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“My Hero Brother”

Hannan Cassel with his brother Enosh who inspired this extraordinary adventure. Photo by Hey Jude Productions

A group of young people with Down syndrome embark on a demanding trek through the Himalayas By Beverly Cohn I just spent five days attending the Santa Barbara Film Festival and for the most part, the features, animated shorts, and documentaries were quite professional and compelling. That said, “My Hero Brother,” a documentary that was particularly outstanding, told

the remarkable and inspiring story about a group of Down syndrome young men and women who go on a two-week trek through the Himalayas with their non-Down syndrome siblings. My Hero Brother won the Best Documentary Film Award and the Audience Choice Award at the festival, as well as awards in Israel.

Brilliantly directed by Israeli filmmaker Yonatan Nir, the genesis of the project began with co-producer Enosh Cassel, who eventually initiated the concept. He wanted to get closer to his brother Hannan, who has Down syndrome, and decided to take him on a journey to Nepal. On his return to Israel, he was

By Madeline Zuckerman The Coachella Valley Chapter of ISRAEL CANCER RESEARCH FUND has announced plans for its major fundraiser of the season. AN EVENING OF INSPIRATION, HOPE & CELEBRATION will take place on Monday, February 27, 2017 at the Annenberg Theatre in Palm Springs, honoring former United States Senator Barbara Boxer. Gloria Guttman, Barbara Keller, and Jerry Keller are the evening’s co-chairs, with Patrick Mundt, Chairman of the Coachella Valley Board of ICRF fulfilling emcee duties. “As Co-chairs we are all thrilled former United States Senator Barbara Boxer is our distinguished Honoree,” stated Gloria

Guttman and the Kellers. “She has always been such a forceful advocate for families, children, consumers, the environment, and her State of California. Over the years, she has been a strong proponent of life-saving medical research, having written bipartisan legislation to combat global HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis,” they continued. Keynote Speaker will be accomplished Israeli Scientist, Israel Vlodavsky, Ph.D., who is Professor of the Cancer and Vascular Biology Research Center, Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. Dr. Vlodavsky will present “From Basic Cancer Research to Therapeutic Applications.” In his

presentation, he will discuss studies supported by ICRF that reveal heparanase (an enzyme involved in tumor growth and metastasis) acts as a master regulator of tumor progression, offering new treatment strategies for various cancers and other diseases. Honorary Chair, Andrew Faas, a cancer survivor himself due to the breakthrough cancer research the ICRF Israeli scientists have conducted, is an author, activitist, philanthropist, and management advisor promoting psychologically healthy, safe, and fair work places. “Were it not for an Israeli scientist, funded by ICRF, I

contacted by other families with Down syndrome siblings who wanted to have the same experience. Eventually, plans were formulated for a group of siblings – Down and their non-Down brother or sister - to embark on a two-week trek through the Himalayas. That unbelievable experience became this extraordinary film.

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VIP-Steve Chase Party 2017

Kevin McCausland, Anthony Psano, Greg Sadolan and former co-chair of Steve Chase Gala, Jim Casey. Photo by Pat Krause Story and Photos by Pat Krause The 23rd annual Steve Chase held its VIP pre-party at the fabulous Pond Estate. This VIP party was exclusively for major donors, sponsors and award recipients. The event was presented by Patti and Jack Grundhofer and the Eisenhower Medical Center. Several hundred people took part in this special party. Guests were treated to valet-parking for their cars as there was no room near the estate to park.

The estate was all lit up, and the outside garden area was made ready for the hundreds that came on Feb. 10th. There was an art sale with paintings and sculptures that lined the walls and the pool area inside the home. A few of the artists were on hand to tell about their works of art to the prospective buyers. The art ranged from the more realistic to abstract and some modernistic style. An art style for everyone’s taste.

Steven Sole, Doug Woodmansee, Kathleen Bennett and Marshall Perry. Photo by Pat Krause

Juan Manuel Alonso spoke lovely about his painting while explaining its meaning. Artist Sunn said he had donated a very large 10 foot tall painting with various mediums, including bits of glass of Elizabeth Taylor that was to be auctioned off at the Gala. I talked with several of the guests, and some said they have been a part of the Steve Chase event and have donated for many years to Desert AIDS Project, DAP;

Partners for Life are some of the biggest donors to DAP, and I talked with one couple that have been donating time and money since 1984. They did entertainment for the parties to encourage people to give to this worthy charity that has grown to help so many people over the years. This VIP Party DAPs way of saying, thank you to so many people for all their support. Guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers in this remarkable estate.

Steve Chase 2017 Awards Gala

The Pointer Sisters singing group and Barry Manilow. Photo by Pat Krause Story and Photos by Pat Krause The Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala was held on February 11th at the Palm Springs Convention Center. This is the 23rd yearly event for Desert AIDS Project, DAP. Gala co-chairs were Patrick Jordan, Dave Morgan and Dr. Suzanne Quardt. Guests arrived on a very long Red Carpet that was surrounded by large colorful animal art works by Tony and Karen Barone. Guests were shown to another Red Carpet area where they were photographed and some chosen to speak to the local TV crew and interviewed by Bianca Rae. Photographers and videographers were busy as donors, awardees and special guests arrived.

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The last guests on the Red Carpet were the Pointer Sisters and Barry Manilow. The first award was given to Elizbeth Taylor, who passed away several years ago and was an avid advocate for HIV/ AIDS research and support. Our own celebrity, Barry Manilow, spoke lovingly about his friendship with Taylor and her undying efforts for this cause. He stated she spent many hours and days in her quest to eradicate HIV/AIDS. Two of her Grandchildren were on hand to accept the award in her honor. They said she would be very proud of this, Partners For Life Award, and that people remembered her, her legacy and her work for this cause. The second award was the Science and Medicine

Guests arrived to a huge display of roses that gave a wonderful scent to the entire room. Guests remarked about the beauty of the estate, and this was their first visit to be able to see the Pond Estate in all its glory. The weather cooperated nicely because it was a nice warm night for an outdoor event. A portion of the Proceeds from the sale of the paintings was given to DAP.

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Honoree-G. Aubrey Serfling, Lori Serfling, Honoree-Martin J. Massiello and Jeff Wyant. Photo by Pat Krause Award that were given to G.Aubrey Serfling, President and CEO of Eisenhower Medical and Martin J. Massiello, VP and COO of Eisenhower Medical Center for their constant support in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The award was presented by Harold Matzner, who is known for his white tennis shoes and dress suits. Serfling took the opportunity to also wear white tennis shoes in Honor of Matzner. A bit of fun for the night. Serfling said that because he had watched so many of his friends, and patients die from HIV/AIDS that it changed his life and his desire to find a cure along with Massiello, who said it was an honor to work along side against his friend and February 15, 2017

boss in this endeavor. The last award was given to Barbara Keller, who received the 100 Women Award for her continued support in this and many other causes because of her big heart. Keller serves on many boards, chairs many fundraisers, won many awards, is an author and was co-chair for the Steve Chase gala for 7 years. Carolyn Caldwell-CEO Desert Regional & Tenet Health Care, who was inspired by Annette Bloch’s donation last year, announced a three milliondollar donation to DAP for their continued help to people and families of HIV/AIDS. Guests eagerly awaited the arrival of the Pointer Sisters, who were the evening’s entertainment, and they were

not disappointed. They had the guests on their feet dancing right away and many just stood by the stage in awe. There was an after party with dancing and entertainment by La Bouche. There were four professional dancers on platforms. Close to 1500 people attended this spectacular event. President and CEO of DAP, David Brinkman, said they hope to completely eradicate HIV/ AIDS by 2020. They are on the road to accomplish that because of all the support that people have given. They hope people would continue to donate as there are more and more people that need medical and other kinds of assistance that DAP provides.

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Wisdom Remains Constant: The Best 15 Investing Quotes of All Time

By Janice Gough At a time when the Financial market continues to Surprise us, it is important to remember the wisdom and ideas of the greatest investors of all time. “I will not tell you how to become rich. Close the Door. Be fearful when others are Greedy. Be Greedy when others are fearful.” Warren Buffet “The Stock market is filled with individuals who know the Price of everything, but the value of nothing!” Phillip Fisher “In investing, what is comfortable is rarely

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profitable.” Robert Arnott “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin “How many millionaires do you know who have become wealthy by investing in Savings Accounts? I rest my case. “ Robert G. Allen Bottoms in the investment world, don’t end in four year lows. They end with 10-15 year lows. “Jim Rogers “Invest in yourself. Your career is the engine to your wealth.” Paul Clitheroe “Every once in a while, the market does something stupid. It takes your breath away!” Jim Cramer “Investing should become more like watching paint dry, or watching grass grow. If you want excitement, take $800 and go to Las Vegas.” Paul Samuelson “Know what you own and why you own it.” Peter Lynch

“Wide diversification is only required when investors do not understand what they are doing.” Warren Buffett “The four most dangerous words in investing are… this time it’s different.” John Templeton “If you have trouble imagining a twenty percent loss in the market, you shouldn’t be in stocks.” John Bogle “Financial Peace is not the acquisition of stuff. It’s learning to live on less than you make, so you can give money back and have money to invest. You can’t win until you do this!” Dave Ramsey “The individual investor should act consistently as an investor, not as a Spectator.” Ben Graham

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. The ancient Chinese concept of yin and yang deals with opposite and inseparable forces. Common interest developments (“homeowner associations”) have their own “yin and yang” issues, in which four basic and inseparable priorities must be balanced to produce a successful and harmonious community. The four interests to be balanced are the association’s corporate, real estate, financial and community priorities. Each are critically important areas of emphasis for a healthy community, and the neglect or over-emphasis of one of these priorities often is the root of major association problems and conflict. The “Corporate:” HOAs are a legal entity, and are governed by legal documents such as covenants and bylaws. Boards must obey laws and the governing documents and observe the corporate process. The “Real Estate:” HOAs are real estate developments, and their boards must act to preserve, protect and maintain the common area and its architectural theme. Buildings, streets, and other common elements must be repaired and maintained. The “Financial:” HOAs collect money from the owners and then spend it to benefit the association community. Money must be collected diligently and be spent wisely. Budgets, bids and bills are part of the “bottom line” in the association’s financial world. The “Community:” HOAs are made up of

people who chose to live in a way which trades some independence for the benefits of cooperatively sharing some control with one’s neighbors. The community interest attends to the fact that the members are not just stockholders or investors but neighbors, and boards promote the peacefulness of the community. A closer examination the cause of many HOA struggles can often reveal an imbalance between these four central facets of association operation, as certain of these priorities may have been overemphasized or neglected. The real estate often can conflict with the financial, as a board tries to keep the property in good repair but at the same time keep the budget under control. It can be tempting to put off preventative maintenance or reduce landscaping or janitorial services, in order to try to keep from increasing assessments and “hold the line” on expenses. The financial responsibilities demand that the board is careful to spend reasonably, but if taken too far, can result in member unhappiness as the property deteriorates in appearance. The corporate interest often can conflict with the association’s community interest. The legalities are important, but too often boards, managers, and lawyers address only part of most decisions, asking “can the board do this,” but failing to ask “should the board do this?” Community interest might influence a board to take extra effort to inform the community in advance of a significant project, even though the

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board has the legal power under the bylaws to pursue it without member vote or input. Community interests might also occasionally influence a board to issue a warning before citing a member who has broken a rule, or to plan and fund community social events to promote interaction between neighbors. Excellent association living depends upon balancing these competing priorities, making sure the association obeys the law and follows its governing documents; property in the community is well-maintained and presentable; assessment funds are carefully collected

and carefully spent; and the community is a pleasant place to live, with residents feeling they are considered and valued by their association.

