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Fire district chief set to retire by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

Longtime Fire Chief Hugh Henderson has announced he will retire from the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District at the end of March, after 12 years with the district. “It has been in my plans, and it seemed like the right time to make that decision and move on to new adventures,” said Henderson, 54, who was previously a paid-on-call firefighter, Brentwood police officer and firefighter in El Cerrito. The East County native joined the district as a battalion chief in 2005 and became district chief three years later. He will be remembered as the organization’s rock during unsteady times, including the closure of several stations. “I don’t think the district would even be operating without

the efforts of the chief,” said Joe Young, district board member. “It’s amazing we can function with three or four fire stations, so I think that is an outstanding effort.” Henderson inherited a district in 2008 that struggled – and still does – to maintain staffing and provide adequate service, but he never stopped searching for solutions. The fire district’s financial problems stem almost entirely from the property-tax allocation set by Proposition 13 in 1978, when volunteer departments were sufficient to cover East County. The district’s current allocation of 8 cents per property-tax dollar is about half that received by most other departments in the county. After the district was forced to close two of its eight stations, in 2010, officials attempted to maintain the remaining six

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Fire Chief Hugh Henderson announced his retirement this week, after 36 years in the fire service, including 12 with the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. through Measure S in June 2012. However, the measure was rejected, forcing the closure of three more stations. The federal government

awarded the district $7.8 million in grants in September 2012, which were used to restore staffsee Henderson page 26A

Identical triplets bring joy and plenty of diapers to local couple now parents of five girls. Page 6A

Meter installation could cost $906 per home Rainy Start by Dawnmarie Fehr Correspondent

Last week, the Town of Discovery Bay Community Services District (CSD) Board voted to add $3.11 million to its current bond project of $8 million to cover the cost of the water-meter installation project. This brings to total amount of the bond to approximately $11.2 million. The cost of the meter project will be passed on to residents, who will pay approximately $906 for their new meters and installation. During the meeting, the board discussed several payback options for homeowners, eventually settling on a two-option solution – homeowners will be able to pay the entire amount up front in one payment, or choose a 10-year

“ This may be the right answer, but it wasn’t properly vetted or discussed with care and consideration.

CSD Director Kevin Graves option, financed at approximately 4.5 percent interest, costing roughly $9.40 each month, for a total of $1,128. This decision supersedes the board’s original plan to finance the cost to residents for free for 36 months, paying the $3.11 million with water and wastewater reserves, which currently total over $6 million. Interim general manager Catherine Kutsuris wanted to offer homeowners a low-cost monthly option to pay for the

new meter. There were also concerns that the town’s aging infrastructure might need costly repairs before reserves could be replaced. This led the board to its 3-2 decision to add the cost of the project to the bond. Directors Kevin Graves and Chris Steele voted against the measure. “We’ve known for years this project was coming and spent months making a decision about how to pay for it,” Graves said, referring to the original, 36-month, payback option. “We threw that

decision out at the last minute. This may be the right answer, but it wasn’t properly vetted or discussed with care and consideration. I’m not frivolous with our constituent’s money, and I don’t want to put (them) into a financial hardship. However, I don’t think we should be increasing the cost of an already-expensive expenditure by 24 percent.” The original $8 million bond project began last year to pay for the filtration project at Wastewater Plant 2. The Regional Water Quality Control Board requires this project, which was designed to improve the quality of the water that goes back into the Delta. The board discussed adding the meter project to this bond, rather than paying for see Meter page 26A

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The college recruitment of Antioch High running back Najee Harris was nearly as action-packed as his performance on the gridiron. His final decision came to a quiet conclusion last week, when Harris confirmed he’d landed in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, home of the University of Alabama. “I’m here at Alabama and going to ‘Bama,” Harris told Brandon Huffman, Scout Media’s national director of recruiting. The nation’s top prospect made his much-anticipated decision the day after playing in the prestigious Army All-American Bowl in Texas, with 89 of the nation’s top players. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Harris had at least 30 college offers on the table, according to Rivals recruiting service. For months, speculation has swirled around Harris choosing either the University of Alabama or the University of Michigan.

The back-and-fourth drama elicited daily decision projections on social media, with fans and media finding clues everywhere, including the clothes Harris was wearing any given day. “Najee Harris is wearing a #Michigan shirt in his snapchat story; it’s a Christmas miracle,” said recruiting analyst Steven Crompton on Twitter, days before Harris’ decision. In the end, the Crimson Tide won out, much to the delight of Alabama fans. “Najee Harris will be one of the best players by the end of the year,” said fan Bradie Gockle. Harris ended his storied high school career as the area’s best-ever running back, rushing for 7,948 yards and 94 touchdowns in four seasons. He averaged 9.5 yards a carry and 193.9 yards a season. Having graduated in December, he is slated to start at Alabama next semester. “Words cannot express how proud I am of Najee Harris,” said Antioch offensive coordinator Brett Dudley. “He has defied the odds, remained humble, worked so

hard in the classroom to graduate a semester early and did it all with a huge smile on his face. He cares about his family, his community and is a great role model for kids.” Through it all, Harris remained humble, even as the media circus closed in around him, and some of the nation’s top college coaches visited Antioch’s campus, including Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and Alabama’s Nick Saban. “I wouldn’t be able to get a yard if it weren’t for my (offensive line) and wide receivers blocking for me,” Harris told The Press.. “What some people see are the touchdowns or whoever is scoring all the touchdowns.” Harris’ acclaim is expected to rise in college. Alabama, took home the national title in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015. “Alabama has been the best college program over the last eight years,” said Steve Sanchez, Antioch High athletic director. “(Harris is) looking for the challenge. He gets excited about football and knows he has an avenue there.” To comment, www.thepress.net.

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Antioch High School’s running back Najee Harris, the nation’s top overall college prospect, recently signed with the University of Alabama after a lengthy recruiting process.

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Salmon return to Marsh Creek by Aly Brown Staff Writer

After a long absence, salmon are once again running upstream at Marsh Creek – a sign the efforts of conservationist groups are beginning to pay off. In the 1950s, Brentwood was a robust agricultural hub, filled with acres upon acres of walnuts, cherries, apricots, corn and so much more. But, the area was susceptible to flooding. In order to protect homesteads and crops from floodwaters, people re-engineered the creek, which ultimately altered the water flow. Trees were removed and piles of rocks and a cement drop structure were placed in the creek to help slow the water down – all measures intented to get water out of the area and reduce flood hazards. In doing so, Marsh Creek became more of a trapezoidal canal with obstacles and no trees, which contributed to the decline and eventual disappearance of salmon, as they could no longer return to their birthplace to spawn. A salmon’s lifecycle begins in fresh water, when a female’s nest of eggs is fertilized. Once hatched, the offspring live in the stream until natural cues send them on a migration to the ocean, where they will live for one to seven years, until they are ready to mate. It is then they return to their birthplace to spawn offspring of their own before dying. Since the fish can only jump as high as the water is deep, they were unable to return once the floodcontrol structures were in place. Six years ago, Friends of the Marsh Creek Watershed (FOMCW) developed a solution, hoping salmon would one day return to what was once a county thriving with salmon fishing. The team put in a fish ladder, which looks like a stairway with water pouring down the steps. With that in place, the fish would be able to hop

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Mount Diablo peeks through the mist from a distant view along Marsh Creek, where Friends of the Marsh Creek Watershed have built a fish ladder to encourage the return of spawning salmon. their way upstream. Two years after its installation, FOMCW received calls, reporting salmon sightings, and a year after that, the team found a 3-foot salmon carcass upstream – a sign that the fish had hopefully spawned. “Calls kept coming in from people who were seeing salmon,” said Diane Burgis, outgoing FOMCW director. “We went out there and, sure enough, there were multiple batches of salmon. Personally, I had never seen a salmon there, much less the half dozen we counted.” After that, Burgis called the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and with the East Bay Regional Park District, everyone began watching the area. In December, FOMCW sent volunteers into the field for a count, and this time, they found 49. “The fish ladder has served its great

purpose for expanding the opportunity for salmon to go farther upstream,” said Michael Moran, East Bay Regional Park District’s supervising naturalist. “There’s a great spawning habitat up Marsh Creek, if there’s water. We can’t guarantee that salmon will come back; we just have to set the table for them.” The organization, in partnership with the City of Brentwood, Contra Costa Flood Control, public works, a home developer and American Rivers, has been hard at work with several restoration projects to improve the habitat in this area, promote clean water, address flood concerns and enhance the area for human appeal. The crew has been working to widen the creek, which creates habitats and serves as flood control. They have replanted trees, creating shade for the fish and hikers alike, and brought in other freshwater plants

that act as filters for the creek. “The habitat took a hit as far as the fish were concerned during the ‘50s, but the restoration projects Diane Burgis and her team have done have been great,” said Moran. “You look at Marsh Creek, and you don’t really see a salmon stream, but this area has a history of salmon fishing. Now that’s coming back, and you still have flood control.” Moran went on to say that many of the returning salmon may be from the hatcheries, but the naturalists are still evaluating the data coming in from tagged fish. To support this study, local fisherman have been asked to cut the heads off their catches and send them to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, where scientists can scan the chip inserted in the cheek to see where the fish migrated from. Not having a chip also provides data, as it will mean wild salmon are ‘straying,’ or breaking the cycle of returning to its birth place – an evolutionary action that spreads out the population’s breeding grounds. For Burgis, seeing the fish return upon the close of her time with FOMCW has given her confirmation that their efforts have paid off, increasing hope for the future of our local watersheds. “I was hired to run (FOMCW) nine years ago,” she said. “The folks that I worked for all wanted people to start caring about their creek … and they hoped they would see salmon coming back upstream. Since then, we’ve built the fish ladder, removed tons of trash and now, we have people who love their creek and cities incorporating it into the community development. There’s so much more to do, and I want people to continue supporting (FOMCW). We’ve just seen so many significant accomplishments, and we’ve got a lot of great things coming up.” To comment, visit www.thepress.net.


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Bundles of joy triple the fun for local parents by Aly Brown Staff Writer

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Brentwood welcomes miracle babies, Skyla, Gemma and Ellihanna Allen. The three are a set of rare, identical triplets.

