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Seniors score rent reprieve

November 8, 2019

Honoring Our Veterans

by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

Residents of Oakley’s Summer Creek Place low-income senior apartments, who recently took to the streets to protest rent increases, can breathe a sigh of relief — at least for now. Facility management recently decided to suspend rent hikes until at least September 2020. Infinity Management & Investments LLC, the company Summer Creek Associates employs to manage the property, submitted a copy of a letter sent to the residents after being asked to comment for this story. “We appreciate the concern and frustration that many of you have expressed over the recent increases to rents here at see Seniors page 18A

This week’s special edition pays tribute to East County veterans, highlights local events. Page 1B

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Residents of Oakley’s Summer Creek Place have gotten a reprieve from a series of rent increases. The management has agreed to suspend rate hikes until at least September 2020.

Brentwood voters reject Measure L by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

Alliance for a Better Brentwood gathers at Rubiano’s to await Measure L election results, Tuesday, Nov. 5. The measure was firmly defeated, with 71% of 12,000 votes cast against the measure.

Brentwood’s Measure L, a developer-backed initiative to move the city’s urban limit line to accommodate a 815-acre project of up to 2,400 residential units north of Balfour Road, appears to be defeated, according to the Contra Costa County Election Division’s unofficial final results. An estimated 71.03% (8,661 votes) rejected the proposal, while 28.84% (3,517 votes) approved it. County elections officials said Wednesday they expect the results to be certified within 30 days.

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The City of Oakley will have caroling with city council members and a Christmas Tree Lighting Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Oakley Civic Center Plaza. Carolers will depart the Oakley Recreation Center at 3:30 p.m. and arrive at Civic Center Plaza at 4 p.m. There will be crafts, cookies, hot cocoa and pictures with Santa. Tree lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call 925-625-7044 or email coelho@ co.oakley.ca.us.

The St. Anthony Columbiettes present their 11th annual Holiday Boutique Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the St. Anthony Modular Hall, 971 O’Hara Ave. in Oakley. Over 20 vendors will be selling a variety of products. Admission is free. For more information, email Columbiette10414@gmail. com.

Friday Night Bites coming back The City of Oakley has announced that the popular Friday Night Bites food truck event everyone enjoys in the summer will continue into the colder months. These are family-friendly community food truck events that feature music, games for kids and adults, food trucks, a dessert

truck and a beer and wine truck. Attendees are advised to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Friday Night Bites take place at Oakley’s Civic Center Park, 3231 Main St. The first event will be Friday, Dec. 6. The lineup will be released soon. For more information, visit www.oakleyinfo.com.

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Fire district seeking public input by Tony Kukulich Staff Writer

The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) recently launched a campaign — dubbed “We Are Listening” — designed to gather feedback from the district’s residents and help them better understand the challenges the district faces. “This is an opportunity for us to hear from the community that we’re serving,” said ECCFPD Fire Board President Brian Oftedal. “At the same time, we can share some information in bite-sized chunks. I think, obviously, the funding challenges we face are complex, and I think it’s pretty apparent that we need to break down what the problems are into more digestible pieces.” The perpetually underfunded district operates three stations to provide fire, medical and rescue services for an area that encompasses 249 square miles, and includes more than 115,000 residents. With response times that regularly exceed industry standard, the district’s strategic plan published in 2018 identified a current need for six stations to provide an adequate level of service to the district’s residents. An additional three stations are required to accommodate expected growth in the area. “The effort is to really get out there and have an opportunity to further ex-

East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Steve Aubert – seen here on a fire location this past summer – recently discussed the district’s efforts to gather feedback from residents and explain the challenges faced by the district. Photo by Tony Kukulich

plain to the community and the constituents what the true story is of the district, and identify how we got to where we are today, how we’re operating off of three stations and explain to everybody the two challenges the district faces,” said ECCFPD Fire Marshal Steve Aubert. “One is past growth that has happened,

all the way up ‘til this point in time. The second issue is dealing with the future growth that is still coming in.” The seeds for the district’s financial constraints were sown in 1978 with the passage of Proposition 13. It capped the property tax at 1% of a home’s cash value. The determination at the time was

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Concerns raised over Antioch dual immersion program Fremont Elementary School in Antioch has hit some bumps in the road while attempting to implement a dual immersion (DI) program with 32 of its younger students. According to a brochure distributed by the Antioch Unified School District (AUSD), the DI program “builds student bilingualism and bi-literacy in English and Spanish.” However, more than one parent is crying foul. “The problem that concerns me is that it’s second grade, and (my daughter) is not reading or writing in either language,” said Elimisha Fussell, whose four children have attended Fremont. “Which is kind of scary, because normally in second grade, kids are reading and writing.” Fussell said the program was pushed on her youngest daughter when she began kindergarten in 2017, the year DI was implemented at Fremont. When Fussell attempted to place her in a non-DI class, the school informed her there was no room, and she would have to try another campus. Fussell backed off and placed her faith in the process, as she was repeatedly told to do. Dual immersion begins in kindergarten, when students are taught in 90% Spanish and 10% English. Then, in first grade, they’re taught 80% in Spanish and 20% in English. The process continues

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concerns me is that it’s second grade, and (my daughter) is not reading or writing in either language.

Elimisha Fussell, parent until they reach fifth grade, when they’re taught half in Spanish and half in English. This is not a program designed for children from Spanish-speaking homes to learn English, but for any child to learn two languages at the same time. However, according to Fussell, her daughter’s entire second grade class cannot read or write in Spanish or English. “The teachers there are really concerned, and it’s up in the air what happens here,” said Fussell. “We have a classroom full of kids who are not reading or writing in either language, and it’s quite scary.” AUSD Superintendent Stephanie Anello refuted Fussell’s claims, saying it was “false and inaccurate” that an entire class couldn’t read or write. “Unfortunately, we are aware of a parent who volunteers in the classroom — who is not an educator, who seems to have made this conclusion absent of any normreferenced or benchmarked assessment,” Anello wrote in an email to The Press.

After Fussell began making her complaints to the school and district in early August, administrators began taking notice. Near the end of September, reading intervention groups were implemented for 40 minutes, twice a week in the class. Fussell felt it was too little, too late, leading her to pull her daughter, as well as her older children, from Fremont and place them in a different school. While she said she’s pleased with her daughter’s elementary grasp of Spanish, Fussell is highly concerned with her inability to read or write, and with the evident lack of resources available to teachers and students at Fremont Elementary. She’s now reaching into her pocket for tutoring for her daughter. Fussell isn’t the only parent who spoke out. Several parents wrote letters to the school, including Tameka Peters. Peters chastised administrators for failing to teach an entire class to read and write, and then failing to provide adequate intervention. “To get any of these students to the proper reading level to become self-sufficient in any language, they need more,” Peters wrote. “What in God’s name were you thinking, and who are you being led by? This school and district have really deprived our children of effective education ...” Jason Larson ran Fremont’s DI program until this year, when he was promoted to director of educational services for

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AUSD. He neither confirmed nor denied claims the class could not read or write. Instead, he focused on the district’s goals with DI. “We are proud of the work that has been completed to date for our students’ experience in Dual Immersion,” Larson wrote in an email to The Press. “As with any new program, we have had growing pains and areas in need of additional support. As we enter our third year, we continue to be a work in progress and pride ourselves on employing the use of the teach-reflect-apply philosophy to continue to refine and add value to our efforts and programming.” Fremont’s principal, Heather Ogden, did not return requests for comment. Another school in the district, John Muir Elementary, also implemented DI in kindergarten in 2017. Administrators there did not return requests for comment on their program before press time. There is no similar program in the Brentwood, Oakley, Knightsen or Byron districts. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

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Brentwood dedicates street for Scott Lunger “ Scott was one of us —

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The City of Brentwood has dedicated a street in honor of fallen Hayward police officer, Sgt. Scott Lunger. Lunger — a 15-year veteran of the Hayward Police Department, killed in the line of duty July 22, 2015 — was a Brentwood resident well loved by those in his community. “This was an idea that came about in the first few days following the death of Sgt. Lunger,” said Tim Nielsen, the City of Brentwood’s development services manager for community development. “We wanted to do something that would honor Scott’s memory and his public service. He was a Brentwood resident and raised his family here in Brentwood. He was active in our local sports leagues and coached high school softball.” The street, named Lunger Drive, was officially dedicated by the Brentwood City Council at its meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 8.

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contributions. According to Oftedal, early reaction to the campaign has been positive, and residents interested in providing feedback to the district can do so by email at WeAreListening@eccfpd.org, or by filling out a comment card that is part of the district’s brochure created for the program. Oftedal also recommended that residents provide their comments in person during the public comment portion of each monthly fire board meeting. “I appreciate when people come up to the podium and speak,” said Oftedal. “That does help me understand what people are working through, or what they’re seeing from their end of the district. That’s what I would highly suggest. I’m always encouraging people to come and join us at our monthly board meeting. That’s where we’re all together, and that’s where we’re all able to hear their voice.” Additionally, two opportunities to discuss the district in person with Fire Chief Brian Helmick and other members of his executive staff were planned. The first took place at the end of October, and the next is planned for Saturday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m., at Starbucks, 2375 Sand Creek Road, #100. “We think that we’re on the right path to solidify the district and get us moving in the right direct,” said Aubert. “But again, we’d love to hear from the community, too.” For more information on the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, visit www.eccfpd.org.

