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A YEAR IN REVIEW Yes, It All Happened in 2021! 2021 was the longest year in recorded history, ending at a breathtaking 365 days in length! On December 31, 2020, the streets of Discovery Bay were lined with thousands of lumi- naries, symbolic of lighting the way to the hope and promise of a new year. We could not have known that 2021 still had a roller coaster ride in store for us, but many people did find the ride gave them new perspective - new leases on life, renewed connections with family, and the time to slow down just a bit. In this month’s edition, the Delta Sun Times team offers a look back at the events of 2021. While we may be re- luctant to offer the “hope and promise of a new year,” we do sincerely wish for all of our loyal reader a 2022 filled with happiness and good health.

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CITIZEN OF THE YEAR VOTING Finalists for the community’s 2021 top honors were announced this week by The Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce.

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County Service Area, P-6 Citizen Advisory Committee (Discovery Bay) 3 seats - The County Service Area P6 Citizens Advisory Committee advises the Board of Supervisors on the needs of the Discovery Bay community for extended police protection services which shall include, but not be limited to, enforcement of the State Vehicle Code where authorized by law, crime prevention, and litter control. The Committee meets twice annually (January & June) on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. located at the Discovery Bay Community Center, 1601 Discovery Bay Blvd. in Discovery Bay. Requirements: must reside within the Discovery Bay P-6 boundaries (Zone 501-505) Countywide Bicycle Committee 1 Seat - The Countywide Bicycle Advisory Committee provides input to the County and the cities of the County on bicycle projects for Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds to construct bicycle/pedestrian projects and also provides advice to cities and the County on bicycle planning matters. Fish & Wildlife Committee 1 Seat - Advises the Board of Supervisors on fish and wildlife issues in Contra Costa County, including the use of funds from the Fish and Wildlife Propagation Fund pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 13103. The Fish & Wildlife Commission includes ten (10) seats. Each of the five (5) Supervisors nominates one member, and the Internal Operations Committee nominates four (4) At-Large appointees and one (1) alternate. The alternate can sit and vote for any At-large seat on the Committee. Meetings held 3rd Wednesday of each month, 3:00-5:00 p.m. at 2475 Waterbird Way, Martinez CA Historical Landmarks Advisory Committee 1 seat - The Contra Costa County Historical Landmarks Advisory Committee is looking to fill an existing vacancy. The purpose of the Contra Costa County Historical Landmarks Advisory Committee (HLAC) is to advise the Board of Supervisors on matters relating to the identification and preservation of historical resources within the County, including identifying eligible sites and places to be listed in the County’s Historic Resources Inventory (HRI). The committee meets 4 times a year. Candidates for these positions must live in District 3 or any specified boundary area for special districts. District 3 is comprised of the cities of Antioch, Oakley, and Brentwood, and the unincorporated communities of Blackhawk, Diablo, Bethel Island, Byron, Knightsen, and Discovery Bay. Download application at: https://www.contracosta. ca.gov/6408/Boards-and-Commissions-Database Or, for more information, email: Lea.Castleberry@bos.cccounty.us PLACES WHERE YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN 2022

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Sacramento, CA – California State Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Fairfield) announced his resignation from the California State Assembly, District 11, effective December 31, 2021. “This is the best job that I have ever had,” shared Assembly- man Frazier, ”I have enjoyed serving the State of California and the 11th Assembly District and greatly appreciate the confidence that my constituents have shown me over the last nine years. I am proud of the many successes that we have achieved together. My future plans are to put to use my pas- sion and experience in the transportation sector, explore new career opportunities and spend additional time with family and friends.” Frazier is a former small-business owner who was elected to the State Assembly in 2012. He has since enjoyed several elec- tions won by a large majority. In 2008, after serving on the city’s Planning Commission and as a Commissioner on the Contra Costa Transportation Author- ity’s Citizen Advisory Committee, Frazier was elected to the Oakley City Council. He then served as Mayor of Oakley from 2011-2012. The 11th District encompasses portions of Solano, Contra Costa and Sacramento counties and includes the following cities, towns, and areas: Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brent- wood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knight- sen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis Air Force Base, Vacaville and Walnut Grove. It is unclear who will put their name in the hat to fill the seat, however Brentwood City Councilwoman, Karen Rarey, is widely considered the favorite.

