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Hilbert Morales EL OBSERVADOR Do read the article authored by CA's Treasurer John Chiang and CA's State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, entitled, “STOP CONGRESS FROM KILLING SECURE CHOICE RETIREMEN T SAVINGS”, Mercury News (Bay Area News Group), page A14, to learn about U.S. Congressional legislation being proposed to kill CA's “Secure Choice” state retirement plan. It is evidence that Republicans really want to privatize retirement plans so as to permit certain special interest to skim off money being saved by working class constituents as their future nest egg. Also consider that the proposed legislation really kills competition which the private retirement plan sector does not want to exist. WHY? Because this CA Secure Choice plan maximizes return on investments made; has lower fees and operational expenses which result in the individual receiving more return on savings investments upon retirement. These special interests are focused upon making the most money possible upon the backs

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CA'S “SECURE CHOICE” RETIREMENT PLAN BEING SABOTAGED BY CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS of ordinary working class folks. In addition, this same congressional body of conservative Republicans do not provide any welfare support to those unfortunate folks whose current retirement plans (usually 401Ks) did not perform as projected some 25 years ago. These Congress members need to become acquainted with societal stewardship in addition to being focused upon their re-election campaign funding efforts. What is societal stewardship? It is the inclusion of social costs generated when folks do not get paid a living wage; when their community is used up (neglected and depreciation funds not saved to replace used up infrastructures; and when their environment, especially breathing air and drinking water supplies, are contaminated by lead because its cheaper. It is no wonder that the EPA, Social Security, Education, and Health Care plans are on their agenda to curtail, repeal or replace, or under-fund. When I, as a successful working class professional who is earning much more that I need to pay for the basic essential needs of myself and my extended family...Why cant I have the choice of choosing a statewide fund such as Secure Choice as a repository of my discretionary funds which I set aside as a retirement nestegg? The wealth that I create through my efforts could be

and should be legitimately accumulated (i.e., saved) as a retirement fund) where I chose. My earned retirement funds will continue to provide for my livelihood when I am beyond my productive years. The competition between the private and public sector is legitimate. Do not take it away via legislation. The Private Retirement Fund sector has a record of high fees, high operating expenses and mismanagement. Competition against a public sector fund, such as Secure Choices exposes all these issues...giving the consumer (that is you and me) a choice. The New York Times Editorial Board on 02.14.17 published, “Who'd Want to Limit Retirement Plans? HOUSE REPUBLICANS”. This following excerpt is a great example. “There is no overstating how unprepared Americans are to retire. Nearly half of privatesector employees — some 55 million people — do not have an employer-provided retirement plan. Most of them are low- to middle-income earners who will end up relying on Social Security for between half and all of their income in retirement. And yet, as early as Wednesday, House Republicans are expected to pass a measure to thwart efforts by California, Illinois and other states to establish basic retirement savings plans

for employees at companies that do not offer such coverage. In California, for example, participating employees would have a small percentage of pay deducted from their paychecks, unless they opted out. Those amounts would be pooled and managed by investment professionals chosen by the state in a bidding process; the plan would be overseen by a board of government and business leaders appointed by the governor and the Legislature. Financial firms claim that the plans represent unfair government competition. That’s false, but that doesn’t seem to concern House Republicans as they use a fast-track process to derail the states’ plans, siding with the financial industry over ordinary savers. First, under the plans, states establish the legal framework for deducting contributions from employees’ paychecks, but they do not run the plans. Second, state plans do not compete unfairly because mutual funds and other financial firms have not competed for the small-business market where employees without retirement coverage tend to work. If they had, tens of millions of Americans would not be without coverage, and the state plans probably wouldn’t be needed. So why do financial firms object? One reason may be that, by law, state plans are

transparent about their fees and operations. In contrast, 401(k) plans and other retirement options are infamous for hidden fees, excessive costs and needless complexity. The industry has taken a lot of flak from policy makers and investor advocates for those high costs, and comparisons with state-based plans will only intensify the unwanted scrutiny. Department rule, issued last year, that gave states with strict investor protections the green light to start and to promote the plans without running afoul of federal pension law. The rule was enacted rather late in the Obama administration, which gives lawmakers a window of opportunity to overturn it quickly. Unfortunately, the House is charging ahead on its destructive course, and both Congress and the Trump administration have shown an appetite for helping Wall Street at the expense of average citizens.” EOs working class readers are encouraged to tell their state assembly and U.S. Congressional representatives to continue the support of efforts to establish state retirement funds such as CA's Secure Savings retirement plans. These plans will augment future retirement funds to be received from Social Security programs.

Todos tenemos derechos

Las inéditas órdenes ejecutivas del presidente Donald Trump han generado un gran temor entre la comunidad de inmigrantes por la posibilidad de que sean discriminatorias, y detonado la alarma entre procuradores y alcaldes por la posibilidad de que algunas sean inconstitucionales. Aunque el presidente Trump hizo anuncios que afectan tanto a los inmigrantes, a los refugiados y solicitantes de asilo y la forma en que se aplican las leyes migratorias, es importante sin embargo tener en claro que el presidente está limitado por las leyes existentes, el Congreso, las cortes y los derechos constitucionales de las personas indocumentadas.   Como abogada con más de 15 años de experiencia en asuntos migratorios,

representando inmigrantes o reclutando litigantes pro bono, conozco en primera persona el profundo impacto que muchos cambios en la aplicación de las leyes migratorias tienen sobre la vida de personas de carne y hueso. Durante mi trabajo para la Red de Defensores de Inmigración (“IAN”, por sus siglas en inglés) y otros programas en Texas y Washington, DC, he aprendido a apreciar aún más el carácter de los inmigrantes, su fe inquebrantable en un futuro mejor, sus historias inspiradoras de sacrificio y cómo todo eso refuerza con valores positivos el tejido social de los Estados Unidos.   Por eso me preocupa que las primeras órdenes ejecutivas de la administración Trump apunten en la dirección de una aplicación de la ley más agresiva que afectará no sólo la vida diaria, sino la dignidad de un mayor

número de personas, muchas veces las más vulnerables entre nosotros.

Me alienta saber que muchas ciudades, estados, inmigrantes y defensores lucharán para resistir la mayor vigilancia. También están demandando que el gobierno ayude a los refugiados, residentes permanentes, y otros atrapados fuera de los Estados Unidos. La gran interrogante para muchos inmigrantes es cómo protegerse y minimizar el riesgo de una detención o deportación. Lo más importante es conocer nuestros derechos y opciones. Saber si calificamos para alivio migratorio y estar preparado en caso de que ocurra una detención o un arresto. Es importante saber que los inmigrantes no están solos. La Red de Defensores de Inmigrantes desarrolló una herramienta única en su tipo que permite a todo inmigrante saber en

20 minutos o menos si califica para alivio migratorio, conecta con más de 1,000 organizaciones de ayuda legal gratuita o de bajo costo y detalla toda la información más relevante y práctica en immi.org o laredhispana. org.   La información es la mejor arma contra la discriminación. Más allá del sentimiento de ansiedad que generan estas órdenes ejecutivas, nunca debemos perder de vista que todos tenemos derechos, pero tenemos que conocerlos para poder ejercerlos.   Para más información visita www. laredhispana.org. Pat Malone es la directora asociada de la Red de Defensores de Inmigrantes (IAN) y es abogada especialista en leyes de inmigracion sin fines de lucro por más de 15 años.

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LOCAL RESIDENTS ARE FIRST TO EARN HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA THROUGH INNOVATIVE PROGRAM

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Arkansas 'Dreamers' Awaiting Trump Decision on DACA

San Francisco Public Library offers accredited diplomas and career certificates to residents through Career Online High School Kevin Surles, Vinh Tran and Hassan Basbassi are the first San Francisco residents to earn high school diplomas through the Career Online High School program at the San Francisco Public Library. The library partnered with Gale, a leading provider of library resources and a Cengage company, in 2015 to offer the innovative program in an effort to help the city’s 94,000 adults who lack a high school diploma.   Last weekend, the Library celebrated the first graduates with staff, family and friends in the San Francisco Public Library’s Learning Studio.   “The Library’s Career Online High School program is a great opportunity for individuals seeking a second chance,” said City Librarian, Luis Herrera. “We are impressed by the diversity of the graduates and their drive to improve their lives; all three graduates, upon entering the program, were fully committed to making a better place for themselves, their families and their communities and we are honored to assist these individuals on their roads to success.”   San Francisco Public Library awards scholarships for Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers. Once enrolled, Career Online High School pairs each student with an Academic

Coach, who offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Coursework begins in one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields (across a wide spectrum from child care and education to certified transportation), before progressing to the core academic subjects. Students are able to graduate in as few as six months by transferring in previously earned high school credits but are given up to 18 months to complete the program. Hassan and Vinh both majored in Homeland Security, while Kevin majored in Office Management.  “Kevin, Vinh and Hassan’s achievements are a great example of the direct social and economic impact libraries have on their communities, and Gale is proud to partner with them to make it happen,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale.   Residents can learn more about Career Online High School at the San Francisco Public Library, or by visiting the library’s website at sfpl.org.

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Sanchez says they fear deportation if the program ends.

LIT TL E ROCK , A rk. – Thousands of young Hispanics in Arkansas are living in fear of what the future might bring under President Trump's changing immigration policies. It is particularly difficult for the state's almost 5,000 young undocumented immigrants who are part of or eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.

He also says his agency is hearing from many dreamers that they aren't making any major plans until a decision is made.

Erick Sanchez, the operations manager with the immigrant advocacy group Arkansas United, says many young Hispanic find their lives in limbo because of the uncertainty.

He says many of the Arkansas Dreamers are students who might not be able to complete their education.

"The other day, we had one of our clients, and he's the sole provider for the whole family, he's very worried to see what happens if DACA gets taken away, what's going to happen to the house," he added.

"The main concern is that a lot of people will have to put their lives on hold if DACA gets taken away," he said. "The public is very, very concerned about that."

