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Vol. 17, No. 7

City taking Braving the elements closer look at green energy by Kyle Szymanski

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Living A Full Life After 50

Living 50 Plus section, highlights all the the options for seniors in East County. Page 1B

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The City of Oakley is once again exploring bringing green, clean energy to the city a year after opting out of the idea. The city’s leadership academy, a group of residents who graduated from a program aimed at teaching them about city operations and processes and who also studied community choice aggregation (CCA), will be tasked with looking at the city’s options and giving a recommendation to the council, during a city council work session on March 14. Under CCA programs, local governments join together to provide energy to their residents. The energy is generated primarily from renewable sources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric and bioenergy. The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will continue to deliver power and bill customers as normal, with only the energy source varying. Under state law, customers are automatically enrolled in CCAs, but can choose to opt out and stay with their original energy providers. “(The leadership academy residents) are doing this out of the goodness of their hearts,” said Josh McMurray, Oakley planning manager. “They believe in Oakley and want to provide the city with a great recommendation.” The council took preliminary steps last February to

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Firefighters Honor Friend

Firefighters host annual memorial golf tournament in remembrance of fallen friend. Page 5A Photo by Tony Kukulich

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zoamaka Orji and Joelle Varsovia make good use of their rain boots during a walk through the flooded trails of Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley this week. Meteorologists are calling for more rain through the weekend and into next week.

Wrapping Up The Season

Fire district response times increase “ Our situation appears to be no better, if

by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

The number of hours the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) was unavailable for calls has doubled from December to January. According to recently released statistics, all district resources were tied up and unable to respond to calls for a total of 4 hours and 14 minutes last month, compared to two hours in December. The district’s average re-

not getting worse.

Joe Young, ECCFPD board director sponse time also increased by 30 seconds during the same period, to 8 minutes and 12 seconds. “Our situation appears to be no better, if not getting worse,” said Board Director Joe Young. The district, currently com-

prised of four engines, may drop to three by midyear if additional funding isn’t found. The district covers 249 square miles in Brentwood and Oakley and in the unincorporated communities of Bethel Island, Discovery Bay,

Knightsen, Byron, Marsh Creek and Morgan Territory. As the closure deadline looms, the district’s response times are already lagging, even with Station 94 in Knightsen still active. Looking at the time it took crews to respond to calls for 90 percent of the time in January, the east and west areas of Brentwood, along with Oakley, Knightsen and Bethel Island saw response times increase from Desee District page 26A

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Recreation division offering spring break camps The City of Oakley’s Recreation Division is offering exciting spring break camps for 2017. Skyhawks Soccer Camp Skyhawks was founded as a soccer club in 1979 and is still the top choice for parents looking to introduce their child to the fundamentals of the world’s most popular sport. Using a progressive curriculum, boys and girls of all skill levels will gain the technical skills and sport knowledge to advance to the next step in soccer. The camp is open to first through fifth grade, at Crockett Park, March 20 to 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $119 for residents and $129 for nonresidents. Lego Spring Camp Hey parents – do your kids love to build and play with Legos? Bring their creative minds and engineering skills to meet building challenges, participate in fun contests and win Lego prizes. The kids will love it, because they will learn new building techniques to use with their own sets at home.

Spots are limited, so register by March 13 to receive a special Lego figure. The camp is open to ages 6 through 12 years old, at Iron House Elementary School’s library, March 27 to 31, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $160 for residents and $170 for nonresidents. Full- and half-day Tennis Camps Tennis campers spend fun-filled days learning new skills, participating in fun drills and competing in interclub matches and tournaments. Darrin Cohen, a Diamond Hills Sports Club tennis director, and a staff of certified tennis instructors supervise the one-week program. Campers can also participate in optional supervised swimming to cool off, as well as SNAG Golf, a proven learning and training tool for entry-level golfers. The camp is open to ages 4 through 18 years old, at Diamond Hills Sports Club. The two sessions from run from March 20 to 24 and March 27 to 31. Price varies by half- or full-day camp. For more information, call 925-625-7041.

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Cancer patients need drivers for the Road To Recovery by Aly Brown Staff Writer

Contra Costa County residents are leading the state in volunteer numbers for the American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program – second only to Los Angeles County, with its significantly higher population – but the request for more hands on deck still soars. Road To Recovery pairs volunteer drivers with cancer patients who need round-trip rides to their treatment appointments. Taline Gerch, senior coordinator for office and event support in the American Cancer Society’s Walnut Creek branch, said the volunteers and patients are matched as closely as possible to make for a successful pairing. “We really do try our best to get cancer patients to their appointments,” Gerch said. “Even if there is no volunteer, sometimes we’ll send someone from the office or (provide) vouchers for transit.” According to California Cancer Facts and Figures, in 2016, an estimated

“ There is still a huge, unmet need for assistance, and we’re trying to get the word out. It’s a really rewarding experience for our volunteers, and we hope to gain more.

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173,200 California residents learned they had cancer. For many, getting to their scheduled treatments became a great concern. To help patients receive the critical care they need without additional stress, the program provides free transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer and who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Anyone with a valid driver’s license, a safe and reliable vehicle and proof of up-to-date insurance may apply and will

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The American Cancer Society is seeking new volunteer drivers to help cancer patients get to and from treatment appointments. be placed on a list of volunteers. The patient-services center then calls the volunteers on behalf of the patients, whose treatment regimens can last about four hours. Volunteers select a preferred day for pick up, which should remain open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. This may seem like a daunting time to keep open, but drivers are usually given a two-week notice prior to their patient’s appointment. Sometimes, the notice is shorter, due to

occasions in which a patient would need to schedule an unexpected visit with their doctor. When comparing the population sizes of Contra Costa County to Los Angeles County – 1.09 million to 10.02 million, respectively – the difference in number of volunteers each have in total is surprisingly small. East County came away with 65 Road To Recovery volunteer drivers last year, while Los Angeles had 76. Elizabeth Turney, program manager for the California division, is proud of the commitment each volunteer makes and applauds them for volunteering in this way. She also noted the current number of East County volunteers, though second highest in the state, is still nowhere near meeting the number of cancer patients requesting rides to their treatment appointments in the area. Additionally, the overall number of total rides provided in California through the American Cancer Society in total has dipped in recent years –  from 3,737 in 2015 to 2,958, in 2016 – but the team is working diligently to garner more support. “(Our numbers have) dropped, and we need to build the program up again, because we’re getting a lot of ride requests,” said Turney. “There is still a huge, unmet need for assistance, and we’re trying to get the word out. It’s a really rewarding experience for our volunteers, and we hope to gain more.” In addition to more drivers, East Contra Costa County is also in need of a volunteer ride coordinator. Coordinators need to use a computer and internet service for ride coordination and will work collaboratively, manage and monitor requests for Road To Recovery services with American Cancer Society staff partners. They wil also work closely with volunteer drivers to provide lifesaving transportation assistance. For more information or to volunteer, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer. org. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.


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Honoring a fallen firefighter, friend by Aly Brown

In memory of firefighter Lance Michaelis, inset, who passed in 2006 after a battle with cancer, his crew holds an annual triple-header tournament.

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What started as a group of firefighters engaging in some friendly competition has transformed into a memorial golf tournament held annually in Brentwood, honoring firefighter Lance Michaelis, who gave 23 years of service and will always be remembered fondly by his crew. The golf tournament started more than a decade ago as a fishing competition between friends, when the crew from the Santa Clara Fire Department would get together and spend a few hours out on the Delta, competing for prizes of beer and pizza for the team that reeled in the most weight. Michaelis loved this time they spent together, and his famous line became ‘I’ll be there.’ But, the men didn’t know then that a shadow had fallen. At the still-young age of 48, Michaelis, husband and father of two boys, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, which his doctors determined was caused by his line of work. “You have to understand we were hired in the days when it was a ‘tough -guy club’ (in 1983),” said Brentwood resident Todd Siegfried, friend and fellow firefighter on Michaelis’ crew. “For example, a car fire has every chemical known to man burning, and we didn’t think we needed any protection. Nowadays, you can’t get near smoke without your air pack on.”

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According to Siegfried, they spent years in that kind of environment – cancer, heart and lung diseases and even brain tumors were rampant among their peers – all considered the nature of the job. The year Michaelis was diagnosed, Siegfried decided to take their competition to the next level by creating a tripleheader tournament, which would last the entire day with three different events. “Lance was a competitive guy and loved this time we all had together,” said Siegfried. “After he was diagnosed, I came up with a way we could involve more people to enjoy our friendship with him.” The tournament was set to begin with bowling in the morning, nine holes of golf and poker at Siegfried’s house in the evening. Everything was arranged and set to go for October 2006.

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But, when the big day arrived, Michaelis’ cancer took a turn for the worse, and he was too sick to play. “Being the type of guy he was, he told us to play anyway and give him a call to let him know how we are doing,” Siegfried said. “On the first tee at the golf course, I called him on my cell phone to tell him we were all thinking of him. I had him on speaker so all 32 of us could hear him. Even though he was sick, he sounded like the happy, healthy, fun-loving guy he was.” Michaelis told his crew not to worry about him and to have fun, and they each expressed how much they cared for him while huddled together around a cell phone at that first golf hole. Michaelis passed away two months later, leaving his family the day after

Christmas at the age of 49. Every year since, the crew members partake in the competition their friend and fellow firefighter loved so much, which eventually became the Lance Michaelis Triple Header. In its 10th year, the event will begin with three games on Oct. 19, at Harvest Park Bowl in the morning, followed by lunch at Nines restaurant at Brentwood Golf, before nine holes of golf. After golfing, the teams will meet at Siegfried’s home in Brentwood for a catered dinner provided by Brentwood Fine Meats. After dinner, they will play tournament-style poker. The friendly competition involves 32 firefighters – some retired and some active duty – with teams of four players per see Firefighter page 7A


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City to form plan for key piece of land by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

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The City of Brentwood will soon begin hashing out a plan to steer the growth and development decisions for a prime piece of real estate in the northwest part of the city. The 373 acres, 280 of which are undeveloped, are surrounded by Lone Tree Way to the north, Heidorn Ranch Road to the west, Sand Creek Road to the south and Shady Willow Lane to the east. The land, which is bisected by Highway 4, will help the city meet its economicdevelopment goals with a variety of landimprovement projects that generate jobs. It could also be the site of transit-oriented development and is being eyed as a perfect spot for a Great Wolf Resorts indoor waterpark. Over the next year, a group comprised of councilmembers, planning commissioners and several community members will work to create a specific plan for the area, which includes defining a land-use plan, development standards and infrastructure arrangements for future development. The public will also be asked to weigh in through public workshops, open houses and online forums and surveys. “The city is getting out in front of the planning process and the environmentalreview process, which hopefully positions the city very well to see some quality devel-

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The City of Brentwood will soon begin putting together a specific plan for a valuable piece of real estate that is key to the city’s economic future. opment applications come forward in the next couple of years,” said Ben Ritchie, of the De Novo Planning Group, which will help the city construct the plan at a cost of no more than $549,950. The group is expected to first formulate a series of options for area development, accompanied by traffic, fiscal and infrastructure analyses. The results will then be presented, and a land-use map, which must be approved by the planning commission and city council, will be created by summer 2018.

“The fruit of this specific plan, if it can be adopted as envisioned, is that the land will be ready to go,” said Casey McCann, director of community development. “That makes Brentwood highly competitive in the market place, because Brentwood will have land that only requires design review.” Crafting the document will likely incite conversation on a variety of topics, including the need to attract quality jobs to see Plan page 7A


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Firefighter from page 5A team, including Lance’s father. While they no longer need the cell phone and Michaelis can’t fulfill his famous words in person, the crew still stands together every year to express how much he meant to them at the first tee. “Lance was our big brother, who will forever be 49,” said firefighter Craig Johnson. “He was someone who made you feel

Plan from page 6A the area and the possibility of ushering in a transit facility, according to city officials. The city’s population of 59,000 is already 73 percent of the general plan goal of 81,000. However, jobs are lagging behind at only 12,400, or 37 percent of the goal. On the transportation front, designating a portion of the land for a transit facility, such as an eBART station, would qualify it as a priority-development area under a regional transportation plan, allowing the city to receive regional-planning grants and funding for transportation projects. If the area were to include residential densities that account for multifamily housing, it could help the city draw the eyes of BART. “To me, this is a miniature general plan of a certain area,” said Mayor Bob Taylor. “We are going to dissect (the plan), turn it upside down and explore.” The council is still in the early stages of creating the 10-person group, but it is expected to begin meeting in March.