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2021 Timeline

JANUARY 6 ‘Mob Storms Capital’ [NATIONAL] A mob forced the evacuation of the House and Senate and delayed Congress’s certification of Biden’s election win.

ALSO IN JANUARY… » [DISCOVERY BAY] Residents were still howling at the moon every night at 8:00 PM Biden and Harris were sworn in January 20 at their Presidential Inauguration. soared for Game Stop and AMC as small investors overwhelmed the marketplace in a coordinated effort. » [NATIONAL] » [NATIONAL] Stock prices

January

JANUARY 1 ‘Luminaries Light the Way to the Promise of a New Year’ [DISCOVERY BAY] 3,000 luminaries lined the streets of Discovery Bay, December 31, 2020. The dusk- to-dawn lighting symbolized a transition of hope, ‘Lighting the pathway to the promise of a new year.’

JANUARY 15 #LetThemPlay

[CALIFORNIA] An estimated half-million coaches, players, and parents coordinat- ed statewide rallies January 15, hoping to convince state and county officials to allow a school sports season in 2021.

April

March

ALSO IN MARCH… » [DISCOVERY BAY] Food Trucks establish more permanent locations and schedules on Sandpoint Road at Discovery Bay Blvd. $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus package signed into law on March 11; President Biden also urges states to make all adults eligible for vaccination by May 1. Troubles’ - Honda and Toyota say they will halt production at plants in North America as shortages » [NATIONAL] » [NATIONAL] ‘Supply-Chain and transportation bottlenecks disrupt global manufacturing.

MARCH 16 ‘Back 2 School One Year Later’ [DISCOVERY BAY] After one full year away from in-person instruction, schools reopen in a limited capacity.

APRIL 2021 – ‘Massoth & Mendes Inspire’

[DISCOVERY BAY] This image of Liberty High School seniors, Jenna Massoth & Sky- lar Mendes, went viral in March as the social media world was moved by their display of friendship, sportsmanship, solidarity and courage, captured during the final mo- ments of their final high school race (and on day #369 of distance learning).

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FEBRUARY ‘21 ‘One-Oh-Two-And-A-Drive- Thru’ [DISCOVERY BAY] The commu- nity proved in 2021 that no town can do longer or better-decorat- ed drive-by parades better than Discovery Bay, which hosted hun- dreds of drive-by parades, for ages 2–102, throughout the year.

FEBRUARY 26 ‘Oakley School Board Resigns’

February

FEBRUARY 20 ‘Liberty Seniors Amazing Race’ [BRENTWOOD/DISCOVERY BAY COMMUNITIES] The Liberty Senior Class of 2021 missed both their Junior and Senior years of high school - two homecom- ings, two proms, and still faced school closure through gradu- ation, so a community coalition organized an Amazing Race scavenger hunt through down- town Brentwood, to give the class an opportunity to be together.

May

ALSO IN APRIL… » [NATIONAL] Major League Baseball opens its 2021 season with limited numbers of spectators in attendance for the first time in a year, April 1, 2021.

MAY 17 ‘Housing Prices Surge in Golden State’ [LOCAL & NATIONAL] The state’s median home price rose above the $800,000 bench- mark for the first time in state history in May. Nationally, U.S. home prices experienced their biggest an- nual increase in more than two decades..

» [NATIONAL]

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is found guilty of murder on April 20, in the 2020 death of George Floyd, which sparked racial- justice protests around the world.

APRIL 9 ‘Anything Goes’ Parade [DISCOVERY BAY} The Discovery Bay Yacht Club (DBYC) Open- ing Day Boat Parade decorating theme for 2021 was “Anything Goes!” and indeed it did. While the water parade was underway, the Discovery Bay Community Foundation was also hosting their Opening Day festivities for their annual Card & Coffee event series, which launched with their own parade April 9, featuring hundreds of vehicle enthusiasts from around the bay area.

