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Bryant, Rodriguez elected to council Voters across the country cast their ballots in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, and here at home, they turned out in record numbers to have a say. The following is a look at the local races with 100 percent of the precincts reported.
Brentwood City Councilmember Joel Bryant was elected for a second term on Nov. 6. He received the top number of votes with 5,169.
Brentwood City Council (Two seats available) In the race for city council, incumbent Joel Bryant and newcomer Johnny Rodriguez were the top vote-getters at 5,169 and 5,034, respectively. They beat Mike Jones, John Fink and Olga Vidriales for the seats. “I’m very excited to be able to continue to serve our community, my neighbors and the city,” Bryant. “There are a lot of things that are coming in the next two years that are really important decisions and things that are going to be happening for Brentwood. I’m really happy and excited to work with our community to make sure we continue to go in the direction that we want to go in as a community.”
Antioch City Council (Two seats available) The city council race was full with six contenders and two available seats. Joy
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Motts and incumbent Lori Ogorchock were the winners with Motts garnering 7,048 votes and Ogorchock 6,010. A total of 25,322 votes were cast for the city council candidates.
Oakley City Council (Two seats available)
were available in the 20-precinct district, the incumbents took the night with Sue Higgins winning the top spot at 3,257 and Randy Pope with 3,101. Opponents Mike Dupray and Dezi Pina took the third and fourth place spots. see Council page 30A
In the City of Oakley where two seats
East County’s favorite triplets, Skyla, Gemma and Ellihanna Allen, turn 2. Page 7A
Future fire board will be compensated Serving Up A by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer
When the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District transitions to an elected board in December, its members will get paid to attend meetings. The five representatives will receive $100 per appearance (up to $400 monthly) at full board or finance committee meetings. The current nine-member appointed body finalized the decision in a 5-3 vote this week, with Joe Young, Adam Langro and Sandra Strobel dissenting. Erick Stonebarger was absent. “Board service is a significant commitment with both economic and noneconomic costs, primarily related to time
“ It’s a way to say to board members we value and appreciate your service. It’s also standard practice (to compensate board representatives) across almost all agencies.
spent on district business,” said Fire Chief Brian Helmick. “In the future, board members will also bear campaign and election costs.” These stipulations are expected to cost the district between $10,000 and $15,000 a year. The state’s fire district law allows for directors to receive up to $100 each board meeting.
The district’s current appointed governing board hasn’t been compensated in its nearly nine-year history. “It’s a way to say to board members we value and appreciate your service,” said current board member Susan Morgan, who won’t serve on the elected board. “It’s also standard practice (to compensate board representatives) across almost all
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agencies.” Current board members Brian Oftedal and Steve Smith, who will both transition to the elected board, approved the minimal compensation, citing meeting preparation time and projected future hours the board will spend on the 119,000-person district. “I am going to be more focused – I am going to have to go around meeting with people outside my immediate area to make sure I represent all areas of the district,” Smith said. “I think this is appropriate.” Oftedal cited the board’s 86-page November meeting packet and an associated 90-plus-page bylaws document see Fire page 30A
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Sign-ups ongoing for BRCC baskets The donation effort to gather toys and food for those in need continues for the Brentwood Regional Community Chest (BRCC). People who need a little extra support can fill out an application and participate in the event that serves residents from Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen and Bethel Island. All residents are welcome, and no personal information will be stored or given to any outside agencies or organizations. Families can submit applications to receive toys and food at the Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Lane, Nov. 16, 17 and 29 at varying times. Residents interested in donating can find BRCC donation bins disbursed throughout the community – at local banks, post offices, business, schools
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and The Press building at 248 Oak St. The giveaway will take place Dec. 14, at Brentwood Elementary School. Volunteers are in high demand prior to and during the event. For more information on the BRCC Christmas Drive, registration times or specific bin locations, contact Dana Eaton at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.brcchest.org.
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Spreading holiday cheer Congressman Jerry McNerney recently visited Carrie Smith’s class at Mary Casey Black Elementary School as part of his annual Holiday Cards for Our Troops program. McNerney stopped by the third-grade classroom to say hello and personally gather cards the students had made for the troops.
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WWII POW recounts his experiences by Tony Kukulich Staff Writer
Meeting Oscar Leonard, one is likely to notice several characteristics of the 99-year-old veteran of the Battle for the Philippines – his wry smile and piercing gaze, a bone-crushing handshake and a shock of snow-white hair. His sense of humor and the sparkle in his eyes hide the fact that Leonard saw five months of brutal combat followed by 42 months as a prisoner of war, and it was three decades after the end of World War II before he began to talk about his experiences. Leonard’s military service to his country was as varied as it was hazardous. His father served in the Philippines with the 11th Volunteer Cavalry Regiment and fought in the Moro Rebellion. Following his father’s example, Leonard joined the 116th Cavalry in the Idaho National Guard as war was breaking out in Europe in 1939. “That was the cavalry,” said Leonard. “You got to loving that horse as much as you’d love anything. Those were great days.” The following year, he transitioned into the U.S. Army Air Corps, the predecessor of the U.S. Air Force. Intrigued by the stories of the Philippines his father brought home, Leonard requested an assignment there and soon found himself assigned to an
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Oscar Leonard, a 99-year-old Antioch resident, is a veteran of the Battle of the Philippines. After the surrender of the Allied Forces there, Leonard spent 42 months as a prisoner of war in Japan where he was used as a slave laborer. anti-aircraft battery in Corregidor. It was there Leonard’s military career took an unexpected turn. Leonard’s marksmanship skills caught the attention of a man he could only describe as having been dressed in a civilian suit – not a uniform. The mysterious man took Leonard to a
warehouse and administered a memory test. Without knowing it, he was being tested for the Office of Strategic Service (OSS), an intelligence agency that served all branches of the military and was the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency, the Navy Seals and the Green Berets.
“He did excellent, so he got into the OSS,” said George Gonzalez, Leonard’s son-in-law. “They moved him straight to Clark Field. They set him up in a B-10 to take photographs of the Japanese ships.” As an OSS operative, Leonard engaged in several types of intelligencegathering missions before the war. After the invasion of the Philippines by the Japanese, he moved back and forth from gathering intelligence to frontline combat until the surrender of the Allied Forces on May 8, 1942. Leonard participated in several key actions that slowed the advance of the Japanese military including reconfiguring antiaircraft guns to fire on ships leading an amphibious assault. Life as a prisoner of war started in camps in the Phillipines until he was placed on a ship and sent to Japan where he worked as a slave laborer in the Japanese war industry. He attributes his survival, at least partially, to help received from nurses he suspected were OSS operatives working in Japan. Leonard finished the war in Nagasaki where he was forced to assist with cleanup efforts after the second atomic bomb was dropped on that city. Leonard said that after more than three years of captivity, seeing the devastation from the bomb was the first evidence he see POW page 15A
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District officials launch spectator code by Aly Brown Staff Writer
School district officials recently launched an idea for the good of the game. In collaboration with the Knightsen, Brentwood, Byron, Liberty and Oakley school districts, new ‘spectator codes’ have been posted in gymnasiums and on ballfields throughout East County to serve as a reminder to community members young and old what good sportsmanship looks like. “Our districts collectively believe that athletics is an essential component of our educational programs,” said Brentwood Union School District Superintendent Dr. Dana Eaton. “We have committed to athletic programs that emphasize the ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play. We expect that of our students and need to model that as adults. Our basketball courts, softball fields and volleyball courts are
classrooms. We believe that these common, explicit expectations will create the best possible educational environment for our students.” The signs, entitled Spectator Code of Conduct, remind athletes, coaches, officials and fans of the importance of showing respect, cheering positively and being a role model while refraining from criticizing coaches or players. It also touches on being a good sport on and off the field, whether that’s in person or online. “I believe that every gym in East County showing the same message of positive participation and mutual respect sends a clear and consistent message to all spectators,” said Knightsen Elementary School District Superintendent Harvey Yurkovich. “We owe it to our student athletes to model good sportsmanship by keeping our events to be competitive, fun and uplifting.” Oakley Union Elementary School Dis-
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in East County showing the same message of positive participation and mutual respect sends a clear and consistent message to all spectators.
Harvey Yurkovich, Knightsen Elementary School District superintendent trict Superintendent Greg Hetrick noted the end goal to ultimately be good sportsmanship. “Oakley Union Elementary School District is proud to be a part of this unified
Code of Conduct,” he said. Outgoing Byron Union School District Superintendent Dr. Debbie Gold further noted the districts wanted to spread the word that trying your best is the definition of success. “We value, expect and demand good sportsmanship,” she said. “Our districts are also a team promoting this for all.” Eaton further noted the districts’ officials have extremely high expectations for their coaches and student athletes but that it’s appropriate to have high expectations for spectators as well. “We typically have very positive spectator support in all of our districts,” Eaton said. “When we don’t, it is incumbent on all of us to support our student athletes by making sure all spectators are acting in a way that promote sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play.” To comment, visit www.thepress.net
Operation Christmas Child underway During November, Golden Hills Community Church in Brentwood will serve as a collection site for Operation Christmas Child – the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual effort sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse is a favorite of many Brentwood, Discovery Bay, Oakley and Antioch residents, families, churches and groups who spread joy to millions of children around the world by
filling shoeboxes with fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. During National Collection Week, Nov. 12 to 19, anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas at Golden Hills Community Church and contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need. The church is located at 2401 Shady Willow Lane and can be reached at
925-759-4313 Operating hours are: Monday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 1 to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 18, from 1 to 6 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. – noon. For more information, visit
samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.
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This is a question I hear frequently from potential clients that want to keep their estate planning simple and affordable. Often these people think they have modest assets or simple situations that do not require complex estate planning. My typical lawyer like answer is, “it depends.” Not every person needs a trust. Investment accounts can typically be distributed by setting up beneficiary designations according to the wishes of the account owner. These assets can pass outside of probate without the use of the trust. The question then becomes whether the beneficiaries are old enough and responsible enough to receive the money directly, or whether it would be preferable to have those funds under the control of a trustee. In 2016 California passed legislation that allowed for a transfer on death deed. The purpose of this legislation was to avoid the “costly” burden of creating a trust. A TOD deed allows for residential real estate to be transferred to a designated beneficiary on
your death. In some cases, this is an effective method to pass real property to beneficiaries at the time of death. However, there are the same questions about whether beneficiaries are of proper age and responsibility to receive the asset directly. Having multiple beneficiaries on a transfer on death deed might lead to disputes that a trust could otherwise avoid. In short, this option is not the best solution for many Californians but it is an option to living trusts in the right circumstance. Another point that I stress when fielding these calls is that a trust is only one component of a complete estate plan. Regardless of the need for a trust, all adults should have a will, power of attorney, and healthcare directive in order to protect themselves from incapacity. When deciding what clients need, I take a comprehensive view of my client’s needs and make sure that our planning is appropriate for your unique situation. Law Office of Edward Younger. (925) 420-4111. Brentwood Press Best Estate Planning Attorney 2016, 2017 and 2018.
