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Her slogan “for the the funds to rectify this long-festering injustice,” said Del. people,’’ referenced her career as a prosecutor, a record Charles E. Sydnor III (D-Baltimore County), who led the the campaign struggled to pitch to the party’s most rally along Bladen Street. progressive voters. The Coalition filed a lawsuit in 2006, claiming that the Through the summer, she focused on pocketbook state had failed to “dismantle vestiges of segregated higher issues and her “3 a.m. agenda,’’ a message that never education,” including by underfunding the four HBCUs. seemed to resonate with voters. By the fall, she had The suit notes that the state has allowed traditionally returned to her courtroom roots with the refrain that white universities to continue creating new degree programs “justice is on the ballot,’’ both a cry for economic and that were duplicative of programs at the historically black social justice as well as her call that she could “prosecute schools. “The students from all four universities are communicating with each other for one purpose, and that is to the case’’ against a “criminal’’ president. have Gov. Hogan withdraw the appeal — he and only he has the power and authority to do so.” Continued on page A6

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Black Women’s Roundtable Launches ‘BWR Justice Project’

The BWR Justice Project is supported by The Moriah Fund, Sephora, Family Values @Work Labor Project for Working Families, Oxfam America and Groundswell Fund. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)

Washington, DC – In early November, the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) launched its “BWR Racial, Economic, Health, Gender and Reproductive Justice Project” (BWR Justice Project) to address the racial, gender, economic and health bias impacting Black women and their families in Atlanta, GA with a BWR Reproductive Justice Forum at the Georgia State Capitol. Over the next 12 months, The BWR Justice Project civic engagement and organizing activities will also take place in AL, FL, MI, MS, NC, OH, PA, SC, VA and the DC/MD/VA metro area. The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) serves as the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) leadership development, mentoring, intergenerational and power building arm for Black women and girls. NCBCP President & CEO and National BWR convener, Melanie Campbell shared, “The BWR Justice Project was developed to address key race, pocketbook and safety issues identified in the 5th Annual BWR/ESSENCE Magazine ‘Power of the Sister Vote’ Poll (BWR/Essence ’19 Poll) released in September 2019 and other past research conducted by NCBCP and BWR. The BWR/ESSENCE ’19 Poll indicated the top issues Black women are most concerned about are racism/hate crimes, affordable health care, equal rights/equal pay, criminal justice/policing reform; affordable healthcare; gun violence and gun safety, affordable housing/gentrification, college affordability/ student loan debt, high cost of prescription drugs and more.” Additionally, economic justice research conducted by the Black Women’s Roundtable (including the 2019 BWR Report on the “State of Black Women in the U. S.”), shows that “Black women are still the foundation of Black family financial power. And for most Black women, work Is not an option, it’s a necessary precondition for survival for themselves and their families. As a result, some 70% of Black women are primary breadwinners for their family

unit. This compares to only 24% of white women who are the critical lynchpin in their family’s economic wellbeing. Over half (55%) of all Black families with children are headed by a single mother. And among single motherheaded families, fully 46% live in poverty.” With regard to gender and health justice, BWRsponsored studies have also revealed that the top issues that Black women want their national elected officials to address are to protect Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and affordable healthcare. Further, reproductive justice issues of concern to black women include -- the escalation of attacks on women’s rights to control their own bodies is on the rise by right wing extremists on the federal and state level. Over the past year, several state legislatures have also passed laws to limit women’s reproductive rights. These states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Georgia. Planned Parenthood has reported that “Anti-women’s health politicians are attacking access to reproductive health care and sex education at the state level through dangerous bills, regulations and executive actions. These attacks include attempting to ‘defund’ Planned Parenthood health centers, limit health care coverage for birth control, and promote abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.” The BWR Justice Project goals and outcomes include: • Promoting the adoption of work/ family policies for women and working families to achieve security and prosperity now and for future generations, including paid leave, paid sick days, equal rights, equal pay, entrepreneurship, raising minimum wage and workers’ rights on a federal, state and local level. • Promoting quality of life policies to secure economic, health & reproductive justice, including affordable healthcare, protect Medicaid, Medicare & Social Security and other safety net federal and state-based policies. Continued on page A6

Health Plans Help Prevent Disease Covered California News Sheila Head has been an entrepreneur in Oakland, California for 36 years. “I love what I do,” said the hairstylist and owner of Head Designs. But while her business was relatively healthy, Head’s body was not. “I only would go (to the doctor) when I absolutely had to go,” Head said. “Then Covered California came around, and I jumped on it. My life seemed to blossom.” Open enrollment is underway for consumers to sign up for health insurance through Covered California. A key deadline is Dec. 15 for consumers who want their coverage to begin on Jan. 1. Open enrollment runs through Jan. 31. A free health screening revealed that Head was prediabetic. “Oh, no. I don’t want to have anything to do with diabetes,” said Head. Diabetes is one of the diseases that disproportionately affects African Americans. The U.S. Office of Minority Health estimates that African Americans are 80 percent more likely than other races to get diabetes and are twice as likely to die from the disease. Sheila Head This year’s open-enrollment period features some of the biggest changes since Covered California first began offering health coverage in 2014. First, two Sheila Head (Courtesy Photo)

new state initiatives — the state subsidy program and the restoration of the individual mandate — were key elements in Covered California’s record-low 0.8 percent rate increase for the upcoming year. While preliminary, early data shows that 85 percent o f eligible low-income Californians are qualifying f o r a state subsidy on top of their federal tax credits. About 50 percent of middle-class Californians across the state with household incomes between 400 and 600 percent of the federal poverty level are finding out they are eligible to receive a state subsidy starting in January. “We have heard from people across the state who will be saving hundreds of dollars a month because California is putting its people first,” Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said. “Whether you never thought you could get financial help, or if you have checked before, you need to check again because there is new money available that may dramatically reduce the cost of your coverage.” T h e new state

subsidies are already helping consumers who have selected a plan for 2020. Eligible low-income consumers who qualify for a subsidy are receiving an average of $19 per month, per household, while eligible middle-income Californians who receive a subsidy are getting an average of more than $500 per month, per household. Enrolling for coverage now is critical because California restored the penalty that was part of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act from 2014 to 2018. That means most consumers who do not get covered could face a fine when they file their 2020 taxes in the spring of 2021. A family of four would pay a penalty of at least $2,000, and potentially more, for not having health insurance throughout 2020. The penalty aside, Lee and Head focused on the positive aspects of being insured, including free health screenings, an annual checkup and peace of mind knowing that if a health crisis occurs, you won’t go bankrupt when bills pile up. Free preventative health care services offered by all Covered California health plans helped Head make wise choices to stay healthy, and she is now an active participant in an innovative diabetes-prevention program offered through her health provider, Blue Shield. “Covered California gave me, like, my own heath care team,” Head said. “I hope everyone will have the opportunity to feel like I’ve been feeling.”Open enrollment runs through Jan. 31, 2020. Enroll by Dec.15 to have coverage start on Jan. 1.

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Police Seek Valley Plaza Shooter BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) – Police are looking for an attacker who opened fire at a Central California mall, slightly wounding two people. Videos on social media showed customers running screaming for cover after gunfire erupted Monday at the Valley Plaza Mall in Bakersfield. Police swarmed the building. Authorities say two people were wounded. KGET-TV says their wounds are considered minor. There’s no immediate word on what prompted the shooting. The mall has seen violence before. A gang-related shooting killed one man two days after Christmas in 2005, sending shoppers fleeing in panic. The shooter was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole.

Study Finds Racial Gap Narrows in Prison, Jail, Parole SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A new report by the nonpartisan Council on Criminal Justice says racial gaps have narrowed across the American criminal justice system between 2000 and 2016, the most recent data available. Among the findings: • The imprisonment rate for black people and Hispanic people dropped about 30% between 2000 and 2016, while white imprisonment rates increased about 12%. • The rate at which black people were imprisoned for drug crimes fell by nearly two-thirds, while it increased for white people by about 7%. • The racial disparity ratio between Hispanic people and white people for drug offenses dropped from five-to-one to 1.5-to-one. • Both the black and white imprisonment rates for property crimes declined, but the decrease for black people was more than 10 times that for white people. • The disparity ratio between black people and white people in county jails nationwide dropped by 42%. • The decline in the black jail incarceration rate was largely driven by a 41% decrease in the black drug arrest rate.

General Lee Statue Vandalized Again CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – A Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, that became a rallying point for white nationalists has been vandalized again, this time with graffiti saying, “Impeach Trump.” News outlets report that the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was also spray-painted Thursday night with “This is Racist.” Tarps were put over the graffiti and city officials expect a clean-up effort to start Monday. The statue was vandalized earlier this year with an expletive directed at President Donald Trump. White nationalists seized on a city plan to remove the statue and flocked there in 2017 for a rally that turned violent and deadly. The city’s effort to remove the statue have been prevented by a judge amid ongoing litigation. The statue has been vandalized several times previously.