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better when he was around. He would smile the moment he met eyes with you, which in turn would force you to smile right back. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him. I believe we all leave a mark on each other when we cross paths, and the mark he left on me has made me a better person. And that’s just a scratch on the surface of Lance.” To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

Councilmembers have expressed a hopeful outlook on the effort. “This is an exciting first step toward bringing jobs to Brentwood, which is something that is sorely needed,” said Brentwood City Councilmember Karen Rarey. Vice Mayor Steve Barr said a key part of the process would be collecting the city’s diverse goals in one document. “I think (getting) the job-generating uses and the transit-oriented development all to coincide and meet our goals is what we have to work on,” he said. City Councilmember Joel Bryant said the planning process must be carried out carefully. “I will always lean toward keeping Brentwood the family-focused community we have and getting us as close to an ideal jobs to housing ratio as possible, but I’m not willing to give up our quality of life to get there.” For more information, visit pa-1. specificplan.org. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

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SUPPLEMENTAL BILL ON NEW HOME When a property changes hands, the county assessor will reassess the property at the new market value. The county only sends out tax bills once a year, so they almost always have to send out a ‘supplemental’ tax bill to reflect the higher taxes due for the period of time that the buyer owned it, but paid taxes on the seller’s old value (this assumes the home sold for higher than the old value). The problem is that it can take a while for the county to update their mailing records. I always warn my sellers that they may get a supplemental bill in the mail after close of escrow that’s addressed to them, but it’s really for the new buyers. HOWEVER, there are times when the supplemental bill IS for the prior owner. This can happen when someone sells a home that’s less than a year or two old. The county can be somewhat slow to reassess properties, especially when they are new homes. Depending when the county last reviewed your property, it

could be assessed as bare land or as having half a house built on it, even though you’ve been living in it for months. Eventually, they will get around to assessing it for what you paid for it, but if you sell that home prior to that reassessment, you may have a surprise coming. The title company will check the county’s records for what taxes are due, and you will close escrow thinking everything is all paid up. But then, a few months later, you get a supplemental bill with a new assessed value – and therefore a higher tax bill – for the time you owned the property. The title company didn’t ‘miss’ it. The county can retroactively go back in time to correct the assessed value if it was too low. If you have questions on this or any other real-estate topic, call 925-240-MOVE (6683). #1 for Brentwood listings sold 11 out of last 14 years. To search the MLS for free and view virtual tours of homes for sale, go to: www.SharpHomesOnline.com. Sharp Realty.

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Milestones BIRTHS, ACHIEVEMENTS AND OBITUARIES

The end of an era Margaret Hoover, the business manager at Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Catholic Church is retiring. Margaret has been the business manager at IHM for the past 15 years. During her extraordinary tenure, she has not only supervised the dayto-day operations, she has also implemented and executed two diocesan pledge drives. The first was the construction of the new parish church at the corner of Central and Fairview avenues, a project with a gross cost of over $8 million. The church was dedicated in June 2004. The second pledge drive was for the parish hall, classrooms, library, commercial kitchen and parish office, at a total cost of just over $3 million. These facilities went into service in July 2013. When IHM was located on 2nd Street, the parish had approximately 3,000 registered families. Today, IHM has more than doubled in size, serving families not only in Brentwood, but also neighboring Antioch, Oakley, Knightsen and Byron. Her creative, fresh ideas have been instrumental in the positive approach to which she applies to every issue; a key component in the growth of the parish.

More than 10 years ago, Margaret spearheaded the effort of establishing electronic giving, or EFT. Thanks to her tireless effort, out of 84 parishes in the Diocese of Oakland, IHM is the largest EFT processor of parishioner charitable contributions. She has seen several pastors make their home at IHM, as well as countless parochial vicars and seminarians, giving each and every one tender, loving care and kind, motherly advice to make their stay at IHM a success. To her staff, Margaret has been a tremendous source of help and encouragement, giving each advice and guidance along the way, helping to foster their professional growth. She has been a friend and mentor to all and will be very sorely missed. Congratulations, Margaret, on a superior job; very well done!

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Jesse Alexander

grandchildren and three special boys in Southern California. Jesse loved to tell stories and had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed hot rods and loved the Chicago Bears. Services will be held March 4, at 1 p.m., in St. Anne’s Catholic Church, in Byron. A reception will follow at 3 p.m., at The Brentwood Café.

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varied career, he enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and abroad. Mac was an exalted ruler in the Elks Club Honolulu chapter. Mac is predeceased by his parents, Marge Albert and Esther Cox, of Farmington, New Mexico; and one brother, Everett Cox, of Amarillo, Texas. He is survived by his son, Kevin Cox (Andrea), granddaughter, Allaura, and grandson, Christopher Cox, of Grand Lake, Colorado; daughter, Cathy Tarr, and grandsons, Thomas and Crawford, of Indianapolis, Indiana; and daughter, Malia Cox, of Covington, Washington. The Discovery Bay Yacht Club will be holding a Nine Bell Memorial Ceremony in Discovery Bay, on Feb. 19. To fulfill Mac’s wishes, a Beach Boy funeral in Honolulu is being planned for a later date, followed by a scattering of his ashes at sea. In lieu of flowers, any remembrances can be sent to Denver Children’s Hospital Colorado, at 13123 E 16th Ave., in Aurora, Colorado. For more information, call 720-777-1700, email info@ childrenscoloradofoundation.org or visit www. childrenscoloradofoundation.org/site/Donation.

Aug. 12, 1937 – Feb. 6, 2017 Jesse, a Knightsen resident, was born on Aug. 12, 1937, in Antioch, to Joe and Emily Alexander. He graduated from Antioch High in 1956. Jesse worked as a pipefitter for Fibreboard for 41 years. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara; daughter, Patricia Rogers; and son, Derreck (Janet) Alexander. He had three grandchildren, three greatMay 4, 1937 – Feb. 3, 2017 Clifford “Mac” Cox of Discovery Bay passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 3; he had suffered multiple health problems over the past year. Mac was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, on May 4, 1937. He had a varied career, which included being a deputy sheriff in Grand County, Colorado, and owning a marina and operating snowmobiles during the winter months in Grand Lake, Colorado. His love for baking led him to Dallas, Texas, where he became an executive manager for Wonder Bread. Later, he was transferred to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he became an operating manager for the Continental Bakery, which, at that time, was the company’s largest bakery worldwide. Later in Honolulu, he managed a Budget Rent-a-Car agency. For many years, he was a sales manager for Prudential Insurance (in Lake Tahoe and Napa, California) and was a president’s award winner, which is attributed to the top ten percent of sales managers worldwide. His love for boats and boating brought him back to marina ownership in 1998, when he purchased Discovery Bay Yacht Sales, which he operated until selling it in 2016. In addition to his

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New comedy comes to Cap’s Dennis Gaxiola, one of America’s funniest clean comedians, will be headlining a weekend of comedy at Cap’s Oak Street Bar and Grill, on Feb. 24 and 25. The preacher’s son gained notoriety from his appearances with Jamie Foxx on Comedy Central, The Latin Kings of Comedy Tour with Paul Rodriguez, BET’s “Comic View,” Que Locos and the 2010 season Martin Lawrence’s “First Amendment Stand Up.” Show times are at 9 p.m., and tickets are $15. For more information or reservations, call 925-634-1025.

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The nuns from “Nunsense” are, from front left, Shelly McDowell and Patricia Brittain; middle row, Bobbi Barlow and Shari Orett; and rear, Janice Cameron. Americas Court Immaculate Heart of Mary # 2714. Tickets for the benefit can be reserved in advance for payment and pickup at the door, at www.broadwayrepertorytheater.com or at 925-516-9009. Tickets will also be available at the door. Performances are Feb. 24 and 25, at 7:30 p.m., with a single matinee on Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. The show location is Father John Garcia Hall, Immaculate Heart of Mary, 500 Fairview Ave., in Brentwood.

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It takes a village to throw a party by Aly Brown Staff Writer The life-skills students from Liberty, Heritage and Freedom are in for the time of their lives come May 6, when the entire town plans to throw a superhero-themed prom, complete with fine dining, a parade and a redcarpet style dance. Officer Mitch Brouillette, Heritage’s school resource officer, is one of the driving forces behind the event. He says it has grown beyond anything he could have hoped for, with businesses, city officials, teachers, students and parents coming together to build what is sure to be an unforgettable evening for the special-needs students. A huge part of the vision for this event was incorporating the general-education students and community as a whole to support the life-skills kids. “The whole thing is to unite the entire community,” said Brouillette. “It started when Officer Michelle Keady and I got into a conversation with a teacher to gauge the availability of a dance for special-needs students, and

Officer Mitch Brouillette, center, with lifeskills students, is working with various community groups and the three area high schools to bring a superherothemed prom to Brentwood, on May 6. Photo by Tony Kukulich

there wasn’t really anything like that for them out here.” The community has been happy to fill the void, as East County is proving it certainly takes a village to pull this off. Prior to the big day, two barbershops – KJ’s and John’s Man Cave – will offer free haircuts for the boys, while Willie’s Bagels will

transform into a dress shop for the girls to ‘shop’ for and try on dresses the student leadership teams from the three schools will have collected in donations. On the night of the dance, leadership students will be responsible for decorating Vic Stewart’s, which is donating the dinner portion. The leadership students will also serve tables. The decorations will follow the superhero theme, but with a glamorous touch, and the plan is to shuttle the kids by limo for the dinner, which will feature a slideshow. After dinner, the limos will take the estimated 200 to 250 prom attendees to downtown Brentwood for a parade. The parade will begin near the Brentwood Emporium, turn right at Oak Street and carry on to the community center, where red carpets and a Hollywood touch will greet the kids for their dance, which will run from 6 to 8 p.m., with DJ Hightop providing tunes. In an effort to keep the party going for the community, there will also be a concert in the park, and the band Breakfast Club will perform. “For me, I’m just really excited that all three high schools are working together,” said Jess Banchieri, leadership teacher for Heri-

tage. “We’re always competing against each other, and now we’re coming together as a team, uniting not just Brentwood, but Oakley as well. We’re hoping it will be a big success and that people will enjoy the night.” Planning for this has taken the generous contributions of many. The Liberty and Heritage Idol competitions donated 100 percent of the funds raised in one of their show nights, Dino’s will provide lunches for all the volunteer students helping that day, Ribbons and Roses is contributing flowers, the Brentwood Rotary is sponsoring financially, the Downtown Coalition is providing supplies and Brentwood Neighborhood Committee is offering volunteers. There are still a few loose ends left untied before the night can go off without a hitch. Organizers are in need of limousine services, tux-rental donations and sponsorship for the stage at the concert in the park. The sponsor’s name will be displayed during the concert, noting their donation. For more information or to contribute, contact Brouillette at mbrouillette@brentwoodca.gov or Banchieri at banchierij@ luhsd.net. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

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When it rains it pours. The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain. Raindrops keep falling on my head, while I am singing in the rain. This week, it’s all about the weather, and there is plenty of it.

According to reports, more rain is on the way through next week, and while the total inches may not rank as high as previous storms, the very real threat of flooding and other weather-related issues are here in far east and central Contra Costa County.

This week, the Contra Costa Public Works Department has closed Morgan Territory Road between Marsh Creek and Manning roads. The road is open to local traffic and emergency vehicles only and is anticipated to reopen to through traffic on Thursday, Feb. 23. Alhambra Valley Road between Bear Creek and Castro Ranch roads is closed indefinitely.

PG&E has issued warnings as well, and reminds customers to have an emergency plan in place. Quick safety tips range from making sure your car is ready for a quick departure and making plans for your family and your furbabies to familiarizing yourself with different routes out of your area and recognizing potential hazards. See PG&E Senior Manager Vic Baker’s letter to the editor for more details.

The Ironhouse Sanitary District (ISD) has also issued a reminder and warning to customers tempted to behave badly. Apparently, some residents have been illegally draining standing water off their properties into the sewer system and wreaking havoc within the district’s sewer collection and treatment systems. ISD says this is a no-no, and violation of said orders can result in fines of up to $1,000 and 30 days in jail.

