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Civic Center gets underway by Rick Lemyre Staff Writer The vision of the downtown Brentwood of the future officially broke ground on Tuesday, as politicians from all across East County gathered with school officials, construction company executives and even a U.S. congressman to celebrate the start of work on Brentwood’s new downtown civic center. “This is a town that has a lot of vision,” Congressman Jerry McNerney told a crowd of about 100 gathered in City Park for the event. “I always enjoy coming to Brentwood, because it’s the place to be, and this is going to make it more so.” Mayor Bob Taylor welcomed, and thanked, members of the current and previous city councils who helped bring the decade-long project to the fruition. When completed in 2012, the project will include a 60,000-square-foot city hall, a 32,000-square-foot community center, a 280-space park-
City Councilman Bob Brockman, Mayor Bob Taylor, and councilmen Chris Becnel and Erick Stonebarger pierce the soil with their shovels during Tuesday’s ceremonial start to the downtown civic center project.
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ing structure and 102 new trees in a re-vamped city park. An additional 29 trees currently in the park will remain. The Brentwood library will triple in size to about 17,000 square
feet, and a water feature, history walk and permanent stage will enhance activities at a revamped City Park. The new buildings will be Lede-certified Silver, the
second highest environmental rating, Taylor said. As many as 250 workers will be on site for the next two years, adding to
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Veterans venerated An outpouring of colorful and enthusiastic patriotism marked Antioch’s second annual Veterans Day festivities.
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Police step up patrols following stabbing by Rick Lemyre Staff Writer
Photo by Rick Lemyre
Police are stepping up patrols in and around Creekside Park in the wake of a stabbing on a nearby trail on Monday.
Brentwood police are ramping up coverage of Creekside Park in the wake of a stabbing on Monday of a 15-yearold. Lt. Doug Silva of the BPD said officers responding to a call about 5:25 p.m. were flagged down by the victim, who collapsed near the children’s play area in the park. He was flown to John Muir Medical Center with a non-life-threatening wound to the upper torso, according to reports. Silva said 21-year-old Todd Lindgren was detained following a sweep of the area, and was turned over to the East Bay Regional Park Police, who have jurisdiction over the Marsh Creek Trail. The attack was believed to have occurred on the trail in the tunnel beneath Balfour Road, and not actually in the park, according to Lt. Manuel Misquez of the BPD. Silva said a resident called police dissee Stabbing page 15A
Heritage celebrated Senior Night, and the Patriot upperclassmen supervised a 32-6 hazing of the Freedom Falcons.
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Veterans on parade in Antioch by Dave Roberts Staff Writer
Thousands of people lined Second Street in downtown Antioch Wednesday to view the soldiers, vintage cars, macho motorcyclists, flag-waving scouts, marching bands, waving politicians and a bagpiper in the nearly hourlong Second Annual Veterans Day Parade. “So far it’s been wonderful,” said Antioch resident Bruna DelChiaro. “I’m a very patriotic person. I love my country and want to honor these young men that are giving their lives for us. I’m really proud of our mayor (Jim Davis) that he continues with this. I’m happy to see that we keep this day alive. The young people don’t seem to have the patriotism that we oldsters do. And I hope that this kind of brings to mind to them what these young men are doing: they are giving their lives for their freedom.” Many of the younger kids sitting on the curb seemed more appreciative of the giving of candy occasionally being thrown their way by parade participants. But one dad was observed showing his 4-year-old son how to salute the passing soldiers. While many vintage cars with roaring engines made the half-mile trek from E Street to the Antioch Marina, the most unusual was a
Photo by Rick Lemyre
Thousands of people lined downtown Antioch to honor America’s veterans Wednesday. ’55 Chevy displaying the names of 3,578 Vietnam prisoners of wara or missing in action, similar to the Vietnam Memorial wall in Washington D.C. Max Loffgren, a twice-wounded Vietnam vet, rebuilt the car in 1993 and has traveled across the country several times displaying it at patriotic events. “We made it home; these guys did not – and we didn’t want to forget them,” said Loffgren. “Over 600 of these guys came home alive during the course of the war. And today we are still missing 1,734 of them. As a result of the war, a lot of them may have ended up in China, Czechoslovakia, Cuba, any of the communist bloc countries. According to the National League of Families, they think about 100 of these guys may still be alive.”
The parade actually started in the air as a restored Vietnam-era Huey assault helicopter flew over Rivertown containing the grand marshals: Bataan Death March survivor Vincent Silva; Richard Lundin, a major general in the Northern California Army Reserve and Leo Fontana, a World War II veteran. The parade kicked off on the ground with police motorcycles, a fire truck, color guard and bagpiper followed by Antioch and Oakley City Council members, Antioch school board members and recently elected Congressman John Garamendi. Music was provided by the Antioch, Deer Valley and Liberty high school marching bands. Watching the festivities near the start of the parade was Antioch resident Julius
Benveniste, a vet who was wearing a bronze star cap. He was drafted into the First Cav (as he put it) 8th division in the Korean War in 1951. Like many vets, he doesn’t say much about his service. “I was young; I was 21 years old,” he said. “It’s good for everybody to go in the service, I think. Besides serving your country, I really became a man instead of a boy. You realize how lucky you are. I was in Korea for the amount of time I needed to be there. I came home. I’m lucky. That’s about it, I guess.” Loffgren was similarly low-key when asked about his Vietnam experience. “I was in the infantry,” he said. “I was wounded twice, but I made it home just fine and that’s that.” He was more forthcoming on the meaning of Veterans Day. “We would like to thank all of the veterans and the community for their support and to support our military in Afghanistan and Iraq today and all corners of the world. A lot of the troops are in other places that you don’t hear about. And their families miss them. And we want to make sure we honor them and keep them in our prayers.” The parade’s loudest participants were the revving, roaring Patriot Sentinel motorcycle riders, a bunch of bearded, bandana-wearing, gum-chewing, tough-looking Hells Angelstype guys who provide welcome-home ceremonies for returning soldiers. The festivities wrapped up with four Calvary Temple Saddle Club horse riders and Sheba, a 35-year-old retired horse led on foot. Those needing another parade fix won’t have to wait long. The annual Holiday DeLites Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place in just three weeks on Dec. 5, traveling along the same route and with many of the same participants.
