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OPINION

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“BIG BROTHER” MAY BE A CORPORATION; NOT BIG GOVERNMENT”

Hilbert Morales EL OBSERVADOR During the 1950's I read, with great interest, George Orwell's book entitled “1984” published during 1949, which projected the powerful influence of 'Big Government' upon individuals. The term 'Big Brother' is the personification of the control, influence and power of the future nation-state as conceptualized by George Orwell in 1984. Two versions of Big Brother were possible: A) The authoritarian leader (who could be a 'good guy' or a very abusive dictator) of a state or movement; and B) an oligarchy (small elite leadership group) in control of an all- powerful government or organization, which monitors and directs people's lives, careers, and actions. What is lost is the PRIVACY of an individual able to make personal 'free will decisions' and choices. Many today have some concern about the recent demonstration that 'very large data bases' can be scrutinized and analyzed using current computer's very high-speed capability. Google, Facebook, YouTube (and several other firms) are able to collect detailed data in massive quantities. Personal habits and traits can be used to collect similar personal profile categories used to facilitate targeting potential consumers. Very likely, the alleged Russian intrusion into the recent 2016 presidential election was based upon their capacities to determine communities whose voters might be influenced by presenting certain

perspectives at the right time using 'fake news' and/or 'alternative facts'. This surreal possibility cannot be ignored. Profit oriented firms have been looking for this sort of information technology (IT) which may be augmented by 'Artificial Information' (AI). This quickly lends itself to various forms of propaganda which was first used by Adolph Hitler's Nazi regime successfully.

want your usual, sir? CALLER: My usual? You know me?

A friend, who chooses to remain anonymous, provided the following 'Google-Pizza' conversation, which illustrates what is possible when computers are able to create 'personal profiles' using documented habits, traits and inclinations, we all possess and demonstrate daily. Do read it in its entirety because what is presented is funny; and, upon reflection, may be viewed as sinister when used by those whose goal is to be the oligarchists who 'control and manipulate' people. Profit oriented firms are undoubtedly using some level of this ability to place an individual into a 'defined cohort' based upon factual information which is documented every time an individual does something documented when using credit cards. Over a span of time, the following may become possible:

GOOGLE: May I suggest that this time you order a pizza with ricotta, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes and olives on a whole wheat gluten-free thin crust?

GOOGLE: According to our caller ID data sheet, the last 12 times you called you ordered an extralarge pizza with three cheeses, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and meatballs on a thick crust. CALLER: OK! That’s what I want ...

CALLER: What? I detest (vegetarian pizzas)! GOOGLE: Your cholesterol (level) is not good, sir. CALLER: How the hell do you know! GOOGLE: Well, we cross-referenced your home phone number with your medical records. We have the result of your blood tests for the last 7 years.

your bank statement.

happening during the above “Google Pizza” transaction?

CALLER: I have other sources of cash. GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your last (IRS) tax return unless you bought them using an undeclared income source, which is against the law. CALLER: WHAT THE HELL!!! GOOGLE: I'm sorry, sir, we use such information only with the sole intention of helping you. CALLER: Enough already! I'm sick to death of Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and all the others (doing?) I'm going to an island without internet, cable TV, where there is no cell phone service and no one to watch me or spy on me. GOOGLE: I understand sir, but you need to renew your passport first. It expired 6 weeks ago... (Now, we will send you your usual order within 40 minutes, O.K.?”)

GOOGLE: No sir, Google bought 'Gordon’s Pizza' last month.

CALLER: I paid in cash.

Reference is made to the San Jose Business Journal, April 20, 2018, page 6 where an article entitled “Lawyer; Facebook Ignored Data Concerns” presents the choice made by Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg in order to compete effectively; maximize cash flow (and profits) needed for dominant growth. The issues of digital privacy and cyber-security of personal information were considered in the beginning, but later received lower priority. (Ms.) Parry Aftab, esq., who was a former member of Facebook's 'International Safety Advisory Board', was an advocate for 'personal data privacy issues' for seven years until 2016. She called herself 'a squeaky wheel'.

CALLER: OK, I would like to order a pizza. GOOGLE: Do you

GOOGLE: But you did not withdraw enough cash according to

How many 'invasion of personal privacy' incidents did you notice

The setting is an individual (the 'caller') who is ordering a pizza... “CALLER: Is this 'Gordon's Pizza'? GOOGLE: No sir, it's 'Google Pizza'. CALLER: I must have dialed a wrong number. Sorry.

CALLER: Okay, but I do not want your rotten vegetable pizza! I already take medication for my cholesterol. GOOGLE: Excuse me sir, but you have not taken your medication regularly. According to our database, you only purchased a box of 30 cholesterol tablets once, at Drug RX Network, 4 months ago. CALLER: I bought more from another drugstore. GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your credit card statements.

Well, this is the 'violation of personal privacy issue' about which 'State Assemblies' and the “U.S. Congress” need to learn and understand in order to craft effective legislation which is based upon 'universal standards of conscience and integrity...the result of decisions and actions which all of us make during our life's journey. Let's not use the current level of core values presently exhibited by the current actions of corporations such as certain banks, their executives, and a few elected officials. Let's base the needed 'Personal Privacy Standards legislation' upon those universally accepted ideals and core values already embedded in the American Constitution. At this juncture, “BIG BROTHER” MAY BE A CORPORATION like Facebook, YouTube, etc. with their collection of 'very large personal data bases; IT IS NOT BIG GOVERNMENT. NOTE: If anyone has a better approach to this 'personal privacy' challenge, please forward it to me at <hmorales@el-observador. com>. I ask that you seriously consider contributing not only your thoughts and ideas, but also, contribute $20 per year to <elobservadorfoundation.org>...and be advised that since 1983, every penny has stayed in this community supporting internships, scholarships, and underwriting paid ads for a select group of nonprofits which do 'good works' in the Hispanic-Latino community of Silicon Valley, CA. With the modest support of many, EO staff may be able to do more effective dissemination of useful & timely information.

EL DEBATE Y EL VOTO EN EL EXTRANJERO José López Zamorano La Red Hispana Millones de mexicanos que residen en los Estados Unidos tuvieron oportunidad de presenciar este domingo el primer debate de los aspirantes hacia las elecciones presidenciales del primero de julio, en medio de lo que parece ser un interés sin precedentes de los mexicanos en el extranjero en participar en las elecciones de su país, así sea a larga distancia.  De acuerdo con cifras del Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE) de México, más de 130,000 mexicanos que residen en el exterior, la mayoría de ellos en Estados Unidos, habían completado el proceso para votar por correo en los comicios presidenciales, una cifra que podría incrementarse cuando se tengan las estadísticas finales.

Si todos esos mexicanos completan el trámite y votan en las elecciones enviando su sufragio por mensajería, sería sin lugar a dudas la mayor cifra de participación electoral desde el extranjero en la historia política de México, aunque todavía una proporción muy menor del estimado de más de 12 millones de mexicanos que viven fuera de su país. Por comparación, apenas unos 40,000 mexicanos en el extranjero votaron en los comicios presidenciales del 2012, pero gracias desde entonces las autoridades electorales facilitaron el trámite para obtener las credenciales para votar. Eso explica en parte que más de 500,000 hayan solicitado el documento, aunque no todos se registraran antes del plazo del 31 de marzo.

Gracias a los cambios, los mexicanos podrán votar no sólo por presidente de la República, sino por senadores, gobernadores de los estados donde nacieron e incluso, los “chilangos” podrán votar por el próximo jefe de gobierno de la Ciudad de México Los mexicanos que hayan completado el trámite de su credencial de electores del INE en tiempo y forma empezarán a recibir su paquete electoral a partir del 29 de mayo. Para ser contabilizados deberán devolverlo por mensajería a fin de que llegue a México antes del 29 de junio.  Quizás muchos mexicanos que siguieron el primer debate presidencial desde el extranjero, especialmente desde Estados Unidos, se quedaron con las ganas de escuchar propuestas sobre migrantes. La explicación es que está primera conversación

fue centrada en los temas de seguridad y lucha contra corrupción, aun cuando podría argumentarse que la inseguridad es uno de los factores que empujan a muchas familias a salir del país. Pero se espera que el tema migratorio sea uno de los temas en el segundo debate, el 20 de mayo en la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California. Ojalá sea un incentivo para que los mexicanos que residen en el extranjero se animen a cerrar el círculo y a votar el primero de julio. Los inmigrantes han sido calificados como los grandes héroes de México. Sus sacrificios y sus esfuerzos son motivo de reconocimiento. Ahora tienen una oportunidad más de mostrar que tienen una voz insustituible en el futuro de su país. Para más información visita www. laredhispana.com

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¡VAMOS A GOZAR! Stomp May 4-6 / Various Times The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts MARTECH – THE MARKETING TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE April 25 – 27, 2018 San Jose McEnery Convention Center 150 W San Carlos St San Jose, CA $99 - $1,895

LA TRAVIATA – OPERA SAN JOSE April 27, 2018 / 8pm California Theatre 345 S 1st St San Jose, CA

41ST ANNUAL NIKKEI MATSURI FESTIVAL April 29, 2018 / 9:30am Japantown San Jose, CA Free

LIGHTS UP! THREE DAYS OF NEW PLAYS April 27 – 29, 2018 City Lights Theater Company 529 S 2nd St San Jose, CA $7 - $32

SAN JOSE COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE April 28, 2018 / 9am San Jose City Hall 2 San Jose Ave San Jose, CA

DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY TALK May 1, 2018 / 7pm The Tech Museum of Innovation 201 S Market St San Jose, CA

FOUNTAIN ALLEY FRIDAYS April 27, 2018 / 7pm Fountain Alley 2 Fountain Aly San Jose, CA FreE

MACLA FAMILY ART DAY 2018 April 28, 2018 / 12pm MACLA 510 S 1st St San Jose, CA Free

IN THE HEIGHTS – SJSU FILM & THEATRE, SJSU SCHOOL OF MUSIC & DANCE May 2, 2018 / 11am Hammer Theatre Center 101 Paseo De San Antonio San Jose, CA $10 - $20

SJ IMPROV – BELL BELLAMY April 27, 2018 / 7:30pm San Jose Improv Comedy Club 62 S 2nd St San Jose, CA $25

THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE April 28, 2018 / 2:30pm 3 Below Theaters and Lounge 288 S 2nd St San Jose, CA $25 - $58

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: GOTHIC MONSTERS AND EVIL HOUSES May 2, 2018 / 12pm San Jose Museum of Art 110 S Market St San Jose, CA Free with museum admission

255 Almaden Boulevard San Jose, CA 95113 Tickets: Ticketmaster $38 - $128 THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE May 2, 2018 / 7:30pm San Jose Stage Company 490 S 1st St San Jose, CA $30 - $65

7TH ANNUAL SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT May 3, 2018 / 8am County of Santa Clara 70 W Hedding St San Jose, CA

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EDUCATION

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5 TIPS FOR A MEMORABLE, STRESS-FREE GRADUATION PARTY

East San José School makes California’s list of distinguished schools Alpha Schools Alpha: Cornerstone Academy Preparatory is one of 287 schools throughout the state, 17 in Santa Clara County, named a 2018 California Distinguished School.