If you have questions or concerns to report, note the following phone numbers and webpages: Public Works Maintenance Division – 925-3137000; California Highway Patrol for emergencies after hours – 707-5514100; Contra Costa County Sheriffs Dispatch for emergencies after hours – 925-646-2441; and Contra Costa County Sandbag Locations – www. cccounty.us/sandbags.

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Editor: This letter is for Hugh Henderson. Hugh, congratulations on your well-deserved retirement. Thank you for your selfless service, dedication to your profession and to making East County a safer place. I also want to thank your family, who had to miss you on birthdays, holidays and vacations for many years, so the rest of us could be safe. I know you took a salary much lower than others of comparable positions in the field, so the district could stay afloat. God bless you, Hugh, and enjoy your retirement. It was well-earned and is welldeserved. Scott Cliatt Brentwood

More storms on the way

Editor: With more wet weather on its way, PG&E reminds customers to have an emergency plan. In case of an evacuation, consider the following tips to stay safe: • Create an emergency preparedness kit. Include food, water, personal supplies, medication, portable radios and flashlights. • Keep at least a half tank of gas in your car, in case you must evacuate unexpectedly. Keep electric vehicles charged. • Familiarize yourself with alternate routes out of your area, as options during an evacuation. However, if authorities identify a specific evacuation route, follow it. • Be alert for road hazards, such as washedout roads or bridges. Don’t drive into flooded areas. • Always assume low and downed power lines are live and extremely dangerous. Keep yourself and others away, and call 911 immediately. • If possible, leave early enough to avoid severe weather. • Include pets in practice drills. Find out

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Editor: The East County Voters for Equal Protection (ECV), a nonpartisan citizens action committee, is organizing a workshop later this month to discuss a proposal to correct the structural funding deficiency that is afflicting the local fire services agency, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD). Twenty-two local government entities have been invited, including the county, the cities of Brentwood and Oakley, special districts and schools. The proposal will improve ECCFPD funding by about $7.8 million and potentially provide for three additional fire stations, bringing the district’s total to six. There are now just three permanent stations, serving 110,000 people spread over 249 square miles. The proposal relies on the traditional growth in property-tax revenues to avoid any cuts in current funding. If the proposal were adopted, the increased property-tax revenues that 22 government entities can expect would grow a little slower over a three- or four-year programimplementation period. Government administrators are naturally opposed to this proposal. City managers, schools administrators and the county administrator have all gone on record opposing the solution, because their specific government entity would lose future funds. These government workers are not looking at the big picture. All government funds come, in one manner or another,

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from the public taxpayers. The money ought to be used to meet the needs of today’s taxpayer population. That’s why the elected representatives of the people need to make this decision, not those who are paid to operate pieces of the people’s business. The Ghost Ship fire occurred in Oakland several months ago. It was a tragedy that took the lives of 36 people at a warehouse in the city’s District 5. Noel Gallo is a city councilmember who represents District 5, and he stepped forward visibly during the crisis. He is a former school-board member who understands the importance of fire and emergency medical-response services to a community. Gallo will speak at the fire district-funding workshop. The structural-funding problem that has increased response times and reduced the number of firefighters is not a new phenomenon. Attempts to solve the problem with new tax measures have failed three times. This proposal, if adopted, will address this structural-funding problem. It will provide money to East County fire and emergency medical services, so that ECCFPD receives an allocation rate closer to the rate that other parts of the county receive for their fire and emergency medical services. The funding allocation rate will then be at about the average for the county’s fire districts. Shifting public money to a higherpriority service – in many cases a lifesustaining service – is the right thing to do. Three lives have been lost due to inadequate response capability, a fire department official has said. It is time for our elected representatives to do what’s best for the people. Citizens, please contact your elected city councilmembers, school board trustees and special district directors and demand they support reallocation. Bryan Scott Brentwood

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Heritage’s Brooklyn Bennett knocks down one of her nine three-pointers during the Patriots’ 73-36 win over Freedom last Friday. The league-champion Patriots are set to contend for the North Coast Section title this season.

The Heritage girls’ basketball team entered the year knowing it would be hard to top last season’s results after reaching the North Coast Section finals and qualifying for the state playoffs. Thus far, this season’s results have been even better. Heritage entered its final regular season game with a perfect 9-0 mark in league play and a 21-4 overall record. Improving on the postseason results will not be easy. One of the driving motivations has been remembering the feeling of disappointment caused by last season’s playoffs. “I told the girls to remember what it felt like when we got (to the NCS finals last year against Castro Valley) and lost, and let’s not repeat that,” said Heritage head coach Rob Ocon. “We’ve got to work even harder to get back where we want to be. We strengthened the schedule. The only four losses we have are against open teams. We told them that we’ve got to play the best to get where we need to be. If this team can play together, we can get back to the finals.” This year’s cause has been aided by a deep group of returning players. Their camaraderie has helped the Patriots in their quest to play as a team. What they’ve experienced together not only made the group closer, but has also helped Heritage players realize when things are going bad with a teammate and how to change it. “We all know how each other works,” senior cen-

ter Bethany Curtis said. “We’re all close on the court and off the court. We know how to step our game up. If we’re going slow, we know how to pick ourselves and each other back up. This team is one of my favorites. I’m so close to them. They’re all like my little sisters.” The good news is the Patriots will enter the postseason as a more battle-tested group. All four of Heritage’s losses came to a team in the open division. Even with that, returning to the NCS finals and making a return trip to the state dance will not be easy. But, it is a goal the team feels is achievable, as long as they remember how it got there. “If we work together, we ‘ball’ and put the team first, we can go as far as we want to go,” said senior guard Brooklyn Bennett. Ocon credits the team’s success to how hard the players have worked, as well as the strong coaching staff around him, including Paul Campbell, Casey Wegenke and Kerry Sweeney. Additionally, with only one senior starter and three total seniors, Heritage is well positioned for another run next season. Given that the Patriots wrapped up the league title before the final week of league play, looking ahead would have been easy. But, in the game after Heritage wrapped up its second straight league, it posted a 19-point win over Deer Valley and is now focused on the regular season finale at Pittsburg on Friday. “I’m hoping we go to state again,” senior guard Sunmi Da Silva said. “We need to finish strong on Friday, not rest on our laurels, and just compete in practice to play team ball.”

West Coast Krush lose Gridiron stars on the move hard-fought contest The West Coast Soccer Krush 05 girls’ team finished in the Northern California top 18 after a close, hardfought, 3-2 loss against Union Sacramento FC for the NorCal State Cup Premier Championship last Sunday. Krush started the game abounding with energy and determination, making strong passing plays right from the start and taking control early in the game. The Krush scored first, after Makenna Galvan got the rebound from Daisy Tompkin’s corner kick and passed the ball outside to Presley Perez, who struck the ball into the corner of the net just past Sacramento’s goalie. Sacramento responded by scoring its first goal midway through the half, tying the game. In spite of several more strong shot attempts on goal in the half by Krush, the score remained tied going into halftime. The second half saw both teams battling hard, trying not only to score, but also to control the pace of the game. After Union FC scored midway through the half, the Krush found themselves in another corner-

kick situation. Once again, Tompkins took the kick, placing the ball perfectly in front of the goal, where Perez was able to drive the ball into the goal with a shoulder deflection, tying the game at two. Sacramento scored for the third and final time, with just over five minutes remaining in the half. The Krush, made up of forwards Perez, Katelyn Cainey and Kimmie Keller; midfielders Tompkins, Galvan and Hailey Garvin; defenders Kaya Whittaker and Katherine Phelps; and goalkeeper Jillian Barth never relented. They kept attacking the ball and making plays, but in the end, the final score was 3-2 Union Sacramento FC. “Today wasn’t our day, but I could not have been prouder of the effort our girls put forth,” said Krush coach Sara Girotto. “We are 10 strong, but have the hearts of 50 and are tough to beat. Today, we played for each other and did not back down from a very strong team.” – Courtesy of the West Coast Soccer Club

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About: Liberty High School senior Gillian Glenn comes from a large family, with one sister and four brothers, and sports played a prominent role in her upbringing. She got an early introduction to sports, starting basketball when she was in the second grade. “My mom got me started, and I’m glad she did, because I loved it,” said Glenn. She tried her hand at softball, cheer-

leading and soccer, but settled on basketball when she arrived at Liberty. She is now in her second year of varsity ball after two years on the junior-varsity squad. “I love the intensity of the game,” she said. “It’s nonstop, and you have to be very focused.” That intensity and focus flows into Glenn’s academic life as well, and she says that school is her number one priority.

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Glenn hopes to head south as she continues her education. At the top of her list of schools are Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Long Beach. “I’ve always been a fan of the beach and the environment down south,” she said. “I’ve looked into the schools, and they’ve attracted me in many different ways. I want to be somewhere different than northern California. I like new experiences and new adventures; that’s a big

thing for me.” While Glenn is still picking a school, she is sure that she wants to major in business, a choice motivated by the time she has spent working with her parents’ business. “I’ve always been around business,” she said. “All of my family members are in some type of business. I’ve always enjoyed watching them, and that’s what I’ve always wanted to do.”

Coach’s Quote: “Gillian is one of my senior leaders,” said Ellcessor. “We’re looking for leadership, not only on the court, but off the court. We’re also looking for her to contribute more with scoring, which she’s very capable of, and we want her to continue to play her role from last year, which is being a great rebounder and defensive player.”

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group of Liberty High School star soccer players recently signed their letters of intent to play in college. Haley Bostard (Azusa Pacific University), Alyssa De Costa (Menlo College), Devyn Gilfoy (Pepperdine University), Delanie Sheehan (University of California at Los Angeles), Robyn McCarthy (Fresno State University) and Lauren Sisneros (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) all signed on the dotted line on Feb. 3. The six star players will go down in Liberty history for helping the squad win its first North Coast Section title during the 2014 to 2015 season.

The West Coast 06 girls’ Krossfire team took to the pitch last Sunday morning to wrap up their State Cup run, with a finals matchup against Cal Odyssey 06GR2 in Modesto. The Krossfire girls came out with fire under their boots and never cooled off. Forwards Summer Lane, Kendra Riddiough and Adriana Paneda kept pressing the ball into Cal Odyssey’s zone throughout much of the first half. Lane started off the Krossfire scoring in the third minute, netting a pass from Alana Albarran to take the 1-0 lead. About 10 minutes later, Albarran was in the right spot on the far post to knock in a free kick from Madeline Snodgrass, putting Krossfire up 2-0. The 20th minute saw Paneda finish up a shot by Albarran to put Krossfire up 3-0. In the last five minutes of the half, Jasmine Branda added two more Krossfire goals, netting passes from Madylin Harrell and Paneda to put Krossfire up 5-0 at the half. The second half saw Krossfire move things around a bit. Cal Odyssey was finally able to get one past the Krossfire defense with about 10 minutes left to go, but the Krossfire girls answered back as Brittany Hahn netted a penalty kick to give Krossfire the 6-1 victory. The Krossfire defense played brilliantly making nine saves.

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regular meeting of the Brentwood City Council on the 14th day of February 2017, by the following vote: AYES: Barr, Bryant, Rarey, Staton, Mayor Taylor NOES: None ABSENT: None RECUSED: None ATTEST:Margaret Wimberly, MMC City Clerk The above is a summary of the major highlights of the ordinances; reading the ordinances in its entirety may be necessary to obtain a full understating of all changes. A copy of the full text of the ordinances is on file and may be read in the City Clerk’s office located at 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, and/or a copy may be obtained from that office based on the City’s actual cost for duplicating. Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 72500 Publish Date: February 17, 2017.