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Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. is a Fellow of the College of Community Association Lawyers and Managing Partner of Richardson Harman Ober PC, a law firm known for community association advice. Submit questions to KRichardson@ RHOpc.com. Past columns at www.HOAHomefront. com. All rights reserved®.

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Advocates Feel New Urgency to Defend Medicare

Older Californians depend on Medicare for affordable health care,” says AARP California state director Nancy McPherson. (Alyssa L. Miller)

By Desert Star Staff PASADENA, Calif. — Rep. Tom Price begins his first full week as secretary of Health and Human Services today, and Medicare advocates say they will continue to push Congress and the new administration to protect the program they call “crucial.” Price, a Georgia Republican, came under fire from Democrats for being willing to shift costs for Medicare back onto beneficiaries. 50 million Americans - including 5 million in California - rely on the program to help pay for prescription drugs, doctor visits and hospitalizations. Hilda Delgado, a communications manager at AARP California, said

the group is calling on the public to pay attention to plans from Washington that would attempt to privatize or alter the program. “Workers have earned these benefits by paying into the program throughout their entire working lives,” Delgado said. “So that is a matter of urgency that we’re calling not just our members statewide, but all Californians to get involved and find out what is happening.” Advocates do not yet know the specifics of the proposed reforms, but AARP said in a written statement that a voucher system, “would dramatically increase health care costs and risks for current and future retirees.” Advocates for Medicare

want to make sure the new administration knows they’re ready to defend the program. They have been petitioning lawmakers, as well as the public, since late January. Delgado said changes would also impact the more than 7 million Gen-Xers in California in coming years. “We want to make sure that people receive what they were promised,” she said. In a recent letter to members of Congress, AARP said it would, “oppose changes to current law that cut benefits, increase costs or reduce the ability of these critical programs to deliver on their benefit promises.” More information is available at aarp.org.

GOP Health Care Policy “Would Not Work” For Most

By Desert Star Staff CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A key mechanism likely to be part of the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would not work for most West Virginians, according to analysis. GOP plans to replace Obamacare look likely to substitute health savings accounts (HSAs) for the subsidies in the insurance exchanges. Elise Gould, a senior economist with the Economic Policy Institute, says the idea is people could put thousands of dollars in the accounts and then get a tax break if the money is only used for health care. But she says most people can’t afford to put the money aside ahead of time. “They’re really of no use to people who are lower income, because they don’t have the money to put into it, they’re not going to see that tax benefit,” she points out. “So you are not really helping low and

moderate-income Americans that are having the harder time affording their medical care.” Republicans in Congress have long attacked the ACA as undermining free markets. But they are struggling to find a workable replacement. West Virginia is one of the states with the largest increase in households gaining health coverage since the passage of Obamacare – most of them members of the working poor. Ted Boettner, executive director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, says if Congress tries to use HSAs as a substitute for the subsidies in the exchanges, many of those families will be kicked off of their insurance. “Health savings accounts are good for very wealthy, healthy people,” he states. “But they are not a good way to provide health care for a majority of West Virginians.” According to a Washington Post projection from a study

The GOP-led Congress is struggling to find a workable replacement for the Affordable Care Act. (Office of The Architect Of The U.S. Capital) in the New England Journal of Medicine, for every 455 people who lose health insurance, one more person dies prematurely each year. Gould says people not having access to health- are has

a cost in dollars and in lives. “If people have to pay too much for their health care, often times they will go without,” she stresses. “And when they go without, their health suffers, and in the long run it can cost more.

It can cost the system more.” Expansion of HSAs are included in several Obamacare replacement bills, including one sponsored by GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

health or substance use -because they’re ashamed and worried about being judged as weak by others. This fear also keeps them from using their Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) at work. • Super Savers: Super Savers always look for a good deal and hate to pay full price for anything. They pinch every penny and may view a check-up as not worth the cost. Some don’t even realize their health benefit plan covers preventive care services with no out-of-pocket costs, or how advanced diseases may cost them much more time and money. • Workaholics: People in this group value work over any other activity. They may

consider a check-up to be a waste of time, and don’t realize that poor health can impact the work performance they prize. • Self-Diagnosers: SelfDiagnosers feel confident that they are engaging in healthy activities and the need for a check-up doesn’t really apply to them. They may not consider that early on, many conditions have no physical symptoms. No matter what your own motivations and concerns may be, you can get tips on taking control of your health and using your health benefits to the fullest at Cigna.com. “From vaccinations to early detection, optimal health absolutely includes preventive care. Get past the hurdles and schedule your recommended check-ups. It is crucial for your long-term health and wellness,” says Dr. Christina. StatePoint

Why Are You Avoiding the Doctor?

By Desert Star Staff Most Americans want to stay healthy and prevent disease and illness. For many, this means getting regular check-ups and using their health plan benefits. For others, it seems that ignorance is bliss. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans get their preventive services only about half the time, even though preventive care is fully covered at no cost by most health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Preventive services save lives and decrease suffering from advanced illnesses. Vaccinations prevent lifethreatening diseases. Health screenings can find serious

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conditions early. Managing diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure can prevent heart attacks, strokes or kidney failure. Despite these facts, there are numerous reasons people avoid their doctors. “Understanding why you avoid getting your needed preventive care is the first step in taking action for your health,” says Dr. Christina Stasiuk, senior medical director for Cigna. Dr. Christina and the experts at Cigna identified six types of people based on common perceptions. Thinking about where you fit can help you see why you may put off preventive care: • Procrastinators:

Procrastinators fear that a check-up will discover a condition that needs to be addressed and will impact them personally and financially. They delay or avoid getting a check-up to cope with their apprehension. • What-if Worriers: What-if Worriers spend a lot of time thinking about unpleasant hypothetical situations and things. While some worriers see a doctor for every ache or pain, others avoid check-ups altogether because they anticipate an unfavorable diagnosis. • Solitary Sufferers: Many people don’t get help from their doctors to avoid revealing personal issues or concerns -- especially related to mental February 15, 2017

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Sportsmen Stand Up to Defend BLM 2.0

By Desert Star Staff DENVER -- A coalition of sportsmen and conservation groups is standing up for the Bureau of Land Management’s new land-use planning policies after the U.S. House invoked a rarely used rule to roll back the initiative. The Senate is expected to vote on eliminating the rules as early as this week. Suzanne O’Neill, executive director at the Colorado Wildlife Federation, said the rules ensure public input from the get-go on the multiple uses of public lands and benefit oil, gas, timber and outdoor recreation industries alike. “This is good for everybody,” O’Neill said, “because under the rule, everyone can participate in identifying potential conflicts - or real conflicts - and then roll up our sleeves and try

to figure out what are the options for resolving them.” If the Senate follows the House’s lead and overturns what has been called BLM 2.0, the Congressional Review Act prohibits the bureau from issuing similar rules in the future. O’Neill said that would undermine years of work by industry, outdoor enthusiasts and conservation groups to improve the bureau’s operations. With the nation’s attention fixed on a flurry of actions taken by the White House, O’Neill said it’s important to keep an eye on what’s happening in Congress Sportsmen and conservation groups are crying foul over moves in Congress to overturn new U.S. and in state legislatures. Bureau of Land Management rules. (Pixabay) “People who care about keeping our public lands public Last week’s move by the way for states to take control Chaffetz - that would remove need to pay attention,” she House to eliminate BLM 2.0 of publicly owned lands, and law enforcement authority from both the BLM and said, “because otherwise these came on the heels of a rule a measure - introduced by the U.S. Forest Service. sorts of bills will continue.” change that could pave the Utah Representative Jason

Hoosiers Speak Out Against Factory Farm Bill for the Hoosier Environmental Council, says the bill would take away the public’s right to comment. She says giant cattle, hog and poultry farms have massive manure pits that threaten public health. “Oftentimes existing CAFOs will expand by double or triple, so it’s essentially like having a brand new facility being built next to you, and we think it’s critical for neighbors who are going to be impacted by that to have their voices heard,” she states. At a hearing last week, Wolkins amended his bill to clarify that anyone who wants to open a new CAFO Hoosiers are speaking up about confined feeding operation rules. (hecweb.org) would still have to seek By Desert Star Staff regulating Confined Animal The House Environmental a permit from the Indiana INDIANAPOLIS – A bill Feeding Operations, or Affairs Committee has taken Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). that environmentalists say CAFOs, is being discussed in testimony on HB 1494 by Ferraro says E. coli is would weaken Indiana’s laws committee again this week. Rep. David Wolkins (R-Winona the number one polluter Lake). The bill would remove of Indiana’s waterways. some of the regulations and UNABLE TO WORK? • DENIED BENEFITS? • WE CAN HELP! permits required when existing “Their waste is collected in unlined earthen, football facilities want to expand. field-sized lagoons with Kim Ferraro, an attorney

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millions and millions of gallons of livestock waste, and that waste is then spread untreated on surrounding properties,” she points out. Ferraro says the legislation also weakens disclosure rules by eliminating current law that says all owners must be listed on the permit application. “So that would include the corporate entity itself as well as its officers, directors and senior management officials which is important so that IDEM and impacted citizens know who to accountable if there’s harm down the road,” she explains. At last week’s hearing Ferraro says the bill was last on the agenda, and public testimony was only taken for a few minutes, even though the hearing room was packed with people wanting to speak. Those who did testify told the committee Indiana’s system for approving CAFOs is already too lax.

Senate confirms Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary

By Desert Star Staff Former Goldman Sachs banker Steven Mnuchin was confirmed as the next secretary of the US Treasury Department. In a 53-47 vote on Monday, the Senate approved another of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. Mnuchin is expected to be sworn in later Monday night. The vote was largely along party lines, with only one exception in Senator Joe Manchin III (D-West Virginia), who also broke with his party February 15, 2017

when he cast his vote for Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Senators Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of

Vermont, both independents, voted alongside the Democrats in opposition to multimillionaire Mnuchin.

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Court of Appeals in S.F. Rules Against Reinstating Travel Ban

The San Francisco-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reached a unanimous decision not to grant President Trump’s immigration restrictions, but legal challenges are expected. (Ken Lund) By Desert Star Staff SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday announced its verdict on whether to reinstate the travel ban on some

refugees from conflict zones - and voted unanimously to keep the status quo in place and allow those travelers to enter the United States. The story is far from over, said Democracy Fund senior

fellow Daniela Gerson, who teaches journalism with a focus on immigration and ethnic issues at California State University at Northridge. While she isn’t surprised by the verdict, Gerson said, what

did surprise her is how divisive this issue has been locally. “The amount of interest this has triggered, and the emotion on both sides, is really extraordinary,” she said. “It’s nothing I have ever seen, and I’m fascinated to see how that continues to play out, as the story continues to develop.” Gerson’s point is underscored by a recent Los Angeles Times review of what California’s 54-member congressional delegation has said about the ban. It showed a distinct split down party lines on the question of whether to restrict people’s entry into the United States from certain countries. California often is portrayed as spearheading the socalled sanctuary movement, but its politics reflect more traditional party divisions than secessionist tendencies. Gerson said she’ll be watching

in the coming weeks to see if this case will have wider implications for Trump’s other executive orders. “I will be watching as the other executive orders are implemented,” she said, “and where they’re brought to the courts and where they’re not both on local levels, in district courts and then ultimately, also on the national level.” President Trump’s order flagged travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations. Supporters of the ban have said these nations contain active sponsors of terrorism and that the president should have the authority to institute such a ban. The Trump administration could continue to push the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court. The appeals court’s decision is online at cdn. ca9.uscourts.gov. The Times article is at latimes.com.

