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CHURCH- People’s Missionary Baptist Church reliable you are when it comes to paying bills on time and some adjust their rates so people with good credit tend to located at 1451 Madison St. PARK- Belle Terrance Park located at 1101 E Belle Terrance Marching Instructions1) 5:00pm Park your vehicle at the church 2) The buses will transport you from the church to the park By Keith C . Wolaridge their children’s education because they are preoccupied 3) 6:00pm March will start from the park and end at Letter to the Editor with the hardships that come with an unaffordable surprise the church Now that the U.S. House of Representatives has bill. 4) 7:00 pm Program begins after the conclusion of the gotten impeachment out of the way, it is working on Most members of Congress agree the problem requires March some business that got bottled up last year. Members of a solution urgently. But if Congress acts urgently and both parties, such as Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wrongly, it could make matters worse. (CA-23) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-05), are One approach under consideration in Washington considering what needs to get done before they go hit the would allow the federal government to set “benchmarks” campaign trail. And one persistent, nagging item is surprise in which insurance companies would reimburse providers medical billing. at deliberately low “in-network” rates. However, this A Stanford University study found that that the approach would be a disaster for hundreds of hospitals in problem is getting more expensive and more widespread. rural areas treating underserved populations. The study looked at patient billing between the years of The key to quality, affordable care is a meaningful 2010 and 2016. It found that over 42 percent of patients Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) process. Here’s LAMONT, Calif. (AP) – Authorities in Central admitted to emergency rooms or hospitals got hit with how it works: When an insurance company receives an California are investigating the shooting deaths of three surprise bills and that the dollars charged are going up – out-of-network bill, it is prohibited from passing it along men whose bodies were found in a car and a nearby from a mean of $804 in 2010 to $2040 in 2016. to the patient. Instead, the bill is sent over the Internet vineyard. The reasons behind the plague of surprise medical to a qualified mediator empowered to resolve the billing Kern County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Angela billing are complicated but it is in no way due to negligence dispute. Through this simple, transparent online process, Monroe said someone reported hearing gunshots in on the part of patients with insurance coverage. Patients the insurance company presents its offer and the provider Lamont, a community 10 miles southeast of Bakersfield, almost always confirm that a facility is “in network.” Later, can make his or her Friday evening. they are hit with a surprise bill because while the facility case, for a different amount. The process rewards When deputies arrived, Monroe said, they found was “in network,” one or more of the providers that treated moderation because the mediator has to pick one of the two men in the car who were not breathing. They were them were “out of network.” two figures. If the insurance company shoots too low, or pronounced dead at the scene. The problem is most acute in the emergency room. the provider too high, they only help the cause of their The deputies found the body of a third man in a By law, providers are obligated to treat patients yet are rival disputant. nearby vineyard. prohibited from telling them if their insurance won’t cover Such an approach has worked in New York, which Monroe said the men were victims of a homicide. a test or procedure. Out-of-networks providers submit enacted an IDR law in 2015. Since then, patients have However, she declined to release any suspect information. their bills, insurance companies don’t pay, and the patient saved over $400 million in emergency services and out-ofShe asked anyone with information about the gets stuck with the bill. network billing has shrunk by 34%. shootings to call detectives. The financial stress resulting from surprise medical Congress must act on surprise medical billing. The billing negatively affects every aspect of our lives. As a best solution would include a meaningful IDR component Trustee for the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District that is fair to all parties – fair to providers, to insurance for the past ten years, I see families struggle to focus on companies, and above all to patients. Keith C . Wolaridge (Courtesy Photo)

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Staying Aware, Facing Injustice and Fighting for the Future By Brian Crawford | J.S. Adams and Toure Muhammad The Final Call@TheFinalCall 2019 saw challenges and signs of a continual awakening of the Black community, even as racism and police killings remained a problem in the United States. Alongside the insults was a strong spirit of resistance and growing frustration with the lack of respect for and deprivation of Black lives. Heroes continued to emerge in sports and entertainment as Black stars refused to bow to the desires of powerful figures in those industries. Colin Kaepernick continued to be a lightning rod for discussion, even though the former NFL quarterback played his last game in 2016. He continued to challenge the NFL for essentially blackballing him and keeping him off the field. Mr. Kaepernick was openly critical of what was billed as an NFL workout in November for team scouts, but in actuality, was an attempt to get him to sign a nonstandard waiver that included language that would have limited his ability to pursue legal claims against the NFL. Mr. Kaepernick held his own, private workout instead, and his representatives sent that tape to all 32 NFL teams. Hip hop guru Jay-Z received criticism for entering into a business relationship with the NFL. His Roc Nation imprint was named the league’s “live music entertainment strategist,” putting the rapper’s company in charge of the Super Bowl halftime show. The rapper took heavy criticism from NFL players and many in the Black community, but Continued on page A5

According to the Gun Violence Archive, as of December 1, 2019, there were more mass shootings in America (385) than days in a calendar year.

Bakersfield City Council Violated Open Meeting Law

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) – A judge has ruled that several Bakersfield City Council sessions held behind closed doors in 2017 violated California’s open meeting law. The closed sessions involved discussions of city finances that led to a sales tax increase, the Bakersfield Californian reported. Kern County Superior Court Judge Stephen Schuett issued the ruling Wednesday in a lawsuit by the nonprofit advocacy organizations First Amendment Coalition and Californians Aware. The city attorney’s office said no one was available Thursday to comment on the ruling, the newspaper reported. The ruling was a “complete victory,’’ the First Amendment Coalition said Friday. “The City Council shut the public out of crucial discussions on exactly the kinds of topics California law requires be discussed in full public view,” coalition executive director David Snyder said in a statement. California’s Ralph M. Brown Act allows meetings of legislative bodies to be closed to the public only in limited circumstances. The city claimed that the three closed sessions involved legal advice concerning pending litigation, an exception under the law. The judge ruled, however, that financial information disclosed at the meetings was clearly outside the scope of the open meeting law. “To permit the City Council to use this exception as a subterfuge to allow the discussion of the city’s critical budget issues, the potential solutions to those issues, impacts on city revenues, and potential staff layoffs and curtailing of services would allow the exception created by (the Brown Act) to swallow the rule,’’ Schuett wrote. The judge ordered the city to record all closed sessions for one year because of the potential for future violations. The city also was ordered to give the plaintiffs documents related to their complaint and to pay their attorneys’ fees.


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Harvard Law Schools First Deaf-Blind Graduate Joins the Company as a D&I Consultant ’

MORRISVILLE, NC – Lenovo, a leader in innovation and developing transformative products, services and solutions, recently released its 2018/2019 Diversity & Inclusion Report. One key highlight is Haben Girma, Harvard Law School’s first deaf-blind graduate joining the team as the first external D&I consultant helping to better integrate the needs of the disability community into its products and workplace. Girma, an advocate for equal opportunities for people with disabilities, is an African American and first-generation immigrant that has earned President Obama naming her a White House Champion of Change, the Helen Keller Achievement Award and a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. The report demonstrates the company’s continued investment in their employees to foster growth and development that leads to better decisions, better products and better business results. “We are proud of our progress in diversity and to be a part of recasting the model for multinational companies,” said Yolanda Lee Conyers, chief diversity officer and president, Lenovo Foundation. “We are committed to continuing our work of advancing greater diversity in all its forms across our workforce and to foster a sense of belonging with inclusive practices.” The report revealed in the last 12 months, 66 unique nationalities were hired across 61 markets, 100 different languages are spoken by Lenovo employees, five unique nationalities are represented among their top 14 executives in the Lenovo Executive Committee and 97 percent of their business managers are native residents to the markets they work in. Lenovo also succeeded in achieving their goal of

