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What you need to make the holidays happy, jolly and bright for furry family members. Page 1B

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Early next year, the Brentwood Police Department (BPD) will have new neighbors as the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office (CCCSO) is relocating the Delta Patrol Station to Brentwood from its current location on O’Hara Avenue in Oakley. “We’ve heard over the years that the Delta Station may move closer to the sheriff’s office service territory, and it sounds like that time is now coming soon,” said Oakley City Manager Bryan Montgomery. The Brentwood City Council unanimously and without much discussion approved the lease agreement for space in the Brentwood police headquarters along with see Sheriff’s page 30A

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hese three turkeys stopped for a photo during the start of the fifth annual Turkey Trot for Schools in Brentwood on Thanksgiving morning. Nearly 1,700 runners participated in the event that raises money for athletics programs in the Liberty Union High School District and Brentwood Union School District. To view a slideshow, visit www.thepress.net/multimedia/slideshows

Development plans finalized by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

Brentwood leaders have finalized a development plan for a 431acre northwest property that’s expected to drive the city’s economic future. The document outlines development standards, land uses, infrastructure requirements and implementation measures for the area south of Lone Tree Way, west of Shady Willow Lane, north of Sand Creek, and east of Heidorn Ranch Road. The plan is intended to guide the area’s private development and public investment for the next 20 to 25 years. It calls for the sprawling landscape to become the city’s primary employment center, surrounded by a compact, mixed-use district that

“ (The plan) provides a shovel-ready project

area that makes the City of Brentwood much more regionally competitive in terms of attracting industry, high-quality jobs…

Ben Ritchie, De Novo Planning Group supports a future transit station, said Ben Ritchie, a principal of the De Novo Planning Group, which guided the plan’s development. It’s envisioned that the area could one day feature 4 million square feet of nonresidential development, generating 8,400 jobs, along with 2,100 housing units and a residential population of 4,500. “(The plan) provides a shovelready project area that makes the City of Brentwood much more re-

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gionally competitive in terms of attracting industry, high-quality jobs and helping the city really maintain or achieve a better jobs-housing balance for future and long-term fiscal sustainability,” Ritchie said. With public input, a 12-person group of city councilmembers, planning commissioners and residents crafted the plan over two years. The full planning commission and city council approved the final document.

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Councilmember Joel Bryant, a working-group member, said the theme of the discussions throughout the plan’s creation was making Brentwood a sustainable community. “Once funds from the developer community cease, we are not going to have any other source of funds to maintain the same quality of life that we have now if we don’t attract high-paying, high-skilled jobs,” he said. The document’s land-use map designates the bulk of the property – 155 acres on both sides of Highway 4 – as an employment center and light industrial development, which could include business parks, research and development facilities, high-tech services and health care buildings. see Plans page 30A

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Former Brentwood firefighter and family lose everything in treacherous Camp Fire. Page 6A

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Liberty football advances to the NCS championships. Page 21A Calendar.............................31A Classifieds..........................25A Cop Logs.............................29A Health & Beauty...............16A Holiday Happenings ......12A Milestones.........................14A Opinion...............................20A Pets........................................ 8B Sports..................................21A

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iscovery Bay is preparing for its annual December spectacle, the Parade of Lights. The 16th annual Discovery Bay Parade of Lights will roll through town Saturday, Dec. 1, spreading cheer and inspiring those who line the streets to see it pass by. The Press file photo hero-themed Parade of Lights will begin at the Discovery Bay Marina at 6 p.m. and wind its way to the Discovery Bay Shopping Center, where it will culminate in the Lions Club Tree Lighting Ceremony. The shopping center businesses will be open for viewers to purchase food and drinks. The Parade of Lights will begin at 6 p.m., at the Discovery Bay Marina, and finish at the Discovery Bay Shopping Center at the corner of Discovery Bay Boulevard and Willow Lake Road. For more information, contact parade director Amanda Dove at 925-408-8332 or amanda@deltasuntimes.com.

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Feds deny WaterFix funding request by Tony Kukulich Staff Writer

When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its list of 39 projects invited to apply for federal funding for water-related projects last month, the California WaterFix Project (WaterFix) was conspicuously absent from that list. The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program is a federal loan and guarantee program administered by the EPA that is intended to accelerate investment in the water infrastructure by providing long-term, lowcost supplemental loans for regionally and nationally significant projects. The EPA announced in April that up to $5.5 billion was available and invited prospective borrowers to submit a letter of interest (LOI) to be considered as a recipient of a portion of those funds. “Through WIFIA, EPA is playing an integral role in President Trump’s efforts to improve and upgrade our nation’s water infrastructure and ensure all Americans have access to clean and safe water,” wrote EPA acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a press release. “This year, EPA will help finance over $10 billion in water infrastructure investments that will create up to 155,000 jobs, upgrade aging infrastructure, reduce lead exposure and improve the lives of millions of Americans across the country.”

The Delta Conveyance Finance Authority (DCFA), the agency formed in July for the purpose of securing funding for WaterFix, submitted an LOI seeking an initial $1.6 billion in funding for the project’s design and construction. The LOI pegged the cost of WaterFix at $19.9 billion and stated that the members of the DCFA were interested in discussing opportunities to secure up to 49 percent of the project’s total eligible costs through WIFIA loans. “While California WaterFix was not selected to advance through the application process this round, the DCFA fully intends to resubmit next year as the project moves forward,” wrote Brian Thomas, DCFA interim executive director, in a press release. “Funds made available through WIFIA were limited this year, and there was interest from several applicants that were closer to construction. Given the regional significance of this project, we remain optimistic that next year’s application will be favorably considered to supplement funding for this much-needed upgrade to California’s aging water infrastructure.” DCFA’s letter caught the attention of WaterFix opponents for a number of reasons. The LOI provided a revised estimate for the cost of WaterFix that reflected an increase of roughly $3 billion. Thomas explained the increase as an accommodation for inflation. Barrigan-Parrilla, executive direc-

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Brian Thomas, DCFA interim executive director tor for Restore the Delta, agreed that the new cost figure does account for inflation but expressed concern that the public had not been made aware of the impact on the project’s total cost. “The project costs have jumped to $19.9 billion,” said Barrigan-Parrilla. “This is due to inflation – not overruns – and is baked into their previous cost discussions. However, the public is not being made aware of the inflationary costs. And the project is only 10 percent designed. Costs will increase as design advances.” The LOI also stated that construction permits would be issued by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on Dec. 14 and construction of the tunnels would begin the following day. This statement was

made while hearings regarding those permits were still underway and a decision on the construction permits is still outstanding. A representative from the SWRCB denied that board had provided the DCFA any information upon which that assumption may have been made while Thomas referred to it as DCFA’s best estimate of a construction schedule. Principal stakeholders in WaterFix offered only sparse comments regarding EPA’s decision. A representative from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California had no comment while a representative from the Department of Water Resources said they did not expect the decision to impact WaterFix in terms of support or construction. “After all borrowers are formally notified of their selection status and the WIFIA program has completed its public announcement, the program offers debriefs to all nonselected borrowers,” said Tricia Lynn with the EPA’s Office of Public Affairs. “This debrief provides more details as to the stronger and weaker parts of the LOI and what can be improved if the borrower wishes to submit another LOI in a future round.” Thomas indicated DCFA’s intent to gain feedback from WIFIA and EPA and resubmit the next funding request. “I think that’s how we’re approaching it,” he said. “The project is still moving forward.” To comment, visit www.thepress.net

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A pair of bald eagles became intertwined in a pecan tree in Brentwood this week. Emergency responders came to their aid but the couple managed to untangle themselves and flew off unharmed.

Bald eagles drop into Brentwood by Tony Kukulich Staff Writer

When Curtis Falwell heard a sudden crash of pecans on the roof of his Brentwood home on the 100 block of Gregory Lane Monday morning, he couldn’t have guessed the culprits behind the commotion. Outside he discovered a pair of bald eagles entangled in the clutches of one another near the top of a tree some 30 or 40 feet off the ground. The eagles appeared unable or unwilling to separate as they struggled in the branches. “I heard a bunch of ruckus outside and the dogs started barking really loud and a bunch of pecans fell all over the house,” said Falwell. “I went outside and (the eagles) were stuck in the tree. I looked up, and there they were.” A call to 9-1-1 resulted in responses from the Brentwood Police Department, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, Contra Costa County Animal Control and the City of Brentwood. After assessing the situation from directly under the tree, all of the responders retreated to the street to avoid adding stress to the already distressed eagles. The bald eagle is a large raptor that can weigh up to 14 pounds and can have a wingspan of up to 8 feet. The national symbol of the United States is easily identified by the snow-white head and tail that is characteristic of both male and female adult birds. Placed on the federal endangered species list in 1967, they were removed in 2007, though they continue to be protected by several acts including the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

“ I went outside and (the eagles) were stuck in the tree. I looked up and there they were.

Curtis Falwell and the Eagle Act. While the bald eagle’s recovery from the brink of extinction is a success story for the Endangered Species Act, they remain on the California list of endangered species. A team from Lindsay Wildlife Experience (LWE) in Walnut Creek responded to the incident and hatched a plan to get the eagles out of the tree that included a team member approaching the birds courtesy of a bucket truck while firefighters on the ground were prepared with large nets to contain the raptors if they fell to the ground. As Aireo Shipman from LWE approached the birds, they apparently decided enough was enough, and with flourish of screeching and beating wings, the birds loosened their grip and flew from the tree. Within seconds, they were out of sight. “It could either be a territorial dispute or a courtship,” said Shipman as he explained how the birds might have ended up in the tree. “I think just me getting close to them and disturbing the tree was enough for them to let go and fly away. Ultimately this was the best outcome ... They both looked really good.” To view a video and a slideshow, visit www.thepress.net/multimedia

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Escaping the Camp Fire by Tony Kukulich Staff Writer

Retired East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Capt. John Foster recalled being mildly annoyed when he heard a neighbor knocking on his door early in the morning of Nov. 8. But when he opened the door it was immediately clear that something was very wrong. John and his wife, Patty, longtime Brentwood residents, had been visiting family before returning to their new home in Paradise. The night before the fire started was unremarkable, one like any other. The couple grabbed a quick dinner. John took the garbage can to the end of the driveway, and he and Patty called it a night. Within hours, the garbage can was the only thing left standing after the Camp Fire roared through their neighborhood leaving widespread devastation in its wake and sending John and Patty scrambling for their lives along with a host of their neighbors. “I’m always an early riser. I got up and poured my coffee like I normally do every morning,” John said, describing the first morning of the fire. “I have a neighbor that comes over four or five times a day. He barely knocks on my door. If I’d have been asleep I wouldn’t have heard him. I go to the door and he goes, ‘Hey, come here and look at this.’ I don’t even have shoes on. I follow him out and we got to the end of the carport and I looked up and at that point

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Long-time Brentwood residents Patty and John Foster are living in Brentwood again after having lost their home in Paradise, California, to the Camp Fire. The Fosters fled as the fire was bearing down on their neighborhood, and they led a caravan of cars through the fire to safety. could see her stuff on the couch. I got it and got out.” As John and Patty were pulling out of the neighborhood that had just begun to feel like home, they knew it was unlikely they would ever see their house again. At that moment, though, that was the least of their problems. The Fosters ran into a traffic jam before they made it to Skyway, their route to safety. As other neighbors fell in behind the Fosters, they looked to John for a plan. His first objective was to keep everyone calm. Then he began scouting around

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Students from across Brentwood Union School District recently participated in The Streets of Brentwood’s challenge to gather recyclables and create earth-friendly ornaments.

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While the holidays often come with an influx of plastic waste and discarded paper, one event in Brentwood repurposed the spirit with an earth-friendly theme. In the weeks before the Nov. 24 tree-lighting event that saw crowds flock to the shopping center at Sand Creek Road, management from The Streets of Brentwood invited 17 classrooms from the Brentwood Union School District to participate in a holiday challenge – to decorate a tree using recycled, biodegradable materials. Participation included the 6- to 7-foot tree, $100 reimbursement for decorating supplies and $250 for classroom purposes. “We were looking for a way to support Brentwood schools and give the kids a chance to help decorate Santa’s Brentwood home for the Christmas holiday,” said Mike Jones, senior general manager. “Honestly, we were just excited that so many classrooms wanted to come decorate a tree.” Participants were from Brentwood, Loma Vista, Marsh Creek, Mary Casey Black and Krey elementary schools. Teachers of the classrooms to represent those schools were Jennifer Sanchez of Brentwood Elementary; Deanna Lengyel, Heather DiMaggio and Tani Misquez of Loma Vista; Susan Petures, Rebecca Delgado, Ashley Wilkins and Alecia Dean of Marsh Creek; Felicia Steele, Ashley Rose, Micalann Cowen and Heather Ambuehl of Mary Casey Black; and Tracy Fogelstrom, Melissa Bower, Sarah Jenkins, Marcy Bell and Kristen Brassart of Krey. The teachers then asked students and families to participate by saving toilet paper rolls and other items that would otherwise end up in the trash, and the kids used their imaginations to create ornaments. “We focused on making old-world style ornaments and even dried oranges and cranberries to string a garland,” Jenkins explained. Delgado said she and her students

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had conversations about how they could start creating other craft projects at home with recyclables, while Ambuehl noted how involved her fourth-graders were from start to finish. For Misquez, the project went hand in hand with her class’s current theme of ‘community.’ “I loved how this project brought out the creativity in the students,” said Rose. “They came up with some amazing ideas that I would never have thought of. In a world where technology is taking over, it was great to see these kids using their hands and imaginations to create something festive out of items they would have thrown away.” On the day of the event, families and students were invited to join their teachers at The Streets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to decorate their trees with the ornaments. “The kids had a lot of fun making their recycled ornaments and loved decorating the tree,” said Padon. “We originally wanted to participate in this program because it would be fun for the kids but also (The Streets was) going to make a generous donation to each classroom that participated.” Padon’s classroom had been in need of additional funding for a Sacramento field trip, so the opportunity was timely. “When a few of my students, their families and I arrived to decorate, we were very impressed and excited to be a part of something during the holidays that everyone could see and enjoy,” said Petures. The celebrations that followed that evening included a traditional tree lighting, performances by school bands and hometown girl Ilianna Viramontes (who appeared on “The Voice”), and visits with Santa. Throughout the remainder of the season, Santa will be available to take photos with both kids and pets on select days. One upcoming event will be held more privately for children with special needs, Dec. 9, from 9 to 11 a.m. Registration is required. For more information, visit https:// shopstreetsofbrentwood.com. To view video and slideshow, visit www. thepress.net/multimedia

Here are some things to consider as the end of the year approaches. THE “MARKET” – We are seeing signs of the market slowing down. There are lots of opinions floating around as to the cause – higher interest rates, the fires, the stock market wild fluctuations, the affordability crisis (home prices rising faster than incomes have risen) or is this just the “normal” slow down we usually see about this time of year due to weather and the approaching holidays? I think it’s probably a combination of all these items and I’ll discuss them more at length in another article soon. SHOULD WE LEAVE OUR HOME ON THE MARKET OVER THE HOLIDAYS? – I get this question quite a bit every year about this time. If you really don’t have to sell and you don’t have a hard deadline to meet, you may want to take it off the market and go back on the market in January because there are fewer buyers looking during this time. However, sometimes we see a spike in inventory in January so you may

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Seen here lighting the menorah at last year’s Chanukah celebration is Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor. This year, the festivities will take place at city hall, Dec. 2.

