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Young victim faces long recovery by Tim Epperson Staff Writer

BRENTWOOD Jordan Glen lived the life of a typical 19-year-old. He had just been offered a job fixing diesel engines in Oakland. He liked to spend time with friends and family. He loved riding dirt bikes, camping, wakeboarding and playing with his baby nephews, many of the things a typical 19-year-old would enjoy. On June 16, his life changed. Jordan sustained severe injuries in a head-on crash while driving home from work. The wreck killed the other driver, 16-year-old Matias Rogers and injured Matias’ passenger. Jordan survived, but was in critical condition. He was taken to the John Muir Health Walnut Creek Medical Center with internal injuries and several broken bones. “He’s young, thank God! He can’t put pressure on his feet for at least 10 weeks,” Jordan’s mother, Jordana Glen, said Friday in a tele-

Jordan Glen survived a terrible automobile crash in June, but with the help of his family, he’s begun his long road to recovery.

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phone interview. Jordan’s father, Tony Glen, submitted a long list of injuries that Jordan sustained in the wreck. Those injuries include: Lacerations to his spleen and stomach, Concussion, Broken right foot, Broken left foot, Broken back (compression fracture of the L3 vertebrae)

“The biggest fear is he lost part of an artery in his foot and sustained nerve damage,” Jordana Glen said. “ He’s going to have to be very careful for the rest of his life. If he cuts his foot, he may not realize it, because he can’t feel it and that could lead to infection.” As it stands, Jordan will have to be off his foot for at least six months.

The doctors may have to fuse his heel which would make it difficult to walk. Jordana said Jordan cannot move his right ankle and he’s confined to a wheelchair. He has to make sure he keeps bending his toes to ensure blood flow. He will require another surgery on his left foot. see Recovery page 26

Freedom teacher receives national honor by Kyle Szymansk Staff writer

OAKLEY When Freedom High School Spanish teacher Annalouisa Gonzalez-Ortega stumbled into the teaching profession, she didn’t know what to expect. Some 24 years later, the chance move has benefited thousands of students and counting. The White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative will soon honor Gonzalez-Ortega for her dedication to serving the community through teaching as part of the program’s #Latinosteach webpage and on social media. Gonzalez-Ortega, who has taught at Freedom for about 21

years, was chosen from among educators nationwide after being nominated by Freedom Assistant Principal Dr. Steve Amaro and subsequently answering a series of education-focused questions. “Most importantly, she has great relationships with the kids,” Amaro said. “She has been part of the fabric of Freedom High School for well over 15 years. She’s just an incredible teacher who goes above and beyond. She has a great heart. Watching her interact with students day-to-day, she finds a way to individualize for every student.” Gonzalez-Ortega said the honor took her by surprise. “I was ecstatic and shocked for a bit,” she said. “I was not

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ECCFPD merger on hold by Tony Kukulich Correspondent

REGIONAL Just as it seemed that a crucial decision on the consolidation of the East Contra Costa (ECCFPD) and Contra Costa County (ConFire) fire protection districts was within sight, a lastminute scheduling conflict caused the cancellation of ConFire’s board of directors meeting Tuesday afternoon, July 13. The board was expected to consider the final feasibility study on the merger after the full report was released late last week. The report’s key finding is that the three fire agencies covered by the study – ConFire, ECCFPD and the Rodeo-Hercules Fire District (RHFD) – should move forward with consolidation, also referred to as annexation. “Based on the analysis, annexation will increase both the effectiveness and efficiency of the service delivery system and the efficiency of the administrative functions,” stated the report. The recommendation was supported by the report’s finding that anticipated revenue for the consolidated district would be sufficient to fund current and expanded services throughout the five-year period identified in the project’s scope of work. Additionally, the study found no operational impediments to consolidation. “I was excited to read the feasibility study indicating that combining the agencies will greatly improve fire and medical services for residents within a short timeframe,” said Diane Burgis, Contra Costa see ECCFPD page 26

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Vice President of golf operations at JC Resorts, John McNair, disputed the claim and simply stated that JC Resorts is working hard to revitalize the lake and golf course. JC Resorts is the new management company of Shadow Lakes and was announced to be taking over course operations earlier this year. They are to begin seeding the surrounding area this upcoming week and the company is excited to see the golf course begin to take shape. Ashcroft ended his post with a call to remove the rubble and debris for safety reasons. JC Resorts can be contacted at jcgolf@jcresorts.com. More information can be found on their website at https:// www.jcgolf.com/. Link to Nextdoor post: https://bit. ly/3hF9aRJ.

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Broken Road Farm to move out of state by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer

BRENTWOOD Expensive and complicated city regulations are prompting Brentwood’s popular Broken Road Farm to blaze a trail to Texas. The 1.5-acre Minnesota Avenue farm grew into a community favorite last year, offering farm, art and gardening classes, camps and events. But an expensive, complicated property zoning change and city general plan amendment is needed for the operation to continue — a mandate that’s driving property owners Sara and Greg Mires to move it to Texas as soon as later this year. “I just want to thank Brentwood for being the community I dreamt of for starting my business, and for seeing my vision and loving it,” said Sara, who plans to roll out exclusive reduced-priced deals to Brentwood residents visiting the new Texas farm. “I am just going to say, it’s not goodbye: it’s ‘come to Texas.’” In a letter to the Brentwood City Council that the city shared with The Press, Community Development Director Alexis Morris confirmed that the current operation is not allowed by the city’s general plan or residential zoning regulations. Morris said city leaders could address the discrepancy as part of the current zoning ordinance update. In this scenario, the planning commission and council could direct a minor general plan amendment in addition to

Sara Mires, coowner of Broken Road Farm, shares a moment with Elvis, one of the residents of the farm. Sara and her husband are planning to move the operation to Texas due to challenging and expensive city requirements for it to continue in Brentwood.

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new zoning standards that would allow these types of uses with a conditional use permit. If the general plan and zoning changes were approved by council during the zoning ordinance update, then Broken Road Farm — and other uses that comply with the new standards — could apply for a use permit (an at least $2,200 charge) and go through an approval process, but with no guarantee of approval.

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maining required themselves, but then opted to explore a move. “The more I thought about it, I couldn’t use these people’s money and then our money,” Sara said. “In the end it didn’t make sense to put in all this money just for a maybe. And then, if it was approved, there would be certain stipulations of how many people see Farm page 11

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Firefighters battle vegetation Oakley fire along Vasco Road in Byron man shoots by Tony Kukulich Correspondent

BYRON Fire crews from multiple agencies were engaged in an all-day effort to get full containment on a fire that scorched 128 acres near Byron, Sunday, July 11. The blaze was Initially reported shortly after 9 a.m. near the intersection of Vasco Road and Camino Diablo. A Cal Fire spokesperson said the fire was 100% contained by approximately 5 p.m. The Cal Fire response to the incident included 13 engines, four air tankers, two helicopters, two bulldozers and two hand crews. Cal Fire was supported by crews from the East Contra Costa and Contra Costa County fire protection districts, the Alameda County Fire Department and staff from the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD). Dubbed the Diablo Fire, it burned in the vicinity of the Vasco Caves Regional Preserve. The preserve, operated by the EBRPD, is home to endangered redlegged frogs, tiger salamanders and fairy shrimp. It also supports habitat suitable for kit foxes, eagles and a variety of nesting raptors. There are archaeological sites in the preserve that contain Native American rock art that date back nearly 10,000 years. Dave Mason, EBRPD public information supervisor, said on Monday that

Fire crews from multiple agencies fought a 128acre fire Sunday along Vasco Road in Byron.

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no culturally significant artifacts in the preserve were damaged by fire. As of Monday afternoon, EBRPD personnel were still surveying the preserve looking for damage to district property like fences and gates. Firefighting operations were made challenging by high temperatures, low relative humidity, difficult terrain and windy conditions. The fire’s location within the preserve added an additional layer of complexity. “There were restrictions put on the firefight that we couldn’t put dozer lines all the way around the fire because of the caves preserve,” said East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Steve Aubert. Due in part to the remote location of the

fire, there were no reports of damage to buildings, and there were no reported injuries. A social-media post from Cal Fire posted early in the incident stated that fire was burning on both sides of Vasco Road. A photo provided by Cal Fire’s air operations showed a large swath of charred hills painted with bright pink splashes, the tell-tale sign of fire retardant dropped from the air. Crews were called to the area a second time in the early morning hours of Monday, July 12. At 4:41 a.m., Cal Fire and ECCFPD firefighters returned to the scene of the incident and conducted additional operations for five more hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation by Cal Fire.

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Oakley police have identified a 37-year-old Oakley resident who shot and killed an alleged home intruder, also identified, early Saturday morning, according to the Oakley Police Department. Tyriek Harrison, 25, of San Francisco had allegedly forced his way into a Blue Heron Court home shortly after midnight, when the 37-year-old home occupant, identified as Jonathan Gillette, opened fire several times, killing the suspect, Harrison, police said. Harrison was known to Gillette and had recently made violent threats to other adult females that were inside the home at the time of this intrusion, according to Oakley police. Harrison was pronounced dead at the scene; he was known to the occupants and had a history of violence, police said in a news release.


