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OPINION

Hilbert Morales EL OBSERVADOR A positive attitude about the coming 2017 New Year is best for your personal mental health. Examine your current interests, lifestyle, and values to discern what it is you inf luence; need to change; and potentially has the prospect of improving your social and economic situation. Decide where you want to be by New Year's Eve 2018. What is important to you will help set your priorities. Focus upon no more than three objectives (goals) based upon resources available to you. Associate with individuals who will support and encourage you; who know how to communicate 'constructive suggestions and information' because criticism often discourages. What are the transitions which you personally desire the most? Define the very small steps which get you there 'bit by bit' because anything approached 'inch by inch' is a cinch. Know that small successes and accomplishments eventually add up to personal transitions

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DURING 2017 NEW YEAR ENJOY YOUR OWN EXPECTATIONS not thought possible. Some LUCK is always involved: Love; Understanding; Capacity and Knowledge. Each of these can be acquired and developed with time and applied effort. What has transpired prior to December 31, 2016 cannot be changed. What can be inf luenced is what is under your personal control; it's what you decide to support or oppose. One essential skill not practiced effectively by many today because of the many distractions is that of just dreaming; just pretending as if you already were accomplished enough to fit into that personal future being which you conceptualize in your mind. Dr. Roberto Cruz would tell his students, “Whatever you can conceive you may achieve when you take appropriate actions.” Dreams establish expectations which in turn, when examined, tell you what you need to do. Most important is to determine the 'correct sequence' of skills and knowledge to be acquired. I recall when my peers, teachers, and counselors told me I could never become a chemist. No

one I knew was a chemist (who could be a role model or mentor). But becoming a chemist required learning its vocabulary, its basic concepts. Then its numerous possibilities became visible: Inorganic or Organic Chemistry; Physical Chemistry; Biochemistr y; Clinical Chemistry; polymer chemistry, etc. One's perspective and outlook change; analytic skills improve with time and increased know-how. It is essential to start with your unique reality which becomes your launching pad. It is also very essential not to only just think about it-which becomes a form of analysis paralysis. This paralysis is broken when your curiosity is applied 'to check things out.' It is possible to design your own reality and therefore your life. Understand that insightful innovation is exciting. It energizes once one begins the process of redefining who you are, who you associate with; what you may do and how you do things. All this improves your ability to do more than you ever thought would be possible.. What all this all adds up to

is the changes which inf luence your personhood. Too many fear developmental changes. Too many try to avoid change with the result that an outdated decline is inevitable. Individual American citizens would be well advised to be ready for whatever happens during the coming Trump Administration. DARK MONEY has derailed the traditional democratic decision making processes per the U.S. Constitution. What this 2016 election process has exposed is that already an oligarchy exists which cherishes power, inf luence and has more concentrated wealth than the American nation which is already the most powerful super-power in this world. 2017 will provide its unique challenges. We, the People must be prepared to do what needs to be done if the coming Republican Presidency, Senate, and House of Representatives continue to enact tax laws that favor the already super-wealthy. This coming Republican Administration is already saying that they are the advocates for the working

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middle class. We are forced to give them a chance to demonstrate that. In addition, American citizens need to be ready to do what has to be done to preserve this American Democracy.. There is no other choice. Each American citizen needs to become well acquainted with the U.S. Constitution in preparation to defend it. The main challenge is to distribute the wealth of this nation in an equitable manner that promotes the common weal for the greatest number while continuing to take care of those who cannot fend for themselves. We must support policies which care for the many, not just for the privileged few. So the most important 2017 New Year's resolution one may make is to 'get involved in the cause to save American Democracy from an impending oligarchy'. Believe in this cause. PLEDGE TO UNDERTAKE THE COMMITTED EFFORT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Happy New Year...During 2017 strive hopefully to accomplish your own expectations.

Starting The New Year By Improving Relationships American Counseling Association R ​ elationships come in many flavors. They range from very casual to quite close, such as those individuals we consider real friends, often people we have known for a long time. And closest of all, as you might expect, is usually with someone with whom we are romantically and emotionally involved, a spouse or a signif icant other. B ​ ut what many of us fail to appreciate is that all good relationships require work and that's especially tr ue as a relationship ages. While it may often feel that our associations with others simply " happen," these connec tions require thought and effort if we

want them to endure and grow. One i mp or t a n t step in strengthening a relationship is simple being accepting. No two people are exactly alike and what often helps establish a relationship is that each party brings something a little different to the association. However, over time, we may forget that some of those differences were what helped establish the initial relationship. We, instead, may unconsciously be tr y ing to make the other person more like ourselves. It helps to step back, evaluate what makes that relationship special, and refocus on the positive things rather than the differences you may have. ​G ood relationships also have to be able to survive disagreements.

There are going to be times when friends or spouses are going to have differing opinions about a particular subject, with each going in quite an opposite direction. While it might seem nice (if boring), if everyone agreed all the time, for a relationship to thrive it's necessary sometimes to accept the other person's thoughts and to simply agree to disagree. ​ nother basic element for a good A relationship is being able to communicate with the other person. That sounds simple, but in our busy, often stressful world, it can be easy to ignore someone you care about without really meaning to do it. ​T he key is to take time to focus on how well you are communicating with those you care about. And

that doesn't just mean sharing all of your ideas and problems. It means making time for the other person, asking questions and really listening, especially when there are problem areas. I​ mproving your relationships is a wonderful resolution to make for the New Year. And making it work isn't all that hard. It just requires paying more attention and making time to listen to and enjoy that other person. ​C ounseling Corner" is provided by the A merican Counseling A ssociat ion. C omment s and que s t ion s t o AC A c or ner@ counseling.org or visit the ACA website at www.counseling.org.

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HOW TO MAKE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS YOU’LL ACTUALLY KEEP

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Better Business Bureau New Year’s resolutions are a long-standing tradition, and millions of Americans make them each year. These resolutions represent a chance for a fresh start in the New Year. Whether you want to get rid of a bad habit, change a behavior, or reach a goal, a resolution can be a great way to start the New Year on a positive note and stay motivated. Everyone’s personal goals and challenges differ, and a resolution could be anything from doing more kind deeds to traveling the globe. However, most people have more in common than you’d think. Nielsen studies show that common resolutions stay the same every year, and include exercising more, losing weight, saving more, getting organized and spending more time with family and friends. Unfortunately, resolutions are notoriously difficult to maintain. Around half of Americans make pledges to better themselves every New Year, but not all succeed. Research by John Norcross of the University of Scranton has shown that although 77% of resolvers maintained their pledges for one week, that number dropped to 46% after six months and only 19% after two years. Why are resolutions so hard to keep? Psychology Today offers a few reasons: people aren’t truly ready to change and often set unrealistic goals and expectations. Although being ready to make a change and willing to commit to a resolution varies by person and goal, anyone can improve their chances of succeeding by creating their goals through the SMART framework.

When you’re making your 2017 New Year’s resolutions, think about them in these SMART terms to maximize your odds of change: •Specific: define the goal as specifically as possible. Write out your goal with as much specific language as you can. Try to answer: who is involved, what do I want to accomplish, where will it be done, why am I doing it, which constraints will I face, and how will I accomplish it. For example, instead of setting the goal “I want to lose weight”, go for “I want to lose 15 pounds in 6 months”.

•Timely: your goal should include a time-limit. Be specific about when you want to complete your goal, it’ll help you establish a sense of urgency and keep you accountable. Instead of deciding that you want to “save $1,000”, decide that you’ll “save $1,000 by June 1st”.

By making specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely goals, you’re setting yourself up to succeed in reaching them – no matter what changes you’ll have to make. And that’s truly smart!

•Measurable: how will you measure your goal? This will keep you accountable and give you feedback. You want to be able to track the progress of your goal. For example, if your goal is “I want to be more social”, decide whether you’ll measure it by social outings you attend, contact you have with friends or new people you meet. •Attainable: is the goal reasonable? Make sure the goal isn’t out of reach. It’s okay if it’ll be challenging to achieve, but don’t set yourself up for failure. For example, if your goal is to travel, make the resolution to “visit one new country”, not “visit every continent”. •Relevant: is the goal worthwhile, and will it help you meet your long-term goals? Your goal should be consistent with other goals in your life and help you achieve a biggerpicture goal. Your goal should be something that will make you truly happier and better in the long-run. For example, if you generally want to try to save money, spend more time with your family and focus on your career, your resolution shouldn’t be to “take a 6-month solo trip around the globe”.

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There are also usually time limits for returns. The NRF survey found that 25% of stores change their return policy for the holiday season, meaning time limits and other policies may be different than what you’re used to.

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DON’T WANT YOUR GIFT? Follow these tips for hassle-free returns Better Business Bureau

is 2% higher than the annual return rate.

Once the season of giving ends, a new one begins: the season of returns! Needing to return a holiday gift at some point is unavoidable – according to a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey, 38% of gift recipients returned at least one item last holiday season. In fact, the same survey found that 10% of holiday sales are returned, which

Although returns are common, return policies vary greatly across stores. Stores aren’t legally required to accept items for refund, exchange or credit unless goods were defective or misrepresented. Some stores provide refunds, while others only issue store credits. A few stores consider all sales to be final, while others do so only for sale or clearance items.

Luckily for consumers, most retailers accept returns in some form or another. However, returns can sometimes be frustrating. This is especially true after the holidays. Postholiday returns usually mean long lines at the store. Additionally, the NRF survey found that 32% of people rarely or never include receipts with their gifts, making returns potentially more difficult. In 2015, around 1 in 10 complaints filed with Better Business Bureau (BBB) nationally had to do with issues with refunds/exchanges. Although returning gifts can be stressful, following these tips from your BBB can make it easier: •Know and understand the policies. Stores are generally not required by law to accept returns unless the item is defective. However, California law does have specifics regarding how a store should disclose their policy to the public. As a consumer, know whether returns are subject to any fees, like restocking fees, and if you’ll receive cash or store credit. There may be different return policies for items bought on sale/ clearance, as well as certain items due to health reasons. Return policies may also be different over the holidays, so double-check even if you’re familiar with the retailer.

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It’s also important to read and know the product’s warranty in case it’s defective. •Keep receipts and packaging. Keep any receipts that came with the gift and bring them with you. When giving gifts, try and include a gift receipt. To make returns easier, don’t remove tags from clothing and don’t remove items from their packaging until you’re sure you want to keep them. Many items, like electronics and toys, are difficult to return once opened. •Timing is important. The day after Christmas is known for frustratingly long return lines at stores. Try to plan your trips for days and times that will be less busy. However, don’t wait too long! Many stores have special holiday return policies and won’t accept items after a certain amount of time has passed. Take extra care to know the time limits for returning your item. •Know how to return gifts bought online. Read the posted return policy to find out if returns are allowed, what reasons are accepted, if there are restocking fees, where to send the item and whether you’ll have to pay for return shipping. You may be able to save shipping costs by returning an item bought online to a store location. •Re-gift, donate or sell if all else fails. Despite your best efforts, some items may just not be returnable. But don’t let the item go to waste! Consider re-gifting it, donating it or selling it.

