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Final Valuation of Prince’s Estate Pegged at $156.4 Million

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2022 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast More Photos on page A10

From left to right: Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh, SCLC Committee Chair Reverend Wesley Crawford Sr., Director of Public Relations and Business Development Michael T. Bowers, and C.E.O. & Founder at Upside Production Natesha Johnson (Mayor Karen Goh Courtesy Photo)

Mistress of ceremony C.E.O. & Founder at Upside Production Natesha Johnson (Mayor Karen Goh Courtesy Photo)

Voting Rights Takes Center Stage at Black Caucus MLK Breakfast Aldon Thomas Stiles California Black Media Voting rights was the central theme at a virtual breakfast the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) held Jan. 12 to celebrate the sacrifices and impact of Martin Luther King Jr. on American life and politics. “It is not enough to evoke Dr. King’s name on his birthday, post on social media and then take the day off,” said Sen. Steve Bradford (D-Inglewood), CLBC chair, reminding the audience of King’s activism and how his efforts led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Bradford said there are forces still attacking the rights of some Americans to vote, and more work needs to be done to make sure the voices of all Americans are heard and that all voters have access to the ballot box. “His birthday should be about a day on, a day of activity in our community, of activism and continuing to push for real change in this country,” he continued. California Secretary of State Shirley Weber, who is a former chair of the CLBC, said “the crisis of democracy is center stage, we are still fighting for our fundamental rights.” “In 1965, we secured [the vote] and now we find ourselves debating the same issue over again and with great concern about the fact that we are faced with the rolling back of what we had thought was just old stuff that people would never go back to,” said Weber. A day before the CLBC breakfast, President Biden and Vice President Harris visited Atlanta to emphasize the importance of protecting voting rights. Although, the House of Representatives voted a day later to pass the Freedom to Vote: John Lewis Act, the legislation is in jeopardy of not passing in the U.S. Senate as two Democratic Senators -- Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) -- refuse to change the rules allowing a minority of senators to block legislation. Weber said there are about 400 bills making their way through state legislatures across the country that are attempting to restrict voting rights. “Here we are now in this century, in this timeframe, in 2022, and we are talking about something that took place in 1965 in terms of the Voting Rights Act,” said Weber. “Dr. King told us, ‘I see governors with the words of interposition and nullification dripping from their lips.’ In other words, ‘I see Jim Crow laws. I see governors trying to overturn federal law with regards to what is right and what is just in this country.’” Civil rights activist and friend of Dr. King, Rev. James Lawson, also spoke at the virtual breakfast and encouraged Black leaders to fight for their communities.

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Poor People’s Campaign Hopes to Draw Big Crowd to June March RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The national Poor People’s Campaign has kicked off a season of activism the group hopes will draw a huge crowd to march in the nation’s capital in June to demand political reform. “We’re not begging the government. We’re trying to save the nation,” said the Rev. William J. Barber II, who led an online event Friday with Poor People’s Campaign co-founder, the Rev. Liz Theoharis. On the eve of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Barber, Theoharis and other activists quoted King and echoed the slain civil rights leader’s unrealized dreams of an equitable American society. The News & Observer reports that Barber described the plan to hold the Mass Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and To the Polls on June 18. “We are committed to mobilizing the largest mass assembly of poor people and low-wage workers in this country’s history,” Barber said. Barber, who pastors Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, is a social justice advocate who received a 2018 MacArthur Foundation grant. The Poor People’s Campaign is pushing Congress to pass the Freedom to Vote Act, the Protecting Our Democracy Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, three pieces of federal legislation aimed at preserving voting rights, preventing abuses of presidential power and international interference with elections, and other reforms.

Four hundred-eighty people from different walks of life and ethnicities attended the patriotic-themed event titled, IT STARTS WITH ME: Shifting Priorities to Create the Beloved Community (Mayor Karen Goh Courtesy Photo)

2022 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast to commemorate the legacy of Dr. King (Mayor Karen Goh Courtesy Photo)

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Photo caption: Washington, D.C. | U.S.A. - Aug 28, 2021: March On for Voting Rights “Protect Voting Rights”

“Black elected officials must support the community of Black people all around the country, organizing continuous campaigns,” said Lawson who shared intimate details of his work with Dr. King and how much King’s ideas, strategizing and activism secured the human rights of all Americans. During a press call on the same day, Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Cedric Richmond spoke about the historical weight of the current voting rights standoff among lawmakers in Washington. “Our democracy has faced defining moments many times in

our history and this is one of those,” said Richmond. “This will be a question of what side you want to be on.” Lawson called for community leaders to “dismantle plantation capitalism” and praised the work of other Black leaders that led to civil rights legislation during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. “The greatest use of law and nonviolent tactic was the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Many movements were in it, and we must not forget Little Rock Nine, Jackie Robinson’s desegregation of baseball and so on. It helped the Black community come together,” said Lawson.

Florida Teacher Quit After Yelling Racial Slur ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – A substitute teacher in Florida has resigned after students said she yelled a racial slur in the classroom. The 59-year-old white woman continued using the slur after going to the principal’s office Wednesday at Lealman Innovation Academy, Pinellas County school officials told the Tampa Bay Times. Principal Connisheia Garcia is Black, as are about 75% of the students at the school in St. Petersburg, which focuses on personalized learning for students in grades six through 12. District spokeswoman Isabel Mascarenas says the principal reported the substitute teacher to human resources and she was put on a do-not-use list. “They were setting up a time to review” the complaint, she told the newspaper. “Before they could set a date, she resigned.” The woman had worked in several schools without incident after being hired on July 1, Mascarenas said.

Judge Allows Video Release in Black Man’s Shooting Death FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A judge on Thursday granted a request from the police chief of a North Carolina city to release body camera video recorded in the aftermath of the shooting death of a Black man by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy. Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins filed the petition with the courts on Tuesday. She wanted to publicly release footage that she says will show exchanges between Fayetteville police officers and three witnesses at the scene of last Saturday’s fatal shooting of Jason Walker by off-duty Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jeffrey Hash, The Fayetteville Observer reported. Two witnesses have made comments on social media, released a video and spoken at a demonstration, creating “significant public attention,” according to the petition. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons told the newspaper that he approved the release “in the interest of justice.” Under a North Carolina law passed in 2016, body and dash camera footage is not public record. Anyone can ask a court to order its release, however. Fayetteville police said Monday that a preliminary investigation determined that Walker, 37, “ran into traffic and jumped on a moving vehicle.” Hash shot Walker and then called 911, police said. Walker was pronounced dead at the scene. Ben Crump, the civil rights attorney who represented the family of George Floyd and has been retained by the Walker family, told a rally at a Fayetteville church that Walker was the single father of a 14-year-old son. “There are a lot of reasons why Black children have to grow up without their fathers,” Crump said. “But this reason is unacceptable. This is unacceptable that we have to tell that young boy that his father was shot unnecessarily, unjustifiably and unconstitutionally by somebody who was supposed to protect and serve him.” Floyd, a Black man, was killed in 2020 by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe and eventually went limp. Chauvin was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison on murder and manslaughter charges. Walker’s family attended the rally, as did Floyd’s brother, Philonise, and a nephew.


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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

President Biden Nominates First Black Woman to Serve on Federal Reserve Board of Governors By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent President Joe Biden on Friday announced the nominations of three individuals to serve on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, including Lisa D. Cook, a professor of Economics and International Relations at Michigan State University. If confirmed, Cook would become the first African American woman to serve in that role. A Marshall Scholar from Spelman College who received a second B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University, Cook earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. She also served as a faculty member of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Deputy Director for Africa Research at the Center for International Development at Harvard, and a National Fellow at Stanford University. “[President Biden] is working to bring long-overdue diversity to the leadership of the Federal Reserve,” Erica Lowe, the White House Director of African American Media, wrote on Twitter. “Lisa D. Cook would be the first Black woman in history to serve on the Board,” Lowe concluded. The President also nominated Phillip Jefferson, the dean of faculty at Davidson College in North Carolina, and Sarah Bloom Raskin, a former Federal Reserve and Treasury official, for

positions on the Board. Raskin was nominated for the top regulatory post. The Senate must approve each of the nominations. For Cook and Jefferson, confirmation would mean joining an exclusive club – the duo would count among just five Black governors in the 108-year history of the Federal Reserve. “This group will bring much-needed expertise, judgment, and leadership to the Federal Reserve while at the same time bringing a diversity of thought and perspective never seen before on the Board of Governors,” President Biden said in a statement. “Together with Chair Powell and Dr. Brainard, who I renominated last month, this group will bring much-needed expertise, judgment, and leadership to the Federal Reserve while at the same time bringing a diversity of thought and perspective never seen before on the Board of Governors,” the President asserted. “They will continue the important work of steering us on a path to a strong, sustainable recovery while making sure that price increases do not become entrenched over the long term. “I have full confidence in the strong leadership of this group of nominees and that they have the experience, Judgment, and integrity to lead the Federal Reserve and to help build our economy back better for working families.” If confirmed, Cook would become the first African American woman to serve in that role. (Courtesy Photo)

