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November 6, 2009
Veterans to be venerated
Photos by Richard Wisdom
Members of Liberty High School choral groups past and present gathered to sing “What Would I Do Without My Music,” the traditional last song the groups sing together each year. Above right, friends came to the podium in groups, leaning on each other as they remembered Kayla Shepard, who died last week at 19.
East County will observe Veterans Day with a blend of spirited celebration and solemn remembrance.
Community mourns a song silenced Insectoid infestation by Rick Lemyre Staff Writer
Hundreds gathered Tuesday to say goodbye to Kayla Shepard, 2008 Liberty graduate and Jenny Lind Award-winning vocalist, who was killed in an automobile accident near Bakersfield last week. She had celebrated her 19th birthday just days before. Dozens of friends and family addressed the assembly, tearfully recalling moments shared with Shepard. Some spoke of being best friends, while others said they knew her only in passing, but for most of their lives
growing up. A common denominator ran through most of the stories: music. “Kayla and music went hand in hand,” said her father, Bob Shepard. It was a message, along with her easy-going manner and steadfast devotion to her friends, that was driven home over and over again, as speakers recalled My Space and Facebook posts they felt summed up their friend. “Kayla, you’re perfect. I love you” … “You never gave up on me, even when you probably should have” … “She was always the first one to make me laugh about something I was crying about” … “I never felt more loved
by anyone” … “I know how much you loved (being in the choral group) DIVA. We were awesome” … “I remember our trip to China, singing the wrong songs in the Forbidden City” … “I can’t think of any better way to keep loving you than to keep singing” … “There’s nothing I want more than to be able to give you just one more hug” … “Our voices together completed my soul” … “There’s no doubt in my mind that she would have owned San Francisco” … “When she walked into a room, the walls smiled” and “Kayla added
An effort to recall Mayor Bob Taylor and city councilmen Chris Becnel and Bob Brockman hit its second snag last week when legal paperwork was found to contain too few valid signatures. Resident Kathy Fredenberg originally served papers to the trio of councilmen during the public comment period before the Oct. 13 council meeting. Her notice of intent accused them of “ruinous leadership,” “incompetent management” and “proceeding in direct violation of a grant deed regarding the use of park land” among other complaints. During the development of the civic center project, Fredenberg maintained that a portion of City Park would be paved over in violation of a deed granted the city in 1888, which said it was to remain a park forever. Planners have maintained that although some of the park will be used for
buildings, relocating the library – built on park land decades ago – plus a plaza square and a covered History Walk will mean there will be more room for park activities upon the project’s completion than there is now. In serving the papers, however, Brockman was given Taylor’s documents and vice versa. Saying “follow-up paperwork” had gone awry, Fredenberg served all three again during public comments at the Oct. 27 council meeting. The second set of papers, however, did not contain enough valid signatures, according to the Contra Costa County Clerk Recorder’s office. Of the 29 signatures on Taylor’s papers, only 18 were valid. For Becnel, 24 signatures yielded only 16 that were valid; for Brockman, it was 17 valid signatures out of 26. Each petition needed a minimum of 20 valid signatures for the effort to move forward. Fredenberg could not be reached for comment on whether a third attempt would be made.
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Recall effort sputters Groundbreaking set for Tuesday by Rick Lemyre
In what sounds like a sci-fi scenario, clusters of large cockroaches are invading local neighborhoods.
The City of Brentwood will formally break ground on its new civic center on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. in City Park on Oak Street between Third and Second streets. Construction fencing and an office trailer were moved into City Park last week shortly after the City Council gave the final go-ahead for the $28.6 million construction project. The civic center will include a new city hall, community center, an enlarged library and redesigned City Park. Last week the council decided to build a parking structure that had been taken out of the project’s first phase. It was added back in to the first phase after bids on the rest of the project came in 36 percent below estimates, saving $16.4 million in construction costs. Estimates of the cost for the garage have yet to be determined, but it’s expected to be less than $11 million. Next Tuesday, Mayor Bob Taylor is scheduled to make a few remarks, followed by the groundbreaking ceremony and light refreshments.