"DACA students do not qualify for in-state tuition," continued Sanchez. "They're going to have to pay out-of-state. And a lot of these kids have multiple jobs, and so with DACA being taken away, unfortunately, they wouldn't be able to work."

President Trump has yet to announced his decision on the DACA program, which was created with an executive order by former President Obama. Participants, often called Dreamers, came to the U.S. as children, are exempt from deportation for two years and allowed to work.

Sanchez says many Hispanic youths who are eligible for the program are hesitant to register, saying they don't want to give out their personal information. He says they fear that until DACA is settled, signing up would make it easier for officials to find and deport them.

Photo Credit: Hispanics and others protest President Trump's immigration policies while waiting for his decision on the DACA program. Photo Credit: shakzu/iStockphoto


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IS YOUR DATA BEING PROTECTED?

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Better Business Bureau Not every business that a consumer deals with will be committed to protecting their personal information. That’s why it’s important for consumers to take the protection of their privacy into their own hands, and make sure the businesses that receive their data will safeguard it. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received nearly 500,000 complaints about identity theft in 2015. Making sure your personal information is protected is one of the best ways to prevent identity theft. BBB encourages consumers to find out the answer to these questions before dealing with a business or entering information on a website. Businesses can use these questions as a framework for ensuring that they’re respecting the privacy and safeguarding the data of their customers: • Does the website have a privacy policy? The California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) requires any commercial website or online service that “collects personally identifiable information through the Internet about individual consumers residing in California” to “conspicuously post its privacy policy on its Web site”. The policy must include what information is being collected and who it is shared with, along with other disclosures. Make sure any website that may be collecting your information has a privacy policy. If it doesn’t, not only are they breaking the law, they’re also probably not protecting your privacy. • How is your data being protected? Every business should have a data protection plan, and be open and transparent about it to their customers. A data protection strategy should detail how data is stored, the security of the storage system and how it’s backed up,

recovered and moved. If you aren’t convinced by a business’ data protection or they aren’t transparent about it, don’t feel pressured to continue with the interaction. • What is being collected and shared? A website’s privacy policy should be clear about what data is being collected and shared. If you are dealing with a company offline, you’ll know what data you’re supplying them with. However, it’s important to ask if your data is being shared with vendors or partners, or if it’s being sold. Even if the original business is committed to protecting your privacy, their vendors may not be. After figuring out which entities your data is shared with, determine the security practices of those businesses as well. • Is the business PCI compliant? The PCI Security Standards aim to protect financial information and cardholder data. The Standards maintain that “payment security is required for all entities that store, process or transmit cardholder data”. Make sure that any business you supply financial information to is PCI complaint. • What will be done if your data is stolen? The Identity Theft Resource Center’s 2016 Data Breach Report includes more than 1,000 breaches that exposed more than 36 million records. Every business should have a plan to prevent data breaches. Additionally, the business should have a plan detailing what they will do if a data breach does occur. What measures do they have in place to detect a breach? If a breach is detected, what’s their communication plan for notifying customers? Will they attempt to investigate the breach and mitigate the damage? If you’re concerned that your personal information has been compromised by a data breach, you can find tips and suggestions at bbb.org/breach.

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CÓMO ASEGURARSE DE QUE SUS DATOS ESTÁN PROTEGIDOS Better Business Bureau No todos los negocios con las que interactúa un consumidor se comprometerán a proteger su información personal. Es importante que los consumidores toman la protección de su privacidad en sus propias manos, y aseguran de que las empresas que reciben sus datos lo salvaguardarán. La Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC) recibió cerca de 500.000 quejas de robo de identidad en 2015. Asegurarse de que su información personal está protegida es una de las mejores maneras de prevenir el robo de identidad. BBB alienta a los consumidores a encontrar la respuesta a estas preguntas antes de tratar con un negocio o presentar información en un sitio web. Empresas pueden utilizar estas preguntas como una estructura para asegurarse de que están respetando la privacidad y salvaguardar los datos de sus clientes: • Existe una política de privacidad en el sitio web? La Ley de Protección de la Privacidad en Línea de California (CalOPPA) dice que cualquier sitio web comercia o servicio en línea que “recoja información personalmente identificable a través del Internet sobre consumidores individuales que son residentes de California” necesita “publicar su política de privacidad en su sitio web”. La política debe incluir qué información se está recopilando y con quien se comparte, junto con otras cosas. Asegúrese de que cualquier sitio web que puede estar recopilando su información tiene una política de privacidad. Si el sitio no tiene uno, no sólo están infringiendo la ley, sino que también probablemente no están protegiendo su privacidad. • ¿Cómo se protegen sus datos? Cada empresa debe tener un plan de protección de datos y deben ser abierto y transparente acera de ello a sus clientes. Una estrategia de protección de datos debe detallar cómo se almacenan los datos, la seguridad del sistema de almacenar e información sobre el respalda, recuperación y movimiento de datos. Si usted no está convencido de la

manera que un negocio protege los datos o el negocio no es transparente, no debe sentir presionado para continuar con la interacción. • ¿Qué está recogido y compartido? La política de privacidad de un sitio web deber ser clara sobre qué datos se recogen y comparten. Si usted está interactuando con una empresa fuera de línea, usted sabrá qué datos los está suministrando. Sin embargo, es importante preguntar si sus datos van a ser compartidos con proveedores o socios, o si van a ser vendidos. Incluso si el negocio original está comprometido a proteger su privacidad, sus proveedores pueden no serlo. Después de averiguar qué entidades van a tener acceso a sus datos, determine las prácticas de seguridad de esas empresas también. • ¿Sigue el negocio los protocolos PCI? Los Estándares de Seguridad PCI protegen la información financiera y los datos de personas con tarjetas de crédito y débito. Los Estándares mantienen que “seguridad de pago es requerido para todas las entidades que archivan, procesan o transmiten datos de tarjeta”. Asegúrese de que cualquier empresa que usted suministre información financiera está comprometido a los protocolos PCI. • ¿Qué pasará si sus datos son robados? En 2016, el Centro de Recursos de Robo de Identidad reportó más de 1.000 incumplimientos de datos que expusieron más de 36 millones de archivos. Cada empresa debe tener un plan para prevenir los incumplimientos de datos. Además, la empresa debe tener un plan detallando lo que harán si una violación de datos se ocurre. ¿Qué medidas adoptan para detectar un incumplimiento? Si se detecta un incumplimiento, ¿Cuál es su plan de comunicación para noticiar a los clientes? ¿Intentarán investigar el incumplimiento y mitigar el daño? Si usted está preocupada que su información personal haya sido comprometida por una violación de datos, puede encontrar consejos y aviso en bbb. org/databreach.

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HEALTH

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ADVOCATES FEEL NEW URGENCY TO DEFEND MEDICARE

Defensores sienten nueva urgencia de defender Medicare Logan Pollard California News Service

PASADENA, Calif - El Representante Republicano Tom Price, de Georgia, inicio el 13 de febrero su primera semana completa como Secretario de Salud y Servicios Humanos ("Health and Human Services"). Y varios defensores de Medicare, como la AARP California, aprovechan el momento para llamar la atencion sobre el hecho de que no quieren que el congreso ni la nueva administracion le pongan parches a este crucial programa. Tom Price, republicano de Georgia, llega al Congreso bajo fuego democrata por su franca disposicion de pasar nuevamente los costos de la atencion de la salud a los beneficiarios. 50 millones de estadounidenses dependen de Medicare -incluidos 5 millones en Californiapara pagar sus medicamentos, consultas medicas y hospitalizaciones.

Logan Pollard California News Service PASADENA, Calif. - Rep. Tom Price began his first full week as secretary of Health and Human Services the week of February 13th, 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

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beneficios pagando el programa a lo largo de toda su vida laboral. Asi que hacemos un llamado urgente sobre este tema no solo a nuestros socios del estado, sino a todos los californianos, para que se involucren y descubran lo que esta pasando." Los defensores no saben aun los detalles de las reformas que se estan proponiendo, pero la AARP dijo en una declaracion escrita que un sistema de vales o cupones, propuesta que se menciona frecuentemente, "aumentaria dramaticamente los costos de cuidar la salud y los riesgos, a los jubilados actuales y futuros." Los defensores se quieren asegurar de que la nueva administracion sepa que estan listos para defender el programa, y que han estado presentando peticiones a los legisladores y al publico mismo, desde el pasado mes de enero. "Queremos asegurar que la gente reciba lo que se les prometio"

Hilda Delgado, gerente de comunicaciones sobre Medicare, en la AARP California, dice que su organizacion hace un llamado a la gente para que ponga atencion a los planes potenciales de privatizar o modificar este programa.

En una carta reciente a los miembros del Congreso, la AARP afirmo que se "objetaria cambios a la ley actual que reduzcan prestaciones, aumenten costos o reduzcan la posibilidad de que estos programas criticos cumplan sus promesas de beneficio.

"Los trabajadores se han ganado estos

Campana de la AARP: aarp.org.

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.

Photo Credit: "Older Californians depend on Medicare for affordable health care," says AARP California state director Nancy McPherson. Photo Credit: Alyssa L. Miller

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LAWMAKER INTRODUCES BILL TO COMBAT UNDERSTAFFING IN CALIFORNIA DIALYSIS CLINICS

U.S. FAMILY COURTS OFTEN AWARD CUSTODY TO ALLEGED ABUSER Suzanne Potter California News Service 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 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 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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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced legislation on February 15th to improve staffing at more than 550 dialysis clinics in California.    SB 349,  the Dialysis Patient Safety Act,  would mandate annual inspections of dialysis clinics and safer staffing levels. Current law requires inspections of dialysis clinics every six years, while nursing homes in California must be inspected every year, and hospitals every two years.    “Dialysis patients are grandparents, children and siblings not numbers on a balance sheet,” said Lara. “It’s time to fix the dialysis industry and improve patient care for the more than 63,000 Californians who rely on this life-saving treatment in clinics daily.”   Dialysis is necessary for people with kidney failure, who must have their blood removed, cleaned, and put back into their bodies. A typical treatment lasts three hours, and must be conducted three days a week for the rest of the patient’s life.   

