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The business was founded full w K p ia se w ri otentiallydidates voters across atching. H st and other m i to speak at the South by Southwest Festival in K ra u she expects se, a veterin polarizing time this would bee aisgreat career path ifthwe could time in 1985 when we had the one radio station, so I’ve in e oritiIesrealized k p ee o p th li ar in ti e ia Texas, in what amounted to one of the biggest gatherings ca li g 1 v n l 1 h - Conbeyond , tells e n -pou back into th ectrum are tinued where we were.”is focus on fairn spof had a front-row seat on the business journey from almost grow the business e on pag Democratic field yet.e wild afternitd (5-kilogram) catth e Alife, Between his earnings and social 2 he dropped outess andthe M to be the beginning. ju cG re st ic g u ai e ir n e s As Democrats have addressed reparations in the st v is re it n th ed g th at the bcat . “She was very open in making me her business partner of night school. It was only some years later he applied early stages of the ifrace, he seother es it ag candidates discussing on Friday. ain, he’ll bisoare to the Wharton School of Business executive management very early. It’s really a joint journey.” H su e a tax credits and other subsidies, rather than direct payti ck et for jayw Along the way, there’s been little time to admire what master’s program. Despite not being a college graduate, he ments for the labor and legal oppression of slaves and got in on the strength of managing a $25 million a year they’ve done together. their descendants. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders would “It wasn’t like we were sitting back watching, going, company and recommendations from the likes of the Rev. put resources such as “Medicare for All” and tuition-free ‘Oh, look at what we did.’ You’re too busy trying to keep Jesse Jackson. “The idea that I had doubled-back and ended up get- college into distressed communities. doing what you’re doing on the right track and figuring Castro tells CNN’s “State of the Union” he doesn’t out how to fix the stuff that’s not working and figuring out ting in an Ivy League business school was exciting to me. It kind of felt like I was beating the system in some way. think that’s the proper argument for reparations if “a big what the next thing is.” My diploma says the same thing everyone else’s diplo- check needs to be written for a whole bunch of other He doesn’t mind her getting most of the pub. “Look, my mother has an amazing story from where ma says. In the end, I feel like I got my ticket punched, my stuff.” Castro stopped short of saying he would push for she came, and she’s always been more of a forefront person. certification, my bona fides.” direct compensation to descendants as president, saying While he took care of business behind the scenes, instead that he would appoint a commissioner or task A lot of people tend to think this woman built this company and she made her son the CEO, but they don’t realize Cathy Hughes made her presence known on air. force that would make recommendations. “My mother was doing the morning show and I was how long I’ve been at the company and that it was really a stabilizing force in the sales department. She did some a joint effort. They tend to think it’s a traditional family things on the air, like lead the Washington Post boycott, business. “But my mother is very good at giving me credit. She which really started to brand her as the voice of the black community. I was able to sell that to mainstream advertisdid it when we were in Omaha.” Last May, Omaha feted Hughes at events celebrating ers. We started to make money. It wasn’t a ton, but we went her life, including naming a street in her honor. Liggins from losing four, five hundred thousand dollars to making a couple hundred thousand dollars.” was content letting his mom have the spotlight. Reaching a more substantial audience came next. “I never spend a bunch of time doing press or correctCompany CEO Alfred Liggins III is an equal “We owned one AM radio station, and FM radio at partner in the journey of this black multimedia ing people because that’s just not who I am. I love our partthat time was really exploding. It was where all the audinership. I’m grateful and happy that people are inspired COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) – The Los Angeles and entertainment enterprise. by her story, our story, and it’s a great story and a great ence was, AM was dying. We set out and put together a Chargers released safety Jahleel Addae, who had started journey. I don’t feel a need to build my own story separate plan to expand into FM radio. I identified an FM we could 59 games over the past six seasons. By Leo Adam Biga afford. Investors worked with my mother and me to figure and apart from hers. The Omaha Star Coach Anthony Lynn said in a statement that Add“But if I get called for an interview and we start talking out how to finance it. It was like a $7.5 million purchase. I ae’s release was tough but had to be made because of salThe oft-told entrepreneurial success narrative of Urthink they needed like 10 different minority-focused, venabout it, I’m happy to lay out what my role was and what ban One founder and chair Cathy Hughes tends to leave ary cap reasons. Addae’s release saves $5 million against ture-capital entities to put up the funding. And we got our out a crucial part of the story: her son and company CEO our relationship is.” the cap with free agency set to begin Wednesday. first FM. Before coming on full time at age 20 in 1985, Liggins Alfred Liggins III is an equal partner in the journey of this Addae started all 16 regular-season games last season “That first year the bank required us to keep it in worked at the station as a sportscaster and weekend talkblack multimedia and entertainment enterprise. and finished fourth on the team with 72 tackles along an adult contemporary format that wasn’t black-targeted show host while a high school teenager. By now, the tale of this single mother’s rise from Omawith one interception and a sack. He moved to free safety “I guess it was cool I worked at a radio station, but because they wanted to have the cash flow. But we didn’t ha dreamer to Washington, D.C. icon is the stuff of leglast year after the Chargers drafted Derwin James in the do that very well and we fell out of the ratings book. We I didn’t really want to do it. I was kind of required to do end. But what gets lost in translation is that her son also like, ‘OK, can we change the format to something we first round. came out of Omaha. He was only 7 when he moved with it. I didn’t really want to be in the radio business at first. I were know?’ So, we changed to an urban adult contemporary his mom to D.C., but he was there long enough to form wanted to be in the record business.” He went to L.A. to live with his stepfather, Dewey and it took off like a rocket.” fond memories of school (Sacred Heart, Mammoth Park), For the first time, the company recorded serious profrecreation (Kellom Pool, Fontenelle Park) and spending Hughes, looking to break into the music biz. its. “I ended up unemployed and my mother suggested time with extended family (his maternal grandparents Hel“Five years later the AM and the FM were doing $10 I come back to D.C., work at the station, go to college at en Jones Woods and William Alfred Woods). For years, he came back annually to visit family. He night and get my act together and figure out what to do million of revenue and $5 million of profitability. We benext, so I did that.” twice lived with his biological father Alfred Liggins II. CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) – A prison inmate in What was then known as Radio One consisted of a Continued on page A5 Corcoran has been found dead, and his cellmate has been named the suspected killer. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said the 44-year-old inmate was found dead in his cell during security checks Saturday morning. Department spokeswoman Vicky Waters said officials identified 31-year-old Jaime Osuna as the suspect and placed him in solitary confinement. Osuna was a serving life sentence for the 2011 killing and torture of a Bakersfield woman whose body was much you buy, not buying different things.” By SETH BORENSTEIN found in a motel room. He pleaded guilty to murder to Of 103,000 particle pollution deaths a year, 83,000 avoid the death penalty. WASHINGTON (AP) — African-Americans and can be traced to the activities of people in the United States Hispanics breathe in far more deadly air pollution than The dead inmate has not been identified. He was — not government and not goods exported elsewhere, the serving a life-with-parole sentence after being convicted they are responsible for making, a new study said. study said A study looked at who is exposed to fine particle polin Los Angeles County of second-degree murder with the Several outside experts praised the research. lution — responsible for about 100,000 American deaths use of a firearm. “These findings confirm what most grassroots envia year — and how much different races are responsible for ronmental justice leaders have known for decades, ‘whites the pollution based on their buying, driving and living are dumping their pollution on poor people and people of habits. color’,” said Texas Southern University public affairs proScientists calculate that Hispanics on average breathe fessor Robert Bullard, who was not part of the research. in 63 percent more of the pollution that leads to heart and Bullard, often called the father of environmental justice , is breathing deaths than they make. For African-Americans African-American. the figure is 56 percent, according to a study published Bullard said his and other past research shows that AfMonday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of rican-Americans are 79 percent more likely than whites to Sciences. live where industrial pollution is highest, with people of On the other hand, non-Hispanic whites on average FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – Senior Deshon Taylor color overrepresented near Superfund sites and oil refin- scored are exposed to 17 percent less air pollution than they make. a career-high 37 points, Braxton Huggins scored eries. “Even though minorities are contributing less to the career-high 34 and Fresno State set a Mountain West He said there are far more mostly minority schools aConference overall problem of air pollution, they are affected by it with 23 3-pointers for a 121-81 win within 500 feet of major highways than mostly white over San Joserecord more,” said study co-author Jason Hill, a biosystems enState on Saturday. gineering professor at the University of Minnesota who is more pollution, this study is one of the first to combine schools. The Bulldogs (22-8, 13-5) set a program record with “Being able to quantify the inequity is a key step to- 321-made white. “Is it fair (that) I create more pollution and some- buying habits and exposure into one calculation of ineq3s in a season and set the Save Mart Center ward addressing and reducing inequity,” said Christopher record for most uity, Hill said. body else is disproportionately affected by it?” points in a game. Fresno State shot 23 of Hill and colleagues looked at pollution from high- Frey, a professor of environmental engineering at North This pollution comes from gases from smokestacks, 38 (60.5 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc and Hugtailpipes and other places that then solidify into fine invis- ways, coal-fired power plants, hog farms and other sources. Carolina State University, who is white and not part of the gins set a school record with 10-made 3s in 16 attempts. They then looked in a large scale at who is driving research. ible particles small enough to pass through lungs and into Taylor, also a senior, finished 13 of 14 from the foul line One bright spot is that in recent decades the air has and Noah Blackwell scored 25. bloodstreams. These particles, more than 25 times smaller more, buying more goods and food, spending more on than the width of a human hair, pose the greatest risk to property and using more electricity, then traced those pur- been getting cleaner in general, Hill said. However, his On senior night, Fresno State finished 40-of-62 study stopped in 2015 and EPA data shows an uptick in (64.5) shooting overall. The Bulldogs led 59-40 at halfpeople’s health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chases to end users. “On average whites tend to consume more than mi- fine particle pollution in 2017. But even with the cleaner time and after the break missed just six of 28 shots (78.6) says. While other studies have shown minorities living with norities. It’s because of wealth,” Hill said. “It’s largely how air, it is still inequitable, Hill said. to score 62 points. The Bulldogs have won three straight and eight of their last 11 games. Michael Steadman scored 21 points for the Spartans (4-26, 1-17), Seneca Knight 15 and Noah Baumann 11.