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NOVEMBER 6, 2009
Ally comes home to makeover surprise by Ruth Roberts Staff Writer
There’s a new saying around the Jenkins house these days: As Ally goes, so do we. “When Ally’s up we’re all up, and when she’s down, so are we,” said Vickee Jenkins of her daughter Ally, 15, who is recuperating from double-lung transplant surgery. “We’re literally just taking it hour by hour; it’s our new normal.” Last weekend the Oakley family’s new normal got a bump up when they brought Ally home following a nearly four-month stay at UCSF Medical Center, where she was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in July. The incurable condition, which hinders the flow of blood from the heart to the lungs, required a double lung transplant, which she received from a donor in August. And when the Freedom High School freshman arrived home, she was greeted not only by friends and family, but by another present – this one straight out of an episode of “Extreme Home Makeover.” Thanks to the efforts of a generous community, the Jenkins home had been refurbished from top to bottom, including a new roof and landscaped yard, fresh paint inside and out, as well as new appliances, countertops, bathrooms, windows and doors, all donated by volunteers who had given of their time, supplies and la-
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has been made over in teal and black zebra décor. “It’s what I’ve always wanted,” she said. “It feels so good to be home,” she said. “I love being here after living in the city for so long. Going for walks, sleeping in my bed. I like it a lot.” The plot for the home makeover was hatched months ago, following a conver-
sation between Vickee and a friend regarding Ally’s upcoming surgery. “It was right after we had finished meeting with the transplant doctors where they were telling us about what to expect, and they were going down a list of things that Ally couldn’t tolerate and one of those things was mold,” said Vickee. “And I started freaking out because I had a guest bathroom with a lot of mold. So later I called a friend of mine whose husband is in the business, and asked if he could give us a quote on what it would take to fix the mold, and it snowballed from there.” More like an avalanche. Dozens of volunteers with myriad talents and connections came in and out of the house over the course of the next few months, making the improvements and fine-tuning the details right up until the day the family came home. “Oakley’s a little community but they all came together on this,” said Jim D’Amico, owner of Black Bear Diner and one of the contributors to the Jenkins makeover project. “There were so many people involved I couldn’t possibly name them all, but everyone did their part.” And for now, the Jenkinses are doing their part, working on relaxing and being together. Vickee said that Ally is sleeping well and adjusting to her regime of medisee Ally page 22A
NOVEMBER 6, 2009
Brentwood residents bugged by cockroaches by Ruth Roberts Staff Writer
Last Halloween Elaine Furtado scattered peanut shells on the sidewalk of her home near Creekside Park to frighten trick-or-treaters as they approached her front door. This year the Brentwood resident didn’t need the peanuts, because something even creepier was carpeting the pavement – cockroaches. “It’s a crunch, crunch, crunch sound. I feel like I’m in a science fiction movie,” said Furtado of the dozens of roaches she’s found on her property and at the nearby Creekside Park. “I have also been finding them in my hall bathroom coming out of the drain. I would definitely call it an epidemic.” It seems that oriental cockroaches (some an inch and a half long) have staked a claim to neighborhoods around the Creekside development area, infiltrating kitchen sinks, bathroom shower drains and patios; turning casual neighborhood conversation away from backyard barbecues and toward homemade bug bombs and critter traps. “This was never a problem until recently,” said Furtado, who has lived in her neighborhood for more than 15 years. “We’re not talking just a few – there are a lot. One neighbor told me he skims as many as 30 at a time out of his pool. It’s disgusting.” Sandi Johnson agrees. Johnson, who
Oriental cockroaches such as this are inﬁltrating homes in parts of Brentwood. They typically live in soil, and aren’t as nasty as other roaches often found in cities; nonetheless, residents don’t care to have them around. lives just one street over from Furtado, said she has never seen such an infestation of cockroaches in her neighborhood: “I’ve lived here for 15 years and we have never, ever had cockroaches like this. I came out here to my patio one day, and saw literally dozens of them upside down, legs kicking in the air, begging to be turned over.” Johnson didn’t turn over the flailing bugs, but she did call an exterminator. “The spraying has definitely helped, but I’m still seeing some here and there,” said Johnson, who has been spraying her
