot in the gym, and I began slipping around on the metal folding chair, but today I didn’t mind. We finished the paperwork and moved to the next station. A woman I’ve seen every year at registration for the past 17 years was there as usual. She nodded toward Haley and said

to me, “Your last one!” I was touched she recognized us. “Yep,” I replied, making a pouty face. “It just hit me this morning!” “You can always come back and visit,” she said with a smile. Onto the next station, where we spoke with the Herff Jones salesman, who was selling caps and gowns and other “Class of 2020” merchandise. I wanted to buy every single thing. After all, I’ll never see the Herff Jones salesman again! Haley kept me in check, however, declining my offer to buy her every single thing, though she did choose a “2020” keychain. I almost bought one for me! Onto the next station. Time to write the check for the yearbook, teal card and — for the first time ever — I joined the PTSA, tacking on a donation to make up for the years I didn’t join. In my defense, I always intended to join but somehow never did. Now I feel better. We headed over to House 3 to pick up Haley’s schedule. I gazed around the campus I’ve known since 2002. Haley was an infant when we registered our first daughter, Kaelin, and now, here we were, picking up Haley’s schedule for her senior year of high school. One tradition Deer Valley has discontinued but that I always found so special was the “Senior Sunrise.” On the first day of school, before dawn, the seniors would gather on the hill behind Deer Valley and watch the sunrise, symbolizing the start of their senior year. Mind you, there were

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also donuts and bagels as enticement, but it’s right after two months of sleeping in. Then, at the end of the year, an even more emotional tradition would take place. The “Senior Sunset,” which, as I’m writing this, is actually getting me choked up! The seniors would gather at the same hill and watch the sun slowly set, signifying the end of their senior year, while also celebrating

Prince tribute Saturday night The musical dexterity of The Purple Ones – with 12 pieces on stage, including a full horn section – turns the concept of a Prince tribute band on its head, delivering his material live onstage in a way that must be experienced to be believed. Music begins at 6 p.m. and continues to 8 p.m. at Antioch’s Waldie Plaza on Saturday, Aug. 17. Come early and enjoy food trucks or a local restaurant in the

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My memories of Woodstock In June of 1969, I reached two major milestones: my 18th birthday, and the end of my high school days. Last month was my 50-year class reunion back east, and a good time – I heard – was had by all. Unable to attend, I did enjoy looking at pictures Senior of classmates who, orner like me, had gotten older in the last five decades, but still looked the same in my eyes. A few months after the aforementioned milestones, this Marla know-it-all, Luckhardt mature 18-year-old decided to attend a rock concert called Woodstock. My parents didn’t want to give permission, but I was “an adult,” and could decide for myself. Six of us piled into my friend Harvey’s car on the 12th of August, hoping to beat the predicted traffic up to White Lake, New York, which was 140 miles away. The concert was set to go from the 15th until the 17th and featured every major rock star and group at the time. Although only 100,000 were predicted, over 400,000 people attended. Legendary singer Graham Nash was recently quoted: “If everyone who came up to me claiming they were at Woodstock was there, the earth would

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while the actual Thruway remained open. Traffic delays exceeded eight hours, so some of the groups had to be flown in by helicopter, leaving the lineup order out of whack. Acoustic guitar in hand, folk singer Richie Havens had to open the concert, ending his set with the amazing rendition of “Freedom.” He later described it as terrifying, but he had played for almost two hours. With dark clouds looming overhead, the concert continued, but when the rain began, it soaked everything, including us. I remember people bathing in the nearby lake, trying to get some of the mud and grunge off, but it was fruitless. Throwing common sense to the wind, we decided mud sliding was more fun than dodging raindrops, or — by then — nonstop torrential buckets of water. The music was halted a few times, which led to the performances continuing on well into the night and early mornings. Everyone I wanted to see was there and, even though we were elbowto-elbow in a sea of humanity, I enjoyed every note and performance. We danced in the rain, we shared food and water and anything else we had. Strangers became family. When we ran out of food, they had the Hog Farm where you could get cooked rice and anything else they dropped down from helicopters. Nobody grabbed or stole from others. Everyone shared and made sure people were OK.

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Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Brentwood will hold a bilingual memorial Mass for Father John Garcia on Friday, Aug. 30. The Mass is in celebration of what would have been his 100th birthday. Garcia — who died in 2003 — was a priest for 54 years and served at Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) for 17 years, as well as at churches in Byron, Oakley, Martinez and Hayward.

March 18, 1927 – May 28, 2019 A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Brentwood Community United Methodist Church, 802 Second St. Lunch will be served following the service. Funeral arrangements are private, per Myron’s wishes.

ed to take pictures. He had a paper route and saved most of the money to buy his first car, a little gray Toyota. He sold enough new starts to the Antioch Ledger to win a trip to Disneyland. He played trombone in fourth through 12th grade and on into Diablo Valley College. He was in the gifted program. He sang the lead in “Oliver” and a lead in “The Music Man.” He knew the lyrics from most of the songs from the ’70s. He loved going to concerts, especially at the Oakland Coliseum, and had a huge tape, CD and Rolling Stone magazine collection. Bill was an altar boy, a lector and an usher at Immaculate Heart Church. He and his brother, David, served Mass on Christmas Eve, Easter, Good Friday and many, many Sundays. He was a Boy Scout and a Y Indian Guide. Bill and his mother walked many miles every week on the Marsh Creek Trail, with other family members sometimes accompanying them. Yosemite was his favorite place for hiking and swimming – he and his family spent the first week after school at Yosemite every year

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July 30, 1962 – Aug. 5, 2019 Bill, our beautiful son, brother, uncle, godfather and friend, closed his sweet eyes one last time, and holding his sister Julie’s hand, slept deeply and crossed over the threshold into Heaven. A family member was with Bill every day he was at Lone Tree Convalescent Hospital. As a little boy, Bill’s parents, William and Shirley Winthrop, called him “Working Bill,” because he was always busy. He sold flower seeds in the neighborhood to earn a camera. He was reading National Geographic Society magazine when he was 5 — he pronounced it “Geogropic Sockity,” but he knew what he was reading. He loved the photographs and want-

Garcia was Portuguese and a fluent Spanish speaker, and was said to be instrumental in helping the Spanishspeaking communities he served. He was known for his “five-minute visits” to people within the community who were in need. Giving out his personal phone number and encouraging people to contact him, Garcia was said to be a “priest around the clock.” Garcia was known not only to be a man of his church, but a man of his local community. He was often seen at city parades as well as Liberty High School games and city hall meetings. One year, he was the grand marshal of a holiday parade. Even after retiring in 2001, he conuntil he was 18. He loved summer vacations in Missouri with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, fishing and swimming in Salt River at the Lillis farm and Uncle Danny’s farm. He liked eating dinner at noon. Cards? It was hard to beat Bill. He knew which cards had been played and which cards were still in the deck! He enjoyed the grandchildren’s antics and stories. Bill worked in the corn for the Stonebargers; at Best Buy in Pleasant Hill; for the school district in the summer, painting, repairing roofs, cleaning and more. He traveled to Ireland, England, Mexico, Canada and many of the states. He and Aunt Bernadine had a hilarious moment on a bus in Ireland, one of many! Bill was a loyal friend and spoke often of his affection for Jerry, Ron, Adrian, Chris, Keith and Dennis. Bill and Keith shared a love for Star Trek and Star Trek conventions. Suddenly, out of the blue, in his late teens, Bill was struck by a terrible, debilitating disease: schizophrenia. People he had thought of as friends closed their doors in his face, told him to go home and

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Editor: The “Trumpers versus the rest of us” controversy is heating up, as well it should be. The bottom line is simple: Donald Trump is the worst president since I started following politics during the JFK administration. I have voted in every election since 1968, made some good choices and some bad. I watched the Richard Nixon implosion, the two Bush presidents and the first black president. But the election of Trump has me absolutely disgusted. The lying is repulsive — not just your basic politician “half-truth, dodge the question” type lies, but chronic, compulsive, fabricated bull pucky. Bragging, hiding facts, just plain schoolboy made-up stories. Factcheck.org had to add more staff to keep up with the lies coming out of the White House. The president calls this “job creation.” And, Gordon Lyster, the racism is very real and has been for a long time. The current attacks on members of Congress who are people of color are just the latest in a history of racism. As a shady businessman, a real estate hustler and a pseudo mogul, Trump has left behind a well-documented history of denigrating people of color. His made-up invasion of our southern border by brown people is only one symptom. The data is there; check it before you write letters that are untruthful. The current administration is racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic and a bigoted liar. These are not the values I fought for in Vietnam, and they are not the values most Americans support. Bill Sumner Brentwood


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It has always been Eric Donaldson’s dream to play basketball overseas. On Aug. 20, he’ll fly to Rome to make that dream come true, after signing with Vigor Matelica, a professional team in Italy. Donaldson’s father, Robert, played and coached in Europe for 25 years. Eric was born in Coventry, England, and got his first taste of high-level European basketball with the United Kingdom’s under-16 national team at the European Championships in 2017. “It was a great experience to have, and that’s what I wanted to do,” said Eric Donaldson. “I really enjoyed it.” The former Antioch High School star will play guard and forward for his new team. His older brother, Sydney, who has been playing professionally in London for the past three seasons, will join him on the team. For the Donaldson family, it’s an ideal situation. “I think it’s great,” said Robert Donaldson. “He’ll get a chance to be mentored by Sydney. There’s no better character than his brother to mentor him in the process [of playing overseas], because he’s actually been doing it himself.” For the two brothers, it’s the culmination of a lot of hard work and planning.