impacting one million people through the benefit of philanthropy and volunteerism around the world. In October 2018, Lenovo launched The Lenovo Foundation to invest in STEM education programs, increase access to diverse populations and empower employees to improve their communities. As a result of their commitment, The Foundation awarded 16 mini-grants to organizations around the world such as an organization in Kenya that was outfitted with a new computer lab to serve a disconnected community. In an effort to continue to progress and advance diversity and inclusion, Lenovo partnered with The Atlantic magazine to host their first ever Inclusion in the Workplace conference, bringing influencers and thought leaders in the community together to share insights and best practices for increasing inclusivity in business. In addition, the company launched two new employee resource groups in the US, with plans to further expansion that focuses on new professionals and early-career employees, and individuals with disabilities and caretakers and allies of the disability community. “We have many achievements and milestones to celebrate, and meeting our goals requires constant focus and is a continual journey,” said Conyers. “We are taking steps to make sure our workforce reflects the best insights, creativity and experiences reflective of our customers and society.” To review the Lenovo 2018/2019 Diversity and Inclusion Report, download the “Observer Interactive” App and scan over the picture with this story.

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By MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) – Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg chased California votes on Friday in dueling events, looking to sway Democrats in the state that delivers the largest haul of delegates in the presidential contest. Appearing at a short-term housing complex for the homeless, Buttigieg promised a new era of help for people living on the streets, while Biden sought to upstage the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor with a formal endorsement from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti attended by firefighters. The endorsement was initially announced Thursday. Garcetti called Biden a longtime friend, “the right leader at the right moment.” Garcetti was an early supporter of President Barack Obama, in whose administration Biden served as vice president for eight years. Buttigieg’s stop highlighted the homeless crisis in Los Angeles, where tent cities line downtown streets and freeway underpasses are frequently filled with makeshift communities of people with nowhere else to go. He listened intently to stories from residents of the so-called bridge home who described their journey from the streets to the shelter, where they are linked with health services, receive assistance restoring their lives and, hopefully, locate permanent housing. Residents can stay up to nine months. Jessica Kelly, who said she once had a career in pharmaceutical sales, described how her life unraveled after a string of back surgeries led to opioid misuse and, eventually, a heroin addition. After several years without a home, finding a bed at the shelter has been “a blessing for me,’’ she told Buttigieg. Buttigieg has said he will invest $430 billion to make affordable housing available for over 7 million families while aiming to end homelessness for families with children. The mayor stressed that homeless was a problem that cuts across communities “of every size, in every climate.’’ He has faced criticism in his hometown for being too slow to act, but his campaign said homelessness was cut by 25% during his tenure. A small but noisy group of Black Lives Matter

protesters shadowed his visit, chanting on a sidewalk outside the shelter that Buttigieg was a “fake’’ and “antiblack.’’ A planned outdoor discussion with residents was moved indoors, though the din of the protesters could still be faintly heard in the room. “The people of South Bend feel abandoned,’’ said protester Kahmiil Middleton, who lives in South Bend. Buttigieg told reporters afterward, “It is important to me that I have the support that I do from black residents of South Bend. I know that support is not 100%, and I respect those political differences.’’ Candidates are competing for over 400 delegates in California’s March 3 primary, though mail-in ballots will be going out a month earlier, at the time the Iowa caucuses kick off the presidential election. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has a massive volunteer organizing effort underway in California, while billionaire Michael Bloomberg has been spending tens of millions on TV advertising across the heavily Democratic state. With Garcetti’s endorsement, Biden is strengthening his position as the favorite within the Democratic establishment. President Donald Trump, who lost California by over 4 million votes in 2016, has called the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other big cities disgraceful and faulted the “liberal establishment’’ for the problem.

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Golden Globe Awards Blackout

Travesty or Testament? Historically, the Golden Globes and similar award shows have not been good at identifying, acknowledging or rewarding black talent, much like the entertainment industries themselves. By Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., NNPA Newswire Entertainment and Culture Editor Many cultural critics and pundits were in an uproar over the shutout of black talent at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards held Jan. 5. The Golden Globes are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press, which is a non-profit organization composed of journalists, photographers and media professionals who report on the entertainment industry. Last year actress/director Regina King took home a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for If Beale Street Could Talk and Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Seven Seconds (Netflix). Mahershala Ali won for Best Performance by an actor in a Motion Picture for Green Book in 2019. These were the awards despite the tremendous amount of black talent on and off-screen in 2019 in major motion pictures like Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman and a litany of amazing performances in front of and behind the small screen on network and cable television. Black folks fared even worse at the 2020 Golden Globes not taking home one statue, even with compelling television and film like The Last Black Man in San Francisco (A24), Black and Blue (Screen Gems), Queen & Slim, Raising Dion (Netflix), American Gods (Starz) , Southside (Comedy Central), Pose (F/X), Dear White People (Netflix), Claws (TNT), Snowfall (F/X), When They See Us (Netflix), not to mention outstanding web

series like Giants and Pillow Talk. Suffice it to say the Golden Globes still aren’t feeling Black talent, so why are audiences so invested in this show and others? Black talent being shut out of the Golden Globes is not just a travesty but also a testament to the power of the work and the narratives being told that challenge the status quo. Why folks assume that awards shows invested in the same media industries that continue to perpetuate and recycle the vilest stereotypes of black identity and behavior would somehow acknowledge the stories, performances and behind-the-scenes work that challenges dominant ways of thinking about Black people on and off-screen is befuddling. Black folks aren’t the only historically marginalized group snubbed by the Golden Globes. No women directors were nominated for any directing awards this year. Only five women have ever been nominated for directing in the 77-year history of the Golden Globes. Most recently was Ava DuVernay (Selma) in 2015; Barbra Streisand (Yentl and The Prince of Tides), Jane Campion (The Piano), Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) and Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty). How is it possible for Greta Gerwig (Little Women) and Lulu Wang (The Farewell) and Ava DuVernay (When They See Us) to not be nominated this year? It is entirely possible in an industry that has yet to catch up to a century of overlooking and further marginalizing members of historically disenfranchised groups. There is

a reason Black showrunners and filmmakers like Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris are moving to Netflix. They want to tell compelling stories and have power over final edits that don’t dilute the power of their prose by elevating the feelings and needs of White viewers over all others. According to the University of Southern California’s Inclusion in the Director’s Chair Study, only 4.9 percent of top films were directed by women in Hollywood 2007-2019. Twenty percent of Netflix’s 53 U.S. films was directed by women in 2019. Of the 4.9 percent of women directors in Hollywood, less than 1 percent were directed by women of color. Netflix has also aggressively diversified its staff to reflect the changing demographics of society while Hollywood slowly makes hiring changes through pipeline programs with abysmal full-time job conversions. The Farewell actress Awkwafina made Golden Globes history by becoming the first performer of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe award in a lead actress in a musical or comedy, which is a triumph in some ways, but could also be considered a travesty with the amount of influential and amazing work that has come from people of Asian descent on-screen and off-screen in the United States and abroad. Mainstream award shows like The Golden Globe Awards, The Academy Awards, The BAFTA Awards aren’t really for us and were not created with Black talent in mind. Black talent will continue kicking down doors in Hollywood and telling stories as members of the Hollywood establishment and outside of the Hollywood

establishment, which is how change is created. Historically, the Golden Globes and similar award shows have not been good at identifying, acknowledging or rewarding black talent, much like the entertainment industries themselves. Change is slow but sure, but there is no need to be a glutton for punishment. Tune into the NAACP Image Awards, the African American Film Critics Association Awards and the BET Awards if you want to see a greater representation and acknowledgement of black talent in the entertainment industry that is actually celebrated and rewarded. Hope springs eternal but to continue hoping mainstream awards shows will give a damn about Black talent and audiences is an exercise in disappointment. The overlooking of black talent by mainstream awards shows is a travesty, but it is also a testament to the power and influence of the work by black writers, directors, producers and performers. To reflect the sentiment of a favorite internet meme — make it happen, clap for your damned self and keep it moving. This article was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., entertainment and culture editor for NNPA/Black Press USA. Nsenga is also founder & editor-in-chief of the award-winning news blog The Burton Wire, which covers news of the African Diaspora. Follow her on Twitter @ Ntellectual.