APRIL 4 ‘Easter Drive-By Eggings”

[DISCOVERY BAY] In a repeat of their 2020 effort, the Discovery Bay Lions Club and Delta Leos took their annual community Eas- ter Egg Hunt mobile, scattering eggs across the lawns of more than 300 homes through the night.

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ALSO IN JULY… » Drop in Life

Expectancy’ [NATIONAL]

Life expectancy in the U.S. fell by 1.5 years in 2020, the biggest decline since at least World War II, CDC data showed.

» ‘Back to Masking’ [NATIONAL] The CDC, citing the spread of the Delta

June

July

JUNE 4 ‘GROM Nite’

[LOCAL] The Liberty Senior Class enjoyed a post-graduation-day GROM-NITE, an unofficial event which combined seven missed Junior and Senior events into one all-night event…Missed proms, homecomings, safe grad nite, Mr Liberty, and even named a royal Homecoming Court using funds raised in less than 30 days from the community. More than 300 students signed a petition asking for access to the funds their class had raised the past four years, but the LUHSD superintendent and school board refused to ac- knowledge the students’ request..

variant, recommended July 27 that vaccinated people resume masking indoors in some parts of the country. Apple, Google parent Alphabet, and Microsoft all report booming earnings, July 27, underscoring how the pandemic has shifted life and work online.

JULY 30 ‘Love, Discovery Bay Style’ [DISCOVERY BAY] Eric Green and Kerri Bostard made a splash celebrating their July 30th wedding day, as the couple was photographed exchanging vows while wakeboarding.

» ‘Tech Profits Soar’ [NATIONAL]

NOVEMBER 15 - ‘$1 Trillion Infrastructure Package’

President Biden signed a $1 trillion infra- structure package, November 15, for spend- ing on roads, bridges, rail and more.

October

November

ALSO IN OCTOBER… » ‘Contra

ALSO IN NOVEMBER… » ‘Inflation Hit Four- Decade High’ » [NATIONAL] U.S.

Costa County Vaccination Mandate begins, October 14’ [LOCAL] Contra Costa became first county in CA to mandate proof of vaccination. Ports Go 24/7’ [CALIFORNIA] The Port of Los Angeles and Oakland began operating around the clock to ease cargo bottlenecks that have led to shortages and higher consumer costs.

inflation hit a nearly four-decade high in November, the Labor Department says, as strong consumer demand collided with pandemic-related supply constraints.

» ‘Oakland/L.A. Shipping

NOVEMBER 6 ‘Recall Gavin Newsom Effort Fails’ [CALIFORNIA] ‘Recall Gavin Newsom elec- tion day. The much- hyped campaign fell millions short of the recall votes needed to unseat the governor.

‘Callahan named King’ [Local] Chaz Callahan, son to the Discovery Bay’s Cal- lahan’s Coffee & Cones for- tune, was named Liberty High School’s first Homecom- ing King in three years.

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AUGUST 14 ‘Big Cat Poker Run’ [DISCOVERY BAY] The Discovery Bay Lions rallied their volunteer crew and pulled from several Northern California clubs to execute the annual Big Cat Poker Run, the Discovery Bay club’s signature event, raising enough money in a single day to support the club’s charity causes through another pandemic, if needed.

ALSO IN AUGUST… » ‘America’s Longest War Ends; Taliban Takes Over’

ALSO IN SEPTEMBER… » ‘Discovery Bay Gains New General Manager’ » ‘Newsom

[INTERNATIONAL] On August 30, the last U.S. troops in Afghanistan withdraw, ending nearly 20 years of fighting but leaving more than 100 Americans and tens of thousands of America’s Afghan allies to an uncertain future. Strangest on Record’ [INTERNATIONAL] The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were held in mid-2021 after being interrupted for a year by the coronavirus, and concluded in empty stadiums August 9th.

Makes Universal Voting by Mail Permanent’ [CALIFORNIA] California will continue to mail ballots to every registered and active voter in the state for upcoming elections, according to a new law.