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Plan to Take Back Rail Money Disastrous By KATHLEEN RONAYNE Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Leaders of California’s high-speed rail project told the Trump administration Monday its plans to take back $2.5 billion in federal money and withhold another $1 billion earmarked for the project are “disastrous policy” and “legally indefensible.” Terminating the money “would cause massive disruption, dislocation, and waste, damaging the region and endangering the future of high-speed rail in California and elsewhere in the nation,” Brian Kelly, the chief executive for the project, wrote in a letter to Jamie Rennert of the Federal Railroad Administration. Kelly’s letter is in response to a February threat by the U.S. Department of Transportation to withhold a $929 million grant for California’s project to build a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco and possibly take back $2.5 billion in federal money the state has already spent. The grants require California to complete 119 miles of track in the Central Valley and environmental reviews on the full line by 2022. The threat to withhold money was an escalation in the ongoing feud between the Trump administration and California. It’s also yet another headache for the $77 billion project, which has been plagued by delays and cost overruns. If California were to lose the $3.5 billion, it

likely couldn’t finish the first leg of the project in the Central Valley, Kelly said. “Termination would create uncertainty over the future of a project that has created 2,600 jobs in the Central Valley, a region that has struggled economically, and ultimately may leave that area strewn with unfinished bridges, overpasses and viaducts,” Kelly wrote. Congress and the Obama administration approved the money almost a decade ago. Trump left the project alone during the first two years of his tenure, when former Gov. Jerry Brown led California. Brown was a staunch advocate for the train, shrugging aside its problems to argue it would be transformational for the state. Newsom, though, stated those problems outright during his February State of the State address, when he said the project as planned would cost too much and take too long. He proposed doubling down on the state’s efforts in the Central Valley, extending the 119 miles (192 kilometers) of track already under construction to a 171-mile (275-kilometer) line between Bakersfield and Merced. Newsom said there wasn’t currently a way to build the train between Los Angeles and San Francisco. But he pledged to continue environmental reviews and said he hoped to access private money in the future to finish the full line. “And by the way, I am not interested in sending $3.5

billion in federal funding that was allocated to this project back to Donald Trump,” he said. Trump seized on the comments, arguing the project had failed, and immediately moved to take the money back. His U.S. Department of Transportation argued California had fundamentally changed the project, wasn’t meeting its deadlines and couldn’t complete the Central Valley line by 2022 as required. Kelly challenged those claims in a lengthy response letter, arguing that Newsom was making an even stronger commitment to the Central Valley segment than previous governors had. He argued the federal government wouldn’t have doled out $2.5 billion already if the project weren’t making progress and meeting benchmarks. While at least one monthly spending goal had been missed, he said that wasn’t enough to argue the entire project was doomed to miss its deadline. He also blamed the federal government for slow-walking state requests related to environmental reviews. Kelly invited rail officials to come to California to see the project before making a final decision. “(The Federal Railroad Administration) has received the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s response and is reviewing the information,” according to a Department of Transportation spokesperson.

Man Receives Congrats Telegram 50 years Later ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – A man who graduated from the University of Michigan in 1969 has finally received a congratulatory telegram from family friends that was sent more than 50 years ago. The Ann Arbor News reports that Robert Fink received the Western Union telegram this year. The telegram originally arrived in 1969 at an Ann Arbor apartment Fink shared with three classmates a day after he’d left to attend graduate school in New York. It ended up in an old filing cabinet now owned by a digital marketing company based in Ann Arbor. Christina Zaske found the telegram in December after removing the bottom drawer to retrieve a piece of paper that had fallen inside. Zaske used the internet to find Fink in suburban Detroit and return the note to him. Fink says the letter has made him reflect on his old connections.


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Call for Diversity at CNN Grows

“When there’s more of us in the room fighting for our stories to be told, and raising awareness about the issues impacting our communities, we have an even better chance of creating change and ending the practices that unfairly hold us back,” said Color of Change in a statement released on Twitter.

“The National Newspaper Publishers Association is in full support of equal and fair treatment of blacks in the media and stands solidly behind NABJ’s efforts to diversify CNN.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Color of Change, a national online force driven by more than 1.4 million members, is joining the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) call for a civil rights audit at CNN and more black representation among its news leadership. “When there’s more of us in the room fighting for our stories to be told, and raising awareness about the issues impacting our communities, we have an even better chance of creating change and ending the practices that unfairly hold us back,” said Color of Change in a statement released on Twitter. “We support @NABJ as they call for a civil rights audit and put pressure on @CNN President Jeff Zucker to make diversity and inclusion improvements at the network.” Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., with more than

120,000 members, has also joined the fight. In a statement released today, the organization said it “shares the concern of the National Association of Black Journalists about the lack of black representation within the ranks of CNN’s executive news managers and direct reports to CNN President Jeff Zucker. As an organization specifically concerned with the issues affecting the African-American community, we lend our voices to those who would encourage constructive dialogue regarding  creating an inclusive workplace at CNN.”  One of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., also made comments on the issue on Twitter, stating, “@CNN Pres Zucker refused to meet w/a 4-person @NABJ delegation. There are no Af-Am direct reports. There are no Af-Am Exec

Prods @CNN. There are no VPs on the news side. There are no Af-Am Sr VPs on the news side of @CNN. Do not crush the darkness. Fight back with shifting eyes.” Also lending its voice on Twitter is the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), which is the trade association of more than 200 African-American-owned community newspapers from around the United States. NNPA President Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr. tweeted: “NNPA supports the NABJ and NAACP #DiversityAndInclusion @CNN #EndRacism #MediaExclusion #RacialDiscrimination.” NNPA’s Chairman and Chicago Crusader Publisher Dorothy Leavell, provided the following statement: “The National Newspaper Publishers Association is in full support of equal and fair treatment of blacks in the media and stands solidly behind NABJ’s efforts to diversify CNN.” Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) also has spoken out on NABJ’s efforts. “The people of this country depend on our news organizations to deliver unbiased & fair reporting,” she said on Twitter to her nearly 60,000 followers. “That is impossible without equal representation. I stand behind @NABJ’s investigation into the lack of diversity within CNN’s leadership. #MediaDiversity.” News organizations from around the world have reported on NABJ’s call for more diversity in CNN’s executive leadership. Thousands of social media users, including actress and comedian Marsha Warfield, economist and social commentator Dr. Julianne Malveaux, and spiritual leader and activist Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, have en-

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By MICHAEL R. BLOOD and NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A growing list of Democratic presidential contenders want the U.S. government to legalize marijuana, reflecting a nationwide shift as more Americans look favorably on cannabis. Making marijuana legal at the federal level is the “smart thing to do,” says California Sen. Kamala Harris, a former prosecutor whose home state is the nation’s largest legal pot shop. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, a prominent legalization advocate on Capitol Hill, says the war on drugs has been a “war on people.” Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who appears poised to join the 2020 Democratic field, has written a book arguing marijuana legalization would hobble drug cartels. In an email to supporters this week, he called again to end the federal prohibition on marijuana. “Who is going to be the last man _ more likely than not a black man _ to languish behind bars for possessing or using marijuana when it is legal in some form in more than half of the states in this country?” O’Rourke wrote. It’s a far different approach from the not-so-distant past, when it was seen as politically damaging to acknowledge smoking pot and no major presidential candidate backed legalization. In 1992, then-White House candidate Bill Clinton delivered a famously tortured response about a youthful dalliance with cannabis, claiming he tried it as a graduate student in England but “didn’t inhale.” And two decades before that, President Richard Nixon unleashed a war on marijuana and other drugs and it helped carry him to a second term. This year, leading Democrats hold similar positions supporting legalization. Presidential hopefuls in the Senate who have co-sponsored Booker’s legislation to end the federal prohibition include Harris, New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, who campaigned on decriminalizing pot in his 2016 presidential bid. Another 2020 Democratic candidate, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, supports legalization and believes states should have the right to determine how to handle marijuana regulation within their borders but hasn’t signed on to Booker’s legislation. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who entered the contest this month, said in his announcement speech it’s “about time” to legalize the drug nationally. During his 2012 run for governor, Inslee opposed the ballot initiative that made Washington one of the first two states to legalize so-called recreational marijuana. As governor, however, he has frequently touted what he describes as Washington’s successful experiment with regulation and has urged the Obama and Trump administrations not to intervene. He recently began pardoning people with smalltime marijuana convictions. The widespread endorsement for national marijuana reform among Democrats tracks the nation’s evolving views. In the late 1960s _ the era of Woodstock and Vietnam – 12 percent of Americans supported legalization, according to the Gallup poll. By last year, the figure hit a record

