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Vice Mayor Doug Hardcastle is retiring from the Oakley City Council, after making the announcement at the city council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 24. “On Oct. 13, 1969, I joined the army,” said Hardcastle. “That’s when I began my public service. I figured that after 50 years of coaching and soccer board meetings and everything else, it’s time for me and my wife to have some ‘we’ time. We want to be able to travel and enjoy the fruits of our labors.” Hardcastle’s retirement will be effective Tuesday, Nov. 12. At its next meeting, the city council will vote whether to appoint Hardcastle’s replacement or to hold a special election. City staff recommended the replacement be appointed to avoid the cost of a

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reedom defensive back Bryant Weekly hauls in an interception during the Falcons 44-14 loss to Liberty in the Bell Game last week. Weekly’s fine defensive play was a bright spot in the Falcons hard-fought defeat. Freedom is still searching for their first win To view a video this season. To view the complete story, see 16A. and a slideshow of the event, visit www.thepress.net/multimedia

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East Family Justice Center opens in Antioch Game, Set, Matched

by Deanna Gordon Staff Writer

Hundreds of elected officials, advocates and local residents gathered in Antioch on Friday, Sept. 27, to celebrate the opening of the East Family Justice Center. The new location is the nonprofit organization’s third in Contra Costa County, serving victims of domestic and interpersonal violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and child and elder abuse. Other locations are in Richmond and Concord. Opening an East County location is a testament to access, says District 3 County Supervisor Diane Burgis, a key organizer in the effort. “Last year, Contra Costa see Center page 26A

Liberty High School tennis coach making a difference on and off the court. Page 16A Calendar.............................27A Classifieds..........................21A Cop Logs.............................12A Entertainment..................11A Food.....................................10A Photo by Tony Kukulich Milestones........................... 8A East County residents, dignitaries and officials gathered to cut the ribbon the East Family Justice Opinion...............................19A Center in Antioch on Sept. 27. The center serves victims of domestic and interpersonal violence, Pet of the Week.................. 7A Sports..................................16A sexual assault, human trafficking,and child and elder abuse.

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Discover and Go in October Oakley school board The Contra Costa County Library is celebrating Discover and Go Month this October. Visit your local branch and enjoy the library’s ongoing partnership with Bay Area museums and cultural venues. Enter drawings for a chance to win prizes and help give back to the community at the same time. The library is partnering once again with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. With every donation of nonperishable food items patrons bring to any branch, they can enter to win prizes including premium awards for some of the Bay Area’s most popular attractions. They can also enter an easy online contest, “Why I Love Discover and Go,” at www.surveymonkey.com/r/zbrqd8v. This year’s Discover and Go Month special events include: an engineering extravaganza for kids hosted by the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Saturday, Oct. 5 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Pittsburg Library; and a visit by the Oakland Zoo’s Zoo-mobile at the Hercules Library, Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be Halloweenthemed storytimes at the Lindsay Wildlife Experience’s Howl-ooo-ween event at 5:30 and 8

p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25. The library’s free BART tickets promotion for visits to select Discover and Go destinations will be available through October. For more information, see www.bit. ly/librarybarttickets. “Visiting museums and cultural venues is not only educational but a lot of fun,” said Contra Costa County Librarian Melinda Cervantes. “Discover and Go is just one way your library card can take you places.” Discover and Go is a nationally recognized partnership between libraries and museums offering free and low-cost passes for world-class cultural venues to library cardholders from every community and background. The program was created by the Contra Costa County Library in 2011, and libraries across the state and country now participate in or mirror the program. Library cardholders age 16 and up can go online to check out free passes to more than 70 Discover and Go partner venues. For more information about the program, contact library staff at  ASK@ccclib. org or call 800-984-4636.

accepting applications The Oakley Union Elementary School District (OUESD) Board of Trustees is accepting applications from community members interested in filling the seat of long standing board member Mark Jordan, who died on Sept. 12. Jordan was first elected to the school board in November 1989, and he was re-elected for an additional four-year term in November 2018. Under California State law, when a seat on the Board of Education becomes open, trustees can choose to fill a vacant seat via appointment or through a special election. On Sept. 25, the OUESD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to fill the vacancy by appointment. The cost of a special election, estimated to be more than $40,000, was a major reason for the board’s decision. Interested candidates must reside within the boundaries of the Oakley

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A 31-year-old citizen of Germany was arrested in Brentwood and charged with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). “Unfortunately, this happens around the world with people of many different nationalities,” said Tatum King, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). “We’re working closely with our prosecutors, in this case, the Northern District of California, to make sure they get their day in court.” According to the DOJ, Adam Soboll was arrested in Brentwood Aug. 25 and charged several days later. Soboll identified himself as a fifth-grade teacher in Germany. The complaint alleges Soboll met the then-14-year-old online in October 2018. Soboll communicated with the minor from Germany using Snapchat and online gaming platforms, as well as over other messaging applications. The following January, Soboll began discussing the possibility of visiting the minor

in Brentwood. Soboll and the minor discussed where he should stay and the various forms of sexual conduct in which they would engage when he arrived. Soboll arrived in the United States from Germany July 31, and checked into a Brentwood hotel where it is alleged in the complaint Soboll engaged in sexual conduct with the minor. Officers from the Brentwood Police Department (BPD) responded to the hotel following a report from the minor’s mother and arrested Soboll. “It was actually the parents that notified the police department, when they became aware of this possible relationship that was taking place based on information they discovered,” said Lt. Walter O’Grodnick of the Brentwood Police Department. “When we received that information, we moved quickly and developed enough information to find where the suspect was staying. It was at a local hotel here in town. Through that investigation, we established enough to develop probable cause to make an arrest based on preliminary evidence. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.” After the arrest, the BPD and

the Contra Costa Office of the District Attorney turned the case over to the DOJ and HSI. “From the onset, we had every intention of charging this person with multiple felony crimes involving a minor,” said O’Grodnick. “But after consulting the district attorney as well as an investigator who specializes in these types of cases, it made more sense to transfer it to the federal agency.” Should the DOJ, for any reason, opt not to continue with its case, the Contra Costa County District Attorney has the option of pursuing its own case. O’Grodnick suggested parents view this case as a reminder to monitor their children’s online activity and be on the lookout for anything unusual or suspicious. “If there is anything to suggest that there is evidence of any wrongdoing, notify the police department,” said O’Grodnick. “Let us take a closer look at things. If there is evidence to suggest there’s something there, we’re going to investigate it.” The case is currently being investigated by HSI, the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office and the Brentwood Police Department.

Seeing that the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) had a mobile fire unit training tower high on its list of needs, Assemblymember Jim Frazier, D-Discovery Bay, was able to acquire $500,000 in the budget process to help pay for the centerpiece of ECCFPD’s training regimen. Early this week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 109 by the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, a bill that makes technical amendments to the Budget Act of 2019, including additional funds for the ECCFPD. “Nothing is more important than continuing training assistance for our firefighter personnel, especially in this age of devastating fires,” said Frazier. ECCFPD funding was first established when the district was mostly rural, and it has not evolved as East County’s population has grown. The property tax allocation share has stayed at 7% of the total county funds, while need for services has grown dramatically as more people have moved to the area. “This is fantastic news,” Brian Oftedal, President of the ECCFPD Board. “Additional funding for the fire district is a huge win for the residents and businesses in East Contra Costa. For years, our firefighters have made due with training in parking structures, abandoned houses, parking lots or wherever they could find an opportunity. Now, they will be able to have a dedicated facility within our district to maintain their firefighting, rescue and emergency medical skills.” Currently, ECCFPD has three active fire stations with three firefighters each at any given time. The district, in partnership with the City of Oakley, is constructing a fourth fire station set to be completed in the spring of 2020 to help with fire coverage. “Every little bit of money we can identify to improve fire service in East County will go to good use,” Frazier said. “I am pleased we could get an additional $500,000 for training for East Contra Costa Fire Protection District.”

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Newsom delivers veto on environmental bill by Tony Kukulich Staff Writer

While touting his commitment to defending the environment, Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) last week — legislation designed to safeguard California’s natural resources in the face of expected rollbacks of federal protections. “We are deeply disappointed in Governor Newsom’s decision to veto SB 1,” wrote Kim Delfino, California director of Defenders of Wildlife. “This bill is one of the most important environmental bills nationwide, and would have provided California with critical tools to defend against the Trump administration’s ongoing attacks on California’s water, fish and wildlife, and communities.” Had it been signed into law, SB 1 would have ensured that federal environmental and worker-safety standards, in place as of Jan. 19, 2017, remained in effect under state law, even if the Trump administration loosened standards at the federal level. The provisions of the bill would have remained in effect until Jan. 20, 2025. Despite his focus on environmental issues, Newsom sided with water managers in the Central Valley and Southern California who opposed the legislation. In written comments regarding his veto, Newsom called California “... a leader in the fight for resource, environmental, and worker protections.” He added, “No other state has fought harder to defeat Trump’s en-

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the most important environmental bills nationwide, and would have provided California with critical tools to defend against the Trump administration’s ongoing attacks on California’s water, fish and wildlife, and communities.