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Three going on two CAN WE COME IN LOW? The real estate market appears to have softened a little bit. So now I’ll hear buyers say, “Why don’t we come in with a really low offer and see what they say?” But that might not always be the wisest strategy. Coming in $50K or more under a home’s listed price might lead to you getting the proverbial “good deal,” or you might miss out on a good house, and it even might cause you to overpay for a home. Here is an example: Let’s take a home for sale at $600,000. You “come in low” at $550,000 and the seller takes the offer. Did you get a “good deal”? Maybe, maybe not. If the home is worth $650,000, and the seller priced it “under the market” at $600,000 to sell quickly, and you got it for even less than that, then yes, you got a “great deal.” But what if the home was really worth $500,000? Yeah, sure, you got $50,000 less than list price, but you paid $50,000 more than what is was WORTH.
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Editor: A recent editorial in a local newspaper implied that the Oakley City Council has their heads in the sand regarding growth, jobs and traffic. Growth – Oakley and East Contra Costa are growing and will continue to grow. We are providing the last ‘affordable opportunity’ to purchase a home in the Bay Area. A recent study from Up for Growth California, a nonprofit research and advocacy group, states that California needs to add 3.4 million housing units to meet current demand. If you’re paying attention to what’s going on in Sacramento, their solution would be to take away local control of planning from cities and counties and then ‘pack and stack’ (higher densities and going vertical). Allowing BART to build apartments in their parking lots is the first step. New homes add road improvements, additional tax revenues and provide us the ability to be more attractive to commercial developers. Jobs – We are all aware of the jobs and housing imbalance that exists in East Contra Costa, and a number of initiatives have been implemented to address the issue. At the county level, there is the Northern Waterfront Economic Development Initiative. This initiative looks to bring jobs associated with advanced transportation fuels, biotech and biomedical fields, diverse manufacturing, food processing and clean tech to the area north of Highway 4 from Hercules to Oakley. East Contra Costa cities, the board of supervisors and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) have been working together to enhance the economic
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viability of the Byron Airport by extending the runway and improving access. Oakley and Antioch have been actively marketing the properties along the Wilbur Corridor. Hopefully, an announcement will be coming soon regarding progress in this area. To assist potential investors learn more about opportunities in Oakley, the city created www.opportunityoakley.com. Traffic – When the Balfour extension is complete, CCTA will have spent $1.3 billion expanding Highway 4 and bringing BART to Antioch. Part of the funding came from the East Contra Costa Fee and Finance Authority. Every new home built in East Contra Costa pays an inflation adjusted fee, currently at $22,202 for traffic mitigation. We are the only region in Contra Costa asking new homeowners to pay for their impact on traffic. Within the city, the No. 1 capital improvement project is widening Laurel
to four lanes from Main St. to Highway 4. Widening from Cloverbrook Avenue to Main Street and a traffic signal at Rose will start construction early 2019. Working with CCTA, the city will be updating the traffic signals along Main St. in the core downtown area. These new signals will be connected via fiber optic to a control center where they can be adjusted depending on traffic flow. We are Contra Costa’s first and only ‘smart city.’ Working with CCTA and Stantec, a community-engineering firm, the city identified the steps necessary to improve traffic flow within Oakley. Oakley is working with the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority to place a train platform in Oakley, taking riders from Oakley to Oakland in 50 minutes providing commuters another option. Kevin Romick Oakley
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Here are some Veterans Day events happening throughout East County.
The City of Oakley will hold its seventh annual Veterans Day Observance Ceremony, Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Civic Center Park, 3231 Main St., at 11 a.m. Oakley’s program will include the Presentation of Colors, student essays, rifle salute and taps. This year’s program will also include the Freedom High School marching band. Keynote speaker will be Army Command Sergeant Major Randy Wingate.
A Veterans Day ceremony is also being held at Veterans Park in Brentwood on Sunday, Nov. 11, starting at 11 a.m. Veterans Park is located at 3841 Balfour Road. Members of the American Legion Post 202, VFW Post 10789 and the Marine Corps League Detachment 1155 will present the program honoring our vets. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
Antioch will hold Veterans Day services and a parade on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Antioch marina located at the end of L Street. The services begin at 9:30 a.m., and the parade will begin at 11 a.m.
The public is invited to bring a picnic and head out to Hannah Nicole Vineyards for a day honoring our veterans on Sunday, Nov. 11. VFW Post 10789 and its Auxiliary will be there to share what benefits veterans are entitled to. Live music by fellow veteran Jeff Ricketts will play from 1 to 4 p.m. This is a free event and no tickets or reservations are needed to spend your day in the vineyards. Hannah Nicole Vineyards is located at 6700 Balfour Road, Brentwood.
All veterans, their families and local residents can end the day enjoying a free Veterans Day concert performed by the Brentwood Concert Band at the direction of Carey Hurst. The concert is being held on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Veterans Memorial building in Brentwood, 757 First St., from 7 to 9 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
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Continuing a legacy of hope, love by Dawnmarie Fehr Correspondent
Byron is a small community on the edge of East County, and it is here one woman founded an organization that touches the lives of hundreds of people in its neighboring towns. Kaleidoscope Cancer Connection strives to establish and maintain supportive relationships with those who are living with cancer or other terminal illnesses. Founded by Jan Page after she won her battle with ovarian and breast cancer, Kaleidoscope touches the community with support and hope. “15 years after (I beat cancer), I told a friend that I really wanted to do something for the cancer community,” Page recalled. “We had lived in Discovery Bay since 1980, and there was no help available out here – no John Muir, no Kaiser. I was 45, and I said I’d really like to start a support group. We went to our church, and our pastor said he would support us, and that was the beginning. We started with just three people.” Page’s idea of a support group took off. She chose the name Kaleidoscope to reflect life’s changing patterns, and members of her community stepped up with ideas and offers to help. Meals for those
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had that America was winning the war, and for reasons unknown, he suffered no ill effects from the radiation. When liberated from his last camp, he was given a fresh uniform and spirited away by the OSS to the U.S.S. Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay. “I was the only enlisted man that got to see (the surrender ceremony),” said Leonard. With the war over, Leonard started down a long road to recovery. “They flew him to Australia and put on a hospital ship, took him up toward L.A.,” explained Gonzalez. “But L.A. was packed with soldiers, so they moved him up to Washington. As it turned out, it was better for him because his two sisters lived in Washington. He got taken
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care of by them.” That recovery took seven years during which time Leonard was still in the Army. With the outbreak of the Korean War, Leonard separated from the service and attended pharmacy school. There he met Mary, another pharmacist and the woman who would become his wife. They moved to Paradise, California, raised a family and lived there for more than 60 years before moving in with their daughter and sonin-law in Antioch two years ago. “Oscar will never get over being a POW,” said Gonzalez. “To this day, he can wake up any morning and tell me about a nightmare he had. It’s still there. It will never be gone.” To read more about local veterans, see page 1B
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tients and their families with love, hope and support. Kate Ridener of Brentwood felt Kaleidoscope’s embrace when two of her family members were struck by cancer. “Kaleidoscope is such an amazing foundation,” Ridener said. “My mother and my stepmother were both diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed within a week of each other. Kaleidoscope helped with meals, support, baskets of hope and, most importantly, friendship. I highly recommend reaching out to them for support if you or a loved one are ever faced with a cancer diagnosis.” Stacy Wyrick, owner of Lather and Rinse Salon in Brentwood, was also af-
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the organization that had done so much for her friend. “We are planning a fundraiser for December, and all proceeds will go to Kaleidoscope,” Wyrick explained. “It was embedded in me to get into the beauty industry and give back. As a hair dresser, you have such a close relationship with your client, and when I was helping to care for my client who passed away, it was very touching and I wanted to help.” Wyrick said she could think of no better way to get involved in the community than by hosting a fundraiser for Kaleidoscope. Though the organization is small, she said results and members’ hearts are huge. Her salon will offer wash and dries as well as gel manicures during
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Remembering years gone by In June 1969, I graduated from Oceanside Senior High School on Long Island. Since learning was sometimes a little challenging for me, and I was not the best student, I always had to study for everything. As I sat Senior in my blue cap and orner gown, I was thrilled when they called my name at the ceremony for my diploma in that large, crowded and warm auditorium. My parents sighed with relief, and I officially became an adult. Marla Well, at least I Luckhardt thought so. Not too sure that my mom and dad felt the same of that 18-year-old girl. The high school that I went to was about a 15-minute bus ride from my house, because my hometown only had an elementary school and a junior high that ended at the ninth grade. The kids from Oceanside outnumbered the ones from Island Park by about 10 to one, so it was a bit overwhelming to a lot of us. I remember feeling joy when I saw a familiar face in the hall amongst the sea of strangers that hustled down the hallways to class. In 1989, I flew back to New York without Grandpa, who had no desire to
go to my class reunion. Unlike the movie “Peggy Sue Got Married,” the reunion was not in the school gymnasium but in Manhattan about an hour away at a restaurant and bar. It was not at all what I had envisioned, and although it was really nice to see people who I had not seen in over two decades, I really hoped we would walk down the school hallways and reminisce over where our lockers were and what seats we sat in for our classes all those years ago. Whoever put together the festivities did a fine job and a good time was had by all. The dim lighting was a plus for those of us who may not have aged as well as some others. That was 30 years ago and the 50th reunion is well in the works. The older we get, the more we feel a little nostalgic about the past. Facebook and other social-media venues are a nice place to reconnect with friends and family we have not seen in a long time due to location or, well, just life. Looking up people can be fun and many have reached out across the states to say hi and share pictures of their grandchildren. With the DNA tests and ancestry hoopla all the rage now, I got my curious slippers on and hit Google. I typed in my grandparents’ names and was happily surprised to find my maternal grandfather come up on the thread.
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knew. ‘Poppy’ Max had three brothers, married my grandmother, Rose Fastner, had three children (my mom was the middle child) and passed away at the age of 89, in 1988. I continued my research on the town where he was born and was totally fascinated by the ton of information I found. I read as much as I wanted about its history – my history! I paid nothing, although they will ask you to join or pay for more information, but I passed on that. What I found out was enough. Years ago, I went to www. libertyellisfoundation.org/passengerresult and found my grandfather’s name, the name of the ship he was on, his country of origin and the year he came to Ellis Island. Again, this information was free, and seeing his name on my computer was a brief visit with a dear man whom I adored growing up. I won’t be going to my 50th reunion coming up in New York this next year, although I will look forward to the pictures a lot of classmates will post online. Our personal history and heritage are now so easy to investigate, and I hope some of my readers will visit these free sites and read about where they came from and from whom. I enjoyed it totally. Marla Luckhardt is a Brentwood resident who works with senior care and advocacy groups. Email her at email@example.com. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.
