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REGIONAL East County schools continue to grapple with the ever-changing standards stacked against them when it comes to reopening campuses. With continued guidance from the state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcing last Friday that schools could reopen without mandating vaccinations, districts around East County – which are all still 100% remote – are addressing how that looks from a logistical level. At press time, Brentwood and Oakley were gearing up for their respective board of trustees meetings, set for Wednesday. Brentwood Union School District (BUSD) Superintendent Dana Eaton predicted his board would make a decision on the reopening timelines by Wednesday night. “We all want to reopen schools, but we want to see Reopen page 18A

mission spots. The council will also soon decide how many planning commission applicants to interview for three open seats on that commission, with the public interviews and selection process occurring during a future special meeting. During the public interview meetings, the council will ask the same five questions of the candidates, one created from each councilmember. The mayor, after hearing the council’s preferred candidates at the conclusion of the interviews, will ultimately choose which to put for a vote to fill the open seats.

OAKLEY The pandemic has done little to slow the progress of several capital projects in the city. According to a recently released city update, there are multiple projects nearing completion, including key roadway improvements, trail connection safety upgrades and park amenity additions. “Our budget has been stable, and we continued to be very fiscally prudent,” said Mayor Sue Higgins. “Our projects, although I don’t see as many as in years previous, continue to be vital in the health and safety of our city.” At least two key roadway enhancements are at or near the finish line. A key stretch of Laurel Road reconstruction, from Mellowood Drive to Main Street, is nearly done, with final paving work scheduled after the winter season and cold temperatures have subsided. The upgrades are expected to include reconstruction of the roadway stretch; the addition of a protected double left turn, from eastbound Laurel Road to Main Street, to accommodate increased traffic demands; traffic signal modifications and new curb, gutter, sidewalk, pavement, landscaping and irrigation. The $3.1 million project is funded through transportation impact fees garnered from new development. “With the growth of the community along the East Cypress Corridor, and just the large number of residents who live there and

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City alters commission appointment process “ I am very happy we are moving this way

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BRENTWOOD The city is altering how select commissions are filled to increase transparency in the appointment process. Applicants vying for the planning, park and recreation and arts commissions will now be subject to public interviews by the full city council, with candidates needing to garner the approval of the mayor and then at least two other councilmembers to secure a seat. The previous selection process involved the mayor and vice mayor privately interviewing candidates, with the mayor bringing

so the entire council can see both components (candidate interview and application) and not just rely on a recommendation of the mayor and wonder what happened.

Brentwood Mayor Joel Bryant forth his selections to the full city council for approval. “I think one thing that got us to this point is that we didn’t know why (the preferred) candidates were selected,” said Councilmember Karen Rarey. The public application pro-

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BRENTWOOD Local author Derek Dammeyer has been busy during the past year. A school psychologist at Bristow Middle School, the southern California native spends his free time writing books – both fantasy novels and books that explore coping strategies for children. His most recent published work is “World of Eternis,” a story of a boy overcoming the odds in a fantasy world created by Dammeyer. “This novel I just put out, it’s been pretty amazing,” he said of the internet’s response to his latest work. “I hadn’t had a whole lot of success with my other two books, and I expected this to be the same. I’m writing it for me more than anyone else, but it’s done very well.” Dammeyer said he took an organic approach to the book, the first in a series he plans to write. Rather than laying out what happens in each book, he plans to

simply write the series as it comes to him. The approach seems to be working. “Outstandingly well-written combination of cultivation and LITRPG (literary role-playing game) themes, with a ‘reborn in a fantasy world’ setting,” fan Rob Dickson wrote on GoodReads.com. “Too many times I’ve read books that focused too much on one or the other, but Dammeyer gets it right. Looking forward to the next installment!” Dammeyer said he is also working on a second “Wendel the Wizard” book. His first discussed ways for children to handle anxiety and stress in a fun and imaginative way; this newest installment helps children learn about appropriate friend groups and how to handle social hurdles. He hopes to have it available later this year. Dammeyer’s books include the element of magic and fantasy he fell in love with during his youth. He said growing up, fantasy novels were all he would read. Now, he enjoys creating his own fantasies. “I like the ability to create new worlds

Brentwood resident Derek Dammeyer is the author of “World of Eternis,”his third novel. The cover was illustrated by local artist Mikayla Beasley.

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— new spins on current fantasy novels,” he said. “I’ve always been drawn to the fantasy, to feel free to be able to use my imagination in any way, shape or form.” Dammeyer lives in Brentwood with his wife of 14 years and their two young

children. He spends his free time with his family or writing. For more information on Dammeyer and his published titles, visit https://www. facebook.com/djdammeyer. Dammeyer’s books are available on www.amazon.com.


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East County vaccination clinics get underway REGIONAL Approximately 500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered during the first drive-thru vaccination clinic held at the new Los Medanos campus in Brentwood, Saturday, Feb. 13, and several more clinics are planned for the coming weeks. Multiple agencies from across the county worked together to run the clinic. Among the participating agencies were the East Contra Costa, Contra Costa County and RodeoHercules fire protection districts; Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS); the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff; the Brentwood Police Department; American Medical Response; and the Contra Costa County Medical Reserve Corps. “(This) is a mission that the county has decided to take on to try to get their residents vaccinated as best as possible,” said Ross Macumber, battalion chief with the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. “All of the county entities – the fire departments, the sheriff’s department, local police, Contra Costa Health (Services), CERT volunteers – have all come together to try to get vaccines into as many people as we can …

We’re just trying to do our part to and make sure our citizens get vaccinated and end this pandemic.” Vaccinations were available by appointment only. Eligibility is determined by CCHS, and criteria can be reviewed and appointments made on their vaccine website. Additional clinics at the Los Medanos site are planned for Feb. 20 and 27. Those clinics are also appointment only. Walk-in requests cannot be accommodated due to limit-

ed vaccine availability. According to Macumber, the capacity to deliver more than the 500 allocated doses exists. However, the demand for vaccine doses in the county has continued to exceed the supply. That situation is likely to continue into the foreseeable future. Currently, the county is in the midst of Phase 1B of its vaccination plan. Vaccinations are available to residents aged 65, health care workers, and residents and employees of longterm care facilities.

Officials with the California Department of Public Health announced Friday that residents aged 16 - 64 with underlying severe medical or developmental issues will be eligible for vaccinations beginning March 15. Among the medical conditions that can qualify a resident for vaccination are cancer, chronic kidney disease, heart conditions, pregnancy and Down syndrome. Determination of eligibility will be up to health care providers. CCHS has a goal of administering one million vaccine doses by July 4. As of Feb. 14, CCHS reported that 213,480 vaccine doses have been administered in the county, and 17.9% of county residents have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. A second dose has been given to 5.2% of residents. “As providers of emergency medical services across the county, our fire agencies are proud to be able to increase vaccine distribution in order to help further protect the communities we serve,” said Deputy Chief Aaron McAlister with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. For more information on the county’s vaccination efforts, visit cchealth.org. For information regarding vaccination eligibility, visit myturn.ca.gov. To view a video and a slideshow, visit www.thepress.net/multimedia

REGIONAL This year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Contra Costa, the community’s leading children’s nonprofit, launched its Program in a Box service for youth in the county. “Parents have been expressing concerns about the negative impact of distance learning,” said CEO Michael Dunn. “Our solution was to develop a program that requires youth to get hands-on. Our programs have materials delivered weekly to kids’ homes. The kids then complete projects and upload them to a secure website to share with our

staff and their friends.” These program materials allow for local youth to participate in engaging projects covering STEM, art, sports and cooking. “I spoke to a parent recently who started crying because her daughter has been struggling with distance learning, and our homedelivered program materials provided a much-needed change of pace,” said Keirstan Faulkner, Director of Programs. Additionally, staff gets on weekly Zoom calls with youth for live engagement and fun.

Members also have complete access to videos created by Boys & Girls Club staff members to follow along with the materials in the program boxes. “This pandemic has been challenging, but we are committed to doing whatever it takes to keep our youth engaged, and having fun,” said Dunn. “We are confident that this program will be very beneficial for our youth and families in Contra Costa County as we continue to work around Distance Learning.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Contra Costa has been serving Contra Costa kids at their Martinez and El Sobrante clubhouses since 1956. Today the organization serves thousands of kids with virtual programming, school supplies and food programs. Before COVID-19, it had served over 250 kids inperson each day at the clubhouse in Martinez and at three school sites throughout West Contra Costa. For those interested in donating, visit www.bgccontracosta.org/donate.

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Banner Up! 2021 Call for Artists Join the Art Guild of the Delta (AGD) for the fifth annual Banner Up! program. This popular program is sponsored by the City of Brentwood Economic Development, City of Brentwood Arts Commission and AGD. AGD is looking for talented artists of high school age and older to create original works of public art on 70 vinyl banners (24” x 48”) that will be hung throughout Brentwood’s beautiful downtown during the months of June through September. The banners will add a bright and festive touch to Oak, First, Second and Chestnut streets, and City Park. An additional two banners may be displayed in the Delta Art Gallery Community Art Center at 2485 Sand Creek Road, Suite 128, Brentwood. An online auction will run from June 20 through Sept. 18 to offer these banners for sale. The proceeds of each banner sale will be split among the participating artist, Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble, and AGD. There is no cost for artists to obtain a banner. Banner pickup will at the Delta Gallery on March 13 and 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. Complete information and an application can be obtained at www.artguildofthedelta.org/bannerup. A completed application is required for pickup of a banner (one per artist). Completed banners can be returned May 15 and 16 from 1 and 5 p.m. with a completed submittal form to Delta Gallery. Banners can be dropped off prior to May 15, but must be delivered no later than May 16 at 5 p.m.

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Clients often ask how often they should review and update their estate planning documents. The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging recommends a review of your Advance Health Care Directives upon the occurrence of any of the “5 D Events”. However, the “5 D Events” are also a good time to review your estate planning documents. These are the “5 D Events”: DEATH - Has there been a DEATH of a family member or friend? Did you provide for this family member or friend in your estate planning documents? Did you appoint them as an agent under your Advance Health Care Directive or Financial Power of Attorney? DIVORCE – Are you getting DIVORCED? If you are getting divorced, you should review your estate planning documents with an attorney. They are some restrictions that limit your ability to change your estate planning documents while you are getting divorced. DIAGNOSIS - Have you received a new DIAGNOSIS? If so, you may want to update your Advance

“Downtown Sunset” by Alyssa Corrie Direct questions about the Banner Up! program or Art Guild of the Delta to Frank Littman at FrankLittmanArt@gmail.com .