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The nation's high school graduation rate continues to rise. With more than 84 percent of students graduating on time in 2016, it is at a record high, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, the National Center for Education Statistics is expecting that 3.6 million students will graduate from high school in 2017-18. With the growth in graduates, graduation parties are increasing, and the bar is being raised on how to best honor and commemorate this special milestone. For graduating high schoolers, this is the year they will be moving on to life's next big adventure. It's a time to be excited, a time to be nervous, but above all, a time to celebrate. The season for grad parties is here, but for many parents, planning can be a bit tricky. Everyone wants a truly unique experience to recognize the accomplishments of their graduate, but at the same time, life can be hectic, and party planning can become stressful. The good news is that with a little know-how, it's possible to throw a meaningful graduation party without going over the edge. These five tips will help any time-starved host create a truly memorable event and stay sane at the same time! Create personalized, printed invitations and announcements. Digital invitations might seem like the most convenient way to go, but there is an easy, more personalized and meaningful way to get the word out. Create photo cards by simply visiting one of the thousands of Kodak Picture Kiosks, which can be found at most CVS and Target locations. Here, in a matter of minutes, party planners can upload a favorite photo, select from dozens of designs and make an

announcement that reflects the graduate's personality. Envelopes are included with the cost of the card, making this a truly one-stop shop for everyone's invitation and announcement needs. Music, tunes and jams. Music is an essential component of any party. To create an ambiance that conveys a graduate's style, have the graduate make a playlist of their favorite hits and most memorable school songs. Then all that's needed is a Bluetooth speaker and a smartphone (or any other audio device with pairing capabilities).

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The program, which honors California’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools, returns after a three-year break, replacing the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program. Schools selected demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap. Strong collaboration between parents and teachers combined with datadriven instruction has led to success at Alpha: Cornerstone, where 96 percent of students identify as Hispanic or Asian and 73 percent are eligible for free- or reduced-lunch. “At Alpha: Cornerstone, we have a collaborative environment in which everyone works together to ensure each student is supported and growing,” said Principal Emma Bean. “I’m proud of the work of our students, teachers and families who have worked together to create and foster our school.” Teachers and staff at Alpha: Cornerstone are intentional when it comes to building

a culture of trust and positivity. More recently, the school has also become more critical in using data to create the most effective programs and drive classroom instruction, ultimately meeting the needs of their students. “Alpha Public Schools was built on the idea that all students can succeed. This validates that belief and the progress we’re seeing at Alpha schools,” said John Glover, founder and CEO of Alpha Public Schools. “In this accomplishment, we celebrate the students, families, teachers, support staff, leaders and former and founding members of the community who have built such an amazing learning environment.” The California Distinguished Schools program returns after Each year, the criteria alternates between K-8 and high school grades. In May, the State Department of Education will honor: Alpha Cornerstone Academy along with other recognized schools at an awards ceremony. Alpha: Cornerstone Academy Preparatory currently serves K-7 students and will grow to serve K-8 in the fall. For more information about Alpha Public Schools, please visit alphapublicschools.org.

An answer to your dining needs. More restaurants are offering catering services, so whether the graduate wants a taco bar or pizza buffet, it's likely that one of their favorite restaurants can accommodate a crowd and many offer delivery services as well. Create a message board. A novel way to share memories and create new ones is to set up a message board where guests can jot down stories and memories. Display a number of pictures, in any number of sizes - from mini prints to banners - that can be printed out at a Kodak Picture Kiosk or easily upload images to KodakMoments.com or the Kodak Moments App and order prints at home or on the go. Make it social media friendly. It's the 21st century, and that means there's going to be sharing of the graduation party on social media. Embrace it! Ask those attending to tag their posts and photos with a distinctive and easy-to-remember hashtag. This will allow everyone to have a selection of easy-to-lookat pictures, and later, can be used to create an archive of memories. It's not often that there's a chance to gather so many people together in one place to celebrate your child's achievements. With these tips, it's easy to create a graduation party everyone will remember for years to come.

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SPRING IS HERE AND IT’S TIME TO CLEAN

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Rebecca Harpster Golden Gate Better Business Bureau Although the current weather may be deceiving, spring is in the air! It’s the time of year for flowers, sunshine, and cleaning. Organizing over-loaded closets, deep-cleaning carpets, and decluttering drawers is a great way to lighten up, feel

good, and get ready for summer. But with so much to tackle, how do you know where to begin? It’s important not to overwhelm yourself. It may take you a few weekends or days off. Make a checklist with a timeline – it’s better to work slowly and steadily and stick to your plan than to give up after a few exhausting 12-hour days.

LA PRIMAVERA HA LLEGADO Y ES TIEMPO PARA LIMPIAR

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Aunque el clima puede ser engañoso, ¡la primavera está en el aire! Es la época del año para las flores, el sol, y la limpieza. Organizar armarios, limpiar alfombras, y poner en orden cajones es una

excelente manera de sentirse bien y preparase para el verano. Pero con tanto que hacer, ¿cómo sabe por dónde empezar? Es importante no abrumarse. Es probable que va a tomar algunos fines de semana o días libres. Haga una lista con un plazo de tiempo: es mejor trabajar de manera despacio y constante y atenerse a su plan que renunciar sus proyectos

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In your checklist, be realistic about what you can, and can’t accomplish on your own. There’s no shame in hiring a professional for those difficult jobs! The following BBB tips will help you get your home in order:

services. Look at every business’ BBB Business Profile to see their BBB Rating, complaint history, and reviews from past customers. You can find local professional cleaning services, including carpet cleaners and other specialists, at bbb.org.

• Learn to let go. Are all of those knickknacks in your junk drawer necessities? Or are they throwaways that are taking up valuable space? Deciding what to keep and what to give away is often what makes decluttering so difficult. For some, it’s impossible! If that sounds like you, consider hiring a professional organizer. They’ll help you organize your belongings and teach you skills that you can use in the future. However, in 2017, consumers complained to BBB about professional organizers that refused to issue promised refunds and exhibited unprofessional behavior. Visit bbb.org to find a trustworthy BBB Accredited organizer near you. Make sure to talk to multiple professionals and verify their references.

• Remember your yard. Stormy weather and lack of sunshine may have left your yard looking less than perfect. If you’re planning on spending more time outside, now is the perfect time for a landscape makeover. However, this can take a lot of work and be tricky for a do-it-yourself project. Before choosing a company, figure out your needs and the scope of your project. Whether you need simple lawn maintenance or a new sprinkler system, this will affect who you hire. For more BBB tips on landscaping and lawn care, visit go.bbb.org/lawncare.

• Do some deep cleaning. Spring is a great time to thoroughly clean areas of your home that might usually be ignored, like your upholstery, curtains, or carpet. A professional can help you out with this, but do your research first. Consumers nationwide filed nearly 1,000 complaints with BBB about cleaning services in 2017. The leading cause of complaints was bad service. Some consumer complaints allege workers stealing valuables, and others involve customers being overcharged for después de unos agotadores días de 12 horas. En su lista, sea realista acerca de lo que puede y no puede hacer por si mismo. No hay vergüenza en contratar a un profesional para esos trabajos difíciles. Los siguientes consejos de BBB lo ayudarán a ordenar su hogar: • Aprenda como dejar ir. ¿Son todas esas chucherías en sus cajones indispensables? ¿O son desechables que ocupan un espacio valioso? Decidir qué guardar y qué deshacerse de es a menudo lo que hace que la organización sea tan difícil. ¡Para algunas personas, es imposible! Si eso parece usted, considere contratar a un organizador profesional. Le ayudarán a organizar sus pertenencias y se enseñarán habilidades que puede usar en el futuro. Sin embargo, en 2017, los consumidores se quejaron con BBB sobre organizadores que se negaron a emitir reembolsos prometidos y exhibieron un comportamiento poco profesional. Visite bbb.org para encontrar un organizador Acreditado por BBB cerca de usted. Asegúrese de hablar con múltiples profesionales y verificar sus referencias.

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• Haga una limpieza profunda. La primavera es un buen momento para limpiar a fondo las áreas de su hogar que, por lo general, son ignorados, como la tapicería, las cortinas, o las alfombras. Un profesional puede ayudarlo con esto, pero haga su investigación primero. Los consumidores presentaron casi 1,000 quejas con BBB sobre servicios de limpieza en 2017. La causa principal de las quejas fue un mal servicio. Algunas quejas alegan que los trabajadores robaron objetos de valor y otros implicaron que los clientes estaban

• Don’t forget about digital spring cleaning. Your online life needs regular attention as well! BBB has an easy-tofollow guide that will walk you through this process. It involves: making sure your web-connected devices are free from malware and infections; enhancing the security of your online accounts; tending to your digital records and files; and cleaning up your online reputation. Visit bbb.org/digital-spring-cleaning for more tips and action items to help you get started! You can reach your BBB at info@ bbbemail.org or (510) 844-2000, or by visiting bbb.org. cobrados de más por los servicios. Mire el Perfil de Negocio de BBB de todas las empresas para ver su calificación de BBB, historial de quejas, y reseñas de clientes anteriores. Puede encontrar locales servicios de limpieza profesional, que incluye limpiadores de alfombras y otros especialistas, en bbb.org. • Recuerde su patio. El clima tormentoso y la falta del sol pueden hacer que los patios parezcan menos que perfectos. Si planea pasar más tiempo al aire libre, este es el momento perfecto para una renovación del paisaje. Sin embardo, esto puede tomar mucho trabajo y ser demasiado complicado para hacerlo usted mismo. Antes de elegir un negocio, averigüe sus necesidades y el alcance de su proyecto. Ya sea que necesite un mantenimiento simple de su césped o un nuevo sistema de rociadores, eso afectará a quién contrate. Para obtener más consejos de BBB sobre paisajismo y cuidado del césped, visite go.bbb.org/lawncare. • No se olvide de la limpieza digital. ¡Su vida en línea necesita atención regular también! BBB tiene una guía fácil que puede seguir que lo guiará a través de este proceso. Involucra: asegurarse de que sus dispositivos conectados a la web estén libres de malware e infecciones; mejorar la seguridad de sus cuentas en línea; cuidando sus archivos y registros digitales; y limpiando su reputación en línea. Visite bbb.org/digital-springcleaning para obtener más consejos y elementos de acción para ayudarle a comenzar. Puede ponerse en contacto con su BBB a través de info@bbbemail.org o (510) 844-2000, o en bbb. org.