40 Years of Cathy Hughes Leadership at Urban One ‘

Fulfilling Dr. King’s Dream By Keith L. Alexander OXON HILL, Md. – Inside the illuminated MGM National Harbor towering over the Potomac River, the 3,000-seat theater slowly fills with African Americans donned in tuxedos and gowns as Hollywood’s and New York’s top entertainers mix with some of Washington, D.C.’s bourgeoisie including politicians and business leaders. All have gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Urban One Inc., the nation’s largest distributor of news and entertainment aimed solely at black consumers, which also includes the largest African American owned TV network. The media company that for decades was known as Radio One Inc. for its stable of radio stations across the country, changed its name in 2017 to Urban One, a new name that reflects, its owners believed, its channeled mission of providing media content to urban audiences via all forms of media through its divisions including radio, television programming with its TV One cable network and now the Internet. Still at the helm of Urban One is the legendary woman with the mic, camera and now computer keyboard is the company’s founder and chairwoman, Cathy Hughes. On this recent night, the 72-year-old energetic and spirited Hughes is also serving as co-host for the 40th anniversary Urban One Honors awards show with comedian Chris Tucker, which is scheduled to air Hughes’s TV One network Jan. 20. The show, however, is already running late before it even began. Taping was supposed to begin 20 minutes or so ago. But people are still slowly filling their seats. Then, to a round of staccato applause and without an introduction, Hughes, with her broad smile, walked onto the stage. She apologized for the late start. The staffing at the entrances of the MGM, she said, have been slow in allowing audience members through the doors. “But I’ll take care of this,” she said while putting a finger in the air. Hughes disappears backstage. And within 10 minutes, as if a dam burst, audience members began rushing into the theater to their seats. Minutes later, the orchestra begins playing and Hughes and Tucker walk on stage arm in arm to begin the two-hour show. No one messes with Cathy Hughes, especially when she is their boss. That’s right, in addition to the various entertainment companies, Urban One also owns nearly 7 percent of the $1.4 billion, MGM casino, hotel and resort, a purchase the company made when the resort opened three years ago. As the nation celebrates the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this month, those who knew King well, say Hughes and Urban One are the epitome of King’s

dream. Dr. Benjamin Chavis, who worked as a youth leader for King in the 1960’s, said Hughes was able to break through the historically, white male controlled world of media ownership and create her own media company that she uses to not only to reach millions of people around the world to ensure that the voices of African Americans continue to be shared and visible. “Urban One continues to fulfill Dr. King’s dream,” Chavis said. “The best way to celebrate black history is to make more history. Cathy Hughes continues to make black history.” Chavis is now head of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, made up of more than 200 blackowned newspapers across the country. The Hughes media story is well known. She began her career in 1969 at an AM radio station in her native Omaha, but left for Washington, D.C. when she was offered a job as a lecturer at Howard University. In 1973, Hughes was named general sales manager of WHUR, Howard’s FM radio station. Two years later, Hughes was promoted to general manager. There she created the late night, slowjam formatted staple called “The Quiet Storm” a signature sound that expanded to radio stations around the country. In that short time, Hughes had taken annual revenues at the station from $250,000 to more than $3.5 million. In 1979, Hughes and then-husband Dewey Hughes sought financing to purchase their own radio station and were rejected by 32 banks until 1980 when they secured lending to buy WOL-AM, a tiny Washington, D.C. station located in Northeast Washington. That first station led to the acquisitions of dozens of radio stations around the country. Then in 2004, with her son Alfred C. Liggins III, a Wharton School of Business MBA graduate as chief executive officer his mother’s company, Radio One branched into television by creating TV One, a cable network reaching more than 40 million African American TV households. In 2017, TV One changed its name to Urban One after it acquired a collection of Internet media websites, now known as iOne Digital, that focus on news, sports and entertainment stories about and for black audiences. Today, Urban One is worth, according to Wall Street estimates based on stock price of about $98 million. The company boasts of reaching 59 million households, 22 million listeners, 40 million video streams, 20 million unique Web visitors. It owns 57 broadcast stations in 15 urban markets, two cable networks and some 80 websites. Hughes works closely with her son who she credits with diversifying Urban One beyond radio and TV. “This company has a commitment to serving our audience that is evidenced beyond just the mission of making money. It is to build an organization that represents the needs and interests of a community that for the majority of this country’s history, hasn’t had a voice to

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Ms. Hughes_Urban One Honors Red Carpet. (Photo Credit: Urban One Inc awards and Cathy Hughes, courtesy Urban One Inc.)

fight for it,” Liggins, 54, said recently. Throughout the night at the star-studded awards at the MGM, the influence that Hughes has garnered over the four decades was repeatedly echoed by those who took the stage. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott surrounded on stage by other rap legends Lil Kim and Da Brat, became emotional during her acceptance speech. She described Hughes as “bold, fierce, strong, innovative (and) a visionary.” Elliott said a “big” part of her success was due to Urban One. “We are all chosen, but there are certain people chosen to be a vessel,” Elliott said of Hughes. During his acceptance speech, actor and singer Jamie Foxx spoke of when he and director and writer Quentin Tarantino were making the 2012 “Django Unchained,” they were concerned about the use of the N-word in the film and how audiences would receive the racist word. Foxx told the audience that he told Tarantino “the only person who could help them” ensure audiences would not be put off by the repeated use of the racist word would be Hughes. So, the two asked Hughes to come to the movie set so she could see the filming and hear the vision behind it. Foxx said they needed Hughes’s “blessing” knowing that her influence with audiences could ultimately make or break the film. When he took the stage, Broadway, film and TV performer Billy Porter described how being celebrated by a black media company in front of a predominately black audience, was unusual for out, gay black entertainers. “As a

black, queer man in the world, this is such a special day for me. I never felt welcomed. Today in this space, for the first time in my life, I feel like I am a part of this community,” Porter said grabbing Hughes’s hand as she joined him on stage. During his acceptance speech, Chance the Rapper described Hughes – or Miss H. as he calls her - as a “trailblazer” and a “maverick” who, he said, “built an entire industry, for us.” Hughes says she plans to continue to build and rebuild the media industry as the technology changes how black households receive their information and entertainment. “Today, we reach 92 percent of black households,” Hughes added. “We plan to get to 100 percent.” “If the black audience that we serve decides that they want to receive our messages via carrier pigeon, then I’m getting ready to go into the bird business. I don’t know what it will take in the future in order to reach that goal. That will depend on what advances occur in technology.” Urban One’s plan, Hughes says, is to ensure the company will be at the center, the premiere go-to media outlet for black households. “It’s important for us to have black owned and controlled, particularly in the media, business ventures, nobody is going to tell our stories from our perspective, except us,” she said. “Nobody is going to do that for us. Why should they or would they? It’s our responsibility to do that.”