Health Care Directive to specify any new wishes. DECLINE - Are you experiencing a significant DECLINE in health? If so, you should meet with your estate planning attorney and agents to discuss your wishes and review your documents. DECADE - Have you reached a new DECADE? This is a good time to review your documents to make sure they still reflect your wishes. You should review all of your estate planning documents, including your Revocable Living Trust, Advance Health Care Directives and Financial Power of Attorneys upon the occurrence of any of the 5 D’s. If you do not have an estate plan or would like to discuss changes to your existing estate plan, our office offers free 30 minute consultation available by phone or Zoom. Putting your affairs in order is a gift you give yourself and your family. If you would like to make an appointment, please call (925) 939-1680.

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Delta study examines climate change effect by Tony Kukulich Staff Writer

REGIONAL For the better part of the last two centuries, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has been modified in any number of ways to meet the demands of Californians. But a new wide-ranging study looks at what might be the most serious Delta threat that doesn’t come in the form of an excavator – global warming. “Delta Adapts: Creating a Climate Resistant Future” was released by the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) with an overarching goal of building climate resilience in the Delta by improving the understanding of the region’s vulnerabilities to worldwide climate change. The DSC is seeking public comments on the report. Comments will be accepted until March 16. “We recognized that we needed to study the climate change effects on the Delta specifically,” said Harriet Ross, assistant planning director for the DSC. “There have been a lot of studies that have been done regarding climate change on a particular asset or resource or a particular part of the Delta, but never comprehensively included the entire legal Delta and Suisun Marsh. This is the first climate change study that covers this large study area. We’re looking at it more holistically, regionally and comprehensively ” The 199-page vulnerability assessment is the first of two planned phases. Work on the second phase, adaption, is expected to begin shortly and be completed in about a year. Once complete, it will detail strategies and tools that governments and other agencies can use to help communities and ecosystems thrive in the face of climate change, while protecting critical infrastructure and economic assets. “The Delta environment is pretty important,” said Roger Mammon, an

Oakley resident and secretary of Restore the Delta. “I think the study is important, and it got a lot of young people involved.” An estimated 27 million Californians depend on the Delta for at least a portion of their drinking water. Water from the Delta is the life blood for much of the state’s $3 trillion economy including the critical agriculture sector. Given the importance of the Delta, the findings of the vulnerability assessment are concerning. “Climate change is already altering the physical environment of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh, and we will continue to experience its effects through hotter temperatures, more severe wildfires and prolonged droughts,” reads the report’s executive summary. “Over the long term, climate change in the Delta is expected to harm human health and safety, disrupt the economy, diminish water supply availability and usability, shift ecosystem function, compromise sensitive habitats, and increase the challenges of providing basic services. Many of these impacts will disproportionately affect vulnerable communities.” Among the report’s key findings are that flooding will continue to worsen. By 2050, 10% of the Delta’s population and 33% of Delta land will be exposed to flooding from a 100-year flood event, which is a severe type of flood that has a 1% chance of occurring in any given year. By 2085, significant flood exposure will increase to 21% of Delta residents and 68% of Delta land. Additionally, the report finds that Delta water exports will be less reliable as dry years become drier, wet years become wetter and years with average rainfall become less frequent. Noting the report’s finding, Kathryn Phillips, director of Sierra Club California, questioned the logic of the $15.9 billion Delta Conveyance Project that see Delta page 7A


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Delta from page 6A proposes the construction of a tunnel through the Delta to improve the reliability of water delivery to the Central Valley and Southern California. “The report notes that climate change will significantly reduce river flows off the Sierra snowpack and into the Delta,” wrote Phillips. “In other words – our words – there won’t be water to capture upstream of the Delta to send elsewhere in a climate changed world. Better to invest in local and regional projects to reduce, conserve and recycle.” The DSC also noted that there appears to be an inherent social inequity in the effects of climate change in the Delta. Residents who lack a vehicle will have trouble evacuating in the event of a major flood, while extreme heat days will disproportionately affect people who work outdoors, older adults, people with chronic illness and those experiencing homelessness. “Climate change does not affect everyone equally,” Ross said. “People with resources are able to adapt to climate change, while people without resources or with limited resources can’t adapt as well.” Public workshops to discuss the planning for the adaptation phase of Delta Adapts are planned for Feb. 25. and March 1. “Climate change is here, and it’s

hunt as part of its Delta Adapts initiative. Tackle the list of activities to explore how climate change affects the community and what can be done about it. Now through Feb. 26, participants can complete as many activities as possible and submit their findings online. Find the scavenger hunt and more about the Delta Adapts initiative at https://deltacouncil.ca.gov/delta-plan/ climate-change.

“ We recognized that we needed to study the climate change effects on the Delta specifically.

Harriet Ross Delta Stewardship Council happening,” Ross said. “We’re going to have to understand exactly how those impacts are going to play out in our communities. We all have a part in addressing how we respond to those impacts. That’s our call to action, to get folks involved in our process. Climate change is happening, no matter what. It’s going to take everyone at the federal, state and local government, as well as the general public, to pitch in together and come up with a strategy that works.” The Delta Adapts report can be found at http://bit.ly/thepress_DeltaAdapts. Comments can be emailed to the DSC at climatechange@deltacouncil.ca.gov. For more information on the Delta Stewardship Council, visit https://deltacouncil. ca.gov/. Information on Restore the Delta can be found at www.restorethedelta.org. To view a video, visit www.thepress.net/ multimedia

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State launches interactive school reopening map REGIONAL The state has launched the Safe Schools for All Plan’s interactive Safe Schools Reopening Map, an online tool providing a statewide snapshot of the status of school reopenings across California. The map supports local communities in making data-driven decisions to safely open classrooms and helps ensure public transparency. The Feb. 12 announcement builds on the additional transparency, accountability and assistance measures incorporated in the Safe Schools for All Plan. “As COVID-19 conditions continue to improve and vaccinations ramp up throughout the state, this map will provide local communities with accessible, up-todate information on how districts in their communities and beyond are adapting to the pandemic, including safety planning and implementation,” said Newsom. “This map is one of many resources we have made available that will help school staff and families make informed decisions as we safely reopen our schools.”

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Since unveiling the Safe Schools for All Plan, the state has launched the Safe Schools for All Hub to serve as a one-stop shop for information about safe in-person instruction. The governor’s 2021-22 State Budget proposes historic levels of funding for schools – nearly $90 billion, including $3.8 billion above the Prop 98 minimum – which builds on existing state and federal funds to support schools in responding to the pandemic. The State Safe Schools Team has also: • Issued updated guidance that consolidates requirements from Cal/OSHA and CDPH. • Provided direct technical assistance on key safety measures to hundreds of school leaders per week through an online portal. (http://bit.ly/thepressnet_SchoolPortal) • Monitored and acted on feedback regarding school safety, which school staff and families can submit either via an online portal or a telephone hotline

(with non-English options available). Distributed an extra month of PPE and supplies to all public schools via county offices of education. • Onboarded over 800 schools in 41 counties to the state Valencia Branch Laboratory to support COVID-19 testing. The Lab continues to build supports tailored to schools, including dropboxes throughout the state to reduce logistical costs, an online platform that manages consent and data reporting, and certified support for testing students. • Published new COVID-19 testing resources for schools, including contact information for commercial laboratories and playbooks to support implementation. For more information, visit the Safe Schools For All Hub: https://schools.covid19.ca.gov. To review the interactive school map, visit http://bit.ly/thepressnet_ SchoolMap. •

City intends to expand inclusive rec programming by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

BRENTWOOD The city will hire a consultant to review its current recreation programming in an effort make it more inclusive and accessible for all. The consultant, coming at a cost of $20,000, is expected to review current offerings and provide recommendations for curriculum modifications, specialized equipment and staff training. “Staff is aware of two primary programming needs in our community,” said Brentwood Recreation Manager Kris Farro. “Programs that are inclusive, that is programs that are open to both people with and people without disabilities, and two, programs that are designed specifically for individuals with disabilities.” It’s expected the city’s park and rec commission will mull over the consultant’s suggestions and associated program, policy and resource considerations, before forwarding rec-

ommendations to the city council for approval. “This is a great opportunity for our young people with special needs,” said Councilmember Johnny Rodriguez,. The consultant’s hire comes amid a greater city push to increase adaptive recreation programming. The city’s Parks, Trails & Recreation Master Plan also outlines a series of related broad recommendations, including continuing to offer inclusive programming opportunities for the disabled; programs specifically designed for the disabled; greater hands-on job training classes to increase employment potential; exploring county subsidized specialneeds transportation options to future programming; and exploring cooperative agreements with other county communities to offer youth-specific summer, after-school, independent living and job-training programs. As future recommendations materialize, Farro said city staff has already proactively began to further explore recreation participants’ unique needs, completing the Autism Society of America’s Autism 101 course and several

other California Parks & Recreation Society training sessions, including one titled, “Intake Strategies That Make Inclusive Programming Successful.” City staff has also reached out to several organizations for input, including the Brentwood Union School District; Liberty Adult Education and Care Parent Network, which strives to provide parent-to-parent support and resources for families of children with special needs. Frances Krohn, vice president of Working Wonders, a nonprofit committed to assisting adults with disabilities, said the city’s moves are essential. “As a community, we all want Brentwood to be a city that meets the needs of everyone, especially those with special needs,” she said. “As a community, our special needs population depends on us to advocate for them and be there for them as they grow into adults.” For more information on the city’s hire and efforts to increase its recreation programming, visit packet page 251 at https://bit.ly/37pdnDn.