Brentwood residents Stephen and Amanda Allen were thrilled to be expecting their third child, but their excitement quickly changed to disbelief when they discovered they were going to have three visits from the stork instead of one. Adding to a home with 2- and 6-yearold daughters, the parents were astonished when the doctor told them they were going to have twins at their first appointment. Then at the nine-week appointment, the doctor found a third baby – making them naturally conceived, identical triplets. “You have a 1-in-200 million chance to naturally conceive identical triplets,” said Stephen. “About a week and a half before the babies were born, Amanda and I were in Reno for our anniversary and kept joking that we were going to hit it big, given our luck. But then Amanda said, ‘we already have; we’re having triplets!’” Amanda was considered high risk from her nine-week appointment onward and was seen for prenatal care visits every other week throughout her entire gestation. In preparation for what the doctors predicted would be an early birth, Amanda was given a steroid shot to help the babies’ lungs develop. But, she carried for longer than anyone expected. At 31 weeks, Amanda began experiencing headaches and high blood pressure. She went in to see her doctor, who immediately sent them to labor and delivery. The team did what they could to

relieve her headache and lower her blood pressure, but when those methods didn’t work, she was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia and taken for an emergency cesarean section. The three bouncing baby girls were born on Nov. 4, one minute after each other, at 6, 6:01 and 6:02 p.m., at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. Skyla – coined ‘Baby A’ – was the largest of the three at only 3 pounds 11.6 ounces; Gemma, ‘Baby B,’ was 3 pounds 11.3 ounces; and the tiniest of them all was Ellihanna, ‘Baby C,’ who weighed a miniscule 2 pounds 13 ounces at birth. Given their prematurity, the babies stayed in the hospital until their lungs developed enough for them to breathe on their own. They were attached to feeding tubes until Christmas day, when the two larger babies, Skyla and Gemma, were released from the hospital. Little Ellihanna went home one week later. Today, the bundles of joy are thriving. Each one now weighs 7 pounds or more, and their two big sisters love having them home at last. “Even now, it still does not feel like I am a mother of identical triplets,” Amanda said. “Although I take care of them all day and they are right in front of me, words cannot explain how I feel. I am just so amazed I was able to carry and create three such beautiful human beings. We are in for such an amazing roller coaster ride of life, but … it’s happened to us for a reason!” To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

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Agency: Oakley Police Department It is impossible to not notice that Sgt. Roberts wears an ear-to-ear grin most of the time. It doesn’t seem to matter if he’s drinking coffee in Starbucks or directing traffic around an accident scene in the pouring rain. He is undoubtedly a man who loves his job. Roberts first felt a draw toward a career in law enforcement at 15 years old when he did a ride along with the Concord Police Department. “I was hooked after that,” he said. “We had a lot of excitement; the officer got into a foot chase that night. Sitting in the car with the officer, it was clear he was somebody who loved coming to work everyday.” The ride along led to Roberts majoring in criminal justice at Sacramento State, which he left in his senior year to attend the police academy at Los Medanos College. After graduation, Roberts started with the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office, where he worked for 20 years, including eight years working in Oakley. He made the transition to the Oakley Police Department when it

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was organized in May 2016. Roberts’ role as a sergeant on the force includes supervising officers on the street, though he prefers to be more involved with the residents of Oakley. “I’m really active,” he said. “I make a lot of traffic stops and contacts with citizens. I’m one of those people who hate being in the office. I like being on the street. That’s my favorite thing to do.” Married to a nurse, Roberts and his wife have three children. His oldest is in college and considering following his father’s footsteps into a career in law enforcement. His two youngest children are still in high school. He and his wife enjoy traveling in their free time, and Napa and Monterey are among their favorite destinations. “After 20 plus years, it’s still fun,” said Roberts, looking back on his career. “I get a chance to make an impact on someone’s life every day. That’s pretty special. That’s why I can still have a smile on my face.”

In general, if you aren’t putting at least 20 percent down as a down payment when buying a home, the conventional wisdom is that you’ll have to pay some kind of mortgage insurance. But, there are ways around that. The most common way is with what’s called an 80/10/10 loan. That’s where you get one loan for 80 percent of the purchase price, plus a second mortgage for 10 percent of the purchase price, and then you put the remaining 10 percent down as funds from you. The nice feature of this option is, at some point, you may be able to pay off the second loan and see a drop in your total monthly payments. Another option (if you have military service) is to use a VA loan, with has 100 percent financing with no mortgage insurance. A relatively new option is something called lender-paid mortgage insurance (LPML). This is where your lender pays the mortgage insurance for you, in return for a higher interest rate. The problem with this

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It has long been a morning staple on tables across the nation, but yogurt isn’t just for breakfast. The newest place to get a healthier sweet treat is Cool Spot, which recently opened in the shopping center across from Heritage High School. “I’ve lived here for six years now, and this shopping center has been kind of empty for quite a while,” said Joe Matano, 36. “I wanted more for this part of the community, and I knew people were looking for more food concepts. The owners of the center wanted an ice cream or yogurt place, so it really was perfect timing.” With seven years of experience in food-concept design and marketing for college campuses, Matano feels he has found a niche in offering what specific communities are seeking. “The center should be full soon, and we are really trying to get people in here when school isn’t in session,” he said. “The area is right across from a school,

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April 14, 1925 – Dec. 31, 2016 Walter “Walt” F. Cummings, age 91, of Discovery Bay, peacefully passed away at home on Saturday, Dec. 31. The oldest of five children, Walt was born on April 14, 1925, in Ossining, New York, to the late Walter and Helen Cummings. Walt proudly served his country as a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps as a pilot, between 1943 and 1945. After the military, he graduated from Drexel University in 1948. Following a 38-year career with the Nielsen Marketing Research Company, Walt retired to the Discovery Bay Delta, where he enjoyed golf, boating, bass fishing and flying his remote-controlled airplanes. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Sylvia; brother, Edward Cummings, of Middletown, New York; five children, Mike Cummings of Allendale, New Jersey, Pat Carrisalez of Manteca, Richard Cummings of San Ramon, and Paul and Andrew Cummings, both of Discovery Bay. He was the grandfather of eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A service will be held in his honor on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 a.m., at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, lo-

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cated at 500 Fairview Ave., in Brentwood. A private internment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery at 10 a.m., on Jan. 17. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to The Salvation Army. Condolence letters and fond memories may be shared with the family at www. brentwoodfuneral.com. caring for others and for her many pets. She is survived by her daughter, Linda S. Kimbrough (Stephen); foster sons William A. Nelson, Daniel Fisher (Laurie), Kevin Clark (Roseann), Alan Jensen (Kristin) and David Jensen; foster daughter Lisa Bado (Brian); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is preceeded in death by her husband, Roy L. Herndon; daughter, Brenda J. Miller and foster sons, Charles Nelson and Joseph Robinson. She will be buried next to her husband at Skylawn Memorial Park, in San Mateo, at a later date.

elsey Chapman, a member of Girl Scout Troop 31612 in Brentwood, has earned her Gold Award. This is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn, and less than 1 percent of Girl Scouts have the perseverance to complete the requirements. Kelsey is the first girl in her troop to earn it. She has been continually active in Girl Scouts since she was 6 and is also an active member of Boy Scout Venture Crew 300. Kelsey is a recent graduate of Freedom High School in Oakley, and is now attending Los Medanos Community College, with the goal of getting a nursPhoto courtesy of Jody Hansen ing degree. For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Kelsey partnered with the City of Refuge, in Sacramento, to provide care bags and long-term bus passes for women who have been rescued from human trafficking. She also planted a sustainable garden at the safe house. For the last five years, Kelsey has been serving as a lifeguard and summer camp counselor at Camp Wolfeboro. She also holds down a job, is working her way through college and, in her spare time, volunteers in her community as a member of the Brentwood Community Band and with various groups that have an emphasis on assisting victims of human trafficking.

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May 7, 1956 – Dec. 8, 2016 Steven Calvo, a resident of Oakley, recently passed, on Dec. 8. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 1250 O’Hara Ave., in Oakley, from 2 to 6 p.m.

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For the Ghiozzi family of Brentwood, Jan. 6 was just a quiet Friday afternoon as they waited to board a flight home from the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport – until their cell phones started to ping. “I was checking my Facebook (page), when I saw that there was a shooting in Terminal 2,” said Alexandra Ghiozzi, who was sitting in the United Airlines club lounge in Terminal 1 with her husband Aldo and 15-year-old daughter Sophia. Minutes later, the phones of other passengers in the lounge began to sound with alerts of the shooting just a terminal away. “The club spokesperson said there had been an incident, but that all the flights should be OK,” said Alexandra. This went on for about 45 minutes to an hour, according to Alexandra, until she heard what sounded like two gunshots. “I heard the club spokesperson tell everyone to ‘get down – get down right now,’ and I saw my daughter about 5 feet away huddled by a couch, and I just threw myself on top of her,” said Alexandra. “I didn’t hear these shots,” added Aldo, “but followed the concierge’s instructions to hide. From there, alarms sounded, and we were instructed to evacuate through a back emergency exit about

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This photo of people being evacuated from the airport, was taken from the United Airlines club lounge on the opposite side of Terminal 1, looking at Terminal 2, where the shooting took place. 60 seconds after we hid.” Reports of a second shooter turned out to be false, but as the Ghiozzis and the rest of the world soon learned, a 26-yearold Iraq war veteran named Esteban Santiago had reportedly opened fire on a crowd at the baggage claim area in Terminal 2, killing five people and wounding

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Two men tied up a woman and her boyfriend, and then robbed the home on the 2200 block of Sycamore Drive. Friday, Jan. 6, 1:59 a.m., in Antioch

The following is a sample of recent activity reported by local law enforcement agencies.

BRENTWOOD Jan. 1, 1:59 a.m. Three people robbed a man at gunpoint on St. Andrews Drive. Jan. 1, 8:16 p.m. A patrol stopped a vehicle for code violations on Giannini Ranch Road. The driver was arrested for possession of suspected heroin, Xanax and drug paraphernalia, as well as a violation of probation. Jan. 1, 10:50 p.m. A person was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and being under the influence of a controlled substance on Walnut Boulevard. Jan. 1, 11:33 p.m. During a road-rage investigation, police arrested a person for possession of methamphetamine and violation of felony probation on Highway 4. Jan. 2, 10:01 a.m. A vehicle was stolen from a driveway on Pasco Drive. Jan. 2, 10:50 a.m. A vehicle was broken into on Central Boulevard. Jan. 2, 2:14 p.m. A person used pepper spray on another person after a roadrage argument on Fairview Avenue. Jan. 2, 9:01 p.m. Police investigated a suspicious circumstance on Brentwood Boulevard. A rental car was returned with damage, including what appeared to be two bullet holes. Jan. 3, 10:06 a.m. A dozen vehicles were broken into on Shady Willow Lane. Jan. 3, 4:47 p.m. A person cashed fictitious checks at multiple locations on Lone Tree Way. Jan. 3, 7:06 p.m. A purse was stolen from a vehicle on Griffith Lane. Jan. 3, 11:32 p.m. A patrol stopped a vehicle for participating in a speed contest on Balfour Road. The driver was released on a signed notice to appear. Jan. 4, 7:39 a.m. Storage containers were burglarized on Lone Tree Way. Total estimated loss was $11,290.

Jan. 4, 3:55 p.m. During a suspiciousperson investigation on Black Rock Street, officers arrested a person for lying about his name, possession of a concealed knife and having an outstanding warrant. Jan. 4, 6:26 p.m. Several items were stolen from a vehicle on Sand Creek Road. Total loss was $1,213. Jan. 4, 9:01 p.m. Luggage was stolen from a vehicle on Sand Creek Road. Jan. 5, 1:39 p.m. A person fraudulently withdrew $6,181 from a bank account on Lone Tree Way. Jan. 5, 2:51 p.m. A purse was stolen from a vehicle on Chestnut Street. Jan. 5, 11:11 p.m. A patrol arrested a person for driving a stolen vehicle on Broderick Drive. Jan. 5, 6:41 p.m. Two people were involved in a physical confrontation on Autumn Valley Way. No prosecution was desired. Jan. 5, 6:55 p.m. On Almond Street, a patrol stopped a vehicle for code violations and arrested two people. The driver was driving with a suspended license for DUI and the passenger was in possession of suspected methamphetamine. .

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Jan. 1, 7:02 a.m. A robbery occurred on the 1830 block of Mission Drive. Jan. 1, 6:45 p.m. A burglary occurred on the 4200 block of Raphael Court. Jan. 2, 12:36 a.m. A burglary occurred on the 4520 block of Loon Court. Jan. 2, 6:56 a.m. A burglary occurred on the 2300 block of Sycamore Drive. Jan. 2, 10:54 a.m. Guns, an Xbox and a Galileo thermometer were stolen from a home on the 1910 block of Chestnut Avenue. Jan. 3, 1:17 a.m. On the 4890 block of Lone Tree Way, a patient reported being assaulted in a business parking lot. Jan. 3, 10:46 a.m. A juvenile stole Red Bulls from a business on the 4500 block

Like thepress.net of Lone Tree Way. Jan. 4, 6:19 p.m. A residential burglary occurred on the 2060 block of Schell Mountain Way. Jan. 4, 6:25 p.m. On the 4500 block of Sand Creek Road, a person reported being stabbed at a business on Hillcrest Avenue. Jan. 6, 1:59 a.m. Two men tied up a woman and her boyfriend, and then robbed the home on the 2200 block of Sycamore Drive. Jan. 6, 5:52 p.m. A person reported a burglary in progress on the 4200 block of Amargosa Drive.