Rap Mogul Jay-Z and Team ROC Demand DOJ Investigate Racism, Corruption in Kansas PD By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent Hip-hop pioneer Jay-Z and Team ROC, the social justice side of his entertainment company, have demanded the U.S. Department of Justice probe the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department for systemic misconduct. Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, joined in writing an open letter to the Justice Department stating that there’s no excuse to justify the department’s silence. The letter asserted that “there is enough evidence of systemic police misconduct in the department that a pattern of practice investigation is necessary to review allegations of wrongdoing and discrimination.” The nonprofit Midwest Innocence Project has joined Team ROC in the call for an investigation. “The DOJ’s continued inaction tells targeted minority communities held hostage to the whims of the carceral state that justice does not exist for them, that their lives do not matter,” the organization wrote in the letter addressed to Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta. Alex Shapiro, Team ROC’s lawyer, said incidents they’ve

uncovered include a former Kansas City detective whom federal authorities investigated in 2021 over allegations of exploiting Black women for sex and framing individuals for crimes they did not commit. Shapiro noted that FBI records dating to the 1990s found numerous allegations of civil rights violations. About 200 Kansas City police officers were accused of misconduct and excessive force complaints over the years. “They kept hitting our desk over and over again, and we knew we had to get involved,” Shapiro told reporters. In its letter to the Justice Department, Team ROC noted that “we’ve seen the cover-up unfold right before our eyes. And yet here we are having to plead with you to ensure the Justice Department allows the U.S. Attorney’s Office to do the right thing. “Because after years of denial and avoidance by the U.S. Attorney’s office, your department, and despite the lives that have been broken and ruined by their criminal actions and your inaction, there’s still time for you, as a leader in the department, to lift this city and these people up and out of the hell that has been their constant companion.”

Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, joined in writing an open letter to the Justice Department stating that there’s no excuse to justify the department’s silence.

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Increases in the shelter and used cars and trucks indexes were the most significant contributors to the seasonally adjusted all items increase.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 0.5 percent in December on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.8 percent in November, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Wednesday, January 12. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 7.0 percent before seasonal adjustment. Increases in the shelter and used cars and trucks indexes were the most significant contributors to the seasonally adjusted all items increase. The food index also contributed, although it increased less than in recent months, rising 0.5 percent in December, BLS officials stated in a release. In December, the energy index declined, ending a long series of increases; it fell 0.4 percent as gasoline, and natural gas indexes decreased. The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.6 percent in December following a 0.5-percent increase in November. It marked the sixth time it has increased at least 0.5 percent in the last nine months. Many viewed the news overall as unfavorable for the BidenHarris administration, as the quick increases in prices have helped erode consumer confidence and cast doubt over the future of the U.S. economy. President Joe Biden offered a more positive spin. “Today’s report, which shows a meaningful reduction in

headline inflation over last month, with gas prices and food prices falling, demonstrates that we are making progress in slowing the rate of price increases,” President Biden offered in a statement. “At the same time, this report underscores that we still have more work to do, with price increases still too high and squeezing family budgets,” the President stated. Along with the indexes for shelter and used cars and trucks, the indexes for household furnishings and operations, apparel, new vehicles, and medical care increased in December. According to the report, the all items index rose 7.0 percent for the 12 months ending December, the most significant 12-month increase since June 1982. The all items less food and energy index rose 5.5 percent, the most considerable 12-month change since the period ending February 1991. The energy index rose 29.3 percent over the last year, and the food index increased 6.3 percent. “Inflation is a global challenge, appearing in virtually every developed nation as it emerges from the pandemic economic slump,” the President asserted. “America is fortunate that we have one of the fastest-growing economies—thanks in part to the American Rescue Plan— which enables us to address price increases and maintain strong, sustainable economic growth. That is my goal, and I am focused on reaching it every day.”


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Final Valuation of Prince’s Estate Pegged at $156.4 Million After a six year legal battle. Two of Prince’s six sibling heirs, Alfred Jackson and John R. Nelson, have since died. Two others are in their 80s. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The six-year legal battle over pop superstar Prince's estate has ended, meaning the process of distributing the artist's wealth could begin next month. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Internal Revenue Service and the estate's administrator, Comerica Bank & Trust, agreed to value Prince's estate $156.4 million, a figure that the artist's heirs have also accepted. The valuation dwarfs Comerica's earlier $82.3 million appraisal. The Internal Revenue Service in 2020 had valued the estate at $163.2 million. Prince, who died of a fentanyl overdose in 2016, did not leave a will. Since then, lawyers and consultants have been paid tens of millions of dollars to administer his estate and come up with a plan for its distribution. Two of Prince's six sibling heirs, Alfred Jackson and John R. Nelson, have since died. Two others are in their 80s. “It has been a long six years,” L. Londell McMillan, an attorney for three of Prince's siblings, said at a hearing Friday in Carver County District Court. In the end, the estate will be almost evenly divided between a well-funded New York music company _ Primary Wave _ and the three oldest of the music icon's six heirs or their families. The IRS and Comerica settled last spring on the real-estate portion of Prince's estate. But the trickier task of valuing intangible assets such as rights to Prince's music was not completed until October. As part of the agreement, the IRS dropped a $6.4 million “accuracy-related penalty” it had levied on Prince's estate. The Minnesota Department of Revenue, which agreed on the estate's valuation, also has dropped an accuracy penalty, the filing said. Taxes on Prince's fortune will run into the tens of millions of dollars. Just over $5 million of Prince's estate will be exempted from taxes under federal law, but thereafter the tax rate is 40%.

In Minnesota, the first $3 million is tax-exempt; after that, much of Prince's estate will likely be taxed at 16%. In mid-2020, Comerica sued the IRS in U.S. Tax Court, saying the agency's calculations of the estate's value were riddled with errors. A tax trial set for March in St. Paul has been canceled because of the settlement. Comerica, in a court filing Friday, said that while the IRS settlement was “fair and reasonable,” it believes it would have “prevailed” in the tax court case. Comerica said it told Prince's heirs that if lowering estate taxes was their “primary interest” they should continue pressing the IRS and _ if need be _ go to trial. “Instead, the members of the heir group have uniformly communicated to (Comerica) their strong desire that the estate settle with the taxing authorities,” the filing said.

Memphis Restaurant Owner to Compete on Jay Leno’s Game Show To prepare, Chester-Tamayo said she watched old shows from the 1950s. “I am lucky I had a smart partner,” she said, adding that the two didn't meet until minutes before the show was filmed. “He is an attorney and pilot from California.” Chester-Tamayo credits Memphian Tamitha Gipson, one of the founders of”Where Black Memphis Eats” Facebook group, for connecting her with the show. “Tamitha called me last year and asked if I would be interested. A friend had told her that the producers were looking for people from the South. So I applied,” she said. Chester-Tamayo thinks her brightly colored wigs helped make her stand out from other applicants. “Jay Leno asked me where my blue wig that I had on in my application video was,” she said. “People remember you when you are over the top. That's why I wear bright colors and crazy wigs.”\ ALCENIA'S REOPENING Alcenia's, 317 N. Main St., is currently closed for renovations, but Chester-Tamayo said the restaurant should reopen by early February. And, she said she will have a brightly colored wig on when the doors reopen.

By JENNIFER CHANDLER The Commercial Appeal MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Alcenia's restaurant owner BJ Chester-Tamayo is appearing on TV again, but this time it's not for her famous Southern cooking. Chester-Tamayo is competing on Jay Leno's comedy game show “You Bet Your Life.” The show featuring this Memphis restaurateur airs at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 on ABC. It was filmed in Los Angeles in August. \Chester-Tamayo can't say if she won or lost, but she did say she had a lot of fun doing the show. “Jay Leno was really nice and friendly,” she said. The premise of the show is that two strangers partner to answer a series of questions within a category. A team can win up to $5,500 by answering all five questions correctly. Kevin Eubanks, who had been Leno's bandleader on “The Tonight Show,” is Leno's co-host. The current show is a reboot of the 1950s original that was hosted by Groucho Marx. “It was scary,” said Chester-Tamayo of the experience. “You don't have any idea of what the categories are. And you don't want to seem like a dummy on TV.”