August

September

» ‘Tokyo Olympics

SEPTEMBER 20 ‘Fire Agencies Approve Merge’ [LOCAL] ECCFPD and CONFIRE have approved the annexation of ECCFPD into the Contra Costa Coun- ty Fire Protection District.

DECEMBER 4, 11 & 18 – ‘Lighted Parades Filled Streets and Waterways with Good Cheer’ [DISCOVERY BAY] Lighted Parades on the streets, deep waterways, and on the lake filled Discovery Bay skies with cheerful light during the first three weeks of December.

DECEMBER 31 – ‘Happy New Year, Discovery Bay’

December

DECEMBER 4 – ‘Discovery Bay’s New Christmas Tree Lights Up Holiday Square’ [DISCOVERY BAY] Discovery Bay gained a new community Christ- mas Tree in December. A Menorah was also offered up for the display, creating a “Holiday Square tradi- tion in the Discovery Bay shop- ping plaza for years to come.

DECEMBER 21 - ‘Community Rallies for Safeway Clerk Suspended for Stopping Shoplifter’ [LOCAL] Discovery Bay residents rallied to protest the possible firing of their fa- vorite Safeway clerk, Maria, just three days before Christmas, because she stopped a shoplifter from stealing $600 worth of groceries, contrary to corporate policy. The story appeared on multiple local tv sta- tions and Safeway received over 600 calls from the community in support of Maria.

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The end of the year is always a time for reection. As we look back upon a year that has been particularly difcult for everyone, we can’t think of enough ways to say how thankful we are for our community. Our beautiful town of Discovery Bay is known for being kind, respectful, and neighborly. We couldn’t be prouder of the town in which we live. We are so grateful to every member of our community, to our clients and colleagues and to our families for making this year as successful as it has been. We are always ready to work for you but it doesn’t happen with just one person. It takes a team to make everyone succeed. May blessings and success be yours in 2022 and always.

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JANUARY

1ST TUESDAYS Discovery Bay Lions Coub general meeting at the DB Steakhouse, 6:30 PM @ DeltaLeo Club 1ST & 3RD WEDNESDAYS Town of Discovery Bay CSD meetings 7PM, DB Community Center. Www.townofdiscoverybaylcom

4TH TUESDAYS DB Chamber of Commerce business mixer. Discovery bay chamber.org JANUARY 29 Whiskey & Cigars at Campos Family Vineyards

FEB 14 Valentine’s Day FEBRUARY

APRIL

APRIL 9 Opening Day Boat Parade www.dbyc.com

APRIL 16 Discovery Bay Community Easter Egg Hunt Location TBA (Community Center or Mobile Egg Hunt will depend upon county guidelines. www.discoverybaylions.com JUNE 25 Delta Cardboard Boat Races www.discoverybaylions.com FUTURE EVENTS..

AUGUST 13 Big Cat Poker Run www.discoverybaylions.com

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SPOTLIGHT NEWS

TIME TO VOTE!

DISCOVERY BAY

VOTING OPEN FOR DB CITIZEN/BUSINESS OF THE YEAR The nomination process was open through November and early De- cember. During this time, the public was invited to help recognize spe- cial individuals and organizations using the Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce online nomination portal. For 2021, there are just two finalists for each of the three honors be - ing presented, after several finalists declined their nominations. The public is invited to vote online for each category through January 12, at: https://tinyurl.com/DBHONORS21

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR NOMINEES *Editor’s Note: The DBCOC is not a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

RITA CARUSO

Rita Caruso has lived with her husband John and their children in the Discovery Bay Community for 22 years. Rita is an active boater, having lived on Willow Lake and now the Delta Waterfront here in Discovery Bay and is an active community proponent. She was a President of the Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce for 2 consecutive years