PROPOSED ORDINANCE 984 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AMENDING BRENTWOOD MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION 2.39.010 (CREATED POWERS AND DUTIES); AND TO DELETE IN ITS ENTIRETY CHAPTER 2.40 (DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES). THE FOREGOING ORDINANCE was introduced with the first reading waived at a regular meeting of the Brentwood City Council on the 14th day of February 2017, by the following vote: AYES: Barr, Bryant, Rarey, Staton, Mayor Taylor NOES: None ABSENT: None RECUSED: None ATTEST: Margaret Wimberly, MMC City Clerk The above is a summary of the major highlights of the ordinances; reading the ordinances in its entirety may be necessary

to obtain a full understating of all changes. A copy of the full text of the ordinances is on file and may be read in the City Clerk’s office located at 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, and/or a copy may be obtained from that office based on the City’s actual cost for duplicating. Brentwood Press No:02-1273 72501 Publish Date: February 17, 2017. ORDINANCE 983 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD APPROVING A REZONE (RZ 16-005) TO AMEND CHAPTER 17.630 (LANDSCAPING AND SCREENING) OF THE BRENTWOOD MUNICIPAL CODE TO ADOPT BY REFERENCE THE MODEL WATER-EFFICIENT LANDSCAPING ORDINANCE (WATER CONSERVATION IN LANDSCAPING ACT, AB 1881). THE FOREGOING ORDINANCE was introduced with the first reading

waived at a regular meeting of the Brentwood City Council on the 24th day of January 2017, by the following vote: AYES: Barr, Bryant, Rarey, Staton, Mayor Taylor NOES: None ABSENT: None RECUSED: None And was adopted at a regular meeting of the Brentwood City Council on the 14th day of February, 2017, by the following vote: AYES: Barr, Bryant, Rarey, Staton, Mayor Taylor NOES: None ABSENT: None RECUSED: None ATTEST: Margaret Wimberly, MMC City Clerk The above is a summary of the major highlights of the ordinances; reading the ordinances in its entirety may be necessary

to obtain a full understating of all changes. A copy of the full text of the ordinances is on file and may be read in the City Clerk’s office located at 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, and/or a copy may be obtained from that office based on the City’s actual cost for duplicating. Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 72502 Publish Date: February 17, 2017. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING 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 February 28, 2017, hold a public hearing to consider the following: An appeal filed by Nazanin Parvizi of the Planning Commission action to deny a two-year time extension for Design Review No. 0530 (DR 05-30-A7) for the development of an approximate one-acre site with

7,430 square feet of retail and office space consisting of two buildings and a 1,301 square foot oil change building located at 6670 Brentwood Boulevard (APN 018-230-035). Applicant: Nazanin Parvizi. Said hearing will be held at the City Council Chambers, 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, California. Further information may be obtained from Associate Planner Debbie Hill ((925) 5165135 or dhill@brentwoodca.gov in the Community Development Department of the City of Brentwood, 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, California 94513. If you challenge the City Council’s action in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Brentwood City Council at, or prior to, the public hearing. Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 72503 Publish Date: February 17, 2017.


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000298-00 The name of the business: True Efficiency Delivery Service Located at: 5325 Catanzaro Way In: Antioch, CA 94531 is hereby registered by the following owners: 1. Aisha Adanandus 2. Damond Lasenby. This business is conducted by: Co-Partners. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Aisha Adanandus. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 18, 2017 by Deputy C. Pittman Expires 1/18/2022 Anitoch Press No. 06-1617 72253 Publish dates: January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 2017.

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 sa le date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 888-988-6736 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site http://www.qualityloan.com , using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-11-485441-RM . Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return o f the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. QUALITY MAY BE CONSIDERED A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 411 Ivy Street San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 888-988-6736 Or Login to: http://www.qualityloan.com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-11-485441-RM IDSPub #0122599 2/17/2017 2/24/2017 3/3/2017. Antioch Press No: 06-1617 72439 Publish Dates: February 17, 24, March 3, 2017.

Costa County, California, and Case No. 17-09-0675P. The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) solicits technical information or comments on proposed flood hazard determinations for the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), and where applicable, the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report for your community. These flood hazard determinations may include the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations, base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area boundaries or zone designations, or the regulatory floodway. The FIRM and, if applicable, the FIS report have been revised to reflect these flood hazard determinations through issuance of a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR), in accordance with Title 44, Part 65 of the Code of Federal Regulations. These determinations are the basis for the floodplain management measures that your community is required to adopt or show evidence of having in effect to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. For more information on the proposed flood hazard determinations and information on the statutory 90-day period provided for appeals, please visit FEMA’s website at http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/ fhm/bfe, or call the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) toll free at 1-877FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627). Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 72411 Publish Dates: February 10, 17, 2017.

hereby registered by the following owner: Vanessa Wible. 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: Vanessa Wible. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 23, 2017 by Deputy T. Lawson Expires 1/23/2022 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 72454 Publish dates: February 17, 24, March 3, 10, 2017.

name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Tyler Reinsmith. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: February 6, 2017 by Deputy C. Dias Expires 2-6-2022 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 72428 Publish dates: February 10, 17, 24, March 3, 2017.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000404-00 The name of the business: GLM Deliveries Located at: 2730 W. Tregallas Road #2002 In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner: Jonathan Jovel. 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: Jonathan Jovel. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 23, 2017 by Deputy V. Loredo Expires 1/23/2022 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 72300 Publish dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-11-485441-RM Order No.: 110571694-CA-APO NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED TO THE COPY PROVIDED TO THE MORTGAGOR OR TRUSTOR (Pursuant to Cal. Civ. Code 2923.3) YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 9/24/2003. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. 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): RENE MONCHATRE, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN Recorded: 9/30/2003 as Instrument No. 2003-0487590-00 and re-recorded on 12/5/2003 as Instrument Number 2003-0589882-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California; Date of Sale: 3/13/2017 at 1:30 PM Place of Sale: At the North side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass, located at 65 Civic Avenue Pittsburg, California 94565 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $461,839.85 The purported property address is: 123 BEEDE WAY, ANTIOCH, CA 94509 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 065-062-027-1 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

ADVERTISEMENT OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned intends to sell the personal property described below to enforce a lien imposed on said property pursuant to Sections 21700-21716 of the Business & Professions Code, Section 2328 of the UCC, Section 535 of the Penal Code and provisions of the Civil Code. The undersigned will sell at public sale by competitive bidding on the 24TH DAY OF February 2017, TIME 9:00AM on the premises where said property has been stored and which are located at Town Centre Self Storage, Town Centre Terrace, Brentwood, Ca. 94513 County of Contra Costa, State of California, the following: Linda Rae Barrs, E1217 Michael Champion, C532 Aaron Dixon, B408 Kelli Henry, E1279 Kelli Henry, A212 Kenny Krivanek, C633 Tracie Mixon, E1244 Ardalan Pourvali, A269 Edward J Johnston. RR02 The goods to be sold consist of, but are not limited to home and office furnishings, misc. household items, large and small appliances, home electronics, recorded media, Musical Equipment, tools, sporting goods, toys, clothing, miscellaneous boxes and bags of unknown content, etc. Purchases must be paid for at the time of purchases in cash only. All purchased items sold as is where it is and must be removed at the time of sale, Sale subject to cancellation in the event of settlement between owners and obligated party. Dated this 10th Day of February 2017 and the 17th Day of February 2017. Storagetreasures Phone: (480) 397-6503http://www.storagetreasures.com/ Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 72430 Publish Dates: February 10, 17, 2017. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations for the City of Brentwood and Unincorporated Areas of Contra

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000480-00 The name of the business: Best Western Brentwood Hotel Located at: 8820 Brentwood Blvd In: Brentwood, CA 94513 is hereby registered by the following owner: 1. Natver Patel 2. Bhavesh Patel 3. Mayur Patel 4. Vimal Patel This business is conducted by: A Limited Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Natver Patel, Partner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 24, 2017 by Deputy T. Lawson Expires 1/24/2022 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 72312 Publish dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000487-00 The name of the business: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Located at: 541 Valdry Ct. In: Brentwood, CA 94513 is hereby registered by the following owners: 1. Natver Patel 2. Bhavesh Patel 3. Mayur Patel 4. Vimal Patel This business is conducted by: A limited Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Natver Patel, Partner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 24, 2017 by Deputy T. Lawson Expires 1/24/2022 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 72315 Publish dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000120-00 The name of the business: A Bright Star Preschool Located at: 2447 Berkshire Lane In: Brentwood, CA 94513 is hereby registered by the following owner: Michele Lago. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on February 1, 2012. Signature of registrant: Michele Lago. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 6, 2017 by Deputy Alma Ramirez Expires 1/6/2022 Brentwood Press No. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 02-1273 72275 Publish dates: January NAME STATEMENT 27, February 3, 10, 17, 2017. File No. F-0000574-00 The name of the business: WR Property Management LoFICTITIOUS BUSINESS cated at: 9040 Brentwood Blvd., Suite B In: NAME STATEMENT Brentwood, CA 94513 is hereby registered File No. F-0000253-00 The name of the by the following owner: WR Properties. business: Alterra Home Loans Located at: This business is conducted by: A Corpora340 Cumberland St., Suite A In: Pittsburg, CA tion. The registrant commenced to transact 94565 is hereby registered by the following business under the fictitious business name owner: Alterra Group, LLC. This business is or names listed above on 1/1/17. Signature conducted by: A Limited Liability Co.. The of registrant: Wesley Olson. This statement registrant commenced to transact business was filed with the County Clerk of Contra under the fictitious business name or names Costa County on: January 26, 2017 by Depulisted above on 10/26/2016. Signature ty N. Harper Expires 1/26/2022 Brentwood of registrant: Ben Slayton, Executive Vice Press No. 02-1273 72339 Publish dates: President. This statement was filed with February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017. the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 17, 2017 by Deputy L. Spence FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Expires 1/17/2022 Brentwood Press No. NAME STATEMENT 02-1273 72331 Publish dates: February 3, File No. F-0000598-00 The name of the 10, 17, 24, 2017. business: Bay Area Concrete Located at: 5353 Byron Hot Springs In: Byron,CA FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 94514 is hereby registered by the followNAME STATEMENT ing owner: Jesus A. Espinoza. This business File No. F-0000283-00 The name of the is conducted by: An Individual. The regisbusiness: Cal Bay Realty Located at: trant commenced to transact business un613 N. First Street #217 In: Brentwood, CA der the fictitious business name or names 94513 is hereby registered by the follow- listed above on N/A. Signature of regising owner: FSTG, Inc. This business is con- trant: Jesus A. Espinoza This statement was ducted by: A Corporation. The registrant filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa commenced to transact business under County on: January 26, 2017 by Deputy P. the fictitious business name or names list- Cornelius Expires 1/26/2022 Brentwood ed above on 12/19/16. Signature of regis- Press No. 02-1273 72433 Publish dates: trant: Saleh Gharibyar, CEO. This statement February 17, 24, March 3, 10, 2017. was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 17, 2017 by DepFICTITIOUS BUSINESS uty C. Dias Expires 1/17/2022 Brentwood NAME STATEMENT Press No. 02-1273 72343 Publish dates: File No. F-0000752-00 The name of the February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017. business: Mountain Mike’s Pizza Located at: 1555 Riverlake Rd. Ste. G In: DiscovFICTITIOUS BUSINESS ery Bay, CA 94514 is hereby registered by NAME STATEMENT the following owner: Seita Corporation. File No. F-0000317-00 The name of the This business is conducted by: A Corporabusiness: Pittsburg Automotive Locat- tion. The registrant commenced to transed at: 2171 Piedmont Way Ste. B In: Pitts- act business under the fictitious business burg, CA 94565, is hereby registered by name or names listed above on 2/2/17. the following owner: Pittsburg Automo- Signature of registrant: Luis Seita (Presitive, Inc. This business is conducted by: A dent). This statement was filed with the Corporation. The registrant commenced County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: to transact business under the fictitious February 2, 2017 by Deputy P. Cornelius business name or names listed above on Expires 2/2/2022 Brentwood Press No. 1/1/2017. Signature of registrant: Fer- 02-1273 72413 Publish dates: February nando Sanchez. This statement was filed 10, 17, 24, March 3, 2017. with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 18, 2017 by Deputy P. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Cornelius Expires 1/18/2022 Brentwood NAME STATEMENT Press No. 02-1273 72244 Publish dates: File No. F-0000818-00 The name of the January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 2017. business: Golden State Tilt Bed Located at: 3007 Castle Rock Loop In: Discovery FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Bay, CA 94505 is hereby registered by the NAME STATEMENT following owner: Tyler Reinsmith. This File No. F-0000410-00 The name of the business is conducted by: An Individual. business: Vanessa Fashion Located at: The registrant commenced to transact 1769 Teresa Lane In: Oakley, CA 94561 is business under the fictitious business