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this offer. But if they do that, they’ll never know if they could have got a better offer if they had stuck to their original plan to fully expose the property and giving it sufficient time for offers to develop. Or they risk not taking it and possibly accepting a worse offer later, or maybe even not selling at all. Personally, I like to expose the home fully and let all buyers get a chance to consider it. I think that’s the best way to make sure you got the best offer possible. Unless you find that special buyer that just HAS to buy it and they come in with some crazy-high offer with no contingencies in order to entice the seller to accept their offer early. But it’s got to be pretty good before I’ll advise my clients to not fully expose it. If you have questions about real estate, call me at (925) 240-MOVE (6683). Voted “Best of Brentwood” multiple times. To search the MLS for free, go to: www.SharpHomesOnline.com. Sharp Realty. #01245186 – Advertisement

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level, and legislators have, to date, been unwilling to take on that fight. At the time, East County was generally more rural, and it was serviced primarily by volunteer firefighters. In the intervening years, the fire service has transitioned to a professional force — a change motivated by state regulations requiring that volunteers meet the same standards as professional firefighters, as well as demographic changes that resulted in fewer available volunteers. “The existing challenge since 1978, when Prop 13 came in and set the property tax rate, is we’ve never had that mechanism to be able to pay for and staff a professional fire district,” explained Aubert. “With that being said, we are looking at different funding mechanisms in the future to be able to go back to the community and say, ‘In order for us to be able to provide that higher level of service and address all the existing growth that’s come from 1978, up until this year, we’re going to be looking at some type of way to have the community be able to pay for that.’” A funding solution to close the current three-station gap could be put in front of district voters sometime in 2020. Aubert said that if a measure does go to voters and is approved, two stations could be opened almost immediately, and a third could be opened within a year. Future growth will be addressed by developer impact fees, community facilities district (CFD) assessments and, in some cases, one-time developer

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What’s a “bully offer?” That’s when a listing is advertised as accepting offers on “X” date, but an offer comes in before that date and the buyer insists it be presented ASAP, and their offer expires prior to the advertised offer date. They also usually claim that if their offer isn’t accepted, they have another property in mind, so they will NOT be interested past the expiration date of their offer. This is a more aggressive version of what we call a “pre-emptive offer” that comes in prior to the offer deadline but without all the extra pressure and gamesmanship about their offer expiring, take it or leave it. This type of offer is not illegal, but it can really put a lot of stress on the seller. They had obviously consulted with their agent and decided that the best course of action was to fully expose the home to the market for a set period of time before considering offers. But now they are faced with the tough decision if they should take

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Liberty students and their projects safe, especially as we are currently under construction. We cannot thank them enough! The leadership would also like to thank Diane O’Brien at Ribbons & Roses Custom Florals for her generous donation of flowers. The bouquets for the homecoming king, queen and grand marshals were gorgeous and the annual “rose ceremony” by which we reveal homecoming king and queen could not have taken place without her generosity. Thanks to Tux of Class in Antioch for their generous donations of the tuxedos our homecoming princes and king wore during the homecoming rally, parade and dance. This tradition was able to continue solely due to their generous donation! Additionally, we would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for the time and effort on our behalf: Linda Stadlbauer, Valerie Austin and the Liberty cafeteria staff, the LHS maintenance department; Abbey Forkus, Rameez Khan, Mike Mauro and Raegan Ternes for serving as float judges; and Bart Schneider and Curtis Cunningham for serving as our parade announcers. Thank you to the downtown businesses who allowed their storefronts to be decorated and the community members who drove their convertibles in the parade. Finally, thank you to the Liberty High School community for its continuous support of the leadership program and the traditions that we hold dear. The motto at Liberty High is “Stronger Together,” and one can feel the strength of this community each year during Homecoming! Thanks to all who attended this year’s festivities! Summer Rodriguez Director of Student Activities Liberty High School

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A person called from Fieldstone Court to report someone they met on Tinder was trying to blackmail them. Brentwood – Oct. 5, 4:29 p.m. The following is a selection of recent law enforcement activity.

ANTIOCH Oct. 13, 1:26 a.m. A person called from the 4000 block of Heaton Court to report he could see two men, with their faces covered, breaking into his house on his security camera. They broke a window in the backyard and climbed through. The reporting person said the house was empty. Oct. 13, 7:34 p.m. A woman called from the 700 block of Wilbur Avenue to say her husband had been robbed at gunpoint by a 25-year-old short, skinny man wearing a black jacket and jeans. The suspect was armed with a nine-millimeter handgun and took her husband’s wallet and iPhone. The woman said they were trying to track the phone but were unable to get a location. Oct. 14, 12:58 p.m. A person called to report they arrived home to the 1100 block of L Street to find the screens ripped off their front door and windows. The reporting person did not believe the suspects were successful in entering the home. Oct. 14, 2:12 p.m. A person called to report they came home to the 1100 block of L Street to find their home had been broken into and items taken. The reporting person believed the subjects entered through a window with an AC unit. Oct. 14, 3:10 p.m. A call came from the 200 block of West 7th Street. The person calling reported they came home to find the screens had been removed from their windows. They believed entry had been made into the house. Oct. 14, 4:02 p.m. Assault was reported on the 500 block of East 18th Street. Oct. 14, 10:35 p.m. Authorities received a report of robbery from the 5700 block of Lone Tree Way, where two men walked out of a business with hoverboards. One of the men punched the reporting person in the face when he attempted to stop them. The two men got into a light-colored sedan with a driver and left. Oct. 15, 4:28 a.m. Assault was reported on the 1000 block of West 11th Street. Oct. 15, 1:20 p.m. A man called to report that while he was walking near the intersection of Bluerock and Rocky Point drives, a brown Lexus LS 400 with five men in it pulled up next to him, and one of the occupants of the car pulled a gun on him. The car was last seen going toward Starbucks. Oct. 16, 3:37 p.m. Authorities received a call from the 900 block of Gatter Drive that a homeless woman and someone else were trying to break into the caller’s house using a ladder. The two subjects then moved into the back yard next door. Oct. 17, 12:49 p.m. A woman called from the 1600 block of Aster Drive, screaming that someone was attacking her and her grandbaby. Oct. 17, 3:46 p.m. A realtor called to report that a vacant house on Madill Street had some damage to the door frame. Oct. 17, 9:00 p.m. A woman called to report that she was shot in the face at the intersection of East 18th Street and Viera Avenue.

Oct. 18, 11:05 a.m. A man called from Claudia Court to say he wanted an 18-year-old man out of his house. A lot of screaming and threats were heard in the background. Oct. 18, 12:25 p.m. A person called from the 5500 block of McFarlan Ranch Drive about an online report they filed a month ago for a robbery that occurred at their home. Oct. 18, 7:56 p.m. A robbery was reported on the 4000 block of Lone Tree Way. Oct. 18, 8:29 p.m. A burglary occurred on the 1300 block of Almondwood Drive. A person called to report that 30 minutes ago, their cameras picked up someone going over their back fence. They also had a broken back window. Oct. 18, 9:00 p.m. A man called to say four men with guns attempted to rob him on the 1100 block of Sycamore Drive. Oct. 18, 11:31 p.m. A call reporting a robbery came from the 4500 block of Elk Court. A man called to report that 45 minutes ago, his 14-year-old son was robbed at the 7-11 on Lone Tree Way. He said his son walked out of the 7-11, when some females asked him to go back inside and buy them some stuff. When he came out again, the females were gone, and two men were waiting for him. One pointed a gun at his face and took his shoes and iPhone. The son did not want to talk on the phone to dispatch. Oct. 19, 7:52 p.m. A robbery was reported on the 2400 block of L Street. Oct. 19, 9:22 p.m. A burglary was reported on the 100 block of Cataline Avenue.

BRENTWOOD Oct. 5, 12:44 a.m. Suspicious circumstances were reported at the Marsh Creek Apartment Complex on Brentwood Boulevard, when a family dispute escalated. Oct. 5, 1:37 a.m. An accident with no injuries was reported at the intersection of Heidorn Ranch and Old Sand Creek roads. A black Dodge Challenger lost control and went through a fence, where it remained stuck. Oct. 5, 10:15 a.m. A man called from Amber Lane to report his wife’s social security number was used to open a credit card. Oct. 5, 10:29 a.m. Grand theft was reported on Lone Tree Way. A person called to report they had video from the previous day of a man taking over $1,500 worth of power tools. Oct. 5, 11:20 a.m. A physical fight was reported on Nassau Lane. Oct. 5, 12:10 p.m. Petty theft was reported at a business on Brentwood Boulevard. The responsible person ran out of the store with concrete after his credit card was declined. Oct. 5, 12:29 p.m. Petty theft was reported at a business on Brentwood Boulevard. A subject took some rental tools and a leaf blower from the store and left on foot. Oct. 5, 4:29 p.m. A person called from Fieldstone Court to report someone they met on Tinder was trying to blackmail them. Oct. 5, 4:31 p.m. Petty theft was reported on Lone Tree Way. The reporting person said their wallet was stolen out of their purse the previous day around 2 p.m. The reporting person

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did not see who did it. Oct. 5, 4:50 p.m. A person called to report a verbal dispute on Cipriani Place. The reporting person wanted the subject removed from their property. Oct. 5, 5:37 p.m. A person called to make a complaint about a transient man loitering in front of their business. The reporting person said the man had begun loitering there every day and harassing customers. Oct. 5, 7:19 p.m. Petty theft was reported on Sand Creek Road when two women took some clothing items from a store. Oct. 5, 8:45 p.m. A person called to report that a man hit them, then took their stuff. This incident occurred on Balfour Road. Oct. 6, 6:48 a.m. Commercial burglary was reported on Summerset Drive. The reporting person said the lock on the gate to the golf cart storage area had been cut and two cart chargers were taken. There was no surveillance of the incident. Oct. 6, 7:21 p.m. A physical fight occurred on Lone Tree Way. Oct. 6, 8:31 p.m. Public drunkenness was reported on Oak Street. A man was behaving aggressively, standing on the sidewalk and yelling. The reporting person said it was possible he had been kicked out of the business nearby.

Oct. 6, 9:29 p.m. A verbal domestic dispute occurred on Oak Street.

OAKLEY Oct. 22, 5:43 a.m. A non-criminal death was reported on the 4300 block of Bordeaux Drive. Oct. 22, 8:02 a.m. A patrol request was made at Vintage Parkway Elementary School. Oct. 22, 10:12 a.m. Identity theft was reported on the 700 block of Domaine Court. Oct. 22, 10:41 a.m. Suspicious circumstances were reported near the intersection of West Ruby Street and Norcross Lane. Oct. 22, 12:08 p.m. Identity theft was reported at the Oakley Police Department. Oct. 22, 12:38 p.m. A missing adult was reported at Public Storage. Oct. 22, 12:48 p.m. A residential burglary was reported on the 1900 block of Gateway Drive. Oct. 22, 1:13 p.m. A suspicious person was stopped on the 900 block of Talaria Court. Oct. 22, 1:55 p.m. Petty theft was reported on the 1800 block of Walnut Grove Court. Oct. 22, 4:08 p.m. A disturbance of the peace was reported on the 300 block of Filbert Court. Oct. 22, 5:16 p.m. A verbal dispute was reported near Main Street and Almond Tree Lane. Oct. 22, 9:02 p.m. A 911 hang-up call came from the 100 block of East Cypress Road.