Prince Harry Files Court Claim Over UK Police Protection By SYLVIA HUI Associated Press LONDON (AP) – Prince Harry has filed a claim for a judicial review against the British government's decision not to let him personally pay for police protection while in the U.K. The Duke of Sussex's legal representative said Saturday that Harry wants to bring his children Archie and Lilibet to visit his home country from the U.S. but that is too risky without police protection. The representative said Harry wanted to fund the police protection himself. His private security team in the U.S. doesn't have adequate jurisdiction abroad or access to U.K. intelligence information, they said. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex personally fund a private security team for their family, yet that security cannot replicate the necessary police protection needed whilst in the U.K.,” a statement said. “In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home.” The claim to a judicial review was filed in September to challenge the British government's decision-making behind the security procedures. Harry and his wife Meghan lost publicly funded police protection in the U.K. when they stepped down as senior working royals and moved to North America in 2020. The couple said

their decision was due to what they described as unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media. The couple first went to Canada before settling in the United States. They stated that they privately funded security for their move to the U.S. after then President Donald Trump said his government wouldn't pay for their protection. The statement said Harry's security was “compromised due to the absence of police protection” during a short visit to the U.K. in July, when his car was chased by photographers as he left a charity event. Harry and Meghan's 7-month-old daughter Lilibet has yet to meet her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and other members of the royal family. The statement said Harry first offered to personally pay for U.K. police protection for himself and his family in January 2020, during talks with the queen over the Sussexes' future. The offer was “dismissed,” the statement said. “The goal for Prince Harry has been simple - to ensure the safety of himself and his family while in the UK so his children can know his home country,” it said. “The UK will always be Prince Harry's home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in.” Britain's government said its security system is “rigorous and proportionate” and declined to comment on details. It also said it was inappropriate to comment on any legal proceedings.


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������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2021-B8079 Doing business as: THE VITAMIN SHOPPE at 5300 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: 400 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, Nj. 07094 County: Kern Full name of registrant: VITAMIN SHOPPE INDUSTRIES, LLC, 5300 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 The business is conducted by: Limited Liability Company SIGNED: MICHAEL GUALTIERI, Member The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: December 13, 2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: December 14, 2021 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 December 14, 2026 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 29, 2021, Jan 5, 12, 19, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2021-B8248 Doing business as:

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STRATEGIC PLANNING 2 at 220 E Street, Taft, Ca. 93268 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: LOUIS FRANCIS, 220 E Street, Taft, Ca. 93268 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: LOUIS FRANCIS The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: May 13, 2018 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: December 21, 2021 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: P DEL VILLAR, 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 December 21, 2026 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 29, 2021, Jan 5, 12, 19, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2021-B8014 2021-B8015 Doing business as: IMARI & GRACELLEN OBADELE AUTO / IGO AUTO at 5518 Viewcrest Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 Mailing Address: 7201 Lennox Ave Apt #119, Van Nuys, Ca. 91405 County: Kern Full name of registrant: IMARI ABUBAKARI OBADELE III, 7201 Lennox Ave Apt #119, Van Nuys, Ca. 91405 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: IMARI ABUBAKARI OBADELE III 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: December 13, 2021 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: T FISHER, 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 December 13, 2026 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 29, 2021, Jan 5, 12, 19, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2021-B7725 Doing business as: SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY FOOD CATERING at 1809 Lacey St #8, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: JULIE LYNN GRIFFO, 1809 Lacey St #8, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: JULIE LYNN GRIFFO The registrant commenced to

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT TO THE COUNTY FISCAL YEARS (FY) 2019-2020 and FY 2020-2021 ANNUAL ACTION PLANS FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS On or soon after March 15, 2022, the County of Kern Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing to provide the opportunity for public comment regarding the following proposed amendments to the County’s fiscal years (FY) 2019-2020 and FY 2020-2021 Annual Action Plans for Community Development Programs. The Board of Supervisors will consider the following proposed substantial amendments pursuant to Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and the County’s Citizen Participation Plan. Subsequent to the public hearing, the Board of Supervisors may authorize the Department to amend the existing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funded activities as follows: • ·

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Cancel - CD Project No. 23.20.2 – Lytle Avenue Improvements - The Public Works Department has requested that the Planning and Natural Resources Department cancel Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for this project that, as proposed, consists of the design and construction of curbing, driveway approaches, and repaving of approximately one mile of Lytle Avenue between County Line Road and Cecil Avenue. The Public Works Department plans on proceeding with the undertaking with our available funding sources. Proposed improvements were planned to include: paving two 12foot wide asphalt concrete lanes, shoulders/shoulder backing, striping, and a drainage swale. Planned beneficiaries of the project would include 2,412 persons residing in or around this area near Delano, a majority of whom have low to moderate incomes (HUD 2014 LMISD). If cancellation is approved, as requested, the County has proposed to reprogram the $206,053 of CDBG funds allocated to another project. Propose to re-categorize Department of Housing and Urban Development Matrix use codes for selected projects, as follows: (Program Years) Project Name

Revised Use Code

National Objective

(2019-20 and 2020-21) #03.19.2 and 03.20.2 – Hart Park – Peacock Adobe House Blight & Historical Rehabilitation Improvements (Phase I and Phase II)

From 03F (Parks and Recreation Facilities) to 16B (Non-Residential Historic Preservation)

570.208(b)(2) (No Change)

(2019-20) CDBG Program Administration (Planning and Management)

From 21C (Public Information) to 21A (General Program Administration)

(No change)

(2020-21) #03.20.1 – California Infrastructure Bank Loan Program

From 03K (Street Improvements) to 19F (Planned Repayment of Section 108 Loans)

(No change)

Immediately after the public hearing, the Board will consider the following actions as described above: 1. 2.

Approve the proposed amendments to the County’s FY 2019-2020 and FY 2020-2021 Annual Action Plan for Community Development Programs; and Authorize the County Planning and Natural Resources Department - Community Development Director to submit all required documentation to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The public hearing is currently scheduled for: Location:

Board of Supervisors Chamber County Administrative Center 115 Truxtun Avenue, First Floor Bakersfield, California 93301

Date:

March 15, 2022

Time:

2:00 PM or thereafter

Comments and/or questions, prior to the public hearing concerning the proposed amendments can be directed to James Golden or Kathy Barker at: Planning and Natural Resources Department - Community Development Division 2700 “M” Street, Suite 250, Bakersfield, California 93301 Phone: (661) 862-5020 Facsimile: (661) 862-5052 TTY Relay: (800) 735-2929 The Board of Supervisors Chamber is accessible to persons with disabilities. Disabled individuals who need special assistance to attend or participate in a meeting of the Board of Supervisors may request assistance at the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Fifth Floor, 1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, California or by calling (661) 868-3585 or via TTY Relay: (800) 7352929. Please call Community Development if there are any specific questions regarding proposals and how to participate and/ or comment on proposals that will be considered at the Board Meeting. Every effort will be made to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities by making meeting material available in alternative formats. Requests for assistance should be made five (5) working days in advance of a meeting whenever possible. Published Bakersfield News Observer January 19, 2022

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transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 2/15/2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: November 29, 2021 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 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 November 29, 2026 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 29, 2021, Jan 5, 12, 19, 2022

to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on December 10, 2026 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, 2022

follows: Present name ALBERT NIKKO LORENZANA Filed a petition with this court Proposed name AJAY NIKKO GONZALEZ 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: Feb 14, 2022 Time: 8:30 a.m. Dept: G The address of the court is: other (specify): 1215 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 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: December 15, 2021 Linda S Etienne COURT COMMISSIONER Andrea Sanders DEPUTY Petitioner: Albert Nikko Lorenzana 2401 Mccray St Building 2 Apt 104 Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 Phone: (661) 331-1462 E-Mail Address: lorenzanaaj24@ gmail.com BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022

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 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 January 3, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022

������������������������������� ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER BCV-21-102180 Superior Court of the State of California, for the county of Kern, 1415 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93312 Branch Name: Metropoliton Division PETITION OF: JOSHUA JAMES KAY FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: JOSHUA JAMES KAY for a decree changing names as follows: Present name JOSHUA JAMES KAY Filed a petition with this court Proposed name JOSHUA JAMES KAY HOERNKE 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: Feb 28, 2022 Time: 8:30 a.m. Dept: G The address of the court is: other (specify): 1215 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 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: December 22, 2021 Linda S Etienne COURT COMMISSIONER Andrea Sanders DEPUTY Petitioner: Joshua James Kay 5303 Secretariat Lane Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 Phone: (562) 842-4902 E-Mail Address: Pinkfuzzypuppy@ hotmail.com BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2021-B8237 Doing business as: GO GREEN BIDET at 8216 Birmingham St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: GIOVANNI FERNANDEZ, 8216 Birmingham St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 Full name of registrant: JIYOUNG HONG, 8216 Birmingham St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 The business is conducted by: General Partnership SIGNED: GIOVANNI FERNANDEZ 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: December 20, 2021 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: P DEL VILLAR, 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 December 20, 2026 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2021-B7975 Doing business as: SITTY SONS DISTRIBUTION at 4312 Boulder Pass Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: KYLER ETHAN CHANTHARATH, 4312 Boulder Pass Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: KYLER ETHAN CHANTHARATH 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: December 10, 2021 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: P DEL VILLAR, 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 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

������������������������������� SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) CASE NUMBER (Número del Caso): SCL-20-000245 NOTICE TO DEFENDANT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): LUIS ORTIZ, an individual; and DOES 1-100, inclusive YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF (LO ESTÁ DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): DNF ASSOCIATES, LLC NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online SelfHelp Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/ selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online SelfHelp Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/ selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. ¡AVISO! Lo han demandado. Si no responde dentro de 30 días, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escuchar su versión. Lea la información a continuación. Tiene 30 DÍAS DE CALENDARIO después de que le entreguen esta citación y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefónica no lo protegen. Su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y más información en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www. sucorte.ca.gov), en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede más cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentación, pida al secretario de la corte que le dé un formulario de exención de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento y la corte le podrá quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin más advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado inmediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remisión a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org), en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California, (www.sucorte.ca.gov) o poniéndose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperación de $10,000 ó más de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesión de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is (El nombre y dirección de la corte es): KERN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT 325 Central Valley Hwy Shafter, CA 93263 The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is (El nombre, la dirección y el número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado, es): Michael Raichelson/SBN-174607, Sarah Jane Reynolds/SBN 299510; Luis Duenas/SBN 271873; Martin Weingarten/SBN 201906 PERSOLVE LEGAL GROUP, LLP 9301 Corbin Ave Ste 1600 Northridge, CA 91324 Telephone: (818) 534-3100 Fax: DATE (Fecha): November 17, 2020 TAMARAH HARBER-PICKENS, Clerk (Secretario), by Erica Bravo, Deputy (Adjunto) (SEAL) NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served. BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (PLG) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022 Order to Show Cause Hearing is set for 1/7/2022 at 8:30 A.M. in Department B. BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (PLG) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022

������������������������������� ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER BCV-21-102909 Superior Court of the State of California, for the county of Kern, 1415 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301 Branch Name: Metro Division PETITION OF: MEGGAN KING FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: MEGGAN KING for a decree changing names as follows: Present name RAIANNA CAROL MARIE KING Filed a petition with this court Proposed name RAINANNA CAROL MARIE CARBAJAL 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: Feb 15, 2022 Time: 8:30 a.m. Dept: G The address of the court is: other (specify): 1215 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 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 Other (specify): Evidence of death of non-petitioning parent required at time of hearing. Date: December 15, 2021 Linda S Etienne COURT COMMISSIONER Andrea Sanders DEPUTY Petitioner: Meggan King 1001 Portal Ave Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 Phone: (661) 747-3237 E-Mail Address: xrkmommy2405@ yahoo.com BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0011 Doing business as: SIN-LEY TRANSPORT at 3535 S. H St Apt13, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: ANDRES ELIGIO ALVAREZ CAMPOS, 3535 S. H St Apt13, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: ANDRES ELIGIO ALVAREZ CAMPOS 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: January 3, 2022 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 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 January 3, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022 �������������������������������

������������������������������� ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER BCV-21-102839 Superior Court of the State of California, for the county of Kern, 1415 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301 Branch Name: Metro Division PETITION OF: ALBERT NIKKO LORENZANA FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: ALBERT NIKKO LORENZANA for a decree changing names as

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0021 Doing business as: LOS GONZALEZ TRUCKING LLC at 706 Kyra Ave, McFarland, Ca. 93250 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: LOS GONZALEZ TRUCKING LLC, 706 Kyra Ave, McFarland, Ca. 93250 The business is conducted by: Limited Liability Company SIGNED: ERNESTO GONZALEZ, CEO The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: December 15, 2021 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: January 3, 2022

������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0013 Doing business as: HONEY BEES JSF LAS MINAS at 1133 Bordelais St, Delano, Ca. 93215 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: JOEL GUADALUPE SALAS FERNANDEZ, 1133 Bordelais St, Delano, Ca. 93215 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: JOEL GUADALUPE SALAS FERNANDEZ 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: January 3, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: T FISHER, 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 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 January 3, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0037 Doing business as: ALEX’S HOME REPAIR at 431 Sequoia Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: ALEJANDRO HERNANDEZ VENANCIO, 431 Sequoia Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: ALEJANDRO HERNANDEZ VENANCIO 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: January 3, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: T FISHER, 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 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 January 3, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022 �������������������������������

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0029 Doing business as: PALMS LIQUORS at 1207 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: BHATTI ENTERPRISE LLC, 1601 Calle Hermosa, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 The business is conducted by: Limited Liability Company SIGNED: SHAMINDER SINGH, Manager 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: January 3, 2022 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 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 January 3, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0081 Doing business as: SWIFT HANDYMAN SERVICES at 621 Irene St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93305 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: ERIC JUNIOR RANGEL, 621 Irene St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93305 Full name of registrant: ISAI RANGEL, 621 Irene St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93305 The business is conducted by: General Partnership SIGNED: ERIC RANGEL 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: January 4, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: P DEL VILLAR, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the


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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 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 January 4, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022

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 January 5, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022

information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on January 6, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022

������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0056 Doing business as: CLEANER WINDOWS at 1950 Rosamond Blvd Unit 14, Rosamond, Ca. 93560 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: RANDOLPH JAMES GORSKI, 1950 Rosamond Blvd Unit 14, Rosamond, Ca. 93560 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: RANDOLPH JAMES GORSKI The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: January 1, 2022 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: January 4, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: P DEL VILLAR, 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 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 January 4, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0068 Doing business as: MY TOFFEE DEALER at 15024 Spring Crossing Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93314 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: KATELYN DENAE HUNTINGTON, 15024 Spring Crossing Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93314 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: KATELYN DENAE HUNTINGTON 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: January 4, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: T FISHER, 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 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 January 4, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0024 Doing business as: ROBSON FAMILY JEWELERS at 9000 Ming Ave. Suite K-5, Bakersfiled, Ca. 93311 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: DONALD WILLIAM ROBSON, 6800 Murphy’s Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: DONALD WILLIAM ROBSON 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: January 3, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: T FISHER, 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 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 January 3, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0115 2022-B0116 Doing business as: BLUE GOOSE EXPRESS / TWIN VELOCITY at 10404 Oporto Way, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: N.M. HOLLIS CONSULTING LLC, 10404 Oporto Way, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 The business is conducted by: Limited Liability Company SIGNED: NELIETA HOLLIS, Managing Member The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: January 1, 2022 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: January 5, 2022 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 in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or

������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0101 Doing business as: M&M HAULING LLC at 9906 Sherborne Ave Apt D, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: M&M HAULING LLC, 9906 Sherborne Ave Apt D, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 The business is conducted by: Limited Liability Company SIGNED: MEGAN OROURKE, CEO 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: January 5, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: T FISHER, 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 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 January 5, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022

������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0058 2022-B0059 Doing business as: EHO BLITZ TRUCKING / ERICK HERNANDEZ ORTIZ BLITZ TRUCKING at 222 W 15th Pl, Delano, Ca. 93215 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: ERICK HERNANDEZ ORTIZ, 222 W 15th Pl, Delano, Ca. 93215 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: ERICK HERNANDEZ ORTIZ 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: January 4, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: T FISHER, 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 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 January 4, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022 �������������������������������

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0118 2022-B0119 Doing business as: AFFORDABLE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES / ATECH MSP at 5601 Truxtun Ave. Ste 150, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: 9530 Hageman Rd. Ste B189, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 County: Kern Full name of registrant: LANCE WAYNE BEVER, 10014 Huntington Downs Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: LANCE WAYNE BEVER The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: January 1, 2009 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: January 5, 2022 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 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 January 5, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0085 2022-B0086 2022-B0087 2022-B0088 Doing business as: BEAR MOUNTAIN LEARNING / BEAR MOUNTAIN LEARNING CO. / BEAR MOUNTAIN LEARNING COMPANY / BML at 305 North Hill Street, Arvin, Ca. 93203 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: MONICA MARIE FRANETOVICH, 305 North Hill Street, Arvin, Ca. 93203 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: MONICA MARIE FRANETOVICH 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: January 4, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: P DEL VILLAR, 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 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 January 4, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0134 Doing business as: LEGACY SOLAR AND SMART HOME SOLUTIONS at 6712 Kearsarge Way, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: CHAD ARTHUR FUSSY, 6712 Kearsarge Way, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: CHAD ARTHUR FUSSY 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: January 6, 2022 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 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 January 6, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0197 Doing business as: JMJ HANDYMAN at 3813 Hoffman Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: JUAN MANUEL TARANGO JIMENEZ, 3813 Hoffman Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: JUAN MANUEL TARANGO JIMENEZ The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: June 20, 2021 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: January 7, 2022 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 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 January 7, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0160 Doing business as: BRIGHTSIDE POWER WASH at 7400 Henness Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: ALLEN CORONA CASTILLO, 7400 Henness Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: ALLEN CORONA CASTILLO 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: January 6, 2022 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 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

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0039 Doing business as: SUNRISE HOMES at 405 E 18th St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93305 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: OSCAR SINGER JR, 467 S Fairview Sr, Burbank, Ca. 91505 Full name of registrant: FRANCISCA VALDEZ, 4401 Hughes Lane Space 18, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 The business is conducted by: General Partnership SIGNED: FRANCISCA VALDEZ 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: January 3, 2022 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 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

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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 January 3, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0202 Doing business as: MXNO at 1506 Clipper Hills Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: KRISTY MEXICANO, 1506 Clipper Hills Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 Full name of registrant: CHARLES MEXICANO, 1506 Clipper Hills Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 The business is conducted by: Married Couple SIGNED: KRISTY MEXICANO 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: January 7, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: T FISHER, 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 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 January 7, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0195 Doing business as: J&S HAULING at 10800 Falling Springs Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: JACOB WAYNE MANER, 10800 Falling Springs Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: JACOB WAYNE MANER 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: January 7, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: T FISHER, 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 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 January 7, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0189 Doing business as: DC’S TREE SERVICE at 6204 Derrick St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 Mailing Address: PO Box 42836, Bakersfield, Ca. 93384 County: Kern Full name of registrant: DAVID CARROLL BUTERBAUGH, 6204 Derrick St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: DAVID CARROLL BUTERBAUGH 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: January 7, 2022 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 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 January 7, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0044 Doing business as: SPARKLE ME DIVA at 2600 Pinon Street, Lake Isabella, Ca. 92340 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: OLIVIA MIRNA VILLANUEVA, 2600 Pinon Street, Lake Isabella, Ca. 92340 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: OLIVIA MIRNA VILLANUEVA 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: January 3, 2022 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 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 January

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������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2021-B8182 Doing business as: P&P COLLECTIBLES at 9812 Packwood Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: PATRICK MICHAEL DURBIN, 9812 Packwood Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: PATRICK MICHAEL DURBIN The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 4/1/2021 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: December 17, 2021 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: T FISHER, 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 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 December 17, 2026 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2022 ������������������������������� ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER BCV-21-103001 Superior Court of the State of California, for the county of Kern, 1415 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301 Branch Name: PETITION OF: CATHERINE DORADO FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: CATHERINE DORADO for a decree changing names as follows: Present name ELIJAH EMMANUEL LICEA Filed a petition with this court Proposed name ELIJAH DORADO 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 15, 2022 Time: 8:30 a.m. Dept: G The address of the court is: other (specify): 1215 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 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 Other: Non-petitioning parent to be served as required by CCP Sec. 1277. Date: January 7, 2022 Linda S Etienne COURT COMMISSIONER Andrea Sanders DEPUTY Petitioner: Catherine Dorado 1208 Fairview Rd Apt 1A

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above on: June 15, 2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: January 6, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: T FISHER, 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 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 January 6, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022

This statement expires on January 10, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022

������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0065 Doing business as: 661 LOGISTICS at 301 Bridle Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: EFRAIN NAVARRETTE, 301 Bridle Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: EFRAIN NAVARRETTE 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: January 4, 2022 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 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 January 4, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0196 Doing business as: WITCH CUSTOMS, CRAFTY at 3700 Wenatchee Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: SAMANTHA VIRGINIA GUZMAN, 3700 Wenatchee Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: SAMANTHA VIRGINIA GUZMAN The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: October 15, 2021 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: January 7, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: T FISHER, 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 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 January 7, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0131 Doing business as: TENGU RAMEN at 4550 Coffee Rd Suite D, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: TENGU INC, 6027 Warren Ridge Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 The business is conducted by: Corporation SIGNED: FEIFENY LI, CEO The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed

������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0218 Doing business as: T&S LOGISTICS at 1004 Vallarta View Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: ISIDRO TORRES JR, 1004 Vallarta View Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: ISIDRO TORRES JR 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: January 10, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: T FISHER, 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 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 January 10, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0227 Doing business as: ORNELAS MARKETING AND DESIGNS at 6612 Vancouver Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: ARTHUR SCOTT ORNELAS, 6612 Vancouver Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: ARTHUR SCOTT ORNELAS The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: September 1, 2021 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: January 10, 2022 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 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

������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2021-B8263 Doing business as: ANDREWS HAULING at 3227 S Fairfax Rd, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: ANDREW ALBERTO BARRAGAN VARGAS, 3227 S Fairfax Rd, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: ANDREW ALBERTO BARRAGAN VARGA The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: August 5, 2021 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: December 21, 2021 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 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 December 21, 2026 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 �������������������������������

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2021-B5310 Business Name you wish to abandon: ANDREWS HAULING Street address of business: 3227 S Fairfax Rd, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 County: Kern Mailing address of business: 3227 S Fairfax Rd, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 Registrant(s) who wish to abandon the business name: ANDREW ALBERTO BARRAGAN VARGA, 3227 S Fairfax Rd, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 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: ANDREW BARRAGAN, Owner This statement of abandonment filed on: Dec 21, 2021 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 �������������������������������

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0120 Doing business as: MICAHKBOUTIQUE at 3011 F St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 Mailing Address: 401 El Adobe St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 County: Kern Full name of registrant: KRYSTAL NICOLE HERNANDEZ, 401 El Adobe St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: KRYSTAL NICOLE HERNANDEZ 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: January 5, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ, Deputy This fictitious Business Name

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING February 15, 2022 Before the Board of Directors of the Golden Empire Transit District (GETD) in the matter of COMMENTING ON AND IDENTIFYING UNMET TRANSIT NEEDS: A NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: 1. The Golden Empire Transit District will receive public testimony identifying and commenting on unmet transit needs that may exist in the metropolitan Bakersfield area. An unmet transit need exists if an individual of any age or physical condition is unable to transport him or herself due to deficiencies in the existing transportation system and are reasonable to meet. Excluded are (1) those requests for minor operational improvements and (2) those improvements funded and scheduled for implementation in the following year. The term “reasonable to meet” is defined as: (A) operating feasibility, (the requested improvement must be safe to operate and there must be adequate roadways for transit vehicles); (B) duplication of service, (the proposed service shall not duplicate other transit services); (C) timing, (the proposed service shall be in response to an existing, rather than a future need); and (D) service must meet the legally required farebox ratio (PUC Sections 99268.2, 99268.5 and CAC Section 6633.2, 6633.5) with fares close to fares of similar service. 2. A PUBLIC HEARING will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton in the Belridge Room, 5101 California Avenue, Bakersfield, California at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 for the purpose of receiving comments and testimony regarding any unmet transit needs that are reasonable to meet and which may exist in the metropolitan Bakersfield area. GETD shall review all available information and adopt, by resolution, its findings for the metropolitan Bakersfield area. 3. A person wishing to present testimony related to unmet transit needs may appear and be heard or may submit written comments to Golden Empire Transit District, 1830 Golden State Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301 for inclusion in the official record of the hearing. Additional opportunities for public comment at Board meetings are described on GET’s website: https://getbus.org/2021PPA. Karen H. King Secretary GOLDEN EMPIRE TRANSIT DISTRICT (661)324-9874 Published Bakersfield News Observer January 19, 2022


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PUBLIC NOTICE 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 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 January 5, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0259 Doing business as: CLIMB BY LVL FITNESS at 10512 Finchley Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: LVL FITNESS, LLC, 10512 Finchley Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 The business is conducted by: Limited Liability Company SIGNED: NICOLE LAZZERINI, Member 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: January 11, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: P DEL VILLAR, 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 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).