Former Antioch High School basketball star Eric Donaldson has signed with Vigor Matelica, a professional team in Italy.

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“We’ve always talked about playing on the same team,” said Eric Donaldson. “That’s been a dream of ours for a couple years now.” Since Sydney is 11 years older than

Eric, they’ve never had the chance to play on the same team. But when he played in the European Championships, Eric realized playing alongside his brother might be within reach.

For his first season, Eric will retain his amateur status while playing for Vigor Matelica. This will preserve the option to come back to the United States to play collegiate basketball a year from now, if he believes that’s the best fit. “I want to keep the doors open for any opportunity possible,” he explained. “If the best fit for me is to stay in Europe and play at a higher level with this team or another team, that’s what I’m going to do. If the best fit is to come back to America and play at a top tier division one school, that’s what I’ll do. I’m keeping my options open.” After earning a 3.76 grade point average in high school, including a 4.0 in his junior and senior years, college is still an option. “As hard as he has worked on the court, he’s also worked in the classroom, so he’s prepared for both,” said Robert Donaldson. “It’s a dream come true to play with his brother in Europe, but he has also been accepted by colleges and could register for school tomorrow if he had to.” Robert Donaldson said his son’s work ethic made this opportunity possible, pointing to his self-motivation and persistence. see Hoops page 16A

High school football season kicks off next week The high school football season kicks off on Aug. 23. For most Bay Valley Athletic League (BVAL) football fans, that will mean jumping into their cars to watch their local squads, at least for the first week. Four of the six BVAL teams — all but Antioch and Deer Valley — will start their 2019 campaigns on the road, but nobody is complaining, and every squad is entering the season with high expectations. “Everyone wants to be 10-0, but on the same hand, you want to be competitive and get after it,” said Heritage head coach Don Sanders. “I think we’ll definitely be able to do that.” Liberty, the reigning California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division 1-A state champions, will travel to Vacaville (6-5 last season) for a rematch against the 2018 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoff squad, whom the Lions beat 35-10 at home last year. Fellow Brentwood squad Heritage (1-9 last season) aims to reverse their fortunes while defending against North Coast Section (NCS) Division I champion San Ramon Valley (9-4 in 2018), a team Sanders said shell-shocked his young squad in last year’s season opener.

Liberty quarterback Jay Butterfield and his Lions teammates, the reigning state champions, will open their 2019 season next Friday at Vacaville.

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“Last year, we had SRV, and we were so young that I think it kind of shocked them how outmatched we were in that game,” he said. “It took us a while to get back on track, but I don’t think that will be an issue this year.” Meanwhile, Freedom (9-4 in 2018), last year’s NCS Division I runner-up, will begin their season with a fresh-faced squad on the road against Turlock (8-4

last year), who made it to the quarterfinals in last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. Despite a slew of new Falcons taking the field this season, Freedom head coach Andrew Cotter said the team’s mindset hasn’t changed. “It’s not a whole lot different,” he said. “We try to take a very consistent approach to the game. The two biggest

things are working as hard as we can and trying to stay as positive as we can. Football is a game of adversity and how you deal with it, and we like to think with hard work and positivity, you can get through any adversity.” Pittsburg (7-4 last year), a perennial NCS Open Division Playoff team, will begin its season at Stockton’s St Mary’s, (7-5 last year), a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinalist last season. Back in East County, Deer Valley (4-6 last season) looks to claim its first win of the season from visitors American Canyon (6-6 last year), a NCS Division II playoff quarterfinal squad a year ago. “I really like to take it one game at a time,” said Deer Valley head coach Robert Hubbard. “I want to win the first game.” Not far away, Antioch High (7-4 last season) will look to shake off a tough NCS quarterfinal loss to Vintage when it welcomes Amador Valley (8-3 last year), a 2018 NCS Division I quarterfinal squad. Antioch’s, Deer Valley’s, Freedom’s and Pittsburg’s games begin at 7 p.m., with Heritage’s starting at 7:15 p.m. and Liberty’s at 7:30 p.m. For complete BVAL team previews and schedules, visit www.thepress.net/ special/bval_football_preview.


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Hoops from page 15A On the court, Eric Donaldson describes himself as a versatile player who models his game after NBA stars Devin Booker and Luka Doncic. As he transitions from high school to playing in Europe, he’s looking to improve against older, more experienced players. “The physicality aspect of the game is something I can improve on,” he said. “I’ve been playing against high school kids, kids my age. Now I’m going to be playing against grown men who have been

a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The camp cost is $10 per player until Aug. 31 and $15 a player after that date. To sign up for either the camp or season, visit www.stannecyo.assn.la. Basketball season evaluations begin the week of Sept. 9. For more information on the season, call 925-999-4008.

playing professionally for six, seven years.” In his three seasons with Antioch High, he scored more than 1000 points, a rare and impressive milestone for high school players. His first practice with his new team will be on Aug. 22. Their season starts Sept. 28. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to make my dreams come true and I thank God for that,” he said. “I’m thankful to my family; they’ve helped me every step of the way.”

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The Lamorinda 10U girls water polo team recently defeated the 680 squad to win gold at the National Junior Olympics, the largest water polo tournament in the nation. Brentwood resident Lillie Trapanese, 9, was named the National Junior Olympics water polo MVP. Lamorinda is the largest water polo program in the country, directed by USA Water Polo Hall of Fame and three-time Olympic coach, Guy Baker.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004515-00 The name of the business: High Reach Cleaning Located at: 440 Memory Lane In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner: Jennifer Casillas. 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: Jennifer Casillas. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 18, 2019 by Deputy H Franklin Expires 7/18/2019 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 80503 Publish dates: August 16, 23, 30, September 6, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004783-00 The name of the business(es): Wine Country Strings Located at: 285 Robinwood Avenue In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Sherry Lewis. 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: Sherry Lewis. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 31, 2019 by Deputy J. Graff Expires July 31, 2024 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 80524 Publish dates: August 16, 23, 30, September 6, 2019.

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NOTICE TO BIDDERS NOTICE IS GIVEN THAT THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD, CALIFORNIA, will receive bids from General Contractors for the furnishing of all labor, materials, transportation and services necessary for the completion of the café tenant improvements. This includes mechanical, electrical, plumbing and concrete work needed to allow for the installation and operation of kitchen equipment with which to operate a café in the space allocated at the new Brentwood Library. CITY OF BRENTWOOD LIBRARY - NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECT CAFÉ TENANT IMPROVEMENTS BRENTWOOD, CALIFORNIA 1. The bid documents, which will be available beginning Friday, August 16th, may be obtained by emailing Gail Leech at gleech@brentwoodca.gov 2. Sealed bids will be accepted until 2:00 P.M. local time (P.D.T.), September 10, 2019 CITY OF BRENTWOOD, City Clerk’s Office, 150 City Park Way, 3rd floor, Brentwood, CA 94513. Proposals received after 2:00 P.M. will not be considered responsive and will be returned to bidder unopened. The City reserves the right to change the bid date upon written notice to plan holders. 3. All inquiries regarding the project shall be directed in writing to: Gail Leech, Project Manager, City of Brentwood, 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, CA 94513 or gleech@brentwoodca. gov. 4. The Bidder must possess a current California contractor’s license, Class B - General Building Contractor - at the time the bids are received. 5. All bids shall be accompanied by cash, cashiers or certified check or a bidder’s bond executed by a corporate surety insurer in an amount equal to at least ten percent (10%) of the amount bid and made payable to the City of Brentwood. 6. The successful bidder will be required to furnish a payment bond in the amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, as well as a faithful performance bond, in the amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, on the forms included in the Contract Documents. 7. Pursuant to Section 1770, et seq. of the California Labor Code, the successful bidder and all subcontractors shall pay not less than the prevailing rate of per diem wages as determined by the Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations. 8. Pursuant to Public Contract Code Section 22300, for monies earned by the Contractor and withheld by the City of Brentwood to ensure the performance of the Contract, the Contractor may, at its option, choose to substitute securities meeting the requirements of Public Contract Code Section 22300. 9. The City reserves the right to reject any or all bids; to make any awards or any rejections in what it alone considers to be in the best interest of the City, and waive any informalities or irregularities in the bids. The contract will be awarded, if at all, to the responsible bidder that submits the lowest Lump Sum Base Bid. Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80555 Publish dates: August 16, 2019. NOTICE INVITING BIDS 1. Bid Submission. The City of Brentwood (“City”) will accept sealed bids for its AQUATIC COMPLEX POOL DECKING, CIP Project No. 352-52436 (“Project”), by or before Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 1:30 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 the first floor Vista Conference Room at Brentwood City Hall, 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, CA 94513. 2. Project Information. 2.1 Location and Description. The Project is located at 195 Griffith Lane, Brentwood, CA, and is described as follows: Removal and replacement of all concrete pool decking at the Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex, including demolition and off haul of existing concrete, installation of rebar, new brass holders, grounding wire, concrete pump, replacing tiles, caulking, and widening trench drain. 2.2 Time for Completion. The Project must be completed within 60 working days from the start date set forth in the Notice to Proceed. City anticipates that