HONORABLE MENTIONS Many worthy Nominees were named by the community. The Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize those mentioned most significantly, but either did not qualify or declined their nominations. We would like to congratulate these valued individuals, businesses and organizations recognized for their community contributions, as well. The Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order) go to: Citizen of the Year HM’s: Casey Banks, Dave Black, Michael Callahan, Lisa Combs, Tony George, Kevin Graves, Angela Martinez, JimMattison, and Cindy Patterson. Business of the Year HM’s: DB Chandlery, Callahan’s Coffee & Cones, Corcoran GL, Freedom Pools, French Flea No.7, Mike & Jules Guzzardo Team, and Uptown Trends. Non Profit of the Year HM’s: All God’s Children School, the Delta Leo Club, Discovery Bay Community Foundation, Discovery Bay Lions Club, Discovery Bay Yacht Club Splashers, Kaleidoscope, Save the Delta, and St Anne’s Church. The voting process has begun. Any member of the Discovery Bay community can cast their votes online for one of the Finalists in each category. Voting will close January 12th and winners will be announced at the DBCOC annual State of the Town Gala on April 2nd, 2022. Tickets for the Gala will go on sale in February. VOTE NOW @ https://tinyurl.com/DBHONORS21

THE FINALISTS

Citizen of the Year: » Rita Caruso » Debbie Finnegan Business of the Year: » All In One Limousine Services » Discovery Bay Marina NonProfit of the Year: » Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce » Some Gave all the Joey Graves Foundation

and a board member for 5 years. In 2021 » Rita is currently Vice President of the Lions Club formerly serving as Secretary and has volunteered for the Lions club for the last 10 years. » Rita Co-Chaired the 2021 Big Cat Poker Run » Rita was involved in the just acquired Community Christmas Tree. » Rita serves as a judge for the Discovery Bay Parade of Lights and has been involved in the event for 13 years.

DEBBIE FINNEGAN

Debbie Finnegan and her husband Terry moved from Pleasanton to Discovery Bay in May of 2019 and they immediately fell in love with the Disco Bay way of life. Shortly thereafter, they bought a boat and joined the Yacht Club. In January 2021, Debbie became the Director of Membership of the DBYC. This year she has interviewed and onboarded

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approximately 60 new memberships and has volunteered in various yacht club events. In June of 2020, she became the President of the Discovery Bay Lions Club. In August, with the help and dedication of many volunteers and against all odds, she spearheaded the annual Big Cat Poker Run which raised more than $100,000. Debbie is a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley in Walnut Creek. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, gardening, traveling, and socializing with friends and family. She and Terry together have four daughters, three granddaughters and a Frenchie named Gidget. She is a past board member of the Pleasanton Lions Club and the Accounting and Finance Women’s Alliance East Bay Chapter.

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DISCOVERY BUSINESS NOMINATIONS

NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR NOMINEES *Both Business and Non-Profit of the Year Nominees must be active Members in good standing with the Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce

DISCOVERY BAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

SOME GAVE ALL

Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce is a California non-profit corpo- ration representing hundreds of local businesses. Incorporated in 1996, the DBCC is governed by a five-person, volunteer, board of directors. Spreading local business awareness through Grand Opening and Rib- bon Cutting events, engaging the community with local business mix- ers, and providing educational programs through our many partner- ships, the DBCC focuses on its mission to foster economic vitality and improve the quality of life in Discovery Bay and the greater Delta region. 2021 Events included a Community Garage Sale, Shredding Day, State the Town Event , Ribbon Cuttings for new businesses, 4th of July parade, Food Truck Round Ups, Scare Crow contest , Cookies , Cocoa and Ice cream with Santa, Bingo& Bunco events to raise Money for the DB Holiday Tree

Some GaveAll – The Joey Graves Foundation was inspired by the sacrifice of SPC Joseph A. Graves – KIA 25 Jul 06 Baghdad, Iraq. The foundation was established to honor all of the fallen – ‘Inspired by one….to honor all’. Our primary mission is to support Gold Star Families and to provide a healthy path to grieving. By creating opportunities for families of the fallen to come together and to share the unique path we have been des- tined to walk, we support each other, we save lives and we honor our heroes. They will never be forgotten. In the twelve years since its inception, the foundation has created ven- ues that have contributed to the wellbeing of veterans, their families and active duty servicemembers. We do this by providing emotional, spiritual and financial support. To date we have over $100,000 in college scholar- ships dedicated and distributed to children of the fallen.