Kim Delfino, California director of Defenders of Wildlife the agricultural Central Valley — will likely increase its water exports, placing added strain on an already fragile ecosystem. Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of the environmental advocacy group Restore the Delta, called SB 1 one of the most important bills ever to have landed in front of a California governor. “The significance of the impending rollback in Delta protections cannot be understated,” wrote Delfino in a commentary published at www.CalMatters.org. “The Central Valley Project delivers three times

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Community invited to walk for suicide awareness, prevention Across the San Francisco Bay Area this fall, thousands of participants and volunteers will come together for annual community walks supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).   Saturday, Oct. 12,  at  Cypress Grove Park  in Oakley, hundreds of Bay Area residents will participate in AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk. Registration begins at  8 a.m., and the walk begins at  9 a.m. and lasts until noon.  The walk has a goal of raising $45,000 from attendees and fundraisers, which goes through Dec. 31. “I got involved five years ago when the walk started,” said organizer Heather Estes. “My oldest (child) is transgender, and I want them to have the resources available. I also suffer from depression. Mental health is so important.” 2019 marks the fifth year of the Oakley walk. Four other walks will take place in the Bay Area this fall: in San Jose, Santa Rosa, San Francisco and Oakland. These walks provide support and healing for survivors of suicide loss and for those with experience around suicide and mental illness.  Funds raised by walk participants support the Greater San Francisco Bay Area chapter’s suicide prevention and outreach initiatives. “Last month, I declared a proclamation recognizing September as being National Suicide Prevention and Action month,” said Oakley Mayor Claire Alaura. “This walk is a continuing step of that action to keep the topic of suicide open and in the minds of our community. There is much stigma surrounding suicide, and this walk brings our com-

munity together to communicate and share their experiences and concerns about it. When you bring suicide out of the darkness and into the light, it allows survivors to heal and those contemplating it the opportunity to know they are not alone and that there is a whole community that cares.” In 2018, Bay Area community walks raised over $500,000 and drew more than 4,000 people from across the region. AFSP’s Bay Area walks provide critical funding for local chapter activities and national programs. Within the past two years, the chapter has hosted national conferences addressing suicide prevention and outreach for at-risk communities, including veterans and LGBTQ individuals. Chapter activities also include  advocacy at the state  and federal levels.  AFSP is  the largest private organization that funds research into the causes and prevention of suicide in the U.S. As the leading organization in the fight against suicide, AFSP recently unveiled Project 2025, a program that aims to reduce  the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025. The Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of AFSP works towards this goal in the Bay Area through programming and events that promote suicide prevention, provide outreach to at-risk populations and support survivors of suicide and suicide loss.  For more information about the Oakley walk, call Heather Estes at 925-584-2890 or email oakleyafspwalk@gmail.com. To learn more about fundraising for AFSP or to register for the walk, visit www.bit.ly/afspoakley.

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Veto from page 5A governor’s chief of staff and deputy legislative secretary, respectively — Kightlinger states if SB 1 is passed, a broad coalition of water contractors will withdraw from the state’s voluntary agreement (VA) negotiations. “Having analyzed the current amendments to SB 1, it is the conclusion of the water contractors that in its current form SB 1 precludes us from completing the VAs. Implementing the (VAs) requires more flexibility than is allowed under the current permits which would be locked into place under SB 1,” wrote Kightlinger. “... We will continue to oppose the bill as drafted as it goes to the floor and work hard to educate members as to the problematic nature of this legislation. “However, we felt it best to be clear with the administration that the water contractors have determined that passage of SB 1 will end our engagement in the VA process.” The Bay-Delta Plan has been in the works for nearly a decade. If the voluntary agreement talks collapse, as threatened by Kightlinger in his email, another decade of legal wrangling over the water-flow standards is expected. Many believe that Newsom’s veto of SB 1 is an effort

to save the voluntary agreement process and shepherd the BayDelta Plan to completion. But some in the environmental community believe the governor may have overplayed his hand. “I think, unfortunately, the governor is misinformed about how close these voluntary agreements are to being supported by all of the participants,” said Delfino. “Right now, the voluntary agreements, I think, will be supported by the water contractors, but the environmental community has clearly signaled that we are nowhere close to where we need to be.” The Newsom administration is expected to announce later this month if it will endorse the voluntary agreements as they stand, or work toward an agreement that can gain the environmental community’s support, as well as the water contractors’. For more information, visit the State Water Resources Control Board at www. waterboards.ca.gov, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California at www. mwdh2o.com, the Defenders of Wildlife at www.defenders. org, Restore the Delta at www.restorethedelta.org, and Maven’s Notebook at www. mavensnotebook.com.

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School: Vice Principal at Edna Hill Middle School The 900 students at Edna Hill Middle School in Brentwood have probably noticed a new face on their administrative team this school year — Leif Utler, the new vice principal. Formerly an English teacher at Oakley’s Freedom High School and Antioch’s Black Diamond Middle School, Utler has adapted to his new role with ease. “I have an incredible principal and vice principal that I’m working with, and they’ve made this job a lot more easy and straightforward,” said Utler. “I enjoy talking to the kids, seeing how they are doing and making sure they are safe.” Utler chose teaching as a career because he hoped to make a difference in the lives of young people. He discovered his passion while teaching part-time in college, and he hasn’t looked back. When the opportunity to become an administrator presented itself, he decided to go for it. “I thought maybe there would be a chance to make a bigger difference, to help more,” Utler explained. “So now, even though I’m not interacting with the students as much as I was as a teacher, I’m still able to support them from the sidelines — support the teach-

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Feb. 5, 1932 – Sept. 1, 2019 Fred Baca of Discovery Bay passed away on Sept. 1, 2019, at the age of 87. Fred married Patricia Scheid in 1951, and the couple raised two sons in the Fremont community. He was a well-respected businessman as the original owner of H. Salt Esquire Fish & Chips at the Fremont Hub. Fred was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Patricia Baca. He is survived by his family Steve, Dan and Kathy Baca, grandchildren, greatgranddaughters and loving companion Joann Vegas, as well as extended family and friends. Private services will be held at the San Francisco Columbarium.

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Sept. 21, 1:41 a.m. Authorities received a report of a woman and her boyfriend in a verbal altercation. The reporting person said the man had a brick. This call came from the 2100 block of Hailstone Way. Sept. 21, 9:03 a.m. Authorities received a report that a victim was in the emergency room with a stab wound to the abdomen. Sept. 21, 6:53 p.m. A person called to report their neighbor’s back door had been broken, and a hole had been cut through the wire fence. This call came from the 4000 block of Barn Hollow Way.

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Liberty downs Freedom in Bell Game by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

For the first time in five games, the Liberty High School football team didn’t have to sweat out a victory in its 44-14 win over Freedom last week. And it came with an added bonus: the Lions got to ring the Bell Game bell for the third consecutive season. “You gotta love it,” said Liberty head coach Ryan Partridge about winning the Bell Game — the annual rivalry game between Liberty and Freedom. The Lions (6-0) used three unanswered touchdowns (two in the second half) and relentless defense to hold back the gutsy Falcons (0-6). Liberty quarterback Jay Butterfield completed seven of 16 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns; all-purpose back Justice Jackson caught six passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns, in his first game after sitting out the first five games to meet transfer rules after coming over from Walnut Creek’s Berean Christian High School this season; and running back Darrion Bartley chipped in with 18 carries for 70 yards rushing, including touchdown scores of 2 and 16 yards. Four Lions scored in the victory. Liberty’s defense was equally impressive, sacking Freedom quarterback Jake Byrne six times, and holding Freedom to 181 total yards. Linebacker Anthony Orgoglio and defensive lineman Peyton Borrelli each had two sacks in the game, and fellow defensive lineman Akili Calhoun led the team with seven tackles. “It was a good, solid team win, so I was happy about that,” said Brenden Bell, running

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Liberty all purpose back Justice Jackson and Freedom defensive back Jahri Peterson battle for the ball during the Lions’ 44-14 win in the Bell Game. back and safety. Liberty essentially took command of the game just two plays after Jordan Lee’s 33yard, fourth-down touchdown catch pulled the Falcons within 23-14, with 27 seconds left in the first half. The Falcons wouldn’t score again the rest of the game, and on the second play of the Lions’ ensuing drive, Butterfield found Jackson racing down the sideline for a 72yard gut-punch score to put Liberty up 30-14 at halftime.

Bartley’s 16-yard touchdown run midway through the third, and Jackson’s 36-yard catch and run about two game-minutes later, sealed the Lions’ 44-14 victory. “It’s tough,” said Freedom head coach Andrew Cotter. “We are still looking for that first win. Hats off to Liberty. They played a great football game, are well coached and have some good kids. You take what you can and get ready for the next week.” Though Liberty looked dominant, especially in the second half, it took a while for the

Lions to get rolling. The Brentwood squad turned the ball over on downs on Freedom’s 1-yard line after recovering a Freedom fumble to open the game, and punted on its second offensive possession. But in between those two possessions, Liberty’s defense took care of the scoring, pulling Freedom’s Lee down for a safety to put the Lions up 2-0. Bartley’s 2-yard touchdown, late in the first quarter, extended the Lions’ lead to 9-0. Freedom struck back on its next drive when Byrne found wide receiver Matthew Quesada for an 11-yard score to pull Freedom within 9-7, early in the second quarter. But Mason Padilla’s 1-yard run put Liberty up 16-7 early in the second quarter, and Cody Muth’s 34-yard catch, with under a minute to go in the first half, put the Lions up 23-7. Lee’s 33-yard touchdown catch on Freedom’s next possession brought the Falcons within 23-14, with 27 seconds left in the first half. But two plays later, Jackson moved down the sideline for a Liberty score, putting the Lions up 30-14 as the first-half clock clicked to zero. “Watching their film, we saw they have a lot of good football players, so we really didn’t know how it was going to end up,” Partridge said. “It was a little ugly at the beginning. We had to figure some things out, but once we got it, we made some plays.” Liberty is expected to debut its renovated stadium when it hosts Antioch on Oct. 4 at 7:15 p.m. Freedom hosts Pittsburg at 7 p.m. on the same day. To view a video and a slideshow, visit www. thepress.net/multimedia

New Liberty tennis coach a familiar face by Patrick Gordon Correspondent

A few years ago, Savannah Ramirez was playing organized tennis for the first time, showing promise as a young athlete. Today, she’s the head coach of Liberty High School’s girls’ tennis team. For Ramirez, who turned 20 on Tuesday, the learning process involved self-improvement on and off the court, and that’s the message she hopes to bring to her players this season. During her junior year, she had to take time away from tennis to focus on academics. “I didn’t do too well with my grades,” she acknowledged. “But I kept going to the games and supporting my teammates because I loved them.” After improving in the classroom, she returned to the team her senior year and was named team captain. Her positive attitude and perseverance caught the attention of assistant coaches Stacey and Kelly Chance, a local couple who have stayed on to assist Ramirez this season. Earlier this year, they recommended Ramirez for the head coaching job. “She worked hard, got her grades back up, had a really good attitude and was team captain,” Stacey said. “We thought she could relate well with the players and have that perspective.”