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League elite flourish at cross country championship by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer
Freedom’s Kylee Denver and Heritage’s Maxwell Waechter led the pack at the North Coast Section cross-country championships, but Liberty stole the show. The Lions’ boys placed four runners in the top 5 and five in the top 10, and the girls landed five in the top 10, giving both squads team victories. “This wasn’t one of our stronger years as a girls’ team, but they still stayed confident in themselves and worked hard to keep the tradition alive in terms of winning in our program,” said Liberty head coach Eric Morford. “ … And the boys have just been motivated for so long now in terms of always looking up at Heritage as the big brother. The boys were fully confident in themselves that they were prepared.” The boys placed Micah Delgado (32.31 seconds off Waechter at 17:34.32), Anthony Portillo, (17:43.69), Nic Lewis (17:49.51), Keene Sample (17:59.62) and Alex Bergqvist (18:06.51) in second, third, fourth, fifth and seventh to guide the Lions to the easy victory. The girls’ squad was equally impressive, with Keanna Shipley (33.30 seconds off Denver at 20:47.52), Makena Bohannon (21:53.69), Lily Castro (22:01.82), Jasmine Chuey (22:54.07) and Skylar Mendes (23:07.81) finishing second, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Heritage (59 points or 38 points be-
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Freedom freshman Kylee Denver emerged victorious in the Bay Valley Athletic League cross-country championship at Contra Loma last week. hind Liberty’s 21) finished second in the boys’ race, with Freedom (94 points) third, Antioch (101) fourth, Pittsburg (129) fifth and Deer Valley (134) sixth. The Falcons (55 points or 29 points behind Liberty) finished second in the girls’ race, while Deer Valley (75 points) third; Heritage (104) fourth, Antioch (109) fifth and Pittsburg (132) sixth. The Lions’ dominance largely overshadowed stellar individual performances by Freedom freshman Denver and Heri-
Heritage’s Maxwell Waechter held off Liberty’s Micah Delgado to win the Bay Valley Athletic League boys’ crosscountry title.
tage senior Waechter, who won the challenging girls’ and boys’ races in 20:14.22 and 17:02.01. Both finished about half a minute faster than their top challengers on the hilly 3-mile course. “Throughout the whole race I was feeling pretty strong,” said Denver. “Going up varsity hill, it got a lot tougher, but I was just keeping in my mind to stay strong and push myself.” Waechter, who finished third in the event last year, held off Liberty’s Delgado, who appeared to suffer calf discomfort dur-
ing the race after initially taking the lead. “It would have been a really close race (had Delgado not suffered calf pain),” said Waechter. Next up for all Bay Valley Athletic League squads is the North Coast Section championship Nov. 17 for a shot to advance to the state meet. The North Coast Section meet is scheduled for Nov. 17 at Hayward High School. To view video and a slideshow, visit www.thepress.net/multimedia
Cornerstone Christian continues strong athletic tradition by Michael Dixon Correspondent
Antioch’s Cornerstone Christian has developed a formidable athletic program in recent years. With strong seasons from the school’s football teams and what figures to be a strong year from both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, the Cougars are building on that tradition. Cornerstone’s flag football team has already completed a successful season. Led by head coach Robert Russell and assistant Kamel Johnson, the Cougars won their third consecutive league title. The eight-man tackle football team excelled under head coach Logan Heyer and assistant Steve Miner as well. The Cougars went 9-0 led by junior quarterback Caed Miner (545 passing yards, 11 passing touchdowns, 538 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns), junior running back Mike Valle (974 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns) and players like Dominic Tsukerman and Matthew Broad. As coach of the girls’ basketball team, Alfonzo Edwards will oversee a team that will look quite similar to last season’s squad. “We’re just trying to reach out and let people know that we’re still here,” Edwards said. “To let people know that our little program is still thriving.” Three seniors – Kayleen Dellinger, Nia Russell and reigning league MVP Alaina Morrison – lead a strong group of returning players.
The Cougars are loaded with other returning players including juniors Juliana Rodriguez, April Davis, Emily Elsberry, April Fuller, Deer Valley transfer Gbemi Falase and sophomore Kenzie Dellinger. That group, along with four freshmen, will look to improve on a season in which Cornerstone went 18-8 overall, 7-2 in league play and qualified for the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs. “The last few years has really been gathering girls that had basically just started playing basketball,” Edwards said. “Now we’re taking them into a level of really understanding the game and really teaching a disciplined, under-control and fast-pace tempo.” With coach Ezra Hunter at the helm, the boys’ team is also looking to improve on a successful season. The Cougars went 27-5 overall last season, went 10-1 in league, and lost in the NCS Final. Returning league MVP, sophomore Jacob Ebert, will certainly help that cause. Joining Ebert will be junior James Ebert and sophomore Ezra Hunter III, who were both First Team All-League a season ago. Juniors Michael Garrett Hogan and Jaden Peralta also return, as do Broad, Miner and Tsukerman. “Coach has been coaching these guys since they were in junior high,” Edwards said. “He’s been coaching them since they were in sixth or seventh grade. They’re now in tenth and eleventh. That’s something that’s very unique and very special about this group of kids.” To comment, visit www.thepress.net
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Tennis stars shine at BVAL tennis tourney by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer
Freedom’s Alexis Matabuena is unstoppable in the Bay Valley Athletic League tournament. The top-seed junior defeated seventhseed Paige Sullivan of Heritage 6-0, 6-2 last week to win the tournament for the third consecutive year. “I was a little nervous in the beginning, but I was able to calm down,” she said. “(Sullivan) played really well. It was a really tough match, but I thankfully fought through.” Matabuena was sensational during the two-day affair at Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa in Oakley. She defeated Deer Valley’s Chloe Branson, the sixth seed, 100; Heritage’s Natasha Siao 10-2; Deer Valley’s Kayla Autojay, the eighth-seed, 6-1, 6-3; and Heritage’s Nicolett Alexander, the fourth-seed, 6-1, 6-0, before knocking off Sullivan to win it all. The Heritage duo of Kassy Cho and Alyssa Duran, the second-seed squad, were equally impressive, knocking off teammates and top-seed squad Morgan McNamara and Kaitlyn Hill 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to capture the doubles crown. “It kind of started out tough, I don’t think we warmed up as well as we should have,” said Cho. “Throughout the match we were really stressed so we made up for that by laughing.” The team’s easygoing mentality paid
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The Heritage girls’ water polo team poses after defeating Clayton Valley 8-5 in its North Coast Section quarterfinal contest. Liberty defeated Amador Valley 13-11, setting up a semifinal clash between the two squads on Wednesday.
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Young tennis player performs on national stage The county’s top 16 9- and 10-year-old tennis players recently gathered in Austin, Texas, to play in the Little Mo’s Tennis Championship. This elite group of players first had to qualify for the national event by competing in the Northern California Sectional tournament at the University of Pacific in Stockton this summer. The top four from that event met with the best in the West Coast region (Including Southern California, Arizona, Nevada and the Northwest) at the Berkeley Tennis Club in early September. Krey Elementary School student Joseph Nau played incredible tennis at both events, making it to the finals of the Norcal Sectional and the semifinals of the West Coast regional. Only the top four from each of the U.S. regions would make it to the national tournament in Austin, Texas. These top players met together in late September to celebrate their incredible success in making it to that level and to compete with the best in the nation. Joseph, excited to play the top players in the country, defeated the third seed (a resident of Atlanta) in the first round, 7-6, 6-0, playing amazing tennis, overpowering his opponent with driving topspin forehands. In the quarterfinals, Joseph played a very strong op-
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0005782-00 The name of the business: Jim’s Holiday Harbor Located at: 415 Fleming Lane In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner: Jim DeVries. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 9/24/18. Signature of registrant: Jim DeVries. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: September 24, 2018 by Deputy J Celestial Expires 9/24/2023 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 77782 Publish dates: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 2018.
NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-15-691775-BF Order No.: 730-1507929-70 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/11/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): Francisco J Guardado, an unmarried man and Ana Guardado, an unmarried woman Recorded: 12/18/2006 as Instrument No. 2006-0401329-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California; Date of Sale: 11/19/2018 at 1:30PM Place of Sale: At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $317,185.27 The purported property address is: 2325 CYPRESS STREET, ANTIOCH, CA 94509-5247 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 076-563-013-2 NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 916-939-0772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site http:// www.qualityloan.com, using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-15-691775-BF. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no
further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 2763 Camino Del Rio South San Diego, CA 92108 619-6457711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 916-939-0772 Or Login to: http:// www.qualityloan.com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-15-691775BF IDSPub #0146397 10/26/2018 11/2/2018 11/9/2018 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 77835 Publish Dates: October 26, November 2, 9, 2018.
date for the sale of this property, you may call 916-939-0772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site http://www.qualityloan.com, using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-18-830496-BF. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 2763 Camino Del Rio South San Diego, CA 92108 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 916-939-0772 Or Login to: http://www. qualityloan.com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-18-830496BF IDSPub #0146406 10/26/2018 11/2/2018 11/9/2018 Antioch Press No. 02-1273 77837 Publish Dates: October 26, November 2, 9, 2018.
designation of real property: 501 West 14th Street, Antioch, CA 94509 A.P.N.: 067-182-012 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: $ 366,772.13. 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 2017-03331-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: October 25, 2018 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 77953 Publish dates: November 9, 16, 23, 2018.
(4) The name and business address of the Buyer(s) are: POLOLEI, INC., 21C ORINDA WAY #429, ORINDA, CA 94563 (5) The location and general description of the assets to be sold are: FURNITURE, FIXTURES AND EQUIPMENT, TRADENAME, COVENANT NOT TO COMPETE, GOODWILL, LEASE, AND LEASEHOLD IMPROVEMENTS of that certain business located at: 2669 SOMERSVILLE ROAD, ANTIOCH, CA 94509 (6) The business name used by the seller(s) at said location is: DRIVERSITY DRIVING SCHOOL (7) The anticipated date of the bulk sale is NOVEMBER 30, 2018, at the office of ESCROW WORLD INC, 1055 WILSHIRE BLVD, STE 1555, LOS ANGELES, CA 90017, Escrow No. 103853-JC, Escrow Officer: JANICE CHEON (8) Claims may be filed with Same as “7” above. (9) The last date for filing claims is: NOVEMBER 29, 2018 (10) This Bulk Sale is subject to Section 6106.2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. (11) As listed by the Seller, all other business name(s) and addresses used by the Seller within three years before such list was sent or delivered to the Buyer are: NONE DATED: OCTOBER 26, 2018 TRANSFEREES: POLOLEI INC. LA2136691 ANTIOCH PRESS 11/9/18 Antioch Press No. 03-0477 78025 Publish Date: November 9, 2018.
Shop Located at: 3130 Balfour Road, Suite F In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): March & Thomas 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: Renee March, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: September 26, 2018 by Deputy L Mae Expires 9/26/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 77802 Publish dates: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 2018.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0005938-00 The name of the business(es): Blue Line Property Group Located at: 5087 Lone Tree Way In: Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): ABJ Enterprises 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: Michael Barbanica CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 2, 2018 by Deputy L. Arosemene Expires October 2, 2023 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 77692 Publish dates: October 19, 26, November 2, 19, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006114-00 The name of the business(es): J&B Hauling and Clean Up Located at: 2816 G Street In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Jeferson Luis Ramos. This business is conducted by: An individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on March 26, 2015. Signature of registrant: Jeferson Luis Ramos Enciso. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 10, 2018 by Deputy S. Alvarez Expires October 10, 2023 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 77900 Publish dates: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006116-00 The name of the business: Luis & Romel Hauling and Clean Up Located at: 3923 Rimrock Dr In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner: Romel A Nunez. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 3/17/2008. Signature of registrant: Nunez Romel A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 10, 2018 by Deputy L Arosemena Expires 10/10/2023 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 77936 Publish dates: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006442-00 The name of the business(es): Driversity Driving School Located at: 2669 Somersville Road In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Pololei, 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: Warren D. Kurisu, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 25, 2018 by Deputy L. Arosemena Expires October 25, 2023 Antioch Press No. 061617 77998 Publish dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006546-00 The name of the business(es): Antioch Mini Trailer Storage Located at: 1305 Sunset Drive In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Bobbie Standridge. 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: Bobbie Georgette Standridge. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 30, 2018 by Deputy L. Fallas Expires October 30, 2023 Antioch Press No. 061617 77984 Publish dates: November 9, 16, 23,30, 2018.
NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-18-830496-BF Order No.: 730-1804673-70 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/7/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor (s): Yulonda A Davis, a single individual and Margaret P Davis, a single individual as joint tenants Recorded: 12/19/2005 as Instrument No. 2005-0484555-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California; Date of Sale: 11/19/2018 at 1:30PM Place of Sale: At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $371,816.89 The purported property address is: 413 E 14TH ST, ANTIOCH, CA 94509-2436 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 065211-006-5 Legal Description: Please be advised that the legal description set forth on the Deed of Trust is in error. The legal description of the property secured by the Deed of Trust is more properly set forth and made part of Exhibit “A” as attached hereto. Lot 6, Map of Tract No. 2404, filed February 29, 1956, Map Book 62, Pages 39-40, Contra Costa County Records. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and
NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No.: 2017-03331-CA A.P.N.:067-182-012 Property Address: 501 West 14th Street, 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 참고사항: 본 첨부 문서에 정보 요약 서가 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 NÀYIMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 04/20/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Trustor: Michael J. Mattson and Arleen L. Mattson, Husband and Wife Duly Appointed Trustee: Western Progressive, LLC Deed of Trust Recorded 04/27/2007 as Instrument No. 20070124048-00 in book —-, page—- and of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Date of Sale: 12/10/2018 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 balance, reasonably estimated costs and other charges: $ 366,772.13 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
NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE (Division 6 of the Commercial Code) Escrow No. 103853-JC (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: DAVID J. ROBINSON AND RAINY A. ROBINSON, 2669 SOMERSVILLE ROAD, ANTIOCH, CA 94509 (3) The location in California of the chief executive office of the Seller is:
STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME The following person(s) has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name BurgerIM Antioch at 4815 Ste. A Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA 94531. The fictitious business name referred to above was filed in Contra Costa County on June 1, 2018 under File No. F-0003909-00 (*1) Jenna Hillard 2063 Main St #512, Oakley, CA 94561 (**) This business was conducted by: an individual. Signature: Jenna Hillard. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: 10/7/2018 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 77878 Publish dates: October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000005936-00 The name of the business(es): Jas Liquor Located at: 13530 Byron Highway In: Byron, CA 94514, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Jasvir Singh Shahi. 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: Jasvir Singh Shahi. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 2, 2018 by Deputy L. Arosemena Expires 10/2/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 77688 Publish dates: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0005768-00 The name of the business: The Little Babe Located at: 921 Augusta Drive In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Fatima Stout. 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: Fatima Stout. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: September 24, 2018 by Deputy H Franklin Expires 9/29/2023 Brentwood Press No. 021273 77823 Publish dates: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 2018.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0005882-00 The name of the business(es): Noble Real Estate Located at: 1058 Cambrian Place In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Lewis Steven Noble. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 9/1/2018. Signature of registrant: Lewis Steven Noble. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: September 28, 2018 by Deputy C. Garcia Expires 9/28/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 77684 Publish dates: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0005929-00 The name of the business(es): 1. Kiwi Lime Notecards 2. Kaileiah’s Closet 3. Kaileiah’s Boutique 4. Vela Accessories 5. Kiwi Lime Socks Located at: 2608 Ranchwood Drive In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Kiwi Lime Design, 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: Tuutanga Taai. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 2, 2018 by Deputy L. Spence Expires October 2, 2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 77890 Publish dates: October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0005968-00 The name of the business(es): 1. Celebration Center 2. Learning to Hope in Haiti Located at: 2260 Jeffery Way In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: The Christian Education Development Company. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on March 2016. Signature of registrant: Jeneane Stevens, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 3, 2018 by Deputy H Franklin Expires 10/03/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 77935 Publish dates: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006030-00 The name of the business(es): Euphoric Landscape Architecture Located at: 1159 Schaupp Court In: Concord, CA 94520, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Landlink Culture Communications 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 March 28, 18. Signature of registrant: Leiyi Gao, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 5, 2018 by Deputy FICTITIOUS BUSINESS L. Aerosemens Expires October 5, 2023 NAME STATEMENT Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 77869 File No. F-0005803-00 The name of the Publish dates: October 26, November 2, business(es): 999 Haul Located at: 60 9, 16, 2018. Audrey Lane In: Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, is hereby registered by the following FICTITIOUS BUSINESS owner(s): Andy Giang Truong Nguyen. NAME STATEMENT This business is conducted by: An in- File No. F-0006075-00 The name of the dividual. The registrant commenced to business(es): Luminosity Skin Theratransact business under the fictitious py Located at: 3130 Balfour Road, Suite business name or names listed above on 258 In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby September 25, 2017. Signature of reg- registered by the following owner(s): istrant: Nguyen Giang Truong Nguyen. Chrisanne Carwitz. This business is conThis statement was filed with the County ducted by: An Individual. The registrant Clerk of Contra Costa County on: Sep- commenced to transact business under tember 25, 2018 by Deputy J. Celestial the fictitious business name or names Expires September 25, 2023 Brentwood listed above on N/A. Signature of regisPress No. 02-1273 77801 Publish dates: trant: Chrisanne Carwitz. This statement October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 2018. was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 09, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS by Deputy P. Cornellus Expires October NAME STATEMENT 9, 2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 File No. F-0005848-00 The name of the 77822 Publish dates: October 26, Nobusiness(es): Mr. Pickles Sandwich vember 2, 9, 16, 2018.
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LEGAL NOTICES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006229-00 The name of the business(es): Undefined Fades Barbershop Located at: 3850 Balfour Road, Suite L112 In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): David Emmanuel Mosqueda. 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: David Mosqueda. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 15, 2018. by Deputy H. Franklin Expires October 15, 2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 77941 Publish dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006397-00 The name of the business(es): Marsh Creek Dental Located at: 7760 Brentwood Blvd., Suite A In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Gulshan Kumar DDS, 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: Gulshan Kumar, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 24, 2018 by Deputy C. Pittman Expires October 24, 2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 77989 Publish dates: November 9,16, 23,30, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006467-00 The name of the business(es): By The Bay Real Estate Located at: 14850 Highway 4, Suite A-316 In: Discovery Bay, CA 94505, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Private Lending Services, 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: Private Lending Services, Inc., David Fast Managing Member This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 25, 2018 by Deputy L Arosemena Expires December 26, 2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 77999 Publish dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018. FINDINGS AND ORDER AFTER HEARING Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa 751 Pine Street P.O. Box 911 Martinez, CA 94533 Peter L. Spinetta Family Center Petitioner/Plaintiff: JUDY FRITZ Respondent/Defendant: BRANISLAV MLADENOVIC CASE NUMBER D09-00313 This proceeding was heard on: 10/19/2018 at 8.30 A.M. in Dept. 25 by Judge: Hon. John T. Laettner On the order to show cause, notice of motion or request for order filed: 8/9/2018 by: Judy Fritz Petitioner/plaintiff present. THE COURT ORDERS Custody and visitation/parenting time: As attached on form FL-341 This matter is continued for further hearing on: 1/11/19 at: 8:30 AM in Dept: 25 on the following issues: Custody/visitation Date 10/19/2018 Approved as conforming to court order. Judicial Officer John T. Laettner Form FL-341 Petitioner: JUDY FRITZ Respondent: BRANISLAV MLADENOVIC Case Number D09-00313 CHILD CUSTODY AND VISITATION (PARENTING TIME) ORDER ATTACHMENT TO: Findings and Order After Hearing (form FL-340) Jurisdiction. This court has jurisdiction to make child custody orders in this case under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (Fam. Code, §§ 3400-3465). Notice and opportunity to be heard. The responding party was given notice and an opportunity to be heard, as provided by the laws of the State of California. Country of habitual residence. The country of habitual residence of the child or children in this case is the United States. Penalties for Violating this order. If you violate this order, you may be subject to civil or criminal penalties, or both. Child Custody. Custody of the minor children of the parties is awarded as follows: Child’s Name: NIKOLAI MLADENOVIC Birth Date: 7/25/2007 Legal custody to: JUDY FRITZ Physical Custody to: JUDY FRITZ Visitation (Parenting Time): Reasonable right of visitation to the party without physical custody (not appropriate in cases involving domestic violence). Other: MOTHER SHALL BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN A PASSPORT AND TRAVEL INTERNATIONALLY WITHOUT REQUIRING FATHER’S SIGNATURE OR PERMISSION. This is an interim order but shall remain in effect pending further court order. Brentwood