Are You in a Relationship Rut? Every long-term relationship has its low points, but how do you know if the relationship rut you’re experiencing is temporary or something more concerning? Here are 4 signs to learn if you’re in a rut: 1. You don’t look forward to spending time together. Every day is an adventure when you first get together. But now, “couple time” isn’t something you’re excited about. 2. You compare your relationship to others. In the age of Instagram, it’s easy to assume your couple friends are so much happier than you and your partner. But comparison is the thief of joy, especially when it comes to relationships and no one’s life is as perfect as they portray it on social media.

3. Your sex life isn’t much to write home about. You’re hardly alone if your sex life has become humdrum or nonexistent. “Sexless marriage” is the top-searched marriage complaint on Google. The search term is three and a half times more common than “unhappy marriage” and eight times more common than “loveless marriage.” 4. You wonder if the grass is greener on the other side. Your single friends make dating look so fun, you sometimes wonder what that swipe life is all about. There are many ways to get out of a rut. The best way is choose gratitude. If you are going through a life transition, contact The Law Offices of Silky Sahnan for a confidential consultation at 888-228-1098.

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How to protect the homes of grieving heirs. by Joan Grimes, Esq.

A common problem after the death of parent is trying to figure out how to pay the mortgage or obtain adequate time to sell the family home before the mortgage company can foreclose. Dealing with mortgage companies after the death of a parent has been one of most difficult tasks facing heirs, because there was no state or federal law which required a loan servicer to engage in any kind of preforeclosure or loss mitigation process with heirs after the borrower had died. The good news is the California Legislature enacted Civil Code Section 2920.7, which became effective Jan. 1, and is commonly known as the ‘Survivors Bill of Rights.’ The Survivors Bill of Rights is a very important tool for heirs trying to deal with the Grantor’s real property, because it protects surviving heirs who are not a party to the mortgage loan. In order to qualify for protection, the real property must have been the decedent’s principal residence, and the loan in question must be a first lien against the real property. Reverse mortgages are excluded, because they automatically come due upon the death of the borrower. Assuming the real property qualifies for protection, there are two parts to the Survivors Bill of Rights you need to understand: 1. Verifying successor in interest status – If a non-borrower notifies the servicer that the borrower has died and claims to be a heir or successor in interest to the property, the servicer must give the heir at least 30 days to provide reasonable documentation verifying the borrower’s

death and at least 90 days to provide reasonable documentation establishing the non-borrower’s claim to ownership interest in the property. 2. Rights and remedies of verified heirs – After claimant is verified, the lender must provide the heir with information regarding the loan and allow the heir to either apply to assume the loan or apply simultaneously for a loan modification to bring the loan current. While the lender is not required to allow assumption of a loan or required to grant a loan modification, they are required to give an heir a ‘meaningful opportunity’ to obtain available loss mitigation options offered by the servicer. In conclusion, the Survivors Bill of Right can mean the difference between saving a family home for heirs and losing it in a foreclosure. If you know that the decedent’s loan is delinquent, it is critical to contact the mortgage company as soon as possible. If you have questions about what needs to be done after the death of the first spouse, I see people Monday through Friday for a FREE 30-minute consultation in my Walnut Creek and Brentwood offices. To view additional articles about estate planning, visit www.lawofficeofjoangrimes.com. 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. The law office of Joan M. Grimes is located at 600 S. Main Street, Suite 100, Walnut Creek, CA, 94513 © 2014 Joan Grimes. For more information, call 925-939-1680.

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– Poem and sketch by Jaeden Gutierrez

Without you my life has been hell Got a lot on my mind, my room’s starting to feel like a cell I see you everyday. Do you ever look my way? All I know is that I miss our everyday All the times that we went to the garden, gave you my heart. I would have never imagined that our friends would tear us apart. I wish I could hug you, and tell you how I feel. I wish I could kiss you if I’m coming off real I hope that one day they could all understand that the Rose had a thorn with an evil master plan. For I will always seek the beauty in this cruel, cruel world, Knowing there’s a tiny speck of faith in my Bella Rose girl. Sin ti mi vida ha sido un infierno Tengo tanto en la mente, mi cuarto se empieza a sentir como una celda Te veo todos los días ¿Alguna vez te fijas en mi? Solo sé que extraño nuestro cada día Cada vez que fuimos al jardín, te di mi corazón Nunca imaginé que nuestros amigos nos separarían. Desearía poder abrazarte y decirte lo que siento. Desearía poder besarte y saber que estoes Espero que algún día todos puedan entender Que la Rosa tenía una espina con un siniestro plan maestro. Porque siempre busco la belleza en este mundo tan, pero tan cruel, Al saber que hay una pequeña semilla de fe en mi Pequeña Rosa bella.

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My Hometown Dangerous Streets Octavio Bojorquez, 14 Bay Area. Then my mother and future sister and I settled in Antioch, in about 2008. My experience with the city has taught me many lessons, brought me joy and even hopelessness. Frankly, it’s dangerous. There are many good families trying to make a living, but there are also many people living the fast life. I’ve lost people to the streets and lost people to violence

or even drugs. When I say lost I mean that they aren’t themselves anymore. Some I have lost to the federal system, others have been violently attacked with knives, jumped, even shot. I have even had guns pulled on me in broad daylight. It isn’t safe for most people. The crime and violence need to stop. Antioch is a beautiful city with some dangerous streets.

El Pueblo Donde Me He Criado Calles peligrosas Octavio Bojorquez, 14 De niño cambiaba mucho de casa por el Área de la Bahía. Entonces mi mamá y futura hermana y yo nos asentamos en Antioch hacia el 2008. Mi experiencia con la ciudad me ha enseñado muchas lecciones, me ha dado mucha alegría e incluso desesperanza. Francamente, es peligroso. Hay muchas buenas familias intentando ganarse la vida, pero tamibén hay mucha gente que vive la vida rápida. La calle,

la violencia e incluso las drogas se han llevado a personas que conocía. Cuando digo llevado quiero decir que ya no son ellos. Algunos se los ha llevado el sistema federal, y otros han sido atacados violentamente con cuchillos, atracados, incluso disparados. Incluso a mí me han apuntado con pistolas en pleno día. No es seguro para la mayoría de las personas. El crimen y la violencia tienen que parar. Antioch es una preciosa ciudad con unas calles peligrosas.

Speaking their truths the YEP way One Day at A Time’s Youth Expression Project (YEP) is helping teach students how to express themselves concerning issues they feel are important, and providing them a platform from which to be seen and heard. YEP’s Writing and Art Workshops will run 10 weeks. Our partner, The Brentwood Press, will publish the written work every other week. The Delta Art Gallery will host an upcoming show for the artwork. Thanks to the Zellerbach and Kaiser Foundations for funding these workshops.


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Another Thanksgiving on the books Well, the last load of dirty dishes from Thanksgiving is finally done. I think it was a success. But the bar was set pretty low last year when I opened my overpriced turkey and it released a noxious odor so bad that I got flashbacks from Hangin’ in my youth when we drove through Gary, here Indiana, on our way from Chicago to California. ‘Rotten eggs’ does not adequately describe that particular stench, and the same goes for that tainted Vicki turkey. I ended up McKenna serving boneless, skinless and tasteless chicken breasts alongside my dried-out side dishes of Stovetop stuffing and instant mashed potatoes. Yum. This year, I served 15 family members and friends. I was able to provide seating and silverware for all despite having to make an emergency trip to World Market for extra knives. I didn’t take any chances on a bad turkey this year. I ordered two full Thanksgiving dinners from Mimi’s Café. It was wonderful! The side dish portions were a little skimpy, but I pulled out my go-to instant mashed potatoes and Stove Top Stuffing and whipped up some extra carbs just to be safe. My mom, who is getting more absent-minded by the day, insisted on helping me, so I gave her a few simple tasks – lighting candles and putting butter on the table. I knew something was amiss when I saw her struggling to open my large standing bird cage that houses four parakeets and a cockatiel, while holding the plate of butter. I sent Maury in to check on her, and he loudly asked me if I was sure I wanted the butter in the birdcage. Welcome to life with my mom now … never a dull moment. I can only imagine what would have happened had she been successful opening the cage. Birds would have flown the coop and sent my cats into a frenzy, and who knows what would have been scattered atop my Thanksgiving dinner. Thankfully, none of that occurred and the rest of the day went off without a hitch. We even took our Christmas card photo. Can you even take a breath between Thanksgiving and Christmas? They should just combine the two and call it

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Thanksmas. You no sooner put away the roasting pan and it’s time to pull out all the Christmas décor. I don’t know about you, but I have way too much decor. I have often thought about renting one of those Pod storage units they bring to your driveway, so I can store my current furnishings in it until January. This year however, we have less furniture to worry about thanks to my six cats. For some unknown reason, they appear to have declared mutiny against me. They destroyed two of my fauxleather barrel chairs by using them as their own personal litter boxes. I guess I should be thankful I can’t afford real leather. Why do cats do this? I need a cat whisperer. I give them everything – love, a big open space with plenty of mice and large, clean litter boxes. I feed them wet cat food and Thanksgiving leftovers. They have scratching posts and cat towers. I think we have more cat furniture in my house than people furniture. Maybe it is their ultimate plan to one day take over the house and kick us out! I watched yesterday as the garbage man picked up one of the chairs and hoisted it into the back of the truck. I’m pretty sure I saw my cats high-fiving each other. My cats can’t wait for Christmas. It’s their favorite time of year. They delight in watching us bring a huge tree into our home and put it smack dab in the middle of the living room. They bat at the ornaments, breaking many, and climb up the trunk, so we have to secure the tree to the wall with a bungee cord, and of course, they leave puddles of Christmas joy underneath it. Maybe I should put them in the Pod storage unit until January. I could never do that. They look so darned cute in their little Santa hats. I am a lost cause. Despite all the work and battling the shenanigans of my cats, I love this time of year. I can still get excited about Christmas and the magical feeling surrounding it. Or is it the eggnog? As I drag out the countless boxes of ornaments and familiar knickknacks, I feel thankful to be here for another year, unpacking all of it again. Memories of Christmases past come to mind along with the hope for many more to come. Just saying, I am wishing for more grandchildren and less cats.

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Jan. 30, 1930 – Nov. 6, 2018 Doletta McNeley, a longtime resident of Oakley, passed away on Nov. 6, at the age of 88. She leaves behind a sister, Delma Shahan of Las Vegas, Nevada; daughters, Ginger Magures of Poulsbo, Washington, Dena Crane of Port Angeles, Washington, Darlene Cheney of Crescent, Oregon, and Terri Steinberg of Antioch, California; seven grandchildren; along with several great- and great-greatgrandchildren. Graveside services were held at Oak View Memorial on Nov. 13.