yard once a month since June. “But they (exterminators) did say they would eventually start to diminish. I hope it’s soon; they are dirty and disgusting and filthy.” Jannine Hemphill feels the same way and said that in the 10 years she has lived in Brentwood she never saw roaches around her house, but now she can’t keep them away: “At first I thought (the roaches) were around because I had a neighbor who neglected their home and yard and that we were the unlucky recipients of their neglect. But every night,
every morning, I find them on my front porch, backyard, on my driveway. I have been asking my exterminator to beef up the spraying, but it still hasn’t worked. It’s embarrassing – especially when you know there has to be something the city can do to mitigate this issue.” Furtado thought so too, and recently called the City of Brentwood to find out if the city might have operated a pest program in the past and then stopped it, which might account for the increased numbers. Barry Margesson, facilities and landscape supervisor for the Brentwood Parks Department, said he is unaware of any city-sponsored pesticide programs, but that he imagined if there were a true cockroach problem, the city would look into it. “As far as I know, we don’t have any spray program (for cockroaches),” said Margesson, who added that he left a similar message with a resident who recently called about the cockroaches. “The parks department doesn’t spray, but if it’s really a problem, I would think the city would look into it.” Rob Wellington, owner of Discovery Pest Control, said he’s not surprised at the tenacity or numbers of the cockroaches: “It’s interesting the way bugs work. Some years there are lots of them and others (years) there aren’t. But they’re very comsee Bugged page 14A
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TALK ABOUT TOWN alks have begun about what Mayor Bob Taylor will do to ramp up his promise once his The Mayor Is A Turkey fundraiser breaks through the 300 mark. Taylor has been collecting $8 donations for about three weeks now, and his stated goal of 300 is about to be reached – he’s at 273 as of press time. Once he makes his goal, he’ll be obligated to wear a turkey suit at the Christmas Basket distribution on Dec. 19. The once-modest goal doesn’t actually cover the full 500-turkey need for that program, though, so hizzoner is going to keep plugging away and, with the help of the good people of Brentwood (who really want to see him in that suit) he might just get ’em all. If you have a suggestion for what the added payoff ought to be, call 925-634-1441 and ask for Rick. If you just want to donate a bird to someone who can sure use it, send your $8-per-turkey donation to the Brentwood Regional Community Chest, P.O. Box 845, Brentwood 94513.
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Generations captures special moments by Samie Hartley Staff Writer
Pictures are worth more than a thousand words to Jennifer Fink. To her, a photograph is more like a chapter, a story frozen in time. Fink, owner of Generations Photography, has gained a reputation as the go-to gal for high school senior portraits, capturing all the emotions of excitement and hope in a single shot. Rather than snapping the standard cap and gown pose, Fink likes to incorporate elements that illustrate who her subjects are - whether it’s a basketball for an athlete, an instrument for a musician or a skateboard for the kid at heart - to infuse personality into each portrait. “My specialties are newborns and seniors, but I like the seniors best - they don’t pee on your backgrounds,” Fink said with a laugh. “They’re actually kind of similar, though. Babies are new to this world and represent all that can be. It’s the same way for seniors. This is their first huge milestone and they embody all that promise and hope. They’re not kids anymore but they’re not quite adults. It’s an exciting time, and I try to capture that moment so that they can keep it with them throughout their lives.” While Fink is a certified professional photographer with credentials for wedding, family and general portraits, she is most known for her graduation photos, and that’s fine by her. However, she wishes more families would take the time to get portraits taken, since most families often put it off year after year. “I always hear people say ‘I wish I’d done that’ - taken more baby portraits or family pictures - but you can’t go back and recreate those moments. You can’t go back in time and repeat that milestone. Life is too short. You need to do it now. Don’t put it off until it’s too late and those precious moments are gone.