World & Nation Congressman Introduces 100 Percent Clean Legislation

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Democratic Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA04)

By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent
 Democratic Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA04) has introduced the 100 percent Clean Economy Act of 2019.  The legislation sets a nationwide goal of achieving a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050, defined as net-zero climate pollution across all sectors of the United States’ economy. The bill contains more than 150 original co-sponsors, according to a news release.  The National Medical Association and Green the Church were among the many national public health, environmental, conservation, and clean energy advocacy groups to release statements supporting the bill. “The need to act on climate has never been clearer: 2019 is on pace to be one of the hottest years ever recorded and every week brings another community damaged by extreme weather events fueled by climate change,”

McEachin stated in the news release. “That is why we must boldly transition to a 100 percent clean economy. The 100 percent Clean Economy Act of 2019 will protect public health and our environment; create high-quality green jobs that will strengthen our economy; and mitigate the impacts of climate change for all communities and all generations,” he stated.  “Our climate crisis demands immediate action, and this bill will ensure that our children and our children’s children will have healthier lives and a stronger, more sustainable economy.”  Statistics provided by McEachin’s office show that more than 1 million African Americans live within a halfmile of oil and natural gas facilities, and processing and storage spaces. Research also shows that 7 in 10 African Americans live in counties with refineries, and communities of color disproportionately are exposed to toxic air pollution from the fossil fuel industry.  African American children, who already suffer significantly more from asthma and deaths from asthma than their white peers, are particularly vulnerable from increased risks due to exposure to emissions from oil and gas facilities. The National Medical Association (NMA), the largest and oldest national organization representing the interests of more than 50,000 African American physicians and their patients in the United States, also released a statement in support of McEachin’s measure. As the leading force for parity and justice in medicine and the elimination of disparities in health, NMA officials said actions are needed to sustain attention and address the problems associated with climate change. “Climate change is a public health issue that needs sustained attention and actions to address increasing respiratory diseases and other illnesses due to pollution and severe weather. A transition to a 100-percent clean energy economy by 2050 across all sectors will help mitigate the impacts of climate change,” NMA officials said in the statement.  “We ask all members to step up now and support such bold actions, which will spur clean energy development,

cut the carbon pollution that contributes to climate change, Carroll stated. protect our health, and create more clean energy jobs.” “Failure to act now is a failure to protect our health, To ensure the United States gets started soon, the environment, and our communities against the climate 100 percent Clean Economy Act of 2019 directs federal our agencies to use all existing authorities to put America on crisis.” a path toward meeting the achievable 100 percent clean economy goal while remaining technology-neutral. The legislation directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to evaluate agency plans, make recommendations to strengthen them as needed and report each year on progress toward a 100 percent clean economy.  The bill also creates an advisory committee composed of a broad range of stakeholders to provide recommendations on one or more interim goals. The 100 percent Clean Economy Act of 2019 lays Adjudicated a Newspaper of General Circulation August 11, out principles for federal agency action, including, but not 1980, Kern County Superior Court Decree, Case No. 16964, limited to: Government Code 6023. • improving public health, resilience, and environmental outcomes, especially for low-income Bulk Mailing Permit 724 Bakersfield, CA 93385 and rural communities, communities of color, tribal and indigenous communities, deindustrialized communities, Published By Observer Group Newspapers of Southern Califorand other populations disproportionately impacted by climate change;  nia, Inc. Corporate Office 1219 20th St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 • enhancing quality job creation and (661) 324-9466. ensuring fairness and equity for workers and communities affected by the transition to a 100 percent clean economy; Member of The National Newspapers Publishers Association, • providing benefits for consumers, small Associated Press, and The Better Business Bureau businesses, and rural communities; and • preparing communities for the impacts President: Ellen Coley and risks of climate change.  Operations Manager: Jon Coley “Green the Church  faith communities are turning Editor: James Luckey our collective efforts toward protecting the health and well-being of all Americans, especially those who are disproportionately hurt hardest by climate change, “stated the Rev. Ambrose Carroll, founder of the national organization working with Black faith communities.  Green the Church works to empower church leadership Credo-The Black Press believes that America can best and laypeople to develop practical solutions to economic lead the world away from racial and national antagonisms and environmental issues in the Black community.  when it accounts to every person, regardless of race, color, “We call on Congress and the Administration to turn or creed full human and legal rights. Hating no person, their united attention toward setting a nationwide goal of fearing no person, the Black Press strives to help every perachieving a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050,” son in the firm belief that all are hurt as long as any one is held back.

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Harris Resolution Affirms 150 Yr Old Civil Rights Law

U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) introduced a Senate resolution affirming the importance of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, Section 1981, one of the country’s fundamental anti-discrimination laws. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced a companion resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives. Harris’ resolution follows oral argument in the United States Supreme Court case,  Comcast Corporation v. National Association of African American-Owned Media and Entertainment Studios Networks, Inc. The issue before the Court is whether victims of race discrimination must meet the burdensome “but-for” causation standard in order to proceed with claims under the oldest federal civil rights law. If successful, Comcast’s arguments would narrow a key

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civil rights law that protects against race discrimination. “Just one year after the end of the Civil War, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866 to remove barriers to contracting and Black economic advancement,” said Senator Harris. “It ensured that newly freed slaves enjoyed the same rights as other citizens. This case threatens to limit the effectiveness of our oldest civil rights law and could prevent countless victims– particularly Black people and people of color– from pursuing claims of race discrimination in our courts. That is why I am proud to lead my Senate colleagues in a resolution to affirm the importance of upholding longstanding protections against discrimination. I thank Congresswoman Waters for her tireless leadership in the fight for justice.” “More than a century after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, it is absolutely outrageous that one of the largest media companies in the world would have the audacity to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments in a case that undermines this vital law,”said Congresswoman Waters. “Nearly ten years ago when Comcast sought to merge with NBC Universal, both companies were forced, under pressure from my efforts in Congress and the FCC, to commit to credible diversity and inclusion initiatives as a condition for the merger. Today, they are seeking to effectively destroy one of our nation’s oldest civil rights statutes dating back to Reconstruction. In doing so, Comcast is opening the flood gates to discrimination in business contracts with no legal remedy or recourse. Those of us who know our history, understand

all too well the harmful impact this could have on future generations of entrepreneurs and creators of color. I am proud to lead my colleagues in a resolution that makes clear that any and all assaults on civil rights protections for Americans – particularly people of color and other marginalized groups – will not be tolerated by the U.S. Congress.” The statute at issue in the case—42 U.S.C. Section 1981—was passed immediately after the Civil War as part of a broader effort to ensure that newly freed slaves enjoyed the same rights as other citizens. The Ninth Circuit interpreted Section 1981 to allow victims to allege that race was a motivating factor for a defendant’s refusal to contract, rather than the “but for” cause of harm. Comcast appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it argues for a burdensome pleading  standard that would greatly limit access to the courts for victims of discrimination. On September 30, Harris led an  amicus brief  in the United States Supreme Court in support of the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, arguing that, under the statute, plaintiffs can proceed with claims where race discrimination is a motivating factor, but not the sole cause of harm. Harris’ resolution is joined by  Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI),  Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and  Ron Wyden (D-OR), and is supported by the NAACP. For the full text of the resolution, scan the picture to this story using your “Observer Interactive” App.

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Credit Writer/director Peter Strickland for succeeding where others have not. His direction exhibits a quirky, artistic style. Scenes melt into each other effortlessly. There’s a dazzling visual flare that keeps your eyeballs glued to the screen for 118 minutes. You’re hooked until he’s through weaving a very sordid tale about a dress with a mind of its own and a curse that is deadly. By Dwight Brown NNPA Newswire Film Critic She thought she was simply buying a sexy red dress, off the rack. But when that frock came home with her, so did the supernatural. Writer/director Peter Strickland had a wicked vision in mind when he created this campy horror film, which has a style that is reminiscent of the 1977 cult classic Suspiria, by famed 1970s/80s Italian horror director Dario Argento. Argento gained notoriety for his arty mixture of thriller, mystery, psychological and erotic elements versus unbridled gore. Director Luca Guadagnino (Oscar-nominee Call Me by Your Name) attempted to mimic Argento’s style with his misguided 2018 remake of Suspiria. His failure proves that stepping into this horror subgenre successfully is not that easy. Credit Strickland for succeeding where others have not. His direction exhibits a quirky, artistic style. Scenes melt into each other effortlessly. There’s a dazzling visual flare that keeps your eyeballs glued to the screen for 118 minutes. You’re hooked until he’s through weaving a very sordid tale about a dress with a mind of its own and a curse that is deadly. Sheila (Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Secrets & Lies) ) is very conscientious. She’s a chatty and polite bank teller. As a recently divorced single mom, she lives with her young adult son Vince (Jaygann Ayeh, The Souvenir). Her offspring, judging by the moans and groans that emanate from his bedroom at night when he’s hosting his ladyfriend (Gwendoline Christie), should have been living on his own years ago. Sheila, tired of being alone, puts her profile on a dating page and is about to meet a new man for dinner. Wanting to make the right impression, she heads to a bizarre London department store and is tempted to buy something

In Fabric Marianne Jean Baptiste as Sheila. (Courtesy Photo)

wild, for a woman of a certain age. A creepy-looking store clerk (Fatma Mohamed), who slithers down the aisles like Morticia Adams (of The Adams Family), champions a lowcut red dress. Sheila: “Isn’t it a little risqué? I don’t normally wear this kind of thing.” Clerk: “Be bold. Your date will compliment you. Touch it. Feel it. Here.”