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Bakersfield News Observer

PUBLIC NOTICE 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 January 11, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0265 Doing business as: TWO DUTCH GIRLS CLEANING at 2620 Rio Vista Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: VICTORIA CHRISTINE DOUMA, 2620 Rio Vista Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: VICTORIA CHRISTINE DOUMA The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: January 1, 2017 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: January 11, 2022 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 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 January 11, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 �������������������������������

PUBLIC NOTICE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0281 Doing business as: FRANCISCO GARCIA GARDENING at 8709 Worrell Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: MARIA HIGUERA URIAS, 8709 Worrell Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 Full name of registrant: FRANCISCO GARCIA MALDONADO, 8709 Worrell Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 The business is conducted by: General Partnership SIGNED: MARIA H URIAS The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: April 20, 2021 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: January 11, 2022 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 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 January 11, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 �������������������������������

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2021-B7925 Business Name you wish to abandon: FRANSISCO GARCIA LANDSCAPING Street address of business: 8709 Worrell Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 County: Kern Mailing address of business: 8709 Worrell Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: MARIA HIGUERA

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URIAS, 8709 Worrell Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 Registrant(s) who wish to abandon the business name: FRANSISCO MALDONADO GARCIA, 8709 Worrell Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 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: General Partnership SIGNED: MARIA URIAS, Owner This statement of abandonment filed on: Jan 11, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 �������������������������������

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0279 Doing business as: THREADBEAR TEXTILE CO at 5630 District Blvd, Suite 132, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: HEATHER LEIGH SARGEANT, 5208 Vista Del Mar Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: HEATHER LEIGH SARGEANT The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: January 1, 2022 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: January 11, 2022 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 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

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This statement expires on January 11, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0139 Doing business as: BECOMING YOU LIFE COACHING at 11703 Shanklin St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: CRYSTAL AKIM MADDEN, 11703 Shanklin St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: CRYSTAL AKIM MADDEN 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: January 6, 2022 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 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 January 6, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 ������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2019-B3941 Business Name you wish to abandon: LE FRESH Street address of business: 8200 Stockdale Hwy Suite A-1, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 County: Kern

PUBLIC NOTICE Mailing address of business: 4025 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Registrant(s) who wish to abandon the business name: SHAJAR ABBAS KHAN, 3732 Acadia Circle, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 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: SHAJAR ABBAS KHAN, Owner This statement of abandonment filed on: Jan 12, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: T FISHER Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 �������������������������������

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2021-B8288 2021-B8289 2021-B8290 Doing business as: SPEEDY TAX / CERTIFIED NOTARIES / THE AP SPECIALISTS at 211 S Brown Street, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 Mailing Address: PO Box 13233, Bakersfield, Ca. 93389 County: Kern Full name of registrant: VIRTUAL ASSISTANT CAFE LLC, 211 S Brown Street, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 The business is conducted by: Limited Liability Company SIGNED: LATONJA LINDSEY, Managing Member 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: December 22, 2021 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: P DEL VILLAR, 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).

PUBLIC NOTICE 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 December 22, 2026 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 �������������������������������

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0299 Doing business as: SKY MARKET at 1605 S H St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: RAMI MTANOUS BARAKAT, 6915 Dinah Ct, San Bernardino, Ca. 92407 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: RAMI MTANOUS BARAKAT 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: January 12, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: T FISHER, 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 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 January 12, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0312 Doing business as:

PUBLIC NOTICE SHINY CLEAN WINDOWS at 21901 San Gabriel Dr, Tehachapi, Ca. 93561 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: FREDY RENE SORTO MAJANO, 21901 San Gabriel Dr, Tehachapi, Ca. 93561 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: FREDY RENE SORTO MAJANO 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: January 13, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: T FISHER, 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 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 January 13, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 ������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2021-B2002 Business Name you wish to abandon: LIL EDDIE’S CLEANING Street address of business: 3816 Edith Lane, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 County: Kern Mailing address of business: 5401 Walton Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: EDUARDO PENA GUEVARA, 3816 Edith Lane, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 Registrant(s) who wish to abandon the business name: EDUARDO PENA JR, 3816 Edith Lane, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 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: General Partnership SIGNED: EDUARDO PENA GUEVARA, Owner This statement of abandonment filed on: Jan 14, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: P DEL VILLAR Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2022-B0353 Doing business as: M&R FOREST REDESIGN at 2400 Robbin Rd, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: LILIA ARREOLA VIVANCO, 2400 Robbin Rd, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: LILIA ARREOLA VIVANCO 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: January 14, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: T FISHER, 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 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 January 14, 2027 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 ������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2021-B7286 Business Name you wish to abandon: M&R FOREST REDESIGN Street address of business: 2400 Robbin Rd, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 County: Kern Mailing address of business: 2400 Robbin Rd, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 Registrant(s) who wish to abandon the business name: LILIA ARREOLA VIVANCO, 2400 Robbin Rd, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 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: LILIA ARREOLA VIVANCO, Owner This statement of abandonment filed on: Jan 14, 2022 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: T FISHER Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2022 �������������������������������


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Bakersfield News Observer A7

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Weber’s AB 1655 Would Make Juneteenth a Paid Holiday in California Antonio Ray Harvey California Black Media Last week, Assemblymember Akilah Weber (D-La Mesa) announced the introduction of Assembly Bill (AB) 1655, legislation that would make Juneteenth a paid holiday in California. AB 1655 is co-authored by Assemblymember Reginald JonesSawyer (D-South Los Angeles) and Mia Bonta (D-Oakland). Weber, Bonta and Jones-Sawyer are all members of the California Legislative Black Caucus. “It is time that June 19th has the status it deserves in California to honor the significant contributions of Black Americans to our nation and reflect on the long struggle for freedom,” Weber said, speaking during an Assembly session Jan. 15. “By making Juneteenth an official state holiday, California would demonstrate

its commitment to celebrating the emancipation of all slaves.” If the Legislature approves AB 1655 and Gov. Newsom signs it into law, it would amend current statutes to include June 19th as an official state holiday for public schools, community colleges, and California State University systems. It would also grant paid time-off to all state employees. Juneteenth commemorates the day American forces declared that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas were freed – more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863. On June 19th, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger led troops into Galveston, Texas, to announce the end of the Civil War and the institution of slavery. As a result, thousands of enslaved people in Texas were among some of the last to be informed of their liberation.

Historians say that incident captures a broader reality: many enslaved Black people across the South working on plantations did not know about the Emancipation Proclamation – or that they had been freed – until much later. Today, the celebration of that joyous occasion in Texas has spread around the nation, with cities and communities in California joining to mark that all-important milestone in the American journey to freedom. In June last year, President Biden proclaimed Juneteenth an official federal holiday. It is the first commemoration to become a national holiday since President Ronald Reagan declared Martin Luther King Jr. Day a holiday 39 years ago. Juneteenth is now a paid state holiday in nine states, including Texas, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Oregon, and Illinois.

“Juneteenth is an important and special annual celebration for Black culture, resilience, and achievement,” said Weber. “Designating this date as a paid state holiday mirrors the federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.” Jones-Sawyer said people of all races and backgrounds in the state should commemorate the holiday. “This is a significant milestone for African Americans, to have a date recognized by our state that is celebrated by all Californians,” said Jones-Sawyer. “AB 1655 is an inclusive act marking a key point in our nation’s history – one we should never forget or ignore, and one that correctly balances the American scale of freedom from 3/5ths to a whole.”

Asm. Gipson Demands Probe Into Bomb Threat at California’s Only HBCU Following a racist bomb threat Jan. 11 that disrupted operations and terrified students, faculty and staff at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) in Los Angeles, Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) is calling on state and federal authorities to investigate.