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HEALTH

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EL ESTUDIO DEL ALZHEIMER BUSCA URGENTEMENTE VOLUNTARIOS HISPANOS El estudio se centra en la detección temprana de la enfermedad de Alzheimer y su seguimiento a lo largo del tiempo Los hispanos tienen 1,5 veces más probabilidades de desarrollar la enfermedad de Alzheimer Institutos Nacionales de la Salud, es uno de los ensayos de Alzheimer más extenso y más antiguo de la historia. Ahora en la tercera fase de los ensayos, los investigadores están estudiando qué tan rápido el razonamiento y la capacidad de realizar ciertas funciones cambian en el cerebro a medida que envejece. Los investigadores necesitan comprender mejor la progresión de la enfermedad para acelerar el ritmo del descubrimiento en aras de prevenir, tratar y curar la enfermedad de Alzheimer.

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Más de 5 millones de estadounidenses padecen actualmente la enfermedad de Alzheimer, y los científicos esperan que esta cifra se triplique para el año 2050. Los expertos opinan que los hispanos tienen 1,5 veces más probabilidades que los estadounidenses blancos de desarrollar la enfermedad. Un estudio científico trascendental centrado en

la detección temprana de la enfermedad de Alzheimer y su seguimiento con el tiempo busca voluntarios sanos sin problemas de memoria, así como personas con problemas leves de memoria y aquellos a quienes se les haya diagnosticado demencia leve debido a la enfermedad de Alzheimer. La prestigiosa Iniciativa de Neuroimágenes de la Enfermedad de Alzheimer, o ADNI (por sus siglas en inglés), financiada por los

“Es extremadamente importante que más hispanos participen en la lucha contra la enfermedad de Alzheimer, que nos afecta a casi todos de alguna manera”, dijo el Dr. Michael Weiner, investigador principal del estudio. “Necesitamos saber por qué y cómo progresa la enfermedad de Alzheimer en los hispanos con el fin de descubrir nuevos tratamientos que podrían mejorar significativamente la forma en que la tratamos en el futuro”. El estudio utiliza imágenes de vanguardia para monitorear los niveles cerebrales de dos proteínas llamadas tau y amiloide, que son indicadores significativos de la enfermedad

de Alzheimer. Los investigadores rastrean la función cognitiva a través de pruebas computarizadas en el hogar y en el consultorio de un médico, lo que incluye medir los cambios en la capacidad de gestionar dinero, una señal de advertencia común de la enfermedad. “Uno de los mayores desafíos a los que se enfrentan los investigadores es encontrar voluntarios para participar en los estudios”, afirma Weiner. “Podemos vencer al Alzheimer, pero no podemos hacerlo sin voluntarios”. El Estudio ADNI necesita que 800 personas se inscriban en sitios en los Estados Unidos y en Canadá. Los investigadores están buscando personas entre las edades de 55 y 90 años que tengan un pensamiento y funciones de memoria normales, así como aquellos que tienen problemas leves de memoria y aquellos que han sido diagnosticados con demencia leve debido a la enfermedad de Alzheimer. No se administran medicamentos. Los posibles voluntarios del estudio pueden obtener más información si visitan www. ADNI3.org o llaman al 1-888-2-ADNI-95 (1-888-223-6495).


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5 WAYS FOR PARENTS TO EMPOWER DAUGHTERS IN AN UNKIND WORLD

Sheri Engler, is for parents to empower their daughters from a young age. “We parents need to take the necessary time from our busy lives to find out what our daughters are experiencing on a daily basis,” says Engler, author of The Pearls of Wisdom: A Fairy Tale Guide to Life’s Magic Secrets for All Ages (www. ThePearlsOfWisdomBook.com). “We must break down barriers to success early on. Otherwise, girls frequently surrender their ‘surplus’ qualities before they even leave grade school, because they feel they won’t be accepted if they are ‘too much.’ They are not allowed too many gifts for fear of alienating boys and competing with other girls. This has to stop.” Engler says five ways parents can empower their daughters and help them grow into strong, successful women are: • Explain the social dynamic.  “Help them understand the reasons why boys may be intimidated by powerful girls, and why girls may become jealous and pull down a girl who has too much,” Engler says.

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Sheri Engler

While opportunities for women have advanced significantly in recent decades, studies reflect that the path to personal independence and growth isn’t always smooth - starting in early childhood up through high school. Gender stereotypes persist. According to a survey

of 1,900 girls and young women between 7 and 21, conducted by the charity Girlguiding, many feel that pressure from social media, TV, friends, teachers and parents affects how they think and act. Another study in the Journal of Adolescent Health  reported that stereotypes of girls were reinforced by schools, parents and the media, thereby limiting their mobility and access to opportunities. One possible answer, says mentor and author

• Help them avoid social programming. Engler says that most forms of mass media “bombard girls with destructive messages.” With character development so important, Engler says parents need to offer more positive influences. “Discouraging Facebook is a good place to start,” Engler says, “due to its entrainment of a ‘me-oriented’ society.” • Provide social alternatives. Connecting with other parents and families who hold similar values is one option. Engler says, "Parents

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need to find out what’s really going on with their daughters, both at home and at school. Perhaps consider online or home schooling if your child is being affected by negative conditioning from peers and/or misguided authority figures. Sadly, damaging messages come from every direction.” • Teach them to help others. Parents can rolemodel strengthening values. These values could be exemplified by going together to volunteer in soup kitchens, to foster homeless animals, or to visit lonely, old people in nursing homes. “Learning compassion for others supports strong self-esteem through character building,” Engler says. • Help them identify their unique desires and abilities.  “Encourage pride in being who they are on an authentic level,” Engler says. “Help them experience life’s many aspects so they may explore their natural abilities and interests, while paying particular attention to what truly brings them joy - because that is usually where their authentic selves reside.” “We need to prevent damage early on,” Engler says, “instead of trying to fix it after it’s too late.” About Sheri Engler Sheri Engler is the author/illustrator of  The Pearls of Wisdom: A Fairy Tale Guide to Life’s Magic Secrets for All Ages  (www. ThePearlsOfWisdomBook.com). She is an experienced mentor, medium, and metaphysicist with a background in psychology, counseling and research. She received a BA in Clinical Psychology at San Francisco State University.

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Suzanne Potter California News Service SANTA MONICA, Calif. - This week is the first-ever "National Week of Conversation" - a series of events promoted by local groups that work to bridge the partisan divide - in California and across the nation. The idea is to get people talking about the issues, focusing on civil dialogue, where they listen respectfully and hopefully find common ground. Studies show that hyperpartisanship in the U.S. is as high these days as it was right after the Civil War. And Kamy Akhavan, CEO of a group called ProCon.org, said these ideological battle lines are corrosive to our democracy. "We need to be able to deliberate, discuss, debate issues without being disagreeable, and having things break down, to name calling, people retreating into their echo chambers and behind their filter bubbles," Akhavan said. "That's not how our system of government was designed to work. And yet increasingly that seems to be what's happening." To take part, visit N a t i o n a l We e k o f C o n v e r s a t i o n . o r g

and sign up to attend one of the public forums, join an online dialogue or be matched up with someone in your neighborhood whose perspective might broaden your own. Some of the topics to be discussed include race relations, gun control, clean elections, medical marijuana, and power imbalances in relationships. Sandy Heierbacher, director of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, said the groups are working hard to encourage people of all backgrounds to come to the table. "For race dialogues, oftentimes you have a white facilitator and a facilitator of color and that helps people that might be less drawn to dialogue or less trusting of it, helps them to feel like, 'OK, someone's going to be looking out for me in this space, so I might be more comfortable actually attending,'" Heierbacher said. Demographic studies show that Americans are increasingly "selfsorting" into like-minded communities, by moving to neighborhoods with very little diversity, and by choosing to follow partisan news and social media groups.

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COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF SOUTH COUNTY REENTRY RESOURCE CENTER Permanent site offers services to Gilroy, San Martin and Morgan Hill residents reentering their communities after incarceration turn their lives around is beneficial not only to them, but to their families and the community,” said Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee. “Every success helps us achieve that goal.” The South County Reentry Center was established in San Martin in April of 2015 as a pilot program, in response to concerns from city and public safety officials in jurisdictions such as Gilroy, San Martin and Morgan Hill. There were high arrest and conviction rates in these areas for low level offenders who had been recently released from custody or were serving the

remainder of their sentences under mandatory supervision by probation departments. Access to nearby substance use treatment services, employment opportunities and other resources can make a big difference in an individual’s success on their reentry journey. “Positive programs are an essential component of, and a good investment for, effective crime fighting. We must also continue to invest in community partnerships and proactive policing strategies,” said Morgan Hill Police Chief David Swing.  “Investing in each of these areas results in better public safety outcomes.”

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SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.— The County of Santa Clara Office of Reentry Services celebrated the grand opening of its new South County Reentry Resource Center this week. The Center has moved to its permanent location at 8425 Murray Avenue in Gilroy; it operated in a temporary location in San Martin since April of 2015.  “Expanding these vital services creates greater access for residents who may not have transportation or time off from work to travel to San Jose,” said Supervisor Mike Wasserman, whose district includes South County. “By supporting individuals with services to stay healthy, gain education and employment, we strengthen the entire community.”

can change their lives,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith, M.D., J.D. “When newly released individuals have a comprehensive resource network like this with peer mentors who have been in their shoes to help guide them, it gives these clients a much better chance of succeeding with their goals and new life choices,” said County of Santa Clara Chief Probation Officer Laura Garnette. “This Center gives our probation officers the tools and resources needed to empower probationers.”

