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Vasco Caves Regional Preserve is home to various native and rare flora and fauna, and is considered a sacred place to the indigenous peoples who once inhabited the area.

specify what sort of turf would be used, City Manager Tim Ogden said during the meeting, but could be amended to clarify that design element. “You folks don’t even want to get the party started unless it’s specifically artificial turf,” resident Danny Dohrmann said during public comments. Dohrmann expressed concerns that artificial turf would not be usable yearround due to getting hot in the summertime, a concern echoed by resident Brayden Haena, who had formerly played football on artificial turf, he said. Other residents spoke both in see Sand Creek page 18A

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REGIONAL Tucked away in the hills, and protected by the East Bay Regional Park District, lies an ecologically vibrant space that has been sacred to the indigenous peoples of this area for centuries. Guided tours of Vasco Caves Regional Preserve are a popular way for locals to learn about the nature and history of the area. The park district only recently restarted these reservation-only tours after COVID-19 restrictions prevented the district from offering these explorations.

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The area surrounding the preserve is home to the Bay Miwok, Ohlone, and Yokuts people, specifically the Ssaoam and Volvon villages. Ancient pictographs scatter the walls and cupules (a

form of ancient rock art) and mortars, used for grinding herbs and acorns, dot the bedrock. While the immediate area surrounding the preserve didn’t house the native population, it

lies at the center of a network of ancient trade routes that linked Bay Area Ohlones, Bay Miwoks, and Northern Valley Yokuts, see Vasco page 18A

Brentwood approves sports complex design two submitted documents for consideration. Following an interview process, the council decided unanimously that Verde Design Inc., a California-based firm, was the frontrunner and that the council would vote on whether or not to award them the contract. “Upon approval of this agreement, services will commence by the end of November,” according to the agenda packet. “Following completion of a public outreach process and workshop with the Park and Recreation Commission, staff will return to City Council with the concept designs and cost estimates.” Verde Design will provide consultation services in five phases

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beginning with the preliminary design services and including all construction documents and bidding services for the construction of the sports complex. The estimated cost for the services, according to city staff reports, is $1,945,331.95. This amount includes both the agreed upon base estimate of $1,691,593 and a 15% “contingency amount” of $253,738.95 for potential additional services as the project progresses. While the council generally agreed that the city should maximize the number of soccer fields at the future complex, a point of contention was the council’s interest in using artificial turf. The initial Strategic Plan did not

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BRENTWOOD The Brentwood City Council voted unanimously at their Nov. 15 meeting to begin the design phase of the long-awaited Sand Creek Sports Complex. “This is very, very exciting,” Mayor Joel Bryant said following the vote. “I’m very much looking forward to this.” Construction of the sports complex was considered a “top priority” as part of the city’s Strategic Initiative, according to Director of Parks and Recreation Bruce Mulder, who presented the agenda item. To this end, the city began seeking applications from firms that could potentially provide their design services to the city. Of the 23 firms that expressed interest,

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What to know about RSV As the number of RSV cases continues to spike across parts of the U.S. — with some areas nearing seasonal peak levels — those typical “bugs” your child brings home may have you feeling on edge. It can be difficult to know what’s behind a constant cough, especially if your child is very young. RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, can include symptoms similar to a common cold. However, the virus can develop into something more serious. RSV can infect people of all ages but is most severe for older adults and young children. Usually, almost every child under the age of 2 has been exposed to RSV, but due to the pandemic response over the last few years, kids have not been exposed as much to RSV. That is one of the reasons why we are seeing such a spike this year, as well as RSV in children older than 2. RSV symptoms may vary and typically begin four to six days after infection. The most common symptoms might include: • Runny nose • Low appetite • Coughing • Sneezing • Fever • Wheezing For infants with RSV, they might be irritable, sluggish or find it harder to breathe. Your pediatrician will be able to figure out whether it’s a common cold, COVID-19 or RSV, if you have concerns about symptoms

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Students earn money by being kind Krey Elementary fundraiser nets almost $60,000 By Rene De Amaral Staff Writer

Krey Elementary School raised nearly $60,000 recently during a twoweek kindness fundraiser known as the Raise Craze from Oct. 17-30. Raise Craze is an online platform that enables students to set up secure custom websites where they request donations via email. As part of the Raise Craze program, students completed Acts of Kindness for others. The goal of Raise Craze is to encourage participants to pay kindness forward rather than students focusing on selling cookie dough, gift wrap and discount cards, according to the Raise Craze website. During these two weeks, students ask friends and family to sponsor their Acts of Kindness. Examples of these Acts of Kindness include sending messages to the Brentwood Senior Activities Center, local firefighters and healthcare workers, children’s hospitals and school staff. Other acts the students could par-

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Krey Elementary kindness fundraiser raises almost $60,000 ticipate in include donating toys, clothes and books, volunteering, helping with chores or a sibling without being asked or giving out daily compliments. This year’s Raise Craze was the second time Krey Elementary has participated in the fundraising program, having raised about $35,000, with 991 Acts

of Kindness completed by 351 students during 2021, organizers said. According to the Krey Elementary fundraising co-chair Jacqueline Gandenberger, the students completed 2,246 Acts of Kindness, raising a total of $58,745 by 689 students. “Our school goal was $45,000,” she said. “We specifi-

cally use part of that donation money to fund our free monthly family events at Krey, such as Gingerbread Night, Movie Night, Paint Night and the Ice Cream Social. ‘We specifically try to offer these events free to our school in order to foster an inclusive and involved school community.” The school also enabled the students to participate in three free schoolwide Acts of Kindness days, Krey Compliment Day, Keep Krey Clean Day and Krey Rocks. For Krey Rocks, students were given free paint kits to all Krey Elementary families to paint a kind message on a rock that will be decorated in front of the school. Gandenberger and her fundraising co-chair Lindsay Zimmer are proud of the program and how it teaches the students to be kind and active in their community. “Two years ago we decided to try a different fundraising approach, one that would not focus simply on financially supporting our school but also a fundraiser that would provide an opportunity to instill values of generosity and kindness in our students,” she said. “So to be on campus and see that come to fruition within our community, it warms my heart, and I consider it a job well done.” To view a slideshow, visit www.thepress. net/multimedia/slideshows

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he American Legion Roy Frerichs Post 202 held a Veterans Day ceremony in Veterans Park on Balfour Road on Nov. 11. The event featured guest speakers such as Mayor Joel Bryant and Police Chief Tim Hebert, vocalists, a tribute to veterans and a rifle salute. To view a video and a slideshow of the event, visit www. thepress.net/multimedia Photos by Jake Menez

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Holiday cheer to parade through downtown Brentwood on Nov. 26 New route for 40th annual Chamber of Commerce event By Rene De Amaral Staff Writer

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Brentwood’s 40th annual holiday parade will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, rain or shine. Hosted by the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, the lighted parade’s theme, “A Holiday Tale,” is inspired by the film “A Christmas Story.” While Brentwood may lack in snow and sprawling pine forests, the parade brings residents holiday cheer via the free and family-friendly parade and tree-lighting events in downtown Brentwood. The parade route has shifted from previous years. It still follows a path through downtown but now it starts at Birch and First streets, goes north on First Street towards the Brentwood Memorial Veterans Building, and rather than taking a right turn on Maple Street, the parade will now make a right turn on Oak Street and end on Fourth Street. As of Nov. 16, the Chamber of Commerce has over 45 floats registered for the parade in comparison to 30 entries last year, parade organizers said. The Chamber is still accepting float entries, and potential participants can call to register their float at 925-634-3344 or online at https://bit. ly/3UNyTsb by Monday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. The City of Brentwood Christmas Tree lighting will take place immediately

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Events Saturday, Nov. 26 A ‘Holiday Tale’ Parade

The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 40th annual lighted parade from 5-7 p.m. The event will feature 35 floats and will precede the City of Brentwood’s annual Christmas tree lighting in City Park. Floats can still be registered by calling 925-634-3344 by Nov. 21 at 4 p.m.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

The City of Brentwood is hosting their annual Christmas tree lighting in City Park from 7-8 p.m. The tree lighting will be led by Santa Claus and staff from the Parks & Recreation Department will read the Night Before Christmas to the crowd. The tree lighting will take place immediately after the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce Holiday parade.