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Jennifer Fink, owner of Generations Photography, strikes a pose at her studio in Brentwood. “Photographs are the way we record our history. Most people don’t write about the things that happened to them. They take pictures to remember those moments. I like to think of photographs as chapters in a book. What does this photograph say about your story? How does this photograph show who you are in this moment?” Before each photo shoot, Fink meets with her clients at her home studio in Brentwood. During the consultation, she chats with her potential subjects to get a sense of their person-
ality and what they’d like to get out of their experience. They talk about wardrobe choices and locations to create a road map for the day of the shoot. “It’s a brainstorming session. Once I get beneath the surface and have a better idea of who they are, that’s when I start getting ideas. We’ll talk it out, but there’s never a set plan. It’s all about capturing those spontaneous moments. I’ll crawl through the weeds if it means getting the right shot. It all depends on the moment.” Fink, who has 18 years of professional experience, is mostly a self-taught photographer. She learned the basics from her father at the family studio before striking out on her own. Photography was always a hobby, but the more she took pictures, the more she realized photography was the creative outlook she’d been looking for. “I’ve always liked taking pictures,” Fink said. “After I had my daughter, I started trying to find more creative ways to take her picture. I took so many pictures I killed a point-and-shoot camera by the time she was a year old. It just died of exhaustion. No wonder she doesn’t want me to take her picture anymore.” Fink’s daughter Laura is following in Mom’s creative footsteps, pursuing a major in video game design at the Academy of Art Institute. Fink said she’s learned even more about taking graduation photos after going through the process herself. When Laura received her diploma from Heritage High School in June, her mother got a deeper appreciation of what students - as well as their families - want from graduation photos. “My job is to give back an artistic piece of themselves - an artistic memory of who they were then. I try to make it timeless so that it will always look good and you don’t look back on it and think ‘well, that’s clearly something from 2009 or 2008.’ I want it to be something they’ll treasure, an heirloom that will stay within the family and be passed on for generations.” For more information about Generations Photography, visit www.generationsbyjennifer.com or call 925-516-3840.
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Home of the Month HOMEBUYER CREDIT UPDATE Earlier this year, two homebuyer credits were put into place. One was up to $10K to buy a brand-new home. That one was from the State of California and was limited to funds available. They ran out of money a while ago, so that one is gone. I’ve heard some discussion that they’d like to bring it back, but I haven’t heard of any proposed legislation that is gaining any traction to make that official. If you hadn’t heard, California is quite severely budget-challenged at the moment, so I don’t expect a California credit to come back anytime soon. The other credit was a Federal credit, and that was a credit of up to $8,000 for firsttime buyers who bought homes and closed before November 30, 2009. That one has been incredibly popular, and many argue that that is one of the big reasons for the recent increase in pending home sales. That one is due to expire next month. I HAVE heard a lot of talk about trying to extend that credit. In fact, there is legislation working its way through Congress right now to do just that.
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(Tootsie) Reading programs get boost Rolling D with the Knights The Knights of Columbus of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church recently held its annual fundraising drive to benefit People with Intellectual Disabilities. Members of Knights of Columbus Council 7467 and their wives, families and friends volunteered their services at numerous locations in Brentwood, distributing tootsie rolls and raising $3,297 in contributions for the Lynn Center in Pittsburg. The Lynn Center provides an early intervention and preschool program for children 6 and younger. Services begin by learning the concerns of the family, and include interventions and strategies that reflect a respect for racial, ethnic and cultural diversity, as well as unique family differences.
iscovery Bay Elementary School was recently presented a check for $1,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation. Representing the bank was Wells Fargo Vicepresident and Discovery Bay parent Ashoo Vaid and his son Abel, right. Wells Fargo Bank, through its local foundations, has presented schools in Contra Costa and Alameda counties with more than $85,000. Discovery Bay Elementary Principal Allan Petersdorf said the money would beneﬁt the reading intervention programs in the school’s ﬁrst- and second-grade classrooms. Photo courtesy of Allan Petersdorf
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Night Out on Town The Brentwood Union School District (BUSD) Education Foundation and Vic Stewart’s are inviting residents to a Night Out on the Town, an evening of dining, fine wines and friendly supporters of the district’s students and schools. The event takes place Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Vic Stewart’s, 2270 Balfour Road in Brentwood. The wine tasting begins at 7:30. Admission is $100, and proceeds benefit BUSD students. Cocktail attire is requested, and a no-host bar will be provided. Purchase tickets by Nov. 13 by calling Gayle Crockett at 925-513-6349. Space is limited.