The Gilroy Center offers similar services as the Reentry Center in San Jose. Clients will have access to substance use screenings and assessments, behavioral health, primary healthcare and psychiatric services through the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s Mobile Medical Unit. They will also receive probation support and faith-based services, such as food, housing and community connections.

For many individuals coming back to their South County communities after incarceration, getting transportation to San Jose for reentry services was a significant hardship. The new Center is centrally located in a remodeled building at 8425 Murray Ave., near Highway 101 and Leavesley Road, in Gilroy, and is close to public transportation. This new center does not bring additional newly released individuals to South County communities. It provides services and evidencebased programs (which are key to building healthy lifestyles) directly to residents who already live there and who need them the most.

“Providing these individuals with crucial support services gives many of them, especially those with low income, a chance to carve out new opportunities for themselves that

“The Police cannot arrest our way out of the crime problem. We need help and support for longer-term solutions. Providing services to help individuals with criminal histories

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES RAISING RENTS ON LOW-INCOME FAMILIES Co-op Housing Groups Offer Alternative

communications team lead with the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative  - says the moves are emblematic of a misconception that there is a correlation between poverty and laziness. "It's kind of a spurious discussion to assert that more work hours and a higher cost burden is going to do something to empower people who are already struggling in that they need Housing and Urban Development assistance," says Session. Carson said in a  press statement  that the current rental program discourages people from becoming self-sufficient and would save money for the department. The new rental structure would not apply to senior citizens or the disabled, who make up more than half of the 4.7 million households in the U.S. that receive HUD rental assistance. 

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OAKLAND Calif. - Groups that work on issues of poverty and housing are criticizing the Trump administration's proposal to raise rents on lowincome families and institute work requirements. On Wednesday, Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, announced a plan to raise the percentage that people who get HUD rental assistance pay - from 30 percent to 35 percent of their income. The plan also would allow public-housing authorities to implement work requirements as a condition of assistance.  Noni

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BABY LEMUR WELCOMED TO THE HAPPY HOLLOW PARK & ZOO FAMILY

in the wild. The Zoo has been AZAaccredited for over 20 years. Accreditation requires rigorous evaluations of the Zoo’s veterinary program, conservation and research efforts, education programs, safety policies and procedures, security, physical facilities, guest services, professionalism of staff, and more. “Happy Hollow plays a vital role in educating thousands of visitors and children about wild animals, their habitats, and their related conservation issues. This new addition to the Zoo is a

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wonderful reminder of how our parks educate people of all ages about wildlife conservation, and connect people to nature through play,” said Angel Rios Jr., Director of San José’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services. As for the pup’s name, the public will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite out of a selection from Zoo staff. Information about how to submit votes will be available on the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Facebook page  the week of April 23.

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HHPZ SAN JOSE, CA - Happy Hollow Park & Zoo (HHPZ) is helping slow the decline of critically endangered black-and-white ruffed lemurs. Zookeepers and staff are tickled by the wide-eyed male lemur pup born at the Zoo on April 6. “This pup has stolen our hearts. The best news for species survival is that our veterinary staff has deemed him in good health,” says Heather Vrzal, Zoo Curator. “Our mama lemur was given a comfortable nesting place to care for her pup inside her exhibit, where we could monitor for any signs of health conditions. The baby is very curious and is just starting to poke his head outside the nest box.” Staff has added safety nets inside the exhibit, should the pup get over-zealous and explore too far outside the box. Newborn lemur pups are born fully furred with open eyes, but do not have the strength to hold on to their mothers for

travel. They live in the nest for up to two weeks before the mother carries them to nearby trees while she forages. Black-andwhite ruffed lemurs are one of two species of ruffed lemurs found in Madagascar. These primates play an important role in their ecosystem by helping replant vegetation with seeds dispersed in their droppings. Ruffed lemurs are also the largest of the 100 different species of lemurs, typically weighing seven to 10-pounds. “This isn’t just a cute baby animal story,” says HHPZ Conservation Manager, Charlotte Orr. “This is a conservation story. We have some amazing, endangered animal ambassadors. These animals may have been born in Zoos, but they help us educate visitors about the incredible biodiversity found across the world.”

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Cable Harness & Electro-Mechanical Assemblers Needed Compass Components, Inc. Experience required. Please submit resumes to HR@ccicms.com NOTICE OF DEATH OF Janis L. Taormina To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of Janis L. Taormina, who was a resident of Santa Clara County, State of California, and died on April 9, 2018, in the City of San Jose, County of Santa Clara, State of California. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim within four months from the date of first publication with the DERMER LAW FIRM, 15720 Winchester Boulevard, Suite 200, Los Gatos, California 95030 (408) 395-5111 Joseph D. Dermer, Esq. DERMER LAW FIRM 15720 Winchester Blvd., Ste 200 Los Gatos, CA 95030 Tel (408) 395-5111 Fax (408) 354-2797 April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 641605 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: REMODELING YOUR STYLE, 620 Iris Ave Apt 125, Sunnyvale CA, 94086, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by an: Married Couple. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Carlos Ramon Marin Gomez and Gisela Beatriz Cancio Anton, 620 Iris Ave Apt 125, Sunnyvale CA, 94086. The registrants began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 4/25/2018. This filing is a first filing. “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.) /s/ Carlos Ramon Marin Gomez This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara

County on 4/25/2018. Regina Alcomendras, County Clerk Recorder By: /s/ Mike Louie, Deputy File No. FBN 641605 April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 641566 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: MG CLEANING, 2357 Barlow Ave, San Jose CA, 95122, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by an: Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Maria Guadalupe Moreno, 2357 Barlow Ave, San Jose CA, 95122. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 3/01/2018. This filing is a first filing. “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.) /s/ Maria Guadalupe Moreno This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on 4/24/2018. Regina Alcomendras, County Clerk Recorder By: /s/ Nina Khamphilath, Deputy File No. FBN 641566 April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 641011 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: AIM MAIL CENTER #1076, 4848 San Felipe Road 150, San Jose CA, 95135127, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by an: Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Esperanza Mejorado, 1547 Quiet Pond Lane, San Jose CA, 95138. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 4/09/2018. This filing is a first filing. “I declare that all information

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The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: JOSMARC PERFUMES Y JOYERIA, 3151 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose CA, 95127, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by an: Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Fredy Alejandro Cruz Juarez, 223 Chalet Ave, San Jose CA, 95127. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 4/01/2013. This filing is a refile of previous file #FBN577104 with changes. “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.) /s/ Fredy Alejandro Cruz Juarez This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on 4/18/2018. Regina Alcomendras, County Clerk Recorder By: /s/ Nina Khamphilath, Deputy File No. FBN 641383 April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 641421 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: ESCUELITA PRESCHOOL, 1649 Blossom Hill, San Jose CA, 95124, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by a: Corporation. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Escuelita Preschool, 1649 Blossom Hill, San Jose CA, 95124. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 1/08/2018. This filing is a first filing. “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.) /s/ Greg Spindola Escuelita Preschool Vice President Article/Registration #C4116612.

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CFA is seeking a full-time Legislative Analyst to assist in policy analysis and coordinate the work of CFA’s Government Relations team. This is an entry level assignment working under the supervision of the Director of Government Relations. Position requirements and application instructions visit www. calfac.org Above entity formed in the State of CA. This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on 4/19/2018. By: /s/ Nina Khamphilath, Deputy File No. FBN 641421 April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 641480 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: RIGO’S HANDYMAN, 1625 Aldrich Way, San Jose CA, 95121, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by an: Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Rigoberto Baltazar Mendoza, 1625 Aldrich Way, San Jose CA, 95121. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: N/A. This filing is a refile of previous file #FBN640142 with changes. “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.) /s/ Rigoberto Baltazar Mendoza This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on 4/20/2018. Regina Alcomendras, County Clerk Recorder By: /s/ Nina Khamphilath, Deputy File No. FBN 641480 April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 641325 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: WATER WORX POOL CARE, 7028 Via Serena, San Jose CA, 95139, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by an: Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Nawaf Masri, 7028 Via Serena, San Jose CA, 95139. The registrant began transacting business under the

fictitious business name(s) listed above on: N/A. This filing is a first filing. “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.) /s/ Nawaf Masri This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on 4/17/2018. Regina Alcomendras, County Clerk Recorder By: /s/ Tomas Santos, Deputy File No. FBN 641325 April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 641152 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Q, 447 Great Mall Drive #161, Milpitas CA, 95035, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by a: Corporation. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Q Ultimate, Inc, 1330 E Washington Blvd, Los Angeles CA, 90021. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: N/A. This filing is a first filing. “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.) /s/ Alex Kim Q Ultimate, Inc President Article/Registration #4053977. Above entity formed in the State of CA. This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on 4/11/2018. Regina Alcomendras, County Clerk Recorder By: /s/ Tomas Santos, Deputy File No. FBN 641152 April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE

OF NAME NO. 18CV325852 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Mumtaz Pierre-Davis Winn and Ananda Maryum Winn. Petitioner(s) Mumtaz Pierre-Davis Winn has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Mumtaz Pierre Davis Winn to Mumtaz Pierre-Davis b. Ananda Maryum Winn to Ananda Maryum Davis-Winn. 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 7/03/2018 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. April 4, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV326878 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Neela Giana Dell’Amore. Petitioner(s) Neela Giana Dell’Amore has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Neela Giana Dell’Amore to Neela Giana Jazayeri. 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 7/24/2018 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. April 23, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV326947 Superior Court of California, County of Santa ClaraIn the matter of the application of: Henry A. Aguilar. Petitioner(s) Henry A. Aguilar has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Jeremiah Isaac Aguilar Lopez to Jeremy Isaac Aguilar Lopez. 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 7/31/2018 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. April 23, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV326944 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Chien Hsin Lee. Petitioner(s) Chien Hsin Lee has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Wei Hsiang Lee to David Weihsiang Lee b. Wei Na Lee to Angela Weina Lee. THE COURT