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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 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS noted. Dates Published: 02/17/2017 and NAME STATEMENT 02/24/2017 Nor Cal Storage Auctions, Inc., File No. F-0000820-00 The name of the Bond #7900390179, Tel. (916) 604-9695. business: A & K Towing Located at: 56 Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 72466 PubWilliam Way In: Pittsburg, CA 94565 lish Dates: February 17, 24, 2017. is hereby registered by the following owner: Praveen Chand. This business is NOTICE OF LIEN SALE conducted by: An Individual. The regisSELF STORAGE AUCTION trant commenced to transact business NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the underunder the fictitious business name or signed intends to sell the liened personal names listed above on N/A. Signature property described below, pursuant to of registrant: Praveen Chand. This state- the provisions of the California Code of ment was filed with the County Clerk Civil Procedure and the provisions of of Contra Costa County on: February 6, the California Self-Storage Facilities Act, 2017 by Deputy C. Dias Expires 2/6/2022 Business and Professions Code Sections Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 72456 21700 et seq. On the 3rd day of March Publish dates: February 17, 24, March 3, 2017, at 10:00 AM, the undersigned 10, 2017. will sell the contents of liened storage units by public sale by competitive bidFICTITIOUS BUSINESS ding on the premises where said property NAME STATEMENT has been stored and which are located at File No. F-0000821-00 The name of the Acorn II Self Storage LLC, at 6900 businesses: 1. Brentwood Blast Base- Lone Tree Way, Brentwood, Califorball Red 2. Brentwood Blast Red nia 94513, Tel. (925) 240-5000. Self10u 3. Brentwood Blast Red Located storage liened units generally include at: 489 Lake View Dr. In: Brentwood, miscellaneous household goods, office or CA 94513, is hereby registered by the business equipment, furniture, furnishfollowing owner: Jason Peterson. This ings, clothing and personal effects. In business is conducted by: An Individual. addition to those general contents, the The registrant commenced to transact pre-lien inventory revealed the following business under the fictitious business described goods: name or names listed above on 1/1/17. Names: Signature of registrant: Jason Peterson. 1. Crystal Johnson - Couch, stereo This statement was filed with the County equipment, dolly and plastic bags. Clerk of Contra Costa County on: Febru- 2. Deborah L. Delgado - 12 plastic bins, ary 6, 2017 by Deputy V. Loredo Expires boxes, toys, dresser. 2/6/2022 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 3. Jonathan Mack - Flat screen tv, 72438 Publish dates: February 17, 24, fan,boxes & childrens clothes. March 3, 10, 2017. 4. Dean Roan - Collectables, coke & sprite bottles, 2 dollies, puzzles. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 5. David Carson - Clothes, stereo equipNAME STATEMENT ment, boxes, bags & art work. File No. F-0000833-00 The name of the 6. Sarah Almanza - Clothing, art work, business: A-Team Realty Located at: 2373 bags, bedding, exercise equipment & Cobalt Lane In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is chest. hereby registered by the following owner: 7. Jizele Martinez - Full of plastic bins, Lorraine M. Tulipano. This business is con- old chest, table, and broom. ducted by: An Individual. The registrant 8. Stephanie Ollivier - Big stuffed bear, commenced to transact business under the armoire,toys, boxes, bags, Christmas tree. fictitious business name or names listed 9. Michael Allsbrook - Flat screen tv, above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Lor- mirror, clothes, boxes & luggage. raine Tulipano. This statement was filed 10. Randi Mendoza - Washer, dryer, with the County Clerk of Contra Costa toys, holiday decorations, suit case, County on: February 7, 2017 by Deputy A. child’s bed frame, armoire. Vesquez Expires 2/7/2022 Brentwood Press 11. Roland K. Viaan - Wooden shelving, No. 02-1273 72436 Publish dates: February chairs, boxes, ironing board & brief case. 17, 24, March 3, 10, 2017. 12. Anita Swab - chicken wire, childrens furniture,tools, rug, fire extiquisher, & FICTITIOUS BUSINESS water purifier. NAME STATEMENT 13. Michael Allsbrook - Power & hand File No. F-0000945-00 The name of the tools, doors, 4 ladders, metal shelving & business: The Beauty Lounge Located doll house. at: 316 Oak Street In: Brentwood, CA 14. Antoinette Gary - Album collection, 94513 is hereby registered by the follow- lamps, luggage, artwork, wicker basket, ing owner: R Salons Inc.. This business is shelving unit, 20+ boxes, 8+ bins, shoes conducted by: A Corporation. The regis- and boots. trant commenced to transact business Purchases must be paid for at the time under the fictitious business name or of purchase by cash only. All purchased names listed above on N/A. Signature items sold as-is, where-is, and must be of registrant: Robin Roberts, President. removed at the time of sale. Sale subject This statement was filed with the County to cancellation in the event of settlement Clerk of Contra Costa County on: February between owner and obligated party. Call 9, 2017 by Deputy P. Cornelius Expires ahead to make sure sale is still scheduled. 2/9/2022 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Contraband, or items subject to regula72453 Publish dates: February 17, 24, tion or registration will not be transferred March 3, 10, 2017. with the liened unit unless otherwise noted. Dates Published: 2/17/2017 and NOTICE OF LIEN SALE 2/24/2017Nor Cal Storage Auctions, Inc., SELF STORAGE AUCTION Bond #7900390179, Tel. (916) 604-9695. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the under- Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 72468 signed intends to sell the liened personal Publish Dates: February 17, 24, 2017. property described below, pursuant to the provisions of the California Code of NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Civil Procedure and the provisions of the T.S. No. 14-1058-11 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S California Self-Storage Facilities Act, Busi- SALE NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE ness and Professions Code Sections 21700 INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATet seq. On the 3rd day of March 2017 TACHED 注:本文件包含一个信 at 12:15 P.M., the undersigned will sell 息摘要 참고사항: 본 첨부 문 the contents of liened storage units by 서에 정보 요약서가 있습니 public sale by competitive bidding on the 다 NOTA: SE ADJUNTA UN premises where said property has been RESUMEN DE LA INFORstored and which are located at Acorn MACIÓN DE ESTE DOCUSelf Storage LLC, at 5205 Railroad Av- MENTO TALA: MAYROONG enue, Pittsburg, California 94565, Tel. (925) 432-3200. Self-storage liened units BUOD NG IMPORMASYON generally include miscellaneous house- SA DOKUMENTONG ITO hold goods, office or business equipment, NA NAKALAKIP LƯU Ý: furniture, furnishings, clothing and per- KÈM THEO ĐÂY LÀ BẢN sonal effects. In addition to those general TRÌNH BÀY TÓM LƯỢC contents, the pre-lien inventory revealed VỀ THÔNG TIN TRONG TÀI LIỆU NÀYPLEASE NOTE THAT the following described goods: PURSUANT TO CIVIL CODE § 2923.3(d)(1) Customer Name: 1. Irma L Orellana - Power Tools, Pres- THE ABOVE STATEMENT IS REQUIRED TO sure Washer, Painting Equipment, Boxes APPEAR ON THIS DOCUMENT BUT PURSUANT TO CIVIL CODE § 2923.3(a) THE SUM& Plastic Bins. 2. Celeste Wright - Computer& Stereo MARY OF INFORMATION IS NOT REQUIRED Equipment, Artwork, 30+ Boxes, Plastic TO BE RECORDED OR PUBLISHED AND THE SUMMARY OF INFORMATION NEED ONLY Bins, Toys, BB Guns. Purchases must be paid for at the time BE MAILED TO THE MORTGAGOR OR TRUS-

LEGAL NOTICES TOR. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 5/4/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a 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 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. 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. Trustor: TEKLOM KELETE, AND GHIDEI FESSAHAIE, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS Duly Appointed Trustee: The Wolf Firm, A Law Corporation Recorded 5/19/2006 as Instrument No. 20060158875-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Street Address or other common designation of real property: 6 ADDISON COURT PITTSBURG, CA A.P.N.: 088-660-003 Date of Sale: 3/7/2017 at 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 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $494,426.04, estimated The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1-800-7588052 or visit this Internet Web site www. homesearch.com, using the file number assigned to this case 14-1058-11. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: 1/27/2017 The Wolf Firm, A Law Corporation 2955 Main Street, 2nd Floor Irvine, California 92614 Foreclosure Department (949) 720-9200 Sale Information Only: 1-800-758-8052 www. homesearch.com Darlene Clark, Foreclosure Officer PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE WOLF FIRM MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR, ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NPP0301118 To: BRENTWOOD PRESS 02/10/2017, 02/17/2017, 02/24/2017. Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 72382 Publish Dates: February 10, 17, 24, 2017.


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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No.: 9987-1923 TSG Order No.: 7301608843-70 A.P.N.: 088-680-125-7 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 08/24/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NBS Default Services, LLC, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded 09/01/2006 as Document No.: 20060278955-00, of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, executed by: JACQUELINE DEVRIES, AN UNMARRIED PERSON , as Trustor, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable in full at time of sale by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and state, and as more fully described in the attached legal description. Sale Date & Time: 02/27/2017 at 01:30 PM Sale Location: At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2281 LAKEVIEW CIRCLE, PITTSBURG, CA 94565 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made in an “AS IS”condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to-wit: $171,494.16 (Estimated) as of 01/19/2017. Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call, 916-939-0772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site, www.nationwideposting.com, for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, T.S.# 99871923. Information about postponements that arevery short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. NBS Default Services, LLC 301 E. Ocean Blvd. Suite 1720 Long Beach, CA 90802 800-7667751 For Trustee Sale Information Log On

To: www.nationwideposting.com or Call: 916-939-0772. NBS Default Services, LLC, Nicole Rodriguez, Foreclosure Associate This communication is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. However, if you have received a discharge of the debt referenced herein in a bankruptcy proceeding, this is not an attempt to impose personal liability upon you for payment of that debt. In the event you have received a bankruptcy discharge, any action to enforce the debt will be taken against the property only. LEGAL DESCRIPTION A CONDOMINIUM COMPRISED OF:PARCEL ONE:UNIT 2281, AS SHOWN ON THE CONDOMINIUM PLAN (THE “PLAN”) SET FORTH AS ATTACHMENT”B” TO THE DECLARATION OF COVENANTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF LAKEVIEW, A CONDOMINIUM PROJECT, RECORDED DECEMBER 15, 2005 AS INSTRUMENT NO. 2005-481425 AND AMENDED BY INSTRUMENT RECORDED JANUARY 6, 2006 AS INSTRUMENT NO. 2006-5469, OFFICIAL RECORDS. (THE “DECLARATION”)PARCEL TWO: AN UNDIVIDED 1/132TH INTEREST IN AND TO THE COMMON AREA, LOT 1, AS SHOWN ON THE MAP OF SUBDIVISION 6992, FILED APRIL 10, 1989, MAP BOOK 332 PAGE 25, CONTRA COSTA COUNTY RECORDS. EXCEPTING FROM PARCEL TWO: 1. THE CONDOMINIUM UNITS AS SHOWN ON THE PLAN.2. MINERAL RIGHTS GRANTED IN THE DEED TO ROBERT WILLIAM WESTGARD, RECORDED SEPTEMBER 16, 1969, BOOK 5962, OFFICIAL RECORDS, PAGE 92, AS FOLLOWS:”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 UPON ANY PART OF SAID LAND WITHIN 500 FEET THEREOF.”RESERVING FROM PARCEL TWO:1. EXCLUSIVE EASEMENTS APPURTENANT TO EACH UNIT FOR THE USE, OCCUPANCY, AND POSSESSION OF THE EXCLUSIVE USE COMMON AREAS WHICH ARE SHOWN ON THE PLAN, AS SAID EASEMENTS ARE PROVIDED FOR IN THE DECLARATION. 2. NONEXCLUSIVE EASEMENTS APPURTENANT TO EACH UNIT FOR THE PURPOSES AS SET FORTH IN THE DECLARATION. PARCEL THREE: NONEXCLUSIVE EASEMENTS APPURTENANT TO PARCEL ONE ABOVE FOR INGRESS, EGRESS, ENCROACHMENT, REPAIR, DRAINAGE, SUPPORT, AND OTHER PURPOSES AS SAID EASEMENTS ARE PROVIDED FOR IN THE DECLARATION. PARCEL FOUR: EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT APPURTENANT TO PARCEL ONE ABOVE, FOR THE USE, OCCUPANCY, AND POSSESSION OF GARAGE NO. G-35 AND CARPORT NO. C-2 SHOWN ON THE PLAN APPURTENANT TO PARCEL ONE ABOVE, AS SAID EASEMENT IS PROVIDED FOR IN THE DECLARATION. PARCEL FIVE:EXCLUSIVE EASEMENTS APPURTENANT TO PARCEL ONE ABOVE, FOR THE USE, OCCUPANCY, AND POSSESSION OF THE STORAGE NO. S-2281 SHOWN ON THE PLAN APPURTENANT TO PARCEL ONE ABOVE, AS SAID EASEMENT IS PROVIDED FOR IN THE DECLARATION. PARCEL SIX:EXCLUSIVE EASEMENTS APPURTENANT TO PARCEL ONE ABOVE, FOR THE USE, OCCUPANCYAND POSSESSION OF THE DECK NO. D- 2281 SHOWN ON THE PLAN APPURTENANT TO PARCEL ONE ABOVE, AS SAID EASEMENT IS PROVIDED FOR IN THE DECLARATION.PARCEL SEVEN:EXCLUSIVE EASEMENTS APPURTENANT TO PARCEL ONE ABOVE, FOR THE USE, OCCUPANCY AND POSSESSION OF THE WATER HEATER CLOSET NO. W-2281 SHOWN ON THE PLAN APPURTENANT TO PARCEL ONE ABOVE, AS SAID EASEMENT IS PROVIDED FOR IN THE DECLARATION. NPP0300387 To: BRENTWOOD PRESS 02/03/2017, 02/10/2017, 02/17/2017. Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 72323 Publish Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 2017.