¿NO QUIERE SU REGALO? SIGA ESTOS CONSEJOS PARA DEVOLUCIONES FÁCILES Better Business Bureau Cuando la temporada de dar termina, una nueva comienza: ¡La temporada de devolver! Tener que devolver un regalo es inevitable – de acuerdo con una encuesta de la Federación Nacional de Minoristas (NRF), 38% de los destinatarios de regalos navideños devolvió al menos un artículo en la última temporada de fiestas. De hecho, la misma encuesta encontró que 10% de las ventas navideñas se devuelven. Aunque las devoluciones son comunes, las políticas de devolución varían mucho entre tiendas. Negocios no están legalmente obligados a aceptar artículos para reembolso, ante cambio o crédito a menos que los artículos sean defectuosas o mal representadas. Algunos negocios ofrecen reembolsos, mientras otros solo dan créditos. Algunos consideran todas las ventas finales, mientras otros lo hacen solo para artículos en venta o en liquidación. También usualmente hay plazos para devoluciones. La encuesta de NRF encontró que 25% de tiendas cambian su política de devolución para la temporada

navideña, significando que plazos y otras políticas para devoluciones pueden ser diferentes de los que está acostumbrado. La buena noticia es que la mayoría de los minoristas aceptan devoluciones de una forma o otra. Sin embargo, devoluciones a veces pueden ser frustrantes. Esto es especialmente verdad después de las fiestas. Las devoluciones navideñas generalmente significan largas líneas en las tiendas. Además, la encuesta de NRF encontró que 32% de personas rara vez o nunca incluyen recibos con sus regalos, haciendo devoluciones potencialmente más difícil. En 2015, alrededor de 1 de cada 10 quejas presentadas con BBB a nivel nacional se referían a problemas con reembolsos/intercambios. Aunque devolver regalos puede ser estresante, siguiendo estos consejos de su BBB puede hacerlo más fácil:

• Conozca y entienda las políticas. Las tiendas generalmente no están obligadas por ley a aceptar devoluciones a menos que el artículo sea defectuoso. Sin embargo, la ley de California tiene detalles sobre cómo una tienda debe revelar su política al

público. Como consumidor, sepa si las devoluciones están sujetas a cualquier cargo, como una tasa de reposición, y si usted recibirá dinero en efectivo o crédito de la tienda. Es posible que hay diferentes políticas de devolución para los artículos comprados en venta/ liquidación, así para ciertos artículos por razones de salud. Las políticas de devolución también pueden ser diferentes durante la temporada de fiestas, así que todavía compruebe de nuevo si está familiarizado con el minorista. También es importante leer y conocer la garantía del producto en caso de que sea defectuosa.

• Guarde recibos y embalaje. Guarde los recibos que vienen con el regalo y tráigalos con usted. Al dar regalos, trate de incluir un recibo de regalo. Para hacer las devoluciones más fáciles, no quite las etiquetas de la ropa y no retire los artículos de su embalaje hasta que está seguro de que desea mantenerlos. Muchos artículos, como electrónicas y juguetes, son difíciles de devolver una vez abierto. • El tiempo es importante . El día después de Navidad es conocido por

las líneas que están frustrantemente largas para el retorno de producto en las tiendas. Trate de planificar sus viajes por días y horas que estarán menos ocupados. Sin embargo, no espere demasiado. Muchos negocios tienen políticas especiales para devoluciones navideñas y no aceptaran artículos después de que haya transcurrido cierto tiempo. Tenga especial cuidado de saber los plazos para devolver su regalo.

• Sepa cómo devolver regalos comprados en línea. Asegúrese de Leer la política de devolución publicada para averiguar si las devoluciones están permitidas, que razones se aceptan, si hay tasas de reposición, donde enviar el artículo, y si usted tendrá que pagar por el envió. Es posible que usted puede ahorrar costos de envió por devolviendo un artículo comprado en línea a una ubicación de la tienda. • Re-regale, done, o venda si todo lo demás falla. A pesar de sus mejores esfuerzos, algunos regalos no pueden ser retornables. ¡Pero no deje el artículo ir a la basura! Considere re-regalar, donar, o vender el regalo.


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HEALTH

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Casi 700 organizaciones presionan a líderes del Congreso a proteger la atención de salud infantil SUNDAY- 9:30AM Children Now

OAKLAND, California- Recortes de Medicaid y una derogación de la Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible tendrían un serio impacto en los niños y familias de California, dijo un grupo diverso de 695 grupos empresariales, comunitarios y de padres, congregaciones basadas en la fe y organizaciones de salud, educación y servicios sociales a la delegación de California del Congreso en una carta enviada por Children Now el jueves 22 de diciembre. "California ha avanzado inmensamente en asegurar que todos los niños del estado tienen cobertura de salud, con todos los niños menos 100,000 ya inscritos", dijo Ted Lempert, presidente de Children Now. "Cientos de organizaciones y empresas están mandando el mensaje claro de que revertir aquello ahora iría en perjuicio de los niños y las familias. Nuestros líderes en D.C. deben considerar cuidadosamente cualquier cambio propuesto a Medicaid o la Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible". La carta subraya los beneficios de por vida

para los niños con cobertura de salud y advierte a los líderes contra propuestas o acciones dañinas que amenazan la salud de los niños y las familias. La carta se produce poco después de la promesa del Presidente electo Donald Trump y líderes del Congreso de revocar la Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible. La carta y lista de firmantes está disponible en el sitio web de Children Now https:// www.childrennow.org/take-action/protecthealth-care/ Acerca de Children Now: Children Now es una organización coordinadora no partidista de investigación, desarrollo de políticas y defensa dedicada a promover la salud, educación y bienestar de los niños en California. Children Now también dirige al Children's Movement of California, una red de base de más de 1,850 organizaciones de empresas, educación, padres, derechos civiles, la fe y basadas en la comunidad, así como miles de individuos que trabajan juntos para dar prioridad a los niños en la política pública. Obtenga más información en www.childrennow.org

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Nearly 700 Organizations Push INVESTIGADORES ADVIERTEN SOBRE TERRIBLES CONSECUENCIAS DE Congressional Leaders to Protect QUITAR LA ACA Children's Health Care Suzanne Potter/Alfonso López-Collada la cantidad de no asegurados. Dice que Public News Service Children Now OAKLAND, Calif.,- Cuts to Medicaid and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would be severely detrimental to California children and families, a diverse group of 695 business, parent and community groups, faithbased congregations and health, education and social service organizations told the California's Congressional delegation in a letter sent by Children Now on Thursday December 22nd. "California has made enormous progress in ensuring that all of our state's children have health coverage– with all but 100,000 kids enrolled," Children Now President Ted Lempert said. "Hundreds of organizations and businesses are sending a clear message that rolling that back now would be damaging to children and families. Our leadership in D.C. needs to carefully consider any proposed changes to Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act." The letter highlights the lifetime benefits for

children who have health care coverage and warns leaders against harmful proposals or actions that would threaten children and family health. The letter comes on the heels of President-Elect Donald Trump's and congressional leaders' promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The letter and listing of signatories is available on Children Now's website at https:// www.childrennow.org/take-action/protecthealth-care/. About Children Now: Children Now is a nonpartisan umbrella research, policy development, and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children's health, education and well-being in California. Children Now also leads The Children's Movement of California, a grassroots network of more than 1,850 business, education, parent, civil rights, faith, and community-based organizations, as well as thousands of individuals, working together to make children a top priority in public policy. Learn more at www. childrennow.org

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Si el Congreso retira partes de la Ley de Cuidado Asequible (ACA) sin remplazarlas, el número de estadounidenses sin seguro aumentaría a más del doble para 2019 -llegando a casi 59 millones-, de acuerdo a un nuevo reporte del Urban Institute. Los analistas buscaron qué sucedería si el Congreso sigue adelante con las propuestas de aplicar una ley de reconciliación para eliminar la expansión de Medicaid, el mandato individual y la asistencia financiera federal para contratar cobertura a través del mercado estatal de seguros. Denise Tanata, de la Alianza Defensora de los Niños de Nevada, opina que los recortes serían devastadores. "El calculo es que Nevada podria perder mas de $1 billon en fondos de Medicaid y CHIP, y mas de $312 millones en asistencia del mercado... solo en el ano 2019, en el ano uno." La investigación dice que bajo una modificación parcial, 371 mil nevadeños perderían su cobertura en 2019, lo que casi duplicaría

además el estado perdería más de 16 billones de dólares de fondos federales en diez años. Tanata agrega que una derogación haría añicos los logros alcanzados en los dos años pasados para lograr que los niños tuvieran seguro, cuando Nevada anunció el más alto porcentaje de cobertura infantil del país. Joan Alker, del Centro de la Universidad Georgetown para los Niños y las Familias (GUCCF, sus siglas en inglés), espera que el Congreso considere con mucho cuidado las consecuencias de una modificación precipitada. "Necesitamos que nuestros lideres del congreso hagan el trabajo de negociar un plan de reemplazo antes de simplemente crear un caos por modificar lo que esta en su lugar." El reporte encontró también que 82 por ciento de quienes perdieran su seguro de cobertura de salud serían de familias trabajadoras, la mayoría blancos no hispanos sin título universitario. El reporte (en ingles) esta en urban.org.


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REINVENT YOUR COOKING IN 2017 WITH AWARD-WINNING RECIPE IDEAS Inspiration from award-winning recipes adds pizzazz to everyday dishes

1 tablespoon fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped Directions: Combine cornmeal, sugar and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Add corn kernels. Slowly whisk boiling water into dry mixture. Combine butter and vanilla in a small bowl then stir into batter. Let batter sit for 5-10 minutes. Heat an electric or 12-inch non-stick skillet on medium heat. When hot, lightly grease with a little butter.

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low heat. Cook and watch carefully until it turns frothy and slightly brown. Remove from heat immediately. Stir in maple syrup and tarragon. Meanwhile, bring 4 cups water to a simmer in a 10-inch non-stick skillet. Carefully crack eggs, one at a time into the low simmering water. Poach for about 3 minutes or to desired doneness. Dip lobster meat into poaching water for 30 seconds to heat then remove. Place and overlap two Johnny Cakes onto each plate.

Drop batter by the soup spoonful onto skillet, making a 3-1/2 to 4-inch circles. It will make about eight. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until slightly brown on edges and golden. Turn and cook 4-5 more minutes until golden.

Place one egg onto two Johnny Cakes. Top with equal portions of lobster and drizzle maple brown butter over all.

For the Maple Brown Butter, melt 4 tablespoons butter in a 8-inch skillet on medium

More recipes can be found at egglandsbest. com/recipes/.

Sprinkle on parsley and serve.

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Meal swaps

Are you stuck in a cooking rut? It's common to cycle the same dishes over and over, but at some point your taste buds will crave something new. Maybe it's time to shake things up.

Top chefs and home cooks alike are bucking tradition by serving traditional foods at nontraditional times. Breakfast for dinner? The kids will love the fun change. A dinner casserole for breakfast? What a warm and satisfying way to start the day. Get creative by trying different dishes throughout the day to keep everyone guessing what's next.

Whether it's trying new recipes or simply adding fresh flavors to your standard go-to meals, it's easy to add pizzazz to your cooking. Simply look to top food trends used by chefs and recipe winners across the country. Ancient grains Move over white rice; ancient grains are taking over the table. Whether as a side dish or incorporated into a recipe, ancient grains like buckwheat, quinoa, millet and oats are nutrient-dense alternatives that bring new flavor and texture to meals. Adding ancient grains is an easy way to jazz up foods and increase your family's intake of whole grains. Superior eggs Not all eggs are equal, so look for options with superior flavor and nutrition to boost your kitchen creations. Brines Many people use marinades to influence the flavor profiles of foods, but an alternative is gaining momentum: brines. Soaking meats like turkey and pork for up to a day in salt solutions not only adds flavor, but it helps seal moisture into these lean foods. Customize a brine with chopped citrus fruit and herbs like rosemary and bay leaf. Bitter vegetables, such as eggplant, can benefit from a dry brine made from course salt and other herbs.