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the Work will begin on or about November 1, 2019, but the anticipated start date is provided solely for convenience and is neither certain nor binding. 2.3 Estimated Cost. The estimated construction cost is $325,000. 3. License and Registration Requirements. 3.1 License. This Project requires a valid California contractor’s license for the following classification(s): C8 Concrete Contractor. 3.2 DIR Registration. City may not accept a Bid Proposal from or enter into the Contract with a bidder, without proof that the bidder is registered with the California Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”) to perform public work pursuant to Labor Code § 1725.5, subject to limited legal exceptions. 4. Contract Documents. Bidders must obtain an electronic copy of the plans, specifications, bid forms and contract documents for the Project, and any addenda thereto (“Contract Documents”) directly from the City. The Contract Documents may be obtained at no charge by sending an email to: ParksAndRecreation@brentwoodca.gov or by calling 925-516-5444. The City may reject a bid submitted by a bidder that did not obtain the Contract Documents from the City as required. 5. 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 within ten days after City issues the Notice of Award, the successful bidder will execute the Contract and submit the payment and performance bonds, insurance certificates and endorsements, and any other submittals required by the Contract Documents and as specified in the Notice of Award. 6. Prevailing Wage Requirements. 6.1 General. Pursuant to California Labor Code § 1720 et seq., 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 on file with the City and 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. The Contract will be subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the DIR, under Labor Code § 1771.4. 7. Performance and Payment Bonds. The successful bidder will be required to provide performance and payment bonds, each for 100% of the Contract Price, as further specified in the Contract Documents. 8. Substitution of Securities. Substitution of appropriate securities in lieu of retention amounts from progress payments is permitted under Public Contract Code § 22300. 9. Subcontractor List. Each Subcontractor must be registered with the DIR to perform work on public projects. Each bidder must submit a completed Subcontractor List form with its Bid Proposal, including the name, location of the place of business, California contractor license number, DIR registration number, and percentage of the Work to be performed (based on the base bid price) for each Subcontractor that will perform Work or service or fabricate or install Work for the prime contractor in excess of onehalf 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. Instructions to Bidders. All bidders should carefully review the Instructions to Bidders for more detailed information before submitting a Bid Proposal. 11. Bidders’ Conference. A bidders’ conference will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex, 195 Griffith Lane, Brentwood to acquaint all prospective bidders with the Contract Documents and the Worksite. The bidders’ conference is mandatory. A bidder who fails to attend a mandatory bidders’ conference

may be disqualified from bidding. By: Margaret Wimberly MMC, City Clerk Date: 8/12/19 Brentwood Press No. 021273 80550 Publish dates: August 16, 23, 2019.

29, 2019 by Deputy L Spence Expires 7/29/2024 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 80501 Publish dates: August 16, 23, 30, September 6, 2019.

balance, reasonably estimated costs and other charges: $ 422,593.47 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE THE TRUSTEE WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK DRAWN ON A STATE OR NATIONAL BANK, A CHECK DRAWN BY A STATE OR FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, OR A CHECK DRAWN BY A STATE OR FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION, A 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 the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described as: More fully described in said Deed of Trust. Street Address or other common designation of real property: 2020 Reseda Way, Antioch, CA 94509 A.P.N.: 075-241-018 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. 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 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: $ 422,593.47. Note: Because the Beneficiary reserves the right to bid less than the total debt owed, it is possible that at the time of the sale the opening bid may be less than the total debt. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The beneficiary of the Deed of Trust has executed and delivered to the undersigned a written request to commence foreclosure, and the undersigned caused a Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title 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 this 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 (866)-9608299 or visit this Internet Web site http:// www.altisource.com/MortgageServices/ DefaultManagement/TrusteeServices. aspx using the file number assigned to this case 2017-01334-CA. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: July 27, 2019 Western Progressive, LLC, as Trustee for beneficiary C/o 1500 Palma Drive, Suite 237 Ventura, CA 93003 Sale Information Line: (866) 960-8299 http:// www.altisource.com/MortgageServices/ DefaultManagement/TrusteeServices. aspx Trustee Sale Assistant WESTERN PROGRESSIVE, LLC MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Antioch Press No. 06-1617 80459 Publish dates: August 9, 16, 23, 2019.

STATEMENT OF WITHDRAWAL FROM PARTNERSHIP OPERATING UNDER FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME The following person(s) Raymond Silva III has withdrawn as a general partner(s) from the partnership operating under the fictitious business name of Always-Neat-Cleaners at 4361 Hillcrest Ave, Antioch, CA 94531 The fictitious business name statement for the partnership was filed on 12/27/16 in the County of Contra Costa under the File Number 20160007457-00. The full name and residence of the person or persons withdrawing as partner(s): Raymond R. Silva III 3300 Ashburton Dr , Antioch, CA 94509 Signature: Raymond Silva. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 12, 2019 Antioch Press Publication No. 06-1617/ 80418 Publish dates: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019.

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LEGAL NOTICES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0003978-00 The name of the business(es): Best Time Limousine Located at: 3313 Hemingway Drive In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Yanira Antonia Menjivar. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 6-7-12. Signature of registrant: Yanira Antonia Menijvar. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 24, 2019 by Deputy S. Alvarez Expires June 24, 2024 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 80351 Publish dates: July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004107-00 The name of the business(es): K2GC Located at: 309 East 18th Street In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Kenneth R. Turnage II, General Contractor, Inc. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 7-23-09. Signature of registrant: Kenneth R. Turnage II, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 27, 2019 by Deputy S. Smith Expires June 27, 2024 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 80358 Publish dates: July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004386-00 The name of the business(es): One Stop CornerStone Located at: 511 Wilbur ave, Suite A7 In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Zendy Garcia. 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: Zendy C. Garcia. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 12, 2019 by Deputy L. Arosemens Expires July 12, 2024 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 80326 Publish dates: July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004491-00 The name of the business(es): 10th Street Car Wash Located at: 811 West 10th Street In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Sparkle in the Finish. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 7-1-19. Signature of registrant: William C. Hadley, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 17, 2019 by Deputy C. Garcia Expires July 17, 2024 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 80354 Publish dates: July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004610-00 The name of the business(es): Vortex Fire Extinguisher Located at: 3419 Dimaggio Way In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): 1. Victor Tamblyn 2. Kelly Maderos. This business is conducted by: A General Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Kelly Maderos. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 23, 2019 by Deputy C. Preston Expires July 23, 2024 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 80395 Publish dates: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004709-00 The name of the business: Bay Area Desi Jewelry Located at: 2605 Ithaca Lane In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner: Annee Masih. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 7/29/2019. Signature of registrant: Annee Masih. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004817-00 The name of the business: Faithful Fire Systems Located at: 2836 Lincoln Ln In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owners: 1. Harold Steven Howes 2. Rebekah Howes This business is conducted by: a Married Couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Rebekah Howes. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: August 1, 2019 by Deputy L. Fallas Expires 8/1/2024 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 80498 Publish dates: August 16, 23, 30, September 6, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004966-00 The name of the business(es): Deer Valley Family Homes Located at: 3377 Deer Valley Road, #161 In: Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Carlos Chamberlain. 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: Carlos Chamberlain. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: August 8, 2019 by Deputy L. Fallas Expires August 8, 2024 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 80523 Publish dates: August 16, 23, 30, September 6, 2019. NOTICE OF PETITION STATE OF NEW MEXICO COUNTY OF SAN JUAN IN THE DISTRICT COURT MARCOS DURON, Petitioner, v. JULIE ANN DURON, Respondent. No.: D-1116-DM-2019-275-3 NOTICE OF PETITION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Marcos Duron filed a Petition against Julie Ann Duron in the 11th Judicial District Court in San Juan County, New Mexico at 851 Andrea Drive, Farmington, NM 87401 on the 30th day of April, 2019. Petitioner is seeking a Dissolution of Marriage. You are notified that, unless you so serve and file a responsive pleading or motion within 30 days, the Petitioner will apply to the Court for a Default Judgment. /s/ Tyson K. Gobble TYSON K. GOBBLE, ESQ. 4000 E. 30th St. Farmington, NM 87402 (505) 326-6503 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 80519 Publish dates: August 16, 23, 30, 2019. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No.: 2017-01334-CA A.P.N.:075-241-018 Property Address: 2020 Reseda Way, Antioch, CA 94509 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE PURSUANT TO CIVIL CODE § 2923.3(a) and (d), THE SUMMARY OF INFORMATION REFERRED TO BELOW IS NOT ATTACHED TO THE RECORDED COPY OF THIS DOCUMENT BUT ONLY TO THE COPIES PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR. NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED 注:本文 件包含一个信息摘要 참고사 항: 본 첨부 문서에 정보 요 약서가 있습니다 NOTA: SE ADJUNTA UN RESUMEN DE LA INFORMACIÓN DE ESTE DOCUMENTO TALA: MAYROONG BUOD NG IMPORMASYON SA DOKUMENTONG ITO NA NAKALAKIP LƯU Ý: KÈM THEO ĐÂY LÀ BẢN TRÌNH BÀY TÓM LƯỢC VỀ THÔNG TIN TRONG TÀI LIỆU NÀY IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 04/12/2006. 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. Trustor: Nathan Herrera And Jessica Herrera, Husband And Wife As Joint Tenants Duly Appointed Trustee: Western Progressive, LLC Deed of Trust Recorded 04/18/2006 as Instrument No. 20060120693-00 in book —-, page—- and of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Date of Sale: 09/18/2019 at 01:30 PM Place of Sale: AT THE NORTH SIDE OF THE PITTSBURG CIVIC CENTER NEAR THE GRASS LOCATED AT 65 CIVIC AVENUE, PITTSBURG, CA 94565 Estimated amount of unpaid

