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GOORCH O the c it bi esou t jus mak in passin ies he rs t sible e e t onse as an rces OR GCrowell ,” ac said the may ha t hospit re was n hey ha LE P N quen d rac to d go away simply g episod By Charlene v a c o e l o i p b i i i c s ev c s r z b r u c w e m LAY ding e e u s of e r DONewswire NNPA Columnist our f . If we r ssion, e ithout o athing to th ported c en cause d. They aide W u d a e d e a lso Dr. Ben Carson was named Secretary of the DepartN fu ilure r u FRWhen state use o b LO O to do se to, w cation a soSupr f deat y her me A ment of M Housing and Urban Development (HUD), many house D n APP ’ll co eme d h THE advocates wondered how a world-renowned so.” 2. L ntin d Cou “anatom ing and S civil OO TOrights rt’s r L K O neurosurgeon would direct the future of housing in America. By u RE ling GO FOR his own admission, he arrived at HUD with no governmental THI S experience or active interest in housing’s history either. ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities in Rochester Despite those professional shortcomings, Secretary Carson 3. S say more than a dozen Black Lives Matter protesters have swiftly began a series of actions that triggered broad and sustained SMACAN L been arrested after they sat down in the middle of a downcriticism from civil rights and housing policy advocates. On O RTP GO town street. Secretary Carson’s watch, HUD proposed billion-dollar budget HON WIT reductions, increased rental fees for public housing tenants, reThe Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that the H E LOS 4 p.m. Saturday at a city park. . YOU moved explicit language on fair housing from the agency’s miscestarted protest ANG r is s at R G r a uin6g p.m. Bloo sion statement, and halted efforts that require local communities TAB c ELEmarchers had shut down a major bBy abyabout dlig e Jones the s the h S( : t L whAil group Film and receiving HUD funds to address fair housing needs. ET O intersection. t w of to another street atprotesters Rev Bam e a e pri AP)marched s ie i r Baker e w p In sum, Secretary Carson has acted like a man on a mission s R r p egnin ondi son s _ A Cal andTusat down the roadway. Bak sfield a e ersfi n y n s with no time to spare. t s o i as the dapolice . Sar thegprotesters temclearifthe Fres e y in warned The no ld Nat a co after rnroad ah C to a figh to This past January, Carson also announced a suspension B Bas State M ive Na C rr a k t ketb o o shefreedom.” en’s med e b o o protesters chanted “It is our right to fight for our r a e s g g sked all C H fi t of a key rule known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing l l says ection o w e e e oac ead l e fi d s e a l . f h n e y o s shein and began tod make tThe inma she los ffi ionapolicer athen (AFFH). The rule that went into effect in July 2015 required any a dis arrests. less moved or We l tes w t her t c o I s r n The Rochester Police Department says on its t w l i w FRE state, locality, or public housing authority receiving HUD funds d r m E! s enuo titut asn’t h the C ill Reap inaTwitter offic t o i u n ion l en she o p i seque to have a plan and timeline that incorporates community conat least arrested without s pos havealsbeen n in 13 people osthat anaccount s o nces i awsu s b t h i T h l t e e io eh er po cerns to actively address fair housing issues in their locales. incident. it sitio and she’d achapi. n at the was pre Env W Although civil rights and consumer protection advocates iron g n h C S Just n w men e h w h a a n h a lifo es nt ith ve il s Facinice Issu tal have brought legal challenges to reverse the suspension of AFFH “lost e runnin he was a lower to eithe ays she rnia Co and Res g Kern es iden and other misdeeds, the wheels of justice continue their characw rrec s r g h ts Co. e s a t a v s ake l Dep er bab to sto en m lary. teristically slow and deliberate pace. eave told tha a y p o r t n d m a t u tion or ac h t But California  Congresswoman Maxine Waters  recently Opinion Sta did nent of C e to a p fight be s pregn cept : Poli stepped up to file legislation designed to cure many of the regresl t a a w o o to 2 rbucks ce R n c r t e t e r C , e imm n eco e har Blac CEO sive ills pushed by Secretary Carson. On June 26, she introduced in Fa ging IC mmen ediat ctions a tal rupt n inmat Coogle kM tal C E Ag d en AApolog u e n ely c rash ents f a bill entitled, Restoring Fair Housing Protections Eliminated by rres izes omm d Commre.” The s and la ell ted HUD Act of 2018 (H.R. 6220). ent o unit Califo ter y n th “The Department of Housing and Urban Development is e law Rehab rnia supposed to create strong communities; expand access to affordShe suit. ilitaSay riff You able housing; and enforce fair housing rights,” said Congresss Urg He Wa ngbloo d in woman Waters. “Unfortunately since becoming Secretary, Ben Kill g Any s Not Inm ates one to Carson has taken numerous steps to eliminate fair housing pro“Meet C tections for the most vulnerable families in this country.” EO & GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) _ A South Carolina man Foun The following day, June 27, the House Financial Services who swapped out a town’s segregated memorial plaques to der o f (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Families Belong Together LA) Continued on page A4 the two world wars says he was tired of the city receiving “ Ra m Num page negative attention for the memorial. T A Q ber On akes uiet e Trey Ward spoke Saturday to a group of Democrats Plac from e in Greenwood about installing new plaques that listed the names in alphabetical order instead of separating “colored” Bey soldiers who died in World War I and World War II, accordo $10 nce Giv Hist 0,000 t es ing to The Index-Journal . Sch orically o ools Blac “The reason I got involved in this, every time nationk al media came to Greenwood, the first thing they did is go By Freddie Allen form ‘continues to enable landlords and real estate brokers to bar policy to assist guests who report discrimination on the platform Editor-in-Chief, NNPA Newswire down to the square and write about the monument that lists families with children, women and others from receiving rental and offered new training to help hosts learn to fight bias. Civil rights beacon and ACLU veteran Laura Murphy and sales ads for housing.” Murphy was the first woman and the first African American the valor of dead black soldiers as `colored.’ It was a in a way, laughed when she said that one of her co-workers called her, “The Murphy detailed the actions that to head the Washington office of the 300,000-member American our calling card on our Main Street,” Ward said. Olivia Pope of the Tech World.” Airbnb took to address the Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), according to her biography. Her Several local men had previously filed a lawsuit in 2015 Even though she finds the moniker amusing, it’s an accurate concerns of their users in parents were civil rights leaders and her brother, the famed Baltito have the monument revamped, and the mayor had raised characterization that comes from a combination of her work a commentary published more attorney Billy Murphy, represented Freddie Gray’s family in money to pay to have new plaques made. in civil rights, crisis management, consulting and a a civil suit against the city; Gray’s death after he suffered a spinal on BlackPressUSA. “I really, really do not deserve any credit for this at all. track record for ultimately getting her clients to do All I really did was turn some screws on a plate, and I stand the right thing at the end of the day, Murphy said. on the shoulders of a lot of great people in this community In 2016, facing allegations of rampant discrimination on their home-sharing platform, that really did this,” Ward told the group of Democrats, who that sparked outrage among their users and honored him at their monthly meeting. birthed the #AirbnbWhileBlack hashtag, AirbWard, who accepted a symbolic $1 to do the modificanb executives tasked Murphy with leading tion job, also said he was inspired to action by growing up in “their effort to fight discrimination and the era when schools were integrated. bias.” State law generally prohibits alterations to monuments In an effort to address their own without state approval. That law was enacted to protect monproblems with bias and discrimination uments during debate over removing the Confederate flag on their platform, Facebook recently from atop the Statehouse. called on Murphy to lead their own civil rights audit. A judge ruled in favor of the veterans group seeking com. Murphy said injury in police custody sparked outrage and protests nationwide; The NAACP recently criticized Faceto have the listing on the Greenwood monument changed. that the home-shar- the 25-year-old had been arrested for what many called “running book for the data collection breach that However, the issue was still being litigated when Ward took ing platform called while Black.” Billy Murphy was seen as a calming force in the affected 87 million Facebook users and its on former Attorney Black community and helped Gray’s family reach a million-dollar action. impact on African American users of the platGeneral Eric Holder, settlement with the city. The judge noted the monument was privately owned by form. Harvard professor Dr. RobMeanwhile, Laura Murphy sees her recent work with techthe American Legion, even though it sits on public property. In March, The New York ert Livingston to make rec- nology companies as a continuation of her family’s commitment The judge said private ownership allows for changes despite Times reported that the “Naommendations. Murphy also to civil rights. the state law known as the Heritage Act. tional Fair Housing worked with more than “It’s kind of in my DNA to try to make things right,” MurState officials initially asked the judge to reconsider beAlliance  and affiliat20 civil rights orga- phy said. ed groups in New cause they think the decision could leave other monuments nizations who have According to Murphy, companies like Facebook have a busiYork, San Antounprotected. After the monument was changed, the defenexplored the inter- ness imperative to fight discrimination on their platforms. nio and Miami” dants asked the judge to vacate his ruling, saying that after section between the “This audit is a sign that Facebook is taking the criticism it sued Facebook advancement of has received very seriously,” Murphy said. “If they are interested the plaque switch the issue is moot. in U.S. District civil rights and the in their own survival in worldwide markets…those markets are “Simply put, there now is nothing left for the Court to Court in Mansharing economy. going to be predominately people of color.” do and nothing left for the Court to enforce,” the defendants’ hattan alleging Airbnb also Murphy said that Facebook users want to know that the attorneys wrote in a motion to vacate a ruling. “The plaques that, “Facebook’s developed an were replaced by a person not a party to this case and, thus, Continued on page A2 advertising plat“Open Doors” the case was mooted by a non-party without regard to the actual legal issues pending in this case.” Facebook Turns to Long-time Civil Rights Leader Laura Murphy to Lead Discrimination Audit

