Livermore Pleasanton Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Via Fire Department (LPFD)

The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department (LPFD) is once again offering Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training.

Livermore Pleasanton Community Emergency Response Team

Contact the CERT LPFD Disaster Preparedness Coordinator Tracy Hein to sign up:

LPFD Disaster Preparedness Coordinator
Tracy Hein
(925) 454-2317
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Pre-registration for the CERT course is required and space is limited.

You will learn about basic disaster preparedness; fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, and terrorism. It’s 5 or 6 sessions depending on the way they decide to run the program. Usually one night a week; 6 pm – 9:30 pm. At the end of the program you can stop their or keep training and volunteer with us & potentially work on large scale natural disasters.

Monthly meetups for all districts are typically held on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Remillard Room of the Pleasanton Operations Service Center at 3333 Busch Rd, Pleasanton, CA.

LPFD Fire Chief:

Ruben Torres

3560 Nevada St.
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 454-2361
(925) 960-4104 TDD


Fire Headquarters
3560 Nevada Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Phone (925) 454-2361
Fax (925) 454-2367
Fire Prevention (925) 454-2362
Training Center
3301 Busch Road
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Station #1
3560 Nevada Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566
925- 454-2341
Station #6
4550 East Avenue
Livermore, CA 94550
Station #2
6300 Stoneridge Mall Road
Pleasanton, CA 94588
925- 454-2342
Station #7
951 Rincon
Livermore, CA 94551
925- 454-2347
Station #3
3200 Santa Rita Rd
Pleasanton, CA
925- 454-2343
Station #8
5750 Scenic Avenue
Livermore, CA 94551
925- 454-2348
Station #4
1600 Oak Vista Parkway
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Station #9
1919 Cordoba Ave
Livermore, CA 94550
925- 454-2349
Station #5
1200 Machado Place
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Station #10
330 Airway Blvd
Livermore, CA 94551

Cache list
CERT Form 5 Victim Treatment Area Record
CERT Form 4 Briefing Assignment 2 Sided
Form 3 Assignment Tracking Log 2 Sided
Form 2 Personnel Resources Check-in 2 Sided
CERT Form 1 Damage Assessment 2 Sided
211c Check-in Form
CERT damage assessment
CERT Form 8 General Message 2 Sided
Form 6 Communications Log 2 Sided
Form 7 Equipment Inventory 2 Sided

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NutriSystem Weight Loss Program

Curious what people thoughts are on NutriSystem Weight Loss Program?

Contact info:

Sales 1-800-435-4074 Mon-Sun 7am – 12am EST

Weight loss counselors, customer service, program consultants, dietary counselors 1-800-585-5483 – 3, 2, 1, 1  Mon-Sun 7am – 12am EST

NutriSystem Weight Loss Program

I just started so the jury is still out. So far the food is descent. I went and picked up the 5 day kit at Walmart to try it out. It cost $45.00. That’s $9.00 a day and you get breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks; one in the morning and one on the evening. Not a bad deal being able to eat on roughly 10 bucks a day.

The first week was ROUGH. I was probably eating  at least 4,500 calories a day before starting this program. They recommend 1,500 calories a day for men and 1,200 for women. So it was a huge drop for me! I was a VERY tired and lethargic especially at the end of the day. Nearing the end of my second week, I am getting used to it and getting some of my old energy back.

To give them credit… I didn’t do the program exactly right. You are supposed to eat other “real” food thru-out the day, like fruits and vegetables, But I wanted to give it a bit of a boost the first couple weeks.

So if you just eat the food they give you (breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks; one in the morning and one on the evening. ) Here’s a rough breakdown on how many calories and what not you will get; but it depends on your meals.

Calories – 880
Protein – 42 grams
Carbs – 113
Fat – 33 grams
Fiber – 20 grams
Sodium – 985
Cholesterol – 100 mg
Saturated Fat – 18 Grams

The Walmart program just kind of reals ya in. If you want more variety you have to then order directly from them. The price per day goes up a bit, but not much maybe $2.00 – $3.00 per day. It depends on if you want to customize your meals, if you have any health problems and if you want to be able to talk to a dietician/nutritionist.