corder of CONTRA COSTA County, State of California. Executed by: DAVID A JOHNSON A SINGLE MAN, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565 All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST APN# 097-500-003-5 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2314 FIELDGATE DRIVE, PITTSBURG, CA 94565 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, 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 $301,986.63. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust has deposited all documents evidencing the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust and has declared all sums secured thereby immediately due and payable, and has caused a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be executed. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources,you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (916)939-0772 or visit this Internet Web http://search.nationwideposting.com/propertySearchTerms.aspx, using the file number assigned to this case CA1600276119 Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. Date: First American Title Insurance Company 1500 Solana Blvd Bldg 6 Ste 6100 Westlake, TX 76262 First American Title Insurance Company MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE FOR TRUSTEES SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (916)939-0772 NPP0300593 To: BRENTWOOD PRESS 02/03/2017, 02/10/2017, 02/17/2017. Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 72325 Publish Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 2017.

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-15-670894-BF Order No.: 120191839-CA-VOI NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED TO THE COPY PROVIDED TO THE MORTGAGOR OR TRUSTOR (Pursuant to Cal. Civ. Code 2923.3) YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 1/26/2011. 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): ROBERT R GRANGNELLI AND YOLANDA CABRAL GRANGNELLI, HUSBAND AND WIFE Recorded: 2/3/2011 as Instrument No. 2011-0026686-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California; Date of Sale: 3/6/2017 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 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $529,199.79 The purported property address is: 2992 ECLIPSE PLACE, BRENTWOOD, CA 94513 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 018-540-040-5 NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 916-939-0772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site http://www.qualityloan.com , using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-15-670894-BF . Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the

Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. QUALITY MAY BE CONSIDERED A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 411 Ivy Street San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 916-939-0772 Or Login to: http://www. qualityloan.com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-15-670894-BF IDSPub #0122359 2/10/2017 2/17/2017 2/24/2017. Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 72400 Publish Dates: February 10, 17, 24, 2017.

site http://www.qualityloan.com , using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-16-733218-BF. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return o f the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. QUALITY MAY BE CONSIDERED A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 411 Ivy Street San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 888-988-6736 O r Login to: http://www.qualityloan.com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-16-733218-BF IDSPub #0122272 2/10/2017 2/17/2017 2/24/2017. Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 72378 Publish Dates: February 10, 17, 24, 2017.

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 888-988-6736 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site http:// www.qualityloan.com , using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-16-751075-BF . Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. QUALITY MAY BE CONSIDERED A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 411 Ivy Street San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 888-988-6736 Or Login to: http://www.qualityloan.com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-16-751075-BF IDSPub #0121687 2/10/2017 2/17/2017 2/24/2017. Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 72274 Publish Dates: February 10, 17, 24, 2017.

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TSG No.: 8677442 TS No.: CA1600276119 FHA/VA/PMI No.: 0146182415 APN: 097-500-003-5 Property Address: 2314 FIELDGATE DRIVE PITTSBURG, CA 94565 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 08/16/2005. 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. On 02/23/2017 at 01:30 P.M., First American Title Insurance Company, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 08/23/2005, as Instrument No. 20050317577-00, in book , page , , of Official Records in the office of the County Re-

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-16-733218-BF Order No.: 730-1605089-70 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED TO THE COPY PROVIDED TO THE MORTGAGOR OR TRUSTOR (Pursuant to Cal. Civ. Code 2923.3) YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 3/11/2005. 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): STEVEN S. CHIN AND YUAN-TING LAI, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS COMMUNITY PROPERTY WITH RIGHT OF SURVIVORSHIP Recorded: 3/25/2005 as Instrument No. 2005-0102629-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California; Date of Sale: 3/6/2017 at 1:30 PM Place of Sale: At the North side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass, located at 65 Civic Avenue Pittsburg, California 94565 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $562,315.56 The purported property address is: 1442 PARADISE LN, BRENTWOOD, CA 94513 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 018-470-008-6 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 888-988-6736 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-16-751075-BF Order No.: 8676819 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED TO THE COPY PROVIDED TO THE MORTGAGOR OR TRUSTOR (Pursuant to Cal. Civ. Code 2923.3) YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 3/9/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): JOSEPH VALDEZ AND GRACE VALDEZ, HUSBAND AND WIFE Recorded: 3/21/2006 as Instrument No. 2006-0085705-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California; Date of Sale: 3/6/2017 at 1:30 PM Place of Sale: At the North side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass, located at 65 Civic Avenue Pittsburg, California 94565 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $471,328.10 The purported property address is: 531 VIVIAN ST, BRENTWOOD, CA 94513-1571 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 016310-028-2 NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Heidi Wallace SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Heidi Wallace and John Wallace CASE NUMBER: N16-1852 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Heidi and John Wallace filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Noah Michael Greer-Matthews to Proposed Name: Noah Ezekiel Wallace. 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: 3/14/17 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 Date: 01-13-2017 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 72317 Publish Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017.


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Energy from page 1A join Marin Clean Energy, a CCA program that would have allowed residents to choose their electric provider and electricity source. However, they decided a month later to hold off and revisit the issue this year, after leaders expressed concerns about the monthly cost of the program – $4 more a month than PG&E for average customers at the time – and because of the state law that requires customers to be automatically switched over to CCA programs once their cities join them. Since then, the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors has explored the issue and expressed interest in joining one of two existing local CCA programs – either MCE or East Bay Community Energy, which is based in Alameda County. Fourteen other cities in the county have also expressed interest in the idea, including Brentwood, but

District from page 1A cember. For 90 percent of the time in January, crew response time was in the double digits in nearly every district service area. The exception was Oakley, where it took engines 9 minutes and 11 seconds to respond to calls for 90 percent of the time. The outer fringes of the district were hit the hardest, with engines taking 22 minutes and 11 seconds to respond to calls in Bethel Island for 90 percent of the time, nearly 15 minutes to respond to calls in Discovery Bay and Byron for 90 percent of the time and about 13 minutes to respond to calls in Knightsen, Marsh Creek

city officials there have yet to decide the best option. Michael Moore, a recent graduate of the city’s leadership academy, said the group will evaluate which option is best for the city. Options on the table include joining MCE possibly as early as May 31; waiting to see what transpires with East Bay Community Energy, which only launched at the end of last year; and sticking with PG&E. MCE was launched in 2008 and serves all of Marin County, unincorporated Napa County and the cities of Benicia, El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, Walnut Creek and Lafayette, while East Bay Community Energy is comprised of Alameda County and 11 of its cities. “We will give (pros and cons) of each,” Moore said. Part of the group’s exploration will include reaching out to the five Contra Costa

County cities served by MCE to elicit feedback on a number of topics, including how best to conduct public outreach. “There has been a lot of analysis done previously on this,” Moore said. “One of the issues the team was looking at was the lack of outreach to the community (last time the city explored the issue) to make sure there was going to be a buy in and that everybody knows that joining a CCA is a good thing.” County consultant Shawn Marshall has told multiple government agencies that, generally, all CCA programs result in lower rates for customers, a reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions and increased local renewable-energy development over what PG&E could provide. In addition, since representatives of the communities govern the CCAs and set the monthly rates, CCAs also increase the amount of local control over policy decisions concerning electricity

procurement and usage. However, Councilmember Randy Pope said it’s important for the committee to look at all sides of the issue. “I want to make sure the committee independently looks at all the factors and comes up with their own independent recommendation,” he said. Fellow Councilmember Kevin Romick added it’s also important for the committee to gather public opinion without swaying the decision. “I think it’s real important, having been through this once already, that all we are doing is providing information and looking for input,” said Romick. If the city were to choose to join MCE, its expected CCA could be online in Oakley by late this year or early 2018. A timeline for joining East Bay Community Energy is unknown.

and Morgan Territory for 90 percent of the time. The district’s response time to calls in east Brentwood for 90 percent of the time was 10 minutes and 50 seconds, and in west Brentwood for 90 percent of the time, it was 10 minutes and 21 seconds. ECCFPD District Battalion Chief Jeff Burris attributes the increased response times to the district’s call volume jumping by 50 to 651 calls in January, which included 22 vehicle accidents, 15 structure fires and five accidents requiring crews to rescue people from their vehicles. District Board President Joel Bryant said the statistics and at least one in-

cident where crews from Livermore were required to respond to a call highlight the district’s vulnerability. “Imagine that is the time (from Livermore to East County) you have to hold your breath or (are) stuck in a wrecked vehicle,” he said. The district’s issues aren’t likely to improve anytime soon, as neither the district nor surrounding communities have plans in place if the district were to drop to three stations. Voters have shot down three ballot measures aimed at improving district finances since 2012. Brentwood officials recently an-

nounced they will launch a task force in search of solutions, but it’s unclear how long that process will take. Neither Oakley nor Contra Costa County officials have disclosed if they will take up similar efforts. Until solutions can be found, Bryant said district residents must be prepared for the unknown when calling 911. “The public just needs to be aware that there are times in this operational structure when you call 911 … where there is no one in the district to respond,” he said. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Lasonya Chatman SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Lasonya Andrews Chatman CASE NUMBER: N17-0068 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Lasonya Andrews Chatman filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Lasonya Andrews Chatman to Proposed Name: Talibah Thura. 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: 3/22/17 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 Date: 1/24/2017 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 72352 Publish Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017.

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: 4/4/17 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. Must be served on father. Petitioner must appear with photo identification and proof of residency. Date: 01/31/2017 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 72403 Publish Dates: February 10, 17, 24, March 3, 2017.

listed above on 4/30/1997. Signature of registrant: James F. Lopresto. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 17, 2017 by Deputy A. Gnecco Expires 1/17/2022 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 72340 Publish dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017.

ness under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/23/2017. Signature of registrant: Vikki Cayere , Vice President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 24, 2017 by Deputy N. Harper Expires 1/24/2022 Oakley Press No. 030477 72302 Publish dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017.