Brentwood Turkey Trot for Schools

The annual Brentwood Turkey Trot for Schools 5K will be at The Streets of Brentwood at 8 a.m. Start and finish lines are next to the AMC Theaters. Registration is $35 for either the virtual or inperson race, and money raised supports athletics programs of both the BUSD and LUHSD schools. For details, visit http://www.brentwoodturkeytrot. org/

Winter Wine Walk & Tasting Tour

The Downtown Brentwood Coalition is hosting their annual Winter Wine Walk & Tasting Tour from noon-4 p.m. The event will feature 20 wines from local vineyards and wineries, exclusive deals at featured shops and stops along with food pairings by downtown Brentwood restaurants. Tickets are $40 per person and $10 for designated drivers. For more information visit https:// www.brentwooddowntown.com/

Saturday, Dec. 3 City of Oakley Tree Lighting

The City of Oakley is hosting its annual Christmas Tree Lighting starting at 4 p.m. in Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main St. Civic Center Plaza will be adorned with lights and Christmas decorations. There will be free cookies and cocoa, arts and crafts, live entertainment and more. Santa Claus will also be making a special visit. The tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call Alicia at (925) 625-7041 or email: oleary@ci.oakley.ca.us.

Holiday Delites Celebration

The Celebrate Antioch Foundation is hosting their Holiday Delites Celebration, which features a Sip & Shop Craft Fair from 2-6 p.m. with 30 craft vendors, along with live music and local wines and beers. There will also be a lighted Christmas parade at 4:30 with the lighting of the City Christmas Tree and Pictures with Santa Claus following after. For more information, visit http:// bit.ly/3X75pHq.

Sunday, Dec. 4 Christmas on the Farm

St. The event will feature wares from a variety of different sellers. There will also be a pancake breakfast with Santa from 10 a.m.-noon, a raffle and Yellow Ribbon fundraiser for the Veterans Hospital in Martinez. For more information, contact Alicia at 925-625-1102.

Ongoing Events Hijas Del Campo Annual Coat Drive

Hijas del Campo donated 500 coats to campesinxs and their families last year. This year their goal is to double their impact and donate 1,000 coats to keep campesinxs and their families warm. New coats can be dropped off at community partners Chrome Coffee, Wanna Waffle or Estilo Checha until Dec. 4. For more information email Hijas del Campo info@hijasdelcampo.org or call 925-384-2431.

East County Rotary Club Meetings

Brentwood: The Brentwood Rotary Club meets weekly on Monday at noon at the Wedgewood Banquet Center at 100 Summerset Drive in Brentwood. For more information, visit https:// www.brentwoodrotary94513.com. Oakley: The Oakley Rotary Club meets weekly on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at Black Bear Diner, 3201 Main St. in Oakley. For more information, visit http:// rotaryclubofoakley.com. Antioch: The Antioch Rotary Club meets weekly on Thursday at noon at Lone Tree Golf Course & Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road in Antioch. For more information, visit http://www.antiochrotaryclub. com/. The Rotary Club of the Delta meets weekly on Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. at Denny’s, 4823 Lone Tree Way in Antioch. For more information, visit https://www.rotaryclubofthedelta.org/.

East County Lions Club Meetings

Brentwood: The Brentwood Lions Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Straw Hat Pizza on Lone Tree Way. For more information, visit: https://e-clubhouse.org/sites/ brentwoodca/ Oakley: The Oakley Lions Club meets the fourth Wednesdays of every month at 7 p.m. at the Oakley Senior Center, for more information, visit https://e-clubhouse.org/sites/ brentwoodca/ Antioch: The Antioch Lions Club meets every second and fourth Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Denny’s on Delta Fair Blvd. Discovery Bay: The Discovery Bay Lions Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Bay Yacht Club. For more information, visit:https://discoverybaylions.com/who-we-are/ meetings/ Byron: The Byron Delta Lions Club meets every first Friday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anne’s Church for more information https://e-clubhouse.org/sites/byron_delta/

Brentwood Community Chorus

The Brentwood Community Chorus meets every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brentwood Community United Methodist Church (809 Second St.) in Brentwood to rehearse for their holiday concerts. All are welcome.

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Discovery Bay Corvette Club Meetings

The nonprofit Discovery Bay Corvette Club meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Discovery Bay Yacht Club, 5871 Marina Road, Bilge Room. The club is dedicated to the enjoyment of owning and driving America’s sports car. For more information, drop by a meeting or contact the membership vice president at 925-341-9433. For more information on the club, visit www.discoverybaycorvetteclub.com.

California Striped Bass Association West Delta Chapter Meeting

The California Striped Bass Association meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at Sportsmen Yacht Club, 3301 Wilbur Ave., Antioch. For more information, call Moe Adams five days before meeting at 916-529-1192. For more information, visit www.csbadeltachapter.org.

Marine Corps League, Delta Diablo Detachment 1155, monthly meeting

The Marine Corps League, Delta Diablo Detachment 1155, hosts its monthly meeting on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Brentwood Veterans Memorial Building, 757 First St., in Brentwood. The group is open to all active or retired U.S. Marines. Attendees are encouraged to bring a veteran friend, and spouses are always welcome. The meetings feature camaraderie, food, drink, conversation and updates on upcoming events. For more information, call 925-338-1775, email MCL1155@outlook. com or visit https://www.mcl1155.org/.

Applications accepted for Administrative Careers Training

The nonprofit Opportunity Junction is accepting applications for its administrative careers training program. Classes are taught via Zoom. The intensive training is 12 weeks, followed by up to four months of paid internship. Participants will learn life and business skills, and can earn their Microsoft Office Skills certificate. For more information, visit https://www.opportunityjunction. org/program-application.

Widow and Widower Grief Support Group

A widow and widower grief support group from Immaculate Heart of Mary Church meets every Thursday from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the church library at 500 Fairview Ave. in Brentwood. The group focuses on finding a new normal as attendees walk the grief trail with others experiencing the same loss. For more information, contact Mary Ann Smith at 925-240-1706 or Sandy Heinisch at 925-513-3412.

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Al-Anon meetings, which offer a supportive place for friends and families of alcoholics, are held every Friday from 8 to 9:15 p.m. at the Brentwood United Methodist Church at 809 Second St. in Brentwood. There is no need to register. For details, call Trisha at 510-910-1389.

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The East Contra Costa Historical Society is hosting their annual free Christmas on the Farm event from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., featuring a day of Christmas activities, including storytelling, a historical treasure hunt, cookie decorating and more. For more information, contact Mary Black at 925-206-5087. Bethel Island is hosting a Holiday Boutique at Scout Hall at 3090 Ranch Lane from 1-5 p.m. with a variety of vendors and free pictures with Santa Claus.

The Wi Cha Ka council #222 is hosting their annual Holiday Boutique from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Red Men Pocahontas Hall in Oakley on Main

The Oakley Senior Center gives out free food every Thursday from 1-2:30 p.m. Community members are asked to bring their own grocery bags. The ACA Women’s Group meets every Wednesday at 5 p.m. at 809 Second St. in Brentwood. For more information, contact Cici at 530-306-7034.

The nonprofit Opportunity Junction is accepting applications for its Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at two locations including the Opportunity Junction Antioch office at 3102

Kaleidoscope Cancer Connection’s Coffee with Carolyn is a cancer support group for women, hosted by Carolyn George and financially supported by The Kaleidoscope Cancer Connection of Byron. The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month from noon to 1 p.m. The location is at the Kaleidoscope Sacred Garden behind the Byron United Methodist Church (14671 Byron Highway in Byron). For more information, contact Carolyn George at 925-577-3325.

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A Rockwellian re-envisioning Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s worth revisiting some of the holiday’s most cherished expressions. In such a revisiting, we can discover not only the gaps between aspirations and lived realities, but also redemptive possibilities. Take, for example, one of uest the most iconic comment of Thanksgiving images: Norman Rockwell’s painting, “Freedom from Want.” In the painting, a family, a white family, sits around a table. As the matriarch sets down a plump turkey before her seated clan, the glow from a background window casts a luminous image of togetherness, abundance, anticipation. Rockwell painted the picture in 1943 as one of four paintings that became covers for the Saturday Evening Post, covers that illustrated and idealized the four freedoms President Franklin D. Roosevelt had espoused in his January, 1941 State of the Union Address. Roosevelt had articulated these freedoms (freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from fear, and freedom from want) to rouse support for Great Britain in its war with Nazi Germany

