House passes DeSaulnier’s bill to allow woman to stay in US

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CONCORDE

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill (HR 785) that U.S. Representative Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, drafted to let Isabel Bueso and her family stay in the United States so Isabel can continue to receive treatment for his rare and life-threatening condition. sickness.

Bueso’s story took on national significance when the Trump administration reversed Deferred Action, leading to people like her being deported. The bill must be passed by the US Senate before the end of the year to be signed into law.

“I was proud to advocate for Isabel in Congress to ensure that she and her parents can continue to live legally in the United States as they have for 19 years so that Isabel can receive life-saving care that does not affect her. are only available here,” DeSaulnier said.

Bueso came to the United States legally from Guatemala in 2003 to receive lifesaving treatment as part of a medical trial for Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome. Since then, she and her family have resided legally in the East Bay and her participation in these trials has helped identify an effective and life-saving treatment, which the drugmaker says Bueso cannot receive in Guatemala, where she would not survive. if she were to return.

“I am grateful to Congressman DeSaulnier for his support in passing the bill that will help our family reside permanently in this country. I am glad the bill passed the House and I call on the Senate to take the same action,” Bueso said.

Isabel graduated summa cum laude from Cal State East Bay and is an advocate for rare disease patients. Before her treatment was discovered, Isabel was only expected to live to be 7 years old. She is now 26 years old.

— Office of U.S. Representative DeSaulnier

Bay Area Crisis Nursery Named Nonprofit District of the Year

State Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Contra Costa, has chosen the Concord-based Bay Area Crisis Nursery as California’s 2022 Nonprofit of the Year for the 7th Senate District. The emergency crèche has worked to prevent child abuse and neglect since 1981 by providing support services to families.

“The Bay Area Crisis Nursery is the only such service in our area,” Glazer said. “By providing short-term residential care and emergency childcare for children up to age 5, the crèche gives parents time to focus on resolving a crisis or stressful situation. It’s invaluable, especially in these times when so many people’s lives have been turned upside down by the pandemic.

Families who come to the crèche live in poverty, are homeless, flee domestic violence, face medical and/or mental health emergencies, or have suddenly lost their childminders. For these families, paying for quality child care and night care is inconceivable.

Last year, the daycare offered more than 26,000 hours of care, nearly 1,800 safe stays for children in crisis and nearly 800 night and respite services. The center also has a food and diaper bank which has served over 450 families. The center provided 900 holiday meals and 219 backpacks for children to use at school.

– office of Senator Glazer

The Yellow Roof Foundation was also named Nonprofit of the Year.

The Yellow Roof Foundation is proud to announce that it has been selected as the 2022 California Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblyman Tim Grayson. Yellow Roof is one of more than 100 nonprofit organizations that were honored this week by state senators and Assembly members for their outstanding contributions to the communities they serve.

The mission of the Yellow Roof Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity founded by Dave and Lori Sanson, owners of DeNova Homes in Concord, is to help those who work hard and contribute to their community but go through difficult times. difficult times due to circumstances beyond their control. As the severe housing crisis, particularly in the area of ​​affordable housing, continues to grow in California, so does the population that may be on the verge of homelessness.

Yellow Roof Foundation will ensure that no resident pays more than 30% of their income in any of its affordable communities. He recently opened the first Yellow Roof residential enclave, Gonsalves Village in Pittsburgh. and has plans for future communities in Antioch, Solano and Clayton

—Mike Hoye

BRENTWOOD

4th of July fireworks, illegal celebratory shootings, police recall

As the 4th of July approaches, the Brentwood Police Department reminds townspeople of the dangers associated with fireworks and the use of firearms during the Independence Day celebration of our country.

Contra Costa County and the City of Brentwood are “fireworks-free zones”, so the possession or use of fireworks of any type and size (including fireworks “safe and sound”) are banned in the county and city. Possession of dangerous fireworks that leave the ground or explode can be a felony and result in fines of up to $5,000 and jail time.

Also, firing guns into the air is against the law. Bullets fired in the air return at some point and descend at around 300 to 400 feet per second, which poses a high danger as they can penetrate roofs and cause damage to property and unwary residents. Statistics show that celebratory fireworks and shootings seriously injure thousands of people each year. The Brentwood Police Department will take a zero tolerance approach to these violations.