The two largest dialysis corporations – DaVita and Fresenius – make $2.9 billion a year in profits from their dialysis operations in the United States, but workers say the companies pocket the money rather than improve patient care or provide adequate staffing in their clinics.   Dialysis workers regularly report staffing levels so low that it threatens patient care. One worker cited an incident last March at a dialysis clinic in Anaheim, Calif. in which a patient collapsed in the parking lot. The worker said it could have been prevented if more staff were onsite at the time. Seven states already have minimum staffing levels in dialysis clinics: Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.   Dialysis workers in California have been organizing into a union, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), for safer working conditions and stronger worker and patient protections. To learn more about the campaign, visit  www. morethannumbers.org.

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MAYOR LICCARDO UNVEILS SAN JOSE’S “TALE OF ONE CITY”

Mayor highlights city’s progress in restoring services and enhancing public safety, and outlines plans around Youth, Sustainability, Service and Beautification initiatives

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San Jose, Calif. – Mayor Sam Liccardo unveiled a “Tale of One City” during his 3rd  State of the City address on Saturday February 11th, showcasing how San Jose has come together to improve public safety, restores service and address inequity, and outlining his vision for the future where San Jose continue to lead the country in solving the biggest challenges facing cities today.   “San Jose offers our discordant nation another way,” said Mayor Liccardo. “In contrast to the ‘Tale of Two Nations’ that occupies daily headlines, we have a different story to tell. To our divided nation, and to a troubled world, San Jose unveils its ‘Tale of One City’.”   Citing how collaboration and perseverance remain a part of the city’s “basic DNA”, the mayor cited the significant progress made in the past two years addressing three of San Jose’s most pressing needs: • Restoring Basic Services: Thanks to voters’ overwhelming approval of new revenue measures in 2016, the mayor celebrated the City’s ability to restore police department staffing, activate our “browned out” fire companies, expand housing for the homeless, and repave more than 100 miles of city streets. All of these service enhancements were enacted this past year as part of the FY 2016-17 budget. •  Improv ing Public Safet y:  The mayor cited recent momentum towards rebuilding staffing levels in the San Jose Police Department thanks to voter approval of a pension settlement in November and a recent wage agreement that will make SJPD officers’ take-home pay competitive with neighboring cities. Already, the department has seen an increase in the size of its most recent academies. • Fighting Inequity: The mayor thanked the leaders of six other Santa Clara County cit-

ies that joined him in adopting minimum wage increases that will reach $15/hour by 2019, as well as the broad coalition of community partners addressing the homelessness crisis, whose recent successes have included finding homes for 590 previouslyhomeless veterans in the past year. In addition, Mayor Liccardo boasted of the city’s deep immigrant roots – which go back all the way to its founding – in delivering an impassioned message to San Jose’s immigrant community that “we’ve got your back”:   “To those who seek to divide new Americans from the rest of us: we denounce the politics of fear and exclusion. Our police officers will not engage in immigration enforcement that tears our families apart, and sows mistrust in our community. We will fight for our Muslim neighbors. We will fight for our Dreamers. We will fight for any community member earnestly striving to better their families’ lives.” Looking to the Future and the Year Ahead Stating how San Jose always has an eye towards the future – the second unifying theme of our “Tale of One City” – Mayor Liccardo also outlined new initiatives he will be championing in 2017 that will help San Jose thrive in the future, including: • A call for San Jose to set a new standard for sustainability and climate leadership through the development of a new Sustainability Plan during 2017; • Plans to launch a  San Jose Promise initiative this year with local colleges and philanthropic organizations to eliminate financial barriers to higher education. for struggling San Jose students; • A continued focus on embracing innovation to improve services through his Smart City Vision; and

• With seven transit lines, including BART, ultimately expected to converge in Downtown San Jose, a vision of creating a “Grand Central Station of the West” around Diridon  Station  with several million square feet of office space, restaurants, retail and housing.   Acknowledging that the future is now, Mayor Liccardo culminated his speech by officially launching two new initiatives to help achieve residents’ collective vision and aspirations for our city: #ServeSJ and #BeautifySJ.   #ServeSJ In unveiling  #Ser veSJ,  Mayor Liccardo outlined a vision of transforming San Jose into a national model of service by rallying all San Jose residents to embrace their collective commitment to serve. To propel this vision, the Mayor outlined two specific efforts: • Through a partnership with Encore and the Gen2Gen campaign, the City recently launched an effort to expand opportunities for older adults to serve their community, ranging from volunteer tutoring to more intensive opportunities such as City Hall fellowships. • Working collaboratively with a broad coa lit ion of non-prof it orga ni zat ions and foundations, the Mayor w ill seek to expand Service Year opportunities – where young Americorps members spend a year engaged in community service – for hundreds of San Jose young adults.   “This is our collective call to action: to serve. Imagine how we could transform our city with a renewed culture of service - one in which we all embrace our role as stewards for our neighborhoods… our youth… our earth.”   #BeautifySJ In announcing #BeautifySJ, Mayor Liccardo offered a renewed commitment to address persistent sources of blight in San Jose that have hampered the city ever since the preceding decade of budget cuts and which been a constant source of frustration for residents, businesses and visitors alike:   “For too many who see the current condition of our freeways, our parks, and our neighborhoods, San Jose doesn’t have a v isually appealing story to share. Trash, graffiti, and illegal dumping affect how we feel about our city. The aesthetic neglect tells visitors that they shouldn’t invest in San Jose, and more importantly, that we shouldn’t invest ourselves in our city… that our city doesn’t belong to us.    “Today, we’re going to empower our community to reclaim our public spaces.”   As part of the  #BeautifySJ  effort, Mayor Liccardo pledged to: • Improve C it y  beaut ifc at ion  ef for t s, including plans to expand the City’s free residential junk pick-up service in the coming months, boost enforcement of illegal dumping, and launch a new smartphone app that residents can use to report graffiti and neighborhood blight concerns. • Continue pushing other government

FEBRUARY 17 - 23, 2017 agencies to better maintain the areas of the city that fall within their jurisdiction. In particular, he cited recent success in urging CalTrans to partner with groups like the San Jose Conservation Corps, who will begin helping clean up San Jose freeways later this month. • Expand partnerships with residents, nonprofit groups and volunteers to address bl ig ht a nd neig hb orho o d a e s t he t ic s , through an expansion of small grants that can be used for beautification efforts and a sustained volunteer mobilization, engagement and recognition campaign.   A Call to Action The mayor closed his speech with an appeal for all San Jose residents to come together to renew our city and write the next chapter in San Jose’s “Tale of One City”:   “Friends, this will be our story: a story of a community uniting, to tackle our challenges, and to celebrate our successes, together. This will be our Tale of One City. As we share our story with a troubled nation, we demonstrate the possibilities of collaboration – the power of working together to create the most successful multicultural community on the planet.    “I invite each of you to join me in writing the next chapter of our story. Together, we can ignite a movement and lift our city. Together, we can inspire the next generation to join our collective work. Together, We Are San Jose.”   Notes About the Event The 2017 State of the City Celebration was held at Gunderson High School, continuing Mayor Liccardo’s tradition of holding the annual event at a different San Jose school each year. As in year’s past, the event featured Community Honorees from every City Council District and the Pride of San Jose Awards recognizing exemplary groups of City of San Jose employees: Community Honorees: -    Project Hope -    Los Paseos Neighborhood Association -    Desiree Barragan -    RCC Rock Canyon Circle Concerned Residents -    San Jose Conservation Corp. -    San Jose Auxiliary for Children -    Alma Neighborhood Association -    San Jose Sikh Gurdwara 5k Walk for Humanity -    Cambrian Park Kiwanis -    District 10 Faith Community Pride of San Jose Award Recipients: -    Marcus Rosado -    City Manager's Budget Office Team -    Illegal Dumping Mitigation and Response Team -    Peoplesoft Upgrade and Budget Project Team -    Sparta Student Housing Team -    Traffic Signal/Projects Lighting Maintenance Team -    Officer Michael Katherman


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NEW REPORT SHOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF WALKING Also highlighted are safety risks and offers recommendations for improving safety

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are available in the report, as are recommendations to improve walkability and safety in key areas, called the “E’s”: equity, education, engineering, enforcement, evaluation, engagement, and encouragement. For example, it recommends: • Using data and community engagement to prioritize planning and improve social equity; •Designing infrastructure that comfortable for all ages and abilities;

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HELICOPTER TREATMENTS TO REDUCE EMERGENCE OF ADULT WINTER SALT MARSH MOSQUITOES POSTPONED Due to weather conditions, the treatments will occur Thursday, February 23

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Santa Clara County, CA: A report released February 15th shows the connection between walking and health, environmental, and community benefits. The Walking for a Healthier Santa Clara County report, released by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and Traffic Safe Communities Network, also highlights the county’s most vulnerable pedestrians, locations of concern, and recommendations for improving walkability and safety. Key findings include: fifty percent of residents walk for reasons other than work such as to commute, shop or exercise; in a ten year period (2004-2013), the rate of pedestrian-involved motor vehicle crashes decreased slightly from 32.8 to 27.9 per 100,000 population; seniors have the highest pedestrian fatality rate; distractions and the aging population pose challenges for traffic safety professionals. Report data were obtained from local and national surveys, emergency department and trauma center reports, and a statewide database of police reports.   “Walking is the easiest and most affordable way to be physically active, and its benefits are well documented. Walking can help maintain a healthy weight, reduce risks of chronic disease, and support healthy aging,” said Santa Clara County’s Health Officer and Public Health Director, Dr. Sara Cody.