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Blood pressure is about more than the numbers What is a good number for healthy blood pressure? Good question. I have the honor of taking my mom’s friend to her cardiologist appointments, and today I had the opportunity to ask Senior Dr. Ashul Govil a orner few questions about this very subject. I had always heard that the perfect blood pressure was 120 for your top or systolic pressure and 80 for the bottom or diastolic Marla number. Although Luckhardt Dr. Govil agrees with those basic numbers, there are certain variables that have an impact on your heart health, which can alter the numbers, up or down. First, it’s good to know exactly what blood pressure represents and why it is important to be aware of your numbers. When your heart beats, it squeezes and pushes blood through your arteries to the rest of your body. This force creates pressure on those blood vessels, and that’s your systolic blood pressure, the top number. The diastolic reading, or the bottom number, is the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats, fills

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with blood and gets oxygen. Dr. Govil explained that the pressure of the blood in the circulatory system is measured for heart-related diagnosis since it is closely related to the force and rate of the heartbeat and the diameter and elasticity of the arterial walls. Monitoring these numbers and taking preventative action can help deter heart attacks or strokes. He further explained that as we age our arteries don’t compress as easily, which can at times give a false reading on a blood pressure machine. The systolic number is much more important in determining heart-related issues, but both should be watched for any upward or downward swings. If your systolic pressure is elevated above 135 or the diastolic blood pressure is more than 90, your doctor will probably want to check it every three to six months and recommend some minor lifestyle changes like more exercise and a better diet. This is known as type 1 hypertension. Depending on your other health issues, you may get medication and be asked to come back to recheck your condition in a month. The cardiologist will try different medications and dosages to get a perfect balance – if you have high pressure, they should slowly bring it down. Someone with stage 2 hypertension

(140/90 or higher) will likely get medication and also be monitored more frequently than every three to six months. Keeping track of blood pressure at home is important, especially if it’s on the high side. This helps you and your doctor find out if your treatment is working. Several medical supply places or local pharmacies carry machines that are easy to use and can help you keep tabs on those numbers. Govil suggests to take it at the same time every day for conformity, keep a log of the numbers and, if you begin to have a pretty consistent normal reading, cut back to a few times a week. Taking your own blood pressure at home can sometimes be as good – if not better – than doing it at the doctor’s office because many people have what’s called “white coat hypertension.” It’s a real condition. The stress of being in a doctor’s office tends to raise your blood pressure, but when you’re home, it’s normal. If your blood pressure is over 180 on the top, this is a hypertensive crisis and should be checked immediately, even if it means calling 9-1-1. High blood pressure is a threat but being too low can also be worrisome. It’s indeed a juggling act and a good cardiologist can help balance that with medication if deemed necessary. If

your number is below 100 on the top and under 50 on the bottom, it can be dangerous. Dizziness from pressure that is too low can result in a fall. You may not feel ill but if it is too low, it can make you feel very tired and lethargic. Either way you should check with your physician if there is a change in the norm for you. When you wake up in the morning it is a good idea to sit for a moment on the side of the bed before getting up if you are experiencing any dizziness. I think it’s a smart thing to do anyway since I am usually a bit groggy in the morning and jumping out of bed is no longer in my vocabulary! Everyone is different and my blood pressure has always been a bit low. I run about 110/70, which according to my doctor is normal for me. I am not a physician, and these figures are just a guideline and not set in cement. The best advice I can offer is to go for your usual physical and if your primary care physician notices any problems with your blood pressure, you can nip it in the bud and avoid risks. Get a referral to a good cardiologist who has a kind and patient nature with seniors. As for Mom’s friend, she had a great check up! Marla Luckhardt is a Brentwood resident who works with senior care and advocacy groups. Email her at marla2054@aol.com.

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Leading the industry in advanced technology Making connections to the community through specialized events, contributions and professional partnerships, Golden State Dermatology is making waves in the field of plastic surgery. With one of its offices located in Brentwood, the crew is proud to have Dr. Michael Hall, a board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeon, at the helm. Hall specializes in repair and replacement of skin tissue, bone and other tissues, while his team of plastic surgeons also conduct reconstructive surgery on hands and faces (craniofacial work). Founded by Ed Becker, M.D., the practice consistently ranks among the most highly rated in Northern California and further specializes in medical conditions of the skin, hair and nails as well as surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic skincare, anti-aging and body contouring. Alicia Becker, office administrator for Golden State’s various locations, said, unlike surgeons who administer general anesthesia in a hospital, Hall performs almost all of his procedures in the office using local anesthesia. “(He’s) trying to minimize the amount of time the client is in the surgical room,” she explained. After receiving his medical degree, Hall moved back home to Philadelphia and completed his residency training with the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. It was during this time, Hall gained an appreciation for the intricate balance between surgery and artistry, form and function, which led him to pursue the field of facial plastic and re-

Fire from page 6A over. Yeah, it’s hot and it’s smoky, but it’s tolerable.” Under John’s direction and in seriously deteriorating conditions, the caravan that had grown to 30 or 40 cars, maybe more, pulled into the large parking lot of a convalescent home. It wasn’t ideal, but it was the best option at hand. The civilians were joined by police officers from several agencies and even a Cal Fire engine crew who saw the wisdom in John’s survival plan. The air was thick with smoke and full of red hot embers and fire burned around the perimeter, but everyone survived. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for everyone who was trapped on Skyway that morning. As the roadway reopened, John led the long line of cars as they snaked their way through the still-burning town of Paradise to safety in Chico and a rendezvous with neighbors and loved ones. John and Patty’s home did burn to the ground that morning along with most of Paradise. Purchased with their life savings, it had yet to be insured. John explained that obtaining fire insurance in an area prone to wildfire is complicated and time consuming and they had yet to complete the process. The Fosters are temporarily living in Brentwood but plan to live in a travel trailer near Paradise when it is safe

constructive surgery. After completing his residency, he was chosen for a highly competitive fellowship through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, one of less than 50 positions each year. Hall specializes in the full breadth of cosmetic and functional facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has extensive training in face and neck lifting, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, fat transfer, minimally invasive surgical and nonsurgical techniques, lasers, Mohs reconstruction, trauma and more. “With Mohs reconstruction, when there is melanoma on the face, it is hard for patients to have surgery on the face,” said Becker. “You have to take all the cancer cells off the skin – this is when the plastic surgeon works with dermatology surgeon. (The dermatologist will) cut and cut and cut until the lab cannot find anymore cancer cells in that area and that’s where the plastic surgeon comes in to reconstruct the area. (Hall) does an amazing job.” Golden State Dermatology is a comprehensive medical and surgical cosmetic dermatology practice with locations in Brentwood, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Livermore, Merced and Modesto. In an upcoming private event, Hall will further demonstrate his methods and techniques with prescreened visitors. Registration is required. Golden State Dermatology is located at 1200 Central Blvd., Suite D, in Brentwood. For more information, call 925-308-9510. To comment, visit www.thepress.net

to do so. “It’s a tragedy for all the people who lost everything in Paradise, but it hits especially close to home when it happens to one of our own,” said ECCFPD Battalion Chief Ross Macumber. “Fortunately, Capt. Foster and his wife are safe, and he also aided other people in the area while he evacuated, getting them to safety. Capt. Foster served this area for over 30 years and stepped up and helped all while the fire was bearing down on him. We are proud of his actions and will support him in any way we can. He is still one of ours, even into retirement.” It is impossible to say how the outcome might have changed for the people who followed the Fosters that morning, though John is quick to disavow any sentiment that he is a hero. “We’re not used to taking,” said John, and Patty agreed. “We always gave. Look, now we’ve got stuff, and we didn’t ask for any of it. It’s literally humbling, the people that have stepped up. Even people I haven’t talked to in 20 years – they’ve called, they’ve sent message. It’s overwhelming. It’s a touching thing.” To contribute to a GoFundMe account for the Fosters, visit: https://bit. ly/2K1MubJ. To comment, please visit www.thepress.net

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Supporting local news takes commitment By now the word is out that The Press newspapers are going to a subscription model – meaning readers are being asked to pay for content whether it be online or in print. It’s a ditorial change and a sign of the times when a 24/7 news cycle is creating an onslaught of free options and publishers are scrambling to balance it with the cost of doing business. But subscription models are nothing new. After all, subscribing to a local newspaper is a tried and true format – it’s just that when you have had something for free, it bristles when you are suddenly asked to pay for it. Even if it is less than $2 a month. However, community

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newspapers across the country must adapt to a changing environment in order to maintain their commitment to providing hyper-local breaking news, high school and league sporting events and features on your neighbors, businesses and schools. This requires skilled, proven writers and talented support staff. And those resources come at a cost. The Press is no different. We understand that readers have options in today’s fast-paced world of immediate access to the world. News is just a click away on thousands of websites, but community journalism isn’t about grabbing national news off CNN or Fox websites, because you surely won’t find it there. It’s about the high school BVAL

Letters Receiving a welcome home on Veterans Day

Editor: On Friday, Nov. 9, I attended an assembly at my granddaughter’s school, Ron Nunn Elementary.  It was a celebration of Veterans Day and veterans. There were 300 kids in grades one to three seated on the gym floor and about 15 young and old vets in chairs behind them. We each got handed a handmade certificate made by a small child. Mine reads, “Thank you for protecting us and doing your job. Love, Conner.” We said the Pledge of Allegiance with hands over hearts, and all of us sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Amy, the principal, made a presentation on “What is a Veteran” to explain the idea to these young Americans. We then were treated to a slideshow of pictures of veterans who are relatives of students – 125 of us. We vets went to the stage to stand

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with our children and grandchildren to introduce our selves. My granddaughter was thrilled. She wore my lapel pin of the Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, 1st Mar Div.  It was like turning the clock back to 1959 America when patriotism and love of country was a part of daily community life! Talk about a positive flashback. I had been a wanderer for many years, and now through the love and commitment of family, Ron Nunn Elementary School and Brentwood, I finally received the welcome home that never took place for so many of us. Thank you one and all! Brent MacKinnon Alameda

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Editor: On Nov. 17, Liberty High School Dance Team held their inaugural Pancake Breakfast with Santa fundraiser. This event was a huge success, enjoyed by many children and families who had an opportunity to visit with Santa, make arts and crafts projects, listen to Christmas carols and eat a

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delicious breakfast with a coffee and hot chocolate bar. This event would not have been possible without the generous support and donations of many community organizations, businesses and individuals, including Liberty High School Dance Team; Brentwood Rotary Club; Big House Beans Café; MJ’s Café; Brentwood Café; Zeigler Insurance; Brentwood Press; 110 Magazine; Big Chill; Perfectly Posh; East County Dance; Macaroni Kids of Brentwood; Liberty High School Choir; Bart Schneider (Edna Hill Middle School); Kyle Roman (Liberty High School); LHS cafeteria staff members Alex, Valorie and Leslie; and Liberty High School administration. A sincere thank you to the dance team advisors – Amina Bocchio and Sandra Overly – and parents who worked so hard to make this event a success. Liberty High School Dance Team

Roads already crowded

Editor: I live in Byron, across from the proposed St. Anne Village. In your article about the village, on Nov. 16, it doesn’t mention that the

small, two-lane street (Holway Drive is already over congested. Being the entrance and exit to the proposed village, it will cause our traffic to get even worse. As most know, this road is used by most people in the morning to get to Vasco Road and in the evening to return home. Morning traffic and evening traffic makes it almost impossible to enter or exit our driveways. Your article states that environmental, geological and traffic studies have been done, (but) I don’t know how the studies can conclude that more traffic will not cause more problems for this small, two-lane road. In addition, the road floods every rainy season, and the field that takes most of the run off will be replaced by asphalt. I don’t think who did or approved these studies must travel down our road that often or they would understand our concerns. I have  lived in Byron for many years, and I’m just concerned this project will make our problems worse, not better. I hope the county would take some more time and take another look at some of our concerns. Miguel Lorenzo Byron

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Liberty football team headed to title game by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

The Liberty football team came out rusty in its North Coast Section Open Division semifinal against Clayton Valley. But it was running like a well-oiled machine by the end of its 42-14 win. “We were super-sloppy, huffing and puffing, because we didn’t have many normal practices,” said Liberty head coach Ryan Partridge about his team, who hadn’t played in 29 days due to poor air quality stemming from the Camp Fire in Butte County. “I said we needed an explosion. We need one big play, and we got it.” The Lions (11-0) trailed 6-0 after one quarter and led only 14-6 after three quarters, before rattling off 28 fourth-quarter points to secure their second straight North Coast Section championship game appearance. Liberty quarterback Jay Butterfield completed 20 of 26 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns; running back Tyerell Sturges-Cofer rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns; and wide receivers Sione Vaki and Adrik Lamar combined for 13 catches for 220 yards and three scores. The Lions will face off with undefeated De La Salle, which is looking for its 27th straight North Coast Section title Dec. 1 at Dublin High School. “We know they are a great team, but we

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Sione Vaki hauls in an eventual touchdown during the Lions’ 42-14 win over Clayton Valley in a North Coast Section Open Division semifinal. Liberty will clash with De La Salle for the title on Dec. 1. are a great team, too,” said Butterfield. It took Liberty virtually the entire half to avenge a 6-0 deficit, set up by Makhi Gervais’s 1-yard touchdown less than five minutes into the game after Priest Preston’s interception. But when Butterfield took the Lions on an 82-yard drive that culminated in Vaki’s 12-yard touchdown, giving the Lions

a 7-6 lead with 15 seconds left in the first half, it appeared to set fire to the Lions’ offense. Liberty scored on three consecutive second-half possessions – on Lamar and Vaki’s 64- and 71-yard catches and Sturges-Cofer’s 64-yard scamper – to go up 28-6 early in the fourth quarter. “We came out a little rusty, but in the

second half, we fixed some things and came out in the second half and played lights out,” said Vaki. The Lions “bend but don’t break” defense also rose to the occasion multiple times during the night. The Liberty defense recovered a forced fumble on Clayton Valley’s fourth play of the game; stopped the Ugly Eagles on fourth down on the Liberty 18-yard line midway through the second quarter, with Clayton Valley already leading 6-0; and forced another turnover on downs on Clayton Valley’s first second-half possession. Jerrin EasterWilliams and Deizion Bartley also tallied interceptions in the game, the first of which set up Sturges-Cofer’s 64-yard touchdown a play later. Logan Sumter’s 2-yard touchdown run pulled the Ugly Eagles within 28-14 with seven minutes left in the contest, but Sturges-Cofer’s 27-yard run on the second play of the ensuing drive, pushing Liberty ahead 35-14, dashed all hopes of an Ugly Eagles comeback. “I am just so proud of all the guys,” Partridge said. Liberty’s contest with De La Salle is set for 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Dublin High School. Regardless of the outcome of that game, Liberty will still advance to the Northern California Regional Playoffs. To view a video and a slideshow, visit www.thepress.net/multimedia

Freedom cross-country stars wrap up season The cross-country season came to an end on Saturday. The top runners in the state met at Woodward Park in Fresno for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Cross Country Championships. During the regular season, the boys’ and girls’ teams from Liberty reigned supreme in the BVAL. But only two Freedom runners – freshman Kylee Denver and senior Jiana Cortero – qualified for Fresno. Both Falcons finished in the top half of the field of the Division-II race, which featured 203 runners. With a time of 19:09.7, Denver finished 61st. Cortero, meanwhile, finished in 87th place at 19:26.1. As a freshman, Denver’s future in cross-country looks promising. Only 10 freshmen runners finished ahead of her. Additionally, of the 60 total runners who beat Denver to the finish line, 20 were seniors in their final race. Individually, the Division-II race was dominated by senior Kristin Fahy from Carlsbad’s La Costa Canyon High School. She posted a winning time of 17:22.6. The second-place finisher, freshman Maddie Coles from Southern California’s Claremont High School, wouldn’t cross the finish line for another 22 seconds. Coles’ team did come away with the victory. All seven of the Wolfpack runners finished in the top-

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Freedom’s Jiana Cortero  (left) and  Kylee Denver  (right) both competed in the state cross-country meet last week. 65, while all five of their counted runners finished in the top 34. Livermore’s Granada High School represented North Coast Section well, finishing second behind Claremont. With the exceptions of La Costa Canyon from the San Diego Section and Sacramento’s St. Francis from the Sac-Joaquin Section, all of the top-10 teams were from the CIF’s Southern Section.