KNIGHTSEN Dec. 16 A burglary occurred on the 400 block of Cow Poke Lane. Dec. 19 Officers arrested a person for assault with a deadly weapon on the 1100 block of Delta Road. Dec. 19 A patrol investigated an incident of identity theft on the 8300 block of Byron Highway. Dec. 26 Police investigated a missingadult report on the 5700 block of Sellers Avenue. Dec. 27 A patrol investigated an incident of identity theft on the 2000 block of East Cypress Road.

BETHEL ISLAND Dec. 1 Police arrested a person for an outstanding warrant on the 3600 block of Gateway Road. Dec. 4 Police investigated criminal threats on the 5900 block of Bethel Island Road. Dec. 7 Officers arrested a person for domestic battery on the 2400 block of Taylor Road. Dec. 15 Police investigated an incident of fraud on the 6200 block of Bethel Island Road. Dec. 20 A patrol investigated a forgery incident on the 6200 block of Bethel Is-

land Road. Dec. 31 Officers investigated an illegalentry report on the 3000 block of Stone Road.

BYRON Dec. 8 Officers investigated a child-molestation report on the 24700 block of Marsh Creek Road. Dec. 9 A patrol investigated criminal threats on the 24700 block of Marsh Creek Road. Dec. 9 A residential burglary occurred on the 7700 block of North Bruns Way. Dec. 10 A commercial burglary occurred on the 3100 block of Camino Diablo Road. Dec. 12 Officers investigated a grandtheft incident on the 11900 block of Brentwood Boulevard. Dec. 16 Police investigated a domesticbattery incident on the 14500 block of Byron Highway. Dec. 16 A residential burglary occurred on the 4100 block of Camino Diablo Road.

DISCOVERY BAY Dec. 5 A vehicle was stolen on the 5600 block of Starfish Court. Dec. 7 Police investigated a battery incident on the 5100 block of Fern Ridge Circle. Dec. 16 Officers arrested a person for an outstanding warrant on the 14800 block of State Route 4. Dec. 20 A patrol investigated a disturbance of the peace on the 5400 block of Gold Creek Circle. Dec. 24 Police arrested a person for possession of dangerous drugs on the 2200 block of Colonial Court. Dec. 28 A residential burglary occurred on the 8300 block of Brookhaven Circle. Dec. 31 A patrol arrested a person for possession of dangerous drugs on Point of Timber Road at Poe Drive.

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government assistance such as skilled nursing, the trust should include the power for your trustee to deal with governmental agencies, apply for benefits such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and handle Medi-Cal planning. 4. Do you have a current Power of Attorney and Healthcare Directive? Probably the biggest mistake we see with incapacity issues is that the parents did not execute a power of attorney with sufficient powers for the agent, such as modifying the trust for government benefit planning. 5. Does your Estate Plan include Incapacity Planning? Older trusts fail to have any incapacity planning. The trust should have provisions on how incapacity will be determined, how assets will be used during incapacity and specific instructions for care. Do your parents want to stay at home as long as possible with in home care? Do they want to be near any specific child or relative? If they don’t state their wishes, it will be left up to the judgment of the trustee or the court. If you sense that a parent is having trouble handling their own affairs, it is a good time to consider having one of the beneficiaries become a co-trustee. If you or your parent has estate planning questions, I see people for a free 30 minute consultation in my Walnut Creek and Brentwood offices. This article provides only general legal information, and not specific legal advice. Information contained is not a substitute for a personal consultation with an attorney. LAW OFFICE OF JOAN M. GRIMES, GrimesEP.com Phone (925) 939-1680 1600 S. Main Street, Suite 100, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 © 2015 Joan Grimes – Advertisement

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I think one of the hardest yet most rewarding parts of life is being there for our parents as they get older. However, our time with older parents can be very difficult if there has not been proper planning. If you have an older parent, you should talk to them about their affairs as soon as possible. In a perfect world, you will have this discussion while they are still living independently. The goal is to help your parents protect their assets and make sure they are used in accordance with their wishes. Below is a list of questions to review with your parents. 1. Do you have an Estate Plan? An estate plan should include a Revocable Living Trust, a Will, a Power of Attorney and a Healthcare Directive. If the estate plan was prepared prior to 2012, chances are good that it does not take into account the current tax laws. Most existing trusts I see provide for AB/By-Pass Trust, which is no longer necessary for 99% of the people and causes huge problems for surviving spouses. While you are reviewing the trust, make sure its terms are still correct. Is a current beneficiary having emotional or drug problems? If so, should their distribution be held in a trust for them? 2. Are Your Assets in the Trust? Review all of your parents’ accounts with them and make sure they are. Sometimes a parent will say they listed a beneficiary on the account, but double check to be certain. Many a child ends up in probate court because there was no beneficiary listed. 3. Does Your Estate Plan include Government Benefit Planning provisions? Most older trusts do not. If there is any possibility that your parent will need

he Town of Discovery Bay’s new general manager, Mike Davies, sat in on his first town meeting last week. On Jan. 3, he officially replaced Catherine Kutsuris, who stepped up as interim general manager to fill the void left last year by Rick Howard. “I hope I’m fully prepared,” Davies said. “I feel an enormous responsibility to represent the hard work of my staff and adequately provide the board with the necessary information they need to make decisions in the best interest of the community.”

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If you take care of a senior with dementia or Alzheimer’s, St. Anne Church in Byron, offers respite for several hours, including lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It’s important for caregivers to get care, too. For information about cost, hours and other details, call Lisa Kimble at 925-548-4591.

East Bay Regional Parks District has released its Trail Challenge guidebook for 2017. The free, self-guided program includes detailed trail descriptions for hikes in 20 regional parks and trails, ranging from easy to challenging. What’s more, many are wheelchair accessible and dog and equestrian friendly. To complete the challenge, hike five trails or 26.2 miles of trails by Dec. 1, and submit your trail log to receive a commemorative pin (while supplies last). No registration is required and this is an honor system, so it’s a good chance to get some karma points and enjoy nature while exercising! For more information, visit www.ebparks.org/ trailschallenge.

Discovery Bay’s Activity Guide for winter and spring is out. Town residents should be receiving a copy in the mail shortly, and anyone can visit www.todb. ca.gov for class listings and registration. Oakley’s programs are scheduled to kick off next week, and while many classes in Antioch and Brentwood and at Liberty Adult Education started up this week, there is still time to register, so check them out and treat yourself to some fun!

Lastly, you deserve a reward for making time to take care of yourself this year. Whether you’re a fan of frozen custard or you just want to throw a curve ball at your sweet-tooth cravings, Rita’s of Brentwood is now open on the corner of Balfour Road and Fairview Avenue. Boasting frozen custard, Italian ice, cookies and more, Rita’s motto is ‘Ice Custard Happiness.’ For more information, visit www. facebook.com/ritasbrentwood.

– Compiled by Siobhan Stuart

Noise is part of being in a community

Editor: I am super excited to see that Diablo MX is opening! Thank you to all who are making it work. I love the idea of a motorcycle park nearby. Now, I can get my riding fix in locally when I have limited time, instead of having to drive so far! It’s also nice to see a dirt-bike venue opening up, instead of being closed down. As someone who lives near a train and a school, I know all too well the impact of noise on the surrounding homes. We deal with it and move on, knowing those school announcements that seem to go on forever, the ringing recess bells and the many trains that fly by are part of our community. I’m pretty sure if a train station goes in downtown, we’ll have even more noise to deal with, as the trains will probably be required to blast their horns on approach. All of these are probably also way louder than that motorcycle park will be. Anyone over there want to trade homes? Marles Talli Oakley

Gooch firing is wrong

Editor: I truly hope the reason (Gooch) was released was not because ‘she was too hard on kids.’ If so, I strongly urge the board members to reconsider their decision. We need more coaches and teachers like her. Why? As much as I hate to say this, newer generations of teenagers are getting softer as the years go by. In other words, a lot of them are accustomed to having it their way. They’re entitled, impatient and are used to getting whatever they want. Most importantly, they are used to having safe spaces, where they can stay in their comfort zone and say or do what they want without someone

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criticizing them. Well, let me tell you something I always admired about Coach Gooch – she didn’t care about your safe space, nor should she. Because when you graduate and go to college, it’s a whole different ball game. And mommy, daddy and your safe spaces cannot prepare you for the harsh realities that await high school graduates. But you know what can prepare you? Coaches who will tell it like it is and use the concept of sports as a teaching platform for valuable life lessons. Being forced to run laps in the heat, because you are consistently late to practice, is actually a life lesson – when you’re late to your job all the time, you’re going to get fired. Making you do fundraisers for the team isn’t just to fund your uniforms or equipment, it’s also an excellent piece to put on your resume. I hope the school board members realize that the loss of Coach Ghilarducci is not only felt by those she coached, but also by many others. The school isn’t just letting go of a coach, but letting go of a passionate leader whose distinguishing trait is loving her players and wanting nothing more than for them to succeed. Felix Navarro Discovery Bay

Church message not appreciated

Editor: Recently, I was driving by the Church of Christ on Brentwood Boulevard. I was very disturbed by the message the church has put out on its billboard. It stated, “January 1st: The Eternal World War.” Granted, I do not know the context of the message, but to me it drives fear and hatred. It is a shame that an organization that supposedly preaches and practices love, is attempting to instill fear in newcomers or the community. Historically, most war has occurred in the name of a religion. Church of Christ, I urge you to change your message, for the words you use support the statement of the late Christopher Hitchens – that religion poisons everything. Patrick Millard Brentwood

New Year brings new visions

Editor: With the widening of Highway 4 and the nearby inauguration of Hillcrest e-BART, Antioch sits on a promising crossroads. We all hope that it might soon fulfill

its promise of becoming a ‘destination’ city. I was privileged growing up in such a town – Great Neck, Long Island. Though we lived on the modest side of town, we would periodically find at our doorstep a stranger’s note, asking us to kindly call them should we ever decide to move. The town was desirable, because it was rated in the top 10 school districts nationwide. Case in point: my German teacher spoke nine languages and would quote, from memory, extended passages from Goethe. We all know the two main drivers of real-estate prices are safety and public education and that Antioch has challenges. Criticism aside, Antioch has plentiful appeals, boasting Rivertown’s elegant El Campanil Theatre and the Delta Breeze, more than two dozen parks, a ‘miracle mile’ with a medicaloffice complex, stunning hilltop church, community center, second city library, swim and skate parks and unchopped hills overlooking curving, undulating streets. We have a corps of talented and dedicated public school teachers; a cutting-edge network of 10 career-themed academies, including the award-winning Dozier-Libbey Medical High; abundant (educational choices) with Montessouri and now Rocketship Charter School; and a rich tradition of Christian schools like Cornerstone, Holy Rosary, Golden Hills and Seventh Day Adventist. Granted, too often we have a twotier proficiency system; the haves and have-nots. My son, Joshua, prospered at Deer Valley High, taking advancedplacement classes.  He went on to Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo and, within three days of graduation, became an environmental engineer. Antioch schools served him well. Others, though, get left behind. Too often, those left behind are children of color or students perhaps homeless, latchkey, transient, special needs or who are English language learners. Distressingly, only 19 percent of our students score math proficient. English scores are marginally better. This cries for bold action by school administrators instituting aggressive interventions like the afterschool, individualized math intensive program. Parental involvement is also paramount as education, after all, is a threelegged stool, with students, teachers and parents all cooperating. My New Year’s goal is that working together one day we can all open our doors and see a note asking for us to call should we decide to move. Antioch can become that destination city. Walter Reuhlig Antioch


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Falcons open league play with victory by Michael Dixon Correspondent

The boys’ soccer teams at Freedom and Antioch opened their Bay Valley Athletic League seasons in less than ideal conditions, playing through a driving rainstorm. The conditions didn’t seem to bother the Falcons, who routed the Panthers 8-0. Senior forwards Oscar Munoz and Eruvey Arceta each recorded hat tricks, with Munoz scoring all three of his goals before the half. Senior forwards Daniel Cervantes and Guillermo Fierros rounded the scoring out with a goal each. “Both teams had to deal with horrible weather,” Falcons coach Sal Acevedo said. “Sometimes players will let the weather affect them. But because of the mentality of the team and the desire to get the job done, we went out and took care of business.” Munoz also led his team with two assists. Cervantes and Arceta each had one, along with sophomore defender Andy Vargas, junior defender Dylan Tovani and junior midfielder Jonathan Ramos. Senior goalkeepers Alexis Castellanos and Adian Banuelos each added saves in the shutout victory. With a 6-0 lead at halftime, Acevedo emptied his bench in the second half, giving quality playing time to players who scarcely play. “Everybody was happy today,” the coach said. For Freedom, it was the continuation of a strong start to the year. Despite losing the first game to an undefeated Amador Valley team, the Falcons finished the preseason with a strong 7-2-3 record.