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•Establishing educational programs that complement enforcement efforts; •Encouraging and supporting walking programs in schools, community settings, and worksites. “Local efforts to create walkable communities mirror those occurring across the country and strive to make walking a safe transportation and recreation alternative for all residents,” says County Supervisor Mike Wasserman.   The Traffic Safe Communities Network is a community collaborative of health professionals, law enforcement officers, injury prevention specialists, elected officials, engineers, planners, advocates, and others. To access the report visit www. sccphd.org/traffic.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – In light of the predicted rain beginning Thursday February 16th, the helicopter coastal areas treatments planned for that day in the ITT Marsh and the Palo Alto flood basin, in Palo Alto, and Zanker Marsh near Alviso have been postponed to Thursday, February 23.     The treatment scheduled by the Santa Clara County Vector Control District (SCCVCD) is intended to reduce the emergence of adult mosquitoes with a biological control agent and insect growth regulator applied by helicopter.   Commonly called the “winter salt marsh mosquito,”  Aedes squamiger  lays its eggs in the moist soil in late spring and early summer.  These eggs can lay dormant for many years, even after repeated flooding.  High tides and seasonal rains, together with the short days and cooler temperatures of winter, cause the eggs to hatch as early as November. If left untreated, this species is known to bite viciously during the day and can fly over 15 miles from its breeding grounds to feed on humans and other mammals.    SCCVCD has been closely monitoring the

development of mosquito larvae in the areas to be treated. Current field conditions and mosquito growth trends indicate a high probability that a significant number of salt marsh mosquitoes will become adults in early to mid-March if left untreated.  The mosquito fly-off may affect residents from the north coastal areas of the county to as far south as the southernmost part of the City of San José and east to Milpitas. The aerial treatment is intended to minimize the number of mosquitoes and reduce the risk of mosquito bites to residents in the surrounding communities.   The SCCVCD encourages residents to report mosquito-breeding sources and take preventive measures, such as wearing longsleeved shirts and long pants, and applying repellent if they plan to be outdoors where mosquitoes are biting.    For more information about mosquito prevention and free assistance on mosquito control, residents may call the District office at  (408) 918-4770,  fill out a service request online at SCCvector.org or use the SCCvector app, downloadable at SCCvector.org/app.


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LOS CALIFORNIANOS ENCUENTRAN UNA BARRERA MÁS PARA IR A LA PLAYA: EL DINERO

generaciones. Las playas son usadas por diferentes grupos étnicos y muchos de ellos tienen una relación personal con el océano. No podemos limitarla”. 2016 marcó el 40 aniversario del Coastal Act, una pieza histórica que tuvo gran respaldo en la legislatura californiana por la necesidad de proteger 1,100 millas de acceso costero. Sin embargo a pesar de la legislación en el papel, hoy los habitantes enfrentan un riesgo combinado del aumento de los niveles del mar y una creciente presión para construir alojamientos de mayor costo. "Una meta básica del California Coastal Act es maximizar el acceso público a la costa ", dijo Amy Hutzel, subdirectora ejecutiva de la Conservación Costera del Estado, un organismo no regulador que apoya proyectos para proteger los recursos costeros y aumentar las oportunidades para que el público disfrute de la costa. "L a s a gencia s de m a nejo c o s t ero del estado están muy interesadas en fundar la infraestructura necesaria para que las comunidades de bajos recursos o personas con discapacidades puedan acceder a estos sitios”, agregó Hutzel se refirió a la inversión en baños, áreas de picnics, zonas para parqueaderos y también a excursiones pedagógicas que llevan a estudiantes a las playas en caminatas nocturnas.

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Jenny Manrique Especial al El Observador Durante mucho tiempo los dueños de propieda des a lo la rgo de la cost a de California han bloqueado el acceso público a la playa con puertas, vallas, cercas, falsas señales de "no estacionar" o “propiedad privada” y canchas de tenis construidas ilegalmente. Aunque esa ha sido la principal barrera para que las comunidades de bajos recursos puedan disfrutar de las costas, un nuevo informe del Instituto de Medio Ambiente y Sustentabilidad de la UCLA y la Universidad Estatal de San Francisco, presentado en un panel organizado por New America Media, demuestra que no es la única. Según los investigadores de la UCLA los costos de transportarse hasta la playa, los cargos por estacionamiento, o el alojamiento nocturno, son factores que desaniman a muchas de estas comunidades de ir a relajarse o surfear tan a menudo como les gustaría, especialmente si son familias asalariadas que viven lejos de la costa. "Los californianos valoran nuestras playas públicas como un lugar para reunirse con amigos y familiares, disfrutar de la naturaleza y relajarse, pero el costo de llegar a la costa y quedarse allí es casi prohibitivo para muchas familias, haciendo que el acceso no sea equitativo”, dijo Jon Christensen, coau-

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El informe, llamado "El costo de visitar la costa mantiene a muchos californianos lejos", encuestó a 1.800 votantes registrados en California de los cuales el 90% respondió que la condición del océano y las playas es importante para ellos mientras un 62% dijo estar preocupado por el acceso público limitado y el costo de parqueo.

Aunque varios activistas ambientales están de acuerdo en que la inversión en proyectos y educa ción son la sa lida , la rea lidad económica y cultural para las comunidades de bajos recursos, como la latina, es otra.

Los investigadores encontraron, por ejemplo, que el valor promedio de una excursión a la playa es de $37, y el costo de viajar a la playa y al hogar nuevamente, sin incluir los costos de estacionamiento, comida y actividades, es de $ 22 . Así mismo el estudio calculó que el promedio que un californiano está dispuesto a pagar es alrededor de $118 por noche por el alojamiento en las zonas de playa, pero según la Comisión Costera de California, una habitación económica oscila entre $135 y $260 por noche. La Comisión también informó que 24.720 habitaciones económicas se han perdido en la costa desde 1989, como resultado de cierres de hoteles y mejoras en varios de ellos. Hoy día, las habitaciones económicas representan sólo el 5% de las habitaciones disponibles en la costa. “Debemos cambiar la narrativa para que el acceso a la costa sea más incluyente”, dijo Christensen. “No se trata solo de conservación sino de acceso para las siguientes

Marce Gutiérrez-Graudins, fundadora y directora la ONG Azul, una organización nacional sin fines de lucro que trabaja en temas de conservación desde el liderazgo latino, dijo que los resultados de la encuesta ilustran lo difícil que es para las personas de bajos ingresos llegar a lugares naturales. “Hay mucha gente que vive a 20 minutos de la playa y no la ha visto. En Los Ángeles por ejemplo implicaría 2 o 3 horas de un solo día para ir en autobús a la playa. Es el mismo tiempo que se tomaría alguien manejando desde Bakersfield. Esa práctica es alienante y desconoce que nuestros océanos necesitan diversidad”, aseguró la activista. Sin sorpresa, la encuesta también encontró que quienes menos visitan la playa son los afroamericanos, los residentes del Valle Central y las personas de 65 años o más. Gutiérrez le contó a El Observador que las actitudes de los privados que han cerrado los accesos para comunidades de color, son cada vez más castigadas por las cortes que ya no se tardan tantos años en imponer infracciones a quienes se apropian de un

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bien público. “El voz a voz en la comunidad latina es muy poderoso. Si saben de alguien que lo corrieron de la playa irregular o ilegalmente, eso amedrenta las experiencias de la gente y no vuelven. Pero les queremos hacer saber sus derechos. Todas las playas son públicas y la Comisión Costera recibe estas quejas”. Un caso emblemático sucedió el pasado diciembre en Malibú, cuando por primera vez la Comisión Costera multó a una pareja de propietarios en Las Flores Beach por $4,2 millones por negar a los surfistas y bañistas el acceso a la playa que daba al frente de su propiedad. La pareja venía rentando su casa por un valor de $1,000 la noche, ofreciendo acceso a playa privada y la Comisión había luchado durante nueve años con los dueños para que quitaran una puerta, una cerca, una escalera y una cubierta no autorizadas que bloqueaban el paso a los visitantes de la costa. “La gente no sabe que las playas son de ellos. Muchos latinos no solo no se sienten bienvenidos cuando ven señales de “prohibido el paso”, sino que la gente los señala como pandilleros porque por ejemplo, juegan fútbol en la playa”, añadió Gutiérrez. “Tenemos que cambiar los conceptos culturales porque esto es racismo ambiental”. Gutiérrez señaló que el acceso a la costa era importante para la salud física y mental de las personas, citando un estudio de la Universidad de Michigan que encontró que aumentar la vista de espacios abiertos azules como el mar, puede ayudar a disminuir el estrés psicológico tan presente en comunidades de color. Otros panelistas como Kera AbrahamPanni del Acuario de Monterrey, destacaron los altos grados de polución plástica en las costas y cómo muchas veces la primera visita de los niños a la playa es para limpiarla. “8 millones de toneladas de plástico entran al océano por año. En el futuro tendremos más plástico que peces”, dijo la experta. “Este es un riesgo para la salud humana y hemos encontrado que las comunidades de color están más preocupadas por este tema que el resto de los californianos”. Ca lifor nia aprobó en nov iembre la proposición 67, convirtiéndose en el primer estado en prohibir la venta de bolsas plásticas de un solo uso en supermercados. Así como esta medida puede repercutir a la larga en playas más limpias, los investigadores recomendaron que el gobierno estatal aumente el transporte público a la costa, fomente la construcción de estacionamientos y alojamientos asequibles durante la noche y cree programas de subvención que ayuden a proporcionar oportunidades educativas y recreativas para familias de bajos ingresos y de clase media.


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in 2014. Of that number, 30 percent were rechargeable batteries available to be recycled. The Call2Recycle program makes it easy to be a responsible battery user with its network of more than 30,000 drop-off locations including retail stores in your own community that you may already visit regularly. Find a battery collection site near you by visiting www.call2recycle.org/locator. Buy recycled products.