Sheila’s restaurant rendezvous doesn’t go well. He’s a bore. Self-absorbed. No feel for small talk. No sense of humor. Pity. But at least she has the dress she adores. Unfortunately, the feeling is not mutual. The frock gives her a rash. It moves around on its own, causes a series of accidents, mishaps and oddities that leave puddles of blood

in its wake. There is something so matter-of-fact about Sheila that when unnatural things vex her you feel extra sorry about her misfortune. Her life turns to tatters. So do the lives of anyone who dons the scarlet garment. Strickland sets the scare meter at moderate. The horror is consistent but not explosive. Ghastly in the right places. A little mangling here. Oral sex there. A washing machine run amuck. Untimely deaths. The director brushes on the macabre like an artist choosing the right colors, shapes and textures for a Salvador Dali painting. Tasteful. Sick. Weird. More like an art film gone askew. Not at all like a tacky B-movie. The costume designer (Jo Thompson) threads together a catchy wardrobe for the cast, who look prepared to go to work or a freak show, depending. Sets (Adrian Greenwood) and production design (Paki Smith), from Shelia’s cramped two-story flat to a department store with a secret dumbwaiter that leads to a coven, pull you into a workingclass life that clashes with an underworld. The score (Cavern of Anti-Matter) has both whimsical and sinister tones. Ditto the sound design (Rob Entwistle). Editing (Matyas Fekete) the footage down to a fairly lengthy movie that doesn’t feel long is not an easy feat. The rainbow of colors (Bobbie Cousins art director) is well captured by cinematography (Ari Wegner) with lighting that is particularly sensual during a very intimate peeping tom scene. The camerawork evokes an odd feeling as you become the watcher observing a voyeur. Baptiste leaves her everywoman imprint all over the footage. Sheila’s inflection, nonchalant delivery and stoic facial expressions rarely waver, even in the presence of two overbearing bosses, played snidely by Steve Oram and Julian Barratt. Mohamed’s accent, as the temptress clerk, is so thick you could trip over it, and the clandestine life the character leads gets spookier every minute. Jaygann Ayeh’s chemistry with Baptiste is so natural it’s as if Sheila was his real helicopter mom and he was her actual ungrateful millennial son. Even with the dry humor and intelligent writing, make no mistakes about it, In Fabric is designed to scare the s--- out of you. It does. Small eerie moments pile up, fraying your nerves, building and building. Like someone first sticking needles in your back, then switching to shivs.

Gabrielle Union Speaks Out Amid Reports She’s Off NBC Show LOS ANGELES (AP) – Gabrielle Union thanked supporters for defending her amid reports she was fired from “America's Got Talent” after complaining about racism and other alleged on-set issues. “Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone... you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever,” the actress tweeted Wednesday night. She didn't directly address her status with NBC's talent show, and her representatives did not respond to requests for comment Friday or previously. According to reports, Union and Julianne Hough have been dropped as “America's Got Talent” judges after a single season.

Union, who is African American, reportedly sought network action to address a workplace environment that allegedly allowed racist jokes and comments and other troubling behavior, including judge-producer Simon Cowell's smoking indoors in violation of state law. Union's husband, former NBA player Dwyane Wade, also weighed in Wednesday on Twitter, saying he'd yet to hear a good reason why his wife was being fired. In a statement, NBC and series producer Fremantle defended what they called the show's “long history of inclusivity and diversity.”

Gabrielle Union thanked supporters for defending her amid reports she was fired from “America’s Got Talent” after complaining about racism and other alleged on-set issues.

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Howard Stern is pointing fingers in the ongoing "America's Got Talent" drama over Gabrielle Union's controversial exit. The former "AGT" judge and radio shock jock says Simon Cowell is to blame for Union not returning to the NBC competition show. Stern took to his SiriusXM show Monday to call out Cowell after hearing of Union's exit, despite claiming not to have known of the actress prior to the news. Stern served as a judge on America's Got Talent for four seasons, from 2012 though 2015. As Stern talked about seeing the news over the weekend, he suggested Union wasn't returning because of Cowell. "How is it that Simon Cowell has orchestrated this? He has set it up that the men stay, no matter how ugly they are, no matter how old they are, no matter how fat they are, no matter how talentless they are," Stern said. "What he manages to do on all his shows is he constantly replace the hot chicks with hotter chicks and younger chicks, which is so obvious," Stern said. "Simon (and) Howie get to stay, but the three women had to go: Tyra Banks, Mel B., Heidi Klum, and they find two younger, hotter women." Stern also questioned why judge Howie Mandel is still on the show despite other judge lineup changes over the years. "It's one thing if you fire everyone, but why is it always the women on that show that constantly go into rotation?" Stern asked. "I like Howie, he's doing a fine, serviceable job, but why don't they change him? And why don't they change Simon?" Stern continued: "This is the ultimate example of a boys club – two seasons in a row the female judges being fired while Simon and Howie soldier on." Howard Stern, left, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel at "America's Got Talent" Season 8 New York auditions.

"America's Got Talent" had no additional statement on Stern's comments, pointing back to a joint statement to USA TODAY from NBC, production company Fremantle and Cowell's entertainment company, Syco, in which "AGT" announced it remains "committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture." "We are working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps may be appropriate," the statement added. Stern's comments come after SAG-AFTRA said it is investigating Union's exit, following a report last week from Variety, which described a “toxic culture” on the set of "America's Got Talent" after news that Union and fellow judge Julianne Hough would not be returning to the reality singing competition for a second year has a lot of work to do to change its culture so that discrimination, harassment, and retaliation are no longer tolerated at the company. Period." Variety also reported that a culture of toxic, racist jokes and "excessive notes" about physical appearance were pervasive before the two freshman judges' contracts were not renewed. 'We're with you':Ariana Grande, Ellen Pompeo show support for Gabrielle Union amid 'AGT' exit Union hasn't addressed the controversy directly, but in her first tweet since the controversy unfolded, she thanked fans for support. "So many tears, so much gratitude," she tweeted Wednesday night. "THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone ... you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever." Several other celebrities, including Ariana Grande, Ellen Pompeo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Debra Messing and Olivia Munn have since voiced their support for Union.


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������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B6937 Doing business as: HOME & FASHION at 5630 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella, Ca. 93240 Mailing Address: 3717 Mount Celeste Ct., Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 County: Kern Full name of registrant: HARPREET SINGH PADDA, 3717 Mount Celeste Ct., Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: HARPREET SINGH PADDA The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 10/28/2014 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Nov 1, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 1, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 13, 20, 27, Dec 4, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B6975 Doing business as: E&G AUTO SALES at 1330 23rd Street Unit B, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: E&G WHOLESALE INCPORPORATED, CA, 1805 Saint Clair St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 The business is conducted by: Corporation SIGNED: VERONICA GONZALEZ, CEO The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Nov 1, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: E DEL VILLAR, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 1, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 13, 20, 27, Dec 4, 2019 ������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2018-B7319 Business Name you wish to abandon: BAKERSFIELD REAL ESTATE SERVICES Street address of business: 5405 Stockdale Hwy S-106, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: RONALD SAMEUL PETER WAREHAM, 2109 Westminister Dr., 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: RONALD SAMEUL PETER WAREHAM, OWNER This statement of abandonment filed on: October 31, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R PADILLA Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 13, 20, 27, Dec 4, 2019 ������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2018-B7311 Business Name you wish to abandon: BAKERSFIELD PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Street address of business: 5405 Stockdale Hwy S-106, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: RONALD SAMEUL PETER WAREHAM, 2109 Westminister Dr., 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: RONALD SAMEUL PETER WAREHAM, OWNER This statement of abandonment filed on: October 31, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R PADILLA Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 13, 20, 27, Dec 4, 2019 �������������������������������

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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. 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Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 4, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11, 2019

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 Nov 8, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11, 2019