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First jobs are a lot like first loves Los Medanos Well, I can finally boast that all my kids are now employed. Haley started her new job as a hostess at Melo’s Pizza last week, and she is thrilled! That makes three kids of mine who now work in the restaurant business, and believe me, Hangin’ in the stories they bring home are here amusing, to say the least. We are also finding out that the rudest and most obnoxious people love to go out to eat. When my Vicki oldest daughter, McKenna Kaelin, worked at Olive Garden, she had the misfortune of serving a man who commented on her eye makeup. “Looks like someone got a hold of the crayons today ...” Did I mention he was alone? No wonder. When she worked at Pyramid Brewing Company, a group of annoying drinkers who stayed for hours and ordered everything on the menu, purposely left her no tip, because on this particular day, it was “the end of the Mayan calendar,” so the world was coming to an end. Jerks! She has also received Chuck E. Cheese tokens in place of real currency. Wow. Thankfully, she has also had great customers who are generous and kind, and make up for the losers she’s had to endure. It’s for this very reason that I over-tip. I am over-the-top friendly with my servers, make sure I remember their names, and never, ever complain. Then I leave them a big fat tip, in hopes of making up for the bad

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customers they’ve surely encountered. I also over-tip pizza delivery guys. I love the look they get on their faces when they realize it’s not a mistake. One guy almost started crying! He told me he’d been having the worst night ever, and finally something good happened. It made my night. I truly appreciate these kids who are just trying to make a buck. They bring me my hot and cheesy pizza, out into the night, through the unpredictable streets of Antioch, in a timely manner and always with a smile. If one of my sons were a pizza delivery guy, I sure hope someone would give him a big tip. I remember my first job (I know, that, in itself, is amazing). I was a papergirl. I woke up at 5 a.m., rode my bike a few streets away, to a large apartment complex where a bundle of newspapers awaited me in a dimly lit laundry room. Looking back, it was pretty creepy. I was only 14 and there I was, in a dingy laundry room, folding newspapers and loading them into my canvas bag. Anything could have happened! Thank God it didn’t. I would then deliver the papers all through the complex just as the sun was rising. Then I would ride my bike back home and get ready for school. I actually made a lot of money, enough to buy a roundtrip ticket to Chicago to visit family. But those early mornings got old after a while. I moved on to my next job: Dandy Dogs, a hot dog shop on Main Street in Walnut Creek. It was a great job. Cheese dogs, chili dogs, tuna dogs — I was in hot dog heaven. But the joyride abruptly stopped when I got robbed at gunpoint! It was a Sunday afternoon. I was getting ready to close, when a man with pantyhose stretched over his face entered the store brandishing a gun. He

“ So, as I observe my kids navigating their way through their first jobs, it’s fun to watch them learning about others and about themselves, while making memories that will last a lifetime.

made me sit on the floor while he took all the money from the cash register. To this day, I vividly remember Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” playing on the radio, and the pungent smell of onions. I ran next door to Radio Shack. I was a mess. They called the police and then my mom. To no one’s surprise, I quit the next day. The police actually caught the bandit, and I had to testify against him in court. Justice was served ... in a bun! My last job in high school was at Stinnett’s Pastry Shop. I sold cakes and cookies and delicious pastries. Let’s just say that, between the hot dog job and the bear claws at the pastry shop, I wasn’t exactly swatting the boys away with a stick, so I tried enticing them with cakes. Free cakes. I got fired. Oh well, it was probably for the best — especially for my waistline. So, as I observe my kids navigating their way through their first jobs, it’s fun to watch them learning about others and about themselves, while making memories that will last a lifetime. First jobs are a lot like first loves: not perfect, but you never forget them. Funny, you know what I could go for right now? A hot dog, with lots of onions.

College eligible for top prize The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named Los Medanos College (LMC) one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. Based on strong and improving student outcomes – in areas including learning, completion rates, employment rates, earnings and equity – 15% of community colleges nationwide have been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize. “Receiving this recognition from the Aspen Institute is incredibly rewarding for our entire college community,” said Dr. Bob Kratochvil, LMC president. “LMC is keenly focused on increasing the learning, equitable outcomes, and success of our students – and, to that end, has embraced the notion of continuous improvement in everything we do.”  This is the third consecutive time LMC has been named as an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College. It was previously recognized and eligible to apply for the Aspen Prize during the 2017 and 2019 award cycles. Data show that, over the last two years, student retention, graduation rates and degree completion have improved at the top tier of 150 Aspen Prize-eligible colleges. “Community colleges play a vital role in developing talent and enabling social mobility across the country, and it’s critical for them to get better at what they do,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. The top 10 finalists will be named in May 2020. The Aspen Institute will conduct site visits to finalists and collect additional data, including employment and earnings data. A jury will make decisions in spring 2021.  LMC is also eligible to apply for the Excellence and Equity in Community College STEM Award. A partnership between the Aspen Institute and the Siemens Foundation, the Excellence and Equity in Community College STEM Award highlights benefits to individuals, communities, business and industry by exceptional community college programs that prepare diverse students for jobs in STEM fields. Eight programs will be awarded $50,000 to use toward program development and scholarships.

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LEGALS to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (800) 280-2832 or visit this Internet Web site www.auction.com, using the file number assigned to this case MAES.677-002. 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: 10/24/2019 PROBER AND RAPHAEL, ALC 20750 Ventura Blvd. #100 Woodland Hills, California 91364 Sale Line: (800) 280-2832 Candy Herzog, Trustee Sale Officer A-4708864 11/01/2019, 11/08/2019, 11/15/2019 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 81112 Publish Dates: November 1, 8, 15, 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 November 20th 2019 at 10:00 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): Karen Rivera Jerry Prather Tina Trail Mayra Garcia Agnes Taylor Ernesto Garcia Tammy Griffin Wesley Anderson All purchased goods are sold as is and

must be paid for at the time of purchase. Cash Only. Management reserves the right to set a minimum bid and/or refuse any bids. This notice is subject to cancellation without notice in the event of a settlement between owner and obligated party. All sales are subject to prior cancellation. Terms, rules, and regulations are available at sale. Auction to be conducted by Auctioneer Forrest O’Brien Ca Bond # 00106386718 and/or Donna Wilson Ca Bond # 0562039 Sale Maker Auctions 925-392-8508. Legal EC 8976 Publication Dates: Nov. 8th & Nov. 15th 2019 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 81187 Publish Dates: November 8, 15, 2019. NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE (UCC Sec. 6105) Escrow No. 13336D NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a bulk sale is about to be made. The name(s), business address(es) to the seller(s) are: J.P. MC OWEN, INC., A CALIFORNIA COR-

PORATION, 2130 RAILROAD AVENUE, PITTSBURG, CA 94565 Whose chief executive office is: 4409 HORSESHOE CIRCLE, ANTIOCH, CA 94531 Doing Business as: TOGO’S / BASKIN ROBBINS #336276 (Type – FRANCHISED FAST FOOD RESTAURANT & ICE CREAM STORE) All other business name(s) and address(es) used by the seller(s) within the past three years, as stated by the seller(s), is/are: N/A The name(s) and address of the buyer(s) is/are: HSB EATERIES INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, 7823 MESSARA WAY, SACRAMENTO, CA 95828 The assets to be sold are described in general as: ALL STOCK IN TRADE, FURNITURE, FIXTURES, EQUIPMENT AND GOODWILL and are located at: 2130 RAILROAD AVENUE, PITTSBURG, CA 94565 The bulk sale is intended to be consum-

mated at the office of: CAPITOL CITY ESCROW, INC., 3838 WATT AVENUE, SUITE F-610 SACRAMENTO, CA 958212665 and the anticipated sale date is NOVEMBER 27, 2019 The bulk sale is subject to California Uniform Commercial Code Section 6106.2. [If the sale is subject to Sec. 6106.2, the following information must be provided.] The name and address of the person with whom claims may be filed is: CAPITOL CITY ESCROW, INC., 3838 WATT AVENUE, SUITE F-610 SACRAMENTO, CA 95821-2665 and the last date for filing claims by any creditor shall be NOVEMBER 26, 2019, which is the business day before the sale date specified above. Dated: NOVEMBER 4, 2019 ON BEHALF OF BUYER AND SELLER, BY CAPITOL CITY ESCROW, INC., Buyer(s) LA239884-C ANTIOCH PRESS 11/8/19 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 81184 Publish Dates: November 8, 2019.


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Certificate of Assumed Name; Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 333; ASSUMED NAME: RAMON WATKINS: registered at the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State; Work Item 1112281500023; Original File Number 1112281500023; FILED 10/19/2019 11:59 PM; Nameholder: Watkins Jr, Ramon Jamal; Status; Active/Good Standing Antioch Press No. 06-1617 81114 Publish Dates: November 1, 8, 15, 22, 2019.

Signature of registrant: Isaac Bailey. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 9, 2019 by Deputy C Pittman Expires 10/9/2024 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 80996 Publish dates: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 2019.

der Ritchie. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 1, 2019 by Deputy C. Pittman Expires October 1, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80976 Publish dates: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 2019.

under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 10-8-19. Signature of registrant: George Carpio. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 8, 2019 by Deputy L. Arosemena Expires October 8, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81036 Publish dates: October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 2019.