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004115-00 The name of the business: A Perfect Impression Photo, Video, & D.J. Located at: 55 Broderick Dr., Ste. C In: Brentwood, CA, 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: 1. Aaron Texeira 2. Deborah Texeira. This business is conducted by: Married Couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 2/1/2002. Signature of registrant: Deborah Texeira. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 27, 2019 by Deputy J Graff Expires 6/27/2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80376 Publish dates: July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004187-00 The name of the business(es): Knotflix Inc. Located at: 55 Broderick Drive, Suite C In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Knotflix Inc.. 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: Deborah Texeira, Secretary. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 2, 2019 by Deputy J. Graff Expires July 2, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80375 Publish dates: July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004298-00 The name of the business(es): Greatest of all Turf Located at: 1624 Dupree Way In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Bay Area Turf 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: Joelene Watkins, Manager. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 8, 2019 by Deputy L. Mae Expires July 8, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80303 Publish dates: July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004321-00 The name of the business(es): Sweeney’s Grill and Bar Located at: 301 Oak Street In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): DMVPC, Inc.. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 5-1-19. Signature of registrant: Rhonda Kraeber, Attorney/Incorporator, Manager. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 9, 2019 by Deputy J. Graff Expires July 9, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80333 Publish dates: July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004365-00 The name of the business(es): Home Works Properties Located at: 2400 Nevin Ave Apt 519 In: Richmond, CA 94804, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Damian Broadnax. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1-5-19. Signature of registrant: Damian Broadnax. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 11, 2019 by Deputy C. Pittman Expires July 11, 2024 Brentwood Press

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004373-00 The name of the business(es): CSI Forensic Supply Located at: 418 N. Buchanan Circle #17 In: Pacheco, CA 94553, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): EMSKI CSI Inc. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 7-1-19. Signature of registrant: Michael A Eggert, Treasurer. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 12, 2019 by Deputy L. Arosemena Expires July 12, 2024 Bretwood Press No. 02-1273 80361 Publish dates: July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004430-00 The name of the business(es): Cali Cake Moms Located at: 1416 Charisma Way In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Stephanie Savage. This business is conducted by: An Indivdual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Stephanie Savage. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 16, 2019 by Deputy J. Graff Expires July 16, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 021273 80367 Publish dates: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004459-00 The name of the business(es): 1. East County Living 2. Brentwood Press 3. Brentwood Yellow Pages Located at: 248 Oak Street In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Brentwood Press & Publishing Company. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on July 1, 2019. Signature of registrant: Sandra J. McNulty, CFO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 16, 2019 by Deputy R Rantala Expires 7/16/2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80435 Publish dates: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004461-00 The name of the business(es): MCR Media And Public Relations Located at: 248 Oak Street In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: MCR Media Inc. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on June 20, 2014. Signature of registrant: Sandra J. McNulty, CFO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 16, 2019 by Deputy R Rantala Expires 7/16/2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80434 Publish dates: August 2, 9,16, 23, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004520-00 The name of the business(es): Jesse’s Towing Located at: 2780 Willow Pass Road In: Bay Point, CA 94565, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Rajeshwar Nand. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 7-18-19. Signature of registrant: Rajeshwar Nand. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 18, 2019 by Deputy L. Arosemena Expires July 18, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 021273 80353 Publish dates: July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004552-00 The name of the business: Prime Home Inspections Located at: 228 Groovewood Loop In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Mohammad T. Ashrafi. 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: Mohammad T. Ashrafi This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 19, 2019 by Deputy J Graff Expires 7/19/2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80502 Publish dates: August 16, 23, 30, September 6, 2019.


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004615-00 The name of the business(es): Funktional Paper Organization Located at: 2260 Winchester Loop In: Discovery Bay, CA 94505, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Mary K. Sommer. 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: Mary K. Sommer. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 23, 2019 by Deputy L. Spence Expires July 23, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80396 Publish dates: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004809-00 The name of the business: Zen Moon Acupuncture Located at: 3520 Orwood Road In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Lisa GrundhofferGliedt. 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: Lisa Grundhoffer-Gliedt. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 31, 2019 by Deputy Josephine Canolamilla Expires 7/31/2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80497 Publish dates: August 16, 23, 30, September 6, 2019.

household goods, furniture, appliances, clothes, toys, tools, boxes & contents. Auctioneer Company: www. storagetreasures.com The Sale will end at 10:00 AM on August 29, 2019. Goods must be paid in CASH at site and removed at completion of sale. Sale is subject to cancellation in the event of settlement between owner and obligated party. StorQuest Self Storage 325 Guthrie Ln Brentwood, CA. 94513 925-322-1883 www.storagetreasures.com Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80457 Publish dates: August 9, 16, 2019.

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: 9/26/19 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 Room: 212 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Brentwood Press Date: July, 26, 2019 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80420 Publish Dates: August 2, 9, 16, 23.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004828-00 The name of the business(es): Mermaids on Main Street Located at: 1557 Jasmine Place In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): 1. Courtland Casad 2. Mycalah Lenthe. This business is conducted by: Co-Partners. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Courtland Casad. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: August 1, 2019 by Deputy H. Franklin Expires August 1, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 021273 80525 Publish dates: August 16, 23, 30, September 6, 2019.

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Adetokunbo Odubela SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Adetokunbo Adelaja Odubela CASE NUMBER: N191255 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Adetokunbo Adelaja Odubela filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Adetokunbo Adelaja Odubela to Proposed Name: Anthony Adetokunbo Adelaja Odubela. 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: 09/09/19 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 Date: 07/08/2019 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80308 Publish Dates: July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 2019.

HEARING a. Date: 09/20/19 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 Room: 212 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Brentwood Press Date: 07/19/19 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80424 Publish Dates: August 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004637-00 The name of the business(es): Prss Consulting Located at: 3905 Jamie Place In: San Ramon, CA 94582, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Rashmi Arora. 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: Rashmi Arora. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 25, 2019 by Deputy L. Fallas Expires July 25, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80479 Publish dates: August 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019.

ments 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 080952-CA. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. FOR SALES INFORMATION: (800) 280-2832 CLEAR RECON CORP 4375 Jutland Drive San Diego, California 92117 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80517 Publish dates: August 16, 23, 30, 2019.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004665-00 The name of the business(es): C L All in one Handyman Services Located at: 1355 Sciortino Court In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Carleton Leonard. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 7-26-19. Signature of registrant: Carleton Leonard. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 26, 2019 by Deputy L. Spence Expires July 26, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80486 Publish dates: August 9, 16, 23, 30. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004678-00 The name of the business(es): Cora’s Bridal Smart Tips Located at: 6163 Seneca Circle In: Discovery Bay, CA 94505, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): 1. Aretha B. Johnson. 2. Dalton M. Johnson 3. Shacora S. Johnson. This business is conducted by: A General Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 2005. Signature of registrant: Aretha Johnson. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 26, 2019 by Deputy C. Dias Expires July 26, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80483 Publish dates: August 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004684-00 The name of the business(es): Washburn Commercial Located at: 2355 21St Street In: San Pablo, CA 94806, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Seeking Homes Inc. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 9-25-15. Signature of registrant: Gina Washburn, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 26, 2019 by Deputy A Gnecco Expires July 26, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80480 Publish dates: August 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004928-00 The name of the business(es): Fleet Feet Brentwood Located at: 6061 Lone Tree Way, Suite H In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Sandal & Company Inc.. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 7-3-19. Signature of registrant: Anthony Vice, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: August 7, 2019 by Deputy C. Pittman Expires August 7, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 021273 80526 Publish dates: August 16, 23, 30, September 6, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0004949-00 The name of the business(es): Beer Thirty, Jojo Slime Boutique Located at: 591 Birchwood Road In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): B30 LLC. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Jentry Meza, Managing Member-Morgan Noble-Northwest Registered Agent. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: August 8, 2019 by Deputy C. Garcia Expires August 8, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80522 Publish dates: August 16, 23, 30, September 6, 2019.