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APRIL 27 - MAY 3, 2018 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 7/31/2018 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. April 23, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV324634 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Diana Antonia Zabalovici. Petitioner(s) Diana A. Zabalovici has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Diana Antonia Zabalovici to Diana Antonia Serrano. 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 6/19/2018 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. March 14, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV326937 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Harjit Singh and Ritu Raj. Petitioner(s)

Harjit Singh and Ritu Raj have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Ishaan Singh to Sean Singh. 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 7/31/2018 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. April 23, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV326865 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Maria Alejandra Alonso Gomez. Petitioner(s) Maria Alejandra Alonso Gomez has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Alejandro Martinez to Alejandro Martinez Alonso. 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 7/24/2018 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. April 23, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW

CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV326720 Superior Court of California, County of Santa ClaraIn the matter of the application of: Janet Portarvirdi Dizaj Takie. Petitioner(s) Janet Portarvirdi Dizaj Takie has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Janet Portarvirdi Dijaj Takie to Janet Portarvirdi. 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 7/24/2018 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. April 19, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV325972 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Manilyn Diano Bartolo. Petitioner(s) Manilyn Diano Bartolo has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Manilyn Diano Bartolo to Manilyn Santos Diano. 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 7/10/2018 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. April 5, 2018

Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV326763 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Eduardo Manuel Vergara Diarte. Petitioner(s) Eduardo Manuel Vergara Diarte has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Eduardo Manuel Vergara Diarte to Eduardo Manuel Vergara. 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 7/24/2018 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. April 20, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV326773 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Tien Ton Villatuya. Petitioner(s) Tien Ton Villatuya has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Tien Nu My Villatuya to Tien Ton Villatuya. 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 7/24/2018 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. April 20, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV326794 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Thu Uyen Vu. Petitioner(s) Thu Uyen Vu has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Thu Uyen Vu to Scarlett Vu. 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 7/24/2018 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. April 20, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV327052 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Kao Orn Saelee. Petitioner(s) Kao Orn Saelee has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Kao Orn Saelee to Nick Kao Saelee. 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 7/31/2018 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. April 24, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 641224 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: SKYE COSMETIC DENTAL CENTER, 1120 Cadillac Ct., Milpitas CA, 95035, Santa Clara County. The principle place of business is in Santa Clara County and a current fictitious business name statement is on file at the County Clerk-Recorder’s office of said county. This business is owned by a: Corporation The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Skye Dental Practice, Inc, 1120 Cadillac Ct., Milpitas CA, 95035. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 6/02/2008. This filing is a refile of previous file #FBN576338 with changes. “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.) /s/ Tuuyen Do Skye Dental Practice, Inc. President Article/Registration #C3694596. Above entity formed in the State of CA. This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on 4/13/2018. Regina Alcomendras, County Clerk Recorder By: /s/ Tomas Santos, Deputy File No. FBN 641224 April 20, 27; May 4, 11 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 641121 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: GARCIA LANDSCAPE AND GARDENING

CLASSIFIEDS / LEGALS SERVS, 3890 Yolo Dr, San Jose CA, 95136, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by an: Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Porfirio Resendiz, 3890 Yolo Dr, San Jose CA, 95136. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 4/11/2018. This filing is a first filing. “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.) /s/ Porfirio Resendiz This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on 4/11/2018. Regina Alcomendras, County Clerk Recorder By: /s/ Tomas Santos, Deputy File No. FBN 641121 April 20, 27; May 4, 11 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 641261 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: NOR CAL TRUCKING, 640 N 13th Street, San Jose CA, 95112, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by an: Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Christopher Mclaughlin, 640 N 13th Street, San Jose CA, 95112. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 4/09/2018. This filing is a first filing. “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.) /s/ Christopher Mclaughlin This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on 4/16/2018. Regina Alcomendras, County Clerk Recorder By: /s/ Tomas Santos, Deputy File No. FBN 641261 April 20, 27; May 4, 11 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 641098 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: WILLY’S TRUCKING,

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1460 N 4th St Apt 519, San Jose CA, 95112, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by an: Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Salvador Angel De La Torre, 1460 N 4th St Apt 519, San Jose CA, 95112. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 8/13/2007. This filing is a refile of previous file #FBN569097 with changes. “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.) /s/ Salvador Angel De La Torre This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on 4/10/2018. Regina Alcomendras, County Clerk Recorder By: /s/ Sandy Chanthasy, Deputy File No. FBN 641098 April 20, 27; May 4, 11 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV325638 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Liang Naw Wong. Petitioner(s) Liang Naw Wong has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Liang Naw Wong to Jessica Liang Wong. 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 7/03/2018 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. March 28, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 20, 27; May 4, 11 2018 ORDER TO SHOW


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CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV326199 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Young Duk Song and Mingyeong Kim. Petitioner(s) Young Duk Song and Mingyeong Kim have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Yubin Song to Hailey Yubin Song. 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 7/10/2018 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. April 10, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 20, 27; May 4, 11 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV326407 Superior Court of California, County of Santa ClaraIn the matter of the application of: Kim and Henry Nguyen. Petitioner(s) Kim and Henry Nguyen have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Cathy Nguyen to Dorothy Nguyen. 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 7/17/2018 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. April 12, 2018

Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 20, 27; May 4, 11 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV326403 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Stacy Burrows. Petitioner(s) Stacy Burrows has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Isaiah Solis to Isaiah Burrows. 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 7/17/2018 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. April 12, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 20, 27; May 4, 11 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV326411 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Susan Vinh Yue. Petitioner(s) Susan Yue has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Susan Yue Vinh to Susan Vinh Yue. 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 7/17/2018 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,

EL OBSERVADOR | www.el-observador.com a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. April 12, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 20, 27; May 4, 11 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV326433 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Rita Saesee. Petitioner(s) Rita Saesee has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Rita Saesee to Kirsty Rita Saesee. 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 7/17/2018 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. April 10, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 20, 27; May 4, 11 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV326269 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: One W Z. Petitioner(s) One W Z has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. One W Z to One Z Wisfa. 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 7/17/2018 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 suc-

cessive 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. April 11, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 20, 27; May 4, 11 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 641000 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: CALIFORNIA INVESTMENT PROPERTY, 404 Huckleberry Dr, San Jose CA, 95123, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by an: Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Pedro Correa, 404 Huckleberry Dr, San Jose CA, 95123. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 11/01/2017. This filing is a refile of previous file #FBN471917 with changes after 40 days of expiration date. “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.) /s/ Pedro Correa This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on 4/06/2018. Regina Alcomendras, County Clerk Recorder By: /s/ Tomas Santos, Deputy File No. FBN 641000 April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 639987 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: THE LATHROP CAFE, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford CA 94305, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by an: Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): The Pastry Cupboard LLC, 518 Memorial Way, Standford CA, 94305. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 9/01/2017. This filing is a first filing. “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.) /s/ Chona Esguerra Piumarta The Pastry Cupboard LLC Manager Article/Registration # #201119610229 Above entity was formed in the state of California This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on 4/09/2018. Regina Alcomendras, County Clerk Recorder By: /s/ Sandy Chanthasy, Deputy File No. FBN 639987 April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV326179 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Zhou Hao. Petitioner(s) Zhou Hao has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Zhou Hao to David Zhou. 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 7/10/2018 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. April 10, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2018 AMENDED ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV321809 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Erik Flores Zambrano. Petitioner(s) Erik Flores Zambrano has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a

decree changing names as follows: a. Erik Flores Zambrano to Erik Trujillo Zambrano. 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 7/03/2018 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. March 29, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV325846 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Sang Hwa Jung and Su Hyun Jung. Petitioner(s) Sang Hwa Jung and Su Hyun Jung have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Yoonseo Jung to David Yoonseo Jung b. Daniel Jung to Daniel Hojun Jung. 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 7/10/2018 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. April 4, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME

APRIL 27 - MAY 3, 2018 NO. 18CV325808 Superior Court of California, County of Santa ClaraIn the matter of the application of: Betsabeth Muñoz. Petitioner(s) Betsabeth Muñoz has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Betsabeth Muñoz to Betsabeth Muñoz Romo b. Rene Romo Muñoz to Rene Muñoz Romo c. Gisselle Muñoz to Gisselle Muñoz Romo. 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 7/03/2018 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. April 3, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV325851 Superior Court of California, County of Santa ClaraIn the matter of the application of: Melissa K. Nguyen. Petitioner(s) Melissa K. Nguyen has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Melissa Khanh Nhat Nguyen to Melissa KhanhNhat Loo b. Melissa Khanh Nhat NguyenLoo to Melissa KhanhNhat Loo. 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 7/10/2018 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. April 4, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV325921 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Erika Santiago. Petitioner(s) Erika Santiago has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Erika Santiago to Erika Loera Santiago. 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 7/10/2018 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. April 5, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV325774 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Giti Karimpour. Petitioner(s) Giti Karimpour has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Giti Karimpour to Giti Ashraf. 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 7/03/2018 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 suc-


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APRIL 27 - MAY 3, 2018 cessive 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. March 20, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV326020 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Sasha Reza Lahijanian. Petitioner(s) Sasha Reza Lahijanian has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Sasha Reza Lahijanian to Sasha Lahijanian. 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 7/10/2018 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. April 6, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2018 2nd AMENDED ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV319598 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Vruce Harry Baroro. Petitioner(s) Vruce Harry Baroro has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Vruce Harry Baroro to Burel Berul Vojgue. 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

6/05/2018 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. March 14, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV326124 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Vinayakram Badrinathan. Petitioner(s) Vinayakram Badrinathan has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Vinayakram Badrinathan to Vinayak Ram. 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 7/10/2018 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. April 9, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV324241 Superior Court of California, County of Santa ClaraIn the matter of the application of: Meng Fang and Terry Hoang. Petitioner(s) Meng Fang and Terry Hoang has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Sheldon Hoang to Sheldon Fang. 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 6/05/2018 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. March 5, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV322996 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Carissa Schermeister. Petitioner(s) Carissa Schermesiter has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Naveah Reign Bell to Ciara Reign Bell. 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 5/08/2018 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, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2018 NOTICE OF DEATH OF Nicholi Gallegos To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of