CDU is the only historically Black college in California. It is also designated a “Minority-Serving Institution” by the U.S. Office for Civil Rights. “As I heard about the violent threat leveled against California’s current and future doctors, nurses, and first responders, I was

utterly enraged and pissed off! How can anyone threaten to take the lives of those who have committed themselves to provide lifesaving services? This makes me sick to my stomach,” said Gipson in a statement. Located in the Willowbrook community in Los Angeles, CDU prides itself on its high enrollment of minority students. Its student body is 80% students of color. About 71% of its faculty is Black, Latino or another ethnic minority. “In light of the seriousness of this threat and the threats against Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the nation, I’ve contacted the Governor’s Office, Attorney General’s Office, the Federal Department of Justice, and President Biden to take action against this racist attack NOW,” continued Gipson. Earlier this month, there were bomb threats at least eight historically Black Colleges across the country: Spelman College in Atlanta; Howard University in Washington, DC; the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; Florida Memorial University; Norfolk State University in Virginia; North Carolina Central University; Prairie View A&M University in Texas; and Xavier University in Louisiana. On January 11, CDU officials say they discovered a bomb threat that had been emailed to a generic university email address on Jan. 9. The sender identified himself as a “Neo Nazi Fascist” and wrote: “…I will detonate all 3 of the Titanium Nitrate Sulfuric bombs. My reasoning … I want to show the Black Population what the White Man can do, we will take back our land!” “The threat claimed that explosive devices had been planted on the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science campus in South Los Angeles. Out of an abundance of caution, CDU immediately closed the entire campus and notified authorities,” read a CDU statement. CDU Campus Safety and local law enforcement completed a review of the grounds and facilities and determined that the campus is safe. The campus reopened for operations January 12th, according to Jonathan Zaleski, CDU Director of Communications.

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“We are also encouraging work-from-home until then as part of our COVID safety protocols. We return to those protocols today after completely closing the campus yesterday during the bomb threat,” he told California Black Media via email on January 12. CDU was already operating under limited services since classes do not start until January 18, and even then, it will be remote/hybrid instruction, said Zaleski. Meanwhile, Gipson said he stands in solidarity “with our brothers and sisters who are frightened and worried for their loved ones due to these racist threats of violence. Hate can’t win when we stand together!” Founded in 1966, CDU has trained more than 8,000 health care professionals, including doctors, nurses and public health specialists. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Holly J. Mitchell (2nd District) said she is appalled at the bomb threat CDU received, which was motivated by racial prejudice and hatred. “Like many HBCU’s, it was founded in response to systemic racism that denied Black Americans the ability to attend the same academic institutions as their White peers,” said Mitchell in a press release on January 11. She noted that, as the only medical school on the West Coast with a substantial number of Black students, CDU continues to play a leading role in training Black doctors, preparing individuals from across the globe to become medical leaders in California and beyond. Mitchell thanked the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their diligence and speedy response. “I stand with CDU for swiftly taking the necessary precautions to protect its students, faculty and the surrounding Willowbrook community. Acts of violence, even the threat of it, will not be tolerated at our schools or anywhere in our communities,” Mitchell concluded.


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The Last Living Parent of the 1963 Birmingham Bombing Victims Also murdered in the bombing were Addie Mae Collins, Carole Rosamond Robertson and Cynthia Dionne Wesley. All three were 14 years old. The Birmingham bombing was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement and remains one of the most notorious incidents of violence and political terrorism in U.S. history.

Christopher and Maxine McNair, whose 11-year-old Denise McNair, was murdered along with three other young girls on Sunday, September 15, 1963, hold a press conference on Sept. 20, 1963.

By Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Newswire Contributor Maxine McNair, who was the last living parent of the four African American girls murdered in a 1963 Alabama church bombing by the Ku Klux Klan, died on January 2, 2022 at 93. Maxine and Christopher McNair’s daughter, 11-year-old Denise McNair, was murdered along with three other young girls on Sunday, September 15, 1963. Maxine McNair was a schoolteacher. Her husband Christopher died in 2019 at 93 and was one of the first African Americans elected to the Alabama legislature since Reconstruction. Three members of the Ku Klux Klan planted a bomb at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on “youth day.” Youth Day was a day at the church where young church members conducted many of the activities around the church service. Also murdered in the bombing were Addie Mae Collins, Carole Rosamond Robertson and Cynthia Dionne Wesley. All three were 14 years old. The Birmingham bombing was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement and remains one of the most notorious incidents of violence and political terrorism in U.S. history. In 1965 the FBI found that the bombing was committed by four members of the Ku Klux Klan: Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., Herman Frank Cash, Robert Edward Chambliss, and Bobby Frank Cherry. No prosecutions were conducted until 1977 when Chambliss was convicted of first-degree murder of McNair. Then-prosecutor and former U.S. Senator Doug Jones successfully prosecuted Blanton and Cherry. Cash died in 1994 and was never charged. At the time of the murders Birmingham had no Black police officers or firefighters and it was virtually impossible for African Americans to register to vote. Very few members of the city’s African American community were registered. In 2013, Maxine McNair sat behind President Barack Obama in the Oval Office as he signed the law to honor the four girls with the Congressional Gold Medal. Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist and the host of the podcast BURKEFILE. She is a political analyst who appears regularly on #RolandMartinUnfiltered. She may be contacted at LBurke007@gmail.com and on twitter at @LVBurke

State Leaders Call for Teaching Native American History, Culture in Schools

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Antonio Ray Harvey California Black Media State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-Highland) want Californians to have a better understanding of the history and culture of California’s Native American people. At the State Capitol last week, Thurmond joined Ramos, the only Native American serving in the Legislature as the lawmaker announced that he will introduce a bill encouraging school districts to collaborate with local tribes to increase knowledge about California Native Americans in their communities. Ramos, who is the first American Indian ever to be elected to the Legislature, cited a similar effort being made in Washington State. “When Washington state revamped its Native American curriculum, it began by initiating a relationship between the tribes and schools. Its state’s curriculum, entitled ‘Since Time Immemorial,’ has made a positive difference for students. We can’t reverse 171 years of falsehood and mythology overnight, but we can start,” Ramos said. Thurmond said he is excited about the initiative and honored to be working along with Ramos to integrate Native American studies into California public education. “We have the opportunity right now to counter the actions

of those who continue to teach harmful and stereotypical messages and create an environment where all students learn about and benefit from the rich history and culture of California’s first People,” said Thurmond. Ramos said a deeper understanding of Native American people and their sovereignty would help to get rid of enduring racist stereotypes and misperceptions stuck in the imaginations of some Californians. Last fall, a teacher in the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) in Southern California was placed on leave after a student shared a video of her mocking Native Americans while teaching math to students. In the video, which was shared many times across the internet, the teacher was wearing a headdress made of paper feathers while explaining a math assignment. The student who captured the moment identifies as Native American. “So few people understand the diversity of California’s first people,” Ramos stated. “They speak different languages, use different musical instruments, practice different customs and traditions. Few know many tribes were wiped out or almost eliminated during the 1800s.” More than 40,000 students are enrolled in RUSD schools. About 80% of the district’s students identify as Black, Latino or another ethnic minority, and 46% of them are

economically disadvantaged, according to U.S News and World Report. “These behaviors are completely unacceptable and an offensive depiction of the vast and expansive Native American cultures and practices,” the school district said in a statement. “We are deeply committed to implementing inclusive practices and policies that honor the rich diversity of our district and the greater region. We will be working with our students, families, staff, and community to regain your trust” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 630,000 people identify as American Indian and Alaska Native in California. In combination with another race, the number of Native Americans increases to about 1.4 million people. Altogether, they make up 3.6% of all Californians, as compared to 1.9% ten years ago, the 2020 census reported. Ramos said the legislation he plans to introduce will be the first step toward increasing student knowledge about the indigenous tribes residing in the state. “We are fine-tuning language in the bill and will introduce it soon,” said Ramos. “If we don’t do a better job at encouraging our schools and tribes to work together, we’ll see more classroom episodes such as the one we saw last October.”