Press No. 02-1273 77979 Publish Dates: many actions without obtaining court November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018. approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal NOTICE OF LIEN SALE representative will be required to give Notice is hereby given pursuant to Cali- notice to interested persons unless they fornia Business and Professional Codes have waived notice or consented to the #21700-21716, Section 2328 of the proposed action.) The independent adUCC of the Penal Code, Section 535 the ministration authority will be granted undersigned, StorQuest Self Storage in unless an interested person files an obBrentwood, CA, will sell at public sale by jection to the petition and shows good competitive bidding the personal prop- cause why the court should not grant the erty of: Name: Ricaa Mitchell, Jissele authority. A HEARING on the petition Castellano, Darla Lopez, Christine will be held in this court as follows: Watkins. Property to be sold: household 12/07/18 at 1:30PM in Dept. 14 logoods, furniture, appliances, clothes, cated at 725 COURT STREET, MARTINEZ, toys, tools, boxes & contents. Auctioneer CA 94553 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting Company: www.storagetreasures. of the petition, you should appear at the com The Sale will end at 10:00AM hearing and state your objections or file November 28th, 2018. Goods must be written objections with the court before paid in CASH at site and removed at com- the hearing. Your appearance may be in pletion of sale. Sale is subject to cancella- person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A tion in the event of settlement between CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the owner and obligated party. StorQuest decedent, you must file your claim with Self Storage 325 Guthrie Ln Brentwood, the court and mail a copy to the personal CA. 94513 925-322-1883 Brentwood representative appointed by the court Press No. 02-1273 78022 Publish Dates: within the later of either (1) four months November 9, 16, 2018. from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as NOTICE OF PETITION TO defined in section 58(b) of the California ADMINISTER ESTATE Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the OF: Joseph A. Zingale, deceased date of mailing or personal delivery to CASE NUMBER P18-01553 To all heirs, you of a notice under section 9052 of the beneficiaries, creditors, contingent credi- California Probate Code. Other California tors, and persons who may otherwise be statutes and legal authority may affect interested in the will or estate, or both, of: your rights as a creditor. You may want to Joseph A. Zingale, deceased. A Petition for consult with an attorney knowledgeable Probate has been filed by: David Linden in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE in the Superior Court of California, County the file kept by the court. If you are a of: CONTRA COSTA. The Petition for person interested in the estate, you may Probate requests that: David Linden file with the court a Request for Special be appointed as personal representative Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an to administer the estate of the decedent. inventory and appraisal of estate assets The petition requests the decedent’s will or of any petition or account as provided and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. in Probate Code section 1250. A Request The will and any codicils are available for for Special Notice form is available from examination in the file kept by the court. the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner The petition requests authority to admin- AUDREY J. GERARD, ESQ. - SBN 209959 ister the estate under the Independent Ad- TILLEM MCNICHOL & BROWN 846 BROADministration of Estates Act. (This authority WAY SONOMA CA 95476 11/9, 11/16, will allow the personal representative to 11/23/18 CNS-3191620# BRENTWOOD take many actions without obtaining PRESS No. 02-1273 78021 Publish Dates: court approval. Before taking certain very November 9, 16, 23, 2018. important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE notice to interested persons unless they TS No. CA-18-814099-JB Order No.: 07have waived notice or consented to the 8-041897-07 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER proposed action.) The independent ad- A DEED OF TRUST DATED 6/2/2006. UNLESS ministration authority will be granted un- YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPless an interested person files an objection ERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF to the petition and shows good cause why YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NAthe court should not grant the authority. A TURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, hearing on the petition will be held in YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public this court as follows: a. Date: Novem- auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, ber 27, 2018 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept: 14. cashier’s check drawn on a state or nationb. Address of court: 725 Court Street, Mar- al bank, check drawn by state or federal tinez, CA 94553. If you object to the grant- credit union, or a check drawn by a state ing of the petition, you should appear or federal savings and loan association, or at the hearing and state your objections savings association, or savings bank specior file written objections with the court fied in Section 5102 to the Financial Code before the hearing. Your appearance may and authorized to do business in this state, be in person or by your attorney. If you will be held by duly appointed trustee. The are a creditor or a contingent credi- sale will be made, but without covenant or tor of the decedent, you must file your warranty, expressed or implied, regarding claim with the court and mail a copy to the title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay personal representative appointed by the the remaining principal sum of the note(s) court within four months from the date of secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest issuance of letters as provided in Probate and late charges thereon, as provided in Code section 9100. The time for filing the note(s), advances, under the terms of claims will not expire before four months the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, from the hearing date noticed above. You charges and expenses of the Trustee for may examine the file kept by the the total amount (at the time of the initial court. If you are a person interested in publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonthe estate, you may file with the court a ably estimated to be set forth below. The Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) amount may be greater on the day of sale. of the filing of an inventory and appraisal BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN of estate assets or of any petition or ac- THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): JENcount as provided in Probate Code section NIFER V GUTIERREZ, MARRIED WOMAN, 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY available from the court clerk. Attorney for Recorded: 6/16/2006 as Instrument No. Petitioner: Bradford J. Dozier, ATHERTON 2006-0190899-00 of Official Records in & DOZIER 1313 N. Center St. Stockton, CA the office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA 95202 (209) 948-5711 Brentwood Press County, California; Date of Sale: 12/4/2018 No. 02-1273 77874 Publish Dates: October at 9:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Pleasant 26, November 2, 9, 2018.\cs2 Hill Community Center, located at 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. In the AucNOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER tion.com Room Amount of unpaid balance ESTATE OF: LAWRENCE JACKSON, and other charges: $472,425.20 The purJR.CASE NO. P18-00347 ported property address is: 3985 BOLINAS To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, con- PLACE, DISCOVERY BAY, CA 94514 Assestingent creditors, and persons who may sor’s Parcel No.: 008-470-031-9 NOTICE TO otherwise be interested in the WILL or es- POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering tate, or both of LAWRENCE JACKSON, JR.. bidding on this property lien, you should A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed understand that there are risks involved by KARIN A. SMITH in the Superior Court in bidding at a trustee auction. You will of California, County of CONTRA COSTA. be bidding on a lien, not on the property THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee that KARIN A. SMITH be appointed as auction does not automatically entitle you personal representative to administer the to free and clear ownership of the propestate of the decedent. erty. You should also be aware that the THE PETITION requests the decedent’s lien being auctioned off may be a junior WILL and codicils, if any, be admitted lien. If you are the highest bidder at the to probate. The WILL and any codicils auction, you are or may be responsible for are available for examination in the file paying off all liens senior to the lien being kept by the court. THE PETITION requests auctioned off, before you can receive clear authority to administer the estate un- title to the property. You are encouraged der the Independent Administration to investigate the existence, priority, and of Estates Act . (This authority will al- size of outstanding liens that may exist low the personal representative to take on this property by contacting the county
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recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800-280-2832 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site http:// www.qualityloan.com, using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-18-814099-JB. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 2763 Camino Del Rio South San Diego, CA 92108 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 800-2802832 Or Login to: http://www.qualityloan. com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-18-814099-JB IDSPub #0146864 11/9/2018 11/16/2018 11/23/2018 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 77973 Publish Dates: November 9, 16, 23, 2018.
ORDER ON REQUEST TO CONTINUE HEARING Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa 751 Pine Street P.O. Box 911 Martinez, CA 94553 Peter L. Spinetta Family Law Center CASE NUMBER: D09-00313 Petitioner/Plaintiff: Judy Fritz Respondent/Defendant: Branislav Mladenovic The hearing is currently scheduled for: 10/19/2018 Name of party who filed the Request for Order, Order to Show Cause, or other matter is: Judy Fritz Name of party asking to continue the hearing is: Judy Fritz The request to continue does not include temporary emergency (ex parte) orders previously issued. Order granting request to continue hearing and notice of new hearing The court hearing is continued to the date, time, and location shown below: New Hearing Date: 1/11/19 Time: 8:30 A.M. Dept. 25 Address of court: Same as noted above Reason for the continuance The continuance is needed because the papers could not be served as required before the hearing date. Other good cause as stated below SERVICE BY PUBLICATION COMPLETED TOO LATE FOR TIMELY SERVICE Service of order The documents listed in 10 must be served by: Per CCP on respondent/defendant Other orders regarding service: THE COURT ORDERS THAT THE ORDER FOR PUBLICATION FILED ON 8/16/18 SHALL BE AMENDED AS STATED HEREIN Documents for service A copy of the previously filed Request for Order, Order to Show Cause, or other moving paper (1st page only is sufficient) A Responsive Declaration to Request for Order (form FL-320) must be filed and served on or before date: Per CCP Filed on: October 19, 2018. Judicial Officer John T. Laettner Date: 10/19/2018. Brentwood Press No. 021273 78017 Publish Dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006223-00 The name of the business(es): L&S Vent Cleaning Located at: 637 Allagash Court In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Larry Goerzen. 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: Larry Goerzen. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 15, 2018 by Deputy D. Minor Expires October 15, 2023 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 77940 Publish dates: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018.
of first publication of this Notice of Sale. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 916-939-0772 or visit this Internet Web site www.nationwideposting.com, using the file number assigned to this case 02017-275. 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: 10/31/2018 GUILD ADMINISTRATION CORPORATION AS SAID TRUSTEE 5898 COPLEY DRIVE, SAN DIEGO, CA 92111 (858) 492-5890 BY: GAIL WINDUS, ASSISTANT SECRETARY NPP0343375 To: OAKLEY PRESS 11/09/2018, 11/16/2018, 11/23/2018 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 78019 Publish Dates: November 9, 16, 23, 2018.
NOTICE TO CREDITOR’S OF BULK SALE AND OF INTENTION TO TRANSFER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE (UCC SEC. 6101 ET SEQ. AND B & P 24073 ET SEQ.) ESCROW # 0126012418 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a bulk sale of assets and a transfer of alcoholic beverage license is about to be made. The name(s) and business address(es) of the seller(s) is/ are: Newberry Estate Vineyards, LLC 2525 Sunset Road, Brentwood, CA 94513 Doing Business as: Newberry Estate Vineyards All other business name(s) and address(es) used by the seller(s) within the past three years, as stated by the seller(s), is/are: (if none, so state) NONE The location in California of the chief executive office of the seller is: SAME The name(s) and business address of the buyer(s) is/are: McCauley Estate Vineyards LLC 2525 Sunset Road, Brentwood, CA 94513 The assets being sold are generally described as: furniture, fixtures, equipment, inventory, and liquor license And are located at: 2525 Sunset Road, Brentwood, CA 94513 The kind of license to be transferred is: winegrower #520284 issued for the premises located at: 2525 Sunset Road, Knightsen, CA 94513 The anticipated date of the bulk sale/ transfer is November 30, 2018 and upon approval by Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at the office of OLD REPUBLIC TITLE COMPANY located at 1000 Burnett Avenue, Suite 400, Concord, CA 94520. The amount of the purchase price or consideration in connection with the transfer of the license and business, including estimated inventory, is $750,000.00 It has been agreed between the Seller/Licensee and the intended Buyer/Transferee, as required by Sec 24703 of the Business and Professions Code, that the consideration for the transfer of the business and license is to be paid only after the transfer has been approved by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Dated: 10/22/18 McCauley Estate Vineyards LLC /S/ By: Maria McCauley, member 11/9/18 CNS-3191277# BRENTWOOD PRESS Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78020 Publish Dates: November 9, 2018.