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Discussing “Depression” By Darlene Williams Contributing Beat Writer Thirty local women from Kern County and as far as Stockton, Ca. came together Saturday, July 7, 2018 to confront depression through dialogue, personal struggles, and support. Yolanda Prichett, of Bakersfield, spearheaded the event at the Holiday Inn and Suites which attracted women from various walks of life, religious affiliations, and ethnicities...much like depression; it does not discriminate. “I’ve dealt with depression and I felt that if women could just get together and create a dialogue on depression we would experience a sense of freedom through sharing our personal struggles and triumphs”,Prichett said. The event titled,Table Talk” encouraged women to open up about their experiences with depression in hopes to bring healing, support, and relief from the stigmas associated with the condition.  Studies show that more than “300 million people of all ages around the world live with depression and nearly 800,000 people die of suicide around the world each year.” Irene Leal, President of the faith-based organization I amWO-M-A-N, (worthy of majesty and nobility) stated,”I suffered with depression for over 30 years. I felt I was entitled to be depressed. I even embraced it because I felt better to just go to bed with foil over my windows and covers over my head and to be in the Continued on page A5

The Ex-Officer Involved in the Rodney King Beating is Charged with DUI SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) _ A former Los Angeles police sergeant who went to prison for his role in the beating of black motorist Rodney King is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Prosecutors on Thursday confirmed that 67-year-old Stacey Koon faces two misdemeanor counts for allegedly crashing his truck into a parked pickup truck on May 1 in the Castaic area northwest of Los Angeles. Koon wasn’t hurt. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney. Koon and three other LAPD officers were charged with using excessive force for a 1991 videotaped beating of King that made international headlines. Their acquittal on state charges led to rioting in 1992 that claimed dozens of lives.\ Koon and Officer Laurence Powell later went to prison on federal civil rights charges. Koon was released in 1995.

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By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. President and CEO, NNPA Amid the rush to comprehend the ramifications of a fullscale international trade war initiated by the errant and backward tariff policies of the Trump Administration, there are results of the tariffs that need to be challenged by Black America. The financial sustainability of the Black Press of America is now facing a catastrophic and a possible deadly impact, because of these new tariffs. The current dispute over the rising costs of the paper product termed “newsprint,” because of tariffs on Canadian newsprint threatens the future of member publishers of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and could further isolate and disenfranchise African American businesses and communities in cities and towns across the United States. Import duties the U.S. Commerce Department is now applying to Canadian-made newsprint is already increasing costs enough to prompt layoffs and scaled-back news coverage by some of the nation’s major dailies and weekly publications. If these tariffs remain in place, scores of newspapers with smaller circulations, notably those that serve African American communities, could be forced to cease publishing a print edition or close altogether. During the past 191 years, the Black Press has survived, endured and overcome past firebombing and improvised explosive attacks, as well as other deadly manifestations of racial violence. The newsprint tariffs appear to have been put in place by the Trump Administration after being encouraged by the interests of a single paper mill in Washington State called NORPAC. NORPAC argues that Canadian government policies give Canadian paper producers an unfair advantage in the U.S. market. NORPAC says the added duties, or tariffs, at the border are protecting it. NORPAC can fight for its self-interest but the U.S. government has an obligation to consider the impact the tariffs are having on the nation as a whole, and in particular the impact on African American owned newspapers and businesses. We forthrightly oppose the Trump tariffs on newsprint and demand an end to the disastrous trade policies that are hurting our businesses and communities. Given that newsprint and labor account for most of the cost of running a newspaper, it is easy to see how jacking up the price of newsprint by more than 30 percent could spell the difference between these publications eking out a modest profit or going out of business. Around 2,000 newspapers have closed or morphed into something else in the last 15 years. The NNPA is proud that its 215 member-publications are moving forward even in the face of these new contrived dangers and obstacles in the marketplace. Our newspapers enliven and inform the debate within African American and other communities that we serve and help to empower with news, information, and the reaffirmation of the vitality of Black cultural genius and excellence in all fields of endeavor. Our printed editions are especially important in communities where people are less likely to be able to afford or take full advantage of broadband Internet access. However useful today’s technological innovations are in sharing information, for many people, there is no substitute or affordable alternative to the local

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Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the NNPA, says that the NNPA opposes the Trump tariffs on newsprint and demands an end to the disastrous trade policies that are hurting our businesses and communities. (NNPA)

weekly newspaper of, by, and for the African-American community. Our newspapers are the lifeblood for our communities. The tariffs threaten more than local newspapers. Newsprint is used for promotional materials by retailers and civic groups. It is used by book publishers and printers. Often these are small businesses serving local communities. If newsprint goes up in price, printers will get fewer contracts and have fewer customers. Ironically, the tariffs NORPAC wants in place will actually threaten paper producers and a range of related business. A coalition of these businesses, the STOPP Alliance, estimates some 650,000 jobs could be at risk—all to help one company that has no allies or supporters within the U.S. paper industry. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is reviewing the facts in this case and is expected to announce its recommendations on what to do with the tariffs later the summer. In the meantime, members of Congress from both parties have introduced legislation to suspend the tariffs immediately. The STOPP Alliance has also created an online petition to urge the ITC to end the tariffs. Consider adding your voice to this effort by clicking on this link. After all, the threat the duties on newsprint pose to daily and weekly print publications serving communities in urban and rural areas is especially acute. If there was ever a time when the country needed a range of authentic and “trusted” outlets to share news and perspectives, it is today. In today’s world, the newspapers that serve African American communities will continue to play a crucial role. Errant trade policies and duties championed by a single company must not be allowed to diminish the meaningful role of the Black Press of America.

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phy said. According to Murphy, companies like Facebook have a business imperative to fight discrimination on their platforms. “This audit is a sign that Facebook is taking the criticism it has received very seriously,” Murphy said. “If they are interested in their own survival in worldwide markets…those markets are going to be predominately people of color.” Murphy said that Facebook users want to know that the ubiquitous social media platform is operating in a way that respects civil rights and civil liberties. That’s especially true for Black Facebook users, who often spend more time on social media platforms than their White peers.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B4374 2018-B4375 Doing business as: LEAP / LIFESTYLE OF ENVISION & ADVANCEMENT OF PURPOSE at 841 Fairway Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: Rolanda Cherie Tyler, 841 Fairway Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: Rolanda Cherie Tyler The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: May 1, 2018 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern county on: June 12, 2018 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 June 12, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 2018

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: June 14, 2018 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 June 14, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 2018

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: Aug 10, 2018 Time: 9:00 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: June 13, 2018 Judge, DAWN BITTLESTON Judge of the superior court CISCRO HARIL HURST, 30171 Los Angies St, Shafter, Ca. 93263 Phone: In Pro Per BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 2018

SIGNED: AREYANA WRATHER The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: May 23, 2018 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern county on: June 21, 2018 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: K Barragan, 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 June 21, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: June 27, July 4, 11, 18, 2018

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2017-B4257 Business Name you wish to abandon: ENVISION LEFESTYLE ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM Street address of business: 8013 Dos Rios Way Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: Rolanda Cherie Tyler, 8013 Dos Rios Way Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 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: Rolanda Cherie Tyler This statement of abandonment filed on: June 12, 2018 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A Zubeldia Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B4351 Doing business as: HUMBLE SEBI at 2707 Giovanetti Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 933123 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: Indelisa Zarate, 2707 Giovanetti Ave Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: Indelisa Zarate 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: June 11, 2018 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 June 11, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 2018 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2015-B3251 Business Name you wish to abandon: ANTOJITOS Y MARISCOS EL SABOR DE GUERRERO Street address of business: 1209 Beale Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93305 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: Ireneo Mendoza Soto, 3531 Country Club Dr, 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: Ireneo Mendoza Soto This statement of abandonment filed on: May 22, 2018 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: J Bojorquez Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B4469 Doing business as: TAWEE’S BATTER at 157 Loma Linda Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93305 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: TAWEE LYN SRIDIS, 157 Loma Linda Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93305 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: Tawee Lyn Sridis The registrant commenced to

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B4465 Doing business as: E & P EMPIRE LOGISTICS at 7105 Triple Falls Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: Hardip Singh Virk, 7105 Triple Falls Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: Hardip Singh Virk 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: June 14, 2018 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: K Barragan, 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 June 14, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 2018 AMENDED ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER BCV-18-101011 Superior Court of the State of California, for the county of Kern, 1415 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301 METROPOLITAN DISTRICT PETITION OF: MICHELLE MARIE LEMM FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: for a decree changing names as follows: Present name MICHELLE MARIE LEMM Filed a petition with this court Proposed name TONYA KAY DAVIS 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: Aug 13, 2018 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: June 8, 2018 JUDEL COMMISSIONER of the superior court MECHELLE MARIE LEMM, 15002 Southernwood Ave Bakersfield, Ca. 93314 Phone: (951) 852-8694 In Pro Per BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER BCV-18-000021 Superior Court of the State of California, for the county of Kern, 325 Central Valley Hwy, Shafter, Ca. 93263 Shafter Branch METROPOLITAN DISTRICT PETITION OF: CISCRO HARIL HURST FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: CISCRO HARIL HURST for a decree changing names as follows: Present name CISCRO HARIL HURST Filed a petition with this court Proposed name WAYNE HURST 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