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Freedom’s Oscar Munoz battles Antioch High’s Brian Mora (3) and Daniel Doan (20) during Freedom’s 8-0 win to open league play. Freedom is 8-2-3 this season. “We had the best start since I’ve been here and, probably, in the history of the school,” Acevedo said. “We’re learning from every game. We’ve been fortunate enough that a lot of wins have been ac-

cumulated. We haven’t been perfect; they haven’t been easy. So, we’re learning.” Freedom’s following game was at Heritage on Thursday. The results of that contest were not available at press time.

The team hosts Pittsburg on Tuesday. The Pirates completed their preseason at 5-3-3 and opened their BVAL season with a big win of their own, defeating the Patriots 9-1. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

Basketball squads gear up for BVAL play The Freedom, Liberty and Heritage girls’ and boys’ basketball teams finished off their nonleague schedules this week. All three squads begin Bay Valley Athletic League play on Jan. 13. Freedom The Falcons boys’ squad finished off its nonleague slate with an 87-72 win over Hayward’s Moreau Catholic, on Jan. 7. Freedom has been impressive in the early season, winning both the Mark Macres and Roy Ghiggeri tournaments and jumping out to a 12-3 start. The Falcons began the season 10-0 before suffering their first loss to Salesian College Preparatory in Modesto Christian’s Holiday Hoop Classic. Meanwhile, the Freedom girls’ squad is off to a respectable 9-7 start to the season, after struggling last year. The Falcons wrapped up their nonleague

schedule with a 50-40 win over Chavez (Stockton), on Jan. 7. Both squads are slated to play Deer Valley, on Jan. 13, at Freedom High School. The girls’ game begins at 5:30 p.m., with the boys’ game to immediately follow. Heritage The Heritage girls’ squad has opened its season with a stellar 10-1 record, which included winning the Amador Valley ABC tournament and finishing third in the gold bracket of the West Coast Jamboree. The Patriots’ lone loss was against the talented Brea Olinda team at the West Coast Jamboree, on Dec. 29. Since then, the girls have knocked off Campolindo, Cordova and Acalanes. The Pa-

triots will clash with Antioch, on Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m., in Brentwood. The Heritage boys’ squad (14-2) had an equally impressive start to the season. The Patriots will head into league play on a winning note after defeating Vintage 77-50, on Jan. 10. Heritage, which won the McKinleyville Tournament, shot out to an 8-0 start, before dropping its first contest to Dublin in the Don Nelson Classic championship game. The Patriots, who finished third in the Bambauer Classic, are currently riding a four-game winning streak, with wins over Marin Catholic, College Park, Armijo and Vintage. Heritage will open league play at

home against Antioch, on Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. Liberty The Liberty boys’ team is off to a hot 12-3 start this season. The Lions, who are on an eight-game winning streak, bounced Santa Rosa 66-46 for their 12th win of the season. Prior to that, the Lions won the Rancho Mirage Holiday Invitational in Palm Springs at the end of the year. Liberty opens league play at home against Pittsburg, on Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. The Liberty girls’ basketball team is 6-9 so far this season. Despite the up-anddown start, the Lions were impressive at the Wine Country Invitational, finishing second to Shasta (Redding). The team looks to break a three-game losing streak when it opens league play at home against Pittsburg, on Jan. 13. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.


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Heritage cheerleaders shine on world stage Sarah Nunnink and Julianne Yee, both 17-year-old students at Heritage High School, were two of more than 650 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the nation who represented Varsity Spirit in the world-famous London New Year’s Day Parade. Nunnink and Yee were invited to perform in the parade. They qualified for the trip after being nominated as All-Americans at the UC Davis Cheer Camp hosted by Varsity Spirit. All-Americans are selected to try out based on superior cheerleading, dancing and leadership skills at camps across the country. Of the more than 325,000 cheerleaders and dancers who attend the 5,000 varsity summer camp sessions, only the top 10 percent earn the chance to march in the holiday spectacular. Heritage varsity cheer won camp champions and was awarded six all-American awards, the most of any high school. Nunnink and Yee will were among parade performers from all over the world. The theme of this year’s parade was ‘Lights, Camera, Action’ and paid homage to the wonders

of film and television. Cheerleaders, dancers, marching bands, acrobats and more made up the 10,000 performers representing 20 countries worldwide in the 2017 parade. Established as one of London’s biggest events, the parade is seen by nearly 300 million people around the world. “Being an all-American has been a highlight of all these past years as a cheerleader,” Nunnink said. “The experience has been unbelievable. It may have been raining during the parade, but the crowd’s smiles were so rewarding, and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.” Heritage was well represented, with Nunnink and Yee in the front rows for the performance and participating with a selected group in an interview by BBC News and Fox News. The Heritage varsity cheer team and coach Tatum Garcia will be heading to Florida in February to compete in the UCA Nationals at the ESPN World Wide Sports Complex and Disneyland in March for the USA Nationals. – Courtesy of Mike Fultz To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

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Heritage cheerleaders Sarah Nunnink (right) and Julianne Yee recently participated in the worldfamous London New Year’s Day Parade.

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Antioch basketball team on the rise by Dakotah Zabroski Correspondent

Cornerstone Christian High School, a small school in the heart of Antioch, is beginning to carve a big spot in the East County basketball landscape. Director of basketball operations and head girls’ varsity basketball coach Alfonzo Edwards is the architect of the operation. When Edwards started the program three years ago, he had only seven girls on the team, and the boys’ team had eight. Since then, he has seen his roster and staff double in size. The girls’ team now has 15 players, and the boys’ team may have to start cutting players as participation grows. “I want people in the Contra Costa area to know we’re growing, and we’re growing fast,” Edwards said. “We’re a small school with a big heart.”  The program exploded onto the scene in the 2014-2015 season, when the girls’ team made the North Coast Section and Northern California championship tournaments. The team eventually lost to the top seed in the NCS tournament, then made it to the final four in the NorCal Championship and lost to the second seed. The postseason experience was a building block for a successful future. “I think a lot of people should consider playing, because when I started, I was a fresh-

man, and I never knew how to play,” said point guard Lauryn Carr-Johnson. “Now, I’m the leading scorer and a captain.” Edwards, along with the rest of Cornerstone Christian School, stresses the importance of student Christian athletes. He believes his players should have a love for God and pushes them to strive for high grades. “He made me a better student athlete by making sure I get my work done; he didn’t treat me different based on my ability to play and always made me push myself to be even better than I was the day before,” said player Amari Simmons. Edwards notes that it’s crucial to develop players and to make the game enjoyable for all. Some players lack experience, so he wants to make his program accessible to all who show their love for basketball. “Go out and just have fun; play basketball to the best of your ability,” Edwards said. “The X’s and O’s we’ll go over. For a lot of our kids, it’s their first time playing.” Edwards says, along with his mission from God, watching his players grow and develop is what keeps him motivated. “I plan to be around until God says something different,” Edwards said. “We’re at the beginning stages, the foundation part of the program. Rome wasn’t built in one day; now we’re three years in, and the team is strong.” To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

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“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” –Richard Bach  Child-parent relationships can become fragile after a divorce. Between juggling careers and personal responsibilities, bonding with your children can be difficult. Here are three strategies to connect with your children more purposefully. 1. Have a ‘favorite’ meal once a week. Do your kids love Brussels sprouts and bacon? Mac and cheese? Pasta primavera? Pancakes that look like the characters from Spongebob? Some oddball, traditional, family treat? Maybe there’s a restaurant they love (ideally one that’s not just gross fast food)? Forge a tradition – a healthy, fun one that you can afford – and make it a staple of your weekly visits. 2. Read to the children daily. It’s a tried-and-true tradition; few things are more effective in bonding with your children than reading stories to them. Obviously, this works best with younger children, but do it until they outgrow it. (Or have them read to

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you once they’re farther along in grade school – this is pretty fun and relaxing.) 3. Plan a special outing once a month. Let your imagination color your options – day trip to a museum, a short road trip to a national park … it can be anything really. Go on some adventures – things that you want to do as well, because life is short. Time with your kids shouldn’t just be about babysitting them and finding ways to treat them, while you’re left uncomfortable, bored or exhausted. Ideally, this special time should be something that you look forward to enjoying, too. Establishing family rituals like the ones we’ve discussed takes discipline and practice, particularly at the beginning. But, as Aristotle noted two millennia ago, excellence is a habit, not an act. If you’re facing a family-law matter or divorce and you need insight or help through the process, please contact the Law Offices of Silky Sahnan today at 925-276-0789 to schedule your confidential consultation, or visit us at legalservicesca.com for more information. – Advertisement

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Increasing ball speed I received four emails and had a couple of conversations on the concourse about tactics to increase ball speed – all by my senior bowlers. From a conventional coaching standpoint, increasing ball speed (or decreasing it) is a Keglers function of a player’s orner footwork. With an identical arm swing and a quiet arm, a ball will travel at different speeds, depending on the speed we walk toward the foul line. Low ball speed is defined as being Duane less than 14 mph at Wilson the release point. As a ball travels down the lane, it increasingly encounters friction, as the dressing decreases to the end of the pattern at 40 feet on your typical house pattern, where it ends with the balance of the lane being dry to the pins. So why is low ball speed a problem? If a ball exits the oil pattern too slowly,

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he Liberty Lions junior varsity girls’ water polo team recently collected $255 for Kaleidoscope Cancer Connection during the Lions’ JV Delta Shootout. Kaleidoscope is a nonprofit organization, with a mission to provide hope and connection to people living with cancer in East Contra Costa County since 2003. The tournament featured more than a dozen teams from around the Bay Area and a raffle dedicated to breast cancer prevention.

it engages the lane too soon and rolls out; it rolls at a 1-to-1 ratio of distance to its diameter. At this point, it has completely stopped hooking by giving up all of its energy to the lane and its ability to deflect off the pins for necessary pin action. More ball speed will get the ball out of the pattern and, hopefully, within 2 feet of the pins before it rolls out, resulting in higher scoring. Approach faster. Easier said than done for my seniors. My solution for seniors breaks away from conventional coaching and deals with the pure physics side of the sport. I recommend three things to increase ball speed without approaching faster to the line. One, decrease the weight of ball you use – this will allow you to do the next thing. Two, hold your ball higher in your stance at setup, which will increase your backswing. A ball falling from a higher point will have a greater velocity at release. Three, when decreasing your ball weight, make a change to a ball that is pure urethane or polyester (plastic). Changing to these types of balls won’t increase your ball speed, but they will help retain it from the release point, as they don’t engage the lane and succumb to friction, thus losing ball speed. Your speed at the pins will be much closer to your release speed than with more aggressive coverstocks, and rollout will be a thing of the past. I used to bowl exclusively with 16-pound equipment and then about 10 years ago, I dropped down to 15. I made a change to 14 just last week, shooting 211243-279 for a 733 series. I felt much more comfortable with the new weight, and I’m sure you will as well. Talk to your favorite pro shop about what you want to accomplish, and they’ll have you back on the lanes with higher ball speeds, higher scoring and at a fairly low cost.