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REGIONAL The East County community has gone above and beyond to help those in need over the past year. From students organizing donations for local businesses to adults volunteering to shop for their vulnerable neighbors, East County residents and businesses have stepped up to fill a need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Brentwood Strong One group truly demonstrating the unique sense of community in the area is Brentwood Strong. Founded by longtime resident and business owner Seana Fippin, this group pairs trusted shoppers with seniors and the immune compromised who are unable to leave their homes due to the pandemic. Once the organization was up and running, it became more than a shopping network, using a web of service-minded individuals from the City of Brentwood and Rotary Club of Brentwood to organize food drives. “It turned into a higher demand for food, not even as much with the seniors as with the underserved parts of our community,” Fippin explained. “It’s become about 50/50 now – we are still pairing seniors up, but we are really doing more outreach, helping organize and be bootson-the-ground for food distribution every week or two.” For more information on Brentwood Strong, or to donate, visit www. brentwoodstrong.com. Operation Helping Hand Operation Helping Hand is a youthrun grassroots coalition born out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Begun by Damanpreet Singh, a 19-year-old Brentwood resident, the group is meant to invest in the local community. “I am a big believer in the boomerang effect, where you go to college and then come back and help your community, and so that’s what I’m trying to do,” said Singh, who is currently on a leave of absence from Stanford University. Singh founded Operation Helping Hand in the spring of 2020 after seeing so many people concerned over food security when shelter-in-place orders closed down nonessential businesses, causing a loss of income for many disadvantaged families. Singh hopes to create long-term solutions to end hunger in his community. “We are really community powered, but fortunately Brentwood is a really good community and everyone here is super giving,” he said. For more information or to donate, visit https://helpinghandoperati.wixsite. com/handshelp, call 510-972-8491 or email helpinghandoperation@gmail.com. The Learning Community Project Founded by Heritage High School juniors Hailey Miranda and Ysaach Habos, the Learning Community Project (TLCP) was designed to help their younger contemporaries. “As students ourselves, we recognize that many students have trouble finding the help they need to succeed to their full-

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Seams to Help organizer Sandy Grossman-Morris coordinated the delivery of cloth face coverings to city hall staff in Brentwood, Monday, Aug. 10. Seams to Help, is one of many local organizations assisting the community during the COVID-19 crisis. est potential at school, especially during the pandemic,” said 16-year-old Hailey. She and Ysaach founded their organization to help mitigate this issue. Their board of 10 officers and 25 tutors provide tutoring in academic subjects and offer art classes to over 50 students statewide. Ysaach, who is also 16, noted they want to share a value of academics with their students and help disadvantaged students through donations. Interested parents can contact TLCP through their website, coordinating subjects, meeting times and preferred platforms. Tutors utilize Zoom for their meetings, unless parents request another platform, such as Google Classrooms. Hailey said the group makes an effort to pair students with tutors who have the same interests to facilitate a positive relationship. “If a student has an interest in sports or art, we try to match a tutor with that same interest to them, so they can make a connection,” she said. “Tutoring is not just about learning the subject – it’s about making connections with the people you are learning with. I feel like that makes the experience more fruitful.” For more information on The Learning Community Project, visit https:// tlearningcommunityproject.wordpress. com/ or email thelearningproject.ca@ gmail.com. Seams to Help Seams to Help (StoH) is another group of community members who have banded together to lend a hand. While many individuals have gone into the business of making and selling masks, the ladies and gentlemen of StoH are mass producing and donating cloth masks. Sandy Grossman-Morris founded the group through Facebook when she saw a need she could fill with her skills. “We have donated over 7,000 masks to date,” Grossman-Morris said. “We gave a mask to every single employee of the Brentwood school district ... and we also donated 300 masks to city hall to get city employees covered.” Grossman-Morris noted there are many jobs besides sewing – volunteers

also sort, prep and cut fabric and make deliveries. Her assembly line system ensures that all volunteers are wearing masks and gloves while working and complying with all social distancing protocols. Seams to Help is happy to accept donations of time or supplies but is unable to accept monetary donations, as it is not yet an official 501(c)3. Donations can be dropped off at the Postal Annex at 3130 Balfour Road, Suite D, in Brentwood, or mailed to 3130 Balfour Road, Suite D, #112, Brentwood CA 94513. Serious volunteers can request to join the group’s Facebook page by visiting http://bit.ly/ thepressnet_SeamsToHelp.

Print For Lives Another group reaching out to help is Print For Lives, begun by members of the robotics club at Heritage High School. Along with donated items, these students are using their own resources to 3D print and donate face shields to local schools and businesses. The group prints a model of their own design dubbed Protector One. It takes approximately two hours to print plus a 15-minute assembly time. To date, the group has printed and donated 485 face shields. “There is still a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Robotics Club Vice President Aaron Wong. “A lot of people are doing great things at this time, and we are making sure that we can keep people safe during this horrible pandemic.” For more information on Print For Lives, follow them on Instagram at @ printforlives, visit their website at https:// www.printforlives.org/, or their GoFundMe account at https://gf.me/u/x94j3y Police apprehended a man carrying a shotgun Tuesday afternoon. The suspect had been attempting to break into an apartment. Photo by Tony Kukulich

Police apprehend suspect in attempted robbery by Tony Kukulich Staff Writer

BRENTWOOD Multiple officers from the Brentwood Police Department (BPD) converged on an apartment complex on Brentwood Boulevard after a report of a man carrying a gun was attempting to break into an apartment, Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 16. After evading police for several minutes, the man was apprehended. A sawed-off, double-barrel shotgun was recovered, along with a number of

shotgun shells. “He ran out the back,” said Sgt. Eric Wernholm of the Brentwood Police Department. “We deployed a drone. We deployed a K-9, and a safe apprehension was made. No one was hurt and everyone goes home safe.” An ambulance was dispatched to the incident location near the intersection of Village Drive and Brentwood Boulevard, and the suspect was treated by paramedics. To view a slideshow, visit www.thepress. net/multimedia/slideshows


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Heritage tennis seeks next league title by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

The Heritage girls’ tennis team has a stranglehold on the Bay Valley Athletic League’s competition. And its grip isn’t expected to loosen this season. The Patriots are gunning for their ninth consecutive league title this season, and nothing appears to be in their way. “They are experienced compared to the rest of the league right now, but you never know if some other team has an exchange student, or some kids went out and got some lessons.,” said head coach Ed Dong. “It makes it a little bit more challenging,” The team’s 17-member varsity roster features 12 seniors and only one new player. The group went undefeated as a team in league play in 2019; captured both the 2019 singles and doubles league tournament titles; and secured the eighth seed in the 2019 North Coast Section playoffs, the highest ever for a Heritage girls’ or boys’ tennis squad. Reigning league singles champion Erin Crane returns to lead a loaded singles lineup augmented by No. 2 Nicollet Alexander and No. 3 Alyssa Duran. Promising newcomer J-Na Hereford, a sophomore and returners

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Heritage singles player Alyssa Duran and her Patriots teammates will soon be returning to the court eyeing their ninth straight league title. Manpreet Kaur and Kalissa Root round out numbers four through six in the singles lineup. The doubles trio of Tammi Sison and Elizabeth Moss; Ify Chidi and Kate Rivera and Britney Smookler and Jasmine Brandy, all returners, are the team’s one through

three doubles squad. The team is slated to open its 10-match league-competition-only season against Pittsburg on Feb. 23— the first match for both teams since late 2019—and players oozed with confidence when asked about its

prospects this week. With the ordinarily challenging North Coast Section playoffs scrapped this year, the confident Patriots expect to carve up league competition. But Dong hopes the Patriots can continue to individually improve against each other in practice and against East County competitors during league matches. “I am hoping they don’t let the W get in the way of how they play,” he said. “We will see how it goes.” Several Patriots said this week they and plan to continue to hold each other to high standards—a signature of the team’s successful run. “I think we push each other honestly because we see that we are all so good,” Kaur said. “…I get that other teams might not be as competitive as us, but we really push each other because there is so much talent on this team.” Alexander agreed. “I don’t know about everyone else, but I am nervous to play anyone on my team,” she said. To view the team’s complete schedule, visit bit.ly/3pwqzg1 To view a video, visit www.thepress.net/ multimedia

This week in Press sports’ history In 2015, the Freedom varsity team was named grand champion at the Spirit Spectacular competition at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, beating out 84 other schools and all-star teams, and continuing its undefeated streak that season. The Falcons were unstoppable in Sacramento. Aside from the varsity team’s big win, its fourth straight win in regional competitions, the squad’s five-girl stunt team and entire junior-varsity unit won division titles. Each varsity team member earned a pair of Nfinity cheer shoes and an Nfinity backpack.

Members of the varsity team that season were: Alexyss Bough, Summer Boyer, Brooke Bridges, Alexandria Castillo, Sierra Cobry, Ashlyn Denver, Isabella DeRita, Skyler Estrada, Paige Fithian, Jaelyn Goulart, Moniquica Harrell, Callie Hetrick, Kamryn Kollo, Madison Lapierre, Brianna Luthge, Hannah Martinez, Faith McLeod, Haley Miller, Anna Odahlen, Destiny Olgin, Amanda Phipps, Kaleigh Rubio, Angelica Santolaya, Carrie Slonecker, Alyssa Smith, Paige Tadlock and Samantha Tan. The junior varsity team was made up of Brooke Armas, Cali Belleci, Taylor Blazina, Ariauna Cheney, Meghan Diles,

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The Freedom varsity cheer team was named grand champion at the Spirit Spectacular in 2015. Arianna Engelhaupt, Sydney Euranius, Yahaira Figueroa, Teresa Flores-Pierson, Adrianna Garcia, Aurora Gularte, Faith Hawley, Kendyl Johnson, Savannah Ka-

vert, Cleo Kirksey, Victoria Van Linge and Maris-Angelique White. The varsity team was coached by Sandra Torres, while the JV team was coached by Auna Cheney.

Cross-country teams take part in preseason dual The Heritage and Liberty crosscountry teams recently took part in a preseason dual meet in preparation for the start of the season. The squads faced off in a 3200-meter race at Heritage High School’s track. Liberty senior Keene Sample (9:58.9) and sophomore Matias Rogers (10:00.7) nabbed the top two spots for the Lions, with Heritage’s junior James Woolery

(10:23.4) and senior Joesiah Kriston (10:53.3) finishing third and fourth for the Patriots. Liberty sophomore Dylan Baptista (11 :00.7) rounded out the top five for the boys. In the girls’ race, Liberty junior Kiran McWilliams (12:49.1) finished first, with Heritage senior Renny Buchanan (12:51.6) and sophomore Chloe Beck (13:20.4) in second and third. Liberty

sophomore Karyss Mendes (13:20.7) and senior Sidney Jenks (13:22.7) finished fourth and fifth. According to the recently released league schedule, Liberty opens the season against Freedom on Feb. 19, while Heritage is expected to open the season Feb. 24 against Deer Valley. For more information, visit http://bit. ly/thepressnet_CrossCountry.