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: MARICELA GARCIA This statement of abandonment filed on: November 13, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R EDMIASTON Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11, 2019

������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B6823 Doing business as: HOWARD JOHNSON INN at 2700 White Lane, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 Mailing Address: PO Box 20448, Houston, Tx. 77225 County: Kern Full name of registrant: WFH BAKERSFIELD LLC, CA, 2700 White Lane, Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 The business is conducted by: Limited Liability Company SIGNED: JACOB WANG, MANGER The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 11/29/2018 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Oct 28, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: E DEL VILLAR, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Oct 28, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7102 Doing business as: VAZQUEZ JANITORIAL SERVICES at 10802 Arden Villa Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: OLGA VAZQUEZ, 10802 Arden Villa Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: OLGA VAZQUEZ The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 01/01/2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Nov 8, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 8, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7105 Doing business as: ROCHA JANITORIAL SERVICES at 5300 Gorham Way Apt #1, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: ANGEL ANTONIO ROCHOA, 5300 Gorham Way Apt #1, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: ANGEL ANTONIO ROCHOA The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 01/20/2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Nov 8, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R ROBERTS-MARTIN, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 8, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7101 Doing business as: ROMERO’S JANITORIAL SERVICES at 745 Mayer Ln., Shafter, Ca. 93263 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: MAGDALENA ROCIO ROMERO, 745 Mayer Ln., Shafter, Ca. 93263 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: MAGDALENA ROCIO ROMERO The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 01/20/2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Nov 8, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R ROBERTS-MARTIN, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s

������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7091 Doing business as: HEALTHY SMILES FAMILY DENTAL OFFICE at 3450 Stine Rd., Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: LUIS C. ESTRADA, D.D.S., INC., CA, 3450 Stine Rd., Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: LUIS C. ESTRADA, PRESIDENT The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 06/24/2009 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Nov 8, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R EDMIASTON, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 8, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7089 Doing business as: ATLAS CARGO TANK SERVICES at 2122 Wegis Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93314 Mailing Address: PO Box 82064, Bakersfield, Ca. 93380 County: Kern Full name of registrant: ANNA LEACH, 2122 Wegis Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93314 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: ANNA LEACH 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: Nov 8, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 8, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B6981 Doing business as: E&J MOBILE DIESEL REPAIR at 1110 Tulare St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93305 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: ERICK NEVAREZ, 1110 Tulare St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93305 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: ERICK NEVAREZ 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: Nov 4, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R ROBERTS-MARTIN, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 4, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11, 2019 ������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2019-B7152 Business Name you wish to abandon: GARCIA’S COMMERCIAL CLEANING Street address of business: 2700 Macau Street, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: MARICELA GARCIA, 2700 Macau Street, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A

������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2016-B4759 Business Name you wish to abandon: O&A SECURITY SERVICES Street address of business: 2700 Macau Street, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: J.W OWENS, 720 Huskey Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: SASHA WINONA OWENS, 720 Huskey Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: PERRY KENNETH ALDERMAN JR, 427 Ferguson Avenue, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: HANNAH PAULINE WILLIAMSON, 427 Ferguson Avenue, 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: Individual SIGNED: J.W OWENS, OWNER This statement of abandonment filed on: November 12, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R ROBERTS-MARTIN Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11, 2019 ������������������������������� NOTICE OF HEARING GUARDIANSHIP CASE NO: BPB-19-002503 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF KERN 1215 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 GURDIANSHIP OF THE PERSON OF: AUSTIN JAMES GOMEZ Minor This notice is required by law. This notice does not require you to appear in court, but you may attend the hearing if you wish. 1.NOTICE is given that ELIZABETH NUNEZ GOMEZ & REYNALDO GOMEZ, (representative capacity, if any): PETITIONERS PETITOIN FOR APPOINTEMENT OF GUARDIAN OF MINOR PERSON 2. You may refer to documents on file in this proceeding for more information (Some documents filed with the court are confidential Under some circumstances you or your attorney may be able to see or receive copies of confidential documents if you file papers in the proceeding or apply to the court.) 3. The petition includes an application for the independent exercise of powers by a guardian or conservator under: AS SET FORTH IN GC-248-DUTIES OF GUARDIAN 4. A HEARING on the mater will be held as follows: Date: Dec 16, 2019 Time: 8:30 am Dept: P Address of Court Same as noted above Party without Attoney: Elizabeth Nunez Gomez & Reynaldo Gomez 2318 1/2 South I St. Bakersfield, CA. 93304 IN PRO PER BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11, 2019 ������������������������������� SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) CASE NUMBER (Número del Caso): BCV-19-102050 NOTICE TO DEFENDANT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): 1 RED INVESTMENTS, INC., a California Corporation; EDGAR CORDOVA, an individual; DINORAH CORDOVA, an individual, and DOES 1 to 10 inclusive, YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF (LO ESTÁ DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): SERGIO OLMOS NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online SelfHelp Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/ selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online SelfHelp Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/ selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. ¡AVISO! Lo han demandado. Si no responde dentro de 30 días, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escuchar su versión. Lea la información a continuación. Tiene 30 DÍAS DE CALENDARIO después de que le entreguen esta citación y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefónica no lo protegen. Su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya

PUBLIC NOTICE un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y más información en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www. sucorte.ca.gov), en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede más cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentación, pida al secretario de la corte que le dé un formulario de exención de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento y la corte le podrá quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin más advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado inmediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remisión a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org), en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California, (www.sucorte.ca.gov) o poniéndose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperación de $10,000 ó más de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesión de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is (El nombre y dirección de la corte es): Superior Court of California, County of Kern, 1415 Truxtun, Bakersfield, CA 93301 The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is (El nombre, la dirección y el número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado, es): ANDREW K. SHEFFIELD ESQ. (SBN 220735) LEBEAU-THELEN, LLP, 5001 E. Commercenter Drive, Suite 300, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Telephone: (661) 325-8962 Fax: DATE (Fecha): March 15, 2019 TAMARAH HARBER-PICKENS, Clerk (Secretario), by Layton Johnson, Deputy (Adjunto) (SEAL) NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served. BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7308 Doing business as: RLT CONSULTING & SERVICES at 8500 Kern Canyon Rd. SP#104, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: RANDOLPH CHARLES TOMPKINS JR, 8500 Kern Canyon Rd. SP#104, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: RANDOLPH CHARLES TOMPKINS JR The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Nov 20, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 20, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 18, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7302 Doing business as: BELL ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES at 3706 Argent St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: BROOKLYNN KAY MARTIN-BELL, 3706 Argent St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93304 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: BROOKLYNN KAY MARTINBELL 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: Nov 20, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R ROBERTS-MARTIN, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 20, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 18, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7220 Doing business as: TRIPLE D TRANSPORT at 4900 California Ave. Ste 210 B, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: DEMARK


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LONNEL DELANEY, 4900 California Ave. Ste 210 B, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: DEMARK LONNEL DELANEY The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 11/09/2017 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Nov 18, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R EDMIASTON, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 18, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 18, 2019

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Mailing address of business: 20601 Vallie Blvd. Suite # A-104, Tehachapi, Ca. 93561 Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: JOSE MANUEL DUENEZ, 29641 Stallion Springs Dr., Tehachapi, Ca. 93561 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: JOSE MANUEL DUENEZ, OWNER This statement of abandonment filed on: November 19, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 18, 2019

������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7096 Doing business as: LASER DENTAL BAKERSFIELD - DENTAL PRACTICE OF JEANNIE A MOLATO D.M.D at 4801 Wilson Road Ste C, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: JEANNIE A. MOLATO, D.M.D, INC., CA, 4801 Wilson Road Ste C, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 The business is conducted by: Corporation SIGNED: JEANNIE A. MOLATO The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 08/08/2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Nov 8, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R EDMIASTON, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 8, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 18, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7257 Doing business as: ARTS WOOD DESIGNS at 3800 Niles St. Unit 11, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 60285, Bakersfield, Ca. 93386 County: Kern Full name of registrant: ARTURO VILLARRUEL, 3800 Niles St. Unit 11, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: ARTURO VILLARRUEL The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 01/22/2009 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Nov 19, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A RANGEL VILLASENOR, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 19, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 18, 2019

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������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7217 Doing business as: SMOKE SCENE at 5210 Olive Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: AHMED MOHAMED ALGAZALI, 5210 Olive Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 Full name of registrant: ODAI ALI SAEF, 5210 Olive Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: AHMED MOHAMED ALGAZALI The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 08/01/2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Nov 15, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 15, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 18, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7203 Doing business as: BALLOON BOUTIQUE at 22309 Corral Court, Tehachapi, Ca. 93561 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: YVETTE CHRISTINE, 22309 Corral Court, Tehachapi, Ca. 93561 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: YVETTE CHRISTINE 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: Nov 15, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R EDMIASTON, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 15, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 18, 2019 ������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2019-B7288 Business Name you wish to abandon: RLT CONSULTING & SERVICES Street address of business: 8500 Kern Canyon Rd. SP#104, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: RANDOLPH CHARLES TOMPKINS, 8500 Kern Canyon Rd. SP#104, 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: RANDOLPH CHARLES TOMPKINS, OWNER This statement of abandonment filed on: November 20, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 18, 2019