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Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Stephon Lamonte Carroll SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Stephon Lamonte Carroll CASE NUMBER: N10-1483 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Stephon Lamonte Carroll filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Stephon Lamonte Carroll AKA Stephon Carroll to Proposed Name: Stephon Lamonte Carroll-McClain. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above

must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 2/22/17 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Oakley Press b. Must bring proof of residnecy to the hearing. Date: 12/29/16 Judge of the Superior Court Oakley Press No. 03-0477 72093 Publish Dates: January 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000146-00 The name of the business: Container Delivery Services Located at: 3007 Castle Rock Loop In: Discovery Bay, CA 94505 is hereby registered by the following owner: Container Delivery Specialists LLC. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Co. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/1/2017. Signature of registrant: Kaler J. Reinsmith, Managing Member. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 9, 2017 by Deputy J. Celestial Expires 1/9/2022 Brentwood Press No. 021273 72142 Publish dates: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 2017.

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME The following persons has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name DailyColorsToday.com at 916 Suntan Lane, Brentwood, CA 94513. The fictitious business name referred to above was filed in Contra Costa County on 2/13/2013 under File No. 2013- 0001029-00 (*1) Carl H. Randall 916 Suntan Lane, Brentwood, CA 94513 (**) This business was conducted by: An Individual. Signature:  Carl H. Randall. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: December 14, 2016 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 72137 Publish dates: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 2017.

ADVERTISEMENT OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned intends to sell the personal property described below to enforce a lien imposed on said property pursuant to Sections 21700-21716 of the Business & Professions Code, Section 2328 of the UCC, Section 535 of the Penal Code and provisions of the Civil Code. The undersigned will sell at public sale by competitive bidding on the 27TH DAY OF JANUARY 2017, TIME 9:00AM on the premises where said property has been stored and which are located at Town Centre Self Storage, Town Centre Terrace, Brentwood, Ca. 94513 County of Contra Costa, State of California, the following: Maurice Braggs, E1041 Diania Brown, E1237 Debbie Dixon, D717

Maggie Arts, B334 Walter Ramos, E1252 Diana Paul, RR16 Robert Smart, B324 The goods to be sold consist of, but are not limited to home and office furnishings, misc. household items, large and small appliances, home electronics, recorded media, Musical Equipment, tools, sporting goods, toys, clothing, miscellaneous boxes and bags of unknown content, etc. Purchases must be paid for at the time of purchases in cash only. All purchased items sold as is where it is and must be removed at the time of sale, Sale subject to cancellation in the event of settlement between owners and obligated party. Dated this 13th Day of January 2017 and the 20th Day of January 2017. StoragetreasuresnPhone: (480) 397-6503 http:// www.storagetreasures.com/ . Brentwood

Press No: 02-1273 72145 Publish Dates: January 13, 20, 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0007375-00 The name of the business: Bay Area Fotowagen Located at: 2128 Roper Cir In: Brentwood, CA 94513 is hereby registered by the following owners: Janal Behne and Eric Behne. This business is conducted by: Married Couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/16/15. Signature of registrant: Janal Behne. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: December 19, 2016 by Deputy L. Spence Expires 12/19/2021 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 72147 Publish dates: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 2017.


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0007172-00 The name of the business(es): Heavenly Spa and Salon, Heavenly Spa And Salon, Heavenly Spa & Salon Located at: 3337 Deer Valley Road In: Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby registered by the following owner: HGK Enterprises, 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: Hitesh Kapur, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: December 7, 2016 by Deputy L. Spence. Expires Dec. 7,2021. Antioch Press No. 061617 72020 Publish dates: December 30, 2016, January 6, 13, 20, 2017.

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 OF TRUSTEE’S SALE 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. 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)-960-8299 or visit this Internet Web site http://www.altisource.com/ MortgageServices/DefaultManagement/ TrusteeServices.aspx using the file number assigned to this case 2016-01330-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. Western Progressive, LLC, as Trustee for beneficiary C/o 30 Corporate Park, Suite 450 Irvine, CA 92606 Sale Information Line: (866) 960-8299 http:// altisource.com/resware/TrusteeServicesSearch.aspx. Date: December 27, 2016. 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 72060 Publish Dates: January 13, 20, 27, 2017.

in said Deed of Trust. Street Address or other common designation of real property: 38 East Madill Street, Antioch, CA 94509 A.P.N.: 068-133-008. 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. 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: $ 257,368.54. 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 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 OF TRUSTEE’S SALE 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. 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)-960-8299 or visit this Internet Web site http://www.altisource.com/ MortgageServices/DefaultManagement/ TrusteeServices.aspx using the file number assigned to this case 2016-02228-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: December 13, 2016 Western Progressive, LLC, as Trustee for beneficiary C/o 30 Corporate Park, Suite 450 Irvine, CA 92606. Sale Information Line: (866) 960-8299 http://altisource. com/resware/TrusteeServicesSearch. aspx Date: December 13, 2016. 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:061617 71938 Publish Dates: December 30, 2016, January 6, 13, 2017.

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): CLIFFORD S EVANS, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPERATE PROPERTY Recorded: 4/27/2012 as Instrument No. 2012-0096827-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California; Date of Sale: 1/30/2017 at 9:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Pleasant Hill Community Center, located at 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. In the Auction.com Room Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $310,526.07 The purported property address is: 4540 SWEET WATER STREET, ANTIOCH, CA 94531 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 052-500-036-0 NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800-280-2832 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site http://www.qualityloan.com , using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-16-747001-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 o f 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. QUALITY MAY BE CONSIDERED A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 411 Ivy Street San Diego, CA 92101 619-6457711 For NON SALE information only Sale

Line: 800-280-2832 Or Login to: http:// www.qualityloan.com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-16-747001BF IDSPub #0119666 12/30/2016 1/6/2017 1/13/2017. Antioch Press No: 06-1617 71917 Publish Dates: December 30, 2016 January 6, 13, 2017.

Hanna. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: December 23, 2016 by Deputy V. Loredo Expires 12/23/2021 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 72131 Publish dates: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 2017.

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, www.nationwideposting.com, for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, T.S.# 9434-2586. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. NBS Default Services, LLC 301E. Ocean Blvd. Suite 1720 Long Beach, CA 90802 800-766-7751 For Trustee Sale Information Log On To: www.nationwideposting. com or Call: 916-939-0772. NBS Default Services, LLC, Nicole Rodriguez, Foreclosure Associate This communication is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. However, if you have received a discharge of the debt referenced herein in a bankruptcy proceeding, this is not an attempt to impose personal liability upon you for payment of that debt. In the event you have received a bankruptcy discharge, any action to enforce the debt will be taken against the property only. NPP0298832 To: BRENTWOOD PRESS 01/13/2017, 01/20/2017, 01/27/2017. Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 72095 Publish Dates: January 13, 20, 27, 2017.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0007208-00 The name of the business: JT the 4th Located at: 9 Ginger Ct. In: Antioch, CA 94509 is hereby registered by the following owner: John L Traylor IV. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/1/2013. Signature of registrant: John L. Traylor IV. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: December 8, 2016 by Deputy M. Neal Expires 12/8/2021 Antioch Press No. 061617 71950 Publish dates: December 23, 30, 2016, January 6. 13, 2017. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No.: 2016-01330-CA A.P.N.:055-240-028 Property Address: 2528 Stanford Way, Antioch, CA 94531 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE PURSUANT TO CIVIL CODE § 2923.3(a), 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. IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 05/17/2007. 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: Miller J Lowery and Christell Lowery Husband and Wife as Joint Tenants Duly Appointed Trustee: Western Progressive, LLC. Recorded 05/22/2007 as Instrument No. 2007-0149230-00 in book —-, page—- and of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Date of Sale: 02/08/2017 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 and other charges: $ 483,181.36. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE. WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK DRAWN ON A STATE OR NATIONAL BANK, A CHECK DRAWN BY A STATE OR FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, OR A CHECK DRAWN BY A STATE OR FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION, A SAVINGS ASSOCIATION OR SAVINGS BANK SPECIFIED IN SECTION 5102 OF THE FINANCIAL CODE AND AUTHORIZED TO DO BUSINESS IN THIS STATE: All right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described as: More fully described in said Deed of Trust. Street Address or other common designation of real property: 2528 Stanford Way, Antioch, CA 94531 A.P.N.: 055-240-028. 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. 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: $ 483,181.36. 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 TO

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No.: 2016-02228-CA A.P.N.:068-133-008 Property Address: 38 East Madill Street, Antioch, CA 94509 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE PURSUANT TO CIVIL CODE § 2923.3(a), 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 IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/11/2003. 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: Luis Manuel Torres, A Married Man as his sole and separate property Duly Appointed Trustee: Western Progressive, LLC. Recorded 12/24/2003 as Instrument No. 2003-0615074-00 in book —-, page—- and of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Date of Sale: 02/01/2017 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 and other charges: $ 257,368.54. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE 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

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-16-747001-BF Order No.: 8669505 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED TO THE COPY PROVIDED TO THE MORTGAGOR OR TRUSTOR (Pursuant to Cal. Civ. Code 2923.3) YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 4/24/2012. 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

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-00000064-00 The name of the business: Itech Associates Located at: 652 Wildrose Way In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Sherri Lustgarten. This business is conducted by: An Individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/1/17. Signature of registrant: Sherri Lustgarten. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 4, 2017 by Deputy M. Fuhrer Expires 1/4/2022 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 72111 Publish dates: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0007144-00 The name of the businesses: AdHalo, Classy925, REO Company Located at: 8440 Brentwood Blvd., Suite A In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: FashionJunkie4Life. 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: Christina Peterson, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: December 6, 2016 by Deputy J. Celestial. Expires December 6, 2021 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 72021 Publish dates: December 30, 2016, January 6, 13, 20, 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0007246-00 The name of the business: Sweeney’s Grill & Bar Located at: 301 Oak St. In: Brentwood, CA 94513 is hereby registered by the following owners: Petros I. Charitou and Veronica A. Charitou. This business is conducted by: Married Couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 2008. Signature of registrant: Petros I. Charitou. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: December 12, 2016 by Deputy H. Franklin Expires 12/12/2021 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 71929 Publish dates: December 23, 30, 2016, January 6, 13, 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0007308-00 The name of the business: Food Strategy Partners Located at: 916 Suntan Lane In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Carl H. Randall. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on NA. Signature of registrant: Carl H. Randall. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: December 14, 2016 by Deputy L. Spence Expires December 14, 2021 Brentwood Press No.02-1273 72002 Publish dates: December 30, 2016, January 6, 13, 20, 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0007387-00 The name of the business: Twin Cherries Located at: 2600 Eden Plans Rd In: Brentwood, CA 94513 is hereby registered by the following owner: Douglas Henry. 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: Douglas Henry. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: December 20, 2016 by Deputy A. Gnecco Expires 12/20/2021 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 72052 Publish dates: December 30, 2016, January 6, 13, 20, 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0007445-00 The name of the business: Bee-Havior and Family Support Located at: 914 Lido Circle In: Discovery Bay, CA 94505 is hereby registered by the following owner: Rachel A. Hanna. 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: Rachel A.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0007523-00 The name of the business: Passion Flowers, LLC. Located at: 380 W. Country Club Dr. Suite E In: Brentwood, CA 94513 is hereby registered by the following owner: Passion Flowers, 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 12/29/16. Signature of registrant: Maria E. Ruiz, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: December 29, 2016 by Deputy J. Crawford Expires 12/29/2021 Brentwood Press No. 021273 72083 Publish dates: January 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0007524-00 The name of the business: Arts & Crafts Trading Located at: 917 Oxford Ln In: Brentwood, CA 94513 is hereby registered by the following owner: Victor T. Bollozos. 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: Victor T. Bollozos. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: December 29, 2016 by Deputy P. Cornelius Expires 12/29/2021 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 72082 Publish dates: January 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No.: 9434-2586 TSG Order No.: 160249833-CA-VOI A.P.N.: 086-260-003 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/01/2006. 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. NBS Default Services, LLC, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded 12/12/2006 as Document No.: 2006-0395769-00, of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, executed by: DARRELL C. LANE, A MARRIED MAN, AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable in full at time of sale by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and state, and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. Sale Date & Time: 02/06/2017 at 01:30 PM Sale Location: At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1322 JACK LONDON DRIVE, PITTSBURG, CA 94565 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made in an “AS IS”condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to-wit: $384,157.84 (Estimated). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No.: 9462-3712 TSG Order No.: 160228351-CA-VOI A.P.N.: 089-450-012 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 02/15/2007. 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. NBS Default Services, LLC, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded 03/01/2007 as Document No.: 2007-0061819-00, of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, executed by: JEFFRIES R. PAYTON AND DOROTHY L. PAYTON, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, as Trustor, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable in full at time of sale by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and state, and as more fully described in the attached legal description. Sale Date & Time: 02/06/2017 at 01:30 PM Sale Location: At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1560 JENSEN DR, PITTSBURG, CA 94565 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made in an “AS IS”condition, but