For the first month, I just let them pick and choose. I will def not be doing that again. Their are quite a few items I probably will not like. But it made it easy while I figure the program out. I chose the mid program, so I could customize, talk to people and get some health specific advice.

I was a bit confused with all this talk about extras, free foods, vegetables, starchy food vs non starchy foods, smartcarbs, powerfuels, etc. So I’ll try and explain it a bit for those who were also confused.

What is a SmartCarb?

From the Nutrisystem web site “The term “SmartCarbs” refers to a specific group of carbohydrates that are nutrient-rich and lower on the Glycemic Index. These carbs are packed with fiber so they are digested more slowly, helping you feel fuller longer. Plus, they deliver vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients your body needs. Foods like whole grain rice, pasta and cereals, fresh or frozen fruit, and starchy veggies like beans, peas, corn and sweet potatoes all fall into the SmartCarb category.”

The NutriSystem NutriCURB bars count as one SmartCarb & one PowerFuel
NutriSystem Nutri-PRO Shakes count as one SmartCarb & one PowerFuel. They help burn bellyfat & build lean muscle mass.

NutriSystem SmartCarbs

What is a PowerFuel?

From the NutiSystem website “The foods included in the PowerFuels group include high-quality proteins that contain essential amino acids as well as nuts and nut butters that contain healthy fats. PowerFuels are a great addition to your diet because it takes longer for your body to digest them, so they help keep you feeling full as you go about your day.”

The NutriSystem NutriCURB bars count as one SmartCarb & one PowerFuel
TurboShakes are one PowerFuel & help burn bellyfat.
NutriSystem Nutri-PRO Shakes count as one SmartCarb & one PowerFuel. They help burn bellyfat & build lean muscle mass.

Nutrisystem PowerFuels

OK vegetables?

Starchy vegetables like corn, potatoes and peas fall under the SmartCarb category. So those are limited.

The non-starchy vegetable group includes familiar staples like leafy greens, broccoli and tomatoes. You should be eating at least four non-starchy vegetable servings along with your Nutrisystem meals. Many of these veggies you can eat as much as you want! woo hoo 🙂

NutriSystem vegetables

OK free foods?

“Free Foods are no-calorie or low-calorie optional add-ins that you can use to spice up your Nutrisystem foods or your SmartCarbs, PowerFuels and Vegetables. These optional extras are unlimited when they are less than 10 calories.”

OK Extras?

“Extras are also add-ons you might use to add some flavor to your foods. Extras, however, contain between 11 and 35 calories per serving. To avoid loading up on too many added calories, we recommend limiting your Extras to three servings per day.”

NutriSystem extras

What are FlexMeals?

Haven’t really got to this point yet. I like it easy and just use their meals. 🙂


They recommend at least 64 ounces day. Any fluid counts, but make sure it doesn’t have calories. Black coffee, Unsweetened Iced Tea, Seltzer, tea; black, green, herbal. They said it helps flush the sodium out of your system so you don’t retain water and are less bloated.

They recommend not drinking at all on the program.

So what’s a typical day look like? For someone with no health issues, they recommend a ratio of 50% carbs, 30% protein & 20% fats. 1,500 calories a day for men and 1,200 for women. If you lift weights make sure to get added protein to keep muscle loss to a minimum.

First thing I do is step on the scale every day after I use the bathroom. I have one of those ones that tells you your weight, fat, muscle, bone, water, body age, etc. I record all the data in a journal. I also took body measurements and will probably remeasure every 2 weeks. I am a data driven kind of guy.

I get up in the morning. I like to have one full squeezed lemon in 16 ounces of water. I usually wait about an hour to have breakfast after the water.

I have my NutriSystem item labeled breakfast & one PowerFuel

AM Snack:
NutriSystem provided snack plus one PowerFuel & one SmartCarb

NutriSystem provided lunch plus one PowerFuel, one “extra” & two servings of vegetables. I personally go to the gym at lunch. So my powerfuel, I eat half before I go to the gym and half after. That way I have added energy to workout and and the protein and carbs can fuel muscle growth and put energy back in my muscles.