An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Bess Tansell Townsend. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 30, 2019 by Deputy L Arosemena Expires 10/30/2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81171 Publish dates: November 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019.

thority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: a. Date: December 19, 2019 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept: 14. b. Address of court: 725 Court Street, Martinez, CA 94553. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters a general personal representative as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Joshua D. Brysk; Laurie E. Yoon Law Offices of James G Schwartz, P.C. 7901 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 401 Pleasanton, CA 94588 (925) 463-1073 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81037 Publish Dates: October 25, November 1, 8, 2019.

lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 916-939-0772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site http://www.qualityloan.com, using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-19-864404-BF. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. 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-19-864404-BF IDSPub #0157929 11/8/2019 11/15/2019 11/22/2019 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81138 Publish Dates: November 8, 15, 22, 2019.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006353-00 The name of the business(es): Mae & Skye Co. Located at: 5442 Benttree Way In: Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Jennifer Dang. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 10-1-19. Signature of registrant: Jennifer Dang. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 14, 2019 by Deputy L. Spence Expires October 14, 2024 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 81125 Publish dates: November 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-000-6220-00 The name of the business(es): Christian Pool Services Located at: 1017 H Street, Apt# 15 In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Israel Ramirez. 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: Israel Ramirez. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 8, 2019 by Deputy L. Arosemens Expires FICTITIOUS BUSINESS October 8, 2024 Antioch Press No. 06NAME STATEMENT 1617 80989 Publish dates: October 25, File No. F-0006405-00 The name of the November 1, 8, 15, 2019. business(es): Jennys Creations and More Located at: 3597 Markley Creek FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Drive In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby NAME STATEMENT registered by the following owner(s): File No. F-0006159-00 The name of the Jenny Elizabeth Rushing. This business business(es): Red Fox Transport-N- is conducted by: An Individual. The regTowing Located at: 1301 Monterey D In: istrant commenced to transact business Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered under the fictitious business name or by the following owner(s): Cesar Fernan- names listed above on N/A. Signature of do Palafox. This business is conducted by: registrant: Jenny Rushing. This statement An Indivdual. The registrant commenced was filed with the County Clerk of Contra to transact business under the fictitious Costa County on: October 16, 2019 by business name or names listed above on Deputy C. Dias Expires October 16, 2024 10-4-19. Signature of registrant: Cesar Antioch Press No. 06-1617 81074 Publish Fernando Palafox Neri. This statement was dates: November 1, 8, 15, 22, 2019. filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 4, 2019 by Deputy S. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Smith Expires October 4, 2024 Antioch NAME STATEMENT Press No. 06-1617 80977 Publish dates: File No. F-0006495-00 The name of the October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 2019. business(es): All About A Fade Located at: 2550 Somersville Rd In: Antioch, CA FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 94531, is hereby registered by the folNAME STATEMENT lowing owner(s): Davion Evol Reid. This File No. F-0006177-00 The name of the business is conducted by: An Individual. business: Banfield Pet Hospital Located The registrant commenced to transact at: 5879 Lone Tree Way In: Antioch, CA business under the fictitious business 94531, is hereby registered by the follow- name or names listed above on 2012. ing owner: Medical Management Interna- Signature of registrant: Davion Evol Reid. tional Inc. This business is conducted by: This statement was filed with the County A Corporation. The registrant commenced Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October to transact business under the fictitious 22, 2019 by Deputy C. Pittmam Expires business name or names listed above October 22, 2024 Antioch Press No. 06on 11/20/2004. Signature of registrant: 1617 81075 Publish dates: November 1, Ludek Janousek, CFO. This statement was 8, 15, 22, 2019. filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 7, 2019 by Deputy R FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Rantals Expires October 7, 2024 Antioch NAME STATEMENT Press No. 06-1617 81120 Publish dates: File No. F-0006548-00 The name of the November 1, 8, 15, 22, 2019. business: NHDSmart Located at: 125 Arezzo St In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is FICTITIOUS BUSINESS hereby registered by the following owner: NAME STATEMENT Optima Realty. This business is conducted File No. F-0006201-00 The name of the by: A Corporation. The registrant combusiness(es): It’s Luella TV Talk Show menced to transact business under the Located at: 505 W. Second St, Suite I In: fictitious business name or names listed Antioch, CA 94520, is hereby registered above on 5/12/14. Signature of registrant: by the following owner(s): Luella Hill- Maged Botros Awadalla., CEO. This stateDudley. This business is conducted by: ment was filed with the County Clerk of An Individual. The registrant commenced Contra Costa County on: October 23, 2019 to transact business under the fictitious by Deputy C Pittman Expires 10/23/2024 business name or names listed above on Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81169 Pub1-1-17. Signature of registrant: Luella lish dates: November 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019. Hill-Dudley. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County FICTITIOUS BUSINESS on: October 8, 2019 by Deputy L. Fallas NAME STATEMENT Expires October 8, 2024 Antioch Press No. File No. F-0006066-00 The name of the 06-1617 81041 Publish dates: October business(es): 25, November 1, 8, 15, 2019. 1. His Presence Church 2. His Presence Ministry FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 3. His Presence Ministries NAME STATEMENT 4. His Presence Christian Worship File No. F-0006224-00 The name of the Center Located at: 1185 Second Street, business(es): 360 Floors & More Located Suite A In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereat: 3929 Killdeer Ct In: Antioch, CA 94509, by registered by the following owner(s): is hereby registered by the following His Presence Christian Worship Center. owner(s): Hugo Garcia. This business is This business is conducted by: A Corporaconducted by: An Individual. The regis- tion. The registrant commenced to transtrant commenced to transact business act business under the fictitious business under the fictitious business name or name or names listed above on 2/2013. names listed above on 10-6-19. Signature Signature of registrant: Keeley McConico of registrant: Hugo Cesar Garcia Godinez. Body, CFO. This statement was filed with This statement was filed with the County the County Clerk of Contra Costa County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October on: October 1, 2019 by Deputy A. Ramirez 8, 2019 by Deputy L. Arosemens Expires Expires October 1, 2024 Brentwood Press October 8, 2024 Antioch Press No. 06- No. 02-1273 81010 Publish dates: Octo1617 81009 Publish dates: October 18, ber 18, 25, November 1, 8, 2019. 25, November 1, 8, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006075-00 The name of the File No. F-0006249-00 The name of the business(es): Premier Demo And Conbusiness: Masego Coutrier Collection struction Located at: 4723 Ford St In: Located at: 2201 San Jose Dr. L-101 In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby regisAntioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered tered by the following owner: Alexander by the following owner: Isaac Bailey. This Ritchie. This business is conducted by: business is conducted by: An Individual. An Indivdual. The registrant commenced The registrant commenced to transact to transact business under the fictitious business under the fictitious business business name or names listed above on name or names listed above on N/A. 10-1-19. Signature of registrant: Alexan-

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006099-00 The name of the business: Brentwood Children’s Dentistry Located at: 2201 Balfour Rd, Suite A In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Reeves, D.D.S. and LaValley, D.D.S., A Dental Corporation. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 9/18/2019. Signature of registrant: Trevor Smith, CFO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 2, 2019 by Deputy C Pittman Expires October 2, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81017 Publish dates: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006100-00 The name of the business: Deer Ridge Family Dental Located at: 2201 Balfour Rd Suite B In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Reeves, D.D.S. and LaValley, D.D.S., A Dental Corporation. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 9/18/2019. Signature of registrant: Trever Smith, CFO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 2, 2019 by Deputy C Pittman Expires 10/2/2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81018 Publish dates: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006102-00 The name of the business: Brentwood Orthodontics Located at: 2201 Balfour Rd Suite C In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Reeves, D.D.S. and LaValley, D.D.S., A Dental Corporation. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 9/18/2019. Signature of registrant: Trevor Smith, CFO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 2, 2019 by Deputy C Pittman Expires October 2, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81016 Publish dates: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 2019.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006248-00 The name of the business(es): Just Hot Multimedia Located at: 2400 Shady Willow Ln, # 6A In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Jerry R. Ennis. 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: Jerry R. Ennis. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 9, 2019 by Deputy L. Fallas Expires October 9, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81014 Publish dates: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006263-00 The name of the business(es): Allegro Golden Bears Located at: 2214 Reef Ct In: Discovery Bay, CA 94505, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Ronda Little. This business is conducted by: An Uncorporation Association. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 10-20-14. Signature of registrant: Ronda Little. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 10, 2019 by Deputy C. Dias Expires October 10, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81013 Publish dates: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 2019.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006511-00 The name of the business(es): 1. Willmitch Rehab & Rentals 2. Willmitch Global Located at: 111 Deerwood Road, Suite 200 In: San Ramon, CA 94583, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): 1. Lonnie Ray Williams 2. Johnny W. Mitchell. This business is conducted by: An Unincorporated Association -other than a partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 10-22-19. Signature of registrant: Lonnie Ray Williams. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 22, 2019 by Deputy H. Franklin Expires NAME STATEMENT October 22, 2024 Brentwood Press No. File No. F-0006117-00 The name of the 02-1273 81129 Publish dates: November business: Calculated Punkture Tattoo 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019. Studio LLC Located at: 8065 Brentwood Blvd. In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby FICTITIOUS BUSINESS registered by the following owner: CalNAME STATEMENT culated Punkture Tattoo Studio LLC. This File No. F-0006590-00 The name of the business is conducted by: A Limited business(es): Seamark Yachts Located at: Liability Co. The registrant commenced 8425 Brentwood Blvd, Suite B5 In: Brentto transact business under the fictitious wood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by business name or names listed above the following owner(s): Seamark Marine on 03/01/2019. Signature of registrant: Group, Inc.. This business is conducted by: Estrella Juarez, President. This statement A Corporation. The registrant commenced was filed with the County Clerk of Con- to transact business under the fictitious tra Costa County on: October 3, 2019 by business name or names listed above on Deputy L Arosemena Expires 10/3/2024 N/A. Signature of registrant: Bernard Rex Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81066 Martin, President.. This statement was Publish dates: October 25, November 1, filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa 8, 15, 2019. County on: October 24, 2019 by Deputy J. Graff Expires October 24, 2024 Brentwood FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Press No. 02-1273 81137 Publish dates: NAME STATEMENT November 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019. File No. F-0006139-00 The name of the business(es): Snuggery Home Located FICTITIOUS BUSINESS at: 2420 Sand Creek Road, Suite C1-273 NAME STATEMENT In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby reg- File No. F-0006599-00 The name of the istered by the following owner(s): Snug- business(es): Sticky Fingers Candle and gery Home LLC. This business is conducted Bath Compamy Located at: 2065 Shorevby: A Limited Liability Co. The registrant iew Court In: Bay Point, CA 94565, is hereby commenced to transact business under registered by the following owner(s): Catathe fictitious business name or names laya Rodriguez. This business is conducted listed above on 10-1-19. Signature of by: An Individual. The registrant comregistrant: Tarvin Newbold, CEO. This menced to transact business under the fictistatement was filed with the County Clerk tious business name or names listed above of Contra Costa County on: October 4, on N/A. Signature of registrant: Catalaya 2019 by Deputy S. Smith Expires October Rodriguez. This statement was filed with 4, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: 80973 Publish dates: October 18, 25, October 24, 2019 by Deputy P. Cornellus ExNovember 1, 8, 2019. pires October 24, 2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81122 Publish dates: November 8, FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 15, 22, 29, 2019. NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006214-00 The name of the FICTITIOUS BUSINESS business(es): Do It Rite Plumbing and NAME STATEMENT General Services Located at: 629 Dun- File No. F-0006706-00 The name of wood Court In: Brentwood, CA 94513, the business(es): 1. Octavia Design 2 is hereby registered by the following Dress Located at: 5646 Marlin Drive In: owner(s): George Carpio. This business Discovery, CA 94505, is hereby registered is conducted by: An Individual. The reg- by the following owner: Bess Stansell istrant commenced to transact business Townsend. This business is conducted by:

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006741-00 The name of the business: United SPR Located at: 6280 Brentwood Blvd In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Miguel Hurtado. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 11/1/19. Signature of registrant: Miguel Hurtado. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 1, 2019 by Deputy S Smith Expires 11/1/2024 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81170 Publish dates: November 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019. NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF SURPLUS PROPERTY FOR SALE OR LEASE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Education Code section 17464, subd. (c) (2), that the Board of Education of the Liberty Union High School District (“District”) hereby solicits offers from all public districts, public authorities, public agencies, public corporations, or any other political subdivision in California, or of the federal government, and nonprofit charitable or nonprofit public benefit corporations, to purchase or lease certain District surplus real property. The first subject property is located at Kellogg Creek Road, Unincorporated Byron, Contra Costa County, California, APN 011-210-026, 011-210-027, and 011-210-028 (“Kellogg Property”). The second subject property is located at Sellers Avenue at Delta Road, Unincorporated Brentwood, California, APN 018310-011, 018-310-012, 018-310-013, and 018-310-014 (“Sellers Property”). Please be advised that the District is also concurrently sending notices to the agencies identified in Education Code section 17464(b) (“Tier 1 Agencies”) and the agencies and entities identified in Education Code section 17464(c)(1) (“Tier 2 Agencies”). Interested entities responding to this published notice must notify the District in writing of their interest within sixty days after the third publication of this notice. Please direct offers, questions, or requests for further information regarding the Property to Liz Robbins, Chief Business Officer, Liberty Union High School District, 20 Oak Street, Brentwood, California 94513, telephone: (925) 634-2166. Dated: October 30, 2019 Liberty Union High School District By: Liz Robbins, Chief Business Officer Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81157 Publish Dates: November 8, 15, 22, 2019. NOTICE OF LIEN SALE Notice is hereby given pursuant to California Business and Professional Codes #21700-21716, Section 2328 of the UCC of the Penal Code, Section 535 the undersigned, StorQuest Self Storage in Brentwood, CA, will sell at public sale by competitive bidding the personal property of: Name: Brad Branson, Stephen Cruz (2), Camelia Addison, Oleander Harrison, Ashli Berhow, Penny Boyce, Micheal Perry, Drina GonzalezHenry, Anthony Pelletier. Property to be sold: household goods, furniture, appliances, clothes, toys, tools, boxes & contents. Auctioneer Company: www. storagetreasures.com The Sale will end at 10:00 AM on November 28th, 2019. Goods must be paid in CASH at site and removed at completion of sale. Sale is subject to cancellation in the event of settlement between owner and obligated party. StorQuest Self Storage 325 Guthrie Ln Brentwood, CA. 94513 925-322-1883 www.storagetreasures. com Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81168 Publish Dates: November 8, 15, 2019. NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: Shirlene Eberhard, deceased CASE NUMBER P19-01423 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: Shirlene Eberhard, deceased. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: Debra Pack, Petitioner in the Superior Court of California, County of: CONTRA COSTA. The Petition for Probate requests that: Debra Pack be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests au-

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-19-864404-BF Order No.: 8756896 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/30/2011. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): DAVID ANDREW GALLUP AND MARY PASCUAL-GALLUP, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS Recorded: 1/6/2012 as Instrument No. 2012-0003077-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California; Date of Sale: 12/2/2019 at 1:30PM Place of Sale: At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $381,960.59 The purported property address is: 2425 BOULDER STREET, BRENTWOOD, CA 94513-1745 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 019-060-109-6 NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Shelly Lynae Lichlyter SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Shelly Lynae Lichlyter CASE NUMBER: N19-2007 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Shelly Lynae Lichlyter filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Shelly Lynae Lichlyter to Proposed Name: Shelly Lynae Jackson. 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: 12/06/19 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: 10/10/19 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81011 Publish Dates: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 2019.


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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No.: 9462-4877 TSG Order No.: 190620419-CA-VOI A.P.N.: 019-680-027 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 09/07/2006. 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. Affinia Default Services, LLC, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded 09/19/2006 as Document No.: 2006-0295326-00, of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, executed by: EMMANUEL M. OBLENA, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable in full at time of sale by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and state, and as more fully described in the attached legal description. Sale Date & Time: 11/25/2019 at 01:30 PM Sale Location: At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2636 PRESIDIO DRIVE, BRENTWOOD, CA 94513 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made in an “AS IS” condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to-wit: $207,746.18 (Estimated). Accrued interest and additional

advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call, 916-939-0772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site, www.nationwideposting.com, for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, T.S.# 9462-4877. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall

have no further recourse. Affinia Default Services, LLC 301 E. Ocean Blvd. Suite 1720 Long Beach, CA 90802 833-290-7452 For Trustee Sale Information Log On To: www. nationwideposting.com or Call: 916-9390772. Affinia Default Services, LLC, Omar Solorzano, Foreclosure Associate This communication is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. However, if you have received a discharge of the debt referenced herein in a bankruptcy proceeding, this is not an attempt to impose personal liability upon you for payment of that debt. In the event you have received a bankruptcy discharge, any action to enforce the debt will be taken against the property only. LEGAL DESCRIPTION LOT 8, AS SHOWN ON THE MAP OF SUBDIVISION 8659, FILED FEBRUARY 19, 2004, MAP BOOK 461, PAGE 17, CONTRA COSTA COUNTY RECORDS. EXCEPTING THEREFROM: 1. THE UNDIVIDED 4/9 INTEREST IN “ALL OIL, GAS, CASINGHEAD GAS, ASPHALTUM AND OTHER HYDROCARBONS AND ALL MINERALS” LYING MORE THAN (500) FIVE HUNDRED FEET BELOW THE SURFACE WITHOUT ANY RIGHTS OF SURFACE ACCESS AND/OR SURFACE ENTRY, DISTRIBUTED TO LORETTA WHALEY, ANNETTA ROMETTI, LOIS WELKER AND VIOLA GOMEZ IN THE DEGREES OF DISTRIBUTION RECORDED SEPTEMBER 8, 1966, BOOK 5200, OFFICIAL RECORDS, PAGE 672, AND RECORDED JULY 31, 1973, BOOK 7010, OFFICIAL RECORDS, PAGE 134, AND RESERVED IN THE DEEDS RECORDED OCTOBER 13, 1995, SERIES NO. 95-177713, SERIES NO. 95-177714, SERIES 95-177715, SERIES NO. 95-177716, SERIES NO. 95-177717, SERIES NO. 95-177718, SERIES NO. 95-177719, OFFICIAL RECORDS. 2. AN UNDIVIDED ONE THIRD (1/3) INTEREST OF ALL OIL, GAS, MINERALS AND OTHER HYDROCARBON SUBSTANCES LYING (500) FIVE HUNDRED FEET BELOW THE SURFACE AS RESERVED IN THE DEED BY TRI-STATE LIVESTOCK CREDIT CORPORATION RECORDED JANUARY 18, 1984, BOOK 11615, PAGE 59, OFFICIAL RECORDS, CONTRA COSTA COUNTY. 3. THE INTEREST RELINQUISHED TO THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD IN SUB-SURFACE MINERAL RIGHTS AND WATER RIGHTS BELOW 300 FEET AS SET FORTH ON THE FILED MAP. NPP0362540 To: BRENTWOOD PRESS 11/01/2019, 11/08/2019, 11/15/2019 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81107 Publish Dates: November 1, 8, 15, 2019.

NOTICE OF WAREHOUSE LIEN SALE Please take notice that, in accordance with California Commercial Code Sections 7209 and 7210, notice having been given to all parties believed to claim an interest and the time specified for payment in the notice having expired, the undersigned is entitled to a warehouse lien against that certain mobilehome described as a 1971 LANCER mobilehome, decal number AAK2575, serial numbers S2280X and S2280XU, label/insignia numbers A438571 and A438572, now situated at 3505 Gateway Road, Space E5 (also known as 5E), Bethel Island, California 94511. The parties believed to claim an interest in the mobilehome are: Ellis L. Brant, Estate of Ellis L. Brant, Sandra J. Brant, Estate of Sandra J. Brant, Brian Brant, Estate of Brian Brant. Take further notice that the mobilehome will be sold at public auction for removal only at 10:00 a.m. on November 25, 2019, at Santiago Island Village, Park Office, located at 3505 Gateway Road, Bethel Island, California 94511. In order to prevent the mobilehome from being sold at the noticed sale, the amount of $2,638.78 must be paid by any person claiming a right in the mobilehome, prior to the sale date, and the mobilehome must then be promptly removed from the park. This amount includes estimated storage charges, publication charges, attor-ney’s fees, incidental and/or transportation charges, as provided in the Commercial Code, and is subject to further adjustment. Dowdall Law Offices, A.P.C.; Robin G. Eifler, Esq., 284 N. Glassell Street, Orange, California 92866; Attorneys and Authorized Agent for Santiago Island Village. 9778 CN965349 9778 Nov 8, 15, 2019 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81062 Publish Dates: November 8, 15, 2019.

Munday to Proposed Name: Rodney James Binder. 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: 11/25/19 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: 9/25/2019 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 81067 Publish Dates: October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 2019.

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: 11/21/2019 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Brentwood Press b. Minors must appear at the hearing or file consents to name change. Date: 9/23/19 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 80972 Publish Dates: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 2019.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006407-00 The name of the business(es): Lexi’s Crafts & More Located at: 22 Minaret Road In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Lance Donald Haley. 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: Lance D. Haley. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 16, 2019 by Deputy C. Dias Expires October 16, 2024 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 81072 Publish dates: November 1, 8, 15, 22, 2019.