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without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to-wit: $409,302.45 (Estimated). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call, 916-9390772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site, www.nationwideposting.com, for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, T.S.# 9462-3712. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. NBS Default Services, LLC 301 E. Ocean Blvd. Suite 1720 Long Beach, CA 90802 800766-7751 For Trustee Sale Information Log On To: www.nationwideposting.com or Call: 916-939-0772. NBS Default Services, LLC, Nicole Rodriguez, Foreclosure Associate This communication is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. However, if you have received a discharge of the debt referenced herein in a bankruptcy proceeding, this is not an attempt to impose personal liability upon you for payment of that debt. In the event you have received a bankruptcy discharge, any action to enforce the debt will be taken against the property only. LEGAL DESCRIPTION LOT 12, AS SHOWN ON THE MAP OF SUBDIVISION 7217, FILED APRIL 23, 1999 IN BOOK 409 OF MAPS, PAGE 1, CONTRA COSTA COUNTY RECORDS. EXCEPTING THEREFROM “ALL OIL, GAS AND OTHER HYDROCARBONS; NONHYDROCARBON GASSES OR GASEOUS SUBSTANCES; ALL OTHER MINERALS OF WHATSOEVER NATURE, WITHOUT REGARD TO SIMILARITY TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED SUBSTANCES; AND ALL SUBSTANCES THAT MAY BE PRODUCED THEREWITH FROM SAID REAL PROPERTY. EXCEPTING THEREFROM: ALL GEOTHERMAL RESOURCES, EMBRACING: INDIGENOUS STEAM, HOT WATER AND HOT BRINES; STEAM AND OTHER GASSES, HOT WATER AND HOT BRINES RESULTING FROM WATER, GAS OR OTHER FLUIDS ARTIFICIALLY INTRODUCED INTO SUBSURFACE FORMATIONS; HEAT OR OTHER ASSOCIATED ENERGY FOUND BENEATH THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH; AND BYPRODUCTS OF ANY OF THE FOREGOING SUCH AS MINERALS (EXCLUSIVE OF OIL OR HYDROCARBON GAS THAT CAN BE SEPARATELY PRODUCED) WHICH ARE FOUND IN SOLUTION OR ASSOCIATION WITH OR DERIVED FROM ANY OF THE FOREGOING. ALSO EX-

CEPTING THEREFROM: THE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE RIGHT FROM TIME TO TIME TO BORE OR DRILL AND MAINTAIN WELLS AND OTHER WORKS INTO AND THROUGH SAID REAL PROPERTY AND ADJOINING STREETS, ROADS AND HIGHWAYS BELOW A DEPTH OF FIVE HUNDRED FEET (500) FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXPLORING FOR AND PRODUCING ENERGY RESOURCES AND THE RIGHT TO PRODUCE, INJECT STORE AND REMOVE FROM AND THROUGH SAID BORES, WELLS OR WORKS, OIL, GAS, WATER, AND OTHER SUBSTANCES OF WHATEVER NATURE, AND THE RIGHT TO PERFORM BELOW SAID DEPTH ANY AND ALL OPERATIONS DEEMED BY GRANTOR NECESSARY OR CONVENIENT FOR THE EXERCISE OF SUCH RIGHTS. THE RIGHTS HEREIN ABOVE EXCEPTED AND RESERVED TO GRANTOR DO NOT INCLUDE AND DO NOT EXCEPT OR RESERVE TO GRANTOR ANY RIGHT OF GRANTOR TO USE THE SURFACE OF SAID REAL PROPERTY OR THE FIRST FIVE HUNDRED FEET (500) BELOW SAID SURFACE OR TO CONDUCT ANY OPERATIONS THEREON OR THEREIN. UNLESS HEREIN AFTER SPECIFICALLY EXCEPTED AND RESERVED, ALL RIGHTS AND INTERESTS IN THE SURFACE OF SAID REAL PROPERTY ARE HEREIN CONVEYED TO GRANTEE”, ALL AS RESERVED BY CHEVRON U.S.A. INC., IN THE DEED RECORDED FEBRUARY 2, 1987, IN BOOK 13424, PAGE 141, OFFICIAL RECORDS. ALSO EXCEPTING THEREFROM: ALL MINERALS, AND ANY REMAINING INTEREST IN AND TO ALL OIL, GAS, CASINGHEAD GAS, ASPHALTUM AND OTHER HYDROCARBONS AND ALL CHEMICAL GAS NOW OR HEREAFTER FOUND, SITUATED OR LOCATED IN ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED HEREIN LYING MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED FEET BELOW THE SURFACE THEREOF, TOGETHER WITH THE RIGHT TO SLANT DRILL FOR AND REMOVE ALL OR ANY OF SAID OIL, GAS, CASINGHEAD GAS, ASPHALTUM AND OTHER HYDROCARBONS AND CHEMICAL GAS LYING BELOW A DEPTH OF MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED FEET BELOW THE SURFACE THEREOF, BUT WITHOUT ANY RIGHT WHATSOEVER TO ENTER UPON THE SURFACE OF SAID LANDS OR UPON ANY PORTION THEREOF WITHIN FIVE HUNDRED FEET VERTICAL DISTANCE BELOW THE SURFACE THEREOF. NPP0299095 To: BRENTWOOD PRESS 01/13/2017, 01/20/2017, 01/27/2017. Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 72097 Publish Dates: January 13, 20, 27, 2017.

any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to-wit: $351,449.59 (Estimated). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. The Beneficiary may elect to bid less than the full credit bid. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. 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 129251-11. 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: 12/28/2016 MORTGAGE LENDER SERVICES, INC. 11707 Fair Oaks Blvd., Ste 202 Fair Oaks, CA 95628 (916) 962-3453 Sale Information Line: (916) 939-0772 or www.nationwideposting.com LAUREN MEYER, VICE PRESIDENT MORTGAGE LENDER SERVICES, INC. MAY BE A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NPP0299256 To: BRENTWOOD PRESS PUB: 01/06/2017, 01/13/2017, 01/20/2017. Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 72070 Publish Dates: January 6, 13, 20, 2017.

any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $1,003,165.59. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 916-939-0772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site www.nationwideposting.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20130015001496. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: NATIONWIDE POSTING & PUBLICATION A DIVISION OF FIRST AMERICAN TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY 916-939-0772 www.nationwideposting. com BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER & WEISS, LLP IS ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER & WEISS, LLP as Trustee 20955 Pathfinder Road, Suite 300 Diamond Bar, CA 91765 (866) 7951852 Dated: 12/15/2016 NPP0298463 To: BRENTWOOD PRESS 12/30/2016, 01/06/2017, 01/13/2017. Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 71961 Publish Dates: December 30, 2016, January 6, 13, 2017.

d. Shahzad Shaheed e. Shahdab Shaheed 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 03/7/17 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Brentwood Press b. FNU Shaheeda must appear at the hearing. Must bring proof of residency to the hearing. Date: 01/05/2017 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 021273 72130 Publish Dates: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 2017.

a 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 California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the Trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee’s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. 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. 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 In Source Logic AT 702-659-7766 for information regarding the Special Default Services, Inc. or visit the Internet Web site address listed below for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA01000202-16. 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: December 27, 2016 Special Default Services, Inc. TS No. CA01000202-16 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 (844) 706-4182 TDD: 866-660-4288 Lisa Welch, Trustee Sales Officer SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.insourcelogic.com FOR AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: In Source Logic AT 702-659-7766 SPECIAL DEFAULT SERVICES, INC. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. ISL Number 26666, Pub Dates: 01/06/2017, 01/13/2017, 01/20/2017, Oakley Press No: 03-0477 72066 Publish Dates: January 6, 13, 20, 2017.

EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565 All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST APN# 037-133-011-9 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1809 TERESA LN, OAKLEY, CA 94561-1633 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $165,950.98. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust has deposited all documents evidencing the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust and has declared all sums secured thereby immediately due and payable, and has caused a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be executed. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times bythe 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 http://search.nationwideposting.com/propertySearchTerms.aspx, using the file number assigned to this case CA1600275787 Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. Date: First American Title Insurance Company 1500 Solana Blvd Bldg. 6 Ste. 6100 Westlake, TX 76262 First American Title Insurance Company MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE FOR TRUSTEES SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (916)9390772 NPP0298045 To: OAKLEY PRESS 12/30/2016, 01/06/2017, 01/13/2017 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 71981 Publish dates: December 30, 2016, January 6, 13, 2017.

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. 129251-11 Loan No. 0258903 Title Order No. 160024619 APN 089-081-014-6 TRA No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 07/14/2008. 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 01/26/2017 at 01:30PM, MORTGAGE LENDER SERVICES, INC. as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 07/18/2008 as Document No. 20080159880-00 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California, executed by: PATRICIA NICHOLSON, as Trustor, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). Place of sale: At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, California describing the land therein: Lot 14, as designated on the Map of Tract No. 2639, which Map was filed in the Office of the Recorder of the County of Contra Costa, State of California, on December 17, 1958 in Volume 71 of Maps, at Page 33. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 27 CARROLL COURT, PITTSBURG, CA 94565. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. : 20130015001496 Title Order No.: 130135432 FHA/VA/PMI No.: NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 06/21/2006. 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. BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER & WEISS, LLP, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 06/23/2006 as Instrument No. 20060199078-00 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: DANIEL FRANCIS DENCH, AN UNMARRIED MAN, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by California Civil Code 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 01/30/2017 TIME OF SALE: 1:30 PM PLACE OF SALE: AT THE NORTH SIDE OF THE PITTSBURG CIVIC CENTER NEAR THE GRASS LOCATED AT 65 CIVIC AVENUE, PITTSBURG, CA. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1530 FAIRVIEW AVE, BRENTWOOD, CALIFORNIA 94513 APN#: 017-570-017-8 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: FNU Shaiq, FNU Shaheeda SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: FNU Shaiq, FNU Shaheeda CASE NUMBER: N17-0004 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner FNU Shaiq, FNU Shaheeda filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. FNU Shaiq b. FNU Shaheeda c. FNU Shamena d. FNU Shahzad e. Zubair Shaheed Shahdab to Proposed Name: a. Shaiq Shaheed b. Shahida Shaheed c. Shamena Shaheed