NOTICE OF CLOSING OF THE WAITING LIST FOR VILLA AMADOR & GREEN VALLEY APARTMENTS Effective Monday, September 2nd, 2019, at 8:00 a.m., Mercy Housing, will CLOSE its Waiting List for All Bedroom Sizes at Locations: VILLA AMADOR APARTMENTS 2101 Sand Creek Road, Brentwood, CA 94513 GREEN VALLEY APARTMENTS 8510 Brentwood Blvd, Brentwood, CA 94513 Applications will only be accepted for the Farmworker Housing Program at Villa Amador. Questions may be directed to the property at 925-516-0260. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Effective January 1, 2020, all existing apNAME STATEMENT plicants will be required to update their File No. F-0004781-00 The name of application every 90 days. Brentwood the business(es): SK Acrylic Fine Art Press No. 02-1273 80322 Publish dates: Located at: 1408 Sweetbriar Court In: July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 2019. Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Shirley NOTICE OF LIEN SALE Jean Kalinowski. This business is con- Notice is hereby given pursuant to Caliducted by: An Individual . The registrant fornia Business and Professional Codes commenced to transact business under #21700-21716, Section 2328 of the the fictitious business name or names UCC of the Penal Code, Section 535 the listed above on 7-15-19. Signature undersigned, StorQuest Self Storage in of registrant: Shirley Kalinowski. This Brentwood, CA, will sell at public sale by statement was filed with the County competitive bidding the personal propClerk of Contra Costa County on: July erty of: Name: Kara Stefani, Tamara 31, 2019 by Deputy J. Graff Expires July Myers (2), Jessica Sanchez, Stephen 31, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Loving, Micheal Perry, Anthony 80490 Publish dates: August 16, 23, 30, Segovia, Benjamin Williams, JusSeptember 6, 2019. tin Mandrigues. Property to be sold:

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No. 080952-CA APN: 004-051-034 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 4/26/2016. 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 On 10/22/2019 at 9:00 AM, CLEAR RECON CORP, as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 4/29/2016, as Instrument No. 2016-0079821-00, in Book , Page , , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Contra Costa County, State of CALIFORNIA executed by: DAVID SANDERS AND TARAHLINDA SANDERS HUSBAND AND WIFE AS COMMUNITY PROPERTY WITH RIGHT OF SURVIVORSHIP WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK DRAWN ON A STATE OR NATIONAL BANK, A CHECK DRAWN BY A STATE OR FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, OR A CHECK DRAWN BY A STATE OR FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION, SAVINGS ASSOCIATION, OR SAVINGS BANK SPECIFIED IN SECTION 5102 OF THE FINANCIAL CODE AND AUTHORIZED TO DO BUSINESS IN THIS STATE: IN THE AUCTION.COM ROOM, AT THE PLEASANT HILL COMMUNITY CENTER, 320 CIVIC DRIVE, PLEASANT HILL, CA 94523 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: MORE ACCURATELY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 907 LIDO CIRCLE DISCOVERY BAY, CA 94505 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 held, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, condition, or encumbrances, including fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to pay the remaining principal sums of the note(s) secured 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: $323,815.44 If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned or its predecessor 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 postpone-

NOTICE OF WAREHOUSE LIEN SALE Please take notice that, in accordance with California Commercial Code Sections 7209 and 7210, notice having been given to all parties believed to claim an interest and the time specified for payment in the notice having expired, the undersigned is entitled to a warehouse lien against that certain mobilehome described as a 1959 ANGELUS mobilehome, decal number ABD2557, serial number 7086, la-bel/insignia number 247365, now situated at 3505 Gate-way Road, Space 27M (also known as M27), Bethel Island, California 94511. The parties believed to claim an interest in the mobilehome are: Efrain Diaz aka Efrain Serrano Diaz, Dana Daetweiler, Estate of Dana Daetweiler. Take further notice that the mobilehome will be sold at public auction for removal only at 10:00 a.m. on September 3, 2019, at Santiago Island Village, Park Office, located at 3505 Gateway Road, Bethel Island, California 94511. In order to prevent the mobilehome from being sold at the noticed sale, the amount of $2,665.12 must be paid by any person claiming a right in the mobilehome, prior to the sale date, and the mobilehome must then be promptly removed from the park. This amount includes estimated storage charges, publication charges, attor-neys fees, incidental and/or transportation charges, as provided in the Commercial Code, and is subject to further adjustment. Dowdall Law Offices, A.P.C.; Robin G. Eifler, Esq., 284 N. Glassell Street, Orange, California 92866; Attorneys and Authorized Agent for Santiago Island Village. 9693 CN962670 9693 Aug 16, 23, 2019 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80409 Publish dates: August 16, 23, 2019. NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE (Division 6 of the Commercial Code) Escrow No. 001521-EL (1) Notice is hereby given to creditors of the within named Seller(s) that a bulk sale is about to be made on personal property hereinafter described. (2) The name and business addresses of the seller are: BROCCA, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, 6471 LONE TREE WAY STE 303, BRENTWOOD, CA 94513 (3) The location in California of the chief executive office of the Seller is: 416 ISABEL DR., MARTINEZ, CA 94553 (4) The names and business address of the Buyer(s) are: YUMMY OMG, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, 6471 LONE TREE WAY STE 303, BRENTWOOD, CA 94513 (5) The location and general description of the assets to be sold are: FURNITURE, FIXTURE AND EQUIPMENT, TRADENAME, GOODWILL, LEASE AND LEASEHOLD IMPROVEMENT, FRANCHISES, COVENANT NOT TO COMPETE of that certain business located at: 6471 LONE TREE WAY STE 303, BRENTWOOD, CA 94513 (6) The business name used by the seller(s) at said location is: WINGSTOP #438 (7) The anticipated date of the bulk sale is SEPTEMBER 4, 2019 at the office of: HANA ESCROW COMPANY, INC., 3580, WILSHIRE BLVD., SUITE 1170 LOS ANGELES, CA 90010 (8) Claims may be filed with Same as“7”above (9) The last date for filing claims is: SEPTEMBER 3, 2019. (10) This Bulk Sale is subject to Section 6106.2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. (11) As listed by the Seller, all other business names and addresses used by the Seller within three years before the date such list was sent or delivered to the Buyer are: NONE. Dated: JULY 16, 2019 TRANSFEREES: YUMMY OMG, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION LA2334725 BRENTWOOD PRESS 8/16/2019 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80549 Publish dates: August 16, 2019.

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Brian Raymond McCullough SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Brian Raymond McCullough CASE NUMBER: N19-1410 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Brian Raymond McCullough filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Raymond McCullough to Proposed Name: Brian Raymond McCullough. 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: 9/25/19 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 Date: 7/24/2019 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80419 Publish Dates: August 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Elizabeth Marie Mitchell SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Elizabeth Marie Mitchell CASE NUMBER: N19-1348 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Elizabeth Marie Mitchell filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Elizabeth Marie Mitchell b. (aka) Elizabeth Marie Wilson c. (aka) Elizabeth Marie Wilson-Mitchell to Proposed Name: Elizabeth Marie Wilson-Mitchell. 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

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Geraldine Vittoria Abbate Maghsoudi SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Geraldine Vittoria Abbate Maghsoudi CASE NUMBER: N19-1492 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Geraldine Vittoria Abbate Maghsoudi filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Geraldine Vittoria Abbate Maghsoudi to Proposed Name: Geraldine Vittoria Abbate. 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: 10/02/19 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 Room: 212 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Brentwood Press Date: 8/5/19 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80496 Publish Dates: August 16, 23, 30, September 6, 2019.