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7208 Doing business as: HAWK OIL & GAS CONSULTING at 2704 Judith St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: NICHOLAS A GONZALES, 2704 Judith St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: NICHOLAS A GONZALES 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: Nov 15, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R ROBERTS-MARTIN, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 15, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E)

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2017-B7559 Business Name you wish to abandon: TRIPLE D TRANSPORT Street address of business: 5001 Winter Pasture Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 County: Kern Mailing address of business: 4725 Panama Lane, D3 #155, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: DEMARK LONNEL DELANEY, 5001 Winter Pasture Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 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: DEMARK LONNEL DELANEY, OWNER This statement of abandonment filed on: November 18, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R EDMIASTON Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 18, 2019 ������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2017-B5756 Business Name you wish to abandon: WONDERLAND PET SPA Street address of business: 20601 Valley Blvd. Suite # A-104, Tehachapi, Ca. 93561 County: Kern

������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2017-B4742 Business Name you wish to abandon: SMOKE SCENE Street address of business: 5210 Olive Dr. Suite #C, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: AHMED MOHAMED ALGAZALI, 10805 Fieldstone Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: ODAI ALI SAEF, 3414 S. Fairfax Rd., Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Business was conducted by: General Partnership SIGNED: AHMED MOHAMED ALGAZALI, OWNER This statement of abandonment filed on: November 15, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 18, 2019 ������������������������������� SUMMONS (Family Law) CITACION (Derecho familiar) NOTICE TO RESPONDENT: AVISO AL DEMANDADO (Nombre): FRANCISCO RAFAEL MORFIN You are being sued. Read the information below and on the next page. Lo han demandado. Lea la informacion a continuacion y en la pagina siguiente. PETITIONER’S NAME: EL NOMBRE DEL DEMANDANTE: MARIELA MORFIN CASE NUMBER (Número del Caso): BFL-19-003589 You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and Petitions are served on you to file a Response (form FL-120) at the court and a copy served on the petitioner. A letter, or phone call, or court appearance will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your right to custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay child support and attorney fees and costs. For legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. Get help finding a lawyer at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courts. ca.gov/selfhelp), at the California Legal Services website (www. lawhelpca.org), or by contacting your local bar association NOTICE-RESTRAINING ORDERS ARE ON PAGE 2: These restraining orders are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgement is entered, or the court makes further orders. They are enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of them. FEE WAIVER: If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. The court may order you to pay back all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for you or the other party. Tiene 30 dias de calendario despues de habir recibido la entrega legal de esta Ciracion y Peticion para presentar una Respuesta (formulario FL-120) ante la corte y efectuar la entrega legal de una copia al demandante. Una carta o llamada telefonica o una audiencia de la corte no basta para protegerlo. Si no oresebta su Respuesta a tiempo, la corte puede dar ordenes que afecten la custodia de sus hijos. La corte tambien le puede ordenar que pague manutencion de los hijos, y honorarios y costos legales. Para asesoramiento legal, pongase en contacto de inmediato con un abogado, Puede obtener informacion para encontrar un abogado en el Centri de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte.ca.gov), en el sitio web de los Servicios Legales de Califonia (www.lawhelpca.org), o poniendose en contacto con el colegio de abogasos de su condado. AVISO-LAS ORDENES DE RESTRICCION SE ENCUENTRAN EN LA PAGINA 2: Las ordenes de restriccion estan en vigencia en cuanto a ambos conyuges o miembros de la pareja de hecho hasta que se despida la peticion, se emita un fallo o la corte de otras ordenes. Cualquier agencia del orden publico que haya recibido o visto una copia de estas orden puede hacerla acatar en cualquier lugar de California. EXENCION DE CUOTAS: Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario un formulario de exencion de cuotas. La corte puedeordenar que usted pague, ya sea en parte o por completo, las cuotas y costos de la corte previamente exentos a peticion de usted o del la otra parte. The name and address of the Court is (El nombre y direccion de la corte son:) KERN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT 1215 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 The name, address, and telephone number of petitioner’s attorney, or petitioner without an attorney, are (El nombre, la direccion y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante si no tiene abogado, son:) MARIELA MORFIN 8029 HICKORY ST. LAMONT, CA. 93241 TOTAL SOLUTIONS, 661-324-4492 ESTHER AGUIRE, LDA #110 Exp: 7/16/20 PO BOX 2261, BKSFD, CA. 93303 Date (Fecha): AUG 29, 2019 (SEAL) Clerk, By: (Acturio), Y. GALLEGOS, Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 18, 2019 �������������������������������

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ADMINISTER ESTATE OF JUANITA B. ROBINSON CASE NUMBER: BPB-19-003060 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of JUANITA B. ROBINSON A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by TINA DAVIS in the Superior Court of California, County of KERN 1215 Truxtun Ave Bakersfield, Ca. 93301 THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that TINA DAVIS be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests 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: Dec 19, 2019 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 on Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. IF you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (for DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate code section 1250. A request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Petitioner: TINA DAVIS 1221 Riverwood Hacienda Heights, Ca 91745 Telephone: (626) 968-6911 Fax: E-Mail: BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (PS) PUB: Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 2019

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This is to notify the following persons that his/her personal household and/ or miscellaneous goods will be sold at public auction or private sale. Stor It Self Storage 4200 Patton Way Bakersfield, CA 93308. The sale will take place online at www. storagetreasures.com; the bidding will end Wednesday December 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm. B046 Michelle Ford - Misc. D050 Michael Friedrichs – Misc. E031 Kelli Pike - Misc. F026 David Smith – Misc. BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7454 Doing business as: SALT OF THE EARTH SHOP at 8102 Laborough Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: BRITANI MARIE HENDERSON, 8102 Laborough Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: BRITANI MARIE HENDERSON The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 05/10/2017 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Nov 27, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R ROBERTS-MARTIN, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 27, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7450 Doing business as: J&M RECYCLING at 723 Quantico Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 Mailing Address: 729 Brentwood Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 County: Kern Full name of registrant: JORGE GONZALEZ, 729 Brentwood Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 The business is conducted by: Individual

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SIGNED: JORGE 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: Nov 27, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R EDMIASTON, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 27, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 �������������������������������

FILE NO: 2019-B7417 2019-B7418 Doing business as: KEENG & QWEEN’S GREENS / KQGREENS at 1313 Ridgeview St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: ANTHONY MATTHEW HOLMES, 1313 Ridgeview St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Full name of registrant: REGINA DIANE HOLMES, 1313 Ridgeview St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 The business is conducted by: Married Couple SIGNED: ANTHONY MATTHEW HOLMES 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: Nov 26, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A RANGEL VILLASENOR, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 26, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019

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 Nov 25, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019

County Clerk By: A RANGEL VILLASENOR, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 19, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7252 Doing business as: J & R LAWN SERVICE TIZA at 6601 Eucalyptus Spc19, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: FELIX ALBERTO TIZA ROSARIO, 6601 Eucalyptus Spc19, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: FELIX ALBERTO TIZA ROSARIO 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: Nov 19, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 19, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7434 Doing business as: GAPTER FIELD SOLUTIONS at 5908 Cedar Falls Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: GARY VAN COX, 5908 Cedar Falls Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: GARY VAN COX 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: Nov 27, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A RANGEL VILLASENOR, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 27, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7185 Doing business as: WARDROBE STRATEGIES LLC at 552 South Alvord Street, Ridgecrest, Ca. 93555 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: WARDROBE STRATEGIES LLC, CA, 552 South Alvord Street, Ridgecrest, Ca. 93555 The business is conducted by: Limited Liability Company SIGNED: MICHAEL MCGOWEN, CEO The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 09/04/2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Nov 14, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R EDMIASTON, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 14, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7365 Doing business as: MINUTEMAN PRESS at 4500 Easton Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: MLGC ENTERPRISES, INC., CA, 4500 Easton Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 The business is conducted by: Corporation SIGNED: MARK BARNES, SECRETARY The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 11/01/2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Nov 25, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R EDMIASTON, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 25, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7379 Doing business as: MOJAVE CAFE at 15834 Sierra Hwy., Mojave, Ca. 93501 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: ANTONIA ALBOR, 5736 Blue Sage Drive, Palmdale, Ca. 93552 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: ANTONIA ALBOR 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: Nov 25, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A RANGEL VILLASENOR, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 25, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7366 Doing business as: COTTON QUEEN at 9508 Hamburg Ct., Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: PAULA ANDREA ISAACS, 9508 Hamburg Ct., Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: PAULA ANDREA ISAACS 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: Nov 25, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ.,

������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7273 Doing business as: PJL WEB DESIGN at 8906 Staten Island Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: PHILLIP JOHN RICHARDSON, 8906 Staten Island Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: PHILLIP JOHN RICHARDSON The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 07/01/2010 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Nov 19, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A RANGEL VILLASENOR, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 19, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7350 Doing business as: ONKAR CARRIER at 5121 Pomerado Way, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: BHALWINDER SINGH, 5121 Pomerado Way, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: BHALWINDER SINGH The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 04/04/2017 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Nov 22, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R EDMIASTON, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 22, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7336 Doing business as: GUADALUPE’S CLEANING SERVICES LLC at 12716 Schooner Beach Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: GUADALUPE’S CLEANING SERVICES LLC, CA, 12716 Schooner Beach Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 The business is conducted by: Limited Liability Company SIGNED: GUADALUPE REYNA RAMIREZ, PRESIDENT The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 11/01/2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Kern County on: Nov 21, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A RANGEL VILLASENOR, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 21, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 ������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7269 Doing business as: ARIEL’S TAX SERVICES at 2920 Macau St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: ARIEL D AGUIRRE, 2920 Macau St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: ARIEL D AGUIRRE 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: Nov 19, 2019 MARY B BEDARD

������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7299 2019-B7300 Doing business as: KING DEALS / MW CLEARANCE at 4433 Ming Ave., Bakersfield, Ca. 93309 Mailing Address: Same County: Kern Full name of registrant: MW TRADING, INC., CA, 8200 N Laurelglen Blvd. Apt. 2003, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 The business is conducted by: Corporation SIGNED: MATTHEW WAHBA, PRESIDENT 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: Nov 20, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: R ROBERTS-MARTIN, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 20, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 ������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2018-B8424 Business Name you wish to abandon: J & J’S TRANSPORTATION Street address of business: 6561 Lowry St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93307 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: JOE R HERNANDEZ, 6561 Lowry St., 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: JOE R HERNANDEZ, OWNER This statement of abandonment filed on: November 25, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A RANGEL VILLASENOR Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 ������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2016-B1004 Business Name you wish to abandon: PJL WEB DESIGN Street address of business: 8906 Staten Island Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: PJL WEB DESIGN, LLC, 8906 Staten Island Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Business was conducted by: Limited Liability Company SIGNED: PHILLIP RICHARDSON, PRESIDENT This statement of abandonment filed on: November 19, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 ������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2016-B1005 Business Name you wish to abandon: EZISCHED Street address of business: 8906 Staten Island Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: PJL WEB DESIGN, LLC, 8906 Staten Island Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Business was conducted by: Limited Liability Company SIGNED: PHILLIP RICHARDSON, PRESIDENT This statement of abandonment filed on: November 19, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 ������������������������������� STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 2016-B1006 Business Name you wish to abandon: PJL PRODUCTIONS Street address of business: 8906 Staten Island Drive, Bakersfield,


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Ca. 93311 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: PJL WEB DESIGN, LLC, 8906 Staten Island Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. 93311 I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Business was conducted by: Limited Liability Company SIGNED: PHILLIP RICHARDSON, PRESIDENT This statement of abandonment filed on: November 19, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019

FILE NO: 2015-B3806 Business Name you wish to abandon: ARIEL’S BOOKKEEPING AND TAX SERVICES Street address of business: 4705 New Horizon Blvd. Suite 1, Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 County: Kern Mailing address of business: Same Registrant(s) whose wish to abandon the business name: ARIEL DOLORES AGUIRRE, 2920 Macau St., Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 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: ARIEL DOLORES AGUIRRE, OWNER This statement of abandonment filed on: November 19, 2019 MARY B BEDARD County Clerk By: A RANGEL VILLASENOR Deputy BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E)

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County Clerk By: M HERNANDEZ, Deputy This fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another to a trademark or trade name under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 ET SEQ., business and professions code). I declare that all information in this Statement is true and correct. (A) Registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime This statement expires on Nov 12, 2024 BAKERSFIELD NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019

������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019-B7132 Doing business as: AMZY THREADING AND HENNA ART at 4550 Coffe Road., Bakersfield, Ca. 93308 Mailing Address: 5212 Shimmer Brook Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 County: Kern Full name of registrant: AMANPREET KAUR, 5212 Shimmer Brook Dr., Bakersfield, Ca. 93313 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: AMANPREET KAUR 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: Nov 12, 2019 MARY B BEDARD

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Students Rally to Maryland’s Capitol Resolve Longstanding HBCU Lawsuit Continued from page A1

In 2013, a federal judge found that the state violated the Constitution because it had maintained a dual and segregated education system. The two sides have since held several mediation sessions that were ordered by the court. However, the Coalition has objected to what it said were unfair terms, including the amount offered by the state. Currently, there are no future court dates on the docket. “The students are very actively advocating on behalf of all four of the HBCUs in Maryland,” Zattura Sims-El, one of many advocates for HBCUs in the state, told NNPA Newswire before the rally. “The students from all four universities are communicating with each other for one purpose, and that is to have Gov. Hogan withdraw the appeal — he and only he has the power and authority to do so.” Lawsuits like the one in Maryland “remind all of us how an uneven playing field yields underfunded colleges, declining federal funding, and endowments that lag behind those of predominantly white institutions,” Pete Buttigieg, a Democratic presidential candidate, wrote in an op-ed for the Baltimore Sun. The op-ed appeared on the morning of the rally.  “Left without remedy, injustice does not heal,” Buttigieg wrote while pledging to increase funding for HBCUs and other minority-centered institutions by $50 billion.

Maryland House Speaker, Democrat Adrienne A. Jones, also urged Hogan to agree to the $577 million settlement. “I know what can and can’t be done,” Jones told the crowd. “I’m on the House Appropriations Committee, I should know what we can afford, and I’m in support, and I’m just as anxious as you are,” she stated. Maryland Democrat, Del. Darry Barnes, the chair of the black caucus, told reporters that plans are in the works for legislation that would compel Hogan to settle the lawsuit. “This is not just good for our HBCUs, but this is good for the state of Maryland,” Barnes said. Michael Jones, an attorney who has been representing a coalition in support of the schools, said Maryland continues to ignore a court order to provide its HBCUs with funding for programs, marketing, and scholarships.  “That’s exactly what this is about,” stated Jones, who has asked that the state pay $577 million to its HBCUs to finally settle the case. “They can do so over a reasonable period,” Jones stated. In a statement, Hogan said he’s merely acting on his responsibility to protect the state budget because Maryland is bracing for an economic slowdown. “My desire is to resolve it,” Hogan, a Republican, stated earlier this year. “We do have offers on the table. We’re hoping that both parties can reach an agreement.” 

Black Women’s Roundtable Launches ‘BWR Justice Project’ Continued from page A1

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WHEN: Friday, December 27, 2019 1 pm - 5 pm WHERE: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center 1000 S. Owens Street, Bakersfield, CA Featuring Performances by the Oblinyanko Drum & Dance Ensemble; Eyo, the Stilt Walker with the Teye Sa Thiosanne Drummers; African folktales; Harambee Art Gallery; and community vendors presenting cultural merchandise for purchase.

• Focus on engaging the powerful intergenerational voices of Black women to educate local, state and national leaders and policy-makers on the importance of enacting public policies to improve health care, economic opportunity, quality of employment and public education for Black women, families and communities. To date, BWR Justice civic engagement and organizing activities have included: • GEORGIA - BWR Reproductive Justice Forum in Atlanta, GA on November 8, 2019 at the Georgia State Capitol, focused on reproductive health care, reproductive rights, gender justice, LGBTQ rights, maternal mortality and other social justice issues impacting Black women, hosted by Clayton County BWR/HBCU Green Fund & GA BWR/GCPA; • FLORIDA - BWR Sisters Can We Talk? Women’s Listening Session, focused on women’s health, reproductive rights and diabetes awareness, at Orleans Bistro in Titusville, FL on November 16, hosted by FL BWR/FCBCP & Worldwide Solutions; • MICHIGAN - BWR Sistahs Can We Talk? Black Women Reproductive Justice and We Count” Forum in Kalamazoo, MI on November 17 hosted by Kalamazoo BWR and Mothers of Hope; and • ALABAMA--BWR “Sisters Can We Talk?” Listening Session, Aunt Katie’s Community Garden in Dothan, AL, focused on racial equity and gender justice issues, on November 22, hosted by Southern AL BWR. Upcoming BWR Justice Project activities include: • ALABAMA - BWR “Racial Equality: A Community Discussion” hosted by Southern Alabama BWR at Aunt Katie’s Community Garden, 602 Linden Street, in Dothan, AL on December 6th. • MICHIGAN – BWR “Black Women Matter Summit”