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(A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Dec 18, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7904 Doing business as: S.L FABRICATION at 9903 Marco Polo Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: STEVEN LOPEZ, 9903 Marco Polo Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: STEVEN LOPEZ The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 02/25/2018 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Dec 20, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R EDMIASTON, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). 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 This statement expires on Dec 20, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020 ������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2019-B2159 Business Name you wish to abandon: S.L WELDING Street address of business: 9903 Marco Polo Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: STEVEN LOPEZ, 9903 Marco Polo Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 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.) Business was conducted by: Individual SIGNED: STEVEN LOPEZ, OWNER This statement of abandonment filed on: December 20, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R EDMIASTON Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020 ������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2016-B4505 Business Name you wish to abandon: LOCATOR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO. Street address of business: 2019 F Street, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: LOCATOR REAL ESTATE CO., 2019 F Street, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 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.) Business was conducted by: Individual SIGNED: JOHN GARONE, OWNER

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This statement of abandonment filed on: December 20, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020

noted above. A copy of this 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 the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER Date: Dec 23, 2019 Linda S Etienne COURT COMMISSIONER Andrea, Sanders DEPUTY MARY DELORES LEGLEITER 1028 Brentwood Dr. Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Phone: (805) 835-8481 E-Mail Address: marylegleiter@gmail.com BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020

the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided on Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. IF you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (for DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate code section 1250. A request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Petitioner: TINA DAVIS 1221 Riverwood Hacienda Heights, Ca 91745 Telephone: (626) 968-6911 Fax: E-Mail:

������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2013-B6435 Business Name you wish to abandon: LOCATOR PROPERTY MANTENANCE CO. Street address of business: 2019 F Street Suite A, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: LOCATOR REAL ESTATE CO., 2019 F Street, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 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.) Business was conducted by: Individual SIGNED: JOHN GARONE, PRESIDENT This statement of abandonment filed on: December 20, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7902 Doing business as: CLM SERVICES at 9329 Nickam Court, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: CYNTHIA LYNETTE MISTER, 9329 Nickam Court, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: CYNTHIA LYNETTE MISTER The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 02/01/2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Dec 20, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A RANGEL VILLASENOR, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). 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 This statement expires on Dec 20, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7935 Doing business as: C. MORALES TRANSPORTATION, INC. at 5601 Pioneer Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: C. MORALES TRANSPORTATION, INC., CA, 5601 Pioneer Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 The business is conducted by: Corporation SIGNED: CARLOS MORALES, PRESIDENT The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 06/16/2016 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Dec 23, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A RANGEL VILLASENOR, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). 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 This statement expires on Dec 23, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020 ������������������������������� ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER BCV-19-103465 Superior Court of the State of California, for the county of Kern, 1415 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301 METROPOLITAN PETITION OF: MARY DELORES LEGLEITER FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: MARY DELORES LEGLEITER for a decree changing names as follows: Present name MARY DELORES LEGLEITER Filed a petition with this court Proposed name MARY De La Luz 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. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted if no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: Mar 2, 2020 Time: 8:30 a.m. Dept: 12 The address of the court is: Same as

������������������������������� ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER BCV-19-103512 Superior Court of the State of California, for the county of Kern, 1415 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301 METROPOLITAN PETITION OF: JACK STEVENS FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: JACK STEVENS for a decree changing names as follows: Present name JACK STEVENS Filed a petition with this court Proposed name NATHANIEL JACK STEVENS 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. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted if no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: Mar 3, 2020 Time: 8:30 a.m. Dept: 12 The address of the court is: Same as noted above. A copy of this 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 the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER Date: Dec 23, 2019 Linda S Etienne COURT COMMISSIONER Andrea, Sanders DEPUTY JACK STEVENS 205 Tyree Toliver Street Apt #B Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 Phone: (661) 565-2452 IN PRO PER BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020 �������������������������������

PUBLIC NOTICE Public Notice: This is to notify the following persons that his/ her personal household and/or miscellaneous goods will be sold at public auction or private sale. Stor It Self Storage 4200 Patton Way Bakersfield, CA 93308. The sale will take place online at www. storagetreasures.com; the bidding will end (January 22nd 2019) at 6:00 pm. B009 Steve Valasquez – Misc. BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 8, 15, 2020 �������������������������������

AMENDED NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF JUANITA B. ROBINSON CASE NUMBER: BPB-19-003060 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of JUANITA B. ROBINSON A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by TINA DAVIS in the Superior Court of California, County of KERN 1215 Truxtun Ave Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that TINA DAVIS be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: Apr 3, 2020 Time: 8:30 a.m. Dept: P Room: located at 1215 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2020-B0158 Doing business as: QUIRKY LEAF, THE at 12401 Monterey Beach Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: DONNA BALCH, 12401 Monterey Beach Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: DONNA BALCH The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Jan 7, 2020 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). 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 This statement expires on Jan 7, 2025 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 2020 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2020-B0206 2020-B0207 2020-B0208 Doing business as: INK MASTERS SCREEN PRINTING AND GRAPHIC DESIGN / VINTAGE BAKERSFIELD MAGAZINE / VINTAGE BAKERSFIELD at 1221 20th St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 Mailing Address: 1218 19th St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 County: Kern Full name of registrant: MARC CHRISTOPHER DELEON, 1218 19th St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: STEVEN LOPEZ The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Jan 8, 2020 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R EDMIASTON, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). 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 This statement expires on Jan 8, 2025 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 2020 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2020-B0088 Doing business as: VALLEY FIELD INSPECTIONS at 5314 Greystone Ct., Bakersfield, Ca. 93306-7317 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: LIANA FRAYNE, 5314 Greystone Ct., Bakersfield, Ca. 93306-7317 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: LIANA FRAYNE The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 01/03/2020 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Jan 3, 2020 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A RANGEL VILLASENOR, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). 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 This statement expires on Jan 3, 2025 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 2020 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2020-B0219 Doing business as: NEVERIA SALVAMEX at 1001 Chester Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern

PUBLIC NOTICE Full name of registrant: CONSUELO DE JESUS GONZALEZ RIVERA, 1001 Chester Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: CONSUELO DE JESUS GONZALEZ RIVERA The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Jan 8, 2020 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A RANGEL VILLASENOR, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). 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 This statement expires on Jan 8, 2025 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 2020 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2020-B0185 Doing business as: JAVIS MEAT’S at 924 Haven Dr., Arvin, Ca. 93203 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: RANULFO PESINA JR, 8612 Gailmarie, Lamont, Ca. 93241 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: RANULFO PESINA JR The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 10/01/2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Jan 8, 2020 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). 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 This statement expires on Jan 8, 2025 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 2020 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2020-B0166 Doing business as: MICHELLE COSTA VENDING at 214 Flower St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93305 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: MICHELLE RAMOS COSTA, 214 Flower St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93305 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: MICHELLE RAMOS COSTA The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Jan 7, 2020 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A RANGEL VILLASENOR, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). 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 This statement expires on Jan 7, 2025 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 2020 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2020-B0038 Doing business as: HYPERION INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES at 1430 Truxtun Avenue Suite 500, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: JORDAN BERK, 1430 Truxtun Avenue Suite 500, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: JORDAN BERK The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Jan 2, 2020 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R EDMIASTON, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). 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 This statement expires on Jan 2, 2025 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 2020 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2020-B0138 2020-B0139


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Doing business as: DAGNYS COFFEE COMPANY / HANDLEBARS INC. at 1600 20th Street, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 Mailing Address: 306 Oleander Avenue, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 County: Kern Full name of registrant: HANDLEBARS INC., CA, 1600 20th Street, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 The business is conducted by: Corporation SIGNED: ANN MARIE, CEO The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 04/23/2018 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Jan 6, 2020 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R EDMIASTON, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). 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 This statement expires on Jan 6, 2025 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 2020 �������������������������������

Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: EVELYN AIMEE TORRES, 2508 Earlene Avenue, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: EVELYN AIMEE TORRES The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 09/06/2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Jan 6, 2020 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R EDMIASTON, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). 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 This statement expires on Jan 6, 2025 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 2020 �������������������������������

Full name of registrant: E PEREZ TRUCKING LLC, CA, 4631 Summer Side Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 The business is conducted by: Corporation SIGNED: EDWARDO PEREZ, PRESIDENT The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 12/29/2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Jan 3, 2020 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). 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 This statement expires on Jan 3, 2025 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 2020 �������������������������������

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2020-B0135 Doing business as: EVELYNIUM at 2508 Earlene Avenue,

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2020-B0057 Doing business as: E PEREZ TRUCKING LLC at 4631 Summer Side Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2020-B0259 Doing business as: DANKER CO at 8105 Rockhampton Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: HAETHIM AEZAH, 8105 Rockhampton Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 The business is conducted by:

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Individual SIGNED: HAETHIM AEZAH The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Jan 9, 2020 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R ROBERTS-MARTIN, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). 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 This statement expires on Jan 9, 2025 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 2020 ������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2019-B4323 Business Name you wish to abandon: EVELYNIUM Street address of business: 1300 Valhalla Drive Apartment 5, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: EVELYN AIMEE TORRES, 1300 Valhalla Drive Apartment 5, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A

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registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Business was conducted by: Individual SIGNED: EVELYN AIMEE TORRES, OWNER This statement of abandonment filed on: January 6, 2020 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R EDMIASTON Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 2020 �������������������������������

matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted if no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: Mar 2, 2020 Time: 8:30 a.m. Dept: 12 The address of the court is: Same as noted above. A copy of this 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 the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER Date: Dec 23, 2019 Linda S Etienne COURT COMMISSIONER Andrea, Sanders DEPUTY MARY DELORES LEGLEITER 1028 Brentwood Dr. Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Phone: (805) 835-8481 E-Mail Address: marylegleiter@gmail.com BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020

FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: SAMMYE SEEMA BOKHARY ASGHAR RICHARDSON for a decree changing names as follows: Present name SAMMYE SEEMA BOKHARY ASGHAR RICHARDSON Filed a petition with this court Proposed name CIMA BOKHARY - KHAWAJA RICHARDSON 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. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted if no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: Mar 9 2020 Time: 8:30 a.m. Dept: 12 The address of the court is: Same as noted above. A copy of this 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 the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER Date: Jan 3, 2020 Linda S Etienne COURT COMMISSIONER

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Features The Black Struggle in 2019:

Staying Aware, Facing Injustice and Fighting for the Future Continued from page A1 others urged caution, saying time will tell what happens. On the field, it was the year of the Black quarterback in the NFL. Players like Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs), Deshaun Watson (Houston Texans), Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals) and Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens) busted up the stereotype that Black athletes aren’t smart enough to play quarterback at the pro level. Both the Chiefs and Ravens are legitimate NFL contenders. And with top notch collegiate prospects like Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma), Justin Fields (Ohio State), Khalil Tate (Arizona), and Deondre Francois (Hampton), the Black quarterback talent pool was deep. America and Black people continued to suffer from violence in 2019. According to the Gun Violence Archive, as of December 1, 2019, there were more mass shootings in America (385) than days in a calendar year. There was a mass shooting in this country every single day in 2019 and 29 of those 385 mass shootings were also mass murders. Some of the most devastating tragedies included the Aug. 4 mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, that killed nine people, an Aug. 13 mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, where 22 people were killed, and three Dec. 1 shootings in New Orleans that left 11 people injured. The Gun Violence Archives reported the highest number of mass shootings since 2014. There were more than 35,000 gun-related deaths in 2019, over 27,000 gun-related accidents, and still no meaningful, federally mandated gun legislation. Elijah Al-Amin, a 17-year old from Peoria, Arizona, was shot and killed by a White man at a convenience store because he didn’t like the rap music the teen was playing. In Louisiana, Sean Barrette fatally shot and killed three people at random in New Orleans; one of his victims was Black. Violence at the hands of police continued in 2019. According to a study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Black men’s risk of being shot and killed by police is 2.5 times higher than that of White men, and 1 in every 1,000 Black men will be shot and killed by a police officer. Black women were also victims of police violence in 2019. In October, Atatiana Jefferson was shot and killed by a police officer in Ft. Worth, Texas, while at home playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew. An officer began peering through Ms. Jefferson’s window after a neighbor called a non-emergency number to ask for a well-being check. Her front door was open. Officer Andrew Dean shot through a window killing Ms. Jefferson. The 35-yearold had only been on the force 18 months, and resigned before he could be fired. He’s been charged with murder. The trial of Amber Guyger, a Dallas police officer who shot and killed Botham Jean in his own apartment, saying she mistook it for her own, was probably one of the most talked about stories of 2019. Ms. Guyger was convicted of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison for the killing the young Black man who was a native of St. Lucia. Both the judge, who is Black, and Mr. Jean’s brother hugged Ms. Guyger after the verdict was read. The judge even gave Ms. Guyger a Bible. These perceived acts of kindness and forgiveness enraged many in the Black community. Lee Merritt, the attorney representing the Jean family, understood the outrage. But, he said, key elements in the Jean story as well as the case of Atatiana Jefferson were overlooked. Some of these elements have often been used to justify police killings of Black people, said the Dallas-based attorney. “For a long time, the conversation was about compliance. In other words, it was said the Black community wasn’t properly complying with law enforcement and giving them the respect that they deserve; and Black men, women and children were causing the brutality to happen to them,” said Atty. Merritt. “But 2019 kind of dispelled that myth,” he told The Final Call. “You have Atatiana Jefferson who was playing video games in her home, get shot and killed by police. Botham Jean was eating a bowl of ice cream after a long day of work, being shot and killed by police in his home. These weren’t even legitimate police encounters. This was just people going through the mundane activities of their daily lives, and police brutality came to visit them at their home.” “The problem in the Botham Jean case is that it actually represented an advancement in police brutality,” Mr. Merritt continued. “This case should be textbook in