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Maria de Lourdes Sanchez SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Maria de Lourdes Sanchez CASE NUMBER: N19-1470 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Maria de Lourdes Sanchez filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Noe Alejandro Contreras to Proposed Name: Noe Alejandro Contreras-Sanchez. 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: 9/17/19 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. Need minor to appear at hearing or consent to name change. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE Date: 07/31/19 Judge of the Superior Court FOR CHANGE OF NAME Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80467 PubPETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Jose Bobby lish Dates: August 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019. Gloria Jr SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: FOR CHANGE OF NAME Jose Bobby Gloria Jr. CASE NUMBER: PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: William N19-1425 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Kent Hudson SUPERIOR COURT OF CALI1. Petitioner Jose Bobby Gloria Jr filed a FORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 petition with this court for a decree chang- Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION ing names as follows: Present Name: OF: William Kent Hudson CASE NUMBER: a. Jose Bobby Gloria Jr to Proposed N19-1430 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Name: JB Krozz 2. THE COURT ORDERS 1. Petitioner William Kent Hudson filed a that all persons interested in this matter petition with this court for a decree changshall appear before this court at the hear- ing names as follows: Present Name: a. ing indicated below to show cause, if any, William Kent Hudson b. AKA Kent W. why the petition for change of name should Hudson c. AKA Kent William Hudson not be granted. Any person objecting to the to Proposed Name: Kent William Hudname changes described above must file a son. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons written objection that includes the reasons interested in this matter shall appear before for the objection at least two court days be- this court at the hearing indicated below fore the matter is scheduled to be heard and to show cause, if any, why the petition for must appear at the hearing to show cause change of name should not be granted. Any why the petition should not be granted. person objecting to the name changes deIf no written objection is timely filed, the scribed above must file a written objection court may grant the petition without a that includes the reasons for the objection hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: at least two court days before the matter is 09/26/19 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 b. scheduled to be heard and must appear at The address of the court is same as noted the hearing to show cause why the petition above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show should not be granted. If no written objecCause shall be published at least once each tion is timely filed, the court may grant the week for four successive weeks prior to the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF date set for hearing on the petition in the HEARING a. Date: 9/20/19 Time: 9:00 following newspaper of general circulation, a.m. Dept.: 14 Room: 212 b. The address printed in this county: Brentwood Press of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A Date: 07/25/19 Judge of the Superior Court copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80421 Pub- published at least once each week for four lish Dates: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019. successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE newspaper of general circulation, printed FOR CHANGE OF NAME in this county: Brentwood Press Date: PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Lawrence 7/25/19 Judge of the Superior Court BrentChavira Dominguez SUPERIOR COURT OF wood Press No. 02-1273 80460 Publish CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, Dates: August 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019. 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Lawrence Chavira Dominguez FICTITIOUS BUSINESS CASE NUMBER: N19-1448 TO ALL INNAME STATEMENT TERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Lawrence File No. F-0004366-00 The name of the Chavira Dominguez filed a petition with this business(es): Country Creek Boutique court for a decree changing names as fol- Located at: 5790 Sellers Ave In: Oakley, lows: Present Name: a. Lawrence Cha- CA 94561, is hereby registered by the vira Dominguez to Proposed Name: following owner(s): Mikayla K. Love. This Lawrence Hernandez Dominguez. 2. business is conducted by: An Individual. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons inter- The registrant commenced to transact ested in this matter shall appear before business under the fictitious business this court at the hearing indicated below name or names listed above on N/A. to show cause, if any, why the petition for Signature of registrant: Mikayla Love. change of name should not be granted. Any This statement was filed with the County person objecting to the name changes de- Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 11 scribed above must file a written objection 2019 by Deputy L. 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ANTIOCH July 29, 1:59 p.m. Authorities received a call from an incoherent person who was screaming for officers to be sent to B Street. Authorities tracked the phone call through its carrier to B and West 5th streets. July 29, 5:43 p.m. A person called from the 5000 block of Lone Tree Way to report that their co-worker had been shot but was still breathing. July 29, 6:43 p.m. A person told authorities their house had been broken into and they thought they knew who was responsible. This report came from the 4900 block of Mesa Ridge Drive. July 30, 12:44 a.m. Authorities received a call from a person who said a man climbed in his window and pointed a gun at him. This report came from the 1400 block of Buchanan Road. July 30, 4:17 a.m. A man called from the 2400 block of Sycamore Drive to report someone had tried to break his front door by banging something against it. The man said he had pushed a table up against the front door so no one could get in. July 30, 10:54 p.m. A man wearing a black hat and a mask walked into a business on the 3200 block of Delta Fair Boulevard and pointed a gun at an employee’s head. He then took money from the register and left on foot. July 31, 3:35 p.m. A man called from a hospital on Sand Creek Road to report that he had been hit with a baseball bat earlier, at a different location. He said he didn’t know who was responsible. July 31, 5:15 p.m. A person called authorities to report an incident that had happened the night before. The person said he had been at a business on the 2300 block of Buchanan Road when a customer was assaulted by another customer and threatened with a shotgun. He said he had the incident on video, and the employees had been too afraid to report it at the time it happened. August 1, 9:04 a.m. A man called to report he was robbed on the 1900 block of Auto Center Drive by a male subject with a shaved head, wearing jeans, a black shirt and white shoes. The man said he attempted to apprehend the subject and punched him in the shoulder. The subject then ran behind the Metro PCS store. August 2, 10:35 p.m. A person

called to report hearing shots fired in the area. This call came from the 2200 block of Lemon Tree Way. August 3, 7:24 p.m. A man called to report a robbery in front of the Panera Bread on Lone Tree Way. He said a woman, who appeared to be 18 or 19 years old, knocked his wife over, took her iPhone and left in a beige sedan.

DISCOVERY BAY July 1 A marine accident without injuries was reported near Beach Court and Discovery Bay Boulevard. July 1 Disturbance of the peace was reported on the 3700 block of Catamaran Court. July 1 Identity theft was reported on the 2400 block of Imperial Court. July 2 A vehicle was towed from the 5300 block of Laguna Court. July 3 Domestic battery was reported on the 70 block of Discovery Bay Boulevard. July 3 A residential burglary was reported on the 3900 block of Lighthouse Place. July 5 A warrant arrest was made on the 4800 block of Cabrillo Point. July 8 A warrant arrest was made on the 14800 block of State Route 4. July 9 Domestic violence in violation of a court order was reported on the 70 block of Discovery Bay Boulevard. July 10 Grand theft was reported on the 1800 block of Dune Point Place. July 11 Fraud was reported on the 20 block of Rudder Court. July 12 Suspicious circumstances were reported on the 300 block of Oroville Court. July 13 Assault with a deadly weapon was reported on the 5200 block of Fern Ridge Circle. July 13 Suspicious circumstances were reported on the 400 block of Plymouth Court. July 14 A noncriminal death was reported on the 5300 block of Gold Creek Circle. July 20 Vehicle theft was reported on the 5900 block of Marina Road. July 21 Domestic battery was reported on the 5000 block of Discovery Point. July 21 Suspicious circumstances were reported on the 14800 block of State Route 4. July 21 Domestic battery was reported on the 3500 block of Sailboat Drive. July 25 A vehicle was towed from the 100 block of Cardinal Lane. July 25 Burglary from a car was

reported on the 2400 block of Discovery Bay Boulevard. July 26 Burglary from a car was reported on the 3900 block of Regatta Drive. July 26 A residential burglary was reported on the 4400 block of Clipper Drive. July 26 Burglary of miscellaneous items was reported on the 10 block of Fallman Boulevard. July 30 A vehicle was towed from the intersection of Marina Road and Cutter Loop. July 31 Arson was reported on the 3500 block of Catalina Way. July 31 Burglary from a car was reported on the 2100 block of Portside Court.

BRENTWOOD July 18, 12:24 a.m. A vehicle theft was reported on Demartini Lane. A woman called to say her silver Nissan Pathfinder was taken, and her purse was inside the car when it was stolen. July 18, 12:33 a.m. A verbal dispute was reported on Village Drive. The reporting person said they could hear a man and woman yelling. July 18, 6:07 a.m. A person called from Indian Springs Court to report finding a large amount of opened mail. July 18, 8:59 a.m. Two suspects, a man and a woman, walked out of a business on Brentwood Boulevard with multiple items. They left on foot, headed south on Brentwood Boulevard. July 18, 12:20 p.m. A woman called to report finding mail from multiple addresses on Mojave Drive. July 18, 12:24 p.m. A hit-andrun with no injuries occurred on Brentwood Boulevard. July 18, 12:44 p.m. Petty theft was reported on Lone Tree Way. July 18, 1:20 p.m. A man grabbed items from a store on Lone Tree Way and ran out the fire exit with them. The reporting person followed him to a gas station. July 18, 1:28 p.m. A woman reported grand theft on Kayla Place. She said an unknown subject took her ring during a party. July 18, 1:51 p.m. Petty theft was reported on Lone Tree Way. The reporting person said phones were stolen two days ago. July 18, 1:53 p.m. Identity theft was reported on Mountain View Drive. July 18, 3:03 p.m. Two packages were stolen from a porch on Picadilly Lane. The suspect, an adult male with dread locks, was caught on the homeowner’s video.