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PAL’s pal, Cortona Park Boards seek participants The City of Brentwood is accepting applications for the following commissions and boards:
Planning Commission Applicants for this commission must reside within the incorporated city limits. This five-member commission meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The commission recommends plans for the regulation of future growth, development and design of the city, and carries out the provisions of the zoning ordinance. The deadline for applications is Monday, Nov. 30. Photo by Greg Robinson
hen the people at Cortona Park senior living community wanted to celebrate Cortona’s ﬁrst anniversary, they ﬁgured a great way to do it was to help out the youth in the community at the same time. So last month’s bash did double duty: marking the milestone and generating $1,258 in donations for the Brentwood Police Activities League. Taking part in the hand-off of the check, from left, are PAL Executive Director Ofﬁcer Roger Wilson, PAL President Jeff Altman, Cortona Park representatives Donna Spencer, Lisa Panguelo and Sally Thompson, and Brentwood Police Chief Mark Evenson.
Looking for De Lites Holiday De Lites committee is seeking entries for the Holiday De Lites Twilight Parade to be held Dec. 5. The street parade will begin at 4 p.m., followed by a tree lighting ceremony hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus in the City Hall parking lot.
A lighted boat parade will top off the evening’s festivities. Applications for parade participation are available at www.art4antioch.org. You may also call Parade Coordinator Lori Chalifoux at 925-776-3090 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Arts Commission The Arts Commission is an advisory commission to the City Council made up of five Brentwood citizens, who meet on the third Wednesday of the month and make recommendations on arts. Commissioners should be knowledgeable about and represent a cross section and distribution of membership among the major art and cultural fields, which may included one or more of the following art disciplines: architectural arts, dance, art education, fiber arts, literature, music, painting, performing arts, photography, ceramics, sculpture, murals, visual, functional art and crafts. Applicants must reside within the city limits. The deadline for applications is Monday, Nov. 30.
Park and Recreation Commission The Park and Recreation Com-
mission is an advisory commission to the City Council made up of five Brentwood citizens, who meet on the fourth Thursday of each month and make recommendations on park and recreation facility designs, use of city park and recreation facilities, and provide feedback and recommendations regarding program and facilities rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Applicants must reside within the city limits. The deadline for applications is Monday, Nov. 30.
Brentwood Advisory Neighborhood Committee Brentwood Advisory Neighborhood Committee (BANC) is made up of residents from the city’s 53 neighborhoods. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Brentwood Technology Center Presentation Room, 101B Sand Creek Road. Committee members serve on special task forces to study city issues and work on projects such as the committee’s Home of the Month program and Christmas Tree Lighting. Applications are available online. The committee seats remain open until filled. Applications may be obtained in person at City Hall, 708 Third St., by calling 925-516-5400, or by visiting www.ci.brentwood.ca.us. For additional information, call the City Clerk’s Office at 925-516-5400.
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Gobbler Bob feathers the nest Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor – “Gobbler Bob,” as he is increasingly becoming known – has blown past his original goal of 300 donations of $8 for turkeys for needy families and has revised his goal to 500. “I can’t believe how people have picked up on this,” said Taylor after being informed that donations had reached 378. “It’s a wonderful thing that so many people want to help other people. Of course, the idea of seeing the mayor in a turkey suit might have something to do with it.” Taylor launched his The Mayor Is A Turkey fundraiser four weeks ago with a goal of 300 donations of $8, a figure designed to drive home the idea that each donation is personal, and will buy a bird for one family during the holidays. The beneficiary of the program is the Brentwood Regional Community Chest, which provides food and toys for 500 families every Christmas.
Having exceeded his original goal of 300 turkeys, Taylor has upped the ante, and upped the payoff as well. He is already commit-
ted to appear dressed in a turkey suit at the BRCC sorting and distribution events on Dec. 18 and 19, but if the goal of 500 is reached, he will also appear on a date to be determined at a public park and spend the day with residents posing with him dressed in the turkey suit. The goal is certainly attainable: The Brentwood Police Officers Association has challenged the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District to see who can muster the most donations, and the Brentwood Post Office is hawking the birds as well. Just about the only question remaining is: Who will bring the cranberry sauce?
NOVEMBER 13, 2009
Leonid light show a slashy, flashy affair Tuesday’s meteor display predicted to be robust Nov. 18, 2001 was only an hour old when Leia and I hauled ourselves and a sleeping bag built for two up a hill above Mt. Diablo’s Back Creek Canyon and watched the millennium’s first fullfledged meteor storm explode above the ragged black of the mountain’s profile. TAKE IT I’d been stalking UTSIDE meteor showers for decades, staking out observation spots from campsites to prairies to remote rural roads, where I’d remove my car’s headrest, use it as GER a pillow and lie on ERICKSON my back on the cool pavement, keeping a peripheral eye peeled for headlamps heading my way. Mt. Diablo struck me as a good venue. My only concern: North Peak rises 3,557’ above the horizon; the Summit, 3,849’ – a significant slice of sky viewed from our lowly hilltop. We’d see fewer shining slashes than meteorphiles on the flatlands. My worries were unwarranted. As Leo slinked over the mountain, meteors flamed so fast and furious I couldn’t have kept track of them with a clicker.