You can be part of the solution to reduce waste by learning how to properly recycle the products you use every day. Celebrate America Recycles Day — Tuesday, Nov. 15 — by incorporating the following into your recycling routine. Check household “recyclable” items. Aluminum cans and plastic bottles are the most commonly recycled items, but lots of other items found around the house can be recycled, as well. Start recycling plastic bags and paper towels right in your curbside bin. Pin a sign in the kitchen to remind kids they can throw napkins and sandwich baggies in, too. Designate a separate container for rechargeable batteries from old cordless products and look up the nearest participating collection site so you know exactly where to go when the container is full. Dump your stash. Are you a battery hoarder? Do you have a drawer in the house filled with dead batteries? You aren’t alone. Establish a monthly routine when you sort through the junk drawer and gather up old electronics and used batteries to drop off while running other errands. A study commissioned by Call2Recycle, Inc. found that an estimated 6.7 billion batteries were sold into U.S. markets

Recycling gives new life to old products by turning them into new ones. By using recycled materials in their products, manufacturers conserve energy and natural resources and reduce waste in landf ills. Checking the labels for products that are recycled and eco-friendly when making a purchase is the easiest way to be a responsible consumer. Participate in a local community recycling event — or create your own. Thousands of events are organized nationwide on America Recycles Day to raise awareness about the benefits of recycling and buying products made from recycled materials. Get involved! Host your own battery-specific recycling drive and invite your community to contribute their battery “hoards.” Your neighbors will thank you.

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Notice of Petition to Administer Estate of Thelma D. O’Keeffe No.17PR180318 A Petition for Probate has been filed by Evan Alessio in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara. The Petition for Probate requests that Evan Alessio be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent, Thelma D. O’Keeffe. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administer of Estate Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take any actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consent to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person Files and objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 03/24/2017 at 9:00am, Dept. 12, located at 191 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. If you object to the granting of this petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or contingent creditor

of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either: 1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or 2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Tracy Poston Shows 3500 Douglas Blvd., Suite 250 Roseville, CA 95661 (916)786-7515 February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 Notice of Petition to Administer Estate of Rito Niki No.115PR176220 A Petition for Probate has been filed by Gene Marchi in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara. The Petition for Probate

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requests that Gene Marchi be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent, Rito Niki. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administer of Estate Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take any actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consent to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person Files and objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 03/02/2017 at 9:00am, Dept. 12, located at 191 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. If you object to the granting of this petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either: 1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative as defined in

section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or 2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Daniel A. Conrad 1550 Bryant St, Suite 760 San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 359-0900 February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV306230 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Nam Thi Tran. Petitioner(s) Nam Thi Tran has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Nam Thi Tran to Hong Thi Tran. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV306178 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Leonard Hoan Le. Petitioner(s) Leonard Hoan Le has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Leonard Hoan Le to Hoan Tuan Le. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 04/18/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. February 9, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 17, 24; March 3, 10, 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV306196 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Candelaria Valencia - Czarnowski. Petitioner(s) Candelaria Valencia - Czarnowski has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Valentina Juliette Czarnowski to Valentina Valencia Czarnowski. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 04/25/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. February 9, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 17, 24; March 3, 10, 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV306194 Superior Court of California,

County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Bijin Zhu and Aihong Zhu. Petitioner(s) Bijin Zhu and Aihong Zhu have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Hangxiang Zhu to Jason Zhu. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 04/18/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. February 9, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 17, 24; March 3, 10, 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV306239 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Kim Lien Thi Le. Petitioner(s) Kim Lien Thi Le has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Kim Lien Thi Le to Kimlien Thi Le. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 04/25/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. February 9, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 17, 24; March 3, 10, 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV306270 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Shu Pei Chang. Petitioner(s) Shu Pei Chang has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Shu Pei Chang to Iris Chang. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 04/25/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circula-

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tion, printed in the county of Santa Clara. February 10, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 17, 24; March 3, 10, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 626120 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Taqueria Los Peligrosos 163 Willow St, San Jose, CA, 95110, Santa Clara County. Lino Munoz and Yolanda Hemosillo 1116 S. 9th St, San Jose, CA, 95112. This business is conducted by a general partnership; registrants have begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 02/02/2017. “I declare that all 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.) Lino Munoz February 17, 24; March 3, 10, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 02/02/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 626340 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Light World Pictures 326 El Molino Way, San Jose, CA, 95119, Santa Clara County. Ryan Keenan 326 El Molino Way, San Jose, CA, 95119. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has not begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon. “I declare that all 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.) Ryan Keenan February 17, 24; March 3, 10, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 02/09/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 626235 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Dance Appeal 12330 Kosich Ct, Saratoga, CA, 95070, Santa Clara County. Tatiana Lissitskaia 12330 Kosich Ct, Saratoga, CA, 95070. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 01/01/2017. “I declare that all 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.) Tatiana Lissitskaia February 17, 24; March 3, 10, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 02/07/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 626487 The following person(s) is (are) doing business HumEm-Te 435 East Saint John St, San Jose, CA, 95112, Santa

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Clara County. Seyed Abdollah Banitaba 435 East Saint John St, San Jose, CA, 95115. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has not begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon. “I declare that all 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.) Seyed Abdollah Banitaba February 17, 24; March 3, 10, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 02/14/2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 626457 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Fellow Robots 1460 Koll Circle, Suite A, San Jose, CA, 95112, Santa Clara County. Fellow, INC 1460 Koll Circle, Suite A, San Jose, CA, 95112. This business is conducted by a corporation; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 01/09/2017. “I declare that all 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.) Utkarsh Sinha Secretary February 17, 24; March 3, 10, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 02/13/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625121 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Bay Cleaning Services 8339 Church St, Suite 212, Gilroy, CA, 95020, Santa Clara County. Phong Huu Nguyen and Thelma Nguyen 2390 Lucretia Ave #1705, San Jose, CA, 95122. This business is conducted by a married couple; registrants have begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 01/09/2017. “I declare that all 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.) Phong Huu Nguyen February 17, 24; March 3, 10, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/09/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 626135 The following person(s) is (are) doing business VSC Satellite Co. 1340 Charleston Road, Mountain View, CA, 94043, Santa Clara County. Vitacom Services Corporation 2560 W. Middlefield Road, Mountain View, CA, 94043. This business is conducted by a corporation; registrant has not begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon. “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true informa-


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tion which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Bruce W. Bell President and CEO February 17, 24; March 3, 10, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 02/03/2017

petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. February 6, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 626438 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Nairika’s Day Care 1695 Whitwood Lane #2, Campbell, CA, 95008, Santa Clara County. Armita Bakhtmand 1695 Whitwood Lane #2, Campbell, CA, 95008. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant have begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 02/01/2017. “I declare that all 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.) Armita Bakhtmand February 17, 24; March 3, 10, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 02/13/2017

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV305117 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Susana Herrera. Petitioner(s) Susana Herrera has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Izack Agustin Ibarra to Izack Agustin Herrera, b. Kayla Briana Ibarra to Kayla Briana Herrera, c. Jacob Meliton Ibarra to Jacob Meliton Herrera. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 03/21/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. January 13, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 626478 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Pho 24 Vietnamese Cuisine 747 S Winchester Blv Unit #100, San Jose, CA, 95128, Santa Clara County. Pho 24 BAC CALI CORP 747 S Winchester Blv Unit #100, San Jose, CA, 95128. This business is conducted by a corporation; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 03/05/2012. “I declare that all 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.) Bang Do President February 17, 24; March 3, 10, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 02/13/2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV306015 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Mansooreh Moradzadeh Fardnejad. Petitioner(s) Mansooreh Moradzadeh Fardnejad has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Mansooreh Moradzadeh Fardnejad to Anita M. Moradi. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 04/18/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV303588 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Lucia Veronica Rojas Navas. Petitioner(s) Lucia Veronica Rojas Navas has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Javier Enrique Flores Navas to Javier Enrique Rojas Navas. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 04/11/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. February 3, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV305910 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Celia Cabrera Hernandez and Jose Guadalupe Sanchez Jimenez. Petitioner(s) Celia Cabrera

EL OBSERVADOR | www.el-observador.com Hernandez and Jose Guadalupe Sanchez Jimenez have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Derek Josue Cabrera Hernandez to Derek Josue Sanchez Cabrera. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 04/11/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. January 2, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV305877 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Elizabeth Lynn and Jason Ferguson. Petitioner(s) Elizabeth Lynn and Jason Ferguson have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Piper Noelle Lynn Ferguson to Piper Noelle Lynn-Ferguson. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 04/04/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. January 2, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV305330 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Jiyun Wu. Petitioner(s) Jiyun Wu have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Jiyun Wu to Elena Wu Le. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 03/28/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the

petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. January 18, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV306047 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Rocio Espinoza. Petitioner(s) Rocio Espinoza has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Hector Santana Espinoza to Hector Espinoza. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 04/18/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. February 6, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625810 The following person(s) is (are) doing business El Compadre Western Wear 1171 S King Rd, San Jose, CA, 95122, Santa Clara County. JYCJE.INC 3097 Markingdon Ave, San Jose, 95127. This business is conducted by a corporation; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 01/15/2017. “I declare that all 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.) Javier Jauregui Diaz President February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/27/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 626169 The following person(s) is (are) doing business RGD Concrete 155 Silcreek Dr, San Jose, CA, 95116, Santa Clara County. Jose P Ceron 155 Silcreek Dr, San Jose, 95116. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 12/31/2010. “I declare that all 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.) Jose P Ceron February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 2017