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Board updates collections, fee schedule by Dawnmarie Fehr Correspondent

DISCOVERY BAY The Town of Discovery Bay Community Services District (CSD) Board held its regular meeting last week and voted to increase an assessment for one part of the town and raise its facility rental fees. As its first action item, the board voted to increase the annual assessment for the Ravenswood development by 3.8%. Ravenswood includes Keats, Emerson and Blake courts; the homes on and between Cullen Drive, Blake Court and Coleridge Way; and the homes around Wilde and Slifer drives and Frost Way. The increase was based on the Herwit Engineering assessment report for fiscal year 2021-22, which determined the per parcel assessment should be raised from $714.84 to $742.04 to keep

up with operating costs for lighting and landscape zone nine. As part of the public hearing, the board asked for public comment, but none was offered. “Homeowners in Zone nine pay a park, lighting and open space assessment that is collected with their property tax,” explained Mike Davies, Discovery Bay general manager. “Each year the assessment is evaluated in an engineer’s report to determine whether the assessment should be lowered, stay the same or be increased . . . Zone nine budget covers the public area landscaping in zone nine, including maintenance of Ravenswood Park.” During the meeting, the board also received a report from Monica Gallo, recreation programs supervisor, regarding the fee schedule for facility and parks rental. “Annually or as needed, staff reviews

the facility and park rental schedule to adjust the fees and make modifications,” Gallo said. “The last revision we did to the park rental fee was in February of 2019, so we thought it was time to take a look and make some changes and maybe add a special events category, because we have never done that before.” Gallo went over the “modest” increases she and staff recommended, as well as the new special event prices, and answered questions posed by the board. One concern raised by multiple board members was the lack of compensation to the town for a park or other facility to be unavailable to residents if it were rented for an entire day. “My thought are if someone were to rent (a park) for an event and none of our citizens could use it, should we be charging more than $400?” Director Carolyn Graham asked. “I’m looking

forward to hearing what the board members feel about that.” Vice President Kevin Graves agreed with Graham. Gallo said she and staff had looked at surrounding communities from Mountain House to Antioch when they created the new fee schedule, but prices varied a great deal. She also noted the town only received about one request per year to rent out an entire facility for a special event. The board discussed ways to cover costs associated with large events, such as permits for trash and security. Graves also noted the town could, in some cases, become a cosponsor of an event, thereby entitling it to a portion of funds raised. After discussion, the suggested fee schedule was approved unanimously. For more information on CSD meetings or facility rentals, visit www. todb.ca.gov or call 925-634-1131.

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July 17 Friends of the Brentwood Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Brentwood Library, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving library services in Brentwood, will hold its next book sale Saturday, July 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the library at 104 Oak Street. The sale will feature cookbooks, along with other books, CDs and DVDs. The cookbooks will be sold with a buy two, get one free offer. Tote bags and face masks will also be available.

LITE’S Fundraiser and Liberia’s 174th Independence Day Celebration

The nonprofit Liberian Initiative for Transformation and Enlightenment is holding a fundraiser and celebration of Liberia’s Independence Day on July 17, from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., at the Ambrose Community Center (3105 Willow Pass Road in Bay Point). Liberia is a West African nation established by enslaved African Americans. The theme of the event is “Restoring HOPE for the less privileged.” LITE has been in existence since 2017, and during this period, the organization has provided services to members of the local communities and humanitarian projects in Liberia. Throughout the years, LITE continues to strive to expand its program in meeting the basic needs of the people and communities it serves, especially in Liberia. For more information about the event or organization, visit www.lite17. org or call Mrs. Tanneh Koayen at 510-688-3552 or email tannehw@yahoo.com.

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Essay-Writing Workshop

The city of Oakley, in collaboration with the Cupertino-based Communication Academy, is hosting an online essay-writing course for those aged 8-10 on July 17, 24, 31 and Aug. 7 at 9 a.m. Attendees will learn how to become a better writer through structure; learn the art of the essay; understand how to organize thoughts; build a strong point of view; create strong supporting paragraphs and end strong. The cost is $185. For more information, or to sign up, visit https://secure.rec1.com/ CA/oakley-ca/catalog

The Artisan Makers Market

The Makers Boulevard, an artisan makers market, is held on the third Saturday of every month, in the heart of downtown Brentwood — adjacent to the Farmers Market — from 8 a.m. to noon. The free event features over 40 local makers; entertainment, family fun and kids activities. The July 17 edition is expected to feature live music by Margaret Niles; a guest appearance by Elsa, from the movie “Frozen”; and a host of vendors, including Little Locals, Wood & Fray, Sips & Baubles, Sweet Pea the Floral Truck, Wink & a Kiss, Hey There Henna, Shake a Paw Treats and Love Me Apparel Boutique. For more information about the event, visit Instagram and Facebook @themakersboulevard.

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artifacts and information of cultural and historic value related to the area of East Contra Costa County. The museum is open for free visits on Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. The Byer-Nail House is currently closed for restoration of windows throughout the house, but all other areas of the museum are open for public visits. For more information, visit https:// eastcontracostahistory.org.

Friday Night Bites

Friday Night Bites, a monthly celebration of community, music and curbside cuisine, is scheduled to take place the first Friday of every month at Oakley’s Civic Center Plaza until April 1, 2022. The event, scheduled to take place from 5 to 9 p.m., will feature gourmet food trucks, including tasty desserts and possibly a beer truck or beer garden in the future. Event officials say that when COVID restrictions have eased, it’s possible that other family-friendly activities will recommence, like free face-painting for kids and jumbo-size games like Connect 4, Giant Jenga and Cornhole.

Public Art Walls Exhibit

The free 2021 Public Art Walls Exhibit runs through Oct. 1 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the exhibit showcases works by Nicki Bernacchi, Katie Caulk, Kitty Carton, Jeanne Cope, Sandy Gangwer, Ty Green, Frank Littman, Vern Schultz, Andrea Schwartz, Tom State and Mary Ann White. For more information, contact Frank Littman at FrankLittmanArt@gmail.com.

Confident Debate Course

The city of Oakley, in collaboration with Communication Academy, is hosting a confident debate course every Friday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. through July 30. The course, open to children ages 8-10, focuses on fast-paced, one-on-one arguments featuring simple yet fun topics. Students learn how to think on their feet, articulate an argument, improvise rebuttals and learn both sides of a topic. The cost is $185. For more information, visit https:// secure.rec1.com/CA/oakley-ca/catalog.

Delta Gallery Art Show

The Delta Gallery Community Art Center is hosting a new art show by One Day At a Time (ODAT), a nonprofit group that provides youth with hope, support and opportunity by building meaningful connections and relationships. The show runs through July 30, and the gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. ODAT will be showcasing artwork and photography by students in their YEP program. YEP is a 10-week series of workshops taught by industry professionals, aimed at enhancing youths’ communication abilities, developing an understanding of their thoughts on issues that impact them, and giving their voices a community-wide platform from which to be heard. For more information, call 925-516-5935.

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Liberty Adult Education is hosting new student orientation and placement sessions for classes in English as a second language, Adult Bassic Education and high school equivalency. The classes take place from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 26, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, or from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 28. For more information, go to libertyadulted.org.

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Free Food and Clothing Distribution

Bay Point All-N-One Community Inc. will be giving away free food and clothing to residents in Contra Costa County every Tuesday. The organization also assists individuals with filing applications for medical needs, food stamps, immigration matters and more. A mobile clinic will be on site to provide healthcare services to the homeless. For more information, visit Baypointallnone.com, or contact Karen Tedford at 707-344-4938 or Janice Hicks at 925-238-5983.

Coffee with Carolyn

Kaleidoscope Cancer Connection’s Coffee with Carolyn is a cancer support group for women, hosted by Carolyn George and financially supported by the Kaleidoscope Cancer Connection of Byron. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon and on the third Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. The location is a private home in Discovery Bay. For more information, contact Carolyn George at 925- 577-3325.

ADOS Bay Area Online Meet-Up

The ADOS Bay Area, which aims to educate, organize, and mobilize the community to push for reparative justice with transformative policies that would close the racial wealth gap, hosts a general meeting on the third Sunday of each month from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., until late December. For more information on the organization, visit https://bit. ly/3gBz1Iv.

Family History Assistance

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is hosting a free virtual opportunity to learn about your genealogy and family history. Virtual assistance is provided each Thursday over Zoom from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. After signing in using a provided link, visitors will be assigned a consultant to work with. The visitor–consultant pair will then move to a virtual breakout room to get to work. The service is open to all questions and has specialists in United States, English and Germanic research, but can help with all areas of genealogy. To join, visit https://bit.ly/35htj9k.

Al-Anon Meeting, Discovery Bay

— In-person, Delta Community Presbyterian Church. The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They meet every Monday from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Delta Community Presbyterian Church, 1900 Willow Lake Road, Discovery Bay. For more information, visit al-anoncontracosta.org/.