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B3752 2018-B3753 Doing business as: BTOWN ENTERTAINMENT / BTOWN ROCKS at 2609 Encina St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 Mailing Address: PO Box 21333, Bakersfield, Ca. 93390 County: Kern Full name of registrant: Adina Leslie Renee Pierce,2609 Encina St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: Adina Leslie Renee Pierce 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: May 22, 2018 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 May 22, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B4435 2018-B4436 Doing business as: 18 HUNDRED, THE / 18HUNDRED, THE at 1800 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 Mailing Address: 3004 Airport Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 County: Kern Full name of registrant: 18HUNDRED INC CA. 3004 Airport Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 The business is conducted by: Corporation SIGNED: MAYA HOLLOWAY The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: Jan 2, 2018 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern county on: June 13, 2018 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: K Barragan, 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 June 13, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: June 27, July 4, 11, 18, 2018 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2017-B6145 Business Name you wish to abandon: 18HUNDRED BAR AND GRILL Street address of business: 1800 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 County: Kern Mailing address of business: 3004 Airport Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: 18HUNDRED INC, 3004 Airport Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 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: MAYA HOLLOWAY This statement of abandonment filed on: June 13, 2018 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: K Barragan Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: June 27, July 4, 11, 18, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B4613 Doing business as: CLASSY CURLS BEAUTY SUPPLY at 5909 Pine Canyon Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: BRONZE ESSENTIALS, INC CA. 5909 Pine Canyon Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 The business is conducted by: Corporation

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B3752 2018-B3753 Doing business as: BTOWN ENTERTAINMENT / BTOWN ROCKS at 2609 Encina St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 21333 Bakersfield, Ca. 93390 County: Kern Full name of registrant: ADINA LESLIE RENEE PIERCE, 2609 Encina St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: ADINA LESLIE RENEE PIERCE 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: May 22, 2018 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 May 22, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER BCV-18-101306 Superior Court of the State of California, for the county of Kern, 1415 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301 METROPOLITAN DISTRICT PETITION OF: DEVINDER SINGH, HARDEEP KAUR FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: DEVINDER SINGH, HARDEEP KAUR for a decree changing names as follows: Present name DEVINDER SINGH HARDEEP KAUR HARSANPARTAP SINGH Filed a petition with this court Proposed name DAVE SINGH LAUT NAVDEEP KAUR LAUT HARSAN SINGH LAUT 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: Aug 14, 2018 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: June 8, 2018 JUDEL COMMISSIONER of the superior court DEVINDER SINGH, HARDEEP KAUR, 3123 McKee Rd, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 Phone: (510) 499-5676 E-Mail: NAVILAUT@GMAIL.COM In Pro Per BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: June 27, July 4, 11, 18, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B4796 2018-B4797 2018-B4798 2018-B4799 Doing business as: DYNAMIC SPA & MASSAGE / DYNAMIC SPA AND MASSAGE / DYNAMIC WELLNESS / DYNAMIC MUSCLE THERAPY at 31 S. Real Rd, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: 3005 Chuckwagon St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 County: Kern Full name of registrant: Crystal Marie Berhow, 3005 Chuckwagon St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: CRYSTAL MARIE BERHOW 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

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Clerk of Kern county on: June 28, 2018 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: Z 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 June 28, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B4640 Doing business as: 661 SMOG at 4700 Easton Dr #29 Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 525 Delano, Ca. 93216 County: Kern Full name of registrant: Christopher Tumbaga Kelley, 1833 6th Ave, Delano, Ca. 93215 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: CHRISTOPHER TUMBAGA KELLEY 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: June 22, 2018 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 June 22, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B4632 Doing business as: J. GLEZ TRANSPORT INC. at 1117 Eubanks Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: J. GLEZ TRANSPORT INC. CA 1117 Eubanks Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 The business is conducted by: Corporation SIGNED: JAVIER GONZALEZ The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: Oct 20, 2014 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern county on: June 21, 2018 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 June 21, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2014-B2769 Business Name you wish to abandon: J. GLEZ TRANSPORT Street address of business: 1117 Eubanks Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: Javier Campos Gonzalez, 1117 Eubanks Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Business was conducted by: Individual SIGNED: JAVIER GONZALEZ, President This statement of abandonment filed on: June 21, 2018 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A Zubeldia Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B4807 Doing business as: E&E LOCKSMITH at 2516 Security Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: Edgar Eduardo Ramirez Tejeda, 2516 Security Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: EDGAR EDUARDO RAMIREZ TEJEDA The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names

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listed above on: N/A This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern county on: June 28, 2018 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: K Barragan, 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 June 28, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018

Individual SIGNED: JOSE DELACRUZ VELASQUEZ 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: June 22, 2018 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 June 22, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018

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: ROGER N. LAMPKIN SB#113786 Law Offices of ROGER N. LAMPKIN 1234 L St, Bakersfield Ca. 93301 Phone: (661) 633-1234 Fax: (661) 863-6741

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2018-B4031 Business Name you wish to abandon: KERN COUNTY LOCKSMITH Street address of business: 2516 Security Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: Edgar Eduardo Ramirez Tejada, 2516 Security 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: EDGAR EDUARDO RAMIREZ TEJADA, Owner This statement of abandonment filed on: June 28, 2018 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: K Barragan Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B4782 Doing business as: PRO 1 PRODUCTIONS at 1501 Calcutta Dr #29 Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: Noey Flores Reyes, 1501 Caluctta Dr #29 Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: NOEY FLORES REYES 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: June 27, 2018 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 June 27, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B4736 Doing business as: CROFTON’S GARDEINING SERVICE at 17 La Mesa Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93305 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: Steven Ray Crofton, 17 La Mesa Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93305 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: STEVEN RAY CROFTON 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: June 26, 2018 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 June 26, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B4655 Doing business as: COMPLETE BLIND SERVICES at 2321 Donnalynn St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: Jose Delacruz Velasquez, 2321 Donnalynn St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 The business is conducted by:

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B4515 Doing business as: DVM TRUCKING at 4525 Randy Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: Danny Valenzuela Medina, 4525 Randy Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Full name of registrant: Edelmira Zepeda, 4525 Randy Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 The business is conducted by: Married Couple SIGNED: DANNY VALENZUEL MEDINA The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: Mar 10, 2018 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern county on: June 18, 2018 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 June 18, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2018-B1424 Business Name you wish to abandon: D.V.M. TRUCKING Street address of business: 4525 Randy Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: Danny V Medina, 4525 Randy Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 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: DANNY V MEDINA, Owner This statement of abandonment filed on: June 18, 2018 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: J Bojorquez Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018

(AMENDED) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF RICHARD A. WHITE aka RICHARD AGUSTUS WHITE CASE NUMBER: BPB-17-002886 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of RICHARD A. WHITE, aka RICHARD AGUSTUS WHITE (AMENDED) A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by POLLY MANSON in the Superior Court of California, County of KERN THE PETITION FOR PROBATE REQUESTS THAT: POLLY MANSON be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decendent. 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: July 27, 2018 Time: 8:30 a.m. Dept: P Room: located at 1215 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER BCV-18-101432 Superior Court of the State of California, for the county of Kern, 1415 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301 METROPOLITAN DISTRICT PETITION OF: KENDRA NICOLE BIAS FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: KENDRA NICOLE BIAS for a decree changing names as follows: Present name KENDRA NICOLE BIAS Filed a petition with this court Proposed name KENDRA NICOLE BRITT 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: Aug 20, 2018 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: June 19, 2018 SL D SL??? Cannot read signature Judge of the superior court KENDRA NICOLE BIAS, 600 Decatur St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 Phone: (661) 565-5393 In Pro Per BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER BCV-18-101507 Superior Court of the State of California, for the county of Kern, 1415 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301 METROPOLITAN DISTRICT PETITION OF: ERNESTO RIOS FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: ERNESTO RIOS for a decree changing names as follows: Present name ERNESTO RIOS Filed a petition with this court Proposed name ERNESTO ZAMORA RIOS THE COURT ORDERS: that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. 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: Aug 27, 2018 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: June 22, 2018 JUDEL COMMISSIONER of the superior court ERNESTO RIOS10404 Malagucna Ct, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312 Phone: (661) 229-0136 Petitioner In Pro Se BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (ts) PUB: July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B4859 Doing business as: EVOLUTION FITNESS at 4501 Stine Rd #204 Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 Mailing Address: 107 Blomquist Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 County: Kern Full name of registrant: Hector Francisco Castaneda, 107 Blomquist Dr, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Full name of registrant: Crystal Marie Berhow, 3005 Chuckwagon St, Bakersfield, Ca. 93312


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PUBLIC NOTICE The business is conducted by: General Partnership SIGNED: Hector Castaneda The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: June 1, 2017 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern county on: July 2, 2018 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 July 2, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 2018 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2017-B4215 Business Name you wish to abandon: EVOLUTION FITNESS Street address of business: 4501 Stine Dr #204 Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: Cyrstal Marie Berhow, 3005 Chuckwagon St, Bkersfield, Ca. 93312 Hector Francisco Castaneda, 107 Blomquest, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Business was conducted by: General Partnership SIGNED: Hector Francisco Castaneda This statement of abandonment filed on: July 2, 2018 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: J Garcia Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B4595 Doing business as: PACIFIC TIRE & WHEEL at 1001 California Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: Raymond Gonzalez, 317 East E St #A Tehachapi, Ca. 93561 Full name of registrant: Tonya Lynn Gonzalez, 317 East E St #A Tehachapi, Ca. 93561 The business is conducted by: Married Couple SIGNED: Tonya Gonzalez 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: June 20, 2018 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 June 20, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 2018

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF RAYMOND ZAFFINE CASE NUMBER: BPB-18-002645 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of RAYMOND ZAFFINI A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by LAURIE JEANNE TAYLOR & LINDA LEE TAYLOR in the Superior Court of California, County of KERN THE PETITION FOR PROBATE REQUESTS THAT: LAURIE JEANNE TAYLOR & LINDA LEE TAYLOR be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. 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: Aug 2, 2018