Is My Cloth Mask Good Enough? The 2022 Edition By Victoria Knight California Healthline The highly transmissible omicron variant is sweeping through the U.S., causing a huge spike in covid-19 cases and overwhelming many hospital systems. Besides urging Americans to get vaccinated and boosted, public health officials are recommending that people upgrade from their cloth masks to higher-quality medical-grade masks. At a recent Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing, top public health officials displayed different types of masking. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wore what appeared to be a surgical mask layered under a cloth mask, while Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the president, wore what looked like a KN95 respirator. Some local governments and other organizations are offering their own policies. Los Angeles County, for instance, will require as of Jan. 17 that employers provide N95 or KN95 masks to employees. In late December, the Mayo Clinic began requiring all visitors and patients to wear surgical masks instead of cloth versions. The University of Arizona has banned cloth masks and asked everyone on campus to wear higher-quality masks. Questions about the level of protection against covid that masks provide — whether cloth, surgical or higher-end medical grade — have been a subject of debate and discussion since the earliest days of the pandemic. We looked into the question last summer. And as science changes and variants emerge with higher transmissibility, so do opinions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not updated its mask guidance since October, before the omicron variant emerged. That guidance doesn’t recommend the use of an N95 respirator but states only that masks should be at least two layers, well-fitting and contain a nose wire. Multiple experts we consulted said that the current CDC guidance does not go far enough. They also agreed on another point: Wearing a cloth mask is better than not wearing a mask at all, but if you can upgrade — or layer cloth with surgical — now is the time. Although cloth masks may appear to be more substantial than the paper surgical mask option, surgical masks as well as KN95 and N95 masks are infused with an electrostatic charge that helps filter out particles. “From the perspective of knowing how covid is transmitted, and what we know about omicron, wearing a higher-quality mask is really critical to stopping the spread of omicron,” said Dr. Megan Ranney, academic dean for the School of Public Health at Brown University. A large-scale real-world study conducted in Bangladesh and published in December showed that surgical masks are more effective at preventing covid transmission than cloth masks.

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So, one easy strategy to improve protection is to layer a surgical mask underneath cloth. Surgical masks can be bought relatively cheaply online and reused for about a week. Ranney said she advises people who opt for layering to put the better-quality mask, such as the surgical mask, closest to your face, and put the lesser-quality mask on the outside. If you’re really pressed for resources, Dr. Stephen Luby, a professor specializing in infectious diseases at Stanford University and one of the authors of the Bangladesh mask study, said surgical masks can be washed and reused, if finances are an issue. Nearly two years into the pandemic, such masks are cheap and plentiful in the U.S. and many retailers make them available free of charge

to customers as they enter businesses. “During the study, we told the participants they could wash the surgical masks with laundry detergent and water and reuse them,” Luby said. “You lose some effect of the electrostatic charge, but they still outperformed cloth masks.” Still, experts maintain that wearing either a KN95 or an N95 respirator is the best protection against omicron, since these masks are highly effective at filtering out viral particles. The “95” in the names refers to the masks’ 95% filtration efficacy against certain-sized particles. N95 masks are regulated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, while KN95s are regulated by the Chinese government and KF94s by the South

Korean government. Americans were initially urged not to buy either surgical or N95 masks early in the pandemic to ensure there would be a sufficient supply for health care workers. But now there are enough to go around. So, if you have the resources to upgrade to an N95, a KN95 or a KF94 mask, you should absolutely do so, said Dr. Leana Wen, a professor of health policy and management at George Washington University. Although these models are more expensive and can be more uncomfortable, they are worth the investment for the safety they provide, she said. “[Omicron is] a much more contagious virus, so there is a much lower margin of error in regards to the activities you were once able to do without getting infected,” Wen said. “We have to increase our protection in every way, because everything is riskier now.” Wen also said that though these masks are characterized as one-use, unless you are in a health care setting, KN95s and N95s can be worn more than once. She uses one of her personal KN95s for more than a week at a time. Another important thing to note is there are many counterfeit N95 and KN95 masks being sold online, so consumers must be careful when ordering them and be sure to get them only from a legitimate, trusted vendor. The CDC maintains a list of NIOSH-approved N95 respirators. Wirecutter and The Strategist have both published guides to purchasing approved KN95 and KF94 masks. Ranney also recommends consulting the website Project N95 or engineer Aaron Collins’ “Mask Nerd” YouTube channel. And remember, the risk of transmission depends not just on the mask you wear but also the masking practices of others in the room — so going into a meeting or restaurant where others are unmasked or wearing only cloth masks increases the odds of getting infected, no matter how careful you are. This chart demonstrates the huge differences. Even with a mask upgrade, if you are still worried about omicron and, in particular, a serious case of covid, the No. 1 thing you can do to protect yourself is get vaccinated and boosted, said Dr. Neal Chaisson, an assistant professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. “There’s been a lot of talk about people who have been vaccinated getting omicron,” said Chaisson. “But I’ve been working in the ICU and probably 95% of the patients that we’re taking care of right now did not take the advice to get vaccinated.” This story was produced by KHN (Kaiser Health News), a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major operating programs at KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation). KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation.


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Black America Salutes CEO Robert F. Smith for Accelerating Racial Equity and the Spirit of Giving By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Today we are witnessing an increased spirit of giving to help underserved communities across the United States. The Black Press of America acknowledges and takes public note of both the responsibilities and the opportunities for corporate leaders to be “Thy Sisters and Brothers Keepers.” Good social corporate responsibility matters. This is particularly true in communities of color, which continue to be mired in poverty and insufficient access to transformative economic improvement opportunities. One of the key indicators of economic advancement and sustainability in today’s global marketplace is the extent to which effective community-based organizations have access to equity funding and high-tech innovations. With 2021 behind us and preparations and commitments now being made for 2022, we are revisiting the progress accomplished by a leading African American entrepreneur and corporate leader, Robert F. Smith, who is helping to increase racial equity funding and bridge the digital divide in six southern cities where a large percentage of African Americans now reside: Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, Houston, New Orleans and Charlotte. Earlier last year, we highlighted the game-changing initiative that , along with PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, and BCG CEO Rich Lesser launched called the Southern Communities Initiative. This initiative is “A catalytic effort to coordinate and accelerate racial equity funding, programming, and convening organizations in six southern communities that are home to approximately 50% of the African American population.” According to information recently posted on Smith’s dedicated website, we were pleased to learn that the Southern Communities Initiative already has identified, embraced and activated the following local leadership appointments and activations in those six states. There are four racial equity pillars for the initiative: Wealth Creation – supporting Black-owned business growth and access to capital; Housing – providing access to resources that enable home ownership at fair rates and terms; Education / Workforce Development – creating advancement opportunities via formal education/skills training for minorities; and Health Equity – eliminating health disparities through equal access to quality, affordable healthcare. There are also two racial equity enablers that are part of the initiative: Digital Access – providing access and adoption of affordable high-speed internet solutions for low-income and minority households; and Physical Infrastructure – providing access to affordable, reliable real-estate and civil infrastructure to support minority families and businesses.

Robert F. Smith at US Embassy in Berlin, 2018. (Courtesy Photo)

In each of the six states, there is a well-known community servant and leader who has been designated as the “Community Lead” of the Southern Communities Initiative. In Atlanta, The Reverend Dr. Bernice King, Chief Executive Officer at The King Center, is the Lead. In Houston, the Lead is LaTanya Flix, Senior Vice President, DEI at Greater Houston Partnership. In Memphis, there is Sarah Lockridge-Steckel, Chief Executive Officer & CoFounder at The Collective Blueprint, while the Lead in Charlotte, NC is Janet LaBar, President & CEO at Charlotte Regional

Business Alliance. In Birmingham, the Lead is J.W. Carpenter, Executive Director at Prosper Birmingham, and in New Orleans, it is Judy Morse, President & CEO at Urban League of Louisiana. The philanthropy and corporate leadership of Robert F. Smith is appreciated by numerous recipients and Smith should be applauded for helping make a difference and providing hope to millions of people in underserved communities. The issues of economic equity and racial justice are still critical for the future of the nation.

Yet, the contributions of Smith and others appear to be gaining support because as of today more than 70 major corporate entities have now endorsed the Southern Communities Initiative. The truth is there can be no real racial justice without the reality of sustainable racial equity and economic advancement of communities of color. We, therefore, without hesitation salute Robert F. Smith.


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Award Recipient Principal/Coordinator at Rafer Johnson Community Day School Jesse Bead (Mayor Karen Goh Courtesy Photo)

Mukul Arnand, SCLC High School Student of the Year (Mayor Karen Goh Courtesy Photo)

SCLC Committee Chair Reverend Wesley Crawford Sr. (Mayor Karen Goh Courtesy Photo)

Keynote Speaker Director of Public Relations and Business Development Michael T. Bowers (Mayor Karen Goh Courtesy Photo)

Award Recipient Executive Director, Bakersfield Senior Center, Inc. Lili J Parker (Mayor Karen Goh Courtesy Photo)

Award Recipient ShePower Leadership Founder Dr. Arleana Waller (Mayor Karen Goh Courtesy Photo)

U.S. Congressman David Valado (Mayor Karen Goh Courtesy Photo)


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