This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 02/03/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625567 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Infinite Appliance LLC 2550 Seaboard Ave, San Jose, CA, 95131, Santa Clara County. Infinite Appliance, LLC 2550 Seaboard Ave, San Jose, 95131. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 01/01/2017. “I declare that all 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.) Rafael Duarte-Rocha President February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/20/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625526 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Park Central Apartments 1050 Benton Street, Santa Clara, CA, 95050, Santa Clara County. Prom XX, INC., a California corporation, its general partner 1900 S. Norfolk., Suite 150, San Mateo, 94403. This business is conducted by a Limited Partnership; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 01/31/2012. “I declare that all 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.) Kevin Wilkinson Vice President February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/20/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625527 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Cupertino Park Center 20380 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino, CA, 95014, Santa Clara County. Sunset Ridge Development CO., INC., a California corporation, its general partner 1900 S. Norfolk., Suite 150, San Mateo, 94403. This business is conducted by a Limited Partnership; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 01/27/2012. “I declare that all 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.) Kevin Wilkinson Vice President February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/20/2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625528 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Park Place 851 Church Street, Mountain View, CA, 94041, Santa Clara County. Prom XX, INC., a California corporation, its general partner 1900 S. Norfolk., Suite 150, San Mateo, 94403. This business is conducted by a Limited Partnership; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 01/27/2012. “I declare that all 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.) Kevin Wilkinson Vice President February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/20/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625529 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Mountain View Centre 650 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA, 94041, Santa Clara County. Prom XX, INC., a California corporation, its general partner 1900 S. Norfolk., Suite 150, San Mateo, 94403. This business is conducted by a Limited Partnership; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 01/27/2012. “I declare that all 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.) Kevin Wilkinson Vice President February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/20/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625530 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Mansion Grove Apartments 502 Mansion Park Drive, CA, 95054, Santa Clara County. Santa Clara Citimarc Devco, INC., a California corporation, its general partner 1900 S. Norfolk., Suite 150, San Mateo, 94403. This business is conducted by a Limited Partnership; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 01/27/2012. “I declare that all 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.) Kevin Wilkinson Vice President February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/20/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625039 The following person(s) is (are) doing business

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Computer Cellphone Repair 1692 Tully Rd, Suite #17, San Jose, CA, 95122, Santa Clara County. Computer Cellphone Repair, LLC 1692 Tully Rd, Suite #17, San Jose, CA, 95122. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 01/04/2017. “I declare that all 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.) Said Akbery CEO February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/04/2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 626160 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Alva Holdings 18234 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd., Monte Sereno, CA, 95030, Santa Clara County. Marcia Alva 18234 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd., Monte Sereno, CA, 95030. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 02/03/2017. “I declare that all 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.) Marcia Alva February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 02/03/2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV305708 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Bich Thuy Hoang. Petitioner Bich Thuy Hoang has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Bich Thuy Hoang to Jenny Hoang. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 04/04/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. January 30, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV305140 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Jose Manuel Ledesma. Petitioner Jose Manuel Ledesma has filed a petition for Change of

Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Jose Manuel Ledesma to Jose Manuel Ledezma Limon. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 03/21/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. January 13, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV305785 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Dior Melia Tanonaka. Petitioner Dior Melia Tanonaka has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Dior Melia Tanonaka to Dior Melia Ikeda. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 04/11/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. January 31, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV304896 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Won Suk Shin and Min Kyong Kim. Petitioners Won Suk Shin and Min Kyong Kim have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Jacob Jiwoo Shin to Jacob Seunghyu Shin. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 03/14/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. January 06, 2017


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FEBRUARY 17 - 23, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV305818 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Akhtar Zaheer Ahmed and Nazish Akhtar. Petitioners Akhtar Zaheer Ahmed and Nazish Akhtar have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Akhtar Muhammad Ahsan to Ahsan Muhammad Akhtar. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 04/11/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. February 1, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV302827 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Rafaela Monica Cisneros. Petitioner Rafaela Monica Cisneros has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Rafaela Monica Cisneros to Rafaela Monica Carrillo Cisneros. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 03/21/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. January 19, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV304471 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Adelani Wahab and Ayodele Wahab. Petitioners Adelani A.m Wahab and Ayodele Wahab have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Faeq Modebareoluwa Wahab to Adebare Faeq Wahab. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated

below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 03/07/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. December 28, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV304943 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Michelle Si Nguyen. Petitioner Michelle Si Nguyen has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Michelle Si Nguyen to Michelle Simone Donson. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 03/14/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. January 9, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV305545 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Hasan Sharif and Afsha Amreen. Petitioners Hasan Sharif and Afsha Amreen have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Amaira Mahreen to Amaira Fathima. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 03/28/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. January 24, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV304426 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In

the matter of the Petition of: Hong Sik Ahn and Sungah Kim. Petitioners Hong Sik Ahn and Sungah Kim have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Somin Ahn to Sophie Somin Ahn. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 02/28/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. December 27, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625665 The following person(s) is (are) doing business 1. The Alameda BBQ 2. Asadero 8021 Carmel St, Gilroy, CA, 95020, Santa Clara County. The Alameda BBQ, LLC 8021 Carmel St, Gilroy, CA, 95020. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company; registrant has not begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed. “I declare that all 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.) Lawrence L Ingram Jr Managing Member February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/24/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625968 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Zamaak Pest Control 830 Hamilton Ave Suite #864, Palo Alto, 94301, Santa Clara County. Amado Tiznado 830 Hamilton Ave Suite #864, Palo Alto, 94301. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has not begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed. “I declare that all 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.) Amado Tiznado February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 02/01/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625676 The following person(s) is (are) doing business The Last Disciple 3095 Allenwood Drive, San Jose, CA, 95148, Santa Clara County. Alexander Borromeo 3095 Allenwood Drive, San Jose, CA, 95148. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has

begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 01/01/2017. “I declare that all 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.) Alexander Borromeo February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/24/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625970 The following person(s) is (are) doing business National Trust 15732 Los Gatos Blvd Unit 106, Los Gatos, CA, 95032, Santa Clara County. Paul R Nelson 15732 Los Gatos Blvd Unit 106, Los Gatos, CA, 95032. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 02/01/2017. “I declare that all 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.) Paul R Nelson February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 02/01/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625924 The following person(s) is (are) doing business David and Sons Charters 165 Blossom Hill Rd SPC125, San Jose, CA, 95123, Santa Clara County. David Marcos Sanchez 165 Blossom Hill Rd SPC125, San Jose, CA, 95123. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 01/31/2017. “I declare that all 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.) David Marcos Sanchez February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/31/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625750 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Mix International Auto Body 1051 Richard Ave, Santa Clara, CA, 95010, Santa Clara County. Agustin Andrade 1051 Richard Ave, Santa Clara, CA, 95010. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 10/14/2008. “I declare that all 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.) Agustin Andrade February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/26/2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625965 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Good Guys Towing 1474 Mount Palomar Dr, San Jose, CA, 95127, Santa Clara County. Jose Luis Lepe H 1474 Mount Palomar Dr, San Jose, CA, 95127. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 01/31/2016. “I declare that all 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.) Jose Luis Lepe H February 3, 10, 17, 24 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 02/01/2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV302810 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Thanh Ngo and Diep Vo. Petitioners Thanh Ngo and Diep Vo have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Dung Vo Phuong Ngo to Jessi Ngo. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 03/28/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. January 24, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle​ Judge of the Superior Court​ January 27; February 3, 10, 17 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV305572 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Peter Nhan Chi Do. Petitioner Peter Nhan Chi Do has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Peter Nhan Chi Do to Tyler Nhan Chi Do. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 03/28/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. January 24, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle​ Judge of the Superior Court​

January 27; February 3, 10, 17 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV304853 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the Petition of: Nick Mikesell. Petitioner Nick Mikesell has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Alana Marie Dunham to Alana Marie Mikesell. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 03/14/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. January 05, 2017 Thomas E. Kuhnle​ Judge of the Superior Court​ January 27; February 3, 10, 17 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625364 The following person(s) is (are) doing business South Bay Properties 684 Modern Ice Dr. San Jose, CA, 95112, Santa Clara County. Ronald Eugene Rowden 684 Modern Ice Dr. San Jose, CA, 95112. This business is conducted by an individual; registrants has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 01/13/2017. “I declare that all 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.) Ronald E. Rowden January 27; February 3, 10, 17 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/13/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625344 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Le Blanc Candles 1518 Roberts Avenue, San Jose, CA, 95122, Santa Clara County. Mavell Sagastume 1518 Roberts Avenue, San Jose, 95122 and Patricia Marie Rivera 1811 Rosswood Dr, San Jose, CA, 95124. This business is conducted by a general partnership; registrants have begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 01/13/2017. “I declare that all 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.) Mavell Sagastume January 27; February 3, 10, 17 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/13/2017

CLASSIFIEDS / LEGALS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625575 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Thinkworx Consulting 1698 Berona Way, San Jose, CA, 95122, Santa Clara County. Luis Cabrera Jr 1698 Berona Way, San Jose, CA, 95122. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 01/23/2017. “I declare that all 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.) Luis Cabrera Jr January 27; February 3, 10, 17 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/23/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625027 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Baytel Communications 60 Pleasant Ridge Ave, San Jose, CA, 95127, Santa Clara County. Bernardo Perez 60 Pleasant Ridge Ave, San Jose, CA, 95127. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 01/04/2017. “I declare that all 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.) Bernardo Perez January 27; February 3, 10, 17 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/04/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625507 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Meriloo 1366 Lassen Ave, Milpitas, CA, 95035, Santa Clara County. Dinh Chi Lu 1366 Lassen Ave, Milpitas, CA, 95035. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has not begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon. “I declare that all 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.) Dinh Chi Lu January 27; February 3, 10, 17 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/19/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 624914 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Speak and Learn Speech Services 2066 Clarmar Way Suite C, San Jose, CA, 95128, Santa Clara County. Patricia Mendez 2066 Clarmar Way Suite C, San Jose, CA, 95128. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has not begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon.