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PUBLIC NOTICE Time: 8:30 a.m. Dept: P Room: located at 1215 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by 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. Petitioner: LAURIE JEANNE TAYLOR & LINDA LEE TAYLOR, 79320 Sierra Vista Dr, La Quinta, Ca. 92253-7222 Attorney for petitioner: Phone: (760) 396-6955 Fax: IN PRO PER BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: July 11, 18, 25, 2018

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF VALERIE JEANNE ZAFFINE CASE NUMBER: BPB-18-002643 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of VALERIE JEANNE ZAFFINI A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by LAURIE JEANNE TAYLOR & LINDA LEE TAYLOR in the Superior Court of California, County of KERN THE PETITION FOR PROBATE REQUESTS THAT: LAURIE JEANNE TAYLOR & LINDA LEE TAYLOR be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. 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: Aug 2, 2018 Time: 8:30 a.m. Dept: P Room: located at 1215 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by 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. Petitioner: LAURIE JEANNE TAYLOR & LINDA LEE TAYLOR, 79320 Sierra Vista Dr, La Quinta, Ca. 92253-7222 Attorney for petitioner: Phone: (760) 396-6955 Fax: IN PRO PER BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: July 11, 18, 25, 2018

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2018-B4934 Doing business as: DAISY’S FLOWER SHOP at 19720 Main St., Lamont, Ca. 93241 Mailing Address: 7821 Dunnsmere Ave., Lamont, CA. 93241 County: Kern Full name of registrant: Andreina Rendon, 7821 Dunnsmere Ave., Lamont, CA. 93241 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: Andreina Rendo 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: July 5, 2018 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk

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CITY OF RIDGECREST STATE OF CALIFORNIA NOTICE INVITING SEALED BIDS PHASE 1 OF ADA TRANSITION PLAN-CDBG CD #17.14.1 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Ridgecrest invites and will receive sealed bids at the office of the City Clerk of the City of Ridgecrest, Owner of the work, located at 100 West California Avenue, Ridgecrest, California 93555, until the hour of 4:00 p.m. on July 25, 2018. A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for 11:00 AM on July 10, 2018 at 100 W. California Avenue, RIDGECREST, California. This meeting is to inform bidders of project requirements and subcontractors of subcontracting and material supply opportunities. Bidders’ attendance at this meeting is not mandatory. DESCRIPTION OF WORK: The work involves the removal and reconstruction of existing pavement, curb, gutter, and sidewalk with ADA compliant driveway approaches. There are thirty-two (32) driveways that are included in this work. SITE OF WORK: The site of the work is located on Ridgecrest Boulevard berween Norma Street and China Lake Boulevard. COMPLETION OF WORK: All work must be completed within Forty (40) working days after the commencement date stated in the Notice to Proceed. LIQUIDATED DAMAGES: Liquidated damages of five hundred dollars ($500.00) per working day, as specified in the Special Conditions, shall be paid by the contractor to the City of Ridgecrest for each working day in excess of the time limit stated above that the project is not complete. OPENING OF BIDS: The bids will be publicly opened and announced at 4:00 p.m. on July 25, 2018 the above mentioned office of the City Clerk. OBTAINING CONTRACT DOCUMENTS: The contract documents are entitled “Phase 1 of ADA Transition Plan - CDBG CD#17.14.1 “. All contract documents, plans, and specifications must be obtained from the City’s Consultant, Willdan Engineering, 374 Poli Street, Suite 101, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 279-6870. Plans and specifications will be available on June 26, 2018 for electronic download at no cost. Contact Mike Bustos at mbustos@willdan.com for access to electronic documents. Upon written request for the electronic bid documents, Willdan Engineering will add the contractor to the Registered Plan Holders List. Only registered plan holders will be permitted to submit a bid for the project. BID SECURITY: Each bid shall be accompanied by a certified or cashier’s check or bid bond in the amount often percent (10%) of the total bid price payable to the City of Ridgecrest as a guarantee that the bidder, if its bid is accepted, will promptly execute the contract. BIDS TO REMAIN OPEN: The bidder shall guarantee the total bid price for a period of sixty (60) calendar days from the date of bid opening.

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PUBLIC NOTICE 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 July 5, 2023 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 2018

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Judge Drops Suit of Church that Wants Pot to Be a Sacrament

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a pot-smoking Indianapolis church that wants marijuana to be recognized as a sacrament. The Indianapolis Star reported that the 3-year-old case in Marion Circuit Court was dropped Friday. The First Church of Cannabis filed the lawsuit on grounds that pot was considered a sacrament under Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In her dismissal, Judge Sheryl Lynch said the church's love for marijuana does not count as practicing a religion. She also said allowing exemptions for illegal marijuana use and possession would negatively impact society. The pro-cannabis church's attorney told The Star last week he plans to appeal should the church lose the case. The group has argued that the government has no right to decide which religious beliefs should be protected.

PREVAILING WAGE REQUIREMENTS: This is a federally assisted construction contract. Federal labor standards provisions outlined in HUD-4010 form, including the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA), will be enforced. Pursuant to California Labor Code Sections 1770, 1773, 1773.1, 1773.6, and 1773.7, as amended. the applicable prevailing wages for this project have been determined. It shall be mandatory upon the contractor to whom the contract is awarded and upon any subcontractor under him to pay not less than the higher of the Federal and the State prevailing wage rates to all workers employed by them in the execution of the contract. The applicable Federal prevailing wage rates are those that are in effect ten (10) calendar days prior to bid opening: they are set forth on the U.S. Department of Labor website: http://www.wdol.gov/wdo1/scafiles/davisbacon/ca33.dvb but are not printed in the Specifications. Lower State wage rates for work classifications not specifically listed in the Federal wage decision are not acceptable. The applicable State prevailing wage rates are set fo11h on the California Department of Industrial Relations website: http://www.dir.ca.gov/DLSR/PWD but arc not printed in the Specifications; these rates are subject to predetermined increases. The U.S. Depanment of Transportation (DOT) provides a toll-free hotline service to report bid rigging, bidder collusion, or other fraudulent activities. The hotline is available Mondays through Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. eastern time, at (800) 424-9071. The hotline is part of the DOT’s continuing effort to identify and investigate highway construction contract fraud and abuse and is operated under the direction of the DOT Inspector General. All information will be treated confidentially. and caller anonymity will be respected. Conflict of Interest: in the procurement of supplies, equipment, construction, and services by sub-recipients, the conflict of interest provisions in 24 CFR 85.36, OMB Circular A-110. and 24 CFR 570.611 shall apply. No employee. officer, or agent of the sub-recipient shall participate in the selection, award, or administration of a contract supported by federal funds if a conflict of interest, real or apparent, would be involved. SMALL BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS: The City of Ridgecrest hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in any contract entered into pursuant 10 this advertisement. small businesses will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, or national origin in consideration for an award. The bidder to whom the contract is awarded will be required to comply with the Small Business Affirmative Action Plan requirements as set forth in the special provisions. SECTION 3 REQUIREMENTS: The work to be done on this project is subject to the provisions of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 USC 1701 u) which requires that employment and other economic opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance shall, to the greatest extent feasible. and consistent with existing federal, State and local laws and regulations. be directed to low- and very low-income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing, and to business concerns which provide economic opportunities 10 low- and very low-income persons. These requirements are explained in detail on 24 CFR 135. The pre-bid conference will include a workshop on Section 3 compliance. RETAINAGE FROM PAYMENT: The contractor may elect to receive one hundred percent (100%) of payment due under the contract from time to time, without retention of any portion of the payment by the City of Ridgecrest, by depositing securities of equivalent value with the City in accordance with the provisions of Section 4590 of the Government Code. Such securities, if deposited by the contractor. shall be valued by the owner, whose decisions on valuation of the securities shall be final. Securities eligible for investment under this provision shall be limited to those listed in Section 16430 of the Government Code or Certificates of Deposit from Banks or Savings & Loan. In order to substitute securities the contractor shall enter into an agreement with the City of Ridgecrest entitled “Agreement Concerning Investment of Funds” as attached to the contract. ADDRESS AND MARKING OF BID: The envelope enclosing the bid shall be sealed and addressed to the City Clerk, City of Ridgecrest, and delivered or mailed to Ridgecrest City Hall, 100 West California Avenue, Ridgecrest, California 93555. The envelope shall be plainly marked in the upper lefthand corner with the name and address of the bidder and shall bear the words “Bid for Phase 1 of ADA Transition Plan - CDBG CD#17.14.1” bid opening at 4:00 p.m. on July 25, 2018. The certified or cashier’s check, money order, or bidder’s bond shall be enclosed in the same envelope with the bid. CONTRACTOR LICENSE CLASSIFICATION: The project will require the prime contractor to be in possession of a valid, appropriate State of California Contractor’s License. No bid will be accepted from a contractor who is not duly licensed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 9, Division III of the Business and Professions Code. Bids will only be accepted from contractors holding a General Engineering Class A or C-8 Concrete Contractor. Effective January 1, 2015, in order to be awarded and to perform work on public works projects. prime contractors and subcontractors must possess and maimain registration with the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) at https://efiling.dir.ca.gov/PWCR. This is a separate requirement from the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) licensing requirement. See the Special Provisions for additional details. TOUR OF SITE: A tour of the site of the proposed work has been set for 11:00 a.m. on July 10, 2018. The tour will start at City Hall, 100 West California Avenue, Ridgecrest, California. PROJECT ADMINISTRATION: All questions relative to this project prior to the opening of bids shall be directed to the City’s consultant, Willdan Engineering at (805) 279-6870, mbustos@willdan.com. OWNER’S RIGHTS RESERVED: The City of Ridgecrest reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to waive any infomality in a bid and to make awards to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder as it may best serve the interest of the owner. BY: Ricca Charlon, City Clerk Dated: Published Bakersfield News Observer June 27 & July 11, 2018