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Liberty group recognizes Class of 2021 BRENTWOOD With just three months left until graduation, the senior class at Liberty High School has missed both junior and senior rite-of-passage moments that define the high school experience. They were unable to participate in junior and senior proms, homecoming games and dances, varsity sports and letter opportunities, senior sunrise, among others. When it became clear last September that the school might not be opening in the fall, senior parent, Wendy Perry, started the Adopt a Liberty Senior page to help lift student’s spirits with small gestures of kind-

ness from the community. More than 200 parents have joined together and formed Facebook and Instagram pages for Liberty Class of 2021, which serves as a support group, information source and a forum to create opportunities for each student to be recognized for the work they have done and the challenges they are facing. The Delta Leos Club, joined the effort to help with event logistics and support classmates. Parents purchased lawn signs that showcase the sports and activity logos of their senior. The group hosted Free Dutch Bros Day, an event in which every senior

received a beverage paid for by parents and community sponsors. On Saturday, Feb. 20, the group will host the Liberty Seniors Amazing Race, a scavenger hunt for cash and prizes throughout downtown Brentwood’s most iconic locations. “Unfortunately, the school cannot offer official events, nor promote unofficial events, to the senior class,” said Amanda Dove, senior parent. “The county health order does permit this kind of safe activity for small teams moving within their own cohorts.” Dove said the community has rallied to make this fun event possible for the Class of

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Feb. 2, 1:40 p.m. A person called to report a suspicious circumstance on Brentwood Boulevard. The reporting person said a white plastic bag was near the electric concrete enclosure. Feb. 2, 1:42 p.m. A strong-arm robbery without weapons was reported on Shady Willow Lane. Feb. 2, 3:22 p.m. A catalytic converter was taken from a car on Hudson Drive. Feb. 2, 5:06 p.m. A hit-and-run with no injuries was reported on Lone Tree Way. The reporting person said the other driver hit them and got aggressive when asked for information. Feb. 2, 5:15 p.m. A person called to report they found property near the intersection of Old Sand Creek Road and Shady Willow Lane. Feb. 2, 7:50 p.m. Suspicious circumstances were reported on Balfour Road.

ANTIOCH Feb. 2, 1:08 a.m. Reckless driving was reported on A Street. Feb. 2, 4:39 a.m. Petty theft was reported on Rockspring Way. Feb. 2, 5:13 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported and a warrant arrest was made on A Street. Feb. 2, 6:23 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported on West 17th Street. Feb. 2, 8:11 a.m. Vehicle theft was reported on Yorkshire Drive. Feb. 2, 8:35 a.m. A traffic accident with injuries was reported at the intersection of Larkspur and Sunflower drives. Feb. 2, 9:02 a.m. Petty theft was reported on Lone Tree Way. Feb. 2, 9:52 a.m. Aggravated assault was reported on Hudson Court. Feb. 2, 11:29 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was stopped on A Street. Feb. 2, 12:21 p.m. A residential burglary was reported on Winifred Court. Feb. 2, 12:49 p.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported on John Gildi Avenue. Feb. 2, 12:52 p.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported on East 14th Street.

Feb. 2, 2:25 p.m. A stolen vehicle was recovered on Fitzuren Road. Feb. 2, 2:35 p.m. A traffic stop revealed a weapons violation on A Street. Feb. 3, 4:28 a.m. A commercial burglary alarm was set off on Railroad Avenue. Feb. 3, 6:26 a.m. Vehicle theft was reported on Peppertree Way. Feb. 3, 7:31 a.m. Commercial burglary was reported on Deer Valley Road. Feb. 3, 9:58 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported on Cavallo Road. Feb. 3, 10:08 a.m. A public nuisance was reported on Railroad Avenue. Feb. 3, 10:29 a.m. A hit-and-run with no injuries was reported at the intersection of Deer Valley Road and Hillcrest Avenue. Feb. 3, 10:53 a.m. Simple assault was reported on Lone Tree Way. Feb. 3, 11:27 a.m. Vehicle theft was reported on Markley Creek Drive. Feb. 3, 11:32 a.m. An abandoned vehicle was reported on Meredith Way near Calhoun Court. Feb. 3, 11:40 a.m. A strong-arm robbery was reported on Dallas Ranch Road. Feb. 3, 12:07 p.m. A hit-and-run with no injuries was reported at the intersection of Pembroke Court and Fairside Way. Feb. 3, 12:53 p.m. A strong-arm robbery was reported near the intersection of Lone Tree Way and Golf Course Road. Feb. 3, 1:15 p.m. Aggravated assault and suspicious circumstances were reported near Yosemite and Hill drives. Feb. 3, 1:25 p.m. A verbal dispute and simple assault were reported on Verne Roberts Circle. Feb. 3, 2:45 p.m. Vehicle theft was reported on Auto Center Drive. Feb. 3, 2:46 p.m. A complaint of an intruder and a warrant arrest were made on Buchanan Road. Feb. 3, 3:51 p.m. A strong-arm robbery and petty theft were reported on East 18th Street. Feb. 3, 10:17 p.m. A warrant arrest was made on Slatten Ranch Road

Feb. 1, 2:14 a.m. A warrant arrest was made at the intersection of 3rd and Home streets. Feb. 1, 4:38 a.m. Suspicious circumstances were reported on the 100 block of Heavenly Way. Feb. 1, 6:43 a.m. A noncriminal death was reported on the 30 block of Fuller Court. Feb. 1, 8:52 a.m. A public nuisance was reported on the 2100 block of Oakley Road. Feb. 1, 9:12 a.m. An auto burglary was reported on the 200 block of Bayview Drive. Feb. 1, 10:10 a.m. Fraud and false pretenses were reported on the 800 block of Walnut Drive. Feb. 1, 10:13 a.m. Identity theft was reported at an unavailable location. Feb. 1, 10:30 a.m. A vehicle was towed from the 5000 block of Montevino Way. Feb. 1, 10:37 a.m. A service to a citizen was performed on the 300 block of West Ruby Street. Feb. 1, 10:50 a.m. Battery was reported on the 60 block of Drywood Court. Feb. 1, 10:58 a.m. A parking violation was reported on the 2000 block of Verona Court. Feb. 1, 11:01 a.m. Petty theft was reported on the 10 block of Pamela Court. Feb. 1, 11:05 a.m. A patrol request was made on the 4500 block of El Monte Court. Feb. 1, 12:33 p.m. Property was found near the intersection of Live Oak Avenue and Neroly Road. Feb. 1, 12:37 p.m. A service to a citizen was performed at the intersection of Nut Tree Lane and Live Oak Avenue. Feb. 1, 2:06 p.m. A patrol request was made at Jack in the Box. Feb. 1, 2:33 p.m. A verbal dispute was reported on the 2000 block of Main Street. Feb. 1, 2:35 p.m. Petty theft was reported at the intersection of Vintage Parkway and Kenwood Court. Feb. 1, 2:59 p.m. A hit-and-run misdemeanor was reported near the intersection of Bridgehead Road and Main Street. Feb. 1, 3:11 p.m. Identity theft was reported at an unavailable location. Feb. 1, 4:07 p.m. Violation of a custody order was reported on the 100 block of Meadow Brook Court. Feb. 1, 4:15 p.m. A disturbance of the peace was reported on the 3000 block of Frandoras Circle. Feb. 1, 5:48 p.m. An intruder was reported at an unavailable location. Feb. 1, 8:35 p.m. Shoplifting was reported at Shell Gas Station. Feb. 1, 8:54 p.m. Robbery was reported at Rite Aid. Feb. 1, 10:00 p.m. An intruder was reported at Shell Gas Station.


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400 E 18th Street, Antioch, CA 94509 The location in California of the Chief Executive Office of the seller is: same as above As listed by the seller, all other business names and addresses used by the seller within three years before the date such list was sent or delivered to the buyer are: none The names and business address of the Buyer(s) is/are: BHN Inc. 400 E 18th Street, Antioch, CA 94509 The assets to be sold are described in general as All stock in trade, furniture, fixtures, equipment and other property And are located at: 400 E 18th Street, Antioch, CA 94509 The business name used by the Seller(s) at those locations is: Foster’s Freeze The anticipated date of the bulk sale is March 9, 2021 At the office of Old Republic Title Company @ 1000 Burnett Avenue, Suite 400, Concord, CA 94520. The bulk sale IS subject to California Uniform Commercial Code Section 6106.2. If so subject, the name and address of the person with whom claims may be filed is as follows: Old Republic Title Company @ 1000 Burnett Avenue, Suite 400, Concord, CA 94520, Escrow Holder. The last day for filing claims shall be March 8, 2021 which is the business day before the sale date specified herein. Dated: 2/12/21 BHN Inc. By: Huzam Nasher 2/19/21 CNS3441993# ANTIOCH PRESS Antioch Press No. 06-1617 85124 Publish Dates: February 19, 2021.