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“I declare that all 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.) Patricia Mendez January 27; February 3, 10, 17 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 12/30/2016 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 623101 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Holanda Janitorial 36 North Jackson Ave Apt. #105, San Jose, CA, 95116, Santa Clara County. Pedro Villa 36 North Jackson Ave Apt. #105, San Jose, CA, 95116. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 11/01/2016 “I declare that all 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.) Pedr Villa January 27; February 3, 10, 17 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 11/01/2016 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625369 The following person(s) is (are) doing business California Breeders Cup 1157 E. Taylor St., San Jose, CA, 95112, Santa Clara County. Giancarlo I Fernandez 1365 Michigan Ave., Alviso, CA, 95002. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has not begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon. “I declare that all 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.) Giancarlo I. Fernandez January 27; February 3, 10, 17 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/17/2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 625357 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Froogle Real Estate 97 South 2nd Street Suite 100, San Jose, CA, 95113, Santa Clara County. Charlie Galaviz 3024 Meadowlands Lane, San Jose, CA, 95135. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has not begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon. “I declare that all 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.) Charlie Galaviz January 27; February 3, 10, 17 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 01/13/2017


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REVIEW: TOM CLANCY’S "GHOST RECON: WILDLANDS" TECHNICAL TEST

In the deserts of Bolivia, “Ghost Recon: Wildlands” takes players on an adventure as classified soldiers dealing with cartels. Photo Credit: Ubisoft

Eduardo Hilario El Observador By now you may have heard of the newest installment in the Tom Clancy game series, "Ghost Recon", which recently had a tech test, in advance of its open beta. "Ghost Recon: Wildlands” is a tactical third person shooter based around an elite team of soldiers called “The Ghost” infiltrating the country of Bolivia and dismantling the drug cartel in that country, known as the Santa Blanca cartel, after a DEA agent is kidnapped and tortured by Santa Blanca and determining their connection between them and the local government. Last weekend I got a chance to participate in the closed technical test for the game. Here are some of my first impressions of the game so far. When starting the technical test, I was given a brief rundown of the story so far from the starting point of the game, in which the DEA agent, Ricky Sandoval, is kidnapped and tortured by the Santa Blanca cartel in order to get any information about the DEA and what their involvement in Bolivia is. He is obviously found dead. That’s when you and your team, The Ghosts, are deployed to Bolivia to find out as much as you can about the cartel and deconstruct their empire one piece at a time leading up to eliminating the boss of the cartel, El Sueño, along with The Beauty Queen and El Cardenal. Once you start, you are taken to a character creation menu, where you can create your own character. Almost everything is customizable, from your facial features to any type of tattoos you want on your character. The game wastes no time in dropping you into its

massive world which encompasses most if not all of the country of Bolivia for you to explore. Unfortunately, all of it was not available to us in the tech test, but what was there, which was one are called Itacua, one of the 20 massive regions in the area, was large enough that simply walking from end to end would take a couple of hours. You are one of four operatives in The Ghost. You can choose to either play the campaign solo or with friends online and there is where the true fun of the game lies. After teaming up with my friends in an online match, we started our journey with some of the story missions available to us in the tech test, which was to find and eliminate the local drug lords that had oversight of the area and its operations, “El Pollito” and “La Yuri”, a couple, who happen to be surgeons that are used to torture the enemies of the Santa Blanca cartel. Six missions were available to use, the final being a showdown with this dastardly couple. Also available to us, were side missions who help level up your character and earned you points to unlock new abilities for you and your squad. The upgrade tree has some neat upgrades like night vision, thermal vision, explosive drones, more damage resistance, etc. With the release of Wildlands just around the corner, the developers have stated that they will have another open beta prior to the game launching on March 7th. I came out of that beta confident that this game will keep my interest for a very long time, especially with the inclusion of co-op for the entirety of the campaign. There’s lots of fun to have in the dangerous and explosive lands of this game's version of Bolivia. "Ghost Recon: Wildlands" releases March 7th for Windows, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

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EVERYTHING THAT'S LATINIDAD MACLA unites with artists and a legendary DJ to bring about a music and art venture trying to answer the riddle of what it means to be Latino in the modern age

The entire weekend of February 17th will be a unique performance at MACLA in downtown San Jose. It will be loud and there will be dancing. DJ Latinidad’s Latino Dance Party is a 3-day collaboration between MACLA, the National Performance Network (NPN) and organized by artists Mark Valdez and the seminal Louis Flores, aka DJ BreakBeat Lou. Mark Valdez is among other things an educator, organizer and artist from Los Angeles who is teaming up with the NPN and MACLA to do his second collaboration in the Bay Area. A blend of music, art and performance, “DJ Latinidad's Latino Dance Party” is a look into the Latino culture from the eyes of a generation met with changing styles, identities and eclectic backgrounds, united in the theme of Latinidad. After first meeting staff from MACLA at a convention and sharing ideas, Valdez says what flourished was an attempt to merge the new generations of Latino artists and playwrights with music. “When we first started working on it was probably 2015 and we talked about ideas and how to make it work. One of the big questions that was going through my mind was the roles of Latino’s in the United States and it was all very different, like we were somewhere else in activism, a new energy and new kind of activism. It felt like there was a new generation of Latino leaders and it made me think, what is Latinidad now?” His role in creating this collection of art and a dance party came from looking at what Latino's are generally represented as and going beyond those narratives. “I think sometimes in the news you hear about the success story, the person who overcomes all the odds, goes to college and then you also hear about the people that are the knuckleheads getting into trouble but

Louis Flores, known as DJ BreakBeat Lou, answered the call and began corresponding with Valdez. Known in the music world as a producer, DJ, scratcher and Hip Hop pioneer, his inclusion was a great surprise to Valdez once he realized the effect Flores had on the music world in the span of his career. “We started to have a conversation and just hit it off. I’m embarrassed to say this but I didn’t know his stature, his place in music history and for me I was just talking to this cool guy. As the conversation kept going I went, ‘my goodness, you’re a big deal!’” Once the partnership solidified and Flores and Valdez agreed on working together, it was a ebb and flow creatively, intersecting ideas and crossover from their two worlds, music and clubs and theater and performance art. “Partnering was trying to translate. It was very collaborative to create this world,” says Valdez.

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to think about, ‘it would be fun if we had a DJ’, [be] more dance than performance, stretch the limits of how we think about theater .”

they’re at the extremes, it’s like those are the stories that dominate pop culture so I wanted to engage a conversation on where are we? What does it mean now? What are the questions that we should be asking, what are the assumptions that we should challenge?” It was in this thought process that he and his collaborators decided that the project would be a collection of commissions from a varied range of Latino's, all trying to create pieces around the theme of the Latino diaspora, and what it meant in this day and age. “What is Latinidad?” The idea of the word 'Latinidad' stems from a collection of attributes, identities and common shared processes in the Latin American world. As diverse as the cultures are of the many regions, the idea that our collective experience can be noted is one of the main draws. In trying to assemble a group of artists to represent and explore the idea of what a present day Latino is, Valdez put out a call for auditions to anyone that could purposefully respond and interpret the query of “what is Latinidad?” Valdez adds, “We really wanted to get multiple voices, tackling that question of Latinidad, we wanted different nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, really try to be as diverse, to reflect la comunidad as much as we could. And from the responses we started to piece together ultimately what has become this show. It’s really just trying to get multiple perspectives on that question of what does it mean to be Latino in the United States in 2016/17.” These are the Breaks In searching for a DJ to run the music portion of the show, Valdez sought out possible candidates through his networks nationally. The music and dance party element of this production was what made it unique, what bended the rules of this play's structure. “We didn't want this to be a traditional type of play where you come in and sit down so we started

After working to put this together for around two years, Valdez makes observations of the work and the people that have put their efforts into discovering, looking back, and projecting their visions of Latinidad into words, music and artwork. “There’s one thing that they have in common, that the past is very present. It informs, shapes and hovers around the action. And it makes

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me think about this generation of Latinos. Another interesting thing is that none of the artists created works in Spanish. So there are these interesting tensions between culture and past and tradition and the weight of that, how it feels in our presence. So it’s really kind of interesting as you think about being Latino now. “ Connect. Think. Dance. Repeat. Valdez ends the talk mentioning his excitement for the 3-day performance and how it will be a universal attraction as much as it will affect Latinos with its themes. “The show is open to everybody, you don’t have to be Latino to come to enjoy it or get something out of it. Ultimately what’s being presented is stories, stories that a lot of people are going to respond to and connect with; it’s just joyful and fun and celebratory. It’s for all ages, and I think it’s just a wonderful experience . You get these moments of people and feeling and human connection and human stories and it’s all wrapped up in this big celebration. Don't come in expecting a play like you’d think of plays, it’s very participatory, it’s a lot of fun. You’re invited to dance, you don't have to dance if you don’t want to, but it’s about the story and celebration.”

Please visit MACLA.org for more information and to purchase tickets to DJ Latinidad’s Latino Dance Party visit djlatinidadatmacla. eventbrite.com. The event runs Friday February 17-19.