This was Leia’s first meteor gig. And I, like an idiot, tried to give verbal expression to how mind-bogglingly exceptional this A.D. 2001 installment was. And she, like someone watching golf for the first time as Tiger Woods goes on a birdie binge in the wind and rain at Carnoustie (“Hey, that game must be easy!”), just settled back and enjoyed the show. After a while, I shut up and we watched the storm in peace. A meteor isn’t what its nickname implies. It’s not a “shooting star.” Our Sun is a star, large enough to fit 109 Earths across its diameter. The average meteor is the size of a grain of sand. But when that grain zips through our upper atmosphere at up to 50 miles per second, its flare-out is stunning. I’ve seen meteors spewing flaming green tails and meteors with no tail, tumbling through the night like glowing knuckleballs. I’ve seen cigar-shaped meteors flying sideways, and chunks that split in two as Earth’s atmosphere found chinks in their armor. I’ve seen flameouts so bright they made me blink, and fireballs that fell to the horizon slowly, dripping molten gold in their wake. Earth collects about 400 tons of meteoric debris every day, the lion’s share of which is so microscopic that it can float around for years before descending see Outside page 7A
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Outside from page 6A to our planetâ€™s surface. A tiny minority of the debris is large enough to create that brilliant burst we see from ground level. And yet on an average night under a clear sky graced by low light pollution, the patient sky watcher can spot three or four meteors per hour, increasing to seven or eight by dawn. Thereâ€™s a lot of stuff up there. The light show gets serious when Earth in its voyage around the Sun passes through a special kind of debris. For billions of years, fragments left over from the formation of the outer planets have crossed the plane of Earthâ€™s orbit in their long and elongated journey around the Sun. As these mountains of ice approach our star, solar radiation begins to vaporize their surfaces and solar winds blow the gas and dust rearward, creating comas many times the diameter of Earth and tails millions of miles long. You might have seen two shining examples of these ice mountains back in 1996 and â€™97. Their names were Hyakutake and Hale-Bopp, and their tails were magnificent. We know those ice mountains as comets. One comet in particular, labeled 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, slingshots around the Sun every 33 years on a path proximate to the plane of Earthâ€™s orbit. Its detritus is spread through long, narrow corridors of space like permanent oil spills. (By â€œnarrowâ€? we mean approximately 10 Earth diameters wide.) Every mid-November, Earth plows through 55P/Tempel-Tuttleâ€™s
trails. We call the event the Leonid meteor shower. The shelf life of 55/P TempelTuttleâ€™s debris streams is long. Mark your calendars for the night of Tuesday, the 17th of November. On that night, Earth will bulls-eye the rich streams the comet discharged in A.D. 1466 and 1533. Normally, a ZHR (Zenithal Hourly Rate) of 100 would qualify as a respectable Leonid shower. Astronomers are predicting Tuesdayâ€™s display to top out at 500 or more per hour, boosting its status from â€œshowerâ€? to â€œhalf storm.â€? The peak should occur just before sunset on the West Coast, and be most spectacular over the Pacific and Asia. We on the West Coast are lucky that weâ€™ll catch the back end of it. Meteor watching is easy â€“ no knowledge of astronomical facts or figures required. The Leonidsâ€™ radiant area is the constellation Leo, but meteors scoot in from all points of the sky. All you need is a good pair of eyes and clear skies. Scope out an open spot as far from city lights as feasible. Bring a blanket and pillow, a thermos of your favorite hot beverage and a portable recliner. The ultimate posture for meteor watching is the one that allows for the widest field of vision: flat on your back. (The naked eye is a far better meteor-sighting instrument than binoculars or a telescope). So stretch out on your chaise longue with your feet to the east, relax your focus and take in the whole sky at once. And enjoy the show.
TAX CREDIT EXTENDED AND ENLARGED Now I can officially report that the popular homebuyerâ€™s tax credit HAS been extended, and on top of that, they have enlarged the qualification requirements. This is welcome news for those buyers who were frustrated at not being able to close escrow on a home before the prior November 30, 2009 deadline. The tax credit has been extended to include homes that close escrow by April 30, 2010. And there is an additional 60 day extension if the home is in contract prior to April 30, so it really goes to the end of June, 2010. The credit is still $8,000 for first time homebuyers (those that have not owned a home during the past three years). But they have enlarged the qualifications to also include existing homeowners, as long as they have lived in their current residence for at least five years. However, the credit for existing homeowners will be $6,500, not the full $8,000. They qualify for the credit no matter if they are buying a more or less expensive home than their current home. In addition to the homeownership quali-
fication change, they have also enlarged the income qualifications for the credit. It will now be $125,000 for single tax filers and $225,000 for those that file jointly. This is almost double the current limits of $75,000 single and $150,000 joint. Another wrinkle they added to the new law is that you can claim the credit on your 2009 taxes, even if you complete the home purchase in 2010. So if you plan on buying a home in 2010 and think you will qualify for this credit, talk to your tax professional about possibly filing an extension so you can file your taxes as late as possible. The purchase price of the home available for the credit is a maximum of $800,000. And you still donâ€™t have to pay the credit back, as long as the home remains your principal residence for 3 years after you close escrow. If you have questions on this or any other real estate topic, call me at (925) 240-MOVE (6683). To search the MLS for free and view virtual tours of homes for sale, go to: www. SharpHomesOnline.com. Sharp Realty â€“ Advertisement
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Trevor’s Weekly Mortgage Matters By Trevor Frey
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ntioch’s Mission Elementary School recognized the following Students of the Month for October for exemplifying the character trait of Trustworthiness. In the front row, from left, are Jasmine Thurston, Jewel Avila, Daniel Sedano, Logan Martin, Jasmine Gomez, Rhea Prasad, Amairani Vega, Abiezer DeJesus and Jennifer Fung; middle row: Gigi Acosta, LaMariyone Moore, Avian Oden-Barnes, Danton Basco, Valerie Castilla-Tabares, Fernando Sandoval, Justin Brown, Diana Diaz and Alexis Xaysana; and back row: Edgar Gutierrez, Kyleigh MacDougall, Koby Williams, Salvador Sanchez, Tariq Wright, Armando Fajardo, Emiliano Alvarez and (a camera-shy) Nandi Loving.
Accident from page 8A we’re putting in another application, but it might be spring before we hear back.” Smith said that in the meantime she will continue to communicate with parents, the city and Oakley police to enhance and ensure the safety of Orchard Park’s students: “We’re working on perhaps getting parent volunteers with reflective vests from the police department to see the kids off campus and around the corner to their homes. Everyone is doing what they can, but it’s been baby steps. There’s a lot of red tape involved.”
Oakley Chief of Police Chris Thorsen said his department remains committed to keeping the community safe: “We’re always looking for ways to make our schools safer, and our officers are doing the best they can. We’re looking into providing safety training for parents and we will continue to work with the schools as we always have. “In the end, we want our driving community to be cautious around the schools and to understand that an extra five or 10 minutes (in the car) isn’t going to make a difference in the long run. The safety of the students is what’s important.”
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Opinions flow on state water bills by Dave Roberts Staff Writer
Local reaction to the water legislation passed last week in Sacramento ranges from raising a glass in celebration to a lukewarm wait-and-see attitude to simply considering it all wet, depending on whom you talk to. The five water bills provide for a new Delta governing board that could approve a peripheral canal, require water conservation of 20 percent in urban areas, increase monitoring of groundwater, increase penalties for illegally taking water from the Delta and place an $11 billion bond for water projects on the ballot next November. Local Delta users and advocates have long been mistrustful of efforts in Sacramento to “fix” the Delta, fearing that it’s mostly a ruse to send more water south rather than keep it in the Delta to preserve the ecosystem. “Obviously, I am disappointed, as should everybody in the Delta,” said Roger Mammon, an Oakley resident and board member of the advocacy organization Restore the Delta. “They are passing all these things about Delta protection, but there’s no enforcement body behind it or penalties. There’s so much to it, it’s kind of hard to track it all. But if you really look at it, there’s a lot of pork in this thing. It looks like there’s a general obligation bond that will be paid for by the general public and the projects will benefit Southern California and the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, which has the most junior water rights in the state.”