66 percent. About 75 percent of Democrats support legalization, along with a slim majority of Republicans. Most Americans now live in states where marijuana is legal in some form. Pot dispensaries are familiar sights in cities like Los Angeles and Denver, and conservative strongholds like Utah and Oklahoma have established medical marijuana programs. To Mason Tvert of the Marijuana Policy Project, a pro-legalization advocacy group, it’s not surprising there’s broad support among candidates to end the federal prohibition. “It’s no longer popular to be in favor of marijuana prohibition,” Tvert said. But there are limits: “We are not seeing any candidates saying, `I am currently a marijuana user,”’ he added. The trajectory toward legal pot has come with generational change. In a 2003 Democratic presidential forum, candidates John Kerry, John Edwards and Howard Dean acknowledged using marijuana in the past. Former President Barack Obama has been open about his youthful drug use, sometimes with a jab of humor: “When I was a kid, I inhaled. Frequently. That was the point,” he said in 2006. In a recent radio interview on the syndicated “The Breakfast Club,” Harris recalled smoking pot in her college days in the 1980s. She was an early supporter of medical marijuana but the Los Angeles Times reported that in 2010, the year she was elected California attorney general, that Harris opposed an initiative to more broadly legalize marijuana. How potent the legal pot platform might be with voters in 2020 is only a guess. Polls show some of the strongest support comes from younger voters. In California, millennials are now the largest generation among registered voters. However, younger voters are also the most likely to stay home on Election Day, said Paul Mitchell of Political Data Inc., a nonpartisan research firm. President Donald Trump’s position on cannabis remains somewhat opaque. He has said he supports laws legalizing medical marijuana but hasn’t offered a definitive position on broader legalization. In a departure from his predecessor, Jeff Sessions, new Attorney General William Barr has said he will “not go after” marijuana companies in states where cannabis is legal, even though he personally believes the drug should be outlawed. Standing somewhat apart from the Democratic field is the man who presided over one of the first legal recreational marijuana marketplaces in the nation, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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Hickenlooper opposed the ballot measure that fully legalized marijuana in Colorado in 2012. But he said he accepted the will of the voters and won praise for implementing the measure. He says his “worst fears” about legalization haven’t been realized and considers the system better than when the drug was illegal. Still, Hickenlooper isn’t willing to go as far as some competitors. Rather than calling for national legalization, he wants the drug to no longer be a Schedule 1 controlled substance so it can be studied. He doesn’t think the federal government “should

Smollett Indicted on 16 Counts Stemming from Reported Attack By DON BABWIN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) – A grand jury in Chicago indicted “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs. The Cook County grand jury indictment dated Thursday and made public on Friday gives details of the disorderly conduct charge against Smollett. It elaborates on the allegation that he falsely reported he was attacked on Jan. 29 by two masked men who hurled racial and homophobic slurs at the black and openly gay actor, beat him, threw an unidentified liquid chemical on him and looped a rope tied like a noose around his neck. The indictment _ eight counts from what he told the officer who responded to the report of the attack and eight for what he later told a detective _ comes a little more than two weeks after prosecutors announced one felony count of the same charge. Chicago police initially investigated the incident as a possible hate crime but later said Smollett staged the attack, recruiting two brothers to carry it out, because he was unhappy with his pay on the Fox show. An attorney for Smollett, Mark Geragos, called the indictment “prosecutorial overkill.” He said Smollett “adamantly maintains his innocence.” “This redundant and vindictive indictment is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines in order to distract from the internal investigation launched to investigate the outrageous leaking of false information by the Chicago Police Department,” Geragos said. During the investigation of the incident, several Chicago media reported that there were doubts about Smollett's account, quoting unnamed sources. Some local media have reported that the police department is investigating

alleged leaks. While it was not immediately clear why the grand jury indicted Smollett on 16 counts, it divides what prosecutors and police say the actor told the officer who responded to the initial call from what he said to the detective. The second eight counts are more explosive because they include two things that helped propel the incident into an international sensation. The first is that by the time he talked to the detective, Smollett said he could see through the eye holes of one attacker's mask that he was a white man. The two brothers who allegedly participated are black. “He took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who is black, told reporters the day Smollett was initially charged. Johnson said Smollett paid the two brothers $3,500 to carry out the staged attack. The second eight counts also include the allegation that Smollett told the detective one of the attackers looped a rope around his neck _ a detail that both Johnson and the judge who set Smollett's bond said was a particularly offensive use of a symbol of the ugly history of black lynchings in the United States. The indictment, written in the dry legal language, does not include new details. It says that Smollett knew at the time he relayed his account that he had “no reasonable ground that such an offense had been committed.” Since Smollett’s arrest, the producers of “Empire” announced that the actor's character would be removed from the season's final two episodes. Fox network and the studio that produces “Empire” had no immediate comment on the latest indictment.

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(A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Feb 8, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B0955 2019-B0956 2019-B0957 Doing business as: RES/COM CALIFORNIA / RES/COM EQUITIES / RES/COM ELITE PROPERTIES at 2320 Olympic Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 Mailing Address: 1730 18th St #664 Bakersfield, Ca. 93302 County: Kern Full name of registrant: JAMES RAYMOND KOZLOWSKI, 2320 Olympic Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: JAMES RAYMOND KOZLOWSKI The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: Jan 1, 2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Feb 8, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: N Franco, 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 Feb 8, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B0952 Doing business as: CODY HAAGE’S FARRIER SERVICE at 12401 Verdelho Ave Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: CODY LEWIS HAAGE, 12401 Verdelho Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: CODY LEWIS HAAGE The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: Jan 1, 2012 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Feb 8, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: N Franco, 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 Feb 8, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B0952 Doing business as: GOLDEN CROWN PAINTING at 2701 Loch Fern Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Mailing Address: 3501 Mall View Rd #115-317 Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 County: Kern Full name of registrant: JOSE ROBERTO GARCIA, 2701 Loch Fern Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: JOSE ROBERTO GARCIA The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: Jan 1, 2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Feb 8, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: N Franco, 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

PUBLIC NOTICE 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 Feb 8, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B0438 Doing business as: LAST CHANCE HOME & TREE SERVICE at 5314 Greystone Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: TERRENCE WILLIAM GAZAR, 5314 Greystone Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: TERRENCE WILLIAM GAZAR The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Jan 18, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A Zubeldia, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Jan 18, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 13, 20, 27, Mar 6, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B0422 Doing business as: AMERICA’S MOST WANTED DETAIL at 24 Wetherley Drive, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: EDUARDO ALEJANDRO LOPEZ TAPIA, 24 Wetherley Drive, Ca. 93309 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: EDUARDO ALEJANDRO LOPEZ TAPIA The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Jan 17, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: J Bojorquez, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Jan 17, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 13, 20, 27, Mar 6, 2019 ������������������������������� NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF KHRISTOPHER LOUIS ENOS aka KHRISTOPHER L. ENOS CASE NUMBER: BPB-19-002062 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of KHRISTOPHER LOUIS ENOS A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by PATRICIA ADAMS GUSTIN in the Superior Court of California, County of KERN 1215 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 METROPOLITAN DIVISION THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that PATRICIA ADAMS GUSTIN be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: Mar 7, 2019 Time: 8:30 a.m. Dept: P located at SAME AS NOTED ABOVE IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided om Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. IF you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (for DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate code section 1250. A request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: PATRICIA ADAMS GUSTIN, 604 174th St. South Spanaway, WA 98387 Telephone: (253) 927-8880 PETITIONER IN PRO PER BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

PUBLIC NOTICE FILE NO: 2019-B1120 2019-B1121 Doing business as: QUALITY SOIL AMENDMENTS / QUALITY SOIL SCIENCES at 20807 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, Ca. 93314 Mailing Address: 112 Cortez Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93314 County: Kern Full name of registrant: JORDAN MICHAEL KARR, 112 Cortez Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93314 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: JORDAN MICHAEL KARR The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: Feb 14, 2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Feb 15, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: J Garcia, 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 Feb 15, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1229 Doing business as: ALL THINGS POETRY at 2330 A St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: TONY RENE’ O’BRIEN, 2330 A St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: TONY RENE’ O’BRIEN The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: June 1, 2018 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Feb 21, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A Zubeldia, 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 Feb 21, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1217 Doing business as: D & C DIRECT CONNECTION at 3501 Edison Hwy, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 70187 Bakersfield, Ca. 93387 County: Kern Full name of registrant: DERRICK O DICKERSON, 14710 Pioneer Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 Full name of registrant: CHAROLETTA MARIA DICKERSON, 14710 Pioneer Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 The business is conducted by: Married Couple SIGNED: CHAROLETTA DICKERSON 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: Feb 21, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A Zubeldia, 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 Feb 21, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1211 Doing business as: AL’S LIQUOR AND SPORTING GOODS at 914 Main St, Delano, Ca. 93215 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: SANG CHEOL AN, 12615 Knights Bridge Pl, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: SANG CHEOL AN The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: June 4, 2004 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Feb 21, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A Zubeldia, 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

PUBLIC NOTICE This statement expires on Feb 21, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1210 Doing business as: RAULS LANDSCAPE & CONCRETE at 905 Hartley St, Shafter, Ca. 93263 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: RAUL ALCARAZ, 905 Hartley St, Shafter, Ca. 93263 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: RAUL ALCARAZ 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: Feb 21, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: N Franco, 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 Feb 21, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1153 Doing business as: WELLSPRING PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT at 900 Mohawk #150 Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: WELLSPRING KINGDOM ENRICHMENT, INC CA., 900 Mohawk #150 Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 The business is conducted by: Corporation SIGNED: SHERRY ROSE, President The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: Dec 12, 2011 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Feb 19, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: N Franco, 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 Feb 19, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1188 Doing business as: EZ TAN at 4821 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: 10820 Rosedale Hwy, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 County: Kern Full name of registrant: CHELSIE DARLEEN WILDINS, 293 Tanner Michael Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: CHELSIE DARLEEN WILKINS 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: Feb 20, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: J Garcia, 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 Feb 20, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1132 Doing business as: DURANGO TIRES & WHEELS at 112 Belle Terrace Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: WILSON RAUL MAYANGA OBANDO, 1301 Canyon Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: WILSON RAUL MAYANGA OBANDO The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: Feb 12, 2011 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Feb 15, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A Zubeldia, 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


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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 Feb 15, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 2019 �������������������������������

creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of EDGARDO L. PATAM A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by ANTONIO PATAM in the Superior Court of California, County of KERN 1215 Truxtun Ave Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 PROBATE COURT THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that ANTONIO PATAM be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: May 31, 2019 Time: 8:30 a.m. Dept: P Room ADDRESS OF COURT: same as noted above IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. IF you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (for DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate code section 1250. A request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: JAIME G. MONTECLARO, Esq. 23505 Crenshaw Blvd, #135 Torrance, Ca. 90505 Telephone: (310) 872-3958 Fax:

Full name of registrant: SAFELINE GROUP SERVICES CA, 4100 Empire Dr #110 Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 The business is conducted by: Corporation SIGNED: DONNE RICCOTAN, 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: Feb 28, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: N Franco, 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 Feb 28, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019 �������������������������������

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1172 Doing business as: FITNESS FORALLOFYALL at 2017 marc A. Mitscher Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: DEVON D’VAR WATKINS, 2017 Marc A. Mitscher Ct, Bakersfield CA. 93304 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: DEVON D’VAR WATKINS 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: Feb 19, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: N Franco, 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 Feb 19, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 2019 ������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2018-B5611 Business Name you wish to abandon: DHILLON REALTY MANAGEMENT Street address of business: 12000 Fessler Ln, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: HARVINDER DHILLON, 12000 Fessler Ln, 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.) SIGNED: HARVINDER DHILLON, Owner This statement of abandonment filed on: Feb 13, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: J Bojorquez Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 2019 ������������������������������� ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER BCV-19-100199 Superior Court of the State of California, for the county of Kern, 1415 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301 METROPOLITAN DIVISION PETITION OF: JULIE ANN VAN TASSEL FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: JULIE ANN VAN TASSEL for a decree changing names as follows: Present name ADELINE JAYDEN LEURO JASE JULIAN LEURO Filed a petition with this court Proposed name ADELINE JAYDEN VAN TASSEL JASE JULIAN VAN TASSEL 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: Apr 15, 2019 Time: 8:30 a.m. Dept: 12 The address of the court is: Same as noted above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER Date: Feb 8, 2019 JUDEL COURT COMMISSIONER Of the superior court JULIE ANN VAN TASSEL, 323 Douglas St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 Phone: (661) 340-3876 In Pro Per BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 2019 �������������������������������

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF EDGARDO L. PATAM CASE NUMBER: BPB-18-002696 To all heirs, beneficiaries,

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1094 2019-B1096 2019-B1095 2019-B1097 2019-B1099 2019-B1098 Doing business as: FIDDLERS CROSSING / T POPS / TEHACHAPI POPS ORCHESTRA / CAMP KIYA / WESTWIND FIDDLERS / RADIO TEHACHAPI at 206 E F St, Tehachapi, Ca. 93561 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: DEBORAH C. HAND, 377 Holly Dr, Tehachapi, Ca. 93561 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: DEBORAH C. HAND The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: May 10, 2002 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Feb 15, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A Zubeldia, 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 Feb 15, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (Ka) PUB: Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1438 2019-B1439 2019-B1440 Doing business as: SAFELINE GROUP SERVICES / SAFELINE MEDICAL SERVICES / SAFELINE SERVICES at 4100 Empire Dr #110 Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: 415 Brightstone Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 County: Kern

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1412 Doing business as: PANCITERIA at 1925 Vassar St, Delano, Ca. 93215 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: TERESITA GUEVARRA MILLER, 1925 Vassar St, Delano, Ca. 93215 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: TERESITA GUEVARRA MILLER 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: Feb 27, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: J Bojorquez, 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 Feb 27, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1419 Doing business as: JOHNNY’S WATER TRUCK SERVICE at 2301 El Toro Viejo Rd, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: ECHENIQUE, JOHN, 2301 El Toro Viejo Rd, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: JOHN ECHENIQUE The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: Jan 21, 2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Feb 27, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A Zubeldia, 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 Feb 27, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1411 Doing business as: DELANO FRESH PRODUCE at 2302 Morningside Way, Delano, Ca. 93215 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: CHRISTOPHER JAVIER NICOLAS, 2302 Morningside Way, Delano, Ca. 93215 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: CHRISTOPHER JAVIER NICOLAS 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: Feb 27, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk

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By: J Bojorquez, 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 Feb 27, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1393 Doing business as: GOLDEN HOLDING COMPANY at 9105 Langley Rd, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: DAMUEL MARK SHEFFIELD, 10605 Polo Glen Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 Full name of registrant: STEVEN MARK SHEFFIELD, 9105 Langley Rd, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 The business is conducted by: CoPartners SIGNED: SAMUEL MARK SHEFFIELD 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: Feb 27, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: J Garcia, 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 Feb 27, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1401 Doing business as: HOMESTEAD MAINTENANCE at 1917 Bradley Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: LORENA ALDERETE, 1917 Bradley Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: LORENA ALDERETE 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: Feb 27, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: J Garcia, 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 Feb 27, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1308 Doing business as: VILLANUEVA TRUCKING at 227 Solecita Way, Bakersfield, Ca. 93314 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: FRANCISCO JAVIER VILLANUEVA PEREZ, 227 Solecita Way, Bakersfield, Ca. 93314 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: FRANCISCO JAVIER VILLANUEVA PEREZ The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: Oct 27, 1998 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Feb 25, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: N Franco, 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

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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 Feb 25, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019 �������������������������������

SIGNED: CHELSIE DARLEEN WILKINS 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: Feb 20, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: J Garcia, 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 Feb 20, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 2019 �������������������������������

93307 Mailing Address: 8817 Lima St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 County: Kern Full name of registrant: MANNY RANA, 8817 Lima St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 Full name of registrant: UPKAR SINGH, 3500 Prosperity Rose Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 The business is conducted by: General Partnership SIGNED: MANNY RANA 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: Mar 5, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: J Garcia, 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 Mar 5, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 2019 �������������������������������

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1350 Doing business as: G&A GOODS at 2216 Jasmine St, Wasco, Ca. 93280 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: ARNOLD SAUCEDO, JR., 2216 Jasmine St, Wasco, Ca. 93280 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: ARNOLD SAUCEDO, 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: Feb 26, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: J Garcia, 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 Feb 26, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1383 Doing business as: YOGUI AUDIO at 8201 Camino Media, #19 Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: NOE JAFET VILLANUEVA, 8201 Camino Media, #19 Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 Full name of registrant: ANA K. LOPEZ – AVILA, 8201 Camino Media, #19 Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 The business is conducted by: Married Couple SIGNED: ANA KAREN LOPEZ AVILA 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: Feb 27 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A Zubeldia 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 Feb 27 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1251 Doing business as: PENNIES FROM HEAVEN 715 Bora Bora Ln, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: JESSICA ELIZABETH MARING, 715 Bora Bora Ln, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: JESSICA ELIZABETH MARING 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: Feb 22, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: J Bojorquez 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 Feb 22, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1312 2019-B1313 Doing business as: ALL DAY SAFETY & FIRST AID SERVICES / ALL DAY SAFETY, 2015 24th St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: JORDAN MICHELLE SPITZER-GIBSON, 6206 Stockdale Hwy #3 Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: JORDAN MICHELLE SPITZERGIBSON 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: Feb 25, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: J Garcia

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF JERRY DEE MUSICK, aka JERRY D. MUSICK, aka JERRY MUSICK BPB-19-002150 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, of both, of JERRY DEE MUSICK, aka JERRY D. MUSICK, aka JERRY MUSICK A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by DANIEL A. MUSICK in the Superior Court of California, County of KERN 1215 Truxtun Ave Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that DANIEL A. MUSICK be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: Mar 28, 2019 Time: 8:30 am Dept: P Room: C located at 1215 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months fro the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. IF you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (for DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate code section 1250. A request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: MICHAEL R. YOUNG. Esq. 39491 Law Offices of Young & Nichols 1901 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 Telephone: (661) 861-7911 Fax: (661) 861-7932 E-Mail: myoung@ youngnichols.com Attorney for: DANIEL A. MUSICK, Petitioner BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 6, 13, 20, 2019 �������������������������������

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B0946 Doing business as: GOLDEN CROWN PAINTING at 2701 Loch Fern Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Mailing Address: 3501 Mall View Rd #115-317 Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 County: Kern Full name of registrant: JOSE ROBERTO GARCIA, 2701 Loch Fern Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: JOSE ROBERTO GARCIA The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: Jan 1, 2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Feb 8, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: N Franco, 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 Feb 8, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1188 Doing business as: EZ TAN at 4821 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: 10820 Rosedale Hwy, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 County: Kern Full name of registrant: CHELSIE DARLEEN WILKINS, 293 Tanner Michael Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 The business is conducted by: Individual

SUMMONS FAMILY LAW CITACION DERECHO FAMILIAR CASE # BFL-18-3871 NOTICE TO RESPONSENT: AVISO AL DEMANDADO DANIELA AGUILAR AYALA You have been sued. Read the information below and on the next page. Lo han demandado. Lea la informacion a continuacion y en la pagina siguiente. PETITIONER’S NAME IS: NOMBRE DEL DEMANDANTE: GENARO AYALA-MORALES You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response (form FL-120) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnership, your property and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. For legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. Get help finding a lawyer at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www. courts.ca.gov/selfhelp), at the California Legal Services website (www.lawhelpca.org), or by contacting your local county bar association. Tiene 30 dias de calendario despues de haber recibido la entrega legal de esta Citacion y Peticion para presentar una Respuesta (formulario FL120) ante la corte y efectuar laentrega legal de na copia al demandante. Una carta o llamada telefonica o una audiencia de la corte no basta para protegerio. Si no presenta su Respuesta a tiempo, la corte puede dar ordenes que afecten su martrimonio o pareja de hecho, sus bienes y la custodia de sus hijos. La corte tambien le puede ordenar que pague manutencion, y honorarios y costos legales. Para asesoramiento legal, pongase en contacto de inmediato con un abogado. Puede obtener informacion para encontraer un abogado en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte.ca.gov), en el sitio web de los Servicios Legales de California (www. lawhelpca.org) o poniendose en contacto con el colegio de abogados de su condado. NOTICE-RESTRAINING ORDERS ARE ON PAGE 2: The restraining orders are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further orders. These orders are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who had received or seen a copy of them. AVISO-LAS ORDENES DE RESTRICCION SE ENCUENTRAN EN LA PAGINA 2: Las ordenes de restriccion estan en vigencia en cuanto a ambos conyuges o miembros de la pareja de hecho hasta que se despida la peticion, se emita un fallo a la corte de otras ordenes. Cualquier agencia del orden publico que haya recibido o visto una copia de estas ordenes puede hacerlas acatar en cualquier lugar de California FEE WAIVER: If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. The court may order you to pay back all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for you or the other party. EXENCION DE CUOTAS: Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario un formulario de exencion de cuotas. La corte puede ordenar que usted pague, ya sea en parte o por completo, las cuotas y costos de la corte previamente exentos a peticion de usted o de la otra parte. The name and address of the Court is: (El nombre y direccion de la corte son) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA 1215 Tuxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301 The name, address, and telephone number of petitioner’s attorney, or petitioner without an attorney, is (El nombre, direccion y numero de telefono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante si no tiene abogado, son): GENARO AYALA-MORALES, 200 5th Ave Sp. #76 Arvin, Ca. 93203 Telephone: Date (Fecha): Dec 21, 2018 (SEAL) Clerk, By: (Actuario), Sabrina Smith, Deputy BAKERSFELD NEWS OBSERVER (ts) Pub: Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019 �������������������������������

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1538 2019-B1539 Doing business as: DIESEL KINGS / DK TRUCK REPAIR at 2309 So Union Ave, Bakersfield, Ca.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1480 Doing business as: R J TRUCKING at 5812 Turquoise Ridge Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: JESUS EBERAVDO CHAGALLA CABVERA, 5812 Turquoise Ridge Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: JESUS EBERAVDO CHAGALLA CABVERA 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: Mar 1, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: N Franco, 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 Mar 1, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1429 Doing business as: TWIN1 AUTO SALES at 33 S Real Rd #11 Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: EDMUNDO GONZALEZ JR, 5416 5416 White Wheat Ave. Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: EDMUNDO GONZALEZ 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: Feb 27, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: J Bojorquez, 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 Feb 27, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1584 Doing business as: LOS QUETZALES at 2427 Niles St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: JOSE MANUEL NAVARRETE CAGAL, 2400 Miria Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: JOSE MANUEL NAVARRETE CAGAL 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: Mar 6, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: N Franco, 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 Mar 6, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 2019


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PUBLIC NOTICE ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1489 Doing business as: ALLIANCE CREDIT REPAIR at 1523 Panama Ln E100 Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: ULICES BLADIMIR MELENDEZ, 4729 Diamond Bay Dr, Arvin, Ca. 93203 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: ULICES BLADIMIR MELENDEZ 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: Mar 1, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A Zubeldia, 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 Mar 1, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1516 Doing business as: WILMER ORTIZ CARWASH MOBILE at 17 S Owens St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: WILMER ADALI ORTIZ-ARIAS, 17 S Owens St, Bakersfield, Ca 93307 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: WILMER ADALI ORTIZ-ARIAS 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: Mar 4, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: J Garcia, 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 Mar 4, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1511 Doing business as: TEKKERZ at 9523 Langley Bakersfield, Ca. 93312

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Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: JAMES IVAN NICHOLS, 6505 Enos Ln, Bakersfield, Ca. 93314 Full name of registrant: CHRISTOPHER ORZCO, 4301 McCray St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 The business is conducted by: General Partnership SIGNED: JAMES NICHOLS 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: Mar 4, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A Zubeldia, 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 Mar 4, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1484 Doing business as: VERNON MARCOIS CONSTRUCTION at 3501 Bernard St #32B Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: ABEL ANTHONY MORENO SIXTOS, 3501 Bernard St 32B Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: ABEL ANTHONY MORENO SIXTOS The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: Mar 1, 2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Mar 1, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: N Franco, 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 Mar 1, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1490 Doing business as: ALLIANCE MARKETING at 1523 Panama Ln, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: AVANT GARDE GROUP CA, 1523 Panama Ln, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307

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The business is conducted by: Corporation SIGNED: JOSHUA BARRIOS, 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: Mar 1, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: J Garcia, 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 Mar 1, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 2019

2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A Zubeldia, 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 Feb 26, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 2019

������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1662 Doing business as: DIRECT OFFROAD at 6619 Rosedale Hwy Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: SHOCKER MOTORSPORTS CA, 6619 Rosedale Hwy Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 The business is conducted by: Corporation SIGNED: RANDI GERBER, CEO The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: Apr 27, 2015 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Mar 8, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: N Franco, 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 Mar 8, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1328 Doing business as: CHECKER’S at 3009 Calloway Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 Mailing Address: 4539 N Brawley Ave #103 Fresno Ca. 93722 County: Kern Full name of registrant: F & M RESTAURANTS INC CA, 4539 N Brawley Ave #103 Fresno, Ca. 93722 The business is conducted by: Corporation SIGNED: JAVIER GOMEZ, President The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Feb 26,

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������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B1453 Doing business as: PEACEFUL IMAGE SALON at 113 S Green St, Tehachapi, Ca. 93561 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: DEBRA JEAN CARNES, 22050 Westwood Dr, Tehachapi, Ca. 93561 Full name of registrant: MARIA DEL ROSARIO PADILLA, 21008 Brentwood Dr, Tehachapi, Ca. 93561 The business is conducted by: CoPartners SIGNED: DEBRA JEAN CARNES, Owner The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: Mar 5, 2012 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Feb 28, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A Zubeldia, 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 Feb 28, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 2019 ������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2015-B2752 Business Name you wish to abandon: SHOCKER MOTORSPORTS INC. Street address of business: 1810 Art St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose whish to abandon the business name: SHOCKER MOTORSPORTS, INC. 1810 Art St Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Business was conducted by: Corporation SIGNED: RANDI GERBER, CEO This statement of abandonment filed on: Mar 8, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: N Franco Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 2019 \������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2015-B2671 Business Name you wish to abandon: DIRECT OFFROAD Street address of business: 1810 Art St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose whish to abandon the business name: SHOCKER MOTORSPORTS, INC. 1810 Art St Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Business was conducted by: Corporation SIGNED: RANDI GERBER, CEO This statement of abandonment filed on: Mar 8, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: N Franco Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 2019 �������������������������������

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2016-B4662 Business Name you wish to abandon: LOS QUETZALES Street address of business: 2427 Niles St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose whish to abandon the business name: NANCY MORALES, 8314 Tucana Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 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: NANCY MORALES, Owner This statement of abandonment filed on: Mar 6, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: N Franco Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 2019 �������������������������������

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came a wild success. Then we bought into the Baltimore market – our first market outside of Washington. Then we kept going from there. I felt like we were on this mission to build this business. I felt optimistic and empowered and energetic and vigorous.” In charge of day-to-day operations for more than two decades, Liggins has led subsequent strategic moves – from taking the company public in 1998 to brokering deals that created TV One and Interactive One (now iOne Digital) to entering the casino-gaming industry. He’s also guided the company in divesting itself of low-performing stations and other media segment drags and in acquiring Reach Media, whose national radio lineup includes Tom Joyner, Erica Campbell, DL Hughley and the Rev. Al Sharpton. “We built our company around serving the black community,” he said. That’s why getting into television was key. “BET was created in Washington in 1980 – the same year Radio One was formed. We knew BET founder Robert Johnson. The people who invested in Radio One were also involved in BET. One of our lead investors was actually on the BET board, so we had a front-row seat to see that success. “It was clear there was only one network targeting black people in the entire country, and that didn’t make any sense. But we were building the radio station and TV remained off our radar for a time.” But there was no getting around that radio was “a tertiary medium,” Liggins said, “and if you wanted to really grow the platform to serve African-Americans you had to be in the places where they’re at – and they don’t just listen to radio. “I’ve always looked at us as in the black people business and not just the media business. BET was wildly successful and there was only one of it, so I always wanted to get into the television business.” The opportunity to enter the TV space came, he said, when “Comcast decided they wanted to expand in content, and I went in and made a big pitch to them. “I said, ‘Look, I know we’ve never done television before, but we know how to market and program to black people. You have the distribution, but we’ll put up all the money.’ Lots of people were wanting to start a cable network, but they wanted Comcast to put up all the money. Eventually, $134 million was raised. Comcast invested $15 million in it. They got a big piece of the company just for giving us the distribution. We invested $74 million and I raised another $30 million from people I had done business with before. That’s how we got started in TV.” The once monolithic TV industry, he said, “is disintermediating now with cord cutting” and streaming. “We’re trying to figure out how to pay for and deliver more content and what other distribution opportunities or systems there are for us to monetize that content.” To hedge against media volatility, the company’s diversified into the casino gaming business with partners MGM and a casino resort in D.C. “It’s been a great investment for us,” Liggins said. Meanwhile, the radio business that’s been the foundation of the company, he said, is “a declining, mature legacy media business that probably will have further consolidation.” He added, “We’ve got to figure out what our role in that is.” Urban One carries “a lot of debt,” he said, “because we piled up a bunch of debt buying radio stations over the years, and then when the Internet hit all traditional media took a hit – print taking the worst of the brunt.” “Our debt’s come way down but still not low enough, so were continuing to reduce our leverage. We’ve been buying back stock for 10 years, which is good, because we’ve been buying it back at low prices and paying down debt.