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Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, convened a hearing with Secretary Carson. “Over the last 20 years, the HUD budget has doubled, whereas the family budget, which pays for it, has increased by less than double digits,” said Rep. Hensarling. “In fact, HUD’s budget has grown faster than almost every other federal budget function, including social security, education, and national defense. HUD resources have not been the challenge, HUD’s focus and success has been.” Speaking next as the Committee’s Ranking Member, Congresswoman Waters offered a completely opposite perspective on HUD and Secretary Carson. In her remarks, Rep. Waters underscored that her new legislation was intended to revoke key actions by Secretary Carson and return them to HUD’s fair housing agenda. Those actions included restoring: • Fair housing language to the agency’s mission statement with the specific inclusion of text stating “inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination”; • HUD’s AFFH rule as soon as practically possible following the bill’s enactment; • HUD’s Local Government Assessment Tool that helps state and local jurisdictions to comply with the AFFH rule within 30 days of enactment; and • A requirement that the HUD Secretary report to Congress a Secretary-directed review of fair housing complaints that involve an online platform. Additionally, the Secretary’s report to Congress would include: an analysis of trends and risks related to discrimination, steps to address such discrimination, and the status of complaints filed. The legislation also includes a requirement that owners and operators of HUD-funded homeless shelters to post a notice informing clients of their rights under an agency rule regarding gender identity. This rule affects any grantee receiving funding through the agency’s Community Planning and Development program. Before yielding back the balance of her time, the Ranking Member added, “Congress should not stand by while the agency charged with ensuring fair housing turns its back on its mission and takes actions that roll back critical protections that ensure that all Americans have fair access to housing.” For his part, Secretary Carson noted that each year, HUD receives an estimated 8,000 fair housing complaints. In speaking to the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, he also added, “HUD and our fair housing partners continue to enforce the letter and [sic] spirit of this landmark law.” Early reactions to Secretary Carson’s comments reflect how his words and his actions diverge. “Fifty years ago, Congress empowered HUD to dismantle legalized discrimination in housing to create opportunity for all as where you live is a factor in so many of life’s outcomes, including education and healthcare,” noted Nikitra Bailey, an EVP with the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL). “Rep. Waters’ new bill requires HUD to remain steadfast in its responsibility to foster inclusive communities free of discrimination so that all Americans have the ability to thrive. And Bailey is not alone. Beyond CRL, H.R. 6220 is also supported by several civil rights and housing advocates that include: National Fair Housing Alliance, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (also known as LISC), NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, National Housing Law Project, PolicyLink, and other organizations. The bill has been referred to two House Committees, Judiciary and Financial Services. Time will tell whether in the year marking thePublished golden anniversary of the Fair Housing Act if June other 27 & Bakersfield News Observer Members of Congress will stand up for fair housing too.


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Bakersfield Legend Lonnie Shelton Dead at 62 A Key Player for the Seattle SuperSonics’ Championship Team and NBA All-Star Lonnie Shelton, a former NBA player best known for his time on the Seattle SuperSonics, is dead at the age of 62 following complications from a heart attack. He has been in a coma for the last month and died on Sunday. Shelton played for three NBA teams in his 10-year NBA career. He played for the Knicks, Sonics, and Cavaliers. Shelton won an NBA championship in the 1978-79 season with the Sonics. In the 1981-82 season he made his lone All-Star game appearance. Shelton also played three years at Oregon State before entering the NBA. One of the more interesting tidbits about his playing career has to do with how Shelton ended up in Seattle in the first place. Back in the day, teams used to receive compensation when another team signed one of their own free agents. via Seattle Times “I know he really valued his time in Seattle,” Marlon Shel-

Bakersfield Native Lonnie Shelton. (Getty Images photo)

ACLU: US Will Miss Deadline to Reunite Migrant Families By ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) _ The American Civil Liberties Union said it appears the Trump administration will miss Tuesday's court-ordered deadline to reunite scores of young migrant children with their parents. The ACLU said late Sunday that the administration provided it with a list of 102 children under 5 and that it “appears likely that less than half will be reunited” by the deadline. The Justice Department asked U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw for more time last week, but the judge on Friday did not grant a blanket extension, saying only that he would consider certain exceptions. He told the two sides to discuss possible exceptions and report back to him on Monday. More than 2,000 children in all were forcibly separated from their parents at the Mexican border this spring under the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy on illegally entering the country. While parents were prosecuted, children were placed in the custody of the Health and Human Services Department. President Donald Trump reversed course on June 20 amid an international outcry and said families should remain together. On June 26, Sabraw set deadlines of Tuesday to reunite children under 5 with their families and July 26 for older children. Sabraw, who was appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, wrote that the “situation has reached a crisis level” and

Meanwhile in Oregon...

Black Lawmaker Says Constituent Called 911on Her PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A black Oregon lawmaker says one of her constituents called police on her while she was canvassing a Portland-area neighborhood that she represents. State Rep. Janelle Bynum, who is running for re-election this fall, says she was knocking on doors and taking notes on her cellphone in Clackamas Tuesday when a Clackamas County sheriff's deputy showed up. Bynum tells The Oregonian/OregonLive that the deputy told her a woman called police because the lawmaker appeared to spend a long time at homes. Bynum says she has knocked on thousands of doors and this was the first time someone reported her to police. She called it “just bizarre.” The sheriff's office did not immediately comment on the incident. Bynum says she understands the woman’s concerns but said the woman could have tried talking to her first rather than calling police. THEY HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR Janelle Bynum can laugh with Deputy Sheriff Cambell about this all now.

that the “chaotic circumstances” were of the government's own making. ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said Monday that a judge can impose sanctions, usually fines, for failure to meet the deadline but that the organization is not pressing for that at this time. He said the ACLU instead wants a detailed explanation of when all families will be reunited. “At this point what we need is very specific, concrete steps,” he said. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday there were “under 3,000” children separated from their parents. Previously, he said 2,047.\ “It’s extremely disappointing that the Trump administration looks like it will fail to reunite even half the children under 5 with their parent,” Gelernt said. “These kids have already suffered so much because of this policy, and every extra day apart just adds to that pain.”

Discussing “Depression”

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darkness rather than stand up and fight. You have to fight!” And fight they did, many of the women shared their personal testimonies, and triumphs as they expressed similarities of going through depression as being in a dark hole surrounded by extreme darkness and loneliness. There seemed to be not many dry eyes in the room as the women shared their stories of sadness as well as overcoming depression. While some of women stated that they still battle episodes of depression, they no longer have feelings of hopeless and helplessness.  A back-drop which consisted of mirrors was later described by Prichett as be representative of the times when she had to look in the mirror and quote “healing scriptures”  and to speak life over herself in order to overcome her long stent of depression. Being diagnosed with Scleroderma after the birth of her son

ton said Monday. “He thought really fondly of the city and the organization.” Shelton played his first two seasons in New York, but arrived in Seattle via an NBA rule that, at the time, allowed the league to award compensation to teams when another team signed one of their free agents. After New York signed center Marvin Webster, who helped lead Seattle on a surprising run to the NBA Finals in 1978 and whose loss initially appeared to be a potentially devastating blow to a rising Sonics team, the NBA awarded Shelton and the Knicks’ 1979 first-round pick to Seattle as compensation. (The terms were later reversed somewhat, with Seattle giving its 1981 first-round pick back to the Knicks). Shelton was mainly known as an enforcer, but the 6-foot8 power forward still averaged 12 points and 6.1 rebound for his career. He made the All-NBA defensive team in the 1981-82 season. 

in 2005 and given only 5 years to live, “I sunk into deep depression and even deeper with the passing of my mother that same year, Prichett said. If we can just shed light on depression and at least get people to seek help and to talk about it ,especially in “our” black churches, I feel that it would bring hope health and restoration to many people.” According to statistics,”More women are diagnosed with depression than men and people of color are less likely to get quality mental health care for depression.”  The next “Table Talk” will be held in August more information is forthcoming! Yolanda Prichett, 53, is a wife, mother, blogger, social media enthusiast for The Vibrant City Church, Inc., You-Tube host, and creator of The Creative Kitchen. Yolanda also shares a weekly recipe in The Bakersfield News Observer, The Valley News Observer, and The Los Angeles News Observer. 

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By Darlene L. Williams Bakersfield News Observer Contributing Writer Bakersfield, CA.- President of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Soraya Coley spoke to a crowd of some Letter of recipi225 people, including 9 high school scholarship ion from Correct ents, about overcoming life’s many obstacles, disappointor Edit ments, and failures to achieve their goals the and dreams in a speech titled, “Through It All, I Still Rise.” ody Hurt Nob Bakersfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Derails in Tra n whe api Sorority, Inc. hosted its annual Love Luncheon ScholNear Tehach arship Program, Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 11:00a.m. -2:00 p.m. at the Stockdale Country Club. Tickets sold for $50.00 per person with proceeds benefitting the chapters’ scholarship fund. Dr. Coley has over n’s 26 years of academic and administrative experience. She USC Wome er: OR is the sixth President of California State Polytechnic UniHoops Play s Used Fanrole. versity, Pomona-and the first woman to serveSta intethat Slurs Racialexcerpts Coley began the 30 minute Firm with hspeech nesota Tec Min h wit s from sthe powerful poem “And, Still I Rise” by Maya Find Succes reneurAngelou. ‘You may write me down in history with your Black Entrep bitter twisted lies, you may tread me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.’