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and to define values that could help motivate and guide America’s own war preparedness. Inspired by Roosevelt’s vision, Rockwell’s paintings and Post covers gained instant popularity, and the paintings toured the country in an exhibit that helped raise millions in war bonds. What is less remembered, however, is that each of the Post covers were accompanied by essays composed by well-known writers, including the labor activist, poet, and novelist Carlos Bulosan. Bulosan’s brief essay on freedom from want is particularly worth reading today, for he not only presented a vision of America starkly different from Rockwell’s; he also prophetically addressed issues that continue to vex the nation today. Though Bulosan alluded to the fight against fascism, he devoted most of his essay to the struggle within America: a struggle for economic justice and human dignity. Coming to the U.S. as a teenager in 1930, he had experienced first-hand the hardships of agricultural labor as well as the racism directed at him as a Filipino immigrant. Addressing his readers in the plural first-person, as “we,” Bulosan wrote from

the point of view of working people – individuals who didn’t view freedom as an abstract value, but as a concrete manifestation of economic just sice: “…we are not really free unless we use what we produce. So long as the fruit of our labor is denied us, so long will want manifest itself in a world of slaves. It is only when we have plenty to eat — plenty of everything — that we begin to understand what freedom means.” Bulosan made itclear that such freedom is not a “gift” that is philanthropically bestowed. It must, he said, be struggled for: “But sometimes we wonder if we are really a part of America. We recognize the mainsprings of American democracy in our right to form unions and bargain through them collectively…” And he posed a challenge to the America that had been for him a less than hospitable home: “We are the mirror of what America is. If America wants us to be living and free, then we must be living and free. If we fail, then America fails.” Today, the challenge posed by Bulosan is more sharply defined than ever, with 33 million Americans living in households that are don’t have enough food to eat, with indications pointing to

a deepening crisis of homelessness, and with the extreme inequality of American society continuing to rise. Carlos Bulosan died tragically young (mid-40s) in 1956, of pneumonia complicated by tuberculosis, but not before producing many other works, including his powerful and moving fictionalized memoir, America is in the Heart. The message in his “Freedom from Want” essay is as important to recall this Thanksgiving as is the radiant image in Rockwell’s painting. Rockwell conveyed the joy of human gathering, a joy recognized by later artists whom he inspired to recast his Thanksgiving tableau more inclusively. Their versions honor America’s rich diversity of ethnic, racial, and gender identity and expression, expanding the representations of the holiday moment – when time seems briefly and joyfully suspended. Bulosan, on the other hand, calls his readers to the work yet unfinished – to the journeys yet to be taken on a true road to freedom. – Andrew Moss, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a professor emeritus (English, Nonviolence Studies) at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

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February 5,1926 – October 19, 2022 Mario Michael Mandy, beloved father and grandfather passed away on October 19th at the age of 96 with family by his side. He was born on Feb. 5, 1926 in Tiltonsville, Ohio. He was the son of Fiorendo and Rose (Companaro) Manente. He worked at the Statistician Wheeling Company in Yorkville, Ohio from 1944–1954; at Lever Brothers Company in San Mateo, California from 1954–1956; and at Ben Franklin Store in Redwood City, California from 1956–1957 where he was the manager. He decided to go into the insurance business and worked for Prudential Insurance Company in San Mateo from 1957–1960. At Prudential, he earned many company awards for his superior sales skills. He then opened his own insurance business and was the owner, manager, and Broker of Mario M. Mandy Insurance Agency in San Carlos from 1960– 2000. He attended San Mateo College. He was also a member of the Million Dollar Roundtable and enjoyed his position as VicePresident of the San Mateo chapter in 1957. He was a member of the Palo Alto Toastmasters where he served as president from 1955– 1957 and then was named “Toastmaster” in 1960. He was an avid speaker and presenter at their weekly meetings. He was a member of the San Mateo Professional Insurance Agents Association where he served as vice president and then president. His immediate family was affiliated with the famous boxer Rocky Marciano whom he helped manage and train from 1947–1967.

Mario was manager of the World Boxing Association from 1972–1982. During this time, he trained and managed professional boxers and traveled with them to bouts held around the world. He also served as president of Save Rural Woodside in 1975. He was a member of the Redwood City Chapter of the Knights of Columbus where he was a 4th Degree Past Grand Knight. He was instrumental in acquiring funds that went to help high school students apply for scholarships through the Knights of Columbus. He continued his membership with the Knights of Columbus Yorba Linda, California chapter from 2020– 2022. Mario was ahead of his time and strived to lead a healthy lifestyle. He converted his three-car garage into a gym and worked out daily. He was an avid lover of sports, and donated to special causes close to his heart such as the “Special Olympics.” At the age of 80, he took up tennis and was invited to help coach at the local high school. Mario is survived by his wife Linda Mandy, his four daughters – Vickie Mandy, Kathleen Sais, Maureen Bush and Gina Adams – his son Michael Mandy; and his five grandchildren: Travis Sais, Taylor Sais, Michael Mandy Jr., Merrielle Mandy and Nichole Adams. The funeral and celebration of life will be held on Nov. 21 in Redwood City, California with a reception to follow. If you are interested in attending, you can email Maureen at turnkeysol@aol.com. In lieu of flowers, please give a contribution to the Knights of Columbus in remembrance of Mario Mandy. Please make checks payable to: St. Jude Assembly #2375. Mail to: Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Assembly # 2375, P.O. Box 11, Yorba Linda, CA 92885-0011

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For the first time since 2019, the Liberty Lions qualified for the Division 1 North Coast Section playoffs and beat Amador Valley High School, 35-21, in a first-round game last week. It marked the school’s first playoff win after three years of failing to even qualify for postseason play. Liberty advances to the semifinal round of the playoffs where they will travel to Concord to play the Clayton Valley High School Ugly Eagles. The game is scheduled for Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. The Lions’ offense was flying throughout the night, totaling over 400 yards in their opening-round home playoff win against the Dons. Quarterback and Bay Valley Athletic League Most Valuable Player Nate Bell not only ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns but also threw for 148 yards and two more scores. Two-way star Jamar Searcy had a stellar game both at running back and safety, tallying 67 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown, and two interceptions on defense as he and Bell led the way for the Lions’ victory.

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The Lions beat the Dons 35-21 in a hard-fought victory that gave them their first playoff win in 3 years. The game started off fast as the Lions’ offense scored on their first possession in just two plays following a big run by running back Giancarlo Olveda. Bell capped off the drive with a scoring run to give Liberty a quick 7-0 lead. However, Amador responded to Liberty’s touchdown just as quickly as Brady Nasser scored on a one-yard run to tie the game at 7-7. On the Lions’ next drive, they again moved quickly down the field

to score with Searcy breaking tackles on a 19-yard run. On Amador’s next drive, quarterback Jackson Visconti connected with receiver Nate Jetter to tie the game at 14. Bell hit receiver Ryan McKendry on the Lions’ next drive for a 61-yard touchdown pass to give the Lions the lead again, 21-14. Up to this point, both teams had been trading scores and it looked as if the Dons

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would respond once again until Searcy intercepted a long pass along the sideline to give the Lions another scoring opportunity before going into halftime. Liberty head coach Mike Cable wanted to score a touchdown instead of settling for a field goal with 11 seconds left in the half and the Lions not having any timeouts left to stop the clock. Bell threw a 22-yard strike over the middle to receiver Deuce Carr for a touchdown with just four seconds left in the first half. Coming out in the second half, both offenses would begin to trade punts instead of touchdowns until late in the third quarter when Bell would keep it himself and run into the end zone for his second rushing touchdown and fourth overall. Moving into the fourth quarter, the Amador offense had been getting shut down by the Lions’ defense since their touchdown pass from early in the second quarter. They continued to struggle as Searcy made a spectacular leaping interception along the Amador sideline, giving the ball back to the Liberty offense and enabling them to burn off almost all the remaining time until they turned the ball over on downs with less than two minutes to play. The Dons scored again with less than a minute to play to make it 35-21, but even with the score the outcome had already been determined. To view a slideshow, visit www.thepress.net/ multimedia/slideshows


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This year’s Brentwood Turkey Trot for Schools 5K fundraiser will be held at The Streets of Brentwood at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24. This ninth annual Turkey Trot is hosted by the Brentwood and Liberty Union school districts as a community event to promote a fun and healthy time for families and friends of all ages before they dive into their Thanksgiving feasts, organizers said. “The Turkey Trot for Schools has quickly become a local holiday tradi-

tion,” said Dana Eaton, superintendent of Brentwood school district. “It is really a perfect fundraiser. Joining in a 5K (3.1-miles) walk or run is great for you, and all proceeds go to benefit athletic and physical education programs throughout Brentwood and Liberty Schools. Last year’s race raised $56,000 for schools. Every Liberty and Brentwood Union School District School benefits from this event. Schools have received thousands of dollars over the last several years.” Some examples of what the race proceeds helped purchased recently includes climbing walls, ball pits, junior golf equipment, disc golf and exercise bikes for Liberty track teams, Eaton said last year. The Turkey Trot had almost 1,500 entrants last year because of COVID-19 health and safety restrictions. Organizers said they hope for about 2,000 runners and walkers this year.