Hopefully, we’ll make that transition to the new media ecosystem and have a reasonable level of debt and have increased holdings for the shareholders who decided not to sell.” Then there’s the new phenomenon of black culture and content being in great demand. “Everyone wants to be in that space,” Liggins said, “which makes it more competitive for us because we’re up against big guys like Viacom, A&E, HBO, Warner. Everybody’s got black content, and some of these players have got a lot more money than we do, so we’ve got to be smart and nimble in what we produce and how we finance it.” He’s arrived at a leadership style that suits him. “I’m an information-gatherer. I ask a lot of questions of a lot of people and I throw a lot of ideas on the wall. Then I debate them with folks. Even though I ask people a lot of questions I’m not necessarily a manager by consensus all the time. I’ll take that info and chart the path. I’m a big believer in hiring people who know more than I do in certain areas and have skill sets I don’t. “When we were building the radio company, I made a point of hiring people who had worked for larger radio companies. People we brought in taught us about research and disciplined programming and sales techniques, so I’m a big believer in importing knowledge. What happens in a family business when it’s the only place you’ve really worked at is that you don’t know what you don’t know. You have to import that knowledge in order to grow the business.” He nurtures the team he’s cultivated around him. “I try to be collegial in my style with folks even though like my mother I can be very direct. Some people may say I’m aloof. I would say generally though the people who work with me like working with me. I nurture a positive relationship with those people. “Sometimes when you have to ask people to do difficult things or you have to address negative issues or shortcomings it’s better if it’s coming from a place of constructive criticism in a joint goal as opposed to an ego-driven place where you’re trying to prove your smarter than that person.” Ego has no place in his business approach. “In a corporate environment I could see where infighting could cause managers to want to make sure they get credit for the idea and they look like they’re the smartest person in the room – because they want to get that next promotion. Well, fortunately, being in your own business I don’t have to worry about that. I’m more focused on just getting to the right answer and I don’t care who gets the credit.” Liggins, a single father of one son, acknowledges he’s given some thought to a third generation in this family legacy business. “It would be great. My son’s 10. He talks as if he wants to. It’s still early on. He’s got to earn his way into that, too. But I like the idea that he would want to follow in our footsteps. But it’s up to me he’s got a company to even consider taking over by the time he comes of age. “I’m still trying to navigate our transition in the media business – reducing our leverage so the company isn’t at risk and so it is set up for the future.” Whatever happens, Omaha remains home for him and his mother – a reality impressed upon him when they visited last spring. “It’s like you come full circle. This is where we both recognize we’re from. We’ve got deep roots there. There’s a track record of successful African-Americans from that community. We’ve always come back. “To have a street named in her honor is a big deal. You feel like your business career and your life have meant something. It was an amazing experience.” (Read more of Leo Adam Biga’s work at leoadambiga. com.)

California Police Report Almost No Racial Profiling By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California’s first-inthe-nation attempt to track racial profiling complaints against police produced numbers so unrealistically small that the board overseeing the tally wants departments to make changes to encourage more people to come forward. The panel’s most recent report found 17 percent of California’s law enforcement agencies reported not a single complaint in 2017. And of 659 profiling complaints that were filed in a state of nearly 40 million people, just 10 were sustained. Three-quarters of the profiling complaints involve race or ethnicity, but they can also include age, gender, religion, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation. The people who share leadership of the California Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board are divided over the seriousness of the problem and whether changes are needed based on the results of the second annual report. Andrea Guerrero, executive director of the advocacy group Alliance San Diego, doesn’t believe the numbers and thinks it might be the result of police protecting their own. “We know we have a profiling problem in the state,” she said. Her co-chair, Kings County Sheriff David Robinson, disputed that. He said the numbers reflect the reality that it’s “so rare and far between that someone is racist.” Under current standards, people who lodge formal complaints generally must use their name to report concerns that can range from an officer being rude or disrespectful up to false arrests or racially targeted traffic stops. And often they must go to a police station and fill out a form. Robinson said most people prefer a more informal process that often doesn’t show up in official statistics, like having a police supervisor hear the complaint and talk to the officer. The panel has recommended that local agencies allow anonymous and third-party complaints to shield victims from retaliation, while making it easier to file complaints, including by providing materials in many languages. There should be follow-ups so complainants don’t feel they’re being ignored, Guerrero said, and civilian oversight panels with “teeth in them” should oversee complaint investigations. Plumas County sheriff’s Deputy Ed Obayashi, an ex-

pert on use-of-force policies who teaches other law enforcement personnel around the state, said the racial numbers don’t reflect reality, but he discounted any nefarious intent. In Southern California, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, where Obayashi used to work, reported just one racial profiling complaint in 2017, while the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department had seven. About 3.34 million people live in San Diego County, while the population of Riverside County, which includes the cities of Riverside and Palm Springs, is around 2.42 million. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the United States’ largest sheriff’s agency, recorded 31. “There’s no way,” Obayashi said. “People who see this report are going to say, `They’re covering this up.”’ He and others blamed conservative reporting policies that leave out informal complaints, coupled with “complaint fatigue” by people who are too frightened to complain or believe they’ll be ignored. Proving a complaint is even tougher, he said. “To sustain a complaint would require the officer to say, `I stopped that motorist because he was black or Hispanic.’ And what officer is going to admit to that?” Obayashi said. The 7,400-officer California Highway Patrol reported just 24 profiling complaints from nearly 4 million contacts with the public. None was substantiated by the department, which board member Warren Stanley, the CHP’s first black commissioner, said shows the professionalism of the agency’s personnel. Morgan Hill Police Chief David Swing, who represents police chiefs on the board, said he isn’t surprised by the low reported statewide numbers. “There are some that may have, or had, a perception that there are more racial or identity profiles being made, but the data that we have doesn’t bear that out,” Swing said. In Sacramento, the department reported 18 civilian complaints in 2017, none of them alleging racial or identity profiling. “We actually get a lot more than that,” acknowledged Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Vance Chandler. But the department counts only formal complaints that under state law could result in an officer being disciplined, omitContinued on page A7


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Legendary Songstress Dionne Warwick Announces “She’s Back” May 10th Release Includes Bonus Disc of 1998’s LP, “Dionne Sings Dionne”

Legendary Grammy Award winner DIONNE WARWICK will release her first new album in 5 years, “SHE’S BACK,” on May 10th. Produced by her son Damon Elliot, the album will be released via his Kind Music and Entertainment One (eOne). The lead-off single will be an updated version of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic, “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” which Dionne recorded during the 1960s. In addition to ten tracks of new songs as well of remakes of pop/soul gems, “She’s Back” will be packaged with a bonus disc of Ms. Warwick’s 1998 album, “Dionne Sings Dionne,” which features her greatest hits, remastered for this package. “She’s Back” also includes duets with Kenny Lattimore (“What Color Is Love”), Musiq Soulchild (“Am I Dreaming?”) as well as Bone, Thugs & Harmony’s Krayzie Bone (“Déjà Vu”). “She’s Back” is Ms. Warwick’s 36th full-length studio

recording, and her first dedicated R&B/soul album in fifty years, since the release of Dionne’s stellar 1969 Scepter LP, Soulful, which she co-produced in Memphis with the late Chips Moman (who manned the boards for Dionne’s then-label mate, B.J. Thomas). Ms. Warwick is one of several legends to be chosen to receive one of the Grammy Awards’ highest honors this year – the Lifetime Achievement Award. She joins music greats such as George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias as well as Sam & Dave in this bestowed class. The honorees were mentioned in the Grammy Awards live telecast earlier this month. A separate award presentation ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held the day after the release of “She’s Back,” on May 11, 2019, in Los Angeles.  Additionally, Dionne will begin a highly anticipated concert residency in Las Vegas on April 4, 2019. 

In addition to ten tracks of new songs as well of remakes of pop/soul gems, “She’s Back” will be packaged with a bonus disc of Ms. Warwick’s 1998 album, “Dionne Sings Dionne,” which features her greatest hits, remastered for this package. “She’s Back” also includes duets with Kenny Lattimore (“What Color Is Love”), Musiq Soulchild (“Am I Dreaming?”) as well as Bone, Thugs & Harmony’s Krayzie Bone (“Déjà Vu”).

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Dionne Warwick will begin a highly anticipated concert residency in Las Vegas on April 4, 2019.

‘Leaving Neverland’ Opens A Pandora’s Box

By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Correspondent
 [Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Observer Group Newspapers of Southern California or the National Newspaper Publishers Association.] “Leaving Neverland and the Twisted Cult of Michael Jackson Truthers.” — The Daily Beast “The Music Stops: Leaving Neverland and the awful truth about Michael Jackson.” — NY Daily News “Leaving Neverland Reveals The Monster We Didn’t Want to See in Michael Jackson” — BuzzFeed

Those are just three of what’s become a cavalcade of headlines about the gut-wrenching and disturbing documentary, “Leaving Neverland,” that finally aired on HBO Sunday night with part two and a post-film interview by Oprah Winfrey on Monday night. It’s the story of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two men who describe in the most heart-breaking and wrenching ways the abuse they say they suffered at the hands of the late Michael Jackson when they were little boys. While Michael’s family, fans and the executors of his multi-billion dollar estate, have blasted everyone involved in the film, this fact remains indisputable: Only the young men know what really happened between the sheets at Neverland, the King of Pop’s sprawling 2,700-acre estate in the Santa Ynez Valley of California. And, while it’s noble that Tito, Jackie, Marlon, Jermaine and the lawyers who represent Michael’s estate have pushed back against the film, one thing director Dan Reed’s documentary does make clear: Michael and his family really were strangers over the last 25 years of his life. They didn’t know him and he really didn’t care to know them. His interactions with his brothers, whom he once led as the Jackson 5 and later as The Jacksons, were mere token visits on “Family Day” once a year. During the 1993 investigation into Michael’s alleged pedophilia, his sister Latoya created a firestorm by saying that she “would not be a silent collaborator in my brother’s crimes against little children.” Latoya claimed that she and her mother had seen checks written out for “lots of money” to the families of her brother’s alleged child victims. Her mother, Katherine, “was so disgusted that she wrote a letter in which she used [a homophobic slur] to describe Michael,” Latoya alleged. Katherine vehemently denied “every word Latoya had to say.”