Marine Corps League, Delta Diablo Detachment 1155 Monthly Meeting

The Marine Corps League, Delta Diablo Detachment 1155, hosts its monthly meeting on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Brentwood Veterans Hall, 757 1st Street, in Brentwood. The group is open to all active or retired U.S. Marines. Attendees are encouraged to bring a veteran friend, and spouses are always welcome. The meetings feature camaraderie, food, drink, conversation and updates on upcoming events. For more information, call 925-338-1775; email MCL1155@outlook.com; or visit https://www. mcl1155.org/.

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Board approves housing development By Dawnmarie Fehr Correspondent

DISCOVERY BAY The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors approved the Pantages Trails housing development during a meeting on Tuesday, July 13. “Lazares Companies is excited about the Board of Supervisors’ approval of the Pantages Subdivision Project,” said Vice President Trevor Smith. “We believe the project is a win-win for the overall Community of Discovery Bay and the future residents of Pantages. We are setting aside a significant amount of open space and providing a trail system for all to enjoy.” The project is slated to include 277 single-family homes, two ornamental lakes, a clubhouse and miles of walking trails. The land – located at the end of

Point of Timber Road in Discovery Bay – was purchased by Lazares over two decades ago and originally included waterfront homes. Hurdles to adding more docks to the Delta forced the redevelopment of the community. “We came to a place where we (didn’t) think we could get very far and (state agencies) are not enthusiastic about one more boat being on the Delta,” Mark Armstrong, a partner in the project, informed the Town of Discovery Bay during a presentation in 2019. “We have come up with a 277-unit lake project.” With the redevelopment of the plan, Lazares has seen it start to move forward through planning and environmental commissions, crossing another big hurdle as it received approval from the county.

Oakley to host summer bike rodeo The Oakley Police Department is hosting a free summer bike rodeo for kids aged 13 and up on Saturday, July, 17, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Oakley Recreation Center, 1250 O’Hara Ave. Attendees are invited to enjoy a pro BMX demo, participate in a ride-though bike agility course and check out the po-

lice department’s own motorcycle demonstrations. Bicycle safety tips will be available and free helmets will be given out as supplies last. A similar event is slated for Aug. 14. For more information, call 925-6258060.

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Farm from page 4 we could have here, and we would have to build an entire parking lot, and our property was shrinking.” The Mireses and their growing Brentwood customer and volunteer base admit that the developments are a blow to the much-beloved local operation. “It (the operation) is so necessary and so awesome, we are super sad,” said Leigh Burns Quan, a farm patron. “It’s a gap that will certainly need to be filled.” The Mireses eyed and eventually purchased the 860 Minnesota Ave. property in 2019. Having never owned a farm or farm animals other than chickens, Sara began volunteering at a Walnut Creek mini horse rescue to gain experience. Within a month, she was bringing home two donkeys and a blind goat of her own. As the pandemic struck, Mires said the animals and farm life became a safe sanctuary for activity-starved children and adults looking to escape a cooped-up lifestyle. In time, the operation went from a few visitors to groups wanting to reserve spots. At its height, the farm was hosting community classes and gatherings for crowds of around 100 that in part allowed visitors to interact with and care for cows, donkeys, pigs, goats, chickens and ducks. Visitors also participated in kids’ art classes and camps and went home with local goods, including home decor, fresh eggs, seasonal veggies, cookies, donuts and candles. “We were putting our roots down here,” Sara said. “I thought maybe one day we would move to Texas to get more property or something, but it’s all happening quicker than expected. But I really do want Brentwood to know how I grew here. I got to put all my ideas out and do all my events and got to see that everyone loved it, so that is huge for me. “ Nine-year-old Meadow Quan, a frequent visitor of the farm, said she learned a lot while completing a Girl Scouts project

that helped the operation establish their compost system. “We did a lot of composting,” she said. “I am going to miss going there.” Not all is lost, however, for the Mireses and for Broken Road’s loyal fans. Sara said she intends to roll out an expanded and unimpeded Broken Road Farm in Texas, including overnight farm stays and exclusive Brentwood-resident deals. The farm is expected to grow from its current 1.5 acres to 20, with an expanded group of mini highland cows, alpacas, donkeys, pigs and goats. Preliminary plans call for the venture to offer luxury RV, yurt glamping and other stay options, complete with full farm-immersion opportunities such as feeding the animals, collecting eggs, completing chores and participating in nearby river and lake entertainment. A basket of farm-fresh goodies will also be sent home with each visitor. Sara plans to exclusively offer the farm to Brentwood residents for a greatly reduced cost for the first few months, in return for using their photos for advertising. “It is so near and dear to my heart because of all the good people I have met here, so to be able to offer them (Brentwood residents) something even more (is exciting),” Sara said. “Yes, you have to travel more, but it is close; it’s cheap flights, and once you get there, you get to experience it all on a way bigger level. In the first couple of months, it will be the cheapest vacation you have ever been on.” At least one family says they plan to visit. “We wish them the best and can’t wait to go visit them,” Burns Quan said. “We will definitely visit.” Sara said she plans to keep her Farmher farm-inspired home décor line and encourages her fans to follow the operation’s Facebook (@brokenroadfarmca ), Instagram (broken_road_farm1) and website (Brokenroadfarm.com) for continual updates on the farm.

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Americans lack a high-speed internet connection. Among the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, a club of developed nations, the United States ranks 15 out of 37 in fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. Even if Americans do have broadband lines in their areas, the connection may be spotty or nonexistent. According to a Wall Street Journal analysis, poorer neighborhoods have internet speeds 40 percent slower than those in high-income neighborhoods. In rural counties, 65 percent of households connect to the internet, compared to 78 percent of households nationwide. Americans of all ages miss out on opportunities when they don’t have adequate broadband connections. Even before schools closed for in-person instruction, a third of K-12 students didn’t have a strong internet connection, a digital device, or both. Without the internet, many students cannot complete basic assignments. And they’re missing out on important skills needed in the modern

workforce. Between 2002 and 2016, the need for digital skills increased by 95 percent for workers in all occupations and cities. Today, 70 percent say they can’t do their job without an internet connection at home. Experts speaking at the World Economic Forum last year estimated that by 2030, nine in ten jobs will need digital skills. Universal broadband would help close the digital divide between rich and poor Americans while keeping America competitive internationally. For example, broadband investment will help the Americans employed in the agricultural sector. As of 2019, a quarter of farmers did not have access to the internet -even though up-to-date information about the weather, the economy, and USDA reports is vital to a farm’s success. According to a report from the Breakthrough Institute, expanding rural broadband would allow farmers to adopt new technologies that could lead to a 60 to 70 percent increase in corn yields and generate up to $65 billion in economic revenue annually. A new Brookings Institution

Letters July 12th marks Girls Education Day and Malala Day

Editor: Education is the only way to fight ignorance and increase opportunity in this world. One should always be given the opportunity to learn something they are passionate about to advance their skills. For the longest period of time, women were deprived of the opportunity to learn. Over the years in many countries this has of course changed, but still remains a problem in many nations.

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report further underscores the benefits of expanded broadband. It concluded that increased internet usage is “associated with higher incomes, lower poverty rates, and higher levels of education.” That’s not surprising. Reliable internet grants workers access to thousands of job postings, educational resources, and other networking opportunities. It provides business owners working from home with a gateway into e-commerce, which accounts for 14 percent of national retail sales. None of that can happen without investment into new broadband infrastructure. As Democrats and Republicans work toward a deal on infrastructure, they need to make sure that they close the digital divide and ensure all Americans can participate and thrive in the 21st century economy. Kip Eideberg Kip Eideberg is the Senior Vice President of Government and Industry Relations at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. This piece originally ran in the Hill.

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Islam stresses that education for men and women is of equal importance. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be on him) stated that, “It is the duty of every Muslim man and every Muslim woman to acquire knowledge”. The Holy Qur’an also teaches us to seek the help of God in advancing our knowledge and teaches us a short prayer for this purpose, “O my Lord, increase me in knowledge.” (20:115). On this day, we recognize Malala, who continues to set an example for many around the world to stand

up for those who have been denied an education, and ensure that they receive one. When we educate the girls of the world, we are not only educating the future leaders of the world, but we are educating the mothers of those future leaders as well. May we all be inspired by Malala and work to ensure that all girls who wish to seek an education are given that right across the world. Faiza Ahmed Pittsburg


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Former clerk pleads guilty to 9 counts REGIONAL On July 12, former Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder Joe Canciamilla pleaded guilty to perjury and grand theft, totaling nine counts, for illegal activity tied to his political campaign bank accounts. The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against Canciamilla last year. Canciamilla previously served as the Contra Costa County clerk-recorder and resigned in 2019. Canciamilla will serve 365 days in county jail per his guilty plea. Per the court, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office will determine how the custody time will be served. In addition, he was sentenced to two years formal probation by Judge Leslie Landu. Due to his felony conviction, Canciamilla will not be able to act as an attorney and he will report his criminal conviction to the California State Bar. Further, he may no longer hold public office or any other elected office. Canciamilla committed felony perjury for his misstatements on campaign disclosure statements (form 460s). Canciamilla signed these campaign finance statements under the penalty of perjury. The illegal activity was conducted from 2010 to 2016. The grand theft counts against Canciamilla related to the use of campaign funds for his personal use. The personal expenditures made by Canciamilla’s campaign committees for his own personal use were: personal vacation to Asia; restaurants; airfare via Southwest Airlines and American Airlines; repayment of a personal loan; and transfers from his campaign bank accounts to his personal accounts In 2019, Canciamilla was fined $150,000 by the California Fair Political Practices Commission in a civil stipulation for his inaccurate campaign finance statements, which concealed the personal use of campaign funds for his own benefit.