PM Snack:
NutriSystem provided snack plus one “extra”

NutriSystem provided dinner plus one SmartCarb, one “extra”  & two servings of vegetables



How To Get A 34 State Utah Concealed Carry License & Permit

The process is super simple. You basically take a class and mail off for the permit. No need to register your guns or even have a gun. No need to qualify with a firearm.

I am in Northern California. I took a class with this instructor:

Alpha Safety Training
Jim Doc Amentler

I took it at the following location:

J & R Sports Supply LLC
2558 Old First St,
Livermore, CA 94550
Phone: (925) 443-9691

J & R Sports Supply LLC has been having Jim Doc Amentler with Alpha Safety Training do this course here at this location for a long time.

The course was amazing. Doc kept us all awake during the entire class. Taught us what we needed to know in an engaging way. He even brought us coffee, breakfast and lunch!

So take the 6 hour course on Utah Firearm Safety & Concealed Carry. After the class he will pretty much take care of everything.

We needed fingerprint cards – that was included
We needed Passport photos – that was included
He gave us a certificate of completion.
You need a copy of your drivers license
And the Utah application for concealed firearm permit

He walked us thru all the forms and everything was filled out before we left class. He even gave us an addressed envelope to send everything in with out names printed on it.

He went above and beyond with this class.

Concealed Firearm Permit Applications

The following forms are for those individuals applying for, renewing or obtaining a replacement copy of a Utah Concealed Firearm Permit or Provisional Concealed Firearm Permit.

Who is Eligible?

*Minimum requirements for application for a concealed firearms permit in Utah are:

  • Applicant must be at least 21 years of age
  • Proof of good character…whereas the applicant;
    • has not been convicted of a felony;
    • has not been convicted of any crime of violence;
    • has not been convicted of any offense involving the use of alcohol;
    • has not been convicted of any offenses involving the unlawful use of narcotics or other controlled substances;
    • has not been convicted of any offenses involving moral turpitude;
    • has not been convicted of any offense involving domestic violence;
    • has not been adjudicated by a court of a state or of the United States as mentally incompetent, unless the adjudication has been withdrawn or reversed
    • is qualified to purchase and possess a firearm pursuant to Section 76-10-503 and federal law

*A criminal background check is conducted for all applicants.

What Must Accompany the Application?

  • A Photocopy of your state issued Driver License
  • Photograph. One recent color photograph of passport quality. *Photos may be taken at the Bureau of Criminal Identification for a $15 fee.
  • Non-resident proof of permit. If you reside in a state that recognizes the validity of the Utah CFP or has reciprocity with Utah, you must obtain a CFP or CCW from your home state and submit a copy of it with your application for a Utah permit. For a list of reciprocal states click here. You are considered a resident of whichever state issued your ID. If your state does not recognize the Utah permit this does not apply.
  • Fingerprint Card. One fingerprint card. Must be filled out completely. Click here for an example. Writing and prints must be legible. Fingerprint should be taken by a trained fingerprint technician. Fingerprint cards that are not legible will be returned to the applicant and will cause a delay in processing the application.

*Fingerprint services are available from BCI or may be offered through your local law enforcement agency. There are private businesses that also offer this service. Check in your local phone directory. Photos and fingerprints may be obtained at the Bureau of Criminal Identification (3888 W 5400 S, Taylorsville, UT.) The cost is $15.00 for 1 photo and $15.00 for up to 3 fingerprint cards.

  • Weapon Familiarity Certification. Applicants must complete a firearms familiarity course certified by BCI. No exceptions. The course must be completed before you apply for a permit. Please have your instructor complete the certification information on the application. View a list of (in-state) (out-of-state) certified instructors.

States that Honor the Utah Permit(s)


How To Cure & Reverse Gum Disease, Gingivitis & Periodontal Disease Quickly

So we all know there is no cure for much of anything. But if you catch Gum Disease, Gingivitis & Periodontal Disease early it can usually be completely reversed.