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water package represents a significant milestone for water policy in California.
disappointed, as should everybody in the Delta.
” Jennifer Allen, CCWD
Roger Mammon, Restore the Delta
Of the bond’s $11 billion, $3 billion is designated for water storage, $2.2 billion for Delta projects such as levee reinforcement and ecosystem restoration, $1.7 billion for watershed conservation throughout the state, $1.4 billion for water management and delivery projects, $1.2 for water recycling and conservation, $1 billion for groundwater cleanup and protection and $455 million for drought relief. But Mammon is skeptical that local Delta users will see much benefit. Asked whether they will get anything from the water package, he said, “Yeah, they get the shaft.” In contrast, the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD), which gets all of its water from the Delta, welcomes the legislation, believing it will improve water quality. “The approval of this water package represents a significant milestone for water policy in California,” said Jennifer Allen, CCWD senior public information specialist. “It doesn’t fix the Delta but provides the framework and financing needed to begin the critical restoration program needed to ensure Delta sustainability. It includes the establishment of state
policy that improves Delta water quality, making water supply more reliable, and provides flood control in the Delta. It will also set requirements for flows out of the Delta before more projects can be implemented.” That includes the proposed peripheral canal, which is planned to stretch 49 miles from just south of Sacramento to next to a new forebay near Clifton Court Forebay south of Byron, drawing up to 15,000 cubic feet of water per second from the Sacramento River, bypassing the rest of the Delta, before pumping it south. “This legislation in no way authorizes a peripheral canal,” said Allen. “In fact, it lays out a number of hurdles for any canal to move forward, that being the environmental protection specifically.” There’s a possibility that some of the bond money, if it passes next year, could go toward the expansion of CCWD’s Los Vaqueros Reservoir. The environmental impacts of that proposed expansion are currently being studied. City officials in East County are cautiously optimistic but also taking a wait-and-
see approach while they wade through the details in the hundreds of pages of water legislation. “The Assembly bills are quite voluminous,” said Paul Eldridge, Brentwood assistant director of public works. “In general there are some things that are really good about the bill and things that could have been better. First and foremost, there’s a comprehensive plan, which we haven’t had in a long time. It takes into account the Delta conveyance, some of the storage issues, the environment. Also it gave some of the groups who were keen on water usage some teeth for water conservation. I think everybody got some of what they wanted, but not everything they wanted.” Phil Harrington, Antioch’s director of capital improvements and water rights, who recently warned that Antioch is in danger of losing its century-old right to draw water from the San Joaquin River (possibly resulting in a multi-million dollar increase in water costs for residents and businesses), is cautiously optimistic that the legislation will preserve that right. “They have not said in any part of this bill that existing senior water rights will be impacted,” he said. “There are a lot of caveats to this whole process that could do it. (If) they start to fold in sea-level rise and climate change, that will typically incur processes that could impact your ability (to draw free water from the river). We continue to work and negotiate with the state.”
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Hunger! together. I figured everyone can use a free game – and it’s a great way to help out a local charity. We’re hoping to have a great response.” The free games are subject to lane availability, and do not include bowling shoes. Harvest Park Bowl is located at 5000 Balfour Road. For more information, call 925-516-1221 or visit www.harvestparkbowl.com.
Bowlers looking to earn a free game and do something good for the community will soon have the opportunity to do both, thanks to the Strike Out Hunger campaign at the Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood. Bowlers who bring in a canned-good product or non-perishable food item during regular operating hours now through Dec. 20 will be treated to a game on the house. All collected items will go directly to the Brentwood Regional Community Chest for distribution to needy families in town. Harvest Park Manager Sherry MacKenzie said she heard about the Strike Out Hunger project through the Northern California Bowling Association, and thought it would be a perfect fit for Brentwood. “When I heard about this, it just sounded like a great thing,” she said. “Jim (Wangeman), who owns the Bowl, is very active in the Community Chest, so it all came
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Civic Center from page 1A the customer base for downtown businesses as the buildings go up. An overhaul of the downtown streetscape – including new, wider sidewalks and utilities – would be done at the same time as the civic center construction. “Brentwood has had an amazing past, has a wonderful present, and will have an as-
Stabbing from page 1A patch to say they had seen someone throw something in the tall grass near the park, after which a search by a police dog recovered a knife possibly used in the attack. BPD Chief Mark Evenson said the victim might have provoked the attack, but the incident is not believed to be gangrelated. Creekside Park has been the site of increasing juvenile activity, and as a result Evenson, in an e-mail to Creekside residents, said patrols have been stepped up there. “We know that criminal activity has been on the rise in the Creekside neighborhood, and we have had additional patrols in the neighborhood for the past several months to help deal with it,” Evenson’s e-mail stated. “Our patrol commander, Lt.
tounding future,” Taylor said, pledging that everything possible will be done to assure that Liberty High School, located next to the project, is impacted as little as possible. A contingent of protesters was also on hand, waving signs expressing concern over the use of part of the park for the civic center buildings.
Silva, has been communicating directly with residents and overseeing our extra patrol efforts. “Unfortunately, the problems still persist. I have directed our patrol staff to use some of our federal grant funds to place uniformed officers on overtime to patrol the neighborhood and to vigorously deal with the criminal and civility issues going on in the community. I have also asked my Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, Michele Keady, to set up an open meeting between the police department and residents to discuss neighborhood issues.” Keady notified residents of the area on Wednesday that a meeting was planned for Dec. 2 to establish more Neighborhood Watch coverage of the area. Residents who want to participate can call Keady at 925-634-6911.
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raceli Alvarez and family took the Brentwood Press with them on a recent trip to Mexico, where they treated their Hometown Weekly Newspaper to a view of the splendid Plaza Tapatia in Guadalajara. A showcase for the city’s rich history and culture, the plaza features excellent shops, plus monuments such as the fountain behind the group, front row from left: Carina, Adrian, Pao and Nitza; back row: Ray, Letty, Araceli and Sara. Thanks for the time off, everyone!