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

ALL IN ONE LIMO

THE DISCOVERY BAY MARINA

Joe & Denise Eldam became the new owners of The Discovery Bay Marina in Dec. 2019. They had one objective. To revitalize the Marina & make it the Life of Discovery Bay once again, To turn it into a vibrant happening, hangout spot for people of all ages. They immediately started lis- tening to what the community really wanted & one thing was to bring back the Rosemarie, so that is

All in One Limo has served the community in many ways, Adopting Families at both Thanksgiving & Christmas. Always giving Limo Certificates for Auctions& Fundraisers, ie: Schools, HOW, Children Halloween Parade , Make a Wish founda- tion, Camp Concord, Walnut Acres and many more. They work with the Weekend Road Warriors Donating Limo’s to Welcome home those who have served our Country. They have always supported our Lo- cal schools and donated Limos to the Kids School Fundraiser. Cindy has held Positions on the Board of Directors for Both the Chamber of Commerce and the DBYC. Bob and Cindy started the Business in 2008 w/ just 2 cars. 13yrs later they have grown to a fleet of 8 car. They specialize in customer detail, they listen to their customers wants & needs, personalizing whenever possible. Cindy will go above & beyond to make the event special. They offer Wine tours, Airport & Pier service, weddings, shop for the Dress limos, Birthday Celebrations, Quinceras, just a night out on the town. Pretty much anything you need, don’t forget about the “Silver” Service. offering rides to Dr appts, medical procedures, grocery shop- ping or just a day of errand for those who need a driver

the first of many changes they had made.. Another was to lower the gas & propane prices, they knew this was a challenge, being faced with covid but they managed to do this for the community. They did this because at the core of their belief that all people should be able to enjoy the excite- ment and fun of boating and water activities. Inline with their business philosophy they next set their dry storage & wet berths rental pricing be- low market rate. The Marina is here to bring family fun back to boating and to make the experience affordable for all. The Marina now has Boat rentals such as CB Pontoon, which also have water bikes to rent as well, they also brought Freedom Boat Club to the Marina, also soon you will see a “snack shack” that has been in the works since May 2021, Joe and Denise have released property rights to members of the com- munity to give specific homeowners the right to build their own dock for their private use as well...In an effort to energize the Marina and keep customers happy we have hosted many events such as Big Cat Poker Run, Food truck Roundups which has been the communities favorites Whether its food, shopping or water sports and boating , The Discovery Bay Marina is now the place to be, A perfect way to enjoy the beautiful California weather.

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SCHOOL CHOICE! Freedom to Choose. That's All!

SCHOOL CHOICE IS FOR ALL ! The Educational Freedom Act - A Choice for Every Child , Without Discrimination ... Our mission is simple ; Provide the opportunity , for every K - 12 student in California , to choose a quality education and environment in which they can thrive - whether it ’ s public , private , magnet , charter , micro , or homeschool . One size does not fit all . Alternative workplace environments create more productive individuals and improve employee retention . Education Choice also acknowledges students as people with specific interests and aptitudes . It is this acknowledgment that engages students in their future , empowering children with rewarding results :

More children graduate 1 ; More children seek vocational training and higher education 2 ; More children avoid lives of addiction , crime , and homelessness 3 . And all we have to do is offer CHOICE , School Choice !

THE DETAILS :

Only Prop 98 funding will be used , leaving all other funding for public schools right where it is . The California State Legislative Analyst ’ s Office agrees : Zero Cost & Public Schools will BENEFIT ! $ 14 , 000 per year Education Savings Account ( ESA ) follows the child to any school they choose : private , magnet , charter , micro , or even homeschool . Any unused amount is saved until the child has a need for education funding , until age 0 . Choice is immediately available to ANY K - 12 child in California . Simply ‘ opt - in .’

THE FACTS :

School Choice is non - partisan . There are 6 million K - 12 children in California and all are eligible . School Choice increases the number of special needs education options . School Choice improves access for minority children and ESL students .