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When Hannah Paz’s parents wanted to introduce her to sports at around age 3, her naturally strong voice, outgoing personality and love of tumbling made cheer a natural fit. It turned out to be a good decision. Paz’s 15-year run in the sport, interrupted only by her entrance into college, has been marked by achievements at every turn. Her list of Freedom High School accolades alone spans an entire page — the last item arguably the biggest, when she became the 25-year-old school’s first cheer-stunt competitor to win the Kaye Axelgard-Reeves Athlete of the Year award. “It was so exciting, because I really didn’t think I was going to be in the running, just because nobody from cheerstunt has ever gotten it,” Paz said. The 2021 graduate’s myriad of accomplishments speak for themselves. The four-year varsity cheerleader and varsity competitive cheer stunt team

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Freedom cheer star Hannah Paz was recently honored with the school’s Kaye Axelgard-Reeves Athlete of the Year award. member was named Freedom’s 2018 rookie of the year, 2019 and 2021 MVP and winner of the 2020 most spirited and

athletic sportsmanship awards, in addition to garnering All-Bay Valley Athletic League first team stunt team honors in

2018 and 2019. In addition to cheer, she was also a standout student and school representative: four-time honor roll recipient, threetime community service award winner, two-time North Coast Section Bay Valley Athletic League Athletic Sportsmanship awardee and a team captain. As she flourished, her teammates often did the same, with the Falcons winning the Universal Cheerleaders Association Northern California championship, the JAMZ state championship and (twice) the Bay Valley Athletic League and North Coast Section stunt championships. “Hannah has been an amazing athlete during her time at Freedom,” said Freedom Athletic Director Sandra Torres, the school’s varsity cheer and stunt head coach. “She’s been a great role model for female athletics.” For Paz, the sport came naturally. Introduced as a 3-year-old in a “mommy and me” class after previously trying dance and gymnastics, that trial run turned into a passion. see Athlete page 15

Love of horses takes Heritage grad to college by Michael Dixon Correspondent

When Emma McNabb was a little girl, she got into horseback riding. The first horse she rode was named Ms. Texas. At the time, it was just the name of the horse, but now you could say it was an omen. McNabb, who graduated from Heritage in 2021, will attend West Texas A&M University in the fall. From McNabb’s time riding horses as a young girl, she developed a love for it. That’s something she’ll carry into college as part of West Texas A&M’s equestrian team. One question McNabb has gotten used to answering is “Why West Texas A&M?” It’s a question that’s come not only from Californians but also from people at West Texas A&M whom she talked to at orientation. Coming from California, and with no family in Texas, McNabb acknowledges that it could seem unexpected. As she explains, she got into reining “late in the game,” and so there weren’t many schools with available spots on their equestrian teams. At that point, her recruiter suggested West Texas. From there, things fell into place, both in terms of equestrian and academics. “She said it would be a great opportunity for me. It’s a great team with a lot of nice people, and the coach (Amanda) Ellis is amazing. I thought I should try for it,” McNabb said. “She (Ellis) invited me for tryouts. I went to tryouts and got accepted on the JV team.

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Heritage graduate Emma McNabb will soon join West Texas A&M’s equestrian team. “And then I went to school for a visit and tour,” McNabb added. “It’s just a beautiful campus with a lot of opportunities in animal science, which is what I’m planning on majoring in.” McNabb also noted that she might eventually go into a pre-vet major, depending

on how things work out. For those unfamiliar with reining, McNabb compares it to figure skating. “It’s a pattern that you have to memorize before you get into the show pen,” she said. “It’s like a five-minute pattern. You show what you and your horse know about sorting

cows and working with farm animals: circles, stops, spins, backup, running fast, running slow, instant transition. It’s really fun. Really difficult, but fun.” McNabb thanked her parents, Shantelle and Jeff, and her extended family for their support in helping her get onto a college equestrian team. She also thanked her trainer, Kristen Marrow, for her training in equestrianism, and also for helping McNabb with her mental game, teaching her to focus on what she did well in shows before being her own toughest critic and fixating on what didn’t go well. Of course, equestrianism is not a solo sport. Every team is a person and a horse. McNabb expressed her gratitude for every horse she’s worked with, including Moseley, the first horse that she bought, and Montana (show name Shines Red Girl), McNabb’s current horse. One comment McNabb has heard a lot is that horseback riding is “not a sport,” that the job of the human is to get on top of the horse and let the animal do all of the work. People who have that opinion would probably best keep it to themselves around McNabb, though, as it’s something she (understandably) takes exception to. “I want to say to everyone that horseback riding is a sport,” McNabb said. “It takes a lot of sweat, tears and commitment. And a lot of consistency. A lot of people don’t understand it until they’re see McNabb page 16


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She joined the Delta Patriots and East County sideline cheer teams, before progressing to the LEGENDS and California all-star competitive cheer teams, and eventually onto the Freedom squad. Along the way, she cracked the code to success in the sport: being open-minded, accepting correction and knowing

that success often takes time. But none of it would have been possible without her dedicated parents, coaches and teammates. “My parents really helped me get to the place I was at by signing me up for private lessons, doing what they needed to do, correcting me every once in a while,” she said. “I owe a lot to them, and then

The Liberty High School boys basketball program has announced the annual Stonebarger Tournament will be returning this December. The 37th annual event, slated for Dec. 9-11, is slated to feature a varsity field that includes Liberty, College Park, Enochs, De Anza, Foothill, Northgate, Oakland Tech and Wood high schools. The junior varsity tournament, expected to be played on the same dates, will include Liberty, Alhambra, Camolindo, College Park, De Anza, Enochs, Foothill and St. Patrick - St. Vincent. The school will also host a freshman tournament, Dec. 2-4, involving Liberty, Benicia, De La Salle, Freedom, Granada, Heritage, Sheldon and Washington.

also to my coaches for taking the time out of their day to come support me. And I couldn’t have won without my team.” Paz, now graduated and headed to the University of Arizona to study nursing, turned down multiple cheer-related scholarship offers and intends to focus solely on her studies. But her past successes and memories

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This statement was business under the fictitious busifiled with the County Clerk of Con- ness name or names listed above on tra Costa County on: June 2, 2021 by 7/20/2016. Signature of registrant: Deputy Clerk Expires 6/1/2026 An- Zoila Ramos. This statement was filed tioch Press No. 06-1617 86011 Publish with the County Clerk of Contra Costa dates: June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 2021. County on: July 2, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 7/1/2026 Antioch Press No. 06FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 1617 86118 Publish dates: July 16, 23, NAME STATEMENT 30, August 6, 2021. File No. F-2021-0003307 The name of the business: Nieves Mangoman FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Located at: 222 Rossi Ave In: Antioch, NAME STATEMENT CA 94565, is hereby registered by the File No. F-2021-003568 The name of following owner(s): Felipe Vivanco the business: Wilton Pixels Located Cervantes. This business is conducted at: 2420 Mammoth Way In: Antioch, by: An Individual. The registrant com- CA 94531, is hereby registered by menced to transact business under the following owner: Anthony Kweku the fictitious business name or names NKwocha. This business is conducted listed above on 12/1/2020. Signature by: An Individual. The registrant comof registrant: Felipe Vivanco Cervantes. menced to transact business under This statement was filed with the the fictitious business name or names County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: listed above on 11/15/2020. Signature June 4, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires of registrant: Anthony Kweku NKwo6/3/2026 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 cha. This statement was filed with the 85996 Publish dates: June 25, July 2, County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: 9, 16, 2021. June 14, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/13/2026 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 86015 Publish dates: June 25, July 2, NAME STATEMENT 9, 16, 2021. 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Contra Costa County on: June 8, 2021 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/7/2026 An- INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATtioch Press No. 06-1617 86057 Publish TACHED dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2021. 注:本文件包含一个信息 摘要 참고사항: 본 첨부 문 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 서에 정보 요약서가 있습 NAME STATEMENT 니다 NOTA: SE ADJUNTA File No. F-2021-0003612 The name UN RESUMEN DE LA INof the business(es): MESAC SER- FORMACIÓN DE ESTE VICE Located at: 1833 Tioga Pass DOCUMENTO TALA: Way In: Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby registered by the following owner: MAYROONG BUOD NG MISAEL-ARNOLDO GOMEZ CALDERON. IMPORMASYON SA DOThis business is conducted by: N/A. KUMENTONG ITO NA The registrant commenced to transact NAKALAKIP LƯU Ý: KÈM business under the fictitious busi- THEO ĐÂY LÀ BẢN TRÌNH ness name or names listed above on BÀY TÓM LƯỢC VỀ N/A. Signature of registrant: MISAEL THÔNG TIN TRONG TÀI ARNOLDO GOMEZ CALDERON-INDIVID- LIỆU NÀYIMPORTANT NOTICE TO UAL. 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The registrant commenced to and of Official Records in the office of transact business under the fictitious the Recorder of Contra Costa County, business name or names listed above California, Date of Sale: 08/17/2021 at on 9/2020. Signature of registrant: 09:00 AM Place of Sale: AUCTION.COM Sharon D. Holmes. This statement was ROOM, PLEASANT HILL COMMUNITY filed with the County Clerk of Contra CENTER, 320 CIVIC DRIVE, PLEASANT Costa County on: June 28, 2021 by HILL, CA 94523 Estimated amount of Deputy Clerk Expires 6/27/2026 An- unpaid balance, reasonably estimated tioch Press No. 06-1617 86090 Publish costs and other charges: $ 292,401.19 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE THE TRUSTdates: July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2021. 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CRT, ANTIOCH, CA 94509-7359 A.P.N.: 051-362-017 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is: $ 292,401.19. Note: Because the Beneficiary reserves the right to bid less than the total debt owed, it is possible that at the time of the sale the opening bid may be less than the total debt. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The beneficiary of the Deed of Trust has executed and delivered to the undersigned a written request to commence foreclosure, and the undersigned caused a Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on this property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (866)-960-8299 or visit this Internet Web site http://www.altisource. com/MortgageServices/DefaultManagement/TrusteeServices.aspx using the file number assigned to this case 2021-00250-CA. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE NOTICE TO TENANT: You may have a right to purchase this property after the trustee auction, if conducted after January 1, 2021, pursuant to Section 2924m of the California Civil Code. If you are an “eligible tenant buyer,” you can purchase the property if you match the last and highest bid placed at the trustee auction. If you are an “eligible bidder,” you may be able to purchase the property if you exceed the last and highest bid placed at the trustee auction. There are three steps to exercising this right of purchase. First, 48 hours after the date of the trustee sale, you can call (855)976-3916, or visit this internet website https://tracker.auction.com/sb1079, using the file number assigned to this case 2021-00250-CA to find the date on which the trustee’s sale was held, the amount of the last and highest bid, and the address of the trustee. Second, you must send a written notice of intent to place a bid so that the trustee receives it no more than 15 days after