REQUEST FOR ORDER TO CHANGE CHILD CUSTODY AND VISITATION PARTY WITH/WITHOUT ATTORNEY: JUDY FRITZ SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 751 Pine St. Martinez, CA 94553 Petitioner: Judy Fritz Respondent: Branislav Mladenovic Request for Order Change: Child Custody, Visitation (Parenting Time) CASE NUMBER: D09-00313 NOTICE OF HEARING To: BRANISLAV, MLADENOVIC A court hearing will be held as follows: Date: 10/19/18 Time: 8:30 a.m. Dept.: 25 The address of the court is same as noted above. WARNING to the person served with the Request for Order: The court may make the requested orders with out you if you do not file a Responsive Declaration to Request for Order (form FL-320), serve a copy on the other parties at least nine court days before hearing (unless the court has ordered a shorter period of time), and appear at the hearing. (See form FL-320-INFO for more information.) Filed: August 9, 2018, by A. Gambol, Clerk of the Superior Court County of Contra Costa, CA Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 77938 Publish Dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018. STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME The following person(s) has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name CJ Gifts at 550 Creekwood Court. The fictitious business name referred to above was filed in Contra Costa County on September 19, 2013 under File No. F-0005717-00 (*1) Celestine Julia Goodwin 550 Creekwood Court, Brentwood (**) This business was conducted by: An individual. Signature: Celestine J. Goodwin. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 19, 2018 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 77939 Publish dates: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018. STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME The following person(s) has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name Valley Sweeping & Landscape Service at 4301 Orwood Road, Brentwood, CA 94513. The fictitious business name referred to above was filed in Contra Costa County on 12/22/2016 under File No. F-0007430-00 (*1) VSWEEP .INC 4301 Orwood Road, Brentwood, CA 94513 (**) This business was conducted by: a Corporation. Signature: Warren Eden. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 16, 2018 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 77933 Publish dates: Novemeber 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006348-00 The name of the business(es): Mobile Express Repairs Located at: 51 Puffin Circle In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Pyre & Associates, 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: Timothy Stacy, Managing member. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 22, 2018 by Deputy P. Cornellus Expires October 22, 2023 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 77952 Publish dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006352-00 The name of the business(es): Best Brothers Carpet Cleaning Located at: 3800 Frank Hengel Way In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): 1. Raul Manzo 2. Roberto Canales. 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: Raul Manzo & Roberto Canales. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 22, 2018 by Deputy C. Pillman Expires October 22, 2023 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 77995 Publish dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. #: 02017-275 LOAN #: GXP000171-V APN #: 0412100372 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED AS SHOWN BELOW. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under the pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges, and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be as set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Trustor: JULIANA M WILLIAMS, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN Duly Appointed Trustee: GUILD ADMINISTRATION CORP., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION Trust Deed Date: 11/14/2016 Recording Date: 11/17/2016 Instrument Number: 20160249284-00 Book: —- Page Recorded in County: CONTRA COSTA State of CA Date and Time of Sale: 12/05/2018 at: 01:30PM Place of Sale: At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565 Estimated Sale Amount: $433,885.32 Legal Description of Property: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. Street Address of Property (or Other Common Designation, if any): 2176 EL LAGO DRIVE, OAKLEY, CA 94561 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date
STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME The following person(s) has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name Shane’s Charters at 464 Anvilwood Drive. The fictitious business name referred to above was filed in Contra Costa County on 8/26/2013 under File No. F-0005216-00 (*) 1. Kimberly Ann Ambrosino 2. Shane S. Ambrosino 464 Anvilwood Dr, Oakley (**) This business was conducted by: General Partnership. Signature: Kimberly A. Ambrosino. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 12, 2018 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 77781 Publish dates: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006126-00 The name of the business: Cerda’s Construction Located at: 2357 Arch Ct In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Maria V Orucuta. 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: Maria V Orucuta. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 10, 2018 by Deputy P Cornelius Expires 10/10/2023 Brentwood Press No. 021273 78036 Publish dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006163-00 The name of the business(es): 1. East Bay Creatives Market 2. SF Creatives Market 3. Silicon Valley Creatives Market Located at: 110 Molino Place In: San Ramon, CA 94583, is hereby registered by the following owner: Barbara T. RhysRoyer. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 7/1/2018. Signature of registrant: Barbara T. Rhys-Royer. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 11, 2018 by Deputy B. Alvarez Expires October 11, 2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78035 Publish dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018.
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BRENTWOOD Sept. 29, 2:20 a.m. A person told authorities there was a man brandishing a handgun on Balfour Road. Sept. 30, 2:08 p.m. A subject was reported for being on drugs and disturbing the peace on Montecito Drive. Sept. 30, 5:50 p.m. A person reported a man smoking and drinking under the bridge on Balfour Road and Rosegate Avenue. Oct. 1, 9:01 a.m. A person told authorities that a suspect came into the store, saying he was with the fire marshalls that made him steal the money and were on their way. The suspect did not seem worried, but the reporting person was worried for his and his employees’ safety. Oct. 2, 9:26 p.m. A woman was sitting in her vehicle when another vehicle hit hers. The vehicle suddenly left, and the woman followed him to get his plates. She told authorities she would wait in front of Gymboree. This occurred on Sand Creek Road. Oct. 3, 6:31 a.m. A person found a huge gas can in the middle of the road, and they set it down on the side of the road on Valley Green drive.
ANTIOCH Oct. 15, 12:49 a.m. Authorities received a call from a man crying hysterically saying that his girlfriend was hitting him with a chair and that he was bleeding. This report came from Brookside Drive. Oct. 15, 8:25 a.m. A person told authorities that someone stole two guns from their garage. The entry was believed to be the side door. This occurred on Paul Court. Oct. 15, 9:45 a.m. Tools were reported stolen from a residence on Forty Niner Way. Oct. 15, 12:15 p.m. A break-in occurred in an apartment on West Fifth Street. Two electric mobility scooters were taken. Oct. 15, 5:03 p.m. Authorities received a report saying that a man with long black hair was hitting a female with a metal pipe on West 10th Street. Oct. 16, 2:28 p.m. Authorities were notified that an employer was injured by a shoplifter as they were leaving. The camera caught the incident on video. This incident occurred on East 18th Street. Oct. 16, 2:29 p.m. Authorities were notified of a man wearing a trench coat and carrying a shotgun on Lone Tree Way.
Oct. 16, 6:36 p.m. A person called authorities saying their 14-year-old son called approximately 10 to 15 hours ago saying he was assaulted by a subject at his friend’s house. This report came from Highway 4 and L Street. Oct. 16, 8:33 p.m. The reporting person told authorities her residence was broken into and went to the garage only. She then went to police since she was scared that someone else was there. This occurred on F Street. Oct. 17, 1 p.m. A person told authorities that he encountered an elderly woman making hitting and choking gestures on Gentrytown Drive. Oct. 17, 2:20 p.m. A person told authorities that a person assaulted her 11-year-old son on D Street. Oct. 17, 3:39 p.m. A woman told authorities that she was robbed on Hamlin Drive. She said the person stole her iPhone and purse. He was said to have smashed the window of her vehicle in order to take the items before fleeing in a dark blue or black Honda. He was headed to Dimaggio Way and possibly James Donlon Boulevard. Oct. 17, 3:49 p.m. A woman told authorities that a burglary occurred on West Third Street. She said that her boyfriend followed the suspect. They were last reported on A Street and Wilbur Avenue. Oct. 17, 5:18 p.m. The reporting person told authorities that her stepfather was jumped on Wilbur Avenue on their way home. The woman said that a vehicle was driving recklessly in front of them and her stepfather honked at them. The driver then got out of the car and took the stepfather’s money. Oct. 18, 8:51 a.m. A woman told authorities that she found a male in her residence on San Joaquin Avenue. The suspect was wearing a black sweater and left on foot toward Lone Tree Way. The woman’s husband then followed him but was not armed. Oct. 18, 4:58 p.m. Authorities received a report of a break-in on Buchanan Road. The suspect was said to have entered through either the front or back door.
OAKLEY Sept. 30, 7:59 a.m. An abandoned vehicle was reported on Laurel and Neroly roads. Sept. 30, 4:48 p.m. A disturbance of the peace was reported on the 50 block of Anvilwood Place. Sept. 30, 9:51 a.m. Shoplifting was reported on the 5400 block of Neroly Road.
Sept. 30, 11:21 p.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported on El Lago and Thomas drives. Oct. 1, 12:16 p.m. An argument was reported on Hollyhock Drive and Celsia Way. Oct. 1, 3:49 p.m. A license was revoked on the West Cypress Road and Rose Avenue. Oct. 1, 7:54 p.m. A security check was made at the Summer Lake Park. Oct. 1, 11:29 p.m. A domestic disturbance was reported to authorities on the 100 block of Almaden Court. Oct. 2, 1:58 a.m. A person told authorities of an unwanted guest on the 5000 block of Teakwood Drive. Oct. 2, 10:25 a.m. A case of identity theft was reported on the 300 block Shady Oak Drive. Oct. 2, 2:29 p.m. A vehicle was towed on the 1300 block of Yosemite Circle. Oct. 2, 7:11 p.m. A traffic hazard was seen on East Cypress Road and Frank Hengel Way. Oct. 2, 11:52 p.m. A warrant arrest was made on Main Street and Bridgehead Road. Oct. 3, 2:39 a.m. A suspicious person was halted on Main Street and Bridgehead Road. Oct. 3, 8:47 a.m. A woman’s purse was stolen at Grocery Outlet. Oct. 3, 2:31 p.m. A vehicle was towed from the 2200 block of El Lago Drive. Oct. 3, 6:07 p.m. A reckless driver was reported on Fairhaven Court and Fairhaven Way. Oct. 4, 1:22 a.m. A disturbance of peace was reported on the 4800 block of Burgundy Drive. Oct. 4, 6:21 a.m. A vehicle theft was reported on the 4900 block of Gardenia Avenue. Oct. 4, 11:28 a.m. Lost property was reported at Vintage Elementary School. Oct. 4, 3:27 p.m. Suspicious circumstances were reported on the 1900 block of Chardonnay Drive. Oct. 4, 7:29 p.m. Authorities received complaints of fireworks on Bayside and Waterford ways. Oct. 5, 3:18 a.m. A 9-1-1 hangup was reported on the 2500 block of Talaria Drive. Oct. 5, 9:54 a.m. A case of trespassing was reported on the 100 block of Amberwind Circle. Oct. 5, 3:25 p.m. A dispute between neighbors was reported on Bayside Way and Bayview Drive. Oct. 5, 6:45 p.m. Authorities received complaints of loud music coming from the 70 block of Mercedes Lane. Oct. 6, 12:31 a.m. A case of battery was reported from the 900 block of Walnut Drive.
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confidence … I will continue to work diligently to maintain a high quality of living within Discovery Bay.”
“My sense of duty in public service has been buoyed by the overwhelming voter support in (the Nov. 6) election,” said Pope. “After eight years of service, I am truly humbled to be selected to continue my service to our city and residents.”
Liberty Union High School District (Three seats available) Former Brentwood City Councilmember Erick Stonebarger will now sit on the Liberty Union High School District Board as the top vote-getter at 15,125 votes. He replaces longtime trustee Joanne Byer. “I’m humbled and honored to have an opportunity to fill Joanne’s seat that she has represented for so long,” said Stonebarger. “I look forward to representing the district and look forward to working with the board to make positive impacts.” Incumbents Pauline Rivera Allred and Roy Ghiggeri held onto their seats with 13,318 and 11,895 votes, respectively.
Town of Discovery Bay Community Services District (Three seats available) Two incumbents and one newcomer will fill three seats on the town board. Current president Kevin Graves took home the most votes with 2,209, followed closely by board member Robert Leete at 2,105. Local real estate agent Bryon Gutow will join the board with 1,540 votes. “I am humbled once again by the honor and responsibility bestowed upon me by the citizens of Discovery Bay,” said Graves. “I appreciate the vote of
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(Three seats available) Longtime district board member Emil Geddes retained his seat with 6,304 votes followed by Steve Gursky with 6,206. In a close race, Scott Dudek rounded out the count with 6,199 votes. “I’m honored that the community has chosen me to represent them on the school board,” said Gursky. “I look forward to working with the other board members and outstanding educators and administrators in our district.”
tion of the Delta and opposing the tunnels, fighting for our veterans and small businesses, working to better our roads and adding more officers to protect them and standing up for our exceptional families at home and across the state.”
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State Assembly District 11 (One seat available)
Linda Matteri, Gil Somerhalder and Trish Bello-Kunkel will shape the Knightsen Town board. Matteri took top votes with 234, Somerhalder at 215 and Bello-Kunkel at 194.