how we deal with police brutality, because a lot of things had to come together to convict a White woman, a police officer, of murdering a Black man. There was a whole new bench of primarily Black women elected in Dallas County, and one of them served on that trial—Judge Tammy Kemp. Even though she later became a problematic figure, there would have been no conviction without her.” Judge Kemp barred the testimony of the Texas Rangers, a respected law enforcement agency, because they were set to testify that Ms. Guyger did nothing wrong and didn’t deserve to go to jail, he said. Mr. Merritt also credits the district attorney’s office for being aggressive in pursuing the case, and Dallas residents who showed up in droves for jury duty. The jury that found Ms. Guyger guilty was one of the most diverse ever to hear a murder trial in the city, according to Mr. Merritt. It was comprised of six Black jurors, 5 Hispanic jurors and only one White juror. “The response to the jury summons was recordbreaking. There were hundreds of people lined up for jury duty around the corner on the heels of Bothan Jeans’ trial,” Mr. Merritt said. “This is something that needs to be replicated. It was a lot of work for one conviction, but this is something that can be replicated throughout the country.” Social activism and art One of the most heartbreaking events this year was when Nipsey Hussle, an up and coming rapper from Los Angeles, Calif., was gunned down March 31. “It’s unfortunate that it has happened, because I would say he’s an artist that was gaining steam. I have a friend of mine who I discovered was a huge Nipsey Hussle fan and was devastated when he passed away,” said Clayton Gutzmore, a 30-year-old freelance journalist who often covers Black culture and entertainment. “In terms of his impact, I just want to say that Nipsey has been known as a giver. He invested in his community by opening up a tech space where people could learn about coding, and also a space where he could employ people, because there’s the Marathon store, and other things like that that he planted in California where people can actually benefit from him and his influence.” Mr. Hussle died outside of his Marathon store. His work and catchphrase “The Marathon Continues” now often refers to furthering the community work he dedicated himself to. That hashtag, along with portraits of him, have circulated throughout social media. He left behind his longtime girlfriend, actress Lauren London, and two children. His death also brought together gangs in the area for a peace walk and effort to broker peace. It also brought Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan to speak to those who convened near Nipsey’s store, and speak to attendees at his funeral service at the Staples Center. The Netflix docuseries “When They See Us” dove deeply into the true story of the Central Park 5, which younger viewers may not have been exposed to. Ava DuVernay, an acclaimed director, told the story of five young Black and Hispanic youths who were wrongfully accused and convicted of raping a young White woman in Central Park. “It was traumatizing at the moment because you see these young boys who are being told certain things, and these are back in the days where it wasn’t so tech savvy or whatnot,” Mr. Gutzmore said. “Also, more people just being more conscious of the whole judicial system and letting people be more aware of how the cops and young Black teenagers interchange.” Melissa Hunter Davis, founder and publisher of Sugarcane Magazine, a Black arts publication, said the series brought out both the good and the bad. “I think it was far wider than we thought,” Ms. Davis said. “I don’t think it was necessarily positive by some people. I’m not saying the film wasn’t positive. I think there were people who this touched a wrong nerve for them. They were probably supportive for these young men of being thrown in jail for the rest of their lives.” Recently, there have been complaints of notable Black artists, including Ms. DuVernay, being “snubbed” at the Golden Globes nominations. “We saw her being snubbed at the Golden Globes and plenty of films that depict Black people not just positively, but that are politically charged,” Ms. Davis continued. “I think Beyonce’s ‘Homecoming’ was hard for people to take. I think any time we start to speak politically and quite loudly, I think that frightens people and keeps us from

getting what we deserve.” Many people have taken to Twitter and other social media platforms to express their dissatisfaction with Black artists not getting their proper due. Ms. Davis said one artist who has made strides this year is Tyler Perry, with the opening of his grand, new studio. “I’m really proud of him,” she said. “I think that the idea of anybody Black owning their own collection of sound stages is phenomenal, especially in Georgia. The state of Georgia made it really easy for him to do that with all the tax incentives they give to people, and he took advantage of it and ran with it.” November’s Democratic presidential debate was held at Tyler Perry’s studio in Atlanta, soon after its opening in October. “Clearly he’s done well off the bat,” she said. “It was used very quickly and it gave people a place to shoot different types of films with different locales.” Many activists have helped to shape up this year for Blacks, through arts and social justice. “[It shows] the changes in making sure there’s positive representation of Black people in this country to commemorate the fact that we are here,” Ms. Davis said. Both Mr. Gutzmore and Ms. Davis see a brighter future in 2020 for Black people in terms of moving the culture forward. “Hopefully sharper and better material in both music and movies,” Mr. Gutzmore said. “Hopefully we will want to raise our stakes. Hopefully we will want to deliver better material ... that can say, okay, this is actually different from the 2010s.” Project Separation moves across America The year 2019 also brought a national separation tour by Dr. Ava Muhammad, national spokesperson for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam. The attorney and student minister went across the country lecturing and convening discussions about “the best and only solution” to the race problem in America— separation. “Separation is not the goal. The goal is the spiritual, mental and moral resurrection of God’s people. Separation is just the process. It is a means to an end and not the end,” said Min. Ava Muhammad, during a successful visit to Los Angeles. She visited 18 cities, including Birmingham, Memphis, St. Petersburg, Fla., Tampa, Fla., Detroit, Mich., St. Louis, Harlem, N.Y., Phoenix, Prince George’s County, Md., Chicago, Orlando, Milwaukee, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Richmond, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Coldwater, Miss. Student Minister Abdul Malik Sayyid Muhammad, Nation of Islam Western Region representative, hosted the town hall, which featured Dr. Melina Abdullah of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles; Hector Perez Pachecho, a Quechua from the Confederation of Tawantisuyu in South America and member of the intertribal Harmony Keepers which protects the indigenous ways and traditions of their people; Tino Phoenix, an Indigenous gang interventionist, and Rizza Islam, author of “A Message to the Millennials,” and social media influencer. In her presentation, Min. Ava Muhammad quoted Minister Farrakhan’s warning: “As long as we live with White people, we will be under White people, because they have manufactured a false reality that is built on a doctrine of White superiority and Black inferiority.” “We can’t even get an idea across until that idea is filtered through the White man’s damaged perception of reality, so by the time any plan we had comes to fruition, it is no longer the original thought. It is a grafted thought that is no longer from the Creator because it has to be made palatable to White people,” said Min. Ava Muhammad. Separation is to purge Blacks of a self-defeating inferiority and rebellion against the will of Allah (God) that produced these destructive conditions, she continued. Reparations is land, it’s not money, she added. Mr. Perez-Pacheco felt it was important to bring separation to the people’s consciousness. It can be achieved, just like the Indigenous people’s eradication of so-called Columbus Day in Los Angeles, he said. Native peoples now celebrate their accomplishments and are moving to get rid of Columbus Day across the state, he added. Dr. Abdullah underscored the many ways Blacks have been fighting for freedom from the moment they were stolen from Africa and fighting problems inside a system built to produce devastating outcomes.

“It’s not accidental that Black children have targets on their backs. It’s not accidental that in the County of Los Angeles, 540 people have been killed by police in the last six years. It’s not accidental that our children are searched and dehumanized and decriminalized in our schools,” she said. She answered the question of separation through the lens of her 13-year-old daughter Amara, who said of course Blacks should separate, but the question is, “Will we?” Reparations became a hot topic in 2019 as Democratic presidential hopefuls seeking to run against Donald Trump in 2020 largely backed reparations or a federal bill studying reparations, promising to sign bill H.R. 40 into law if passed into law by Congress. The year ended with the small city of Evanston, Ill., announcing a plan to spend $10 million over 10 years to provide reparations to its Black population. But money alone will never solve the problems of Black people, said Nation of Islam student ministers. “We’re not looking for a one-time check from this government,” said Min. Abdul Malik Muhammad. “We want to be treated even better than how Israel is being treated. … Every year since 1948, right off the top, before they even balance the budget, $6 billion of the American taxpayers’ money goes to the state of Israel, not talking about the other $30-40 billion in military aid, in airplanes, in high technology that this government gives to that nation that it had nothing to do with destroying,” he said. Building Black economics Black entrepreneurs and businesses got a boost in 2019 with more campaigns and efforts to buy Black through festivals, pop-up shops, cash mobs that flooded Black businesses with customers on predetermined days, increased advocacy for stronger Black economics and online product and services sales. There are 3,000 new businesses started daily in the U.S. and 70 percent are owned by Black women, said Black business proponants. “I tell my children to go to school and get a good education and then create a job. Create a job for yourself, create a job for your children, and if God gives you the power and the glory, create jobs for our people and if you have to get a job, get a job working for a Black company,” said Dr. George C. Fraser, chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Inc; a company he founded roughly 32 years ago that leads a global networking movement that brings together diverse human resources to increase opportunities for people of African descent. Of the nearly eight million businesses classified as minority-owned that year, 2.5 million were owned by Blacks, and 109,137 of these were employer firms with a total of 975,052 workers, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2019, the top 100 Black-owned companies in the U.S. accounted for more than $25 billion in revenue and employed more than 70,000 people, according to Black Enterprise.  While there are many new businesses popping up, there remains much opportunity for Black businesses in health care and technology. “With artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality still improving and changing, you can’t even imagine what the internet will look like in 50 years,” explained Mr. Fraser. One business owner that has made good use of both health care trends and technology is Wendy Muhammad, co-founder and  president and director of business affairs and development of Minimally Invasive Vascular Center, a  $20 million, three story, 27,000 square foot microhospital. Located in Laurel, Md., the hospital encourages early diagnosis and offers minimally invasive treatment.    “I decided to build a hospital after I saw how my father didn’t like going to the doctor because he didn’t like how he was treated,” she said.  Another huge opportunity for Black business exists across the Atlantic Ocean, explained Dr. Fraser, who recently launched FraserNation, a globally focused website that seeks to connect Black people throughout the Diaspora to encourage the sharing of business knowledge, resources and opportunities. “Africa is 20 years behind and we (Black Americans) have the skills and experience they need,” said Dr. Fraser. “We must learn, earn and return. That’s what FraserNation is about. That’s what the Nation is about. That’s why I love the Minister and the Nation.” Final Call staff contributed to this report.