the trustee’s sale. Third, you must submit a bid, by remitting the funds and affidavit described in Section 2924m(c) of the Civil Code, so that the trustee receives it no more than 45 days after the trustee’s sale. If you think you may qualify as an “eligible tenant buyer” or “eligible bidder,” you should consider contacting an attorney or appropriate real estate professional immediately for advice regarding this potential right to purchase. Date: June 9, 2021 Western Progressive, LLC, as Trustee for beneficiary C/o 1500 Palma Drive, Suite 237 Ventura, CA 93003 Sale Information Line: (866) 960-8299 http://www.altisource.com/MortgageServices/DefaultManagement/ TrusteeServices.aspx Trustee Sale Assistant WESTERN PROGRESSIVE, LLC MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Antioch Press No. 06-1617 86074 Publish Dates: July 9, 16, 23, 2021.

2. Tax Relief Matters Located at: 819 First Street In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Everything Matters, Inc. 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 3/22/2021. Signature of registrant: Janine Lundberg, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 10, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/9/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86143 Publish dates: July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0002907 The name of the business: SLAYROOM Located at: 2155 Elkin Way Ste. F In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: April Inphouva. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 4/1/2021. Signature of registrant: April Inphouva-Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: May 18, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 5/17/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86009 Publish dates: June 25, July 2, 9, 23, 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0003340 The name of the business: Willow View Apartments Located at: 3600 Willow Pass Road In: Bay Point, CA 94565, is hereby registered by the following owner: 1. CHBA AFFORDABLE IX, LLC 2. BAYPOINT FAMILY APARTMENTS, LLC. This business is conducted by: A Limited Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 4/25/2017. Signature of registrant: George Russo, CFO of Baypoint Family Apartments, LLC; AGP of Baypoint Family Apartments, L.P. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 7, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/6/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86012 Publish dates: June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0003403 The name of the business: Discovery Education Specialist Located at: 1407 Oakland Blvd In: Walnut Creek, CA, 94596, is hereby registered by the following owner: J & R Associates 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 5/1/2021. Signature of registrant: Reena Shah, President/CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 9, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/8/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86013 Publish dates: June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0003404 The name of the business: Mountain Camp Woodside Located at: 21 Tia Place In: Moraga, CA 94556, is hereby registered by the following owner: Mountain Camp - Woodside, 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 12/8/2010. Signature of registrant: Scott Whipple, Manager. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 9, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/8/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86014 Publish dates: June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0003608 The name of the business: TCI MORTGAGE Located at: 1120 Second Street, Suite 112 In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Turner Capital Investment Corporation. 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 4/22/2021. Signature of registrant: Robert L Turner-CEO (Chief Executive Officer). This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 15, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/14/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86054 Publish dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0003631 The name of the business: R&P Garage Doors Located at: 100 Cottage Grove In: Discovery Bay, CA 94505, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Richard Gibbs. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 8/8/1996. Signature of registrant: Richard Gibbs. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 16, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/15/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 85990 Publish dates: June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0003650 The name of the business: BLACKBIRD DESIGNS Located at: 941 Poppy Court In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Nathaniel W Jefferson. 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: Nathaniel Jefferson-Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 17, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/16/2026 Brentwood Press No. 021273 86083 Publish dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0003683 The name of the business: UCHECHUKS INVESTMENTS & PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLIES Located at: 253 Sespe Creek Avenue In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): UCHENNA UGWUALA. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/1/2020. Signature of registrant: UCHENNA UGWUALA. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 18, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/7/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86027 Publish dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0003703 The name of the business: Black Sugar Co. Located at: 103 Piedmont Ln In: Pittsburg, CA 94565, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Catalaya Rodriguez. 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: Catalaya Rodriguez. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of ConFICTITIOUS BUSINESS tra Costa County on: June 21, 2021 by NAME STATEMENT Deputy Clerk Expires 6/20/2026 BrentFile No. F-2021-0003532 The name of wood Press No. 02-1273 86061 Publish the business: 1. Accounting Matters dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2021.


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0003704 The name of the business: Professional Employment Services Located at: 8 Crested Oak Court In: San Ramon, CA 94583, is hereby registered by the following owner: Elizabeth Frias. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 12/5/1989. Signature of registrant: Elizabeth Frias, CEO/Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 21, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/20/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86141 Publish dates: July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 2021.

out obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: a. Date: August 24, 2021 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept: 15. b. Address of court: 725 Court Street, Martinez, CA 94553. Branch Name: Probate. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters a general personal representative as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Eric D. Capron, Esq. (209)846-6760. 1140 Scenic Drive, Suite 110, Modesto, CA 95350. Brentwood Press No. 021273 86091 Publish Dates: July 9, 16, 23, 2021.\cs2

A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Trustor: CONCEPTS OF FREEDOM INC. (ALSO KNOWN AS CONCEPTS OF FREEDOM INC.), A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION Duly Appointed Trustee: CLEAR RECON CORP Recorded 4/5/2018, as Instrument No. 2018-0052633-00, of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Date of Sale: 8/11/2021 at 1:30 PM Place of Sale: AT THE NORTH SIDE OF THE PITTSBURG CIVIC CENTER OUTSIDE NEAR THE GRASS LOCATED AT 65 CIVIC AVENUE, PITTSBURG, CA 94565 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $897,302.34 Property being sold “as is - Where is” Street Address or other common designation of real property: 46 EDGEVIEW CT DISCOVERY BAY, CA 94505 MORE ACCURATELY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST. A.P.N.: 008-410-002-3 THE BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT, IN ITS DISCRETION, TO EXERCISE ITS RIGHTS AND REMEDIESIN ANY MANNER PERMITTED UNDER SECTION 9604 OF THE CALIFORNIA COMMERCIAL CODE, OR ANY OTHER APPLICABLE SECTION, AS TO ALL OR SOME OF THE PERSONAL PROPERTY, FIXTURES AND OTHER GENERAL TANGIBLES AND INTANGIBLES MORE PARTICULARY DESCRIVED IN THE DEED OF TRUST, GUARANTEES, UCC’S, SECURITY AGREEMENTS. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (844) 477-7869 or visit this Internet Web site WWW.STOXPOSTING.COM, using the file number assigned to this case 089893CA. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the

Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. CLEAR RECON CORP 4375 Jutland Drive San Diego, California 92117. The Press - Brentwood Press No. 021273 86126 Publish Dates: July 16, 23, 30, 2021.

with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Anna Louisa Gonzales b. AKA AnnaLouisa Gonzalez-Ortega to Proposed Name: Annalouisa Gonzalez. 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: 8/17/2021 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 30 Room: 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, 248 Oak Street, Brentwood, CA 94513 Date: 6/11/2021 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86055 Publish Dates: July 2, 9, 11, 16, 2021.

petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Brentwood Press Date: 6/28/2021 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86117 Publish Dates: July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 2021.

de California Legal Services, (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org), en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California, (www.sucorte.ca.gov) o poniéndose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperación de $10,000 ó más de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesión de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y dirección de la corte es): SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 COURT STREET, RM. 103, MARTINEZ, CA 94553 The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is: (El nombre, la dirección y el número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado, es): Maria Pappas-Rajotte, Esq., Pappas Law 3700 Delta Fair Blvd, Suite 210, Antioch, CA 94509, (925) 754-0772 DATE (Fecha): January 30, 2020 Clerk, by (Secretario): D. Wagner, Dept (Adjunto) NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served as an individual defendant.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0003736 The name of the business: 1. Coastal Management Group 2. Coastal Management Located at: 18 Oak Street #1106 In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Andrea Marie Pulizzi. 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: Andrea Marie Pulizzi - Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 22, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/21/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86095 Publish dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0004034 The name of the business: Villa’s House Cleaning Located at: 814 Dobrich Circle In: Pittsburg, CA 94565, is hereby registered by the following owner: 1. Luis A Villa Valdez 2. Teresa Perez Rodriguez. This business is conducted by: A Married Couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on July 7, 2021. Signature of registrant: Luis A Villa Valdez. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 7, 2021 by Deputy Clerk NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE Expires 7/6/2026 Brentwood Press No. (Division 6 of the Commercial Code) 02-1273 86146 Publish dates: July 16, Escrow No. 022708-KL 23, 30, August 6, 2021. (1) Notice is hereby given to creditors of the within named Seller(s) that a bulk FICTITIOUS BUSINESS sale is about to be made on personal NAME STATEMENT property hereinafter described. File No. F-2021-0004101 The name of (2) The name and business addresses the business: A+ Phlebotomy Ser- of the seller are: SUKPRAN GILL, 6660 vices Located at: 824 Nash Ct In: Brent- LONE TREE WAY, BRENTWOOD, CA wood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by 94513 the following owner: Eric Waters. This (3) The location in California of the chief business is conducted by: An Individual. executive office of the Seller is: SAME The registrant commenced to transact AS ABOVE business under the fictitious business (4) The names and business address name or names listed above on 7/8/21. of the Buyer(s) are: NITIN KHANNA Signature of registrant: Eric Waters. This AND BORA UNAL, 501 QUICKSILVER statement was filed with the County COURT, OAKLEY, CA 94561 Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 8, (5) The location and general description 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 7/7/2026 of the assets to be sold are: FIXTURES, Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86137 FURNITURE, EQUIPMENT AND COVPublish dates: July 16, 23, 30, August ENANT NOT TO COMPETE of that cer6, 2021. tain business located at: 6660 LONE TREE WAY, BRENTWOOD, CA 94513 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS (6) The business name used by the NAME STATEMENT seller(s) at said location is: JOHN’S ICE File No. F-2021-0004103 The name of CREAM the business: Rose Nails Spa Located (7) The anticipated date of the bulk sale at: 2261 Balfour Rd, Suite E In: Brent- is AUGUST 3, 2021 at the office of: wood, CA 94513, is hereby registered GREEN ESCROW SERVICES, INC, 2010 by the following owner: Quoc Nguyen. CROW CANYON PLACE, SUITE 212 This business is conducted by: An In- SAN RAMON, CA 94583, Escrow No. dividual. The registrant commenced to 022708-KL, Escrow Officer: KATHY transact business under the fictitious LOZANO, CSEO, CEI business name or names listed above (8) Claims may be filed with Same as on N/A. Signature of registrant: Quoc “7” above. Nguyen. This statement was filed with (9) The last day for filing claims is: AUthe County Clerk of Contra Costa County GUST 2, 2021. on: July 8, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires (10) This bulk sale is subject to Sec7/7/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 tion 6106.2 of the Uniform Commercial 86144 Publish dates: July 16, 23, 30, Code. August 6, 2021. (11) As listed by the Seller, all other business names and addresses used by NOTICE OF PETITION TO the Seller within three years before the ADMINISTER ESTATE date such list was sent or delivered to OF: Clayton Allen Meeks, deceased the Buyer are: NONE. CASE NUMBER P21-00889 To all DATED: JULY 12, 2021 heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contin- TRANSFEREES: NITIN KHANNA AND gent creditors, and persons who may BORA UNAL otherwise be interested in the will or 385023 BRENTWOOD PRESS 7/16/21 estate, or both, of: Clayton Allen Meeks, Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86180 deceased. A Petition for Probate has Publish Date: July 16, 2021. been filed by: Robert Meeks in the Superior Court of California, County of: CONNOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TRA COSTA. The Petition for Probate T.S. No.: 089893-CA APN: 008-410requests that: Robert Meeks be 002-3 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU appointed as personal representative to ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF administer the estate of the decedent. TRUST DATED 3/26/2018. UNLESS YOU The petition requests authority to ad- TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPminister the estate under the Indepen- ERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. dent Administration of Estates Act. (This IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE authority will allow the personal rep- NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST resentative to take many actions with- YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Adriana Ventura SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Adriana Ventura CASE NUMBER: N21-1107 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Adriana Ventura filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Damian Everardo Rodriguez Ventura to Proposed Name: Damian Everardo Ventura. 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: 8/25/21 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 30 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Brentwood Press b. Father must be personally served 30 days prior to hearing. Date: June 21, 2021 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86062 Publish Dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2021. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Amy Alvis, Esq. 188086 Alvis Quashnock And Associates A PC. 613 1st Street, Suite 202, Brentwood, CA 94513. 925-516-1617. amy@aqalegal. com SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Melanie Garcia Akalal CASE NUMBER: N21-1219 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Melanie Garcia Akalal filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Mikaela Samantha Akalal Campoverde b. Mark Benjamin Akalal Campoverde c. Martin Ernesto Akalal Campoverde to Proposed Name: a. Mikaela Samantha Akalal b. Mark Benjamin Akalal c. Martin Ernesto Akalal . 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: 9/1/2021 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 b. Father must be personally served 30 days prior to hearing. Date: June 23, 2021 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86133 Publish Dates: July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 2021. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Anna Louisa Gonzales SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Anna Louisa Gonzales CASE NUMBER: N21-1135 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Anna Louisa Gonzales filed a petition

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: MIRELYS SHARLEEN SEPULVEDA ORTIZ SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: MIRELYS SHARLEEN SEPULVEDA CASE NUMBER: N21-1142 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner MIRELYS SHARLEEN SEPULVEDA ORTIZ filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. MIRELYS SHARLEEN SEPULVEDA ORTIZ to Proposed Name: MIRELYS SHARLEEN HERNANDEZ. 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: 8/23/2021 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: 6/18/2021 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86093 Publish Dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2021. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Rashel Nicole Nieves SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Rashel Nicole Nieves CASE NUMBER: N21-1179 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Rashel Nicole Nieves filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Rashel Nicole Nieves to Proposed Name: Rashel Nicole Carpenter. 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: 8/26/2021 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

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME The following person(s) has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name Massage Envy Spa Lamorinda at 558 Center Street, Moraga, CA 94556. The fictitious business name referred to above was filed in Contra Costa County on 5/31/2017 under File No. F-20170003396 (*1) Joey Barr - 321 Gladys Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (**) This business was conducted by: A Limited Liability Company, State of Organization: CA. Signature: Joey Barr, CEO RESFEBER GROUP, LLC. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 2, 2021 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86008 Publish dates: June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 2021. SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) CASE NUMBER (Número del Caso): C20-00210 NOTICE TO DEFENDANT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): JASON KESSLER, and DOES 1 to 10 YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF (LO ESTÁ DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): MONICA HEERA NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online SelfHelp Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/ selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. ¡AVISO! Lo han demandado. Si no responde dentro de 30 días, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escuchar su versión. Lea la información a continuación. Tiene 30 DÍAS DE CALENDARIO después de que le entreguen esta citación y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefónica no lo protegen. Su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y más información en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte.ca.gov), en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede más cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentación, pida al secretario de la corte que le dé un formulario de exención de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento y la corte le podrá quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin más advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado inmediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remisión a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web