NC Death Row Inmate Resentenced to Life in Prison By Desert Star Staff ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- After spending more than 20 years on death row, Phillip Davis has now been re-sentenced to life in prison instead. The decision was handed down Friday in a Buncombe County courtroom after attorneys for the Center for Death Penalty Litigation successfully argued that under today’s standards, Davis probably would not have been sentenced to death. His attorney, Shelagh Kenney, explained. “The landscape of pursuing a death sentence is very different now than it was then,” Kenney said. “At the time that Mr. Davis was arrested, a DA couldn’t really exercise discretion to take a possible death sentence off the table.”

At age 18, Davis was convicted of murdering his aunt and cousin. But courts now recognize that the brains of juveniles are not sufficiently formed to understand the consequences of their actions. In his case, Davis had a low IQ, unstable family life and serious mental health problems. Additionally, Davis, an African-American, was convicted by an all-white jury, after prosecutors dismissed the only qualified black juror. Buncombe County district attorney Todd Williams is being applauded for his action in this case. “Mr. Davis, age 18 and a quarter, came to court and pled guilty without the benefit of any negotiation with the state and faced an all-white jury - where there was some questions as to

that selection of that jury - and was sentenced to death on one of two counts,” Williams said. Davis’s attorney has also spoken highly of Williams. “We have been really impressed by the ability of the elected DA in Buncombe County to have an open door, to allow us to bring important aspects of Mr. Davis’s case to him,” Kenney said. She also pointed to the public resources saved by no longer keeping Davis on death row, and added that the victims’ families supported the decision. Since his crime, Davis has consistently expressed deep regret over his actions. There are 148 people currently on death row in North Carolina. No one has been executed in the state since 2006.

Former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer to be honored by The Waring International Piano Competition winners would not be alive today,” Scott Cuellar, Evan Lin, Faas commented. “A decade and Vijay Venkatesh. This ago, I was diagnosed with performance conceived by leukemia, and thanks to the Waring Artistic Director John miracle drug Gleevec, what Bayless and Waring Producer was once a fatal condition is Michael Rolland Davis. now a chronic one. Thanks “This event is truly an to the outstanding cancer evening of Inspiration with research done by these ICRF Senator Boxer, Hope with Dr. scientists, I live a full and active Vlodavsky and Andy Faas & life. Today, people diagnosed Celebration with the incredible with cancer can dare to Waring International Piano HOPE,” Faas continued. Competition winners,” stated The evening’s Heath Blumstein, Executive extraordinary musical Director of Israel Cancer performance will feature a Research Fund for Coachella potpourri of classical favorites Valley and Los Angeles. “Our

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goal is to inspire and educate our guests about ICRF and the amazing work we are doing in the field of cancer research,” Blumstein continued A pre-performance VIP cocktail reception from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. will kick off the evening, followed by the incredible program including Senator Boxer and The Waring performance at 7:00 p.m., concluding with a dessert reception. For ticket and sponsorship information, please call 818-986-2100 or visit www.icrfla.org February 15, 2017

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By Desert Star Staff Whether you just entered the career world or have been in the workforce for years, if you’re hunting for a new gig, it’s time to discover this year’s hottest jobs. The 2017 Hot Jobs report, recently released by Randstad US, one of the largest HR services and staffing companies in the country, reveals the most in-demand and emerging jobs across engineering, finance and accounting, human resources, information technology (IT), life sciences, manufacturing and logistics, office and administration, and non-clinical healthcare. “Our experts, along with many economists, predict a strong economy in 2017, which is likely to result in more job opportunities nationwide,” says Jim Link, chief human

resources officer for Randstad North America. “It’s important to stay in-the-know to find out which jobs hold the greatest potential. Job seekers looking for career growth can improve their chances of landing these coveted roles by knowing employer pain points and packaging their skills and knowledge as potential solutions.” To help candidates better understand what type of job market they face, Randstad is offering tips for landing a hot job. • If you have a knack for science and technology, consider engineering. The industry continues to evolve based on market trends and technical innovation, and the unemployment rate for the overall field is well below the national average.

expirations, the industry requires highly specialized talent to fill open voids. • Be the IT guy and consider a job in Big Data. While IT is an ever-growing industry, Big Data positions are critical to increasing productivity, and innovation is in high demand. • As office and administration roles grow, these positions are starting to look more like middle management than support staff. If you possess diverse skills with experience in project management, budgeting, marketing and training, you’ll • Interested in finance have the upper hand. and accounting? Beef up • New technology and your public accounting and innovative production systems general ledger software skills are sparking a rebirth in to be more competitive. You’ll American manufacturing and also have a leg up if you logistics. Job seekers with speak a second language, previous experience, higher as the demand for bilingual education, technological candidates continues to rise. • Passionate about working know-how or training will have a competitive edge. in a front or back office role • As employers seek within the healthcare system? new talent to fill all these Non-clinical healthcare is hot jobs, consider being booming, with emerging jobs the human in human like medical secretary and resources. A field with rapid medical assistant in facilities technological advancements, needing additional support. professionals with a digital • Discover new mindset will lead the pack. opportunities in life sciences For full study results, visit by exploring positions flush with research and development Randstad’s 2017 Hot Jobs report and learn more about funding. With continued which industry or position is innovations in medical right for you. StatePoint technology, the changing regulatory environment and upcoming patent

Top Tips for Understanding and Paying Back Your Student Loans By Desert Star Staff With an estimated $1.3 trillion in student loans outstanding, it’s safe to say student loan debt is a reality for millions of Americans. While this figure may sound daunting, experts say that greater financial literacy can help students and graduates better understand their loans and pay them back. “The reality is, people out there are hungry for information. They want to understand the facts when it comes to paying back student loans and the best way to do it,” says the educator turned hip hop artist Dee-1, who celebrated paying off his student loans by writing the song “Sallie Mae Back.” To help students get on the right track, Dee-1 has teamed up with Sallie Mae to educate students on financing college, paying back loans, and managing finances. They are offering the following tips from the top of Dee-1’s paying back student loans playlist: • Know who you owe and how much. Understand if your loan is from the federal government—about 93 percent of all loans are— or a private lender like Sallie Mae. If you are unsure, call your lender or check your www.desertstarweekly.com

credit report. Be responsible. Know your monthly payment amounts and due dates. • Separate wants from needs. Managing your money means managing your lifestyle. Prioritize payments you must make every month, and make sure your student loan is one of them. • Exceed your own expectations. Pay more than the minimum amount due each month. If you get a raise or tax refund, use part or all of it to increase your monthly loan payment. The faster you pay off your loan, the less you’ll spend in the long run. • Confront reality. If you run into trouble, don’t hide from it, don’t be embarrassed by it, and don’t give up. Stay positive, focused, and look for solutions. Call your lender or touch base with your cosigner, if you have one. • Get excited about your future! Be passionate about managing your money wisely and effectively. You can’t make your student loans disappear magically overnight, but you can make a plan for paying them back. “The exhilaration Dee-1 expresses in paying off his student loans is contagious,” says Martha Holler, senior vice

president, Sallie Mae. “We hope his excitement and his direct, doable tips help newly minted graduates get into the rhythm of repayment.” For more information, visit SallieMae.com, a onestop resource that includes monthly budget worksheets, loan repayment calculators, and information about payment options -- including the company’s Graduated Repayment Period, which allows graduates in good standing to make 12 months of interest-only payments before transitioning into full principal February 15, 2017

and interest payments. New tech tools also are making managing loans easier than ever. For example, Sallie Mae recently unveiled a new mobile app — available for Apple and Android — to help customers manage their accounts, access loan information, and make payments from smartphones. Don’t let the prospect of paying back student loans overwhelm you. Financial literacy is a game changer and can position you to move up in the workforce on good financial footing. StatePoint

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PALM DESERT Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel at the McCallum FEB 27 @ 7:00 PM It’s Magic Presented at the McCallum FEB 26 @ 3:00 PM Michael Feinstein, Isn’t it Romantic Prestented at the McCallum FEB 25 @ 8:00 PM 5k Cheetah Run FEB 25 @ 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM THE LIVING DESERT Elvis Lives Presented at the McCallum FEB 21 @ 8:00 PM - FEB 23 @ 8:00 PM Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Civic Center Park in Palm Desert FEB 18 @ 8:00 AM “Arrival” Celebrates the Music of Abba at the McCallum FEB 16 @ 8:00 PM Popular Art Film Series’ Ninth Season in Palm Desert FEB 16 @ 6:00 PM UCR PD Center Zoobilee! Presents Cheetah Night at The Living Desert in Palm Desert MARCH 4 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Cruise-In Car Show Series March 4 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Wildflower 5k FUN Run MARCH 4 @ 9:00 AM 10:00 AM Continued on page 18

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HOROSCOPES ARIES

With Mercury in Aquarius, your mind becomes very inventive, scientific, original, strong & humanistic. You also become more than a risk taker. You actually become a bit of an eccentric., different than your usual ways of being. You become witty, more socially conscious, wondering who your group is, are attracted to advanced ideas and begin to ponder upon the psychology of everything. Perception is the result.

TAURUS Considering all your gifts and talents you consider how to be known and then how to bring your work into the world. You have exceptional abilities that serve and assist humanity. You’re practical and know how to accomplish goals, step by step. Don’t bother being competitive with anyone. Only you have the information. It’s very advanced information for humanity. Make plans to move forward later in the year.

GEMINI Your mind is quite versatile and restless. You always need the freedom to think for yourself. However, it’s easier to think like everyone else. If you do this, following other’s thoughts and ideas, the special light and sparkle of Gemini

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is extinguished. Know that you are to be intellectually stimulating for other people, bringing changes to their thinking. You are to be a leader. Not a follower. Ponder on this.

CANCER Your mind is probing, resourceful and penetrating. You observe life like an investigator attempting to diagnose and understand the whys and hows of everything. You’re practical yet very intuitive and interested in mysteries and mysticism at this time. Gardening is important now for each of us. Grow spearmint, mullein, marshmallow and nettles. These herbs, made into a tea, help a sensitive tummy.

LEO Your mind become rational and balanced. You learn how to better compromise. And you begin to think like a diplomat - with language, reasons and arguments that seek justice and right proportion. Allow yourself to be attracted to a new level of literature, new arts and music. Share what you learn with those close to you. Allow them to respond to your ideas. Have conversations where you learn from one another. Have a salon. Listen carefully.

VIRGO You are logical and diligent

in your thinking, detailed and discriminating. You like to learn and evaluate which allows for analytical systemic understanding. It’s most important to always refrain from any criticism. And to always maintain a daily level of tending first to the self so you can adequately serve others. Tending to the self with care is an important spiritual discipline needed by all disciples.

LIBRA Ponder deeply upon fairness and balance in all interactions and with all people. Especially family. These virtues create right thinking, ease and harmony. Libra is the sign that is to create Right Relations, especially if there is an event, person or time in your life that feels difficult. Ponder deeply on Ahimsa – which means doing no harm. Ask yourself if you are living by this precept. It produces beauty. Which you need to truly thrive.

SCORPIO Home and family may be on your mind. Either your original family or a family you’ve created or are creating. Your mind considers where you came from, your ancestry, what you learned about nurturance and loyalty. It’s most important that home is comfortable. It’s where we return for sustenance, security, relaxation

and well-being. It is our refuge. You may be more reflective and emotional at this time. Offering you information about yourself.

SAGITTARIUS Let yourself feel, be and act dignified. Focusing the mind on learning and study allows for the mind to feel honorable, noble and self-respecting and uplifted as if one were a special messenger with important information to disseminate. There is great learning that will occur at this time simply by asking more questions, having a dialogue and conversations. Also by reading and pursuing a new level of education. The arts and artists illuminate you. Leading you to new levels of creativity.