Local ingredients Restaurants across the country are featuring locally-sourced ingredients more often than ever before. Home cooks are doing the same by using ingredients inspired by their home state. Avocado from California, wild rice from Minnesota, lobster from Maine - every state has its specialties. If you need inspiration, just visit your local farmers market. Johnny Cakes and Lobster Eggs Benedict Ingredients: Johnny Cakes 1 cup stone ground white corn meal 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup corn kernels 1 1/4 cups boiling water 2 tablespoons melted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract butter for greasing pan Maple Brown Butter 4 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons real maple syrup 1 teaspoon fresh tarragon, chopped 4 Eggland's Best Eggs (large) 1/2 pound cooked lobster meat, pulled into pieces

7 WAYS TO GET FIT AS A FAMILY StatePoint Healthy eating habits and gym routines can be hard to keep up after the excitement of the holidays fizzle. For parents who juggle busy schedules, it can be particularly challenging to squeeze in the recommended amount of physical activity each day. However, with a little motivation and a dose of creativity, families can resolve to stay active and get fit together -- without stepping foot into the gym. Here are seven ideas to consider: 1. Explore the neighborhood. Take the children on regular strolls around the block. Create your own nature walks by identifying different insects, leaves and animals along the way. Collect pinecones, acorns or other foliage that can be used for fun crafts back at the house. 2. Take advantage of local parks. Visit a local park to discover different walking paths or bike trails. And spend some time on the playground while you’re at it! Equipment, such as monkey bars, climbing walls and balance beams are all fun ways to get moving. 3. Invest in gear without breaking the bank. Athletic clothes and accessories with the latest performance fabrics enhance comfort and safety while working out. What’s more, new gear can be a great way for each family

member to show his or her sense of style, which can be just the motivation needed to get moving. 4. Schedule dance parties. Enjoy music and shake off some stress by scheduling regular dance parties after school, during commercial breaks or before bedtime. 5. Make a game out of chores. Make the most of family chores. Shoveling snow, raking leaves and mowing the grass don’t just enhance your home’s curb appeal; they are all great forms of exercise! 6. Get in a routine. A routine ensures consistency. Set aside time each week for bike rides, tag football and soccer games, all of which can all be done in the neighborhood, backyard or at a favorite park. In bad weather, head to a local trampoline park, climbing gym or indoor soccer field. 7. Make a Matrix. Planning fun activities increases the chance you will keep up the good work. For those who love to check items off a list, a color-coded spreadsheet can be a fun visual reminder to test out new activities. Hang this in a common area, such as the kitchen, to keep track. Once you’ve got the plan in place, get into a fitness routine that works for your family and stick with it!

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Mayor Sam Liccardo Dear Friends, The holidays give us an opportunity to enjoy time with family and loved ones, and to reflect on the blessings of our past year. I feel blessed to serve San José's incredible community. Like every big city, we have daunting challenges to confront -among them poverty, crime, homelessness, and decaying infrastructure. Throughout 2016, however, against the backdrop of a deeply divided nation, San José increasingly became a beacon for the power of working together. For our "Tale of One City," we have many to thank. First and foremost, I'd like to thank the voters of San José for their willingness to reinvest in our city with new revenue measures. These efforts garnered broad community support of organized labor, the business community, and nearly the entire Council, generating dollars critically needed to buffer core services against looming deficits in the future. We've already put some of these new dollars to work in June when we: • Dedicated $17.7 million to meet -- for the first time in more than a decade -- the annual funding needs for basic repair and repaving of all of our major roads. • Allocated funding to expand police officer recruitment efforts, and set aside the funds needed to increase sworn police officer staffing by 41 positions in future years. • Ended the periodic "brown-out" of fire companies, restored two "squad car" units and funded traffic signal pre-emption technology to help improve emergency fire and medical response. • Added an additional 19 Community Service Officers to respond to burglaries and other low-priority calls, freeing up sworn officers to handle more serious crimes. • Doubled funding for homeless rapid rehousing services. San José voters also joined leaders countywide to adopt two measures that will provide billions of new funding to address two critical needs: traffic relief and road repair (led by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group) and homelessness (led by the County). By working together with our community, we have also made significant progress on a number of other key priorities: • Last year, we launched "San Jose Works," to give teenagers living in gang-impacted neighborhoods their first jobs. This year, dozens of employers -- like Home Depot, Jabil, Microsoft, and Target -- stepped up with our non-profit partner, Work2Future, to employ more than 1,200 teens, while Citibank provided the first-time wage earners with financial literacy tools. (If you'd like to give a teenager a chance, please email sjworks@work2futurefoundation.org.)

• Last fall, we convened mayors from throughout Silicon Valley to urge a regional, "all-together" increase in the minimum wage. So far, councils representing the cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Los Altos, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, and San José have all voted to raise the wage to $15 by 2019 or sooner. • The City Council unanimously approved my 2015 direction to accelerate implementation of body-worn cameras by our police department. Chief Eddie Garcia didn't need any prodding, though; working with the police union, Independent Police Auditor Walter Katz, and community advocates, SJPD fully deployed body-worn cameras this summer. Chief Garcia and his team continue to boost police accountability such as by releasing an independent study of racial bias in arrests, launching the "Coffee with a Cop" neighborhood gatherings, and expanding officer training in racial bias, force de-escalation, and mental illness. • In November of 2015, when we had more than 700 homeless U.S. military vets in our Valley, Supervisor Dave Cortese and I pledged an end to veterans' homelessness by the 100th anniversary of Veterans' Day, in 2018. Led by Destination:Home and a consortium of non-profits, faith congregations, and the City and County, the "All the Way Home" campaign housed more than 500 of those vets in our first year -- and we'll keep pushing until we finish the task. • We've collectively made progress on homelessness in other ways: when the Council eased restrictions, shelters, churches and synagogues citywide generously opened their doors to create a network of supportive shelters. In July, after the Supreme Court resolved six years of litigation, San José implemented its inclusionary and impact fee programs to require developers to build or pay for for affordable housing units with every project. • A half-decade of battles and lawsuits over pension reform finally ended when voters approved an agreement that we forged with 11 unions, and which fiscal reformers, businesses, and city employees broadly supported. San José taxpayers will save more than $42 million this year with the passage of Measure F, and will become better positioned to maintain core services, while every California city continues to grapple with fast-rising retirement costs. • This summer, we celebrated the launch of our fifth new international route at San José-Mineta International Airport (Beijing, Frankfurt, London, Shanghai, and Vancouver) in the last 18 months, and the fastest air service growth of any airport in the nation. Advocacy by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Chamber of Commerce proved critical in this success. Although I'm proud of my own role in each of these efforts, I'm far more proud of a community that pulled together to lift our collective aspirations higher than our personal ambitions. Of course, we've got many more people who need our help. I look forward to working with you to show our divided nation what one city can do -- together.

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EL DMV LES RECUERDA A LOS AUTOMOVILISTAS LAS NUEVAS LEYES DEL 2017 de Fabricación (YOM) para incluir vehículos y placas fabricadas hasta el año 1980. Esta ley beneficia a los propietarios de vehículos que obtengan placas con el año correspondiente al modelo del año del vehículo que desean utilizar las placas de época en lugar de placas regulares. Estas placas comúnmente se pueden obtener de diferentes maneras, que incluye familiares, ventas de garaje, ventas de inmuebles, etc. El programa incluirá las placas azules y amarillas, que fueron emitidas en California desde 1970 hasta 1980.

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Sacramento – Con el inminente inicio del Año Nuevo, el Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados de California (DMV) desea informar al público sobre varias leyes nuevas o cambios a las leyes existentes que entrarán en vigor el 1o de enero de 2017, a menos que se especifique lo contrario. Los siguientes son resúmenes de algunas leyes relacionadas con el transporte que entrarán en vigor. Dispositivos Inalámbricos de Comunicaciones Electrónicas (AB 1785, Quirk): Estará prohibido manejar un vehículo motorizado mientras esté usando un teléfono inalámbrico o un dispositivo inalámbrico de comunicaciones electrónicas, a menos que el dispositivo esté montado en el parabrisas de un vehículo o esté montado/pegado en la consola o tablero de un vehículo de manera que no impida que el conductor vea la carretera. La mano del conductor solamente puede activar o desactivar una característica o función del dispositivo pasando o tocando ligeramente la pantalla con el dedo, pero no mientras lo tenga en la mano. Esta ley no aplica a los sistemas instalados en un vehículo por el fabricante. Asientos de Seguridad Infantil (AB 53, Garcia): Esta ley requiere que cualquier niño que tenga menos de 2 años de edad debe viajar sujetado en un sistema de sujeción para niños instalado mirando hacia la parte de atrás del vehículo, a menos que el niño pese 40 libras o más o su altura sea de 3 pies 3 pulgadas o más (40 pulgadas). Motociclistas Permitidos a “Dividir el Carril” (AB 51, Quirk): Esta ley permite a los motociclistas pasar a otros vehículos que circulan en la misma dirección por el mismo carril, lo que a menudo se conoce como “dividir el carril”. La ley autoriza a la Patrulla de Caminos de California (CHP) de desarrollar guías educativas para “dividir el carril” que garanticen la seguridad de los motociclistas, conductores y pasajeros. Para desarrollar estos reglamentos, la ley requiere que el CHP consulte con ciertas agencias y organizaciones interesadas

en la seguridad vial y comportamiento del motociclista. Matrícula Vehicular (SB 838, Comité de Presupuesto y Revisión Fiscal): Esta ley aumenta el costo de registrar un vehículo o remolque de $43 a $53 a partir del 1o de abril de 2017.

Revisión de Antecedentes de Conductores de Compañías de Redes de Transporte (AB 1289, Cooper): Una compañía de redes de transporte (TNC) tendrá que realizar una revisión de antecedentes de todos sus conductores. La ley específica multas para una compañía que viole o no cumpla con este requisito. Esta ley también prohíbe que las compañías TNC contraten, empleen, o retengan a un conductor si él o ella están registrados en el sitio de internet público del Departamento de Justicia de los Estados Unidos que contiene información de agresores sexuales, o si ha

sido declarado culpable de delitos graves, o en los últimos siete años ha sido declarado culpable de un asalto de delito menor o agresión con lesiones, violencia doméstica, o manejar bajo la influencia de alcohol y/o drogas. Cualquier compañía TNC que viole o no cumpla con los requisitos especificados está sujeta a una multa de no menos de $1,000 o más de $5,000 por cada delito. Equipo Vehicular y Bolsas de Aire Fuera de Servicio (AB 2387, Mullin): Esta ley prohíbe la fabricación, distribución, importación, instalación, reinstalación y venta de cualquier dispositivo que trate de reemplazar el sistema de bolsas de aire de cualquier vehículo si el dispositivo es inauténtico, no funciona, o no cumple con los requisitos federales de seguridad. La ley también prohíbe la venta, instalación, o reinstalación de cualquier dispositivo que pueda causar la falla del sistema de diagnóstico si se instala una bolsa de aire falsa, que no funcione, o que simplemente no se instale. Dicha violación es un delito menor con una multa de $5,000 y hasta un año en la cárcel.