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Liberty High School girls’ tennis coach, left, talks to members of the team during a match against Freedom High School, Tuesday, Oct. 1. “She could have gone the other way and said, ‘I don’t need you guys; I’m out of here,’” Kelly added. “Instead, she realized it was a big part of her life, and she was going to do anything she could to get back on. That, to me, was inspiring. That was one of the big reasons we wanted her to be out

there.” The Chances have helped Ramirez in her first season of coaching, which has been invaluable to her. “Stacey and Kelly are my biggest help,” Ramirez said. “They’re both amazing coaches. I appreciate them a lot.” Ramirez is also a full-time student at Los Medanos College, where she’s taking science classes in preparation to pursue a nursing degree. Her goal is to transfer to Sacramento State University next year. For now, she’s taking the lessons she learned and passing them along to her team. “I try to teach them to always be kind, but also competitive because they’re in a sport,” she said. She also emphasizes teamwork, and says she wants her players to feel comfortable using her as an outlet. “Being a little younger, it might be easier for them to relate to me, so I want them to feel comfortable coming to me,” Ramirez said. She says her experiences as a player taught her to take responsibility and hold herself accountable, and she wants her players to be able to learn from that as well. Kelly Chance says it’s working so far. “Every day, I see her growing, and she’s getting more involved in motivating and helping them have a good work ethic,” Chance said. “She’s been a real inspiration to the girls.” Tuesday, the team improved to 2-1 on the season with a 5-4 win over rival Freedom.


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Anglers score big on Delta Walnut Creek pro angler Blake Dyer caught a five-bass limit last Saturday, weighing 15 pounds, 8 ounces, to win the three-day Costa FLW Series on the California Delta presented by Power-Pole. Dyer’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 62 pounds, 13 ounces was enough to earn him the victory by a 1-pound, 9-ounce margin over second-place pro Jason Borofka of Salina, California, and earn him the top prize of $31,114. The tournament was the third and final regular-season tournament of the year for anglers competing in the Costa FLW Series Western Division. Dyer weighed in a monster 27-pound, 3-ounce limit on day one of the tournament, catching all of his fish punching grass with a green-pumpkin-colored Reaction Innovations Spicy Beaver and a 1.5 ounce weight. He said that most of his damage was done pretty early in the morning. “I had what I had by about 9:45 in the morning,” Dyer said. “On the first stretch I went to, I caught two big ones. I think the biggest one was close to seven and then another one over five. I went to another little stretch not far away and, on my first cast, I caught a 5 pounder there. I went to the next stretch and caught two small fish, then I went to the backside of that spot and caught two more over five.” Cooler weather and steady winds forced Dyer and many others to adjust on day two. Dyer skipped one of his starting spots because the wind had blown the mat he intended to fish completely away. “At my second spot, it was blowing and I tried to punch those mats, but I just wasn’t getting through, because the wind really compacts those mats,” Dyer said. “I didn’t want to waste any more time and lose the tide down in my south spot, so I ran to a tule island and caught a 2 pounder on a Senko and then booked it down south to my main spot.” His southern area was considerably more protected, and he alternated between fishing a vibrating jig in the open areas and punching the mats. “That spot salvaged my day,” Dyer said. “I punched one that was almost 4 pounds, I caught one that was almost 5 pounds on a ChatterBait and then filled out my limit.” Carrying the momentum of two big catches into the final round, Dyer started day three by returning to the Central Delta Slough where he had done most of his previous work. He actually had a different starting spot on days one and two, but his best area sees a lot of waterski and wakeboard activity on the weekends, so he decided to beat the rush. With the exception of a few locals, who graciously gave him a wide berth, Dyer had the spot to himself. Despite the week’s cold front, which cranked up winds of 15 to 20 mph and dropped air temperatures a good 20 degrees from day one, his fish started biting in short order — but only after a key adjustment.

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“I noticed the grass was flowing the opposite direction, and I was going too fast, so I gunned it to the other end of the slough, turned around and started fishing the other direction so my bait was in the current, where the fish are looking up,” Dyer said. “Fish tend to point into the current, so they see what’s coming at them. If you’re going the other way, they don’t have a chance to see it. My first cast, I catch a 3 pounder and then 10 minutes later, I catch a 6 pounder that made all the difference and won the tournament.” In the college team competition, the Sacramento State University duo of Ilya Guryanov of West Sacramento and Will Karnthong of Antioch, won behind a fivebass limit weighing 15 pounds, 7 ounces. The victory earned the Hornets’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. “I’m a local, so I’ve spent a lot of time on the Delta, and we definitely put in our practice time for this one,” said Karnthong, a freshman majoring in construction management. “We mainly stayed around the Central Delta – I had 10 to 15 spots where I knew we could catch fish. The name of the game for us was just covering a lot of water, then slowing down in the high-percentage areas.” “We tried our best to find the big fish punching the grass – and we caught six – but those were all little guys,” said Guryanov, a sophomore majoring in nursing. “Our big fish came on a ChatterBait. We caught around 20 fish, but it was a slow day and we had to just grind it out.” The duo’s main bait of choice was a green-pumpkin-colored Z-Man Evergreen ChatterBait Jack Hammer – Karnthong with a Z-Man Super Shad trailer and Guryanov with a Yamamoto Zeko trailer. They used a Big Texan-colored Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver when punching. “Being a local was a huge advantage for us, because we had more water to fish,” Karnthong went on to say. “A lot of teams were covering water and running and gunning, but I had pre-fished a lot and was able to go from spot to spot knowing that the fish were there, instead of looking for them.” The fellow Sacramento state team of Discovery Bay’s Aaron Nguyen and Sacramento’s Christopher Orgon finished second, with a five bass total of 13 pounds, 2 ounces. The duo walked away with a $1,000 award for their bass club. In the high school competition, The Freedom High School duo of Tyler Hurney and Justin Hurney, both of Oakley, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 16 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing California Delta Open. A field of 59 teams competed in the noentry-fee tournament, which launched from Buckley Cove in Stockton. In FLW and The

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“I love being around the girls on my team,” she said. “We all get along well and we all talk to each other inside and outside of volleyball ... We have a family.” Future Plans: Annaliesse doesn’t have any scholarship offers just yet. She hopes to play in college and wants to major in criminal justice. Coach’s Quote: “Annaliese is loved by her teammates and has also earned their respect,” said Rivas. “She excels in this sport ... We can always count on her to score points for us, whether it’s with serving or a kill. She has passion for the game and definitely has the ability to play at a college level.”

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Editor: I have lived in Brentwood all my life. I served on the city council when the dream of Slatten Ranch was becoming a reality. We on the council made a big mistake in not using the school district boundaries to establish the new city limit boundaries. The simple reason being is that we now have students from the City of Antioch going to Brentwood schools. The same situation would happen again if Measure L is defeated. Vote “yes” on Measure L. Dewey DeMartini Brentwood

Vote ‘No’ on Measure L

Editor: Recently, there has been a lot of talk about what effect the Vineyards at Deer Creek would have on Brentwood. Unfortunately, there has been no talk about the prior history of Brentwood. In reality, none of us knows what the future will bring; however, we can look back and learn from the past. Long before many of you moved to Brentwood, the Highway 4 bypass — now known as Highway 4 — was built, much to the delight of local residents. Unfortunately, once completed, the new highway remained unopened

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and unusable for many months. The roadway between Balfour and Lone Tree was finished and ready for use, except for one item: the on ramps and off ramps had not been built. They were not included in the construction project. Oops. Some years back, Brentwood was thrilled to become part of the Silicon Valley electronics age. A large building was built at the south end of town to house U.S. Print. The company was there for several years and closed. The building sat empty for a number of years, until the City of Brentwood took over and the building became the Brentwood Police Department. Developers came to Brentwood with promises of building an upscale housing development, including a high-quality golf course. Shadow Lakes was built. Shadow Lakes is a nice community; unfortunately, due to a number of reasons not considered before the community was built, the golf course has all but closed. What is to become of the land the golf course used to occupy? Shadow Lakes was so popular, Deer Ridge was developed across the street. Deer Ridge sold well, but many of the current residents are not happy. Like Shadow Lakes, the golf course has not been profitable and the course has now closed permanently. Several years back, Brentwood promoted the building of a shopping