Vietnam vet to share story Students in grades three and up are invited to observe Veteran’s Day by experiencing a bit of history when Vietnam veteran Phil Ehrhorn shares his war experiences in a free 45-minute program on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. in the Brentwood Senior Center. The event is sponsored by the Brentwood Library. A Brentwood local, Ehrhorn has shared exciting tales of his war experiences at several Brentwood elementary schools. He served as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, and his plane was shot down during a mission. Program participants will see visuals of the crash. The Brentwood Senior Center is located at 193 Griffith Lane. For more information, call the library at 925-5165290.
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Trevor’s Weekly Mortgage Matters By Trevor Frey
Reintroducing CalHFA “While the financial market turmoil continues and California faces unique challenges economically, there is perhaps no more important time for our agency to work on behalf of families statewide,” stated Steve Spears, acting Executive Director of the California Housing Finance Agency, otherwise known as CalHFA. Since the agency’s creation in 1975, CalHFA has helped over 150,000 California families realize their dream of homeownership by using over $18 billion in non-taxpayer funds to secure low rate fixed mortgages, as well as offer down payment assistance programs. Now, in 2009, CalHFA is once again putting its money where its mouth is and bringing back their most popular down payment assistance program to date…the California Homebuyer’s Downpayment Assistance Program. More commonly referred to as CHDAP, this junior or second loan/lien program, financed through voter-approved Propositions 46 and 1C, has been the most successful down payment assistance program in CalHFA’s history. Over the years it has provided more than 31,000 California families with the assistance needed to buy their first home and is once again becoming available after an 11 month hiatus. The program itself offers up to 3% of the purchase price, or home’s appraised value - whichever is less - to the buyer for either assistance with their down payment, or to help with closing costs. Although the potential purchaser would first have to bring in their own 3% to match the funds being lent, the CHDAP loan has no repayment schedule until the new owner
sells or refinances their home. So what first loan out there can be paired with the CHDAP second lien program in order to allow the buyer to only bring in 3% of their own funds? For first time buyers – defined as a person(s) who has not had an ownership interest in their primary residence during the previous three years – CalHFA has also put in place its new Cal30 program. This first mortgage allows for 95% financing at a 30 year fixed rate of 5.125%. Also, as an added benefit to the buyer, the Cal30 program allows for a maximum combined loan-to-value of 102% of the purchase price. What does that mean and how does it help you? Buying a home for $200,000 would result in a principal and interest payment of $1034.53 at 5.125% with an initial cash investment of $6000, 3% of the purchase price accordingly. The Cal30 principal loan amount would be $190,000 (95% of the purchase price), plus your $6000 down payment, plus another $6000 (or 3%) from the state via CHDAP to cover the remainder of the down payment, and assist with closing costs. According to Executive Director Steve Spear, “Because of the decline in real estate prices, the number of Californians who can now afford a home is twice what it was at this time last year,” now would be a great time to get pre-approved for this program and start looking for a new home. If you have any real estate lending related questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to write me at tfreymortgages@ yahoo.com or call me directly on my new cell phone, (925) 726-1444. – Advertisement
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NOVEMBER 6, 2009
Eyes to the skies When the festivities begin this year at the East County Veterans Day Parade in downtown Antioch, the guests of honor – and grand marshals of the event – will have a view of the parade like no other – high above the procession aboard a restored Vietnamera Huey assault helicopter. Officials are spreading the word so locals won’t be surprised by the low-flying craft, although the chopper is just one of the day’s many highlights. There will be more than 30 entries in the parade, including civilian and military vehicles, the Antioch and Deer Valley high school marching bands, veteran motorcycle groups, current and antique military vehicles and community organizations. The Blue Star Singers (all women veterans) will perform as well. The second annual event will boast three grand marshals, including Bataan Death March survivor Vincent Silva, 91; Richard Lundin, 72, a major general in the Northern California Army Reserve who served in three wars and under 11 presidents; and World War II veteran Leo Fontana. “I think it’s important that we honor all
This restored Vietnam-era Huey assault helicopter will hover over the East County Veterans Day Parade in Antioch on Nov. 11, offering this year’s parade grand marshals a bird’s eye view of the festivities. of the wars and those who have given their lives for us to enjoy the freedoms that we do,” said Antioch Mayor Jim Davis. “We are expecting this year to be bigger and better. If it’s anything like last year, we are expecting a tremendous turnout.” The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 at the Antioch Lumber Company on Second Street and end with a special wreath-laying ceremony at the marina. A free barbecue will follow at the VFW Hall, 815 Fulton Shipyard Road. To participate in the parade, or for additional information on the event, call Jim and Susan Davis at 925-757-2020 or e-mail email@example.com. Applications for the parade may be downloaded at www. art4antioch.org.