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Effort to recall councilmen will continue by Kathy Fredenberg Brentwood resident Let me first say that we are not opposed to the officials’ decision to build a civic center, just its location of choice. The majority of us were even in favor when we first heard of the plans. However, that was when the plan was to build behind the current City Hall. We do understand the growth of our small community (all too well) and realize that the increase in employees UEST at City Hall is a given. What COMMENT we are concerned and opposed to is the use of land that was donated to the inhabitants of Brentwood to be used specifically as a “public park perpetually and forever.” Our beautiful and historic City Park (all original 2.93 acres of it) should remain a park. We do take offense to you calling our efforts “misguided.” It is our democratic right to question what our officials do and how they go about doing it. We have tried to get answers to our questions for over a year now from our city officials about how they were able to legally rezone the park, to no avail. We have spoken out at several city council meetings and were just ignored. We have requested copies of all documents pertaining to this issue with no document appearing proving they have a legal right to build upon the park. And it is our constitutional right to question what appear to be ethical violations of the law and trampling
on the rights of us citizens that want answers and the entire park to remain a park. If this has been legally taken care of and in the proper way, we would love to see the proof; otherwise, there just may be some malfeasance (your word) being done by these two council members and the mayor. Yes, recalling a government official is a very serious undertaking and believe me, we wish we didn’t have to proceed. However, when these same officials refuse to explain, talk to us and/or provide proof that what they are doing is legal – what else can we do? For your information, a third Notice of Intent will be issued (if at first you don’t succeed in the red-tape of the legal system – try, try again). Unfortunately, on the second notice, some of the addresses had changed due the housing situation and registration update cards had not been sent in. Our City Council needs to be held accountable for its actions. And its lack of communication proves that it does not care what any of us think or want for our community. Therefore it is its lack of cooperation and continuous story changing (and downright lies) that forces us to continue … I find it unusual that the editorial in the Oct. 30 Brentwood Press was unsigned. Does this mean that this editorial is the stance the Brentwood Press is taking? If it is, I find that very sad, but it also explains why the Press refused to print my last two letters to the editor. Isn’t a newspaper supposed to remain unbiased? I guess the author(s) wanted to remain anonymous. Why is that?
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six years ago, you gave selflessly of yourself and always found ways to be there for and appreciate others. Whether it was volunteering in the classroom, working with SEED, surprising staff with secret Santa gifts, setting up appreciation days or honoring our valued employees, you always made sure people were treated with honor and respect. The district grew and improved under your guidance and dealt with adversity in a positive manner. You brought honor and integrity to the position of trustee in the BUSD, and the legacy built over those years will be felt for generations of students in the future. I know you feel the district is headed in a great direction, and you want to see it through to the amazing outcomes we have ahead. But again, you made the selfless act of stepping down from the position, because you didn’t feel you could give the time necessary to do the job correctly. Others would have stayed, out of ego, instead of doing what is best for the kids and the district. Maybe when things settle down and your full commitment to the position of trustee can return, you will have the opportunity to finish the job. But for now, thank you for all you have done, and know that the many
And yes, democracy is what our country runs on – but it just takes a little longer to achieve results for those of us who do not have the funds for attorney fees. It was hilarious to read the editorial where it states that City Park will be bigger. Don’t you remember that the city rezoned the park to a new “downtown (mixeduse) district”? There is no such thing as our city park anymore. The city can now cement over whatever it wants (even the remaining grass area). I would also like to see the proof that it will be bigger (without counting in a parking lot); the recent plans do not prove it. During a recent council meeting, Councilman Stonebarger asked if the grass ratio would be the same after City Hall was built. He was told yes, it would even be a little larger and that if it weren’t, then construction would stop and plans would be redone so that it would be. Well, the most recent plans I have prove that the park will be smaller. But wait – construction is still going on? Please also remember per your article that Erick Stonebarger did get more votes than Brockman. End of story – no other votes matter. I know numbers can say anything the author intends them to. Councilman Stonebarger and Councilman Richey have continuously voted against the Civic Center project, selling bonds, re-phasing, library re-location/renovations and a few other areas in the past year. This project has never been a unanimous decision within our city council – nor is it within our community. It is time those three (Taylor, Becnel and Brockman) realize they can’t keep sweeping us under the carpet.
successes on the horizon were made possible with your efforts. With great honor and respect, BUSD Board President Ken Silman Trustees Karri Murayama, Jill Sprenkel, Bobbi Nugent Superintendent Eric Prater
City hall should take to the Streets Editor: Two months ago I expressed a concern over losing our park to the multi-million dollar city hall project. I was reassured by a park employee, who said that the green parts of the park would remain. Last week I talked to a man who was working on the project. He said that the building would extend from Maple Street to the far side of the old library – taking over half the park. I have a better idea. Put the city hall out at the Streets of Brentwood. I understand there are empty stores available. To view the rape of the park, visit the real streets of Brentwood. Bring Kleenex – it’s enough to make you weep. Mr. Stonebarger and Mr. Richey, thank you for voting against the project. You have my vote in the next election. Carole Main Brentwood
Foregone conclusion Editor: I’ve read comments about the 2Gates Project, but find no mention of a glaring red flag that bothers me. If this project is indeed about saving the Delta smelt, why is the Southern California Metropolitan Water District one of the sponsors? We all know its main goal is to divert as much Northern California water to Southern California as possible. I’m frankly surprised that it would even have its name associated with this project. My sad conclusion is that it’s already a done deal, so they don’t care. Bill Kogura Discovery Bay