All the experiences you are having in your life at this time make you more adaptable. Adaptability is what humanity needs to learn, especially as we prepare for times of change and transition. Aquarians learn things much earlier than most of humanity. Because eventually Aquarians will need to teach humanity how to adjust and acclimate to revolutionary times. Your quickness and inventiveness are assets. Everything about you is an asset.

PISCES

The mind of Pisces is a sensing intuitive mind. It becomes strengthened when there is contemplation, adequate solitude and a study of religions and their inner mysteries. Often Pisces are poets, artists, CAPRICORN dreamy mystics. But one It’s important right now to focus day they shift and become on values and resources. To occultists. That means one be disciplined about money who uses the mind along coming in and money going with the heart. In order to out. To see if the figures understand things. Pisces are balance. It’s also important see subtle, deep and mysterious what one’s talents are. And two fishes under a lotus. They to value the self through this are the “jewel in the lotus.” recognition. If you have money in cash, stocks, bonds, or a Risa D’Angeles is the founder savings account or turn it into and director of the Esoteric & precious metals, especially Astrological Studies Research silver. Venus retrogrades Institute: Risa’s Esoteric soon. This is important Astrology. She can be reached information I am sharing. at risagoodwill@gmail.com.

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Surprising Factors Impacting Car Buyers’ Decisions

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consumers -- 48 percent -prioritize in-vehicle technology over brand or body style, according to the 2017 Autotrader Car Tech Impact Study. And they know what they want, too. The study found that consumers these days are researching the exact features they’d like to purchase before visiting the dealership. “What once seemed like something only for ‘The Jetsons’ is quickly becoming everyday reality in the

automotive landscape,” says Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader. “And it’s not just vehicles with a high pricepoint. Many mainstream family cars are now equipped with technology features only seen on top-of-the-line luxury vehicles just a few short years ago.” Experts say that while consumers should embrace the convenience and enhanced safety offered by new-car technology, they also need to educate themselves so they fully understand what these features can -- and just as importantly, what they cannot -- do. “Understanding your car can help you become a better, safer driver,” says Moody. However, the future may also involve less driving. Selfdriving technologies are become more sophisticated, affordable and normalized. To that end, a growing number of consumers say they are willing to take a hands-off approach to their cars in the future. Indeed, 49 percent of respondents indicated they’d give up control of their car in exchange for some free time, up from 35 percent in 2016. To learn more about today’s must-have technology, visit autotrader.com/MustHaveTech. February 15, 2017

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‘The Lion’ Roars at Geffen & ‘Circus-1903’ Thrills at Pantages The show is inspiring, uplifting and filled to the brim with original music, beautifully played. Note: After the performance, you have the opportunity to purchase a CD that features Scheuer’s songs from “The Lion.” “The Lion,” at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse runs through February 19. For tickets call 310-208-5454 or GeffenPlayhouse.org/The-Lion.

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‘Circus-1903’ Photo by Mark Turner “The Lion,” written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer, under the direction of Sean Daniels, is a profoundly moving musical memoir. Scheuer’s story, told through original songs connected by dialogue, detail his life’s journey from boyhood to the present day. The stage is basically bare, adorned only by two chairs, two microphones and the six guitars he plays throughout. From beginning to end he brings you into his world, and the emotions he evokes to connect you to his life in a very meaningful way. In a recent interview with Amy Levinson he paraphrased lyricist Yip Harburg, who wrote, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow, noting that according to Harburg, “Words are how we think and music is how we sense so songs allow us to think our emotions and sense our thoughts.” He learned to love music from his father, a complex man who taught Ben how to play

on a homemade “Cookie-tin Banjo” with rubber bands for strings. He still has that little banjo tucked away. Two other songs at the beginning of the show, “The Lion” and “Dear Dad,” are a tribute to his late father. And even though their relationship was a complicated one, he is forever grateful to his dad for giving him the gift of music, which has been a constant comfort to him throughout his life. Many of the songs performed in “The Lion” are played on alternate tunings. “That,” says Scheuer, “means the different guitars are tuned differently to different chords. This is the reason there are six guitars on stage. Also the songs in the show often employ a technique called ‘hybrid picking’ where the right hand is playing three different melodic lines at once: bass with the pick, chords with the middle and forefinger and melody with the pinky. It’s challenging to do.”

Scheuer is a very ingratiating young performer who draws you into his personal story as he explores his relationship with his father, mother and his two brothers as well as other challenges he has faced throughout his life.

The long reign of Ringling Brothers Circus will soon come to an end, and Cirque du Soleil is performed with high-flying stars and acrobats, but no animal acts. However, at the turn of the 20th century, the circus had it all. In “Circus 1903,” arriving at the Hollywood Pantages on Valentine’s Day, you and your family will get a taste of those good old days when the circus came to town with all sorts of amazing acts.

‘The Lion’ Benjamin Scheuer. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway -Home

By Desert Star Staff The estate was built by the “ great Alexander” as their landmark. They built the city of Palm Springs and were the major developers after world war ll in the early 1950s. The unique design is one of the three famous round houses. One is the James Bond aka the Elrod house; the other is the Bob Hope house. It consists of four concentric circles lifted on the rocks in its Majesty overlooking the valley on the cul de sac. There is not a square room at the house almost as if it elevates from its foundation. It is 5500 sf mansion. The Double-Decker London bus visits two or more times daily and the walking tour stops in front. People come all over the world to see it. The

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In “Circus 1903,” the producers of a best-selling magic show have teamed up with the award-winning “War Horse” puppeteers to create a turn of the century circus experience with a large cast of unique, exciting and sometimes dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world. The performances will range from strong men and contortionists to musicians, knife throwers, high-wire acts and much more including the largest ever performing elephant created and handled by master puppeteers. So come soon and be transported to the exciting world of the Circus circa 1903 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre from Feb. 14 to Feb. 19 only. For tickets and information: call 866-755-2929 or HollywoodPantages.com. Coming soon to the Pantages: “Finding Neverland,” Feb. 21-March 12 and the beautiful musical “An American in Paris” March 22 to April 9. 2017.

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media tributes include: antique road show, time. Architectural Digest, Fodders, Wall Street Journal, Condi Naste, Marie Clair, travel channels, westways AAA, Fuji and Japanese TV. The Desert Sun states it is the number-one place to have your picture taken. You will understand why Elvis Presley chose to live there in 19661967 and honeymoon there with Priscilla May 1,1967, which gives it’s other names the “ Elvis honeymoon hideaway. You must see and visit it to make your Palm Springs visit complete. TOURS are available daily at 1 pm and 3:30 pm daily but special appointments can be made. Call 760 322 1192 or visit Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway - Home.

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“My Hero Brother” - A Tribute to the Human Spirit because her legs hurt. Her sister Shaked was patient and understanding and after a comforting discussion, she agreed to continue, but riding a horse instead of walking. Smiles all around. Another poignant scene was when one of the Down young men started to cry saying that he wanted his mommy or daddy. He was lovingly consoled and eventually agreed to rejoin the group. But, despite the occasional emotional or physical breakdowns, encouraged by their siblings, and the loving group, no one wanted to turn back and eventually, when they reached the summit, they emerged triumphantly, overcoming the physical and psychological challenges inherent in this disorder. My Hero Brother is exquisitely shot by cinematographer Yoav Kleinman, augmented with a warm musical score by Ehud Banai, which includes the enchanting theme song:

“It’s Time to Go.” The story around them and turn them takes you into the minds into better human beings. of these beautiful Down syndrome people and, through MY HERO BROTHER overcoming their physical Distributor: Hey Jude and emotional challenges, Productions illuminates the depth of their Written By: Yonatan Nir willpower, capacity to love, & Tali Goldenberg intelligence, and their deep Directed By: Yonatan Nir caring for both their siblings Producers: Yonatan Nir, Enosh and for each other. This Cassel, and Itamar Peleg is not a sad film. On the Journey Leader: Itamar contrary, it’s incredibly uplifting, Peleg – Travelog very funny at times, and a Cinematography: universal, heart-warming Yoav Kleinman tribute to the determination Musical Score: Ehud Banai of the human spirit. Genre: Documentary Remarks by director, – Filmed in India Yonatan Nir, sums up the Language: Hebrew with intent of the film as follows: English Subtitles “In the course of the Length: 78 Minutes film, I hope that the viewer The Siblings: Amar & Irene, will undergo an experience Arye & Osnat, Golan & that will change his way of Harel, Hannan & Enosh, looking at the main characters Ilan & Inbar, Irit & Lilach, - not as ill-fated people who Reuy & Moran, Sagi & have been given a chance to Nitzan, Tzlil & Shaked, experience a brief release from Yehuda & Dan, suffering - but rather as human Trailer: https://youtu. beings blessed with qualities be/vwrbgVrrSSU many of us yearn to have, Contact filmmaker struggling with their limitations for information: in an highly admirable and Yonatan@ courageous way, with the ability heyjudeproductions.com to open the hearts of those

By Pam Price Game Day for Life presented by Heather James Fine Art and Bighorn BAM “Behind Miracle”), a philanthropic organization providing funding to aid in the diagnosis, treatment, research and services for those affected

by breast cancer, took place on Feb. 6 at Heather James Fine Art in Palm Desert, one of the desert’s preeminent art galleries. Diane Gershowitz and Susan Goldfine, co-chairs, welcomed 185 guests seated at tables in four different gallery sections where they were

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Down syndrome young men and women off on an arduous two-week trek through the Himalayas with their non-Down brother or sister.

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enveloped by fine art. The event transformed Heather James Fine Art into a lively card party and had to be one of the most cultural card games ever to take place in an art gallery! Guests were all abuzz as they found their places at tables of four or more, intent on playing canasta among other card games, and enjoyed a luncheon catered by Lulu California Bistro, elegantly displayed on the patio. The playful ambiance was enhanced by lavish displays of jewelry from The Jewelry Bar, Frasca Jewelers, Joe Vilaiwan Fine Jewelry and El Paseo Jewelers on El Paseo to art from Coda Gallery and Leisa Austin and Imago Galleries. This unique fundraising event charged $125 person, bolstered by donations from supporters, ultimately raising $35,000. This

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women in studied poses.” Playing cards amid a worldclass art collection “wasn’t a gamble,” remarked art smart patron Phyllis Eisenberg, adding the “Heather James Gallery was overwhelming in the support of BAM; their gracious hospitality was apparent from the moment your car was valeted parked to their stunning transformation of galleries into a grandiose card room.” Among those making the event, a success was Art Donors Toni Ackerman, Charlene Lane, Annette Lerner, Andrea Raft, Sylvia Torres, Debra Star and Meg Walling. Thanks to Heather James Fine, Art the art of playing cards was a win-win for a charitable cause. Pam Price serves on the Cathedral City Public Arts Commission.