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mall, The Streets of Brentwood: big box stores, many satellite shops and lots of sales tax revenue for the city. Promises well made, however, many of the promised stores never appeared and the mall has been a game of musical chairs. The shopping mall has not been built out, and now there is a move afoot to convert their vacant shopping mall land into apartments. Once again, plans for the future failed. John Muir Hospital was scheduled to build a hospital immediately south of the current John Muir Health Center. Reportedly, the plans have been shelved. I really feel the people behind the Vineyards at Deer Creek have the best of intentions, but the history of Brentwood, the current economy and the lack of looking at reality loud and clear says the project as presented to the citizens of Brentwood is not in the city’s best interest in the long term. David Dennick Brentwood

In defense of Chief Helmick

Editor: I am aware of personal attacks on Fire Chief Brian Helmick for the use of his picture and a quote in the full page ad in the Sept. 27 (issue of) The Press and in a recent mailer supporting Measure L. These have included attacks on

his integrity. A careful reading of the quote shows it accurately conveys the position of the ECCFPD Board, and there is no expressed or implied support for Measure L by either the district or Helmick personally. The quote limits itself to the effect on the fire district by the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Sponsors of the Initiative. ECCFPD’s responsibility to the political process is limited to ensuring the quote ascribed to Helmick on behalf of the district is strictly accurate. This has been achieved. The use of the quote and picture by the Measure L proponents is a valid use of political speech. Finally, a response to those who complain ECCFPD should not have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with GBN Partners: If Measure L were to pass and the ECCFPD Board had not accepted the revised offer from GBN Partners, we would be guilty of a grave malfeasance. Stephen Smith Brentwood

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0005360-00 The name of the business(es): DLHA Law Group Located at: 1211 Newell Avenue, Suite 210 In: Walnut Creek, CA 94596, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): De La Housaye & Associates, A Law Corporation. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: C. Angela De La Housaye, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: August 28, 2019 by Deputy R. Rentals Expires August 28, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80704 Publish dates: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2019.

Vicky Ting / President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: September 5, 2019 by Deputy P Cornelius Expires 9/5/2024 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 80694 Publish dates: September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 2019.

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-14-655720-CL. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 2763 Camino Del Rio South San Diego, CA 92108 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 916-939-0772 Or Login to: http://www.qualityloan.com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-14-655720-CL IDSPub #0156892 9/27/2019 10/4/2019 10/11/2019 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 80818 Publish Dates: September 27, October 4, 11, 2019.

Services Located at: 4075 Regatta Drive In: Discovery Bay, CA 94505, is hereby registered by the following owner: 1. Andrew Paul Mirizzi 2. Jessica Anne Mirizzi. This business is conducted by: Married Couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Jessica Mirizzi. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: August 29, 2019 by Deputy S Smith Expires 8/29/2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80685 Publish dates: September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 2019.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0005570-00 The name of the business: All Roads Lead 65 Max Foundation Inc. Located at: 4924 Bridle Way In: Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby registered by the following owner: All Roads Lead 65 Max Foundation Inc. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 2012. Signature of registrant: Pamela L Henderson, President/Founder. This FICTITIOUS BUSINESS statement was filed with the County Clerk of NAME STATEMENT Contra Costa County on: September 6, 2019 File No. F-0005458-00 The name of the by Deputy S Smith Expires 9/6/2024 Antioch business(es): Band-Its Headbands Lo- Press No. 06-1617 80899 Publish dates: Octocated at: 1617 Cayenne Drive In: Brentwood, ber 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019. CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Amy Jo Davies. This business is FICTITIOUS BUSINESS conducted by: An Individual. The registrant NAME STATEMENT commenced to transact business under the fic- File No. F-0005624-00 The name of the titious business name or names listed above on business(es): Players Only Located at: 4980 10-1-13. Signature of registrant: Amy Jo Davies. Mesa Ridge In: Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby This statement was filed with the County Clerk registered by the following owner(s): Billy of Contra Costa County on: September 3, 2019 Tarez Moore. This business is conducted by: An by Deputy S. Smith Expires Seotember 3, 2024 Individual. The registrant commenced to transBrentwood Press No. 02-1273 80877 Publish act business under the fictitious business name dates: September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 2019. or names listed above on 1-7-15. Signature of registrant: Billy Tarez Moore. This statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa NAME STATEMENT County on: September 10, 2019. by Deputy C. File No. F-0005725-00 The name of the Garcia Expires September 10, 2024 Antioch business(es): PROmotions Located at: 6001 Press No. 06-1617 80885 Publish dates: OctoBridgehead Road In: Oakley, CA 94561, is ber 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019. hereby registered by the following owner(s): 1. John Chadwick FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 2. Denise Chadwick. NAME STATEMENT This business is conducted by: Married Couple. File No. F-0005715-00 The name of the The registrant commenced to transact busi- business(es): Tri-Delta Realty Located at: ness under the fictitious business name or 3377 Deer Valley Road, Suite 161 In: Antioch, names listed above on 9-13-19. Signature of CA 94531, is hereby registered by the folregistrant: Denise Chadwick. This statement lowing owner(s): Carlos Chamberlain . This was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa business is conducted by: An Individual. The County on: September 13, 2019 by Deputy C. registrant commenced to transact business Garcia Expires September 13, 2024 Oakley under the fictitious business name or names Press No. 03-0477 80748 Publish dates: Sep- listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: tember 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2019. Carlos Chamberlain. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County FICTITIOUS BUSINESS on: September 13, 2019 by Deputy S. Smith NAME STATEMENT Expires September 13, 2024 Antioch Press No. File No. F-0005417-00 The name of the busi- 06-1617 80736 Publish dates: September 20, ness: PCJJ Living Community Located at: 27, October 4, 11, 2019. 5025 Ranch Hollow Way In: Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE 1. Philicia Jones TS No. CA-14-655720-CL Order No.: 590530 2 Clement Seniga. This business is conducted YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST by: A General Partnership. The registrant com- DATED 2/3/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO menced to transact business under the ficti- PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT tious business name or names listed above on A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION 8-30-19. Signature of registrant: Philicia Jones. OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST This statement was filed with the County Clerk YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A pubof Contra Costa County on: August 30, 2019 by lic auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, Deputy S. Smith Expires August 30, 2024 An- cashier’s check drawn on a state or national tioch Press No. 06-1617 80855 Publish dates: bank, check drawn by state or federal credit September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 2019. union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings associFICTITIOUS BUSINESS ation, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 NAME STATEMENT to the Financial Code and authorized to do busiFile No. F-0005459-00 The name of the ness in this state, will be held by duly appointed business(es): Cobaltia Travel Located at: 5686 trustee. The sale will be made, but without Leitrim Court In: Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, reregistered by the following owner(s): 1. Lisa garding title, possession, or encumbrances, to Marie Bibby 2. StevenWayne Bibby.This business pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) is conducted by: Married Couple. The registrant secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and commenced to transact business under the late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), fictitious business name or names listed above advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, on N/A. Signature of registrant: Lisa Bibby. This interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of statement was filed with the County Clerk of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time Contra Costa County on: September 3, 2019 by of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) Deputy S. Smith Expires September 3, 2024. reasonably estimated to be set forth below. Antioch Press No. 06-1617 80739 Publish dates: The amount may be greater on the day of sale. September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2019. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): ALEFICTITIOUS BUSINESS JANDRO A. PADILLA-ACOSTA AND FATIMA NAME STATEMENT R. PADILLA, HUSBAND AND WIFE, AS JOINT File No. F-0005490-00 The name of the busi- TENANTS Recorded: 2/16/2005 as Instrument ness: Apocalypse Athletics Located at: 1324 No. 2005-0053418-00 of Official Records in the Noia Ave In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, registered by the following owner(s): Juan California; Date of Sale: 11/13/2019 at 1:30PM Carlos Moreno. This business is conducted by: Place of Sale: At the north side of the Pittsburg An Individual. The registrant commenced to Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic transact business under the fictitious business Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565 Amount of unpaid name or names listed above on N/A. Signature balance and other charges: $515,484.78 The of registrant: Juan Carlos Moreno. This state- purported property address is: 5132 MONIment was filed with the County Clerk of Contra TOR PASS WAY, ANTIOCH, CA 94531 Assessor’s Costa County on: September 4, 2019 by Deputy Parcel No.: 055-300-048 NOTICE TO POTENTIAL S Alvarez Expires 9/4/2024 Antioch Press No. BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on 06-1617 80697 Publish dates: September 13, this property lien, you should understand that 20, 27, October 4, 2019. there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on FICTITIOUS BUSINESS the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a NAME STATEMENT trustee auction does not automatically entitle File No. F-0005539-00 The name of the busi- you to free and clear ownership of the property. ness: D & V Enhancement Services Lo- You should also be aware that the lien being cated at: 4851-B Lone Tree Way In: Anttioch, auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the CA 94531, is hereby registered by the follow- highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be ing owner: D+V Enhancement Services. This responsible for paying off all liens senior to the business is conducted by: A Corporation. The lien being auctioned off, before you can receive registrant commenced to transact business clear title to the property. You are encouraged under the fictitious business name or names to investigate the existence, priority, and size listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: of outstanding liens that may exist on this