hosted by BWR Metro Detroit, at Your Emerging Space – Y.E.S., 7 North Saginaw Street – 3A, Pontiac, MI, focused on racial and reproductive justice and other pocketbook policies impacting families, on December 7th. • FLORIDA - BWR “Healthy, Wealthy, Wise Women’s Health & Wellness Retreat,” Oak Plantation Resort, 4090 Enchanted Oaks Circle, Kissimmee, FL, hosted by Osceola FL BWR & Hugs Therapy, on December 14th. In 2020, The BWR Justice Project will include organizing BWR ”Power of the Sister Vote” townhall meetings during the 2020 presidential election primaries; release of its 2020 Presidential Election Non-Partisan Voter Guide; hosting its Annual BWR Women of Power National Summit on March 4 – 8, 2020 in Arlington, VA; as well as forums, listening sessions and summits organized by BWR state-based networks in MS, NC, OH, PA and SC. The BWR Justice Project is supported by The Moriah Fund, Sephora, Family Values @Work Labor Project for Working Families, Oxfam America and Groundswell Fund. The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is one of the most active civil rights and social justice organizations in the nation “dedicated to increasing civic engagement, economic and voter empowerment in Black America.” The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls empowerment arm of the NCBCP. The BWR is at the forefront of championing just and equitable public policies that centers racial, economic and gender justice to promote health and wellness, economic security and prosperity, quality public education and global empowerment for and with Black women and girls in the South and key states including: AL, FL, GA, MI, MS, NC, OH, PA, SC, VA and DC/MD/VA Metro areas.

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By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) _ Composer Irving Burgie, who helped popularize Caribbean music and co-wrote the enduring Harry Belafonte hit “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song),” has died at the age of 95. At the Barbados Independence Day Parade on Saturday, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced Burgie died Friday. “Day-O,” written in 1952, has been ubiquitous, appearing in everything from the film and Broadway musical “Beetlejuice” to an E-Trade commercial. “Day-O” was also the wake-up call for the astronauts on two Space Shuttle missions in the 1990s. When a superstar list of music royalty gathered to film the “We Are the World” video in 1985, most burst into a playful version of “Day-O” in between takes. Lil' Wayne used a sample of “Day-O” in his “6 Foot 7 Foot.” According to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Burgie's songs have sold over 100 million records throughout the world. Many were recorded by Belafonte, including eight of the 11 songs on Belafonte's 1956 album, “Calypso,” the first album to sell over 1 million copies in the U.S. Burgess also penned songs for the Kingston Trio (“The Seine,” “El

Matador,” and “The Wanderer”) and for other groups. His “Jamaica Farewell” has been recorded by Belafonte, Jimmy Buffett, Carly Simon and others. Others who have sung his songs include Mantovani, Miriam Makeba and Julio Iglesias. Burgie's classic Caribbean standards include such familiar hits as “Island in The Sun,” “Angelina,” and he was co-writer of “Mary's Boy Child.” He also wrote the 1963 off-Broadway musical “Ballad for Bimshire” that starred Ossie Davis. He served in an all-black U.S. Army battalion in World War II and used GI Bill funds to pay for music studies. Burgie studied at the Juilliard School of Music, University of Arizona and University of Southern California. He became a folk singer using the stage name “Lord Burgess” and performed the circuit between New York and Chicago, making his New York nightclub debut at the Village Vanguard in 1954. After announcing his death, Mottley asked for a moment of silence for the Brooklyn-born Burgie, who wrote the lyrics to the national anthem of Barbados _ his mother's homeland. “We write our names on history's page/With expectations great/Strict guardians of our heritage/Firm craftsmen of our fate,” go some of the lines of the anthem.

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Suffragist Coralie Franklin Cook:

First Descendant of Slave to Graduate College

Coralie Franklin Cook, (Courtesy of Monticello)

By Stacy M. Brown Special to The Washington Informer This is part of an ongoing Washington Informer series about the Women’s Suffrage Movement and an initiative that includes Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes that will use the lens of history, the fabric of art and culture and the venue of the public square to shine a light into dark places, equipping all with a compass to chart the way forward. The initiative lives in the institutional home of the Washington Informer Charities. Get to know Coralie Franklin Cook, who taught elocution and English at Howard University. Born into slavery in Lexington, Virginia, in 1829, Cook became the first descendant of a Thomas Jefferson Monticello slave known to have graduated from college. In 1880, she graduated from Storer College in West Virginia before becoming a teacher. In 1898, she married Howard University professor George William Cook and served for more than 12 years as a member of the District of Columbia Board of Education. She founded the National Association of Colored Women but was mostly known as a committed suffragist. Historians said she admired Susan B. Anthony, but eventually was turned off by the women’s suffrage movement because it ignored the plight of black women. “No woman and no class of women can be degraded, and all womankind not suffer thereby … and so Miss Anthony,” Cook said, addressing Anthony directly in a speech at the Unitarian Church in Rochester, New York, in 1902. “In behalf of the hundreds of colored women who wait and hope with you for the day when the ballot shall be in the hands of every intelligent woman; and also in behalf of the thousands who sit in darkness and whose

condition we shall expect those ballots to better, whether they be in the hands of white women or Black, I offer you my warmest gratitude and congratulations.” The 19th Amendment granting the women the right to vote in 1918 was certainly a victory. However, as noted in a publication published by the League of Women Voters, for women who were not white, wealthy, or educated, it remained an incomplete one. “Black men had been granted the right to vote in 1870 with the 15th Amendment, yet actual attempts to exercise that right had been repeatedly met with mob violence and lynching,” according to the article written by Kathryn S. Gardiner. “Black women now faced those same obstacles to their rights, and women like Cook who had carried the suffrage banner found themselves standing alone in facing them. Seemingly, as far as white women were concerned, the battle was over.” In 1915, Cook continued her crusade for women’s and equal rights. She published “Votes for Mothers” in the NAACP magazine The Crisis: “I wonder if anybody in all this great world ever thought to consider man’s rights as an individual, by his status as a father? yet you ask me to say something about ‘Votes for Mothers,’ as if mothers were a separate and peculiar people. After all, I think you are not so far wrong. Mothers are different, or ought to be different, from other folk. The woman who smilingly goes out, willing to meet the Death Angel, that a child may be born, comes back from that journey, not only the mother of her own adored babe, but a near-mother to all other children.  As she serves that little one, there grows within her a passion to serve humanity; not race, not class, not sex, but God’s creatures as he has sent them to earth.

“It is not strange that enlightened womanhood has so far broken its chains as to be able to know that to perform such service, woman should help both to make and to administer the laws under which she lives, should feel responsible for the conduct of educational systems, charitable and correctional institutions, public sanitation and municipal ordinances in general. “Who should be more competent to control the presence of bar rooms and ‘red-light districts’ than mothers whose sons they are meant to lure to degradation and death? “Who knows better than the girl’s mother at what age the girl may legally barter her own body? Surely not the men who have put upon our statute books, 16, 14, 12, aye be it to their eternal shame, even 10 and 8 years, as ‘the age of consent!’ “If men could choose their own mothers, would they choose free women or bondwomen?  Disfranchisement because of sex is curiously like disfranchisement because of color.  It cripples the individual, it handicaps progress, it sets a limitation upon mental and spiritual development. “I grow in breadth, in vision, in the power to do, just in proportion as I use the capacities with which Nature, the All-Mother, has endowed me. “I transmit to the child who is bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh and thought of my thought; somewhat of my own power or weakness.  Is not the voice which is crying out for ‘Votes for Mothers’ the Spirit of the Age crying out for the Rights of Children?” Information from The Crisis Magazine, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and the League of Women Voters of Delaware County (Indiana), was used in this story.