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was reported on Amber Lane. Oct. 31, 10:04 a.m. A harassment complaint was made on Carter Place. Oct. 31, 12:05 p.m. An assault with a deadly weapon was reported on Randy Way. The reporting party’s girlfriend’s brother tried to stab the reporting party with a pocket knife. Oct. 31, 1:39 p.m. A suspicious person was reported on Sand Creek Road. Oct. 31, 2:23 p.m. A case of forgery and fraud was reported on Middlefield Court. The reporting party wrote and sent a check to one of her vendors, someone intercepted it, put their own name on it, changed the amount and cashed it. Oct. 31, 8:12 p.m. A case of petty theft was reported on Shady Willow Lane. An unlocked gray truck was broken into. A purse, credit cards, wallet and phone were taken. Nov. 1, 8:09 a.m. A commercial burglary was reported on Minnesota Avenue. Nov. 1, 1:52 p.m. An accident with no injuries was reported on Brentwood Boulevard. The reporting party spun out and blocked half the lane. Nov. 1, 2:08 p.m. A restraining order violation was reported on Solano Drive. Nov. 1, 3:50 p.m. An accident with no injuries was reported on Second Street.

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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 DE154) 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. Petitioner: JULITA AGWUMEZIE Attorney for Petitioner: Michael J Amthor 1181 Central Blvd. Suite A Brentwood, CA 94513 925-516-4888 *ANTIOCH PRESS* 06-1617 Publish Dates: November 4, 11, 18, 2022

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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. Petitioner: Kimberly Jan Montano 13 Helmuth Ln Antioch, CA 94509 925-470-8417 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 89502 Publish Dates: November 18, 25, December 2, 2022.\cs2

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0005968 The name of the business(es): Stay Ready CPR Located at: 5369 McDowell Valley Lane In: Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Miguel Douglas. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company, State of Organization: CA. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 8/1/2022. Signature of registrant: Miguel Douglas, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: 10/24/2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/23/2027 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 Publish Dates: November 4, 11, 18, 25, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0006080 The name of the business(es): TUSCAN BLUE II ASSISTED LIVING Located at: 5405 MOJAVE WAY In: ANTIOCH,CA,94 531, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): SARVAS LLC. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company, State of Organization: CA. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 09/01/2018. Signature of registrant: PRAMOD BALANANDAN, MANAGING MEMBER. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: 10/31/2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/30/2027 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 Publish Dates: November 18, 25, December 2, 9, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-005662 The name of the business(es): Don’t Lag Coffee Located at: 300 Maureen Lane In: Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Matthew Robert Whitaker. 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: Matthew Whitaker, Individual. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: 10/07/2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/06/2027 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: November 18, 25, December 2, 9, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0003780 The name of the business(es): House of Hair Located at: 2042 Montauk Court In: Discovery Bay, CA 94505, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Adriana Coppolino. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 6/22/2022. Signature of registrant: Adriana Coppolino. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 29, 2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 06/28/2027 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0005897 The name of the business(es): OUD SPA Located at: 3850 Balfour Rd Suite I In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): TING YANG. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 10/19/2022. Signature of registrant: TING YANG, Individual. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: 10/19/2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/18/2027 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: November 18, 25, December 2, 9, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0006078 The name of the business(es): GOLDEN NEST ASSISTED LIVING Located at: 2296 INDIAN SPRINGS DR In: BRENTWOOD, CA, 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): SARKA LLC. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company, State of Organization: CA. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 08/01/2019. Signature of registrant: PRAMOD BALANANDAN,

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0005763 The name of the business(es): ACE HANDYMAN SERVICES BRENTWOOD Located at: 8900 BRENTWOOD BLVD., SUITE C In: BRENTWOOD, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): ROGELSTAD HOME REPAIR LLC. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company, State of Organization: CA. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: AARON ROGELSTAD, MANAGING MEMBER. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: 10/13/2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/12/2027 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0006006 The name of the business(es): EMBASS INVESTMENTS LLC Located at: 2347 Blue Ridge Avenue In: Brentwood, CA 94513 is hereby registered by the following owner(s): EMBASS INVESTMENTS LLC. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company, State of Organization: CA. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 01/30/2019. Signature of registrant: Emem Bassey, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: 10/25/2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/24/2027 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0005878 The name of the business(es): 1. Whittier 2. Legacy Group 3. Legacy Group Whittier Located at: 2603 Camino Ramon, Suite 200 In: San Ramon, CA 94583, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Gerardo Cervantes. 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: Gerardo Cervantes, Manager. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: 10/19/2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/18/2027 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0006079 The name of the business(es): FLOWERING PLUMS ASSISTED LIVING Located at: 591 FLOWERING PLUM PL In: BRENTWOOD,CA, 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): SARVAS LLC. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company,State of Organization. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 08/01/2021. Signature of registrant: PRAMOD BALANANDAN, MANAGING MEMBER. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: 10/31/2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/30/2027 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: November 18, 25, December 2, 9, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0005680 The name of the business(es): Yarn Keepers Located at: 855 Summer Cir In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Amanda Alexander. 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: Amanda Alexander. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: 10/10/2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/09/2027 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0006077 The name of the business(es): GREEN FEATHERS ASSISTED LIVING Located at: 528 COCONUT PL In: BRENTWOOD, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): SARKA LLC. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company, State of Organization: CA. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 03/01/2021. Signature of registrant: PRAMOD BALANANDAN, MANAGING MEMBER. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: 10/31/2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/30/2027 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: November 18, 25, December 2, 9, 2022

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0005351 The name of the business(es): Jestures Located at: 18 OAK STREET #236 In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Juliet A Wells. This business is conducted by: an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on . Signature of registrant: Deborah Cooper, Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: 09/22/2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 09/21/2027 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0005844 The name of the business(es): BLOCK ADVISORS Located at: 3390 Mt Diablo Blvd, Ste 200 In: Lafayette, CA 94549, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): HRB Tax Group Inc. This business is conducted by: A Corporation, State of Incorporation: MO. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Daniel White, Treasurer. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: 10/18/2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/17/2027 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: November 4, 11, 18, 25, 2022 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Husna Hamkar Seddiqi SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Husna Hamkar Seddiqi, Ayman Amin Seddiqi CASE NUMBER: N22-2133 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Husna Hamkar Seddiqi, Sulaimon Walid Seddiqi filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Ayman Amin Seddiqi to Proposed Name: a. Arman Aiman Seddiqi. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 01/27/2023 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 30 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: November 03, 2022 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press Brentwood Press 02-1273 Publish Dates: November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0006035 The name of the business(es): ABS 123 Located at: 19 Tipton Ct, Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Johanna M Ortiz. 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: Johanna Ortiz, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 27, 2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/26/2027 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 Publish Dates: November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 2022 PUBLIC NOTICE T-Mobile West, LLC is proposing to install a generator within a new 10 foot by 15-foot ground lease area in association with an existing lightpole collocation at 1411 Harbour Way South, Richmond, Contra Costa County, California 94804. There will be no change to the equipment on the lightpole. T-Mobile West, LLC is publishing this notice in accordance with Federal Communications Commission regulations (47 CFR § 1.1307) for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Parties interested in commenting on this Federal undertaking or with questions on the proposed facility should contact, Elizabeth Shule, 2154 Torrance Boulevard, Suite 200, Torrance, CA, 90501, (314) 339-3896, eshule@

PUBLIC NOTICE T-Mobile West, LLC is proposing to install a generator within a new 10 foot by 16-foot ground lease area in association with an existing lightpole collocation at West 10th Street & A Street, Antioch, Contra Costa, California 94509. There will be no change to the existing lightpole. T-Mobile West, LLC is publishing this notice in accordance with Federal Communications Commission regulations (47 CFR § 1.1307) for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Parties interested in commenting on this Federal undertaking or with questions on the proposed facility should contact, Elizabeth Shule, 2154 Torrance Boulevard, Suite 200, Torrance, CA, 90501, (314) 339-3896, eshule@partneresi.com . Please provide comments within 30 days of the publication date. Antioch Press No. 06-1617 Publish Date: November 18, 2022 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: STEPHEN KEITH HOWARD, deceased CASE NUMBER P22-01750 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: STEPHEN KEITH HOWARD, deceased. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: SANDRA A. YOUNG in the Superior Court of California, County of: CONTRA COSTA. The Petition for Probate requests that: SANDRA A. YOUNG be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority 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: FEBRUARY 23, 2023 Time: 9:00 A.M. Dept: 15. 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: Michael J Amthor 1181 Central Blvd. Suite A Brentwood, CA 94513 925-516-4888 BRENTWOOD PRESS No. 02-1273 Publish Dates: November 18, 25, December 2, 2022 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: CHUKWUDERA UGWUALA, deceased CASE NUMBER P22-01322 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: CHUKWUDERA UGWUALA, deceased. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: JULITA AGWUMEZIE in the Superior Court of California, County of: CONTRA COSTA. The Petition for Probate requests that: JULITA AGWUMEZIE be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority 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 06, 2022 Time: 9:00 A.M. Dept: 30. b. Address of court: 725 COURT STREET, MARTINEZ, CA 94553. If you object