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Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Sylvester Littlejohn. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/2/21. Signature of registrant: Sylvester Littlejohn. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 7, 2021 by Deputy J. Graff Expires 1/6/2026 Brentwood Press No. 021273 84985 Publish dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0000196 The name of the business: Silver Fern Child and Family Therapy Incorporated Located at: 3075 Citrus Circle #165 In: Walnut Creek, CA 94598, is hereby registered by the following owner: Silver Fern Child and Family Therapy Incorporated. This business is conducted by: A Corporation, State of Incorporation: California. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 9/27/2019. Signature of registrant: Elise Braganza, Secretary. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 13, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/12/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 85041 Publish dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0000235 The name of the business: Heirloom Publishing House Located at: 20 Palm Beach Way In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner: Jessica Pereira Barney. 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: Jessica Pereira Barney. This statement was filed LEGAL NOTICES with the County Clerk of Contra FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Costa County on: January 15, 2021 NAME STATEMENT by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/14/2026 File No. F-2020-0006256 The name Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 of the business: GDP Agency 85096 Publish dates: February 12, (Global Dignitary Protection 19, 26, March 5, 2021. Agency) Located at: 2439 Kaiser Way In: Antioch, CA 94531, is FICTITIOUS BUSINESS hereby registered by the following NAME STATEMENT owner: Cyriacus Nwabueze Nzer- File No. F-2021-0000347 The em. This business is conducted by: name of the business: LSM ReAn Individual. The registrant com- alty Located at: 2015 Lynwood menced to transact business under Way In: Antioch, CA 94509, is the fictitious business name or hereby registered by the following names listed above on 10/10/2020. owner: Lisa Morales. This business Signature of registrant: Cyriacus is conducted by: An Individual. The Nwabueze Nzerem. This statement registrant commenced to transact was filed with the County Clerk of business under the fictitious busiContra Costa County on: December ness name or names listed above 29, 2020 by Deputy Clerk Expires on 11/07/2005. Signature of regis12/28/2025 Antioch Press No. 06- trant: Lisa Morales. This statement 1617 85117 Publish dates: January was filed with the County Clerk of 29, February 5, 12, 19, 2021. Contra Costa County on: January 25, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 1/24/2026 Antioch Press No. 06NAME STATEMENT 1617 85126 Publish dates: FebruFile No. F-2021-0000013 The name ary 19, 26, March 5, 12, 2021. of the business: NJ Moving Located at: 2409 Roca Street In: Antioch, FICTITIOUS BUSINESS CA 94509, is hereby registered by NAME STATEMENT the following owner: Joseph Cha- File No. F-2021-0000366 The name van. This business is conducted of the business: EZ Nails Located by: An Individual. The registrant at: 1864 A St In: Antioch, CA 94509, commenced to transact business is hereby registered by the folunder the fictitious business name lowing owner: Huy Nguyen. This or names listed above on N/A. business is conducted by: An IndiSignature of registrant: Joseph vidual. The registrant commenced Chavan. This statement was filed to transact business under the with the County Clerk of Contra fictitious business name or names Costa County on: January 4, 2021 listed above on 01/01/2021. Signaby Deputy Clerk Expires 1/3/2026 ture of registrant: Huy Nguyen. This Antioch Press No. 06-1617 84963 statement was filed with the CounPublish dates: January 29, Febru- ty Clerk of Contra Costa County on: ary 5, 12, 19, 2021. January 26, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/25/2026 Antioch Press FICTITIOUS BUSINESS No. 06-1617 85110 Publish dates: NAME STATEMENT February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 2021. File No. F-2021-0000123 The name of the business: ZAY Interglobal FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Located at: 5445 Ridgedale Ct In: NAME STATEMENT Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby reg- File No. F-2021-0000396 The name istered by the following owner: of the business: Sleek Boutique Mohammad Fazel Musazay. This Located at: 5039 Shinn Mountain business is conducted by: An Indi- Ct In: Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby vidual. The registrant commenced registered by the following owner: to transact business under the Nicole Charbonnet. This business fictitious business name or names is conducted by: Copartners. The listed above on N/A. Signature registrant commenced to transact of registrant: Mohammad Fazel business under the fictitious busiMusazay. This statement was filed ness name or names listed above on with the County Clerk of Contra 1/1/2021. Signature of registrant: Costa County on: January 11, 2021 Yoshiko Farinha, Manager. This by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/10/2026 statement was filed with the County Antioch Press No. 06-1617 85031 Clerk of Contra Costa County on: Publish dates: February 5, 12, 19, January 27, 2021 by Deputy Clerk 26, 2021. Expires 1/26/2026 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 85131 Publish dates: FICTITIOUS BUSINESS February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 2021. NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0000233 The name NOTICE TO CREDITOR of the business(es): OF BULK SALE 1. OrganizeU 2. AppetizeU (U.C.C. §6104, 6105) Located at: 5575 Sunview Ct In: ESCROW # 0126015331 Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby reg- NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to crediistered by the following owner: tors of the within named seller that Chanette Campbell. This business a bulk sale is about to be made of is conducted by: An Individual. The the assets described below. The registrant commenced to transact names and business address of business under the fictitious busi- the Seller(s) is/are: Kinson Enterness name or names listed above prises, Inc.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2020-0006055 The name of the business: GC Services Located at: 420-440 Railroad Ave In: Pittsburg, CA 94565, is hereby registered by the following owner: GC Services LLC. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company, State of Organization: California. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Giselle Cazares, Manager. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: December 15, 2020 by Deputy J Graff Expires 12/14/2025 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 84962 Publish dates: January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2020-0006113 The name of the business: Orbit Rentals Located at: 829 Bamboo Dr In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Jonathan Garay. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 12/9/2020. Signature of registrant: Jonathan Garay. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: December 21, 2020 by Deputy Clerk Expires 12/20/2025 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 85103 Publish dates: February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2020-0006130 The name of the business: Furry Friends Pet Services Located at: 829 Bamboo Drive In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Rachelle Hampton. 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.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0000004 The name of the business: Eagle Lane Road Maintenance ASN Located at: 250 Eagle Ln. In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: 1. Gerald C. Zahn - President 2. Denise M. Gavello - Tres. This business is conducted by: An Unincorporated Association other than a partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 10/25/2000. Signature of registrant: Gerald C. Zahn. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 4, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/3/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 85040 Publish dates: February 5, 12 19, 26, 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0000127 The name of the business: Enabling Homes Located at: 136 Woodland Valley Dr In: San Ramon, CA 94582, is hereby registered by the following owner: Enabling Strategies Limited. This business is conducted by: A Corporation, State of Incorporation: California. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 9/29/2020. Signature of registrant: Nasir Khan, Chief Operating Officer. This statement was filed with the County FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Clerk of Contra Costa County on: NAME STATEMENT January 11, 2021 by Deputy Clerk File No. F-2021-0000015 The name 1/10/2026 Brentwood Press No. of the business: PorchLight Re- 02-1273 85015 Publish dates: alty Located at: 2603 Caminio February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021. Ramon Suite 200 In: San Ramon, CA 94583, is hereby registered by FICTITIOUS BUSINESS the following owner: Mark PatNAME STATEMENT tison. This business is conducted File No. F-2021-0000151 The name by: An Individual. The registrant of the business: Whole Being commenced to transact business Healing Located at: 2125 Gold under the fictitious business name Poppy Street In: Brentwood, CA or names listed above on March 18, 94513, is hereby registered by 2020. Signature of registrant: Mark the following owner: Olivia HumPattison. This statement was filed phrey. This business is conducted with the County Clerk of Contra by: An Individual. The registrant Costa County on: January 4, 2021 commenced to transact business by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/3/2026 under the fictitious business name Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 or names listed above on N/A. Sig84964 Publish dates: January 29, nature of registrant: Olivia HumFebruary 5, 12, 19, 2021. phrey. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Costa County on: January 12, 2021 NAME STATEMENT by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/11/2026 File No. F-2021-0000040 The name Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 of the business: Frontline Sales 84956 Publish dates: January 29, Located at: 2092 Omega Rd Suite February 5, 12, 19, 2021. H2 In: San Ramon, CA 94583, is hereby registered by the following FICTITIOUS BUSINESS owner: ALGO CORPORATION. This NAME STATEMENT business is conducted by: A Corpo- File No. F-2021-0000160 The name ration, State of Incorporation: Cali- of the business: La Fritanguera fornia. The registrant commenced Nicaraguan Cuisine Located at: to transact business under the 1819 Colfax Street In: Concord, CA fictitious business name or names 94520, is hereby registered by the listed above on N/A. Signature of following owner: Mombacho, Inc. registrant: Mohammad Farsai. This This business is conducted by: A statement was filed with the Coun- Corporation, State of Incorporaty Clerk of Contra Costa County on: tion: California. The registrant comJanuary 5, 2021 by Deputy J. Graff menced to transact business under Expires 1/4/2026 Brentwood Press the fictitious business name or No. 02-1273 84986 Publish dates: names listed above on 01/01/2021. January 29, February 5, 12, 19, Signature of registrant: Jenniffer 2021. Jimenez CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Contra Costa County on: January NAME STATEMENT 12, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires File No. F-2021-0000057 The name 1/11/2026 Brentwood Press No. of the business: In Law Investiga- 02-1273 85059 Publish dates: tions Located at: 606 Ralston Ct In: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021. Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: FICTITIOUS BUSINESS John Anthony Goyich. This business NAME STATEMENT is conducted by: An Individual. The File No. F-2021-0000190 The name registrant commenced to transact of the business: WorkAligned business under the fictitious busi- Located at: 3515 Mt. Diablo Blvd. ness name or names listed above #11 In: Lafayette, CA 94549, is on N/A. Signature of registrant: hereby registered by the following John Anthony Goyich. This state- owner: Julia L. Raina. This business ment was filed with the County is conducted by: An Individual. The Clerk of Contra Costa County on: registrant commenced to transact January 5, 2021 by Deputy Clerk business under the fictitious busiExpires 1/4/2026 Brentwood Press ness name or names listed above No. 02-1273 85046 Publish dates: on 1/1/2021. Signature of regisFebruary 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021. trant: Julia L. Raina. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Contra Costa County on: January NAME STATEMENT 13, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires File No. F-2021-0000103 The name 1/12/2026 Brentwood Press No. of the business: Sly Imaging 02-1273 85089 Publish dates: Located at: 1666 Chatham Pl. In: February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0000201 The name of the business: Fast Response Tree Service Located at: 1113 Veranda Ct In: Folsom, CA 95630, is hereby registered by the following owner: Alan Bayley . This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 12/24/2020. Signature of registrant: Alan Bayley. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 13, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/12/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 85024 Publish dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0000214 The name of the business: Little Locals Located at: 2331 Newport Place South In: Discovery Bay, CA 94505, is hereby registered by the following owne: Christine Sobolik. 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: Christine Sobolik. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 14, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/13/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 85073 Publish dates: February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0000219 The name of the business: Dean Court Home Located at: 200 Dean Court In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Person-Centered Care LLC. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company, State of Organization: California. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Jonathan R. Bentulan, Managing Member. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 14, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/13/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 85042 Publish dates: February 5,12, 19, 26, 2021.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0000250 The name of the business: Wolverine Junk Removal Located at: 3442 Chandler Circle In: Bay Point, CA 94565, is hereby registered by the following owner: 1. Shane Anthony Durbin 2. Jason Richard Kolnberger. This business is conducted by: A General Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 12/26/2020. Signature of registrant: Shane Anthony Durbin. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 19, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/18/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 85097 Publish dates: February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 2021.