Placa Personalizada (SB 839, Comité de Presupuesto y Revisión Fiscal): Esta ley aumenta el costo de $43 a $53, a partir del 1o de julio de 2017, para emitir las Placas Ecológicas, las cuales son placas regulares de California, sin imágenes y con configuraciones personalizadas. Esta ley también aumenta el cobro de la renovación, retención, transferencia o duplicación de las Placas Ecológicas (personalizadas) de $38 a $43, a partir del 1o de enero de 2017. Reporte de Accidente de Tráfico (SB 491, Comité de Transporte y Vivienda): Esta ley aumenta el límite mínimo de daños a la propiedad que debe ser reportado al DMV de $750 a $1,000 cuando un conductor se ve involucrado en una colisión vehicular. Retiros del Marcado Por Fallas Mecánicas de Seguridad (AB 287, Gordon): Esta ley promulga la Ley de Seguridad Automotriz de Retiros del Mercado (CARS) y requiere que el DMV incluya en el aviso de renovación de la matrícula vehicular sobre los retiros del mercado de su vehículo y si es necesario hacer reparaciones. Esta ley prohíbe que un concesionario o una empresa de alquiler de vehículo alquile, o preste un vehículo que tenga un aviso del fabricante sobre el retiro 48 horas después de recibir el aviso, hasta que el vehículo haya sido reparado. Esta ley da una excepción limitada para un distribuidor autorizado o una empresa de alquiler de autos con 34 vehículos o menos. La ley permite que el DMV suspenda o revoque la licencia de un concesionario de vehículos si violan esta ley. Año de Fabricación de las Placas (SB 1429, Nielsen): Esta ley amplía el programa del Año

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2016: A YEAR IN REVIEW Arturo Hilario El Observador As 2016 comes to a close there’s always feedback that can come from meditating on what occurred in the world, both in one’s personal life as well as humanity as a whole. Major events are what will shimmer when looking back at the bookmark of 2016 in five, ten, or however many years from now. This year of our lord two thousand sixteen was seen in the United States as one that will live in infamy, and in internet memes. The rise of the internet culture had its effects in both how we consume entertainment and news, as well as how our political and social views are shaped, as evident by our own election cycle. It has inf luenced us and changed the course of our world indefinitely, and I'm sure books about Pepe the frog and how we consume funny 6 second videos of animals will become collegiate discourse. T h e O l y mp i c s c a m e b a c k i n R i o w i t h controversy as well as memorable goodbyes to some of the greatest olympians in the last few decades. Around the world there were changes to politics, Fidel Castro's death had a ripple effect on the world, while the UK just barely agreed to exit the European Union. In the United States, the unprecedented rise of Donald Trump as the Republican Presidential Nominee, and then ultimately winning the electoral college was shocking and leaves the details of the next 4 years a haze of questions. With these references in mind I present a look at some thing's that I will probably ref lect back on years from now. As always, comment online and send any opinions or inquiries you may have to arturo@el-observador.com. Happy 2017, and may the force be with you. The Rise of Donald Trump: Whatever your opinion on the 45th President of the United States, one truth can be found amongst his unlikely rise. Donald J. Tr ump took the election campaign cycle and flipped it around a few times. His approach to w inning a presidency is unlike any we have ever seen, but in this time when technology and the world is so connected, it’s a sign of the way things will be going from now on in politics. What he said on Twitter mattered to his millions of followers, begging the question, how many people believe everything in elected officials comments on social media? We approach his inauguration, and hopefully, something good can come from this, and that we may actually make America better than where we are now, because if you ask me, it was never “great” compared to where we are now, but we can definitely shoot for the stars going forward. The Lost Ones: For people around the world that have access to media and news, some of the impacting moments were the losses in

entertainment and sports that 2016 came with. The entire Brazilian Chapecoense soccer team playing its “ fairy tale season” in the 2016 Copa Sudamericana final was lost in a plane accident. Early on in the year fans of film and theater suffered a loss in famed Alan Rickman. Most recently the daughter mother duo of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds died just 24 hours apar t. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali also left us in 2016, as well as baseball player Jose Fernandez from the Miami Marlins. Legendary musician David Bowie passed on, then another revolutionary in music, Prince, did so too. Mexican darling Juan Gabriel also died in the midst of a middle of a tour. Basically, 2016 was a huge “L” for the entertainment industry, with a long list of media icons gone, some much too soon. The Refugee Issue: Humanity has always been a creature of curiosity, of going onwards and outwards, for better weather, better conditions, better opportunities, including safety. This year we saw and heard the brutality of the Syrian refugee crisis unfold. We also were exposed to other countries figuring out how to deal with the influx of people trying to come into their country for safety. The outcomes of the US presidential election, as well as Brexit, are examples of people’s uncertainty with the idea of taking on refugees. Muslim extremists in Europe and in the US tainted the reputation of these groups of people and it’s important to remember these extremists are not representative of an entire country or community, or ethnic and religious group. It’s a difficult issue to deal with, but one that should be looked at through the eyes of human intervention and protecting both citizens of one country but be thoughtful of those that are looking for refuge. Memories of Harambe, and the internet out in full force: Social media came into play more than ever. Recently, a CNN host talking about a viral video on the CNN cable network ’s morning broadcast remarked after the video ended, “squad goals”, or as urban dictionary notes, “an aspirational term for what you'd like your group of friends to be or accomplish”. This year more than ever, as with our President Elect on Twitter, or with the rise of “memes” in the mainstream, the internet and our quick access and ability to spread information on it has changed the way traditional media works or affects people. On May 28th, 2016 the forced killing of a 17-year old Western lowland gorilla named Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo started an ongoing joke of sorts which reflected on the death of the gorilla as if it was a savior, a celebrity, or godly entity of sorts that was unjustly killed. In truth, the gorilla was caught in an unfortunate situation, alongside the zoo employees that had to make the life or death decision to put him down after a 3-year old fell into his enclosure. The gorilla lives on in cyberspace.

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Many of California's immigrant farm workers, and their employers, hope the immigrants will be able to remain in the U.S. after the White House changes hands. Photo Credit: Igor Trepeshchenok/BarnImages

Logan Pollard Public News Service LOS ANGELES – Some people in California are scrambling to get their identification and work documents in order by January.

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El Día de los Tres Reyes Magos 19va Celebración Anual en el Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose Enero 14 y 15, 2017 Los Reyes Magos son celebrados por muchas culturas alrededor del mundo. El Children’s Discovery Museum revive las tradiciones y costumbres de familia, música y arte basado en las celebraciones de los Tres Reyes in muchos países hispanohablantes. Visitantes de todos orígenes son invitados a participar en las festividades y: • disfrutar las presentaciones de Los Lupeños de San Jose; Bolivia Corazón de América; Gabriela Sepúlveda; Michael Mulea; Xochitl Cultural; Ensamble Folklórico Colibri, Mariachi Juvenil Alma de México y cuentos encantados con Olga Loya • expresar su creatividad haciendo manualidades tradicionales como papel picado y muñequitos hechos con hojas de elote • probar el delicioso pan tradicional Rosca de Reyes • aprender hacer y probar tortillas en la exposición interactiva para los niños Oportunidad de fotos para familias: Como adición al ambiente divertido, voluntarios disfrazados como los Reyes Magos caminaran por todo el museo durante los dos días de la celebración y estarán disponibles para tomarse fotografías con el público El museo esta cometido en promoviendo la diversidad de la región para que familias de cualquier origen puedan explorar la variedad de culturas y costumbres de Silicon Valley.

La 19va Celebración de los Reyes Magos es parte del serie de Celebraciones Cultural del museo, junto con The Diwali Festival, Lantern Festival, Children of the Dragon, Lunar New Year, y Lunadas Familiares. El costo de admisión sera adultos: $13; niños: $13; mayores de 60 años $12; infantes y miembros gratis. Las festividades están incluidas en el costo de admisión. La celebración de los Tres Reyes Magos es creado en asociación con un consejo consultivo compuesto de miembros de la comunidad Latina. Acerca de Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose: Con más de 150 exhibiciones y programas, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, es uno de los museos más grandes de su tipo en la nación. Desde que abrió sus puertas en 1990, ha tenido a más de 7 millones de visitantes y ofrece exposiciones nuevas e interactivas cada año que responden a las distintas necesidades educativas de los niños. El sorprendente edificio morado de 52,000 pies cuadrados es una fuente de descubrimiento y fue diseñado por el arquitecto Ricardo Legorreta, que reside en la Cuidad de México, es una señal del propósito del museo: para servir a las necesitadas de niños, familias y escuelas como un centro para aprender y descubrir. Para más información sobre el museo, visite www.cdm.org.

They are immigrants, concerned about President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promise to deport some 11 million undocumented people.

For the most part, California has welcomed its 2.4 million undocumented immigrants with a pathway for obtaining driver's licenses, health care through Medi-Cal, and college scholarships. Now, there's a proposal by Democratic state lawmakers for a fund to help cover legal fees in deportation disputes.

Some experts think worker roundups are unlikely, given how dependent the state’s economy is on immigrant labor.

Given the powerful influence of the farm lobby, it may succeed in keeping its workforce in place, in California and across the country. But Suppan does think some deportations will happen, perhaps as a show of force by the new administration.

California's lucrative agribusiness is structured around low-wage immigrants – and having to replace them with higher paid workers could throw farm profits out of whack, says Steve Suppan, a senior policy analyst at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

"There are going to be, definitely, some fairly spectacular roundups, at least of the type that will show, you know, 'victory for America' – the immigrant deportation variation on the 'Carrier saving 700 jobs,'” he states. “So, I expect to see a fair amount of public relations outreach concerning migrants."

"Let's say you take the average wage up to $15 an hour, and you include benefits,” he points out. “That changes the pricing structure of agriculture, and then it becomes questionable whether, for example, the confined animalfeed operation business model is viable."

Some California communities are already bracing for the possibility. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors votes in January on creating a $10 million fund for immigrant legal defense. Santa Clara County is also looking into the idea.

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One way people are using social media to further the environmental cause is by sharing their mountain-top selfies, engendering public support for the conservation of wild lands. Photo Credit: Daniel Patman, FlickrCC

What are some ways environmentalists are using social media to further their causes? Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss EarthTalk Environmental advocates and organizations have embraced the revolution in online networking in no small way to raise awareness about climate change and the need for conservation of wild lands and animals—and to generate support for specific campaigns and the green movement in general.

Perhaps the most immediate way social media help the cause is via the mountaintop selfie. For many of us, a trip into the wilderness isn’t complete without a public post to announce our whereabouts. At the University of Vermont, researchers are using geo-tagged photos on social media to study the use and relative popularity of different parks and even specific trails. New tracking capabilities of personal technology also record real time statistics that can be

100+ MOUNTAIN LIONS A YEAR KILLED BY MOTOR VEHICLES

Nevertheless, larger environmental groups have hundreds of thousands of online fans that drink up every post and call-to-action. For instance, the Sierra Club has some 625,000 “ likes” on Facebook and more than 200,000 “ followers” on Twitter. A number of environmental campaigns have used social media to apply key pressure on polluters, including the Greenpeace antiArctic drilling campaign. Groups have used disturbing v ideos and touching images alike to garner large-scale public support. And social media isn’t just for the large, well-heeled groups. Individuals are using social media to similar ends, telling their stories and drumming up sympathy and support. Communities that are suffering particular environmental damages are able to tell their stories on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms, helping to humanize the issues. For example, victims of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill posted about the environmental effects of the accident on Facebook and Twitter.