ORDINANCE 1049 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AMENDING TITLE 15 (BUILDINGS AND CONSTRUCTION) CHAPTER 15.04 OF THE BRENTWOOD MUNICIPAL CODE TO: ADOPT BY REFERENCE THE 2022 EDITION OF THE CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS TITLE 24 (“CALIFORNIA BUILDING STANDARDS CODE”) WITH AMENDMENTS; THE CALIFORNIA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE PART 1; THE CALIFORNIA BUILDING CODE PART 2, VOLUMES 1 AND 2; THE CALIFORNIA RESIDENTIAL CODE PART 2.5; THE CALIFORNIA ELECTRICAL CODE PART 3; THE CALIFORNIA MECHANICAL CODE PART 4; THE CALIFORNIA PLUMBING CODE PART 5; THE CALIFORNIA ENERGY CODE PART 6; THE CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL BUILDING CODE PART 8; THE CALIFORNIA EXISTING BUILDING CODE PART 10; THE CALIFORNIA GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS CODE PART 11; AND THE CALIFORNIA REFERENCED STANDARDS CODE PART 12; AND AMEND BRENTWOOD MUNICIPAL CODE CHAPTER 15.06 ADOPT BY REFERENCE THE 2022 EDITION OF THE CALIFORNIA BUILDING STANDARDS CODE PART 9 (THE CALIFORNIA FIRE CODE), AS AMENDED BY CONTRA COSTA COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT ORDINANCE 2022-34, INCLUDING FINDINGS SUPPORTING AMENDMENTS TO THE 2022 EDITION OF THE CALIFORNIA BUILDING STANDARDS CODE PART 9 (THE CALIFORNIA FIRE CODE) THE FOREGOING ORDINANCE was introduced with the first reading waived at a regular meeting of the Brentwood City Council on the 25th day of October 2022, by the following vote: AYES: Mendoza, Meyer, Rarey, Rodriguez, and Mayor Bryant NOES: None ABSENT: None RECUSED: None And was adopted at a regular meeting of the Brentwood City Council on the 15th of November, 2022 by the following vote: AYES: Mendoza, Meyer, Rarey, Rodriguez, and Mayor Bryant NOES: None ABSENT: None RECUSE: None ATTEST: Margaret Wimberly, MMC City Clerk The above is a summary of the major highlights of the ordinances; reading the ordinances in its entirety may be necessary to obtain a full understating of all changes. A copy of the full text of the ordinances is on file and may be read in the City Clerk’s office located at 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, and/or a copy may be obtained from that office based on the City’s actual cost for duplicating. Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 89504 Publish Dates: November 18, 2022. URGENCY ORDINANCE NO. 1051 AN URGENCY ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD EXTENDING, FOR AN ADDITIONAL PERIOD OF ONE YEAR, AN URGENCY ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTIONS 16.020.060, 17.100.005, 17.620.007, AND 17.820.003 OF THE BRENTWOOD MUNICIPAL CODE, AND ADDING CHAPTERS 16.169, 17.796, AND 17.797 TO THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD MUNICIPAL CODE THE FOREGOING ORDINANCE was adopted with the full reading waived at a regular meeting of the Brentwood City Council on the 15th day of November 2022, by the following vote: AYES: Mendoza, Meyer, Rarey, Rodríguez, Mayor Bryant NOES: None ABSENT: None RECUSED: None ATTEST: Margaret Wimberly, MMC City Clerk The above is a summary of the major highlights of the ordinances; reading the ordinances in its entirety may be necessary to obtain a full understating of all changes. A copy of the full text of the ordinances is on file and may be read in the City Clerk’s office located at 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, and/or a copy may be obtained from that office based on the City’s actual cost for duplicating. Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 89503 Publish Dates: November 18, 2022.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0005891 The name of the business(es): Sea Moss By Rae Located at: 3025 Harrison Place In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Rashaan Lyons. 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: Rashaan Lyons, Registrant. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 19, 2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/18/2027 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 89377 Publish dates: October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0006046 The name of the business(es): SQ Handman Located at: 4607 Deerfield Drive In: Antioch, CA. 94531, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Marciano Sanchez. 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: Marciano Sanchez, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 27, 2022. by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/26/2027. Antioch Press No. 06-1617 89426 Publish dates: November 4, 11, 18, 25, 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0006132 The name of the business(es): Alliance California Junk Removal and Demolition Located at: 2735 San Elijo Court In: Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Steve Gonzalo Cordova. 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: Steve Cordova, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: 11/02/2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 11/01/2027. Antioch Press No. 06-1617 89435 Publish dates: November 11,18, 25, December 2, 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0006163 The name of the business(es): Tropical Maintenance Located at: 1813 Candice Ct. In: Antioch,CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Enrique Lopez. 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: Enrique Lopez, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 4, 2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 11/3/2027 Antioch Press No. 061617 89443 Publish dates: November 11,18, 25, December 2, 2022. NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: Anna Knotts, deceased CASE NUMBER P22-00690 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: Anna Knotts, deceased. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: Kimberly Jan Montano in the Superior Court of California, County of: CONTRA COSTA. The Petition for Probate requests that: Kimberly Jan Montano be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority 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: 11/29/2022 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept: 15. 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

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-22-940975-CL Order No.: 220429436-CA-VOI YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 9/21/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. 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): WILLIAM QUINTANA A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY Recorded: 10/3/2007 as Instrument No. 2007-0276925-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California; Date of Sale: 12/20/2022 at 9:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Pleasant Hill Community Center, located at 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. In the Auction.com Room Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $372,695.36 The purported property address is: 2472 HOOFTRAIL WAY, ANTIOCH, CA 94531 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 055-120022-3 NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800-280-2832 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this internet website http://www.qualityloan.com, using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-22-940975-CL. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the internet website. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. NOTICE TO TENANT: You may have a right to purchase this property after the trustee auction pursuant to Section 2924m of the California Civil Code. If you are an “eligible tenant buyer,” you can purchase the property if you match the last and highest bid placed at the trustee auction.


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If you are an “eligible bidder,” you may be able to purchase the property if you exceed the last and highest bid placed at the trustee auction. There are three steps to exercising this right of purchase. First, 48 hours after the date of the trustee sale, you can call 800-280-2832, or visit this internet website http://www.qualityloan. com, using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-22-940975-CL to find the date on which the trustee’s sale was held, the amount of the last and highest bid, and the address of the trustee. Second, you must send a written notice of intent to place a bid so that the trustee receives it no more than 15 days after the trustee’s sale. Third, you must submit a bid so that the trustee receives it no more than 45 days after the trustee’s sale. If you think you may qualify as an “eligible tenant buyer” or “eligible bidder,” you should consider contacting an attorney or appropriate real estate professional immediately for advice regarding this potential right to purchase. NOTICE TO PROSPECTIVE OWNER-OCCUPANT: Any prospective owneroccupant as defined in Section 2924m of the California Civil Code who is the last and highest bidder at the trustee’s sale shall provide the required affidavit or declaration of eligibility to the auctioneer at the trustee’s sale or shall have it delivered to Quality Loan Service Corporation by 5 p.m. on the next business day following the trustee’s sale at the address set forth in the below signature block. 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 S San Diego, CA 92108 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 800-280-2832 Or Login to: http://www.qualityloan.com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-22-940975-CL IDSPub #0182045 11/18/2022 11/25/2022 12/2/2022 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 89449 Publish Dates: November 18, 25, December 2, 2022.

above on 09/25/2022. Signature of registrant: Laverne Bryant, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 25, 2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/24/2027 Brentwood Press No. 021273 89427 November 4,11,18, 25, 2022.