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000103-00 The name of the businesses: 1. Lively Stones Agency for Change 2. Dynasty Rose Located at: 405 Rocky Mountain Way In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner: Trecinna LankfordAbundis. 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: Trecinna Lankford-Abundis. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 5, 2017 by Deputy J. Crawford Expires 1/5/2022 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 72136 Publish dates: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 2017. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE APN: 037-500-028 TS No: CA0100020216 TO No: 95310420 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED November 14, 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On January 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM, at the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565, Special Default Services, Inc., as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on November 23, 2005 as Instrument No. 2005-0453455-00 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, executed by OCTAVIO MARTINEZ AND MARICRUZ MARTINEZ, HUSBAND AND WIFE, as Trustor(s), in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. as nominee for SIERRA PACIFIC MORTGAGE COMPANY, INC. as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1051 WARHOL WAY, OAKLEY, CA 94561. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee’s Sale is estimated to be $72,364.03 (Estimated). However, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary’s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TSG No.: 8670954 TS No.: CA1600275787 FHA/VA/PMI No.: 0484050331 APN: 037-133-011-9 Property Address: 1809 TERESA LN OAKLEY, CA 94561-1633 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 02/24/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 01/19/2017 at 01:30 P.M., First American Title Insurance Company, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 03/03/2006, as Instrument No. 2006-0066725-00, in book , page , , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, State of California. Executed by: CHRISTINE B SCALESE, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN AND DAVID A BROKAW, AN UNMARRIED MAN, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH

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Lions crab feed Discovery Bay Lions Club is hosting a crab feed on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2800 Camino Diablo Road, in Byron, with cocktails beginning at 6 p.m. and dinner beginning at 7 p.m. Since 1983, the Discovery Bay Lions Club has raised more than $1 million for the community, and now, it’s raising funds to benefit the visually impaired

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with a crab feed at St. Anne Catholic Church. The night will include a silent auction and contest for the best table decoration. Tickets are $60 per person, and only 400 will be sold in advance; none will be sold at the door. For more information or tickets, call Dave Ciruli at 925-354-1563 or visit www.discoverybaylions.com.

Chamber mixer scheduled Join the Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce at Hannah Nicole Vineyards for a fun start to the New Year, on Jan. 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 6700 Balfour Road, Brentwood. Enjoy wine and the beautiful

Meter from page 1A it with reserves, after a staff report that showed future projects would not cost as much as originally expected. For example, the town’s future de-nitrification project, which was originally slated to cost $8 million, is now only expected to cost $2 million. Since another large bond will not be necessary in five years, the decision was made to bring the possibility of financing the meter project through the current bond project to the board. Officials expect the final details of the bond’s cost and interest rate to be finalized

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grounds of Hannah Nicole Vineyards while getting to know the business community. Hannah Nicole has requested that you RSVP. To register for the event, visit https:// goo.gl/IK21C3.

next month. “I would expect that interest rates will be nailed down in February,” Kutsuris said. “We went to the board with a rate of 4.5 percent; this is the interest rate, plus the cost of borrowing. If rates continue to trend the way they are, we expect those numbers to come in lower. I just like to present the top of the possible cost range.” Phase one of the meter project construction is scheduled to begin Jan. 30. For more information, call 925-6341131. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

ing levels at two stations until November 2014. The district decided against another parcel tax in early 2014, after only about 2 percent of district residents filled out a survey aimed at determining support for the tax. Later that year, a higher-than-expected increase of property-tax revenue allowed the district to keep four of its stations open until mid-2015, but its attempt at a benefit assessment, intended to reopen a fifth station and keep four others functioning, was defeated by voters, forcing the district to again drop to three stations. “Hugh has done an amazing job, and really, he’s doing the job of three people,” said Joel Bryant, board president. Recently, Henderson was a key member of a multijurisdictional task force that spurred the district, cities of Brentwood and Oakley and county to pool $2.2 million in December 2015, allowing the district to reopen the district’s fourth station – in Knightsen – until June 2017. However, their luck ran out last November, when Brentwood’s Measure Z and Oakley’s Measure E were defeated. Without any new revenue by June, the fire district will again drop to three stations, with Knightsen Station 94 closing. Board member Steve Barr publicly thanked Henderson during a recent board meeting. “Although I am disappointed that the chief is retiring, I also understand every-

one comes to that point in their career, and they decide to make that decision,” Barr said. “My disappointment is losing you as a chief. I want to thank you for your years of service, not only to this community prior to your firefighting service, but also as a firefighter.” Henderson was quick to deflect praise onto his firefighters when asked to summarize his time with the district. “Our personnel do an outstanding job, providing service with the bare minimum,” he said. The soon-to-be retiree envisions spending his first days away from the district duck hunting and fishing, while he waits to see if other opportunities arise. “I have been very happy serving the community, honored to be raised in this community and happy to give back to it,” Henderson said. “I wish I could have done more, but I did the best I could with what I had.” Bryant said the district’s next steps would likely include finding an interim chief to fill the gap between Henderson’s retirement, on March 30, and an elected board taking over in 2018, which is likely to select a permanent replacement. “Finding somebody who has the skill set and experience a chief for this fire district will need, and who is willing to work for the amount of money this district is willing to pay, will be a really difficult job,” Bryant said. “It’s going to be really hard to find somebody like that.” To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

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as the normal course of business permits on January 24, 2017, to consider the following application: A rezone (RZ 16-005) to amend Chapter 17.630 (Landscaping and Screening) of the Brentwood Municipal Code by implementing regulations consistent with the State’s Water Conservation in Landscaping Act: Model Water-Efficient Landscaping Ordinance (AB 2515). On December 6, 2016, the Planning Commission held a public hearing to consider the applica-

tion and recommended that the City Council approve the rezone. Applicant:  City of Brentwood. Said hearing will be held at the City Council Chambers, 150 City Park Way. Further information may be obtained from Senior Planner Jeff Zilm [(925) 516-5136 or mailto:jzilm@brentwoodca.gov in the Community Development Department of the City of Brentwood, 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, California 94513. If you challenge the City Council’s action in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues

you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Brentwood City Council at, or prior to, the public hearing. Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 72164 Publish Date: January 13, 2017.

21700-21716 of the Business & Professions Code, Section 2328 of the UCC, Section 535 of the Penal Code and provisions of the Civil Code. The undersigned will sell at public sale by competitive bidding on the 27th DAY OF January 2017, TIME 9:00AM on the premises where said property has been stored and which are located at Premier Self Storage, 2150 Main Street, Oakley, CA 94561 County of Contra Costa, State of California, the following: Vincent Candahlen- F942

Jobina Urenda- B462 Kevin Tucker- A269 Loreto Mariano- C639 Gloria Lozoya- C604 Jennifer Gruber – A132 Ashlee Wanzo- B433 The goods to be sold consist of, but are not limited to home and office furnishings, misc. household items, large and small appliances, home electronics, recorded media, Musical Equipment, tools, sporting goods, toys, clothing, miscellaneous boxes and bags

of unknown content, etc. Purchases must be paid for at the time of purchases in cash only. All purchased items sold as is where it is and must be removed at the time of sale, Sale subject to cancellation in the event of settlement between owners and obligated party. Dated this 13th Day of January, 2017 and the 20th Day of January 2017. Storage Treasures Phone: (480) 397-6503 http:// www.storagetreasures.com/ . Oakley Press No: 03-0477 72161 Publish Dates: January 13, 20, 2017.

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Saturday, Jan. 14 Book Signing

Thursday, Jan. 19 Preschool Story Time The Brentwood Library hosts preschool story time at the Brentwood Community Center Library, 35 Oak St., in Brentwood, on Thursdays, now through Mar. 2, starting at 11:30 a.m. The event is for kids 3 to 5 years. For more information, call 925-516-5290.

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Saturday, Jan. 28 The Cancer Journey The Immaculate Heart of Mary presents The Cancer Journey, at 500 Fairview Ave., in Brentwood, from 2 to 4 p.m. The program aims to help patients and survivors of all types of cancer, as well as their care givers. For more information, call Mary Ann Smith at 925-240-1706.

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Benefit Dinner Furry Friends Food Relief Program presents its second-annual, roaring 20s themed benefit dinner, Feb. 11, at the Shadow Lakes Golf event center, 401 W. Country Club Drive, in Brentwood, starting at 5 p.m. Dinner choices are pork tenderloin, salmon or eggplant parmesan. Tickets are $60 per person. For more information or tickets, visit furryfriendsfoodre. wix.com/fffr or call 925-240-3178.

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Genealogy Class Liberty Adult Education offers Beginning Genealogy with Sabina Brooks, at 929 2nd St., in Brentwood, every Tuesday from Feb. 7 through March 7, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The

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East Bay Regional Park District is holding a docent orientation at Big Break Visitor Center, 69 Big Bread Road, in Oakley, on Jan. 15, from 11 a.m. to noon. Training on Delta ecology, presentation skills and local history is scheduled for Jan. 22 and 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Feb. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; and Feb. 21 at an undetermined time. The Jan. 15 orientation and Feb. 1 and 21 trainings are optional. For more information or to apply, contact Nichole Gange at ngange@ ebparks.org or call 510-544-3053.

Opportunity Junction holds application sessions for its job training and placement program on Jan. 17, at 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., in Antioch, at 10 a.m. The session covers applying for Opportunity Junction’s 12-week training and four-month paid internship programs. For more information, call 925-776-1133 or visit www.opportunityjunction.org.

Delta Gallery Art Classes Brentwood’s Delta Gallery, located at 2485 Sand Creek Road, is starting a new season of creative art classes starting in January. Classes for kids include oil painting and themed classes. Workshops for adults include oil painting, jewelry design and paint-and-wine events. For more information, visit www.deltagallery.com or call 925-516-5935.

Your Life. Your Legacy. The Brentwood Senior Activity Center hosts ‘Your Life. Your Legacy. Plan to make it right,’ on Jan. 24, at 193 Griffith Lane, in Brentwood, at 1:30 p.m. During this free event, people will discuss candid views on funeral planning and simple steps to create and share your final wishes. For more information or reservations, call 925-516-5444.

Conversational Spanish Liberty Adult Education offers Conversational Spanish at 929 Second St., in Brentwood, on Thursdays, from 6 to 8 p.m., Jan. 12 through March 2. The fee is $55, plus the cost of a textbook. For more information or to register, call 925-634-2565.

Conversational French Liberty Adult Education offers Conversational French at 929 Second St., in Brentwood, on Tuesdays, from 6 to 8 p.m., Jan. 17 through March 7. The fee is $55, plus the cost of a textbook. For more information or to register, call 925-634-2565.

Acrylic Painting Liberty Adult Education offers Acrylic Painting at 929 Second St., in Brentwood, on Wednesdays, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Jan. 11 through March 1. The fee is $65, plus the cost of materials. For more information or to register, call 925-634-2565. The Brentwood Parks and Recreation Department is also offering Acrylic Painting at the Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Lane, in Brentwood, on Mondays, from 9 to 11 a.m., Jan. 9 to March 20; and Thursdays, from 9 to 11 a.m., Jan. 12 to March 2. The fee for each class is $65, plus the cost of materials. For more information or to register, call 925-516-5444.

Girl Scouts of Nor Cal Girl Scouts of Nor Cal seeks girls and adults to join its leadership team. Contact infogirlscouts@yahoo.com with your girl’s name, grade, school, address and phone number or adult leadership interest.

Volunteer Drivers Needed Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in far East Contra Costa County. Drivers are needed Monday through Friday, for approximately two to two and a half hours, starting at 10:30 a.m. on the scheduled delivery day. For more information for Oakley, Brentwood, Bethel Island or Discovery Bay areas, call 925625-4545. For more information for Antioch, Pittsburg or Bay Point areas, call 925-954-8736.