nature of registrant: Isaac Fikre Selassie. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: Januar 19, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/18/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 85008 Publish dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021.

hereby registered by the following owner: 4 Adonai Incorporated. 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: Jacynthia Humphrey. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 21, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/20/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 85101 Publish dates: February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0000253 The name of the business: Adonai Commercial Investments Located at: 2125 Gold Poppy Street In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: 4 Adonai Incorporated. This business is conducted by: A Corporation, State of Incorporation: California. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Jacynthia MonroeHumphrey, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 19, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/18/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 85098 Publish dates: February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0000266 The name of the business: LTU Labs Located at: 2950 Windtree Ct In: Lafayette, CA 94549, is hereby registered by the following owner: Isabelle Lurie. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 11/10/2020. Signature of registrant: Isabelle Lurie. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 21, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/20/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 85102 Publish dates: February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0000274 The name of the business: Riga Accounting Service Located at: 5061 Almanor Dr In: Discovery Bay, CA 94505, is hereby registered by the following owner: Diane C. Riga Williams. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 6/26/2012. Signature of registrant: Diane C. Riga Williams. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 20, 2021 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/19/2026 NAME STATEMENT Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 File No. F-2021-0000255 The name 85135 Publish dates: February 19, of the business: ETK COMPUTE Lo- 26, March 5, 12, 2021. cated at: 1595 Dawnview Drive In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby FICTITIOUS BUSINESS registered by the following owner: NAME STATEMENT Michael Xanth Robrahn. This busi- File No. F-2021-0000290 The name ness is conducted by: An Indi- of the business(es): vidual. The registrant commenced 1. Altamont Glass & Shower Co to transact business under the 2. Altamont Glass Company fictitious business name or names Located at: 903 Lido Circle In: Dislisted above on N/A. Signature of covery Bay, CA 94505 is hereby registrant: Michael Xanth Robrahn registered by the following owner: Owner. This statement was filed Robert Jeffrey Gould. This business with the County Clerk of Contra is conducted by: An Individual . The Costa County on: January 19, 2021 registrant commenced to transact by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/18/2026 business under the fictitious busiBrentwood Press No. 02-1273 ness name or names listed above 85007 Publish dates: February 5, on N/A. Signature of registrant: 12, 19, 26, 2021. Robert Jeffrey Gould. This statement was filed with the County FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Clerk of Contra Costa County on: NAME STATEMENT January 20, 2021 by Deputy Clerk File No. F-2021-0000256 The name Expires 1/19/2026 Brentwood of the business: Design Consul- Press No. 02-1273 85132 Publish tants of East Bay Located at: dates: February 19, 26, March 5, 1725 Sesame Ct In: Brentwood, 12, 2021. CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: 1. Isaac FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Selassie 2. Asqual Teferi. This busiNAME STATEMENT ness is conducted by: A Married File No. F-2021-0000295 The name Couple. The registrant commenced of the business: Alliance Mobile to transact business under the Notary And Loan Signing Serfictitious business name or names vices Located at: 2125 Gold Poppy listed above on 11/01/2019. Sig- Street In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0000474 The name of the business: Bare Bronze Beauty Located at: 316 Oak St In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Monique Webb. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 01/01/2021. Signature of registrant: Monique Webb. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: February 1, 2021 by Deputy Clerk FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Expires 1/31/2026 Brentwood NAME STATEMENT Press No. 02-1273 85137 Publish File No. F-2021-0000338 The name dates: February 19, 26, March 5, of the business: Smoke 4 Less 12, 2021. Located at: 3340 San Pablo Dam Road Ste G In: San Pablo, CA 94513, FICTITIOUS BUSINESS is hereby registered by the followNAME STATEMENT ing owner: Kumar Brothers LLC. File No. F-2021-0000480 The This business is conducted by: A name of the business: Lifted Hair Limited Liability Company, State Lounge Located at: 3850 Balfour of Organization: CA. The registrant Road, Suite 221 In: Brentwood, CA commenced to transact business 94513, is hereby registered by the under the fictitious business name following owner: Nicole Dumenior names listed above on NA. Sig- go. This business is conducted by: nature of registrant: Param Jit, Nicole Dumenigo. The registrant CFO. This statement was filed with commenced to transact business the County Clerk of Contra Costa under the fictitious business name County on: January 25, 2021 by or names listed above on 2/1/2020. Deputy Clerk Expires 1/24/2026 Signature of registrant: Nicole DuBrentwood Press No. 02-1273 menigo. This statement was filed 85134 Publish dates: February 19, with the County Clerk of Contra 26, March 5, 12, 2021. Costa County on: February 2, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 2/1/2026 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 NAME STATEMENT 85133 Publish dates: February 19, File No. F-2021-0000371 The name 26, March 5, 12, 2021. of the business: ACE Painting Service, Inc. Located at: 700 Harvest FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Park Dr. Suite F In: Brentwood, CA NAME STATEMENT 94513, is hereby registered by the File No. F-2021-0000190 The name following owner: 1. Daniel Aceves of the business: WorkAligned 2. Susan Aceves. This business is Located at: 3515 Mt. Diablo Blvd. conducted by: General Partner- #11 In: Lafayette, CA 94549, is ship. The registrant commenced hereby registered by the following to transact business under the owner: Julia L. Raina. This business fictitious business name or names is conducted by: An Individual. The listed above on 2005. Signature of registrant commenced to transact registrant: Dan Aceves. This state- business under the fictitious busiment was filed with the County ness name or names listed above Clerk of Contra Costa County on: on 1/1/2021. Signature of regisJanuary 26, 2021 by Deputy Clerk trant: Julia L. Raina. This statement Expires 1/25/2026 Brentwood was filed with the County Clerk of Press No. 02-1273 85128 Publish Contra Costa County on: January dates: February 19, 26, March 5, 13, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 12, 2021. 1/12/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 85089 Publish dates: FICTITIOUS BUSINESS February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 2021. NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0000413 The name ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE of the business: Summers Home FOR CHANGE OF NAME Located at: 8155 Westport Circle In: PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: ElisDiscovery Bay, CA 94505, is hereby sa Marie Predmore SUPERIOR registered by the following owner: COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF Marcella Summers. This business is CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street conducted by: An Individual. The Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION registrant commenced to transact OF: Elissa Marie Predmore CASE business under the fictitious busi- NUMBER: N21-0113 TO ALL INness name or names listed above TERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner on N/A. Signature of registrant: Elissa Marie Predmore filed a petiMarcella Summers. This statement tion with this court for a decree was filed with the County Clerk of changing names as follows: PresContra Costa County on: January ent Name: a. Elissa Marie Pred28, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires more to Proposed Name: Elissa 1/27/2026 Brentwood Press No. Marie Trujillo. 2. THE COURT OR02-1273 85138 Publish dates: DERS that all persons interested in February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 2021. this matter shall appear before this

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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: 03/24/2021 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: January 14, 2020 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 85109 Publish Dates: February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 2021.

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Shannon Smith SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Shannon D. Smith CASE NUMBER: N20-1523 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Shannon Smith filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Shannon Damone Smith b. AKA Damone Shannon Smith to Proposed Name: Damone Shannon Smith. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 3/11/2021 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: 01/15/2021 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 85108 Publish Dates: February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 2021.

names listed above on 01/20/2021. Signature of registrant: Misty Miguel. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 27, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/26/2026 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 85127 Publish dates: February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 2021.

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: GRACE RAMIREZ AND FRANK RAMIREZ SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: GRACE AND FRANK RAMIREZ CASE NUMBER: N21-0088 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner GRACE AND FRANK RAMIREZ filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. SETH MARCO RAMIREZ to Proposed Name: SETH DAVID RAMIREZ. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 3/24/2021 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: January 14, 2021 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 85107 Publish Dates: February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0000297 The name of the business: Norma’s Family Daycare Located at: 300 Shady Oak Drive In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner: Norma Rocha. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/20/2021. Signature of registrant: Norma Rocha. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: January 21, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 1/20/2026 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 85100 Publish dates: February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0000401 The name of the business: Cali Next Level Landscapes Located at: 2974 Main St In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): 1. Misty Miguel 2. Mark Miguel II This business is conducted by: A Married Couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or

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make sure we do it safely. The district and employee associations have been negotiating over the past several months to work toward an agreed path forward,” Eaton said. “We were expecting new state guidance last Friday, but we are still waiting for that. We have seen new CDC guidance that suggests that elementary schools are safer to reopen.” In part, Eaton referenced the CDC’s Feb. 12 announcement of a five-key mitigation strategy. During a press conference, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, CDC Director, presented the release of an operational strategy for K to 12 schools for phased mitigation for opening in-person instruction and remaining open. The five-key, science-based strategy recommended the universal and correct use of masks, physical distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, cleaning facilities and diagnostic and rapid contact-tracing. “I want to be clear,” Walensky said. “With the release of this operational strategy, CDC is not mandating that schools reopen. These recommendations simply provide schools a long-needed roadmap for how to do so safely, under different levels of disease in the community.” Eaton went on to say the school district knows that teachers have worked tremendously hard to make distance learning work, but it’s not ideal for all students. “We also want to make sure that families understand that if the board decides to do a hybrid reopening, the current regulations and rules do not make that ideal either,” he continued. “Due to social distancing limitations, school capacity is severely limited. Students will be physically in class for 2 to 2.5 hours a day, four days a week with a significant amount of time working independently and in distance learning.” The BUSD and the Brentwood Teachers Association (BTA) continue to shape what the return will look like. Members of the BTA planned to share a presentation with the public on Feb. 17. In it, the teachers detailed many of the positions where the BTA and the BUSD are in step – such as maintaining health safety guidelines. The BTA presentation further addressed concerns regarding a hybrid return for middle schools. The BUSD’s safety plan currently calls for students to be placed into one of two in-person groups. The two groups will arrive on campus on alternate days and not interact with one another. “By this definition, at a middle school, hundreds of students would belong to one of two ‘stable groups,’” wrote the BTA. “This will result in students having up to 128 classroom exposures per week during in-person learning, in addition to interacting with other students during each passing