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 6, 2022 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept: 15. Room: 215 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: Christen E. Bourne, Esq., RUSCONI, FOSTER & THOMAS, APC 30 Keystone Avenue Morgan Hill, CA 95037 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 89395 Publish Dates: November 4, 11, 18, 2022.\cs2

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS SUMMONS IN A CIVIL CASE CASE NUMBER: 1:22-cv-04335 KEVIN B. DUFF, Receiver For The Estate Of EquityBuild Inc. and EquityBuild Finance LLC, etc., V. CHIEF MANAGEMENT LLC and EZRI NAMVAR, TO:(Name and address of Defendant) Ezri Namvar 12121 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 555 Los Angeles, CA 90049 ASSIGNED JUDGE: Hon. John J. Tharp, Jr. DESIGNATED MAGISTRATE JUDGE: Hon. Gabriel A. Fuentes YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to serve upon PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY (name and address) Michael Rachlis Rachlis Duff & Peel, LLC 542 S. Dearborn Street, Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60605 mrachlis@rdaplaw.net, 312-733-3955 an answer to the complaint which is herewith served upon you, 21 days after service of this summons upon you, exclusive of the day of service. If you fail to do so, judgment by default will be taken against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. You must also file your answer with the Clerk of this Court within a reasonable period of time after service. (By) DEPUTY CLERK THOMAS G. BRUTON, CLERK DATE August 18, 2022.

NOTICE OF LIEN SALE SELF STORAGE AUCTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned intends to sell the liened personal property described below, pursuant to the provisions of the California Code of Civil Procedure and the provisions of the California Self-Storage Facilities Act, Business and Professions Code Sections 21700 et seq.. On the 29th day of November, 2022, at 11:45 A.M., the undersigned will sell the contents of liened storage units by public sale by competitive bidding on the premises where said property has been stored and which are located at Acorn Self Storage LLC, at 5205 Railroad Avenue, Pittsburg, California 94565, Tel. (925) 432-3200. Self-storage liened units generally include miscellaneous household goods, office or business equipment, furniture, furnishings, clothing and personal effects. In addition to those general contents, the pre-lien inventory revealed the following described goods: Customer Name: Lloyd Butler -1930 Ford Tudor Vin # 473898,1922 Lic. N461 Ford Vin # 6208579 Lic.361850 -Misc. Car Parts, 25+ Boxes, Some Tools, Ladders, Lawn Equipment, Books & Magazines Lloyd Butler -1922 Ford Vin # 261486 Lic HC4950, 1922 Ford Vin # F83650 Lic # HC4809, 5+ Schwinn Bicycles, Motors, Transmissions, Wheels , Car Parts for antique automobiles (too many to detail), Engine Hoist. Purchases must be paid for at the time of purchase by cash only. All purchased items sold as-is, where-is, and must be removed at the time of sale. Sale subject to cancellation in the event of settlement between owner and obligated party. Call ahead to make sure sale is still scheduled. Contraband, or items subject to regulation or registration will not be transferred with the liened unit unless otherwise noted. Dates Published 11/11/2022 and on 11/18/2022 Nor Cal Storage Auctions, Inc., Bond #7900390179, Tel. (916) 604-9695 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 89452 Publish Dates: November 11, 18, 2022.

sale will be held, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, condition, or encumbrances, including fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to pay the remaining principal sums of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is: $75,737.92 If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned or its predecessor caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (844) 477-7869 or visit this Internet Web site WWW.STOXPOSTING. COM, using the file number assigned to this case 101775-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. NOTICE TO TENANT: Effective January 1, 2021, you may have a right to purchase this property after the trustee auction pursuant to Section 2924m of the California Civil Code. If you are an “eligible tenant buyer,” you can purchase the property if you match the last and highest bid placed at the trustee auction. If you are an “eligible bidder,” you may be able to purchase the property if you exceed the last and highest bid placed at the trustee auction. There are three steps to exercising this right of purchase. First, 48 hours after the date of the trustee sale, you can call (855) 313-3319, or visit this internet website www.clearreconcorp.com, using the file number assigned to this case 101775-CA to find the date on which the trustee’s sale was held, the amount of the last and highest bid, and the address of the trustee. Second, you must send a written notice of intent to place a bid so that the trustee receives it no more than 15 days after the trustee’s sale. Third, you must submit a bid so that the trustee receives it no more than 45 days after the trustee’s sale. If you think you may qualify as an “eligible tenant buyer” or “eligible bidder,” you should consider contacting an attorney or appropriate real estate professional immediately for advice regarding this potential right to purchase. FOR SALES INFORMATION: (844) 477-7869 CLEAR RECON CORP 4375 Jutland Drive San Diego, California 92117. Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 89366 Publish Dates: November 4, 11, 18, 2022.

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: November 8, 2022 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 89492 Publish Dates: November 18, 25, December 4, 9, 2022.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0005692 The name of the business(es): Miss Gee Hair Located at: 3 Sandalwood Ct In: Pittsburg, CA 94565, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Ghofran Mohamad. 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: Ghofran Mohamad, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 10, 2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/9/2027 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 89378 Publish dates: October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 2022.

unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. Notice to Potential Bidders If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a Trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a Trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same Lender may hold more than one mortgage or Deed of Trust on the property. Notice to Property Owner The sale date shown on this Notice of Sale may be postponed one or more times by the Mortgagee, Beneficiary, Trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about Trustee Sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call Auction.com at 800.280.2832 for information regarding the Trustee’s Sale or visit the Internet Website address www.Auction.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA07000848-22-1. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Website. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Notice to Tenant NOTICE TO TENANT FOR FORECLOSURES AFTER JANUARY 1, 2021 You may have a right to purchase this property after the trustee auction pursuant to Section 2924m of the California Civil Code. If you are an “eligible tenant buyer,” you can purchase the property if you match the last and highest bid placed at the trustee auction. If you are an “eligible bidder,” you may be able to purchase the property if you exceed the last and highest bid placed at the trustee auction. There are three steps to exercising this right of purchase. First, 48 hours after the date of the trustee sale, you can call 800.280.2832, or visit this internet website www.Auction.com, using the file number assigned to this case CA07000848-22-1 to find the date on which the trustee’s sale was held, the amount of the last and highest bid, and the address of the trustee. Second, you must send a written notice of intent to place a bid so that the trustee receives it no more than 15 days after the trustee’s sale. Third, you must submit a bid so that the trustee receives it no more than 45 days after the trustee’s sale. If you think you may qualify as an “eligible tenant buyer” or “eligible bidder,” you should consider contacting an attorney or appropriate real estate professional immediately for advice regarding this potential right to purchase. Date: October 28, 2022 MTC Financial Inc. dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA07000848-22-1 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 Phone: 949252-8300 TDD: 866-660-4288 By: Loan Quema, Authorized Signatory SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ONLINE AT www.Auction.com FOR AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: Auction.com at 800.280.2832 NPP0417669 To: BRENTWOOD PRESS 11/11/2022, 11/18/2022, 11/25/2022 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 89434 Publish Dates: November 11, 18, 25, 2022.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0005773 The name of the business(es): LADY J’S SOULFOOD Located at: 2227 Railroad Ave. In: Pittsburg, CA 94565, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Williams Soulfood and More. This business is conducted by: A Corporation, State of Incorporation: CA. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Charlene Moore, Manager. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 13, 2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/12/2027 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 89367 Publish dates: October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0005802 The name of the business(es): Grand Trans Located at: 2455 Collins Ave In: Pinole, CA 94564, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Angar Dashdavaa. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 10/14/2022. Signature of registrant: Angar Dashdavaa, Individual. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 14, 2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/13/2027 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 89376 Publish dates: October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0006005 The name of the business(es): Lucky Twice As Nice, Laval Enterprises, Inc. Located at: 8065 Brentwood Blvd, Ste. 1 In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Laval Enterprises, Inc. This business is conducted by: A Corporation, State of Incorporation: CA. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0006038 The name of the business(es): East Bay Chaplains of Northern California Located at: 2445 Taylor Lane In: Byron, CA 94514, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): East Bay Chaplains of Northern California. This business is conducted by: A Corportation, State of Incorporation: CA. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Priscilla Martinez, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 27,2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/26/2027 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 89424 Publish dates: November 4, 11,18,25, 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0006040 The name of the business(es): LINDA’S RESIDENTIALCARE IV LLC Located at: 2191 Toulouse Ln In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Linda’s Residential Care IV, LLC. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company, State of Organization: CA. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Erlinda Portillo, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 27, 2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 10/26/2027 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 89476 Publish dates: November 18, 25, December 2, 9, 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2022-0006341 The name of the business(es): Inner Circle Property Management Located at: 2873 Tango Lane In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Lucas Realty, Inc. This business is conducted by: A Corporation, State of Incorporation: CA. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A Signature of registrant: Sandra Lucas, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 15, 2022 by Deputy Clerk Expires 11/14/2027 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 89498 Publish dates: November 18, 25, December 2, 9, 2022.