Giving Dawgs their day Editor: The Delta Dawgs Baseball Club recently held its inaugural golf tournament. Its success would not have been possible without the help of our many volunteers and sponsors. We would like to thank and acknowledge the following businesses for their generous donations: Les Schwab Tires, Orale Orale, Kellogg Creek Aggregates, Metro PCS, Wes & Robin Olsen, Yogurt Pizzazz, Diggers, Rave Movie see Letters page 18A
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A sampling of recent law enforcement activity reported by East County police departments. BRENTWOOD Oct. 30, 4:30 p.m. On Balfour Road, an unidentified person stole a purse from a shopping cart. Oct. 30, 5:57 p.m. An unidentified person opened a credit card under the name of a resident of Prominent Drive and made purchases on the card. Oct. 30, 6:52 p.m. An unidentified person armed with a handgun robbed a business on Sand Creek Road. Oct. 30, 11:58 p.m. A driver struck the median on Balfour Road at American Avenue. Oct. 31, 1:09 a.m. On Dainty Avenue, a subject involved in a fight sustained four stab wounds. Another subject involved in the fight, who sustained injuries to his face, was found to be intoxicated and was arrested. Both subjects were uncooperative. The first subject was airlifted to a hospital. The second was transported to a different hospital. Oct. 31, 8:12 a.m. On Bauer Road at Country Glen Lane, a subject too intoxicated to care for himself was arrested and released on a Juvenile Affidavit. Oct. 31, 11:08 a.m. On Whitehall Lane, a subject who failed to drop off a child was found in violation of a court order. Oct. 31, 4:44 p.m. An unidentified person stole a generator from a business on First Street. Oct. 31, 9:59 p.m. On O’Hara Avenue at Sand Creek Road, a subject stopped for vehicle code violations was DUI and in possession of suspected cocaine. He was arrested and taken to the Martinez Detention Facility. Oct. 31, 11:48 p.m. On Lone Tree Way at Fairview Avenue, a subject stopped for a vehicle code violation was found to be under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant. She was arrested and taken to the Marti-
LOGS nez Detention Facility. Nov. 1, 1:16 a.m. On Lone Tree Way at Empire Avenue, a subject stopped for vehicle code violations was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and taken to the Martinez Detention Facility. Nov. 1, 1:20 a.m. A subject involved in a melee on Lone Tree Way refused to comply with officers’ orders, was arrested and taken to the Martinez Detention Facility. Nov. 1, 2:48 a.m. On Lone Tree Way, two subjects punched a victim several times with closed fists. The victim signed a citizen’s arrest form against both assailants. Nov. 1, 11:26 a.m. A vehicle was stolen from a residence on Campanello Way. Nov. 1, 1:14 p.m. An unidentified person stole a cell phone from the display of a business on Lone Tree Way. Nov. 1, 8:05 p.m. A subject arrested for shoplifting at a business on Sand Creek Road was released on a Promise To Appear. Nov. 1, 10:16 p.m. On Sand Creek Road at Minnesota Avenue, a subject stopped for vehicle code violations was found to be driving on a suspended license due to a DUI. To view the Brentwood Police Department’s public logs on the city’s Web site, visit www.ci.brentwood.ca.us/department/pd/reports/index.cfm. ANTIOCH Nov. 3, 2009, 9:48 p.m. Officers of the Antioch Police Department responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Jack in the Box restaurant on 4801 Lone Tree Way. After ordering employees to lie down on the floor, the robber stole an undisclosed amount of money from the registers and fled. He was not located. As the subject’s face was covered and he wore a hooded jacket, witnesses offered conflicting descriptions of his appearance. For information on law enforcement in Antioch, visit www.ci.antioch.ca.us/citygov/police.
A subject involved in a melee on Lone Tree Way refused to comply with officers’ orders and was arrested. Nov. 1, 1:20 a.m. in Brentwood OAKLEY Oct. 28 – A subject interfered with a public officer on the 1400 block of Ashwood Drive. Oct. 28 – Moving violations were reported on Megan Court at Megan Drive and on the 2500 block of Main Street. Oct. 28 – On Ponderosa Way at Ponderosa Drive, a subject was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Oct. 28 – Shoplifting was reported on the 2500 block of Main Street. Oct. 29 – Vehicles were stolen from the 5700 block of Main Street and the 200 block of West Bolton Road. Oct. 29 – On the 100 block of Francisco Villa Drive, a court order was violated. Oct. 29 – Arrest warrants were issued on the 4100 block of Hagar Lane and the 5700 block of Bridgehead Road. Oct. 29 – A subject committed battery on the 1000 block of Neroly Road. Oct. 29 – A burglary was reported on the 2300 block of El Monte Drive. Oct. 30 – A vehicle accident with injuries occurred on Live Oak Avenue at Main Street. Oct. 31 – A vehicle was stolen on the 4700 block of Carrington Drive. Oct. 31 – On Almond Drive at Tokay Drive, a subject was found in possession of narcotics. Oct. 31 – A vehicle accident with property damage occurred on Empire Avenue at Oakley Road. Oct. 31 – On the 1700 block of Chandon Way, a subject committed an assault with a deadly weapon. Oct. 31 – A residential burglary occurred on the 4100 block of Mehaffey Way. Oct. 31 – On the 3900 block of Main Street and on Anderson Lane at Brownstone Road, subjects were arrested for public intoxication. Nov. 1 – A juvenile was reported missing from the 600 block of Mockingbird Lane. Nov. 1 – A court order was violated on the
2000 block of Rubens Way. Nov. 1 – Cases of battery were reported on the 100 block of Las Dunas Avenue, on the 800 block of Chianti Way and on the 6400 block of Sellers Avenue. Nov. 1 – An assault with a deadly weapon occurred on the 2400 block of Main Street. DISCOVERY BAY Oct. 4 – Vandalism was reported on the 2300 block of Newport Place. Oct. 5 – A residential burglary occurred on the 1800 block of Seal Way. Oct. 8 – On the 4800 block of South Point, a subject was charged with possession of dangerous drugs. Oct. 9 – Grand theft was reported on the 5700 block of Starfish Court. Oct. 11 – An arrest warrant was issued on the 5800 block of Starboard Drive. Oct. 13 – Vandalism occurred on the 300 block of Discovery Bay Boulevard. Oct. 14 – A case of battery occurred on the 2500 block of Foghorn Way. Oct. 17 – Suspicious circumstance was reported on the 1600 block of Riverlake Road. Oct. 21 – A juvenile was reported as a runaway from the 4000 block of Regatta Drive. Oct. 22 – On the 2400 block of Discovery Bay Boulevard, a subject was arrested for public intoxication. Oct. 22 – A minor was found in possession of alcohol at Porthole Drive and Sailboat Drive. Oct. 22 – Grand theft from a boat was reported on the 1500 block of Riverlake Road. Oct. 23 – An assault with a deadly weapon was reported on the 2400 block of Aberdeen Lane. Oct. 27 – A strong-arm robbery was reported at Porthole Drive and Sailboat Drive. Oct. 28 – Credit card fraud was reported on the 5700 block of Greenfield Way. Oct. 29 – A disturbance was called in from the 3500 block of Catalina Way.