number of Black Republicans in the state is relatively small, but that was not the right way to go for the party,” she says. “There were other ethnic organizations at the convention. That’s why we decided to create the LRA, to increase our numbers and make our voices heard so that we can have a seat at the table.” California has the fifth largest Black population in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. African Americans account for about 6.5 percent of the state’s total population of nearly 40 million people. Democrats in California make up 72 percent of Black registered voters, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. Six percent of those African-American likely voters are Republican. Independents account for about 20 percent. And there are no Black Republicans who are members of the state legislature or among California’s delegations to the United States Congress. But some African-American leaders in the California Democratic Party are concerned that their party has not done a good job empowering Blacks when it comes to things like organizing voter registrations and encouraging voter participation. Many point out, too, that fellow Democrats at the state, county and local levels often overlook issues important to African Americans like failing schools and the high cost of housing, and they sometimes advance public policies that disproportionally impact Blacks as well as middle class and lower-income families. Those Black Democratic leaders – two of them spoke with California Black Media off the record for this article – say those missteps by their party cause them to work harder

to ensure that their party remains the first choice for Black Californians. But Taisha Brown, who was sworn in chair of the California Democratic Party African American Caucus last month, says Black support of the Democratic Party and elected Democrats in the state has never been stronger. And with more African-American Democrats being appointed to influential leadership positions in the state, she is confident things are moving in the right direction. “We may not see eye-to-eye on every issue as Democrats in California, but we still stand with each other, and we support a party where there is room to have difficult conversations that allow us to move forward together in good faith as we work for a better California, a better country, a better life for all of our families,” she said. “Now, more than ever, we have to listen to each other and think about how the things we fight for impact all of us.” Since the LRA was formed, Rankin says the group has launched a website and focused on informing Black Californians that Republican policies on employment, business, education, taxation, criminal justice reform, community-police relations and criminal justice reform are better for their families and communities. They have also been actively raising money to support Black Republican candidates and LRA members, including Navy veteran Joe Collins who is running for U.S. Congress against Rep. Maxine Waters in the 43rd district which covers the Los Angeles area; Aja Smith, an Air Force vet, also running for U.S. Congress against Democratic Rep. Mark Takano in the 41st district in the Inland Empire;

Tamika Hamilton, another Air Force vet running for Congress against Democratic Rep. John Garamendi in the 3rd Congressional district west of Sacramento; and Major Williams who is running for mayor of Pasadena. Another member of the LRA, Jonathan Madison, has been elected Regional Vice Chair of the Bay Area GOP. In April of this year, the California Republican Assembly (CRA), a statewide conservative activist group former California Gov. and U.S. President Ronald Reagan called “the conscience of the Republican Party,” elected Johnnie Morgan, 68, as its first African-American president for a three-year term. Morgan says one of his main goals as CRA president is to recruit more African Americans and Independents to join the California Republican Party. “African Americans place a high value on family as does the Republican Party,” Morgan told California Black Media. Rankin is encouraging Black Californians who want to make a difference in their communities to reach out to the LRA for mentorship and guidance on how to get elected to county or municipal office. “You can run for city council or your local school board and represent yourself, your interests, your neighbors and your community,” she says. Rankin says the LRA is building a framework in California that it hopes to take nationwide. “Our state is in desperate need of diverse and thoughtful leaders who will bring a much-needed, new approach to solving California’s toughest challenges,” she says.

Black Red and Ready Republicans By Tanu Henry California Black Media Black Republicans in California are focused and organizing. They want to “reintroduce” African Americans in the state to the GOP, Black Republican leaders and activists say. By increasing the number of Black Republicans holding political office in the state and inspiring more Black Californians to vote red, they believe their efforts will purple the deep blue African-American vote in the fourth bluest of blue states in the country, according to a ranking by The Hill, a Washington D.C.-based website that covers the U.S. Congress, Presidency and national politics. “We are Black first, then Republican,” says Corrin Rankin, 45, a GOP activist and delegate who splits her time between homes in San Mateo and San Joaquin counties. “We believe Republican policies are more in line with our values as Black Americans than democratic policies,” says Rankin. “We believe in low taxes, small and efficientlyrun governments, and limited regulation. The more regulations you have, the less people - especially people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds - are able to get involved in any industry.” Last February, at the state Republican convention, Rankin says she and other African-American conservatives who attended decided to organize themselves and form an association called the Legacy Republican Alliance (LRA), a political action committee, after they found out the California Republican Party had a directive to not reach out to Black voters. “We understand from a business perspective that the

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Southeast Bakersfield Deserves Better Arleana Waller Real Estate Developer Letter to the Editor When I learned in the news the City of Bakersfield was going to build a homeless facility in Southeast Bakersfield, I was heartbroken. I felt like everything we were working towards was thrown back in our faces. We weren’t asked whether we thought it was a good idea. We were told it was happening and that was the end of it. It was very disrespect to our community. I attended the recent Bakersfield City Council meeting to discuss a new low-barrier homeless shelter in Southeast Bakersfield. I understood going into that meeting that hundreds of people are homeless and many thousands more live below the poverty line and are on the verge of homelessness in this community. There is no doubt in my mind we have a problem and it must be addressed, but placing a new homeless shelter in the Southeast with the potential for over 450 beds is not the solution. It’s a disruptive idea. I love Southeast Bakersfield and I know the area well. This part of our community has struggled for decades with access to grocery stores, pharmacies, parks, basic infrastructure like gutters and sidewalks and has not seen much new residential development for a long time. In other words, this area continues to fight for the basics. The basics many other parts of our city enjoy, as a given.

Building a new shelter facility would further compound these challenges and make it even harder to improve a community in such desperate need. I recently had the honor of facilitating a community meeting with residents from the MLK/Cottonwood area. For the first time (in a long time), I actually saw hope in the eyes of those in attendance. People were excited at the possibility of revitalizing their neighborhood. In the room that night were City Councilman Willie Rivera and County Supervisor Leticia Perez. They both heard firsthand what their constituents needed. The list was long. We talked about the need for access to fresh food at reasonable prices, the community is paying as much as $9 for a box of cereal, the need for a community center, the need for accessible healthcare and better schools and the need for infrastructure investments. No one mentioned the need for a homeless shelter facility in their neighborhood. I am committed to working with the City and the residents of Southeast Bakersfield to stabilize and revitalize this neighborhood. This community has suffered from the stigma of drugs, gangs, poverty and crime for way too long and I want to help change that. Southeast Bakersfield has great, untapped potential and the ingredients for success are already there. Building a homeless shelter in the middle of this neighborhood, is not an answer to their cries, it would set us back significantly. And that is the last thing this community deserves.

Counting Children Matters Most: FAQ on Census 2020

By Khalil Abdullah Within the African American community, the conversation about the upcoming 2020 census ranges from ‘why bother’ to ‘we’re all in.’ Let’s speak to the ‘why bother’ question. FAQ: Why should I bother with Census2020? I filled out the census form the last time and I didn’t see any

improvements in my neighborhood or community. Answer: Whether or not you saw the improvements you expected, many benefits of the census still touched your life, your community, and the people you love and care about – especially children. If you have a sense of responsibility for the quality of life of children in your family or beyond, your participation in the census has a direct impact. Over 200 federal programs

derive revenue from data gathered by the census. This list includes school lunch programs and the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) which provides direct monetary assistance for low income pregnant women and new mothers and their children. Other programs range from Section 8 Housing assistance to LIHEAP, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. LIHEAP helps families pay heating bills and assists with repairs to furnaces, insulation and weatherization costs. Without these programs, the cost of living for everyone in a neighborhood, city, or county would be higher. Take LIHEAP as an example. Without the financial subsidy to those in need, other ratepayers and customers like yourself, would likely face an increase in monthly utility bills. Just consider the funding that assists with the cost of schools, teachers, and education. The lives of children are profoundly affected by your decision to participate in the census. This is one reason why those who represent African American communities, be they clergy, elected officials, or social justice advocates, see engagement with the census as a moral imperative. FAQ: That still doesn’t explain why I don’t see the improvements promised during the last census in 2010 or even during the 2000 census. Answer: You know the saying, “all politics is local.” Almost nowhere does this apply more than when money is being allocated. There are layers of responsibility for how money is spent, including federal and state formulas as well as decisions made at the local level, often by elected officials. The census has a direct bearing on our election processes of redistricting and reapportionment which help determine how your vote is counted and who gets elected. We will take these up as separate FAQ topics. The immediate question is: will you fill out the census form? FAQ: What happens if I do not fill out the form? Is

that a crime? If so, what’s the punishment? Answer: Not answering the census or providing false answers are each punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, but no one has been fined for failure to respond in recent censuses, according to the Census Bureau’s national spokesperson. But, as one census advocate said, it is a crime of sorts not to participate because is the children who suffer most without your full participation. FAQ: Can someone find out my private census responses Answer: Your information is confidential and protected by Title 13 which brings heavy fines and possible imprisonment for anyone who divulges your personal information. The Census Bureau cannot, under penalty, share your information with the IRS, Homeland Security, immigration or law enforcement agencies or anyone else, including housing officials. However, census information is made publicly available after 72 years. FAQ: What if I participate in the census, but there are more people living in my home than I’m supposed to have according to my lease or rental agreement? Answer: The Census Bureau is trying to gather data. It is not seeking to determine whether you are violating your lease or local zoning codes, but you have raised an important point. Families are often fluid -- grandparents taking care of grandchildren while parents are at work or away from home. Should you claim a student away at school in another state as a member of your household? There are many scenarios where family members should be reported, but African Americans were undercounted by 2.1 percent in the 2010 census and many of those missed were children. Why? In part because people were unsure whether they should report a child or whether that was someone else’s responsibility to do so. The best thing to do is ask the Census Bureau or one of the many organizations participating in partnership during Census2020.

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