Assemblymember Jim Frazier held onto his seat in the race against newcomer Lisa Romero with a commanding 25,723 votes to Romero’s 16,354. “I am so grateful that I will have the opportunity to continue serving the good people of the 11th Assembly District,” said Frazier. “With their support, I will keep championing the preserva-
Steven Lucas and Bruce Smith grabbed the top two spots with 286 votes counted for Lucas and 167 for Smith. For a full breakdown of the election results, visit www.cocovote.org. To view more photos of the event, visit www.thepress.net/multimedia/slideshows
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in his decision. “I know how many hours I spent just studying for tonight’s meeting, how many hours we’ll be here tonight just getting through the material,” Oftedal said. “I think it’s a small stipend.” Young and Langro, also future board members, opposed the plan, with Young concerned it would send mixed messages to residents amid ongoing efforts to shape the agency’s future. The district, covering 249 square miles and an estimated 119,000 residents, has diminished from eight stations in 2008 to three today, and voters have rejected a revenue-generating parcel tax, benefit assessment and utilityuser tax since 2012. “We are going to be looking for more money in the next year, and I am just concerned about (people saying),
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‘Yeah, they gave themselves a salary or pay or whatever you want to call it, but now they want more money,’” Young said. District Fire Captain Gil Guerrero, vice president of the local firefighters union, said the membership approves of the compensation. “To see the work you do is amazing,” he told the board. “The firefighters have seen that, appreciate it and stand in support.” The elected board, comprising Oftedal, Langro, Smith, Young and newcomer Carrie Nash, are slated to take their seats Dec. 12. A formal election was scrapped after five members sought to fill the five-member board. For more information on the future members’ compensation, see item 8A at https://bit.ly/2QpBZ4v. To comment, visit www.thepress.net
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Sunday, Nov. 11 Blue Mass
Edna Hill Middle School presents “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., and Nov. 10, at 1 and 7 p.m., at the Edna Hill Middle School theater. Tickets can be bought on the Edna Middle School website. For more information, contact Bart Schneider’s at email@example.com.
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Petersens Vineyards will host an art fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to raise funds for district art programs. There will be face painting, art stations for kids, wine flights for adults, food from various truck vendors and more. Tickets are $20 per adult. For more information, visit https://artandvine.brownpapertickets.com.
St. Anthony Catholic Church will hold a Blue Mass, starting at 10 a.m., at St. Anthony Catholic Church. The event honors first responders, military and veteran personal who have and continue to put their lives on the line for us. For more information, contact St. Anthony Catholic Church at 925-625-2048.
Veterans Day Concert
The Brentwood Concert Band will perform at the VFW at 7 p.m., at the VFW Hall in Brentwood, 757 First St. For more information, visit www. brentwoodconcertband.com.
Monday, Nov. 12 The Brentwood Concert Band
The Brentwood Concert Band holds rehearsals every Monday, from 7 to 9 p.m., at 400 Guthrie Lane, Brentwood. New members of all ages who play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments are welcome. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
America’s Boating Club will have a boathandling course Nov. 10, starting at 8:30 a.m., and Nov 17, at the 1201 W. Fourth St. Antioch. The cost of the course is $65. For more information and to register visit www. diablosquadron.org or email martavanloan@ yahoo.com.
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Oakley Christmas Basket Program Registration
Thursday, Nov. 15 Fall Dance Recital for Vets
The Oakley Christmas Basket Program Registration will be held at the Oakley Senior Center, at noon. Families must bring their utility bill with the family name and photo ID as proof of Oakley residence. One family meal and a gift for each child up to 17 will be provided. For more information, call 925-6257945 or visit www.friendsofoakley.com.
Funeral Planning Seminar
Brentwood Funeral Home will have a seminar at 10:30 a.m., at 839 First St. This seminar will lay out four simple steps to planning the final arrangements. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 925-634-2171.
Trumpeter Orchestra Performance
The Contra Costa Chamber of Orchestra presents the trumpeter from Grammywinning SF Ballet Orchestra, Joe Brown, in Antioch, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at El Campanile Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $7 for youth 17 and under. For more information, visit www.contracostachamberorchestra.org or email email@example.com.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Antioch present a personal safety event by the Delta Dactile Training Group, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the 509 G St., Antioch. For more information call 925-757-4447.
Liberty Dance Art will hold a fall recital to honor veterans, at 7:30 p.m., in the Allan B. Jones Performing Arts Center, 850 Second St., in Brentwood. Tickets at $5 and funds go toward the dance program. For more information, contact Shannon Leyen at 925-899-3958.
Saturday, Nov. 17 Community Chest Food Baskets
Registration for the Brentwood Regional Community Chest annual toy and food drive event will take place Nov. 17 and 29, at the Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Lane. For more information on registration, contact Dana Eaton at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.brcchest.org.
A Holiday Boutique and Craft Sale will take place at the Veterans Memorial building, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be lunch, beverages and snacks available for purchase. For more information, contact Maggie Todd at 510-410-2725.
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Join Liberty High School for a pancake breakfast with Santa, from 9 to 11 a.m., at 850 Second
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Look at the many local events on www.thepress.net/calendar St., in downtown Brentwood. Included in the morning with be a pancake breakfast by the Brentwood Rotary Club, a performance by the Liberty Singers and a meet-and-greet with Santa. There will also be door prizes, holiday crafts and more. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit www.libertyhighdance.weebly.com.
Sunday, Nov. 18 Marsh Creek Democratic Club
The Marsh Creek Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting, on the third Sunday of every month, at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, 380 W. Country Club Drive, Brentwood, at 2 p.m. Learn about ways to get involved in the politics of Brentwood and neighboring cities. For more information, visit www.marshcreekdems.org.
Monday, Nov. 19 Kaleidoscope Connection Circle
The Kaleidoscope Connection Circle meets the third Monday of every month at Kaleidoscope Cancer Connection Center, 14671 Byron Highway, in Byron, from 10 a.m. to noon. Acquaint yourself with Kaleidoscope’s programs and meet its leaders and volunteers. For more information, email email@example.com or call 925-550-8021.
Thursday, Nov. 22 Brentwood Turkey Trot
The Brentwood Turkey Trot begins at 8 a.m. behind AMC Theatres at The Streets of Brentwood. All proceeds will go to schools in the Brentwood Union and Liberty Union High school districts. To register and more information, visit www.brentwoodturkeytrot.org.
St. Anthony Columbiettes will hold a Thanksgiving Luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at St. Anthony Church. Space is limited. For more information, contact Maria at 925-6427508 or Tina at 925-628-3368.
Monday, Nov. 26 Casino Bus Trip
Oakley’s Senior Citizen’s present a casino bus trip to Cache Creek Casino Resort. The bus will leave at 8 a.m. from the Senior Center at Oakley. The cost is $35 and includes $20 in cash on card or $25 for members. For more information, contact Tim at 925-238-5356 or 925-679-8636 or Dee Hicks at 925-684-0180.
Saturday, Dec. 1 Discovery Bay Breakfast with Santa
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The Brentwood Community chorus presents “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m., at El Campanil. Tickets are $15 each and can be bought at www.elcampaniltheatre.com. For more infomation, contact www. brentwoodcommunitychorus.com.
Saturday, Dec. 8 The Nutcracker
Black Diamond Ballet presents “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., and Dec. 9, at 2 p.m., at the Creative Arts Building at Pittsburgh High School. Tickets range from $15 to $25. For more information, visit www.blackdiamondballet.org or call 925-318-5333.
Monday, Dec. 10 Toys for Tots Concert
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Art Classes at Delta Gallery
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Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
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The Oakley 4-H Club Meeting
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no idea the experience would land him on the path to an adventurous, successful life. But as he sat in MJ’s Cafe this week, some 50 years after his Vietnam experience, the four-term mayor drew a line back to that historic time – and all points forward led to a productive, happy journey. “I don’t think I would have been as successful (if I hadn’t joined the Navy),” Taylor said. “It offered me the advantage to go to college; it taught me morality, ethics, education. It opened up a world of opportunity for me.” Taylor spent four years, two terms, in Vietnam as an admiral aide in the Navy’s Commander Carrier Division seven, but his voyage began on a whim in the early 1960’s when the Virginia high school graduate decided on a whim to join the armed forces. “They said, ‘Do you know where Vietnam is?’” Taylor remembers a recruiter asking him in the early ’60s. “I said, ‘No, where’s that?’ But I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll go.’” That decision led Taylor into a whirlwind of maintaining officers’ records in mostly combat zones at times fraught with violence and death. Where the admiral went, Taylor followed, even if it meant catapulting off an aircraft, high lining at sea from a carrier to a
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Mayor Bob Taylor, seen here as a young Naval sailor, credits his four-year stint in the Navy for shaping who he is today. destroyer, dodging enemy planes as they whisked above or listening in on frightful moments of despair. “I remember listening to a U.S. pilot shot down by
the Vietnamese,” Taylor said. “(The pilot) was giving in explicit detail that he parachuted out, that he was at these coordinates, then he said, ‘I can see I am trying to land on an open field, I can see the Viet Cong, I’m getting ready to hit the ground. I am now surrounded.’ Then his radio went dead.” Taylor was one of the lucky ones. He not only survived but persevered, earning National Defense Service, Vietnam Campaign and Vietnam Service medals, along with a Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon and a college education that sent him on the fast track to accomplishment. “From (the Navy), I aspired to be somebody and contribute,” he said. Taylor’s 51-year excursion since his honorable discharge in 1967 is, not surprisingly, dotted with small victories. He went on to get married and raise two boys, compiling a lengthy work resume as a delivery driver, salesman, farmer, Liberty Union High School District Board member, Brentwood City Councilman and now mayor. The city under his leadership in the past 12 years has prospered with infrastructure improvements and a population surge, along with a handful of lasting mementos – a big red chair and an evolving gazebo – that Taylor threw in himself. Now in his 70s and still going strong, the final leg of his expedition is still to be written. But he knows where it began, and it’s been a successful ride. “I have had fun throughout my entire journey,” he said. “I have been very blessed.” To view a video, visit thepress.net/multimedia
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this financing even today,” said Cunha. “I took it on as a personal mission to help our veterans and educate as many as I can.” Since creating the workshops, Cunha has traveled around Northern California to share the information, firmly believing that education is key. She further noted most veterans are not familiar with the loan benefits available to them when they’re discharged and are always happy to learn the details. “Did you know you can do 100 percent
loan even on a refinance? No other loan program offers that,” Cunha explained. “This is by far the best loan for our clients who are honorably discharged.” Stonecrest Lending has also been a main supporter of the Veterans of Oakley as well as other local veteran organizations. The group was a significant supporter backing the Oakley Veterans Memorial, which was built in 2014, through fundraising, sponsoring a bench and donating a brick in honor of
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The Trilogy at the Vineyards Veterans Association (TVVA) has an impressive 118 members and a long to-do list. Founded in 2015, the group is an active supporter of veterans in East County. “I like the camaraderie amongst the members,” said Dave Smith, the group’s supply officer. “And I like that we can do a lot of good, and our goal is to give back to other veterans.” Smith, who served as a military police officer during the Vietnam War, has participated in many fundraisers and service opportunities afforded through the TVVA. The organization raises money through events like poker tournaments and ensures that it all goes back to local veterans. “One thing we like to do is go to
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The Trilogy at the Vineyards Veterans Association has 118 members and is the largest organization of its kind in Contra Costa County. the veteran’s nursing home in Livermore,” explained Smith. “We will spend two or three hours talking with patients. We host barbecues down there or fix them ice cream sundaes, and we’ll even take them into the rooms of the guys who can’t leave their rooms. It’s good for them to have a break from the institutionalized food and get some company.” The TVVA Commander is Clifton Louie,
a former Army pharmaceutical officer. After 21 years in the military, he dedicated his time to helping those who needed it. “We’re a relatively new group,” explained Louie. “We are serving veterans who need some assistance, either old or young, and we have members of all five armed services in our group. It’s a good cross section of the armed services. We are all about
serving the community and serving veterans.” The TVVA has served its community in many ways. The group sponsors scholarships for veteran students to local colleges as well as Pets for Vets, which gives pets to veterans with PTSD who may benefit from a furry friend. They support long-term care patients at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital in Livermore and Fisher House, which provides temporary free housing to current and former military members and their families. They are also part of Stand Down on the Delta, a four-day event offering a myriad of services to veterans in need. The TVVA also hosts blood drives for the Red Cross, supports Shepherd’s Gate, and the Heritage High School Jr. Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Program. The TVVA meets the third Thursday of each month from 4 to 5 p.m., at the Mount Diablo Event Center, 1700 Trilogy Parkway, in Brentwood. For more information on the TVVA, call 925-482-7624 or visit www. trilogyvet.com. To comment, visit www.thepress.net
Summerset veterans dedicated to service DAWNMARIE FEHR
he folks in the Summerset
The Summerset Veterans Club is an active group comprised of vets dedicated to serving their country as civilians.