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Coachella Valley Radio Control Club Jet Jam

By Shirley Brenan This is president’s week, and the Coachella Valley Radio Control Club has some exciting events scheduled for the whole family. The Coachella Valley Jet Jam is on February, 16, 17 and 18 at their flying field at 54th Ave. and Pierce St. in Thermal. (Please go to their

web site at CVRCClub.com for accurate directions to the event, so you don’t end up in the middle of a cauliflower field and miss the fun!) Parking is free but they are requesting a donation of $5 per adult who will be granted to Rebuilding Americas Warriors (RAW). This flying club with 150

members is expecting about 40 jet pilots to arrive with their 1/5 to ¼ scale models of P-80’s, F-86s, Vipers, A-10 Warthogs, F-14 Tomcats and other exciting aircraft. Children love the speed and noise of these planes that race across the runway at 200 miles per hour and

parents and grandparents often feel nostalgia at seeing these planes in action. Club President Dan Metz and their board of directors are looking forward to this event. For the last two years President Obama, has arrived to play golf during President’s week, which meant their event was under a TFR (temporary flight restriction) so they couldn’t fly higher than 1000 feet. Good news for this year - no president and no restrictions. Metz said, “This is actually our fifth Jet Jam, and the jet pilots love to come into our field as their jets fly best in dense air, which we have here at sea level. We are a 501 (C3) but continue to take pride in helping other organizations. We have received service awards yearly from the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) for our work.” Anyone interested in the hobby can generally get started for $200, which

Story and Photos by Pat Krause The Steinway Society of Riverside County presented the Doctors Concert Gala Luncheon, on February 12th at the Thunderbird Country Club. There was a live auction and a raffle to raise money for, Bringing Music to Children. Ruth Moir founded the Steinway Society in 2002 to bring classical music to schools. Ruth Moir and her colleagues bring concerts and

art education to our youth in the Coachella Valley. Guests were treated to a champagne reception and a delicious lunch before the concert. Ruth Moir gave the welcoming speech to the guests, and the awards were given. Honorees were Dr. Celeste L. Amaya, Dr. Anthony Bassanelli and Dr. Ranier Bergmann. A surprise honor was given to Phyllis Eisenberg for her valued support for the

Steinway Society. Each of the honorees gave a performance for the guests. Dr. Amaya played a Fantastic Impromptu and Song of India, Dr. Bassanelli played, Rhapsody in Blue, and Dr. Bergmann played, Prelude Selections. The young pianist, Jadon Wu, played “Impromtu in E Flat Major” like a professional, and he is only 10 years old. He is an amazing pianist already

and loves to perform. He is the 2016 Steinway Society Junior Competition winner. He said he would like to be a piano-playing doctor like the honorees today. The other entertainment included the Village Klezmer Band and Doc Reid Group. There was a Guitar Essay Contest Winner Presentation that went to Cole Kruz. There was a surprise performer who was really

Pilot Freddy Jones from Phoenix being interviewed about his Excalibur jet plane. Photo by Murray Ross

purchases an already-builtplane (ARB) and a radio. However, the planes you will see at this event cost from $2,000 to tens of thousands, as they are equipped with miniature jet engines, which require special skills to build, maintain and fly. Jet Jam 101 Here is some information for those who are not familiar with this type of event. Spectators can bring a chair or sit in the small grandstand to watch the model jet planes as they take off, execute some fancy aerobatics or turn on the smoke to perform sky writing. Also, club members will offer guided tours so visitors can see the intricate workings of the planes. Also, bring a hat, water, camera and binoculars. Catering by Cone Zone is available only on the 17th and 18th. The best time to go is between 8 am and 3 pm. Visit the web site at CVRCClub.com

a surprise for the guests. It turned out to be the founder of Steinway Society, Ruth Moir, when she performed before the audience with the band. Raffle winners were announced before the end of the concert. The Society offers many free music programs in schools and even offers private lessons for talented children in need of financial assistance.

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Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts

Fund raising party in Holt’s back yard. Photo by Murray Ross By Shirley Brenon Classical music has arrived in Desert Hot Springs by way of professional musician Danny Holt, who is a classicallytrained pianist, percussionist and composer. Holt moved to Desert Hot Springs in 2010. He said, “I fell in love with the awe-inspiring landscape and the serenity I felt in the desert. I am endlessly fascinated by the region, and I am so happy to call the desert home.” Soon after arriving, he noticed a lack of arts and entertainment in his new community and decided he could contribute. So far, since 2014, he has produced 10 free classical concerts and has four more set up for the 2017

season. He said, “I’m extremely excited about the new season because of the high caliber of the performers we are bringing in. All the artists are seasoned professionals and are great at bringing the music to life for our audiences by sharing stories about the music and the composers. Because of that, those unfamiliar with classical music find themselves very comfortable at the concerts.” These classical music concerts are being supported by a grant from the City of Desert Hot Springs Community and Cultural Affairs Commission, local businesses and private donors. Holt is doing all he can to sustain them as free entertainment

by volunteering his services, making deals with his professional musical friends and holding fundraisers. He also raised money to repair the piano at Christ Lutheran Church and just in time for the season-opening concert. Recently, 17 classical music fans helped the cause by spending a delightful afternoon in his patio located in the foothills of the Little San Bernardino Mountains. What more could you ask for but home-baked cookies, coffee, tea and Holt playing some intriguing pieces on his grand piano. He played some works written by relatives of famous composers, namely J.S.Bach’s son,

Danny Holt. Photo by Murray Ross Mozart’s son and Shuman’s wife, which was thoroughly enjoyed by the crowd. The 2017 concert season will begin with the Blakemore Trio on Saturday, February 18 @ 6 pm at Christ Lutheran Church, 64565 Pierson Blvd, Desert Hot Springs. Nashville’s premiere piano trio (violin, cello, piano) will include work by Mozart, Shostakovich, and Los Angeles composer Adam Schoenberg. These concerts are open to the public, and admission is free. You are encouraged to bring donations of nonperishable food items (for

Food Now, the local food bank administered by Family Services of the Desert), and cash donations are also welcome at the door to benefit the church’s flood recovery fund. Audience members are encouraged to arrive about 10 minutes early, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The concerts are approximately an hour long, and audience members are invited to meet the artists immediately following the concert. Web site for complete concert details – http://dannyholt.net/ dhs-classical-concerts/

Enormous pit of melting carbon the size of Mexico discovered under US

‘Planetary embryo’: Carbon brought to Earth 4.4bn yrs ago in planet collision By Desert Star Staff SACRAMENTO, Calif. – OA reservoir of melting carbon covering an area almost the size of Mexico has been discovered beneath the western US, casting doubt over previous estimates of carbon levels inside the Earth. The discovery was made by a team from the University of Royal Holloway London using the world’s largest array of seismic sensors that identified the carbon

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from vibrations generated in Earth’s upper mantle. The reservoir is believed to have been formed when a Pacific tectonic plate was forced underneath the western US, per the research published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. “It is a result of one of the tectonic plates of the Pacific Ocean forced underneath the western US, undergoing partial melting, thanks to gasses like CO2

‘Climate change time bomb’: Ancient carbon slowly seeping from permafrost

and H2O contained in the minerals dissolved in it,” study author Dr Sash HierMajumder of Royal Holloway said in a statement. Located 217 miles (350km) below the planet’s surface the reservoir is estimated to cover 695,000 sq miles (1.8 million sq km). Following their research, the scientists say that the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s upper mantle could be up to February 15, 2017

100 trillion metric tons. The carbon in the upper mantle isn’t expected to stay underground forever, instead it’s slowly making its way up to the surface via volcanic eruptions – adding to the carbon already being emitted into the atmosphere by humans. “We might not think of the deep structure of the Earth as linked to climate change above us, but this discovery not only has

implications for subterranean mapping but also for our future atmosphere,” HierMajumder added. “Releasing only 1 percent of this CO2 into the atmosphere will be the equivalent of burning 2.3 trillion barrels of oil. The existence of such deep reservoirs shows how important is the role of deep Earth in the global carbon cycle.” www.desertstarweekly.com


How Do You Know When You’re Really an Adult? By Desert Star Staff Think back on those milestones that made you feel like you were finally a grown-up. The curious minds at Moen investigated the markers of adulthood, via an online survey conducted by Harris Poll. Some of the most common signs reported by those polled include: Moving Out: Forty-nine percent of Americans said moving out of their parents’ home made/would make them feel like an adult. Why? This act may mark the start of financial independence, getting a fulltime job and paying bills. Settling Down: Fifty-four percent of Americans say that getting married made/would make them feel like an adult. Though culture has changed, a majority of people still seem to value marriage, which also often includes parenthood --

another marker of adulthood for many. After all, what’s more grown-up than being called “Mom” or “Dad”? Homeownership: Homeownership is a pivotal sign of maturity. For first-time homebuyers, the chances of finding the perfect place with new hardware and fixtures may be slim, but updating a home can be another important part of “adulting.” Brands like Moen offer kitchen and bathroom fixtures that are on-trend and easy-to-install, so DIY is doable for almost anyone. “Whether you’re renovating and looking for a faucet that speaks to your style, or need a handshower to make bathing your baby stress-free, great fixtures can help make being a grown-up great,” says Andrea Maher, senior marketing communications specialist, Moen. StatePoint

5 Things to Know if Someone You Love is Addicted to Painkillers By Desert Star Staff Fifty-two people die every day from opioid overdoses nationwide, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 12 million U.S. residents used prescription painkillers nonmedically in the past year. Unfortunately, even a small dosage can depress respiratory function, and these drugs can be especially dangerous when combined with other common substances like alcohol and sleeping pills. What’s more, prescription drug abuse can be addictive, and even lead to heroin use. If you love someone who may be addicted to prescription painkillers, here are five things the National Safety Council says you should know. 1. Addiction is a chronic disease that affects the brain. Addiction, like heart disease or

diabetes, leads to increasingly poor health, and can be fatal if it’s not effectively treated and managed. People who suffer from addiction still have selfworth and should be treated with dignity. Unfortunately, shame and discrimination prevent many individuals from seeking treatment. Recovery can be achieved in many different ways and all recovery efforts should be celebrated. 2. Medication Helps. Opioid and heroin addiction cause a chemical imbalance in the brain, which medication can help repair. There are three major medications typically used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling and participation in social support programs: Buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone. Buprenorphine and methadone diminish the effects of withdrawal and cravings

restoring brain chemistry. Naltrexone blocks the euphoric effects of opioids and heroin. Buprenorphine and naltrexone can be administered by health care providers. Methadone is delivered in specialized clinics. 3. Traditional treatments aren’t always effective. Recovery is a lifelong journey. Unfortunately, some traditional treatments focus on quicker fixes like attempting it alone or by going cold turkey, which ultimately can be detrimental. Indeed, rates of relapse and overdose are higher for people who have gone through 30day treatment programs, and 56 percent of people who leave treatment centers relapse within the first week. However, medications, can offer longer-term solutions, and are often less expensive than in-patient treatment. If traditional substance abuse

programs haven’t worked, consider medication. 4. Support is critical. A failed cycle of detox and inpatient therapy, then relapse, can leave a person feeling hopeless. This is why support is critical. Doctors and treatment counselors are important, but even more so is a well-informed support group of family and friends. “Addiction is not a broken arm that can be fixed. It’s like being on a permanent diet with a piece of candy staring at you every day,” says Avi Israel, a survivor advocate who lost his son after battling a prescription drug addiction. He advises friends and family of patients to, “Know the signs of addiction. Don’t judge. Throw tough love out the window. Love. But love with structure.” 5. Understanding addiction is crucial. Both patients and

their friends and family should understand that addiction is a disease, and know what is needed to manage it. “My son had Crohn’s disease, and I knew everything about that. I wish I had known as much about addiction,” says Israel. There are more options than traditional 30-daytreatment programs and 12step programs. In addition to medication, there are support programs like SMART recovery, which provide attendees with tools based on the latest scientific research, as well as a worldwide community with self-empowering, sciencebased support groups. A road of recovery is paved by many people – not just those in recovery. With the right support systems in place, a successful and sober life is possible. StatePoint

U.S. Family Courts Often Award Custody to Alleged Abuser By Desert Star Staff SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Over the past eight years, custodial parents killed 58 American children after a court ignored abuse claims by a protective parent, according to the Center for Judicial Excellence. And a new investigative report, published by 100Reporters.org, says family courts systemically discredit claims of child abuse and award custody to the accused parent. Reporter Laurie Udesky, the author of that report, interviewed 30 families from across the nation who lost custody battles even after their children’s claim of abuse www.desertstarweekly.com

was substantiated by police or child protective services – only to see the abuse continue. Udesky says the crisis is fueled by a lack of accountability in a family court system that too often dismisses credible evidence of abuse, while accepting questionable theories that can subvert the protective parents’ credibility. “There is a dubious theory called parental alienation syndrome that’s used to discredit the abuse and it says that the mother is brainwashing the child,” she states. Udesky adds it’s a systemic problem in which judges, custody evaluators

and mediators often see the father as the more confident, credible and financially stable parent. Udesky maintains court officials would benefit from additional training on domestic violence and child sexual abuse. The article cites research coauthored by Linda Krajewski, an adjunct professor of psychology at San Bernardino Valley College and Geraldine Stahly, emeritus professor of psychology at California State University, San Bernardino. In that study, Krajewski and her colleagues surveyed almost 400 parents who lost custody while trying February 15, 2017

to defend their children. “Quite often the person who has been identified as the perpetrator, as the abuser, winds up getting custody and sometimes we wind up with protective moms losing custody and even being on supervised visitation at least in part because of their efforts to defend their children,” Krajewski states. Krajewski says part of the problem is that the mothers often were abused themselves, and suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder that hamper their ability to present themselves well in court. She also notes that the fathers can often

afford much more effective legal representation. There is little research on court costs, but Krajewski and Stahly’s preliminary analysis of a national survey of the same 399 protective parents surveyed showed that the costs were about $100,000 for some 27 percent of these parents who ultimately declared bankruptcy. This story was produced in partnership with Laurie Udesky for 100reporters.org, based on original reporting Udesky produced as an associate of the G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism and supported in part by a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

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MUSIC Genre-defying artists shine on new releases BY ROBERT KINSLER

Three genuinely genredefying artists are featured on recently-released must-have collections.