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Isla Binder SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Isla Binder CASE NUMBER: N19-1885 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Isla Binder filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Rodney James

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: LILIA RODRIGUEZ SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: LILIA RODRIGUEZ and DAVID PENTACOFF CASE NUMBER: N191868 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner LILIA RODRIGUEZ and DAVID PENTACOFF filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. ANGELA JOAN RODRIGUEZ-PENTACOFF b. PAULINA ANDREA RODRIGUEZ-PENTACOFF to Proposed Name: a. ANGELA JOAN PENTACOFF b. PAULINA ANDREA PENTACOFF. 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

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006452-00 The name of the business: Xio’s Boutique Located at: 4532-B Main Street In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner: Xiomara Sanches. 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: Xiomara Sanches. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 18, 2019 by Deputy L. Arosemena Expires 10/18/2024 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 81051 Publish dates: October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 2019.

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Liberty girls’ and boys’ water polo teams win league tournament titles by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

It took a while for the Liberty girls’ water polo team to heat up during the Bay Valley Athletic League Tournament title game against Heritage, but once the Lions took control, they couldn’t be stopped. Claire Kane’s goal late in the third quarter broke a 7-7 tie and gave Liberty its first and only lead of the game en route to a 9-7 victory. “What a roller coaster ride,” said Liberty head coach Jack Doria. “We have played behind before, but these girls have a never-saydie attitude, and they keep working, working and working.” Liberty’s Olivia Doria notched five goals;  Darynn Campanella  added two; and Genevieve Almgren  and Kane each added one, as the Lions (22-3, 5-0 in league play) bounced back from a 7-3 third-quarter deficit to stun Heritage (16-10, 4-1). “It got frantic,” Olivia Doria said. “I got scared at times, but we just kept fighting and pushing through.”   Heritage’s Ella Simone put them ahead four goals with her score with 6:20 left in the third quarter, but from that point forward, it

The Liberty girls’ water polo team poses after winning the league tournament championship 9-7 over rival Heritage at Antioch High School last week. Photo courtesy of Liberty Athletics

was all Liberty. Four unanswered goals from Olivia Doria and one each from Almgren and Kane in the third and fourth quarters catapulted the Lions to victory. “It was intense,” said Liberty’s Paige Henson, one of two team captains. Liberty looked a bit shell-shocked in the first quarter, falling behind 3-0 on goals from Heritage’s Kayla and Elly Longoria and Sim-

one, but Liberty’s first goal of the game for the Lions (by Doria) — at the 4:26 mark of the second quarter — awoke the sleeping Liberty offense. Campanella’s goal later in the quarter pulled Liberty within 3-2 late in the second, but the Patriots went on a 4-1 scoring tear to take it’s aforementioned four-goal lead with just over six minutes to go in the third quarter. That’s when Olivia Doria took control, scoring four of the game’s next six goals to sink

Heritage. The win is Liberty’s second over Heritage this season, the first coming in a 12-11 battle on Oct. 16. The Lions trounced Freedom 22-3 in the opening round of the tournament, setting up a rematch with Heritage, which advanced to the title game after dispatching Deer Valley see Water Polo page 17A

Liberty retains Brentwood Bowl in statement win by Patrick Gordon Correspondent

The Liberty football team finished the regular season with a strong win over crosstown rival Heritage, beating the Patriots 50-6 in a game that got out of hand early. The Lions started quickly, with a four-play drive on their first possession, ending with a 53-yard touchdown pitch to wide receiver Cody Muth. They kept their foot on the gas after that, holding the Patriots to a total of -7 yards on their ensuing drive. Heritage had a brief glimpse of hope when they recovered a Liberty fumble, but the Lions defense responded quickly, sacking quarterback Christian Conley in the end zone for a safety. By halftime, Liberty held a 36-0 lead and had the game well in hand. Lions quarterback Jay Butterfield had a huge game, throwing for 368 yards with 5 touchdowns and one interception. After the game, he said his team was heading into the playoffs on a good note but still had room to improve. “We came out and executed the game plan,” Butterfield said. “Today, we had a couple sloppy penalties, a couple personal fouls, a couple false starts; if we clean all that up, we’ll be a pretty good team.” With the win all but guaranteed, But-

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Liberty High School’s Justice Jackson (7) leaps to make a catch during the Lions’ 50-6 win over Heritage in the Brentwood Bowl, Friday, Nov. 1. terfield gave way to freshman Jaden Rashada, who completed two of three passes for 11 yards and guided the Lions to their final scoring drive. Along with Butterfield, Liberty was led by a trio of receivers who each had 80 or more yards. Junior Auki-Kapuha Flores broke out with seven catches for 90 yards. Senior Justice Jackson also caught seven passes for 92 yards, includ-

ing three touchdowns. Muth finished with five catches and 84 yards. Senior Darrion Bartley rushed five times for 45 yards, including the game’s only rushing touchdown. Defensively, senior Payton Zdroik led the team with six tackles and two sacks, including the safety. In the final seconds of the game, Heritage freshman Devon Rivers took a 3-yard pass from Conley into the end

zone for the Patriots’ lone score. Head coach Don Sanders was proud of the way his team battled to the end, despite being on the losing end of a lopsided game. “Our kids responded, and they played tough,” Sanders said. “They never gave up, which I’m proud of. Liberty’s a good team: very big, very physical. But it was the heart of our team, wanting to continue to drive and push toward that goal. I’m glad we were able to push that in.” Liberty retains the Brentwood Bowl, the annual trophy given to the winner between these two teams. Head coach Ryan Partridge said this game always means a lot to his team. “You don’t have to get our guys up for this game,” he noted. “They grew up with those guys, and they want to beat them good. I didn’t have to tell them much. It doesn’t matter if you’re 0-9 or 9-0, you’ve got to win this game.” He also noted that in the upcoming playoffs, his team will need to eliminate penalties in order to defend their state championship. With the loss, Heritage finishes the year with a 2-8 record, and 1-4 in the Bay Valley Athletic League. The Lions improved to 9-1 overall and 4-1 in BVAL play. To view a video and a slideshow, visit www.thepress.net/multimedia


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Heritage tennis team shines during BVAL tourney by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

Heritage sophomore Erin Crane pulled off a seemingly insurmountable feat that no other competitor has achieved in three years at the Bay Valley Athletic League (BVAL) tournament this week: defeating Freedom star Alexis Matabuena. But even after beating the three-time champ 7-5, 2-6, 6-0, Crane could hardly explain how she won. “I don’t know, honestly, I just stayed in my zone and kept playing,” she said. “I got nervous, but I calmed down.” Crane, who will now advance to the North Coast Section tournament on Nov. 18, was unflappable during the two-hour match at Oakley’s Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa, routinely matching and frequently one-upping the Freedom star until she secured the victory. The sensational win capped a dominating two-day performance, where Crane won five straight matches, which included wins over teammates Noor Abuaita and Nicol-

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Above: Heritage’s Erin Crane returns a shot during her league championship win over Freedom’s Alexis Matabuena. Matabuena had won the three previous singles titles. Right: Heritage’s Alyssa Duran teamed up with Sofia Sormani to win the league doubles title this week. let Alexander, and Pittsburg’s Andrea Ruiz. Those victories set her up for the battle that ensued against Matabuena. “I was glad when it was over,” Crane

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Sormani and Duran shined on the court for two consecutive days, going unbeaten in four straight matches, including wins over the Liberty team of Taylor Lena and Emily Abono, and Pittsburg’s Kristin De Vera and Brandy Barajas. Sormani attributed the squad’s wins to teamwork, effort and focus — all of which were on display against Sison and Chicaine in the final. “We were focused on the match and we knew we were going to do it,” she said. Not to be outdone, Lena and Abono grabbed a respectable third place finish in the tournament, with a win over Deer Valley’s Haley McKenna and Lauren Sirmons. Sormani and Duran are expected to advance to the North Coast Section tournament on Nov. 18. Heritage as a team is also expected to secure a spot in the North Coast Section team playoffs beginning Nov. 12. To view a video and a slideshow, visit www.thepress.net/multimedia

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Water Polo from page 15A 23-6. “Every time we match up with Heritage, they always push us to the limit,” Jack Doria said. Simone led the Patriots with three goals in the loss. Caleigh Quist, Emma Lapum and the Longoria pair each scored once. Liberty’s win secured the team the seventh seed in the North Coast Section open division playoffs and a date with second seed Miramonte at 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 7 at Miramonte High School. Heritage, the seventh seed in the Division I bracket, opens play against 10th seed Napa at 8 p.m. on Nov. 7 at Northgate High School. Boys When Justin DiPietro’s father promised him $5 for every goal and assist he secured in Liberty’s league tournament championship game with Heritage, he let nothing stop him from cashing in. The junior notched a gamehigh six goals, one off his season best seven, to propel Liberty to a convincing 18-3 romp over Heritage. “I had some extra motivation this game,” he said. The Lions (22-4, 5-0 in league play) jumped out to a 5-1 first-quarter lead and never looked back. DiPietro led the team with six goals, but  Cade Venables, Kyle Young and Zach Perry each notched three apiece, and Hayden Dougherty, Patrick Olsen and  Ryan Lichlyter added one each to seal the victory. “Heritage is a formidable opponent,” said Liberty head coach Mike Cristol. “They have had a stranglehold on BVAL boys water

polo for some time. We want to congratulate them. They have a strong program.” The win was a bit of redemption for the Lions after dropping one of two games to Heritage last season, DiPietro said. The Lions sank Heritage 16-7 in the only other contest between the two programs this season. “In past seasons, we have had some issues beating Heritage,” DiPietro said. “They are a tough team and usually dominate us. Last year, we were able to come out with a win in the first game against them, but ended up losing in the second game at their home pool. This season, we were a lot more confident.” Cristol has shot new life into the Lions program since taking over in 2016. After going winless in 2015, the Lions won eight games in 2016, 12 in 2017, 20 in 2018 and 22 this season. Liberty shared a regular season league title with Heritage last season and won it outright this year, before clinching the league tournament title. Cristol said the team’s resurgence all comes down to conditioning and fundamentals, both of which were exhibited in the convincing win over Heritage. “We came out with intensity,” he said. “We just wanted to play fundamentally correct water polo, and that is what our guys did.” Liberty now turns its attention to the North Coast Section playoffs, where the team secured the second seed and a first-round bye. Heritage was awarded the 11th seed and will open up against sixth seed Foothill at 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 7 at Northgate High School. To view a video of the event, visit www. thepress.net/multimedia