COMPLAINT - Personal Injury, Property Damage, Wrongful Death SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF STREET ADDRESS:725 Court Street CITY AND ZIP CODE: Martinez, 94553 CASE NUMBER: C20-00210 Plaintiff: Monica Heera Defendant: Jason Kessler, and DOES 1 to 10 COMPLAINT - Personal Injury, Property Damage, Wrongful Death. MOTOR VEHICLE, PROPERTY DAMAGE, PERSONAL INJURY. Jurisdiction: ACTION IS AN UNLIMITED CIVIL CASE (exceeds $25,000) Plaintiff: Monica Heera alleges causes of action against defendant: Jason Kessler, and Does 1 to 10 The true names of defendants sued as Does are unknown to plaintiff Doe defendants (specify Doe numbers): 1 to 10 were the agents or employees of other named defendants and acted within the scope of that agency or employment. Doe defendants (specify Doe numbers: 1 to 10 are persons whose capacities are unknown to plaintiff. This court is the proper court because at least one defendant now resides in its jurisdictional area injury to person or damage to personal property occurred in its jurisdictional area. The following causes of action are attached and the statements above apply to each (each complaint must have one or more causes of action attached): a. Motor Vehicle b. General Negligence Plaintiff has suffered a. Wage loss b. Loss of use of property c. Hospital and medical expenses d. General damage e. Property damage g. Other damage: continues to suffer Plaintiff prays for judgment for costs of suit; for such relief as is fair, just, and equitable; and for compensatory damages The amount of damages is: according to proof Date: January 30, 2020 Maria PappasRajotte, Attorney for Plaintiff STATEMENT OF DAMAGES (Personal Injury or Wrongful Death) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF STREET ADDRESS:725 Court Street CITY AND ZIP CODE: Martinez, 94553 CASE NUMBER:C20-00210 PLAINTIFF:Monica Heera DEFENDANT:Jason Kessler, and DOES 1 to 10 To: Jason Kessler Plaintiff: Monica Heera seeks damages in the above-entitled action, as follows: 1. General damages a. Pain, suffering, and inconvenience... Amount $15,000.00 2. Special damages a. Medical expenses (to date) Amount $ 1,177.00 b. Future medical expenses (present value) Amount $ 2,500.00 (estimate) Date: June 22, 2021 Maria Pappas-Rajotte, Attorney For Plaintiff. Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86064 Publish Dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2021.


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Liberty graduate opens successful soap company By Ria Sanghera Youth Writer

Although those born under the astrological sign Gemini are often characterized as unlikely to commit to following their passions, Kieran Mustafa, a recent Liberty graduate, proves this otherwise as she owns the soap company: Gemini Soap Co. A handmade gift introduced Mustafa to the process of soap-making and new possibilities emerged as she invested her tutoring money to eventually open a small business. “I did not start with the intention to create a business, but instead to enjoy a creative experience, it just turned into a business almost naturally,” explained Mustafa as to how she found herself as the owner of her body care brand. Since its opening in April, Gemini Soap Co. has amassed at least $4,000 in sales. Though this did not occur overnight, nor without trying challenges along the way. “Many of my packages were lost or inventory did not arrive according to schedule. Much of what I ordered this past year I had to guess on,” said Mustafa on the struggles of opening her business during the pandemic. Yet, Gemini Soap Co. is doing extremely well, largely because of the products’ unique attributes. Every item is hand-made with vegan, cruelty-free, abundant ingredients that are unlikely to disrupt the environment. The complimentary low-waste, non-plastic packaging further reflects the sustainable approach Mustafa’s small business adopts. However, some still doubt the young business owner. “People don’t take kids seriously all of the time. They comment that my business is impressive because I’m young, but my business should standalone with impressive products not just because of who I am,” clarified Mustafa, providing a glimpse of how her business is treated differently because of her age. Besides challenges, the business is made worthwhile as it returns positive mental and physical health benefits to Mustafa. Since she is afflicted with a chronic illness, the ability to make soaps without pain provides an added joy to Mustafa’s life. “My business makes me happy and my motivation has always been for the reaffirming feeling I receive afterwards, like how achieving my goals proves that I can do this and I am proud of myself,” she stated. To open one’s own business just two months before graduating high school is a huge feat. Mustafa’s genuine enjoyment for what she creates, paired with her support system of friends and family and her strong work drive, is likely why she was able to materialize this new venture. “[I would recommend] if you’re afraid of starting

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Kiernan Mustafa opened her own soap business, Gemini Soap Co., two months before graduating high school. something new, that is good because you should be. So many things in this life are a risk; everything we do is a risk, so if you’re ever thinking about doing something, take the risk,” said Mustafa. Even as she moves forward to pursue studies in child development and education at Los Medanos in hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher, Mustafa pledges to carry her business with her and hopes for it to become a forever “side hustle.” “My goals include employing more workers, creating an office space, restocking more efficiently and becoming registered as an official business. I also hope to open a physical storefront one day with a collection of small business products,” said Mustafa, determined to continue putting in work for her business. For a niche, vegan, sustainable body care business whose owner is a recently-graduated high school student currently living in a two-bedroom apartment full of products, the Gemini Soap Company success story sure is like no other. To support the Gemini Soap Company, visit (geminisoapco.com) or follow the business on social media: (geminisoap.co).

As high school students long to enrich their intellectual curiosity, Los Medanos College offers an inexpensive opportunity to do exactly that. Students from Liberty Union High School District schools, and other high schools around the area, are eligible to obtain a college education whilst completing their high school course requirements. The dual enrollment program allows students to take a variety of courses at Los Medanos College for only $1 per unit. “I got to take precalculus over the summer and was able to take AP Calc when I returned. Taking the class at LMC really let me get ahead with credits,” said a student from Heritage High. Classes at Los Medanos College also fulfill A-G requirements for UC/CSU schools as well as certain prerequisites needed to take advanced classes, including math and foreign language electives. Additionally, college courses give students the unique opportunity to study upper level curriculum. Students will learn from renowned professors and engage in rigorous material before earning a high school diploma. They will be far better prepared for future academic endeavors and obtain collaborative and critical thinking skills. “I had a lot of fun taking a class about film. I had always wanted to learn more about the subject, but my high school didn’t really have much to offer,” said another student from Heritage. Students might just find their passion studying at Los Medanos College, studying subjects otherwise not available at their high school. Luckily, the registration process is quick and simple. First, visit the Los Medanos College website and fill out an application form. Then, the parent or guardian must sign the special admit form, as well as a possible fee waiver and age waiver. Finally, the student must contact their high school counselor to approve their desired courses. After filling out the required documents, the student will be ready to begin their college journey after registering via the InSite portal. For more information, please visit: https://www. losmedanos.edu/registration/concurrent/index.aspx.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0003739 The name of the business: Pristine House Cleaning Services Located at: 4216 Windsweep Rd In: Bethel Island, CA 94511, is hereby registered by the following owner: Silvia R. Aguirre Lara. 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: Silvia Aguirre Lara. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 22, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/21/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86131 Publish dates: July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 2021.

State of Organization: Delaware. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on June 22, 2021. Signature of registrant: BY: SILVERGATE COMMUNITIES, LP. ITS: MANAGER, BY SILVERGATE MANAGEMENT, LLC. ITS: GENERAL PARTNER. BY: ARTHUR L. LORENZINI, JR., ITS: MANAGER This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 22, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/21/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86053 Publish dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2021.

was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 23, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/22/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86164 Publish dates: July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 2021.

business: 1. The Viridian Briar 2. The Viridian Briar Brews & Spirits Located at: 2133 Marshall Ct In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owners: 1. Morgan Strenfel 2. Victoria Spinola. This business is conducted by: A General Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Victoria Spinola, Morgan Strenfel. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 2, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 7/1/2026 Brentwood Press No. 02-127 86135 Publish dates: July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 2021.

to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: John F. Riley. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: May 21, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 5/20/2026 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 86056 Publish dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0003845 The name of the business: ADOMKWA ENTERPRISE Located at: 89 Parkfield Court In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): 1. Samuel Akuamoah-Boateng 2. Victoria Akuamoah-Boateng. This business is conducted by: A Married Couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Samuel Akuamoah-Boateng. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 28, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/27/2026 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 86136 Publish dates: July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 2021.

business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Rick Junnila, Partner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 30, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/29/2026 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 86094 Publish dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0003745 The name of the business: THE SILVERGATE Located at: 1290 and 1291 Business Center Drive In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: SILVERGATE BRENTWOOD, LLC. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company,

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0003776 The name of the business: Pacific Realty Management Located at: 14 Wildwood Place In: Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Diablo Pacific, Inc. This business is conducted by: A Corporation, State of Incorporation: CA. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Timothy Rohrer - President. This statement

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0003870 The name of the business: Feel Goods Located at: 1379 Buchanan Rd In: Pittsburg, CA 94565, is hereby registered by the following owner: Johnny David Rodriguez. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 6/29/2021. Signature of registrant: Johnny David Rodriguez. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS This statement was filed with the County NAME STATEMENT Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 29, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/28/2026 File No. F-2021-0003006 The name of the Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 86070 Pub- business: Delta Bay Properties Located at: 5067 Teixeira Wy In: Oakley, CA 94561, lish dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2021. is hereby registered by the following owner: 1. John F. Riley 2. M. Jeannice RiFICTITIOUS BUSINESS ley. This business is conducted by: A MarNAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0003948 The name of the ried Couple. The registrant commenced

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0003625 The name of the business: Jen’s Jewelz Located at: 331 Fall Circle In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Jennifer Hirahoka. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 5/25/2021. Signature of registrant: Jennifer Hirahoka / C/o Jen’s Jewelz. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: June 16, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 6/15/2026 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 86059 Publish dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0003910 The name of the business: Concussion Testing Services Located at: 5351 Neroly Road In: Oakley, CA 94561, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): 1. Rick Junnila 2. David Holmes 3. Dan Farris. This business is conducted by: A General Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-2021-0004096 The name of the business: STORELOCAL OAKLEY Located at: 4700 Main Street In: Oakley, CA 94523, is hereby registered by the following owner: Oakley Self Storage Management, LLC. This business is conducted by: A Limited Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1/15/2018. Signature of registrant: BY: OAKLEY SELF STORAGE MANAGEMENT, LLC. ITS: GENERAL PARTNER. BY: ARTHUR L. LORENZINI, JR., ITS: MANAGER. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: July 8, 2021 by Deputy Clerk Expires 7/7/2026 Oakley Press No. 03-0477 86140 Publish dates: July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 2021.