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Elizabeth Sanchez South Kern Sol Women’s March Kern County is preparing for it’s third annual march in downtown Bakersfield next weekend with a theme of “Women Rise.” This year’s march includes an extended route, a powerful lineup of speakers, musical performers and numerous vendors. “We hope it’s bigger and better than ever,” said Robin Walters, the co-director of the Women’s March Kern County. Speakers include Dolores Huerta, California State University, Bakersfield President Lynette Zelezny, Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer and more. “We have some really powerful and impactful speakers,” said Walters. “There will be lots of opportunity on how we can work together to not only build women up but build our community up to bridge the divided nation.” Walters said this year’s event is unique given the current political climate. It is not only an election year, but the U.S. is also on the edge of war and in the middle of an impeachment. “People seem to be more engaged,” she said. “It’s more important than ever to share your voice and make your voice heard.” Last year, nearly 4,000 people attended the Kern County Women’s March, and Walters said they hope to exceed that number this year. “We need to lift each other up instead of tear each other down,” she said. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 18 at Mill Creek Park. The organization is also hosting a sign making party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 at 1001 17th St.

Budget Plan Aids Teachers, Those in US Illegally By ADAM BEAM and DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to give $20,000 stipends to teachers at high needs schools and extend health care to older lowincome immigrants who are in the country illegally. He outlined the plans during an announcement Friday of his $222 billion budget proposal. The Democratic governor is proposing a continued progressive agenda as he defended California’s progress against criticism from national naysayers in the wake of devastating wildfires, widespread power outages and a soaring homeless population. His proposed budget increases spending by 2.3% or about $5 billion, but also boosts state reserves for any economic downturn. His teacher incentives, which would be given for four years, alone would eat up $100 million, but Newsom said it’s worth the money. “It’s incredibly important that we have a diverse teaching workforce,’’ he said, “not only have stable, prepared, professional teachers, but also having a teacher that looks like you. That’s incredibly important, particularly when it comes to African American achievement.’’ His immigration proposal would provide health care

for 27,000 older low-income immigrants who are in the country illegally. California last year became the first state to offer full health benefits to low-income adults 25 and younger living in the country illegally. The deep-blue state of nearly 40 million people has about 3 million people who don’t have any health insurance. About 30% of those are living in the country illegally, according to the California Health Care Foundation. “We can’t solve the health care crisis if we don’t include them,’’ Democratic state Sen. Maria Elena Durazo said in lobbying for benefits to people 65 and older in the country illegally. In 2016, California offered full health benefits to children 18 and younger regardless of immigration status. Newsom’s proposal continues to keep the state at odds with the federal government’s immigration policies. The state’s Democratic Senate leader, Toni Atkins, cited Newsom’s proposal for “record funding for education, solid reserves, reli0ef for small businesses, and innovative ideas on climate change, public safety, health care and many other issues’’ as part of a budget plan “so in sync with California values.’’ Newsom’s budget includes a $5.6 billion surplus and

$21 billion in reserves for any economic downturn. Newsom already provided details on key areas of his budget in recent days, outlining steps to curb homelessness, wildfires and the cost of prescription drugs. On Friday he declared himself the state’s “homeless czar,’’ after promising a year ago to appoint one, while striking back at President Donald Trump’s repeated criticism of the state’s Democratic leaders for not doing enough. “He’s tweeting, we’re doing something,’’ Newsom said. “We don’t need him to identify this problem.’’ He signed an executive order Wednesday creating a proposed $750 million fund to pay rents, fund affordable housing or help board and care homes. He’s seeking another $695 million in state and federal matching funds for preventive health care, but some of the money could also go to helping people find housing. And he ordered state agencies to free vacant state property to house homeless people. Assembly Budget Committee vice chairman Jay Obernolte, a Republican from Hesperia, praised Newsom’s emphasis on homelessness, but said the state must also address housing affordability and the state’s skyrocketing cost of living.

“Both of these problems have their roots in oppressive state government policies, and neither will be solved until we realize that addressing the issue of homelessness requires ensuring that everyone can afford a home rather than simply moving people into shelters.,’’ Obernolte said in a statement. On Thursday Newsom proposed having California become the first state to make its own prescription drugs, to “take the power out of the hands of greedy pharmaceutical companies.” California would contract with generic drug companies to create a single market for drug pricing. He separately proposed hiring 555 firefighters over five years and spending $100 million to make homes more resistant to wildfires as part of a $2 billion emergency services budget that also includes flood protection and high-tech mapping including areas prone to wildfires, floods, tsunamis and mudslides. His budget introduction is the first step in approving a spending plan. In May, Newsom will revise his plan once state officials have a better estimate of how much money the state will collect in taxes this year. State lawmakers have until June 15 to vote on the proposal and send it to the governor for his approval. Lawmakers forfeit their pay if they miss the deadline.

Census Bureau Hiring For 2020 Census South Kern Sol The U.S. Census Bureau is ramping up its national recruiting efforts to hire part-time census takers for the 2020 Census. The Bureau would like to hire up to 500,000 temporary, part-time census takers across the country to reach its goal of more than 2 million applicants. “Whether you’re looking to earn some extra cash, pay down your student debt, or offset holiday season spending, our part-time positions are a great way to do that,” said Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham. “What better way to earn some extra money and help shape the future of your community for the next 10 years than with the 2020 Census?” The Bureau is looking to hire enumerators in Kern County, with a starting pay rate of $18.00 an hour, according to an interactive map  created by the Census Bureau. Census takers, or enumerators, interview household residents and update address lists. Prior to the census, census takers use maps and address lists to determine if the

addresses are correct. They also speak with residents who have not responded to the census questionnaire, via mail, phone or online, to collect census data. Applicants who are hired will attend paid training before beginning work. “Our aim is to reach interested applicants right now, inform them of updated pay rates in their area, and get them into the applicant pool to be considered for these critical jobs,” said Timothy Olson, Census Bureau associate director for Field Operations. “The hiring process occurs in stages, and we are encouraging everyone to apply right now before selections begin in January and February. Most census taker jobs begin training and work this spring.” The positions offer competitive pay, flexible hours, paid training, and weekly paychecks. To determine the pay rate in a specific area, learn more about these positions, or apply for one of the temporary jobs, visit 2020census. gov/jobs. Those interested in applying must be 18 years or older, must be a U.S. citizen, undergo fingerprinting, complete training, must be able to speak English, and be available to work flexible hours.