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Summer Creek Place,” the letter read. “At this time, we have decided to forgo the increase that was scheduled for February 1, 2020 and keep your current rental rate where it is.” For months, the tenants — many in their 70s, 80s and 90s, and disabled — had protested a series of rent hikes that upped the monthly one-bedroom rent by about $200, to $970, and two-bedroom rents by about $350, to $1,095. Those monthly rates will now be frozen until late next year. Facility management had previously said rents could eventually rise to as high as $1,003 for one-bedroom, and $1,195 for two-bedroom spaces. “I am relieved and excited — for now — for my neighbors and myself,” said resident Diane Spurrier, 61, who spoke to this newspaper from a hospital bed this week, as she recovered from an illness. “I had needed to go get a part-time job to make ends meet, but I have been sick. I have not been able to do that.” The facility is part of the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, which requires tenant income and rent restrictions. The facility’s monthly rent — dictated by the county’s average median income — can be as high as $1,302 for a studio apartment, $1,395 for a one-bedroom space and $1,674 for a two-bedroom establishment, Bill Ainsworth of the California State Treasurer’s Office, confirmed. Infinity Management and Investments, in an earlier statement to The Press, said Summer Creek Place officials try to keep rents as affordable as possible, but that costs are rising. The group’s previous plan was to increase rent by $50 quarterly until they reached the

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“This isn’t a surprise,” said Bob Nunn, a member of the Blackhawk Nunn Partners development group that spearheaded the initiative. “We were not expecting a different outcome. We had polling data a year ago that showed Brentwood would be a pretty heavy lift, but we also felt the obligation to give Brentwood the first opportunity to say yes or no, because we are in the Brentwood school district.” The proposal touched off widespread community debate over proposed community growth, among other quality of life concerns. “What it came down to for me was the project was too big, was too invasive,” said Kathy Griffin, who spearheaded the official measure opposition group. The measure would have paved

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maximum allowable amount. But residents, many on fixed incomes, argued that the hikes could force some onto the streets. Several occupants had already moved out, some moving in with their children, and others to unknown destinations. Those who remained pleaded with facility representatives, spoke at city council meetings and sought help from several outside agencies, with no tangible changes materializing, until now. Community activist Mike Dupray, who helped organize the group after resident Margaret Berry suggested they protest outside the facility, commended the group this week for their passion and effort, but noted the fight is far from over — sentiments also expressed by several residents. “Of course, we at Summer Creek Place are pleased to know that our rent is stabilized until September 2020. At least we don’t have to go through the holidays worrying about the $193 a month rent increase as we did last year; that was horrible,” said resident Margaret Flaugher. “However, there are a number of issues still needing attention, and we plan to continue working on them. We are not going to sit back and be satisfied with things as they are.” The residents take exception to the predetermined government formulas that base their monthly rent on what they feel is a high percentage of the county’s current median income of close to $100,000. They wonder how the facility is able to alter rents, seemingly at will, after residents receive annual lease addenda, and they question why apartment leadership isn’t more transparent, noting that the complex’s managers only recently revealed the former planned increases were to cover increased maintenance, insurance and utility costs.

way for about 555 gross acres of residential elements, 225 acres of open space and 20 acres of commercial and civic features, among other amenities, on 815 acres north of Balfour Road, east of Deer Valley Road and west of the Shadow Lakes and Brentwood Hills neighborhoods. The project would have likely included up to 1,920 age-restricted, active adult homes, roughly 480 market rate units, multiple recreation centers and possibly an outdoor amphitheater, winery, farm-to-table restaurant and bar, and likely 225 estimated acres of permanent agricultural and openspace lands, including vineyards and olive groves. The development group had also promised to usher in a series of roadway improvements; offset the project’s fire service impact through a memo-

“Most of us rely on the Social Security benefits assigned to us when we retired 10, 20, 30 years ago, when wages were minuscule, compared to today’s earnings,” Flaugher said. “Most of us are unable at our ages and medical conditions, to find a job to supplement our incomes.” Delia Pedroza, a fair housing and tenant-landlord counselor for the Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity (ECHO Housing), confirmed the organization is working closely with the residents. The organization previously assisted the seniors with a Cease and Desist and Reconsideration of a Rent Increase Notice in the wake of a prior increase that, for some residents, reached as high as $203, Pedroza said. Following that effort, the management company reduced the planned hike to $50, Pedroza said. “Currently, ECHO Housing is working with Summer Creek tenants, along with other organizations,” she said. “We are also in close contact with a staff attorney with the National Housing Law Project and other housing groups, to hold developers and owners accountable and to ensure they are within compliance with housing programs.” Dupray, meanwhile, is pushing for government leaders to mandate change, which includes changing the current median income formula he feels is skewed toward the western part of the county, where incomes are higher. He also believes the county could form a special district to further subsidize fixed-income individuals dealing with seemingly continual rent increases. “They should not be burdened with having to find a new place to live,” Dupray said of the Summer Creek residents, “or with having to move back into living with their children.””

randum of understanding with the fire district; and preserve wide swaths of open land on and off the property. But it appears Brentwood voters have other plans. Residents from the start expressed concern the plan would generate too many homes; strain city and emergency services; worsen traffic; burden already overcrowded schools; raise the area’s job-to-housing imbalance; cause irreversible environmental damage; and contribute to air pollution and noise. “It felt like they were trying to cram this thing down our throat like it’s the best thing since sliced bread, but what we were trying to tell them is you don’t solve traffic problems and congestion by not tying development to jobs creation and by adding 2,400 homes in what I considered one of the stupid geographical locations for that

big of a development,” Griffin said. Nunn said the development group will now turn its attention to discussions with Antioch. “We already know there is interest there,” Nunn said. “We’ll discuss that process and discuss what the needs of Antioch are and what this proposal would look like from an Antioch perspective. It certainly would look much different than the proposal we put together for Brentwood. The needs of Antioch are different than the needs of Brentwood.” Griffin said her group will pay close attention to the developer’s next move. “They can meet with the City of Antioch all they want, but the bottom line is it will still be up to the voters,” she said. To comment, visit www.thepress.net

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No. 19-00696-FS-CA Title No. 1079376 A.P.N. 037-550-039 ATTENTION RECORDER: THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY IS APPLICABLE TO THE NOTICE PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR ONLY PURSUANT TO CIVIL CODE 2923.3 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 05/11/2017. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, (cashier’s check(s) must be made payable to National Default Servicing Corporation), drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the 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 in an “as is” condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by 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: Cynthia Burnett and James J Perkins Duly Appointed Trustee: National Default Servicing Corporation Recorded 05/12/2017 as Instrument No. 2017-0082983-00 (or

Book, Page) of the Official Records of Contra Costa County, California. Date of Sale: 12/02/2019 at 1:00 PM Place of Sale: Pittsburg Civic Center, 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg CA 94565 Estimated amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $498,872.97 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 749 Westmoor Cir, Oakley, CA 94561-5091 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. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The requirements of California Civil Code Section 2923.5(b)/2923.55(c) were fulfilled

when the Notice of Default was recorded. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the

property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800-280-2832 or visit this Internet Web site www.ndscorp.com/ sales, using the file number assigned to this case 19-00696-FS-CA. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: 10/30/2019 National Default Servicing Corporation

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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: 12/4/19 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: 10/07/2019 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 021273 80982 Publish Dates: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 2019.

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Jessica Vazquez Cuevas SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Jessica Vazquez Cuevas CASE NUMBER: N19-1985 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Jessica Vazquez Cuevas filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Jessica Vazquez Cuevas to Proposed Name: Jessica Cuevas. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear


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Friday, Nov. 8 Veterans Day Dinner and Game Night

The Knights of Columbus will host a dinner and game night from 5 to 10:30 p.m. at 500 Fairview Ave. in Brentwood. Dinner and game tickets are $70, dinner-only tickets are $20. For more information, call Anthony at 925-382-4842.

Saturday, Nov. 9 Marine Corps Ball

The Delta Diablo Detachment of the Marine Corps League invites all Marines to their ball from 6 to 10 p.m. at Smith’s Landing, 1 Marina Plaza in Antioch. The evening will include dinner, dancing and a birthday cake ceremony. Cost is $55 per person. For tickets or more information, call 925-338-1775 or visit www.bit. ly/marinecorpsbirthdayball.

Sunday, Nov. 10 DECADES Concert

Summerset presents the band DECADES, a multitalented group ready to rock the musical

hits of the past 80 years. The concert will take place at the Summerset Orchards Lodge, 770 Centennial Place in Brentwood at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15. For more information, call 925-513-2640.

Monday, Nov. 11 Walnut Creek Garden Club

The Walnut Creek Garden Club will hold its next meeting at 10 a.m. at the Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive in Walnut Creek. Come for a talk on the future of open spaces given by Ted Clement, executive director of Save Mount Diablo. For more information, contact caacat@comcast.net or 925-934-9015. 

Tuesday, Nov. 12 NARFE Delta Chapter Meeting

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Delta Chapter will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Denny’s, 4823 Lone Tree Way in Antioch. Health care providers’ representatives will give overviews of 2020 health care plans. For more information, call 925-626-7945 or email narfedc1718@yahoo.com.

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The St. Anthony Columbiettes present their 11th annual Holiday Boutique from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the St. Anthony Modular Hall, 971 O’Hara Ave. in Oakley. Over 20 vendors will be selling a variety of products. Admission is free. For more information, email Columbiette10414@gmail.com.

Summerset II Holiday Boutique

The residents of Summerset II will host a holiday boutique and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 193 Summerset Dr. in Brentwood. For more information, contact Mel at 925-306-2339.

Holiday Boutique

Get your Christmas shopping started at a boutique from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Brentwood Veterans Memorial Hall, 757 First St. in Brentwood. There will be over 20 vendors with their wares, raffles, door prizes, and food and beverage for sale. For more information, email 3kmotorsports@gmail.com.

Thursday, Nov. 28 Turkey Trot

Get an early start on Thanksgiving while raising money for the Brentwood and Liberty school districts. The Turkey Trot family fun run/walk will start at 8 a.m. and includes a pancake breakfast. For more information, visit www. brentwoodturkeytrot.org.