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0005086-00 The name of the busines: Big Sky Enterprises Located at: 3056 Wright Wy In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: William John Curnow. 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: William John Curnow. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: August 15, 2019 by Deputy C Pittman Expires 8/15/2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80699 Publish dates: September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0005342-00 The name of the business: Quality Painting Located at: 3230 Balfour Rd Suite D #198 In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Richard Marquez. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 8/27/19. Signature of registrant: Richard Marquez. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: August 27, 2019 by Deputy P Cornelius Expires 8/27/2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80698 Publish dates: September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0005358-00 The name of the business(es): DLHA De La Housaye & Associates Law Group Located at: 1211 Newell Avenue, Suite 210 In: Walnut Creek, CA 94596, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): De La Housaye & Associates, A Law Corporation. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: C. Angela De La Housaye, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: August 28, 2019 by Deputy R. Rentals Expires August 28, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80705 Publish dates: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0005409-00 The name of the business(es): Aspire Financial & Insurance

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0005684-00 The name of the business(es): Le Jardin Salon Located at: 1603 Oak Park Blvd In: Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Nancy Robinson. 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: Nancy A. Robinson. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: September 11, 2019 by Deputy P. Cornelius FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Expires September 11, 2024 Brentwood Press NAME STATEMENT No. 02-1273 80725 Publish dates: September File No. F-0005470-00 The name of the busi- 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2019. ness: 1. Anthony Striplen Photography 2. Anthony Gilbert Images Located at: FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 3282 Helen Lane In: Lafayette, CA 94549, is NAME STATEMENT hereby registered by the following owner: File No. F-0005714-00-00 The name of the Anthony Striplen. This business is conducted business(es): Books Love Kidz Located by: An Individual. The registrant commenced at: 599 Apple Hill Drive In: Brentwood, CA to transact business under the fictitious busi- 94513, is hereby registered by the followness name or names listed above on N/A. ing owner(s): Jewel Bisset. This business is Signature of registrant: Anthony Striplen. This conducted by: An Individual. The registrant statement was filed with the County Clerk of commenced to transact business under the Contra Costa County on: September 3, 2019 by fictitious business name or names listed Deputy P Cornelius Expires 9/3/2024 Brent- above on 9-13-19. Signature of registrant: wood Press No. 02-1273 80722 Publish dates: Jewel Bisset. This statement was filed with the September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2019. County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: September 13, 2019 by Deputy C. Garcia Expires FICTITIOUS BUSINESS September 13, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02NAME STATEMENT 1273 80737 Publish dates: September 20, 27, File No. F-0005527-00 The name of the October 4, 11, 2019. business: Bel Air Carpet Cleaning Located at: 1531 Trawler St. In: Discovery Bay, CA FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 94505, is hereby registered by the following NAME STATEMENT owner(s): Anatole Vihracheff, Jr. This business File No. F-0005765-00 The name of the is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant business(es): commenced to transact business under the 1. BeautyHollyc fictitious business name or names listed 2. LashaHollyc above on 11-1-09. Signature of registrant: 3. BrowaHollyc Anatole Vihracheff, Jr. This statement was filed 4. LipaHollyc Located at: 8900 Brentwood with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County Blvd., Suite A In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is on: September 5, 2019 by Deputy C. Preston hereby registered by the following owner(s): Expires September 5, 2024 Brentwood Press Holly Morales. This business is conducted by: No. 02-1273 80806 Publish dates: September An Individual. The registrant commenced to 27, October 4, 11, 18, 2019. transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 5-1-19. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Signature of registrant: Holly Morales. This NAME STATEMENT statement was filed with the County Clerk of File No. F-0005529-00 The name of the Contra Costa County on: September 16, 2019 business(es): Danielle’s Mortgage Sup- by Deputy C. Preston Expires September 16, port Located at: 1175 Tropicana Ln In: Brent- 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80903 wood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the Publish dates: October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019. following owner(s): Danielle Marie YocumSolorio. This business is conducted by: An IndiFICTITIOUS BUSINESS vidual. The registrant commenced to transact NAME STATEMENT business under the fictitious business name File No. F-0005766-00 The name of the or names listed above on N/A. Signature of business(es): Secret Garden Designs Locatregistrant: Danielle Marie Yocum-Solorio. This ed at: 932 SnapDragon Court In: Brentwood, statement was filed with the County Clerk of CA 94513, is hereby registered by the followContra Costa County on: September 5, 2019 by ing owner(s): 1. Stefani Heffner 2. Thomas Deputy B. Alvarez Expires September 5, 2024 Heffner. This business is conducted by: Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80700 Publish Married Couple. The registrant commenced dates: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2019. to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Signature of registrant: Thomas Heffner. This NAME STATEMENT statement was filed with the County Clerk of File No. F-0005572-00 The name of the Contra Costa County on: September 16, 2019 business(es): Mad Detailing Located at: by Deputy S. Smith Expires September 16, 871 Bond Lane In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80916 hereby registered by the following owner(s): Publish dates: October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019. Michael Arlie. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to FICTITIOUS BUSINESS transact business under the fictitious busiNAME STATEMENT ness name or names listed above on 9-9-19. File No. F-0005978-00 The name of the busiSignature of registrant: Michael Arlie. This ness: Lucas Group Property Managestatement was filed with the County Clerk of ment Located at: 181 Sand Creek Rd., STE I In: Contra Costa County on: September 9, 2019 Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by by Deputy J. Graff Expires September 9, 2024 the following owner(s): Lucas Realty, Inc. This Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80779 Publish business is conducted by: A Corporation. The dates: September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 2019. registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names FICTITIOUS BUSINESS listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: NAME STATEMENT Lucas Realty, Inc., Sandra Lucas, CEO. This File No. F-0005616-00 The name of the statement was filed with the County Clerk business(es): NuMint Located at: 2101 Henry of Contra Costa County on: September 25, Hart Drive In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby 2019 by Deputy L Spence Expires 9/25/2024 registered by the following owner(s): Julia Ni- Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80900 Publish cole Kozlov. This business is conducted by: An dates: October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019. Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name FICTITIOUS BUSINESS or names listed above on N/A. Signature of regNAME STATEMENT istrant: Julia N. Kozlov. This statement was filed File No. F-0005988-00 The name of the busiwith the County Clerk of Contra Costa County ness: Lighthouse Academy Located at: on: September 10, 2019 by Deputy B. Alvarez 1265 Dainty Avenue In: Brentwood, CA 94513, Expires September 10, 2024 Brentwood Press is hereby registered by the following owner: No. 02-1273 80777 Publish dates: September Dominion Life Christian Center. This business 27, October 4, 11, 18, 2019. is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the FICTITIOUS BUSINESS fictitious business name or names listed NAME STATEMENT above on 9/26/19. Signature of registrant: File No. F-0005683-00 The name of the Olusegun Abugan, President. This statement business(es): Charme Vintage Located at: was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa 1609 Oak Park Blvd In: Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, County on: September 26, 2019 by Deputy H is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Franklin Expires 9/26/2024 Brentwood Press Nancy Robinson. This business is conducted by: No. 02-1273 80917 Publish dates: October 4, An Individual. The registrant commenced to 11, 18, 25, 2019. transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature NOTICE OF LIEN SALE of registrant: Nancy A. Robinson. This stateSELF STORAGE AUCTION ment was filed with the County Clerk of Contra NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned Costa County on: September 11, 2019 by Dep- intends to sell the liened personal property uty P. Cornellus Expires September 11, 2024 described below, pursuant to the provisions Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80726 Publish of the California Code of Civil Procedure and dates: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2019. the provisions of the California Self-Storage

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Facilities Act, Business and Professions Code Sections 21700 et seq. On the 11th day of October 2019, at 9:30 AM, the undersigned will sell the contents of liened storage units by public sale by competitive bidding on the premises where said property has been stored and which are located at Acorn II Self Storage LLC, at 6900 Lone Tree Way, Brentwood, California 94513, Tel. (925) 240-5000. Self-storage liened units generally include miscellaneous household goods, office or business equipment, furniture, furnishings, clothing and personal effects. In addition to those general contents, the pre-lien inventory revealed the following described goods: Names: 1. Teresita N. Delrosario - Dressers, 2 TVs, 3 lamps, ping pong table & artwork. 2. Burnetta C. Payne - Stereo equipment, desk, media stand, women shoes, rugs, TV stand, ladders, large flat screen TV, BBQ, kids chair, boxes & bins. 3. Frederick Hillery - Safe, chairs, cubicle partitions, filling cabinets, rolling office chairs. 4. Jarrod Clarke - Washer & dryer. 5. Michelle Wilson - Telescope, cruiser bike & keyboard. 6. Gavin Griswold - Artwork, amplifier, ATV tires, fishing pole, camping equipment, air compressor, foot/headboard & luggage. 7. Guadalupe Jimenez - Salon chairs, mini fridge, floor mats & cabinets. 8. Erica Constanza - Paint, chairs, table, printer & shelving. Purchases must be paid for at the time of purchase by cash only. All purchased items sold as-is, where-is, and must be removed at the time of sale. Sale subject to cancellation in the event of settlement between owner and obligated party. Call ahead to make sure sale is still scheduled. Contraband, or items subject to regulation or registration will not be transferred with the liened unit unless otherwise noted. Dates Published: 9/27/2019 and 10/4/2019 or Cal Storage Auctions, Inc., Bond #7900390179, Tel. (916) 604-9695 Brentwood Press No. 021273 80826 Publish Dates: September 27, October 4, 2019.

but not limited to furniture, clothing, tools and/or other household items. Stored by the following person(s): Ajay Singh Erika Wilson Juanita Esquer Michael Henkelman Scott Bowman Raina Kenney Marguerette Vampelt Midwest Energy Resource LLC James Chestnut Tom Silva Fara Bowman Sandra Gutierrez Matt Norte Stephanie Moniz All purchased goods are sold as is and must be paid for at the time of purchase. Cash Only. Management reserves the right to set a minimum bid and/or refuse any bids. This notice is subject to cancellation without notice in the event of a settlement between owner and obligated party. All sales are subject to prior cancellation. Terms, rules, and regulations are available at sale. Auction to be conducted by Auctioneer Forrest O’Brien Ca Bond # 00106386718 and/or Donna Wilson Ca Bond # 0562039 Sale Maker Auctions 925-392-8508. Legal EC 8976 Publication Dates: September 27th & October 4th 2019 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80838 Publish dates: September 27, October 4, 2019.