"Mountain lions are probably killed a couple times a week," said Hughan. "They're killed all the time across the state." And yet, state officials say the mountain lion population remains stable, mostly because the species lacks other, natural predators. Wildlife advocates have worked hard to raise awareness of the challenges for big cats, to the point that any death sparks a public conversation. Hughan says P-39's orphaned cubs are now fending for themselves. Mountain lions usually stick close to their mothers for the first two years of life.

Logan Pollard California News Service LOS ANGELES - The biggest threat to mountain lions in California is traffic. More than 100 of the big cats died this year across the state in collisions with fast-moving cars. The Santa Monica Mountains are the major

problem area, with at least two mountain lions killed there in recent weeks - including one known as "P-39," who leaves three cubs behind. But Andrew Hughan, public information officer for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Regions 5 and 6, says that isn't uncommon; vehicle collisions are an unfortunate side effect of their habitat erosion.

Statewide estimates of the mountain lion population range from 4,000 to 6,000. Hughan points out that California is the only state that protects them by legislation. So, the big cats may not be safe from traffic on busy roadways - but they are safe from hunters. "There are a few other states that outlaw it, just because they don't want them hunted," he explained. "But California's

DEC 30, 2016 - JAN 5, 2017 Social media platforms also effectively connect these stories to larger issues through the use of hashtags. This includes a recent movement nationw ide to reach Donald Tr ump through his daughter, Iva n k a , whom the President-elect stated he leans on for advice. The #DearIvanka campaign on Twitter allows individuals to raise their concer ns about a number of proposed policy changes, including environmental deregulation and nominated officials. One such tweet read “@IvankaTrump Please work with your father to respect the environment. Our children’s future is at stake. #dearivanka #greenpeace.” “Social media has become an important tool for providing a space and means for the public to participate in inf luencing or disallowing environmental decisions histor ically made by governments and corporations that affect us all,” says Public Lab co-founder Shannon Dosemagen. “It has created a way for people to connect local environmental challenges and solutions to larger-scale narratives that will affect us as a global community.” C ON TAC T S: “ W h at ’s Nat u r e Wor t h: Count the Selfies,” http://bit.ly/2hxxqUa; #DearIvanka on Tw it ter, t w it ter.com/ hashtag/dearivanka; Public Lab, w w w. publiclab.org. EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of the nonprof it Earth Action Network. To donate, visit www.earthtalk.org. Send questions to: question@earthtalk.org.

the only one that's protected. There's no hunting, so the population's allowed to thrive. The only thing, really, that keeps the population in check is getting hit by cars." He encourages drivers to report any car accidents involving a mountain lion, because many are tagged and studied. These accidents are not considered a crime. His department also handled the highprofile case this month of "P-45," a mountain lion that killed about a dozen alpacas and a couple of goats. The owner requested a permit to kill the lion, and according to Hughan, that caused a public uproar. "The alpaca owner decided to rescind the permit and not do anything about it, so P-45 continues to roam around the Santa Monica Mountains," he said. "But you know, we're not looking for it or hunting it, or anything like that." He added the department supports the plan for a wildlife corridor over the busy U.S. Route 101 freeway to help ease tensions for the Santa Monica lion population, but says the politics of funding it are complicated.

Photo Credit: P-39 and one of her cubs, captured in spring 2015 by a National Park Service trail camera. Photo Credit: National Park Service


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because baby Joshua trees are a lot more vulnerable to drought or cold, or fire."

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Conservation advocates have come up with a top 10 list of imperiled species that the advocates say merits the attention of the incoming Trump administration - and two of them are in California.

The report also lists the gray wolf, which has just returned to the wilds of northwestern California after an absence of several decades.

One species on the list is a plant found in the Mojave Desert, the Joshua tree. Taylor Jones, an endangered species advocate for WildEarth Guardians, says the prickly tree may look hardy, but it is highly threatened by climate change, and is expected to lose 90 percent of its habitat by the year 2100.

Report Highlights California's Joshua Tree, Gray Wolf

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"Their whole habitat is changing, because rainfall patterns are changing," Jones stresses. "They need a really specific climate window in order to reproduce successfully,

to Andrew Dent of Material ConneXion, PVC is a respiratory irritant and known carcinogen. And when it is exposed to high heat or landfilled, it releases dioxins linked to developmental, reproductive and other health problems.

“When it does break down, vegan leather releases phthalates—initially added as a softening agent—which subsequently enter the food chain and the atmosphere, causing breathing problems, breast cancers, hormonal disruptions and birth defects,” adds McCutcheon.

Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss EarthTalk Leather is stylish, fashionable and wearable throughout the year, but its production takes a heavy toll on animal welfare and the environment. While many environmentalists and vegetarians swear off leather altogether, more and more are turning to vegan leather as a cruelty-free alternative.

But even vegan (AKA synthetic) leather has its environmental problems, given the toxin-laden base materials it is typically made from and the harsh chemical tanning and dying processes it is subjected to in order to make it into the type of shiny, tough and stylish material we are have all grown to love. Most vegan leather is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polyurethane. According

Jones says she hopes the new administration will prioritize the recovery of these species and take up the fight against climate change. "We're hoping that this report will be received with an open mind, at the very least, because endangered species aren't a partisan issue, and it shouldn't be," she states. "This is the planet that we all live on, and protecting it is a matter of national importance." The other eight species named in the report are the bald cypress, the Elkhorn coral, the greater sage grouse, a yellow-faced bee from Hawaii, the jaguar, the Snake River salmon, the African elephant and the vaquita a small Mexican porpoise.

Photo Credit: A new report urges the incoming Trump Administration to prioritize the recovery of ten imperiled species, including the Joshua Tree. Photo Credit: WildEarth Guardians

Meanwhile, polyurethane-based synthetic leather isn’t much better. Jody McCutcheon reports in eluxemagazine.com that offgassing from polyurethane can cause lung irritation and trigger asthma attacks. And the solvents used to make it malleable like leather are highly toxic in their own right.

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The report from the Endangered Species Coalition is called "Removing the Walls to Recovery."

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Of course, vegan or synthetic leather does have one huge environmental advantage over conventional leather: no animals are directly harmed in its production. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), most conventional leather comes from developing countries where animal welfare laws are either nonexistent or unenforced. A PETA investigation in India found workers were breaking cows’ tails and rubbing chili peppers and tobacco into their eyes “in order to force them to stand, get up and walk after they collapse from exhaustion on the way to the slaughterhouse.”

Of course, plenty of conventional leather comes from domestic sources as well. PETA says that millions of cows and other animals are killed for their skin every year right here in the U.S., with many of them forced to endure the horrors of factory farming such as extreme crowding, castration, branding, tail-docking, dehorning and other forms of control. PETA adds that beyond its pollution burden, conventional leather also “shares responsibility for all the environmental destruction caused by the meat industry” including carbon emissions and the chemical agricultural inputs and waste of cropland to grow animal feed. For the sake of both animals and the planet, stay clear of all leather, faux or real. Plenty of clothing brands are now embracing nonanimal materials and cruelty-free sourcing while keeping up their fashion chops. One example is Olsenhaus, whose faux-suede microfiber fabrics are made from recycled television film yet retain the softness, comfort and look of real suede. Another responsible choice is Dinamica, which makes its fabrics from 100 percent recycled PET bottles; the company’s eco-friendly suede look-alike material produces 60 percent fewer carbon emission than so-called virgin polyester. For more animal- and environment-friendly clothing and fabric options, check out PETA’s Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide.


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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV303649 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Vigneshkumar Bhaskaran. Petitioner Vigneshkumar Bhaskaran has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Vigneshkumar Bhaskaran to Vignesh Kumar Bhaskaran. 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 2/14/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. December 07, 2016 Thomas E. Kuhnle​ Judge of the Superior Court​ December 30, 2016; January 6, 13, 20, 2017

Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Dinna Domenique Tzonev. Petitioner Dinna Domenique Tzonev has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Dinna Domenique Tzonev to Dina Domenique Tzonev. 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 2/28/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. December 27, 2016 Thomas E. Kuhnle​ Judge of the Superior Court​ December 30, 2016; January 6, 13, 20, 2017

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV304146 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Aneta Parjaszewski. Petitioner Aneta

Parjaszewski has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Aneta Sylvia Parjaszewski to Aneta Sylvia Pariaszevski. 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 2/21/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. December 19, 2016 Thomas E. Kuhnle​ Judge of the Superior Court​ December 30, 2016; January 6, 13, 20, 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV304363 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Saysamone Bounpheng. Petitioner Saysamone Bounpheng has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Aneta Saysamone Bounpheng to Joy Tu. 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 2/28/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. December 23, 2016 Thomas E. Kuhnle​ Judge of the Superior Court​ December 30, 2016; January 6, 13, 20, 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV304351 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: John Lindauer III and Lena Suhaila. Petitioners John Lindauer III and Lena Suhaila have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Addison Ezri Lindauer to Aria Ezri Suhaila Lindauer. THE COURT ORDERS that

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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 2/28/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. December 23, 2016 Thomas E. Kuhnle​ Judge of the Superior Court​ December 30, 2016; January 6, 13, 20, 2017

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV302943 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Ronald Eric Buckelew and Carolyn Diane Kosten Buckelew. Petitioners Ronald Eric Buckelew and Carolyn Diane Kosten Buckelew have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Alina Claire Buckelew to Alina Cathlyn Buckelew. 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 1/24/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. Nov. 21, 2016 Thomas E. Kuhnle​ Judge of the Superior Court​ December 30, 2016; January 6, 13, 20, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 623814 The following person(s) is (are) doing business San Jose Neighborhood Recycling 717 South First St. San Jose, Ca 95110, Santa Clara County. Maria Alicia Munoz 732 South Almaden Avenue San Jose, CA 95110. This business is conducted by a limited partnership; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon. 11/01/2016 “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct,” (A registrant who declares as true information

which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Maria Alicia Munoz General Partner December 30, 2016; January 6, 13, 20, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 11/28/2016

which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Thuy Ta President December 30, 2016; January 6, 13, 20, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 12/14/2016

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 624721 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Calderon Tires & Wheels 504 Emory Street San Jose, CA 95113, Santa Clara County. LR Tire and Wheel Group, Inc. 504 Emory Street San Jose, CA 95113. This business is conducted by a corporation; registrant has not begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon. “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Rosalio Calderon Jr President December 30, 2016; January 6, 13, 20, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 12/23/2016

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV302899 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Amelia Rios Dorado For Cruz Isaac Dorado Jr. Petitioner Amelia Rios Dorado has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Cruz Isaac Dorado Jr to Isaac Rios . 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 1/24/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. November 18, 2016 Thomas E. Kuhnle​ Judge of the Superior Court​ December 23, 30, 2016; January 6, 13, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 624722 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Calderon Tires & Wheels 798 South Almaden Avenue San Jose, CA 95110, Santa Clara County. LR Tire Group, Inc. 798 South Almaden Avenue San Jose, CA 95110. This business is conducted by a corporation; registrant has not begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon. “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Gustavo Calderon President December 30, 2016; January 6, 13, 20, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 12/23/2016 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 6247357 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Shell Shock 124 Castro St. Mountain View, CA 94041, Santa Clara County. Shell Shock 124 Castro St. Mountain View, CA 94041. This business is conducted by a corporation; registrant has not begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon. “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV304303 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of. Yue Xu. Petitioner Yue Xu has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court f or a decree changing names as follows: a. Yue Xu to Catherina Yue Xu. 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 2/28/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. December 22, 2016 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court December 23, 30, 2016; January 6, 13, 2017