developments may be over 55, but they haven’t let
middle age slow them down one bit. The Summerset Veterans Club was begun 21 years ago by veterans who wanted to continue serving their community and country as civilians. The men and women in the club have come up with many ways to meet that goal. Leo McGoff, a 25-year Army veteran, has traveled with world in defense of our country. He now works to help veterans in need of assistance. “My responsibility is to assist vets seeking service records, medals, etcetera,” McGoff explained. “We also provide vets and their survivors with information on benefits and burials and work with Contra Costa County to get
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paperwork and things of that nature for them.” McGoff said what he enjoys most about the club is the ability to continue serving. “Most of the people in the club are veterans of varying degrees who served from two years up to 30 years,” McGoff said. “Most of them are committed to serving their country and constituents in various ways.”
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One of the club’s regular outreach projects is to supply tablets and phones for PTSD patients to the Martinez Veterans group at the Martinez hospital. McGoff explained that while the vets’ basic accommodations are taken care of, many of them can’t afford a tablet or phone to help with rehabilitation or to call home. The group also fills other needs
occasionally, such as a gas card, a ticket to go home or a dinner out. The Summerset Veterans Club provides both Memorial Day and Veterans Day programs for the development and the assisted living facility at Cortona Park. They also have annual fundraising events for their projects, which include Toys for Tots and support of the Jr. ROTC program at Heritage High School in Brentwood. Lee Alley is the group’s treasurer and a member for the past three years. He said the group is full of great people. “I enjoy (the work we do),” Alley said. “We are mostly veterans for veterans. Not everyone is fortunate – we enjoy helping out those who have put their lives on the line.” For information or to donate, call 925-240-9112. Club meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 1 p.m., at the Summerset Recreation Center, 1581 Regent Drive, Brentwood. To comment, visit www.thepress.net
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have to do right by them and people know that – when they can trust you, people will go anywhere with you,” he said. “So you have to start with yourself.” Graydon’s work with veterans was one example of his dedication to building a reputation grounded in trust. He shared the story of one vet who, in his 60s, had never owned a home. “He showed me his loan approval, and it was only for about $150,000, but
you out of his office, I told him,” he said. He worked with the gentleman to write credit letters and restore his credit rate for the optimal loan and later dedicated a day of driving to another county to view a home he could afford. Graydon teared up when he recalled the man’s reaction to owning a home for the first time. In a five-star studded profile on Zillow, other clients commended Graydon’s service. “Jim is the epitome of a consummate professional,” said Michael Lane, client. “I was extremely impressed with Jim’s industry acumen and ability to see the forest for the trees. We had a very aggressive timeline, and Jim was able to hit the ground running and fully exceeded our expectations. I’ve never worked with a more responsive and knowledgeable real estate professional. I highly recommend Jim.” For more information on All Phase Brokers, visit http://allphasebrokers.com or call 925-584-9886. – Advertorial
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With 22 years of experience under his belt, Graydon prides himself on covering every type of real estate transaction and loan while attempting to step into his clients’ shoes throughout the process. “My philosophy is, number one, do the right thing and, in order to have a high quality of life, be genuine – esteem others higher than myself,” he said. “I will do whatever it takes to make sure that a loan closes on time. I’m not just an agent, I’m also a broker and owner, and there’s a huge advantage to working with someone with so much experience. I know what to look out for, what not to do and how to prepare my clients, and I will always answer my phone. I am very available.” Graydon went on to explain how oftentimes the service he offers – whether it’s helping someone clean up their credit or even helping to arrange for packing and moving assistance – doesn’t always equate to a commission, but the impact is immeasurable when factoring referrals and future business relationships into the equation. “Even if I don’t get a commission, I
I felt something tugging on my heart to help this guy,” he said. He ran the vet’s credit and discovered disputes, suspecting another broker had given him an approval to brush him off when really the bank wouldn’t have allowed it to go through with disputes on his credit. “But I’m looking at this (loan approval) and I’m getting mad because the other broker was clearly just trying to get
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Veterans of Foreign Wars serve, support DAWNMARIE FEHR
Members of the Brentwood Veterans of Foreign Wars support their fellow veterans as well as numerous local organizations and charities.
he Brentwood Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is comprised of men and
women who have fought in overseas conflicts. While not all veterans are eligible to join this organization, the VFW helps all veterans, no matter their branch or service record. Steve Todd, Commander of the Brentwood VFW, keeps his fellow members busy serving veterans and advocating on their behalf. The group has branched out to help veterans in the local community in countless ways. Initially, their goal was to support veterans who needed help filing claims and obtaining medical benefits. Over time, they have come to support Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Jr. ROTC programs, the Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Park, Toys for Tots, and a wheel chair program. They are also part of Stand Down on the Delta, an event that provides services like medical care, mental health services and housing aid to veterans who need help. The Brentwood VFW also coordinates with neighboring veterans organizations to
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reach every corner of East County. “We try to get everybody in the community involved,” Todd explained. “That way everybody has a little piece of the pie – it’s a big community effort.” Todd also explained that he and his fellow members work on housing for veterans. Whether a vet needs a new roof or a new faucet, they’re there to help. The group even has an electrician who spends much of his time helping veterans fix wiring problems. “I like being able to help veterans out, and I like the camaraderie,” said Mike Meyokovich, an Air Force veteran and owner of M3 Electric. “Any time a disabled veteran or a widow calls up, we always go out and fix their electrical. I like being able to help.” The VFW sponsors trips to hot rod races at Infineon Raceway, takes veter-
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bedridden in nursing homes. Their funds primarily come from donations and their holiday boutique fundraiser, and all go right back into the community. Todd said when a call comes in for help, he gets people there to answer it. The Brentwood VFW regular monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., at the Brentwood Veterans Hall, 757 First St., Brentwood. For more information or to donate, call 510-410-2725, email Stevetodd04@yahoo. com or visit www.VFW10789.org. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.
Teamwork gets it done DAWNMARIE FEHR
ounded in 2015, Veterans of Oakley (VOO) is a nonprofit group of
veterans helping veterans. “Our purpose is to serve veterans, especially veterans of East County,” explained John Amie, VOO Board of Directors secretary. “We help those who are under-represented for benefits and eligibility for benefits, and we work closely with other groups out here in East County.” One of VOO’s ongoing projects is the memorial bricks for the Oakley Veterans Memorial. The group accepts donations for the bricks, which are inscribed and placed in the ground at the Veterans Memorial. Amie said that many businesses and individuals have taken advantage of the program to support a veteran. The group also supports veteran events like Stand Down on the Delta, a large-scale fourday operation that provides free services for veterans. Amie was in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was part of an air rescue and recovery squadron whose mission was to pick up downed air crew in North Vietnam. A military brat growing up, Amie has lived all over the world but appreciates the advantages Oakley and its veterans have to offer. He is one
Press file photo Generations of veterans, from various branches of the military, will once again come together in Oakley this year to commemorate Veterans Day. of the founding members of VOO. “For me, (being part of VOO) has been part of a healing process,” Amie said. “The experiences I had coming back from Vietnam and the reception we got – it was difficult for me to associate with veterans. I got involved with the Veterans of Oakley in an attempt to recapture that time of my life in healthy way.” VOO meets every Tuesday for Coffee with a Vet a Jaliscos in Oakley at 8:30 a.m. Amie said the purpose of the meetings is to make veterans feel welcome and give them a place where they are honored and respected and can receive whatever assistance they need. For more information on the Veterans of Oakley, call 925-321-0168 or visit www.veteransofoakley.org.
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Where to turn for assistance, services RUTH ROBERTS
ccording to the California Department of Veteran Affairs (CalVet), California
is home to 1.8 million veterans, representing roughly 8 percent of the total U.S. veteran population. Not surprisingly, California also has the highest demand for benefits and services for veterans from discharge through the aging process. One organization working to assist veterans and guide them through the variety of services available is the VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS). The VANCHCS is an integrated health care delivery system, offering a comprehensive array of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, mental health and extended care to veterans in Northern California. The health system is comprised of a medical center in Sacramento, a rehabilitation and extended care facility in Martinez, and seven outpatient clinics. “There is always a need for donations,” said Maria Almes, VANCHCS chief of voluntary services. “We are looking for (new) clothing, gift cards and food. We receive a great deal of help, but there is always room for more.” For donation information or ways to help, visit, www.northerncalifornia.va.gov or call 925-372-2000 or 800-382-8387. If you are a veteran looking for services or know of someone who needs assistance, visit www.va.gov or call 415-970-2216. Here in East County, Discovery Bay’s Some Gave All Foundation, founded by Kevin Graves, offers support and help for those who continue to serve and for the families of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Graves founded the nonprofit organization in 2006 after his
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We are looking for (new) clothing, gift cards and food. We receive a great deal of help, but there is always room for more. – Maria Almes, VANCHCS chief of voluntary services son, Joey, was killed in action in Iraq with a mission to honor the fallen, support those who fight and serve their families. Annual events, including Veterans Day on the Delta, Joey Graves Memorial Golf Tournament and Run for the Fallen, raise money for veterans and their families while honoring those who serve or have served. Graves, who also works for CalVet, said that one of the biggest messages veterans organizations strive to articulate are the various state and federal services available to veterans and their families. From health benefits, job assistance, housing help, advocacy, education, VA claims and more, the first step is reaching out. “I encourage all veterans to see what benefits are available to them and what are not, and the best way to do that is to start with the county veterans service office in Martinez,” said Graves. The Martinez office welcomes dropin visitors as well as appointments. For more information, contact the county veterans service office at 925-3131481. For additional information on the Some Gave All organization, visit www. somegaveall.us or call 925-513-1313. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.
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