Girls’ soccer on a roll The Delta Youth Soccer under-14 girls’ soccer team recently finished its season 12-0-1. The squads scored 71 goals and surrendered only eight. In the front row, from left: Natalia Silva and Laylah Johnson; middle row: Crystal Pulido, Alyssa Wilright, Adele Evans, Marissa Sanchez and Alyssa Rodriguez; back row: Madison Perry, goalie coach Isabella Lopez, Lizeth Torres, Luna Velazquez, Soliana Hadera, Annalise Danh, Jozalyn Rose, coach Jeff Burrows, Teresa Mosqueda and skills coach Taylor Connelly.


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Bay Valley Athletic League honors stars Girls tennis Girls Tennis MVP Alexis Matabuena, Freedom First Team Paige Sullivan (Heritage), Alyssa Duran (H), Kassy Cho (H) Second Team Nicollet Alexander (H), Morgan McNamara (H), Kaitlyn Hill (H) Honorable mention Manpreet Kaur (H), Rachel Lee (H), Lindsey Amaro (H), Samantha Rose (Liberty), Bertha Price (L) Sportsmanship Gabriella Prasad (Antioch), Lauren Sermons (Deer Valley), Alyssa Namanny (F), Nicollet Alexander (H), Collette Truhe (L), Chelsea Idahosa (Pittsburg) Girls Volleyball MVP Emily Jacobson, Liberty First team Ana Almgren (L), Alicia Bustamante (L), Kaitlyn Sexton (L), McKenzie Christopulos (Heritage), Jocelyn Felipe (H), Janieva Tauanu’u (Pittsburg), Isabella Fellman (L), Gabriella Tringali (P), Elisa Borretti (Freedom), Jazmine Felipe (H) Second team Amanda Vers (H), Kassey Chaput (L), Daphne Saucelo (Deer Valley), Sharon Amoah (P), Lauren Lineweaver (L), Paige Magalei (H), Julliane Marquart (F), Catalina Guerrero (P) Honorable mention Keanna Burnett (DV), Akua Ofori

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Freedom’s Alexis Matabuena (left) and Max Waechter of Heritage (right) were recently named as MVPs in the Bay Valley Athletic League fall all-league teams for girls’ tennis and boys’ cross country, respectively. (H), Curtis Reichardt (L), Raul Paz (P), Payton Harty (Antioch), James Woolery (H), Antonio Cruz (P), Michael Lewis (A), Kyle Berschens (F), Ralph Luke (A) Boys water polo MVP Justin DiPietro, Liberty First team Waseem Azizi (Deer Valley), Riley Pathe (Heritage), Owen Henkle (Antioch), Brandon Tao (Freedom), Sebastain Diaz (Pittsburg), Cameron Kirk (H), Quentin Perry (L) Second team Gabe Crowley-Fritz (L), Ethan Fowler (F), Carson Andrews (H), Triston Otis (L), Ameen Taheri (DV), Hayden Dougherty (L), Patrick Aiello (H), John Rodrigue (H) Honorable mention David Darrin Bascomb (P), Colby Finch (A), Dylan Oquendo (L), Zane LaBute (H), Jon Adkins (F), Jack Doria (H), Kyle Young (L), Gabriel Uy (L), Joey Wright (H), Andrew Hockel (H) Sportsmanship Francisco Gonzalez Robles (A), Waseem Azizi (DV), Brandon Tao (F), Justin Grima (H), Ryan Neely (L), Ryan Aparicio (P) Girls water polo MVP Kaleigh Tompkins, Freedom; Olivia Doria, Liberty; Ella Simone, Heritage

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO AMEND CITY OF BRENTWOOD 2018/19 COST ALLOCATION PLAN SCHEDULE OF CITY FEES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Brentwood will, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the normal course of business permits on December 11, 2018, hold a public hearing on, and take actions on the following matter: Resolution amending the City of Brentwood 2018/19 Cost Allocation Plan and Schedule of City Fees related to: 1) new fees associated with the Brentwood Library Community Room, and 2) existing fees associated with the Brentwood Senior Activity Center; and finding that the proposed amendments do not constitute a project for the purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act” This hearing will be held at the City Council Chambers, 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, California. Information regarding the revised fee schedule may be obtained from the Parks & Recreation Department, City of Brentwood, 35 Oak Street, Brentwood, California 94513, (925) 516-5444. 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. Dated: November 14, 2018 Margaret Wimberly City Clerk Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78161 Publish Dates: November 30, December 7, 2018.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006397-00 The name of the business(es): Marsh Creek Dental Located at: 7760 Brentwood Blvd., Suite A In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Gulshan Kumar DDS, Inc. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Gulshan Kumar, Title: President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 24, 2018 by Deputy C. Pittman Expires October 24, 2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 77989 Publish dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018.

ber 14, 2018 by Deputy L Fallas Expires 11/14/2023 Brentwood Press No. 021273 78111 Publish dates: November 23, 30, December 7, 14, 2018.

NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT CALIFORNIA STATEWIDE COMMUNITIES DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY ASSESSMENT DISTRICT NO. 18-07 FOR THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA STATE OF CALIFORNIA On November 15, 2018, special assessments for the financing of public improvement districts in the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (the “Authority”) Assessment District No. 18-07 for the City of Brentwood, County of Contra Costa, State of California (the “Assessment District”), were recorded in the office of the Superintendent of Streets of the Authority. The property owners within the Assessment District have waived their entitlement to pay all or any portion of the assessments levied upon their property in cash within thirty days after the recordation of the assessments in the office of the County Recorder of the County of Contra Costa. These assessments affect only certain property, the owners of which have voluntarily participated in the Authority’s Statewide Community Infrastructure Program. Bonds will be issued according to the Improvement Bond Act of 1915 representing unpaid assessments and bearing interest at a rate not to exceed 12% per year. Thereafter, unpaid assessments will be payable in installments of principal and interest over a period of not to exceed thirty (30) years. Dated: November 23, 2018 and November 30, 2018 TIM SNELLINGS, Secretary California Statewide Communities Development Authority Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78115 Publish dates: November 23, 30, 2018.

sonal effects. In addition to those general contents, the pre-lien inventory revealed the following described goods: Customer Name: 1. Tom Dutra - Chairs, Ottoman, Tables, 2 Rolls of Carpet, Pots & Pans, Rifle Stocks 2. Jon Smithey - Small Refrigerator, Thermos, Large Punch Bowl, 24+ Boxes & Bins 3. Celeste Wright - Tv Trays, 3 Computers, 2 Computer Desks, Furniture, Clothing, Bedding, Boxes & Bins, Toy Guns 4. Frank Capaldo - 3 Slot Machines, Granite Slab, Roll up Dresser, Power Tools, 17 Wooden Doors, Halloween Skeletons, Wood Shelving, Golf Bag & Clubs 5. Ana Valadez - Wood Table, Folding Table, 2 Child Car Seats, Boxes & Bins, Gas Can 6. Daisey Chavarria - Appliance Dolly, Stroller, chairs, Sectional Couch, Furniture 7. Kenisha Smith - 10+ Plastic Bags, 7 Bins, Wicker Basket, Unit Full 8. Elissa Robinson - Sectional Leather Couch, 4 Chairs, Innertube, Boxes & Plastic 9. Britt Dikes - Bedding, Outdoor Seat 10. Lloyd Butler - 3 Model-T Trucks, Vintage Auto parts, 4+ engines, tires, wheels, 6 bicycles. Lots of Auto repair equipment 11. Lloyd Butler - 2 Model-T’s, Piano, 30+ Boxes, 30+ Plastic Bins, Car Jacks, Books & Bookcases Purchases must be paid for at the time of purchase by cash only. All purchased items sold as-is, where-is, and must be removed at the time of sale. Sale subject to cancellation in the event of settlement between owner and obligated party. Call ahead to make sure sale is still scheduled. Contraband, or items subject to regulation or registration will not be transferred with the liened unit unless otherwise noted Dates Published: 11.23.2018 and 11.30.2018 Nor Cal Storage Auctions, Inc., Bond #7900390179, Tel. (916) 604-9695 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78123 Publish Dates: November 23, 30, 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006483-00 The name of the business(es): Morgan Legal Services Located at: 3775 Main Street, Suite D In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Susan Morgan. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on September 26, 2012. Signature of registrant: Susan A. Morgan. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 29, 2018 by Deputy J. Celestial Expires October 29, 2023 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 78078 Publish dates: November 16, 23, 30, December 7, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006442-00 The name of the business(es): Driversity Driving School Located at: 2669 Somersville Road In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Pololei, Inc. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Warren D. Kurisu. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 25, 2018 by Deputy L. Arosemena Expires October 25, 2023 Antioch Press No. 061617 77998 Publish dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006546-00 The name of the business(es): Antioch Mini Trailer Storage Located at: 1305 Sunset Drive In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Bobbie Standridge. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Bobbie Georgette Standridge. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 30, 2018 by Deputy L. Fallas Expires October 30, 2023 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 77984 Publish dates: November 9, 16, 23,30, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006677-00 The name of the business: Our Learning Playgrounds Located at: 1960 Calaveras Circle In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): 1. DeeAnna Marie Granata 2. Kristina Denise Merlini. This business is conducted by: A General Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: DeeAnna Granata. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 6, 2018 by Deputy J Crawford Expires 11/6/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78114 Publish dates: November 23, 30, December 7, 14, 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006944-00 The name of the business(es): Pringle’s Christian Child Care Home Located at: 4697 Matterhorn Way In: Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): 1. Nina Pringle 2. Casey Lee Pringle, SR. This business is conducted by: Married Couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on January 31, 08. Signature of registrant: Nina P. Pringle. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 21, 2018 by Deputy L. Mae Expires November 21, 2023 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 78165 Publish dates: November 30, December 7, 14, 21. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-17-802988-CL Order No.: 170506948-CA-VOI YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 7/8/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): JOSEPH MOSCUZZA AND CRISTI L MOSCUZZA Recorded: 7/18/2005 as Instrument No. 2005-0263147-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California; Date of Sale: 12/24/2018 at 1:30PM Place of Sale: At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $134,112.79 The purported property address is: 5158 CARRIAGE WAY, ANTIOCH, CA 945318120 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 053-383-005 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

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006467-00 The name of the business(es): By The Bay Real Estate Located at: 14850 Highway 4, Suite A-316 In: Discovery Bay, CA 94505, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Private Lending Services, Inc. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Private Lending Services, Inc., David Fast Managing Member This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 26, 2018 by Deputy L Arosemena Expires October 26, 2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 77999 Publish dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006601-00 The name of the business: Bay Area Muscle Located at: 649 Tain Ct In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Joe Pulizzi. 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: Joe Pulizzi. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 2, 2018 by Deputy C Dias Expires FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 11/2/2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 NAME STATEMENT 78113 Publish dates: November 23, 30, File No. F-0006126-00 The name of the December 7, 14, 2018. business: Cerda’s Construction Located at: 2357 Arch Ct In: Brentwood, CA 94513, FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT is hereby registered by the following owner: Maria V Orucuta. This business is File No. F-0006623-00 The name of the conducted by: An Individual. The regis- business(es): Sandoval Consulting trant commenced to transact business un- Located at: 701 Almond Drive In: Brentder the fictitious business name or names wood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by listed above on N/A. Signature of regis- the following owner(s): Maria De Jesus trant: Maria V Orucuta. This statement was Rodriguez Montes. This business is confiled with the County Clerk of Contra Costa ducted by: An Individual. The registrant County on: October 10, 2018 by Deputy P commenced to transact business under Cornelius Expires 10/10/2023 Brentwood the fictitious business name or names listPress No. 02-1273 78036 Publish dates: ed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Maria De Jesus Rodriguez Montes. This November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018. statement was filed with the County Clerk FICTITIOUS BUSINESS of Contra Costa County on: November 02, NAME STATEMENT 2018 by Deputy C. Dias Expires November File No. F-0006163-00 The name of the 02, 2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 business(es): 1. East Bay Creatives 78079 Publish dates: November 16, 23, Market 2. SF Creatives Market 3. Sili30, December 7, 2018. con Valley Creatives Market Located at: 110 Molino Place In: San Ramon, CA FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 94583, is hereby registered by the following owner: Barbara T. Rhys-Royer. This File No. F-0006713-00 The name of the business is conducted by: An Individual. business: B&J Landscaping Located at: The registrant commenced to transact 159 Madoline St Apt D In: Pittsburg, CA business under the fictitious business 94565, is hereby registered by the followname or names listed above on 7/1/2018. ing owner: Bryan A Basurto. This business Signature of registrant: Barbara T. Rhys- is conducted by: An Individual. The regisRoyer. This statement was filed with the trant commenced to transact business unCounty Clerk of Contra Costa County on: der the fictitious business name or names October 11, 2018 by Deputy B. Alvarez listed above on 11/07/18. Signature of Expires October 11, 2023 Brentwood registrant: Bryan Basurto. This statement Press No. 02-1273 78035 Publish dates: was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 8, 2018 by November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018. Deputy A Vasquez Expires 11/8/2023 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78176 NAME STATEMENT Publish dates: November 30, December 7, File No. F-0006229-00 The name of the 14, 21, 2018. business(es): Undefined Fades Barbershop Located at: 3850 Balfour Road, Suite FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT L112 In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): File No. F-0006823-00 The name of the David Emmanuel Mosqueda. This busi- business: Brentwood Craft Beer And ness is conducted by: An Individual. The Cider Located at: 234 A Oak Street In: registrant commenced to transact busi- Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby regisness under the fictitious business name tered by the following owner: 1. Joseph or names listed above on N/A. Signature Nardone 2. Suzanne Nardone. This busiof registrant: David Mosqueda. This state- ness is conducted by: Married Couple. ment was filed with the County Clerk of The registrant commenced to transact Contra Costa County on: October 15, 2018. business under the fictitious business by Deputy H. Franklin Expires October name or names listed above on 11/14/18. 15, 2023 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Signature of registrant: Joseph Nardone. 77941 Publish dates: November 9, 16, This statement was filed with the County 23, 30, 2018. Clerk of Contra Costa County on: Novem-