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ The founder of a thriving Twin Cities startup company is providing guidance to other black tech entrepreneurs in overcoming a dysfunctional home life on the path to success. Clarence Bethea founded Upsie, a technology company that sells warranties that undercut retailers’ prices. Founded in 2016, Upsie now has more than 14,000 users, Minnesota Public Radio reported . Bethea grew up in a dysfunctional home. His father abused his mother, and he had to overcome homelessness and drug dealing. “It was a lot of work, but I met the right people at the right time who changed the trajectory of my life,’’ said Bethea, 37. “I received guidance and support from

them along the way.’’ He went to Bemidji State University in 2002 on a basketball scholarship but dropped out of college to pursue entrepreneurship. Bethea said his acceptance into Techstars Retail, an international startup accelerator, played an important role in his success. The accelerator offerings funding and mentorship for a three-month period. Upsie was one of 10 startups selected in 2017. “It took away the black or white thing,’’ he said. “It made people judge me on who I am, how I am as a founder, what our team is doing every day and the business.’’ Entrepreneurs of color have a more difficult time

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“We must accept finite disappointment with infinite hope, Coley said. I want, for the sake of the youth, to pose the question; how do we rise?” “Self perception, faith, hope, and access and opportunity provided by society, are four key elements which enables one to rise above frustrations and disappointments, she said. For even in the midst of closed doors or rejections, we rise through it. Through our faith, we are trusting the unseen and knowing without evidence.” Criterion for the nine scholarship recipients was based on GPA, extracurricular, or community involvement. Each of the nine chosen students have maintained outstanding GPAs, ranging from 3.5- 4.5, while taking challenging Advanced Placement and Honors Classes. The recipients are: Terrance De’Louth, outstanding senior at East Bakersfield High School, serves as Vice President of EB’s BSU, is an active member of Project BEST (Black Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching) and a member of EBH Varsity Swim, Basketball, and Football Teams. His future plans include attending CSU and major in Accounting.

Malcolm Francisco, senior at South High School, scored in the 99th percentile for US high school students on the SAT, active member of project of BEST, and has remained on the honor roll throughout his entire school career. He is enrolled in SHS prestigious Math Science Engineering Academy. Malcolm plans to attend UCLA and earn a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. Bryce Jackson, senior at Stockdale High School, is a scholar athlete of the Varsity Basketball Team, represents the community by being a part of a large-scale community service project. He is currently working on a Human Trafficking Awareness Video that will be seen in all Kern County Health classes, he’s an active leader in the BSU, and is Associate Student Body Commissioner of Athletics. Bryce plans to attend UCLA or UCSB and major in Engineering or Economics. Jade Johnson, senior at Stockdale High School, She is the President of Black Student Union, serves as the Associated Student Body Commissioner of Athletics, and has volunteered numerous hours in her community. Jade

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“We must accept finite disappointment with infinite hope, Coley said. I want, for the sake of the youth, to pose the question; how do we rise?” “Self perception, faith, hope, and access and opportunity provided by society, are four key elements which enables one to rise above frustrations and disappointments, she said. For even in the midst of closed doors or rejections, we rise through it. Through our faith, we are trusting the unseen and knowing without evidence.” Criterion for the nine scholarship recipients was based on GPA, extracurricular, or community involvement. Each of the nine chosen students have maintained outstanding GPAs, ranging from 3.5- 4.5, while taking challenging Advanced Placement and Honors Classes. The recipients are: Terrance De’Louth, outstanding senior at East Bakersfield High School, serves as Vice President of EB’s BSU, is an active member of Project BEST (Black Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching) and a member of EBH Varsity Swim, Basketball, and Football Teams. His future plans include attending CSU and major in Accounting.

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By Darlene L. Williams Bakersfield News Observer Contributing Writer Bakersfield, CA.- President of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Soraya Coley spoke to a crowd of some 225 people, including 9 high school scholarship recipients, about overcoming life’s many obstacles, disappointments, and failures to achieve their goals and dreams in a speech titled, “Through It All, I Still Rise.” Bakersfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted its annual Love Luncheon Scholarship Program, Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 11:00a.m. -2:00 p.m. at the Stockdale Country Club. Tickets sold for $50.00 per person with proceeds benefitting the chapters’ scholarship fund. Dr. Coley has over 26 years of academic and administrative experience. She is the sixth President of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona-and the first woman to serve in that role. Coley began the 30 minute speech with excerpts from the powerful poem “And, Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou. ‘You may write me down in history with your bitter twisted lies, you may tread me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.’

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securing funding, said Sharon Kennedy Vickers, founder of the Twin Cities chapter of Blacks in Technology. “The numbers are small for black tech founders because they don’t have the access to resources and capital to take their ideas to market,’’ she said. “There still exists a lot of preconceived ideas of what a tech founder looks like.’’ Bethea recently raised $1.7 million in nine weeks for the business, which will be used to hire more employees this year. “For that next African-American founder who is like, ‘Can I do this?’ and is at a crossroads... hopefully this says that they can because I’m not anything special,’’ Bethea said.

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Black Entrepreneur Finds Success with Minnesota Tech Firm ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ The founder of a thriving Twin Cities startup company is providing guidance to other black tech entrepreneurs in overcoming a dysfunctional home life on the path to success. Clarence Bethea founded Upsie, a technology company that sells warranties that undercut retailers’ prices. Founded in 2016, Upsie now has more than 14,000 users, Minnesota Public Radio reported . Bethea grew up in a dysfunctional home. His father abused his mother, and he had to overcome homelessness and drug dealing. “It was a lot of work, but I met the right people at the right time who changed the trajectory of my life,’’ said Bethea, 37. “I received guidance and support from

them along the way.’’ He went to Bemidji State University in 2002 on a basketball scholarship but dropped out of college to pursue entrepreneurship. Bethea said his acceptance into Techstars Retail, an international startup accelerator, played an important role in his success. The accelerator offerings funding and mentorship for a three-month period. Upsie was one of 10 startups selected in 2017. “It took away the black or white thing,’’ he said. “It made people judge me on who I am, how I am as a founder, what our team is doing every day and the business.’’ Entrepreneurs of color have a more difficult time

securing funding, said Sharon Kennedy Vickers, founder of the Twin Cities chapter of Blacks in Technology. “The numbers are small for black tech founders because they don’t have the access to resources and capital to take their ideas to market,’’ she said. “There still exists a lot of preconceived ideas of what a tech founder looks like.’’ Bethea recently raised $1.7 million in nine weeks for the business, which will be used to hire more employees this year. “For that next African-American founder who is like, ‘Can I do this?’ and is at a crossroads... hopefully this says that they can because I’m not anything special,’’ Bethea said.

By Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Newswire Contributor “Black Panther” starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan, surpassed box office expectations during its opening weekend. With $192 million in ticket sales so far, the film is expected to take in $218 million over the four-day President’s Day weekend and an incredible $361 million worldwide. According to ComScore, global ticket sales were set to reach $387 million over the weekend. According to Entertainment magazine, “Black Panther” is already the eighth-largest single-day gross for the film industry ever and the third-biggest opening for a superhero movie. “Black Panther” scored a $75.8 million opening day. “The Avengers”  opened with $80 million and  “Avengers: Age of Ultron” opened with $84 million. The film also became the highest-grossing title in history at 33 AMC Theaters across the country, according to a report in the Hollywood Reporter.  “Black Panther  earned more at those cinemas  on Thursday evening and Friday—along with advance ticket sales for other times during the weekend—than any other Continued on page A6

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) _ Authorities say nobody was hurt when six freight train cars derailed near a Southern California mountain town. The BNSF Railway Company says most of the train cars were empty and the others were carrying wine when they came off the tracks Saturday near Tehachapi east of Bakersfield. The derailment briefly shut down some lanes on rural State Route 58 but the debris was cleared after several hours. KBAK-TV says the cause is under investigation.

USC Women’s Hoops Player: OR State Fans Used Racial Slurs

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) _ A Southern California women’s basketball player says fans directed racial slurs at her and her black teammates as they left the court following a loss at Oregon State on Sunday night. USC player Minyon Moore sent tweets about the derogatory remarks after the game, though she quickly deleted them. Both schools say they are investigating. ``There is no place at Oregon State University _ nor do we believe in intercollegiate athletics _ for racially derogatory actions or statements that are directed at student-athletes, coaches, officials or fans in attendance,’’ Oregon State spokesman Steve Clark said in a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday night. Clark said that Oregon State was in contact with USC officials and ``have communicated our efforts to investigate this matter immediately.’’ ``Both schools strongly agree that there is no place for such racially insensitive language in sports,’’ USC senior woman administrator Donna Heinel said in a statement provided to the AP. ``And we appreciate Oregon State and the Pac-12’s immediate dedication to investigating this incident and their efforts to ensure that our collective values of respect and inclusion are upheld.’’ Oregon State won 69-63.

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By Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Newswire Contributor “Black Panther” starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan, surpassed box office expectations during its opening weekend. With $192 million in ticket sales so far, the film is expected to take in $218 million over the four-day President’s Day weekend and an incredible $361 million worldwide. According to ComScore, global ticket sales were set to reach $387 million over the weekend. According to Entertainment magazine, “Black Panther” is already the eighth-largest single-day gross for the film industry ever and the third-biggest opening for a su-

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MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) _ Authorities say a Washington woman suffered severe burns after gasoline fumes ignited when gas was being pumped into a garbage can in a car’s backseat.