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Local mayors support gun tax bill Mayors throughout the Bay Area called for the California Legislature to move Assembly Bill 18 by Assemblymember Marc Levine, D-Marin County, before adjournment next month. Mayors Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft of Alameda, Jesse Arreguin of Berkeley, Libby Schaaf of Oakland, Tom Butt of Richmond, London Breed of San Francisco and Sam Liccardo of San Jose joined the Giffords Law Center to Prevent

Gun Violence and the California chapters of the Brady Campaign in supporting AB 18. AB 18 would impose a statewide excise tax of $25 on handgun and semiautomatic rifle sales in California. Additional planned amendments will add an excise tax to bullets sold in the state, directing revenue to the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program (CalVIP). CalVIP supports violence in-

tervention and prevention activities, giving preference to programs shown to be most effective at reducing violence and to applicants in cities or regions disproportionately affected by violence. “Gun violence traumatizes our communities long after the bullets have been fired,” Schaaf said. “I support Assemblymember Levine’s AB 18 because it funds violence prevention programs like Ceasefire that are proven to reduce gun vio-

lence, and it gives young men and women the support they deserve and need.” AB 18 was approved by the Assembly Public Safety and Revenue and Taxation committees earlier this year. Co-authored by seven legislators from throughout the state, AB 18’s firearm and bullet tax would create an ongoing revenue stream to support programs designed to reduce gun violence and is pending action in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

7-Eleven settles for $1.5m with county DAs Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton announced a $1.525 million civil settlement with Texas-based 7-Eleven, Inc., to resolve allegations the company violated state laws requiring training of store personnel in hazardous-materials handling. Becton joined the district attorneys of Alameda, Monterey, San Mateo, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Solano, Ventura and Yolo counties in prosecuting this case. 7-Eleven is an operator or franchisor of over 1,700 convenience stores in California. The stores use carbon dioxide for their carbonated fountain beverage systems. Carbon dioxide, typically stored in tanks onsite, is widely used by fast food and convenience stores and is safe if handled properly. If not, carbon dioxide can leak unnoticed, displacing oxygen from the air, resulting in serious health effects or even death. California

Amphitheater from page 1A But the overall recommendations of the study prompted the council to take a step back. The report proposed building a twophase, $35 million, outdoor facility over at least 15 years, eventually able to accommodate up to 4,000 patrons. Financial projections predicted the venue would run at a net operating deficit in the hundreds of thousands, for at least the first 10 years. The analysis also didn’t take into account input from nearby residents who could be subjected to the venue’s ramifications, such as noise and traffic, one nearby resident said. “We have a lot of homework to do,”

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businesses that use carbon dioxide are required by law to train employees on safe handling practices and how to detect leaks from tanks and supply lines, and must file certified, complete, and accurate reports with local authorities at least annually confirming such training. An investigation by the prosecutors’ offices indicated, in contrast to reports filed by 7-Eleven on behalf of California stores, employees were not receiving required training in the safe handling of carbon dioxide. The settlement resolves allegations that 7-Eleven submitted certified reports for California stores that did not accurately and completely disclose employeetraining information as required by state laws designed to ensure the safety of first-responders, employees, and customers. The settlement was reached after verification of revisions to 7-Eleven’s business practices designed to

said Mayor Bob Taylor. The council indicated it would favor a facility built around the already available funds (currently around $7.7 million), which early projections suggest could yield around a 750-seat outdoor venue, with additional room on the lawn. City officials also pointed out that several factors must be explored before they can even begin to narrow down their options, including community input, the facility’s long-term operating costs, associated fundraising opportunities and any traffic and noise impacts. “There is still a lot of information that needs to come back to us,” said Councilmember Karen Rarey. City Manager Gus Vina agreed that

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ager. “I believe the key point to make, however, is that each individual and family need to take steps to prepare, and cannot necessarily count on quick assistance in the time of a huge emergency. Each resident should know what to do in the event of an earthquake, have an emergency preparedness kit that provides food and water for the entire family for at least 72 hours, but hopefully longer. There are great resources on www.ready.gov, and we would encourage each resident to go on that site and make preparations now.” In the event of a significant emergency, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Fire Chief Brian Helmick, said the initial responsibility of first responders like fire and police departments, after they assess their own operational capabilities, will be to assess the overall situation before they commit resources to any particular situation. That process will likely mean very long response times for many individual circumstances, which reinforces the need for self-reliance, particularly in the early hours of an event. “You need to have the expectation in a substantial event that fire, police and EMS response times are going to be

ensure that all employees receive proper training. “7-Eleven Inc. was cooperative throughout our investigation and worked diligently toward correcting their deficiencies as we reached this resolution,” Becton said. “7-Eleven Inc. must also abide by a permanent injunction to ensure future statutory compliance.” The case was resolved by way of a stipulated final judgment entered in Contra Costa County Superior Court and requires monetary payment of $1.525 million from 7-Eleven: $948,000 in civil penalties, $252,000 for supplemental environmental projects promoting training for California environmental agencies and prosecutors and $325,000 for reimbursement of investigative and enforcement costs. A total of $117,504 will be paid to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office specifically in civil penalties.

additional analysis is needed, but suggested that partnerships, foundations, grants and sponsorships could possibly all be leveraged to reduce the burden of unmet operating costs. Actor Kyle Conley, a member of the local Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble, expressed excitement about a facility, but cautioned that an outdoor venue would force performers and patrons to combat the sometimes unfavorable weather. He suggested that the city target something similar to the 215-seat City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton, noting that at least eight local dance companies, two theater companies, six choirs and eight bands would immediately embrace it. The Ghostlight Theatre Ensem-

extremely delayed,” Helmick said. “That’s the reality of it. There may be access challenges. There may be higher priority calls.” For those looking to lend a hand in a time of need, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program provides that opportunity, according Brentwood Police Chief Tom Hansen. The program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area, and trains them in basic disaster response skills. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members are trained to assist others after an incident, when first responders may not be immediately available. Approximately 300 people have been through the Brentwood Police Department’s CERT training, and another session begins in October. Hansen encourages anyone with an interest in getting involved with the community to consider participation in that training. “The best way that citizens can help themselves in a disaster is not to need help,” said Helmick. “So what is it that you can do to not lean on the emergency response system?

ble hosted one of its last performances at Edna Hill Middle School, which prohibited daytime rehearsals and required the group to leave at a certain time each at night, Conley said. “We have the community, the arts, and people wanting to do it (perform),” he said. “Let’s give them a building to do that.” Vice Mayor Joel Bryant mentioned the large movie and music-in-the-park crowds as further proof that a venue of some kind would be welcomed. “This type of venue can fit hand-inglove with our community,” Bryant said. “It can be a tremendous asset.” It’s believed the council will again mull over the project during its October strategic planning session.

There are going to be those that didn’t take preventative measures and are not prepared. If they want to strive for something, it is ‘when it goes down, how are you not only going to take care of yourself, but be able to help those next to you?’ to take strain off of our system.” In addition to the links already provided, there is a wealth of information online regarding disaster preparedness. The Town of Discovery Bay published a Home Disaster Preparedness Guide at www.bit.ly/thepress_ db_emergencyguide. Information on the Brentwood Police Department’s CERT training can be found at www. brentwoodca.gov/gov/police/emergency/cert.asp. In the event of a disaster, information on the more than 250 Red Cross shelters in East County can be found at www. redcross.org/shelters. A guide to preparing for emergency evacuations was recently jointly released by the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff. A printable version of the guide can be found here: www.bit.ly/thepress_ccc_emergencyplan. To comment, visit www.thepress.net


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was visiting with my Aunt and Uncle recently and my Aunt told us a great story about my Grandmother. My Grandmother’s mother

and her grandmother both died at 89 so my Grandmother decided that she, of course, was going to die at 89.

As a side note, I do not know if it is grammatically correct to capitalize Grandmother but in our world Grandmother was such a strong, imposing, independent, and in many ways intimidating, survivor of a very difficult life that it just always seemed appropriate to capitalize her name – Grandmother. We were never allowed to call her gramma, or nanny, or mimi, or any of the other intimate familiar names that people assign to that person in their lives. To all the family it was Grandmother – with the emphasis on Grand! To write it I think it should look like GRANDmother. My Grandmother’s birthday is in January. She was born in 1898. In November 1986 my Aunt asked Grandmother to go shopping with her to buy Christmas cards. My Grandmother said “no, I am going to die before January”. My Aunt tried to convince her that that was just superstition. My Grandmother was blind and frail but overall was pretty healthy. But Grandmother was having none of it. She was thoroughly convinced that she would not be here come January so there was no sense in sending out Christmas cards. Well, come November of 1987 my Aunt tried again to get Grandmother out to the card shop but oh no, last year was just a fluke. I will be gone before January so there is no point in wasting hard earned money on Christmas cards. It was the same story in 1988, and again in 1989. Finally, at Thanksgiving of 1990, at the ripe ol’ age of 92 Grandmother announced that she would like to go shopping for Christmas cards. She realized she was coming up on 93 in January, so she might as well admit that she still had some living to do. There was no further discussion, they just went out and bought cards and hand addressed each and every one, as was her rule. Grandmother died in the summer of 1994. She was 96 and a half! The moral to the story is that none of us know what date is on the other side of the hyphen. We know our birth year, but until the day comes, we don’t know the year we will leave this planet to begin our next journey. So given we do not know how many rotations around the sun we will enjoy, how do we even begin to plan. I heard a saying recently – we shouldn’t plan for how long we think we will live but rather how long we could live. If we look at current actuarial tables and analyze recent longevity research that could be a really long time. Add in medical advances and we are hard pressed to figure out how much will end up being enough. We can look to our family history, our own current health, our gender, our smoker status, and a host of other factors that will ultimately impact the date on the other side of the hyphen. All of this information will give us some idea of when we might