NOTICE OF LIEN SALE SELF STORAGE AUCTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned intends to sell the liened personal property described below, pursuant to the provisions of the California Code of Civil Procedure and the provisions of the California Self-Storage Facilities Act, Business and Professions Code Sections 21700 et seq.. On the 11th day of October, at 10:30 A.M., the undersigned will sell the contents of liened storage units by public sale by competitive bidding on the premises where said property has been stored and which are located at Acorn Self Storage LLC, at 5205 Railroad Avenue, Pittsburg, California 94565, Tel. (925) 432-3200. Selfstorage liened units generally include miscellaneous household goods, office or business equipment, furniture, furnishings, clothing and personal effects. In addition to those general contents, the pre-lien inventory revealed the following described goods: Customer Name: 1. Joan Michel Lehman- Artwork, 20 + Boxes & 2 Bins. 2. Kourtney Richardson- 3 Pieces of Luggage, Bongos, Hot Water Dispenser, Stool, file cabinet, 30+ Boxes & Bins. 3. Celeste Wright- 40+ Boxes & Bins, Stereo Equipment, 3 Computers, Vacuum, Air Soft Guns. 4. Eufracia M Cruz- Stereo equipment, Chair, Dresser, Exercise Equipment. 5. Elissa Robinson- Wooden furniture, 32 + Boxes & Bins, Luggage, printer. 6. Lloyd Butler- 2 Model T’s,70+ Boxes & Bins, 4 Book Shelves, Books, Car Parts, Large Scale, Clothes. 7. Nola Wright- Refrigerator, 12 + Boxes, 5 + Chairs, Hutch, Ladder. Purchases must be paid for at the time of purchase by cash only. All purchased items sold as-is, where-is, and must be removed at the time of sale. Sale subject to cancellation in the event of settlement between owner and obligated party. Call ahead to make sure sale is still scheduled. Contraband, or items subject to regulation or registration will not be transferred with the liened unit unless otherwise noted. Dates Published: 09/27/2019 and on 10/04/2019 Nor Cal Storage Auctions, Inc., Bond #7900390179, Tel. (916) 604-9695 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80824 Publish Dates: September 27, October 4, 2019. NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Section 21700 of the Business and Professions Code, State of California, the undersigned will sell at public sale by competitive bidding on Wednesday October 9th, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Brentwood Self Storage, 190 Sand Creek Rd. Brentwood, CA 94513. County of Contra Costa, State of California, the goods, chattel or other personal property including

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Clarence Cumberbatch Jr. SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Clarence Cumberbatch Jr. CASE NUMBER: N19-1827 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Clarence Cumberbatch Jr. filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Clarence Cumberbatch Jr. b. AKA Pete Clarence Cumberbatch to Proposed Name: PETE Clarence CUMBERBATCH. 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: 11/15/19 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 Room: 212 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Brentwood Press Date: 9/18/19 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80852 Publish Dates: September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 2019. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Reddy Gattu Kiran SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Reddy Gattu Kiran CASE NUMBER: N19-1637 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Reddy Gattu Kiran filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Reddy Gattu Kiran to Proposed Name: Kiran Reddy Duvvuru. 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: 11/08/19 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Brentwood Press Date: 09/12/19 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80732 Publish Dates: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2019.


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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE File No. - 17-11279 APN - 010-680-040-2 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER BRENTWOOD BELVEDERE OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION (ASSOCIATION) COVENANTS, CONDITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS AND A NOTICE OF DELINQUENT ASSESSMENT (LIEN) DATED 12-12-2017. 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 10-23-2019 at 1:30 PM, At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center outside near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565, ALLIED TRUSTEE SERVICES, (Trustee) 990 Reserve Drive #208, Roseville, CA 95678, (877) 282-4991 under and pursuant to Lien, recorded 12-18-2017 as Instrument 2017-0236480-00 Book - Page - of Official Records in the Office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, CA, WILL CAUSE TO BE SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check/cash equivalent or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale) the property owned by YADER LOPEZSEVILLA AND CARLEE LOPEZ, situated in said County, describing the land therein: A.P.N.: 010680-040-2 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 34 ROCKWELL STREET BRENTWOOD, CA 94513 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. File No. - 17-11279 Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the sums due under the Lien. The estimated total unpaid balance at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee’s Sale is $6,651.22. THE PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD SUBJECT TO THE 90-DAY POST-SALE RIGHT OF REDEMPTION AS SET FORTH IN CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE SECTION 5715(B). Association heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default. The undersigned caused a Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the Association, 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 (844) 477-7869, or visit this Internet Web site WWW.STOXPOSTING. COM for information, using the file number assigned to this case: 17-11279. 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: September 12, 2019 ALLIED TRUSTEE SERVICES, Trustee KATHLEEN YOUNG, Authorized Signature Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80742 Publish dates: September 27, October 4, 11, 2019.

This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: September 24, 2019 by Deputy H Franklin Expires 9/24/2024 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 80912 Publish dates: October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019.

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 (714) 730-2727 or visit this Internet Web site https://www.servicelinkasap.com/default. aspx, using the file number assigned to this case 19-2457. 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: 9/9/2019 PRESTIGE DEFAULT SERVICES 1920 Old Tustin Ave. Santa Ana, California 92705 Sale Line: (714) 730-2727 Michelle R. GhidottiGonsalves, President A-4704649 09/20/2019, 09/27/2019, 10/04/2019 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 80715 Publish dates: September 20, 27, October 4, 2019.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0005853-00 The name of the business: White Oak Studio Located at: 136 Willowrun Way In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner: Ryan Christopher Kort. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 9/19/2019. Signature of registrant: Ryan Kort. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: September 19, 2019 by Deputy L Arosamena Expires 9/19/2024 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 80915 Publish dates: October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0005948-00 The name of the business(es): Mr. Appliance of Oakley Located at: 206 Amberwind Circle In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner: TS Appliances, LLC. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Co. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Lesley Belcher, Paralegal, Manager.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Section 21700 of the Business and Professions Code, State of California, the undersigned will sell at public sale by competitive bidding on Wednesday October 9th, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Oakley Self Storage, 4700 Main St. Oakley, CA 94561. County of Contra Costa, State of California, the goods, chattel or other personal property including but not limited to furniture, clothing, tools and/ or other household items. Stored by the following person(s): Jerry Prather Karen Rivera Ernesto Garcia Mayra Garcia Agnes Taylor Lelah Sossaman All purchased goods are sold as is and must be paid for at the time of purchase. Cash Only. Management reserves the right to set a minimum bid and/ or refuse any bids. This notice is subject to cancellation without notice in the event of a settlement between owner and obligated party. All sales are subject to prior cancellation. Terms, rules, and regulations are available at sale. Auction to be conducted by Auctioneer Forrest O’Brien Ca Bond # 00106386718 and/or Donna Wilson Ca Bond # 0562039 Sale Maker Auctions 925-392-8508. Legal EC 8976 Publication Dates: September 27th & October 4th 2019 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 80845 Publish Dates: September 27, October 4, 2019. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No.: 19-2457 Loan No.: *******981 APN: 032-470-030 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 11/17/2014. 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: THOMAS ALEXANDER MORGAN, AN UNMARRIED MAN Duly Appointed Trustee: PRESTIGE DEFAULT SERVICES Recorded 11/25/2014 as Instrument No. 2014-0208785-00 in book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Date of Sale: 10/11/2019 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: $370,288.72 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 845 PATHFINDER COURT OAKLEY California 94561 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. All checks payable to Prestige Default Services. 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

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No.: SLG-190-SNS Loan No.: 286190 APN:035-740-080 Property Address: 4816 Bayside Way, Oakley, California 94561 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 8/8/2006. 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: Fred Schau Duly Appointed Trustee: Singer Law Group Recorded 8/16/2006 as Instrument No. 2006-0259296 in book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Date of Sale: 11/1/2019 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: $440,458.89 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 4816 Bayside Way Oakley, California 94561 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 (714) 730-2727 or visit this Internet Web site https://www.lpsasap. com/, using the file number assigned to this case SLG-190-SNS. 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: 9/27/2019 Singer Law Group 2192 Martin Suite 150 Irvine, California 92612 Sale Line: (714) 730-2727 Daniel Singer, Managing Attorney A-4706569 10/04/2019, 10/11/2019, 10/18/2019 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 80922 Publish dates: October 4, 11, 18, 2019.