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) _ Officials say cell locks failed during a brawl involving 120 prisoners at a central California jail that left four inmates injured last week. Tyson Davis, the chief deputy who oversees the Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility, told KBAK-TV Wednesday that the locks are old and inmates have begun to tamper with them, with some success. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said several inmates became disruptive Feb. 6 and refused to comply with the night’s lockdown. The violence sent four inmates to hospitals and left housing units damaged. The labor union representing the guards says low staffing also contributed to the problem. The Lerdo lockup North of Bakersfield is being improved and expanded and a new facility is expected to begin housing inmates by May.\

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Last weeks headline contained a mistake incorrectly noting Dr. Dyson’s name as Eric Michael Dyson, it should have been Michael Eric Dyson. We sincerely apologize to Dr. Dyson and Bakersfield College.

Nobody Hurt when Train Derails Near Tehachapi

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) _ Authorities say nobody was hurt when six freight train cars derailed near a Southern California mountain town. The BNSF Railway Company says most of the train cars were empty and the others were carrying wine when they came off the tracks Saturday near Tehachapi east of Bakersfield. The derailment briefly shut down some lanes on rural State Route 58 but the debris was cleared after several hours. KBAK-TV says the cause is under investigation.

USC Women’s Hoops Player: OR State Fans Used Racial Slurs

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) _ A Southern California women’s basketball player says fans directed racial slurs at her and her black teammates as they left the court following a loss at Oregon State on Sunday night. USC player Minyon Moore sent tweets about the derogatory remarks after the game, though she quickly deleted them. Both schools say they are investigating. ``There is no place at Oregon State University _ nor do we believe in intercollegiate athletics _ for racially derogatory actions or statements that are directed at student-athletes, coaches, officials or fans in attendance,’’ Oregon State spokesman Steve Clark said in a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday night. Clark said that Oregon State was in contact with USC officials and ``have communicated our efforts to investigate this matter immediately.’’ ``Both schools strongly agree that there is no place for such racially insensitive language in sports,’’ USC senior woman administrator Donna Heinel said in a statement provided to the AP. ``And we appreciate Oregon State and the Pac-12’s immediate dedication to investigating this incident and their efforts to ensure that our collective values of respect and inclusion are upheld.’’ Oregon State won 69-63.

Woman Burned as Gas is Pumped into Garbage Can in Her Backseat

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) _ Authorities say a Washington woman suffered severe burns after gasoline fumes ignited when gas was being pumped into a garbage can in a car’s backseat. KOMO-TV reports the Grant County Sheriff’s Office says the woman, who was a passenger early Saturday morning at a Cascade Valley Grocery convenience store, was smoking a cigarette, which ignited the flames. Deputies later found a large amount of marijuana in the car’s trunk. A bystander took the woman to Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake. The male driver who was pumping the gas ran away.


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FILE - In this April 24, 2018 file photo, social activist Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, attends the Time 100 Gala celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world in New York. Burke, who toiled in obscurity for years, has had a head-spinning nine months since the day last October, shortly after the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse accusations, when actress Alyssa Milano encouraged survivors to tweet #MeToo. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Singer Chris Brown Arrested on Florida Felony Battery Charge ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Singer Chris Brown walked off stage after his concert in Florida and into the hands of waiting deputies, who arrested him on a felony battery charge involving a nightclub photographer last year. Tampa Police released more details about the battery warrant Friday after Brown posted $2,000 bond to be released from the Palm Beach County Jail. The warrant accuses Brown of hitting Bennie Vines Jr., who was hired by a club in Tampa to take pictures during an event hosted by Brown in April 2017. Vines told officers Brown punched him while he was snapping photos. Brown was gone by the time officers arrived that night. Vines refused medical treatment, but he told the officers that he wanted to prosecute over a minor lip cut. Emails to Brown’s agents weren’t immediately returned. The entertainer is in the middle of his Heartbreak On A Full Moon Tour and was scheduled to perform in Tampa Friday night. Brown has been in repeated legal trouble since pleading guilty to the felony assault in 2009 of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, ahead of the Grammys. He completed his probation in that case in 2015. In 2013, Brown was charged with misdemeanor assault after he was accused of striking a man outside a Washington, D.C., hotel. He was ordered into rehab but was dismissed for violating facility rules. Brown spent 2½ months in custody, with U.S. marshals shuttling him between Los Angeles and the nation’s capital for hearings. After he completed court-ordered anger-management classes, Brown was accused of throwing a brick at his mother’s car following a counseling session. After Brown posted a picture to his 44 million Instagram followers in January showing his 3-year-old daughter, Royalty, cuddling with a pet monkey, California fish and wildlife agents seized the capuchin monkey named Fiji from his home in Los Angeles. Agents said then that Brown could face a misdemeanor charge carrying up to six months in jail for lacking a permit for the primate.

Burke received a $1 million commitment — and plans to raise twice that, annually — from the New York Women’s Foundation. “I think a lot about what would have happened if we had been fully funded 12 years ago,” she told a cheering crowd at the foundation’s breakfast, where the grant was announced. With its new funding, “me too.” is not only launching the membership-based online community — with a planned October start date — but also developing programming, for later in the year, that will include elements like survivor healing circles. The group also plans to spend about half its resources supporting community-based groups across the country fighting sexual violence. Burke herself is constantly traveling and speaking, working to put the focus back on survivors, especially in marginalized communities, and away from figures like Weinstein, whose accusers have largely been white, famous actresses. “That’s what her work has been out in the world right now,” says Joanne Smith, Burke’s colleague and founder of Girls for Gender Equity. “To remind people — or tell people who never knew — why it is that we have to be so specific about girls of color and black girls in particular being impacted by sexual violence. Because those stories don’t get told.” Burke is aware that the celebrity component of the Weinstein story has in some ways fed a perception that #MeToo — the broader cultural movement — has left some communities out. “There’s a lot of black women who don’t feel like they have a place in this #MeToo movement that ironically was started by a black woman,” says Nupol Kiazolu, a student activist in New York City, who took the stage at the Women in the World conference this spring and called on white women to stand with their black counterparts. “I don’t feel like this movement is inclusive enough as it should be. We have a long way to go.” Similar sentiments were explored at Brooklyn’s Billie Holiday Theatre in March, where actresses including Pauletta Washington and Simone Missick performed from the writings of 50 women and girls of color for a theatrical piece entitled “Our Place in the Movement.” “In so many (past) social movements, the voices of black women are almost non-existent,” said Indira Etwaroo, the theater’s executive director. “And so with the #MeToo movement it begs the question, where do we belong, what place do we have?” She noted that when three actresses — and Weinstein accusers — took the Oscars stage to present a segment on MeToo and Time’s Up, a black woman was not among them. Burke says it’s logical that #MeToo exploded into view when high-profile celebrities became involved. “That’s what the media does, cover celebrities,” she says. “That attention has caused people to make this connection that #MeToo is about white women in Hollywood.” But she also points out that when hundreds of thousands of women began using the #MeToo hashtag, “it went viral because of people — everyday people.” Ana Oliveira, president of the New York Women’s Foundation, says she’s been heartened both by Burke’s extensive experience with survivors of sexual violence, and her clearheaded plans. “Tarana is very clear that this is not about demonizing men,” Oliveira says. “And she’s not interested in building an empire, or a big national organization. She is interested in the sustainability of efforts that happen locally.” Burke says she tries to impress on people that this is an opportunity not to be squandered. “I suspect that in a year or two, it won’t be as newsworthy,” she says. “The thing that WILL be newsworthy will be the ways that we’re moving the needle to end sexual violence.” And for that to happen, the focus needs to shift back to where it started, she says — away from the accused, and onto the survivors. “Millions and millions of people literally raised their hands nine months ago to say #MeToo ... and their hands are still raised,” she says. “Because nobody is responding to them.”

Nashville Pastors Swap Pulpits to Bridge Racial Divide This booking photo provided by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office shows Chris Brown. The singer walked off stage after his concert in Florida and into the hands of waiting sheriff’s deputies, who arrested him on a felony battery charge and booked him into the Palm Beach County Jail. A sheriff’s spokeswoman said the entertainer was released after posting $2,000 bond on the battery charge issued by the sheriff’s office in Hillsborough County. No details about the allegations in the arrest warrant were immediately available. (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Not long ago, Tarana Burke took the podium in a hotel ballroom full of admirers — a scenario that’s become somewhat familiar this past year — and told a favorite childhood tale about the time she was forced to run a three-legged race with a cousin who wasn’t, like her, competitive or athletic. She wanted a different partner, because she didn’t want to lose. But her grandfather told her sternly: “We don’t leave anybody behind.” And so she ran the race with that cousin, and lost, but learned a memorable lesson about taking care of those less powerful. Burke took that lesson into her career as an activist and organizer, especially her work with survivors of sexual violence — work that led her to coin the phrase “Me Too,” more than a decade before it exploded as a global hashtag and a slogan for a sweeping social movement. Now, with more visibility than she ever dreamed possible, Burke finds herself in another race — to get the next phase of her own #MeToo work up and running before the spotlight dims. And an important part of that, she says, is to put the focus back where it started — before Harvey Weinstein and the movie stars and red carpets — on survivors, especially women and girls of color, who she says have always been disproportionately impacted by sexual violence. “The #MeToo movement is a survivor’s movement,” Burke says. “And it’s for everybody. I just want to make that point extra clear.” In other words, the movement doesn’t leave anybody behind, just like her grandfather told her. But beyond that, how do you take a cultural moment with a powerful mantra, and turn it into a sustainable, working movement? That’s what Burke, 44, is concentrating on now, nine months into the #MeToo era. She’s spending the summer working on final plans for programming at “me too.,” her organization that’s housed at the Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity  , the nonprofit where she’s a senior director. The immediate goal: Launching a new online community in the fall, full of resources for survivors across the country. In a recent interview, Burke decried what she called a persistent false narrative about #MeToo. “After all this time, I still run into people every day who say, ’You’re anti-men,” Burke said from France, where she was speaking at the Cannes Lions Festival. “They say, ‘All you want to do is make people lose their jobs.’ And it just takes the focus away from what we’re doing.” “These misconceptions are out there, no matter how much visibility I have, and they’re super harmful, because people believe them,” she added. “So the work I am doing with the visibility I have is to try to give people a broader perspective.” Burke has been on a head-spinning ride since the day last October, shortly after the Weinstein story erupted, when actress Alyssa Milano encouraged survivors of sexual assault or harassment to tweet #MeToo. The hashtag spread like wildfire, and it was quickly pointed out that the phrase had originated with Burke. Since then, she’s been balancing her work at Girls For Gender Equity with countless high-profile appearances, where she’s been hailed as a standard-bearer for the movement: the Golden Globes, the Oscars, the Time 100 gala where she was honored as one of the year’s most influential people, and many others. “Part of the challenge is trying to balance all these things,” she says, “managing this level of visibility and also knowing that we have to do a lot of groundwork.” Essential to that groundwork is fundraising. Whereas the legal defense fund of Time’s Up, the Hollywood-based group advocating for gender equity in the workplace, has raised upward of $20 million, Burke’s own group has nowhere near that kind of money. Tennis legend Billie Jean King and TV host Robin Roberts each gave $100,000, and Google has given a $250,000 “Google Rising” grant. But the biggest boost came in May, when