Artist: Mumford & Sons Title: Live From South Africa: Dust and Thunder (Eagle Rock Entertainment) You might like if you enjoy: Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire, Coldplay Tell me more: The energy of Mumford & Sons’ performance featured on the blu-ray release of “Live From South Africa: Dust and Thunder” is palpable in an authentic way

that recalls classic concert films such as U2’s “Under a Blood Red Sky” and Peter Gabriel’s “Secret World.” The 17-song set featured on the new Mumford & Sons release was captured at the end of the London, Englandspawned troupe’s first-ever trip to South Africa, and the audience’s obvious zeal to be at the concert extends across the 94-minute film. Among the outstanding tracks performed are a spirited “I Will Wait” where the audience injects the choruses with a huge singalong, sweeping “Tompkins Square Park,” the hushed Americana nugget “Ghosts That We Knew” and anthemic night-ending “The Wolf.” Information: eagle-rock.com.

Artist: Otis Taylor Title: Fantasizing About Being Black (Trance Blues Festival) You might like if you enjoy: Robert Johnson, The Doors, John Lee Hooker Tell me more: Groundbreaking singersongwriter/multi-instrumentalist Otis Taylor has long been able

to musically articulate the African American experience in artful ways that tap into early blues as well as African world music and Americana styles. On his forceful and compelling new album “Fantasizing About Being Black,” the Coloradobased musician goes even further in his search to bridge past and present in an 11-track exploration of the African American experience stretching from the slave era to specific periods in the 20th century and through the present day. This rich and real world journey includes the hypnotic “Walk On Water (a tale of interracial love) adorned with Ron Miles’ otherworldly play on the cornet, the fierce rocker “Hands On Your Stomach (about a spirit who instructs an enslaved

woman that her mind cannot be controlled) that includes some impressive fretwork from teenage guitar sensation Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and the powerful blues gem “Tripping On This” (which chronicles a man’s visit to see the son he gave up 48 years earlier). Taylor’s “Fantasizing About Being Black” is an essential and brilliant album. Information: otistaylor.com.

Artist: Robby Krieger Title: In Session (Purple Pyramid Records) You might like if you enjoy: The Doors, William Shatner, ASIA, Styx Tell me more: While widely acknowledged as one of rock’s greatest and most influential guitar players, Robby Krieger is

mostly known for his work with The Doors. However, Krieger’s “In Session” offers a chance for casual listeners to catch up on the guitar master’s wider artistry via his collaborations with a who’s who of musical greats. Selections range from a mostlyfaithful version of The Beatles’ “Across The Universe” featuring fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne on lead vocals to an edgy take on Roger Waters’ “Don’t Leave Me Now” featuring Styx frontman Tommy Shaw on lead vocals, and a dramatic “Deep Down” featuring William Shatner on vocals and Krieger on both lead guitar and sitar. Not only does “In Session” boast genuine star power, but the depth of the material is worthy of Krieger’s legacy. Hawkwind’s Nik Turner, ASIA’s John Wetton (who sadly died in January 2017) and keyboardist Geoff Downes, Billy Sherwood of Yes, and Zombies keyboardist Rod Argent are among the luminaries who team up with Krieger on the new collection. Information: CleopatraRecords.com.

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Rowdy Ron White Set for Morongo

The Blue Collar Comedy veteran with a razor wit, snifter of Scotch, and a premium cigar will bring his hilarious, no-holds-barred humor to Morongo.

Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa – Ron White, the Scotch-sipping raconteur with a penchant for hilariously cutting through the clutter, will bring his renegade comedy to the Grand Ballroom at

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Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa on Friday, May 26. Best known as a charter member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour and for his nickname, ‘Tater Salad,’ White has left millions of

fans in stitches with his collection of ribald jokes, off-color remembrances and biting sarcasm. “Ron White cuts to the quick, and his biting precision and hilarious story-telling, combined with a scoundrel’s flair, make his shows hysterical and memorable,” said Simon Farmer, executive director of marketing at Morongo. “He is hands down one of

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the funniest guys around.” A Texas native and U.S. Navy veteran, White is rarely seen without a drink in one hand and a smoke in the other. His comedy career has taken him from the cassette racks of truck stops to the world of stadium shows and feature films. He joined longtime friends and fellow comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, and

Larry the Cable Guy for the Blue Collar Comedy tour, playing to sold-out audiences in over 90 cities and spawning cable TV specials. His comedy CD, You Can’t Fix Stupid, earned a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album alongside Blue Collar’s One for the Road. Tickets for the show are on sale for $55, $70 and $80 via Ticketmaster or the Morongo Box Office.

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Gen. Michael Flynn resigns as National Security Advisor

By Desert Star Staff Michael Flynn, national security advisor to President Trump, stepped down over his phone talks with the Russian ambassador. The Kremlin spokesman, however, denied that lifting economic sanctions was discussed during the conversations. Editor’s note: The original version of this article mistakenly said Flynn “retired” instead of “resigned.” Trump named retired Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. as Acting National Security Advisor, according to Flynn’s resignation letter. Trump is reportedly considering other permanent replacements. “In the course of my duties as the incoming National Security Advisor, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers, and ambassadors,” Flynn wrote. “These calls were to facilitate a smooth transition and begin to build the necessary relationships between the President, his advisors and foreign leaders. Such calls are standard practice in any transition of this magnitude.” “Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with the incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the

Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.” Media outlets speculated in recent days over the contents and consequences of the phone call between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak. The New York Times reported Monday that officials close to Vice President Mike Pence said Pence believed Flynn was lying when he downplayed his conversation with Kislyak, based on unreleased transcripts of their talk. The Washington Post reported that former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and a national security official told White House consel Donald McGahn that Flynn was possibly vulnerable to Russian blackmail attempts. On Thursday, the Washington Post cited administration officials who claimed that the a main topic of the phone call was the sanctions. The Russian authorities have stated that sanctions did not come up during the phone call. Russian President Vladimir Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov assured reporters on Monday that Flynn and Kislyak had not discussed lifting sanctions, and neither

had any other official Russian and US representatives. “We have already said there have not been any [such talks]. “Obviously every ambassador informs the [authorities in Moscow] about all the contacts he has so the information gets to us, but we are not willing to comment on internal discussions being held in Washington,” Peskov said, as cited by TASS. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Peskov chose not to elaborate on the issue. “We would not like to comment on it in any way,” he said, when asked about Flynn’s departure, stressing “this is a domestic issue of the Americans and the Trump

administration, not ours.” Flynn’s 24-day run on the National Security Committee was the shortest stint as national security advisor ever. Michael Maloof, a former senior security policy analyst for the US Secretary of Defense, told RT the development appears to be a huge gain for US mainstream media and the Democrats. “I think this is a victory for mainstream media and for the Democrats. They don’t like this administration and they’re going to do everything they can to chip away its credibility, and this is just the beginning,” Maloof told RT on Tuesday. Flynn’s resignation itself “was a crescendo of noise from the mainstream media,

and it distracted the White House from trying to get its job done,” Maloof said, adding, “The basic issue is – could Flynn, who was private citizen, be even talking to Russian ambassador about sanctions being lifted? “That comes under what we call Logan Act, a 1799 law that has never been prosecuted, and it’s crazy,” the former Pentagon official added, referring to a law that outlaws negotiations between unauthorized citizens and foreign states in a dispute with the US. Violations under the Logan Act – last amended in 1994 – are still considered a felony and are punishable by a fine or imprisonment.

“The Four Seasons is very close to the northern route and that unfortunately poses a privacy issue, a security issue and a quiet enjoyment

of our homes issue,” said Four Seasons resident Jeri Barry. “When we purchased them as desert lots, we were assured that because of environmental conditions nothing would ever be built between our wall and route ten. And so this is infringing upon that,” said Four Seasons resident Frank Tinney. The Coachella Valley Association of Governments says they are taking all concerns into account. “We heard from the Four Seasons community that they wanted us to study additional options. So there is now a total of four options when you talk about the Four Season community, including an on street alternative and

we’ve included all that in the environmental report so that way when our executive committee determines the final alignment, they can really make the best decision,” said Erica Felci, governmental projects manager for the Coachella Valley Association of Governments. The public comment period will end on February 21 at which point CVAG will look at the public’s written comments and incorporate those comments into the final environmental impact report. That report will go to the Coachella Valley Association of Governments executive committee this spring. Source: KMIR

Palm Springs Holds CV Link Town Hall Meeting

By Vince Marino/KMIR PALM SPRINGS, Ca. - Community members in Palm Springs packed the city council chambers Monday night for a town hall meeting on the CV Link. “This is the first time we’ve really had a public hearing on the CV Link. Many of us around the Coachella Valley have been working on this for a long time. And so tonight we’re going to have an opportunity to hear from the citizens of Palm Springs,” said Palm Springs Mayor Pro Tem Ginny Foat. The CV Link is a 50-mile passageway for bicycles, pedestrians and low speed electric vehicles. Supporters of the project say there are

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several benefits to consider. “A bike path like that supports tourism, it supports Eco-tourism, it supports recreation and those are the kinds of things that bring visitors to our valley,” said Henry Hampton. Others say tourists aren’t the only ones who stand to gain. “It’s more of what young adults want in the future here in the Coachella Valley. We want to experience our valley without the need of a car,” said CV Link supporter Arvin Ocampo. Most of the residents of the Four Seasons near the northern part of the route in Palm Springs see it a different way.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSINESS AS: CASTANEDAS MEXICAN FOOD, 67555 E. PALM CANYON DR., CATHEDRAL CITY, CA 92234. Riverside County. Full name of registrant: J&L JIMENEZ, INC., 67555 E. PALM CANYON DR., CATHEDRAL CITY, CA 92234/CA. Business is conducted by: CORPORATION. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above. I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant, who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime). Signed: JUAN FRANCISCO JIMENEZ DURAN, PRESIDENT. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on January 27, 2017. Peter Aldana Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File No. R-201701387 NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE). Pub February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 2017. DSW17-5029