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period. A schedule has not been created that allows students to stay in a fixed group throughout the day.” The BTA highlighted a survey of teachers’ feelings toward vaccines. For the elementary school level, 56% of educators said receiving a vaccine before returning to in-person teaching was very important. That response figure was higher at the middle school level, with 64.4%. “In support of our members who wish to return regardless of vaccination status, our position is that members can return to in-person teaching, voluntarily, before being vaccinated,” wrote the BTA. “We may already have enough staff that want to return to meet the needs of students that want to return, but there is no way to know without a timeline or updated parent survey from BUSD.” Liberty Union High School District (LUHSD) Superintendent Eric Volta noted that due to Contra Costa residents doing their part to diminish the spread of the virus, he hopes the county will reach the red tier by mid-March. He said the district meets with its labor partners regularly to address concerns as new information and data are released. “I am hesitant to publish a date, but I assure you we are committed to reopening as close to the five days into the Red Tier guideline as possible,” he stated. “Much has been written about barriers to reopening schools recently. I would like to recognize our labor partners for balancing the needs of the employees they represent, and the needs of our students. They have respectfully and strongly communicated to us their concerns, and we have addressed those concerns for the benefit of all school stakeholders. Understandably, I know some of our employees are a little cautious about returning, which is why all safety guidelines asked of our employees and students will be strictly followed. To also help the reopening process, we are told by the (Contra Costa Health Services) that educator vaccines will be rolled out in the coming weeks.” The Oakley Union Elementary School District (OUESD) was also set to meet this Wednesday to review its COVID-19 safety plan. In a Jan. 29 letter home to families, OUESD Superintendent Greg Hetrick said it had been his intent to send out declaration information that week and have all OUESD families state what their intentions would be regarding onsite, hybrid or remote learning. “With all the changes that continue to occur relating to COVID-19, I realized that I was getting ahead of myself,” Hetrick continued. “Currently there are a lot of unknowns, and so much that can and will change related to the current

“I am very happy we are moving this way so the entire council can see both components (candidate interview and application) and not just rely on a recommendation of the mayor and wonder what happened,” said Mayor Joel Bryant. At least two Brentwood residents appear to agree. ” I think it is really important that this be done in an open and transparent way,”

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use Laurel Road to access Highway 4, that double left turn lane really facilitates traffic flow through Laurel Road,” said Public Works Director Kevin Rohani. While that project winds down, another roadway modernization effort is already completed. Vintage Parkway, from Main Street to Big Break Road, is resurfaced with new striping and pavement markings, thanks in part to a $960,000 Metropolitan Transportation Commission One Bay Area Government Grant. The roadway, a two lane collector street, serves nearly 1,200 households in the neighborhoods north of the area’s railroad tracks.

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county COVID-19 case numbers, the rollout of vaccinations, and expected revisions to the requirements for schools to reopen.” Byron Union School District Superintendent Reyes Guana said he was happy to report that his district has been working well with both of its teachers unions since last spring. “We are wrapping up our reopening MOUs, and we are ready to reopen once we enter the Red Tier,” he said. “Our district has worked/collaborated with surrounding school districts, the County Office of Education, and Contra Costa Health Services. As for our board, they have been very collaborative, engaging and supportive of our efforts. As changes have been made at the state and federal levels, we reviewed and made sure the changes reflect our current plans, updating as needed.” Tak Nobori of the Byron Teachers Union said that while negotiations have been challenging from a technical standpoint, since guidelines and mandates have changed so frequently, he confirmed that it has indeed been positive. “We’ve had a collaborative effort to get kids safely back on campus once we are able to,” he said. “It’s been a positive experience.” Knightsen Elementary School District (KESD) Superintendent Harvey Yurkovich commended his district’s labor partners to balance the needs of the employees and the students and families. “Through the collective bargaining process, we have found a way to not only meet the needs of our staff but to also safely and effectively bring students back on campus,” Yurkovich said. “Our staff has been working on campus since the first closure back on March 13, 2020. Like school districts everywhere, we have staff members who are nervous about having more and more students coming onto campus and changing from distance learning to an in-person hybrid model … Currently we have students who have experienced severe learning loss (due to) connectivity issues ... We are steadily increasing the numbers of students who have these needs. “When reading through the updated guidance from the CDC on Feb. 11 and 12, I am confident that we have the systems and supplies in place to begin the process of bringing TK - 3 students back on campus as soon as March 1. Again, this should not be a measure for our neighboring districts; the obstacles and considerations they are facing are very real and may not be something the KESD has had to consider given it’s smaller size and staff credentialing.”

said resident Rod Flohr. Fellow resident Benjamin Kellogg expressed similar sentiments. “Open and transparent is obviously the way to go,” he said. It’s expected the arts commission application pool will be: Gina Bravo, Gail Jones, Franklin Littman and Tammy Zickuhr. The park and recreation commission applicants are: Gina Bravo, Derrick Bul-

lington, Blythe Lind, Kevin Peltz and Anthony Segovia. The planning commission applicants will be announced at a later date. The commission interview meetings had not been scheduled as of press time. For updated meeting times, visit https://bit. ly/3avHXNu. To view the candidates’ applications, visit https://bit.ly/3buoc8H.

“Each year the pavement conditions change due to wear and tear,” Rohani said. “Streets must routinely undergo preventative maintenance to ensure their functionality.” Roadways aside, the city is also improving other community fixtures. The municipality has installed an emergency power generator at the Civic Center facility, which handles all critical functions for community residents, including police services. Startup operations will commence as soon as the Pacific Gas and Electric Company completes the power transfer to the new generator. Also on the safety front, flashing safety beacons will be installed on Laurel and Delta roads at the crossing with the Delta

de Anza and Marsh Creek Regional Trail. Additionally, high-visibility green bike lanes will be added at the intersection of Cypress Road and Main Street, and bicycle lanes on West Cypress Road. The $183,500 effort, slated for completion in the summer, is covered by a state grant and a 2012 Bond Benefit fund. “Enhanced safety is very important for our community,” Rohani said. “This project will have both a local and regional benefit for all trail users in the Oakley area.” The city is also gearing up to add permanent restrooms to Holly Creek Park, frequently used by area leagues for an assortment of recreational and scheduled sporting activities. To view the complete project update, visit https://bit.ly/3dlK88c.


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In-home care and nursing services have undergone a variety of changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, but all have remained dedicated to their clientele and their families. and co-owner of HLSC. “We do everything that you can think of that you would do on a day-to-day basis that is nonmedical.” Since the beginning of the pandemic, HLSC has screened its employees and clients for COVID-19 symptoms, increased PPE use and implemented remote technologies. DiNicola – who owns the business with her husband,

Vinny – said virtual video platforms have been invaluable. “We are doing more remotely than we have in the past,” she said. “We are training our caregivers remotely, and we bring them in no more than two at a time to do the hands-on training. We have gone to doing online interviews with caregivers; a lot more remote activity.”

The couple is also rolling out a new virtual caregiving service they expect to see active sometime this year. DiNicola said she knows people still want to remain safely in their homes as they grow older, and her goal is to provide a service that allows that. A virtual caregiving service can offer reminders to take medication, help with wellness checks and provide an avenue for nurses and doctors to get basic health information. “I think there is going to be more of that type of thing used in the future,” DiNicola said. “Like it is with doctors and their patients, this is going to be a new thing that will be utilized more.” Anyone exposed to a positive COVID-19 case must self-isolate, and anyone who tests positive must isolate as well. Every caregiver goes through a health screening procedure each morning and the company has asked that all employees who feel unwell remain home. With the onset of the pandemic, and their clients asking for shorter shift times to decrease the risk of infection, HLSC has eliminated its three-hour minimum policy, and has shorter shifts available. One-hour shifts are $38 per hour, and three-hour or longer shifts are $30 per hour. A two-hour shift can range between those prices. Pricing does not see Care page 15B

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The moment we’ve been waiting for O N THURSDAY OF LAST WEEK Grandpa and I got our first COVID-19 vaccines. Both of us were excited to start a positive path towards some normalcy and I wanted to share our experience. When they first announced the Senior groups and ages orner of those in the first tier after essential workers, Grandpa fell into the over 75-year-old category. He went online and registered on the county website, on Marla Safeway and Sutter Luckhardt Health since we are in that medical group. I was told to sign up as well. They sent Grandpa a notification that he was to choose a time and location to get his first vaccine but when he tried, the closest place was in San Pablo and there were no times available before the end of April. This being the early stages of the rollout, everybody was online trying for the same time spots. He kept trying to find something sooner and even though the location was not ideal he would take what he could get. My email merely said they would let me know when I would get an email! A few days later, he received an email from Sutter saying he could go in

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Whether you agree with taking this vaccine or not, I made a personal choice and felt it was my obligation for myself, my husband and the loved ones I want to see again soon.

vaccine and then it was my turn. Not a fan of needles, I closed my eyes and said “ok, I’m ready” to which she replied “you’re done!” If it was not a health risk, I would have hugged her. She offered to set up our second dose right then and there and of course we said YES! She handed us a card with the information and after we get the final dose, Grandpa will laminate them so we have proof that we were vaccinated. We were then guided to the observation area and asked to leave when the clock hit the exact time on our little sticker, (15 minutes) ensuring we would experience no reaction. It was not crowded and we stayed a safe distance from anyone else,

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although the pleasant small talk with another couple could be heard over the masks we donned from across the room. Later, I felt a slight discomfort in my arm but not enough to annoy me. Grandpa was tired from getting up early so he napped away a good part of the afternoon and was only mildly achy for his vaccine. The next morning, I still had a little ache in my arm but nothing of any consequence for either of us to report. I don’t know what affects the second dose may bring. I am told that we may experience some slightly more pronounced symptoms like a headache, rash at the injection site or a fever. This information is from others so I will update you when we get our second dose. Whether you agree with taking this vaccine or not, I made a personal choice and felt it was my obligation for myself, my husband and the loved ones I want to see again soon. Stay safe and well and again thank you to the staff at Sutterfor making something very frightening, absolutely easy and comfortable. I’ve heard that nearby CVS and Walgreens locations will be receiving doses if they have not already and so is Safeway. There is light at the end of this dark tunnel. Marla Luckhardt is a Brentwood resident who works with several local senior care and advocacy groups. Reach her at marla2054@aol.com.