Stacy M. Brown is a journalist and former family friend of the Jacksons. He’s the author of the forthcoming biography, “Aftermath: Michael Jackson’s Dysfunctional Family and the Legacy of the King of Pop.”

may have touched [his son].” My response at the time: Ridiculous. His take: “I hope not,” and “How would you know?” Like him, I didn’t really know. At the time, I had my doubts. Michael’s family often fumed about his “Carrying on with little white boys,” though they never said he was molesting his special friends. One morning in 2003, I received in succession, two phone calls pleading for my intervention. One from a girlfriend of Jermaine’s and the other from one of Michael’s nephews. Both had the same concern: A teenage family member was telling others that Michael was guilty of bad behavior with little boys – this was taking place while police were investigating Michael. Authorities eventually questioned the teen family member and two lead detectives said the boy denied that Michael had done anything wrong, but they were convinced he knew a lot more than what he said. One month before jury selection in Michael’s 2005 trial, members of the Jackson family attended my wedding on Long Island. At a dinner, a heated argument between two members ensued over whether Michael was a pedophile. I interjected, “Let me ask you a question, you all still

believe he was regularly high on drugs, correct?” Both agreed. “Could it be possible that he behaved with these boys inappropriately while under the influence?” The dissenting family member paused and conceded to me: “You have a point.” While Safechuck declined to testify for Michael, Robson did. And, despite being a “star” witness for the defense, Robson’s testimony, and that of his mother, were amongst the most disturbing in a trial that made most observers feel “unclean.” Robson testified that he shared a bed with the King of Pop regularly and Robson’s mother, Joy, said Jackson would “cry like a baby” if she denied any of his requests to have a sleepover with Wade. Detectives approached one family member during the trial in which Michael was acquitted on all charges. That family member declined to take the stand for either side. “I told them,” the family member said. “I will tell you that Michael’s a pedophile because I know that he is. But, take me to jail now because I’ll never say that in court.” Stacy M. Brown is a journalist and former family friend of the Jacksons. He’s the author of the forthcoming biography, “Aftermath: Michael Jackson’s Dysfunctional Family and the Legacy of the King of Pop.”

She’d been brainwashed, the Jacksons said. For this reporter and one-time close family friend, their denials were shattered years later when the Jackson family forfeited possession of a storage unit upon being sued in 2002. That storage unit, Jermaine and Katherine would admit to me, contained “those checks and that letter” Latoya had spoken of. Several Jacksons, including Jermaine, Rebbie, Katherine and even Joseph often confided in me and much of those discussions have remained confidential despite the sour ending to the friendship. Jermaine and Rebbie both poured out their souls for book proposals. Others including Tito, Jackie and Randy also often spoke openly. “Michael is messed up,” Randy has said. One family member expressed his fear that “Michael

Showtime Cancels ‘SMILF’ After Reports of On-Set Misconduct LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Showtime says the comedy series ``SMILF'' has been canceled. The announcement Friday comes after a Hollywood Reporter story in December that detailed allegations of abusive on-set behavior and violation of industry rules by the show's creator and star Frankie Shaw. Shaw denied the allegations, saying she sought a safe and healthy set environment. Showtime said in a statement that the show was can-

celed based on a variety of factors and will run until its second season ends March 31. ABC Studios, which produces the show and investigated Shaw, said in a statement Friday that a development deal with her has been put on hold and she has been suspended without pay. Shaw said in a statement Friday that she loved making the show and having Showtime and ABC as creative partners.

New R. Kelly Tape Appears to Show Him Sexually Abusing Girls By STEPHEN R. GROVES Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) – A man who said he was cleaning out an old videotape collection found what he thought was a recording of R&B singer R. Kelly in concert, but instead turned out to show a man who appeared to be Kelly sexually abusing girls, he and his attorney said Sunday. The man then turned the tape over to law enforcement, according to attorney Gloria Allred. She and her client, Gary Dennis, would not discuss the specifics of the tape during a news conference in New York. But Allred said it appears to show a separate incident from the 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse that Kelly faces in Chicago, though she acknowledged she could not be ``100 percent certain'' that the man in the tape is Kelly. Steve Greenberg, an attorney for Kelly, noted that lack of certainty. ``It is not him,'' Greenberg said. He also said that Kelly ``denies that he is on any tape with underaged girls.'' Dennis, an assistant at a nursing home, said he was cleaning out a box of old VHS tapes in his Pennsylvania home recently when he found the footage, on a tape that was labeled with Kelly's name. Dennis said he has never met Kelly and doesn't know how the tape came to be in his possession. He said that because the tape also has a sports game on it, he believes it may have come from a friend. ``To my shock and surprise, R. Kelly appeared to be on the tape, but not in concert,'' Dennis said. ``Instead he was sexually abusing underaged African-American girls.'' ``I was disgusted and horrified when I saw that,'' Dennis said.

Allred said they assume the girls in the video were underage because they didn't appear to have developed. The charges Kelly faces in Chicago are in connection to three girls and one woman. Prosecutors have said they have video of Kelly sexually abusing one of the girls. Kelly has been trailed for decades by allegations that he victimized women and girls, and he was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008 related to a tape that prosecutors said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13. He and his attorneys have repeatedly denied allegations of sexual misconduct, and he has pleaded not guilty to the charges filed last month in Chicago. In an interview that aired Wednesday and Thursday on ``CBS This Morning,'' Kelly pleaded with viewers to believe that he never had sex with anyone under age 17 and never held anyone against their will. Allred, who represents women who say they were abused by Kelly, said the tape from Dennis was turned over to law enforcement in the federal Eastern District of New York. She didn't say why it went to that venue. A representative for the office declined to comment. Allred encouraged anyone who was in possession of similar tapes to come forward, either to her or to law enforcement. A Chicago police spokesman referred questions about Allred's news conference to the prosecutors handling the case. That office did not immediately return a call seeking comment.


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2020 Toyota Corolla

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More than 50 years later, 50 million plus copies have been sold worldwide, making the Corolla the best- selling car ever. And despite a market that has turned sharply towards crossovers and SUVs, Toyota vowed not to turn its back on sedans as it introduced the 12th generation of the Corolla.

By Frank S. Washington AboutThatCar.com SAVANNAH, Ga. – If not for the Corolla, Toyota may not have survived in the American car market. It was small, fuel-efficient and reliable which was just what the driving public wanted. More than 50 years later, 50 million plus copies have been sold worldwide, making the Corolla the best- selling car ever. And despite a market that has turned sharply towards crossovers and SUVs, Toyota vowed not to turn its back on sedans as it introduced the 12th generation of the Corolla. Other than the wheelbase, which is still the same at 106.3 inches, everything else has changed. The car is wider. The front overhang has been shortened while the rear overhang has been lengthened. Neither by much but enough to improve the overall balance of the car. For 2020, the Corolla is shorter overall. The hood has been lowered by 1.4 inches and the center of gravity has been lowered. They also lowered the side view mirrors and attached them to the front doors. What all this “lowering” has done is create an open airy passenger cabin.  The front seats were redesigned and I found them very comfortable, sort of form fitting, especially around my lumbar. Even the backseats, traditionally a cramped area in compact cars, were relatively comfortable. I had a good bit of leg room as well as ample headroom. Toyota has created a Corolla for just about every driving appetite in the community. There were six trim lines and for the first time there is a hybrid.  The L, LE and LV HV are for entry-level consumers. The SE is for the sporty minded. It has two transmissions, a six-speed manual and a CVT with a first gear that gave it some snap. The XLE is, in a word, loaded. The XSE as Toyota put it, represents the best of both worlds. Count the hybrid and there were three engine offerings. The gasoline electric had a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that made 121 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of the torque. It had a CVT, regenerative brakes and the Nickel Metal hydride battery was under the rear seat.  That gave it a lot of balance and the car didn’t see too

heavy for the suspension. Toyota continues to stick with the nickel metal battery. Though heavier than Lithium-ion and more power dense, nickel metal costs less. Sometimes money does matter. This engine was rated 53 mpg in the city, 52 mpg on the highway and 52 mpg combined. Well this was a hybrid and it had all the characteristics of such an engine. On one hand, it was extraordinarily quiet, smooth and certainly fuel-efficient, though we didn’t drive it that far. On the other hand, there was no power to speak of as with most small engine hybrid engines. The 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine used in the gasoline-powered Corolla made 139 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque. With the manual, the L trim got 30 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway and 33 mpg combine. With the CVT it got the same mileage. In XLE trim, it got one mile per gallon less across the board. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder made 169 horsepower and 151-pound feet of torque. It had a combination of direct and port injection. It got 29 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg combined with the manual transmission. The CVT got 31 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and 34 mpg combined. The XSE got two miles less per gallon on the highway. I didn’t get the chance to drive the 2.0 litre engine, but the staffers told me there was a big difference between it and the 1.8 litre engine — 30 more horsepower to be specific. However, I did test drive a Corolla Hatchback with that engine upon my immediate return. It was waiting for me at the airport. Anyway, the hatchback had a CVT, thus, not much oomph was gained through the increase of horsepower. That’s the problem with CVTs, their power is subtle.   However, the upside was that this car got 32 mpg in the city, 42 mpg on the highway and 36 mpg combined. The downside was that the hatch lost rear passenger compartment space. That’s what happens when you lop off the trunk of a vehicle. Still all of the engines on the latest model Corolla were solid with enough oomph to handle everyday driving. These compact cars have never been that big on power and the same holds true for the new ones even though they

Oh, the 2020 Corolla has its own Wi-Fi connect that can service five devices. It’s got a 24-hour live concierge service, remote connect, service connect and safety connect.