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: MARY P. GUSTAFSON, deceased CASE NUMBER P22-01309 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: MARY P. GUSTAFSON, deceased. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: ROBERT SCHERP in the Superior Court of California, County of: CONTRA COSTA. The Petition for Probate requests that: ROBERT SCHERP be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority to

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE APN: 019-270-077-1 TS No: CA0700084822-1 TO No: 220405357-CA-VOI NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE (The above statement is made pursuant to CA Civil Code Section 2923.3(d) (1). The Summary will be provided to Trustor(s) and/or vested owner(s) only, pursuant to CA Civil Code Section 2923.3(d)(2).) YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED May 22, 2020. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On December 20, 2022 at 09:00 AM, Auction.com Room, Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, MTC Financial Inc. dba Trustee Corps, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on May 26, 2020 as Instrument No. 2020-0099359-00, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, executed by JOYCE G SEIBLES, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, as Trustor(s), in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., as Beneficiary, as nominee for PARAMOUNT RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE GROUP, INC. as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1710 JUBILEE DR, 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 without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee’s Sale is estimated to be $473,869.30 (Estimated). However, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary’s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the Trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee’s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No. 101775-CA APN: 010-340-041-2 IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 5/17/1995. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER On 12/7/2022 at 1:30 PM, CLEAR RECON CORP, as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 5/24/1995 as Instrument No. 95 082124 of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Contra Costa County, State of CALIFORNIA executed by: KYLE J. NORRIS AND MICHELLE NORRIS, HUSBAND AND WIFE WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK DRAWN ON A STATE OR NATIONAL BANK, A CHECK DRAWN BY A STATE OR FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, OR A CHECK DRAWN BY A STATE OR FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION, SAVINGS ASSOCIATION, OR SAVINGS BANK SPECIFIED IN SECTION 5102 OF THE FINANCIAL CODE AND AUTHORIZED TO DO BUSINESS IN THIS STATE; AT THE NORTH SIDE OF THE PITTSBURG CIVIC CENTER OUTSIDE NEAR THE GRASS LOCATED AT 65 CIVIC AVENUE, PITTSBURG, CA 94565 all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: MORE ACCURATELY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 4708 FORD STREET, BRENTWOOD, CA 94513 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER Julianne Schwab SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Julianne Schwab CASE NUMBER: N22-2163 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Julianne Schwab filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Julianne Schwab to Proposed Name: Jade Monet Stella. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 01/30/23 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 30 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Ahmad Salim Latifi SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Ahmad Salim Latifi CASE NUMBER: N22-2108 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Ahmad Salim Latifi filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Ahmad Salim Latifi to Proposed Name: Saleem Latifi. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 1/20/2023 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 30 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: 10/31/2022 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 89429 Publish Dates: November 4, 11, 18, 25, 2022. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Amanda Elaine Graciliano SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Amanda Elaine Graciliano CASE NUMBER: N22-2067 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Amanda filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Harlon Dresden Ramirez to Proposed Name: Harlon Dresden Graciliano. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 01-16-2023 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 30 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Brentwood Press b. Must be served on father. Date: October 25, 2022 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 89455 Publish Dates: November 11,18, 25, December 2 , 2022. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Crystal Jewel Allen SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Crystal Jewel Shaw CASE NUMBER: N22-1602 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Crystal Jewel Allen filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Crystal Jewel Shaw b. AKA Crystal Jewel Allen to Proposed Name: Crystal Jewel Allen. 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: 11/2/2022 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 30 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: August 25, 2022 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 89459 Publish Dates: November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 2022.

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who were drawn to the area for economic, social and ceremonial events. Vasco Caves continues to serve as a ceremonial gathering place for the area’s native tribes even today, and the sacredness of the place is still recognized. EBRPD Naturalist Kevin Dixon, a 15year veteran of the district, explained that there were many layers of cultural history surrounding the Vasco Caves area. “Native people say they have been here since time immemorial,” Dixon said. “They were created in this place.” Dixon is referring to The Birth of Wek`-wek and the Creation of Man, a Hool-poom`-ne (Julpun) story of creation. The legend outlines how O-let`-te (Coyote), the Creator, and his grandson, Wek`-Wek (Falcon), worked together to obtain the music of the lah`-pah (elderberry tree) from Hul-luk mi-yum’-ko—the great and beautiful women-chiefs of the Star-people and bring it back to their home on Oo’-yumbel’-le (Mount Diablo). Once the task was completed and the lah`pah obtained, Olet`-te and Wek`-wek went out and traveled all over the country, planting the lah`-pah, so that it would furnish music, food, and medicine for the people they were going to create. O-let’-te told Wek’-wek that the berries would make food, the roots and blossoms medicine, and the hollow branches music, according to the story. “Things changed with the arrival of the Spanish and their missions, and that really impacted a lot of people here in the East Bay,” Dixon continued. “Within a pretty short amount of time, most of those people who had been here for hundreds of generations had to leave their land. They were forced out, or their whole ecosystem was changed, and in various ways they were forced off of their ancestral land. That’s one layer of the relationship of people with the

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land and the culture that was here.” Dixon explained that the culture of the native people in the area is closely tied to the land and exists in and around the land. People considered themselves to be so closely connected to the land, that they were almost like a part of the land, including all the plants and animals of the area, as well. As time moved on, the relationship between people and the land began to change. Mexican settlers would graze their cattle in the hills, and post-Gold Rush settlers ran sheep ranching operations. More and more, the culture shifted to exploitation of the land in various ways, as opposed to living with it and cultivating it in a gentle way and tending it as native people did for a millenia, according to Dixon. “With the coming of the Los Vaqueros project, when the Los Vaqueros Reservoir was built, which started in the ‘80s, the worth of the land was recognized in a new way,” said Dixon. “It was set aside as a preserve and also as a protected watershed. So, as a preserve, as part of this more cosmopolitan culture in the East Bay now, it’s been recognized by a broader audience that this is a sacred place. Native people

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favor of natural grass and in favor of artificial turf. Councilmember Karen Rarey pointed out that previous outreaches regarding a possible sports complex showed a community interest in synthetic material over natural grass, particularly from the local soccer teams. “The more we optimize [the sports complex], I think the better it is for our city overall,” Councilmember Jovita Mendoza said. Mendoza framed the sports complex as a

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your child is showing. They might perform tests, like chest X-rays, to see if pneumonia has developed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes an increase in RSV-associated emergency room visits. However, most cases will go away on their own in a week or two. Symptoms are typically at their worst on Days 3-5 of infection. Only 3% of children with RSV will require a hospital stay. If symptoms become severe, contact your pediatrician right away. This may include: • Symptoms of bronchiolitis • Symptoms of dehydration (only one wet diaper in 8 hours or more) • Difficulty breathing • Gray or blue lips, tongue or skin

have known this all along.” Elderberry still grows throughout the area, and the preserve remains home to many species of native flora and fauna, some of which are considered protected and/or endangered species. Centuries of shifting weather patterns have resulted in uplifts of sandstone, known as inselbergs, the elements carving depressions and caves into their surface. Massive sandstone concretions, which are rocks formed by the accumulation of minerals into dense, compact spheres, are scattered throughout the hills like abandoned cannon balls. Among these fragile rock outcroppings, you’ll find vernal pools, which fill during the rainy season, but remain dry the remainder of the year. The pools are home to three different species of fairy shrimp, including the extremely rare and endangered longhorned fairy shrimp. “They’re not very big, not as big as a shrimp you’d want to put on your plate,” Dixon quipped. Additionally, the pools, known also as a tinaja, are home to the rare California redlegged frog and California tiger salaman-

potential economic boon to the city by drawing in soccer teams that would increase patronage of local stores, restaurants and hotels. Following the vote to retain Verde Design’s services, the firm is expected to begin the design process by the end of the month, according to the agenda packet. Other business The other major business item discussed at the meeting was the censure of Vice Mayor Johnny Rodriguez fol-