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV304141 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of. Lavinia JuYoung Bahng. Petitioner Lavinia JuYoung Bahng has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court f or a decree changing names as follows: a. Lavinia JuYoung Bahng to Julia JuYoung 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 2/21/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. December 19, 2016 Thomas E. Kuhnle​ Judge of the Superior Court​ December 23, 30, 2016; January 6, 13, 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV304259 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of. Mohammed Elmi, Deka Bile. Petitioners Mohammed Elmi, Deka Bile have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court f or a decree changing names as follows: a. Ruwayda Keldek Mohamed to Ruwayda Mohammed Ahmed b. Hibaq Keldek Mohamed to Rayaan Mohammed Ahmed. 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 2/28/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. December 21, 2016 Thomas E. Kuhnle​ Judge of the Superior Court​ December 23, 30, 2016; January 6, 13, 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV304175 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In

the matter of the application of. Ho Jun Oh and Chae Uk Oh. Petitioners Ho Jun Oh and Chae Uk Oh have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court f or a decree changing names as follows: a. Yoon Seo Oh to Judy Yoonseo Oh. 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 2/21/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. December 19, 2016 Thomas E. Kuhnle​ Judge of the Superior Court​ December 23, 30, 2016; January 6, 13, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 624056 The following person(s) is (are) doing business JJ Nail Care 259 Race St San Jose, CA 95126, Santa Clara County. Tung Hoang Bui 481 Pocatello Drive San Jose, CA 95111. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 12/04/2016 “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Tung Bui December 23, 30, 2016; January 6, 13, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 12/06/2016 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 623482 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Wilson Family Chiropractic Group 201 S. Mary Ave, #2 Sunnyvale, CA 94086, Santa Clara County. Wilson Family Chiropractic Group, Inc 201 S. Mary Ave, #2 Sunnyvale, CA 94086. This business is conducted by a corporation; registrant has not begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon. “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Anthony William Wilson CEO December 16, 23, 30, 2016; January 6, 2017 This statement was filed with


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 623526 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Moskito 7351 Forest Street Gilroy CA 95020, Santa Clara County. Laura Amezquita 7351 Forest Street Gilroy, CA 95020. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has not begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon. “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Laura Amezquita December 16, 23, 30, 2016; January 6, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 11/16/2016 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV303573 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Sylvia Luong Do Fong. Petitioner Sylvia Luong Do Fong has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Sylvia Luong Do Fong to Sylvia Do Fong . 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 2/07/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. December 5, 2016 Thomas E. Kuhnle​ Judge of the Superior Court​ December 16, 23, 30, 2016; January 6, 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV302814 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of. Eduardo Gonzalez. Petitioner Eduardo Gonzalez has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court f or a decree changing names as follows: a. Eduardo Antonio Gonzalez to Eduardo Antonio Hernandez b. Makayla Ariana Camino to Makayla Ariana Hernandez . 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 1/24/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. November 17 ,2016 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court December 16, 23, 30, 2016; January 6, 2017

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV302357 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of. Thuy Pham Ngoc Nguyen. Petitioner Thuy Pham Ngoc Nguyen has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court f or a decree changing names as follows: a. Thuy Pham Ngoc Nguyen to Daisy Thuy 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 1/10/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. November 4, 2016 Thomas E. Kuhnle​ Judge of the Superior Court​ December 16, 23, 30, 2016; January 6, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 623808 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Hilltoppers Academy School 3391 Mount Everest Dr. San Jose, CA 95127, Santa Clara County. Johnnie Washington 3391 Mount Everest Dr. San Jose, CA 95127. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 11/28/2016 “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Johnnie Washington December 16, 23, 30, 2016;

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January 6, 2017 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 11/28/2016 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV298734 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Gena Payne. Petitioner Gena Payne has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Angelo Jerrold Ayala Payne to Angelo Josiah Jerrold Ayala. 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 1/10/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. November 4, 2016 Thomas E. Kuhnle​ Judge of the Superior Court​ December 9, 16, 25, 30, 2016 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV303640 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of. Thuy Hai Nguyen. Petitioner Thuy Hai Nguyen has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court f or a decree changing names as follows: a. Thuy Hai to Maggie Thuy 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 1/31/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. December 06, 2016 Thomas E. Kuhnle​ Judge of the Superior Court​ December 9, 16, 25, 30, 2016 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 16CV303167 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In

the matter of the application of. I Chen Lu. Petitioner I Chen Lu has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. I Chen Lu to Elaine I-Chen Lu. 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 1/31/2017 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. November 28, 2016 Thomas E. Kuhnle​ Judge of the Superior Court​ December 9, 16, 25, 30, 2016

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 623388 The following person(s) is (are) doing business Little Tykes Home Daycare 877 Clarkston Dr. San Jose, Ca 95136, Santa Clara County. Anais Janke-Bueno 877 Clarkston Dr. San Jose, Ca 95136. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 12/15/2006 “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.) Anais Janke-Bueno December 9, 16, 23, 30, 2016 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 11/10/2016 SUMMONS (Parentage – Custody and Support) NOTICE TO RESPONDENT (Name): Victoria Alvarez Perez AVISO AL DEMANDADO (Nombre): ​​ You have been sued. Lo han demandado. Petitioner’s name is:​Lino Rodriguez Gutierrez Nombre del demandante: ​​​Case Number (Número de caso): ​​​​16CP023089 You have 30 CALENDER DAYS after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response (form FL-120) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter, phone

call, or court appearance will not protect you.

If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnership, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs.

NOTICE: If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. The court may order you to pay back all or part of the fees and cost that the court waived for you and the other party.

For legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www. courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), at the California Legal Services Web Site (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org), or by contacting your local court or county bar association.

Exencion De Cuotas: Ai no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario un formulario de exencion de cuotas. La corte puede ordenar que usted pague, ya sea en parte o por completo, las cuatas y costos de la corte previamente exentos a petición de usted o de la otra parte. 1. The name and address of the court is (el nombre y dirección de la corte son): Surerior Court of California, county of Santa Clara Family Division 170 Park Ave San Jose, CA 95113

​ iene 30 DIAS CORRIDOS T después de haber recibido la entrega legal de esta Citación y Petición para presentar una Respuesta (formulario FL-120) ante la corte y efectuar la entrega legal de una copia al demandante. Una carta o llamada telefónica o una audiencia de la corte NO basta para protegerlo. Si no presenta su Respuesta a tiempo, la corte puede dar órdenes que afecten su matrimonio o pareja de hecho, sus bienes y la custodia de sus hijos. La corte también puede ordenar que pague manutención y honorarios y costos legales.

2. The name, address, and telephone number of petitioner’s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, are: (El nombre, dirección, y número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante si no tiene abogado, son):

Si desea obtener asesoramiento legal, pónganse en contacto de inmediato con un abogado. Puede obtener información para encontrar a un abogado en el Centro de ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte.ca.gov), en el sitio Web de los Servicios Legales de California (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org) o poniéndose en contacto con el colegio de abogados de su condado. NOTICE; The restraining orders are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further orders. They are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of them. AVISO; Las órdenes de restricción están en vigencia en cuanto a ambos conyuges miembros de la pareja de hecho hasta que se despida la petición, se emita un fallo o la corte de otras ordenes. Cualquier agencia del orden publico que haya recibido o visto una copia de estas ordenes puede hacerlas acatar en cualquier lugar de California.

Lino Rodriguez Gutierrez 2733 Wil mar Ave San Jose, Ca 95127 (669) 225-3540 Date (Fecha): May 19, 2016​​​ Clerk, by (Secretario, por) David H. Yamasaki Deputy (Asistente): T. Vu ​​​

WARNING – IMPORTANT INFORMATION WARNING: California law provides that, for purposes of division of property upon dissolution of a marriage or domestic partnership or upon legal separation, property acquired by the parties during marriage or domestic partnership in joint form is presumed to be community property. If either party to this action should die before the jointly held community property is divide, the language in the deed that characterizes how title is held (i.e. joint tenancy, tenants in common, or community property) will be controlling, and not the community property presumption. You should consult your attorney if you want the community property presumption to be written into the recorded title to the property. STANDARD FAMILY LAW RESTRAINING ORDERS Starting immediately, you and your spouse or domestic partner are restrained from 1.​Removing the minor child

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or children of the parties, if any, from the state without the prior written consent of the other party or an order of the court. 2.​Cashing, borrowing against, canceling, transferring, disposing of, or changing the beneficiaries of any insurance or other coverage, including life, health, automobile and disability, held for the benefit of the parties and their minor child or children:

3.​Transferring,encumbering, hypothecating, concealing, or in any way disposing of any property, real or personal, whether community, quasicommunity, or separate, without the written consent of the other party or an order of the court, except in the usual course of business or for the necessities of life; and 4.​Creating a nonprobate transfer or modifying a nonprobate transfer in a manner that affects the disposition of property subject to the transfer, without the written consent of the other party or an order of the court. Before revocation of a nonprobate transfer can take effect or a right of survivorship to property can be eliminated, notice of the change must be filed and served on the other party. You must notify each other of any proposed extraordinary expenditures at least five business days prior to incurring these extraordinary expenditures and account to the court for all extraordinary expenditures made after these restraining orders are effective. However, you may use community property, quasi-community property, or you own separate property to pay an attorney to help you or to pay court costs. ADVERTENCIA – INFORMACION IMPORTANTE ADVERTENCIA: De acuerdo a la ley de California, las propieades adquiridas por las partes durante su matrimonio o pareja de hecho en forma conjunta se consideran propiedad comunitaria para los fines de la división de bienes que ocurre cuando se produce una disolución o separación legal del matrimonio o pareja de hecho. Si cualquiera de las partes de este caso llega a fallecer antes de que se divida la propiedad comunitaria de tenencia conjunta, el destino de la misma quedará determinado por las cláusulas de la escritura correspondiente que describen su tenencia (por ej. tenencia conjunta, tenencia en común o

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propiedad comunitaria) y no por la presunción de propiedad comunitaria. Si quiere que la presunción comunitaria que registrada en la escritura de la propiedad, debería consultar con un abogado.