FINDINGS AND ORDER AFTER HEARING Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa 751 Pine Street P.O. Box 911 Martinez, CA 94533 Peter L. Spinetta Family Center Petitioner/Plaintiff: JUDY FRITZ Respondent/Defendant: BRANISLAV MLADENOVIC CASE NUMBER D0900313 This proceeding was heard on: 10/19/2018 at 8.30 A.M. in Dept. 25 by Judge: Hon. John T. Laettner On the order to show cause, notice of motion or request for order filed: 8/9/2018 by: Judy Fritz Petitioner/plaintiff present. THE COURT ORDERS Custody and visitation/parenting time: As attached on form FL-341 This matter is continued for further hearing on: 1/11/19 at: 8:30 AM in Dept: 25 on the following issues: Custody/visitation Date 10/19/2018 Approved as conforming to court order. Judicial Officer John T. Laettner Form FL-341 Petitioner: JUDY FRITZ Respondent: BRANISLAV MLADENOVIC Case Number D09-00313 CHILD CUSTODY AND VISITATION (PARENTING TIME) ORDER ATTACHMENT TO: Findings and Order After Hearing (form FL-340) Jurisdiction. This court has jurisdiction to make child custody orders in this case under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (Fam. Code, §§ 3400-3465). Notice and opportunity to be heard. The responding party was given notice and an opportunity to be heard, as provided by the laws of the State of California. Country of habitual residence. The country of habitual residence of the child or children in this case is the United States. Penalties for Violating this order. If you violate this order, you may be subject to civil or criminal penalties, or both. Child Custody. Custody of the minor children of the parties is awarded as follows: Child’s Name: NIKOLAI MLADENOVIC Birth Date: 7/25/2007 Legal custody to: JUDY FRITZ Physical Custody to: JUDY FRITZ Visitation (Parenting Time): Reasonable right of visitation to the party without physical custody (not appropriate in cases involving domestic violence). Other: MOTHER SHALL BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN A PASSPORT AND TRAVEL INTERNATIONALLY WITHOUT REQUIRING FATHER’S SIGNATURE OR PERMISSION. This is an interim order but shall remain in effect pending further court order. Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 77979 Publish Dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018. LIEN SALE NOTICE Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 3071 of the Civil Code of the State of California, the undersigned, Bay Point Tow, 4075 Folsom Ct., Concord, CA, 94520, will conduct a public sale on December 14, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. on the following vehicle: 2017 Honda, VIN #: 2HGFC2F52HH556254, CA License Plate: 8BJJ587. Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78160 Publish Dates: November 30, 2018. NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT CALIFORNIA STATEWIDE COMMUNITIES DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY ASSESSMENT DISTRICT NO. 18-06 FOR THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA STATE OF CALIFORNIA On November 15, 2018, special assessments for the financing of public improvement districts in the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (the “Authority”) Assessment District No. 18-06 for the City of Brentwood, County of Contra Costa, State of California (the “Assessment District”), were recorded in the office of the Superintendent of Streets of the Authority. The property owners within the Assessment District have waived their entitlement to pay all or any portion of the assessments levied upon their property in cash within thirty days after the recordation of the assessments in the office of the County Recorder of the County of Contra Costa. These assessments affect only certain property, the owners of which have voluntarily participated in the Authority’s Statewide Community Infrastructure Program. Bonds will be issued according to the Improvement Bond Act of 1915 representing unpaid assessments and bearing interest at a rate not to exceed 12% per year. Thereafter, unpaid assessments will be payable in installments of principal and interest over a period of not to exceed thirty (30) years. Dated: November 23, 2018 and November 30, 2018 TIM SNELLINGS, Secretary California Satewide Communities Development Authority Brentwood Press No. 78119 Publish Dates: November 23, 30, 2018

NOTICE OF LIEN SALE SELF STORAGE AUCTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned intends to sell the liened personal property described below, pursuant to the provisions of the California Code of Civil Procedure and the provisions of the California Self-Storage Facilities Act, Business and Professions Code Sections 21700 et seq. On the 7th day of December 2018, at 10:30 AM, the undersigned will sell the contents of liened storage units by public sale by competitive bidding on the premises where said property has been stored and which are located at Acorn II Self Storage LLC, at 6900 Lone Tree Way, Brentwood, California 94513, Tel. (925) 240-5000. Self-storage liened units generally include miscellaneous household goods, office or business equipment, furniture, furnishings, clothing and personal effects. In addition to those general contents, the pre-lien inventory revealed the following described goods: Names: 1. Lori Burton - Broom, bed frame, tables, knives & cleaning supplies. 2. Sherrell Butterfield - tires, tool box, baby stroller, full unit 3. Rubi Lopez - fish tank, artwork, punching bag, shelving & baby crib 4. Jason Brown - Couches, coffee table 5. Randi Mendoza - Washer, dryer, artwork, step stool & shade canopy. 6. Enrique Porras - China cabinet, microwave, refrigerator, speakers & furniture 7. Marissa Boo - Drill press, weights, large play house, exercise equipment, metal shelving, refrigerator, tennis rackets, boxes & bins. Purchases must be paid for at the time of purchase by cash only. All purchased items sold as-is, where-is, and must be removed at the time of sale. Sale subject to cancellation in the event of settlement between owner and obligated party. Call ahead to make sure sale is still scheduled. Contraband, or items subject to regulation or registration will not be transferred with the liened unit unless otherwise noted. Dates Published: 11/23/2018 and 11/30/2018 Nor Cal Storage Auctions, Inc., Bond #7900390179, Tel. (916) 604-9695 Brentwood Press No. 12-1273 78124 Publish dates: November 23, 31, 2018. NOTICE OF LIEN SALE SELF STORAGE AUCTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned intends to sell the liened personal property described below, pursuant to the provisions of the California Code of Civil Procedure and the provisions of the California Self-Storage Facilities Act, Business and Professions Code Sections 21700 et seq.. On the 7 th day of December 2018 at 11:45 A.M., the undersigned will sell the contents of liened storage units by public sale by competitive bidding on the premises where said property has been stored and which are located at Acorn Self Storage LLC, at 5205 Railroad Avenue, Pittsburg, California 94565, Tel. (925) 432-3200. Self-storage liened units generally include miscellaneous household goods, office or business equipment, furniture, furnishings, clothing and per-

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Section 21700 of the Business and Professions Code, State of California, the undersigned will sell at public sale by competitive bidding on Wednesday December 12th 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Brentwood Self Storage, 190 Sand Creek Rd. Brentwood, CA 94513. County of Contra Costa, State of California, the goods, chattel or other per¬sonal property including but not limited to furniture, clothing, tools and/or other household items. Stored by the following person(s): Joe Simoni David Kandel Judith Higareda Mark Vaquera Henry Lonsdale Jesmarie Avila Anitra Billops Juanita Esquer Tayadi Bush Jaime Bennett Michelle Shalar Luciano Flores All purchased goods are sold as is and must be paid for at the time of purchase. Cash Only. Management reserves the right to set a minimum bid and/or refuse any bids. This notice is subject to cancellation without notice in the event of a settlement between owner and obligated party. All sales are subject to prior cancellation. Terms, rules, and regulations are available at sale. Auction to be conducted by Auctioneer Forrest O’Brien Ca Bond # 00106386718 and/or Donna Wilson Ca Bond # 0562039 Sale Maker Auctions 925-392-8508. Legal EC 8976 Publication Dates: Nov. 30th & Dec. 7th 2018 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78166 Publish Dates: November 30, December 7, 2018. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. : 00000007773112 Title Order No.: DS7300-18001000 FHA/ VA/PMI No.: ATTENTION RECORDER: THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY APPLIES ONLY TO COPIES PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR, NOT TO THIS RECORDED ORIGINAL NOTICE. NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 03/29/2004. 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 and WEISS, LLP, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 04/13/2004 as Instrument No. 2004-0128735-00 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, State of CALI-


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FORNIA. EXECUTED BY: NICKI CANNON, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, 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: 12/28/2018 TIME OF SALE: 9:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1608 WILDCAT WAY, OAKLEY, CALIFORNIA 94561 APN#: 035-453-028-9 The land referred to in this Report is situated in the City of Oakley, County of Contra Costa, State of California, and is described as follows: Lot 70 of Subdivision 6055, filed September 16, 1981, in Book 257 of Maps, at Page 38, Official Records of Contra Costa County. Excepting from Lot 70 an undivided 1/2 interest in all oil, gas, casinghead gasoline and other hydrocarbon and mineral substances below a point 500 feet below the surface of said land, together with the right to take, remove, mine, pass through and dispose of all said oil, gas, casinghead gasoline and other hydrocarbon and mineral substances, but without any right whatsoever to enter upon the surface of said land or any part of said land within 500 feet thereof, as reserved in the deed from Edward Joseph Duarte and Mary Magdalen Duarte, recorded August 12, 1968, in Book 5686, Page 511, Official Records, Instrument No. 58861. APN: 035-453-028-9 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 $211,238.16. 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 800-758-8052 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site www.homesearch.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 00000007773112. 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: XOME 800-758-8052 www.homesearch.com BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER and

WEISS, LLP as Trustee 20955 Pathfinder Road, Suite 300 Diamond Bar, CA 91765 (866) 795-1852 Dated: 11/09/2018 BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER and WEISS, LLP IS ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. A-4675753 11/23/2018, 11/30/2018, 12/07/2018 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 78073 Publish Dates: November 23, 30, December 7, 2018.

sale. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 2763 Camino Del Rio South San Diego, CA 92108 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 855 238-5118 Or Login to: http://www.qualityloan.com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-18-828489-AB IDSPub #0147649 11/30/2018 12/7/2018 12/14/2018 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78163 Publish Dates: November 30, December 7, 14, 2018.

weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Brentwood Press Date: 11/21/18 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78173 Publish Dates: November 30, December 7, 14, 21, 2018.

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ORDER ON REQUEST TO CONTINUE HEARING Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa 751 Pine Street P.O. Box 911 Martinez, CA 94553 Peter L. Spinetta Family Law Center CASE NUMBER: D0900313 Petitioner/Plaintiff: Judy Fritz Respondent/Defendant: Branislav Mladenovic The hearing is currently scheduled for: 10/19/2018 Name of party who filed the Request for Order, Order to Show Cause, or other matter is: Judy Fritz Name of party asking to continue the hearing is: Judy Fritz The request to continue does not include temporary emergency (ex parte) orders previously issued. Order granting request to continue hearing and notice of new hearing The court hearing is continued to the date, time, and location shown below: New Hearing Date: 1/11/19 Time: 8:30 A.M. Dept. 25 Address of court: Same as noted above Reason for the continuance The continuance is needed because the papers could not be served as required before the hearing date. Other good cause as stated below SERVICE BY PUBLICATION COMPLETED TOO LATE FOR TIMELY SERVICE Service of order The documents listed in 10 must be served by: Per CCP on respondent/ defendant Other orders regarding service: THE COURT ORDERS THAT THE ORDER FOR PUBLICATION FILED ON 8/16/18 SHALL BE AMENDED AS STATED HEREIN Documents for service A copy of the previously filed Request for Order, Order to Show Cause, or other moving paper (1st page only is sufficient) A Responsive Declaration to Request for Order (form FL-320) must be filed and served on or before date: Per CCP Filed on: October 19, 2018. Judicial Officer John T. Laettner Date: 10/19/2018. Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78017 Publish Dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Martin Madera SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Martin Madera CASE NUMBER: N18-2443 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Martin Madera filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Martin Madera to Proposed Name: Martin Manuel Madariaga. 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: 01/22/19 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 Room: 212 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive

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Petitioner Trey File No. F-0006352-00 The name of the Manuel Martinez filed a petition with this business(es): Best Brothers Carpet court for a decree changing names as fol- Cleaning Located at: 3800 Frank Hengel lows: Present Name: a. Trey Manuel Way In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby regPerez to Proposed Name: Trey Royce istered by the following owner(s): 1. Raul Martinez. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that Manzo 2. Roberto Canales. This business all persons interested in this matter shall is conducted by: Co-Partners. The regappear before this court at the hearing in- istrant commenced to transact business dicated below to show cause, if any, why under the fictitious business name or the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to names listed above on N/A. Signature of the name changes described above must registrant: Raul Manzo, Roberto Canales. file a written objection that includes the This statement was filed with the County reasons for the objection at least two Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October court days before the matter is scheduled 22, 2018 by Deputy C. Pillman Expires Octo be heard and must appear at the hear- tober 22, 2023 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 ing to show cause why the petition should 77995 Publish dates: November 9, 16, 23, not be granted. If no written objection 30, 2018. is timely filed, the court may grant the FICTITIOUS BUSINESS petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF NAME STATEMENT HEARING a. Date: 1/4/19 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 Room: 212 b. The ad- File No. F-0006738-00 The name of the dress of the court is same as noted above. business: Stepz Dance Fitness Studio 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause Located at: 3563 Main Street In: Oakley, shall be published at least once each week CA 94561, is hereby registered by the for four successive weeks prior to the date following owner: Stephanie Nelson. This set for hearing on the petition in the fol- business is conducted by: An Individual. lowing newspaper of general circulation, The registrant commenced to transact printed in this county: Brentwood Press business under the fictitious business Date: November 5, 2018 Judge of the Su- name or names listed above on N/A. Sigperior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 nature of registrant: Stephanie Nelson. 78110 Publish Dates: November 23, 30, This statement was filed with the County December 7, 14, 2018. Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 8, 2018 by Deputy J Celestial Expires PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE 11/8/2023 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 KNIGHTSEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT 78093 Publish dates: November 23, 30, 1923 DELTA ROAD KNIGHTSEN, CA December 7, 14, 2018. 94548 Notice of Lien Sale BOARD MEETING WEDNESDAY, Live Oak Storage 1315 Main Street, OakDECEMBER 12, 2018 6:30 P.M. ley, CA 94561. Has possessory lien on all KNIGHTSEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL of the goods stored in the prospective LIBRARY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Govern- units below: ing Board of the Knightsen Elementary Carrie Slonecker: #247 School District will present an annual re- Carrie Slonecker: #9021 port regarding the collection and dis- Erin Ganis: #842 bursement of developer fees as required Erin Ganis: #35 under Government Codes 66001 and Denise Pedigo: #717 66006. A copy of the annual report will Denise Pedigo: #9022 be available at the Knightsen Elementary John Williams: #112 John Williams: #9013 School District business office at 1923 Delta Road, Knightsen, CA during Rich La Valle: #48 school business hours 8am to 5pm. FOR Tara Turner: #9015 FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cindy William Chivers: #212 Friedmann, Chief Business Official 925- William Chivers: #E 626-3308 / cfriedmann@knightsen.k12. The goods are described as furniture, tools ca.us Posted 11/30/2018: Knightsen and miscellaneous personal property. Elementary School District Office Items being sold pursuant to the assertion Knightsen Post Office Brentwood of the lien on December 6, 2018 at 8:45 Press Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 am. In order to collect the amounts due 78168 Publish Dates: November 30, 2018. from you. The sale will take place at 1315 Main Street Oakley, CA 94561 County REQUEST FOR ORDER of Contra Costa State of California. This TO CHANGE CHILD CUSTODY AND lien sale is pursuant to Chapter 10 Section VISITATION 21700-21716 of the California Self Service PARTY WITH/WITHOUT ATTORNEY: JUDY Storage Facility Act. Auction is to be held FRITZ SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, by Jason Whitt #5860870. Owner reserves COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 751 Pine St. the right to bid at the sale. Purchase must Martinez, CA 94553 be cash only paid at the time of the sale. Petitioner: Judy Fritz Sale is subject to prior cancellation in the Respondent: Branislav Mladenovic Re- event of settlement between owner and quest for Order Change: Child Custody, obligated party. Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Visitation (Parenting Time) 78141 Publish Dates: November 23, 30, CASE NUMBER: D09-00313 2018. NOTICE OF HEARING NOTICE OF LIEN SALE To: BRANISLAV, MLADENOVIC SELF STORAGE AUCTION A court hearing will be held as follows: Date: 10/19/18 Time: 8:30 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undera.m. Dept.: 25 The address of the court signed intends to sell the liened personal is same as noted above. WARNING to the property described blow, pursuant to person served with the Request for Order: the provisions of the California Code of The court may make the requested orders Civil Procedure and the provisions of with out you if you do not file a Respon- the California Self-Storage Facilities Act, sive Declaration to Request for Order Business and Professions Code Sections (form FL-320), serve a copy on the other 21700 et seq.. The undersigned will sell parties at least nine court days before the contents of liened storage units by hearing (unless the court has ordered a public sale by competitive bidding on the shorter period of time), and appear at the premises where said property has been hearing. (See form FL-320-INFO for more stored and which are located at Oakley information.) Filed: August 9, 2018, by A. Self Storage, at 4700 Main Street Oakley, Gambol, Clerk of the Superior Court Coun- California, on or after the 12th day of ty of Contra Costa, CA Brentwood Press No. December, 2018, at 9:30 A.M. Self02-1273 77938 Publish Dates: November storage liened units generally include miscellaneous household goods, office or 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018. business equipment, furniture, furnishFICTITIOUS BUSINESS ings, clothing and personal effects. In NAME STATEMENT addition to those general contents, the File No. F-0006348-00 The name of the pre-lien inventory revealed the following business(es): Mobile Express Repairs described goods: Located at: 51 Puffin Circle In: Oakley, CA Bowers, Yolanda Unit 2500 House94561, is hereby registered by the fol- hold goods

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Maxon, Kimberly Unit 2516 Household goods Aquilar, Adirann Units 1403 & 1405 - Household goods Zittel, Eric Units 3016 & 3608 Household goods Ernesto Gabriel Unit B153 Household goods Dillan Robinson Unit 3515 -Household goods Tina Trail Unit B140 Household goods Melissa Herrera Unit 3102 Household goods Dillan Robinson Unit# 3516 Household goods Purchases must be paid for at the time of purchase (if cash only, state so here). All purchased items sold as-is, where-is, and must be removed at the time of sale. Sale subject to cancellation in the event of settlement between owner and obligated party. Call ahead to make sure sale is still scheduled. Contraband, or items subject to regulation or registration will not be transferred with the liened unit unless otherwise noted. Auction to be conducted by Forrest O’Brien Ca Bond No 00106386718 or Donna Wilson Ca Bond No. 0562039 of Sale Maker Auctions 925.392.8508 Run: 11/23/18 & 11/30/18. Dated this 6 day of November, 2018 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 78075 Publish Dates: November 30, December 7, 2018.

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 Auction.com at 800.280.2832 for information regarding the Trustee’s Sale or visit the Internet Web site address www.Auction.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA08001285-17-1. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: October 31, 2018 MTC Financial Inc. dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA0800128517-1 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 Phone: 949-252-8300 TDD: 866-660-4288 Myron Ravelo, Authorized Signatory SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ONLINE AT www.Auction.com FOR AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: Auction.com at 800.280.2832 Trustee Corps may be acting as a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained may be used for that purpose. ISL Number 52707, Pub Dates: 11/16/2018, 11/23/2018, 11/30/2018, THE PRESS OAKLEY. Oakley Press No. 03-0477 78076 Publish Dates: November 16, 23, 30, 2018.

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE APN: 037-500-028 TS No: CA0800128517-1 TO No: 170283403 (The above statement is made pursuant to CA Civil Code Section 2923.3(d)(1). The Summary will be provided to Trustor(s) and/or vested owner(s) only, pursuant to CA Civil Code Section 2923.3(d)(2).) 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 December 18, 2018 at 09:00 AM, Auction.com Room, Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, MTC Financial Inc. dba Trustee Corps, 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. 2005-0453454-00, 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 $627,529.58 (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 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

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Kiara Macias SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Kiara Macias CASE NUMBER: N182351 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Kiara Macias filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Camille Adilynn Cerda to Proposed Name: Camille Adilynn Macias. 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: 1/8/19 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 Room: 212 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Brentwood Press b. Father to be personally served 30 days prior to the hearing. Bring proof of residency to hearing. Date: 11/8/2018 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 78080 Publish Dates: November 16, 23, 30, December 7, 2018.


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A woman told authorities that her foster son was chased by a subject shooting at him with a pellet gun the previous day. Antioch – Nov. 8, 7:12 a.m. The following is a sample of recent law enforcement activity.

ANTIOCH Nov. 4, 5:13 p.m. A burglary was reported on Hereford Way that occurred the previous week. Nov. 4, 6:28 p.m. An assault was reported on the East 18th Street. Nov. 5, 6:02 p.m. An entry was made through the back window in a house on Renwick Lane. Nov. 5, 7:26 p.m. A person reported that their neighbor’s son, in his mid-20s, pulled a black semiautomatic pistol on them while he was in the driveway on Deerfield Drive. The reporting person told authorities that after the incident, he confronted the suspect’s father, because the suspect had also sent a letter with a bullet in an envelope. Nov. 8, 1:13 a.m. A person called authorities to report a burglary in their house on Ventry Way. The reporting person and his wife waited in the garage. The suspects were reportedly driving a champagnecolored sedan. Nov. 6, 7:59 a.m. A woman told authorities that a suspect approached her with a machete on Yorkshire Drive. Nov. 6, 8:03 p.m. A man told authorities that he was punched on Walter Way. He said that suspect was a male, and it was unknown where he went or what he was wearing. Nov. 7, 5:36 p.m. A man in the hospital told authorities said that while he was at Deer Valley, he heard gunshots and then felt a sharp pain. He said his foster mom brought him in. Nov. 8, 7:12 a.m. A woman told authorities that her foster son was chased by a subject shooting at him with a pellet gun the previous day. This report came from Lone Tree Way. Nov. 8, 4:33 p.m. A man received a call saying that his house was burglarized on Bonita Avenue. Nov. 9, 7:32 p.m. A person told authorities that he was shot on D Street. Nov. 10, 10:11 a.m. A person told authorities that they found the garage door open and tools were stolen.

OAKLEY Nov. 11, 12:57 a.m. A verbal dispute was reported on Port Way and Port Court. Nov. 11, 5:38 p.m. Threats were made on the 300 block of West Bolton Road.

Nov. 11, 8:32 p.m. A civil problem was reported on the 3600 block of East Cypress Road. Nov. 12, 4:24 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was halted on Babbe Street and Charles Way. Nov. 12, 11:42 a.m. A traffic hazard was reported on Main Street and Neroly Road. Nov. 12, 4:56 p.m. A case of trespassing was reported on the 4600 block of Rose Avenue. Nov. 12, 10:13 p.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported on the 4700 block of Thomas Drive. Nov. 13, 10:47 a.m. A case of identity theft was reported on the 900 block of Forbes Court. Nov. 13, 1:43 p.m. A missing adult was reported on the 1800 block of Beringer Way. Nov. 13, 9:04 p.m. A verbal dispute was reported on the 1800 block of Teresa Lane. Nov, 14, 3:08 a.m. A warrant arrest was made on Main Street and Live Oak Avenue. Nov. 14, 8:31 a.m. A public nuisance was reported at Lucky Supermarket. Nov. 14, 10:43 a.m. An abandoned vehicle was found on Cedar Glen Drive and Copper Knoll Way. Nov. 14, 5:19 p.m. An accident with injury occurred on Main Street and Cypress Road. Nov. 14, 7:23 p.m. A security check was made at Lucky Supermarket. Nov. 15, 1:41 a.m. A suspicious subject was halted on the 4500 block of Main Street. Nov. 15, 3:45 a.m. A suspicious subject was reported at the Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa. Nov. 15, 10:05 a.m. A noncriminalrelated death was reported on the 20 block of Butler Lane. Nov. 15, 4:48 p.m. A vehicle was towed on the 50 block of Puffin Circle. Nov. 15, 5:59 p.m. A case of harassment was reported on the 100 block of Willowrun Way. Nov. 15, 10:59 p.m. A 9-1-1 hangup was reported on the 1100 block of Deerpark Road. Nov. 16, 8 a.m. A warrant arrest was made on the 4800 block of Bayside Way. Nov. 16, 12:35 p.m. A traffic stop was reported on Teakwood and Edgewood drives. Nov. 16, 1:58 p.m. A petty theft was reported at Oakley Plaza. Nov. 16, 6:47 p.m. A civil disturbance was reported on the 4600 block of Bayside Way. Nov. 17, 12:37 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was found at Carl’s Junior.

Nov. 17, 7:43 a.m. An unwanted guest was reported on the 10 block of Eleven Oakley. Nov. 17, 12:41 p.m. A vehicle theft was reported on the 500 block of Arrowhead Way. Nov. 17, 8:52 p.m. A suspicious person was stopped on the 1600 block of Main Street. Nov. 17, 10:56 p.m. Authorities received complaints of the 30 block of Mondavi Court.

BRENTWOOD Nov. 2, 1:45 p.m. Authorities were notified of a phone found in a box on Lone Tree Way. Nov. 2, 5:04 p.m. A woman told authorities that her jewelry was stolen after contractors came to do some work in her residence. This was reported on Mericrest Street. Nov. 2, 10:39 p.m. A person was reported throwing objects in a residence on Autumn Valley Way. Nov. 3, 7:23 a.m. A vehicle burglary was reported on Shady Willow Lane. The person had a blue Chevy Silverado, and multiple items were taken. Nov. 3, 8:49 a.m. An accident between a black Honda Odyssey and a dark grey Kia occurred. No airbags were deployed, but one person involved was blocking the parking lot where the incident occurred and refused to move her vehicle until the police arrive. Nov. 3, 12:16 p.m. Terrorist threats were reported on Balfour Road. A female customer threatened to kill the reporting person and said she had a gun. She left on foot. She was in her 40s and was possibly on drugs. Nov. 4, 3:29 a.m. A verbal dispute was reported on Sand Creek Road. Two females were in a loud argument. Nov. 4, 10:14 p.m. An accident was reported on Balfour Road and Minnesota Avenue. The reporting person hit a tree with his black Honda. The reporting person swerved to miss a cat and smashed into the tree. Nov. 5, 1:39 p.m. A person told authorities that a package was taken from a porch of a residence on Crescent Drive. Nov. 5, 3:13 p.m. A person told authorities on Second Street that four juveniles got out of a vehicle and beat another person. Nov. 5, 10:46 p.m. A person told authorities that their cell phone was stolen, but no suspect information was provided.