Beth Miller-Rowe has been in the mortgage industry for 36 years specializing in reverse mortgages for the past 10 years. Beth has degrees in economics and business administration.

pass but let’s face it, there is no crystal ball. Given all the variables, we must make some assumptions. ♦♦ We can assume that we will spend more of our retirement dollars in the earlier years of retirement than in later years. ♦♦ We can assume that we are going to live longer than our parents and grandparents. ♦♦ We can assume that we will need more money for health care costs both because it is just more expensive but also because we are going to live longer which means we will be around longer during the years when we use the health care system most. Seems a little ironic to me. So where do we go from here. In my opinion this brings us to a point where we have to take a hard look at our assets and set realistic expectations for ourselves, and for our kids and/or heirs. Let’s take a look at your whole big bucket of retirement monies. Social Security income and/or Pension income Employment income 401K, IRA, 403B assets Investment assets and/or income Equity in your home. For most homeowners the equity portion of the retirement bucket represents more than 65% of the total bucket. Yet surveys say that most seniors wait to consider accessing their equity until there is a shock to their financial security – perhaps the death of a spouse, or a major medical crisis. There are many reasons for this reluctance. Misinformation about equity extraction – reverse mortgages, HELOCs, equity share programs – it can be confusing and even hard to get honest and thorough information. There is the desire to leave a legacy to our kids or alma mater or favorite charity. There is just the general attitude about becoming or remaining debt-free. And there is the very real need to save for the possibility of future long term care

requirements. Whatever the reasons are the bottom line is that retirees cannot afford to ignore home equity as a means of extending the life of their retirement bucket. A reverse mortgage may give you exactly the edge you are looking for to be able to live more comfortably, feel more secure, and have a little freedom to enjoy some of those things you might hesitate about right now. With the changes that HUD made last year a reverse mortgage allows you access to some of our equity today and preserves more of your equity for tomorrow. It is important to look at your options before the calamity hits. When people wait until a crisis has already happened they are then forced into a situation, under the worst of circumstances. The best time to do research is when you are not yet ready to make a decision. That puts you in the driver’s seat. There are a lot of what I call 1-800-reversemortgage companies you can contact. They are call centers in San Diego, or Florida, or Michigan. They Fed Ex a package to you and then call you 3-4 times a day to sign quickly before ‘this limited time offer expires’. They then use a signing service to complete the transaction. You never meet your Loan Officer. Call me today. I will meet with you in the comfort of your home. We will explore what you hope a reverse mortgage can do for you. I will review all the information with you and then leave it with you to re-review, mull over, and you decide if it is right for you. If it is, give me a call back and we will get started. – Advertorial

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o one expects to be injured in an accident and have their lives

turned upside down due to another person’s negligence — and when the unexpected happens, most people are overwhelmed with medical expenses and loss of income. Personal injury lawyers can help guide you through the personal injury claim process, negotiate a fair settlement, represent you if your case goes to trial and can help take the burden of the legal process off your shoulders. Maria Pappas-Rajotte, Esq., of Pappas & Pappas-Rajotte LLP law firm in Antioch, is a personal injury lawyer known for taking on the most difficult cases. “I like helping people by using my expertise to assist them during a very ON THE COVER: Maria Pappas-Rajotte is an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases in East County. Her firm, Pappas & Pappas-Rajotte, is located in Antioch. Photo by Tony Kukulich.

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Maria Pappas-Rajotte, Esq., of Pappas & Pappas-Rajotte, is a personal injury attorney with a reputation for taking on the most difficult cases. difficult and vulnerable time in their lives,” said Pappas-Rajotte. She said insurance companies tend to make injured parties the “bad guy,”

even though the injured person did nothing wrong. “Their goal is to pay injured parties as little as possible for even the most

legitimate claim,” she said. “I make sure that the insurance companies do not take advantage of the injured person.” Most injured people do not have the experience and information to evaluate their own claim to negotiate a good and fair settlement. Many are unaware of the various types of damages to which they’re entitled (or for which they should be reimbursed) and are not equipped to deal with Medicare, Medi-Cal, Kaiser and other medical insurance liens that adversely affect their settlement. “Insurance adjusters know this and take advantage of the injured person’s inexperience,” said Pappas-Rajotte. “Many insurance companies attempt to settle claims with injured people for low sums of money, because they know they are in need of money and are not necessarily in their normal frame of mind because they are in pain, stressed out and they just want the whole traumatic experience to be over.” Once you sign on the dotted line, the claim is completed, and if something comes up in the future, there’s nothing you can do about it. Pappas-Rajotte is known to take tough cases many lawyers won’t see Law page 5B

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busy careers, demanding bosses, family, friends, homes and the belief they have to work harder to break glass ceilings can be overwhelming. “When I was climbing the corporate ladder, I noticed women had to work so much harder for the same opportunities as men,” said Beth Miller-Rowe, branch manager with the Reverse Mortgage Group. “We were still able to achieve and outperform our male counterparts but had to work harder to get there.” Miller-Rowe has been in the mortgage industry for 37 years, moving from a corporate environment to owning her own business. While she has achieved great success in her career, things weren’t always easy. As a single mother, Miller-Rowe struggled to keep up with her career, kids and pets. “Trying to keep all of the balls in the air every single day was very hard,” she said. “As a mom, I was absent more than I ever wanted to be, but I had to support my kids financially.” Miller-Rowe has advice for other women struggling to succeed in their career and find a work-life balance. “Work hard and it will pay off,” she said. “With really hard work, you can be the one on the stage receiving awards, but you can’t resent having to work hard to get there.” Even though they are working hard, it’s important for women to take time to do the things they enjoy. “I travel, garden and enjoy life and things that I once didn’t think I had time for,” she said. “It’s important to take time to smell the roses, and I wish I did more of that earlier.” The reverse mortgage specialist also believes kindness can lead to success. “You don’t have to step all over everyone else to get ahead,” she said. “Be kind and accepting to each other and it will come back around like karma.” Miller-Rowe feels her most rewarding accomplishment has been helping others. “My biggest achievement is all of the lives I have touched — from my employees, to my clients and their families,” she said. “I receive letters from my clients’ family members thanking me because they never thought they’d see their mom or dad happy again.” Susan Redgrave, realtor with Dudum

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the relatively small amount of maternity leave allowed in the U.S. as reasons for not returning to the workforce after having children. The economic analysis resource The Upshot, powered by The New York Times, reports many American companies give 12 weeks of maternity leave — largely unpaid — while most European countries give a year of paid leave and offer protections for part-time workers who want to return to the workforce. According to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, Germany and France now outrank the U.S. in prime-age women’s labor force participation. The role women play as caregivers, not only for their own children or spouses, but for aging parents, also may be contributing to women dropping out of the labor force. A chronic-needs family member, such as a parent with dementia, can take away focus from employment. This can quickly result in a loss of a job. Employers interested in keeping talented women in the workforce can change corporate policies to reflect changes in modern society, including higher divorce rates, college

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a decision — more on that below — there is also other reasoning. ♦♦ Timing Timing and time are two different things. While many people considering graduate degrees think about how much time they’ll need to complete their degrees, timing also merits consideration. Newly minted graduates may want to take a break after expending so much effort to earn their undergraduate degrees. Taking time between degrees can provide the opportunity to recharge, and it also can give young graduates a chance to get some professional experience. That experience can inform their future grad school decision, perhaps reassuring them they’re on the right career path or compelling them to pursue other avenues. But enrolling right after completing your undergraduate studies can be beneficial, too — especially for recent grads who hope to start a family soon after graduation. ♦♦ Career prospects While it’s easy to assume an advanced degree will greatly enhance your career prospects and increase earning potential, it’s not necessarily that simple. When considering the pursuit of an advanced degree, try to determine whether you’ll be in the workforce

long enough to benefit from the increased earnings. Women who are mid- to late-career might not benefit considerably or at all from the extra earnings if they’re paying for their advanced degrees themselves, as the cost of tuition and other fees might be higher than the extra earnings. Depending on the profession, some advanced degrees won’t necessarily lead to considerably higher salaries than you’re likely to earn with a bachelor’s degree. ♦♦ Time The time required to pursue an advanced degree merits strong consideration. Many students pursuing a master’s degree full-time can earn their degrees in two years, while those who attend part-time will need more time to complete their degree programs. Doctoral programs take considerably longer. ♦♦ Cost The cost of an advanced degree varies widely depending on the program. Some programs cost $20,000 or less, while others will cost more than $100,000. Many doctoral candidates receive financial aid from their schools or lenders, but the cost of a Ph.D. is still considerable, especially when accounting for potential lost earnings during the years while pursuing the degree. – Courtesy Metro Creative

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