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSINESS AS: SUPER SHAWARMA (MEDITERRANEAN GRILL), 69-185 RAMON RD., SUITE #D-3, CATHEDRAL CITY, CA 92234 . Riverside County. Full name of registrant: YOUNAN MAHER BISHAY, 10591 AURORA PLACE, DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA 92240. Business is conducted by: INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above. I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant, who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime). Signed: YOUNAN MAHER BISHAY. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on January 27, 2017. Peter Aldana Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File No. R-201701345 NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE). Pub February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2017. DSW17-5022

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSINESS AS: HOMETECHTONICS, 1870 N. MIRA LOMA WAY, PALM SPRINGS, CA 92262. Riverside County. Full name of registrant: CRAIG ROY FERRIER, 1870 N. MIRA LOMA WAY, PALM SPRINGS, CA 92262. Business is conducted by: INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above. I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant, who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime). Signed: CRAIG ROY FERRIER. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on February 3, 2017. Peter Aldana Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File No. R-201701717 NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESS AND FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSI- PROFESSIONS CODE). Pub February 8, 15, 22, NESS AS: J.C. TILE AND MARBLE, 19 VIA SANTO March 1, 2017. DSW17-5028 TOMAS, RANCHO MIRAGE, CA 92270. Riverside FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE County. Full name of registrant: JASON LOUIGIE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSICLESTER, 19 VIA SANTO TOMAS, RANCHO MI- NESS AS: THE GRAY CAFE, 13104 PALM DRIVE, RAGE, CA 92270; SHANNON LEE SMITH, 19 VIA DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA 92240. Riverside SANTO TOMAS, RANCHO MIRAGE, CA 92270. County. Full name of registrant: STEPHANIE ELLEN Business is conducted by: MARRIED COUPLE. SANCHEZ, 13104 PALM DRIVE, DESERT HOT Registrant commenced to transact business SPRINGS, CA 92240. Business is conducted by: under the fictitious business name(s) listed above INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transon 12/6/1999. I declare that all the information in act business under the fictitious business name(s) this statement is true and correct. (A registrant, who listed above. I declare that all the information in declares as true, information which he or she knows this statement is true and correct. (A registrant, to be false, is guilty of a crime). Signed: JASON who declares as true, information which he or she CLESTER. This statement was filed with the County knows to be false, is guilty of a crime). Signed: Clerk of Riverside County on January 18, 2017. STEPHANIE ELLEN SANCHEZ. This statement was Peter Aldana, Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on No. R-201700751 NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS February 2, 2017. Peter Aldana Assessor-County BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE Clerk-Recorder File No. R-201701698 NOTICE — YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTI- EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS TIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATESTATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE MENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF AN- AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTIOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON TIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESS RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE AND PROFESSIONAL CODE). Pub February 15, OR COMMON LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. 22, March 1, 8, 2017. DSW17-5034 SEQ., BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE). Pub FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 2017. DSW17-5027 THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE BUSINESS AS: WAVES WEAR FULFILLMENT, FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSI32191 CLEAR SPRINGS DRIVE, WINCHESTER, NESS AS: ALLURE NAILS & SPA, 31934 MISSION CA 92596. Riverside County. Full name of regis- TRAIL, LAKE ELSINORE, CA 92530 . Riverside trant: BARBARA COOK RUBIN, 32191 CLEAR County. Full name of registrant: VANESSA- -TRAN, SPRINGS DRIVE, WINCHESTER, CA 92596; 14822 COLLETTA PL., WESTMINSTER, CA 92683. STEVEN PHILLIP RUBIN, 32191 CLEAR SPRINGS Business is conducted by: INDIVIDUAL. Registrant DRIVE, WINCHESTER, CA 92596. Business is has not yet begun to transact business under the conducted by: MARRIED COUPLE. Registrant fictitious business name(s) listed above. I declare has not yet begun to transact business under the that all the information in this statement is true fictitious business name(s) listed above. I declare and correct. (A registrant, who declares as true, that all the information in this statement is true information which he or she knows to be false, and correct. (A registrant, who declares as true, is guilty of a crime). Signed: VANESSA- -TRAN. information which he or she knows to be false, This statement was filed with the County Clerk is guilty of a crime). Signed: BARBARA COOK of Riverside County on January 24, 2017. Peter RUBIN. This statement was filed with the County Aldana Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File No. Clerk of Riverside County on February 2, 2017. R-201701062 NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS BUSIPeter Aldana Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File NESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS No. R-201701664 NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTI- BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATETIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE MENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF AN- (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESS AND OTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON PROFESSIONS CODE). Pub February 8, 15, 22, LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESS March 1, 2017. DSW17-5026 AND PROFESSIONS CODE). Pub February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 2017. DSW17-5033 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSIFICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE NESS AS: JAR PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT, FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSI- 777 E. TAHQUITZ CYN WAY, STE 200-175, PALM NESS AS: ARROW VINTAGE, 354 LOGENITA SPRINGS, CA 92262. Riverside County. Full name STREET, PALM SPRINGS, CA 92264. Riverside of registrant: INSIGHTLINK COMMUNICATIONS, County. Full name of registrant: JOE- -DE HOYOS, 777 E. TAHQUITZ CYN WAY, STE 200-175, PALM 354 LOGENITA STREET, PALM SPRINGS, CA SPRINGS, CA 92262/CA. Business is conducted 92264. Business is conducted by: INDIVIDUAL. by: CORPORATION. Registrant commenced to Registrant commenced to transact business under transact business under the fictitious business the fictitious business name(s) listed above on JAN name(s) listed above on 1/30/2017. I declare that 2016. I declare that all the information in this state- all the information in this statement is true and corment is true and correct. (A registrant, who declares rect. (A registrant, who declares as true, information as true, information which he or she knows to which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a be false, is guilty of a crime). Signed: JOE- -DE crime). Signed: ROBERT DONALD GRAY, PRESIHOYOS. This statement was filed with the County DENT. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on January 31, 2017. Clerk of Riverside County on January 30, 2017. Peter Aldana, Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File Peter Aldana, Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File No. R-201701519 NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS No. R-201701480 NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTI- OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE TIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF AN- NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON OTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESS LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL CODE). Pub February 8, 15, AND PROFESSIONAL CODE). Pub February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 2017. DSW17-5032 22, March 1, 2017. DSW17-5025 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSIBUSINESS AS: DESERT HOME & CANDLE NESS AS: MOBILE DENTISTRY OF THE DESERT, GALLERY, 74919 US HIGHWAY 111, INDIAN 40055 BOB HOPE DR., SUITE G, RANCHO MIWELLS, CA 92210. Riverside County. Full name RAGE, CA 92270. Riverside County. Full name of of registrant: JIVA COLLECTIONS, LLC, 74919 registrant: RICHARD ARTHUR BULLOCK 58855 US HIGHWAY 111, INDIAN WELLS, CA 92210/ SAN MARINO DR., YUCCA VALLEY, CA 92284. CA. Business is conducted by: LIMITED LIABILITY Business is conducted by: INDIVIDUAL. Registrant COMPANY. Registrant commenced to transact commenced to transact business under the fictibusiness under the fictitious business name(s) tious business name(s) listed above on 1/9/2017. listed above on August 1, 2016. I declare that all the I declare that all the information in this statement information in this statement is true and correct. (A is true and correct. (A registrant, who declares as registrant, who declares as true, information which true, information which he or she knows to be false, he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime). is guilty of a crime). Signed: RICHARD ARTHUR Signed: PATRICIA DANIELLE GOEL, PRESIDENT. BULLOCK. This statement was filed with the County This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Clerk of Riverside County on January 31, 2017. Riverside County on February 6, 2017. Peter Al- Peter Aldana, Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File dana, Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File No. No. R-201700541 NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS R-201701797 NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS BUSI- BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE NESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTIOF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS TIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATE- STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE MENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANIN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER OTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESS (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESS AND AND PROFESSIONAL CODE). Pub February 8, 15, PROFESSIONAL CODE). Pub February 8, 15, 22,

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSINESS AS: PAUL ASSOICATES, 44919 GOLF CENTER PARKWAY, #11, INDIO, CA 92201. Riverside County. Full name of registrant: ANDREAS LLC, 77240 CALLE MONTEREY, LA QUINTA, CA 92253/ CA. Business is conducted by: LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 10/26/2009. I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant, who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime). Signed: JANET MARIE BRAKEBILL, PRESIDENT. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on January 12, 2017. Peter Aldana, Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File No. R-201700544 NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL CODE). Pub February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2017. DSW17-5021

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSINESS AS: AAA MOBILE LOCKSMITH LLC, 12800 FOXDALE DR., DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA 92240. Riverside County. Full name of registrant: AAA MOBILE LOCKSMITH LLC, 12800 FOXDALE DR., DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA 92240/CA. Business is conducted by: LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above. I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant, who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime). Signed: JOHATHAN ELIYAHU SZEKELY-PRESIDENT. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on February 6, 2017. Peter Aldana Assessor-County ClerkRecorder File No. R-201701846 NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE). Pub February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 2017. DSW17-5035

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSINESS AS: C AND S WOODWORKS, INC.; C AND S WOODWORKS; C AND S HOME SERVICE; C & S HOME SERVICE; CS HOMESERVICE, 74054 ALPINE LN, PALM DESERT, CA 92211. Riverside County. Full name of registrant: C AND S WOODWORKS, INC., 74054 ALPINE LN, PALM DESERT, CA 92211/CA . Business is conducted by: CORPORATION. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 01/2013. I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant, who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime). Signed: GREGORY ALAN SMITH. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on January 20, 2017. Peter Aldana, Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File No. R-201700930 NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL CODE). Pub January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 2017. DSW17-5019 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSINESS AS: X MACHINE; XMI; PAGE PROPERTIES, 73605 JACK CLARK COURT, THOUSAND PALMS, CA 92276. Riverside County; P.O. 336, THOUSAND PALMS, CA 92276. Full name of registrant: GAY LYNN PAGE, 73605 JACK CLARK COURT, THOUSAND PALMS, CA 92276. Business is conducted by: INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above. I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant, who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime). Signed: GAY LYNN PAGE. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on January 11, 2017. Peter Aldana Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File No. R-201700447 NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE). Pub January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 2017. DSW17-5018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSINESS AS: TWIN ANCHOR BOATS & YACHTS, 74872 S. COVE DRIVE, INDIAN WELLS, CA 92210. Riverside County. Full name of registrant: VETCO, INC., 74872 S. COVE DRIVE, INDIAN WELLS, CA 92210/CA. Business is conducted by: CORPORATION. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above. I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant, who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime). Signed: JOHN HOWARD VETTERICK, SECRETARY. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on January 17, 2017. Peter Aldana Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File No. R-201700634 NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE). Pub January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 2017. DSW17-5016 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSINESS AS: CHANEL’S HAIR SALON, 73092 RAMON ROAD UNIT 2, THOUSAND PALMS, CA 92276. Riverside County; 30867 LAS FLORES WAY, THOUSAND PALMS, CA 92276. Full name of registrant: MARIA- -DE LA MORA ALCARAZ, 30867 LAS FLORES WAY, THOUSAND PALMS, CA 92276. Business is conducted by: INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above. I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant, who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime). Signed: MARIA- -DELA MORA ALCARAZ. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on January 6, 2017. Peter Aldana Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File No. R-201700223 NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