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Keeping in touch with the people we love For the first eight years of my life, we lived just minutes away from my grandparents in Brooklyn. Every Sunday, we drove to my paternal grandmother for lunch, and then to Senior my maternal orner grandparents for dinner. Yes, we ate a lot! There was always a large group of relatives at both apartments, Marla and it was Luckhardt just normal to spend the day with them, crowded, loud and wonderful. My dad would tell me — 45 minutes before we were leaving — to “start my goodbyes,” as this always took a while, and my grandmother had to have several rounds of hugs and kisses. I do, too. She would then follow us to the elevator and watch us go down through the tiny glass window that appeared as the door shut, blowing kisses until we couldn’t see her anymore. We’d go down as she appeared to float upwards. She was magical, and it’s a memory I still smile about. Now, as my grandchildren grow up and start their own lives, Grandpa and I try very hard to keep in touch regularly, with visits, emails, cards, phone calls, social media and text messages. My “Bubby” would be totally confused by all this. She hardly talked on the phone, except for answering my morning calls to say hello before school. Some of our precious gang live close-by, but several are in far-away lands, like Europe and the East Coast. Checking the clock to make sure I don’t text or

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call my grandson in Germany at an ungodly hour was a bit of a challenge at first, but we’ve now got this down pat. My 11-year-old in the Southeast is a very easy-to-please young man. Packages with little goodies and trinkets from our trips thrill him to the point of gleeful laughter and joy. My daughter videos him opening each treasure as he smiles and yells, “Thank you soooo much, Grandma and Grandpa!” I go to the local Postal Annex, get an all-you-can-fit box from my buddy, Casey, and jam in as much as I can. They say, if it fits, it ships, and I get my money’s worth. They offer to help me stuff it, but it has become an artful challenge that I’ve fought and conquered. Each time we go anywhere, I check for postcards and keep a stack handy to mail out every few weeks or so. They could be purchased or glommed from a restaurant, hotel or any place that has them. He has received these cards from lots of other countries and many U.S. states. We started this years ago, and it just stayed our personal thing between him and me since he was a toddler. I was touched and thrilled to see every one of them Scotch-taped to the bureau in his bedroom when we visited. As I write this piece, I am looking at a fresh stack of cards we just recently got on our last trip. I know he enjoys receiving each one as much as I enjoy sending them to him. Let’s hope this continues for many years to come. Having loved ones you can physically wrap your arms around is wonderful, and I look forward to visits and those adorable videos I receive when a package arrives or when a milestone is met. In

“ It would be very nice to live close-by to everyone we love — friends and family alike — but putting forth the effort to keep in touch with the ones you care about is the key.

fact, just a few minutes ago I had to take a moment to watch the most recent videos I received. He took great delight in the latest box of fun. Those of us who grew up in the non-technical age would run to the mailbox every day, looking for anything with our name on it. Birthdays were especially exciting, looking for birthday cards a few days before and then up to one or two days after the occasion. I still enjoy picking out cards for them — as well as receiving them — as opposed to finding only the typical ad, addressed ever-so-personally to “Current Occupant.” No wonder he enjoys these little acts of grandparental love. It would be very nice to live close-by to everyone we love — friends and family alike — but putting forth the effort to keep in touch with the ones you care about is the key. I guess technology makes it so much easier, though I would still love to see my grandmother and her magical soaring elevator again. Time flies, and I don’t want to miss anything! Marla Luckhardt is a Brentwood resident who works with several local senior care and advocacy groups. Reach her at marla2054@aol.com.

Brentwood cheerleaders to host breast cancer fundraiser The Brentwood Blaze Cheer team will hold its fourth annual breast cancer awareness fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 20. Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, the event will be held at Brentwood Veterans Hall, 757 First St. in Brentwood, from noon to 4 p.m. Funds raised will benefit Kaleidoscope Cancer Connection, a Byron nonprofit that provides non-medical support and connection to people of all ages living with cancer. Last year, Brentwood Blaze raised more than $6,000 for Kaleidoscope. Cheerleaders ages 5 to 14 will be performing cheers.

There will also be raffles with gifts and prizes, food trucks, crafts for sale, face painting, a photo booth, caricature artist, balloon sculpting, temporary pink hair station, music from the Liberty High School jazz band and more. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend and honor those who have lost their lives and those who have won the battle. Donate a raffle prize or make a donation to the fundraiser’s Gofundme account at www.bit.ly/ blazefundraiser. For more information, visit www. brentwoodblazecheer.com, email brentwoodblazecheer@ gmail.com or call 925-848-8422.


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A driver suffered moderate to major injuries after he was hit by another driver who, according to the Brentwood police, ran a red light in Brentwood, Wednesday morning, Oct. 2. Officer Matt King of the Brentwood Police Department said the driver of a white Dodge pickup truck was headed south on Walnut Boulevard when the driver of a white Nissan Altima travelling east on Balfour Road ran a red light at the intersection and struck the Dodge on the passenger’s side. The force of the impact knocked the truck onto its driver’s side and spun it around so that it came

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Family Justice Center helped over 3,074 families,” Burgis said. “That included 2,368 children, and that was a 26% increase over the previous year, and about 600 of those folks came all the way from East County to the Concord or Richmond centers. At the top five cities where the most assistance was provided in 2018, Antioch and Pittsburg were number three and number five. So now the East County cities have come together ... People affected by interpersonal violence will find it easier to get the help they need.” The Family Justice Center is designed to be a one-stop shop for victims, reducing the need for them to travel from place to place, having to re-tell their stories again and again. Countywide, the center has 52 public and private partners to aid victims.

to rest facing north. Despite his injuries, the driver of the pickup escaped the wreck on his own and was transported by ground to the trauma center at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. An air ambulance was initially called to the scene, but was later canceled. The driver of the Nissan went to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Antioch for treatment of minor injuries. Southbound traffic on Walnut Boulevard was stopped until the scene could be cleared. Brentwood police are continuing their investigation of the accident. To view a slideshow, visit www.thepress. net/multimedia/slideshows The new East County location will have 20 on site. “It’s also easier on the service providers,” Burgis said. “Having services offered in one place enables advocates, law enforcement and prosecutors to work together to better address the unique needs and concerns of the victims.” Services — which are provided at no cost — include safety planning, housing aid, counseling and mental health assistance, restraining order help, family-law guidance and court support. The center’s budget is funded through county, state and federal grants, city funds, foundations, corporations and individual donors. Gloria Borjon, a Family Justice Center community fellow and former recipient of its services, spoke at the opening to discuss how much its support helped her.

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special election. “Doug Hardcastle has been a very involved member of the Oakley community for 40 years,” said Oakley City Manager Bryan Montgomery. “And as an Oakley resident, I am personally grateful for all his years of service. He has a straightforward, common sense approach to his analysis and decision making, and that has been of great benefit to Oakley and its residents.” Hardcastle moved with his family to Oakley in 1980, and he has been active in the community ever since. In addition to his service on the city council since 2012, he is a past president of the Oakley Lions Club and former vice president of the Oakley Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Ironhouse Sanitary District board. Hardcastle’s decision to step down wasn’t easy, but the timing is right for his family. He also recently sold his business, Hardcastle’s RV Center, which he has owned for over 45 years. The City of Oakley is now accepting applications to fill Hardcastle’s seat to serve out the remaining one year of his term. The council is expected to in-

terview applicants and make the appointment during the meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, which will be Hardcastle’s last as a councilmember. Applications are available at www. bit.ly/oakleycitycouncilapplication and at City Hall, or they may be requested via email at vreonis@ci.oakley.ca.us. Interested applicants must submit the application and completed Fair Political Practices Commission Form 700 (available at  www.fppc.ca.gov) no later than Thursday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m.

Borjon participated in the center’s “Wings” program (Women Inspired to Grow and Succeed) after living in a battered women’s shelter, after her son’s father raped her. She was in a support group where she learned about the Wings program, and said it led her in the right direction. The program aims to increase interpersonal violence survivors’ self-sufficiency and leadership skills. “The Wings program provided everything I needed for my healing journey,” Borjon said. “They offered childcare and a nutritious meal, and as a single mom, all of this was a beautiful blessing. Once I completed the program, I received a certificate. Receiving that certificate of accomplishment sparked something inside of me. I felt comfortable now to ask for help. The Wings pro-

gram showed me that I was not alone.” Following the program, Borjon enrolled in college and completed a medical assisting program. She now works parttime at John Muir Health as a medical imaging assistant and says the best is yet to come. “The center is the one place people can go, not only to ask for help, but to have it wrapped around them from all angles,” said Oakley Mayor Claire Alaura. “This resource is vital for beginning the healing process,” added Brentwood City Councilmember Karen Rarey. The East Family Justice Center is located at 3501 Lone Tree Way in Antioch. For more information, call 925-281-0970 or visit www.cocofamilyjustice.org. To view a video and a slideshow, visit www.thepress.net/multimedia


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Thursday, Oct. 10 Open Mic Night

Saturday, Oct. 5 Boots and BBQ Hoedown

The Byron Delta Lions Club presents its annual Boots and BBQ Hoedown at De Luna Ranch, 7540 Balfour Road in Brentwood, from 5 to 9 p.m. Come for music, line dancing, and chuck wagon BBQ with all the fix’ins, catered by Sticky Chicken and Ribs. Tickets cost $35 and proceeds go toward the Lions’ vision programs. For more information, call 925-6341907 or 925-354-7801.

Shred It! Event

The St. Anne’s Knights of Columbus Council will provide a free shredding event to the community from 8 a.m. to noon in the St. Anne parking lot, 2800 Camino Diablo Road in Byron.  Bring your old tax and legal documents and safely dispose of them. Donations welcomed. 

Comedy at El Campanil

El Campanil Theatre presents the Make America Italian Again 2019 World Comedy Tour, featuring Mike Marino with special guest Johnny Steele. The show runs from 8 to 10 p.m. at 602 W. 2nd St. in Antioch. Cost is $29. For more information, contact Michael Licata at LicataProductions@ gmail.com or 213-200-7977 or visit www.bit.ly/ mikemarino.