A significant decrease in activity or alertness Even though RSV is common, and it might seem difficult to figure out how severe it will become, there are some risk factors parents should be aware of: • Children who are born premature or are 6 months old or younger are most at-risk for RSV complications • Children with chronic heart or lung disease, or a weaker immune system, can also be susceptible to RSV There’s currently no vaccine to prevent RSV and no specific treatment for the infection. As stated, most cases will resolve on their own. However, there are a few things you can do to help relieve the symptoms: • Manage pain and fever with over-thecounter medications (consult your pediatrician for guidance and never give

lowing an allegation from Rarey that he had given classified information to a third party. Following a lengthy discussion among the council and several public comments both in favor and against disciplinary action, the council voted 3-2 in favor of censure, with Bryant and Rodriguez dissenting. Rodriguez’s term on council expires at the end of 2022. The full council meeting can be watched online at https://bit.ly/3OgdoxF To comment visit www.thepress.net

aspirin to children) Drink plenty of fluids Nasal saline to help with breathing Cool-mist humidifier to help break up mucus Talk to your health care provider before you give any over-the-counter cold medicine to your child. RSV is typically spread through coughs and sneezes, but can spread when someone touches a surface that has the virus on it and then touches their face, before washing their hands. The following tips may help reduce your family’s risk: • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm, not your hands • Avoid close contact with others, especially those who are sick • Wash your hands frequently • • •

ders, both of which are listed as threatened, according to the National Wildlife Federation and Center for Biological Diversity. First-time visitor David Dawson of Livermore was happy to learn the importance of setting aside a space for nature to “do its thing.” Dawson said his favorite part of the hike was seeing the vernal pools and “the structure and the little pieces of life that can only exist there, and how important it is to protect them and how fragile they are.” Other plants and animals that call the area home include valley and blue oak, creeping wildrye, purple needlegrass, the San Joaquin kit fox, coyote, and western burrowing owl. Bobcats and mountain lions prowl the hills, as golden eagles and condors fly overhead. The area is even home to the American badger, although they remain the most elusive, according to Dixon. “Our primary responsibility is to protect the sacred site and also the creatures that live there.” Dixon said. “The only way we can do that is by limiting access… Through the park district, people have a place now where they can come and experience pieces of what used to be here, what’s been lost and what still remains, and reflect on the changes of the land and culture over time…That’s the culture that we’re part of when we come out here to visit.” In order to continue to protect the culture and ecology of the vulnerable landscape, access to Vasco Caves Regional Preserve is limited and available only through advanced reservation guided tours. EBRPD offers 24 guided hikes throughout the fall, winter, and spring seasons. The hike is a 3to 4-mile loop and moderately strenuous. Space is limited to 22 attendees, and spots can fill up quickly. For more information, visit https://www.ebparks.org/parks/vascocaves. To view a slideshow, visit www.thepress.net/ multimedia/slideshows

Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home • If you’re sick, stay home The best way to avoid transmission of RSV is what we have been doing over the last few years: Scrupulous hand hygiene with washing our hands frequently with soap and water, and cleaning the surfaces small hands get to, such as doorknobs and handles. Also, wear a mask if you have any respiratory symptoms. With the knowledge of what RSV may look like — and how it is different from other viruses — you’ll be able to take steps to keep your child as healthy as possible all year round. – By Frederick Kuo UnitedHealthcare, Northern California


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Recognition of these pitfalls when making a resolution may improve your chances of being successful in the year ahead. goal you can meet without compromising your overall health. ♦ No measuring stick to track progress: Specificity is important, but it’s not the only tool you can use to stay the course with a resolution. Maintain a resolution journal or blog that allows you to

gauge your performance. This can help you engage more fully in your resolution efforts, providing an outlet you can use to explore your successes and failures. The more engaged you are in your resolution efforts, the more likely those efforts will prove successful.

♦ Going it alone: The buddy system works when pursuing various goals, and New Year’s resolutions are no exception. A friend or family member along for the resolution journey can make it easier to maintain your motivation. For example, anyone who wants to read more can join a book club, which can provide the motivation to finish books or excerpts before a weekly discussion. ♦ Biting off more than you can chew: Small resolutions may not seem like much, but minor efforts can serve as the stepping stones to realizing larger goals. If your goals are too ambitious at the outset, you’re more likely to give up at the first setback. ♦ Not anticipating setbacks: Setbacks will happen, and as noted, it’s easy to let them derail your efforts when they first appear. Recognize that there will be bumps in the road but that these bumps should in no way end your journey. Take setbacks as the valuable lessons that they can be, and use them as an opportunity to examine what you did that didn’t work and what you can do to avoid future setbacks.

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“Our list of Santa Stops is mostly secret,” Dove said. “People know the first stop, but we don’t release the list until two days before, and each stop has reindeer games and there’s prizes and it’s so ridiculous and fun. At each start location, we take a big group photo, and here in Discovery Bay at the start, we’ll have a band playing.” “You can join any time – we go from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – so it doesn’t interfere with the business in the evening,” she added. “So even though we have thousands of people, it won’t be that huge at every location, because everyone will be in their cities. And we have the buses because it’s a Santa pub crawl and we want to keep people from driving (under the influence).” Dove noted these events – even in Stockton and San Francisco – happen yearly without incident. Participants are asked to refrain from inappropriate behavior, and local business centers, property owners and charity volunteers are heavily involved to ensure a peaceful and fun event. Registration is still open and sponsorships are available. For more information, follow CoCo SantaCon on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit the website at www.santacon.info/ Contra_Costa_County-CA/.

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17, in three locations across Contra Costa County. SantaCon is a merry pub crawl that includes drink specials, games, team competitions, prizes and opportunities for networking and socializing. CoCo SantaCon is one of 465 SantaCons in 52 countries and a “FUNdraiser” for 10 children’s charities in 10 cities in Contra Costa County, organizers said. This convention of thousands dressed as Santa gathers to have a good time and raise money for a charity: improving children’s lives. The first-time event locally is part of the event that includes 50 venues in 10 cities, supporting 10 children’s charities – one in each city. Organizer and Discovery Bay resident Amanda Dove hopes to raise $50,000 for each charity, which would include the $10 minimum donation to join the parade. The transportation is donated and many of the bars and restaurants will have drink specials available and live music.

Because it is a fundraiser, 100% of money raised is used to support children’s organizations in Contra Costa County that deliver an essential service to local children. They include opportunities for at-risk youth, mental health support, healing for exploited and trafficked children, school backpacks and supplies, scholarships to teenage foster kids, new winter coats and clothing, access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), music and arts education, and summer camps for young foster children. Dove said bringing people together with the spirit of Christmas is what SantaCon is all about.

“I love seeing people get together,” Dove said. “And if it’s for a charity and celebrating Christmas, then that’s for me. It started because people want to celebrate the joy of Christmas and now it’s worldwide. They have SantaCons everywhere, and in Contra Costa County, it’s hard to do it in one town. So we said ‘Let’s stretch it across the whole county,’ and we did it.” There are three starting locations: The DB Sports Bar and Steakhouse in Discovery Bay, Retro Junkie in Walnut Creek, and E. J. Phair Brewing Company in Pittsburg. That way, Dove explained, the crowds won’t get too overwhelming for businesses. After that, the remaining locations are secret.

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hanukah is a relatively modern holiday in regard to the Hebrew calendar. Unlike Yom Kippur or Passover, which are steeped in

rich traditions, there are few Chanukah customs. While some traditions, such as the lighting of the Chanukah menorah, are familiar, others may not be as widely known.

Chanukah celebrants still participate in various customs each year, some of which are customized according to family preferences. While some traditions, such as the lighting of the Chanukah menorah, are familiar, others may not be as widely known - especially to those outside of the faith. Here’s a look at a select few.

Saying the Shehecheyanu blessing:

Traditionally, there are two blessings that some people say each night while lighting the candles. The first is recited while holding the lit shamash, and the second is said while lighting the candles. Another blessing, known as the “Shehecheyanu,” is said the first night. According to 18Doors, a resource on the Jewish faith, it’s the same blessing traditionally said on the first night of all Jewish holidays and other special occasions.

Display or use of the shofar:

A shofar is a type of instrument made from a ram’s horn. It is a symbol of the ram that Abraham offered as a sacrifice in place of his son Isaac, exemplifying heroic faith of the fathers of the Jewish people. The shofar also serves as a reminder of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, and calls people to strive for Israel’s renewal and fellowship with God.

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Singing “Ma’oz Tzur”:

Chanukah songs may not be as numerous or as widely sung as Christmas carols during the holiday season, but there are a select few that are part of the festivities. “Oh Chanukah Oh Chanukah” and “The Dreidl Song” are some of the most widely known songs, but some people also follow the custom of singing “Ma’oz Tzur (Rock of Ages)” around the menorah. The words were composed in the 13th century, and the song summarizes historical challenges faced by the Jewish people who were overcome with God’s help.

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It’s well known that latkes, or fried potato pancakes, are served around Chanukah. The reason is due to the oil used to fry them, which traditionally is olive oil. Fried foods call to mind a specific Chanukah miracle. After the Greeks destroyed the sanctuary and defiled what was thought to be all of the oil, one jug sealed with the imprint of the High Priest was found. That one jug managed to keep the Temple’s menorah lit for eight days, despite it being insufficient to handle this task. This was considered a miracle and celebrated in subsequent years.


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