ORDENES DE RESTRICCION NORMALES DE DERECHO FAMILIAR En forma inmediata, usted y su conyuge o pareja de hecho tienen prohibido: 1.​Llevarse de estado de California a los hijos menores de las partes, si los hubiera, sin el consentimiento previo por escrito de la otra parte o una orden de la corte. 2.​Cobrar, pedir prestado, cancelar, transferir, deshacerse o cambiar el nombre de los beneficiarios de cualquier seguro u otro tipo de cobertura, tal como de vida, salud, vehículo y discapacidad, que tenga como beneficiario(s) a las partes y su(s) hijo(s) menor(es); 3.​Transferir, gravar, hipotecar, ocultar o deshacerse de cualquier manera de cualquier propiedad, inmueble o personal, ya sea comunitaria, cuasicomunitaria o separada, sin el consentimiento escrito de la otra parte o una oarden de la corte, con excepción las operaciones realizadas en el curso normal de actividades o para satisfacer las necesidades de la vida; y 4.​Crear o modificar una transferencia no testamentaria de manera que afecte el destino de una propiedad sujeta a transferencia, sin el consentimiento por escrito de la otra parte o una orden de la corte. Antes de que se pueda eliminar la revocación de una transferencia no testamentaria, se debe presentar ante la corte un aviso del cambio y hacer una entrega legal de dicho aviso a la otra parte. Cada parte tiene que notificar a la otra sobre cualquier gasto extraordinario propuesto, por lo menos cinco días laborales antes de realizarlo, y rendir cuenta a la corte de todos los gastos extraordinarios realizados después de que estas órdenes de restricción hayan entrado en vigencia. No obstante, puede usar propiedad comunitaria, cuasicomunitaria o suya separada para pagar a un abogado o para ayudarle a pagar los costos de la corte. December 9, 16, 23, 30, 2016


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SCCOE AWARDED PRESCHOOL PAY FOR SUCCESS GRANT SCCOE ​ AN JOSE, CA – On Thursday, December 22, S the U.S. Department of Education announced more than $3 million in grant awards to eight government organizations for Preschool Pay for Success feasibility pilots that will support innovative funding strategies to expand preschool and improve educational outcomes for 3- and 4- year-olds.

L to R: Cathy Malone, University of Phoenix director of academic affairs; Saray Lopez, University of Phoenix assistant dean of community outreach & inclusion; Martha Leticia Perez, scholarship recipient; Maria Rodriguez, scholarship recipient; and Raghu Krishnaiah, University of Phoenix Chief Operating Officer. Photo Credit: Business Wire

University of Phoenix Presents Three Scholarship Awards at the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley 27th Annual Ball

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University of Phoenix recently presented full-tuition scholarships to three women, during the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley’s 27th Annual Ball. The recipients were selected for demonstrating the desire to help improve their communities by advancing their education. This is the second year University of Phoenix has partnered with the Hispanic Foundation to award scholarships to further the education of Latino professionals.

Maria Rodriguez spent 35 years working in corporate America and became a top executive at one of the major Spanish television networks. Upon retiring, she decided to pursue a second career to help address mental health issues, especially among woman. The scholarship she received from University of Phoenix will allow her to earn a bachelor’s in psychology. “University of Phoenix’s partnership with the Hispanic Foundation demonstrates its commitment to diversity and cross-cultural outreach in providing working adults the opportunity to enhance their careers and pursue higher education,” said Angie Williams, Ed.D., dean of multicultural affairs and diversity at University of Phoenix. “We provided scholarships to three individuals who have distinguished accomplishments and will be able to apply what they learn to enhance their professional opportunities and contribute to the betterment of their communities.”

“The Hispanic Foundation’s partnership with University of Phoenix is important in our mission to promote educational achievement and increase the number of Latinos working in business, technology and science fields,” said Ron Gonzales, president and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.” The University’s commitment to this goal is evident in providing scholarship opportunities to three working professional Latinas to continue their education.” University of Phoenix Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley Scholarship Recipients Include: Karina Deras is planning to pursue a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. She currently works in human resources and is planning to expand on her experience in the field and learnhuman resources strategies and best practices. She earned her bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University. After graduating she cofounded the San Jose State University Latino Alumni Network to create a community of professionals to encourage each other’s professional and personal growth. Martha Leticia Perez will apply her scholarship from University of Phoenix toward a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in healthcare management. She is interested in increasing healthcare awareness to nonEnglish speaking residents thought San Mateo County. Her experience includes working with the elderly and disabled in healthcare settings. She is also a volunteer for Health

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The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) was awarded $392,704 to explore whether Pay for Success is a viable financing mechanism for expanding and improving preschool within Santa Clara Unified School District. "We are committed to providing high-quality preschool to all children in Santa Clara County. Because of the significant unmet need in this country, we need to be innovative and leverage resources with other partners," said County Superintendent of Schools Jon Gundry. "We're pleased and honored to be a grant recipient in order to support early education and drive expansion of high-quality preschool." The successful grant application is due to the continued work of the Strong Start coalition, a group of community leaders, individuals, and organizations committed to expanding access to high quality early learning opportunities for all children age 0 to 8 in Santa Clara County.

Pay for Success is an innovative way of partnering with philanthropic and private sector investors to provide resources for service providers to deliver better outcomes—producing the highest return on taxpayer investments. Through Pay for Success, the government agrees to pay for concrete, measurable outcomes, but taxpayer funds are spent only if those outcomes are achieved. These feasibility studies will advance the understanding of how Pay for Success can be used to expand and improve the quality of preschool programs for low-income and disadvantaged preschoolers. The SCCOE identified potential outcome measures for students that attend preschool, such as improved kindergarten readiness, reading and math growth or achievement, and improved social and emotional skills. Those outcomes will be evaluated over the course of the grant. The county office will also examine whether children's social and emotional development is predictive of future school success, cost savings and other societal benefits. The Education Department supports initiatives that are based on evidence, focus on outcomes, and improve education for students at all ages. Pay for Success is one of several strategies that the Department can use to promote evidencebased policy.

Throughout its history, University of Phoenix has exceeded both national institutional averages1 for minority access. Roughly 45 percent of University of Phoenix students are people of color in addition to 34 percent of its instructors 2 — accurately reflecting the multicultural fabric of American society. Most of the University’s students are working adults over 30 years old, and first-generation college students comprised more than half of the student body in 2014. Additionally, 76 percent of the University’s students are working, including 57 percent women and 67 percent with dependents, which further emphasizes the demand by “nontraditional” students to enhance their career opportunities through flexible academic programs. For more information about University of Phoenix programs, including on-time completion rates, the median debt incurred by students who completed the program and more, visit www.phoenix.edu/programs/ gainful-employment.

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SOCIAL MEDIA SKEWERS NASA SCIENTIST Think Tank Challenges Brookings FOR COMET COMMENTS Report on Segregation

In 2011, some feared "doomsday" Comet Elenin would hit Earth, but only remnants passed by our planet. Photo Credit: Chloe Yelland

SAN FRANCISCO - One recent "explosion" on social media is about the potential for an actual explosion.

This year, NASA created a Planetary Defense Coordination Office to track potential threats to Earth from comets and asteroids. While it seems more like the stuff of science fiction, Nuth said it never hurts to be prepared, and cites a more down-to-earth example.

At a meeting of nuclear scientists in San Francisco last week, Dr. Joseph Nuth, the Senior Scientist for Primitive Bodies at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said an "extinctionlevel event" could happen if Earth were hit by a very large comet.

"People die in auto accidents all the time, and now that there are seat-belts in cars, that number's gone down," he added. "If you can start to put precautions in place, on some appropriate level, to reduce the chance that you're going to have some fatalities, that's a good thing."

This fall, FEMA and NASA studied what would happen if such an object crashed into Southern California, and found its effects would be deadly. But Nuth said he didn't anticipate the social media reaction to his talk, that his point was the nation's overall lack of preparedness. And he said the news media took him too literally.

Nuth advocates creating a "high-reliability" spacecraft to destroy a potential comet threat, but said it would take years to develop. He adds the time to prepare isn't when danger is inevitable.

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"It's true that I said that, but taking it out of context basically would be the equivalent of saying, 'The sky is falling,' you know, 'Something's coming down now,'" he said. After his announcement, the Internet snark ranged from, "Thanks for the heads up!" to semi-obscenities, all of which Nuth said he takes in stride.

"Five-hundred years from now, if we're a space-faring civilization, this isn't such a big deal because we could divert the resources that we needed to take care of the problem," he explained. "Right now, we're just barely starting, and that's why we need the precautions. We need to get over that one period of vulnerability, now that we know it exists." The spacecraft idea faces opposition from those who question spending money on a hypothetical situation, as well as those who fear such a craft could be weaponized.

Two reports look at school segregation and have different answers for how to deal with it. Photo Credit: Virginia Carter

Veronica Carter Public News Service SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – An education think tank has taken a closer look at a report on school segregation that came out this fall from the Center for Children and Families at the Brookings Institution. It found that poverty, not race, is the real challenge for segregated schools, and that improving school quality is key to closing racial achievement gaps. Erica Frankenberg, co-director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights, said the problem with that report is that it ignored a lot of evidence and it calls for more charter schools, but she said charter schools tend to be more segregated than public schools. She added that diversity allows children to learn from each other. "They have reduced racial prejudice," she said. "They're more likely to lead integrated lives as adults; a lot of these things that are really important outcomes of public schools that we want to help prepare our citizens for a diverse country and a diverse workforce."

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In her review, Frankenberg found that the report presents a false choice between school integration and creating high-quality urban charter schools. She did the analysis for Think Twice, a project of the National Education Policy Center. The Brookings report said individual charter schools are more racially segregated than traditional public schools that serve the same geographical area. William J. Mathis, managing director of the National Education Policy Center, disagrees. He said the issue of segregation needs to be addressed. "People forget that one of the primary reasons that we have public schools is socialization for a democratic society," he said. "We need to learn to get along together and work together for the common good, and that seems to be lost when people are simply looking at test scores." Mathis said achievement scores at public schools aren't much different that the charter schools, and added that means kids are losing out socially, without any gains academically.

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PREDICCIONES 2017

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Audiencias Públicas Ambientales del Proyecto de Extensión de la Fase II de Silicon Valley del BART de VTA Descripción del proyecto

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Mario Jiménez Castillo El Observador Recibimos el año 2017 con mucha esperanza y con mucha fe, esperamos que este nuevo año sea benéfico, pacífico y de oportunidades para todos. El año inicia con el planeta Mercurio retrógrado, por lo tanto se aconseja guardar la calma, no tomar decisiones importantes y mantenernos en nuestro mundo habitual hasta el día 8 de enero, fecha en la que Mercurio cambiará de retrógrado a directo. Este año el planeta Venus, estará también retrógrado, esto sucederá del día 4 de marzo al día 15 de abril, este aspecto planetario puede producir más decesos en el mundo del espectáculo, es probable desafortunadamente, que más estrellas digan adiós durante este periodo. Tendremos que estar muy alertas pues es muy probable que ocurran atentados terroristas suicidas durante esas fechas, especialmente en países de Europa y Estados Unidos. Venus rige el amor, el romance, el matrimonio, el dinero, la juventud y la apariencia física, éstos son los aspectos que más se tendrán que vigilar. Pueden suceder ruptura de parejas y divorcios de un día para otro durante el periodo de retrogradación de Venus. Ya para el 15 de abril cuando Venus por fin cambie su condición de planeta retrógrado a planeta directo, habrá un cambio en la energía colectiva mundial y definitivamente viviremos una época de prosperidad en los meses siguientes. Saturno el planeta del karma, se mantendrá casi durante todo el año en el signo Sagitario, la religión, la política y las relaciones internacionales atravesarán por una etapa turbulenta. Saldrán a la luz más casos de sacerdotes y pastores involucrados en casos de pedofilia, narcotráfico, estafas, trata de personas y otros crímenes. El Papa y otros líderes religiosos mundiales tendrán por fin que tomar cartas en el asunto. El planeta Urano se mantendrá todo el año en el signo de Aries, aspecto planetario que

puede provocar terremotos, huracanes, inundaciones y erupciones volcánicas en más de tres continetes durante enero, marzo, mayo, julio, octubre y noviembre. La política mundial se verá sacudida por eventos desastrosos como lo que está ocurriendo en Venezuela, un país rico en petróleo y recursos naturales, país ahora empobrecido gracias a la gran farza del siglo, el socialismo o comunismo, sistema aparentemente bueno en teoría pero al llevarlo a la práctica solo crea odio, infortunio, dolor y miseria. Varios países de América latina despertarán del letargo en que se encuentran y el socialismo comenzará a ser derrotado. El tirano de Cuba ya falleció y se espera que la isla poco a poco abra sus puertas a la democracia. En los próximos 15 años, será por fin derrotado el comunismo y se convertirá en una pesadilla del pasado. Habrá durante este 2017 un sentimiento mundial favorable hacia el cuidado del planeta, la ecología y los derechos de los animales serán temas que motiven a las masas. Poco a poco iremos teniendo más conciencia del daño que le causamos al planeta y de la poca atención que le prestamos a la conservación de los recursos naturales. Surgirán profecías sobre asteroides o cometas que puedan impactar la tierra, también existirán personas que afirmarán que el fin del mundo está cerca, esto no debe causar alarma, sólo el Creador es el único que sabe con certeza si esto ocurrirá pronto o no. Como nota agradable, el planeta Júpiter transitará durante varios meses por el signo Libra, este aspecto astral hará que la gente se muestre más generosa y tolerante. Muchos encontrarán el amor verdadero y las parejas tenderán a unirse cada vez más. Hay que actuar con sentido común, con diplomacia, con honestidad y respeto, de ese modo el 2017 puede convertirse en un año que nos traiga una hermosa recompensa. ¡Feliz 2017!