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IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE). Pub January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 2017. DSW17-5015 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Title Order No.: 8677870 Trustee Sale No.: 81748Loan No.: 9160005628 APN:646-140-052-0 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 10/27/2015. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 3/9/2017at9:00 AM, CALIFORNIA TD SPECIALISTS as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded on 11/2/2015 as Instrument No. 2015-0481518 in book N/A, page N/A of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Riverside County, California, executed by: SURE-LOCK HOMES INVESTMENTS LLC, A NEVADA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, as Trustor LENDINGHOME FUNDING CORPORATION, A DELAWARE CORPORATION, as Beneficiary WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). At: In front of the Corona Civic Center, located at 849 W. Sixth Street, Corona, Riverside County, CA, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, California describing the land therein: LOT 26, LA QUINTA GOLF ESTATES NO. 1, AS SHOWN ON MAP FILED IN BOOK 37 OF MAPS, PAGE(S) 96-98 IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF RIVERSIDE COUNTY. TOGETHER WITH THAT PORTION OF EISENHOWER DRIVE VACATED BY RESOLUTION NO. 88-101 RECORDED AUGUST 10, 1988 AS INSTRUMENT NO. 225004 OF OFFICIAL RECORDS NO. 225004 OF OFFICIAL RECORDS. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be:48551 SAN PEDRO, La Quinta CA 92253. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to-wit: $528,868.56 (Estimated) Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Date: 2/13/2017 California TD Specialists, as Trustee 8190 East Kaiser Blvd., Anaheim Hills, CA 92808 Phone: 714-283-2180 For Trustee Sale Information log on to: www.usaforeclosure.com CALL: (714) 277-4845. PATRICIO S. INCE’, VICE PRESIDENT California TD Specialists is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. “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 on 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 the outstanding lien 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 California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 714-277-4845, or visit this internet Web site www.usa-foreclosure.com, using the file number assigned to this case T.S.# 81748. 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.” FEI # 1077.006380 2/15/2017, 02/22/2017, 03/01/2017. DSW17-5036 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. : 00000006133805 Title Order No.: 730-160713470 FHA/VA/PMI No.: ATTENTION RECORDER: THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY APPLIES ONLY TO COPIES PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR, NOT TO THIS RECORDED ORIGINAL NOTICE. NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 08/17/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER and WEISS, LLP, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 08/26/2005 as Instrument No. 2005-0707264 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of RIVERSIDE County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: GENA GROSSMAN, A SINGLE WOMAN, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by California Civil Code 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 03/15/2017 TIME OF SALE: 9:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: 2410 WARDLOW ROAD # 104, CORONA, CA 92880. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 13340 DEL RAY LANE, DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA 92240 APN#: 663354-004-3 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, 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 $158,589.98. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free

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and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800-280-2832 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site www.auction.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 00000006133805. 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. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: AUCTION.COM, LLC 800-280-2832 www.auction. com BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER and WEISS, LLP as Trustee 20955 Pathfinder Road, Suite 300 Diamond Bar, CA 91765 (866) 795-1852 Dated: 02/03/2017 BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER and WEISS, LLP IS ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. A-4608403 02/08/2017, 02/15/2017, 02/22/2017. DSW17-5031

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Authorities ignored California dam warning for 12 years

By Desert Star Staff A warning issued 12 years ago that California’s Oroville Dam could be at risk of eroding was apparently ignored by the authorities. America’s tallest dam was reported to be at risk of collapsing Sunday night, forcing mass evacuations. A document released by three environmental groups more than a decade ago said that the dam’s “ungated spillway” design could result in the “loss of crest control” and threaten people’s lives. The potential risk from the Oroville Dam was highlighted in a motion from October 2005 by three environmental groups – Friends Of The River, Sierra Club, and South Yuba River Citizens

League (SYRCL) – which was sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The document resurfaced when SYRCL said in its statement on recent events with the dam that it had raised the issue back in 2005. The group also released a link to the 2005 motion. Back then, the groups called on the commission to check the existing structures at the dam, and if necessary to “reconstruct the ungated spillway and to make any other needed modifications so that the licensee can safely and confidently conduct required surcharge operations consistent with the Corps of Engineers Oroville Dam Reservoir Regulation Manual.”

By Desert Star Staff The wife and stepson of Klu Klux Klan ‘imperial wizard’ Frank Ancona have been arrested on first-degree murder charges after an autopsy revealed that his death was intentional. Malissa Ann Ancona, 44, and her son, Paul Edward Jinkerson, Jr., 24, are being charged with firstdegree murder, tampering with physical evidence, and abandonment of a corpse. Both defendants are being held without bond, and are expected to be arraigned as early as Tuesday. A probable cause statement released by the Leadwood Police Department on Thursday says that Ancona was shot and killed inside his home, before his body and vehicle were abandoned near the Big River outside of Belgrade Missouri, according to The Daily Journal. Ancona’s wife Malissa said he left home after being called to work to make an out of state delivery of car parts. According to police, no such call was made, however, and his place of employment had reached out to Leadwood Police Department citing concerns about his whereabouts. His wife said he took all of his firearms with him when he left, although other members

of his family have disputed this. He left a handgun he usually carried with him in the house, which his wife handed over to the police. Police said a safe in the Anconas’ home had been opened with a crowbar and emptied when they arrived at the house. On Saturday, Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen, posted a Facebook message, reporting that Ancona was discovered, along with his abandoned vehicle. He also said that two search warrants were issued, and an arrest was made. When questioned, Malissa first told authorities that she last saw her husband on Wednesday when he left the state on a delivery as a part of his job. She informed them he took all of his guns with him and planned to file for a divorce when he came back. Searching the home, investigators found “extensive blood evidence” in the master bedroom of the home, as well as evidence that Ancona’s abandoned car had been “wiped down,” according to St. Louis Today. After the evidence was found, Leadwood Detective Matt Wampler questioned Malissa Ancona again, who then admitted that her son shot her husband and that they

appeared to be less dire, as the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) issued a statement saying that there was no danger that the dam itself would collapse, as the incident had affected only an emergency spillway. SYRCL reacted to the incident, saying that the situation “is extremely concerning.” “Once the danger has passed, we will have time to do a full analysis of this situation, especially how extreme flood events will impact the future of public “A loss of crest control safety and river management could not only cause additional in Northern California,” Caleb damage to project lands Dardick, executive director of and facilities but also cause SYRCL, said in a statement. damages and threaten lives Late Monday the California in the protected floodplain governor asked President downstream,” the report stated. Donald Trump for help amid According to the recent fears of an imminent report, “the consequences collapse of the Oroville Dam of an ungated-spillway spillway. He requested an design that results in emergency declaration in the significant damages under states affected by the disaster. operational use conditions “I respectfully request have important policy and that you issue an Emergency operational implications.” Declaration for Direct Federal On Sunday some 188,000 Assistance for the Counties people were evacuated from of Butte, Sutter, and Yuba, California towns downstream as a result of the potential of the Oroville Dam, after fears failure of the lake Oroville of an imminent collapse of Dam emergency spillway,” the dam’s spillway prompted Governor Jerry Brown wrote an evacuation order. in a letter to President Trump. The situation later

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both cleaned up the blood and tried to cover up the crime. Mahurin says that Ancona may have been murdered because he wanted a divorce. “It may have been a marital issue,” Mahurin told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday after filing murder charges. He said Ancona was shot in the head between two and three in the morning on Thursday. Ancona was a member of the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK. The white supremacist group claims its mission is “to preserve our White culture and heritage” and “defeat these communist socialist anti-God anti-white anti-American enemies within our own borders.” Ancona has made numerous media appearances, and previously claimed the KKK is not a hate group. February 15, 2017

During the 2014 Ferguson protests over the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, Ancona referred to demonstrators as “terrorists” and said the KKK would use lethal force to defend against the protesters. Ancona’s recent relationship with the Loyal White Knights of the KKK has seemingly deteriorated as its website accuses Ancona of being a Jew and a “federal informant.” The site claims Ancona “first popped up out of nowhere declaring himself Imperial Wizard of his Fake Klan which we all assume is a group created by the government, ADL or JEWISH Southern Poverty Law Center to collect names of White ’extremist’ as they call us to turn into the government to put on ‘Terrorist watch list’.”

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Steve Martin comedy gets a facelift and it shines

(from left) Hal Linden as Gaston, Philippe Bowgen as Pablo Picasso, Justin Long as Albert Einstein, Donald Faison as Freddy, and Luna Veléz as Germaine By Jack Lyons Theatre and Film Critic Memories come and go, including mine. But if memory serves me right, the version of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”, production I saw at the Westwood Playhouse back in 1994 (now called the Geffen Playhouse), wasn’t quite what I witnessed on the Shiley Stage at San Diego’s venerable Old Globe Theatre last week. Twenty three years later, we’re immersed in a culture with innovative ideas and creative ways to bring them to today’s theatre audiences. When the Old Globe Theatre appointed Barry Edelstein its Artistic Director in October of 2012, the bridge from the past to an exciting and innovative new era became a reality. The last five years of Edelstein’s stewardship has been nothing short of theatrical excellence, in all its forms: old, new, and its experiments with the classics, the standards, and, now, the many challenging stories the twenty-first century will present to its audiences. The revival production of Steve Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”, now on the Shiley stage, benefits from the close working association between Erna Finci Viterbi play director Barry Edelstein and playwright Martin. This production marks the third play to grace the boards of the Old Globe that have been written by Martin; the other two being the 2014 musical “”Bright Star”, and the 2016 sophisticated comedy “Meteor Shower”. Edelstein, has gathered for this revival version of “Lapin Agile”, an outstanding group of actors, comedians, and farceurs, all with impeccable timing who generate enough on-stage energy to light half of San Diego. The story in short, is set in 1904 Paris at the Lapin Agile Bar, a beloved watering hole to struggling artists and wouldbe geniuses. The regulars www.desertstarweekly.com

prepare for the arrival of two soon-to-be legends Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso who are scheduled to drop in for one extraordinary night where the two ego maniacs, as big as their intellects, spar with the patrons and each other about art, science, inspiration, love, and the promise of the 20th century. Toss into this mix a character known only as “the visitor”, and one is in for brilliant, witty, and a highly entertaining evening in the theatre. Steve Martin wasn’t known as a ‘wild and crazy guy for nothing. Like the pizza man – he delivers. Actually, he’s a very intelligent and accomplished writer, playwright, actor, and musician, and an allround Renaissance Man. The stellar cast ‘in order of appearance’ (remember this notation it will produce a laugh later) includes: Donald Faison, as Freddy, the owner/bartender of the Lapin Agile, Hal Linden as Gaston, the old gent with a weak bladder problem who delivers loads of zingers, Luna Velez as Germaine, the girlfriend/philosopher of Freddy, Justin Long as Albert Einstein, the world’s, at this moment in time, is a youthful, confident, and oddly appealing genius in waiting, Liza Lapira as the sexy Suzanne, a one-nightstand partner of Picasso, Ron Orbach as Sagot, the slick art dealer, Phillippe Bowgen as Pablo Picasso, in all his preening and womanizing self, Marcel Spears as Charles Dabernow Schmendiman, a self-proclaimed business genius with a touch of P.T. Barnum in his resume, and Kevin Hafso-Koppman as the mysterious ‘visitor. The ‘visitor’ maybe mysterious, but it’s no mystery as to why this production just soars. When nine highly talented actors are directed by the brilliant and inventive Mr. Edelstein, there can be only be one result: a first class production. The stage literally becomes a kaleidoscope of

color along with comedyinsight, thanks to the talents of Scenic Designer John Lee Beatty, and Lighting Designer Russell H. Champa, who both recreate and pay homage to the City of Light, just as this terrific ensemble cast does. Costumes designed by Katherine Roth with original music and sound designed by Lindsay Jones,

(from left) Philippe Bowgen as Pablo Picasso and Justin Long as Albert Einstein complete the technical team. As a side bar: The Old Globe nabbed the Outstanding Resident Musical Award last week for their production of “October Sky” at the prestigious Craig Noel Awards ceremonies hosted by the San

Diego Theatre Critics Circle. “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” performs without an intermission (approximately 90 minutes) at The Old Globe Theatre’s Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage through March 12, 2017.

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