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COVID-19 has changed many things including how people mourn their loved ones. Oak View Memorial Park Cemetery is just one local business that has worked to accommodate pandemic guidelines while serving the community.

business of putting families’ loved ones to rest. Funeral homes and cemeteries have been faced with a lengthier paperwork process due to closed government offices and the inability to offer large gatherings to memorialize those who have passed. JoAnna Di Sibio, managing partner at Oak View Memorial Park Cemetery, said she has seen an increase in her business since the beginning of the year. “January was our busiest month for burials and for cremation in the history of Oak View Memorial Park,” Di Sibio said. “It was really busy in January and now in February . . . in November we had 11 services the whole month, now we are having seven, eight, even 10 in one week.” Di Sibio noted more people are opting for cremation these days, but could only speculate as to why, suggesting families are waiting to hold memorial services once it is safe to host large gatherings. She said her staff’s biggest

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hurdles are the ever-changing guidelines from the state and their inability to show compassion to their customers. “It’s harder in the sense that because we have the masks and because we have

all the rules – which are important to follow – it makes our jobs more difficult,” Di Sibio said. “We want to be compassionate and caring with the families, and it makes it hard on us. We want to

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3. Allocate your tax refund. Elect to apply your tax refund to a traditional IRA or Roth IRA. 4. Take advantage of employers’ offers to match retirement contributions. Many employers will match 401(k) contributions if you save enough to qualify. This is an easy way to save without having to put in any extra money out of your own pocket. Make sure you’re vested in the 401(k) plan so that the employer contributions can be taken with you if you leave a job. 5. Open a Roth IRA. A Roth IRA is a retirement savings vehicle that enables you to pay taxes on the money you put in up front. When you become eligible to withdraw the funds, they are tax-free. 6. Aim for a 15% investment. Start investing 15% of gross income for retirement once you’re debt-free and have a fully funded emergency fund. Such a strategy can go a long way toward ensuring you have enough money to do what you want throughout retirement. 7. Make calculated cuts. Think about which items you can live without and dedicate what you would spend on those expenditures to retirement. For example, calculate the difference between buying a new car and a certified pre-owned model. Deposit the savings into retirement. Can you skip a vacation this year and do a staycation instead? Forgoing certain luxuries can help you build retirement savings. – Courtesy Metro Creative

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consumers avoid being victimized by scammers, and the following are some additional measures people can take to protect themselves from COVID-19-related fraud. ♦ Do not share personal account information. Scammers need their victims’ personal information to perpetrate their fraudulent schemes. The CDC cautions beneficiaries to be suspicious of unsolicited requests for their Medicare or Medicaid numbers. ♦ Do not take callers or visitors at face value. Unsolicited callers or visitors requesting Medicare or Medicaid information should be met with extreme caution. Be suspicious of any unexpected calls or visitors offering COVID-19 tests or supplies. ever click on links in emails or text messages. Do not respond to, or open hyperlinks in, text messages or emails about COVID-19 from unknown individuals. ♦ Ignore offers or advertisements for COVID-19 testing or treatments on social media sites. Only a physician or other trusted health care provider should assess your condition and approve any requests for COVID-19 testing. Consumers who suspect COVID-19 fraud can contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or visit Justice.gov/DisasterComplaintForm to file a complaint. – Courtesy of Metro Creative

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we can let people in and only let in two at a time, so those rules are making things difficult.” Oak View Memorial has not yet had an issue with completing burial services, despite a higher volume. Di Sibio said the staff is making an effort to accommodate families and help them through a trying time, but some things don’t have to be so difficult. “We love it when people plan ahead,” she admitted. “Death is a part of life, and when you are prepared, it is so much better for the families. When people come in and someone has passed, they have to go through everything, and it’s a big ordeal with all the different pieces, it’s like planning a wedding, but you only have a week or two. When someone has planned ahead, all you have to do is come in and sign some papers.” Darren Carter is a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Higgins Chapel in Antioch. He said he and the other men and women at Higgins are working hard to meet an increase in business and guide their customers through a sad and confusing time. He said the shifting guidelines make it difficult for people to know what to do to honor their loved ones. “We have had to deal with a lot more folks passing suddenly or from things they weren’t expecting, and there are a lot of limitations because people can’t gather in large groups to memorial-

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♦ Feeling of purpose: Caring for an animal not only stimulates physical activity, but it also can give seniors a reason to get up and go, which equates to a feeling of purpose. ♦ Altered focus: Having a pet can help seniors focus on something other than physical or mental health issues and preoccupations about loss or aging, according to New York-based psychologist Penny B. Donnenfeld. ♦ Increased physical activity: Pets require care, and that interaction can get seniors moving more than if they didn’t have a pet. ♦ Improved health: Ongoing research from Harvard Medical School has found dog owners have lower blood pressure, healthier cholesterol levels and lower risk of heart disease than those who don’t own a dog. ♦ Stick to routine: Caring for pets helps seniors maintain a routine. Having structure after retirement can be important to ward off risk of depression. Staying on top of feeding, grooming and other pet needs also can help prevent cognitive decline. – Courtesy Metro Creative

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to confirm their full retirement age before they claim their benefits. ♦ Delay claiming if you can. The CFPB notes that you can expect to get an additional 5% to 8% in monthly benefits for every year you wait to claim your Social Security benefits after age 62, maxing out at age 70. If you can afford to do so, wait to claim your full benefit until age 70, as doing so can translate to a benefit that’s 32% higher than it would have been had you claimed your benefit at age 62. ♦ Continue working. Remaining in the workforce full-time or even part-time can have a considerable impact on the size of your Social Security benefit. The CFPB notes that continuing to work for one or two additional years can replace low- or no-income earnings from your earnings record, thereby increasing your benefit. ♦ Consider the long-term needs of your spouse. Surviving spouses receive the higher of the two spouses’ benefits. So it makes sense for the higher earning spouse to wait to collect his or her benefit until he or she reaches full retirement age. The decision about when to collect your Social Security benefit is complex. Discussing your options with your spouse and financial advisor can help you make the most informed decision. ­— Courtesy Metro Creative

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The American Academy of Family Physicians notes that seniors should aspire to be as active as possible. Exercise is a great way to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine and has been linked to reduced risk for diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. Though adults with chronic illnesses may be hesitant to exercise, the AAFP notes that it’s possible for men and women who have been diagnosed with such conditions to exercise safely. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that regular physical activity is one of the most important things seniors can do for their health and can potentially prevent many health problems associated with aging.

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Physical activity is one of the most important things seniors can do for their health and can potentially prevent many health problems associated with aging. reap the full rewards of physical activity. Though it’s best to discuss exercise with a physician prior to beginning a new regimen, various public health agencies advise seniors to get at least 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic exercise each week. Brisk walking is one example of moderate aerobic exercise. Seniors who want to sweat a little more when exercising can replace moderate aerobic exercise with one hour

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toward their individual needs. In East County, seniors have options ranging from active adult communities open to those aged 55 years and older, to assisted living, memory care and nursing homes. Trilogy at the Vineyards and Summerset in Brentwood are both examples of active adult communities where residents must be 55 years or older, and live independently with no provided health care services. Communities like these often have community centers that offer classes, gym equipment, a pool and other landscaping services. Beyond that are facilities like Tre Vista Senior Living in Antioch, where residents can choose from multiple levels of medical care based on the type of support they need. “Tre Vista is a senior living community,” said senior living consultant Tamsin Meierdierck. “We offer independent living, assisted living, and memory care.” The level of care offered to residents is determined by a visit with Tre Vista’s nurse, a physician’s report and interviews with the senior and family members. Rents at Tre Vista start at $2,395 per month and go up to $5,000 a month, based on the level of care and the size of the apartment rented. All residents get daily social activities, meals, snacks, a weekly housekeeping and laundry service, and transportation within 10 miles of the building included in their rent. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has minimized many of the social activities, residents are still encouraged to an active lifestyle within safe boundaries. One thing Tre Vista is not is a nursing home. “Nursing homes are specifically dedicated to individuals who have advanced needs, individuals who need day-to-day skilled nursing professionals,” said executive director Alberto Maldonado. “We are a nonmedical model and for that reason, we are not in a nursing facility realm.” Tre Vista’s memory care apartments offer structured schedules and activities designed to help those with issues like Alzheimer’s and dementia. They offer specific activities and interactions to help redirect, calm and comfort residents.

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Tre Vista’s family-owned parent company has been operating senior living facilities for more than 45 years. Meierdierck and Maldonado said they are in constant communication with their superiors, who are passionate about offering supportive care and being involved in the community. “I would say it’s a family culture here,” said Maldonado. “We strive to be the assisted living provider of choice. We are conveniently located to hospitals and several docs offices and in terms of longevity, we are one of the longest tenured assisted livings in the area.” In Brentwood, Cortona Park offers assisted living for seniors, with medication management, daily living activities and coordination with outside health care providers. Communications manager Heather Hunter noted there are still plenty of activities for residents to safely participate in, despite restrictions put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. “Life hasn’t stopped at (Cortona),” Hunter said. “We are limiting the number of people accessing the amenity to help encourage safe social distancing. We are frequently sanitizing each amenity and residents wear masks to and from their apartment, if they are able to.” At Cortona, residents can expect to pay between $800 and $7,700 each month, depending on care, apartment size and amenities. Tre Vista Senior Living is located at 3950 Lone Tree Way in Antioch. For more information, call 925-470-3395 or visit https://www. trevistaseniorliving.com/. Meierdierck will host a virtual event entitled “Senior Living Options and Costs” on Thursday, March 11, at 5:30 p.m. To RSVP, call 925-470-3395 or visit http:// bit.ly/3al8ehu. Cortona Park is located at 150 Cortona Way in Brentwood. For more information, call 925-240-0733 or visit https://www. brookdale.com/en/communities/cortona-park. html?cid=yext.

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family member, isolate. Hansen said she and everyone else at HHHS hopes they are soon able to return to in-person volunteer visits, which are vital to their patients and families. The organization also hopes to resume their fundraising activities this year. HLSC is currently looking to hire new caregivers, with or without experience. Interested parties can apply at https:// homelifeseniorcare.com/. HomeLife Senior Care is located at 6440 Brentwood Blvd., in Brentwood. For more information, or to apply to be a caregiver, call 925-240-5770 or visit https://homelifeseniorcare.com/. Hope Hospice and Health Services is located at 6377 Clark Ave., in Dublin. For more information, call 925-829-8770 or visit https://hopehospice.com/

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