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¿DE DÓNDE PROVIENE EL TABLERO OUIJA O WITCHBOARD? Mario Jiménez Castillo El Observador La Ouija o güija como comúnmente se le conoce en español es considerado un juego de mesa, el cuál consta de un tablero en el que están inscritas todas las letras del alfabeto, los números del 0 al 9; a un lado las palabras sí y no, en la parte superior la palabra hola y en la parte inferior la palabra adiós. Cuenta con un puntero de plástico o madera, el cuál movilizan los jugadores con sus dedos para crear palabras y dar respuestas. Este juego de mesa según la creencia popular se creó con la motivación de establecer contacto con los espíritus de los difuntos, guías espirituales, almas en pena y extraterrestres. Existen diversas versiones acerca de la procedencia del tablero Ouija, se cree que fue inventado en la antig ua Roma , otras versiones remontan su procedencia a los tiempos de la gran Babilonia. Otros creen que su verdadero origen se puede trazar a finales

del siglo XIX, durante el f lorecimiento de la cultura espiritista. Se cree que Alan Kardec(1804-1869), místico francés, fue considerado como precursor moderno de la cultura espiritista y quizá el precursor de la Ouija. El tablero de Ouija que ahora conocemos fue creado en el año 1891 y patentado en 1890 por el estadounidense Elijah Jefferson Bond. Con respecto al vocablo Ouija, se creía que significaba mala suerte, sin embargo; William Fuld quién adquirió la patente a mediados del siglo pasado afirmó que Ouija  es una mezcla de los vocablos “Oui y Ja”, que significan sí en francés y en alemán respectivamente. En el idioma inglés al tablero Ouija se le conoce como Witchboard. Este juego de mesa debe ser maniobrado con mucha c aut ela , au nque se enc uent r a en el mercado como un juego para infantes, es aconsejable que sean personas mayores de edad quiénes lo maniobren ya que existen todo tipo de aventuras extrañas,

posesiones espirituales y eventos sobre naturales asociados al juego Ouija. En una sesión para jugar a la Ouija, generalmente se precisa de cuatro personas, cada una de ellas representará uno de los cuatro elementos primarios(tierra, aire, fuego y agua) se encienden alrededor del tablero cuatro velas blancas simbolizando los cuatro puntos cardinales y se coloca como ofrenda a los espíritus, una copa con agua cerca del tablero. Al iniciar la sesión se debe rezar una oración e invocar la presencia de espíritus de luz y ángeles, si esto no se hace, se puede dar espacio para que sean espíritus malignos los que asistan a la sesión. Posteriormente se hacen preguntas las que irán siendo contestadas una a una mientras el puntero se mueve letra por letra hasta formar una palabra coherente. El puntero es movilizado por los dedos del consultante el cuál es dirigido por el ente espiritual que se hace presente durante la sesión. Se comprueba que una sesión está siendo asistida por uno o más espíritus si

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en la misma se siente una brisa fresca y una disminución de la temperatura ambiental, ruidos y destellos de luz también pueden ser advertidos. Se tiene la creencia que las mejores ocasiones para maniobrar el tablero Ouija, se realizan durante los festivales sabats de la religión wicca ( 2 de febrero, 21 de marzo, 30 de abril, 21 de junio, 1 de agosto, 21 de septiembre, 31 de octubre y 21 de diciembre) también las noches de luna llena y durante los días de eclipses. Al finalizar la sesión se debe bendecir a los espíritus y se finaliza rezando una oración. Las iglesias católicas, cristianas y musulmanas están en total desacuerdo con que se practique el juego de Ouija, ya que lo consideran como una puerta de entrada a entes malignos y fuerzas diabólicas. La Ouija debe ser tratada con seriedad para algunos es un pasatiempo inofensivo, para otros un culto a la hechicería. Photo Credit: Flickr.com/Indi Samarajiva


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I started personal computing on an Apple II circa 1977. It was a big step up from the Heathkit and Radio Shack DIY projects I tinkered with in grade school. When IBM introduced the IBM-PC circa 1981, I semidefected, and in 1984 I became bi-computeral (you know why). My company functioned in a computer multiverse for some time. Macs were for art, music and publishing; PCs were for business; DEC minicomputers were for science, math and engineering. The minicomputers went away by 2000, and then we were just Mac and PC. In 2006, shortly after Macs became Intel inside and Parallels Desktop (a utility that enabled users to run Windows programs on a Mac) debuted, we became a 100 percent Apple shop, and we never looked back. For more than a decade, if Apple manufactured it, we purchased it – in bulk. There was no reason to hyper-evaluate the new specifications; we just sent a purchase order to Tekserve (now T2 Computing) for as many of the new Apple devices as we needed (and maybe a few we didn’t need). There were so many Apple devices in our offices, someone once said, “It looks like Steve Jobs threw up in here.” That was then. What malevolent force could entice me to seriously consider a PC? What wickedness could tempt me to contemplate a transitioning back to Windows? What could possibly lure me to the dark side? Only Apple itself has such power. My iPhone 7 Plus Chronicle On September 7, 2016, I stood on line for an hour to pick up my brand new iPhone 7 plus. I had made an appointment to be one of the first to pick one up because I was still a blind faith follower of the cult of Apple. There was going to be an issue with the headphone

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jack (well documented in my first treatise of dissent, “Apple iPhone 7: Are You F#$king Kidding Me”). But being one of the faithful means putting aside common sense. The moment I started to transfer information from iCloud, I was in trouble. Some apps worked, others were greyed out, and certain features were hit or miss. Two factory resets and four hours later, I called Apple Care. After thirty minutes on hold, I was told that my iPhone must be defective and needed to be replaced. What? “OK, I’ll just go to the genius bar and have it replaced.” “No, sorry,” said the Apple Care person, “we don’t have any extra iPhones at the stores; you’ll have to send it back to us.” “But because of the ‘new phone every year’ plan you sold me last time, you took my iPhone 6 plus back. What will I do for a phone for the five to seven days you’re telling me it will take for me to get the replacement?” (Note: Because I review technology as part of my job, I had plenty of other smartphones, but if this happened to most people, they’d be offline for a week.) It took two tries for Apple to send me a new phone. The first replacement was lost in shipping, and the second is the one I’m carrying now. I was without an iPhone for about two weeks. To make matters worse, Apple charged my credit card $950 for each phone, so although I had no iPhones, Apple put $2,850 of charges on my credit card, saying it would refund the difference when the missing phone and the bad phone were returned (which it ultimately did). How could Apple not have replacement phones available for the inevitable number of defective phones it might sell? Here’s a better question: Did Apple sell too many defective phones for its supply of replacements? With the number of iPhones Apple sells, some are bound to be defective – but this was not an

isolated incident. My MacBook Pro Chronicle I wrote my second treatise of dissent, “Apple MacBook Pro 2016: WTF?,” about the allsinging, all-dancing 15” MacBook Pro before I received my unit. Here are two videos you may enjoy about unboxing my second MacBook Pro and its battery life. Second? Yes, second. I’m writing this article on my third 15” MacBook Pro because the first two were defective. After I waited more than two months past the promised delivery date, Unit #1 arrived with a bad “E” key. After three hours on hold with Apple Care (I should have taken a screen shot, because no one believes that I actually let it go that long, but I did), I was told that there was no way to fix it at any Apple Store in the area and there were no replacement units available. I had to return it to T2 Computing for replacement. T2 was awesome, BTW. Apple could take a customer service lesson from them. Unit #2 lasted about two hours past its unboxing and battery life video shoot. It crashed so hard that even the techs at T2 could not bring it back to life. Their head tech said, “This MacBook is no more. It has ceased to be. It’s expired and gone to meet its maker. This is a late Mac. It’s a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. It’s rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an exMacBook.” The Odds of Bad Units What are the odds of receiving one bad iPhone and two bad MacBook Pros in any six-month period in the post-iPod era? What happened to Apple Care? What happened to Apple’s customer service? What is the point of the Genius Bar if it doesn’t have the genius to repair or replace brand new defective units? Insane Design Decisions Who is making decisions about dongles and jacks at Apple? To be incompatible with the competition is expected. But for Apple’s products to be incompatible with thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment that Apple forced you to purchase borders on insane.

If the iPhone 7 series has only one lightning connector because the future is wireless, then why doesn’t Apple’s flagship 15” MacBook Pro have a lightning jack too? Fanboys may keep buying its products no matter what, but normal consumers are going to have a hard time with this kind of nonsense. A what was the motivation behind removing the MagSafe power adapter? Dongles? Microsoft Surface Book Pro, Samsung Note 8 and Other Stuff There is nothing special about the 15” MacBook Pro (2016). I own one because it is powerful enough, features the most amount of internal storage (2TB) and the display is extraordinary. BTW, the new MacBook Pro (2017) specs have been leaked and they will feature Intel’s Kaby Lake processors. (The 2016 models feature the older Skylake processors). This will not be a big deal unless you are really pushing your MacBook Pro to the limits. Although, the rumored 32GB of RAM is kind of a big deal. That said, if Microsoft made a Surface Book Pro with the same specs, I would take a very, very hard look at it. As for my smartphone, Samsung’s new Note 8 looks amazing, and Google is doing an exceptional job with its Pixel and Android OS. Some of the most productive business apps on an iPhone are Microsoft’s Office Suite and Google Apps for Business. I don’t use any Apple apps on my iPhone and there are easy workarounds or excellent third-party alternatives for any Apple software I use on my MacBook Pro. Why do I need iOS and OS X? I’m reminded of Kylo Ren’s last words to Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens: “I’m being torn apart. I want to be free of this pain. I know what I have to do but I don’t know if I have the strength to do it.” Author’s Note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions.


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Distrito Escolar Cambrian ¡Inscríbete en una Escuela de Cambrian Hoy! ** ¡Estamos aceptando transferencias de Charter & de Fuera del Distrito! ** Explore Posibilidades Infinitas para Aprender en un Ambiente Riguroso y Centrado en el Niño Estudiantes que viven fuera de los límites del Distrito Escolar Cambrian tienen la oportunidad de solicitar atender una escuela dentro del Distrito Escolar Cambrian. ¡Hay espacios limitados en todos los grados! Para solicitar un Permiso Charter o Transferencia Interdistrital favor de completar uno de los siguientes formularios, de acuerdo a la escuela de su interés:

 Permisos Charter son requeridos para Farnham, Fammatre, Sartorette e Ida Price Middle School

(las familias no necesitan solicitar que su distrito actual los liberen para atender una escuela charter)

 Formularios de Permiso de Asistencia Interdistrital son requeridos para Bagby y Steindorf STEAM Si hay más estudiantes solicitando el Distrito Escolar Cambrian que el espacio disponible, una lista de prioridad y un sistema de lotería determinarán el orden en el cual los estudiantes serán admitidos (Póliza & Procedimientos del Consejo Escolar del Distrito Cambrian 5117). Todos los formularios están disponibles en línea (cambriansd.org/domain/369) o en la oficina del distrito. Por favor regrese todos los formularios a la Oficina del Distrito Escolar Cambrian Localizada en: 4115 Jacksol Drive, San Jose 95124 Todo el papeleo debe de ser presentado antes de marzo 01, 2017 @ 5 p.m. ¿Quiere aprender más? ¡Hay Tours Escolares disponibles! Horario de Tours en línea al http://bit.ly/2i7xtKN

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