To have School Choice , we must include state - accredited schools that are in STEM settings , Performing Arts settings , Medical Settings , Religion - based settings , Home settings , Vocational settings and more . There is accountability to both parents and the state . There are built - in safeguards to prevent the state from denying funding for any reason except fraud against the system .

YOU CANMAKE AN IMPACT . SIGN THE PETITION . PUT IT ON THE BALLOT & VOTE . 1 This is the article that references “ More Children Graduate ” 2 This is the article that references “ More Children seek Vocational training and / or High Education ” 3 This is the article that references “ More Children avoid lives of addiction , crime and homelessness ”

SCHOOL CHOICE!

The Educat ion Freedom Act Ini t i at i ve for the Cal i forni a Statewide Bal lot , November 2022 www.californiaschoolchoice.org

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AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM

NEED HELP STAYING CONNECTED? The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC program that helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet service. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? A household is eligible if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

THE AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM PROVIDES: » Up to $30/month discount for broadband service; » A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider if the household contributes more than $10 but less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

TWO-STEPS TO ENROLL 1. Go to ACPBenefit. org to submit an application or print out a mail-in application; and 2. Contact your preferred participating provider to select a plan and have the discount applied to your bill. Some providers may have an alternative application that they will ask you to complete. Eligible households must both apply for the program and contact a participating provider to select a service plan.

» Has an income that is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines; » Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline; » Participates in one of several Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal Head Start (only households meeting the relevant income qualifying standard), Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations; » Is approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision; » Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or » Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income program. Check out www.fcc.gov/ACP for a Consumer FAQ and other program resources.

LOCAL SCHOOLS

BYRON UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

LOCAL SCHOOLS PAY $200/ DAY FOR SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS The Byron Union School District (BUSD) is currently offering $200/day for all substitutes during the 21-22 School year. TO GET YOUR SUBSTITUTE TEACHING CREDENTIAL: 1. Complete your Bachelor’s Degree 2. Pass the CBEST test 4. Apply for Substitute Teacher position at BUSD. Full details online at byronunionschooldistrict.us Visit the Departments/Human Resources/Substitute Services tabs 3. Apply for your 30-Day Emergency Sub Credential: Byron Credential Packet (PDF)

DISCOVERY BAY ELEMENTARY & TIMBER POINT ELEMENTARY Enrollment packets for 22/23 Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten will be available in the school offices beginning Monday January 10th. Registration days to return the packets will be by appointment only on March 2nd. Information on how to schedule an appointment is in the packet. TO QUALIFY... • Kindergarten- student MUST turn 5 on or before September 1st • *Transitional Kindergarten- student MUST turn 5 between September 2nd and December 2nd • *Transitional Kindergarteners for the district will enroll at Timber Point Elementary

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TIME TO VOTE!

COMING JUNE 25, 2022...

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MORE DETAILS IN THE FEBRUARY EDITION! The Delta Leo Club & Discovery Bay Lions make memories happen in Discovery Bay! www.discoverybaylions.com

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Oakley | 83 Bergamot Ct. 3BR / 2 BA 1766 sq. ft. $669,000 Chris Soukoulis 925.550.5028 DRE-01852404

Discovery Bay | 2065 Bowsprit Ct. 4BR / 2.5BA 1897 sq. ft. $849,000 Randy Prince & RJ Prince 510.912.3046 DRE-01234036

Discovery Bay | 262 Cumberland Way 4BR / 3BA 2698 sq. ft. $749,000 Julie & Darrell Hanson 925.642.8808 DRE 00885143

Corcoran Global Living Voted Best Real Estate Oce in Discovery Bay

Brentwood | 11 Pastor Ln. Lot and Land 5.5 acres $699,000 Julienne Kavanaugh 925.759.2685 DRE- 01995850

Brentwood | 2813 Delta Rd. 3BR / 2BA 1887 sq. ft. $1,050,000 Keisha Zogg 925.437.4195.2685 DRE- 01400659

Discovery Bay 925.634.1111 Downtown Brentwood 925.516.9090

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