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Jordan has already had to endure several surgeries. He had pins and wires put into his right heel which was shattered in the crash. He had 27 staples as a result of the surgery to repair his spleen and stomach. In his left foot, several pins and screws were put in to correct four dislocated metatarsals. He had spinal stabilization surgery, which involves inserting screws, plates and rods in his back to stabilize his spine. He has to wear a back brace for six-to-nine months. Jordan was in the ICU and surgical trauma for a total of 13 days. The Glens had to make changes at their house before bringing Jordan home from the hospital. They had to convert the downstairs office into a bedroom for Jordan, since he is unable to climb stairs to his room. They had to move all of their furniture around to accommodate Jordan’s wheelchair. Mentally, Jordan is coping pretty well with his injuries and his recovery.

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Jordan Glen’s pickup was hit primarily on the driver side in the June head-on crash. Photo courtesy of the Glen family

“He’s OK, but it’s a little up & down right now,” said Tony Glen in an emailed statement to The Press. “He’s a 19-year-old and his entire life has changed in a moment. He gets depressed not being able to go do what he wants to go. Working, camping, boating, wakeboarding, dirt bikes, swimming, or just hanging out with friends.” Jordana said he has bouts of sadness from time to time, but emotionally he seems to be holding together. She said Jordan doesn’t remember much about the accident itself. He was coming home from

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wise, I honestly don’t know where I would be. I want to provide my students the same. It’s kind of like paying it forward, providing them the same opportunities and options that I was given.” In her role, Gonzalez-Ortega said she establishes school as a safe place. She teaches while also counseling on a range of topics, including collegiate requirements, financial aid and community college options. Her students and colleges are quick to realize her impact. Gonzalez-Ortega was once a matron of honor for one of her former students, and was also invited to be present for the birth of the former student’s first child. Amaro recently revealed she raised $10,000 for college scholarships this year, despite the COVID-19-strained state of the economy. “She was able to make sure that we sent our kids off

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County District 3 supervisor. “I support the recommendation and I’m confident my colleagues will as well. I’m disappointed we couldn’t do it yesterday as this has long been my top priority. We’ve scheduled a special meeting for the 20th and I expect it to pass.” Consolidation with ConFire has been viewed as a means to improve fire and rescue services in East County. Persistent funding challenges created by the peculiarities of Proposition 13 have plagued the ECCFPD since its formation in 2002. Several attempts to improve funding with tax measures have failed over the years. A recent effort to gain support for a benefit assessment was beginning to show signs of promise after the district waged a campaign to raise public awareness of its funding problems. However, the economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic likely erased any hope of passing a new tax measure for at least the foreseeable future. The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors (BOS) also serves as the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Board of Directors. The issue was scheduled to be considered at 1 p.m., but BOS discussion related to the Tassajara Parks Residential Project pushed the start time back several hours. By then, people scheduled to present the study to the fire board were

work when the crash happened. He had just dropped off a coworker at his house. She said he has received a ton of visitors since he’s been home and that lifts his spirits. What Jordan doesn’t like is having to be waited on by others. The family has had to adjust their home and work schedules to provide around-the-clock care for Jordan. “We were already a close family, but this has humbled everyone and pulled us closer together. We have PT, OT, nurses, friends and family constantly in our home,” Tony Glen said.

to college,” Amaro said. As effective as Gonzalez-Ortega’s tenure has been, it wouldn’t have materialized without a chance opportunity. In her 20s in 1997, she had already graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and government from St. Mary’s College and was enrolled in the school’s psychology master’s program, when the St. Mary’s curriculum and instruction adviser approached her about an immediate Spanish teaching position at Carondelet High School. The rest is history. Carondelet officials hired the 23-year-old GonzalezOrtega on the spot, and a few months into the endeavor, she transferred to St. Mary’s teaching credential program. “I still remember that first day (in the classroom),” she said. “My heart was beating really fast and I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, how am I going to do this?’ Some of the students were just five years younger than I was, and some were bigger than me. Everyone warned me about classroom man-

no longer available. It is expected that ConFire’s board will take up the issue at a special meeting scheduled for July 20. “I was disappointed that the Contra Costa County Fire Board wasn’t able to take up the consolidation topic at Tuesday’s meeting,” said Brian Oftedal, president of the ECCFPD Board of Directors. “I was hoping that I would be able to get a better sense of any outstanding concerns or issues from their directors prior to our fire board meeting.” If ConFire’s board approves the resolution calling for consolidation, it will result in a request to the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) to annex the ECCFPD and RHFD service areas into ConFire’s service area. The same request will dissolve the ECCFPD and RHFD. It is expected that LAFCO will require approximately six months to complete those actions. Should ConFire’s directors not approve the resolution to consolidate the districts, the effort will be, for all intents and purposes, dead in the water. “Last year, along with our fire partners East Contra Costa Fire and Rodeo-Hercules Fire, we initiated an important feasibility study to determine the potential benefits of annexing either, or both, of these districts into ConFire,” said ConFire Fire Chief Lewis T. Broschard III. “These possible con-

Jordan has a long road ahead of him as he recovers. He faces at least a year of recovery and another reconstructive surgery before he is able to walk again. His parents are hopeful that Jordan will not let this setback permanently affect his life. They are hoping he just looks back on this as a bad memory. They want Jordan to fulfill his dream to be a welder. “We’re hoping it might be positive for him to have the support of the community and will hopefully get some good feedback to help him through this,” Tony Glen said. In the meantime, the Glen family will continue to stick together as they help Jordan through his recovery. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the Glen family through Jordan’s recovery. Donations can be made at https://gofund. me/74614d3c. “We ask for your prayers of healing for Jordan, both mentally and physically, as well as all those involved in this horrific tragedy,” Tony Glen said.

agement. But I just walked in there, I was myself, I was honest with them. I always tell them it’s not about me being the teacher and you being the student. We are a community, a family away from family, and as long as you are respectful toward me, I will always be respectful toward you.” Some 24 years later, she’s still going strong, and loving every minute of it. The recent honor is just a bonus. “I don’t do it to get the teacher of the year award,” she said. “I get my reward every time one of my kids (students) comes to me and says they got accepted (into college). Knowing they took what I gave them and are moving forward, and it is helping them: that’s my reward.” Gonzalez-Ortega’s profile had not been released on the #Latinosteach webpage as of press time. The Press will publish the link as soon as the profile is released. For more information on the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative, visit https://sites.ed.gov/hispanicinitiative/

solidations have long been informally considered and this formal study, to be briefed to each of the three boards beginning this week for their consideration and action, will now give us hard data upon which to base decisions on provision of fire services to much of the county.” The “Fire District Annexation Feasibility Study” runs for more than 270 pages, though its findings and recommendations were summarized in a smaller, 28-page presentation. Included in the study’s other recommendations pertaining directly to ECCFPD were the opening of Station 55 in Oakley and addition of a fire truck company. These actions would increase the number of companies in the 249 square-mile district from three to five, but would still be one company shy of the six needed according to the agency’s strategic plan. Last month, ECCFPD officials announced that Station 55, which was completed in 2019 but never staffed due to budget restrictions, will become operational in 2022 no matter the outcome of the consolidation study. The district does not currently have a fire truck, which is characterized by its large, hydraulically operated ladder in its inventory. As of press time, the ECCFPD Fire Board was scheduled to discuss the study during its July 14 board meeting. The staff report submitted by ECCFPD Fire Chief

Brian Helmick, who took over as the district’s chief in 2018, recommends that the ECCFPD board consider a resolution requesting that LAFCO initiate annexation proceedings. AP Triton Consulting, LLC, a Sacramento-based consulting firm specializing in the study of fire and emergency services, was engaged to complete study of the feasibility of consolidating ConFire and the ECCFPD in Sept. 2020. The phase one study was delivered to the boards of both agencies the following December. That initial report concluded there was sufficient evidence to warrant a more exhaustive phase two study, and the ECCFPD board approved the expenditure of up to $30,000 for the effort. The phase two study added the RHFD to the mix and projected a five-year forecast of financial and operational impacts of the potential consolidation of the three districts. “Overall, I am excited to see the results of the study, as well as the recommendation to initiate the annexation process in the ConFire adjunct staff report,” Oftedal said. ”The fact that this report is suggestive that consolidation is possible, and it would improve service levels for our communities is pretty incredible. ConFire is a very well respected organization in the California fire service arena, and I trust that our communities would be in good hands.”


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