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architectural design and construction contracts related to the move during the Nov. 13 council meeting. “This is an exciting project, a collaboration effort that’s been in the works for quite some time now,” said Brentwood Police Chief Tom Hansen during the council meeting. “We’re in the works of moving Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Delta Station into our facility ... This is just another force multiplier that we’re moving into East County.” CCCSO Capt. Steve Borbely is managing the move for the sheriff’s office and recently served a stint as the lieutenant in charge of the Delta Patrol Station. He couldn’t say exactly how long the sheriff’s office used the current location but said it’s been at least as long as his 24 years with the force. According to Borbely, the building once housed a school, and when the CCCSO moved in, they shared the building with the Oakley Library until the library moved to its current location at Freedom High School. “(Brentwood police headquarters) is a more modern building,” said Borbely. “It looks like it’s a little more centrally located. Now that Oakley has built out its street lights and so forth, in my opinion, it will be a quicker response time. We don’t have to go through stop lights and so forth. We just shoot out of the southern tip of Brentwood, and we hit all the county roads, and we’re wherever we need to be pretty quick.” According to Brentwood City Manager Gus Vina, the CCCSO approached officials in Brentwood saying they were considering a move from Oakley. “It’s such a big county,” said Vina. “To have a substation out here to serve East County is important to them – to be able to dispatch out here and get to scenes quicker. For us, we welcome this because it allows us to increase visibility for law enforcement in Brentwood. It will give us opportunities to work together on different operations, do some training togeth-

Plans from page 1A “The general plan revealed that the City of Brentwood, to ensure its future fiscal sustainability, must develop more jobs,” said Brentwood Community Development Director Casey McCann. “The area, because of its vacant land, location access and availability for infrastructure, is the city’s best opportunity for creating these needed jobs.” Another of the plan’s goals is to create housing in close proximity to jobs, while also supporting development and use of a transit station. In turn, about 20 acres on both sides of State Route 4 and the Mokelumne Aqueduct are eyed for a transit center, likely served first by Tri Delta Transit buses and then a lightrail system. About 40 acres surrounding the transit center are designated for a wide range of potential uses to transform the area into a pedestrian and bike-friendly mixed-use district that could include professional offices, personal services, retail and restaurants, entertainment and hospitality. Another 40 acres in two areas along Shady Willow Lane – one directly south of Golden Hills Church and the other directly north of The Streets of Brentwood – is marked for multifamily development (15-35

“ This is an exciting project, a collaboration effort that’s been in the works for quite some time now.

Brentwood Police Chief Tom Hansen er. The sheriffs have equipment and training that we don’t have. And so were able to benefit from that.” Construction to accommodate the new lease is planned to start after the New Year. Interior changes are expected to take about eight weeks while exterior changes to accommodate additional vehicles are expected to take about 12 weeks. CCSO will occupy approximately 1,500 square feet, and 25 deputies and support staff will be assigned to the location. An April move-in date is planned. “From an organization standpoint, we’re excited to have them in the building,” said BPD Lt. Tim Herbert. “We already have the highway patrol in our building. We have adult probation in our building. So this is just another building block to a cohesive delivery of first responder resources in East County.” In addition to authorizing the lease of space to the CCCSO, Brentwood City Council approved two contracts for construction related work. A contract amendment for architectural and civil design services with Collaborative Design Architects Inc. was approved for up to $96,250. A construction contract with Aztec Consultants totalling $575,300 was also approved. “The cost is all on the county,” said Vina. “And then there’s a lease agreement in place so we can cover some of our costs for utilities and such. It seems to be a win-win for the sheriff’s office as well as Brentwood PD. For me, it’s been a no-brainer.” To comment, visit www.thepress.net

dwelling units per acre), intended to be within walking distance of the transit station. Other designations included in the document are high-density residential development (10-20 dwelling units per acre) on 25 acres in two areas along Shady Willow Lane, also within walking distance of the transit station; retail and service uses on the mostly developed 85 acres on both sides of State Route 4, directly south of Lone Tree Way; and a proposed future fire station at the northwest corner of Grant Street and Shady Willow Lane. “The plan that came together was carefully crafted down to the acre to get to that minimum threshold of residential units (to attract a light rail system) while maximizing the job-generating potential of the plan and being sensitive to not putting three- and fourstory apartments hulking over the fence lines of established single-family residential neighborhoods,” Ritchie said. Now that the plan has been approved, it’s expected that the city will soon hire a consultant to home in on the area’s infrastructure needs, which include roadways, utilities and infrastructure for sewer, water and drainage. For more information on the plan, visit https://bit.ly/2zkPLPt. To comment, visit www.thepress.net


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Events Monday, Dec. 3 Resume Building Workshop

The Liberty Adult Education presents Getting Your Resume Past the System and Into Human Hands, at the Liberty Adult Education Center, from noon to 1 p.m. This event is to help job applicants get their resume past electronic screening software and into employers’ hands. For more information visit https://libertyadulted.org.

The Brentwood Concert Band

The Brentwood Concert Band holds rehearsals every Monday, from 7 to 9 p.m., at 400 Guthrie Lane, Brentwood. New members of all ages who play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments are welcome. For more information, contact info@ brentwoodconcertband.com.

Saturday, Dec. 8 NARFE Meeting

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will meet at noon, at Mimi’s Restaurant, 5705 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. All active federal employees, retirees and their dependents are invited to attend. For more information, contact Sharon Johnson at 925-753-5419 or sharonwjohnson1@att.net.

Thursday, Dec. 13 Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group

The Brentwood Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet at 7 p.m., at the Neighborhood Church, 50 Birch St. Come join this discussion to share concerns, tips and successes about caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s. For more information, contact Linda Hughes at 925-202-0345.

Sunday, Dec. 16 Marsh Creek Democratic Club

The Marsh Creek Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting, on the third Sunday of every month, at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, 380 W. Country Club Drive, Brentwood, at 2 p.m. Learn how to get involved in the politics of Brentwood and neighboring cities. For more information, visit www.marshcreekdems.org.

Monday, Dec. 17 Kaleidoscope Connection Circle

The Kaleidoscope Connection Circle meets the third Monday of every month at Kaleidoscope Cancer Connection Center, 14671 Byron Highway, in Byron, from 10 a.m. to noon. Acquaint yourself with Kaleidoscope’s programs and meet its leaders and volunteers. For more information, email info@kaleidoscopehope. org or call 925-550-8021.

Sign-ups Girl Scouts of NorCal

The Girl Scouts of NorCal are looking for girls and adults to join a leadership team. For more information, contact infogirlscouts@ yahoo.com with the girl’s name, grade and school. Parents please indicate if you also have adult leadership interest.

Art Classes at Delta Gallery

The Delta Gallery offers a wide variety of creative art classes for all ages, including oil

and acrylic painting, drawing and jewelry design. The classes will be at the Delta Gallery. For more information, visit www. deltagallery.com.

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts

Join the Cub Scouts, for kindergarten to fifth-grade boys, or Boy Scouts, for boys ages 11 to 18. For more information and to find a Pack or Troop visit www.BeAScout.org. You can also email membership@pack1155. org with questions.

Ongoing Events The Oakley 4-H Club Meeting

The Oakley 4-H Club will be meeting the second Thursday of every month at the Daub 4 Kids Bingo Hall, starting at 7 p.m. For more information, contact oakley@ contracosta4h.org.

Ancient Languages, History and Culture of the Bible Class

To learn about the ancient languages, history and culture of the Bible, come to the class held at the Raley’s community room, 2400 Sand Creek Road, starting at 7 p.m., every Wednesday. For more information, contact Janelle Larsen at 209-642-0278.

GSMOL Biweekly Class

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

Mobile Homeowners Advocacy Group

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 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The league teaches mobile homeowners their legal rights and how to defend themselves when rights are violated. Mobile homeowners living in Oakley, Bethel 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.

Soroptimist International of Antioch Meeting

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

Al-Anon Meetings

Al-Anon meets every Monday, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., and on Thursday, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Delta Presbyterian Church. Al-Anon was made to help friends and families of alcoholics. For more information, contact 925-784-8030.

Byron Delta Lions Club

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

Friday, Nov. 30 Brentwood Christmas Tree Lighting

Join the City of Brentwood for its annual Christmas tree lighting, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m. This free event is sponsored by the Brentwood Neighborhood Committee and the City of Brentwood. It will feature music, singing, performances and a visit from Santa, followed by the official tree lighting at 7 p.m. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2zLkVyT.

Smith Farm Christmas Tree Season

Celebrate the holidays the old-fashioned way at Smith Family Farm. The farm’s Christmas tree season opens Nov. 23 and features Santa’s workshop, where visitors can take free photos with Santa with their own camera. Warm up your toes by the fire pit; visit the holiday store with barrels of candy, hot cocoa and free popcorn; and pick out the perfect Christmas tree. Smith Family Farm is located at 4430 Sellers Ave., on the Brentwood-Knightsen border. For more information, call 925-625-5966.

Saturday, Dec. 1 Annual Holiday Boutique

Find unique handmade crafts, arts, holiday decor, a variety of vendors, baked goods, free pictures with Santa, a children coloring station and more at Red Men Pocahontas Hall in Oakley. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1403 Main St. For more information, contact Irene or Alicia at 925-625-1102.

“Messiah”

The Brentwood Community chorus presents “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m., at El Campanil. Tickets are $15 each and can be bought at www. elcampaniltheatre.com. For more information, contact www.brentwoodcommunitychorus.com.

Breakfast with Santa

Join the Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce for its third annual Breakfast with Santa event, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The event is held in the big white parade tent in front of the Discovery Bay Community Center. For more information, https://bit.ly/2zOhM15.

Oakley Christmas Tree Lighting

Parkway, will be the site of an arts and crafts show, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show will feature the works from members of Trilogy at the Vineyards Artisan Community, including jewelry, photographs, quilted fabric art and other one-of-akind creations. For more information, contact Lynn Bodfish at fishbod@yahoo.com or 800-685-6494. 

Friday, Dec. 7 Brentwood Holiday Parade

After a cancellation due to smoke from the Butte County fire, the Holiday Parade, has been rescheduled for an evening of seasonal magic. The parade will take place downtown, featuring businesses, performers, nonprofit groups and more, beginning at 6 p.m. on First Street. For more information, contact the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce at 925-634-3344.

Saturday, Dec. 8 Discovery Bay Lighted Boat Parade

Discovery Bay’s annual Lighted Boat Parade, sponsored by the Discovery Bay Yacht Club will take place from 5:30 to 11 p.m. It will end at the Discovery Bay Yacht Club where awards for the best decorated boats will be given. For more information, contact Nancy at cmmsys@aol.com.

Monday, Dec. 10 Toys for Tots Concert

Support families in need this season by attending the Brentwood Concert Band Toys for Tots Concert at 7 p.m. The band will perform in the Brentwood Veterans Memorial building, 757 First St. Admission is an unwrapped toy for a child. Delta Diablo Marine Corps League Det. 1155 will distribute them to local children. For more information, email brentwoodconcertband@gmail.com.

Friday, Dec. 14 “The Nutcracker”

Dancers from The Ballet Company of East County will perform this classic holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker,” in various shows from Dec. 14 to 16 at the historic El Campanil Theatre in downtown Antioch. For ticket prices and information, visit https://bit.ly/2Di3QQc.

Join the City of Oakley in kicking off the holidays with the town’s annual Christmas tree lighting. The amazing talent of local youth choirs will be on display in their performances throughout the evening. Nonprofit booths will be on-site with games and activities for the children. There will be free cookies and cocoa. In addition, Santa will be available to pose for family photos. The event starts at 4 p.m. with a lighting at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.oakleyinfo.com.

Saturday, Dec. 15 Wreaths Across America

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Willow Lake Annual Lighted Boat Parade

The 16th annual Discovery Bay Parade of Lights will roll through town, spreading cheer and inspiring those who line the streets to see it pass by – the event will also feature a tree lighting. The parade will begin at 6 p.m., at the Discovery Bay Marina, and finish at the Discovery Bay Shopping Center at the corner of Discovery Bay Boulevard and Willow Lake Road. For more information, contact parade director Amanda Dove at 925-4088332 or amanda@deltasuntimes.com.

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

Come find the latest in brands such as LulaRoe, Scentsy, 31 Bags, Stella & Dot and more at this shop-till-you-drop event at Lula Lounge of Brentwood, 268 Pebble Beach Drive, from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, https://bit.ly/2OBVtBe.

Sunday, Dec. 2 City Hall Menorah Lighting

Join Chabad of the Delta for a Grand Menorah Lighting at Brentwood City Hall, 150 City Park Way, at 4:30 p.m. The evening will feature the traditional lighting of the menorah along with a gelt (chocolate coin) drop. For more information, visit www.jewishdelta.com.

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Club Los Meganos Event Center, 1700 Trilogy

In its fourth year, Wreaths Across America will honor veterans with a wreath-laying ceremony at Union Cemetery, 11545 Brentwood Boulevard, Brentwood, beginning at 9 a.m., rain or shine. The public is invited to pay respects to veterans of all wars who are buried in this cemetery by laying a holiday wreath on each grave. For more information, contact Sarah McLean at smclean21@gmail.com. The Willow Lake annual Lighted Boat Parade begins at 5:30 p.m., at Willow Lake in Discovery Bay. Boats of all sizes with any amount of decorations are welcome. For more information, contact Shanon Marlin at deltadogs@comcast.net and 925-383-8728.

Tuesday, Dec. 25 Brentwood Rocks on Christmas Night

Harvest Park Bowl will host a family bowling event from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, visit www.harvestparkbowl.com.

Monday, Dec. 31 Brentwood Red Carpet New Year’s Party Ring in 2019 in style at Brentwood’s New Year’s party in the community center, 35 Oak St. Hosted by Dan Ashley (News 7 Anchor) and produced by 925 Entertainment, The Brentwood Press and Got A Party, this evening will feature party favors, food, alcohol, live music, a guest performer and more. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2JZ7kZx.