Nicholi Gallegos, who was a resident of Santa Clara County, State of California, and died on March 24, 2018, in the City of San Jose, County of Santa Clara, State of California. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim within four months from the date of first publication with the DERMER LAW FIRM, 15720 Winchester Boulevard, Suite 200, Los Gatos, California 95030 (408) 395-5111 Joseph D. Dermer, Esq. DERMER LAW FIRM 15720 Winchester Blvd., Ste 200 Los Gatos, CA 95030 Tel (408) 395-5111 Fax (408) 354-2797 April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 640698 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: LET’S SOCIALIZE, 1030 E El Camino Real #170, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by an: Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Bret Alan Corsiglia, 1030 El Camino Real #170, Sunnyvale, CA 94087. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 1/01/2018. This filing is a first filing. “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.) /s/ Bret Alan Corsigia This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on 4/03/2018. Regina Alcomendras, County Clerk Recorder By: /s/ Sandy Chanthasy, Deputy File No. FBN 640698 April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 640560 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: MEDINA’S ROOFING, 10256 Ashdale Dr, San Jose, CA 95127, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by an: Individual. The name

and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Francisco Medina, 10256 Ashdale Dr, San Jose, CA 95127. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: N/A. This filing is a first filing. “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.) /s/ Francisco Medina This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on 3/29/2018. Regina Alcomendras, County Clerk Recorder By: /s/ Tomas Santos, Deputy File No. FBN 640560

Aviles, 1015 California Ave, San Jose, CA 95125. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 1/31/2018. This filing is a first filing. “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.) /s/ Elaine Aviles This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on 3/28/2018. Regina Alcomendras, County Clerk Recorder By: /s/ Sandy Chanthasy, Deputy File No. FBN 640509

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 640575 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: KINGDOM WORSHIP I NTE R N AT I O N A LFELLOWSHIP OF CHURCHES, 4848 San Felipe Road, San Jose, CA 95135, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by a: Corporation. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Godly Girls Network, 4848 San Felipe Rd, San Jose, CA 95135. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 2/28/2011. This filing is a first filing. “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.) /s/ Donna Edward Godly Girls Network CEO Article/Registration # 3362551 Above entity formed in the state of CA This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on 4/02/2018. Regina Alcomendras, County Clerk Recorder By: /s/ Nina Khamphilath, Deputy File No. FBN 640575

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 640469 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: J & C JANITORIAL, 853 Calhoun St Apt 2, San Jose, CA 95116, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by an: Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Juan C Juarez, 853 Calhoun St Apt 2, San Jose, CA 95116. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 4/16/2009. This filing is a refile of previous file #FBN576692 with changes. “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.) /s/ Juan C Juarez This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on 3/27/2018. Regina Alcomendras, County Clerk Recorder By: /s/ Nina Khamphilath, Deputy File No. FBN 640469 April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 640509 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: SABOR, 1015 California Ave, San Jose, CA 95125, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by an: Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Elaine

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April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 640576 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: KINGDOM WORSHIP

CLASSIFIEDS / LEGALS CENTER INTERNATIONAL CHURCH, 4848 San Felipe Road, San Jose, CA 95135, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by a: Corporation. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): Godly Girls Network, 4848 San Felipe Rd, San Jose, CA 95135. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 2/28/2011. This filing is a first filing. “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.) /s/ Donna Edward Godly Girls Network CEO Article/Registration # 3362551 Above entity formed in the state of CA This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on 4/02/2018. Regina Alcomendras, County Clerk Recorder By: /s/ Nina Khamphilath, Deputy File No. FBN 640576 April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 640578 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: LIFE GUIDE COACHES, LLC, 5655 Silver Creek Valley #401, San Jose, CA 95138, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by a: Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is (are): LIFE GUIDE COACHES, LLC, 5655 Silver Creek Valley Road #401, San Jose, CA 95138. The registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 11/17/2017. This filing is a first filing. “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.) /s/ Donna M. Edward LIFE GUIDE COACHES, LLC CEO Article/Registration # 201731710167 Above entity formed in the state of CA This statement was filed with the Co. Clerk

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV325594 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Oanh Ha. Petitioner(s) Oanh Ha has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Oanh Ha to Josephine Ha b. Anh That Nhat Ton to Anthony Ton. 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 6/26/2018 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. March 27, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 6, 13, 20, 27 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV325521 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Anh Nu Hoang Ton. Petitioner(s) Anh Nu Hoang Ton has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Anh Nu Hoang Ton to Angela Ton. 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 6/26/2018 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of


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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. March 26, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 6, 13, 20, 27 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV325658 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Rudolph Castaneda. Petitioner(s) Rudy Valenzuela Castaneda has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Rudolph Castaneda to Rudy Valenzuela Castaneda. 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 7/03/2018 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. March 28, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 6, 13, 20, 27 2018 AMENDED ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 17CV321125 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Pei-Pei Yuan. Petitioner(s) Pei-Pei Yuan and Po-Chia Huang have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Chih-Ching Huang to Iris Chih-Ching Huang. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter ap-

EL OBSERVADOR | www.el-observador.com pear 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 7/03/2018 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. March 29, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 6, 13, 20, 27 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV325582 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Sakineh Abousaeidan. Petitioner(s) Sakineh Abousaeidan has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Sakineh Abousaeidan to

Mina Abousaeidan. 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 6/26/2018 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. March 27, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 6, 13, 20, 27 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV325667 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Fu Hwang. Petitioner(s) Fu Hwang has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk

WHAT ARE SUITABLE MATERIALS FOR MAKING BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC BESIDES CORN AND SUGARCANE? IS PINEAPPLE OR PEANUT SUITABLE?

of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Fu Hwang to Frank Hwang. 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 7/03/2018 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. March 28, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 6, 13, 20, 27 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV325632 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Tung Tran. Petitioner(s) Tung

Tran has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Tung Dang Tran to Todd 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 name should not be granted on 7/03/2018 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. March 28, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 6, 13, 20, 27 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 18CV325613 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter

biodegradable. Since we know how to grow these food crops so well, using the minimal amount of land for the highest yield, we can create bioplastic pretty efficiently. But given still exploding global human population numbers and more hungry mouths to feed, many wonder if it makes sense to take away land that could be used to grow food to make more plastic, even if it is biodegradable. To avoid wasting food crops to make plastic, researchers have pioneered new formulations of biodegradable plastic derived from feedstock not suitable for food or feed, such as wood, wheat straw, bagasse, corn cobs, palm fruit bunches, switch grass and waste vegetable oil. In Europe, the Mars candy company is using potato waste in its biodegradable wrappers for Snickers bars. Likewise, there’s no reason why pineapple or peanut couldn’t work as a feedstock—though market conditions usually dictate that such products fetch a higher price as food, especially since they don’t have to be processed as they would if they become bioplastic.

If we can get production costs down, there's no technical reason not to replace conventional petroleum-based plastics with biomass-based biodegradable varieties. Credit: Pixabay

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Biodegradable plastic is defined as any form of plastic that can break down into its constituent components in the environment within days, weeks or months without leaving behind potentially toxic residue. The term bioplastic

refers to any form of plastic derived from organic or plant-based materials rather than petroleum, regardless of whether it can break down (biodegrade) easily in the environment. Thus, the two terms are not necessarily the same, although many use the terms interchangeably. The most common iteration of bioplastic, socalled PLA (polylactic acid) plastic, is typically derived from corn or sugarcane—and is

Yet another even more futuristic category of bioplastic feedstock uses algae or even carbon dioxide or methane waste to produce biodegradable plastic. These so-called “third generation” or “nextgen” feedstocks do double duty by both creating biodegradable plastic and removing pollutants that would otherwise contribute to climate change or eutrophication (an excessive buildup of nutrients in waterways that causes a dense growth of plant life and death of animal life from lack of oxygen). While biodegradable plastic is hardly commonplace yet on store shelves, there are

APRIL 27 - MAY 3, 2018 of the application of: Hala Atta Siddig. Petitioner(s) Hala Atta Siddig has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Hala Atta Siddig to Hala Atta Siddig Elatta. 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 6/26/2018 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. March 28, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 6, 13, 20, 27 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME

NO. 18CV325329 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Virginia Valle. Petitioner(s) Virginia Valle has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Virginia Santos to Virginia Valle. 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 6/26/2018 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. March 23, 2018 Rise Jones Pichon Judge of the Superior Court April 6, 13, 20, 27 2018

actions consumers can take to move things along. Encourage manufacturers to switch to biodegradable plastics and stop buying products made with conventional plastic. Sign the Earth Day Network’s petition to end plastic pollution. While no one can reasonably argue against replacing conventional plastics with biodegradable ones, researchers from the UK’s University of Portsmouth and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory accidentally developed an enzyme that breaks down conventional plastic into its constituent parts. This discovery could revolutionize recycling and be a Godsend for marine and terrestrial ecosystems beset by plastic waste. “We can all play a significant part in dealing with the plastic problem,” says the University of Portsmouth’s John McGeehan. “But the scientific community who ultimately created these ‘wondermaterials’, must now use all the technology at their disposal to develop real solutions.” CONTACTS: Earth Day Network’s “Help End Plastic Pollution” Petition, www.earthday.org/ end-plastic-pollution-petition/; Mars, www. mars.com; University of Portsmouth, www.port.ac.uk/ school-of-biological-sciences/staff/johnmcgeehan.html. EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of the nonprofit EarthTalk. To donate, visit www. earthtalk.org.  Send questions to: question@ earthtalk.org.