La Administración Federal de Tránsito (FTA, por sus siglas en inglés) y Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Meeting 1 Meeting 2 están publicando el Informe Preliminar de la Declaración de Impacto Ambiental SuplemenMeeting 3 tario / Reporte de Impacto Ambiental Subsecuente (SEIS / SEIR, por sus siglas en inglés) para la revisión pública y comentarios para la construcción propuesta de la Fase II del Proyecto de Extensión de BART de Silicon Valley, una extensión de aproximadamente 6 millas del sistema de Transporte Rápido del Área de la Bahía (BART) desde la estación de BART de Berryessa (bajo construcción) en San José hasta la ciudad de Santa Clara. El proyecto incluiría cuatro estaciones: Alum Rock / 28th Street, Downtown San José, Diridon y Santa Clara. La Fase II del Programa BART Silicon Valley de VTA requiere un SEIS / SEIR aprobado para ser elegible para recibir fondos federales y estatales. Además, como parte del proceso de aprobación ambiental del estado, VTA tiene una alternativa adicional que incluye la extensión de BART así como el desarrollo orientado al transporte en las cuatro estaciones y dos ubicaciones de estructura de ventilación. VTA realizará tres reuniones públicas para presentar los resultados del análisis ambiental y recibir comentarios sobre los reportes preliminares SEIS / SEIR. Los reportes preliminares SEIS / SEIR y la documentación de apoyo están disponibles en el sitio web del proyecto: vta.org/bart.

Reuniones Públicas Reunión 1 - Miércoles, 25 de enero de 2017 Puertas Abiertas 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Presentación Formal y Comentarios 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Mexica Heritage Plaza Galería 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San José Reunión 2 – Jueves, 26 de Enero de 2017 Puertas Abiertas 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Presentación Formal y Comentarios 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Santa Clara Senior Center, Sala 222 1303 Fremont Street, Santa Clara Reunión 3 – Lunes, 30 de Enero de 2017 Puertas Abiertas 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Presentación Formal y Comentarios 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Ciudad de San José - Ayuntamiento, Salones 118-120 200 East Santa Clara Street, San José

Cómo enviar sus comentarios:

Los comentarios por escrito serán aceptados hasta el 20 de febrero de 2017 y pueden ser enviados por correo regular o correo electrónico: Correo:

Tom Fitzwater, SVRT Environmental Planning Manager VTA Environmental Programs and Resources Management Building B-2, 3331 North First Street, San José, CA 95134 Correo electrónico: BARTPhase2EIS-EIR@vta.org Las personas que necesiten traducción de idiomas, Lenguaje de Señas Americanas u otra ayuda deben comunicarse con VTA Community Outreach al (408) 321-7575, TTY (408) 321-2330, al menos cinco (5) días hábiles antes de la reunión de información pública. Todas las instalaciones donde se realizan las reuniones son accesibles para personas con discapacidades. 1612-1005

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Durant Signs With Golden State

As we turn the page to 2017, it only makes sense to celebrate the top Warriors moments of 2016. The only question is this: what are the top Warriors moments of 2016? That’s where you come in, Dub Nation. The Dubs’ digital team has identified some of the top moments from 2016, and we’re putting it your hands to decide the best of the best.

Kevin Durant provided the ground-shaking moment of the NBA offseason when he announced he was signing with the Warriors as a free agent back in July. The former MVP and four-time scoring leader was introduced at a press conference in front of a packed crowd at the Warriors’ front office headquarters on July 7, at the close of which he summarized, “[I'm] just excited to be a part of this organization and play with these great players and play in front of these unbelievable fans and try to do the best I can as a player to help win games.”

Coming off a defeat in Game 3 in Portland, Golden State did not want to go home facing a tied series, and Stephen Curry came through when his team needed him most. Playing for the first time since he was injured in Game 4 of the first round series against Houston, Curry scored an NBA-record 17 points in overtime, finishing with 40 as the Warriors rallied to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Mr. 400 Prior to last season, no player in the history of the NBA had ever made more than 286 three-pointers in a single season. Already owning the two highest single-season three-point totals in NBA history at the start of last season, Curry put the exclamation point on the most prolific shooting season known to mankind in the final regular season game of the 2015-16 campaign, splashing home his 400th trey of the year in the opening minute of the second half. He’d go on to make two more threes in the rest of the game, finishing with 402 on the season. Unanimous When you do something that’s never been done in the NBA before, you know you’ve done something remarkable. When you do something that no other MVP in the history of the league has done, you’re taking it to a whole different level. That’s exactly what Stephen Curry did in becoming the first-ever unanimous MVP in the history of the NBA last season. The 11th player to win back-to-back MVP awards in the NBA's 70-season existence, Curry became the first player in league history at any position to average 30 ‎points per game in less than 35 minutes per game, made an NBA-record 402 three-pointers, and joined Steve Nash and his coach, Steve Kerr, as the only players in league history to shoot at least 50 percent from the f loor, 45 percent from three-point range and 90 percent from the line in a season.

Klay’s Game 6 Heroics Golden State became the 10th team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit when they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games in their memorable Western Conference Finals series, and required a legendary performance from Klay Thompson in Game 6 to do so. Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored 41 points, including 19 points in the fourth quarter alone to help the Warriors overcome an eight-point deficit. "Steph [Curry] told me before I went out in the fourth, 'This is your time'," Thompson said. "'You know, put on a show out there and have fun.' I took those words to heart, and I just tried to be aggressive."

Dubs’ Trio Wins Gold in Rio Only a select number of basketball players can say they’ve won an NBA championship. Even fewer can show off an Olympic gold medal. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were able to claim both, while Kevin Durant became a two-time member of the latter category after all three won Gold as members of Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The Warriors were the only NBA team with three players on Team USA after not having any representatives on an Olympic team since 1992.

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Klay Goes For 60 In a 142-106 victory over the Pacers on December 5th, Klay Thompson produced the greatest offensive display the Warriors’ franchise had seen in more than four decades. Thompson scored 60 points on 21-of33 shooting from the field, 8-of-14 from three-point land and 10-of-11 from the free throw line, all in just 29 minutes of play. In doing so, Thompson became the first player in NBA history to score 60-or-more points in fewer than 30 minutes of playing time. Crazy stat: Thompson only touched the ball 52 times for a total of 88.4 seconds in the victory. All the more impressive, Thompson took a total of 11 dribbles – in the entire game! Splash Brothers Duel in Three-Point Contest Golden State possesses perhaps the best shooting backcourt in the history of the game, a theory given more credibility by both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson making the finals of the Three-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend in Toronto. Curry, the reigning champion, advanced to the Finals on his final

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shot of the first round and put up the highest score of the event; that is, until the other Splash Brother had the last laugh. Klay Thompson dethroned Curry and saved his best for last, finishing with 27 points in the final round to mark the first time in Three-Point Contest history that different players from the same team have won it in consecutive seasons.

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A SUMMER SNOWBALL FIGHT & HOLIDAY WISHES

I hope the world you create will venerate dignity, be respectful of others, and encourage each of us to hike up a well-traveled trail and have the summer snowball fight of our dreams. All my best wishes for a happy holiday and a safe, peaceful and healthy New Year.

About Shelly Palmer Named one of LinkedIn’s Top 10 Voices in Technology, Shelly Palmer is CEO of The Palmer Group, a strategic advisory, technology solutions and business development practice focused at the nexus of media and marketing with a special emphasis on augmented intelligence and data-driven decision-making. He is Fox 5 New York's on-air tech and digital media expert, writes a weekly column for AdAge, and is a regular commentator on CNBC and CNN. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com or subscribe to our daily email http://ow.ly/WsHcb.

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My friend John gave us a gift this holiday season. With all deference to Sisyphus and with a tip o’ the hat to Abraham Maslow, John’s story reminds us of an important truth: we all have the power to create the world we want to live in.

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Shelley Palmer I just got off the phone with a very dear friend who called to tell me that he had just resigned from his very high-paying, superpowerful job. Before I could ask, he started to tell me his reasons. You’ve heard them all before: a sick relative needs his time and attention, his very young children seemed to stop caring if he was home or on the road, the bureaucracy at work was preventing him from achieving the objectives for which he was hired, and so on. Then came the “They begged me to stay” part of the dialog. They offered money, a revised schedule, reduced travel, the sun, the moon and the stars. But of course he didn’t want to stay. And so he left. One hundred percent of what you just read is true. This is exactly how the story was told to me. But you know as well as I do that this is not what happened. While it is a perfectly reasonable explanation as to why he is no longer Mr. Superpowerful Executive, CEO of Mega Corp, it is not true. The most cynical among us will assume that he was forced out by corporate politics or simply fired, but that’s not the case. In truth, he had come to the realization that he could create the world he wanted to live in, but he didn’t want others to judge his decision. After all, who in their right mind would leave “the big job” without an even bigger job lined up, or at least a plan. I met John (not his real name) at a tech

Escuela Reconocida por su Excelencia conference years ago, while he and I were hiking with other conference attendees up a trail in the Canadian Rockies. It was a very long (13-hour) hike up a well-traveled trail. The goal was to get above the tree line and have a summer snowball fight. Not the most noble of goals, but it was a goal! The members of our group learned a great deal about each other on that hike. Some of the fittest stumbled, some of the least fit negotiated the trail with alacrity, some of the smartest made incredibly stupid decisions and, of course, some of the simplest emerged as de facto leaders. At the end of the day, a new meritocracy had arisen. A powerful job did not make a person powerful. A Type-A personality did not indicate courage or skill. And, most importantly, each of us performed according to our gifts; we could not have been expected to do more. As our call ended, I couldn’t help but think that John had just resigned from a grueling hike up a well-traveled trail to throw snowballs in the middle of summer. It was “a” big job,” but for him it wasn’t “the” big job. What would it be like to live in a world of your own design? How different would your day be if it was filled with things you were passionate about? Whom would you spend the most time with, and what would you spend the most time doing in such a world?

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