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE APN: 033-380-036-5 TS No: CA08002156-14-5 TO No: 160027300-CAVOI NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE (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 March 16, 2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On March 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM, at the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565, 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 March 27, 2006 as Instrument No. 2006-0092138-00, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, executed by ERICA IPPOLITO, A MARRIED WOMAN, AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor(s), in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. as nominee for MORTGAGEIT, 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: 508 ARROWHEAD 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 $802,879.24 (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 offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. Notice to Potential Bidders If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a Trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a Trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same Lender may hold more than one mortgage or Deed of Trust on the property. Notice to Property Owner The sale date shown on this Notice of Sale may be postponed one or more times by

the Mortgagee, Beneficiary, Trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about Trustee Sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call In Source Logic at 702-659-7766 for information regarding the Trustee’s Sale or visit the Internet Web site address listed below for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA08002156-14-5. 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: February 6, 2017 MTC Financial Inc. dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA08002156-14-5 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 Phone: 949-252-8300 TDD: 866-660-4288 Myron Ravelo, Authorized Signatory SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.insourcelogic. com FOR AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: In Source Logic AT 702-6597766 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 27930, Pub Dates: 02/17/2017, 02/24/2017, 03/03/2017,. Oakley Press No: 03-0477 72450 Publish Dates: February 17, 24, March 3, 2017.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000264-00 The name of the business: Gee’s Refrigeration Located at: 4528 Lariat Ln In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner: All Bay Service Inc. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/17/17. Signature of registrant: Rodney Gee, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE Contra Costa County on: January 17, 2017 FOR CHANGE OF NAME by Deputy J. Crawford Expires 1/17/2022 PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Martha Oakley Press No. 03-0477 72279 Publish G. McQuarrie, Law Offices of Maria E. dates: January 27, February 3, 10, 17, Crabtree SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFOR- 2017. NIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Vernoica C. Rapicavoli CASE NUMBER: NAME STATEMENT N17-0140 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: File No. F-0000293-00 The name of the 1. Petitioner Veronica C. Rapicavoli filed a business: Aim Adventures Located at: petition with this court for a decree chang- 533 Freemark Lane In: Oakley, CA 94561 is ing names as follows: Present Name: a. hereby registered by the following owner: Brent Spanky Ray Case to Proposed James F. Lopresto. This business is conName: Brent Ray Case. 2. THE COURT ducted by: An Individual. The registrant ORDERS that all persons interested in this commenced to transact business under matter shall appear before this court at the the fictitious business name or names

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000339-00 The name of the business: Glitz & Glamour Weddings Located at: 3641 Main Street In: Oakley, CA 94561 is hereby registered by the following owner: Norma Chayrez. 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: Norma Chayrez. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 19, 2017 by Deputy H. Franklin Expires 1/19/2022 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 72257 Publish dates: January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000359-00 The name of the business: Lucchesi Group Adult Residential Facility Located at: 4739 Lucchesi Ct In: Oakley, CA 94561 is hereby registered by the following owners: 1. Armando Valadez 2. Maria de los Angeles Gonzalez 3. Cristina M. Javrigui . 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: Armando Valadez. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 19, 2017 by Deputy J. Crawford Expires 1/19/2022 Oakley Press No. 030477 72284 Publish dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000499-00 The name of the business: J. W. Properties Located at: 100 Picasso Dr. In: Oakley, CA 94561 is hereby registered by the following owner: Bigg Jims Trucking Inc. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact busi-

Lien Sale Notice Anderson Residence, 59 Douglas Rd. Oakley, CA 94561, will conduct a public sale on March 1, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. on the following vehicles: 99 HAULM VIN#16HG54438XU012371 CA License Plate: 4DC6939 90 BIGTE Vin#16VAB1420L1C31826 CA License Plate: 4AM3209 Oakley Press No: 03-0477 72472 Publish Date: February 17, 2017. NOTICE OF LIEN SALE Live Oak Storage, 1315 Main Street, Oakley Ca. 94561, has possessory lien on all of the goods stored in the prospective units below. The Goods are described as Furniture, Tools, and miscellaneous personal Property. Items being sold pursuant to the assertion of the lien on March 2, 2017 at 8:45 am. In order to collect the amounts due from you the sale will take place at 1315 Main Street, Oakley, Ca. 94561, County of Contra Costa, State of California, This Lien Sale is pursuant to Chapter 10, Section 21700-21716 of the California Self Service Storage Facility Act. 46 Tony Mance 47 Tony Mance 62 Tony Mance 80 Tony Mance 86 Heather Mosser 415 American Truck School 716 Steve Nelson 798 Tony Mance 949 Jerome McElroy 975 Bertha Bobadilla Auction is to be held by and John Cardoza # 5860870. Owner reserves the right to bid at the sale. Purchase must be cash only paid at time of the sale. Sale is subject to prior cancellation in the event of settlement between owner and obligated party. Oakley Press No: 03-0477 72488 Publish Dates: February 17, 24, 2017.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0000826-00 The name of the business: Choices Case Management, Inc. Located at: 8330 Brentwood Blvd. In: Brentwood,CA 94513 is hereby registered by the following owner: Choices Case Management. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 3/21/2002. Signature of registrant: Connie Rominger, Vice President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: February 6, 2017 by Deputy J. Celestial Expires 2/6/2022 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 72504 Publish dates: February 17, 24, March 3, 10, 2017.


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Crab and Pasta Feed

The California Striped Bass Association hosts the eighth-annual Crab and Pasta Feed to help support the 2017 Kids Free Fishing Derby, at 6 p.m., at the Brentwood Veterans Memorial Hall, 757 1st St., in Brentwood. Tickets are $50 and are limited. For more information, call Roger at 925-154-3938.

Sunday, Feb. 19 Opera Singer Performance

El Campanil Theatre presents Hadleigh Adams, a baritone and opera singer, at 602 W. 2nd St., in Antioch, at 3 p.m. Adams has performed at London’s Royal National Theatre and the Sydney Opera House. Tickets are $25 for adults and seniors and $10 for children under 18. For more information or tickets, contact 925-757-9500.

Monday, Feb. 20 Blood Drives

The American Red Cross is hosting numerous blood drives throughout East County, now through Feb. 28. The first drive will take place at Diamond Hills Sports Club & Spa, 1510 Neroly Road, in Oakley, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the second will be on Feb. 22, at Delta Tactical Training Group, 2505 Verne Roberts Circle, Suite 103, in Antioch, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the third will be on Feb. 24, at the Streets of Brentwood, 2565 Sand Creek Road, in Brentwood, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and the fourth will run at Berkshire Hathaway Drysdale Properties, 141 Sand Creek Road, Suite E, in Brentwood, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit redcross.org.

Friday, Feb. 24 “Nunsense”

Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Immaculate Heart of Mary #2714 presents “Nunsense,” at 500 Fairview Ave., in Brentwood, Feb. 24 and 25, at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. For more information or tickets, call Trisha at 925-216-1924.

“Mary Poppins”

Liberty High School Playmakers proudly presents “Mary Poppins,” on Feb. 24 and 25, beginning at 7 p.m. Come see this delightful classic in what will be the opening weekend before subsequent March performances. For

Sunday, Feb. 26 International Speaker

Rev. Dale Everett will bring his ministry to Harvest Time Church, 2200 Venture Dr., in Brentwood, at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Additional services will run from Feb. 27 to March 1, beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, call 925-516-1908.

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Friday, March 3 Knights Crab Feed

The Knights Baseball Club and the Campos Family Vineyards are co-hosting the Knights 1st Annual Crab Feed, at the Campos Family Vineyards event center, 3501 Byer Road, in Byron, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The evening will feature wine and appetizers, complimentary Knights wine glasses and more. Table reservations are $600 for a group of eight, and individual tickets are $60. For more information, call 925-354-1200.

“Blithe Spirit”

The California Theatre presents “Blithe Spirit,” at 351 Railroad Ave., in Pittsburg, on March 3, at 8 p.m., and March 4 and 5, at 2 p.m. Come see Noel Coward’s comedy of manners. Tickets range from $10 to $25. For more information, call 925-4271611 or visit www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com.

Saturday, March 4 Football Crab Feed

The East County Youth Football and Cheer will host the 12th Annual Crab Feed, at the Brentwood Veteran’s Hall, 757 1st St., in Brentwood, from 6 to 11 p.m. Come support the East County Lions’ football and cheer programs by enjoying crab, pasta, salad and bread, followed by live and silent auctions, music and dancing. For more information, contact 925-759-0667.

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Liberty Adult Education offers Beginning Genealogy with Sabina Brooks, at 929 2nd St., in Brentwood, every Tuesday from Feb. 7 through March 7, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The class covers strategies for building your family tree, organizing data, preserving records and more. For more information or to register, contact 925-634-2565.

Delta Gallery Art Classes

Delta Gallery offers a wide variety of creative art classes for all ages. Classes for kids include oil painting and themed classes. Workshops for adults and teens include drawing, jewelry design, oil painting and paint-and-wine events. The classes are located at 2485 Sand Creek Road in the Streets of Brentwood Shopping Center, Brentwood. For more information, visit www. deltagallery.com or call 925-516-5935.

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Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in far East Contra Costa County. Drivers are needed Monday through Friday, for approximately two to two and a half hours, starting at 10:30 a.m. on the scheduled delivery day. For more information for Oakley, Brentwood, Bethel Island or Discovery Bay areas, call 925-625-4545. For more information for Antioch, Pittsburg or Bay Point areas, call 925-954-8736.

Byron, from 10:15 a.m. to noon. Acquaint yourself with Kaleidoscope’s programs and meet its leaders and volunteers. For more information, email info@kaleidoscopehope.org or call 925-550-6198. Antioch Riverview Garden Club The Antioch Riverview Garden Club meets the third Tuesday of each month – except July and December – at the Antioch Public Library, 501 W. 18th St., in Antioch, at 7 p.m. Contact the club at antiochriverviewgardenclub@gmail.com or visit https://goo.gl/QS1XT9.

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

Hula Classes

Halau Kawaikahe Lani Malie is now accepting new students, 8 years old and older, to join hula classes. Learn the beauty, art and meaning of hula dancing and the history and language of the Hawaiian people. Classes are every other Friday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in Brentwood. For more information, call Kapi’olani at 925-550-5656.

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Antioch Lapidary Club

The Brentwood Library Foundation is looking for people for a unique volunteer opportunity. People are needed who can use a computer, contact donors and help the fundraising committee. For more information, contact Ellen Moser at ellynne.moser@gmail.com or 650-400-7208.

The Antioch Lapidary Club meets on the second Thursday of each month, from 7 to 9 p.m., at 425 Fulton Road, in Antioch. The club’s mission is to educate and enhance the members’ skill in the lapidary arts – to cut, polish, slab, tumble, sphere and collect earth minerals. For more information, call Steve Leidenthal at 925-783-7712.

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Bethel Island Lions Club presents a Red Hawk Casino bus trip on Feb. 9, leaving Scout Hall at 8 a.m. and returning by 6:30 p.m. Cost is $25

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The Antioch Lapidary Club presents a Jewelry, Gem & Rock Show, at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St., in Antioch, on Feb. 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for active military, scouts in uniform and children 12 and under. For more information, call 925-301-6957.

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The Discovery Bay Lions Club, with the Brentwood Lions Club, Byron Delta Lions Club and the Ygnacio Valley Commuters Club, hosts a Crab Feed to benefit the Lions Center for the Visually Impaired, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2800 Camino Diablo Road, in Byron. The event begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m., and includes a silent auction and contest for best table decorations. Tickets are $60 and will only be sold in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door. They are available at www.discoverybaylions.com or the UPS Store in the Sandy Cove Shopping Center. For more information, call 925-240-3486.

Oakley Senior Citizens presents a Black Oak Casino bus trip on Feb. 14, leaving the Oakley Senior Center at 8 a.m. and returning by 5:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per person, with $15 bonus cash and $5 for food, plus $5 match play. For more information, call Beverly at 925-626-7413 or Tim at 925-679-8636.

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Freedom High School Band and color guard are hosting their first flapjack breakfast fundraiser at Applebee’s, 2737 Hillcrest Ave., in Antioch, from 8 to 10 a.m. The event includes pancakes, breakfast potatoes, bacon, orange juice, coffee and a raffle. Tickets are $14. For more information or tickets, email board@fhsbandboosters.com.

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The Kaleidoscope Connection Circle meets the third Monday of every month at Kaleidoscope Cancer Connection Center, 14671 Byron Hwy., in

Ha Derech hosts a weekly group learning about the original ancient scriptures and languages of the Bible on Saturdays at 1 p.m. Reservations required. For more information and location, call 209-642-0278 or email info@ha-derech.org.