The police department is encouraging people to consider free 4th of July fireworks in nearby towns. For more information on and locations of these displays, go online to sf.funcheap.com/category/event/event-types/holidays/4th-of-july. If you witness a violation, please contact the department’s 24-hour dispatch center at 925-809-7911.

— town of Brentwood

ORINDA

A parade, a concert and more are planned for the 4th of July

Celebrate our country’s Independence Day with the annual Orinda Parade, sponsored by the Orinda Association. It’s a full day of events culminating with a concert in the park.

It begins with the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Pancake Breakfast at 7:30 am, followed by the raising of our country’s flag at 7:55 am in front of the Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way. At 8 am it’s Fun Run for a Reason, a 2 or 5 mile walk/run (sudc.org/wesley).

The parade begins at 10 a.m. in the Orinda Theater District and continues under the freeway to the Orinda Village neighborhood, culminating at the Orinda Community Center. A concert in the Community Center Park featuring the classic rock, funk and Motown sounds of the 3-day weekend takes place at 11:30 a.m. Bring a picnic and enjoy.

All families, schools, clubs and other organizations are encouraged to participate in the parade. Full information and an application is available online at orindaassociation.org/4th-of-july-parade. The deadline for entries for the parade is June 27.

—Sally Hogarty

WALNUT STREAM

The free summer festival Made in the Shade will take place on June 26

The Shadelands Business and Lifestyle Center in Walnut Creek is hosting the community-wide Made in the Shade Summer Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26 at the Shadelands SportsMall, 2640 Shadelands Drive in Walnut Creek.

Free and family-friendly, Made in the Shade will feature live music, food trucks, craft beer, vendor booths, sports activities, demonstrations and giveaways. Local taprooms Calicraft Brewing Company and Mike Hess Brewing will release their best microbrews. Made in the Shade branded sunglasses will be given away to the first 1,000 festival-goers.

Held in association with the grand opening of the Shadelands SportsMall, Made in the Shade will offer free shopping center tours and sports activities for young and old including rock climbing, volleyball, football, basketball ball, yoga, taekwondo and batting cages.

In addition to the summer festival fun, Made in the Shade will honor the role public service plays in the health and well-being of our communities with a special Tribute to Public Service presentation. For more information about the festival, visit shadelandssportsmall.com/madeintheshade.

—Linda Rimac Colberg

CONCORDE

City and Chamber relaunch small business assistance program

The City of Concord and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce have relaunched the popular Shop Concord program to support small businesses in the city by encouraging residents to shop locally throughout this summer season. The program aims to increase sales for local businesses while benefiting consumers and stimulating the local economy.

Shop Concord relaunched with a $10,000 contribution from the City of Concord to provide a bonus gift card with every purchase. While supplies last, receive a free $50 Shop Concord bonus card with every $100 original gift card purchase, a free $25 Shop Concord card with every $50 gift card purchase or a Free $10 Shop Concord with every $20 gift card purchase.

Gift cards can be used for purchases at all participating businesses. Bonus gift cards with purchase will run until the allotted $10,000 is dispensed. E-gift cards can be purchased on the City of Concord’s Yiftee page (app.yiftee.com/gift-card/concord), which includes a list of participating merchants. Cards purchased can be redeemed at all participating Concord businesses. The digital nature of gift cards allows customers to split original and bonus portions to keep for themselves or gift to others via text or email. For more details, visit concordfirst.com/shop-concord on line.

— International Development Advisors

PLEASANTON

Bereavement support group holding bi-monthly meetings on Thursdays

The death of a loved one is unlike any other loss. Please join the Pleasanton Catholic Bereavement Support Group for our bi-monthly meetings, which will be held in the Chapel of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive in Pleasanton, beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, June 23 and July 14 and 28. There is no advance registration, please arrive a little early to register.

Meetings are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation. For a short video explaining our bereavement program and additional information, visit youtube.be/K7468pu5xoE on line. Call Barbara at 925-846-3904 with any additional questions.

— Pleasanton Catholics

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