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By Holly Meyer The Tennessean NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Christians tend to worship alongside people who look just like them. That is the case for the two First Baptist churches in downtown Nashville _ one mostly black and the other mostly white. So when their pastors exchanged pulpits earlier this spring, the Rev. Kelly Miller Smith Jr. and the Rev. Frank Lewis not only demonstrated their friendship, but they bridged the racial divide prevalent across the Christian landscape. “What we are doing today matters. What we are doing matters in our city,” Lewis said as he stood on his borrowed platform at the historically black First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill. “It matters when God's people join together across different kinds of boundaries that we've grown up in and we say, `You know, it doesn't have to be this way,' “ Lewis said in his sermon. “We're going to be together and we're going to lift high the name of Jesus.” About a half-dozen blocks away, Smith called it a “blessing” and a “privilege” to preach at Nashville First Baptist Church that April 22 morning before launching into his sermon on the treasure in jars of clay from 2 Corinthians. The history of race and religion is long and complicated, says Baylor University professor Kevin D. Dougherty and North Park University professor Michael O. Emerson in their recent study, “The Changing Complexion of American Congregations.” In it, the sociology scholars point to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. lamenting in 1956 about 11 a.m. on Sunday morning being the most segregated hour in Christian America. “The troubled history of American race relations birthed congregations and denominations divided by race,” reads the study published in June in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. “Baptists and Methodists both fractured along racial lines to create separate black and white denominations.” In Nashville, the two First Baptist churches share a long history. Nashville First Baptist allowed its black members, both slave and free, to hold monthly prayer meetings in the 1830s, according to church history. Eventually, they were able to hold separate services at another location. At the end of the Civil War, the black congregation petitioned to become an independent church, which happened in 1865. The church would go on, under the leadership of Smith's father, to play a pivotal role during the civil rights movement, including sit-in demonstrations in Nashville. “I think all of that combined just really knits a story together about the ongoing day-to-day work of racial reconciliation,” Lewis said. “I think you have to constantly work on it. It's a long journey. Every generation is going to face new challenges to that.” Today, it is not uncommon for the two congregations to come together on occasion. In 2015, Lewis delivered a message during the 150th anniversary celebration of First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill. On April 22, a joint choir performance capped the day of the Smith and Lewis pulpit exchange. “The hope is they see a genuine and a mutual friendship between the two pastors,” Lewis said. “If we can be friends, then that friendship should extend member to member in our congregations as well.”

It is easier to find common ground for special fellowship events like a pulpit exchange than on a week in and week out basis, Smith said. “What we did on that Sunday is very important and very good,” Smith said. “The people at Nashville First Baptist were very receptive of me and our people were very receptive of Dr. Lewis coming and sharing with us as well.” But worship is not a sterile experience, Smith said. Believers bring their personal perspectives _ both historic and current-day _ with them to church and many want to worship alongside those who understand and share their worldview, he said. “It would be wonderful if we lived in a world, as sometimes said a colorblind world, where we can always worship and celebrate whatever's going on in the lives of people,” Smith said. “We just don't live in that space right now.” In their research, Dougherty and Emerson found a notable increase in the percentage of multiracial congregations in the U.S. These congregations are defined as having less than 80 percent of its members with the same race or ethnicity. About 1 in 5 Americans worship with a multiracial congregation, they found. At 12 percent in 2012, multiracial congregations have nearly doubled since 1998, the study says. Such congregations are more common among Protestants, including mainline, evangelical and black churches. “The attention given to multiracial congregations over the past two decades provides resources for congregations to better serve diverse constituencies,” the study says. “As U.S. society continues to diversify by race and ethnicity, the ability for organizations to adapt to changing demographics will only grow in importance.” Nearly 50 years ago, Belmont United Methodist Church opened its doors to an English as a second language program, said the Rev. Paul Purdue, senior pastor of the church. Ever since, it has brought people from all over the world across the church's threshold. “It's a beautiful thing,” said Purdue, who said a diverse group of pastors has shared the pulpit at the Belmont church. More than 100 people attend Belmont's Golden Triangle Fellowship. It is a Sunday service held in the community center that serves many refugees and is translated into Thai and Karen, a language spoken in Myanmar. Belmont also helped start a Korean Methodist church years back and it has a current relationship with a Hispanic Methodist congregation, too. On Pentecost Sunday, they worship together in three languages: English, Karen and Spanish. The English and Karen speaking congregations shared Communion on World Communion Day, too. “I think it's just part of our fabric,” Purdue said. In April, the Sunday shared by the First Baptist congregations ended with an intention to come together again. “This wasn't the first time our churches have done something like this, and it certainly will not be the last,” Lewis said. “It's a good friendship between our congregations that continues to grow.”

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Electric Vehicles: The Wave of the Future By: Genoa Barrow California Black Media Fifty years ago, “The Jetsons” cartoon predicted that people would be getting around in flying cars in the year 2062. That is still several years away, and for now, the wave of the future is electric vehicles; vehicles that you plug in instead of fueling up at a gas pump. California is taking the lead in adopting electric vehicles and PG&E, a leading utility company, is working to ensure that no driver is left behind. Vincent Davis, PG&E’s senior director of Customer Energy Solutions, says the cost of actually acquiring an electric vehicle is often a challenge for many of PG&E’s customers. To alleviate some of this challenge, there a number of incentives being offered to help make purchasing an electric car a more affordable option. “In the early stages of the electric vehicle, the cost of the vehicles themselves was a hurdle and then range and anxiety in terms of where people would charge, and being concerned about running out of electricity,” shared Davis. “We’re starting to overcome those hurdles.” In the Central Valley, PG&E has partnered with many non-profits including Valley Clean Air Now (Valley CAN). Committed to improving air quality in San Joaquin Valley, Valley CAN provides up to approximately $9,500 for local low-income homeowners to trade in their older vehicles for a used electric vehicle. “(That’s) a pretty good incentive, if you add that on top of the other incentives that come with just purchasing an EV.” Davis said. Other PG&E incentives include a Clean Fuel Rebate for residential customers who own electric vehicles.  “The rebate is part of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard incentive,” Davis said. “That fuel standard incentive is aimed at re-

ducing transportation-related greenhouse emissions by adopting clean energy, like electricity for transportation, so it’s a $500 onetime rebate effectively for fuel switching,” he continued. In 2012, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order “laying the foundation for 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California’s roadways by 2025.” This past January, Gov. Brown signed another executive order to further “boost the supply of zero-emission vehicles and charging and refueling stations in California.” In efforts to expand electric vehicle transportation, PG&E is working with the public transit provider for Stockton and San Joaquin County on an electric vehicle pilot for long-term electric transportation needs. PG&E’s role for the pilot will be to test, analyze and compare the economics for charging at various times of the day using different models with and without battery storage. In a press release earlier this summer, Ray Kuga, vice president of Grid Integration & Innovation at PG&E said, “There is a huge opportunity for electric transportation in California in the medium- to heavy-duty space. Through this pilot, we will test capabilities to make electric vehicles more viable for transit agencies while helping to connect underserved communities and make clean energy transportation options more accessible.” Electric vehicle usage is increasing and evolving across the globe. In Sweden, a stretch of road charges EVs as drivers move across it. In Germany, Siemens and Volkswagen have announced plans to test overhead power lines in 2019 to aid long-haul truckers in charging their rigs. Davis said he wouldn’t be surprised to see similar advances in the United States. “Whether or not you get to the point where people have vehicles that are flying, I don’t know about that, but I do think that the possibilities around electric vehicles are really significant,” he said.


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AS THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE The Local Control Funding Formula and the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) are opportunities to support students in need, including schools that hold the highest percentage of foster youth, English-language learners, and students with low socioeconomic status. It’s time to embrace unity throughout schools. By prioritizing social, emotional and mental health in an equitable and inclusive school community, we can better serve students who are most in need. Students today, leaders tomorrow.   A #HealthyKernCounty benefits us all.

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