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Your Hometown Weekly Newspaper



    Vol. 9, No. 45 Including Surrounding Communities www.thepress.net November 6, 2009


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    Falcons hold heads high

    They didnt win the game, but their coachs post-mortem was filled with praise for their gritty effort.

    Page 2B

    Business .............................6ACalendar ..........................23BClassifieds ........................16BEntertainment ................10BFood .................................12BHealth & Beauty ...............9BOpinion ...........................16ASports .................................1BTalk About Town ..............5AWebExtras! .......................1B


    Home makeover welcomes Ally back

    Theres a new saying around the Jenkins house these days: As Ally goes, so do we.

    When Allys up were all up, and when shes down, so are we, said Vickee Jenkins of her daughter Ally, 15, who is recuperating from double-lung transplant surgery. Were literally just taking it hour by hour; its our new normal.

    Last weekend the Oakley familys new normal got a bump up when they brought Ally home following a nearly four-month stay at UCSF Medical Center, where she was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in July. The incur-able condition, which hinders the fl ow of blood from the heart to the lungs, required a double lung trans-plant, which she received from a donor in August.

    And when the Freedom High School freshman arrived home, she was greeted not only by friends and family, but by another present this one straight out of an episode of Extreme Home Makeover.

    Thanks to the efforts of a gen-erous community, the Jenkins home had been refurbished from top to bottom, including a new roof and

    landscaped yard, fresh paint inside and out, as well as new appliances, countertops, bathrooms, windows and doors, all donated by volun-teers who had given of their time, supplies and labor to create a fresh start for the Jenkins family.

    Were all completely over-whelmed by all this, said Vickee. Not just the house, but the out-pouring of love and support we have had. Its very diffi cult to put

    into words. Were just so grateful.And as for Ally, shes just hap-

    py to be home, especially now that her new room has been made over in teal and black zebra dcor. Its what Ive always wanted, she said.

    It feels so good to be home, she said. I love being here after living in the city for so long. Going for walks, sleeping in my bed. I like it a lot.

    The plot for the home make-

    over was hatched months ago, following a conversation between Vickee and a friend regarding Al-lys upcoming surgery.

    It was right after we had fi n-ished meeting with the transplant doctors where they were telling us about what to expect, and they were going down a list of things that Ally couldnt tolerate and one of those things was mold, said Vickee. And I started freaking out because I had a guest bathroom with a lot of mold. So later I called a friend of mine whose husband is in the business, and asked if he could give us a quote on what it would take to fi x the mold, and it snowballed from there.

    More like an avalanche. Doz-ens of volunteers with myriad tal-ents and connections came in and out of the house over the course of the next few months, making the improvements and fi ne-tuning the details right up until the day the family came home.

    Oakleys a little commu-nity but they all came together on this, said Jim DAmico, owner of Black Bear Diner and one of the contributors to the Jenkins make-over project. There were so many

    Ally Jenkins stands alongside contractor Jack Staricco from Staricco Construction (in costume it was a Halloween homecoming) and his team, which helped remodel the Jenkins home to make it a more sterile environment for the Oakley teen, who is recovering from double lung transplant surgery.

    Photo by Richard Wisdom

    by Ruth RobertsStaff Writer

    see Ally page 22A

    Garamendi wins easy victory for Congress

    John Garamendi, who touted himself as the proven Democrat after having served as state senator, state assemblyman, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, state insur-ance commissioner and lieutenant governor, added a new political title Tuesday: congressman representing the 10th Congressional District.

    Garamendi won an easy 55-to-41 percent victory over Republican candidate David Harm-er. A majority of independents voted for Harm-er, but they were not enough to overcome the 18-point registration advantage that Democrats hold over Republicans in the district.

    Harmer, a conservative lawyer from San Ra-mon making his fi rst bid for elective offi ce, won most of the southeastern portion of the district, which sprawls from Dixon in the north, Walnut Grove in the east, Livermore in the south and El Cerrito in the west. A majority of Oakley and Knightsen residents voted for Harmer. Gara-mendi won just about everywhere else, including Antioch and Pittsburg.

    Garamendi will be a reliable vote for the

    Democratic agenda in the House of Representa-tives. He supports government-run health care, the proposed cap-and-trade legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and wants to pull the troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. On a more local level, he opposes construction of a periph-eral canal in the Delta.

    Im very excited about winning this election so we can fi nally solve these problems, he said in his opening remarks at the Oct. 26 forum. This is a good time for America because we fi nally have a president who wants to get things done in the right way.

    Garamendi expanded on that in his closing remarks: We are in an extremely important time in Americas history. We are faced with problems that are very diffi cult and complex. Ive had the good fortune of working on every problem that will be before Congress. I will support a public option (for health care). Social Security is the foundation for the retired people in America.

    I support fi nancial regulation for the fi -nancial industry. Education is fundamental to the economy. Our educational system is failing.

    John Garamendi, seen here at the dedi-cation of a park bridge in Oakley several months ago, was elected to represent the 10th Congressional District Tuesday.

    Photo by Dave Roberts

    by Dave RobertsStaff Writer

    see Congress page 22A

    Kayla mourned

    The death of a beloved young woman has made a powerful impact on the many people whose lives she touched.

    Page 3A

    Rumor has it Talk About Town gives you our insiders take on Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylors poultry in motion campaign to provide turkeys to those in need.

    Page 5A


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