New Year’s in Paris

Come and join the party to ring in 2019 with lunch at the Brentwood Community Center. Doors open at noon with lunch ready at 12:30 p.m. in a French-themed buffet. There will be live music, favors, champagne toast and more. For more information, call 925-516-5444.


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feathered and four-legged members of their families hits the top of the to-do list, and local animal-care professionals have a few tips. Give your pet the gift of good health this year and check this list twice before filling Fido’s stocking. East Bay Veterinary Emergency (EBVE) in Antioch is an emergency-only hospital that offers 24-hour emergency veterinary care when your regular vet may be closed or on holiday break. Christina Sutu, operations manager for EBVE, had some advice for folks who may want to share the holiday bounty with their dogs and cats. “Around this time of year, we are having some great meals for us humans, and it can be tempting to want to share that with our pets,” Sutu admitted. “However, some things that are high in fat, like turkey skin and ham, can actually put a pet into acute pancreatitis, which can be fatal. If we are putting together a holiday feast for our pets, we should be keeping it light and healthy, with no butter, no seasoning and steamed vegetables.”

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Sutu added that bones, such as the ones in that leftover turkey carcass, can prove both tempting and hazardous to dogs and cats. She advises that all bones be secured to keep pets safe from choking on them. When shopping to fill your pet’s stocking, Sutu said to consider some interactive toys. “Animals love interactive toys and food bowls,” she explained. “You can get a lot of things these days to stimulate them mentally and physically. You could also get them a fancier can or two of food, depending on their dietary restrictions.” Over in Brentwood, Shannon Cameron RVT, CVPM, is the administrator for the Brentwood Veterinary Hospital (BVH). Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, BVH specializes in wellness care and is committed to educating owners and providing the best possible treatment for its animal clientele. Cameron said one of the things that brings pets in their doors this time of year is consumption of dangerous plants. “The three big ones right now are poinsettias, mistletoe, and lilies,” she said. “Every plant has its own issues. They can cause vomiting, irritation of the mouth or stomach and potentially worse. Some plants are toxic, and you have to be careful. Cats especially like to pick at them.” Cameron also advised owners to keep

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The gift of pet adoption improve humans’ lives in a number of ways, so it’s only right that pet parents do

the same for them. That’s why, if you’re considering adding a pet to the family, adoption can be a great choice. Through pet adoption, you can not only help save dogs and cats from homelessness but also have the opportunity to experience a lifetime of laughs, snuggles and memories. When you adopt a pet, you also gain a friend to accompany you on life’s adventures, a family member to share life’s sweetest moments and a therapist to listen when you need an ear. Whether it’s a dog, a cat or one of the many other types of four-legged friends, pets are the perfect sidekicks for activities like walks around the park or cozy cuddle sessions in front of the TV. They also offer unconditional love and comfort during life’s happy moments and challenges. Familiar with the animals’ personalities and needs, shelter staff can accurately match you with a furry family member that’s compatible with your lifestyle. In addition, many adoptable animals are already spayed or neutered and up-to-date on their shots, meaning you won’t need to make a large up-front investment. There are also several programs and events that cover adoption fees throughout the year. Since 2001, H.A.L.O. has worked with the community and city and county shelters to rescue cats and dogs in danger of being euthanized. “Shelters contact us, and we pull animals that are

going to be put down, which not only saves that animal’s life but also creates more room in the shelter for other animals,” said Antioch resident Gigi Boss, president of H.A.L.O. “Once the animals are picked up from shelters, they are placed in volunteer foster homes. H.A.L.O. supplies everything for its fosters.” Pittsburg resident Jessica Shortridge, H.A.L.O. board member and volunteer coordinator, said fostering an animal is by far one of the most rewarding things you can experience. She has fostered sick, abandoned and malnourished kittens. “You get to watch that kitten blossom from a helpless little animal to a confident, playful companion and send them off to their forever home,” said Shortridge. “It’s truly amazing and an indescribable feeling.” Before H.A.L.O.’s pets are put up for adoption, each has a veterinary exam and is spayed or neutered, brought up-to-date with their shots and microchipped. After the pets have been through the entire fostering process, they are put up for adoption. H.A.L.O. hosts weekly adoption events at Pet Food Express and PetSmart in Antioch and Petco in Brentwood. The nonprofit, charitable organization is run entirely by volunteers. “Our volunteers are everything to us, and we are always looking for more,” said Boss. While costs may be lower when you adopt, pet parents still need to invest time and training in their adopted pets to make sure they receive the love and attention they need. More than 8 million pets end up in shelters nationwide each year, a majority of which are ready to be loving pets or can be ready with veterinary or behavioral

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When you adopt a pet, you also gain a friend to accompany you on life’s adventures, a family member to share life’s sweetest moments and a therapist to listen when you need an ear. care. Through pet adoption, you not only gain a new family member, you can feel the joy of knowing you gave a pet in need a loving forever home. For more information about adopting a pet from H.A.L.O. or volunteering, visit www.eccchalo.org, call 925-473-4642 or email contacthalo@yahoo.com. 

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to both the problem and the solution. Just as people need to control the temptation to overindulge, pet owners need to control the temptation to overindulge their pets. A survey of pet owners by Royal Canin in 2018 revealed that more than half of cat and dog owners always or often give their pets food if they beg for it, and almost a quarter of cat and dog owners sometimes overfeed their pets to keep them happy. “When sad eyes plead for one more treat or constant meowing reminds you the treats are in easy reach, it’s common for pet owners to give in to the temptation and play into that begging behavior,” said Dr. Eric Mueller, veterinarian and Royal Canin spokesperson. “Unfortunately, in the long run, those quick responses can have some damaging results for a pet’s overall health.” Estimates suggest that as many as 59 percent of dogs and 52 percent of cats worldwide are overweight. Yet according to the survey, only a quarter of cat and dog owners describe their pets as overweight.

The survey also revealed owners may not understand how much food cats and dogs need or what they should or should not eat. The strong emotional bond between owners and their pets may be part of the issue. Many owners express affection for their pets through feeding, which can easily lead to the pet consuming more calories than it needs. In the survey, 59 percent of cat and dog owners said they feel rewarded when feeding their pets and 77 percent said their animals get excited about being fed. Armed with the knowledge that extra treats and table scraps can have a negative impact on a pet’s health, Mueller says it’s never too late to make some changes for the better, including the following: ♦♦ Talk to a veterinarian. Obesity is a medical concern. Pet owners should feel comfortable seeing their veterinarian to start a conversation about their pet’s weight. If a veterinarian identifies that there is an issue, they can develop a weight-loss plan to help a pet reach its ideal weight and body condition as well as discuss solutions to help control begging during the weight-loss process. ♦♦ Practice smart nutrition. Not surprisingly, proper nutrition is often one of the first solutions a veterinarian is likely to recommend to address a pet’s weight problem. One

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Estimates suggest that as many as 59 percent of dogs and 52 percent of cats worldwide are overweight, yet only 25 percent of pet owners recognize the problem. option your veterinarian may recommend is diet cat and dog formulas, which provide great taste and are clinically proven to support weight loss and help reduce begging. The formulas use the highest industry standards and quality ingredients and are designed to help keep pets feeling full and satisfied between meals. ♦♦ Focus on portion control. Although many varieties of pet food include recommended serving sizes on the packaging, those servings are general guidelines and don’t take into account a pet’s unique circumstances and dietary needs. A better approach when working to bring a pet’s weight down is to measure out the recommended feeding amount directed by a veterinarian.

♦♦ Encourage exercise. This can be anything from brief periods of play to long walks. Remember to adjust the intensity based on the individual abilities of your pet. ♦♦ Maintain consistency. Changing behaviors can be challenging. Your personal motivation and commitment are critical to the success of your pet’s weight-loss program. Remember that a pet is not likely to immediately understand why the treats have ceased or why mealtime looks different. Attention-seeking behaviors may even amplify for a time. Hold firm and be consistent in resisting those begging eyes and you can find the process becomes easier for both of you. Learn more about managing your pet’s nutritional and dietary needs at www. RoyalCanin.com.

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Not only are they constant companions, they are also hardworking animals that can help reduce stress and anxiety levels, which can help lessen the symptoms of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, for example. To better integrate them into society, it’s beneficial for individuals and businesses alike to learn facts about these animals. Since they’re often cute and cuddly, it’s not unusual for people to forget that service dogs are not pets but rather working animals that have been individually trained to help people with disabilities. Guide, hearing and service dogs typically accompany a person anywhere the general public is allowed, including restaurants, businesses and on airplanes, providing support as their owners go about their daily lives. However, a survey by American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, suggests that employees are not educated about the unique needs of customers with service dogs. Nearly 69 percent of retail employees said they never received training from their employer on the questions they are legally allowed to ask customers to ascertain an animal is a service dog. Further adding to confusion is a lack

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Since they’re often cute and cuddly, it’s not unusual for people to forget that service dogs are not pets but rather working animals that have been individually trained to help people with disabilities. of understanding of the difference between service dogs and other assistance animals. Emotional support dogs and therapy dogs assist people in their daily lives, but they do not have the same responsibilities as service animals. For instance, therapy dogs provide affection and comfort to their owners, but they do not have special rights of access in all buildings or public areas. Since service animals often provide mobility assistance or communicate medical alerts, they should always be allowed to accompany their owners. At times, these innocent misconceptions

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“Dogs have incredible abilities, including saving lives and making the world a better place,” said Angel May, corporate citizenship lead at Mars Petcare. “Service dogs are animals that should be celebrated for the good they bring to society, and we hope that increased awareness of their working nature leads to a deeper understanding of their important role.” For additional information on service dogs, visit www.bettercitiesforpets.com/ servicedogs.


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Recognizing diseases that affect snakes Many snakes, like this beautiful red-sided California garter snake, make great pets, but understanding how to recognize common diseases is critical.

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the first that come to mind, but pets need not be furry or four-legged to make great additions to a home – as long as owners understand how to properly care for them.

1. Infectious stomatitis Also known as “mouth rot,” infectious stomatitis is an infection of the oral cavity. Infectious stomatitis may be characterized by pinpoint hemorrhages on the gums or excessive amounts of thick mucus in the mouth and at the inside edges around the snake’s mouth.

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This mucus may contain blood, and some snakes may develop a pus resembling cottage cheese in place of the mucus. Additional symptoms of infectious stomatitis include anorexia, an inability to close the mouth and a reduction in or absence of tongue flicking. In severe cases, snakes may experience loose teeth and swelling of the head. According to PetEducation.com, infectious stomatitis is often a response to stress, such as that created by environments where temperatures are

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improperly regulated. Poor nutrition that results in vitamin C deficiency or inappropriate dietary calcium/phosphorous levels also have been linked to infectious stomatitis. Other contributing factors to this disease may include overcrowding, trauma or internal or external parasites.

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VCA notes that both internal and external parasites are common in pet snakes. Snake owners typically learn their snakes have parasites during vet visits, as

3. Blister disease Snake owners, particularly firsttime owners, may miss the signs of blister disease because the lesions that characterize this ailment are typically on the underside of the animal. The VCA recommends owners routinely examine their snakes to detect for any physical issues. Often afflicting snakes that are kept in environments that are too moist or too dirty, blister disease produces fluidfilled blisters that may become infected with bacteria. The consequences of blister disease cases that are not treated promptly can be very serious and include severe skin damage, blood poisoning and even death. First-time snake owners may feel these reptiles are low-maintenance pets when compared to dogs, but owners must pay close attention to their snakes for any signs of disease, including those ailments that may be deadly if undetected or untreated. – Courtesy Metro Creative

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are more than just pets; they’re often cherished family members. So it should come as no surprise that, come the holidays, people want to lavish extra attention on their animals by way of presents. The American Pet Products Association indicates pet owners spend billions of dollars on their pets each year. The majority of pet owners gives gifts to their pets on holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Christmas. DogTime.com reports pet presents are not a North American phenomenon either. Pet owners in the United Kingdom are expected to spend the equivalent of $46 U.S. dollars per pet on gifts. While dog owners are more likely to buy their pets gifts, cat owners have been closing that gap over the years. Some pet parents even offer Christmas cards or hang Christmas stockings for their pets. According to data from PricewaterhouseCoopers, shoppers between the ages of 17 and 21 are willing to spend more than anyone else ($70) on holiday gifts for their pets.

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something that requires emergency care or if it can wait until the morning,” she said. “We always encourage pet owners to give us a call no matter how big or small the problem seems. We can triage over the phone and that can really help give peace of mind.” East Bay Veterinary Emergency is located at 1312 Sunset Drive, in Antioch. For more information, contact 925-754-5001 or visit www.ebve.com. Brentwood Veterinary Hospital is located at 4519 O’Hara Ave., in Brentwood. For more information, contact 925-634 1177 or visit www.brentwoodvet. net. Animal Poison Control can be reached at 888-426-4435. For more information on keeping your house safe for pets, visit www. aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control.

rich foods and chocolate out of reach of pets and to keep the animal poison control number handy. When it comes to gift shopping, she suggested staying away from anything that can be chewed up and swallowed. “That’s the biggest problem this time of year,” Cameron explained. “People get chew toys, and they get chewed up and ingested and cause problems, especially with large dogs.” In any event, concerned pet owners can call EBVE 24/7 when in doubt if a pet is having trouble after hours. “We can talk you through (your concerns about your pet) and see if it’s

Gifting pets has become the norm, but various animal welfare organizations advise that giving companion animals as presents should be avoided. Pets given as gifts may be at a higher risk for surrender to shelters by families who miscalculated the amount of time and money necessary to care for pets. Welcoming a pet into the family is often a personal decision and one that should be weighed carefully by all members of the household. – Metro Creative

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