Here are the top tips on fixing it and helping to eliminate bad breath:

  • Brush after each meal & before bedtime. Use a soft bristle brush & replace your toothbrush every three months.
  • Use a gentle toothpaste.
  • Floss your teeth at least twice a day
  • Use a water flosser or Waterpik
  • Chew gum. After you eat, pop in a piece of sugar-free gum sweetened with xylitol. Xylitol kills the bacteria that cause cavities, and gum in general makes more saliva in your mouth, which helps to bring down acid levels. Chew gum for about 20 minutes after you eat.If you can’t do that swish some water around your mouth.
  • Use mouthwash after each meal; esp if you can’t brush. (Keep a travel bottle in your car or purse) Make sure to rinse your mouth out with water before using as some toothpastes can interact with mouthwash; also known as mouth-rinse. Most over the counter versions last about 3 – 5 hours before you need to use it again.
  • See your dentist at least EVERY 6 months. If you are lazy about brushing; you might need to see your dentist for a cleaning every three to four months.
  • Vitamin C can help bleeding gums, according to a study at the USDA Western Nutrition Research Center in San Francisco. The National Institute of Health recommends a daily dose of 100 to 200mg
  • A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined data from 6,700 people. Those with the highest levels of vitamin D were 20% less likely to show signs of gingivitis.
  • Getting at least 800 milligrams of calcium a day can reduce your chances of developing severe gum disease, according to a study from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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More than 75 percent of Americans over 35 have some form of gum disease.

gum disease

Signs you may have Gum Disease, Gingivitis & Periodontal Disease:

  • Gums that bleed during and after tooth-brushing
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together on biting, or in the fit of partial dentures

Why do gums recede?

  • Gum diseases
  • Vigorous brushing and flossing
  • Hard toothbrush
  • Inadequate daily oral hygiene
  • Improper dental care
  • Teeth grinding
  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Badly fitted crowns, dentures or bridgework
  • Consumption of tobacco products
  • Piercing of lip or tongue
  • Genetics


Your dentist will check your gums for bleeding, swelling and firmness. They will check to make sure your teeth don’t move or have any sensitivity. They will check your site and order full x rays to look for the breakdown of bone around your teeth.

teeth numbering system

You might hear them call out a bunch of numbers while there poking your gums. That’s called dental charting. They are measuring how far a probe can go into your gums. The bigger the numbers the worse off you are. Health gums the numbers will be under 3. Gums should be nice and pink with no bleeding. 3 to 5 mm is beginning stages of disease and bone loss might be occurring. Anything over 5 is serious and needs to be fixed ASAP.

gum disease pockets

Gum disease is serious. According to the American Dental Association, advanced gum disease can lead to a loss of gum tissue and bone. It may also be linked to serious health conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Gingivitis is the term used for the inflammation of gums. At this stage you will show signs of inflammation without gum recession or bone loss. Chronic gingivitis can be seen in most of the population and it is characterized by tender, swollen, red gums that bleed easily and may be responsible for bad breath. If not treated, it can advance to periodontitis and lead to further complications.

The primary cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene, resulting in plaque buildup along and under the gum line. Plaque builds up when bacteria attach to the tooth and gum margins.

Disease-causing bacteria tend to appear in oral biofilms not disturbed on a regular basis by oral hygiene procedures like brushing and flossing. As gum disease sets in, the disease-causing bacteria move into defects known as periodontal pockets around the teeth from which they are increasingly difficult to remove. There are currently over six hundred species of bacteria known to exist in the mouth alone, with only about four hundred currently identified. Disease-causing bacteria may only account for a small proportion of the total bacterial population in the mouth, but their effects if uncontrolled can be devastating.

Periodontal disease refers to any disease (actually several) that affect the areas around the teeth (from the Latin “peri” – around and Greek “odont” – tooth).

While a regular dental cleaning is for the visible portion of teeth, scaling and root planing is a special cleaning that removes plaque and tartar (also known as calculus) from under the gumline (in periodontal pockets) and smoothes the root surfaces to promote healing. A scaling procedure is the only way to remove calculus from this area.