Rivertown Brews and BBQ Cookoff

The third annual Rivertown brews and amateur BBQ cookoff will take place in historic downtown Antioch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include a car show, beer crawl, and plenty of good food for sale. For pricing, tickets and more information, call 925-757-7941 or visit www.bit.ly/ brewsandbbq.

Historical Society Yard Sale

The East Contra Costa Historical Society will hold its annual museum sale on the museum grounds located at 3890 Sellers Road in Brentwood from 9 a.m. until noon. Selection will include hand tools, school desks, chairs, farm implements, wagon wheels, a two-passenger buggy and yard art. For more information, call Chuck at 408-205-0027.

Sunday, Oct. 6 Downtown Jazz and Uptown Funk

El Campanil Theatre presents Garuda Blue, performing classic jazz with a contemporary swing with special guest Mads Tolling at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for youth, $27 for seniors and $29 for adults. For more information, call 925757-9500 or visit www.elcampaniltheatre.com/ Garuda-Blue.html.

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Come to the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. in Brentwood, at 6:30 p.m. for Brentwood Writes’ Open Mic Night. All short work, original or otherwise, is welcome, as long as it is neither insulting nor abusive. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kati Short at 925-6346655 or katishort@yahoo.com.

Saturday, Oct. 12 Discovery Bay Sci-Fi Campout

Get out of this world at the Discovery Bay sci-fi campout at Cornell Park, 501 Discovery Bay Blvd. in Discovery Bay, from 1 p.m. on Saturday to 10 a.m. on Sunday. Bring your UFOs, dress as your favorite sci-fi character and meet some popular sci-fi personalities. There will be giveaways and more. This event is free, but you must pre-register to participate at www.conta. cc/2Y7GwLV. For more information and updates, visit www.bit.ly/sci-ficampout, or contact Amanda Dove at Discoverybayevents@gmail.com or 925-408-8332.  

Brews and BBQ

The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce will host a fun afternoon of BBQ competition, craft beer and wine pours, live music and local vendors at Tess’ Community Kitchen, 8091 Balfour Road in Brentwood, from 1 to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $40-$55. For more information or to become a vendor, call 925-240-4144 or visit www.bit.ly/ chamberbrewsbbq.

E-Waste for Good

Knightsen Elementary students will be accepting e-waste from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1923 Delta Road in Knightsen. Refreshments will also be available for purchase. All funds raised will go toward the Knightsen swim program. For more information, email KnightsenPool@gmail.com.

Brentwood Oktoberfest

Downtown Brentwood will host Oktoberfest from 1 to 7 p.m. at City Park, 710 2nd St. in Brentwood. The event will include a wiener dog parade, Alpine sound band, beer stein races, live music and kegerator raffle. For more information, contact bdcbrentwood@gmail.com or visit www. brentwooddowntown.com/okt.

Bethel Island Lions Club Spaghetti Feed Join the Bethel Island Lions Club from 5 p.m. to midnight at Scout Hall, 3090 Ranch Lane on Bethel Island, to raise money for Lions Club charities. The evening will include a no-host bar, raffle, door prizes and karaoke. Admission is $15. For more information, contact Dave Lawler at d_lawler@comcast.net or 925-595-1451.

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Harken back to the 60s with the music of Simon and Garfunkel at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. 2nd St. in Antioch. The show runs from 3 to 5 p.m. and tickets cost $29 for adults, $27 for seniors and $15 for children. For more information, contact Debbie Moore at debbie@elcampaniltheatre.com or 925-757-9500.

Monday, Oct. 14 Walnut Creek Garden Club Meeting

The Walnut Creek Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting from 10 a.m. to noon at the Gardens at Heather Farm, 1450 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. All are welcome to attend and learn about integrated pest management. For more information, contact Catherine Accardi at 925-934-9015 or caacat@comcast.net.

Wednesday, Oct. 16 Liberty Adult Education Microsoft Class The Liberty Adult Education Center has a Microsoft Office Suite class, Wednesday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 18. Cost is $130, plus a textbook and USB flash drive. This selfpaced program is open to students of all levels. For more information or to register, call 925-6342565 or visit www.libertyadulted.org.

Thursday, Oct. 17 Liberty Adult Education Bookkeeping Class

The Liberty Adult Education Center will offer a bookkeeping and accounting class, Thursday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 19. The course will cover terms, concepts and applications for a service business. Cost is $130, plus textbook and online workbook. For more information, call 925-634-2565 or visit www. libertyadulted.org.

Ongoing Events

Square Dancing Lessons

Join the Delta Squares Club for square-dancing lessons for beginners. Everyone age 8 and up is welcome; children under 18 require adult supervision. Lessons are at 7 p.m. at the Brentwood Senior Activity Center, 193 Griffith Lane in Brentwood. For more information or to register, visit www.brentwoodca.gov or www.DeltaSquares.com.

Senior Center Flea Market

The Oakley Seniors will host a flea market at the Oakley Senior Center, 215 Second St. in Oakley, on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome, and vendor tables are available for $10. For more information, call Tim Lear at 925-238-5356.

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on gas, but also by the government, which continue raising requirements for certified fuel economy per vehicle. “We live in a green state and technology is based in the Silicon Valley,” said Brandt. “Electric vehicles fit many people’s lifestyles.” Ford’s 2019 Ford Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid and electric motor vehicle. “If you run out of a charge, it will switch over to gas,” said Brandt. Buyers find the car’s sleek silhouette and luxurious interior appealing. Design is another factor that guides auto trends. The redesign of the Ford Ranger is an example of how a new design can bring an old truck to the forefront. “The days of riding in a pickup and feeling every bump are over,” said Brandt. “It’s been almost seven years since a new model of the Ford Ranger was rolled out, and the new 2019 Ranger has a sporty design, smooth ride and creature comforts.” The Expedition is another model that received a sleek makeover. With top technology perks including six available USB ports, a center-console wireless charger, driver-assist technology and available Wi-Fi hotspot, the Expedition has become a top contender. Besides design, auto trends are also driven by safety and technology. “The more technology a car is

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repair should take an average of one to several hours, depending on vehicle make and model. “Unfortunately, many consumers are not taking immediate action, either because they have ignored the repeated safety recall notices or do not understand the severity of the situation,” said Patrick Juneau, who is leading a nationwide outreach program by SafeAirbags. com. “It is vitally important for consumers to pay attention to any notifications they receive and to schedule an appointment to have their airbags repaired for free. This literally could be a matter of life and death.” If consumers receive a Takata airbag recall notification, they should schedule a free recall repair at a local dealership as soon as possible. Consumers uncertain whether

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minute. East County EVgo locations can be found at 2400 Sand Creek Road in Brentwood, and 4893 Lone Tree Way in Antioch. Additional locations are searchable in the EVgo mobile app at www.evgo.com/ download-app. For more information on EVgo, visit www.evgo.com. Tesla Motors offers its own charging network to serve Model S, Model X and Model 3 owners. Tesla Superchargers are standalone sites, though the company has also established charging sites they call “destinations,” managed in partnerships with hospitality, retail and workplace entities. Tesla Superchargers do not require a card to initiate. Owners drive up and plug in.

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requirements. Registered members will receive an InCard and can initiate charges. Guests can also activate charging with Blink’s mobile app at www.blinkcharging.com/blink-mobile-app. California permits kilowatt-hour (kWh) pricing, and fees for Level 2 EV charging stations owned by Blink and operated on its network range from 39 cents to 79 cents per kWh — depending on the state and individual’s membership status. Fees for fastcharging chargers operated on its network in eligible states range from 49 cents to 69 cents per kWh, depending on the state and individual’s membership status. Blink locations in East County include: 2351 Balfour Road in Brentwood; 914 Main St. in Oakley; and 3450 Deer Valley Road, 4440 Lone Tree Way and 2424 Mahogany Way in Antioch. For a map of additional locations, visit www.blinkcharging.com/blinkmap. For more information about Blink, visit www.blinkcharging.com. EVgo is a subsidiary of NRG, one of the country’s largest power-generation and retail electricity businesses. EVgo manages the BMW ChargeNow program and Nissan’s No Charge to Charge offering. NRG’s network is only available to monthly subscribers using an EVgo card, but its website states the company will always take care of an EV driver in need of a charge. There are no setup, termination or session fees. All Level 2 charging costs $1.50 per hour. For quick charging, the pay-as-you-go plan costs 20 cents per minute. For those who purchase an EVgo membership — which costs $9.99 per month — the cost is 15 cents per

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“We’re glad Brentwood is a leader, and it really helps our visitors as well.” Currently, most local public charging stations are run by a few different owners. ChargePoint describes itself as the largest online network of independently owned EV charging stations, and its cards are free. Users submit credit card information as part of the sign up, and they are charged an initial $25 deposit only when first visiting a charging station that requires a fee. The account provides access to all public stations, with charging activated with the ChargePoint card or a contactless credit card. The stations can also be activated by calling a toll-free customer service number on the ChargePoint station, or by using the mobile app at www.chargepoint.com/drivers/mobile. Costs per charge vary, because prices are determined by property owners, but many stations are free. East County charging stations can be found at 100 City Park Way and 8800 Brentwood Blvd. in Brentwood, and at 5829-D Slatten Ranch Road, 3901 Lone Tree Way and 200 H St. in Antioch. A map of additional locations is available in the ChargePoint mobile app. For more information on ChargePoint, visit www.chargepoint.com. Blink is among the largest owners and operators of electric charging stations in the U.S., and is headquartered in Florida, with offices in California and Arizona. To access its stations, register a credit card with a Blink account at www.bit.ly/blink_network. There are no membership fees or minimum balance

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