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Scouts BSA Troop #21 will host an open house from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Resurrection Ministries, 1275 Fairview Ave. in Brentwood. Come meet leaders and ask questions. For more information, call 925-487-6204 or email Michael.chiprich@ sbcglobal.net. The Oakley Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly mixer from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Delta Coves, 47 Seaward Court in Bethel Island. Come for networking opportunities. For membership and more information, call 925-625-1035 or visit www.oakleychamber.com. 

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Christian Community Outreach Market

council members and a Christmas Tree Lighting at the Oakley Civic Center Plaza. Carolers will depart the Oakley Recreation Center at 3:30 p.m. and arrive at Civic Center Plaza at 4 p.m. There will be crafts, cookies, hot cocoa and pictures with Santa. Tree lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call 925-625-7044 or email coelho@co.oakley.ca.us.

4 p.m. at the Brentwood Community Center, located at 35 Oak St. in downtown Brentwood. For more information or to register for a booth, call Laura Young at 925-634-3344 or email admin@brentwoodchamber.com.

Breakfast with Santa

Have breakfast with the jolly old elf himself at Tess’ Community Farm Kitchen, 8091 Balfour Road in Brentwood. Two seatings are available between 8:30 a.m. and noon, and cost is $6 to $25. For more information, call 925-240-4144 or visit www.bit.ly/db_breakfastwithsanta.

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Join the Soroptimists of the Delta to raise money for women in education during an evening of wine, appetizers, music and raffles from 4 to 7 p.m. at Petersen Vineyards, 101 Blaine Lane in Knightsen. Cost is $30/person or $50/couple. For more information, visit www.siofthedelta.com or call 925-234-8318.

Brentwood Writes presents Open Mic Night at 6:30 p.m. at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. in downtown Brentwood. Come present any short work, as long as it is neither insulting nor abusive. For more information, contact Kati Short at katishort@yahoo.com or 925-634-6655.

Brentwood’s Senior Activity Center will host its annual Christmas tree lighting event at City Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Festivities start at 6 p.m. and include music, singing and a visit from Santa, followed at 7 p.m. by the lighting of the tree. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided.

The Heritage High School Instrumental Musicians 13th annual breakfast with Santa will be at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. in Brentwood. Cost is $10 per person and includes a pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa, kids’ activities and performances by the Heritage jazz band, varsity drumline and small ensembles. For tickets and more information, contact Jennifer at hhsband7@gmail.com.

California Striped Bass Association holds its next meeting 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bridge Marina Yacht Club, 20 Fleming Lane in Antioch. Dinner will be served. Cost is $17; reservations required. The evening includes discussion, reports and speakers. For more information, call Tom Coss at 925-699-1699.

The Discovery Bay Parade of Lights will start with a visit with Santa at the Discovery Bay Marina from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The parade starts at 6 p.m. and winds its way to the Discovery Bay shopping center on the corner of Discovery Bay Boulevard and Riverlake Road for the Lions Club tree lighting at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to register, visit www.conta.cc/32FLi6J.

Saturday, Dec. 14 East Bay Christmas Market

The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Christmas market from 10 a.m. to

New Covenant Church will hold a free community outreach market, from 1 to 4 p.m., at 6080 Bethel Island Road on Bethel Island. Items include clothing, toiletries and more, and donations are needed, especially sleeping bags. For more information, call Randy Switzer at 925-516-1282.

Brentwood’s 37th Annual Holiday Parade

The Brentwood Holiday Parade will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on the streets of downtown Brentwood. This year’s theme is “a superhero holiday” and promises to inspire parade floats with super powerful holiday joy. For more information or to participate, call Laura Young at 925-634-3344 or email admin@ brentwoodchamber.com.

Breakfast with Santa

Come have breakfast with Santa at the Oakley Recreation Center at 10 a.m. Cost is $8 per person and includes a continental breakfast and time with Santa. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. For more information or to register, call 925-625-7044 or email coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us.

Lighted Boat Parade

The Discovery Bay Yacht Club will have its annual lighted boat parade around the bays of Discovery Bay. This year’s theme is Winter Wonderland. For more information, contact ptowncher@comcast. net or visit www.bit.ly/db_boatparade.

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Whether families desire a full military service or simply a small family funeral, they are committed to offering burial and memorial services that honor, respect and provide true meaning to those gathered in mourning. “We are truly blessed by the opportunity to honor a veteran and their service and dedication to our country,” said Rodriguez. “We take pride in arranging burial or cremation, and military honors for a veteran, whether

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– Edward Butler, Purple Heart recipient of suicide.” Despite the hardships that came with service, Butler had a calling to return to the military. He hadn’t lost his rank of sergeant, as a full year hadn’t yet elapsed since he’d left. He managed to secure a position that kept him out of the battlefield, handling weapons and supplies at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, with his military occupational specialty (MOS) changed from infantry to supply. He stayed in the military for 20 years before getting into law enforcement, where he remained for another 25 years until his retirement. Butler recalled his worried mother’s initial reaction to the job change. “My mom said, ‘You jumped from one bad job to another bad job,’” he said, adding that she’d fainted upon first hearing of his injury in Vietnam. But he credits his time in service as what kept him on a steady course. Grasping the Purple Heart hanging from his neck, he said, “I wear this every day, and I wear it proudly.” To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

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The Brentwood Concert Band will host an evening of patriotic and popular music to salute veterans at the Brentwood Veterans Memorial Hall, 757 First St. in Brentwood. Doors open at 7 p.m., and donations are welcome. For more information, please visit www. brentwoodconcertband.com.

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The City of Pittsburg will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Pittsburg Senior Center, 300 Presidio Lane in Pittsburg. For more information, call 925-252-4890.

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Tuesday, Nov. 12 Free Notary Services for Veterans

The City of Oakley will observe Veterans Day from 11 a.m. to noon at the Oakley Civic Center plaza, 3231 Main St., in Oakley. The program will include a presentation of colors, student essays, performance by the Freedom High School band, a rifle salute and more. For more information, contact Amy Sylvestri at sylvestri@ci.oakley.ca.us or 925-413-2284 or visit www.ci.oakley.ca.us.

Suzanne Salamy of Sealed with Integrity will provide free notary services to veterans from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Intero Real Estate, 651 First St. in Brentwood. RSVP to 925-308-6060 to reserve your spot. Two free signatures per veteran. For more information, visit www. sealedwithintegrity.setmore.com/class.

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The Las Positas College Veterans First Program and the Las Positas College Foundation, in partnership with the Sean Brock Foundation, will host a 2.2K challenge walk and 5K to raise awareness for veteran suicide and advocate for mental health support services for veteran students. The 5K begins at 9 a.m.; the 2.2K walk begins at 9:15 a.m. Come enjoy the family friendly atmosphere with an event expo, car show and concert by ThumpWhistle. For cost, registration and more information, visit www. laspositascollege.edu/cal/22walkrun.php.

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The Knights of Columbus will host a dinner and game night from 5 to 10:30 p.m. at 500 Fairview Ave. in Brentwood. Dinner and game tickets are $70; dinner-only tickets are $20. For more information, call Anthony at 925-382-4842.

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Higgins from page 3B The basic military funeral honors ceremony consists of the folding and presentation of the United States flag to the veteran’s family, and the playing of “Taps.” The ceremony is performed by a funeral honors detail consisting of at least two members of the armed forces. Higgins Chapel offers all services for veterans, with options including open-casket visitation, transportation to churches or other places of religious worship, and services featuring an urn or memorial photograph and graveside services at any cemetery, including the national cemeteries in Dixon and Santa Nella/Gustine. “The funeral director will work with the family at their time of need to coordinate which types of services are a best fit to honor the veteran and meet the needs of the family,” said Darren Carter, Higgins Chapel funeral director and embalmer. Choosing a personalized service for a loved one is significant. “Our goal is to make sure the family feels they have done everything possible to honor their loved one,” said Rodriguez. “Whether with a complete burial service, or an intimate moment amongst family, we want to be able to send the family home with a sense of fullness that they honored their loved one well.” According to Rodriguez, one of the most common remarks made at the end

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We are truly blessed by the opportunity to honor a veteran and their service and dedication to our country. – Anthony C. Rodriguez, Higgins Chapel managing partner of a military service is how respectful and gratifying it was. Higgins Chapel offers compassionate and professional burial services to all community members and is committed to serving them with honesty and integrity, to ensure families receive the best guidance and service during the loss of a loved one. “We are the first to be called when a passing occurs,” said Rodriguez. “We have to be ready at all hours of the day and night to respond with service and grace. We have to always be at our best when a member of our community is facing their worst moment.” Higgins Chapel is located at 1310 A St. in Antioch. For more information, visit www.higginsmortuary.com or call 925-757-4343.

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recommend veterans seek assistance. VFW Brentwood Post 10789 Commander Steve Todd and his team also offer free help. “There are no charges ever to the veteran,” Todd said. “It’s all volunteer work, and a lot of time the VFW spends money to help them out, working on their houses and more.” Johnson, also a veteran, further noted his fellow vets sometimes have difficulty accepting the benefits. “Veterans should know these benefits are available to them,” Johnson said. “The big thing that veterans struggle with is, ‘If I use this benefit, it will take it away from another vet,’ and that’s absolutely not true. These are not needs-based programs. It’s not welfare. These are benefits that veterans have earned, and they should take advantage of them.” Both Johnson and Todd noted the forms are complicated and the language can be confusing, but their teams handle the claims regularly. “We case-manage the process and provide the service at no cost,” said Johnson. “It’s the difference between walking into a courtroom with or without a lawyer.” Todd said that while his group is volunteer-based, their compensation comes when the claim is accepted, preventing that vet from potentially taking their own life. “We come across a lot of veterans where we’re their last hope,” Todd said. “The last couple of months, we’ve talked to a few people who, for them, we were their last stop. They were done and checking out. Guys like us are all service-connected, and we’re all war vets, and we have our issues too, but for me my therapy is helping veterans.” For a complete list of benefits, visit www.contracosta.ca.gov/1675/BenefitsFact-Sheets. To connect with the Brentwood VFW Post 10789, visit www.vfw10789.org. For other useful contacts for veterans, visit www.contracosta.ca.gov/1676/Contacts. To comment, visit www.thepress.net

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