were more powerful and fuel-efficient. The Corolla’s strength derived from mechanics, equipment and reliability. An eight-inch touch infotainment screen dominated the interior, which was really clean looking. Toyota engineers went so far as to eliminate unnecessary lettering on switch gear to enhance the minimalist look. Depending on the trim, the new Corolla was equipped with ambient lighting but of course during the day we didn’t get the chance to see the full effect. There was a 4.2inch TFT multi-information display in front of the driver located between the speedometer and odometer. They lowered the hip point almost an inch and moved it an inch and half reward. The result was a lot more space and that equaled more comfort. And the car drove lighter. Everything about the 2020 Toyota Corolla was trimmer. They lowered the belt line, slimmed down the instrument panel, and slimmed down the A pillars. Along with lowering the side mirrors, this created a car with elbow room and unobstructed visual sight lines. Sound absorbing sealers, foams and silencers along with the new architecture rendered a really quiet automobile. Other than the engine under hard acceleration, I don’t

remember hearing any road noise or wind noise. It is all about connections in today’s car world. The 2020 Toyota Corolla has what you’d expect: satellite radio, voice controls and Bluetooth. But it also had Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa and Scout GPS. What’s more, a Toyota executive told us that Android Auto is on the way. Oh, the 2020 Corolla has its own Wi-Fi connect that can service five devices. It’s got a 24-hour live concierge service, remote connect, service connect and safety connect. Standard is Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. It is comprised of a pre-collision system that includes pedestrians and bicycles, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steer assists, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, road signage assist, blind spot monitor and brake hold. Prices start at $19,500 for the L, $19,950 for the LE, the SE with a CVT starts at $21,950, with a manual transmission the SE starts at $22,650, the XLE starts at $23,950, the XSE starts at $25,450 and the Hybrid starts at $22,950. Add a $930 freight charge to all base prices. This is far and above what was offered on the Toyota Corolla 50 years ago, but the car remains in the top tier of today’s compact cars. Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com

California Black Media Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a “common sense” charter school transparency bill this week, striking agreement among a rare coalition of education reform advocates, labor leaders and traditional school educators.  SB 126 is an application of the Ralph M. Brown Act, the California Public Records Act, the Political Reform Act and Government Code 1090 for California’s charter schools.  Supporters of the bill say it adds more accountability and strengthens the flexibility and autonomy their schools need to innovate for students. For them, it also formalizes transparency and governance practices already followed by a majority of charter schools throughout the state.  “Taxpayers, parents and ultimately kids deserve to know how schools are using their tax dollars,” said Gov. Newsom. “This isn’t the end of a conversation, but a beginning. Let’s use this momentum to move forward together, constructively and in partnership, to improve education for children across California. I thank the leaders on both sides of this issue for coming together to help get this bill across the finish line.”  The California Charter School Association (CCSA) as well as individual operators of publicly-funded independent schools across the state are hailing the move by the governor. Many of them have been waiting over a decade for the bill to be signed into law. Former Gov. Jerry Brown

vetoed it several times. The provisions in the new law, they anticipate, will correct a common misperception that charter schools are for-profit centers and are unaccountable to the public or the families they serve.  “Like most California charter schools, Fortune Schools has always followed the provisions in SB 126. Our team, alongside our charter schools champions across the state, believe in transparency and operate with the highest accountability to our students’ families and authorizers,” said Margaret Fortune, President and CEO of Fortune School of Education. “We are pleased that with Governor Newsroom’s leadership we can all move forward and focus on what’s most important: kids.” The act mandates more than 1,300 charter schools across California to follow some of the same laws that govern school districts. Their board meetings are now required to be open to the public and board members are forbidden to vote on contracts in which they have a personal interest. Upon request, they are also now required to make their records available to the public. “Charter School of Morgan Hill (CSMH), like most California charter schools, has been following the provisions outlined in SB 126 for a long time,” said Paige Cisewski, Executive Director, CSMH. “We already adhere to the Brown Act, the Public Records Act and the Political Reform Act, just like district schools. We are grateful to Governor Newsom for signing this legislation.”

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Governor signs transparency bill with legislators and education advocates. (Photo by CBM Staff)

California Police Report Almost No Racial Profiling Continued from page A5 ting what it calls informal inquiries. The department plans to provide more accurate information on the number of complaints and their outcome as part of reform efforts, Chandler said. Betty Williams, president of the NAACP branch in Sacramento, said racial profiling is “undersold and underreported in such a shameless fashion.” She feels the low numbers are reported “so you won’t have stronger policies and procedures and laws in place that will give a little more protection from law enforcement.” The next statewide report in January will for the first time include statistics from California’s eight largest police agencies on the perceived race, gender, sexual orientation and other characteristics of motorists during traffic stops. In December, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department suspended operations of a team of deputies who targeted vehicles on Interstate 5, the main West Coast highway between Mexico and Canada, for drugs and other

contraband. The decision came amid accusations of racial profiling after a Los Angeles Times investigation found 69 percent of drivers stopped were Latino and that two-thirds had their vehicles searched, a far higher rate than other racial and ethnic groups. At the federal level, legislation twice proposed by New York U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, most recently with her fellow Democratic presidential hopeful Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, would require federal border agents to track and report why they conduct stops and searches that critics fear are frequently based on racial profiling. Eugene O’Donnell, a former New York City police officer, prosecutor and now a policing expert at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, fears that well-intended efforts by “elite critics, including politicians” to discourage racial profiling will ultimately discourage law enforcement efforts and dissuade recruits from becoming police officers. “It’s essentially inviting people to make a very serious allegation against officers who are acting in good faith, that they’re profiling people,” he said.

DA Schubert Murders Stephon Clark’s Character Special to California Black Media Partners This past week, we, the freedom-believing and fair-minded residents of Sacramento, California, were disappointed to our cores. Our worst fears became reality.  The Sacramento African-American community has been holding its collective breath, our fingers crossed, hanging on to the unlikely hope that either Ann Marie Schubert, our county district attorney, or Xavier Becera, our state’s Attorney General, would do the right thing and bring charges against the officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark.  Unfortunately, Sacramento has developed a shameful legacy relative to the killing of unarmed African-American men.  Once again, our justice system has reinforced that reputation. First, in April of 2016, Sacramento police offices shot and killed Mr. Daizon Flenaugh, a mentally ill Black man who cops said was exhibiting “strange behavior” and ranting incoherently before they took away his life.  Mr. Flenaugh was found to not have any weapons on him at the time of his death. Then in July of that same year, Mr. Joseph Mann was shot several times by Sacramento police after he “appeared agitated” and threw a plastic water bottle at them before attempting to flee.  Unlike the circumstances surrounding Mr. Flenaugh’s killing, there were several video and audio transmissions that bolstered arguments that police were acting with actual malice toward Mr. Mann.  Finally, in March of last year, Mr. Stephon Clark, who was clearly unarmed at the time of his death, became the latest and most widely-known victim of the Sacramento Police Department. None of the officers involved in the three shootings described above were required to face criminal charges. Most distressing to us is this. District Attorney Schubert in her lengthy recent press conference -- and Attorney General Becera in his shortly after -  unconscionably and deliberately implied  that Stephon Clark sought his own “death by police officers.” Our top legal officials who we entrust with the judgment and wisdom to stand up for our rights and protection justified their decision with the irrelevant evidence that Clark “researched ways to commit suicide”  days before police officers tragically killed him.  This heartless attempt to assassinate Mr. Clark twice; once physically and once relative to his character, must not be tolerated! Reasonable people might differ over many of the sad facts pertaining to the death of Stephon Clark.  However, what is beyond dispute are the following.  First, at worst, Mr. Clark was accused of vandalizing automobiles. Second, he was unarmed. Third, he was trying to enter his grandmother’s home at the time of his death and not fleeing a

contrived police chase leveled up to the pursuit of someone suspected of domestic terrorism. Fourth, he was shot several times in the back or side of his body which would lend strong support to the theory that he was not approaching officers at the time of his death as claimed – unless, of course, he was doing so running backwards. The best forum for the consideration of the four factors above, relative to any law enforcement culpability in the death of Mr. Clark, would have been in the legal sanctum of a courtroom.  There, under the watchful eyes and ruling of a judge, the entire range of evidence pertinent to his death could be presented before a jury in a criminal trial.   A civil suit, on behalf of Mr. Clark’s children and family will proceed.  However, that is not close to the best vehicle for answering one of the key questions left unanswered by District Attorney Schubert and Attorney General Becera’s exoneration of  the Sacramento police officers responsible for shooting Mr. Clark.  The move literally slams the door on justice for the Clark family.  District Attorney Schubert and Attorney General Becera’s decisions are now solely dispositive as they relate to an impartial evidence based inquiry into the death of Stephon Clark.  Neither District Attorney Schubert nor Attorney General Becera should be executing the responsibilities of a judge or jury. Their conclusions here, though, serve to cast them in those roles. Let’s pretend for a minute that either District Attorney Schubert or Attorney General Becera had instead made the proper decision to bring charges against the officers.  Those officers would have had the right to legal counsel and to have their actions considered by a jury in a legal process following the constitution and the rules of criminal procedure and evidence. In other words, they, and Mr. Clark’s family, would have had their full “day in court” where all of the facts pertaining to Mr. Clark’s death could be considered.  Isn’t that the criminal justice process each of us is told over and over we must have confidence in? We are reminded time and again, that justice is both fair and impartial, theoretically favoring no one.  I guess District Attorney Schubert and Attorney General Becera don’t want to take any chances with the fate of the officers who took the life of Stephon Clark.  After all, an independent “jury of their peers” may have found them to be criminally culpable. I would hope that we can take Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg at his word when he made the statement that the city of Sacramento is in need of substantial police reform.  Further, I would hope that he and the entire city are not just now waking up to that realization.  After all, those who live in certain neighborhoods within our city, or are economically disadvantaged or Black, have been telling city leaders the same for a very long time.


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2019 CIF State Boys Division V Basketball State Champions, Foothill High School. (CIF courtesy photo)

Foothill High School seniors Edward “Squid” Turner (left) and Ceasar Valdez (right) share a moment as they pose with their CIF State Championship trophy. (courtesy photo)

Foothill Head Coach Wesley Davis III (center) at the podium answering questions with members of his team. (courtesy photo)

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