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Letters from page 16A Theaters, Discovery Bay Country Club, Starbucks, Mimi’s Café, Simply Said, Cabanas, Boardwalk Grill, Harry’s Hofbrau, Sportsbar & Steakhouse, Shi Ra Soni, and Lourdes Ice Cream. And a special thank-you to Shadow Lakes Golf Course. Thank you for your continued support! Kathy Prybylinski Delta Dawgs Baseball Club
Blasting off Editor: Brentwood PONY Baseball League’s Blast 11U team held a Pasta Feed Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Veterans Hall in Brentwood. All proceeds will enable the team, the majority of which have been together for three years, the opportunity to represent Brentwood at the prestigious Cooperstown All-Star Village Youth Baseball Classic and visit baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. in the summer of 2011. With the generosity and support of many businesses, the team raised $3,700. The boys were the food servers for the evening as they hustled out bowls of salad, baskets of rolls and platters of homemade Italian pasta. The cook was the Italian grandpa of one of the players. Bart Schneider was the master of ceremonies and auctioneer for our live auction items, which included tickets to Dr. Phil/The Doctors, Disneyland, Half Moon Bay Golf and El Dorado Hotel accommodations, to name just a few. There was a Pick-your-Prize raffle and a sea of silent auction prizes for everyone to enjoy. The karaoke really took off when Kevin Morris (Blast 12 coach) offered $100 to have the Blast 11 coaches, Ed Mitchener, Mark Petures, Scott McCurdy, Terry Daysog and Jeff Marchetti perform “Stop
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in the Name of Love.” It was truly difficult to determine which one was Diana Ross. The parents of the Blast 11U baseball team would like to take this opportunity to thank all the guests who joined us for dinner and the following businesses for their support and generosity: 1st Pitch Strike Baseball, A-1 Transmissions, A-1 Smog Test, Aladino’s Pizza, All God’s Creatures, Applebee’s, Barilla Pasta, Bay Area Soccer Academy LLC, BevMo, Big O Tires, Bill Brandt Ford, Brentwood Auto Spa, Brentwood Golf Club, Brentwood Hand Car Wash, John Broski Photography, C.K. Pizzeria, Cookie Lee, Anthony Costello (the cook), Cover-Ups, Disneyland Park/Disney’s California Adventure, Deer Ridge Golf Course, The Doctors Show, Doggie Depot, Dr. Phil Show, El Dorado Hotel-Casino/Reno, Firestone, Food Maxx, Golf N Games, Hair Masters, Half Moon Bay Golf Links, Harvest Park Bowl, Hershey’s Chocolate, Holy Hair, Jamba Juice, Les Schwab, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Mary’s Pizza Shack, Mimi’s Café, Murietta’s Well Winery, Nines Restaurant, Outback Steakhouse/Pittsburg, Paradise Skate Park, Pleasanton Hilton Hotel, Rocco’s Pizzeria/Walnut Creek, Ross Stores, Bart Schneider (our emcee), Schooner’s Grille & Brewery, Sevillano Links@Rolling Hills Casino, Shadow Lakes Golf Course, Shifflett Photography, Spa Prima, SpeeDee Oil Change, Starbucks Balfour/Fairview, Stockton Ports, Tamas Estates Winery, Tommy T’s Comedy and Steakhouse, Truck’s Training, Usborne Books, The Vitamin Shoppe, Warriors and Wente Vineyards. Mary Strong Brentwood
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Heritage nets key volleyball victory by Dave Roberts Staff Writer
You just knew the girls volleyball season finale last week between Liberty and Heritage would go down to the wire. Each team came into the game with a 10-4 record. Liberty had won its first encounter in three games and Heritage took its second match in four games. The Nov. 5 showdown, in a nearly full Liberty gym, featured a deafening playoff atmosphere as the crosstown rivals fought for second place in the Bay Valley Athletic League (undefeated Deer Valley had sewn up first). And sure enough, the well-played, hardfought contest – a “battle royale,” as Heritage Coach Janet Hannigan called it – went a full five games, the Patriots edging out the Lions 15-13 in the final game. Liberty took the first game 25-20; Heritage prevailed in the next two 25-19 and 25-22, and the fourth game went into extra points before Liberty prevailed 28-26. The key to victory for Heritage was finding ways to work around Liberty’s Corinne Costa, who at 6-foot-4 dominates the court on offense (she notched 31 kills) and on defense (five blocks). “Today we were able to do some things a little differently,” said Hannigan. “We had to adjust to match Corinne – she’s such a huge threat – we were able to do that. We made a couple of adjustments that really helped us out today. You’re trying to hit around a wall,
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Meg Lyons and Maddi Hancock of Heritage leap to block a shot by Liberty’s Nicole Kelly. Heritage won 3-2, winning the rubber match between the crosstown rivals last week. basically. So when she’s not there, wherever she’s not, we are trying to put the ball (and) adjusting who is playing middle when she’s in the front row and trying to score a lot of points when she’s not in the game. She’s a very physical factor.” Just how much of a factor Costa represents was demonstrated in the first game, in which her kills and blocks helped put the Lions up 12-3. But when she came out of the game for a rest, Heritage climbed back to
within four points, down 15-19. Then Costa returned to the game, leading to kill, kill, kill. Before you knew it the game was over and Liberty was victorious. If Costa were superhuman and able to play every minute of every game, the outcome of the match would likely have been different. Liberty Coach Linda Ghilarducci was gracious in defeat: “Everybody played their heart out. It was a great match. Nothing to be ashamed of. That’s the way it goes. It’s
been great. We can’t ask for better. It’s great volleyball. The house is packed. This is great volleyball.” While Liberty, naturally, is a Costaoriented team, Heritage takes a more democratic approach. Hannigan praised her whole team but singled out four players for helping make the victory possible: Chelsey Hancock, a sophomore running the team see Volleyball page 23A
Patriots’ experience overwhelms Falcons by Kenny Lee Correspondent
It was Senior Night at Heritage High Friday night, and Patriots Stadium was the scene of senior dominance as the Heritage football team routed the Freedom Falcons 32-6. The Patriots field more than twice as many 2010 graduates as Freedom’s 11 seniors, and the difference in experience was abundantly evident throughout the contest. The offensive star for Heritage was running back Kruger Story Jr., who gained 213 rushing yards and scored four times. The offensive line, led by seniors Jesus Ochoa, Seth Magalei and Carrington Reyes, opened gaping holes throughout the contest en route to 344 total yards of offense, 280 on the ground. The first Patriot possession seemed nearly uncontested, as the team drove 80 yards in four plays and slightly more than a minute. Quarterback Brent Eikanas completed a pass to wide receiver Devin Hardy for 16 yards to start the march, followed by three straight runs by Story Jr., the last of which went for 45 yards to paydirt. Freedom’s defense stiffened on the Pa-
triots’ next possession, forcing a three-andout, but Freedom’s offense also couldn’t get a first down. A short punt put the ball on the Freedom 40 yard line. Eikanas hit Davonte Lewis for 16 yards and connected again for a 22-yard TD. The Falcon highlight came on the ensuing kickoff. Running back D’Amora Cooper took the kick at his 21 and bolted directly down the middle of the field virtually untouched for a 79-yard touchdown. Suddenly Freedom had life in a 13-6 ballgame in the first quarter. Heritage started its next drive from its own 22, and worked the ball downfield for Story Jr.’s second TD of the night, this one from six yards out, giving the Patriots a 19-6 lead with 7:18 to go in the second quarter. Determined not to fold under pressure, Freedom took its next possession at its 20. Cooper took a pitch to the right side and sprinted 69 yards to the Patriot 11. But the Falcons’ next three plays resulted in a loss of 16 yards. A field goal attempt was blocked, and Lewis returned the ball to the Falcons 18 – a play that seemed to sap the life from the Freedom sideline. Five plays later, Story Jr. scored from one yard out to
Heritage’s Kruger Story Jr. has plenty of company as he gallops downﬁeld.