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Brentwood Blaze Cheer is hosting a high school readiness cheer program for kids in fifth through eighth grade. The program does not have try-outs or cuts, and focuses on teaching jumps, tumbling, stunting and try-out techniques. Practices are ongoing, Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Brentwood. Uniforms may be purchased or borrowed, and performances are held locally throughout the year. For more information, call 925-848-8422 or email brentwoodblazecheer@gmail.com.

Library Foundation Volunteers Needed The Brentwood Library Foundation is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of duties, including assisting at events, conducting outreach and fundraising. For more information, contact Diane Alexander at dapa@comcast.net or 925-634-5456.

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GSMOL Bi-Weekly Class Golden State Manufactured Home Owners League Chapter 196 hosts an education class the second and fourth Thursday of each month in Oakley, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Facilitator Glorie Illian discusses important topics related to mobile-home living, such as emergency preparedness for pets and humans, mobilehome maintenance and more. Attendees should come prepared to take notes. For more information or to rsvp, call 925-625-6251.

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Halau Kawaikahe Lani Malie is now accepting new students, 8 years old and older, to join hula classes. Learn the beauty, art and meaning of hula dancing and the history and language of the Hawaiian people. Classes are every other Friday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in Brentwood. For more information, call Kapi’olani at 925550-5656.

Golden State Manufactured Homeowners League Chapter 196 is hosting a monthly meeting in Oakley, on the first Saturday of each month – not including December – from 10 a.m. to noon. The league teaches mobile homeowners their legal rights and how to defend themselves when rights are violated. Mobile homeowners living in Oakley, Bethal Island, Knightsen, Byron, Brentwood, Antioch or Pittsburg are welcome to the invitation-only meeting. For more information, visit www. GSMOL.org. To rsvp, call 925-625-6251.

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California Football Academy hosts a youth flagfootball tournament on Jan. 28, at Freedom High School, 1050 Neroly Road, in Oakley. Division ages are 7 to 8, 9 to 10, 11 to 12 and 13 to 15. For more information or to register, visit www.californiafootballacademy.com.

The Kaleidoscope Connection Circle meets the third Monday of every month at Kaleidoscope Cancer Connection Center, 14671 Byron Hwy., in Byron, from 10:15 a.m. to noon. Acquaint yourself with Kaleidoscope’s programs and meet its leaders and volunteers. For more information, email info@kaleidoscopehope.org or call 925-550-6198.

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For people experiencing foot pain or living with an injury, putting their best foot forward or into a shoe can be challenging. Delta Shoes & Orthotics helps East County residents step into solutions designed to support their foot-care needs. From special shoes designed to fit their foot and orthotics properly to custom orthotics and off-the-shelf shoe inserts, their wide variety of footwear solutions are designed to support each individual’s biomechanical needs. They also offer a wide variety of styles for men and women, so whether you are headed to the beach, a special event, the gym or work, you can find the footwear you need. “When someone has pain or an injury, orthotics can help by properly supporting the bones and ligaments of their feet when they walk,” said Mark Rivers, Delta Shoes & Orthotics owner and certified pedorthist. “The most important thing to remember is that for the orthotic to be effective, it must be inside a shoe that has support features built into it as well.” Rivers has studied shoe construction, shoe modification, foot-orthotic materials

and modifications, as well as anatomy, physiology and biomechanics to be able to expertly fit shoes. When someone comes into Delta Shoes & Orthotics, he assesses them for their orthotic needs and offers the option of custom orthotics or shoe inserts. Since he helps clients individually, it’s best to make an appointment, but not necessary. Rivers utilizes a state-of-the-art foot scanner for the production of custom orthotics and can design custom shoes when necessary. Shoes are also available for purchase on a walk-in basis. “I’m proud to provide the kind of old-fashioned service, knowledge and individual attention to detail when working with my clients,” said Rivers. For Rivers’ clients, being able to walk comfortably is transformative. “I’m so thankful I can walk without pain,” said Pinole resident Joy Jennings, who has been a customer for more than five years. Without her orthotics and special shoes, Jennings would have a difficult time walking, as her left leg and foot are longer and flatter than her right, causing her hips to be crooked when she walks. “I was so amazed to have a beautiful pair of shoes that fit my orthotics,” said Jennings. “I never thought I could wear a

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Melissa Kirk, business and life coach, manifesting expert, licensed massage therapist and healer, helps people find balance and healing and assists them in creating the life of their dreams. Her business, Brentwood Massage and Melissa Kirk Consulting in Brentwood, helps people with business goals, relationships, money, health and creation of the life they want. “I love when I see my clients reach their desired results, success and healing,” said Kirk. To achieve their goals, Kirk combines different techniques, including personal coaching sessions; business coaching; nutrition coaching; foot, back and face zoning; theta healing; scientific hand analysis and massage, including deep tissue, Swedish, trigger point, sports and myofascial release. According to Kirk, foot zoning physically balances the body and repairs it on a DNA level. Back zoning works with the lymphatic system and emotional body and face zoning helps clear the mental body and can be used to combat depression and

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Melissa Kirk, owner of Brentwood Massage and Melissa Kirk Consulting, helps her clients find balance and healing in their lives. mental blocks that holds her clients back. Kirk uses hand analysis to help her clients understand themselves and their natural design on a soul level, to recognize

their natural talents and life purpose and to discover what holds them back from having what they want. “To implement all of the insights

discovered and make changes in their lives quickly, I use theta healing to change brain patterns and create an empowered mindset to create what they want,” said Kirk. The classes she teaches for theta healing and scientific hand analysis are for deep self-discovery and personal growth, and also certify the graduate to be a hand analyst or theta practitioner, so they can work with their own clients, friends or family. “When I work with my clients, I combine all of these techniques to help them change their lives,” said Kirk. Livermore’s Jennifer Bourque has been a client of Kirk’s for more than a year. “(Kirk) has helped me better understand my strengths and root causes of the things that were holding me back in my work, then worked with me to overcome them,” said Bourque. “She has made such a big impact in my life that I share my success working with her every chance I get.” Brentwood Massage and Melissa Kirk Consulting is located at 180 Griffith Lane in Brentwood. For more information, visit www.brentwoodmassage.com, www. melissakirk.com or www.facebook.com/ melissakirkcoach. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

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Chair exercises for seniors with back pain Widespread People who have influenza Y difficulty standing … when doing strenuous exercise can enjoy fitness and easy movement from the comfort of a chair.

doing any of these exercises, says Ortiz. She ends all of her classes with a huge smile and the suggestion to think of three things to be grateful for and how to celebrate life with movement. Everyday, residents are encouraged to participate in some sort of physical activity at all of the senior community centers and living lodges. The more you move, the better your body and your general attitude will be. Not being able to stand and do the dreaded jumping jacks or cartwheels is now replaced with these comfortable and easy options. Marla Luckhardt is a Brentwood resident who works with several local senior care and advocacy groups. Visit her website at www.marlasreferrals.com or email her at marla2054@aol.com. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

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can affect the entire body, making dental care more than just a cosmetic concern. Many people know that poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even a loss of teeth, but failing to brush or visit the dentist regularly can also lead to more serious health issues. According to Colgate, recent research suggests that there may be an association between oral infections – particularly gum disease – and cardiovascular disease and preterm birth. Gum disease also may make diabetes more difficult to control, since infections may cause insulin resistance and disrupt blood sugar. Your mouth also can serve as an infection source for elsewhere in the body. Bacteria from your mouth can enter the bloodstream through infection sites in the gums. If your immune system is healthy, there should

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Health from page 7B cause infection. An example of this is oral bacteria sticking to the lining of diseased heart valves. Other links have been found between oral health and overall health. In 2010, researchers from New York University, who reviewed 20 years of data on the association, concluded that there is a link between gum inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease. Analysis showed that a bacterium called Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) was present in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s, but not in the samples from the brains of people who did not have the disease.

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Recent research suggests that there may be an association between oral infections – particularly gum disease – and cardiovascular disease and preterm birth. The P. gingivalis bacterium is usually associated with chronic gum disease and not dementia.

Researchers also have found a possible link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer. Harvard researchers found men with a history of gum disease had a 64 percent increased risk of pancreatic cancer, as compared with men who had never had gum disease, based on studies from 1986 to 2007. While oral health issues may lead to other conditions over time, symptoms also may be indicative of underlying conditions of which a person is unaware. Inflammation of gum tissue may be a warning sign of diabetes. Oral problems, such as lesions in the mouth, may indicate the presence of HIV or AIDS. Dentists may be the first people

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to diagnose illnesses patients don’t even know they have. An important step in maintaining good overall health is to include dental care in your list of preventative measures. Visit the dentist for biannual cleanings or as determined by the doctor, and do not ignore any abnormalities in the mouth. Maintain good oral hygiene at home by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once per day. Mouthwashes and rinses also may help keep teeth and gums healthy. Oral health and other systems of the body seem to be linked. Taking care of your teeth promotes overall health. – Courtesy Metro Creative

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The clock strikes midnight. We toast to the year gone by and cheer for another happy new one to arrive. At that moment, we are presented with a blank canvas for our next trip around the sun. We have a grand opportunity to choose a new color palette, a new attitude, a new direction or to just improve upon the ones we have now. Last year, I found two old notebooks with my New Year’s resolutions. One was from my college years, and the other was from my 40s. I hadn’t seen either since I wrote them. It was interesting to nd my #1 resolution on each – “Make a difference”. I have a friend named Sandi. She works very closely with battered women and children. Twice a year, I go through the agonizing experience of cleaning out my closets, but I know when I drop off bags of shoes and clothes on Sandi’s front porch that I am truly making a difference in many people’s lives. That is a concrete, visible example of making a difference, and it warms my heart. A less obvious example is the kind of difference we can make in people’s nancial condence and wellbeing. I have been in the mortgage business for 34 years. For 25 of those years, I offered traditional, forward mortgages. I helped people buy a home or save on their interest rate. I loved my job for all those years, but eventually, I grew tired of the same thing day in and day out. I wanted to go home at night knowing I had really changed someone’s life that day. That was when I decided to transform my life. I spent several years learning the reverse mortgage side of the industry. It was a whole new world – new

rules, new benets and new situations were placed The decisions we make together are signicant, long in my hands for review and opinion; new potential lasting and critical to the long-term success of your downsides for clients came up; and most of all, there reverse mortgage. is constant change in the industry. If you are interested in additional information The meltdown of 2008 put a lot of people in a very about how a reverse mortgage may help you build precarious situation. The old 4 percent rule was no or rebuild your nancial security and condence, longer a viable strategy. The future of unfunded or please give me a call. I am happy to meet with you, under-funded pension plans created fear. The lack and leave you with a lot of material to read, mull over of social security COLA increases created a negative and discuss with the signicant people in your lives. income situation. People worked hard all their lives, If you decide it is something that might be a good t and it was time to enjoy the fruits of their labor, but for you, then you give me a call. instead, they were experiencing nancial anxiety. As I worked with more and more clients, I realized I could help them in ways that most could not. I Office: 925-969-0380 could potentially give them the nancial condence Cell: 925-381-8264 they had planned for throughout their lives. I could Beth@YourReverse.com help them to enjoy their retirement years with independence and security. I could assist them by 3478 Buskirk Ave., Ste. 1000 giving them tools to potentially extend the life of their Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 aggregate retirement nest egg. It is important for all of us, in our own ways, to make a difference in people’s lives and to give back to the community. It is a gracious way to show our gratitude for all the wonders and treasures we have enjoyed in our lives. I truly have the honor of working with people who have contributed to society all their lives and now deserve to live out their lives doing all the things they planned to do ‘when they had time,’ and to do it with BRE: 00950759/01215943 • NMLS: 294774/831612/1850 nancial condence. Licensed by the Dept of Business Oversight under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act I take your nancial security very personally. It is my job and my responsibility to make sure that the reverse mortgage you decide on is the very best for your given lifestyle, longevity, and nancial security.


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