APRIL 27 - MAY 3, 2018

CONOCIENDO: ENJAMBRE

La agrupación rock alternativo de el sur de California tiene raíces que cruzan fronteras

Photo Credit: Enjambre Arturo Hilario El Observador

Vocalista Luis Umberto Navejas, sus hermanos y unos amigos de escuela fueron los miembros fundadores de la banda Enjambre. La agrupación empezó en el sur de california en los principios de los años 2000’s y su sonido puede ser describido como mezcla de rock clásico y música romántica de latinoamérica, con un toque de ciencia ficción. Enjambre está a partir de ahora de gira promocionando su sexto álbum, “Imperfecto Extraño”, y llegará a San Francisco a dar un concierto (en los talones del cinco de mayo) el viernes cuatro de mayo en el Clift Hotel. Tuvimos oportunidad de hablar con Luis Umberto sobre las inicias de la banda, su mudanza de los estados unidos ha su patria México, y lo qué significa para ellos los elementos buenos y malos de su país que nuevamente llaman su hogar. Para empezar, ¿puedes hablar un poco sobre cómo fueron los empiezos de la agrupación? En la banda somos tres hermanos y dos amigos de high school. Nosotros somos originarios de Fresnillo, Zacatecas y a los principios de los 2000’s fuimos a vivir al sur de California, en Orange County, y allí es donde empezó la banda. Entonces [para] la mayoría de la banda nuestro apellido es Navejas, y sonaba como abejas, entonces nos pusimos Enjambre, como un enjambre de abejas. En inglés, “the bee swarm”. Después de una alineación diferente y de un primer disco que nos fue transformable bien en el sur de california hicimos un cambio drástico a nuestra música y grabamos un disco segundo, al finales del 2006-7, y empezamos una gira en México todos nosotros teníamos trabajos en el sur de california entonces estábamos viviendo como cualquier inmigrante, pero cuando entramos a México de gira nos empezamos a dar cuenta de que el público crecía. Decidimos quedarnos una temporada [en México] enfocados a la música y ahora ya no nos hemos ido, ya no volvimos. Nos ha ido bien al grupo. Ahora estamos promocionando nuestro septo álbum, contentos de hacerlo, contentos de estar de gira. Siempre quisimos presentar el rock con ciertas características de cantantes románticos y latinoamericanos, como Rafael Napoleón y José José, por lo menos ese es lo que dicen que suena, es lo que escuchamos en casa. Tiene rock clásico, rock progresivo y de los 70’s, sintonizadores de aquella época también, y bueno todo ya envuelto en un sonido que es nuestro. ¿Que diferencias hay en vivir en los estados unidos y luego regresar a México y quedarse allí?

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Fue raro porque nosotros hamos sido de familias que vivían en México y querían ir a los estados unidos para buscar una vida más de mejor calidad. Nosotros éramos como parte de eso, de esa tradición que era la razón que estábamos en los estados unidos, nos fuimos con nuestra familia, con nuestros papas. El volver al México era nomas de ir a vacaciones o nos dimos cuenta de que no es estados unidos en que hay oportunidad. Para nosotros es la ciudad de México. Y ahora que estamos viajando y en diferentes lugares me di cuenta de que en realidad el lugar de las oportunidades no es un lugar físico, es dondequiera que uno pone sus pies, la oportunidad la busque uno onda sea que esté. Me da mucho gusto romper esa tradición de mi casa porque no creo que todas las tradiciones tengan resultado positivo y nadamas estar en un círculo vicioso en un estilo de vida de que ‘creces y vas a trabajar a los estados unidos’ no tiene nada de malo ese estilo de vida pero no es para todos. En nuestro caso no lo fue, es la música y era muy lindo volver a los estados unidos con un contexto muy diferente. Ahora vamos para vacaciones, vamos a visitar familia y amigos. Es muy lindo, y vivir una vida agusta aqui en México también. Me puedes hablar un poco sobre este disco “Imperfectos Extraños”, y ¿que fue el método de sacar el sonido del disco, que fue el logro? Desde nuestros primeros discos era una búsqueda de sintetizador y instrumentos. Anteriormente los instrumentos fueron difíciles de adquirir sin ingresos. Es cara. Ahora que tenemos un presupuesto un poquito más generoso pudimos usar sintonizadores más antiguos y repararlos y entonces el resultado de “Imperfectos Extraños” tiene que ver mucho con eso y los sonidos que tantos nos gusta de esa época. Tiene una estampa muy marcada de lo que nos gusta, rock clásico y del lado dramático que también es una marca constante en Enjambre, tiene una dosis bastante fuerte de aquello. Tiene sus dos polos, y todo envuelto en esta muestra de sintonizadores sugiriendo una dimensión desconocida, o la ciencia ficción, como tal vez se veía en los 70’s. Y creo que esta muy bien logrado en ese respecto. A mi me gustaría que le gente lo escuche y que ellos den su opinión o que la definan como a ellos se les ajuste a su día a día, nos gusta ser partícipes de la banda sonora de el ser humano.

tiene un espíritu vivo y dispuesto a seguir adelante, y no dejar de que semejantes tragedias naturales los derrumbe, integralmente, espiritualmente para poder seguir adelante con sus vidas. Viviendo en México ahora, y teniendo la experiencia de vivir en los estados unidos, viendo cómo son ambas comunidades, ¿que puedes decir sobre las experiencias con los aspectos políticos de ambos? Yo creo que no cabe duda de que es un poco vergonzoso ver como el presidente de los estados unidos está manejando al país, yo me siento mal por los anos que viví en los estados unidos tengo cierto cariño por el ciudadano americano en general. Soy franco, yo vivo en México y a pesar de que si hay problemas en los estados unidos que nos afectan el país tiene una crisis mucho mayor, tenemos presidente igual de malo, tenemos problemas de seguridad, de pobreza, de corrupción. Yo antes de criticar otros países hay que recordarnos que hay mucho que hacer aqui en México. La gente es excelente, trabajadora, y emprendedora y es un país rico en diversos recursos y no deberíamos estar en una posición que estamos. Antes de apuntar el dedo a otro país o otro presidente tenemos que poner la atención a lo que está pasando en nuestro país. [Ahora] la gente no puede salir en la noche a pasarla bien porque hay seguridad pública competente. No es posible que la gente está desapareciendo. No es justo que la gente que tiene negocios tenga que esconder porque les cobran piso. Es una época de terror en México y la verdad me gustaría mas bien si hay un tipo de cambio o un ajuste en un gobierno empezar por el mío. Y para la última pregunta. Primeramente, muchas gracias Luis por tomar tiempo para hablar. Entonces, la música de Enjambre toma una ruta que puede ser visto como universal en su sonido y

temas. ¿La intención de la música de Enjambre es de conectar con los hispanohablantes, los mexicanos, o a todos los que escuchen? La primer intención de componer nuestra música es expresarnos y si hay alguien que va a simpatizar con el mensaje o como se está armando la canción la verdad es irrelevancia de donde son. Pero sucede que si somos mexicanos y que si tenemos cariño a nuestro país. Y sucede que nuestro informo nos influencia a la hora de componer música entonces si existe un especie de conexión con nuestro país y nuestra música. No estamos cerrados a que sea música dedicada al mexicano. Si gente de otros países les gusta, mejor. En estados unidos podemos resonar excelente. Hablando de la humanidad la verdad soy un ser humano y creo que seriamos un mejor mundo si en realidad fuéramos más considerado al prójimo. Creo que vivemos en un lugar, un país y un mundo que existe un egoísmo y una indiferencia hacia el vecino. Ese es la primera crisis que existe en la búsqueda de paz. No puedes tener paz interior, no puedes tener paz ante la humanidad. Si uno está viviendo constantemente de chingar al otro, entonces va ver mas falta de paz interna.   Y yo creo que tener amor al ser humano sería un paso bastante abismal para mejorar nuestra situación en México y en cualquier lugar. Nosotros hacemos música,  nuestro tema no es una en particular, sino varios y lo hacemos en la manera más digna, más honrada posible y siempre pasárnoslo bien. Esto es lo que no corresponde a nosotros, estamos haciéndolo en una manera honrada y transparente, y creo que esa es nuestra contribución. Para más información, el sitio de la banda esta en enjambre.mx.

Quería preguntar sobre sus experiencias ayudando a la gente de Morelos después de los terremotos en México el pasado septiembre. Si, nosotros fuimos a Tlaquiltenango y Jojutla que fueron los lugares más devastados por la tragedia del terremoto y cuando pasaron los terremotos nos juntamos para discutir que podríamos contribuir. Afortunadamente la gente en México no se quedó con los brazos cruzados, hubo una atención inmediata a los problemas. Había muchísima gente donando. Se vio un México muy unido, amoroso. Yo me di cuenta que con Enjambre pudimos ayudar, y intentamos en una manera más efectiva. En ese momento hay mucha ayuda, pero yo pensé entre unos dos tres meses la necesidad va estar alli ya bajar la fiebre de la ayuda. Allí es cuando nosotros fuimos a participar y fue justo en ese momento cuando regresamos a los lugares afectados donde había mucha necesidad, pero ya no tanta ayuda. Aprovechamos recudir dinero de nuestros conciertos a donar dinero a fundaciones que ayudaban a reconstruir hogares y fue una cosa que nos partió el corazón, pero al mismo tiempo nos dio mucho orgullo como la gente

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FOLCLOR MEXICANO, BELLEZA Y PATRIMONIO flores, pulseras, collares, aretes, sombreros y rebozos. Hablando del estado de Puebla, la tradicional china poblana, es considerado un traje que fue resultado de la mezcla de la vestimenta de La Nueva España y algunas zonas urbanas del centro y sureste del país. El traje, lleva consigo una blusa blanca y se tejen bordados de colores en forma de flores y figuras geométricas. El atuendo típico mexicano se ha preservado como una de las costumbres y formas de vida ancestral, lo que hoy en día constituye parte esencial del patrimonio cultural mexicano”. Comentó Palmira.

Mario Jiménez Castillo El Observador Llegó la época festiva, el tradicional “cinco de mayo”, ocasión que celebra el triunfo de las tropas mexicanas contra el ejército francés en la famosa Batalla de Puebla, aquella Bataille de Puebla de 1862. En estas fechas tenemos la oportunidad de apreciar las costumbres, tradiciones y el folclor de México en todo su esplendor. Durante esta temporada se presentan en diversas ciudades de California, grupos artísticos que nos deleitan con la danza azteca y los bailes folclóricos, dichos bailes son acompañados con vestuarios vistosos y trajes típicos para la

ocasión. Platicamos con Palmira Macías, gerente de la tienda “De la Rosa”, en San José, tienda que cuenta con la tradición de vender los trajes folclóricos más hermosos de la ciudad. Ella nos comentó que los trajes típicos de México, son el resultado de la fusión de las culturas indígenas y española. Jalisco, es uno de los estados representativos del folclor nacional, se destaca por su belleza y colorido, haciendo gala de colores como el rosa mexicano, el amarillo, rojo y color naranja. Y por supuesto el tradicional traje de charro. “Cada uno de los estados de la República Mexicana, está representado por sus trajes típicos regionales y sus danzas. Los atuendos folclóricos se adornan con trenzas, peinetas,

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También charlamos con una diseñadora de modas local, América Sánchez, ella nos relató que su fuente de inspiración en los trajes que diseña, es el colorido vibrante de los trajes típicos mexicanos, “ Me siento orgullosa de mi herencia cultural, siempre es un placer para mí, crear diseños que representen el folclor y las tradiciones de México”. “Como diseñadora mexicana, invito a los padres de familia a que les enseñen a sus niños desde pequeños, la importancia de nuestra herencia y folclor nacional. He diseñado trajes tradicionales con un toque moderno, un toque mágico que proviene de la gran variedad de colores que hacen resaltar a nuestro país en el exterior”. Platicamos con América acerca del Ballet Folclórico de Amalia Hernández, quien fuese una pionera en este tipo de espectáculos. “Las danzas mexicanas te transportan a otros sitios y a otros tiempos, tienen una magia que agrada a cualquier espectador”. Comentó América. Localmente contamos con varios grupos de baile folclórico, entre ellos destaca el Ballet Folclórico “Fuego Nuevo”. Agrupación artística que cuenta con más de una década de trayectoria en el Área de la Bahía y California. Cada estado de México es representado por una gran cantidad de danzas típicas y trajes regionales que difieren entre ellos, pero al mismo tiempo, están ligados por sus textiles, gracia, belleza y colorido. El folclor mexicano, es un patrimonio no solamente de México sino de todo el mundo. “Feliz cinco de mayo y que viva México”.