Mouthwashes / Mouth Rinses

Choosing A Mouthwash:
What’s the best mouthwash to use to help create a nice clean mouth?
There are two types of mouthwash: cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic mouthwash temporarily control bad breath, but have no long term application beyond their temporary benefit. For example, if a product doesn’t kill bacteria associated with bad breath, then its benefit is considered to be solely cosmetic. Therapeutic mouthwash, by contrast, has active ingredients intended to help control or reduce conditions like bad breath, gingivitis, plaque, and tooth decay.

Active ingredients that may be used in therapeutic mouthwash include:

  • cetylpyridinium chloride
  • chlorhexidine
  • essential oils
  • fluoride
  • peroxide

Cetylpyridinium chloride may be added to reduce bad breath. Both chlorhexidine and essential oils can be used to help control plaque and gingivitis. Fluoride is a proven agent in helping to prevent decay. Peroxide is present in several whitening mouthwashes. Therapeutic mouthwash is available both over-the-counter and by prescription, depending on the formulation. For example, mouthwashes containing essential oils are available in stores, while those containing chlorhexidine are available only by prescription.

Mouthwashes with therapeutic agents like antimicrobials, however, may be effective for more long-term control of bad breath. Antimicrobials in mouthwash formulations include chlorhexidine, chlorine dioxide, cetylpyridinium chloride, and essential oils (e.g., eucalyptol, menthol, thymol, and methyl salicylate). Other agents used in mouthwashes to inhibit odor-causing compounds include zinc salts, ketone, terpene, and ionone. Although the combination of chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride plus zinc lactate has been shown to significantly reduce bad breath, it also may significantly contribute to tooth staining.

When used in mouthwashes, antimicrobial ingredients like cetylpyridinium, chlorhexidine, and essential oils have been shown to reduce plaque and gingivitis when combined with daily brushing and flossing. While some studies have found that chlorhexidine achieved better plaque control than essential oils, no difference was observed with respect to gingivitis control. Cetylpyridinium and chlorhexidine may cause brown staining of teeth, tongue, and/or restorations.

So far chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwash is the most effective anti-plaque and anti-gingivitis to date. The ability of the oral tissues to absorb chlorhexidine gluconate allows it to be slowly released in active form over 12 to 24 hours.

Some studies show an alcohol based (ethanol) mouthwash could potentially cause oral cancer. It works by killing germs and bacteria in your mouth. It also burns when you use it and will dry out your mouth a bit.
Children younger than the age of 6 should not use mouthwash, unless directed by a dentist, because they may swallow large amounts of the liquid inadvertently.

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How Much Money Should I invest in Bitcoin / Crypto Currency Ethereum Litecoin

Aww the age old question… To Be Or Not to Be… 🙂

With over 2,000 different crypto coins available now; the options are endless. But the fact remains these coins are highly speculative and the value could go to zero overnight.  So my advice. Invest what you’d be comfortable with if you lost it all or lit a match to it. Bit coin recently went from around $20,000 to $9,000. That’s a big hit if you had multiple coins. Hopefully you didn’t sell and are holding HODLing or you put on stop losse orders, it automatically sold and the order got filled at the right price.

Like to buy a lottery ticket every week or hit up the casino; change it to buy a lil crypto instead…  I here people more and more people are maxing out their credit cards & taking on home mortgages to invest in crypto. Not a great idea…Although a great many people have made a fortune over night. Some people are doubling their money daily..

Whatever you end up doing just make sure it’s play money, not rent money! And for goodness sake; MAKE SURE THE WIFE KNOWS! 🙂

One more thing… Don’ t forget to pay your taxes and make sure to take a lil of your profit now and then. You’ve earned it!

List of some coins…

  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • Bitcoin Cash
  • Litecoin
  • Ripple
  • Ethereum Classic
  • Zcash
  • Monero
  • Dash
  • Stellar
  • Qtum
  • Bitcoin Gold
  • OmiseGo
  • NEO
  • Lisk
  • Dogecoin