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give the Patriots a 25-6 lead. After stirring halftime performances by the cheerleaders of both schools, Falcon wide receiver Kenneth Walker took the second half kickoff 60 yards to the Patriot 39, and the Freedom bench suddenly came to life. It was short-lived, however, as the team fumbled the ball after three plays. Story Jr. recovered for Heritage at the Freedom 24, but the Patriots stalled and were forced to punt.
Freedom then started to move the ball with authority, thanks to the tough running of Cooper and quarterback Stephen Rodriguez. The Falcons eventually got to first-and-goal at the Heritage five. But the birds couldn’t punch it in. On fourth-andgoal at the one, Cooper lined up in shotgun “wildcat” formation, but a bad snap forced him to retreat to recover the ball, forcing a see Patriots page 23A
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Big-play Pirates sink Lions in blowout by Dave Roberts Staff Writer There was an air of inevitability about the Liberty football team’s blowout loss to Pittsburg Friday night, and the game pretty much lived up to expectations. Pittsburg is a much stronger team than its 4-4 overall record coming into the game suggests. They had whupped Freedom 42-21 the week before, threw a scare into undefeated Deer Valley before falling 33-35 the week before that and dominated Heritage 46-20 in the first week of league play. Meanwhile Liberty was being collectively outscored 157-9 by Antioch, Heritage and Deer Valley. So you didn’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure it was probably going to be another long night for Lions fans at Ohmstede field. The only question was whether Liberty would be able to put up much of a fight for a while, as Freedom had done the prior week when it led Pittsburg by a touchdown after one quarter and tied the Pirates at the half. Unfortunately, it was never close in Friday’s 52-7 blowout, although the Lions did have several scoring opportunities that could have made the game more interesting – had they capitalized. There are 52-7 blowouts that feel like they easily could have been 104-7 blowouts; and there are 52-7 blowouts that feel like they could have been 52-28 blowouts. This one felt like the latter, although the what-might-havebeens were cold comfort on a cold night for Lions fans.
Pittsburg’s Malik Watson (8) deﬂects a pass intended for Liberty’s Garrett Slocum.
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“I thought we hung with Pittsburg pretty well,” said Liberty Coach Nate Smith. “52-7 – it didn’t feel like that except for the big plays they had on offense. They ripped off long runs on us. They had a couple of big pass plays. I thought we should have had 28 points tonight. We fumbled the ball once inside the red zone. Twice we put the ball in the end zone and penalties bring it back out and we don’t score. We had another long run called back for a penalty. If we just limited the big plays (by Pittsburg), we are right in the game. “I know it’s a 52-7 game, but really it was three unfinished drives and us missing a couple of tackles to enable big plays. They didn’t necessarily drive the field on us. It was big plays (by Pittsburg). Offensively, I thought we played our best game in over a month. I thought we moved the ball well all night long.
We just couldn’t finish drives. I’m proud of the effort, but we need to stay together better as a team. In the second half when they started to pull away, we kind of fractured a little bit. And I thought that’s what really cost our defense on some plays.” Pittsburg’s game plan was simple: its line would smash open holes for its fleet of fleet running backs to run through for touchdowns. Alex Foster scored the first Pirate touchdown on a 36-yard run. Breon Butler scored twice – once on a 43-yard run and another nearly as long to start the second half. Arthur Brown scored on an 80-yard kickoff return. Billy Wells ran it in from 11 yards for the final score. Quarterback Julius Mozee also threw two TD passes to Robert Jiles. Pittsburg was ahead 28-0 when Liberty finally got on the board for its sole game high-
light just before the first half ended. With a little more than a minute left, the Lions drove quickly from their own 26 with fine passing by quarterback Devyn Parsons. He hit Anthony Garcia once and Garrett Slocum thrice, the last one caught on the 10 and run into the end zone. But the other scoring opportunities were thwarted by penalties and turnovers. Liberty, which is 3-5-1 overall and 0-4 in league play, has an opportunity to finish the season on a positive note in Saturday’s Bell Game against Freedom, which starts at 1 p.m. at Freedom. The Falcons have played better this season than their 0-9 record indicates, and Smith is expecting a tough battle. “Freedom’s been getting better and better,” he said. “This week they kind of took it on the chin from Heritage. But prior to this they were getting better and better every week. So, right now if anybody is looking at it, they would probably have to say that Freedom’s been playing better than us recently. But I thought, despite the score, we played much better tonight. So I think it will be a close game. “To me it’s very reminiscent of the year 2000 when both teams came in without a win in league play. And it was a 27-21 game that wasn’t decided until the last seconds. It was a very exciting, thrilling game. And I think we can expect some of the same this coming week.” Pittsburg, which is 5-4 overall and 3-1 in league play, hosts Antioch Saturday afternoon in the Big Little Game.
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and Liberty are always tough battles. So I’m glad it went five just because we are equally matched. When Corinne’s in, it becomes an equally matched game.” The victory upped Heritage’s record to 23-11 overall and 11-4 in league play. Liberty ended the regular season 21-12 overall and 10-5 in league action. Both teams earned spots in the North Coast Section playoffs. Heritage played at home Wednesday against 18-13 Castro Valley; Liberty was on the road against 19-9 Irvington and 22-11 Deer Valley hosted 12-8 San Leandro. The results of those games were not available at press time. The winners move on to the second round Saturday at 7 p.m. Prior to the game, the senior cheerleaders and players were escorted to midfield by family members, and a few tears were shed for what might be the last time they play or cheer on this field. Many were appreciative of Cathy Alers, who has served as the Heritage “Team Mom” for many years in a variety of sports, organizing countless team dinners, coordinating corsages for the cheerleaders and helping with the early-season road trip to San Diego.
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