NOVEMBER 6, 2009
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Chelsa Thorne and her mother Nanette view pictures of Kayla Shepard following a memorial service for her Tuesday.
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mon and very hardy, and because of their moisture need and the temperatures they like to keep, they do best in climates between 68 and 84 degrees. So once we hit those cooler temperatures they’ll disappear. They’re not poisonous, but they do typically live in sewers, so yes, they are dirty.” In the meantime, suggested Wellington, homeowners can hire a company to come in and spray every month or two, or they can do it themselves. Either way, because of the origin and stamina of the oriental variety, there is little residents can do to prevent the cockroaches from invading their neighborhoods. “Unfortunately, if it were an American or German cockroach, I’d say clean out your kitchen,” said Wellington. “But with these guys, they are originating underneath your home, in the sewers, and there isn’t really a whole lot a homeowner can do. The most effective way to eradicate the roaches is with a barrier insecticide, which is a pesticide that establishes a barrier between your home and the bugs. I have them (cockroaches) at my home and
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An oriental cockroach lies dead next to a lipstick case, illustrating the size of the insects showing up in and around houses in the area. I have to spray every other month.” For Hemphill’s part, she just wishes she didn’t need to deal with the issue at all. “I think there’s a definite stigma associated with having roaches in and around your home,” she said. “Most people don’t want that stigma. I know for certain I don’t … it just makes me ill.”
NOVEMBER 6, 2009
Gun owners, shows feel under assault by Dave Roberts Staff Writer Gun owners are increasingly feeling like they have a giant target on their back as they come under fire by Democratic legislators who have been banning gun shows and Internet sales of ammunition on top of previous gun-control restrictions such as background checks and a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases. Ironically, the more that legislative shots are aimed at gun owners, the better it is for the gun business. Attendance at gun shows and sales of guns and ammunition are up in the past year since the election of President Barack Obama and the Democratic control of both houses of Congress, according to Richard Smith, promoter of the Code of the West Gun Show, which was held at the Antioch fairgrounds last weekend. â€œThe same thing happened back in the Clinton era,â€? said Smith. â€œWe had a big push on gun ownership and ammunition ownership. Because they are afraid that that side of the political pendulum is going to swing and take away their rights. So they come out and buy more guns, more ammo, more whatever. Smith & Wesson gun sales are up 84 percent in the last year.â€? Smith, who has been putting on gun shows throughout Northern California for nearly two decades (twice a year
in Antioch), had his show banned from the Santa Rosa fairgrounds 10 years ago. A lawsuit has been filed by a gun show promoter against Alameda County for banning gun shows from that countyâ€™s fairgrounds. The state legislature recently tried to ban gun shows from the Cow Palace, but the bill was vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger. Outside of the Antioch gun show, fliers were being passed out urging attendees to write a letter to state legislators to overturn recently passed legislation that would require ammunition buyersâ€™ thumbprints, names and addresses to be sent to the California Department of Justice beginning in February of 2011, in effect banning online sales of ammo to Californians. Dennis Johnston, owner of Red Line Ballistics, which supplies pistol ammunition to sportings goods stores and firing ranges, said sales have been â€œexceptionalâ€? thanks to the ascendancy of the Democrats in Washington, D.C. a year ago. â€œPeople are running scared,â€? he said. â€œThey are afraid thereâ€™s going to be nonavailability issues. So itâ€™s kind of panic buying at this time. It went into hyperdrive when the governor signed the ammo bill requiring the thumbprints in February, 2011 for people buying ammo. People are paranoid about government intrusion. I see Gun page 22A
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There were enough riďŹ‚es at the Antioch Gun Show to have fought two battles of the Alamo.
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