Valuable Kern High School District Forum Information at Your Disposal Kevin McNeill South High School, Class of ‘79 Letter to the Editor In 2014, various civil rights organizations and individual students sued the Kern High School District (KHSD), the Kern County Department of Education (KCDOE) and the California Department of Education (CDE) in response to the disproportionate suspension of Black and Latino students. While some of the litigation is still ongoing, a settlement was reached with the KHSD in 2017 and with the KCDOE in 2019. Among other items, the KHSD agreed to re-evaluate their policies on exclusionary discipline, and to introduce approaches to student discipline other than suspension and expulsion. Although the inequality in the rates of suspension of Black and Latino students has improved, it is still not completely equal. During the 2016-17 school year, the year before the settlement, KHSD administered just under 6,000 suspensions. Of these, 23% were for “willful defiance” – a catch-all term that can mean anything from being outof-bounds to disrupting a classroom to not immediately obeying staff instruction. While definitions may vary, one thing is certain – a “willfully defiant” student is not

behaving in a violent manner, nor do they constitute a threat to the safety of staff or that of other students. Information released by KHSD since the settlement seems to indicate a decrease in the use of suspensions to address willful defiance, as well as a decrease in the use of suspension and expulsion overall. This would seem to indicate that KHSD has taken steps to ensure that student discipline, when deemed necessary, is meted out more equitably. However, although overall numbers are decreasing, disproportionality remains, and students of color are still being suspended at alarming rates. For example, information obtained from DataQuest and the KHSD indicate that, during the 2018-19 academic year (the second year following the settlement), suspension rates for African American, Latino, and White students all actually increased. Further, African Americans as a group continue to be about three times more likely to be disciplined than other ethnicities. Other groups are being suspended at even higher rates. Information obtained from EdData revealed that, during this same year, about one in four (25%) migrant students and nearly one in three (31.6%) foster youth were suspended. Both statistics represent increases over the previous academic year and also coincide with decreases in

graduation rates for both groups. This same pattern applied to students with disabilities, although to a lesser extent. Let’s be clear - removing a student from school is an extreme action. Leading scholars in education have determined that just the negative consequences of suspending a student - irrespective of any actions which may have occurred prior or in conjunction with the suspension- are just as severe. Still, experts maintain that discipline of this severity does have a place in our schools – for example, to deal with students bringing weapons and illegal drugs, or violent attacks against staff and other students. But in KHSD these actions are cited as the reason for discipline in less than two percent of cases. The competency and maturity of students is another issue worth considering. Courts have ruled – with a few exceptions – that a person under the age of 18 years is not capable of making decisions in their own best interest. However, the nature of discipline in schools is based on the premise of competency - the punishment received is a consequence of the student’s behavior. Unless the student is competent, the punishment is not justified. Article IX of the California Constitution guarantees EVERY student’s right to an education. Generally, society has set aside the periods of childhood and adolescence for

youth to learn – that’s their “job”. And the function of schools is to facilitate this learning. Removing a student – regardless of the reason – is detrimental to their education. It also raises concerns about the school’s ability (or willingness) to educate the remaining students. That being said, we, as a community, also share responsibility for the education of our youth. There is an upcoming opportunity for you to be involved and have your voice heard. As part of their court agreement, the Kern High School District hosts community meetings twice each year. The purpose of these meetings is to report any progress they have made in reducing the overuse and disproportionate amount of discipline given to minority students and other groups Their next meeting is scheduled for January 30, from 7-8:30 pm, and will be at West High School (1200 New Stine Road) in DeMello Hall. If you have any questions or concerns about school discipline and how it is used by the district, this would be an excellent time to share with others and have your voice heard. Show your support and learn what you can do to continue holding the KHSD accountable. Sincerely, Kevin McNeill South High School, Class of ‘79


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Gregory Tatum Looking to Make Kern County History By Darlene L. Williams Contributing Writer BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Could Bakersfield be months away from having its first African American mayor? If mayoral candidate, Gregory Tatum wins the race in March, the answer to that question is yes Since the founding of Bakersfield in 1869, by Colonel Thomas Baker, there has never been an African American mayor in its 151-year history. Tatum is optimistic that he could be the first. Saturday, January 11, 2020, Tatum, along

with 3 of his supporters, sat down with the Bakersfield News Observer (BNO) at Blaze Pizza on Ming Avenue, a for Q& A meeting. Q: Who is Gregory Tatum? A: I am an ordained minister and pastor of Changed Community Church. I’ve been in the city of Bakersfield since 2009. Basically, I’m an activist; I’ve been in activism for almost 30-years. I was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1959 and moved in 1960 to the worst parts of Chicago; the Cabrini Greens Projects. In 1970 we relocated to

California, to a better environment conductive for young people to survive, and that was the city of Compton, California. Q: (jokingly) Really? So, your family moved to Compton to survive? You can really say that you came “straight out of Compton, right?” A: (laughing): Exactly! After a few seconds of laughter, he becomes serious and seemed to be in a moment of bliss as he begins to briefly talk about his family A: So, I met my high school sweet-heart Annette; we’ve been married for 42-years this year. We have 3 children; 2 sons, 1 daughter, and 9 grandchildren and eight of those grandchildren are boys. Q : I noticed on your business card that you are a veteran; what branch did you serve in? A: (proudly pointing to the emblem on his baseball cap): U.S. Army. I was stationed in West Germany in 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell. I served in the Persian Gulf under George H. Bush and I was part of the Patriot Missile Unit. Q : You’re running for Mayor of Bakersfield, right? A: Yes, for the second time. I also ran for the State Senate against Shannon Grove. Now, in 2016, when I ran for mayor, I placed number 6 out of 25 candidates with a budget war chest of $1500 for my whole campaign. Considering the top people in the race had so much more to work with, my rating was pretty good. Q: What should a potential voter expect from you-should they decide to vote for you? A: First of all, you can expect strong leadership, a person who is a visionary, and a person who will bring an entrepreneurial spirit to Bakersfield--engaging the youth in Bakersfield to fill in the gaps for future challenges such as: engineering, business, science, and animation. I would like to open an animation school for gaming as well as advanced computer technology. Q: What are your views on the homeless crisis in Bakersfield? A: The homeless crisis in Bakersfield is currently around 700 people on the streets. We need to be more proactive and not reactive. They (meaning Kern County) are being reactive right now. Q: What would you do differently? A: My proactive approach would be: to have a task force consisting of a mental aid department, psychiatrist, psychologist, law enforcement as well as other social programs. We want to encompass all the social needs of the homeless population by having the task force to do a complete intake on the 680 plus homeless populous to access immediate needs and long-term needs. What I mean, is some people are on the verge of becoming homeless, so preventative proactive is getting information

Pastor Gregory Tatum (Courtesy Photo)

and having a databank of the various trends of what causes homelessness. And not having affordable housing is one of the main reasons for the homeless crisis in Bakersfield. Q: Who inspires you? A: (Tatum) Historical figures: Dr. Martin Luther King, Fredrick Douglass, and Booker T. Washington. Q: Do you have a quote or a proverb that resonates with you? A: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” When I say that Bakersfield is a city that can accomplish anything; I base that saying on this scripture. Seeing people reach their fullest God-given potential whether a banker, a school teacher, or athlete; we can accomplish anything. “If I’m blessed to become the first African American mayor of Bakersfield it will not only be a historical win for Bakersfield, but it would bring immediate attention across the whole nation that Bakersfield is a city that’s becoming inclusive”, Tatum said. *The Bakersfield News Observer does not endorse candidates; however, we encourage the community to vote on March 3, 2020 for the candidate of your choice.*

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