GSMOL Bi-Weekly Class

Golden State Manufactured Home Owners League Chapter 196 hosts an education class the second and fourth Thursday of each month in Oakley, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Facilitator Glorie Illian discusses important topics related to mobile-home living, such as emergency preparedness for pets and humans, 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 10 a.m. to noon. The league teaches mobile homeowners their legal rights and how to defend themselves when rights are violated. Mobile homeowners living in Oakley, Bethal Island, Knightsen, Byron, Brentwood, Antioch or Pittsburg are welcome to the invitation-only meeting. For more information, visit www.GSMOL.org. To rsvp, call 925-625-6251.

MS Support Group

The free MS support group meets the third Thursday of each month at Kaiser, 4501 Sand Creek Road, Antioch, room 2H2 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Sue at 925-813-9069.


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“We want to create a sense of wellness and empower adults 50 and older,” said Oakley Senior Citizen’s Club President Tim Lear. “We do everything we can to develop meaningful opportunities for seniors.” While there is an abundance of classes in the community, there are also over-55 adult communities that have their own activities to keep residents moving. “We were trying to slow our lifestyle down after retirement, but we’re finding it hard with all of the things that are possible at Trilogy,” said Carl Richmond, 66.

Richmond and his wife, Jackie, moved to Trilogy at the Vineyards in Brentwood two years ago and have been enjoying the luxurious amenities, including Club Los Meganos. This 38,000-square-foot club boasts a concierge, business center and gorgeous outdoor living areas. From cooking classes, plays, comedy shows and concerts, The club is packed with entertaining activities. Trilogy at the Vineyards also features Delta Athletic Club and Sawa Spa, a 5,000-square-foot, resort-caliber spa. Summerset in Brentwood is another over-55, active-adult community, featuring a

variety of amenities and activities for seniors. “There’s something going on around here everyday,” said Summerset IV resident Jim Barnett, who attends casino trips, Reno trips, happy hours, lodge concerts and dinners with his wife Jan. “We like the peace and quiet and the fact that we all kind of look out for each other.” Seniors in Discovery Bay can head to the Discovery Bay Community Center to get dealt a good hand, with groups meeting see Seniors page 9B

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Whether you are an active senior living life on the go or are in need of living assistance, Contra Costa has plenty of options to make your retirement the best years of your life. “As our community is growing, there is an increase of activities, programs and services for seniors,” said Olivia Alvarez, Brentwood’s Parks and Recreation supervisor. The department works with the Brentwood Senior Citizen’s Club Inc. to select classes for local seniors. There are a variety of activities to choose from, including educational programs, fitness, painting, driving classes, day trips and more. “Seniors have a lot of fun and enjoy going on the trips, because it offers them an opportunity to venture out with other seniors in a fun, safe way,” said Alvarez. Likewise, Oakley Parks and Recreation also offers a variety of classes for seniors, including gentle yoga, Tai Chi and Bocce ball, and the Oakley Senior Citizen’s Club hosts monthly potluck meetings, day trips and special events.

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This is one of the fastest-growing markets in vacation travel. Genealogical tourists travel to areas of historical significance for their families, such as churches where past relatives may have married and villages where grandparents or cousins once resided or were employed. This can create a tangible link to one’s past and open up more opportunities to learn the varied genealogical history that has shaped a family or one’s personal identity.

Those in the travel industry understand seniors over 50 comprise a large percentage of their customers and have catered many travel packages for this influential demographic.

Extended vacations

Without limiting time constraints, seniors may have the capacity to devote more time to travel. That makes them eligible for extended vacations, which can include long-term rentals in tropical areas, weeks-long sightseeing cruises or guided tours overseas that touch on several different countries or cities during the trip.

Going off the beaten path

Adventurous travelers may not be content to stick to the resort lifestyle or standard vacation options. Active seniors are charting their

own courses with bucket-list vacations that may be off the beaten path. Travelers who have always aspired to climb a mountain or see a rain forest may be inclined to realize these goals as they get older. Nontraditional tours can include living like indigenous peoples or following the footsteps of early explorers.

All-inclusive tours

All-inclusive packages remain a popular option for travelers of all ages. These vacation packages charge one price for accommodations, entertainment, sightseeing, food and many other amenities. All-inclusive vacations remove some of the headaches associated with organizing various components of travel, so a person can focus on relaxation and having fun.

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Single vacationers over 50 may want to meet others in their age bracket in the hopes of finding romance. These vacations double as relationship mixers and give everyone the opportunity to mingle with others in similar situations, without the pressure of traditional dating. Travel is a way to see the world, meet new people and experience various cultures. Seniors increasingly embrace travel, because they have both the time and the means to take vacations. – Courtesy Metro Creative


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indeed worse than the original problem. Just listen to the disclosures on television about side effects. They are mind-boggling! For the last four years, I have had horrific back pain. It became the norm, as I would wake up every morning, slowly uncurl my body and hobble to the shower. The hot water spraying on my lower back helped for a while, and as I have written before, I tried a TENS machine, pain pills and, yes, even the topical marijuana oil. Everything helped temporarily, and along with my chiropractic visits, I was able to get some excellent, if only part-time, relief. Antiinflammatories and spasm pills made me very sleepy and unable to function normally. Being responsible for my family in so many instances, I needed to keep my wits about me at all times and be perched and ready to dart out the door on a moment’s notice, so those pills were pretty much a no-go for me. I am a firm believer in natural products, and when I heard about turmeric from my doctor, I read everything I could and decided it was definitely worth a try. After three months of taking one capsule a day, I experienced absolutely no side effects. Unfortunately, I did not notice any major change in my back issues, but on the doctor’s advice, I continued taking it. Then, several days ago, I woke up, took my morning splash and while getting ready, I noticed something very odd. I had no back pain. I didn’t want to jinx it, so I didn’t tell Grandpa, but for the whole day, I felt pretty

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darn great. I stopped everything else for a few days and kept my typically vocal self, quiet about what was happening. The days turned into a week, and still, I was feeling pretty good. I mentioned it to my granddaughter, who spends a lot of time with me. For a few hours, Grandma is good to go, but after a while, my back will start hurting and the time comes to end our shopping or visits. Sitting at my computer to write once caused pain after an hour or two, but even that has become very close to normal again. I don’t know if the turmeric is totally responsible for this newfound freedom, but anytime I find a natural solution to a painrelated medical problem, I will share. Be patient. As in my case, it took several months before I noticed the changes. Orange in color, turmeric is a spice used frequently in curry, ergo the color. It is sold in

the spice aisle, as well as in pill form. Not at all expensive, either form is suggested for a multitude of medical-related issues. According to WebMD, a tablespoon of ground turmeric contains 29 calories, nearly a gram of protein, 2 grams of fiber and 6 grams of carbohydrates. It contains minerals such as manganese, phosphorus and potassium. Turmeric also contains nutrients that help to keep you strong and healthy. WebMD claims it supports joint, bone and physical wellness, which is why – in my case of degenerative spine disks – it seems to help with the discomfort. As a concentrated extract, turmeric contains antioxidant properties that help the body promote healthy functioning, cognitive ability, enhance mood, empower whole-body mobility and flexibility as well as provide heartrelated cardiovascular benefits. These findings are from the website and not my personal opinion, but from my recent experience, I’m convinced that I have benefitted from my daily dose. I may still have a twinge or two in my back, and at my age, that’s normal. However, if I continue to feel this way, don’t be surprised if you see me dancing around Brentwood! Marla Luckhardt is a Brentwood resident who works with several local senior care and advocacy groups. Visit her website at www.marlasreferrals.com or email her at marla2054@aol.com. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

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in your daily routine can lower your risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke, sharpen mental acuity, reduce anxiety and improve mood. But, as beneficial as exercise can be, many people over the age of 50, who have not laced up their sneakers in years, are hesitant to begin an exercise regimen for a variety of reasons, potentially putting their long-term health at risk. Regardless of age, beginning a new exercise regimen can be intimidating. But it’s especially so for people over the age of 50, who might not know where to begin or how to approach adopting a healthier lifestyle. According to the National Institute on Aging, everyone

Many seniors worry that suddenly embracing physical fitness after years of inactivity may be detrimental to their health. But that’s only true if they don’t exercise caution at the outset of their routines. When beginning the routine, take things very slowly at first, choosing to walk or bike every day rather than hitting the treadmill and adjusting it to maximum resistance. When strengthtraining, start off with very little weight so your muscles can grow acclimated to the motions and you can get the exercises down pat. As you grow more comfortable and your body starts to feel more up to the challenges of daily exercise, you can begin to gradually alter your cardiovascular and strengthtraining workouts to make them more challenging.

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too old to exercise. Some may feel that their toned-down workouts cannot possibly have much impact, thanks to the physical limitations old age has put on their bodies. Others think it’s unwise for someone in their 70s or 80s to be physically active. However, no one is too old to exercise, as exercise helps the body stay strong and fit, even when you can no longer max out on the bench press or squat hundreds of pounds. Scaling back your exercise routine will be necessary as you get older, but that does not mean you cannot still enjoy and benefit from physical activity. Continuing to exercise as you age is a great way to improve your quality of life and stay as active as possible well into your golden years. – Courtesy Metro Creative

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A Reverse Mortgage: Is it too good to be true? By Beth Miller-Rowe

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Many of you know at least a little bit about FHA insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM), also known as Reverse Mortgages. For some the very thought of a Reverse Mortgage sets off alarms, and for others, it piques curiosity. The anxiety about Reverse Mortgages arises from misunderstandings and hearsay.

The Truth: 1. You still own your own home – it’s not the bank’s nor the government’s! 2. As long as you pay your property taxes, homeowner’s insurance and HOA dues and maintain and occupy your home, you cannot lose your home because of a Reverse Mortgage. 3. FHA insures the HECM (Reverse Mortgage) program. IF you ever end up owing more than your home is worth, the FHA pays the difference; not you, and not your heirs. 4. The proceeds are NONTAXABLE.

How does it work? A Reverse Mortgage comes in many shapes and sizes. For some, we will pay off a large mortgage, thereby getting rid of the payment and increasing monthly cash ow; for others, we will create a stable monthly income for life; and yet others will enjoy a Line of Credit – one that cannot be closed or reduced, and it grows over time. For most, it will be a combination of these options. A Reverse Mortgage allows you the freedom to live through your retirement years with the security and dignity you dreamed of as you worked throughout your lives. That may mean paying bills with less stress; it may mean getting to travel as you had always hoped; or it may mean paying for in-home care for yourself or a loved one. Whatever it may mean to you, knowledge is your friend. It is important that you consult with a licensed Loan Ofcer who specializes in Reverse Mortgages. They are complex and require a thorough understanding of all aspects of your goals and how a HECM may help you to achieve them.

7. You do not have to make a principal and interest payment, although you can if you like. We call that the exible payments plan. You can pay as much or as little as you choose each month. The taxes, insurance and HOA, if any, are still your responsibility.

A Reverse Mortgage can also be a savvy nancial management tool. If you have IRAs, 401(k)s, Social Security and proceeds from a Reverse Mortgage, you can balance the use of all of those assets to create the most advantageous tax scenario. I just closed a loan for a woman who led her taxes this year and had to pay over $10,000 to the IRS because of the amount she had drawn from her IRA. This year, she will draw some money from her IRA and then draw the rest of her income for the year from her Reverse Mortgage so that she doesn’t have to pay taxes come April 2018.

Many misconceptions swirl around this loan program. The most important step is to research the truth about Reverse Mortgages. Talk to a professional, check Housing and Urban Development’s website, review the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association’s website, talk to friends who have a Reverse Mortgage. If someone’s first words are “oh, those are bad,” they too have heard the misconceptions about the program. Learn for yourself.

I see it every single day, where people are living far below their means to try to save extra pennies to leave for the kids. If my parents were still alive, I would certainly hope that they would be living life, having fun, doing all the things they dreamed of doing in retirement without a concern for what they might leave me. If there were to be anything leftover, great. If not, I would hope they would have enjoyed all their years. I nd that nowadays most kids feel that way about their inheritance.

5. You do not have to own your home outright to get a Reverse Mortgage. 6. Your heirs – not the bank nor the government – inherit your equity!

Many of my clients thought that they would have been long gone by now. They are outliving what they thought they were going to need for retirement. That’s good and bad. In addition to living longer – hopefully healthy and happy and “with it,” mentally – there are still the added living expenses that come with longevity. There is some apprehension about the new income and credit qualifying requirements, but rest assured, they are quite friendly. With decent credit and moderate income, you will likely be okay.

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