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you have phone sex with it? La-la-la-la, I can’t hear you … don’t answer; they are rhetorical questions. But I have to ask, is a relationship with a non-sentient NLP system cheating? When trying to qualify what “falling in love” means, most people pointed out, “If you need to fill an emotional void in your life, it doesn’t matter if you’re doing it with a human, a machine, a hobby or your work. If your partner cannot fulfill your emotional needs and you don’t disclose this reality to them, you’re cheating.” You may or may not agree with that consensus, but this is only armchair research. I’m sure there will be many professional ethicists and scientific researchers exploring the full range of human emotions involved. The Next Level

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Season 1 of HBO’s Westworld reboot completely captured my imagination, so in honor of the premiere of Season 2, I thought it would be fun to revisit just one of the mind-bending techno-ethics questions sparked by the series. BTW: This article was originally published on December 11, 2016. It should not surprise you to learn that the pace of technological change suggested in this writing has been surpassed, so the discussion topics offered here are now significantly less hypothetical. Westworld has inspired some of the best, most engaging (mercifully apolitical) conversations I’ve had in a very long while. The series is both entertaining and thoughtprovoking. If you haven’t seen it, Westworld is an HBO series, based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie, about a futuristic amusement park where people can interact with synthetic humans (robots that are indistinguishable from human beings) and do pretty much whatever they want with them. Is Sex with a Robot Cheating? Yes or No? There are quite a few articles that explore the ethical and moral issues arising from the advent of this type of technology. This article is not one of them. This article is about the incremental technological steps between where we are now and where this is clearly going. So if you want a yes or no answer to the question, “Is sex with a robot cheating?” you have to reword the question thusly: “Is sex with a surrogate, synthetic human with a convincing amount of AI capabilities cheating?” Asked that way, mostly everyone I’ve discussed this with would quickly say, “Yes.” Which raises the question, “When is this going to become an actual problem, as opposed to a hypothetical one?”

The difficulty in answering “when” is complicated by the verb “to be.” In the series, we (the audience), they (the humans who visit Westworld) and the Hosts (the synthetic humans) do not know if the Hosts are sentient. If they are sentient, then we have created artificial life. That technology will come with its own set of remarkable problems. (We’ll explore artificial life in a different article.)

The adult entertainment industry is evolving Virtual Reality (VR) much more quickly than it evolved streaming video or webcams. There are several companies working as quickly as possible to combine VR, NLP and AI to create convincing sexual experiences. Following this logical progression, would a relationship with a non-sentient system that combines VR, NLP and AI be considered cheating? The Next Level

That aside, if they are not sentient, then they are just mechanical devices. But this line of reasoning has gotten me into a bit of trouble.

Not to get too graphic, if we add some rudimentary mechanical devices to this VR, NLP, AI system, would a relationship with this modern-day version of Woody Allen’s Orgasmatron be considered cheating?

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If we build this system into a lifelike, semirobotic doll … now?

“Real” Westworld-style Hosts are the stuff of science fiction. (We’ll discuss what it might take to build one in a minute.) The point is, you don’t need anything like a Westworldstyle Host to create a real world of ethical, moral and sexual issues.

What if it were a toaster oven or a smartphone or a table saw?

In 2013, Joaquin Phoenix starred in Her, a movie about a man who falls in love with a natural language processing (NLP) system named Samantha. According to the Consumer Technology Association, in 2013 NLP systems could understand approximately 3 out of 4 spoken words. Today it’s just shy of 4 out of 4. That is an amazing amount of technological ground to cover in only three years. Why do we care about NLP? Well, at the current pace of technological change, the science fiction female NLP system that Joaquin Phoenix fell in love with in the movie is just a few years from becoming science fact. We’re just waiting for AI to improve a bit – not all the way to pseudoconsciousness (however that may be defined), but just good enough to fool you. (Do some research about the  Turing test  if you’re truly interested in what I mean by “fool.”) Can you fall in love with a computer? Can

Some Guidelines Are Required Are you having trouble placing the line that needs to be crossed? Do you have a private line as well as a line that you would prefer to present to the outside world? If we’re talking about a device that is not sentient or conscious – a machine – is there even a line? I’ll let others tell you how to think. I’m just going to tell you about the technologies that are here today or just over the horizon. From a technologist’s perspective, I can say with certainty that we are very close to creating systems that will cause us to rethink and redefine some of our most sacred ideas. Terms like relationship, commitment, fidelity, monogamy and many, many more are about to evolve. In practice, we don’t need anything like a real Westworld-style Host to cause all kinds of pain, anxiety or worse.

Remember that talk you had with your parents when you were just starting to notice the opposite sex? It’s time to think about how that talk is going to sound when you add loving, committed relationships with an AI system to the mix.

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Unless the machine identifies itself as a machine, a child who is between the ages of five and eight years old today will not be able to tell if they are speaking to a person or a machine by the time they are at an age where they are seriously dating. At the rate the technology is progressing, it will take less than 10 years to get there – probably way less. Mind-bending Issues Want to think about some potentially mindbending consequences of the advance of machine learning and NLP systems? I wrote an article in May 2016 titled “I’ve Talked to the Future and It Talked Back.”  Here’s a question you should be asking yourself today: “Should you treat your household NLP interface (Alexa, Google Personal Assistant, etc.) like a person? Should you be polite when you speak to it, or is it OK to be abrupt or even abusive? The devices won’t care. They don’t have feelings; they are computers that have been programmed to speak with us. Will we care? How will we teach our children to differentiate between machines that sound and act like people, and other disembodied voices that are actual people? Will a child (or a grown-up) know when a customer service representative is a person or an NLP interface? In the very near future, it will be almost impossible to tell.” That’s Great, but When Will We Get Westworld-Style Hosts? There have been countless hours of chatter between my professional friends and colleagues who work in and around the technologies we believe would be required to create real Westworld-style Hosts. I say “believe” because if we were to start building one today, we could only use the component technologies we have now: current chipsets, power sources, machine learning, data science, robotics, nanotechnology, regenerative reliquary (bio-printed scaffolding seeded with stem cells or something like stem cells), some kind of chemistry to blend collagen with synthetic fiber or a fully synthetic substitute for collagen, and on and on. But that’s today. If anyone were to start this journey with any hope of making a device not only that was indistinguishable from a human but also that could fool another human into believing it was alive, they’d probably be better off waiting for a more advanced set of building blocks. Assuming there is a reason to actually build Hosts, they will probably be born in the last half of this century. Could it be sooner? Of course. On the other hand, get ready to discuss relationships with machines realistically, because the subject will not be hypothetical much longer. Author’s note:  This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.


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Como emitió un plan para asegurar que las personas con discapacidades pudieran tener los apoyos y servicios que necesitan para vivir en casa – planes que de verdad podrían ahorrarle dinero al estado. Pero en opinión de Lindsay Miller, directora ejecutiva de la Asociación de la Vida Independiente de Nueva York (New York Association on Independent Living), año tras año los fondos para hacer realidad ese plan han quedado fuera de todos los presupuestos y este año es lo mismo. “Habíamos presentado propuestas muy simples, de sentido común, con costos muy bajos, y no sólo no avanzaron sino que se dejaron unas nuevas políticas que realmente le dificultan a la gente con discapacidades obtener los servicios que necesitan en su comunidad.”

Al ayudar a la gente a que deje la atención institucional, los centros de vida independiente han ahorrado al estado de New York $2 billones de dólares en 10 años. Photo Credit: Pixabay

Andrea Sears/Alfonso López-Collada Public News Service ALBANY, N.Y. – La comunidad neoyorquina que sufre discapacidades emitió reporte dando al presupuesto final del estado una calificación reprobatoria.

Ayer estuvieron en Albany personas con discapacidades para decir a los legisladores que Nueva York está reprobando en cuanto a proveer de fondos a programas vitales para una vida independiente. Hace cinco años el Gobernador Andrew

Emitieron una libreta de calificaciones que le da al estado una calificación reprobatoria en cinco de ocho áreas, incluyendo aprobar un presupuesto final para los centros de vida independiente, cuyos fondos no han aumentado en 13 años. Si bien ambas cámaras de la Legislatura hacen algunas buenas propuestas cada año, Miller opina que el problema es

tener programas que sirvan a las personas discapacitadas que están repartidas en muchas agencias estatales. “Vivienda, transporte, servicios de salud y los fondos para una vida independiente, se incluyen en la educación. Estamos tan dispersos que no tenemos un compromiso fijo de fondos para temas de discapacidad.” Agrega que las posibilidades de un fondeo estatal exitoso para gente con discapacidades aumentarán si al iniciar el proceso se establece una meta de fondos. Si bien hay comités legislativos para ciertas necesidades especificas de la comunidad discapacitada, Miller señala que actualmente sólo la Asamblea tiene un comité para defender más ampliamente a la gente con discapacidades. “No hay contraparte en el Senado y realmente no tenemos un defensor en la oficina del Gobernador. Así que lo que pedimos es el compromiso de que haya un subcomité de presupuesto en temas de discapacidad.” Dice que también el Gobernador necesita proponer fondos adicionales en su presupuesto ejecutivo para asegurar que se incluyan los fondos para discapacidades en el presupuesto final.

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